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Archives: March 2011

Radio-TV Dinner Slideshow

Last night’s Radio and TV Correspondents’ Association held its Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner at the Convention Center. Reporters got all dolled up (mostly in black with a few standouts in hot pink, electric blue and red) and mingled with politicians, some of whom admitted they don’t really fancy attending these events. Pay particular attention to NBC Producer Andy Gross, the silver fox in the 1959 tux with a shawl collar.

C-SPAN’s Peter Slen, chair of the event, deserves a round of applause for the evening’s entertaining program, which included The Daily Show’s Larry Wilmore, who, along with hotdoggin’ Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), got the most laughs. Wilmore got more, but he is, after all, a professional. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) got the least laughs, but at least he acknowledged it mid-act.

At one point a journalist snatched my notebook away…here are the mystifying results of that: “And charming the pants off Hill staffers was BLANK. Women from both GOP and Democratic leadership were lined up just for the chance to take a photo with this movie star-esque BLANK. BLANK remained demur and professional at all times asking only for exclusive billings.

Claims of not being intoxicated were made.

Enjoy the slideshow.

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NBC’s Engel Wins Bloom Award

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel has won this year’s David Bloom Award for Excellence in Enterprise Reporting for his work while embedded with the soldiers of Charlie Company 2-508 of the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan.

The award, named for the late NBC News correspondent who died covering the war in Iraq in 2003, was presented by Bloom’s three daughters, Christine, Nicole, and Ava at the Radio & TV Association’s Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner last year.

CNN’s Lucky Penny Party

Whoever says a penny won’t get you anywhere, probably wasn’t on the guest list for CNN’s private party following the Congressional Correspondents Dinner last night.  While most attendees of the dinner trickled out of the ballroom for an obligatory nightcap at the NCTA reception, the lucky few holding one of CNN’s lucky pennies (left) partied the night away at Lincoln. Guests at the top-secret fete were treated to live music, an open bar and  a sneak preview of the glam resto-lounge set to open its doors to the public in mid-April.  CNN’s Piers Morgan, Edie Emery, Jill Chappell, Jennifer Scoggins, Sam Feist, Michelle Jaconi, Megan Grant, Christa Robinson, Peter Hamby, Alexander Mooney, Jeff Simon, Peter Morris, Evan Glass and Ed Hornick entertained dinner guests and friends of the network until well after midnight.  Spotted mingling on the copper penny-tiled floors were Embassy of Poland’s Art Orkisz, Victoria Michael, AAA’s Peter Nonis, ABC News’ John Hendren, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger and WJLA’s Philip Stewart and Rebecca Cooper.

CNN's Bethany Crudele and Ed Hornick

The scene at 12.45p h/t Jeff Simon

Allbritton Plans to Nix Most Names From Politico Print Masthead

Employees at Politico may not be thrilled in coming weeks to see their names removed from the print edition masthead. No reason has been given. But the order has come from “upstairs”,  meaning Allbritton management has issued the orders and the names are scheduled to be removed in the redesign. The names of about 10 top editors will remain.

We know reporters have thankless jobs, but this thankless?  Guess there’s always next year at Politico’s fifth birthday party when some lucky soul will be voted as most enjoyable to work with at the publication. Last year, as a party game, attendees were asked to write a name down on a card and the winner was announced. Unless, of course, they’re planning a new game like Pin the Tale on the Donkey.

Editor-in-Chief John Harris told FishbowlDC  that while the publication is trimming its masthead in print, they are keeping an unabridged version online. “When POLITICO launched, there were less than three dozen people on both the news and business sides. So we just listed every employee in the company on the masthead,” he wrote. “Now that list of people has grown to be nearly 20o, the type was having to get smaller to accommodate more names and it was becoming a chore for the print team to have to constantly update the list. This wasn’t practical. So we are moving to a print masthead more in keeping with what newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post do—listing the names and titles of senior people, but not providing a staff directory in each print edition.”

