TVNewser FishbowlNY AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Ryan Kearney’

Best. Disclosure. Ever.

tweetwarPoynter’s Andrew Beaujon profiles for TNR former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, who recently announced her move to the Daily Caller. If you read nothing else, the disclosure is priceless. Only in DC, folks….And cue the Twitter war!

I have had a need to try to make sense of Betsy Rothstein’s work since early 2010. If you’re thinking, “Why is this a story?” or “This is some pathetic inside-the-Beltway nonsense,” I agree with you. She and I used to fight on Twitter (I have a note above my desk now reminding me not to engage, and I’m sure she considers me an unworthy opponent and a complete bozo). We have never met in person and have talked on the phone only a few times, none of which were pleasant. I’ve written about her before, she’s written about me before, and there’s a decent chance I’m projecting some of my own feelings about her work on my fellow Washington-area journalists and pretending others share them. I have worked with both Mike Riggs and Amanda Hess. New Republic story editor Ryan Kearney and I once worked together at TBD.com, a frequent Rothstein target, and we infuriated Rothstein by sending a gift to her home address as part of a feature on inexpensive gifts for prominent Washingtonians. When I emailed her last week after asking what she’d do after FishbowlDC, she replied by tweeting a photo of a man displaying his middle finger. The editor of this story and I have both worked at Washington City Paper, but never at the same time. He edited Moe Tkacik’s story and has eaten lunch with Mark Leibovich

Beaujon’s full piece here.

Mediabistro Course

Freelancing 101

Freelancing 101Manage a top-notch freelancing career in our online boot camp, Freelancing 101! Starting August 18, freelancing experts will teach you the best practices for a solid freelancing career, from the first steps of self-advertising and marketing, to building your own schedule and managing clients.  Register now! 
 

TNR Sparkles at Bibiana

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

The New Republic celebrated its relaunch last night at Bibiana Restaurant where politicos and journalists from print and TV mingled with bigwigs like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.J.) and Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist over hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The highlight of the evening: Answering the question, “Who is Franklin Foer?”

Meanwhile, we spoke to Publisher and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who was all smiles and relaxed. “I’m feeling super exited, energized,” he said, as we cornered him at the bar. “It’s a big moment for us.” Asked if he’s been sleeping, he replied, “I will sleep tonight.”

At around 7:30 p.m. FishbowlDC approached a man with glasses who we mistook for NYT‘s Nate Silver. We were all ready to ask if he was excited to be in the same room as Politico‘s Dylan Byers, who during the presidential election questioned whether Silver was a “one-term celebrity.”

The mystery man in question had a laugh with two other male attendees before denying that he was Silver. Except then he said he was Silver. Then said he wasn’t. Then someone else said he was. Finally, he identified himself as Franklin Foer, editor of TNR (pictured above). But by that point, we didn’t believe that either.

After consulting Google images, it was revealed that he was indeed Foer. It was our mistake, though Foer did acknowledge that he shares “some Semitic features” with Silver.

In a party speech, Hughes said the challenge ahead is to “produce a magazine 20 times a year that is as good” as the relaunch issue, which features an interview with President Obama. He called the TNR team “the best in the business” and said he wants the magazine to “become financially sustainable in the coming years.” In a moment that drew audible awes from the crowd, he admitted, “The day that Frank Foer agreed to come back to TNR was one of the best days of my life.”

Who showed up? See more pictures. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“A lot of moist sheets going into this next debate…”Politico‘s Mike Allen on the Democratic sentiment going into the next presidential debate on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning just after dawn. Gross, Mike, please stop talking like this so early in the morning!

A Stupid Question to NEVER Ponder: “Wolf Blitzer, CNN why is it hard 4 journo 2 tell the truth y is easier 4 u 2 tell a lie ppl respect u when u do that.”

Preacher Sophia lifts us up where we belong

“Love is always full time, never part time, never some times, and certainly NOT just on your time. #LoveLifts #LoveCovers #LoveMakesTime” — theGrio.com and Essence columnist Sophia Nelson.

