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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.

Mediabistro Course

Social Media 201

Social Media 201Starting October 13Social Media 201 picks up where Social Media 101 leaves off, to provide you with hands-on instruction for gaining likes, followers, retweets, favorites, pins, and engagement. Social media experts will teach you how to make social media marketing work for your bottom line and achieving your business goals. Register now!

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.

Many Fishes in the Bowl

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Former FishbowlDC editor Patrick Gavin gets the exit interview with former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein

In the write-ups I’ve read about your departure, you see words like “edgy,” “controversial,” etc. How would YOU describe your tenure/approach to the job?

I would describe my approach as “real” and “truthful” — not things people in Washington handle too well.

What’s interesting about you is that in person you’re kind of quiet and soft spoken and polite and yet the blog gave you this reputation for having one of the sharpest pens in town. Is that an accurate take?

Yes, I think it’s an accurate take and something I always found (find) so funny. You know me as normal, low-key. Others think I’m a witch or a villain. “Normal” is all relative of course.

Did you have a temptation to write a mic-dropping, middle-finger raising last post?

(Laughing) I do like the image of a middle finger. It’s very occasionally satisfying. But no, I loved my job and appreciated the audience that read my work.

The FishbowlDC Interview With Washington Free Beacon’s Bill McMorris

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McMorris-300Say hello to Washington Free Beacon writer Bill McMorris, a writer covering the labor beat for the Washington Free Beacon. Brooklyn born Bill has contributed to the conservative-leaning watchdog.org. McMorris is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Robert Novak Fellowship. He’s been known to sport a mean bowtie, and tweets under the handle @FBillMcMorris (according to Bill, the F stands for “Fancy”).

Let’s begin.

How often do you Google yourself? I try not to do it too often because I’m William J. McMorris III. The first time I Googled myself I found out my dad got sued.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “I’ll have it ready in five minutes.” It always takes longer, making it the cruelest thing you can say to an editor. I make sure to say this daily.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Politico’s Jon Allen is always interesting. I never miss anything from The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash, Andrew Ferguson, or Free Beacon‘s Biff Diddle. But the only must-read byline I know of is on the Washington Free Beacon Staff. That guy’s always got the scoops.

budweiserIf you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? The 30 percent of my body that’s not water is recycled Budweiser.

Do you have a favorite word? Karate.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I overuse semicolons in stories and the F word in conversation.

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi, Meghan McCain or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. McCain only because I haven’t heard of the other two and I haven’t been kicked out of a restaurant in a couple years.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had in the course of your journalism career? Basically every conversation I’ve had that hasn’t involved my journalism career.

Tell us a funny story from your time as a journalist. Can be long or short. I once approached Dennis Miller at some fundraiser in Santa Barbara and said “Excuse me Mr. Miller, I’m sorry to interrupt” and he said “Yes, you are. Go stand over there.” I stood in the corner and to my surprise he came over and gave me a great interview when he finished his conversation.

FE_DA_0124_Lewinsky-279x300The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Jodi Arias or Monica Lewinksy? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Monica Lewinsky is too old to repopulate, isn’t she? My wife’s way more violent than Arias, so I think I could handle it. I’m the oldest of nine kids, so we’d have the earth back up and running in no time. Read more

Morning Chatter

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Fish-1FishbowlDC Fan Club Board

President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

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“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

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