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Gabe Sherman Feted by Liberal Group

Party people: PFAW and friends let loose.

Party people: PFAW and friends let loose.

People for the American Way (PFAW) hosted a little office-building soiree for Gabe Sherman‘s book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, the other day. And though Gabe received his due plaudits from the left-leaning crowd, the name on everyone’s lips was Roger Ailes.

In his introduction, Sherman and PFAW President Michael Keegan both spoke of meeting the Fox News President at an event hosted by The Hollywood Reporter in New York while Sherman was working on his book. While Keegan’s interaction with Ailes was genial (with Ailes complimenting PFAW’s work), Sherman’s, only a few minutes later, wasn’t.

Ailes insisted that Sherman “stop harassing [his] wife” and eventually blustered that “you’re only able to write your book because I’ve been protecting the First Amendment!”

PFAW Pres. __ introduces the man of the hour.

PFAW Pres. Michael Keegan introduces the man of the hour.

In a Q&A later, Sherman pointed to demographic trends as an existential threat to Ailes’ network. He also speculated that Ailes and Fox News still haven’t figured out how to cover the brewing civil war in the GOP, but “if people are shooting at each other, he wants them shooting on Fox.”

Other guests included Josh Keating of Slate, Asawin Suebsaeng and Patrick Caldwell of Mother Jones, Jim Newell of The Guardian, and Stephanie Green of Bloomberg.

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Anonymous Rant: “When will you note the obvious: that there is nothing remotely new or surprising in ‘This Town?’ Everything is exactly as it appears, and on closer inspection, no more interesting. Tammy Haddad aided a charity to advance her own interests — like everyone else. Andrea Mitchell is married to someone famous and hasn’t broken news in years; Bardella pathetic; The White House passes along Issa gossip but no oppo research; speculation and no reporting on why Jarrett gets security detail; Reid is blunt; Hillary once used the F word while stating the obvious — that the WHCD doesn’t matter; Most of this well-reported years ago, and the rest of no interest to anyone, even inside Washington. (You might be right, Anonymous. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s This Town may not be the book for you. But I didn’t know all those details on Kurt Bardella or Rep. Darrell Issa, the purported car thief. And I never tire of hearing more about how D.C. publicity/mob boss Tammy Haddad operates, insider details on NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer‘s ever important birthday party (that we were surprisingly invited to), a politician cussing out the WHCD or how this town sometimes runs on the fuel of dripping self-importance.)

Um, seriously Howie: “Buncha?”

“Twitter needs a way to tell you that you have direct messages. How hard can that be? Just discovered buncha old ones.” — Fox News and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Best response: “Do you not speak to anyone ever?” — HyperVocal and Sirius XM’s Slade Sohmer.

Journo backs Spitzer (well, sort of)

“Love Eliot Spitzer. Bought a flat screen with the page view bonus I got from posting pix of his hookers. Would vote him for anything.” — Guardian‘s Jim Newell.

Scolded.

“I hardly ever respond to trolls, but there’s an amazing comment on my instagram saying I need to ‘start acting like a senators daughter.’” — Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain. Funniest response: “Wait, did I miss a nip slip or something?” — Christopher Ortiz, co-founder of Newscastic and editor of StuffJournalistsLike.com.

WCP editor wants Leno to vanish

“Wish there was a way to program TV to immediately change channel away from NBC as soon as news ended so Jay Leno just vanished.” — Washington City Paper Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.

Heartwarming thought of the morning

“Chatted with two young journalists today. Smart, passionate, curious. That they could do anything – and chose journalism – is wonderful” — Paul Brandus, West Wing Reports.

Editor is crazy for cranberries

“Why doesn’t @OceanSprayInc make their own line of yogurt? I would buy all the cran-orange yogurt. Or cran-raspberry or cran-grape or just plain cranberry yogurt! Seriously @OceanSprayInc, you are missing out on a huge opportunity here.” — Atlantic Cities Sommer Mathis.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC this morning: “Evidently TWT never tires of doing the same things with the same people and expecting a different result.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:10 a.m.

 

 

Nancy Pelosi Helps TNR Celebrate New Digs

Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.

“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).

Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.

Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”

Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.

The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.

Throughout the early evening, Chris Hughes, publisher of TNR, was seen… Read more

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Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between Salon’s Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian’s Jim Newell.

Greenwald: “As this CNN panel discusses ethical issues of Hillary’s huge speech fees, anchor changes topic to… Michelle’s bangs.”

Newell:  “I will dress up like Hillary Clinton and give speeches for a ramen cup, if anyone’s interested.”

Greenwald: “There may be a market for that.”

Judgmental Journo

“The Gawker is an amusing little gossip smut site. But I can’t say I’ve ever read a single item with any real social value on The Gawker.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Happy Belated Birthday Stanton! 

