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Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS Part Deux

On Thursday, we began rolling out the results of our Summer Superlatives and today, you get to meet the rest of the winners. Thanks for voting.

Today’s results kicks off with the Best Dressed category. This cage match was between Politico’s Ken Vogel and Kate Nocerra, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, RCP’s Erin McPike, and CNN’s Kate Balduan. This contest wasn’t even close. While we had a feeling Capehart would be the clear winner, he was a very distant second to Kate Balduan! Congrats, Kate. Your prize is a $1 gift card to Fashion Bug!

Moving right along, we asked you to name Washington’s Best Writer. Your choices were The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, NJ’s Major Garrett, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Ashley Parker and Maureen Dowd, WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty, HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson, and Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins. This one was a close one to call. It was a two-man race between Garrett and Labash, but in the end, Major Garrett came through and was voted the winner. It should be noted that today is Garrett’s birthday.

Which Washington journo is Most In Need of a Salad? We asked you to choose between Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri and Jason Linkins, FNC’s Bob Beckel and Bret Baier, and author and former TWTer Rich Miniter. This was another category where it wasn’t even close. The FNC team of Bob Beckel and Bret Baier were the heavy favorites and waddled walked their way to an easy victory.

Next up, we had the category that saw more votes than any other, Sexiest. Your sultry selections were AP‘s Steve Peoples, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Real Housewives of D.C.’s sassy stylist Paul Wharton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NBC4′s Doug Kammerer and Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince. The winner by a slim, sexy (and consenting) majority was Brianna Keilar.

On the other side of the coin, we have Who is Most In Need of a Makeover? Your choices were CQ Roll Call (the entire publication), The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, TWT’s Stephen Dinan, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes and Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher. Once again, this was a two-man race between Christopher and Boyle. While Christopher just looks generally disheveled, the overall train wreck that is Matthew Boyle was voted the winner. Congrats, Matt. We hear that Paul Wharton may be available to help turn you into a beautiful swan.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Best On-Air Personality. The heavy-hitters on this list were ABC’s Jake Tapper, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Nancy Cordes, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson. At the end of the day, the experience of Schieffer couldn’t keep up with your winner, Jake Tapper!

Congratulations to all of our winners.


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Washingtonian: ‘Your Hands Are On His Genitals’

If you haven’t read the lengthy Washingtonian piece on Redskins tight end, Fred Davis, you’re missing quite the read. Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins walks us through the absurd legal defense of Davis as he represents himself in court against a woman who has filed charges against him after he “allegedly dumped juice on her head and busted her lip at a Washington, DC, nightclub.” The suit has gone on quietly for 18 months and no one in the national sports media noticed this until Mullins’ piece. ESPN picked it up, among other outlets. Now, it could majorly impact sports in the Washington area.

The details of this case are beyond crazy, but, they include pimp cups, pimpettes, and “flagellant accusations.” The accuser, Makini Chaka, a  self-described “celebrity broker”, is being accused by Davis of procuring prostitutes for NFL players and they even had an exchange over whether or not the woman had her hand on a man’s genitals in a photograph. That led to this insane testimony in court.

Davis: “As it shows, you also have your hand on his genitals. I mean why would you take a picture like that?”

Chaka: “I do not. Let’s look closely at the exhibit right here, Judge. Where is my hand placed in this exhibit?”

Judge: “I do not answer questions. . . . The witness does.”

Chaka: “Can you tell me where my hand is actually at in this photo?”

Davis: “It looks like it’s in the genitals to me. I mean your hands are on his genitals. Your hand is on his—”

Chaka: “Objection.”

It’s not entirely clear WHY Davis didn’t hire a lawyer to do this for him, but those of us that live for tacky celebs making public asses of themselves are all better off for it.

Mullins’ piece has set fire to the sports world and could change the face of the Washington Redskins football team. Davis was having a strong 2011 season before he was busted for substance abuse. Hint hint – It wasn’t steroids. He currently has a one year contract with the Skins, with the hope being that he gets a multi-year extension. That all looks to be in jeopardy, as CSN blogger Rich Tanden writes, “It is, however, extremely unlikely that Davis will be getting a new, multi-year contract. He is going to have to demonstrate that he can stay out of trouble before the Redskins are going to write him a big signing bonus check.”

Mullins reports that the trial is set for March of 2013 and we cannot wait.

Top 10 Reasons to Read the Kurt Bardella Profile in Washingtonian

Even before Luke Mullins finished conducting interviews for his profile on Kurt Bardella for the July edition of Washingtonian, there was a general fatigue amongst reporters and political aides who felt the story shouldn’t happen.

