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Howard Fineman’s Bragilicious Email

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman is a very important person. Didn’t you know? This past weekend he emailed into Politico Mike Allen‘s Playbook to help celebrate his 28th wedding anniversary — because the 28th is really special. Yeah, it’s right up there with silver and paper. He also managed to namedrop and mention how integral his role was in covering the 1984 presidential election. Oh, you didn’t know that either? See our commentary in bold.

HOWARD FINEMAN emails: “Amy and I were married 28 years ago [today] at an art gallery here [I'm an intellectual, this means very smart. Chris Matthews reminds me all the time]. We had met at Bill Keller‘s (then) annual D.C. Halloween Party [name-DROP]. We set our wedding date only after I checked with the PA Secretary of State’s office to make sure that the date of the 1984 Dem primary wouldn’t conflict with our (brief) honeymoon. [Really? Washington translation: I am V.I.P. and lame to put my job above my wedding date, but what else could I do?] Ronald Reagan and I were big winners that year.”

One thing Fineman forgot: Happy anniversary Amy! Now if she could please try to keep it down during the next Washington screening of HBO’s “Game Change” so others in her vicinity can watch the movie in peace.

CNN’s Hilary Rosen: ‘I am a Sea of Calm’

In case you thought you were having night terrors last night, CNN Democratic Commentator and SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director Hilary Rosen really did go off on would-be first lady Ann Romney in a late-night Twitter rant. Soon enough the Twittersphere exploded and Romney jumped in to defend herself. “I am a sea of calm in the storm,” Rosen wrote to FishbowlDC just after midnight after we asked how she was faring. The fire ignited on “AC360″ Wednesday night when Rosen said she “wished Mitt Romney wasn’t using his wife as a guide to women’s economic struggles because she had never worked a day in her life.”

President Obama‘s top campaign advisor David Axelrod wasn’t pleased. He wrote on Twitter, “Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.” And Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, concurred: “I couldn’t disagree w/Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong+family should be off limits. She shld apologize.” In a strange twist to this already odd evening, at 11:15 p.m. Rosen published a story on HuffPost. Suffice it to say Rosen, who cares for two children by herself, doesn’t have horses or an elevator in her home.

It all began innocently enough…

7:46 p.m. I’ll be on @AC360 with @andersoncooper tonight at 8:30 on Romney and the women’s vote. Does he even know what Lily Ledbetter Act is? #CNN

Things start to heat up.

9:55 p.m. When I said @AC360 Ann Romney never worked I meant she never had to care for her kids AND earn a paycheck like MOST American women! #Truth

9:59 p.m.: Mitt Romney is running for President, not Ann. He hired only 10%women at Bain; now makes up false concern for women’s economic struggle.

She trys to make nice. A little.

10:09 p.m.: I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t.

Her harsh conclusion…

10:11 p.m. @donnapt My point is that he should stop saying that she is his guide to women’s economic problems. She doesn’t have any. #IsntItObvious?

It’s not over. Things turn weird as she welcomes Ann to Twitter…

10:46 p.m. Ann Romney joins Twitter and issues her first and only message of the night: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” By 11:46 Ann Romney had 4, 265 followers.

10:56 p.m. “@AnnDRomney I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don’t u?”

11:02 p.m. @AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy. #HeNeedsMore

11:06 p.m. Oh and @AnnDRomney welcome to Twitter. You will find it a very exhilarating and often unforgiving place!

11:15 p.m. Rosen publishes a story on HuffPost. She doesn’t apologize.

The backlash from the right was swift…

“According to Leftist rules: Every Democrat on television this week should be asked if they agree with Hilary Rosen.” — Lee Doren, Washington D.C. author of Please Enroll Responsibly.

@SalaciousSully: “Honestly, this @hilaryr broad MUST work for Romney. His support has gone up hugely in the past few hours because of her!” (Former Right Girl who describes herself as “the classiest asshole you’ve ever seen.”)

