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Good Afternoon FishbowlDC Readers

Please excuse the tardiness today. We’ve been tending to news, lunch, questions from readers about ugly footwear on Twitter and garden variety laziness. Enjoy the weekend thoughts from some of your favorite (or least favorite) Washington journos and other random personalities.

QUOTES of the DAY

Love for Giffords

“Those new photos of Gabby Giffords are so heartwarming–the first visual evidence we’ve had of her recovery.” The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a weekend tweet.

More hot doggin’ with Weiner

“Anthony Weiner pressured to ‘seek treatment…to make himself WELL’ If that’s where we are then every single dude I know needs to join him.” — Author Bret Easton Ellis weighs in on WeinerGate in a weekend tweet.

“Not a good sign that Weiner asking for a rehab center with good WiFi.” — The handle @Pourmecoffee in a weekend tweet.

“Weinercare” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a weekend tweet. Treach also wrote, “I’m reserving judgment on the credibility of this ‘Weiner goes to rehab’ story until I get confirmation from HowardKurtz.” Treach is razzing Howie for waiting so long to get on board with Weiner story coverage. Kurtz previously excused himself from covering WeinerGate, tweeting that sometimes it pays to wait for facts. Treacher is jokingly waiting for Kurtz’s facts.

“Weiner has announced he’s going to twitter rehab and switching to a landline! #weinergate.” — The Howard Stern Show’s writer Benjy Bronk in a weekend tweet.

“I hope Weiner doesn’t reply to Pelosi and Wasserman Shultz via twitter.” — Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a weekend tweet.

“There is no such thing as sex addiction!!!!!!! #Weiner” — TWT opinion writer Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.

“Facing more Dem calls for resignation, @RepWeiner takes Congressional leave to seek treatment. He needs it.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a weekend tweet. We love anything Wolf-related in regards to WeinerGate. “Are these your underpants?” is still my absolute favorite on-air question of the past two weeks.

“Ugh. Hate the rehab method of PR.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence in a weekend tweet.

“@RepWeiner seeking leave of absence to ‘get well.’ Just resign already you arrogant, narcissistic SOB. So sick of hearing your name. — FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic in a weekend tweet.

“Weiner seeking treatment. Medical effort to get better? Or political effort to stall?” — Mediaite‘s Dan Abrams in a weekend tweet.

Memorable Weekend NYP Weiner headline: “PULL OUT”

“So what is Weiner actually seeking treatment *for*? Twitterosis?” –  The Atlantic‘s Josh Green in a weekend tweet. To which Atlantic Magazine’s Deputy Editor Scott Stossel replied, “He’s seeking tweatment.” Green’s response: “Ugh.”

“Analyze THIS! (whips out genitals) #weinhab” — TPM’s Brian Beutler in a weekend tweet.

“Does the fact that an occasional pol survives a sex scandal (clinton, vitter, frank) make them think they all can?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.

WARNING: Do Not Read If You Are Eating

“Actual Metro announcement: ‘Last car back will not open due to bodily fluids.’” — Walter Alarkon, former reporter for The Hill, in a weekend tweet.

Sunday morning fashion failures?

“Plethora of fashion fails this moring on Fox News Sunday. Bill Kristol‘s tie- fugly. Mara Liasson‘s necklace: wtf?” — Publicist and former This Week Producer Courtney Cohen in a Sunday tweet.

Gawker has an interesting clinic suggestion for Weiner

The New York Times, citing ‘two senior Democratic officials,’ reports that Weiner is ‘planning to check himself into a treatment center’ (perhaps The Pathways Clinic for Being a Dumbshit) and will request a leave of absence from the House of Representatives. — Gawker’s Max Read in a weekend Weiner story.

 

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Two Scribes Leave The Hill

Two reporters are leaving The Hill. One is Walter Alarkon, whose last day is today. The other is Silla Brush, who moves to Bloomberg News next month. Earlier this year, The Hill lost two other reporters to Bloomberg NewsJim Snyder and Jeff Young.

The Hill’s Jeff Young Bids Farewell and Prepares for Bloomberg

Celebration-Drinks-600.jpg Scribes and friends gathered Tuesday night at Post Pub for The Hill’s health care guru Jeff Young‘s going away party.

A list of those who turned up last night: Young’s brother, Tim, his girlfriend, Sommer Mathis (who writes the DCist). Only co-workers and former co-workers were invited. (Full Disclosure: I worked with Young for many years and was invited to the soiree. So this post is going to be free of snark because I don’t have a bad thing to say about the guy.)

