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Say Hello to Capitol File’s New Editor-in-Chief

Capitol File is finally announcing its new Editor-in-Chief. It’s Elizabeth Thorp. President and COO Katherine Nicholls and Editorial Director Mandi Norwood made the official announcement this morning. Others considered for the position included former Washington Life’s former executive Michael Clements, who is now the “Chief Creative Enabler” of ArtJamz, LLC and Aspen Institute’s Karen Sommer Shalett, former editor of DC Magazine.

“Capitol File is a unique combination of sophistication, urban glamour and high society,” Thorp told FishbowlDC. “As a reader and contributor since its launch 8 years ago, I am thrilled to take the helm as Editor in Chief.”

She said she definitely plans to bring new contributors on board.

Thorp brings more than 21 years of experience in public affairs and editorial to the magazine. She has contributed to HuffPost, National Geographic as well as Capitol File. She also created Poshbrood.com, an award-winning, upscale family travel website. Read more

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo finds horse shit in WaPo

Jim Newell, this could win a ‘reverse Pulitzer’ for shittiest article of 2012.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams to the ex-Gawker Political Editor. Adams linked to a WaPo story by ex-Style Editor turned campaign trail writer Ned Martel about Ann Romney and her deep love of horses. Romney is strangely into dressage…which is, er, horse ballet.

Rush’s bro stirs the pot

“At some point, conservatives better realize how organized the left is & how determined they are to silence our side. We ignore at our peril.” — Lawyer and syndicated columnist David Limbaugh, who will likely talk to you on the record providing you’re a conservative journalist.

Journo discusses blowjob workshop

“And then the term ‘blowjob workshop’ came up. Apparently one was covered by a journo here. Huzzah!” — WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates, who previously tweeted about “fisting.” We have no words for this one.

Emily issues a special warning!

“Warning: the season finale of #Bachelor airs now and I will watch and tweet even though US Weekly spoiled the end.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller.

Journo Clusterf&%k!

FNC’s Ed Henry: “Wait WHAT??: After answering Q on Afghan, Santorum said: “I’m the only person in this race that has any experience as commander in chief”. BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller: “Erin McPike reports Santorum said ‘TO BE’ commander in chief. RCP’s Erin McPike: “Ed Henry, we listened to it several times – it was ‘to be.’ That was my mistake.”

Perplexing…

“I don’t understand people who exercise at the gym wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt, or boots for that matter.” — Don Irvine.

Classic Dave Hughes: The Thief

“CNN lifts commentator Roland Martin’s suspension after homophobic Tweet during Super Bowl” — DCRTV’s Dave Hughes acting like he broke the news that CNN has lifted Roland Martin‘s suspension. Watch out, D.C. scribes. Traditional attribution rules apparently don’t apply to him.

Journo sets goals for himself. Are they elusive?

“Goal: Someday, I will have ‘people’ who file expenses for me. I’ll also have children, who will make expenses for me.” — Military TimesDan Lamothe.

Journos conjure up stupid questions for Carney

“Jay, was Bo’s run across the South Lawn yesterday an official event or a political one?#thingsthatwontgetasked” — NBC News’s Shawna Thomas. “Who paid for the pooper scooper and plastic baggies?!?!” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I’m at Blue Duck Tavern (Washington, DC) 4sq.com/zmFC8p” — Washington Life‘s Executive Editor Michael Clements.

The intrepid Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Overheard at the airport…

“Heard at DCA ‘will the owner of a loose chihuahua please return to the security checkpoint.’” — VP, Bureau Chief, NBC News Washington Bureau Antoine Sanfuentes. We can only hope the pooch was wearing this getup.

A writer and porn

“I bet porn consumption drops a lot during the #superbowl” — Washington freelancer and resident National Press Club troublemaker and crusader Sam Husseini (Husseini, who works for the Institute for Public Accuracy and blogs for washingtonstakeout.com, was briefly suspended from the club late last year for posing questions perceived to be inappropriate at a presser.)

