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Foreign Policy Makes Big Announcements

Seeing as Foreign Policy Magazine lost its Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser last week to Politico, the higher ups have to be feeling pleased that they have major announcements to share in a staff meeting today at 10 a.m.

This morning members of FP‘s staff are learning that the publication has hired a new editorial leadership team. In the coming weeks, the site will also get a facelift in the form of a “major redesign.” At the top of the leadership pack is Noah Shachtman of Wired‘s Danger Room. He’ll be Executive Editor of News.

Whether this is hype or not, the news comes across as energetic and positive in a morning release. Schactman will join FP’s Peter Scoblic and Ben Pauker in “key roles as the organization builds on the momentum gained through record-breaking readership numbers, an exploding digital presence, and nationally-recognized, award-winning coverage on the world’s leading global issues.”

Scoblic will will be Executive Editor, Analysis and Commentary, and responsible for Foreign Policy magazine and ForeignPolicy.com’s roster of columnists and essayists. Pauker has been promoted from Senior Editor to Managing Editor for the website and magazine. He’ll oversee contributors, foreign dispatches, and newsletters.

See the quote from Editor-at-Large David Rothkopf and more hires…

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All (Oliver) Stoned Out

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Washington has been saturated with Oliver Stone this week.

Here’s a glimpse of the Hollywood director on one leg of his whirlwind press tour around town to promote his new film, “South of the Border.” On Thursday he entered blogger Carol Joynt‘s Q & A Cafe.

Joynt offered guests to the Georgetown Ritz’s Cafe a brash, entertaining interview with Stone as well as an exquisite plate of sea bass, frisee salad and chocolate cupcakes. She began the interview by saying, “I consider you a good-looking man.” She then asked the director about everything from his mustache, to his contempt for the media to his befriending and directing leaders like Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Joynt asked if CBS’s “60 Minutes” had ever approached him. Stone said, no, they hadn’t. “Maybe they’ll do a superficial picture of my career at the end of my life.”

The Ritz restaurant is upscale, both Joynt and Stone went for the relaxed look, clad in blue jeans. Joynt wore a dark shirt, dark jeans; Stone donned jeans, a dark blazer and powder blue button-down-shirt paired with a dark tie and hard black lace up shoes.

Journalists who showed up to the event included Washingtonian‘s Shane Harris and Editor-in-Chief Garrett Graff, former TWT gossip scribe Stephanie Green and the Washington Examiner’s Tara Palmeri.

The food was delicious and guests appeared to be amused by Stone’s presence and the interview. “Feel free to say I had two cupcakes,” remarked Green.

On the subject of the Washington media and Stone’s attempt to get press this week, Stone was unabashed. Though his male suited publicist was determined to whisk him out of the hotel restaurant as quickly as possible without speaking to reporters, Stone had something to say about D.C. coverage of him this week:

“Get what you can,” he told FishbowlDC with a wide smile.

Watch Joynt’s interview on D.C. Cable/Channel 16 this weekend and throughout next week.
In the meantime, watch it also here.

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Joynt and Stone

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Awkward Seating Chart at WHCA Dinner 101

Awkward mike-mark-2.jpg On May 1 political Washington will convene for the biggest, flashiest event of the year: the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Arranging seating charts can’t be an easy task. So we’ve put together some of the most awkward, hazardous seating options so everyone can be on the lookout. Granted, not everyone we’ve placed here will necessarily have a ticket to the hot event. But then again, you never can tell… (Above are: BFF’sPolitico’s Mike Allen and NYT’s Mark Leibovich.)

MSNBC: President Phil Griffin and hosts Keith Olbermann and Donny Deutsch. (Deutsch was canned last week for putting Olbermann in a segment called “America the Angry.”) Former Host David Shuster, who recently disappeared from MSNBC after he applied to CNN, should sit there as well.

ABC: Jake Tapper and soon-to-be ‘This Week’ Host Christiane Amanpour. We’re sure they’d both be more than cordial. But awkward? Indeed.

