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12 Things We Never Tire of in the Fishbowl

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry

We know you have one more year-end list in you. Or maybe you don’t. But wake up anyhow because here’s ours — the 12 things that never, ever make us want to take an afternoon snooze.

12. NBC Luke Russert‘s loud and fratboyish ways. Even House Speaker John Boehner has noted his decibel level and called him “loudmouth.” Though he’ll never get White House Soup of the Day quite right when he subs for Chuck Todd on “The Daily Rundown,” among our favorite moments with Luke this year was when he had a stop and smell the roses moment at a Nats game and took a picture of a spellbinding dragonfly, which he later posted on Twitter. Perhaps more poignantly though was when he covered a Capitol Hill presser and asked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi if she was too old to remain in the Democratic leadership. The crowd of female lawmakers openly booed him. Pelosi told him he was offensive, even if he didn’t quite get it. Among the most entertaining comments sprang from CNN’s Hilary Rosen, who wrote on Twitter, “Note to Luke Russert: Mitch McConnell is 70, Harry Reid is 73. Oh and Bob Schieffer is 75. Think they should step aside? #NewGuysRule?” The question wasn’t an inappropriate one to raise, as lawmakers themselves had been discussing it out of earshot of Pelosi. Perhaps, as some noted, the time and setting and brash way in which Russert executed his questions were troublesome. Still, we especially enjoyed the commenters on Politico. There was the irate Wendy: “Luke Russert got his ass handed back to him. Any more questions, punk?” And the more sensible Chance: “Reporters should be asking tough, offensive and even stupid questions.”

11. Video journalist Michelle Fields flashing her breasts on national TV to get a job for Fox News. Her large male online contingency didn’t mind it much, either. In the meantime The Daily Caller gave her the axe for being lazy. Somehow Executive Editor David Martosko‘s lectures didn’t work? Favorite 2012 memory: There was the January manifesto from a convicted rapist that Michelle showed off on Facebook. But we’re torn between that and the more recent BuzzFeed party, where she unashamedly performed dramatic hair flips as our own Eddie Scarry snapped pictures.

10. Most things Matthew Boyle. The 20-something dogged journo never ceases to amaze. There was the time he insisted that the President of the Free World should allow him over for an interview. The more recent jaw-dropping moment from Boyle came when he fled The Daily Caller for Breitbart.com because he wants to be the next Andrew Breitbart. He started this adventure by taking his own photograph for the site, giving himself the unfortunate look of a triple-chinned Michelin Man. In his opening story out of the gate, he wrote an atrociously unedited right-wing rant about “magic vaginas.” We’re still not sure what those our, except we think they don’t involve Sandra Fluke. It was perfect. And terrible. And because we love Boyle in our own special way, we’d like to kidnap and deprogram him before it’s too late and the goose is boiled. Stick to breaking news Boyle and it’ll be just fine. And whatever you do, don’t stay there long.

9. Inside stories from The Washington Times. Always weird, unexpected, mind-boggling happenings at the ominous building off New York Avenue. Who can forget when former writer Julia Duin publicly accused then-editor Sam Dealey of verbally abusing her by canning her on the very day she decided to bring her daughter to work? She was also reportedly on crutches that day. And then there’s the more recent spate of stories concerning the impending layoffs coming in early 2013. The newsroom has dubbed their CEO Larry Beasley “Evil Santa” for a number of reasons, including recently moving a new sofa into his office while deciding whom to lay off. He also recently displayed a Santa doll holding a Christmas tree with the word “joy” on it. As the journalists await possible pink slips, they’re anything but joyful.

See the remaining eight entries of things that never bore us… Read more

Coming Soon: The Spawn of David Shuster

As far as big announcements go, Current TV and Exec. Editor at Take Action News David Shuster made a big one over the holidays. He and fiancé, Kera Rennert, are expecting a baby! Rennert is a freelance writer, producer and director in Manhattan. Congratulations to the happy couple!

Shuter wrote on Facebook:

“And baby will make three. Kera Rennert and I are thrilled to announce that our new family is growing! After getting engaged in July, our doctors suggested we ‘get on that baby thing’ because of our ages (at least mine.) So we did. We feel humbled and blessed! Wedding as planned this winter (with a little extra fabric in Kera’s dress), baby in late June. PS I found this baby picture on the internet. If this is your kid, please don’t sue me.”