Members of the Media React

  • “Fact that Axelrod repudiated Hilary Rosen CNN attack on Ann Romney says it all: HR is not an Obama advisor but is biz partner of one.” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman.
  • “Axelrod & Messina have made Hilary Rosen comments into a story. Did they need to react to talking head?” — Daily Mail Online‘s Toby Harnden.
  • Anonymous right-leaning journo tells FBDC: “It’s a total bullshit point my side is trying to score, but it will be ridden like a rented mule on FNC.”
  • “I’m waiting for Bill Maher to criticize Hilary Rosen.” — NRO Contributor Greg Pollowitz.
  • “Hilary Rosen makes me glad I (mostly) say all my stupid crap in private.” — Philadelphia Inquirer political writer Tom Fitzgerald.
  • Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch: “Rosen works at same PR firm run by former Obama comm director that also reps Fluke. Total collapse of orchestration. #waronwomen #waronmoms”
  • Hot Air’s Michelle Malkin: “By attacking @AnnDRomney, @hilaryr managed to do what hadn’t been poss. before tonight: Uniting the Right behind Romney. Heckuva job, Hil.”
  • HuffPost‘s Sam Stein took a decidedly lighthearted tone in his reaction: “History will show that the election was lost tonight by Hilary Rosen.”
  • And ReutersSam Youngman‘s reaction was of a similar vein: “Upside of today’s battle in the war for women? Easy reminder to call mom.”

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Lizza offers pronunciation advice

“Pro tip: The secret to pronouncing Ahmadinejad is to think ‘I’m a dinner jacket.’ #yourewelcome #cnndebate” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Daily Caller reporter gets gipped by BuzzFeed

“Interesting. HuffPost links me in their Rand Paul veep story. BuzzFeed does not extend the same courtesy. Something I said?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis. Just speculation, but there is ongoing warfare between The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith.

TPM‘s Marshall razzes CNN’s King

“John King: If you were a form of contraception, which one would you be?” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall. He also promo-ed the one-word debate question with this: “Official John King dingbat question round coming up after the commercial.”

Annoying Tweet of the Night Award

“To those who interpret my tweets as being for or against someone, I’m neutral. I’m just enjoying calling the debate as I see it…” — CNN Contributor Ari Fleischer. Note to Fleischer: SHUT UP ALREADY.

King’s one-word question elicits angry/funny reactions

Coulter weighs in: “Newt: unfaithful Ron Paul: cute Santorum: Satan! Romney: president” — Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter.

“How would I describe myself? Three words. Hard-working. Alpha male. Jackhammer.” — The Daily Caller‘s Lewis.

“Santorum should’ve just said Santorum. #maturejokes” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

“BREAKING: Stupid question draws really stupid answers.” — The Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“Sleepy, grumpy, bashful and … Cheerful” — HuffPost’s Howard Fineman.

“Cheerful? Fact check.” — Media Matters Spokeswoman Jess Levin.

“Santorum sets himself apart by describing himself WITH A NOUN. Someone give the man a grammar book.” — The Guardian‘s LA-based Amy Willis.

Hollywood assumption…

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz thinks he knows insider Hollywood gossip? He writes, “Eva Longoria is a co-chair of the Obama re-election effort. So the Botox community is well-represented.”

Unfortunate gaseous exchange

Below the Beltway’s Doug Mataconis: “I’m hungry. What’s for dinner?”

The Right Sphere Contributor Tom Dougherty: “Enchiladas because I want heartburn and gas during the #GOPDebate/#CNNDebate tonight.”

What’s Driving the Day: “Cat saves his owner’s life just HOURS after being adopted” — HuffPost. Read here.

D.C. journo dreams of Chelsea Handler

“Just remembered dream I had about Chelsea Handler last night. She was a neuroscientist inventing a drug to block feelings. Subconscious=lame.” — D.C.-based freelancer Moe Tkacik.

The Observer

“Media scare tactics: John King says, ‘One of these men could be president 11 months from now.’ #CNNDebate” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas Prevention Tip

“Note to self: refrain from saying, ‘umm, you have a little something on your forehead’ today. — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Wednesday tweet.

Down With Kermit

We like the Muppets.  We like watching the news.  What we HATE is watching the Muppets become the news.  This reached new levels of absurdity yesterday when Kermit the Frog invaded Washington, DC.  First stop was CBS News where he joined Bob Schieffer to discuss politics.  Kermit goes so far as to say he’s not ruling out running for President as a “Green Party” candidate.

Fine.  Cute.  Well, not even that cute. But Kermit was not done. Then he enters CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to awkwardly chit chat about the presidential race and calls himself an “Amphibian American.” Wolf said that he should come back to debate someone.  Kermit says the perfect opponent would be Newt.  Because “Newt is from the swamp.” His awkward camera appearance, lack of knowledge on the issues and bad jokes almost reached Howard Fineman levels. Almost.

