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“Sunset over BloomingdaleDC” by Tracy Wahl, Supervising Producer at National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

BuzzFeed bureau chief gives D.C. tavern a big thumbs down

“If you can’t clean your damn collards and put a lil swine in em, WHY TRY YOU DUMB YANKEE?? #fallofshawstavern,” wrote John Stanton. “Also I have some sharp ass teeth. If its hard for me to eat your damn ribs YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG, Shaw’s Tavern ‘Chef.’”

Post respiratory failure diet

“Pizza for dinner, cupcakes for dessert, washed down w a Super Big Gulp. Sounds like a lonely single guy’s political statement.” –‘s Dan Riehl‘s riehlly stupid diet.

Wife orders editor to Target at 5:30 a.m.

“Dispatched by bride to Target at 530a to get in line for lad’s Xmas present. Second person just showed up. #merryxmas.” — National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier. When asked by U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger what the present was, he replied, “The new Wii system. I’m just following orders.”

This 4-year-old wants your job 

“My 4-year-old daughter to me: ‘Dad, I want to be a blogger.’ #changingtimes” — Political writer and jazz pianist Peter Daou.

And this father is in big trouble… “Bad dad forgets ballet slippers <shame>” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.

Journo bugged by building noise

“My weekends are now filled with the noise of construction on the apartment below. There oughta be a law.” — Kelly Jane Torrance, writer.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

A mean Helen Thomas joke and a journo spends part of weekend in ER…

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Conservative blogger Dan Riehl is fighting for his life and in the ICU at Fairfax County Hospital. Riehl publishes Riehl World View and writes for Instapundit is reporting that medical personnel had to do a pulmonary bypass.

Blogger Melissa Clouthier tweeted his condition Thursday afternoon.

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Quotes of the Day

GETTING CHUMMY: “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and HBO Host Bill Maher. Washington appeared on the”Real Time With Bill Maher” panel this weekend.

Riehl-y Disgusting

“So, I’m thinking Code Pink x Taliban = a Clitorrorist” —‘s office misogynist Dan Riehl.

Honey Boo Boo to WHCD?

“Hey @Politico @pwgavin @CaitlinMcDevitt - You guys should invite Honey Boo Boo as your guest for the White House Correspondents Dinner 2013.” — DC Celebrity Celeb Photog Marky Mark.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Stephanopoulos refused to control roundtable so cons message couldn’t get out. Krugman lies. Melee begins. George allows. A tactic.” — editor John Nolte regarding Sunday’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos. Among the guests was NYT columnist Paul Krugman.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“M.C. Socket Wrench never really had the rap career his parents expected.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Legal shit is going down.

“The other Jen Rubin account makes me look like a pitiful shill who has completely lost all contact with reality. I am taking legal action.” — Not WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Fake Jennifer Rubin. CORRECTION: This could help the real Rubin’s case. We were fooled by the fake Rubin. This tweet is actually by parody Rubin, not the real WaPo writer. We’ve corrected the above to reflect reality.

Pimples, wrinkles and a receding hairline. Oh my!

“30s… That awkward age when you start noticing more wrinkles and a receding hairline, but still manage to produce pimples.” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen.

Irony is…

“Enjoying a weekend without our kids. Up randomly throughout the night as the kid in the room next door screams her head off.” — CNN and Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson.


“Woman ahead of me at Hair Cuttery says she’s 102. Tells stylist she wants a ‘new look.’ (Talk about pressure!)” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

A WH Correspondent can dream, can’t he?

“1. Peace on Earth 2. Goodwill toward men 3. Stronger urine flow #uppers” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher, apparently thinking about urinating while watching MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes.” Funny, we always think about urinating when watching that show.

Free Advertising for Chef Geoff

“Hey @chefgeoffs, the Chesapeake Stew at Rockville site made birthday boy (my dad) very very happy! Cc:@NorahODonnell” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, who has previously and profusely praised Cheff Geoff’s restaurant. Come on, Geoff, free meal for Olivier or what?

