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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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Quotes of the Day

“The Banana is the perfectly named fruit.” — former CNNer Larry King. Can Piers make him an assistant or something?

Journo comes across dead body

“En route to Louis Armstrong park for treme brass band and we see a dead body on a lot.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.

Attention grabber

“National Zoo to live-tweet artificial insemination of panda.” — Drudge Report.

“Like dc to want her barefoot and pregnant” — WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin in reaction to WaPo writing a story on the panda possibly being replaced if it doesn’t get pregnant. To the above Drudge tweet, Rubin remarked, “Perfect assignment 4 Anthony Weiner.”

“For 340 new followers I’d have live-tweeted my vasectomy.” — Consultant, NBC Washington Contributor Chuck Thies.

Since when did HuffPost become a cheap knockoff of Maury Povich and Tyra? In a Monday tweet they ask: “Did you reinvent your life after a personal trauma? #breakover Tell us about it.”

Eavesdrop Café

“At cafe eavesdropping on a guy getting performance review. I think his boss should be fired. This is painful.” — NPR’s Sonari Glinton.

Oh, you got Uggie too?!

“Lisa Lerer, you got a picture with the artist dog too!??!?!?! you won the weekend I think.” WSJ‘s Victoria McGrane to Bloomberg’s Lisa Lerer. And this from Barron‘s Washington Editor James McTague: “Cannot believe that my pix with the dog from the film “the Actor” has not become a Twitter sensation. Must be the dog.”

A shoe-in for an invite to next year’s pre-WHCD garden party: “This tweet’s for @haddadmedia #letsfindacure” — CBS’s Christine Delargy.

Blogger recounts therapy appt.

“Best part of therapy today was my therapist stopped to hunt down & kill a fly that was disturbing my peace. #youknowyouhaveproblemswhen” — blogger Pamela Sorensen who writes Pamela’s Punch.



Forget Humans in D.C., Just Dogs (Part V)

Dear FishbowlDC Readers,

Yesterday we claimed that Thursday was the end of DogBowl 2010. But we lied. After the stampede of pictures that we received yesterday, today will be the final day. To answer Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni‘s tweet request to run a similar feline contest, the answer has to be simply: No way.  This runs a dangerous slippery slope to birds, pet snakes, gerbils (ick) and so forth. The ferret was a major exception. Yes, we know Politico‘s Patrick Gavin might be into it, but cats have no place in the expression, “If you want a friend in Washington get a…” cat? Just sounds off. Please don’t sic your Cat Fancy Magazine friends on us, either of you. In the meantime, to everyone, enjoy your last day of precious pooches. Next week we’ll award those who caught our eye. And angry Alvin (owned by the Washington Examiner‘s freelance film writer Andy White) you’ve been warned, you’re already in the doghouse. No lobbying will improve your chances unless your behavior improves.


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We start the day with 6-year-old Neepa from Maryland Patch reporter Amy Kovac-Ashley. The owner writes, “In addition to sitting and staying, she also lies down on command and shakes hands. She’s just basically more awesome than everyone else’s dog. And I’m not biased. I’m a journalist.” Meet Neepa.

> Update #1: “This is Zimm, a Beagle who is just shy of 5 months old and the most popular dog (or person) in my apartment building. He may be the first dog to be named after a Washington Nationals player—Ryan Zimmerman.”  The owner: Lauren Pick, Associate Producer, FNC D.C. Bureau of “Special Report with Bret Baier.”

> Update #2: Reader Joe Hainline (among other things he’s a wedding singer) submits Calvert, whom he says is “hands down the cutest dog in Washington.” Calvert (named after the bridge) is a 2 1/2-year-old Shih Tzu mix of some sort.

> Update #3: Emily the Beagle belongs to Lauren Tate of FNC’s D.C. Bureau. Tate explains, “She was originally dropped off at a shelter somewhere in Ohio having just given birth to a litter of puppies.  Both she and her puppies were abandoned at the shelter.” Emily was saved one day before she was scheduled to be put down.

> Update #4: Nipper is getting antsy. So here she is. Owner is Fran Murphy, a freelance producer for WJLA, Pentagon Channel and WDCW among others.

> Update #5: Bloomberg‘s Lisa Lerer says Athena is “so cute” and also claims the dog high fives. And actually, the photograph below appears to prove as much.

> Update #6: This is Duffy, TBD‘s Steve Buttry‘s (and Mimi Johnson‘s) toy Schnauzer puppy. Mimi writes in, “He’s just 14 weeks old. Currently his main interest include chewing, learning to sit and how to indicate when he needs to go outside. He also harbors a deep and unrequited love for Buttry’s smelly bedroom slippers.”

> Update #7: Say hello to Dishwasher Dog. Real name: Piper. “In addition to helping us do the dishes, Piper has very expensive taste in the shoes she likes to chew.  She can usually be found tiring out other dogs at the S Street Dog Park.” Owners: David and Haley Meadvin: Hayley is press sec. for the U.S. Small Business Administration; David is Prez of Inkwell Strategies, a DC-based speechwriting and communications firm.

