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Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS!

Now that everyone has had a chance to vote, the results are in for the FishbowlDC Superlatives. We’ll be rolling out the results today and tomorrow, so be on the lookout to see how your nominees did.

Biggest Self Promoter– This was the closest vote that we had in the whole competition. It was between Former Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, The Daily Beast and CNN’s Howard Kurtz, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Publicist Tammy Haddad. The photo finish saw Tammy Haddad beat out Fields by only five votes! Congratulations Tammy!

Worst Temper– The candidates were Mother Jones’s David Corn, Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Politico’s Tim Grieve, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, and Slate’s Matt Yglesias. The people have spoken and they say Tim Grieve has the worst temper in Washington! We’d congratulate him, but we’re afraid it might set him off.

Favorite Flack– We asked you to choose between POTUS campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Mitt Romney spokesman Brendan Buck, House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye and NRCC’s Brian Walsh (pitched as Drama and Turtle), C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman, and House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott. Despite a last minute push by Mortman, the winners were Doug Heye and Brian Walsh!

Most Likely to Wind Up in Jail– The suspects choices were Politico’s Joe Williams, PR Exec. David Bass, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, The Daily Caller’s David Martosko, The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, Reason‘s Mike Riggs and freelancer Moe Tkacik. The overwhelming winner was Joe Williams.

Class Clown: This category was a joke. The results were the most lopsided in all of the superlatives. The contenders were Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani, Yahoo! News’ Olivier KnoxReuter‘s Sam Youngman, The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, Wonkette and The Guardian‘s Jim Newell and The Drudge Report’s Charlie Hurt. Julie Mason walked away with this category with a crushing 46 percent of the vote.

Most likely to end up with a reality show– In D.C., there are PLENTY of options, but we narrowed them down to Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, ABC7’s Stephen Tschida, TWT‘s Emily Miller, Susanna Quinn, Publicist and blogger Janet Donovan, NBC’s Luke Russert, Current TV’s David Shuster,and CNN’s Roland Martin. The winner of this category was…  Emily Miller! (Our advice would be to make sure you get the lighting right on her reality show or she might shoot the bulbs out.)

Thanks to everyone who voted, but we aren’t done yet with the big reveal. Check back tomorrow to find out the winners of all of our other categories, which include Best Writer, Sexiest, and Best On-Air Personality!

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An Evening Swim in the Fishbowl

On Thursday night we welcomed upwards of 160 guests to Lost Society on U Street for a party so full of waves that some may never forget it. Journos climbed two super steep flights of stairs to reach the rooftop, which was filled with candles and drenched in rose petals. Notable guests in the crowd: Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson, The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, NJ‘s Major Garrett, GOP Consultant Ron Bonjean, TWT‘s Charlie Hurt, The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash, ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, WaPo‘s Erik Wemple, Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett, The Hill‘s Editor-at-Large Al Eisele and Managing Editor Bob Cusack, and CNN and former FishbowlDC Editor Matt Dornic. There are too many names to mention, but reporters, editors and publicists from the following news outlets showed up to down Belvedere Vodka cocktails and eat fish and chips, chicken waffles and bourbon s’mores: TPM, Politico, The Daily Caller, The Hill, Washington Examiner, ABC7, CNN, USA Today, HuffPost, Roll Call, NJ, Bloomberg, WaPo, TWT, Townhall.com, Thrillist, Breitbart’s Big Journalism, Yahoo! News, Washingtonian, UrbanDaddy.com, RCP, Q&A Celebrity, DCist, WaPo Express, Metro Weekly and The Times of London. FBDC favorite, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, unfortunately didn’t show — he was home with a cold. Conversation topics swung wildly from NYT Mark Leibovich‘s upcoming book on incestuous Washington, a mini-debate on male facial hair, journos doing stories on bras, stupid intern behavior, thin skinned journalists, a newsroom recently instructed to not site a publication that never sites them, The Drudge Report, The Daily Caller’s Media Matters series , the two speeds of The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, a hypothetical weed sale and whether “getting f–ked” is a good thing or an insult. No party is complete without Raptor Strategies’ David Bass. FBDC’s newest writers Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry were on hand to say hello to journos — well, most of them, anyhow. Peter spent the evening avoiding a certain editor whose name rhymes with Rucker Rarlson. He wasn’t the only one who feared coming face to face with Rarlson. Eddie, meanwhile, plotted his way into free vodka shots. Publicist Dannia Hakki, of Moki Media, organized the event. She has the patience of a saint.

