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Archives: February 2012

Marc Adelman Signs Onto Rodale Books

The Rodale Books division is announcing a notable addition to its staff: DC-based political consultant Marc Adelman, who was Self Magazine’s Washington Editor, is joining the leading healthy lifestyle publisher as Contributing Editor for Rodale Books. The news was first reported by Politico over the weekend minus the detail that he’s no longer working for Self.

In this new role, according to a release, “Adelman will be responsible for generating book concepts and developing partnerships with newsmakers and tastemakers to tell their stories in book form for the company. He’ll also advise on similar content for Men’s Health, Women’s Health and Prevention, working closely with Dave Zinczenko, General Manager of Rodale’s Healthy Living Group who oversees the Rodale Books division, and Steve Perrine, Publisher, Rodale Books.”

Photo Credit: Greg Powers for Capitol File.

Former D.C. Reporter Flees to Dubai, Writes Novel

It wasn’t a big surprise when in January Karin Tanabe left “CLICK,” Politico‘s gossip blog. Writers have been abandoning that blog like it’s the Costa Concordia cruise ship. But for a while, it wasn’t clear what happened. Where had Tanabe gone? What was she doing?

Then BuzzFeed broke the news that Tanabe was in the process of having a novel published about her stint at Politico.

We were able to get in touch with her and she told FBDC that the book, titled “The Capitolist” is still in its early stages. “Like all fiction books, you need a full manuscript to submit,” she said, adding that the first draft had been written.

Tanabe’s not revealing details on the book just yet. But Publisher’s Market Place described Tanabe’s “The Capitolist” as follows:

“[A] 20-something journalist leaves a cushy NYC magazine job for DC’s hottest (and most cut-throat) political rag, where she uncovers a juicy scandal involving a senator that could make or break her career…”

Tanabe said she’s “very excited” to be working with Atria, which is publishing her book. Atria is an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

As for her current whereabouts, Tanabe told us she’s in Dubai working for ITP Publishing, a British magazine company.

Chris Hayes: I have a Staff Goddammit!

MSNBC “Up With Chris Hayes” Host Chris Hayes doesn’t spare a chance to A) remind people he has a staff and B) praise them. Over the weekend, he shouted from the rooftops, “I say this a lot but the @upwithchris staff is so so good and works very very hard.”

Before praising his staff, Hayes, while at The Nation, spent a good deal of time reminding people he is a writer. We showcased that in our “I’m a writer Goddammit!” series.

Hayes works hard to make sure that everyone knows that he has people working beneath him, … a fairly bold move considering that he’s the new kid on the block whose show, as these things go on cable television, could get cancelled any week now (he might want to check in with former MSNBCer David Shuster and CNN alum Eliot Spitzer).

If you don’t really believe Hayes has a staff…well, does anyone really believe he doesn’t have a staff at this point?

Separated at Birth: AP Logo

A reader writes in, “Is it just me, or does the new AP logo kinda look like a copy of National Journal, but with the red line flipped?” Not to fear, we will go back to regular human faces shortly.

Arne-sanity Comes to the NBA

While most fans tuned in for the Slam Dunk Contest and the actual game over the NBA All-Star Weekend, we settled in to watch mediocre basketball.

Two teams, each having a mix of musicians, actors, Jersey Shore cast mates and retired NBA legends, battled it out in Orlando on Friday night for a Celebrity basketball game. While expertise in this annual game can usually be described as sloppy, one star came to play. Arne Duncan, the U.S. Sec. of Education, put on a clinic to would-be-ballers trying to keep up with him. As many know, Duncan regularly plays basketball with POTUS on the weekends. He also played professional basketball in Europe after a successful run at Harvard. Duncan racked up 17 points, 8 points and 5 steals in a performance that led his team to a convincing 86-54 victory. There is absolutely zero exaggeration when we say that he could EASILY play for the Washington Wizards and be a starter. Just sayin’.

Here’s just one example of the Secretary of Education schooling the opposing team.

Politico V.P. and Assoc. Publisher Dies of Cancer

Politico‘s V.P. and Associate Publisher Mike McGrath died this morning after a lengthy struggle with lung cancer. He was part of the publication’s executive team since 2007. Before Politico he worked in ad sales at TWT and had some 20 years of experience before arriving at the Rossyln outlet. He wrote a final email to Executive Editor Jim VandeHei on Friday in which he shared news of a birthday sleepover party for his daughter.

McGrath grew up in Greensburg, Pa. and graduated from Towson State University. He survived by his wife, Tricia, of 16 years, and two daughters. The family resides in Annapolis, Md.

Our condolences. Read the note dubbed “Sad news…” after the jump from Robert Allbritton, Fred Ryan, VandeHarris, Roy Schwartz and Kim Kingsley…

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CQ’s Schatz Announces Baby Girl

CQ‘s Joe Schatz is the proud pop of an angelic newborn baby girl. Here’s the note he sent to CQ‘s John Cranford that was passed along to FishbowlDC.

John,

Parsa, little Leila and I just got home from the hospital. See attached for a photo. Leila Amani Schatz arrived on the scene at 5:58 pm on Friday evening, weighing in at 6 lbs, 10 oz, healthy and beautiful, like her mother, who is doing great.

