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Archives: August 2010

Scribes Organize Bash for ‘Popular’ Jennifer Loven

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An e-mail to White House scribes made the rounds this weekend to announce a party Wednesday at Old Ebbitt Grill for AP’s Jennifer Loven. She’s moving on to The Glover Park Group.

The subject line: Save the Date: A Celebration for Jennifer Loven. AP White House Reporter Julie Pace and AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller are the party’s official organizers.

Quick update on the details for Jennifer’s party, which will be Wednesday from 7-10pm at Old Ebbitt. We have a space reserved in the atrium, which is at the back of the restaurant with food, cash bar, and lots of good people. Again, it would be helpful if you could let me know if you’re able to make it so we have a general idea of the head count. But it’s also no problem if you just show up! Thanks, and look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!

A later e-mail added, “As you can tell from this invite, Jen is quite popular! If you think you’ll be able to make it and could email Julie back to let us know, that would really help us keep tabs on the head count. No worries if you don’t know at this point, please come anyway! Look forward to seeing everyone next week.”

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote(s) of the Day

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Business reporter endorses lobster truck

“Endorsing @Lobstertruckdc — more than worth the 25-minute wait and price ($15) for this delicious pile of lobster claw meat. #dcfood”
- AP Business writer Daniel Wagner in a Monday tweet.

Phonetic overboard

In a town where the mexican restaurant menu has a phonetic pronunciation guide. Taquitos-Tah-key-toes, Quesadilla-Kay-sah-dee-yah
- WaPo personal finance writer Nancy Trejos in a Monday tweet.

Not even writing headline for this…

“I just saw a Chuck introduce himself to a Todd. That was really weird.”
- NBC Capitol Hill correspondent Luke Russert in a Monday tweet.

D.C. writer gets favorite granddaughter status

“Emergency trip to DC to pick up Grandpa and Great Aunt Dee at Beck rally almost done. This is why I’m their favorite grandchild.”
-FishbowlDC Contributor Ashley Estill in a weekend tweet during Glenn Beck rally.

Reporter apologizes for self-promoting

“Be a fan on facebook! (sorry, some self-promotion.)”
- Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman on Twitter. Find his Facebook page here.

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Today’s Most Popular Stories 08.30.10

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

Washington Post: After Washington rally, Glenn Beck assails Obama’s religion

Washington Times: Changes urged for troubled U.N. climate panel

Washington Examiner: Hugh Hewitt: Seventy percent of Americans know they’ve been conned

USA Today: Record number in government anti-poverty programs

CQ Politics: DCCC Hits Duffy on Social Security in First IE Ad

The Hill: Ron Paul questions whether there’s gold at Fort Knox, NY Fed

Politico: The bill for Agent Orange comes due

Roll Call: Libertarians Won’t Allow Murkowski to Run as One of Them

National Journal: Senate May Consider Stem Cell Legislation

Gallup.Com: GOP Takes Unprecedented 10-Point Lead on Generic Ballot

Talking Points Memo: Gallup: Republican Congressional Ballot Lead Highest Ever

Politics Daily: Obama Responds to Glenn Beck Rally, Doubts About His Own Religion

The New Republic: Beck on Top

The Daily Caller: ‘Reclaiming the Dream’ rally touts liberal causes, slams Beck

Foreign Policy: Obama goes after Kim Jong Il’s creature comforts

WaPo’s Mui Returns to her New Orleans Roots

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NEW FEATURE

Today we debut a feature that focuses purely on writing. This gives us a chance to showcase the best of the best out there amongst Washington D.C. and political writers when it comes to writing leads. The goal is for this to become a daily staple of FishbowlDC. There will be no set time to it – when we find what we think is an exceptional lead, we’ll post it. This will not be partisan in nature, although at times we may feature the lead of a column, editorial or story that leans one way or another. Please don’t be shy. Send us your leads or those of your coworkers at fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or directly to me at fishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

Our first featured lead is by WaPo‘s Ylan Mui, a WaPo business writer who wrote a story for the WP Magazine that ran Sunday:

I bumped into my past one steamy afternoon in June at a snowball stand just outside of New Orleans.

Read the full story here.

WaPo Sports Columnist Mike Wise Turns Into Literal Wiseguy

wisebio.jpeg How does a journalist up his Twitter fan club following these days?

One option is to dot your copy with the word p—y, as expertly done by WaPo humor columnist Gene Weingarten. (He was mimicking author Buzz Bissinger, who has an affinity for dirty tweets and often dropping the f-bomb.) Another is to outright fabricate stories, which is how WaPo sports columnist Mike Wise tried to tackle Twitter.

The sports site, SBNation.com’s Mike Prada has the details on Wise’s phony tweeting. Wise was trying to play a joke on readers – namely by inventing sports facts and hoping more readers would follow him. He even bragged about it on his radio show.

