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WaPo‘s DeBonis to Undergo Eye Procedure

WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis is out this week until after Labor Day to have a procedure on his eyes.

He explains as much on his blog, “Well, folks, the storm’s a-coming, and I am abandoning you. Unless Irene intervenes, I’m scheduled to undergo an eye procedure next week which will put me out of commission until after Labor Day. Till then, savor today’s not-a-column — should D.C. revisit term limits? — and stay with Capital Weather Gang and Post Local all weekend for total Irene coverage.”

We wish DeBonis well with the procedure and expect to hear all the gory details next week.

Spot the Flub on TWT’s Homepage

A nod to WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis, who first spotted and wrote about it on Twitter. See if you, too, can find the mistake in the following:

Find out after the jump…

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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


ALEXANDER HAMILTON WEIGEL? “Happy Civil War Day! Here’s the statue of the CSA’s vice president in the Capitol.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet accompanied by the above photograph.

Two rude journalists named ‘Mike’

“Both @mikedebonis and I are tweeting from dinner table. Because we’re rude.” — WCP‘s Managing Editor Mike Madden in a Tuesday night tweet. Mike Debonis works for WaPo and covers local politics.

Overused words on Twitter

“If cable TV abuses the words ‘exclusive’ and ‘breaking,’ Twitter has ruined ‘must read’, ‘genius’ and ‘brilliant’” — Slate‘s John Dickerson in a Tuesday tweet.

Rolling Stone writer gives Politico blogger stamp of approval

“Acts of journalism committed at State Department presser! Watch out Pentagon press corps, it might be contagious!” — Rolling Stone‘s Michael Hastings in a Tuesday tweet. He linked to Politico‘s Josh Gerstein‘s “Under the Radar” blog here.

What’s it really like to work with HuffPost‘s Terkel?

“Lies. I’m sunshine & lollipops.” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel in a Tuesday tweet in response to Think Progress Editor Faiz Shakir jokingly (we think) suggesting she has some rage. He replied, “Sunshine on outside, thunderous rage on the inside.”

Journo’s kid won’t likely grow up to be The Donald

“Teaching my toddler the difference b/w positive & negative attention. So I guess I’ve destroyed his chances of being the next Donald Trump.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball in a Tuesday tweet. Hopefully she’s also giving the child an alternative hairdo.

We have a birder in our midst…

“Bald eagle with fish in claws just flew over DC’s Roosevelt Bridge to his Potomac River perch.” — U.S. News & World Report’s Paul Bedard in a Tuesday tweet.

Sam Stein: You’ve Been Warned

“@samsteinhp If you keep this up I’m going to have to block you.” — Former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a Monday tweet to HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. A little context: The Fleisher/Stein feud concerns Red Sox Vs. Yankees trash talking.

Someone pinch her

“Let me just say ‘Morning Joe’ is the greatest show in the world because I’m sitting here with Robert Redford. [Norah's famous laughter] Oh and Mike Barnicle.” — NBC’s Norah O’Donnell on MSNBC this morning.

The Underwear Question

“Is there a woman within the range of these pixels who needs to check to know the color of her underpants? Or a man who doesn’t?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Tuesday tweet. An hour later, he concluded, “FWIW: More than a few women have reported personal underpants ignorance. Ergo, my thesis is disproven, and withdrawn.”

WaPo Computers Lose Power

This just in…WaPo reporter Dan Zak announces that computers are down.

@MrDanZak: “Computers just lost power in the newsroom. Everyone’s standing up, actually talking to each other now. Lunch!”

WaPo Federal Eye blogger Ed O’Keefe also commenting on the outage:

“A power outage is impacting parts of our newsroom.”

Update #1: A WaPo reporter tells me, “Looks like our internet crashed. Messages indicate it was a major, major crash.”

Update #2: WaPo newsroom empties out.

Update #3: WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles treats crash like a potential snow day, tweeting, “Who knows — maybe we’ll all have to go work at home!”

Update #4: A more dramatic WaPo local politics reporter Mike Debonis writes: “Mass internet outage at WaPo. Mass panic … err, mass curiosity ensues.” And then adds, “Down elevators packed as aimless WaPo worker bees depart en masse…”

Update #5: WaPo‘s Lindsay Applebaum reports, “Angry editors and reporters, standing and waiting for power. Aaand lunch break.”

Update #6: One WaPo reporter sounds pretty unruffled. Tells FishbowlDC: “Have heard there is an internet outage. No emails for the last 30 mins.”

Update #7: That was relatively fast. Power is back on, a WaPo reporter tells me.

WaPo Expands Local Homepage, Launches

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Perhaps in preparation for the grand unveiling of Allbritton’s new local site TBD, WaPo today announced an expanded local homepage at The refreshed local site comes five weeks after the launch of

Some of the new features on the site include the following:

New Local Politics Blog: The “DeBonis” blog debuts where local political expert Mike DeBonis will regularly break news, analyze the political scene and hold local leaders accountable. DeBonis will also write a column that will be published early online Thursdays and in print Fridays.

The Daily Gripe: Local residents can report problems in their neighborhoods and get a direct line to local officials who can fix those problems.

Lori’s A.M. Buzz: This weekday blog by Local Reporter Lori Aratani will provide readers with a digest of the newsiest stories of the morning and a look ahead to the day’s local coverage.

New Transportation Page: New features include a construction projects calendar, transportation tips for getting around the area and a Metro fare calculator. The Get There blog will also relaunch as Dr. Gridlock’s blog.

News Reload: Using The Post’s popular TimeSpace program, News Reload makes it simple to find local news, day by day. If you’ve been out of town or skipped a few days of news, News Reload allows you to easily find the top local stories for each day you missed.

