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Archives: October 2012

Get $2 a Word at Real Simple

O: The Oprah Magazine and More may target a similar demo, but no other pub can compare directly with Real Simple‘s content. With over 2 million readers, articles cater to women from their 20s to their 60s. “We cast a pretty wide net in terms of the areas that we cover, so each one of our beats could theoretically compete with a different magazine,” said deputy editor Noelle Howey, “and we also try to pitch as much of our content as possible to as broad a range of readers as possible.”

Therefore, your best bet is to make sure your pitch has an element of universality, while keeping in mind the pub’s editorial direction. “‘Real Simple’ is the defining characteristic of the magazine,” explained Howey. “We are a service magazine presenting solutions, and the idea is to take complicated concepts and simplify them for the reader.”

For more info, read How To Pitch: Real Simple. [subscription required]

Fields Dons Sexy Angel Outfit for Halloween

Ex-Daily Caller scribe Michelle Fields celebrates Halloween in a way only she can. As always, she continues on her quest to work for Fox News by dressing like a xxx network correspondent. Come on, Fox, hasn’t she proven herself?

Fields on Facebook, “I usually spend every day doing my best to raise hell against my political foes, but tonight I’m an angel :) Happy Halloween!”


Update: Nat Geo’s ‘Seal Team Six’ Rescheduled

National Geographic has made the  call this morning to reschedule its screening of “Seal Team Six” at the Newseum tonight for Thursday.

Stay tuned for more details….

Morning Chatter

Quotes Of The Day

JOURNO LOVE: “Political dream team – the two best campaign embeds in America hard at work in Celina, OH” They are Emily Friedman and Shushannah Walshe. — ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

The Self-Appointed Weatherman

Our resident trusty weatherman, FBDC’s Eddie Scarry, reports, “PSA: Hurricane residue in Washington today; really, REALLY rainy, high of 53F.”

Everyone‘s a weatherman, right? “Light-to-moderate rain early this morning across D.C. Some ponding on the roads, but the rain will get heavier as the morning goes on.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Polling Editor Steven Shepard.

Baier Vomit

“Both kids 5 & 2 wanted ‘hurricane stories’ at bedtime 2nite as Sandy approaches. I have covered 14 of them but bedtime versions take finesse.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier.

Waffling Hurricane Humor

“Q: What do you call a frozen waffle in a hurricane? A: #Sandy Eggo” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. We hope he tries Knock Knock jokes as the day wears on.

Do Not Piss Ethan Off People

“It’s not funny to send false information about this storm to trick people. Grow up, Twitter.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.


“Love the bangs @WeatherKim!” — NBC Washington’s Angie Goff at 4:30 a.m.

Sherri Shepherd shares hurricane anecdote we could’ve done without

“Trying to get things ready re hurricane – Filled up the bathtub w water and Jeffrey promptly took his clothes off and got ready to jump in!” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Editor teaches son to shave

“Taught my son how to shave tonight. Time really does fly. #memories” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Journo dreams of Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston

“I had a dream last night that @FreeBeacon was purchased by Bobby Brown. Whitney was still alive and I had to explain sequestration to her.” — Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo.

Weather Hype: OH MY GOD, it’s a Hurricane!

(see the best of the best after the jump… Speaking of hurricanes, what’s Lindsay Lohan saying about the impending storm?) Read more

Morning Prize Patrol

Late last week we asked readers to submit new, ingenious questions for our Friday FishbowlDC Interview. The prize? Tickets to tonight’s screening of Nat Geo‘s “Seal Team Six.” Your names will be sent to the proper authorities. Tickets will be at Will Call. The movie begins at 7 p.m.

Without further ado, here are the winners. Each wins a pair of tickets to the movie and reception at the Newseum. All questions will appear in future FishbowlDC interviews. Congratulations to all!

1. Daphne Domingo: ”What’s on your Bucket List? What items have you crossed off from the list (recently) and what do you hope to cross off soon?”

2. Betsy Schroeder: “What is your go-to dance move? (You can really tell a lot about a person!)”

3. A woman calling herself “Gloria Borger” writes in: “Tell the story of the time you were most drunk in a professional setting. And (assuming you didn’t throw up), who would you most have liked to barf on?” We don’t believe it’s the CNN Gloria Borger. Still, we like the question. We’re checking in on who we think is the fake Gloria for a real name so “she” can win the tickets.

4. Politico publicist Olivia Petersen: “Have you ever become starstruck around a celebrity?” And, “Have you ever become starstruck around a celebrity?”

5. Katherine Trujillo writes, “If you could supplant the setting for the Osama Bin Laden raid from Pakistan to any other locale–a different time, a new place, heck you could even shift the ideologies of the parties involved–what would would the setting be and what soundtrack would you have blasting in the background?”


Fishbowl Interview With the Fresh Prince of D.C.

