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Now or Never: Dramatic Name for a Dumb Debate

Well, the last debate of the Mayoral campaign is over, and what have we learned?

1.) WUSA’s Bruce Johnson was woefully unprepared for the abject barbarism and lack of manners that awaited him.
2.) Jack Evans is the “white” candidate in the race.
3.) Vince Gray is, in fact, a living thing.
4.) How many people you have managed/ how big an organization you have run is the only criteria that really matters for being Mayor. That, and whether or not you have an elaborate shadow campaign to support you.

Check out the whole minute by minute recap below!

WUSA 9′s “Now or Never” DC Mayoral Democratic Primary Debate, 7 – 8 PM

7:06 – Wells announces “endorsement swell.” Lots of endorsements recently. This will win the race for him, absolutely. Evans notes that he won the only endorsement that actually matters: His mommy. No, actually, it was The Northwest Current. Actually, neither of those endorsements matter.

7:08 – Gray: Shuttup Bruce! I did nothing with Jeff Thompson in that room! Stop talking about the room!

7:10 – Wells: This whole shadow campaign scandal has cost DC $1 billion, according to me!

7:12 – Evans: “You don’t get to interrupt me, Muriel!” Also, Vince gray looks dead, literally dead.

7:13 –  Bruce Johnson has officially lost control of this debate. Evans is yelling at Muriel and Tommy that they’re not qualified to be Mayor. Wells is sputtering something about charter schools. Lots of shouting…

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FBDC Tweeterboard: Local Broadcast News

Earlier this month we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications and Washington-based national anchors. Now it’s time to turn our attention to local broadcasters. FishbowlDC tallied the Twitter followers of DC’s TV and radio stations, as well as those of the top on-air talent. Here’s what we found:

Top 10 Local Television and Radio Stations

1. NBC 4 (WRC)  - 68,947
2. CBS 9 (WUSA) - 52,733
3. WTOP 103.5 FM  - 51,723
4. ABC 7 (WJLA) - 46,702
5. Fox 5 (WTTG) – 32,080
6. WAMU 88.5 FM – 10,630
7. WFED 1500 AM – 9,629
8. PBS 26 (WETA) – 4,666
9. Univision 14 (WFDC) – 3,160
10. NewsChannel 8* – 2,466

Top 15 Local Broadcast Personalities

1. Angie Goff (NBC 4) – 25,576
2. Nikki Burdine (CBS 9) – 21,108
3. Britt McHenry (ABC 7) – 18,342
4. Doug Kammerer (NBC 4) – 16,936
5. Bruce Johnson (CBS 9) – 13,554
6. Shomari Stone (NBC 4) – 10,961
7. Julie Wright (Fox 5) – 10,789
8. Danella Sealock (NBC 4/WPGC) – 9,010
9. Tom Sherwood (NBC 4/WAMU) – 8,859
10. Russ Ptacek (CBS 9) – 8,811
11. Eun Yang (NBC 4) – 8,561
12. Jacqui Jeras (ABC 7) – 8,129
13. Jim Handly  (NBC 4) – 7,744
14. Chuck Bell (NBC 4) – 6,906
15. Jim Vance (NBC 4) – 6,747

The takeaway: NBC 4 is the most socially engaged of the local stations overall. They claim the number one spot among broadcast stations and their staff accounts for 9 of the top 15 local personalities on Twitter. CBS 9 comes next, with a solid second place in the station rankings and 3 of the top 15 personalities. And ABC 7 comes in third place overall -the station has less followers than WTOP, but they do contribute 2 personalities in the top 15.

*NewsChannel 8 is DC’s local cable channel.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Local TV Stations and Anchors

Last week we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications and Washington-based national anchors. Now it’s time to turn our attention to local television. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of DC’s local TV stations as well as some of the top anchors in our market. Here’s what we found:

The takeaway: NBC 4 is by far the most socially engaged of the local stations -both in terms of the station’s brand and in terms of their anchors’. Almost all the local NBC anchors are highly active on Twitter, with weekend anchor Angie Goff and chief meteorologist* Doug Kammerer far outshining their colleagues and their competitors. CBS 9 weekend anchor Bruce Johnson also makes a strong showing. Together, the top 3 on the list have almost as many followers as the next 12 combined.

