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Garlic-Scented Freelance Journo No Fan of Texting at Networking Soireés

A networking event to mark a business partnership between two fiercely ideological magazines isn’t exactly a wild time. But it’s part of the job for some media professionals in D.C.

Even so, freelance journalist Murray Waas, in the dimly-lit setting shown here, believes that if you’re attending such an event, you shouldn’t be on your phone.

“What is the point of going out when you’re texting?” Waas said to National Review reporter Andrew Stiles Thursday night. Apparently unsure what to make of the unsolicited social commentary, Stiles awkwardly replied, “I don’t know. To look like you have something to do.”

Waas floated around the party, hosted by The Nation and National Review at the Mayflower Renaissance hotel, butting into conversations, preferring to talk directly into people’s ears despite being audible at a normal conversational distance.

The writer made a name for himself during the Bush (43) years, reporting on the White House and, in the early 1990s, reporting on the Gulf  War. He was even nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Howard Kurtz, then a media critic for the Washington Post, wrote in 2006 that Waas was “getting his day in the sun.” Nowadays Waas updates his personal blog and freelances. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, The Boston Globe, Talking Points Memo, The Atlantic and Reuters, among others.

He’s been featured in a lengthy 2007 WCP piece by Erik Wemple and Jason Cherkis (in the least flattering way) and in a rebuttal by Matthew Yglesias at ThinkProgress (the most flattering way).

“He was one of the biggest creeps I’ve ever talked to, saying things like ‘I’m your friend, right? We’ve been talking for five minutes, [and] I’m your best friend here?’” one attendee at Thursday’s gathering remarked to FishbowlDC. “And he smelled like garlic and booze.”

Yum.

About 100 people showed up for the event, all wearing name tags. Among them was National Review‘s star Capitol Hill Editor Robert Costa. Read more

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Kuhn Leaves National Journal For TNR

FishbowlDC has learned that National Journal’s Corporate Advertising Director Sarah Kuhn will soon join The New Republic.

Says one industry observer: “It’s a major loss for NJ ad sales and major coup for [Publisher] Elizabeth Sheldon @ TNR…”

Sheldon tells FishbowlDC:

    We are thrilled to have Sarah Kuhn join us at The New Republic. As you may know, Kuhn was with National Journal for ten years, and everyone in this market has tried to steal her away. You can imagine, then, how gratifying it is for us at TNR to see the changes we have made recently be so resoundingly validated with this spectacular hire. This is truly a new day at TNR. After so many tempting offers over the years from other magazines, for Kuhn to make the leap to our publication is an honor. We intend to make the most of her incredible skills and continue to make The NEW New Republic the best magazine in Washington. Now the best kept secret among Washington’s top thinkers and leaders is out.