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Weekend Show Preview – 7.20.14

On Tuesday we gave you the ratings for the July 13 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend?

Full lineups have yet to be announced across the board, but highlights thus far: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on “Fox News Sunday” and Juan Orlando Hernández, president of Honduras on “Al Punto.”

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Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS Part Deux

On Thursday, we began rolling out the results of our Summer Superlatives and today, you get to meet the rest of the winners. Thanks for voting.

Today’s results kicks off with the Best Dressed category. This cage match was between Politico’s Ken Vogel and Kate Nocerra, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, RCP’s Erin McPike, and CNN’s Kate Balduan. This contest wasn’t even close. While we had a feeling Capehart would be the clear winner, he was a very distant second to Kate Balduan! Congrats, Kate. Your prize is a $1 gift card to Fashion Bug!

Moving right along, we asked you to name Washington’s Best Writer. Your choices were The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, NJ’s Major Garrett, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Ashley Parker and Maureen Dowd, WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty, HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson, and Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins. This one was a close one to call. It was a two-man race between Garrett and Labash, but in the end, Major Garrett came through and was voted the winner. It should be noted that today is Garrett’s birthday.

Which Washington journo is Most In Need of a Salad? We asked you to choose between Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri and Jason Linkins, FNC’s Bob Beckel and Bret Baier, and author and former TWTer Rich Miniter. This was another category where it wasn’t even close. The FNC team of Bob Beckel and Bret Baier were the heavy favorites and waddled walked their way to an easy victory.

Next up, we had the category that saw more votes than any other, Sexiest. Your sultry selections were AP‘s Steve Peoples, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Real Housewives of D.C.’s sassy stylist Paul Wharton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NBC4′s Doug Kammerer and Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince. The winner by a slim, sexy (and consenting) majority was Brianna Keilar.

On the other side of the coin, we have Who is Most In Need of a Makeover? Your choices were CQ Roll Call (the entire publication), The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, TWT’s Stephen Dinan, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes and Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher. Once again, this was a two-man race between Christopher and Boyle. While Christopher just looks generally disheveled, the overall train wreck that is Matthew Boyle was voted the winner. Congrats, Matt. We hear that Paul Wharton may be available to help turn you into a beautiful swan.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Best On-Air Personality. The heavy-hitters on this list were ABC’s Jake Tapper, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Nancy Cordes, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson. At the end of the day, the experience of Schieffer couldn’t keep up with your winner, Jake Tapper!

Congratulations to all of our winners.

 

Behind the Scenes With the Bawdy Julie Mason

When we heard that Julie Mason was leaving her post as White House Reporter for Politico to begin a radio show on SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel, we were intrigued. While many reporters love to hear themselves talk, not everyone can hold an audience for three full hours. Not only is she hosting her own radio show, she’s also keeping extra busy this time of year as Secretary for the White House Correspondents’ Association. Mason is known for her bawdy personality and sharp wit, so our preconceived notion was that radio could fit her like a glove.

We caught up with her last week to see just how natural a transition it has been to go from print to radio. Upon entering the impressive SiriusXM complex in the NoMa neighborhood, we were greeted by Patrick Ferrise, Mason’s producer. Immediately we can see the perks of working here. It’s constantly stocked with snacks, drinks and goodies for visiting guests. Ferrise sips a can of seltzer and says he never really drank soda until he started working there.

As we enter the nerve center of the P.O.T.U.S. studios, Mason is deep into prep for her show, “The Press Pool.” In the next room, Tim Farley, the Program Director of the POTUS channel is wrapping up his own show, “The Morning Briefing.” While she continues to prepare, Julie says that she is enjoying the adjustment to radio. However, there was a learning curve. Her bosses told her that she was going to need to learn how to run a soundboard, which is something many talk radio hosts don’t even do anymore. When we’re talking about the soundboard, think of the control center of the Starship Enterprise. A large console of glowing lights and buttons that, for most people, might as well be part of a space shuttle. Mason says, “My employers have been so patient with me as I learn my way around the board (Limbaugh doesn’t run his own board!) and all about radio.”

As Farley wrapped up his show, Mason assumed her position behind the console and kicked off the show. She started by talking to Stephen Dinan, National Politics Correspondent for TWT about the now-dead Buffett rule. And then things started to shake up a bit. POTUS (The President, not the radio station) began talking about increasing oversight on manipulation in the oil market. This is what makes P.O.T.U.S. different from almost any other radio station. They carry it live, uninterrupted. They also carry Jay Carney’s press briefing uninterrupted each day. It’s a task that has given Mason many headaches considering Carney is rarely on time. We asked if this was a constant source of frustration. “Killing that time before the briefing is a radio skill I am learning, along with making a smooth transition when he finally comes to the podium,” she says. “It’s not frustrating, it’s challenging! Which I am sure is Jay’s intention. We are the only news organization that still runs every briefing, which I do think is pretty cool, for all my grumping about it on the air.” After POTUS wraps up, Mason checks in with their in-house Washington Correspondent, Jared Rizzi. It’s time for the briefing.

