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Palin, Cee Lo Create Spectacle @ MSNBC After Party


While attendees at another post-WHCD party struggled to gain admittance due to their host’s chronic and unapologetic guest list failures, MSNBC’s guests breezed though check-in and down a sprawling red carpet to the Italian Embassy.  Rather than watching celebrities make their way to an isolated VIP space, MSNBC’s guests rubbed elbows with the likes of Glee’s Jayne Lynch, SNL’s Andy Samberg, Valerie Jarrett, Meghan McCain, Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Bristol Palin with aunt Molly McCann and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Perhaps the weekend’s best event, MSNBC’s soiree drew a huge array of journalists – many from competitive networks.   CNN was represented by Ed Henry and Shirley Hung Henry, Edie Emery, Peter Hamby, Mark Whitaker, Sam Feist, Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Christa Robinson.  We spotted ABC’s Rick Klein, Jim Sciutto and Polson Kanneth, as well as CBS’s Christine Delargy.  Fox News anchor Bret Baier was there.   And so was Greta Van Susteren who made quite an entrance when she and husband John Coale appeared with Todd and Sarah Palin.  The family Palin was swarmed by cameras and party-goers only moments before Cee Lo Green took the stage to perform a short set including his hit song “F**k You.”  As Palin posed for what seemed like thousands of photos, Todd, Bristol and Molly conversed with the hoards of guests who circled their table in the room’s far corner.

“We’re still getting used to this,” Sarah’s sister Molly admitted to FishbowlDC.  “I find it kind of exciting but I’m not around it all the time,” she added.

As we turned away, we nearly bumped into WaPo‘s Ezra Klein who was doing a drive-by “Mean Girls” impression.  The liberal blogger laughed out loud and rolled his eyes as he passed by Palin-palooza.  Back on the dance floor, another former governor was getting a different kind of attention from one Kiki Ryan.  The fearless reporter’s blonde ambition must have been in overdrive on Saturday because we hear she tried to persuade Eliot Spitzer to shake his groove thing.  He kindly declined:

From @burgerinfo:
@keeekster(@Italian Em):Mr. Spitzer,would you like to dance?
Spitzer: Dancings not really my forte
@keeekster:Thats not what I hear #winning

Besides our favorite celebrity bartender and TV host Rachel Maddow who spent the evening slinging drinks, NBCers like Luke Russert, Kelly O’Donnell, Domenico Montanaro, Phil Griffin, Tanya Hayre, Ed Schultz, Dylan Ratigan, Erika Masonhall, Betsy Fischer, Savannah Guthrie and Contessa Brewer were among the guests gifted Starbucks swag, a slice of pizza and bottle of Fiji as they left the fete in the morning’s wee hours.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know)

The Perks of Being a Reporter: A small group of lucky reporters were wined and dined at a Civil War lunch on Monday at Charlie Palmer Steak. The meal was the History Channel’s way of honoring the 150th anniversary the Civil War. We’re told the wine was delicious and folks could choose from steak, chicken or sea bass. Lunchgoers recieved haversacks with Civil War swag as gifts instead of the usual gift bag, The History Channel is donating $150,000 to National Park Foundation and Civil War Trust. Media types in attendance: Jimmy Alexander, Mix 107.3 FM (Jack Diamond Morning Show); Tim Ryan, Reuters; Kiki Ryan, MSNBC.com and Seth Arenstein of CableFax.

Daily Caller Reporter Misses Early Morning Staff Meeting: The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong slept right through this morning’s 8:30 a.m. staff meeting. He has a decent excuse — he was up for much of the night working on the congressional report on last week’s budget deal that was released at about 2 a.m. Strong emailed his editors to tell them he wouldn’t be there. They weren’t too hard on him, apparently. Strong has been known, however, to roll in late to the meetings. “I’m late a lot,” he concedes. “I don’t usually miss it outright.” Read his middle of the night story here.

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Washington Reacts to Olbermann Exit

“It’s better to fire people on Friday. Studies have statistically shown theres less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.” — Politics Daily media writer Matt Lewis in a weekend tweet.

“Just got an email saying @KeithOlbermann and MSNBC are no longer. Good luck Keith.” — MSNBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a weekend tweet.

“MSNBC sure takes this civility thing seriously — cans Olbermann.” — WaPo’s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin in a weekend tweet.

“I’m having a drink to remember Olby tonight—tequila chased by cider vinegar. It’s the WORST DRINK IN THE WORLD.” — @Plucid in a weekend tweet. She’s a “political transwoman” (whatever that means) living in Alexandria, Va.

“@keitholbermann since ur free, do u want 2 sit next 2 me at State of the Union? [ ] yes [ ] no [ ] maybe?” — The Takeaway‘s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a weekend tweet.

“Olberman’s salary most shocking part of story. 30 mill for 900K viewers? Snooki shld replace him, she’s a bargain for her 9 mill viewers.” — Lobbyist Jack Quinn‘s wife and writer Susanna Quinn in a weekend tweet. (FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic works for QGA’s Jack Quinn.).

