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Archives: July 2010

CNN Names Producer for Spitzer & Parker Show

LMcGuirk_7.30.jpgLiza McGuirk has been named Executive Producer of CNN’s new 8 p.m. so far unnamed debate program with co-hosts Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker set to launch this fall.

Senior Veep of Programming Bart Feder made the announcement. Most recently, McGuirk has been executive producer of CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria: GPS.”

More on McGuirk after the jump…

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Group Raises Holy Hell Against Fox News Getting Helen’s Seat – They Prefer NPR to Fox News

A progressive group called CREDO Action is trying to persuade the White House Correspondents’ Association that Fox News is not a legitimate news organization and should not get former White House scribe Helen Thomas‘s front row seat. The board meets Sunday to decide.

Becky Bond, the group’s political director, wrote a scathing letter to members of the WHCA board – they want NPR to get the seat. Bond says that 189,000 people have signed a position saying that “Fox News is a right-wing propaganda operation.”

But Washington Examiner‘s White House correspondent Julie Mason, a WHCA board member, wasn’t impressed. “Smearing our colleagues like this isn’t terribly persuasive,” Mason told FishbowlDC. “The reporters, producers and photographers from Fox News assigned to the White House are some of the best and well-respected in the business. Bloomberg, Fox and NPR made strong cases for moving up in the briefing room, I’m sure the board will have a good debate.”

FishbowlDC has reached out to Fox News PR on this matter. Should we get a response we’ll bring it to you.

Read the anti-Fox News letter after the jump…
(And find out more on CREDO Action – as in, what is it?)

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Quote(s) of the Day

Reporter senses ghosts

“I’ve said it before: As much as I luv the gig at the WH, there’s nothin like hanging out at the US Capitol at nite. You can feel the ghosts.” – NY Daily News‘s White House reporter Ken Bazinet, in a Thursday tweet. Bazinet goes by the Twitter handle, bazmaniandevil.

Scribe boasts Barney in the House

“Barney Frank, baby.”
- NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd, who hosts MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” on “Morning Joe” Friday morning playing up this morning’s guest on “The Daily Rundown.”

Ellen out. Gibbs in. (Not really)

“I’m leaving after a year and a half to be a judge on American Idol.”
- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Friday morning’s “Morning Joe” on his future plans which come on the heels of Ellen Degeneres abruptly leaving “American Idol” after one season. (Of course, Gibbs is joking.)


NJ Picks Up Politico‘s Davenport

Energy and environment reporter Coral Davenport has has called it quits with Politico after only a month. It was announced today that she has signed on as the National Journal Group’s new E&E correspondent where she’ll write for the website, Congress Daily and National Journal magazine.

Davenport, who joined Politico in June, was previously a correspondent for CQ and has reported for the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today and the Atlanta Constitution-Journal.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 07.29.10

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

Washington Post: Sherrod plans lawsuit against conservative blogger Breitbart

Washington Times: Ousted USDA employee Sherrod to sue blogger

Washington Examiner: Sarah Palin shows the limits of womanly wisdom

USA Today: Amazon unveils 3rd-generation Kindle e-book reader

CQ Politics: Rangel Faces 13 Ethics Charges

The Hill: President Obama calls African-Americans a ‘mongrel people’

Politico: Chelsea’s day: What we know

Roll Call: Rangel Reported to Have Reached Deal on Ethics Charges

National Journal: Dems Press For Border Funds, Weigh Immigration Bills

Gallup.Com: Americans Look to Wealthy to Help Save Social Security

Talking Points Memo: Anti-Mosque Protester To TPM: Muslims Hate Dogs And America Too

Politics Daily: Charlie Rangel Charged With 13 Violations of House Rules

The New Republic: ‘Top Secret America’-A Bust

The Daily Caller: Peter Orszag versus Paul Ryan: Part Deux

Foreign Policy: Nuking the Messenger

Ward Takes Heat for Hotness


It’s a double-edged sword getting a spot on The Hill‘s 50 Most Beautiful People of Capitol Hill list. On one hand, you’re being declared attractive – not a bad thing in life. On the other, it’s an honor that often brings certain grief from friends, family, colleagues and strangers.

The only journo on this year’s list, The Daily Caller‘s Jon Ward, got into it briefly with Bloomberg Television‘s D.C. scribe Lizzie O’Leary on Wednesday over Twitter.

Lizzie: @jonward is pretty. That’s all.
Jon: @lizzieohreally that’s not nice.
Lizzie: @jonward11 as in “that is all I have to say” – you beautiful people so easily wounded.

At some point the hashtag #givingjoncrapallday emerged.

Half Yard to Host Private “Housewives” Screening Shindig

On August 5th Half Yard Productions, the company behind the “Real Housewives of DC,” is having a screening and premiere party for the highly-anticipated Bravo series. According to the invite, the cast will be in attendance but ironically, crashers will not – even members of the media who made the list are not permitted to bring a guest. The event, an hour-long cocktail at a downtown hotel begins at 8 PM, followed by the show which airs that evening at 9 PM.

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Examiner Hires Second Scribe for Yeas & Nays

The Washington Examiner has made a hire on that second Yeas & Nays gossip columnist post that needed to be filled.

It’s Katy Adams, a four-time Emmy winner from FOX 5. The lead columnist will continue to be Nikki Schwab.

Noteworthy backstory: Editor Steve Smith grew frustrated in the process of replacing former columnist Tara Palmeri, who’s now at NYP‘s Page 6. We’re hearing that if this hire hadn’t happened, Smith briefly considered shifting the hiring responsibility to editor Jacque Bland. Smith tried to hire Nick Ballasy, who apparently said he wanted to continue to do more “serious” journalism (to which some at the Examiner rolled their eyes in response). Ballasy works for the news web site Cybercast News Service.

See Smith’s announcement e-mail after the jump. It includes a second hire, Lisa Gartner, who will cover the less flashy beat of “Virginia.” She comes highly qualified and is also award-winning…

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Separated at Birth: Politico’s John Bresnahan And…

Politico‘s Capitol Bureau Chief John Bresnahan looks strangely similar to Samuel Gates O’Connor the newborn baby boy of Bloomberg’s Patrick O’Connor.

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Arthur Delaney Scissorhands


As we told you this morning, there’s a reporter in town who cuts his own locks. It’s none other than HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney.

Delaney tells me he has largely been his own stylist for the past decade. “It’s why I look like such an idiot,” he joked (though some of his colleagues insist otherwise…).

(Unfortunately, this is the largest photograph we could find, but you get the general idea of his hairdo.)