While the briefing is carried live, Mason gets to step away to decompress. The night before, Bill O’Reilly had called Mason a “loon” because she suggested that he and Glenn Beck may have damaged the Fox News brand. Tim Farley enters to make sure that Mason has seen an email he sent to her suggesting a new logo for her show: A picture of a loon. Mason takes the ribbing in good stride and says she realizes things are different now that she’s in radio. If someone had called her a partisan loon while she was still working in print, she might have gotten in trouble. Now that she’s in radio, her bosses could not have been happier.

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NW Pub Reports: Larsen Aides Booze it Up at Work

The NW Daily Marker may be located in a peaceful enclave of the Pacific Northwest. But a story published on the political and culture blog today about aides in Rep. Rick Larsen’s (D-Wash.) Washington office is nothing short of classic Washington scandal: Boozing at work. Cussing. Tweeting. Calling their boss a p–y and an idiot on Twitter. This story has it all. And yes, the aides have all been canned.

But when Drudge posted the story earlier today, the Daily Marker‘s site immediately crashed. So we’re piecing it together for you. The link will work … eventually. TWT‘s Inside Politics blog also has a story on the partying aides. Stephen Dinan reports that the office first became aware of what the aides had done at noon today. Read more

Written by Daily Marker “staff”, the story tracked the tweets of what appear to be three aides — two males, one female — over a span of six months. Their Twitter handles are priceless: Seth Burroughs, legislative assistant (@therocketship1); Elizabeth Robbee, legislative assistant (@betsysbites); and Ben Byers, legislative correspondent (@byers_remorse). Those are personalaccounts, but as any aide ought to know, when you do shots at work, tweet about it and call your boss a p—y, you’re only prowling for trouble.

“Though the tweets were made (and are continuing to be made) from personal – not official congressional – accounts, the messages describe on-the-job drinking, frivolous misuse of office time and resources, and contain public insults aimed at the boss himself – Congressman Larsen. If accurate, the tweets – made during and after working hours – raises questions about whether Larsen and his senior staff are paying close enough attention to the workplace behavior of personnel on the public payroll.”

Our favorite part comes toward the bottom of the story when they offer a semi-perilous warning: Note: Some of the messages are not safe for work. Please scroll down only if you are in appropriate setting to view them. See a sampling of tweets above and more after the jump…

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A Fishbowl Fourth of July

For some of us, a Washington Fourth of July is about as desirable as a hot sparkler in the eye.  It’s not that I’m unpatriotic but bridge and tunnel crowds depress me and fireworks don’t impress me (note: the rhyming was unintentional).  Still, in honor of Independence Day FBDC caught up with some Fishbowl faves to find out how they plan to celebrate this year. Fortunately, not everyone in the Fishbowl is jaded like me:

Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan: “I usually go watch the fireworks from the base of Memorial Bridge (and try to take poorly done photos of the reflections in the Potomac) but I’m in the market for a better spot this year.”

Washington Post’s Amy Argetsinger:  “Seneca Lake, N.Y., with amateur pyrotechnics, a bonfire, and Finger Lakes wine.”

Politico’s Julie Mason:  “I keep waiting for my invite to the South Lawn, but so far the inbox is forsaken.  I am going to a roofdeck party in Columbia Heights (unless I hear from someone with a pool, Sam Youngman).  I plan to celebrate the 4th by disregarding all the people on Facebook, Twitter and cable piously reminding everyone else ‘what this day is really about.’  We know what it’s about. It’s about friends with pools.”

New York Times’ Mark Leibovich: “I’m just gonna talk/tweet/blog endlessly about how fascinating Aspen is, even though I’m not there…”

USA Today’s Susan Page:  “Carl and I will be watching the fireworks, as usual, from the pedestrian walkway on Key Bridge. Fabulous view, nice crowd – and you only have to arrive a half-hour before they begin to get a good spot.  And I’ll be celebrating the 4th of July by doing my part to address the soaring deficit: I have reluctantly decided to renounce my rights to all corporate plane tax breaks.”

Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson: “I’m spending the Fourth in Maine with my kids, as usual. We stage a highly-dorky but mildly amusing reenactment in which I play King George and my wife George Washington. I lose every year.”

The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

More pictures and guests after the jump…

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Guess the Scribe: Quacky Tie Edition

What Cap Hill scribe was seen sporting this quacky tie at Potenza last night?  A few hints:

1) Though he’s never seen a snake (the animal variety)  in his newsroom, he doesn’t count the possibility out.  (Team Duin!)

2) He bakes more cookies than a Keebler elf.

3) Disney ties are his trademark look (…and he’s still single?)

4) He’s worked for the same news outlet (where he began as an intern) for fourteen years.

