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Dan Balz Becomes WaPo’s First Ever Chief Correspondent

Chief Balz. Has a ring to it, right?

Today WaPo‘s Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli announces that Dan Balz is becoming the publication’s first ever Chief Correspondent. The decision reflects his “great stature” and “many accomplishments” and his “ambition.” His new role comes with perks: Balz will now be part of the leadership team which will let him in on weekly meetings and presumably key decisions on coverage. He will still cover the 2012 presidential trail. After that…is more of an unknown destination based on his curiosity.

See the internal memo…

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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY

The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham: “4th of July nails. My toes are red.”

Thanksing the Press

“He will thanks [sic] the press and then take a few questions.” — Politico Playbook this morning explaining what Pentagon flack and former ABC Correspondent Geoff Morrell will do when bids everyone farewell today at his final press conference.

Good times: Journo has bright future as chef for drunken, hungry pals

“My drunk roommate assures me that if I fail at journalism, I have a bright future making him scrambled eggs at three in the fucking morning.” — Reason‘s Associate Editor Mike Riggs in a weekend tweet.

Ari warns mainstream press

“Prediction: MSM will try 2 ‘Palin’ Bachmann. Not sure what I think about her yet, but if press is unfair, I’ll like her more.” — Former George Bush Flack Ari Fleischer in a weekend tweet.

Gawking at Bachmann

“Liberals call Bachmann a ‘flake,’ what? She works v.v. hard, passionately and earnestly, to come up with her shit.” — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell in a weekend tweet.

WaPo scribes are forced to belong to DCCC?

“This is *creative*: @DCCC fundraising e-mail says my membership (4949109!) has expired. Except never had a membership.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake in a weekend tweet. To which colleague Dan Balz remarked, “You too?”

The tears for Beck will roll

“If Glenn Beck doesn’t cry on camera this week I’m gonna lose a $10 bet. #FarewellWeek #FoxNews #tcot” — Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert in a weekend tweet. Tonight Boehlert and his colleagues will celebrate Beck’s departure at the MMFA “Bye Bye Beck” party. Beck won’t be there, but we hear they’ll be passing out miniature chalkboards (no, not really, but they could make for nice goody bag gifts.)

The Rambo of Journalism

“Sometimes I’ll write a horrendous email and send it just to use gmail’s undo feature. one day that’s gonna backfire.” — The Onion’s Director of Digital Baratunde Thurston in a weekend tweet. He’s based in Brooklyn, but has been known to frequent D.C.

A convo between one CBS journo and one CBS producer

CBS’s Christine Delargy: “Witnessed history today folks.” (This was in reference to a tweet by CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller who reported that this was the first time that POTUS had played golf twice on both Saturday and Sunday in one weekend.)

CBS White House Radio Correspondent Knoller: “Well, you witnessed the motorcade, not the round of golf.”

Delargy: “One helluva motorcade @markknoller. Even gave you a shout-out in one of my pool notes today.”

Washington Journos React With Disgust to NYT Style Piece

NYT‘s Style section has dipped to a new low in Washington.

This is the deafening refrain that we’ve been hearing all day long today after Sunday’s story on the “Juicebox Mafia,” which involves a group of Boy Band liberal journalists who once belonged to the now defunct JournoList listserv. The featured “new brat pack” is comprised of four relatively short white liberal guys in their 20s: WaPo‘s Ezra Klein (pictured at left) Slate‘s Dave Weigel (pictured below), TPM‘s Brian Beutler and Center for American Progress’s Matt Yglesias. But there’s nothing “new” about them and they’re not really older or seasoned like the story suggests even if Klein does dine at Potenza, which he did recently with the story’s author and with Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson last summer. This was before Klein printed obviously private emails from Carlson on his WaPo blog because isn’t that what someone older and sophisticated does when seeking revenge? A true veteran D.C. journalist remarked, “Nice story, but I don’t think the young bloggers are going to replace [WaPo's] Dan Balz and [NYT's] Carl Hulse.” Another wondered, “Why do New York Times reporters always have to cover DC like National Geographic would cover a new species found in the depths of the ocean? Or like they are narrating the March of the Penguins?”

