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Archives: March 2010

Jon Stewart Gives Daily Caller Shout Out (of Sorts)


Come on, which publication doesn’t want to be known for an RNC bondage scandal story?

“The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart mentioned The Daily Caller last night on his show for grabbing the recent RNC scandal in which the RNC paid for a night out of bondage fun at a Hollywood club.

Stewart said, “The Web site Daily Caller, best known for being mentioned just now.”

(The photograph is from the Web site of the Voyeur Nightclub in LA, where the scandal transpired.)

Calderone Fever

calderone.jpg Soon to be ex-Politico Michael Calderone is getting much press attention these days. (Not that he didn’t get attention before, but maybe one should leave one’s publication more often?)

Today the NYT covers the new adventure for Calderone and others moving to Yahoo News with this story.

Reporters are writing FishbowlDC at a fevered pitch asking why he’s leaving and who’s replacing him (whoever wrote me on this, you’re not the only one).

While these burning questions remain part of this modern day mystery, here’s more on Calderone. In a recent tweet by Matt Yglesias (a senior editor for the Center of American Progress), he poses a rather deep question. And by deep, we mean, this will blow your mind, deep.

“If @mlcalderone changes jobs and thus isn’t available to report on his own job-change, has it really happened?”

Yglesias is referring to Monday’s news that Calderone is leaving the publication.

Calderone reported his departure by posting a HuffPost item at 5:27 p.m. Monday with the headline: And media news of a personal nature; memo. (More info soon!) Huffpost, however, initially broke the news.

Wonkette featured the scribe in a story Tuesday in which it joked that the “pleasant” Calderone works for Read it here.

Joy Behar Doesn’t Give a F–k about Beck and Resents Sen. McCain

Joy-Behar.jpg That Joy Behar doesn’t hold anything back.

“Glenn Beck I don’t hate you I don’t give a flying f–k about you,” the talk show maven said on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday night about the FNC host, explaining she has been on Beck’s worst person’s list. Behar has her own talk show on HLN and appears daily on ABC’s “The View”.

Behar also went off on Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for turning down an invitation to come on “The View” after he appeared on the show during the election (funny, he didn’t like dealing with her campaign critiques). “He went back to Vietnam and forgave them,” she said of his Prisoner-of-War experience, “but he will not come back on The View.”

Behar said FNC’s Sarah Palin also won’t come on her show. “She says I was way too hard on her,” Behar told Leno.

The LAT’s “Top of the Ticket” blog kindly alerted us to Behar’s performance early on in the evening. Read the post and watch the must-see video here.

Wemple Slams Examiner and Names Best New Columnist

Think of this as a last blast of Erik Wemple sharply critiquing the media here in Washington for Washington City Paper before he ventures off to Allbritton. One’s favorable; one isn’t.

Best new columnist: Tracee Hamilton, who writes sports for WaPo. Read here.

Best media mystery: the opinion/commentary pages of the Washington Examiner Read here.

Separated at Birth: Ververs and Tapscott

vaughn_ververs.jpg Mark Tapscott.jpg

Though Politico’s Vaughn Ververs and Washington Examiner’s Mark Tapscott differ in hair color, they otherwise pass the twin test.

O’Reilly’s ‘Do it Live’ Segment Never Gets Old


We bring you Mediaite’s recent story of FNC’s Shepard Smith very lightly mocking Bill O’Reilly’s “F–k it, We’ll Do it Live!” clip from “Inside Edition” because it’s worth watching repeatedly.

Watch it here.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote of the Day

“Yikes, Playboy–my old employer–has gone from bimbos to hookers:” (It’s a photograph of Ashley Dupre, former prostitute to ex-NY Gov. Eliot Spitzer, at the Playboy mansion.)

–a Tuesday night Tweet from The Atlantic’s Joshua Green. Green worked for Playboy? Well, yes. He logically transitioned from The Onion, to Playboy to “all the serious DC stuff”. At Playboy: “I was an editorial assistant in the Forum section, which is the “issues” section of the mag (and not to be confused with Penthouse Forum which was made-up letters about sexual conquests), and assistant to the Playboy Advisor, which entailed opening a lot of really creepy mail, sometimes with pictures enclosed. Playboy was actually a great place to work. Super nice people.” Among male friends, he said, “I was The Man — until I left, which none of them could ever understand.”


Today’s Most Popular Stories 03.30.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for March 30, 2010:

Washington Post: FDA pressured to combat rising ‘food fraud’

Washington Times: PRUDEN: Shunning the party of whiners

Washington Examiner: Dems fear honest Obamacare accounting

USA Today: Health care law too costly, most say

CQ Politics: Nevada Republican Chair Resigns

The Hill: GOP senators say they can work with Dems despite healthcare battle

Politico: Man arrested for Eric Cantor death threat

ABC News: Obama Calls For Sanctions Regime vs. Iran “Within Weeks”

CBS News: Mindy McCready Sex Tape To Be Released

Fox News: Computer Records Give Clues in Case of U.S. Family Missing in Mexico

MSNBC News: Obama, Sarkozy urge sanctions on Iran

CNN: ‘RapeLay’ video game goes viral amid outrage

Wall Street Journal: Obama Steps Up Confrontation

NPR: Seeing Impostors: When Loved Ones Suddenly Aren’t

Roll Call: HOH’s One-Minute Recess: Picture Perfect

National Journal: Boehner: Waxman Tries To Intimidate Firms

Bloomberg News: VW Said to Speed Up Phaeton Facelift to Target Wealthy in China

Gallup.Com: Americans Remain Concerned About Costs of Healthcare Bill

Talking Points Memo: For Hutaree, Militia Ethos Extended To Family Life

Politics Daily: White House to Outline Plan for Off-Shore Oil Drilling

Reuters: Sex infection gonorrhea risks becoming “superbug”

The New Republic: Queen Tea

MSNBC to Host WHCD After Party

Move over Bloomberg, Vanity Fair and Cap File…MSNBC is making a play for “it” party following this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner on Saturday May 1, 2010.

According to, MSNBC’s fete will planned by event producer, Philip Dufour, the brains and creative brawn behind last year’s RTCA after-party extravaganza (also hosted by MSNBC).

For more details, check out

Karen Tumulty Joins WaPo National Politics

Time magazine’s national political correspondent Karen Tumulty has joined WaPo to cover national politics. At Time, Karen has written or co-authored three dozen cover stories regularly posts on’s political blog, “Swampland.”

Before joining Time, Tumulty spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times, where she reported on Congress, business, energy and economics. She will officially start at WaPo on April 12.

See WaPo memo announcing her arrival after the jump.

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