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Capital New York Hires TVNewser Co-Editor

Unknown-5And now, some internal housekeeping news.

Capital New York, the newly acquired Allbritton publication, has hired Alex Weprin, senior editor of TVNewser, our sister site at Mediabistro. With this news comes a promotion: Merrill Knox will be senior editor of TVNewser but will continue her duties at TVSpy.

“I am really excited to join Capital New York. It has been a great three and a half years at Mediabistro, and I am sad to leave my colleagues here, but I am looking forward to what’s ahead,” Weprin told FishbowlDC.

See the memo from Mediabistro VP/Editorial Director Chris Ariens and the job the company is looking to fill… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“It’s so hard to talk these days.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren in reaction to V.P. Joe Biden‘s “gaffe” yesterday.

“He’s gotta recognize that he’s gonna be double teamed. Jim Lehrer is part of the cultural left so Mitt is going to have to communicate past Lehrer and past Obama to reach the American people.” — Fmr. Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on FNC last night.

Not enough black journos on air tonight?

“@rolandsmartin we need a black room twitter debate team tonight since none of us will be on AIR–get some #WashingtonWatch peeps together.” — Preacher Sophia Nelson of, Essence and USA Today.

In the category of bright ideas…

“Today, I think I’ll work on a column giving Mitt Romney some advice because I want people to know how smart I am.” — DoubleThink‘s J.P. Freire.

Journo in-fighting between two guys named Alex

Salon‘s Alex Pareene: “I hope TheDC doesn’t uncover shocking video of me saying soda instead of pop on east coast.” The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas replied, “Don’t worry, no one cares about you.”

Speaking of that video…

  • “Impressive in dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks category: Hannity calling non-news Obama ’07 Hampton video ‘a bombshell abt to be dropped’ on WH race” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.
  • “If Obama haters think I’m going to expend a ton of energy on this issue, they are nuts. This amounts to nothing.” — CNN Contributor and Washington Watch host Roland Martin.
  • “Oh lawd.. someone send me a link to TEH VIDEEOOHH!!” — Michelle Ray, Social Media Director at Conservative Daily News. It’s here.
  • “Why are liberals so shocked that Fox News, Drudge, and Tucker Carlson practice racist demagoguery? Like being shocked sky is blue.” — David Zirin, Sports Editor at The Nation.

And editor blesses Drudge, rips MSM

“Squirm, corrupt media, squirm! #GodBlessDrudge” —’s John Nolte.

Mitt Romney’s Lunch: The Nasty Aftermath

“Can someone please interview the Chipotle worker? I can’t stop giggling. I want to know everything about him.” — National Journal’s Elahe Izadi.

“Romney’s Chipotle order: burrito bowl, pork, rice, black beans, guac, salsa (per pool report)” — HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel.

Important Q to Ponder: “Seriously, why the fuck are people tweeting Romney’s lunch? Who gives a shit?” — Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas.

“Per pool, Romney is having Chipotle for lunch. He and Sen. Portman both had pork burrito bowls with guacamole.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Depression is…

“Sort of depressing to drive around KC and see a liquor store named after Harry Truman.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Optimism is…“We’re ALL gonna lose in Nov no matter who wins!” — Reason mag’s Nick Gillespie.

The Observer

“Oh good. HuffPost Live will also be live-streaming debates. This brings the total number of news outlets covering the debates to everyone.” — TVNewser‘s Alex Weprin.

Pet Peeves

“People who break embargoes, that’s that shit I don’t like.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Fuck man I totally feel for a free Southwest Airline ticket voucher spambot thing on facebook fuck fuck fuck.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

Convo Between Two Journos: MEOW

The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor writes, “Question: Why is @BuzzFeed working so hard to get to the smoking gun in this video? You guys can’t wait until 9 pm? Go have dinner… Relax.” To which Politico‘s Shermanator (Jake Sherman) replies, “Yep, you mustve. when someone says publicly they have something that will make news, if u dont chase it, u should find a new job.”

ABC’s Walter involuntary spams followers

“Hello Tweeps. I am not DMing you about some sort of “bad stuff” written about you. It’s spam/hacking.” — ABC’s Amy Walter.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.




Around the Fishbowl

What’s happening in the other Fishbowls and mediabistro sites around the country?

Let’s have a look.

Trust a student pilot? A traffic reporter in LA may think twice about flying with a student pilot next time around. Over the weekend, Clear Channel’s Talk KFI reporter Mike Nolan was injured in a plane crash and is in the hospital in “serious condition.” The crash culminated with the plane “bursting into flames” reports Read the full story by Marcus Vanderberg on FishbowlLA here.

What passes for normal in New York: FishbowlNY tackles the issue of a woman in a sheer purple sheet. It’s actually an image from, a new mag from Carine Roitfeld. Read more about the near naked woman from Chris O’Shea here.

Viewer appetites for Colorado shooting are insatiable: TVNewser’s Alex Weprin notes today that weekend special reports on the movie theater shootings captured the attention of millions of viewers. Nielsen reports that 14 million people tuned in to network specials. Read more.

MSNBC Anchor Joins The Avengers

There are several reasons why The Avengers shattered box office records this weekend. We’d like to think that MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts is one of them. As TVNewser’s Alex Weprin mentioned last week, there is a cameo from Roberts near the end playing a TV anchor reporting that a group of heroes saved the planet from an attacking army of alien soldiers. Honestly, that doesn’t sound too far off from an actual newscast these days.

Roberts tells FishbowlDC that the shot was filmed at 30 Rock in February of this year. We just assumed Roberts was a comic book fan, but he tells us that he was always more of a “Super-Friends kind of kid.” Roberts saw the movie this weekend and says that he thinks that “the Hulk stole the show.”

