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Gridiron Loosens Rules After 126 Years

In a move that is unprecedented by The Girdiron Club, they are advertising for a Sunday afternoon post-dinner reception and performance through the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C. In past years the exclusive white-tie Gridiron dinner event has been strictly invitation only. “Looks like they’re hurting for money,” said a longtime Washington journo who received the Harvard Club invite.

The reception is set for March 13 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  — one day after the dinner. Forget the white-tie. Dress for this is business attire.

Completely unrelated side note: Other Harvard Club events include (no joke): “Winter Skin Essentials for All at Kiehls,” a “Valentine Card Workshop” and “Intro to Handwriting Analysis.”

An excerpt from the Gridiron afternoon event: For 126 years, the Gridiron Club has regaled an annual white-tie dinner with satire and songs that skewer Presidents and congressional leaders, lobbyists and sacred cows. Saturday night’s Spring Dinner sponsored by the Gridiron, Washington’s oldest organization of journalists, is attended by 600 people invited by the Club’s membership, which is limited to 65 of the capital’s most respected reporters and columnists.

Now we are opening our Sunday afternoon performance, given for friends and family, to a wider audience that includes members of Washington-based college alumni groups and State Societies. As the incoming president of the Gridiron Club and Foundation, I’m writing to invite your group to participate. The Gridiron’s Sunday Reprise will be on March 13, 2011, in the ballroom of the Washington Renaissance Hotel, 999 Ninth Street NW.

The invitation notes, “We think your members would have a ball at our show, one of Washington’s signature events.”

What journos should they expect to see at the $75 Washington Renaissance Hotel afternoon event? Find out…

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Morning Reading List 12.08.10

*WCP‘s Moe Tkacik slices and dices WaPo‘s baby liberal blogger Ezra Klein in this lengthy late Tuesday story that she dubs “a love letter.” I’d hate to run into these two in a dark alley. Things could get really ugly. Most delicious part: An obviously well ahead of his time Klein as a mere 6-year-old miraculously figured out how to keep his baby sister’s ice cream cold and avoid “wayward drips.” This is when Tkacik says Klein was at his most “innovative.” She says he then fell into a “deKlein.” An excerpt: “I am not entirely sure what happened in the interim to Klein, who at some point after this contest exited the cutthroat infomercial kitchen appliance industry and remade himself into a fixture of the Beltway punditocracy, but he has since transformed into a less interesting David Broder.” FishbowlDC requested comment from Klein. He never replied.

* Esquire pens a “different kind of obituary” for Elizabeth Edwards in which she talks to poor people down a dirt road while her husband puts on a fake political show (or so the author says).

* Politico‘s Patrick Gavin writes that SNL‘s Seth Meyers will headline the 2011 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Gavin writes, “The irony of Meyers’s hosting the dinner, of course, is that he’s been tapped by Washington reporters to perform before Washington reporters, even though it’s those very Washington reporters whom he frequently skewers.”

WaPo Columnists Break Traffic Laws (Just Like Us)

WaPo columnists Gene Robinson and David Broder, it turns out, are human. They were named in a reecntly published story on arlnow.com (a blog that focuses on fascinating Arlington, Va.) on area residents who have received – oh the horror – traffic infractions. The story, which oddly wasn’t pegged to anyone with a recent violation, generously regarded Robinson’s and Broder’s infractions as “minor.” While the 81-year-old Broder details are noteworthy, Robinson’s lack of an inspection sticker can hardly be considered egregious.

We assume our pictured pooch has suffered a few traffic violations – and if we’re really going to be honest, it may be more comforting to glance over and see this dog driving over Broder.

An excerpt: Eugene Robinson was stopped last January for an inspection sticker that expired one month prior. He paid the $81 fine two months later. David Broder has been convicted of traffic violations five times in the past two years. Charges against Broder have included speeding, an HOV violation and driving without a license.

What We Almost Missed…

Dr. Hakki of the new walk-in Botox cafe.

1. C-SPAN will capture the Friday Judiciary Committee hearing complete with testimony from comedian Stephen Colbert.

2. The critics say Bob Woodward and David Broder have been breaking WaPo rules on giving outside speeches for years. Ken Silverstein has yet another story making the charge in Harper’s. He has been tracking this charge since the summer of 2008. Read the most recent piece here.

