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Former Senate Hopeful Liz Cheney Talks ‘Farting’ on Wyoming Campaign

At today’s POLITICO Playbook Lunch with Dick, Lynne, and Liz Cheney, seated next to her parents, Liz recalled a story from her Senate campaign that left a foul look on some faces. At a Wyoming parade, Liz recalled a ‘briefing’ she had with the children of her extended family set to pass out candy on rules of behavior.

Topics addressed: No farting, which she referred to as, “A good life lesson.”

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Paul Wharton Productions: ‘Casting Fresh & Fabulous Faces’

PaulWhartonAboutHeadshotDo you have nothing else in the world you can possibly do with your time? If so, we have a way you can fill it!

Paul Wharton Productions is building a promotional team and looking for interns and professionals with “strong people skills, interested in a fun and team-oriented working environment, and willing to volunteer at events or on production set.”

Now this gig isn’t just for anyone. The LLC is looking for reliable individuals with social media skills and some college experience. Those without “fresh and fabulous faces” need not apply. The email leads with these necessary qualities. Read more

Awkward Interactions at Heritage Foundation’s Launch of The Daily Signal

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Last night at Sixth Engine, The Heritage Foundation celebrated the Tuesday launch of its new site The Daily Signal, a digital-first, multimedia news platform.

Amidst drinks with clever names like the “Editor in Chief” and the “Teaser” alongside delicious samplings of Korean style chicken tenders, heaping bites of tuna tar tar, and brussels sprouts, FishbowlDC was so rudely interrupted by the self-proclaimed ‘Christian, Conservative, Southern, Zionist, that is Everything the Left hates Heritage Action Legislative Strategist (description a la his Twitter bio).”

During a conversation with a writer for Heritage Action’s blog The Forge, said “strategist” apparently felt threatened by FishbowlDC speaking to his ex-fiance. The “strategist” – who I met just seconds earlier – felt the need to tell me his engagement with whom I was previously speaking ended four weeks ago.

Unable to hold back a smirk caused by the absurdity of this man’s relationship woes, he trice assumed I thought the situation was funny. Newsflash: I barely know who you are, let alone care about your relationship status.

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Wonkette’s Vital Q of the Day

If you thought your respect for Wonkette couldn’t sink any lower, think again because it’s about to get lower than a snail’s toenails (yeah, we didn’t know they had nails, either). Today Wonkette Publisher – yes, this is the Publisher –  Rebecca Schoenkopf presented a vital question to society via Twitter.

And to think this was once the must-read site in Capitol Hill offices and publications around Washington made famous by Ana Marie Cox.

Remember, Schoenkopf’s L.A.-based, so this is 6:34 a.m. Pacific Time. Read more

Do Jim VandeHei and Brian Stelter Have Mental Telepathy?

How cringeworthy.

In NYT‘s Brian Stelter‘s story on Politico owner Robert Allbritton acquiring Capital NY today, he interviews the venture’s new President Jim VandeHei.

We’re not sure which is worse. Stelter asking VandeHei a truly softball question and acting like it’s anything more than that, or VandeHei reading his mindRead more

Howard Kurtz Gets Unintentionally Ironic

In the new Fox News First morning newsletter by Chris Stirewalt today is a promo for Fox News media writer Howard Kurtz. To be sure, the newsletter is reminiscent of Politico Playbook in that it highlights their own, including Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Karl Rove. Here Stirewalt has Kurtz wondering whether Al Jazeera America, which launches today, can be — cough cough — unbiased. Come on Howie, considering the network who’s wondering, seriously?

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Al Jazeera, a network that many Americans still associate with Usama bin Laden videos, launches its American channel in about 50 million homes today. The new outfit is spending heavily on bold-face names like Soledad O’Brien. Today Howard Kurtz asks: Can it shake its reputation for bias and fulfill its promise of more serious news and less fluff?

The Shrimp and the Fish

This is a little disturbing, right?

A tipster (who we’ve met and are acquainted with but who wanted to remain anonymous) sent a note saying, “Ben Freed caught a fish this weekend and killed it with his hands.”

