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The FishbowlDC Interview With Daily Mail’s David Martosko

Say hello to Daily Mail’s U.S. Editor David Martosko. He formerly was Executive Editor for The Daily Caller. Before that, he worked for Berman & Company, a PR shop that specializes in fighting progressive activists who target corporations. We must say, Martosko is one of the more colorful people in Washington media. For one thing, he’s kind of a panicky figure. He works at a frantic, relentless pace. He can sometimes be found in Sidecar, the dimly lit basement portion of the downtown restaurant P.J. Clarke’s, where he’s a member but where he won’t be found drinking. He’s also – weirdly – potentially deathly allergic to mushrooms. “The last time I ate a whole mushroom, I wound up with a swollen throat, red splotches in places where itching isn’t all that pleasant, and a very memorable two minutes when I couldn’t breathe,” he told me. “Eating them just isn’t worth the risk. Plus I’ll never have to explain to my wife how I wound up ‘accidentally’ hallucinating after dinner.”

Onto the interview.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi.

How often do you Google yourself? I haven’t in a long time. I’ll let the NSA do that.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I can’t think of anything too bad. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the only nice people in the business. Tucker Carlson has unkind words for just about no one he works with. The Daily Mail people are class acts, and their accents make it impossible to be angry with them.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson. She’s a tough investigative reporter who breaks amazing stories and refuses to be anyone’s lap dog. It looks like her computer was hacked as a consequence, but I’m waiting for her to finger the schmucks who did it. She’ll probably figure it out.

Do you have a favorite word? It’s a tie between Wanderlust and Schadenfreude.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I’ve taken to saying “Cheers!” a lot (instead of “See ya later”) since I went to work for the Daily Mail. But I refuse to say “whilst.”

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi, CNN’s Kate Bolduan or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. Are you kidding? Kate by a mile. She has the whole package, and a voice that I can listen to for more than 5 minutes without drifting off to wonder if I’ve left the oven on.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had in the course of your journalism career? Last summer I sat in a hotel meeting room in Morocco, talking with an intelligence expert about the confluence of Islamist factions converging on Northern Africa. I left the conversation with a reality-check about just how out-of-control things are in the Islamic Maghreb – and about how countries we don’t think much about, like Algeria and Mali, are the next growth areas for al-Qaeda. Scary stuff, but so valuable to learn about it from people who live it every day, and who care enough about it to risk getting shot at now and again.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Jodi Arias or Monica Lewinksy? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Monica. She’s more likely to get you on television, and less likely to kill you afterward.

Tell us a funny story from your time as a journalist. Can be long or short. One of my most enduring mental snapshots from The Daily Caller is seeing Jeff Winkler standing on Alex Pappas’ desk, dancing with his pants around his ankles, trying to be a distraction while Pappas interviewed some congressman. The photo wound up as a Funny or Die caption contest. Read more

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Quintessential Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If it’s on the menu you always want to order the lamb shank.” — Slate’s  third-tier Boybander Matt Yglesias.

Journo Love: Bret Baier a “national treasure”?

“.@BretBaier is a National Treasure of Truth. Special Report is and has always been the journalistic ideal.” — Breitbart News’ John Nolte.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:18 a.m.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Do Women Need Bras? French Studies Says Brassieres Are a ‘False Necessity”

Writer who covered butt chugging moves onto guns

Former Daily Caller writer Jeff Winkler, who previously wrote about butt chugging (it’s just how it sounds, but worse) for Vice Magazine, now brings us a story about guns for The New Republic. His mission? To find New Yorkers moving to Texas for easier gun laws. Specifically, Winkler, now a writer in Austin, wanted to find people who had answered the call of Texas AG Greg Abbott, whose online ad read: “Keep your guns, come to Texas.” The task wasn’t simple, but Winkler found Craigslist useful in his reporting. An excerpt:

“No commentator, sane or otherwise (they’re all crazy), thinks the migration is due to lax gun laws. Yet, with thousands of people making the move, at least a few of them had to be packing their bags in order to freely pack heat. I wanted to find such a principled and dedicated person, if he or she (but probably he) existed. So I went to the one place where you can find anything and everything. I went to Craigslist.” 

Quote taken out of a context

“chronic overwriters” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.

Done with cherry blossoms

“Cherry blossom traffic jam. The worst.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

Author miserable on book tour

“Hate travel. Hate book tour. Enraged and bitter. Want to eat fudge. Or starve, become Angelina Jolie. Go to Africa, get killed by snakes.” — Author and outspoken Democrat Anne Lamott.

Morning Reading List 10.15.12.

