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Joe Williams Fudges Weather Fact

Politico parted ways with Joe Williams after he said in the 2012 election that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney wasn’t comfortable being around black people. That, however, hasn’t stopped him from blurting out head scratchers, like the one he made on Current TV’s “The Young Turks” Tuesday.

Discussing the politics of disaster relief for Moore, Okla., which was devastated by a tornado Monday, Williams waded into the global warming debate. “We need to get used to this because climate change is happening,” Williams said. “It’s real.” He  continued, “A lot of people tend to think that it’s just hot winters, cold summers. No. We’re talking about severe weather events — a force-5 tornado, which this country and the world hasn’t seen…”

The Oklahoma tornado was classified as a EF-5, meaning its winds reached at least 200 mph. But where did Williams get his degree in the history of global climate? He was wrong about the world having never seen an EF-5 tornado. Read more

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‘Political Reporter’ Joe Williams Resurfaces

Joe Williams, who was forced to leave Politico last summer after calling Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney racist, has made his way back into the public eye. On Current TV’s “The Young Turks” Thursday night, Williams, simply identified as a “political reporter,” commented on his visit to the Conservative Political Action Conference earlier that day.

“It reminded me of one of those ‘monsters of rock’ tours where everybody wants to go to hear the hits,” he said… Read more

Ask Ms. Politico: ‘They Did What?!’

FishbowlDC has obtained an 11-page internal handbook handed out to Politico reporters about a week ago. It’s called “The Right Thing to Do: Ethics at Politico.” Those who didn’t do the “right thing” in the past year and a half include Joe Williams, who was dismissed for racially tinged Twitter rantings and TV commentary, but allowed to stay until he found another job while finishing up probation for assaulting his ex-wife and Kendra Marr, who was fired for plagiarism. In an effort to share some of the more golden nuggets of wisdom with journalists in Washington and beyond, we’re turning it into an advice column for as long as it takes us to get through it. In short, we figure we’ll drag this harangue out as long as humanly possible. Enjoy!

Note to Readers: The questions will be the stupid and smart ones we concoct. The answers will be actual quotations from Politico‘s internal manual. And if any of you have questions you’d like answered, we’re sure the Politico ethics handbook addresses them, so send them our way at or to

Q: What do we do when confronted with a decision or problem relating to ethics? Does this ever happen to you Ms. Politico? Do you feel our pain?

Read on for Ms. Politico’s response…

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Will Kurtz Question Cox About Penguin?

Here’s a burning question: This weekend CNN’s Howard Kurtz has invited The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox onto his media program “Reliable Sources.” In an ideal world you’d think this would mean he’d ask her about the Penguin Books lawsuit to the tune of upwards of $131,000 they filed against her for not writing a book she was allegedly contracted to write.

Cox wouldn’t respond to us about it, but surely Howie can get something out of her, right?

But maybe not. Kurtz has something of a pattern of not asking the hard, timely questions — such as in the case of former Politico reporter Joe Williams, who pleaded guilty to assaulting his ex-wife back in May and is on probation until November. Just after the news of the assault broke, Kurtz had him on his program and not surprisingly skipped all questions about it entirely.

We’ll be watching Howie! Can’t wait!

Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS!

Now that everyone has had a chance to vote, the results are in for the FishbowlDC Superlatives. We’ll be rolling out the results today and tomorrow, so be on the lookout to see how your nominees did.

Biggest Self Promoter– This was the closest vote that we had in the whole competition. It was between Former Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, The Daily Beast and CNN’s Howard Kurtz, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Publicist Tammy Haddad. The photo finish saw Tammy Haddad beat out Fields by only five votes! Congratulations Tammy!

Worst Temper– The candidates were Mother Jones’s David Corn, Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Politico’s Tim Grieve, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, and Slate’s Matt Yglesias. The people have spoken and they say Tim Grieve has the worst temper in Washington! We’d congratulate him, but we’re afraid it might set him off.

Favorite Flack– We asked you to choose between POTUS campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Mitt Romney spokesman Brendan Buck, House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye and NRCC’s Brian Walsh (pitched as Drama and Turtle), C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman, and House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott. Despite a last minute push by Mortman, the winners were Doug Heye and Brian Walsh!

Most Likely to Wind Up in Jail– The suspects choices were Politico’s Joe Williams, PR Exec. David Bass, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, The Daily Caller’s David Martosko, The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, Reason‘s Mike Riggs and freelancer Moe Tkacik. The overwhelming winner was Joe Williams.

