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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday: Plouffe VS Krauthammer Deathmatch at GW

In what is being billed as the “Gandalf v. Saruman” of our time, The George Washington University will be hosting an “Only at GW” debate this Sunday featuring David Plouffe and Charles Krauthammer. The 1.5 hour long verbal tussle will focus on current events including the situation in Ukraine, the economy and the Affordable Care Act. Audience members will have the opportunity to live Tweet questions throughout the evening using the hashtag #OnlyAtGWDebate. Check it out!

WHAT:
“Only at GW” Debate feat. David Plouffe and Charles Krauthammer

WHEN:
Sunday, March 30; 8 -9:30 p.m.

WHERE:  
The George Washington University
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.

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Weekend Show Preview 12.20 – 12.22

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Former CIA Acting Director Michael Morell; authors Terry McMillan, Michael Connelly, George Saunders, and Rick Atkinson; Major Garrett, David Martin, Nancy Cordes and Margaret Brennan of CBS

–”Fox News Sunday“: Former Ark. Gov. Mike Huckabee; pastor Joel Osteen; Founder of “Wreaths Across America” Morrill Worcester; George Will , Charles Krauthammer, and Juan Williams of Fox; Kirsten Powers of The Daily Beast

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Managing director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), and Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK)

–ABC’s “This Week“: House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Senate Intelligence Committee member Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Donna Brazile of CNN, Matthew Dowd of ABC, Bill Kristol of The Weekly Standard, Steven Rattner of NYT and Fox’s Greta Van Susteren

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), WaPo‘s Dan Balz, NYT‘s Mark Lebovich, Mark Halperin of TIME, and Newt Gingrich

–PBS’s “Washington Week“:  Dan Balz of WaPo, Susan David of USA Today, Pete Williams of NBC, Greg Ip of The Economist

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Senator Rob Portman (R-OH); Margaret Talev, John WalcottRich Miller of Bloomberg News; Margaret Carlson and Lanhee Chen of Bloomberg View

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

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Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:56 a.m.

A media incentive to end the shutdown

“Incentive for GOP to take deal: media coverage is gradually shifting from shutdown to Obamacare rollout disaster. Default wd step on that!” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

imagesvineyard-vines-sweater-352936-1Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is by BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton and BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray.

Stanton: “Trolling @RosieGray about her secret passion for sweater sets and vineyard vibes apparel is the reason twitter exists.”

Gray: “U suck.”

Journo looks into gargling coconut oil

“Just googled ‘gargling with coconut oil’ so even if my twenties aren’t actually over yet, I’ve basically surrendered already.” — TNR‘s pathologically fascinating and Luke Russert-loving Noreen Malone. In case you care, the process of “oil pulling” or swishing coconut oil in your mouth, reportedly removes bacteria, toxins and parasites from your throat. It’s also alleged that the practice strengthens gums and relieves congested sinuses.

The Instigator

“Oh I got Twitchyed. I see. Anyway time for bed where I will dream sweet dreams of single payer and TAKING ALL YOUR GUNS AWAY.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

images-3Editors bag shutdown, chat about Beach Boys

“Watching the Beach Boys (w Brian Wilson!) on Full House singing Kokomo. Please kill me.” – Reason‘s Nick Gillespie. Gillespie later took time to practice his sarcasm, writing, “Can’t wait to hear Charles Krauthammer‘s take on the Redskins name controversy tomorrow on O’Reilly. How can I sleep?”

“I am seriously listening to weirdo Beach Boys 1973 songs while watching Yasiel Puig rock it silently on my TV. Life could be worse.” — Reason‘s Matt Welch.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Fun fact: ‘Chou chou’ means cabbage, a term of endearment in French. #RHOM” — Politico‘s Olivia Petersen.

Who Wore the Risqué Choker?

On Monday we presented you with this woman’s choker necklace, worn by a female journalist at The Atlantic pre-inaugural party Sunday night at Publisher David Bradley‘s house. We asked for guesses on who it was, and this is what you told us:

The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel wrote into FishbowlDC, saying, “That’s easy, I’d recognize that neck anywhere: Charles Krauthammer. I’d always pegged him for a big 50 Shades fan.”

