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FishbowlDC Interview With Townhall’s Glass

Say hello to Townhall.com’s Managing Editor Kevin Glass. This is his fifth or sixth CPAC. He has spent most of it with Townhall. “Yeah, it’s a fairly big deal,” he told us today in an empty banquet room of the Gaylord Hotel. “For all the crap that it gets, it’s the largest and most important gathering of conservatives every year.” Looking back on previous CPACS… “At the 2008 CPAC, President Bush showed up as a surprise at 7:15 in the morning one day,” he recalled. “He wasn’t on the schedule. At that same CPAC, Mitt Romney dropped out of the Republican presidential primary against John McCain. It was interesting to see back then that the grass roots activists were upset. The Ron Paul supporters were always fun every year. Ann Coulter spoke before Ron Paul, so Ron Paul supprters kind of flooded the ballroom. She was insulting Libertarians as pot smoking hippies.” Glass says the conference is “definitely still exciting.” But, he says, the venue change has made it harder to gauge. “There’s no media balcony where we used to be able to watch the crowd get excited.” Glass has worked at Townhall for five years minus a six month stint the Washington Examiner. Born and raised…Born in Houston, Glass lived there for about the first decade of his life before his family moved to Moscow and then London. College…A graduate of Colgate University, he studied political science and worked for his high school and college newspapers. His “abroad semester” at Colgate was Washington, D.C., where he  interned for Freedom Works and the RNC. “It was more of an activist type of thing,” he said, explaining that he thinks conservative journalists need to see themselves as reporters first, journalists second. “I think what you would call Townhall is advocacy reporting,” he says. “I think that’s where conservative journalism is moving. I don’t want to call it real reporting as opposed to what people would call traditional journalism. I don’t want to close the tent on what a real reporter is and I’m not the person to define what a real reporter is.” Why not? “I think that we’ve seen with blogs, anyone can be a journalist.” Really, anyone can be a journalist? “Not everyone can be a good journalist,” he said. “But the act of finding out facts and telling them to people is something that has been democratized in online space.” Competition among conservative publications…For a long time, says Glass, National Review has been the gold standard of news and opinion. But that’s changed a lot. I wouldn’t say anyone says, you work for them, you’ve made it. You can make it anywhere.” 

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?  My favorite is Mountain Dew but I don’t think I’m Moutain Dew. I would say I’m Sierra Mist.

How often do you Google yourself? Not that much.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?  “That’s bullshit.”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?  I would say Robert Costa at National Review has been an absolute superstar in the last year and a half. He’s doing what I think a lot of conservative journalists should be doing. He’s on the ground everyday. He has probably the best contacts of any reporter anywhere in Washington.

Do you have a favorite word? No, I do not.

Who are you named after? My middle name is my grandfather’s name.

Who would you rather have dinner with – NBC’s Brian Williams, CNN’s Roland Martin, ABC’s Sherri Shepherd or Fox News’ Megyn Kelly? Tell us why. Williams. He seems like a smart and fun guy who would be fun to talk to. I think he is one of the more fair-minded mainstream media reporters out there. Would be interesting to know how he came to be and obviously tips on how to succeed as a journalist.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Scandal’s Kerry Washington, Homeland’s Claire Danes or any of the women from FNC’s “The Five”. Who will it be? (None is not an option.) I would say Kerry Washington. She’s obviously gorgeous and she does great work.

What swear word do you use most often?  Probably frack or fuck, but usually frack. I try to keep it PG.

Find out what Glass wants to do with Michael Jackson.

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Angelina Jolie Accidentally Crashes Political Reception

Last night actress Angelina Jolie accidentally rubbed elbows with some politicos as she and her entourage made their way through the Roosevelt Hollywood Hotel, where the Bipartisan Policy Center and LA Confidential Magazine were hosting a soirée to celebrate a commission launch today. Jolie, a former U.N. Refugee Agency Goodwill Ambassador, isn’t a stranger to politics, but she didn’t stop to mingle and walked on through with her entourage.

