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HuffPost’s Jon Ward Set to Join Yahoo News

Jon-Ward-pictureAfter 3.5 years with The Huffington Post, Jon Ward is headed to Yahoo News as a senior political correspondent, POLITICO’s Hadas Gold reported Monday.

Yahoo News’ editor-in-chief Megan Liberman told POLITICO, ”Jon has it all — great reporting and storytelling instincts, deep sources, a talent for writing distinctive, news-making stories, the respect and admiration of his peers. We are thrilled to have him join Yahoo’s growing news and politics team.”

Ward shared with Fishbowl via email, “Every time I talked with someone from Yahoo, from Megan to Danny to Garance to Matt and on, I was struck by much of a common mission we have, to try to craft stories that are interesting, different (yet on or connected to the news) and well told. They’ve got quality journalists like Olivier and Chris and Meredith who I know and have worked with in the past, and big names like Katie Couric and Mike Isikoff who are doing high impact stories on a national and international scale. I feel like they’re in a unique position and trying to build something really unique, with a CEO who is being really aggressive in trying to position the company for growth and success. I’m just excited to be part of it.”

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Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

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Quotes of the Day

WHOSE SHOES? “Footwear of the fashion forward men of POLITICO Video.” — Politico‘s Christine Delargy.  Hints: The guy in yellow has been known to frequent Pete’s, a pizza eatery in D.C.; his colleague showing off his fancy boat shoes, meanwhile, frequents Peregrine in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington. We’ll tell you later. But send your guesses and commentary to fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com.

“I’m wearing pajama bottoms, you can’t see it.”Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis, joking (we think) during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.

Burning the midnight oil

“hey @woodhouseb do you think holder should resign? what if ashcroft had investigated MSNBC reporter? you wld have been ok with it? comment?” — BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings to Democratic Party Spokesman Brad Woodhouse. Noteworthy: The tweet was sent at 3:25 a.m.

Just in case you think you’re having a bad day…“Not something you see everyday. A plane sticking out the side of an apt building. @ABC7John is live at 4:32am!” — Sara Van Aernum, executive producer of ABC7′s “Good Morning Washington.” The plane ran out of fuel and had to take a pit stop into this Herndon, Va. apartment building. Can you imagine waking up to this sh-t?

Anxiety-ridden TV watcher

“I need a xanax just to watch this thing.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary watching yesterday’s Spelling Bee.

Just a normal day at work in Washington

“We are ALL CLEAR !” just received via email at @wusa9 after bomb threat. Broadcasts never interrupted. No evacuations.Thanks @DCPoliceDept” — WUSA9′s Russ Ptacek.

“Weird coincidence. #Tornado drill in #Senate, while #oklahoma has real thing.” — CQ Roll Call Staff Writer Alan Ota.

Reporter wishes she was better versed in car mechanics

“Wish I knew about cars so when mechanic went on ‘If you don’t give me all your money, you will DIE in a fiery mess’ spiel, I could check him.” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“I was only reporter to ride 100k over 3 days w/George W. Bush on mountain bikes w/wounded vets on his ranch last week. 4k words posting soon.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward. In case you don’t think he’s the most humble reporter in Washington, he is. Just ask him! Read more

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Quotes of the Day

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: “On a certain street in Cambridge, MA. (And yes, I respected their wishes.)” — CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Chelsea Handler says WHCD is a sure thing

It’s very easy to get invited to that thing, by the way.” — E! late night talk show host Chelsea Handler on her show last night of the WHCD. She has attended the dinner in previous years.

Women pooping at work

“How did I miss this groundbreaking piece on the last great obstacle facing woman at work: finding a place to poop.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, who links to The Daily Beast story. Tim Miller, executive director of the America Rising PAC, responds, “Isn’t it easier for women to poop on the sly? Unlike men they don’t have to deal with the shame of choosing stall over urinal.” And HuffPost‘s Jon Ward tells them both, “Just stop.”

Convo Between Two Journos

Today we have Reuters’ Jack Shafer and Reuters Op-ed Editor James Ledbetter. Clearly these two don’t believe in walking down the hallway to talk to each other.

Ledbetter: “You’re awfully ornery for a guy with no column ideas.”

Shafer: “Rejecting yr bad ideas does not equal having no ideas.”

Ledbetter: “And yet you have presented none.”

