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Archives: April 2010

Slate’s Plotz: ‘I Flew Slightly off the Handle’

“I hate to admit it, but I flew slightly off the handle,” admits Slate’s Editor David Plotz of his remarks about “disgusting” Wall Street on a Slate political podcast. He had gone into a mini-rant about taking pitch forks to Wall Street. “We should burn them down, we should go after them with pitch forks, knives, guns, mace, anything,” he said.

Even Plotz’s wife reacted to it, telling him, “You know, you sound kind of crazy?”

But then something happened he didn’t expect: Newsbusters picked it up and ultimately he became “Fox News’s pinata” of the day.

Plotz insisted that he was joking around on the podcast, that he was being tongue-in-cheek.But FNC’s Laura Ingraham and “Fox and Friends” didn’t find his words to be a joking matter and skewered him.

“More power to Fox for having such sport with me,” Plotz said in a subsequent video posted on Slate. “If it’s good for their ratings to pick on some random podcast rant and to extrapolate on that, the decay of American civilization, then bully for them … but I do wish they would have given a link back to Slate and used a more recent, a more flattering photo.”

Watch Plotz’s Slate video entitled: “My 15 Minutes of Fox News Fame, How I Became a Fox News Punching Bag” Featuring Chemo Tips by FNC’s Jennifer Griffin

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1)FNC’s Jennifer Griffin’s 11 Tips to getting through chemo therapy. Read it here.

Examples: Get your teeth cleaned (you won’t be able to during chemo), find wigs, and buy good beauty products because chemo dries out your skin. (On a good note, Griffin says, chemo does wonder for a person’s skin as it gets all the toxins out.)

2) Jennifer’s tips for fighting Cancer with food.
Read it here.

Examples: raw vegetables, walnuts, green tea

Griffin has had a rare form of breast cancer. She recently had a full mastectomy and is considered to be cancer free.

Jay Leno May Need Major Caffeine


NBC’s Jay Leno will spend less than 24 hours in Washington D.C. for his gig as the entertainment selection for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

After Leno tapes his “The Tonight Show” Friday night, he’ll hop on a red eye to Washington. After the performance Saturday night, he’ll get on another plane and quickly return to Los Angeles.

White House Correspondents’ Association President Ed Chen, of Bloomberg, is not hyper-worried about it, but he joked earlier this week to FishbowlDC: “I hope he doesn’t fall asleep” during the dinner.


Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote(s) of the Day

Oh, please: ‘Nerd Prom’ is so last year

“I’m refusing to refer to the WHCD as ‘Nerd Prom.’ It was funny the first time someone said it. Now it’s just lame.”
Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton on what has been the nickname for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Adrian: How could you?

“i cannot believe Adrian Grenier cut his locks before I could run my fingers thru his hair”
–CBS’ Christine Delargy on her way to the Creative Coalition party Thursday night.

King’s magic wall: Where are you when we need you?

“17 minutes since the end of BBC’s #leadersdebate and STILL no instant poll numbers OR magic wall demo? Somebody get @johnkingusa over there.” –A viewer with the handle, @standupkid, wants to know where CNN’s John King is to break down the British debate coverage.

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Today’s Most Popular Stories 04.29.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for April 29, 2010:

Washington Post: Goldman may face Justice Department review

Washington Times: White House seeks to soften Iran sanctions

Washington Examiner: Want to get rich? Work for feds

USA Today: IRS lacks clout to enforce mandatory health insurance

CQ Politics: West Virginia: Minear Reaches Further Into Deep Pockets

The Hill: Mack (R) compares Ariz. law to Nazi Germany

Politico: Charlie Crist exit could signal insider purge

Roll Call: Alternate Plan Devised for Immigration

National Journal: Debate Starts With Focus On OTC Trades

Gallup.Com: More Americans Favor Than Oppose Arizona Immigration Law

Talking Points Memo: It’s Official: Crist Goes Independent In Florida Senate Race

Politics Daily: Women to Begin Serving on Navy Submarines for the First Time

The New Republic: Gone South

Journos Mix and Mingle With Pols at Fortune‘s Most Powerful Women Dinner

Nina Easton, Fortune’s Washington Editor

Powerful female journalists and politicians and dignitaries rubbed elbows at the State Department Wednesday night for Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women Dinner.

Here’s a list of attendees:

•Elizabeth Bagley U.S. Dept. of State Special Representative for Global Partnership; Former U.S. Ambassador to Portugal, Rep. Melissa Bean (D-Ill.), Heng Chee Chan, Embassy of the Republic of Singapore Ambassador, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Nina Easton Fortune Washington Editor, Diana Farrell NEC Deputy Assistant to the President on Economic Policy, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Nancy Gibbs Time Magazine Executive Editor, Marcia Greenberger National Women’s Law Center Co-President, Bobbie Greene National Trust for Historic Preservation Director, Save America’s Treasures.

•Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.), Stephanie Mehta, Fortune Executive Editor, Dana Miller U.S. House of Representatives, Karen Mills U.S. Small Business Administration Administrator, Chris Miner U.S. Depart. of State, Norah O’Donnell MSNBC Chief Washington Correspondent, Donna Orender WNBA President, Maura Pally U.S. Dept. of State Deputy Assistant Sec. of State for Professional and Cultural Exchanges, Rosa Rios U.S. Department of Treasury United States Treasurer, Mary Schapiro US Securities and Exchange Chairman, Julie Schlosser Fortune Editor, Susan Sher, White House Chief of Staff, Office of the First Lady, Melanie Verveer US Department of State Ambassador at Large for Global Women’s Issues, PBS’s Judy Woodruff and CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

Credentials Required for Press @ WHC Garden Brunch

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Garden brunch tent being erected in Haddad’s lawn today.

“Because the event has grown so much, we realized that this year would require additional management to ensure that working press get what they want, the guests are comfortable and everyone has a great time,” a source working on Tammy Haddad‘s annual WHCA garden brunch told FishbowlDC when asked about the new rules and credentialing this year.

Haddad’s brunch has truly taken on a life of its own, evolving from an intimate affair on the media maven’s lawn to a celeb-filled fete and one of the year’s most sought-after invitations. But the increased interest has triggered a few problems in recent years and guests have complained after being ambushed by flip cams.

A note to press from partners of the event says, “we ask that working media understand that it’s a private party meant to be nothing more than fun for our guests and great awareness for the causes we are celebrating.”

“Since this is the same mix of celebrities, media and politicos that attend the WHCA dinner, we are following the same press guidelines that the WHCA has established for the dinner,” said our source.

Among the guidelines being enforced this year are:

No professional cameras, video or audio recorders under the tent.

Media covering the event must be credentialed.

Media is invited to cover the arrivals and step/repeat area only.

Photos from under the tent will be posted on throughout the day and can be published gratis.

FNC Snags Vanessa Williams, Chace Crawford, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Enrique Iglesias, Marlon Wayans and More

Matthew Morrison from “Glee”

FNC guests for this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner include a colorful cast of stars and network talent:

Grammy and Emmy award winner Vanessa Williams, “Gossip Girl’s” Chace Crawford, Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Singer Enrique Iglesias, actress Ali Larter, actor Marlon Wayans, Medium star Patricia Arquette, General and Mrs. Patty Shinseki, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, FNC’s Bret Baier, Greta Van Susteren, Major Garrett, Mike Emanuel, Jim Angle and Steve Centanni and Catherine Herridge.

In addition, FOX Business Network’s Charlie Gasparino and Rich Edson, Kirsten Powers, Democratic political analyst and FNC contributor, Jim Manley, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Carly Fiorina, Candidate for US Senate (CA) will also be guests of the Network. Two other noteworthy guests include: HBO The Pacific’s Joseph Mazello and General George Casey, who will sit at the same table.

The Bromance of CNN’s Ed Henry and Ali Velshi

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CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi may live and work in different cities — Henry in Washington, Velshi’s on air from Atlanta Monday through Friday — but their bromance (i.e. a complicated friendship shared by two straight males) has been budding for months.

“The bromance has been going on for three months, but it’s really heated up in the last few weeks,” Henry told FishbowlDC earlier this week.

To watch them on air in a segment known as the “Ed Henry Segment”, a watcher picks up on a sense of frolic as they exchange witty banter over who has more Twitter followers and such. Henry even once made a secret trip to Atlanta and surprised Velshi (for a TV segment, of course).

(By the way, both are unashamed about the bromance. Velshi is married; Henry is newly engaged.) “I think everybody is really secure about it,” Henry deadpanned.

This week Velshi is in Washington and apparently had a bad hotel experience. So Henry did what any self-respecting partner in a bromance would do — he purchased Velshi gifts and presented them to him on air off Russell Building balcony on Capitol Hill. The gifts, from the Union Station gift shop, included White House toilet paper and Rose Garden soap. He also bought him a tie clip as well as cuff links that cost $14.50 (note to Ed: probably best not to reveal the price when so cheap.) It was, however, unquestionably thoughtful – Velshi is a tie aficionado.

(Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) was spotted nearby laughing at the Henry-Velshi segment.)

Watch the video of the pair here.

Jenny Sanford to Co-Host ‘The View’

Coming up at 11 a.m.:Jenny Sanford, the scorned ex-spouse to South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, will co-host the program. Let’s see how she fits in with the ladies of ABC’s ‘The View’. We imagine she’ll have strong opinions on certain hot topics.