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Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s

dc_gal_14_modal_imageLunching at DC power spot Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s this afternoon, our spies saw former Obama “body man” Reggie Love, The Daily Caller’s Neil Patel, American Psychological Association’s Ashton Randle, Kearsarge Global Advisors’ Addison Smith, and Stratacomm’s Bill Buff

Located blocks from the White House and at the corner of K Street and 16th, Sidecar is a private dining room frequented daily by journos lunching with sources, politicos dining with lobbyists, and any combination of the two.

We’ll be lunching there tomorrow and will be spotting away.

So send us who you saw (or who you were with – fishbowlnick@gmail.com) and expect to see those names on the site as part of Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s.

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Lunch at PJ Clarke’s Sidecar

dc_gal_14_modal_imageWe’d like to introduce a new series highlighting the power lunch spot of DC media, Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s. Hailing from New York, PJs is an institution in the City and has been known as a place where Washington power players have congregated since opening in the District in 2010.

Located blocks from the White House and at the corner of K Street and 16th, Sidecar is a private dining room frequented daily by journos lunching with sources, politicos dining with lobbyists, and any combination of the two. Membership offers access to private events and the ability to make a table reservation anytime the restaurant is open.

So send us who you saw (or who you were with) and expect to see those names on the site as part of Lunch at Sidecar at PJ Clarke’s.

And lunching today at Sidecar…The Daily Caller’s Neil Patel, CNN’s Kim Elchlepp with the American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger, Adfero’s Jeff Mascot, and Bully Pulpit Interactive’s Jen Nedeau, Camille Heyboer, John Rohrer, Katherine Barnhart and Sarah Kendrick welcoming the firm’s newest hire William Nutt, most recently with The US Green Building Council.

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Citing Growth, The DC Shuffles Senior Staff

dailycaller_editThe Daily Caller announced today that it was promoting from within to fill its top editorial spots. Vince Coglianese has been promoted from Managing Editor to Executive Editor. Former Associate Editor Christopher Bedford will take over as Managing Editor, and another former Associate Editor Paul Conner will become Deputy Editor. The top editorial spot had been empty since the abrupt departure of the controversial David Martosko, who went to the Daily Mail.

There was movement on the business side too. McKenzie Vaughn was hired last May to be Director of Operations and Public Affairs. And Clark Hennessy has been promoted from Deputy Director of Audience Outreach to Director of Communications. Both Vaughn and Hennessy will be the points of contact for media booking requests.

In a press release, co-founders Tucker Carlson and Neil Patel say The DC has doubled its readership since the year before, and that the changes to senior staff “recognize the enormous talent that has driven the site to its position as a top news source.”

Read the press release after the jump…

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Week-Old Daily Caller Social Media Editor (and Gangsta Expert) Will Live Another Day

The Head Editor In Charge of The Daily Caller has spoken. Clark Hennessy, the brand spanking new Social Media Editor for the publication, ran into an online snarl Thursday when he tweeted something about RNC Chairman Reince Priebus being the HNIC (you can Google it).

Hennessy, a New Zealander who arrived to the pub a week ago and mans the DC‘s Twitter feed, quickly deleted the tweet. But not fast enough as it was retweeted 141 times. And soon the uptight Twitterati went wild, thick with outrage over his gangsta tweet and accusing the young man and The Daily Caller of being racist. Hennessy tried to remedy the situation by tweeting what he wrote again and replacing “HNIC” with “boss.” Good thinking! He also expressed regret: “Apologies for the earlier tweet, clearly been listening to too much Fashawn.”

A journalist soon emailed us, saying, “Whatever you do, don’t do a Twitter search (search.twitter.com) for ‘HNIC’ and ‘DailyCaller.’”

We hear the newsroom went a bit haywire yesterday amid the controversy, and that Hennessy was spotted in the office of Publisher Neil Patel. Some feared he may get the axe. But whatever the talking-to amounted to couldn’t have been that bad. Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson told FishbowlDC this morning that Hennessy will not lose his job over this. “As for yesterday’s tweet, it was a reference to a song by Fashawn and not a racist attack on Reince Priebus, whom I don’t even think is black. Still, given the reaction on Twitter and the current standards on accidentally offensive speech, we have executed the employee who wrote it.”

Uh oh. Whah?

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Daily Caller Honchos Boycott WHCD

As usual, Daily Caller and Fox News’ Tucker Carlson avoided The White House Correspondents’ Dinner like the plague. This year he was in New Orleans with Publisher Neil Patel.

What was the pair up to?

According to Daily Caller Senior Online Editor Vince Coglianese, “Yeah. While the rest of DC was consumed with the Correspondents Dinner, these dorks were racing each other on go karts.”

