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Morning Reading List 05.28.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Happy Birthday to WaPo Publisher Katharine Weymouth

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line. Here’s what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



Is NBC working on a Live at 5 format killer?

Politico speculates about the cast of DC’s Real Housewives: Tammy Haddad, Norah O’Donnell, Ana Marie Cox, Sally Quinn, Michelle Fenty?
FishbowlDC expects Kat Kennedy to be married by week’s end…


Like a magical unicorn, Bill Clinton remains one of the most fascinating creatures of all times. New York Times White House correspondent Peter Baker writes this weekend’s magazine cover story on Slick Willy.


The Dems are controlling more than just the White House and Congress. They’re also collectively winning the battle for traffic among political sites.

Time Warner made official plans to separate its AOL division sometime around the end of this year, a widely expected move that sheds one of the media company’s weakest divisions.


Today at 11.30 AM, IFC is bringing together George Stephanopoulos, Greta Van Susteren, John King, Tucker Carlson, Norman Ornstein, Marcus Brauchli – to delve into the media’s coverage of the Obama administration. This event is held in conjunction with “The IFC Media Project,” airing Sundays at 11PM ET/PT on IFC . FishbowlDC will be on site at the Newseum.


The Blagojeviches’ two-bedroom condo in Dupont Circle is “on the market” for $570K, and is “advertised as having hardwood floors, a fireplace, a balcony and ‘great flow’”

Before abandoning broadcast journalism all together, I interviewed for a gig in this market. No lie. An oldie but a goody…

HAT TIP: Wake Up Call,, Politico

Taking Out the Trash

What we almost missed today…

Poor Wayne Allard :( The Washington Times forgets Colorado recently had a Republican senator.

Don’t…er, do quit your day job? Robert Gibbs is a regular laugh riot.

LAST CALL swizzles Larry King: Not to be outdone by the admin’s release of “100 Days, 100 Projects,” Larry King reminded everyone about the release of his memoirs, alternatively titled “Married Eight Times to Seven Women.”

Coug-o-rama. Move over Sonia Sotomayor…’cause we hear that Cap Hill Cougs are ferocious. FamousDC compiles “Real Housewives” coverage.

*WARNING TO HOUSEWIVES: Don’t pull this in DC unless you’re pursuing a career as my hood ornament. Trust.

WaPo’s Anthony Faiola to London

WaPo memo naming Tony Faiola as new London bureau chief below:

We are pleased to announce that Anthony Faiola will become our new bureau chief in London, succeeding Kevin Sullivan and Mary Jordan. Tony’s high-flying journalism about the economic crisis in recent months will serve him well when he lands in a Britain that is looking a lot like the moribund pre-Thatcher days. His feature writing skills, versatility, curiosity and energy will be in constant demand as he grapples with a beat that zeros in on the Queen’s butler one moment, terrorism the next, and the Libor after tea.

As Tony has put it, his specialty is the societal telescope, the spy glasses for readers. In two previous tours abroad, Tony was a master at finding that anecdote or special moment that opens a window on the larger truth. Tony began his career at the Post in 1994, when he joined the Financial staff. He then spent more than five years as Buenos Aires correspondent, followed by tours in Tokyo and New York. Before coming to the Post, he worked as a financial writer and government reporter at The Miami Herald.

We hope to see Tony on station by Labor Day.

Prank Call: Hey Jana, Is your toilet running?

Then why don’t you go catch it? The slow news day gods answered my prayers…

One can only hope that this email about a running toilet from Jana Prewitt at the US Mint was not intended for their press list….hilarity!