Big Bird stories score high marks

“Three of the top 10 most read Politico stories are about Big Bird. The people have spoken and they want more Big Bird news.” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau.

Joan Walsh in Hell

“Oh dear Lord, between by Obama diehards and my [San Francisco Giants]diehards, my Twitter feed is some fine circle of hell right now.” — Salon‘s Joan Walsh, who regularly appears on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

Writer has message for “important” people

“Gotta love the big name Tweeters who never acknowledge when us small people tweet them. respond to their tweets or RT them.” — Rockville, Md.-based marketing writer and consultant Deborah Brody.

Laura Ingraham’s embarrassingly bad debate humor

“If Biden flames out Thurs night how will Al Gore explain it away? What’s the altitude change from Delaware to Kentucky?” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham in an attempt to be funny ahead of Thursday’s VP debate. She added this equally unfunny tweet: “At debate Ryan will wear an American flag pin on his lapel–perhaps he should hand Joe a white flag pin for his.” Ugh.

Convo Between Two Journos

Daily Kos‘ Markos Moulitsas: “For liberals freaking out: The fundamentals of the race are still in our favor.”

Parody Andrew Sullivan account SullyPanic: “You’re fucking crazy.” CORRECTION: Goddammit. We got suckered by another parody account today. This was “SullyPanic” an faux account for The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan. We’ve changed the content to reflect the truth.

Congrats Ryan, you’re the BEST!

A heartfelt congratulations to our good pal Ryan Kearney who has resigned from Politico to go to work for The New Republic. Washington City Paper’s Will Sommer reported the news early Tuesday. Kearney was in a newly created position of breaking news deputy editor. He leaves Politico after just six months. In a quote to WCP, he thanked Politico profusely for throwing him a life preserver after his former pub, TBD, sank like The Titanic. We’re sure VandeHarris is thrilled he made good use of them for the past several months. We hear Ryan didn’t make much of an impression with his Politico colleagues — in fact one said it would be tough to know who he was even if he walked right by.

 

Politico Editor Suggests Roberts is Gay

Why did ABC News’ Robin Roberts score the big interview with President Obama about gay marriage? Lots of folks, from the NYT‘s Brian Stelter to Politico‘s Dylan Byers, have weighed in with their analysis.

But Politico Deputy Breaking News Editor Ryan Kearney went there, suggesting that Roberts is, in fact, gay herself.

“The question no one’s asking: Will Robin Roberts clarify her stance on gay marriage?” tweeted Kearney.

It’s one thing to speculate privately that Roberts is gay — as Gawker reports through anonymous sourcing at the network, it’s long been assumed by many — but to do so publicly both exhibits a.) a bit of chutzpah b.) a bit of inappropriateness and c.) begs perhaps the most important question: Are Kearney’s bosses at Politico okay with an editor throwing out such sensational charges with no sourcing whatsoever?

We reached out to VandeHarris for comment.

A Recap of the Allbritton Garden Brunch (That We Weren’t Invited To.)

In the aftermath of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, many revelers sought comfort in brunch yesterday morning to help heal the wounds from the night before. We have already reported on the institution that is the Thomson Reuters/McLaughlin annual brunch. Meanwhile, a relative newcomer to the WHCD brunch crowd, the Allbritton Garden Brunch, was taking place at the Georgetown home of Politico publisher, Robert Allbritton. We’d really LOVE to bring you a recap of that event. But, we weren’t invited. While it’s not necessarily a stinging snub as not even all of their own reporters get to go and they make it a point to have it covered (if you can even call it coverage) by their own reporter, insult was added to injury when Politico had the balls to send us a press release with pictures and a rundown of the event. Gee, how thoughtful of them. Here is how they helpfully described the event.

“For the third consecutive year, POLITICO Publisher Robert Allbritton and his wife, Dr. Elena Allbritton, opened the doors of their Georgetown home on the Sunday following the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner for an exclusive, invitation-only brunch. Roughly 250 were in attendence enjoying a menu of baby Colorado lamp chops, kobe beef hashcake with poached egg, heirloom apple and endive salad, Hong Kong steamed salmon, greek yogurt parfaits and a raw bar.”

