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Do you have a taste for the finer things? …luscious gardens, exquisite pools, chef’s eat-in kitchens and hotel housekeepers? If so, you’re in luck! For a sensible $5.2 million you could live the DSK dream in Washington because Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair’s Georgetown home is on the market. Power realtor Nancy Taylor Bubes (best name ever) nabbed the 3-bedroom, 4.5 bath listing and is now hawking the house via glam, glossy postcard. See the mailer below and more about the scandal-ridden residence here.
Applications for the ‘Above the Fray’ fellowship are being accepted from now until July 1st. A partnership between the John Alexander Project and NPR, the fellowship will offer one promising journalist the opportunity to cover under-reported stories from a region lacking significant mainstream media attention. The selected individual will spend three months filing on-air and online stories for NPR.
Above the Fray is the keynote program of the John Alexander Project – named in memory of former ABC News producer, John Alexander, who collapsed and died suddenly in 2007, while on assignment with Ted Koppel in China.
For more information or to apply for the fellowship, click here.
If all you’ve ever wanted was an NPR button, today is your lucky day. They’re celebrating their 40th birthday by giving out buttons at Chinatown Coffee Co. Hurry up before they run out which, if this bucket of buttons is any indication, will be never.
They’re celebrating in a few other ways, too. Like with popsicles! The Pleasant Pops food truck will be parked outside NPR’s D.C. offices at 2 p.m. giving out free popsicles. They specifically stressed that FishbowlDC readers are welcome to the popsicles.
NPR lovers with Twitter accounts are encouraged to change their avatars to one of the NPR-themed pictures found here and the organization will be posting “vintage” photos from their 40 years throughout the day.
Finally, at the end of the day, NPR wants tweeters to tweet out what NPR person they’d most like to have cake with, and tag their tweets with “#happybdayNPR.”
Feel free to partake in all, some or none of these birthday festivities.
The Weekly Standard has video of an interview President Obama did with a local television station in Texas, and TWS‘s Mark Hemingway writes that Obama “testily” concluded the interview with a snide comment.
The Texas-based reporter for News8, Brad Watson (pictured at left) sat down with Obama in the map room of the White House to talk about the the president’s new deficit plans. The interview got heated, with Watson asking Obama why he was “so unpopular” in Texas and reminding him that he lost by a pretty wide 10-point margin in the state in 2008.
Watson also asked whether the Obama administration skipped over Houston to give shuttle orbiters to more Democratic-leaning states, an issue that has sparked controversy in Texas. Obama said flatly, “That’s wrong.” Asked again, Obama said, “I just said that was wrong.” When Watson persisted, Obama looked annoyed. “I just said that wasn’t true.”
But perhaps the most interesting part of the interview came after the questions ended. TVSpy reports that Obama gave Watson, a “seasoned” reporter, a little advice. When he thought the cameras were off, Obama said, “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?” Watson timidly whispered, “Sorry. Thank you.”
In the news package, Watson wasn’t nearly as shy, saying the president “doesn’t like an interviewer challenging his comments.”
Take note, journalists.
Correction: We originally said Watson was D.C.-based. In fact, he is based in Texas but was reporting from Washington. The post has been corrected to reflect that.
Earlier today, John Solomon via the Center for Public Integrity published an article that claims the FBI had a mole inside ABC News during the mid-1990s. The piece suggests that one of the network’s top reporters identified a confidential source while acting as an informant for the Bureau during their investigation into the Oklahoma City bombing. Gawker advanced the story this afternoon, declaring they’d identified the anonymous reporter as Chris Isham, now VP and Washington bureau chief for CBS News.
In a statement this evening, Isham fired back at Gawker, calling the allegations “outrageous and untrue” but admitted to running information by sources within the FBI for confirmation:
“The suggestion that I was an informant for the FBI is outrageous and untrue. Like every investigative reporter, my job for 25 years has been to check out information and tips from sources. In the heat of the Oklahoma City bombing, it would not be unusual for me or any journalist to run information by a source within the FBI for confirmation or to notify authorities about a pending terrorist attack. This is consistent with the policies at every news organization. But at no time did I compromise a confidential source with the FBI or anyone else. Mr. Cannistraro was not a confidential source, but rather a colleague – a paid consultant to ABC News who had already spoken to the FBI about information he had received.”
The Oxford English Dictionary took a few steps forward yesterday in their apparent quest to destroy the English language with the addition of several new words.
Among the additions are “OMG” (oh my God), “LOL” (laugh out loud), and “FYI” (for your information). The internet slang terms join others already part of the dictionary, including “BFF” (best friends forever) and “TMI” (too much information). Though you’d think these words are fairly new to the English language as a result of the Internet, Oxford says otherwise:
“OED’s research has revealed some unexpected historical perspectives: our first quotation for OMG is from a personal letter from 1917; the letters LOL had a previous life, starting in 1960, denoting an elderly woman (or ‘little old lady’; see LOL n./1); and the entry for FYI [FYI phr., adj., and n.], for example, shows it originated in the language of memoranda in 1941.”
Also added: “muffin top,” “couch surfing,” and “la-la land.” And, for the first time ever, a symbol makes it into the dictionary: the heart symbol.
So next time an editor tells you that you can’t use LOL in a story (*cough* Betsy *cough*), let them know you can. LOL.
Under the direction of John Solomon, former Executive Editor of TWT, the Center for Public Integrity plans to launch a new daily digital newspaper sometime next month, reports Bryant Ruiz Switzky of the WBJ. Ruiz says the new publication, called iWatch or Integrity Watch, will offer readers 10 to 20 investigative articles per day at a tax-deductible subscription fee of $50 per year.
Solomon, who joined CPI about a year ago and was named Executive Editor in November, claims the largest roster of investigative journos in the country – approximately 40 reporters and 100 freelancers.
Read more about Solomon, iWatch and CPI’s partnership with Huffpost at WBJ here.
“The Late Late Show” welcomed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer last week with host Craig Ferguson praising him as the “Great American Journalist.”
Traditionally, late late shows are supposed to be the chance where news folk get to show another, more humorous side. Unless, of course, the conversation is unrest in Libya. One good line in an otherwise newsy conversation: Talking about how the situation could affect oil prices in America, Ferguson joked, “Prius drivers are going to be even more smug than they are now.” Wolf agreed. “They will be,” he said. He doesn’t drive a Prius, and didn’t give hints as to what car he drives. But FishbowlDC knows at least what he has driven. An ex-valet who parked Wolf’s black Lexus two years ago tells us the CNN host is a good tipper.
Wolf, who appeared on Monday’s show, tried to steer the discussion away from the Middle East, asking where the show’s orchestra was, clearly wishing he was on a real late night show with a band. But Ferguson made a quick joke and went straight to Saudi Arabia…
Congrats to MinnPost’s Washington correspondent Derek Wallbank and his wife, Eeda. The happy couple welcomed their first child, Emma Rose Wallbank, into the world yesterday. Wallbank’s little valentine was born at Washington Hospital Center and weighed in at 6 lbs. 10 oz.
In an emailed birth announcement, Wallbank said “I know there were some other news stories today, something about a budget I think, but I wanted to share my own little front page story.”
Welcome to the Fishbowl, little Emma!