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The Two Funniest Journos in Washington Are…

web.jpg What passes for funny amongst journalists? Nipples. The word f–k. Ann Coulter’s boobs. House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) being the hue of burnt sienna. And the National Press Club turning the Edward R. Murrow room into an RNC bondage bar.

Journalists performing stand-up in the National Press Club ballroom for the Commedia del Media charity journo comedy competition Thursday night did imitations of British accented broadcasters and one wondered why CNN didn’t allow one of its own to participate in the competition. Few knew that Sue Bennett, a producer for HBO “Real Time With Bill Maher,” was in the audience scouting the talent. NBC, CBS and FOX were also there filming the performances.

Commedia del Media raises money for charities such as Reporters Without Borders. Of the seven competing journalists, two tied for first place: Former CNN scribe and Miltary.com’s Jamie McIntyre and FOX Business Network correspondent Rich Edson. Judges voted for McIntyre, but the decibel machine revealed that McIntyre and Edson tied at 105.6 decibels.

Edson performed well-practiced impressions of British broadcasters and a raspy-voiced Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.). Though he said he was nervous, many thought his delivery was near-perfect.

McIntyre tweaked CNN, saying, “They told me one of those cameras is for the Fox News Channel. I’m not used to having so many people watching.” He also razzed cable news broadly. “I like to call it news whiz,” he said, comparing it to the cheese. “It’s a simulated news-like product. You could use it for news if you didn’t have any real news.”

McIntyre spilled that a CNN reporter was to perform stand-up last night, but cracked that the event wasn’t serious enough for the network. He said most networks are “thin-skinned” and prone to “hurt feelings.”

Though he never named the journalist who was to perform Thursday night, FishbowlDC learned that the would-be comedian was Capitol Hill correspondent Brianna Keilar. Keilar dropped out a few weeks ago with the CNN Speakers Bureau declaring her unavailable for the evening. Sources say she had wanted to perform.

McIntyre, the former CNN Pentagon scribe, blamed himself for the correspondent dropping out. He said in 2006 he competed in a Funniest Journalist on the Planet contest in Manhattan in which he took comedic jabs at then-CNN host Lou Dobbs. At the time, CNN was none too pleased, McIntyre said, and a network higher-up phoned to scold him as he drove home to Washington.

Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn was among the event’s three judges. A tough judge, he was. “Actually I don’t like comedy at all,” he said before the routines began. “It takes me a lot to laugh. I do think [RNC Chairman] Michael Steele is really funny. He is my favorite comedian. He cracks me up. He kills.”

Former Time reporter Matt Cooper was emcee for the evening. Before the event, he paced and paced, carefully studying his notes. Cooper, whose cadence resembles that of an actual comedian, spoke of horrible crowds in the Metro, saying, “I’m like, ‘Get off the f–king Metro people.’ Let me be depressed by myself.” He also took a stab at (or else, complimented) Politico saying, “As you know, this extraordinary nuclear agreement was signed. …Later they said the world still needed to come together to fight the global threat of Politico for world domination.”

He remarked on his figure, saying, “I’ve tried to lose some weight. I’ve gone from f–king fat to fat.”

Cooper imitated former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) asking aide Andrew Young to pretend Rielle Hunter’s baby was his. “I’m going to owe you a solid when this is over,” he said in an Edwards drawl. …And I think your wife is going to understand more than you think.”

Aside from McIntyre and Edson, other performers included WaPo’s Melissa Bell (who spoke of men in India pinching women’s nipples as a sign of affection), former NPR reporter Jamila Bey, Politics Daily’s Walter Shapiro, McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef and Department of Transportation public relations officer Doug Hecox.

Hecox on the census: “I’m just waiting for John Boehner where he checks the box orange. The story is not that he’s orange, it’s that he’s really burnt sienna.”

He brought up Coulter’s jugs, saying that he’s going to dress up as President Ann Coulter for Halloween, his favorite holiday. But, he said, he feared that his breasts would be too large. “I’m not saying she’s flat chested,” he said. “I’m saying they both lean too far to the right.”