> Update #8: CNN’s Mark Preston: “I can’t think of a better way than closing out the week than hanging out with a Guinness…Guinness Preston, of course. Check out the frothy paws.”

> Update # 9: Apparently Winston (who can speak) asked if his owner, Jeffrey Donald, would send his picture in.  Donald writes, “I told him that even though I am a former flack for the House Science Committee and at the Department of Commerce, I wasn’t sure that my current flacking gig at Bethesda’s USEC Inc. met the high standards of this contest. This picture (“Sad Winston”) was his reaction. He grumbled something about staging a write-in candidacy.”

> Update #10: This is Jinx, WAMU’s Patrick Madden‘s new puppy.

> Update #11: Go ahead and delete the other entries, says RNC Director Dave Welch. “Chipper was adopted out of a high kill shelter in West Virginia after he was abandoned by some Disney-like villain.  Chipper has thrived in DC and even dominated snowpocalypse.”

> Update #12: Meet Cali. She belongs to Rebecca Rudman, Comm Director to Rep. Ken Calvert. Rudman writes, “As you can see in the picture, she is hard at work on my desk (which is always a mess)!”

> Update #13: Say hello to Dexter, a Jack Russell Terrier belonging to WTOP reporter Kristi King and editor Randy Lilleston . No picture. Watch the video.

> Update #14: Beagles Fred and Hank are at the arch in St. Louis. Owners: Photographer Joan Brady and husband, Jim, former GM of TBD.

More on Bloomberg Hires

This just in from the Bloomberg newsroom:

Ellen Uchimiya joins [Bloomberg] from FNC, where she produced coverage on everything from Afghanistan to presidential elections, to run capital TV coverage. Larry Roberts, former business and investigations editor at WaPo who helped launch the HuffPost Investigative Fund, will run finance coverage and projects. Patrick O’Connor, an original hire as a congressional reporter for Politico, joins the Capitol Hill team along with Lisa Lerer, who has also starred at Politico and American Lawyer.”

The e-mail subject line was: Bloomberg Bulks Up

Politico Loses Lerer to Bloomberg

071214_lisaweb.jpg Lisa Lerer is leaving Politico to take a job with Bloomberg News. She has been with the publication for about three years and is on the congressional team in which she covered lobbying, policy and economic issues.

Lerer is the fifth scribe to leave Politico in recent weeks. The list includes: Patrick O’Conner (Bloomberg News), Victoria McGrane (Dow Jones Newswires), Pia Catton (WSJ) and Michael Calderone (Yahoo News).

(In case anyone thinks I’m joking, it’s April 2, so April Fools’ Day is over.)

What We Almost Missed Today…

More Wedding Bells are Ringing: Politico congressional reporter Lisa Lerer got enagaged to boyfriend Marcus Bleyer. h/t Playbook

HuffPo & Higher Powers: Huff Post launched a new section featuring wide-ranging discussion about religion and the ways it influences our lives. Check it out here.

Slate Gets Cozy with the New America Foundation: The two announced a new partnership, focusing on emerging technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy. Central to the partnership is the “Future Tense” event series.

Live from Copenhagen: Q&A With CongressDaily‘s Goode

We caught up with CongressDaily‘s Darren-Goode in Copenhagen where he’s covering the UN Climate Change Conference. He’s writing on how developments there will impact the legislative process here.

It’s nighttime in Copenhagen and Goode’s out to dinner with a crew of D.C. reporters including Politico’s Lisa Lerer. They’re dining at Madklubben Bistro-de-luxe where Goode is seriously considering ordering the “free range piggy.” He thought that sounded only slightly more appetizing than the “crispy belly curly kale” with apples in Christmas sauce.

Q:Have you been to Copenhagen before?
A: No, I’ve never been to Denmark. It’s very pretty. Pretty chilly.

Q:What strikes you about Copenhagen?
A: It’s a good mix of old European architecture, almost a midieval look in places with a modern bent.

Q:What has the trip been like for you so far?
A: It’s my second day. Last night I was so jet-lagged and I had a cold, which I still do. I went home and took some flu pills and went to sleep for about 14 hours.

Q:What do you hope to learn there?
A: How to cover a convention. I’ve never covered a international convention before. I covered the GOP Convention in Minneapolis. Here I’m the only representative of my company.

Q: Is that nerve-wracking?
A:It is. But climate change is an area I have followed for awhile. There is so much happening all at once. It’s just a busy array of events happening everyday, and unless you stay focused on what you’re trying to do you can really get lost. [I have to not get] caught up not trying to cover 900 events. By the end of it I will hopefully understand what it is to cover something of this scale.

Q: Does competing with all the other reporters there worry you?
A: I’m always nervous I’m going to miss something or get scooped. At the same time, we’re not going to compete with AP. We’re not going to compete with the wires that have teams of folks here. It’s finding our own niche and writing stories you can’t get from the wires. My job is to not feel like I have to compete with everybody else. There is always that tendency. I have competitors here that I see almost everyday on Capitol Hill. You still have the same mindset that I have to beat you and you and you and you. For me, that means finding a congressional angle and trying to run with that.

