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Incoming Heritage Prez Parties with Media Types

Last night the new home of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) held its annual media Christmas party. That organization used to be known as The Heritage Foundation, but now you’d only know it as The DeMint Foundation since the Senator’s announcement.

The party is a must-attend for Washington media types and party crashers alike. Good food, top-shelf booze and big name revelers. The food disappointed this year but the attendees did not.

In addition to DeMint and outgoing foundation president Ed Feulner, other media types in attendance included… Read more

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Daily Caller’s Martosko to Keynote ATF Party

We’re in a season of seriously exciting times.

And come Aug. 11, The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor David Martosko will travel to the Kiowa Creek Sporting Club in Bennett, Colo. to speak to an audience at the Independence Institute’s “Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms” party. The soirée will include whiskey, cigars and guns. The crowd fully intends to party their asses off and offend as many people as possible. No doubt Martosko will steer clear of the booze. Guns, shooting and cigars? Wild ostriches couldn’t keep him away.

From the Institute’s website: “Billed  as ‘the most fun, most politically incorrect event of the year,’ the ATF Party will give attendees of all skill levels the opportunity to hone their shooting abilities and celebrate those civil liberties – smoking, shooting and drinking – that most irritate nannyists.”

Martosko boasted last week on Twitter that he would be keynoting the event and that his speech will appear on C-SPAN. The colorful editor is the keynote and will give his presentation at 1 p.m., right after lunch and the clay pigeon shoot. C-SPAN will be there to cover party speeches.

Past lunch speakers include Steve Moore of the WSJ, Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform, the Capitalist Pig Jonathon Hoenig, Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard, internationally renowned columnist Christopher Hitchens and former Daily Caller video blogger Mary Katharine Ham, now an Editor-at-Large for Hot Air.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think you Ought to Know…)

Come Set Sail on the USS Annoying – All this week, The Weekly Standard Cruise has been out at sea.  It’s a chance for people to buy an opportunity to vacation with their favorite Weekly Standard pundits. Because nothing sounds more fun than being in the vast expanse of the ocean with political pundits like FNC’s Juan Williams, who also writes a column for The Hill. Or being around reporters who have sea sickness, as revealed in the Standard‘s own dispatches from the boat that they’re calling “Cruise News.” Could it be Matthew Continetti or Stephen Hayes? This sounds about as much fun as my 5th grade trip to a slaughterhouse. Guests had the opportunity to pass through the Bahamas, Honduras and a few other tropical locales.  (HELLOOO Gitmo!)  The cruise arrives back in to port this weekend.  If you missed out, have no fear.  Another Weekly Standard Cruise is in the planning stages for summer of next year.  So, if you absolutely must see Bill Kristol in a speedo, visit their website for details.  Just make sure you steer clear of Fred Barnes at the midnight buffet.  You’re likely to lose an eye.

Newt Should Have the District of Columbia Primary Locked Up -With the Iowa caucuses weeks ago, the GOP candidates have crammed their schedules with as many local appearances as possible. Politico has the lineup of what all the GOP candidates have in store today. Every candidate makes an appearance in Iowa, with some scheduling multiple events throughout the day. With the exception of Newt Gingrich.  He’ll be signing copies of his book at Hudson News bookstore at Gate A in Union Station.

No, BlitzMediaite brings us the video of a confused and/or out of touch Wolf Blitzer on CNN.  When Jack Cafferty reveals that half of American workers have less than 25,000 dollars in saving, Blitzer responds, “Homeless shelters, get ready.” Homeless shelters, get ready?!?! Yeah, Wolf, we’ve all heard those anguished conversations from struggling families:

HUSBAND – “Darling, how’s our savings account looking?”

WIFE – “Only 18,000 dollars.”

HUSBAND – “Oh no!  Dog food for dinner again?”

WIFE – “Please call it hobo chili so the kids don’t know!”

HUSBAND – “I’ll make a fire in an oil drum to heat it up”

Check out the video below

A Media Reporter’s Guide to CPAC

The agenda for CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference happening in D.C. this weekend, has been posted, and journalists and media types are invading.

  • Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller will speak at an event sponsored by Accuracy in Media on Thursday and, later that night, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for CPAC’s Presidential Banquet honoring Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.
  • S.E. Cupp, a Daily Caller columnist, will sign her book, Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity, on Friday before taking part in a Saturday panel for students on how to become a columnist. Also on the panel: The Weekly Standard‘s Fred Barnes and Andrew Ferguson, and NYT‘s Ross Douthat.
  • BigJournalism’s Andrew Breitbart will speak in the main ballroom on Saturday morning, and he’ll be introduced by Townhall‘s Guy Benson.
  • Dana Loesch, also of BigJournalism, will participate in a panel on new media activism along with Matt Sheffield of the Washington Examiner on Thursday.
  • More from the Washington Examiner: Mark Tapscott will be on a panel on Friday morning, Tim Carney will be on another on Friday afternoon, and Michael Barone will be on one Saturday evening. Also on Barone’s panel: John Gizzi of Human Events and FNC contributor Margaret Hoover.
  • Conservative pundit Ann Coulter will speak to CPAC students Friday night along with FNC’s “Red Eye” gang: Greg Gutfeld, Bill Schultz, and Andy Levy before taking the main stage on Saturday, following National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.
  • Also on different panels (so, so many panels): Human EventsJason Mattera, WaPo‘s Julia Duin (as a moderator. Need a refresher? We had dinner with last week), Quin Hillyer of TWT (also as a moderator), Andrew McCarthy of National Review, and WSJ‘s John Fund.
  • CNN contributor and Red State managing editor Erick Erickson will be the guest of honor at a student luncheon on Friday.
  • CPAC’s 2010 Blogger of the Year Ed Morrissey of HotAir will present this year’s award to Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank.

FishbowlDC has obtained a press pass, but it doesn’t come with many perks (other than free admission). They’re holding our badge at the Media Check-In desk, so that’s nice of them. Credentialed press “do not necessarily have access” to the CPAC Bloggers’ Lounge according to their e-mail, and we’ve requested several interviews with speakers using CPAC’s guidelines for doing so. No word yet. Stay tuned…

Erick Erickson’s Island Vacay Is Really Secret Conservative Retreat

CNN Contributor to “John King USA” Erick Erickson wrote on Twitter this week that he was “loading up” his wife and children and taking them on vacation to South Carolina’s Kiawah Island. He said, “Makes me relax just thinking about it.”

Relaxing, perhaps. But not without conservative, Christian values to add to the fun. What Erickson left out is that Jan. 7 -9 is the date of this year’s Awakening, billed as one of the “finest open forums on conservative principles in the United States.” Awakening is an annual retreat that includes group discussions and sharing ideas. But it’s hush-hush. Attendees are expressly told not to discuss it. They stay at an oceanfront seaside mansion called The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort some 30 miles from Charleston, S.C. All rooms include custom made beds.

Kids are made to feel extra special. The teen program is led by Lucas Ramirez, Director of Youth Ministries at Wesley United Methodist Church in St. Simon’s Island, Ga. He specializes in “maximizing every teen’s sense of value and potential.” But not to worry — it’s not all about values. Part of the program includes outdoor games with a “different glasses” approach, meaning looking at the world in an alternate way. They warn, “Only come if you really want to have fun!” Younger children partake in fun-sounding activities such as cookie making and scavenger hunts.

The first Awakening retreat was held at The Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia. The weekend moved to Kiawah Island in 2009. Those who have attended in the past include The Weekly Standard‘s Executive Editor Fred Barnes, UPI Editor-in-Chief John O’Sullivan, National Review Washington Editor Kate O’Beirne, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and Roll Call‘s Morton Kondracke.

Issues discussed during past retreats include politics, policy as well as social and family issues. For instance, in 1999, Thomas keynoted “The Content of America’s Character.”

American Spectator’s Swingin’ Annual Dinner

The vast right wing conspiracy gathered last night at the Capitol Hilton under the auspices of its annual Robert L. Bartley dinner in honor of the late, thought to be great WSJ editor. A who’s who of the right: T. Boone Pickens, Publisher Al Regnery, Editor-in-Chief Emmett Tyrrell Jr., Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld. The Weekly Standard‘s Executive Editor/Fox News Contributor Fred Barnes won the Barbara Olsen award for Journalism named for the former prosecutor/pundit who was married to Solicitor General Ted Olson and who died in the 9/11 plane that hit the Pentagon. Others spotted in the crowd: RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, and WSJ‘s James Toronto. TWT Editor Sam Dealey was elected to the Spectator‘s board of governors.

Guests feasted on braised short rib cannelloni and petite fillet, caramelized spaghetti squash, haricot verts, chantarelle mushrooms, and banana and coconut bread pudding with walnuts. And booze, lots of it.

They were serenaded by a  roaring 20s swing by Alex Donner and his orchestra.

