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Atlantic’s Justin Smith to Bloomberg Media

Atlantic Media President Justin Smith is moving to Bloomberg Media to be its Chief Executive Officer. The announcement came Sunday night in a memo to staff. Rather than appoint a new successor, they will continue without “independent” of any reporting structure. He was with the company for six years. In a seriously lengthy and thoughtful farewell note, Publisher David Bradley, amid a plethora of compliments, compares him to Mary Poppins.

From David Bradley’s memo to staff sent tonight, July 28:

“Justin led The Atlantic for two years and then Atlantic Media for an additional four. In one sense, my time with Justin reminds me of the time I spent with the Atlantic’s late editor, Michael Kelly—the everyday, dialed-up to intensity. After six years, and speechless, any of us might ask, “Wow, what was that about?”

“In my frame, Atlantic Media was earning its doctoral degree in modern media from one of modern media’s master practitioners. What Justin believed, he taught, and, as with Michael again, Justin’s beliefs were fierce: That the revolution underway in media is more radical than we—the industry—appreciate. That the contest between legacy and insurgent players is mortal, with advantage to the insurgents. That surviving legacy properties will have had to learn the disciplines of the insurgents—and that they can. That velocity is first among the virtues. That the speed of change is unprecedented. That ideas have their season but not more. From search to social media to native advertising to the next advantage. And, that Atlantic Media could and would and has leapt to the frontier.

“…Justin will leave us a changed—and much better—media company. That begins with his—and now my—Atlantic Media leadership team. Scott, Bruce, Tim, Jean Ellen, Kat, Zazie, Michael, Tom, Emily. As with Justin, I have complete confidence in this group. More generally, and as to “extreme talent” across the board, I think Atlantic Media is at its record high-water mark. After reflection, I’ve decided that, rather than appoint a Justin successor, we will let the current leadership continue independent of any reporting structure—save to me—and grow to fill the empty spaces Justin’s departure leaves behind. In fact, I found this an easy call.”

See the full version of the deeply emotional memo of appreciation… Read more

Morning Chatter

Favorite line from Rachel Jeantel to opposing lawyer  in testimony of George Zimmerman trial: “That’s retarded, sir.”

J-school prof gets “benign” diagnosis

“Just heard the best word in the English language: benign. (And I don’t need to see that doctor again for five years.)” — Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine blogger and J-school prof.

Huh?

“Dinner at 3 a.m. #yolo” — Mother JonesAsawin Suebsaeng.

Subject line of an email we opened and shouldn’t have: “Dirty Little Secret.” And it had zero to do with backstabbing Jodi Arias and everything to do with the boring Illinois Policy Institute.

Reporter sticks up for Rachel Jeantel

“I’m appalled by media scrutiny of #RachelJeantel… This is how the mainstream treats people who do not abide by white cultural norms.” — Independent journo based in Northern Va. Rania Khalek.

Real HuffPost headline: “The Worst Jelly Belly Flavors: A HuffPost Deathmatch”

Spotted at the Nats game Wednesday night carrying approximately nine hotdogs: TPM‘s slim Igor Bobic.

Important Q to Ponder: “Why do I feel, deep down, that Tommy Christopher is overcompensating for some bad things he said/did when he was younger?” — Conservative fundraiser Nathan Wurtzel.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:38 a.m.

Editor gets emotional about gun violence

“These stories, which happen every day, make me physically sick and oh so enraged.” — Mother Jones Co-Editor Clara Jeffries on stories such as a 12-year-old boy who accidentally shoots his 9-year-old brother.

Sen. Schumer a press whore, really?

“Schumer on floor: ‘It might surprise you, Mr. President, to learn that I have a very good press team.’ #notreally” — WaPo’s Aaron Blake. Weirdly, when you look up “press whore” in Google images — who comes up? Sen. Schumer, second row.  In other interesting Blake thoughts“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It should be illegal to pop popcorn in a workplace.”

Uh oh.

“That thing of where your cool story pitch meets an implacable abyss of total silence.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Congrats to… Marc Ambinder for never being able to stay away from a David Bradley-owned publication. He’s going to work for Defense One. It’s unclear whether he’ll still write for The Week — they have no idea and he didn’t answer an email.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

The Atlantic Hires ‘Entrepreneur in Residence’

How high brow can you sound?

The Atlantic has hired an “Entrepreneur in Residence.” What does that even mean? Who cares, really, but is that not the greatest job title you’ve ever heard? The lucky journalist behind the lofty new title that should give him bragging rights at any party is digital media innovator (also a pretty good title) Andrew Golis.

Here’s his job description: “Working closely with The Atlantic‘s Editorial and Digital Strategy and Operations teams, Golis will support the media brand’s expanding video and paid-content initiatives. He will also work with the teams to help identify and launch new ventures and products across The Atlantic’s platforms.”

We do hope all that means he’ll get to live at David Bradley‘s residence off Massachusetts Avenue (even just shacking up in his elaborate kitchen would be pretty posh), smoke expensive cigars, sip champagne in the afternoon and get the respect that such a spectacular title warrants.

