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Sightings…

Dan Rather Makes Apperance At GOP Convention

WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza is down in Tampa for the Republican National Convention. He’s been running around snapping photos (which he runs through Instagram filters) and then tweets them out.

Most are uninteresting and poor in quality (like these white couches, this waterfront and this hazy bar). But there was this one of newsman Dan Rather. Cillizza said it was the back of a cab receipt.

“Probably picked them up super cheap at an auction,” one of Cillizza’s followers tweeted in response. “I am going to hope this is a joke,” said another.

Dan Rather is perhaps most known (at least among right-wingers) for jumping the gun as anchor of CBS’ Evening News and reporting on documents purporting to prove former President George W. Bush had skipped out on National Guard duty. The docs turned out to be inauthentic and the misreport lead to Rather’s resignation from the Evening News in 2004.

FBDC reached out to Cillizza to see if the receipt tape was old or some kind of novelty item. He hasn’t responded.

By the way, anyone wanting to stalk Cillizza while he’s in his hotel, it appears he’s staying at the Sailport Waterfront Suites. Many of his tweets are tagged “@Sailport Waterfront Suites.”

Spotted: Maureen Orth in Nantucket

On Thursday afternoon Vanity Fair‘s Maureen Orth, mother of NBC’s Luke Russert, was spotted buying Sunflowers at Moors Farm in Nantucket. She was wearing bright red pants and a blue and white striped nautical shirt. She drove a green jeep with a Buffalo Bills bumper sticker on the back.

Our spy tells us she had a pretty adorable pug in tow: “Her dog jumped out of the jeep and was wandering around, with his leash on, and very cute.”

Nantucket is a huge NBC haven. Bob Wright, chairman of NBC Universal, has a place here, MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough was on the cover of N Magazine last summer, Kathy Lee Gifford has a house here, as do a lot of NBC execs. FNC may be invading though. Greta Van Susteren now has a place and a boat in Nantucket. She was spotted at Osana’s auction last Saturday.
Correction: We previously reported that Van Susteren had sold her boat. Not true! Our sources were apparently hallucinating on that one. It’s alive and well and in Nantucket. Picture above.

Spotted: A Seemingly Undead Mike Wallace

Elvis is still alive. Big Foot is real. And Mike Wallace isn’t dead.

We can dream, can’t we?

This morning at a Starbucks in Dupont Circle we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw a gentleman reading today’s WaPo who just had to be the legendary TV journalist of 60 Minutes fame. Unfortunately, it was a mere look-a-like, wearing mid-calf socks, khaki shorts and what appears to be an amazonite ring. Wallace, after all, did leave us for that big newsroom in the sky back in April.

Dana’s Birthday Bash

While many of us experienced a double whammy of losing power in unspeakably hot temperatures, no one suffered worse than CNN’s Dana Bash. She lost power on an important weekend, as she let us know via Twitter.

Forget the elderly lady without A/C down the block! Let’s all rally around Baby Bash to make sure it has the best birthday party that it will NEVER remember. Don’t get me wrong. A baby’s first birthday is an important milestone. It means you made it 12 months without misplacing your child. Hey, it’s more common than you think. But, you have YEARS to go before this child will retain these memories, so you should just make the most of it because it’s just any other day to this kid.

We were curious to know if the baby daddy, CNN’s John King, would be making an appearance when we received a perfectly timed tip about his whereabouts. King was spotted walking along Bethesda’s Elm St. wearing a blue T-shirt with a young, late-teens or early 20s young lady with long brownish hair. Who knows? Maybe he and his new lady friend were shopping for a baby gift?

Spotted: Al Sharpton on the Shuttle

Who says the Rev. Al Sharpton isn’t a man of the people?

The MSNBC host was spotted in first class on the 10 a.m. US Airways fight from La Guardia to Reagan National Airport this morning after appearing on “Morning Joe.”

Fellow passengers appeared to be leaving him in peace and not approaching to chit chat.

Sightings in the Fishbowl: CNN’s Brazile Turns Heroic

The weekend brought numerous media sightings around the city.

Thursday gave way to Bill Kristol, who FBDC saw wander out of the CVS on 17th and P Streets. It struck us as slightly odd to see the conservative editor of The Weekly Standard casually stroll up 17th, given the abundance of gay pride paraphernalia on display. No need to be alarmed, however. Kristol, who is married (to a woman), stopped at the Turkish restaurant Agora, not one of the other establishments on 17th such as JR’s, where bartenders have been known to serve drinks half nude or DIK Bar (exactly how it sounds).

