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Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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Morning Chatter

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Fish-1FishbowlDC Fan Club Board

President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

UnknownJourno is anti-Flan

“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

New ‘Yeas & Nays’ Columnist Abruptly Quits

Something fishy is going on over at Red Alert Politics.

On Sept. 10, just eight days ago, Francesca Chambers, editor of the site, wrote FishbowlDC about Nikki Schwab‘s replacement at Yeas & Nays. She said Nicholas Ballasy would be replacing Schwab, now at U.S. News & World Report.

Strangely, Ballasy, whom Chambers raved about in an enthusiastic memo, was supposed to start Sept. 13. But his work is still nowhere to be found on the site. An introductory blurb announcing his hire (pictured after the jump) is still on the site at the timing of this posting. But…BREAKING NEWS: Ballasy abruptly quit Tuesday after having “issues” with Chambers, FishbowlDC has learned.

“Nick Ballasy is the new Yeas and Nays columnist,” Chambers wrote FishbowlDC on Sept. 10. “He starts full time on Friday.” Only he never started Friday.

Ballasy was apparently traveling with his wife in Europe, hence an alleged delayed start date. His Twitter account and personal website make no mention of his new gig at Red Alert Politics. His Twitter has been on mute since Sept. 6.

Meanwhile, Ballasy takes his angst out on FishbowlDC, writing me today, saying, “I never officially signed on as the ‘Yeas & Nays’ columnist at Red Alert Politics. As usual, Fishbowl’s assertions  about me are inaccurate.” (Hey Ballasy, you may want to inform Red Alert Politics you don’t work there because there appears to be some grand confusion. See the aforementioned announcement after the jump or here.)

Email and phone requests for comment to Chambers have all gone unreturned. Read more

Red Alert Politics Gets New ‘Serious’ Gossip Writer

Last week we reported that Red Alert Politics “Yeas & Nays” writer Nikki Schwab was moving over to U.S. News & World Report to write the “Washington Whispers” column. Replacing her at “Yeas & Nays: is Nicholas Ballasy, who was fired from The Daily Caller back in March. He was their senior video reporter.

At the time, he told FishbowlDC: “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.”

Foreshadowing! We love that.

Just a fun fact…when Schwab needed a new co-writer when Yeas & Nays was still at the Washington Examiner, Ballasy applied for the job but didn’t end up taking it. As we reported at the time in 2010, Editor Steve Smith tried to hire Ballasy away from Cybercast News Service but the young reporter apparently said he wanted to continue to do more “serious” journalism (to which some at the Examiner rolled their eyes in response). In January of 2013, he was in talks for the job at “Yeas and Nays” once again, but we hear he didn’t want to take orders from Schwab and the position went to Alicia Cohn. Apparently Ballasy is ready to do less “serious” journalism. He also won’t be taking orders from Schwab. We can hardly wait to see what he does with it.

Shhh…Nikki Schwab to U.S. News & World Report’s Whispers Column

Gossip isn’t entirely dead in Washington. It’s just moving around.

Nikki Schwab is jumping off the good ship Red Alert Politics to assume the byline on the “Washington Whispers” column at U.S. News & Word Report. She will be an Associate Editor. The Washington Examiner, where Schwab formerly wrote “Yeas & Nays” gossip column, and Red Alert Politics are owned by the same parent company, MediaDC. “Washington Whispers” was the longtime column of Paul Bedard, before he moved over to the Washington Examiner where he writes the “Secrets” column.

Apparently Schwab is the third former U.S. News staffer to return to the “Mother Ship” in the past few months. “Washington Whispers” has appeared in the pub since 1933, as they put it, “offering a fun take at the scene inside Washington.”

See the memo.

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Morning Chatter

LET SLEEPING DOG LIE: “Someone is very happy to be home and sleeping in a bed unlike those barbarians at doggy boarding.” — Politico’s Christine Delargy, who formerly wrote for FBDC

Was it really OTR?

“It was definitely on record. We’ve had two senior editors from our organization who scrutinized ever aspect of this story. There’s no question it was an on the record conversation.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker, author of the story in which New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner‘s Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called ex-campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi a series of insults that are now part of her Twitter feed, as pictured here. Walker told the above to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night on his program.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Adventures in weird first date eavesdropping: ‘you’re just not into topography enough’” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. He added, “I mean, who has map reading as a relationship deal breaker? I have my orienteering merit badge but that shit ain’t a fetish.”

