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Holy Journo Perk! – STK Opening Party

20140424_203950PR firm exec offered to take you to lunch? Publicist dying to give you their pitch? Looking to take your newsroom out to celebrate a boost in ratings? Take advantage of their company card at DC’s newest restaurant, STK.

After naming STK’s miniburger the best plate of the night at the Washington City Paper’s Best of DC Fete earlier this month, I scored myself an invitation to the opening party for this “modern steakhouse” Thursday evening. Talk about a journo perk, this party was off the hook.

Unlike most DC functions, STK had a line of more than 100 Washingtonians waiting to get in. Luckily I don’t wait – and did not wait – and was ushered in by one of The Aba Agency’s gorgeous PR mavens sporting all black and the highest of heels.

Enter – and it’s nowhere like you’ve ever seen before in DC. This place is packed, and you can just tell they have some big names in attendance.

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MTV’s Whitney Port Talks Michelle Obama & House of Cards Style

PortJust in time for White House Correspondents Weekend, Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has opened blocks from the Washington Hilton where the dinner takes place. And on Friday, former MTV reality star and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted its launch event with owner Maha Sharma.

What is Blo Blow Dry Bar? We asked ourselves the same question! Blo is North America’s original (and first!) blow dry bar. Think hair salon minus the scissors and dye, leaving you with a wash, dry, and style. Blo Dupont is the chain’s 38th location, including Miami, Austin, Russia, and the Philippines.

Naturally, FishbowlDC was in attendance, and we caught up with Port and Sharma on Michelle Obama’s fashion, looking your best on television, and what we can expect style-wise at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

On House of Cards style…

Whitney Port: “Robin Wright’s character is very sophisticated and chic and I think she does amazing on that show.”

On Michelle Obama’s style…

WP: “I think she always looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I think she dresses herself appropriately for her figure and status…She always looks amazing.”

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Women Ruled Zentan for 2014 Series Launch

10001385_748690051810766_1034168253_nLast night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.

1904150_748690041810767_1961860382_nIn attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPikeMichelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.

1528463_748689968477441_335092248_nAs well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.

Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Local TV Stations and Anchors

Last week we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications and Washington-based national anchors. Now it’s time to turn our attention to local television. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of DC’s local TV stations as well as some of the top anchors in our market. Here’s what we found:

The takeaway: NBC 4 is by far the most socially engaged of the local stations -both in terms of the station’s brand and in terms of their anchors’. Almost all the local NBC anchors are highly active on Twitter, with weekend anchor Angie Goff and chief meteorologist* Doug Kammerer far outshining their colleagues and their competitors. CBS 9 weekend anchor Bruce Johnson also makes a strong showing. Together, the top 3 on the list have almost as many followers as the next 12 combined.

Local Television Stations

1) NBC 4 (WRC)  - 62,070
2) CBS 9 (WUSA) - 45,973
3) ABC 7 (WJLA) - 41,398
4) Fox 5 (WTTG) – 26,475
5) PBS 26 (WETA) – 4,503
6) Univision 14 (WFDC) – 2,957
7) NewsChannel 8 – 2,109

Top 15 Local Anchors/Chief Meteorologists*

1) Angie Goff24,830 (NBC 4)
2) Doug Kammerer14,442 (NBC 4)
3) Bruce Johnson13,209 (CBS 9) 52,481
4) Jim Vance6,029 (NBC 4)
5) Topper Shutt5,741 (CBS 9)
6) Jim Handly5,650 (NBC 4)
7) Shawn Yancy - 5,198 (Fox 5)
8) Doreen Gentzler4,781 (NBC 4)
9) Aaron Gilchrist4,765 (NBC 4)
10) Jummy Olabanji 4,607 (ABC 7)
11) Wisdom Martin 4,227 (Fox 5)
12) Allison Seymour 4,045 (Fox 5)
13) Tony Perkins3,451 (Fox 5)
14) Bruce DePuyt3,434 (NewsChannel 8)
15) Pat Lawson Muse3,406 (NBC 4)

*Chief meteorologists were included in the rankings since they are one of the most visible members of a local news team.

