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Washington’s Glitzy Debut of ‘Game Change’

HBO’s Game Change came to Washington last night, perhaps in more ways than one. Politicians, their aides and reporters came together last night at the Newseum for a star-studded evening to celebrate the now famed book by NY Mag’s John Heilemann and TIME‘s Mark Halperin. On hand was Julianne Moore, who plays former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and producer Tom Hanks.

Also dotted in the crowd were network stars like the inseparable Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC (pictured above). The pair mingled at the cocktail party. Once in their seats, they rose twice — once to say hello to Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and then a second time. Mika returned with little slices of bread, which she shared with Joe. Then 15 minutes into the movie, they bolted for the door.

Before the screening, reporters convened on the ground level for what turned out to be one of the sanest red carpets we’ve seen in a long time thanks to SKDKnickerbocker. Check-in was smooth and drama free. Reporters appeared to quietly get the interviews they needed and none of the cameramen were shoving or stressed out. Unlike some of these celeb events, the scene never turned into a brawl. Guests received fancy chocolate on the way out.

Halperin and Heilemann were the belles of the ball last night. Halperin explained that he and Heilemann were not close before writing the book. “We sure are now,” he said. ” We had never even written a shopping list together. Now we’re joined at the hip. We debate, but our general view of journalism is simpatico.” Asked who is his favorite star in the movie, he replied, “I love all our children equally.” Both men are tall, but Heilemann towers over everyone he encounters, especially Game Change scriptwriter Danny Strong. Halperin is dark-haired and talks in soundbites. Heilemann is bald and speaks off the cuff.  While in a press gaggle, Heilemann joked that he likes to rest drinks on Danny’s head.

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack got quite a jolt to see himself in the film as an extra — well, he’s 98 percent certain it’s him. He’s something of a professional extra (he was also in “Clear and Present Danger”). “I was sitting right behind Woody Harrelson as a bar patron,” he told FBDC. “Spent my life preparing myself for that half a second. I think I nailed the scene.”

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Quotes of the Day


“The impromptu Hitchens memorial outside his Kalorama apt. building.” — Photograph by Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz.

Russert uses Kardashian to insult football player

Reggie Bush: Bust of a pick, cheated at #USC lost his Heisman and dumped by Kardashian.” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert. Kim Kardashian previously dated Bush, running back for the Miami Dolphins.

Holiday dining

“You win, Holidays. One cannot live on a diet of wine and pigs in a blanket.” — NBC “TODAY Show’s” Savannah Guthrie.

Knoller and Cialis

“Have you noticed this Cialis commercial. It turns a couple’s home into an amusement park Duh.” — CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller, in a clear break from covering the White House.

‘All the news that’s fit to omit’

“All Romney did was answer a question that was posed to him, which now clearly looks like a set-up by the Times to make Romney appear zany by his use of the word. For this story the Times masthead slogan should be changed from ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’ to ‘All the News That’s Fit to Omit.’” — Don Irvine, who works for Accuracy in Media, in a story published Sunday on GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney calling Newt “zany.” The word was prompted by NYT scribe Jeff Zeleny. Irvine writes that it was the women of The View, specifically Whoopi an Joy, who brought the news to light.

Republican Communications Strategist Matt Deluca is “Woozy from pain meds = not fun.”

Sentimental scribe

“Saw 2 #military homecomings this weekend. Lone troops walking off a plane to family and friends. Quiet, poignant, moving moments.” — WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe.

Journo annoyed with Amtrak

“Dear Amtrak, if train is cancelled as customer service line confirms, maybe announce to people in station? #fail.” — TPM Editor-in-Chief Josh Marshall.

Convo Between Two Media Types

TIME‘s Mark Halperin in a humble brag: “Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to @Morning_Joe I go — to talk Noko, taxes, and ’12. Meanwhile, @KevinMaddenDC zzzzzzs. Watch 6-9am ET.”

GOP Pundit/Strategist Kevin Madden: “Pullease.” (Madden is Executive V.P. of Public Affairs of JDA Frontline, a public affairs firm with offices in D.C. and Charleston, S.C.)

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Quotes of the Daythe Google/Fox News GOP Debate Version

Journo experiences random act of kindness

“Mom with crying baby on plane just passed out earplugs to all sitting near them. Nice.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody en route to Orlando.

D. Shuster lobs insult at Bret Baier

“Uneven, often silly moderating by @bret_Baier. ie: ‘How are you going to fix the problem? You have 30 seconds to answer.’” — Current TV’s David Shuster.

