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Yahoo! News Celebrates Chalian, Campaign Season

Photo L to R: Rick Klein, Robin Sproul, Richard Kaplan, Ross Levinsohn, Jonathan Karl, Amy Walter, Joe Ruffolo.

If you didn’t make it up to the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave for Yahoo! News’ swanky soiree on Wednesday night, here’s a quick recap of what you missed:  Thrown by event extraordinaire Philip Dufour, the party was held in large part to welcome new DC bureau chief David Chalian.  In addition, the newsgroup used the opportunity to kick off their 2012 campaign coverage plans and to raise a glass to their partnership with ABC News.

Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo! EVP of the Americas  (and American University alum),  spoke about Yahoo! News’ expanding editorial coverage and presence in Washington to a crowd that included many familiar faces from ABC’s DC bureau:  Ann Compton, Jonathan Karl, Rick Klein, Polson Kanneth, Richard Kaplan, Amy Walter and Robin Sproul.  Also in attendance were WaPo‘s Dana Milbank, Neil Patel of the Daily Caller, NJ’s Chris Frates, Jane Mayer from the New Yorker, CNN’s Dan Lothian and Alex Mooney, Politico’s Marty Kady and Keach Hagey, Judy Kurtz of The Hill, NBC’s Adam Verdugo, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, CQ Roll Call’s Mark Walters and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

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Journos to Sing Out Loud In Public

CBS’s Bob Schieffer. Politico‘s Dave Catanese. CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Dan Lothian. Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz. TWT‘s Peter Parisi.

These are some of the boldface names you’ll see on stage in two weeks when Washington’s bravest journalists take to the stage to belt out a song.

It’s the one night each year when Democratic and Republican operatives, Hill staffers, and the media who cover their diminishing bipartisanship join forces to sing badly for a good cause. Karaoke in the Capital, sponsored by the American Association of Political Consultants — with some proceeds benefiting Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation — returns to Washington D.C.’s Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, October 19th. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at KaraokeInTheCapital.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For those interested in singing, the slots fill up fast. Last year’s stellar performances included FNC’s Ed Henry (then at CNN) singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Slate’s Dave Weigel‘s unforgettable Elvis impersonation. Write budjackson@aol.com to sign up.

Who Will Replace Ed Henry at CNN?

Yesterday we learned the stunning news that CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry is jumping ship for the network’s competitor Fox News. The mood inside CNN is one of shock as colleagues never saw this coming. CNN says it will announce Henry’s replacement soon. The network has a solid policy of hiring from within. But that choice rests largely with Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

So who are the possibilities? We lay them out here.

TOP PICK: Jessica Yellin


Why she’ll get it: As the National Political Correspondent, her work goes all over the world both for CNN and CNN International. She’s wicked smart and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She’s a great campaign reporter. As a national reporter, she knows how to cover both the White House and campaigns. Very personable on camera. Young and vibrant. Asks tough questions. People like her. They respect her. “When I watch her I can relax,” an industry source remarked.

Why she won’t: Does CNN really want so many women at the White House? Most of the network’s producers there are women, with Alexander Mooney as the lone male White House producer. Her off-air meticulousness (which could also be construed as a compliment) sometimes grates on colleagues.

SAFE PICK: Dan Lothian


Why he’ll get it: He’s earned it. He’s second in command on the White House beat and knows the nuts and bolts of daily coverage inside and out. He’s the safe choice and CNN has a penchant for making relatively safe choices (don’t think Eliot Spitzer, but everyone else). Lothian earned his B.A. from Tennessee Temple University and a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

Why he won’t: He lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. No pizzazz. 

THE RIGHT CHOICE: Dana Bash


Why she’ll get it: She handled the recent, topsy turvy Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) scandal with grace and skill. She knows how to cover the politics of Capitol Hill, but she could also shift easily to the presidential campaign trail. Quick on her feet. Excellent sources. Knows how to break news.

Why she won’t: Her water is about to break. “The joke is that she’s going to break her water live on air.”

UNUSUAL TWIST: Brianna Keilar


Why she’ll get it: The new kid on the White House beat, Keilar has social buzz. She attends events around town and gets mentioned in magazines. She sings. She’s unafraid. Coming from the Capitol Hill beat, she has a depth of understanding about politics.

Why she won’t: Too green to the White House beat. Others deserve it before she does.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Jim Acosta


Why he’ll get it: People like him. He’s physically attractive. He’s covering Gov. John Huntsman‘s presidential campaign and is at ease out on the trail. Brass likes him on the trail. He’s solid. He knows his stuff.

