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Archives: September 2011

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

“Chris I’ve never seen your sailor shirt before, it’s adorable. …It’s fetching.” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to colleague Chris Hayes on her program last night. Hayes’ ensemble was a black blazer over a black and white striped T-shirt. Soon they will be swapping outfits.

Journo spots a star

“Just saw John Lithgow outside of Union Station. Told him I loved his read of Gingrich letter on Colbert. Very nice approachable guy.” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert.

Reporter in hot seat over EPA story

“If I WERE wrong, I would’ve corrected story on EPA’s GhG stuff. But, I’m not. — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. With that, he links to Executive Editor David Martosko‘s second official defense of Boyle. Mother Jones, Salon, WaPo and Politico all reported that Boyle got it wrong. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he got it right.

Drudge WhoresWashington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering promotes a Drudge hit for colleague and Online Editor Mark Hemingway. He writes, “Drudge banner for @Heminator.”

Among Vs. Amongst: The Audacity

This week an AnonymASS tipster raised hell about our using “amongst” as opposed to “among.” Another anonymous reader writes in to unload: “Just amongst us, why attack the messenger? Instead of taking the first hit that comes up on Google, wordy asses such as myself use Grammar Girl, a good source for real world usage. She says: Finally, people sometimes ask the difference between ‘among’ and ‘amongst.’ Both words mean the same thing, but amongst is the older form and is more commonly used in Britain than in the United States. It’s considered archaic and overly formal or even pretentious in American English.” Well said, Anonymous. I’m going to go discuss it amongst my friends.

Michelle Obama hits Target

“First Ladies, they are just like us – they shop at Target! Photo of Michelle Obama at Target today.” — CNBC’s Ryan Ruggiero. The AP photograph appeared in the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. It also caught FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s eye. She tweeted the picture and informed, “Michelle Obama showed up at a Target store in Alexandria, Va. Thursday. Her office said an Associated Press photographer happened to chance upon the first lady doing some impromptu shopping.” But most commenters on Greta’s blog weren’t so kind. One remarked, “Sympathy backtrack for all the luxuries they lavish in – a case of see I’m just like you bullchit [sic].” Another: “How much did this little photo opt trip cost the tax payers for security and transportation?” And another: “Next there will be a photo op of her and the kids parachuting from it with their lunch bags.” The favorite: “Wait, I think you guys have it wrong. I just took a closer look at the photo and I think it is Barack Obama in the dress, so he can buy a carton of cigarettes anonymously.” Read more hatred here.

A conversation I NEVER thought I’d have with FishbowlMatt

“Were your bras too small?” — FishbowlMatt to me during a debriefing phone call after I interviewed the ‘Bra Whisperer,” a woman who has outfitted Oprah and the Kardashians. I think my response, between laughter, was, “This is too weird, I cannot talk to you about this stuff…” Story to come later…

Memo to Capehart: Dude, I love your tie

“Dude, I need that purple tie. Ref?” — a follower to WaPo editorial writer and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart. Capehart’s response: “It was navy blue. By Borelli of Naples.” A sample tie by Borelli at left.

The Media Critic…NYT and CNBC’s John Harwood: “Among stranger things about TV news: producers say they’re ‘efforting’ to do something — rather than ‘trying,’ like normal English-speakers.”

Commentary: The Onion debacle

“#theonion is this some kind of social experiment? Trenchant, subtle commentary on media and government? If so, not working.” — NBC’s Mike Viqueira after Capitol Police take an Onion story on a hostage situation at the Capitol seriously.

The Blade’s Big Gay Contest

Do you know a hot, gay stripper who gives award-worthy lap dances?  Or perhaps a drag queen whose duct taping talents have gone unrecognized for far too long?

If so, now’s your chance to honor those pillars of the community by voting in the Washington Blade’s “Best of Gay DC 2011″ contest.  Categories include “Best LGBT Hill Staffer,” “Best Home Furnishings,” “Best Rehoboth Bar,”Hottest Stripper,” and “Best Drag King.” Winners in each category will be revealed at a big bash on October 27th and will appear online and in the Blade’s print edition the following day.

