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Marion Barry Says Media Doesn’t Give Him Fair Shake

D.C. Councilman Marion Barry joined a skim 24 people at the Georgetown Ritz this afternoon for a lunch featuring Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt in her televised Q & A Cafe. Looking dapper in a gray suit, red and pink striped tie and shiny shoes, Barry’s smoothness oozed in his cool demeanor as he answered all of Joynt’s pointed questions and shied away from nothing.

In case you’re wondering, yes, she asked about the drugs, not crack specifically, but his addiction and his infamous line: “the bitch set me up.”  She brought up his marriage and his reported slur against Asian shopkeepers. She also inquired about a possible memoir that the 76-year-old pol may have in the works.

“It’s one chapter,” he said about the drug portion of his life. When she pushed him on it, he added, “Maybe two.”

While Barry and Joynt treated each other in what can be described as a polite, detached manner throughout the interview, things often grew heated.

The Drugs

Joynt really pressed him hard on whether anger is at the root of his addiction issues. “Addiction doesn’t have anything to do with anger, not for me,” Barry said, growing annoyed with her presumption. “It has to do with, we all want to feel good.” And with that he let out a big laugh.

Marriage

Asked if he’s married, Barry replied, “Technically, yes. Cora [Masters] and I are separated and anything else about that is personal.” He lives in a duplex. No pets.

The Media

Barry took more than a few jabs at the media. “Newspapers are supposed to report the news, not make the news,” Barry said. “Too many reporters are trying to make the front page.” Asked if Washington media gives him a fair shake, Barry replied, “No, and that’s wrong.” Joynt asked why. “That’s their nature,” he replied. After the interview, we pressed him further on his feelings about the media. He said emphatically, “I’m not down on anybody. The media is down on me.”

Asian Store Owner Slur

In April of this year, Barry apologized on Twitter for calling Asian businesses “dirty.” Asked about the alleged slur, he said, “I was quoted out of context.” Asked to explain himself, he reasoned, “I mixed up two ideas.” She asked if he had any Asians on his staff. No. Latinos? No. He said 90 percent of his staff is African American.

Barry’s thoughts on the election and which reporters showed up for lunch…

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Journo’s Press ID Causes Airport Headache

This week we ran a line saying that journalists may use their federally issued press passes to sail through security in airport lines. While that is true, it hasn’t all been a cake walk, at least not for WTOP’s “Man About Town” Bob Madigan, who was inconvenienced at Boston’s Logan Airport Thursday.

“Too bad everyone at TSA doesn’t know that,” Madigan wrote FishbowlDC this morning. “I have used mine at airports all over the country for years.  It hangs around my neck and is easier than taking my driver’s license out of my wallet.  Twice now in Boston at Logan (last month and yesterday) it has been challenged despite it filling the requirements of a government issued photo ID with an expiration date.  Each time several higher ups were called in.  In May after 15 minutes they relented.  Yesterday they would not accept it until I produced a corroborating picture ID.  Reluctantly I produced my DL which anyone can get with a utility bill as proof of eligibility.”

Madigan says he was delayed only 10 minutes. He said he wasn’t annoyed since TSA employees didn’t make things hellish for him. “They were exceedingly polite and of good humor,” he said.

Any other journos want to weigh in with their experiences on the matter? Write us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com.

 

Inappropriate Party Thoughts

Overheard at the British Embassy book party last night for former Chief of Protocol and Amb. of Hungary Nancy Brinker’s book, Promise Me, a heartfelt rendering about her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer: “Would it be wrong to smoke at a cancer party?”

A small group of journos attended the event including Roll Call‘s HOH duo Elizabeth Brotherton and Ali McSherry, Politico‘s Karin Tanabe (with whom Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood said he had a “cute” interview), WTOP’s Bob Madigan and The Hill‘s gossip scribe and Washington Scene Blogger Christina Wilkie. LaHood treated some reporters to candidly entertaining thoughts on a host of topics that included White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel‘s chances at becoming Chicago mayor and whether Republicans will take the House come November.  They were, however, off the record.

An unfortunate overabundance of tiger and zebra print attire infested the room. Laura Bush arrived late in a more calming but sophisticated fuchsia top and dark gray trousers.

No one was spotted smoking at the party – even outside in the misting rain on the exquisite patio facing beautiful gardens popping with flowers. The cigarette remark was not made by a journalist.

WTOP’s Madigan Receives Award, Says He Must Personally Vary Places he Goes

Bob Madigan 1.jpg WTOP’s “Man About Town” Bob Madigan was honored Sunday night at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel with the Duke Zeibert Capital Achievement Award. Think of it as a lifetime achievement award to the person who provides “dedication and leadership” to transforming Washington’s restaurant industry.

The event included a cocktail reception, dinner, dancing and delicious food stations. FOX 5′s Sue Palka was mistress of ceremonies. She kept things moving and cracked a few jokes along the way.