Hollywood on the Potomac blogger and publicist Janet Donovan, who unfortunately didn’t make it into the party because she forgot her ID and the big, burly bouncer wasn’t taking chances, has a funny take on the evening here. Photo Credit: Dave Phillipich.

The Fishbowl trio: Peter, Betsy and Eddie.

Meghan, Nick, Dornic, Ballard

Carlson and Company…

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A Potentially Ripe Reception for Journos

Diplomatic Courier hosts a launch reception tonight for its fall issue featuring the 99 Under 33 Most Influential Young Professionals involved in foreign policy.

Reasons to go: Raptor Strategies’, which is sponsoring the fall issue, will have its greatest conversationalist David Bass on hand. Additionally, the soiree will take place in The Jefferson Hotel’s Pavilion Room, the hotel’s largest meeting space.

Please note: It’s invite-only. So don’t try to sneak in without going through the proper channels.

Labash Blowout Book Party: Marion Barry Has Arrived!

IMG_0217.jpgThe Weekly Standard/Daily Caller Matt Labash’s book, Fly Fishing With Darth Vader: And Other Adventures With Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, And Jewish Cowboys came to life Thursday night as characters from his anthology filed in one by one to the beautiful home of Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and his wife, Susie. The evening was one of fun, frolic and, of course, drinking, as the Distilled Spirits Council sponsored the party with a well-stocked Scotch-filled bar.

Characters from the book who showed up to the festivities included Democratic political strategist and former campaign aide to Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) David “Mudcat” Saunders, Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens and GOP consultant Roger Stone, who famously taught Labash how to properly tie a tie (he claims Labash still needs help). Stone (in photograph above with Labash) explained that he was leaving later to catch a train to Manhattan – his policy is to never stay overnight in D.C. as the town is too awful a place to remain too long. “I hate it,” he said. “People are phony.” (Stone splits his time between New York City and Miami.)

Soon the party turned into a roast.

“Nice house, not waspy enough,” Stone cracked. “I appreciate the enormous role I have played in making Matt Labash.” Stone joked that people always ask of Labash: ‘What’s with all the Hitler memorabilia?’

Saunders, to whom Labash devoted an entire chapter, said the author was much more than a writer but a life confidant whom he still phones for advice. “He knows enough about me to get me arrested,” he said. Initially, Saunders said, he feared a story about him appearing in The Weekly Standard: “I’m a Democrat. The Weekly Standard ain’t a damn Democrat publication.”

The party was the scene of scenes for D.C. journalists. Faces in the crowd included conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Andy Ferguson, Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins, Patrick Gavin, Kiki Ryan, Michael Calderone and Pia Catton. Politico’s Jonathan Martin and NBC “Meet the Press” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer arrived simultaneously. The Daily Caller was represented well with opinion editor Moira Bagley, publisher Neil Patel, V.P. of sales Alex Treadway and congressional reporter Gautham Nagesh as well as Sean “Jim Treacher” Medlock on crutches. Others in attendance: The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, the New York Post’s Charlie Hurt, Reason’s Michael Moynihan, Edelman’s Exec. V.P. Tony Blankley, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, D.C. media consultant David Bass, former Time scribe Tim Burger and Slate’s Editor David Plotz. The Atlantic’s Josh Green was there and spoke of the story he has been living as of late – that of Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and the old Navy buddies who told him, among other sordid details, about the ex-congressman’s infamous Massa massage and now compelling “snorkeling”. Green joked, “I feel dirty talking about it.” More seriously, he called Massa the “Andy Dick of Congress.”

Lightening struck when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrived. Late and decked out in a suit and cherry-colored tie, Barry stole the show. And for a good while, it was all guests could do but stare and snap cell phone pictures.

