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FBDC Interview: ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave

We know what you’re thinking about this photo…”there’s nothing more adorable than a puppy and pepaw.”  But don’t get it twisted.  That’s not just any grandpappy — it’s ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave who just so happens to be celebrating his 34th birthday today.  For those of you who don’t know Kris from his on-air antics (chasing crooked carpet cleaners down the street: here or getting real with some ascot awesomeness), this interview is for you. So say “hello” and “happy birthday” to Kris.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?  Ginger ale — classic, great as a mixer, and just a tad spicy.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Martha Raddatz because she’s a fearless reporter and wonderful person.

Do you have a favorite word? Truculent

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Now” and “alright” 

Marimba.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring?  On my iPhone it’s the default “Marimba” and on my work phone is “Droid Invasion.”

What word do you routinely misspell? Most of tehm.

What swear word do you use most often? All of my conversations are polite, respectful, and G-rated…but I hear journalists like one that sounds a bit like “duck.”

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? Hmm…I’d maybe work for an airline.  When I was a kid I always wanted to be a cop or a reporter (especially after it was painfully clear I couldn’t hit a curveball).

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable?  I think I’d attempt to mix the panel with pundits and journalists. Jeff Zeleny, Andrea Mitchell, Bill Press and Sean Hannity. But I’d add a touch of American Gladiators to my show.  I’d equip the pundits– Bill Press and Sean Hannity–with blue and red (respectively) pugil sticks…or maybe nunchucks…who doesn’t like nunchucks?

When you pig out what do you eat?  Pizza. (Editor’s note: he’s also been known to eat numerous grilled cheese sandwiches in a single sitting…truth.)

If you could influence journalism in one way right now what would it be? No more Lindsay Lohan coverage.

When did you last cry and why? I lack tear ducts.

What TV show is your guilty pleasure? Really any bad cop show. In fact the badder the better.

Tell us a secret not many people know about you. #NerdAlert I have about 2 dozen airplane models on my desk. In a related note, people look at you funny when you fly them through the newsroom. Maybe it’s the woosh noise I was making?

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Yahoo Gets Inspiration From Now This News

On Wednesday morning, Yahoo published this piece on Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.). The headline is “What is it like to be a Muslim in Congress?” It’s no secret that Ellison is one of the only two Muslims in the U.S. Congress. The other is Andre Carson (D-Ind.). He’s an interesting character. Young, extremely liberal, African-American, and he’s in the middle of Ramadan. During the holiday, observing Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset, which can be a drain on Ellison. He tells Yahoo that he limits his physical activity during the day while celebrating the month.

On top of all that, he plays guitar. Yahoo made sure to get video of Ellison jamming in his office. While he cranks out a little “This Land is Your Land,” ABC’s Jeff Zeleny, who conducts the interview, awkwardly watches on.

It’s rare that we get to see members of Congress cut loose like this so, it’s refreshing. Except for Yahoo, this isn’t such an original idea.  Read more

NYT’s Zeleny to ABC News

Photograph by Lauren Victoria Burke.

ABC News President Ben Sherwood has announced that NYT‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning Jeff Zeleny has joined ABC News as their Senior Washington Correspondent covering Congress and politics.

As part of the deal, he’ll be a regular contributor to the “This Week” roundtable.

See the memo…

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How to Make it All About Me

President Obama‘s outgoing strategist and advisor David Plouffe recently made his smashing debut on Twitter. So far, 10 tweets and thousands of immediate followers. But among those tweets, he manages to do what Washington does well, which is to inject yourself into a big news story. In this case, the story was Sen. Tom Harkin‘s (D-Iowa) announcement to retire. It’s not nearly as grotesque as others sound when they do it.

Plouffe does admit he is in need of “serious detox” from his former job. This morning he writes, “1st day post WH. Minor ice closes/delays schools. First instinct is to think if announcements on the level. Need serious detox.”

