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Actress and pretend Senate hopeful Ashley Judd held court in Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s gorgeous kitchen last night at his pre-inaugural bash. The party, dubbed “Downton Bradley” for its hoity-toity guest list, was a who’s who of Washington D.C. where the living room was filled with everyone from TIME‘s Joe Klein, CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan with wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, White House correspondent for ABC News Radio Ann Compton, WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Debbie Dingle, wife of Rep. John Dingle (D-Mich.), whose surname persistently comes out “Dungle” on the iPhone, CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Hungarian Amb. Greg Szapry, Comcast Executive V.P. David Cohen, and AOL Co-founder Steve Case.
The dining room, meanwhile, had its own plateful of D.C. V.I.P.’s — former White House Press Sec. Joe Lockhart, former PBS’ Jim Lehrer (yawn), CNN and Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton and reporter Rosie Gray, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas, National Journal Publisher Bruce Gottlieb, NJ‘s new spokesman, Ben Fishel (former flack to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Penistown), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Media Matters), reporter Chris Frates and Atlantic Spokeswoman Natalie Raabe, NJ National Correspondent Ron Fournier, NJ‘s Ron Brownstein and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt, who described her recent quick bout with the flu despite having a flu shot. Also in the dining room: Lobbyist Heather Podesta.
In the foyer was a male guest with a neck beard (see pictures after the jump), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and outgoing Sec. of State Hilary Clinton‘s former Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer.
It was the kitchen, however, that was the apparent nerve center of Bradley’s house. With beautiful creamy couches and a blazing fireplace, and the surprisingly down-to-earth Bradley in the corner chatting up guests, it was there where we spied on Judd mingling with D.C. insiders such as HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, who wore a bright pink tie and signature mane of longish silver locks, Bloomberg View‘s Margaret Carlson. Judd was accompanied by an unidentified partially balding man. Also roaming the kitchen was Fineman’s sister, Elizabeth Schroeter, in from Colorado. Asked about her brother, Schroeter said he was a “really good guy.” Judd, with a red flower in her hair, struck various poses throughout the night. Most noteworthy, however, was her stick straight posture, even when sitting, and her ability to stick her chest out when engaged in casual conversation. Let’s just say she was well aware that flashbulbs were capturing her every move.
Out on the enclosed patio were more guests to gawk at and grill.
(Pictured above left: Atlantic Publisher David Bradley)
In Washington, influence is everything. Then again, in some circles so is being retweeted, so maybe “everything” is a tad overrated. But today GQ takes some allegedly important people to task with a year-end list sure to make some want to hide under the covers. The magazine writers applaud themselves in the process, which is simultaneously nauseating and disappointing as it extracts any brownie points acquired for creating the list in the first place.
Their introduction: “Any magazine can do a year-end list of influential people who have accomplished far more than most of us ever will. But only GQ possesses the iron testicles to count down the twenty-five least significant men and women of 2012—a collection of people so uninspiring that we should round them all up and stick them on an iceberg. Please note that these folks are ranked in no particular order, because all zeros are created equal.” Yes, and that includes the zeros surrounding GQ at the moment and the “L” sign attached to its forehead.
(The above photograph is of bull testicles, but you get the idea.)
Of the four debate moderators this election year, CBS News’s Bob Schieffer by far has been the least criticized.
PBS’s Jim Lehrer was thrown to the dogs by Democrats and their supporters for coming off as a pushover and seeming to let GOP Candidate Mitt Romney call the shots in the first debate. ABC News’ Martha Raddatz was hit by the right for not putting a muzzle on Veep Joe Biden‘s toothy grin. And for several days CNN’s Candy Crowley was blasted by Team Romney for her real-time fact checking in the second presidential debate.
With Schieffer, Romney didn’t do the tit-for-tat rule rattling he gained a reputation for in previous debates. (Though he tried once and backed down immediately when Schieffer told him he’d already had his turn.) President Obama wasn’t heard repeating, “Bob. Bob. Bob” as he did with Crowley’s name while trying to interrupt her.
So what gives? Is Schieffer just that awesome of a moderator? Did he outclass the others in pedigree?
Take our Fish Poll below. We’ll post the results tomorrow.
1. Daily Caller attacks ABC flack – In a story today by The Daily Caller brass, Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel, they go after ABC for the choice of Martha Raddatz moderating tonight’s VP debate. After all, President Obama attended her wedding and her then-husband, his. In the piece, they pointedly go after ABC flack David Ford. “ABC flacks refused to answer his questions. They hid the information from public view,” they write, adding, “A network flack named David Ford sent a statement to sympathetic liberal news outlets attacking [DC reporter Josh] Peterson for daring to question Raddatz’s impartiality.” Read the story here. We reached out to Ford for comment on the story and accusations. His email this morning says he’s traveling for the VP debate and will only be checking his email periodically.
