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MTP’s Verdugo to CBS Mornings

verdugoLooks like David Gregory lost another one…  According to the Twitters, Adam Verdugo, a senior producer for NBC’s “Meet the Press” is packing his bags and heading to CBS News where he’ll reunite with his longtime friend and colleague Norah O’Donnell.  Politico’s Dylan Byers reports from an internal memo that Verdugo has accepted the role of senior producer for the network’s rise and shiner, CBS “This Morning.”

In response to the news, former MTP EP Betsy Fischer tweeted,  ”The BEST Sr. an EP could ever ask for!”

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Morning Chatter

Anonymous Rant: “When will you note the obvious: that there is nothing remotely new or surprising in ‘This Town?’ Everything is exactly as it appears, and on closer inspection, no more interesting. Tammy Haddad aided a charity to advance her own interests — like everyone else. Andrea Mitchell is married to someone famous and hasn’t broken news in years; Bardella pathetic; The White House passes along Issa gossip but no oppo research; speculation and no reporting on why Jarrett gets security detail; Reid is blunt; Hillary once used the F word while stating the obvious — that the WHCD doesn’t matter; Most of this well-reported years ago, and the rest of no interest to anyone, even inside Washington. (You might be right, Anonymous. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s This Town may not be the book for you. But I didn’t know all those details on Kurt Bardella or Rep. Darrell Issa, the purported car thief. And I never tire of hearing more about how D.C. publicity/mob boss Tammy Haddad operates, insider details on NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer‘s ever important birthday party (that we were surprisingly invited to), a politician cussing out the WHCD or how this town sometimes runs on the fuel of dripping self-importance.)

Um, seriously Howie: “Buncha?”

“Twitter needs a way to tell you that you have direct messages. How hard can that be? Just discovered buncha old ones.” — Fox News and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Best response: “Do you not speak to anyone ever?” — HyperVocal and Sirius XM’s Slade Sohmer.

Journo backs Spitzer (well, sort of)

“Love Eliot Spitzer. Bought a flat screen with the page view bonus I got from posting pix of his hookers. Would vote him for anything.” — Guardian‘s Jim Newell.

Scolded.

“I hardly ever respond to trolls, but there’s an amazing comment on my instagram saying I need to ‘start acting like a senators daughter.’” — Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain. Funniest response: “Wait, did I miss a nip slip or something?” — Christopher Ortiz, co-founder of Newscastic and editor of StuffJournalistsLike.com.

WCP editor wants Leno to vanish

“Wish there was a way to program TV to immediately change channel away from NBC as soon as news ended so Jay Leno just vanished.” — Washington City Paper Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.

Heartwarming thought of the morning

“Chatted with two young journalists today. Smart, passionate, curious. That they could do anything – and chose journalism – is wonderful” — Paul Brandus, West Wing Reports.

Editor is crazy for cranberries

“Why doesn’t @OceanSprayInc make their own line of yogurt? I would buy all the cran-orange yogurt. Or cran-raspberry or cran-grape or just plain cranberry yogurt! Seriously @OceanSprayInc, you are missing out on a huge opportunity here.” — Atlantic Cities Sommer Mathis.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC this morning: “Evidently TWT never tires of doing the same things with the same people and expecting a different result.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:10 a.m.

 

 

Leibo’s ‘This Town’ at Politics & Prose

NYT Magazine’s Mark Leibovich, author of the much buzzed about This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Penty of Valet Parking!-in American’s Gilded Capital, will appear at Politics & Prose on July 23 at 7 p.m. Might want to camp out now.

Their description: “In this exposé of the Washington ‘media-industrial complex,’ Leibovich, the D.C.-based chief national correspondent for the New York Times Magazine and author of The New Imperialists, follows the money and the shamelessness to show how scandal, conflict of interest, and even losing an election can bolster a career inside the beltway.”

If preferred seating is available, we’d like to be sandwiched in between Tammy Haddad and Betsy Fischer.

Sorry, Prince Harry, Savannah’s Off the Market

NBC “TODAY” Show host Savannah Guthrie was all smiles this morning as she revealed her engagement to political consultant Mike Feldman, setting off a flurry of reaction in Washington and beyond.