The former advisor has just 35 followers and 8,515 followers. Which journalists are among the handpicked 35? They include NYT‘s Nate Silver, Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt, National Political Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, Politico‘s Jonathan Martin (this could get interesting with Martin’s teenage girl tweeting style), CBS Political Director John Dickerson, NBC “MTP” host David Gregory, WSJ tech columnist Walt Mossberg, WaPo‘s Capital Weather Gang, and NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

 

Bonjean Holiday Party Welcomes Erik Estrada and Partygoers Peeing on the Neighbors’ Lawns

By Betsy Rothstein, Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn

We don’t know how Communications Consultant Ron Bonjean and his wife, Sara, do it. But each year they manage to invite the most unexpected washed up D-lister imaginable to their holiday party. This year that was Erik Estrada, who played a cop on the late 70s series “CHIPS” and himself on “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.” People once named him one of the “10 Sexiest Bachelors in the World.” Some other standout roles: In 2009 he appeared in the blockbuster Husband for Hire starring Mario Lopez; in that same year he began showing up in Burger King commercials. Other regular staples at the Bonjean party: A drunken, homeless elf who does balloon tricks, lasagna, a vodka-laced ice luge and some kind of animal — this year it was a giant bunny mingling among guests. The drink of the evening was the “Fiscal Cliff.” As Bonjean described it, “It starts out smooth and then you get smashed.” If anyone smelled an overabundance of Drakkar Noir cologne, that was not the mime trailing NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh around the party. That was actually Walsh, who was being followed all night by the mime and a second partygoer assigned to spraying him with cologne. House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s Dep. Chief of Staff Doug Heye, who was tasked with the picking Estrada up from the airport, wasn’t likely responsible.

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9:54 p.m. Undisclosed journo urinates in neighbor’s yard.

Hollywood on the Potomac blogger and publicist Janet Donovan spotted taking pictures of Estrada just inside the door. Party host Ron Bonjean, meanwhile, was decked out in a flamboyant purple blazer with large flowers that his wife had tailor made for him for the party.

10:18 p.m. Peter threatens that he and Eddie are going to rip some chunks out of the gingerbread house.

10:20 p.m. Partygoer: “Last time I saw this many ladies wearing sparkly clothes, I was at a strip club.”

10:25 p.m. Guy is seen wearing a sweater adorned with actual Christmas stockings. Peter: “Eddie has dared me to put a meatball in one. Challenge accepted.”

10:30 p.m. Partygoer Nick Massella is overheard discussing Sunday brunch. “The lemon pancakes are fucking amazing!”

10:30 p.m. CNN’s Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist is here. So is NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.

10:54 p.m. There are a lot of ugly festive frocks — we won’t lie. We ask one male partygoer in holiday pants, “What’s on your pants?” He snipped, “Santas.” Then when we asked where he purchased them, he snapped that he bought them online. Clearly he wanted someone to ask about his pants and when they do, he acts like a bitch.

11:15 p.m. A drunken elf with white foam in the right hand corner of his mouth gives Peter, Eddie and I a semi-private show involving balloon toys. Eddie makes an obligatory condom joke. A drunken guest walks by and mentions Sean Spicer, the RNC Spokesman who is at the party. The elf eventually slurs, “I was just running my mouth. Who is Sean Spicer?” We explain as best as we can.

11:32 p.m. Former Washington Examiner reporter J.P. Freire is here with his girlfriend, Cat. He tells us he’s now self-employed. “So I’m not eating cat food,” he jokes. “I mean, I’m eating Cat’s food.” Sounds vaguely naughty.

11:40 p.m.: Overheard. Male partygoer with dark hair and scrunched face asks, “Who’s that guy on CNN who has the show and wears the stupid Ascot?” Actually, that would be CNN Contributor Roland Martin, who actually doesn’t have his own show on CNN but hosts “Washington Watch.”

11:45 p.m. Guy with palpable Cheetos breath walks by.

11:50 p.m. Man with hair that a partygoer has dubbed “the penis hairdo” is chatting up Estrada in the foyer. We ask, “Where did you get your hairdo?” He replies, “Why, should I give it back?”

11:55 p.m. Male guest tells Estrada he once dressed up as him for Halloween. He notes, “I think he was a little skeeved out.”

Midnight: Eddie takes picture of a gaggle of women. Woman asks, “Do I look thin?”