Stupid stuff we couldn’t care less about

  • “On flight from Philly to laguardia, flight attendant notes that ‘this is a short 19-minute flight’” — Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman, who was apparently affected by the altitude before writing this tweet. That, or else, he came straight from a Phish concert.
  • “Just heard Carol Burnett tell my friend Guy Raz ‘Thanks for inviting me.’ The true greats have class like that.” — NPR’s Scott Simon. Saying “thanks” isn’t beyond the pale, for stars or trained monkeys.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Should Royal Family Chase Booby Lawsuit?

Having photos of your nude boobs splashed across European tabloids is the stuff nightmares are made of, especially if you don’t look like Kate Middleton. It turns out it was Middleton who had photos of her boobies published for the world to behold.

The Dutchess of Cambridge was sunbathing topless on the terrace of a private home in France when a freelance paparazzo snapped photos of her from the street. Silvio Berlusconi, who owns tabloids in France and Italy, published the photos in the French magazine Closer. The Royal Family responded by filing a lawsuit but not before many people, including Breitbart NewsDan Riehl, got an eyeful.

Closer ran the photos online last week but pulled them down on Friday without explanation and on Tuesday a French court ordered the magazine to hand over the photos .

Berlusconi’s Italian magazine Chi, however, published them shortly after. So, they’re still available. Besides, it’s the Internet. This stuff never goes away.

There’s no news yet on whether the family plans on suing the Italian magazine for running the tata shots.

But what do you think? Should Middleton continue in her effort to stamp out the booby photos? Vote in our Fish Poll. We’ll run the results tomorrow.


A Riehl Pervert

It is no big shocker that conservative blogger Dan Riehl, who writes for and runs his own skeevy blog, would write about Kate Middleton‘s breasts.

In fact, it’s expected.

After all, last summer Riehl spoke of having sex with a woman and driving her home after a one afternoon stand only to never speak to her again. He couldn’t walk her to her door because he couldn’t bother to put on his pants for the romantic drive home. That’s right, he explained. He drove high and pantsless. He likes to keep things riehl respectful.

“The world deserves to see Kate Middleton’s breasts,”  Riehl perverted wrote over the weekend.

In a post he likely wrote from his bathroom, he argues that Middleton should not be given special treatment just because she married into royalty. “They certainly were worth the look – in my opinion, though I’m not writing home about them, or anything,” he writes of her breasts.

Later Riehl added, “I’m not especially open to the argument that people should be treated with a certain reverence merely because they were born, or married. As far as I’m concerned, I’m more impressed with Kate Middleton having been born with a nice set of hoo haas, than I am with anything else in that regard.”

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Quotes of the Day

“The mismanagement of this campaign has been mindboggling.” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on “Morning Joe” this morning regarding Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign.

“First pumpkin pancakes of the season! #ilovefall”HuffPost blog Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.

The Baier-bot shows emotion

“Redskins fumble recovery!! Here we go!!! Field goal tie – td win. Wow. Great game.” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

The Parenting Expert

“Having a way-too-long conversation with a 4-year old about why we can’t wear pants as shirts.” — FBDC and Bill Press Show Producer Peter Ogburn.

And the thoughtful husband…

“Awakened at 6 am to find daughter #2′s Cinderalla dress so Mom could sleep in a bit. Then “Aladdin”…over and over.” — Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist.

Journo spots aspiring Honey Boo Boo

“Just saw a 2-year-old with earrings. I should be horrified, right?#AspiringHoneyBooBoo” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence. More importantly, Spence is down on Prince Harry. “I respect what Prince Harry is trying to do in Helmand, but he’s a gigantic target and endangering the lives of others. Get him out.”

Weekend plan…“Oh it’s time to start drinking whiskey now.#fighton” — NBC News White House Producer Shawna Thomas.

Roland cracks on Fox Sports

“Did the Fox announcer just say the Ford F-150 has a Hemi? Dude, Chrysler makes that engine! Get your car companies straight. LOL” — CNN Contributor, TV One and Tom Joyner’s Roland Martin. Correction: Martin wasn’t making fun of Fox News, as we stated earlier. We assumed he meant Fox News. He meant Fox Sports.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report (and no, not his own quote).

Politico‘s Byers Balances After Criticism

Maybe it’s a coincidence? Nah.

Last Thursday Dan Riehl of Big Journalism called out Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers for referencing the liberal Media Matters for America as a source of information. That day, we asked Byers if he’d ever referenced the conservative equivalents to MMFA, such as NewsBusters. He wasn’t able to produce anything of substance.