Guthrie flashed her diamond ring on air. Weatherman Al Roker tweeted that actor Bradley Cooper brought Savannah flowers for the occasion. NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer remarked, “Two great people — Savannah and Mike — awesome news!” CNN’s Jessica Yellin added, “Wowza. Check out that pic! Congrats guys!” And Co-host Willie Geist assumes his invitation is in the mail: “Two of the greats. Spoiler alert guys: I already grabbed the shower caddy off your registry.” CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote, “Congrats to Savannah Guthrie and Mike Feldman!!!! Xoxo.” NBC Washington’s Angie Goff wrote, “Congrats Savannah! You’ll make a beautiful bride.” And Mediaite founder and ABC Legal Analyst Dan Abrams added his congratulatory note, saying, “Two people I’ve really liked and respected for a long time.”

Savannah had a pointed message for Prince Harry… “Tell him I’m no longer available.”

Even US Weekly splashed it up on their site this morning.

See Cooper giving flowers to Savannah. Read more

Uh Oh. Trouble in Paradise?

Over the weekend, NBC “MTP” Producer Betsy Fischer posted this on Facebook: “Washington weekend! Lots of electricity in the sky but none at home!”

We do hope she’s talking about Pepco and not Politico‘s Senior Reporter Jonathan Martin who recently appeared on MTP.

The pair recently wed.

Don’t Wait Up Dear, Marco Rubio is Scintillating

Over the weekend Jonathan Martin, senior political reporter of Politico, published a nearly 2,000-word review in WSJ of two books on Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio. Huh? Why not for Politico? But worse: Martin apparently read the wonky books while honeymooning in Europe with his new bride, NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer.

As Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris explains it, Martin writing the piece for WSJ involved standard operating procedure. “We don’t  typically do standard book reviews of the sort Jonathan wrote for the Wall Street Journal,” Harris wrote FishbowlDC. “Those guys had specifically solicited him to do this review and, following our policy for outside assignments, he asked for permission and in this case we gave it. I thought it was a very well-turned review of the Rubio books and I’ll confess to a momentary pang of ‘maybe we should have done this’ but in any event I’m glad he did it. My understanding is he read the Rubio books on his honeymoon—the last of the great romantics.”

But something worthy to note: Politico has lost several prominent reporters to WSJ. One was White House Correspondent Carol Lee in February of 2011. The other, media writer Keach Hagey in March, 2012. In the spring of 2010, Victoria McGrane left Politico and went to Dow Jones. By September she was — you guessed it — at WSJ. Also in 2010: Patrick O’Connor left Politico for Bloomberg. He, too, eventually wound up at WSJ.

Read Martin’s WSJ review here.

 

 

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

that Poshbrood, the upscale family travel site created by publicist and travel writer Elizabeth Thorp, helped plan the honeymoon of recently married NBC “MTP” Exec. Producer Betsy Fischer and Politico Senior Writer Jonathan Martin.

The couple heads to Europe next week. And from our best translation skills, looks like they’re headed to glorious Italy. “@BetsyMTP Finalized all details of your ‘luna di miele’ — see you tomorrow! #ladolcevita”

Thorp wouldn’t comment any further on the newlyweds’ honeymoon plans.

Bon voyage! Let’s hope they abandon their respective Twitter accounts for a few days.

Politico and NBC’s “MTP” Say ‘I Do’

Top 5 Reasons Why Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin and NBC’s “MTP” Exec. Producer Betsy Fischer‘s Wedding Was Everything That’s Wrong With Washington. The journo power couple married in a garden wedding in Warrenton, Va. over the weekend.

1. Martin thanked the troops during his remarks. “We want to keep in mind that this is an important weekend. Tomorrow is Memorial Day. So we also want to honor our veterans, and those who are fallen.” (h/t Politico Playbook and h/t Mike Allen for h/t)

2. NBC newsman Tom Brokaw made their wedding sound like a beer summit: “We’re awakened every day, these days, and reminded about what divides us. But this is what unites us: the idea that two people who care
passionately about their country and about the political system that
drives it, finding each other, setting out on their married life.”

3. Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris looked hammered. See here. (Just kidding, we’re sure the boss was keeping it together.)

4. Gift bags included treats from — not a joke — The Political
Cookie Company.

5. Politico and NBC’s MTP will now forever and incestuously be linked in holy matrimony. By the power vested in FishbowlDC, we now pronounce you husband and wife.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Are you there Gin? It’s me, John

“No, bottle of Hendricks, I will NOT come play with you again.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

It’s 3:34 a.m. Do you know where your reporter is?

“Jerk @DCPoliceDept officer — working the wreck I-395 near Cap Hill — told friend and me in cab ‘idiots’ like us cause these accident.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas. Pappas, who is caucasian, followed up with a comment on the race of the officer. “The white @DCPoliceDept officer working the i-395 wreck is unfortunately the reason people don’t respect law enforcement here.”