Shapiro recalled watching 60 hours of cable TV for a story. “It was interesting watching the two IQ points slough off my dandruff,” he said.

Youssef described herself as “Muslimish.” She said, “I drink, I fornicate, but I don’t eat pork.”

The evening closed with Sylvia Traymore, whose imitations included The View’s Whoopie Goldberg, actress Monique, and singer Dionne Warwick. Largely with her back turned to the audience, she stripped off her long-sleeved shirt to reveal a sleeveless top to become First Lady Michelle Obama with well-sculpted arms. She then began furiously brushing her hair into an Obama coiffe. Then she turned and pursed her lips, depicting a typical FLOTUS facial expression (see picture after the jump).

Christina Davidson, the event’s organizer, took to the stage to congratulate the winners and lobby for next year’s journo comedians. “If you have the balls for this, talk to me,” she said.

Journalists in attendance included Politics Daily’s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger, her husband, WaPo education reporter Bill Turque, Politics Daily’s Editor Carl Cannon, NYT’s James Risen, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, The Hill’s Susan Crabtree, WTOP’s Bob Madigan and travel writer Carl Hoffman (boyfriend to WaPo’s Bell).

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Emcee Matt Cooper keeps audience laughing between performances.

All photographs by Shauna Miller. More after the jump…

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Schultz for Senate?

The latest in a string of speculated TV newsers as elected officials…Ed Schultz. On MSNBC this morning, Schultz said that North Dakota Democratic leadership has formally asked him to consider running for Sen. Dorgan’s seat in Senate. Schultz said he isn’t ruling it out but it’s too soon to say he is considering it.

You’ll remember that Chris Matthews, Larry Kudlow and Lou Dobbs have all been mentioned as possible newsers to run for office.

Morning Reading List 11.13.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! MSNBC threw Jeff Corwin a party at Occidental last night to celebrate “100 Heartbeats,” a book and documentary on endangered species and climate change.

What we know and what we’re reading this Friday the 13th…

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Barbara Walters will interview Jenny Sanford.

Speaking of Walters, she was apparently disappointed Trig couldn’t make her interview with Sarah Palin. He had a cold.

Lou Dobbs will make his first post-CNN appearance on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” reports Daily Finance. He will join Bill O’Reilly Monday evening in a “cable exclusive.”

CNN’s John Roberts on Politico‘s podcast.

“South Park” parodied Glenn Beck.

A beaver urinated on a CBS correspondent on yesterday’s “Early Show.” The must-see clip.

NEWS NOTES

Layoffs at AP.

Katie Couric‘s picks in Forbes Mag for the seven most powerful figures in media.

Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe will buy Sarah Palin‘s new book.

President George W. Bush spoke at SMU yesterday- what it looked like on cable.

AWARDS & EVENTS

“Real Housewives of New York” husband Simon van Kempen joined Carol Joynt in the Q&A Cafe yesterday at the Ritz in Georgetown. Check out Politico Click’s coverage- which includes DC housewives- here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

King Gets Dobbs’ CNN Time Slot

CNN announced this morning that John King will take over the 7pm time slot vacated by Lou Dobbs just last night.

King is host of “State of the Union” and he will continue to anchor CNN’s Sunday show until the beginning of next year, when his week night program begins.

In a press release CNN/US president Jon Klein said: “John has enthralled CNN viewers with his vast political knowledge, and he has spent the past year reporting from beyond the Beltway on pressing policy issues and the real people they impact. Every night, he’ll share his passion and his insights about what is really going on in Washington and across America.”

And King said he is “thrilled”: “There is a lot of noise and conflict in our political discourse, which is fun to cover, but I’m convinced from my travels that people also thirst for more details as well as insight and context. I’m looking forward to combining those conversations with top newsmakers, smart reporting and expert analysis.”