2. Women and R-E-S-P-E-C-T — Speaking of Raddatz, this morning WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wonders whether a woman will get more respect than PBS’s Chief Boring Correspondent Jim Lehrer did. Tonight it’s Raddatz, next week we’ll see CNN’s extremely well-liked Candy Crowley take the hot moderator’s seat. Farhi quotes sources who say men will go after a female moderator as easily as they have their male counterparts. He also quotes linguistics prof Deborah Tannen, who says a woman cutting men off may be viewed as “aggressive.” Farhi asks, “Isn’t equality grand?” Read the story here.
3. Love him or hate him, Joe Biden doesn’t change — Craig Crawford, a pundit and blogger, rehashes a story he wrote for the Orlando Sentinel in 1987. It wouldn’t be timely, except the material is more than timely, as are his experiences and observations about VP Biden. “Talking to Joe Biden is a physical contest. First, he stands practically on your toes, stares right between your eyeballs and says loudly, ‘So what’s up?’” The story includes an interesting detail on the warning Jill Biden received from Joe’s brothers before marrying him. Read the story here.
Heading into last night’s presidential debate, former PBS anchor Jim Lehrer anticipated some criticism. “It’s a rough, rough world — I know that,” he told the NYT. “I’m susceptible to the same smears as anyone else.”
But holy sh*t.
For whatever “smears” Lehrer was ready for, it’s hard to imagine he prepared himself for the avalanche that came from his own colleagues in the media. Below are the top 11 ass-spanking headlines and tweets Lehrer took for his seeming inability to control the candidates.
Tweets after the jump… Read more
Last night former PBS anchor Jim Lehrer came out of retirement to moderate the first presidential debate of the 2012 race. His experience moderating 11 previous presidential debates should have primed the 78-year-old veteran journo for such an esteemed role. So come on, be honest, how did he do?
Quotes of the Day
“It’s so hard to talk these days.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren in reaction to V.P. Joe Biden‘s “gaffe” yesterday.
“He’s gotta recognize that he’s gonna be double teamed. Jim Lehrer is part of the cultural left so Mitt is going to have to communicate past Lehrer and past Obama to reach the American people.” — Fmr. Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on FNC last night.
Not enough black journos on air tonight?
“@rolandsmartin we need a black room twitter debate team tonight since none of us will be on AIR–get some #WashingtonWatch peeps together.” — Preacher Sophia Nelson of theGrio.com, Essence and USA Today.
In the category of bright ideas…
“Today, I think I’ll work on a column giving Mitt Romney some advice because I want people to know how smart I am.” — DoubleThink‘s J.P. Freire.
Journo in-fighting between two guys named Alex
Speaking of that video…
- “Impressive in dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks category: Hannity calling non-news Obama ’07 Hampton video ‘a bombshell abt to be dropped’ on WH race” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.
- “If Obama haters think I’m going to expend a ton of energy on this issue, they are nuts. This amounts to nothing.” — CNN Contributor and Washington Watch host Roland Martin.
- “Oh lawd.. someone send me a link to TEH VIDEEOOHH!!” — Michelle Ray, Social Media Director at Conservative Daily News. It’s here.
- “Why are liberals so shocked that Fox News, Drudge, and Tucker Carlson practice racist demagoguery? Like being shocked sky is blue.” — David Zirin, Sports Editor at The Nation.
And Breitbart.com editor blesses Drudge, rips MSM
“Squirm, corrupt media, squirm! #GodBlessDrudge” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte.
Mitt Romney’s Lunch: The Nasty Aftermath
“Can someone please interview the Chipotle worker? I can’t stop giggling. I want to know everything about him.” — National Journal’s Elahe Izadi.
“Romney’s Chipotle order: burrito bowl, pork, rice, black beans, guac, salsa (per pool report)” — HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel.
Important Q to Ponder: “Seriously, why the fuck are people tweeting Romney’s lunch? Who gives a shit?” — Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas.
“Per pool, Romney is having Chipotle for lunch. He and Sen. Portman both had pork burrito bowls with guacamole.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.
“Sort of depressing to drive around KC and see a liquor store named after Harry Truman.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
Optimism is…“We’re ALL gonna lose in Nov no matter who wins!” — Reason mag’s Nick Gillespie.
“Oh good. HuffPost Live will also be live-streaming debates. This brings the total number of news outlets covering the debates to everyone.” — TVNewser‘s Alex Weprin.
“People who break embargoes, that’s that shit I don’t like.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman.
Necessary Tweet of the Day
“Fuck man I totally feel for a free Southwest Airline ticket voucher spambot thing on facebook fuck fuck fuck.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.
Convo Between Two Journos: MEOW
The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor writes, “Question: Why is @BuzzFeed working so hard to get to the smoking gun in this video? You guys can’t wait until 9 pm? Go have dinner… Relax.” To which Politico‘s Shermanator (Jake Sherman) replies, “Yep, you mustve. when someone says publicly they have something that will make news, if u dont chase it, u should find a new job.”
