Kimmel says he checked in with several of the event’s previous hosts including Seth Myers and Stephen Colbert. Everyone has told him that the key to success is getting the President to laugh. As goes the POTUS, so goes the crowd.
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Patrick Gavin at Politico noticed that TMZ has recently been sprinkling its website celebrity scroll with a few more Beltway bits. So he decided to check in with site maestro Harvey Levin to find out whatever happened to those grandiose plans for TMZ DC, to go along with the other vertical that has launched, TMZ Sports.
Levin confirms that he is still interested in bringing the gotcha show to DC, but that he is a ways off from opening an actual Beltway office. He points to the site’s recent coverage of Republican Congressman Aaron Schock (pictured) as the way it needs to go:
“That’s a blueprint for what we can do. We took this guy that was a freshman Congressman and I think, if you talk to him, I think he’ll tell you that we did help launch him as something of a star… I think it shows that we have a place and we can do something. It’s not going to be a policy site, but we can do a personality site.”
We found ourselves in a conversation at Netroots Nation with the press person at Media Matters.
FBLA: Does everyone in DC dress like they’re in the Junior League?
PP: No, we had someone from Politico come to our office in a t-shirt asking if David Brock wanted to be in a video singing Happy Birthday to Obama.
FBLA: Who was it?
PP: Patrick Gavin.
PP: It was probably the strangest press request I’ve ever had.
Glad to see that you’re getting along so well without us, Patrick. Sniffle.
Previously on FBLA:
Meanwhile mediabistro.com has hired two bloggers to take his place: Matt Dornic and Christine Delargy. Dornic runs local PR shop 3 Dog Agency and Delargy works in broadcast news in DC. Both start Monday so be sure to check them out!
Last night at his home Atlantic publisher David Bradley hosted a well-attended party to celebrate the publication of Gwen Ifill‘s new book The Breakthrough: Politics and Race in the age of Obama. Spotted among the D.C. heavy-hitters in attendence were David Brooks, Jim Lehrer, David Broder, Judy Woodruff, Tom Brokaw, and (time-less) Maureen Dowd.
Ifill, whose brother, sister, and pastor were all in attendance, remarked that when it came to the book “timing was everything.” When she had first taken the idea to her publishers their first reaction was “‘A black president? Yeah, whatever…’” And with regards to the controversy that surrounded her book after it was announced she would moderate the Vice_Presidential debate: “Of course, there was the moment when everyone decided they knew what the book was about before I had even finished writing it. I thought, ‘Well that’s fine. Truth will out. I will just survive it.’ And I did.”
Little bit of trivia: The Bradley’s home is located on Embassy Row and despite rumors floating around that it had once belonged to the Cuban Embassy, however host Katherine Bradley told us that its former occupant was in fact the last U.S. ambassador to Cuba. More pics after the jump.
Despite the fact everyone has been telling us DC might be a place best avoided over the next few days, we are going! FishbowlNY has found what appears to be the last bus ticket out of NYC and will be in the nation’s capitol for all the goings-on over the next few days.
Joining us to usher in the 44th President of the United States will be FBDC’s Patrick Gavin (naturally!) as well as FBLA’s Tina DuPuy. Keep your eye on this space as well as our various twitter feeds for pics, posts, and 140 character updates.
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