Newt refrains from attacking Wallace

“Someone gave Newt his happy pills today. He is smiling and not attacking the moderators.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Baier suffers sudden liberal columnist amnesia

“Apparently there’s a ‘liberal columnist’ protection program, or Bret Baier didn’t know the guy’s name. #gopdebate” — WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe. Slate‘s John Dickerson comes through. It’s Richard Cohen.

The Comedians

“Bachmann is going to put her foster children on the border to secure it.” – Slate‘s Dickerson.

“What about word scrambles? That would keep us thinking.” — GOP media consultant Ron Bonjean mocking the packs of words Baier kept flashing on screen to show which issues stood out most.

“Bachmann is giving Wallace Newsweek eyes.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

A Quick Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack and Slate’s Dave Weigel.

McCormack: Glad to see media have decided takeaway of this debate will again be reaction of 7 loutish audience members. Weigel: John We haven’t decided yet. The meeting is at 11:05, at Greg’s house. (As in WaPo‘s Plumline writer Greg Sargent.) McCormack: @daveweigel Can I come? Promise not to record meeting and give tapes to Daily Caller. #crossmyheart

More random debate reaction….

“OH MY GOD THERE’S ANOTHER HOUR?” — Vanity Fair blogger Juli Weiner.

“Perry’s upper lip visibly sweaty.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward.

“Twitter is moving too fast” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman.

“Jon Huntsman re-cycles the same hideous yellow necktie. Probably can’t afford another after WEAVER thievery” — GOP Consultant Roger Stone.

“Wallace has a little GTL going on.” — The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry with a “Jersey Shore” reference.

Big John’s Red Lobster prowess

“Ate 4 cheesey biscuits, a ceasar salad, fries, 48 skrimps and drank 2 ice cold buds at Red Lobster. Bold flavor city, you guys.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton. (Not a debate reference but we still thought it worthy of mentioning.)

McRib chatter heard at debate

“Watching internet stream of GOP debate, during commercial break producers seem to be talking about the McRib.” — ThinkProgress Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias. Politico‘s Sara Libby confirmed this fact.

The debate bell…

“By the way, everyone likes the new sound, far more pleasing instead of the bell? I guess they do.” — FNC’s Baier. But not so fast…“I keep thinking I’m getting messaged on Gchat. This is sooo confusing. #DebateTheFix.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

Gary Johnson Fan Club

“Gary Johnson, this is your mother f—ing moment!” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“Did Gary Johnson Star in Napoleon Dynomite?” — Mother JonesDavid Corn.

“I would love to have Gary Johnson fix stuff in my home.” — Politico‘s Ben Smith.

WaPo’s Deputy Fix Returns from Honeymoon

WaPo‘s Aaron Blake, who works for The Fix political blog, returned from his honeymoon this past weekend. He spent two glorious weeks in Puerto Vallarta after a Saturday, May 7 wedding to longtime girlfriend, Danielle Potuto.

The wedding was held at Rose Hill Manor in Leesburg, Va. with 110 guests cheering them on. We asked for the funniest wedding moment. It was when Blake put Potuto in a chair on the dance floor and he and a whole bunch of guys dropped to their knees and sang “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers. “I probably cried more than she did. I’m a wedding crier — I do this at weddings of people I don’t even know all that well,” Blake said.

Washington journos spotted at the wedding: WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez, Ed O’Keefe and Rachel Weiner, NJ‘s Editor-in-Chief of “The Hotline” Reid Wilson, The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman, Politico‘s Andy Barr, and The Sacramento Bee‘s Rob Hotakainen.

From the Peanut Gallery: Wilson had this to say about the wedding: “Despite the groom’s drawbacks, Danielle looked beautiful. It was a great time, the rain held off, and Aaron proved once again he’s a lucky, lucky man.” Barr chimed in, saying, “After getting over the initial shock that Aaron is capable of showing emotion (and dances, who knew?), the wedding was a blast. Turns out Minnesotans can throw a party. He’s lucky to have her. And as long as she doesn’t have to endure him singing  ‘Tangled up in Blue’ late into a very painful night of karaoke in West Des Moines, they’ll be great together.”And Youngman remarked, “Beautiful ceremony, beautiful bride, handsome if 12-year-old groom and it ended in time to catch the Derby. Thrilled for both Aaron and Danielle.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

WaPo Computers Lose Power

This just in…WaPo reporter Dan Zak announces that computers are down.

@MrDanZak: “Computers just lost power in the newsroom. Everyone’s standing up, actually talking to each other now. Lunch!”

WaPo Federal Eye blogger Ed O’Keefe also commenting on the outage:

“A power outage is impacting parts of our newsroom.”

