More WaPo news y’all. Chris Cillizza and the folks at WaPo Politics announced today that The American Prospect‘s Jaime Fuller will be joining their crew January 21. She -like Wesley Lowery, whose hire was announced Friday -will be part of what’s known internally as the “online strike force,” contributing primarily to The Fix and Post Politics. Fuller has been at The American Prospect since 2011, and served as associate editor since last May. Prior to that, she worked at The Legislative Gazette in Albany and Adirondack Life Magazine. A big FishbowlDC congrats to Jaime on the new gig!
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Alternative headline: WaPo TV’s ‘On Background’ Now Off the Record. Golly, we’re witty.
Either way it seems that after less than five short months, the Post‘s political web TV programs have gotten the ax. Launched in late July of this year, ‘In Play’ hosted by Chris Cillizza and Jackie Kucinich and ‘On Background’ with Nia Malika Henderson promised to “get at the politics of politics, in a fun way.” But like many of WaPo‘s new media ventures, it’s all fun and games until someone has to watch.
Maybe it was the terrible echo in the studio, the awkward set or the low budget soundtracks. Or perhaps Jeff Bezos thinks Cillizza has a voice for print. Whatever the reason, sources say that both shows will cease production today.
As reported by Poynter, WaPo TV’s talent will continue to be used to create tighter, online video packages for the Post website. A WaPo spokesperson confirmed Poynter’s report, but did not immediately reply to our inquiries about the motivation for killing the programs, headcount reduction, or the fate of the shows’ EPs.
UPDATE 5:34 PM:
A spokesperson for WaPo writes in to clarify:
First, there is no headcount reduction. And in regards the motivation behind the changes- this restructuring reflects what the PostTV team has learned since the launch. These changes are a natural evolution, and the team has always said they were going to continue to iterate on the product. PostTV will focus more on easily digestible segments with the same staff and personalities viewers have come to know. They will also start expanding their areas of coverage beyond strictly politics.
It’s short compared to its cable TV counterparts (the commercials aren’t missing, though), but probably a good length for online consumption.
Still, Cillizza and Kucinich manage to take that bit of time and cover everything from Chris Christie v. Rand Paul to Anthony Weiner to San Diego’s Mayor Bob Filner. And unlike most anchors, because of their extensive reporting experience, seem to be able to offer more than a standard bit of insight.
Post TV has two other shows, On Background, another political show, and The Fold, a nightly news magazine.
Weinerlicious Convo Between Two Journos
SHERMAN: “I thought it was weird when Anthony Weiner used to park illegally outside my apartment near U Street.”
NEWHAUSER: “Why was he at your apartment? Got something to tell us?”
SHERMAN: “Was my neighbor.”
Important Q to Ponder: “Wondering: Has there ever been a man who managed such epic sex scandals while apparently not having any actual sex?” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.
Weiner presser explodes with Washington reaction
“Lines you hear all the time at DC bars: ‘Specifically your health care rants were a huge turn on.’– TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.
“What I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me, naked, bending me ovDAMMIT, it happened again.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.
“As I told everyone once before, Wiener is a sick puppy who will never change-100% of perverts go back to their ways. Sadly, there is no cure.” — Dr. Donald Trump.
“Quick poll: would you prefer to get rick-roll’d with pics from anthony weiner or geraldo from now on? Your choice.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.
Aaaand….the voices of reason
“Anthony Weiner appears to have some serious emotional issues that are not going to be helped by becoming mayor of New York.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.
“This shit’s intense.” — Executive Editor of Business Insider Joseph Weisenthal.
“Weiner Ear Poison”: “Waiting to tape a CNN segment, I just spent 30 minutes listening to talk about The Royal Baby™, followed by Lanny Davis on Weiner #EarPoison” — Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.
Journos Looking Out for Huma (JLOH)
“Huma. Be serious. Leave him. Now.” — Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky.
“Just curious how many times this has to happen before I am no longer required to be SO SYMPATHETIC to Huma. 5? 10? 20?” — TNR‘s Isaac Chotiner, who is not yet a member of JLOH.
“Huma you gonna believe? Me or or your lying eyes?” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.