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TWT Makes WaPo‘s Mosk New WH Bureau Chief, Ups Dinan & Harper

In an internal memo obtained by FBDC, The Washington TimesJohn Solomon announced to staff that he’s snagged WaPo‘s Matt Mosk to serve as TWT WH Bureau Chief. Mosk will replace newly-promoted Stephen Dinan. Solomon’s memo below:

Some exciting changes in the newsroom to announce:

*Jennifer Harper, whose coverage of media, polling and the American scene, has routinely graced our front page, is moving into the new role of columnist, where she will take over the day-to-day operations of one of our most famous offerings, Inside the Beltway, from John McCaslin. Under John’s stewardship the last two decades, Inside the Beltway became an unmistakable brand of The Washington Times and a must-read every morning _ both inside and outside the Beltway. John will continue to contribute to the column when he has news but otherwise is focusing fulltime on America’s Morning News, the new TWT radio show he co-hosts with Melanie Morgan that is rapidly spreading in popularity across the country. We certain Inside the Beltway won’t miss a beat under Jennifer’s able stewardship and that our readers will enjoy a fresh, new round of scintillating column coverage. Jennifer will also continue to cover some of the major spot
developments in media.

*Stephen Dinan, who has done a fantastic job anchoring our first-year Obama administration coverage as White House bureau chief, is being promoted to a new, doubled-barreled role of Deputy Assistant Managing Editor for Politics and Congressional Bureau Chief. We have all marveled at Stephen’s enterprising work, most recently displayed on yesterday’s front page with the stimulus exclusive he scored with S.A. Miller. We’re heading into a busy period in which much of Washington’s energy is shifting to the southeastern end of Pennsylvania Avenue, so we’ve asked Stephen to move along with the action. From his new perch, he’ll help Chris Dolan shape our coverage not only of the day-to-day happenings inside the Capitol but of the key policy issues that are dominating the American agenda from health care and taxes to foreign policy and national security.

*Matt Mosk, an accomplished political reporter and editor at The Washington Post, is moving to the Times to become our White House bureau chief. Matt’s countless scoops and his coverage of politics and money during the historic 2008 campaign were closely read and watched across the nation. In recent months, he has helped to supervise the Post’s coverage of the Virginia’s governor’s race as a senior editor. He’ll be joining us starting Aug. 1.

Please join me in congratulating Jennifer and Stephen on their moves and in welcoming Matt to our newsroom.

Regards,

John

What’s Next For The Washington Times

FishbowlDC has obtained this internal staff memo from Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon, in which he says, “In the shadows of this historic election, we now must ready ourselves to shine again with our coverage of the new administration and the new Congress.”

Solomon details some key changes, including new gigs for Joseph Curl (reported yesterday by FishbowlDC), Chris Dolan, Stephen Dinan, Christina Bellantoni, Jon Ward, David Sands, S.A. Miller, Kara Rowland, Sean Lengell and Tom LoBianco.

Join us after the jump…

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This Week In Pool Reports

Another week on the road for the poolers, and it seems the highlight was Bruce Willis circa 1998.

  • “POTUS departed the hacienda at 10:07 p.m. local time for an uneventful motorcade back to his hotel, arriving at 10:24 p.m. Before leaving, the pool got a head start celebrating the popular and oh-so-wise-for-his-age Chris Edwards’s transition into his fourth decade. A piece of chocolate cake with a candle in it was presented on a plate inscribed in icing: ‘Felicidades. 30 Anos. Chris.’ Felicidades, Chris!” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “Mr. Gallareta happened to be hanging out near the pool at the end literally — it’s the first time I’ve seen a pool hold with a real pool — and he told your pooler the president was interested in everything, but asked in particular about how much of the site is original? Mr. Gallareta said it’s all original stone, but in some cases buildings were deconstructed using the original stone and asked how much of the site has been excavated and preserved.” — Stephen Dinan, Washington Times

  • “Toasts: a mini-pool was escorted back to the main building for toasts before the working lunch. The setting was spectacular, a veranda with all the arched windows opened to reveal another courtyard, this one containing a long rectangular stone pool with a smaller circular one at the end. Half-pots of orchids lined the walls. The Calderon toast was in Spanish and wasn’t translated for the pool — it appeared that POTUS had a translator seated next to him. In his toast, POTUS said their meeting was ‘constructive.’” –
    John McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “The pool traveled on one of a pair of Navy choppers, taking off at 9:09 a.m. and cruising over green rolling fields as hydraulic fluid leaked on a few unfortunate poolers.” — Baker

  • “The ranch is a white house with green trim that to the untrained eyes of your poolers resembled a Bavarian or Swiss chalet. Perched on the water amid a lush expanse of trees, it was a far cry from Crawford. Two small speedboats were parked in a carport of sorts on the side of the house.” — Baker

  • “Meanwhile, it was movie throwback night in the press cabin: The original Die Hard (1988), released back when Bruce Willis had some hair and gas was a mere 74.9 cents per gallon — in Los Angeles. Yippie-ki-aaaay ….!” — David Jackson, USA Today

  • We had a long, hot wait in the sun but eventually, Bush and Lula appeared, surrounded by aides, and wearing white ‘Petrobras’ hard hats. Bush in his shirtsleeves, Lula in a short jacket that looked like a windbreaker. They walked along the line of exhibits, with Bush picking up a stalk of castor seed, fingering some sunflower seeds while unidentified officials and Lula spoke emphatically. Your pool heardalmost none of it, thanks to the engine noise from the nearby idling limo.” — Maura Reynolds, Los Angeles Times

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