“Bummed about Olbermann news.” — Sen. Chris Coons’s (D-Del.) Comm Director Ian Koski in a weekend tweet.

“By chance I was Olbermann’s last guest last night. He gave no hint of anything except to say as I left the set:”Thanks for everything.” — Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter in a weekend tweet.

“The most interesting thing about the Olbermann story is that TMZ is covering it.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet.

“Ding, Dong, Olbermann is GONE. The Worst Man in the World leaned so far forward, he fell over his multi-million dollar cliff. #fb” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.

“Bizarre footnote to Olbermann saga: one of the donations he made — which r @ the heart of this drama — was to… Gabrielle Giffords” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a weekend tweet.

Maher says eliminating ‘Worst’ was worst

“Once he started backing off Worst Persons in the World it all went downhill. Stop organizing life around the people who don’t get the joke. Fuck them.” — Showtime’s Bill Maher on “Real Time” Friday night.

Fournier urges hugs

“Daddys, hug your kids today.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier in a weekend tweet.

Reporter gets emotional over Kardashian episode

“Watching Kardashians and crying! Old episode that talks about the death of their father. So sad.” — WUSA9 Digital Reporter Lindsey Mastis in a weekend tweet.

Erickson blocks left

“I’m just blocking people left and . . . well . . . left tonight.” — CNN Contributor to “John King USA” Erick Erickson in a weekend tweet.

Weingarten angry at Twitter

“I am pissed that Twitter hasn’t found it necessary to Verify My Account.” –WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten in a weekend tweet.

Obama borrows a Politico phrase

“Is it just me or is Obama sounding like a @Politico editor? // Winning the future | Barack Obama For President – 2012″ — The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta in a weekend tweet. She links to Obama-Biden blog here.

Journo samples artichoke liquor

“Having my first cocktail w Cynar-an italian artichoke based liquor at the Fender Music Lounge.” — Former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan in a weekend tweet. She now freelances for MSNBC.com.

The Critic

“Fox should bring George Will over for their roundtables. Or let Tapper host #ThisWeek again. Either option would get me to watch Will more.” — Sen. Jim DeMint‘s (R-S.C.) Senior Comm Advisor and Speechwriter Amanda Carpenter in a weekend tweet.

TWT: Like a Phoenix from the Ashes

Just when you thought it was dead and buried, up rises The Washington Times. The DC daily has posted its first Help Wanted sign, beginning what TWT sources predict will be a flurry of activity as it relaunches sections dropped during a year of ownership turmoil. The listings for a White House correspondent and editors for new Sports and Metro sections signal a return to the full-service product.  A TWT insider said cheers erupted in Wednesday afternoon’s news meeting when word of the postings was announced by Managing Editor Chris Dolan.  A US News & World Report posting said TWT is once again flush with cash, thanks to its longtime benefactor, the Rev. Sun Myung Moon.

In the end, The Times will double its staff, hiring up to 50 reporters and editors. In addition to Sports and Metro, the paper will relaunch an Arts and Entertainment section, complete with a gossip columnist (calling Kiki Ryan!).  According to US News, “the salaries are going to be better.”

Politico and Ryan Part Ways

Politico Click writer Kiki Ryan and Politico are saying sayonara, FishbowlDC has learned.

For the time being, Ryan is freelancing for Politico. We’ve learned that she has been feeling out other possibilities, including working for her former employer, the Washington Examiner, but that door has closed for all concerned.

Sources told us that while Ryan’s  relationship with Politico management wasn’t acrimonious, it was clear that it wasn’t a perfect fit on both ends. The publication has given her three months to find new employment. The back story is that from the start Ryan (blond on left in black and white dress) and Politico were never a match made in heaven. She has been a constant on the nightlife party coverage scene during her time at the publication and has, like other Click reporters, interviewed a slew of celebs.

We wish Ryan the best in her future pursuits. Back in January she gave us a pretty hilarious behind the scenes account of her time in Vegas hunting the Salahis (or rather, the Salamis as they were renamed on that trip). Read it here.

Politico had no comment. Nor did Ryan.

Photo credit: D.C. blogger and Q & A Cafe Host Carol Joynt.

Bon Anniversaire to Pamela’s Punch

L to R: Jessica Gibson, Pamela Sorensen, Heather Guay and friend

Pamela Sorensen, founder and editor of lifestyle blog  ”Pamela’s Punch” raised a glass to her website’s fourth birthday last night at the Sofitel in downtown DC.  Guests such as WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Heather Guay, Mary Kathryn Covert, Glenn Ballard, HuffPo’s Stephanie Green, Examiner’s Katy Adams and Nikki Schwab, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Jessica Gibson, Victoria Michael and Coventry Burke joined the babelicious blogger for a champagne toast at her Parisian-themed party.  Happy birthday to the Punch!

