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TPM’s Bobic Picked Up By HuffPo

Igor Bobic of Talking Points Memo will be joining the Huffington Post Politics team as an associate editor, FBDC has learned. Bobic has worked for the past three years at TPM, most recently as an assistant editor. His first day will be April 30th.

UPDATE: 11:55 AM: Here’s the full announcement from HuffPo DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim:

Some awesome news to share: TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic will be joining our team as Associate Editor, reporting to Paige.   He’ll be working on the politics page and breaking news.

Igor joined TPM in 2011 as an intern and was quickly promoted to Assistant Editor.  At TPM, he was in charge of the breaking news team.  He’s originally from San Diego, loves the beach and tries to get to the ocean whenever he can.  He came to the United States when he was 7 during the Bosnian war.

He’ll be starting April 30th.   When he starts, stop by and say hello…not just on gmail! 
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Morning Chatter

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Things that make you go huh?

“the H is O” — CNN’s Jake Tapper. To which a follower wondered, “The W the F does that mean?” TPM”s Igor Bobic got in on it, saying, “V to the izz-A.” Which caused Politico‘s Juana Summers to remark, “Thank you for going there.”

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Washingtonians cranky?

“I think everyone in Washington needs a nap. #crankypeople.” — NPR health reporter Julie Rovner.

imagesWarning: Journo with a migraine

“This might be the worst migraine I’ve had in 3 years. #BackToBed” — WMAL and Brietbart‘s Larry O’Connor.

Incredible feats: A 93-year-old can Skype?

“My grandfather turned 93 today. He just sent me his first ever Skype message. Complete text: ‘How’” — Mother Jones‘ Managing Editor Clint Hendler.

Your day could be far worse

“Family: Man who set self on fire at the National Mall was mentally ill.” — WUSA9.

Unknown-2SHAME ON THE WHITE HOUSE MEDIA!

“Questions from WH press corps are pathetic. As of this moment, not a single tough or challenging inquiry.” — FNC’s Brit Hume. Colleague Bret Baier concurred, saying, “Agreed–Nothing at all.” Where’s Ed Henry at a time like this? Ed’s comments, at least on Twitter, after the presser: “Admin official says while President is open to a deficit panel, veto threat came b/c GOP version would only touch spending & not revenue. After President said at newser he’d accept a process like creating a new deficit panel to give GOP cover, WH issues veto threat on … panel.” And then he shot a beautiful picture of Washington. In fairness to Henry, Obama never called on him at the press conference. See his beautiful sky shot after the jump…

Reporter can’t help but wonder…

“I wonder if Capitol Police officers secretly enjoyed arrested the guys partially responsible for them not getting paid right now.” — National Journal reporter Alex Seitz-Wald.

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5 Journos, 5 Views of Unnamed Sources

images-8images-9In continuing with our series on examining different issues in journalism by picking the brains of Washington journalists (or those who work for D.C. news outlets), we have our next issue: the use of unnamed sources in stories. Washington is full of stories in print, online and TV involving “a top government official” or “a tippy top” aide as was recently used in Politico Playbook. We asked five journalists to weigh in. See where your views line up in relation to theirs.

See our first edition of “5 Views” here and if you have an idea or want to hear about a certain journalism topic, write to Betsy@fishbowldc@mediabistro.com. If you’d like to be one of our “experts” there’s no shame in letting me know. Well, there might be, but let me know anyway, we’d love to have you.

Stephen Smith, Editor-in-Chief, The Washington Examiner: “When I came to Washington as an editor two decades ago, I was immediately struck by the prevalence of unnamed sources in stories I was handling, noticeably more than in New York and a quantum jump over the number I had seen in Philadelphia and Boston. I naively tried to push back but quickly learned that reporters can’t function here without NFA quotes. The only way to help readers navigate this anonymous world is to describe sources in a way that makes clear, or at least suggests, their possible motives and biases. To take an obvious example, an unnamed staffer for a Tea Party lawmaker and a staffer for a “moderate” GOP member are both Republicans, but they are trying to get across vastly different messages. The more explicit a reporter can be about motive, the better off the reader will be. Readers in Washington are the most news savvy in the country and can usually decode what’s going on if they’re properly oriented. The fight over the showdown reminds us that we should be thankful for the accessibility of lawmakers on the Hill — and their willingness to speak on the record in Capitol hallways or at ‘pressers’ and ‘pen and pads.’ The White House, under presidents of both parties, is hopeless — nothing but spin, talking points, artful leaks and pabulum. Reporters who get real information from real White House sources are journalistic magicians.”