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Quotes of the Day — Home for the Holidays Edition

HOLIDAY JOKESTER: “My favorite 2012 picture of Steve Buttry.” — Mimi Buttry, wife of Steve Buttry. Buttry is the Digital Transformation Editor at Digital First Media. Nice, fancy title, Buttry!

Blogger goes nuts over bourbon balls

“Soaking nuts in Bourbon before I make Bourbon balls and I’m totally going to eat these nuts aren’t I?” — Laurie White, photographer, writer and blogger.

Roll Call researcher gets on wrong Metro car

“Of course I got on the Metro car with the puddle of barf in it.” — Katie Kovach, international affairs and defense researcher for Roll Call.

Important Question to Ponder: “I can’t believe people are tweeting about politics on Christmas Day. Why aren’t you people drunk struggling with electronics?” — InTheseTimes labor reporter Mike Elk.

“Fuckers”: The new way to say Happy Holidays!

“Happy Holidays to you too, fuckers.” — HuffPost‘s Sabrina Siddiqui to BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Politico‘s Kate Nocera and TPM‘s Igor Bobic.

Someone had to say it… “U.S. Senator in Deep ‘Crapo’ After DUI Arrest” — El Sharko blogger of Miami. (The Mormon senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo, got a DUI Sunday night. Nice timing!)

BuzzFeed editor gets weepy over gay weddings

“Watching a bunch of gay wedding videos and slowly getting emotional.” — BuzzFeed senior editor Stacy Lambe.

Uh oh. Scratch the drunken driving jokes

“Drunk driver jokes aren’t funny, folks. Especially if someone you love has been taken from you by one. Not a GOP or Dem. thing.” — Paul Brandus of  WestWingReport.

“People, there is nothing funny about drunk driving. Nothing.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Good thing people sending gleeful tweets re Crapo DUI have never needed compassion after some stupid/hypocritical human failing.” — Harold Pollack, University of Chicago professor.

Not a happy ending for this journo

“Merry Christmas to the TSA agent who touched my junk.” — Free Beacon‘s  CJCiaramella.

Editor copes with new holiday traditions

“My Presbyterian brain can’t process my Catholic wife’s family’s tradition of unwrapping presents on Christmas Eve.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Peanut Gallery du Jour: “I bet Jesus gets super pissed that his birthday is so close to Christmas.” — FBDC and “Full Court Press” co-host Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Not having sex? 7 ways to start again”

Oops! Wrong address.

“Someone sent us five pounds of dry aged steak for Christmas. Sent it to the wrong house. Sat on a porch for a week. #tryingnottocry.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson. As our own Rachel Ray (a.k.a. Ogburn) explained it, “aged meat = good, aged meat outside = not good.” Erickson also doubles as an imbibing Santa. He wrote, “The kids are sound asleep. Santa is about to put together the toys as soon as he finishes his bourbon.”

HELP!

“Just drove past a car completely engulfed in flames on the Ohio turnpike. Scary stuff.” — National Journal daily production employee Michelle Bloom.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“During Christmas service tonight, my 3rd grade daughter: ‘Mom what’s a virgin?’” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

Um, constituents?

“Good morning Twitter constituents! Everyone have a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday and I hope u all experience the joy the season brings.” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of TheDCPundit.com, who transformed himself into a politician as millions of Christians celebrated the birth of Christ.

Holiday gun jokes: too soon?

“20-year-old twins Bob and Jim give Christmas gifts to 14-year-old Jefferson and 12-year-old Emerson: GUNS!” — Conservative blogger and ex-TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m told a bearded guy may break into my house tonight. Should I greet him w/ AK-47 or Glock?” — Current’s David Shuster.

“Idea: arm every air traveler.” — Wired senior reporter and third tier Boybander Spencer Ackerman.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Hostess told me I just booked the last available reservation tonight at our local Chinese restaurant. #christmasmiracle.” — Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a The Hill‘s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz.)

Down and out journalists… Read more

We Act Radio to Host Holiday Party Tonight: Marion Barry May Attend

Ho! Ho! Ho!