Media Mingle with Miss America

Before appearing at last night’s Congressional Correspondents Dinner, Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan lunched with Washington media types at Cafe Milano. Hosted Milano owner Franco Nuschese, Tammy Haddad, Regina Hopper (former Miss Arkansas and president of America’s Natural Gas Alliance), and Kelley McCormick, the midday event offered journos a chance to spend some personal time with the pageant winner. Guests included WJLA’s Pamela Brown, Katherine Kallinis and Sophie LaMontagne from TLC’s “DC Cupcakes,” Meet the Press’ Betsy Fischer, ABC News’ Polson Kanneth, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, Cap File‘s Kate Bennett, Janet Donovan, and The Hill‘s Emily Goodin.

S.E. Cupp and her Uterus Get Vicious Hate Mail

In our continuing series of commenters bashing female journalists with derogatory language, S.E. Cupp, a columnist for The Daily Caller, gets blasted for her opinion piece on alternatives to the joys of motherhood and not walking in her mother’s footsteps. The New York Daily News published her story Wednesday.

This bright commenter lets Cupp and her uterus have it.

“all you self absorbed ****s complaining that if you don’t have kids everyone treats you badly. NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOU OR YOUR UTERI! **** off! Shut up! Wanting to have kids is somewhat normal. If you don’t want to do it, no one gives a ****. It’s your self consciousness that is projecting all this “persecution”. No one gives a **** about you. Or me for that matter. (except my kids!)”

Watch Out Oprah: Arianna Getting Chummy With Gayle

Earlier this week we reported that NBC’s Chuck Todd was getting tighter with Oprah‘s BFF Gayle King. Well now it’s HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington‘s turn. Our tipster thought this was interesting, um, phrasing….what’s next, camping in Yosemite with Oprah and Gayle?

“Had a great time on @GayleKing!” tweeted Arianna.

She means the radio show.

J Student Boy Wonder Lands Job at NJ

Ethan Klapper, blogger for @10000Words and social media intern at NJ, J-student and Managing editor, Web at the student pub TheEagle, has secured a job with NJ as an Online Editor. This is his first job out of school. He graduates in May from American University.

“Super excited!” Klapper said on Twitter.

Congratulations to Klapper. We’re clapping for him.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

*From the NBC green room in New York, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz and Rachel Maddow.

*The Parnes-O-Meter is on fire today. Unfortunately. In today’s installment, Politico‘s Amie Parnes inexplicably cushions the blow for FLOTUS, who gets love tapped by ABC GMA host George Stephanopoulos‘s comedian wife, Ali Wentworth. “Who has a garden?” Wentworth asked an audience at a White House mentoring event. The story worsens. Get this, Parnes reports that White House aides were in on the joke. They’ve gotta be in on a joke like that and she has to report that they were in on it? She also reminds us that Obama has an anti-obesity campaign going on. We’re going to die a thousand garden deaths if we have to read this again. Kisses: 8.5.

*Eating With Your Fingers: WaPo‘s Food Critic Tom Seitsema deals with a delicate question today. A reader who dined at Rasika wants to know if it’s always acceptable to eat with ones fingers at an Indian restaurant. Apparently yes, it’s okay but only with your right hand, and only bread for dipping. So forget about diving in to the Chicken Vindaloo or Lamb Tikka Masala without a fork. Lefties can suffer.

Rep. Quayle Didn’t Mean to Smack Politico Quite so Hard

The weird news of the day comes out of Rep. Ben Quayle‘s (R-Ariz.) office: His press secretary is a former Politico employee Richard Cullen. He was VandeHarris’ assistant for a year and a half.

We wondered if he hates Politico as much as his boss, who remarked that Politico is the worst publication in history last night during his speech at the Radio & TV Association’s Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner.

Sure enough, Cullen doesn’t, and Quayle’s office appears to be extending an olive branch. During the 2010 cycle, the congressional candidate had an ad campaign saying “Barack Obama is the worst president in history.” The press secretary told FishbowlDC: “More than anything, the congressman was poking fun at himself for his ‘worst in history’ campaign ad. Did the joke go over the way it was intended? No. Rep. Quayle does not hold a grudge against Politico.”

We’ll see if Politico returns the love.