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“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.
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
Quotes of the Day
“The tweeties. What are they called? They were blowing up today.” — Actress Rosie Perez on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” last night in reference to Twitter.
Oh no he didn’t.
Speaking of Candy…
“Modern campaigns are endless exercises in caution and cowardice. This Candy episode is only the latest example. Toughen up, folks.” — Reuters’ Sam Youngman. In other Youngman news...”With 22 days to go, I need a haircut, some clean clothes and a Keith Richards-style blood change. It don’t get no funner though.”
“You know what I think is really screwed up? The number of people commenting on a reporter’s physical appearance. Learn some manners.” — DoubleThink‘s J.P. Freire, disgusted after reading negative comments about Candy Crowley’s weight online. He told FishbowlDC, “Saw a few tweets about it that were so upsetting — and from men too. One thing I’ll never get is some men’s willingness to offer commentary on a woman’s physical appearance as though (a) they’re qualified judges given their own defects (b) they have any taste to brag about (c) they think all a woman has to offer is her looks and (d) anyone would care after such statements. Anyway I was just being indignant.”
Perks: “Nutella giveaway at the Metro. Breakfast of champions” — The Atlantic‘s Brian Fung.
“Even the most contrite confession is incomplete without penance, reparation. Our political class needs to learn that — both parties.” — Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.
Recipe for a five car pileup
Journo speaks of computer like it’s human
“There’s something so poignant about my laptop installing updates as I’m about to get rid of it. The poor thing has no idea.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.
Politico‘s Mike Allen took a shell shocking five consecutive days off last week. As we’ve reported ad nauseam, it was his first time off since the summer of 2009. He apparently spent the time fishing (and we imagine his time off looked something like this fisherman to your left). We’ve been hearing strong murmurings from inside Politico that he was forced to take the time off.
Then again, we were asked a number of questions throughout this awkward expanse of time — was he sick? Hasn’t he lost a lot of weight? Well, the weight loss has been coming. He’s been dieting for awhile.
Even CELEBRITY Playbooker Editor-in-Chief John Harris felt the need to acknowledge the rumors, writing on Saturday, “Judging by my e-mails, some of you are concerned about the whereabouts of Mike Allen (and, by implication, not entirely satisfied with this week’s substitutes). My question to you: Can’t the guy be allowed to take a freakin’ vacation? …I got numerous inquiries asking if he was sick, should we send flowers, bail money, etc. Rest assured: Mike does indeed take time off, and, based on my evidence, he goes pretty damn far off the grid when he does. He is presently at a secure, undisclosed location and the other day went fishing on the Penobscot River (if you have Google the location is no longer undisclosed.) A source reports: He caught a salmon. And, in a move that locavores will applaud, he promptly ate it. He’ll be back tomorrow, well-fed and well-rested.”
But whoops that wasn’t true! Harris had jumped the gun saying Allen would return Sunday. Were their special satellite phones not working?
Throughout the week, various “guest” and “celebrity” Playbookers filled in. First there was ABC’s Jonathan Karl (a guest) and TIME‘s Michael Crowley (guest). Even those inside Politico wondered why they didn’t find in-house replacement. Brass then swapped in Harris (obviously a celebrity) and Politico right-hand man extraordinaire James Hohmann (celebrity light).
On Sunday Hohmann had to walk back Allen’s supposed Sunday return and break the news that he wouldn’t return until Monday.
The Fisherman Returns…
Funny. When Politico goes outside the confines of its home, the Playbookers are called “guests.” But when they go inside? He’s a celebrity.
Politico‘s Mike Allen has taken a whopping (at least for him) three days of vacation this week from the Playbook prison. We remind you that he hasn’t taken a day off since August 2009. On day 1 their “guest” was ABC’s Jonathan Karl. On day 2 their “guest” was TIME‘s Michael Crowley. By today, day 3, they brought in the big gun “CELEBRITY PLAYBOOKER” Editor-in-Chief John Harris to tackle the job.
Mike, we hope you’re enjoying your time off and not doing any Playbook consulting, although we think you’re doing a little. We’re glad your bosses finally mustered the confidence to let someone within your workplace sub for you.
Today is Politico Mike Allen‘s second day off since August 2009. Once again Politico has oddly gone off the reservation of its Arlington headquarters to find his replacement.
Yesterday it was ABC’s Jonathan Karl. Today’s “Guest Playbooker” is TIME‘s Michael Crowley. Crowley takes the opportunity to feature TIME‘s cover story by his boss, Richard Stengel. He writes, “Excerpts (and not just because he’s the boss!”) Yeah, riiight.