1. Writer tries hand at butt chugging — You might recognize the byline on a current story in Vice magazine on butt chugging, the practice recently made famous by a college student who found a new, back door to getting smashed. The author is former Daily Caller reporter Jeff Winkler, who tries in vain to get himself liquored up from behind. The results weren’t quite what he was expecting. Nor was the cleanup.

2. WaPo Date Lab Disaster — And then there was one. WaPo magazine’s Date Lab takes a strange turn this weekend as a man gets left in the dust right after salad is served. The woman hints that something happened just before she made her way to the bathroom and out the door. But she’s not talking. Read the story.

3. Maureen Dowd on the Veep debate — NYT’s Maureen Dowd tackles last week’s V.P. debate in her column on Sunday. In it she mentions the moderator, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: “I knew Raddatz would be tough because I once saw her dress down a male clerk at a Marriott hotel in Saudi Arabia who told her that women were not allowed to use the gym.” Righty and Lefty journos will be pleased to say she ripped into both V.P. Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan. Read here.

Bold Birthday Wishes for Tucker Carlson

Today is The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson‘s birthday. So we figured we’d take this opportunity to get others around town and beyond to help us wish him a happy birthday. At left is a photograph of what is apparently a red Daily Caller thong on the door to Carlson’s former office. We have no idea what it is doing there or why Carlson would leave it hanging on the doorknob. Photo credit: Anonymous.

Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel: “Tucker, in honor of your birthday I have decided to refrain from telling Betsy Rothstein about the time in college that you wore a euro style banana hammock speedo on the beach in Nicaragua. Your secret is safe with me.  Happy birthday, Neil”


Raptor Strategies’ David Bass offers a poem:

From motorcycle to moped
From bow-tie to lengthy Foulard
As Tucker slouches toward middle age
His latest change is not hard

Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher: “I was going to get him a black velvet painting of Barack Obama Greco-Roman wrestling with The New Black Panthers, but I thought, ‘Does he really need another one?’”

Former Daily Caller online editor and writer Jeff Winkler, a D.C. refugee who is living and writing in Arkansas: “Since my former boss looks to be between the ages of 14 and 40, I don’t know whether to offer him a gentlemenly handshake or a ribbon-adorned pony. But considering that he once slashed me across the face with his fly rod, my B-day gift — sent courteous of the USPS — is a collection of photos from my recent nude escapade involving archery, yoga and bobbing for apples. And I’d like to promise him that we’ll meet up again in the near future, but that always seems to be taken as a threat. Regardless, I wish Tucker the best in the coming years. If Washington D.C. had any sense, it would follow North Korea’s example and build ‘towers to his immortality.’”

MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Willie Geist: “Happy Birthday to my all-time favorite ‘bow-tyin’ white boy’!”

FBDC’s Peter Ogburn: “My wish is that he gets ANYTHING but a gun.” (Peter was once mildly threatened by Carlson. He’s slowly getting over the PTSD from that experience.)

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: “Tucker, my wish for you on your birthday is that, if you ever turn me into a puppet, just make it a skinny, buff puppet.” (See relevant link here in which The Daily Caller turns a Capitol Hill press secretary into a puppet.)

The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash: “Back in the early 90s, when all things were possible and there was still dew on the world, I remember a young, reckless Tucker peering out of his cloud of smoke (he used to rip through two packs a day on the principle that ‘clear lungs are for pussies’)  while pronouncing, ‘I hope I die before I get old.’  He often spoke in song lyrics back then. It was part of his whole rock’n'roll lifestyle.  Now that he is old, however, I trust he’ll choose life, as his Wham! sweatshirt implored  (again with the rock’n'roll – but Andrew Ridgely was his hero).  If not, and he follows through on his original threat, I’ll be here for his family, his dogs,  and his bamboo fly rod, the last of which he should really think about willing me.  Now that you’re a senior citizen, Tucker, time to get serious about estate planning. Remember that in our increasingly accelerated world, 43 is the new 80. Happy birthday, old friend.”

The Daily Caller and Politico: War…and Peace

On Monday The Daily Caller loaded up the cannon and blasted Politico for it’s cozy ties to MSNBC. The charge: liberal bias. Politico reacted to the ugliness by going into a self-induced coma, staying mute on all of it. Even Fake Jim VandeHei responded on Twitter by asking, “What’s The Daily Caller?”

But by late Monday the rumor mill was whirling: Politico was coming after the publication with what was expected to be a hit piece on Executive Editor David Martosko, who came to the publication in July with no journalism experience and a long rap sheet.

