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NBC Denies $500k Bonus Rumors for Luke Russert Joining ‘MTP’ as Regular Panelist

s-LUKERUSSERT-largeLuke Russert, son of the late moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” Tim Russert, is rumored to have earned a $500,000 bonus for joining the Sunday morning show as a regular panelist, a claim NBC has shot down.

It was first made by Washington Gadfly Evan Gahr, who quoted an anonymous source as saying, “The crew at NBC [meaning engineers and cameramen] have been talking about this since last week. There are no secrets in the building.”

Yesterday, NBC spokeswoman Erika Masonhall responded to The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein, saying, “We don’t typically comment on contracts, but in this case we feel it’s warranted: This is absolutely untrue.”

The story was also covered today by the New York Post’s Page Six.

UPDATE: Luke Russert dismissed the rumors Wednesday, tweeting:

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The Mysteriously Misspelled Word: ‘Eidtor’

Unknown-6It’s one thing to ignore a gnat buzzing around in your ear. It might even be reasonable to smack yourself in the head to rid yourself of such an irritation. But when our resident phone enthusiast, reporter Evan Gahr, took to Twitter on Friday to inform Politico‘s media duo Dylan Byers and Hadas Gold that there was a typo in the word “editor” on the blog, his peskiness was met with silence.

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This is how the error looked well after Gahr’s bender about it.

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Not one to be ignored…Gahr proceeded down another avenue. Read more

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Stenographer gets religious over bill passage

“‘Praise be to GOD!’ House stenographer Diane Reidy is rushed off the floor and into an elevator…” — Todd Zwillich, Washington, D.C. radio correspondent for The Takeaway. Politico‘s Jake Sherman explained further, “An official house court stenographer took to the microphone & was screaming ab God. She was saying in the hall you can’t serve two masters.” Politico‘s Byron Tau added, “What I thought happened but no one tweeted about it so I thought I hallucinated.” And BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera: “The stenographer who started yelling was named Holly, she was taken off the floor. Members really shaken up by it.”

images-2Shutdown: Over!

“More traffic on the road, the grinding sound of leaf blowers on the White House grounds…the federal govt has reopened, lots of work to do.” — Joy Lin, Fox News White House producer.

“So the shutdown ends, but will we be right back in the soup come January?” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“My DC cabbie is sad that there is traffic again after three weeks of respite.” — Josh Barro, politics editor, Business Insider.

Question to never ponder: “Do we think any woman in the world actually goes by ‘Blondie’?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

ringingphoneNYT‘s Dean Baquet scolds persistent reporter

“Evan, no news organization in America would report on every discrimination lawsuit filed in every court in every medium-sized city. Even when the author of the story chooses to try to use cheap tricks to goad people into covering his obsessions. good luck.” — NYT Managing Editor Dean Baquet in an email Wednesday to our resident phone enthusiast and investigative freelancer Evan Gahr. He explained to FBDC, “I sent him two other emails about this and also left two messages. And I hung up on his secretary one time when she answered the phone.” Gahr quickly snarked back at Baquet by email, saying: “Wait. Washington DC is simply a ‘medium-sized city’ as you call it. I thought it was actually our nation’s capital. Silly me. As for ‘obsessions’ the New York Times is normally obsessed with alleged race discrimination–except, of course, when the alleged perpetrators are fellow members of your liberal coven.”

Good Question: “So, do eight car trains return on Metro tomorrow?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Editor pissed about shutdown

“On behalf of America (in Cruz sense) I want to thank the Tea Party for this epic shitshow that damaged economy, wasted money for nothing.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

floatinggoldfishThe Announcer

“America, your federal government is back, and open for business. (Well, soon at least.)” — NBC’s Mike O’Brien.

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“And the bill passes. Congratulations.  Now the House can get back to passing nothing the Senate will agree to.” — NBC News Deputy Political Editor Domenico Montanaro.

WaPo’s Marty Baron Hangs Up on Evan Gahr, Later Apologizes

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Our resident phone enthusiast and freelance investigative journalist Evan Gahr remains fierce in his pursuit to get WaPo to say why they won’t cover a race and age discrimination lawsuit brought against them by a sales employee.

On Tuesday he phoned the Grand Poobah over at WaPo: Executive Editor Marty Baron.

And guess what happened? Surprise! Baron hung up on him. Read more

Mocking Newsbusters’ Gasbag Tim Graham

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Considering the difference between “highfalutin” and  “flatulence” once stumped NewsbustersTim Graham, media director for the conservative Media Research Center, it’s not that surprising that “mocking” would also be perplexing for him.

