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Examiner‘s Bedard Wipes Jelly From Lips

It’s National Doughnut Day, or as we like to call it in the Fishbowl, Paul Bedard‘s favorite day of the year (or as they call it in New York City, “Half-a-Doughnut Day”). The Washington Examiner columnist is a well-known doughnut enthusiast, often bringing in boxes of doughnuts to the office for his coworkers.

We asked Bedard how he’s celebrating this glorious day. “I am wiping the raspberry jelly off my lips right now,” he said, perhaps oversharing and telling us for the second time that the Dunkin Donuts in Leesburg, Va., “makes the best” doughnuts (we’re starting to think he’s under contract with that branch). “Because it is a national holiday I will also be celebrating with a chocolate glazed from 7-Eleven and a plain glazed from Shoppers Food Warehouse, which makes huge doughnuts,” Bedard said.

This puts Bedard in direct contrast with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg who appeared this morning on NBC’s Today in an interview with Matt Lauer, who wasn’t having any of his two-faced sugar philosophy. Bloomberg said despite his support for a ban on over-sized soft drinks, he’s celebrating Doughnut Day, that women delivered doughnuts to the troops and he thinks it’s a worthy cause. He suggested, however, that people celebrate with just one. (Lauer clearly thought he was full of shit and told him so. Nonetheless they concluded the interview on pleasant terms.)

As a heads up, Krispy Kreme is giving away one free doughnut to each customer. No purchase necessary. But Bedard, who’s rather serious about his doughnuts, warns: “They have to give them out because they suck. I wouldn’t give my dog a [Krispy Kreme] doughnut.”

Examiner‘s Bedard Shares Doughnuts, Teen Sex

Early this morning Washington Examiner columnist Paul Bedard tweeted out a peculiar picture a dozen doughnuts along with a preciously placed issue of the Examiner, headlined “Gangs find profits in teen sex trade.”

Yum!

“Ah, the Leesburg Dunkin manager’s special in the corner won’t last long,” Bedard wrote. He clarified for FBDC that the “Dunkin manager’s special” is the chocolate, sprinkled one.

Bedard said he gets in to the Examiner‘s office early to prepare for radio hits. On Mondays he brings doughnuts for him and his coworkers, which he affectionately refers to as his “posse.”

As for the newspaper placed on the box, Bedard says “I pose and post the photo to announce that it’s donut time in the newsroom.”

To be sure, Bedard’s photograph did not go unnoticed. DC Dunkin’ Donuts tweeted at him: “Tx for keeping the Monday #traDDition alive! BTW: We need to create you a DD Cuppy Bobblehead for the collection.”

Bedard’s something of a bobblehead expert. The background image on his Twitter profile is a bunch of bobblehead dolls.

No Bitching About the ‘Liberal’ Media Please

Jason Grumet‘s Bipartisan Policy Center has managed to bring both parties together for one night in hosting “A Century of Service” to honor the public lives of former Republican Sen. Maj. Leaders and BPC Founders Howard Baker and Bob Dole. The event is Wednesday evening.

Among the VIP attendees: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Pat Roberts, Sen. Lamar Alexander, former Sens. Tom Daschle, George Mitchell, Bill Frist, Trent Lott and many others will gather at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

As the D’s and R’s come together, hopefully complaining about the elite or liberal media can wane for one evening only.

The invite-only GOP-honored soiree is expected to draw a host of journalists including Ron Brownstein and Ron Fournier of NJ, James Bennett, The Atlantic, Ann Compton and Jonathan Karl, ABC, Peter David, The Economist, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Reagan lover James Hohmann, Jim Engel, Fox, , Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani, The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz, Capitol File‘s Sarah Schaffer, The Examiner‘s Paul Bedard and Nikki Schwab, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, and CNN’s Kathleen Koch.

More details can be found on the homepage of the BPC’s website here.

