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Two Daily Caller Reporters Fired, Managing Editor Quits, Employees Nervous

The last two weeks has put employees at The Daily Caller on edge. Two reporters were fired and the Managing Editor, Joe Kildea, has jumped ship. One reporter is gone because of a bad attitude; the other for being in a beat she wasn’t qualified to cover. Kildea was allegedly discontent due to differences in opinion about how things were being run.

The entire newsroom was instructed Wednesday night not to discuss the departures with the press. Kildea did not return a request for comment. Newsroom sources requested anonymity to protect their employment and FishbowlDC is honoring their wishes. Tina Nguyen, a tech reporter who’d been at the publication for about two months, was in over her head. Amanda Carey, an employee of a year and a half, complained about Executive Editor David Martosko one too many times. While that isn’t the core reason Carey was fired, it was the final impetus for her departure. Carey declined to comment.

A moral of the story (at least in Carey’s case): Complain about Martosko at your own peril.

But it went deeper than that. Management ultimately felt Carey wasn’t content at the publication. Some words being bandied about among newsroom sources include “lazy” and not skilled enough — typical reasons why people are fired. Near daily complaining about Martosko, we’re told, put management over the edge. Brass was tired of hearing it. Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson declined to comment for this story.

Martosko has undoubtedly been a controversial figure from the start. Newsroom sources say his profound defense of reporter Matthew Boyle and his recent EPA piece troubled reporters who believed the story was false. They feared their reputations would be sullied by the widespread negative attention the ordeal received in publications such as Politico and parts of the right-wing media. And they couldn’t conceive why their editor was defending a story many considered pointedly bogus.

We wrote Martosko with questions about Carey‘s firing as well as general friction in the newsroom. But so far, the former Glee Club conductor and editor with a lengthy rap sheet, isn’t singing or even replying. Back in July when he was first hired, Carlson warned staff that if they have a problem with Martosko‘s hire — he was arrested a number of times for public intoxication and DWI — they can find the door. At the time, Carlson told FBDC, “I’ve made it clear to the staff that anyone who judges him for it can leave.” Martosko no longer drinks. He spells this out in a Twitter bio that could serve as a snapshot of his awkwardness: “Executive Editor, The Daily Caller. Father of daughters, editor of reporters, lover of an opera singer, eater of pierogis [sic], former drinker of booze.”

Complaints about Martosko center on his lack of newsroom experience and being condescending to reporters, an accusation many editors around town could be charged with at any given time. Some say he’s a weird fit for the no rules newsroom. What reporters may not realize is that how much they’d like him was not a consideration for his hire. He was brought on to bring order to a process that sorely needed it and to get rid of typos. Still others say he’s just plain awkward to deal with, but “not that bad” and “not too awful.” Some felt the decision to let him go to New Hampshire to cover the recent GOP presidential debate was ill conceived. A Dartmouth graduate, he went on his own dime and published 12 stories in three days. Reporters (we’re told Carey among them) believed they should have had the chance to attend and not an editor without a journalism background.

As is often the case within newsrooms, reporters are almost always at odds with management and Daily Caller scribes have notoriously been a feisty, anti-authority bunch. Carlson has an open-door policy in which reporters are free to speak their minds without repercussions. Despite the perception that Carey spoke her mind too many times and got herself fired, that policy holds. But at the end of the day, the line is drawn in the sand: Higher ups versus employees. Higher ups win. And reporters can seek employment elsewhere.

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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.

Morning Reading List, 11.01.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington. This is the longest Morning Reading List in FishbowlDC history.

  • You think Tim Russert should be The Joker.

  • ABC announced, “During a week dominated by news of the fires in Southern California, ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Total Viewers, Households and Adults 25-54. For the week, the ABC broadcast averaged 8.95 million Total Viewers and a 2.3/9 among key demo viewers. This marks ‘World News” highest delivery in both categories in eight months (week of 2/26/07).”

  • Joe Kildea has left ABC’s “This Week.”

  • The Politico announced a new staffer. “Jeffrey Ressner, who will be reporting for Politico — from L.A. — on the nexus of Hollywood and politics, wrote and/or edited for publications including L.A. Weekly, Hollywood Reporter, Rolling Stone, Us Weekly and Time Magazine.”

