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Breitbart News Snags Daily Caller’s Caroline May

breitbartEarlier today, Breitbart News announced that The Daily Caller’s Caroline May will join its political unit.

Via a release, Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon said, “We are focused on building a team of young, aggressive talent that is the best in class in politics…Caroline will be a key member of this team.”

For The Daily Caller, May covered politics, government waste, and social issues. She is the 3rd reporter from TDC to join Breitbart News since the start of the year, following Jeff Poor and Katie McHugh.

The outlet most recently launched international and regional verticals including Breitbart London, Breitbart Texas, and Breitbart California.

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It’s Wedding Bells for Daily Caller Couple

It’s a done deal. The Daily Caller‘s resident couple, reporters Jeff Poor and Caroline May are getting married. Poor proposed to May last night and she accepted. Prior to last night’s engagement, he flew to Nashville to seek her father’s blessing. Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson sent a late-night note to staff with the happy news. If not invited, he plans to crash the wedding.

Congratulations to the couple!

But one question…will she keep her current byline or will there be two Poors?

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Conservative Pubs: WATCH YOUR BACKS!

Conservative news outlets around Washington may want to chain their top reporters down to their desks these days, as Breitbart.com is moving in on their territory. Reporters from a number of publications such as The Daily Caller and The Washington Times are receiving enticing offers, with some scribes seeing their salaries increased by as much as $25k with yearly bonuses of $5k. Breitbart.com will provide full benefits starting in February. Until then, they’re offering a reimbursement plan.

But there’s a catch. Sources tell FishbowlDC the would-be hires are being asked to sign four-year contracts. To his credit, Steve Bannon, who is heading up the hiring process in Washington, is succeeding despite rubbing some the wrong way. Some who have dealt with him say he tells you what he needs to and skimps on the truth. So far, however, he has snagged The Daily Caller‘s ever controversial Matthew Boyle and over the weekend TWT’s Kerry Picket announced on Twitter that she is going to work for Breitbart.com as an investigative reporter.

Reporters around town being wooed for Breitbart.com include: Katie Pavlich of Townhall, Lachlan Markay of Heritage, Charlie Spiering of the Washington Examiner, Caroline May of The Daily Caller and Daniel Halper at The Weekly Standard.

Some have described a cultish feel to the process, with phrases such as “This is the way Andrew would have wanted it” being bandied about in conversation. But some in conservative media circles aren’t taking any of this all that well. “I predict this cast of misfits once fully assembled are now going to walk around events in DC slinging their cocks around like they’re the new cool kids,” said one scribe. And another: “They look like a bunch of a folk that were rejected from working at BuzzFeed, who was like, ‘Can they post cat pics?’ And then said, ‘nevermind’ to hiring them.”

Picket, a well-known conservative reporter who wrote TWT‘s The Water Cooler blog, is well regarded within Washington’s media… Read more

French Maid Spices Up Daily Caller Book Party

What was initially thought to be a special appearance by David Martosko‘s personal secretary at last night’s Daily Caller book launch party ended up being nothing of the sort.

To the left is a photo of Nandi, who works with Emperor Vodka, which sponsored the soiree. “I’m just here for pictures,” she said, graciously posing for cameras. Nandi, whose arms are reminiscent of Angela Bassett‘s What’s Love Got to Do with It, said this was her first time working with Emperor. Fun first day on the job!

The Daily Caller hosted the party in its Farragut Square newsroom celebrating The Lizard King, an ebook written by their own Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn.

“I have no good answer,” said Rahn when asked who should read his book. “It’s a transformative book,” he said (“transformational” also works). He compared it to reading the Bible. “Is this off the record?” Rahn asked at the conclusion of our interview.

Weinstein was a little more willing to talk about the book, though we get the impression he thought he was on TV. “Truth-seekers will like it,” Weinstein said. He emphasized that the book is actually a manuscript provided by a White House insider and that he and Rahn are simply the vessels through which the book is being delivered. “Once in a while, history falls upon you and I think it happened to us,” he said, adding that it “may be one of the most important books since [Fox News host] Sean Hannity’s book.”

The Daily Caller‘s bar was stocked with wine, soda, alcohol and a beer tap that poured Pabst Blue Ribbon. Edibles (vegetables and a few hors d’oeurves) were a little on the slim side.

As guests trickled in, a couple faces stood out in the crowd: Politico‘s Byron Tau and Tim Mak. The DC and Politico have been known to publicly quibble in the past. One Daily Caller staffer said the relationship between the two publications “on paper” is often not the case between individual reporters. He said there are several Politico employees he regularly drinks with. Both Tau and Mak chatted with The DC‘s Alex Pappas for a while, as well.

