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Fishbowl Charleston

Filing from the bar of Husk restaurant in the Holy City – this is Fishbowl Charleston. As the state prepares to vote in the GOP primary this Saturday, we trudged through the beautiful weather and fine dining to bring you a report from the front lines.

Our Thursday began with a slow start when the closest thing we could find to a D.C. celebrity was Bob Livingston, disgraced former Speaker-designate of the House, trolling radio row of the Southern Republic Leadership Council at the TD Arena. Once we left, we saw a blurry eyed John Roberts from Fox News entering the arena, presumably for J.C. Watts‘s speech to the Council. Walking back to the hotel, we spotted Perry Bacon, from the Grio in an animated phone conversation outside of iconic Charleston restaurant, Jestine’s Kitchen. Considering we saw a reporter named Bacon outside of a restaurant well known for it’s pork laden dishes, we were quite pleased with ourselves.

After an uneventful afternoon, we decided to spice things up with a Rick Santorum speech. Upon arriving, we saw pundit extraordinaire, Michael Barone. While chatting with him, we ALMOST missed the diminutive Lindsey Graham, on his way to fire up the DOZENS of people who had showed up to see the “Sweater Vest of Truth”, Santorum.

Oh, and Perry Bacon was THERE, too. Before Santorum began his speech, we were treated to the arrival of Herman Cain himself. We were tipped off when we saw THIS guy hanging around outside, cigarette firmly ensconced in his mouth, naturally.

That’s right, Mark Block is BACK. We asked him if he tires of posing with his now famous cigarettes. He says he’s “gotten used to it,” but one person in New York recently asked him to SIGN a cigarette butt. The most interesting part of the Mark Block story is that when we made our way into the arena, he sat down just a few seats away from Josh Kraushaar from National Journal. It wasn’t long ago that Block famously butchered the relationship of Kraushaar to Cain sexual harassment accuser KAREN Kraushaar in the news. Block claimed on Fox News that she was Josh’s mother. (They aren’t related at all.) We asked him about that incident when it happened.

Kraushaar even acknowledged the weirdness on Twitter.

 

Mark Block a couple rows back in crowd as Herman Cain readying to address audience. Still haven’t heard from him since the Hannity botch.

— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) January 19, 2012

We settled into our seats in the arena, which wasn’t hard. The place was nearly empty. We’ll give a conservative estimate and say there were roughly 150 people there. Easily half were reporters. As we settled in, we noticed a loud rustling behind us and turned to spot 11 members of the Duggar family, from TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, filing in to catch the Santorum address.

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A Media Reporter’s Guide to CPAC

The agenda for CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference happening in D.C. this weekend, has been posted, and journalists and media types are invading.

  • Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller will speak at an event sponsored by Accuracy in Media on Thursday and, later that night, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for CPAC’s Presidential Banquet honoring Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.
  • S.E. Cupp, a Daily Caller columnist, will sign her book, Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity, on Friday before taking part in a Saturday panel for students on how to become a columnist. Also on the panel: The Weekly Standard‘s Fred Barnes and Andrew Ferguson, and NYT‘s Ross Douthat.
  • BigJournalism’s Andrew Breitbart will speak in the main ballroom on Saturday morning, and he’ll be introduced by Townhall‘s Guy Benson.
  • Dana Loesch, also of BigJournalism, will participate in a panel on new media activism along with Matt Sheffield of the Washington Examiner on Thursday.
  • More from the Washington Examiner: Mark Tapscott will be on a panel on Friday morning, Tim Carney will be on another on Friday afternoon, and Michael Barone will be on one Saturday evening. Also on Barone’s panel: John Gizzi of Human Events and FNC contributor Margaret Hoover.
  • Conservative pundit Ann Coulter will speak to CPAC students Friday night along with FNC’s “Red Eye” gang: Greg Gutfeld, Bill Schultz, and Andy Levy before taking the main stage on Saturday, following National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.
  • Also on different panels (so, so many panels): Human EventsJason Mattera, WaPo‘s Julia Duin (as a moderator. Need a refresher? We had dinner with last week), Quin Hillyer of TWT (also as a moderator), Andrew McCarthy of National Review, and WSJ‘s John Fund.
  • CNN contributor and Red State managing editor Erick Erickson will be the guest of honor at a student luncheon on Friday.
  • CPAC’s 2010 Blogger of the Year Ed Morrissey of HotAir will present this year’s award to Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank.

FishbowlDC has obtained a press pass, but it doesn’t come with many perks (other than free admission). They’re holding our badge at the Media Check-In desk, so that’s nice of them. Credentialed press “do not necessarily have access” to the CPAC Bloggers’ Lounge according to their e-mail, and we’ve requested several interviews with speakers using CPAC’s guidelines for doing so. No word yet. Stay tuned…

Presumed Gloatfest for Conservative Journos

The Weekly Standard and Washington Examiner are scheduled to hold a post-election panel in which political editors and writers will analyze midterm election results and the new political landscape.

Event organizers are presuming that come election day Republicans will take control of the House. The release states, “the Washington Examiner’s senior political and congressional reporters, along with The Weekly Standard’s Fred Barnes will analyze the 2010 election results and look ahead to how President Obama will deal with a likely Republican-controlled House, what Tea Party candidates will do in Congress, and how the results will shape the GOP presidential field for 2012.”

The Panel

Bill Kristol (moderator), Editor, The Weekly Standard
Michael Barone, Senior Political Analyst, Washington Examiner
Byron York, Chief Political Columnist, Washington Examiner
Susan Ferrechio, Chief Congressional Correspondent, Washington Examiner
Fred Barnes, Executive Editor, The Weekly Standard

When/Where

Friday, Nov. 5 at 11:30 a.m. at the National Press Club, 529, 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20045

More information: Contact Dan Wilson at dwilson@sbpublicaffairs.com.