  • More Halloween costumes, from Playbook:

      MORE COSTUMES: Riley was a kangaroo. J.T. was a fireman. Rob was Sarkozy, complete with aviators and French flag lapel pins, carrying a baguette. Lily was a pink witch/princess, and stole the show on M Street. Richard was Malcolm X. Tom Toles had a wide stance. Matt David was Papa Smurf and Kildea was Baby Smurf. Dana Milbank had a very short green dress with fishnets and a black wig.

    And…

      The Playbook “Best Costume” award goes to Rajiv Chandrasekaran, who went as a GRATEFUL IRAQI, wearing an Iraqi Olympic jacket and handing out candy.

  • A release announced, “The Society of American Travel Writers
    announced winners of the Aaron D. Cushman Travel Public Relations award at their convention in Manchester, England on October 6. Among the top honors, the Gold Award for Best Publicity for a Single Entity or National Brand, went to Willard 2006 — A Hotel’s Legacy, A Nation’s History — Barbara Bahny-David, Director of Public Relations for the Willard InterContinental — on behalf of Willard 2006.”

  • Check out FishbowlNY’s full coverage of the 2007 American Magazine Conference.

  • Gridskipper Washington D.C has a D.C. Punk Crawl, the Best Cheap Italian Restaurants and the Suburban Girl’s Guide to Shopping in the District.

  • You have to be major for ‘Meet’

  • A release announced, “Entrepreneur Risë Birnbaum is being honored as one of the Washington Business Journal’s 2007 “Women Who Mean Business.” Her company, Z Communications Co. (better known as zcomm), was recently recognized by the same publication as one of the top 15 public relations agencies by revenue in the D.C. Metro area.”

  • Did you miss the Center for Responsive Politics’ Massie Ritsch on Comedy Central’s “Colbert Report” Tuesday night. Check out the video on Conmedy Central’s website.

  • His Extreme-ness says, “The Note’s Insidery Readers Are So Jaded And Cynical These Days”

  • The new Onion book, Our Dumb World, went on sale Tuesday.

  • A release announced, “Maria Hinojosa, award-winning journalist and host of NPR’s Latino USA, will be the featured speaker at the next Latino Leaders Luncheon Series, taking place from 12:00 pm-2:00 pm on Tuesday, November 6th at the Capital Hilton Presidential Ballroom, 1001 16th Street, NW, in Washington, DC. The series is a quarterly event hosted by Latino Leaders Networkâ„¢ and founder, Mickey Ibarra, to provide a platform for prominent Latino leaders to share their personal story of obstacles overcome to achieve success.”

  • PEJ News Coverage Index for October 21-26 shows, “The wildfires that raged in Southern California last week featured numerous tales of bravery, tragedy, and plenty of missing pets. But one reason the disaster became such a major story was that journalists couldn’t resist raising the comparison—fair or not—with the 2005 fiasco on the Gulf Coast.”

  • PRNewser has the details Pat Philbin’s going-away. Check it out here, here and here.

  • From The Huffington Post: “FEMA Offers New Guidelines Governing Press Conferences That Look Suspiciously Like The Old Guidelines That Should Have Governed Press Conferences In The First Place”

  • Christina Bellantoni is doing regular stints on Tony Kornheiser’s show talking about ’08 politics.

  • Huffington Post reports, “In recent weeks, Republican presidential candidates have found time in their busy schedules to speak or debate before the Republican Jewish Coalition, “Value Voters,” conservative Floridians, even Wyoming Republicans, who hold virtually no sway in the primary race. They’ve also agreed to appear at the CNN/YouTube debate they at one point shunned. But it appears that some GOP frontrunners are once again letting an opportunity to appear before African-American voters lapse, just as they decided to sit out a black voter forum hosted last month by Tavis Smiley. The Congressional Black Caucus Institute announced in September that it had scheduled a debate for November 4 on Fox News for Republican presidential candidates. But a spokeswoman for the group confirmed to the Huffington Post that it has now been postponed, with no new date set.”

  • A release announced that yesterday marked, “the official relaunch of the Nightline webcast which will be featured on ABCNews.com, ABC News Now, and iTunes.”

  • From a reporter who wishes to remain anonymous: “as one of the few journalists in town who does not believe russert walks on water, i have to say he did a good job last night at finally getting under hrc’s skin. the fact that she is now calling his demeanor unprofessional is absurd and quite telling about her thin skin…”

  • A tipster asks, “what is benjamin wallace-wells doing on the front of the post?”

  • For anyone wondering why Politico’s Crypt logo has changed, it’s because it is a group effort, of more than eight reporters, and they could not fit all those caricature on the box. Seriously.

