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The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

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What Really Happened to Daniel Pearl?

This afternoon at the National Press Club, the Center for Public Integrity officially released their report, nine years in the making, of what really happened to WSJ reporter Daniel Pearl, kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002.

CPI worked on The Pearl Project in conjunction with former WSJ reporter and Pearl’s colleague Asra Nomani (pictured), Georgetown University Journalism Director Barbara Feinman Todd, and more than 30 students. The project was funded by the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation.

Following an introduction from CPI director Bill Buzenberg, a pretty sweet three-course lunch was served: an asparagus and mushroom salad, chicken breast with couscous and vegetables, and a fruit tart.

After lunch, Todd and Nomani got down to business: They detailed their findings, identified the men involved in but never convicted of Pearl’s murder, and revealed that the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed had actually carried out the murder.

Angelina Jolie never showed as was rumored (or did in disguise). Others attended: Bill Kovach, former Washington bureau chief for the New York Times and now the Chairman of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ Advisory Committee, Connie Lawn, White House correspondent for USA Radio Network, and Mike Freedman, executive producer of the Kalb Report.

The Pearl Project’s full report, “The Truth Left Behind,”can be read here.

Ari Returns To The Press Room

White House reporter Connie Lawn writes FishbowlDC with this report:

    Ari Fleischer and his family (wife and two kids) came by to say hello to the President yesterday. Ari’s four-year-old daughter also wanted to see Barney.

    A bright smile and shining bald head greeted some reporters in the White House press room Tuesday. This time he brought his beautiful infant children. They posed behind the White House podium, and tried to mimic some of his mannerisms. Ari and his family also spent time with President Bush. Ari now lives in New York, and apparently has a successful career in communications consulting and speaking — he was in Washington to deliver one of his speeches.

    I asked him if he was giving the staff suggestions for life after the White House. None of the staff members will discuss their plans after they leave, but nostalgia is setting in. One of the White House staff members said they are employed for at least another 150 days.

Morning Reading List, 11.01.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington. This is the longest Morning Reading List in FishbowlDC history.

  • You think Tim Russert should be The Joker.

  • ABC announced, “During a week dominated by news of the fires in Southern California, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. For the week, the ABC broadcast averaged 8.95 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/9 among key demo viewers. This marks ‘World News” highest delivery in both categories in eight months (week of 2/26/07).”

  • Joe Kildea has left ABC’s “This Week.”

  • The Politico announced a new staffer. “Jeffrey Ressner, who will be reporting for Politico — from L.A. — on the nexus of Hollywood and politics, wrote and/or edited for publications including L.A. Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Time Magazine.”

  • More Halloween costumes, from Playbook:

      MORE COSTUMES: Riley was a kangaroo. J.T. was a fireman. Rob was Sarkozy, complete with aviators and French flag lapel pins, carrying a baguette. Lily was a pink witch/princess, and stole the show on M Street. Richard was Malcolm X. Tom Toles had a wide stance. Matt David was Papa Smurf and Kildea was Baby Smurf. Dana Milbank had a very short green dress with fishnets and a black wig.

    And…

      The Playbook “Best Costume” award goes to Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who went as a GRATEFUL IRAQI, wearing an Iraqi Olympic jacket and handing out candy.

  • A release announced, “The Society of American Travel Writers
    announced winners of the Aaron D. Cushman Travel Public Relations award at their convention in Manchester, England on October 6. Among the top honors, the Gold Award for Best Publicity for a Single Entity or National Brand, went to Willard 2006 — A Hotel’s Legacy, A Nation’s History — Barbara Bahny-David, Director of Public Relations for the Willard InterContinental — on behalf of Willard 2006.”

  • Check out FishbowlNY’s full coverage of the 2007 American Magazine Conference.

  • Gridskipper Washington D.C has a D.C. Punk Crawl, the Best Cheap Italian Restaurants and the Suburban Girl’s Guide to Shopping in the District.

