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Brad Thor to Party at The Daily Caller

Author Brad Thor is spreading himself thin these days. Tuesday morning he appeared on “Morning Joe,” where host Mika Brzezinksi told him he’s likely never had a moment of writer’s block in his entire life. It wasn’t an insult, but maybe not entirely a compliment, either. Is he always that on and revved in his demeanor?

Thor was on the show to promote his new book, Hidden Order: A Thriller. The book involves a hidden part of the U.S. government. Spies. Murder. Counterterrorism experts. Sound vaguely familiar?

Thor’s becoming something of a media whore. On Wednesday morning he’ll go on WMAL’s Morning Show between 5 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Wednesday afternoon he comes to Washington as he’ll appear at a pre-book signing salute in The Daily Caller‘s barroom at 5:30 p.m. After that, he’ll head over to Sixth & I Synagogue for a 7 p.m. book signing and there will be a Q and A with reporter Jamie Weinstein.

So why a pre-party at The Daily Caller?

“Brad is a big fan of The Daily Caller and we wanted to return the favor by celebrating the release of his new book,” the DC‘s Advertising Director Alex Treadway told FishbowlDC. “We thought the perfect way would be to gather some readers, clients and friends to salute him with a beer before his book signing. We also arranged to have Jamie Weinstein lead the Q and A at the signing.”

 

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French Maid Spices Up Daily Caller Book Party

What was initially thought to be a special appearance by David Martosko‘s personal secretary at last night’s Daily Caller book launch party ended up being nothing of the sort.

To the left is a photo of Nandi, who works with Emperor Vodka, which sponsored the soiree. “I’m just here for pictures,” she said, graciously posing for cameras. Nandi, whose arms are reminiscent of Angela Bassett‘s What’s Love Got to Do with It, said this was her first time working with Emperor. Fun first day on the job!

The Daily Caller hosted the party in its Farragut Square newsroom celebrating The Lizard King, an ebook written by their own Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn.

“I have no good answer,” said Rahn when asked who should read his book. “It’s a transformative book,” he said (“transformational” also works). He compared it to reading the Bible. “Is this off the record?” Rahn asked at the conclusion of our interview.

Weinstein was a little more willing to talk about the book, though we get the impression he thought he was on TV. “Truth-seekers will like it,” Weinstein said. He emphasized that the book is actually a manuscript provided by a White House insider and that he and Rahn are simply the vessels through which the book is being delivered. “Once in a while, history falls upon you and I think it happened to us,” he said, adding that it “may be one of the most important books since [Fox News host] Sean Hannity’s book.”

The Daily Caller‘s bar was stocked with wine, soda, alcohol and a beer tap that poured Pabst Blue Ribbon. Edibles (vegetables and a few hors d’oeurves) were a little on the slim side.

As guests trickled in, a couple faces stood out in the crowd: Politico‘s Byron Tau and Tim Mak. The DC and Politico have been known to publicly quibble in the past. One Daily Caller staffer said the relationship between the two publications “on paper” is often not the case between individual reporters. He said there are several Politico employees he regularly drinks with. Both Tau and Mak chatted with The DC‘s Alex Pappas for a while, as well.

In the crowd we also spotted a distinguished gentleman with a badass eye patch. It turned out to be Will Rahn’s father, ex-husband to WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan.

The DC‘s editor Tucker Carlson was seen talking with RollCall‘s Jonathan Strong, a former Daily Caller reporter. Strong said work for him has been slow and “a little boring,” given he covers Congress, which is currently out of session.

Notables: The Daily Caller‘s Alex Treadway, Sarah Hoffman, Taylor Bigler, Jeff Poor, Caroline May, Brian Danza, Chris Bedford, Neil Munro, Pat McMahon, Nicole Roeberg, and Vince Coglianese; The Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo and CJ Ciaramella; RollCall HOH‘s Neda Semani and Warren Rojas; Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton; WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri; U.S. NewsSteven Nelson; The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake; and Donald Rumsfeld‘s former chief of staff Keith Urbahn. Conspicuously absent were Matthew Boyle and Martosko, who had kid duty. We rode the elevator with him down to the garage. He puffed away on what may have been an illegal cigar the whole way down and said Rahn and Weinstein would know he was there “in spirit.”

