FishbowlDC reached out to Issenberg who directed us to Bloomberg’s Vidhya Murugesan, which all but confirms his new gig. We’ve yet to receive a response from Murugesan.
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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!
Glad you asked…
You know what would be stupider than outrage over the Obama-Castro handshake? An embargo on Cuba in the year 2013.
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) December 10, 2013
But why should Dave get all the credit for the insight? Matt Yglesias has the same idea too:
@daveweigel You should link to my viral slate content making this point.
— Matt Yglesias (@mattyglesias) December 10, 2013
This is the article Yglesias is referring to, FYI.
TAN MOM IMPERSONATOR?: “In DC at @hilaryr’s dinner with the fabulous @diananyad.” — HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, referring to CNN Democratic analyst Hilary Rosen.
Imagine that! Media irks press aide
“Press aide annoyed after Cuccinelli gets 3 questions about the shutdown in a row, asks if ‘anyone has a new question’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
“Oh dear. Someone appears to need healthcare right now behind Obama.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:19 a.m. (!!!!!)
“I’ve reached the point where if I don’t tweet for a day, I get calls/texts wondering if I’m alive.” — Free Beacon‘s Lachlan Markay.
On Bob Lewis’ firing from AP
“Hoping @TerryMcAuliffe calls @AP and asks them to rescind firing of Bob Lewis.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.
From WaPo‘s Erik Wemple: “Incorrectly asserting that someone lied to a federal investigator — especially when that someone is competing in a gubernatorial race — is nothing short of a high journalistic crime.” There’s some defense of Lewis too. And a request to speak with AP higher-ups which, well, isn’t happening. See the whole story here.
At 8:21 a.m. today: “Do you think @AP’s Bob Lewis deserved to be fired for the McAuliffe gaffe? 1-866-55-PRESS @bpshow” — WaPo‘s Clinton Yates.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture: “Heading back down to do second segment this am @GMA. This one on murder of nfl star Sean Taylor.” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams.
“Made a mistake on MSNBC this am. Said no one beta-tested Ocare site. Should have added ‘until a week before launch.’ And thanks to the folks at PunditFact for holding me to account on that.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.
Anonymous hater to FishbowlDC: “If you took the audience of the Bill Press show and the audience of the Michael Smercornish show, would there be enough for a touch football game?”
Journo nearly hits another’s car
“In other news, Walter Mossberg almost hit my car today. The ‘TECH WSJ’ plates tipped me off. Also the beard. Watch your lanes, Walt!” — MetroWeekly‘s Sean Bugg. When asked for comment, Bugg remarked to FBDC that the incident occurred while he was just getting onto the E Street Expressway coming into the city. “He got a little tight on me at the merge, then made a right hand pass on a bus that I passed on the left and we both moved back to the middle lane at the same time,” he explained. “While annoyed, I mostly just thought it was funny that I ID’d him through the plate on his Lexus. Nice Lexus, too. Unlike the government shutdown story, there may be two sides to this one. If you ask him he might say, ‘What? That asshole in the Camaro with the BIG BUGG plates?’” We asked Mossberg for his side of the story. He wrote by email, “I can’t recall any near miss in traffic today. But that merge is a tricky one, where one often feels as if cars are too close.”
Left Vs. Right Warfare
WaPo‘s Ezra Klein: “Pro tip: The side that wants to shut down the government is the side demanding concessions before they consent to reopening the government.” Townhall‘s Derek Hunter reworked Klein’s tweet, writing, “Pro tip: Don’t take political advice from someone who hasn’t finished puberty & has no real world work experience.”
Poor Weigel gets “very sad” about those pesky JournoList mentions
Townhall’s Hunter piled on, writing, “Wishes it would set itself on fire,” a reference to something Weigel said on the secret liberal listserv, JournoList, founded by his Boy Bander pal Ezra. Weigel spoke of wanting Matt Drudge to light himself on fire. His exact words? ”This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.”
Earlier in the afternoon on Wednesday… Weigel had tweeted, “It’s adorable, and very convincing, when conservatives claim you HATE VETERANS if you think Bachmann showing up for photos is gauche.”
Weigel replied to Nolte and Hunter, saying, “It makes me very sad when people bring up JournoList and I have to remember I have a better, more lucrative job now.” Nolte argued: “I didn’t say anything about journalist. Just going off your behavior at your better, more lucrative job.”