Sunday’s article is most noteworthy in that, well, most of our readers thought it was a joke.

Full disclosure: The story’s author, Sridhar Pappu, who is not a close friend short of a few emails and phone conversations, quoted me in his story. He wrote what I said and verified the quote with me prior to using it.

But Pappu, please. Did he or his editors ever think to fully disclose that  he used to work with some of these ultra-cool cats at the Washington Independent? Did he think to disclose that they’re in this “mafia” simply because they’re all friends? Friends who do mafioso things together like cook, tweet, retweet, drink, play video games, read comic books and occasionally knock their heads together on MSNBC. Journalists in Washington struggle with the very premise of this story, that these guys have grown up as Pappu suggests, and that they’re somehow powerful and prominent figures. No time for geek trivia these days, claims Weigel. Why? Because his ancient 26-year-old friend, Ezra, is always on TV. Weigel’s cable TV career, meanwhile, has deflated since staunch defender Keith Olbermann departed. And it’s a wonder why he was so devoted. A hush fell over the Boy Banders when Olbermann disappeared.

Also Pappu, didn’t you or your editors think to note that all those media outlets such as TPM, MSNBC, Think Progress and The American Prospect are “liberal” since you called the The Daily Caller out for being “conservative?”

Questions from a D.C. journalist: “Why aren’t there any non-white, non-male characters included? Who the fuck edits this shit and hits “publish”?”

Executive Editor of Good Magazine Ann Friedman calls bullshit on the piece…

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The FishbowlDC Interview with The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta

Say hello to The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta. By far the most challenging thing to tackle about her is her complex name. “A lot of it has to do with pronunciations,” Garance (pronounced Gaaarohnse) said in a phone call. “A lot of people  think there’s a “tz” at the end instead of a “ce.” Sometimes people resort to calling her “G” or “GFR.” Still, others have had trouble with the second syllable of her first name. And believe it or not, there’s another Garance in journalism. She’s an AP writer in California. Weirder still, the two Garances have crossed paths — in college and at WaPo. Franke-Ruta was a reporter there and Garance Burke was an intern before Franke-Ruta arrived. “For awhile people were having trouble sending me email,” she said. “Because it was going to the other Garance.” The reporter has worked at a number of Washington publications that include NJ, TNR, WCP, The American Prospect and WaPo. In December she made the move to The Atlantic. Getting back to that unusual name, Franke-Ruta is named for a character in a French film from the 1940s called Les Enfants du Paradis. No, she’s not French. But she was born in Cavaillon, France and lived there until about two months of age. What does she think o her own name and does she think the film fairly represents her? “I have seen the movie. It’s very long,” she said. “It’s a classic. And it’s very long. It’s not a name I’ll probably pass on. Let’s put it that way.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?  A Mexican Coke in one of those little glass bottles.

How often do you Google yourself?  Almost never. I have Google Alerts on my name though so I can be pointlessly notified every time I tweet see who’s picking up my items, if there’s anything I need to respond to, stay attuned to the conversation, etc.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I had one editor who was a screamer, and another who used to floss his teeth while meeting, so it was more how they said things. Both smart men though.

Who is your favorite working journalist? I admire the work of so many different newspaper, magazine, and online journalists who are doing so many different sorts of things  – from Dan Balz to Ryan Lizza to Alexis Madrigal to Andy Carvin to the gang behind The Awl, which has had really terrific coverage of what’s going down in Madison — that it is hard to pick just one. Journalism is many different kinds of things these days, many in the midst of evolving. I’ll just say, because it’s an easier call, that of all the chatty television show hosts, Rachel Maddow is most fun to watch, perhaps because everything about her emergence as a major television personality has been unexpected and she still does things differently.

Do you have a favorite word?  I never use this one but I just love that it exists. “Anstandsrestchen” is the German word for the thing left on the plate out of politeness (you know, when no one wants to be the person to take the last of something). Because of course the Germans have a word for that.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin, no contest. A) She’d be more likely to make news and B) I’m kind of fascinated by her.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Standard BB ring.

