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Quotes of the Day

Picture courtesy of WaPo designer Tim Wong.

A big thank you to all who came swimming in the Fishbowl last night at Lost Society. Was lovely to meet some of you for the first time and let me just say, when The Daily Caller makes an entrance or an exit, they hardly ever do so quietly. To the reporter at the bar who told me he now gives all his scoops to BuzzFeed: Go to hell! Hilarious excuses of those who couldn’t attend the Belvedere Vodka-laced festivities ranged from a migraine and daddy duty to the evil sniffles, parking troubles, the payroll tax deal and being stuck in Cleveland to cover, what, the 2012 presidential election? You know who you are. A certain politico (meaning political person, not the Rosslyn type) didn’t show because he was undergoing — no joke — a cleanse. I will NEVER let him live this down. Another: “I am pre-taping stuff for president’s day, not sure when we will be done!!!” (I’m only joking — the excuses were funny and I hope you can show up to the next one.) A HUGE thank you to Dannia Hakki of Moki Media for making this happen. (More pictures later in the day…)

A Boston-based follower to WMAL’s Mary Katharine Ham: “Ok, honey.You keep believing in that magical sky wizard & letting him run your politics.” She replied, “Sexist AND incoherent!”

Henry vomit

A follower to FNC’s Ed Henry told him over Twitter: “I think your tweets are awesome, down to earth and informative and if some people don’t like they can unfollow-right? Just sayin.” Henry replied, “haha I think you’re a smart guy — thanks.”

Ahh, lovely commenters…

Reader Jo Ann Law McGrath remarked yesterday about this story: “‘Piranhamous’  Who is that? Small wonder there is no identity given. I just remembered why I stopped reading this hogwash.” To which FishbowlDC regular Larry Kelly retorted, “Then what are you doing here, smelling your computer?”

Obama refuses to sing

“At the Apollo in NYC Jan 19th, Pres Obama sang a bar of Rev Al Green‘s ‘Let’s Stay Together,’ but tonight said he won’t do it again.” — CBS White House Radio Reporter Mark Knoller. “Pres Obama declines to sng Rev Al Green song with Rev Al Green in the room at campaign fundraiser tonight.”

In Memoriam

“60 Minutes extends its sympathies to the family of NY Times reporter Anthony Shadid, who died Thursday covering the conflict in Syria.” And NYT‘s Nick Kristof: “Anthony Shadid was as great a person as he was a correspondent. Indeed, his humanity forged his journalism. RIP”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Fine I’ll admit it: I like 90s on 9 on sirius.” — Politico‘s “Fast Break” Jake Sherman in his first ever victory of this award. Congratulations Jake!

Note to readers: We’re off for Presidents Day. We’ll see you back here in the treacherous waters on Tuesday.



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The FishbowlDC Interview with National Geographic Traveler’s Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman

Sometime during the holidays, Carl Hoffman will take off to New Guinea to investigate the disappearance of Michael Rockefeller for a new book, Somewhere in Eden, set to publish in 2013. Authorities declared Michael (son of Nelson) dead in 1963. He either drowned or was killed by locals, Hoffman explains on a cold, rainy morning at Tryst cafe this week. Most days National Geographic Traveler and Wired’s Contributing Editor can be found in faded Diesel jeans on a faded couch there or down U Street at Big Bear. Born and raised in Washington, he graduated from University of Massachusetts/Amherst where he majored in Social Thought and Political Economy. He’s always lived in Washington minus his studies at U. Mass, traveling post college and a year as a ski bum in Vail. “Do you want a bio or something?” he asks helpfully. “I could send you a lot of shit.” Thank you, Carl. We appreciate shit and a lot of it. Hoffman’s bio says he has driven the Baja 1,000, ridden reindeer in Siberia, sailed an open dinghy 250 miles, and traveled to 65 countries. It also says his three children make fun of him often. He recently memorialized his father, Burt Hoffman, who he deems his greatest writing mentor. And rightfully so — his father, who died of lung cancer in Chiang Mai, Thailand, was Editor of the Washington Star and National Journal. Though Hoffman’s clearly at home in Washington, he says it might soon be time to leave. “Might be time to go live in a crowded, exotic, dirty city far away for a little while,” he muses aloud.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Grapefruit soda.

How often do you Google yourself? I don’t. I have a Google alert.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? You’re retarded. How’d that go over? Not well. I come from a long line of burn bridgers.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I love C.J. Chivers and Anthony Shadid at the NYT. Both are amazing.

Do you have a favorite word? Why.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Why.

Who would you rather have dinner with – ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Candy Crowley or NBC’s Andrea Mitchell? Tell us why. I guess I’d want to have dinner with Christiane Amanpour because she’s been a lot places and she’s seen a lot of things. She must have a lot of curiosity of the nooks and crannies of the world. Definitely not Andrea Mitchell.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Honestly it’s really hard to travel with a dog, especially the places I go. I’d probably pick neither. It’s much better to travel alone – always more interesting. Although the dog, if you got hungry you could always eat.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? It’s silent.

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry or iPhone? Absolutely.

What word do you routinely misspell? There’s so many. Every word with an i and an e. Handwriting spelling I always got D’s in. Actually, now I’m a pretty good speller because of spell check.

What swear word do you use most often? Definitely fuck.

Find out why Hoffman gets weepy often…

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Pulitzers Announced, WaPo Wins Big

The Pulitzer board released the names of prize winners today.

WaPo reels in several awards:

International ReportingAnthony Shadid . The prize was for his reporting on the lasting scars and legacies in Iraq of the American invasion and occupation. Shadid won the 2004 Pulitzer for International Reporting for coverage of the impact of the U.S invasion on Iraq’s people. Shadid left WaPo in 2009.
Feature WritingGene Weingarten. He won for “Fatal Distraction”, a report on parents who accidentally leave their children in cars, often resulting in death.
CommentaryKathleen Parker. The prize was for her twice-weekly column that runs in WaPo and 400 other newspapers.
CriticismSarah Kaufman. The prize was for what WaPo calls her “refreshing, original and conversation-kindling critical essays on dance”.

WaPo’s contributing editor David Hoffman, a former assistant managing editor for foreign news, won a Pulitzer for his book The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy

WaPo was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for its reporting on the Fort Hood massacre, a rampage against the U.S. Army carried out by one of its own officers, Maj. Nidal M. Hasan.

National ReportingMatt Richtel and members of The New York Times Staff

Hank Williams received a posthumous citation for his “craftsmanship as a songwriter who expressed universal feelings with poignant simplicity and played a pivotal role in transforming country music into a major musical and cultural force in American life”.

To see all the award winners from around the nation and to read the winning pieces visit here.


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WaPo‘s Baghdad Bureau Chief to NYT

WaPo‘s Baghdad bureau chief Anthony Shadid will leave that position at the end of this year to join NYT‘s Baghdad staff, E&P reports today.

In an e-mail to E&P, he adds that his wife, Post Baghdad staffer Nada Bakri, will also become a Times scribe in the bureau. He writes that the couple “are going to work in the Times’ Baghdad bureau, then eventually move elsewhere in the Middle East. We’re starting in January. I’ve been at the Post since January 2003, and this is my second stint for the Post in Baghdad. Nada joined the bureau in May.”

He also states: “It was a difficult decision to move. I still have deep affection and admiration for the Post. My time there represents my favorite years in journalism, and Don Graham remains an inspiration to me. Nada and I just thought it was time to seek new challenges.”