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TOTeS Fun at Taste of the South

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Cocktail dresses, cowboy boots, bourbon, and bow ties. That was the scene Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, where Hill staffers and press from the dirty South threw down and represented their home states.

TOTS, as the kids call it, is Taste of the South – a black tie-ish, non-profit gala. This year’s fete benefited a school for at-risk youth in Kentucky – the featured state.

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A few folks in a crowd of what seemed like thousands included Buzzfeed’s boy about town – Benny Johnson and CNN’s Matt Dornic who were palling around with Andrew Kovalcin from the US Chamber of Commerce, Matthew Haller, and Chase Hieneman. Also spotted were WaPo’s Cara Kelly, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, Judd Deere (Sen. Mike Crapo), Eric Wilson (Ed For Senate campaign), Story Partner’s Lauren Culbertson, Tom Brandt (Rep. Lynn Jenkins), Holli Heiles (Rep. Tim Griffin), Mandi Critchfield (US Senate Banking Committee), Scott Cunningham (Rep. Kenny Marchant), and Sarah Fairchild (Chairman of TOTS 2014, Senator Lamar Alexander).

Miles of BBQ, brews for days, and more bourbon than you can shake a stick at? Where do we sign up?

Giddy up!

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DC “Youth” Get Hammered, Body-painted at WL‘s YGL

If you weren’t one of the hundreds of what’s-his-names and so-and-sos who rolled up to the Carnegie Library in an Uber black car last night, it could mean one of three things.

1) You are old.  We’re not talking John McLaughlin old…just over 40.

2) Your ambitious boozing and party hopping are not worthy of recognition in print.

3) You were recently arrested. (Too soon?)

Otherwise, like FishbowlDC, you were downing as many fine bourbons as your liver would allow at Washington Life’s ”Young and the Guest List” fete.  With countless bars, trippy body painting, and sequins from here to tomorrow, the historic venue played host to WL‘s fave overachievers under 40: 217 business leaders and entrepreneurs, 42 White House and Capitol Hill staffers, 29 media pros, 6 restaurateurs, 8 athletes, 5 diplomats, 10 members of Congress, and 18 artists.

Representing the Fourth Estate were CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Peter Hamby, Lauren Pratapas and Matt Dornic, WaPo’s Jackie Kucinich, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and his much better and more attractive half – Anne Gavin, Nikki Schwab from U.S. News….and others. Yes many, many others who escape our bourbon-laced memory.*

Check out the pics below!

*This post and my hangover brought to you by Washington Life, Nancy Bagley,  Soroush Shehabi, John Arundel, Kevin Chaffee and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.  

Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

“I’m an MSNBC fan, what do you call it, a junkie.”Itzhak Perlman this morning on “Morning Joe.”

How Roger Stone really feels about Dick Morris

“Dick Morris, pompous , insufferable and wrong. #namedropper #toesucker.” — GOP Political Consultant Roger Stone on GOP pollster Dick Morris.

Fonzi Fever

“#TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz #TheFonz!!!!! Coming up in just a few!!!!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji, on a pretty serious Henry Winkler binge this morning.

In His Dreams…

“November 6, please hurry. Presidential polls now entering my dreams (true story). Not saying who, but someone was up 20 (!) points.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Journo love

“Loved waking up to my girl @brikeilarcnn co-hosting @EarlyStartCNN this morning. All that beauty & brains made me forget I was at the gym.” — CNN Worldwide Dir. of Public Relations and former Fishbowl Editor Matt Dornic on his colleague, White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar.

Terrible memories

“Reminded this morning how surreal it was to be living in D.C. during the sniper attacks. An entire metro area on edge.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Steven Shepard. Today is the 10-year anniversary of the first D.C. sniper shooting.

Author plans to watch debate with horse

“I’m going to bring my dressage horse, Eric, into the house for the 1st debate. He’s hoping to catch a glimpse of Rafalca in the TV audience.” — author and avid Democrat Anne Lamott in a sarcastic Monday offering.

Money scribe sick of pre-debate spin

“Pre-debate spin may be the most useless and annoying of the many useless and annoying things the media-political complex creates.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Convo Between a Reporter and a Consultant

This morning’s conversation is between Politico’s Alexander Burns and GOP political consultant Roger Stone.

Stone: “Just saw Newt Gingrich on FOX–Andy Warhol Foundation wants their wig back.” Burns: “Look, he’s a well coiffed man.” Stone: “Better hair than… Calista [sic].”

 

 

A Very Redneck Birthday

Mary Kathryn Covert Steel and CNN Worldwide Director of Public Relations Matt Dornic are celebrating their birthdays in Raleigh, NC with an intense five-day party with friends and family that ends tomorrow. Their actual shared birthday is today. MKCS, a public affairs strategist at FTI Consulting, is the wife of Michael Steel, spokesman to House Majority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio). Steel is present for the birthday festivities, as are a host of Washingtonians that include GWU’s Nick Massella, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Mark Paustenbach, Brunswick Group’s Cat Hill and Glenn Ballard and three very rambunctious dogs, one of whom gets separation anxiety if the sun rises or if you glance at him wrong.

