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Archives: January 2012

Author Insists ‘Gay Men Don’t Get Fat’

Simon Doonan, the Creative Director at Barney’s New York, will appear at the W Hotel for a book party Wednesday night. This will be his only Washington appearance for his newly published Gay Men Don’t Get Fat.

Clearly he hasn’t met Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.).

The author covers his bases, including Ke$sha, Washington power players and decorating the White House for the holidays in 2009. Born in England, Doonan, a contributor to Slate, also wrote Beautiful People, which was adapted for TV in the UK. He lives in Manhattan with his husband, Jonathan Adler.

He will sign copies of his book between 7 – 9 p.m. The book will be on hand to purchase for $24.95. Hors d’oeuvres will be served alongside a cash bar. RSVP:

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‘Dopes’: WaPo Bloggers Continue to Feud

WaPo‘s conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin again confronted the newspaper’s liberal blogger Greg Sargent on Twitter this morning. Sargent writes “The Plum Line.”

Rubin went after Sargent for a tweet in which he mentioned a WaPo poll that showed that a plurality of Americans hold an unfavorable view of the past corporate experience of GOP hopeful Mitt Romney.

“The right’s latest howler about bad poll numbers on Romney/Bain. It’s all fault of left wing smear! [...]” Sargent tweeted. Rubin chimed in, “[N]o, the argument is that opportunistic dopes in GOP have picked up the leftwing smear..”

A cheeky Sargent responded, “[I] agree with the part about GOP ‘dopes,’ but it’s not a left wing smear.”

As in the last encounter between these two, Rubin had the last word. “I read it in your column!! re OWS and the obama gameplan,” she snapped. Presumably, she’s referring to this post by Sargent in which he said Democrats were preparing to “paint Romney as a predatory capitalist.”

King to Broadcast From William and Mary Thursday

In honor of former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates‘ induction as William and Mary’s 24th Chancellor, CNN’s John King will broadcast his program from the college this Thursday. King will interview Gates, who graduated from William and Mary in 1965.

“We are delighted that ‘John King, USA,’ is coming to campus to broadcast live on the eve of our 319th birthday celebration,” said Director of University Relations Brian Whitson. “This will be great exposure for the College.”

The event marks Gates’ first interview on a national news outlet since he retired in summer 2011.

Find out more about the event on its Facebook event page.

A Soiree to Remember…

To celebrate its 5-year anniversary under President Jason Grumet, the Bipartisan Policy Center, which the NJ has called “one of Washington’s most attractive destinations for former lawmakers, Cabinet members, and others”, is hosting an “Open House” tonight. Expected media in attendance…Capitol File‘s Publisher Sarah Schaffer and Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett, Self Magazine’s D.C. Editor Marc Adelman, The Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, HtuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie, Bloomberg’s Darin Ohlandt, former CNNer Kathleen Koch, TV Chef Jose Andres, CNN’s Linda Roth, Business Round table’s Kirk Monroe and Susan G. Komen’s Kiki Ryan and former TIME scribe Tim Burger.

Scribe Gets Banged Up in Bike Accident

Coworkers of DCists’s newest writer Ben Freed might want to avoid him today. Last night he spent the evening in the ER after falling off his bike. And when we say evening, we’re talking 6:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Colleagues convinced the groggy blogger to get himself checked out after he fell off his bike yesterday, banged his head and skinned his knee.

“Pretty long wait. Anyone wanna hang at the emergency room?” he wrote on Twitter around dinner time.

At first Freed was reluctant to talk about the incident further, but after a little arm twisting, he spilled his guts.

“Fine. Here’s what happened: Yesterday morning, while riding my bike downtown I tried to avoid a car pulling into my lane and in doing so, hit a pothole which sent me tumbling to the pavement. I skinned my knee—Here’s a yucky photo!—and banged my head on the ground. (I was wearing a helmet.) I got up, saw the bike was, save some

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Washingtonian Kills Line on Lowe’s Son

Washingtonian has its own whodunit mystery theater going on in the world of Capital Comment writer Carol Joynt. She has been inexplicably deleting items and lines — not an overwhelming amount, but one on her personal blog, another on the magazine’s website.

The latest of which occurred Monday.

On its surface, the item on Washingtonian‘s website appeared to be an innocuous item on Rob Lowe visiting Washington, where he dined with six lovely ladies at The Four Season’s Bourbon Steak. Among them was NBC “MTP” Exec. Producer Betsy Fischer, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Lobbyist Jack Quinn’s wife, Susanna Quinn, a friend and Washington liaison to Lowe, and Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

In the next sequence of the mystery, Joynt wrote up the item and included this line: “Lowe’s son has stayed in the past at the home of Quinn and her lobbyist husband, Jack Quinn.”

