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A Little Birdy…

Tells us that there that a little girl belonging to Washington media parents was born this morning. The mom is Beth Pershing of Bloomberg. The dad? Ben Pershing of WaPo. The baby’s name is Isabel Pershing.

Welcome Isabel to the Fishbowl! (We’ll update with a picture when we can…)

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Quotes of the Day — the Chris Christie “No Means No” Edition

Mitch Daniels makes his announcement in a printed statement to Indy Star, while Chris Christie holds a press conference fit for Broadway.” — NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.

“It is time to ring the Gong Show gong on the Christie press conference.” — Syndicated conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.

“Doesn’t this guy have a state to run or something?” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, who added, “It’s over. MSNBC wins. 43 minutes over non stop coverage and then, done.” (Note to readers: Fox News bailed on the Christie presser first. Then CNN. MSNBC last.)

“Dear Gov. Christie, I can’t start writing until you stop talking. 1:49pm.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

“Christie’s plan becoming clear: Keep talking until 2016.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman.

“Unfortunately for him, since he seems to be a nice guy, Christie is demonstrating why he would’ve made a lousy candidate.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

“Chris Christie is displaying some serious first-name familiarity with the national press corps.” — ABC’s Rick Klein.

“Length of this oratory suggests Christie may be considering a run for Senate.” — The Takeaway’s Congressional radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

“What’s not to love about a governor who insults reporters on natl TV? My favorite moment.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Christie is NOT running for Prez in Dutch: “#Christie volgde vooral z’n gevoel, ondanks vele smeekbedes van de partij en de gewone man: ‘It never felt right, in my gut, to leave now.’”

“Breaking news: Chris Christie still not running for President. Chevy Chase –where are you when we need you?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

“Chris Christie: All of Donald Trump‘s humility. Better hair.” — Democratic consultant Mo Elleithee.  And this: “Okay guys just 12 more questions.”

“Christie doesn’t kiss-and-tell w/ Mrs. Reagan.” — National Review Online’s Kathryn Lopez.

“Now that Christie is definitively out, let’s all resolve to stop asking him if he’s running. At least until November.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.

“Christie LOVES this. Just keeps taking questions…” — WaPo “The Fix’s” Chris Cillizza.

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Just in time for Christmas

“Ask and email an address RT @hbirdsong @Bret_Baier what do I need to do to get an autographed picture of you?”  – Fox News’ Bret Baier explains how to get a signed photo of Bret Baier.

And don’t forget Valentine’s Day…

“Ask RT @boilthebeast @Bret_Baier what do I need to do to get an auto pic of you brushing your hair,  maybe a sunset view of a wheat field in the background …” – Bret Baier on how to get a sexy, scenic photo of Bret Baier.

Model Behavior

“It’s high time Vogue has cover with a MODEL not another banal actress..Kate Moss is alluring child-woman of our time.” – Huffington Post’s Stephanie Green tackling the tough issues.


“”Hopefully God raptures and leaves behind whiny east-coast elites” – blogger Lee Fang moving the nation forward in a progressive tweet.

Calm before the storm

“Really dreading the inevitable fake ‘Hurricane Irene’ Twitter accounts” – Slate’s Dave Weigel

Pray for a power outage

“My wife has rediscovered Ally McBeal on Netflix.” – Redstate’s Erick Erickson

The Situation

“Evacuating Politico’s Jersey Shore bureau. Sigh.” – A GTL-deprived Ben Smith.

Lost in translation

“I just got an e-mail from Mazie Hirono titled, “Robbing our Keiki.” Read whole e-mail, and I’m still not sure what it means.” – Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz on her new beat, keiki robbing.

Strong enough for a man but PH-balanced for a woman

“Finally, a beer just for women.” – Slate’s Annie Lowery

Common Cents

“The Obama campaign is sending out free 2012 bumper stickers. Go sign up and make them waste the stamp.” – TWT’s Emily Miller devising a master plan to deplete the president’s reelection fund by tens, if not twenties of dollars.

Animal Instincts

“So can zoo animals predict other aspects of the future? Should we be asking them about the presidential race?” – WaPo’s Ben Pershing considers the potential of a man-beast partnership for 2012.