Wise’s Twitter handle is: @MikeWiseguy. And the handle appears to be fitting.

SBNation.com reports that Wise fessed up and tweeted this apology:

“As part of a bit on my show today, I tried to test the accuracy of social media reporting. Probably not the best way to go about experiment. But in the end, it proved two things: 1. I was right about nobody checking facts or sourcing and 2. I’m an idiot. Apologies to all involved.”

NJ Lands Newsweek’s Hirsh

The latest in National Journal‘s hiring spree is award-winning journo and author Michael Hirsh. It was announced today that Hirsh will join NJ as Chief Correspondent, covering the intersection of economic policy, foreign policy, and politics for the newsgroup.

Hirsh joins NJ from Newsweek, where he is a senior editor, National Economics Correspondent and Washington web editor.

In a statement released by NJ today, Hirsh said of his new position, “I have long been an admirer of Ron Brownstein‘s and Ron Fournier‘s work, and I am drawn to their mission: providing deep, thoughtful journalism across varied platforms with energy and speed at the new National Journal. I am eager to do my part to make that happen.”

Shepard Smith Doesn’t Like to See Towers Fall – Um, REALLY?

In what may be the most inane quote of the day (no offense to Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays, they just asked the question after all and didn’t force his response), FNC’s Shepard Smith “reveals” that he doesn’t like watching clips of the towers falling or those of Hurricane Katrina for that matter. Smith told this to Yeas & Nays reporters at a Thursday reception for a Hurricane Katrina exhibit at the Newseum.

As reported in Yeas & Nays:

“Before viewing the clips, Smith told Yeas & Nays, ‘I don’t like to watch the towers fall, and I don’t like to watch New Orleans flooded. I don’t like it. I try to avoid it when I can.’”

Question to broadcast media: Does anyone sit around watching this sh-t for fun?

Copy Editor Scorches Neighbor in Blistering Post

AAAAAsx_VToAAAAAAMUrmg.jpg It’s never wise to antagonize the copy editor – he or she can mess with your copy like none other. But it’s not all that smart to cross one in regular life, either, especially one with a blog about the Orioles.

No matter that it’s supposed to be about the Orioles. One can stray from the topic in a flash, which is what The Hill‘s Chief Copy Editor Mike Laws did over the weekend when he got into a tangle with a neighbor. Laws, having just returned from what sounded to be a lovely cross-country trip to San Francisco, came home to find himself locked out of his abode. Details are sketchy and complicated, but suffice it to say the neighbor could have helped him out, but instead declared any assistance against condo board rules.

Hence, the scathing post from Laws on his blog regarding his “f–king a–hole” neighbor.

> Update: Laws writes, “The night takes its first of two additional sharp turns for the worse.” In other words, he has to call a locksmith while coping with a very annoying teenage girl in the lobby. Pretty hilarious. Read here.

CNN’ Henry-Velshi Bromance Reignites

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When the cat’s away the mice – in this case the mice being CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi – will play. CNN’s Candy Crowley was off on Sunday’s “State of the Union.” Henry filled in and, not surprisingly, welcomed his buddy, Velshi, on for a segment.

Henry and Velshi have been known to horse around on air. The two happily married broadcast journos have a clear bro-mantic affection for each other.

HENRY: When Candy gave me the keys to the show, I thought I’d have a little fun. Do we call it, is this the Ali Velshi segment or is it Bromance Weekend Edition?

VELSHI: You must have won a bet or something. Normally I’m watching this after waking up from a drooling sleep. It’s like a bit of a dream being here today.

Henry and Velshi moved into serious chatter about positive economic news, but eventually returned to their bromance.

HENRY: I sort of like this power shift where I’m the anchor and you’re the reporter.

VELSHI: As long as we’re hanging out together, any way you want to do it.

Awwww.

Watch the segment here.

Y & N’s Katy Adams Toasted at Teatro

Vino flowed for Katy Adams at Teatro Goldoni on Friday evening. The newest writer to take the reins of the Examiner‘s “Yeas and Nays” column was celebrated by nearly two dozen media types with a lovely three-course dinner hosted by Janet Donovan. In attendance were WBJ‘s Jennifer Nycz-Conner, Nick Massella, Brendan Kownacki, Human Events editor Emily Miller, Roz Plater and Maureen Ume of Fox 5, Roll Call‘s Beth Brotherton and Ali McSherry, Examiner’s Jacque Bland, Mary Bird, Amy McLean of CTIA and of course, Katy’s partner in crime – Nikki Schwab.

The hot topics: Glenn Beck’s weekend rally (Schwab and Miller hashed it out), Donovan’s consumer electronics woes (TiVo, DVD TV setup), and Nikki Schwab’s new “do,” as in hairdo – Schwab treated herself to a little makeover at the Red Door Salon that day.

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