Campaign Wikis: This feature provides the latest news on local elections and ways to participate in the races, starting with coverage of the D.C. mayoral race and the Md. governor’s race. Like any other Wiki, readers can also participate in the way The Post covers campaigns by contributing to and commenting on the entries for these campaigns.

D.C. Wire Blog: The District blog presents more conversational news from where residents live, including a Thursday online chat hosted by Marc Fisher and other Post staffers and Friday videos with Hamil Harris holding the mic.

DataPost: A collection of the most interesting, searchable databases developed by The Post and other local and national organizations and agencies. Explore traffic data, census figures and poverty rates, crime statistics, detailed results from past elections, and more.

All Opinions Are Local: A network of independent bloggers around the region who weigh in on important local issues.

Check it out here.

City Paper’s Back to the Future Time Stamping


Dare to Compare: Is Fenty vs. Gray like Clinton vs. Dole?
Or the other Clinton vs. Obama?

By Mike DeBonis on April 9, 2010

We’ve heard of premature time stamping before at certain Washington publications, but this is really early. Washington City Paper’s Loose Lips section posted the above headline and time stamp two days early. We spotted this post on April 7 at 11:11 p.m.. As you can see, it’s dated April 9.

How could WCP post on day that isn’t here yet? We’re not sure, but as far as we know, it’s still not April 9. We requested comment from Mike DeBonis but did not hear back by FBDC press time.

Update DeBonis really is not to blame. The publication has always been dated for Friday even though it comes out on Thursday. “It’s a hiccup,” DeBonis explained, clearly dismayed by the phenomenon. “It’s an accident of history but that’s the way it is. It’s a historical anomaly. It’s that way, its always been that way and no one has ever changed it.”

Morning Reading List 11.05.09

Washington City Paper presents “Fisticuffs at the Washington Post,” starring Andrew Beaujon as Marcus Brauchli, Jason Cherkis as Chris Richards, Erin Niedowski as Lynn Medford, Erik Wemple as Manuel Roig-Franzia, Amanda Hesse as Monica Hesse and Mike DeBonis as Henry Allen.

Happy belated birthday to Christie Findlay and Kevin McVicker! Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…



WSJ launches a San Fran edition today.

Washingtonian: Having taken a beating for trying to set up evening salons where reporters could mingle with corporate types who’d pay big money for the privilege, The Washington Post now is attempting a more benign way to raise revenue: wine tastings — with reporters as guests.


Fox News’ Glenn Beck has appendicitis.

Changes at CNN.

More reality shows… Bravo’s in DC to recruit contestants for “Top Chef.”


TVNewser’s Twitter list picks.


Looks like there are layoffs to come at Time Inc. Layoffs were the topic of convo on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu earlier today.


On Election night, Twitter seemed to beat cable for insight and analysis.

And Election night ratings via TVNewser.


White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on year one.

ABC’s Jake Tapper on President Obama, Air Force One and Twitter on Politico‘s podcast.


Politico: John W. Mashek, a political reporter who covered every presidential election from 1960 to 1996, died of a heart attack Tuesday. “He was one of the great political reporters of the last quarter-century,” said Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, on Dumbarton Street between 27th and 28th Sts., N.W., in Georgetown.


HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Banjos, Bare Feet and Books: A Party for Ryan Grim

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Grim’s book (left) Members of Merle Haggard Haggard (right)

Saturday night at American Legion #8 – Capitol Hill, DC journos and a few stray winos gathered to toast the release of Ryan Grim‘s new book, “This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.”

The HuffPo reporter and new author inked copies of his book with the help of wife Elizan Garcia while barefooted band, Merle Haggard Haggard rocked Legion 8.

Spotted: Michael Steel, Jared Allen, David Mark, Ken Vogel, Bob Hillman, Anne Marson, Mike Allen, Jennifer Kohl, Leonard Roberge, Dave Jamieson, Mike Debonis, Jason Cherkis, Gail Ross, Howard Yoon, Marissa Newhall, Matt Mackowiak, Rachel Morris, Sarah Courteau and Amos Snead.

Not since the release of Britney Spears‘ “Heart to Heart” has a book signing boasted bare feet and banjos with such klass. Well done, Mr. Grim!

Full Court Press: Journos vs. DC Council

Yesterday at the Verizon Center, the Wizards took some time off to let the DC Council and Team Media go head-to-head. WTOP reports, “Amazingly, no one was hurt.”

Final Score: Media 35, DC Council 25. And besides pride, what was at stake? As a result of journo victory, the council now must declare a “Press Day” in DC.

The rules were simple- half court, one woman from each team on the floor at all times, seven-minute quarters and from Yeas & Nays, above all, no one from the mayor’s office.

Team Media was coached by WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi and the lineup included WTOP’s Mark Plotkin, Mark Segraves, WRC’s Tom Sherwood, Fox’s Wisdom Martin, City Paper’s Mike Debonis and Erik Wemple, Examiner’s Mike Neibauer and Jacque Bland, WaPo’s David Nakamura, Nikita Stewart and Bill Turque, Wash Business Journal’s Jonathan O’Connell and DCist’s Martin Austermuhle.

Wisdom proved to be not only the brains, but the star of the Team Media, scoring 20 of the win’s 35 points.

DC Council was coached by Marion Barry. He told WTOP had he been able to play, that would have made all the difference for the D.C. Council.

The game previewed the annual girls’ and boys’ city championship games and all proceeds benefited the District of Columbia Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference (WCAC).

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Morning Reading List, 07.23.08

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Who is the congressman stripping down in the above photo? Let us know. (Photo Credit: New York Social Diary)

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