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The DC’s Roeberg Lands at R Street

Last week, we reported that The Daily Caller had shaken up their editorial and business teams with some internal hires. McKenzie Vaughn  is the new Director of Operations and Public Affairs, and Clark Hennessy the new Director of Communications. This did raise a question for us though: What happened to Director of Communications and Public Affairs Nicole Roeberg? It would seem that Vaughn and Hennessy had taken over her areas of operation.

Well now our question has been answered. The R Street Institute announced today that  it has hired Roeberg to serve as Director of Communications. She takes on the communications duties previously performed by Public Affairs Director R.J. Lehmann, who has been promoted to become R Street’s editor-in-chief.

The R Street Institute is a non-profit think tank founded in 2012 by former members of the Heartland Institute’s Center on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate to promote “free markets; limited, effective government; and responsible environmental stewardship.” R Street split from Heartland after that group launched a billboard campaign in May of 2012 promoting climate change skepticism, which is an interesting story in its own right. Check out Dave Weigel‘s piece in Slate on it to learn more.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a respected organization,” Roeberg said of her new employer. “I’m eager to help broaden the reach and visibility of the important work R Street is doing, and particularly glad to have found a home where I can put my previous experience in insurance issues to work.”

Nicole’s first day is Feb 10. Congrats from us here at FishbowlDC!

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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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Head Scratcher: Daily Caller Hosts McAuliffe Ad?


The Daily Caller isn’t exactly the welcoming committee for the Democrats. So it was a little strange Wednesday that The Daily Caller would feature an ad from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe against Republican Ken Cuccinelli within a story saying the White House and IRS exchanged confidential taxpayer info that ultimately landed on Drudge. And not just any Democratic candidate — the former head of the DNC and a major buddy of Bill Clinton. No doubt, it’s also weird McAuliffee would even think to advertise on the obviously right-leaning Daily Caller.

Kind of like advertising for kale juices during a football game, right?

Well, it turns out McAuliffe and The Daily Caller aren’t in bed together. We asked a publication spokeswoman for comment. Read more

Daily Caller Finds 28 Capitol Hill Beauties in a Single Afternoon

On Wednesday, The Hill published its annual list of “The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People,” which caused quite a buzz around Washington.

The list typically generates explosive chatter among Hill staffers and D.C. journalists, but the response to this year’s list mainly questioned how deserving those 50 people really were. So The Daily Caller, in its typical brash fashion, decided it could do a better job. In fact, it decided, their interns could do a better job (because interns are great).

So a team of three Daily Caller interns was dispatched to Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon with cameras and instructions to stalk good-looking Hill staffers. The team was made up of Ariel Cohen, Elizabeth Dorton and the now-famous young intern Gabe Finger.

They came back with “The 28 Most Beautiful People On The Hill That TheDC’s Interns Found In A Single Afternoon.” The list, as The Daily Caller notes, “has no particular order and is of course composed entirely of women.”

Kate Upton apparently wasn’t on the Hill visiting her uncle, Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), or she would have undoubtedly been on the list.

But 28 others found themselves on the list, and we have to say, those interns have pretty good eyes when it comes to spotting beautiful people on the Hill.

According to Daily Caller publicist Nicole Roeberg, many of the staffers that the interns approached thought The Hill’s list was subpar, though some didn’t want to be on The Daily Caller’s list. Read more

Daily Caller Spins Its Web Traffic

The Daily Caller sent out a breathless press release Sunday night proclaiming that it had surpassed Politico in web traffic.

Well, it has — kind of and maybe just briefly.

Yes, for the last 30 days, The Daily Caller has edged out Politico by about 240,000 unique visitors. What they don’t mention is that the ranking changes at least day-to-day. For the month ending June 30, for example, Politico beat The Daily Caller by more than 400,000 unique visitors. Just a week earlier, July 7, Politico was ahead by almost 400,000 uniques and early this morning, the rankings showed The Daily Caller had already slipped a few spots on the list to 281 (Politico slipped a few as well, to 318). An update a few hours later showed a jump for The Daily Caller of about 13 spots. The point is, these rankings fluctuate — they’re relative based on how all the other sites Quantcast measured are doing.

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Daily Caller Publicist Instructs Newsroom Not to Contact FishbowlDC on Sensitive Matters

Here’s the thing.

When you mention FishbowlDC in an afternoon meeting of reporters, chances are pretty high (we’ll take a stab at 80 percent) that word will boomerang back to us.

When it happens, sometimes it’s in minor passing, boring and unworthy of highlighting. Sometimes it’s more. A shocker? Sources who spoke to us for weeks and months before the meeting are likely to talk to us after, no matter your warning sirens.