“It took me an hour to find this place,” Barry told the awed crowd, explaining his tardiness. “I wandered here and there and everywhere.”

Initially Labash had no idea that Barry that arrived. “No, no, I don’t publicly speak!” the author was imploring guests, unaware that his most striking character was about to weigh in.

Carlson explained to guests that The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was sorry he couldn’t attend – he was in Manhattan hanging out with former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Massa (everyone laughed). Carlson read a note from Kristol that said, in part, “When we hired Labash, we had hoped he’d become a star – we’re still hoping.”

Carlson, who wrote the introduction to Labash’s book, had solemn praise for Labash with a twist. “Matt doesn’t simply write about people,” said Carlson. “He takes them as lifelong friends – almost in a proctological way.” He said when subjects first read the stories Labash has written about them their first response is “horror.”

Then they realize that what Labash has written is true, that the author has maybe captured them more deeply than anyone ever has.

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Morning Reading List 10.29.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

TV | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

TV

It’s a small, small world. Rep. Michele Bachmann used to babysit “Fox & Friends” host Gretchen Carlson back in Minnesota. (h/t Minnesota Independent and Glenn Thrush)

Because Keith Olbermann‘s “Countdown” is doing well at 10pm, MSNBC’s search for a new 10pm show has been put on a back burner, AP reports.

ONLINE

“GMA” has unveiled a new homepage.

MAGAZINES

Big layoffs at Forbes.

BOOKS

Time mag has an exclusive excerpt from David Plouffe‘s book “The Audacity to Win.” On the Vice Presidential choice, Plouffe writes: “Barack continued to be intrigued by Hillary. ‘I still think Hillary has a lot of what I am looking for in a VP,’ he said to us ‘… I think Bill may be too big a complication. If I picked her, my concern is that there would be more than two of us in the relationship.’ Neither Ax nor I were fans of the Hillary option.”

NEWS NOTES

More cuts are expected at AP by the end of 2009.

Updates on David Bass via Politico, the PR exec charged with a felony for allegedly causing a drunken ruckus on a flight. He’s due in court today for a preliminary hearing.

And get a peek inside the MTV “Real World” house.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

The book “Mrs. O: The Face of Fashion Democracy” chronicles Michelle Obama’s fashion rise.

AWARDS & EVENTS

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

David Bass in a First Class Mess

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David Bass, a familiar face in the Washington media scene could face up to 20 years in prison if he is convicted of interfering with a flight member, a “terrorist act” while riding first class on a flight from Houston to Washington.

Bass, a Washington media consultant, journalist and PR-type has been charged of drunkenly disregarding and intimidating a flight attendant according the Examiner.

Bass worked for The Weekly Standard, National Journal, Campaigns & Elections, The Hill and The Washington Times prior to his PR career.

For more details on this story, check out Click’s interview with David or the Washington Examiner.

BTDubs, Keeks Bday Party Was Obvi Totes Brills

Janet Donovan hosted a birthday party for Kiki Ryan last night at Teatro Goldoni, after her first day with Politico Click where she’ll be covering “night life” (and we assure you, she’s an expert). Though we do love her, we promise this is the last post on Kiki for a while…

In attendance: Politico Click colleagues Patrick Gavin and Anne Schroeder Mullins, Yeas & Nays’ Jeff Dufour, Jayne Sandman, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, Green & Glover’s Stephanie Green, CNN’s Edie Emery, Jessica Hoy, Lee Brenner, Chelsea Cummings, David Bass, Washington Whispers’ Nikki Schwab, msnbc.com’s Lauren Vicary, WUSA’s Angie Goff, Pamela Sorenson, Politico‘s Alex Isenstadt and Fox News’ Chad Pergram, among others.

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Morning Reading List 08.07.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

The latest Auto-Tune the News (featuring Pat Buchanan!) above. Plenty of upcoming birthdays to celebrate this morning- Alex Baldinger, Marc Ambinder and David Bass, plus a special birthday we’ll celebrate more on the blog later. For now, what we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

NYT has finally confirmed that the Boston Globe is up for sale.

