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Jeff Flake and Donna Edwards to Speak at That Other Political Press Dinner

Connie Chung and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) rub elbows in a disgusting display of chummy, inside-the-beltway hob-knobbery.

Connie Chung and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) rub elbows in a disgusting display of chummy, inside-the-beltway hob-knobbery.

Did you know, there are actually TWO big dinners to go to in late winter/early spring where politicians and journalists mingle and laugh and eat and generally disgust the rest of the country with their chummy behavior? Well it’s true! There’s the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, which everyone knows about, and will be on May 3rd next year. And then there’s the Washington Press Club Foundation’s Congressional Dinner, which will be on February 5th.

You could be forgiven for forgetting about the WPCF’s dinner -last year the headline speakers were Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D -N.D.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). BOR-ING! But this year is different. This year they booked none other than…..

….oh, um…Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD). Dear me, that’s not very exciting either is it? What’s with this dinner, huh guys? Conan or Jimmy or Jimmy were busy? On the plus side, they did score CNN’s lovely Brianna Keilar as host for the evening.

In any event, at least it raises money for noble causes -giving young lady journalists and minority journalists internships in Washington news bureaus and also documenting oral histories of pioneering female journalists. That’s something to feel good about if you’re attending. Which is good, cuz with all those Congresspeople around you’re bound to feel a little bit sleazy…

CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more

CNN Announces Promotions in D.C. Bureau

CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist has announced that the network is promoting some of its Washington-based correspondents. Those impacted include Jessica Yellin, Brianna Keilar, Jim Acosta and Rene Marsh.

“With these changes, CNN’s Washington team of correspondents will be even better positioned to deliver on our core missions of breaking news and enterprise reporting,” said Feist in a morning release. “As CNN continues to grow its newsgathering capabilities, we are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of correspondents to move into these key roles.”

See the promotions…

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Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

Steamy Novel Mentions D.C. Journos

CNN Starting point calls it “The Fifty Shades of Grey of political novels,” which is definitely a stretch as it lacks any graphic sex scenes whatsoever unless you count sizing up the candidate’s package as graphic. Still, Domestic Affairs, by Bridget Siegel, a political consultant who has worked on local, state and national campaigns, is hard to put down as FishbowlDC quickly learned after finishing it in a few days.

In Siegel’s 2012 book, which releases in paperback on May 14, she mentions journalists by name including HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza,  then-Politico‘s Ben Smith and “Tara” from Page Six — i.e. Tara Palmeri, formerly of the Washington Examiner and currently of the New York Post. Also mentioned: Brianna, possibly CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Smith wasn’t aware of his presence in the book. “I was not!” he wrote. “But glad my immortality is assured.” When told that he was mentioned in a semi-racy novel, Stein asked, “Did my story on Ms. Greenley make the front page of Huffpost?”

Sadly, no. Smith was identified as the reporter who broke the fictitious news of the novel’s main character, Olivia Greenley, going to work as Georgia Gov. and Presidential hopeful Landon Taylor. Interestingly, Greenley has an affair with the very married candidate, as does the star in ABC’s “Scandal” — also named Olivia as in Olivia PopePolitico also gets a shout-out: “Sure, her mom didn’t know what Politico was, but her colleagues did. Ben Smith was reporting on her. Sam Stein and Chris Cillizza, too.”

Later in the book… Read more

Anonymous Sources for Valentine’s Day

In elementary school, it’s a common tradition for awkward children to pass out little “Power Rangers” and “Bratz” cards on Valentine’s Day to all of their classmates. The cards usually have messages like “You Rock! XOXO” and “Cool, Dude! XOXO”

This year, FishbowlDC would like to serve as a forum for something similar. We will take both anonymous and named Valentine’s to post here on Wednesday.

The messages should be heartfelt but simple. Try not to ramble. A few examples:

V-Day greetings can be sent to us using the anonymous tip box at the top right of the page or by personally emailing them to us at fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com, scarryFBDC@gmail.com or fishbowlpeter@gmail.com. Do include your name if you wish.

John King is Safe on CNN Survivor

CNN’s John King, long thought to be on the outs with the network after “John King USA” went belly up and personal issues marred internal relations, has had his contract renewed. In the game of CNN Survivor, under the new regime of President Jeff Zucker, King is safe.

