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Partygoer to Obama: ‘Show us Your Tits!’

It was a Mardi Gras-themed party to be sure. Partygoers at The Daily Caller’s second big soiree got a bit raucous last night during the new publication’s SOTU watch party held at George in Georgetown.

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Most of the publication’s journos were on hand wearing beads around their necks. Big star Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson arrived after 9 p.m. due to a previous speaking engagement at the Metropolitan Club. Co-creator and publisher Neil Patel was there mingling along with opinion editor Moira Bagley and spokeswoman and booker Becca Glover Watkins.

Things got dicey when Carlson arrived with his wife, Susie. Carlson told FishbowlDC that Susie initially couldn’t get in because she didn’t have ID to prove her age – which is 41. So how’d she get in? “I finally said, come on guys, knock it off,” Carlson said.

By that point, the party was in full swing and packed with a decisively beer-drinking crowd. All five TV’s were turned to Fox News. Partygoers booed Obama on several occasions, with one male yelling out, “Show us your tits!” Daily Caller journos shuddered in response to the remark. Another shouted, “Boring!” When FNC contributor Sarah Palin came on to speak, the crowd whooped with joy. “Thishh ishh a right-leaning crowd,” said one attendee who’d obviously had more than a few beers.

Nevertheless, Patel said he has received no complaints that the Daily Caller sways right. Instead, he said, people remark on the “breadth” of stories they have.

Jim Treacher, the Daily Caller’s blogger, more often known as “Treach”, live-blogged the evening, which was a sight to see. “I’m blogging like a mother f-ker,” he said.

The emcee for the evening was Mark Stern (aka “Nigel” of the Tony Kornheiser show), who happens to be Carlson’s old high school roommate at the boarding school, St. George’s. “I remember the first time he wore a bow tie,” Stern told the crowd. “It was at Chippendales. No one can shake their ass like Tucker Carlson.” Later Stern asked rhetorically, “Who said Washington has no balls? Give it up for Daily Caller!”

Sadly, advice columnist Matt Labash was unable to make it – he’s in Haiti. “No parties for me,” he wrote by e-mail. “Just dead people and malaria.”

Guests in attendance: Politics Daily’s Helena Andrews, GOP commentator Doug Heye (who was interviewed there by a German TV station), GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Washingtonian publisher Cathy Merrill Williams, Pundit Amy Holmes, Reason magazine editor Michael Moynihan, TNR’s James Kirchick, The Atlantic’s Chris Bodenner, The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, former Bush speechwriter John McConnell, and Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton. Neshan Naltchayan, a freelance photographer who worked as a photographer in the Bush White House, was there to snap pictures.

See party pictures after the jump…

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Palin: Just the Facts Ma’am

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FNC’s newest contributor Sarah Palin has thoughts on journalism and she voiced them on Oprah’s “Friday Live” show.

Palin believes in a bare bones style of journalism. She emphasized the “who, what, when, where and why” aspects of reporting that she says she learned when she studied journalism. “Just the facts,” Palin told Oprah, “gathering that information and letting the reader decide … ratcheting back to the simplicity of journalism.”

Palin plans to host an occasional program on FNC called “Real American Stories.”

In an unrelated note, Bristol Palin, who appeared alongside her mother, has the same “ing” issue as her mom — she’s not fond of tagging g’s onto her ing-words.

“Hi, how’s it goin’?” Bristol said, greeting Oprah.
The young woman then described a typical day in life:
“Gettin’ Tripp ready, giving him a bath…goin’ off to work, workin’, comin’ home, giving him another bath, gettin’ him ready for bed, feedin’ him.”

Oprah then asked the most dire question of the hour: “Are babies really that dirty?”

Oprah to Chat Live With Sarah and Bristol Palin

sarah_palin320.jpg“Sarah and I are going to chat,” says Oprah, promo-ing her upcoming “Fridays Live” show in which she interviews former V.P. hopeful and FNC contributor Sarah Palin. The show airs tomorrow, Jan. 22.

Oprah will also interview Bristol Palin for a chat about that whole teen pregnancy thing.

See the announcement here.

Game Change Authors Halperin and Heileman on Palin’s “Uncertain Future” in Time

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Time magazine’s Mark Halperin and John Heileman , co-authors of Game Change, give us a story today on former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin in the ’08 campaign and her new role at Fox News.