See Patel in his Go-Kart… Read more

Tick Tock: WHCD 2013

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a blur this year as stars, journalists, nerdy political types — and Psy — rubbed elbows. Well, not Psy, he was busy smoking. But the rest of ‘em fawned and frolicked around the Washington Hilton oohing and ahhing at one another’s evening wear. People watching was admittedly pretty phenomenal. As evidenced by the shrieks coming from young, female bystanders salivating at the mere sight of a star. Each time an actor or well-known journalist walked by, they screamed and barked things out at them like faux paparazzi. In a moment of hilarity, one journalist, who shall remain nameless, was heard biting a security employee’s head off as they kept constantly trying to herd and push a small smattering of people waiting by the door from one end to the other. “I have two tickets, I have a right to be here and I’m not moving,” the person snapped in a display of spectacular irritation. Security immediately backed right down and eased away. And the lesson is? Yelling wins! (By the way, pictured above: actress Kate Walsh.)

4:35 p.m. Betsy tells Eddie she need 15 more minutes. He replies, “Are you trying to squeeze in a size 8 dress again?”

5:42 p.m. Eddie is running slightly behind because he has no idea how to tie a bow-tie and he couldn’t get the Tucker Carlson consult. As usual, Carlson skipped out of town for the WHCD. We learned later in the evening that he’s in New Orleans riding Go Karts with Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel.

6:13 p.m. Settling in at the lobby of the Washington Hilton for some major people watching. MC Hammer sighting. Girls screaming, “WOO HOO! WOO HOO!”

6:14 p.m. TIME‘s Zeke Miller enters in a wrinkly blazer.

6:15 p.m. DJ at Atlantic party may have Tourette’s. Ticking and chirping, etc…

6:16 p.m. Fox News Correspondent Peter Doocy sighting. This guy is too tall and everywhere this weekend.

6:17 p.m. Washington Examiner Nikki Schwab sighting. Her hair is in curls this evening. Very pleasant interaction.

6:18 p.m. Woman walks into the Hilton wearing a kimono.

6:19 p.m. It’s Kathleen Turner. The gaggle of girls in the lobby: “Kathleen we love you!!!”

6:20 p.m. Amy Poehler walks by. “Ahh ahh we love you Amy!”

6:21 p.m. CBS’ Gayle King has entered the hotel in a stunner of a kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel.

6:22 p.m. A rando woman who won’t stop yapping is saying to her friends, “I’m walking around the house going, does this match?”

6:23  p.m. The NPR greeter awaiting NPR party guests in the front of the hotel looks like he should be at the airport. He’s a vision of nerdy perfection.

6:24 p.m. Washington Examiner‘s Byron York walks into the hotel and promptly walks down the wrong set of stairs.

6: 25 p.m. It’s Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera! He’s all smiles for anyone who approaches. Up close his mustache is nothing short of thick and amazing.

6:27 p.m. A Jon Huntsman sighting. He walks in with a lovely blonde (presumably his wife) on his arm.

6:28 p.m. We get reprimanded for the second time for standing in the “wrong” place. Is there a right place? Who knows?

6:30 p.m. Holy shit. It’s Nicole Kidman. Bradley Cooper follows shortly thereafter.

6: 32 p.m. House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor is hanging out by the entrance.

6:35 p.m. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis drawing major stares in the lobby. Wilde’s flowing chocolate brown dress is unbelievable beautiful.

6:37 p.m. A young woman walking with CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley has ample cleavage.

6:40 p.m. Sightings: White House Press Sec. Jay Carney. Chicago Sun TimesClarence Page. Kathleen Sebelius. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

6:41 p.m. Dave Weigel, a big FishbowlDC fan, has been spotted. Later he’ll watch us like a hawk even though we’re not snapping his picture tonight or bothering him whatsoever.

6:45 p.m. The kid from Glee! is here. Wasn’t he at Tammy’s?

6:50 p.m. Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan spotted in the bar line at the Atlantic, CBS, NJ pre-party. Janet insists this is her last year doing this. “I’ve been doing this since 1971,” she says wearily. “Enough is enough.”

6:55 p.m. Bob Schieffer holding court at the CBS party. Worlds colliding. Glee! kid spotted talking to Mother Jones Bureau Chief David Corn. WTF?

6:59 p.m. CBS news anchor and producer Julie Chen stands out in bright pink dress that may have been the second best frock of the evening. Olivia Wilde’s gown was hard to beat.

7 p.m. Andy Cohen from Bravo is here. He has some schmutz on his blazer.

7: 05 p.m. Overheard: “He’s very brave here coming with his ugly wife.”

7:06 p.m. Reince Priebus sighting. Later he’ll be a dumb joke in Conan’s monologue.

7:16 p.m. Ed Helms telling his girlfriend that people come here “for the food.”

7:17 p.m. Psy‘s handlers are a bunch of asses. “No, we did red carpet interviews. We’re not doing any more.” Regarding Psy and pictures, guest says, “This isn’t Korea. This is America.”

7:18 p.m. Peter cuts U.S. Treasury Sec. Jack Lew in a line. Way to go Peter!

