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Boob Expert Shows up to Gutfeld Book Party

Walking into the Breitbart Embassy last night was sort of what one imagines walking into Michael Jackson‘s old home: Stationed in the living room was an ice cream stand with the Good Humor man. Outside was a petting zoo with ducks, bunnies, an alpaca and a tiny horse. And walking around the whole house was Nancy Leonard, an accordionist dressed in traditional Swiss clothing, who prides herself on being able to walk and play music at the same time.

“Do you know what the difference between an accordionist and an entertainer is?” Leonard asked FishbowlDC. “An entertainer can walk and play. Most accordionists have to sit and read the music.”

Leonard is a former breast implant specialist for the FDA. “I helped all kinds of people,” she said. “I helped men, women, transvestites… anybody.”

Also roaming around the zoo was former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

The Embassy was hosting a party for FNC The Five‘s Greg Gutfeld who has a book coming out next month. Gutfeld’s book, The Joy of Hate, is dedicated to the late Andrew Breitbart. It’s a commentary on the knee-jerk reaction people have to cry foul at anything and everything. Gutfeld said young and old people as well as “people that are not young or old” should read the book.

Party invitations inexplicably featured an old ’90s TV screenshot of Gutfeld from when he worked for Men’s Health. In the photograph, a buff Gutfeld is in a tank top and has a high-top haircut. “How dare you,” he said when we brought it up.

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Quotes of the Day

“I gotta say, between Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Kate Middleton’s tits, I’m afraid to leave the house!”Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Congratulations. (A little…)

“Happy anniversary to my 2nd favorite morning show.” — Chris Licht, former executive producer for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Licht now produces CBS This Morning.

Speaking of “Morning Joe” shout-outs…

“So people watch Morning Joe just so they don’t miss it when Mika finally snaps and stabs him, right?” — host of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell me…” Peter Sagal.

Twitter growing pains

“I’d like to go back to school and do my PhD thesis on how bad Twitter sucks.” — Politico‘s Ben White, who has been getting some push back on Twitter this week from the likes of Guardian‘s super serious Glenn Greenwald among other “whores.”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo national political reporter Philip Rucker and Monocle and Slate’s Sasha Issenberg. Sasha is referring to WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin, who has been accused of being in the tank for Mitt Romney.

Philip Rucker: Romney aides Rhoades, Gitcho, Beeson & Chen got Aug bonuses from $25,000-$37,500

Sasha Issenberg: How much did @JRubinBlogger get?

Question to Ponder: “Do political reporters do serious journalism in election season or just report gaffes?” — labor journo Mike Elk.

Did someone say serious journalism?

“Happy Daze: Remember when Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen dominated the news cycle? Sigh.” — Baron’s D.C. Editor James McTague.

Muckraking at its finest. Aren’t smartphones great?

“Reception for Paul Ryan on House floor a lot more tempered down since last week’s visit. Mob to talk to him not as large.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

“Hoyer crosses House floor to shake hands with #Paulryan. Nice moment.” — Politico’s Jonathan Allen.

“Steny Hoyer just crossed house floor to shake Paul Ryan’s hand.” — Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman.


“What will I ever do now? Dave Weigel blocked me so I’ll never see him crying about people being mean to Obama again!! OH NOES!!” — RBPundit. To which Slate‘s Dave Weigel replied, “You’re not entitled to waste my time and Twitter feed. That’s all.”

Journo gets hives

“Ew I just got hives for the first time. And on my arm. What in the world, this is so not cool.” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. “DCGOPGirl,” who video blogged for  CNN during the summer conventions.

FishbowlDC Fan Club

1. President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten

2. VP of internal shady clubhouse activities: The Daily Caller‘s Executive Director David Martosko

3. Head cheerleader: WaPo‘s Ezra Klein

4. Treasure and national fundraiser: The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle

5. Enthusiastic new member: HuffPost‘s Andrea Stone

War on Women

There’s a lot of abrasive chatter on “The War on Women” these days. Democrats claim Republicans are attacking women through their stance on reproductive rights. Republicans hurl guilty around, too. They say Democrats are attacking women by allowing HBO talk show host and comedian Bill Maher to call female public figures nasty names while they accept his whopping contribution to President Obama‘s re-election efforts.