The Observer

“Whoever this homeless lady is talkin to she is PISSED at them. Too bad they’re not on the bus to hear her mutterings.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Birthday shoutouts to…Sam Youngman, formerly of Reuters, and Daily Caller TV reporter Jeff Poor, whose birthday was yesterday.

Politico Playbook publish time: 8:19 a.m.

A fellow’s ‘stupid’ assumption

“I stupidly assume when someone gets assigned a beat to write about they have some knowledge of it. obviously not.” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis, who wasn’t done quite yet. He added: “Re: my complaining about media writers. A lot of political reporters don’t understand politics either. Saw it in 2012 campaign writing.”

Jonah Goldberg: The Stylist

“Hey @greggutfeld you need collar stays.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg to Fox News’ Greg Gutfeld.

Journo Insists He’s Free of Ego

It appears HuffPost senior political reporter Jon Ward has arrived. Where to, we’re unsure. Maybe somewhere pearl-y or heavenly? On any account, any journalist who has to say he checks his ego at the door and that it isn’t about him, well, might it just really be about him? In an inexplicably revealing story in The Daily Caller, his former employer, he opens up about faith, family and a love of baseball.

Among our favorite graphs is this one in response to a question about how Ward stays grounded. “[M]y identity is not based in how many bylines I have. It’s not based on how many times I’ve been on television or how many people see my face or know about me. Of course, writers are driven by ego. Of course, George Orwell said that. My identity, though, is, I’m a sinner saved by grace. That’s my identity.”
This is truly a lovely sentiment. Wouldn’t it be great if… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

Writer dude raves about House chicken tenders

“Dude, House side chicken tenders crush Senate side any day. and more choice of dipping sauces.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward.

The Snowstorm That Wasn’t.

“DC such a train wreck of dysfunction even snow wants no part of it.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“The Post should replace their weather gang with a drunken nearsighted lemur.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“DC meteorologists – the Karl Roves of weather prediction. #snowquester” — Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

“As a friendly DC flack told me today, ‘this town could use a blizzard.’” — CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Well in case the world gets snowed in tomorrow—which it won’t—I’m glad I had the foresight to buy myself fresh hydrangeas.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“This is incredibly fucking dumb. I can’t believe how freaked out DC is about this “snowstorm” #MassholeTweets” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray who links to this story from Politico on the House’s plan to gavel out Wednesday afternoon.

Premature prediction: “As of tomorrow, DC will only be a faint memory, an echo of forgotten power buried under a shroud of white death.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I’d be more impressed with this snowstorm, which has already shut down the government, if the snow would actually stick to the ground.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

“The people in my feed acting smug about the awfulness of the term ‘snowquester’ are becoming FAR more annoying than the term ‘snowquester.’” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

“Washington deals with snow about as well as it deals with everything else.” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

Late-night Bad Girls Club

MSNBC’s Touré: “Now that the Menendez story has blown up in a very embarrassing way, no one ever need take the Daily Caller seriously. Not that anyone did.”

Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor: “Dear @Toure: You should put the J.Crew catalog down and catch up on the latest on the Daily Caller-Menendez story before popping off. Thx.”

(“Popping off” is a phrase often heard on “Bad Girls Club,” as noted by trusted Bad Girls Club expert and FBDC writer Eddie Scarry.)

Journo wasn’t allowed to lunch with Lanny Davis

“Lanny Davis once invited me out to lunch after I wrote a critical piece on him but my editor wouldn’t let me go.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk at the Lanny Davis book party last night at The Hamilton.

Vietor picks on Stephanopoulos

After ABC “This Week” and GMA host George Stephanopoulos welcomed former White House aide Tommy Vietor to Twitter this morning, Vietor replied, “Thanks! We’d like to know when you sleep since you host every show on ABC except Dancing with the Stars (next season??)”

Gawker finds a terrible, fruity headline.

The Traveler

“Flying to Winnipeg this snowy morning” — conservative writer David Frum.

Have you been Marty’d? See Marty’s reaction to our profile on him and watch WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten make fun of the humblebrag… Read more

HuffPost’s Ward Has Saditude

Sports fans around the country watched in disbelief as the Washington Nationals blew a 6-0 lead on Friday night to end their season with a loss to the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. It was a sickening collapse to watch if you were a fan of the baseball team, which had the best season in baseball this year.

