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CBS “Face the Nation” Partners With Google, Schieffer Plans on Summer Staycation

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…When FBDC showed up Monday at the launch of a new partnership by CBS and Google Plus in Logan Circle, we were greeted with pure, unadulterated love. “I read FishbowlDC everyday,” CBS intern Chad Sinclair said.

Bursting with good spirits, we made our way upstairs of Fathom Creative, where the launch was hosted, and found three open bars placed no more than 25 feet apart. They made damn sure getting a drink wouldn’t be a problem. That, in itself, could have presented a problem. Unfortunately no one got out of control.

Among the first reporters to join the party was Politico‘s party animal Mike Allen. He zipped around the room shaking hands and saying hi to everyone he knew and everyone he didn’t.

Allen left 45 minutes in but was replaced by his colleague Patrick Gavin, who was wearing a blazer with tennis shoes. Gavin told us that Politico Live, Politico’s venture into video news, is a work in progress but said “it’s fun to be a part of [it].”

We soon ran into the star of the party, “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer. “No!” he said when we asked if he had any summer vacation plans. “I’ll be working my ass off,” he said.

They gave out weird purple socks as party “favors” in honor of Schieffer, known for his striking hosiery (photograph below).

The event was held to unveil an interactive election-coverage feature that CBS and Google will host roughly once a month called “hangouts.” The gist: Voters across the country will be selected to participate in tele-town halls with Schieffer. A new voice-controlled Google software facilitates the discussion. The first hangout is scheduled for Thursday. Excerpts will air on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”

In a brief party speech Schieffer joked that he’s worried about participants in the hangouts using software that puts “ears and horns” on his face on the screen. “I can’t wait for someone to be rude to me,” he said.

Everyone at the party seemed to admire Scheiffer, chatting him up and speaking fondly of him to one another. “So goes Bob, so goes the network,” we overheard one attendee say.

Notables

Others spotted at the party: CBS White House Correspondents Bill Plante and Norah O’Donnell, Political Director John Dickerson, Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone, CNN’s Peter Hamby and the Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, who was surprisingly verbal even though her rumored policy is to give FBDC the cold shoulder.

Quotable

“I can’t believe FishbowlDC isn’t drinking” — CBS Vice President of Programming Chris Licht.

It’s Helen’s Party and She Can Go If She Wants To

HuffPost‘s media writer Michael Calderone wrote a story Tuesday on White House veteran reporter Helen Thomas being turned down for a full table at the upcoming White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner.

In his first version, Calderone reported that the Association turned down Thomas’ request for a full table. Soon, however, there was a “clarification.” Thomas had always known that as a past president of WHCA she would be able to purchase two tickets for the dinner. But she was greedy. With her impressive resume (which includes a spread in Playboy) she wanted the whole goddamn table. That two ticket offer still stands, Calderone wrote in a parenthesis he added to a later version with a “clarification.”

Is it news to say a former journalist can’t buy a whole table for an event that’s always overcrowded and inevitably has news organizations whining about not having enough seats? It isn’t against Association rules for any one person to buy a table. It just isn’t typically done. “Given how tight the room is (I think we have refunded more than one thousand seat requests this year) I can’t imagine any single person getting a whole table, but I don’t think there is any rule against it,” said SiriusXM’s Julie Mason, who sits on the board. “Usually an unaffiliated member — like a freelancer, or single-member bureau — gets a couple of tickets.”

While the insider letters exchanged between Thomas and the Association are interesting along with the history that she paved the way for female reporters to attend the dinner, the lede was inflated. Helen doesn’t get a table? No one person would likely ever get a table. Not even HuffPost‘s own Arianna Huffington can get all the tables she wants, no matter how much she complains.

What many Washington insiders feel is this: The evening is WHCA’s annual fundraiser, not a celebration of Helen. She is feted, celebrated, awarded and paid tribute at a level that could make a person vomit. Maybe HuffPost would like to give up one of their tables? We can hear Arianna screaming now.

Commenters on the story are sublime. For her: “She deserves a table…this is sickening.” And, “She did journalism and women a favor with her determination, talent and courage. The profession owes her.” And, “Let her have her last harrah [sic] she has earned it!!!!!!!!!!!” Or, “It’s beyond petty of the WHCA to do this to Helen Thomas, they should be ashamed of themselves.” Or, “She earned her place at that table. One comment and she gets fried.” Against her: “I know she is old but we can’t always expect more than what is fair because of it.” And, “Sense of entitlement runs deep in these former elite talking heads.” And, “It’s her choice to go and have a good time or sulk because she’s ONLY being accomodated like former Presidents.” Many questioned why it was a news story in the first place. “I wonder if I write a letter to President Obama for a personal audience and get I turned down, to whom should I submit this for a news story?”