CNN: Larry King and Pamela Anderson. King recently had Anderson on the show and pressed her on whether she’d date her “Dancing With the Stars” partner Damian Whitewood if he wasn’t already seeing someone. It’s a highly awkward pairing all in all, with a suspender-clad King with his slicked by hairdo and Anderson, with, of course, her gazongas. Where else is King supposed to look? “You’re a seductive, sexy person,” King recently told her.

FNC: Brit Hume and Tiger Woods (they can chat about Buddhism). Also…Bill O’Reilly and Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.). (In March, Frank went on O’Reilly’s show. O’Reilly called him a “coward”. To which Frank replied, “Bill, here’s the problem with going on your show. You start ranting. And the only way to respond is almost to look as boorish as you.”)

CBS: CBS News anchor Katie Couric and former Alaska Gov. and FNC Contributor Sarah Palin. Topics they could discuss: newspapers they read, and SNL Host Tina Fey should show up and say hello.

Washington Examiner: Reporter Tara Palmeri and actor Sean Penn. (Palmeri got thrown out of a Haiti-themed event last month when she posed a question to the actor based on a comment he had made saying that he wished rectal cancer on his enemies.) Topics they could discuss: rectal cancer, temper issues, press conference etiquette and more…

WaPo: Sally Quinn and the various reporters at the paper who badmouthed her column that was recently cut.

The Hill: Editor-in-Chief Hugo Gurdon and Kim Hart (the Hillicon Valley blogger who just left The Hill for Politico). Let’s throw in Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei for good measure. New boss, old boss kind of situation.

The Daily Caller: Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart (Some may remember back in the day when Carlson hosted CNN’s “Crossfire” when Stewart came on the show and called him a d–k.) Here’s the exchange between Carlson and Stewart. Carlson: “I do think you’re more fun on your show.” Stewart: “You’re as big a d–k on your show as you are on any show.”

Roll Call: Reporter Shira Toeplitz and Editor Charlie Mitchell. Toeplitz is the first member of Roll Call’s editorial staff to leave the publication for Politico, where she starts next month. Let’s throw in Politico’s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei for good measure. Everyone should get acquainted. In case anyone’s confused, VandeHei is now table hopping and will soon join his bosom buddy, O’Reilly.

NJ: NJ’s top-tiered editors, reporters and recently canned magazine columnists as they figure out who is expendable in the upcoming reorganization. For prime discomfort, the two members of the task force (who helped decide that the publication needs to make changes and lose eight members of the editorial staff) should be seated with the rest. The third, Shane Harris, now works at Washingtonian.

HuffPost: Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington and WaPo columnist George Will, both of whom are regulars on the ABC “This Week” roundtable. Could Will glare at Huffington more? The pair disagrees on pretty much everything under the sun. Could they make it through dinner without a food fight?

Politico: Mike Allen and NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, who just wrote an 11-page profile on the scribe that has made Allen the talk of the town in good, bad and weird ways. Topics they could discuss: Allen’s hoarding problem, where he lives, and what his father did for a living.

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Roundtable from hell: ABC’s Jake Tapper and Christiane Amanpour along with
Arianna Huffington and George Will.

Note to readers: Yes, we’ve photo-shopped the faces and placed them on the bodies of dinner party guests (A major shout-out to MS for your talent.).

See more awkward pairings after the jump…

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Washingtonian Snags Harris from NJ

Shane Harris of NJ has taken a job with Washingtonian.

Here’s the internal memo from NJ Editor Charlie Green:

All the best to Shane Harris, who will be joining Washingtonian as a new senior writer.

Shane explained his decision this way:

‘About a year ago, after I finished writing my book, I decided to make
long-form storytelling, and particularly narrative, the focus of my career. When Washingtonian made me an offer to write big, compelling stories about Washington for the magazine, it was hard to pass up. Not only are these the kinds of stories I like writing, but the new editor wants to see more of them in the publication. (The fact that he’s a close friend made the opportunity even more exciting.) I’ll continue to write stories about national security, but I’ll be widening my lens to take in new beats, new ideas, and new people. I’m very excited about this next step in my career. I’m also looking forward to working on my second book.’