Twitter Shame

“There needs to be a word for when you tweet something you think is really hilarious and nobody retweets it.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary.

Roger gets racy regarding Newt

“Does Newt know how to give good press or what?” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Editor makes predictions on Madonna’s nipples

“SuperBowl prediction. Madonna shows both nipples. She’s too competitive too let Janet Jackson beat her at her own game.” — Washington Life Exec. Editor Michael Clements.

The Media Critic

“CNN has is now broadcasting a live count of votes. It’s as exciting as it sounds.” — Reason Mag and TWT movie reviewer Peter Suderman.

Journos give Newt crap for a change

“Topics Newt needs to avoid to preserve the sanity illusion: himself, mitt, janitors, the moon, ‘historian’” — WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin. An observation on Newt…“Anyone else notice how much time Newt seems to have to read the papers?” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

A warning from The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox: “I better warn folks that I may not be able to experience this event ironically. Large groups of people sincerely singing can get to me.” (She attended a Rick Santorum campaign event in which attendees were saving seats with Bibles. Note her accompanying photograph.)

Journo Love

“[Bret Baier] does a great job responding to his Twitter critics, even gave them a voice on the air. Bet a lotta anchors blow ‘em off.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Passionate reactions to Komen segment on Reliable. Regardless of your view, of course the underlying issue in the flap is abortion.” — The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz. Really. The underlying flap is abortion?

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day II

“LOL and ZOMG are the only two expressions you need to know to report or understand campaign coverage.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in an observation that could truly, easily be ignored.

 

Snapshot: Jazz Night Reels in Socialite Journos

NBC 4′s John Schriffen with his sister GWU Law’s Lara Schriffen and One Lounge Co-owner Seth McClelland. Photo credit: Dave Phillipich

Last night, Dupont Circle’s One Lounge featured The Pete Muldoon Band to kick off their first jazz night. Owners Seth McClelland and Niko Papademetriou enjoyed the evening with notable friends of the restaurant including Schriffen, KStreetKate’s Kate Michael, Washington Life Magazine’s Michael Clements and his wife Anchyi Wei and Luxxery Medical Spa’s Hiba Hakki among others.

Haddad and Fischer Host Luxe Lunch for McCormick

You know you’re one hell of a flack when a flock of journos bust their midday beat to break bread in your honor.  And such is the case of Kelley McCormick,  former partner at Qorvis Communications and Reese Witherspoon lookalike.  McCormick and her new role as Gibraltar Associates COO were toasted yesterday at a swanky lunch hosted by “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and the one and only Tammy Haddad.

Nearly 40 guests mingled over champagne before sitting down to a three-course wine luncheon of split pea soup with creme fraiche, bacon-garnished crab cake and tasty dessert.  Both Fischer and Haddad shared kind words about their friend before Gibraltar CEO Eric Bovim raised a glass to McCormick, gushing “I can’t imagine doing this without her.”

Attendees of the fancy-pants lunch fete included Politico’s Mike Allen, NBC White House producer Alicia Jennings, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, The Hill’s Kate Oczypok, DC’s Karen Sommer Shalett, Janet Donovan, Cap File’s Kate Bennett and Sarah Schaffer, Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie, Kiki Ryan, Bloomberg’s Ha Chan, Tracy Sefl, Washingtonian’s Sophie Gilbert, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Emily Lenzner, Poshbrood’s Elizabeth Thorp, Twitter’s Adam Sharp, WBJ‘s Jen Nycz-Conner and SELF‘s Marc Adleman.  Congrats to Kelley!

L to R: Betsy Fischer, Mike Allen, Kate Bennett, Halle Mayes, Tammy Haddad, Marc Adelman, Kelley McCormick.

*All photos courtesy of Haddad Media.