Editor’s note: See the original breaking post on JournoList here. The story was broken by FishbowlDC, but Weigel likes to continuously claim that it was broken by Jonathan Strong who, at the time, worked for The Daily Caller. He now works for National Review. Our hearts really go out to Weigel. Why can’t the past just be the past?
In other Morning Chatter news… Read more
Happy Birthday Dave! We have absolutely nothing bad to say about him except he’s rather icy at parties these days. Um, Dave? Where did all the love go?
— Olivier Knox (@OKnox) September 26, 2013
This could be a long day. Read more
“Week-long beach reading in Playa Del Carmen. #ThisTown was sad, frustrating, disgusting. I loved it.” — Thomas Galvin, policy advisor to Brenda Burns, Arizona Corporation Commission. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich replied, “Thanks…sort of.”
“Someone should write a dissertation on @LukeRussert twitter bio ‘Been sweating it out in the streets of a runaway American dream since 1985′” — ThinkProgress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum.
Trust exercises with Dave Weigel?
“At @Slate retreat w @thehighsign @dankois @jdickerson @junethomas @mattyglesias @amandahess @AmandaMarcotte @emmaroller @Dahlialithwick.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
Question never to ponder: “How does God allow ‘read’ to be the past tense of ‘read’? Screw that all to hell.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, talking about God and hell on Yom Kippur. His colleague Hank Stuever replied to Gene, “You are out of your mind and you already waste spaces.”
Howie catches crap before show
“We’ll also talk about studies that Facebook fuels depression. And we’ll read some of your tweets on the air during the hour #MediaBuzz” — FNC’s Howard Kurtz. Bethany Mandel, who handles Social Media for Commentary, replied, “Howard Kurtz, if seeing other people’s happiness makes you depressed, Facebook isn’t the issue. #mediabuzz”
“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.
At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.
Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob, former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.
CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.
Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”
Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more
“I look forward to your Twitter following giving me a hard time for the next three weeks.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan to TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, who appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” last night to discuss her new book, Emily Gets Her Gun. Morgan is a heated anti-gun activist.
“On the way to the airport I saw an AZ Highway Patrolman taking a leak in the steak house parking lot. #human” — Jimmy Zuma, Washington Correspondent for The John C. Scott Show and a columnist for the Tucson Sentinel.
Uh oh. Who screwed up?
“So…ABC News says George Zimmerman is in custody and AP says he isn’t. Who’s right?” — Eric Deggans, soon-to-be NPR’s TV critic. When others suggested the facts may pertain to the words “in custody,” he wrote, “I think using the term ‘in custody’ for anything other than arrest is seriously misleading.”
And this…“CNN now reporting that NO GUN was involved in Zimmerman incident. Whuh? Could the media have gotten it wrong about Zimmerman again?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte.
And this…“So many of y’all clicked the Zimmerman story link it crashed our server!” — TV One morning host Roland Martin.
In conclusion… CNN reporting this morning as of 8:28 a.m. that Zimmerman was detained but not arrested: “After he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.”
Overheard in the scrum
“Actual question in press scrum with Rep. Tom Rooney: ‘You seem very somber. Is this tough stuff?’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
On a lighter note…
“News you can use: CNN goes live with Secretary of State Dennis Rodman calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘likeable.’” — NPR’s Ken Rudin.
Everything sounds more exotic in French
“Pour voir @HillaryClinton parler de la #Syrie à la Maison Blanche, c’est ici” — AFP‘s Tangi Quéméner. Loosely translated from 6th grade French, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s coming to the White House.
Important Q to Ponder: “Getting my first professional haircut in 12 years tonight. Do I have to bring a picture of a celebrity or something?” — Chris Wilson, interactive graphics editor for TIME.
White House reporting lingo
“Wolf Blitzed just left from his interview with POTUS went well” — American Urban Radio‘s April Ryan.
3 Shocking Headlines
- “Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz” — WaPo Magazine by Thomas Harding.
- “Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind” — HuffPost by Ryan Grenoble.
- “Thatz Not Okay: Saving Old Titty Pix; My Daughter, Victoria’s, Secret” — Gawker by Caty Weaver.
“With my ankle healing but still quite tender, it’s kinda sick that all I want to do is roll it around in the direction it hurts.” — Alejandra Owens, managing editor of AARP’s blog.
COMING TO YOU LIVE: FAKE GENE WEINGARTEN
“Love reporters who say ‘coming to you live’ like its a big deal. 100s of reporters in warzones but good on you for being at a Metro station.” – Fake Gene Weingarten, Twitter’s alias for WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.
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