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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Adios WaPo! PBS’s New Prez and CEO Bo Jones mingles with Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer on the set of his new employer. He joins the network in early January after decades at the Post.

Reporter looks at glass half full

“OK, so, I’m definitely sick. But, I’m headed to the urgent care to get something to heal me. … At least the snow is pretty!” — Metro Weekly‘s White House Correspondent Chris Geidner. Geidner told FishbowlDC that he has Strep throat but is on the mend. We’re happy to hear it.

The pudding metaphor that wouldn’t die

“What’s the proof in your pudding? There seems to be no proof or pudding here. James O’Keefe needs an editor. He needs someone to say, ya know, you just don’t have it here.” — WaPo media writer Paul Farhi on CNN’s Sunday program “Reliable Sources” reacting to James O’Keefe‘s charge that HuffPost‘s Sam Stein boozes up his sources for information. Farhi wouldn’t stop talking about the pudding, which then bled into another guest, Business Insider‘s Glynnis MacNicol also discussing the “pudding.”

Number of days Politico gave GOP presidential contender Herman Cain to answer whether he’d ever been accused of sexual harassment: 10.

A TV reporter’s take on Madoff interview

“So Ruth Madoff is a lot more believable than I expected.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on the CBS “60 Minutes” interview last night of Bernie Madoff‘s wife, Ruth, and their son, Andrew.

Journo detests rude riders

“People who ride the metro are infinitely more rude than people who ride the bus. Particularly on the westside red line.” — Roll Call‘s Amanda Becker.

Fournier snakes his drains

“Just finished snaking our drains. Got me thinking of the presidential campaign.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.

Pet peeves…

“Ever notice when people have had too much caffeine & one leg is jumping up & down? Very distracting if they’re next to you while you read.” — Fox News Contributor and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

A new pet peeve: Anyone who calls themselves an “Upper” in daylight. “Good morning #Uppers.” — invented by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes for those who watch his program, “Up With Hayes.”

Fun in the Sun

“Well that was a long week. Yawn. Now off to see @axlrose and @gunsnroses in the Sunshine State…. If this plane ever gets off the ground.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) spokesman Brad Dayspring.

Always innovative.

“For Halloween I’m gonna dress up as National Journal and charge a fee to show up at your party a few hours after Politico‘s already there.” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Suggestions for a new TV? Nothing too big.” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn. Seems absurd that Corn needs help purchasing a new TV? We’re sure the salesman at Best Buy can assist.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

And why is this remotely interesting?

“A Q&A with a local lawyer who is taking on what he calls unfair competition from China on solar products.” — Washingtonian Read here. We think the yawning baby depicts this perfectly.

A Convo Between Two Journos

HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel: “Union Station tvs playing video of puppies who grow up to be detector dogs. People love it.”

HuffPost‘s Resident Booze Hound Sam Stein retweeted Terkel and remarked, “hard at work.” (We’re squarely on Stein’s side regarding James O’Keefe‘s accusation that he routinely sauces up sources to get info. But he still needs a dose of boozy nicknames.)

A ringing endorsement

“Contrats [sic] to @StevenTDennis who will start covering the White House for RC. No idea who will help me when I’m lost in the Capitol now.” — Roll Call‘s Amanda Becker on Dennis’ new White House beat.

“WOnk wOOt!” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich‘s reaction to Dennis’ new post.

Mattera bashes the media

“The media have now spent more time on my ‘tactics’ than they have on Biden’s ludicrous rape claims. that’s why they are drones.” — Human Events Editor Jason MatteraNational Review Online‘s Robert Costa remarks, “I don’t get the outrage over the Mattera question. Public place? Public official? Pol answers on his own volition? What’s the prob?”

Weigel hearts Newsweek?

“Really loving the new issue of Newsweek. Really. I am. You should read it.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel. He added, “True story: My folks bought me a subscription bc they were worried that it might go out of business, wanted to help out.”

Calling Dr. Drew: Reader admits Fishbowl addiction

A Wheeling, Ill. reader writes in (yes, of course we have Wheeling, Ill. readers and yes, this is sickening and shameless of us to share it with you): Found that I now require my daily infusion of Fishbowl DC.  What I find to be most intriguing is the different reality that exists between the Beltway and suburban Chicago. Though you report on the Washington Media, much of the prevailing attitudes and issues deemed important are revealed. It is as though I’m reading about a foreign capital as opposed to my own. Thank you for the addiction.

Hey campaign scribes: Any takers?

“Hey, reporters! Telling stories from campaign plane. Your fave moments I can share w/ students? Off the record guarantee cbellantoni@gmail.” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


Roll Call’s National Account Manager Walks Out

On Friday, Kelly Lindner, their National Account Manager, walked out after 17 years. The scene was tense and she did not leave amicably. She is the 11th woman to leave in recent weeks.

The publication maintains that the departures have nothing to do with gender. Some top women presently at Roll Call on the editorial side include Christina Bellantoni, managing editor Katie Smith, and Politics Editor Lauren Whittington. There have been four new female hires in the past month: Shira Toeplitz (returning from her year abroad at Politico), Janie Lorber, Amanda Becker and Cyra Master.

“While we don’t comment on individual personnel matters, CQ Roll Call continues to recruit the best talent in the business, and we encourage ambitious, hard-working men and women to apply and work for us,” said Rebecca Gale, Director of Promotions and a relatively new hire who started with CQ-Roll Call in January.

The Departed:

Laurie Battaglia
Jen Yachnini
Jennifer Bendery
Erin Billings
Ali McSherry
Elizabeth Brotherton
Debbie Bruno
Kate Hunter
Jackie Kucinich
Monica Sweet

Correction: The above has been corrected to reflect that Kelly Lindner is National Account Manager, not VP of Sales & Events, a role which she previously occupied.

Roll Call Hires WaPo’s Becker

Roll Call is on a roll.  Over the last few weeks, the newsgroup has been turning frowns upside down by announcing more hires than resignations.  Way to go, guys!

Via internal memo today, Scott Montgomery welcomed Amanda Becker to Roll Call’s influence team where she’ll work as an ethics and investigations reporter.  Becker is currently a legal affairs and business reporter, covering law and lobbying for WaPos weekly Capitol Business section.  Amanda previously covered the business of law for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, completed a fellowship at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and worked with the investigative team at the Los Angeles Times on a public health project.

Becker begins on May 2nd.  Congrats to Amanda!

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