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GETTING CHUMMY: “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and HBO Host Bill Maher. Washington appeared on the”Real Time With Bill Maher” panel this weekend.

Riehl-y Disgusting

“So, I’m thinking Code Pink x Taliban = a Clitorrorist” — Breitbart.com‘s office misogynist Dan Riehl.

Honey Boo Boo to WHCD?

“Hey @Politico @pwgavin @CaitlinMcDevitt - You guys should invite Honey Boo Boo as your guest for the White House Correspondents Dinner 2013.” — DC Celebrity Celeb Photog Marky Mark.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Stephanopoulos refused to control roundtable so cons message couldn’t get out. Krugman lies. Melee begins. George allows. A tactic.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte regarding Sunday’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos. Among the guests was NYT columnist Paul Krugman.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“M.C. Socket Wrench never really had the rap career his parents expected.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Legal shit is going down.

“The other Jen Rubin account makes me look like a pitiful shill who has completely lost all contact with reality. I am taking legal action.” — Not WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Fake Jennifer Rubin. CORRECTION: This could help the real Rubin’s case. We were fooled by the fake Rubin. This tweet is actually by parody Rubin, not the real WaPo writer. We’ve corrected the above to reflect reality.

Pimples, wrinkles and a receding hairline. Oh my!

“30s… That awkward age when you start noticing more wrinkles and a receding hairline, but still manage to produce pimples.” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen.

Irony is…

“Enjoying a weekend without our kids. Up randomly throughout the night as the kid in the room next door screams her head off.” — CNN and RedState.com Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson.

Overheard…

“Woman ahead of me at Hair Cuttery says she’s 102. Tells stylist she wants a ‘new look.’ (Talk about pressure!)” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

A WH Correspondent can dream, can’t he?

“1. Peace on Earth 2. Goodwill toward men 3. Stronger urine flow #uppers” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher, apparently thinking about urinating while watching MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes.” Funny, we always think about urinating when watching that show.

Free Advertising for Chef Geoff

“Hey @chefgeoffs, the Chesapeake Stew at Rockville site made birthday boy (my dad) very very happy! Cc:@NorahODonnell” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, who has previously and profusely praised Cheff Geoff’s restaurant. Come on, Geoff, free meal for Olivier or what?

Stupid stuff we couldn’t care less about

  • “On flight from Philly to laguardia, flight attendant notes that ‘this is a short 19-minute flight’” — Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman, who was apparently affected by the altitude before writing this tweet. That, or else, he came straight from a Phish concert.
  • “Just heard Carol Burnett tell my friend Guy Raz ‘Thanks for inviting me.’ The true greats have class like that.” — NPR’s Scott Simon. Saying “thanks” isn’t beyond the pale, for stars or trained monkeys.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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.

 

Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS!

Now that everyone has had a chance to vote, the results are in for the FishbowlDC Superlatives. We’ll be rolling out the results today and tomorrow, so be on the lookout to see how your nominees did.

Biggest Self Promoter– This was the closest vote that we had in the whole competition. It was between Former Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, The Daily Beast and CNN’s Howard Kurtz, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Publicist Tammy Haddad. The photo finish saw Tammy Haddad beat out Fields by only five votes! Congratulations Tammy!

Worst Temper– The candidates were Mother Jones’s David Corn, Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Politico’s Tim Grieve, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, and Slate’s Matt Yglesias. The people have spoken and they say Tim Grieve has the worst temper in Washington! We’d congratulate him, but we’re afraid it might set him off.

Favorite Flack– We asked you to choose between POTUS campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Mitt Romney spokesman Brendan Buck, House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye and NRCC’s Brian Walsh (pitched as Drama and Turtle), C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman, and House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott. Despite a last minute push by Mortman, the winners were Doug Heye and Brian Walsh!

Most Likely to Wind Up in Jail– The suspects choices were Politico’s Joe Williams, PR Exec. David Bass, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, The Daily Caller’s David Martosko, The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, Reason‘s Mike Riggs and freelancer Moe Tkacik. The overwhelming winner was Joe Williams.

Class Clown: This category was a joke. The results were the most lopsided in all of the superlatives. The contenders were Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani, Yahoo! News’ Olivier KnoxReuter‘s Sam Youngman, The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, Wonkette and The Guardian‘s Jim Newell and The Drudge Report’s Charlie Hurt. Julie Mason walked away with this category with a crushing 46 percent of the vote.

Most likely to end up with a reality show– In D.C., there are PLENTY of options, but we narrowed them down to Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, ABC7’s Stephen Tschida, TWT‘s Emily Miller, Susanna Quinn, Publicist and blogger Janet Donovan, NBC’s Luke Russert, Current TV’s David Shuster,and CNN’s Roland Martin. The winner of this category was…  Emily Miller! (Our advice would be to make sure you get the lighting right on her reality show or she might shoot the bulbs out.)