Morning Reading List 11.12.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Long-time CNN anchor Lou Dobbs has decided to leave the cable network. He made this announcement on last night’s show and this is effective immediately. TVNewser has more details and Hotline has the text of his announcement. Looks like NYT‘s Media Decoder broke the story. And here’s how Media Matters reacted. Could Dobbs be considering a future run for political office?

Happy Birthday to Pamela Dornic! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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CNN’s Dana Bash was the keynote speaker at the 20th Annual Washington PR Woman of the Year ceremony. On changes in journalism, Bash said, “I’m on CNN.com all the time,” she says. “Most of my TV pieces are online – there is almost no difference.” (h/t Local Kicks)

Fox’s Sean Hannity to Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart: you’re right about video.

Cuts at Al Gore’s Current TV.

US TV viewing reached an all time high in 2008-09.

MAGAZINES

Gawker hears about layoffs at Newsweek. Politico has editor Jon Meacham‘s memo to staff.

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is on the cover of Latina magazine.

NEWS NOTES

Fort Hood coverage dominated the news week, according to Pew’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.

TMP: Are former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley looking to launch a consulting firm?

“A Lesson in Journalism
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On a lighter note… Pamela’s Punch’s Pamela Sorensen on “The Wide World of Washington Gossip.” FBDC and some of our friends get shout-outs!

WEST WING REPORTAGE

More Helen Thomas today… From Washington Whispers: “I think the press is very confused about who is Obama. What are his convictions? Why doesn’t he fight?” she asks. For her part, Thomas says she has firm convictions and thinks she could even do a better job in the Oval Office. “If elected, I will serve,” she says with a smile.

AWARDS & EVENTS

“Inside Tim Russert‘s Office” opens at the Newseum Friday the 20th, but the press are invited for a sneak peek of the exhibit Wednesday the 18th from 10am to 2pm. Highlights of the exhibit.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Today’s Reading List 10.12.09

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Hope you’re enjoying a three-day Columbus Day weekend. Happy Birthday to Chris Wallace (h/t Playbook). And now, hopefully, everything you need to know in DC media today in one post…

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How’s M. E. Sprengelmeyer doing at with the Guadalupe County Communicator? NYT catches up with the former Rocky Mountain News Washington correspondent.

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Fox News vs. the White House…

Above, White House communications director Anita Dunna again commented on Fox News, this time on CNN’s “Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz” on Sunday. “The reality of it is that Fox often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party,” Dunn said in the interview posted above.

NYT: “Attacking the news media is a time-honored White House tactic but to an unusual degree, the Obama administration has narrowed its sights to one specific organization, the Fox News Channel, calling it, in essence, part of the political opposition.”

In other TV news…

PBS’ “Frontline” premieres a new season tomorrow with “Obama’s War,” a documentary on the war in Afghanistan, which includes an interview with General Stanley A. McChrystal. Preview here.

ABC’s Cynthia McFadden will sit down with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Moscow for an interview to air on “Nightline,” “GMA” and “World News Tonight” Wednesday. More dets here.

Is Lou Dobbs moving to Fox Business Channel? The CNN anchor apparently met with Roger Ailes.

Take two. People.com reports Jimmy Kimmel‘s dating a longtime staffer.

How does NBC’s Savannah Guthrie read the news on the “Today Show” set? No shoes and polka dot socks, Mike Allen revealed in Playbook this weekend.

FishbowlNY’s Amanda Ernst makes her debut on “Today.” And she gets rowdy with NBC’s Hoda Kotb.

Jamie Gangel had an exclusive with Rush Limbaugh for “Today” and NBC platforms. Part one is here and part two airs tomorrow. On the media, Limbaugh said, “I know how to yank their chain” (h/t TVNewser).

And that was CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo hosting NBC’s coverage of the Columbus Day Parade in NY today.

ONLINE

Politico on Think Progress.

HuffPost has launched a new section today on hot-button issues. “Impact” includes a widget so that readers can “plot a course of action,” if they want to donate to a cause, for example (h/t NYO).