Other guesses: Reader Vicky Shannon writes in, “My guess for the choker-wearer is Barbara Harrison.” Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and AOL-HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington were among the other guesses.

Indeed, the correct guess is one that no one offered. It’s Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt (as pictured above). She says this piece of jewelry is among her favorites, but rarely wears it. She explained, “Bought it about 5 years ago at Hermes boutique in Florida as a Christmas present to myself. I’m aware women aren’t supposed to buy jewelry for themselves, but that’s like waiting for a man to open the door. By the way, there’s a heart on the lock. It’s sweet.”

On Pareene’s 2012 ‘Hack’ List: Oh, Everyone

“Who’s Pareene?” asked Michael Goldfarb of The Free Beacon. He tweeted the question yesterday linking to a Salon column that named The Drudge Report‘s Matt Drudge as 2012′s No. 5 biggest media “hack.”

Assuming it was a serious question from Goldfarb, Alex Pareene, whose mustache sometimes makes him look like a porn star, is a writer at Salon and the news world’s favorite ginger. Each year he names his personal 10 “hacks” in news media that are “hurting America.” While the not-that-much-anticipated list is harmless, it causes a buzz for directly and brazenly (or, as brazenly as can be done sitting at a keyboard) calling out big names in news.

Over the last two days, the list trickled out full of the kind of angst generally reserved for misunderstood teenagers in high school courtyards. In the end, we couldn’t help but think that in a few places, Pareene colored outside the lines.

No. 1 on the list is Politico, which Pareene said is founded on “a myth” that its reporting is “exclusive” when in fact it’s the same old Beltway journalism.

He specifically named Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and White House Correspondent Mike Allen as the driving forces behind Politico‘s hackery. Of Allen, who writes the widely-read Playbook tip sheet, Pareene said he is “paid a fortune” for emailing out “a bunch of links to day-old news stories.” It’s a business model Pareene has apparently mastered so well, it’s a wonder he’s not making his own fortune copying it. Or, maybe he’s pissed he didn’t think of it first?

Pareene dismissed all of Politico‘s election coverage. “No one reading any of these pieces … gained any genuine insight into the state of the presidential race,” he said. And yet, even after the election, Politico maintains high web traffic (though on election night, traffic climbed to 2.2 million page views an hour) which brings in money and allows the publication to expand.

In case Pareene wasn’t aware, it turns out there’s an audience for people who want to read about politics– in fact, every teeny tiny detail on the subject. Pareene doesn’t understand it. He’s kind of like a gorilla frustrated that he can’t make the star-shaped block go through the square-shaped hole.

It’s the audience he should hate. They’re reading Politico. Even if he doesn’t see why they should.

Moving on to No. 2 on the list… Read more

Krauthammer Called Ugly Again

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer can’t seem to catch a break. Within two weeks he’s been mocked by liberals for the way his face looks.

Earlier this month on his MSNBC show Martin Bashir played a video clip featuring Krauthammer. When the clip ended he sarcastically apologized for any “young viewers who may have been frightened by that face.”

Last night on Joy Behar‘s Current TV show, CBS News Contributor Nancy Giles shared a similar sentiment. Behar began the discussion with FNC host Brian Kilmeade‘s recent joke that women at Fox are hired out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

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Ask Piranhamous Anything

Today we have another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple and insightful.

1. So there is some discrepancy over whether the Daily Caller hooker story is a sex scandal or a reporting scandal. What do you think? 

When there’s a sex scandal I always error on the side of the media. Politicians are, for the most part, not good people. That’s not to say they’re all hooker-banging scum, or cheating scum, or even scum, but most of them are, um, “off.” There is a love of self only rivaled by media personalities and Hollywood-types. That they would feel entitled to do whatever they want to do isn’t news. Did Menendez sleep with hookers? If I were forced to bet I’d bet on yes. Do I know he did? Thankfully, no. But I can’t imagine anyone, not even Dominican hookers, claiming they slept with him if they didn’t. Brad Pitt, George Clooney, sure. Senator Menendez? Nope.