More #awesome than Comic-Con

“Pretty excited about attending the American Political Science Association’s annual conference next week.” – WaPo’s Ezra Klein

America’s Got Talent

“Talk about talented! @indiaarie is playing the flute and singing in Hebrew @mlkmemorial #dedicatemlk” – Roland Martin amazed by the flute-paying, bilingual songbird.

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As we move into Thanksgiving, it appears journos around town are getting into some weird pre-Holiday partying (at least weirder sounding than usual). They’re also growing more unruly and irritable by the moment as they prepare for their potential TSA pat-downs. Please, editors, give your scribes a few days off — or else.

Bristol’s way with words

“Winning this would be like a big middle finger to all the people that hate me and my mom.” — Bristol Palin on the finale of “Dancing With the Stars.” She came in third place. Big Middle finger is such a great phrase — so much for being the teen spokeswoman for abstinence.

Lovely Thanksgiving wishes from WSJ

“Anyone who Tweets their Thanksgiving Dinner will be punched in the face by the Ghost of Norman Rockwell.” — WSJ Sports Writer Jason Gay in a Tuesday tweet.

Escalator ignorance

“What I get for taking metro beyond DC city limits. People don’t know how to stand on the effing escalator.” — The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody in a Tuesday tweet.

Reporter on call at airport

“At Dulles tonight, no opt-outs that I saw, no disgruntled passengers and no reporters on hand watching for either.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing in a Tuesday tweet.

Painful TSA pat-down humor

“TSA: Can’t see London. Can’t see France. Unless we see your underpants.” — and CNN Contributor Erik Erickson in a Tuesday tweet. He has managed to reach an all new low of TSA pat-down humor.

Note to readers: Grandma needs to kick Jacobs out of her home — immediately. No turkey. No stuffing. No pumpkin pie. Jacobs has officially taken the “thanks” out of Thanksgiving.

Poor Grandma

“I’m trying to watch my TV and my grandma is just sitting around making old people noises what the fuck.” — The Daily Caller intern Alec Jacobs in a Tuesday tweet. Poor Grandma  Part II: “Grandma, Betty White is older than you and she doesn’t feel the need to make all these moaning/grunting noises.”

Weigel congratulates his successor

Jennifer Rubin is definitely a good hire for WaPo. Undervalued asset for YEARS.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet regarding the woman that WaPo has chosen to replace him more than five months later.

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“Neil Cavuto = Eddie Munster.” — HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney in a Thursday tweet.

Conflicted journo

“Schumer just called me “the man-eating manu shark.” Not sure if that’s a compliment.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju on Thursday on Twitter.

Reporter lodges complaint

“Can we please all agree to stop using the terms “double down” and “doubling down” in political stories and headlines? #overused” –WaPo‘s Ben Pershing in a Thursday tweet.

Conspiracy theorist

“Beginning to think Facebook outage timing is strategic – every article about it mentions movie release. Coincidence?” –FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic on Thursday on Twitter.

The Fishbowl Interview With Emily Heil

Emily Heil.jpg Say hello to Emily Heil, who writes the must-read, polished Heard on the Hill gossip column with Elizabeth Brotherton for Roll Call. It’s always great to see Emily at a party and watch her hard at work. And personally, I enjoy the fact that she has the good sense to see merit in covering lawmakers’ facial hair. Speaking of hair, be sure to read her comical “Most Embarrassing Career Moment” after the jump.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Champagne

How often do you Google yourself? Almost never-it’s too scary.

Who is your favorite working journalist? My husband, Eric Hoover, a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? I saw “Twilight” and I confess I’ve read the whole series. Neither is my “type,” but I wouldnÂ’t kick Robert Pattinson out of my coffin.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Both. Over champagne and mooseburgers.

When did you last cry and why? Yesterday. RIP, Corey Haim.

What word do you routinely misspell? Anything that’s i-before-e. I guess it’s my last name that makes me want to reverse it.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever’s the Blackberry default. Exciting, I know.

What swear word do you use most often? Fracking. Eric Massa and I have at LEAST one thing in common.

What word or phrase do you overuse? See above!