Jim Snyder, Roxana Tiron, Ian Swanson, Alex Bolton, JT Rushing, Jordan Fabian, Kevin Bogardus, Walter Alarkon, Kim Hart, Sean Miller, Emily Goodin, Sam Youngman, and Silla Brush. Representing The Hill’s alumni were Greenwire’s Mike Soraghan and The Atlantic’s Chris Good. Remarked Young: “My once-and-future colleague Patrick O’Connor broke my heart — not for the first time — by failing to show up and there’s a special place reserved in hell for Jared Allen, who brushed it off to go play sports or something.”

Young reflected on his time at the newspaper.
“It’s been a hell of a ride these past five years, capped off the a year-plus of health care reform insanity,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Mostly, there are some people I’m going to miss when I’m gone. (On a smaller scale, I’m really going to miss my Mac and will have to suffer Windows for the first time in years.)

“At the same time, there are only two people left in this news room, not counting Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], who’ve been here longer than I have. That alone might be a sign that it’s time to try something new. I’m also very excited about what we’ve got cooking at Bloomberg and I can’t wait to get started.”

We wish Young the best in his new job.

Morning Reading List, 09.10.08

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Changes At The Hill

From an internal email, obtained by FishbowlDC:

    I wanted you all to know first the great news I’ll be announcing
    today about new hires.

    Jim Mills will join the staff on Dec 3. He’ll be a columnist and contributor to all parts of the paper and online. He will also work closely with our reporters on Capitol Hill.

    Walter Alarkon, a reporter at Campaigns & Elections, will be joining us as a staff writer on Dec. 10.

    Markos Moulitsas, founder and head of Daily Kos, will become a regular weekly columnist in the paper starting in Jan.

    I will be announcing more hires soon in our present round of
    expansion. I hope you agree with me that these ones today are exciting.

    Thanks, Hugo

Morning Reading List, 10.22.07

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  • The White House bids farewell to Josh Deckard.

  • A NBC release announced, “‘Meet the Press,’ the longest running television show in the world, reached a programming milestone, airing its 3,000th broadcast last Sunday, October 14. In addition, according to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘Meet the Press’ topped the competition on Sunday, winning in all categories across the
    country and in Washington D.C.”

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column. Clark Hoyt’s too.

  • An ABC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research for Sunday October 14, ABC News ‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ beat CBS’ ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers for the fifth straight week. This marks the sixth time in seven weeks ‘This Week’ outperformed ‘Face the Nation’ among Total Viewers. ‘This Week’ is also the only Sunday discussion program up year-to-date (4%) among Total Viewers.”

  • PEJ Talk Show Index for Oct. 7-12 shows, “The debut of Fred Thompson as a GOP debater helped make last week the second-biggest week of the year in the talk show universe for the 2008 presidential campaign. But so did a talk brouhaha over a more tangential topic involving the debate.”

  • Herald Sun reports, “Speaking at News Corp’s annual meeting of stockholders in New York, Mr. Murdoch, said the global media giant’s proven track record spoke for itself. ‘Revenues have grown an average of 14 percent a year over the past five years and operating income is up 14 percent a year on average over the past four years,’ he said.”

  • Food Service Monthly has started a blog! Check it out.

  • PBC announced that “White House Chronicle” now airs on the Washington-Baltimore area’s three major PBS affiliates: WHUT-TV, Channel 32, WETA-TV, Channel 26, and WMPT-TV, Channel 22. Also, XM Satellite Radio will air “White House Chronicle” on P.O.T.U.S. ’08 (Channel 130) every Saturday, beginning Oct. 12.

  • New York Times reports, “Media companies are often criticized for not taking enough risks in choosing television shows, authors, movies and musicians. But when it comes to technology start-ups, their appetite for risk appears to be on the rise.”

  • InternetNews.com reports, “Leading Internet and media companies teamed up … to set ground rules for dealing with copyright infringement in videos uploaded to user-generated content Web sites — and demanding stronger efforts on the part of content hosts.”

  • Reuters reports, “U.S. communications regulators cited conservative commentator Armstrong Williams on Thursday for violating a ban on ‘payola’ in promoting the Bush administration’s education plan.”

  • USA Today reports, “Google’s third-quarter revenue jumped 57%, but a hiring binge and product speculation left Wall Street wondering what the search giant wasn’t revealing.”