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A Little Birdy Tells Us…

That National Journal is nixing some of its own reporters out of this weekend’s parties revolving around the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Last night was the shindig at Publisher David Bradley‘s beautiful home in Kalorama, to which even some senior journalists  were not invited. More were allowed into their “Making the News” party last night co-hosted with The Atlantic at The Powerhouse in Georgetown. But tonight’s pre-party at the Washington Hilton? It’s a no go. Read more

Love Child: the Fantasy Kids of D.C. Media

This is a more regal, dignified entry for Valentine’s Day. Here we have Atlantic and National Journal Publisher David Bradley and Kate Middleton. Sure, she might be pregnant with another man’s child. But that didn’t stop her from first secretly popping out a red-headed son with Bradley (and yes, we’re joking).

Who Wore the Risqué Choker?

On Monday we presented you with this woman’s choker necklace, worn by a female journalist at The Atlantic pre-inaugural party Sunday night at Publisher David Bradley‘s house. We asked for guesses on who it was, and this is what you told us:

The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel wrote into FishbowlDC, saying, “That’s easy, I’d recognize that neck anywhere: Charles Krauthammer. I’d always pegged him for a big 50 Shades fan.”

Other guesses: Reader Vicky Shannon writes in, “My guess for the choker-wearer is Barbara Harrison.” Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and AOL-HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington were among the other guesses.

Indeed, the correct guess is one that no one offered. It’s Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt (as pictured above). She says this piece of jewelry is among her favorites, but rarely wears it. She explained, “Bought it about 5 years ago at Hermes boutique in Florida as a Christmas present to myself. I’m aware women aren’t supposed to buy jewelry for themselves, but that’s like waiting for a man to open the door. By the way, there’s a heart on the lock. It’s sweet.”

Who Wore the Dominatrix Choker?

Which female journalist wore this 50 Shades of Grey-style choker to Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s “Downton Bradley” shindig last night?

We’ll tell you soon. Send your best guesses to fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com. 

 

Ashley Judd Mixes, Mingles With Journos

Actress and pretend Senate hopeful Ashley Judd held court in Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s gorgeous kitchen last night at his pre-inaugural bash. The party, dubbed “Downton Bradley” for its hoity-toity guest list, was a who’s who of Washington D.C. where the living room was filled with everyone from TIME‘s Joe Klein, CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan with wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, White House correspondent for ABC News Radio Ann Compton, WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Debbie Dingle, wife of Rep. John Dingle (D-Mich.), whose surname persistently comes out “Dungle” on the iPhone, CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris IshamAtlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Hungarian Amb. Greg Szapry, Comcast Executive V.P. David Cohen, and AOL Co-founder Steve Case.

The dining room, meanwhile, had its own plateful of D.C. V.I.P.’s — former White House Press Sec. Joe Lockhart, former PBS’ Jim Lehrer (yawn), CNN and Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton and reporter Rosie Gray, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas, National Journal Publisher Bruce Gottlieb, NJ‘s new spokesman, Ben Fishel (former flack to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Penistown), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Media Matters), reporter Chris Frates and Atlantic Spokeswoman Natalie Raabe, NJ National Correspondent Ron Fournier, NJ‘s Ron Brownstein and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt, who described her recent quick bout with the flu despite having a flu shot. Also in the dining room: Lobbyist Heather Podesta.

In the foyer was a male guest with a neck beard (see pictures after the jump), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and outgoing Sec. of State Hilary Clinton‘s former Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer.

It was the kitchen, however, that was the apparent nerve center of Bradley’s house. With beautiful creamy couches and a blazing fireplace, and the surprisingly down-to-earth Bradley in the corner chatting up guests, it was there where we spied on Judd mingling with D.C. insiders such as HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, who wore a bright pink tie and signature mane of longish silver locks, Bloomberg View‘s Margaret Carlson. Judd was accompanied by an unidentified partially balding man. Also roaming the kitchen was Fineman’s sister, Elizabeth Schroeter, in from Colorado. Asked about her brother, Schroeter said he was a “really good guy.” Judd, with a red flower in her hair, struck various poses throughout the night. Most noteworthy, however, was her stick straight posture, even when sitting, and her ability to stick her chest out when engaged in casual conversation. Let’s just say she was well aware that flashbulbs were capturing her every move.

Out on the enclosed patio were more guests to gawk at and grill.

(Pictured above left: Atlantic Publisher David Bradley)

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — the Inauguration Edition

PRIORITIES: “Obsessed with Ashley Biden’s shoes.” — BrandlinkDC’s Barbara Martin, among the organizers at the “Artists and Athletes” soireé at DC Coast Monday night.

Young girl voices what she wants from POTUS in next four years

“Um, I want him to take away the guns from other people, because for a girl like me it kind of scares me if I got killed.” — 8-year-old girl at The Dubliner bar this morning on MSNCB’s “Morning Joe.”

