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Pakistanis Show Off New Photog Skills In D.C.

An area of Pakistan rarely seen by the outside world is finally getting exposure by a group of newly-trained amateur photographers in the region.

A project by National Geographic and Internews, an international nonprofit media development organization, set up 17 young Pakistanis with cameras and gave them two separate boot camps on photography. One camp took place last year in Islamabad along with another in Washington. All participants are from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), an isolated area of Pakistan that is rarely photographed.

Muhammad Khalid Afridi, a 25-year-old graduate student, was one of the participants at an exhibit Wednesday at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He told FishbowlDC that he still plans on keeping up with photography now that the training is complete.

“It’ll be my side job or side hobby, because if you have a hobby like that, you will get to enjoy it a lot and continue interest in it,” he said.

Afridi, however, doesn’t know if his work will sell. “I just publish them on Facebook and if any news agency wants them, I’ll give it to them,” he aid.

As an isolated region of Pakistan, FATA can be a hostile environment as far as media is concerned. “It’s not safe much,” Afridi told us. “But if you know the community, you can be safe. We know some of the people don’t like having their picture taken, so you get in trouble if you do. If you ask for permission, it’s fine.”

Afridi and his colleagues’ work will be featured at other exhibits throughout the country.

Event notables: NPR’s Bilal Qureshi, who emceed, and FNC Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron.

Some of the artwork:

Photographer: Ammad Ahmad Khan

Photographer: Muhammad Khalid Afridi

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Fishbowl5 with Will Durst

Standup comic Will Durst is a five-time Emmy nominee, political satirist and cheeseburger enthusiast.

Durst is in town today and tomorrow performing at the Comedy Theater on E St. We caught up with him to pick his brain on the pressing issues of the day.

1. Has President Obama completed his evolution? Well, he’s evolved enough to grow some flippers to walk on dry land and crawl to Dick Cheney’s position on gay marriage. Perhaps he grew some other things as well.

2. Does Mitt Romney have any evolving to do? In what areas? Not sure Mr. Romney can evolve. They keep saying the long campaign made him a better candidate. But the only thing he’s done for five years is run for president. Pretty sure his learning curve has run out of bendy parts. He’s just electile dysfunctional. Finally figured out who Romney is: he’s Thurston P. Howell III before the island. And Ann is training to be Lovie.

3. Who’s your favorite journalist (print or TV)? Love a lot of gifted writers out there: but especially [NYT's] Gail Collins. She manages to merge punditry with humor. Doesn’t take herself or her opinions too seriously. It’s rare that this particular medium is so well done. And Carl Cameron on Fox News for the exceptional job he’s doing of passing.

4. What do you think of Sarah Palin co-hosting “Today”? Should she do it full time? Don’t care what the former Governor of Alaska does as long as she keeps doing it. The girl can’t help herself. Every two weeks with her there’s something. Every two weeks she erupts. She’s like Republican herpes. But I mean that in a good way. “Celebrity Apprentice” should be next on her list.

5. Michele Bachmann recently received dual-citizenship status with the U.S and Switzerland. What’s the significance of this? More yodeling from behind the closed door of Marcus‘s bedroom?

Note: Since this interview took place Michele Bachmann says she has renounced her dual-citizenship status with Switzerland.

FNC’s Pre-Dinner Soiree to Entertain Obama Officials, Valerie Jarrett Tops Guest List

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No matter that the Obama Administration was once at odds with Fox News, officials are on the guest list and set to attend the only pre-party to the RTCA dinner Wednesday night. Those planning to be FNC guests for the evening include Obama’s Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowksi, Domestic Policy Council Advisor Melody Barnes and National Security Adviser Jim Jones, Special Master for TARP Admin Kenneth Feinberg and Sec. of Agriculture Tom Vilsack.

We hear FNC’s exclusive invitation-only bash will be a room decked out in Spring. And what’s a party without famous faces in the crowd like Geraldo Rivera and Bill O’Reilly? (See list of Fox News talent to attend below.)

Other confirmed party guests: Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.); Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.); Gov. Ed Rendell; Rep. Elijah Cummings(D-Md.); Mo Elleithee, former Clinton campaign spokesperson; former Sen. Bill Frist (R-Tenn.); Austan Goolsbee, Council of Economic Advisors; Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.); Deborah Hersman, Chair of National Transportation Safety Board; Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), Democratic strategist Joe Trippi; former Sen. John Breaux (D-La.); Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.); and Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.).

Talent to Attend
O’Reilly; Shepard Smith; Bret Baier; Chris Wallace; Bill Hemmer; Megyn Kelly; Carl Cameron; Jennifer Griffin; Catherine Herridge; Shannon Bream; Rivera; and Alisyn Camerota

RTCA Dinner Wrap-Up

We think the President said it best- “The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list.”

There were no TomKat or Ashton and Demi sightings. The biggest star (and highest dress slit) in the room was former Miss California Carrie Prejean, followed in star power by actor Tate Donovan and Angelina Jolie‘s brother James Haven.

But the 2009 RTCA dinner did light up the Washington Convention Center with DC journo star power- those attending included Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Major Garrett (check him out with Prejean in a photo after the jump), Chuck Todd, Jonathan Karl, Bill Plante, Savannah Guthrie, Ed Henry, Bill Press, Contessa Brewer, Luke Russert, Maureen Orth, Willie Geist, Mika and Joe, Judy Woodruff, Lawrence O’Donnell (and Norah and Kelly), Nancy Cordes, Steve Capus, David Bohrman, Robin Sproul, Heidi Collins, Carl Cameron, John Harwood, Mike Allen and Mark Whitaker to name a few.