Quotable:

  • “He’s a bit of a self promoter.”– Keith Urbahn on his former boss Donald Rumsfeld, who was Defense Secretary under former Prez George W. Bush. Urbahn spilled that Rummy is currently working on a new book. UPDATE: Urbahn writes in to tell us he was talking about his other former boss, The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.
  • Asked about former and recently fired Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson said, “I haven’t seen her much on TV lately. That ended for some reason.” Fields was not in attendance.
  • “I don’t want to be written about.”– Steven Nelson, after FishbowlDC inquired about his job at U.S. News, which he only recently started.
  • “I’m holding out for the chance that Matthew Boyle shows up.”– FBDC’s Peter Ogburn.

 

Daily Caller Steals Ad Guy From WaPo

The Daily Caller‘s advertising sales team scored another takeaway Tuesday by hiring Eric Martin from WaPo. In April they snagged Aaron Finely from Politico‘s sales department.

Martin worked at WaPo for five and a half years, most recently selling digital and print advertising with their “Major Accounts” unit. As the newest member of the publication’s sales team, he will be calling on national ad clients and agencies.

“Eric is bright, energetic and has a wry sense of humor. And believe me, I checked – his clients really love him,” remarked Alex Treadway, COO and Senior V.P. of Sales for The Daily Caller.

Daily Caller Snags Politico Ad Guy

The Daily Caller‘s Publisher Neil Patel makes the announcement this morning that Aaron Finely is leaving Politico to join The Daily Caller as V.P. of Sales. Finley had been with Politico for five years. He joined just after the launch. Politico insiders aren’t acting fazed by this move. They used words like “rank and file sales guy” and understand his desire for more money and more of a leadership role. Finley’s title at Politico was “National Advertising Director.”

See Patel’s memo…

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The Daily Caller Party: Even a Caveman Can Attend

The cast of characters at Monday night’s Daily Caller second official keg party was nothing short of colorful. For one thing, this wild-haired intern from Reason Magazine, Armin Rosen, showed up and life as we know it will never be the same. For another, even without the original guest of honor, GOP consultant Roger Stone, the celebration of new hire Mary Katharine Ham, turned out a jammed hallway full of journalists and guests and a keg sponsored by Miller-Coors. Stone had to be in New York to coach gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino. “This is how it should be,” remarked Daily Caller V.P. of Sales Alex Treadway, raving that Ham is sure to be a publication star.

The Wild Haired intern, meanwhile, was opening up. “Please don’t ruin my career,” Rosen repeatedly begged FishbowlDC throughout an evening that felt like something between a summer camp outing, a blog convention and a trip to the circus. Before fleeing the party, the intern’s boss, Matt Welch, Reason‘s Editor-in-Chief, asked me to babysit Wild Hair and make sure he didn’t do anything stupid. (Note to Editors: We’ll be glad to babysit your reporters, but a) really? b) it’s questionable FBDC policy, and c) we wouldn’t dream of stopping a journalist from partaking in any form of stupid activity he or she so desires.)

Soon enough, the intern’s clear Doppelganger emerged: the Geico caveman. He explained the simplicity of his hair upkeep. “It’s easy, I don’t comb it – ever,” he said. “All you have to do is get into a sublime state of not caring and you get this hair.”

Party banter ranged from Washington’s uptight nature and the Brett Favre sexting scandal to House GOP leaders and Twitter follower counts. “People in Washington are boring as f—k,” remarked Daily Caller’s Mike Riggs. And yet, those here could hardly be considered boring – Less Government’s Seton Motley, when Wild Hair was pointed out, pulled out a shirtless picture of himself (perhaps from the 80s) with wavy blondish hair cascading to his waist.

Riggs swore he wasn’t “on anything” Monday night except beer. We believed him (mostly) until he knelt down on one knee and bestowed solemn praise to another partygoer, The Exiled’s Mark Ames, while chanting, “Oh my f—king God. Oh my f—king God.” Washington City Paper’s Moe Tkacik, who came to the party with Ames, suggested that some in Washington might have Asperberger’s Syndrome. She’s a recent transplant to Washington and hire to WCP. (If you haven’t seen her work, it’s a must).