Flack melts down about Capitol Hill gridlock

“I’m pretty sure every cross street in DC is blocked. It’s virtually impossible to get back to Capitol Hill. No rhyme or reason.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh just after midnight Tuesday morning. And three minutes later…“Someone explain to me the security decision behind devoting 6 cops to shutting down 7th & M. There is nothing around that area at all.” More: “Understand. I’m all for security. Just seems like complete overkill.” He concludes on a bipartisan note…“To be sure, also remember it taking 3 hrs to go 12 blocks in 2001 for first GWB inauguration wknd. Should leave DC :)

Other complaints…

  • “Pro Tip: no matter how bad you think the traffic is in DC..it is 100 times worse than that.” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter. A follower snapped at her, saying, “Amy Walter, quit whining; u don’t live in Los Angeles. Take public transporation! [sic]“
  • “Another trip to DC where I only used Uber. Simply a brilliant service.” — RedState and CNN’s Erick Erickson.
  • “I concur with what @EWErickson just said. I’ve discovered how great uber is in DC, especially considering how shitass the cabs can be here.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray, who recently moved to Washington from Manhattan. Everyone can congratulate Rosie on finding her new apartment — it’s in the Bloomington neighborhood of D.C.
  • “Dupont Circle on Inauguration Weekend=everything I hate. SO MANY BROS, GET ME OUTTA HERE.” — National Journal political reporter Elahe Izadi. Hmmm…so many bros?
  • “Took nearly half an hour to hail a cab. Happy inauguration!” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.
  • “Heading home. DC streets closed 5 hours earlier that supposed to. #gridlock #inaug2013 (@ In An Uber w/ 3 others)” — Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp.
  • “You really, really want to avoid driving w/in several blocks of WH right now. Street closures taking place. 18th St near gridlock.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

On Michelle Obama’s new bangs: “I think the bangs are fantastic.” — Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley, on “Morning Joe” this morning in a flamboyant black fur coat.

Washington Watch and CNN’s Roland Martin on Inauguration morning.

Actress Ashley Judd strikes a pose last night in the kitchen of Atlantic Publisher David Bradley, where she hung out for a good while, chatting up HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and a swell of fine, crusty Washington D.C. men with varying amounts of ear hair. (More on the swanky Downton Bradley party later…)

TV journo marvels over empty Metro car

“Its very quiet INSIDE Capitol & amazingly Metro train car I was in was empty, completely empty. 4 years ago it was packed.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell at 6:08 a.m.

Journo hopes to survive inauguration sans illness

“Last week, I thought #inauguration would be a race between me and my iPhone battery. Instead, it’s a race against my own immune system.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

How to Make it All About Me?

“I’m at Capitol South Metro Station (Washington D.C., DC)” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch at 6:19 a.m.

Important Question to Ponder: “It’s okay to take DayQuil with a vodka martini right?” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

D.C. Celebrity Watching: “Been playing ‘I know that celebrity from that scene in that movie where he looks [adjective here] but what is his name?!’ all night. Tired.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

“President was sworn in today. Mon is the ceremonial event and speech. I elected to skip the party & hoopla and not attend Mon’s event.” — Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd needs help

“Ashley pooped in Jeffrey’s bed, peed on Jeffrey’s carpet, chews his socks. If you come back & help me @cesarmillan, I’ll make you dinner :O)” — Sherri Shepherd, our new favorite Twitter obsession. Only Sherri can bring “poop” and “dinner” together into one sentence.

Party banter and — gasp — an insult for Kerry Washington.

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David Bradley Equates New Site to Times Square

Atlantic Media has unveiled a brand new corporate logo and website they’re hoping will catapult them into a world class, digital-first enterprise. They formally released the expected statement this morning. They write, “The logo—modern minimalist geometric letters using a blue and silver grey color split—reflects key principles of digital design: simplicity and clarity of brand identity.”

But the statement we prefer is the one that wasn’t released to the public. This is the company-wide doozy from Publisher David Bradley to Atlantic Media that has him marveling over the invention of horse drawn carriages and hazelnut goodness of Nutella. No, no, not really. But he is marveling over the idea of a — hope you’re sitting down for this — whoa! a brand, spanking new NEW LOGO. He also gushes over the concept of one of his employees securing the URL called “Atlantic Media” for their site. Did we somehow miss the invention of the automobile?

Bradley writes, “The logo is something very new in my life – modern, spare, simple, minimalist.   And, the website itself is, at least to those of us in media, sheer excitement. … If one website only could be Times Square, this would be it.”

As for praise, Bradley spares nothing. “I think it’s fair to say that no finer work has been accomplished online on my watch.” Really, it is clean and beautiful, but are we still in Roman times? There are a number of lookers out there.

Bradley ends the romantic memo by saying this will be his last correspondence with staff before the new year. Damn! We were hoping for a daily diary. Delivered by pigeons, of course.

See the internal memo Atlantic Media didn’t widely circulate… Read more

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