Please, Politico, can he do this?

“If it were socially acceptable to Tweet nothing but Seinfeld lines I’d do it. And drape myself in velvet.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

The Observer

“My Twitter feed seems drunker than usual tonight. People sprung early for the impending congressional recess?” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

AC confusion?

“Air conditioning debate rages – if one says turn it down, that can mean make it warmer (as in turn down the fan).” — Dana Perino, Co-host of FNC’s “The Five.” She explained, “Husband asks why I don’t say ‘reduce’ the air conditioning …but that also can be confusion and mean make it colder! #ack!”

Father Glenn

“Now entering the lives being destroyed phase of the Weiner crack-up. Anyone getting their jollies off of this now is pretty much a sadist,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, whose Twitter feed has taken a decidedly preachy turn as of late. We love his passion.

Journo has karaoke advice

“The next time you think of kareoking Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, don’t. Leave it be.” — Political blogger Dave Catanese. As some may recall, Catanese once won the highest award at a karaoke contest so he may know what he’s talking about.

Navarro says Matthews out of line…

“I’m no fan of Cruz, but this is way over the line.” — CNN’s Ana Navarro on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “political terrorist.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:29 a.m.

Coworker Love

“Why @NikkiSchwab is the best co-worker ever: She sends out all-staff emails letting us know about #FreeSmoothieDayDC tomorrow!! :D ” — Red Alert Politics News Editor Kelsey Osterman on Nikki Schwab.

Confessional.

“ICYMI: ‘Anthony Wiener is a needy little bitch.’ (Not judging, b/c so am I.)” — The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, linking to Sydney Elaine Leather‘s appearance on the Howard Stern show in which she calls Weiner a “needy little bitch.”

Summer Superlatives 2013: Best Bangs

Today we begin our 2013 Summer Superlatives contest with a late entry to the race: Best Bangs. If you hadn’t noticed, we like hair items and bangs are not always a good look. Whoever can pull them off is a rare individual worthy of many compliments. But who deserves the praise?

Our nominees include Red Alert‘s Nikki SchwabBreitbart News and Townhall’s Lisa de Pasquale, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and NBC’s Luke Russert. We’re throwing in Michelle Obama just for the hell of it. She does appear to be responsible for this year’s bang craze.

Wrote one tipster, “Nikki Schwab’s are awesome. Her ‘do is simply perfect for her face frame and she pulls them off beautifully! Not everyone can like she does. Obligatory corresponding photo attached.”

Let the voting begin.

Graphics by Austin Price

The Atlantic’s Questionable Imitation of CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

If The Atlantic was really going to reinvent CNN’s “Crossfire” at a quasi-debate event Thursday at their Watergate HQ, they would’ve been well-advised to invite someone like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to square off against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Instead they invited Grover Norquist.

Under normal circumstances, Grover, President of Americans for Tax Reform, is undoubtedly a great foil for Democrats. The trouble here was he and Rahm agree on mostly everything where immigration is concerned. So instead of being “Crossfire” it was more like GMA’s news family meets Hoda and Kathie Lee minus the wine. Everyone was cordial and kind. No cussing. No deep sighs. No pointing fingers at the media, unless you call The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large and emcee Steve Clemons insistence that The Atlantic‘s James Fallows and CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood pose questions as finger pointing. The first time around, Fallows admitted he had no question. Later on, he came up with something. Harwood came prepared (or seemed to) with a two-parter.

Emanuel did acknowledge Chicago Sun Times White House Correspondent Lynn Sweet for attending the same high school as his mother — if that even counts for calling someone out. It was more the classic Bill Clinton technique of connecting people in an audience through vignettes. Sweet, who’s notoriously tough on Emanuel, tried to chase him out after, but a witness was unclear whether she caught him as he made a mad dash for the White House.

But no. There were no “f**k you’s” from Rahm. No tenseness between the two men. “I don’t think Rahm and Grover like each other,” Clemons told FishbowlDC in a follow-up interview Tuesday. “They aren’t going to hang out over beers — but they demonstrated an ability to be civil, humorous and maturely manage their differences and similarities quite well.”