Amid the back and forth, Anita Finlay uses Maher’s comments as a launching pad to look at the War on Women for The New Agenda, a blog created by some 30 women nationwide in 2008 that focuses on an anti-misogynistic message. In her story, Finlay says it’s a two-way street when it comes to calling women names. She notes that Maher has famously trashed both conservative and liberal women.

Meanwhile, the standard bearer for conservative opinion-based entertainment, Rush Limbaugh, is still fighting the backlash of calling  Sandra Fluke a “slut.” You’d be hard pressed to find a time when Limbaugh went after a conservative woman the way he did Fluke. We could go back and forth about this all afternoon, but the piece brought to mind some interesting points.

First of all, any man that calls a woman a “slut”, as Limbaugh called Fluke or a “dumb twat” or a “cunt”, the way Maher called ex-V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin, should expect an outcry from both sides of the aisle. Maher took heat for his comments at the time, though it’s obvious that he hasn’t had to pay the price that Limbaugh is paying.

Defenders of Maher call him a comedian who is a modern day George Carlin. In her piece, Finlay says, ” I would suggest he neither possesses the genius with language nor the ability to formulate sophisticated social commentary the way Carlin did.”

It’s important to point out that Carlin never backed down from using bad words. Including his bit about the Seven Dirty Words, which include the dreaded “C” word.

Finlay says it’s a double standard when it comes to the sex of the commentator. She asks, “What if a female comedian used the “N” word to describe a male politician, or offered a demeaning slur to a gay man – would she still be on the air?

Has she ever heard of Lisa Lampanelli?

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Bill Maher: Mike who?

Politico‘s Mike Allen has been featured on the cover of New York Times magazine, WaPo and HuffPost. Most everyone working in D.C political news media reads his “Playbook” and knows who he is. And yet, somehow his existence escaped HBO’s Bill Maher, who had no idea until Friday. And he still might not know.

Makes a person want to scream in Maher’s face: What kind of an idiot are you?

Republican strategist Michael Steele was a guest on the panel during Friday’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” While talking about the fast-changing media landscape Steele said, “You find that bloggers actually are directing the news on any given day. The first thing in the morning, someone like Mike Allen and his political profile. How we start the day…”

Who?,” Maher interrupted. “Mike Allen, he’s a big blogger out of Washington, D.C,” Steele explained.

We see two potential problems here. First, Allen is the chief White House correspondent for Politico, not a blogger. Second, why doesn’t Maher, a pretty savvy political commentator not know who Allen is? Quick, get him on the Playbook listserve!

Allen hasn’t responded to our request for comment.

Politico Goes Glossy for WHCD

Politico put out a glossy edition this weekend in celebration of the WHCD. In case you haven’t picked up your copy, here’s what you’re missing:

  • An interview with Seth Meyers. He says doing the dinner, a notoriously tough gig especially with President Obama, who has a reputation for being funny, is a service to his country.
  • Political jokes solicited from other comedians, including Paula Poundstone, Bill Maher and Aisha Tyler
  • Comedy pointers for POTUS
  • Short profiles of the WHCA board members
  • A guide to the weekend parties
  • and, of course, a primer on the food

Coulter Talks Maher, Wonkette and WHCD

Conservative pundit and frequent TV commentator Ann Coulter spoke at GWU Wednesday night to a large crowd of Republicans, a few Democrats, and at least one angry Libertarian, who gave her the finger when she told him she wasn’t a gay marriage supporter. The speech was usual Coulter fare, but one quote stuck out.

Asked by one student about marijuana legalization, Coulter said she was going to have to disappoint most of the room. She’s opposed. Primarily this is because men who start smoking pot early tend to have a “sunken chest” and wind up being about as tall as Bill Maher.

After the speech, Coulter spoke with a small group of reporters. She addressed one question about why her new book, Demonic, due out June 7. It doesn’t feature her mug on the cover as most of her past books do. Beside the fact that the title wouldn’t fit with her “smiling face”, a sample cover with her photo didn’t get the Matt Drudge seal of approval.

“I sent the cover to Matt Drudge and he hysterically said, ‘No, no, no! Just the title, just your name.’” Coulter didn’t think her publisher would be cool with it, but asked anyway. “I tried, and they accepted it, and we all loved it,” she said.