Jake Tapper Resolves to be More Jewish in 2014

We here at FishbowlDC long ago gave up any pretense at self-improvement. But other DC journos aren’t quite as jaded. Lesser-known Bezos property The Express has talked to some local journos about their new year’s resolutions -and the results are revealing. For example: Jake Tapper wants to go to more Hebrew School, question-mark-guy Matthew Lesko has a brand new tattoo, and NBC 4 anchor Aaron Gilchrist doesn’t actually know the city that well. Here are some of the best resolutions from DC media personalities:

Jake Tapper
“Now that my kids are 4 and 6, I want to spend more time getting involved in our spiritual health, in our synagogue — more Sabbath dinners on Friday night, more attendance at Hebrew school, more participation in holidays and, I think, just more discussion of the mysteries of life.” -Jake Tapper, CNN

 
Cokie Roberts“It’s to be more like my mother. She died this summer, and I have been reading the 1,000 letters I have gotten, from people writing about the incredible things she did for them. She, Lindy Boggs, was a member of Congress for nine terms and then U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. She always treated everyone with great love, respect and dignity. As a reminder, I always wear a ring made out of two of her old rings.” -Cokie Roberts, NPR

 

Jummy Olabanji“Mine is to run my first half marathon. I found a training program online; it’s a 20-week program. Another goal of mine is to stick to the training program so I don’t pass out during the race.” - Jummy Olabanji, ABC 7

 

 

 

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Ex-Wife Replaces Ex-Hubby On Anchor Desk

images-2File this under awkward.

WJLA’s Good Morning Washington team is seeing a few changes. Among them, an ex-wife who will replace her ex-husband on the anchor desk.

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HEY, IT HAPPENS: Journo’s mother-in-law confuses BuzzFeed for “BizzJizz”

“Confused Cuban mother-in-law after meeting our friends from @BuzzFeed: ‘Those reporters from that cat site BizzJizz are so nice.’”  — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

BOLD STEP-NOTICE THE TOES: “My weight. One year ago today I was 118 and felt fat. I feel good about this actually. #obsessed” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi.

Intriguing job opportunity in Cairo

“I’m looking for a fabulous videojournalist based in Cairo. Email me at anup[dot]kaphle[at]washpost with few links to your previous work.” — Anup Kaphle, digital foreign editor, WaPo.

In corned beef news…

“Hey @BuzzFeedBen Having lunch at Shapiro’s in Indy, where the corned beef is still respectable and the wifi ain’t half bad” — Politico‘s new longform magazine writer Glenn Thrush.

Correspondent encounters random act of kindness

“Had a less than stellar morning, then ran into a #GMW viewer at CVS who gave me a really nice compliment. Day made! Thank you stranger! :) ” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji.

Important Q to Ponder: “Does @mboyle1 do anything but troll actual reporters?” — TIME‘s Dan Hirschhorn, who formerly worked at Politico.

Even More Important Q to Ponder: ‘What’s the deal on ‘pretzel rolls?’ Suddenly it’s the bun of choice for everything.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

Reporter speaks directly to Egyptian generals

“Hey Egyptian generals, not gonna tell you how to run your country, but you’re supposed to protect your civilians, not kill them. Just saying.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green at 7:28 a.m.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:34 a.m.

GOP consultant has strong feelings about Graham challenger

“I’ve never heard of Lindsey Graham’s primary challenger before but this statement just screams ignorant jackass.” — Brian Walsh, partner with Singer Bonjean Strategies, who links to this story in HuffPost stating that the challenger says Graham is a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood. (Honestly we just wanted an excuse to run the nun picture again.)

Chef Geoff examines upshot of a haircut

“The good thing about a haircut is less gray hair. The bad part is the ratio stays the same. #40+” — Chef Geoff Tracy (a.k.a. Mr. Norah O’Donnell).

Reporter confuses “Morning Joe” for feeling tanked

“Thought I woke up drunk but it was just that I’ve been watching Morning Joe since 6am.” — Buzzfeed‘s Dorsey Shaw.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between founding co-editor of DCist Michael Grass and WaPo’s Tim Craig. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat.

GRASS: “A friend who moved to DC from overseas has been having a problem with DC water making hair fall out.”

CRAIG: “How do u know from water?”

GRASS: “A hairdresser told him that mass hair loss is not unheard of for people going from untreated water systems to D.C. water.” And…”He’s headed to Cairo tomorrow to cover protests so we’ll see if the problem continues upon his return to D.C.”

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Quotes of the DayThe Holiday Edition.

“Not sure what it says that a photo of me bloated with a pillow under my shirt is my most-liked Instagram photo ever.” — Catherine Andrews, Director of Digital Content at Home Front Communications and former Editorial Director at Washingtonian.

Home for the Holidays

“Nothing like grandpa showing his tooth abscess to everyone one of us before dinner.” — Politico Pro web producer Caitlin Emma.

“Mom is regaling the guests w her theory that Bobby Kennedy had Marilyn killed w a poisoned enema to not leave marks. Kill me now.” — Publicist and former ABC “This Week” producer Courtney Cohen.