Greta Van Susteren, host, Fox News’ “On the Record”: “Anonymous sources?  It is disgraceful how much journalists use them.  Anonymous sources should be used RARELY (i.e. the whistleblower who could lose his job and the story is a serious news matter) and not as a steady diet, which they’ve become for some journalists and news organizations. It appears some journalists are too lazy to go out and get the story and get it on the record. It’s easier to find that coward who will say something, but not for attribution. Anonymous source identifications are often used by the sources to do a drive by ambush or get even with someone without having the courage to step up to the plate and be identified.  The overuse of anonymous sources has cheapened journalism. So many journalists, and their editors, rely so often on anonymous sources that they don’t even realize how unfair it is to the target of the story, or the integrity of their own reporting.  How does a target respond to an unfair or even false statement if you don’t even know who is saying it? And what can hold a source to truth telling without his or her name attached? It can be like Kafka’s THE TRIAL. And what about readers and listeners?  They have no way of knowing whether the anonymous source should be believed. It is not enough for me that some journalist reports it – maybe that reporter is lazy? Being had? Has no second source? How do we know? I’d like to know who said it and why. Does the anonymous source have an ax to grind? Maybe the anonymous source is just making it up? Let me state emphatically: there is a place in news reporting for anonymous sources – but that should be rare, and not common.”

Don’t miss our remaining views and the journalist who can’t and wouldn’t live without unnamed sources. Read more

Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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Morning Chatter

Favorite line from Rachel Jeantel to opposing lawyer  in testimony of George Zimmerman trial: “That’s retarded, sir.”

J-school prof gets “benign” diagnosis

“Just heard the best word in the English language: benign. (And I don’t need to see that doctor again for five years.)” — Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine blogger and J-school prof.

Huh?

“Dinner at 3 a.m. #yolo” — Mother JonesAsawin Suebsaeng.

Subject line of an email we opened and shouldn’t have: “Dirty Little Secret.” And it had zero to do with backstabbing Jodi Arias and everything to do with the boring Illinois Policy Institute.

Reporter sticks up for Rachel Jeantel

“I’m appalled by media scrutiny of #RachelJeantel… This is how the mainstream treats people who do not abide by white cultural norms.” — Independent journo based in Northern Va. Rania Khalek.

Real HuffPost headline: “The Worst Jelly Belly Flavors: A HuffPost Deathmatch”

Spotted at the Nats game Wednesday night carrying approximately nine hotdogs: TPM‘s slim Igor Bobic.

Important Q to Ponder: “Why do I feel, deep down, that Tommy Christopher is overcompensating for some bad things he said/did when he was younger?” — Conservative fundraiser Nathan Wurtzel.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:38 a.m.

Editor gets emotional about gun violence

“These stories, which happen every day, make me physically sick and oh so enraged.” — Mother Jones Co-Editor Clara Jeffries on stories such as a 12-year-old boy who accidentally shoots his 9-year-old brother.

Sen. Schumer a press whore, really?

“Schumer on floor: ‘It might surprise you, Mr. President, to learn that I have a very good press team.’ #notreally” — WaPo’s Aaron Blake. Weirdly, when you look up “press whore” in Google images — who comes up? Sen. Schumer, second row.  In other interesting Blake thoughts“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It should be illegal to pop popcorn in a workplace.”

Uh oh.

