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Archives: November 2012

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Examiner Gossip Writer Flees Less Than a Year In

The co-writer of Washington Examiner‘s Yeas and Nays gossip column Jenny Rogers is heading over to Washington City Paper as its Assistant Managing Editor. WCP tweeted the news last night.

Rogers’ move comes after just 10 months with the Examiner. Isn’t that a little premature? Before the Examiner she worked for the Titanic TBD.

“We actually originally wanted to hire Jenny for this job more than a year ago, when she was at TBD, but we wound up not being able to fill the position at all due to budget constraints,” WCP Editor Mike Madden told FishbowlDC. “Her work at TBD was great — lively, creative, and smart coverage of whatever they threw her onto. I’ve read her Yeas and Nays stuff since she went to the Examiner and liked it, as well, and I’m very glad we’re able to hire her now.”

As for her current boss, the Examiner‘s Executive Editor Stephen Smith, he’s cordial about Rogers’ short-lived tenure at the paper. “I would have been surprised if Jenny had left to take a job similar to the one she had here,” he said, “but she had a chance to do something entirely different, assigning and editing pieces and writing some cover stories of her own.”

Compared to the vanilla swirl Yeas and Nays serves on a daily basis (ex. this story about a new carousel at the National Zoo), WCP gives Rogers an opportunity to go nuts, particularly when it comes to D.C.’s racist favorite councilman Marion Barry.

Rogers told us… Read more

Get Your Q’s Ready: Dr. Drew on WTOP

Addiction. Sex. STD’s. You name it. The world will be WTOP’s oyster this Thursday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. as Dr. Drew Pinsky shows up for a Q & A.

WTOP Radio 103.5 FM will host Drew… Read more

Journalists Discuss Glenn Beck’s Pee (i.e. Dos Equis)

In what looks to be an ongoing antagonistic relationship between The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed, last night a couple of reporters engaged in some light to medium flow banter about Glenn Beck‘s urine.

Things heated up late last night when BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted out a colleague’s item about Beck allegedly selling his waste with a toy President Obama floating inside a jar. A Michelle Obama version may be on the way. TheBlaze.com, owned by Beck, has a story posted late Tuesday afternoon indicating the urine is fake. We’re told it’s really Dos Equis beer. The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor  rightfully wasn’t necessarily buying some of BuzzFeed‘s reporting and began to question Kaczynski.

But first, can we throw up now?

See the conversation and remarks from Poor…

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Don Graham: Biggest Mistake Was Promoting Brand Instead Of People, Like ‘Appallingly Young’ Ezra Klein

Washington Post CEO Don Graham says the big mistake he made when he was publisher was promoting the Post brand over the brands of some of the talented reporters and editors there. Graham made the comments in a discussion with USA Today publisher Larry Kramer at the Business Insider Ignition conference in New York.

“[TV networks] understand that personal brands are great, they want an experience built around personalities,” Graham said. “Newspapers like ours used to promote their internal personalities, and then for some reason shied away from it. When I was publisher, we promoted the brand more than the people, and I think that was a big mistake.”

One of those people is Post wunderkind Ezra Klein, who Graham had some kind words for, sort of. When talking about the paper’s coverage of the fiscal cliff, Graham said:

“One is a guy named Ezra Klein, who is disgustingly young, really appallingly young, but he runs a blog called wonkblog, and he and the people working for him pull together not just the politics, but the numbers that will happen on January 1 if the people that run our country can’t come together,” Graham said.

Good news Ezra, Don likes you! We think.

Daily Caller‘s Feud With Ben Smith Persists

There is still plenty of bad blood between The Daily Caller and websites that employ Ben Smith. We’ve devoted plenty of time to the fights between The Daily Caller and Politico, but it seems that they are turning their attention to Buzzfeed.

The Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor called out Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins in a piece that took on pundits who blamed the conservative media for losing the election for Mitt Romney. Poor opens his piece by saying, “Only in the delusional world of online journalism, a world saturated with narcissists fueled by Twitter followers and TV appearances, could one come to the following conclusion: The “conservative” media lost Mitt Romney the election. That’s the new theory being advanced by one of this bubble’s occupants, BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins.” This all stems from this piece from Coppins.

