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Quotes Of The Day

ABC7 Stephen Tschida braves Germany and Austria this week: “In Vienna. Aunt Molly suggested today I take bike ride through the park. I’m thinking ‘life insurance.’” Two days prior, Tschida got hit by a car. “Never won lottery. But lucky today. Hit hard by car while biking in Munich! shaken, bruised and dizzy. but think I’m O.K.” Stay off the trains, Stephen, please.

Campaign season realities

“Secret Service removed the mailboxes at Century Village. Man says he walked around retirement community all morning trying to mail letter.” — Nora McAlvanah, Executive Producer of FLDemocracy2012, “FL’s source for campaign news.”

Hilary knocks Michele

“Well maybe some of u think Michele Bachman isn’t irrelevant; but her celebrity IS entirely negative.” — CNN’s Hilary Rosen, who won’t likely be wearing the Queen Bee jewelry line favored by Ann Romney. She can, however, bond with Michele about their one “l” first names.

Journo drawn to waffle fries

“The more people hate on Chik-fil-a, the stronger my craving gets for their waffle fries. I feel so guilty.” — HuffPost‘s Laura Bassett, who recently went on that ill fated Date Lab date.

The Media Observer

“Talking to young reporters, there is a new genre emerging: Lotsa folks ‘want to be the@WillieGeist1 of [insert television show here]‘” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Convo Between Two Journos

WaPo‘s Karen Travers: Office debate-how do dressage horses get to the Olympics? Do they fly? Boat? Anyone have experience with this?

ABC’s Amy Walters: Fairy dust?

 

 

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Say Hello to Evening With ‘HuffPost Hill’

SHORT FEDORA.jpgThe Huffington Post introduces a brand new feature today. It’s “HuffPost Hill”, a daily newsletter which aims to whisk readers into evening with a free, modern, e-mail version of an evening newspaper. It harkens back to an era that publication editors believe still ought to exist.

In the works for about a year, HuffPost unveils “HuffPost Hill” this evening, between 5p.m. and 6 p.m. daily, encapsulating the day’s missed events and the day ahead in a 2,000-word feature sent to your e-mail doorstep. It won’t be fancy graphically – no pictures, no graphics – the writing is meant to be lively and conversational with the promise of catchy headlines. Nora McAlvanah, former editor of NJ’s Wake-Up Call and Last Call, helped create it.

Content will be geared toward the Capitol Hill staffer, White House aide and anyone interested in that world. There will be news of unusually-themed fundraisers, embassy parties, free parties, Hill birthday celebrations, and who’s dating whom (as long as it’s someone we all care about).

HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington won’t say the feature is a take off Politico Mike Allen‘s “Playbook,” but she won’t run from the possibility. “I personally love reading Mike Allen in the morning,” Huffington told FishbowlDC last Friday, referring specifically to Allen’s “Playbook” feature that lands the publication a daily spot on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” She isn’t thinking too long-term about the feature, but she believe it’s important: “We used to have an afternoon newspaper,” she said of the newspaper industry.

Huffington said the writing needs to “lively and breezy”, and the “kind of stuff you talk about at dinner.” She said it won’t be just like Allen’s “Playbook” but will fill what they consider to be the afternoon gap.

National Editor Nico Pitney came up with the idea. At the helm of the operation is chief congressional correspondent Ryan Grim, who will edit the feature. “It’ll be like an evening newspaper [for people to] read on their way home,” said Grim.

Pitney will contribute to the project as will a variety of HuffPost scribes such as White House correspondent Sam Stein , K Street reporter Arthur Delaney, senior Washington correspondent Dan Froomkin and media editor Jason Linkins.

In Grim’s charges will be the newly hired Eliot Nelson, 23. Nelson has experience in satirical writing – which is what HuffPost appears to be looking for in this feature.

Pitney and Grim tested Nelson rigorously, giving him little guidance. They were pleased with the results, said Grim.

Nelson has worked for unknown online venues such as Yankee Pot Roast and McSweeny’s. He has interned at ABC News and Bloomberg and most recently, in the Whip office of South Carolina Democratic leader, James Clyburn.

Sign up for “HuffPost Hill” here.

FamousDC’s Photo Contest: Down to the Wire

Our secret friends (someday we’ll find out who they are) at FamousDC are hosting a Snowageddon Photo Contest.

The photographs are beautiful and won’t be an easy choice.
Will you choose the couple in love, the sledder, the artist, the pristine Capitol or the dogs?

Prizes include a meal and drinks for first place; gourmet cupcakes for second place.

A panel of judges narrowed the photograph pool down to five. They include: Tommy McFly, 107.3, Rachel Cothran, Project Beltway, Nora McAlvanah, HuffPost, Shana Glickfield, DC Concierge and Angie Goff, OhMyGoff

See the contest and vote here. Voting is open until 3 p.m. today.

