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Judy Kurtz Goes Hollywood

In the latest video feature from The Hill’s Howiella Judy Kurtz, the publication rolls out the red carpet and takes us to Tinseltown for their “Red Carpet Rundown.” I’ll give credit where it’s due: Judy is comfortable in front of the camera and does a decent job of delivering her content. Everything else, however, is a different story. For starters, can they not get a better backdrop? Obviously, those aren’t REAL lights and cameras. It’s a green screen. Hell, they could have put ANYTHING back there. Personally, just a giant Howard Kurtz head would have made me watch a lot longer.

Secondly, what’s with the content? This whole thing gets teed up like it’s the frigging Oscars and she mentions a book party that The Daily Caller is having for it’s new book about President Obama being a lizard or something like that. That’s what she LEADS with. The followup is the story about those two little media personalities known as Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly. Good idea to bury that item. Then again, it’s not like she gives ANY new info on the event they are having. We are told when and where the event takes place, but that was news two weeks ago. Oh, but she also tells us that they plan to “debate political issues.” No shit? They’re debating politics? Those two guys? Weird. I figured they were going to have an extended banjo-picking jam session.

The FishbowlDC Interview With WaPo‘s Sargent

Say hello to Greg Sargent. He’s the guy manning WaPo‘s liberal “Plum Line” blog. Sargent joined WaPo in 2009, after having worked at Talking Points Memo, New York magazine and The Observer.

In the past, FishbowlDC has documented (at great length) the Twitter brawls between Sargent and his conservative counterpart Jennifer Rubin. He typically doesn’t respond to any of our comment requests on the battles, but luckily we got him to partake in the FishbowlDC interview.

Let’s begin…

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Scotch and soda.

How often do you Google yourself?

Relentlessly. How else can I keep up with all that abuse?

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?

Take your butter and shove it! (To my boss at a restaurant where I worked as a busboy in my teens — he’d criticized me for giving customers too much butter with their bread.)

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

Pleading the Fifth.

Do you have a favorite word?


Who would you rather have dinner with – FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Brian Williams or ABC’s Diane Sawyer? Tell us why.

Bill O’Reilly. I want to get a close-up view of his fascinating case of Soros paranoia.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either CNN’s Candy Crowley or FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (significant others will understand). Who will it be?

Sorry, no can do. My significant other is not quite that understanding.

What swear word do you use most often?


You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.)

Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Samuel Clemens, and William Lloyd Garrison.

On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be?

Abraham Lincoln.

Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler)

Beutler. He gets what my son is about. And he likes chess.

When you pig out what do you eat?

Chicken tacos with coleslaw and jalapeno/cilantro salsa.

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it.

My Led Zeppelin t-shirt. But I’m not sure what it’s made of at this point.

Find out what bodily function led to Sargent getting a ticket after the jump…

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Fishbowl Charlotte

On Wednesday in Charlotte, as word spread early that the POTUS speech in Bank of America Stadium was being moved indoors, the media sprang into full-blown panic wondering what to do. Who would be allowed in? Would all those man hours go to waste? Would the Foo Fighters still be performing on Thursday night? What are we to do?!?!?!

In the midst of the chaos, we captured shots of some of our favorite convention goers for your pleasure. Enjoy!

Radio host Geraldo Rivera was “ambushed” by a Fox News reporter and TV crew. When the crew came up behind Rivera, he squealed, “Oh my goodness, is this a real Bill O’Reilly ambush?!”

While walking around the area, we spotted this young lady wearing a sharp, black dress with awful hot pink running shoes matched with these loud argyle socks.

On our walk to the convention center, I spotted this doughy doppelgänger. We’ll just call him Abraham Lincoln, Doughnut Hunter.

What’s a political convention without freebies? Throughout the day there are food samples, literature and even massages. Here is one delegate receiving one of the complimentary rubdowns.

After a long day of freak spotting, I just wanted to go to the hotel, watch a little TV and grab a party nap. Unfortunately, this lady decided that she didn’t want to watch what I was watching and stuck her ass in my face while she looked for something else on the idiot box. Smile, lady! You’re on Fishbowl Charlotte!

The weirdness didn’t end when I got back in my rental car for the evening. As I was backing out, I spotted a pants-less man digging through his car for some clothes, a toothbrush and possibly some self-respect. Not sure if he ever found it, but here’s the grainy pic taken from the rear-view camera in my rental car. You have been warned.