Ultimately, the news is this: Helen can purchase two tickets. It’s her party and she can go if she wants to.

Calderone Gets Scoop on Amanpour

In what has been a very weird news day, in the end, HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone got the scoop that everyone basically already knew: ABC’s Christiane Amanpour is leaving ABC’s “This Week” to start up a new program on CNN International. She’ll remain at ABC.

NYP’s Page Six hinted weeks ago that Amanpour was on her way out the door. But earlier today NYT‘s Brian Stelter committed an online snafu when he tweeted that he’d heard the news from a single source. That was meant to be a Direct Message not a tweet. OOPS! Nonetheless, outlets like Poynter wrote on his premature act extensively and WaPo‘s opinion media blogger Erik Wemple declared him a pioneer journalist.

Soon enough, Calderone weaseled his way in and grabbed the story. We’re not sure who ought to be commended here. Officially Calderone, but unofficially — Page Six?

So now the race is on — will Jake Tapper finally land the “This Week” slot that so many thought he should have already gotten? Come on, Stelter, DM us!

UPDATE: ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will resume hosting “This Week” as well as “GMA.” See the memos from CNN’s Jim Walton and Amanpour after the jump…

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Happy Drudge Day!

Don’t be surprised if you can’t reach your contacts at the DC Examiner today.  We suspect that Stephen Smith and most of his staff have chosen to celebrate this most sacred of holidays at home with close friends and family.  It is after all Matt Drudge‘s birthday.

Yes indeed, the man responsible for funneling millions of readers to Washington news sites each and every day is celebrating his 45th this rainy Thursday morn.  Drudge shares his b-day with Kelly Osbourne, Marla Maples, and Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone.

Thanks for the memories.  Thanks for the links.  Hats…er, fedoras off to you!

VandeHei Voices Disdain for Habitual Tweeting

Mark McKinnon, political communications strategist and columnist for The Daily Beast, chatted with Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei over the weekend at the Shorenstein Center’s 25th celebration at Harvard Kennedy School. What emerged might surprise you.

Among the topics: Twitter. Watch out Politico scribes. “I don’t like reporters tweeting when they should be reporting,” said VandeHei. “If they are doing it right, they are reporting.”

His own Twitter habits are anorexic. VandeHei has never written a single tweet, but has 716 followers and follows 144. In the mix of those he follows are USA Today‘s Susan Page, HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone, CBS’s Norah O’Donnell, GMA’s George Stephanopoulos, MSNBC “Morning Joe” Hosts Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist, NJ‘s Marc Ambinder and Susan Davis, CNN’s Candy Crowley, Dana Bash and John King, ABC’s Jake Tapper, NYT Jeff Zeleny, Mark Leibovich and Carl Hulse, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, and WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman to name a few. He doesn’t follow every Politico reporter, but he follows usual suspects like Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Jonathan Allen, James Hohmann, Ben Smith and Jake Sherman. He’s also still following Kendra Marr, who was recently forced to resign for plagiarism.

In the Harvard interview, VandeHei noted that the problem with young recent grads he interviews today is they’re brilliant, but incapable of shifting through large quantities of information. He described many  as very smart but “incapable of coherence.” He went on to talk about the importance of oversight, saying, “editors are essential.” The Politico co-founder also  introduced uncommon journalism lingo into the conversation as he discussed “deeper dive” pieces. He calls them key to the future of journalism. He said Mike Allen has the most “readers” and “feeders.” He showered Allen with praise, saying he has a “special gift of getting people to talk. He’s nice, trusted.”

For those waiting fitfully for the day when VandeHei utters his first tweet he’s at @JimVandeHei. But don’t hold your breath.

Guess Who’ll Be Writing for Bloomberg’s Editorial Section?

HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone is reporting that none other than famed WaPo columnist Ezra Klein (looking rather muscular here) will regularly contribute editorials to Bloomberg View. He joins a roster that includes Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, former OMB director Peter Orszag, The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, and Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt.

Not to worry, Klein will keep his job at WaPo, as will Goldberg at the Atlantic.

Read more about the new section here.

Jon Ward: Moving so Soon?