(Hey Tim, in case it wasn’t obvious, we’re officially mocking you.) Read more

Hey Mufson, Don’t Pick Up Your Phone!

ringingphoneWashington investigative freelancer Evan Gahr, an avid phone enthusiast, is like a dog with a bone at this point about that internal WaPo lawsuit involving a sales employee who is accusing the paper of race and age discrimination. Gahr is incensed that they won’t run the story on their pages. He surmises that the company lawyer doesn’t think it’d be wise for employees to discuss it with him. But he can’t, won’t leave it alone.

Might WaPo consider installing a Caller ID?

If few others appreciate it, reporter Steven Mufson might.

Gahr posted his latest phone call with Mufson. We reported on a previous call last week.

According to Gahr, the conversation went something like this. The exchange is actually pretty fascinating… Read more

Brring! Brring! D.C.’s Phone Enthusiast is Still at It

ringingphoneWashington D.C. investigative freelancer Evan Gahr is still at it. As in, he’s still trying to figure out why WaPo won’t cover a lawsuit brought forth by a WaPo sales employing citing race and age discrimination.

As we’ve reported, Gahr has called a number of Washington Post reporters and editors and has been hung up on numerous times as well as blocked on Twitter. Gahr seems to relish in the hangups in an amusing sort of way. One point he raises is an interesting one … if it’s a front page story when the EEOC sues BMW for race discrimination why isn’t this a story? On the other hand, it’s perfectly reasonable that a news organization would not want screw up an internal legal matter by writing about it. Probably not that tough of a call for WaPo execs, but Gahr is still incensed that they don’t appear to be taking it more seriously by slapping the matter in its news or media sections.

Yesterday Gahr spoke with WaPo‘s Steven Mufson, who covers energy and financial news, and thinks he may have made some headway with him. We’ve requested comment from Mufson on the matter.

See Gahr’s version of the conversation.

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Journo Couple Gave Few Hints They’d Elope

images-3WaPo recently sent out a rather personal internal memo revealing that “The Reliable Source” writer Amy Argetsinger is not only leaving the gossip beat but she’s pregnant and engaged to former Bloomberg reporter and JDA VP of Public Affairs Bill McQuillen.

This week the couple made it official.

On Wednesday they both simultaneously took to their respective Facebook pages (because it’s the easiest place to make a big announcement, right?) to announce that they’d tied the knot. He said: “Bill McQuillen is married to Amy Argetsinger. And she said: “Amy Argetsinger is married to Bill McQuillen.”

Short and sweet. No details. And for some, no warning.

In fact, the news struck some as so strange that they thought it might be a prank?

However… Read more

AnonymASSES Go Wild

cartoondonkeyAs some figured out by my outgoing email earlier in the week, I did something unheard of in some Washington circles — I took a vacation. While I was away from the Fishbowl, some AnonymASSES had some funny notes for me. Despite my outgoing message indicating I’d be off email, my phone, away from pens, etc… for several days, some still feared something sinister had happened to me. I had to assure some distinctly non-AnonymASSES that no, I was really just on vacation. One journo texted, “Are you really on vacation away from your phone?” Another sweetly inquired, “Are you ok? I was worried sick when I didn’t hear back and Peter couldn’t find you. Just hope you’re ok.” (Special note to Peter Ogburn: What in the hell? You knew at least vaguely where I was.) And still another: “Betsy you okay? Texted, no word from you. Hoping all is well.”

And now, here’s what a sampling of AnonymASSES had on their minds. Read more

Have You Hung Up on This Man Lately?

As  you read this, freelance investigative conservative  journalist Evan Gahr is likely dialing up another unsuspecting media reporter or editor to pose one important question:

Why aren’t you writing about my story?

Forget email. Gahr’s a phone guy and his phone number hunting skills are pathologically effective — he’s dug up WaPo‘s Don Graham‘s home number, Kevin Merida‘s home and work numbers, Jonathan Capehart, Eugene Robinson, Erik Wemple, Politico‘s Hadas Gold and more. He says Politico’s Dylan Byers now recognizes his number and won’t pick up. WaPo‘s Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt has not returned his emails (but only because he couldn’t find his phone number). So far, many journos have allegedly hung up on him – count Merida, Wemple, The Daily Caller‘s Jordan Bloom and TWT‘s Jennifer Harper among them.

The story he’s referring to is a lawsuit filed against WaPo by a black sales employee who is charging race and age discrimination. He wrote about it last Wednesday for The Daily Caller.

A conversation with Gahr goes something like this. Read more

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