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The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

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Ebony Pool Reporter Gets Into Chinese Coverage

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END

Today’s White House Pooler Kevin Chappell of Ebony Magazine gets creative and consults a fortune cookie site to add to the coverage of Chinese President Hu’s visit. He tells FishbowlDC the fortune is absolutely “real.” He suggests eating Chinese fare as you read his coverage.

Words of wisdom from fortunecookiemessage.com:
“A quote that you do not understand is not meant for you”

With that, welcome to the unofficial busiest day at the White House since President Obama was elected to office. Sit back and relax, maybe with your favorite Chinese cuisine. My name is Kevin Chappell, your lucky pool reporter and guide for the day. Let’s get started. Pre-credentialed media gathered on the South Lawn at 8:30 a.m. For the arrival of President Hu. Pooler surrounded by Chinese journalists, many taking snapshots of everything from Sasha and Malia’s playground area to POTUS’s playground area (his putting green).

Who Will Get Called On Tonight? A Look Back At Obama’s Pressers

Tonight is President Obama’s fourth prime-time press conference, fifth overall. Each presser has lasted about an hour and averages 13 reporters’ questions. Fox did not air Obama’s 100th day press conference, the third, on the network and will not tonight either.

In his first prime-time press conference Feb. 9th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Reuters’ Caren Bohan, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Fox’s Major Garrett, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, Helen Thomas, HuffPost’s Sam Stein and NPR’s Mara Liasson.

In his second prime-time press conference March 24th, Obama called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Chip Reid, Univision’s Lourdes Meluza, Stars and Stripes’ Kevin Baron, CNN’s Ed Henry, Fox News’ Major Garrett, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Ebony’s Kevin Chappell, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, TWT‘s Jon Ward and AFP’s Stephen Collinson.

In his third prime-time press conference April 29th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Detroit NewsDeb Price, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Reuters’ Jeff Mason, CBS’ Chip Reid, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny (“surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled”), Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, BET’s Andre Showell, Time‘s Michael Scherer and WaPo‘s Jonathan Weisman.

President Obama’s fourth presser was during the day, in the briefing room June 23rd and he called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, HuffPost’s Nico Pitney (remember this?), Fox’s Major Garrett, USA Today‘s David Jackson, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, McClatchy’s Margaret Talev, EFE’s Macarena Vidal, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan and CNN’s Suzanna Malveaux.

Will the AP’s Jennifer Loven go five-for-five? Will President Obama snub Fox? Will HuffPost’s Nico Pitney get called on again? And who do you want to see called on tonight? Tell us.

RELATED: From US News & World Report: Press Getting More Adversarial With Obama: Some expect Obama’s news conference to take on a more negative tone.

Morning Reading List 04.14.09

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Its day 85 covering the Obama administration and week 11 for us. Happy Birthday to Sasha Issenberg! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

The Chicago Tribune plans to cut another 20% of its newsroom staff in yet another bid to reduce expenses amid continuing advertising declines. Staffers were told of the impending layoffs last week, and the cuts will take place over the next several weeks.

TV

A guest on Glenn Beck‘s Fox News show passed out as the opening segment was coming to an end. Beck and his guest, David Buckner, professor of organizational leadership at Columbia University program, were standing at a monitor talking about what is leading American companies to bankruptcy.

FBN’s Cody Willard is profiled in the Los Angeles Times. He describes his first NYC job (Starbucks barista), most embarrassing on-air moment (involving an ex) and more.

Half way through the month of April, CNN is in fourth place among the four cable news channels in prime time (8-11pmET) in the A25-54 demo. More from TVNewser here.

RADIO

In memoriam: Harry Kalas, the sincere and sentimental Phillies broadcaster whose smoky voice and singular home-run calls were for nearly 40 years as much a franchise fixture as the “P” on its players’ red caps, died yesterday at 73. Philadelphia Inquirer: “We lost our voice today,” said Phillies president David Montgomery. Kalas was found unconscious in the broadcast booth yesterday before the Phillies’ game at Nationals Park.

ONLINE

NYT: The first reaction many people have to Twitter is befuddlement. Why would they want to read short messages about what someone ate for breakfast? But taken collectively, the stream of messages can turn Twitter into a surprisingly useful tool for solving problems and providing insights into the digital mood.

MAGAZINES

From Playbook: Ebony’s May issue names “The Ebony Power 150: The Most Influential Blacks In America,” including President Obama, Rep. James Clyburn, Donna Brazile, Gwen Ifill, Mayor Fenty, Michael Steele, Soledad O’Brien, Don Lemon, General Powell, Oprah and Dr. William H. (Bill) Cosby Jr.

