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Eddie Scarry

Eddie Scarry joined the FishbowlDC family as a contributor in January 2012. You can email him at ScarryFBDC@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @eScarry.

Marty Rudolf Gut Checked!

He’s just a “News Junkie” and he just wants to “chat.” But FNC’s James Rosen want nothing of it.

“How have you been, James?,” Mary Rudolf, the famed media and Twitter hound tweeted at Rosen on Wednesday. “Do you think NSA Whistleblower Snowden is a ‘Hero’ or a ‘Traitor’?” Edward Snowden is the former government contractor who leaked information that the government is tracking phone records and online data of U.S. citizens.

Now, most of the time Rudolf tweets at anyone of celebrity status, he goes ignored. Now and again, however, he gets a response from the upper echelon’s of Twitter. Like the time he got a reply from actress Morgan Fairchild. Even tennis star Martina Navratilova has conversed with dear Marty!

Not this time… Read more

Grover Norquist: Tea Party Woman ‘Sad’ For Suggesting He’s Secretly Muslim

Back in May a tea party woman in Texas was seen in an online video saying that Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist is “showing signs of converting to Islam.”

Norquist feels sorry for her.

“It’s sad,” he told FishbowlDC at the Road to Majority Conference, hosted Thursday by the conservative Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington. “Look, people shouldn’t embarrass themselves the way that she did. That was unfortunate. We just let her slide back into… something.”

The woman who made the allegation is Cathie Adams, president of the Texas Eagle Forum and former chairman of the Republican Party of Texas. “Many of us know him because often times we like what he says about economic issues, but Grover Norquist is trouble with a capital T,” Adams was heard saying in the video. “As you see he has a beard, and he’s showing signs of converting to Islam himself.”

Adams continued, “He’s married to a Muslim woman, but he denies that he has converted himself. He denies that.”

Norquist, who is indeed married to a Muslim woman named Samah Alrayyes, told us he’s had a beard since… Read more

Jonathan Alter Accuses Daily Caller Scribe of ‘Racial Animus’ Toward Obama

In Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter‘s new book, he accuses The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro of having “racial animus” toward President Obama. He also refers to him as “a reporter.”

Alter’s allegation comes after he makes a similar claim of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “Limbaugh was only the most public face of racial animus toward Obama,” Alter writes in The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies. “When Neil Munro a ‘reporter’ for the Daily Caller, used a day pass at the White House to shout at the president in the Rose Garden while he was speaking, it offended the veteran reporter Sam Donaldson.”

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, also a weekend co-host of Fox & Friends, took a shot at Alter concerning what he wrote about his reporter. He told FishbowlDC this afternoon, “Alter stopped practicing journalism a long time ago, when he went to work as a courtier for the president,” he said. “He’s been sniffing Obama’s throne and churning out propaganda on his behalf for five years. No wonder he’s offended when an actual reporter dares to ask his boss a question. Nor is it surprising that he mistakes journalism for racism. When you worship a politician like a god, all dissent looks like bigotry.”

Munro memorably interrupted a statement Obama was delivering on immigration policy last summer. “Why’d you favor foreigners over Americans?” Munro barked at Obama in the middle of his comments.

Donaldson, a former White House correspondent for ABC News, made a name for himself yelling questions out at past presidents. At the time, Carlson defended Munro by comparing him to Donaldson.

The well-known newsman wasn’t pleased about that.

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Pakistanis Show Off New Photog Skills In D.C.

An area of Pakistan rarely seen by the outside world is finally getting exposure by a group of newly-trained amateur photographers in the region.

A project by National Geographic and Internews, an international nonprofit media development organization, set up 17 young Pakistanis with cameras and gave them two separate boot camps on photography. One camp took place last year in Islamabad along with another in Washington. All participants are from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), an isolated area of Pakistan that is rarely photographed.

Muhammad Khalid Afridi, a 25-year-old graduate student, was one of the participants at an exhibit Wednesday at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He told FishbowlDC that he still plans on keeping up with photography now that the training is complete.

“It’ll be my side job or side hobby, because if you have a hobby like that, you will get to enjoy it a lot and continue interest in it,” he said.

Afridi, however, doesn’t know if his work will sell. “I just publish them on Facebook and if any news agency wants them, I’ll give it to them,” he aid.

As an isolated region of Pakistan, FATA can be a hostile environment as far as media is concerned. “It’s not safe much,” Afridi told us. “But if you know the community, you can be safe. We know some of the people don’t like having their picture taken, so you get in trouble if you do. If you ask for permission, it’s fine.”

Afridi and his colleagues’ work will be featured at other exhibits throughout the country.

Event notables: NPR’s Bilal Qureshi, who emceed, and FNC Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron.

Some of the artwork:

Photographer: Ammad Ahmad Khan

Photographer: Muhammad Khalid Afridi

See one more beautiful photograph….

