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Whose Shoes: Revealed

The guesses for today’s “Whose Shoes” ran the gamut of the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York to Christian Bourge, who writes The Disenchanted Journo, to FNC’s Major Garrett. Other guesses included: Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro, ABC’s Rick Klein and Jake Tapper.

Not a single reader guessed correctly until late in the day when Cara Lyons Lege, a retired college faculty member and reader from Frisco, Texas came in with the right answer: FNC anchor Bret Baier.

Thanks to all for playing.
As always, if you have a great photograph of a D.C. journalist’s shoes, please send it to fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com

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Shuster to Examiner: I Will Own You!

Picture142.jpg We’re hearing that suspended MSNBCer David Shuster, in the recent dust up with the Washington Examiner about playing for the network’s softball team, tried to flex his muscles against the paper.

…”Do you guys want me to own the D.C. Examiner?” he wrote in an e-mail that circulated to top dogs including chief political correspondent Byron York. “If so, keep it up. “..Byron, this is your last chance. I am dead serious.”

He signed the e-mail: “D”

Shuster did not respond to a FBDC request for comment by press time. Should he respond, we will bring his comments to you.

Update: Shuster has declined to comment on this. Should he change his mind we’ll let you know.

Note to readers: This isn’t Shuster’s actual bicep, but a depiction. For a backgrounder read the original Examiner piece here. Read Shuster’s response here.

David Shuster Takes a Bat to the Examiner

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Batter up!

Suspended-MSNBCer David Shuster is coming out swinging today as he lashes back against a story written about him in the newspaper’s gossip column “Yeas & Nays” Friday morning. He called the column’s sources “bull sh*t”.

The situation has grown so intense that Charlie Spiering, the Examiner‘s Online Community Editor, about an hour ago posted a counter story to the “Yeas & Nays” item from this morning saying that Shuster was playing for his company’s softball team.

In a letter to the Examiner, Shuster grew angry about being called a “dork” by a blind source and the newspaper’s reporting that he’s the only one on the team who wears an actual uniform. Shuster insists he does not wear a “uniform.” He also demanded to know who called him a “geek.”

Behind the scenes, Shuster first wrote “Yeas & Nays” Columnist Tara Palmeri a direct message on her Twitter account asking for her e-mail, which she gave him. Shuster then wrote her three allegedly “threatening” (not physically so) e-mails and cc’d the paper’s chief political correspondent Byron York on them all. He demanded that the item on him be taken down. Obviously that’s not happening. York said internally today that he does not personally know Shuster.

MSNBC had no comment on the matter.

Read Shuster’s entire letter to the Examiner after the jump. Trust me, you don’t want to miss this one…

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FNC Party Draws Animated Mix of Journos, Pols, Bigwigs And a String Quartet

Roger 2.jpgIf you’re a political star gazer, the FNC pre-party to the Radio & TV Correspondent’s Dinner was the place to be Wednesday night as famous faces filled the room adorned in spring. As guests poured in and the party reached comfortable capacity, partygoers were greeted by a giant red Fox News emblem on the wall. If they were talent, well-known or just plain glam, photographers on hand asked them to strike a pose and then directed them across a bridge created especially for the party.

Fox News President Roger Ailes and his wife (above), Elizabeth, were one such couple directed to walk slowly across the bridge. The flashbulbs went wild.

Ailes is no wall flower. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) immediately engaged. “How are you?” Issa asked. In chimed Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), one of a few Democratic lawmakers there: “He’s fair and balanced,” Cummings said, cracking himself and those in his midst up.

Ailes also laughed. He then explained to Issa, who had begun bashing conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, that Fox News is different. “We have a phone on the set,” he said. “Anyone can call and correct us on the set.”

Cummings said Ailes “has been really wonderful to us,” meaning the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). “We may have a situation where we disagree about things but it doesn’t mean we can’t socialize because that’s how I think you break through,” he said. “A lot of people will talk about each other but not to each other.”