Jon Ward was a White House reporter for TWT before moving to The Daily Caller, where he worked for the past year. In early February, he left The Daily Caller to move to The Daily. Now, less than one month into his new job, he’s moving again, this time, ideologically — to HuffPost to be Senior Political Reporter.

Ward was on this morning’s roster of scribes moving to HuffPost. The announcement includes a variety of “senior” level reporters. Yahoo! News‘s Michael Calderone, will be the Senior Media Reporter, NYT’s Tremayne Lee (Senior Reporter), and NY Daily News‘s Michael McAuliffe (Senior Congressional Reporter). Bonnie Kavoussi, a ripe Harvard grad, has been named Business Reporter, and Lucas Kavner, founding editor of Unigo, which covered college life, will be Entertainment Reporter.

Arianna Steals Calderone from Yahoo

Calderone posing with a Huffington-themed pillow in Oct '10

Media reporter Michael Calderone is moving on from Yahoo after just one year.  Calderone confirmed via Twitter that Arianna Huffington has recruited him to join the new AOL-Huffington Post conglomerate.  Huffington broke the news of his hire while speaking on a panel at paidContent’s conference in New York this afternoon.

@mlcalderone: Arianna broke the news! Yes, I’ll be starting at huffpost in mid april. Very excited (but also will miss the great yahoo blog team).

Before joining Yahoo in April of 2010, Calderone covered the media beat for Politico.  He is a former New York Observer reporter and has the rare distinction of being named both one of Keith Olbermann’s “Worst Persons in the World” and one of Bill O’Reilly’s “pinheads.”

Congrats to Michael!

Politico’s Rozen Bolts to Yahoo News!

Laura Rozen, Politico‘s chief foreign policy reporter, is leaving the publication for Yahoo News!

Yahoo News!’s Michael Calderone, the former media writer for Politico, broke the news earlier today. Rozen will be stationed out of the Washington bureau. She’ll write a new blog called The Envoy.

Though she has a cadre of high-powered sources, it’s known that she rubs some of her fellow State Department beat reporters the wrong way. We attempted to reach her for comment, but her voicemail mailbox is full and cannot accept messages at this time. We also emailed her.

Rozen went to work for Politico in August 2009. She had previously been employed for Foreign Policy Magazine. At the time, VandeHarris called “The Cable,” which was Rozen’s web column, “a must read for the Washington foreign policy community and beyond.” They released that news to staff in an internal memo.

Rozen’s new bosses seem equally enthused by her. In release, Dave Morgan, Yahoo!’s executive editor of North American audiences, said “the addition of Laura to The Upshot team is another example of how the Yahoo! News blogs have established themselves not only as a home to one of the industry’s largest audiences, but also a magnet for the industry’s best talent.”

It is uncertain whether Politico‘s “Laura Rozen: On Foreign Policy” blog will remain once Rosen goes. Obviously her name will depart. But will a new one fill her space, or will it be more generic like On Media that once bore Calderone’s name and cartoon graphic? “It’s simply too early for us to know what we’ll be doing long-term,” Editor-in-Chief John Harris told FishbowlDC by email. “We do not have a near-term replacement for Laura so this blog will go on hiatus at least for a while.”

Read the full story here.

Carney Afternoon Reading List 2.16.11

Publications around town and beyond offered their takes on Jay Carney‘s first day in the briefing room as White House Press Secretary. WhiteHouseDossier.com’s Keith Koffler offered a simple live stream after two days worth of Carney stories. Here’s a brief reading list:

*Politico’s Patrick Gavin writes an amusing comparison on Carney to former press secs such as Dana Perino, the late Tony Snow, Scott McLellan, Ari Fleischer and Robert Gibbs. He compares opening statements, length of pressers, signature phrase, best one-liner, laughter and more. Read here.

*Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone, meanwhile, took more of a thorough news story approach and at the end of the piece added tweets from CBS News’s Mark Knoller and ABC News’s Jake Tapper on their reactions to Carney. Read here.

*The Hill‘s Sam Youngman‘s piece on Carney’s debut has a more insidery feel, explaining that the new press secretary picked reporters rarely called on in the briefings. Read here.

*NJ‘s Aamer Madhani had this take on the style and tone of Carney’s first day. He wrote, “With his first turn at the White House podium, the new press secretary didn’t make any news, but he still managed to win some points with the press corps. His answers were concise.” He pointed out, “Carney did his fair share of spinning today.”

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