Anticipation heightened. On Tuesday the piece by Politico‘s Keach Hagey emerged and it was…nice. It questioned Martosko’s truthiness in an overall condescending tone one might expect from a Goliath publication analyzing a smaller one “with growing pains,” but it also praised the two-year-old outlet — repeatedly and even allowed Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson to take a jab at Politico. She wrote, “To this day, Carlson won’t call the site conservative, only quipping, ‘I would say we are probably more conservative than POLITICO.’” The story concluded on a lighthearted note from a former Daily Caller reporter that seemed to save Martosko, a recovering alcoholic, if, in fact, he needs saving. Jeff Winkler, who left in August, told Hagey, “The only complaint I have against Martosko was his sunny disposition. His friendliness drove me to the bottle.”

To be sure, there was heavy chatter about the story at Carlson’s book party for Jack Abramoff last night. Just one Politico reporter, Patrick Gavin, attended.  Reaction was largely surprise that the story wasn’t scathing and disappointment that Politico didn’t have any real juice on them. “Weak” was among the words used. They wanted a worthy battle and instead got hit with Nerf balls. At least one party guest believes this is tactic — that Politico will eventually return fire with fire. It could come sooner than anyone thinks. Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel went on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss what he believes are Politico‘s liberal leanings with host Steve Doocy, whom MSNBC’s Ed Schultz refers to as “Douchey.”

Back at the Abramoff party, there was heated discussion on which reporters cracked under Hagey and helped with her story. Many guesses. But no one would fess up, not even Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong, who declined to comment for Hagey’s story and insisted in Carlson’s living room that he was not among the moles.

Read the full piece here.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

And now, a message to Washington Watch’s Roland Martin “@rolandsmartin You know you looking rough when a man notices your hair is jacked. LOL” (Martin had made a previous crack about sportscaster Pam Oliver‘s hair, saying, “Y’all see Nnamdi? He can’t even look at Pam’s hair. He’s like, ‘Damn, girl, what’s that sitting on top of your skull? Someone kill it!’ LOL.” He then apologized.) See Oliver above on a good hair day.

Piers baits Keith

“Come on and debate with me you big coward @KeithOlbermann or are you too busy with your 40,000 viewers a night?” — CNN’s Piers Morgan in a Thursday tweet.

Journo Hate Mail

“I gotta say, being linked to by a porn aggregator isn’t half as dirty as being linked to by @FishbowlDC.” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Thursday tweet. Not sure when we’ve linked to him recently but we are not a porn site and should not be confused for one. Freed, get off those porn sites! (Relax, Freed, we’re joking.)

Read this 15 times

“Phone woke up after prolonged charge; guy from store had popped another dead battery into it, then declared it broken.” — WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden in a maddening Thursday tweet.

Bon Voyage to Winkler

Today is The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler‘s last day of work. We hear his second to last day of work was, ahem, spirited. We wish him well in his travels. Sources say he will be missed.

The Critic

“Ed hurts my head.” — Metro Weekly White House Correspondent Chris Geidner in a Thursday tweet about MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.

Morning Exit: Winkler to Leave The Daily Caller

The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler, who began with the publication from its inception a year and a half ago, is leaving. An Arkansas native, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and Publisher Neil Patel phoned him one day to recruit him for the job.

In a farewell note to colleagues Thursday, Winkler reminisced.

“I like telling the story, so I’ll tell it again. I was in Arkansas splitting firewood when Tucker called, completely out-of-the-blue. Shortly afterwards, I was yanking a squirrel from the dogs’ clutches when Neil rang, grilled me heavily, then said ‘you can smoke crack for all we care, we just want people who work hard.’ Seventy-two hours later I was in the office helping launch the site. I owe ya’ll a debt of gratitude for taking that chance on me. It was a hell of ride. And TheDC will be a real thrill to follow as it continues to grow. … If you have something of mine, please return it soon. If I have something of yours, please show proof.”

As some may recall, Winkler was among the punks who tossed Carlson in Patel’s swimming pool last week. We’re sure it was just his way of saying, ‘I’ll miss you.’ 

We wish Winkler well on his next adventure, and only hope he throws all future editors into the pool.

Scribes Wrestle Tucker Carlson Into Swimming Pool

So much for dispelling that frat house image.

Last Thursday night The Daily Caller (a.k.a Lambda Lambda Lambda) held its summer party at the upscale home of Publisher Neil Patel and things got a little loosey goosey. And for The Daily Caller that’s not saying a lot because life there under the rule of a self-proclaimed Libertarian Editor tends to be sans rules as is. The party boasted a pie eating contest. There was also the inevitable tossing Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson into the pool. A party. A pool. An editor. Unruly, rebellious, jokester reporters. This was, in a word: INEVITABLE.