“Divorce this schmuck, Huma.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.
“For the women out there excusing Weiner by saying ‘all men cheat,’ it’s a shame that you surround yourself with crappy men.” — Conservative radio correspondent Dana Loesch.
“Something in me wishes wronged political wives would start asking themselves WWJD? What Would Jenny (Sanford) Do?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.
“I think what most makes Weiner a dirtbag is blaming the sexting/cheating on “problems” in his marriage. No responsibility.” — TWT Senior Op-ed writer Emily Miller.
Journo blames Starbucks for future fatness
“When I weigh 600 lbs, the Starbucks treat receipt is going to come in for some large portion of the blame.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.
Quotes of the Day
ASPIRING FASHIONISTO: “Spotted in the airport: Man Shawl. Nay, says I. But I’m wearing a tie.” — Logan Dobson, Washington’s own Tim Gunn and a research analyst The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.
“A ‘whistleblower’ exposes govt wrongdoing. A ‘criminal’ leaks natl security secrets. Too many reporters confusing the difference lately.” — Brian Walsh, GOP strategist and former spokesman for NRSC. Photoshop credit: Austin Price.
Journo probably shouldn’t share with mom
“I’m sure my mom would tell me this is on ‘no list,’ but planning to do my live shot from roof of truck 2nite.” — Kansas City 41ActionNews reporter Garrett Haake.
Men just don’t do it for her for long
“My brother’s wedding opened this floodgate, but no, I’m nowhere near settling down. Men are just rarely able hold my attention for very long.” — The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.
“In Brussels – then Strasbourg – for the week learning about European Parliament.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas.
“I’m tweeting from the 2013 U.S. Islamic World Forum run by @BrookingsFP here in Doha. #USIslamForum” — The Daily Beast‘s Josh Rogin.
“My American flag Nebraska shirt raised some eyebrows in the hotel gym here in Brussels #uglyamerican” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green (selfie at left) who also wrote, “I’m pretty weird in general, but going on 36 hours of no sleep right now and it’s gonna get real.”
MSNBC you listening?
“‘Up With Matt Labash.’ Now there’s a weekend show I’d watch.” — Reuters‘ Jack Shafer.
Editor called out for Minnesota accent
“Just learned I say ‘events’ wrong. Thanks, Minnesota. #ah-vents” – Sara Schwartz, wire editor, intern coodinator at WaPo Express.
Politico‘s Allen Vs. WaPo‘s Tumulty
“mikeallen Playbook says #wapo made “painful climbdown” on NSA. Disagree. Quoted dox accurately, forced govt to clarify. #winwin #journalism” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.
Something to think twice about doing… Read more
Quotes of the Day
“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” — Rio-based author Paulo Coelho.
“Check out this dog’s two toned tongue – wasn’t easy to get pic of it.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.
“I just spit oatmeal out of my mouth. @Morning_Joe @morningmika @JoeNBC #deadlynecessity” — WaPo and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart this morning.
Blogger appreciates booze-free outings
“I heart impromptu escapades w/new & old pals that actually don’t leave you hungover.” — Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen. On May 29, she wrote, “At @BOURBONSTEAKDC drinking a G&T bc I freaking need one.”
Journo has advice for ex-Obama aide, journalists
“Time for my meds. Y’all have a good one. All except you, @davidaxelrod. Reflect. Ask yourself how much you’ll sacrifice for bromance.” — Former Reuters political reporter Sam Youngman. And this: “DC journos, break the cycle. Self-importance is an addiction. [NYT's Frank] Bruni’s column today is straight freaking heroin. Put it down. Back away.”
Kurtz clarifies what “no injuries” means
We thought CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz was taking a little break from tweeting to smell the roses and breathe after parting ways with The Daily Beast amid a bunch of weird errors? Well, not really. On Saturday he felt some need to promote a WaPo story about a plane crashing into a Herndon apartment building. He wrote, “Incredible story (and picture) of Cessna crashing into a Virginia home and no one hurt. Just missed sleeping child.” Except that there were people hurt — at least two people, in fact. Kurtz corrected himself, writing, “Meant to say no one was killed when Cessna crashed into Virginia home. Three injured. But still a miracle if you look at the pictures.” The story reports that the pilot was seriously injured and that the passenger was treated for minor injuries on the scene. That adds up to two. A photo caption for the story does report that “authorities say” three people suffered minor injuries but the story doesn’t back that up. Scratching our heads on who that third injured person was, but glad that six WaPo reporters were on it.