Class Clown: This category was a joke. The results were the most lopsided in all of the superlatives. The contenders were Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani, Yahoo! News’ Olivier KnoxReuter‘s Sam Youngman, The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, Wonkette and The Guardian‘s Jim Newell and The Drudge Report’s Charlie Hurt. Julie Mason walked away with this category with a crushing 46 percent of the vote.

Most likely to end up with a reality show– In D.C., there are PLENTY of options, but we narrowed them down to Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, ABC7’s Stephen Tschida, TWT‘s Emily Miller, Susanna Quinn, Publicist and blogger Janet Donovan, NBC’s Luke Russert, Current TV’s David Shuster,and CNN’s Roland Martin. The winner of this category was…  Emily Miller! (Our advice would be to make sure you get the lighting right on her reality show or she might shoot the bulbs out.)

Thanks to everyone who voted, but we aren’t done yet with the big reveal. Check back tomorrow to find out the winners of all of our other categories, which include Best Writer, Sexiest, and Best On-Air Personality!

FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives 2012

It’s the dog days of August, and for Washington media it can be a brutal combo of blistering hot, mindless Twittering and boredom. Which, for some (cough! cough! Politico‘s Joe Williams), can spell trouble. If only there wasn’t a presidential election going on. Even so, we have a lull before the conventions begin and everything heats to the point of combustion. Without further ado, it’s time for FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives 2012.

Now through Wednesday, August 8th at 12 noon, we’re accepting nominations for our twisted take on high school senior superlatives.

You can nominate yourself, a friend, foe, or frenemy  for one of 12 categories (below).  Nominations can be submitted via email or through our anonymous tips box.  Just be sure to include the category, nominee’s name, employer and any info that supports your pick (photo, story, examples, etc).

Each day from Wednesday afternoon to Friday of this week, we’ll announce the nominees and open up voting.  Winners will be determined by earning the most votes in a 24-hour period. Happy nominating!

1. Biggest Self-Promoter

2. Worst temper

3. Favorite Flak

4. Most likely to wind up in jail

5. Class Clown (Wittiest)

6. Most likely to end up with a reality show

7. Best On-air Personality (Can be TV or radio)

8. Best dressed

9. Best writer

10. Most in need of a salad (i.e. they’ve either porked up or else they eat junk food all day long and could use an intervention from Dr. Oz.)

11. Sexiest

12. Most in need of a makeover

Marc Lamont Hill on the Joe Williams Controversy: ‘There has to be space for conversation’

One subject Marc Lamont Hill is not afraid to talk about is race, even if that means getting into some trouble. The TV commentator was fired from Fox News in 2009 for sympathizing with such figures as Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu-Jamal, though that has not steered him away from the hot-button issue. So, when Mediabistro asked him about the recent scandal surrounding Joe Williams, Hill defended the ex-Politico reporter and his rights to voice his opinions, regardless of how controversial they may be.

“I’m very protective of people’s rights to say what they want to say, even if they disagree,” he said. “We must engage each other and ideas, even the unpopular ones that make us uncomfortable. On top of that, we have to determine what’s true, because sometimes things that may feel culturally untoward are still right, and we just have to deal with some uncomfortable truths. When it comes to this race talk stuff, people get real uneasy. They’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t really like talking about race.’ But we have to.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Marc Lamont Hill, Author, Professor and TV Commentator?

Andrea Hackett

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Um, we’re not even going to try to figure this sultry scene out: Sassy stylist Paul Wharton writes, “With my sweet, naughty kitten @Lena_Chase. I could stare at her all day long.”

“You, my dear, should be a politician because that is the biggest load of $#!& I’ve ever heard.” — ABC Bachelorette Emily Maynard on “The Men Tell All” episode last night in which a contestant who called her daughter “baggage” attempts to apologize after taking to Twitter to say he’s not sorry.

Kiss Cam

“Not to be cynical, but press pool was in motorcade to leave then brought back for successful kiss-cam redo.” — NYT‘s Peter Baker.

Will Smith on Capitol Hill

“Actor Will Smith in Russell Rotunda this AM. Haven’t seen him erase any lawmakers’ memories…. yet.” — Peter Cook, Chief Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg Television.

Important Question to Ponder: “Is @DRUDGE_REPORT a satirical site, like a rw version of @TheOnion? Just asking. #amazingheadlines” — Author Amy Alexander, ex-wife to Politico‘s Joe Williams.