The story is online today and in the magazine tomorrow.

An excerpt: “That other McCain aides have kept quiet for so long about Palin owes to two factors. The first is loyalty to McCain … But the second reason is equally significant and a harbinger of the fights to come in the Republican Party: a deep fear of the Palin forces. Intimidated by the rabidness of her supporters, believing that they can’t be swayed by facts and worried about getting crosswise with the most highly energized part of the Republican base, McCainworld has allowed her version of reality to go largely unchallenged-and her rise to continue unchecked.”

Time’s Managing Editor Richard Stengel interviews the authors about Game Change in this video.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

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Quote of the Day

“Jeri, I’ll tell you what. You put Sarah Palin up against Barack Obama in 2012 and I’ll see you in the dust.”
– NPR’s Juan Williams on Fox News’s “Hannity” to Jeri Thompson, wife of former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.), who was all rah! rah! Palin, sayin’ Palin was “makin’ money” and gettin’ overall successful. It’s hard to talk about Palin and not to start droppin’ those g’s.

FNC’s Beck’s Definition of “Live” is Questionable

alg_glenn_beck.jpgWhat is up with Fox News’s Glenn Beck?

On this afternoon’s show, in which he interviewed former V.P. hopeful and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin, he continuously declared the show as “live” with a light outdoors background that included the scene-setting Statue of Liberty. Only (at the time of this item) it’s 5:57 p.m. and it’s DARK outside. How can he be live in a light background if it’s dark outside?

Is Beck living in another time zone (or universe) than the rest of us?

The explanation:
“Glenn misspoke,” said a Fox News spokesperson. “The interview was shot earlier this afternoon to accommodate the governor’s schedule.”

Palin FNC Ratings Sky High

palin2.jpgThe Nielsen ratings are in and former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin hit the nearly 4 million viewer jackpot last night for her debut appearance on Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor” as a Fox News contributor. The count: 3,954,000 people tuned in to watch Palin last night.

That number is up 42 percent from the same night last year, and up 26 percent compared to every other day of the show in January.

Palin’s appearance beat out CNN’s Campbell Brown, who had 999,000 viewers last night. The show also beat every ABC program between 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., which included shows like “Scrubs” and “Better Off Ted.”

In November when Palin appeared on “The O’Reilly Factor” as a guest, the show had an audience of 3,868,000 viewers.

So when will Palin be on Fox News again?
She’s on Glenn Beck’s show RIGHT NOW.

Sarah Palin At Ease With Bill O’Reilly

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Former V.P. hopeful and former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin was so comfortable with “The O’Reilly Factor” Host Bill O’Reilly last night that you could see her pores relax.

She was happy, smiling, at ease with the host who’s something of a verbal fire starter. CBS’s David Letterman once called him “a goon.” (O’Reilly retorted that Letterman was a “straw man” who no one takes seriously).

But Palin? O’Reilly treated her with care. She got to go off on President Obama’s diminishing poll numbers. (“Of course, they’re sinking,” she said of President Obama’s poll numbers. “It was just a matter of time before more of that reflection of the people’s uncomfortableness that they feel towards this administration is manifesting in these poll numbers.”

It only helped her comfortable-ness that O’Reilly purposefully put her at ease throughout her entire debut as a Fox News contributor and spoke of the evil “liberal media” that he says has “trafficked in” trying to make her look unintelligent.

On Game Change, Palin sliced the authors, saying, “These are the political establishment reporters who love to gin up controversy and spin up gossip.”

O’Reilly told Palin she now has a “forum” on Fox News and “can set the record straight” whenever she wants. She replied with a big kiss for the network. “The public are neutralizing outlets like [CBS's] “60 Minutes,” she said. More and more people are looking at these networks and saying, nah, that gigs up and they are turning into Fox News.”

In reaction to her debut, the media were largely complimentary. A headline in the New York Daily News reads: “Sarah Palin’s debut as Fox News commentator on ‘O’Reilly Factor’goes smoothly.” (Read the story here.)

TWTs Amanda Carpenter tweeted: “Overall, a nice hit for Palin.”

