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Separated at Birth: DCRTV’s Dave Hughes

We couldn’t resist watching the latest in “DaveTV”, the online TV show that DCRTV’s Dave Hughes produces from his rape dungeon home office. It’s a case study in an unstable maniac who thinks that anyone gives a rat’s ass what he has to say about the media, or anything else for that matter. His knowledge is thin. He’s notorious for blatantly swiping content from any and every Washington media outlet (except for Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt since he’s her acting ass kisser publicist). His laugh will give you nightmares. His beard looks like someone ran over a squirrel and stapled it to his face. But, there was something oddly familiar about that look. Then, it struck us! Hughes is The Lorax from the Dr. Seuss books and film.

 

Ali in Wonderland at the Four Seasons

From L to R: Ali showing off an Ali in Wonderland cookie; Elizabeth Thorp, Sissy and Ali.

Last night was a magical evening at the Four Seasons for Ali Wentworth, who was there to have her new book, Ali in Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales, feted by the likes of dignitaries, socialites, the hotel, Elle Magazine Editor-in-Chief Robbie Myers and Hunter and Kathy Biden, the son and daughter-in-law of the Vice President of the United States.

The setting was only fitting as Ali’s family always had an affection for the Four Seasons and she mentioned it in her book.

Among the party highlights: A gigantic table full of chocolate shavings and pieces. All kinds, all shapes and sizes. Hors d’ oeurves of all varieties — scallops on a bed of papaya salad on miniature silver spoons that were not all that easy to eat, tiny toasts dotted with goat cheese, mushroom bruschetta, and then ricotta cheese and apricot, and beef, lamb and vegetable kabobs. A table stacked gloriously high with Ali in Wonderland frosted shortbread cookies. Oh, and glass after glass of pink champagne.

“I didn’t want to particularly enlighten people,” Wentworth told me about her book before the crowd spilled in. “I just want to make people laugh.”

Asked how she feels about her husband, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, returning to “This Week,” she replied, “I’m really happy. I know it’s a huge workload, but it makes him happy. It’s his wheelhouse.” Asked to compare Washington, where she grew up, and NYC, she said, “I like each city for completely different reasons. Life is easier here. But in New York, you can get a fantastic steak frites at 3 in the morning.”

Though she recently appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” she says she tries to avoid saying anything too politically stinging. That said, she likes to go on TV and mix it up with people. As for swearing on air, she says, “If you’re a comedian you can swear, if you’re a politician, certainly you have to be careful.”

Wentworth’s older sister, Sissy, was there. As was USA Today‘s Ann Oldenberg, Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt, a photographer from Capitol File, Poshbrood’s Elizabeth Thorp, BrandLink publicist Barbara Martin, lobbyist and socialite Juleanna Glover and more. Rumors were abound that V.P. Joe Biden was on his way. But in the end, it was his son and daughter-in-law who arrived.

“People often ask who’s older and it gets to her,” said Sissy, a jewelry designer. As for the book, she says, “I think it’s hysterical. Very funny. All true with some embellishments.” She said she read it on a plane from Houston to Tucson and overheard two women going on about it. Fortunately all good things.

Sissy says Ali was always the funny one: “Always clamoring for attention. Constant entertainment. She’s doing what she always did in our living room growing up.” She says Ali’s humor got her out of trouble, not in it. “I always admired that quality,” she said. “She was the funny risk taker.”

Just in from Paris, Elle‘s Myers was jet-lagged but pleased to be able to co-host the party for Ali. They have a personal friendship, but Robbie is loathe to overstate it. “We’re friendly,” she said, explaining that Ali in Wonderland won the magazine’s Reader’s Prize for February.

Contrary to Ali and Sissy, Robbie (pictured above left) thinks there’s more to Ali’s book than just humor. “It’s not just funny, there’s a lot there,” she said. “It’s highly entertaining. She had a very interesting [upbringing] and it’s an interesting window into a life women dream about and aspire to.”