Convo Among Three Scribes

This morning’s conversation is among The Nation’s caustic Ben Adler, GQ’s Marin Cogan and Slate’s Matt Yglesias. Adler, your ambitions to be a Boybander have significantly diminished.

Adler: Someone invented it a black and white cookie that is all just the white half and made me very happy just now.

Cogan: That’s racist!

Yglesias: Racist.

A Journo and a Gentleman

“Reprimanded some buddies of mine who catcalled a random women on the street – they were not happy about it, but glad I did it.” — labor journo Mike Elk.

Stupid pothole or stupid scribe?

“I crashed my bike on @DDOTDC‘s stupid pothole in January. Went to ER. Just getting bill now. $2,100. Jeez.” — DCist‘s Ben Freed. Read about his January accident here. We hear he hasn’t been quite the same since.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Here’s this week’s installment of “Ask Piranhamous Anything.”  If you have a question you’d like “snarked to death,” send it to This isn’t an advice column. Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple, funny and insightful.

A new study shows that Americans distrust TV news more and more. Why is that?

You’re kidding, right? I could write a book on this but I’ll just point out a few obvious reasons. 1) Have you seen MSNBC? Their line-up is like a bad SNL skit. Wait, that’s redundant. It’s more like a Sesame Street episode written by someone tripping on acid. How many corrections and “mistaken edits” have they admitted to lately? I don’t know if they allow their hosts to leave the studio to talk to real human beings or just people from Politico, the DNC and Georgetown/Upper West Side cocktail circuit. ABC is a little better, but that’s not saying much. And CBS…Does CBS still do news? 2) CNN. When there are more people without power a week after a storm than watching your network’s primetime line-up you’re doing it wrong. It’s like a corner with a gas station that keeps going out of business but different people keep opening new ones thinking they’ve got the magic touch to do what everyone else who failed tried to do. There’s a definition of insanity in there somewhere. Plus, who needs that much Wolf Blitzer? People don’t want to spend three hours with family, let alone Wolf. Fox is tainted by the singular stupidity that is “Fox and Friends.” It takes until about 4 p.m. to rinse the bad taste that turd leaves in your mouth. So when your choice is between varying degrees of crap or no crap at all, most people will choose no crap. Shocking, I know.

Are you glad that the heatwave temporarily broke so that DC journos will stop constantly bitching?

No one whines more than journalists. They also drink a lot. So you’d think a sweaty journalist would be happy to have seep out through their pores last night’s remedy to the realization that their profession is tainted with bias and hackery that many Americans can see through. But you’d be wrong. Their hangover becomes an olfactory reminder that their job has a lower approval rating than Congress, which causes them to drink even more. So when something comes along that everyone hates, like heat in summer, they latch onto it like a co-dependent junkie gloms onto their dealer’s leg when they’re a dollar short of their next fix.

Is there a chance Politico‘s Joe Williams likes all the attention he’s receiving, even of the negative variety?

No one had ever heard of Joe Williams until he showed the world he was flexible enough to stick his foot in his mouth while simultaneously having his head up his ass, so attention is new to him. And much like Kim Kardashian, Paris Hilton and others famous for, well, not f-ups, just f-ing, attention is proving to be addictive for Mr. Williams. So yes, I think he loves this. Unfortunately for him, being 98.6 degrees does not make him “hot” and being an ass doesn’t mean you have a great one people drool over. So the clock is ticking for Williams. His left-wing leanings and love of calling people who disagree with him a racist will probably lead to a deal on MSNBC. Time will tell.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

We’ve recently had a wave of lefty readers label FishbowlDC as a conservative site. The reason? We covered Politico‘s obviously left-leaning ex-White House Correspondent and domestic violence expert Joe Williams. As with any correspondence we receive, we take it seriously and try to respond whenever possible.

AnonymASS writes in, “Anyone who worships Britebarf, like you, is a conservative website. Gavin used to cover real journalists, not the rightwing neanderthals you tout all the time.” The tipster is, of course, referring to Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, who formerly wrote FishbowlDC.

Dear ASS, Please keep this between us. You’ve discovered that we’re rabid, fire-breathing Republicans. Just Google us! But don’t read anything because your arguments are best supported sans facts. Meanwhile, back in reality, we believe in covering right and left wing media and everything in between. In your view, simply writing about them means “touting” or “worshiping.” To us, it’s coverage. In other words, Monday.