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What’s Dana Tweeting?

It’s time again to check in on Fox News’s Dana Perino to find out what she’s tweeting about. Her Twitter feed can range from insane to more insane, so we like to keep tabs on her to get the latest from Looneyville. When we last left Dana, she was tweeting about her VERY expensive sparkly backpack. Fortunately, she has moved on to much less annoying topics. Just kidding, she’s still tweeting silly shit about her bag.

You know what’s distracting, Dana? YOUR $425 BACKPACK! Considering it’s the time of year where college grads get words of wisdom thrown at them from all angles when they graduate, Dana offers her own bit of advice.

So, there’s some safe, generic advice from a very successful lady who knows how to succeed. Now if only she could get Bob Beckel to heed that advice or snatch that bag off her shoulder. Besides, we think it’d look far better on Beckel.

FishbowlDC Interview with Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis

Say hello to The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis. He is a senior contributor for The Daily Caller. He is also editor of ‘The Quotable Rogue: The Ideals of Sarah Palin In Her Own Words.’ More often than not, you can find the unquestionably friendly reporter with dimples on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz on Sunday. His colleagues find him “helpful and knowledgeable” around the office. We asked his boss, Tucker Carlson, what kind of human being Lewis is. He replied, “Matt is a great guy: low-key, hard working, relentless honest and decent.” Previously, Matt was a columnist for the now defunct Politics Daily, and before that, he was a blogger for Matt grew up in Frederick County, Md., and graduated from Shepherd College (now University) in Shepherdstown, WV. Like any blogger, he can fall prey to the occasional bad mood. “If you’re a blogger, your mood is contingent on whether you have written anything good lately,” he tells me in a phone conversation this afternoon. “If too much time elapses and I haven’t written anything I’m proud of, I start to get a little testy, which is totally not good.” He does see his glass half full: “Any day as a writer beats working at a fast food restaurant.” This is a fate he escaped narrowly just after college when he worked briefly at a Roy Rogers in Frederick, Md. He was earning $30,000 a year in  management program. “I was utterly miserable doing it,” he said. “I ended up quitting. I’ve come to learn, whether it s a relationship or a job, you usually know within the first day whether or not it’s going to work. It took me a couple of months to figure it out, but I finally did pull the plug on that.” Moving on to other topics, I wondered about Lewis’s thoughts on the hoodie. “I actually like hoodies and I wear them all the time,” he said. “I was going to tape an episode of bloggingheads the other night. I literally had to take off a hoodie and put on another shirt because I was afraid people were going to think I was mocking it. They’re very comfortable. It’s a brilliant invention.” Lewis wasn’t always a reporter. He started off doing campaigns. He initially thought his calling was to be a political operative. In 1998 he managed a campaign for a male candidate running for the Maryland State Senate. He became the youngest and the first Hispanic Republican ever elected to the Maryland State Senate. “That’s the part I love, the passion, the romance of being a kind of revolution and beating the machine,” he said. But the more entrenched he got into politics, he began to see that at the professional level “they suck the excitement out of it. You know the type…the douchebag type,” he said, explaining that he started his own blog in 2004 and began writing for Human Events. His first paying writing job was for, where he worked for two years. “It took me an evolution to find myself and find my calling.”

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? Too personal. Next question.

How often do you Google yourself? I Googled myself twice while answering these questions. But this is because I am paranoid and needy – not because I’m narcissistic – there’s a difference.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? I’ve found it’s best not to directly confront editors. Instead, it’s best to sneak into their offices and move things around on their desks until they slowly go insane.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Kirsten Powers has been doing terrific work of late. Her columns on important issues like sex trafficking and liberal hypocrisy regarding misogyny have been both eloquent and heroic.

Do you have a favorite word? Milieu.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Salon’s Joan Walsh, WaPo’s Ezra Klein or Maureen Dowd. Tell us why. Maureen Dowd. She can be funny. She has a flirty quality about her that’s utterly likeable. And I’m willing to bet that, off the clock at least, she’s capable of dropping the partisan BS for an evening. (Call me, MoDo!)

What’s your funniest TV blooper moment? Fortunately, most of my bloopers have occurred off camera. But I once narrowly averted appearing on NBC’s “Today” show as a medical expert (when an intern escorted me from the MSNBC green room to the wrong set).

What swear word do you use most often? Without a doubt, the f-bomb. But now that I have a little boy, my wife is trying to break me of that f-ing habit.

Now for a really serious moment: What is your dream job, money and practicalities aside? I’ve always wanted to pretend to be an architect.

When you pig out what do you eat? Dark chocolate.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. Two words: Sweater vest. Or else… I do have a pair of cowboy boots I got in Austin that I’m pretty proud of. (Pictured here.)

