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Campari on the Rocks

DOG-Wendy Diamond and John McLaughlin.jpg It’s a dog eat dog world out there. And no one knows that better than Karen Feld and her pooch, Campari. For those who aren’t acquainted, Feld is an alum of Roll Call, the Washington Times and most recently, the Washington Examiner… until, as she puts it, Patrick Gavin (now of Politico) stole her job.

An heir to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus who stays in the headlines through frivolous lawsuits and other theatrics, Feld is currently most recognizable as the woman with the small browning poodle hanging out of her silver handbag. Such was the case at the McLaughlin Thomson-Reuters brunch on Sunday.

Atop the Hay Adams, Feld was seen edging in toward McLaughlin in hopes of him holding her dear Campari…until things got Rocky.

Editor of Animal Fair Wendi Diamond (another dog purse kind of gal as shown in the above photograph), also at the party was overheard flirtatiously telling John McLaughlin that she was going to set him up with a pretty, skinny 53-year-old woman in Manhattan, before asking him to pose with her dog.

McLaughlin, who is on the rebound after filing for divorce, was easily taken in by Diamond’s charms and held her dog in his arms and posed for pictures.

Meanwhile, Feld watched with fury in her eyes, as an innocent little Campari hid quietly in her purse. “Campari’s jealous,” Feld said snidely in the vicinity, rolling her eyes at Diamond.

Somehow Campari made it through the awkwardness of watching McLaughlin cradle another dog.

We’re not sure, however, that Feld did.

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Campari poking out of Feld’s silver handbag.

WHCD Brunch Battle: Allbritton v. McLaughlin

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?

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Nerd Prom: That’s A Wrap

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.

• My fingers are still hurting from all the Twittering I was doing- WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza to Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today. Check out his weekend Tweets here.

• ABC’s George Stephanopoulos‘ picks for President Obama’s best lines of the night here.

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.”

• And check out coverage of John McLaughlin‘s annual Sunday brunch here.

• Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly caught up with Andrea Mitchell, Keith Olbermann and others…

WHCD: Cap File Rises to the Occasion

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Eva Longoria Parker & Meghan McCain

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.

FishbowlDC hung with media power couple Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber, Yeas & Nays Kiki Ryan and almost off-the-market Jeff Dufour (engaged to Jayne Sandman), WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, HuffPo’s Ryan Grimm, Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, WaPo’s Mary Ann Akers, Mike Mills and Jackie Kucinich from Roll Call, CNN’s Leslie Sanchez and Suzanne Malveaux, TWT silver fox Joe Curl, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, NJ’s Erin McPike, GMA’s Polson Kanneth and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran.

We also caught up with FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (who charmed my mom/date at Tammy Haddad‘s brunch earlier in the day) and spotted PBS’ Gwen Ifill, BET’s Debra Lee, MSNBC’s Contessa Brewer, Daily Beast’s Rachel Sklar, CNBC’s Jim Kramer and AP/WHCA’s Jennifer Loven.

We reunited with old pal Rachael Leigh Cook (whose youthful beauty seems to defy time) and got to know our Friday night crush; Meghan McCain a little better. Christian Slater, Wanda Sykes, Amber Tamblyn, Chris Tucker, Eva Longoria Parker, John McLaughlin, Chris ‘Ludacris’ Bridges, Mariska Hargitay, Tim Daly, Kara DioGuardi, Keisha & Forest Whitaker, Owen Wilson, Jason Wu, David Cross, Connie Britton, Padma Lakshmi, Dule Hill, Kai Milla, Matthew Settle all made the fete.

The political scene included Todd Palin and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa while Rahm Emanuel, Valerie Jarrett and Desiree Rogers represented the White House.

Even HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Talal bin Abdulaziz Al-Saud was on hand to toast the evening’s event.

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John McLaughlin

Creative Coalition Kicks Off WHCD Weekend With Small Dinner


Anne Schroeder Mullins, Christine Delargy, Kiki Ryan, Stephanie Green and Kate Michael

FBDC kicked off WHCD weekend Thursday night with a small dinner hosted by Lani Hay and Mark Smith in honor of the Creative Coalition- Connie Britton, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Barry Levinson, Kerry Washington, Tichina Arnold, Matthew Settle and Rachael Leigh Cook.

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.

In attendance: Wash Examiner’s Kiki Ryan, US News’ Nikki Schwab, Janet Donovan, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, Lee Brenner TWT’s Stephanie Green and Kate Michael.

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Morning Reading List, 07.15.08

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Good morning Washington. What area restaurant serves the above dessert tray? Let us know.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Ron Fournier Has Had Better Days

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The Associated Press’ D.C. Bureau Chief is getting killed by the blogosphere (and was the top item on the Huffington Post last night) for an email he sent to Karl Rove in 2004, in which he told the former White House political guru to “keep up the fight.”

Fournier has explained:

    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.

Speaking of people having rough days, Media Matters‘ campaign against John McLaughlin for calling Sen. Barack Obama an “Oreo” is picking up steam, as evidenced by the Drudge link it garnered yesterday.

“John McLaughlin Is The Funniest Man On Television”?

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?”

  • Journo Ringtones

    This is, admittedly, a trend we’d like to see more of: Media ringtones. You can have Chris 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?

  • Tim Russert talking about dad.

  • Bob Novak saying “That’s bullshit.”

  • George Stephanopolous saying, “And now, the Sunday Funnies.”

  • John McLaughlin saying “Issue number four!”

  • David Shuster’s trademark, “I’m David Shuster, for Hardball, in Washington.”

  • John Bresnahan screaming at someone.

  • Any word spoken by Katty Kay in that accent of hers.

  • Joe Scarborough saying, “This is morning Joe.”

  • Wolf Blitzer saying, “You’re in the Situation Room.”

  • Tony Snow rocking out to some Jethro Tull.

  • Don Imus saying, “What I said was awful, just awful, and, and idiotic, a really stupid, idiotic awful thing to say..”

  • Christopher Hitchens saying, “If you gave Falwell an enema, he could be buried in a matchbox.”

  • A greatest hits mash-up of deep throated gurgles from Bob Edwards, Lou Dobbs, Brit Hume, Eugene Robinson and Carl Kasell.

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