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Capitol File Celebrates its 2014 Men’s Issue in Style

Photo credit: Tony Brown/Imijination Photography

Photo credit: Tony Brown/Imijination Photography

Last night at Longview Gallery, Capitol File celebrated its 2014 Men’s Issue with a swanky affair, serving up Belle Isle moonshine and passed hors d’oeuvres by Windows Catering alongside big screens for ESA-provided video games and a Maserati.

“Kill the Messenger’s Jeremy Renner takes the cover of Capitol File’s latest issue. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons are among its contributors. FOX5′s Steve Chenevey is profiled for his on camera style. And Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL) come together for “Congressional Collaboration.” Read more

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The Atlantic and Aspen Institute Announce the Sixth Annual Washington Ideas Forum

Screen Shot 2014-09-17 at 13.48.22Today The Atlantic, in partnership with the Aspen Ideas Forum, announced its impressive lineup of speakers for its sixth annual Washington Ideas Forum. The two day event will take place October 29 and 30 at the Harman Center for the Arts and will cover national and international topics of importance including business, education, climate change, policy, and science and technology.

Aspen Institute president and CEO Walter Isaacson will discuss his forthcoming book The Innovators. Additional participants include Revolution founder and partner Steve Case, Whole Foods CEO Walter Robb, Cornell University president David Skorton, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, House of Cards screenwriter Beau Willimon, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), among others.

The Atlantic’s James Bennet, Steve Clemons, Ta-Nehisi Coates, James Fallows, and Scott Stossel will join Bloomberg View’s Margaret Carlson and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchell as moderators.

For a full list of participants across all topic areas, click here. Media interested in attending should start sucking up now to Alexi New for invites.

‘Meet the Press’ Makeover Continues with New Acting Executive Producer

Meet the Press - Season 67NBC News SVP Alex Wallace announced today that John Reiss will join NBC’s “Meet the Press” as acting executive producer, replacing Rob Yarin, who assumed the same role in August 2013 with David Gregory as moderator. TVNewser was first to report that Reiss joins as Chuck Todd prepares to take over as host of the world’s longest running television program this Sunday, September 7.

Reiss for the past seven years served as EP of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and prior to that was an EP for “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline” producer.

Wallace writes that Yarin, who will continue in a new role with “MTP,” will “be integral to establishing a 24/7 editorial presence and ramping up our digital strategy.”

On Friday, FishbowlDC reported that 23-year NBC News veteran – 11 as “MTP” EP – Betsy Fischer Martin would depart the peacock network that day.

See Wallace’s full note to staff, after the jump. Read more

Dan Savage on his HUMP! Tour, Sex in DC, and the GOP

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 13.24.15Earlier today, FishbowlDC had the opportunity to speak with love and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, in advance of the DC stop of his amateur adult film festival, HUMP!. The show premiers tonight and runs through Saturday at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

HUMP! films take a nuanced approach to amateur adult films by using parody, documentary themes, animation, and more to give viewers an artistic look at the genre. The festival was created in 2005 by the “Savage Love” author as a sex-positive and creative outlet for amateur pornographers.

Eight screenings are planned for its visit to DC, including Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 at 8 and 10 pm and at 4, 6, 8, and 10 pm Saturday, March 22. Tickets may be purchased at http://humptour.strangertickets.com. The festival’s DC stop is presented by the Washington City Paper, which runs “Savage Love” weekly and online.

Read on for our Q&A with Savage on the origins of the tour, what we can expect, and naturally, his answers to Push/F@#k/Marry with Fox News’ Bret Baier, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

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Weekend Show Preview, 2.21 – 2.23

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

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Gov Bobby Jindal (R-LA), WaPo‘s Dan Balz, NYT‘s Jonathan Martin, Amy Walter of The Cook Political Report, Slate’s John Dickerson, Bobby Ghosh of TIME, Margaret Brennan of CBS

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI), Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-VT), Giant panda cub Bao Bao at the National Zoo (it’s unclear if he’ll be in-studio), George Will, President of the Wilson Center Jane Harman, Michael Needham of Heritage Action for America, and Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, NYT‘s David Brooks and Helene Cooper, PBS’ Judy Woodruff, retired Olympic Hockey player Mark Wells

ABC’s “This Week“: President George W. Bush; Jacob Wood, co-founder and CEO, Team Rubicon, U.S. Marine Corps Veteran; and guest host Martha Raddatz

