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FNC Party Draws Animated Mix of Journos, Pols, Bigwigs And a String Quartet

Roger 2.jpgIf you’re a political star gazer, the FNC pre-party to the Radio & TV Correspondent’s Dinner was the place to be Wednesday night as famous faces filled the room adorned in spring. As guests poured in and the party reached comfortable capacity, partygoers were greeted by a giant red Fox News emblem on the wall. If they were talent, well-known or just plain glam, photographers on hand asked them to strike a pose and then directed them across a bridge created especially for the party.

Fox News President Roger Ailes and his wife (above), Elizabeth, were one such couple directed to walk slowly across the bridge. The flashbulbs went wild.

Ailes is no wall flower. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) immediately engaged. “How are you?” Issa asked. In chimed Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), one of a few Democratic lawmakers there: “He’s fair and balanced,” Cummings said, cracking himself and those in his midst up.

Ailes also laughed. He then explained to Issa, who had begun bashing conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh, that Fox News is different. “We have a phone on the set,” he said. “Anyone can call and correct us on the set.”

Cummings said Ailes “has been really wonderful to us,” meaning the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC). “We may have a situation where we disagree about things but it doesn’t mean we can’t socialize because that’s how I think you break through,” he said. “A lot of people will talk about each other but not to each other.”

Cummings said he has known “Roger” for years. When the congressman presided over the CBC, it was FNC that worked with the CBC to sponsor the presidential debates.

Meanwhile, in walked Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) alone. The senator briefly scanned the room, spoke to no one. Soon he sidled up to conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham who was decked out in an ice blue mermaid dress, sleeveless, with ruffles cascading to the floor.

“You look great, man” Ingraham told Specter, marveling at his appearance since the senator survived his cancer scare. “You’re a fighter.” Specter chatted comfortably with Ingraham for a long while. Later Specter’s wife, Joan, joined them.

FNC’s Jennifer Griffin was also there. In a sleek auburn bob wig, she explained that she, too, was recovering from cancer. The correspondent looked radiant and charmed the room of partygoers.

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Roger Ailes with Valerie Jarrett. Photo courtesy of FNC.

Find out what Pay Czar Kenneth Feinberg calls his wife at parties and which journos and other V.I.P’s were there after the jump. Also, see more party pictures…

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FNC’s Pre-Dinner Soiree to Entertain Obama Officials, Valerie Jarrett Tops Guest List

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No matter that the Obama Administration was once at odds with Fox News, officials are on the guest list and set to attend the only pre-party to the RTCA dinner Wednesday night. Those planning to be FNC guests for the evening include Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowksi, Domestic Policy Council Advisor Melody Barnes and National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Special Master for TARP Admin Kenneth Feinberg and Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

We hear FNC’s exclusive invitation-only bash will be a room decked out in Spring. And what’s a party without famous faces in the crowd like Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly? (See list of Fox News talent to attend below.)

Other confirmed party guests: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.); Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Gov. Ed Rendell; Rep. Elijah Cummings(D-Md.); Mo Elleithee, former Clinton campaign spokesperson; former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.); Austan Goolsbee, Council of Economic Advisors; Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.); Deborah Hersman, Chair of National Transportation Safety Board; Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Democratic strategist Joe Trippi; former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.); Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.); and Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.).

Talent to Attend
O’Reilly; Shepard Smith; Bret Baier; Chris Wallace; Bill Hemmer; Megyn Kelly; Carl Cameron; Jennifer Griffin; Catherine Herridge; Shannon Bream; Rivera; and Alisyn Camerota

Griffin’s ‘Warrior’ Mentality to Battling Cancer

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FNC’s Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin, 40, has been battling breast cancer since late last year. This morning she appeared on NBC’s “Today” show. Tomorrow she will undergo her 14th round of chemotherapy for a rare form of breast cancer called “triple negative”.

“It’s pretty scary when you hear those words,” the correspondent told NBC.

Griffin looked well and was in good spirits on the program. While the outcome of these treatments is not certain, she is a fighter, say those behind the scenes, and she’s battling the illness will all her might.

“So far, it’s working,” Griffin said of her treatment.

After shaving her head, Griffin spoke of checking herself for the first time in the mirror. “When I looked at myself I felt strong, like a warrior,” she said. She recounted that her small children weren’t so alarmed when she told them about her breast cancer, but when she told them she’d be bald they became rattled. So she told them she’d don a Hannah Montana wig.