Late Wednesday a Daily Caller contributing reporter named Scoops Delacroix wrote a story on it. We had good intel on who “Scoops” was, so we asked Jeff Winkler, a full-time scribe, about his alleged piece describing the pool party. “Shaggy said it best: It wasn’t me,” he said. “But whoever this Scoops Delacroix character is, he’s got talent. Wouldn’t be surprised if one day he finds his own Deeper Throat.” He added, “That’s my official comment for you amoral and relentlessly vicious reporters.”

An excerpt: During the media mega-conglomerate’s pool party at Publisher Neil Patel’s
palatial mansion, Carlson was surrounded by several long-suffering staff
members and escorted from his berth near the dinner table to an undisclosed
location in the middle of the pool.

Employees who wrestled Carlson in the pool included Winkler (or ThatWinkler as his Twitter account says), Managing Editor Joe Kildea and business employee Brian Danza. This was mere moments after Danza lost a pie eating contest to an intern. Carlson was apparently a good sport about the whole thing — meaning he didn’t injure anyone, fire anyone or drown in the process. He’s also evidently a good swimmer. “Tucker makes Michael Phelps look like an amateur,” said Daily Caller Spokesman Kurt Bardella, who declined to comment on whether Carlson read the story about the party before it got published.

An FBDC reader wondered whether there was really a market for journalists writing about their workplaces in this manner. “Why would I want to read this? Why promote this? Is there a market for this?” But more importantly, what does this do for the publication’s image? (LAMBDA! LAMBDA! LAMBDA!)

The story made the rounds and a splash, so perhaps there’s the answer.

Note: Above left is a wet Tucker post dip taking a photograph with interns.

Breitbart’s Big Gay CPAC Party

Sophie B. Hawkins performs for Breitbart and friends...

Andrew Breitbart and gay conservative group, GOProud, kicked off CPAC last night with a wild production at Eighteenth Street Lounge in Dupont Circle. The event, which boasted a performance by Sophie B. Hawkins, drew a slew of media types and one Michael Steele, former chairman of the RNC.  Like Steele, FishbowlDC was lucky enough to be ushered to the front of a long, winding line down 18th St. NW.

Once inside the party, we caught the former RNC  Chairman grooving to “Damn, Wish I was Your Lover,”  Hawkins’ hit song from the early 90s.  The songbird wooed the room with a thirty minute set before expressing her adoration of Sarah Palin.  “I’m proud of Sarah Palin.  She had me at hello,” the lesbian singer told the crowd who wore stickers with nifty slogans like “Our Gays ARE MORE MACHO Than Their Straights.”

Hawkins went on to say, “I’m liberal in bed but conservative in the head.”

On the other side of the venue, Andrew Breitbart jammed out with an entourage of admirers.  The conservative icon was cool and classy as starstruck party guests followed him around the bar and journalists approached for interviews.  Chatting  up A.B. were Slate’s David Weigel (who was nothing but nice), RCP’s Erin McPike and Drudge Report’s Joe Curl.  Also spotted:  Big Journalism’s Dana Loesch, Fox News contributors Margaret Hoover and Steven Crowder, James O’Keefe, The Daily Caller’s Chris Moody and Jeff Winkler, TWT’s Eli Lake, Wonkette’s Riley Waggaman, TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro, Michael Moynihan of Reason magazine and FishbowlDC intern Alec Jacobs.

L: Pass to Breitbart’s Big Party R: Breitbart being interviewed by

L: Breitbart’s Chucks R: “Our Gays are more macho than their straights” GOProud sticker.

Who’s the Interviewer?

Last night MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough returned to the clubby enclaves of Congress to chum around with his old pals for the State of the Union address. This time he was accompanied by co-host Mika Brzezinksi. We hear they were loitering outside the GOP cloakroom off the House floor during the speech.  Afterward, Scarborough, much like his old lawmaker self, granted interviews.

Who was this interviewer? Capitol Hill journos must know. Or you, the interviewer could reveal yourself. Write us at and tell us, or send in your guesses. We hope to reveal the mystery male questioner by the end of the day.

> Update: We’ve figured out who the interviewer is with a small degree of confusion and an alternative guess. But now some want to know who is the brunette to the right? She’s a reporter. Update #2: We’re being told from a source who was inside the Chamber in Section 9 and two rows back from the MSNBC power duo that Mika actually spent “80 percent” of the speech inside the Chamber minus Joe.

> Update #3: The big reveal. So the reporter who is interviewing Scarborough is The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler. Another guess that came in before a slew of his colleagues informed me was a reporter who thought that I should obviously know that it was “Robert Draper…come on.” Draper is a correspondent for GQ. As for the brunette, my source is still annoyingly holding out on me and making me play guessing games. The woman in the picture allegedly works for Politico. > Update #4: Last update on this. Thankfully. It’s Natasha Lennard of Politico “Click.”