“Just realized I am stress eating chips & queso as my parents are grilling me about GOP options for 2016. Dinner has taken a nasty turn.” — House Maj. Whip Spokeswoman Erica Elliott. And on Thanksgiving: “When I announced I was going to take a shower to try and exfoliate this spray tan, my family literally cheered. Apparently it’s that bad.”

“I accidentally stumbled into a birds-and-bees conversation with my nephew, which led to me saying, ‘No, it’s not called a ‘virginia.’” — MetroWeekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

“Ugh. Had I watched this Kentucky game in my apartment instead of my mom’s home, there’d be holes in the walls.” — Reuters’ Sam Youngman.

“Thanksgiving at the Ericksons involves 6 dozen eggs, 21 lbs of butter, and now 9 lbs of bacon. 4 cakes, 5 pies, 20 lbs of turkey, & 17 ppl.” — CNN Contributor and RedState’s Erick Erickson.

“Yumm. Here is my obligatory turkey photo.” — Politico’s Ginger Gibson

Hagman gave NPR director’s Nana a Texas twang

“Claudine, our director, sez her Egyptian grandmother learned English by watching Dallas. She now has a Texas accent. RIP Larry Hagman.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

Journos get emotional around Thanksgiving

  • “My uncle, God rest his soul, made squirrel and rabbit jerky for us as kids. Miss his smart aleck remarks about other fam during holidays.” — Breitbart.com and CNN Contributor (well, if that’s what they’re calling never appearing these days) Dana Loesch.
  • “iPad photo app creators, thank you for hours of family fun. #sincerely” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.
  • “Just watched “Love Actually” for the 147th time. Still tear up at the end.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.
  • “A special thank you to our service men and women for their service and sacrifice. We are thankful for you all. #thanksgiving” — NBC “MTP” Host David Gregory (Just what the troops were waiting for, a shout-out from Gregory.)
  • “My uncle just got a call from the hospital and they may have found a kidney donor! So happy for@veerichie‘s daddy! All my love to Toronto!” — ABC7 reporter Jummy Olabanji.
  • “I know I shouldn’t be, but I’m thankful Caribou is open this morning.” — NBC Washington’s Matt Glassman.
  • “The crash of Jesse Jackson Jr. Is a tragic end to a career that once seemed to have no limit. Very sad for him, his family & constituents.” — President Obama‘s top campaign advisor David Axelrod.

A WH Correspondent gets into holiday spirit

“Vaguely wish the White House had named the turkeys ‘Congress’ and ‘Syphilis’ and then crowdsourced which one gets pardoned.” — Yahoo! News’ White House Correspondent Olivier Knox.

And BuzzFeed‘s Kaczynski gets all grateful and neighborly…

“Yes neighbor loudly playing his bass while families in my apartment building sit down together for dinner, you are an asshole.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski on Thanksgiving just before 3 p.m.

Paul Wharton misses chance to stuff himself

“Y did I refuse to take a plate of Thanksgiving Food from my cousin’s house?! Now I want turkey and stuffing & all I have is Salad! WTF!?” — Real Housewives of D.C. Stylist Paul Wharton.

Baier Vomit

“Good morning! Happy Black Friday. Are you shopping today? My wife, Amy, says she might try – I’ll be with our boys far away from the mall!” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

Ambien Adventures

“If you take Ambien and forget to stop and go to sleep, it actually makes you stay more awake. Kinda crazy, eh? 730A & I’m still up.” — Elizabeth Lauten (a.k.a. DCGOPGirl and CNN iReporter) on the day after Thanksgiving.

Important Q to Ponder: “Possibly stupid cooking question: Can I use whiskey bourbon (Crown) in a savory recipe that calls for bourbon?” — Conservative writer and blogger Lisa De Pasquale.

One Bureau Chief has stroke of good luck and another warns journos about sobriety checkpoint…

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Quotes of the Day

 

“I’m an MSNBC fan, what do you call it, a junkie.”Itzhak Perlman this morning on “Morning Joe.”

How Roger Stone really feels about Dick Morris

“Dick Morris, pompous , insufferable and wrong. #namedropper #toesucker.” — GOP Political Consultant Roger Stone on GOP pollster Dick Morris.

Fonzi Fever

“#TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz!!!!! Coming up in just a few!!!!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji, on a pretty serious Henry Winkler binge this morning.

In His Dreams…

“November 6, please hurry. Presidential polls now entering my dreams (true story). Not saying who, but someone was up 20 (!) points.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Journo love

“Loved waking up to my girl @brikeilarcnn co-hosting @EarlyStartCNN this morning. All that beauty & brains made me forget I was at the gym.” — CNN Worldwide Dir. of Public Relations and former Fishbowl Editor Matt Dornic on his colleague, White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar.