FNC’s Doug McElway is floating around. He says he likes covering national politics for Fox News. “Beats covering buckling children into car seats,” he says. McElway was fired by the ABC affiliate, WJLA-TV for insubordination and misconduct in Sept. 2010. (We try not to upset him.)

12: 21 a.m. Guy in bright, eyesore salmon blazer says he purchased it in Las Vegas. He shows off his matching orange socks. Turns out he’s Chad Barth, a “political events evangelist” for Eventbrite. “I like to represent the company,” he says, explaining that the company color is salmon. “You’re not going to say I’m drunk are you?”

12:30 a.m. RNC aide Tim Miller, former spokesman to Jon Huntsman, seen stuffing a near-empty cigarette pack with free cigarettes by the door. By the way, we love Miller and more importantly, he LOVES FishbowlDC even though his friends can’t stand it.

12:45 a.m. A different undisclosed partygoer reveals that he urinated on a neighbor’s lawn.

(Pictured above: On left: CNN’s Matt Dornic embracing Estrada. Note his newly purchased holiday sweater from Urban Outfitters. At right: Bonjean in purple flower-bombed blazer.)

See who showed up to the party as well as our lunatic picture gallery…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Blind email

Among my personal favorite anonymous emails of the week: “Newt Gingrich spoke at Georgetown University today and got a little feisty with a student who questioned his suggestion that poor students work as janitors in their schools. Jim Acosta and an angry and abnormally flushed Dave Weigel were there.” Acosta works for CNN; Weigel is a reporter for Slate. We reached out to Weigel to ask about his emotional/physical state that evening. He replied, “I have no idea where ‘angry’ comes from, but I was rather normally flushed.” Correction: Our tipster wrote back. Kevin Madden wasn’t there. It was CNN’s Jim Acosta. We’ve changed the above to reflect the error. The person wrote, “I apologize for the mistake! They look alike.”

Question to ponder

“So Rick Santorum gives a speech at the Jelly Belly factory but isn’t photographed w/ any jelly beans? What’s the point?” — Holly Bailey, political reporter for Yahoo! News.

Carvin copes with expense report — Libya style

“Nothing like doing expense reports for a Libya, where paper receipts are harder to find than Khamis Gaddafi.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

No ring on CNN’s John King

“I noticed on tonight’s show that John King is no longer wearing a wedding ring.” — Chicago book editor Beth Renaldi in a tweet to FBDC. It has been reported in recent weeks that CNN’s Dana Bash and King are separated. WaPo‘s “Reliable Source” and Politico broke the official news.

Retail reporter looks down on Potbelly

“This city should be embarrassed to have voted Potbelly 2nd best sandwich shop in @wcp Best Of.” — Fishbowl Fan Club Vice President Brando Warner, who is also a senior editor at Consumer’s CHECKBOOK Magazine.

Howie-May gets weird Jesus confessional out of Inofe

Howie-May Kurtz (a.ka. The Hill‘s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz) asked a smattering of senators about GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum‘s use of profanity with NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny. In a particularly weird response, Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told her that he hadn’t cursed in 30 years. “Inhofe replied, ‘It has to do with Jesus.’ He then pointed to a youthful-looking congressional aide who was sitting nearby and asked, ‘Do you know Jesus?’ The aide nodded as the lawmaker darted off into his party’s policy lunch.” Read the whole story here.

TGIF for Schatz

“I know it’s cuz I have so much to look forward to this weekend, but this day.. and week is NEVER-ENDING! I’d better win the mega millions.”  — the uniquely named Becky Schatz, Guest Booker for CCTV-America (China Central Television).

A belated Happy Birthday to… Politico‘s Roger Simon.

 

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — The Mindmeld Edition: A melding of everything worthy, weird and otherwise from the past four days.

Journo’s cat sets her alarm clock

“The cat stepped on my iPhone dock alarm clock last night and set it to go off at 7 a.m. Which it did. Which was wonderful. #gah” — WaPo Express‘s Sara Schwartz in a tweet that Politico‘s resident cat lover Patrick Gavin might appreciate. We’re sure Gavin’s cats don’t have tricks like that.

