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Nerd Prom Turns into Potential Nightmare

<img alt="napkin.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/napkin.jpg" width="300" class="alignleft" hspace="3" vspace="3"/Politico details the bloodbath that is becoming the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year as Nerd Prom looks to be going up in smoke with a potential lawsuit and 500 dinner guests in for an awful surprise of reportedly being uninvited by WHCA President Ed Chen of Bloomberg.

The story quotes The Hill’s White House correspondent Sam Youngman, who has attended the dinner.

“Sam Youngman of The Hill recalls talking to “Mad Men” lead John Hamm and actor Denis Leary at last yearÂ’s dinner. After he described his job, the stars were baffled. “They looked at me like, ‘Why is there a f–king White House correspondent at the White House Correspondents’ dinner?’” he said.

Read the full story here.

Roll Call WH Beat Goes to Bendery

We’re certain Jen Bendery will not miss her White House pool duty, as happened by mistake last week when her publication (NOT HER) went all Seasonique on Bloomberg’s Ed Chen by forgetting to show for Pool duty. Chen then went a little emotionally postal on Roll Call.

Last week Bendery said the White House post was just in the “interim”. Today Editor Charlie Mitchell made it official and sent an announcement to staff today giving Bendery the title.

All the best to Bendery in her new position.
Please note: It was not Bendery’s fault that Pool duty was missed. Keith Koffler was supposed to be on the schedule, but has since left the publication.

See Mitchell’s internal memo after the jump…

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Is Roll Call White House Duty on Seasonique?

Roll Call’s new possible motto for White House duty: “Who says ‘that time of the month’ has to be EVERY month?”

Ed Chen, of Bloomberg News who heads up the White House Correspondents’ Association, handled Pool Duty this morning in place of what was supposed to be Roll Call’s spot.

“Missing pool duty is pretty bad,” said a White House correspondent.

The White House puts out a list out a month in advance. It’s alphabetical, “so you pretty much know when your times coming around, or should I say, when your time of the month is,” the scribe said.

Roll Call is said to be replacing former White House reporter Keith Koffler soon, who resigned for another undisclosed White House reporting position. The name floating behind the scenes is Jennifer Bendery.

We’ll keep you posted.

Koffler Has Good Excuse for ‘Missing’ Pool Duty

Keith Koffler has a great reason as to why he didn’t show up to White House Pool Duty this morning — he no longer works for Roll Call.

“I resigned three weeks ago and my last day was Wednesday, Jan 24,” wrote Koffler, Roll Call’s former White House scribe wrote FishbowlDC. “I’ve never missed pool in my life.”

The obvious question: Where is Koffler working now? “I haven’t “announced” my next gig though it is White House related and the finishing touches are still being, well, finished,” he said. “But I promise to let you know soon.”

Koffler says he has only good feelings about Bloomberg News’s Ed Chen, who wrote the prickly Pool Report wondering where Koffler was this morning for coverage of the National Prayer Breakfast.

WHCA to Add Foreign Press to Pool

The White House Correspondents’ Association plans to include a member of the foreign press in pooled events related to international issues at the White House.

In a message to the WHCA and Foreign Press Advisory Group, WHCA President Ed Chen of Bloomberg News outlined the requirements for participation:

To join, you need to meet the criteria we developed in collaboration with an advisory group of international reporters.

For starters, the arrangement is open only to Washington-based correspondents who regularly cover the White House. Participants should be members of the WHCA and holders of hard passes or be in the process of applying for one.

Participants also are expected to follow all guidelines for pool arrangements as set forth recently by the WHCA. These include the timely writing of pool reports and careful attention to detail.

The new foreign pool will commence sometime after February 28th.

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

SCOTUS Idol: Supreme Court Justice David Souter’s retirement announcement still hangs over the news cycle as anticipation of his replacement pick has heated up. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, fending off speculation that POTUS will prioritize race and gender, outlined a veritably bi-partisan list of traits for the ideal candidate, “whether it’s a he or she”: precedent, tradition, rule of law, common sense, and an understanding of how decisions affect everyday lives were among the prerequisites. Gibbs said he bets the American people are looking for the same thing. No word yet on when the text messaging lines open up for voting.

Hug Me, I’m a Journalist: In another case of industry self-deprecation, CNN’s Ed Henry asked Gibbs for a reaction to the potential closing of the Boston Globe. Gibbs called assistance for newspapers “a bit of a tricky area to get into” but said there was a “certain concern” and a “certain sadness” in losing more print operations. “I don’t know what, in all honesty, government can do about it,” he added.

Apply Within: On the up side, Gibbs later jokingly implied (as he has before) that reporters were free to apply for SCOTUS openings. “Ed, remember, just e-mail me your opinions,” he said to Bloomberg’s Ed Chen. (Other Fourth Estate nominees? NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and CBS’ Chip Reid, called out last week by the WH’s Bill Burton and Jen Psaki in a lighthearted exchange on candidate qualifications.)

Yeah, What He Said…: Gibbs caught a lot of heat for stubbornly refusing to elaborate on the president’s remarks on interrogation prosecution a couple of weeks ago, and today he used an almost identical line to decline adding news to Obama’s remarks on securing nuclear material in Pakistan. NPR’s Mara Liasson wondered aloud whether the president was implying that he didn’t have complete confidence the nukes were currently secure, and Gibbs maintained: “I would read what he said — I think it’s rather clear.” As a heads up: Pakistan President Zardari and Afghanistan President Karzai visit 1600 Penn this week.