In the crowd we also spotted a distinguished gentleman with a badass eye patch. It turned out to be Will Rahn’s father, ex-husband to WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan.

The DC‘s editor Tucker Carlson was seen talking with RollCall‘s Jonathan Strong, a former Daily Caller reporter. Strong said work for him has been slow and “a little boring,” given he covers Congress, which is currently out of session.

Notables: The Daily Caller‘s Alex Treadway, Sarah Hoffman, Taylor Bigler, Jeff Poor, Caroline May, Brian Danza, Chris Bedford, Neil Munro, Pat McMahon, Nicole Roeberg, and Vince Coglianese; The Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo and CJ Ciaramella; RollCall HOH‘s Neda Semani and Warren Rojas; Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton; WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri; U.S. NewsSteven Nelson; The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake; and Donald Rumsfeld‘s former chief of staff Keith Urbahn. Conspicuously absent were Matthew Boyle and Martosko, who had kid duty. We rode the elevator with him down to the garage. He puffed away on what may have been an illegal cigar the whole way down and said Rahn and Weinstein would know he was there “in spirit.”

Quotable:

  • “He’s a bit of a self promoter.”– Keith Urbahn on his former boss Donald Rumsfeld, who was Defense Secretary under former Prez George W. Bush. Urbahn spilled that Rummy is currently working on a new book. UPDATE: Urbahn writes in to tell us he was talking about his other former boss, The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.
  • Asked about former and recently fired Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson said, “I haven’t seen her much on TV lately. That ended for some reason.” Fields was not in attendance.
  • “I don’t want to be written about.”– Steven Nelson, after FishbowlDC inquired about his job at U.S. News, which he only recently started.
  • “I’m holding out for the chance that Matthew Boyle shows up.”– FBDC’s Peter Ogburn.

 

The Daily Caller‘s Wild Rep Catches Up

The Daily Caller isn’t a hate site, but its reporters may have asked for it when one was blocked from entering a Council on America-Islam Relations event this week.

A source who was at the event tells FBDC that once the DC reporter left the area, he overheard two CAIR staffers sarcastically comment on “the great coverage” they would receive over the incident. The comments came after the reporter was told she wasn’t allowed in, due to the DC being “a hate group.”

This wasn’t the first time something like this has happened. At a party hosted by Media Matters, the DC’s Nick Ballasy wasn’t allowed in but staked out the party with a camera crew outside the door. They were asked to keep a certain healthy distance from the building.

Reporters at the pub have gained a reputation as being a wily bunch. Yes, wily. A look at the DC‘s debauchery:

  • Matthew Boyle claimed he was assaulted by U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John de Jongh;
  • After being hacked, the publication offered a gun as a reward to anyone who found the hacker;
  • Neil Muro (in)famously interrupted President Obama in the middle of a speech;
  • Boyle, a particularly feisty one, tried bullying a Democratic National Committee staffer into giving him a comment from the chairwoman.

It was, however the DC‘s Caroline May who was blocked from entering the CAIR event. May, unassuming and amiable, has hasn’t had any significant dust-ups.

“Caroline is an outstanding reporter, and extremely fair,” her colleague Vince Coglianese told FishbowlDC. “I don’t see how it could be in CAIR’s interest to hold a press conference aimed at defending American values while barring access to a prominent news outlet seeking to cover that.”

When asked if it’s a surprise for the DC to be barred from events, given its reputation, Coglianese said, “Our job is to relentlessly cover the news.” He added, “CAIR’s response to our attempt was so exceptional in nature that we felt it deserved to be reported.”

We requested comment from CAIR.

Does S.E. Cupp Have a Case?

Publisher of Hustler Larry Flynt made news yesterday when his nudie mag ran a photo of conservative commentator S.E. Cupp with a photoshopped penis in her mouth.

Scott Baker, editor of The Blaze, which Cupp contributes to, told FBDC “it doesn’t sound like” she plans on suing. Flynt told The Daily Caller‘s Caroline May that he had every right to publish the photo, which came with a disclaimer stating it had been edited, as an expression of satire.

But is there a difference between parodying a public figure and photoshopping a penis in her mouth? Let us know in our Fish Poll. We’ll run the results tomorrow.