  • Jossip tells us how to “Dress Up As Your Favorite Media Meanie.” Ok, so a day late, but stil funny.

  • The Guardian’s Cory Doctorow writes, “It’s all the rage these days: crackpot proposals to automatically police the internet for copyright violations, stopping them even before they occur. From YouTube’s promise to find and stamp out copyright infringing uploads to the counterproposal from the motion picture studios and Microsoft to find and stamp out infringing uploads, everyone is getting in on the act. The problem is, it’s all lies, wishful thinking and irresponsible promises.”

  • WWD.com reports, “Portfolio.com has tapped Larry Kramer, founder of MarketWatch, as a Web consultant for the next few months.”

  • “The Parents Television Council released its annual ranking of the 20 most popular prime time broadcast television shows among children ages 2-17, based on Nielsen Media Research rankings. … Of the 20 shows most-watched by children, only seven were scripted series, and six of those appeared on the worst list. Fox’s Family Guy was named the worst program for young audiences.” For the full result, click here.

  • The Nation announced that the magazine’s syndication policy at the magazine has changed; all rights and syndication are now handled by Agence Global.

  • Pajamas Media “announced actor Ron Silver, author Dr. Phyllis Chesler, and cultural critic Roger Kimball as new PajamasXpress bloggers. These contributors now have a permanent space at PajamasMedia.com where readers can view their most recent web postings on a range of issues and current events and engage them in conversation.”

  • A release announced, “Society of Professional Journalists, National Arab American Journalists Association join forces”

  • TV Decoder reports,Brian Lamb Says an Award for Him Is an Award for Us All”

  • A release announced, “The Hollywood Reporter … announced the release of Hollywood Reporter Direct, a free and easy-to-install application that provides subscribers with immediate and exclusive delivery of customized news, alerts and video from The Hollywood Reporter directly to their desktop. With this launch, The Hollywood Reporter becomes one of the first news outlets in the U.S. to offer this kind of desktop news delivery system to its global readership.”

  • A reader writes asks, “Uh, is the ‘Time 100′ peer-reviewed or something? Aren’t ALL magazine lists essentially subjective and built-to-entertain/sell-ads?”

  • Market Watch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The clever host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Colbert Report’ is holding the usually clear-eyed media in the palm of his hand and bringing out the worst in some star-struck journalists who should know better.”

  • Washington Times reports, “Comcast this week debuted its Digital Voice service in Frederick County, Md., making the cable provider’s ‘triple play’ — cable, Internet and phone services –available to subscribers there.”

  • Poynter Online answers the burning question, “What Does a ‘Data Delivery Editor’ Do?”

  • Washington Post’s Howard Kurtz writes, “If you harbor a sneaking suspicion that the 2008 campaign is all about Hillary, you’re right”

  • Advertising Age announced, “Advertising Age unveils its annual A-List, where we name the year’s top 10 magazines. Womens’ magazines dominate this year’s list, as titles that focus on home, health, hunger and handbags all found a place, as did one British newsweekly. Other awards include editor of the year, launch of the year and publishing company of the year, which can be found in this special report.”

  • E&P reports, “News coverage of the 2008 presidential campaign has centered predominantly on just five candidates, offered very little information about their public records or what they would do in office, and focused more than 60% of stories on political and tactical aspects of the race, according to a joint study released Monday.”

  • The New York Times’ Kit Seelye covers Huffington Post’s OffTheBus presidential campaign citizen journalism project.

  • We hear the following people will be Note at tonight’s Time magazine party for Mark Halperin’s “The Page”: Managing Ed Richard Stengel, Wash Bureau Chief Jay Carney, TIME.com Managing Editor Josh Tyrangiel, Mark Halperin, Sen Sherrod Brown, Ron Brownstein, Sen Bob Corker, Tom DeLay, Rep Rahm Emanuel, Mandy Grunwald, Tammy Haddad, Jim Jordan, Chris Matthews, Sen Robin McCain, Terry McCullough, Norah O’Donnell, Kevin Sheekey, George Stephanopoulos, Howard Wolfson and Judy Woodruff.

  • Hotline has finally finally hired a new On Call Editor in Jennifer Skalka.

  • Mark your calendars! NPR Music is set to launch November 5.

  • Check out Carol Joynt’s latest edition of the Washington Social Diary.

