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Boob Expert Shows up to Gutfeld Book Party

Walking into the Breitbart Embassy last night was sort of what one imagines walking into Michael Jackson‘s old home: Stationed in the living room was an ice cream stand with the Good Humor man. Outside was a petting zoo with ducks, bunnies, an alpaca and a tiny horse. And walking around the whole house was Nancy Leonard, an accordionist dressed in traditional Swiss clothing, who prides herself on being able to walk and play music at the same time.

“Do you know what the difference between an accordionist and an entertainer is?” Leonard asked FishbowlDC. “An entertainer can walk and play. Most accordionists have to sit and read the music.”

Leonard is a former breast implant specialist for the FDA. “I helped all kinds of people,” she said. “I helped men, women, transvestites… anybody.”

Also roaming around the zoo was former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

The Embassy was hosting a party for FNC The Five‘s Greg Gutfeld who has a book coming out next month. Gutfeld’s book, The Joy of Hate, is dedicated to the late Andrew Breitbart. It’s a commentary on the knee-jerk reaction people have to cry foul at anything and everything. Gutfeld said young and old people as well as “people that are not young or old” should read the book.

Party invitations inexplicably featured an old ’90s TV screenshot of Gutfeld from when he worked for Men’s Health. In the photograph, a buff Gutfeld is in a tank top and has a high-top haircut. “How dare you,” he said when we brought it up.

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Coulter on Alter: ‘Is he considered a journalist?’

Conservative author Ann Coulter showed up to her book signing at the Americans for Tax Reform headquarters 30 minutes late. “I blame it all on Human Events,” she announced when she arrived.

Coulter was interviewed by Human Events prior to the signing and it ran long. Thomas Winter, the paper’s editor, told FishbowlDC Coulter alerted him she was going to return to her hotel to change clothes before heading to ATR. “Having a wife… I know what it’s like when a woman says she’s going to be somewhere as soon as she can,” he said.

Some 70 people showed up at the event to have Coulter sign copies of her new book Mugged. She signed all of them before heading to the “First Friday” monthly gathering of young conservatives near Capitol Hill.

On CSPAN Friday morning, Coulter, known for attacking the news media, said “the entire mainstream media is pretending” her new book “doesn’t exist.” On her way out we asked her to name the most fair national reporter. “[Fox News'] Brit Hume,” she said without skipping a beat. When asked to name the least fair reporter, she said “Everyone on MSNBC.” How about one specific reporter? She named former Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter. “Is he considered a journalist? Probably not,” she said.

With that, Coulter exited the building, cup of wine in hand.

Alter responded to Coulter’s comments in an email to FBDC. He said she named him “because we appeared on television many times together before she was famous and she insisted on going on alone, and each time I owned her.”

Coulter must have struck a chord. Alter sent another email immediate after: “P.S: Does she even know what the word ‘fair’ means?” he said. “We know that if she does, she doesn’t consider it a compliment.  That means she must be saying something nice about me. Thanks, Ann!”

Notables: TWT‘s Kerry Picket; GOProud Co-Founder Jimmy LaSalvia; Town Hall‘s Derek Hunter; Human Event‘s Cathy Taylor, Neil W. McCabe and Audrey Hudson; and WMAL’s Chris Plante.

Quotable: “So we had to sit there in the cab right next to each other in complete silence.”– Picket, describing her latest troubles flying into D.C. from Denver, Colo. at 2 a.m. She said the line to hail a cab outside of Reagan National Airport was long and when she finally flagged one down, a woman jumped the line to hop in. “I guess the New York in me came out,” Picket said. The two females argued over who was going to take the cab before the driver told them he could take them both. The last time we saw Picket at a book-related event, she sported a black and blue banged up leg — the result of a mountain biking accident.

Righty Journos Chuckle at MSM’s Expense

The one jab that never fails to elicit laughs from conservatives is the one about MSNBC and how “nobody” watches it. There was a lot of that at last night’s Media Research Center gala.

MRC, a conservative media watchdog org, celebrated its 25th anniversary and presented its tongue-in-cheek Dishonors awards at the National Building Museum.

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham presented the first two awards, one of which was the “Obamagasm” award. The nominees were MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (“Isn’t it a surprise when you see him talking about Obama and he still has his clothes on?” Ingraham said.), ABC’s Diane Sawyer (“of the perpetually heavy breathing voice”) and CNN’s Piers Morgan (“Britain’s own alien life form”). Matthews won for declaring in July that President Obama is “the perfect father, the perfect husband, the perfect American.”