That kobe beef hashcake sure sounds mouthwatering. So does the Hong Kong steamed salmon they must have had flown in fresh for the morning. But since we weren’t invited, we can only bring you what WE THINK went down at this exclusive garden brunch.

  • Charlie Mahtesian frantically scribbling the “5 Lessons From the Allbritton Garden Brunch.”
  • Politico‘s newest hire, Ryan Kearney, trying to convince everyone that he’s not nearly as creepy as he seems and that his work has vastly improved since Allbritton’s essentially failed venture TBD.
  • FNC’s Bret Baier having to convince everyone that he wasn’t a villainous coke dealer from a Miami Vice episode wearing the outfit pictured above. We dig the low-cut look on his peach button-down.
  • Bret Baier’s wife (also pictured above) turning down autograph seekers thinking she was Kim Kardashian or Cher.
  • Mike Allen staring into his Blackberry with the intensity of a thousand fiery suns.
  • BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith, in town for the weekend, snapping pictures using Japanese Instagram.

So, while we weren’t actually there to bring you a full report, we have a feeling this was pretty close to reality.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

HuffPost media writer Jason Linkins eats the above ham on a biscuit in gravy over the weekend. Why we have to be subjected to this cream sauce vomit on a plate is anyone’s guess.

Women are special. All women. Harriet Tubman. Eva Braun [Hitler's longtime companion pictured at right], Fergie. That serial killer Charlize Theron played in Monster. Mrs. Butterworth. ALL women. All. Equally. Special.” — Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert addresses the War on Women last night responding to Ann Romney‘s declaration that “women are special.”

Uh oh.

“Hours as a homeowner before suffering an injury requiring an ER trip: 4.” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein reported on Twitter late last night.We inquired what happened and he replied, “I’ll live. I’m sure inquiring minds can be kept busy with other matters.” (The next lawmaker Epstein interviews should offer that reply– “I’m sure inquiring minds can be kept busy with other matters.” We’re sure Politico editors will love that.)

Baier Vomit

A viewer to FNC’s Bret Baier: “You look tired…rightly so. Hope you’re feeling ok. Glad you’re back safely.” He replied, “Thanks – i guess Good to be back.” And this...”Sorry you didn’t like it-thnx for watching” – Baier in response to a viewer who wrote, “Bret Baier, poor taste-Disrespectful to a pres candidate. Women already see him wrong.”

Politico Dumbs Down its Hiring

Politico, a publication known for its tireless around-the-clock reporting, has just dumbed itself down with the new hire of TBD‘s Ryan Kearney, a reporter known for going slim on facts and using cardboard figures in video interviews. One question for VandeHarris: Are you going to allow this ex-TBDer to send weird rubber dolls and other bizarre tchotchkes to the private homes of journalists and readers around town? Clearly those in charge of him at TBD didn’t know or didn’t care to know how strange his s0-called reporting could get. Kearney writes on Twitter Monday, “I can’t quit you, Rosslyn: I’m back at 1100 Wilson, as Politico‘s deputy editor of breaking news.”

ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida‘s new Twitter avatar

USA Today‘s Paul Singer preaching to the choir: “Pollen now deeper on my sidewalk than snow got this winter. Do I have to shovel?”

Two stories, multiple mentions of pit stains

“While one of those shirts appeared darker under the arms in his office last month, Falcone said he doesn’t sweat and didn’t when checking his TW Steel watch during January’s down-to-the- wire loan negotiations.” — Bloomberg‘s Katherine Burton in a story on Phil Falcone, the hedge-fund manager who invested $3 billion in a wireless broadband startup LightSquared Inc. and is facing possible bankruptcy and a censure by the SEC.  The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake also mentioned his pit stains. In his story on Falcone, Lake wrote, “The only sign Falcone was feeling any pressure were the deep perspiration stains under his armpits, a condition that afflicts many men who are not in jeopardy of losing billions of their own and other people’s money.”