But then on Friday — one day after Byers received our questions on the issue — he published a post about the heated argument growing between the conservative Media Research Center, a media watchdog, and CNN’s Roland Martin, who some on the right perceive to be liberal. On Saturday came our post on Byers. On Monday Byers highlighted on his blog a tweet Martin sent on Super Bowl Sunday that the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation group called “gay bashing.”

Though Byers’ post about the alleged “gay bashing” made no mention of NewsBusters or MRC, it marked a shift in tone. Recently, Byers documented inflammatory remarks made by conservative CNN contributors Erick Erickson and Dana Loesch,  but hadn’t written on questionable comments made by liberal journos.

Big Journalism Alleges Bias Against Politico Scribe

In blog post on Big Journalism late this week, Dan Riehl called Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers an “aggressive would be book burner.”  Whoa! A book burner? Riehl’s stern accusation came in response to a Politico story in which Byers reported on comments from CNN conservative commentator Erick Erickson about the tasing of an Occupy D.C. protester. Byers said Erickson’s comments could cause trouble for the network.

Byers’ post linked to BuzzFeed, which aggregated the original story from the liberal watchdog group, Media Matters for America, as Riehl made sure to note.

“It seems that not long after former Politico staffer Ben Smith moved to Buzzfeed, Politico may now be linking up with Buzzfeed to put some distance between itself and ideologically-biased media outlet Media Matters,” Riehl wrote. He noted that Byers had recently spotlighted controversial comments made by Dana Loesch, another conservative CNN commentator. Loesch’s comments were also published on MMFA, though the time stamp reflects an update, so it’s unclear whether Byers or MMFA was first.

Riehl, meanwhile, is an open conservative and so are his colleagues at Big Journalism. They make claims of liberal media bias everyday, all day. Sometimes their criticism contain some legitimacy. Oftentimes, they’re over-simplifying and over-generalizing.

But by referring to Byers as a “book burner” Riehl suggests Byers is anti-First Amendment. We asked Riehl if he could point to a time Byers had called for Erickson, Loesch or anyone to be taken off air or deemed unpublishable. “It isn’t about what Byers himself calls for, it’s about judgment, what is newsworthy, or not, while knowing how people will react to certain items,” Riehl told FBDC. “In my view, he’s trolling for Leftist outrage and pleased when he gets it for whatever reasons.”

Riehl asked us if we knew of any examples of Byers “pointing out some of the outrageous stuff that routinely makes it onto MSNBC.” A fair point.

On being called a “book burner,” Byers told us he loves books. We then asked if he has linked to any conservative equivalents to MMFA as news sources, such as the Media Research Center or NewsBusters. He told us he linked to NewsBusters Thursday, but it was to highlight a tiff between them and CNN’s Roland Martin, not as a reference for information. He pointed us to another post in which he pulled an excerpt from an interview between MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and NewsBusters’ Noel Sheppard. That’s closer, but it’s still not an exa1mple of Byers calling attention to inflammatory remarks made by liberal commentators, which NewsBusters regularly documents.

In short, Riehl can get real and give the anti-First Amendment talk a break. Byers has never called for anyone to be taken off the airwaves or removed from print. He isn’t a “would-be book burner” no matter how you cut it. At the same time,  perhaps Byers could make a concerted effort to track the incendiary remarks made by liberals as he has for conservatives.

But, he’s fairly new at Politico. He has time.

Rapist Sends Female Journo 10-Page ‘Love’ Letter

The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields needs a wake up call.

Last night she may have gotten one after posting a lighthearted note on Facebook boasting of a criminal who wrote her a 10-page love letter. He watched her on C-SPAN on Christmas Day and wrote her a handwritten letter that he mailed in to The Daily Caller. She wrote, “I just got my first 10 page love letter from an inmate in Pennsylvania serving a 30 year sentence.” One of her 53 Facebook friends who “liked” this wrote, “Congrts.” As if this is some kind of rite of passage for a young female video journalist. Well, it turns out that inmate is not just your garden variety murderer or armed robber — he’s a convicted, violent rapist who terrorized a woman at knife point. Police in Pittsburgh actually believed his intent was to murder her, but somehow he spared her and the authorities nabbed him.