Thanks to everyone who voted, but we aren’t done yet with the big reveal. Check back tomorrow to find out the winners of all of our other categories, which include Best Writer, Sexiest, and Best On-Air Personality!

Kiss a Little Ass, Maybe Get a Little TV Time

The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis was on vacation last week, so he was running “best of” columns to fill the void. The one he chose to run on Thursday gives Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher a run for his money in the “most pathetic and desperate ‘please book me on your show’ ass-kissing award.” Whereas Christopher kisses the asses of Chris Hayes and Cenk Uygur, Lewis at least spends his time kissing an ass that has some viewers – MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Of the “Morning Joe” host, Lewis writes, “…Scarborough, host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” arguably does more to advance conservative ideas than many of the more-celebrated conservative voices in America today. Primarily this is because — unlike those others — Scarborough isn’t just preaching to the choir.”

Before he left, the noted Twitter-butt-kisser told his followers that his column would be running “evergreen ‘greatest hits’ all week.” How a column he wrote back in his Politics Daily days and not one of the many DC pieces he’s authored in his time there qualifies as a “greatest hit” speaks volumes of what Lewis must think of his work at his current employer. Then again, he did say “evergreen” and Washington, ass-kissing never goes out of style.

While on vacation, Lewis found time to retweet his betrothed’s “Thank!” Will this lead to more bookings? Probably. But I mostly kid Matt because he’s notorious for retweeting praise from anyone on Twitter. I hope his vacation was enjoyable and his lips are rested, as I’m certain they’ll be put back to use in no time.

On His Birthday, Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody Bumps Hot Dogs With Paul Ryan

Where to begin in Chris Moody‘s story about how he celebrated his birthday over a hot dog with Republican Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan? There’s so much.

Thursday marked Moody’s 27th birthday (we told him he doesn’t look a day older than 32). The Yahoo! News reporter, along with other journos, spent the day following Ryan as he campaigned through Ohio. For lunch, Ryan and his team stopped at a hot dog shop where campaign aides tipped Ryan off that it was Moody’s birthday.

What follows is an excerpt from Moody’s account of what went down. (Heads up: the story has more “I”s than a spider wearing glasses. In other words, it reads like a typical post by Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher.)

I walked into the restaurant seconds later, and was startled to see Ryan directly in front of me. Several cameras surrounded him and were trained directly on us.

My initial reaction in situations like this is to get the hell out of my colleagues’ camera shot, but Ryan pointed at me and said to step up to the counter with him.

“Moody!” he said. “Hey, what do you want?”

“Oh, that’s OK,” I said, headlines like REPORTER SWOONS FOR $3 HOT DOG flashing through my mind.

“You need a hot dog,” he said. …

“I’m a little embarrassed,” I said, feeling my pockets. “I left my wallet in the bus.”

Ryan paid for Moody’s hot dog and the two sat at a booth. Despite the nice gesture, Moody was on his A-game. He took the opportunity to ask Ryan about the difference between President Obama’s proposed cuts to medicare versus his own.

A true professional.

Moody concludes with possibly the best line ever written: “We bumped dogs and chowed down.”

6 TV Tips for Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher

Earlier, out of the goodness of his stinging heart, Piranhamous offered six tips that The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle might consider using to polish up his TV hits.

We now shift our focus to Mediaite‘s White House Correspondent “Tommy Christopher.” In an interview with Current TV’s Cenk Uygur Tuesday to discuss an anti-Romney ad put out by the Obama campaign, Christopher showed up in his smoky blue best (circa 1974). Whatever you think of Christopher’s standard liberal opinions, there’s nothing wrong with his content. And air quotes are always amusing. But just like at a fancy restaurant, it’s all in the presentation. Watch here.

Here are a few comments left by Mediaite readers on Christopher’s appearance (out of respect, we selected some of the more milder ones):

  • “Tommy, you don’t look well. Are you eating your greens?”
  • “Wow! I guess I had never seen a photo of Mr. Christopher before, or if I did, I didn’t pay that much attention. First glance, I said Rosie O’Donnell. No, then I thought Christopher Hitchens, No. Then I thought Michael Moore!”

Some tips to get that shine Christopher undoubtedly wants for his next TV hit:

1. The shirt collar. Collars that big are almost exclusively reserved for dogs who can’t stop biting themselves or Saturday Night Fever Halloween costumes. Go with a more modern, slimmer look next time.

2. Those buttons. At the top of the shirt. Those should be fastened. Partially because it looks more professional, mostly because unless you’re a DD-cupped woman appearing on Fox News, no one needs to see more of your flesh than necessary.

3. The hair. A little trim around the ears goes a long way. We can see Christopher and his hair have precious little time left together, but that’s no reason to abandon maintenance. Also, maple syrup should never, ever be used as hair product.

