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A Little Birdy Tell Us…

It may not be too much longer that Political Wire‘s Taegan Goddard, who has a sweet ad partnership with CQ Roll Call, will be with the media outlet. We hear Goddard is being courted by a number of new suitors as of late, such as NJ and Politico , and  may split off and go with one of them. Where will he land? He says nothing has been finalized.

“My contract with CQ Roll Call expires early next year and I’ve been fortunate to have interest from several different media companies in partnering with them,” he told FishbowlDC. “Political Wire’s core audience of D.C. influentials and national reach is attractive and I’m gratified that others see the potential. However, I don’t have anything to announce right now.” 

CQ Roll Call declined to comment on the matter.

UPDATE: A comment after all: “We’ve had a great relationship with Taegan for nearly four years, and cannot comment further until anything is finalized.”

Sen. Lieberman’s Sexy Sabbath

We now unfortunately know that Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.) is bringing sexy back. And how we wish we could go back in time, cover our ears, shield our eyes and douse ourselves in holy water to spiritually protect ourselves from the scarring news.

Not all reporters treated the news equally.

Late last week Political Wire‘s Taegan Goddard spiced things up on his blog on Friday by reporting that Sen. Joe Lieberman, an Orthodox Jew, uses the Sabbath, in part, to make whoopee with Hadassa. Eeks. Did we have to have that visual? Politico CLICK’s Karin Tanabe, meanwhile, apparently had a spice allergy. She wrote a lengthy post on Lieberman’s new tome, The Gift of Rest: Rediscovering the Beauty of the Sabbath,  and reported at the odd hour of 4 a.m. Thursday that Lieberman sees the logistical value of being able to have sex with your spouse during the Sabbath. She holds out on the topic until paragraph 14.

WaPo‘s piece by Justin Moyer on Friday, meanwhile, sexes up the review by mentioning getting busy in the first graph, the second graph and the third graph. Total number of graphs in the story: 3.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

A reader writes in to say that Political Wire Editor Taegan Goddard is a dead ringer for actor John Cusack. We looked at them side by side for a good while, meditating on their various features. The conclusion? They both have skin, faces, and eyes.

But no, they don’t look alike.

 

Note to Tipster: We love you though for trying and don’t really think you’re a donkey.

Note to Readers: CQ Roll Call sells ads on Political Wire. Goddard does not work for the publication.

 

The FishbowlDC Interview With Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard

Say hello to Taegan Goddard, founder of publisher of Political Wire. He owns and operates the site, while advertising is sold by CQ Roll Call. He grew up in Hartford, Conn. and graduated from Vassar with a major in economics followed by a public policy degree from Harvard. “I’m not even sure I’m a journalist now,” Goddard says with a brief chuckle. “I’m not even sure what journalist is. If it’s that I try to figure out what’s going and tell people, then I guess I am.” People tend to get confused by Goddard’s politics in that he has worked for a Democrat, a Republican and an Independent. He likes that he gets accused of being a Republican and a Communist. Goddard’s job doesn’t feel like work. “It’s almost what I’d do anyway,” he said. “I thoroughly love it.” Where does he work? “Absolutely everywhere,” he said. “One of the worst things is that it’s 24/7,  but one of the best is you can be anywhere.” Most of the time he’s in his study.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? No doubt about it: Coca Cola.

How often do you Google yourself? Constantly, thanks to Google Alerts.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I got in a heated argument with a New York Times editor over online journalism, which ended with me saying I looked forward to reading your newspaper on the bottom of a pet cage.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? An old boss once told me to always remember that a monkey can do 95 percent of any job.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Frank Rich is brilliant.

Do you have a favorite word? Absolutely

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin, even though she called me an idiot a few months ago. (Read here.)

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Old-fashioned telephone.

What word do you routinely misspell? Reince Priebus

What swear word do you use most often? Fuck, as a noun, verb and adjective.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Fuck

What TV show do you have to watch? With the exception of Red Sox games and C-SPAN, I rarely watch television.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? There is nothing I enjoy less than shopping for clothes. I try to make them last as long as possible.

