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Guess Who’s Not Coming to Dinner?

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WaPo‘s Sally Quinn is out of the wedding writing business. And it looks as though she won’t get a chance to revive the genre anytime soon.

This morning Quinn told MSNBC’s dayside anchor Tamron Hall that she and her hubby, Ben Bradlee, are not invited to what’s turning out to be the royal event of the year – Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. She blushed as she said between clenched teeth “We’re not close to the Clintons.” All the while, she offered a hard smile.

Hall was trying to be kind – after all, it’s awkward when you ask someone if they’re going to a party and she hasn’t been invited. A little embarrassed, Hall said, “Well, I know you’ll get the scoop even if you’re not there.”

Sally gritted her teeth again and said, “I hope so.”

As many might recall, Quinn’s final WaPo column, which was called “The Party,” involved dueling weddings in her husband’s family. The column was axed in late February.

Journos Flock to The Week’s Opinion Awards

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The Week held their annual Opinion Awards last night at the W Hotel. This year’s event recognized WaPo wunderkind Ezra Klein, TNR’s Jonathan Chait and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Rob Rogers.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel kicked off the night with a little humor, calling the award “the most significant thing to happen to Ezra [Klein] since his bar mitzvah last week.”

“Morning Joe” hosts and the evening’s emcees Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski showed their love with a shout out to MSNBC’s David Shuster who is currently suspended from his job for an indefinite amount of time. Shuster and wife, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman later dodged questions about the suspension from Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, claiming a stomach ache.

In addition to the emcees and honorees, journalists packed the house last night. FishbowlDC spotted NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Dana Bash, Ed Henry and Jessica Yellin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, Mike Allen and Anne Schroeder Mullins, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Tammy Haddad, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger and Jonathan Capehart, MSNBC’s Louis Burgdorf, Slate’s John Dickerson, Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet, Yahoo’s Michael Calderone and Daily Beast’s Tina Brown and Ronnie Cho.

Also in attendance were Brad Dayspring, Hilary Rosen, Matt Cooper, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Juleanna Glover, as well as “Washington’s own George Clooney,” Kevin Madden (as described by several guests).

To wrap up the evening, The Week Editor-at-Large Sir Harold Evans moderated a panel debate between Senator Amy Klobuchar(D-MN) Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), Rep.Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt.

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Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner and award recipient, editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers.

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Inside the Book Party of Time Editor Richard Stengel

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Photo credit: Julie Fischer Photography

An intimate party was held Thursday night celebrating the release of Time magazine managing editor Rick Stengel’s tome Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage.

The Aspen Institute’s Walter and Cathy Isaacson threw the party in their home Guests included former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, NBC Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, PBS’s Judy Woodruff, President Obama’s Director of Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, WaPo’s Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, V.P. Biden’s Spokesman Jay Carney, Steve and Jean Case (he’s AOL’s co-founder), Council of Economic Advisers member Austan Goolsbee, NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin and more.

Sally Quinn Dishes About “Dueling Bradlee Weddings”

Like sands through the hourglass…

days of our lives.jpg Quinn Bradlee, son of Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee is set to marry his pregnant fiancee, Pary Williamson in Washington on April 10. The only problem is, Ben’s granddaughter Greta is getting married the same day.

According to Sally, this family drama has been made “public and messy.” So what better way to smother the fire than to share all the details in a piece for the Washington Post? Quinn says, “it’s a conflict that I hope readers can understand — and avoid in their own lives.”

So why the dueling dates? Sally takes the blame, saying, “[it] was an inadvertent mistake on my part. My error had nothing to do with the two couples who will wed that day.”

To find out how to avoid such a drama in your life or to read the full story, click here.

Book Party: Time’s Romesh Ratnesar’s “Tear Down This Wall”


Stengel, Ratnesar and Isaacson.

Former chief counsel to President Obama Greg Craig made one of his first public appearances, since his announced departure, last night at a book party for Time‘s Romesh Ratnesar.

The Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson and his wife Cathy Isaacson threw the mag’s deputy managing editor at a party at their home to toast “Tear Down This Wall.”

Isaacson had big news of his own to celebrate– he was named by Obama to chair the Broadcast Board of Governors.

In attendance: Time managing editor Rick Stengel, Mark Whitaker, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Michelle Jaconi, Sam Feist and Tammy Haddad.


Jaconi, Isaacson, Craig, Greenspan and Feist. Photos by Julie Fischer.

Dinner with Deepak Chopra

Most Washingtonians and journos use Twitter to stay connected or for a little self-promotion. Deepak Chopra is also an avid Twitter-er, but much different than most of the tweets FBDC follows.

The author and mind-body medicine guru tweets his daily intentions and his hundreds of thousands of followers benefit from messages like this morning’s “to transform the world transform yourself.”

At a dinner at Teatro Goldoni last night, hosted by Janet Donovan and Christine Warnke, FBDC asked Chopra if there’s anyone in DC he’s following on Twitter– for now, just President Obama.

Chopra, accompanied by his wife Rita, signed copies of his book “Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create a New You.”

Guests included: Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Washington Life‘s Vicki Bagley, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Kevin Chaffee, The Georgetowner‘s Beth Solomon, Pamela’s Punch’s Pamela Sorensen, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, TWT‘s Stephanie Green and Liz Glover, US News and World Report‘s Washington Whispers’ Jessica Rettig, the Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab and the National Endowment of the Arts’ Jamie Bennett.