Lefty David Shuster‘s radio family at We Act Radio is hosting a holiday party tonight at their studio in Southeast. “Our funky SE DC radio station is having a holiday party tonight,” he writes. “…There will be a few members of Congress mixing with Anacostia political leaders (possibly Marion Barry) and us media folks who are involved with the station. It will be a cool mix and friendly atmosphere.”

Merry Christmas Shuster!

David Shuster: Too Sexy For HuffPost?

Current TV’s David Shuster, a regular blogger for HuffPost, had his latest submission for the news site rejected.

“We appreciate you taking the time to submit your most recent post,” a letter from the HuffPost blog team to Shuster reads. “Unfortunately, we are going to pass on it for publication at this time, and will look forward to your next submission.”

Gasp! What’s a lefty to do? Shuster’s column, which takes on Fox News and its “war on Christmas” stories, was published on Current.com instead.

An excerpt:

“[A]t Fox News, which prides itself on ‘we report, you decide,’ the mantra is actually ‘we don’t report, so we can lie.’ In story after story, the on-air staff and top producers seem to revel in being ‘uninformed’ so they can say, with a straight face, the GOP’s latest right wing talking points. …

“[T]hat approach is un-American. Our nation was founded by enlightened and intellectually vigorous thinkers who embraced freedom, liberty, and justice. Fox News continually stands for shallow, dishonest, carnival barking that perpetuates and leverages the most debased paranoia. In this season of faith and hope, pray that Fox News will someday choose to sanctify and honor our fellow citizens instead of misleading, dividing, and dumbing them down. Miracles do happen.”

We’re told this is the first time HuffPost has rejected a submission from Shuster. In an email to FishbowlDC, Shuster’s radio producer Daniel Marans labeled the column “too-hot-for-Huffpo.”

We reached out to HuffPost to find out if Shuster’s column, which wasn’t any sassier than his usual self, was indeed “too hot.”

Here’s what Shuster had to say about it… Read more

‘He Can Go F*** Himself’: David Shuster Blows Up On Congressman, Press Secretary

Before we begin, a Who’s Who in this twisted tale

  • David Shuster: Talk radio host of Take Action News
  • Daniel Marans: Producer of Take Action News
  • Gerry Connolly: Democratic representative of Virginia
  • George Burke: Press secretary to Rep. Connolly
  • Chris Perkins: Republican challenger to Connolly

The final result of booking two congressional candidates on David Shuster Take Action News radio program this weekend: Both guests backing out and one pissed off Shuster.

Last week Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and his opponent Chris Perkins (R) were scheduled for back-to-back segments on Shuster’s Saturday show. Emails between Shuster’s production team and the candidates obtained by FishbowlDC suggest all parties agreed to the appearances. But once Connolly’s press secretary George Burke learned that Perkins would be preceding Connolly, things got seriously nasty. Read more

Current TV’s Shuster Shows Butt on the Acela

Current TV’s David Shuster performed a good deed last night on the Acela en route to Washington D.C. from New York.

A fishy spy wrote:

“Spotted 850pm on Acela to DC:  Former MSNBC anchor David Shuster, on all fours on the ground, helping an older woman look for her missing glasses that fell between the seats.  Shu-man told her, ‘no worries, we’ve all been there.’ Glasses were soon found.  Bravo, Mr. Shuster.”

Shuster confirms that he was, indeed, the good samaritan. “I can confirm I showed my butt to folks on the train,” he told FishbowlDC. “But, let the record reflect  it was for a decent cause.”

Bret Baier Faces Pointed Criticism for Tie

As a TV journalist, FNC anchor Bret Baier faces a lot of crap about the way he looks. His weight. His hair. How tired he may look on any given day. Last night he faced serious criticism for his apparently questionable taste in ties.

“Bret, that is the ugliest tie I have ever seen,” offered “Jim.” Bret, as usual, welcomed his critic with open arms and replied, “Thanks Jim — I’ll remember that.” Next up: A woman exquisitely named “Hooch01Kathy” seconded Jim’s remarks, saying, “haha I was thinking the same thing and it was crooked :) ” Bret appeared to take a woman who calls herself HoochKathy seriously enough and came back with: “Tough crowd.”

We reached out to Bret for comment on whether the harsh critiques ever hurt his feelings and whether they prompt him to not wear the alleged ugly tie again.

