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A Hot and Sweaty Morning Outside SCOTUS

It was a hot and messy morning for news media at the Supreme Court. The temperature was in the sweaty upper 80s and in addition to all the reporters, crammed onto the court’s sidewalk were TV camera crews (with their all their chunky equipment), tourists looking for real celebrities and hundreds of riled up activists blowing hot air on everyone’s neck.

Good times. FBDC took a look around the scene.

At around 8 a.m there were about 200 people on site, half were activists holding up signs for or against the Affordable Care Act. The other half were broadcast news crews who appeared to have been in place for several hours to secure a good space.

Later, another two hundred or so people showed up. We ran into The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas (a.k.a. Politico‘s Alexander Burns) and the Washington Examiner‘s Tim Carney mid conversation. Pappas said he had been outside the Supreme Court since 9 a.m. Carney, who told us he has noticed a recent surge in people confusing him with White House Press Sec. Jay Carney, had just arrived. Pappas and Carney had a brief chat about HBO’s new series The Newsroom. Carney is not an HBO subscriber, so he hasn’t seen it. Pappas, however, is an avid Aaron Sorkin fan and said he watched. “I hope it gets better,” he said.

Shortly thereafter we see Current TV correspondent David Shuster conducting an on-camera interview with an inattentive guest who kept checking his cell phone. Apparently there were hiccups in production. Shuster’s producer Daniel Marans told us, in the faintest of baby whispers, that the audio equipment was on the fritz (likely from all the noisy protesters around), so he couldn’t talk to us for long.

We moved on and stumbled across Yahoo! NewsChris Moody who, despite the heat and godawful humidity, looked perfectly cool. This was around the time that CNN botched its breaking news report which incorrectly stated that the Supreme Court had ruled against the individual mandate portion of the Affordable Care Act. Pictured to the right is Moody fulfilling his civic duty and explaining to an inquisitive passerby that the Court had actually ruled the mandate Constitutional.

Side note: While CNN did inaccurately “break” the news on the Supreme Court’s decision, others also got it wrong but somehow have escaped the media glare. They include: FNC and NYP. SCOTUSblog, meanwhile, had its own writeup on the decision before AP did. SCOTUSblog and its small team of reporters were featured in WaPo Wednesday. The blog, sponsored by Bloomberg, on average has about 1,500 visitors each day. In light of the high-profile ruling on the Affordable Care Act, it saw a surge in traffic and was preparing for possibly 250,000 on decision day.

As the news broke, reporters scattered to get reaction from activists standing nearby. We overheard one chubby brunette talking on her cell phone as she walked away from an on-camera interview: “It was a f***ing setup. They put me up against some cute little blond girl,” she said.

Notables: Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) seen driving away from the Supreme Court in a Lexus RX 400, co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline Terry Moran, FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, Griff Jenkins and Shannon Bream and former Democratic Rep. David Wu chatting up three young women. No, he wasn’t wearing a tiger costume.

More photos after the jump.

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Fishbowl Charleston

Filing from the bar of Husk restaurant in the Holy City – this is Fishbowl Charleston. As the state prepares to vote in the GOP primary this Saturday, we trudged through the beautiful weather and fine dining to bring you a report from the front lines.

Our Thursday began with a slow start when the closest thing we could find to a D.C. celebrity was Bob Livingston, disgraced former Speaker-designate of the House, trolling radio row of the Southern Republic Leadership Council at the TD Arena. Once we left, we saw a blurry eyed John Roberts from Fox News entering the arena, presumably for J.C. Watts‘s speech to the Council. Walking back to the hotel, we spotted Perry Bacon, from the Grio in an animated phone conversation outside of iconic Charleston restaurant, Jestine’s Kitchen. Considering we saw a reporter named Bacon outside of a restaurant well known for it’s pork laden dishes, we were quite pleased with ourselves.

After an uneventful afternoon, we decided to spice things up with a Rick Santorum speech. Upon arriving, we saw pundit extraordinaire, Michael Barone. While chatting with him, we ALMOST missed the diminutive Lindsey Graham, on his way to fire up the DOZENS of people who had showed up to see the “Sweater Vest of Truth”, Santorum.

Oh, and Perry Bacon was THERE, too. Before Santorum began his speech, we were treated to the arrival of Herman Cain himself. We were tipped off when we saw THIS guy hanging around outside, cigarette firmly ensconced in his mouth, naturally.

That’s right, Mark Block is BACK. We asked him if he tires of posing with his now famous cigarettes. He says he’s “gotten used to it,” but one person in New York recently asked him to SIGN a cigarette butt. The most interesting part of the Mark Block story is that when we made our way into the arena, he sat down just a few seats away from Josh Kraushaar from National Journal. It wasn’t long ago that Block famously butchered the relationship of Kraushaar to Cain sexual harassment accuser KAREN Kraushaar in the news. Block claimed on Fox News that she was Josh’s mother. (They aren’t related at all.) We asked him about that incident when it happened.