From the Dept. of Bragiculture

“Thank u!” RT @mrbirdman305: @NorahODonnell great job on this particular story tonight on the @cbsnews” — CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell. “Thx!” RT @Jacob_Long_WMBD: @NorahODonnell Solid coverage on the #Secret_Service scandal.”

Journo suffers cramps en route home

“Got an abdominal cramp walking home from the Metro the other day. #outofshape.” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


Politico to Hire Down?

Politico typically tries to hire up. They snag reporters from the aggressive media mindset of Manhattan. They steal people who haven’t been places long — such as the recent hire of Lois Romano from The Daily Beast. She’d been there under a year and at WaPo for nearly three decades.

But now they’re setting their sights lower and perhaps just nearby at TBD.

Ryan Kearney, who has written for a site that prides itself on writing about cupcakes and weird rubber dolls they send to the private homes of Washington reporters, is on his way out of the long failing TBD and is now interviewing at Politico. He has great experience interviewing cardboard stars like Natalie Portman and James Franco — really poorly done interviews he does (we think they are supposed to be funny) with life size cardboard versions. Is this what Politico wants? Watch out Alex Trowbridge, you could have some heavy (eye roll) competition headed your way. Whether he’ll land the job is anyone’s guess. If they’re planning to invent a new beat called “FishbowlDC” he’s a shoo in. If not, well, then they’re on their own. Maybe CLICK could use his expertise.

Media Matters Ultra Private Book Party

Politico’s Ken Vogel questions David Brock. Brock speaks to the crowd.

Media Matters held a strictly invitation-only book party last night at its downtown Washington headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue. No crashers were permitted. No guests of invitees were allowed in.

“Have a good night!” The Daily Caller‘s Nick Ballasy called to me as he stood wistfully with a camera crew a healthy distance away from the building.  He groused that no one worthy of interviewing had yet entered the building. (Considering the ongoing series on MMFA, no one from The Daily Caller was getting within spitting distance of the party.)

In some ways it felt like the Gap. There was a female greeter outside the door. Once inside I was led to highly organized RSVP tables where they checked me in and gave me a bright red bracelet that read, The Fox Effect. This would be the book co-written by MMFA Founder David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt, a former aide to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Upstairs on the sixth floor there was another greeter, this time a male employee in a dark blazer stationed outside to say hello.

Reid was among the evening’s speakers. But rumor had it that he might not be able to attend because of votes so they were still scrambling for who would be their keynote speakers. But soon enough the waif of a Senate Majority Leader wandered in with a small entourage, complete with security personnel with a clear wire in his ear. Reid is soft-spoken and quiet and doesn’t make a big splash.

So when Politico‘s Ken Vogel (who isn’t exactly shy) approached and tried to ask questions, Reid politely took Vogel’s business card and stuffed it back into Vogel’s front shirt pocket and told him he wasn’t there to do interviews. Vogel returned to a small gaggle that included HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim and MMFA Publicist Jess Levin, and regaled us with the story as well as stories of liberal haters who came after him when he covered then-Sen. Hillary Clinton‘s (D-N.Y.) ’08 campaign. Vogel’s a decent storyteller – there were death threats, Jew-hater insults and more. He said he got more hate mail from liberals than conservatives.

WaPo‘s Erik Wemple was spotted mingling in the crowd. He mentioned that he’d had lunch with FBDC lover Ryan Kearney of the illustrious TBD the day before. I told Wemple that we had been offering Kearney daily career counseling. I silently cursed MMFA for having not having the good sense to invite Kearney so we could finally meet face to face.

Aside from hippy, frumpy, bushy-haired MMFA employees (they have good excuses for their crumpled look, they watch Fox News relentlessly around the clock) other notables in the crowd: Hollywood on the Potomac writer and publicist Janet Donovan, Bullfight Strategies’ Eric Burns (former President of Media Matters) and Karl Frisch (also formerly of MMFA). Burns by far had the best party hair – his coiffe was thick, spiky and impeccable.

