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Don’t Wait Up Dear, Marco Rubio is Scintillating

Over the weekend Jonathan Martin, senior political reporter of Politico, published a nearly 2,000-word review in WSJ of two books on Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio. Huh? Why not for Politico? But worse: Martin apparently read the wonky books while honeymooning in Europe with his new bride, NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer.

As Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris explains it, Martin writing the piece for WSJ involved standard operating procedure. “We don’t  typically do standard book reviews of the sort Jonathan wrote for the Wall Street Journal,” Harris wrote FishbowlDC. “Those guys had specifically solicited him to do this review and, following our policy for outside assignments, he asked for permission and in this case we gave it. I thought it was a very well-turned review of the Rubio books and I’ll confess to a momentary pang of ‘maybe we should have done this’ but in any event I’m glad he did it. My understanding is he read the Rubio books on his honeymoon—the last of the great romantics.”

But something worthy to note: Politico has lost several prominent reporters to WSJ. One was White House Correspondent Carol Lee in February of 2011. The other, media writer Keach Hagey in March, 2012. In the spring of 2010, Victoria McGrane left Politico and went to Dow Jones. By September she was — you guessed it — at WSJ. Also in 2010: Patrick O’Connor left Politico for Bloomberg. He, too, eventually wound up at WSJ.

Read Martin’s WSJ review here.

 

 

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WSJ Picks Up Bloomberg‘s O’Connor

Note to readers: FishbowlDC reported this news via Twitter Wednesday afternoon, but here is the official announcement.

WSJ Washington Bureau Chief John Bussey sent this memo to Washington staff Wednesday afternoon with the subject line, “just a heads up,” to announce the new hire of Bloomberg’s Patrick O’Connor. O’Connor left Politico in March to move to Bloomberg News.

Congratulations to O’Connor!

The memo…

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Separated at Birth: Politico’s John Bresnahan And…

Politico‘s Capitol Bureau Chief John Bresnahan looks strangely similar to Samuel Gates O’Connor the newborn baby boy of Bloomberg’s Patrick O’Connor.

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Bloomberg’s Patrick O’Connor: ‘One Proud Papa’

Bloomberg News’s Patrick O’Connor and wife, Katie, welcomed a son into the world last week.

Samuel Gates O’Connor was born at 3:12 pm on Wednesday, April 21. He weighed seven pounds, nine ounces at birth and measured 21 inches long. He and Katie are both doing great. And his dad is one proud papa,” O’Connor reported to FishbowlDC in an e-mail.

Best wishes to the O’Connors. This photograph was taken just after Samuel’s birth.

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More on Bloomberg Hires

This just in from the Bloomberg newsroom:

Ellen Uchimiya joins [Bloomberg] from FNC, where she produced coverage on everything from Afghanistan to presidential elections, to run capital TV coverage. Larry Roberts, former business and investigations editor at WaPo who helped launch the HuffPost Investigative Fund, will run finance coverage and projects. Patrick O’Connor, an original hire as a congressional reporter for Politico, joins the Capitol Hill team along with Lisa Lerer, who has also starred at Politico and American Lawyer.”

The e-mail subject line was: Bloomberg Bulks Up

The Hill’s Jeff Young Bids Farewell and Prepares for Bloomberg

Celebration-Drinks-600.jpg Scribes and friends gathered Tuesday night at Post Pub for The Hill’s health care guru Jeff Young‘s going away party.

A list of those who turned up last night: Young’s brother, Tim, his girlfriend, Sommer Mathis (who writes the DCist). Only co-workers and former co-workers were invited. (Full Disclosure: I worked with Young for many years and was invited to the soiree. So this post is going to be free of snark because I don’t have a bad thing to say about the guy.)

Jim Snyder, Roxana Tiron, Ian Swanson, Alex Bolton, JT Rushing, Jordan Fabian, Kevin Bogardus, Walter Alarkon, Kim Hart, Sean Miller, Emily Goodin, Sam Youngman, and Silla Brush. Representing The Hill’s alumni were Greenwire’s Mike Soraghan and The Atlantic’s Chris Good. Remarked Young: “My once-and-future colleague Patrick O’Connor broke my heart — not for the first time — by failing to show up and there’s a special place reserved in hell for Jared Allen, who brushed it off to go play sports or something.”

Young reflected on his time at the newspaper.
“It’s been a hell of a ride these past five years, capped off the a year-plus of health care reform insanity,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Mostly, there are some people I’m going to miss when I’m gone. (On a smaller scale, I’m really going to miss my Mac and will have to suffer Windows for the first time in years.)

“At the same time, there are only two people left in this news room, not counting Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], who’ve been here longer than I have. That alone might be a sign that it’s time to try something new. I’m also very excited about what we’ve got cooking at Bloomberg and I can’t wait to get started.”

We wish Young the best in his new job.

Calderone to Leave Politico, Internal Memo Now Available

michael-calderone.jpg HuffPost is reporting that Politico’s media writer whiz Michael Calderone (whom we recently featured for the FishbowlDC interview) is leaving the publication for Yahoo News.

Congratulations to Calderone!