Are we still laughing, Michelle?

Michelle’s cameraman Grae Stafford sent a note to the entire Daily Caller office Tuesday telling newsroom staff what happened. His email was accompanied by a link to a news story detailing what the rapist had done to land himself a 15-30 year sentence. Uncharacteristically for the rambunctious bunch, no one replied, at least not to the entire newsroom.

Meanwhile, Michelle felt the need to again joke — isn’t this all hilarious? — that FishbowlDC would hire the rapist when he gets released. Here’s the thing, Michelle. You won’t be laughing if one of these basement dwellers you are engaging with online regarding your legs or any other part of your anatomy comes after you. This was our original point — your behavior is neither safe nor typical of well-respected female journalists in the TV industry. This was also among our points less than a week ago when we published “Police Blotter” to show the kinds of men you are encouraging and engaging with online. They included @mindfulloffuck and @bigdaddybuckley. But they also include the good folks over at BigGov, your arch defenders, one of whom, Dan Riehl, once suggested you have a wet T-shirt contest. He didn’t suggest it on BigGov, but he did suggest it.

We don’t take issue with the fact that these men exist, or even that they follow Michelle. But when a stranger online comments on your anatomy and retweets a picture of your legs it’s time to delete him. While Michelle collects them as staunch supporters, we get accused of not liking attractive and so-called successful people. Newsflash: We host a beauty contest each year. I personally created The Hill‘s 50 Most Beautiful People of Capitol Hill. We have no problem with beauty. But we do have a problem with a female journalist engaging with, enticing and yes, leading on a potentially dangerous online element.

One of Fields’ followers, Shannon Poe, wrote Tuesday, “@MichelleFields when he gets out, I’m sure Fishbowl DC will have a job for him. :) ” To which Michelle replied, “@ShannonPoe Hahaha. I think being an obsessive stalker is a job requirement there.”

As funny as that might seem, we know The Daily Caller takes these things seriously. When WMAL’s and Fox News Contributor Mary Katharine Ham, who is still with The Daily Caller but in a looser capacity, used to get stalkerish type gifts, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson didn’t treat the matter lightly. In one instance, Ham considered calling the police, but in the end decided to inform her superiors and take other precautions that include owning a gun.

Ham’s approach is in clear contrast to Fields. Ham does not engage with male fans who comment on her looks. She also rarely discusses the unusual gifts she has received or the comments made about her online.  “I would call my experience with weird fans and haters rare but occasionally concerning,” she wrote by email. “I pay attention when communication is any combination of two of the following: very frequent, threatening, or demonstrates a disconnect with reality. I take general precautions, keep records of those communications, and give event organizers names to watch out for. I don’t respond to communications, especially to anyone who seems to already have concocted some relationship between us. Nothing has ever gone beyond making me wary, thank goodness. Also, I’m armed.”

We like to have fun here in the Fishbowl — sometimes caustically so to prove a point. But egging on strange men online is not our game — and we hope all female journalists out there will take note from Michelle as to how not to behave online.

Carlson elected to comment through the publication’s spokeswoman Nicole RoebergYou’re not going to want to miss the explanation.

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Capehart gets bumped for Steny

“Well, darn. Rep. Steny Hoyer went a little long on ‘Andrea’ so I got bumped. At least it wasn’t for a car chase or a Kardashian.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Holiday cookie avalanche

“Fewer editors coming into the office this pre-holiday week, but many more cookies. #perfect” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

The Observer

“@SpeakerBoehner looks tired. On the floor now talking payroll tax cut.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Picture of Compassion

“Great, smoke-filled Metro means the lawyers will be lining up ppl for lawsuits for everyone w a damned head cold.” — BigGov’s pantsless Dan Riehl.

Politeness is…

“Please excuse my breath. Italian sub. Extra onions.” — Sean Hannity’s Hair (SHannitysHair).

Home for the Holidays

“Once-conjoined twins are returning to Dominican Republic after separation surgery in Virginia.” — ABC7 News. See the story here.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“There is something deeply annoying about overhearing a job interview at Starbucks! #justgivethekidthejob” — NPR’s Sonari Glinton.