But there’s only one way to make sure the city’s top gays don’t bottom out:  by voting for them in the Blade’s contest from now until 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 3.

You can give it up for your fav. homosexuals HERE.  Or to check out last year’s winners, click  HERE.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 9.29.11

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for September 29, 2011:

Washington Post: Obama administration widens challenges to state immigration laws

Washington Times: Senate delays jobs bill to take on China

Washington Examiner: Property tax credit trips up politicians

USA Today: Loss by Red Sox highlights wild finish

NPR: The Pawpaw: Foraging For America’s Forgotten Fruit

The Hill: GOP’s Solyndra probe threatens to ensnare Energy Secretary Chu

Politico: Michelle Obama: ‘Just relax’ with my husband

Roll Call: New Utah Map Could Force Matheson Out

National Journal: Media Reform Group Challenges Net Neutrality Rules

The New Republic: Why Death Penalty Opponents Are Closer to Their Goal Than They Realize

The Daily Caller: Biden: Voters should blame Obama, not Bush, for economy

Politico to Host Mystery Countdown Event

Politico is sending out “Save the Date” invites to their November one-year countdown election news event. The gathering will be held on Nov. 1. The locale is still secret. They promise political bigwigs will attend.

The time: 8 a.m. Please, Politico, we know you’re into world domination, but does everyone have to wake at 4 a.m.?

We can’t hint many more details to you because a certain reporter whose name rhymes with Bike Hallen called first dibs on it. But what we can tell you is that the event includes a “fun lunch” that will not be boring boxed meals or an otherwise lame seated affair. What’s more, many of the networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) are participating, along with senior political reporters from all partnering publications (such as the Des Moines Register), and some “very” senior former admin officials. And don’t forget Politico‘s “all-star” cast that includes Mike Allen (no relation to Bike Hallen), Jim VandeHei, Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Alex Burns, Charlie Mahtesian and Rachel Smolkin.

Note to readers: I’m told FishbowlDC readers are welcome to RSVP.

National Journal to Fete Frates

On October 12th National Journal will influence the influencers with booze and food at a launch party for Chris Frates‘s new blog, Influence Alley.   In a note that accompanied the invitation, Frates called the site “a one-stop destination for the need-to-know intell on what Washington’s lobbyists, message mavens and corporate chieftains are doing to move the needle.”

The event will be held from 6.30 to 8.00 pm at PJ Clarke’s Sidecar.  Like most NJ events, the fete is loosely invite-only.  In other words, you can RSVP to their automated system if you get your hands on the invitation.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

An anonymous note just into FishbowlDC:

“Amongst is not standard usage on this side of the pond, old bean, and will get you accused of angling for a job at Newsweek, WSJ or other pubs edited by Brits or Aussies” — Anonymous

The tipster, apparently a conspiracy theorist, is referencing a headline we used in a recent “Quotes of the Day” to describe a conversation “amongst” three reporters. No doubt British and Australian editors everywhere will be discussing this issue amongst themselves. says “among” and “amongst” can be used interchangeably. But the picture below best depicts my reply.



The Root Gets High Marks

Trendy divorce parties with the word “underwear” in the lede. Commentary from former RNC Chairman Michael Steele. The world’s most powerful black women. Tyra at Harvard. Morgan Freeman possibly marrying his step-granddaughter.

And that’s just a taste of what’s happening at The Root, WaPo Co.’s African American news and commentary site, which announces today that it ranks number one amongst black news sites for four straight months. The source: comScore.

With an average of 1.7 million* monthly unique visitors and 13.5 million** page views per month, The Root reports in a release that it has been growing steadily over the past six months and has seen a year-over-year increase in its audience size of 35%.***

The site launched in January 2008 and recently underwent a major redesign. They say the new design has given it “a richer, bolder homepage and many more ways to access content.”