Fishbowl5 With Camp Freddy Guitarist Billy Morrison

Despite an ominous message, the cover band Camp Freddy did perform in Charlotte Monday night, but early evening storms made things touch and go: “Contrary to what you may have heard the band is warmed up and ready to go and the distilled spirits are ready to flow. Doors at 9pm.” Ponchos were passed out at 6 p.m. “There were some major storms in the area and only part of the area is tented,” explained publicist Courtney Cohen. We caught up with guitarist Billy Morrison Monday morning to grill him about politics and his thoughts about performing at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa and the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. Morrison, who also plays in Billy Idol‘s touring band, is a London native who lives in LA. Other members of his band include Dave Navarro (guitarist, Jane’s Addiction), Matt Sorum (drums, formerly with Guns N’ Roses), Donovan Leitch, Jr. (vocals, founding member of Nancy Boy), and Chris Chaney (bass, has performed with Jane’s Addiction, Alanis Morissette and Slash).

So you’re performing at both the Republican Convention and now Democratic Convention. How do you make that work and get away with not taking sides? “Yeah, the guys in the band are obviously individuals and we may have our own political beliefs. But we don’t sit around discussing politics. It’s better to stay neutral. We’re involved because the right to vote shouldn’t be wasted, so we are playing both conventions to say, it doesn’t matter what side you fall on as long as you don’t waste your right to vote. We’re just there to rock.”

Did you experience anything interesting in Tampa, how did you find the crowd? “I think we proved it doesn’t really matter whether you’re playing to a Republican or Democratic audience. Everyone was 14 once listening to Billy Idol or Jane’s Addiction. I’m hoping to see the same tonight. Music transcends what side of the fence you’re on.”

Which TV correspondents are your favorites? Do you have any? “Not really, I tend to change channel when the news comes on. I pay attention to issues rather than who is talking about it. Homelessness, healthcare, rather than watching Bill O’Reilly avidly. If I’m in the mood in the morning to see what is going on, which is rare, I will put on MSNBC.”

How were people you encountered in Tampa? “Incredibly nice. I think initially in Tampa we were  viewed as an attraction, like let’s go see the tattooed rock and rollers. Everyone embraced it and treated us fantastically. We’ve had some fantastic meals on this coast. It’s like relief from what can be very heavy topics, heavy discussion, there’s a lot at stake. I’ve watched these people come to town, caucuses, debates. Someone’s got to do it, but everyone’s a human being.”

What did you think of Clint Eastwood’s speech? “I thought it was a little bizarre, but again, I’m not here to take sides or even pay much attention. I’m the guy in the hotel to make sure guests can make it from LA to Charlotte when there are no seats left. So unfortunately most of my last couple of weeks have been working. Quite frankly I get to play guitar tonight and go home tomorrow and relax.”


Pentagon TV’s Set to MSNBC

FishbowlDC encountered an all-too-chatty stranger in a cafe this morning reading WaPo. At first, we ignored. But soon enough, he told us about the viewing habits of he and his colleagues at the Pentagon.

Our anonymous media critic, a smiley white male in his mid to late 30s, works in a managerial role at the Pentagon. If you polled the employees “they’d probably be more of a Fox News crowd.” But to be fair to different political views, the Pentagon cafeteria TV is set to a different news channel everyday. “One day it will be on Fox News, the next MSNBC and then CNN,” he said. “One day I think it was on HLN.”

Despite the heavy Fox News crowd, as of late, all TVs have been fixed on MSNBC. Asked if this was due to Olympics news coverage, he said no, the MSNBC marathon at the Pentagon began before the Olympics.

Our ranter is somewhat torn between FNC and MSNBC. He likes FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, but  MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also appeals. After bringing up Sharpton’s name, our instapundit said the outrage Sharpton exhibited over the Trayvon Martin controversy was a wash. “Ten black people are shot in Chicago at any moment,” he said, “and yet when one black kid in Florida is killed, it’s all over the news.” As if he were speaking directly to Sharpton, the critic said, “On your flight to Florida, 10 people in Chicago were shot. Why aren’t you flying there?”

Afternoon Chatter

Quotes of the Day


“Note from earlier: On the way to tonight’s fundraiser, the press van spotted a New Yorker giving the motorcade his middle finger. Unclear whether it was for the president, the press, the traffic jam or something else entirely.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Monday night Pool Report.

Politico reporter disses The Donald and O’Reilly

Donald Trump sitting next to Bill O’Reilly at #yankees game. People sitting close to them: I’m so sorry.” – Politico‘s Morning Money dude Ben White. So much for Politico reporters ever mending ties with Fox News, who doesn’t generally deem them worthy of being on their shows.

Blogger wonders about showering

“I’m not sure if I should shower tonight or tomorrow morning at 4:30. I have fear of stubborn bedhead at that hour. #tvappearancewoes” — Lisa Rowan, Vintage blogger and social media consultant.

