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Archives: February 2010

Nat’l Enquirer Weighs Opening D.C. Bureau

natenquierersarahpalin.jpgThe National Enquirer may strut its stuff and open up a Washington office, FishbowlDC has learned. The supermarket tabloid is riding the wave of busting the affair and subsequent baby girl of former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) and Rielle Hunter.

In fact, said National Enquirer Executive Editor Barry Levine, credibility would be at an all-time high in the nation’s capitol, since the publication just received the nod from Pulitzer to be nominated for prizes in two categories.

Levine told FishbowlDC that he’d seriously consider Politics Daily columnist Emily Miller for the job of opening the bureau, considering it was she who persuasively convinced him to submit the necessary materials to be considered for a Pulitzer. He referred to Miller as a “pit bull” reporter.

“One day I hope she would possibly consider joining the Enquirer,” Levine said. “If we entertain plans to start a Washington bureau she would be an ideal candidate for the job. I think it’s something that we’ll certainly think about and look into. It could be a bounty of stories based on [our] credibility now in the nation’s capitol.”

FishbowlDC Interview With Michael Calderone

Say hello to Politico’s villainous media scribe Michael Calderone. We’re only kidding. He may be a competitor and he did once land on MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Person in the World” list, but it’s all friendly. Enjoy.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray.

How often do you Google yourself? I have Google alerts for “news” and “blogs” once a day-a healthy amount of self-obsession, but not too over the top.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Tom Wolfe.

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? I’ve seen both, and actually have an answer: Team Edward. Maybe it’s my inner goth, too much listening to the Cure as a teenager, but I’ll always side with the gaunt, nattily-dressed Victorian-looking vampire over the more jock-like wolf pack.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Being vegetarian, I’d be nervous about having to hunt for my dinner. So to be safe, I’ll go with Michelle.

When did you last cry and why? Watching the last game of the Mets 2007 season.

What word do you routinely misspell? Occasionally.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Ringer_Bonjour.

What swear word do you use most often? Zounds!

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Spar,” “slam,” and “bash.” But they’re just so useful in POLITICO headlines!

What TV show do you have to watch? Lost. Sadly, not for much longer.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? If Odin were transplanted in D.C., then I’d probably shop there most. Otherwise, it varies.

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? My daytime talk diet consists mostly of watching old Jerry Springer pranks on YouTube.

Who was your mentor? My high school journalism teacher and much of the New York Observer staff-can’t think of better training for a reporter in Manhattan.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? This pretty much explains it.

Read more about Calderone after the jump…

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Spam Demon Sends Out Dirty Twitter Messages

banner-2.jpg Unless journos in this town are turning wildly inappropriate, Twitter is involuntarily sending out porn-laden messages to people’s private inboxes.

I’ve received several such messages from political types and scribes around town. Others on Twitter are warning their fan clubs that it’s happening, trying to pre-apologize before it reaches a recipient.

Here’s a sampling of what’s being sent out (To protect the innocent, I’m not attaching names to the quotes considering there’s no way they sent them intentionally and they are known names around town):

1. “hey, i’ve been having better sex and longer with this here.”

2. “hi, i’m 24/female/horny… i have to get off here but message me on my windows live messenger name”

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote of the Day

Keith Olbermann was supposed to be here with us tonight. He’s not here for deeply personal reasons. Keith, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”

– MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews on a special health care edition of the show Thursday night. The previous night, Olbermann gave an impassioned, emotional speech on his show about the care his father, who is ill. Olbermann told viewers they may not see him on the show for a while.


Today’s Most Popular Stories 02.25.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for February 25, 2010:

Washington Post: Little sign of common ground at health-care summit

Washington Times: Bernanke delivers blunt warning on U.S. debt

Washington Examiner: The taint in the Toyota probe

USA Today: M.E. says drowning, trauma killed whale trainer

CQ Politics: Ex-Rep. Cooks Up a Political Comeback

The Hill: LIVEBLOG: Bipartisan healthcare summit at the White House

Politico: Exclusive: What happens next in health care

ABC News: ‘Dating Game Killer’ Found Guilty

CBS News: Tilikum Trainer Had to be Pulled From Jaws

Fox News: Colleagues Will Continue Working With Whale That Killed Trainer

MSNBC News: Dems, GOP may not ‘bridge the gap’ on reform

CNN: Missing actor’s body found in Vancouver park

Wall Street Journal: Push to Oversimplify at Climate Panel

NPR: Failed Justice Leaves Rape Victim Nowhere To Turn

Roll Call: Obama, McCain Replay 2008 in Summit Spat

National Journal: Summit Offers No Sign Of Breakthrough

Bloomberg News: Obama May Prohibit Home-Loan Foreclosures Without HAMP Review

Gallup.Com: Americans Tilt Against Democrats’ Plans if Summit Fails

Talking Points Memo: After Rep. Resigns In Sex Scandal, Georgia County Elects GOPer Who Had Affair With Mother-In-Law

Politics Daily: 2009 Saw Biggest Slump in Global Trade Since World War II

Reuters: Dubai Mall partly evacuated after aquarium leak

The New Republic: Keystone Blues

Birthday Roundup


CBS’s Bob Schieffer wants his two years back!

This morning, NPR kindly wished Bob Schieffer a happy birthday on the air, but they wished him a happy 75th. He’s 73.

Happy Birthday to Schieffer!

We’d also like to extend birthday wishes to CNN’s Jessica Yellin and WaPo’s Anne Kornblut.

The Hill Snags Needham

FishbowlDC has confirmed that BNA’s Vicki Needham, who was part of the mass exodus from CQ-Roll Call last fall, will be joining The Hill.

Needham will start writing for The Hill on March 11th and cover budget, appropriations, taxes and other financial matters.

Time’s Cover: The Taliban (Inside: ‘Family Guy’ Smacks Down Palin)


Time magazine’s cover story this week deals with Taking on the Taliban. But inside, Time’s James Poniewozik takes on former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin’s war with ‘Family Guy’. The author points out the show’s counterattack on Palin. What’s more, a cartoon picture gives the former Alaskan governor a black eye.

Slate’s Live Panel on Searching for Saddam

saddam.jpgSlate hosts a live panel discussion Friday morning in conjuction with the New America Foundation. The panel is based on the Slate series, “Searching for Saddam”, that tells the story of how innovative U.S. soldiers captured Saddam Hussein by using Facebook-style social network theory.

Slate’s Chris Wilson (author of the series), New America’s Peter Bergen, and others will discuss the high-tech hunt Hussein that took place in 2003 and how the lessons from that search continue to change and influence U.S. war practices.

Searching for Saddam takes place at the New America Foundation, 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. Slate will live stream the discussion on its Web site,

Radio One Cans Its D.C. Digs

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Radio One, owner of 53 urban radio stations and the would-be anchor resident of Washington’s new Broadcast Center One in the Shaw neighborhood has backed out of the deal, reports the WBJ.

Bad news for the mayor and city who were backing the mixed-use project that received $23 million in subsidies. Radio One did not immediately respond to WBJ‘s request for comment and so far, have offered no reasons for pulling out. Check out the WBJ story for the full scoop.