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Actor Joe Morton

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Rep. Mario Díaz Balart (R-FL); Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez (D-IL); María Corina Machado, Venezuelan opposition lawmaker; Tania Díaz, Venezuelan Congresswoman from President Nicolás Maduro’s Socialist Party; Jorge Castañeda, Mexico’s former Secretary of Foreign Affairs

More guest listings after the jump…

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FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaways: 1) Rankings are unchanged from last month -with the average rate of growth hovering around 2%. 2) The biggest under performer though, was Howard Kurtz, who added only 204 new followers over the course of January. 3) Top performers were Greta VanSusteren with 13,301 new followers, Bret Baier with 10,947, George Stephanopoulos with 9,634, and Chris Matthews with 8,814.

1.) George Stephanopoulos -ABC** – 1,926,327 (+0.5% month over month)
2.) David Gregory -NBC – 1,648,098 (+0.21%)
3.) Wolf Blitzer -CNN – 690,783 (+0.71%)
4.) Bret Baier -FOX – 445,511 (+2.5%)
5.) Chuck Todd -MSNBC – 409,593 (+2.0%)
6.) Greta VanSusteren -FOX – 397,724 (+3.46%)
7.) Jake Tapper -CNN – 319,961 (+2.0%)
8.) Chris Matthews -MSNBC – 232,583 (+3.9%)
9.) Brian Stelter** -CNN – 216,714 (+1.5%)
10.) Andrea Mitchell -MSNBC – 210,936 (+2.4%)
11.) Candy Crowley -CNN – 202,447 (+0.74%)
12.) Howard Kurtz -FOX – 129,247 (+0.16%)
13.) Gwen Ifill -PBS – 70,540 (+2.35%)
14.) Bob Schieffer -CBS – 52,217 (+1.8%)
15.) Judy Woodruff -PBS – 16,475 (+3.72%)
16.) Chris Wallace** -FOX – 0

Click here to see last month’s FBDC Tweeterboard for Washington Anchors.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does, however, have 76,775 followers, a 3.1% increase from last month.

Weekend Show Preview 1.10 – 1.12

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

–CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), John Harris from Politico, Rana Foroohar of  TIME, WSJ’s Gerald Seib, Michael Gerson of WaPo

-”Fox News Sunday”: John Roberts as guest host, Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), George Will, WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, Karl Rove, Juan Williams

–NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Rick Santorum, Maria Shriver, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews

–ABC’s “This Week“: Martha Raddatz as guest host, Judy Smith, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), CNN’s Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and David Plouffe

–CNN’s “State of the Union“: Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-MD), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sean Spicer, Karen Tumulty of WaPo

–CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: TBA

–Univision’s “Al Punto”: Frmr. Sec. of HUD Henry Cisneros, Eliseo Medina of SEIU, Juan José Gutiérrez, Sergio García, Carlota Sosa, Leonardo Padrón

–PBS’s “McLaughlin Group”: TBA

–PBS’s “Washington Week“: John Dickerson of SlatePeter Baker of NYTMaggie Haberman of Politico, and WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe

–BTV’s “Political Capital: Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.  

FBDC FaceRace: Washington Anchors

facebook_logo-300x300Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC analyzed the Facebook pages of some of DC’s biggest television personalities and the results are revealing. First off, the numbers here are a bit more complicated than with Twitter, since some anchors have well-developed personal pages, while others have clearly spent their time developing their shows’ pages. Our analysts decided the fairest way to provide objective rankings was to combine the followers/likes of anchors’ personal fan pages with those of the shows they host. Below are the rankings of Washington-based anchors based on this combined number.

The takeaway: Chris Matthews is the big winner here. George Stephanopoulos technically bests him, but bear in mind that Stephanopoulos is on network TV nearly every day -a fact which no doubt boosts his personal brand. If you compare their DC-based shows side by side, Matthews is way ahead. Moreover, Stephanopoulos is not actually a full-time DC anchor. He spends most of his time in NYC. 

