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Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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WaPoers Emote on Paper’s Sale

Hollywood on the Potomac talked with WaPo insiders yesterday “while they were still in their shock space” over news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the paper from the Graham family.

PostPartisan’s Jonathan Capehart was all set to go on the air at MSNBC, where he’s a contributor, when he learned about the surprise announcement. So he couldn’t dial into the 4:30 p.m. call. “I read the email from Katharine Weymouth around 4:45 under the NBC marquee on 49th Street and screamed, ‘WHAT?!’”

Food critic Tim Carmen was on vacation, but told Hollywood on the Potomac he’s good with the news. “…I can think of few owners I’d rather have than Jeff Bezos. He knows about Internet commerce, and he knows enough to say he doesn’t know much about news-gathering.” Bonus in Carmen’s mind is that Bezos is keeping the current editors. “These are all positive signs to me,” he said.

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Jewish Scribes to Tell Stories Behind 6-Word Memoirs

On Tuesday, April 3 at Sixth & I, contributors to SMITH Magazine’s Oy! Only Six? Why Not More?— Six-Word Memoirs on Jewish Life book will tell the stories behind their 6-word memoirs.

SMITH is  known for its Six-Word Memoir® project, which has led to a bestselling book series, including Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure and Six-Word Memoirs on Love & Heartbreak.

Upcoming storytellers include…

Alan Cheuse – NPR’s longtime “voice of books.”

Rachel Sklar – Media maven and a founding editor of Mediaite, former media editor of HuffPost, and founder of Change the Ratio and (Pictured above right)

Adam Ruben – My So-Called Jewish Life 2011 storyteller, and a writer, comedian, and molecular biologist.

Lynn Harris – A communications strategist for the global human rights organization Breakthrough, co-creator of the multimedia phenom, Breakup Girl, and the author of Death By Chick Lit and Miss Media.

Russ Roberts – Author, professor of economics, host of the award-winning podcast, EconTalk, and has produced two rap videos.

Annie Groer – Former WaPo and writer, as well as a two time National Chicken Cooking contest contender who once danced across the Kennedy Center stage with Liberace. (Pictured above left)

Visit here for ticketing info.

The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

More pictures and guests after the jump…

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Groer Nixes Nat Enquirer Story

Politics Daily‘s gossip hound Annie Groer does her best today to disprove a National Enquirer story suggesting that Chelsea Clinton and new hubby Marc Mezvinsky are headed for splitsville.

Groer speaks to a “family friend” who says the couple really isn’t seeking an annulment and isn’t fighting about when to have kids. She also makes several leaps in judgment explaining why Chelsea is hanging out in Manhattan and Mezvinsky has taken off to Jackson Hole.

The National Enquirer doesn’t always get it wrong when it comes to political types — as we know with their coverage of former Sen. John Edwards and his mistress Rielle Hunter. On this one, though, looks like Groer’s sticking to her guns. At least for now.

Below we offer photographs that could tell either story.

In happier times (left) and questionable tabloid-y times (right).

Morning Reading List 12.22.10

*Bob Ennis, the ex-hubby in Sunday’s scandalous NYT “Vows” story, opens up to Politics Daily‘s Annie Groer. He blasts the NYT and said he feared the damaging effects it could have on his children. The groom, meanwhile, says if he knew how much trouble the story (on leaving their spouses to marry family friends) would cause, they wouldn’t have done it (the story, that is). Hindsight is so 20/20. Read Groer’s story here.’s Jeff Bercovici also had a story interviewing Ennis. He said the NYT never contacted him about putting his 7-year-old daughter’s mug in the paper. He also told that the real story here isn’t the alleged cheating and lying but rather the NYT giving their actions a “megaphone.”

*It feels like forever until we learn the answer to Mother Jones Bureau Chief’s David Corn‘s question this morning asking if we’ll ever see Sarah Palin‘s e-mails. “A group of journalists, including myself, have been trying for two years to win access, under Alaska’s open records law, to emails Palin sent and received during her partial stint as governor of Alaska,” he wrote. The answer: The emails may not be disclosed before the 2012 presidential election. Want to know the wonky details in between? Read Corn’s story here. Not to be missed: his dangerous-looking comic book blue-hued picture.

*If you haven’t seen it, this well-choreographed video of ABC Diane Sawyer‘s birthday celebration is a must see. She laughs. She cries. Or something in between. We hear she sent a note to all involved calling it “the most surprising, glorious, and stupefying sight in my long life.” Reporters stationed all over the globe sing and dance, including those in Washington such as ABC White House Correspondent Jake Tapper who does something we think is singing.

Morning Reading List 12.21.10

*Today, WaPo‘s D.C. Sports Blog both shocks and disgusts us with the following line in a story about NBA basketball player Gilbert Arenas that Dan Steinberg found in a 2008 Men’s Journal. “When I was new in the NBA the team veterans convinced me to shave, you know, down there, because they said the hair stinks,” Gilbert told the magazine. Steinberg says he thought the line was funny then, but not so much anymore. Read more.