Journo must work on Memorial Day

“Anyone else have to work on Memorial Day? #nothappy” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Journo enjoys surprise fiddle concert

“Am being treated to an impromptu fiddle concert on the patio at Red Rocks from the guy next door and it is fabulous.” — NJ‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

Tragedy and celebration in Warrenton

“WARRENTON, Va. (AP) – Virginia State Police say 1 pilot dead, another injured after crash involving 2 planes.” — HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper tweeted this. In happier news, Warrenton was also the site of this weekend’s nuptials between NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer and Politico Senior Reporter Jonathan Martin. Congratulations to Fischmart on their wedding. We hope all the wedding planning paid off.

Did Jason Linkins kiss Jake Tapper’s ass?

“@dceiver i have to say, strip away the fun snark, sounds like you liked the show! (Ssshh. I wont tell anyone)” — ABC’s Jake Tapper, who hosted “This Week” on Sunday, referencing HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins, who writes up the Sunday shows. After getting through as much of Linkins’ Sunday roundup as we could bear, yes, he does suck up to Tapper about how smart he is throughout. But he also inexplicably runs a tweet by Salon‘s extraordinary Alex Pareene twice. God knows why. We just hope Pareene still sports his porn star mustache.

Howard Fineman attends Brown mixer

“Great time last night with my wonderful @BrownUniversity alumna wife at Campus Dance. 1000s of alums on The Green: an open-air re-mixer.” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman. Is anyone as disturbed as us that Fineman attended an open-air school dance?

TV reporter claims victory, albeit a shady one

“Finally, first tennis victory of summer. ok… opponent doubled over with stomach cramps, but a ‘W’ is a ‘W’!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. Congratulations Tschida! Cramps doesn’t detract from your win whatsoever.

TV reporter celebrates wedding anniversary

“10 years ago today, Maureen said ‘yes.’ We celebrated by going to the pool with Declan, Evelyn and Hugh, who are the result!” — CNBC’s Eamon Javers.

Touching moment amidst girls giggling at ‘bosom’

“Just passed Joyce Kilmer rest stop & read Trees to daughters. Touching reaction though they laughed to hear ‘bosom’ aloud.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

Spotted: A relaxed Neda Semnani, of Roll Call‘s HOH, coming out of SweetGreen in Logan Circle on Memorial Day.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Brokaw Blasts Nerd Prom, More Journos Follow

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press”, Tom Brokaw was analyzing the Presidential race of 2012 when he took a sharp turn into Curmudgeon-ville to take major swipes at Nerd Prom. He is not pleased about the glittering of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner with stars like George Clooney and Charlize Theron. Some people may argue that at last those stars are politically active and aware of what’s going on the world. The same can’t be said for the likes of Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan.

In any event, reaction started pouring in over Twitter as Brokaw’s comments went viral. WSJ’s Neil King welcomed Brokaw’s comments by saying, “Here’s seconding Brokaw’s takedown of the WH Correspondents Dinner. And here’s predicting the day when POTUS says thanks but no thanks.” Longtime Washington political journo and columnist for the Dallas Morning News Carl Leubsdorf told FBDC, “I think he spoke for many of us.” He went on to say, “Tom is spot on. And as the dinner has become glitzier, fewer seats have gone to actual correspondents and more to corporate executives, advertisers and celebrities. The upcoming 100th WHCA anniversary in 2014 might be a perfect time to consider this, though I’m not too hopeful that will happen.” Something that got the attention of HuffPost’s Michael Calderone was Brokaw’s mention of “taking over the Italian embassy.” It just so happens that was the location of the blowout MSNBC after-party. National Correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows also agreed with Brokaw, saying, “Good for Tom B!”

Brokaw is one in a procession of Washington journalists who are trashing what the dinner has become. Late last week we reported on U.S. News & World Report’s Susan Milligan,
who also believes celebs ruin the image of the event. Some may also recall WaPo Dana Milbank‘s take on Nerd Prom last April, in which he says journalists have turned themselves into pimps for the politicians and the stars. He intimated that he grew sickened as he started to RSVP for parties and “made other plans for the weekend.” But Brokaw’s blast is a little bit different. First, he has the highest profile of anyone who has criticized the dinner. Second, he doesn’t seem to differentiate between George Clooney and Lindsay Lohan. He wants Hollywood out of the dinner.

It’s interesting to note that while Twitter was having a field day with Brokaw’s comments, neither Betsy Fischer, Exec. Producer for “Meet the Press”, nor host David Gregory made any comments. Watch Brokaw’s comments in the video below.

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