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Atlantic Media Launches ‘State & Local’

GovExec_S&LAtlantic Media today launched its expansion from federal government current events coverage for Government Executive to city, county, and state government news and analysis. The new line of focus will include coverage of technology, health care, citizen services, infrastructure, security, transportation, and finance.

Government Executive’s state and local coverage is led by Michael Grass, who was hired in May following an April announcement of the intended news coverage expansion.

“As I’ve been talking with local government practitioners across the country, so many are innovating and serving their residents in new and exciting ways,” said Grass. “Government Executive State & Local will amplify these success stories.” Read more

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Huff Post’s Michael Grass to Join Government Executive as Senior Editor

This afternoon, Atlantic Media has announced the hire of Michael Grass as senior editor of its state and local brand – Government Executive. Well known in DC as a founding co-editor of, Grass was most recently with The Huffington Post where he covered local DC, Maryland, and Virginia news. Prior to that, he was an editor at the Washington City Paper, managing editor of the New York Observer’s, and local editor of the Washington Post Express.

EVP and editor-in-chief of Government Executive Media Group Tom Shoop said of Grass, “His pedigree in digital journalism and passion for state and local issues makes him the perfect person to launch our state and local coverage.”

Set to launch Summer 2014, the state and local initiative will be in digital and for mobile and incorporate events.

Click through for the full announcement. Read more

Morning Chatter

HEY, IT HAPPENS: Journo’s mother-in-law confuses BuzzFeed for “BizzJizz”

“Confused Cuban mother-in-law after meeting our friends from @BuzzFeed: ‘Those reporters from that cat site BizzJizz are so nice.’”  — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

BOLD STEP-NOTICE THE TOES: “My weight. One year ago today I was 118 and felt fat. I feel good about this actually. #obsessed” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi.

Intriguing job opportunity in Cairo

“I’m looking for a fabulous videojournalist based in Cairo. Email me at anup[dot]kaphle[at]washpost with few links to your previous work.” — Anup Kaphle, digital foreign editor, WaPo.

In corned beef news…

“Hey @BuzzFeedBen Having lunch at Shapiro’s in Indy, where the corned beef is still respectable and the wifi ain’t half bad” — Politico‘s new longform magazine writer Glenn Thrush.

Correspondent encounters random act of kindness

“Had a less than stellar morning, then ran into a #GMW viewer at CVS who gave me a really nice compliment. Day made! Thank you stranger! :) ” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji.

Important Q to Ponder: “Does @mboyle1 do anything but troll actual reporters?” — TIME‘s Dan Hirschhorn, who formerly worked at Politico.

Even More Important Q to Ponder: ‘What’s the deal on ‘pretzel rolls?’ Suddenly it’s the bun of choice for everything.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

Reporter speaks directly to Egyptian generals

“Hey Egyptian generals, not gonna tell you how to run your country, but you’re supposed to protect your civilians, not kill them. Just saying.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green at 7:28 a.m.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:34 a.m.

GOP consultant has strong feelings about Graham challenger

“I’ve never heard of Lindsey Graham’s primary challenger before but this statement just screams ignorant jackass.” — Brian Walsh, partner with Singer Bonjean Strategies, who links to this story in HuffPost stating that the challenger says Graham is a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood. (Honestly we just wanted an excuse to run the nun picture again.)

Chef Geoff examines upshot of a haircut

“The good thing about a haircut is less gray hair. The bad part is the ratio stays the same. #40+” — Chef Geoff Tracy (a.k.a. Mr. Norah O’Donnell).

Reporter confuses “Morning Joe” for feeling tanked

“Thought I woke up drunk but it was just that I’ve been watching Morning Joe since 6am.” — Buzzfeed‘s Dorsey Shaw.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between founding co-editor of DCist Michael Grass and WaPo’s Tim Craig. This one will keep you on the edge of your seat.

GRASS: “A friend who moved to DC from overseas has been having a problem with DC water making hair fall out.”

CRAIG: “How do u know from water?”

GRASS: “A hairdresser told him that mass hair loss is not unheard of for people going from untreated water systems to D.C. water.” And…”He’s headed to Cairo tomorrow to cover protests so we’ll see if the problem continues upon his return to D.C.”

HuffPost Editor Needs a Spanking

When you’re name is Michael Grass, it’s nearly impossible to resist invoking the expression “your ass is grass.” And since it’s his birthday — and trust us, he wants you to know about this special circumstance that happens to everyone about once a year — we’ll try our best to refrain for just one day. After all, he is founding editor of HuffPost DC, which ranks right up there with “Khloe and Lamar” and Lindsay Lohan‘s new Lifetime movie (actually it doesn’t, but we have high hopes). As one reader put it, “the least useful, least creative local website around.”