As well as Robert Gibbs, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Michael Steele (actually seated at a CBS table with Burton), Dana Perino, Samantha Powers, Ken Salazar (donning a cowboy hat), Austan Goolsbee, Gordon Johndroe, David Axelrod, Eric Holder, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Leon Panetta and Rep. Glenn Nye.

The dinner was a little unconventional than most. Before dinner was served, there were various performances by JibJab, the Onion News Network and Sweet Honey on the Rocks (a favorite of Michelle Obama, though she did not attend). RTCA chair and the evening’s emcee Heather Dahl introduced President Obama, who left soon after this remarks. The date of the dinner actually changed a few times to accommodate the President’s schedule.

The Joan S. Barone Award was presented by CBS’ Bill Plante to NBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira for his coverage of the bailout story on the Hill. Viqueira dedicated his award to Mary Dorman, the NBC Washington bureau’s longtime assignment desk manager who died early this year of cancer. The Bloom daughters also presented an award in their father David Bloom‘s memory. BBC’s Rome Hartman accepted on behalf of Orla Guerin. A video tribute to Bill Headline, Tony Snow and Tim Russert, all who passed this year, was also shown.

More photos after the jump…

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Washingtonian Names 50 Top Journos

washingtonian top 50 FBDC.jpgIn the June issue of Washingtonian, the mag’s executive editor Garrett Graff takes his old Fishbowl fins out for a spin to write the quadrennial review of Washington’s “50 Top Journalists.”

The piece evaluates the city’s rising stars, anchors, behind-the-scenes movers and shakers and the best reporters at “explaining what news means.”

ABC’s Jake Tapper, NBC’s Chuck Todd and CBS’ Lara Logan were no surprise but the “rising stars” category was interesting. The category included WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, FNC’s Chad Pergram, HuffPo’s Sam Stein, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut, NJ’s Shane Harris and WRC-TV’s Lindsay Czarniak to name just a few.

Check out the June issue of Washingtonian for the full list.

*Pictured: Wapo’s Dana Priest, FOX’s Carl Cameron, Time’s Karen Tumulty

Reader Digest Closes DC Bureau, “Loose Cannon” Lives On

While Reader Digest has closed its DC bureau, Carl Cannon will continue his blog Loose Cannon here and write regularly for the magazine.

In his most recent blog post, “No Booing in the Press Box,” Cannon offers this redemption to MSNBC for Chris Matthew‘s slip:

Loose Cannon proposes a suitable punishment: Instead of Olbermann’s “worst person” segment, the network suits should offer us a “best person” for awhile. They could start with Jerry Holtzman, who, except for a two-year stint in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, worked for newspapers for 50 years, before becoming major league baseball’s official historian at the age of 72. Olbermann made his name in television as a gifted sports commentator, so he might go for that. As for Holtzman, he died last summer at the age of 81. I hate to think that an honorable ethic died with him.

Coverage Plans For Obama Address

From TVNewser

Every network will cover President Barack Obama’s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET. Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal’s Republican response.

Each network’s coverage plans after the jump.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, House Minority Leader John Boehner and a roundtable with New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, NPR’s Michele Norris and Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes.

  • This Week: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and a roundtable with former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman along with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Face the Nation: Vice President Joe Biden (Live).

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) will be interviewed by David Lightman, Congressional Corrspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, and Perry Bacon of the Washington Post.

  • State of The Union with John King: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Jeff Zeleny, White House reporter, The New York Times, Chip Reid, chief White House correspondent, CBS News and Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post; Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News; Howard Fineman of Newsweek; and Anne Kornblut, Washington Post White House correspondent.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Finance Minister, Barnett Rubin, Center on International Cooperation, Steve Coll, New American Foundation, Rory Stewart, author, “The Places In Between”, Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution and David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Pete Williams of NBC News, Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine and Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

  • Huckabee: Nina Gilbert and her 70 students from Ivy Preparatory Academy will share video of their trip to DC. Also, FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman and Tracy Byrnes, Financial Advisor Dominick Tavella.

  • Martin Eisenstadt: I Was Carl Cameron’s Source

    >UPDATE: Aw, yes…Thanks tipsters: We knew that name rang a bell? Remember the name Martin Eisenstadt. As in that Martin Eisenstadft? Looks like the prankster is up to hoax-ing again, and it’s doubtful that he was, in fact, Cameron’s real source.

    Remember Carl Cameron‘s report for Fox News, in which he revealed that Sarah Palin didn’t know that Africa was a continent? Well, his source is outing himself

      By now you’ve all heard the Fox News report last week that “unnamed” former McCain advisers leaked that Sarah Palin was confused about whether Africa was a continent, and which countries were in NAFTA. I was perfectly happy staying under the radar as an anonymous source for Fox News’ Carl Cameron, but now that Palin has accused her accusers of being “unprofessional…jerks…cowards…taking things out of context, and then tried to spread something on national news” and begun to cast doubt on the Fox News report, maybe she’s right to a certain extent. For those of us on the McCain campaign who thought that she acted like a rogue diva and lost John the election, maybe we DO have a responsibility to come out in public. But Sarah…careful what you ask for: some of us may have more to reveal.

      So yes, to be clear, last week I was the one who leaked those things to a producer at Fox News who works with Cameron. Carl and his producers are good guys, and I don’t want them to have to worry about protecting their sources (and going through the wringer ala Judith Miller or Matt Cooper) on something like this.

    You can read the rest here. Martin Eisenstadt describes himself thusly:

      An expert on Near Eastern military and political affairs, Mr. Eisenstadt works alongside Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign, offering advice and liaising with the Jewish community in particular.

    About Tonight…

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    Where will you be watching tonight’s election results? We’ve asked all sorts of journos for their evening plans and they include an Atlanta hotel room, the Phoenix Biltmore, and Champs Sports Bar in Cincinnati.

    Join us after the jump…

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