4. That smile. Don’t do it. We know it’s probably innocent but we couldn’t help but feel molested by it.

5. The spectacles. Well, if you’re going for the Harry Potter Dumbledore look, those will do.

6. The voice. Liven it up a little. By no means should you go Luke-Russert loud, but a  low, just-got-up-from-my-hammock-nap grumble also doesn’t translate well on TV.

Washington Media Mysteries

Noticeably absent from today’s Washington Examiner is Paul Bedard‘s Washington Secret’s column. Where could he have gone? We checked his Twitter profile for a clue–nothing. Bedard hasn’t tweeted since Friday.

We started to worry that Bedard, lover of doughnuts, may have had a bad experience with Krispy Kreme. For all we know he could have passed out on a public toilet in Chinatown and needs our help. So we emailed him. Still nothing. Fortunately, the Examiner‘s Executive Editor Stephen Smith got back to us and told us Bedard is on vacation.

Bedard’s specific whereabouts are still unknown, however. So we started to wonder: Where would a man who writes on secrets head for a vacation? Our best guesses:

  1. To sift through Mitt Romney‘s tax returns
  2. To search President Obama‘s college transcripts.
  3. On a mission to discover conservative columnist George Will‘s real hair color.
  4. Fox News HQ in New York just to hang out.

Next mystery: Where is Joe Scarborough‘s Politico blog?

Using a high-res magnifying glass, we were able to locate it on Politico‘s homepage. When the blog was launched at the start of the year it was prominently placed with its own caricature of Scarborough and link under the rest of the Politico blogs. It has since been reduced to a small link underneath the “Opinion” header, simply marked “blog.” And it hasn’t been updated in more than a month.

FBDC reported in early June that Scarborough’s blog was losing steam. An NBC publicist assured us he was posting “frequently” though never intended on posting daily. How about monthly?

We reached out again to MSNBC and Politico on the matter.

Ask Piranhamous Anything

It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple, funny and insightful.

1. What the hell do you make of author and former TWTer Rich Miniter and Daily Caller Executive Editor David Martosko going to Morocco together?

On the week when The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful is announced you often forget about their lesser known list of 50 Most Bob’s Big Boy Look-A-Likes, so that’s for bringing up this year’s winner and runner-up. To be completely honest, much like a solid BM, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about these guys after I flush. They can have each other…no one else wants them.

2. What’s your take on journalists injecting themselves into their stories or making themselves the stories as is the case of CNN’s Anderson Cooper coming out of the closet or Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher revealing that he has autistic children?

Cooper being gay was about the worst kept secret in Washington, everyone knew it and no one really gave a damn. Much less well known is the story of Tommy Christopher. Not about his children, but who he is. Never before has someone gone by so many names who wasn’t in the witness protection program, and still no one knows who he is.

3. What’s your reaction to Norah O’Donnell moving to the CBS Morning show with Gayle King? Should Oprah be jealous?

Oprah should be jealous of no one. But given the Kristen Stewart/Robert Pattinson situation, she might want to keep an eye on Stedman.

Mediaite White House Scribe ‘Hesitates’ to Inject His Kids Into Stories, Then Again, Why Not?

It isn’t hard to rile Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher where his family is concerned. Just mention that his name isn’t the one he was born with and it sends him reeling into a wrathful state. Back in April he engaged in a bitter battle with The Daily Caller TV writer Jeff Poor when Poor lashed back and revealed Christopher’s alleged real name in a tweet. At the time, Christopher became incensed by what he called Poor’s “media campaign” against his brother and two children.

The irony is thick. Any chance Christopher gets, he mentions his children in stories that he often feels a need to personalize. And he feels justified. He believes it goes against journalistic principles to not mention them in the contexts that he does. He believes journalistic and parental responsibilities can go hand in hand. And as a designated opinion writer, he may have a point, even if it is the size of a pin prick.

To be sure, Christopher’s stories often feel more like grenade-filled crusades than just the facts ma’am type of journalism. Back in October of 2009, Christopher mentioned his children in a story about then-President Obama’s Safe School Czar Kevin Jennings. After dousing Jennings with praise, it was time to recognize the impact Jennings has had on him, followed by searing, some might deem them poignant, admissions. He wrote, “As the father of 2 teenage boys, one of whom is openly bisexual, the work that Kevin Jennings has done engenders a particular gratitude in me.  Before I ever knew his name, Kevin Jennings touched the lives of my 2 oldest boys when they each joined their school’s Gay/Straight Alliance.” A few graphs later, he continued, “This is why Kevin Jennings must not be driven out of office.  His work has helped my son to feel safe enough to be open about who he is. My son tells me, however, that at back-to-school night last week, there were parents ripping GSA posters down off of the school walls.”

