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Awkward Interactions at Heritage Foundation’s Launch of The Daily Signal

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Last night at Sixth Engine, The Heritage Foundation celebrated the Tuesday launch of its new site The Daily Signal, a digital-first, multimedia news platform.

Amidst drinks with clever names like the “Editor in Chief” and the “Teaser” alongside delicious samplings of Korean style chicken tenders, heaping bites of tuna tar tar, and brussels sprouts, FishbowlDC was so rudely interrupted by the self-proclaimed ‘Christian, Conservative, Southern, Zionist, that is Everything the Left hates Heritage Action Legislative Strategist (description a la his Twitter bio).”

During a conversation with a writer for Heritage Action’s blog The Forge, said “strategist” apparently felt threatened by FishbowlDC speaking to his ex-fiance. The “strategist” – who I met just seconds earlier – felt the need to tell me his engagement with whom I was previously speaking ended four weeks ago.

Unable to hold back a smirk caused by the absurdity of this man’s relationship woes, he trice assumed I thought the situation was funny. Newsflash: I barely know who you are, let alone care about your relationship status.

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Morning Chatter

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Fish-1FishbowlDC Fan Club Board

President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

UnknownJourno is anti-Flan

“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

Sam Youngman’s Goodbye Soirée is ‘The Other Side of This Town’

photo-25A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.

“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”

Kevin Madden, a CNN Contributor, pointed out last night, “This is the other side of This Town.” You hear that Mark Leibovich?

The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Kurtz has stuff to figure out

“Thanks for messages and tweets about new Fox show. Still have lots of details to figure out, but what a challenge.” — CNN but soon-to-be Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.

Speaking of openings at CNN…

“If I hate myself, does that make me a media critic? #IhearThereIsAnOpening?” — CNN’s John Berman. Kurtz’ post on “Reliable Sources” will be filled by a rotating cast of hosts that haven’t been named yet.

Kim/Kanye baby name fallout

“Why did Kimye let Sarah Palin name their baby?? #North #wtf#” — The Times of LondonMatt Spence.

“I’m not sure I follow the logic of naming a kid after an airline that no longer exists.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Are we being pranked? Is this a resurrection of a defunct airline where I still have miles? A DC neighborhood? Apple lkg bttr and better.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

“This poor child,” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

“Also, currently arguing with my 13-year-old sister about the name of this Kardashian kid. Good lord.” — WaPo columnist Clinton Yates.

“Troll West.” — ReutersMegan McCarthy.

“Seven. Seven Costanza. Now THERE’S a name.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden.

“If my parents named me North West I’d have to kick my own ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

“That’s like me naming my child Seth.” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

“Kanye must be trying working some sort of ‘Boy Named Sue’ angle here.” — Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:52 a.m.

AnonymASS and Anonymous Tipsters: 1. “ass holes.” 2. “Marty … need … more … Marty” Memo to #1. We love your candor. Don’t go changing. However, “ass holes” is actually written “assholes.” And #2: Your wish is our command. Never a shortage of material there.

Emotional sports watching

“To the guy wearing a Golden State jersey at game 7: you are an idiot. Oh, oh oh oh shut up.” — The Hill‘s Ian Swanson.

N-word-using Paula Deen sparks N-word debate

“LOL I sound ‘old’ @bdotm for having zero tolerance against the N-word? Good. I’d rather sound ‘old’ and be right than ‘young” and dumb.” — “Washington Watch’s” Roland Martin.

Speechwriter trash talk

“Lovett with no editor and 20,000 followers should scare people almost as much as his refusal to wear pants to work” — Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to President Obama. Now a consultant. His message is directed to Jon Lovett, also a former presidential speechwriter who sometimes writes for The Atlantic.

Cutter, Madden Join CNN

Jeff Zucker‘s CNN continues to evolve. Democratic strategist Stephanie Cutter and Republican strategist Kevin Madden are joining the network as political commentators. The news was was announced today by CNN Washington bureau chief and senior vice president Sam Feist.

Cutter is a partner at Precision Strategies, a strategic consulting firm that launched earlier this month.  Madden, an alum of The Hill‘s 50 Most Beautiful People List, is the executive vice president of public affairs at JDA Frontline.

“I’ve worked with CNN for many years in the White House, on campaigns and throughout government,” said Cutter in a statement. “They are the best in the business, and I’m thrilled to be joining the CNN team.”

“This is such an exciting time in the national conversation about the direction of our country, with so many Americans looking to CNN for an informed perspective of today’s political debates,” said Madden, also in a statement. “I’m looking forward to bringing my experience of working on national campaigns and Capitol Hill to CNN’s coverage of this national conversation.”

TPM to Host Fancy Schmancy Election Fete

Earlier this month RCP kicked off election season with a party at standby spot, Sonoma Restaurant.  Not to be outdone, Talking Points Memo announced today its own 2012 launch fete and upped the ante by adding to their invitation a set of political power hosts and swanky venue.

On Tuesday November 8th Hillary Rosen, Kevin Madden, Bill Burton and James Pinkerton will join editor and publisher Josh Marshall for the “TPM 2012 Launch Party.”  Marshall and friends will toast to the 2012 campaigns from the fancy schmancy digs of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, The Source.  The invite-only festivities will take place from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

Summer Superlatives Winners, Part III

And the final four…

In a pool of sex machines like The Hill‘s Hugo Gurdon and Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson it’s tough to imagine anyone winning FishbowlDC’s Sexiest Male of 2011 title by a landslide.  But believe it or not, the boyish good looks of Politico’s Patrick Reis clobbered the competition with over 50% of the popular vote.  Capitol Hill Ken Doll aka Kevin Madden came in a distant second with 16.3% of the vote.  Tucker Carlson, just shy of the silver, trailed Madden by only three votes.