Creative Inspiration at Wash Life’s YGL Fete

Aureta Thomollari,WL's John Arundel, Politico's Karin Tanabe

Over 600 guests filed into Long View Gallery on Friday night for Washington Life‘s annual “Young and the Guest List” party to honor the mag’s picks for the city’s top 250 movers and shakers under the age of 40.  Themed “Creative Inspiration,” the event’s guest donned bright colors, progressive patterns and even feathered hair pieces.  One of the most enjoyable YGL events of the past several years, the fete was the creative collaboration of Washington Life and Andre Wells, with sponsors like Juicy Couture, General Motors, and Rogue 24, Chef RJ Cooper‘s “urban fine dining institution.”

The perfect combination of food, fashion and art offered YGLers and their guests an exciting yet relaxing escape from the humdrum events that plague D.C..  As always, the evening’s honorees were showered with presents from WL‘s swanky swag bags at the end of the evening (though we missed out on the treasures within because FishbowlDC stupidly went out the back door to avoid the crowds…and ultimately the gift bags).

The breakdown of the Young and the Guest List looks like this:  150 business leaders, 53 White House and Cap Hill staffers, 35 members of the media, 11 restaurateurs, 7 athletes and 3 diplomats.  For more info or to see the complete list, visit Washington Life here

L: The event’s entertainers R:  Newlyweds WL’s Michael Clements and Anchyi Wei

Journos Check Out Chekhov

Those crazy kids of the Picnic Theater Company were at it again over the weekend. Selling out two straight performances, Washington Life‘s Michael Clements, Suspicious Package’s Christina Sevilla, Napoleon restauranteur Omar Popal, World Bank’s Bruce MacPhail, NIH’s Oli Robinson and  filmmaker Karim Chrobog, staged “An Evening with Anton Chekhov” at the Washington Club in Dupont Circle.  Spotted in the audience: The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta, CNN’s Elise Labott, NYT‘s Eric Lipton, Boston Globe‘s Farah Stockman, WaPo‘s Nancy TrejosNurith Aizenmann and  Annie Gowen, Tim Burger, Ashcroft Group’s Juleanna Glover, Christopher Reiter of Muleh, K Street Kate Michael.  Proceeds benefitted the Helen Hayes Award theater programs for DC kids.

Are You On the Guest List? Find Out This Week.

Coverboy Andrew Noyes of Facebook, former National Journal reporter.

It’s that time of year when the city’s  youthful so-and-sos comb carefully through Washington Life‘s latest issue in hopes of spotting their names…Yes, it’s “Young & the Guest List” season and 2011 marks the fifth anniversary of the magazine’s annual list honoring 250 of Washington’s youngest power players with a little press bump, yearlong bragging rights and access to the magazine’s exclusive and lavish YGL fete.

Out on newsstands early next week, this year’s issue recognizes 150 business leaders, 53 White House and Capitol Hill staffers, 11 restaurateurs, seven athletes and three diplomats.   Thirty-five media types round out the group of movers and shakers.

“Media is sport in Washington and the young professionals playing on the press pitch each day serve an important role in defining the city’s DNA,” Washington Life‘s Michael Clements explained to FishbowlDC.  “We set out to strike a good balance between political, social and arts outlets as well as editorial, digital and business sides of the equation,” Clements added.

Journos who made the cut this year include WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Karin Tanabe, The Daily’s Jon Ward, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie, Emily Miller from Human Events, NBC’s Norah O’Donnell, Examiner‘s Katy Adams, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour and Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff.

The full feature will go live on the Web this week.  Until then, check out the YGLs of yesteryear on WL‘s website.

Washington Life Editor Names Party Has-Beens

On Sunday, Washington’s well-known PR duo of Jayne Sandman and Barbara Martin graced the cover of NYT‘s Style section in a gushing profile that could only be construed as positive. What wasn’t surprising to D.C. journos is their elevated name recognition, Martin’s self-deprecating humor or that turkeys stayed at the W Hotel, their client, in anticipation of the White House turkey pardoning.