On Saturday night the crew attended a Lynyrd Skynyrd/Allman Brothers concert in which a “Capture the Redneck” contest ensued. All tuckered out from the long evening that may or may not have included moonshine, here you see Dornic slumbering (?) in the back of a red pickup along with pictures of a bunch of his new friends (some with shirts, some without) he met that evening. The birthday boy woke a little later demanding Bojangles’ chicken, spicy french fries, sweet tea and 300 packets of honey mustard.

Happy birthday to Covert Steel and Dornic!

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

When insomnia strikes…

“I still can’t sleep. Ask me anything and I’ll answer. #ASKarl” — Syndicated Columnist Karl Frisch, also a partner at Bullfight Strategies, at around 3 a.m. At 4 a.m. he wrote, “Why can’t I sleep?!?! Ugh.” Some questions he received: 1. “Do the elves help Santa with grooming, or is their mandate strictly in making toys?” 2. “Why do you think Roberts took the ACA position he did?”

Allbritton springs for pizza

“One of the perks of #scotusday: newsroom pizza!” — Politico national political reporter Emily Schultheis.

Inside CNN…

@BuzzFeedBen @mmhastings Open Revolt? Funny, I’m sitting in the bureau and haven’t seen a single pitchfork or overturned edit bay.” — CNN’s Matt Dornic in response to Buzzfeed‘s Michael Hastings story on staffers revolting at CNN after they mistakenly reported that the Supreme Court didn’t uphold the healthcare bill.

And inside the courtroom…

“Journalists and lawmakers scribbled notes furiously while Justices spoke because you can’t bring blackberries or recorders in courtroom.” — CBS News Capitol Hill Producer Jill Jackson.

Rosen tries to ease Toobin’s fall

@JeffreyToobin gives a classy analysis/apology” — CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen after CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin makes a whopper of an error Thursday.

Only in Washington…

“Crowd outside SCOTUS is confused. Both sides cheering.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Who is having a worse day Republicans, Ann Curry or CNN?” — MSNBC Contributor and The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain.

Journo amid Supreme Court ruling

“Spending the day test driving Chrysler’s. Am I missing any news? #nprlife (@ Chrysler Chelsea Proving Grounds)” — NPR’s Sonari Glinton.

C-SPAN: Priceless

“Ha, C-SPAN just cut off a caller who said Obama supported universal health care ‘because he is an alien.’” – Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Correction: We were mistaken in yesterday’s Morning Chatter. NYT Jim Roberts actually did respond to HuffPost‘s Jon Ward‘s early morning ranting on the NYT homepage not having Supreme Court coverage Thursday. They had a blurb, but nothing significant. Roberts replied to the very important Ward, saying, “@jonward11 Seriously, what more is there to say at this point. We wait for a ruling.” And this: “Don’t do rehash.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

HBO’s ‘Newsroom’ Gets Dim Reviews in D.C.

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

HBO’s drama Newsroom debuted Sunday night. The series tells the story of an easily agitated cable news anchor played by Jeff Daniels who has a public meltdown at Northwestern University resulting in a mass exodus of his staff. What’s a newsroom without a resident alcoholic, a wonk and a love triangle? Sam Waterston plays the drunken president of ACN who tells Daniels privately that he loved the meltdown. Dev Patel plays a perfect wonk. Who wouldn’t love to have him on their news team? A former love interest played by Emily Mortimer takes over his program as executive producer with plans to shake up the newscast for better or worse. And the love triangle: Daniels’ assistant played by Alison Pill is seeing an arrogant ass of a reporter (Thomas Sadoski) in the newsroom who doesn’t want to get too serious. Will she shack up with the new guy played by John Gallagher (check him out below)? Stay tuned…

Gawker published a favorable review by broadcasting legend Dan Rather. If subsequent episodes are as good as the first, he wrote, “then [Newsroom creator] Aaron Sorkin has a winner.”

ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper was less kind. In TNR, he called the show “sadly disappointing.” Similarly negative reviews were published in the NYT, WaPo and The New Yorker magazine.

We asked around to see what Washington’s media thought about the show. Sadly the viewing community, minus Slate‘s Dave Weigel, wasn’t large. And among those who watched, most abhorred it while a small minority of journalists are on the fence and plan to keep watching.