> Update: Check out the winners here. First place went to R. Howler for “Snowy Proposal.”

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More News Notes: Nora, Pitts, Philly & NLCS

A few more things we thought you should know…

• Ta-ta-for-now to NJ‘s “Wake Up Call” and “Last Call!” editor Nora McAlvanah. She writes: “After giving Last Call! its unique voice, comic edge and any redeeming value it’s had over the last two years, Holly Noe takes over as editor and gives this rag some legitimacy (TMW, 4 pm).”

• CBS’ Byron Pitts is in town for a book signing with the National Association of Black Journalists this evening. He’s the author of “Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.”

• My old college buddy Dan Stamm covers “Goatee Gamble” for local NBC in Philadelphia.

• The NLCS kicks off tonight– and FBDC only knows that because of “Goatee Gamble.” Matt doesn’t even know what NLCS stands for.

Last Call: McAlvanah Takes a Well Deserved Break from NJ and DC

In an email to friends today, Nora McAlvanah, NJ‘s editor of “Wake-Up Call” and “Last Call,” announced that she’s taking a well-deserved break from Washington after four-plus years with Hotline. “I’ve decided it’s time to spend more time with my family. Or at least for the next month, I’ll be doing a little of that– along with traveling, eating, and working on operating heavy machinery.”

McAlvanah will be back in DC in December, freelancing, and thanks friends for “bizarre tips, exacting political knowledge and comedic ra-ta-tat fodder.”

Her email is after the jump…

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“DC’s Funniest Celeb”: All Politics (and Jokes) Are Local

FBDC finds out what makes Joe the Plumber a DC celebrity, listens to Julie Mason rage about the Geico Gecko, gets a preview of slightly inappropriate jokes from Chef Geoff and learns that Matt Cooper enjoys wearing a tiara…

Last night at the DC Improv, a mix matched group of Washingtonians competed for the title of “DC’s Funniest Celeb.” And the White House guy came out on top– economic advisor Austan Goolsbee (whose name was spelled incorrectly in the program, by the way). “Have some sympathy for the unemployed because, when Rahm Emanuel sees my comments from this evening, I am going to be one of them,” he ended his winning performance.

ABC’s Sam Donaldson told violent, sexist jokes (with his lovely wife Jan in the audience), US News and World Report’s Anna Mulrine recycled a past performance from Commedia Dell Media at the National Press Club this spring, and Joe the Plumber avoided Sarah Palin jokes at all costs- instead taking a swipe at MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. Check out Joe’s performance below.

Others were not so gracious to Palin- Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist: “We are trying to bring up the children – the two girls – correctly. I went out and got them their first children’s book – you’ve seen Sarah Palin’s new book, ‘Heather Has Two Hunters.’” And we forget who said this on Palin’s book: “One more thing she could only devote four months to.” And master of ceremonies Baratunde Thurston joked that Alaskan moose were her ghost writers.

Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA) was unexpectedly very funny– “I know you’re all thinking ‘who the frick are you,’” he opened. “Number 226 on the seniority list.” Chef Geoff Tracy was also a contestant- and wife Norah O’Donnell was there to support, and provide a backdrop of laughter.

The Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott, MPAA President Dan Glickman, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) and TWT‘s Richard Minitar were also contestants. And former champion Matt Cooper gave a special performance.

One of our fave lines of the night came from NYP‘s Robert George– “You’re only here because you’re hoping Patrick Gavin will mention you in Politico tomorrow.” Gavin, along with Julie Mason, NJ‘s Nora McAlvanah, the Examiner‘s Gina Sacripanti, the Chicago Trib‘s Clarence Page (who was accepting bribes, because he’s “from Chicago”) and the Geico Gecko were some of the judges.

The event benefitted the charity Standup for Kids. Check out some photos and more memorable one-liners after the jump…

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Tonight: “Celebs” Compete for DC’s Funniest Crown, Moran & UCP

• Who’s DC’s funniest celeb? FBDC will be on-hand tonight at the DC Improv to find out. “Celebs” include: Joe “the Plumber” Wurzelbacher, US News and World Report‘s Anna Mulrine, Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist, TWT‘s Richard Miniter, WDCA-TV’s Count Gore De Vol, Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA), Rep. Jackie Speier, Austan Goolsbee, Chef Geoff and Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott.

We’re bigger fans of some of the judges… they include the GEICO Gecko (seriously?!), Time‘s Karen Tumulty, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, Chicago Trib‘s Clarence Page, NJ‘s Nora McAlvanah and the Examiner‘s Julie Mason and Gina Sacrapanti, among others.

But it hasn’t been all fun and games for this event… Check out WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger‘s reporting yesterday. Funniest Celebrity Charitable Fund CEO Richard Siegel responded here.

Follow us on Twitter for updates (of jokes, and more likely, crashes-and-burns).