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What’s Up With ‘Face The Nation’s Vine?

With more technology comes more opportunity for minor mishaps. “Face the Nation”s Vine account proves it.

Vine is still a new type of online social network, so not everyone in media has caught on yet. It allows users to take 6-second mini-movies and share them with followers. Until Wednesday, the CBS program had uploaded two separate videos to its official account.

The first video, posted in May, appeared to be a behind-the-scenes look at “Face the Nation.” It showed the inside of an office with a few people working at computers and one woman staring into the camera, seemingly confused.

The second video… Read more

D.C. Weatherman Dunked for Interrupting ‘Bachelorette’ With Flood Report

Washington experienced a downpour Monday evening that resulted in flash flood warnings throughout the area. But hey, why should potentially life-threatening rainfall mean that the most dramatic part of the night’s “Bachelorette” be interrupted for a weather report?

Just as one of the contestants on the ABC reality dating show was confronted on-camera by his incensed ex-girlfriend for not telling her he was competing on a reality show for Desiree Hartsock‘s love (Des is pictured above), ABC7′s Doug Hill interrupted to give viewers a weather update.

Some were aghast at his horrible timing. “I demand an apology for interrupting the climax of the ‘Bachelorette,’” viewer Kelsey Donley tweeted at Hill. And she was only one of many upset with ABC7′s cut-in. Read more

Politico’s Glenn Thrush Battles Team Obama

President Obama spoke at length Friday morning to defend his administration from recent reports that the government is collecting data about U.S. citizens using online activity and phone records.

But that wasn’t enough for Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

“Always baffled by Obama’s unwillingness to use address from Oval — even though not his best millieu,” Thrush tweeted Sunday night. “Doesn’t PRISM/[Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] demand it?” (PRISM is the codename for a government digital-spying program, a story first broken by WaPo.)

Asked why Friday’s comments from Obama weren’t enough, Thrush declined to answer. “Nah, but tks (thanks) for the reach out,” Thrush told FishbowlDC.

Thrush, however, had no problem engaging former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau on the matter. “If I were in the White House I’d be screaming at this tweet,” Favreau told Thrush Sunday. Thrush shot back that an unfiltered statement by Obama on the matter would be better than “a canned question or a ’60 Minutes’ deal.”

“Oh, now you think a controlled, scripted speech is better than taking questions from the press? That’s a first!” said Favreau.

“This isn’t our usual back and forth, Favs,” said Thrush, who is on a nickname basis with Favreau, “This is a major policy impacting the American people that requires a direct explanation.”

White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer jumped in… Read more

Daily Beast Runs Video of Reader Telling Jay Carney ‘F*** You’

In a video published by The Daily Beast Friday, one of the publication’s readers offered this thoughtful analysis on President Obama‘s appointment of Susan Rice as his next National Security Adviser:

“Fuck you Jay Carney. I’ll tell you who misrepresents the fact. It’s this government. You bastard.”

The gentleman in question — a bald, middle-aged man who apparently lifts weights, wears ugly sleeveless T’s and enjoys a good wall tapestry — made the comment after reading an answer White House Press Secretary Jay Carney gave to FNC at Wednesday’s briefing.

“I welcome the opportunity to correct the record, especially for some news outlets who persist in misrepresenting the facts,” Carney had said when asked by FNC if Rice is “most qualified” for her promotion, despite having delivered incorrect talking points in relation to the Benghazi terrorist attack.

We’ve requested comment from The Daily Beast as to whether publishing an unknown man’s harsh words for Carney was an appropriate editorial decision.

Watch the video… Read more

Where Is Breitbart News’s John Nolte Getting His Intel?

The latest in a series of scandals rocked the Obama administration Thursday, when it was reported that the National Security Agency has been collecting hoards of Verizon phone records. Most people learned about that one, first reported by The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, and other scandals by way of the news media.

But Breitbart News‘s John Nolte has other means of intercepting this type of intelligence, it seems.

“Media didn’t break IRS, AP, Libya, or Verizon stories — But we did learn Romney cut some kid’s hair a half-century ago!” Nolte tweeted Thursday, referencing a 2012 WaPo report on former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

We’ve requested comment from Nolte on how he learned about any of the scandals, if not for the news media. After all… Read more

Is Politico’s John Harris Comfortable Sitting Like a Pretzel?

Who knew John Harris was an amateur contortionist?

Every few days, some of the more high-profile reporters (“star reporters” as they refer to each other) at Politico produce a video of themselves sitting at a roundtable giving on-camera analysis of the day’s news.

They’re fairly boring, given that they’re essentially recaps of what’s already been written on Politico‘s website, which you have to wade through to get to the videos. But the one posted Wednesday night offered a rare glimpse of Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris in his natural habitat. Read more

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