“Didn’t watch… don’t plan to… why do I want to spend my down time watching a fictionalized account of what I supposedly do for a living?” — NBC’s Chuck Todd

“So badly do I but I don’t get HBO despite trying to get it specifically so I could watch this show. I need someone to rent me a living room with HBO next weekend so I can check it out.” — RCP’s Erin McPike

“Going into the show I was highly skeptical, but you know I was entertained. Was it the west wing? No.  True to life? no (I’ve never seen a bottle of whiskey in my newsroom) but a quality first outing. I think it got the energy of a newsroom right. I’ll watch next week.One knock, but its kind of part of the Sorkin playbook…it got a touch preachy. I do wish the newsroom had a breaking news siren or something. — ABC7′s Kris Van Cleave

“Not sure I feel one way or another about it yet. I did identify with some of the situations, the environment and some of the characters, but I wasn’t fully convinced. Plus, the best part was the on-stage meltdown. It slowed considerably after that. Enjoyable but not addictive – at least not yet.” — CNN’s Matt Dornic

“I got rid of cable when I was watching too many “real” housewives. When I found myself wasting my time watching Kimmie’s wig pulled off on the streets of Atlanta – and my kids glued to Cartoon Network – cable had to go … Leaves me more time to read Fishbowl.” — ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper

“If the point of The Newsroom was to leave West Wing fans feeling a bit embarrassed, Sorkin succeeded. However, I am excited to share this experience with Twitter until the show ends.” — The Heritage Foundation’s Director of Communications Rory Cooper

“Didn’t watch. Think I’ll wait then tackle three or four episodes in one sitting.”– Politico‘s Dylan Byers

“Didn’t watch, though did enjoy Sorkin’s A Few Good Men on (I think) TNT Saturday”– Politico‘s Alex Burns

“I did, largely because 1) the negative reviews/profiles were so succulent and 2) I needed to procrastinate. Maybe Dan Rather is right, and people in print media just don’t understand whether or not this feels REAL. (When I do MSNBC, I’m sort of an in-and-out guest in the newsrooms and studios, so I have not seen a newsroom burst into action to chase down BP statements.) That said… seriously, they broke the BP story wide open because they ran with the new guy’s two sources? Isn’t that how the Paris correspondent gets in trouble in “The Imperfectionists”?”– Slate’s Weigel.

“I am probably the only person in D.C. whose job it is to write about entertainment and did not tune in. I’ll watch it when I get home tonight, but from all of the scathing reviews I have pretty low expectations, which is disappointing because I love a good walk and talk. I have “Sports Night” queued up on Netflix in case I need to cleanse my palette afterward.”– The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler

“I turned off HBO after True Blood, the Newsroom’s plot just seemed too dark and twisted.” — USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich

“Tedious.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV Reporter Jeff Poor

“No, didn’t watch watch it and won’t watch it.. I work in a newsroom. Why in god’s name would I then go home and watch a show about working in a newsroom? Give me an episode of Game of Thrones!” — NBC’s Andy Gross

“I thought it was mostly fun, albeit pretty melodramatic with the various speeches, especially the ones delivered by the Brit woman. Plenty of news organizations are “popular” without pandering to one audience or another. Thought Jeff Daniels was great as a cynical, beaten-down new sguy who could have been a print or digital person as well as a TV one.” — BusinessWeek‘s Bryan Gruley

“I didn’t watch. I’m lame.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich

“Sorry, In ATL this week for a conference. Didn’t see it.” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo stops to tweet touching moment

“Sitting on porch with Fix Jr as nice wind blows and temps in 70s. Hard to imagine a better day.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Important Question to Ponder: “Is there an episode of Three’s Company that does NOT revolve around some misunderstanding?” — Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin.

Journo Snobbery

“NYT reporter nxt to me rolls eyes when I say I work for huffpost, then pulls out pen and paper as I pull up Tweetdeck #thisisnewmedia #wsf12.” — HuffPost‘s Rebecca Searles.

Weekend travel woes

“I’m within mere moments of an @ABC7Stephen-style Amtrak breakdown.” — CNN’s Matt Dornic on Friday night Amtrak ride between New York and D.C. referring to ABC 7 Correspondent Stephen Tschida who once had an unforgettable journey between D.C. and Philadelphia.

Speaking of train complaints…

On Sunday night, CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary was aggravated by different things aboard the train: “BRING BACK THE OLD CHEESE PLATE. #Amtrak,” she wrote. And this: “You, bro on the cell phone, are in the Quiet Car. Where I do not mess around.”

Actress was ‘well spoken’

“Talked to actress Gabrielle Union at the Komen kick off. She was well spoken, addressing the Planned Parenthood controversy head on.” — Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab. So what did Union, who lost a friend to cancer, say that was so eloquent? The quote: “Since she passed my sense of urgency has greatly expanded and increased — it just sucks.” Schwab “reported” that Union “didn’t flinch” when asked about the recent Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy. “I can say as a proud Democrat that I don’t bat an eyelash supporting Komen and I don’t bat an eyelash supporting Planned Parenthood because ultimately their goal is the same: saving women’s lives,” she said. That’s a lot of still eyelashes, right, Sticky?

