TVNewser Show TVNewser FishbowlNY AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Q & A

Obama Presser: 8 Million+ Healthcare Sign Ups, a Deal on Ukraine Emerges

President Obama announced today in a press conference that more than 8 million people had enrolled in healthcare exchanges this year. That is 1 million more than initially predicted by the administration and 2 million more than a revised CBO estimate. He also said Democrats should “forcefully defend” Obamacare in the midterm elections and compared GOP resistance to the law to the 7 stages of grief. Republicans have gone through denial and anger, he explained, but “we haven’t reached acceptance yet.”

The President also lauded an emerging deal between Ukraine and Russia, and expressed cautious optimism that a civil war could be averted there.  Earlier today, diplomats in Geneva came to an agreement wherein eastern Ukraine will enjoy more autonomy from Kiev and Russia will agree to pull back troops back from its border. Obama said that while it was difficult to trust Putin given his past actions, the United States had “no stake in hurting ordinary Russians just for the sake of it,” and that he wanted normalize relations with Russia.


Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101 Online Boot Camp

Freelancing 101Starting April 28, this online event will show you the best way to start your freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your schedule and managing clients. By the end of this online boot camp you will have a plan for making a profitable career as a freelancer, and the skill set to devote yourself to it. Register now! 

Michelle Kosinski Totally Over British Royals

Mike Allen took a few minutes recently to chat with brand-spanking-new CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski about her new gig. Kosinski had been based in London from 2010 to 2014 as a foreign correspondent for NBC, and it appears she was less than thrilled to have to cover those dang royal people all the time.

“I don’t like covering things like that,” she told Allen. “I personally don’t  agree with covering celebrities the way we cover them. So it’s nice to have a change and cover something that I feel is way more important.”

Check out the video after the jump….

Read more

BREAKING: Jay Carney Hasn’t Finished “House of Cards” Yet, Doesn’t Watch “Scandal”

In a sit-down with Major Garrett at George Washington University today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney covered a wide range of topics, including the impact of social media on news cycles, the prosecution of leakers, and his relationship with the White House press corps. But no revelation was quite as shocking as his admission that he is woefully behind on two of television’s most important shows.

As the crowd looked on in silent horror, Carney expressed dismay that he had never seen “Scandal” and conceded that he needed to get on that s@%&, like right now. He also was unable to follow a comical reference made by Garrett about the last episode of “House of Cards.”

“I haven’t made it that far yet,” said the Press Secretary. Gasps could be heard from the crowd, mostly made of students who binge-watched the entire season as soon as it was released. A visibly disturbed Garrett assured him that the reference would make sense when and if Carney ever finished the show.

By contrast, Carney appeared very familiar with “The West Wing.” To the surprise of no one, he said that his favorite character was C.J. Craig and that another, minor character had been named after him by some of the show’s writers.

There was no mention of “Homeland,” though we can safely predict that Carney would probably agree with the rest of America that the third season really jumped the shark.

Chuck Todd Loves Musicals

Chuck Todd sat for a Q&A with The Hill‘s Bob Cusack today. Apparently the NBC politics chief and former French horn player has a thing for the theatre:

I love musicals and show tunes. As a high school and college French horn player, my favorite gigs were playing in pit orchestras for musicals and learning the words to every song in the show. To this day, I think, with just a rehearsal, I could sing the lead (probably not well) to “Brigadoon.”


Fishbowl Q&A with FedScoop Founder Goldy Kamali


Earlier this week, the government tech news site FedScoop hosted its Symantec Government Symposium featuring keynote speaker, Leon Panetta. The event is the area’s largest annual public-sector-focused gathering of leading global IT thought leaders from government, higher ed, and industry.

FishbowlDC had the opportunity to chat with FedScoop’s founder and CEO Goldy Kamali (shown right with Panetta) about the creation of her site and what we can expect next.

Prior to starting FedScoop, Kamali was with the American Electronics Association and has been named to the Washington Business Journal’s 40 Under 40, a Rising Star by Government Computer News, and Top Women in Tech by GovFresh. Read on for our Q&A with Goldy!

Why did you launch FedScoop?

The idea came to me when I had to frequent 20 or so publications and blogs weekly for my job at the time. I realized there were too many players in the government IT media space and none that were very comprehensive. I initially set out to create a one-stop-shop and things blossomed quite organically from there.

Read more

Fishbowl Five with Ben Wikler

Ben Wikler

Photo courtesy of

Progressive activist and newly-minted DC resident Ben Wikler ( is launching a podcast tomorrow that will, in his words, ”give a behind-the-sling-shot view of David vs. Goliath battles for progressive change.”

The Good Fight, with Ben Wikler mixes comedy, activism, and interviews with progressive newsmakers -all with a dash of the satirical wit that you might expect from an Onion alum. The show is the successor to the The Flaming Sword of Justice, a show founded in 2012 by Ben Wikler and the late Internet activist Aaron Swartz. The new show’s website is and you can also find it in the iTunes store by searching for “The Good Fight.”

Fishbowl DC talked with Ben earlier today over the phone and got him to answer a few questions for the Fishbowl Five.

How’d you come up with the idea for The Good Fight?