Cummings said he has known “Roger” for years. When the congressman presided over the CBC, it was FNC that worked with the CBC to sponsor the presidential debates.

Meanwhile, in walked Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) alone. The senator briefly scanned the room, spoke to no one. Soon he sidled up to conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham who was decked out in an ice blue mermaid dress, sleeveless, with ruffles cascading to the floor.

“You look great, man” Ingraham told Specter, marveling at his appearance since the senator survived his cancer scare. “You’re a fighter.” Specter chatted comfortably with Ingraham for a long while. Later Specter’s wife, Joan, joined them.

FNC’s Jennifer Griffin was also there. In a sleek auburn bob wig, she explained that she, too, was recovering from cancer. The correspondent looked radiant and charmed the room of partygoers.

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Roger Ailes with Valerie Jarrett. Photo courtesy of FNC.

Find out what Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg calls his wife at parties and which journos and other V.I.P’s were there after the jump. Also, see more party pictures…

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Separated at Birth: Byron York

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Byron York is chief political correspondent for the Washington Examiner. Here are two drastically opposing options for his lookalikes.

1. Actor Cory Haim from the 1986 movie, “Lucas”.
2. Comedian Robin Williams as Mrs. Doubtfire.

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, Fmr. Sen. Sam Nunn (D-GA) and Nuclear Threat Initiative Co-Chairman and CEO, Fmr. Sen. Fred Thompson (R-TN) and Fmr. Chair, State Dept.’s International Security Advisory Board, Fortune’s Nina Easton and NBC’s Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and a roundtable with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, NYT‘s Bill Keller, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, ABC’s Cokie Roberts and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Rep. Pete Hoekstra, (R-MI), Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s Karim Sadjadpour, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a panel with Fox News and Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Washington Examiner‘s Byron York and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN)
*More guests to be announced

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: ABC’s Diane Sawyer, Salem Radio’s Michael Medved, PBS’ Martin Savidge and Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Middle East Forum director Daniel Pipes, New America Foundation’s Afshin Molavi, Newsweek’s Christopher Dickey, Columbia University’s Sree Sreenivasan and “Here Comes Everybody” author Clay Shirky

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, the Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, Time‘s Joe Klein and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: TWT‘s Barbara Slavin, WSJ‘s David Wessel, Time‘s Karen Tumulty and NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Repulibcan minority leader Rep. John Boehner

Will update as we learn them.

Colbert Dings Byron York & Washington Examiner

Last night, Stephen Colbert nailed columnist Byron York & the DC Examiner for being “racist.” The hit stems from a column York wrote about skewed presidential approval ratings due to the President’s popularity in the black community. See for yourself:

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: NPR’s “Planet Money” Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson and a roundtable with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, NPR’s Michele Norris, Washington Examiner’s Byron York and “Dreams and Shadows: The Future of the Middle East” author Robin Wright

CBS’ Face the Nation: Mexican Ambassador to the US Arturo Sarukhan and a roundtable with WaPo’s Rajiv Chandrasekaran, NYT’s David Sanger and syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker

ABC’s This Week: Pastor Rick Warren and a roundtable with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, NYT’s Paul Krugman, WaPo’s Ruth Marcus and ABC News’ George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-WY), Archbishop of Washington Donald Wuerl and Fox Business Network’s Liz Claman and Jenna Lee

CNN’s State of the Union: Iraq Multi-National Force Commander Gen. Ray Odierno, Iraqi National Security Advisor Mowaffak al-Rubaie and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: “Inside Edition” host Deborah Norville, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Financial Times’ Chrystia Freeland, CNN’s Tara Wall, Mother Jones’ David Corn, Democratic strategist Joe Trippi and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Syrian Ambassador to the US Imad Moustapha, “Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell, FGR Associates President Felix Rohatyn, “God is Back” author and The Economist’s John Micklethwait and “The Age of the Unthinkable” author Joshua Cooper Ramo