Whom do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? None of the above.

Find out who Goddard wants to play him in a movie….(Hint: Saturday Night Fever)

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Feud Between Politico and NJ Festers

The dog fight between Politico and NJ continues.
Matthew Cooper of NJ seemed to have written the definitive story on Sarah Palin‘s use of the term “blood libel” in defending against critics that blame her for the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. Some charged that she didn’t understand the history of the blood libel when she made her remarks. But Cooper had a different take: In his late Wednesday afternoon piece he said he thought “blood libel” was chosen purposely to appeal to Palin’s pro-Israel evangelical base.
Taegan Goddard at the Political Wire had first briefly raised the possibility that Palin’s statement was a “dog whistle…to speak to her religious base.” It was four sentences on Wednesday before Cooper’s piece ran. Goddard later linked to Cooper’s 13-paragraph story.
Politico, however, chose to refer to Goddard’s one sentence about “dog whistle politics” while completely ignoring NJ‘s lengthy piece. Politico also mentioned MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Politics Daily columnist Matt Lewis, all without, hmmm, a single mention of Cooper or NJ.

Middle of the Night Banter

What are journalists like in the wee hours of Election Night? Some attended parties, others did TV hits and still others were holed up in bed with a dangerous combination of champagne and computers (thank you FamousDC for that excellent imagery). To give you a sense, we’ve rounded up the best of the best (or something like that).

NJ‘s Marc Ambinder: “Can I go to sleep yet?” (At approximately 1:43 a.m.)

Politics Daily‘s Matt Lewis‘s bragging rights: “So I’ll actually be on from like 2:35-3:35 a.m. ET.”

C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art safe and sound: “Made it home. Very few cars on the road at 2:30 a.m.”

Politico‘s Kasie Hunt: “Aaand at 2:43a, my BlackBerry has finally gone to sleep. Not me, though.”

Politico‘s Ben Smith leans on Slate‘s Dave Weigel: “I need a Twitter editor at this hour.”

NJ‘s Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier marveling at the new NJ: New and old friends just toasted the first election day in the united NJ newsroom. God Bless Crown Royal (It’s close to 3 a.m.)

ABC News’s Jake Tapper sees a possible political career for a certain situation from MTV’s “Jersey Shore”: “Say hello to Rep.-elect Ben Quayle & former Real World star Rep.-elect Sean Duffy [Door open for Rep. Situation]”

HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim anticipating unoriginal headlines: “How many headline writers will think “up in smoke” is the cleverest way to describe the pot initiative losing?”

National Review Online‘s Kathryn Lopez: “MSNBC is the seat of cockiness right now.”

Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary: “Okay, now for a two-hour nap. See you guys on #insidetrack.” Before that she remarked, “Official: I have been awake 24 hours. #startingtoloseit”

The Nation‘s Editor/Publisher Katrina vanden Heuval: “Like Lawrence O’Donnell on elections. Serious, intense in semi-wonky + saavy way.

The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody: “Long night. Just downed one of those 5-hour energy shot things. Haven’t eaten. Getting the shakes. #journalism”

Politics Daily‘s White House correspondent Alex Wagner: “For those interested in #Boehner crying jags: they come often.” Wagner suggests this WaPo story.

Politico‘s White House scribe Glenn Thrush: “If Christine O’Donnell doesn’t get a reality show I’m canceling basic cable.”

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart remarks on his facial hair after a follower scolds him, saying, “OMG, @CapehartJ, you’ve got scruff! #MSNBCafterdark. ” He replies. “LOL. Not my shaving day.”

Donald Edmond, attorney, who wants to take over Politico by starting a publication called Common Sense 2012: “@FishbowlDC You realize you’d overtake Politico in this town if I wrote for you FT right? Black Republican in DC w/humor and insight.” (Note to readers: Edmond is an anti-trust lawyer we were Twitter “arguing/discussing” with well into the morning.)

