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How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.

Mike Allen Scores Robert Gates for Playbook Cocktails

politico logoPolitico‘s Playbook Cocktail event will be a doozy next week. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be sitting down with Mike Allen to dish on Obama, Biden, and all the rest of those crazy cats at 1600 Pennsylvania. We don’t know if you’ve heard, but Mr. Gates has written a new memwa, DOODY, and he has many unkind words for the current administration’s handling of foreign affairs.  You should be there. There is seating and WiFi reserved for press -email here for more info.

WHAT: Politico Playbook Cocktails with Robert Gates
WHO: Mike Allen (and Bank of America, apparently)
WHERE: The Mayflower, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 16; Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

 

In Case You Missed It: TV is Terrible

Ask Washington Anything, Sure -But Do You Really Want To Know?

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Sen. Manchin remembers how to smile.

The Atlantic and reddit have announced a new video initiative called “Ask Washington Anything,” where DC-area power brokers sit down in front of one of The Atlantic‘s cameras and answer crowd-sourced questions a la reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” series. The appeal, apparently, that netizens will be offered a chance to catch these politicos in an “unscripted moment.”

Ha!

What the poor fools at The Atlantic/reddit don’t realize is that Washington-types are actually incapable of producing an unscripted moment. Even seemingly original banter with someone he or she has never met is actually usually recycled overheard banter from somewhere else, mixed with bits of Mike Allen‘s Playbook, and maybe recollections from a drunken night-terror the night before.

And besides -do you really want to know what politicians are really thinking anyway? Fine, here, we’ll tell you:

“MoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneyPOWERSEXSEXPOWER(don’t get caught)moneymoneymoneymoneymoney.” -Every Politician Ever.

Nonetheless, for those who are interested in experiencing a simulated authentic experience with a DC personality -go check out these videos of BlueDogGroup Sen. Joe Manchin (D -WV), He Who Shall Not Be Crossed Grover Norquist, and the guy who actually does all the work that Michelle Obama takes credit for, Sam Kass.

 

 

A Note Of Thanks

Well hello, FishbowlDC! Thanks so much for the warm welcome and my sincere apologies for the slow start today.  I’ve been so busy reading your charming emails and unwrapping all these lovely gifts that I nearly forgot I have a job to do. Btw, the cashmere onesie is simply exquisite, Andrea and Alan. Mazel! 

Cashmere OnesieA very special thank you to Dylan Byers, Mike Allen, and Perry Stein for the write-ups this morning.  And to those outlets that haven’t written about my new venture yet (I’m talking to you Mediaite and Wemple Blog), don’t worry – there’s still plenty time and an endless supply of flattering photos of me.

All jokes aside, I’m touched by your response and incredibly excited about the opportunity to join you in the Fishbowl.  Of course, I can’t write the blog alone so please send your tips and ideas to fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com and add me to your press lists. Hope you’re having a pleasant lunch break, and I look forward to meeting and working (and let’s face it, probably drinking) with you all!

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day

cartoondonkeyWe do love our anonymous tipsters. On Friday we got word of an obituary in WaPo. In three separate emails we received the following.

From the Washington Post obit of Sara Fritz that is a great counterpoint to all that you celebrate : American Journalism Review described Ms. Fritz as one of the “unsung heroes” of political reporting — rarely a schmoozer or schmoozee, never landing on trendy lists of star journalists, and seldom on the receiving end of calculated leaks by powerful people. The un- Mike Allen: American Journalism Review described Ms. Fritz as one of the “unsung heroes” of political reporting — rarely a schmoozer or schmoozee, never landing on trendy lists of star journalists, and seldom on the receiving end of calculated leaks by powerful people. Of course, you were asleep at the switch on Fritz. Easier to do minor journalism figures spotted on street corners.

Dear AnonymASS: Ouch! I feel like you just ripped off my skin. We appreciate you writing in about an “unsung hero” in political reporting in three separate emails in which you repeat yourself. But I’m really not sure why you feel the need to insult Politico‘s Mike Allen and myself in the process. To be honest with you, I was not asleep at any switch. I had the day off Friday and actually was not waiting on street corners to ambush unsuspecting minor Washington journos . I agree this is a nice thing to feature, but considering WaPo ran it, why not just celebrate that?

Politico’s Mike Allen Recalls Boy Scout Days

UnknownPolitico‘s Mike Allen made the MSNBC “Morning Joe” crew erupt into laughter this morning as he recalled his days as a Boy Scout.

The nearly all-male panel, consisting of New York Magazines John Heilemann, Willie Geist, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi, began discussing a story from the San Francisco Examiner about an 18 -foot sea creature found off the California coast.

Just when they were moving onto the next topic, Allen piped up and said…

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Politico’s New Prez and CEO: Jim VandeHei

images-5When you read through the lengthy internal memos and formal press release on Jim VandeHei‘s ascendance to President and CEO of Politico and Capital New York, you quickly see they’ve got something for everyone: romance (he and Publisher Robert Allbritton are “of one mind” with each other; gumption (he is part of the best journalistic “dream team” in America, says Allbritton) and a menacing quality with a religious twist (VandeHei writes, “The days of untouchable incumbents in media are over – this is the era of abrupt change. We have no choice but to keep delivering the goods, better, faster and more efficiently. Or someone will do unto us what we have done unto others.”)

So no more double bylines with Mike Allen (a.k.a. Mikey)? Say it isn’t so.

