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Political Site Gets Syndicated

Former Politico reporter Dave Catanese, who now runs TheRun2016, has entered into his first syndicate agreement. He wouldn’t get into the exact numbers, but sufficed to say it’s a monthly contracted fee for content.

It is with YellowHammerNews, which is based in Homewood, Ala. The non-exclusive agreement transpired earlier in the month. YellowHammerNews is a conservative news and politics site founded by Cliff Sims, whose work has appeared the The Daily Caller and its sometimes arch nemesis Politico.

“I’ve received some interest from local websites and bloggers who are interested in national content and want to syndicate my content,” Catanese told FishbowlDC, explaining that more progressive and mainstream sites are also considering entering into similar agreements. “Essentially we agreed to a contract where they can syndicate TheRun2016 content on their own site.  We’re taking baby steps, but the idea is to try to expand this type of syndication agreement into other states — and am in that process right now.”

Cantanese stresses that TheRun2016 does not lean conservative.  “The content on my site will not be partisan — and I think taking even a cursory look at it bears that out,” he said. “TheRUN2016.com is dedicated to providing analysis on candidates in both parties and I don’t come from an ideological perspective.”

Reporter Tells Senators to ‘Shut Up’

Oh Twitter makes so many things happen. You can fall in love, get fired, and cuss to your hearts content. And another thing? You can tell prominent senators to shut up. See how Al-Monitor‘s Laura Rozen expressed herself this morning at 7:44 a.m. as she reacted to a tweet by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett highlighting CBS interviews with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). “I think it’s going to fail if it doesn’t change,” Graham said of negotiations in Egypt. Hmmm….maybe Rozen wasn’t properly caffeinated? Or maybe it’s now acceptable for a reporter to tell a few senators to SHUT UP and demand that they live by the Hippocratic Oath.

 

Politico’s Dylan Byers Raves About Daily Caller’s Rendition of his Personal Blog

The Daily Caller‘s Deputy Editor Will Rahn performed a dramatic reading of Politico media writer Dylan Byers‘ personal blog from when he was 19 years old, a time when he looked more shaggy than he does now. He kept it for about a month and talked wistfully about life, smoking weed, a woman named Lilly and wandering around Seattle’s cafe scene. And oh, the wondering. 

In famous people terms this is kind of like George Clooney appearing on the “Facts of Life.” He’d rather forget Mrs. Garrett, Blaire, Tutti and the gang. But he can’t (see after the jump). Nor can Byers escape his more youthful Politico-free existence when he could keep a personal blog and not have it performed by a news outlet that is a nemesis to his own.

Byers seemed to take The Daily Caller‘s ribbing in stride. “Yeah it was genius,” he told FishbowlDC over email. “Rahn crushed it.” When asked if he was being serious or sarcastic (it’s hard to read email tone) he replied, “No I mean it… down to the music.” When it was suggested to him that he was having a good sense of humor about the whole thing he replied, “You probably have to pity anyone who lived through the age of 19 without an overwhelming sense of wonder and self-worth.” Read more

Huma Abedin: The Clinton’s ‘Surrogate’ Daughter

Politico‘s Maggie Haberman, the queen of anonymous sourcing this week with an impressive 16 ways to express anonymity, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today. She spoke about the Clintonland response to he Anthony Weiner scandal, specifically their concern for the candidate’s wife, Huma Abedin.

We were struck by Haberman’s use of the phrase “surrogate daughter.” We know candidates have “surrogates” on the campaign trail. But in the political sense of the word, could anything sound more impersonal and more This Town? Haberman is right — according to news reports former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton has said, “I only have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would [be] Huma.”

“The Clintons are very tired of him. …They didn’t like him since the scandal. They didn’t like that he was name dropping Bill Clinton constantly when he first got into the race. They made it really clear they weren’t getting involved. They are very worried about Huma Abedin who is, you know, like a surrogate daughter to them.”

The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful is Out!

This morning we woke up and it’s like Christmas in July. By the crack of dawn FBDC’s Peter Ogburn had already taken a deep dive into The Hill’s annual 50 Most Beautiful list and a mildly filthy one at that. And thank God, because what would our day look like without it?