When did you last cry and why? Tuesday morning, when I found out Rev. Peter Gomes died. He was one of a kind.

What word do you routinely misspell? Reince Priebus. And I completely sympathize with any problems he’s ever had in that regard.

Find out Garance’s favorite swear word…

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Albuquerque Journal’s Michael Coleman

Say hello to the Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief Michael Coleman. Among his claims to fame: Former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson once called him a “fucking idiot.” And a foreman once told him he sounded like a “fucking lawyer.” (Other than all that, we’re sure he’s a great guy.)

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Sugar free Red Bull.

How often do you Google yourself? Whenever my ego needs to be taken down a notch.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? That they REALLY should leave the writing part of my stories to me.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Probably Dan Balz at the Washington Post. The guy is just a dead-on, old school political reporter. No snark, no B.S. – just great reporting, accuracy and insight.

Do you have a favorite word? Real

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Obama. Seems more interesting to discuss actual life in the White House than what it’s like to wish you were in the White House.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I don’t know. It sounds like a rotary phone from the 70s. That one.

When did you last cry and why? When my grandmother died. Crying HURTS your face. I try not to do it unless I’m laughing.

What word do you routinely misspell? Misspelled

What swear word do you use most often? Bullshit – an indispensable noun in this town.

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Sunday Show Preview: 10.31.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) Chairman, Republican Governors Association; Fmr. Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chairman, Democratic National Committee; Tom Brokaw, NBC News; Charlie Cook, National Journal; Mark Halperin, MSNBC and TIME; Michele Norris, NPR; Chuck Todd, NBC News.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Representative Pete King (R-New York); Governor Tim Pawlenty (R-Minnesota); Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minnesota); Governor Ed Rendell (D-Pennsylvania). 

• ABC’s This Week: Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) Chairman, National Republican Senatorial Committee; Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) Chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; Dick Armey, Former House Majority Leader; Donna Brazile, Democratic Political Strategist; Cokie Roberts, ABC News; George Will, ABC News. 

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy CrowleyMichael Steele, RNC chairman; Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Majority Whip; William Bennett, CNN political contributor; national talk radio host; Bob Kerrey (D), former U.S. Senator; former Nebraska Governor.  

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard KurtzArianna Huffington, co-founder, HuffingtonPost.com; Paul Farhi, Washington Post; Michael Medved, Radio talk show host; John Avlon, TheDailyBeast.com; Jim Geraghty, National Review; Julie Mason, Washington Examiner; President Jimmy Carter.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz, The Washington Post; Major Garrett, National Journal; Jeff Zeleny, The New York Times; Jeanne Cummings, POLITICO.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). 

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria:  GPS Special: Lou Gerstner, former chairman of the board & CEO for IBM Corporation; Muhtar Kent, chairman of the board & CEO for The Coca-Cola Company; Eric Schmidt, chairman of the board & CEO for Google, Inc.; and Klaus Kleinfeld, chairman & CEO for Alcoa, Inc.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show:  John Heilemann, New York Magazine National Political Correspondent; Howard Fineman, Huffington Post Senior Political Analyst; Norah O’Donnell, MSNBC Chief Washington Correspondent; Helene Cooper, New York Times White House Correspondent. 

Washington Watch with Roland Martin

•Politico’s “Turn the Table” after the jump. 

We’ll update as we get ‘em!

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The “Grand Poobah of Politics”

flintstones.jpg The Flintstones cartoon used the term “Grand Poobah” as the high-powered elected position in Fred and Barney’s men’s club. They were members of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes Lodge No. 26.

In Washington, that phrase, “Grand Poobah” has a somewhat elevated meaning.

Which Washington D.C. scribe was referred to by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd as the “Grand Poobah of politics” Monday night?

Write us and tell us your guesses at fishbowldc AT mediabistro DOT com.

> Update: The answer is WaPo’s Dan Balz.