2. Are there any pundits on TV worth watching? If so, who? 

Every time FNC’s Charles Krauthammer opens his mouth people should listen. That said, I don’t know if that’s in keeping with the spirit of the question. My guess is you’re talking about physical looks. And since you used “pundit” I’m assuming you don’t mean hosts, so there goes the entire Fox line-up. There is no one on MSNBC who doesn’t look like they’ve seen better days when bell-bottoms were in style, so they’re off the list. Hmmm. To keep it androgynous I’ll name one of each gender. Anderson Cooper always looks well put together, which I realize is a gay stereotype but one they probably don’t mind. As for women, Imogen Lloyd Webber is easy on the eyes. Not always the brightest bulb on the tree, but listening wasn’t part of the question.

3. What do you think of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’ hair? How do you prefer it — straight or curly or the occasional corkscrew curls? 

Trick question. I don’t prefer her at all. But, since I’m paid to make the tough decisions, I have to step-up to the plate and make it. I have to go with straight. The less she looks like herself the better. If that sounds mean it’s only because I meant it to sound that way.

Project Fishbowl: Journo Hair From the 80s, 90s

BuzzFeed has something for everyone to mock delight in today as they dug up pictures of 60 of Washington’s journo and pundit types.

The hairdos alone are phenomenal. So many men with Jewfros, including FNC’s Juan Williams. Who knew? The list of men with exquisitely frizzy locks includes Mother JonesDavid Corn, FNC’s Charles Krauthammer (try to calm yourselves Newsbusters, yes, he’s quite fetching), and more.

While BuzzFeed provides no commentary, that’s where we’re jumping in for another installment of “Project Fishbowl.”

Peter: And now you see how Krauthammer earned the nickname “The Dirty Q-Tip.”

Eddie: KratHAMmer.

Betsy: Had Krauthammer really not heard of the Japanese Straightening Treatment?

Piranhamous: Little-known fact: This headshot almost got him the role of Mike Damone in Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Peter: David…  Do..  Not..  Move..  A..  Muscle..  There is a live ferret on your forehead.. Oh, wait. Those are eyebrows.

Eddie: Bob Saget?

Betsy: Corn’s Jewfro is not quite as spectacular Krauthammer’s, but with a little Washington swampy humidity you never know what damage can happen.

Piranhamous: Looks like a still from an FBI interrogation video of a serial killer.

Peter: I always tell people with facial hair that I wonder what they’d look like without it. I’ll never say that again. Ever. He should take some of David Corn’s eyebrows and put that on his face.

Eddie: Growing a goatee was a good choice.

Betsy: STOP THE PRESSES: Does Chuck Todd dye his hair red?

Piranhamous: You’ve accidentally labeled Rachel Maddow’s senior high school picture as Chuck Todd. “KIT: Keep in Touch!”

G. Gordon Liddy Ends 20-year Radio Run

Conservative radio show host G. Gordon Liddy has retired. His final show was in July but the party celebrating his two-decade career at Radio America was held last night in a small room at Capitol Hill Club.

The Liddy you probably have in your head is an older, bald gentleman with a distinguished black mustache; the guy in the Rosland Capital commercials. But he’ll be 82 in November and now, he looks like a bald gentleman with a distinguished white mustache.

When Liddy showed up to his party (thinly catered; food was largely limited to vegetables, pigs in a blanket and steak quesadilla slices), he was immediately greeted and handed a glass of red wine. “Thank you,” he said. “You deserve it,” one of his fans replied.

After Liddy had taken a few photos with people who knew him (whether he knew them in return is another story), FishbowlDC asked what he’ll miss about his radio program. “Callers,” he said, barely audible over the crowd. “I’ve heard me speak before but I don’t know what all of the callers are thinking, saying. I found that very stimulating.”

