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National Journal Hires Bob Moser and Ben Pershing

National Journal‘s Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve this afternoon announced internally the hiring of two editors, Bob Moser from the American Prospect as senior editor of the magazine and Ben Pershing as Washington editor to oversee NJ’s coverage of Congress and the White House.

See Grieve’s email to staff, after the jump.

UPDATE: An internal email sent minutes after our post also announced that Daniel Newhauser will also join National Journal as a Congress reporter.

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Ben Pershing Leaves WaPo

In a Facebook post today, Ben Pershing announced that he is leaving the Washington Post.

Hello everyone, I have some personal news to share. After six excellent years I have decided to leave the Washington Post. The decision wasn’t easy but I felt it was time to pursue a job covering national politics elsewhere. I will keep you all posted on my next move once it’s clear. My last day at the Post is Friday.

 

Ben Pershing Covered Bartlett Before It Was Cool to Cover Bartlett

America's Sweetheart, Frmr. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Image by Melina Mara/The Washington Post.

America’s Sweetheart, Frmr. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Image by Melina Mara/The Washington Post.

Before Tim Mak, before Jason Koebler -there was Ben Pershing. WaPo‘s Pershing was the one who kicked off the whole Roscoe Bartlett craze back in August of 2012 with his piece, “The survivalist: Roscoe Bartlett prepares for a threatened future.” For those keeping count, that’s three profiles in major DC pubs for the octogenarian from Western Maryland. Pershing didn’t actually score an interview with the Congressman for the story -Bartlett declined a one on one -but he was the first print journalist to highlight the now-famous cabin in the woods and the Congressman’s penchant for preparing for worst-case scenarios. But even Pershing wasn’t the first-first. Bartlett had already made appearances in two documentaries, Urban Danger and America’s Cities about the vulnerability of American cities to catastrophic events.

A lot happened between August 2012 and September 2013, when Mak’s piece came out. Bartlett lost re-election and moved to West Virginia full time. Thus one could argue that it was time for an update on how ole’ Roscoe was doing. Mak’s piece for the Washington Examiner filled that niche. Koebler’s profile for Politico Mag, however, still seems gratuitous.

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Quotes of the Day — Inauguration aftermath

“Wow. CNN. Inaugration.” — CNN’s John King with the above photograph.

A nod to C-SPAN

@cspan easily wins the award for best Inaugural Parade commentary – by having none and just letting viewers enjoy it.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) Dep. Chief of Staff Doug Heye.

Michelle Obama’s bangs: Yay or Nay?

CNN’s Piers Morgan: “Am I allowed to not really like the bangs? I don’t really go for the bangs.” His colleague Erin Burnette disagreed: “I love them.”

Speaking of the first lady…

“Want. That. Coat.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Important Q to Ponder: “Has someone called Aretha Franklin’s hat for comment on Michelle Obama’s bangs?” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Uh oh. “Jon Stewart is going to have a field day with this inauguration coverage. #dailyshow” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Dance Twins

“Obama and I apparently have the same dance style. I don’t know who should be sadder about that. #inaug13″ — Mandy Jenkins, Interactives Editor, Digital First Media.

The Angry Blogger

“Why the hell has my phone kept ringing today? I offered commentary. Did I declare terrorist action on Washington and am unaware? Ph-ck!” — Washingtonian‘s Javonni Brustow, who also editor of ThePundit.com and a blogger for PopGlitz.

The Observers

  • “Pelosi got a cheer at 7th and Penn. Boehner and Cantor didn’t. Almost like this crowd is Dems. #Inauguration.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.
  • “Once again, some Republicans are ruining this day simply because they can. Please stop complaining. It’s not just abt you. It’s abt us all.” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
  • “Watching the Benediction WWR cannot help but think of the burden that any president must bear. No one can truly understand – except them.” — Paul Brandus of WestWingReports.

Speaker Boehner Crying Watch: “Speaker Boehner wiping his eyes after lunch prayer.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

Backhanded sarcastic compliment for CNN

“CNN winning the timefill before the parade with ‘how did you come up with those hats?’” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

 Is Fox News getting stale?

“What about Fox News’ viewers? Are they going to go along like sheep? They now have no network that represents their perspective on what seems to be a key issue for Obama’s second term. Is it time for a new Fox?” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus in a short post on his view that Fox News is going too far left and has a stale lineup.

In case you care about POTUS’ limo: “The windows in the President’s limo are not tinted. It’s easy to see him when he drives by.” — Former White House Press Sec. and pundit Ari Fleischer.