Local Television Stations

1) NBC 4 (WRC)  - 62,070
2) CBS 9 (WUSA) - 45,973
3) ABC 7 (WJLA) - 41,398
4) Fox 5 (WTTG) – 26,475
5) PBS 26 (WETA) – 4,503
6) Univision 14 (WFDC) – 2,957
7) NewsChannel 8 – 2,109

Top 15 Local Anchors/Chief Meteorologists*

1) Angie Goff24,830 (NBC 4)
2) Doug Kammerer14,442 (NBC 4)
3) Bruce Johnson13,209 (CBS 9) 52,481
4) Jim Vance6,029 (NBC 4)
5) Topper Shutt5,741 (CBS 9)
6) Jim Handly5,650 (NBC 4)
7) Shawn Yancy - 5,198 (Fox 5)
8) Doreen Gentzler4,781 (NBC 4)
9) Aaron Gilchrist4,765 (NBC 4)
10) Jummy Olabanji 4,607 (ABC 7)
11) Wisdom Martin 4,227 (Fox 5)
12) Allison Seymour 4,045 (Fox 5)
13) Tony Perkins3,451 (Fox 5)
14) Bruce DePuyt3,434 (NewsChannel 8)
15) Pat Lawson Muse3,406 (NBC 4)

*Chief meteorologists were included in the rankings since they are one of the most visible members of a local news team.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — Home for the Holidays Edition

HOLIDAY JOKESTER: “My favorite 2012 picture of Steve Buttry.” — Mimi Buttry, wife of Steve Buttry. Buttry is the Digital Transformation Editor at Digital First Media. Nice, fancy title, Buttry!

Blogger goes nuts over bourbon balls

“Soaking nuts in Bourbon before I make Bourbon balls and I’m totally going to eat these nuts aren’t I?” — Laurie White, photographer, writer and blogger.

Roll Call researcher gets on wrong Metro car

“Of course I got on the Metro car with the puddle of barf in it.” — Katie Kovach, international affairs and defense researcher for Roll Call.

Important Question to Ponder: “I can’t believe people are tweeting about politics on Christmas Day. Why aren’t you people drunk struggling with electronics?” — InTheseTimes labor reporter Mike Elk.

“Fuckers”: The new way to say Happy Holidays!

“Happy Holidays to you too, fuckers.” — HuffPost‘s Sabrina Siddiqui to BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Politico‘s Kate Nocera and TPM‘s Igor Bobic.

Someone had to say it… “U.S. Senator in Deep ‘Crapo’ After DUI Arrest” — El Sharko blogger of Miami. (The Mormon senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo, got a DUI Sunday night. Nice timing!)

BuzzFeed editor gets weepy over gay weddings

“Watching a bunch of gay wedding videos and slowly getting emotional.” — BuzzFeed senior editor Stacy Lambe.

Uh oh. Scratch the drunken driving jokes

“Drunk driver jokes aren’t funny, folks. Especially if someone you love has been taken from you by one. Not a GOP or Dem. thing.” — Paul Brandus of  WestWingReport.

“People, there is nothing funny about drunk driving. Nothing.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Good thing people sending gleeful tweets re Crapo DUI have never needed compassion after some stupid/hypocritical human failing.” — Harold Pollack, University of Chicago professor.

Not a happy ending for this journo

“Merry Christmas to the TSA agent who touched my junk.” — Free Beacon‘s  CJCiaramella.

Editor copes with new holiday traditions

“My Presbyterian brain can’t process my Catholic wife’s family’s tradition of unwrapping presents on Christmas Eve.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Peanut Gallery du Jour: “I bet Jesus gets super pissed that his birthday is so close to Christmas.” — FBDC and “Full Court Press” co-host Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Not having sex? 7 ways to start again”

Oops! Wrong address.

“Someone sent us five pounds of dry aged steak for Christmas. Sent it to the wrong house. Sat on a porch for a week. #tryingnottocry.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson. As our own Rachel Ray (a.k.a. Ogburn) explained it, “aged meat = good, aged meat outside = not good.” Erickson also doubles as an imbibing Santa. He wrote, “The kids are sound asleep. Santa is about to put together the toys as soon as he finishes his bourbon.”

