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CNNers Get Chummy on Red Carpet

Want to know how CNNers really feel about one another? Then watch Hollywood on the Potomac‘s Janet Donovan‘s red carpet video of the “Crossfire” fire party from Tuesday night. In it, you can see Wolf Blitzer with his arm wrapped around S.E. Cupp‘s waist (don’t worry, it has a grandfatherly feel to it) or Callista looking adoringly at her husband, host Newt Gingrich, as he blathers on about what a great success the show is going to be. (We liked him better when he pretended to despise the media.)

Another noteworthy moment is when Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) admits he hasn’t watched the new show. After he drops that grand admission bomb, he scurries off with his fiancé, Maria, (unfortunately for him, the horrid red carpet was the only conceivable way into the party). Sanford wasn’t the only one who hadn’t seen it. Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, who walked the red carpet with her husband, John Coale, looking like a Blues Brother, said rush hour kept her from the first few episodes.

Aside from the fun of watching body language, pals like WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper and CNN’s Dana Bash are asked to name their favorite Crossfire hosts from years past. Cooper says John Sununu (the older one) while Bash says Mary Matalin.

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CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

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Morning Chatter

“I look forward to your Twitter following giving me a hard time for the next three weeks.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan to TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, who appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” last night to discuss her new book, Emily Gets Her Gun. Morgan is a heated anti-gun activist.

THE SIX MUSKETEERS? “This was a Wolf Blitzer idea.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill. (From L to R: Scott Pelley, Ifill, Chris Wallace, Diane Sawyer, Wolf Blitzer and Savannah Guthrie.)

The Observer

“On the way to the airport I saw an AZ Highway Patrolman taking a leak in the steak house parking lot. #human” — Jimmy Zuma, Washington Correspondent for The John C. Scott Show and a columnist for the Tucson Sentinel.

Uh oh. Who screwed up?

“So…ABC News says George Zimmerman is in custody and AP says he isn’t. Who’s right?” — Eric Deggans, soon-to-be NPR’s TV critic. When others suggested the facts may pertain to the words “in custody,” he wrote, “I think using the term ‘in custody’ for anything other than arrest is seriously misleading.”

And this…“CNN now reporting that NO GUN was involved in Zimmerman incident. Whuh? Could the media have gotten it wrong about Zimmerman again?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte.

And this…“So many of y’all clicked the Zimmerman story link it crashed our server!” — TV One morning host Roland Martin.

In conclusion… CNN reporting this morning as of 8:28 a.m. that Zimmerman was detained but not arrested: “After he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.”

Overheard in the scrum

“Actual question in press scrum with Rep. Tom Rooney: ‘You seem very somber. Is this tough stuff?’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

On a lighter note…

“News you can use: CNN goes live with Secretary of State Dennis Rodman calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘likeable.’” — NPR’s Ken Rudin.

Everything sounds more exotic in French

“Pour voir @HillaryClinton parler de la #Syrie à la Maison Blanche, c’est ici” — AFP‘s Tangi Quéméner. Loosely translated from 6th grade French, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s coming to the White House.

Important Q to Ponder: “Getting my first professional haircut in 12 years tonight. Do I have to bring a picture of a celebrity or something?” — Chris Wilson, interactive graphics editor for TIME.

White House reporting lingo

“Wolf Blitzed just left from his interview with POTUS went well” — American Urban Radio‘s April Ryan.

3 Shocking Headlines

  • “Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz” — WaPo Magazine by Thomas Harding.
  • “Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind” — HuffPost by Ryan Grenoble.
  • “Thatz Not Okay: Saving Old Titty Pix; My Daughter, Victoria’s, Secret” — Gawker by Caty Weaver.

Hmmm…WTF?

“With my ankle healing but still quite tender, it’s kinda sick that all I want to do is roll it around in the direction it hurts.” — Alejandra Owens, managing editor of AARP’s blog.

COMING TO YOU LIVE: FAKE GENE WEINGARTEN

“Love reporters who say ‘coming to you live’ like its a big deal. 100s of reporters in warzones but good on you for being at a Metro station.” – Fake Gene Weingarten, Twitter’s alias for WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

 

Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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Journos Who Could be Porn Stars

Which Washington journalists have names that could easily be those of porn stars? As it turns out, quite a few. Now before everyone flips out (not that Washington journalists would ever do that), we’re talking about their actual names and not insinuating that these esteemed members of the media either look like porn stars or would ever partake in the profession.

