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National Journal‘s Inevitable Powerful Women List

Washington is so flooded with powerful, important people lists it doesn’t know what to do with itself. So what’s one more such list that bears about as much importance as another story on why George Zimmerman has gotten so fat and what, if anything, it means.

Two female reporters made National Journal‘s 25 Most Influential Women in Washington Under 35 list that no doubt reached the zeitgeist early this morning in the pub’s magazine. They are Bloomberg White House reporter Julianna Goldman (at right) and NYT economic policy reporter Annie Lowry (at left). No offense to either woman — were sure they’re each fabulous in their own way. But what’s a little baffling is why they were chosen among the sea of female reporters in Washington. There’s no rhyme or reason for the pick and no heartfelt testimonials as they list boring, bland bios for each woman without ever explaining how or why they are “influential” enough to hit the Top 25. They do mention that Lowry is “one-half of a Washington journalism power couple” since she’s married to WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

They also conceded in the introduction, “Lists like these are highly unscientific, so this year, in addition to soliciting suggestions from our staff, we asked members and readers—through e-mail, Facebook and Twitter—to nominate young women who had already made a difference. We were flooded with responses.”


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Ezra Has Poor Journalism Manners

In yet another example of WaPo left-wing blogger and Democratic adviser Ezra Klein muddying the journalism waters, he has been running graphs from the NYT in their entirety — a move that’s upsetting the applecart in New York.

The tense discussion began on Twitter last night when NYT Graphics Editor Alan McLean questioned Klein. McLean’s former title was interface engineer for Interactive Technology group at The New York Times. He wrote, “What’s with the regular hot linking of NYT content? I’m sure we appreciate the linkbacks, but you’re including the whole graph? Taking competitor content, pasting it in your own site with minimalist attribution.” Klein had excuses: He attributes. Check. He links to the NYT. Check. Everybody’s doing it. WHAT?

The problem here is that Klein is posting the graphs in their entirety, which, ahem, makes it kind of pointless to visit the original source of the graph, even if it is just a click away.

McLean continued, “LOVE your blog, but taking a competitors graphic and including it IN your post hardly seems to do much for us.” Klein, meanwhile, says he tries to be a “good citizen” with his linking. “I also, in Wonkbook, try to do an enormous amount of linking out — much of it to NYT. I try to be a good citizen on this stuff,” he wrote. “And surely there’s some value to getting the graph (and credit) seen more widely? That’s how I view my graphs getting used.”

Klein argued that his attributions could hardly be considered “minimal.” He asked, “How is that minimal attribution?” And then he counseled the NYTer on these ever changing times and web traffic, saying, “More broadly, my graphs get pasted all over the net. NYT‘s do. Everybody’s does. It leads to traffic.”

Most recently, Klein gave a briefing to Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff on the failing Supercommittee. It took him five days to respond to the matter, at which point he denied that it was a “briefing.” He likes to play with words. He said he “spoke” with a  bunch of Democratic Chiefs of Staff. He called it a “free-ranging discussion.”

In last night’s Twitter discussion, Klein finally gave in. After all, his wife, Annie Lowry, does now work there. “But if NYT doesn’t see it that way and editors want me to stop linking to their graphs, I obviously would,” he wrote. But it was McLean who had the final word: “As I said, we appreciate the linkage. But inserting the entire graphic seems more like a repost, rather than a link back.”

We’ve requested comment from WaPo PR.




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We continue our week-long tribute to FishbowlMatt by photoshopping him into another compromising position with Gabby Sidibe. Please notice that Matt’s entire physique is nearly the size of Gabby’s left arm. (The handiwork is by QGA’s Meghan Smith.)

Reader says Ezra went rolling in manure

Jeff84 comments on Ezra Klein‘s WonkBlog yesterday morning after the liberal blogger/Democratic activist denied that he “briefed” Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff: “Since you were discussing the low approval ratings of Congress, you should have been aware that by proximity, you would hurt your own approval ratings. You can’t go rolling in the manure and then complain when people say you stink.  It’s like going to the birthday party for a really unpopular kid in school. Sure, it’s a nice gesture, but the next thing you know, you’re a social pariah and the next four years of your life are ruined. Next time you get an invite to Congress, just remember that it’s an invite to a party for the most unpopular kid on the entire planet. There is nobody less popular than the kid that likes the filibuster. Nobody.”

Threatening Tweet of the Day Award

“I’m a good guy, honest, and true but if ya screw with me … I’ll win.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS’s Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell and typically sweetly obsessed with his burgers and not threatening to kick anyone’s ass. Is Tracy being life coached by MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain? As some may recall, just yesterday we reported that she tweeted this: “I’m a lover not a fighter. But I’m also a fighter, so you’d better watch it.”

Tapper tweets about ‘poopy diaper’

“Morning score: Poopy diaper 1, Dad 0.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Is he serious?

“Question in the newsroom: if a woman gives birth to a stillborn child, is it correct to call her a mom if it’s her only child?”– WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates.

Journo speaks in third person after cold shower

I’ll have hot water again in about an hour ^_^ No more cold showers for Timmy (hopefully)! — Washington Business Journal designer Timothy Wong.