 

Washingtonian Bleeds Web Editors

Want to be the Web Editor at Washingtonian these days? Fine. But it’s a risky career move. In the last 24 months, they’ve had three — most recently Kyle Gustafson, who lasted about five and a half months, before that Sommer Mathis, who fled to The Atlantic after just four months and Alyssa Rosenberg, who is now at Think Progress. Gustafson recently told TBD, “They’re all wonderful people and I wish them well,” he says. “It wasn’t working out for either party.”

We reached out to Editor Garrett Graff on the matter. Surely the Editor of the magazine might be able to shed some light? Oh, but not so fast. He apparently doesn’t comment on matters pertaining to the magazine. This is the second issue that Graff has refused to comment on this week — the first was why a sentence involving where Rob Lowe‘s son, Matthew, resided while in Washington (psst… with a lobbyist) was mysteriously stricken from Carol Joynt‘s Capital Comment blog this week.

But Reason Mag’s Associate Editor Mike Riggs had an interesting take on what’s happening there. It involves Meth and foil.

Washingtonian Kills Line on Lowe’s Son

Washingtonian has its own whodunit mystery theater going on in the world of Capital Comment writer Carol Joynt. She has been inexplicably deleting items and lines — not an overwhelming amount, but one on her personal blog, another on the magazine’s website.

The latest of which occurred Monday.

On its surface, the item on Washingtonian‘s website appeared to be an innocuous item on Rob Lowe visiting Washington, where he dined with six lovely ladies at The Four Season’s Bourbon Steak. Among them was NBC “MTP” Exec. Producer Betsy Fischer, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Lobbyist Jack Quinn’s wife, Susanna Quinn, a friend and Washington liaison to Lowe, and Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

In the next sequence of the mystery, Joynt wrote up the item and included this line: “Lowe’s son has stayed in the past at the home of Quinn and her lobbyist husband, Jack Quinn.”

But soon the line involving Lowe’s son disappeared.

We asked Joynt: “Why did you remove the line?” She declined to comment. We also wrote Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. So far, he’s not talking either. Lowe’s son, Matthew, spent the summer interning for House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). And yes, he bunked at the Quinn’s humble abode.

In other disappearing Joynt item news…

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How Much Klout Do You Have?

Beltway journalists’ obsession with Twitter has made “Klout me” the new “Google me.” We sometimes like to think of ourselves as ahead of the curve.

For those unfamiliar with Klout, it’s an online tool that measures how important you are in the Twittersphere on a scale of 1 to 100. Your level of importance (“Klout”) is determined by how many people are responding to and sharing your tweets. The more engaged people are with your content, the higher your score. Klout also shows what topics you’re most invested in, who you influence (meaning, who’s reacting to and sharing the messages you tweet) and who’s influencing you.

In voyeuristic fashion, we went ahead and checked the Klout on a sampling of Washington journos.

Dylan Byers: The new media reporter at Politico working with Ben Smith on his revamped blog. His Klout score is 57. The topics he deals in most on Twitter are pretty straightforward. They include: New York City, advertising, and family (aww). He influences Adweek‘s David Levine and Politico‘s Eliza Krigman. On the flip side, Think Progress and NYT‘s Brian Stelter shape his Twitter world.

Nia-Malika Henderson: National political reporter for WaPo. Some of her favorite Twitter topics are moms, Henderson, and Barack Obama. Who she influences most: MSNBC Al Sharpton‘s “Politics Nation” and “The Bill Press Show.” Those who influence Henderson are entirely exclusive to WaPo reporters, except CNN’s Sam Feist.

