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Score: Washington Examiner‘s gossip maven Nikki Schwab wins a new red Nikon Coolpix camera at the office holiday party in a raffle. Twenty plus prizes, including an iPad, iPod Touch, jewelry and more, were given away. Those who won included Editor Stephen Smith, and reporters Scott McCabe and Freedom Klopott.

Take that: “Damn your dumb bitch.”the tweet that caused Sen. Jim DeMint‘s speechwriter Amanda Carpenter to block someone. Carpenter is a former TWT columnist and political writer.

Journo heaven

“I love it when a breaking pile of scoop lands in my lap.” — J. Freedom du Lac in a Friday tweet.

Meghan McCain issues warning

“If u send me a death threat all that happens is ur shit goes to the FBI and I may have to be followed around by men in black action figures.” — The Daily Beast columnist and Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, in a weekend tweet.

A journo’s compelling question

“Is there research that compels radio stations to keep playing “blinded by the light.” What is audience 4 that? How does fm radio survive?” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin in a weekend tweet.

How Ana Marie Cox amuses herself

“Amusing self with fact that in between my watching of Bravo reality shows on DVR, TV flips to C-SPAN. #nerdy #trashy.” — GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox in a weekend tweet.

Editor has trouble feeling her face

“OK, they may not be kidding about the whole 9 degrees thing. Unsure I can feel my face.” — Washington Examiner Features Editor Jacque Jo Bland in a weekend tweet.

Star sighting

“Just saw Angela Lansbury at Union Station. Kennedy Center honors? First thought, she’s tall.” — ABC News’s Amy Walter in a weekend tweet.

Scribe needs help with salami

“My son just had to give me tech help on how to open salami package.” Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson in a weekend tweet.

Olbermann upholds his manhood

“A woman who advocates assassinating doctors writes today asking how many abortions I’ve had. I think the anatomical cluelessness says it all.” — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann in a Sunday tweet.

It’s a coincidence

“I’m Michael buying art supplies at Michael’s. Ironic? perhaps. All I know is that its early 4 a sunday! (@ Michael’s Art Supply)” — Washington Life‘s Michael Clements in a weekend tweet.

Fleischer urges Helen bashing

“I hope the media won’t be silent about HT. Whatever good she did has come undone. She deserves rebuke 4 now standing by ‘Jews Go Home.’” — Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a Sunday tweet. The news is that Wayne State U. Wayne State Univ. suspended Helen Thomas Diversity Award post scandal. Read more about the issue on here. Read the Mediate story here.

Whose Shoes: Revealed

The brown sandals do not belong to the following female journos who were among the guesses: Erin McPike (RealClearPolitics), Jay Newton-Small (Time), Helen Thomas (formerly with UPI), Helene Cooper (NYT).

The shoes belong to: The Daily Caller‘s Spokeswoman Becca Glover. They are Cynthia Vincent by Target. She believes the nail polish is Silver Skates by OPI.

Outrage Over ADC’s Celebration of Helen Thomas

Earlier this week we told you that Helen Thomas, the longtime White House correspondent who abruptly retired amidst controversy from comments she made about Israel, Jews and Palestine, was set to be honored by  the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC).  In announcing the award on November 2nd, a spokesperson for the ADC said, “Helen Thomas is a professional journalist who reported accurately, regardless of consequences, asked the tough questions, and applied principles of fairness — not based on politics, race or religion, but on the merits of a story.”

Not surprisingly, the announcement didn’t sit well with everyone.  One such person is Elan Steinberg, vice president of the American Gathering of Holocaust Survivors and their Descendants.  Steinberg contacted FishbowlDC to share his outrage at the ADC and White House press corps veteran:

“Honoring Helen Thomas, whose hateful words so pained Holocaust survivors, is a shameful act of indecency.  Her verbal outburst demanding we go back to the places where we and our families were gassed and burned was horrifying and shocking.  Its sheer bigotry was the antithesis of American values of tolerance and inclusiveness.  With so many deserving Arab Americans who could be honored, what could have motivated this organization to honor the likes of Helen Thomas.  Shame on them.”