The scribe had no comment for FishbowlDC by press time, but if he weighs is on the matter, we’ll be sure to bring it to you.

“He is expected to leave Politico within a matter of weeks to join Yahoo News’ original content project, overseen by blogging editor Andrew Golis,” the site reports. “Chris Lehmann and “Cajun Boy” Brett Michael Dykes also recently joined the project. Calderone, who joined Politico from the New York Observer, has the rare distinction of being named both one of Keith Olbermann’s “Worst
Persons in the World” and one of Bill O’Reilly’s “pinheads.”

Calderone is among a number of journalists leaving the publication as of late that includes Pia Catton, Patrick O’Connor and Victoria McGrane.

Read the full story here.

UPDATE See internal memo from VandeHarris after the jump…

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Politico’s O’Connor to Bloomberg

Politico’s Patrick O’Connor moves to Bloomberg to cover regulation among other issues. There was a going away party for O’Connor Thursday night at Union Pub.

Congratulations to O’Connor.

As reported by Politico’s Mike Allen, a lengthy roster of journos attended the party.
See the list after the jump…

We hear Bloomberg is aggressively going after reporters from variety of Capitol Hill publications. Stay tuned…

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Birthday Shenanigans

Politico‘s Anne Schroeder Mullins celebrated her birthday with style, grace and a few chums of note last night. Husband Luke Mullins, Paul Kane, Michael Steel, Antonia Ferrier, Jack Deschauer, Brent Colburn, Brody Mullins, Lauren Mullins, Doug Heye, Carrie Foster, Scott Mulhauser, Sam Dealey, Katie Lindsey, Patrick O’Connor, Ron Bonjean, Sara Bonjean, Julie Bosman, Dan Reilly, Tim Wolfmeyer and Liz Wolgemuth commandeered the patio of a downtown watering hole to toast Ms. Shenanigans.

Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten would have been there, but he had a prior engagement. However, he did send a copy of his new book with a birthday inscription over as gift for notable foodie Schroeder-Mullins. This was Anne’s second annual 29th birthday.

Speaking of birthdays… today is Media Future Now founder Andy Mirsky‘s birthday and WaPo‘s Paul Kane will celebrate his 30-something-ith birthday tomorrow.

This was written by FBDC guest blogger Kenny Day.

More photos after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 03.23.09


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Its day 63 covering the Obama administration and week eight for us. Congrats to Politico’s Patrick O’Connor who got engaged Saturday to girlfriend Katie Lindsey. What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADIO | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR

NEWPAPERS

NYT clobbered President Obama Sunday in the lead editorial and in columns by Frank Rich, Thomas Friedman and Maureen Dowd.

LATimes: Newspaper cuts open door to more political trickery. “Political consultants aren’t exactly rubbing their hands together and snickering. But as the hired guns look over a landscape of closing newspapers and laid-off investigative reporters, they sense an opening that leaves them both excited and queasy.”

From Editor & Publisher: Numerous rival papers have forged content-sharing deals in the past year. From Florida to California, arrangements are emerging among dailies with no common ownership or JOA ties, as a way to reduce staff cuts and save money.

Why are WaPo obit reporters smiling in their pics? Find out here.

TV

Playbook: Rep. Debbie Wasserman speaks to Robin Roberts on ABC’s “Good Morning America” this am about her battle with breast cancer.

The Daily Beast’s “Top 6 Moments From Sunday Talk.”

Howie Kurtz profiles CBS 60 Mins correspondent Steve Kroft in today’s Media Notes in WaPo. “Kroft has finally emerged from the shadows, with 10 of his 12 pieces topping the broadcast this season, including an interview that aired Sunday with President Obama. ‘He’s the lead guy now,’ says executive producer Jeff Fager.”

Also from Kurtz on CNN: “Obama goes from comfy sofa to hot seat.”

From Portfolio: “Through March 17, CNN trailed not only Fox News and MSNBC but also its own sister network, Headline News, on nine out of 17 days. On one day, March 13, CNN even drew fewer 25-to-54 viewers than CNBC — the first time that’s happened since November 2007.”

From Media Matters: “Tucker Carlson’s Jerk Store.”

RADIO

NPR omsbudsman explains the backlash to a recent gay marriage story. Also at NPR, Cinny Kennard has been appointed a Senior Fellow at the USC Annenberg School for Communication’s Center on Communication Leadership and Policy.

ONLINE

According to a report, 40 percent of bloggers — on their own blogs or on message board postings — said they would, or already do, pay for news content online. One of the most common reasons why was because they “don’t want the quality of news to decline.”

NYT’s A Web Site’s For-Profit Approach to World News:
Overseas reporters have been a casualty of budget-chopping news organizations, leaving an opening for the online start-up GlobalPost. But while many news executives are exploring nonprofit business models to keep specialized reporting flowing, GlobalPost is intended to be a moneymaking venture.

Jon Friedman’s Media Web: “Who needs real friends? I’m on Facebook and Twitter!

MAGAZINES

From the NYPost: The recession has Conde Nast cutting the fat.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro; Romenesko

NEWS NOTES and REVOLVING DOOR after the jump.

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