Coulter said she’d happily come as a guest to some fancy schmancy WHCD parties, but there was a catch: “Will it help me sell books?” Fishbowl promised 10,000 books sold if she’d come. Whoops.

In other Coulter news you won’t want to miss…

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Maher on CNN’s John King Tonight (and Beyond)

HBO’s “Real Time” host Bill Maher is upping his presence on D.C.-based shows. He recently appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball.” He’s on CNN’s “John King, USA” tonight and multiple evenings throughout the week. He’ll be remote from LA where he lives. As for which other days he’ll appear on the 7 p.m. (ET) program, it’s still being finalized. But tonight’s a sure thing and for the rest of the week we’ll be teased as decisions are reached.

Program note on what Maher will discuss: “Maher with his wit and unique political commentary will give his take on the 2010 campaign. He has created waves in the political world with his release of Delaware Senate Candidate, Christine O’Donnell’s remarks about witchcraft and her reluctance to be a Hare Krishna, because she was Italian and loved meatballs. Tune in for a fun and satirical look at all the political news you need to know.” — John King, USA

Bill Maher Down on the NYT

This scene was not directed at the NYT.

Comedian Bill Maher, host of HBO”s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” is clearly not the poster boy for a NYT commercial telling you why the Sunday paper is a must. It’s selfish, really, but the comedian also has a statement to make on Social Media and the lack of grace and timing of the NYT. Maher is miffed because he doesn’t usually get to appear in any of it. The Sunday NYT, he recently learned, gets put to bed way too early to include the comedian’s jokes as his show airs late Friday night. “I can’t really help you, NYT,” he tells CNN’s Larry King Tuesday night.

An interview excerpt:

KING: We had this question posted on the LARRY KING LIVE Facebook page: ‘Can Bill give us his thoughts on how social media is replacing mainstream media?’

MAHER: Mainstream media, it’s funny. I was at Jay Leno’s show last night, and we were talking before the show. He said to me, you know, I don’t understand; in the Sunday New York Times weekend review section, they always print jokes of comedians. And they have me and they have Letterman and they have Kimmel. And no you. Why aren’t you there? I said, I don’t know. The New York Times doesn’t like me. They never report on me, even though it would seem they should, because people who would watch my show tend to be like the same people who would read the New York Times.

KING: One would think.

MAHER: But it’s interesting. We called my publicist in and we found out it wasn’t that. She said, well, you tape your show on Friday night and that paper goes to bed for their Sunday edition well before that. Jay said, that’s probably true, because I noticed never do I get a joke in that I did on Thursday or Friday. It’s always Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. So here’s the New York Times, the paper of record, apparently for their Sunday edition going to bed on Wednesday night. That’s when they place the Gutenberg type, Larry, to make sure that that edition gets out on time. This is why mainstream media is dying. They don’t have to die. But we live in an age where, you know, you get it on your Blackberry immediately. So when they tell me that I can’t print your joke because we print on Sunday and you do it on Friday, I’m like, I can’t really help you, New York Times.

HuffPost Blogger Examines Examiner’s Sean Penn Dust Up

HuffPost blogger Michelle Langevine Leiby (as in wife of WaPo’s Richard Leiby) takes a critical look at the Sean Penn incident last week with Examiner scribe Tara Palmeri. The piece examines the First Amendment, among other journalistic issues.

Like the Politics Daily piece on the subject, HuffPost’s also defends Penn. The headline is: Leave Penn Sean Penn Alone.

Read Leiby’s story here.

Palmeri responded to FishbowlDC on Leiby’s piece:

She makes a valid point about the first amendment. After the incident I was shaken and that was the first thing that popped into my head and I misspoke. Looking at it now, I realize the point that I wanted to make was that it was indeed a fair question and how the flacks handled the situation was alarming. I was merely regurgitating Penn’s appalling words back to him, trying to get him to answer exactly what the fallout was after such a controversial statement.

Read the rest of Palmeri’s response after the jump…

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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

“Don’t you hate that when you’re in a big giggling, big pile of dudes and people try to make it into something gay?”
–HBO Host Bill Maher of “Real Time With Bill Maher” on his show this past weekend discussing the mess of ex-Rep. Eric Massa’s(D-N.Y.) tickle fight at his 50th birthday party.