7:19 p.m. CNBC’s Jim Cramer is yelling. Read more

Daily Caller Tip Sheet Lumps Ginni Thomas With Other Conservative ‘Clowns’

This is uncomfortable.

Ginni Thomas, a contributor at The Daily Caller, was grouped with other conservative “clowns” yesterday in a daily morning tip sheet written by The DC Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein.

The item by Weinstein linked to a story by his colleague Will Rahn involving a letter drafted by several movement conservatives defending the conservative Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell. Republican consultant Jonathan Collegio reportedly referred to Bozell as a “hater” on a local D.C. radio program this week. To that, other conservatives along with radio host Mark Levin and Thomas drafted a letter calling for Collegio to be fired from his job at the American Crossroads Super PAC.

Weinstein called it “a clown letter that embarrasses clowns.” More from his tip sheet… Read more

Street Fighting: Tucker Carlson V. Jonathan Alter

So who’s a better street fighter, The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson or Bloomberg’s Jonathan Alter? Since we weren’t there, the jury’s out. But both agree they lost their tempers. And both agree the other behaved worse.

Back story: In an op-ed piece published Monday, The Daily Caller‘s Publisher Neil Patel and Carlson wrote about “legacy reporters” and how they will soon go out of business on account of their relentless pro-Obama reporting. They pointedly went after Alter, recalling an incident one night in which he went “apoplectic” over the now infamous Rose Garden incident in which Daily Caller scribe Neil Munro interrupted the President to pose a question.

The incident happened at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this summer. See what each gentleman had to say about it…

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Daily Caller Brass Says Apocalypse is Near

For the last several months The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson has gone around town referring to his White House Correspondent Neil Munro as a “folk hero” for infamously interrupting President Obama in the Rose Garden. Today Carlson and Publisher Neil Patel, take the matter a full frog jump further by declaring that the “legacy media” that has obviously been playing footsy with the Obama Administration, is soon on its way out.

They cast all “political reporters” as disgraceful, move on to calling them “legacy media” and never call them “mainstream media” as they are typically dubbed by conservative media. Carlson and Patel describe this media as “lazy” and “tapped out.” They write, “The good news is, it’s almost over. The broadcast networks, the big daily newspapers, the newsweeklies — they’re done.”

Quick question: Did they land an off-the-record interview with Nostradamus?

“Through their dishonesty the legacy media hastened their own end,” they write ominously in the last graph. “Their moral authority has evaporated. So has their business model. Wave them goodbye on the way out.”

CNN’s Candy Crowley takes a hit in the piece. They say she “broke character” to defend the President. And poor Jonathan AlterRead more

ABC Spox Calls Daily Caller Story ‘Nonsense,’ Tucker Carlson Calls Him ‘Whiney’ and ‘Hardboiled’

An egg tossing contest might be in order for The Daily Caller and ABC News. Although we fear the dry cleaning bill could be quite high.

Jeffrey Schneider, Senior VP and Spokesman for ABC News who also handles communication for a myriad of programs such as “World News with Diane Sawyer,” and “20/20,” has one word for The Daily Caller‘s story on Martha Raddatz‘ relationship with President Obama over the years. As a matter of fact, it’s the same word he uses to describe the publication’s attempt to attack ABC Spokesman David Ford: “Nonsense.”

In a story published early this morning by Daily Caller story by Publisher Neil Patel and Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, they into great detail about Ford’s attempt to discredit Josh Peterson, the reporter who looked into the story on Raddatz, a longtime ABC correspondent and tonight’s debate moderator.

“When confronted with proof by The Daily Caller months later, ABC made up facts to minimize the appearance of impropriety,” they wrote. “A network flack named David Ford sent a statement to sympathetic liberal news outlets attacking Peterson for daring to question Raddatz’s impartiality. In his statement, Ford claimed that Obama’s attendance at the wedding didn’t mean anything, because ‘nearly the entire law review attended the wedding.’ …When Peterson pressed Ford for just how many Harvard law students went to Raddatz’s wedding, Ford stopped answering. None of this stopped the Huffington Post, Politico or the Daily Beast from dutifully repeating Ford’s whopper with no questions asked.”

Schneider sees The Daily Caller story as uncanny timing for tonight’s debate. “I think they failed to smear Martha and in lieu of that they’re trying to attack David Ford and it’s just nonsense,” he told FishbowlDC by phone today.

When asked to comment on Schneider’s remarks, Carlson replied, “It’s remarkable how whiney these hardboiled newsmen get when held to their own standards. We didn’t try to smear anybody. We just printed a series of verifiable facts we thought our readers had a right to know. That’s called journalism.”

He added, “I’m really struck by how fragile these network people are. It’s like they’ve never been challenged before, and I guess compared to the rest of us they really haven’t. But it’s also clear they know on some level their business is terminal, overtaken by cable and the internet, and it’s just a matter of time before it’s just a memory. I guess I might be hysterical too if I worked at ABC.”

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