NJ‘s Major Garrett: Congressional Correspondent for NJ and, according to Klout, a New England Patriot’s fan. That’s the second thing he’s most engaged in on Twitter. Others are major league baseball and conservative politics. Garrett influences Wofford College and NJ‘s Chris Frates. He’s influenced by Slate‘s Dave Weigel and The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball. His Klout: 56. UPDATE: Major questions Klout’s validity. He writes in, “I AM NOT A NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FAN…..I have never tweeted anything about the Patriots. I am a San Diego Chargers fan and San Diego Padres fan and fan of my alma mater, the University of Missouri and have tweeted frequently about them, but never, ever, ever the Patriots. Klout is seriously missing a klue.”

Current TV’s David Shuster: Former MSNBC anchor, current Current TV contributor/Keith Olbermann sub. He’s got a Klout score of 48 and an incredibly random group of topics he tweets about. Included are libraries, mother nature and religion and spirituality. Oh, and tea. Strange bedfellows: He influences WaPo‘s Ezra Klein but is shaped by Olbermann and FNC’s Bret Baier.

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart: Editorial writer at WaPo and high flying with a Klout score of 60. Some things he likes to tweet about: Rick Perry, LGBT and Africa. Find the common link. He influences 12,000 people, but no big names at the top. However, he pays a lot of attention to MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis and The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: MSNBC anchor. She likes to tweet about food, coffee and photography. The people she most influences appear to be just a bunch of fans but her tweets are influenced by Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Politico. Her Klout score is up there at 63.

Dave Weigel (couldn’t do it without him): Political reporter for Slate. His Klout is scored at an impressive 75. Some topics he deals in most on Twitter include earthquakes, Sarah Palin and job search. Sadly, the person he influences most is an account dedicated to Weigel: @Weigelisbored. The top three people who influence him are Politico‘s Smith and Jonathan Martin and new addition to Slate, Matthew Yglesias.

To be fair, we Klouted ourselves, too…

FishbowlDC: Yours truly. Our Kout score is a respectable 54. A few topics we apparently like to tweet about: Coma, guitar and Barbara Walters. Who’s paying attention to us: Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt. Our biggest influences are, who else? Dave Weigel, Chuck Todd, Ezra Klein and Chris Hayes.

– EDDIE SCARRY

Stinking Up the Joynt

Washingtonian‘s newest blogger Carol Joynt spent the last three years feeding scooplets about herself to outlets like DCRTV, FishbowlDC and countless other Washington sites. Over the last year and a half we’ve received numerous requests to cover her events, some of which we have. But by all indication, DCRTV’s frightening proprietor Dave Hughes has been the most generous in indulging Joynt’s requests for publicity (although we never actually saw him at a Q & A Cafe — not sure the Ritz lets those types in). And, when Joynt headed to the Washingtonian, Hughes didn’t disappoint: He got an early heads up about Joynt’s move from New York Social Diary and wrote it up.

So Joynt gets to Washingtonian and her first in-depth profile is about…guess who? That’s right, Hughes, the “journalist” who lifts more copy than anyone in Washington. See here, here and here. Is that going to be Capital Comments’ legacy, you scratch my back I scratch yours? Or, kiss up to Carol and the magazine will repay you kindly? That visual is troublesome — and we don’t want to contemplate scratching Hughes’s back literally or otherwise.

We reached out to Joynt for comment on why she chose Hughes as her first subject. She claims Hughes wasn’t first to get her news because of her but rather because of a Washingtonian press release. We hardly think Washingtonian has Hughes on speed dial. What’s more, when Joynt sent FBDC the news, there was no release. So, sorry, we call B.S. on that one.

In her story, Hughes astonishingly says people steal stories from him. Joynt, in a subsequent email to FishbowlDC, says all media reporters accuse one another of stealing. But the truth is, not everyone steals. Contrary to Hughes’s vivid imagination and Joynt’s sweeping the matter under the rug by saying everyone does it, here in the Fishbowl we literally countdown the seconds from when we post something local to when it suddenly and mysteriously lands on DCRTV.

Self-pimping and back scratching are all part of a long tradition at Washingtonian‘s Capital Comment, so perhaps Joynt will fit right in. See how Editor Garrett Graff maneuvered his work into favors in a piece by Wonkette from 2007.

