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Roll Call Loses Deputy Editor

FishbowlDC has confirmed that Erin Billings has resigned from her post at Roll Call. Currently the publication’s deputy editor, Billings has been with Roll Call for nearly a decade. She joined the paper’s team in 2001 as a staff writer and in 2004 became a senior writer covering House and Senate leadership. Prior to joining Roll Call, she worked as a statehouse reporter in Helena, Montana.

We understand that Billings has accepted another job but have not yet confirmed her next move. We’ll update as we find out more.

UPDATE: Billings is joining BGR Public Relations as vice president. BGR’s Jeff Birnbaum told FishbowlDC by email, “I could not be happier to have her here as we build a truly successful, Washington-based PR practice. She begins next month.”

Memo announcing Billings’s departure from Roll Call‘s Scott Montgomery after the jump.

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More Flee from TWT: Carpenter to Sen. DeMint’s Office


TWT reporter Amanda Carpenter, who made frequent appearances on shows like CNN’s Reliable Sources is packing up and moving on from the troubled Times.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) announced today that Carpenter would join his office as a senior communications advisor and speechwriter. In a release this afternoon, Carpenter said:

“I’ve long admired Senator DeMint for the battles he’s waged to limit the size of government and decrease spending,” said Carpenter. “He is a relentless advocate for conservative principles. I’m thrilled to join his team and help promote those ideas.”

Carpenter joins former Times Managing Editor of Digital Jeff Birnbaum as TWTers to leap from editorial to communications. Birnbaum was named president of BGR Public Relations earlier this month.

TWT‘s Birnbaum Resigns

Notice of TWT Managing Editor Jeff Birnbaum‘s resignation was just distributed. From Birnbaum:


I have resigned effective at the end of Friday as Managing Editor-Digital of The Washington Times, but have agreed to write a column and to consult for the paper about news. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with so many good and talented people.

All best,


TWT Newsroom Panics After Solomon Resigns

Following the resignation of Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon this evening, TWT Managing Editor David Jones addressed his staff via the below memo. Jones says that the newsroom will carry on “business as usual” but sources tell FishbowlDC that Times staff is expressing panic and fearing the worst.

One senior member of the newsroom suggested that it was time to look for a new job while a younger reporter told us, “we’re in trouble without John. Solomon had the vision, heart and had begun to make the Times a real force in Washington news media.”

Memo obtained by FishbowlDC:

From: David Jones

Date: November 12, 2009 6:47:30 PM EST

Subject: re john solomon

For those who were not in the newsroom for our impromptu meeting a few minutes ago, let me just say that we have been assured by Jonathan Slevin that despite the resignation of John Solomon, the company remains as committed as ever to keeping The Washington Times going as a robust multi-media company. He noted the huge strides we have all made over the past two years and asked Jeff Birnbaum and me to carry on “business as usual” while the new management carries out its review of all our operations. Slevin also expressed his respect and appreciation to the newsroom for your efforts of the past week, in which you all have continued to put out a first-rate product in a very difficult time.

TWT Hosting Climate Change Summit?

Here’s an invite I never expected to receive from The Washington Times – it’s for a briefing on climate change policy. TWT is hosting the event this week at the Willard Hotel. President Vaclav Klaus of the Czech Republic, Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Doc Hastings (R-Wa.) are all expected to be in attendance for the forum moderated by TWT‘s Jeff Birnbaum.


No Way! Jose? Series: Birnbaum’s Headlines

Wonder if WaPo directs you to the Washington Times when you select Jeff Birnbaum from their list of columnists for today’s headlines? He’s only been at TWT since August of 2008…


Post one from the “No Way! Jose?” series, click here.

ZING! Cillizza & Milbank: Backhanded & Rebranded

WaPo’s Chris Cillizza zinging TWT’s Jeff Birnbaum

FishbowlDC told you earlier this week about the debut of WaPo’s “Political Theater,” a new video series hosted by funnymen Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza. While anxiously awaiting the series debut, it dawned on us that the tag “Political Theater” had already been snagged by The Washington Times for Joe Curl‘s well-read column.

FishbowlDC spoke with TWT’s Jeff Birnbaum who said:

“Although we are flattered by the imitation, Milbank and Cillizza are certainly creative enough to come up with an original name for their video series. We certainly hope that they will.”

Well, it seems that Milbank and Cillizza went back to the drawing board because the series debuted today under the title “Mouthpiece Theater.” The dynamic duo addressed the name game and their former WaPo colleague in today’s video saying, “we didn’t know about the column, because we don’t know anyone that actually reads The Washington Times.” ZING!!!

Check out Cillizza and Milbank’s “Mouthpiece Theater” here.

UPDATE: TWT’s Jeff Birnbaum just buzzed FishbowlDC to express his undying appreciation for Cillizza and Milbank’s creativity. Here’s what he told us:

“I knew Milbank and Cillizza were clever enough to come up with something creative and original — I’m really proud of them. I’m also very flattered by their apparent moustache-envy but would encourage them to grow real ones — I think they would both look great!”

