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Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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Haddad Brunch Debuts New Digs

Mary Kathryn Covert and Michael Steel

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of celebrities, journos and politicos packed the nine bedroom, 7,000 square foot mansion of businessman and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein.  The former residence of legendary publisher Katherine Graham, the historic Georgetown home (sold in 2002 for $8 million) provided a picture-perfect setting for the annual garden brunch co-hosted by Tammy Haddad, Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Jim Courtovich, David Adler, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese. Honorary chairs Wendy Murdoch and Susan Axelrod added a charitable component to the event which benefited CURE Epilepsy and the White Ribbon Alliance.

Journos enjoying mimosas, greyhounds and bloodies packed several tiers of decks behind the home and trickled off into the backyard for a little fresh air.  The sprawling estate provided plenty of hiding spots for celebrity guest who would have been forced to mingle more openly at Haddad’s home – the previous venue for the brunch.  Spotted through a cracked VIP room door (new this year) were Chace Crawford and Maria Bello.  We bumped into the Palin family, Jeremy Piven, Tim Daly and Morgan Fairchild mixing with the “commoners” outdoors and caught up with Chelsea Handler who breezed into the brunch about 20 minutes before it ended.  Representing the political elite were Susan and David Axelrod who shared their daughter’s struggles with epilepsy, White House communications gurus Jen Psaki and Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Ebs Burnough, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel and McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott.

The list of journo attendees was unwieldy but we owe a special shout out to Patrick Gavin‘s pants that seemed to mock the day’s cause (*see seizure-worthy pattern) and wife Anne Bracken Gavin who looked stunning and svelte after giving birth to the couple’s first child only a few weeks ago.

L to R: Anne Bracken Gavin, Patrick Gavin, David Axelrod

Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly and Erica Elliott, press secretary for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-22)

L to R: Tammy Haddad, Slice, Pam Dornic, Glenn Ballard, Christine Delargy and Topspin.

Garden Brunch Invites Are Out…

Check your inboxes! Tammy Haddad, Washington’s hostess with the mostest, will hold the 18th annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 11 am – 2 pm.  Sharing hosting duties this year are Tammy’s hubby Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Jim Courtovich, David Adler, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese.  A pillar of  the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend, Haddad’s annual brunch brings out a slew of celebrities, journos and politicos for some fun in the sun before the big night.  This year’s brunch will benefit CURE Epilepsy and the White Ribbon Alliance.  By invitation only.

Haddad White House Correspondents Brunch: “Best Yet”

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L: CNN’s Jill Chappell chats up Chase Crawford. R: Politico of past, Yahoo writer Michael Calderone with girlfriend.

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NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber.

Everyone from the Jonas Brothers, Gayle King and Chase Crawford to FNC White House correspondent Major Garrett, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich and Politico’s former Michaels – Yahoo’s Michael Calderone and HuffPo’s Michael Falcone came out for Tammy Haddad’s annual White House Correspondents brunch on Saturday.

The event and the day couldn’t have been a lovelier way to celebrate causes CURE – Epilepsy and Mother’s Day Every Day. Co-hosted by Ted Greenberg, Hilary Rosen, David Adler, Jim Courtovich, Alex Castellanos, Debra Lee, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese, the fete was called the “best yet” by many brunch-goers.

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L: Tammy Haddad and Susan Axelrod take the stage. R: Story Partners’ Amos Snead and wife, Whitney Drew.

Adler & Haddad Launch WHCInsider.com

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Haddad with NBC WH Correspondent Chuck Todd

Tammy Haddad and BizBash Media CEO David Adler announced the launch of their new project, WHCInsider.com this morning. The two have teamed up with former ABC News producer Linda Schoumacher Rozett, former Variety Bureau Chief Bill Triplett and former 60 Minutes producer Holly Fine to create the website.

The new site is dedicated to covering the reporters who cover the White House and is aimed at giving visitors an insider view of the White House briefing room, the administration’s press office and staff.

“The website will put a spotlight on the White House briefing room – so much has been a mystery until now,” Haddad told FishbowlDC. “We are going to lift the veil between the correspondents and the White House to explain who decides what and why,” she said.

WHCInsider debuted with text and video interviews of Chuck Todd, ABC News’ Jake Tapper and the D.C. Examiner’s Julie Mason. In addition, the site features the briefing room seating chart, a roundup of politically-oriented widgets and news feeds from White House Communications staff and correspondents.

But as LeVar Burton would say…don’t take my word for it. Check out WHCInsider.com for yourself.

Morning Reading List, 06.14.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • You have lofty hopes for your summer reading list.

  • Eric Boehlert points out “a whopping error” by the Washington Post’s Andrew Ferguson in his column about Al Gore’s new book, The Assault on Reason.

  • Slate is “taking the Gonzo-Meter down to zero.”