TV

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate yesterday just after 3pm- what it looked like on cable.

More on Richard Wolffe on and not on MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.”

And WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes on the Olbermann/Bill O’Reilly feud: “Out and a Bout.”

Lastly in TV, why Joe Scarborough is cool.

RADIO

GWU is launching a radio and web-based educational series exploring the role of press in democracy. “This Just In,” produced in association with the Newseum, will air weekly for an hour and will be hosted by veteran network correspondent Sam Litzinger with support from GWU students in the School of Media and Public Affairs. More dets here.

ONLINE

Slate‘s Jack Shafer hasn’t been served enough “Mouthpiece Theater” just yet.

More this morning from Shafer: “Will Marcus Brauchli Please Grow a Spine?

And on that note- Dana Milbank‘s loss has been Andy Cobb‘s gain. Politico reports “Two Dudes and a Web Cam” hasn’t been a wild YouTube success- that is, until Milbank’s beer summit video flopped, opening the door for Cobb’s satire.

FT looks to introduce a pay-per-article system by next summer.

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin‘s filling in for Ben Smith on the blog (h/t Playbook).

BOOKS

Playbook also reports this morning that Mitt Romney has named his book due out in March- “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness.”

NEWS NOTES

Anderson Cooper had the first interview with Lisa Ling on CNN’s “360″ last night. Ling revealed that her sister Laura Ling and Euna Lee, American reporters for Current TV who were detained in North Korea until this week, did “very briefly” cross into the country.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 07.31.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Above, check out Robert Gibbs, pre-White House (via HuffPost). What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Two local groups have offered early bids to buy the Boston Globe.

TV

Lou Dobbs‘ ratings on CNN are not benefitting from all this attention on him lately, according to NYO.

RADIO

Five Quick Questions for NPR’s David Folkenflik from Mediaite, including, Q: Are you nervous or excited about the future of Journalism? Why? and A: Both. I’m nervous, even heartbroken, because of the toll that the dissolution of the old business models for the news business is taking both on dedicated practitioners of the trade and on trade itself…”

ONLINE

In a week when the biggest story out of the White House is arguably about beer, it seems fitting that ABC’s Jake Tapper took a break to interview Judd Apatow on the Political Punch Podcast. Apatow’s “Funny People” is in theaters now so listen to the podcast and go see it this weekend.

Politico‘s Anne Schroeder Mullins catches up with the genius behind YouTube sensation “Auto-Tune the News” here.

NEWS NOTES

How’s MSM doing on health care reform coverage? Ehh, says James Rainey at the LATimes.

David Bass has launched a new public relations and public affairs firm, Raptor, tagline: “New times demand new strategies.” Find out more on the firm’s new site here.

Totally unrelated to DC journos, but still something to look forward to… the cast of Seinfeld will reunite on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Everything the President touches turns to gold… Bloomberg takes a look at the “Obama Effect” on Washington restaurants.

On the other hand… a 78-year-old woman in Iowa is so sick of seeing President Obama in the media, she’s selling her two television sets.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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Haddad Hosts Annual WHCD Brunch

This was the scene at Tammy Haddad‘s annual pre-WHCD garden brunch. Who wasn’t there?

To name a few we saw… John King, Dana Bash, David Gregory, Luke Russert, Betsy Fischer, Mary Matalin, Ed Shultz, Maureen Orth, Jon Meacham, Savannah Guthrie, Arianna Huffington, Mika Brzezinski, Andrea Mitchell, Jeff Zeleny, Erin McPike, Patrick Gavin, Ana Marie Cox (who we overheard say she has more followers on Twitter than watch “Morning Joe”), and on and on…

Celebs-wise: Christian Slater, Val Kilmer, Chace Crawford, Matthew Settle, Matthew Modine and Tim Daly.

Also Captain Richard Phillips, Janet Napolitano and Todd Palin, being walked around by Fox’s Greta Van Susteren.

Honorary co-hosts Susan Axelrod and Ann Curry made some remarks and Haddad led the crowd in a mass “Happy Mother’s Day” Twitter.


Matt and Tammy Haddad.

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