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This Town Strikes Back

Youngman, there's no need to feel down.

Youngman, there’s no need to feel down.

Yesterday, we mentioned briefly WCP‘s Perry Stein‘s takedown of Sam Youngman‘s Politico piece. If you’re a self-respecting DC journalist, you should read it -if only as a salve for the irritation Youngman’s article likely caused you. Here’s a great paragraph, for example:

There are at least some D.C. journos who, unlike Youngman, always thought they would get tired of seeing former Sen. Gary Hart and Ron Kirk in a bar (since the very thought of being in a bar that’s also frequented by Hart and Kirk is pretty tiresome). There may be a few guys here who don’t think the city’s hot women are ‘a step above rehab hot and two levels below jury duty hot.’ D.C. even has college basketball! As for Youngman’s complaint that he doesn’t ‘recall the issue of, say, poverty coming up a single time in all my coverage’ of the 2012 campaign, that seems like something he might have been advised to try to remedy while, you know, writing about the 2012 campaign.

Today, Juliet Eilperin gives us an op-ed that voices the same complaint. Eilperin is a White House correspondent (as Youngman once was) for WaPo, and her piece really gives the lie to Youngman’s caricature of DC journos:

Several years ago I wrote about an Environmental Protection Agency study slated for Jacksonville, Fla., in which officials were going to examine the impact of toxic household chemicals on families with children, but they weren’t going to warn them that the chemicals were dangerous. The study was scrapped. This fall I co-wrote articles explaining the key management decisions that contributed to HealthCare.gov’s botched rollout, as well as some of the project’s ongoing technical difficulties. These stories matter; they have real-world consequences.

I still haven’t flown on Air Force One, as Youngman did. Like him, I’ve attended briefings in the Roosevelt Room — though I’ve devoted my time there to watching PowerPoint slides and trying to decipher administration officials’ spin, not being wowed by the scenery.

I think it’s sad that Youngman concludes that, after a while, ‘there wasn’t a single Washington story I wanted to cover.’ How is that possible, when there are so many critical decisions being made here?

The consensus in DC is clear: Youngman’s biggest problem was always Youngman -not DC.

All A-Twitter: Journos Weigh In On Sam Youngman’s Take Down of “This Town”

It seems most journos aren’t buying Sam Youngman‘s Politico story. Here’s a sampling of some of the best tweets out there right now:

 

 

 

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A Note Of Thanks

Well hello, FishbowlDC! Thanks so much for the warm welcome and my sincere apologies for the slow start today.  I’ve been so busy reading your charming emails and unwrapping all these lovely gifts that I nearly forgot I have a job to do. Btw, the cashmere onesie is simply exquisite, Andrea and Alan. Mazel! 

Cashmere OnesieA very special thank you to Dylan Byers, Mike Allen, and Perry Stein for the write-ups this morning.  And to those outlets that haven’t written about my new venture yet (I’m talking to you Mediaite and Wemple Blog), don’t worry – there’s still plenty time and an endless supply of flattering photos of me.

All jokes aside, I’m touched by your response and incredibly excited about the opportunity to join you in the Fishbowl.  Of course, I can’t write the blog alone so please send your tips and ideas to fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com and add me to your press lists. Hope you’re having a pleasant lunch break, and I look forward to meeting and working (and let’s face it, probably drinking) with you all!

Washington City Paper’s Citydesk Gets a New Reporter

Washington City Paper has lured Perry Stein away from Talking Points Memo to take over the paper’s Citydesk blog.

Citydesk has been fairly dormant since WCP’s prick-ly Will Sommer took over Loose Lips, WCP’s political blog, earlier this summer.

In an announcement posted online at WCP, editor Mike Madden said Stein is a “smart writer with a real passion for covering local news—a passion which, as we all know, is sometimes a little rare in This Town®”

Stein is already DC-based. Before TPM, she’d written for the Miami Herald, the WSJ and TNR. She’ll start at WCP around mid-August.

Our congrats to Stein on the new job. Part of Madden’s memo announcing Stein to the newsroom, after the jump…

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