ABC reporter has Inauguration version of Modern Seinfeld, a USA Today reporter takes an intense picture, HuffPost ladies pose with Paula Abdul and more… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

HBO’s Bill Maher: Mr. Sensitive

“Read the Declaration of Independence today – kind of complain-y in the middle, but the beginning and end really stand up.” — Bill Maher.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between White House Correspondent Jake Tapper and NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro. Shapiro is in London on a Pink Martini bus tour with singer and songwriter Storm Large. Tapper, meanwhile, is headed to Ohio with President Obama.

Tapper: “You chose London over a bus tour of Northern Ohio?”

Shapiro: “Something tells me this isn’t the last OH bus tour.”

Important Question to Ponder… “Why is Jennifer Hudson singing the Weight Watchers song at the Boston fireworks?” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

Happy 4th of July!

“And now, the Nat’l Symphony Orchestra and Marine Band join forces for ‘Call Me Maybe’ …” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.

“Nice to be away from dc crowds in wolfeboro nh to watch the fireworks by the docks. Beautiful.” — CNN’s Dana Bash.

“Dude, fuck this shit being in the middle of the work week.” — The X.D. Experience (not a D.C. journo but nonetheless funny).

“Almost irony – getting yelled at to ‘move along’ by cop @14 & Indep. for crime of asking directions to bike path. #IndependenceDay” — Derrick Perkins, reporter and photog for Alexandria Times.

Derecho Storm Fallout Complaint Desk

“Pepco PTSD: The fireworks tonight sound like thunder. Chilling.” — Kiplinger‘s Ken Bazinet.

“Is there anything else I should be doing @VerizonSupport?” — NBC Washington’s Jim Long. More from Long: “I need to accept that this is the week of things not working #fb”

“About to start day 6 without power.” — RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer.

“On day 6 of no power, #Pepco changes our status from ‘no crew assigned yet’ to ‘your outage has not been reported’ – not cool. @WTOP” — D.C. and Baltimore-based journo Carolyn Procter.

Oh?

“Don’t like millimeter wave machines so opted for pat down at airport. They stick their fingers inside your waistband now!” — The Atlantic‘s Senior Editor Garance Franke-Ruta.

 

Separated at Birth: NJ’s Yochi Dreazen

This afternoon we’re pairing NJ‘s Yochi Dreazen with WaPo‘s Ben Pershing. The hair, the eyes, the eyebrows, they could easily pass for brothers.

 

 

A Little Birdy…

Tells us that there that a little girl belonging to Washington media parents was born this morning. The mom is Beth Pershing of Bloomberg. The dad? Ben Pershing of WaPo. The baby’s name is Isabel Pershing.

Welcome Isabel to the Fishbowl! (We’ll update with a picture when we can…)

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day — the Chris Christie “No Means No” Edition


Mitch Daniels makes his announcement in a printed statement to Indy Star, while Chris Christie holds a press conference fit for Broadway.” — NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.

“It is time to ring the Gong Show gong on the Christie press conference.” — Syndicated conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.

“Doesn’t this guy have a state to run or something?” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, who added, “It’s over. MSNBC wins. 43 minutes over non stop coverage and then, done.” (Note to readers: Fox News bailed on the Christie presser first. Then CNN. MSNBC last.)

“Dear Gov. Christie, I can’t start writing until you stop talking. 1:49pm.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

“Christie’s plan becoming clear: Keep talking until 2016.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman.

“Unfortunately for him, since he seems to be a nice guy, Christie is demonstrating why he would’ve made a lousy candidate.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

“Chris Christie is displaying some serious first-name familiarity with the national press corps.” — ABC’s Rick Klein.

“Length of this oratory suggests Christie may be considering a run for Senate.” — The Takeaway’s Congressional radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

“What’s not to love about a governor who insults reporters on natl TV? My favorite moment.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Christie is NOT running for Prez in Dutch: “#Christie volgde vooral z’n gevoel, ondanks vele smeekbedes van de partij en de gewone man: ‘It never felt right, in my gut, to leave now.’”

“Breaking news: Chris Christie still not running for President. Chevy Chase –where are you when we need you?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

“Chris Christie: All of Donald Trump‘s humility. Better hair.” — Democratic consultant Mo Elleithee.  And this: “Okay guys just 12 more questions.”

“Christie doesn’t kiss-and-tell w/ Mrs. Reagan.” — National Review Online’s Kathryn Lopez.

“Now that Christie is definitively out, let’s all resolve to stop asking him if he’s running. At least until November.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.