“It’s @dcbigjohn‘s birthday. Be afraid, whiskey.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary on BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton, who, as it so happens, was dabbling in whiskey last night: “Back in the old District of Chaos. To the whiskey cave!” And this: “Thanks for all the birthday wishes folks. If you’re a bottle of Jameson in the DMV urrea, get your affairs in order cause I’m comin’ for ya.”

Life at HuffPost gets barfy

“Ten wings, 1 minute 43 seconds. New personal record!!!” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel. Followed by this: “Ew. Sam Stein just barfed.” And then this: “For the record, I love wings. But I did not eat that many. That tweet was not from me.”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“The cat is unusually happy that I am home, even for a cat who is always happy when I come home.” — Erik Loomis, a blogger at Lawyers, Guns and Money.

Anonymous Tipster to FishbowlDC: “Mike Allen mentioned Judy Kurtz twice in Playbook today for her birthday. Once as The Hill’s Judy Altscher (??) and once as Judy Kurtz.” Read here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 4:32 a.m.

Anonymous Tipster to FishbowlDC: “Honestly, FUCK MIKE ALLEN! What an asshole! Politico is regarded by EVERYONE in D.C.’s media as the most obnoxious, self-promoting, shameless outlet there is — BY FAR. For Mike Allen to go to such extended lengths to hit the NYT with a supposed ethics lesson in Playbook is just ENRAGING!” (To put in proper context, on Saturday, Allen called the NYT and specifically Jonathan Weisman on the carpet for printing a “carbon copy” of a story on its front page after Politico ran theirs on Thursday. For this, Allen gave NYT the “No Shame Award.” But he didn’t stop there. He went on to give the NYT the “Playbook Facts of Life” in which he said, “You can’t try to pass something off as new, when the people who care the most about the topic have read the same thing 24 hours earlier. You’re The New York Times: Be confident! Acknowledge the conversation around a topic you’re imbuing with your unique authority. A clever way to needle Cruz, and give readers a priceless insight into the Washington ecosystem, would have been to say ‘emailed in a statement that was identical to one he provided to Politico.”" Weisman didn’t take Allen’s lecture lightly. He wrote on Twitter, “Utterly absurd. Story was in the works for weeks. You pull the trigger when you think it’s ripe. Public story.”)

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day - the Oprah-Lance Armstrong edition.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“WE BEAT GAWKER BY 25 MIN ON BANGS STORY!” — WaPo‘s Reliable Source on finally getting a story within spitting distance of another gossip outlet. The item concerned first lady Michelle Obama’s new hairstyle, which involves bangs.

The Media Observer

“Favorite line from inaug committee warning abt Metro: ‘You will have to stand in close proximity to several thousand people’” — NYT‘s Washington Deputy Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.

Editor wants Christian Mingle to leave him alone

“Dear Christian Mingle, stop sending me emails.” — Eboné Bell, Managing Editor of Tagg magazine, Hip Hop Cardio Instructor, & Founder of Capital Queer Prom.

Oprah’s masterful interview skills

“Oprah rules. She is REALLY good at this. Just a master interviewer.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Also: “Lance is the least sympathetic apologizer possible. I feel ZERO empathy with him.”

“Oprah is a hell of a good interviewer.”– CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.

“This is as much am exercise in journalism as confession. The packages Oprahs guys are dropping in help people who are new to the story.” — NYT‘s David Carr.

“I’m not feeling Lance but I’m loving Oprah. She is a first class interviewer.” — Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

“I love Oprahshe just goes straight in! #BOOM” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.

The Best of… on Oprah & Lance

“Oprah tells crowd to look under their chairs where they discover rotten vegetables to throw at Lance. That interview I would watch.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“Every asshole should get to do an interview with Oprah.” — New York Daily NewsJosh Greenman.

“Mike Wallace would have filleted Lance Armstrong like a fish.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

(Fake Oprah Question): “Did you ever have sex with a dead wizard’s body for magical powers?” “Yes” — The Guardian and Salon freelancer Jim Newell during the “yes or no” only portion of the interview.

“For the judging media, remember the ‘culture’ that allows for enhancements that help your job (whisky, Adderoll, whisky).” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.

“I read his book, I supported LiveStrong- so awful to watch him tonight – he seems mostly sorry he got caught!” — NBC4′s  Doreen Gentzler.

“So Lance’s drug use was real and Manti’s gf was fake. Got it.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.

“I feel like this is a public therapy session.” — CNN AC360′s Devna Shuka.

“If I’ve learned anything from this Lance Armstrong interview, it’s he’s a high school girl. Stab you in the back without breaking a sweat.” — Social Media Editor for NBC Washington Cheryl Thompson.

“If Lance Armstrong cared about ratings, he would have done interview on 60 Min. Not a cable network nobody watches.” — Alex Conant, U.S. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio‘s press secretary.

