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Friends and Colleagues Fete Embeds’ Palin Book

Former campaign embeds Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe‘s book on Sarah Palin is out this week, and friends and colleagues feted the CBS reporter and former Fox reporter at last night’s DC book signing and party.

Conroy and Walshe signed books and read an excerpt to a crowd at Borders downtown. They also took about 30 minutes of questions from the audience, which will air on C-SPAN’s Book TV this weekend.

Earlier yesterday, Conroy visited his old stomping ground at Georgetown University. He had planned to do a book signing, but the campus book store was not selling his book (yet)– a funny story he shared over drinks last night’s book party at Agraria.

Steve Chaggaris, Rob Hendin, Jane Chick, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez were there from CBS. Sasha Issenberg, Mike Memoli, Jonathan Martin, Mike Madden, Erin McPike and Peter Hamby were also around to celebrate at Agraria in Georgetown. Attorney Ben Ginsburg, who was national counsel to the Bush-Cheney and Romney campaigns, also attended.

“Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar” is published by Peter Osnos‘ PublicAffairs. And Chaggy, McPike and Hamby all got shout-outs in the book’s acknowledgments after the jump.

More photos after the jump…

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“Goatee Gamble”: It’s Over

Pic by Broadcasting & Cable.

“Ah the mystery.”

That was the response we got from NBC’s Chuck Todd on whether to goatee would stay or go after the Phillies won the National League Championship Series 10-4 against the Dodgers last night, and “Goatee Gamble” was officially over.

For those of you only just tuning in, the conditions “Goatee Gamble” were: if the Dodgers win the NLCS, ABC’s Jake Tapper would grow a goatee and if the Phillies win, Todd would shave his goatee, his signature look, or a $1,000 donation will be paid by the losing correspondent to the winner’s choice of charity. There’s more information about the two charities picked by Todd and Tapper and how you can donate after the jump.

Now while we couldn’t get an official answer from either of the White House correspondents on whether Todd will shave or donate, there’s been plenty of banter on Twitter. During last night’s game:

@jaketapper: “Well, it was kind of itchy anyway…” #ThingsChuckIsSayingRightNow #GoateeGamble

“It can get hot in the Summer…” #ThingsChuckIsSayingRightNow #GoateeGamble

“I miss my upper lip…” #ThingsChuckIsSayingRightNow #GoateeGamble

“It will be cool to be able to blow chewing gum bubbles again…” #ThingsChuckIsSayingRightNow #GoateeGamble

“HONEYYYY! Where’s the BARBASOL????” #ThingsChuckIsSayingRightNow #GoateeGamble

Their press corps friends chimed in… ABC’s Karen Travers, Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli and Fox News’ White House correspondent Major Garrett:

@karentravers: “look how well Britney bounced back after shaving her head” #ThingsChuckIsSayingRightNow #GoateeGamble

@mikememoli: @jaketapper @karentravers ‘No way in hell I’m going through with this bet’ #ThingsChuckIsSayingRightNow #GoateeGamble”

@MajoratWH: #ThingsChuckIsSayingRightNow I am looking forward to being as charitable to mankind as Dodger pen has been to Phillies

Joe Torre: “The Phils are tough. Good ballclub. We battled. We just let Chuck down. It’ll grow back and we’ll be back.”

And then after the game:

@jaketapper: (sound of electric razor)….Goatee: OHS NOS!!!// Chuck: I’m sorry, but I have to do this.// Goatee: but Chuck, I LOVE YOU!!!

Goatee must go/ Tis true, fah rilz/ Should not have bet/ Against the Phils BURMA SHAVE #ShaveThatPuppy #PhilliesRock #GoateeGamble

it’s great, because at home i have my baby son, and at work i will have @chucktpolitical whose chin will soon be smooth as a babys behind

in his live shots/he does never ramble/ and yet he lost/ the #GoateeGamble. BURMA SHAVE @chucktpolitical!

And maybe a sign from Chuck that the goatee will go…?

@chucktpolitical: So the last time I shaved the goatee, it took a while. First a close trim, then the electric, finally, the straight razor.

So maybe I need a professional. Old school barber? Ideas?

EARLIER: Goatee Gamble: It’s Chuck vs. Jake, “Goatee Gamble” On: Facial Hair and $1,000 At Stake, “Goatee Gamble”: Wimp-Out Clause or Legit?, “Goatee Gamble”: Charities Chosen

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Who’s Betsy Cline?

We gave CNN’s Dana Bash a shout-out last week when the congressional correspondent chased down Sen. John Ensign from his office, down the hall and across the street.

Meet Betsy Cline, a desk assistant in NBC’s Washington bureau who scored this get with Rep. Charlie Rangel, earning her some airtime on MSNBC this afternoon during “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”

“I know it’s your job and I don’t blame you, but it’s so rude,” Rangel told the young reporter as she grilled him about ethics probes into his financial disclosures.

