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This Town Strikes Back

Youngman, there's no need to feel down.

Youngman, there’s no need to feel down.

Yesterday, we mentioned briefly WCP‘s Perry Stein‘s takedown of Sam Youngman‘s Politico piece. If you’re a self-respecting DC journalist, you should read it -if only as a salve for the irritation Youngman’s article likely caused you. Here’s a great paragraph, for example:

There are at least some D.C. journos who, unlike Youngman, always thought they would get tired of seeing former Sen. Gary Hart and Ron Kirk in a bar (since the very thought of being in a bar that’s also frequented by Hart and Kirk is pretty tiresome). There may be a few guys here who don’t think the city’s hot women are ‘a step above rehab hot and two levels below jury duty hot.’ D.C. even has college basketball! As for Youngman’s complaint that he doesn’t ‘recall the issue of, say, poverty coming up a single time in all my coverage’ of the 2012 campaign, that seems like something he might have been advised to try to remedy while, you know, writing about the 2012 campaign.

Today, Juliet Eilperin gives us an op-ed that voices the same complaint. Eilperin is a White House correspondent (as Youngman once was) for WaPo, and her piece really gives the lie to Youngman’s caricature of DC journos:

Several years ago I wrote about an Environmental Protection Agency study slated for Jacksonville, Fla., in which officials were going to examine the impact of toxic household chemicals on families with children, but they weren’t going to warn them that the chemicals were dangerous. The study was scrapped. This fall I co-wrote articles explaining the key management decisions that contributed to HealthCare.gov’s botched rollout, as well as some of the project’s ongoing technical difficulties. These stories matter; they have real-world consequences.

I still haven’t flown on Air Force One, as Youngman did. Like him, I’ve attended briefings in the Roosevelt Room — though I’ve devoted my time there to watching PowerPoint slides and trying to decipher administration officials’ spin, not being wowed by the scenery.

I think it’s sad that Youngman concludes that, after a while, ‘there wasn’t a single Washington story I wanted to cover.’ How is that possible, when there are so many critical decisions being made here?

The consensus in DC is clear: Youngman’s biggest problem was always Youngman -not DC.

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WaPo’s Eilperin to White House Beat

Some changes to WaPo‘s political team.

First and foremost, Juliet Eilperin, who has been on the environment beat, will now cover the White House. She formerly covered Congress. What’s more, Aaron Blake will from The Fix to PostPolitics to work on the breaking news blogs. Sean Sullivan will assume a “broader role” for The Fix.

See the internal memo.

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Blizzard Blows Two Babies Into WaPo

Juliet Eilperin, the Post‘s national environmental reporter, and her husband, Andrew Light, a scholar at the Center for American Progress, welcomed to the world baby girl, Marika, on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.  At 8 lbs 6 ounces, Marika outweighs her neighbor Max Zephyr Chandrasekaran – new son Rajiv Chandrasekaran, WaPo‘s associate editor and his wife, Julie Schlosser Chandrasekaran, a former Fortune magazine editor, by nearly two pounds. Baby Zeph was born down the hall at Sibley only one day after Marika.

Congrats to the happy families and welcome to the Fishbowl, Zeph and Marika!

Email announcements about both babies after the jump.

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Dave Matthews and Jane Goodall Meet the Press

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This afternoon Dr. Jane Goodall and musician Dave Matthews converged at the St. Gregory Hotel to discuss the Gombe 50, a celebration of Goodall’s work as a primatologist, conservationist, and UN Messenger of Peace over the past 50 years.

The unlikely pair first met during 2008′s LiveAid concert, and ever since Dave Matthews has been a strong supporter of Dr. Goodall’s work. “I was knocked out by her courage and beauty,” he recalls “She supports this idea of harmony, and maybe it’s because I’m a musician, but that strikes a chord with me.”

Jane spent the morning with members on the Hill to garnish support for a Global Conservation Act. “If we can get all these agencies to work together, USAID, the Fish and Wildlife foundation, and so many others then having the money pooled will help us get more done.” Goodall added, “This most certainly isn’t a partisan issue. This is something that affects everyone. More people need to realize that and take action in supporting their elected officials that are doing well and criticizing the ones that are doing poorly.”

When asked if either of them saw a future in a political career, Matthews responded, “I’m constantly disappointed by our leaders…and I have too many skeletons in my closet that I wouldn’t want to account for on a political stage.”