Sandman and Martin, of BrandLinkDC, were beyond ecstatic about the story. “Jayne and I (she in Cape Cod, me on the Eastern Shore) were both up at the crack of dawn on Sunday, each trying desperately to find a copy anywhere,” Martin told FishbowlDC. “Our parents were all so proud–I think between both of our families, we now have at least 30 copies.”

What was surprising about the story (aside from mention of Sandman’s swelled, pregnant belly and voluptuous figure with accompanying bosom shot), however, was Washington Life‘s Executive Editor Michael Clements, who was quoted calling MSNBC’s “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews, CNN’s longtime anchor Wolf Blitzer and Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry Washington party circuit has-beens. The quotes won’t endear Clements to TV execs and pr in certain Washington media circles.

The damning excerpt:

Previously, “a typical D.C. event revolved around philanthropic charitable causes,” said Michael Clements, executive editor for Washington Life magazine, explaining how the landscape has changed. “We’re really big on book launches, of political books, held at someone’s house in Kalorama. They’d bring in a caterer, inviting mostly media and politicians, and media in the sense of Chris Matthews, Wolf Blitzer, Ed Henry — those were D.C. celebs. It was very wonky.”

Sandman-Martin events, the piece said, bring in a new splash of celebs like John Legend, Adrian Grenier and Andre Agassi.

Read the full story here.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Score: Washington Examiner‘s gossip maven Nikki Schwab wins a new red Nikon Coolpix camera at the office holiday party in a raffle. Twenty plus prizes, including an iPad, iPod Touch, jewelry and more, were given away. Those who won included Editor Stephen Smith, and reporters Scott McCabe and Freedom Klopott.

Take that: “Damn your dumb bitch.”the tweet that caused Sen. Jim DeMint‘s speechwriter Amanda Carpenter to block someone. Carpenter is a former TWT columnist and Townhall.com political writer.

Journo heaven

“I love it when a breaking pile of scoop lands in my lap.” — J. Freedom du Lac in a Friday tweet.

Meghan McCain issues warning

“If u send me a death threat all that happens is ur shit goes to the FBI and I may have to be followed around by men in black action figures.” — The Daily Beast columnist and Sen. John McCain’s daughter, Meghan McCain, in a weekend tweet.

A journo’s compelling question

“Is there research that compels radio stations to keep playing “blinded by the light.” What is audience 4 that? How does fm radio survive?” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin in a weekend tweet.

How Ana Marie Cox amuses herself

“Amusing self with fact that in between my watching of Bravo reality shows on DVR, TV flips to C-SPAN. #nerdy #trashy.” — GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox in a weekend tweet.

Editor has trouble feeling her face

“OK, they may not be kidding about the whole 9 degrees thing. Unsure I can feel my face.” — Washington Examiner Features Editor Jacque Jo Bland in a weekend tweet.

Star sighting

“Just saw Angela Lansbury at Union Station. Kennedy Center honors? First thought, she’s tall.” — ABC News’s Amy Walter in a weekend tweet.

Scribe needs help with salami

“My son just had to give me tech help on how to open salami package.” Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson in a weekend tweet.

Olbermann upholds his manhood

“A woman who advocates assassinating doctors writes today asking how many abortions I’ve had. I think the anatomical cluelessness says it all.” — MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann in a Sunday tweet.

It’s a coincidence

“I’m Michael buying art supplies at Michael’s. Ironic? perhaps. All I know is that its early 4 a sunday! (@ Michael’s Art Supply)” — Washington Life‘s Michael Clements in a weekend tweet.

Fleischer urges Helen bashing

“I hope the media won’t be silent about HT. Whatever good she did has come undone. She deserves rebuke 4 now standing by ‘Jews Go Home.’” — Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a Sunday tweet. The news is that Wayne State U. Wayne State Univ. suspended Helen Thomas Diversity Award post scandal. Read more about the issue on Freep.com here. Read the Mediate story here.

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