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney? Kourtney.

Have you ever had a tarot card reading? Never.

Have you ever had a near-death experience? I’ve had several close calls: There was the time I caught a gas can on fire. There was the other time when I was riding my lawn mower up a steep hill (with the blade engaged) and it popped a wheelie. And there was the time the lifeguards had to pull me out of the water at Ocean City, Md.

Find out Lewis’s relation to the always suave “Uncle Rico” after the jump…

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What’s Dana Tweeting?

It’s time again to bring you up to speed on the tweets of Fox’s Dana Perino! Today, we start on a sad note. Dana tweets news that she had to say farewell to her furry friend. On her dog, Henry, Dana says,  “Said good-bye today to #HenryVizsla. He had a wonderful 14 yrs & gave twice as much love as he got. RIP, dear Henry.” She posted the photograph of Henry pictured here.

Our hearts go out to Dana on the loss of her pet. Having a big, hairy, dumb friend to lean on each night after a tough day is priceless. Luckily, Dana still has Bob Beckel to hang out with on The Five. Of course, life goes on. So, Dana forged ahead and joined the very British Stuart Varney from the Fox Business Channel.

Here’s some unsolicited advice, Dana. Every time you do your British accent in front of Varney, he goes to his British friends to tell them what an AWFUL British accent you have. I promise you. So, maybe lay off the comedy bits.

So far, Dana doesn’t disappoint. Stay turned for future editions of “What’s Dana Tweeting?” In the meantime, if there’s someone you’d like us to feature, let us know about it at

What’s Dana Tweeting?

While we will still check in with our popular feature, “What’s Roland Tweeting?”, we are widening our scope to see what others might be tweeting. We’ve monitored several journos to see who might produce a Twitter feed that can even compare to the crazed magnitude of CNN’s Roland Martin and we may have found our winner: Dana Perino. Perino, who used to be best known as former Press Secretary for Pres. George W. Bush, can now be seen as 1/5 of “The Five” on FNC. Each night she mixes it up with the likes of Bob Beckel as she plays for the Conservative Team. On Twitter, Perino goes all over the map. Which is where we find her today. Dana is traveling and doesn’t like the hotel where she’s staying. The conditions are positively terrifying. Just listen to this horror show.

Dana “Too Much Cappuccino” Perino has high standards, people. Get her some clean water for her tea. This isn’t the Sudan, for chrissakes! Clean water does exist. Perino then realizes that she may have missed her calling. The high flying world of politics and punditry is about to be left behind…

Morning Reading List, 07.30.08

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Morning Reading List, 10.04.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Trader Joes edged out Whole Foods as the grocery store du jour.

  • An NBC release announced, “As the competitive gap between ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ and ABC ‘World News’ continues to narrow, ‘Nightly News’ became the most-watched network evening newscast during the week of September 24-28, 2007.”

  • NBC also announced that Brian Williams “will moderate a debate among the Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday, Oct. 30, 9-11 p.m. ET, live on MSNBC from Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa. This is one of six DNC-sanctioned debates this fall; it is the second debate moderated by Williams. The debate will also stream live on and re-broadcast on Telemundo
    in Spanish.”

  • An ABC release announced, “In an election season tradition, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ will feature a special series — ‘Who Is?’ –- that explores the rarely seen private side of the presidential contenders. Through in-depth interviews with the candidates, anchor Charles Gibson goes beyond their standard stump speech to explore their backgrounds, the intimate details of their lives, and the events that have brought them to this point in their political careers. The series debuts on Thursday, October 4 with Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, and continues weekly through December on ‘World News’ and its webcast.”

  • announced it is launching a local blog directory “that makes DC-area blogs more accessible to our readers. The directory will include a searchable database and a dynamically updated list featuring fresh posts. It will also have a section of editor’s top picks, recently added blogs, and resources for bloggers such as legal tips and ways to avoid spam.”

  • AP reports, “The Federal Communications Commission is doing a swell job communicating with lobbyists, but with the public? Not so good, according to a government report.”

  • TVNewser reports, “Former White House Press Secretary, and FNC host Tony Snow makes his first visit to the Late Show with David Letterman” tonight.

  • The Hill reports, “Juan Williams, the liberal-leaning pundit of Fox News and NPR, is not a happy camper these days — the word ‘happy’ being the source of his ire.”

  • The Free Radio Alliance is sponsoring Free Radio Across America Day with a picnic on Capitol Hill to mark the official launch of the alliance on October 10 from 12-2.

  • The Gate presents the “first-ever Most Presidential Laughter From A Woman Contest!”