  • You have to be major for ‘Meet’

  • A release announced, “Entrepreneur Risë Birnbaum is being honored as one of the Washington Business Journal’s 2007 “Women Who Mean Business.” Her company, Z Communications Co. (better known as zcomm), was recently recognized by the same publication as one of the top 15 public relations agencies by revenue in the D.C. Metro area.”

  • Did you miss the Center for Responsive Politics’ Massie Ritsch on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” Tuesday night. Check out the video on Conmedy Central’s website.

  • His Extreme-ness says, “The Note’s Insidery Readers Are So Jaded And Cynical These Days”

  • The new Onion book, Our Dumb World, went on sale Tuesday.

  • A release announced, “Maria Hinojosa, award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Latino USA, will be the featured speaker at the next Latino Leaders Luncheon Series, taking place from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6th at the Capital Hilton Presidential Ballroom, 1001 16th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. The series is a quarterly event hosted by Latino Leaders Networkâ„¢ and founder, Mickey Ibarra, to provide a platform for prominent Latino leaders to share their personal story of obstacles overcome to achieve success.”

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for October 21-26 shows, “The wildfires that raged in Southern California last week featured numerous tales of bravery, tragedy, and plenty of missing pets. But one reason the disaster became such a major story was that journalists couldn’t resist raising the comparison—fair or not—with the 2005 fiasco on the Gulf Coast.”

  • PRNewser has the details Pat Philbin’s going-away. Check it out here, here and here.

  • From The Huffington Post: “FEMA Offers New Guidelines Governing Press Conferences That Look Suspiciously Like The Old Guidelines That Should Have Governed Press Conferences In The First Place”

  • Christina Bellantoni is doing regular stints on Tony Kornheiser’s show talking about ’08 politics.

  • Huffington Post reports, “In recent weeks, Republican presidential candidates have found time in their busy schedules to speak or debate before the Republican Jewish Coalition, “Value Voters,” conservative Floridians, even Wyoming Republicans, who hold virtually no sway in the primary race. They’ve also agreed to appear at the CNN/YouTube debate they at one point shunned. But it appears that some GOP frontrunners are once again letting an opportunity to appear before African-American voters lapse, just as they decided to sit out a black voter forum hosted last month by Tavis Smiley. The Congressional Black Caucus Institute announced in September that it had scheduled a debate for November 4 on Fox News for Republican presidential candidates. But a spokeswoman for the group confirmed to the Huffington Post that it has now been postponed, with no new date set.”

  • A release announced that yesterday marked, “the official relaunch of the Nightline webcast which will be featured on ABCNews.com, ABC News Now, and iTunes.”

  • From a reporter who wishes to remain anonymous: “as one of the few journalists in town who does not believe russert walks on water, i have to say he did a good job last night at finally getting under hrc’s skin. the fact that she is now calling his demeanor unprofessional is absurd and quite telling about her thin skin…”

  • A tipster asks, “what is benjamin wallace-wells doing on the front of the post?”

  • For anyone wondering why Politico’s Crypt logo has changed, it’s because it is a group effort, of more than eight reporters, and they could not fit all those caricature on the box. Seriously.

  • Jossip tells us how to “Dress Up As Your Favorite Media Meanie.” Ok, so a day late, but stil funny.

  • The Guardian’s Cory Doctorow writes, “It’s all the rage these days: crackpot proposals to automatically police the internet for copyright violations, stopping them even before they occur. From YouTube’s promise to find and stamp out copyright infringing uploads to the counterproposal from the motion picture studios and Microsoft to find and stamp out infringing uploads, everyone is getting in on the act. The problem is, it’s all lies, wishful thinking and irresponsible promises.”

  • WWD.com reports, “Portfolio.com has tapped Larry Kramer, founder of MarketWatch, as a Web consultant for the next few months.”