Why he won’t: He’s in with the campaigns and that’s where he belongs. Sources tell us he’s not exactly the most energetic person.

WILD CARD: Richard Quest


Why he’ll get it: He’s funny. Really, really smart on economics and business. Not boring. He’d ask fantastic questions in the tone of The Daily Show — so bizarre, but at the same time, enticing. He’d be the entertainment choice.

Why he won’t: He’d be entertaining. So not a chance in hell. There’s also that little brush with the law. In April, 2008 he was arrested in Central Park after he’d been cruising for men with a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals. He had a sex toy in his boot and Meth in his pocket. Need we say more?

UNCONVENTIONAL CHOICE: NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.

Why he’ll get it: He’s at ease on TV covering national politics. He’s smart, wonky and networks have been known to steal print journalists for the bright lights. Think NBC’s Chuck Todd, lured away from NJ’s The Hotline by the late Tim Russert.

Why he won’t: Would this print journo make the leap to TV? He’s an unknown entity in a few different senses. CNN likes safe. And while Zeleny might be an interesting choice, he’s not safe.

Journos to Sing Badly for a Good Cause

It takes courage to get up and sing – period.

Some D.C. journalists may be ruing the day they ever agreed to sing Karaoke for the upcoming event: 2010 Karaoke in the Capitol. Singers include politicians, political insiders and media. Proceeds will benefit Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, a non-profit that provides musical instruments to deserving students.

The event, hosted by The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Mid-Atlantic Chapter, a nonpartisan organization representing political and public affairs professionals, is on Oct. 6 at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are now on sale at www.karaokeinthecapital.com for $15.

“Some of the best voices in Washington and some that you’ll never want to hear again will gather on the big stage for an evening you may want to forget but never will,” joked CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, who is emceeing the event (and performing). Schieffer’s band, Honky Tonk Confidential will be the opening act.

Who are the other performers? Find out after the jump…

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Last Night: Book Parties & Screenings

• DC’s media types also turned out last night for a screening of HBO’s documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama” at MPAA with filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza and Chicago Sun TimesLynn Sweet were all actually in the documentary.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Athena Jones, MSNBC’s David Shuster, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, ABC’s Sunlen Miller, Tammy Haddad and Richard Wolfe attended. And from the White House: communications director Anita Dunn, her deputy Dan Pfeiffer, deputy press secretary Bill Burton, economic advisor Austan Goolsbee and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake. (h/t Politico‘s Click)

Helen Thomas and Craig Crawford have teamed up to author “Listen Up, Mr. President.” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Dan Lothian and Sam Feist and C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman were just some of the friends and colleagues who came out for a book party hosted by Lebanese Ambassador Antoine Chedid and held at the residence. (Photo by Alissa Krinsky for TVNewser.)

FishbowlDC’s WH Correspondents Poll: TV Big 5

Over the weekend, HuffPo posted a poll asking their readers to vote for their favorite WH correspondent but only offered up 9 choices and left off a few key players like CBS News’ Chip Reid. So we created our own poll to see what FishbowlDC’s readers thought about the networks’ faces from the White House…and to give Reid a fair shot at winning Fishbowl gold. What do you think?

Who is your favorite TV White House correspondent?(polls)

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Prof. Rice Comes to Washington: To round out his week of guests, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs had U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice speak to the class today. She outlined the recently passed resolution on sanctions for North Korea, citing five main points in the document: 1) complete embargo on arms; 2) new financial sanctions; 3) inspection of suspected weapons shipments at sea; 4) added entities for an “assets freeze”; and 5) a stepped-up monitoring process. Rice called the unanimous resolution “unprecedented,” “innovative,” and “very robust”
with “teeth that will bite.” Asked why she hadn’t voted in person, Gibbs interrupted to point out that she came to be with reporters.
(She declined to answer whether we were worth it.)

(No?) Funny Business: Even amid the briefing’s grave issues (Iran, Gitmo, and North Korea, for three), a considerable amount of giggles made it a lively Friday in the West Wing presser. While release of four Uighurs from Gitmo to Bermuda has the island’s colonial power fuming — ABC’s Jake Tapper noted the government has used “pissed” — Gibbs attempted to deflect the anger by observing Britain’s dissatisfaction not with Obama but with Bermuda. “I don’t want to parse the word ‘pissed,’” he said. “Maybe they were pissed at both of them,” CBS’s Bill Plante shrewdly noted.