Others  may not be as fortunate. Read more

Journos Turn Out for Karaoke

NBC News’ Ali Weinberg and Shawna Thomas were the biggest hits of the night last night at Karaoke in the Capital, an annual fundraising event at the Rock n’ Roll hotel in which journalists get on stage and sing. Many can actually carry a tune. Some horribly can’t, but it’s the cause, right? The event, hosted by The American Assoc. of Political Consultants, was billed as a “night of fun and bad singing.” All proceeds go to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

Here’s the rundown of participants and what they sang… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

“I’m an MSNBC fan, what do you call it, a junkie.”Itzhak Perlman this morning on “Morning Joe.”

How Roger Stone really feels about Dick Morris

“Dick Morris, pompous , insufferable and wrong. #namedropper #toesucker.” — GOP Political Consultant Roger Stone on GOP pollster Dick Morris.

Fonzi Fever

“#TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz!!!!! Coming up in just a few!!!!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji, on a pretty serious Henry Winkler binge this morning.

In His Dreams…

“November 6, please hurry. Presidential polls now entering my dreams (true story). Not saying who, but someone was up 20 (!) points.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Journo love

“Loved waking up to my girl @brikeilarcnn co-hosting @EarlyStartCNN this morning. All that beauty & brains made me forget I was at the gym.” — CNN Worldwide Dir. of Public Relations and former Fishbowl Editor Matt Dornic on his colleague, White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar.

Terrible memories

“Reminded this morning how surreal it was to be living in D.C. during the sniper attacks. An entire metro area on edge.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Steven Shepard. Today is the 10-year anniversary of the first D.C. sniper shooting.

Author plans to watch debate with horse

“I’m going to bring my dressage horse, Eric, into the house for the 1st debate. He’s hoping to catch a glimpse of Rafalca in the TV audience.” — author and avid Democrat Anne Lamott in a sarcastic Monday offering.

Money scribe sick of pre-debate spin

“Pre-debate spin may be the most useless and annoying of the many useless and annoying things the media-political complex creates.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Convo Between a Reporter and a Consultant

This morning’s conversation is between Politico’s Alexander Burns and GOP political consultant Roger Stone.

Stone: “Just saw Newt Gingrich on FOX–Andy Warhol Foundation wants their wig back.” Burns: “Look, he’s a well coiffed man.” Stone: “Better hair than… Calista [sic].”

 

 

Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS Part Deux

On Thursday, we began rolling out the results of our Summer Superlatives and today, you get to meet the rest of the winners. Thanks for voting.

Today’s results kicks off with the Best Dressed category. This cage match was between Politico’s Ken Vogel and Kate Nocerra, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, RCP’s Erin McPike, and CNN’s Kate Balduan. This contest wasn’t even close. While we had a feeling Capehart would be the clear winner, he was a very distant second to Kate Balduan! Congrats, Kate. Your prize is a $1 gift card to Fashion Bug!

Moving right along, we asked you to name Washington’s Best Writer. Your choices were The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, NJ’s Major Garrett, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Ashley Parker and Maureen Dowd, WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty, HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson, and Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins. This one was a close one to call. It was a two-man race between Garrett and Labash, but in the end, Major Garrett came through and was voted the winner. It should be noted that today is Garrett’s birthday.

Which Washington journo is Most In Need of a Salad? We asked you to choose between Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri and Jason Linkins, FNC’s Bob Beckel and Bret Baier, and author and former TWTer Rich Miniter. This was another category where it wasn’t even close. The FNC team of Bob Beckel and Bret Baier were the heavy favorites and waddled walked their way to an easy victory.

Next up, we had the category that saw more votes than any other, Sexiest. Your sultry selections were AP‘s Steve Peoples, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Real Housewives of D.C.’s sassy stylist Paul Wharton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NBC4′s Doug Kammerer and Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince. The winner by a slim, sexy (and consenting) majority was Brianna Keilar.

On the other side of the coin, we have Who is Most In Need of a Makeover? Your choices were CQ Roll Call (the entire publication), The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, TWT’s Stephen Dinan, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes and Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher. Once again, this was a two-man race between Christopher and Boyle. While Christopher just looks generally disheveled, the overall train wreck that is Matthew Boyle was voted the winner. Congrats, Matt. We hear that Paul Wharton may be available to help turn you into a beautiful swan.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Best On-Air Personality. The heavy-hitters on this list were ABC’s Jake Tapper, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Nancy Cordes, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson. At the end of the day, the experience of Schieffer couldn’t keep up with your winner, Jake Tapper!

Congratulations to all of our winners.

 

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