ABC’s Rick Klein: “@karentravers I will sleep only when @berman14‘s hair gets out of place.” (Travers is an ABC White House reporter; Berman is an ABC News correspondent.)

Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn: “The up side: at least now I can get back to worrying about Charlie Sheen.”

SKDKnickerbocker’s Hanna Rosin: “Man up John Boehner. Stop crying.”

Political Wire‘s Taegan Goddard: “Two things I’ll forever miss on Election Day: Mechanical voting machines and Tim Russert.”

CBS News White House Radio correspondent Mark Knoller: “Haven’t seen anyone smiling at the WH this morning. With good reason.”

NYT’s Jeremy Peters Stays Vague in Media Story

If you want to know specific names of reporters in question in NYT’s Jeremy Peters ‘s media story published over the weekend, you’d better start Googling. It’s an intriguing read about politicians versus the media. But strangely, the reporter (whatshisname) doesn’t name the reporters in question throughout his piece, even though their identifications are well known in New York and Washington media circles and in published accounts of the events described in the story.

Examples of D.C. media (in the story but not in the story):

1. NBC’s Luke Russert is the reporter whom Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) snapped at when Russert asked a question on Capitol Hill about his ethics charges.

2. CQ’s Political Wire written by blogger Taegan Goddard was the reporter that former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin called, “You idiot” reporter.

Senator Showers Journo With High Praise

Taegan Goddard, founder of Political Wire, got a pretty impressive plug from West Virginia Democratic Sen. Carte Goodwin, the 36-year-old former lawyer who replaced the late Sen. Robert Byrd (D-W.Va.). In an interview with Time Magazine for its “40 Under 40″ feature, Goodwin answered five questions.

A sampling:

Goodwin’s political inspiration: Lyndon B. Johnson.

Goodwin’s go-to political blog: Political Wire. (“Although it barely edges out SportsGuy,” the senator admitted.)

To Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard With Love From Sarah Palin Aide

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Earlier today we told you that former VP hopeful Sarah Palin called Political Wire‘s Taegan Goddard an idiot on Sean Hannity‘s radio show Thursday for writing a story on Palin pursuing a speaking opportunity in Iowa.

Interestingly, a Palin aide from SarahPAC got in touch with Goddard Thursday to apologize for his boss: “I’m sorry. Please try not to take it personally. I/we love the site and honestly respect your work.”

Palin to CQ Politics: ‘You idiot reporter’

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Former VP hopeful and Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin has always had a way with words. On FNC’s Sean Hannity‘s radio show Thursday, she took a bat to CQ Politics about whether she pursued the chance to speak at the Reagan Day Dinner in Iowa.

We have to give it to her, she’d make a fantastic news editor. (i.e, ‘You idiot reporter. Why can’t you follow up with fact?)

She also blasts a headline saying she’s going to Iowa even though several say the same thing. On Drudge: “Look Who’s Going to Iowa!” On CQ Politics‘s Taegan Goddard‘s Political Wire blog, the headline reads, “Palin Will Visit Iowa.”

The transcript:

HANNITY: And you’re gonna be speaking at their annual fall fundraiser on September 17.

PALIN: I am, and I was invited to, and I’ve been invited to for awhile — to get to Iowa for different events, and I haven’t been able to. I did see the headline on CQ Politics, and they’re way whacked, saying that I asked for an opportunity to speak in Iowa.

And to me, a headline like that and a story that went on ‘Sarah Palin pursued a speaking opportunity in Iowa to make a point’ — You idiot reporter. Why can’t you follow up with a fact like asking “Really, who did she ask?, who did she pursue”?

We’ve got so many emails from people in Iowa, asking us to get there, so it’s kind of an aside, but certainly evidence of how whacked reporters are today.

> Clarification: The exact headline Palin objected to was: “Palin Sought Iowa Speaking Event.”

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