Joe

Welcome to the Fishbowl Leila!

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Pug wearing regal #USA sweater on red carpet. Looking exquisite. #Oscars” — NBC’s Luke Russert with the accompanying picture.

The Lost Washington Weekend

“Sunday mornings in Adams Morgan smell like broken dreams” — Bright Young Thing‘s Steve Place. Photographer Frank Turner replied, “Piss beer, puke waste.”

The Oscar Media Critics

“E! sucking really bad now, with party talk. It’s like NASCAR rain delay talk…boring. Ugh, guess we’ll change to ABC.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.

“So the journo updates from Rick Santorum‘s townhall combined with Oscar tweets are gonna make for one weird Twitter stream.” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

“There is no comparison. E Red Carpet is SOOOO much better than ABC. #Oscars2012″ — SKDKnickerbocker and CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen.

“My limo is stuck behind Clooney‘s on the way to the red carpet. #annoyingOscartweets” — WSJ‘s Neil King, whose doppelganger is Clooney.

“I love Michelle Williams but seriously, Louis Vuitton, why even make a dress that ugly? Total fail. Thank goodness she a radiant beauty.” — Socialite and philanthropic advocate Katherine Kennedy.

“Why did *E* shoot Tina Fey from her left?! Terrible. Don’t they know about the gash? That’s just mean. Jerks.” — Freelance videographer Liz Glover.

“M in P sucked. And I think the young guy in Moneyball should have won best actor.” — Hollywood on the Potomac’s and D.C. publicist Janet Donovan.

“Glenn Close — love the blazer!!!!!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji. Kennedy agrees, adding, “Wow! Glenn Close looks absolutely perfect! Stunning and totally age appropriate– ladies take note!”

“You want a good comedy bit? Spill something on a real deal star on the carpet and legit ruin their night. Seacrest is low hanging fruit.” — WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates.

Ultra-feminist makes fun of fat women

“No one has the balls to criticize fat women on red carpet. #oscars” — GOP communications operative Trey Ditto, clearly the ultimate feminist.

Doocy or Douchey?

“Thanks very much for the nice words…YOU’RE a great guy for sending a compliment out, unprompted!
Thx.” — Fox & Friend’s Steve Doocy. What prompted such dripping gratitude? This nauseating tweet from a follower in Michigan: “Mr. Doocy, we consider you to be one of the nicest, most genuine human beings on the planet. Thanks for your good work!”

Kind of like Washington’s flacks right?

“Best part of watching E! right now, seeing the red carpet handlers trying to look SO important behind the “stars.” #Oscars”  — NBC’s Russert.

Redheaded journo rethinks red attire

Emma Stone -redhead rocking the deep maroon. Making me rethink my no red rule. #Oscar.” — ABC News’s Karen Travers.

Irony is…“Heavy on the Sinatra at this Santorum event. Sinatra who supported Kennedy whose speech almost made Santorum throw up #fullcircle” — Reuter’s campaign reporter Sam Youngman.

Just what we need, more high journos…“Working on a video for a very cool high journalism program here in DC.” — NBC Cameraman Jim Long in today’s WTF tweet.

A Zen Chuck Todd

“To all overworked Washingtonians. Step outside and look up. Amazingly clear night for DC. Tons of stars visible.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

An 8-year-old learns to lie

“Our 8 yr old sees George Clooney & sez, “He looks a little like you.” Allowance goes from $2 a week to AmEx Platinum card.” — NPR‘s Scott Simon.

 

Roger Ailes Defends RFK’s Son

FNC President Roger Ailes is fiercely coming to the defense of one of his reporters, Douglas Kennedy, in the most personal of ways. Kennedy, the 10th child of Robert and Ethel, is facing charges for trying to take his newborn son from a maternity ward at a hospital in New York. After getting into an alleged altercation with nurses, Kennedy was prevented from leaving the hospital by security personnel. The incident occurred on Jan. 7. He was arrested on Thursday.

Ailes released this statement this afternoon through SKDKnickerbocker, the firm handling media relations for Kennedy.

“I have known Douglas Kennedy, his wife and his family professionally and personally for over 15 years. He tells the truth and his calm and gentle demeanor always impressed me. He is the definition of a great father and it is  a role he cherishes over all others. I support Douglas as do the independent  eyewitness accounts of the event. It is unfortunate that what appears to be a father’s defensive maneuver to protect his newborn baby has been twisted because of his famous name. In my view, the real moral of this story should be don’t try to grab a baby from the arms of a loving father.”

CNN’s Costello to Atlanta

Having just revamped their mornings with Soledad O’Brien and “Starting Point”, CNN is now adding Washington-based Carol Costello to their morning lineup, FishbowlDC has learned. Costello will move from DC to Atlanta to begin anchoring CNN Newsroom from 9-11am.

Kyra Phillips will move to 11am, followed by Suzanne Malveaux from noon to 2pm. The changes are taking place as Randi Kaye, who was filling in temporarily on CNN Newsroom, becomes the permanent anchor for CNN Weekend mornings.  Kaye will also do investigative reporting for AC 360 weeknights.

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