One could say she pulled a classic Mike Memoli

Morning Reading List 08.24.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Mike Memoli, who celebrated yesterday, Major Garrett and David Gregory. It is Restaurant Week in DC! What hot spots are you hitting up? What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



George Stephanopoulos traveled to the Grand Canyon for Sen. John McCain’s first interview since returning from Afghanistan and Iraq on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough did the roundtable on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this weekend, a week after Rachel Maddow‘s possible rating bump for the Sunday show.

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” talked Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart.

The Daily Beast brings us the Top 7 Moments From Sunday Talk.

And a more abbreviated version from Marc Ambinder- the Sunday shows in seven sentences or less.

In other TV news, former Senator Rick Santorum called President Obama’s position on cable news “unprofessional” in an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record” with Greta van Susteren.


Is Helen Thomas on actually Twitter now? We’ll fill you in later on the blog.

Speaking of Twitter- do conservatives have the upper hand on Twitter? Some liberal bloggers say so.

CBS will interview Ezra Klein for the webcast’s “Unplugged, Under 40” segment this weekend- timely for Restaurant Week since among other things, Klein’s a foodie for WaPo online.

CraigsList has added 140 cities.

And Slate has introduced a new news aggregator.


Maureen Dowd: Is Anna Wintour human?


“I have specific instructions from the President for the press corps. He wants you to relax and have a good time. Take some walks on the beaches. Nobody is looking to make any news, so he’s hoping that you guys can enjoy Martha’s Vineyard while we’re there. And the second thing I’ll say is, of course the First Family would very much appreciate if you respect the privacy of the girls while they’re out here on vacation.” -Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, yesterday’s gaggle on Air Force One.


Howard Kurtz in today’s WaPo Media Notes: The debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media’s ability to untangle a complex story. In many ways, news organizations have risen to the occasion; in others they have become agents of distortion. But even when they report the facts, they have had trouble influencing public opinion.


“He didn’t want to go… He loved it, it was so much a part of him, it was his baby.” -”60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager on Don Hewitt‘s reluctance to give up the job at the age of 81 on yesterday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN.

“60 Minutes” also paid tribute to Hewitt on last night’s show.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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Pool Report: Karen Leigh’s Going Away to Cambodia Party

In case you haven’t already heard, Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh is ditching DC and the White House for Phnom Penh.

Press corps friends gathered at Stetson’s last night to send her off to Cambodia… Bonney Kapp, Mike Memoli, Christina Bellantoni, Athena Jones, Lizzie O’Leary, Heidi Przybyla, Kristen Jensen, Kim Chipman, Phil Elliott, Jeff Mason, Rebecca Sinderbrand, Rachel Streitfeld, Perry Bacon, Andrew Jones, Liz Reiter, Christina Jamison and Devin Symons were all there.

Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh Packs DC Bags for Cambodia

Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh is “trading in golf pool and helo landings for the splendors of Phnom Penh.” She’ll still be working for Bloomberg, and additionally the Cambodia Daily, just now in the home country of Maddox Pitt.

FBDC caught up with Leigh as she packs her bags for a big move from Washington…

Why Cambodia? Credit my overwhelming desire to see monks riding tandem bikes.

What differences do you anticipate going from covering the White House to working in the “splendors of Phnom Penh,” as you put it? How are you preparing? It’s going to be hot, loud and crowded — a lot like White House briefings. To prepare, I’ve been getting massages, spending as much time as possible with the friends and getting on a seriously first-name basis with Jack and Stella.

What and who will you miss most in DC? Late night walks around the monuments. Biking along the canal. Fighting with White House security when I forget my Hill pass. Forcing Georgetown tourists onto the street. Running home to shower after Marine One departures. Our Colonel, Al Hunt. My favorite boss, Robin Meszoly. Descriptions of Phil Elliott‘s home cooking. Making Jeff Mason sing (ask him for selections from “South Pacific.”) Soliciting life advice from the goddess-like Julie Mason. Tennis with Perry Bacon. Never having to pay for drinks (Mike Memoli). The questionable tie fashion of Keith Koffler and Hans Nichols. Julianna Goldman, Athena Jones, Christina Bellantoni and Sunlen Miller, all lovely, who have brightened many a pool. And Roger Runningen, who was there on my first day at the White House last January and coined my nickname — Annette — based on the “American President” character who, like me, was excited on day one she could barely get through the Northwest Gate.

You campaigned hard for Julie Mason‘s White House Correspondents Association (successful) election and now you’re skipping town. What does this mean for campaign promises of White House South Lawn ice luges and briefing room massages? I’ll be working from afar to ensure that each promise is fulfilled. The luge tournament will be timed for the Vancouver Olympics and I’m working on getting Gibbs to cut a hole in the podium so we can use it as a massage table.