10. Jason Dick, CQ Roll Call. — We start with the painfully obvious. Anyone with “dick” in his or her surname name deserves an automatic slot on this list. Growing up in a small town in Arizona wasn’t easy with a name like his, especially because his mom taught at his junior high. “From about 4th grade on, ‘Izza’ became my middle name,” he told FishbowlDC. “By the time I got to high school, I took a kind of Cyrano-like pride in the nicknames. My favorite one is derived from my grandfather, who was a professional boxer in Arizona in the 1920s. His nickname (and now mine to several close friends): Cactus Dick. His mom might have had it worse…“Although at least her students were creative about it,” Dick said. “She was an English teacher who marked her paperback books in the classroom with the name ‘Dick’ on masking tape. Her students one day peeled them off and placed them accordingly with the titles of young adult fiction that she stocked. The results were pretty hilarious. A sampling: ‘The Chocolate Dick’ (The Chocolate War), ‘A Separate Dick’ (A Separate Peace).”

9. Eddie Scarry, The Blaze. — Anyone with such a fake, racy name like this has to make the list. Early on when we first met Eddie, we asked, “Is your name for real?” He assured us it was. In fact, it’s a region or city in Ireland. He’s not quite sure which. “Fuck if I know,” he replied when we inquired about the history of his porno-sounding name. “I’m part Irish and there’s a place in Ireland called Scarry.”

8. Dave Weigel, Slate. — We know what you’re thinking. You guys in the Fishbowl ALWAYS pick on him. You just don’t like him. Well, the former might be true, and so may the latter for that matter, but the fact is, “Teri Weigel” (pictured at right) is an actual adult film star, so there’s semi-solid reasoning here. She’s also a nude model and Playboy Playmate. Do not Google Teri Weigel — NSFW.

7. Ginger Gibson, Politico. — Ginger is a very adult filmesque name. It reeks redness and hotness. No offense, Ginger. We know you’re a serious-minded political reporter. We’re the ones with the dirty minds, although we’re kind of surprised that Taylor Bigler, Daily Caller‘s resident horny-minded slideshow artist, didn’t come up with this first.

6. Taylor Bigler, Daily Caller. — I was on the fence on Bigler, honestly, but colleague Peter Ogburn was adamant that BIGler was suitable for this list. Not that he watches porn (constantly) but he might be a better judge.

See the remaining 5 journo-porn names...Above graphic by Austin Price

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Over 32,000 Tell CNN to Dump Family Research Council’s Perkins

A petition by Faithful America says Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council here in D.C., who’s often asked by all the major networks—not just CNN—to speak for Christian voters, doesn’t represent all Christians. They wanted 15,000 signatures and they’ve received over 32,000.

A big issue here seems to be that using a single voice to represent something as amorphous as American Christianity is a tad simplistic and to some Christians, maybe even offensive? The petition notes a segment with Perkins and Wolf Blitzer, from when the Supreme Court struck down a part of the Defense of Marriage Act last month.

They say Perkins “falsely warned that the court decision would lead to ‘religious organizations losing their exemption,’” and that Blitzer “failed to challenge Perkins’ lies, nor did his segment feature any Christian leaders with a different point of view — despite polls showing that a majority of Christians actually oppose the Defense of Marriage Act.”

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Journalists and Their Animal Twins

We’re taking Separated at Birth to new, deeper and ridiculous heights today. We liked BuzzFeed‘s rendition of this with members of Congress so much that we decided to steal the idea for our own fishy purposes. Enjoy!

10. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and a Wooley sheep.

9. Slate‘s Dave Weigel and a sloth.

8. Katrina vanden Heuvel and an Afghan breed of dog.

7. Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle and a chipmunk. Hey, they don’t call those chipmunk cheeks for nothing right? We’re talking about the chipmunk, of course.

6. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone and these exaggerated versions of his dark eyes in some cool cats we found online.

5. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and a blonde Afghan breed of dog.

4. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and a dog with reading glasses.

Don’t miss the top three…

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Afternoon Reading List 07.03.12

What’s happening in Egypt? — Protestors in Egypt are turning out in massive numbers and now have the support of country’s military, leaving the Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, on the verge of being overthrown. With the dramatic developments to the story in Egypt, television networks undoubtedly had live coverage and analysis of the events taking place, right? Well, not really. As HuffPost’s Jack Mirkinson reports, MSNBC, Fox News and CNN were covering the George Zimmerman trial all day and showed very little of the conflict in Egypt. The trial had ended by the time Morsi gave a live address to attempt to save himself from being ousted. Instead of airing the speech, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews showed some footage of the protests before going to commercial, returning with a segment on Michelle Obama and Laura Bush. Fox News covered a story about the Facebook page of a 19-year-old. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer mentioned Morsi’s address and said the network was “monitoring” it, noting that something “historic” was happening in Egypt before focusing on the Zimmerman trial. CNN did have segments from Blitzer and Anderson Cooper on the uprising and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was the lone anchor from his network to have extended coverage, devoting two segments to the conflict.

Why you should read it: You may have been one of the people forced to go online for updates on what was happening in Egypt.