Then in April of 2011, he went after the “vile” work of Wonkette Editor Jack Stuef for making fun of Trig Palin, the Down Syndrome afflicted son of former Veep hopeful Sarah Palin. Upon questioning Wonkette Chief Editor Ken Layne, he wrote in a column, “I divulge to Layne that I’m the parent of two special needs children. I don’t generally include that information in my commentaries (and didn’t intend to here) because I don’t wish to use that fact to gain moral authority, or to be emotionally manipulative.”

His fatherhood arose again in the summer of 2011 in the course of publishing stories on the alleged underage women he dubbed “Betty and Veronica” with whom then-Rep. Anthony Weiner had purportedly exchanged texts. Turned out, unbeknownst to Christopher, the girls didn’t exist. Someone had played a dirty hoax. But before Christopher learned it was a hoax, he brought up his own fathering anyway, in the context of wanting to protect the girls and attack Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas: “Dude, it is your responsibility to protect the identities of minors, sources or not,” Christopher wrote in a published email exchange. “I can’t believe you. This gesture will cost you nothing, and it will save these girls being subjected to fuck knows what. As a father, I beg you, please redact these girls’ names.” He also tried to appeal to Moulitsas personal fatherly role, saying, “You’re a father, think about it for a sec.”

A more recent case in point: Monday. Christopher went off on MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough for claiming that those on the autistic continuum could turn violent like the movie theater murderer in Aurora, Colo. Scarborough shared about his son with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Christopher felt it was his duty as a journalist to publicly correct Scarborough. In the process, he also felt he must stand up for his own two children who he revealed are autistic, a tidbit that undoubtedly brought home for readers why the issue is so charged for him.

An excerpt:

In case you were wondering what Scarborough based his assertions on, I believe it was a study that was recently published in The Journal Of Joe Scarborough’s Ass. There is absolutely no scientific data which links autism to mass murder, and what little research there is on autism and crime is flawed and inconsistent. The inherent absurdity and irresponsibility of Scarborough’s statements are aggravated by the fact that he is the father of an adult child with an autism disorder, which might lead viewers to believe that he knows what the hell he’s talking about. This is the main reason I hesitate to disclose that I am the father of two children with autism spectrum disorders, because I don’t want to derive unearned authority, moral or otherwise, from that fact. I reveal it now because it’s relevant to my initial reaction to Scarborough’s comments, which was one of hurt and revulsion. Autistic kids have enough to deal with in life without Joe Scarborough running around telling people they’re potential mass murderers, unless they’ve got an awesome dad like Joe Scarborough, or conflating autism, which is a neurodevelopmental disorder, with mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

For someone who “hesitates to disclose” his special needs children Christopher sure finds reason to do it. Repeatedly.

Christopher declined to comment on the record.

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Quotes of the Day

Journo Love

“@NorahODonnell Norah! You are a rock star LOVED working with YOU! Killer blue eyes, nice & best of all SMART.. See you at the next thing.” — CBS’s Gayle King to Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Cabbie wants to take journo to whore house

“Man, that cabbie was really making the hard sell on taking me to a brothel. Just trying to get a G-rated dinner, my man.” — ReutersSam Youngman in Reno.

Convo Between Two Journos

“Finding Holmes’s Joker-colored hair really disconcerting.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake. Slate‘s Dave Weigel corrects him, saying, “Not Joker-colored! Joker’s hair is green.” Thanks Weigel!

Actor Adrian Grenier: “You want my vote @BarackObama? Start talking about climate change. Want to heal the economy? Talk jobs of the future.”

Important Question to Ponder: “Do the waitresses in Boston’s North End call everybody ‘hon’ or am I special?” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Dear Paterno Family…

“Dear Paterno family, please stop issuing panicky, nutty statements.” — HuffPost‘s Jason Cherkis.

Chris Hayes has an inflated sense of self-worth?

“A little perspective would inform Hayes’ inflated sense of self-worth, particularly when he attempts to demean the notable careers of others.” — Mediaite‘s Noah Rothman emoting about a TPM story on MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in which Hayes praised MSNBC (of course) and slammed FNC Prez Roger Ailes as unseasoned. As we remarked on Twitter Monday, watch out Noah. Your colleague Tommy Christopher (chairman of The I Love Chris Hayes Foundation) may have your head for this.

Be glad you’re not this man’s ex-boss

“Police: Man Stopped For Speeding Was Going To Kill Former Employer.” — WUSA9. See here.

Used to?

“I used to get squeamish at the sight of blood.” — Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy and writer for dcstakeout.com.

Journo hate mail

“Mr. W. Blitzer is the most annoying of all T.V. presenters. He mostly likes to talk about himself. reminding us at nauseum how many presidents and other important persons he has interviewed. It is getting so boring that my husband and I are watching the BBC. — FBDC commenter Ursula Huggins-Whitney. Ouch, Urusula.

 

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