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Foreign Policy Replaces Josh Rogin

As of Monday, John Hudson will replace Josh Rogin in manning Foreign Policy magazine’s “The Cable” blog, according to a newsroom memo by Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser.

No doubt he has big shoes to fill.

“[W]e’re sure he’ll have a terrific impact on it, as he has helped boost Passport over the last few months since he joined Foreign Policy after a great run at the Atlantic Wire and the Daily,” assures a memo from Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser.

It was announced earlier that Rogin would be leaving FP for The Daily Beast to work as a senior correspondent covering politics and national security.

Read the full memo… Read more

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11 Scenes From the Bowels of the Buzzfeed Party

 

By Betsy Rothstein and Eddie Scarry

Buzzfeed‘s Washington Bureau officially popped its cork last night with a packed party at the U Street haunt Brixton, where a DJ spun vinyl records thanks to Bureau Chief John Stanton.

11. Trying to get anyone at the party, but especially Buzzfeed underlings, to trash talk Editor Ben Smith, in from Manhattan, wasn’t easy. Slate‘s most weigelicious reporter Dave Weigel (pictured at right with Michael Hastings), a longtime, intense Smith fan, remarked, “I think Ben is creating a good news organization in a tabloidy sort of way. They’ve captured what people like about the news. I’m a big fan of what they’re doing. I completely, seriously and unironically think it’s really good.” Weigel, in an unironic black  golf shirt and jeans, looked in his element in the divey scene, sipping on a Hendrick’s martini. At one point he offered a rather complex tirade on the bar’s eclectic drink menu (we caught about half of it). At about 7:40 p.m. he said, “You know you’re in D.C. when some douche says, ‘You going to the convention?’” This came after he asked if we’d be attending the party conventions.

10. Buzzfeed‘s Michael Hastings proved to be quite the conversationalist. We anticipated having to hunt him down and wrestle him to the ground just to introduce ourselves. Not so. Despite a couple contentious emails he sent us back in June regarding a report on a Twitter fight, Hastings was a pleasure. “Sorry I was kind of a dick in those emails,” he told us. “But I knew you would publish them.”

9. Politico White House reporter Byron Tau and Zeke Miller got into a spontaneous argument for the sake of taking a more natural picture. (See at left.) We had no idea Tau could be so violent or that Miller would take it so well.

8. At 8:30 p.m. we ran into Roll Call HOH Columnists Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas. Warren on keeping his jobs amid the wealth of recent layoffs at CQ Roll Call: “They can’t get rid of us. We know where all the bodies are.” He called the layoffs a “slaughter” and added, “Tomorrow, we still have a job.” Shortly thereafter, Washington Examiner gossip gal Nikki Schwab offers an uncharacteristic warmish hello. And for that, we put away the ice thermometer. At least for today. Hey Nikki!

LOL! Meeting Ben Smith

7. Asked about working at Buzzfeed, Chris Geidner takes a moment to gush. “I love it. It’s totally fun and everyday there’s …. just then Smith walks up and tells us he has a kind speech prepared for when people tell him they hate me. Thanks Ben! LOL! Back to Geidner, who is describing what it’s like to work at Buzzfeed: “It’s being at a place where everyday there is something new and amazing happening. Everyone is so good at their job. Go look at the page,” he’s saying about a recent graphic that accompanied his story. “It is so fucking awesome.” BuzzFeed doesn’t have an actual office in D.C. yet and Geidner wasn’t about to tell us about plans to open one. “I’m definitely not telling you that,” he said. “It’s still TBD.” (Later on, Smith would tell us they’re searching for office space, but it won’t be a conspicuous one. When asked if it’d be located in Anacostia, where reporters might need a bulletproof vest, he said it wouldn’t matter: “No one’s going to mess with Stanton.”

6. Speaking of someone not to mess with, it’s BuzzFeed publicist Ashley McCollum‘s turn to come up with a bad thing about Ben. “I think Ben is as much an incredible editor as he is a great boss. Everyone’s ideas count. Anything bad about Ben Smith, you call me when you find it.”

