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Fishbowl Five: HuffPo’s Josh Hersh in Syria

Joshua Hersh, The Huffington Post’s Middle East correspondent based in Beirut, has been in Damascus since Saturday. As one of the few American journos on the ground there, he has a front row seat to a tragic piece of history in the making. FishbowlDC was lucky enough to have Josh answer a few questions for us about what it’s like to report from a war zone and what’s he’s learned about the devastating conflict developing in Syria.

Without further ado, The Fishbowl Five with Josh Hersh:

You previously covered foreign affairs out of HuffPo’s DC bureau, now you’re based in Lebanon. What parts of an international story, especially a war story, do reporters miss by not being on the front lines?

The hardest part to recognize is how inconsequential we often are. That’s not totally true of course — decisions made in Washington and New York play a major role in the course of events all over the world. But even though the people of the Middle East may talk about us a lot over coffee and a cigarette, they don’t really care about us all that much — and they certainly don’t care about the same things we do. There’s a tendency in political discourse in the west — especially on TV, or the halls of Congress — to think what we do and say matters more than it really does. Learning to disentangle our political debates about foreign policy (should Obama intervene in Syria, should there be a total troop draw-down in Afghanistan, etc) from the substantive questions of what’s really going on out in those countries is both instructive and liberating.

It’s also useful to recognize how little people in the world fully comprehend about our politics. Things we see as key distinctions — even something as broad as the fact that the president makes foreign policy, and congress mainly just pontificates about it; or that one party is in control of the White House and the other is not — are often lost on other countries. (And it’s not about intelligence: Next time you read a quote from a political leader in Iran about bombing Israel, for instance, think about whether you really know whether he’s in the part of Iran’s government that actually controls nuclear policy, or just the part that complains about it.)

Much more with Josh Hersh after the jump.

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Society of Professional Journalists Convenes at Georgetown in March

The Society of Professional Journalists is holding its annual Region 2 Conference (that’s D.C., Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and North Carolina) on Friday March 28th and Saturday March 29th at Georgetown University. The conference starts Friday with a screening of “A Fragile Trust,” a new documentary about the plagiarism and fabrications of NYT‘s Jayson Blair. On Saturday, there will be a full day of programs and a Mark of Excellence awards luncheon.

Speakers and workshop leaders include: Emily Grannis of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Derek Willis and Matt Apuzzo of The New York Times, WaPo‘s Greg Linch and T.J. Ortenzi, Scott Smallwood of the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Delece Smith-Barrow of U.S. News and World Report, among others.

For details and tickets go here. For conference updates visit www.facebook.com/SPJRegion2 or @spjregion2.

TNR Names Jason Zengerle Senior Editor

ec814ca8-b81a-4d06-ab3c-e9cc84564510.imgJust four months after joining the not-so-old Politico Magazine as a senior staff writer, Jason Zengerle will join The New Republic as a senior editor.

In a TNR press release, Editor Franklin Foer says of Zengerle that, “Jason is a master of his craft…His pieces are unfailingly deep and almost always manage to stir conversation.”

Prior to Politico Magazine, Zengerle was a contributing editor at New York magazine and GQ. Zengerle spent the first 12 years of his career with TNR, so to hear of his return isn’t too surprising.

Also announced today is the addition of two new staff writers, Alice Robb and Danny Vinik. Robb, previously a fellow at The New Republic, will write about academia. Vinik, coming from Business Insider, will report on economic policy and politics.

Join us in offering a FishbowlDC congrats to Jason, Alice, and Danny!

Friday Installment of In Case You Missed It

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In case you missed it, here are some stories that posted across the web in recent history.

Boehner: Sometimes I’m ‘Gestapo’ by Tal Kopan for POLITICO.

Address May Hint at Compromise on Ways to Fight Inequality by Jackie Calmes for The New York Times.

D.C. Has 72 Miles of Bike Lanes. Ward 8 Has Zero by Aaron Weiner for the Washington City Paper.

Morning Media Newsfeed: CNN Lays Off 40 | Yglesias Departs Slate | Businessweek Cuts Back? by James Crugnale for FishbowlNY.

ICYMI – Biggest Lib Super PAC; Sochi Security; Hannity to SOTU; Beer, Pot, and Rx for Biebs

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Blimplike surveillance craft set to deploy over Maryland heighten privacy concerns by Craig Timberg for The Washington Post.