Kiki Ryan and Rebecca Cooper

Spacey Hits DC for ‘Casino Jack’ Premiere

Journos flooded the Landmark E St. Cinema last night for the Washington premiere of “Casino Jack,” the late George Hickenlooper‘s film about power lobbyists Jack Abramoff and Michael Scanlon who famously defrauded several Indian tribes out of millions of dollars.  Starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey who played Abramoff, the film featured well-known Washington journos Andrea Mitchell and Chris Matthews while Washington Post reporter Susan Schmidt and Emily Miller, now of Human Events, were portrayed by actresses Ruth Marshall and Rachelle Lefevre

The premiere, presented by Lani Hay of Lanmark Technology and the Creative Coalition, was hosted by NBC’s Chris Matthews who couldn’t help  himself from dinging the GOP during his intro, saying “the Republicans are back in office and they did foster the career of Jack Abramoff.”  He then told the theater, “If you come to Washington without a moral compass, you’re not going to find one here.” 

Following the screening, Spacey and Matthews took questions and comments from an audience that included MSNBC’s Luke Russert and Andrea Mitchell, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, Politics Daily’s Annie Groer, Elizabeth Thorpe, Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick, Tammy Haddad, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’s Christine Delargy, WaPo‘s Garance Franke-Ruta, Janet Donovan, Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Rep. Jane Harman (D-CA), Ambassador Elizabeth Bagley and Vicki Kennedy

A man who claimed to know the Abramoff family for fifteen years took the Q & A session as an opportunity to commend Spacey for “capturing Jack so perfectly.”  Surprisingly, the actor’s portrayal did not demonize the fallen K Street wonderboy.  He instead presented Abramoff as an almost lovable nerd who found himself too wrapped up in the game – ironic for a lobbyist whose sweet spot was casino gambling, no?

My only beef with the film was the casting and performance of Rachelle Lefevre who played Emily Miller, the Human Events editor and Michael Scanlon’s former fiancee who allegedly alerted the FBI of the fraud after learning that Scanlon was sleeping with another woman.  The character was underdeveloped, disjointed and quite frankly, nothing like Ms. Miller. 

Check out “Casino Jack” when it hits theaters on December 17th.  Spacey’s performance is a must-see.

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!

Journos Spend an Evening with Poe

DC media types kick started their Halloween weekend by attending three sold out performances of “An Evening With Edgar Allan Poe”  in the garden and ballroom of Dumbarton House.  Following on this summer’s sold out performances of Moliere’s “The Hypochondriac”, the DC-based Picnic Theatre Company staged a Halloween party production of Poe stories — Cask of Amontillado, Fall of the House of Usher, and the Telltale Heart, with DJ intermission, wine and crepes.  Ensemble cast:  Washington Life‘s Michael ClementsChristina Sevilla of Suspicious Package,  Napoleon restaurant’s Omar Popal, Picnic Theatre co-founders Bruce MacPhail and Oli Robinson.  Attendees included Tim Burger, Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy, Wash Life‘s Kevin Chaffee, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, WaPo‘s Nancy TrejosWaPo‘s Annie Gowen, NYT‘s Eric Lipton and Elham Dehbozorgi, NBC Washington’s Kate Michael.  Proceeds benefited Dumbarton House historical preservation and Clowns Without Borders.

Daily Show in D.C.: ‘Good Comedy Doesn’t Lie’

Politico’s Kiki Ryan and CBS News’s Christine Delargy

Reading a novel in the rain.

In a wide-ranging interview with President Obama this afternoon in downtown Washington, Jon Stewart, host of The Daily Show, mixed it up with POTUS, who said things like, “I love your show, but…” and “Yes we can, but…not overnight.” Obama said he didn’t want to lump Stewart in with other pundits, but then did just that. Stewart countered that he didn’t want to lump Obama in with past presidents. Other than that, it was polite handshakes and laughter and a bit where Stewart pretended to pour his water into Obama’s coffee cup. Obama pushed the cup away.

The good news: We made it into The Daily Show taping in Washington this afternoon, surviving four hours in a long line in the pounding rain. This, amid brutish Daily Show handlers who periodically stormed the crowd and barked orders. On a happier note, we got to be there for an entertaining pre-and-post-show questioning of Stewart and interview with Obama.

And the bad news: We were forbidden from taking pictures of the set or anything beyond a lobby of guests (which we sneaked) because we were threatened within an inch of our lives (sure, a slight exaggeration) by handlers dressed in varying hues of purple. Elaborating on the above, they bitched rules at us all afternoon as we tried to contain our inner chill from the relentless rain. “Line up by numbers! one ordered. Another: “Electronics off!” When one guest asked about the numbers, a purple-hued handler snapped, “You let us worry about that!” Up until seconds before making it inside, all bets were off as to whether we’d actually get in. “The blue and green tickets are the same,” one handler we dubbed “Grimace” announced. When one attendee in line jokingly questioned her, she joked back, “Don’t make me stab you.” Some 200 sad souls behind us in line didn’t make it in despite waiting for many hours alongside us. And that, with many spare seats in the Harman Center for the Arts balcony.

A special note of thanks to…former Time scribe Tim Burger for the vanilla latte and coffee mid downpour.

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