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A Soirée for Manuel Roig-Franzia

An unusual group of Washington journos is convening on June 23 at the home of Politico‘s Lois Romano and politico bigwig Sven Holmes to celebrate The Rise of Marco Rubio by WaPo‘s Manuel Roig-Franzia. Expect to sip on cocktails made with special rum from the Shapira Family Distillery. The book is scheduled for release on June 19.

Apart from Romano and Holmes, the journalists and publicist types on the host committee are: Robert Draper, a contributor to GQ and NYT Mag, WaPo “In the Loop” writer Al Kamen (who almost never makes appearances on the Washington cocktail circuit), Michael Manganiello, a partner at HCM Strategists, WaPo’s Maralee Schwartz, Ian Shapira and Peter Wallsten, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman.

Please note: Sven Holmes’ title is so crazy Washington long that we’re putting it after the jump.

Correction: The invitation read Ira Shapira and has since been corrected as has our post above. Thanks to AnonymASS who alerted us by writing in this: “It’s IAN Shapira not IRA … espeically if you’re touting his family’s spirits company, you would think you’d know how to get his name correct.” — Thanks Ass, you’re right and that is just lovely.

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Haddad Honored

Media maven Tammy Haddad was feted for her work with the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) last night. The event was hosted by Susan Axelrod and Connie Milstein at the Newseum where a slew of political and media leaders turned out to see Haddad receive the 2010 Friend of CURE award. Journos in attendance included NYT’s Ashley Parker, ABC’s Michael Falcone, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, Politico’s Roger Simon, WaPo’s Manuel Roig-Franzia, WJLA’s Gordon Peterson, HuffPo’s Howard Fineman, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, CNN’s Jessica Yellin and Jill Chappell, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Glamour’s Linda Kramer Jenning to name just a few. *Photos courtesy of WHC Insider / Neshan Naltchayan

Sebastian Junger: Nice Biceps, Journo Writes

<img alt="junger.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/junger.jpg" width="270" class="alignleft" hspace="3" vspace="3"/ Sebastian Junger, who recently came out with War, has hit the media circuit with a fury. We’ve seen him on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher,” on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” — and on Sunday he was featured in WaPo‘s Style section in a rather descriptive piece by Manuel Roig-Franzia.

What’s noteworthy about the profile is the intricately detailed physical description of Junger, specifically his biceps. To match the written story, WaPo goes all high tech by having Patterson Clark, a sketch artist, draw Junger at the scene of the interview, the Afghan Grill, with the Brushes App on an iPad. While we don’t get to see a time-lapse sketch of his biceps, we do get various versions of Junger’s chiseled face.

An excerpt :
Before taking his seat, Junger pauses to survey the landscape. He’s a solidly built man’s man, with a square jaw and penetrating eyes. When he sheds a light jacket and lifts his arms, biceps perk up beneath a snug black tee-shirt.

Later we hear about his Achilles tendon.

The excerpt:
He suggests everyone pick an entree and share. No one argues. Junger selects sauteed eggplant, but later digs into the lamb and shrimp, as well, passing the plates as he reminisces about firefights and that time he tore his Achilles tendon out on patrol.

Read the entire story and see the iPad sketch here.

Morning Reading List 11.05.09

Washington City Paper presents “Fisticuffs at the Washington Post,” starring Andrew Beaujon as Marcus Brauchli, Jason Cherkis as Chris Richards, Erin Niedowski as Lynn Medford, Erik Wemple as Manuel Roig-Franzia, Amanda Hesse as Monica Hesse and Mike DeBonis as Henry Allen.

Happy belated birthday to Christie Findlay and Kevin McVicker! Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



WSJ launches a San Fran edition today.

Washingtonian: Having taken a beating for trying to set up evening salons where reporters could mingle with corporate types who’d pay big money for the privilege, The Washington Post now is attempting a more benign way to raise revenue: wine tastings — with reporters as guests.


Fox News’ Glenn Beck has appendicitis.

Changes at CNN.

More reality shows… Bravo’s in DC to recruit contestants for “Top Chef.”


TVNewser’s Twitter list picks.


Looks like there are layoffs to come at Time Inc. Layoffs were the topic of convo on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu earlier today.


On Election night, Twitter seemed to beat cable for insight and analysis.

And Election night ratings via TVNewser.


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on year one.

ABC’s Jake Tapper on President Obama, Air Force One and Twitter on Politico‘s podcast.


Politico: John W. Mashek, a political reporter who covered every presidential election from 1960 to 1996, died of a heart attack Tuesday. “He was one of the great political reporters of the last quarter-century,” said Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, on Dumbarton Street between 27th and 28th Sts., N.W., in Georgetown.


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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.

Morning Reading List, 12.04.08


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William Booth To Mexico

From an internal Washington Post announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:

We’re pleased to announce that William Booth will become our next correspondent in Mexico City, succeeding Manuel Roig-Franzia, who is returning to the newsroom.

As its peripatetic pop culture correspondent, Bill chronicled the bonfire of vanities for Style, spending time on the couch for revealing profiles of a dizzy Jennifer Aniston and an angry Arnold Schwarzenegger; filing you-are-there reports from the Oscars, Cannes, Sundance; and detailing the travails of jailbird Paris Hilton.

Bill joined the national staff as a science reporter, where he was a pioneer in translating research on global climate change into daily journalism. He served as bureau chief in Miami, writing about the lingering battles over civil rights in the South and a Florida transformed by immigration, crime and a category 5 hurricane. As bureau chief in Los Angeles, he covered the burning of the forests, the meltdown of the electrical grid and the cinematic rise of the Governator.

On loan to foreign, he did war-time reporting tours in Haiti, the Balkans and Iraq.

Born in New York City, Bill grew up in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin. Bill began his career as a business correspondent in Tokyo, was a reporter at the Austin American-Statesman, a Vannevar Bush fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a staff writer at Science magazine.

After some intensive Spanish training, Bill will be making the move to Mexico this fall. He is married to Anne-Marie O’Connor, a veteran Latin America correspondent and currently a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, who is finishing a book for Knopf about a notorious Nazi art theft case.