As mourning fans filed from the ballpark, several people, including Yahoo’s Chris Moody and HuffPost’s Sam Stein caught a sad sight on TV as they watched the game. It was the sight of a pouting Jon Ward, senior political reporter for HuffPost, decked out in a Nationals jersey and hat. The pained look on his face sums up how all Nationals fans felt at that moment.

Tweets of sympathy came in from around the Twitterverse, but Moody captured the moment best by tweeting “Ich bin ein @jonward11.” Moody also changed his Twitter avi to a pic of the saddened Ward.

This lasted for about a day.  On Saturday, Moody tweeted,

And with that, the Nats season came to a crushing close, but Ward stays positive. After the loss, he tweeted, “We’ll get em next year. But wow, that was pretty brutal.”

Politico’s Mike Allen: Drenched in Power

Keep those birthday announcements coming!

Politico‘s newsroom is downright giddy and reporters, publicists and brass are patting each other on the back today as Playbook author Mike Allen lands himself in the #19 slot of Vanity Fair‘s “The New Establishment & The Powers That Be” list. Last year he rolled in with #39 ranking.

So not only is he the man the White House, Katie Couric and HuffPost‘s Jon Ward wake up to, but he’s that much more powerful than he was in 2011.

Congratulations to Mikey! Oh, er, may we call you that?

Vanity Fair writes, “Allen lives a famously spartan life—he doesn’t own a house or a car—and usually starts working long before sunrise. But in May the renowned workaholic took his first day off, after having written Playbook for 990 straight days (weekends included).”

Others notables who made the power list: Alec Baldwin (#25), Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezezinski (#20), George Clooney (#17), FNC Prez Roger Ailes (#15), HuffPost-AOL’s Tim Armstrong and Arianna Huffington (#12), Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert (#11), News Corp’s Ruper Murdoch (#3) and Michael Bloomberg (#1).

HuffPost Editor Needs a Spanking

When you’re name is Michael Grass, it’s nearly impossible to resist invoking the expression “your ass is grass.” And since it’s his birthday — and trust us, he wants you to know about this special circumstance that happens to everyone about once a year — we’ll try our best to refrain for just one day. After all, he is founding editor of HuffPost DC, which ranks right up there with “Khloe and Lamar” and Lindsay Lohan‘s new Lifetime movie (actually it doesn’t, but we have high hopes). As one reader put it, “the least useful, least creative local website around.”

Forget it, we’re succumbing to temptation. Grass, whose ass might be grass tomorrow or later today if he’s lucky, took to Facebook to solicit birthday wishes from friends and followers and just about anyone who might take pity on him and say Happy Birthday! Sadly, not even Washington’s birthday guru Mike Allen of Politico saw fit to wish him a Happy Birthday — shockingly Philip Seymour Hoffman and Monica Lewinksy beat him out. Who knows, there’s always tomorrow….maybe a Birth Week or Belated Birthday nugget for Grass? (Psst…Grass, just a hint, but you may want to snuggle up to your colleague, Jon Ward, if you want a Playbook mention.)

On the obnoxious scale, this hits the jackpot. For that, perhaps Grass deserves a spanking?

Happy Birthday Grass! No doubt if no one remembers how special this day is, you’ll be sure to remind them. Now, let’s all join Grass in a round of “Happy Birthday to me!”

Incest Desk: Jon Ward’s Bro Gets Playbook Love

We can completely understand the Joan VandeHei domination of Playbook last week when Politico‘s Mike Allen blew up the birthday of the mother of his boss and longtime friend Jim VandeHei. Mike and Jim are like peas and carrots at this point. And Joan is like a lovely sweet potato. Five relentless birthday mentions later, and she’s a star.

But HuffPost‘s Jon Ward‘s BROTHER in Australia gets a birthday mention? Now we know that Jon Ward has long captured the imagination of Allen — he recently called him “one of Washington’s smartest young thinkers” and hell, it was revealed in an incestuous report that studiously examined Playbook mentions that Allen mentioned Ward 45 times. What we can’t understand, is why. As in why such intensity?

“BIRTHWEEK (was yesterday): Joe Ward, working in Sydney for Marriott, and a younger brother of Jon, is 31 (hat tip: Dad, Chip) …”

Incest Desk scorecard: 7. It’s not the worst thing we’ve seen in the incest department, but it’s fishy.

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