The BPC, founded by Jason Grumet and Senate Majority Leaders Howard BakerTom DaschleBob Dole, and George Mitchell recently announced in a USA TODAY op-ed co-authored by former Sec. Dan Glickman and former Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), that they were forming a Commission on Political Reform (CPR).

The commission launch will be held today… Read more

A New Pastime: Butchering Podhoretz’s Name

It might be time for Commentary Editor John Podhoretz to get it over with and legally change his surname. Something with just a few more vowels.

At the National Review Institute summit this weekend, conservatives in media and politics gathered to talk about the future of the Republican Party. Those who participated on the “What is wrong with the Right?” panel on Saturday morning with Podhoretz either worked around having to say his name or completely botched it while trying.

National Review‘s Reihan Salam moderated the panel. While introducing the guests, he noted one John “Pod-hore-ets,” with emphasis on each syllable. “It’s ‘Pud-or-its,’” Podoretz said. Apologizing, Salam tried again: “Pud-hore-ets.”

Recognizing that his own name is difficult to pronounced, Salam thanked Podoretz “for the privilege of letting me butcher someone else’s name.”

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough also spoke on the panel. Though Podoretz has been a guest on Scarborough’s “Morning Joe” program, it’s a name with which the “Morning Joe” host still struggles. “I won’t try to say his last name because I always butcher it,” Scarborough said.

NYT columnist Ross Douthat had no luck either… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: The Food Edition

Convo Between Fmr. Flack and Reporter

Politico‘s John Bresnahan: “Love Derek Jeter #TheBestEver”

Quinn & Gillespie’s Jim Manley, former Senate flack: “Love ya-but you are as obnoxious on the tweeter as you are as a reporter. Jeter sucks.”

Destroying their own bread and butter

“Howie, why do the people at home need you and me to tell them what to think?” — The Daily Download‘s Lauren Ashburn in a nerdy video clip with her always nerdy colleague Howard Kurtz. Here she makes a case why no one should listen to pundit types like herself and Howie. HUH?! Watch here.

Travel Complaint Desk

“[obligatory enraged tweet about AMTRAK wi-fi]” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

Quintessential HuffPost story: “11 favorite foods to wrap in bacon”

Awe…

“Speaking at colleges makes me unbearably nostalgic for college.” — WaPo‘s Democratic advisor Ezra Klein. FYI readers, our Ezzy graduated from UCLA, where he earned a B.A. in political science.

Thoughts on cookie dough with righty editor and CNN pundit

“We can’t be the only family in America that makes cookies and eats most of the dough before it goes in the oven.” — CNN and RedState.com’s Erick Erickson.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Migraines are so demoralizing.” — TWT arts and entertainment writer and Doublethink fiction editor Kelly Jane Torrance.

Deep Thought to Ponder: “Twitter has driven a number of writers I like and admire totally bananas.” — National Review Online‘s Reihan Salam, who admits to watching a lot of TV’s Full House as a child. Favorite line in his bio: “Despite his controversial eyebrows, he has appeared on CNN, ABC, PBS, FOX, NBC, MSNBC, BBC, CBC, TVO, AJE, RT, HBO, and a number of other television networks that may or may not exist outside of his imagination.”

It’s Here. Washington Life‘s 2009 The Young & The Guest List

And now the moment we’ve all been waiting with bated breath for… Washington Life Magazine‘s 2009 The Young & the Guest List is here.

The annual collection of 250 of the “most influential Washingtonians under 40″ includes the scene’s well-knowns like NBC’s Luke Russert, Fox’s Bret Baier and CNN’s Jessica Yellin, as well as fresh new faces like MIX 107.3′s Tommy McFly.