Then to top it all off, Kermit hopped (sorry) over to light the National Christmas Tree with the First Family.  He even read a Christmas poem with Michelle Obama.  Stop ruining my childhood, Kermit!  You aren’t running for President!  You aren’t a political pundit!  You aren’t welcome in Washington DC anymore!  Anyone have a good restaurant recommendation?  I need to find a good plate of frog legs.

 

Washington Fetes Whitaker’s Family Memoir

Whitaker with wife Alexis Gelber

Looking for a way to pass the time while you wait out this weekend’s wintry weather?  If so, you’re in luck because Mark Whitaker‘s “My Long Trip Home” just  hit bookshelves.  Earlier this week, the EVP and  managing editor of CNN Worldwide returned to Washington to celebrate the release of his family memoir at an intimate affair hosted in the Georgetown residence of Mandy Grunwald.

No shortage of star power, the event boasted big name guests like  Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), CBS News Bureau Chief Chris Isham, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and hubby Alan Greenspan, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, NBC’s Luke Russert, Alexis Gelber, Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Huff Post’s Howard Fineman, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, and Kate Bolduan.

If you weren’t lucky enough to pick up a signed copy of “My Long Trip Home” on Tuesday night, stop by your local bookstore.  FishbowlDC pre-ordered our copy and we guarantee that you won’t be disappointed.  For more on Whitaker’s new work, check out our earlier post here.

CNN’s Whitaker to Celebrate “My Long Trip Home”

Mark Whitaker, EVP and  managing editor of CNN Worldwide, will return to Washington on Tuesday October 25th to celebrate the publication of his book “My Long Trip Home.”  Hosted by Democratic consultant Mandy Grunwald,  Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman and Amy Nathan, the book party will be held at Grunwald’s Georgetown home, just down the street from where Whitaker lived while working as Washington bureau chief for NBC News.

Whitaker’s family memoir “My Long Trip Home” traces the fascinating story of his parents, an interracial couple who met in the 195os:

“His father, Syl, the charismatic grandson of slaves  who grew up the child of black undertakers from Pittsburgh and went on to become a groundbreaking scholar of Africa. His mother, Jeanne Theis, was a shy World War II refugee from France whose father, a Huguenot pastor, helped hide thousands of Jews from the Nazis and Vichy police. They met in the mid-1950s, when he was a college student and she was his professor, and they carried on a secret romance for over a year before marrying and having two boys.”

Whitaker’s book won’t be released until October 18th but you can pre-order it here.  And check out the below video for more on his work.

Who Makes Chris Matthews’ Cut?

In the past week MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews has significantly upped his Twitter following by doing one simple act: Tweeting.

For months now, he had one measly message on his feed. In one night — the evening of the GOP Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, Calif, — he increased his following by approximately five thousand. All because he announced on his “Hardball” program that he was going to be tweeting that evening.

Though Matthews’ tweets have so far been boring and bland, he caught flack for it, with FNC’s Ed Henry baiting him with ALL CAPS imitations of how he presumed Matthews, a shouting interrupter in real life, would be. And there were others who couldn’t quite imagine an online world infused with Matthews.

At the moment he’s broaching 20,000 followers (to be exact: 19, 957). He follows 65. So which lucky Washington journalists top Matthews’ list? Being at NBC certainly helps, but it’s not the only deciding factor. Politico‘s Mike Allen is on there as is HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, WaPo’s Dan Balz and Anne Kornblut, former CNNer Larry King and White House Spokesman Jay Carney. NBC colleagues include everyone from Joe Scarborough, Savannah Guthrie and Andrea Mitchell to Domenico Montanaro and Luke Russert.

Naturally Twitter is an opportunity for Matthews to offer a more controlled version of himself — a man who reveals himself slowly and thinks before he speaks. But here’s to hoping he unleashes his true self and gives fans what they want.

Washington Toasts Chris Licht

Licht, Brzezinski, Mike Allen, Mark Leibovich, Louis Burgdorf

If the idea of Mark Leibovich‘s impending book release strikes fear in your heart, we’ve got some bad news for you.  You’re sleepless nights won’t end anytime soon.  “I’ve finished about five pages,” the star scribe told FishbowlDC last night at a book party for “Morning Joe” EP- turned-CBS News VP, Chris Licht.