Meanwhile — and this could sting a little Bret — Current TV’s David Shuster is getting rave reviews for his suits. One told him the suits were “top notch.” To which Shu replied, “Thank you. This week, as always, I’m wearing @hickeyfreeman1 @hartschaffner. Great suits made in the USA.”

Unlike Baier, when another follower tried to insult Shuster’s choice in suits, he didn’t take it lying down. David Douglas, an apparent Chicago-based journo, said Italian suits far surpassed the ones worn by Shuster. “I have custom suits by both and neither fit anywhere close to as well as off-the-rack Italian suits,” he told Shuster, who replied by firing back: “Because you alone don’t fit into some suits, you state an entire industry is better overseas? You sir, are an idiot.” What’s more, he added, “And you claim to be a journalist? Try doing some homework. @hickeyfreeman1 @hartschaffner suits are made in the USA.”

 

 

The Journo Odd Couple

Today we feature what we hope to be one of many pairs of interviews we conduct with journalists from opposing sides of the political spectrum. Can’t we all get along? Of course not. And worse, we’d all be out of business and bored if everyone got along. The purpose here isn’t to foster better feelings between journalists on either end of the spectrum. It’s to see what happens when we bring two opposing forces together, be it a brawl, a handshake or a kiss. We’ll rate the temperature of the interview in flames on a scale of 1 to 10 flames (1 is obviously lukewarm, 10 is get the hell out of the building and fast!).

Our debut guinea pigs are Current TV’s and WeActRadio host David Shuster and TWT Senior Op-ed Columnist Emily Miller. Future interviews may bring the pair together in person or by phone — the feature will evolve. Want to be paired up with a liberal or conservative journalist for an interview or tell us who you’d like to see featured? Write us at fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or Betsy@mediabistro.com.

1. How do you feel being at the Democratic National Convention? Please describe the experience.

Emily: As a conservative, I feel like a fish out of water…. even with the torrential downpours we get everyday. To get interviews, I’ve had to catch people walking between the arena and the convention center. That’s how I got Ashley Judd, Terry McCauliffe and Bill Burton. They are trapped on the narrow sidewalk with the barriers on the inside, so there’s no escape. That said, they have all been very accommodating and gracious in giving the Democratic positions on issues, which I appreciate because hearing from both sides makes for stronger opinion pieces.

David: I feel drained.  The long walk through security each day is horrific.  Seriously, I had an easier time getting into Baghdad’s green zone during Iraq’s civil war then I’ve had getting past the security checkpoints into this convention.

2. What’s the strangest thing you’ve seen?

Emily: I went from a sea of blue blazers and summer shift dresses at the Republican convention in Tampa to Minnie Mouse guy and rainbow angel guy. And I’m too stiff, but I keep getting jolted by people breaking into song and dance in their seats.

David: Five or six concession stand workers were just getting hammered trying to accommodate a lengthy line of delegates and others trying to order food.  A delegate with an AFSCME cap (American Federation of State and County Municipal Employees) started proclaiming in a very loud voice that it was “time to organize and unionize” the concession workers because “after all, this is a Democratic convention.”  Indeed, but maybe the dems should have thought about this ahead of time as opposed to the moment they crave a bobcat burger?

3. Any disturbing moments?
Emily: It’s a shock to see women walking around sporting the “SLUTS VOTE” pins that are being given out by the Illinois delegation.

David:  I was a bit disturbed when a few of the Breitbart folks started flirting with me. Ewwww.

4. Best thing you’ve eaten so far this week?
Emily: The only food in the Time Warner arena is concessions. I managed to hold out on the junk food all day Tuesday, but by the time Rahm Emanuel spoke, I was hungry enough to bite off my own finger. After asking the concessions lady for any grilled options, I finally gave in and ordered fries. I coated them in ketchup and sneaked them in the food-banned arena for Michelle Obama’s speech. I felt her glaring from the stage.

David: The best thing I’ve eaten this week?  Yikes.  I’ve been working around the clock.  And unlike some of my former colleagues at various cable networks, I haven’t had time to sample Charlotte’s finest restaurants.  So, the best thing I’ve eaten is something that I normally avoid — a grilled Nathan’s hot dog.

 

5. Best conversation — with whom, about what?… Read more

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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