“You did not just make a fat joke to Oprah.” — Lizzie O’Leary, whose Twitter bio says simply, “apsiring Hildy Johnson.”

“When does Oprah roll out the wagon of fat?” — ClearChannel‘s Colby Hall. Also: “First clue that I am not on one of my regular viewing channels: seeing ads referencing transvaginal mesh.”

“Fun continuity game: watch water levels in Lance & Oprah water glasses for edit jumping. Straws are an odd touch, too.” — Politico‘s Steve Friess.

Daily Caller reporter takes nasty swipe at CNN’s Piers Morgan...

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Startling Monday headline

“Woman killed by Orange Line train” — story by the Washington Examiner‘s transportation reporter  Kytja Weir.  Read here. Weir reported that a woman jumped in front of an Orange Line train at 11:29 a.m. Monday at the Ballston Metro stop and died.

Speaking of orange…GOP Consultant Roger Stone had a few choice words for CNN’s Roland Martin for rooting for Texas AM aggies: “Roland Martin Dumbfuck–your avi photos shows you wearing ORANGE.”

NYT‘s Leibovich’s book release on the horizon

“Leibo book on DC, This Town, is avail for pre-order (ships 4/23)” — GOP Conulstant Matt Mackowiack. Purchase NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s much anticipated Washington culture book here. The book can also be purchased at Amazon for $17.71 for the hardcover or the kindle version for $14.99.  At the Barnes & Noble website, the book also costs $17.71, marked down $from $27.95. At Penguin.com, the hardcover costs $27.95.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is Downtown Abbey the thing with Honey Boo Boo?” — ReutersSam Youngman. And this: “How I feel about Twitter during Downton Abbey = how my non-sports fan friends must feel about Twitter during playoffs.” — Politico‘s Juana Summers.

Anonymous wisdom to FishbowlDC: “Come on, Twitter fights with [Breitbart.com's] Matthew Boyle are like drunkenly walking into a light pole, and then getting pissed off at it for being in your way. Totally fun, but do you really want to give the light pole any relevance?”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball and The Atlantic Associate Editor covering business and politics Matt O’Brien.

Molly Ball: “The American people are a bunch of lily-livered wusses who can’t handle a little bit of legislative hardball.” She links to this story on GallupPolitics which says that 77 percent of Americans believe that Washington politics is harmful to the U.S.

Matt O’Brien: “That’s underplaying how destructive it is to hold the debt ceiling hostage.”

Molly Ball: “Aww, so worried about your pwecious widdle economy. Adorable.”

A beloved journalist dies and an insult for TIME‘s Mark Halperin unfolds… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

DISTURBING: “Holloween 2012 — I’m a tiger in bed,” — HBO’s Bill Maher. We have to say, former Rep. David Wu (D-OutofHisMind) plays a better tiger.

NOT TOO FAR OFF: “I went as Carmen Miranda for night three of Halloween”InTheseTimes.com labor journo Mike Elk. Miranda was a Portuguese Samba singer and Broadway actress who was popular in the 40s and 50s.

Comedian Lizz Winstead: “I was gonna shove my head up my own ass and go as an undecided voter but I couldn’t find the right shirt.”

Lady goes bananas for Halloween

“Lady just handed out bananas to trick or treaters – wrong on so many many levels.” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Editor finds wife’s anger at Gov. Christie sexy

“Wife’s so mad at Christie it’s coming out in Spanish. Which I must say is kinda sexy.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

Speaking of sexy…

“A lot of hot dads in the neighborhood. #justsaying” — Conservative writer Lisa De Pasquale.

Bret Baier gets compliment on weight

Hollifina writes, “You look like a different person. How did you lose weight? Does Ur family live in Manhattan?” Baier replied, “Wash dc.” What, no thank you to Hollifina?

Journo blasé about TV hit

“On MSNBC 10ish, going blah blah blah.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Journo shaken by neighborhood crime

“So there was a shooting a block from my apartment…circling helicopter, searchlight ablaze, means they haven’t caught the guy, yes?” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

Irritated blogger

“As a new insomniac, I love breaking glasses in the middle of the dark night. On my foot. Curse you, sloppy boys.” — Lisa Rowan, a vintage blogger who writes quarterlife202.com.

Meghan McCain reveals what she was going to be for Halloween and more questions about that Daily Caller hooker video…

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Two Bros Out in the Storm

When The Guardian‘s and Salon‘s Jim Newell and obvious daredevil Dylan Byers of Politico contemplated venturing out last night on Capitol Hill, an older journo had words of wisdom.

You could tell Newell was getting restless when he wrote, “I guess the dearth of DC storm tweeters means nothing too bad is happening! (In Columbia Heights at least or wherever you fuckers live).”