I worked for 6 years in activism and politics in ’08 elections,, and till last year -and I met all these  activists around the world and in the US who are leading giant fights on things like marriage equality, immigration reform, but their stories weren’t really being told. At the same time, I had the itch to do something creative. So as a side project I started a radio show called The Flaming Sword of Justice with a friend of mine, Aaron Swartz.

He and I moved to new York in 2011 and had this idea for a show that would combine storytelling, activism, and comedy -showing people the thrill of battle, I guess, that activists get to experience when they work on something that’s going to change the world. We worked on that show together till 2012, when he passed away at the beginning of the year. I left around the same time. Then I realized this would work much better as a podcast, where we can meet our guest wherever and whenever, build in comedy segments, and distribute it on the Internet. So The Flaming Sword of Justice is being reborn as The Good Fight, with a new format. Its going from a five-days-a-week radio show to a once-a-week pre-recorded podcast

What other podcasts do you like?

I like This American Life, I love 99% Invisible, storytelling podcasts, WTF with Marc Maron… I have been jumping around to a lot stuff recently, a lot of Slate stuff, comedy podcasts. Oh also, have you listened to the Savage Lovecast? (Nope.) It started as a radio show [Dan Savage] had for a really long time. Its a combination of sex advice, sometimes politics, activism. And it makes you laugh pretty often. That’s definitely an inspiration for our show. But with more politics, less sex.

So how much sex will there be in your podcast?

You’ll have to listen to find out.

You’re supposed to be a comedy/activist podcast, but how do you make activism funny? We liked Margaret Cho’s comedy, for example, until she got too activisty and preachy. How do keep the preachy from stepping on the funny?

One of the things you can do is alternate. Somethings are just straight comedy and somethings are straight politics. Sometimes they blend together quite beautifully. But some things are just not built for a joke and trying to squeeze one out of it will get you a bad joke. If its not working don’t force it.

Here’s the thing, a lot of the show is story telling, it’s interviews with people about the fights they’ve been involved with. And those stories, sometimes they’re funny, sometimes they’re just emotionally powerful, sometimes they’re just fascinating. But they aren’t  necessarily comedic in themselves.

But then, on first show, we also have a fake ad for NSA Backup, which is  a free universal backup service that  stores your personal data online. (lolz.) But that ad isn’t requiring activists to be funny. It just stands on its own. That’s the mix were going for.

You used to work for The Onion, how do you feel about the discontinuation of the print edition?

I think its a death blow to the written word. It’s a cruel tragedy. But I guess now people will just have to listen to podcasts.

For more about Ben Wikler’s work, check out these interviews from, here and here.

Jamie McCarthy, Celebrity Photographer: The Anti-TMZ


Jamie McCarthy has been taking pictures of celebrities since before the digital camera was born. For 17 years he’s been snapping flattering, red carpet shots of celebs who soon become friends.

McCarthy was mentored by his uncle, the storied nightlife and celebrity photographer Patrick McMullan. He recently spoke to Mediabistro about a recent photo shoot (Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was involved), photographers that have influenced his work and the rise of TMZ:

Has the rise of TMZ affected the way you do your job?
Not really. My team of photographers at Getty, we’re kind of like the anti-TMZ. We’re the guys that are pretty much on the inside. So we’re the guys who want to do the nice photos and make them look good, whereas TMZ and those guys I feel like they’re looking more for the dirt on celebrities. My clients hire me because they know they can trust me and I’m not going to give up secrets about them and I make them look good. I want people who see the photos to say, ‘Wow, she looks beautiful’ or ‘He’s great-looking.’ Also, I only shoot at events where people are expecting photographs to be taken. I’ve never tried to shoot people in their personal lives. That’s not my style.

For more, read: So What Do You Do, Jamie McCarthy, Celebrity Photographer?

– Aneya Fernando

ABC’s Ann Compton: ‘All of Us in Some Way Are Gossips’

ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton celebrates her 40th anniversary at ABC News today. First hired by ABC News in 1973, she became the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network TV news organization. She was among the youngest to receive the assignment. “The age 40 may be the new 30, but 40 years on the job is not the new 30,” Compton told FishbowlDC in a phone interview Monday afternoon. Still, any way you look at it, it’s impressive, and her anniversary is getting quite a reception. President Obama commemorated the occasion by presenting her with a cupcake during a rare off-the-record visit to the press cabin just before landing from Russia on Friday. Now we take a moment to delve deeper into a Washington journalism career that has spanned more than four decades. Let’s hope she has big secrets to disclose.

1. How far have women in journalism come, really? When I came and was the first television reporter assigned full-time here, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I went around to aides office just to introduce myself…they could remember who I was because I was the only one wearing a skirt. Every pooler on Air Force One is a woman. Every seat is filled with a woman. In a lot of ways the gender barrier has been well broken here.

1 a. Looking back to when you started, what was the first “big” story you were assigned to? When I arrived at the White House, Vietnam was coming to an end and I remember sleeping here in a booth overnight. The press room didn’t lock overnight because at any moment that last helicopter could take off from the American embassy in Vietnam. It was a time of tremendous drama. That was the most important [story]. I came at a time when we didn’t have email or 24 hour a day newscasts. What I miss the most  is we had hours during the day when we could go out to report. We were not tied to a keyboard. One of the losses is the time to report has been shrinking even though time on the air has expanded. Read more