  • A reader tells us that NBC4 anchor Wendy Rieger. said her weekly Going Green reports on NBC4 (Tuesdays at 5:00pm) and has been picked up on by New York folks and “mandated that all NBC affiliates show her reports or take up the cause on their own. Even Brian Williams started his own Going Green segment on Nightly News, mainly from what Wendy started here. Way to go!”

  • Rieger is also hosting a gay-youth assistance fundraiser, SMYAL, on November 4. Click here for more details.

  • AP reports, “To test claims by users that Comcast Corp. was blocking some forms of file-sharing traffic, The Associated Press went to the Bible. An AP reporter attempted to download, using file-sharing program BitTorrent, a copy of the King James Bible from two computers in the Philadelphia and San Francisco areas, both of which were connected to the Internet through Comcast cable modems. We picked the Bible for the test because it’s not protected by copyright and the file is a convenient size. In two out of three tries, the transfer was blocked.” Also, the AP reports, “Comcast Corp. actively interferes with attempts by some of its high- speed Internet subscribers to share files online, a move that runs counter to the tradition of treating all types of Net traffic equally.”

  • From Wonkette: “Flipping though an advanced copy of Gonzo: The Life of Hunter S. Thompson, one item popped off the page. Apparently, Thompson used to date Sally Quinn of The Washington Post: ‘He was always pumping me,’ she says of the late journalist’s thirst for Washington gossip.”

  • Find out why his Extreme-ness calls Campaigns & Elections Magazine’s Walter Alarkon “The Best Political Reporter Today.”

  • Roll Call is holding an Adjournment Contest! “Guess, to the minute, the exact date and time that the second chamber of Congress will adjourn sine die for the first session of the 110th Congress. The person who comes closest to the actual time wins. If there is a tie, Roll Call will hold a drawing to determine the winner.” The winner gets a $500 gift certificate to Fogo de Chão. Email your entry to contest@rollcall.com by 5 p.m. Oct. 26.

  • CQ wants to know what you think about CQPolitics.

  • A reader writes in, “perhaps Facebook is more trouble than it’s worth — it’s just another vehicle for self-important journos who are more about capped teeth than reporting…”

  • Politico’s Ken Vogel reports, “Colbert ‘run’ risks breaking law”

  • Lloyd Grove interviews Donnie Deutsch for Portfolio.com, “and gets the adman and CNBC host to address the Ann Coulter interview, his show as a vehicle to pick up women, future marriage and the Fox Business Network.”

  • A reader writes in: “It would be great if Stu Rothenberg started speaking in the third person. George is getting upset!”

  • The Hollywood Reporter reports, “Comedy Central is getting more of Jon Stewart. The network said late Thursday that it has signed an extension with the ‘Daily Show’ host that will keep him around until at least 2010. Stewart’s contract would have expired at the end of 2008.”

  • Mixed Media reports,Tony Snow, the Fox News host-turned White House spokesman-turned unemployed guy, has signed on to be the keynote speaker at this year’s American Magazine Conference. Larry Hackett, managing editor of People, will conduct a Q&A with him. The conversation will be on the record — a good thing, since an attempt three years ago to keep Bill Clinton’s AMC remarks from leaving the room was contemptuously ignored by journalists in attendance. A spokeswoman for the Magazine Publishers of America declined to say if Snow — who left his job as White House spokesman saying he needed to make more money would be paid for the appearance.”

  • Bloomberg reports,Dean Singleton’s MediaNews Group Inc., the largest closely held U.S. newspaper publisher, plans to triple sales from its Internet sites by 2012.”

  • B&C reports, “The Federal Communications Commission issued its first fines for a station airing Armstrong Williams’ Department of Education-paid-for plugs for its ‘No Child Left Behind’ initiative. Station-owner Sinclair Broadcast Group doesn’t plan to pay the fine and said it will take the commission to court.”

  • To clarify, Major Garrett is currently the Chief Congressional Correspondent for FNC, but he was on the trail for the 2004 Presidential race and the 2006 mid-term elections.. he is not new to the campaign trail and has experience on the road covering the beat in previous elections.

  • Check out Mixed Media’s critique of Newsweek’s new design.

  • Mark your calendars! The Washington Blogger November Meetup is Wednesday, November 14, 2007 at 7:00 PM at RFD. Click here for full details.

