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Archives: October 2011

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Quotes of the Day

Adios WaPo! PBS’s New Prez and CEO Bo Jones mingles with Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer on the set of his new employer. He joins the network in early January after decades at the Post.

Reporter looks at glass half full

“OK, so, I’m definitely sick. But, I’m headed to the urgent care to get something to heal me. … At least the snow is pretty!” — Metro Weekly‘s White House Correspondent Chris Geidner. Geidner told FishbowlDC that he has Strep throat but is on the mend. We’re happy to hear it.

The pudding metaphor that wouldn’t die

“What’s the proof in your pudding? There seems to be no proof or pudding here. James O’Keefe needs an editor. He needs someone to say, ya know, you just don’t have it here.” — WaPo media writer Paul Farhi on CNN’s Sunday program “Reliable Sources” reacting to James O’Keefe‘s charge that HuffPost‘s Sam Stein boozes up his sources for information. Farhi wouldn’t stop talking about the pudding, which then bled into another guest, Business Insider‘s Glynnis MacNicol also discussing the “pudding.”

Number of days Politico gave GOP presidential contender Herman Cain to answer whether he’d ever been accused of sexual harassment: 10.

A TV reporter’s take on Madoff interview

“So Ruth Madoff is a lot more believable than I expected.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on the CBS “60 Minutes” interview last night of Bernie Madoff‘s wife, Ruth, and their son, Andrew.

Journo detests rude riders

“People who ride the metro are infinitely more rude than people who ride the bus. Particularly on the westside red line.” — Roll Call‘s Amanda Becker.

Fournier snakes his drains

“Just finished snaking our drains. Got me thinking of the presidential campaign.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.

Pet peeves…

“Ever notice when people have had too much caffeine & one leg is jumping up & down? Very distracting if they’re next to you while you read.” — Fox News Contributor and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

A new pet peeve: Anyone who calls themselves an “Upper” in daylight. “Good morning #Uppers.” — invented by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes for those who watch his program, “Up With Hayes.”

Fun in the Sun

“Well that was a long week. Yawn. Now off to see @axlrose and @gunsnroses in the Sunshine State…. If this plane ever gets off the ground.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) spokesman Brad Dayspring.

Always innovative.

“For Halloween I’m gonna dress up as National Journal and charge a fee to show up at your party a few hours after Politico‘s already there.” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Suggestions for a new TV? Nothing too big.” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn. Seems absurd that Corn needs help purchasing a new TV? We’re sure the salesman at Best Buy can assist.

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

We’re cutting to the chase. No flowery intro needed to delve into a topic we know you’ve awaiting all week long: the number of mushroom heads that will appear on this weekend’s political talk shows. As usual, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews wins the consistency award for having two females on his panel.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 0

The interview will be with GOP presidential front runner Herman Cain.

(Fittingly for this roundup, Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson will provide analysis.)

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

Former Maj. Leader Dick Armey (R-Texas), George Will, WaPo and ABC News, Cokie Roberts, ABC News, Austan Goolsbee, former Chairman, Obama  Council of Economic Advisers.

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

Bob Woodward, WaPo
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Katty Kay, BBC

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: 2 Proudly blacklisted by Fox News PR since June 2010. We’ll bring this to you as soon as hell freezes over or sooner as the case may be. In any case, they usually permit one female on their panel, typically NPR’s Mara Liasson. UPDATE: Indeed, Liasson is on the panel, as is former White House Press Sec. Dana Perino, Brit Hume and Juan Williams. (h/t Mike Allen’s Politico Playbook)

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 2

Jennifer Rubin, columnist, WaPo, Roger Simon, chief political columnist, Politico, John Aravosis,  liberal political blogger, AMERICAblog.com, Glynnis MacNichol, editor of Business Insider’s media page “The Wire”, Paul Farhi, media reporter for WaPo, Jeff Jarvis, author, “Public Parts”; founder, BuzzMachine.com

WETA’s “Washington Week” with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: 3

Jackie Calmes, NYT
Janet Hook, WSJ
John Dickerson, Slate, CBS News and John Harwood, CNBC and NYT

Farewell to Politico’s Hirschhorn

Today is Dan Hirschhorn‘s last day at Politico. He’s moving to the Big Apple for a new job at Advertising Age and for other, more personal reasons.

Good luck to his dog, Penny. She made quite an impression. We trust she will be well there. We wish Hirschhorn all the best.

Read his heartfelt farewell in which he thanks VandeHarris and the gang, his editor, Charlie, and even “Mikey” for giving him a birthday shout-out…

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Washington Fetes Whitaker’s Family Memoir

Whitaker with wife Alexis Gelber

Looking for a way to pass the time while you wait out this weekend’s wintry weather?  If so, you’re in luck because Mark Whitaker‘s “My Long Trip Home” just  hit bookshelves.  Earlier this week, the EVP and  managing editor of CNN Worldwide returned to Washington to celebrate the release of his family memoir at an intimate affair hosted in the Georgetown residence of Mandy Grunwald.

No shortage of star power, the event boasted big name guests like  Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), CBS News Bureau Chief Chris Isham, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and hubby Alan Greenspan, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, NBC’s Luke Russert, Alexis Gelber, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Huff Post’s Howard Fineman, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, and Kate Bolduan.

If you weren’t lucky enough to pick up a signed copy of “My Long Trip Home” on Tuesday night, stop by your local bookstore.  FishbowlDC pre-ordered our copy and we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.  For more on Whitaker’s new work, check out our earlier post here.

