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Quotes of the Day

“Nobody loves a thin man. This is the new Chris Christie’s problem.”WaPo Associate Editor and columnist David Ignatius on the Governor of New Jersey holding a special Senate election a month early, a move that will cost New Jersey some $24 million. Ignatius introduced the entirely new genre of Christie fat jokes this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He has a point. Did anyone really like skinny Oprah?

Just another day on Capitol Hill: WTF?

“A guy outside the Capitol is yelling about neural microchips forcibly inserted thru the nose and it’s kind of amazing.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Daniel Newhauser.

Setting the record straight…“Nope, I wasn’t in Wash DC.” — News Junkie Marty Rudolf in reaction to our Separated at Birth of him in which a Marty lookalike was spotted at the Trader Joe’s in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

MSNBC host brings big, inflatable ball to work

“Buying an oversized yoga ball for the office now seems like a profoundly bad idea.” — MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, who added, “Contrary to conventional wisdom, deflating an oversized yoga ball is much harder than inflating it.” Note to readers: This is a photoshopped picture of Wagner. It’s her face, but not her body. By Austin Price.

Vomit-worthy Washington power talk

“OH near the Senate chamber: ‘Who in their right mind would ever want to share power?!’” — Gannett‘s Jon Campbell.

Email she won’t open…

“Email subject line makes me curious, but not enough to actually open it: ‘What does the color of your door say about you?’” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter.

The perplexing questions Hazy asks himself

“And why the frack is this NJ special election on a Wednesday? Was Thursday morning from 2am to 6am taken?” — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, once a Boybander always a Boybander, even if he is in Manhattan. Beats us, Hazy? Who the frack knows?

Roland’s Rules on Journalism?

“It cracks me up how media folks don’t mind talking lack of diversity in the GOP, Obama’s Cabinet, but when u point to media, they get scared.” — “Washington Watch” host and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.

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Newt Gingrich ‘Sad’ About Human Events

Eagle Publishing, parent company of Human Events, hosted its biennial Congressional Open House champagne celebration last night to welcome the 113th Congress (the Republican members at least).

Unfortunately, the party comes just a week after massive layoffs and the closure of Human Events‘ print product.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich attended with his wife Callista. Asked about Human Events, he said he was “very sad because it was historically a remarkable institution that had a big impact on American history going all the way back to 1944.” He added: “But I also recognize that we live in an age where you’re The Nation magazine or you’re Newsweek or a whole range of institutions — that the pressures of traditional print publication are enormous. And I think that Eagle had to take a serious look at reality in that sense.”

Regarding Conservative Political Action Conference organizers excluding New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) as a speaker at their event next week, while inviting Donald Trump, Gingrich said… Read more

How the Chips Fell At Human Events

Higher-ups at Human Events warned staff on Tuesday that there would be a big announcement at a 10:30 a.m. meeting the next day. Many employees had a feeling it would be bad news, possibly more layoffs.

Workers who showed up at the office before the meeting went to their desks and computers as usual. Then they gathered in the conference room where V.P. and Group Publisher Joe Guerriero announced that the last payday for nearly all staff members would be this Friday. After the meeting, employees returned to their computers, only to find they couldn’t use them. While the bad news was delivered, the log-in information had been changed.

Employees were told if they needed to retrieve any personal information from what was now their former computers, management would watch them while they did so. Today will be their last day in the office. Human Events will no longer be available in print. Feb. 18th was their last issue.

Guerriero would not comment on the record for this story.

What happened in the meeting…Despite the somber news, no negative energy was felt inside the conference room, a source who was present for the meeting told FBDC. Read more

Human Events Empanada Giveaway Draws Long Line

To celebrate the relaunch of its paper product, Human Events spent Monday treating hungry people to food from the DC Empanadas food truck.

The line was long when the truck parked for the lunch hours at Farragut Square. Betsy asked me if it was as long as the famed gargantuan Lobster truck lines. I’d say longer.

Human Events‘ Publisher Joe Guerriero, Editor Cathy Taylor, Senior Reporter David Harsanyi and videographer Pat Frank were out to help promote the publication. But while Taylor occasionally worked the line, plugging the paper, most of the promoting was done by the sign on the food truck that said it all: “Human Events, it’s on us.”

VP/Group Publisher Joe Guerriero remarked to FBDC, “Wish I owned the empanada truck.  More than 700 meals today.”

FBDC took a look at the paper’s new design. It’s printed on full-color tabloid and contains more content than before. The editorial content has been moved closer to the back end. Taylor told us her goal is exclusive content by Human Events in every story. A new website for the publication launches in about two weeks, she said.

As an aside, I tried the Mr. Miyagi empanada. Two, actually. (This empanada can loosely be described as chicken and vegetables in a teriyaki sauce “with a kick.”)

Human Events‘ Mattera Gets the Axe

Jason Mattera, editor-at-large for Human Events, was terminated last week. He has been replaced by conservative columnist David Harsanyi.

Mattera released a new book in mid-March. FBDC hears there was an agreement between he and Human Events‘ publisher Joe Guerriero to remain employed with the conservative weekly until the publicity tour for the book was complete. Evidently, the tour has ended.

Mattera’s dismissal comes on the heels of two other Human Events writers who no longer write for the publication. While Tony Lee was terminated,  Brian Darling‘s column was discontinued. Darling is employed with the Heritage Foundation.


Eagle Publishing Hires Hot Shot Designer to Give Human Events A Facelift

Human Events is getting a face lift. How drastic will it be? Depends who you talk to.

As the intrepid FBDC Contributor Eddie Scarry reported yesterday, there are changes happening at Human Events — and not all favorable ones for those involved. For instance, he reported that at least two writers are now out of jobs with more cuts expected on the horizon.

“Unfortunately, sometimes a company needs to do a bit of restructuring in order to move forward,” Joe Guerriero, Vice President and Group Publisher of Eagle Publishing, told FishbowlDC. He said the company is injecting “significant investment” into the paper.

As was reported, Eagle, which owns Human Events, will relaunch their flagship newspaper on April 16. They promise a “much broader distribution on Capitol Hill” and the addition of new writers like Hope Hodge, who comes to Human Events from the Jacksonville, N.C. Daily News where she was a military reporter, and nationally syndicated columnist David Harsanyi, which they announced this morning.

Other changes: They will add “key government agencies” to their circulation list and additional distribution points throughout DC.

The big get…In order to “breathe some life into the paper”, they’ve hired Patrick Mitchell to lead the re-design of the paper.  They hail him as “one of the top magazine and newspaper designers in the country.”  Past credits include stints as Creative Director of O, The Oprah Magazine for Hearst, Nylon, Fast Company and Kiplinger’s.  Pat has also served as Art Director and lead Designer at Billboard, 02138 (for Harvard Alumni), the Detroit Free Press, The Dallas Morning News, and Whittle Communications.

Now let’s hope they don’t go the way of Joan Rivers or Goldie Hawn when altering Human Events. Change can be good. Turning someone into a monstrous version of herself is not.