  • Michael Getler, the PBS Ombudsman, writes, “Frontline, the outstanding (my opinion as well as that of many others) documentary series marked the beginning of its 25th season this week with another look into the often-closed world in which Vice-President Dick Cheney operates. The hour-long debut on Tuesday evening, Oct. 16, was titled ‘Cheney’s Law.’ It was produced by Michael Kirk, who could reasonably be labeled Minister of the Interior for his efforts, over the past six years, in turning out ten Frontline programs that, in one way or another, probed those activities of the Bush administration—whether one agrees with them or not—that have largely developed and been carried on out of public view.”

  • E&P reports, “Although Washington Post Radio was dropped last month after an unsuccessful 18-month run, the paper is still dealing with the fallout. A Newspaper Guild complaint that newsroom staffers had to perform extra work on the broadcast outlet has sparked a National Labor Relations Board hearing set for next week.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Some good news about the media has actually been making headlines. When was the last time that happened? 1974? The bombshell is ProPublica, a brand-new investigative journalism outfit to be launched in January by one of the most respected figures in the newspaper business, longtime Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Paul Steiger.”

  • This week’s TV Q&A from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Rob Owen responds to questions about ads on WPXI, Jerry Seinfeld’s ‘Bee Movie’ minisodes on NBC and HBO’s ‘Five Days.’”

  • A release announced, “Inspired by Lions For Lambs (starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise), MGM and YOUTUBE have extended the opportunity to submit videos to Youtube in order to win $25,000 for a charity of the winner’s choice. Participants have until October 24th to submit a 90 second video explaining thoughts on key issues and causes in today’s world.” For more info, click here.

    Jobs

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Editor/Writer.

  • The Cecil Whig is looking for a Web-savvy copy editor.

  • The Virginian-Pilot is looking for a Business Reporter.

  • Jamestown Foundation is looking for a Publications Coordinator.

  • The Frederick News Post is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • FDCH is looking for an In-House News Transcriber.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Satellite Coordinator.

  • Migration Policy Institute is looking for a Director of Communications.

  • Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is looking for a Technical Editor.

  • The Advisory Board Company is looking for an entry level writer.

  • Exchange Monitor Publications, Inc. is looking for Reporters.

  • The Current Newspapers is looking for a full-time reporter.

  • The Associated Press is looking for a Systems Engineer

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Supervising Senior Producer, Weekend Edition, Sunday and an Assistant Editor, Digital Media News.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Changes At Campaigns & Elections

    From an internal notice:



      Walter Alarkon
      is joining Campaigns & Elections as a staff writer. He was most recently a reporter for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor. He has written for Newsweek, Boston and Inc., and he covered the 2004 New Hampshire presidential primary for PoliticsNH.com. He is a graduate of Boston College and Columbia University.

      Shane D’Aprile is a graduate of Fordham University in New York City. He comes to Campaigns and Elections after four years of work in public radio. At WFUV in New York Shane covered city and state politics, followed by a stint at WAMU in Washington DC. Shane has been the recipient of several awards for his work. He was honored by the Society of Professional Journalists in 2004 and 2005 for his reporting on issues related to September 11th, and most recently from the Associated Press for a radio documentary chronicling the return of U.S. soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan. Shane holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science and Communications from Fordham, and a graduate degree from Fordham’s Elections and Campaign Management Program. He will join Tom Jennemann as a correspondent for our NJpols.com web site.

      Molly Clancy joins us from Atlantic Media (The Atlantic, National Journal, Hotline) where she was a senior events manager. She will serve as our Associate Director of Political Programs and Operations, and help continue the expansion of our trainings and events. At Atlantic Media, she served as the event manager responsible for The Atlantic’s national accounts including Microsoft, GE and Ernst & Young. Prior to Atlantic Media, she served as Associate Director of Programs at the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics. She is a 2003 graduate of U.Va. with a B.A. in Politics.

      Justin Schardin joins Campaigns & Elections as the Iowa correspondent for PoliticsIowa.com. Justin attended Boston University, attaining degrees in political science and economics. He was founder and CEO of Fargo, ND Web design company Digital Vision, and then following a merger became COO of Sundog from 2000 – 2006. He has served on several state and regional boards, worked on a number of statewide political campaigns, and was Campaign Coordinator for a ND Agriculture Commissioner candidate in 2006. He also has worked extensively in radio as a host and featured guest on topics ranging from technology to politics to sports. His writing credits include tech reviews for Fortune Small Business magazine and a series of interviews with North Dakota’s five living former governors. He will talk music, film, and politics with anybody, and enjoys science, history, the NFL, talk radio, cooking, and trying to teach his dog to speak German. His son, Christian, is 4, and oddly enough knows how to say “dog” in German.