Kraushaar even acknowledged the weirdness on Twitter.

 

Mark Block a couple rows back in crowd as Herman Cain readying to address audience. Still haven’t heard from him since the Hannity botch.

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) January 19, 2012

We settled into our seats in the arena, which wasn’t hard. The place was nearly empty. We’ll give a conservative estimate and say there were roughly 150 people there. Easily half were reporters. As we settled in, we noticed a loud rustling behind us and turned to spot 11 members of the Duggar family, from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, filing in to catch the Santorum address.

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Female Journos Flock to the Bra Whisperer

Change your bra and you change your life.

Huh?

I have no idea how WUSA 9′s Angie Goff has temporarily taken over my brain, but she has. And I owe her a heartfelt apology for writing a post on her in October of 2010 in which I ridiculed her for a story on bra shopping. Angie: I am SORRY. Please forgive me. I totally get bra shopping. Especially since I am now writing on the topic.

The truth is, I’d been blowing off the assignment for months, thinking it was frankly, frivolous and too Angie Goff (again, I’m SORRY). As I informed FishbowlMatt after, this was life altering. He was jealous. “Where’s my undergarment whisperer?” he pleaded. This is a sexist story that favors women. I had no answer for him.

Since May a bundle of Washington area female journalists and VIPs, including Goff, have been trailing out to Virginia in droves to meet Susan Nethero, a.k.a. the Bra Whisperer (pictured at right). The Intimacy story is located inside Tyson’s Corner I (across from L.L. Bean for interested parties). The Washington media list includes ABC’s Claire Shipman (wife to White House Press Sec. Jay Carney), who spent two hours with the Bra Whisperer, Washingtonian, WaPo, NBC4, Capitol File’s Kara Manos, Bloggers Sophie Pyle and K Street Kate, Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, DC Mag’s Karen Sommer Shallett — they’ve all met her. To say Nethero is pure genius is putting it mildly. She is the Cesar Millan of bra fitters. Her clientele is impressive. She most recently outfitted the Kardashians and counts Oprah among her fans. She has appeared on her show five times, and the Queen of Talk never lets just anyone into her inner circle, much less the arena of her intimate apparel. Nethero knows intimate details: the talk show goddess so feared a wardrobe malfunction (i.e. a nipple sighting) that she had special oval jello pads sewn into all her cups. Nancy Grace should have been so lucky.

Nethero is serious about her work, but not too serious. On the day we met, she wore a sleeveless candy apple red dress that allowed a red lace bra to peek out front. She pulled the straps and the tops out to show off the pretty bra, saying it’s increasingly fashionable to let them be seen — the bras, not her breasts. “It’s a wonderful experience to have women feel comfortable with their bodies,” she said. “We believe we can change the self esteem of women across America.”

Once in the fitting room, Nethero, who manages to strip all self-consciousness from an experience like this, gets to work sizing you up. She brings in piles of bras she thinks will fit beautifully. Each one is perfection. She explains how bras should fit — likely tighter than you think. She also explains how they shouldn’t fit — loose or digging into your sides.

The only media misfit in the area is Fox5 and the publicists can’t fathom why they refuse to do a story. We’re told they were skittish about showing bras on TV. In elaborate email exchanges they could not seem to fathom what was being sold at a store named Intimacy. They turned the story down.

It’s one hot loss for the women of Fox5. The chosen ones get VIP fittings that include a private session with Nethero and a free bra and underwear set of her choice. Since May, the Washington VIP list, controlled by publicist Elizabeth Thorp who brought in Courtney Cohen to help, has included Jennifer Tapper (wife of ABC Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper), Kathleen Jenkins (wife of FNC’s Griff Jenkins) and Mary Amons (Real Housewives of D.C.). Thorp views these handpicked women and the wide variety of area journalists lured in for fittings as a “broad network of influencers who learn of Susan’s methodology and feature how the right bra can make a giant impact.”

The most common mistake among bra wearers involves the bra bands — they’re too big. “When your band goes up your back your boobs go down,” Thorp said, noting that the right bra can make a woman look 10 pounds thinner. And forget about back fat — with these bras, she noted, those days are over.

Cohen confided that after her fitting with Nethero she dumped her entire bra collection. The running joke at Al Jazeera, where Cohen flacked when the Bra Whisperer assignment came up, was: “Do not mix up the press lists!”

Big Night for BBC

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Just after BBC News correspondent Lyse Doucet was awarded the prestigious David Bloom Award, Doucet, Katy Kay and the rest of the BBC team held court at the Historical Society of Washington DC, following last night’s annual Radio Television Correspondents Association (RTCA) dinner. Celebs, politicos and hoards of journos packed the glam fete.

