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Helena Andrews Joins Heil at WaPo’s R.S.

The Reliable Source has another new voice! Helena Andrews will join Emily Heil at R.S. starting in January, according to a statement from WaPo Style editor Frances Sellers. Helena has been at The Root most recently, where she writes a weekly pop culture column, and she has been a contributing editor of the online women’s magazine xoJane. She also chronicled her roaring late twenties in Washington, with a collection of essays “Bitch is the New Black,” published by HarperCollins in 2010.

Separately, it was announced that current R.S. columnist Roxanne Roberts will return to writing full-length feature stories for the Style section.

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Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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Argetsinger Out at WaPo’s Reliable Source

Amy Argetsinger, who has written for WaPo‘s gossip column “The Reliable Source,” is finally moving on. She has long said it wouldn’t be a permanent gig. But then again, she’s worked there for the past eight years.

When a woman on Twitter expressed remorse that Argetsinger will be leaving, last night just before 7 p.m. she replied, “You are sweet to say so. But it’s time!”

She has written “The Reliable Source” with Roxanne Roberts since 2005.

WaPo Spokeswoman Kris Corrati is out today but we’ve written to the public relations department for more info. We first noticed the news this morning through tweets by Andrew Beaujon of Poynter and Politico‘s Dylan Byers.

WaPo Gossip Site Goes Dark for August

We knew August was the time of year to take your vacation in D.C.—Congress is in recess—but WaPo’s The Reliable Source is just about shutting itself down for almost the entire month. From the out-of-office notification on writer Amy Argetsinger‘s email:

“I’m on vacation until after Labor Day. If you’ve got something for the Reliable Source, Roxanne Roberts will be around through Aug. 8. After that, get in touch with Rachel Dry on the Style desk (address removed) or Mike Livingston, who will be compiling the Names and Faces column in our absence (address removed).”

Yes, Labor Day is still four weeks away. Nice work if you can get it.

Pols, Press Toast Schieffer’s 20 Years of “Face the Nation”

Had you walked through the doors of the St. Regis Hotel at this time last night, there’s a good chance you would have bumped into Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) making a quick exit from the fete for Bob Schieffer’s 20th anniversary with “Face the Nation.”  But a brush with the House Minority Leader was only an appetizer for the smorgasbord of the bipartisan political power that partied inside the hotel’s Astor Ballroom.  Raising a glass to the legendary newsman were current and former Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who has appeared on Face the Nation more than any other guest.  Representing the White House were Dag Vega and Jen Psaki.

In his remarks, a flattered Schieffer joked that when he first got to Washington, Republicans and Democrats always attended parties together.  “But now it’s a big deal,” he told the crowded room.

The Washington press corps were also out in full force for Bob’s big night.  Spotted in the crowd were Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, FNC’s Ed Henry, NBC’s David Gregory and Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, Keach Hagey, Mike Allen and Patrick Gavin, Newshour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, NYT’s David Sanger, WaPo’s Roxanne Roberts, and Steve Chaggaris. Rounding out the room were a slew of CBS talent and staff such as former “Face the Nation” EP Carin Pratt and current EP Mary Hager, Rob HendinKaylee Hartung, Chris Licht, Lara Logan, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Chip Reid, Bob Orr, Wyatt Andrews, John Dickerson, Christine Delargy, Walt Cronkite (Walter Cronkite’s grandson who now works in the DC bureau), Chris Isham and of course, the evening’s hosts and top network brass Jeff Fager and David Rhodes. Noticeably absent was new CBS News White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell who was in New York City covering the president and UN.

Throughout the evening a video highlighting Bob’s career played in the background – you can check it out here.  And if you missed our must-read interview with Schieffer last week, click here.

Press and Politicos Gather for Opinion Awards


*Photos by ImageLink for The Week.

The Week hosted its 8th annual Opinion Awards at the W Hotel last night.  Held to celebrate the year’s top opinion writers, the event boasted a potent dose of press and political power.

NBC’s “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory emceed the event honoring The Week‘s Cartoonist of the Year Tom Toles of WaPo, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan who won Columnist of the Year, and Blogger of the Year John Sides, the voice behind TheMonkeyCage.org.  Mixing with The Week’s winners were guests like Sen. Lindsey Graham, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” WaPo‘s Roxanne RobertsDebbie Dingell, Diane Danner, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Grover Norquist, Gene Robinson, Terry McAuliffe, Robin and Austan Goolsbee and Margaret Carlson.  Representing The Week were EIC Bill Falk, Publisher Steven Kotok and Jessica Sibley.

But the evening’s most interesting “guest” may have been His Excellency Minister Plenipotentiary for Artistic Endeavors for the Embassy of the Bahamas – you remember good old Nelson Lewis, right?  The 26-year-old Fox News and “Laura Ingraham Show” alum who was exposed late last year for impersonating a Bahamian diplomat, Rolling Stone writer and Rep. Jack Kingston, somehow managed to make his way into a picture with Roxanne Roberts and John Sides (check it out in the slide show above).  Organizers confirmed that His Excellency was not on the guest list and therefore did not attend the dinner. But that didn’t stop him from mingling on the rooftop terrace after the event.  One guest recalls hearing Lewis tell another party-goer that he works for PBS. Perhaps he’s taking over Newshour for Jim Lehrer?

Full Disclosure: Washington’s Incestuous Media Ties

In the aftermath of Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) firing his spokesman for leaking emails from reporters to another reporter is the news flash that Washington media is an incestuous bunch. Everyone is “friends” with everyone. And increasingly, members of D.C.’s media are making idiotic disclosures of friendships in their stories.