As one reader renamed it, “It’s become 50 Most Beautiful People After You’ve Had A Bottle of Whiskey.”

Two journalists who made the list are CNN’s Jake Tapper and ABC “GMA” Senior National Correspondent  Claire Shipman. Congrats! (You’ll never live this down. People will remember it for the rest of your natural lives.)

We know first-hand how incredibly hard it is to put this list together, so good job to the good people who did and the beautiful new layout.

Enjoy! We’ll have more on this later.

View the list here.

Anonymous Sourcing: Haberman Style

The more creative anonymous sourcing gets the harder it is to guess who may be doing the talking. And in Washington, it’s rampant as many sensitive spokespeople hardly ever want to go on the record about anything no matter how important or absurdly innocuous the information may be.

In Politico this morning is a whopper of an insider story by Maggie Haberman published at 4:59 a.m. on Huma Abedin, the victim-scorned wife of New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner. The larger point of the story is that Huma’s friends, who once had her “support,” now have their “concern.” In short: What the hell is she still doing with him? They don’t come out that boldly, but just enough to get their point across. While her friends are “concerned,” the media, writes Haberman, has gone from “sympathetic” to “savage.” The piece uses mostly anonymous sourcing outside of Clinton Camp intimate and CNN Contributor Paul Begala. Here is the impressive variety of anonymous descriptors she used:

1. “her friends.”

2. “their worry”

3. Our favorite: “The feelings about Weiner in Clintonland are unequivocal, according to one someone close to the couple: ‘Everyone’s done with him.’”

4. “Multiple sources familiar with the Clintons’ thinking”

5. “Everyone loves her to death,” said a Clinton ally who’s worked with her.

6. “sources said”

7. “Clinton insiders and allies insist they don’t believe Abedin has become a liability for the former Secretary of State…”

8. “Within Clinton-world…”

9. “’Two years ago [it was] caring about Huma, and now it’s concern for Huma,’ said a second Clinton ally, who, like almost everyone interviewed, asked not to be identified.”

10. “said one senior Democrat, who asked for anonymity”

 11. “One Clinton insider…”

12. “One source”

13. “Another source”

14. “Several other people with ties to the Clintons say…”

15. “Clinton aides say…”

16. “Several Clinton allies pointed out…”

It’s Almost Here…The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People is About to Pop

Extreme excitement is brewing over at The Hill offices on K Street, where editors are putting the finishing touches on their annual beauty contest, The Hill‘s 50 Most Beautiful People list.

Mark your calendars people. Those pretty (and let’s face it, some will be questionable) faces will land on our internet doorsteps on July 31. Says Emily Goodin, who courageously put this bad boy together this year, this list will have its first set of twins!

They had 500 nominations – a new record.

We can hardly wait. (And unfortunately this is what we may be reduced to waiting for this thing…)

Seriously. Mika Thinks Huma is ‘Extraordinary’

MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinski had an extraordinary reaction to the extraordinarily brave Huma Abedin, wife of New York mayoral hopeful and extraordinary ass Anthony Weiner this morning. But even more extraordinary than Abedin was the number of times Mika used the word “extraordinary” in her morning speech on yesterday’s Weiner circus. Our count: 5 uses of the word or variation of the word extraordinary. Now that, is truly extraordinary.

“I immediately had a sympathetic reaction…there are so many absolutely people out there you wouldn’t believe it. …I thought it was extraordinary when she spoke, absolutely extraordinary…because we’ve seen women standing by their husbands while they professed to committing adultery or cheating on their wives but what Huma did was step up and step in for a guy who has disgraced her in a way that steps out of the realm of what anybody in mainstream political coverage sees as normal behavior…for what she did I thought it was absolutely extraordinary. I was riveted by her. having said that, then you look at the other side of this which is the one other narrative out there. And that is that she is a brilliant woman..she is extraordinary well liked she is extraordinarily popular and she is extraordinarily successful and who does she work for? A woman who has been through this herself. A woman who is a pro at taking a bad situation, an embarrassing situation and owning it and winning in the long run. And that is someone who might be the next president of the United States, Hillary Clinton.”

