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Archives: December 2010

A Parka by Smithsonian

Who wouldn’t want to wear one of these cold-weather pieces from Smithsonian? Here’s a sneak peek into Smithsonian’s collection with an American Indian Inuit parka. This parka was used by new mothers to protect and carry their newborn babies from the harsh winter weather.

No, you can’t really buy this. Each week the museum’s press room features a new piece of art.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


Last night…Fox News contributor and President George Bush’s Press Secretary Dana Perino filled in for FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who said she was going  over to PR maven Tammy Haddad’s place to celebrate her birthday.

When life gets in the way of good journalism

“Now my wife’s vacuuming. So much for attempting to transcribe audio.” — Conservative blogger and former TWT’s Robert Stacy McCain in a Monday tweet.

C.S. Lewis causes Monday stir with D.C. journos

The saga concerning author C.S. Lewis started like this: Politico‘s Ben Smith: “5 yr old devastated by ending of The Silver Chair. #cslewis.” Then deep thinker extraordinaire, The Nation’s D.C. Bureau Chief Chris Hayes, jumped in, saying, “@benpolitico those books changed my life at exactly that age.” (Changed his life? Of course at five-years-old, the age when most people really try to find themselves.) The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs, however, jumped into the conversation in a Monday tweet to second the sadness of the books, saying, “@chrislhayes @benpolitico That series serves as a dry run for life’s more epic disappointments. Rem. asking mom if all of them were sad.”

Journo confronts the unexpected

“I have mashed potatoes in my hair. What a day.” — Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Monday tweet. We love this, of course, but earlier in the day, she wrote, “Scared to leave the building.” She told FishbowlDC she was referring to the wind. She thought she left it behind when she moved here from Chicago.

Moe Tkacik and Lindsay Lohan

“I am about as rehabilitated as Lohan, and less “employable.” I keep a lower overhead, at least.” — Former WCP‘s Das Krapital writer Moe Tkacik wrote Monday when asked if she’d been rehabilitated (not in the alcoholic/drug sense, but on Robert Stacy McCain featured above).

Ezra Klein, the movie buff

“I feel like Natalie Portman did not take the lessons of Black Swan to heart.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein on news that the actress is engaged and pregnant.

Washington Speak in Fort Lauderdale

“The Fort Lauderdale airport terminal 4 needs an earmark.” — MSNBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert in a geek-filled Monday tweet.

Measuring dorkiness

“Am I dork or do all people turn off a new album to catch @NPR @Wamu885news ?” — asked freelance journo Matt Laslo. To which The Takeaway’s radio scribe Todd Zwillich assured him, “That first thing.”

Speaking of, um, dorky decisions…

“I’m finally going to get serious about Google Reader. Not a New Year’s resolution though; it would never happen that way.” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Monday tweet. > Update: A sassy Freed got snappy and declared, “I don’t mind you calling me a dork, Betsy, but I wrote that tweet last Thursday.” (Fine, Freed, you wrote the tweet last Thursday. We humbly stand corrected. We didn’t, however, call you a dork. We called your decision “dorky.”)

Cream puffs or push-ups: You decide

“Roommate Ryan just did 50 straight push-ups. I watched from the couch while eating cream puffs and drinking beer.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Monday tweet.

F–k you Facebook for fat friend

“Old high school peer now so large I’d never be able recognize that person now. It’s only been 5 years! #FuckYouFacebook” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler in a Monday tweet.

The critic

“Disappointed tonight’s HuffPostHill included no animal pictures. For shame!” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni on HuffPost Hill, which usually has animals sneezing, dancing and doing other oddities.

Be the King of the Jungle as National Geographic’s New Director of Communications

If you’re a PR guru with a love of science, listen up. National Geographic is looking for a director of communications to create communication strategies for its kids franchises, interactive publishing division and other internal sectors.

The company is on the hunt for a versatile individual, who can develop both traditional and non-traditional media strategies. This includes everything from a well-written press release to an out-of-the-box social media initiative. He or she should also be able to execute plans in order to help achieve specific goals and land top-level media placements. Read more

The Ultimate Facebook Spill

Salon owner and makeup artist Erwin Gomez has officially become  the salon owner “Formerly known as Erwin Gomez Salon & Spa.

This afternoon on Facebook, Gomez’s ex, James Packard, hosts the ultimate townhall heartbreak of Facebook spills to salon staff and guests as he explains in vomit format the announcement that Gomez has quit and left his own spa. The part of scorned lover is played by Packard himself. (The couple pictured here in happier times.)

As some may remember, Gomez is forever entwined in the Salahi scandal because he was subpoenaed to testify before a federal grand jury about the White House party crashers. Michaele Salahi spent some seven hours at the salon the day of the White House state dinner that she and husband, Tareq, crashed.

A lengthy but worth it excerpt after the jump…

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Pooler Notices Hawaiian Rainbow


Dow Jones White House Reporter Jared Favole forgets this detail in a Pool Report from Honolulu this weekend while covering POTUS’s church service visit.