“That thing of where your cool story pitch meets an implacable abyss of total silence.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Congrats to… Marc Ambinder for never being able to stay away from a David Bradley-owned publication. He’s going to work for Defense One. It’s unclear whether he’ll still write for The Week — they have no idea and he didn’t answer an email.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

RAINING IN THE ROSE GARDEN: “Overheard: ‘Melt the Press.’ @MarkLandler of NYT pops out a Georgetown umbrella.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro with the accompanying photograph. And NBC’s Luke Russert: “The #Marines holding the umbrellas at this presser are unbelievably cool, had no idea there’s military protocol for umbrella holding.”

Umbrella memories

“In my first job as a sports reporter, my editor had me hold the umbrella over him & his camera on the sidelines. Good times.” — HotAir’s Mary Katharine Ham.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:48 a.m.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“So much happening-impt stuff must be slipping by for bandwidth lack. Just in my niche, turned in 7 stories in past 4 days & 8th mostly done.” — NYT‘s Charlie Savage.

ABC “Scandal” finale fallout

“So Fitz is porking a black woman to bring diversity to the Republican Party? Wow. #StartedFromATwerkNowWereHere” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of The DC Pundit.

“Oh damn Fitz just went rogue! And quotes Dillon Thomas to boot!” — Essence and theGrio.com‘s Sophia Nelson.

“Damn, Fitz just went Bulworth on Mellie! @ScandalABC #Gladiators” — Washington Watch and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.

“When @tonygoldwyn saw this two page monologue for the first time at the table read, he gasped. Then he dove in.” — Scandal creator and writer Shonda Rhimes.

“Mellie is going to fuck everybody. #Scandal” — @emokidsloveme.

“Liv. #shutitdown and call a locksmith.” — Avid “Scandal” watcher Shawna Thomas of NBC News as Olivia Pope nearly gets killed. And later, after Fitz sees a video in which Olivia, his mistress, has sex with another man, she writes, “OK Fitz. She is not a virgin nor your wife and she didn’t know that guy was charged w/ bedding/protecting her. STOP BEING A CHILD.”

“Can’t even type. This ending kills me! #scandalfinale” — Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope.

“Lemme get this straight, the season finale of Scandal is on during #ScandalWeek? THIS TOWN” — TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic.

Brian’s Stelter’s walk on the moon

“I vividly remember my first time watching ‘The Office.’ It was May 2005, on my laptop, on a train from Baltimore to NY.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter. And were you simultaneously monitoring your Tumblr account, Facebooking, and checking your MySpace?

The power of ass kissing

“The power of @carr2n: He tweets your story and you get 126 clicks in 15 minutes.” — Slate‘s Jack Shafer in reference to NYT‘s David Carr.

Journo annoyed by mouth breather

“This kid who is mouth breathing next to me really needs to get off the train. Can’t deal. #imsoannoying” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Intrigued by Cool Ranch tacos tho I’m normally not a Taco Bell fan & hearing cool ranch flavor gets overwhelmed by filling. Anybody tried?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.

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Nancy Pelosi Helps TNR Celebrate New Digs

Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.

“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).

Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.

Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”

Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.

The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.

Throughout the early evening, Chris Hughes, publisher of TNR, was seen… Read more

The FishbowlDC Interview With TPM’s Igor Bobic

Say hello to Talking Points Memo Assistant Editor Igor Bobic. Born in Bihac, Bosnia, Bobic moved to San Diego when was 7. “I moved during the war,” he explained in a phone interview this afternoon. “Basically we left. My mom was persecuted for awhile, so that’s why we left. She comes from a Muslim background; my dad comes from a Christian background. My mom’s uncle was the Chief of Police. Due to various political factors, his opponents were trying to get to him through my mom. They threw her in jail for a couple days. Pretty much after that, they decided it was time to get the hell out of there.” What was his experience like from a  7-year-old’s perspective?  “From what I can remember, a lot of fear, basically,” he said. “I don’t talk about it too often because I’m not the only one. A lot of people went through the same thing.” Fast forward to journalism. Bobic says he really wasn’t interested in it at all until after he graduated college from the University of California-Irvine. “I was going to go to law school for some stupid reason, but then decided to give an internship with TPM a shot.” Bobic began the day after President Obama announced that Osama Bin Laden had been shot and killed. “I got to go to the Hill, go to all the press conferences,” he recalled. “Got a job offer, ended up staying.” It’s a job that involves interacting and sometimes arguing with reporters. “I’ve gotten cussed out before, but it’s fine,” he said. You work around it. You’ve gotta know the people you work with and their temperment. It’s basically understanding where they’re coming from.” Future goals? He really wants to report on Capitol Hill.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Whiskey Ginger

