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Summer Superlatives Winners, Part III

And the final four…

In a pool of sex machines like The Hill‘s Hugo Gurdon and Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson it’s tough to imagine anyone winning FishbowlDC’s Sexiest Male of 2011 title by a landslide.  But believe it or not, the boyish good looks of Politico’s Patrick Reis clobbered the competition with over 50% of the popular vote.  Capitol Hill Ken Doll aka Kevin Madden came in a distant second with 16.3% of the vote.  Tucker Carlson, just shy of the silver, trailed Madden by only three votes.

The stress of the spotlight proved too much for Coral Davenport, Amy Harder and Olga Belogolova.  Citing migraines and lack of sleep, NJ’s Energy trio accidentally moved sexy forward when they should have been bringing it back.  The slip bumped them into second place while WUSA-9′s Kristin Fisher took gold and the title of Sexiest Female of 2011 with 38.5% of the vote.  In case you’re wondering, sultry senior seductress Helen Thomas finished third.

The title of Most Underrated went to Ryan Grim of the Huffington Post.  The rock-solid reporter earned 36.61% of the vote, pushing him ahead of Roll Call’s Paul Singer who snagged  a respectable 28.5% of the vote.

Winning by only a hair, Cabbage Patch lookalike and 2011′s Biggest Self-Promoter Matt Mackowiak upset Daily Caller’s Kurt Bardella and stole all the glory with 36.36% of the vote to Bardella’s 34.93%.  Ouch!

Congrats to Reis, Fisher, Grim and Mackowiak!   And there you have the FishbowlDC Class of 2011!

Summer Superlatives: Most Underrated

There’s certainly no shortage of over-hyped ass clowns in Washington’s media world.  But for each no-talent hack with press pass, there are dozens of rock-solid reporters whose talents fail to receive their due recognition.  That’s why FishbowlDC is honoring the District’s all-guts-and-no-glory journalists in our last category of superlatives: Most Underrated.  Each of our five finalists deserves some time in the spotlight but which one is the Most Underrated of 2011?  The nominees are… National Journal’s Sue Davis, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, Roll Call’s Paul Singer and Ryan Grim from the Huffington Post.  Vote it up!

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

DOG ATTENDS LUAU: “Is this dog abuse? Duffy spent today at Pet Smart & attended a luau.” — Former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry, who now works for JRC.

Making sense of Larry Summers’ poor grammar

“In fairness, he may have mistaken them for co-joined twins, in which case they may indeed share one asshole.” – A FBDC commenter named “Lilypad” in response to Wednesday’s story of former Treasury Sec. Larry Summers calling the Winklevoss twins “an asshole” in Aspen.

Reporter talked Bachmann migraines

“I’ll be on WNYC’s The Takeaway at 7:20 a.m. talking about Bachmann’s migraines.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball in a Wednesday tweet. Ball and colleague Kasie Hunt wrote a follow-up story on Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s migraines after The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong broke it.

Journo wanted a fire day

“National Journal’s late editor says Watergate 600 (@thewatergate) is NOT the building on fire. So… work tomorrow for Atlantic Media.” — NJ‘s Ethan Klapper in a Wednesday tweet.

Bugg’s preferences on hamburgers and men

A few days ago we ran a feature displaying the favorite hamburger condiments of Washington journalists for no other reason than CBS Norah O’Donnell‘s husband Cheoff Geoff tweeted the question and then we posed it to journos. We were remiss in not printing Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg‘s response. It’s hot salsa. “I’d probably have something funnier if you asked me for my favorite condiment on men. And yes, I have one.” And yes, we asked. It’s Log Cabin syrup. “That’s not a political statement, because Mrs. Butterworth’s is also acceptable, though the bottle is a bit of a turn-off,” he said.

A special tweet from Current TV’s Keith Olbermann: “Special Guest Thursday on Countdown @Current: Cenk Uygur of @TheYoungTurks” (MSNBC has scrapped Uygur’s show for The Rev. Al Sharpton.)

