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Redford Revisits ‘All The President’s Men’

It’s been 37 years since the Watergate scandal was captured in the movie “All the President’s Men.” The anniversary was marked Thursday at the Newseum with a screening of “All The President’s Men: Revisited,” a documentary about the movie. The White House Correspondents’ Association and Discovery hosted the event.

Prior to the screening, actor Robert Redford, documentary producers Andrew Lack and Laura Michalchyshyn and famed Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein walked a red carpet.

Woodward was at the center of a minor media scandal earlier this year when he suggested that he had been threatened by a White House official. Once a thorn in the side of Republicans, Woodward’s claim won him fans on the right and several appearances on FNC’s “Hannity.”

Asked what he makes of Woodward’s tendency to stir trouble on both the left and the right, Redford told FBDC, “it means he’s doing a good job.”

“We don’t live in a world where everybody’s one way or the other,” he added. “There’s a lot of gray there. I think if somebody’s doing their job, they’re going to provoke people who don’t want to see the job well done.”

In remarks before the film, WHCA President and FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry said this year’s WHCA dinner is trying to focus on the scholarship that WHCA offers aspiring journalists rather than the celebrities who will be attending. He said Redford agreed to attend the screening in that same spirit.

Fun fact: The documentary contains a scene wherein TV commentator Ben Stein starts crying at the memory of President Richard Nixon‘s final speech as president.

Following the film was a panel discussion with Redford, Bernstein, Woodward, Henry and Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift.

When asked about the state of journalism today Redford said… Read more

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The FishbowlDC Interview With WaPo Express’s Clinton Yates

Say hello to WaPo Express‘s unassuming Local News Editor Clinton Yates. He writes the snappy new Lunchline feature that highlights stories of the day. The feature began in November. “The idea is to get eyeballs on the Post, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Root, Capital Business, and Express Night Out,” he says. Yate’s favorite writer is easily Christopher Hitchens. “Just a smart guy who isn’t afraid to say what he thinks,” he says. “He’s also not afraid to be wrong, which is something I admire.” The 29-year-old journo was working in radio but landed  the Express job four years ago. He says it’s “a little bit of a dream job scenario to go to work for the paper I grew up reading.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Probably Fanta.

How often do you Google yourself? I have a Google alert for my name.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Huh. That’s hard to say. Probably the worst thing when I openly told an editor that an idea of theirs was idiotic. That was that. You know, respectful. Nobody was shocked. I’m generally not afraid to tell people what I think, but not a fan of being mean to people for no reason.

Who is your favorite working journalist? I would likely say Jason Whitlock of Fox Sports. A lot of what he does revolves around race, politics, culture in America. He tells it how it is.

Do you have a favorite word? Tremendous.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? I would like to have dinner with either one of them, but I’d pick Palin because her food choices would be more outlandish.

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

When did you last cry and why? It was when I saw “Where the Wild Things Are” because I love that book as a little kid and reminded  me a little bit of my own life.

What word do you routinely misspell? Illegal.

What swear word do you use most often? Fuck.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Situation” and that was before Jersey Shore came out. I’ve had to wane myself off it. For example, What’s up dude, situation? Do you like The Situation? I wouldn’t say I like him. I respect his hustle.

What TV show do you have to watch? TV Around the Horn and Pardon the Interruption with Tony Kornheiser. They come on back to back on ESPN.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? On the Internet.

Whom do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? Well considering I’m at the office for most of those, what I actually like is “Street Smarts” with Erin Burnett.

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? Letterman.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? Rahm Emanuel because he could probably get us off the island. Cause he’s loud.

Who is your mentor? Mike Wilbon. I met him while I was in college and he’s part of the reason why I stayed interested in journalism.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? It was from Wilbon. He told me that no matter what it may seem, there was place in America for the voice of people like me. Specifically black men. Specifically black men of a certain amount of intellect. Meaning non rappers, actors or athletes. Wilbon told me that not all athletes, musicians and actors are otherwise without intellect, but success on writing/journalistic talent alone as a black man in America is not easy.

