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Mikey Dickerson on the White House Dress Code

The White House added a video to its YouTube collection following the career of Mikey Dickerson, administrator of the U.S. Digital Service. Dickerson was recruited from Google after the failed launch of Healthcare.gov.

One question he says he’s routinely asked is whether he wears a suit to work every day, and explains, “because that’s just the quickest shorthand way of asking: ‘Is this just the same old business as usual or are they actually going to listen’?”

During a meeting, President Barack Obama says of Dickerson dressed in a jacket and tie, “They’re starting to look official now, aren’t they? They’ve got suits and everything.”

To which Dickerson replies, “This is literally only because you’re here.”

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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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FT Panel: Making News Pay

WaPo‘s Chief Revenue Officer Kevin Gentzel, along with Jonathan Perelman of Buzzfeed, and Dawn Airey of Yahoo will be on a panel this afternoon at Financial Times‘ Digital Media Conference, talking about the ever-elusive goal of monetizing media. Should be very interesting to see if Gentzel will offer any insight into how a Bezos-era WaPo plans on making money. Their panel, which focuses on digital advertising  starts at 2:40 p.m. You can catch a live stream here.

Al-Monitor and PBS Team Up For Mid-East Web Series

If you live any one of these states, you may think the biggest news story today involves piles of cold white stuff and the things we do to cope with said white stuff. However, there are still plenty of actual, terrible things happening in the world that you should probably know about.

Sorry to be a bummer, but it’s true.

One of those things is the ongoing tragedy in Syria. And tonight, Margaret Warner of PBS will be hosting a web show on the issue. In one of the more interesting news media collaborations of recent years, PBS is teaming up with Al-Monitor -the new, DC-based website focused on Middle East issues – to produce a series of web videos, dubbed “Trendlines,” about that troubled part of the world.

The first episode is called “Syria After Geneva 2″ and will examine the prospects of ending the country’s civil war after a historic but largely unfruitful meeting of the Syrian government and opposition leaders. The program will be streamed on both organizations websites tonight at 7:00 PM, and will feature Al-Monitor columnists and writers from the region including Semih Idiz from Ankara, Daoud Kuttab from Amman, and Vitaly Naumkin from Moscow, as well as John Landis, professor at the University of Oklahoma. For more info on the series, go here.

Tune in! “House of Cards” doesn’t start till tomorrow, after all. And hey, you might even learn something.

 

Why Aren’t You Watching Dick Morris TV???

We here at FishbowlDC have lamented the proliferation of janky online videos in the past, but that was before we saw Dick Morris explain the Civil War. Now we see the error of our ways. Dick Morris has taken the janky online video genre and turned it into an art-form. And apparently he’s doing it all from the comfort of his living room.

Sure we’ve ragged on places like USA Today and WaPo for poor production quality and lackluster personalities, but now we see that the problem with those videos was actually that they were trying too hard.

Dick Morris isn’t trying at all -and the results are amazing. Imagine the love child of Kathy Bates and Harvey Fierstein teaching history from the set of a Werther’s Original commercial. And now times that by a million. Also, you’ve got to admire a man who has mastered the art of the shameless plug. These “educational videos” are actually an elaborate marketing campaign for his children’s book! Genius! But we won’t say any more -we don’t want to spoil it for you. You really should just experience it for yourselves…

Click the pic to watch. For some (probably artistic) reason, Dick’s videos don’t embed…

 

PBS Lunch Break

TheMoreYouKnowOkay, well it’s not really PBS, but if you’re a history geek like me, then you might find interesting this little tale about former WaPo publisher and Hope Diamond owner Edward McLean. The story goes, there was a fellow named Cy Cummings who wanted a job at a race track,…

In the course of their conversation, Cummings said: “You know that job out at Laurel race track is open. The former president (of the track) has died.”

McLean said: “Would you like to have that job?”

Cy said, “Yes I would like to have that very much.”

Ed McLean said: “I’ll get it for you.”

“How are you going to do that?”

“I’ll show you.”

McLean then picked up the telephone and called Colonel Matt Wynne, president of Churchill Downs Race Track (in Louisville), where they have the Kentucky Derby and who also was a principal stockholder in Laurel Racetrack.

McLean not only owned the Washington Post, he also owned the Cincinnati Inquirer, the big paper in Cincinnati.

When McLean made the call to Wynne, Wynne claimed the job at Laurel had already been promised to someone else. But McLean continued to advocate for Cy.

“Well,” he said, “I’ll tell you, Matt, if Cy Cummings don’t get that job, the name of Churchill Downs will never again appear in the Cincinnati Inquirer.”

Finally, after a long silence, Mr. Wynne said: “You can tell Mr. Cummings he’s got the job.”