  • The HealthCentral Network, Inc. “announced that breast cancer survivor Laura Zigman, a best-selling author regarded as the progenitor of the ‘Chick Lit’ genre, will join MyBreastCancerNetwork.com as an expert.”

  • A reader writes in, “Know who’s a big winner in Microsoft’s investment in Facebook that values the company at $15 billion? The WashPost’s Don Graham, who was an early investor in Facebook”

  • New York Times reports, “The Fox News Channel sent notices to the campaigns of the leading Republican presidential candidates yesterday ordering them to stop using images from their Fox appearances in campaign advertisements.”

  • Place your bid for an “Amazing One Month Internship with Harper’s Bazaar Magazine”

  • Gawker reports, “Last night Graydon Carter’s Waverly Inn was host to a party for Napeolonic media mufti Michael Wolff and former New York mag honcho Caroline Miller’s new project Newser, the web 1.0 news aggregator. Ten years ago, Michael Wolff wrote Burn Rate; it chronicled the spectacular failure of his first web venture, NetGuide. Along the way, Wolff seriously burned his backer Alan Patricof and nearly everybody else he worked with. So when if Newser fails, will there be a Burn Rate II?”

  • Public Eye wonders, “Stephen Colbert, Mock Debater?”

  • Seattle Business Journal reports, “Motivational speaker and corporate-ethics author Lynn Brewer said she will ask USA Today for an apology for its recent article questioning her credentials as an Enron whistle-blower.”

  • CJR reports, “Nightline proves PEJ study right”

  • Inside Cable News has “a chart in Live numbers comparing the channels in Total Day and Primetime in October 2007 to October 2006.”

  • Kansas City Star reports, “Conservative columnist and pundit Robert Novak came to the Dole Institute of Politics on Tuesday to talk about his 50 years covering Washington politics. Novak also made the trip to sign copies of his new book, The Prince of Darkness: 50 Years Reporting in Washington.”

  • The Triangle, Drexel’s newspaper, reports, “Chris Matthews, host and star of news shows Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Chris Matthews Show, was at Drexel University for a book signing early during the day of the Democratic Debate Oct. 30. Matthews held a brief talk in which he addressed the student audience and answered a few questions. He began his address to students with his view of the modern-day political situation.”

  • Connie Lawn is the “skiing White House Reporter.” In addition to writing about politics, she travels and writes intensively about skiing during the season. Much of Connie’s work can be seen on dcski.com.

  • New York Post reports, “AOL and MTV Networks are unveiling new services that will allow consumers to search for and view the lyrics to popular songs. The initiatives are the latest examples of music publishers cashing in on song lyrics by licensing the words to popular tunes for reproduction on Web sites and television.”

  • Fortune introduces us to “Arianna Huffington 2.0″

  • The Associated Press reports, “Plans fell into place Monday for CNN to hold a major Republican debate on Nov. 28, while MSNBC postponed their Nov. 6 debate because of conflicts with the GOP contenders’ schedules.”

  • A release announced, “The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) today announced that Emmy Award winning producer Ricky Kirshner and long-time Democratic Party strategist Mark Squier will serve as Executive Producers for the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. Together, Kirshner and Squier will craft and implement a program that supports the DNCC’s commitment to bring down the Pepsi Center walls and make this Convention as inclusive, accessible and engaging as possible using new technology and other creative means. As Executive Producers, the pair will be responsible for the overall look and execution of the Convention program including the design, staging, lighting, audio and entertainment.”

  • A release announced, “CNN, YouTube and the Republican Party of Florida … announced that the eight major Republican candidates running for president … will participate in their first-of-its-kind Republican primary debate scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Mahaffey Theatre in St. Petersburg, Fla. CNN’s Anderson Cooper will moderate this program designed to allow voters, no matter where they live, ask questions of the candidates for this country’s highest office.”

  • “Nearly 11 months before anyone could cast a vote, the press had already narrowed the presidential horserace to five candidates. And while the coverage provided ample information on political tactics and fundraising, it offered citizens relatively little information on the candidates’ records or where they proposed to take the country,” according to a joint study released by the Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) and the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

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  • Kildea Joins “This Week”

    Joe Kildea, a former strategy advisor for Sen. John McCain (until a few weeks ago), has joined “This Week with George Stephanopolous” as a segment producer. Kildea founded Spinnaker Communications and has previously worked as a press assistant to Scott McClellan, a “war room manager” manager for Bush-Cheney in ’03 and ’04. He went to Georgetown and is a 2nd year student in their J.D. program.