WaPo‘s Dana Milbank was purposefully poking fun at himself and the culture today in his opinion piece by noting cozy relationships with subjects in his story. But before I continue, I’m happy to say that Milbank is not my “friend” unless you count Facebook and a few friendly email exchanges as a close “friendship” that needs to be disclosed. Full disclosure: I’m happy to say he’s my “friend” if that makes him glad to read this.

In Milbank’s story, he announces that two people in his story are “friends.”

In the middle of all this is the book author, the New York TimesMark Leibovich, a friend of mine, who set out to write about this town’s culture and finds himself being sucked into the dysfunctional drama, which resembles nothing so much as a bad reality-TV show in which people put their honesty and judgment second to their quest to be players.

Another friend of Milbank’s is The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

This particular episode begins with the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, another friend of mine (see what I mean by incestuous?)

But Milbank isn’t the only reporter who discloses friendships in a story, seriously or not. On Jan. 10, WaPo‘s Reliable Sources wrote a story about actor Row Lowe‘s potential reality show Potomac Fever. The gossip gals, Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts, who undoubtedly have a lot of “friends” in the social nature of the work they do, wrote, “For most in the room, though, it’s clear the new comfort zone was created by the party’s hostess: Susanna Quinn, a native Washingtonian and wife of mega-lobbyist Jack Quinn. A vivacious blonde whom many reality producers have attempted to cast over the years (and, disclosure, a pal of ours), she was signed by Lowe and local production company 44 Blue as a consultant and associate producer to help find a cast and get the vibe right.”

Another incestuous excerpt from Milbank’s story…

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Tareq’s Tall Tales About WaPo

Sociopath Tareq Salahi recently opened his big yap for an interview with the Daily Beast’s Nicole LaPorte.  In the piece, Salahi slams the Washington Post and Amy Argetsinger who originally broke the story (along with Roxanne Roberts) of the fame-whoring couple’s White House crash,  telling LaPorte: 

“First of all, they never really did a full disclosure, because we owed them tens of thousands of dollars in advertising money for our winery and the Polo Cup.  No. 2, you’ve got Amy Argetsinger dating a polo buddy of mine, who’s a competitor, fueling the fire. Obviously, we had issues with them, and they had issues with us. It was completely personal.”

Is it just me or is it a little far-fetched to believe:

a)  that a billion-dollar corporation coordinated stories against the Salahis as revenge for a $10,000 advertising debt?

b) that Argetsinger was allowed to settle personal scores (a fictional polo-fueled fury about her fictional polo-playing boyfriend) on the paper’s front page?

Better question: why are legitimate news organizations still writing about them and publishing their obvious tall tales?  To read the rest of the lies Salahi spewed to the Daily Beast, click here.

Washington Life’s Most Invited – Which Journos Made It?

<img alt="iStockglass cornucopia255.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/iStockglass cornucopia255.jpg" width="250" class="alignright" hspace="3' vspace="3"/ Washington Life has released it’s “Most Invited” list and here are the Washington journalists who made the A-List. We must say, no big shockers. But one question: Where the hell is Tammy Haddad?

Haddad, a who’s who around town, is spotted at many a party and hosts her annual Garden Party, one of the most sought after soirees of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend. But she didn’t make the cut. As we reported yesterday, WL Executive Editor Michael Clements poked “fun” at Haddad’s grey hair stripe during a dinner at Blue Duck Tavern Tuesday evening by making the hair streak a place on Foursquare. We do sincerely hope her hair isn’t what kept her off the list, as it seems a rather petty, inappropriate reason to exclude her. We’re also not convinced it was that “fun” of a thing to do the other night.

We’ve asked Clements for comment on how decisions about the list were made. Stay tuned…

The List: CBS’s Rita Braver, NBC MTP Host David Gregory; BBC’s Katty Kay, VF’s Christopher Hitchens; BBC’s Katty Kay; Politico’s Mike Allen; MSNBC’s Chris Matthews; NBC’s Norah O’Donnell; WaPo’s Sally Quinn, Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger and FNC’s Chris Wallace.

> Update: Clements has replied. It’s heavy on Washington speak, but he has some points to make – like 12 of them. Check out his verryyy long quote after the jump. Many thanks to Clements for his response. In all his remarks, he had no comment on Haddad not making the list…

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RadarOnline Rips Off Reliable Source

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Reliable Source has fans at RadarOnline – that’s for sure.

The celebrity gossip site has been reading the WaPo column so much that it’s beginning to sound just like Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts. In a recent story about Bravo’s “Real Housewives of DC,” Radar Online parrots Reliable Source closely enough that we’d swear it was plagiarized.

Below is just one example. You be the judge:

Reliable Source:

A D.C. newcomer, the British interior designer moved to the United States in summer 2008 when she married Charles Ommanney, a prizewinning photojournalist with Newsweek, after a brief courtship.

The mother of two girls, Jade and Ruby, from a previous marriage, she was little known here before she emerged as part of the “Housewives” set.

Turns out she’s perfect for reality TV: In 2006, she blabbed to a British tabloid about her makeout session with much younger Prince Harry.

RadarOnline:

Davies, a blonde British interior designer, moved to the U.S. in the summer of 2008 when she married Charles Ommanney, a prize-winning photojournalist with Newsweek, after a brief romance.

The mother of two girls, Ruby and Jade, from a previous marriage, she was little known in D.C. social circles before emerging as part of the Housewives set.

In 2006, the mother-of-two blabbed about a romantic rendezvous with Britain’s Prince Harry — third in line to the throne.

It’s bad enough that Radar swiped original reporting without attribution…BUT REALLY? Lifting entire sentences and paragraphs then adding an adjective or swapping a synonym. Shameful, Radar. Just shameful.

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