Joining Smith were other buzzies well-acquainted among Washington media such as Stanton (pictured at right) Hastings, Miller, Andrew Kaczynsky, McKay Coppins, Chris Geidner, Rosie Gray and Dorsey Shaw, the video guy who, as was pointed out several times, could pass for Sting. McCollum was on the scene making sure Buzzfeed reporters mixed and mingled and didn’t make asses of themselves. In that sense, she was a success. She’ll return in a few weeks as C-SPAN gives Coppins a grilling. Speaking of which, we ran into C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman outside the rust-colored bar at about 8 p.m. He made his cameo and gave the party high marks, but said it wasn’t exactly his scene as he headed home to his wife and kids.

LOL: ‘Bad’ things about Ben Smith (SWAK!)

All night long we continued to pester other Buzzfeed employees and party-goers to badmouth Smith. This was the disastrous outcome of that.

Politico‘s Dylan Byers: “He really doesn’t understand the Israel issue.” Buzzfeed‘s Dorsey: “He’s my dream boss. I can’t say anything. He lets me do whatever I want.” Kaczynski: “He’s a really good boss. He’s like kind of the perfect boss.” Stanton: “He doesn’t know what a Bama is to save his fucking life.” Rosie: “I think the worst thing about Ben is that he tries hard to be there for all of us always, and I’m envious of his ability to do that.” Zeke: “When I miss my deadlines he sends me the #19 koala,” he said, explaining that there is a series of disappointed animal pictures Ben sends in place of a formal complaint. Adds Coppins: “Animals are disappointed in you. It’s the perfect Buzzfeed way to reprimand a reporter.”

Party tentacles reached most outlets around town — HuffPost (Sam Stein, Sabrina (a.k.a. Sabrini) Siddiqui, Elise Foley, Jeff Young), USA TODAY (Jackie Kucinich), ABC News (Polson Kanneth), Politico (Glenn Thrush, Olivia Petersen, Byers, Tau), WaPo, The Hill, TPM (Evan McMorris-Santoro), RCP (Erin McPike), Roll Call (Shira Toeplitz, Sujata Mitra), Metro Weekly, and even The Daily Caller, which has notoriously had atrocious relations with Smith, was present, but not many scribes there received invites.  Other conservative outlets represented at the party included the Washington Examiner (Philip Klein, Charlie Spiering, Nikki Schwab, Jenny Rogers) and Free Beacon (C.J. Ciaramella). Despite Breitbart.com‘s rabid insistence that Buzzfeed is an arm of the Obama Administration, both parties were repped. House Speaker John Boehner‘s Spokesman Michael Steel and ex-Maj. Leader Eric Cantor flak Brad Dayspring showed up as did Democratic Strategist and former Obama aide Bill Burton.

5. At approximately 8:30 p.m. Smith attempted a speech over the loud din. What we could hear: “It’s fun to see my friends from Politico here” and “I look forward to competing with them.”

4. Miller will be moving to D.C. but doesn’t have to relocate until after the election. He’s still looking for housing. Politico‘s Tau recommends his own hood, Columbia Heights. Tau says the resurrection of a Target and Best Buy has made the area a safe place to live.

LMAO: Awkward Encounters

3. Among the first people we saw was The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields (at left) in a tight bright red dress paired with, of course, the wood shop glasses. She approached mid-evening for introductions. All very civil. What wasn’t civil was our interaction with the Dweebmeister himself Ben Freed of DCist, who has trashed FBDC on countless occasions, which is perfectly acceptable, but don’t expect hugs. While we were chatting with The Atlantic Wire’s exceedingly polite John Hudson, he got right up in my left eye and wouldn’t leave. Finally, me: “WHAT DO YOU WANT?!” Needless to say, the rest of that didn’t go well and Hudson was a little horrified. And this: Jeff Kearns (reeking of Bourbon) of Bloomberg approaches NJ Publicist Taylor West and acts like they’ve known each other from childhood. It was a first meeting, which Kearns struggled to understand even after Taylor called him “Tim.” Tim. Jeff. Is there a difference?