Spotted in the crowd were Tara Palmeri of the Washington Examiner, Luke Russert and Chuck Todd from NBC, MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro, Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and Wes Goler, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, TVNewser’s Kevin Allocca, The Hill’s Sam Youngman, Capitol News Connection radio scribe Matt Laslo, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, John King, Roland Martin, Meryl Conant, Meghan Grant and Edie Emery, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Politico’s Andy Barr, Pia Catton, Michael Calderone, Jonathan Martin and MTP EP Betsy Fischer.

Other guests included QGA Chairman Jack Quinn with wife Susanna, media maven Tammy Haddad and Brian Walsh.

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Jenkins Goes Surfing — in Delaware

436953481_t600.jpg FNC’s radio and TV producer Griff Jenkins did the unthinkable. Yesterday he took to the wild waters — of Delaware. “Went surfing in Delaware yesterday… Wasn’t that cold… really,” he wrote on Facebook.

He’s got it on video, too.

“Who needs sun? Who needs 80 degrees?” he asks. “There’s surfing out there! I can’t feel my feet but that doesn’t matter.”

Some of you can check it out here.

FNC Above Rest in Haiti TV Watchers, Geraldo En Route, Jenkins Just Arrived

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Fox News is the clear victor in those watching around-the-clock news of the tragic earthquake in Haiti. While ten FNC correspondents have been deployed to the region, including White House Correspondent Wendell Goler, who is still in the Dominican Republic and D.C. correspondent Griff Jenkins, who just arrived today, this weekend viewers will watch Geraldo Rivera join the coverage. (Above right is a shot of him covering an expose on Staten Island in 1972.)

Greta Van Susteren attempted to go to Port au Prince Thursday, but her plane was not permitted to land in the city and she returned to Washington. “I gave Griff my sleeping bag (he also has one) to give to anyone who needs it plus I have given him the supplies I have,” Van Susteren wrote on her blog, explaining that Jenkins drove to Ft. Pierce, Fla. to catch a 4 a.m. cargo flight to Haiti.

Nielsen Ratings for Wednesday, Jan. 13

TOTAL DAY
FNC: 1,501,000 in total viewers (426,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 942,000 in total viewers (337,00 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 449,000 in total viewers (129,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 320,000 in total viewers (137,000 in A25-54)

Nielsen Ratings for Thursday, Jan. 14

TOTAL DAY
FNC: 1,524,000 in total viewers (411,000 in A25-54)
CNN: 913,000 in total viewers (328,00 in A25-54)
MSNBC: 434,000 in total viewers (130,000 in A25-54)
HLN: 335,000 in total viewers (143,000 in A25-54)

Fox News’s Jenkins performs Nutcracker

shoes-5.jpeg Fox News’s Griff Jenkins joined the cast of the “The Nutcracker” Friday at opening night of Washington Ballet’s performance at the Warner Theater.

Writes The Washington Times duo Stephanie Green and Liz Glover in today’s “Undercover” column, Jenkins “elbowed his way into the cast for a celebrity cameo.” Tights were not required.

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Taking a Gamble on CNN International

Fox’s Hadley Gamble and friends gathered at the Library last night to toast her upcoming move to CNN International in Abu Dhabi.

Griff Jenkins and Kathleen Jenkins, Kevin Madden, Nancy Pfotenhauer, Jill Chappell, Doug Heye, Lauren Torlone, Philippe Lanier, Jurek Martin, Christina Wilkie, Ashley Taylor, Reed Landry and Pamela Sorensen were just some of Fox and friends to celebrate Gamble’s big move.

More photos (courtesy of Pamela) after the jump…

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Fox News Theatrical Director Producer Caught Rallying Crowd

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A FNC producer with Griff Jenkins at the 9/12 protest in Washington has been busted by HuffPo for rallying the crowd behind the camera.

HuffPo confirmed that the producer, Heidi Noonan “has been disciplined” by FNC Washington Bureau Chief Bryan Boughton.

See HuffPo for the behind-the-scenes video and more here.

Fox News Remembers Tony Snow

Sunday marks the one year anniversary of Tony Snow‘s passing and to honor the former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor, the network will air packages in remembrance. They’ll include words from friends and colleagues, including President George HW Bush, President George W Bush, Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren, Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich.

Griff Jenkins, Snow’s former radio producer and long-time friend, will also share his memories and stories about Snow on several programs throughout the day.

Earlier in the week Perino penned this piece in Politico remembering Snow.

>>TVNewser has more remembrances, including comments from PBS’ Judy Woodruff, CNN’s Ed Henry and ABC’s Robin Roberts.

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