He wrote: Should’ve added in first pool report: When POTUS left rental home there was a faint but noticeable Hawaiian rainbow in the distance. It had been raining steadily until the moment we left toward the base but stopped as we were leaving. There was no actual POTUS sighting, however.

Pool reporters on this trip typically hold at the local McDonalds.

The Daily Baller Opens Up on Ex-Girlfriend, Gaga and Tokenism

Our resident Daily Baller Mike Riggs writes a first-person story this afternoon on a Peruvian ex-girlfriend with “long, straight, jet-black hair.” In the process, The Daily Caller reporter takes a whack at former TNR Editor Marty Peretz. The contention concerns discussion of Peretz, blacks and Muslims in a New York Magazine profile when asserting why he’s not a bigot.

Riggs takes the reader on a poignant, at times laugh-out-loud, Chic lit journey of getting to know his Waspy-acting ex-girlfriend M, who eventually met Grandma Gaga, the family’s Christian matriarch. M, it turned out, is Jewish. Like Riggs, Gaga had never met a Jewish person before. Gaga unknowingly got her sensitivity wires tangled at a luncheon meeting and made M cry. Before the breakup, Gaga and M became friends and bonded over Scrabble.


Then one day, while lying on my bed, M told me that she was Jewish.

The announcement stunned me like dynamite. I was raised Southern Episcopal, after all, and the Jews had killed Jesus.

Horror (had I been deceived?) quickly turned to fascination (I cannot remember meeting a Jew before this). M told me that her mother’s parents (as well as her adoptive father’s parents) were the only members of their families to escape the Holocaust. M answered all my questions about menorahs and yarmulkes. M wasn’t phased when I asked her to say something in Hebrew.

At lunch…

…Perhaps hoping to restart the conversation, Gaga pulled a Peretz. “I don’t know what Michael has told you, M, but I really like Jews.” Then she named every Jew she knew: Joe Lieberman, and if I remember correctly, the old man who repaired her vacuum.

Name That Journo: Revealed

The Washington D.C. journo featured in today’s photograph is WaPo‘s Paul Kane. Largely the FishbowlDC audience got it right –Rachel Gantz, Editor for Oil Price Information Service, wrote it with the correct answer first, followed by Prism PR’s Stuart Roy, Comcast’s VP for Government Communications Sena Fitzmaurice and Ianthe Zabel, of the Investment Company Institute, who wrote, “That’s easy – pic is Paul Kane of the WaPo.  As cute then as he is today!”

Only AP‘s Jim Belmont wrote in to say he thought the picture was MSNBC’s Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert.

Kane had no comment on the picture, the freckles, or what grade he was in at the time the picture was taken.

Washington Life Editor Names Party Has-Beens

On Sunday, Washington’s well-known PR duo of Jayne Sandman and Barbara Martin graced the cover of NYT‘s Style section in a gushing profile that could only be construed as positive. What wasn’t surprising to D.C. journos is their elevated name recognition, Martin’s self-deprecating humor or that turkeys stayed at the W Hotel, their client, in anticipation of the White House turkey pardoning.

Sandman and Martin, of BrandLinkDC, were beyond ecstatic about the story. “Jayne and I (she in Cape Cod, me on the Eastern Shore) were both up at the crack of dawn on Sunday, each trying desperately to find a copy anywhere,” Martin told FishbowlDC. “Our parents were all so proud–I think between both of our families, we now have at least 30 copies.”

What was surprising about the story (aside from mention of Sandman’s swelled, pregnant belly and voluptuous figure with accompanying bosom shot), however, was Washington Life‘s Executive Editor Michael Clements, who was quoted calling MSNBC’s “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews, CNN’s longtime anchor Wolf Blitzer and Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry Washington party circuit has-beens. The quotes won’t endear Clements to TV execs and pr in certain Washington media circles.

The damning excerpt:

Previously, “a typical D.C. event revolved around philanthropic charitable causes,” said Michael Clements, executive editor for Washington Life magazine, explaining how the landscape has changed. “We’re really big on book launches, of political books, held at someone’s house in Kalorama. They’d bring in a caterer, inviting mostly media and politicians, and media in the sense of Chris Matthews, Wolf Blitzer, Ed Henry — those were D.C. celebs. It was very wonky.”

Sandman-Martin events, the piece said, bring in a new splash of celebs like John Legend, Adrian Grenier and Andre Agassi.

Read the full story here.

Urgent and Dangerous: Broken Flagpole at NPR

NPR issued this “URGENT” staff memo about a broken flagpole at approximately 10 a.m. today. “This is obviously an extremely dangerous situation,” the memo says. The front entrance has been closed. Staff on the south side of the building have been evacuated and moved to more protected areas.

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WaPo’s Bombshell Correction

In the regular world of journalism this might not be such a big deal. But since WaPo has been plagued lately by a rash of not citing other publications that break news before them, this is monumental.  It’s unclear whether this will continue as policy on citations appears to change day to day, section to section. Review here and here.

A correction in today’s WaPo reads as follows:

A Nov. 30 Style article about WikiLeaks’ decision to withhold documents from the New York Times did not acknowledge that Yahoo News first reported that the Times received the information from the British newspaper the Guardian.