It was as if political Washington was disgusted with the new publicist for The Daily Caller, who had essentially switched places with former Daily Caller Spokeswoman Becca Glover, and in near unison was asking one question: Why?

When the nine-page profile emerged yesterday afternoon, naysayers were still doubting it with one potential reader saying, “Eh, I didn’t read it. For some reason the whole story bores me.” True, amongst some. But there appears to be an unstoppable wave of Washington profiling some of it’s highly detested self-promoting characters. The recent WaPo profile on Clinton aide Philippe Reines comes to mind. An administration aide remarked to me after, “Why would the Washington Post dedicate 3,000 words to this guy when there are plenty of bigger douchebags in town? There are plenty of people who have worked harder, are smarter, more self-promoting and less liked. But what it did accomplish is to solidify the view that Washington is full of self-publicizing, power-hungry, grade-A penis hammers who think people really care about them, or that they really matter, when they don’t.”

While you digest all that, here’s why you should read this profile:

10. As an infant, Bardella was left in a bundle by the door of a church. Who expected this heartbreaking detail?

9. Bardella has, knowingly or not, yearned for a father figure. The story explains how and why he found one in Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), the man who would one day fire him and the one who will one day likely rehire him.

8. The piece reveals a layer of Washington that some reporters and aides know rather intimately. Luke describes it vividly, the aides, the jealousy, particularly the cocktail receptions where some, like Bardella, are dying to see and be seen.

7. The whole methodical layout of Kurt’s plan, phase by phase, to reinstall himself in the Washington political scene is simultaneously fascinating and loathsome to read.

6. While the piece entails much on-the-record sourcing, including old teachers and friends from way back, it’s fun to try to figure out who the anonymous sources who trash him are, such as the GOP political operative. Hmmm…who could it be?

5. The bizarre hero worshiping that happens in Washington. Nothing against CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, we like his distinctive wild animal name and white beard too, but Bardella gets embarrassingly giddy to be in his presence. His adulation of ABC GMA’s George Stephanopoulos is also something of a car crash that needs a witness.

4. Anticipating. Much like Clark Rockefeller, the criminal character in the Lifetime movie who parades around the cocktail circuit, bathing in his own popularity and faux riches, we need to wonder where Bardella goes from here.

3. Understanding the complexities. He rubs GOP aides the wrong way for his self-promotion and aggressive ambition. His relatively new boss, Tucker Carlson, calls him an “animal.” He’s also someone who has lost two major father figures in his life — his first stepfather, then his second. This doesn’t excuse Bardella’s actions of sneaking reporters’ emails to NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, but it certainly helps add texture and likability to a person whom many reporters still don’t trust.

2. It’s a good read for those of us with attention spans of mosquitoes. There are reasons why Mullins has won writing awards and the piece exemplifies them.

1. Above all else, the writer takes a gentle but decisive and detached approach. A reader cannot come away guessing what the author thinks, or even if he likes Bardella. Rather, the attitude is like that of Survivor’s longtime host Jeff Probst. He’s friendly, but he’s not going to help you decide what to think. Here’s the beach. You’re on your own.



Irony Alert: Kurt Bardella Won’t Talk About Other Reporters

The Daily Caller‘s new spokesman Kurt Bardella is a busy man these days. First he gets fired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) after sneaking emails from reporters presumed to be from Politico to NYT scribe Mark Leibovich. Then he decides to keep a low profile for awhile and grants an interview to his hometown paper the  San Diego Union Tribune. He also somehow, ironically, gets his op-eds published in Politico, the newspaper that prompted his firing.

Just yesterday the publicist published his first op-ed for The Daily Caller. Observers noted the rarity of newspaper publicists also writing op-eds for their own publications. Bardella told FishbowlDC that this would be sporadic event.  “Obviously, my first priority and focus is on promoting The Daily Caller so I imagine it’ll be something I’ll try and do when time permits,” he told us yesterday.

Obviously. Except now we learn that he has granted an interview for another story about himself. This time to Luke Mullins of Washingtonian. The profile is slated for summer. Bardella insisted the theme was mostly “biographical” in nature. When we pushed on whether the story would touch on his dealings with Politico and bcc-ing those emails to Leibovich, Bardella said sharply, I’m not going to discuss my interactions with another reporter right now.” He said if readers were expecting a juicy tell-all that this will not be that.

We’ve heard the upcoming story will touch on the self-promotional culture of Washington D.C. while telling the story of how Bardella came to Washington and fell into a situation that burned him. The story will hit on Bardella switching sides from congressional flack to newspaper flack.