From: Prewitt, Jana []
Sent: Wednesday, May 27, 2009 10:33 AM
To: +DC Facilities Team; ABC GMA-Adam Belmar-producer; ABC GMA-Andy Parks; ABC Nightly-Lisa Stark; ABC Radio News-Bill Greenwood-reporter; ABC Radio-Rusty Lutz; ABC-Anita Krichmar; (Susan Headley); AP News Calendar-Grace Kim-212-621-1521; AP Radio; AP Radio-Dave Melendy-Assignment Editor; AP Radio-Mark Hamrick; AP Radio-Ross Simpson; AP-Marty Crutsinger; Associated Press-Theresa Werner-Domestic Planning Editor; Belo Syndicate (Dallas Mng News)-Neil Downing; Bloomberg; Bloomberg; Bloomberg News-Nadine Elsibai; Bloomberg-Lou Giserman; CBS Early Show-Hardy Spire; Bruce, Andrea; CBS Evening News-Joshua Lewis; Dyer, Lois; Handleman, Michelle Z; Warner, Craig; Hartge, John; Chicago Sun Times-Robert Herguth; CN8-Andrea Gibbs; CN8-Scott Knowlton; CNN RAdio News-Dick Uliano; CNN Radio-Ed McCarthy; CNN-Drew Trachtenberg; CNN-Karla Crosswhite-Editor; Craig Wolf-Poughkeepsie Journal; C-Span desk-Martine Rodriguez; Dow Jones News Wires; Florida Times Union-Ed Gefen; Fox 31 News-Denver-Scott Lucero; Fox News Channel Managing Editor-Brit Hume; Fox News Channel-Bill Shine-producer; Fox News-Jane Roh; Geico Direct-Pete Hildebrandt; Hearst TV-Erin McManamon-producer; Smoot, Todd C; Los Angeles Times-Bill Sing; Los Angeles Times-Scott Kraft-Nat Editor; Lynn Butkiewicz; Maddie Bora; Marketplace-NPR-Alex Cohen; Miami Herald-Judy Miller; Miami Herald-Shelly Kasel Acoca; National Geographic-Dan Glick; NBC desk; NBC Evening News-Libby Leist-producer; NBC News Channel-Jay Hurt; NBC News Channel-Nancy Ellard; NBC News-desk; NBC Nightly News-Brad Watts; NBC Nightly News-Michelle Perry-Producer; NBC Radio-America in the Morning-Tom Delach; NBC Today Show-Gina Garcia; NBC Today Show-Melissa Dunlop; NBC TV-David Sullivan; NBC-Andrea Berry; New York Times-Bill Hamiliton; New York Times-Glenn Collins; New York Times–Matthew Healey; Newsweek-Karen Springen; Philadelphia Daily News-Theresa Johnson; Philadelphia Inquirer-Bob Rose; Philadelphia Inquirer-Ned Warwick; Reuters-Jonathan Lyons-Americas Desk Editor; Reuters-Jonathan Nicholson; Reuters-Laura MacInnis; Reuters-Wash Bureau-Sarah Edmonds; San Diego Union; San Diego Union-Todd Merriman; San Francisco Chronicle; USA Radio Networks-Curt Lewis-reporter; USA Today-Barbara Hagenbaugh; USA Today-James Henderson-Money Editor; USA Today-John BAcon; USA Today-Rodney Brooks-Dep Managing Editor; USA Today-Sue Kirchhoff; USA Today-Susan Weiss-Life Managing Editor; Wall Street Journal- Alan Murray; Wall Street Journal Money & Investing-Dave Kansas-Editor; Wall Street Journal This Morning-Chuck Fishman; Wall Street Journal-Dep Editor-Phil Kuntz; Wall Street Journal-Greg Hitt; Wall Street Journal-Karl Bialik; Wall Street Journal-Kelly Spors-reporter; Washington Post Kids Post-Tracy Grant-editor; Washington Post-Claudia Townsent-Day Business Editor; Washington Post-Elizabeth Williamson; Washington Post-Judy Sarasohn-Fed Page Editor; Washington Post-Kids Post-Marylou Tousignant; Westwood One-Tom DeLach-Jim Bohannon Producer; WRC-NBC 4-Erin Vanderbellon-Producer; WTOP Radio News-Judy Taub-Midday Editor; WTOP Radio News-Mike McMearty-News Director; WTOP-Business Editor-Jeff Claybaugh; WTOP-Mitchell Miller-Morning Drive Editor; WTTG-5-Carolyn Dolci-Consumer reporter; WTTG-Holley Coil; WUSA-Janet Terry-Andrea Roane’s producer

Subject: Toilet won’t quit running water–8th Floor women’s restroom

Importance: High

Aspen Book Talk: Featuring Editors Karl Taro Greenfeld and Steve Luxenberg

The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series Cordially invites you to a lunchtime book talk featuring Karl Taro Greenfeld, longtime writer and editor for Time and Sports Illustrated and author of Boy Alone: A Brother’s Memoir and WaPo Associate Editor Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghosts:A Journey Into a Family Secret.

