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Weekend Show Preview, 3.28 – 3.30

SundayShows12Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


CBS’s “Face the Nation”: NCAA Pres. Mark Emert, Frmr. NSA Director Gen. Michael Hayden, Frmr. CIA Michael Morell, Comdr. William Marks of US Navy, Harvard’s David Gergen, David Ignatius from WaPo, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, Carolyn Ryan of NYT, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA)

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Angus King (I-ME), Sen. John Barasso (R-WY), Mike Rogers (R-MI), Karl Rove, NJ‘s Ron Fournier, Kimberley Strassel of WSJ, WaPo’s Charles Lane

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Rick Santorum, Rudy Giuliani, Michael Leiter of National Counterterrism Center, Sate Senator Loretta Weinberg (D-NJ),  Peter Baker of NYT, Amy Walter of Cook Political Report; Ithaca Mayor Svante Myrick

ABC’s “This Week“: ESPN’s Keith Olbermann, Donna Brazile, David Plouffe, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, and Matt Dowd

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-CA), immigration activists Juan José Gutiérrez and Jersey Vargas, Cesar Chavez’s son Paul Chavez, aviation expert Fabio Andrade, David Beckham

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Rep. Steve Scalise (R- LA)

CNN’s “State of the Union“: 9:00: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Bill Burton, Kevin Madden, Darlene Supperville of AP, Kenneth Feinberg 12:00: Fmr. Dir. of Natl. Intelligence John Negroponte, Gov. Jay Inslee (D-WA), Fmr. CIA Chad Sweet, aviation consultant Ken Christensen, sonar expert Arnold Carr

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Best. Disclosure. Ever.

tweetwarPoynter’s Andrew Beaujon profiles for TNR former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, who recently announced her move to the Daily Caller. If you read nothing else, the disclosure is priceless. Only in DC, folks….And cue the Twitter war!

I have had a need to try to make sense of Betsy Rothstein’s work since early 2010. If you’re thinking, “Why is this a story?” or “This is some pathetic inside-the-Beltway nonsense,” I agree with you. She and I used to fight on Twitter (I have a note above my desk now reminding me not to engage, and I’m sure she considers me an unworthy opponent and a complete bozo). We have never met in person and have talked on the phone only a few times, none of which were pleasant. I’ve written about her before, she’s written about me before, and there’s a decent chance I’m projecting some of my own feelings about her work on my fellow Washington-area journalists and pretending others share them. I have worked with both Mike Riggs and Amanda Hess. New Republic story editor Ryan Kearney and I once worked together at, a frequent Rothstein target, and we infuriated Rothstein by sending a gift to her home address as part of a feature on inexpensive gifts for prominent Washingtonians. When I emailed her last week after asking what she’d do after FishbowlDC, she replied by tweeting a photo of a man displaying his middle finger. The editor of this story and I have both worked at Washington City Paper, but never at the same time. He edited Moe Tkacik’s story and has eaten lunch with Mark Leibovich

Beaujon’s full piece here.

Argetsinger Out at WaPo’s Reliable Source

Amy Argetsinger, who has written for WaPo‘s gossip column “The Reliable Source,” is finally moving on. She has long said it wouldn’t be a permanent gig. But then again, she’s worked there for the past eight years.

When a woman on Twitter expressed remorse that Argetsinger will be leaving, last night just before 7 p.m. she replied, “You are sweet to say so. But it’s time!”

She has written “The Reliable Source” with Roxanne Roberts since 2005.

WaPo Spokeswoman Kris Corrati is out today but we’ve written to the public relations department for more info. We first noticed the news this morning through tweets by Andrew Beaujon of Poynter and Politico‘s Dylan Byers.

DePillis Leaving TNR for WaPo’s Wonkblog

The New Republic’s Lydia DePillis is leaving the magazine for WaPo’s Wonkblog. Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon broke the news on Twitter, and DePillis quickly followed up with a retweet and a confirmation.

So, this is official. Sad to leave @tnr, thrilled to join @ezraklein & Co.! RT @abeaujon: Post memo: @lydiadepillis will join Wonkblog

— Lydia DePillis (@lydiadepillis) June 6, 2013

The real question on everyone’s mind though, was if DePillis would get to keep her 100 Percent Men Tumblr she started this April with the tagline “(c)orners of the world where women have yet to tread.”