How often do you Google yourself? Unfortunately my mother does this job for me. It’s quite scary.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?
(On a crystal clear connection) “I’m having some trouble hearing you I think you’re breaki –”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Politico’s Ben White. Dude keeps it real. Just not in the afternoon. He’ll also enlighten you on any number of subjects, including but not limited to banking, entitlements, Taylor Swift and HBO’s “Girls.”

Do you have a favorite word? You wouldn’t be part of TPM if you didn’t use “fail” incessantly. We get a bonus if you can manage to sneak it into a headline.

Who are you named after and what are people’s general reaction to your name? Igor Stravinsky. “Eegor? Eyegor? Eyygor? Eeyore?….Ivan?”

Who would you rather have dinner with – NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, ABC’s Martha Raddatz or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. I’d take Megyn Kelly to dinner. Karl Rove’s election night meltdown made for great TV.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Homeland’s Claire Danes or any of the women from FNC’s “The Five”. Who will it be? (None of them is not an option.) I’ve actually met some members of “The Five” (which I enjoy), and it made for awfully awkward conversation. I’d love to do that again.

What swear word do you use most often? I throw out a lot of audible “f*cks” while I’m editing. Also, it’s remarkable how much leeway I have to swear in Bosnian without anyone knowing.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) No one. I like sleeping in on Sundays. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

WTF? Save Politico‘s Byron Tau, from himself

(Igor Bobic, an assistant editor at Talking Points Memo was as shocked as we were with Tau’s tweet. He wrote, “Is this DM?” Then he added, “Anyone want to join me in TPing @ByronTau‘s house sometime this month? A little bird gave me his address.Hey Byron, our resident paparazzo Eddie will be over to your house later to snap some pictures. To provide context, Tau was reacting to the online outrage of Gawker and Journal News publishing gun owner names and addresses.)

Morning Oopsy!

“Correction on huffpost - ‘earlier version said West Wales is located in England. In fact, it is located in Wales’” — Katherine Faulkner, Asst. News Editor at Daily Mail. The correction was on a story about a McDonald’s employee who was fired for being rambunctious with the chocolate sprinkles on a coworker’s McFlurry. She sued the company and won $5,000. Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said that West Wales is located in England. In fact, it is located in Wales.”

Reporter puts RGIII in his prayers

“Saying a prayer for @RGIII. He has brought DC together in a way very, very few have in a very, very short time.” — Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis. Also see NYT’s Maureen Dowd‘s columnon the subject. She begins, “Everyone told me not to fall in love so quickly, that I’d get my heart broken. But I couldn’t help it. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, the stellar Redskins rookies, were such appealing palliatives to our ugly, nihilistic politics and our cascade of lurid sports scandals.”

Today at the White House

“[Today] at the WH: ‘The President will host cast and crew members of the television show 1600 Penn for a screening at the White House.’” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation between NBC’s Chuck Todd and NYT’s Mark Leibovich concerns the late Richard Ben Cramer. Leibovich is referring to his upcoming book on Washington culture that has the working and likely title, This Town. The book will be available in April.

Todd: “@MarkLeibovich friend sent note about how he asked RBC why there no index, RBC’s reply: ‘sick and tired of seeing DC people’ read via index”

Leibovich: “@chucktodd totally agree… I’m contemplating no index myself”

Local meteorologist shivers in workplace

“Freezing in the office this morning, but a mild afternoon ahead. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-upper 50s in D.C. today!!!” — WJLA’s Jacqui Jeras. Come on, WJLA! Turn up the heat already. Your METEOROLOGIST is freezing.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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