Others in the crowd: Daily Caller spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins, Publisher Neil Patel, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, the Washington Examiner’s J.P. Freire, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie and Wonkette’s Elizabeth Glover. Also from Wonkette was the newly hired Morning Editor, Riley Waggaman, who looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie with blond hair, glasses and a bright turquoise button-down. Already partied and gone were The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack and TWT’s Eli Lake. McCormack, referring to Riggs’s recent shrooming escapade, tweeted about the party, saying he “felt a little funny after eating some Halloween candy but a purple monkey just flew in the room and told me candy is not laced.”

Many Daily Caller reporters were on hand to kick the keg. The included Alex Pappas, Jeff Winkler, Jonathan Strong, Chris Moody, Matthew Boyle, a part-timer, and a mystery staffer from a Democratic lawmaker’s office who didn’t want to be identified. (An office rule forbids office staffers from being Google-able alongside the boss’s name.) More in the crowd: TWT’s Ben Birnbaum, CNS’s Nicholas Ballasy, The Atlantic’s Chris Good and Daily Caller’s new blog consultant Klaus Marre.

It’s time to check on Wild Hair

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The Daily Caller or Hedonism III? You Decide

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At The Daily Caller, life is loose.

And actions do speak louder than words. On Wednesday night editorial staff and friends of The Daily Caller partied it up with their brand new Keg-O-rater sponsored by Pilsner Urquell. The office has a coffee machine, too. But as Spokeswoman Becca Glover put it, “We don’t have rules. Tucker is 100 percent about freedom. If you can drink and do your job, that’s your decision. It’s all about freedom.”

Being responsible is a plus, but it isn’t mandatory.

What some may not know is this isn’t the first time The Daily Caller has employed unorthodox hedonism when it comes to their reporters. Back at their launch party held at the home of lobbyist Juleanna Glover, party organizers purchased six cartons of Marlboro Reds and by the night’s end, partygoers and DC staff had smoked through all the cartons.

As first reported by Politico, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson was a no-show to the party. He was tending to journalism business – he was in Manhattan to appear on FNC’s “Hannity” Wednesday night and on ABC’s GMA the following morning. Publisher Neil Patel was on hand. So were a slew of Daily Caller reporters, such as Alex Pappas, Jonathan Strong (and his wife, Anna Beth), Chris Moody, Caroline May, and Deputy Editor Jamie Weinstein with his girlfriend, Lonnie. Daily Caller’s V.P. of Sales Alex Treadway was there and in charge of dealing with pouring beer and dealing with the Keg-O-rater (not a hard job, but an important one). Others in attendance included Politico’s Kiki Ryan and Politico Click’s newest hires Karin Tanabe and Natasha Lennard. Fox News booker Lauren Torlone was there. So were The Weekly Standard‘s Mike McCormack and Mary Katherine Ham.

Some building party moochers (they claimed they were verbally invited to the party – and okay, we believe them) were Gordon Zweig, Jose Biaou and Eric Hynek. They all work at a commercial real estate firm and were enjoying the beer.

A slightly amusing moment occurred when…

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Labash Blowout Book Party: Marion Barry Has Arrived!

IMG_0217.jpgThe Weekly Standard/Daily Caller Matt Labash’s book, Fly Fishing With Darth Vader: And Other Adventures With Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, And Jewish Cowboys came to life Thursday night as characters from his anthology filed in one by one to the beautiful home of Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and his wife, Susie. The evening was one of fun, frolic and, of course, drinking, as the Distilled Spirits Council sponsored the party with a well-stocked Scotch-filled bar.

Characters from the book who showed up to the festivities included Democratic political strategist and former campaign aide to Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) David “Mudcat” Saunders, Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens and GOP consultant Roger Stone, who famously taught Labash how to properly tie a tie (he claims Labash still needs help). Stone (in photograph above with Labash) explained that he was leaving later to catch a train to Manhattan – his policy is to never stay overnight in D.C. as the town is too awful a place to remain too long. “I hate it,” he said. “People are phony.” (Stone splits his time between New York City and Miami.)