Inside info…

“LaTourette had complained so loudly about GOP highway bill that Boehner told him ‘Quit being an asshole’ and talk to comm. chairman.” — The Hill‘s Russell Berman on the retirement announcement of Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio).

Compassion is…

“Ugh…poor Jim Acosta of CNN..his luggage is missing…not loaded in Tel Aviv? Stuck in the charter plane some place?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

A note to Puffington Host: This is your new name until you can get ours right. It’s not “FishBowl DC.” According to most modern dictionaries, fishbowl (that clear thing that fish swim around in) can be written as such or “fish bowl.” But since it’s our name, we’ve chosen the former and then you add on the DC — and voila! — you have our name, FishbowlDC. Even under the most straining of circumstances it’s never written “FishBowl” with a weird capitalized “B.” Immature of us? Of course. But why can’t you get our name right Puffers?

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Fields Takes Fox to Titty City

Anyone watching Fox News’s Neil Cavuto Wednesday afternoon was in for a real treat of exposed breasts. Free of charge. The star of the soft porn film, er show, was The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields, who decided to go on national TV with a large portion of her breasts jiggling out of her shirt.

This isn’t the first time Cavuto’s program and others have been criticized for having on scantily clad female guests. Media Matters wrote about the rash of sexism emanating from the network’s programming in January 2011. They pounded that point home again in March 2009. And as far back as 2007 Conservative Radio Commentator Laura Ingraham voiced strong complaints to FNC’s Bill O’Reilly. To which O’Reilly said, “I don’t have anything to do with Cavuto. He’s a demented guy.” Ingraham complained of the male newscasters playing loops and loops of racy images of females. “I don’t know if there’s a rampant midlife crisis going on on this network among the male anchors, but I can tell you that my female listeners are saying … what is the purpose?”

Reaction to Michelle’s appearance was widespread. Readers and viewers from Washington and New York bombarded us over email about the inappropriateness of the video reporter’s attire during her performance on Cavuto. We’re shocked our computers survived it.

We sought comment from The Daily Caller, asking if management supported their reporter exposing a large chunk of her breasts on national TV.

Apparently the Fox News producer handling her never bothered to mention that her breasts had swallowed her attire. Fields is often plucked over male guests who may have more knowledge on a topic. We can only imagine they want her for her brain and not her breasts. In recent weeks this has been a growing sore spot for guests who get bumped and then see her in their spot. In fact, Fox News, as it is wont to do when women appear on their programs, dropped the banner for maximum viewing pleasure. Dropping the banner when a guest is wearing something revealing is apparently one of Fox’s favorite tactics. Who could have guessed that?

I checked in with a few members of Michelle’s fan club, FBDC’s Piranhamous and Senior Michelle Fields Rack Correspondent Peter Ogburn for their thoughts on the matter.

Piranhamous remarked, “I can’t believe anyone would go on news program dressed like this! Now could you please send me a hi-rez copy of this screen capture so I can have a poster made of it for my bathroom? Thanks.”

Ogburn was beside himself. “Women who use sexuality on Fox is nothing new.  But NO ONE shows off their rack like that. Fucking titty city.” But he wasn’t done. “For all the people who talked shit and said that she wasn’t showing cleavage in the videos we reported on before, they can shove their heads up their asses. Who shows THAT much cleavage on cable news?  Seriously.  Who?? Being sexual is one thing. Showing that much of your tits on TV is just over the top.  It doesn’t matter if she makes the most valid points on Earth, she has zero credibility.”

Some of the commentary and emails we received well into the night:

  • “Michelle Fields was on Fox News this afternoon around 4:50 wearing an absolutely unbelievably egregiously revealing shirt (and talking about Occupy Wall Street? Who even knows.)”
  • “As one who has thought you’ve been too touch on Michelle Fields….her Cavuto appearance right now is about one thing, her chest.” — Senior Capitol Hill aide.
  • “I don’t know how a bill becomes a law, but look at my breasts!”
  • “I didn’t have the sound on and might be better off for that.”
  • “I had it muted.  Boobs everywhere.”
  • “Floppy Funbags!”
  • “I can’t imagine many viewers are consciously listening, which is supposed to be the goal of contributing.”

Read the headlines we left on the cutting room floor….

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Behind the Scenes With the Bawdy Julie Mason

When we heard that Julie Mason was leaving her post as White House Reporter for Politico to begin a radio show on SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. channel, we were intrigued. While many reporters love to hear themselves talk, not everyone can hold an audience for three full hours. Not only is she hosting her own radio show, she’s also keeping extra busy this time of year as Secretary for the White House Correspondents’ Association. Mason is known for her bawdy personality and sharp wit, so our preconceived notion was that radio could fit her like a glove.

