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Archives: October 2013

Separated at Birth: TheBlaze’ Eddie Scarry

Today we have a special match. It’s TheBlaze‘s illustrious Eddie Scarry and the boy that once vied to be a BuzzFeed intern. We also think he has a pinch of Ralph Macchio (“Karate Kid”) and a sprinkling of Daily Kos‘s Markos Moulitsas in him.

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Peter Ogburn contributed to this report. (We love you Eddie!)

 

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Extreme Makeover: The Hill Edition

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The Hill this week announced the relaunch of its revamped and redesigned website, increasing readability and interactivity for users and advertisers. The new and improved website, whose redesign was led by HyperGraphics Design, looks bigger, cleaner, and is easier to use and navigate.

So what all has changed?

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Inside a Fashion Shindig at Benetton

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Last night, Benetton Georgetown and MoKi Media threw an invite-only party to showcase the Autumn-Winter 2013 collection. The cast of characters included Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn, BET Networks’ EVP and CFO Michael Pickrum, Kate Bennett from Washingtonian, author and reporter Helena Andrews, Gilt City’s Marissa Schneider, Washington Redskin Reed DoughtyBill Hamid from DC United, and D.C. personality Susanna Quinn. They were all dressed to the nines in Benetton’s new line.

The event included complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres, as well as a sweet 20 percent off on all evening shopping and a $500 gift card giveaway. Between photo ops with DC’s fashionable favorites, the D.J. and open bar on the second floor, and the kid-friendly third floor, there was something for everyone at Benetton’s soiree. Gift bags were even given to the media at the end of the night, which is always awesome. Each bag came complete with a Benetton fall catalogue and a pair of Benetton-themed headphones.

Find out what local celeb showed up, whose book was optioned by Fox Searchlight, how the food was, etc…

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BREAKING: Journo Discovers Sunny is a Menace to Michelle Obama’s Garden

The Hill‘s Features Editor Emily Goodin went to White House Wednesday to hang out in Michelle Obama‘s garden. She wrote, “Gorgeous day in the WH garden. Lots of Halloween decorations up on South Lawn but we’ve been asked not to take pics.”

So what does she do? She takes to Michelle’s garden and snaps pictures of the supersized vegetables. Apparently Sunny the dog is a “menace” to the garden, especially the tomatoes — hence this prime example of Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks. Soon Elmo and Rosita were in the garden — no idea why, not really dying to know.

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NJ’s Oliphant Moves into Writing Role

Unknown-6Seriously, folks, this is not a veiled demotion.

Jim Oliphant, who has been the National Journal deputy magazine editor for almost two years, is moving into a strictly writing newsroom role. So they’re on the hunt for his replacement, while letting him do what he loves as senior writer.

See the gushing internal memo from Editor Tim Grieve. Read more

The FishbowlDC Interview With Washington Free Beacon’s Bill McMorris

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McMorris-300Say hello to Washington Free Beacon writer Bill McMorris, a writer covering the labor beat for the Washington Free Beacon. Brooklyn born Bill has contributed to the conservative-leaning watchdog.org. McMorris is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Robert Novak Fellowship. He’s been known to sport a mean bowtie, and tweets under the handle @FBillMcMorris (according to Bill, the F stands for “Fancy”).

Let’s begin.

How often do you Google yourself? I try not to do it too often because I’m William J. McMorris III. The first time I Googled myself I found out my dad got sued.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “I’ll have it ready in five minutes.” It always takes longer, making it the cruelest thing you can say to an editor. I make sure to say this daily.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Politico’s Jon Allen is always interesting. I never miss anything from The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash, Andrew Ferguson, or Free Beacon‘s Biff Diddle. But the only must-read byline I know of is on the Washington Free Beacon Staff. That guy’s always got the scoops.

budweiserIf you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? The 30 percent of my body that’s not water is recycled Budweiser.

Do you have a favorite word? Karate.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I overuse semicolons in stories and the F word in conversation.

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi, Meghan McCain or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. McCain only because I haven’t heard of the other two and I haven’t been kicked out of a restaurant in a couple years.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had in the course of your journalism career? Basically every conversation I’ve had that hasn’t involved my journalism career.

Tell us a funny story from your time as a journalist. Can be long or short. I once approached Dennis Miller at some fundraiser in Santa Barbara and said “Excuse me Mr. Miller, I’m sorry to interrupt” and he said “Yes, you are. Go stand over there.” I stood in the corner and to my surprise he came over and gave me a great interview when he finished his conversation.

FE_DA_0124_Lewinsky-279x300The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Jodi Arias or Monica Lewinksy? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Monica Lewinsky is too old to repopulate, isn’t she? My wife’s way more violent than Arias, so I think I could handle it. I’m the oldest of nine kids, so we’d have the earth back up and running in no time. Read more

Cusack’s Plays Get Noticed

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Watch out Hollywood. The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack is on the move and has received honors for two plays he wrote. “The Promise” won second place in the World Series of Screenwriting in the action/adventure category. The play has also been named one of eight finalists in a screenplay contest run by the All Sports L.A. Film Festival. The winner of the contest will be named an at awards ceremony in North Hollywood in November.

“The Promise” is about the man behind the greatest sports upsets of all time and a reporter who helps him in his spiritual quest for one last championship.

According to Pat Battistini of the All Sports LA Film Fest, they received an overwhelming amount of films and scripts. “The Promise has advanced to our ‘Elite Eight,’” Battistini explained in an email. “We will be announcing the ‘Final Four’ and winner at our Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 11 at 6pm at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood.”

Another play Cusack wrote, “Safe and Effective,” which is about a political conspiracy to conceal a cure for cancer, has been named a quarterfinalist in the “Just Effing Entertain Me” screenplay contest.

Cusack, with his silver streaked locks, is something of a thespian and has appeared in episodes of the HBO series “Veep.”

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

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FishbowlDC has learned hat the British invasion of DC is in full swing: The Daily Mail and its world-beating web traffic are looking to hire a new deputy U.S. political editor to work with former Daily Caller executive editor David Martosko. He’s been chatting up a handful of veteran reporters around town, telling them that it’s more of a reporting job than editorial. If you haven’t gotten that lunch invitation yet and you don’t mind using words like “whilst” and “cock-up” in your copy, maybe you should make the first move.

In case you want to read more on “cock-up” see here.

Morning Chatter

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Fish-1FishbowlDC Fan Club Board

President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

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“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

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