Washington Examiner Pushes New Columnist

Contrary to what this photo suggests, the Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard is not in prison, so don’t try to “free” him.

But when we passed this Examiner news rack at the corner of 17th and Corcoran, we wondered if a promise of heavy publicity was part of the contract when Bedard signed with the paper in January. After all, that’s a big-ass promo for Bedard. And when the Examiner‘s website got a makeover in February the homepage featured two separate links playing up his “Washington Secrets” column. Bedard didn’t get this kind of boost for his old “Washington Whispers” column at U.S News and World Report.

Examiner Executive Editor Stephen Smith tells FBDC there was no such promise.

“We never discussed any kind of promotion when we approached Paul about coming to the Washington Examiner,” he told us in an email. “We just felt his work was so good that it was worth bringing it to the attention of readers with rack cards.”

 

Where Are the ‘Secrets’ in Washington Secrets?

Earlier this year Paul Bedard left U.S News & World Report to work for the Washington Examiner. In doing so, he left his “Washington Whispers” column for a new one called “Washington Secrets.”

Bedard still covers largely the same ground of topics: political strategies in the works, some behind-the-scenes stuff and interviews with news-makers around town. It’s news, but a look at his recent reports shows none of them are really secrets.

  • “Jimmy Carter: I trust Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood,” reads his latest headline. The article pulls quotes from a radio broadcast interview former president Jimmy Carter did with “America Morning News” on Thursday. Is a broadcast interview a secret?
  • “NRA warns of Obama packing Supreme Court,” reads another headline. The gist of the story is that the NRA plans to campaign against President Obama’s reelection. Everyone knows the NRA is a conservative, pro-Second Amendment organization.

The closest one to a “secret” falls under the headline “Secret Service agent: Clinton’s staff rude, Hillary aloof.” The story concerns a book by Secret Service agent Dan Emmett in which he criticizes former president Bill Clinton‘s administration and Clinton’s wife, Hillary. The details are only a secret in the sense that the book was self-published, and in this case, kudos to Bedard — it’s  unlikely anyone in Washington will have read the book except him.

Maybe Bedard’s column needs a new name. “Washington We Might Already Know.”

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Pug wearing regal #USA sweater on red carpet. Looking exquisite. #Oscars” — NBC’s Luke Russert with the accompanying picture.

The Lost Washington Weekend

“Sunday mornings in Adams Morgan smell like broken dreams” — Bright Young Thing‘s Steve Place. Photographer Frank Turner replied, “Piss beer, puke waste.”

The Oscar Media Critics

“E! sucking really bad now, with party talk. It’s like NASCAR rain delay talk…boring. Ugh, guess we’ll change to ABC.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.

“So the journo updates from Rick Santorum‘s townhall combined with Oscar tweets are gonna make for one weird Twitter stream.” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

“There is no comparison. E Red Carpet is SOOOO much better than ABC. #Oscars2012″ — SKDKnickerbocker and CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen.

“My limo is stuck behind Clooney‘s on the way to the red carpet. #annoyingOscartweets” — WSJ‘s Neil King, whose doppelganger is Clooney.

“I love Michelle Williams but seriously, Louis Vuitton, why even make a dress that ugly? Total fail. Thank goodness she a radiant beauty.” — Socialite and philanthropic advocate Katherine Kennedy.

“Why did *E* shoot Tina Fey from her left?! Terrible. Don’t they know about the gash? That’s just mean. Jerks.” — Freelance videographer Liz Glover.

“M in P sucked. And I think the young guy in Moneyball should have won best actor.” — Hollywood on the Potomac’s and D.C. publicist Janet Donovan.

“Glenn Close — love the blazer!!!!!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji. Kennedy agrees, adding, “Wow! Glenn Close looks absolutely perfect! Stunning and totally age appropriate– ladies take note!”

“You want a good comedy bit? Spill something on a real deal star on the carpet and legit ruin their night. Seacrest is low hanging fruit.” — WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates.