Ebony also has “Power Behind Power: Top Blacks in the Obama Administration” and “A Great Day at the White House: African Americans in the White House Press Corps” by Kevin Chappell.

NEWS NOTES

The Iranian-American journalist, Roxana Saberi, accused of spying in Iran went on trial this week and a verdict is expected soon, an Iranian official has said. She has worked for the BBC, NPR, and Fox News and is being held in Evin prison near Tehran.

Dan Rather‘s case against CBS, now in its 19th month, is back in court today.

HBO Films has optioned “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime,” an in-the-works Harper Collins book by political writers Mark Halperin and John Heilemann.

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JOBS after the jump…

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Reliable Sources Roundup

TVNewser: Former RNC chairman and counselor to Pres. Bush Ed Gillespie appeared on Reliable Sources Sunday morning to talk about a piece he wrote for National Review Online about how the GOP should respond to “increasingly biased journalism.”

In the NRO piece Gillespie writes, “Too many reporters no longer report; they comment. The lines between news and ‘news analysis,’ and between ‘news analysis’ and opinion, have been all but washed away in the 24/7 Internet-and-cable news environment.” Gillespie singles out MSNBC and host Chris Matthews whom he calls, “a TV-news host now famous for the tingle Barack Obama sent up his leg.”

Howard Kurtz pressed Gillespie on the issue asking, “It’s not only in the liberal direction. You talk about MSNBC, what about Fox News?”

Gillespie: “Well, I would say that Fox in their news hours, their news blocks, as opposed to their opinion shows…are more balanced than MSNBC and their news programming.”

In response, an MSNBC insider tells TVNewser Gillespie’s characterization is, “laughable.”

Also on Sunday’s show, Kurtz spoke with CBS’ Chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton and Ebony magazine senior editor Kevin Chappell. Reid spoke more about the latest presidential news conference.

KURTZ: Were you trying to provoke him a little bit, maybe get him off the script?

REID: Sure. That’s part of what we do. And at one point, during the follow-up question, he did say, look, I’m not going to lie to you, this is going to be really tough. And I think we did get him a little bit off script there, but certainly, you do want to get him away from the talking points, because he is a master of turning whatever question is asked of him into simply a recitation of his talking points, and part of our job is to try to get him off of that.

KURTZ: And that doesn’t make news if he repeats the same thing he said seven times before.

REID: Well, exactly. And I’m not trying to provoke him in a way that gets him angry, but I am trying to provoke him in a way to talk about things in a way that he might not have planned when he walked into that room.

The Gillespie-Kurtz conversation is after the jump.

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ)

CBS’ Face the Nation: President Barack Obama

ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and a roundtable with ABC’s Matthew Dowd and Cokie Roberts, NYT’s Paul Krugman and columnist George Will

Fox News Sunday: Secretary Robert Gates

CNN’s State of the Union: Gen. David Petraeus, US Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Rep. John Spratt (D-SC) and Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CBS’ Chip Reid, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, Ebony Magazine’s Kevin Chappell, attorney and commentator Gloria Allerd, The Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: President Lula da Silva of Brazil, The Wall Street’s Bret Stephens, NYT’s Nicholas Kristof, Columbia University’s Rashid Khalidi and French Institute for International Relations Dominique Moisi

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo’s David Ignatius, oThe Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Peter Baker, Slate’s John Dickerson, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings and WaPo’s Spencer Hsu

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: White House Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: former communications director for the Senate Environment Committee Marc Morano, Center for American Progress senior fellow Bracken Hendricks and Roll Call’s Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day.

So Who Was Called On? And Where Were They Seated?

President Obama’s news conference this evening lasted about an hour and he took questions from 13 reporters. Notably missing from those called on were the NYT, WaPo, WSJ and USA Today.

In this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven (called on first for the second time), NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Chip Reid, Univision’s Lourdes Meluza, Stars and Stripes’ Kevin Baron, CNN’s Ed Henry, Fox News’ Major Garrett, Politico’s Mike Allen, Ebony’s Kevin Chappell, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, Washington Times’ Jon Ward and AFP’s Stephen Collinson.

The first row from left to right was Univision, Garrett, Black Enterprise, Todd, Loven, Reid, Helen Thomas, Tapper, Essence, Henry and Telemundo.

Air America, in the first row during the President’s last press conference, was also seated in the front, just to the right of the podium. HuffPost, called on last time, is in the back row of the seating chart we’re looking at– in good company though with Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder and Slate’s John Dickerson.

Interestingly, on the White House seating chart, every journalist is listed with an affilation– except for Helen Thomas.