The ADC’s gala dinner in honor of  Helen Thomas is set for November 18, 2010. It will be held here in Washington at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and tickets are starting at $150.00 a pop.

Helen Thomas to be Honored by American-Arab Group

Helen Thomas will be honored by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)  at a gala dinner in her honor on November 18, 2010. Thomas, who retired over the summer, following negative reactions to comments she made about Israel, Jews and Palestine, will be presented with the 2010 Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award.  She was selected as the recipient by the National Arab American Journalists Association (NAAJA) and the family of the late Arab American leader, Dr. Mohammad T. Mehdi. 

In a release announcing the award, Anisa Mehdi said “Helen Thomas is a professional journalist who reported accurately, regardless of consequences, asked the tough questions, and applied principles of fairness — not based on politics, race or religion, but on the merits of a story.”

For more info on the award, visit the event’s website here.

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ABC’s Klein has touch of midterm madness

“Midterm delusions. Could swear I just saw Alvin Greene on the metro. Thought I saw Lee Fisher this morning.” — ABC’s Rick Klein on Wednesday on Twitter. Then adds, “And now a legit crazy person ranting about who knows what on metro. Not a candidate for office, to my knowledge.”

What does she really think?

“We have a lot of female candidates this year and most of them are terrifying.” — Comedian Chelsea Handler on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” Wednesday night.

A reporter’s wish

“Wish @mikeallen would pen a “Story Behind the Story” about The Day Politico Went Without Email.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet. E-mail was down at Politico all afternoon.

Weigel gets a little help from Joan Baez

“Joan Baez’s ability to make every song flat and sleep-inducing is quite extraordinary.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

McCain deeply offended by Labash

“I found Matt Labash‘s statement to be one of the MOST SEXIST things I have ever read. But I do hope you’ll do a DC stop.” — The Daily Beast and Dirty, Sexy, Politics author Meghan McCain in a Wednesday tweet. Matt Labash is a writer for The Weekly Standard and an advice columnist for The Daily Caller. What did Labash say to Politico that set her off? Read here.

Dinner with Helen at Mama Ayesha’s

“Wonderful dinner tonight w/my old boss Helen Thomas. Great group of former & current White House reporters here tonight at Mama Ayesha’s.” — New York Daily News White House Correspondent Ken Bazinet in a Wednesday night tweet.


“I have a serious political story to write on deadline, but distracted by the sad breakup of Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and Penn Badgley.”– Human Events senior editor Emily Miller on Wednesday on Twitter.

Schieffer Toasted and Roasted

CBS News President Sean McManus and Senators Sam Nunn and Lindsey Graham roasted Bob Schieffer at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Awards on Friday night.  Colleagues and friends such as CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz, who in a taped appearance joked that he had never heard of Schieffer or his Sunday show, came out to toast the venerable host of Face the Nation. 

But of all the big names in the room, it was Bob’s wife Pat who really stole the show.  In her introduction of Schieffer, she recalled, “On our anniversary last year, my husband asked me if there is anything that I hadn’t done but wished I had.”  “I told him yeah – George Clooney,” she said to a room full of laughter.  And guests didn’t have to look far for entertainment.  Schieffer’s band, Honky Tonk Confidential, which includes CBSers Dianna Quinn and Kaylee Hartung, performed “TV Anchorman” and Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.”  Even MSNBC’s Luke Russert took the stage to pay tribute with his rendition of “Shout.”

Spotted at the event were Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes and Bob Orr, DC Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Face the Nation EP Carin Pratt, Mary Hager, Rob Hendin, Christine Delargy, Politico’s Michelle Levi and CBS News’ Paul Friedman and Barbara Fedida who traveled down from NYC for the dinner. 

Past honorees include Helen Thomas, who was in attendance, and Walter Conkite

All ‘pooped out’ – Kid Catches His Zzzz’s

If former UPI White House reporter Helen Thomas couldn’t stay awake for the entire White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner, how could a little blond boy be expected to stay awake for Rep. Ted Poe‘s (R-Texas) entire floor speech Tuesday night on national domestic violence awareness? Even as Poe’s voice angrily rises in decibel over the issue, the boy falls deeper into slumber, falling over and swaying in a leather chair. Pubs like Politico and Roll Call ran stories on this incident this week.

