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The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ Celebration

20140729_193245Last night at Poste, The Hill celebrated its annual “50 Most Beautiful“ list, a nod to this town’s most beautiful – or not – members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, and other Capitol Hill/executive branch employees.

Many of the 50 selected were in attendance, although the five Representatives and two Senators who made the list were not. Either was White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Or FOX News’ Bret Baier or CNN’s S.E. Cupp. But CBS News’ Nancy Cordes and NBC News’ Kristen Welker were there.

Guests who entered through Poste’s entrance (and not Hotel Monaco) first stumbled upon a step and repeat for anyone but mostly those who made the list. The gathering took place on Poste’s outdoor patio amid perfect weather and included remarks from the recently announced new Hill editor in chief Bob Cusack. Guests noshed on shrimp cocktail, gourmet sandwiches, and passed hors d’oeuvre and enjoyed an open bar that seemed to reopen several times.

Conversation was comical. Especially if you stood near strangers and wrote down the laughable things you could hear them say. And with that brings us “The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful Celebration.” Read more

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Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 7.29.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

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The Hill’s Bob Cusack Named Editor in Chief

The Hill today announced that Bob Cusack has been named editor in chief. He’s served as managing editor of the paper since 2004.

Cusack’s promotion came with several other announcements, including the departure of Hugo Gurdon who’s heading to The Examiner. Hill news editor Ian Swanson will replace Cusack as managing editor, and business and lobbying editor Dustin Weaver will fill Swanson’s role. POLITICO’s Scott Wong will now serve as a senior staff writer for The Hill. 

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At 9:04 am, The Hill tweeted the announcement (to the right), and funny enough, misspelled his name (thank you Fishbowl reader for the screen grab!).

The tweet has since been deleted and a new tweet issued, spelling corrected (below).

For more on the promotions and hires, including those on the business end, click on over to The Hill.

Chuck Todd Loves Musicals

Chuck Todd sat for a Q&A with The Hill‘s Bob Cusack today. Apparently the NBC politics chief and former French horn player has a thing for the theatre:

I love musicals and show tunes. As a high school and college French horn player, my favorite gigs were playing in pit orchestras for musicals and learning the words to every song in the show. To this day, I think, with just a rehearsal, I could sing the lead (probably not well) to “Brigadoon.”

 

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Cusack’s Plays Get Noticed

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Watch out Hollywood. The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack is on the move and has received honors for two plays he wrote. “The Promise” won second place in the World Series of Screenwriting in the action/adventure category. The play has also been named one of eight finalists in a screenplay contest run by the All Sports L.A. Film Festival. The winner of the contest will be named an at awards ceremony in North Hollywood in November.

“The Promise” is about the man behind the greatest sports upsets of all time and a reporter who helps him in his spiritual quest for one last championship.

According to Pat Battistini of the All Sports LA Film Fest, they received an overwhelming amount of films and scripts. “The Promise has advanced to our ‘Elite Eight,’” Battistini explained in an email. “We will be announcing the ‘Final Four’ and winner at our Awards Ceremony on Monday, November 11 at 6pm at the El Portal Theater in North Hollywood.”

Another play Cusack wrote, “Safe and Effective,” which is about a political conspiracy to conceal a cure for cancer, has been named a quarterfinalist in the “Just Effing Entertain Me” screenplay contest.

Cusack, with his silver streaked locks, is something of a thespian and has appeared in episodes of the HBO series “Veep.”

Light Drug Use – Why the Hell Not?

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Tea Partiers, you may want to shield yourselves for this one.

The National Press Club hosted a special screening last night of the new doc highlighting the failures of the 40-year global war on drugs called, “Breaking the Taboo.” After the film, they had a panel discussion featuring five prominent drug policy experts and a Q&A with the audience. The event was monitored by Bob Cusack, managing editor of The Hill. Members of the panel included Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), A.T. Wall, director of the Rhode Island Dept. of Corrections, Ethan Nadelmann, exec. director of the Drug Policy Alliance and Naya Arbiter of the Amity Foundation.

Which former presidents support the end of the war on drugs and what did FishbowlDC ask Sir Richard? Jump to find out.

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Cusack To Appear On HBO’s Veep

Bob-CusackWhile most of Washington, D.C. knows Bob Cusack as the managing editor of The Hill, fans of the HBO show Veep will get to know him next year when he makes an appearance in a speaking role. Not that acting is anything new to Cusack. According to The Hill’s Judy Kurtz, he’s appeared in “more than 30 TV shows, commercials and films.” You may remember that he was recently an extra in Game Change.

We reached out to Cusack, who told us, “”It was a bit surreal and one of the best days I’ve ever had on Planet Earth. Hanging out with the cast was very cool.” Cusack wasn’t able to reveal his role, but he told Kurtz that he “doesn’t play himself or a journalist in the critically acclaimed show.”

Congratch to Bob “Hollywood” Cusack. With any luck, we’ll see him on the Emmy stage this time next year. Hopefully next to a Kardashian.

Morning Chatter

“My dog suddenly developed a thunderstorm terror look.” — WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle late Thursday afternoon.

A not so cordial conversation among journalists

The conversationalists are FNC Contributor Richard Grenell, CNN’s Jim Sciutto, NYT’s Brian Stelter and NPR’s David Folkenflik.