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 271,633 (Personal – 229,775 followers; “This Week” – 41,858 likes*)
2.) Chris Matthews - 228,810 (Personal – 22,266 likes*; “Hardball” – 206, 544 likes)
3.) Greta VanSusteren - 208,596 (Personal – 198,662 likes; “On the Record” – 9,934 likes*)
4.) Bret Baier 201,125 (Personal – 196,594 likes; “Special Report” – 4,531 likes*)
5.) David Gregory - 168,495 (Personal – 20,288 likes; Meet The Press – 148,207 likes)
6.) Gwen Ifill - 161,851 (Personal – 4,822 likes*; “News Hour” – 157,029 likes)
7.) Howard Kurtz - 128,427 (Personal – 127,000 followers; “Media Buzz” – 1,427 likes)
8.) Jake Tapper - 95,760 (Personal – 92,310 followers; “The Lead” – 3,450 likes)
9.) Wolf Blitzer - 86,866 (Personal – 9,850 likes*; “Situation Room” – 77,016 likes)
10.) Chris Wallace - 68,871 (Personal – none available; “Fox News Sunday” – 68,871 likes)
11.) Candy Crowley - 54,701 (Personal – 9,637 likes*; “State of the Union” – 45,064 likes)
12.) Andrea Mitchell - 53,828 (Personal – none available; “Andrea Mitchell Reports” – 53,828 likes*)
13.) Chuck Todd - 40,013 (Personal – 654 likes*; “Daily Rundown” – 39,368 likes*)
14.) Bob Schieffer - 36,877 (Personal – 10,669 likes*; “Face the Nation” – 26,208 likes*)
15.) Brian Stelter** – 8,036 (Personal – none available; “Reliable Sources” -8,036 likes)

*These pages are not verified by the anchor or network.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaway: David Gregory is by far the biggest DC anchor on Twitter. He has more than twice as many followers as  Wolf Blitzer, who is on-air five times a week, and almost as many as George Stephanopoulos who hosts the #1 morning show as well as a Sunday show.

1.) George Stephanopoulos** – 1,916,693 (ABC)
2.) David Gregory – 1,644,571 (NBC)
3.) Wolf Blitzer – 685,893 (CNN)
4.) Bret Baier – 434,564 (FOX)
5.) Chuck Todd – 401,637 (MSNBC)
6.) Greta VanSusteren – 384,423 (FOX)
7.) Jake Tapper – 313,717 (CNN)
8.) Chris Matthews – 223,796 (MSNBC)
9.) Brian Stelter** – 213,499 (CNN)
10.) Andrea Mitchell – 206,013 (MSNBC)
11.) Candy Crowley – 200,964 (CNN)
12.) Howard Kurtz – 129,043 (FOX)
13.) Gwen Ifill – 68,919 (PBS)
14.) Bob Schieffer – 51,292 (CBS)
15.) Judy Woodruff – 15,884 (PBS)
16.) Chris Wallace** – 0 (FOX)

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does,however, have 74,457 followers.

5 Media Trends to Leave Behind in 2014

Helloooo 2014! It’s a new year and a fresh start. Good riddance to 2013,  a year of political in-fighting, economic stagnation, foolish government antics, and annoying media trends. That last item is of particular concern to us here at FishbowlDC. In fact, we’ve pulled together the top 5 media trends that rubbed us the wrong way in 2013 -with the hope that we can leave them behind in the new year.

5.) Super-budge online videos. Everyone from newspapers to pro-wrestlers and politicos has been getting in to the online video racket in an attempt to lure “the kids.” Most have failed miserably. Let’s just hope that they learn their lesson in 2014 -no one is gunna watch your video just because it’s there. Put some effort into it!

4.) The spoken hashtag. -There’s nothing quite so annoying as sidling up to a crowded bar and hearing some fool behind you snark “hashtag where’s the bartender?”, or jogging down the Mall past a group of selfie-snapping friends at the Washington Monument yelling “hashtag BFFs!”, or worst of all, taking a day trip to Rehoboth only to find a bunch of drunks screaming “hashtag spring break forever!” Leave it on Twitter, people.

3.) Politics in our entertainment and vice-versa. Whether we were talking Duck Dynasty, Pajama Boy, or Ashley Judd -2013 was the year that politics and entertainment got too close for comfort. Sure, Hollywood has always been meddling in Washington affairs, and politics long ago became a spectator sport. But with the rise of the reality TV start, the advent of personality-driven news programming, and a non-stop news cycle that’s more than willing to regurgitate the same story over and over again, it has become almost impossible to get away from celebrity-focused political news. It’s enough to make you yearn for the silent-film era.

Check out our top two least favorite trends after the jump…

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