Soon the party turned into a roast.

“Nice house, not waspy enough,” Stone cracked. “I appreciate the enormous role I have played in making Matt Labash.” Stone joked that people always ask of Labash: ‘What’s with all the Hitler memorabilia?’

Saunders, to whom Labash devoted an entire chapter, said the author was much more than a writer but a life confidant whom he still phones for advice. “He knows enough about me to get me arrested,” he said. Initially, Saunders said, he feared a story about him appearing in The Weekly Standard: “I’m a Democrat. The Weekly Standard ain’t a damn Democrat publication.”

The party was the scene of scenes for D.C. journalists. Faces in the crowd included conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Andy Ferguson, Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins, Patrick Gavin, Kiki Ryan, Michael Calderone and Pia Catton. Politico’s Jonathan Martin and NBC “Meet the Press” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer arrived simultaneously. The Daily Caller was represented well with opinion editor Moira Bagley, publisher Neil Patel, V.P. of sales Alex Treadway and congressional reporter Gautham Nagesh as well as Sean “Jim Treacher” Medlock on crutches. Others in attendance: The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, the New York Post’s Charlie Hurt, Reason’s Michael Moynihan, Edelman’s Exec. V.P. Tony Blankley, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, D.C. media consultant David Bass, former Time scribe Tim Burger and Slate’s Editor David Plotz. The Atlantic’s Josh Green was there and spoke of the story he has been living as of late – that of Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and the old Navy buddies who told him, among other sordid details, about the ex-congressman’s infamous Massa massage and now compelling “snorkeling”. Green joked, “I feel dirty talking about it.” More seriously, he called Massa the “Andy Dick of Congress.”

Lightening struck when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrived. Late and decked out in a suit and cherry-colored tie, Barry stole the show. And for a good while, it was all guests could do but stare and snap cell phone pictures.

“It took me an hour to find this place,” Barry told the awed crowd, explaining his tardiness. “I wandered here and there and everywhere.”

Initially Labash had no idea that Barry that arrived. “No, no, I don’t publicly speak!” the author was imploring guests, unaware that his most striking character was about to weigh in.

Carlson explained to guests that The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was sorry he couldn’t attend – he was in Manhattan hanging out with former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Massa (everyone laughed). Carlson read a note from Kristol that said, in part, “When we hired Labash, we had hoped he’d become a star – we’re still hoping.”

Carlson, who wrote the introduction to Labash’s book, had solemn praise for Labash with a twist. “Matt doesn’t simply write about people,” said Carlson. “He takes them as lifelong friends – almost in a proctological way.” He said when subjects first read the stories Labash has written about them their first response is “horror.”

Then they realize that what Labash has written is true, that the author has maybe captured them more deeply than anyone ever has.

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More party pictures after the jump…

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“Conservative” Isn’t Term The Daily Caller Uses

Alex Treadway , who is moving to the TheDailyCaller.com as VP of Sales, says he has no conflict about working for Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, both well-known conservatives.

“I’m on the business side,” Treadway told FishbowlDC, explaining that he is personally politically left of center. “I’m about clients getting what they want. it fits what I do for a living. That’s my job.”

Nonetheless, the question of personal politics arose when he met with Carlson and Patel. “When I was sitting there in my first meeting with Neil, I asked, will that matter to you or Tucker? And he [Patel] said, ‘Only if it would make you uncomfortable working for us.’ I thought, these are cool guys.”

Cool guys who don’t openly use the term “conservative.”

“They’ve never used the term ‘conservative website,’ Treadway said. “They’re going to have original reporting. That’s where I think we’re going to be judged.”

Insiders say the site’s creators have never made any grandiose claims about the identity of the site or any agenda they might have and will let the audience decide on its political nature. The site plans to welcome contributions (whenever possible) from writers such as The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash. Hires include Jon Ward (formerly with TWT), who will be the senior political and White House reporter; Moira Bagley, formerly with NewMajority.com and Roll Call, as editor; longtime conservative blogger Jim Treacher ; and Gautham Nagesh, formerly with Government Executive magazine.

Treadway was most recently with the Atlantic Media Company, where he worked for 10 years.