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RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

Click through for a list of the evening’s award recipients and here for our list of the top ten comedic fails of the night. Read more

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ABC’s Ann Compton Receives WPCF Lifetime Achievement Award

The Washington Press Club Foundation will award ABC News Radio’s White House correspondent Ann Compton its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner on Feb. 5 here in Washington. The WPCF was founded in 1919 to ensure that women established an equal place in the newsroom. Their dinner this year will hosted by CNN’s Brianna Keilar and feature speeches from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).

From the press release:

Ann’s award-winning career in journalism, almost exclusively at ABC News, has brought her into the center of countless major news stories. Compton has covered national historic events and has reported on seven U.S. presidents. But to her fellow colleagues,Ann is known to always be willing to extend a helping hand. She has served as a generous mentor to scores of young journalists, graciously imparting her experience and wisdom so others can share in the success of a story well reported.

Congratulations Ann, from all of us here at FishbowlDC!

Meet Mark Leibovich’s Monster

image004As the clock struck 5:16 p.m. Wednesday, the email blast arrived. Or rather, Kurt Bardella, one of the star monsters in NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s summer blockbuster, This Town, had risen from the ashes or the lava (Hollywood will figure out the proper visual). Meet Washington’s latest entrepreneur. Meet the town’s former Washington insider, the headline blared. Bardella is starting his own strategic communications firm, strategic being the key word, in that he gets to chose his own “adventure.”

Within mere moments, Politico‘s Jake Sherman, whose own emails may have leaked their way to Leibovich’s inbox for the book via Bardella’s untrustworthy fingertips, tweeted the news. And there Bardella was: out there in the aftermath of a book that would make him both famous for Washington and as infamous as one of the book’s other main characters, Tammy Haddad.

Back in April, I was in the grips of yet another White House Correspondents Dinner pre-party, not Tammy’s to which I’d been pointedly not invited. This one, an unusual warehouse party in Georgetown thrown by National Journal. I didn’t notice a whole lot of White House correspondents outside of ABC’s Ann Compton. One of the more interesting details about the party was that the toilets on the main floor were malfunctioning, so attendants stood outside the restrooms telling guests that they’d have to wait. Or better yet, they’d have to fight their way upstairs to the V.I.P. floor to use the commode. Upstairs, the smell of urine wafted into the hallway.

image002Back downstairs, I ran into Bardella who had flopped into an easy chair on the far side of the room. I’d known Kurt since his days in Rep. Brian Bilbray‘s (R-Calif.) office and had always enjoyed our interactions and found him helpful. By this point, it was well known that Bardella would figure into Leibovich’s book. So I asked him about it. Was he nervous, worried? Would he be embarrassed? While he wouldn’t comment at all on the record, he indicated that he might at a later point and went into a myriad of thoughts I can’t repeat because of our off the record agreement. But one thing I was instantly struck by was Bardella’s ultra-relaxed manner about the whole thing. He knew this was coming. Everybody knew this was coming. And his body language screamed that he didn’t have a care in the world about it.

Fast forward seven months, here we are at Bardella 2.0. Or is it 3.0.? The “2″ might’ve been when his former boss, House Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), temporarily fired him in February, 2011, and he went to work for The Daily Caller while simultaneously writing op-eds for Politico, the publication that got him fired in the first place for leaking those emails to Leibovich for his book. It was Editor-in-Chief John Harris who spoke with Issa and pushed him on whether his own reporters’ emails or phone calls had been improperly shared.

At the time, in a Sunday letter to Issa, Harris wrote, “The practice of sharing reporter e-mails with another journalist on a clandestine basis would be egregiously unprofessional under any circumstances,” Harris wrote. “As the editor-in-chief of POLITICO, my concern is heightened by information suggesting that POLITICO journalists may have had their reporting compromised by this activity.”