Griffin calls her pretty reddish smooth-haired wig and lipstick her “body armor” – ironic words for a woman who has covered a host of war zones in Jerusalem and an earthquake in Thailand. “I make sure I don’t feel like a sick person when I walk out the door,” she said.

Read about her NBC story here.

Watch a video clip here.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote of the Day

“Bo – he’s gotten away with murder this winter, all the snow he gets to go and play in.”
– A local NBC weatherman surmising on all the incredible fun President Obama’s dog must be having in the treacherous snowstorm.

Special programming note: FNC’s Jennifer Griffin is scheduled to appear on NBC’s “Today” show this morning at 8:20. She was diagnosed with breast cancer late last year and will be discussing her condition.

This fish is a Tiger Barb. It has a bad rap for being aggressive, but when in a group is thought to behave reasonably well.

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FNC’s Griffin to Appear on NBC’s ‘Today’

headshot_griffin.jpgFor readers who have been writing in with their thoughts and concerns, FNC’s Pentagon correspondent Jennifer Griffin, who was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer late last year, is scheduled to appear on NBC’s ‘Today Show’ Thursday morning in the 9 a.m. hour to speak about her condition. Griffin has been off-air since late last year.

FishbowlDC wishes Griffin all the best.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin Battles Breast Cancer

FNC’s Pentagon correspondent, Jennifer Griffin has been off-air for nearly six weeks since she was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.

Griffin, who is undergoing an aggressive course of chemo before surgery, made an appearance to emcee the Cause gala on Wednesday night. Reliable Source has the story.

FishbowlDC wishes Jennifer, her husband (NPR’s Greg Myre), their two girls and son a speedy recovery.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin On Balancing Work & The Fam

Parents.com (admittedly not on my daily reading list) profiles Fox’s Jennifer Griffin with an online slideshow of pics of her growing fam– husband Greg Myre, daughters Annalise, 7, and Amelia, 6, and newborn son Luke (and Izzy the cockapoo).

An excerpt of her Q&A:

Speaking of foils, do you have any to reassure your girls, considering your workplace is sometimes a war zone?

“I’ve always tried not to hide what’s happening in the news or what I’m doing. I think it’s better for children to grow up understanding that life is not perfect. I try to answer my kids’ questions in a simple, age-appropriate way that doesn’t create fear. When we lived in Jerusalem, my oldest daughter knew there was a war, but she had no idea it was so close. She’d play Queen of Gaza, and I’d think ‘If you only knew.”

Read on here.

It’s A Boy!

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and NPR’s Greg Myre are the proud parents of a baby boy.

Griffin, who gave birth Monday night, found out she was pregnant while traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan last year. The couple also has two daughters.

Ari Shapiro: The FishbowlDC Interview

as_06_cand8_web.jpgSay hello to NPR’s Ari Shapiro.

How many suits do you own? Four

What word do you routinely misspell? The list is long. Prairie, vicious, dilemma, gauge, odyssey. One joy of radio is that no one outside of NPR sees my misspellings.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Um, yes.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? I have a deeply visceral reaction to Tom Hanks. And not in a good way. I’m sure he’s a very nice man, but I think his performances have been going downhill ever since Big. So, no.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I’m a cell phone ring minimalist. Vibrate during the day, outdoor at night, silent in the studio.

What time did you get up this morning? 7:30

When did you last cry and why? Show me any movie on an airplane and I will cry. I don’t know why. I think Little Miss Sunshine was the last movie I saw at altitude.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? I’m Jewish, we don’t do sins.

Beach, city or country? Short-term, beach. Long-term, city.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Another joy of radio – no one cares

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin)

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Cuprisin Profies Griffin

From here:

    It’s clear why Jennifer Griffin had to leave her foreign posting after more than seven years in Fox News Channel’s Jerusalem bureau.

    “I have two young children and a husband, and we had been in Israel for nearly eight years and it was time to leave Israel,” explains Fox News’ new national security correspondent, based at the Pentagon. “The problem is there was not a logical place to base ourselves in the region, other than Iraq. I couldn’t take a 4- and a 5-year-old to live in Iraq right now.”

    So she’s back in the States, using years of reporting experience on the ground at the nexus of the beat she’s now covering.

    “I’ve been watching this for more than a decade, and experiencing it from different angles living in the region,” she says. “I was living in Pakistan when the Taliban was formed by an intelligence service in Pakistan.

    “All these forces have been in play for quite some time,” she says, “It all didn’t start September 11.”

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