Moderated by Walter Isaacson
President and CEO, The Aspen Institute

Monday, June 8, 2009
12:00 pm

The Aspen Institute
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC

Please reply via email to or by phone to (202) 736-2299.

Books available for sale and for signing on-site. A buffet lunch will be served.


About Boy Alone:
Haunting, tragic, and unforgettable, this chronicle of autism is a beautiful, wholly original exploration of what it means to be a family, a brother, and a person.

About Annie’s Ghosts:
“It is too simple to call this a magnificent detective story. More than that, Annie’s Ghosts is an honest and faithful rumination on a sad, delicate mystery . . . a remarkable journey to the very center of a secret.”
–David Simon, creator of HBO’s The Wire

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Yesterday’s Press Briefing

YouTube, ITube, WeAllTube: On the heels of Obama’s Supreme Court nominee announcement this morning, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fielded questions on a controversial YouTube video in which Sonia Sotomayor says the “Court of Appeals is where policy is made.” A visibly irritated RG charged that the comment was out of context, exchanging barbs with AURN’s April Ryan to the point where he defended, “I’m simply joining you in the richness of the dialogue that we’re having.” Asked if he was concerned about the impact the video would have in this ‘YouTube era,’ the spokesman shot back, “even if I can’t convince some people in this room,” most people will understand the full context of her remarks. Ouch, Robert. Ouch.

All Clear?: If it’s an Obama nominee, the tax question is inevitable.
The question first came literally from front and center in the room as Helen Thomas drew laughter for the straightforward, “Did she pay her taxes?” Gibbs offered the mysterious, “I have not seen anything on that.” Later, when the question was repeated, Gibbs went further: “I think she’s been fully vetted and we’re confident.” No word yet on what happened in between those two questions to solidify his faith….

Ringer Redux: Cell phone violator du jour was NPR’s Mara Liasson, who pointed out that she should get a free pass, as it was her first time breaking the otherwise entirely peaceful (ha!) Brady briefing room.
“We won’t use precedent in this case,” Gibbs assured her.

Saberi’s First Interview to Air Thursday on NPR

On Thursday, May 28 NPR News’ ‘All Things Considered’ will air an exclusive interview with Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi. The interview with NPR host Melissa Block will be Saberi’s first since being released from Iran’s Evin Prison this month.

Memorial Gathering for John Wilke

A gathering will be held this Saturday, May 30, to celebrate the life and career of WSJ’s John Wilke. All are welcome. The service will be a music-filled fundraiser with all proceeds contributed to the education of John and Nancy’s two children, Robin and Jackson. It will take place at the American Legion Hall Post #8, 224 D Street S.E., in Washington, D.C.

The event will begin at 7pm and music starts at 8pm. There will be a cash bar and a requested minimum donation of $50 per person. Limited edition Wilke T-shirts can be purchased for $50. Additional information on contributing can be found here.

Washingtonian Names 50 Top Journos

washingtonian top 50 FBDC.jpgIn the June issue of Washingtonian, the mag’s executive editor Garrett Graff takes his old Fishbowl fins out for a spin to write the quadrennial review of Washington’s “50 Top Journalists.”

The piece evaluates the city’s rising stars, anchors, behind-the-scenes movers and shakers and the best reporters at “explaining what news means.”

ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd and CBS’ Lara Logan were no surprise but the “rising stars” category was interesting. The category included WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, FNC’s Chad Pergram, HuffPo’s Sam Stein, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, NJ’s Shane Harris and WRC-TV’s Lindsay Czarniak to name just a few.

Check out the June issue of Washingtonian for the full list.

*Pictured: Wapo’s Dana Priest, FOX’s Carl Cameron, Time’s Karen Tumulty

Reality Bites: Real Housewives of DC

A few months back, FishbowlDC told you that Half Yard Productions was snooping around the city for “female power players” to take part in a new reality TV series.

Last week, TWT’s G&G Undercover reported Housewife-free DC:

Bravo reps have confirmed to Green and Glover that no plans are in the works for a “Real Housewives of Washington” installment.

Unfortunately, the lady spies at TWT had to learn the hard way that reality bites…er, network publicists lie because today, Bravo announced “The Real Housewives of D.C.” The show will be produced by Half Yard Productions. See the full release after the jump.

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