Freed, a longstanding member of the FishbowlDC Fan Club Board, was fired as Editor-in-Chief of DCist last week after defying his boss’s direct orders to not publish a freelance piece in BuzzFeed. According to the tipster, he’s also apparently been spending his free time throwing around frisbee and “throwing bags” — whatever that is.

Just stay off your bike, Freed. We don’t want to hear about any more potential head injuries. And leave the fishes alone! What have they ever done to you?

Why King Won’t Touch Weiner

Hmmm…there’s something a little fishy happening over at CNN. John King, the chief national correspondent who usually does all the analysis on top news stories, has been mysteriously off the Anthony Weiner beat. King’s ex-wife, Dana Bash, who is the congressional reporter, has been all over it. But King? Nowhere to be found on the topic of Weiner. The morning show, “New Day,” even brought in Gloria Borger Wednesday to discuss the sext-crazed lawmaker. Today they brought on Democratic pundit Paul Begala. King, meanwhile, considered to be among cable news’ top political minds, weighed in on the considerably less sexy stories of Caroline Kennedy being nominated for ambassador to Japan and an upcoming student loan bill coming before Congress. Yesterday “New Day” didn’t have him on at all. And considering every clump of news stories, according to CNN transcripts, in the past two days has been wall to wall Weiner, that’s, um, peculiar.

Gee could it be that they don’t want King, who’s not exactly known as Husband of the Year and also shares a love of younger women, to discuss a cheater? Or maybe he’s too busy mentoring an intern? They already sauntered down that path when King seriously pissed off Newt Gingrich during a presidential debate by asking him about his ex-wife’s accusations that he wanted an open marriage. “I am appalled that you would begin a presidential debate on a topic like that!” Gingrich replied, blasting him. “I think the destructive, vicious, negative nature of much of the news media makes it harder to govern this country, harder to attract decent people to run for public office.” Yikes. Guess they didn’t want to dip into that well again.

Good thinking CNN!

David Chalian Out at Politico

As some may recall, Politico saved David Chalian‘s ass after his messy hot-mic comment and subsequent firing from Yahoo! News as their  Washington Bureau Chief. During the August, 2012 incident for an online ABC News/Yahoo! broadcast, he joked that Republican convention officials didn’t care about African Americans coping with Hurricane Isaac. “They’re not concerned at all,” he said in jest. “They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning.”

And now, after working at Politico for just nine months as their video guru (Veep of Video Programming), he’s leaving, returning to his “roots” at broadcast news. No new job noted, but we’re sure it’ll soon emerge.

What’s fishy is not that he’s leaving — people come to and leave jobs in journalism with swiftness — but rather the super duper upbeat tone of the memo. If everything’s so fantastic, why’s he out of there so fast? And where’s the gratitude? Couldn’t he have stuck it out a year?

As a Politico insider told us, “The stats in this note are deceptive. 45% up from what? Video views are horrible on Politico. You need only look at whether they’re tweeted or Facebooked. Very seldom – because they’re so amateurish and such vanity vehicles for the select few. A 44 percent spike is actually pathetic when you’re making 50 times as much content. This is what Politico would call out in politicians as bad spin.”

See the memo to the “gang” over at PoliticoRead more

S.E. Cupp Dismisses ‘Too Much Penis’ in D.C.

MSNBC “The Cycle” host S.E. Cupp shot down a critique that there’s too many males in Washington and that women can resolve the problems of the world. Her thoughts came on the program today in light of 20 female senators dining with President Obama last night.

“It’s silly and sort of a narrow view of politics to suggest that this dinner with 20 women senators is going to solve all these problems that [Sen. Amy] Klobuchar is lying out, laying out, that the problem with Washington is too much penis, essentially. There’s just too much penis in Washington and not enough uterus. I think that’s really silly. It also neglects the fact that women are just as capable of being ruthless, of making bad decisions. I mean, this is women. I can show you who woman are. We can throw table and lose our stuff and get a little kooky. I’m kind of over this story before it’s begun.”

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