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WHCD: Cap File Rises to the Occasion

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Eva Longoria Parker & Meghan McCain

Tight budgets and tiny guest lists at other post-dinner events offered Capitol File/Niche Media an interesting opportunity to make their mark as hosts for the 2009 WHCD weekend must-attend fete.

Luckily for Cap File, the Saturday night soiree lived up to the hype. Journalists, politicos, Hollywood royalty and actual royalty packed the invite-only (crashers of yesteryear were out of luck) party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.

FishbowlDC hung with media power couple Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber, Yeas & Nays Kiki Ryan and almost off-the-market Jeff Dufour (engaged to Jayne Sandman), WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, HuffPo’s Ryan Grimm, Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers, Mike Mills and Jackie Kucinich from Roll Call, CNN’s Leslie Sanchez and Suzanne Malveaux, TWT silver fox Joe Curl, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, NJ’s Erin McPike, GMA’s Polson Kanneth and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran.

We also caught up with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (who charmed my mom/date at Tammy Haddad‘s brunch earlier in the day) and spotted PBS’ Gwen Ifill, BET’s Debra Lee, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar, CNBC’s Jim Kramer and AP/WHCA’s Jennifer Loven.

We reunited with old pal Rachael Leigh Cook (whose youthful beauty seems to defy time) and got to know our Friday night crush; Meghan McCain a little better. Christian Slater, Wanda Sykes, Amber Tamblyn, Chris Tucker, Eva Longoria Parker, John McLaughlin, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Mariska Hargitay, Tim Daly, Kara DioGuardi, Keisha & Forest Whitaker, Owen Wilson, Jason Wu, David Cross, Connie Britton, Padma Lakshmi, Dule Hill, Kai Milla, Matthew Settle all made the fete.

The political scene included Todd Palin and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and Desiree Rogers represented the White House.

Even HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was on hand to toast the evening’s event.

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John McLaughlin

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Morning Reading List, 07.31.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • SPOTTED YESTERDAY!!! From a tipster: “Chuck Todd…Seen in Atlanta’s airport pacing back and forth with his cell phone in one ear and his finger in the other.”

  • More on Rep. Stark’s apology to journalists.

  • Dana Bash and John King: Dating!

  • From a tipster (regarding this “Washington Sketch” column) “It’s amusing that Dana Millbank mocks Rep. Jackson-Lee for calling Marc Rich ‘Marvin’ when he himself mis-identifies Linda Sanchez as ‘Loretta,’ don’t you think?”

  • Wendy Buckley, Director of Web Operations for The Magazine Group has recently left that post to join the team as Director of Programming for AOL’s Money.

  • Another reader points out this: Could “Chief Strategists BMF and JBB” in a recent Philippe Reines GOTV effort be none other than Philippe Michael Feldman and Jeremy Bash?

  • For those of you wondering whether the NBC/NYT deal will affect any current relationships (such as the one between Washington Post and MSNBC), an NBC spokesperson tells FishbowlDC that “the collaboration will be in addition to, and will not replace, the news organizations” existing relationships with other content partners.

  • Who Said Print is Dead?”

  • Washington Post reports, “The Bancroft family vote on whether to sell Dow Jones & Co. to Rupert Murdoch could be completed Monday with an announcement as early as Tuesday that the sale will go through.” The Wall Street Journal reports that the family had a deadline of 5 p.m. on Monday.

  • B&C reports, “The FCC has decided not to seek full court review of the Second Circuit Court of Appeal’s ruling that its ‘fleeting profanity’ findings against Fox were ‘arbitrary and capricious.’”

  • From, “More magazines are looking to the Internet to keep readers interested in their offerings. According to a recent report from the Magazine Publishers of America (MPA), magazines increased their digital initiatives by more than 135% this year.”

  • AdAge reports, “Mags Migrate From Building Content to Buying It.”

  • ComicsDC reports, “Washington Examiner drops all comics”

  • AP reports, “It started with the help wanted ads. Now real estate ads are tailing off. But as the shift in advertising from the printed page to the Internet continues, newspaper executives believe there’s hope for their product.”

  • Beet.TV reports, “The New York Times has just introduced long-form sponsored videos which appear on the paper’s main video page.” The new program launched last week with videos produced by FedEx.

  • reports, “Pearson, the educational publisher and owner of the Financial Times and, on Monday raised its guidance for full-year growth at two of its businesses and expressed confidence in being able to compete with the Wall Street Journal if it was acquired by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp or with a merged Thomson-Reuters.”

  • Wired Magazine reports, “To Save Themselves, US Newspapers Put Readers to Work”

  • The AP reports, “The Associated Press is closing down a 2-year-old premium multimedia service that emphasized nontraditional methods of storytelling, saying that it had failed to gain enough traction with newspaper clients.”

  • David Bauder writes, “Liberal activists are stepping up their campaign against Fox News Channel by pressuring advertisers not to patronize the network.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “Salon’s Walsh shrugs off HuffPo threat”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “…that most basic of journalistic rules was lost on Mirthala Salinas, who remains on unpaid leave while the Spanish-language television network Telemundo decides her fate for dating Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while she covered him as a political reporter. … But history has shown that it may be premature to write her off.”

  • AFP reports, “NowPublic announced Monday that the fast-growing citizen journalism website has scored 10.6 million dollars ( US) in financing to fuel its drive to become the world’s largest news agency.”

  • A Post reader writes, “Your July 19 obituary of prominent American tenor Jerry Hadley ['Leading Tenor in N.Y., D.C.'] highlighted The Post’s lack of coverage of musical news. Hadley died eight days after shooting himself, yet there was no item on the shooting itself soon afterward.”

  • AdAge looks at David Bauder’s AP story involving MoveOn: “What’s left unsaid in the AP piece is that MoveOn has been pitching this story for weeks now. According to the AP piece, ‘the groups want to first concentrate on businesses running local ads, as opposed to national commercials.’ That seems to contradict the AP’s own story which points out that the groups have been trying, with absolutely no success, to target Home Depot.”


  • MSNBC Interactive News is looking for a Writer/Editor for Politics.

  • PBS Newshour is looking for a Managing News Editor.

  • Southern Maryland Newspapers is looking for a Sports reporter.

  • Capitol News Connection is looking for an Environment & Energy Reporter.

  • Georgetown University is looking for an Associate University Editor.

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