Now we can’t divulge the full list here, but we can share these stats:

55% of the individuals on the 2009 Young & The Guest List are new additions to the list this year. (Note: the total number of listees has not increased since 2008)

39 individuals, or approximately 1 in 6, work on Capitol Hill, in the White House, the diplomatic corps, or public service

41 are CEO’s and 67 people, or approximately 1 in 4 have founded a company or non-profit

34% are married

Male 54%/Female 46%

35 people, or 12% are media professionals

The 2009 Y&GL party will be held Thursday, April 16th at an undisclosed location, and the guest list is pretty exclusively these 250 and one guest each.

To see if you’ve made the cut, check out the 35 media professionals after the jump.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Bill Cosby, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, Dr. Alvin F. Poussaint, Rep. Maxine Waters and a roundtable with former Rep. David Bonior, Wall Street Journal’s Paul Gigot, CNBC’s John Harwood, Vanity Fair’s Bethany McLean and McCain economic adviser Mark Zandi.

  • This Week: President-elect Barack Obama and a roundtable with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Face the Nation: House Minority Leader John Boehner, Sen. Dick Durbin and Sen.-designate Roland Burris.

  • Fox News Sunday: President George W. Bush and former President George H.W. Bush and a roundtable with Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Charles Krauthammer, Syndicated Columnist & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Vice President Dick Cheney, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former White House adviser David Gergen, Washington Times’ Tara Wall, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger and CNN’s Candy Crowley.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC; Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune; Kathleen Parker, Washington Post Writers Group; and Reihan Salam of The Atlantic

  • Reliable Sources: Media analyst Keli Goff, National Review’s Jim Geraghty, Politico’s Roger Simon, Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, CNN’s Frank Sesno, NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard, GWU professor Mark Feldstein and comedian Jessi Klein.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Gov. David Paterson of New York.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Cathy Lanier, Washington DC Police Chief, and Phillip Morse, U.S. Capitol Police Chief will be interviewed by Emily Yahle of Roll Call, and Mark Segraves of WTOP Radio.

  • GPS: Palestinian political activist Hanan Ashwari, Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk, author Stephen Walt, author Gilles Kepel and IBM chair/CEO Sam Palmisano.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • How To Hawk Your Book

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    Blog brother GalleyCat covered this earlier, but we just couldn’t let it sneak by FishbowlDC’s readers.

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    Witness The Atlantic’s Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam shamelessly pimp their book “The Grand New Party” on bloggingheads.tv.

    Rising Star Finalists

    mblogo.jpgAfter the jump, you’ll find the finalists for FishbowlDC’s Rising Star competition. Congrats to everyone for being nominated and making it into the 2nd round in our first “Rising Star” competition. The winners will accompany mediabistro.com and FishbowlDC to the National Press Foundation Dinner, with a seat next to a high-profile guest (and if you’re a high profile guest who wants to go, let us know).

    Plus: We’ll be giving away seats to lucky winners we’ll pick at random. Click here to enter the raffle (send your name, affiliation and contact info).

    Now, before you write in to complain about so-and-so not getting included, etc., etc., let’s explain a few things.

    1.) If you didn’t get nominated, you didn’t get considered. The pool of contenders was chosen by you.
    2.) Some (actually, many) people were not included because, in our opinion, they were already “risen”, not “rising” (For instance: Ed Henry was nominated. Funnily enough, so was Helen Thomas). So, for some of you, it’s a compliment.
    3.) We did our best to limit the number of finalists from each publication, from certain beats, and from each medium (print, radio, broadcast, etc.).
    4.) Most importantly, we’re well aware that the list is imperfect. We did our best. Our apologies in advance if you felt snubbed. Dorian, Inky and Patrick discussed the finalists but the finalists were mostly determined by consulting with employees at various news organizations for their insight, thoughts and advice.

    Okay, so this is how it’s going work: After the jump is the list of finalists. If you’re already attending the National Press Foundation Annual Awards Dinner on February 22, let us know. Unfortunately, we’ll have to remove your name from consideration, since that means you won’t be able to sit with us (*tear*). Also, if you simply don’t want to be considered, please also let us know. Then, with the list tweaked as/if needed, we will open up voting Thursday morning and it will go through Monday.

    Click below for the finalists…

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