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The Bachelor DC: Season 2

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In light Friday news…

Sources tell FishbowlDC that Andy Baldwin, the navy doc who made ladies swoon on “The Bachelor: Officer and a Gentleman,” the show’s tenth season, has moved back to the District.

You may recall that the reality star called DC home a few years ago before moving to San Diego. Expect to see the bachelor hit Washington’s party circuit with his DC media BFFs Pamela Sorensen of “Pamela’s Punch” and former FBDC editor Matt Dornic in 3, 2, 1….

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Jon Stewart Stopped by the Newseum to Show Off His Debut Film

RosewaterThe host of “The Daily Show” Jon Stewart sat down with PBS’ Newshour’s Gwen Ifill at the Newseum on Sunday night to discuss his first foray into filmmaking following a private screening of his debut film, “Rosewater.”

Stewart was joined by Maziar Bahari, the Iranian-born journalist and inspiration for the film, along with the Committee to Protect Journalists’ Joel Simon.

“Rosewater,” was adapted from Bahari’s autobiography “Then They Came For Me.” It follows the story of the former Newsweek reporter (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) who was unjustly imprisoned in Iran for recording and publishing images of violent protests in Tehran in the wake of the 2009 Iranian presidential elections.

The film paints a disturbingly real picture of Bahari’s nightmarish 118 days spent in solitary confinement for simply doing his job—reporting the news.

Stewart told the panel that he chose to tell Bahari’s story because it is representative of many other lesser-known journalists reporting in countries with oppressive governments. Their stories often go untold.

While Bahari’s imprisonment eventually received national media attention that ultimately led to his release, the panelists said it is important to remember that there are too many other reporters that haven’t been as lucky.

“Maziar had a wonderful infrastructure behind him.. but you have a lot of freelancers out there that have no infrastructure behind them. Nobody is watching their back so they become even more vulnerable to any type of pressure or repression,” Stewart said.

“Rosewater” debuts on Thursday.

Check out reviews of the film below: Read more

FishbowlDC Top 5 Stories of the Week

fishbowlHere are your top five stories of the week across the site.

5 – NBC’s Nancy Snyderman Apologies for Violating Voluntary Quarantine

4 – The Washington Post Partners with Student Newspapers at UMD, Columbia

3 – Jill Abramson Recalls ‘Stern’ Meeting with Condi Rice to Pull James Risen Piece for NYTimes

2 – CNN Layoffs to Hit DC Bureau

1 – CNN Serves Pink Slips with a Side of Counseling

Nick Massella Named FishbowlDC Editor

Meet your new FishbowlDC Editor, Nick Massella. Nick has been contributing to FBDC since the beginning of the year.

Skilled in the practice of publicity, when he’s not writing for the site (at an undisclosed location with wifi in Georgetown) he’s usually causing trouble fishing for gossip. So tip him early and often and follow him here on Twitter.

Patrick Tutwiler will still be jumping into the Fishbowl now and again as a contributor to the site.

FishbowlDC Has Nothing to Do With This Ridiculous New Show

Don’t like football? Sick of the Puppy Bowl? Don’t like kittens? Well no worries, there’s a new absurd four hour animal-focused television event to stare at on Superbowl Sunday. DC-based NatGeo WILD will be airing “The Fishbowl” on February 2nd from 6 – 10PM, which is a show comprised entirely of -you guessed it -a fishbowl.

We would just like to make it very clear that this not our doing.

FBDC’s Most Popular Stories of 2013

It’s been a hell of a year here in the Fishbowl, and we’ve covered a whole hell of a lot of stories. Here are the ones you liked the most. Without further ado: FishbowlDC’s Top 10 Most Popular Stories of 2013:

10) ‘Chutzpah!’ A New Film on Anthony Weiner

9) Washington Examiner Explodes into New Pub

8) Separated At Birth: CNN’s Piers Morgan

7) Despite Racial Controversy, Washington, D.C. Cooking Show Says Yes to Paula Deen

6) CNN ‘Starting Point’ Staffers Brace Themselves

See the top 5 after the jump…

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This Day in FishbowlDC History

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Come along dear readers, as we go for a ride in the FishbowlDC Time Machine! Today, we travel all the way back to the days of the Bush administration to see what important story graced the pages of this web publication. On December 26, 2006, a young Patrick Gavin had just discovered some exciting news about a new website called The Politico…:

 

Adorable, no? Gavin of course, went on to become the most attractive tallest reporter at The Politico, and Wikipedia now dedicates a whole page to the pub. My how things have changed.

Thanksgiving is Over -Thank God

Happy Cyber Monday, Y’all. I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling real fat right now…

Welcome back to the work week!

Best. Disclosure. Ever.

tweetwarPoynter’s Andrew Beaujon profiles for TNR former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, who recently announced her move to the Daily Caller. If you read nothing else, the disclosure is priceless. Only in DC, folks….And cue the Twitter war!

I have had a need to try to make sense of Betsy Rothstein’s work since early 2010. If you’re thinking, “Why is this a story?” or “This is some pathetic inside-the-Beltway nonsense,” I agree with you. She and I used to fight on Twitter (I have a note above my desk now reminding me not to engage, and I’m sure she considers me an unworthy opponent and a complete bozo). We have never met in person and have talked on the phone only a few times, none of which were pleasant. I’ve written about her before, she’s written about me before, and there’s a decent chance I’m projecting some of my own feelings about her work on my fellow Washington-area journalists and pretending others share them. I have worked with both Mike Riggs and Amanda Hess. New Republic story editor Ryan Kearney and I once worked together at TBD.com, a frequent Rothstein target, and we infuriated Rothstein by sending a gift to her home address as part of a feature on inexpensive gifts for prominent Washingtonians. When I emailed her last week after asking what she’d do after FishbowlDC, she replied by tweeting a photo of a man displaying his middle finger. The editor of this story and I have both worked at Washington City Paper, but never at the same time. He edited Moe Tkacik’s story and has eaten lunch with Mark Leibovich

Beaujon’s full piece here.

Rothstein to Turn ‘The Mirror’ on DC

betys-safeBetsy Rothstein, the longtime editor of FishbowlDC who mysteriously resigned from her post at this blog last week, has resurfaced at Tucker Carlson‘s The Daily Caller.

“Whether raging waters or smooth sailing, my 3 years at FishbowlDC have been the perfect storm,” Rothstein wrote on Twitter, shortly before publishing a final FishbowlDC post.

FishbowlDC has learned that Rothstein will expand her coverage beyond media to write a gossip blog called “The Mirror.”  Tag line: Reflections of a self-obsessed city.  Yikes!  Watch out Washington.

More on this to come! Also check out Dylan Byers piece on Politico.

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