To be sure, Joynt insists writing on Hughes was no special favor. “Nah, no favor,” she wrote by email. “He’s posted about me but principally about my show, which is legit, and going to Wash is legit, too. He got that from their press release. Q&A stuff he gets in emails sent to my list. He’s a good story because all the people in local radio and TV read him religiously. Besides, my experience with Washington media is that everyone is routinely accusing everyone else of theft. They can take it up with each other.”

Some journalists around town were skeptical of Joynt’s hire. A Georgetown “friend” remarked to FBDC on condition of anonymity: “Carol’s a dear friend but anyone who’s spent time with her knows that Carol’s all about Carol. I’m surprised Cathy Williams didn’t know that. There’s worry amongst some of Carol’s Georgetown friends that the improvements desperately needed to resuscitate the Cap Comment section won’t happen and that she’ll  damage the magazine by filling it with vanity projects and source greasing like this one.”

With a friend like that, well, who needs friends?

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

Pointless But Delicious News: Apropos of nothing, we bring you Slate‘s Dave Weigel‘s lunch from Thursday. He dined at Luke’s Lobsters in Gallery Place.

New to Washingtonian: Brett Haber and Carol Joynt make the move. Haber will be on the sports beat; Joynt will tackle people and personalities. DCRTV (thief-at-large) first hinted at the news on Joynt. Read more about it here.

SS Exit Polls Show Three Close Races

Early exit polls from day one of our Summer Superlatives contest indicate only one thing: these races are too close to call tonight.  With three sets of rock-solid competitors and a slew of die-hard supporters, FishbowlDC glory is still anyone’s for the taking.

To spice up the competition, we’ve hidden the real-time results of each race (8pm).  But don’t let that dissuade you from casting a vote or campaigning for your favorite candidate.  Each poll will remain open for 24 hours from the time it went live today and final results will be revealed in a very special post honoring the winners next week. Until then, here’s your 10pm exit poll snapshot.

Best Sense of Humor:  Julie Mason must have spent the evening shaking hands and kissing babies because Team Mason has managed to pull ahead Semnani and Labash.

Julie Mason: 32.06% of the vote.

Neda Semnani: 31.76% of the vote.

Matt Labash: 28.09% of the vote.

Gene Weingarten: 3.39% of the vote.

Biggest Self-Promoter: Mackowiak and Bardella have pimped themselves into one fierce competition.

Matt Mackowiak: 36.91%

Kurt Bardella: 33.77%

Howard Kurtz: 19.6%

Carol Joynt: 9.69%

Best Capitol Hill Press Secretary:  Boehner’s Michael Steel, who began losing his daylong lead to Morris and Elshami this afternoon,  has managed to pull ahead tonight.

Michael Steel: 44.39%

Vince Morris: 28.7%

Nadeam Elshami: 23.53%

Charles Chamberlayne: 3.39%

Summer Superlatives: Biggest Self-Promoter

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From talking to tweeting, these media types never miss an opportunity to plug themselves.  But which one’s acts of self-pimping rise above the rest?  The nominees for  Biggest Self-Promoter of 2011 are Daily Caller’s Kurt Bardella, Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz, Carol Joynt of New York Social Diary and Q&A Cafe and Potomac Flack’s Matt Mackowiak.

Separated at Birth: Author Carol Joynt and Ozzy

We’re going way outside the box on this one. Carol Joynt, Washington blogger and author of the newly released Innocent Spouse: A Memoir, bears an uncanny resemblance to the Godfather of Heavy Metal Ozzy Osbourne. We think they’re different on a number of fronts. For instance, he has 15 tattoos, he has bitten the head off a dove and a bat and speaks in an English accent. Joynt’s more old school. She prefers the cuisine at the Ritz, where she hosts her Q & A Cafes. In 1972 she was one of three writers for Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News.

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