Frustration is…

“@AmericanAir Have been waiting for refund for a canceled flight for 10 days, cannot get anyone on the phone! How long do these things take?” — NYT‘s Annie Lowry (Ezzy’s wife).

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Annie and Ezra’s honeymoon breakdown

“To welcome US tourists, hotel in Hanoi is serving pancakes with corn syrup and playing Jack Johnson.” — Slate‘s (soon to be NYT) Annie Lowrey succumbs to the addictive lure of Twitter during her honeymoon with WaPo‘s Ezzy Klein, who at least retweets her. While Annie at least wrote about the trip. Klein, meanwhile, tweeted about the Eurodeal piece by Sarah Kliff, who writes for his Wonkbook Blog. How romantic.

Tschida continues quest to get rid of House demons

As we already know, ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida‘s household gadgets keep turning on by themselves. An update: “Another technician here to find out why TV’s keep coming on in middle of night. Shook his head and just asked about the history of house!”

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein gets blitzed

“Guess what i did last night? i ‘boozed up’ some sources… in addition to boozing up myself. BUSTED.” (Take that James O’Keefe.)

A “new” idea from “Politico”

“Tomorrow we launch our newest email newsletter! It tracks the latest news in the timber & logging industry; we’re calling it ‘Morning Wood.’” — FakeJimVandeHei.

An Amtrak ticket agent recently said this to NYT‘s Matt Bai: ‘If you had any common sense, you’d have heard me the first time.” If you missed the story earlier in the week by Politico‘s Patrick Gavin on why D.C. journos/pundits can’t stand the Acela,  read here.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I want an adorably tiny pet. Example: teacup pig. Or a hedgehog.” — Roll Call feature writer Jessica Estepa.

NYT Steals Annie Lowrey From Slate

Slate‘s Annie Lowrey is headed to the Washington bureau of the NYT. “Very sad to be leaving my very happy home @Slate,” she wrote on Twitter just moments ago. She quickly added, “But excited to join the economic policy reporting team in the @nytimes D.C. bureau next month.”

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It’s Sensitivity Day in Washington

“Spotted: 300-lb man holding a miniature pineapple. No analysis, just facts.” — WaPo Sports Editor Lindsay Apple in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo sweats out no AC

“Days waiting for new AC unit in 90+ heat: 12. Feet by which AC company’s lift was too short to reach ceiling: 12. Days waiting for crane:??” — NJ‘s “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson in a Tuesday tweet.

Hazy reasoning

“Don’t they already have a Rachel Maddow?” — Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher in a Tuesday coffee meeting on The Nation‘s Chris Hayes getting a weekend show on MSNBC. For some reason, people often confuse Hayes for Maddow. A modern cable mystery in the making.

Bio of the Day

WaPo‘s Dan Zak: “Feature writer @washingtonpost. Also: Flirt, hack, itinerant, ditherer, libertine, Buffalonian. Note: I am not my boss’s tweeter.”

The Observer

“The Duggar family is in Dupont Circle, and my there are a lot of them.” — Slate‘s Annie Lowry in a Tuesday tweet.

Corny personified

“Kinda hungry. What’s this about a Supper Committee?” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman in a Tuesday tweet.

WaPo‘s Dan Zak gets Journo Love from Sam Stein

“The moon is grinning. THE MOON IS GRINNING. Free Dan Zak!” — Huffpost‘s Sam Stein in a Tuesday tweet.

Ecstatic journo is UK bound

“Booking my ticket to London. Yay!” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a Tuesday tweet.

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Mustache Mania: “IMF and World Bank now both headed by men with fantastic mustaches.” – Slate‘s Annie Lowry in a Monday tweet with the accompanying photographs above. From L to R: Robert Zoellick and John Lipsky.

Journo has keen eye for actor playing Levi Johnston

“Does the world already know that the guy playing Levi in Game Change used to date Miley Cyrus? This seems important.” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy in a Monday tweet. Underwear model Justin Gaston is playing Johnston.

Rikers in Francais changes tout (Franglish for Rikers in French changes everything)

“Even Rikers seems prettier in French?” — Politico‘s Meredith Shiner in reaction to AFP‘s Stephane Jordain who wrote: “DSK emprisonné à Rikers Island, au large du Queens (AFP).”

AP Style touts cuisine

“The @APStylebook updates are making me hungry: amuse-bouche, Beaujolais, couscous, kielbasa, sashimi, tzatziki.” — CQ Roll Call‘s David Meyers in a Monday tweet regarding AP Stylebook’s brand new Food Guidelines section.

And the DSK jokes begin…

“Euro Zone endorses Draghi as head of the European Central Bank. No word on if he chases maids down the hall.” — RedState Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in a Monday tweet in reference to Italy’s Mario Draghi. The not quite so funny part is that IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held without bail on rape charges.

Journo suffers asthma attack

“First asthma attack of the year. Dammit. Can think of better ways of starting the morning.” — NPR Online Producer Andy Carvin in a Tuesday morning tweet.