Update #1: A WaPo reporter tells me, “Looks like our internet crashed. Messages indicate it was a major, major crash.”

Update #2: WaPo newsroom empties out.

Update #3: WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles treats crash like a potential snow day, tweeting, “Who knows — maybe we’ll all have to go work at home!”

Update #4: A more dramatic WaPo local politics reporter Mike Debonis writes: “Mass internet outage at WaPo. Mass panic … err, mass curiosity ensues.” And then adds, “Down elevators packed as aimless WaPo worker bees depart en masse…”

Update #5: WaPo‘s Lindsay Applebaum reports, “Angry editors and reporters, standing and waiting for power. Aaand lunch break.”

Update #6: One WaPo reporter sounds pretty unruffled. Tells FishbowlDC: “Have heard there is an internet outage. No emails for the last 30 mins.”

Update #7: That was relatively fast. Power is back on, a WaPo reporter tells me.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Moment of regret

“A Truly Sad Commentary: I managed to drink all the overpriced diet cokes available in the hotel room fridge #overcaffeinationfail” — Talking Points Memo founder, Editor and Publisher Josh Marshall in a Monday tweet.

Reporter faces emotional decision

“Just got the invite to the high school reunion. Wow. Big gulp. BIG gulp.” — WaPo‘s Federal Eye Blogger Ed O’Keefe in a Monday tweet.

Weigel calmly responds to insult

“Weigel is a passive aggressive asshole,” writes a follower called @whoohah. To which Slate’s Dave Weigel replies, “An insult. I’m not passive.”

Does this ‘druken’ message on GOP sound slurry?

“GOP spends like druken[sic] sailors, get us in recession and Dems have to sober up so the rest of the country can one day enjoy the party too.” — Democratic pundit and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile in a Monday tweet.

Well wishes for Elizabeth Edwards

“Hang in there Elizabeth. You’re loved by many.” — Lance Armstrong in a Monday tweet to Elizabeth Edwards, whose cancer has returned. This note was retweeted by NBC’s Norah O’Donnell.

More on Edwards…

“Tragic Elizabeth Edwards vigil reminds you what a scumbag John Edwards really was.” — Patrick Ruffini, GOP strategist, in a Monday tweet.

A scribe self-analyzes

“Just listed every TV show I watch. I am disgusting.” — Daily Caller intern Alec Jacobs in a Monday tweet.

N.Y. writer transfixed on D.C. journo

“The Morning Joe segment on Patrick Gavin‘s Christmas card, cats and being in the bathroom w his wife was riveting stuff.” — Author Jeremy Scahill in a Monday tweet about Gavin, the Politico Click reporter. Scahill wrote Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. He’s a radio correspondent forDemocracy Nowand contributes to The Nation.


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QUOTES of the DAY


Obama’s hair getting grayer?

“Superficial side note on Obama on MTV — is his hair grayer now? Did he stop dyeing it?” — Human Events investigative editor Emily Miller in a Thursday tweet.

Journo offers sidelines commentary of fight on “The View”

“Whoopi and Joy almost gave Barbara Walters more heart problems today.” — WaPo‘s Federal Eye Blogger Ed O’Keefe in a Thursday tweet on FNC’s Bill O’Reilly’s appearance on ABC’s “The View” in which hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Joy Behar stormed off stage when O’Reilly opined on Muslims, the mosque and 9/11.

Reporter feels longing for Facebook

“Sitting alone in the office, waiting to do a radio hit, I feel my first pangs for Facebook since deactivating this weekend.” — Politico congressional reporter Meredith Shriner in a Thursday tweet.

Reuters Bureau Chief brings poem into prose

Curses are like young chicken: they always come home to roost, to quote the title page of Robert Southey’s poem The Curse of Kehama, published in 1810. — Reuters Washington Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in his introduction to his Washington Extra piece Thursday on handling home foreclosures, election watch, the Afghan war and whether the U.S. will take a harder or softer line with China.

Kids say the darndest things

“@chucktodd arent these questions better than he gets in news conferences? College kids rule.” — NBC News’s Andrea Mitchell in a Thursday tweet regarding POTUS’s MTV event.

Reception fare

“The hors d’oeuvres included miniature beef empanadas with tomato salsa, serrano ham croquetas, crab tostada with guacamole & lime, roasted corn, black bean & jack cheese quesadilla, bite size tamales and for desert miniature dulce de leche cheesecakes.” — Ruben Barrera of Notimex in a mouthwatering VP Pool Report Thursday. This was the spread at a VPOTUS  event at the Naval Observatory for Hispanic Heritage Month.