What TV show do you have to watch? Lost. Don’t bother calling me on Tuesday nights.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I love a bargain: eBay, Filene’s, and vintage stores.

More funny, fracking details about Heil after the jump…

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More Sotomayor Coverage Notes: WaPo

WaPo will have live video coverage and commentary by Post political reporters as Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings begin this morning. Jerry Markon and Ben Pershing kick off coverage at 10am and Perry Bacon picks up at 11am. The Fix will also look at the five Senators to watch during the hearings.

Previously Announced: ABC, C-SPAN, PBS and CNN.

Bouncin’ Babes of Roll Call Alums

Roll Call‘s HOH reports on two new journo babies:

WaPo‘s Ben Pershing and CQ’s Beth Pershing welcomed Simon Henry Pershing into the world on Monday…

On Friday May, 8th, WaPo‘s Juliet Eilperin and Andrew Light added son Milos to their family.

Ben, Beth and Juliet are all former Roll Callers…

Congrats to the proud parents and welcome to the Fishbowl, Milos and Simon.

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Morning Reading List, 09.30.08


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Morning Reading List, 02.27.08

Good morning Washington. It’s the birthday of Ralph Nader and Chelsea Clinton.

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  • It is close, but most of you think that Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski do like each other off camera.


  • A tipster tells us that The Washington Times’ Greg Lopes has joined PhRMA’s press shop.

  • Ed Morrissey writes on Captain’s Quarters, “Today brings exciting news and an end to a time in my life that has proven far more successful than I ever dreamed. Beginning on March 1, I will begin working for Michelle Malkin, a friend, mentor, and writer I have long admired. She has offered me a position as writer at Hot Air, and my blogging will appear exclusively there.”

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  • Rachel Sklar looks into the media’s “Drumbeat For A Hillary Exit” (and fact checks Richard Cohen while she’s at it).

  • reports, “The Ochs-Sulzberger family managed to cling to their control over the New York Times last year, but they may not be able to keep dissidents off the publisher’s board of directors this time around. Scott Galloway of investment firm Firebrand Partners, with financial backing from activist hedge fund Harbinger Capital Partners, has hired D.F. King, a proxy solicitation firm, to press its case with New York Times shareholders in the lead-up to the company’s annual meeting on April 22, according to a source familiar with the matter.”

  • E&P reports, “As Pulitzer Prize jurors prepare to gather next week in New York to sift through hundreds of submissions and find three finalists in each of the 14 journalism categories to nominate for the full board to consider in a month, speculation is mounting over which entries have the best chance. … Some news events, such as the Virginia Tech massacre and the Minnesota bridge collapse, give a clear breaking news advantage to papers near those stories. A handful of investigative and in-depth projects, including several China-related probes, are also top contenders, based on interviews with a few jurors and a look at the other major awards already announced.”

  • The Horses Mouth reports, John Solomon’s Washington Times Presents The Next Obama Smear: Military ‘Fears’ Him”

  • Slate’s Michael Kinsley writes about his “apparent concern about the appearance of the possibility of the appearance of a possible affair.”

  • Cox’s Ken Herman reports, “Today’s installment in one of Washington’s best long-running shows: Hearst Newspapers’ Helen Thomas vs. whoever happens to be in the White House. The topic was President Bush’s insistence on lawsuit immunity for telecommunications companies that cooperated in the federal government’s program to eavesdrop on suspected terrorists. Ms. Thomas, as she has for several weeks, wanted White House Press Secretary Dana Perino to explain why immunity is needed. If the companies did nothing wrong, Ms. Thomas argued, they have nothing to fear in a court of law.”

  • The Nation reports, “Evidently the editors of the New York Times have taken leave of their senses. There can be no other explanation for putting a story on the front page of their newspaper speculating about Barack Obama’s being assassinated. The Times is beginning to make it a practice of running news-free stories on its front page. Most of them are harmless, but this one is sickening.”

  • Huffington Post reports, “Clinton Campaign Response To New York Times Rejected”

  • Washington Post’s Deborah Howell writes, “A Veterans Charity Cries Foul”

  • U.S. News’ Paul Bedard shows us a little local activism goes a long way.

