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Love Child: the Fantasy Kids of D.C. Media

D.C. pap Mark Wilkins (a.k.a Marky Mark) and Washington Examiner gossip columnist Nikki Schwab have had their differences in the past. He calls her out on the occasional factual errors in her reporting. She calls him “rotund.” And so it goes.

But Valentine’s Day is about letting out the love. It’s never too late to mend old wounds. Today, FishbowlDC proposes that Schwab and Wilkins bury the hatchet. At least for the next 24 hours. To mark this special time in their lives, we’ve mixed their virtual DNA to create a love child, who we’ve named Mary. We even did her hair.

BuzzFeed Brews: ‘It’s Like a First Date’

Asked to describe the idea behind “BuzzFeed Brews,” John Stanton says, “It’s like a first date. Get them a little drunk and relaxed so they can talk about things people don’t normally hear them talk about.”

Stanton is the Washington Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed and last night was the launch of the website’s new series wherein newsmakers are invited to sit before an audience and answer questions. And there’s free beer.

It’s essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer,” cracked BuzzFeed‘s Politics Editor McKay Coppins to FishbowlDC. (The site’s publicist Ashley McCollum boasts that she came up with that description.)

The first guest: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). For roughly 45 minutes Rubio answered questions from BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith about immigration, gay marriage and the future of the Republican Party. Of course, lengthy segments here and there were spent on why Rubio prefers Tupac over Biggie Smalls (“His lyrics are more insightful in my opinion.”) and whether he had to “think long and hard” before letting his son play recreational football. Stanton said that’s another thing distinguishing the Brews series from Playbook Breakfast, whose audience may not be interested in those things. Read more

CNN’s Blitzer, O’Brien Make Cameos in Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’

Though he participated in a well-documented Twitter fight back in 2009 with TWT‘s Emily Miller, it appears actor Kevin Spacey has forgotten who she is.

“I don’t know she is,” he said when asked if we could send Miller his regards at the red carpet premier of Netflix’s “House of Cards” last night at the Newseum. FishbowlDC explained that Miller tipped off the FBI about details surrounding the Jack Abramoff scandal, as portrayed in the film “Casino Jack,” starring Spacey himself. “Oh,” Spacey said, sort of recalling who Miller is. “Hi! Sure. I don’t know what you’re asking me,” he said. Then his handlers moved him along.

“House of Cards” tells the story of Francis Underwood, played by Spacey, a congressional Democrat who wheels and deals his way to the top of the political world. Michael Dobbs, the creator, told FishbowlDC that he wrote the story “as a form of therapy” after having worked as the chief of staff to former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in the late ’80s.

The Washington news corps. plays a heavy, fictional role in the show, which is based on the original 1990s BBC series of the same name. James Foley, one of the show’s directors, said while working on story lines he’d ask himself whether it would be believable if he saw it reported on CNN. If not, he’d ask the lead writer for adjustments to the script. He also said actual on-air talent from CNN make cameos in the show, including… Read more

Washington Examiner Adds Gossip Columnist

Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab is now on her third gossip partner in the two years since Tara Palmeri left for the New York Post. First there was Katy Adams. Next up: Jenny Rogers, formerly of TBD, who lasted a year. Now the Examiner has named a new co-columnist — it’s The Hill‘s Alicia Cohn, who contributed to that publication’s gossip column, “In the Know,” and managed content for the social media blog. We hear The Daily Caller‘s pretty aggressive Nick Ballasy was up for the job, but didn’t want to take orders from Schwab so he backed out.

It’s anyone’s guess what kind of co-columnist Cohn will be as her previous appeared in publications such as US WEEKLY and Human Events. She also interned for Christianity Today. She graduated from Wheaton College in Illinois, a Christian college where drinking, smoking, pornography and sex are taboo and where evolutionary biology is now accepted, but this wasn’t always true. Famous graduates include Billy Graham and former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. In 2003 the college eased its ban on dancing. They also let up on drinking and smoking for faculty and grad students only.

In an internal memo just out today, Editor Stephen Smith outlines three new reporters, including Cohn, and the promotion of another. Most of the new hires are recent grads whose experience consists of an array of internships. Read more

D.C. Pap Calls Out Examiner Gossip Scribe

Now and again local D.C. paparazzo Mark Wilkins (aka Marky Mark on Twitter) can be seen tweaking Nikki Schwab, who writes the Washington Examiner‘s “Yeas and Nays” gossip column.

Wilkins was at it today. “FAIL FAIL FAIL – AGAIN¬†Nikki Schwab wrote a piece saying the Children’s Inaugural Concert 2013 was NOT HAPPENING, WRONG,” he snapped today on Twitter. Schwab had written a report saying a concert planned for President Obama‘s re-inauguration wasn’t happening. The concert is reportedly on schedule to take place. (We were unable to locate Schwab’s report that the concert wasn’t happening. It may have been deleted.)

“Literacy fail. It is indeed happening,” a forthcoming Schwab replied to Wilkins.

Previously… Read more

ABC’s Raddatz Skips ‘ZeroDarkThirty’ Red Carpet, Examiner‘s Schwab Walks It

When we first showed up to last night’s screening of ZeroDarkThirty at the Newsuem, Politico‘s Tim Mak was persuading a press handler to let him inside the event. He had a ticket in hand but wasn’t on the list.