Grenell: “Attention media critics: CNN didn’t disclose @jimsciuttoCNN’s relationship with Obama foreign policy team before his report @davidfolkenflik”

Grenell: “We know @brianstelter won’t raise CNN’s no disclosure on @jimsciuttoCNN because he wants the @CNNReliable job.”

Stelter: “I’ve been abstaining from writing stories about CNN, Fox and MSNBC for 2+ months.”

Sciutto: “@RichardGrenell I’d ask you to watch my reporting before you question whether I do real journalism. I’ll let my record stand for itself.”

Folkenflik: “@RichardGrenell Jim strikes me as good reporter but reasonable to expect disclosures to remind viewers at his new network so they know.”

Grenell: “@davidfolkenflik reasonable? Obama foreign policy appointee is now lead for CNN on Obama’s Syria policy. may work in DC, public outraged!”

Editor survives city storm

“I just walked 3 blocks in this massive storm. I had an umbrella. It didn’t matter.” — Bob Cusack, The Hill‘s Managing Editor. C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art replied, “Two possibilities: A) It’s a really bad storm -or- B) The umbrella didn’t come with written instructions.”

Pleasant surprises

“I have to say with pride that I never thought I would see the day @metroweekly would become a full-glossy publication. Today is that day.” — Metro Weekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:31 a.m.

Journalism as a bloodsport

“It’s priceless that @CGasparino took the time to favorite his own tweet telling me to ‘go choke to death on [my] on vomit.’” — Senior writer for Slate Josh Voorhees. Charles Gasparino is a senior correspondent for FOX Business Network.

Wake-up call

“Having a dream that you’re bathing your dying grandmother (who’s already dead) sure will wake you up better than any alarm clock.” — Ariana Pekary, who has worked as a producer for The Bob Edwards Show.

Congrats (or something like that) 

“Huge congrats to X on job Y even though I never liked X and Y is a really awful place to work.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Morning Chatter

Trevon vs. Trayvon

“Noon to12:15 for the next 40 days I will give 15 min a day in silence asking Creator how I can honor Trevon since the courts did not.” — motivational author Iyanla Vanzant, who, with her heart likely in the best of places, spelled Trayvon Martin‘s name incorrectly in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

And a question… “Wonder if they got Zimmerman out of USA? Transit hotel in Moscow airport?” — Matt Drudge.

Editor recalls strange liverwurst phase

“A 19-yr-old is about to win a PGA Tour event. When I was 19, I liked liverwurst sandwiches.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Weekend working habits…

“You know you’re getting old when you’re up late on a Saturday night not partying but working — and still awake by 8am. #morecoffee” — Managing Editor, HuffPost Blog, Erin Ruberry.

The Observer

“For all the RW blogs who have set up their sites to be a bastion of racist reader comments, Zimmerman verdict has been a real home run.” — Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert.

Convo Between Two Journos: Politico‘s Thrush gets thrashed by FNC Contributor  

This morning’s conversation is between Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush and FNC media critic Richard Grenell. There’s no real explanation why Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s name was added to both Thrush’s and Grenell’s tweets. VandeHei hasn’t tweeted since May 1.

THRUSH: “Me: Any violence in FL? Wife: U mean any kids shot for holding a candy bar? @JimVandeHei”

GRENELL: “Unbiased ‘reporter’ from Politico>”

THRUSH: “Explain the bias to me.”

GRENELL: “Oh God. This is a bigger problem than I thought.”

GRENELL: “Self defense, broken nose, MMA style beating, jury decision after evidence, your race baiting & idiotic tweet.”

THRUSH: “Gonna splain this nice and slow. I assumed there had been a race riot. Wife offered ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE. Crazy, right?”

GRENELL: “We now see why Politico is a lapdog for Obama @ the WhiteHouse. GZ got his nose broke, jury acquitted him. You pander to left. … so ‘another explanation’ from you is to tweet an idiotic statement that panders to race rioters? #Journalism @JimVandeHei”

Deep thoughts with BuzzFeed reporter

“We need to have a national conversation on calls for national conversations.” – BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

Dr. Russert weighs in

“Well that’s just great for heart disease patients.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in reaction to a new study that says that fish oils may increase risk of prostate cancer. See here.

Is “The Newsroom” realistic?

“.@HBO Only in The #Newsroom… can people talk that way at work and not get their ass kicked.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in reaction to last night’s season premiere of “The Newsroom.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:42 a.m.

Reporter’s story bounced from A1

“‘In Ocean City, up in arms over drooping pants.’ My Sunday A1 (which got bounced to A20, because…news happens).” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac. Read the story here.

Pool Party Chatter… Over the weekend politicos and journos convened for a pool/birthday party in northwest Washington. Guests were thrown in the pool when they least expected it. Conversation topics included the Kurt Bardella chapter of Leibo’s This Town, whether Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer should get elected (the overall thought amid various groans was “no”) and how KTVU-TV could have possibly screwed up those Asiana Airline pilot names. The favorite name among partygoers was: “Sum Ting Wong.” A strong second: “Wi Tu Lo.” There was also a conversational party game: Would you sleep with SO and SO? Partygoers, gay and straight, weighed in. This being Washington, names like House Speaker John Boehner and House Maj. Eric Cantor were among the choices. Most said yes to Boehner, with one male guest reasoning that he’s the”Marlboro Man.” Cantor was generally a yes, just so long as he doesn’t speak.

Photoshop expertise by Austin Price. We sincerely hope Thrush’s body is better attached to his body than the above.

 

 

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