Baier remembers deceased colleague, puts sons in matching outfit

“Happy Birthday to our friend Tony Snow.. he would have been 57 today. We miss him!” — FNC’s Bret Baier on Snow, former White House Press Sec. and Fox News anchor, who died from cancer in 2008. In less touching news from Baier… he dressed his boys in matching outfits over the weekend and then tweeted it out for the world to see. Fortunately, he said, he didn’t have to wear the same outfit. Really, fortunately? We’d have paid good money (well, maybe $10) to see the picture of the whole fam dressed head to toe in matching frocks. Kind of like that horrible Mike Huckabee family photo fiasco.

Reporter enjoys teeny bopper musical influences.

“May have to #WIrecall that ‘Call Me Maybe’ song. Just caught myself starting to car jam to it. Fortunately Waka Flocka intervened.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Comm Director Has Frustrating Fios Weekend

Heritage Foundation’s Comm Director Rory Cooper can’t say enough against FiOS.
“Going on four weeks of major @FiOSTV fail. 3 wks no on demand. 2 days of reset every 10 mins. Can’t even watch it anymore. Argh.” Cooper added, “We get this screen and then full reset every 15 mins on @FiOSTV Maddening. @VerizonSupport.”

Stanton’s stance on England’s Jubilee

“I’d rather smoke bath salts with Jeffrey Dahmer than watch the queen’s #jubilee.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

The Stickler: CNN’s Blitzer kicks SNL’s Ass

“I hate to tell #SNL announcer it’s correctly pronounced Ree-Anna not Ree-Ahna. Just ask her to pronounce her name.” — Wolf Blitzer.

Doug Heye turns 40 today: Birthday wishes to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) new Deputy Chief of Staff. He and a cadre of friends celebrated over the weekend in Manhattan. Names in the crowd: Sam Dealey, journalist/media-consultant, formerly with Qorvis, NRCC Spokesman Brian Walsh, Ron and Sara Bonjean, Dan Ronayne, NBC’s Erika Masonhall, CNN’s Matt Dornic, Sen. John Thune’s Spokesman Kyle Downey. Some 20 friends attended a Yankees home game Saturday afternoon. The evening was spent in the Village. Doug got a custom T-shirt at PJ Clarke’s. It read: “I am turning 40. If I am lost, call 911. Shots appreciated!”

Also in Manhattan this weekend: Politico‘s Jake Sherman attended a Furthur concert at the Beacon Theatre. Colleague Maggie Haberman remarked on Twitter, “Walked by the theater earlier…quite a scent.” Jake replied, “Must be from citarella [sic].” Yeah, riiiight!

Noteworthy: Politico‘s Mike Allen filed at some of the latest times we’ve seen in recent Playbook history. Saturday: 11:35 a.m. Sunday: 12:25 p.m.

Pooler burns calories during Pool Duty

“Your pooler was able to cover the family photo after all and is hoping the huge amount of running involved burnt off last night’s dinner.” — WSJ White House Correspondent Laura Meckler in a weekend Pool Report.

Spotted at the Nationals game Sunday: NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert, Current TV’s Bill Press and WaPo‘s Tim Carman. A beleaguered Peter Ogburn, producer for the Bill Press Show and FBDC Contributor, begging with his gorilla children to stop kicking the seat of the man in front of them. When Ogburn left the children unattended for 5 minutes to get a beer, an old woman said that he should be “more careful” about leaving children alone in public. He asked her if she was a cop. She replied no and he asked her to please mind her own business.

Is Paul Wharton off his rocker?

Paul Wharton, whose new show “Paul Wharton Style” debuted on the CW Sunday. As many know, he was the wardrobe stylist/image expert on the Real Housewives of D.C. More on the first episode later, but meanwhile, read the crazy sh-t he has been tweeting as of late…Correction — we previously referred to him as a hairdresser. Sorry about that Paul!

From April 11: “Accidentally popped my Ambien, 10 mins before I got a call from my producer to send in a bunch of voiceovers! Omg, this can’t be good!”

From April 12: “My 6:30 hair appointment is on and poppin! Gotta get it in early and look like I woke up this way :-) @salonlynne is a round brush genius!”

What’s Roland Tweeting?

“Fam, it’s a gorgeous day in DC. But prayers for the loss of life in Oklahoma due to the tornadoes.” — CNN Contributor and “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin over the weekend.

Unnecessary Tweets of the Day

“Watching 6 yr old nephew’s soccer game in rain. Think this phone may not last mugch llongffgfhjlnffc.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep.

“Successfully made over easy eggs this morning.” — Greenwire’s Jessica Estepa.

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