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ABC’s Ann Compton: ‘All of Us in Some Way Are Gossips’

ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton celebrates her 40th anniversary at ABC News today. First hired by ABC News in 1973, she became the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network TV news organization. She was among the youngest to receive the assignment. “The age 40 may be the new 30, but 40 years on the job is not the new 30,” Compton told FishbowlDC in a phone interview Monday afternoon. Still, any way you look at it, it’s impressive, and her anniversary is getting quite a reception. President Obama commemorated the occasion by presenting her with a cupcake during a rare off-the-record visit to the press cabin just before landing from Russia on Friday. Now we take a moment to delve deeper into a Washington journalism career that has spanned more than four decades. Let’s hope she has big secrets to disclose.

1. How far have women in journalism come, really? When I came and was the first television reporter assigned full-time here, I stuck out like a sore thumb. I went around to aides office just to introduce myself…they could remember who I was because I was the only one wearing a skirt. Every pooler on Air Force One is a woman. Every seat is filled with a woman. In a lot of ways the gender barrier has been well broken here.

1 a. Looking back to when you started, what was the first “big” story you were assigned to? When I arrived at the White House, Vietnam was coming to an end and I remember sleeping here in a booth overnight. The press room didn’t lock overnight because at any moment that last helicopter could take off from the American embassy in Vietnam. It was a time of tremendous drama. That was the most important [story]. I came at a time when we didn’t have email or 24 hour a day newscasts. What I miss the most  is we had hours during the day when we could go out to report. We were not tied to a keyboard. One of the losses is the time to report has been shrinking even though time on the air has expanded. Read more

ABC’s Ann Compton in Ann Hand Jewelry

ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton is seen here in Ann Hand jewelry she said she needed to get restrung for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend. She was spotted at the National Journal “Making the News” party Friday night at The Powerhouse bar in Georgetown.

Of course, Compton was seen in the V.I.P. section upstairs.

National Journal Party Has Potty Issues

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

National Journal‘s pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner “Making News” party Friday could easily go down as one of this year’s nicest, most well-planned parties in the coolest warehouse space we’ve seen in awhile. And maybe it will if attendees forget that for a large portion of it, the restroom for hundreds of guests was out of order.

That’s right. There was one toilet available for the entire warehouse full of partygoers, and the top floor, which contained the toilet, was for V.I.P.’s only.

“That’s hood,” one attendee waiting outside the restroom remarked about the potty problem. “Poopgate, drink slowly,” said another, explaining that one employee advised him to pace himself. When Fox News’ Peter Doocy approached the first-floor restroom area, he was told he could not enter. “How long do you think?” he asked the woman standing guard. “Alright, I’ll let it go.” (We sincerely hope he held it in, not let it go.) Another partygoer cracked, “All these people are going to have to piss on themselves. This might be the shortest party ever.”

The attendant said she had people requesting buckets and cups.

The party took place at the two-story bar in Georgetown called The Powerhouse. It was on the bottom floor where they stationed event workers in front of the hall leading to the restroom, alerting guests from about 10 p.m., when the party started, to about 11:30, that the toilets weren’t working. Only that one VIP restroom upstairs was available. But without one of the exclusive red wristbands, how were most of the guests going to relieve themselves?

“If it gets too bad we’ll have to open up the VIP area,” said NJ Communications Director Ben Fishel at the time.

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Ashley Judd Mixes, Mingles With Journos

Actress and pretend Senate hopeful Ashley Judd held court in Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s gorgeous kitchen last night at his pre-inaugural bash. The party, dubbed “Downton Bradley” for its hoity-toity guest list, was a who’s who of Washington D.C. where the living room was filled with everyone from TIME‘s Joe Klein, CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan with wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, White House correspondent for ABC News Radio Ann Compton, WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Debbie Dingle, wife of Rep. John Dingle (D-Mich.), whose surname persistently comes out “Dungle” on the iPhone, CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris IshamAtlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Hungarian Amb. Greg Szapry, Comcast Executive V.P. David Cohen, and AOL Co-founder Steve Case.