“There are already two others from Politico on our list,” the handler told Mak. A few minutes later, however, we spotted a happy Mak walking around with what appeared to be a glass of champagne in hand. The crisis wherein Politico would only have two reporters covering an event was averted.

Much of the news media who showed up to the screening weren’t as lucky. They (FishbowlDC included) weren’t allowed in to see the actual movie, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and were limited to red carpet coverage.

Still, there was plenty of weirdness to see.  Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

Madame Secretary can do whatever she pleases

“Guy @ state Dept LGBT event asks attendees to turn off phones, but ‘Madame Secretary, you’re welcome to text any time.’” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Harvey Levin: Is the power of Kim Kardashian disgraceful?

“Do you think politics hit a new low when the US ambassador personally greets Kim K when she arrives in Kuwait? #tmzlive” — TMZ’s Harvey Levin.

Politico reporter dings NYT for poor scoopage

“I’ve worked at the New York Times so I’m unfortunately well aware of its tendency to treat other people’s scoops like they don’t exist.” — Politico‘s Ben White. The backstory: White was referring to the NYT following his scoop that Treasury’s Mary Miller had taken her name out of consideration for SEC chair without crediting him. White also wrote on Twitter: “Freaking UNREAL that NYT fails to credit me on the Mary Miller scoop. NYTimes: Contender for S.E.C. Chief Drops Out” and links to this NYT story. The NYT‘s excuse? They said they hadn’t seen it.

Senator bumps reporter, makes weird joke

“Orrin Hatch accidentally bumping reporter, joking ‘I just like to touch you,’ then blushing. ‘I’m a good Mormon boy!’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

A faux Twitter fight

The fake fight was between HuffPost‘s Elise Foley and BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynksi.

Foley: I’m always so sad when I miss twitter fights.

Kaczynski: YOU SUCK

Foley: YOU SUCK MORE.

Beck advises how to win Obama in pee keepsake

“E-mail obamapeepee@glennbeck.com and put your bid for #ObamaInPeePee in the subject line WG” — Glenn Beck.

Question to ponder: “Has anybody asked Condi about Susan Rice? I.e., RICE ON RICE” – Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

A real HuffPost headline: “Man arrested for stealing goose, locking it in SUV while he played soccer”

Photog unleashes torrent of hate on Washington Examiner scribe, and HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper encounters boisterous gentleman outside Metro. Read more

Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

Today, we’re taking a look at a piece of particularly tragic “gossip” from the Yeas and Nays column in the Washington Examiner. Nikki Schwab brings us the news of a the new merry-go-round at the National Zoo. How exciting! Because I like to go to the zoo to ride slow moving plastic around and around in a circle!

But, wait! There’s more…

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Examiner Gossip Writer Flees Less Than a Year In

The co-writer of Washington Examiner‘s Yeas and Nays gossip column Jenny Rogers is heading over to Washington City Paper as its Assistant Managing Editor. WCP tweeted the news last night.

Rogers’ move comes after just 10 months with the Examiner. Isn’t that a little premature? Before the Examiner she worked for the Titanic TBD.

“We actually originally wanted to hire Jenny for this job more than a year ago, when she was at TBD, but we wound up not being able to fill the position at all due to budget constraints,” WCP Editor Mike Madden told FishbowlDC. “Her work at TBD was great — lively, creative, and smart coverage of whatever they threw her onto. I’ve read her Yeas and Nays stuff since she went to the Examiner and liked it, as well, and I’m very glad we’re able to hire her now.”

As for her current boss, the Examiner‘s Executive Editor Stephen Smith, he’s cordial about Rogers’ short-lived tenure at the paper. “I would have been surprised if Jenny had left to take a job similar to the one she had here,” he said, “but she had a chance to do something entirely different, assigning and editing pieces and writing some cover stories of her own.”

Compared to the vanilla swirl Yeas and Nays serves on a daily basis (ex. this story about a new carousel at the National Zoo), WCP gives Rogers an opportunity to go nuts, particularly when it comes to D.C.’s racist favorite councilman Marion Barry.

Rogers told us… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

WHAT THE HELL? “Why Nikki, is that a debate moderator on your shoulder?” — The Washington Examiner‘s gossip scribe Nikki Schwab talking to herself with a miniature CNN’s Candy Crowley on her shoulder. So much weirdness here we don’t know where to begin.

Reporter gets “super insidery”

“In super insidery stuff, Steve Scalise brushing back against RSC founders, taking his chairmanship bid to full body.” — Politico‘s super insidery Jake Sherman, linking to this super insidery story.

In other “disgusting” news…

“The disgusting Romney burger (lobster, hollandaise) has SURGED to a lead over the disgusting Obama burger (hot dog, relish) in BGR’s sweeps.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Priorities.

“I was going to watch the third party debate, but then I realize that I’ll be dead one day and don’t want to waste my life.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Lucky dog!

“Literally only one other dude on my flight from LGA to Columbus tonight. Closest I get to flying private.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Journo finds power of love

“Definitely rocking out to Huey Lewis & the News’ ‘Power of Love’ at my desk.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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