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Obama Daughters Named to TIME’s ‘Most Influential Teens List’

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

TIME magazine today released its list of most influential teens and two not surprising DC sisters were part of the list.

Sasha Obama and Malia Obama are the only two local teens named to the list, which includes Malala Yousafzai, lead rider of the co-ed Afghan National Cycling Team Salam Kakar, Lorde, and Kendall (she dropped her last name) and Kylie Jenner of the Kardashian bunch.

“Social-media followings, cultural accolades, business acumen and more” were analyzed to determine this year’s 25 most influential teens. Read the full list here.

TIME writes of the younger Obama daughter, “Sasha, meanwhile, has become an icon in her own right: after being photographed in a unicorn sweatshirt, the style sold out at ASOS in a matter of days.”

Speaking of that sweater…Last November, FRESH FM morning show host Kelly Collis wrote ‘The Daily Mail Reporters Are Hacks‘ when “the rag” – as Collis refers to the Daily Mail in her post – made mention of the sweater Sasha wore without “crediting the station or myself as the source of the information.” FishbowlDC wrote about the controversy then here.

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NBC4′s Angie Goff and WJLA’s Alison Starling’s Youngest Celebrated at Sip & See

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WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, NBC4′s Angie Goff and Bob, NBC News’ Peter Alexander and Ava Starling, Alison Starling, Jill Collins

WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper and PR maven Jill Collins hosted a “Sip & See” at Carmine’s this past Saturday for WJLA anchor Alison Starling‘s newest baby, Ava Starling, and NBC4 anchor Angie Goff‘s baby, Robert (Bob) Ellis IV.

Guests included 30 TV women, anchors, and producers from all the local affiliates, plus Peter Alexander, NBC News White House Correspondent (and spouse of Alison Starling).

My first reaction upon being invited was “What on earth is a Sip & See?” Well, apparently, it’s a popular Southern tradition to introduce a little one to friends and colleagues while you sip on champagne. Given how much baby coverage I’ve been doing of late, if it weren’t hosted at Carmine’s, I’d likely have politely declined. But the promise of their famous meatballs -and the champagne of course – was too much to resist.

Here’s how it went down.

10:30am - Snoozughhhh, I have to go to that Sip & See! Seriously, how can I get out of this? Alas, as chief parenting reporter for FishbowlDC, I have duties.

1pm - Walk into Carmine’s, the legendary family style Italian resto hailing from New York, one hour late. #yolo

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Angie Goff and Adora, Bloomberg TV’s Megan Hemmerlein

1:02 - Ohh wait…this was like a dressy affair, and I’m wearing flannel. #yolo

1:03 - Realization that other kids are here too. Should that have been expected? Again, anxiety setting in over the thought of having children. Where’s the champagne?

1:05 - Say hello to Angie Goff and meet Bob. Immediately ask where Bob’s sister Adora is. For those who don’t know, Adora is the star of #AdorasDay on Angie’s Instagram (@OhMyGoff), and in my eyes, a celebrity.

1:08 - Bump into Alison Starling. Awkwardly introduce myself as we’ve never met and I’m at her child’s Sip & See. Make sure she knows that I know Angie and not a younger version of Tareq Salahi.

1:11 - Objective for attending…Carmine’s meatballs. Seriously, the bomb. Contemplating asking for a to-go box. Is that rude?

1:13 - Formality begins. Alison’s husband, Peter Alexander, put on the spot and asked about the possibility of missing Ava’s birth because of having to cover President Obama’s historic Africa trip. He replies, “The consequences of not going on this historic trip with Alison were far greater.” Funny.

More after the jump. Read more

The Case of the Unattributed Unicorn Sweater

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

(Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

As bad as American journos are, everyone knows their British cousins are one-bazillion times worse (see Princess Di, cause of death of). But now those pilferin’, pick-a-pocketin’ Brit paparazzi have really gone too far!

94.7 Fresh FM “City Shop Girl” Kelly Collis reports that her original investigative reporting regarding a certain unicorn sweater, worn by a certain Sasha Obama to a Maryland basketball game has been lifted WITHOUT ATTRIBUTION by the Daily Mail from the Fresh FM website. Collis first reported on the fab sweater from UK retailer ASOS on November 18, and even sent ASOS a tweet asking if it was going to be restocked, to which they replied:

@cityshopgirl Love Love Love the unicorn sweater. We’re not sure at the mo if it’ll be restocked, but watch this space…x

Now, you may be feeling pretty silly for going into debt to pay for J school right now, but you have to admit, that is some real investigative reporting. She had a question, she got an answer. But narry a day had passed before the villains across the pond at the Daily Mail had seized on the breaking news of how effing cool this sweater is and slapped it up on their website, without giving so much as a (h/t) to poor Kelly Collis. From the Mail article:

A Twitter post read: ‘Love Love Love the Unicorn sweater. We’re not sure at the [moment] if it’ll be restocked, but watch this space…’

If the sweater were to be reissued, it would certainly be met by much fanfare.

No mention of Kelly’s Twitter handle, no reference to her story at all. COME ON! How likely is it that the Daily Mail just happened to quote a tweet directed at the intrepid reporter who broke the very story they are reporting on, without knowing who she was? Poor form, Daily Mail, poor form

For the whole, tragic story, click here.

Jordin Sparks Has Lipstick Flub at Journo Charity

Jordin Sparks

At Childhelp’s “Capitol CAREaoke” charity event last night, the Fox News crew narrowly beat CNN’s team in most money raised.

FNC’s Shannon Bream, Jennifer Griffin, Jake Serwer, Lanna Britt and Fox Business’ Rich Edson were joined by local Fox reporter Melanie Alnwick to sing “Don’t Stop Believing.”

CNN’s Dana Bash, Lisa Desjardins, Lisa Sylvester, Jill Chappel, Gloria Borger, Peter Morris and Athena Jones performed a sloshy rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”

As Glittarazzi‘s Greg Blakey put it: “Fox did a good ass job.”

ABC 7′s Rebecca Cooper founded the event and told FBDC she started the fundraiser five years ago as an alternative to the usual stuffy black-tie events in Washington. She said they intended for members of Congress to be the performers, but the ones who agreed to sing got cold feet. “So at the last minute I had to recruit all my friends in journalism,” Cooper said. She told us Chris Matthews and his wife Kathleen have been two of the events’ “worst singers.”

Before the karaoke started, R&B singer Jordin Sparks, a celebrity ambassador to Childhelp, posed for pictures and took questions from the media. During the photo op a friend nearby alerted her that she had lipstick on her teeth. STOP THE PRESSES. “Everyone, Photoshop the lipstick off my teeth!” Sparks instructed after clearing it off.

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Some attendees participated in a silent auction, which featured two tickets to a Madonna concert and two porcelain miniature lions (valued at $900), among other items.

Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer performed “Love Shack” and thought it would be a good idea to toss frisbees into the audience, which was full of wine glasses and dinner plates. Can you say DUNCE?

The event drew in a total of $310,000 in donations.

Notables

ABC 7′s Kendis Gibson, Natasha Barrett, Kris Van Cleave and Pamela Brown; WRQX’s Aly Jacobs, Brooke Ryan and Chilli Amar; D.C. Councilman Jack Evans; NASCAR’s Paulie Harraka; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); LushClick‘s Elizabeth Manressa; Pamela’s PunchPamela Sorensen; Kate Michael of “K Street Kate”; and former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan, now with “Komen for the Cure.”

Quotable

“$18 million for charity at 10 years old? That’s fuckin’ insane.” — Random attendee remarking on child prodigy and violinist Brianna Kahane who performed at the event and has raised that much money for charity.