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Politico to Host Mystery Countdown Event

Politico is sending out “Save the Date” invites to their November one-year countdown election news event. The gathering will be held on Nov. 1. The locale is still secret. They promise political bigwigs will attend.

The time: 8 a.m. Please, Politico, we know you’re into world domination, but does everyone have to wake at 4 a.m.?

We can’t hint many more details to you because a certain reporter whose name rhymes with Bike Hallen called first dibs on it. But what we can tell you is that the event includes a “fun lunch” that will not be boring boxed meals or an otherwise lame seated affair. What’s more, many of the networks (ABC, CBS and NBC) are participating, along with senior political reporters from all partnering publications (such as the Des Moines Register), and some “very” senior former admin officials. And don’t forget Politico‘s “all-star” cast that includes Mike Allen (no relation to Bike Hallen), Jim VandeHei, Jonathan Martin, Maggie Haberman, Alex Burns, Charlie Mahtesian and Rachel Smolkin.

Note to readers: I’m told FishbowlDC readers are welcome to RSVP.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


From one reporter to another

“@aburnspolitico Sorry, I can’t find the part in that story about his penis.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball to her colleague Alex Burns in a Wednesday tweet.

It’s roasting outside

“People wearing dark suits in the sous vide bath that is DC’s pre-summer swelter. Huh.” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac in a Wednesday tweet.

A Weiner joke where you least expect it

“It’s easier to get an email from Weiner than to get you on.” — Former CNN host Larry King on “The Daily Show” last night explaining how hard it was to get Jon Stewart on his program.

Weiner Parental Guidelines 101

“Prediction: Weiner child not allowed to use Internet for a lonnnng time.” — National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg in a Wednesday tweet.

New kid on the block

We came across a brand new reporter on the scene this week. His name is — get this — Michael Mayday. There are too many jokes here to boil it down to just one, but let’s just say screaming “MAYDAY! MAYDAY!” during an interview with him could prove to be amusing. So would directing you to a video like this one. Or this one. But we’re going to cut him some slack. The young Michiganian has been on the job one week. Publication: The Daily Caller. Welcome to the Fishbowl Mayday!

HuffPost Hill has quite an imagination

“Satan prepared his acting reel to audition for the part of ‘Anthony Weiner’ in the inevitable Lifetime original movie about this whole mess.” — Wednesday’s edition of HuffPost Hill Edited by Eliot Nelson. So who would play Weiner and Huma and the cast of characters in a Lifetime movie? If specific actors come to mind, let us know at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

Ezzy likes salad

“Just found out a Chop’t opened a block away from my office. Life, or at least lunch, will never be the same. #firstworldbenefits.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a Wednesday tweet. We’re delighted for him and now we know where to find him at lunchtime.

The name of “The Daily Show” segment on Weiner last night: “The Wangover”

Ahh memories…

“One of the bratty boys I babysat when I was 13 is apparently in prison. I remember complaining to his sad mom that he chased me with knives.” — Laura Donovan, an editor at The Daily Caller, in a Wednesday tweet.

Schultz gets emotional about Weiner and wife, Huma

“For me and for many of us behind the scenes producing, the Anthony Weiner story is undoubtedly as sad as it gets.” — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on his Wednesday night program. Schultz has called for Weiner’s resignation. “Please resign. Please do it. …the fact that your wife is pregnant is awesome.”

Weiner’s ex-girlfriend attacks Maureen Dowd

“For the record, a blackjack dealer and porn star are not lesser people than an aide to Hillary Clinton, as Maureen Dowd disgustingly claims.” — The Daily Beast Columnist, Fox News Democratic Political Analyst and Weiner Ex-Girlfriend Kirsten Powers in a Wednesday tweet. This is what Powers found so offensive in Dowd’s NYT column this week: “The weenie Weiner married up to Hillary Clinton’s aide, the glamorous and classy Huma Abedin, and only 11 months later got caught e-dating down with a Vegas blackjack dealer, a porn star and a couple of college students.”

Questionable Aggregating Turns Heads

On Saturday, Politico published a story by Patrick Gavin on Publicity Guru Tammy Haddad‘s famous brunch. Then on Sunday, The Daily Caller, which had no presence at the WHCD, saw fit to reprint the exact same story with an identical headline and Gavin’s byline, making a reader wonder if Gavin had suddenly jumped ship for the newer publication.

He didn’t. The Daily Caller reprinted the story under “fair use” rules with “Politico” next to Gavin’s name. The DC story linked to Politico‘s story saying, “Full story,” except it was the same “full” story minus one blind quip from a reporter at the end.