But soon the line involving Lowe’s son disappeared.

We asked Joynt: “Why did you remove the line?” She declined to comment. We also wrote Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. So far, he’s not talking either. Lowe’s son, Matthew, spent the summer interning for House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). And yes, he bunked at the Quinn’s humble abode.

In other disappearing Joynt item news…

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C U Next Tuesday, Michelle Fields!

The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields has made quite a name for herself by visiting Occupy encampments and reporting from within the protests. She did that in New York and was famously shoved to the ground by a police officer. Yesterday, she visited the Occupy DC protests as police prepared to move in. While she interviewed one member of the movement about their treatment of minorities and women, a masked man swooped into the shot and shouted into her microphone, “Michelle Fields is a cunt!” The man then darted off into the camp. A clearly rattled Fields stared blankly through thick, clear, fashion-conscious glasses at her interview subject and then abruptly ended the conversation.

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Quotes of the Day

Protesters pissed at Fox News: “Occupydc protestors upset @foxnews truck is parked illegally.” — WTOP’s Mark Segraves with the accompanying photograph.

Boybander down on J-School: “I feel like $30 million in angel investments in journalism startups would do much more good than $30 million in j-school donations.” — Slate business and economics correspondent Matt Ylgesias.

Producer calls Romney camp inaccessible to media
“One thing I absolutely cannot stand about Romney’s campaign is their inaccessibility to the media. It’s so McCain-like & losing strategy.” — Exec. Producer of Morning Majority at WMAL news Heather Smith.

Words to live by…“Remember: you’re not fully clean unless you’re Zestfully clean.” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman.

AnonymASS reaction to Romney sweat poll

“With topics like this is it any wonder why people are turning away from the mainstream media for real news.  Those who think this is news might welcome an investigation on Michelle Obama‘s menstrual cycles and it’s effect on how Obama decides things.” — AnonymASS commenter. The Q: What’s that under Romney’s armpits? Poll results: A shadow – 51.72 percent; Sweat mark – 48.28 percent.

Newt volunteer goes after Townhall editor
“Moron of the Day! >> @KatiePavlich << Townhall editor! This fuck is the biggest moron I’ve ever seen come out against Newt on FOX. #withNewt” — Jeff Rainforth, Gingrich volunteer and former Calif. Gov. and U.S. Congress candidate. Pavlich told FishbowlDC, “It is what it is, calling me a moron, or other choice names, isn’t going to get Obama out of the White House in 2012.”
Journo sports unique hairdo
“D.C. Examiner’s David Freddoso on Fox News. Who did his hair? Charlie Chaplin?!” — The Blaze‘s and FBDC’s Eddie Scarry.

News of the weird…“I have just been informed by the deputy that next week is both national marriage week and national cancer week. Coincidence?” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.

JetBlue reaches out to FNC’s Bret Baier: “Bret Baier have a g8 flight and enjoy the unlimited snacks and Inflight entertainment-maybe you’ll catch yourself on TV” — @JetBlue. Baier replied, “Ha thnx!”

Bella Santorum

Reporting on a presidential campaign is exhausting work. Jumping from state to state; sometimes following the same candidate for weeks at a time. A certain bond often forms between the media and a candidate. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) was famous for having a great relationship with the press in the primary of 2000. Sometimes it can even have a “family” feel.

News broke over the weekend that GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum’s daughter had been hospitalized for pneumonia. Bella Santorum, 3, has a condition called Trisomy 18. It’s a condition that causes abnormalities in her internal organs. It can be fatal for many of those afflicted.

As soon as the announcement was made that Santorum was stepping off the campaign trail to spend time with Bella, tweets of support began rolling in from journalists.

Bret Baier of Fox News tweeted on Saturday

This must hit especially close to home for Baier since he has seen his fair share of hospital visits with his son, Paul. Paul has a heart defect that has kept him in the hospital for numerous surgeries.

ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jake Tapper also offered up words of support for the Santorum family… Read more

POLL: What’s That Under Romney’s Armpit?

The lead story on The Hill‘s front page this morning is about Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s effort to wrap up the primary by winning big in Florida on Tuesday.

Accompanying the story is an image of Romney addressing a crowd. He looks serious, he’s gesturing with his left hand and looks to be a little damp from sweat. Actually, very damp. Underneath his arm is a nebulous spot that looks a lot like armpit sweat.

It’s the end of January, but still relatively warm in Florida. The Hill‘s story was datelined Orlando. The high in Orlando today is 71 degrees. Then again, Romney appears to be indoors in the photograph. No air-conditioning.

What’s your call?