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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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CNN Names Stelter Host of Reliable Sources

It’s official – CNN has named a new host for its DC-based, Sunday morning media criticism show Reliable Sources. The post, vacated by Howard Kurtz back in June, will be filled by New York Times boy wonder and mediabistro alum Brian Stelter.

Stelter emerged victorious from a crowded field of guest hosts including Politico’s Patrick Gavin, NPR’s David Folkenflik, and The Daily Beast’s John Avlon.

“Brian has emerged as one of the top media reporters in the country and will be a great addition to our many platforms,” said CNN chief Jeff Zucker in a statement.  “He grew up in the digital space, and has covered the media industry for his entire career.”

In addition to his weekend hosting duties, Stelter will bid adieu to the Grey Lady to become CNN’s senior media correspondent, reporting daily across all the network’s platforms including CNN.com and CNNMoney.com. His first day at CNN will be November 25, and his first show will air December 1.

Stelter, who in 2004 founded FishbowlDC’s sister blog TVNewser, joined the New York Times in 2007.  Earlier this year he published the NYT best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

 

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.

Afternoon Reading List 10.16.13

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MSNBC makes it awkward: According to The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) got into a pretty charged-up conversation with MSNBC host Thomas Roberts on Tuesday. She repeatedly told him that his remarks were “inappropriate” and staunchly defended her stance regarding the current government stalemate. After the line of questioning reached its most heated moment, MSNBC cut to a press conference being given by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Why you should read it: Honestly, read it so that you don’t have to watch or hear the video clip. Around the 3:02 mark, Blackburn and Roberts decided to loudly make their points clear to each other — and at the exact same time. The writeup is way more comprehensible. Read more here.

Daily Caller is not amused by Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: Jeff Poor, media reporter at the Daily Caller, just had the sweetest things to say about Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher in a story posted on Tuesday about Christopher asking a tongue-in-cheek question during a White House briefing. Poor’s piece mentioned that Christopher’s name isn’t actually “Tommy Christopher.”

Why you should read it: See the mildly humorous question Christopher asked White House press secretary Jay Carney that Poor declared as the “dumbest question in history of White House press briefings.” Read more here.

Who’s leaving The Guardian for greener pastures and who’s MSNBC’s favorite guy?

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Afternoon Reading List 10.09.13

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Tough-ass reporter survives desert: In an AP story published in NYP, reporter Cathy Frye and her photographer husband Rick McFarland were stranded in the vast desert of Texas’ remote Big Bend Ranch State Park. They decided to separate to survive, with her staying put and him trekking into desert for help. Two days after McFarland set out, leaving Frye alone with no food or water and only a small tree to protect her from the dry heat of the Texas sun, he returned with a search party and rescued his wife.

Why you should read it: Because everyone likes to read stories about heroes, especially one with a happy ending. Read more here.

images-2Up in the air with Alec Baldwin Politico‘s Patrick Gavin had a hard task in interviewing MSNBC’s newest host, Alec Baldwin, in that Baldwin seems to have little idea what his show will be or how he’ll do at it. Which all might be good, better to keep expectations dangerously low and go up from there. Interestingly, Gavin reports, Baldwin has done away with his earpiece. He also may not be interviewing people everyone expects him to. What’s more, who knows if he’s any good at it? “It’s been a tremendous learning curve for me because it really is very different,” he said in regards to interviews.

Why you should read it: Baldwin is all over the map and doesn’t seem to know his ass from his elbow about his show. How can that not be a fun read? Why should you watch his show? Three words: Alec Baldwin’s temper. If we even get a glimpse of it once, his show will be well worth a watch. Read the story here.

Political ignorance in the age of new media: In a Reuters story about George Mason University Law Professor Ilya Somin and his new book, “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Jack Shafer highlights facts and figures that Somin uses to illustrate how little change has come out of the expansion of media regarding American political ignorance. Apparently, the pervasiveness of information in the world and in our daily lives has had little to zero impact on the political education of the average American, and Somin explains why.

Why you should read it: Remember that scene in “Good Will Hunting” where Robin Williams‘ character tells Matt Damon’s character, “It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault, Will,” then hugs him, and Will has a breakthrough? Well, this article is like that scene for anyone in the media who wonders why Americans lack so much information on politics when it’s so freely available. Read more here.

Find out which CNN host is swimming against the current.

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Morning Chatter

Might want to dress in black for this one

“Depressing milestone: I’ve been on Twitter for five years as of today.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Miley Cyrus Vs. D.C. traffic

“What is in worse taste? The Miley Cyrus assault on a foam finger, or Washington gridlock? DC makes Miley look like Swan Lake.” — CNN’s John Berman.

Which begs the question…

“@DylanByers boooo you used ‘begs the question’ incorrectly. I’ll forgive you this ONE TIME.” — Logan Dobson, a researcher for the Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Andy Carvin is not a little green martian

“Breaking: I am a little green Martian. (Not really, but I’m about to test the tweet retraction tool Retwact, so please bear with me.)” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Nerdy talk

“The icons are still hideous. But the notifications bar and the lock screen are gorgeous.” — National Journal‘s Brian Fung.

 

Afternoon Reading List 08.19.13.

What NYT‘s mayoral endorsement means — The NYC mayoral race is nearing a much-awaited point. No, not the election. As TNR’s Marc Tracy reports, NYT’s endorsement of mayoral candidates is often telling of who the winner will be. Endorsements in past races show not only NYT’s influence on the races, but also publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr.’s influence on his newspaper’s editorial board. He has the final say over who NYT endorses and has been known to exercise that power. With Anthony Weiner now limping along in fourth place, NYT’s endorsement could have a heavy hand in election results. Tracy thinks City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is most likely to secure the endorsement, but he notes it’s still anyone’s guess.

Why you should read it: In a race that seems like it’ll never end, this piece inches the ordeal along just a little more.

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CNN’s Crowley Not So Sweet on Clinton Doc

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin has a story out this afternoon with splintering views on what effect a Hillary Clinton documentary will have on the news divisions of CNN and NBC.

CNN’s Candy Crowley tells him the network’s decision to commission a doc, even by an outside group, will still make things tough in terms of perception that they are somehow in Clinton’s pocket. Crowley told Politico:

“You can say all you want, this is a commissioned documentary from people who are not in the employ of CNN. It’s not me. It’s not Wolf Blitzer. It’s not John King. It’s an outside documentary group. But we’re with CNN and so this is not a story where the nuances are well-received, particularly by Republicans.”

Probably not a shocker that FNC’s Chris Wallace takes an opposing view from Crowley and thinks Republicans have a point.

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Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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Politico Game Changer Returns With Tennis Matchup

Politico’s Game Changer with Patrick Gavin is back! Finally. This time it’s a tennis match between Gavin and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY).

We’re not going to spoil the ending and tell you who wins, but here’s how the guys thought they stacked up before it started:

Bishop: “I don’t know, maybe I’ll be steady. I’m a cagey, wily veteran.”

Gavin: “I’ve got to be honest, I’ve lost every single game changer, but tennis is my least awful sport. I’m taking this one.”

Okay, you want a hint? At the end, after match point, one of these guys says, “You were being kind, I could tell.”

Which one could it be? Did Bishop prove he was a wily as he said, yet took it easy on Gavin anyway? Was this really Gavin’s least awful sport, but he decided to show Bishop some mercy?

You’ll have to watch to find out.

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