  • “The Parents Television Council released its annual ranking of the 20 most popular prime time broadcast television shows among children ages 2-17, based on Nielsen Media Research rankings. … Of the 20 shows most-watched by children, only seven were scripted series, and six of those appeared on the worst list. Fox’s Family Guy was named the worst program for young audiences.” For the full result, click here.

  • The Nation announced that the magazine’s syndication policy at the magazine has changed; all rights and syndication are now handled by Agence Global.

  • Pajamas Media “announced actor Ron Silver, author Dr. Phyllis Chesler, and cultural critic Roger Kimball as new PajamasXpress bloggers. These contributors now have a permanent space at PajamasMedia.com where readers can view their most recent web postings on a range of issues and current events and engage them in conversation.”

  • A release announced, “Society of Professional Journalists, National Arab American Journalists Association join forces”

  • TV Decoder reports,Brian Lamb Says an Award for Him Is an Award for Us All”

  • A release announced, “The Hollywood Reporter … announced the release of Hollywood Reporter Direct, a free and easy-to-install application that provides subscribers with immediate and exclusive delivery of customized news, alerts and video from The Hollywood Reporter directly to their desktop. With this launch, The Hollywood Reporter becomes one of the first news outlets in the U.S. to offer this kind of desktop news delivery system to its global readership.”

  • A reader writes asks, “Uh, is the ‘Time 100′ peer-reviewed or something? Aren’t ALL magazine lists essentially subjective and built-to-entertain/sell-ads?”

  • Market Watch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The clever host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ is holding the usually clear-eyed media in the palm of his hand and bringing out the worst in some star-struck journalists who should know better.”

  • Washington Times reports, “Comcast this week debuted its Digital Voice service in Frederick County, Md., making the cable provider’s ‘triple play’ — cable, Internet and phone services –available to subscribers there.”

  • Poynter Online answers the burning question, “What Does a ‘Data Delivery Editor’ Do?”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz writes, “If you harbor a sneaking suspicion that the 2008 campaign is all about Hillary, you’re right”

  • Advertising Age announced, “Advertising Age unveils its annual A-List, where we name the year’s top 10 magazines. Womens’ magazines dominate this year’s list, as titles that focus on home, health, hunger and handbags all found a place, as did one British newsweekly. Other awards include editor of the year, launch of the year and publishing company of the year, which can be found in this special report.”

  • E&P reports, “News coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign has centered predominantly on just five candidates, offered very little information about their public records or what they would do in office, and focused more than 60% of stories on political and tactical aspects of the race, according to a joint study released Monday.”

  • The New York Times’ Kit Seelye covers Huffington Post’s OffTheBus presidential campaign citizen journalism project.

  • We hear the following people will be Note at tonight’s Time magazine party for Mark Halperin’s “The Page”: Managing Ed Richard Stengel, Wash Bureau Chief Jay Carney, TIME.com Managing Editor Josh Tyrangiel, Mark Halperin, Sen Sherrod Brown, Ron Brownstein, Sen Bob Corker, Tom DeLay, Rep Rahm Emanuel, Mandy Grunwald, Tammy Haddad, Jim Jordan, Chris Matthews, Sen Robin McCain, Terry McCullough, Norah O’Donnell, Kevin Sheekey, George Stephanopoulos, Howard Wolfson and Judy Woodruff.

  • Hotline has finally finally hired a new On Call Editor in Jennifer Skalka.

  • Mark your calendars! NPR Music is set to launch November 5.

  • Check out Carol Joynt’s latest edition of the Washington Social Diary.

  • The HealthCentral Network, Inc. “announced that breast cancer survivor Laura Zigman, a best-selling author regarded as the progenitor of the ‘Chick Lit’ genre, will join MyBreastCancerNetwork.com as an expert.”

  • A reader writes in, “Know who’s a big winner in Microsoft’s investment in Facebook that values the company at $15 billion? The WashPost’s Don Graham, who was an early investor in Facebook”

  • New York Times reports, “The Fox News Channel sent notices to the campaigns of the leading Republican presidential candidates yesterday ordering them to stop using images from their Fox appearances in campaign advertisements.”