 

Don’t plot me, bro — NPR and Buzzfeed recently tried to define what makes a bro. But Robert Charette, associate editor of the Washington Free Beacon, writes in a blog post that the two media organizations are themselves “not ‘bro.’” Charette credits NPR for their use of Venn diagrams to explain their bro theory, but criticizes Buzzfeed’s “X/Y Axis measuring between ‘high-brow’ and ‘low-brow’ and ‘mildly bro’ to ‘something-something-we’re-trying-way-to0-hard-bro.’ I made the last one up.” Whoa, bro. In fact, the X axis measures from “mildly bro” to “broier than cologne-flavored muscle milk” (well, Charette pretty much nailed it). Buzzfeed also in the chart, which shows books that bros supposedly read, labels bros as “hilariously overconfident dudes,” which Charette doesn’t appreciate. “Overconfident dudes make this nation great,” he argues after referencing Michael Jordan, Bill Gates and Bubba Watson. Charette also doesn’t appreciate the lack of context with the plotting of all the book titles, wondering what “makes The Great Gatsby ‘broier than cologne-flavored muscle milk.’” Charette said the ideal bro graphic would show that “bros either read ‘Bar Stool Sports,’ or ‘The Chive,’ or ‘Both Bar Stool Sports and the Chive.’” Don’t worry, bro, we made one that will make you proud. Just one question: is the Free Beacon anywhere on the radar of bros?

Why you should read it: Bro, besides standing up for true broism, it has not one, but two GIFs for your viewing pleasure.

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Nobody Puts Donna in the Corner

Democratic pundit Donna Brazile is always in the mood to dance.

So she informed FishbowlDC recently when asked about the Points of Life Conference at which she danced with FNC’s Karl Rove and Bill O’Reilly. At the conference she introduced Rove and former Obama advisor David Plouffe.

She did what?

That’s right. Brazile is friendly with her pundit pals no matter what side of the aisle they’re on and she isn’t ashamed. On air she might hold fast to her lefty causes, but off, she bonds with all  of ‘em — Rove, O’Reilly, Carlson, Will, Begala, Carville and more. (If you don’t believe us, watch her dance with Rove via BuzzFeed here.)

“Karl and I have been friends for a long time,” Brazile told FishbowlDC. …”Rove is fun especially when he’s not plotting a campaign to defeat you.” She continued on with a flurry of pundit namedropping:  “Also have dance pics with Wolf Blitzer. Plouffe gave me a great hug. Oh, add Tucker Carlson, Antonio Villeragosos et al [sic]. Been dancing since I learned how to walk. If the music moves you, you gotta dance.” (Might want to work on that spelling of LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, but we get the picture!)

She wasn’t finished. “I call George Will when I want to attend a baseball game, Ed Gillespie for business tips, Paul Begala for reality checks and James Carville for down home cooking,” she said. “He makes the best Cajun burgers. My motto is to find the good and praise it.”

Brazile says she connects with O’Reilly because he’s passionate about the Wounded Warrior Project – a favorite of her father, a Korean Vet who passed away last year.  “My friends span the partisan divide,” she said. “And many are simply non-partisan and dislike politics.”

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

LAPCHILD ALERT: “Mel Watt has a toddler on his lap, name of ‘Nico.’”Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

“As I think Mark Twain said, trust leaves on horseback and returns on foot. … A president leads by persuasion, not command.” — Former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld last night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” on the current state of White House scandals and the concept of a Benghazi coverup.

Memo to world: Keep your smoke to yourself

“I AM SO SICK OF INHALING YOUR CANCER SMOKE AT BUS STOPS PEOPLE. Have some class. That is all.” — Reuters Amanda Becker.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is it technically plagiarism if they only took half a sentence? How about if they use your half sentence to buttress an incorrect assertion?” — Megan McArdle, special correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast.

Deep thoughts with Michael Scherer

“Ironies: Benghazi/IRS may help pass immigration reform; AP subpoena may help pass shield law.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

KATIE WEIGHS IN (so to speak): “A great shot of @morningmika, Katie Couric and Diane Smith during the taping of an hour special on Mika’s book.”

TV Critics/Observers

Shep Smith is a conservative cockblock — going from red meat Obama scandal coverage to Jodi Arias.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor.

Chris Matthews is the whitest cracker to ever come out of the Pillsbury Dough Boy’s rear end. Funny to hear him scream racism.” — RedState Editor and Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson.

“I feel Wolf Blitzer‘s pain, having to transition from WH coverage to Jodi Arias sentencing.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Josh Kraushaar.

“Modern cable dilemma: will CNN stick w/OJ Simpson, or switch to AG Holder when Judiciary hearing starts?” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Deep Thinker 

“Amazing thing abt Angelina Jolie: she managed to keep quiet treatment in @nytimes, & cover Time mag. DC needs her.” — CNN’s Jonathan Wald, who runs Piers Morgan Live.

Putting it all into perspective

“Shitty day? Hey, at least you didn’t get fired by the president of the United States on national television for something you didn’t do.” — Stefan Becket, who handles social media and writes for “The Intelligencer” blog for New York magazine.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

 

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