After the jump, Leigh’s goodbye messages for her media friends…

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QOTD: Robert Gibbs

“It’s the president’s birthday, and Chuck E. Cheese was booked.” -White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, on the President’s Senate luncheon tomorrow. (h/t Mike Memoli on Twitter)

Morning Reading List 06.19.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

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

Tonight’s the Radio & TV Correspondents Association Dinner. Scroll down FBDC for all the dets. What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…



The Boston Globe union has set a date to vote on a new contract, though no agreement has been met with the newspaper’s owner, NYT.

NYT executive editor Bill Keller on his reporting on Iran in E&P. “Do people in the media crit game really think editors are supposed to be desk jockeys who never go get a sense of the story?” he writes. “Or is the idea that when a big, exhausting news breaks visiting editors should hole up in the hotel?”


Long Live the Nightly News! Fortune: Despite a steady erosion in their collective audience and an aging viewership, the big three nightly newscasts are hardly dead. Actually, they draw an average 21 million viewers every night. Andrew Tyndall says there’s a good reason for that — they’re still the best daily snapshot of news on television.

Vice President Joe Biden just isn’t pulling the ratings for Sunday shows that he used to. TVNewser has the numbers of his last appearances on “Meet the Press” versus past appearances on “This Week” and “Face the Nation.”


Today was TVNewser’s Steve Krakauer‘s last day on the Morning Media Menu. Listen in here.


It appears the legendary Walter Cronkite is gravely ill. He is 92.


Daily Finance “Obama takes on Fox News, loses“: When is Barack Obama going to learn that presidents shouldn’t play press critic? It didn’t work for Richard Nixon. It didn’t work for Bill Clinton or George W. Bush. It didn’t help John McCain win the White House, and it won’t help Obama, who vented his frustration with Fox News Wednesday.

CNN’s keeping tabs on WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘ tardiness. “Gibbs was a total of 13 hours and 46 minutes late to his own press briefings in the month of May alone. Of the 19 briefings held by Gibbs in May, the White House officially pushed the scheduled start time back 14 times (although: one time they actually made it earlier.) That averages out to a delay of roughly 28 minutes a day – a total of 8 hours and 50 minutes for the month.”

There was speculation yesterday that President Obama would make a surprise appearance in Gibbs’ daily press briefing. When he didn’t, a few reporters were left disappointed, including CBS’ Mark Knoller. Read through here.

Also at the WH yesterday- Bob Woodward. Mike Memoli tweets his run-in.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, Politico

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The Atlantic Names Top 30 Washington Insiders on Twitter

Who are the top Washington insiders to follow on Twitter? The Atlantic released a list of their 30 picks today.

Mike Allen
Blogger, Politico

Marc Ambinder
Politics Editor, The Atlantic

Chris Cillizza
Blogger, Washington Post: “The Fix”

Ana Marie Cox
National Correspondent, Air America radio

John Dickerson
Chief Political Correspondent, Slate

Patrick Gavin
Writer, Politico

Newt Gingrich
Former Speaker of the House

David Gregory
Host, Meet the Press, NBC

Israeli Consulate General of New York

Mark Knoller
White House Correspondent, CBS News

Howard Kurtz
Columnist, Washington Post

Rachel Maddow
Host, The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC

John McCain
Senator from Arizona (Republican)

Meghan McCain
Daughter of Sen. John McCain

Claire McCaskill
Senator from Missouri (Democrat)

Mike Memoli
Blogger, Real Clear Politics

Markos Moulitsas

Founder, Daily Kos

Mike Mullen
Chair, The Joint Chiefs of Staff

Bill Nelson
Senator from Florida (Democrat)

Karl Rove
Former Adviser to President Bush

Patrick Ruffini
GOP strategist, political blogger

Barham Salih
Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq

George Stephanopoulos
Chief Washington Correspondent, ABC News

Jake Tapper

Senior White House Correspondent, ABC News

Fred Thompson
Former Senator, actor

Joe Trippi
Democratic campaign specialist

Dave Weigel
Politics reporter, The Washington Independent

West Wing Report
Anonymous: fast, accurate and unbiased coverage of President Obama direct from the White House press room

Solid choices in general but Washington isn’t at a loss for actual “insiders,” so why select folks who don’t actually live or work in DC?

Marquardt Joins ABC, Jets Off To Moscow

Alexander Marquardt joins ABC from CNN today as a digital reporter based in Moscow. He’ll be reporting on all ABC News platforms, including “World News,” “Nightline,” and “Good Morning America.” At CNN, Marquardt was an embed reporter covering the Obama, Clinton and Biden campaigns, and before that, he was an anchor and correspondent at Channel One News.

Appropriately enough, Marquardt’s friends and colleagues gathered at Russia House this weekend to bid him “dasvidaniya!” Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Sunlen Miller, Carrie Dann, Mark Murray, Jeff Zeleny, Bonnie Kapp, Matt Jaffe, Dan Reilly and Meg Reilly were among those who came out for some vodka shots in Marquardt’s honor.