Allen does typically feature TIME‘s cover. Still, something doesn’t smell right here. Graphs devoted to TIME including highlighting a story by Mark Halerpin: 10.
UPDATE: Crowley wrote into FishbowlDC with a note of explanation: “Mike Allen typically gives generous space to spotlight TIME on Thursdays, when our new issues are out. (He devoted six graphs to our issue on April 12.) I told him in advance that I planned to tout this week’s issue, and he agreed that a Stengel cover story is extra-interesting. It was an honor to sit in for him, not least because people take their Playbook so seriously!”
At 10:38 p.m. last night, The Daily Caller broke a story by Jonathan Strong about presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) getting stress related migraines that require heavy duty medication. The publication allowed for off-the-record sourcing to protect ex-employees who provided information.
The hour was a strange one to break a story. But consider that other news outlets and reporters, such as ABC News Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, were reportedly hot on the trail of Bachmann’s migraines and subsequent use of pills. Ross escorted Bachmann to her car and was grabbed roughly by two security guards, as reported on Twitter about 30 minutes ago by TIME‘s Senior Correspondent Michael Crowley. So time was of essence. A favorite line in the story involved Bachmann’s shoes. Strong wrote, “To staff, Bachmann has implausibly blamed the headaches on uncomfortable high-heel shoes, but those who have worked closely with her cite stress, a busy schedule and anything going badly for Bachmann as causes.”
Members of the online media didn’t take long to pounce on the story in both favorable and unfavorable ways. Drudge picked it up pretty quickly this morning. The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green wrote a spin-off story about how Bachmann, if elected president, would be one in a long line of presidents with ailments. He went deep into the bowels (pun intended) of history, writing about the anal fissure of James Garfield, the colonic polyps of George W. Bush and a flu that caused George H. Bush to vomit on the Prime Minister of Japan.
Politico blogger Ben Smith, who has had sharp differences with Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson in the past, meanwhile, took the opportunity to go on the attack. He insisted on Twitter that suggesting that migraines make Bachmann unsuitable for the Oval Office is wrong and should be reworded. “Daily Caller suggests migraines make Bachmann unfit to be POTUS,” he wrote.
Carlson fired back in a few tweets, “We did not suggest that. Please correct. That’s a direct quote from a former aide, not editorializing from us, as the piece makes clear.”
Smith replied, “”Maybe ‘raises question’ rather than ‘suggests.” He later appeared to minimally apologize to Strong, writing, “Serves me right for tweeting your interesting, well-reported story which has no implications for ’12. Apologies, misread. Though I think somebody hacked your account and tweeted that the headaches were “potentially disqualifying.”
Smith and Strong are apparently back on relatively good terms this afternoon.
But not everyone even at Politico shared Smith’s critiques. Mike Allen, who hasn’t linked to The Daily Caller in a long while, featured it in this morning’s Playbook. And Ken Vogel publicly praised Strong, showing that those at Politico don’t necessarily speak for the entire publication. “Kudos to @j_strong & @DailyCaller for the responsible way they handled Michele Bachmann migraine scoop #SolidJournalism,” Vogel wrote on Twitter.
Managing Editor of TIME.com Jim Frederick and Rick Stengel, the managing editor of TIME, announced today the re-launch of their popular Swampland blog. In addition, TIME.com welcomed to the blogosphere “Battleland.” Led by Pentagon and defense correspondent Mark Thompson, Battleland will serve as TIME.com’s desitination for U.S. military and defense issues. Additional contributors will include Eben Harrell, Massimo Calabresi, Mark Benjamin, Ishaan Tharoor, and Dave Deptula.
To check out Swampland’s new and improved design, longer enterprise stories, photo galleries, Twitter streams and viewpoints, click here. And catch up on national security headlines and issues via Battleland here.
Memo from Stengel and Frederick after the jump.
Today TNR.com Editor Greg Veis announces two additions to its web team: Barron YoungSmith and Seyward Darby (pictured above) have been named deputy editors. Both are former reporter-researchers at the magazine.
Chloë Schama (below right) has replaced Darby as Assistant Managing Editor. Schama is a former Assistant Literary Editor at the magazine. She has an M.Phil. in English from Cambridge and graduated from Harvard. Schama is the author of Wild Romance: A Victorian Story of a Marriage, a Trial, and a Self-Made Woman (Walker Books 2010).
Laura Bennett (below left) has been named Assistant Literary Editor. She graduated from Yale where she was editor-in-chief of the The Yale Herald and the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship.
TNR also introduced its 2010-2011 class of reporter-researchers. Find out who they are and see where they might go. We have the list as well as noteworthy alumni after the jump…