And HuffPost notes: “Progressive bloggers were in an uproar Sunday night after a White House “adviser,” speaking on condition of anonymity, urged them to “take off their pajamas” and get serious about politics. NBC White House correspondent John Harwood relayed the quote during a segment he shot for Nightly News following a massive gay rights rally in Washington.”

CBS’ Michelle Levi made her debut in front of the camera on “Washington Unplugged” Friday. She’s one of the daily webcast’s producers.

NEWS NOTES

Richard Gere turns the camera on two of our fave Politico reporters.

And this is definitely worth a click… Fun with Photostop, President Obama and other awards, courtesy of Time, here.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Mark your calendars… CBS’ Bob Schieffer, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, TWT‘s Stephanie Green and Liz Glover, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, Hotline‘s Quinn McCord, Mother Jones’ David Corn, Politico‘s Chris Frates and Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet and Melinda Henneberger are among some of the journos coming out for “Karaoke in the Capital” Wednesday, October 21st. Check back tomorrow for some dets (and trash talking).

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Morning Reading List 09.17.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

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In the ABC green room, George Will, Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson and David Brooks answer the question, “Is Joe Wilson the new Sarah Palin?”

CNN is facing pressure to drop Lou Dobbs.

TVNewser caught up with Christiane Amanpour yesterday on her new international news program, “Amanpour.”

Who are DC’s top TV talkers? Politico‘s picks here.

BOOKS

Dan Brown‘s “The Lost Symbol” sold over a million copies in one day on sale in the US, Canada and Britian.

NEWS NOTES

NYT‘s Paul Krugman, Rush Limbaugh, columnist George Will, NYT‘s Thomas Friedman and NYT‘s David Brooks top the Atlantic‘s 50 list. Did anyone else notice how many of the photos are from “Meet the Press” appearances?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

GOP lawmakers are criticizing President Obama’s decision not to include “Fox News Sunday” in his Sunday show rounds– those lawmakers include Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC), no lie.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

JOBS after the jump… (there’s a good one).

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Morning Reading List 08.11.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Check out Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays columnist Kiki Ryan enjoying truffle fries at Poste wrapped in her own column…

Speaking of good eats, Playbook spotted Wolf Blitzer dining with Rahm Emanuel at BLT last night. And for the newest edition of Washington Unplugged‘s series “Unplugged and Under 40,” CBS was at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill yesterday to interview celebrity chef Spike.

Get ready to wish Qorvis’ Kelley McCormick a happy birthday tomorrow. Until then, what we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NYT points out the downturn in print media is really hurting photojournalists. “Newspapers and magazines are cutting back sharply on picture budgets or going out of business altogether. Pictures and video shot by amateurs on cellphones are posted to Web sites minutes after events occur. Photographers trying to make a living from shooting the news are calling it a crisis.”

E&P has announced ten newspapers that “do it right,” including: Las Vegas Sun, Sioux City Journal (IA), Briefing (Dallas, TX), The Post-Star (Glen Falls, NY), East Bay Express (Emeryville, CA), Star Tribune Minneapolis, St. Petersburg Times (FL), The Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, CA), New Times (Phoenix) and the Cincinnati Enquirer.

More on saving newspapers in the Atlantic today.

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In last night’s “Talking Points Memo” segment, Bill O’Reilly highlighted Fox’s ratings surge. “Fox News explodes, while the liberal media burns.” He goes on, “A major reason is the healthcare debate… When we cover the town hall meetings we don’t describe the protesters as loons. We don’t denegrate people who disagree with Pres. Obama. That’s the difference between FOX News and all the others… The Factor also gives voice to both sides, something you will never see on NBC News.”

Meanwhile, on MSNBC, Keith Olbermann delivered a special comment on the healthcare debate, specifically the “orgy of fantasized violence and imagined revolution whose fires have been stoked for weeks, for months, for years by conservatives,” highlighting Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck and Lou Dobbs.

(h/t TVNewser)

Octomom is packing up the kids and coming to primetime.