Two Scribes to Depart The Daily Caller

Two reporters at The Daily Caller are flying the coop for jobs outside the profession. CJ Ciaramella will be reporting for a non-profit. Caroline May will be moving to Rep. Virginia Foxx‘s (R-N.C.) office to become her press secretary.

In a statement to FishbowlDC, Ciaramella, who is known for being among the more talented writers at the publication, wrote, “I will be moving to a new, soon-to-be-named non-profit journalism outfit in Washington, D.C. I love The Daily Caller, and it was nothing but a pleasure and learning experience to work among such talented reporters and editors. I will miss dominating my former colleagues at table tennis. But I’m a sucker for new projects, and this will give me the opportunity to work with a lot of soon-to-be-named friends and
fellow journalists I highly respect. I still plan on contributing articles, bar tabs and table tennis victories to The Caller as often as I can.”

May, too, express gratitude for working at The Daily Caller. She wrote, “It was a pleasure to work at The Daily Caller and it definitely will be tough to leave. The decision to accept a new job was less about leaving The DC and more about the amazing opportunity to work for Rep. Foxx and my home state of North Carolina. As I mentioned, it will be difficult to say goodbye to all the great folks at The DC but we’ll remain friends and I am thrilled to be starting with Rep. Foxx’s team next week.”

Congratulations to both Ciaramella and May.

Climate Activist Really Wants to Win the Morning

The Daily Caller‘s Caroline May has the story today about Climate activist Mark Hertsgaard telling Sen. James Inofe (R-Okla.) that he’s with Politico. Well, that’s partly true, and with can be so ambiguous. Hertsgaard has written an op-ed for them but that’s about all.

An excerpt:

Dan Berman, energy editor at Politico, told The Daily Caller that while Hertsgaard has written one opinion article for them, he was not and is not affiliated with Politico. “Mr. Hertsgaard is not a POLITICO reporter or employee and we have asked him not to portray himself as one,” Berman wrote in an email to TheDC.

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Ditka to Daily Caller: ‘She Had No Room in Those Pants’

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Former Chicago Bears coach Mike Ditka opens up to The Daily Caller’s Caroline May today in a story on the New York Jets getting schooled on sexual harassment after they catcalled Mexican TV female sports reporter Inez Sainz, who showed up for work in skin tight jeans.

Ditka called the sexual harassment perception “stupid.”

He told The Daily Caller: “She’s an attractive girl, that’s why she combs her hair, wears those tight jeans, and all that make up,” he told TheDC. “She had no room in those pants.”

Read here for a full transcript of the interview between May and Ditka. The publication also has a slide show of Sainz with the tight-fitting headline “Baby got back: Meet Inez Sainz.”

The Daily Caller or Hedonism III? You Decide

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At The Daily Caller, life is loose.

And actions do speak louder than words. On Wednesday night editorial staff and friends of The Daily Caller partied it up with their brand new Keg-O-rater sponsored by Pilsner Urquell. The office has a coffee machine, too. But as Spokeswoman Becca Glover put it, “We don’t have rules. Tucker is 100 percent about freedom. If you can drink and do your job, that’s your decision. It’s all about freedom.”

Being responsible is a plus, but it isn’t mandatory.

What some may not know is this isn’t the first time The Daily Caller has employed unorthodox hedonism when it comes to their reporters. Back at their launch party held at the home of lobbyist Juleanna Glover, party organizers purchased six cartons of Marlboro Reds and by the night’s end, partygoers and DC staff had smoked through all the cartons.

As first reported by Politico, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson was a no-show to the party. He was tending to journalism business – he was in Manhattan to appear on FNC’s “Hannity” Wednesday night and on ABC’s GMA the following morning. Publisher Neil Patel was on hand. So were a slew of Daily Caller reporters, such as Alex Pappas, Jonathan Strong (and his wife, Anna Beth), Chris Moody, Caroline May, and Deputy Editor Jamie Weinstein with his girlfriend, Lonnie. Daily Caller’s V.P. of Sales Alex Treadway was there and in charge of dealing with pouring beer and dealing with the Keg-O-rater (not a hard job, but an important one). Others in attendance included Politico’s Kiki Ryan and Politico Click’s newest hires Karin Tanabe and Natasha Lennard. Fox News booker Lauren Torlone was there. So were The Weekly Standard‘s Mike McCormack and Mary Katherine Ham.

Some building party moochers (they claimed they were verbally invited to the party – and okay, we believe them) were Gordon Zweig, Jose Biaou and Eric Hynek. They all work at a commercial real estate firm and were enjoying the beer.

A slightly amusing moment occurred when…

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