Forget it, we’re succumbing to temptation. Grass, whose ass might be grass tomorrow or later today if he’s lucky, took to Facebook to solicit birthday wishes from friends and followers and just about anyone who might take pity on him and say Happy Birthday! Sadly, not even Washington’s birthday guru Mike Allen of Politico saw fit to wish him a Happy Birthday — shockingly Philip Seymour Hoffman and Monica Lewinksy beat him out. Who knows, there’s always tomorrow….maybe a Birth Week or Belated Birthday nugget for Grass? (Psst…Grass, just a hint, but you may want to snuggle up to your colleague, Jon Ward, if you want a Playbook mention.)

On the obnoxious scale, this hits the jackpot. For that, perhaps Grass deserves a spanking?

Happy Birthday Grass! No doubt if no one remembers how special this day is, you’ll be sure to remind them. Now, let’s all join Grass in a round of “Happy Birthday to me!”

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

JOURNO LOVE – MSNBC “Morning Joe” C0-host Mika Brzezinksi: “Congrats @NorahODonnell!!” O’Donnell recently made the move from NBC to CBS where she is Chief White House Correspondent.

Just us gals

“Recess = @jasonjdick and I chat about hair conditioner in the office at 4 p.m.” — Roll Call Features Editor Ryan Beckwith in a Thursday tweet. This is a pretty upscale brand if they’re looking for quality.

Distracted publicist

“I have to start paying attention to traffic signals. Almost been run over twice today.” — Publicist and former ABC “This Week” employee Courtney Cohen in a Thursday tweet. Yesterday we reported that Cohen returned a moldy onion to Whole Foods.

Hazy defends his network’s honor

“Um, so that’s #MSNBC *not* MNSBC.” — The Nation‘s Editor-at-Large and Boy Band member Chris Hayes in a Thursday tweet to a follower who wrote MNSBC when suggesting a name title for his weekend MSNBC program. The suggestion: “The Hangover.”

Blinking headline catches Malkin’s eye

“Yow. Drudge’s headline on the Dow plunge is *blinking.* Is this a first?” — Conservative syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin in a Thursday tweet.

Uh oh.

“This is a really s^%$y time for Comcast to be dropping my internet connection.” — Albuquerque Journal D.C. Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Thursday tweet.

Defiant spelling mistake

“Just misspelled Washington. It’s now ‘Washing-tron.’ I think it’s an improvement, and don’t see the need in changing it.” — TBDer Jeremy Binckes in a Thursday tweet.

Amateur food critic recommends…

“Highly recommend the black bean burger @chefgeoffs downtown.” — GreenwiresJeremy Jacobs in a Thursday tweet.

Words to live by…

“@FishbowlDC when was #DC about anything other than self-promotion?” — Occasional blogger Brendan Kownacki in a Thursday tweet.

Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s exchange is between conservative writer Derek Hunter and MSNBC’s Hayes. Enjoy.

Hunter: “Before @MSNBC creates a weekend program for WH spouse @ChrisLHayes shouldn’t they create weekday programming people want to watch? #p2 #Fail”

Hayes: “@derekahunter Not that you care, but my wife no longer works at the WH, FYI.”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I’m headed to Los Angeles tomorrow. I suppose I should do some laundry and pack.” — Soon-t0-be HuffPost’s Michael Grass in a Thursday tweet.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


Stephen Tschida as Louis Vuitton

“Cocktail party, people commenting on my clothes, not D.C. huh? Someone said I dress like Louis Vuiton [sic] ads. Hey D.C. that’s a compliment!” — ABC7 Wild Train Rider Stephen Tschida in a Tuesday tweet.

Newt oozes fiscal consciousness

Newt Gingrich is a paragon of fiscal austerity who keeps costs down by not having a campaign staff.” — From the Tuesday night edition of HuffPost Hill.

Fruity times on Huntsman Airlines

“Huntsman air serving fruit to reporters, thankfully.” — HuffPost scribe Sam Stein in a Tuesday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“The brown butter gelato at @dolcezzagelato is quite tasty.” — Assistant Managing Editor of WCP Michael Grass in a Tuesday tweet. Thanks, Grass, for the revolting-sounding suggestion. What’s on tap next, raspberry-flavored beef jerky?

Weiner analyzed on E!

“The Weiner, Congressman Anthony Weiner has been offered a guest spot on the tv show Entourage and in the internet department of Hustler. That’s a good idea for him because with Jeremy Piven around you would be the biggest a-hole.” — E!’s Chelsea Handler on her show last night. If there is a God there will be an “Anthony Weiner True Life Story” in our future.

The Critic

“It’s OK to stop reading an article on campaigns as soon as the words ‘a professor of political science’ appear.” — GOP pundit and consultant Kevin Madden in a recent tweet.