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Sasha’s Send Off From Print To Glossy

Last night at Poste, friends of Sasha Issenberg gathered to celebrate his move from The Boston Globe to the magazine Monocle. He starts today as a Washington correspondent.

We, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it, but hear these folks did: Peter Canellos, Lisa Wangsness and the Boston Globers, Jay Newton-Small, Jill Zuckman, Kelly O’Donnell, Athena Jones, Lisa Lerer, Bonney Kapp, Tracy Sefl, Mark Salter, Sunlen Miller, Jose Antonio Vargas, Ana Marie Cox, Juliet Eilperin, Mike Madden, Mark Paustenbach, Scott Mulhauser, Brian Weiss, Perry Bacon, Anne Dickerson, Christina Bellantoni and Jonathan Martin.

Also spotted at a nearby table… tennis’ Martina Navratilova.

Party Photos: A DC Wedding Reception for Dan & Meg

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U Street’s version of the Katharine Graham mansion — the Some-of-The-Rusty-Nails-In-Our-Backyard-Could-Give-You-TB home of CongressDaily’s Erin McPike and The Hill’s Jackie Kucinich — feted the couple Politico’s Mike Allen calls Generation Y’s version of Ben and Sally: Politico’s Dan Reilly and Glover Park Group’s Meg Little, who were recently married in Vermont. (See the two above, flanked by Politico’s Ryan Grim and Lisa Lerer)

Pics and attendees after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 05.17.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • In your opinion, the Fox debate had much better format and questions than the MSNBC/Politico debate.

  • TNR opines that Rupert Murdoch’s “intention to purchase a crown jewel of U.S. journalism, The Wall Street Journal … should be a pivotal moment for liberals — a time to dial back their relentless hostility to newspapers and start crusading for them.”

  • From a reader, “Re: the poll. Fox sent a message last night with the debate — Dems, listen up — we are fair and will ask more interesting questions. We won’t just go down the line, we will actually tailor each question to each candidate, and oh by the way we will ask followups. This from a CNN viewer who usually think Fox sucks. I was at the Dem MSNBC debate and that one was much better than the GOP one in Ca. Food for thought.”

  • Tom Glocer writes “the most important letter I have ever written as chief executive of Reuters.”

  • Variety reports, Calendar editor Lennie LaGuire is “one of those who is leaving the Los Angeles Times as part of a corporate cost-cutting move to eliminate 100-150 jobs at the paper.”

  • Gilbert Cranberg notes that with newspapers moving full speed ahead online, print readers, including him, “not only do we miss out on what’s put online, we’re shortchanged on what’s in print.”

  • Public Eye’s Matthew Feeling reports, “truth is that the ‘Daily Show’ is actually just a nice dessert or digestif, after a meal of Real News Roughage.”

  • A ton of you agree with Christopher Hitchens and some readers weighed in:

      “I agree with the Hitch — with this caveat. I may be getting old, but I find the practice of public grave dancing unbelieveably distasteful. Yes, it’s news, and yes, it’s valid to judge someone on their merits. But what’s with the glee to piss on the body before it’s even cold?”

      “It is a shame how it only took 12 hours for Hitchens to dance on the grave of Jerry Falwell in an effort to sell more books.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “James Ottaway Jr., whose family controls 5.2 percent of the voting rights at Dow Jones & Co., predicted the company won’t be sold to Rupert Murdoch.”

  • New York Observer reports, “At, the online arm of the 90-year-old Steve Forbes — run publication — which now famously includes rock star Bono as an investor — nine editorial staffers have recently fled, according to a former staffer.” One staffer, Lisa Lerer joined Politico earlier this week.

  • Jeffrey Immelt, chairman and CEO of NBC Universal parent General Electric, reiterated Tuesday that he has no current plans to sell the entertainment unit and also said GE has no interest in acquiring Dow Jones & Co.,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.

  • Wired reports, “CBS Chief Isn’t Worried About YouTube or Google — ‘As Long as We Get Paid’”

  • AMNY reports, “XM announced Tuesday that it has suspended Long Island shock jocks Gregg ‘Opie’ Hughes and Anthony Cumia and ceased broadcast of their show for 30 days, effective immediately. The duo had issued an apology last week after airing a segment in which a guest expressed desire to have sex with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, as well as First Lady Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth.”

  • Reuters reports, “Time Warner Inc.’s AOL Internet unit said on Wednesday it purchased a controlling stake in Adtech AG, a German online advertising management company, to expand the volume of ads it delivers to big Web sites in Europe.”


  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Foreign Policy Writer.

  • Niche Media Holdings, LLC is looking for an Associate Editor.

  • Alert Global Media is seeking an experienced reporter.

  • The McLaughlin Group is looking for a television producer/writer.

  • PBS is looking for an Associate Director/Content Manager.

  • Virginia Lawyers Weekly is looking for a versatile Writer/Business Reporter.

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