The stress of the spotlight proved too much for Coral Davenport, Amy Harder and Olga Belogolova.  Citing migraines and lack of sleep, NJ’s Energy trio accidentally moved sexy forward when they should have been bringing it back.  The slip bumped them into second place while WUSA-9′s Kristin Fisher took gold and the title of Sexiest Female of 2011 with 38.5% of the vote.  In case you’re wondering, sultry senior seductress Helen Thomas finished third.

The title of Most Underrated went to Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post.  The rock-solid reporter earned 36.61% of the vote, pushing him ahead of Roll Call’s Paul Singer who snagged  a respectable 28.5% of the vote.

Winning by only a hair, Cabbage Patch lookalike and 2011′s Biggest Self-Promoter Matt Mackowiak upset Daily Caller’s Kurt Bardella and stole all the glory with 36.36% of the vote to Bardella’s 34.93%.  Ouch!

Congrats to Reis, Fisher, Grim and Mackowiak!   And there you have the FishbowlDC Class of 2011!

Summer Superlatives: Sexiest Male


It’s the fourth and final day of FishbowlDC’s 2011 Summer Superlatives.  Though the results are under lock and key, the winners from our first nine categories are already locked-in. By this time tomorrow, the entire Class of 2011 will have been decided and each unknowing honoree will be a mere 48 hours from FishbowlDC glory (winners and results will be announced Monday).

But before we get going today – a tiny twist.  Due to an overwhelming tally of Twitter Feud nominations for one Ms. Betsy Rothstein and an underwhelming number for anyone else, we scrapped the category.  Instead we’re bringing sexy back like you read about and splitting the Sexiest category by gender.  Up first, the dudes…

This motley crew of spicy stallions proves “sexy” is in the eye of the anonymous tipster.  Like your studs surly and British?  Got it.  Devastatingly handsome? Yepper. Youthful?  Conservative?  Quirky?  Liberal?  Beefy?  Lean?  Check.  Check.  Check.  We’ve got something for everyone but only your vote will determine which one of these sultry sex gods will take home the title (and coordinating Speedo) of FishbowlDC’s Sexiest Male of 2011. Will it be MSNBC and The Grio’s Jeff Johnson, Politico’s Patrick Reis, The Hill’s Hugo Gurdon, Washington’s own George Clooney Kevin Madden or Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson?

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QUOTES of the DAY


Stephen Tschida as Louis Vuitton

“Cocktail party, people commenting on my clothes, not D.C. huh? Someone said I dress like Louis Vuiton [sic] ads. Hey D.C. that’s a compliment!” — ABC7 Wild Train Rider Stephen Tschida in a Tuesday tweet.

Newt oozes fiscal consciousness

Newt Gingrich is a paragon of fiscal austerity who keeps costs down by not having a campaign staff.” — From the Tuesday night edition of HuffPost Hill.

Fruity times on Huntsman Airlines

“Huntsman air serving fruit to reporters, thankfully.” — HuffPost scribe Sam Stein in a Tuesday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“The brown butter gelato at @dolcezzagelato is quite tasty.” — Assistant Managing Editor of WCP Michael Grass in a Tuesday tweet. Thanks, Grass, for the revolting-sounding suggestion. What’s on tap next, raspberry-flavored beef jerky?

Weiner analyzed on E!

“The Weiner, Congressman Anthony Weiner has been offered a guest spot on the tv show Entourage and in the internet department of Hustler. That’s a good idea for him because with Jeremy Piven around you would be the biggest a-hole.” — E!’s Chelsea Handler on her show last night. If there is a God there will be an “Anthony Weiner True Life Story” in our future.

The Critic

“It’s OK to stop reading an article on campaigns as soon as the words ‘a professor of political science’ appear.” — GOP pundit and consultant Kevin Madden in a recent tweet.

GUESS WHO’s COMING TO TWITTER? Find out here.

Kisses for Fox News-bound Ed Henry

“Outgoing CNN White House reporter Ed Henry brings more than his experience and reputation as a straight-shooter to the Fox News Channel. … The popular Henry, who this week announced he was leaving CNN to be Fox’s White House correspondent, is the new vice president of the White House Correspondents’ Association which hosts the most important journalism dinner of the year, usually in late April.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard in a particularly smoochy Day 2 aftermath story on CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry, whose Twitter account shifted to @EdHenryTV within mere hours of his announcement that he was leaving CNN by the end of the week. The gist of the story: Henry will eventually be a power player at FNC because of his role on the WHCA board.


Polson’s Bash at Panache

A big turnout at Panache last night to send off ABC’s Polson Kanneth. He’s moving from “GMA” in DC to “World News” in NYC!  

Guests at the bash joked that Polson must have promised people Diane Sawyer would attend to get them to turn out - truth is, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick just knows how to throw a great party!

Spotted at Panache: ABC’s Rick Klein and Amy Walter, Dewey Square’s Courtney Cohen, SKDKnickerbocker’s Emily Lenzner, Kevin Madden, Alex Conant, Michael Steel, Tim Burger, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy and Huffington Post’s Peter Cherukuri.

Congrats to Polson on his new gig.  We’ll miss you!

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