OMG: Coppins wife is preggers; FAIL: Coppins and McCollum flopped on a high five

2. Making the rounds we chatted with Coppins and McCollum. We asked if “McKay Coppins” is, in fact, his real name. He assured us it is and admitted to being teased about it in grade school. “But now it’s great because it’s very SEO friendly,” he said. “Not that it matters now that things are moving from search to social,” he added. At this, McCollum threw her hand up to mimick the motion of cracking a whip. “Yeah! On message!” she said. Coppins mistook the motion as an invitation for a high five. Putting his hand up to meet McCollum’s he missed. All agreed it was perfect GIF material. More news on Coppins: He’s been invited to move to Washington from New York. He hasn’t made up his mind yet, largely because he’s considering his wife’s needs. He let slip that she’s three months pregnant. Congratulations!

Dorsey

Love is in the air?

1. We heard from one buzzy who preferred to remain anonymous that Dorsey, the Sting doppelganger, was hit on by a bartender. After the female bartender told Shaw who he resembled, he answered “I’ll take it.” The bartender replied, “I’ll take it, too.”

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Quotes of the Day


From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Hmmm..not sure this is good news: Sen Feinstein: ‘You learn more from the book than I did as chair of intel cmte.’” — NYT Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger in reference to his book, Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and and Surprising Use of American Power. To which NYT Mark Leibovich shouted on Twitter, “Humblebrag!!” Sanger links to this story by John Hudson of The Atlantic Wire.

Journalism!

“I just e-mailed White House pooler @lesleyclark to ask her what she was wearing today. Not every day you run into Anna Wintour and SJP.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Amie Parnes. Lesley Clark is the White House Correspondent for McLatchy. The fundraiser at actress Sarah Jessica Parker‘s home last night in New York’s West Village raised a cool $2 million.

Journo laments crappy Father’s Day cards

“Why are greeting cards so snarky about Father’s Day portraying dads as lazy, selfish, dumb? Lay off. My dad is awesome.” — WJLA’s Mike Conneen.

Question to Ponder: “Can Chris Hayes hyperextend his elbows?” — Ryan Cooper, The Washington Monthly, on the MSNBC host.

That’s it? They took $10?

The last time we cared to check in with DCist’s Ben Freed was in January when he was knocked off his bike, hit his head and wound up in the ER with superficial wounds and no concussion. Last night, the little drama queen took to Twitter once again to elicit sympathy for a mugging. He wrote, “Fun fact: Got mugged for my cash on the walk home tonight. Wallet, phone and body are intact.” Then he added, “To follow up on before: I am fine. I have all my stuff. Except for $10. Some thug on a fixie has my cash. Thanks for your concerns. G’night.” Next up: Freed gets stuffed into a locker by the gang from Glee!

Number of Tweets it takes for Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher to defend his beloved MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: 16. Number of “chickenshit” mentions: 13. Last night Christopher took to Twitter to unravel in a late-night tirade in which he accused (with no evidence whatsoever) FBDC of blindly quoting The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and TV reporter Jeff Poor. Neither Carlson nor Poor were my sources for this post. Christopher then suffered a series of verbal blows from journos who think he’s overly sympathetic to Hayes: RCP‘s Ian Schwartz remarked, “If that @Mediaite thing doesn’t work out for @tommyxtopher, he can always be Chris Hayes’ coffee/cabana boy.” Poor suggested he has a “man crush” on Hayes. Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella said simply, “Here you go little Buddy,” and offered him a bottle of Baby Shampoo. To show the unraveling of Christopher we offer a sampling: 1. “I’m really amused that your #tcot pals are too chickenshit to insult @chrislhayes to his face. Lol at them. While we’re at it though, you’re kinda chickenshit for enabling it, aren’t you?” 2. “But kudos to FBDC for protecting her not Tucker Carlson and not Jeff Poor source.” We wish Tommy all the best in getting treatment for his Hazyitis, an inflamed, psychoerotic condition in which the inflicted feel they must defend Chris Hayes. Happens from repeated watching of Hayes’ new very inspirational Lean Forward ad.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

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Quotes of the Day

Condolences to Sharpton

This short tweet from ABC News’ Jake Tapper gave us a big jolt this morning: @TheRevAl RIP. Until we then saw this from MSNBC host The Rev. Al Sharpton: “My mother, Ada Sharpton passed in the early hours of this morning. She was my all. I hope God will give her now, PEACE.I love you, Mom.I am on the flight to Florida and will move forward with our plans to protest the killing of Trayvon Martin. My MOM would have wanted me to.”