Journos Who Could be Porn Stars

Which Washington journalists have names that could easily be those of porn stars? As it turns out, quite a few. Now before everyone flips out (not that Washington journalists would ever do that), we’re talking about their actual names and not insinuating that these esteemed members of the media either look like porn stars or would ever partake in the profession.

10. Jason Dick, CQ Roll Call. — We start with the painfully obvious. Anyone with “dick” in his or her surname name deserves an automatic slot on this list. Growing up in a small town in Arizona wasn’t easy with a name like his, especially because his mom taught at his junior high. “From about 4th grade on, ‘Izza’ became my middle name,” he told FishbowlDC. “By the time I got to high school, I took a kind of Cyrano-like pride in the nicknames. My favorite one is derived from my grandfather, who was a professional boxer in Arizona in the 1920s. His nickname (and now mine to several close friends): Cactus Dick. His mom might have had it worse…“Although at least her students were creative about it,” Dick said. “She was an English teacher who marked her paperback books in the classroom with the name ‘Dick’ on masking tape. Her students one day peeled them off and placed them accordingly with the titles of young adult fiction that she stocked. The results were pretty hilarious. A sampling: ‘The Chocolate Dick’ (The Chocolate War), ‘A Separate Dick’ (A Separate Peace).”

9. Eddie Scarry, The Blaze. — Anyone with such a fake, racy name like this has to make the list. Early on when we first met Eddie, we asked, “Is your name for real?” He assured us it was. In fact, it’s a region or city in Ireland. He’s not quite sure which. “Fuck if I know,” he replied when we inquired about the history of his porno-sounding name. “I’m part Irish and there’s a place in Ireland called Scarry.”

8. Dave Weigel, Slate. — We know what you’re thinking. You guys in the Fishbowl ALWAYS pick on him. You just don’t like him. Well, the former might be true, and so may the latter for that matter, but the fact is, “Teri Weigel” (pictured at right) is an actual adult film star, so there’s semi-solid reasoning here. She’s also a nude model and Playboy Playmate. Do not Google Teri Weigel — NSFW.

7. Ginger Gibson, Politico. — Ginger is a very adult filmesque name. It reeks redness and hotness. No offense, Ginger. We know you’re a serious-minded political reporter. We’re the ones with the dirty minds, although we’re kind of surprised that Taylor Bigler, Daily Caller‘s resident horny-minded slideshow artist, didn’t come up with this first.

6. Taylor Bigler, Daily Caller. — I was on the fence on Bigler, honestly, but colleague Peter Ogburn was adamant that BIGler was suitable for this list. Not that he watches porn (constantly) but he might be a better judge.

See the remaining 5 journo-porn names...Above graphic by Austin Price

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Bipartisan Policy Center Solicits Birthday Wishes for Bob Dole (Yes, We’re Serious)

You’d think a mention in the number three slot of  the famed birthday section of Politico Mike Allen‘s Playbook would be a sufficient birthday wish for former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas). But no, today the Bipartisan Policy Center, which Dole co-founded, has gotten ambitious with its birthday desires, and wants political bystanders to send in their birthday wishes to the Center’s Facebook page, Twitter account or email address. (For prime sucking up, we’ll provide all that later.) What they really want is for you to tweet a picture of yourself drinking Dole’s favorite drink – a chocolate milkshake. Well? What are you waiting for?

They write in a release, “Join us in wishing Senator Bob Dole a Happy Birthday by enjoying his favorite dessert, the classic chocolate milkshake. All are invited to submit a photo with you and your flavor of choice to participate in the birthday festivities. Post to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Facebook Page tweet @BPC_Bipartisan (hashtag #Dole90), email press@bipartisanpolicy.org. Select milkshake photos will be chosen and included in Bob Dole’s birthday card for his 90th Birthday.”

Could you even imagine landing on Dole’s 90th birthday card sipping a chocolate milkshake? (Quick memo to NYT‘s Mark Leibovich: You thinking about a sequel?)

ABC “GMA” co-host George Stephanopoulos, NBC’s Chuck Todd and FNC’s Bret Baier all wanted in on the Dole birthday action but didn’t sip milkshakes for the cause. Instead they tweeted at him.

 

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