  • Huffington Post’s Eric Kuhn interviewed Cal Thomas about his latest book he wrote with Bob Beckel, Common Gourd.

  • Reuters reports, “Aspiring writers were on Monday challenged by two publishing groups to prove their readership appeal online to win a coveted publishing deal. The Penguin Group said it was teaming up with and Hewlett-Packard to launch an international writing contest that aimed to search for the next great novel with the winner to be published by Penguin.”

  • has “Twelve things journalists can do to save journalism”

  • The Nation reports, “The ongoing fallout over Bill O’Reilly’s recent racial comments is stoking tensions between Fox News and NPR.”

  • Media Biz reports, “For shareholders of big media companies, 2007 has so far been one to forget. All of the major media conglomerates have trailed the market. News Corp. (NWS) has been the best performer, gaining 5 percent. Shares of CBS (CBS) and Walt Disney (DIS) are relatively flat, up only 1 percent and 2.3 percent respectively. CBS’ former corporate sibling Viacom’s (VIAB) stock has fallen 5 percent this year. And then there’s my parent company Time Warner (TWX). It’s stock has plunged more than 15 percent in 2007.”

  • reports, “The nation’s 100 Leading Media Companies over the past year concocted more than a dozen major mergers, acquisitions and spinoffs with a total value topping $85 billion.”

  • reports, “In spite of that frosty reception, the Huffington Post has emerged as the fifth most popular blog on the web, according to Technorati, the internet tracker. The blog claims to attract 3.5m unique users a month.”

  • Los Angeles Times reports, “Yahoo plans to unveil a revamped search engine that it says delivers faster, more relevant and engaging results than market leader Google, which handles more than half of the Web’s search requests.”

  • New York Times reports, “As if we needed any more evidence that the bubble is back in Silicon Valley, technology media company IDG plans to revive that hallmark publication of the era, the Industry Standard.”

  • Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe writes, “Newcomers Make Waves at”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “After two decades of cutbacks in international bureaus, ABC News is bucking the trend by creating one-person operations that will dramatically boost its coverage in Africa, India and elsewhere.”

  • New York Post reports, “American Media’s long nightmare may finally be over. The publisher of Star and The National Enquirer yesterday released its quarterly earnings report for the period ending June 30, 2007 – which the company said brings its fiscal reporting requirements to the SEC up to date for the first time in 20 months.”

  • Poynter Online’s Amy Gahran tells us, “What’s Coming Next in Contributed Content.”

  • Reuters reports, “Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Business Network says everyone has the right to strike it rich in America and it aims to show even the smallest investor how to do it. Seeking to dislodge incumbent business cable channels CNBC and Bloomberg Television, Fox Business said its rivals deliver financial news in a language understood only by the experts on Wall Street.”

  • USAToday reports, “The Web has an unlikely new rival when it comes to ‘interactive’ advertising: magazine pages.”

  • The International Center for Journalists announced the 2007 participants in the International Journalism Exchange. “The leading editors from 12 countries, including Zimbabwe, will spend time at U.S. publications such as the Los Angeles Times, the Houston Chronicle, Science magazine, and The Detroit News, among others.”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman reports, “‘People tell me that my biggest character flaw is that I’m a Pollyanna,’ the general manager of the New York Times’ Web site,, told me. However, she couldn’t help but frown when pondering the reaction to the recent decision to kill the TimesSelect program.”

  • announced the launch of “360° Daily Angle,” “a joint video blog with NYC TV, the largest source of original programming about New York City lifestyle, culture, entertainment and history, and the official television network of the City of New York.”

  • The Atlantic announced in a release, “This November, The Atlantic will celebrate 15 decades in publishing.” Yesterday, the 150th anniversary issue was released online (subscription required). The magazine will be available on newsstands October 16.

  • Eric Boehlert writes, “For years, journalist Juan Williams has straddled the divide between two unique media worlds; the thoughtful and erudite journalism of National Public Radio (NPR), where Williams serves as an analyst, and the rowdy hothouse at Fox News, where Williams works as a contributor. Most of the time, the two worlds don’t collide. But recently they did, and NPR has the bruises to show for it.”

  • NewsBusters reports, “Frank Luntz Slams GOP Front-Runners, But NPR Omits His Tavis Ties”


  • No-Va Living Magazine is looking for a Film, Book and Media Writer and a Pet Columnist.

  • National Geographic is looking for a Editor, Copy.

  • National Geographic is looking for a Senior Producer — Web Content

  • National Consumer Magazine is looking for a Sales Representative for D.C., Philly, Baltimore

  • U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom is looking for a Communications Specialist.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for an A-1 reporter.

  • Global Security Newswire is looking for a staff writer.

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