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NY Magazine’s John Heilemann, CNN’s Gloria Borger, BBC’s Katty Kay and HDNet’s Dan Rather.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Chicago Tribune’s Christi Parsons, NYT’s David Sanger, LA Times’ Doyle McManus and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Afghanistan Ambassador to the US Said Jawad, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Roll Call’s Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton and WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

Barone to Wash Examiner as Senior Political Analyst

Political commentator Michael Barone adds senior political analyst to his resume today. He joins the Washington Examiner with Byron York and Chris Stirewalt, where he will have a twice-weekly column on the paper’s new politics page.

“Byron, Chris, and Michael give us a lineup of political analysts equal to any in the country,” editor Stephen Smith said in a release today. “For people interested in the subject, The Washington Examiner has now become essential reading.”

Barone is “a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and for 18 years a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report.” He is also the co-author of “he Almanac of American Politics.”

Full release after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 03.13.09

Good Morning FishbowlDC!

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Its day 53 covering the Obama administration and week six for us. It’s also Friday the 13th- for the second time this year. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | EVENTS | FBDC’S PICKS

NEWPAPERS

Slate has an audio recording guide on how to pronounce the last name of Ross Douthat, the new Bill Kristol at the NYT, announced just this week. (h/t FishbowlNY)

Mark your calendars- The 48th Annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game will be June 17th at Nationals Park.

TV

You’ll see this everywhere today… Jon Stewart ripped CNBC’s Jim Cramer on last night’s Daily Show. You can read about it here, watch it here and check out TVNewser’s live blogging of the show here.

On MSNBC Wednesday, Andrea Mitchell agreed with Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) that the media is partially to blame for President Obama’s staffing difficulties by pleading guilty to “gotcha journalism.” “You’re right, and we plead guilty because this culture right now of gotcha has gotten completely out of control,” Mitchell said. Check out the clip here on HuffPost.

Andrea’s interview with Frank earned her the label of “butt boy” from Rush Limbaugh Thursday, reports HuffPost. Listen to that clip here.

In memoriam, from DCRTV: Dr. Thomas T. Goldsmith, Jr., one of the last important figures from the old DuMont television network, has died at the age of 99. DC’s Channel 5/ WTTG, once part of the DuMont network, is named from Goldsmith’s initials. He was the chief of research for DuMont. Over the years, WTTG was owned by Metromedia and later Fox. The call letters were never changed.

RADIO

Poynter has the memo from NPR cancelling newspaper subscriptions.

WTOP’s Mark Plotkin is staying on top of the taxation without representation issue for us here in DC, from the Reliable Source.

ONLINE

JSchools need to teach online journalism.

MAGAZINES

From NYPost: Jim Kelly, editor of Time in its last glory days, is about to step down from his post as Time Inc. managing editor, ending a 30-year career with the company, Media Ink has learned.

In other news at Time, Joel Stein explores the possibility of product placement in pieces.

The Atlantic is launching a food channel.

NEWS NOTES

In keeping with the times, the Newseum has opened a “digital news revolution” exhibit, exploring the “next generation of news gathering and dissemination and what effect the changes may have on journalists and the news industry.”

EVENTS

From Politico’s Shenanigans: Washington’s conservative A-listers headed to the Washington Hilton on Wednesday night for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual gala. Karl Rove, Tucker Carlson, Byron York, Alberto Gonzales, Newt Gingrich, David Frum, Fred Barnes, John Bolton, Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Charles Krauthammer, Bill Kristol, Grover Norquist, Richard Perle, Justice Antonin Scalia and Paul Wolfowitz (based on the seating chart). Plus former Vice President Dick Cheney.

FBDC’S PICK

From the Daily Beast, excerpts from the Female Force comic book series, starring Sarah Palin, Hillary Clinton and Michelle Obama (in pantsuits, not spandex).

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

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