The Headlines…

Politico: SARAH PALIN TURNS HEADS AT TAMMY HADDAD’s BRUNCH

The Daily Caller: Sarah Palin turns heads at Tammy Haddad’s brunch
By Patrick Gavin – Politico | Published: 1:46 PM 05/01/2011

See Politico‘s original version. See The Daily Caller‘s reprinting here.

We’ve reached out to The Daily Caller Publicist Kurt Bardella for comment. So far he has nothing to say on the matter.

 

Politico’s New Button Demystified

image.jpegPolitico has a new button on its home page navigation bar leading to the 2010 page. The point: to ramp up coverage of this year’s midterm elections.

Today they have a big red banner up so it’s easy to spot.

The explanation is a little hairy for non-techy types: “The page is like 44 and Click-a kind of composite between a traditional subpage and a blog. The page will be overseen by Charlie Mahtesian, the mastermind of all our political coverage,” writes Editor-in-Chief John Harris in an e-mail to staff.

Alex Burns will be deputy political editor of the 2010 page. He’ll work closely with politics scribe Jessica Taylor. Burns (who apparently will never sleep but maybe they’ll let him eat and shower once in awhile) is responsible for the “Morning Score” e-mail digest that has been going out for the past week. That e-mail goes out at dawn (when Burns will purportedly be “taking the dawn” as VandeHarris types like to say).

Check out the internal memo signed “Vandeharris” but specifically from Harris after the jump…

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Mike Allen’s “Surprise” Birthday Party, Brought To You By Starbucks

Most of DC wakes up to him, even more of DC wonders if and when he ever sleeps, Politico’s Mike Allen never seems to stop.

So last night, co-hosts John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Jim and Autumn VandeHei, Mike Feldman, Betsy Fischer, Hilary Rosen, Jonathan Karl, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale thought it was about time for Mikey to let loose with a “surprise” birthday party at the home of one of DC’s best hosts Tammy Haddad.

And how do you go about surprising someone who knows everything going on in this town? Tammy and co. posed the party as a celebration of “President Obama’s 160 Days of Media.” The surprise was spoiled just a little before the party- Tammy had to fill Mike in to ensure his attendance.

Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Ann Compton, John Dickerson, Rita Braver and Bob Barnett, Suzanne Malveaux, Nia-Malika Henderson, Savannah Guthrie, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt, Debbie Dingell, Sam Feist, Steve Chaggaris, Querry Robinson, Roger Simon, Ann Schroeder Mullins, Lauren Vicary, Mark Murray, Sasha Johnson, Juleanna Glover, Janet Donovan, Edie Emery, Adam Verdugo, Carol Lee, Alex Burns, Michael Feldman, Ron Bonjean, Lynn Sweet, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Gordon Johndroe and Austan Goolsbee, among many others, all donned “I Like Mike” campaign-ish buttons.

Harris and VandeHei each toasted their all-star, each saying that Mike had a bigger heart than any guy they’ve ever met.

Mike also gave a really gracious speech, joking that the party was sponsored by Starbucks and thanking Tammy and others for their friendship and hospitality, and God, quipping VandeHei thinks that’s a reference to him. VandeHei called him a “guy who will break more news before I’m done with this toast than I will in my career” and very appropriately, the “guy who gets up in the morning and reads all the papers so the rest of us don’t have to.”

Always the intrepid reporter, Mike even included a pool report in this morning’s Playbook:

POOL REPORT from Washington’s true bipartisan DMZ — TAMMY HADDAD’s YARD. Tammy (the one carrying two cameras, as well as throwing the party) had a few friends over to “Celebrate! President Obama’s 160 DAYS OF MEDIA, Hosted By John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Jim and Autumn VandeHei, Mike Feldman, Betsy Fischer, Jonathan Karl, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale, Hilary Rosen, Jonathan Martin, and Tammy Haddad.” Aided and abetted by the magic of Kim Kingsley. (hat tip: Mom)

THE CARTOON SPHYNX SAYS: Thank you for the love and amazing time, and for taking the time to appreciate and enjoy each other.

IT TURNS OUT THAT… even Michael Feldman would want to come back as Michael Feldman.


Mike’s birthday card.

More party photos after the jump. Also, find out where Mike’s friends read his Playbook, courtesy of Politico‘s Patrick Gavin. We have to agree with Margaret Carlson- “Doesn’t everybody read it in bed?”

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