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Swanson, The Hill’s Coffee Spiller, Gets Punk’d

The Hill‘s News Editor Ian Swanson is still reeling after spilling coffee onto his computer last week and destroying it.

After his computer died, Swanson was understandably distressed. Apparently it’s not normal when a flashing briefcase with a question mark appears on your screen.

Managing Editor Bob Cusack (known for pulling elaborate pranks) went to work, e-mailing Swanson under a fake name, pretending to be a techy at corporate headquarters.

Swanson was told the incident would be put in his employee file. In order for the coffee controversy to go away, the techy asked him to go before staff to discuss the dangers of having drinks around computers — to which Swanson agreed.

At one point Swanson pled his case to the make-believe techy, saying, “I’m just still in shock. I’ve never had that happen before, and I’m surprised the coffee did that much damage. The stupid top didn’t even come off of the cup.”

On Friday Swanson put two and six together and figured out Cusack was the culprit.

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Prankster on the Loose

A little birdy tells us that a newsroom prank has been pulled on The Hill‘s News Editor Ian Swanson.


Six Degrees of IWP

Forget Kevin Bacon. In DC, we can play this game with Inside Washington Publishers. Here, a look at how Inside Washington Publishers is to blame (or credit) for the state of congressional coverage in America.

IWP, as employees call it, publishes a bunch of hyper-insider newsletters on defense, environment and other policy matters. Headquartered in Crystal City, insiders say it was “niche before niche was cool.”

Today’s hill rags are loaded with IWP alums- in fact all three are run by IWP’ers. Charlie Mitchell at Roll Call, Bob Cusack at the Hill (sources tell us friends still call him “OSHA Bob” because he ran “inside OSHA”) and Politico’s Jim VandeHei, who started at New Fuels Report.

Other IWPers at the “Big Three”- Jim Snyder at The Hill, John Bresnahan at Politico, and John Stanton, Paul Singer and Keith Koffler at Roll Call.

Al Sosenko, who runs IWP, is a genius in ways we had no ability or time to appreciate in the 90s. He took a bunch of young guys, gave us tremenous freedom and demanded we write tons of insidery stories often under high pressure deadlines. Its no accident that today all of us in different ways are involved in producing, well, tons of insidery stories under tight deadlines,” VandeHei tells FBDC.

Update: The Hill’s Ian Swanson also started at IWP.

Swanson Becomes Hill Assistant Editor

From an internal announcement at The Hill, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    Ian Swanson will become an assistant editor of the paper on Monday, replacing Megan Mulligan, whose last day at The Hill is this Friday. Ian has done an outstanding job since joining the paper as a reporter, swiftly earning the respect of everyone in the newsroom. His experience and understanding of Capitol Hill will be a great asset in the editing process and I am confident that he will play an important role helping to shape the newspaper.

Taking Out The Trash, 02.16.07

  • “You even smell clean” is in the lead!

  • A NBC release announced that “Meet the Press with Tim Russert” “posted huge advantages over the Sunday morning public affairs competition, winning the week ending Sunday, February 11 in all categories both nationally and in Washington, D.C.” “Meet” topped ABC’s “This Week” by 50%, CBS’s “Face the Nation” by 68% and Fox’s “News Sunday” by 174%.

  • An ABC release announced that “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” outperformed CBS’s “Face the Nation” with 2.87 million total viewers. This is the second week “This Week” outperformed “Face” among total viewers and the eighth time this season it outperformed among total viewers and adults 25-54. “This Week” was also the only Sunday show to increase compared to last year, “an impressive 32% in Total Viewers, and 35% in the key Adults 25-54 demographic.”

  • Another ABC release announced that “Nightline” “continued its growth trend in both Total Viewers and the key Adults 25-54 demographic” for the week of February 5, 2007. “Compared with the same week a year ago, ‘Nightline’ increased in Total Viewers compared to last year delivering 3.76 million.”

  • From a tipster: “The Politico’s press release criticizes ‘other publications’ for hiring “young reporters with scant experience’ to cover lobbying. Up until Cummings’ hire, the Politico’s chief lobbying reporter was Jeff Patch, whose previous experience was one month as an unpaid intern at Roll Call.”

  • A tipster informs us that Politico is n the Age of Aquarius with lots of has birthdays lately. Yesterday was Carrie Sheffield’s. Tuesday was Samantha Slater’s. Monday was Jim VandeHei’s. Last week was Aoife McCarthy’s.

  • The Washington Examiner hires Micah Morrison as an investigative reporter.

  • A reader writes, “Not to belabor the ‘Capitol Hill newspaper cat-fight,’ but if you’re wondering why Roll Call did an Aging policy briefing two weeks after the Hill did one, it’s because every year, RC sets its publishing schedule, then the Hill gets a copy of it and schedules sections on the same topics for a week or two earlier — just so they can tell advertisers, ‘See, we’re doing it first.’ They’ve been doing it for years. Kind of funny, or sad, depending on how you look at it.”

  • Another reader, “It’s clear who Allbritton’s quote about ‘scant experience’ was intended for. The Hill has hired several business and lobbying reporters recently, and it stated in a recent release that it was the go-to source for B&L coverage in its most recent one (I believe when it hired Ian Swanson). I thought Politico was competing with the Wash Post and NY Times, not those silly little Capitol Hill newspapers. Between this and the political cartoon they ran on their first day, it’s very clear who they are competing with.”

  • Washington Times Lands Abe Lincoln Scoop