I caught up with Madigan this afternoon in a phone interview. He still sounded floored. “I can’t believe that I was given the award,” Madigan said. “That’s how I feel. I don’t consider myself to be in the same league as Phyllis Richmond or any of the other winners, especially an award named after Zeibert, who I know and have interviewed him several times. It’s humbling. It’s exciting from the point of view that people recognized that I love what I do and it also gives me [the ability] to shine a brighter light on what the restaurant and hospitality industries do.”

So where can people find Madigan in his free time? As in which restaurants does he prefer?

“Oh that’s a trap,” he said. “As man about town, I’m about town all the time. It depends. I’m most comfortable almost anywhere. Someplace where I can go and be with friends and laugh and have a good time – that encompasses a lot of restaurants.”

He admits he must avoid going to any one place too often.
“I have to be careful,” he said. “If I go to the same place too many times people will see me as endorsement.” He joked, “I don’t have many journalistic ethics, but that’s one.”

Ok, so come on. Name names. Madigan replied: “Equinox, Bourbon Steak, Rasika, Cafe Atlantico, Oyamel, Ping Pong, and Ben’s Chili Bowl Next Door.” He said of Ben’s Chili Bowl’s spinoff, “My cardiologist doesn’t like that.”

More Madigan pictures after the jump…

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WTOP: Self-Proclaimed “Lazy Asses” (With Good Hearts)

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This has to make for awkward office dynamics.

WTOP’s morning drive team today wore pajamas to work. And this Saturday when thousands show up on the mall for the Susan G. Komen Global Race for the Cure, most of TEAM WTOP will be sleeping in. Today was a dress rehearsal as the station had listeners vote for the best pajamas while encouraging them to contribute online to fight breast cancer. This is the second consecutive year that WTOP has worn pajamas to work for the cause.

WTOP’s Bob Madigan is the long-time “STARTER” for the actual race. “He’ll be out there Saturday morning starting the race and doing live hits with us,” WTOP News Director Mike McMearty told FishbowlDC. “We’ll also have a reporter out there covering the race.

“In true radio form… we’re lazy asses and will be sleeping in. We’re representing lazy butts… but, last year we were in the top ten in team fundraising.”

NewsBabes Paint Georgetown Pink!

Just what every good cause needs… babes.

Lindsay Czarniak, Angie Goff, Pamela Brown, Laura Evans, Brianna Keilar, Alison Starling, Rebecca Cooper, Cynne Simpson, Mike Conneen and Elizabeth Manresa were just some of the NewsBabes out last night to support breast cancer research.

According to Goff’s blog, over 500 people turned out for the 2nd annual Newsbabes Bash for Breast Cancer at the Ritz-Carlton Georgetown. Susan G. Komen for the Cure founder Ambassador Nancy Brinker and DC’s First Lady Michelle Fenty co-hosted and made remarks at the event.

Also sporting pink: WTOP’s Bob Madigan, Biz Journal’s Jen Conner, On Tap Magazine’s Ashley Estill, Politico‘s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy and NBC’s Luke Russert- in a cotton candy jacket and matching tie. And where there are babes, there is Andy Baldwin who would never miss such an event!

Mix 107.3 was broadcast live from the Ritz by Tommy McFly– watch him turn the mic on these news babes here.

The Two Funniest Journos in Washington Are…

web.jpg What passes for funny amongst journalists? Nipples. The word f–k. Ann Coulter’s boobs. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) being the hue of burnt sienna. And the National Press Club turning the Edward R. Murrow room into an RNC bondage bar.

Journalists performing stand-up in the National Press Club ballroom for the Commedia del Media charity journo comedy competition Thursday night did imitations of British accented broadcasters and one wondered why CNN didn’t allow one of its own to participate in the competition. Few knew that Sue Bennett, a producer for HBO “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was in the audience scouting the talent. NBC, CBS and FOX were also there filming the performances.

Commedia del Media raises money for charities such as Reporters Without Borders. Of the seven competing journalists, two tied for first place: Former CNN scribe and Miltary.com’s Jamie McIntyre and FOX Business Network correspondent Rich Edson. Judges voted for McIntyre, but the decibel machine revealed that McIntyre and Edson tied at 105.6 decibels.

Edson performed well-practiced impressions of British broadcasters and a raspy-voiced Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). Though he said he was nervous, many thought his delivery was near-perfect.

McIntyre tweaked CNN, saying, “They told me one of those cameras is for the Fox News Channel. I’m not used to having so many people watching.” He also razzed cable news broadly. “I like to call it news whiz,” he said, comparing it to the cheese. “It’s a simulated news-like product. You could use it for news if you didn’t have any real news.”

McIntyre spilled that a CNN reporter was to perform stand-up last night, but cracked that the event wasn’t serious enough for the network. He said most networks are “thin-skinned” and prone to “hurt feelings.”

Though he never named the journalist who was to perform Thursday night, FishbowlDC learned that the would-be comedian was Capitol Hill correspondent Brianna Keilar. Keilar dropped out a few weeks ago with the CNN Speakers Bureau declaring her unavailable for the evening. Sources say she had wanted to perform.