But it is. VandeHei’s going corporate and will work alongside COO Kim Kingsley and Chief Revenue Officer Roy Schwartz to run the business side of both publications. He’s replacing Fred Ryan, who stepped down last month. Not to worry, there are the expected effusive thank you’s to Ryan as well as the nod from Ryan that VandeHei is absolutely the right man, the only man for the job.

See the memos. Politico‘s Hadas Gold released the announcement last night on the publication’s media blog. The news is still leading the blog today.

You’ve gotta hand it to Politico in that their memos are hilarious in their bravado and  unrivaled prowess to douse one another in praise. They never hesitate to express an explosive self-confidence and desire to take over the media world on this planet and every other. We’ve cataloged our Top 10 Favorite Lines after the jump… Read more

Morning Chatter

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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: “Just some gluten-free pizza I made at @918FStreet while at work today! #thisismyjob #notkidding.” -- Liz McAvoy, editor, Living Social.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:24 a.m. in which Mike Allen offers birthday wishes to Ollie, a lawmakers’ office dog. There’s even a “paw tip.”

Speaking of dogs…

Maggie is a CNN business reporter; Richard is CNN International Senior Producer.

Maggie Lake: My barista called me Lassie – hope it’s not an omen my day going to the dogs! Maggie/Lassie — really?

Richard Davis: A ruff one indeed.

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Anticipatory thoughts of hate mail

“Just wrote something long about mugshots, and what should and shouldn’t be public. Looking forward to getting some hate mail over it.” — Atlantic Cities reporter Mike Riggs.

And a love note…

“@JessicaChasmar just so you know, you are my sole source for news. 1) most news sucks. 2) you’re smokin hot. I like smokin hot chick news.” — Nate9783 to TWT reporter Jessica Chasmar.

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Things are getting hairy?

“Note to self: don’t be the last customer to get a hair cut at the end of the day or the barber might shave off one sideburn & not notice.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

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“I’m excited for @stefcutter. Real joy happens! Congrats girl. #CNN” — CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen. As reported by WaPo‘s “The Reliable Source” Monday, Cutter, a host on CNN’s “Crossfire,”  is pregnant.

Deep thoughts with Donna Brazile

“Reminded at lunch of this great philosopher. ‘What worries you, masters you.’
John Locke” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.

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“Sequins is like liquor. Not before noon. (Or ever, really, the sequins) #coffeehouseobservation.” — conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

The Observer

“The @NRSC website has turned pink for breast cancer awareness month: nrsc.org #breastcancer” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.

 

Meet Mark Leibovich’s Monster

image004As the clock struck 5:16 p.m. Wednesday, the email blast arrived. Or rather, Kurt Bardella, one of the star monsters in NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s summer blockbuster, This Town, had risen from the ashes or the lava (Hollywood will figure out the proper visual). Meet Washington’s latest entrepreneur. Meet the town’s former Washington insider, the headline blared. Bardella is starting his own strategic communications firm, strategic being the key word, in that he gets to chose his own “adventure.”

Within mere moments, Politico‘s Jake Sherman, whose own emails may have leaked their way to Leibovich’s inbox for the book via Bardella’s untrustworthy fingertips, tweeted the news. And there Bardella was: out there in the aftermath of a book that would make him both famous for Washington and as infamous as one of the book’s other main characters, Tammy Haddad.

Back in April, I was in the grips of yet another White House Correspondents Dinner pre-party, not Tammy’s to which I’d been pointedly not invited. This one, an unusual warehouse party in Georgetown thrown by National Journal. I didn’t notice a whole lot of White House correspondents outside of ABC’s Ann Compton. One of the more interesting details about the party was that the toilets on the main floor were malfunctioning, so attendants stood outside the restrooms telling guests that they’d have to wait. Or better yet, they’d have to fight their way upstairs to the V.I.P. floor to use the commode. Upstairs, the smell of urine wafted into the hallway.

image002Back downstairs, I ran into Bardella who had flopped into an easy chair on the far side of the room. I’d known Kurt since his days in Rep. Brian Bilbray‘s (R-Calif.) office and had always enjoyed our interactions and found him helpful. By this point, it was well known that Bardella would figure into Leibovich’s book. So I asked him about it. Was he nervous, worried? Would he be embarrassed? While he wouldn’t comment at all on the record, he indicated that he might at a later point and went into a myriad of thoughts I can’t repeat because of our off the record agreement. But one thing I was instantly struck by was Bardella’s ultra-relaxed manner about the whole thing. He knew this was coming. Everybody knew this was coming. And his body language screamed that he didn’t have a care in the world about it.

Fast forward seven months, here we are at Bardella 2.0. Or is it 3.0.? The “2″ might’ve been when his former boss, House Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), temporarily fired him in February, 2011, and he went to work for The Daily Caller while simultaneously writing op-eds for Politico, the publication that got him fired in the first place for leaking those emails to Leibovich for his book. It was Editor-in-Chief John Harris who spoke with Issa and pushed him on whether his own reporters’ emails or phone calls had been improperly shared.

At the time, in a Sunday letter to Issa, Harris wrote, “The practice of sharing reporter e-mails with another journalist on a clandestine basis would be egregiously unprofessional under any circumstances,” Harris wrote. “As the editor-in-chief of POLITICO, my concern is heightened by information suggesting that POLITICO journalists may have had their reporting compromised by this activity.”

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