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) made a five-minute stop to the party. She was in and out before the guest of honor even arrived. But before she could leave we asked for her thoughts on Liddy’s retirement. “When I’ve been on his show, I’ve just enjoyed the interviewer that he is,” she said. Blackburn said Liddy often asks questions “you really wouldn’t expect.” She said she’s going to “miss that spontaneity.” Side note: Our interview with Blackburn flew by so fast we didn’t have time to give her a heads up that she had lipstick smudged on her teeth.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get the same spontaneity from Liddy that Blackburn has come to know and love. When asked if he had any parting advice for the news media, he did what conservatives in the business do: talk about the liberal bias. “There’s a liberal media which are totally in the tank for Obama and can’t be trusted to report fairly and accurately,” he said. “Then you’ve got the Washington Times, which is good; the Washington Examiner, which is good; Fox News which is good and you’ve got talk radio helping to balance the scales.” Liddy then took a moment to kiss a conservative journo’s ass: He described WaPo‘s Charles Krauthammer as someone “very worthwhile to listen to.”

The party, co-sponsored by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Shirley & Banister Public Affairs, was attended by roughly 50 people. It lasted for two hours between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. We assume Liddy has an early bedtime.

Notables: Roll Call HOH‘s Warren Rojas, the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard and The Hill’s Colby Hochmuth.

Spotted in the crowd: These pairs of shoes side by side. No, neither of them belong to conservative pollster Frank Luntz.

Incest Desk: Newsbusters Gives Krauthammer a Kiss

The conservative media is so amusing sometimes. Every day the narrative is the same as it was yesterday — the liberal media this, the MSM that, the liberal media is in bed with the White House, the Congress and, of course, Alec Baldwin.

This is not to say they don’t sometimes make cogent, rational points. But what about when the conservative media ass kisses its own? What then? Is that also media bias or is that rationalized away as fair game for all the alleged sickening behavior of the MSM (or Lamestream Media as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin might put it)?

Today Newsbusters, an often smart, conservative-minded media website, has an interesting interview with syndicated righty columnist Charles Krauthammer. They even report news that some might not know — which is that the NYT once offered him a column and he turned it down to stay put at WaPo.

But where they lose me is in the first two lines of the story: “One of NewsBusters’ favorite conservative commentators is Charles Krauthammer. We had the privilege of sitting down with him at last month’s Republican National Convention to discuss amongst other things our favorite topic – liberal media bias.”

What’s astonishing is their inability to recognize their own media bias within a discussion on media bias — how meta. Do we need to know Newsbusters plays favorites? Why plant a giant kiss on Krauthammer’s lips at the onset of the interview? One gets the sense that the news outlet is mighty proud to have landed the interview with King Krauthammer.

Let’s move on to media bias. “It hasn’t changed,” Krauthammer says, quickly moving into lengthy incestuous answer in which he smooches his own employer, WaPo. “I think the editorial page of the Washington Post is the best in the country,” he tells Newsbusters. Oh really, Sour-Kraut? Do tell. “I think it’s the best editorial page around,” he continues. “It’s quite balanced.” How nice. We’ve never heard this “fair and balanced” phrasing before. But especially nice is this: “Nobody’s ever edited a word I’ve written (for content) in 26 years. Ever. Except once.” In that instance, he used the word “gay” to mean happy. The love affair just gets deeper and deeper.

Finally in the last sentence of his answer, he finally stops ass kissing WaPo long enough to sort of answer the question and declares that “the Times, newspapers, the networks, NPR, PBS, you go down the line, CNN, MSNBC of course” are all “uniformly liberal.” He goes on to cite a CNN documentary of the Cold War as a prime example of liberal bias.

Later in the interview, Newsbusters staff, the byline for the interview, compliments Krauthammer for his appearances on Inside Washington, saying, “Well, it’s also tag-team wrestling and you’re normally winning.” They conclude the interview with a neck massage: “Thanks, Charles. Keep up the good fight.”

Here’s a thought, Newsbusters. How about just interview Krauthammer, report some news and whatever entertaining and informative things he might say and leave your make out session to off hours.

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