More on Yates…

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WaPo’s Wise with the Win

Mike Wise

From Fishbowl’s favorite sports junkie: While ex-Postie Tony Kornheiser was yakking about the weekend’s movies with WaPo film critic Ann Hornaday and hyping James Carville‘s upcoming “football picks” this morning,  Post Sports columnist Mike Wise (the flyin’ Hawaiian) was breaking real news over on WJFK-FM…

Wise apparently confirmed that the Redskins’ Rex Grossman would get the start Sunday vs. the Cowboys,  instead of Donovan McNabb, the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback.  Ironically, ESPN floated the Grossman story a couple of days ago but Wise won the day with confirmation.

h/t MartyC

Kornheiser Suspended for Smack Talking Storm

Reliable Source reports that former WaPo columnist turned ESPN sports commentator Tony Kornheiser has been suspended for two weeks after talking smack on air about his colleague, Hannah Storm:

“She’s got on red go-go boots and a Catholic school plaid skirt… way too short for somebody in her 40s or maybe early 50s by now… She looks like she has sausage casing wrapping around her upper body… Come on now! Stop! What are you doing?”

Kornheiser has been absent from ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” but apparently, the suspension does not apply to his radio gig. Check out Reliable Source for the full scoop.

Attack of the Attack-Filled Journalism

cm.jpgThis is one hell of a lot of attacking for one story.
The Hill’s Washington Scene reports today the trash talking of radio talk show host Tony Kornheiser against MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

“Nobody likes Chris Matthews,” Kornheiser said referring to the verbose “Hardball” host.

The attack-filled Kornheiser was incensed that Matthews attacked D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty for the city’s recovery (or lack thereof) from the recent blizzard.

Then in another attack-filled move, Kornheiser brought in a WaPo opinion piece in which Jo-Ann Armao also attacks Matthews. “Matthews is even more unlikeable than the mayor,” she attacked.

Read the full attack here.

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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Roland Martin Inspires ESPN “Ascot Day”

roland-martin.jpg Today is “Ascot Day” on ESPN’s Pardon the Interruption, inspired by the style of journalist and recurring guest, Roland Martin.

Martin began wearing ascots last year and often sports them at formal gatherings in place of a tie. After his unique style caught the attention of ESPN’s Michael Wilbon, Martin sent an ascot for him to wear on the show. An envious Tony Kornheiser asked for one as well.

Wilbon and Kornheiser will give Martin’s look a whirl tonight at 5.30 PM on ESPN.

Radio Return for Kornheiser

WaPo‘s Dan Steinberg reports that Tony Kornheiser plans to bring his radio show back on ESPN 980 in early September.

“Hope to, want to, plan to,” Kornheiser said. “I’m saying this is what I want to do, this is what I plan on doing.”

Get the full story here.

TWT Celebrates “America’s Morning News” Launch


Melaine Morgan, John McCaslin and John Solomon.

TWT editor John Solomon hosted a party at Morton’s in Georgetown last evening to celebrate the launch of “America’s Morning News,” TWT‘s new radio program. He introduced co-hosts John McCaslin and Melanie Morgan- new to DC from the west coast- to a crowd that included Tony Kornheiser, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Christina Wilke, the Examiner‘s Kiki Ryan, Wendy Gordon and Janet Donovan.

We spoke to Solomon to clear up some confusion about where “America’s Morning News” currently airs. TWT hasn’t yet signed a contract with a DC station, but yesterday’s launch did air on about 20 stations around the country. We hear there are actually two local stations interested and this should be resolved in the next week. Clips are also on TWT‘s website.

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

• Above MSNBC’s David Shuster, filling in for Keith Olbermann on last night’s Countdown, used just about every innuendo possible on television.

• WaPo’s Mike Wilbon is profiled by Washingtonian. Wilbon talks about what it’s like to turning 50, becoming a new father, and recovering from a heart attack- plus what he thinks of his friend President Obama, the Redskins, the Wizards, the Nats, Tony Kornheiser, etc.

• The 13th annual Webby Award nominees were announced today. The Onion, NBC.com and NYTimes.com lead the pack in nominations. WebNewser has the complete list of nominees here.

• Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has a piece up on The Daily Beast on the Masters.

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