McIntyre, the former CNN Pentagon scribe, blamed himself for the correspondent dropping out. He said in 2006 he competed in a Funniest Journalist on the Planet contest in Manhattan in which he took comedic jabs at then-CNN host Lou Dobbs. At the time, CNN was none too pleased, McIntyre said, and a network higher-up phoned to scold him as he drove home to Washington.

Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn was among the event’s three judges. A tough judge, he was. “Actually I don’t like comedy at all,” he said before the routines began. “It takes me a lot to laugh. I do think [RNC Chairman] Michael Steele is really funny. He is my favorite comedian. He cracks me up. He kills.”

Former Time reporter Matt Cooper was emcee for the evening. Before the event, he paced and paced, carefully studying his notes. Cooper, whose cadence resembles that of an actual comedian, spoke of horrible crowds in the Metro, saying, “I’m like, ‘Get off the f–king Metro people.’ Let me be depressed by myself.” He also took a stab at (or else, complimented) Politico saying, “As you know, this extraordinary nuclear agreement was signed. …Later they said the world still needed to come together to fight the global threat of Politico for world domination.”

He remarked on his figure, saying, “I’ve tried to lose some weight. I’ve gone from f–king fat to fat.”

Cooper imitated former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) asking aide Andrew Young to pretend Rielle Hunter’s baby was his. “I’m going to owe you a solid when this is over,” he said in an Edwards drawl. …And I think your wife is going to understand more than you think.”

Aside from McIntyre and Edson, other performers included WaPo’s Melissa Bell (who spoke of men in India pinching women’s nipples as a sign of affection), former NPR reporter Jamila Bey, Politics Daily’s Walter Shapiro, McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef and Department of Transportation public relations officer Doug Hecox.

Hecox on the census: “I’m just waiting for John Boehner where he checks the box orange. The story is not that he’s orange, it’s that he’s really burnt sienna.”

He brought up Coulter’s jugs, saying that he’s going to dress up as President Ann Coulter for Halloween, his favorite holiday. But, he said, he feared that his breasts would be too large. “I’m not saying she’s flat chested,” he said. “I’m saying they both lean too far to the right.”

Shapiro recalled watching 60 hours of cable TV for a story. “It was interesting watching the two IQ points slough off my dandruff,” he said.

Youssef described herself as “Muslimish.” She said, “I drink, I fornicate, but I don’t eat pork.”

The evening closed with Sylvia Traymore, whose imitations included The View’s Whoopie Goldberg, actress Monique, and singer Dionne Warwick. Largely with her back turned to the audience, she stripped off her long-sleeved shirt to reveal a sleeveless top to become First Lady Michelle Obama with well-sculpted arms. She then began furiously brushing her hair into an Obama coiffe. Then she turned and pursed her lips, depicting a typical FLOTUS facial expression (see picture after the jump).

Christina Davidson, the event’s organizer, took to the stage to congratulate the winners and lobby for next year’s journo comedians. “If you have the balls for this, talk to me,” she said.

Journalists in attendance included Politics Daily’s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger, her husband, WaPo education reporter Bill Turque, Politics Daily’s Editor Carl Cannon, NYT’s James Risen, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, The Hill’s Susan Crabtree, WTOP’s Bob Madigan and travel writer Carl Hoffman (boyfriend to WaPo’s Bell).

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Emcee Matt Cooper keeps audience laughing between performances.

All photographs by Shauna Miller. More after the jump…

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Happy 40th WTOP!


Syndicated columnist and broadcaster Cal Thomas, WRC-TV and WAMU-FM reporter Tom Sherwood and WTOP investigative reporter Mark Seagraves. Photo from R&R.

WTOP celebrated a 40th anniversary Tuesday with a party at the Newseum. It’s the top-rated radio station in the DC market.

In attendance: WTOP’s Mike McMearty, Mike Gartell, CBS Radio’s Harvey Nagler, Jim Bohannon, Dave McConnell, NPR’s Ann Taylor, and Bob Madigan, who served as the evening’s emcee.

The guest list wasn’t as star-studded with DC media types as WTOP as planned. R&R reports: “The President had the audacity to call a news conference tonight,” said a top network news executive who was only half joking.

DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, who declared Tuesday “WTOP Day” also made an appearance.

Bob Madigan: The FishbowlDC Interview

MadiganFinal.jpgSay hello to WTOP’s Bob Madigan.

What word do you routinely misspell? seperate (there I go again)

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? vibrate

What time did you get up this morning? 8 am

When did you last cry and why? a few days ago, grief

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 200 and most are NOT spam

What’s your favorite letter? S

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katherine Lewis, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris, James Pindell, Linda Kramer, Reid Wilson, Jay Newton-Small, Dan Steinberg Susan Ferrechio, Matt Labash, Gene Weingarten, Ron Allen, Kimberly Dozier, Perry Bacon, Jim Mills, Erin Hartigan, Lindsay Applebaum)

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