“Christie LOVES this. Just keeps taking questions…” — WaPo “The Fix’s” Chris Cillizza.

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Just in time for Christmas

“Ask and email an address Special@foxnews.com RT @hbirdsong @Bret_Baier what do I need to do to get an autographed picture of you?”  – Fox News’ Bret Baier explains how to get a signed photo of Bret Baier.

And don’t forget Valentine’s Day…

“Ask RT @boilthebeast @Bret_Baier what do I need to do to get an auto pic of you brushing your hair,  maybe a sunset view of a wheat field in the background …” – Bret Baier on how to get a sexy, scenic photo of Bret Baier.

Model Behavior

“It’s high time Vogue has cover with a MODEL not another banal actress..Kate Moss is alluring child-woman of our time.” – Huffington Post’s Stephanie Green tackling the tough issues.

TweetProgress

“”Hopefully God raptures and leaves behind whiny east-coast elites” – ThinkProgress.org blogger Lee Fang moving the nation forward in a progressive tweet.

Calm before the storm

“Really dreading the inevitable fake ‘Hurricane Irene’ Twitter accounts” – Slate’s Dave Weigel

Pray for a power outage

“My wife has rediscovered Ally McBeal on Netflix.” – Redstate’s Erick Erickson

The Situation

“Evacuating Politico’s Jersey Shore bureau. Sigh.” – A GTL-deprived Ben Smith.

Lost in translation

“I just got an e-mail from Mazie Hirono titled, “Robbing our Keiki.” Read whole e-mail, and I’m still not sure what it means.” – Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz on her new beat, keiki robbing.

Strong enough for a man but PH-balanced for a woman

“Finally, a beer just for women.  chickbeer.com” – Slate’s Annie Lowery

Common Cents

“The Obama campaign is sending out free 2012 bumper stickers. Go sign up and make them waste the stamp. http://bit.ly/pjI4sa” – TWT’s Emily Miller devising a master plan to deplete the president’s reelection fund by tens, if not twenties of dollars.

Animal Instincts

“So can zoo animals predict other aspects of the future? Should we be asking them about the presidential race?” – WaPo’s Ben Pershing considers the potential of a man-beast partnership for 2012.

More #awesome than Comic-Con

“Pretty excited about attending the American Political Science Association’s annual conference next week.” – WaPo’s Ezra Klein

America’s Got Talent

“Talk about talented! @indiaarie is playing the flute and singing in Hebrew @mlkmemorial #dedicatemlk” – Roland Martin amazed by the flute-paying, bilingual songbird.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


As we move into Thanksgiving, it appears journos around town are getting into some weird pre-Holiday partying (at least weirder sounding than usual). They’re also growing more unruly and irritable by the moment as they prepare for their potential TSA pat-downs. Please, editors, give your scribes a few days off — or else.

Bristol’s way with words

“Winning this would be like a big middle finger to all the people that hate me and my mom.” — Bristol Palin on the finale of “Dancing With the Stars.” She came in third place. Big Middle finger is such a great phrase — so much for being the teen spokeswoman for abstinence.

Lovely Thanksgiving wishes from WSJ

“Anyone who Tweets their Thanksgiving Dinner will be punched in the face by the Ghost of Norman Rockwell.” — WSJ Sports Writer Jason Gay in a Tuesday tweet.

Escalator ignorance

“What I get for taking metro beyond DC city limits. People don’t know how to stand on the effing escalator.” — The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody in a Tuesday tweet.

Reporter on call at airport

“At Dulles tonight, no opt-outs that I saw, no disgruntled passengers and no reporters on hand watching for either.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing in a Tuesday tweet.

Painful TSA pat-down humor

“TSA: Can’t see London. Can’t see France. Unless we see your underpants.” — RedState.com and CNN Contributor Erik Erickson in a Tuesday tweet. He has managed to reach an all new low of TSA pat-down humor.

Note to readers: Grandma needs to kick Jacobs out of her home — immediately. No turkey. No stuffing. No pumpkin pie. Jacobs has officially taken the “thanks” out of Thanksgiving.

Poor Grandma

“I’m trying to watch my TV and my grandma is just sitting around making old people noises what the fuck.” — The Daily Caller intern Alec Jacobs in a Tuesday tweet. Poor Grandma  Part II: “Grandma, Betty White is older than you and she doesn’t feel the need to make all these moaning/grunting noises.”

Weigel congratulates his successor

Jennifer Rubin is definitely a good hire for WaPo. Undervalued asset for YEARS.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet regarding the woman that WaPo has chosen to replace him more than five months later.

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