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The DC’s Roeberg Lands at R Street

Last week, we reported that The Daily Caller had shaken up their editorial and business teams with some internal hires. McKenzie Vaughn  is the new Director of Operations and Public Affairs, and Clark Hennessy the new Director of Communications. This did raise a question for us though: What happened to Director of Communications and Public Affairs Nicole Roeberg? It would seem that Vaughn and Hennessy had taken over her areas of operation.

Well now our question has been answered. The R Street Institute announced today that  it has hired Roeberg to serve as Director of Communications. She takes on the communications duties previously performed by Public Affairs Director R.J. Lehmann, who has been promoted to become R Street’s editor-in-chief.

The R Street Institute is a non-profit think tank founded in 2012 by former members of the Heartland Institute’s Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate to promote “free markets; limited, effective government; and responsible environmental stewardship.” R Street split from Heartland after that group launched a billboard campaign in May of 2012 promoting climate change skepticism, which is an interesting story in its own right. Check out Dave Weigel‘s piece in Slate on it to learn more.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a respected organization,” Roeberg said of her new employer. “I’m eager to help broaden the reach and visibility of the important work R Street is doing, and particularly glad to have found a home where I can put my previous experience in insurance issues to work.”

Nicole’s first day is Feb 10. Congrats from us here at FishbowlDC!

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Citing Growth, The DC Shuffles Senior Staff

dailycaller_editThe Daily Caller announced today that it was promoting from within to fill its top editorial spots. Vince Coglianese has been promoted from Managing Editor to Executive Editor. Former Associate Editor Christopher Bedford will take over as Managing Editor, and another former Associate Editor Paul Conner will become Deputy Editor. The top editorial spot had been empty since the abrupt departure of the controversial David Martosko, who went to the Daily Mail.

There was movement on the business side too. McKenzie Vaughn was hired last May to be Director of Operations and Public Affairs. And Clark Hennessy has been promoted from Deputy Director of Audience Outreach to Director of Communications. Both Vaughn and Hennessy will be the points of contact for media booking requests.

In a press release, co-founders Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel say The DC has doubled its readership since the year before, and that the changes to senior staff “recognize the enormous talent that has driven the site to its position as a top news source.”

Read the press release after the jump…

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Touré Calls Tucker Carlson Remarks ‘Brain Dead,’ Carlson Asks, ‘What’s a Touré?’

Touré, the Madonna figure of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” took a moment to call remarks made by The Daily Caller and FNC “Fox & Friends” Co-host Tucker Carlson “brain dead” in a column by WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart. This morning’s subject matter involved a tweet by Clark Hennessy, Social Media Editor for The Daily Caller, who quipped that GOP Chairman Reince Priebus was the HNIC, in reference to lyrics by a rapper, Fashawn.

Capehart writes that blacks can use the phrase for a whole host of reasons but whites look strange if they do. “To use this phrase and not be black requires a level of cultural literacy that would be as rare as it would be impressive.” Hennessy is not black. He’s a native of New Zealand, who, as we reported previously, came to the publication about a week ago.

As the column moves on, it’s clear that Touré is Capehart’s go-to source. Capeheart notes that he asked Carlson about the tweeter’s identity and about what action, if any, was taken against Hennessy. He quotes Carlson’s entire email, which says in part,

“I realize it’s habit on the Left to hunt for racists under every bed, but you won’t find one here. The employee who wrote it was making a reference to his favorite hip hop song. Not everyone understood the allusion (including me), and — even worse — there was a typo in the tweet. So we deleted it. But the tweet certainly wasn’t intended to be malicious or racially-tinged. And by the way, isn’t Reince Priebus white?” 

Capehart then asks the nation’s leading expert on African American racial matters — 42-year-old Touré, of course — to react to Carlson’s statement. Touré’s qualifications on the matter include that he’s a music journalist and host of Fuse’s “Hiphop Shop.” Rev. Run from Run DMC officiated his wedding. He’s also the author of several books involving race, such as Soul City, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now, and I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon. Speaking of racism, while at Emory, Touré founded a black student newspaper that has been critiqued by The Daily Caller as “militantly anti-white.”

And maybe in the most ironic twist of all, in August of 2012, Touré caused a stir by stating that by calling President Obama “angry,” GOP nominee Mitt Romney was tactically engaging in the “niggerization” of the president. Touré later issued an apology. The story was covered by the usual suspects — WaPo, Mediaite, Newsbusters, and The Hollywood Gossip.

Capehart wrote,

“When I asked Toure for a reaction to Carlson’s response, he said that what’s ‘even more offensive is Tucker’s brain-dead ‘the left looks for racists under every bed,’ as if we’re here searching for racism. They love the idea that it’s we who mention racism who are the problem rather than racism itself being the problem.’”

Carlson’s reaction to all this?

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Week-Old Daily Caller Social Media Editor (and Gangsta Expert) Will Live Another Day

The Head Editor In Charge of The Daily Caller has spoken. Clark Hennessy, the brand spanking new Social Media Editor for the publication, ran into an online snarl Thursday when he tweeted something about RNC Chairman Reince Priebus being the HNIC (you can Google it).

Hennessy, a New Zealander who arrived to the pub a week ago and mans the DC‘s Twitter feed, quickly deleted the tweet. But not fast enough as it was retweeted 141 times. And soon the uptight Twitterati went wild, thick with outrage over his gangsta tweet and accusing the young man and The Daily Caller of being racist. Hennessy tried to remedy the situation by tweeting what he wrote again and replacing “HNIC” with “boss.” Good thinking! He also expressed regret: “Apologies for the earlier tweet, clearly been listening to too much Fashawn.”

A journalist soon emailed us, saying, “Whatever you do, don’t do a Twitter search ( for ‘HNIC’ and ‘DailyCaller.’”

We hear the newsroom went a bit haywire yesterday amid the controversy, and that Hennessy was spotted in the office of Publisher Neil Patel. Some feared he may get the axe. But whatever the talking-to amounted to couldn’t have been that bad. Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson told FishbowlDC this morning that Hennessy will not lose his job over this. “As for yesterday’s tweet, it was a reference to a song by Fashawn and not a racist attack on Reince Priebus, whom I don’t even think is black. Still, given the reaction on Twitter and the current standards on accidentally offensive speech, we have executed the employee who wrote it.”

Uh oh. Whah?

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