Presumed Gloatfest for Conservative Journos

The Weekly Standard and Washington Examiner are scheduled to hold a post-election panel in which political editors and writers will analyze midterm election results and the new political landscape.

Event organizers are presuming that come election day Republicans will take control of the House. The release states, “the Washington Examiner’s senior political and congressional reporters, along with The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes will analyze the 2010 election results and look ahead to how President Obama will deal with a likely Republican-controlled House, what Tea Party candidates will do in Congress, and how the results will shape the GOP presidential field for 2012.”

The Panel

Bill Kristol (moderator), Editor, The Weekly Standard
Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, Washington Examiner
Byron York, Chief Political Columnist, Washington Examiner
Susan Ferrechio, Chief Congressional Correspondent, Washington Examiner
Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard


Friday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the National Press Club, 529, 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045

More information: Contact Dan Wilson at

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Stench reminds reporter of D.C.

“Should have added that the dominant smell in this capital is of cattle excrement, but that would have evoked comparisons to D.C.” — McClatchy’s Shashank Bengali in a Facebook update Monday from Juba, in southern Sudan. Bengali was among our “Fishbowl Finest” list of 2010 beautiful journalists.

Juan: good NPR: bad

“Juan Williams handled the NPR crisis beautifully. NPR didn’t.” — The Weekly Standard‘s Executive Editor Fred Barnes in a Monday tweet.

LA conflicted

“There seem to be so many things that are really fantastic and really terrible about Los Angeles.” — RealClearPolitics’s Scott Conroy who’s covering the trail in Los Angeles on Monday on Twitter.

Hiking in San Fran

“Climbed up a MASSIVE hill to get here (in wedges!) And now behold The Fairmont.” –Politico reporter Amie Parnes, who largely covers FLOTUS’s every move, climbing Monday to the site of a First Lady Michelle Obama, Second Lady Jill Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fundraiser. Parnes added, “My hotel in San Fran is called The Vertigo. And there’s a reason: parts of the movie were shot here.”

Daily Caller Advice Columnist Does Dream Interpretation

Chances are high that Labash consulted this
dream reference book before penning his response

If you are really fond of Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman (a.k.a. “Attackerman” or “Hackerman” as he’s dubbed by Daily Caller advice columnist Matt Labash), you might not want to read this. On the other hand, if you don’t have strong feelings about the ex-Journolister or don’t yet know him well, you might want to get a taste of Ackerman’s comic book style personality by way of Labash.

Daily Caller blogger Jim Treacher (real name: Sean Medlock) writes in this question: “Spencer Ackerman has me cornered in an alley. Somehow the alley is composed entirely of glass. He is wearing a Black Flag t-shirt and nothing else. Could you please interpret my dream?”

Labash goes into a detailed personality interpretation, he calls Ackerman the embodiment of “spittle-flecked, finger-sniffing bloggerhood” and claims being a Washington blogger is something like being a phone-sex operator.

In the end, he admits, he may not know everything about dream interpretation…

An excerpt:
I’m not a dream interpretation expert, of course. You might want to run this by Hackerman himself. Though he doesn’t seem to be answering many questions lately, not since his Journolist bleatings were released. Instead, these days he’s pretending that he’s a buttoned-up national security reporter for Wired magazine’s website. Some critics think he should be fired due to his history of intemperate outbursts, poseur thuggishness, and all-around crappy writing. I don’t. Wired is a reputable organization. They presumably have an able staff and a good health insurance plan. So here’s hoping they can give Attackerman something he’s desperately needed: mood stabilizers and an editor.

Noteworthy: Labash, apart from his advice column gig, is a longtime writer for The Weekly Standard. Fred Barnes is executive editor of The Weekly Standard — Ackerman plotted against Barnes on Journolist.

What did Ackerman write on Journolist while working for the Washington Independent? Refresh your memories after the jump…

> Update Can’t get enough? Listen to Ackerman speak in this must-see video here. The bar gathering resembles a hippy convention — do not miss the guy with deceptively long strawberry blond sideburns in the vicinity of Ackerman’s head.

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Media Moguls Hit Wizards/Cavs Game

A Fishbowl spy tells us that CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (in a suit, of course), Martha Stewart, NY Times columnist Thomas Friedman and Fred Barnes, executive editor of The Weekly Standard were all at the Verizon Center last night for the Cavs/Wizards game.

The motley crew of media types were not at the game together but our source says they were all sitting center court, approximately 15 rows back.