Bachmann and Jefferson: So much in common

“Thomas Jefferson suffered incapacitating migraines in fact he was laid up 4 weeks b4 he penned Declaration of Independence #Knowyourhistory” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito in a Wednesday tweet.

Want to be an investigative reporter? Well, then you figure it out

Roll Call is hiring an investigative reporter. If you are qualified, you’ll figure out how to let us know — Roll Call reporter/Investigations and Influence Editor Paul Singer in a Wednesday tweet. Today Singer is also The Critic. He wrote Wednesday, “I gotta say – the references to ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Wendi’ (hello @MSNBC) are basically racist. Yes, she’s Asian. Got that.”

Number of Days since we asked WaPo‘s liberal blogger and all around genius Ezra Klein to unblock us on Twitter: 4. Number of Days that he has ignored that request: 4.

Radio reporter vividly describes hot weather

“DC, 345am: air so thick you could cut it into bricks and use it as a building material.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Thursday morning tweet.

 

 

Despite Power Outage, CQ Roll Call Powers On

Let there be light!  And so there was at CNN’s Washington bureau as of one hour ago…but the blackout at CQ Roll Call rages on.  Thanks to Pepco, both newsgroups were without power since Tuesday afternoon.

So you might be wondering, how exactly does a newsroom function when their utility company doesn’t?  Luckily, we have the answer in the form of an internal memo from Roll Call Editor Scott Montgomery and Publisher Mark Walters.  The congratulatory message walks through the trials and tribulations their team overcame to put out Wednesday’s paper on time.

Although we think their figurative lights are out from time to time, we must applaud their heroic response to this literal blackout.  Novella Memo after the jump.

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Ali Shifts from Congress.org to Roll Call

Ambreen Ali, advocacy reporter for Congress.org, announced via Twitter this afternoon that she’s joining Paul Singer‘s team at Roll Call:
@ambreenali: It’s more or less official. I’m shifting to @rollcall to cover grassroots influence on Capitol Hill for @singernews‘ team. So excited!

But Ali’s move is more than just a beat revision.  Sources inside CQ Roll Call tell FishbowlDC that the personnel shifts are symbolic of a greater organizational restructure that may eventually fold Congress.org into Roll Call.

Roll Call Shuffles Singer and Ackley

Roll Call Associate Editor Paul Singer has been promoted to editor of the news group’s newly established reporting team that includes lobbying, ethics and investigations.  Kate Ackley, who has been serving as the team’s transitional editor, will return to her beat as lobbying reporter.

In an internal memo announcing the shuffle, Scott Montgomery said “Paul brings to this new role his terrific investigative writing and editing skills, as well as his creative vitality. Under his guidance, I’m eager to see Roll Call further distinguish itself with high-impact enterprise journalism on money and influence in Washington.”

Roll Call is currently on the hunt for an investigative reporter to fill the spot vacated by Singer.

The Fishbowl Interview With TNR’s Rachel Morris

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RM photo1.jpg Say hello to Rachel Morris, TNR‘s new managing editor. We swear we didn’t rig this. Last week our FishbowlDC Interview, Roll Call’s</em Paul Singer, said he wanted Cate Blanchett to portray him in a movie. And this week our interviewee says she, too, wants Blanchett to play her. Weirdly, she shares her name with a criminal involved in a meth ring in Wisconsin. Who knew?

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I know I wouldn’t be a Bud Lime Light.

How often do you Google yourself? Not that often. A while ago I Googled myself and found out I share a name with a 21-year-old criminal from Wisconsin who tried to run down a police officer with her car, because the police officer was trying to arrest her for her connection to a local meth ring. She calls herself “The Penguin.” So now whenever I Google myself I check in to see how her trial is going.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I’m from New Zealand. We’re chronically polite.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Too many to name just one, but if I have to narrow it down, IÂ’ll pick two: David Grann, for his superlative storytelling skills, and Katherine Boo, because she writes about subjects that few other reporters pay attention to.