RADIO

Fox Business Network executives are in talks with Don Imus to bring his radio show to the 22-month-old network. AllYourTV.com, which first reported the news Friday night, reports the show “could make the move as early as September 1.” A FBN spokesperson said, “We’re always talking to interesting talent.” (h/t TVNewser)

BOOKS

Julia is beating Julie in book sales post opening weekend of “Julie & Julia.”

NEWS NOTES

Looking for something to do now that Congress is in recess? Past Tense yoga studio offers Congressional staffers and reporters a chance to unwind, with a special “restorative recess” of their own. The studio is extending a special discount to all journalists and Congressional staffers with a valid ID to take a single yoga class for $10, instead of the regular price of $15 a session. More info here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Morning Reading List 08.03.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

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How did the NYT print a story about Walter Cronkite with seven errors? Public editor Clark Hoyt says: “Even a newspaper like the Times, with layers of editing to ensure accuracy, can go off the rails when communication is poor, individuals do not bear down hard enough, and they make assumptions about what others have done.”

The newspaper industry may not be in the best shape, but one section is doing just fine- obits, as pointed out by WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander.

The New York Post hired a clown, an actual clown to roam the hallways of the New York State Capitol. Who will be the first publication to replicate here in DC??

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Do MSNBC and Fox have a truce deal? NYT ran a front-page story Saturday saying that News Corp’s Rupert Murdoch and GE’s Jeffrey Immelt instructed lieutenants to arrange a cease-fire between MSNBC and Fox News. A source tells TVNewser: “There’s more to this story than is being reported.”

The Daily Beast brings us the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.

Jessica Yellin filled in for John King yesterday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” Her first time, by our count. King did pre-tape an interview with Sen. John McCain on Friday.

LAT on Sunday show ratings: NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ clings to ratings lead but ABC, CBS close fast.

Is Lou Dobbs a publicity nightmare for CNN?

Someone at HuffPost misses David Shuster on MSNBC.

ONLINE

Check out your local news on YouTube.

NYT‘s Maureen Dowd e-interviews Nora Ephron for a piece Saturday.

MAGAZINES

NYT profiles Philip F. Anschutz, The Weekly Standard‘s new owner.

VF will publish two September 2009 covers- one with Michael Jackson and one with Farrah Fawcett, in eerily similar poses.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

LAT takes a look at how carefully President Obama and his team crafted his speech in Cairo.

NEWS NOTES

Just for fun this Monday morning… the Daily Beast asks “Is Disney Losing Its Magic?”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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Morning Reading List 07.31.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Above, check out Robert Gibbs, pre-White House (via HuffPost). What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

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Two local groups have offered early bids to buy the Boston Globe.

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Lou Dobbs‘ ratings on CNN are not benefitting from all this attention on him lately, according to NYO.

RADIO

Five Quick Questions for NPR’s David Folkenflik from Mediaite, including, Q: Are you nervous or excited about the future of Journalism? Why? and A: Both. I’m nervous, even heartbroken, because of the toll that the dissolution of the old business models for the news business is taking both on dedicated practitioners of the trade and on trade itself…”

ONLINE

In a week when the biggest story out of the White House is arguably about beer, it seems fitting that ABC’s Jake Tapper took a break to interview Judd Apatow on the Political Punch Podcast. Apatow’s “Funny People” is in theaters now so listen to the podcast and go see it this weekend.

Politico‘s Anne Schroeder Mullins catches up with the genius behind YouTube sensation “Auto-Tune the News” here.

NEWS NOTES

How’s MSM doing on health care reform coverage? Ehh, says James Rainey at the LATimes.

David Bass has launched a new public relations and public affairs firm, Raptor, tagline: “New times demand new strategies.” Find out more on the firm’s new site here.

Totally unrelated to DC journos, but still something to look forward to… the cast of Seinfeld will reunite on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Everything the President touches turns to gold… Bloomberg takes a look at the “Obama Effect” on Washington restaurants.

On the other hand… a 78-year-old woman in Iowa is so sick of seeing President Obama in the media, she’s selling her two television sets.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

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