Claire Jones from the Jane Goodall Institute mentioned that Dr. Goodall has been working with 60 Minutes, and had positive beltway coverage recently from WaPo‘s Juliet Eilperin and the National Geographic Society concerning her movement. Goodall concluded saying, “Bottom line, this is an issue about our future and it affects us all.”

Tonight Matthews with be performing alongside friend Tim Reynolds at DAR Constitutional Hall (where Goodall gave her first major speech for National Geographic in 1962) to raise awareness for the Jane Goodall Institute. JGI is typically known for its work with conserving chimpanzees but has also spearheaded a movement called Roots & Shoots which helps communities, specifically children, learn about conservation and development for a better tomorrow.

*Special thanks to Meghan Smith and Matt Duckworth who contributed to this post.

WaPo to Track Obama’s Promises

Today WaPo launches “Obama’s Promises” an online resource that tracks the President’s campaign promises.

Several political reporters are contributing to the project with White House Reporter Michael Shear and graphic designer Karen Yourish assuming lead roles.

So far, the site is peachy on Obama with categories divided up as follows: To Do (3), In Progress (15) and Completed (7). There are no negative-sounding categories such as “broken promises,” though the site shows clearly that Obama’s “In Progress” category is highest.

“Change Washington” is among the “kept promises”. An example: “Ban registered lobbyists from working in the administration on areas in which they have lobbied over the previous two years and bar officials who leave the administration from lobbying the executive branch for the duration of Obama’s presidency.”

Other journos and designers working on the project include: Juliet Eilperin, Michael A. Fletcher, Anne E. Kornblut, Alec MacGillis, Philip Rucker, Scott Wilson; Design: Wilson Andrews, Jacqueline Kazil,and Laura Stanton.

Check out the feature here.

Bouncin’ Babes of Roll Call Alums

Roll Call‘s HOH reports on two new journo babies:

WaPo‘s Ben Pershing and CQ’s Beth Pershing welcomed Simon Henry Pershing into the world on Monday…

On Friday May, 8th, WaPo‘s Juliet Eilperin and Andrew Light added son Milos to their family.

Ben, Beth and Juliet are all former Roll Callers…

Congrats to the proud parents and welcome to the Fishbowl, Milos and Simon.

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Sasha’s Send Off From Print To Glossy

Last night at Poste, friends of Sasha Issenberg gathered to celebrate his move from The Boston Globe to the magazine Monocle. He starts today as a Washington correspondent.

We, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it, but hear these folks did: Peter Canellos, Lisa Wangsness and the Boston Globers, Jay Newton-Small, Jill Zuckman, Kelly O’Donnell, Athena Jones, Lisa Lerer, Bonney Kapp, Tracy Sefl, Mark Salter, Sunlen Miller, Jose Antonio Vargas, Ana Marie Cox, Juliet Eilperin, Mike Madden, Mark Paustenbach, Scott Mulhauser, Brian Weiss, Perry Bacon, Anne Dickerson, Christina Bellantoni and Jonathan Martin.

Also spotted at a nearby table… tennis’ Martina Navratilova.

WaPo Writers Freezing Out Columnist George Will

Several WaPo writers are giving their own George Will the “cold shoulder” for misleading readers about Arctic climate. In today’s article by Juliet Eilperin and Mary Beth Sheridan, they directly address George Will’s incorrect data:

The new evidence – including satellite data showing that the average multiyear wintertime sea ice cover in the Arctic in 2005 and 2006 was nine feet thick, a significant decline from the 1980s – contradicts data cited in widely circulated reports by Washington Post columnist George F. Will that sea ice in the Arctic has not significantly declined since 1979.

On the Post’s weather blog, Andrew Freedman calls out Will in his headline: “Will Misleads Readers on Climate Science – Again.” And follows up with this:

Will appears to have borrowed this nugget from climate change skeptic web sites, which have elevated the argument that global warming has stopped or reversed to the status of an Internet ‘meme.’ However, it has been debunked time and again.

Grist has more.

About Tonight…

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Where will you be watching tonight’s election results? We’ve asked all sorts of journos for their evening plans and they include an Atlanta hotel room, the Phoenix Biltmore, and Champs Sports Bar in Cincinnati.

Join us after the jump…

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