The Nasty TV Critic

“Why is Michael Steele allowed to appear on TV without the title of failed RNC chair on the chyron?” — New Media Strategies Political Strategist Matt DeLuca. Steele is an MSNBC Contributor.

Finney fills in for Bashir

“Exciting news – I’ll be guest hosting @MartinBashir 3pm est on Thurs and Fri!! Tune in!!” — MSNBC Political Analyst Karen Finney.

Teaser.

“Big piece on the future of @TheOnion coming out this morning. There will be scoops. There will be laughs. There will be tears. Stay tuned.” — The Atlantic‘s media scribe John Hudson.

On lying politicians….

“Essentially, political reporters praise politicians who lie to them well but rarely point out the obvious — that they are being lied to.” — New York/Moscow Freelancer Peter Savodnik, former political reporter for The Hill.

TRAGEDY STRIKES: Blago’s hair will soon go gray?

“Insult to injury: Blahojevich’s [sic] barber says Rod’s hair is dyed black, will go gray in first weeks in prison #HotlineSort” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I may hate the tour groups that plague the Capitol during this time of year, but I do love their brightly colored T-shirts.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

Ick.

“Overheard in the newsroom: ‘I’m disgusting.’” — CNN Anderson Cooper Assoc. producer Devna Shukla. UPDATE: Shukla explains on Twitter that the comment came from a coworker who was talking to himself after eating too many brownies from an office tray.

Happy Belated Birthday to Jonah Goldberg

“Wishing a very happy birthday to @JonahNRO – hope you are celebrating with a cocktail…. Or five.” — Ex-Maj. Leader Cantor flack Brad Dayspring, whose wishes last night for the National Review writer were timely.

Oops! Not Everyone at Fox News Despises Politico

While Fox News PR claims Politico reporters don’t have enough va va voom to appear on their programs, not everyone at the network concurs. In a media story published this morning on The Atlantic Wire, John Hudson grills Jenna Lee, co-host of FNC’s “What’s Happening Now” on her media diet. She lavishes much praise on the Arlington, Va. publication.

Memo to Fox News PR: You might want to coordinate your insults with those of your talent. Someone clearly dropped the ball on this one.

Key lines…

“A must-read for me is Mike Allen‘s Playbook as well as Politico’s Morning Score.”

On the Herman Cain story: “That interview and his comments on sexual harassment really moved the story forward. Politico obviously deserves credit for breaking it. They are, in my mind, a very well-respected entity.”

Morning Option: Call Dylan Ratigan an A$$#@$%

His words. Not ours.

In a Media Diet interview with MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan this week, The Atlantic’s John Hudson takes the reader on a high octane rant in which the anchor describes what he reads on any given day.

The Highlights:

·          I wouldn’t read a newspaper now unless you put a gun to my head and even then I would really try to negotiate with you.

·          Feel free to call me an asshole on Twitter. I won’t respond.

·          One of my great frustrations with working in cable news is that the entire cable news infrastructure has been branded through partisan political lenses and so people assume that if you’re on MSNBC you’re left and if you’re on Fox News you’re right. There’s no question that I’m painted as left because of the network I’m on.

Read the entire interview here.

Rep. Barney Frank Can’t Stand Seinfeld’s Kramer

The Atlantic Wire‘s John Hudson deserves to be commended for getting to the bottom of crusty Rep. Barney Frank‘s (D-Mass.) media diet. Sure, he reads Roll Call, The Hill and Politico. He also ingests the NYT, NJ and Congress Daily. And then he dabbles in The Economist when he has the time.