More thoughts from Green about Harris after the jump…

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NJ Journos are Available — Like Brown’s Daughter

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Atlantic Media Political Director Ron Brownstein (shown above) uttered profound words Thursday night at National Journal’s swank party at the Watergate Hotel’s University Room, where a host of NJ scribes convened to strut their stuff for bookers.

“The bar is open, the most important words in politics,” Brownstein announced. After speaking for a little while, he remarked, “I feel like sitting here I’ve already completed more consecutive words than on “Hardball” without interruption.”

The party was intended for bookers to see potential on-air talent, so the joke of the night was that NJ reporters were “available”, like Sen-elect Scott Brown’s daughters.

Sitting in a row on stools, several scribes had a chance to introduce themselves and talk briefly about what he or she does on a daily basis.

At one point talk turned to the state of the Democratic Party in Congress. CongressDaily’s Erin McPike said a “forensic examination” was going on. The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Amy Walter chimed in, “More like a colonoscopy.” And Brownstein: “More like an autopsy.”

The parade of introductions continued:

NJ finance reporter Bill Swindell: “I’m paid to follow Barney Frank around.”

CongressDaily health care reporter Anna Edney: “It does feel like the last year of my life has gone down the drain with this race in Massachusetts.”

In attendance besides NJ people? CNN’s Sam Feist, CBS News Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Christine Delargy, Early Show senior producer Kerri Forrest, Tammy Haddad, who helped organize the event, Hilary Rosen, and producers for CNN’s Larry King.

The party was swarming with NJ scribes from CongressDaily and The Hotline such as The Hotline’s TV Editor Abby Livingston and Wake Up Call’s Maura O’Brien. Additionally, there was Hotline Executive Editor John-Mercurio, U.S. House reporter Rich Cohen, Reid Wilson, Marilyn Werber Serafini, Dan Friedman, Darren Goode, Shane Harris, Margaret Kriz Hobson, John Maggs, Tim Sahd and David Wasserman. In addition, NJ’s Spokesman David Miller and executive assistant Meredith Nettles.

No one from FNC or MSNBC showed, which was noteworthy considering they book so many guests.

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Washingtonian Names 50 Top Journos

washingtonian top 50 FBDC.jpgIn the June issue of Washingtonian, the mag’s executive editor Garrett Graff takes his old Fishbowl fins out for a spin to write the quadrennial review of Washington’s “50 Top Journalists.”

The piece evaluates the city’s rising stars, anchors, behind-the-scenes movers and shakers and the best reporters at “explaining what news means.”

ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd and CBS’ Lara Logan were no surprise but the “rising stars” category was interesting. The category included WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, FNC’s Chad Pergram, HuffPo’s Sam Stein, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, NJ’s Shane Harris and WRC-TV’s Lindsay Czarniak to name just a few.

Check out the June issue of Washingtonian for the full list.

*Pictured: Wapo’s Dana Priest, FOX’s Carl Cameron, Time’s Karen Tumulty

Nora McAlvanah: The FishbowlDC Interview

norapic.jpgSay hello to Hotline’s Nora McAlvanah.

How many suits do you own? I try not to count… fine, one.

What word do you routinely misspell? If it’s a word, I can misspell it.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Yes.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? No.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Afternoon Delight.

What time did you get up this morning? 4:45.

When did you last cry and why? At the end of The Office, when Michael shows up at Pam’s art show.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? The fun one.

Beach, city or country? Wherever the public schools are good.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? Depends. Am I in a chat room?

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris)

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Shane Harris: The FishbowlDC Interview

shaneharrismug.jpgSay hello to the National Journal’s Shane Harris.

How many suits do you own?</B Three suits, one tuxedo, and a white dinner jacket.

What word do you routinely misspell? Dessert.

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? Natch.

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? Affirmative.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Tone 1, 2nd movement.

What time did you get up this morning?7:30.

When did you last cry and why? Interviewing survivors of the World Trade Center attack. I wasn’t expecting the stories to be that vivid.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Gluttony. I’m a cook.

Beach, city or country? I have all three. Beach house in the summer, apartment in the city, mother in the country. But if I had to pick a permanent location, it would be the country.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? My partner says yes. That’s good enough for me.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni)

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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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