At Eastern Market on Saturday we saw nothing short of an act of heroism by Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile, a CNN contributor. We spotted Brazile dressed comfortably in sandals, a T-shirt and what looked like sweat pants walking her fluffy black dog. A separate dog that was obviously lost padded over to Brazile, who yelled out to a woman in the crowd, “she’s over here!” The woman, apparently familiar with Brazile, approached and said “Donna, I’ve never lost her before.” A happy ending.

On the same day, also at Eastern Market, we spotted a distinguished gentleman walking alongside his bright red Schwinn bike. Our first guess was Pee Wee Herman, but it turned out to be Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of GOProud, a gay Republican group.

Spotted: Pauly Shore Taking Coffee Break

Pauly Shore, aka The Weasel, is in town filming material for his upcoming Showtime comedy special, “Pauly-tics.” We spotted him jetting out of the Starbucks across from the Eastern Market metro station. He seemed to be in QUITE the hurry. He was wearing a “Pauly-tics” T-shirt and sunglasses and didn’t seem to notice one person who attempted to say hello. The special will tape on June 30th at the 9:30 Club and airing later in the year. Showtime tells FBDC that he is in town shooting preliminary segments that will include Pauly at various DC monuments including Ben’s Chili Bowl. Luckily, we just watched “Encino Man” the other day or we wouldn’t have recognized him with his shorter hair cut.

Spotted: Who’s That on the Vespa?

The Washington Times may have been trying to capture the self-driving Google car in today’s edition, but they also captured The Daily Caller‘s Tucker Carlson, who has been caught repeatedly driving his wife’s scooter around town. He appears to be glancing at the car as if to say ‘That self-driving bullshit has nothing on me.’

The photograph below appeared on page A10 of today’s TWT.

Spotted: TWT’s Hurt Eating Pizza Pie

Sighting: TWT columnist and Drudge’s Charlie Hurt was seen outside 7th Hill Pizza near Eastern Market Wednesday enjoying a pie with wild mushrooms and basil. From the smile on his face and upper body stretch, looks like he had a good meal. A note of utter unimportance: Take note of Hurt’s freshly cut locks. He hardly looks like himself, so much so we thought it might be his brother, Rep. Robert Hurt, a member of Congress from Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. See a picture of him at right.

WHCD Celebrity Roundup


This weekend Hollywood types will begin parachuting into D.C. for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The event takes place Saturday evening but there are plenty of pre-dinner receptions and cocktail parties taking place between now and then to catch the celebs.

Here’s a roundup of who you might expect to run into over the next few days and which publications we know are hosting them:

Movie types:

Actor and outspoken Obama backer George Clooney along with his girlfriend actress Stacy Keibler (Time); Actor Adam Scott; director Steven Spielberg; MPAA Director Chris Dodd, actress Eva Longoria, Donald Trump‘s daughter Ivanka, actress Charlize Theron (Politico); actress and occasional inmate Lindsay Lohan (FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband John Coale); actress Reese Witherspoon; “Hunger Games” stars Elizabeth Banks (ABC/Yahoo! News) and Josh Hutcherson; actress Zooey Deschanel; actress Viola Davis, actress Goldie Hawn (her date: CNN’s Piers Morgan); actor Josh Dallas; actress Sanaa Lathan; actress Rosario Dawson (Atlantic/NJ); actor Paul Rudd, actors Ginnifer Goodwin and Colin Hanks (NPR); actor Pierce Brosnan and his wife Keely (WaPo); canine movie star Uggie (TWT).

Recording artists:

Singer Mary J. Blige (NPR); R&B legend Stevie Wonder; singer John Legend.

Media personalities and small screen actors:

Late-night comedian and this year’s WHCD host Jimmy Kimmel, reality TV star Kim Kardashian; CNN’s bighead Piers Morgan; “Modern Family”s Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Julie Bowen and Eric Stonestreet along with “Cougar Town”s Christa Miller and Bill Lawrence (ABC/Yahoo! News); actress Rashida Jones (Forbes); fashion designer Rachel Zoe (Politic0); radio host Tom Joyner; author Katherine Stockett and Facebook co-founder and publisher of TNR Chris Hughes (NPR); model Elle Macpherson, actors Matthew Morrison and Chase Crawford, CBS TV hosts Gayle King and Charlie Rose; actors Tim Daly and David Arquette (CQ-Roll Call); Sandra Fluke of Slutgate fame (HuffPost); actress Sofia Vergara.

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