Journo prefers “clueless” over “stupid”
“Email this morning: ‘You are either clueless or plain stupid.’ I opted for the former.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.
“My roommate just wished me good luck as she left our apartment for her boyfriend’s place. Ugh. #death.” — Stacy Lambe, a male freelancer for VH1.
A convo between two journos… Read more
Quotes of the Day
WHOSE SHOES? “Footwear of the fashion forward men of POLITICO Video.” — Politico‘s Christine Delargy. Hints: The guy in yellow has been known to frequent Pete’s, a pizza eatery in D.C.; his colleague showing off his fancy boat shoes, meanwhile, frequents Peregrine in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington. We’ll tell you later. But send your guesses and commentary to fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com.
“I’m wearing pajama bottoms, you can’t see it.” — Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis, joking (we think) during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.
Burning the midnight oil
“hey @woodhouseb do you think holder should resign? what if ashcroft had investigated MSNBC reporter? you wld have been ok with it? comment?” — BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings to Democratic Party Spokesman Brad Woodhouse. Noteworthy: The tweet was sent at 3:25 a.m.
Just in case you think you’re having a bad day…“Not something you see everyday. A plane sticking out the side of an apt building. @ABC7John is live at 4:32am!” — Sara Van Aernum, executive producer of ABC7′s “Good Morning Washington.” The plane ran out of fuel and had to take a pit stop into this Herndon, Va. apartment building. Can you imagine waking up to this sh-t?
Anxiety-ridden TV watcher
“I need a xanax just to watch this thing.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary watching yesterday’s Spelling Bee.
Just a normal day at work in Washington
“We are ALL CLEAR !” just received via email at @wusa9 after bomb threat. Broadcasts never interrupted. No evacuations.Thanks @DCPoliceDept” — WUSA9′s Russ Ptacek.
“Weird coincidence. #Tornado drill in #Senate, while #oklahoma has real thing.” — CQ Roll Call Staff Writer Alan Ota.
Reporter wishes she was better versed in car mechanics
“Wish I knew about cars so when mechanic went on ‘If you don’t give me all your money, you will DIE in a fiery mess’ spiel, I could check him.” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture…
“I was only reporter to ride 100k over 3 days w/George W. Bush on mountain bikes w/wounded vets on his ranch last week. 4k words posting soon.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward. In case you don’t think he’s the most humble reporter in Washington, he is. Just ask him! Read more
Quotes of the Day
“News helicopters being told to back off because HWY Patrol can’t hear people crying for help #tornado #oklahoma” — Robin Marsh, news anchor in Oklahoma City.
Fallout: Bring Up Politics at Your Own Risk
“I’m a douche low-life scumbag jackhole ghoul for noting Coburn already wants offsets to fed aid and Inhofe is climate change denier.” – Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, who got bombarded when he wrote this: “It’s striking that OK’s sens are 1) a federal spending skeptic and 2) global warming denier.” In response to the above, Kristina Ribali, director of new media at Freedom Works remarked: “@GlennThrush I didn’t say you were slamming them, I said you were being an ass. Have some class.” Labor reporter F. Bill McMorris wrote simply, “#douche.”
Did someone speak too soon?
“Thank God tragedies like this one in OK bring out the highest and best in everyone – politicians, first responders, government, media.” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.
More media in-fighting…
The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel: “If GOP going to use IRS ‘scandal’ to demolish government,they may wish to look at need for very same government in Oklahoma tornado disaster.”
National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg: “.@KatrinaNation what’s really in poor taste how your point is so pedestrian and lame. Why bother? Jeez.”
The Day After: “It is always the next day when the sun comes up that we learn the extent of the horror.” — Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.