Ultra-feminist makes fun of fat women

“No one has the balls to criticize fat women on red carpet. #oscars” — GOP communications operative Trey Ditto, clearly the ultimate feminist.

Doocy or Douchey?

“Thanks very much for the nice words…YOU’RE a great guy for sending a compliment out, unprompted!
Thx.” — Fox & Friend’s Steve Doocy. What prompted such dripping gratitude? This nauseating tweet from a follower in Michigan: “Mr. Doocy, we consider you to be one of the nicest, most genuine human beings on the planet. Thanks for your good work!”

Kind of like Washington’s flacks right?

“Best part of watching E! right now, seeing the red carpet handlers trying to look SO important behind the “stars.” #Oscars”  — NBC’s Russert.

Redheaded journo rethinks red attire

Emma Stone -redhead rocking the deep maroon. Making me rethink my no red rule. #Oscar.” — ABC News’s Karen Travers.

Irony is…“Heavy on the Sinatra at this Santorum event. Sinatra who supported Kennedy whose speech almost made Santorum throw up #fullcircle” — Reuter’s campaign reporter Sam Youngman.

Just what we need, more high journos…“Working on a video for a very cool high journalism program here in DC.” — NBC Cameraman Jim Long in today’s WTF tweet.

A Zen Chuck Todd

“To all overworked Washingtonians. Step outside and look up. Amazingly clear night for DC. Tons of stars visible.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

An 8-year-old learns to lie

“Our 8 yr old sees George Clooney & sez, “He looks a little like you.” Allowance goes from $2 a week to AmEx Platinum card.” — NPR‘s Scott Simon.

 

Examiner Site Gets Spruced Up

Emphasis by the Washington Examiner has always focused on its paper product and not its website. Those days are gone, ladies.

Just a couple months after the Examiner touched up its website, it has redone the whole thing altogether. Images are bigger and sharper, topics are more compartmentalized and local news blogs have been given more visibility. It no longer looks like one of those simple text Google ads.

As we noted in today’s Morning Chatter, the recently hired Paul Bedard has a new column at the Examiner and they’re playing it up on the homepage. A quarter way down, there’s a box with an image of Bedard that you can click to subscribe to his column. Scroll a tad further and there’s an even bigger box with a caricature of Bedard that when clicked, takes you directly to his blog.

Overall, the site gets a B+. It’s a vast improvement from their previous Windows ’95 version.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Ezzy’s Oops!

FishbowlDC Fan Club Prez and WaPo liberal blogger Ezra Klein set off a firestorm Monday when he declared that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) was sporting facial hair. Okay, so firestorm is a huge exaggeration, but here’s what happened…Tweet 1: Paul Ryan is now sporting facial hair. Tweet 2: The previous facial hair tweet was a false, or at least outdated, alarm. It was from Dec. Ryan is once again clean shaven.

The name of Paul Bedard‘s new column in the Washington Examiner: “Washington Secrets.” His former column at U.S. News & World Report was “Washington Whispers,” a name association that will be tough for Bedard to shake.

Journo succumbs to “The Bachelor” addiction

“I am weak. I’m watching the rest of Bachelor only to find Ben getting schooled on basic kissing skills. It’s about damn time.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller.

The Complimenter

“TALENT OVERBOARD! Lois Romano has escaped from the Voyage of the Damned RMSTitina. #Vortex of Madness.” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus on Politico‘s newest hire, Lois Romano, from The Daily Beast.

The important things in life…

“The ongoing slog from 4995 followers to 5000 seems never ending.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman, a.k.a Fastbreak!

Bret Baier to the Gov: Who’s your buddy?

Buddy Romer: “Still available for color commentary, Bret.”

Bret Baier: “Governor I promise I will have you on soon – I am good for it.”