Baby Boy for CQRC’s Ortman

We told you a few weeks ago that CQ Roll Call Copy Chief Emily Ortman was preparing for maternity leave.  Today we’re happy to report that she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.  At 4.20 this morning Emily and new papa, Joe Stark, welcomed to the world Eric James Stark.  In an internal announcement, Ortman’s colleagues  joked that baby Eric, who weighs 6 pounds 7 ounces, will be fully-versed in AP style by the time he leaves the hospital.  Congrats to Emily and Joe.  Welcome to the Fishbowl little Eric!

White House Now Stresses Feeding the Press

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END


My what a difference a year and seven months makes.

Earlier this week a White House Pool Report showed off the improved relations — at least in terms of sustenance — between the White House and the press corps. Few can forget the March 2010 incident when a reporter was locked in a closet for hours during a Florida fundraiser because V.P. Biden and staff didn’t want him mingling with the guests. The local reporter subjected to the closet treatment was The Orlando Sentinel‘s Scott Powers. An hors d’oeuvre he never got to try: Rosemary flatbread with grapes, honey and gorgonzola.

Now President Obama makes overt gestures to make sure reporters are being fed.

The payoff?

Pool reports like this one by LAT/Tribune‘s Peter Nicholas from a fundraiser in Los Angeles:

Pool was ushered out after 10 minutes, as potus opened it up for
questions. As we slithered out, potus asked if we’d gotten any of the
chicken from his earlier stop at Roscoes. Reuters’ Jeff Mason assured
him that there was pizza waiting for us outside. Pool is holding contentedly near the Lassiter’s lighted backyard pool, enjoying a cool LA breeze and snacking on individual-size pizzas.

NJ Magazine’s New Issue

In NJ Magazine this week:

Charlie Cook on President Obama’s approval rating, Ron Brownstein on the flat tax and Jamie Tarabay takes a look at the potential peril of Libyan rebels murdering Qadaffi. These can be read for free here.

Behind the paywall (a sampling):

*Brownstein election analysis

*In-depth look at House races such as Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), governor’s races

*Major Garrett on how 2013 could play out: “Regardless of whether a Republican or Democrat is in the White House in 2012, the reconciliation process will be key to advancing GOP objectives in Congress.”

Cantor Flak Dance Attack

Photograph by Tom Williams of Roll Call.

In news of the absurd…FishbowlDC recently stumbled upon some photos of Megan Whittemore, deputy press secretary to House Maj. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), spreading her legs all over the Capitol grounds. But unlike Jessica Cutler (“Washingtonienne”), Whittemore’s posing provocatively in the name of art. That’s right, she’s a dancer.  Earlier this week, Roll Call highlighted Whittemore’s modern dance moves in a feature story headlined “Choreographing Her Career.”  The photos from her shoot that didn’t make the cut (though captured beautifully by Tom Williams) are hilariously superb — Whittemore hanging upside down in a short, tight green dress with elderly tourists watching on; legs spread eagle in Statuary Hall, then up a wall in a stairwell. We’re not sure who green lighted this bizarre photo shoot but we are concerned about Cantor’s press ops. If Brad Dayspring is preoccupied with soft porn tweets and Whittemore’s out  igniting tourists with her sweet interpretive dance moves, just who is manning the phones?

Maybe they could combine efforts. Are you thinking what we’re thinking, SexyTwitPics?

 

If you want to see more photographs, visit here.

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Weird Contest Journos Might Want to Enter

Want a private lunch with former Sen. John Glenn?

Here’s your chance with the 9th Annual Auction of Astronaut Experiences & Memorabilia to benefit the non-profit Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. The auction opens online today at 9 a.m. EDT here. If you don’t win lunch with the astronaut, there’s other things you can snag, like coins containing metal from the Apollo 11 spacecraft (we know, they didn’t interest us either. Neither did the Hawaiian shirt worn by another astronaut so we’re not even going to get into it.)

But things are looking up. In addition to dining with Glenn, bidders can vie for seven other experiences, including a trip to the Houston Rodeo with moonwalker Charlie Duke, a Colorado mountain climbing adventure with Space Shuttle astronaut Scott Parazynski (he knows what he’s doing, he’s climbed Mt. Everest), and a trip to picturesque Tuscany, Italy with Skylab astronaut Jerry Carr.

To participate, bidders must register for a virtual paddle number and are then eligible to bid online until the auction concludes on November 5, 2011 at 10 PM EDT.

Bazinet to Kiplinger’s

Ken Bazinet had been keeping the news close to the vest. Family. Inner-circle friends. That’s all.

But earlier in the week people knew something was up when he retired his blog, “The Baz File,” without so much as a word of explanation minus a cryptic goodbye note on Monday that spoke of an “Arab spring” and read, in part, “The blog may be retiring, but the fierce pursuit of freedom and democracy surely will not.” (See the full post after the jump…)

It was Yahoo! News’s Laura Rozen who broke the news on Twitter late Thursday, saying, “Congrats to @bazmaniandevil who has taken a job covering gov’t/politics with Kiplinger’s!”

Bazinet’s political reporting career has spanned the past two decades. For the past few months, he has been an on-air correspondent and political analyst with the Talk Radio News Service. Before that he was a White House Correspondent for 18 years, starting off with UPI and winding up at the New York Daily News.

Congratulations to Bazinet.

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