In the same scene that we see Roberts, we see recycled footage of a Jay Carney press conference.

Howard Kurtz: Meet Your Television

The Daily Beast/CNN’s resident self-pimp Howard Kurtz apparently thinks the media has forgotten about the presidential elections and that coverage is waning. Alex Weprin over at our sibling site TVNewser brings us the strange details of the inner workings of Kurtz’s mind today followed by a brief Twitter fight between them.

In the meantime, we’re going to Etch a Sketch Kurtz’s piece on declining coverage right out of our minds as the 24-hour political news cycle continues and we check in on the 23 TV segments on the upcoming Louisiana primary that Kurtz apparently missed.

Read Alex’s story here.

Politico TV: Is it Looking for a Home?

Our brother site TVNewser has a story out on “Politico TV” today. That’s right…Politico has filled out a new trademark application with the U.S. Patent Office for “Politico TV.” As my colleague Alex Weprin notes, “the filing is a ’1B,’ which means that the company has intent to use it.”

But where would Politico TV exist — online or on cable? So far, Politico brass isn’t talking.

And maybe we shouldn’t hold our breath waiting for it to happen. After all, back in October, we reported that Politico had filed a trademark application for “Wall Street Politico.” So far that has happened either. Stay tuned…


Around the Fishbowl

We’re starting a new feature to let you in on what some of the other blogs in the mediabistro family are up to. What are fishy family members for, right? This will be sporadic and largely unplanned. Enjoy.

Smarty pants remarks…NYT commenters are smarter than the rest of the insane asylum let loose on the Internet, huh? FishbowlNY’s Chris O’Shea writes of a study that claims NYT commenters are a cut above the rest. Read here.

Cheating pol has memoir in works…FishbowlLA’s Matthew Fleischer reports that former Cali Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has a new memoir on the horizon. The working title? Tiptoeing Around the House: Sleeping with the Maid and Other Untold Stories in the Schwarzenneger Abode. No, not really. It’s Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story. Read here.

Troy Davis. Who covered the execution longest? TVNewser’s Alex Weprin reports that Fox News had the least mentions of the Georgia execution last night. While MSNBC covered the news throughout the evening as did CNN, FNC’s Sean Hannity covered it at 9 p.m., Greta Van Susteren spoke of it a few times but no one stayed through the 11 p.m. hour like the other networks. Read here.


Party Host: ‘Don’t Take This the Wrong Way, But It’s Time to Get Naked’

Above: Just behind Finnish Embassy Spokesman Kari Mokko and the winding staircase is a door leading downstairs to the sauna. Below: A beet concoction.

I knew I was in for a unusual evening when the mustachioed dark suited man at the door of the Finnish Embassy greeted me with an emphatic “Welcome to Finland!” It was hearty, solid. He was going way out there with the Fantasy Finland experience.

Three things I knew going in:

1. There would be a Finnish buffet.

2. At some point in the evening we would enjoy a sauna.  Towels would be provided. It would not be co-ed.

3. A Tweeting stranger warned that Kari Mokko, the Embassy Press Secretary and Spokesman, usually goes sans towel.

The first person I met? Indeed, Mokko. He has longish well-layered hair. A groomed mustache/goatee. He’s a former Finnish TV broadcaster, so unapologetic about his looks and not overly concerned with seeing pictures taken of him. He’s dead serious about his sauna experience. But amusing, too. “I haven’t lost a single person yet,” he says of the 195-degree sauna. “Americans are very brave.” The whole ordeal is called a “Sauna Society” and some 300 journos, White House, State Department and Capitol Hill aides and lobbyists attend monthly gatherings. “I’m the benevolent dictator of the Society,” Mokko says. “It’s a pretty decent achievement. A great way to network.” The journalists belong to outlets ranging from CNN, AP and NYT to WaPo, Reuters, NBC, CNN, CBS, and Bloomberg. Any scribe can belong, really. You just have to want to belong. We’re just at cocktails, so Mokko is still clothed. Only men at the party will eventually see him disrobe. “Some people don’t do it au natural,” he says. “I always do it. It’s too hot with the towel.”

But he knows this is all kind of off-kilter for Washington. He explains saunas in Finland are common. “Five million people,” he says. “Two million saunas.” Most homes or apartments come with a sauna.

One thing’s for certain, he won’t be out-Alpha-maled.’s Andy Plesser is here to help organize the journo-sauna evening. When it’s time to say a few words, Plesser pipes up first, but Mokko interrupts and lays down the gauntlet: “I get to speak first. It is my building.” (He’s sorta joking but point made.) Plesser, at the time, joked, “He doesn’t know what the hell I’m doing here.” Later Plesser wins the off-the-wall comment of the evening award when, during dinner, he stands, smiles and announces, “Don’t take this the wrong way, but it’s time to get naked.”

Ladies first. The men will eat while the women use the sauna. After leading three female party guests to the sauna changing room, Mokko points to beige and white patterned square cloths that resemble place settings and says straight-faced, “These are butt linen.” He shows us the towels, the showers and points to the entrance of the sauna. He bids us farewell and shuts the door.

We all wrap ourselves in towels.

The sauna is warm, but not overpowering.  Relaxation factor: high. Soon enough, Washington stresses melt away and the air feels soft, restorative and soothing.  Time flies when you’re in a sauna with strangers. One woman lifts her arms high into the air. (There’s no easy way to say this, but there are balls of hair under her arms. Samantha in “Sex in the City” the movie comes to mind: “Jesus honey, wax much?” I look away.)

Once the female sauna-goers are out and in the dining room eating roasted beets, beef and beet salad, the men soon retire to the sauna. Come to find out, none wore towels. Weirdness factor: heightened but not impossible. Suffice it to say, just like cold swimming pools and bubble wrap, shrinkage happens.

Who showed up? Find out…

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