Roland’s nightmarish day

“I’ve been called an ape, gorilla & a N-word today. Not the first time. Won’t be last. I’m sure if I retweeted that person wouldn’t be happy!” — Washington Watch Host and CNN analyst Roland Martin, taking heat Monday for joking about “smacking” a dude who gets hyped about a commercial showing David Beckham in his skivvies. The remark referenced a Super Bowl ad Sunday. Some construed Roland’s remarks as homophobic.

Convo Between Two Journos

The following conversation is between The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith.

Lizza: “Ben r u durnk?”

Smith: “Ryan Lizza, what is this my first ever typo?”

(Smith explained to FishbowlDC, “Can’t quite remember what, but it was a tweet with two typos. Sober.” UPDATE: Smith actually made FOUR typos in one tweet, hence Lizza’s accusation of Ben being on the sauce. The “drunken” tweet reads: Ron Paul’s caucus strategy — for picking up delegates, & for keeping hte media intrested — diddn’t owkr in Nevada.” )

Note of gratitude: We’re ecstatic that the faux @DrJillBiden is now following us, if for no other reason, to find out what U.S. News & World Report‘s “Washington Whispers” will cover next. Tweet from this morning: “Day 1 of arms like Michelle: Noble Peace Prize curls.” We like her already.

Duck..Duck..Paul Bedard to the Examiner

The goose is cooked. In a move that should surprise no one, U.S. News & World Report’s Paul Bedard is going to work for the Washington Examiner. For one thing, Bedard has loved showering praise on the publication. For another, his new boss, Stephen Smith, is also his former colleague.

But who knew he was a goose hunter?

See Smith’s glowing memo…

Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Nothing gets between a Boybander and his jeans

“The only pair of jeans I ever splurged on lasted exactly one year before getting a hole in an embarrassing place. Thanks, stranger.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Washington gossip columnist tells TMZ’s Levin to SHUT UP

“Shut up Harvey! Nobody needs TMZ’s view of the Marine urinating scandal. Stick to big news like Kim and Angelina and Brad.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard to TMZ Founder Harvey Levin. Read the TMZ story here on the scandal involving Marines peeing on dead bodies.

BFF Alert: Michelle and Gayle

“@michelleobama joining twitter world today love that! And welcome welcome to our First Lady!” — CBS This Morning Host Gayle King.

In other Michelle Obama commentary…

“@michelleobama, For the record, I don’t like it either when people perceive me as an angry black woman.” — SHanntysHair.

The new Ana Marie Cox

“Twelp please: Recommendations for fun stuff to do and where to dine in Milwaukee. Extra credit if it doesn’t involve beer. cc: @lovethebay” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Examiner writer gets props for perfect response

“@Drudge_Report: Clark Gable’s Grandson Jailed for Pointing Laser at Police Chopper drudge.” To which the Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein remarked, “Frankly, I don’t give a damn.”

Actually, there are stupid questions

“RT @HuffingtonPost Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero: So what’s the difference? || Inquiring minds don’t give a s***.” — FBDC and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

NPR overgifting

“In the past month NPR has given me an NPR pint glass, an NPR coaster, & an NPR beer koozie. What are they trying to do to me?!” — NPR’s LA-based Ben Bergman.

It’s Friday the 13th

“Today is Friday the 13th! 2012 is actually a CREEPY YEAR! We have 3 Friday the 13ths this yr, that’s the most you can have in a single year!” — News Channel 8′s Katherine Amenta.

Brokaw’s first day on Twitter

“At #Todayat60 party – like a great college reunion. … But where’s the keg?” — NBC’s Tom Brokaw. In less than 24 hours he has 7k followers. So far he’s following 20 people. They include NBC’s Chuck Todd, Vivian Schiller, Luke Russert, David Gregory, Richard Engel, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Ann Curry, Brian Williams and, of course, NBC News.

Shit happens when Weingarten’s around

“Was looking for @geneweingarten tweet in time line, easy to spot that sh*t!” — Washington City Paper‘s Darrow Montgomery.

 

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