  • Matthews’ Son Debuts Video on His Dad’s Diabetes

  • TVNewser reports, “ABC Apologizes For Barry Video Mistake”

  • C-SPAN announced that Zach Chastain, Bryan Cink, and Ryan Kelly, “the grand prize winners in C-SPAN’s national ‘StudentCam’ competition, will have the television debut of their documentary ‘Jupiter or Bust: The El Sol Solution’” during Friday’s ‘Washington Journal’ at 9 a.m.

  • DC Style is launching a new text messaging service with “the latest social/fashion/nightlife information.” It was launched June 1 in Philadelphia and is coming to DC in July.

  • TVWeek reports, “Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd of marketers, branders and media executives from around the country, former President Bill Clinton challenged the press to ‘render complex messages to audiences without turning them into two-dimensional cartoons’ as the next election approaches. That challenge was issued to Promax/BDA attendees at the Hilton New York on Wednesday as the former president delivered the gathering’s keynote address.”

  • David Adler, C.E.O. and founder of BizBash Media, announced “that the company continues with its national expansion strategy by launching its sixth market with the debut of its Washington, D.C., web site.

  • The Sigma Delta Chi Foundation of the Society of Professional Journalists is accepting applications for the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing.

  • Daryn Kagan’s new book, “What’s Possible! Creating Possibilities Beyond Life’s 5 Biggest Obstacles,” is going to be released in May ’08, to Lisa Berkowitz at Meredith Books, a division of the Meredith Corporation. The book “will feature original stories and reports about people whose experiences and challenges have inspired and affected change in the world.”

  • From Media Matters: “Ignoring Libby’s early obstruction, Broder attacked Fitzgerald for ‘relentlessly’ pursuing Libby.”

  • E&P reports that The Wall Street Journal “announced major changes in its editorial structure ‘that is aimed at better positioning the Journal to benefit from the profound changes sweeping the news business,’ it said in a release.”

  • “Politico is conducting an independent staw poll, administered by Stan Greenberg, at the Campaign for America’s Future’s ‘Take Back America’ conference next week.”

  • Former CNNer Bob Franken has become one of the Hill newspaper’s “Pundit Bloggers” and you can check out his website.

  • “CAIR Accuses Washington Times of ‘Agenda-Driven Reporting’”

  • Check out Poynter Online’s special series focused on radio writing.

  • Variety reports, “In his bid to win approval of the merger of radio satcasters Sirius and XM, Sirius topper Mel Karmazin has proposed several possible pricing structures for the combined company in his informal talks with the Federal Communications Commission.”

  • Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni has moved off the Hill beat to cover White House ’08 full time.

  • “A new study out from the International Center for Media and the Public Agenda measures just how candid media are about what they do and how they do it.”

  • The New York Observer has the details on “Josh Marshall’s Optimistic Leap to Web TV”

    Jobs

  • American Society of Landscape Architects is looking for a Manager, Professional Practice Programs.

  • Children’s National Medical Center is looking for a Interactive Communications Specialist.

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  • Taking Out The Trash, 03.19.07

  • Most of your brackets are already broken. Stupid Duke.

  • More on AssignmentZero.

  • For Bookstores, a Real Page-Turner: Digital or Paper? Take Your Pick.”

  • Look out Morning Edition

  • Deb Howell on “What Riled Readers Last Week.”

  • Radio Deal Could Face Technical Difficulties: XM, Sirius Systems Already Strained”

  • Roll Call and Gallery Watch’s CongressNow debuts today. From a tipster: “On March 19, Roll Call and GalleryWatch will launch an online publication, CongressNow, to cover legislation on Capitol Hill. We’re offering Congressional staff and other Roll Call subscribers a free preview of the kinds of articles that our reporting staff will be filing for this new publication. And for a free trial subscription to CongressNow, beginning with the first issue March 19, call us at 800-289-9331. Don’t miss a day of insider coverage!”

  • We’ll believe it when we see it: “McCain Pledges Bi-Weekly Press Conferences

  • Hotline reports, “MSNBC will mark the 4th anniv. of the beginning of the Iraq war on 3/19 with all day coverage. Anchors throughout the day will include Tim Russert, David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, Chip Reid, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Joe Scarborough, Tucker Carlson and Norah O’Donnell. Scheduled interviews include ex-WH CoS Andy Card, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) (release, 3/15).”

  • PEJ’s Talk Show Index shows that the Scooter Libby verdict dominated talk shows for the week of March 4-9, with 28% of the coverage.

  • “Washington Post Live” debuts today.

      This afternoon, “Washington Post Live” debuts (Comcast SportsNet at 5). The program features Comcast SportsNet personalities and Post sports staff writers taking on local and national sports topics. The program, seen simultaneously on http://www.washingtonpost.com, also incorporates fan interaction through e-mail questions for guests and a call-in segment. Today’s guests are Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell and Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

  • A reader tells us that Hillary Clinton did an exclusive interview with Bloomberg TV’s “Money & Politics” last week, and asks, “Another sign of the growing clout of the small but incredibly hardworking Bloomberg Washington bureau?”