A snappy Coppins reacted to Poor’s story on Twitter, saying… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

A real HuffPost headline: “This kitten is unstoppable at ping pong”

Looks like Wolf’s nickname is sticking

“Sen. Ayotte called Wolf Blitzer “Blitz” on @AC360 just now.” — Former Herman Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael. As everyone can recall, it was Cain who first slipped up and called CNN’s Wolf Blitzer “Blitz.”

Journo witnesses real life in-flight episode of Intervention

“This girl strung out on something just turned my entire flight experience into an episode of Intervention.” — Politico Pro producer Caitlin Emma, en route to D.C. from Boston. She continued, “They let this girl board the plane even though she was so high she was incapacitated! Crazy. Made it to DC though!”

Phillipe Cousteau: Engaged. The D.C. bachelor (and son of Jacque) is reportedly off the market. So far the bride-to-be is a mystery, with Facebook observers referring to her as “mermaid” and “lucky lady.”

Reporters complain of ugly nude protestors

“Dear naked protestors, please take lessons from PETA and at least make us want to stare at your naked hot protestor super models.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson in reference to a nude AIDS activists who showed up to House Speaker John Boehner’s office Tuesday. Yes they were arrested. Yes, the cameras kept rolling. See pictures here.

At least PETA hires hotties when it has nude protests. — FBDC and TheBlaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

A quick memo… from Fake Jim VandeHei to National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier, who is stepping down and becoming a national correspondent: “Ron Fournier, some of us write AND edit.” Taking a more glass half full approach, former Politico reporter and current White House correspondent for The Hill Amie Parnes sails in with this: “Ron Fournier, writing is so much better than editing. welcome back!”

A note from a congressional reporter turned fashion critic… Read more

NJ’s Fournier Returns to Writer Role

Politico broke the news this afternoon that National Journal‘s Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier is stepping out of the Editor-in-Chief role and into a new post as a national correspondent.

This news was rumored about a month ago but was shot down by a publicist.

National Journal hasn’t named Fournier’s replacement and won’t anytime soon, Politico reports.

Stay tuned…

The Sartorialist or is it The Diva?

Fashion photographer Scott Schulman, a.k.a. The Sartorialist, is gracing Washington with his presence at an upcoming book signing. But there will be no program before or after. The fashion blogger will do the signing, and that’s all. No one will be seated. No audience Q&A. What’s more, a book is required to even enter the building. The signing — meaning you cough up anywhere from $18.98 (paperback) to $202.50 (deluxe edition) for his book and he gives you his autograph, will happen on Dec. 18 at 7 p.m. at Sixth & I Synagogue in downtown Washington.

Schulman’s work has appeared in GQ, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and Interview. Fun fact: The book comes in a men’s cover or a women’s cover.

According to a release The Sartorialist: Closer (but not too close, apparently)… Read more

Featured in Features

It’s time to take a swing through the cluttered pages of D.C.’s features and lifestyle sections to see what’s making waves.

Porn Stars Aren’t As Damaged As We Thought – According to this story in The Daily Caller, a new study says females in porno flicks are a little more normal than we might think. The study from The Journal of Sex Research says, “In terms of psychological characteristics, porn actresses had higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction, and spirituality compared to the matched group.” Of COURSE they have higher spirituality than other people. They’ve spent more time in the missionary position that any of us. Is that why they’re constantly screaming, “OH GOD, OH GOD, OH JESUS” while getting drilled by a chiseled military instructor with no body hair?

Smoked Meat and PoliticsWaPo‘s All We Can Eat has a feature on the history of the Red, Hot and Blue BBQ chain. Apparently, one of its founders was Don Sundquist, the former GOP Congressman from Tennessee. Not only that, one of their original investors was GOP strategist Lee Atwater. Maybe the fact that their BBQ is so tied to politics explains why it tastes so bitter and foul.

What else is going on in Features? Read more

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