• ABC’s Terry Moran, Emmy-nominated actress Cheryl Hines, Office of Disability Employment Policy Assistant Secretary Kathy Martinez will celebrate United Cerebral Palsy’s “60 Years and Onward” at the Four Seasons. Moran will serve as the master of ceremonies to UCP’s event.

Morning Reading List 08.17.09

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.

Catching up on the Morning Reading List after a week out sick… Belated Happy Birthdays to Nora McAlvanah, Kelley McCormick and Sol Levine who celebrated last week. Happy Birthday today to Ron Bonjean! What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | WEST WING REPORTAGE | NEWS NOTES | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

The Boston Globe takes a look at filling the void of a city paper after it closes.

Is the Tribune‘s boss Sam Zell on his way out?

TV

The Daily Beast brings us the 7 Best Moments from Sunday Talk.

On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with Howard Kurtz yesterday: “I always thought that he should have gone on “Oprah,” because, you know, Oprah is a dog lover herself.” -sports columnist Drew Sharp on Michael Vick seeking forgiveness through the media.

For the fourth time this year, Fox News beat the combined totals of MSNBC, CNN, HLN and CNBC in primetime in both Total Viewers and the A25-54 demo. More on how Fox is flourishing during the Obama administration on FBDC later today.

President Obama had a town hall meeting in Grand Junction, Colorado Saturday, where he commented on TV coverage. “Yesterday I held a town hall in Belgrade, Montana. And we had a pretty good crowd. Some were big supporters of reform, some had concerns and questions, some were completely skeptical. And I got tough questions, but even though Montanans had strong opinions, they didn’t shout at one another, they were there to listen and that reflects the American people and what our democracy is about. A lot more than what’s been covered on TV the last several days.”

Jerry Seinfeld will be Jay Leno‘s first guest when his new show debuts on NBC Sept. 14th.

More funny guys in the media news this morning… Steve Harvey‘s joining ABC’s “GMA.”

ONLINE

HuffPost is launching a feature today called “HuffPost Social News” using Facebook Connect, which will allow readers to create a personalized social networking-like HuffPost news page.

Arianna Huffington needs some help picking 100 people who are using new media to change the world.

How’s AOL doing as print news is having a hard time? Pretty OK, according to the NYT.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Is Gibbs too jolly? Former Nixon and Ford deputy press secretary Jerry Warren visited the White House Friday, where he told Politico White House press secretary Robert Gibbs can be “too jovial about serious things.” “That can be dangerous,” he said. “Otherwise, I think he’s a fine man.”

President Obama has issued an “informal edict” for White House profiles, in light of long pieces on Valerie Jarrett and other staffers in the NYT magazine. From Peter Baker and Jeff Zeleny online Saturday: “But when a New York Times Magazine profile of Ms. Jarrett last month explored the old scratchiness [between her and Emanuel], White House officials said the normally calm Mr. Obama erupted with anger. An informal edict went out: no more cooperating with staff profiles. As a result, Mr. Emanuel declined a formal interview for this article.” (h/t Politico‘s Calderone)

President Obama had this editorial “Why We Need Health Care Reform” in NYT Saturday.

NEWS NOTES

Laura Ling and Euna Lee posted a video to say thank you on CurrentTV.

And just for fun this morning… like “Mad Men?” Like media? Mediaite combines your loves here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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Battle of the DC Book Party

On any given night in DC, champagne flutes are raised for a new book by a journo, a politico, and last night was no exception.

Boston Globe editor Martin Baron and Washington Bureau Chief Peter Canellos hosted a book party at the office for “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy.”

In attendance: Susan Milligan, Lisa Wangsness, Sasha Issenberg, Thomas Oliphant, Ana Marie Cox, Mike Allen, Michael Scherer, Lynn Sweet, Karen Tumulty, Nancy Youssef, Jonathan Martin, Robert Schlesinger, Richard Stengel, Nora McAlvanah, Erin McPike, Nina Easton and George Condon.

Across town at Ristorante Tosca, Playbook tells us about a party hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, James Carville, Mary Matalin and George Stephanopoulos for Stanley B. Greenberg’s “Dispatches from the War Room: In the Trenches with Five Extraordinary Leaders.”

In attendance: Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dodd, Michael Feldman, Mandy Grunwald, Walter Isaacson, Joel Johnson, Eileen McMenamin, John Podesta, Hilary Rosen, Rick Stengel, Jessica Yellin, and Jill Zuckman.

If You Weren’t at Greenberg’s Book Party…

You may have been at Juleanna Glover‘s for a toast to FBDC. Joining us were Liz Glover, Becca Glover, Kelly O’Donnell, Jonathan Capehart, Jessica Yellin, Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Amy Holmes, Erin McPike, Carrie Dann, Tommy McFly Tracy Sefl Jackie Kucinich, Amy Argetsinger, Steve Chaggaris, Nora McAlvanah, Jared Allen, Joe Curl and Michael Calderone.


Photo courtesy of Pepper Watkins

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