  • Regarding this comment: “I think some more liberal Post writers probably get upset because many of the comments tear apart and rip to shreds and bring back to reality some of the articles that are obviously more liberal-leaning.” A reader (and Postie?)responds: “Nice try. But no. we get upset because we — at least i — don’t care for the horribly racist stuff some people write. It’s the washington post not a KKK chat room.”

  • NPR is hiring a Director for NPR Music, a Quality Assurance/Developer, a Design Director and a Producer for NPR Digital Media.

  • The World Bank is hiring a Web and Photography Collection Consultant and Communications Broadcast-TV Reporters.

  • The Washington Examiner has started “The List.”

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education was nominated for a 2007 National Magazine Award. Phil Semas is the editor-in-chief.

  • Ron Brownstein looks at “How the Democrats are turning on Fox News.”

  • Regarding this, a reader tells us that “Pearlstein gets paid to do the chat; he should give a better effort than ‘thanks.’”

  • An Atlantic release announced that the publication was nominated for three more nominations for editorial excellence for the 2007 National Magazine Awards. The nominations are in General Excellence, Public Interest and in the “Reviews and Criticism” category.

  • Wolf Blitzer interviewed ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee, on the Friday, March 16, edition of The Situation Room.

  • Pew’s weekly News Interest Index shows that Iraq and the state of Walter Reed dominated the public’s attention last week.

  • A reader asks, “Are there ANY *hot* single journalists in this city?”

  • A reader notes, “politico’s search tool sucks.”

  • Regarding this, a reader says, “It wasn’t the ‘annual’ photo, it was the ’25th Anniv. Photo,’ and there were not ‘about 50′ photos taken, there were exactly 12 photos taken. There were, however, many lame jokes made during the process.”

  • Webcasters Slam into Royal(ty) Pain

  • On this, a reader comments, “See ya, Cathy. She sucked. I won’t miss her. She was always crying, spitting, sweating or all of the above. She was a spaz.”

  • Eat The Press has a bone to pick with Slate.

  • ABC News reports that “Friday afternoons are the favorite time to release embarrassing information.”

  • E&P reports, “The New York Times is opening up access permanently to TimesSelect to all students and faculty who have .edu e-mail addresses beginning on March 13.”

  • The Corporate Executive Board is hiring a sales associate.

  • TIG Global is hiring a Client Services Coordinator and a Web Marketing Analyst.

  • Al Jazeera English is hiring a News Editor and a Deputy News Editor.

  • A tipster tells us, “Politico has secured a seat in the white house press room, thanks to Mike Allen.”

  • A reader tell us that NBC4.com on Friday had “Review: Rock’s ‘Wife’ Is Fun, Witty Ride… Um… funny risque pun or accidental inappropriateness?”

  • Reuters reports, “Time magazine hits newsstands on Friday with layout and design changes to attract the Web generation. A new mix of writing styles range from quick-hit bullet points to more contemplative features. “A magazine is like a buffet,” muses managing editor Rick Stengel.”

  • DMNews reports, “Research conducted by the Magazine Publishers of America says that 262 magazines were launched last year — a 2% increase over the number launched in 2005. Among the new titles were 88 lifestyle magazines. Eight of these titles made the jump from online to print.”

  • From a tipster: “Fox New’s Greta will be profiled in the August 2007 issue of Runners World.” $10 in fake FishbowlDC money for the first person to send us images…

  • The International Center for Journalists named its first class of Knight International Journalism Fellows since expanding the program to include Fellows from outside the United States. Check out the new fellows.

  • From a tipster: “Lots of talk yesterday by comics fans — angry talk — that the Post is, for some odd reason, dropping three of its most veteran — and well-liked — comic strips: ‘Mary Worth,’ which has run in the Post for least 40 years; ‘Broom Hilda,’ which has run in the Post for at least 30 years; and ‘Cathy,’ which is one of the most popular national comic strips in the country. There are at least seven or eight other comic strips in the Post that are just crap–unfunny, juvenile, badly drawn, stupid–and the Post decides to drop three very popular, veteran strips. Yes, it’s only comic strips and not war or poverty or homelessness or crime coverage, but people read the comics as a counter to hard news and for entertainment, so they do serve a purpose. But, lately, the Post’s comics pages have been just awful. And the Post wonders why it’s losing readers? Here’s another reason.”

  • David Adler, C.E.O. and Founder of BiZBash Media, announced he will launch a Washington, D.C. edition of its Web site and weekly email service on Tuesday, March 27, 2007. “The BiZBash weekly email newsletter will allow more than 10,000 local industry professionals to go behind the scenes of important D.C. events to see how others are handling everything from decor, catering, entertainment, meeting content, and strategy to other event planning ideas and resources.”