At the end of a long WHCD weekend, guests generally join John McLaughlin atop the Hay Adams Hotel for his group’s annual Sunday brunch. But this year, McLaughlin has some competition. Robert Allbritton and Politico have entered the picture, sending the below “Save the Date.”
Most interesting about the brunch-off is the photo Politico posted today to accompany their story about this year’s McLaughlin Group brunch.
*Note the screen printed tee shirts, browning bananas, bagged buns and unidentifiable scramble. Coincidence?
Some leftover inside scoops from the WHCD, affectionately called Nerd Prom by DC journos…
• The real story with Ben and Jen– Jennifer Garner cancelled on host CBS earlier last week and Ben Affleck at the last minute because he was “very sick.”
• We spotted Julia Louis Dreyfus texting from her table to “The New Adventures of Old Christine” co-star Wanda Sykes, the night’s entertainment. We caught up with her at the VF/Bloomberg party and she said she just couldn’t believe her friend was up there on stage with President and First Lady Obama.
• Rachel Sklar tells us Why the Nerd Prom Matters at the Daily Beast. “It’s fashionable to deride the Correspondents’ Dinner-or “Nerd Prom,” as it was dubbed on Twitter-but the fact is, such events can be damned useful. Perhaps not for the person sitting beside Tom Cruise, unless you’re looking for the latest news on Thetan-spotting, but for reporters working a beat and juniors coming up in the ranks, these events provide a great opportunity for meeting, greeting and making an impression.”
• Does the WH press corps really call WHCA President AP’s Jennifer Loven “McLoven” like NBC’s Brian Williams joked during his WHCD presentation? Sklar had the chance to ask her- “No, Brian just thinks that’s hilarious.”
• DUH! Overheard: The Hill newspaper to Alan Greenspan, “Excuse me, sir. We’re trying to get a picture of Ms. Mitchell.” Too bad the Ah, ha! moment came too late- after being corrected by Greenspan: “That’s my wife.”
Tight budgets and tiny guest lists at other post-dinner events offered Capitol File/Niche Media an interesting opportunity to make their mark as hosts for the 2009 WHCD weekend must-attend fete.
Luckily for Cap File, the Saturday night soiree lived up to the hype. Journalists, politicos, Hollywood royalty and actual royalty packed the invite-only (crashers of yesteryear were out of luck) party at the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
We caught up with Delany- her seventh WHCD btw- and when we asked who she was most excited to see this weekend, her immediate answer was John McLaughlin. Settle showed off pics of his baby daughter and Daly teased Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins incessently- he’s my Hollywood boyfriend, she joked.
I was an AP political reporter at the time of the 2004 e-mail exchange, and was interacting with a source, a top aide to the president, in the course of following an important and compelling story. I regret the breezy nature of the correspondence.
Esquire’s Chuck Klosterman looks at “The McLaughlin Group” in the latest issue and has some interesting things to say:
“I can’t think of any program that has taught me more about human interaction, if not necessarily about politics or journalism.”
Critics sometimes suggest that the success of The McLaughlin Group has led to the erosion of serious discourse in American media, but that’s like complaining about AC/DC because of Rhino Bucket. The failures of its followers only serve to illustrate why The McLaughlin Group is — almost exactly — what televised arguing should look, sound and feel like. The shows that plagiarized the ‘McGroup’ format copied the wrong things; the only quality they duplicated was the volume. What actually makes The McLaughlin Group so continually watchable is a) its inherent understanding of how personal dynamics operate, b) its supernatural ability to incarnate idealized semiotics, and c) the force of one specific personality. The show remains brilliant.”
Klosterman describes Pat Buchanan explaining how Eleanor Clift helped Buchanan grieve over his cat Gipper, when he passed away.
On John McLaughlin (whom Buchanan describes as “a benevolent dictator”): “The moment the taping concluded, he jumped into a town car, was driven to Reagan airport, and flew to Florida. Our only interaction was a handshake ninety seconds before airtime. He shook my hand and asked his assistant, ‘Who’s this guy?’ It was like shaking hands with a humanoid owl.”
“John McLaughlin is the funniest man on television. Has anyone ever generated so much entertainment value from the process of loudly asking questions?”
This is, admittedly, a trend we’d like to see more of: Media ringtones. You can haveChris Matthews yell “Let’s play Hardball!” every time your cell phone rings (but, come on, we’d much rather hear his “HA!” laugh. Who will make FishbowlDC’s day and send us a .wav of that?!?).
What are some other good cell phone ring tone ideas?