Around 10:30 p.m. when Byers announced that he was contemplating heading out, Newell jumped at the chance to hang out with such a cool cat. Byers: “Alright, folks, venturing out for a Capitol Hill #Sandy report. Pictures TK. Can’t promise anything like New York.” Newell: “Are you going to the actual Hill or just around the neighborhood?” he asked. “I kind of want to go out and see too.”

Byers soon wound up at Tunnicliff’s Tavern. UPDATE and CORRECTION: Around 2:30 p.m. we heard back from Newell, who said he never made it out last night. Why did he take so damn long getting back to us? “Sorry, I was sleeping,” he replied. (We have changed the copy to reflect that Newell never made it to the bar.)

But not without sound advice from The Guardian‘s Richard AdamsRead more

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Quotes of the Day

“Any jackass can talk about bombing Iran.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, post debate late night.

“I think we all love teachers.” — CBS “Face the Nation” host and presidential debate moderator Bob Schieffer. This is how he firmly ended one of the segments as Mitt Romney gushed about teachers.

Important Question to Ponder: “What do I get @twitter for our 4th anniversary together?” — WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe. Answer: A divorce. (Just kiddng with you, Ed.)

Journo’s heart warmed by Fresh Prince

“Will Smith was a groomsman in Alfonso Ribiero (aka Carlton Banks) wedding. That warms my heart #freshprince.” — ABC News’s Karen Travers.

The Relationship Expert

“Romney and Obama really don’t like each other. Reminds me of the very worse episode of Love Connection.” — “Love Connection” game show host Chuck Woolery.

Blogger declares journos’ “shallow

“Is it too much for reporters who don’t cover and don’t have any knowledge of for policy to refrain from grading a for pol debate? #shallow” — WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Mom to the rescue

“My mom fact-checks that Air Force Academy basic cadets trained with bayonets this summer. Source: My sister goes there.” — Politico defense reporter Leigh Munsil.

“1st debate my mother texted she was upset Obama lost. 2nd debate texted she was happy. Now, no text. My focus group says, Viewership down?” — WaPo‘s Tim Craig.

Huh?!

“Last Nicki Minaj quote tweet was meant as a text to a friend. Sorry, at least I didn’t pull a chick from the newsroom and tweet racy pic.” — MSNBC Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Megan McCain.

Righty writer makes fun of Specter (too soon?)

Q: “Why is the weather so wonderful today?” A: “Oh, that’s right. Arlen Specter is still dead.” — the always classy conservative writer and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain. Former Sen. Arlen Specter died last week after a lengthy bout of cancer.

See the best in Debate Observations…and find out which D.C. insider is hanging out with Cinderella.

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Ingraham handles “stupid b-i-t-c-h” remark

When a follower asked conservative radio host Laura Ingraham over the weekend, “Are you not a stupid biatch,” she replied, “Very confused–thought it was ‘biotch.’” Actually in the Urban Dictionary it’s “beyotch” and “biatch” or “biotch.” Biatch is a gangster version of the word while biotch is a woman of “unsavory character traits,” or, as they so warmly put it, “a pain in the ass” or a “moody bitch.”

Cabbie tells female journo to “shut up”

“Cab driver asks me where I’m going. I tell him it’s illegal to do that. He tells me to ‘shut up.’ Nice, DC cabs.” — HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel.

CNN Correspondent Mugged

“UNREAL. I was just robbed in midtown Atlanta. Guy walked past me and ripped my wallet right out of my hands.” — CNN Correspondent Brooke Baldwin.

Bob Dole, Viagra, Women in Airports

“Bob Dole says any second thoughts about Viagra ads put to rest by women thanking him in airports.” — WSJ‘s Andrew Grossman, who splits his time between New York and Washington. Ryan Teague Beckwith chimed in, saying, “Two ways to read that.”

Journo says fuck it, run the car chase!

“I am pro- post the clip. Fuck it, people want to see it.” — The Guardian and Salon‘s Jim Newell on the car chase Fox News accidentally aired Friday in which the gunman committed suicide.

Travel Bitches

“Boarded flight to Houston on time. Cut it close because of my own screwup (went to wrong airline/terminal), but still got a sandwich.” — the always traveling Steve Buttry, community engagement director at Journal Register Company and Digital First.

Whoa! Dayspring praises D.C. reporter

“Finally had a chance to meet the lovely @feliciasonmez, doing an MSNBC hit together this morning,” remarked The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Amie Parnes about WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez. To which Brad Dayspring replied, “Kindest journo in D.C.!”

Bret Baier has lost weight? 

“Have you lost weight? Or is it just the haircut? You look different w/ Harris Faulkner on Fox Report,” a follower wrote FNC’s Bret Baier. He replied, “I have.”

Reporter counts down hours until she pays her rent

“ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT until its October and I have to pay rent.” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera.

NPR’s Carvin finishing up his book

“After 18 months of writing I now have a completed manuscript for my book, three days early. Now the hard part: editing. #acarvinbook” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

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