Salon.com’s Joan Walsh seemed to emotionally recoil at Palin’s appearance: “OMFG, Sarah Palin is talking about Nancy Pelosi being out of step with SF? TV. Off. Now,” she tweeted.

WaPo’s Howard Kurtz struck a factual tone only. He tweeted, “Palin on O’Reilly: people don’t give a ‘crap’ about controversies created by pol reporters.”

Note: This photo from the set of last night’s “The O’Reilly Factor” was acquired from the show.

FishbowlDC’s “Overexposed in ’09″

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Yep, ’tis the season for annual year in review “lists.” And though we too find them annoying, we couldn’t help but to create one of our own. So, we give you “Overexposed in ’09″ – 9 news topics that we’d rather see benched for 2010.

9. Michelle’s Magic Garden: Growing organic veggies is super cool in certain circles but we hope news stories about the First Lady’s au natural tomatoes will take a cue from Smith & Hawken and shut down this year.

8. Bo-ring: Sorry Bo, but you’ve become exhausting. We love dogs but the FDOTUS domination during Barbara Walters‘ interview with Michelle Obama pushed us over the edge. Unless Bo knocks up one of Paris Hilton‘s pooches, we don’t want to hear about it next year.

7. The Helen Thomas Diaries: her upcoming book, her anniversary, her birthday, her seat in the WH briefing room. A legend? Yes. But we’ve written her name more times in 2009 than we care to count.

6. Bronzed Boner: No further mention of House Minority Leader John Boehner‘s (R-OH) bronzed bod or the pronunciation of his surname would be most appreciated. We know his last name is not pronounced “Boner” and we’re fully aware of his tendency to tan.

5. Newsertainment: Say what you will about Glenn Beck but we’re over the media frenzy around the Fox News shock jock. Lesson learned – opinion programs blur the line between entertainment and information but covering Beck’s every comment only validates the importance of his “opinions.”

4. Salahi Scams: Not much would surprise us about the Salahi’s at this point. If you’ve done business with them, they probably screwed you. If you’ve spoken to them, they surely lied to you. Oh, Tareq and Michaele…we’ve had fun but it’s time to move on.

The top 3 topics after the jump.

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Palin and Rep. Frank Entertain at Gridiron’s First Tweet-able Dinner

Times are a-changin’ for the Gridiron Club. For the first time in its 124-year history, the Gridiron lifted its “off the record” rule at a dinner and allowed tweeting, CNN reported first (and tweeted).

USA Today‘s Susan Page, CNN’s John King, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times and Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet and one of the Gridiron’s newest members Slate and CBS’ (and avid Tweeter) John Dickerson– just some of the journos at last night’s dinner whose Tweets we were following.

Sarah Palin- who was in town for a book signing- and Rep. Barney Frank were the winter dinner’s Republican and Democratic speakers, respectively.

Palin, who attended with husband Todd, poked fun at herself:

@mitchellreports: Surrounded by newsmen and women -Palin joked she likes being in dc – can see the russian embassy from her hotel room

@lynnsweet: Sarah Palin said she was at the Gridiron journo dinner ” to put a face to all those newspapers I do read.”

@ktumulty: Palin tells #gridiron that if situations had been reversed, biden would be writing memoir called “going rogaine”

@ktumulty: Palin tells #gridiron that in dc “I went out for a jog. Or as newsweek calls it–a photo shoot.”

@susanpage: More #palin at #gridiron: said she was addressing “leading journalists and intellectuals, or as I put it, a death panel.”

And some Frank highlights:

@susanpage: At #gridiron, Barney frank proposes reality tv show for palin-McCain: “John & Sarah minus 8.” says his show would be “king of queens.”

@mitchellreports: Barney doest tweet – says “maybe I lack intellectual curiousity bcuz I’m not that interested in what claire mccaskill had for lunch

And the closer…

@johnkingcnn: Governor Palin joins Gridiron Chorus for dinner final song, a twist on 12 Days of Christmas.

The Gridiron dinners are closed to the media- and club leaders say last night’s tweeting was just an experiment for now.

EARLIER on FBDC… Tonight: Journos’ Gridiron Dinner with Palin and Rep. Frank

RELATED… AP: Palin pokes fun at herself at journalists’ dinner

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