Archives: January 2013
It might be time for Commentary Editor John Podhoretz to get it over with and legally change his surname. Something with just a few more vowels.
At the National Review Institute summit this weekend, conservatives in media and politics gathered to talk about the future of the Republican Party. Those who participated on the “What is wrong with the Right?” panel on Saturday morning with Podhoretz either worked around having to say his name or completely botched it while trying.
National Review‘s Reihan Salam moderated the panel. While introducing the guests, he noted one John “Pod-hore-ets,” with emphasis on each syllable. “It’s ‘Pud-or-its,’” Podoretz said. Apologizing, Salam tried again: “Pud-hore-ets.”
Recognizing that his own name is difficult to pronounced, Salam thanked Podoretz “for the privilege of letting me butcher someone else’s name.”
MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough also spoke on the panel. Though Podoretz has been a guest on Scarborough’s “Morning Joe” program, it’s a name with which the “Morning Joe” host still struggles. “I won’t try to say his last name because I always butcher it,” Scarborough said.
“We will sweep to victory,” National Review Editor Rich Lowry said with a laugh Friday night when asked about the impending defamation lawsuit against his magazine.
FishbowlDC caught up with Lowry on the suit at the Omni Shoreham hotel, where National Review‘s annual “Institute” summit took place this weekend. The event hosts conservatives in media and politics to discuss the status and future of the Republican Party.
The suit was filed by Dr. Michael Mann, a professor at Penn State, against National Review and one of its writers, Mark Steyn, last July for a column Steyn wrote which was critical of Mann. In the column, Steyn alleges Mann attempted to cover up data damaging to the science behind global warming. Steyn also compared Mann to Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach convicted of child molestation.
Late last year, the conservative magazine’s publisher Jack Fowler began soliciting donations to battle the suit via NR‘s website. “As many of you know, National Review is not a non-profit — we are just not profitable,” he wrote. “A lawsuit is not something we can fund with money we don’t have.” The goal was to raise $150,000. By the end of December, the site reported that it raised $129,000.
“I think it’s a completely bogus lawsuit,” Lowry told FBDC… Read more
Sighting: Morning man and co-host of 105.9 FM/630AM WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall,” Brian Wilson. He was seen eating breakfast this morning at a Germantown, Md. location of Bob Evans. Our spy didn’t catch his order, but reported that he spent a good chunk of time tapping away at his iPhone with the sound ON. Someone should tell Wilson to keep that phone on vibrate in the middle of a restaurant. The loud noises didn’t deter someone from snapping this photo of him reading on his phone.
Our spy also remarked that Wilson was, “shockingly tall.” It appears that he is wearing a “Sun Records” baseball cap, which earns him high marks in our book.
The Washington National Cathedral hosts a unusual program Wednesday night featuring Chen Guangcheng, the blind lawyer and activist who escaped house arrest in northeast China and took refuge in the U.S. embassy in Beijing before obtaining a student visa to enter the United States. After he speaks, The Atlantic‘s James Fallows will moderate a panel.
The event, this year’s Ignatius Program, is called “In Search of China’s Soul: Money, Politics, and the Pressure for Social Change.” The program begins at 7:30 in the Cathedral nave.
Following Chen’s talk, explains a release, a panel of top China experts will discuss the issues he raises and explore questions such as: Where is China headed? Is it America’s friend or foe? Where is China’s moral center, and who speaks on its behalf?
Who’s on the panel and how do Washington journalists attend? Read more
Slogan for ’90 Harkin campaign I was privileged to work on was Courage of His Convictions. Right then, right now. He was a mentor to many.
— David Plouffe (@davidplouffe) January 26, 2013
President Obama‘s outgoing strategist and advisor David Plouffe recently made his smashing debut on Twitter. So far, 10 tweets and thousands of immediate followers. But among those tweets, he manages to do what Washington does well, which is to inject yourself into a big news story. In this case, the story was Sen. Tom Harkin‘s (D-Iowa) announcement to retire. It’s not nearly as grotesque as others sound when they do it.
Plouffe does admit he is in need of “serious detox” from his former job. This morning he writes, “1st day post WH. Minor ice closes/delays schools. First instinct is to think if announcements on the level. Need serious detox.”
The former advisor has just 35 followers and 8,515 followers. Which journalists are among the handpicked 35? They include NYT‘s Nate Silver, Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt, National Political Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, Politico‘s Jonathan Martin (this could get interesting with Martin’s teenage girl tweeting style), CBS Political Director John Dickerson, NBC “MTP” host David Gregory, WSJ tech columnist Walt Mossberg, WaPo‘s Capital Weather Gang, and NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.
Though covered in a bubbly jacket, McPike looked dressed to impress at 10:15 p.m. She exited at the U St. stop, a night scene with lots of bars, restaurants and live bands.
While on the train, McPike tapped away on her phone. All the while, the woman to McPike’s right repeatedly asked a baby in a stroller whether he had “passed gas.” The baby, between 1 and 2 years old, nodded his head “yes” each time.
Harvard has announced its spring fellows to The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, located at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. They include Washingtonians.
ABC “The View’s” Barbara Walters has chicken pox?
The most famous interviewer in the U.S. outside of maybe Oprah just can’t cut a break these days. The news on ABC.com comes just a week after the 83-year-old famed journalist stumbled and cut her head at the British Ambassador’s home during Inauguration weekend.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg gave an update on today’s program: “We want to give you an update on Barbara. You all know that she fell and cut her head 10 days ago, and then was running a temperature, but it turns out it is all the result of a delayed childhood. Barbara has the chicken pox. She’d never had it as a child. So now she’s been told to rest, she’s not allowed any visitors. and we’re telling you, Barbara, no scratching,”