The crowd was deceptively entertaining. Genius Rocket Chairman Mark Walsh was screwing around with lobbyist David Jones‘ name tag and said he was going to wear it and get intoxicated. “I’m going to get drunk and vomit,” Walsh promised. Jones, meanwhile, was busy talking up Brock. “His book, Blinded by the Right, was the most defining book in politics of the 90s,” he told me. “It showed behind the scenes attacks on President Clinton from the inside. That’s why I’m here.”

Soon enough the speeches got underway. Standing before the crowd was Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Reid and Brock. At one point Reid made a decently funny joke about the digitized world we’re living in and used his digits, as in his fingers. Franken laughed extra loud and looked at him with a just a hint of surprise that he could actually be funny.”Surprisingly he doesn’t talk very much,” Reid said of Franken, “but when he does, we listen.” Al’s wife, Franni Franken, was in the crowd. “No, more, More, MORE!” she said, heckling her funnyman husband.

Reid thanked Brock for his service to the Democratic Party and promised his own in return. “I thank him for all he has done for the Democratic Caucus and the Senate,” he said. “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this book is a success.”

Though Franken cracked a number of genuinely funny jokes, Brock initially looked ill at ease. He seemed to loosen up when it was his turn to speak and he got a chance to do what he does best — skewer Fox News.

“The bottom line is this is not a news channel at all,” Brock told the crowd. “It’s like the Republican National Committee, but they do a better job in our view.” Then he fed his brand of red meat to the liberal crowd, exclaiming, “Glenn Beck no more.” The crowd cheered: “WOO HOO!” And more. Brock said the fact that FNC President Roger Ailes has said the network needs a “course correction” means “they are feeling the pressure.”

Asked if he felt Fox News would help his book sales, Brock replied, “Fox is giving us a lot of free publicity these days, I’ll say that much.” As for The Daily Caller‘s ongoing series on him and whether he felt that would also help boost his book, he had nothing to say. Nor did anyone else in the room. “I’m not commenting on that right now,” he said, as he walked in unusual diagonal zigzags away from the vicinity of my notebook.

Trouble in TBD Paradise?

The rose has fallen off the bloom. And TBD‘s intrepid fiction writer Ryan Kearney is actively on the hunt for a new job, FishbowlDC has learned. Maybe he can use mediabistro as a resource — he wouldn’t be the first TBDer to approach us for employment assistance.

No one can fault Kearney for wanting to jump ship. With pretty much everyone in his midst dropping like violinists on the Titanic in recent months, it isn’t terribly surprising that Kearney is also looking to get out of there. In the meantime, we’re sure Robert Allbritton is hanging on the site’s every word. After all, TBD writes about such urgent matters as cupcake trends and FishbowlDC party invitations they didn’t receive. That was Ryan’s latest investigative masterpiece. But we’re sure Kearney would be an ass-et to any newsroom. Good luck Ryan!

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day


Slate’s Dave Weigel: “Hey where’s the debate can anyone tell me?” (Accompanied by the above photograph.)

Just say Coochie Coochie Coo to Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid

“Sen Reid re his blackberry: ‘I have a one track mind. It’s really hard for me to talk when I’m being tickled on the side.’” — The Takeaway’s congressional radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Journo needs miracle worker

“I’m looking for a D.C. tailor who can work miracles on three button-up shirts with inexplicably torn elbows. Any suggestions?” — TBD‘s Ryan Kearney in a tweet that was steps away from being Unnecessary Tweet of the Day.

Mysterious sighting in WaPo HQ Tuesday: ex-CNNer Eliot Spitzer. Shhh…Anyone with information on what he was doing there, email us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or Betsy@mediabistro.com.

FishbowlDC Trivia: What is Ezzy’s favorite cuisine? Answer after the jump…

Looking for work?

“NBC News is searching for a Social Media Editor. Spread the word!” — NBC’s Vivian Schiller. Visit here for details and to apply.


Read more

NEXT PAGE >>