White House scribe details Michelle O’s attire down to thighs

“The top of the first lady’s dress was a bright orange racerback; from mid-torso to mid-thigh it has a green and white jungle-like print; the final piece that fell to the knee was a grayish pattern.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Sunday Pool Report from Hawaii.

Corn on Bachmann on God

“Short version of Bachmann campaign event: God, God, God, God, God, God.” — Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Here’s to a new year in which cell phone and Twitter users learn the value of an unexpressed thought.” — AP Radio News’ Jon Belmont.

Reporter does what it takes

“This crazy Iowa wind blew the address I need out of hand & across the parking lot. I literally parkoured [sic] over a fence to get it. #nprlife” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Journo loses cologne to TSA

“Leaving my new Christmas gift (cologne) in SC because it was .2oz too much. Thanks TSA.” — FBDC’s and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry, who explained that the cologne, Cool Water by Davidoff, was a sentimental re-gift from his father.

Not surprisingly, Walsh criticizes an R

Leslie Stahl admitted that interview was part of a Cantor push to soften and humanize his richly deserved awful image. Ick.” — Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh of Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.

Ahh…the warmth of the holidays

“Nice to see the TSA in ATL not give a hard time to the 3 yo with the toy gun who refused to let it leave his hand.” — RedState.com Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Um, Happy New Year?

“Ooh. Time for another round of my favorite neighborhood game: Fireworks or Gunshot?” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman.

Words to live by…“Don’t forget: Resolutions are for quitters.” — Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Birth Week: Nibbles Knox, son of AFP‘s Olivier Knox. A note from Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner: “Happy birthday to the famous Nibbles Knox! May this year be filled with all the legos your little heart ever could desire @OKnox” — (quote by and h/t to Shiner. h/t to Politico‘s Mike Allen for the phrase h/t.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIBBLES!

Things are getting weird in Iowa

“Local reporter, desperate for people to interview, asks Jeff Zeleny if he’s media or voter. #blending” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel on NYT‘s Zeleny.

“Lady sitting next to me at Atlantic, Iowa, diner, on being a campaign reporter: ‘I think that would be a terrible job.’” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein.

“Went to the lobby to get coffee. When the desk clerk saw my bed head I thought he might offer me medical treatment.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Funky Convo Between Two Journos

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “Happy Des Moines time new year to the crew @TPM, best support staff a road warrior’s ever had.” HuffPost‘s Elise Foley: “#puke.”

Travel writer starts new year on funereal note

“And…my first day of the year starts w a funeral. Sort of nice, though. #perspective.” — National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman.

A given…“Sorry in advance for all the irresponsible things I’m going to do to 2012.” — HuffPost’s left-wing media reporter Jason Linkins.

Editor salutes his Beagle

“Smartest living being in the house today: Fred the Beagle, who laid his head on the remote during the Jets game and changed the channel.” — Digital First Media Editor-in-Chief and former TBD GM Jim Brady.

Just who is Ben Smith?

“@benpolitico Someone from buzzfeed’s at this Santorum event trying 2 explain who u r to Iowan lady of certain age. She seems mystified alas.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

ME ME ME ME ME

“@danielabrams: dan abrams” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams. To which Weigel replied simply, “#fail.” (To Abrams we give Tigi’s Bed Head line of conditioner called Self Absorbed for his lux locks.)

Is he SERIOUS?

“Is it New Years Eve 2011 or New Years Eve 2012? I get confused every year.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If you’re tracking, tonight’s Santorum Sweater Vest Color is navy blue. Or black. On CNN live now.” — Digital Producer for CNN Erin Burnett‘s “Out Front” Mark Joyella.

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Quotes of the Day


“The impromptu Hitchens memorial outside his Kalorama apt. building.” — Photograph by Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz.

Russert uses Kardashian to insult football player

Reggie Bush: Bust of a pick, cheated at #USC lost his Heisman and dumped by Kardashian.” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert. Kim Kardashian previously dated Bush, running back for the Miami Dolphins.

