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Archives: October 2010

An Afternoon of Questionable Sanity: Trees, Lollipops, Lindsay Lohan & Glenn Beck

Dude in a tree watching the rally, the only way he was going to see it.

Important: It’s a lollipop not a cigarette.

This man, like many at the rally, is a firm believer in legalizing pot.

Forget politics. A rallygoer sets his priorities on Lindsay Lohan’s freedom.

Um, yes, you’re a little late.

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Encore: C-SPAN to Re-Air Rally Tonight

Did you miss the rally? Were you there and still missed it?

Don’t fret — tonight C-SPAN is scheduled to re-air the live coverage at 8 p.m. ET in an encore presentation.


Politico Gets Stewart/Beck Rallies Confused

Until just moments ago, Politico posted a photograph of the Glenn Beck rally as the main picture on its home page to depict Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert‘s Sanity and Fear rallies from today. Soon, that photograph turned into a pumpkin — literally.

The Daily Caller‘s Jon Ward found the mistake. He remarked to FishbowlDC: “I sent an email to some folks over there but didn’t hear back so although I don’t prefer calling things out on Twitter, cuz it seems like showboating, I figured it was the quickest way to get someone’s attention so they could change it.”




WaPo Rally Naysayer Will Attend With Bells On

It’s safe to say WaPo‘s Outlook page editor Carlos Lozada is a Doubting Thomas when it comes to today’s sanity and fear rallies. In last Sunday’s Outlook section, he wrote that today’s festivities were sure to be a let down. “Please Jon,” he implored. “There’s still time. Cancel the rally.”  He even suggested excuses: “Call in sick. Say you couldn’t get a sitter.”

Critics shot back, and it got personal. They said maybe Lozada’s bedtime was too early to watch The Daily Show and Colbert Roport – and maybe he just didn’t get it.

Lozada doesn’t typically write for the Outlook section – he edits it. But he made an exception for this. Today he’ll be there in the swarm of sanitygoers/fear mongers to see how it all plays out.  “Mr. Lozada, save the prejudgment, stop being part of the hyperventilating media, and join us at the rally,” writes reader Victoria Ross of Vienna, Va.

For whatever it’s worth, Lozada says he hopes he’s wrong. “As a big fan of both of these guys, I hope the rally will be a scream, a wonderfully hilarious afternoon that will only enhance the Jon Stewart brand and prove to be true satire, not another political rally,” Lozada told FishbowlDC. “But I guess the point of the piece was that I’m not exactly sure it will end up that way.”

We’ll check in later to see what Lozada thought of it. In the meantime, no egg throwing please.

WSJ’s Scannell to FT

Sources tell FishbowlDC that Kara Scannell, SEC and financial reporter for the Wall Street Journal, is leaving her post in DC for a new gig with the Financial Times in New York City.

No Joke: The Onion and TBD Partner Up

From The Onion PR: “The Onion and Politico‘s sister publication,TBD, have partnered-up to throw their support behind tomorrow’s” sanity and fear rallies.

There will be 50,000 special edition partner issues handed out tomorrow afternoon.


*”Nation’s Morons March on Washington State,”
*”Area Man Passionate Defender of What He Imagines Constitution to Be” from the ONION.

Weirdly, the Onion PR keeps mentioning Politico. Yes, they’re related, but how about some TBD love minus the older sister? “The Politico portion helpfully offers a Complete Guide to D.C. for rallyers that covers everything from where to be and when, to restaurants and bars near the mall and where to find the closest restroom,” the release states.

> Update: Sources telling FishbowlDC that Politico is not happy with The Onion trying to feed off it. Politico had no involvement and it was strictly a TBD/Onion partnership, the source said.

> Update #2: The Onion has issued a correction after Politico kicked their Onion a–. “CORRECTION: my apologies for any inconvenience. Politico is NOT affiliated with this special issue. The content provided is from the Onion and TBD only. Please call with any questions or for clarification.”

> Update #3: This just keeps getting better and better. Now TBD has something to say, damn it. The Onion may be a scallion by the end of this. Here’s TBD Editor Erik Wemple: “In printing a pullout to be distributed at tomorrow’s rally on the Mall, TBD is by no means “throwing its support” behind the event in any way. We’re merely covering it and trying to provide information to our audience. We don’t throw our support behind anything except coverage of local news.”

FNC’s Sammon Accused of Slanting News

As promised, Media Matters’s Joe Strupp wasn’t done going after Fox News. This afternoon he comes out with a story on Fox News management, specifically Washington Managing Editor and V.P. of News Bill Sammon. The piece claims that there is pressure on Fox News reporters by management  (Sammon’s a known conservative) to “distort” or “slant” the news.

The story cites two unnamed sources. Not surprisingly, Fox News PR provided no comment when approached.

An excerpt:

Sources tell Media Matters that the situation in the Fox Washington bureau represents a dramatic change from when Hume was managing editor. According to one source, the pressure to slant Fox’s reporting is coming from Sammon himself. Another source says that directives are coming from Fox management in New York and that Sammon — unlike Hume — doesn’t have enough sway to push back.

Daily Caller’s Ham Posts First Video

The Daily Caller‘s newest star, Mary Katharine Ham, has her first video up. She appears in it as it’s shot on the office’s broken air hockey table.”My productions are occasionally low tech and occasionally low class,” she says.

The videos of the cranky grandparents are worth pausing your day to watch. “Holy crap,” says Ham. Let’s watch that again.

View here.

Bloomberg’s Election Night Starring Charlie Rose

Bloomberg’s election night plans: For the first time, Charlie Rose will anchor live from Bloomberg Television’s Global Headquarters in New York. Special programming begins at 7 p.m. Roses’s gig begins at 10p.m.

Interviews include banking analyst Meredith Whitney, Evercore Partners co-Chairman Roger Altman, economist Glenn Hubbard and Silver Lake Partners co-CEO and co-founder Glenn Hutchins.

Watch the promo here.

Good Luck to The Hill’s Hooper

The Hill‘s Molly Hooper is in campaign mode, as are most political reporters these days. But she also has her head in a tennis championship this weekend in Tuscon.

She appeased her editors by going out to Arizona early to cover the reelection campaigns of Reps. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) and Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and filed stories this week. Now she’s focused on tennis. Her first matches are today. She’s trying to win a national championship after her team won the Mid-Atlantic championship this summer. Her squad is attempting to win the 3.5-level women’s USTA national championship, playing teams from around the country.

Her team this year is 12-0.

Best of luck to Hooper.