Terrible memories

“Reminded this morning how surreal it was to be living in D.C. during the sniper attacks. An entire metro area on edge.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Steven Shepard. Today is the 10-year anniversary of the first D.C. sniper shooting.

Author plans to watch debate with horse

“I’m going to bring my dressage horse, Eric, into the house for the 1st debate. He’s hoping to catch a glimpse of Rafalca in the TV audience.” — author and avid Democrat Anne Lamott in a sarcastic Monday offering.

Money scribe sick of pre-debate spin

“Pre-debate spin may be the most useless and annoying of the many useless and annoying things the media-political complex creates.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Convo Between a Reporter and a Consultant

This morning’s conversation is between Politico’s Alexander Burns and GOP political consultant Roger Stone.

Stone: “Just saw Newt Gingrich on FOX–Andy Warhol Foundation wants their wig back.” Burns: “Look, he’s a well coiffed man.” Stone: “Better hair than… Calista [sic].”

 

 

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 Quotes of the Day

“When did fact checking and journalism go their separate ways?” — Comedy Central Daily Show Host Jon Stewart to NBC Newsman Tom Brokaw, who appeared on the show last night. His reply: “Everything is so compressed, everything happens with warped speed.”

Speaking of fact checking…“Unfortunately when you look at some of the fact checking, they’re partisan, which is not what a fact check is supposed to be.”FNC’s Steve Doocy on Wednesday morning. At which point Gretchen Carlson chimed in, “It’s kind of sad when you have to have a fact checker to check the fact checker to check the fact checker, but anyway…

Yeah, anyway, The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball gets snappy about facts, saying, “Why is everyone so sure facts don’t matter? Journo self-loathing? Or do we think voters are stupid & illiterate?”

From one reporter named “Ben” to another: Are we fighting?

“Top #DNC2012 moment: running into @BuzzFeedBen and having him ask: ‘Are we fighting about something on Twitter? I can’t remember.’ No!” — Politico‘s Ben White who is referencing BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Journo takes backhanded stab at the Romneys

“You know what this first lady knows nothing about? The price at the pump when you fill up a couple of Cadillacs.” — MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe.

An Important Q to Ponder: “Michelle has become a terrific speaker. But why should that matter — or whether Ann Romney loves her husband — in picking a president?” — Washington Pollster  Stu Rothenberg.

Reporters geek out on C-SPAN

“There is nothing better than the old convention clips playing on @cspan. Love hearing these old speeches.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

“C-SPANis running clips of past Democratic keynotes. Gotta say, I’m digging the trip down memory lane as #DNC12 is about to convene.” — Jennifer Dlouhy, energy reporter for The Houston Chronicle and Hearst Newspapers.

Rave Reviews for Michelle

“Michelle speech offers a devasting contrast of where the Obamas came from with Romney’s privilege without uttering one nasty word. #DNC2012″ — WaPo Columnist EJ Dionne.

“Will be surprised if Dems don’t switch to live video from White House of Pres Obama and daughters applauding FLOTUS speech.” — CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller.

“Is it gauche to wonder why #FLOTUS beloved dad didn’t try riding #dressage to help alleviate his #MS symptoms? #justasking” — Editorial Promotions Manager at Chronicle of Higher Education‘s Amy Alexander.

“I’ve never heard such a well delivered speech by a first lady ever.” — CNN’s Anderson Cooper.

“Barack Obama always jokes that Michelle gives the better speech. I’m starting to think that’s actually true.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

“Notice how FLOTUS makes her strong points without raising her voice. Very effective. #dnc2012″ — Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn.

Oh no she didn’t! Jo Anne Reed (a.k.a. Mrs. Ralph Reed) kicks Obama to the curb during FLOTUS’ convention speech: “Michelle Obama loves her husband more today than four years ago…well at least someone does…we don’t!!”

Meanwhile…CNN’s Lisa Desjardins announces that FLOTUS’s pretty orange sleeveless frock was designed by Tracy Reese. And HollywoodLife.com Editor-in-Chief Bonnie Fuller puts in a giant plug for the First Lady’s well-toned arms: “Michelle Obama has set sleeveless trend 4 all of female newscasters.”

The Eyebrow Observer

“Tim Kaine’s eyebrow is out of control.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis.

The Random But Nonetheless Poignant Observer

“I see both Malia and Sasha are rocking skinny jeans after 10pm.” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji.

Funky reporting admission

“A source told me tonight that he has ‘personal knowledge’ of everything he told me. That’s comforting.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman.

 

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