Kisses for Fox News-bound Ed Henry

“Outgoing CNN White House reporter Ed Henry brings more than his experience and reputation as a straight-shooter to the Fox News Channel. … The popular Henry, who this week announced he was leaving CNN to be Fox’s White House correspondent, is the new vice president of the White House Correspondents’ Association which hosts the most important journalism dinner of the year, usually in late April.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard in a particularly smoochy Day 2 aftermath story on CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry, whose Twitter account shifted to @EdHenryTV within mere hours of his announcement that he was leaving CNN by the end of the week. The gist of the story: Henry will eventually be a power player at FNC because of his role on the WHCA board.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


MEAN MEN: Chris Matthews and Bill Maher are fat joke connoisseurs.

Maher makes Christie fat joke

“Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, you know who I’m talking about, Governor Lard?” — HBO Real Time Host Bill Maher on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews from Los Angeles Tuesday. He was discussing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (pictured at right). Matthews also has a great affinity for Christie weight jokes. At an appearance last December at the Ritz in Georgetown, Matthews wondered how Christie was going to balance the budget — what was he going to do, start with, supper?

R Blogger Down on Matthews

“Chris Matthews doesn’t have a monopoly on stupid, but he certainly is in a position of market dominance.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain in a Tuesday tweet.

A nice blend of weirdness

“Quick glance at Twitter tells me Schwarzenegger got the D.C. panda pregnant. Also, the panda just left @TBD for a job at Huffpo.” – Joshua Hatch, adjunct professor at American University, in a Tuesday tweet.

Airport reading diet

“Hour 5 at LAX. Inevitable mag buying binge has occured, financed by delta food voucher. #priorities.” — Politico health care reporter Sarah Kliff in a Tuesday tweet with the accompanying photograph.

The Observer

“Washington DC is a city full of young, neatly dressed people who actuate their ambition through deference.” — Former NYT scribe Jennife 8. Lee in recent tweet.

Devious journo

“I just confused some lost Italian tourists in Adams Morgan by using the Latin ‘Quo vadis?’ thinking they would easily understand.” — WCP Asst. Managing Editor Michael Grass in a Tuesday tweet. The phrase means “Where are you going” or the more commonly used, “Whither goest thou?”

DSK sex scandal banter continues…

“DSK spends $3000 a night on a hotel room. What so many could do w/ that kind of money. Like pay for my dental surgery!” — NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard in a Tuesday tweet.


“We checked for a ‘Washington Post MasterClass’ on how to revive a dying news publication but, alas, nothing.” — A line in the Tuesday evening edition of HuffPost Hill. WaPo is offering new classes in everything from digital photography to Inside China to The Wines of Bordeaux.

An aide’s compassion for pols

“Even when politicians screw up, I can’t help but feel a little sorry for them when pundits openly mock, laugh, and ridicule them mercilessly.” — Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) Communications Advisor Amanda Carpenter in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Schwarzenneger sex scandal joke…

Maria Shriver announces plans to cut off Arnold’s ‘Gang of Two.’” — Congress Matters and Daily Kos Contributing Editor David Waldman in a Tuesday tweet.

It’s A Black Friday For Politicker

Lots of bad news out of Jared Kushner‘s Politicker websites today, we’ve learned.

(See a February 2008 New York Times profile of Politicker)

The drip, drip:

  • Politicker’s two DC staffers — Alex Isenstadt and Eric Pfeiffer — have been let go. Deputy Managing Editor Michael Grass (formerly of the Express, DCist) was also let go.

  • Word is that 70% of staffers are being let go.

  • Only five of Politicker’s state sites will remain — Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and New York.

  • The cause? Well, besides the crappy economy and the crappier journalism industry, Politicker is opting to focus on states that have a better chance of bringing in revenue down the road (many state sites didn’t have an ad sales team), and some state sites had dimmer prospects than others. Some staffers expressed a lack of confidence in the publication’s management and leadership, to us.

  • Most of the casualties are getting two weeks severance pay.

  • Remaining editors will get pay cuts.

  • To be fair, we should outline some of Politicker’s accomplishments. Among them: Politicker is a major player in some states, breaking news and driving the political news cycle on occasion. State-level political types love their work. “We did a lot
    with very little,” said one. “Too bad the economy sucks.”

  • Ben Breier, a web producer in Politicker’s New York office, was also let go, as was the other web producer, Karl Stampfl.

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  • Morning Reading List, 11.20.08

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    Good morning Washington. What D.C. street is featured in the above picture? Think you know? Drop us an email and we’ll give you the correct answer (and list the correct guessers) in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

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

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    Morning Reading List, 11.19.08

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    Good morning Washington. What D.C. building is featured in the above picture? Think you know? Drop us an email and we’ll give you the correct answer (and list the correct guessers) in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

    Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

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

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