Do you have a favorite word? I recently discovered “amanuensis.” Not only is it a cool word, I would like to have one someday.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? The First Lady.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I hate pretty much all cell phone rings. Mine’s on vibrate.

When did you last cry and why? I’m not telling you that!

What word do you routinely misspell? Receive, even though I know about the rule with the ‘i’ and the ‘e’ and the ‘c.’

What swear word do you use most often? Ask Joe Biden.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Absolutely.

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The FishbowlDC Interview with Roll Call’s Paul Singer

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Say hello to Paul Singer, an investigative reporter for Roll Call. There are things you may or may not not know about him. For one, his appreciation for actress Cate Blanchett. For another, the fact that he spent a summer “hauling ancient bird crap” out of Union Station’s roof for its restoration. He has worked for National Journal, UPI and the Cleveland Bureau of AP. He teaches journalism at Georgetown. By the way, he chose the stuffed animal monkey for his picture. We didn’t see any need to argue with him about it.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Seltzer in a glass bottle with a pump top.

How often do you Google yourself? Almost never — Google Reader does it for me.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa) Me: Well, actually, I want ALL of the money you owe me. Him: But then there wonÂ’t be any left for anybody else. How much do you really NEED?

Who is your favorite working journalist? Mark Benjamin of Salon. He breaks the stories that other people hijack to win awards.

Do you have a favorite word? Molly

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Palin. Obama would make me eat vegetables.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Vibrate

When did you last cry and why? The last time I remembered my father is dead. Which was just now. Thanks for the reminder.

What word do you routinely misspell? All of them.

What swear word do you use most often? All of them.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Oops.”

Find out which movie best describe Singer’s journalism career and what odd jobs he has had outside of journalism after the jump…

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Morning Reading List, 11.24.08

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Good morning, Washington. What DC restaurant uses these grape-adorned wine glasses? Think you know? Email us with your best guess. AND: Join us after the jump to find out if you guessed our last contest correctly.

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line or let us know in the tips box below.

We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Capitol Hill’s Revolving Door

Internal memos, obtained by FishbowlDC…

From Roll Call’s Charlie Mitchell:

    I am pleased to announce that Associate Editor Erin Billings is shifting her focus to take over editing responsibilities for the online reporting team.

    Jen Bendery and Tim Taylor will now report to Erin, who will be a key voice in the development of our overall plans for covering the Congressional leadership.

    Erin will be leaving the Senate reporting team as she concentrates on
    providing day-to-day (often minute-to-minute) leadership to our online news efforts. We all hate losing Erin the Reporter, but Erin the Editor is going to be a great leader and a critical player in Roll Call’s continued success.

    In addition, Lauren Whittington and Paul Singer will also assume the
    Associate Editor title. Lauren has rejoined Team Politics on a full-time basis and has been splitting responsibilities between editing and writing.

    Her new title reflects the player/coach role that she has been playing and will continue to perform.

    Likewise, Paul has assumed many responsibilities as our chief investigative reporter, and his new title reflects his evolving position as a leader of our overall investigative strategy. Paul has been and will be a key adviser and strategist for investigative pieces developed throughout the staff, and his new title formalizes this role.

    I hope everyone will join me in congratulating Erin, Lauren and Paul for jobs well done — and for taking up new challenges that will help define the future of our great publication.

From The Hill’s Hugo Gurdon:

    I’m very pleased to be able to tell you that we have hired Silla
    Brush
    , formerly the lead congressional reporter at US News & World Report, to be our Business & Lobbying reporter covering taxes, corporate governance and Wall Street political intelligence. He will start in the newsroom on Monday, Oct. 20.

    This hire is the first in a new phase of expansion that will add
    extra depth to our news coverage, and further entrench The Hill’s big lead over rivals in covering the nexus of business and politics.

    More great hires are in the pipeline, and I will let you know about
    them soon.

    Thanks, Hugo

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