Sunday Show Preview: 01.31.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: David Axelrod,Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), NYT’s David Brooks, CNBC’s David Faber, WaPo’s Eugene Robinson, U.S. News’ Mort Zuckerman.

CBS’ Face the Nation:

ABC’s This Week: Barbara Walters in the anchor chair with guest Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA).

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville.

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Round table: Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Lauren Ashburn, managing editor and executive producer, USA Today Live; Lola Ogunnaike, pop culture commentator; Robin Liss, president and CEO, Reviewed.com; Steven Levy, author, “The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness.”

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Director of National Economic Council Larry Summers and Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: PANEL: CNBC’s Jim Cramer, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell and Newsweek’s Katie Connolly.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Dan Balz, NYT’s Peter Baker, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Politico’s John Harris.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Sec. Ray Lahood, Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker , Hans Nichols , Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne .

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan.

CNN’s Amanpour: Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive; Michelle Montas, Haitian journalist and acting chief of the UN mission to Haiti; Amy Wilentz, author of ‘The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalie’ and Leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron.

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Roll Call’s David Drucker and Politico’s Eamon Javers.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President’s Council of Economic Advisers Chair Dr. Christina Romer, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and CNBC’s Jim Cramer

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

ABC’s This Week: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, former Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie, HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, the Center for American Progress’ John Podesta and American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Inex Tenenbaum and a panel with Fox News analysts the Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, CNN’s Donna Brazile, William Bennett and Suze Orman

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, “Beat the Press” on WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former NBC “Today” executive producer and former CBS’ “Early Show” senior executive producer Steve Friedman, USA Today‘s Christine Brennan, CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel and pop culture commentator Lola Ogunnaike

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “The Skeptical Environmentalist” author Bjorn Lomborg, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, “The American Future” author Simon Schama, “Start Up Nation” author Dan Senor and FT‘s Chrystia Freeland

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and NYT‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Helene Cooper

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, LAT‘s Janet Hook and Politico‘s Eamon Javers

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Kristin Jensen, Julianna Goldman, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), McClatchy’s Bill Douglas, TWT‘s Deborah Simmons, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Roll Call TV and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Will update as we learn them.

Morning Reading List 11.09.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! SNL spoofed Fox News’ Election Day coverage with Greta Van Susteren, Shepard Smith, Glenn Beck and Karl Rove.

Happy Birthday to John Harris (h/t Playbook). And Kaylee Hartung who celebrated at Cleveland Park Bar & Grill Saturday with CBS friends, including Bob Schieffer, who sported a TCU “Schieffer” football jersey.

What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINES | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

WaPo has launched a new series “The Elephant in the Room– Examining the state of the Republican Party.” Opening story is by Dan Balz.

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander again on anonymous sources.

TV

The House passed the health care reform bill late Saturday- what it looked like on cable.

Jake Tapper will sit down with the President this afternoon. The ABC White House correspondent’s interview will air on “World News” and “Nightline,” as well as ABCNews.com. Tapper tweeted his “television exclusive” this morning asking: “What would you ask him?”

Reuters also has an interview with the President.

Margaret Warner had an exclusive interview with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which will air on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” today.

Watch President Obama fake-out CNN’s Elaine Quijano in the Rose Garden this weekend.

NBC’s Tom Brokaw discussed the 20-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Newseum with PBS’ Robert MacNeil.

We missed it in the Sunday Show Preview, but Gen. George Casey also joined ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday.

And ABC’s Cokie Robertscomments on actor Jon Voight.

MAGAZINES

Dr. Jill Biden penned “A Veterans Day message” in this weekend’s USA Weekend Magazine.

BOOKS

“Going Rouge,” the Sarah Palin coloring book.

NEWS NOTES

LAT: At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Howard Kurtz in WaPo on the Obamas, the first family next door.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Sarah Palin will be the GOP speaker at the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s annual winter dinner. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) will rep the Democrats.

CQ-Roll Call Group and Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard will host an “Early Election Preview” next Tuesday from 8:30am-10:30am at the Columbus Club at Union Station. Register here.

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