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Madam’s Organ Hosts Party to Mock Dan Snyder

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know the saga of Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his lawsuit against WCP.

Just in case, to bring you up to speed:

Snyder is seeking $2 million in “unspecified damages” plus more in punitive damages and court costs because he says the paper libeled him in a series of articles, including a cover story from November by WCP‘s Dave McKenna. WCP‘s publisher, Amy Austin, has refused to back down, despite threats from Snyder’s representation that the lawsuit would “presumably quickly outstrip the asset value” of the paper. She maintains that there’s nothing wrong with the articles the paper has published: “The facts are correct.”

Tonight, Bill Duggan, the owner of Madam’s Organ in D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, is hosting a benefit for the paper.

The party will feature a four foot tall custom piñata designed to look like Snyder (“pretty much life size”), an “anatomically correct nude Daniel Snyder cake” for party-goers to “gag on,” and a number of actually cool prizes. Among them: a trip to Costa Rica, sports tickets, and dinner at the Watergate. Proceeds go to WCP‘s legal defense fund.

Madam’s Organ has made an event page on Facebook and implores you not to “let this rich twit silence the press through litigation.” The party starts at 7.

Separated at Birth: The Balding Edition

Today we delicately pair TBD‘s Arts & Entertainment Editor Andrew Beaujon and Phili radio host and MSNBC Contributor Michael Smerconish. Anyone complaining that their only likeness is their balding, my response is: true. A clear, contributing factor, without a doubt. But it’s the glasses and eyebrow shape, too. The brows are equally thick and fuzzy. Beaujon doesn’t appear too sensitive about his balding…he has mentioned it on his blog and compared himself to the late Telly Savalas. Note to readers: In case you think your eyes are playing tricks on you, they are not. We needed to switch out our original photograph of Beaujon because WCP has certain photo ownership rules and that picture was taken by Darrow Montgomery. We think this one works just as well.

TBD Hates on FBDC for Hating on Haters

Andrew Beaujon

Perhaps it’s the slow news week or maybe a cry for attention…  Whatever the cause (though I assume it’s the latter), Arts and Entertainment Editor Andrew Beaujon jumped on the Betsy-bashing bandwagon today with a “hard-hitting investigation” that asked the tough question: does Betsy Rothstein (FishbowlDC)  hate the people she covers?  The basis of the hypocritical hit piece was an aggregation of Rothstein’s Twitter spats over the past year.  In his article, Beaujon hates on Betsy for hating on people who hate on her. Whatever the motivation, the outcome was success for the traffic-starved site as a slew of hateful tweets highlighting Beaujon’s hit on Betsy’s “hatred” toward haters poured in.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann and WaPo‘s Ezra Klein are just a few of the journalists who chimed in over Twitter to piss on the ever-tarnishing Golden Rule:

@KeithOlbermann: Wonderful reading: tweets & tribulations of the self-inflating Betsy Rothstein of @FishbowlDC

@LoriMalloryTO: @KeithOlbermann @FishbowlDC That was fairly awesome. She’s like the Soup Nazi of Twitter, but without the talent. #NoSoupForYou!!

@ezraklein:@FishbowlDC Aww, Bets, aren’t you just the sweetest piece of pie in the mid-Atlantic?

@ezraklein: @fishbowldc‘s Betsy Rothstein is a charming individual:

@KeithOlbermann: That’s the best you’ve got? My dad died last year, want to work that in somehow? Psycho.

@ezraklein: @FishbowlDC But to be fair, it’s only because I think you’re a bad journalist and don’t trust you. Don’t take it personally!
@ParkyBill: @fishbowldc is proof that “stupid is the new smart” in Republican DC. Mmm! Figs!

@alisavino: unfollowing @FishbowlDC Betsy’s childishness is too grating on my sanity. she is emblematic of the very worst of DC

@ezraklein: @FishbowlDC Of course journalists and journalism are worthy of coverage. But you’re a gossip writer. It’s different.

In a matter of an hour Betsy (FishbowlDC) was taunted, teased and bashed. She was labeled “psycho,” “self-inflating,” “stupid,” “worst of DC,” “a bad journalist,” untrustworthy and  talentless.  Geez- I can’t imagine why her tweets aren’t sugary sweet.