Somehow we think Bardella will be able to help Mullins on these fronts. Mullins had no comment on his story.

Mullins Leaves U.S. News & World Report for Washingtonian

Luke Mullins has left U.S. News & World Report after three years to become a senior writer at Washingtonian magazine. He will cover sports, business and education.

He began his new job Monday.

(If his last name strikes a familiar chord, Mullins is hubby to former Politico reporter Anne Schroeder Mullins, who recently left the publication to start a PR firm.)

Birthday Shenanigans

Politico‘s Anne Schroeder Mullins celebrated her birthday with style, grace and a few chums of note last night. Husband Luke Mullins, Paul Kane, Michael Steel, Antonia Ferrier, Jack Deschauer, Brent Colburn, Brody Mullins, Lauren Mullins, Doug Heye, Carrie Foster, Scott Mulhauser, Sam Dealey, Katie Lindsey, Patrick O’Connor, Ron Bonjean, Sara Bonjean, Julie Bosman, Dan Reilly, Tim Wolfmeyer and Liz Wolgemuth commandeered the patio of a downtown watering hole to toast Ms. Shenanigans.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten would have been there, but he had a prior engagement. However, he did send a copy of his new book with a birthday inscription over as gift for notable foodie Schroeder-Mullins. This was Anne’s second annual 29th birthday.

Speaking of birthdays… today is Media Future Now founder Andy Mirsky‘s birthday and WaPo‘s Paul Kane will celebrate his 30-something-ith birthday tomorrow.

This was written by FBDC guest blogger Kenny Day.

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Mullins to U.S. News

American Banker’s Luke Mullins is joining U.S. News & World Report, FishbowlDC has learned.

Morning Reading List, 04.02.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • The amount of money you would actually pay for a Gridiron Dinner ticket is $0. Ouch.

  • We’re going to start working for Lockhart Steele.

  • Who’s stealing CDs from Voice of America’s library?!?

  • A history of radio April Fools Day pranks.

  • Washingtonians toast the engagement of Anne Schroeder and Luke Mullins.

  • XM-Sirius Debate Comes Down to Competition

  • Best Cable Special Name Ever

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for the week of March 18-23 shows that “Gonzo-gate” is the top talk show topic — again.

  • The WHCA dinner menu. (The Extreme-ness says that it’s straight outta Compton).

  • NAM’s ShopFloor wins the first Pulitzer for blogging.

  • Trey Graham joins NPR’s Digital Media editorial team starting Monday as associate producer. Trey was a copy editor and assignment editor in USA Today’s Life Section.

  • A reader writes in to point out that Hotline’s Facebook page has 1215 members and growing…

  • creative director Paul Compton was online Friday for a chat to discuss the Web site’s new design. Check it out here.

  • Howard Kurtz has the details of Jeff Greenfield’s move to CBS.

  • Cousin TVNewser tells us that Jesse Jackson “Denounces CBC/Fox Debates.”

  • Check out the back story to the Post’s recent piece on “Mommy Guilt.”

  • AARP is looking for a Broadcast Web Producer.

  • From Howie Kurtz: “Washington Monthly founder Charlie Peters is about to announce a $50,000 annual prize for what he calls “preventive journalism.” Peters’s Understanding Government Foundation, which underwrites reporting on government, will honor the best articles that expose inept officials, misguided policies or bureaucratic bungling before they lead to disastrous results.”

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

  • National Geographic is looking for a Renewal Specialist.

  • is looking for an editor.

  • Key Communications is looking for an editor.

  • The Altavista Journal is looking for an Editor.

  • Congressional Quarterly is hiring a Legislative Analyst, a Foreign Policy Writer and an Economic Policy Reporter.

  • Publishing Services LLC is looking for an Editor/Writer, a Publisher, a Production Manager and an Internet Marketing Associate.

  • Verizon announced in a release that as March 30, “Verizon FiOS TV subscribers in the Washington metro area will be able to tune to a new local television channel, FiOS1, a one-stop shop for local weather, traffic, news, sports and community features. FiOS1 is Verizon’s first owned-and-operated television channel in the United States, and the company expects to launch similar channels in other markets this year.”

  • Check out News, Improved: How America’s Newsrooms Are Learning to Change, which reports the findings of a first-of-its-kind $10 million training and research project by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

  • His Extremeness Knock Knocks the Post’s new consumer-rewards program.

  • The Society of Professional Journalists is looking for a few good journos to be part of panel on the “Newsroom of the Future” during a conference Wednesday, March 28 at 11:30 am to noon. Volenteers? Suggestions? Drop us a line.