He also offered some advice for the two pranksters:

“I would encourage them both to continue reading The Washington Times to avoid any embarrassment in the future.”

Hypocritical Theater? WaPo v. TWT

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Remember the battle between and for “The Fix?” In March of this year, launched a new feature under the title already claimed by Chris Cillizza‘s blog.

Now it seems that WaPo is guilty of similar crimes against The Washington Times with the launch “Political Theater” – the bi-weekly video feature starring Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza that was announced today. You see, the name “Political Theater” is already hard at work at TWT as the brand for Joe Curl‘s column.

When FishbowlDC spoke with TWT‘s Jeff Birnbaum this afternoon, he said “although we are flattered by the imitation, Milbank and Cillizza are certainly creative enough to come up with an original name for their video series. We certainly hope that they will.”

So riddle me this: is it hypocritical for Cillizza to use “Political Theater” after his scuffle with for “The Fix?”

Taking Out The Trash, 03.21.07

  • The ladies have nothing to wear and the gents have no one to take. Hop to it kids!

  • An ABC release announced that “World News with Charles Gibson” was “the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers and Households” for the fourth time in six weeks. “Averaging 8.64 million Total Viewers and a 2.2/9 among Adults 25-54, ‘World News’ outperformed NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ by 320,000 Total Viewers. This marks ABC’s greatest advantage over NBC in more than eighteen months.”

  • An NBC release announced that “Nightly News with Brian Williams” won “the key demographic adults 25-34 during the week of March 12-16.” Season-to-date, “Nightly News” continues to top ABC and CBS in the key demographic adults 25-54.

  • Another NBC release announced that NBC News will be the first news organization to offer its network evening newscast, “NBC Nightly News” in High Definition beginning on March 26. In addition, NBC News Special Reports, including breaking news and political coverage will also be offered in Hi-Def.

  • C-SPAN’s Steve Scully visited Little Rock Monday to make an address at the Clinton Presidential Library about Campaign 08, and to offer his thoughts on Mike Huckabee’s presidential run.

  • is launching a 2008 Political Futures database, which aims to harness the “wisdom of crowds” to forecast the outcome of 2008 U.S. Presidential and Congressional races. Slate will publish hourly updates of key data.

  • The PEJ News Coverage Index shows that the probe of fired U.S. attorneys dominated the news March 11-16.

  • Boston Globe’s Alex Beam reports that NPR is reaching out to younger listeners with “NPR Zack: A New Space for Younger Listeners.”

  • The AP is hiring a News Editor for National Security.

  • A reader asks, “Why would the Post discredit news photographers (including their own) covering Valerie Plame by calling them paprazzi?” Check out this.

  • Michel Richard,and his restaurant, Citronelle, are nominated for an Outstanding Chef Award. Richard is also nominated for a book award in the Cooking From a Professional Point of View category. Citronelle’s sommelier Mark Slater is nominated for Outstanding Wine Service as part of the James Beard Foundation Awards.

  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution business section featured a story on Motto magazine, a national business publication that was co-founded by Wall Street Journal veterans Anita Sharpe and Kevin Salwen.

  • From a tipster: “I understand at least eight reporters and editors lost jobs last week at the Center for Public Integrity. What’s the story? Just curious.”

  • A reader notes: “Politico may have beaten Jeff Birnbaum by six days on lobbying, but was a month behind Bloomberg on campaign finance. Bloomberg on Feb. 9 ran a story on how corporate PACs were increasing their donations to Democrats, the same story Politico matched on March 20.”

  • Carroll County Times is hiring a Multi-Media Producer.

  • The Virginian-Pilot Media Companies is hosting a Style Weekly Journalism Career Fair in Richmond, Tuesday March 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  • UCG is hiring a Medical Coding Reporter in Rockville, Maryland.

  • Business Financial Publishing is hiring a Freelance Technology Investments Writer.

  • Wonkette reports that their “call to action to get Mary Worth restored to her rightful place in the Washington Post” has “electrified and mobilized all of you.” Wonkette urges you to join the “Don’t Cancel Mary Worth Coalition.”

  • A reader comments regarding the Post’s new blog: “Yuki Noguchi is hot!”

  • DCRTV reports, “Righty political comic Dennis Miller’s new show won’t launch in the Washington radio market.”

  • A reader comments that the Washington Times Fishwrap blog “has really picked up since Pfieffer and Ward got on board.”

  • Hugh Hewitt’s Dean Barnett addresses the question of Politio’s tilt, and finds the real problem: “To date, there has been no evidence that a moderate site can draw eyeballs.”

  • From a reader: “‘Ms. Heard said Style has lagged behind the other sections online ‘due to the philosophy that the company adopted when our Web site was created — that hard news drives it.’ This is BS — Heard has proudly allowed her reporters not to do web-friendly stuff.”

  • Wonkette makes an interesting observation of Dana Milbank.

  • Another reader says, “Come on, A photo gallery, a list of stories and a database of campaign finance info? Welcome to 1997.”