When he gets home, he reads a myriad of boring-sounding history books. And when he’s too tuckered to read? He switches to the boob tube. His likes: “Frasier” and “Who Loves Raymond.” But “Seinfeld?” He told Hudson, “I’m bothered by the character of Kramer. I find it hard to watch shows where there is one character that is so obnoxious that no one would hang out with him.”

Oh, and Frank’s not obnoxious at all. Ever.

Read the full diet here.

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QUOTES of the DAY

USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich gets interviewed by two 11-year-old budding fashion bloggers at last night’s FD and QGA party for the White House correspondents. Much more on the party  later…

Oh Kurtz, the irony

“Like most media people? ” — The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in response to satirist/director Harry Shearer, who wrote, “If a guy starts talking abt just himself, are you more or less inclined 2 b interested in him?” Shearer is the voice of various characters on”The Simpsons” including Mr Burns, Ned Flanders and Smithers.

Choices

“I’d rather watch pornography than bloggingheads.tv,” — Anonymous partygoer at QGA and FD prelude to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner party Tuesday night.

Atlantic slaps “wonder child” label on Ezzy

“One notable exception came this past Sunday when the Post’s wunderkind columnist Ezra Klein tweeted news of Trump’s invite with a dejected addendum: ‘That’s embarrassing.’ — The Atlantic Wire‘s John Hudson in a Tuesday story on how Washington is feeling about WaPo taking Donald Trump to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Wunderkind, by the way, means child prodigy. It’s typically, according to extensive Googling, someone under the age of 15 who performs at the level of an adult. Examples cited: Pablo Picasso and, of course, the late Michael Jackson. The word “wunderkind” is German for “wonder child.” Correction: We initially had Hudson at NJ and have changed the above.

Conspiracy theories about Bo

“Trump doesn’t believe Obama’s dog is Portuguese. Demanding they make its papers public.” — Conservative pundit Ann Coulter in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo’s son speaks Italian in sleep (not really)

“Walked by son’s room at the top of the stairs just as he was talking in his sleep. He may be fluent in Italian.” — Slate‘s John Dickerson in a Tuesday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“TV is so bad when there’s stuff I don’t really want to watch on. When did channel surfing become so pointless?” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Tuesday tweet that makes us so flummoxed as to why it matters. Hey Jonah — when did your tweets become so pointless? (Sorry, we couldn’t resist.)

Fish Food

(A sprinkling of things you might have missed…)

*Tina Brown continues to parade around her famous friends to write things for Newsweek. Now, it’s Ted Danson‘s turn. The “Cheers” star wrote over the weekend about his”favorite mistake,” a crime he committed when he was 11. Danson and three friends, a Hopi Indian, a Navajo, and the son of an archaeologist drove around town knocking down billboards. His father wasn’t happy with him. Read the account here.

*The Atlantic‘s John Hudson wonders when Shailagh Murray, WaPo-reporter-turned-Biden-flack, stopped writing for her old boss about her new boss. WaPo communications manager Jennifer Lee would only say that the Post does “not comment on personnel matters.” The Atlantic reports in an update that the paper declined further comment. Hmm…

*WCP destroys a WaPo story. Lydia DePillis, in a post titled “Dear WaPo: Biking is Not That Hard,” the writer skewers Post reporter Ann Scott Tyson, who portrays bicycle commuters as “hardbitten road warriors who brave adverse conditions” (DePillis’ words). The portrayal has her rolling her eyes, she writes. “I think the Post needs to find another frame.”

*Slate wants to know how you, if you were a reader of Slate (and you might be, so listen up), would avert a nuclear disaster in Japan. Because if there’s one group of people who knows anything about averting nuclear disasters, it’s random people on the Internet. As evidenced by some sample responses received thus far: “Let two helicopter hold a big plastic funnel as a third one is throwing in the water. In that manner the water can be poured more precise than just let it plunge somewhere above the plants.” Also: “Duct tape and WD-40 works for everything.” And, of course: “Send the Sensational She-Hulk in to deactivate the reactor. She’s done it before and survived with a coating of sentient cockroaches.” Why didn’t the Japanese think of these?