We caught up with her last week to see just how natural a transition it has been to go from print to radio. Upon entering the impressive SiriusXM complex in the NoMa neighborhood, we were greeted by Patrick Ferrise, Mason’s producer. Immediately we can see the perks of working here. It’s constantly stocked with snacks, drinks and goodies for visiting guests. Ferrise sips a can of seltzer and says he never really drank soda until he started working there.

As we enter the nerve center of the P.O.T.U.S. studios, Mason is deep into prep for her show, “The Press Pool.” In the next room, Tim Farley, the Program Director of the POTUS channel is wrapping up his own show, “The Morning Briefing.” While she continues to prepare, Julie says that she is enjoying the adjustment to radio. However, there was a learning curve. Her bosses told her that she was going to need to learn how to run a soundboard, which is something many talk radio hosts don’t even do anymore. When we’re talking about the soundboard, think of the control center of the Starship Enterprise. A large console of glowing lights and buttons that, for most people, might as well be part of a space shuttle. Mason says, “My employers have been so patient with me as I learn my way around the board (Limbaugh doesn’t run his own board!) and all about radio.”

As Farley wrapped up his show, Mason assumed her position behind the console and kicked off the show. She started by talking to Stephen Dinan, National Politics Correspondent for TWT about the now-dead Buffett rule. And then things started to shake up a bit. POTUS (The President, not the radio station) began talking about increasing oversight on manipulation in the oil market. This is what makes P.O.T.U.S. different from almost any other radio station. They carry it live, uninterrupted. They also carry Jay Carney’s press briefing uninterrupted each day. It’s a task that has given Mason many headaches considering Carney is rarely on time. We asked if this was a constant source of frustration. “Killing that time before the briefing is a radio skill I am learning, along with making a smooth transition when he finally comes to the podium,” she says. “It’s not frustrating, it’s challenging! Which I am sure is Jay’s intention. We are the only news organization that still runs every briefing, which I do think is pretty cool, for all my grumping about it on the air.” After POTUS wraps up, Mason checks in with their in-house Washington Correspondent, Jared Rizzi. It’s time for the briefing.

While the briefing is carried live, Mason gets to step away to decompress. The night before, Bill O’Reilly had called Mason a “loon” because she suggested that he and Glenn Beck may have damaged the Fox News brand. Tim Farley enters to make sure that Mason has seen an email he sent to her suggesting a new logo for her show: A picture of a loon. Mason takes the ribbing in good stride and says she realizes things are different now that she’s in radio. If someone had called her a partisan loon while she was still working in print, she might have gotten in trouble. Now that she’s in radio, her bosses could not have been happier.

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Laura Ingraham: Watch Me, Goddammit!

Here at FBDC we obsessively occasionally check in to see who in Washington is shamelessly plugging their work within their work or through social media. Today we feature conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who often fills in for Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor” and regularly does TV hits elsewhere.

And when she does step out of her usual radio hosting job to do a little TV, she really hopes you’ll watch her!

On Monday Ingraham subbed for O’Reilly. Beforehand she tweeted, “Make sure to watch me host The O’Reilly Factor tonight at 8pm!” And in case you missed that one, she tweeted again, “Watch me host O’Reilly Factor @8p/11pET. Fireworks on Farrakhan & ‘war on women.’”

Earlier this month, the same thing, except only one tweet: “Make sure to watch me on ‘The O’Reilly Factor’ tonight at 8pm!” A few days later: “I am on ABC’s Good Morning America tomorrow at 7:05am ET. Make sure to tune in!”

And back in February, she ambitiously asked her fans to change TV channels to keep up with her. “You can see me on Fox and Friends at 8am ET this morning and then Imus in the Morning on Fox Business at 8:35am ET. Tune in to both!”

FNC ‘Special Report’ Campaign Coverage ‘Most Balanced’

Correction: This post originally misidentified the anchor of “Special Report” as Shepard Smith. It is actually Bret Baier.

A new study by the Center for Media and Public Affairs found that Fox New’s “Special Report” program had the “most balanced overall coverage” of the Republican presidential field. That’s in comparison to the nightly newscasts of CBS, ABC and NBC.

We can already hear Bill O’Reilly‘s “talking points memo” touting the news.

CNN and MSNBC were not included in the study. “Special Report,” anchored by Bret Baier, was considered because it is “most like the network news shows in content and presentation.”

CBS’s coverage of the candidates was most positive, followed by FNC, then NBC and finally ABC.

The study also found that Mitt Romney, who has remained the frontrunner for almost the entire race, has received the most negative news coverage on the whole.

“The media love a horse race and hate a frontrunner,” explained Robert Lichter, director of CMPA.