Say hello to Richard Prince, a veteran journalist who writes “Richard Prince’s Journal-isms,” a news column on diversity issues in the news media, for the website of
the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education. He often, and sometimes harshly, calls journalists and publications out for not covering black journos enough and even once hilariously harped on Washington City Paper and FishbowlDC that there were no blacks among the Washington, D.C.’s “Boybanders.” It’s hard to envision a black Ezzy (WaPo‘s Ezra Klein) or Hazy (MSNBC’s Chris Hayes) but life is full of wonderful surprises. Most recently Prince won the Ida B. Wells award for his diverse reporting. Read on…He may have the best new question for the FishbowlDC Interview that we’ve seen so far.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?  Dr Pepper.

How often do you Google yourself?  Not as often as I should. Too many
others with the same name.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice
versa)? “Sure, I’ll be happy to take that assignment!”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Nicholas Kristof of
the New York Times travels the world reporting on outrages that would otherwise get little attention. And he was among the first to take advantage of video. But to call him my favorite would eliminate too many friends and colleagues.

Do you have a favorite word?  Party.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, MSNBC’s
Chris Matthews or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. Matthews would probably produce the most copy.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You
will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington,
any of the women from FNC’s “The Five” or MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp. Who will
it be? (None is not an option.) Kerry Washington.

What swear word do you use most often? Does “damn” count?

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday
morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four
journalists or pundits types.) A multicultural grab bag. It would be

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person
who has died, who would it be? Wonder what Martin Luther King would
say about the icon he has become.

Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel,
Attackerman, Beutler) Who? Cultural disconnect.

When you pig out what do you eat? Why pig out?

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. A black cotton T-shirt from Kingston, Jamaica inscribed with a map of the city. Cost $1,100 at a tourist store. In
Jamaican dollars.

Pick one: Mad Men, Scandal or Grey’s Anatomy. Mad Men.

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Writer: ‘Can You Get Me a Gallon of Pig’s Blood?’

If you think that’s raspberry sauce in the picture accompanying FBDC Contributor Peter Ogburn‘s food piece for NPR this week, you’re in for a frightening surprise.

Actually, it’s pig’s blood. And from a pig he killed with a nail gun to the brain. After the animal was strung up by its hind legs, Ogburn took a knife and slit its throat. “It was insane. I straight up cried after. It’s one thing to order pork chops in a restaurant, it’s another to see the animal die,” he said during an afternoon phone conversation. “It’s not fun, but it’s worth doing. I’d do it again.”

The blood was to be used for chocolate and blood pudding and savory blood cake in the spirit of Halloween. He also cooked beef heart and sweetbreads, which are veal thymus glands.


“While most good butchers can get you organ meats, animal blood is a different story. Have you ever asked someone with a straight face, “Can you get me a gallon of fresh pig’s blood?” It made grown men wearing aprons stained with animal blood and viscera look at me like I was the gross one. Reputable and willing butchers still have to follow FDA regulations that control the flow of blood from farm to slaughterhouse to butcher to consumer.”

It should be noted that Ogburn has killed pigs before. Several years ago he raised his own pig. Then he slaughtered and butchered it. “I was in a weird phase where I was trying to force myself to live off the land,” he said. “Don’t ask.”

D.C. Police Chief Attacks Reporter on WTOP

Washington D.C. Chief of Police Cathy Lanier has lashed out at TWT Senior Op-ed writer Emily Miller for insisting that she picks good-news crime stats to hide the crime spike in Washington.

“First of all any reporter who doesn’t understand UCR by now and reports that way, I’m sorry, they just shouldn’t be a reporter,” Lanier told WTOP.

So Miller did what you’d expect — she wrote about it, saying, “the police chief attacked me viciously.” Miller told FishbowlDC, “I fully understand the difference between UCR and DC crime stats. If Chief Lanier saw something incorrect in our paper,  I think she’d ask for a correction. She did not. Instead she attacked my professionalism and intelligence on WTOP!”

Blow Your Diet on Pie

Who doesn’t love pie? Food and Friends, a D.C.-based ” nonprofit organization that provides home-delivered, specialized meals and life-sustaining nutrition to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses” is hosting Pie Day on October 31 (i.e. Halloween) from 11:30am-1:30pm in Farragut Square. They will give away FREE PIE to passers by and host fun and games all in the name of charity.

It’s not like we won’t all be sitting on our floors surrounded by a mountain of spent Halloween candy wrappers and shame later on in the evening. If you’re going to blow a diet, might as well blow it spectacularly. That’s what my Uncle always told me. (He died at 31 from a toxic mix of gout, high blood pressure and diabetic cardiac arrest, coincidentally.)

More details…. Read more

Afternoon Oopsy: VPOTUS Pool Edition

VPOTUS Biden spoke at the memorial service for former Presidential candidate George McGovern on Thursday afternoon. On pool duty that day was HuffPost’s Jen Bendery. While reporting on Biden’s remarks, Bendery wrote, “Biden suddenly began shouting in the church. ‘Your father gave courage to people who didn’t have the courage to speak up,’ he said, then bringing up McGovern’s failed presidential bid in 1980.”

Turns out, she made an oopsy.  Read more.. Read more