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About Tonight…


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Where will you be watching tonight’s election results? We’ve asked all sorts of journos for their evening plans and they include an Atlanta hotel room, the Phoenix Biltmore, and Champs Sports Bar in Cincinnati.

Join us after the jump…

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Ed Chen Likes Sarah McLachlan

From Hotline’s “Friday Feature“:

    Ed Chen
    joined Bloomberg News as sr. WH corr. in Feb. ’07, after serving as the federal comm. dir. for the Natural Resources Defense Council. He was previously the WH corr. for the Los Angeles Times from ’99-’06 and has held many other posts at various nat’l newspapers including the Detroit News and the Washington Star. He is the author of four books as well as a freelance contributor to publications including the Atlantic Monthly and the New York Times Magazine. But today he’s our Friday Feature: …

    If you could go to any live concert tonight, which one would it be?

    Lucinda Williams. Close second: Sarah McLachlan.

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New WHCA Appointments

FishbowlDC has learned that Bloomberg’s Ed Chen has been elected president of the White House Correspondents’ Association for the 2009-2010 term. Ed Henry won the TV seat and Richard Wolffe was elected to the magazine seat.

The full results:

At large seat:

Ed Chen 86 votes
John McKinnon 72
David Jackson 1
Rick Dunham 1
Ann Compton 1

Magazine seat:

Richard Wolffe 92
Ken Walsh 61
John Gizzi 1

TV seat:

Ed Henry 83
Jon Garcia 47
Brian Haefeli 25
Jim Angle 1
Kelly O’Donnell 1
Ann Compton 1


Ed Chen 82
John McKinnon 53
Richard Wolffe 23
Rick Dunham 1
Ann Compton 1

The new board takes office in August.

Who Will Win In The WHCA?

The 2007 elections for WHCA president (for 2009-2010) and for three seats on the Executive Board of the White House Correspondents’ Association (one at-large seat, one seat representing magazines and one seat representing TV) are underway (ballots were due Friday).

Who will win?

Bloomberg’s Ed Chen is running for both the at-large seat and the presidency and writes in his candidate statement, “If elected, in me you’ll get five-for-the-price-of-one. That’s because Bloomberg News is a player in every medium: television, radio, magazine, the Internet as well as print.” Because of this, Chen calls his candidacy “The One-Man Rainbow Coalition.” Chen later writes: “[I]f elected, I intend to engage the entire membership in an open conversation about our signature event. Surely there are ways to make the annual dinner (no, the entire evening) even more enjoyable…and less polarizing?”

ABC’s Jon Garcia doesn’t say in his candidate statement what he’s running for but does say that he has “a passion for being a very loud, squeaky wheel when pushing for the WH to be more fiscally prudent on our behalf. It’s a passion so complete that, on behalf of my network and with the support of my TV colleagues, I have already drafted proposed revisions to our policies manual.”

Fox News cameraman Brian Haefeli is running for the Television seat and has an interesting way of capitalizing certain words. Like: “These issues affect ALL OF US EVERYDAY.” And: “I feel that my years of experience and being at the White House EVERYDAY uniquely qualifies me to fill the Television seat of the WHCA. I would like this opportunity to represent ALL OF YOU…I will work for ALL of the membership EVERYDAY.”

CNN’s Ed Henry is a candidate for the TV seat and says “I am a familiar face on the beat every day of the week, so you can count on me to hear and understand your concerns.” His three big issues are “1) I am pushing for an open meeting of all members of the association this summer to begin a dialogue on how to improve our annual dinner.” “2) Access, access, access.” “3) Finally, I will work hard to make sure all of the inevitable kinks are worked out in the new briefing room.”

The WSJ’s John McKinnon is running for the at-large board seat and for president and he wants “to be clear why: people I respect a lot in the press corps asked me to.” He is not “doing this to help promote my organization, the Wall Street Journal, or to festoon my resume.” But he is “doing it to help ALL of us in the White House press corps — TV, radio, print, and online — do our jobs better, so collectively we can get closer to the truth of what goes on over there.” He also says that “The new video wall in the briefing room also could be a source of headaches for TV folks, if the White House tries to use it to jam content down our throats.” He says that his “decent relations” with the Bush administration make him a good candidate for the job. He’ll also “try not to screw up.”

U.S. News & World Reports’ Ken Walsh is running for the magazine seat and believes that “the board should be more than a dinner committee.”

Perhaps the most interesting candidate statement comes from Newsweek’s Richard Wolffe, who is running for both the magazine seat and for president. His candidate statement is really Wolffe’s treastise on the state of the news media. He begins his candidate statement with, “Let’s face it: we’re under attack.” He continues: “[W]e, as the White House press corps, are on the receiving end of a concerted campaign by political partisans on both sides. We could just pretend like this storm is going to pass; but it’s not…Now is the time to stand up for who we are and what we do.” First thing on the agenda? “Well how about defending the annual dinner for a start…Some people say that we’re compromised by going to dinner with our sources. Really? Does anyone seriously think we should confine ourselves to the briefing room? Under those rules, military reporters should avoid lunch with the troops.” Later, Wolffe says, “Other people say we’re biased — either to the left, or to the rigth. I’ve worked overseas, where a partisan press is the norm. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. By any measure, I believe we do a better job by being dogged and combative, but also non-partisan, balanced and accurate.” Wolffe ends: “This is a new era and we need new faces on the board.”

Who’s got your vote?