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Top 5 ‘Touching’ Holiday Moments

For many of us, Christmas is a special time of year. Gathering with family. Creating lasting memories for children. Celebrating the religious meaning of the holiday. And luckily for us, several DC journalists let us sneak peeks into their touching holiday moments this year. We’ll recap our favorites in the Top 5 “Touching” Holiday Moments.

5 - CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller spending Christmas in Hawaii. Knoller begins the day wishing us a “Merry Christmas from Honolulu. Sun rising over Waikiki.” Thanks Mark. Many of us are spending the time with insufferable in-laws or obnoxious extended family. Glad you’re having fun. Just to add insult to injury, Knoller tweeted us this picture.

4 - NPR’s Scott Simon and Fox News’s Ed Henry Christmas Bromance. Henry’s something of a whore where bromances are concerned. He had a thing for CNN’s Ali Velshi, which died when he fell hard for FNC’s Bret Baier when he switched networks. Now he apparently fancies Simon. As Christmas Day wound down, Simon tweeted that he was enjoying a dinner of “Cheerios, yogurt and a glass of wine.” So, now we know the recipe for holiday cheer. A continental breakfast and booze for dinner. Henry chimed in and you can see their exchange below.

This is clearly the true meaning of Christmas. Two journos mutually admiring each other for all the world to see.

3MSNBC’s Luke Russert Cares for the Troops. On Christmas Day, Russert declares “Happy birthday Jesus!” and includes this classic clip from Full Metal Jacket. He reminds us to remember the military on “this most cherished day.” Thanks, Luke. I’ll do that right after I finish watching Full Metal Jacket with the kids.

2The Obligatory Holiday Message. There are simply too many to list here, but you KNOW who we are talking about. The journalist who, but takes time out of a busy Christmas morning to wish all their fans a happy holiday. For example, Wolf Blitzer from CNN took time from his Christmas Holiday to say “Merry Christmas. I hope this coming year brings all of us peace, good health and happiness.” Or Jeff Sonderman, former Managing Editor for TBD, who takes time out of his holiday to say “Merry Christmas, everyone. May it be a day of peace and joy in whatever way you desire.” We get it, folks. You want us to have a happy holiday. You could always step away from Twitter and enjoy the holiday quietly, you know.

1Mike Allen’s Christmas Playbook. Just as we were all sitting around to open gifts, the most wonderful gift of all arrived in our inbox. Politico’s Playbook from Mike Allen. We thought that even a robot like Allen would take some down time to enjoy the holidays, but no, he reports to us from “the wilds of Wilsonville, Ore.” He is spending the holiday with his sister and her three children. Can you imagine what Mike Allen must be like on Christmas morning?? Children wildly ripping open their presents. Fire roaring in the hearth. Bing Crosby in the background. And Uncle Mike typing away on his Blackberry trying to win Christmas Day. He takes the time to run through some of the gifts that his nephews received and gives us the gift of a reading list. “7 Ideas for the E-Reader Santa Gave You.” We’ll spare you a list within a list, but the top E-Book that he mentions for us to get is Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back. That’s right, friends, a holiday book plug. ‘Tis the season for more self promotion! And razorblades, to prepare us for more E-Book mentions in 2012.

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Get the Dog Already (Part III)

It’s day three of DogBowl 2010. There are no signs of the race for cutest dog in Washington ceasing anytime soon. We go on until the last dog is standing (so to speak).

We’re truly shocked by the sheer number of Washington journalists willing to submit their pooches for public review and the ensuing fierce, competitive nature of the race. Have a dog you think is so cute you can barely stand it? Send in the picture to or directly to

Meet DNC National Press Secretary Hari Sevugan‘s dog, Sandberg. He writes, “I’m attaching a couple pics of my pup. He’s notoriously press shy, but I feel compelled to flack for him anyway.  He’s a Beagle/Cattle dog mix named after Ryne Sandberg, the Hall of Fame second baseman – and now out of work – former Chicago Cub.  He prefers chicken flavored treats more than beef, and is fond of marking his territory.” During the course of the day, FishbowlDC got tied up in other posts. Sevugan wrote in again with a plea, saying, “My pup is getting a lot of shit from all his pup (and one ferret) friends for not making the cut. :( “  Meet Sandberg below. Apologies to him for the delay in showcasing him. The slight wasn’t intentional.

> Update #1: Uh oh. There appears to be a new sheriff in town in this contest and his name is Rudy Walsh, the pup belonging to Brian Walsh, Comm director for the NRSC. He writes in, “As a sign that the campaign between the two parties never ends, we couldn’t let Hari’s submission go unresponded to. The unofficial mascot of the NRSC press office is min-pin Rudy Walsh (named after the former Notre Dame player who was also small but scrappy). While at times, I wish he was more press shy like Sandberg, Rudy comes to the office every day where he spends his day guarding the NRSC’s third floor communications wing and posing for pictures on the desks of co-workers who leave their offices unattended. The political unit did enact a measure of revenge for that though at the end of the cycle by distributing a misleading piece of attack literature on him (see second picture below)– but undeterred, Rudy is still on duty even today, a week after the election.” Meet Rudy below.

More Rudy

> Update #2: Here comes Deacon, another contestant. His proud owner is TBD‘s Senior Community Host Jeff Sonderman. “He’s a shoe-in,” says Sonderman. Meet Deacon below.

> Update #3: Oh my. Julius the poodle is being petitioned into the race via Twitter. So before things get ugly, meet Julius. His owner is Mike Sager, director of New Media for the Voter Activation Network. Julius apparently sometimes hangs out with Henry the Westie, whom we featured yesterday.

> Update #4: The next dog to hit the FishbowlDC runway is Louis Armstrong, the Maltese puppy of Washington Examiner‘s Katy Adams. Meet Armstrong below.

Localized Sweat


A reader writes in to say that TBD Editor Erik Wemple (the guy on the right in yellow with an elaborate variety of perspiration stains) ought to stop sweating before posing for party photographs. He showed up for a TBD party Thursday at Ireland’s Four Fields in Cleveland Park. The other two men in the picture are TBD’s Dan Victor and Jeff Sonderman. The picture appeared in the The Georgetown Dish.

Perhaps he deserves a pass. Granted, we are in the middle of a heat wave…

TBD Hiring Up for Community Engagement Team

The Patriot-NewsDaniel Victor and Loryn Wilson from “black girl blogging.” and’s Women’s Rights blog have been hired by Allbritton as a community hosts. Wilson and Victor join Jeff Sonderman, Lisa Rowan and social media producer Mandy Jenkins on TBD’s community engagement team.

Allbritton Adds Scrantastic Journo to the Roster

Jeff Sonderman, metro editor and internet content director for the The Times-Tribune newspaper in Scranton, Pa. announced on his blog that he will be joining Allbritton Communications’ new DC metro publication as Senior Community Host, “developing ways to work with bloggers and users to generate, share and discuss content.”

Sonderman said:

Our goal is to build an online news site for the DC metro area, and do it taking full advantage of the how the web works – with partnership not competition, users not readers, conversation not dictation, linking not duplicating.

This is a big change for me after spending the past six years at a newspaper as a reporter, business editor, metro editor and web editor. I’ve done a lot of great things with great colleagues in Scranton, and I’m thankful for what all of them have brought to my life.

Check out Sonderman’s blog for more about him and his new DC gig.