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Awkward Interactions at Heritage Foundation’s Launch of The Daily Signal

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Last night at Sixth Engine, The Heritage Foundation celebrated the Tuesday launch of its new site The Daily Signal, a digital-first, multimedia news platform.

Amidst drinks with clever names like the “Editor in Chief” and the “Teaser” alongside delicious samplings of Korean style chicken tenders, heaping bites of tuna tar tar, and brussels sprouts, FishbowlDC was so rudely interrupted by the self-proclaimed ‘Christian, Conservative, Southern, Zionist, that is Everything the Left hates Heritage Action Legislative Strategist (description a la his Twitter bio).”

During a conversation with a writer for Heritage Action’s blog The Forge, said “strategist” apparently felt threatened by FishbowlDC speaking to his ex-fiance. The “strategist” – who I met just seconds earlier – felt the need to tell me his engagement with whom I was previously speaking ended four weeks ago.

Unable to hold back a smirk caused by the absurdity of this man’s relationship woes, he trice assumed I thought the situation was funny. Newsflash: I barely know who you are, let alone care about your relationship status.

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Sen. Sessions Up in Smoke over FBI Chief Comey’s Pot Comments

On the topic of 200 positions being added to the FBI payroll this year, its Chief James Comey was quoted in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal having said, ”I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview.”

Well, during an FBI Oversight hearing today, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) addressed said comments, asking whether they “could undermine our ability to convince young people not to go down a dangerous path?”

Sit back, relax, have a snack (!!), and take a listen to what Sessions had to say.

 

Oh Snap! Calmes Deflects, Henry Hit

In his presser today, Pres. Obama tweaked NYT‘s Jackie Calmes for rambling, who in turn passed the buck to Fox’s Ed Henry. From WaPo‘s live blog:

After Calmes attempted to ask Obama about Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” and some other issues, Obama cut her off and asked her to narrow her scope a bit.

‘You’re stringing a bunch of things along,’ he told her. ‘Let’s see if we can hone in on a question.’

Colmes responded by saying that her run-on questions aren’t as bad as Fox News’s Ed Henry. The comment, made light-heartedly, was met with some laughter and gasps by the press corps.

For the record, we conversed with Ed Henry at Susanna Quinn‘s surprise birthday party last Friday, and found him to be quite articulate. Mayhaps Jackie is projecting a bit…?

WaPo’s Marty Baron Hangs Up on Evan Gahr, Later Apologizes

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Our resident phone enthusiast and freelance investigative journalist Evan Gahr remains fierce in his pursuit to get WaPo to say why they won’t cover a race and age discrimination lawsuit brought against them by a sales employee.

On Tuesday he phoned the Grand Poobah over at WaPo: Executive Editor Marty Baron.

And guess what happened? Surprise! Baron hung up on him. Read more

Hey Mufson, Don’t Pick Up Your Phone!

ringingphoneWashington investigative freelancer Evan Gahr, an avid phone enthusiast, is like a dog with a bone at this point about that internal WaPo lawsuit involving a sales employee who is accusing the paper of race and age discrimination. Gahr is incensed that they won’t run the story on their pages. He surmises that the company lawyer doesn’t think it’d be wise for employees to discuss it with him. But he can’t, won’t leave it alone.

Might WaPo consider installing a Caller ID?

If few others appreciate it, reporter Steven Mufson might.

Gahr posted his latest phone call with Mufson. We reported on a previous call last week.

According to Gahr, the conversation went something like this. The exchange is actually pretty fascinating… Read more

C-SPAN Host Falls, Breaks Nose

11296D.C. papparazzi Mark Wilkins alerted us on Twitter that C-SPAN Executive Producer Peter Slen fell in C-SPAN’s garage Tuesday night. He required an alleged 70 stitches and broke his nose.

C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman confirmed the incident to FishbowlDC.

“Thanks for checking in on Peter,” Mortman wrote by email. “He did have a fall earlier this week and is sporting some new stitches, but he’s already back at his desk today and on the mend.  Thanks for your concern.”

When pressed as to what happened, he added, “Leaving work, Peter fell in the C-SPAN parking garage.  Yes, his nose is broken (no pain), but it only adds to his charm.”

Digital Director Weighs Unfairness of Gov. Shutdown Via Brother, Duvet Cover

duvet coverLike many people, Catherine Andrews, the director of digital content at Home Front DC, a strategic communications agency, and formerly the Editorial Director of Washingtonian, grew emotional about the government shutdown last night.

Naturally she gravitated to Twitter to vent. Hers was among the more colorful rants as she swayed from her difficult task of putting together her bedding to the more serious issue of her brother.

“If I can figure out how to put my duvet on in under 20 minutes, Congress can figure out a way to avoid the shutdown,” she wrote, adding, “Because seriously that duvet was REALLY complicated.”

This is when her thoughts escalated into rage. Read more

The Weinerization of Booker Continues…

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Oh, man.

No doubt U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker is wishing he never heard the name “Lynsie Lee.”

This afternoon TMZ has a doozy of a follow-up to their Thursday interview with Lee. It’s footage of her latest show at the vegan strip club in Portland, Ore. The attention she’s gained through minor and tame communicating with Booker on Twitter has gotten her a big goose egg as far as her career is concerned. But the club has added an $8 special. A “Booker Burger with a side of Lynsie Lee” which is apparently doing very well. It comes with fries and extra mayo.

Watch here.

Journos Bicker Over ‘Unconfirmed’ Photo

twitterfightingFreelancer and former Politico reporter Steve Friess had a terse exchange with The Atlantic Wire’s Eric Levenson over a scene photographed on the day of the Navy Yard shootings.

In dispute were a few photographs that initially could not be confirmed as associated with the shootings. They were taken by an aide to Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.) and tweeted by Tim Hogan, the lawmaker’s flack. AP had a “stop the presses” moment and retracted the images, saying the photographs could not be confirmed. Levenson went a step further: On Sept. 17 he reported that the photographs had nothing to do with the shootings.

Enter Friess, who broke the story for BuzzFeed last night, reporting that the pictures were of one of the Navy Yard employees who died from a gunshot wound to the head en route to the hospital.

Last night Levenson’s story underwent major surgery. To his credit, he made clear what the original post had reported, saying the AP has re-released the photos.

But that didn’t stop the tension between Friess and Levenson. Read more

Female Journo’s Note to Self: Don’t Wear Skirt on Day You’ll Need to Crouch

Newsweek-The Daily Beast reporter Miranda Green was struggling with her wardrobe Monday. Specifically what she soon realized was her poor choice of wearing a skirt during tragic and intense news coverage of the Navy Yard shooter.

 

Her biggest worry?

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