The second award — the “Vast Right-Wing Knuckle-Draggers” award went to MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, for saying in September 2011 that the GOP wants to build “a time machine, to go back in time…” Ingraham described Roberts as “Thomas no-one’s-ever-heard-of-me Roberts.”

Media bashing was given a rest for the William F. Buckley award for Media Excellence. It was presented by conservative columnist Cal Thomas as a tribute to Andrew Breitbart. The audience gave a standing ovation at the conclusion of Thomas’ remarks.

Two more anti-media awards were given out: The “Damn Those Conservatives to Hell” award (to NBC’s Ann Curry, for her interview with Republican V.P. candidate Paul Ryan in April) and the “Barbara Streisand Political I.Q. Award for Celebrity Vapidity” (to actor Sean Penn, for saying on CNN in October 2011 that the tea party wants to “lynch” Obama).

Finally, MRC President Brent Bozell handed out one last award: “The Worst Reporter in the History of Man” award. This one was chosen by cheers from the audience. It was initially a tie between former CBS anchorman Dan Rather and ABC’s Katie Couric. After a second round of cheers, Couric was named the “winner.” An embarrassing photo of Couric dancing at a private party in 2006 was projected on banners hanging from the ceiling.

The banners were a fixture for awkward photos throughout the evening. To the right was the spaced-out image of RNC Committee Chairman Reince Priebus that displayed when he spoke on stage.

Notables: The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, The Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay, Fox News contributor Steven Crowder, The Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein and Charlie Spiering, Slates David Weigel, The National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg, The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes, GOP mega donor Foster Friess, WMAL’s Chris Plante and CRC publicists Ashley Morris and Kelley Hudak.

Quotable: “I better put this down.”– An MRC goer who was spotted drinking directly from a champagne bottle. She put the bottle down when she saw us attempting to snap a photo.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Rev. Al Sharpton

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), CBS News

ABC’s This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, NYT‘s David Brooks, Mother JonesDavid Corn, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward

Fox News Sunday: NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director Dr. Anthony Fauci

CNN’s State of the Union: White House senior advisor David Axelrod, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Gov. Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) and CNN’s William Bennett and Donna Brazile

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WMAL’s Chris Plante, The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, St. Petersburg TimesEric Deggans, Foundation for the Defense of Democracy’s Cliff May and New America Foundation’s Reihan Salam

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former CIA officer Reuel Gerecht, Claremont McKenna College’s Minxin Pei, Harvard’s Roderick MacFarquhar and
“The Age of the Unthinkable” author Joshua Cooper Ramo

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, BBC’s Katty Kay and Time‘s Michael Duffy

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Peter Baker, NPR’s Tom Gjelten, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid and Slate and CBS News’ John Dickerson

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: White House Communications Director Anita Dunn and White House Budget Director Peter Orszag

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: U.S. Army (Retired) Major General John Hawkins, Council on American Islamic Relations National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper; Business and Media Institute Director Dan Gainor, Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), WPFW-FM and The Final Call’s Askia Muhammad, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Urban Radio’s April Ryan, Comcast and Roll Call TV’s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Ha’aretz correspondent for Occupied Lands’ Amira Hass, former U.S. diplomat Aaron David Miller, Center on Law and Security’s Karen Greenberg, Norwegian Defense Research Establishment’s Thomas Heggehammer and U.S. Coordinator for Counterterrorism’s Daniel Benjamin

Will update as we learn them.

Plante Reclaims DC Radio Spot from Scarborough

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Plante with Tammy Haddad

Joe Scarborough may be losing his DC radio affiliate as Chris Plante returns to 630 WMAL on Monday, October 19th. Chris will reclaim his 9am to noon slot currently being filled by The Joe Scarborough Show.

In an email to staff, management says “It is unclear at this writing whether or not The Joe Scarborough Show will continue in some capacity at night/weekends etc.”

Morning Reading List, 12.12.08

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Good morning Washington. Where in DC can you find the above mural? Think you know? Then email us with your guess and we’ll publish the correct guessers in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

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Morning Reading List, 11.04.08

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Good morning Washington. Enjoy the day, win or lose. You deserve it.

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Morning Reading List, 09.04.08

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Morning Reading List, 02.05.08

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Happy Super Tuesday Washington! Better yet, it’s Bobby Brown’s birthday!

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REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | RADIO | JOBS

  • Most of you wake up a couple of times during the night.

    NEWSPAPERS

  • “For news media, the emergence of Bill Clinton as a key public player in the presidential campaign of his wife, Sen. Hillary Clinton, raises unusual coverage issues,” writes Edward Wasserman is Knight professor of journalism ethics at Washington and Lee University, in the Miami Herald.

