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The Washington Post Owner Jeff Bezos to Replace Publisher Katharine Weymouth

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Katharine Weymouth

In a 9am email to staff this morning, The Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth announced her imminent departure as the paper’s publisher after 7 years. Beginning October 1, Fred Ryan, formerly with Allbritton Communications and POLITICO, will be publisher and CEO.

According to The Washington Post, its owner Jeff Bezos told Weymouth on August 18th that he had selected a new publisher.

In an interview with the outlet he’ll now lead, Ryan said that he does not have plans to replace executive editor Martin Baron or editorial page editor Fred Hiatt.

The Washington Post was bought by Weymouth’s great grandfather in 1933 and sold to Bezos in August 2013. In her email, Weymouth said that she will offer Ryan and the Post support as an advisor through the end of 2014.

Weymouth’s note to staff after the jump.

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Have You Hung Up on This Man Lately?

As  you read this, freelance investigative conservative  journalist Evan Gahr is likely dialing up another unsuspecting media reporter or editor to pose one important question:

Why aren’t you writing about my story?

Forget email. Gahr’s a phone guy and his phone number hunting skills are pathologically effective — he’s dug up WaPo‘s Don Graham‘s home number, Kevin Merida‘s home and work numbers, Jonathan Capehart, Eugene Robinson, Erik Wemple, Politico‘s Hadas Gold and more. He says Politico’s Dylan Byers now recognizes his number and won’t pick up. WaPo‘s Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt has not returned his emails (but only because he couldn’t find his phone number). So far, many journos have allegedly hung up on him – count Merida, Wemple, The Daily Caller‘s Jordan Bloom and TWT‘s Jennifer Harper among them.

The story he’s referring to is a lawsuit filed against WaPo by a black sales employee who is charging race and age discrimination. He wrote about it last Wednesday for The Daily Caller.

A conversation with Gahr goes something like this. Read more

WaPo Screws Over Top Tomato Winners

WaPo is hanging off the vine these days. First the buyouts, exploiting summer interns (you know who you are) and now they’re giving their top tomato recipe award winners the shaft. Yeah, that’s right. Their top tomato winners have not received the oven mitts owed to them for being at the top of their crop.

My God, WaPo, it’s not like they want to spend long lazy afternoons surfing a site that could crash their smartphones, they want their stinking oven mitts.

On April 4 during a live food discussion, a top tomato winner inquired about the mitts. Their excuse? “Printing issues.” And another promise was made: The mitts will be delivered before the next contest rolls around. Oh, really, is that so?

Then this appeared in the Food section on Wednesday: “The Food section’s annual Top Tomato recipe contest is now accepting entries. Recipes must be original (honor system here, folks), must come from home cooks (chefs, put down your knives) and must have no more than 10 ingredients (including salt and pepper). You may enter as many as five recipes.”

Oh the outrage. Really, honor system? Interesting choice of words. Here’s an idea: How about forking over those oven mitts before more recipe winners start rolling in?

We requested comment from WaPo.

UPDATE: Spokeswoman Kris Coratti wrote back to say that the situation was being assessed. “They are working on it and Bonnie is going to reach out to everyone with an update soon,” she wrote.

Is Will’s Fashion Influenced by Colbert?

On Sunday’s edition of “This Week,” a clip of Stephen Colbert mocking conservative columnist George Will‘s bow tie was played with Will looking on from the roundtable.

“If anybody knows fun, it’s George Will,” Colbert said on his show last Thursday. He was discussing a recent op-ed in which Will called Rick Santorum a “fun” Republican presidential candidate. “After all, a bow tie is just a necktie that’s doing this,” Colbert continued, crossing his arms near his neck in a type of 1990s gangster rapper pose.

Will, ever the funster, didn’t comment on the clip. But, as Roll Call’s Ryan Beckwith noted in a tweet, Will was noticeably not wearing a bow tie. Could it be that he’d seen Colbert’s joke and decided it would be best to go with a standard necktie from now on?

We checked around previous appearances of Will on “This Week” to find out if he typically opts for the necktie. He does (see here, here and here). In fact, it appears he’s also wearing a regular necktie in the mugshot for his column in WaPo. We asked the paper’s PR department if they could confirm it was a necktie. “Your guess is as good as mine, but it looks like a necktie,” WaPo‘s communication’s director Kris Coratti told us. “I do not know how Mr. Will felt about Colbert’s segment.”

Our conclusion: Colbert mis-mocked Will and is decidedly out of touch with Washington fashion.

We contacted Will on the matter. No response thus far.

Watch the clip from “This Week” here.

Was WaPo’s Flock Forced on Vacation?

Like some reporters, WaPo‘s Elizabeth Flock was off last week — conceivably for the holidays.

But FishbowlDC sources are insisting that Flock was suspended last week for writing that post on GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney‘s using a KKK slogan in his speeches. Editors who oversaw the post insisted that she call Romney’s campaign for comment. She did so via email and the comment went to her spam folder, as reported by WaPo Ombudsman Patrick Pexton on Dec. 16. In his piece, Pexton gave Flock a public flocking on many levels — her journalism, her ethics and her common sense. He suggests that she pick up the phone once in a blue moon and use it. He also suggests she think before associating someone who has never been accused of racism with the KKK. Then this morning, weirdly, she writes about an 8-year-old American girl being targeted by Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel. Coincidence perhaps?