A new day, a new political sex scandal

“So basically, this is a bad week in men.” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Tuesday morning tweet in reaction to former Cali Gov. Arnold Schrwarzenegger fathering a love child with a member of the couple’s household staff a decade ago. Causing NJ‘s Susan Davis to say: “Hasta la visa baby!”

D.C. journo compliments Grenier

“Just watched Teenage Paparazzo–damn good documentary, nice work, I’m impressed.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in a Monday tweet to actor Adrian Grenier. Oh….by the way? Pappas is back at The Daily Caller after about five months away at The Washington Examiner.

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The price of attending a Washington gala: You must pet weird animals and pose for pictures. Robert Redford and Gloria Reuben pet a wallaby held by National Wildlife Federation Naturalist Dave Mizejewski, while NWF President Larry Schweiger watches at NWF’s 75th Anniversary Gala in Washington last night. Photo Credit: Leslie Kossoff.

Rachel Ray and mmmm chocolate milk

“Parents, politicians and principals. Everybody is trying everything they can think of, throwing pebbles into the pot to try and make stone soup out of getting our kids a little healthier. Change has to come out of conversation. It can’t come out of finger wagging or going to any extreme. I don’t think that chocolate milk is necessarily the culprit.” — Rachel Ray on The Joy Behar Show last night on the no chocolate milk policy being implemented in some schools.

Insulted journo

“I’m going on #datenight with my wife and she called me swarthy. #racist? on the Ben Moore color wheel, I’m in the reds, but not Crist orange.” – Contributor Greg Pollowitz in a Wednesday tweet.

ABC7′s Tschida: the foot model

“Tennis tears up my feet. but podiatrist went at me with razor and clipper. now cant stop admiring my toes. should be modeling sandals.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in an April 12 tweet. In other vital Tschida news, he’s pleased with our Separated at Birth choices for him from yesterday, which include Jon Voight and Christopher Walken: “Hey I just remembered Jon Voight is Angelina Jolie’s father. I’m separated at birth from a guy with some good GENES!”

Trouble in Twitter paradise

“brianbeutler get off twitter, jerk” — Politico‘s Marin Cogan in a Wednesday tweet to TPM‘s Brian Beutler. We’re not sure if she was joking but a) we’ll get to the bottom of it and b) she doesn’t sound like she’s kidding.

Boy Bander turned Fashion Guru

“On MSNBC right now, the “dark suit plus green tie” madness has spread from Chuck Schumer to engulf Gene Sperling.” — Center for American Progress fellow and lefty blogger Matt Yglesias in a Wednesday tweet.

Misplaced affection

“Just signed an email to a communications person: ‘Love, Annie.’ #fail” — Slate‘s Annie Lowrey in a Wednesday tweet. She’s the girlfriend to the one and only WaPo’s Ezra Klein (huge FishbowlDC supporter).

David Corn employs Seinfeld-Trump metaphor

“Looking forward to new NBC fall show: “So You Wanna Be President?” Starring Donald Trump as “Donald Trump.” #itsaboutnothing.” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn in a Wednesday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day I

“Got sunburn driving with the top down today. Yes, I have a convertible.” —‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Wednesday tweet. Noteworthy tweet that came in on the same day: “Just for the record if you really don’t like my tweets you can unfollow me. It’s not like I’m Charlie Sheen and you’re paying me or anything.”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day II

“My 2yo has a dog and a bear. He refers to them as one entity “Doggybear”. It must go everywhere with him. Better than manbearpig.” — CNN Contributor and Red State scribe Erick Erickson in a Wednesday tweet. We don’t normally give a second award of this nature in one day, but today we figured what the hell?

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Scribe’s granny is risk taker

“My grandmother has signed the zipline waiver for her cruise next week. Can’t wait for the video.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Tuesday tweet.

Yglesias’ revelations on french fries

“People realize that ‘eat food, mostly plants’ is consistent with a diet composed entirely of french fries, right?” — Center for American Progress Fellow and liberal blogger Matt Yglesias in a Wednesday morning tweet.


“Oh, memories… “physical exhaustion” “mental breakdown” “berating” “swagger” “bluster, ego, and unremitting confidence”” — Former Politico media writer Michael Calderone reacts to the Washingtonian piece on Politico that published Tuesday that discussed the editing reputation of now Politico Pro Editor Tim Grieve. Calderone is now at Yahoo! News in Manhattan. He links to the story here.

The Critic

“I don’t mean to sound churlish. But I do not know anyone under the age of 40 who lives in Georgetown.” — Slate‘s Annie Lowry speaking out about the pilot “Georgetown” by Josh Schwartz, creator of O.C. and Gossip Girl that involves 20-somethings aspiring politicos.

Writer counts her words

Bonnie Goldstein, of Politics Daily, has written 131,342 words on 224 posts since she started publishing at Woman Up 1 year and 286 days ago. — Goldstein in a Tuesday Facebook update.

Weigel sticks up for FLOTUS

“As she should, given that she’s not stupid.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet, responding to RealClearPolitics‘s Mike Memoli commenting that Michelle Obama “sidesteps criticism by Sarah Palin.”