Biggest Liberal ‘Super PAC’ to Fund Possible Clinton Bid by Nicholas Confessore for The New York Times.

Worry builds over Russia Olympic security by Philip Ewing for POLITICO Pro.

Hannity to attend State of the Union with Rep. Gohmert, may run for office in Texas by Nick Swartsell for Dallas News.

And for the third day in a row ladies and gentleman, Mr. Chris O’Shea for FishbowlNY with Today Show Models Team USA Olympic Opening Ceremony Outfits.

And likely one of the biggest stories of the day, Justin Bieber arrested on drunken driving, resisting arrest charges by Alan Duke for CNN.

Top Stories of the Day: 1.22.14

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Trending topics and the headlines driving clicks around town. Here are the day’s top stories for Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

The Washington PostProsecutors said to face high bar on McDonnell

Washington TimesAl Qaeda attack on U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv thwarted

Washington Examiner: Jay Carney: Obama didn’t endorse new pot laws

Washington City Paper: You Don’t Bring a Wedding Ring to a Snowball Fight

USA TodayTarget cuts 475 amid struggles

The Hill: Lew to Congress: Debt limit deadline is end of February

POLITICO: GOP touts school choice to woo minority vote

Roll CallLew Warns Congress Must Act on Debt Limit in February

National Journal: What the Bob McDonnell Indictment Reveals About Wealth in American Politics

Daily Caller: Cold Hard Facts: NASA data on global warming…it’s on

WTOP: Wegmans hits a snag in Alexandria

ABC 7: Bitter cold, blustery winds follow snow as D.C. digs out

NBC 4: Flash Freeze After Sunset

CBS 9: Court denies former Va. gov McDonnell’s request for delay

Fox 5: East Coast begins digging out after winter storm brings snow, bitter cold

March For Life and Obama’s Praise for Roe v. Wade Dominate News Cycle

Pro-life activists have gathered in Washington today for the March for Life on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Every Washington news outlet is covering the March and President Obama‘s reaffirmation of his “steadfast commitment” to protecting abortion rights.

Here’s a roundup of the coverage related to the march and anniversary.

Thousands of abortion foes set for March for Life in Washington by Michelle Boorstein for The Washington Post.

‘Abortion’ absent from White House Roe v. Wade statement by Douglas Ernst for The Washington Times.

Obama praises Roe v. Wade on 41st anniversary by Meghashyam Mali for the Washington Examiner.

Snow doesn’t hinder March for Life by Tal Kopan for POLITICO.

Pope Francis gives support to DC abortion protest by Brett Kongker for WTOP.

Why Democrats Can’t Roll Back Abortion Restrictions by Beth Reinhard for National Journal.

Obama: ‘Recommit’ to abortion rights by Justin Sink for The Hill.

ICYMI – McDonnells’ Seizable Items, Date Night: Obama & the Pope, Sochi Security

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34 things the feds could seize from the McDonnells via The Washington Post.

Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date by Scott Horsley for NPR.

Russian police kill terror suspect in Winter Olympics security crackdown via The Guardian.

Former AOL Editor Joins Tina Brown’s Company by Chris O’Shea for FishbowlNY.

And for your daily dose of celebrity Soulja Boy Arrested: Is That a Gun In Your Pocket? (Answer: Yes) via TMZ.

Today’s Top Stories – McDonnell Charges and DC Snow Storm

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The Washington PostMcDonnell, wife charged

Washington TimesHarry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

Washington Examiner: Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted in gifts scandal

Washington City Paper: How Does D.C. Keep Roads Clear of Snow? With $18,000 in Beet Juice

USA TodayEx-Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife charged in gift scandal

The Hill: Christie plummets in new poll, now trails Clinton in matchup

POLITICO: Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein

Roll CallGOP Frets About Year-End Fundraising Thanks to Shutdown

National Journal: One Congressman’s Secret Weapon in His Fight for Survival: Dentistry

Daily Caller: First Lady Throws It Down

WTOP: Visibility down to quarter-mile on roads

ABC 7: Live Blog: Snow falling in biggest storm of the year

NBC 4: Snow Falling Around Region; D.C. Could Get 4-7″

CBS 9: Quick winter storm update

Fox 5: Winter storm sweeps US, hits mid-Atlantic and Northeast, forcing flight chaos and government office shutdown

ICYMI – Trump 2016, DC Snow Storm, Vlad’s Abs, & the Biebs

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