3. Tonight some media types are set to attend a  party in Georgetown for the first ever (in D.C.) walk-in Botox boutique. It’s called Luxxery Express. That’s celeb plastic surgeon Dr. Ayman Hakki, owner of the Botox cafe,  above. We’ll tell you more tomorrow, but for now, expected media attendance includes Fox5, ABC, TBD.com, Washington Examiner, Politico, WaPo and Hogshaven.com.

Cue Ryan Seacrest. WaPo Announces “America’s Next Great Pundit” Winner

Meet Kevin Huffman, winner of WaPo‘s “America’s Next Great Pundit” contest.

His prize? A weekly column for 13 weeks at $200 a piece. And the enormous pressure of living up to David Broder, Eugene Robinson and various other Pulitzer Prize winning Post op-ed writers.

The search began in October with nearly 5,000 contestants, whittled down to ten. After five rounds of punditry challenges, including writing a traditional op-ed column, blogging on tight deadlines on a range of topics, fielding difficult questions from readers and presenting confidence on video, Huffman came out on top. WaPo received 25,000 total votes and thousands of reader comments, according to a release.

Huffman’s a Teach for America executive. You can check out his punditry work here.

Photo from washingtonpost.com.

>>UPDATE: From our friends at Reliable Source… it’s a small, small district. Huffman was married until a couple years ago to D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee.

NJ Poll: Media Influencing the Insiders

Which media figures influence the insiders?

National Journal published the results of its most recent poll that asked a panel of Congressional and Political Insiders to rank, one-through-five, those columnists, bloggers, and television or radio commentators who most help to shape their own opinion or worldview.

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman received more points than anyone else, with support from both Democrats and Republicans.

Thomas Friedman Total points (T): 335 Dem. Points (D): 230 Rep. Points (R) :105

David Brooks T: 282 D: 141 R: 141

Charles Krauthammer T: 281 D: 1 R: 280

George Will T: 246 D: 23 R: 223

Paul Krugman T: 182 D: 181 R: 1

David Broder T: 165 D: 106 R: 59

E.J. Dionne T: 147 D: 143 R: 4

Karl Rove T: 126 D: 1 R: 125

Peggy Noonan T: 101 D: 5 R: 96

William Kristol T: 91 D: 5 R: 86

Check out the list of insiders that weighed in, the insider’s comments on each media personality and the full list of media via sortable interactive graphic at NJ’s site here.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senator John Kerry (D-MA), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bob Shrum, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin and Maria Shriver

CBS’ Face the Nation: Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and Georgetown University sociologist Michael Eric Dyson

ABC’s This Week: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and a roundtable with Liz Cheney, WaPo‘s EJ Dionne, ABC’s Sam Donaldson, PBS’ Gwen Ifill and George Will

Fox News Sunday: Former Vice President Dick Cheney and a panel with Fox News Washington managing editor Bill Sammon and Fox News contributors NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Boston Red Sox President and CEO Larry Lucchino, Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino, former Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor Thomas M. Menino and nephew Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Broder, former The Boston Globe columnist Tom Oliphant, WGBH “Beat the Press” host Emily Rooney, “Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America” author Kurt Andersen

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Secretary of State/Treasury James Baker, VF‘s Christopher Hitchens, “Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy” author Fawaz Gerges, “Left in Dark Times” author Bernard-Henri Levy, “Standing Alone in Mecca” author Asra Nomani and Carnegie’s Minxin Pei

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CBS’ Bill Plante, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman and NPR’s Michele Norris

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Time‘s Karen Tumulty, WaPo‘s David Broder, WSJ‘s David Wessel and NBC’s Pete Williams

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty (R) and historian Robert Dallek

Will update as we learn them.

Washingtonian Mag Names Its Top 50 DC Journos


Photo by Washingtonian. CBS’s Lara Logan, ABC’s Jan Crawford Greenburg, the Atlantic’s Joshua Green, Hotline’s Amy Walter, the WaPo’s Chris Cillizza, and the NYT’s Charlie Savage.