Hosted by Tammy Haddad, Constance Milstein, Jon Meacham and Kevin Sheekey, the event packed the parlor of the Jefferson Hotel with a guest list that included MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, CBS’s Chris Isham, HuffPo’s Howard Fineman, Bob Woodruff, Hilary Rosen, Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Patrick Gavin and Mike Allen, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Sally Quinn, MSNBC’s Louis Burgdorf, Kelley McCormick, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, Janet Donovan, Wash Life’s Kevin Chaffee and John Arundel, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab and Anne Schroeder Mullins.

FishbowlDC also caught up with a delightful David Shuster who shared a few secrets about his investigative website project after we swore to keep the info offline for now.  But the most interesting insight of the night was gleaned from what wasn’t said:  When asked if “Morning Joe” might follow him to CBS, Licht swerved and ultimately dodged the question, leaving guests to wonder if the show’s rumored move is more than simple speculation.

For info on Licht’s book, “What I Learned When I Almost Died,” click here and check out video from his bash here.

L: Anne Mullins, Patrick Gavin, Brzezinski, Scarborough R: Licht & David Shuster

Republican Strategist Alex Castellanos asks a question during Q&A.

*All images by Bruce Vartan Boyajian/Haddad Media.

Fineman To Address Colgate Grads

HuffPost Media Group’s editorial director and famous head of hair Howard Fineman will give the commencement address at his alma mater, Colgate University, on May 15.

Fineman, class of 1970, tells the Colgate Maroon-News that he “benefited from the classes I took and the professors I had [at Colgate], especially in the English, History and Philosophy departments. I draw on the habits for thinking and the substantive knowledge I gained at Colgate all the time.”

“It’s the honor of a lifetime to speak at Commencement,” Fineman said. “Colgate became my home when I went there and had everything to do with the opportunities I later had. I care about the place, the people I have known and who have educated me…I get to do what any alum would want to do: speak at Commencement.”

Fineman’s address ought to be revolutionary, as he plans to “celebrate the graduates and the school” and “advise the graduates to cherish what they have, and what they’ve been given through their Colgate education.”

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QUOTES of the DAY


Happy Belated Birthday to…

It’s a tiny bit late, but here’s a a birthday shout-out to Politico CLICK writer and ex-FishbowlDC Editor extraordinaire Patrick Gavin. We hope he had a pleasant birthday Thursday. We’re sure he’d prefer cash, booze, a nice button-down or a day off the pressure of Winning the Morning, but as a present we’re offering readers a chance to click (get it?) to his early morning story about C-SPAN footage showing up in a movie that won an Oscar. Nerdy, indeed. We also know he loves cats, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough particularly loves that he loves cats, so that explains the above.

Politics Daily‘s Cannon’s Farewell Morning Note

Executive Carl Cannon, who’s moving to RealClearPolitics in the wake of the HuffPost-AOL merger, writes his final somewhat emotional email message to readers today. We wish him well and will miss his morning messages. Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger will take over his duties for now. “Today, I’d like to make another brief point: This my last morning note for Politics Daily. I am moving on; next week I’ll be at Real Clear Politics. I’ve loved our early morning conversationsand that’s what they were. Many of you have written back these past two years, some to point out typos, many to comment on the Politics Daily stories I touted, others to add a bit of knowledge to my brief homily. Thank you, and thanks for reading PD. It has been a terrific little online newspaper, if I say so myself, a product of Melinda Henneberger’s vision and the dedication of a talented group of writers and editors who are as dedicated and decent as any I have ever met. Melinda will now start sending this note.”

Fineman on fire

The recent Q & A Cafe between Host Carol Joynt and HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman airs tonight at 8 p.m. on DC Cable’s Channel 16. Joynt offers a preview: “More than half the conversation focuses on modern media, the AOL purchase of Huffington Post, Howard’s decision to leave, in his words, “the burning building,” that was Newsweek, the fun he has exploiting the social networks in the sport of covering politics and that, yes, there are increasing numbers of people at HuffPost who actually get paid.”

Awkward…

In case you missed it this week, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie noted that the March 9 U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s has disinvited the media to its reception for new members. This is the first time the Society has ever done such a heinous thing. They were on orders from Speaker Boehner’s office. Ouch. Memo to Boehner: Why do you hate us so much? Read here.

A Sheen fix

“Face it folks, you just feel better when you say it. #Winning” — Actor Charlie Sheen in the past 24 hours.

Politico reporter detests kids

“Damn. This season of the Wire is about kids and schools? Damn kids.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Thursday tweet. Tau is Politico Ben Smith‘s assistant. He explains further, “I just don’t like when they act. It’s unbearable watching children on TV or in movies.” He links here.

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