  • Politico reports, “Obama stiffs, stifles national press”

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  • Tucker vs. Clinton Campaign Again on MSNBC

  • FCC ready to intervene on Web access

  • An ABC release announced, “‘World News with Charles Gibson’ averaged 9.21 million Total Viewers and a 2.4/8 among Adults 25-54 during the week of February 18-22. For the week, ‘World News’ placed first in the Adult 25-54 rating (2.4), tying NBC’s ‘Nightly News.’ For the seventh consecutive week, “World News” won among Women 25-54 (2.7/9).”

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research
    data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of February 18, 2008. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.627 million total viewers”

  • Check out Green Room Girl’s new pictures!

  • CJR reports, “Which of Tim Russert’s expert roundtablers did he turn to first on yesterday’s Meet the Press to discuss PlagiarismGate (the Clinton campaign’s making hay of Barack Obama borrowing phrases from Gov. Deval Patrick)? Russert turned first to Doris Kearns Goodwin, the presidential historian and Meet the Press regular. And it should have made for awkward television — asking someone with a plagiarism scandal in her past to weigh in on charges of plagiarism from the campaign trail. I mean, what does that disclosure look like — ‘You’re no stranger to charges of plagiarism, Doris, how does Obama battle this? Does this stick?’”

  • TVNewser reports, “Helped by strong ratings from three debates, CNN beat Fox News Channel for first place in prime time (8-11pmET) in the A25-54 demo.”

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  • Poynter Online reports, “Remember when newspaper editors thought it was impressive to have a virtual version of their newspaper, turning pages and all? Remember how no one read them? Well it seems the same mistakes are being made all over again by the Arabic-language daily An-Nahar.”

  • Slate looks at “The environmental pros and cons of reading online.”

  • “Due to an overwhelming amount of requests, the final EPpy Awards entry deadline has been extended to Friday, February 29th.” Enter here!

  • Reuters reports, “Newspaper and television company Media General Inc said it agreed to acquire, a coupon and shopping Web site, from Plano, Texas-based NARAE Enterprises Inc, to expand its portfolio of interactive advertising and marketing solutions.”

  • The AP reports, “Online advertising revenues exceeded $21 billion for the first time in 2007, although preliminary data compiled by an industry trade group also suggest growth is slowing. The Interactive Advertising Bureau said its estimates show ad revenues grew 25 percent last year from nearly $17 billion in 2006. In dollar amounts, the estimated gain was $4.2 billion — less than the 35 percent and $4.3 billion growth seen in 2006 over 2005.”

  • is “reviewing the reviewers”

  •’s Ben Pershing reports, “Amid the titanic fight last week over the expiration of the terrorist surveillance law, there was another, less intense debate brewing below the surface. This wasn’t your standard Republican vs. Democrat debate. It cut across all lines, pitting executive branch agencies against each other, prompting disagreements among lawmakers of the same party, even (gasp!) dividing reporters. This fight wasn’t over whether the expiration of the Protect America Act put the country in danger. It was over when the thing actually expired.”

  • The Boston Globe reports, “Federal Communications Commission chairman Kevin Martin warned yesterday that Internet service providers can’t block consumers from using lawful Internet activities in the name of providing better service.”

  • reports,Chris Anderson Explains How ‘Freeconomics’ Will Change the Media World”

  • PRNewser Enters Top 100 PR Blog List at #55

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  • Sirius Says It Could Do Without XM

  • A release announced, “Diane Rehm, host of WAMU 88.5 and National Public Radio’s The Diane Rehm Show, will receive The Distinguished Washingtonian Award in Literature and the Arts from The University Club of Washington, D.C. The club’s Board of Governors will present the award at a dinner to be held in Diane Rehm’s honor on Thursday, May 1, 2008.”

  • Reuters reports, “Sirius Satellite Radio Inc, whose proposed purchase of rival XM Satellite Radio is still awaiting regulatory approval, reported a smaller quarterly loss on Tuesday as subscribers to its pay-radio service increased.”

  • Dan Steinberg reports,Kornheiser Names His Blogging Enemy”

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  • Spectrum Science Communications is looking for a Creative Director/Web & Graphic Design.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Multimedia Investigative Team Editor and an ENPS Project Manager.

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