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Quote(s) of the Day

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Most pointless must-read quote you will read today

“I’m officially adding fresh figs to my list of favorite foods.”
- WaPo‘s liberal Baby Blogger Ezra Klein in a Wednesday tweet. The day is young, but we’re confident this is the most astounding detail about a journo that you will learn today.

Editor questions Megan McCain’s sex appeal

“I take objection to Megan McCain calling herself sexy. Dirty? Eh, I can live with that one.” – Human Events Editor-in-Chief Jason Mattera in a Wednesday tweet regarding The Daily Beast columnist Megan McCain, daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Her recently released book is Dirty Sexy Politics.

Journo needs R&R

“The Federal Eye breaks, briefly: Your trusty blogger is taking a nine-day vacation to recharge the batteries.”
- WaPo‘s Federal Eye blogger Ed O’Keefe in a Wednesday tweet.

A real-life problem

“Another cologned-up parking garage valet stinking up my Jeep. This is becoming a problem.” – CNBC contributor and RooseveltRoom.net founder Tony Fratto in a Wednesday tweet. He’s a former U.S. Treasury and White House official and Managing Director of Hamilton Place Strategies.

Is this one brainy or ridiculous?

“True, quality of content is important, but I find people RT the ridiculous things I do/say more than my brainy tweets.”
- RedState.com contributor Dina Fraioli in a Wednesday tweet.

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Quote(s) of the Day

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Obama to press: Stay cool

“Obama tells the press to ‘stay cool out there, hydrate’ — after nice and easy chat with Netanyahu.”
–CBS News Producer Rob Hendin in a Monday tweet.

Blogger Gets Inundated With Russian Women

“I’m suddenly being friended on #Facebook by Russian women. Should I be worried?”–WaPo’s Federal Eye blogger Ed O’Keefe in a tweet Monday.

Weigel Feels Empty Without…

“I don’t like the internet when @benpolitico is on vacation. http://politi.co/Ud81K It’s so… empty.”
–MSNBC Contributor and ex-WaPo blogger Dave Weigel in a Monday tweet. He’s referring to Politico blogger Ben Smith. (It takes a village: Smith is away; colleagues such as Jonathan Martin and Gabriel Beltrone and Alexander Burns are filling in.)

An unusual smell

“It’s gettin kinda new-job-smelly around here.”
==WaPo’s J. Freedom Dulac in a tweet Monday.

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Morning Reading List 09.14.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Congratulations to WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe who married Valerie Hallow this weekend. What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

TV

Upcoming TV interviews (via Playbook): The President sits down with Bloomberg News and CNBC’s John Harwood. Christina Romer, Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers, is doing the financial and news cable channels right after the speech from Wall Street. The CEA’s Austan Goolsbee pre-taped a “Morning Joe” interview yesterday. Treasury Secretary Geithner is sitting down with Katie Couric, anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” and ABC’s Diane Sawyer, for “Good Morning America,” to air tomorrow.

Steve Kroft‘s interview with President Obama aired on last night’s “60 Minutes.”

Tonight’s Jay Leno‘s prime time debut on NBC.

“Even if the Leno show fails, this still points to the way the future of television is changing… Audiences are smaller and smaller in television.” -Time‘s James Poniewozik on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday.

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” is on the west coast this week. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough pretaped today’s show from the Ronald Reagan Library with Nancy Reagan, Pat Buchanan and a live studio audience.

ONLINE

Unauthorized pop-ups on NYTimes.com.

MAGAZINES

With hope to make some money, Newsweek is changing its subscription policy.

NEWS NOTES

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz and Paul Duggan‘s take on the CNN coast guard debacle on Friday. “The “news,” such as it was, quickly hit the media echo chamber.”

And Dana Milbank‘s take.

Related? AP: Nearly two-thirds of Americans think the news stories they read, hear and watch are frequently inaccurate, according to a poll released Sunday by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press. That marks the highest level of skepticism recorded since 1985, when this study of public perceptions of the media was first done.

Tom Ricks and the military’s new philosophical embeds in CJR: The doctrine of counterinsurgency has received almost uniformly positive press coverage, at times making it appear to be the only possible avenue for the U.S. military, and in the process that coverage has cast it in the most positive light.

And Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham in NYT: Our Reporter, Ahmadinejad’s Prisoner.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

“I spent all day… working the phones, pestering, cajoling, asking as many questions as possible and they really did not have much detail.” -WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly on difficulties in dealing with administration officials on the health care plan on Sunday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN. Connolly made the Sunday show rounds- she also appeared on the “Chris Matthews Show.”

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