*  comScore Media Metrix May – Aug 2011, 4-Month Average

**  Omniture Site Catalyst May – Aug 2011, 4-Month Average

***  comScore Media Metrix May – Aug 2011, 4-Month Average vs. May – Aug 2010 4-Month Average

April Ryan Never Minces Her Words

American Urban Radio Host and White House Correspondent April Ryan tells an old story to Politico for their relatively new “POLITICdotes” feature about eating soul food with former President Bill Clinton — that would be before he became a vegan and before he had his heart attack. “He was melding flavors,” she said disapprovingly.

Ryan, a spicy character, is known for kicking ass, namely those of White House press secretaries who try to spin her. Earlier this year was elected to the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Watch here.

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as first reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…


Not exactly the soup that best defines Rosh Hoshanah. “Not the best day for Gazpacho guys,” complained Host Chuck Todd. “A good day for matzoh ball. It is the new year.”

Soup of the Day is dedicated to @MurrowMonitor who adores this feature.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

“Game Over” — Politico‘s Roger Simon accompanying the above picture.

More on the Christie fat issue…

RT @foxheadlines “Do You Want a Fat President or a Thin President?” // Or do you want a fat president to EAT a thin president? — The Daily Show

Journo could do without Levi fame

“Levi Johnston says fame has improved him. Anyone else wish he’d stayed obscure? #HotlineSort” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson. Read here for more in New York Magazine.

An exclusive Jewish New Year

“May you all be inscribed in the Book of Life for the Jewish New Year.* *except for some of you.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

“Happy New Year to my family and any Jewish followers, in honor of @howardmortman (his fav joke), hope I can stop writing 5771 on my checks.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd. Howard Mortman is C-SPAN’s Communications Director. The pair worked together at NJ‘s “The Hotline” back in the day. The full joke is: “Happy new year. Can you believe It’s already 5772? Wow, it flies by so fast. I’m still writing 5771 on all my checks.” Mortman explained, “It’s actually an old joke. Chuck was kind to remember me telling it during our Hotline days together… I think back in 5761 or so.”

Unusual pitch of the week: This week we were offered the chance to get fitted for bras by a specialist known as the Bra Whisperer. FishbowlMatt declined. I’m on the fence though I’ve agreed to go this afternoon. “She’s back Thursday/Friday doing VIP fittings, maj lingerie (like fancy schmancy $500 french underpinnings). You want to come to meet her? She also just fit the Kardashians before the Royal Wedding if you want to pump her for juice?”

Quick Convo Between Two Journos

NPR’s Michele Norris: “Clyburn said he cringed when president made bredroom slippers comment because he feared it would overshadow rest of speech.”

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: “@michele_norris It has indeed been widely overlooked that the folks in the room at CBC didn’t seem to mind what POTUs sed.”

Drudge Whores: In a potentially new feature, we highlight journos who mention the attention they get from the God of Page Views…”Leading Drudge now (from @DailyCaller): NC governor sounded serious about suspending elections (AUDIO)” — The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor David Martosko. Read here.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Is anyone an Amtrak Guest Rewards member? Is it worth my time to join? I feel like it is, but I need your support to feel whole inside.” — Politico web producer Alex Byers in a truly who gives a sh-t tweet of the day.

Um…WHO CARES? We can read TV Guide. Politico CLICK writes on actor Kelsey Grammer‘s new show, “Boss,” in which he plays a Chicago mayor with a brain disorder. He’s a Republican in real life. And that’s about all you need to know. Go ahead and torture yourself here.

A question probably best left unanswered… “Has anybody called you a racist yet today? If not, consider it done.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher.

Brag Book: Politico‘s Alex Trowbridge is having a hell of a good week. First, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, during his Tuesday night speech, ordered everyone to go to to watch Trowbridge’s video montage in which Christie repeatedly declares that he’s not running for prez. Then on Wednesday night, Jon Stewart discussed his video and ran Christie’s shout-out and a portion of the montage on The Daily Show. “It’s like a treasure hunt, I love it!” Stewart cracked with fake enthusiasm. “It’s like a live linking to another website. We’ll follow the clues and reveal the secret message!”