Indoor Recess: As children’s voices (Sasha? Malia?) rang out from the direction of the First Playground not far from the briefing room walls, reporters were enjoying an unusually raucous briefing indoors.
On a seemingly unanswerable question of North Korean succession, CNN’s Dan Lothian noted that Kim Jong-Il’s youngest son has allegedly earned the title “Brilliant Comrade.” When Gibbs joked that’s his nickname for Tapper, JT fired back: “That’s almost as good as ‘special master,’” riffing on the Obama team’s compensation czar title.

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), WaPo’s Bob Woodward and The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown

ABC’s This Week: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a roundtable with ABC’s Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd and George Will, Financial Times Chrystia Freeland and NYT’s David Sanger

Fox News Sunday:

CNN’s State of the Union: Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville, former Clinton White House Chief of Staff John Podesta, former Reagan White House Chief of Staff Ken Duberstein, CNN’s David Gergen, and Chief Official White House photographer Pete Souza

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Dan Lothian, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza, Salon’s Joan Walsh, NewMajority.com’s David Frum and Perez Hilton

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, “The Wise Men” author Walter Isaacson, Newsweek’s Jon Meacham, “The Ascent of Money” author Niall Ferguson and “Outliers” author Malcolm Gladwell

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NYT’s David Brooks, CNBC’s Trish Regan, Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page and WaPo’s Anne Kornblut

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Mark Mazzetti, WaPo’s Dan Balz, USA Today’s Joan Biskupic, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Comcast’s “Voice of Reason” host Larry Kane

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Spin Me Right Round: In a rare move by the young administration, the State Department ceded the Obama team’s official North Korea announcement to the White House, where Press Secretary Robert Gibbs opened the briefing by labeling North Korea’s withdrawl from the six-party talks to denuclearize a “serious step in the wrong direction.” He called on the communist regime to pull back its “provocative threats” and return to the negotiating table to honor previous agreements. Pressed on how the U.S. can be expected to hold any leverage with the rogue nation, Gibbs repeatedly spun the question — “let me turn that question a little bit around” — by citing low expectations of the eventual passage of the U.N. condemnation of the recent North Korean missile launch.

Maybe Bo Can Help?: CNN’s Dan Lothian asked Gibbs why the president’s big speech on the economy today at Georgetown University didn’t offer any newsworthy nuggets. “As I’ve been reminded many times in this room, we’ve already bitten off more than we can chew,” Gibbs replied, noting that today’s address was more akin to an economic “progress report” for the American people.

Isn’t it Ironic…: In a departure from his normally free-flowing and well-practiced responses, Gibbs today referred to his neatly tabbed briefing book to recite administration policy on a number of issues: 1) continued review of the habeas corpus (or lack thereof) for Bagram detainees; 2) disappointment in Pakistan’s passage of Islamic Shariah law for parts of the country; and 3) general satisfaction with Minnesota’s latest court ruling in the Senate debacle. But after all his own script reading, Gibbs needled radio commentator Les Kinsolving — well-known for his usually bizarre queries — for reading from his question sheet: “Why do you have to write these down? Just go with the flow!”

Hug a Paper: Following on the Iranian nuclear negotiations issue, one reporter sought to clarify reports that the U.S. might allow Iran to enrich uranium if inspections are also permitted. Gibbs denied the possibility and added a crack on print reporters: “This would not be the first time that I’ve stood at this podium… having read something in the newspaper that I found to not be accurate.”

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Rahm Emanuel, Incoming White House Chief of Staff, Tom Brokaw, NBC News, David Brooks, New York Times, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Presidential Historian, Tavis Smiley, Host, PBS’s Tavis Smiley, Chuck Todd, Political Director, NBC News.

  • Face the Nation: Incoming National Economic Council director Lawrence Summers, Georgetown University Michael Eric Dyson and Slate’s John Dickerson.

  • This Week: David Axelrod, President-elect Obama’s senior adviser and a roundtable with The Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and ABC News’ Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Lawrence Summers, President-Elect Obama’s designee to be the director of
    the National Economic Council.

  • Fox News Sunday: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Incoming White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • CNN’s State of The Union with John King: President-elect Barack Obama, David Axelrod, senior Obama adviser, Ed Gillespie, Bush White House counselor, Dana Perino, Bush White House press secretary, Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton White House press secretary, Dan Lothian, CNN White House correspondent, April Ryan, White House correspondent, American Urban Radio Networks

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad.

  • GPS: Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, Pat Buchanan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan and New Yorker’s Hendrik Hertzberg.

  • Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, New York Times’ Helene Cooper, NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and BBC’s Katty Kay.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Judd Gregg, (R-NH), Ranking Member on the Senate Banking Committee, will be interviewed by Shailagh Murray, Washington Post Congressional Reporter, and Martin Kady, The Politico Congressional Reporter.