Washingtonian (and former FishbowlDC’er) Garrett Graff is out with the magazine’s picks for the “50 Top Journalists 2009.”

The list has existed in Washington since 1973 and is always put together based on interviews with various DC journos, though this year’s is particularly unique because of the changing landscape of journalism. Another milestone– for the first time since 1973, neither David Broder or Bob Novak appear, as both retired from what the mag calls “day-to-day journalism” in 2009.

By our count, WaPo leads with ten journos, NYT not far behind with nine and relatively new, Politico has nabbed two well-deserved spots on the list (Mike Allen and Jeanne Cummings). On the TV side, NBC and ABC are tied with three each; CBS and CNN each have two.

Check out the list in its entirety here.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Fred Thompson and Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and a roundtable with Washington Post’s David Broder, NBC’s David Gregory, NPR’s Michele Norris and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Obama strategist David Axelrod, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY).

  • This Week: Axelrod and McCain manager Rick Davis, and a roundtable with Time’s Mark Halperin, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Davis, Obama manager David Plouffe and Karl Rove and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), VA Gov. Tim Kaine (D), Republican strategists Alex Castellanos, Ed Rollins and Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategists Donna Brazile, Paul Begala, Hilary Rosen, former White House adviser David Gergen, and James Carville, CNN’s Candy Crowley, Campbell Brown, John King, Bill Schneider, Howard Kurtz, and Gloria Borger, Washington Times’ Tara Wall. Note: This is a special three hour show.

  • The Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Govs. Jim Douglas of Vermont, Butch Otter of Idaho and Ted Strickland of Ohio and washingtonpost.com’s Francine Uenuma and Chris Cillizza.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, BBC’s Katty Kay, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Rep. Tom Davis (R-VA) and Democratic strategist Tad Devine.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: T.J. Rooney, Pennsylvania Democratic Party Chairman; Jeff Jubelirer, Republican media consultant; and Shira Toeplitz and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: NJ Gov. Jon Corzine (D), former Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH), Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot and Discovery Channel’s Ted Koppel.

  • Face the Nation: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), CO Gov. Bill Ritter (D), Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder, Rep. Adam Putnam (R-FL) and Dr. C. Fred Bergsten, Director, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

  • Fox News Sunday: McCain manager Rick Davis, Obama strategist David Axelrod, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R) and Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell (D) and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • This Week: Lawrence Summers, Former Treasury Secretary, James Baker, Former Treasury Secretary, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA), Chairman, Financial Services Committee, Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO), Minority Whip and a roundtable with The New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Washington Post’s Dan Balz, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Late Edition: Steve Forbes, Robert Reich, former Pres. Clinton Labor Secretary, Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL), Washington Times’ Tara Wall, Democratic strategist Paul Begala, Republican strategist Leslie Sanchez, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley and Ed Henry.

  • Reliable Sources: CNN’s Candy Crowley, ABC’s Lynn Sherr, Politico’s Roger Simon, New York Times’ Frank Rich, San Francisco Chronicle’s Debra Saunders, CNN’s Ali Velshi and Baltimore Sun’s David Zurawik.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Jennifer Agiesta and David Broder.

  • GPS: Soros Fund Management chair George Soros, Columbia University’s Earth Institute director Jeffrey Sachs, Washington Post’s Sebastian Mallaby, Peterson Institute for International Economics’ Fred Bergsten

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, James Lockhart will be interviewed by Zachary Goldfarb, Washington Post, Reporter, & Dawn Kopecki, Bloomberg News, Finance Reporter.

  • Inside Washington: Washington Post’s Colbert King, NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Robin Weissmann, Pennsylvania Treasurer and Obama supporter; Renee Amoore, McCain supporter; and Erin Billings and Emily Heil of Roll Call.

  • Beyond the Politics: Brookings Institution’s William Galston, National Review’s Andrew McCarthy, Washington Times’ Tara Wall and Princeton University professor Cornel West. Note: Beyond the Politics is airing in place of This Week in Politics

  • Chris Matthews: Newsweek’s Howard Fineman, Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Cynthia Tucker, Washington Post’s David Ignatius and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: McCain economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Obama economic adviser Jason Furman and DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).

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