Weigel Accuses Examiner Politics of Being ‘Snooze-worthy’

In a post on Slate this morning, Dave Weigel goes after the Washington Examiner for its “horse race” political columns. He says they’re getting “snooze-worthy.” Weigel wrote, “I’m not even sure that Michael Barone woke up before writing this one about ‘the Democratic party shrinking back to its bicoastal base.’ ” In his piece, Michael Barone says Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) didn’t attend an Obama rally in Wisconsin. But actually, he was there (it was a previous rally that Feingold had apparently skipped, Weigel notes).

In his first sentence, Weigel claims he has no deep-seated hatred toward the paper and is actually “a fan” despite the gossip item written about him earlier this year that involved him dancing solo at a friend’s wedding.

Examiner Editor Stephen Smith said he edited Barone’s piece and made the correction himself. “Mr. Weigel correctly points out that we erred in saying Senator Feingold did not appear at the Obama rally, ” Smith told FishbowlDC by e-mail. “We corrected the online version of the column, which was written before the rally because it was on a page with an early deadline. I edited the piece and should have deleted the sentence or revised it to say Senator Feingold was not expected to attend.”

Who Does Fox News PR Favor? (It’s Not Hard to Tell…)

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It’s no secret amongst Washington reporters that Fox News PR has a Black List. It includes reporters, editors and pundits, and just about anyone who occasionally looks at them cockeyed or has an ounce of audacity to question their journalism methods or – god forbid – phone the person or network they are attempting to slam. The Black List is a seasons, reasons and lifetime endeavor. Sometimes you’re on the list. Sometimes not. Sometimes you’re on and off in the same week. But these days, one thing is clear: Fox News PR has found a comfortable landing strip in the Washington Examiner.

Today’s story about Geraldo Rivera celebrating his 40th anniversary on air is just one example. Earlier this week they had that whopper of a story on Shepard Smith not wanting to watch those falling tower images. In June there was the war between Fox News and Bloomberg – this item was, to borrow the catch phrase, a fair and balanced approach on the war for Helen Thomas‘s White House seat. The Yays & Nays team indeed reported both sides. But also in June, Fox News went straight to the Examiner after Politico published a story about Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace getting escorted from his seat at a Nats game when he sat in seats belonging to former President Bush aide Karl Rove. The network gave a reaction to Politico’s scoop in The Examiner. Fox News made sure the story that published in the Examiner was a more Fox-friendly version than the more sharp-elbowed version that ran in Politico.

There’s a clear nexus between Fox News and the Examiner.

That Fox News Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon and Chris Stirewalt went from the Examiner to Fox certainly doesn’t hurt. Add to that the fact that current columnists Byron York, Michael Barone are Fox News contributors and you have more than a solid Fox News-Examiner bond.

One last Fox-y detail: A visitor to the Examiner offices told FishbowlDC this week that Editor Stephen Smith‘s office TV is typically tuned to – guess what – Fox News.

McCutcheon to Co-author The Almanac of American Politics

In a memo to National Journal staff today, Jackie Koszczuk announced that Chuck McCutcheon will join Michael Barone as co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. Memo below:

Please join me in welcoming Chuck McCutcheon as the new co-author of The Almanac of American Politics. McCutcheon is simply one of the best journalists working in Washington today; he is both a gifted writer and a superbly sourced chronicler of national events, particularly the byzantine workings of Capitol Hill. McCutcheon is a former co-editor of Politics in America, and has written for National Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and other leading publications. Educated at Northwestern University, he is the author of two books, including the 2002 Nuclear Reactions, a behind-the-scenes examination of U.S. nuclear storage policy. McCutcheon’s contributions to the 2012 print and Web editions will supplement those of Almanac founder and lead author Michael Barone.

Jackie Koszczuk Editor, The Almanac of American Politics

Buttering Up Two Clients With One Stone

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Shirley & Bannister Public Affairs will score and score big with the Bradley Prizes tonight at the Kennedy Center awards ceremony.

Not only will Michael Barone , senior political analyst of the Washington Examiner, win (Shirley & Bannister reps the Examiner), but Shirley & Bannister reps the Bradley Prizes as well, making this a big night for, well, Shirley & Bannister.

We’re not insinuating anything untoward happened here. Just a favorable coincidence for S & B.

And the Bradley Prizes Go To…

michael-barone-1-sized.jpg The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation today named the winners of the Bradley Prizes for “outstanding achievement awarded annually to prominent scholars and engaged citizens.” Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington on Wednesday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m. Each award carries a stipend of $250,000.

The 2010 Bradley prize winners are: Michael Barone, senior political analyst for the Washington Examiner, and resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute; Paul A. Gigot, editorial page editor of WSJ and winner of the 2000 Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. Other winners include Bradley Smith, a law professor at Capital University, and a former member of the FEC; and John Taylor, an economics professor at Stanford.

The ceremony is to take place at the Kennedy Center.

Who chose the winners? See the judges after the jump…

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Barone to Wash Examiner as Senior Political Analyst

Political commentator Michael Barone adds senior political analyst to his resume today. He joins the Washington Examiner with Byron York and Chris Stirewalt, where he will have a twice-weekly column on the paper’s new politics page.

“Byron, Chris, and Michael give us a lineup of political analysts equal to any in the country,” editor Stephen Smith said in a release today. “For people interested in the subject, The Washington Examiner has now become essential reading.”

Barone is “a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and for 18 years a senior writer at U.S. News & World Report.” He is also the co-author of “he Almanac of American Politics.”

Full release after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 11.13.08

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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