Holiday dining

“You win, Holidays. One cannot live on a diet of wine and pigs in a blanket.” — NBC “TODAY Show’s” Savannah Guthrie.

Knoller and Cialis

“Have you noticed this Cialis commercial. It turns a couple’s home into an amusement park Duh.” — CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller, in a clear break from covering the White House.

‘All the news that’s fit to omit’

“All Romney did was answer a question that was posed to him, which now clearly looks like a set-up by the Times to make Romney appear zany by his use of the word. For this story the Times masthead slogan should be changed from ‘All the News That’s Fit to Print’ to ‘All the News That’s Fit to Omit.’” — Don Irvine, who works for Accuracy in Media, in a story published Sunday on GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney calling Newt “zany.” The word was prompted by NYT scribe Jeff Zeleny. Irvine writes that it was the women of The View, specifically Whoopi an Joy, who brought the news to light.

Republican Communications Strategist Matt Deluca is “Woozy from pain meds = not fun.”

Sentimental scribe

“Saw 2 #military homecomings this weekend. Lone troops walking off a plane to family and friends. Quiet, poignant, moving moments.” — WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe.

Journo annoyed with Amtrak

“Dear Amtrak, if train is cancelled as customer service line confirms, maybe announce to people in station? #fail.” — TPM Editor-in-Chief Josh Marshall.

Convo Between Two Media Types

TIME‘s Mark Halperin in a humble brag: “Hi ho hi ho, it’s off to @Morning_Joe I go — to talk Noko, taxes, and ’12. Meanwhile, @KevinMaddenDC zzzzzzs. Watch 6-9am ET.”

GOP Pundit/Strategist Kevin Madden: “Pullease.” (Madden is Executive V.P. of Public Affairs of JDA Frontline, a public affairs firm with offices in D.C. and Charleston, S.C.)

NYT Nixes Credit for Politico on Cain Story

The waters are getting muddied with the alleged sexual harassment story on Herman Cain. Since Monday, Politico has been getting loads of credit for breaking the news — on TV, online, and in print. The publication’s Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman broke the story and have been doing gobs of TV hits ever since.

But curiously on Tuesday night, Mother Jones’ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn pointed out a rather glaring omission from a NYT story by Jim Rutenberg, Jeff Zeleny and Mike McIntire on how much a Cain accuser was paid. Namely credit for the Politico reporters who broke the original story. Corn wrote to Zeleny on Twitter, “Good story re the Cain scandal. But why not one mention of Politico? Did I miss that?”

Weirdly, the NYT cites HLN and Fox News — so they do understand the concept of attribution.

Now we realize former Politico scribe Kendra Marr ripped off material from the NYT sans attribution. But tit for tat? Seems unusual for the NYT.

UPDATE: If you don’t watch yourselves you could find yourself on the receiving end of a condescending journalism lecture from NYT‘s Rutenberg, who is full of lame excuses. In a subsequent email he told me he doesn’t care that much but that he was explaining the “business of newspapering” for my benefit. Thank you very much, Jim — you’re a gem. So here it goes: “We wrote our story right up against our first print deadline,” he wrote to FBDC. “Credit to Politico was in our second (and  it happens, last) edition story, as well as our online story as of some point last night, as we smoothed through the story between editions, which is how it works in newspaperland when news comes in late and close to the first deadline. I hardly think the newspaper has been stingy about credit on this story, which has taken on a life of its own now anyway.” Memo to Rutenberg: The fact remains, the credit was not in the first version of the story and should have been “smoothed” into that first version as a basic piece of information. Should you want to attend a really boring FBDC lecture on the matter, we can arrange it. My panel will be Ezra Klein and Lester Kinsolving. Jason Mattera will ambush but I can’t tell you when or it’ll ruin the ambush. It will be four hours.

 

Whoops! Cain Confused for McCain

NYT‘s “The Caucus” blog screwed up GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain‘s name today in a way that isn’t likely to bring a smile to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) face.

Read the story, “Cain Calls Harassment Issue a ‘Witch Hunt,’” by Jeff Zeleny here.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: October 31, 2011
An earlier version of this post misspelled the surname of Herman Cain as McCain.

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