Sources in WaPo‘s newsroom say word spread last week that WaPo had suspended Flock. She didn’t post anything last week, nor tweeted about anything work-related. But today she’s back on BlogPost. Was she on a regularly scheduled holiday or what some are calling a “forced vacation”? At WaPo Managing Editor Raju Narisetti‘s newsroom Q&A last week, he said experienced editors read the post before it went up and didn’t flag it.

Flock did not deny the news. But she responded to FBDC, saying, “Thanks for your email. I can’t comment on the matter. You will have to go through Marcus Brauchli.” Narisetti, who oversees the entire website operation,  also wouldn’t comment. “Happy holidays,” he said in response. “As you might imagine, I can’t comment on personnel issues.” To that end, we sought comment from WaPo Director of Communications Kris Coratti. We also threw in an email to Executive Editor Steamed Marcus Brauchli for kicks and will check our spam filters pronto. We’re hoping four’s a charm.

UPDATE: Coratti wrote, “We don’t comment on personnel issues. Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful.”

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.

More pictures and guests after the jump…

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In Memoriam: CNN’s Hunter Waters

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We’re very sad to report that friend of FishbowlDC, Hunter Waters lost his battle with esophageal cancer over the weekend.  Waters, who began with CNN as an intern over ten years ago, was most recently a senior producer for Larry King Live.  He is married to the lovely and wonderful Kris Coratti of the Washington Post. The two met while working in CNN’s Washington bureau.    Our hearts and prayers are with Kris and Hunter’s family.

A link to his personal blog: “Hunter Waters: The offbeat ramblings of a journalist, television producer and traveler”

Team Larry King: Eleanor Spektor McManus, Hunter Waters and Lisa Marie Thompson

Viewing and funeral details after the jump.

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WaPo Re-org: The CliffsNotes

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Yesterday, WaPo Media President and General Manager Steve Hills treated staffers to a PowerPoint deck and novella memo that outlined the company’s organizational changes for 2010.

The very long and detailed email (after the jump) announced seemingly minor rearrangements of the current org chart, a few promotions and a couple new roles. My 15 sec. summary:

Gregg Fernandes was promoted to Vice President, Circulation. The Marketing Managers, who support WaPo’s Advertising business, will report to a newly created role – Director, Advertising Marketing. That position will be filled by an existing Marketing Manager and will report to Ken Babby, VP, Advertising. Mike Shenk and his team, Marketing Creative Services, will join Advertising Operations. David Jones and the Community Relations team now report to Kris Coratti, Director, Public Relations. Laura Evans will take on an expanded role of Director, Marketing Research and Analytics as she assumes responsibility for the Digital analytics team and Nick Findlay will assume a new role as the Director, Retention Marketing.

All changes are effective Jan. 1, 2010. The full memo after the jump.

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Fact or Fiction? Punches Thrown in WaPo Newsroom!

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Henry Allen and Style’s Manuel Roig-Franzia

First On FishbowlDC (9:34 AM): FACT! We’re still working on the details but we’ve confirmed that Henry Allen did throw a punch at Manuel Roig-Franzia in the newsroom last Friday. We hear that punch landed on Franzia’s face…

FishbowlDC spoke with WaPo HR this morning and confirmed that both reporters are still employed at the paper. We did learn that Allen was “on contract.”

UPDATE (11:35 AM):

When reached for comment, WaPo‘s Director of Communications Kris Coratti said, “I can’t discuss private personnel matters but that doesn’t mean we haven’t taken this incident seriously and addressed it appropriately.”

So what does one have to say in order to get a fist to the face from Henry Allen? “Henry, don’t be such a cocksucker.” That’s what triggered Allen to throw down on Roig-Franzia. We hear that Marcus Brauchli was then forced to intervene.

UPDATE (1:24 PM)

Two hours after our original post, we received notification that Washingtonian‘s Harry Jaffe had also published on the newsroom rumble. Jaffe’s article was certainly more exciting than ours but we regret to inform you that our sources have disclaimed his account saying, “Jaffe’s story is full of hyperbole — it was a single punch and no one was on the ground.”

City Paper‘s Erik Wemple says that he reached Roig-Franzia by cell phone but got the ol’ hang up after he identified himself.

WaPo Unexpectedly Lets Froomkin Go, Blogosphere Reacts

We’re not gonna lie… we were a little skeptical of this story on Politico earlier today.

WaPo liberal columnist and blogger Dan Froomkin got an unexpected boot today, Patrick Gavin reports.

WaPo Media Communications Director Kris Coratti told Gavin: “our editors and research teams are constantly reviewing our columns, blogs and other content to make sure we’re giving readers the most value when they are on our site while balancing the need to make the most of our resources. Unfortunately, this means that sometimes features must be eliminated, and this time it was the blog that Dan Froomkin freelanced for washingtonpost.com.”

Froomkin told Politico he’s “terribly disappointed,” and so are some of his fans. Check out some reactions on the blogosphere:

Wonkette: Washington Post Fires Froomkin!

Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Dish: The WaPo’s Best Blogger Is Fired

Glenn Greewald, Salon: The Washington Post fire its best columnist. Why?

Daily Kos: Froomkin purged at WaPo

Gawker: Washington Post Fires Token Liberal