And a few confessionals…
“Sometimes the disaster voyeurism on Twitter makes me uncomfortable.” — Blake Hounshel, managing editor of Foreign Policy mag.
“The partisanship in the wake of tragedy stuns me.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.
“When you turn your TV off and stop tweeting tonight — stop. Sit in peace. Too many people don’t have that tonight.” — WaPo producer Jeff Simon.
Emotions on high: A Variety of Calls for Prayer
- “Terrifying photo of tornado damage nyti.ms/10R5Ly2 May the dead rest in peace. May survivors get help to heal and rebuild.” – Conor Friedersdorf, staff writer for The Atlantic.
“Worst part about Oklahoma news is you know it’s going to get worse. And that’s just heartbreaking. #PrayForOklahoma” — Rory Cooper, communications director to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.
- “The sad news from Oklahoma keeps rolling in. Everyone at TheDC is thinking of the folks affected, & will keep you in our thoughts & prayers.” — The Daily Caller.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Oklahoma tonight. #okc” — Newt Gingrich.
“CIA source says Fox News scandal the ’4th Shoe’; says it goes much deeper; says WH also sitting on “something” that has top aides terrified.” — Drudge Report and TWT Columnist Joseph Curl.
GOP Spox Prediction: 60 Minutes to land first Obama interview
“White House/Obama scandal tsunami is growing. Odds that the White House offers Steve Kroft the first POTUS interview?” — NRSC Strategist/Spokesman Brad Dayspring in an unfortunate display of using a weather analogy on the wrong day.
Rubin Vs. Shuster
“Watching lefty media meltdown re Obama media spying is like a kid finding out Babe Ruth was a drunk. Sorry to disillusion but long overdue.” — WaPo‘s
“Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin.
Shuster guts Rubin like a fish…“When it comes to RWNJ’s, including @JRubinBlogger, who are mentally ill + psychotic, best to ignore them.” — Lefty radio host David Shuster. “[Jennifer Rubin] proves again she is a habitual liar. And, asking @CNN to cut the mic of somebody responding to her lies? Psychotic.”
Bureau Chief takes firm stance on exposed pits
“Phew, getting people blind drunk in bars in order to get them to tell you things isn’t in DOJ’s list of treasonous acts that reporters do.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton. And this from a few days ago, but we couldn’t resist it: “I’m a firm believer that sleeves are mandatory for dudes in a restaurant situation. Nobody wants your pits exposed near their food.”
Watch out, ladies, your purses are germier than you think
“Not the dinner hour yet so if you carry a purse tune in at 4. Report shows more germs on your purse than a toilet. News4 @nbcwashington.” — Jim Handly, anchor, NBC Washington.
See more Morning Chatter…
CNN Starting point calls it “The Fifty Shades of Grey of political novels,” which is definitely a stretch as it lacks any graphic sex scenes whatsoever unless you count sizing up the candidate’s package as graphic. Still, Domestic Affairs, by Bridget Siegel, a political consultant who has worked on local, state and national campaigns, is hard to put down as FishbowlDC quickly learned after finishing it in a few days.
In Siegel’s 2012 book, which releases in paperback on May 14, she mentions journalists by name including HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, then-Politico‘s Ben Smith and “Tara” from Page Six — i.e. Tara Palmeri, formerly of the Washington Examiner and currently of the New York Post. Also mentioned: Brianna, possibly CNN’s Brianna Keilar.
Smith wasn’t aware of his presence in the book. “I was not!” he wrote. “But glad my immortality is assured.” When told that he was mentioned in a semi-racy novel, Stein asked, “Did my story on Ms. Greenley make the front page of Huffpost?”
Sadly, no. Smith was identified as the reporter who broke the fictitious news of the novel’s main character, Olivia Greenley, going to work as Georgia Gov. and Presidential hopeful Landon Taylor. Interestingly, Greenley has an affair with the very married candidate, as does the star in ABC’s “Scandal” — also named Olivia as in Olivia Pope. Politico also gets a shout-out: “Sure, her mom didn’t know what Politico was, but her colleagues did. Ben Smith was reporting on her. Sam Stein and Chris Cillizza, too.”
Later in the book… Read more
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