Which leads us back to TBD’s story about Twitter feuds.  Beaujon admits that Rothstein rarely instigates the supposed spats so  what exactly is he criticizing?  That Betsy doesn’t abstain from the act of self-preservation?  That she fights back under attack?  Or maybe the post was more about an unknown editor of a lonely beat at a quiet website finally getting his day in the spotlight…

Keep it klassy, folks.

Morning Reading List 11.05.09

Washington City Paper presents “Fisticuffs at the Washington Post,” starring Andrew Beaujon as Marcus Brauchli, Jason Cherkis as Chris Richards, Erin Niedowski as Lynn Medford, Erik Wemple as Manuel Roig-Franzia, Amanda Hesse as Monica Hesse and Mike DeBonis as Henry Allen.

Happy belated birthday to Christie Findlay and Kevin McVicker! Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



WSJ launches a San Fran edition today.

Washingtonian: Having taken a beating for trying to set up evening salons where reporters could mingle with corporate types who’d pay big money for the privilege, The Washington Post now is attempting a more benign way to raise revenue: wine tastings — with reporters as guests.


Fox News’ Glenn Beck has appendicitis.

Changes at CNN.

More reality shows… Bravo’s in DC to recruit contestants for “Top Chef.”


TVNewser’s Twitter list picks.


Looks like there are layoffs to come at Time Inc. Layoffs were the topic of convo on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu earlier today.


On Election night, Twitter seemed to beat cable for insight and analysis.

And Election night ratings via TVNewser.


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on year one.

ABC’s Jake Tapper on President Obama, Air Force One and Twitter on Politico‘s podcast.


Politico: John W. Mashek, a political reporter who covered every presidential election from 1960 to 1996, died of a heart attack Tuesday. “He was one of the great political reporters of the last quarter-century,” said Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, on Dumbarton Street between 27th and 28th Sts., N.W., in Georgetown.


HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Morning Reading List, 02.05.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Jeff Zucker to take top spot at NBC Universal

  • In Memoriam: Cody Pfanstiehl.

  • From DCRTV: “DCRTV hears that starting Monday, 2/5, Allbritton-owned Channel 7/WJLA will become the exclusive weather provider for Bonneville’s all-news WTOP radio. No more forecasts from Atlanta’s The Weather Channel. You’ll hear more of top weathercaster Doug Hill (left), who already does WTOP’s drivetime forecasts, and 7′s other meteorologists on 103.5 FM and 820 AM, including some new hires…..”

  • Andrew Beaujon also received a nomination from for his piece, “Body Piercing Saved My Life.” (Earlier)

  • Kurtz, on “The Press, Turning Up Its Nose at Lame Duck” and WJLA v. The Hatchet.

  • Don’t forget to vote in our latest photo caption contest.

  • Rising Star” nominations announced tomorrow.

  • Charles E. Scripps, 87, Who Led Media Group, Dies

  • Deb Howell on “Dissatisfaction on the Marches.”

  • Mark Leibovich says “Titillating or Not, Washington Gossip Blossoms

  • Vanessa Williams works at the Post (but not that Vanessa Williams).

  • Gene Weingarten says “Financial pressures aren’t affecting quality of journalism.”

  • Greta Is The Leader, But Cooper Has Some Momentum In 25-54 Demo

  • Schieffer Shills For Super Bowl XLI

  • In response to our question last week, “What was Jill Carroll doing in the Post newsroom this week?”, a reader writes in:

      she was visiting friends. she has a lot of friends at the Post, former baghdad alumni. she was in iraq soon after the 2003 invasion and even did some stringing for the Post and got to know a lot of the Post baghdad correspondents really well. it had nada to do with a job at the Post; she’s already employed.

  • Says a tipster:

      Does John Edwards only own one tie? On Meet the Press today he is wearing the same tie as in the footage of him at the DNC Winter Meeting on Friday. Then cut to Edwards in a Russert interview two years ago — same tie. Maybe time to take that baby out of circulation?

  • The Extreme-ness weighs in on Casa de DeParle.

  • From a tipster (regarding this):

      The Hill remains Capitol Hill’s biiggest circulation paper until independent audit figures show it isn’t. It’s pretty simple.

  • Do you need a Scooter Libby Trial Primer? The Daily Show has got it for you.