The dining room, meanwhile, had its own plateful of D.C. V.I.P.’s — former White House Press Sec. Joe Lockhart, former PBS’ Jim Lehrer (yawn), CNN and Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton and reporter Rosie Gray, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas, National Journal Publisher Bruce Gottlieb, NJ‘s new spokesman, Ben Fishel (former flack to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Penistown), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Media Matters), reporter Chris Frates and Atlantic Spokeswoman Natalie Raabe, NJ National Correspondent Ron Fournier, NJ‘s Ron Brownstein and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt, who described her recent quick bout with the flu despite having a flu shot. Also in the dining room: Lobbyist Heather Podesta.

In the foyer was a male guest with a neck beard (see pictures after the jump), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and outgoing Sec. of State Hilary Clinton‘s former Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer.

It was the kitchen, however, that was the apparent nerve center of Bradley’s house. With beautiful creamy couches and a blazing fireplace, and the surprisingly down-to-earth Bradley in the corner chatting up guests, it was there where we spied on Judd mingling with D.C. insiders such as HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, who wore a bright pink tie and signature mane of longish silver locks, Bloomberg View‘s Margaret Carlson. Judd was accompanied by an unidentified partially balding man. Also roaming the kitchen was Fineman’s sister, Elizabeth Schroeter, in from Colorado. Asked about her brother, Schroeter said he was a “really good guy.” Judd, with a red flower in her hair, struck various poses throughout the night. Most noteworthy, however, was her stick straight posture, even when sitting, and her ability to stick her chest out when engaged in casual conversation. Let’s just say she was well aware that flashbulbs were capturing her every move.

Out on the enclosed patio were more guests to gawk at and grill.

(Pictured above left: Atlantic Publisher David Bradley)

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No Bitching About the ‘Liberal’ Media Please

Jason Grumet‘s Bipartisan Policy Center has managed to bring both parties together for one night in hosting “A Century of Service” to honor the public lives of former Republican Sen. Maj. Leaders and BPC Founders Howard Baker and Bob Dole. The event is Wednesday evening.

Among the VIP attendees: Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Sen. Pat Roberts, Sen. Lamar Alexander, former Sens. Tom Daschle, George Mitchell, Bill Frist, Trent Lott and many others will gather at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium.

As the D’s and R’s come together, hopefully complaining about the elite or liberal media can wane for one evening only.

The invite-only GOP-honored soiree is expected to draw a host of journalists including Ron Brownstein and Ron Fournier of NJ, James Bennett, The Atlantic, Ann Compton and Jonathan Karl, ABC, Peter David, The Economist, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Reagan lover James Hohmann, Jim Engel, Fox, , Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani, The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz, Capitol File‘s Sarah Schaffer, The Examiner‘s Paul Bedard and Nikki Schwab, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, and CNN’s Kathleen Koch.

More details can be found on the homepage of the BPC’s website here.

Gorillas in Our Midst

Politico‘s Byron Tau reported this weekend on White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s odd word choice at Friday’s press briefing.  Carney surprised the press corps while talking about the current political battle between the White House and Republicans over the payroll tax on Friday. Carney said “Pick your metaphor, window dressing, or gorilla dust”… Wait. Gorilla dust? What the hell is gorilla dust?  Mark Knoller and others in the press immediately picked up on it and asked Carney for clarification. The Double Tongued Dictionary defines it as “bluffing, posturing or hollow attempts at intimidation.” Of all the analogies floating around Washington, we’ve never encountered Gorilla Dust before. So we reached out to Jared Rizzi, Producer & Washington Correspondent for POTUS Radio on SiriusXM, who interacts with Carney on a regular basis. He says this isn’t the first time he has heard the expression. He tells FishbowlDC that an old Political Science Professor at the University of Notre Dame used to say it.

Video of Carney’s explanation below.

Separated at Birth: ABC’s Ann Compton

There are a few different ways to look at ABC White House Correspondent Ann Compton. Her lookalikes include conservative commentator Bay Buchanan and former first lady Laura Bush.

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