  • blog.pmarca is “Inaugurating the New York Times Deathwatch

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    TV

  • TVNewser reports, “With the broadcast networks taking various amounts of prime time hours for coverage and the cable networks going from dawn to early Wednesday morning with live coverage, the TV time for Super Tuesday results will be huge.”

  • ICFJ asks, “Is ‘fake’ news more honest than ‘real’ news?”

  • “C-SPAN will air LIVE coverage of Super Tuesday, with results throughout the evening, in-studio guests, live coverage of the candidates speeches in their entirety, and viewer phone calls.” Also, “C-SPAN 2 will simulcast live election coverage from CBS News Radio, accompanied by graphics listing results from all 24 states with Super Tuesday contests as they happen.”

  • A CNN release announced the network’s Super Tuesday coverage. “CNN’s Best Political Team on Television goes around the clock with 40 hours of non-stop political programming and employs the most innovative presentation of election results in history for its coverage of Super Tuesday. Based at the CNN Election Center in New York and with top political correspondents and analysts positioned in key battleground states across the nation, lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer, joined by Lou Dobbs, Anderson Cooper, Soledad O’Brien and Campbell Brown, will guide the network’s special coverage, along with CNN’s team of political analysts and reporters. In addition, the CNN Election Center undergoes its biggest test of the election season to date as voters in 24 states head to the polls.”

  • A release announced, “PBS and The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer will provide complete coverage of the results with a three hour live special broadcast anchored by Jim Lehrer starting at 9pm ET.”

  • A Bloomberg release announced, “Bloomberg News will deliver nonstop multimedia coverage of Super Tuesday late into night via Bloomberg Television, Bloomberg Radio andBloomberg.com and on the Bloomberg Professional service. As voters cast their ballots in the Democratic and Republican primaries and caucuses, Bloomberg will provide comprehensive Super Tuesday coverage from New York, Washington and Bloomberg’s network of bureaus across the nation and around the world. Bloomberg viewers and listeners will be kept up to date on Wall Street’s reaction with reports and interviews.”

  • TVNewser reports, “And while the news networks of News Corp. get their mugs on Fox, John King shows his own mug, during CNN’s Ballot Bowl coverage. The Dorchester, MA native is a partisan when it comes to the Super Bowl.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Variety reports, “Newsweek and the Washington Post are betting that Super Tuesday warrants extra Web attention. On the night when some 50% of presidential primaries and caucuses occur, Newsweek and the Post will be putting their big editorial guns in front of webcams for six continuous hours of live coverage, which the BBC will simulcast to its stations around the world.”

  • A release announced, “AccuWeather, Inc. today announced the launch of its ‘get out the vote’ campaign titled Forecast Your Future: Vote! The campaign includes PSAs to be shown on the Local AccuWeather Channel digital-tier cable network and on the leading weather web site, AccuWeather.com. The PSAs feature well-known on-air talent encouraging viewers to influence their own political ‘forecasts’ by exercising their rights as U.S. citizens to vote in the ongoing primaries and upcoming presidential elections.”

  • Fortune reports, “Two years ago, AOL was the belle of the Internet ball as its owner, Time Warner, entertained teams of suitors hoping to cozy up to the once-dominant Web portal. Microsoft offered to buy half of AOL, but the board of Time Warner demurred. Yahoo offered to acquire the company with stock, which was also a non-starter. In the end Time Warner settled on a deal under which search giant Google invested $1 billion in AOL in exchange for running its search business.”

  • CNet News reports, “AOL announced on Monday that it has purchased Goowy Media, a company that has created technology for widget creation and analytics reporting. AOL has been partnering with Goowy since early in 2007; financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.”

  • Valley Wag reports, “Yahoo deal spells a sale for MSNBC.com.” And, “Insiders say no way on MSNBC.com sale.”

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    RADIO

  • DCRTV reports,Don Herbert, a longtime Los Angeles news radio anchor who once worked at WTOP, died on 2/2 of complications from colon surgery. He was 72. Herbert, whose real name was Herbert Rosenbaum, worked at WTOP before moving to LA to become one of KFWB’s original anchors upon its debut as an all-newser in 1968.”

  • Inside The Beltway reports, “Talk about a political track record: How about this observation from Chris Berry, president and general manager for Washington’s WMAL-630 AM: ‘We have broadcast presidential election results since Herbert Hoover beat Al Smith in the presidential election of 1928.’ Meanwhile, the news/talk radio station will produce the first live remote radio broadcast from the still-yet-to-open Newseum for Super Tuesday as presidential primary and caucus returns from 24 states are tabulated. The 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. hosts are Chris Core and Chris Plante.”

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    JOBS

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for an Editorial Intern.

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