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Archives: September 2010

Atlantic Media’s Douglass Holds $1M Dinner for DNC

Atlantic Media exec Linda Douglass held a $30,400 per plate dinner for the Democratic National Committee at her home in Dupont Circle this evening.  Attended by POTUS, the fundraiser was expected to raise $1 million dollars for the DNC, according to pool reports.   Though some NJ staffers have expressed concern that she is so obviously partisan, Douglass does not have any apparent editorial influence over the organization.

Now the VP overseeing communications for National Journal and The Atlantic, Douglass was a journalist for ABC and CBS News before joining the Obama Administration for a year in 2009.

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Buzbee to be Named AP’s D.C. Bureau Chief

Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone is  reporting tonight that the AP is set to name Sally Buzbee as its new Washington Bureau Chief. The announcement is expected Friday. She has been at AP since 1988.

Read the story here.

> Update: Read the official AP announcement here.

Sunday Show Ratings: 09.26.10

Sunday September 26, 2010 was not a great day for ABC and Christiane Amanpour.  “This Week” landed in the third place for both total viewers and the demo.  CBS’s “Face the Nation” came in second with 200,000 more total viewers and 20,000  demo viewers than ABC.  NBC’s “Meet the Press” held it’s first place spot across the board.  Here are the ratings for 09.26.10:


NBC “MEET THE PRESS”           2,780,000       

CBS “FACE THE NATION”          2,360,000            

ABC “THIS WEEK”                        2,160,000            

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”       1,340,000            

A25-54 MM/Rt

NBC “MEET THE PRESS”               1,000,000/.8

CBS “FACE THE NATION”               750,000/.6

ABC “THIS WEEK”                             730,000/.6

FOX “FOX NEWS SUNDAY”             590,000/.5

Enter the Botox Cafe (at Your Own Risk)

Who’s the mother and who’s the daughter?

We’re just joking – it’s a lovely place. And at 5 p.m. WJLA 7 is scheduled to feature a segment on Georgetown’s new Botox cafe, Luxxery Express, D.C.’s first walk-in boutique of its kind. The network’s Cynne Simpson came to the office Wednesday to interview some brave patients who were getting poked. The above picture is Dannia Hakki with her mother, Hiba, and father (the famous doc to the stars), Dr. Hakki, as seen at a soiree for the cafe last week.

At last week’s party for the cafe where free skin treats were doled out, the following journos and guests showed up…

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Where Will Roll Call’s Mitchell Go?

It may be too soon to ponder this, but Washington is buzzing that Charlie Mitchell, Roll Call‘s beloved Editor who resigned today, could soon be headed to a Roll Call competitor, direct or otherwise. He has many fans around town inside and outside of Roll Call.

FishbowlDC asked Jim VandeHei, Executive Editor at Politico, if he will end up there. VandeHei wouldn’t comment on whether there have been any talks with Mitchell, but said: “Charlie is a first-class editor, as everyone who has worked for him knows. Few know more about Congress and Washington politics than he does – and few are better at working with younger reporters and teaching them how to break news. More importantly, he is a terrific guy. This is a big loss for Roll Call.”

DC Turns 5!

DC turns five years old in October.  To celebrate, the Modern Luxury magazine will host an anniversary fete on Thursday October 7, 2010 from 6.30 – 9.00 PM at PNC Place. 

FishbowlDC wishes the fine folks at DC a very happy birthday!

Roll Call Culture Disquieted by Editor’s Departure

Suffice it to say that CQ-Roll Editorial Director Mike Mills is having a “tough day.” As we’ve been reporting today, Roll Call‘s Editor Charlie Mitchell has resigned. In the past hour, top brass has met with a fiery staff who isn’t ready to let their leader go. In fact, this has been a shock – few, if any, knew this was coming.

“We’re all going to miss Charlie,” Mills told FishbowlDC in a phone interview. “He has been a terrific steward of Roll Call‘s mission and its values and the staff holds him in very high regard.”

That’s putting it mildly. At the internal meeting today, there were tears and anger – and applause so lengthy that it was fitting for a U.S. President. “People did not know this was coming,” Mills said. “I guess  they were surprised, yeah.”

Mills explains the departure as “inevitable” but  not without regret. “Charlie and I concluded together that we need fresh leadership at the top to help Roll Call continue its leadership position as the must-read publication on Capitol Hill, ” he said. “I think that’s the best way to put it.”

In the year and a half that they worked together, Mills said he and Mitchell, who arrived to Roll Call in 2006 and became editor in 2007,  “accomplished a hell of a lot.” But he added, “I think along the way, changes I think we both saw were necessary were not happening fast enough. What I need is a change agent from the outside who can build on what Charlie and I have accomplished so far.”

But the staff doesn’t agree…

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Journos Get Jacked


ABC’s Rick Klein, Daily Caller’s Alex Pappas and Becca Glover,’s Brian Montopoli, Kenny Day of MainJustice, Chris Bodenner from The Atlantic, “J.Do” Janet Donovan, Christine Delargy of CBS, National Journal’s Matt Cooper, Liz Glover and Politico’s Shira Toeplitz were a few of the media types spotted downing whiskey with the Tennessee congressional delegation at the home of Juleanna Glover last night.  Complete with a curbside bar, statues and swizzles sticks in the shape of Jack Daniels, valet parking and plenty of swag, Glover’s Kalorama manse was transformed into headquarters for the “Back Jack” campaign, the company’s push to make Jack Daniels’ birthday a national holiday.   We’re not sure if the campaign will be a success but it certainly succeeded in getting us drunk. 

The Anti-Sweet Shows up to WH Presser

Forecast in the White House briefing room today: Blustery. In other words, not sugary.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was in the hot seat today as reporters grilled him on a topic that he would not discuss: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel‘s reportedly imminent departure.

Chicago Sun Times White House Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet , who also writes The Daily Flotus column for Politics Daily, apparently wasn’t feeling so sweet today. She kept sniping at Gibbs as he held strong and continually reported that he had nothing to report. “The President will have a personal announcement tomorrow 11:05 from the East Room,” he told the ravenous White House Press Corps.  “We’ll have the specifics then.”

This is when Sweet got spicy. “Why is this announcement rising to the level of  a personal announcement by the President?” she barked. Growing more annoyed, she added, “We’re talking about Rahm Emanuel resigning to run for Mayor of Chicago.”

Gibbs finally told her, “I read your paper. I’ve read a number of papers. I’m here to tell you the president…Come up here, you should brief!”

Byron Irked by Lack of Formality

The Washington Examiner‘s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York wants more formality in our political banter. In a tweet just moments ago, he wrote:

“Can we have CoS whom journalists don’t refer to by first name? In earlier WHs, didn’t talk of Josh/Andy/John/Leon–can we go back to that?”

He is of course, referring to Rahm (that would be Emanuel), who is reportedly leaving his post Friday.