Photos (by Pamela) continue after the jump…

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Quinn & Fiancee Set a Date: 10.10.10

We’re hearing from proud journo parents Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee that Quinn Bradlee and fiancee Pary Willamson have set a date for their nuptials… October 10, 2010.

Bradlee and Williamson were engaged this May.

Belated Reading List 08.26.09

You know its a big news day when you ditch the Venti for the Starbucks “jug.” Guess the desk.

Playing catch-up… Whitney Kuhn, Megan Grant, Nu Wexler, Meredith Harman, Kirit Radia, Clarice Feldman, Ann Limpert and David King all correctly guessed that FBDC dined at Brasserie Beck on Tuesday. And Happy Birthday to Ben Bradlee.

Washington and the world woke up today to the news that Senator Ted Kennedy had lost his battle with brain cancer. FBDC has covered that story today; now here’s what else was happening in DC and media this Wednesday…

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Katie Couric has been named the 2009 recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. The CBS “Evening News” anchor will speak at the awards ceremony October 8th at Neuharth’s alma mater, the University of South Dakota. Past Neuharth award recipients include Couric’s CBS colleague Bob Schieffer (2006), the late CBS newsmen Don Hewitt (2004) and Walter Cronkite (1989).

Fox News’ Chris Wallace- and his yellow Lab Winston- are featured in the upcoming fall issue of Capitol File. Get a sneak peek here.

The Jackson family will the subject of a new A&E reality television show, though the details remain sketchy. NYT‘s Brian Stelter has what we know so far.

And Kate Gosselin (FBDC confession: “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ is a guilty pleasure) will co-host “The View” on ABC September 14th and 15th while Elisabeth Hasselbeck is on maternity leave.

ONLINE

Not all too surprising considering the demographic of Tweeters FBDC follows– NYT reports it isn’t teens driving Twitter’s popularity.

MAGAZINES

Elle has offered a homeless girl an internship this fall.

NEWS NOTES

According to Pew, Afghanistan has received just two percent of all news coverage since January 1st, prompting NPR to ask: Where’s The Afghanistan Coverage?

In a rare interview, Jayson Blair talks about how he went from disgraced journo to life coach.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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Georgetown’s Nathan’s To Close Sunday, Q&A Cafe Temporarily Displaced

In an email to friends and supporters this week Carol Joynt announced this Sunday will be Georgetown restaurant Nathan’s last day in business.

“After 40 years of serving millions of happy and loyal customers, and opening its doors 365 days of every year, Nathans will close at last call on Sunday, July 12. We hope over the next week you will find the time to come in and enjoy a last drink and meal with us. We wish we could give it away, but economic reality is that we need your dollars.”

Joynt has been struggling with the restaurant’s debt since the death of her husband Howard Joynt in 1997. The former TV journo has hosted interviews with various other journos and Washingtonians in the Q&A Cafe at Nathan’s, which airs on DC cable. Joynt hopes to continue the program after the restaurant’s closing. “Mortal Friends” author Jane Stanton Hitchcock will be Q&A’s last guest at Nathan’s this Thursday.

More from our pals at the Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays and WaPo‘s the Reliable Source.

In the photo: Joynt interviews Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn and Quinn Bradlee recently in the Q&A Cafe at Nathan’s.

Who’s The Most Sought After Sunday Show Guest In Washington?


David Gregory, Bob Schieffer and George Stephanopoulos at CSIS yesterday.

It’s a million dollar question- and the answer will really surprise you. Who is the most sought after Sunday show guest in Washington? Bob Schieffer, David Gregory and George Stephanopoulos all agree: Bo the dog.

In a rare joint appearance, the hosts of “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “This Week” took questions took questions at this month’s CSIS and Texas Christian University Schieffer School of Journalism Dialogue: “A Sunday Show Summit.”

More realistically, the Sunday show hosts said they’d like to book First Lady Michelle Obama. Schieffer pointed out ABC’s get with Hillary Clinton, saying he’d like to interview the Secretary of State. Stephanopoulos returned the compliment, telling Schieffer, Face had the “strongest May” with former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Now once they land the guest, how do they get them to talk? “Ask the obvious question,” Schieffer advised. Gregory said sometimes it’s ok to be quiet- “Let them talk,” citing a recent interview with Defense Secretary Robert Gates in which he compared Presidents Bush and Obama for the first time.

We give props to a young freelancer in the audience who asked the panel quite frankly, “How can I be you?” The oldest and most experienced member of the panel, Schieffer, answered that while we don’t know where journalism is going, “there will always be a need for reporters.”

On the future of journalism, all three expressed love for newspapers, but skepticism for their future in print. Gregory referenced Ben Bradlee that there is a “fundamental demand” for newspapers in communities. All agreed whether it was online or in print, it was the information that was most important.

The Internet, the “first avenue that doesn’t have an editor,” as described by Schieffer, puts a “special responsibility” on the mainstream media, Stephanopoulos said. “I feel like an editor,” he said, sifting through blogs for facts every week.

Other topics covered include healthcare (all agree the President needs one domestic achievement soon and that he wants it to be healthcare) and the balance of coverage on politics and the economy during the campaign (all thought mainstream media did a good job, learning and explaining economics and covering an election “historic in every way,” as described by Schieffer).

As for their roles on Sunday mornings, I think even his competitors can agree with Gregory here. “This is still the place to really hear somebody out and learn something.”

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