*Improve your holiday season and don’t become an atheist with The Daily Caller advice columnist’s holiday playlist.

*In this review of the hot and a tad sleazy NYT wedding story from Sunday, Politics Daily‘s Annie Groer writes about the story’s aftermath. She writes, “Not surprisingly, there has been a firestorm of reader reaction, some outraged, some empathetic. It ranges from “Why does the Times glorify home-wrecking?” to gratitude for “the honest reflection” of two adults “who did not actually cheat on their spouses” to “Soul mates indeed…” Read here.

Gordon Brown’s Washington Book Fete

Saturday evening, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown kicked off his five-day book tour in the United States at an event in Washington D.C..  Hosted by Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg, Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire,  the fete took place at the Jefferson Hotel and included remarks by Brown on his new book “BEYOND THE CRASH: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation.”  Guests such as Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Alan Greenspan, Arianna Huffington, CNN’s Piers Morgan, Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del), Debbie and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Laura Capp, Bill Burton, Susan and David Axelrod, Anita McBride, Capricia Marshall and Hilary Rosen enjoyed cocktails, a beautiful buffet spread and complimentary copies of the book at the historic hotel.  On Sunday Brown appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.

Media types who made the invite list for the swanky book bash included CBS’s Bill PlanteSally Quinn, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Kiki Ryan and Tim Burger, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Janet Donovan, The Hill’s Emily Goodin, Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger and Annie Groer, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger.

Spacey Hits DC for ‘Casino Jack’ Premiere

Journos flooded the Landmark E St. Cinema last night for the Washington premiere of “Casino Jack,” the late George Hickenlooper‘s film about power lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon who famously defrauded several Indian tribes out of millions of dollars.  Starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey who played Abramoff, the film featured well-known Washington journos Andrea Mitchell and Chris Matthews while Washington Post reporter Susan Schmidt and Emily Miller, now of Human Events, were portrayed by actresses Ruth Marshall and Rachelle Lefevre

The premiere, presented by Lani Hay of Lanmark Technology and the Creative Coalition, was hosted by NBC’s Chris Matthews who couldn’t help  himself from dinging the GOP during his intro, saying “the Republicans are back in office and they did foster the career of Jack Abramoff.”  He then told the theater, “If you come to Washington without a moral compass, you’re not going to find one here.” 

Following the screening, Spacey and Matthews took questions and comments from an audience that included MSNBC’s Luke Russert and Andrea Mitchell, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, Politics Daily’s Annie Groer, Elizabeth Thorpe, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick, Tammy Haddad, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’s Christine Delargy, WaPo‘s Garance Franke-Ruta, Janet Donovan, Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley and Vicki Kennedy

A man who claimed to know the Abramoff family for fifteen years took the Q & A session as an opportunity to commend Spacey for “capturing Jack so perfectly.”  Surprisingly, the actor’s portrayal did not demonize the fallen K Street wonderboy.  He instead presented Abramoff as an almost lovable nerd who found himself too wrapped up in the game – ironic for a lobbyist whose sweet spot was casino gambling, no?

My only beef with the film was the casting and performance of Rachelle Lefevre who played Emily Miller, the Human Events editor and Michael Scanlon’s former fiancee who allegedly alerted the FBI of the fraud after learning that Scanlon was sleeping with another woman.  The character was underdeveloped, disjointed and quite frankly, nothing like Ms. Miller. 

Check out “Casino Jack” when it hits theaters on December 17th.  Spacey’s performance is a must-see.

Media Frenzy at Real Housewives Premiere Party

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The owners of Half Yard Productions with the Real Housewives of DC cast.

Extra, CNN, WaPo, the Examiner, Politics Daily, Politico, The Hill, CBS and NBC are just a few of the media outlets that showed up to cover last night’s premiere and screening party for Bravo’s “Real Housewives of DC,” held at the Madison Hotel in downtown Washington.

The invite-only fete featured all of the “housewives” and their families except for White House crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi who hosted their own pay-for party down the street at Josephine — a good move considering the crowd at the Madison booed the notorious couple each time they appeared on screen.

Even without the Salahis, the event offered its fair share of drama and whispers when Lynda Erkiletian arrived with a Secret Service-looking security detail of four in tow. More catty comments were made about Catherine Ommanney who showcased her sickly physique by wearing a tacky, slinky, backless dress.

But it wasn’t all would-be reality stars….Washington media was out in full force. FishbowlDC caught up with Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, the Yeas and Nays ladies – Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams, Liz Glover, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Amy Holmes, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Omarosa, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Politics Daily’s Annie Groer, NBC’s Janet Donovan, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, WUSA’s Angie Goff, CBS News’ Christine Delargy and even Washingtonian‘s Garret Graff whose knowledge and love for reality television baffled and amazed us.

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L: Lynda Erkiletian R: Stacie Scott Turner

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The media frenzy at the Madison.

A few more pics after the jump.

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