HELP!

“Just drove past a car completely engulfed in flames on the Ohio turnpike. Scary stuff.” — National Journal daily production employee Michelle Bloom.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“During Christmas service tonight, my 3rd grade daughter: ‘Mom what’s a virgin?’” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

Um, constituents?

“Good morning Twitter constituents! Everyone have a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday and I hope u all experience the joy the season brings.” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of TheDCPundit.com, who transformed himself into a politician as millions of Christians celebrated the birth of Christ.

Holiday gun jokes: too soon?

“20-year-old twins Bob and Jim give Christmas gifts to 14-year-old Jefferson and 12-year-old Emerson: GUNS!” — Conservative blogger and ex-TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m told a bearded guy may break into my house tonight. Should I greet him w/ AK-47 or Glock?” — Current’s David Shuster.

“Idea: arm every air traveler.” — Wired senior reporter and third tier Boybander Spencer Ackerman.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Hostess told me I just booked the last available reservation tonight at our local Chinese restaurant. #christmasmiracle.” — Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a The Hill‘s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz.)

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TV Journo Ambushes Race-Biased Cabbies

Washington has found its very own John Quinones.

Tonight, WUSA9 is airing Investigative Reporter Russ Ptacek‘s ambush-style story on cab drivers who decline to drive black customers to the Southeast area.

In a preview of the report, two WUSA9 male staffers, one black, one white, attempt to hail cabs that will drive them to Alabama Ave. in Southeast. The black subject is turned down. The driver’s reason: The last time he took someone Southeast, he was stiffed. Less than a block up the street, the white subject asks the same driver to be taken to roughly the same area. The driver agrees.

That’s when a calm and cool Ptacek enters the frame wearing a black suit, shoving a handheld mic through the passenger window to ask the driver why he didn’t pick up the black man. After some awkward back-and-forth, the driver, in a thick accent, tells Ptacek that he didn’t even notice the white guy was actually white. “You didn’t see that he was white?” Ptacek asks incredulously. (Sounds like another investigative piece: How many blind cab drivers are really working the streets?)

We asked Ptacek about ambushing cabbies… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Irritated journo

“I’m getting sick of the media question why do they luv Marion Barry? Still don’t know? Ask somebody.” — WUSA9 anchor Bruce Johnson.

One scribe’s definition of insanity

“Twenty mins and counting while the TSA examines a glittery blue backpack belonging to my 6 yr old. #insanity.” — The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes.

Writer follows who?

“Wait when did Lauren Conrad get added to my top secret ‘people I actually follow’ list.” — Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik.

DePauw U. milks FNC anchor Bret Baier‘s alumni status…Read here as they basically reprint Politico‘s recent effervescent press release profile on him in its entirety. So much for aggregating.

Congratulations toThomas Burr, senior Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake Tribune, for getting elected to the National Press Club’s Board of Governors.

But more importantly…

A reader following TWT‘s Emily Miller writes in, “I’ve loved following your gun pilgrimage. More importantly…what lip gloss are you wearing?” Her reply: “Wearing @smashbox O-gloss.”

Sniffy Jay Rosen has a thought

“In his restless search for new voices and fresh perspectives, @davidgregory has Ted Koppel on his Meet the Press roundtable today.” — NYU Prof Jay Rosen.

Live-blogging Rudolph?

“My editor tells me Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is on. I’m gonna live-blog that instead of the debate. Cool with you guys?” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

Kurtz gets crabs at White House

“Nice press party at White House, scribes mainly talked about Newt & Iowa. Arianna drew a crowd. Excellent crab claws.” — Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz.

Cab driver lingo

“‘Which way would you like me to go’ is cab driver for ‘I don’t know of any way to get there.’” — New Media Strategies’ and American Spectator blogger J.P. Freire.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Morning Reading List 03.09.09

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Its day 49 covering the Obama administration and week six for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWPAPERS

Jim Bellows died Friday. He was 86 and had Alzheimer’s disease. From AP: ” Jim Bellows, a famed editor who transformed struggling newspapers in Los Angeles, Washington and New York, nurtured the careers of Tom Wolfe and Jimmy Breslin and helped make “Entertainment Tonight” a TV hit, has died… For two decades beginning in the 1960s, Bellows took big-city newspapers that were fighting losing battles against large-budgeted giants and spiced them up with scrappy reporting and columns that often took jabs at their rivals.”