Inexplicably in the subzero debate room was a vanilla-hued grand piano. Optics were apparently important. “Can you be a seat filler?” one official-looking woman asked another who was wearing some sort of sheer gown getup.

When asked if Grover or Rahm made any special requests or stipulations, Clemons said, “Neither asked for anything behind the scenes. I called Grover Thursday night midnight last week to ask him to do this — and he agreed with no request. The only thing Rahm mentioned to me is that first, going on with Grover was an ‘out of body experience’ for him — and acknowledged it must be for Grover too.”

Emanuel did have one request of Clemons: “He said that we’d get more out of this if he could approach my questions more from the perspective of a mayor of major city rather than former White House chief of staff,” Clemons added. “I thought he did well on that front — but I still asked him later in the questions to think about what he’d do in this process from his old role, and also humorously suggested that he might run for President one day when Grover talked about future Democratic presidential candidates.”

Clemons tells me there is a back story where this pairing is concerned. He said he considered this debate Round 2 of an encounter that occurred at Emanuel’s Inaugural party in which Clemons took Grover to Emanuel’s party at The Hamilton. Clemons got Norquist in by pretending he was a “friend of Ram’s.” It worked, despite it not being the slightest bit true.

See who was there and what they said…

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Morning Chatter

Famous last words? “I don’t know what a sharknado is, but I wish it would get out of my timeline.” — George Scoville.

Dylan Byers blasted for daring to deflate Glenn Greenwald

Kade: “Bet @DylanByers feels dumb about saying @ggreenwald didn’t have anymore big stories. How exciting on all fronts!” To which D.C. freelancer Sam Knight replied, “No, Kade. You’re wrong. If @DylanByers felt dumb about being wrong, he would have stopped trafficking wrong a long time ago.” All of this bluster stems from a single line in a Thursday post from Politico‘s Dylan Byers, in which he said he thought the wind was coming out of Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald‘s sails. More specifically, “Greenwald doesn’t appear to have any more big revelations up his sleeve.”And with that, let the d**k swinging contest begin! You’d have thought Byers said Greenwald had some sort of erectile dysfunction disorder by the way that geeky know-it-all prof and blogger Jay Rosen and Greenwald reacted. Then again, Byers isn’t exactly great at reading crystal balls – anyone recall what he said about NYT‘s Nate Silver? Nonetheless, Byers shot back at Rosen and Greenwald, who made fun of him and challenged his comment, writing, “Both of you willingly misread and are misrepresenting what I wrote.” He added, “Read this one and please try to troll less.” (Read here.) In conclusion, we’re taking Byers’ side here, but only because Rosen and Greenwald sound like a couple of whiny babies.

Newly elected WHCA board member expresses gratitude

“Thrilled and a little nervous about representing my colleagues on the White House Correspondents Association board. Thank you.” – Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox. Others who won: WSJ‘s Carol Lee as Prez; CBS’ Major Garrett as a board member. Congrats to all. Read more about this here.

Pregnant gossip writer has pickle cravings

“I’ve eaten five pickles in less than 24 hours, thereby officially becoming a cliché. #preggoproblems” — Howiella Kurtz (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz).

Thursday boldness

“OK, I’m going to say it – Britney’s new song sucks” — Nikki Schwab, who links to the song.

Important Q to Ponder: “What the fuck is going on in downtown DC? Why are 8 blocks cordoned off?” — WSJ video reporter Neil Hickey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:18 a.m.

Sexy for Washington talk

“Hot Mitch McConnell on Harry Reid action right now.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

 

Travel Bitches

“May not take @DCCirculator anymore if they can’t let passengers debark during 15 mns & counting of gridlocked traffic. Bus #1131.” — Crisis consultant and former journo Tim Burger.

Don’t miss more Morning Chatter… and WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten attempting humor… Read more

Washington Examiner’s Yeas and Nays Is Back From the Dead

Last month, Washington Examiner shut down its daily publication, laid off a bulk of the newsroom and said it would switch to a weekly political magazine format to compete with Roll Call and The Hill.

Yeas and Nays’ Nikki Schwab and Alicia Cohn were among those who we’d heard had lost their jobs, so we assumed the column was tragically gone forever—until we noticed that Schwab was still running the Yeas and Neas Twitter account. There were three posts yesterday and a smattering since July 2.

We reached out and… Read more

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