ABC’s Walter involuntary spams followers
“Hello Tweeps. I am not DMing you about some sort of “bad stuff” written about you. It’s spam/hacking.” — ABC’s Amy Walter.
Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.
Quotes of the Day
Reporter looks at glass half full
“OK, so, I’m definitely sick. But, I’m headed to the urgent care to get something to heal me. … At least the snow is pretty!” — Metro Weekly‘s White House Correspondent Chris Geidner. Geidner told FishbowlDC that he has Strep throat but is on the mend. We’re happy to hear it.
The pudding metaphor that wouldn’t die
“What’s the proof in your pudding? There seems to be no proof or pudding here. James O’Keefe needs an editor. He needs someone to say, ya know, you just don’t have it here.” — WaPo media writer Paul Farhi on CNN’s Sunday program “Reliable Sources” reacting to James O’Keefe‘s charge that HuffPost‘s Sam Stein boozes up his sources for information. Farhi wouldn’t stop talking about the pudding, which then bled into another guest, Business Insider‘s Glynnis MacNicol also discussing the “pudding.”
Number of days Politico gave GOP presidential contender Herman Cain to answer whether he’d ever been accused of sexual harassment: 10.
A TV reporter’s take on Madoff interview
“So Ruth Madoff is a lot more believable than I expected.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on the CBS “60 Minutes” interview last night of Bernie Madoff‘s wife, Ruth, and their son, Andrew.
Journo detests rude riders
“People who ride the metro are infinitely more rude than people who ride the bus. Particularly on the westside red line.” — Roll Call‘s Amanda Becker.
Fournier snakes his drains
“Just finished snaking our drains. Got me thinking of the presidential campaign.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.
“Ever notice when people have had too much caffeine & one leg is jumping up & down? Very distracting if they’re next to you while you read.” — Fox News Contributor and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.
A new pet peeve: Anyone who calls themselves an “Upper” in daylight. “Good morning #Uppers.” — invented by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes for those who watch his program, “Up With Hayes.”
Fun in the Sun
“Well that was a long week. Yawn. Now off to see @axlrose and @gunsnroses in the Sunshine State…. If this plane ever gets off the ground.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) spokesman Brad Dayspring.
“For Halloween I’m gonna dress up as National Journal and charge a fee to show up at your party a few hours after Politico‘s already there.” — Fake Jim VandeHei.
Unnecessary Tweet of the Day
“Suggestions for a new TV? Nothing too big.” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn. Seems absurd that Corn needs help purchasing a new TV? We’re sure the salesman at Best Buy can assist.
Quotes of the Day
CNN’s Ed Hornick moves to Atlanta: “The view from my apartment. On Sunday funday a DJ sets up and spins … What is this? The Shore Club?”
TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END
“Potus arrives at a fitness club, the club green valley at 7:41 am. No POTUS sighting. Pool holding in vans.” — McLatchy’s Lesley Clark in Greensboro, N.C. In a subsequent report she got a glimpse of President Obama and wrote, “POTUS in Black tracksuit, black baseball cap, earphones in both ears. As a gym-goer passed him at the front door, he exchanged a brief greeting.”
Norah gets tweaked by The Daily Show
CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell writes, “Obama in Asheville, NC, talking jobs. Pic Attached.” The Daily Show responded with this rather unfunny quip, “Now can you make the picture move & talk?”
Henry explains ins/outs of presidential travel
“And no no no buses are not ‘being flown to airports’ at every stop. President flew to NC, then met the bus, and takes bus stop to stop.” — FNC’s Ed Henry.
PBS’s Jim Lehrer recalls Washington liar
Q: Think of one of your least favorite people in Washington and, without naming him or her, describe what makes that person so unappealing. A: He lied about me and what I did with the intent of hurting me and my professional reputation. Read the interview by Politico‘s Patrick Gavin here.
The Media Critic
Sick journo now eating Boo Berry
“Sick to my stomach. It’s rather lovely.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo Lazar. That was last night. This morning he’s all better. “I’m pretty sure my highlight for this week will be eating Boo Berry cereal at my desk at work #legendary.”
Howiella fears for her kids
“It’s not even 10pm and I just saw a commercial for a ‘vibrating personal massager.’ I’m afraid for my future children.” — The Hill‘s Howgatha Kurtz (a.k.a Judy, Howie-May, Howlma, etc…).
Reader reacts to Ezra gift registry involving copper saucepan
“What of it?????? You think it is inappropriate to ask for these items? I own the same type of pots and pans and they are considered an INVESTMENT……..the copper will have to be relined but the Allclad will last 2 lifetimes. Is your world so small this is the best you can do?” — a commenter to FBDC reacting to this item regarding WaPo‘s Ezra Klein and Slate‘s (soon to be NYT) Annie Lowrey registering at Williams-Sonoma. Note to reader: Relax, no one’s judging Ezzy for wanting the copper saucepan.
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