A longtime Rocky Mountain News reporter James Meadow died Sunday after a serious mountain biking accident. Friends and family have started a Facebook group here. Tributes to Meadow can also be found at “I wany my Rocky,” a blog dedicated to the paper.

In other news, a NYT story this weekend reports that the LA Daily News is going to try an experiment this summer wherein readers get to choose their own news. From FishbowlNY: The plan is to let readers customize their own papers with news stories they like and then print them in their own homes (so sort of like a dead tree RSS feed?).

McClatchy will cut 1,600 more jobs, or 15 percent of its workforce, as part of its restructing.

To thoughts on how to save newspapers: from NYT “United, Newspapers May Stand” and from the Christian Science Monitor “Professors could rescue newspapers.”

TV

WaPo’s Marc Fisher says DC is “suddenly hot” in primetime. “But with the election of Barack Obama, the shift of economic power from New York to the District, and the evolution of a voracious celebrity culture to include politicians and even campaign strategists, TV is rediscovering Washington. No longer is the city simply a collection of marble icons to be glommed onto police procedurals and other basic formats of television drama.”

Tell him something good. Mmmhmm. AP’s David Bauder reports NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has received thousands of responses after asking viewers for some good news on his broadcast.

NYT also reports NBC is considering extending Nightly News to an hour long broadcast.

RADIO

How many people actually listen to Rush Limbaugh? “According to what Limbaugh delights in calling “the drive-by media,” the number varies wildly. Is it 30 million (Pat Buchanan on MSNBC), 20 million (Time magazine, ABC News), 19 million (Fox News), 14 million (CNN), or “14.2 million to about 25 million” (The Washington Post)?” Answer from WaPo’s Paul Farhi, maybe. Read more here.

In other Limbaugh news, HuffPost points out on his show Friday, he suggested Sen. Ted Kennedy would not see the health care reform legislaton pass. “Before it’s all over, it’ll be called the Ted Kennedy memorial health care bill,” they report Limbaugh said.

ONLINE

President Obama revealed to the NYT in last week’s interview that he doesn’t read FishbowlDC, or more specifically, blogs. From the transcript: Q: “No blogs?” “I rarely read blogs.” More on President Obama’s NYT interview on FBDC later today.

Just when everyone’s moved on to hating Twitter, The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash wants to remind us, he still hates Facebook, calling the networking site, “dull– mind-numbingly dull.”

MAGAZINES

Check out 2008′s best and worst selling magazine issues (spoiler, President Obama is on the cover of a lot of the best selling ones.)

NEWS NOTES

From Howard Kurtz‘ Media Notes, “Obama Say Hola to a More Inclusive Press Strategy,” reaching out to Hispanic media.

Thank goodness for free newspapers at the White House. Washington Whispers tells us before becoming President Obama’s chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel used to swipe newspapers from roommates Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg and his wife Rep. Rosa DeLauro. Emanuel lives in their basement apartment while in DC.

Slate’s Glenn Greenwald tackles the issue of anonymous political sources here.

REVOLVING DOOR

From DCRTV: Weekend news anchor Jennifer Ryan will be leaving Channel 9/WUSA as of this weekend. A source tells us that, by losing Ryan, “the station is breaking up the longest running anchor team with her and Bruce Johnson.” As a budget cutting move, WUSA recently replaced its weekend morning newscasts with infomercials.

From Playbook: Former press secretary to Vice president Cheney Megan Mitchell is now Communications Director for Rep. John Culberson (R-TX). Also moving on, Matt Mackowiak finishes two years as press secretary for Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

JOBS

CongressDaily is looking for a House leadership reporter.

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Bruce Johnson: ” Should we cancel the Party?”

WUSA’s Bruce Johnson wonders:

    I may be wrong but it seems to me that in light of this week’s carnage at Virginia Tech, serious thought should be given to canceling one of this city’s biggest parties, the White House Correspondent’s Association Dinner.