Such was the case Tuesday when Daily Caller Publicist Nicole Roeberg reemphasized to staff at the afternoon meeting that they were not to talk to yours truly or FishbowlDC about sensitive matters. (This week we reported that another reporter at the publication had been fired. Roeberg did not respond to a request for comment on the story.) Read more

Daily Caller Fires Another Reporter

Nicholas Ballasy, senior video reporter at The Daily Caller, was fired last week, multiple sources tell FishbowlDC.

Ballasy hasn’t had any stories published at The DC since Thursday. That was also the last day he tweeted and posted anything to Facebook.

When video reporter Michelle Fields was fired from The DC last year, messages sent to her work email address were returned with a notice that said she no longer worked there. That is not the case for Ballasy. He did not return our request for comment via Facebook message nor email.

Update: Ballasy wrote in after this story published: “I’m flattered that FishbowlDC and the person who gave you this news tip find me more fascinating than the stories I report. While I enjoyed my time at TheDC, we have parted company. As for my future endeavors, stay tuned. Like any good story, there is more to come.” Attached to Ballasy’s email was a YouTube video of a past hit he did on FNC.

The reason for Ballasy’s firing is unclear. A look at all of his bylined stories show he was Read more

Modern Day Riddle: The Daily Caller Vs. WaPo

Early this morning at 7:32 a.m., The Daily Caller issued a statement on its website saying they stand by their reporting concerning the Dominican hookers.

They began, “The Washington Post falsely reported a story yesterday claiming our source had recanted her statement, without contacting The Daily Caller for comment before posting. In reality, the prostitute in the Post’s story does not appear to be one of the women we interviewed in 2012.” (Read the entire statement here.)

And yet, in WaPo piece, the reporters say they did get in touch: “Daily Caller Editor Tucker Carlson did not reply to phone calls and e-mails requesting comment.” (See that story here.)

UPDATE: Carlson lashes out at WaPo: “[Carol] Leonnig emailed me almost 40 minutes after the story went up, then added in an update that I wouldn’t comment,” Carlson told FishbowlDC this morning. “She could have saved herself a lot of embarrassment if she’d called before she filed. The Dominican affidavit the Post claims discredits us doesn’t even mention our story.”

All Daily Caller reporters have been instructed to not say anything about any of it to anyone. However, Publicist Nicole Roeberg wrote on Twitter this morning at 12:34 a.m., “WaPo called Tucker after posting the original story. By then we were busy reporting ours.” Roeberg was apparently pretty tired after arguing for hours with a reader about the whole mess. Her last tweet before she signed off at 2:31 a.m.: “True, she did. This is exhausting. I have to be at work in 6 hours and we aren’t going to convince each other. Good night!”

Daily Caller Executive Editor to Daily Mail

The Daily Caller‘s controversial Executive Editor David Martosko is leaving to be the U.S. Political Editor for the Daily Mail. He’s off to London for training. Soon he’ll open the Washington office of the largest news outlet in the world.

Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson sent word out today to staff.

Martosko has written several of the prostitute-related pieces surrounding Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) as of late. The latest of which involved a woman they called “Beth”, a woman who was interviewed in person by The Daily Caller.

While the development is a huge mark of success for Martosko, recent weeks and months haven’t been so promising for Martosko inside The Daily Caller. The staff long grumbled about his management style, which they found annoying. Interns often didn’t want to be alone with him and complained about him. No specific bad behavior was told to FishbowlDC, just a general feeling that they didn’t want to be alone with him.

Martosko, meanwhile, has been searching for a new job as management has been internally weighing possibilities of a new editor to help run the newsroom. He arrived at the paper 20 months ago with a long rap sheet and little to no journalism experience when the publication’s Executive Editor left to live abroad.

Congratulations to Martosko.

UPDATE from Martosko: “I’m truly excited about joining The Daily Mail. It’s the biggest newspaper website in the world, and every click is hard-earned and well-deserved. That said, I’ll miss The Daily Caller. It’s bursting with first-rate talent, and Tucker Carlson has been a fantastic guy to work with. I highly recommend a career at The Daily Caller, but only for journalists who don’t have many sacred cows, don’t take themselves too seriously, and don’t mind an occasional hail of arrows fom the cheap seats outside our newsroom.”

UPDATE #2: Despite numerous and persistent reports to the contrary over the course of the past month from inside The Daily Caller, Publicist Nicole Roeberg has insisted that we add a statement she sent late in the day. See it after the jump.

See the internal memo…a lovely sendoff from Carlson… 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