This morning we enter Project Fishbowl to closely examine The Hill’s 10th Anniversary “50 Most Beautiful People List.” This year saw a few changes as they allowed White House Administration people to enter the fray in addition to political types on Capitol Hill and K Street. There’s also a dandy new layout that allows for easy viewing and flipping through the winners. Here we offer our raw reviews of the beauties – FishbowlDC style. Warning: To the easily offended (you know who you are) you might want to skip this because we won’t apologize.
In no particular order… let’s begin.
Piranhamous: Very sexy in that ‘lock you in his basement’ kind of way. Too soon?
Peter: I think I recognize this guy from my grandma’s “Shop Teachers of the Mid-Atlantic” calendar she had in 1984.
Anonymous journo: So, the West Wing was allowed on this year’s list. But who said anything about daytime TV shrinks?
Justin: Right out of GQ, obviously.
Betsy: Bald and plump with a “Magnum, P.I.” stache. Literally doesn’t get any better than this.
Piranhamous: Caught on Camera! Stephanie Green’s pearls attack curling-iron-haired cutie!!!
Peter: That necklace is made of human teeth.
Anonymous journo: Glad she listened to the flight attendant and fastened her seat belt.
Justin: The necklace scares me a bit—or a lot. But I love the smile.
Betsy: How many “cuties” can one list have? Please, STOP the usage of that word. Serious question: Can a necklace self-strangle a human being?
Piranhamous: Jai from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy proves there is life after reality TV.
Peter: They let Billy Elliot on the list! His face screams, “Bro, do you even pirouette?”
Anonymous journo: Oretga’s face never moves. Even during his daily Capitol Hill parkour workouts (involves jumping off balconies and buildings).
Justin: But did he stick the landing? I can’t pass judgment without this vital piece of information.
Betsy: Who let Pee Wee Herman on the list? Is that even appropriate?
Piranhamous: I loved his rendition of the National Anthem at the NBA Finals.
Peter: “And Emmanuel Lewis as Webster…”
Anonymous journo: Where’s the yearbook quote?
Justin: Just… no. Our society already exploits children way too much, I won’t be a part of it.
Betsy: Has someone called Child Protective Services or checked the milk cartons? This can’t be legal. Read more
Welcome to FBDC’s new feature “Hot Mess of the Week,” an award of sorts designed to celebrate a special someone who’s acted a fool in the press each week. The HMOW could be a guest on cable news, a pol, DC journo, or anyone else who’s making hot mess headlines.
Today’s HMOW is the breakout star of Anthony Weiner‘s press conference yesterday – Creepy Cubicle Guy. This special snowflake reached millions of households in America while doing his best Wilson W. Wilson (*see “Home Improvement”) throughout the “happy” couple’s remarks.
We applaud you Creepy Cubicle Guy! You not only amused us with your hot-mess antics and mid-conference wardrobe change…you managed to connect our favorite 1990s sitcom with Anthony Weiner, giving a whole new meaning to “Tool Time.”
We love power lists and wait for them with bated breath. Today we have Politico‘s “50 to Watch” list. This is their sixth annual listing of this kind.
So which journalists made it?
Under the category of “Twitterati” is TWT‘s Senior Op-Ed Editor Emily Miller and HuffPo Spoilers writer Alex Mizrahi. Under “Journalists and Pundits” (which are inevitably entwined these days) is Al Jazeera’s Michael Viqueira (above center) and Cosmopolitan‘s Joanna Coles.
The Washington Examiner is shutting down its local operation this week, but Examiner transportation reporter Liz Essley’s week isn’t all about bad news.
Essley took the top prize in Tuesday’s “Dateline Awards” competition of the DC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. The reporter was awarded the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award, which includes a $1,000 check, for her series of stories on the Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority.
Dozens of other reporters also received awards during the ceremony, which was during the SPJ’s annual Hall of Fame induction dinner. More Examiner reporters were on the list of award winners, including Steve Contoro and Mark Flatten, along with finalists Rick Snider and Kytja Weir.
A complete list of winners can be found here.
CNN’s Jeff Zucker issued yet another warm memo to employees today. This one concerning the awards the network reeled in last night at the Radio and TV Congressional Correspondents’ Association Dinner.
“There are a lot of ways we know our programming is making an impact,” he wrote. “These types of awards are an important one.”
Have a look. Read more
WTOP Radio’s ubiquitous Capitol Hill Correspondent, Dave McConnell, earned a unique recognition this week. The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association declared him the first ever winner of the Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress.
McConnell has more than 50 years of reporting experience in Washington. He joined WTOP in 1965 and became the station’s full-time Capitol Hill Correspondent in 1981, a position he still holds today.
“As a kid, Dave and his classmates used to cut class to go see the Senators,” said WTOP Vice President of News & Programming Jim Farley. “His buddies went to Griffith Stadium to see the Washington Senators play but Dave actually went to The Hill to watch U.S. Senators debate. Dave is admired by members of Congress from both parties because of his fairness. Now his colleagues on ‘The Hill’ have chosen him as the first-ever recipient of their new lifetime achievement award. Dave is the EverReady Bunny of Congressional Correspondents and the hardest working Septuagenarian covering Congress and trying to keep them honest.”
Media people receive vast amounts of emails everyday. Many are useless story pitches and press releases from undiscriminating publicists. Daily Caller Associate Editor Christopher Bedford is the type to sometimes reply to those emails, even if it’s just to send “a Dick pic.”
The Raw Story reported Monday on what has become a seriously entertaining, if undoubtedly immature, conflict between The DC and The Secular Coalition for America, a pro-atheist non-profit based in Washington. When Bedford has received past emails from SCA’s spokeswoman Lauren Anderson Youngblood, he has responded to them with smart-ass comments, such as “It’s nice out. Take a day off from hating God, kids and babies” and “Here’s a Dick pic,” with a photo of former Vice President Dick Cheney attached.
“Imagine this,” Beford told FishbowlDC, “A conservative columnist is just trying to cut out of town early on a Friday afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and he receives an unsolicited pro-abortion email touting science as god. Skipping over thinking a sunny Friday afternoon is a good time to send a press release, one single ounce of research on her end (beyond fishing my email out of somewhere) would have shown that I’m completely uninterested in their dumbass opinions.”
SCA responded to Bedford’s emails by…
The Atlantic earned two awards from the American Society of Magazine Editors on Thursday: Best Web site and Best Essay and Criticism for Ta-Nehisi Coates‘s “Fear of a Black President” piece in the September issue.
“I’m so happy for Ta-Nehisi and the entire team at The Atlantic,” M. Scott Havens, president of The Atlantic, said in a release. “It’s wonderful to be recognized by our peers for excellence in one of our oldest journalistic forms, the essay, and one of our newest—the work we do every day on TheAtlantic.com.”
Coates’s piece, an analysis on the conflict he says Barack Obama faces as the first minority president, was up against other entries from Foreign Policy, New York, The New Yorker and Orion.
The Heritage Foundation and the Franklin Center awarded the 2nd annual Breitbart Award to blogger Michelle Malkin at a ceremony in Orland Thursday night. It probably helped that Malkin was also the keynote speaker at the event. It’s an award given to a journalist who best represents the ideals of the late Andrew Breitbart.
While I’m SURE it’s prestigious award and not to take anything away from Ms. Malkin’s accolade, it does seems there are a hell of a lot of awards out there these days. And it gives me an idea. Read more