  • Place your bid for an “Amazing One Month Internship with Harper’s Bazaar Magazine”

  • Gawker reports, “Last night Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn was host to a party for Napeolonic media mufti Michael Wolff and former New York mag honcho Caroline Miller’s new project Newser, the web 1.0 news aggregator. Ten years ago, Michael Wolff wrote Burn Rate; it chronicled the spectacular failure of his first web venture, NetGuide. Along the way, Wolff seriously burned his backer Alan Patricof and nearly everybody else he worked with. So when if Newser fails, will there be a Burn Rate II?”

  • Public Eye wonders, “Stephen Colbert, Mock Debater?”

  • Seattle Business Journal reports, “Motivational speaker and corporate-ethics author Lynn Brewer said she will ask USA Today for an apology for its recent article questioning her credentials as an Enron whistle-blower.”

  • CJR reports, “Nightline proves PEJ study right”

  • Inside Cable News has “a chart in Live numbers comparing the channels in Total Day and Primetime in October 2007 to October 2006.”

  • Kansas City Star reports, “Conservative columnist and pundit Robert Novak came to the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday to talk about his 50 years covering Washington politics. Novak also made the trip to sign copies of his new book, The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington.”

  • The Triangle, Drexel’s newspaper, reports, “Chris Matthews, host and star of news shows Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Chris Matthews Show, was at Drexel University for a book signing early during the day of the Democratic Debate Oct. 30. Matthews held a brief talk in which he addressed the student audience and answered a few questions. He began his address to students with his view of the modern-day political situation.”

  • Connie Lawn is the “skiing White House Reporter.” In addition to writing about politics, she travels and writes intensively about skiing during the season. Much of Connie’s work can be seen on dcski.com.

  • New York Post reports, “AOL and MTV Networks are unveiling new services that will allow consumers to search for and view the lyrics to popular songs. The initiatives are the latest examples of music publishers cashing in on song lyrics by licensing the words to popular tunes for reproduction on Web sites and television.”

  • Fortune introduces us to “Arianna Huffington 2.0″

  • The Associated Press reports, “Plans fell into place Monday for CNN to hold a major Republican debate on Nov. 28, while MSNBC postponed their Nov. 6 debate because of conflicts with the GOP contenders’ schedules.”

  • A release announced, “The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that Emmy Award winning producer Ricky Kirshner and long-time Democratic Party strategist Mark Squier will serve as Executive Producers for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Together, Kirshner and Squier will craft and implement a program that supports the DNCC’s commitment to bring down the Pepsi Center walls and make this Convention as inclusive, accessible and engaging as possible using new technology and other creative means. As Executive Producers, the pair will be responsible for the overall look and execution of the Convention program including the design, staging, lighting, audio and entertainment.”

  • A release announced, “CNN, YouTube and the Republican Party of Florida … announced that the eight major Republican candidates running for president … will participate in their first-of-its-kind Republican primary debate scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, Fla. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate this program designed to allow voters, no matter where they live, ask questions of the candidates for this country’s highest office.”

  • “Nearly 11 months before anyone could cast a vote, the press had already narrowed the presidential horserace to five candidates. And while the coverage provided ample information on political tactics and fundraising, it offered citizens relatively little information on the candidates’ records or where they proposed to take the country,” according to a joint study released by the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

  • What are the biggest social events of the season? Washingtonian tells us.

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  • Will President Bush Call On More Reporters?

    …instead of just the standard ones he always calls on?

    WH reporter Connie Lawn asked Dana Perino about that recently:

      Q Thank you. On a personal note, what are your goals, your aspirations as Press Secretary?

      MS. PERINO: Just to get through this. (Laughter.)

      Q You’re doing a good job. And to re-ask what I asked Tony last week, will you try to consider encouraging the President to be more democratic in his choice of people he recognizes –

      MS. PERINO: I have sway with some things. I’ll give it a shot.