As explained  on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” Thursday morning by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas.), the kid is Poe’s grandson, Barrett Travis. “I think he just got pooped out,” reasoned Brady in the following clip.

As for the kid nodding off, we could watch this all day.
Watch after the jump…

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More Bad Press for Howie

WaPo‘s media columnist and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz has been getting walloped with bad press as of late. The most recent thwack came Wednesday when Columbia Journalism Review in a lengthy story by Zachary Roth slammed him for staying silent on TNR Editor and Owner Martin Peretz‘s blog post earlier this month: “Muslim life is cheap. I wonder whether I need honor these people and pretend that they are worthy of the privileges of the First Amendment which I have in my gut the sense that they will abuse.”

CJR sharply criticizes Kurtz for making a big splash on former UPI White House scribe Helen Thomas‘s slur that got her tossed out, but staying mum on Peretz. FishbowlDC has requested comment from Kurtz. CJR further pounds away at Kurtz’s “top media critic” status, writing:

A clear pattern of racism on the part of the editor of a major political opinion magazine would seem to be an important issue for America’s best-known media critic to address, so yesterday CJR gave Kurtz another bite at the apple. We asked whether he’d now had a chance to focus on the question, or even whether he’d like to comment more narrowly on the appropriateness of Peretz’s most recent anti-Muslim diatribe. Kurtz hasn’t responded.

But CJR‘s criticism of Kurtz is a walk in the park with puppies and babies if you consider the Washington City Paper‘s recent slicing of the longtime media writer…

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Who Does Fox News PR Favor? (It’s Not Hard to Tell…)


It’s no secret amongst Washington reporters that Fox News PR has a Black List. It includes reporters, editors and pundits, and just about anyone who occasionally looks at them cockeyed or has an ounce of audacity to question their journalism methods or – god forbid – phone the person or network they are attempting to slam. The Black List is a seasons, reasons and lifetime endeavor. Sometimes you’re on the list. Sometimes not. Sometimes you’re on and off in the same week. But these days, one thing is clear: Fox News PR has found a comfortable landing strip in the Washington Examiner.

Today’s story about Geraldo Rivera celebrating his 40th anniversary on air is just one example. Earlier this week they had that whopper of a story on Shepard Smith not wanting to watch those falling tower images. In June there was the war between Fox News and Bloomberg – this item was, to borrow the catch phrase, a fair and balanced approach on the war for Helen Thomas‘s White House seat. The Yays & Nays team indeed reported both sides. But also in June, Fox News went straight to the Examiner after Politico published a story about Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace getting escorted from his seat at a Nats game when he sat in seats belonging to former President Bush aide Karl Rove. The network gave a reaction to Politico’s scoop in The Examiner. Fox News made sure the story that published in the Examiner was a more Fox-friendly version than the more sharp-elbowed version that ran in Politico.

There’s a clear nexus between Fox News and the Examiner.

That Fox News Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon and Chris Stirewalt went from the Examiner to Fox certainly doesn’t hurt. Add to that the fact that current columnists Byron York, Michael Barone are Fox News contributors and you have more than a solid Fox News-Examiner bond.

One last Fox-y detail: A visitor to the Examiner offices told FishbowlDC this week that Editor Stephen Smith‘s office TV is typically tuned to – guess what – Fox News.

Who Else Has POTUS’s Birthday?


There are more D.C. journalist/political types who share President Obama’s birthday today.
Here’s the roundup:

Former White House reporter Helen Thomas
The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack
Washington City Paper’s Managing Editor Mike Madden
John Edgell, former COS and press secretary for Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)
Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland
Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.)
FNC’s Bret Baier
Politico‘s Seung Min Kim
Valerie McCabe – White House reporter for NHK-Japanese Broadcasting

(h/t Politico‘s Mike Allen for the last three.)