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Elizabeth Thorp’s Egregious Easter Error

Well this is just a sad day for journalism. Capitol File‘s Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp was live-gramming the White House Easter Egg Roll when a 6-year old colleague apparently misidentified tween star Ross Lynch as other tween star Austin Mahone. Without getting a second source to confirm the erroneous information, Thorp posted the photo to the right (clearly of Lynch) on Instagram, adding the caption, “And then there was @AustinMahone. Best day ever says 6 year old Penelope.”

Just. Awful. What does it say about our country that a 6 year old can’t properly distinguish between Ross Lynch, who plays the character Austin Moon on Disney’s “Austin & Ally,” and Austin Mahone, who is a real life person?? That’s like confusing Harry Styles for Prince Harry! Or Raven Symone for Nina Simone! And for that 6-year old’s editor to let an error of this magnitude slip through the cracks -well, that’s just unacceptable.

This is the state of journalism today America! Are you happy? This is what happens when your Buzzfeeds and your Voxeses upend the natural order of things!

Fortunately, Instagram’s community of fact-checkers was on the case. Check out their appropriately vitriolic reactions after the jump. Or, if you care to hear Thorp’s take on the scandal, go here.

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Jill Biden Takes Cover of Capitol File

Capitol-File-Jill-BidenOn the cover of its second issue of 2014, Capitol File features Second Lady of the United States Jill Biden.

And inside, CapFile Editor in Chief Elizabeth Thorp sits down with Dr. Biden to discuss her love of teaching, commitment to military families, and how the Second Lady of the United States manages to stay grounded.

FishbowlDC caught up with Thorp this afternoon to get some deets on her sit down with Dr. Jill Biden. Here’s what she had to say.

FishbowlDC: Jill Biden? That’s awesome! How did you land that?

Elizabeth Thorp: I have lived in DC for over 20 years and have many friends who have worked in the White House and for the Bidens. I met with Dr. Biden’s senior staffer and walked her through my vision for the piece. As a working mom, I have always admired Dr. Biden. She’s a Ph.D. with a paying job as an educator while serving as America’s Second Lady. And somehow she still finds still the time to advocate for members of the military and carve out family time.

FBDC: How long was this in the works?

Thorp: A couple of months.

FBDC: What was your first thought when you heard it went through?

Thorp: Total elation. Then a bit of terror. I wanted to do right by Dr. Biden and accurately capture her passion for teaching, her family, and her causes. She was so gracious and so genuine, she made the interview very easy for me.

Read the full interview here.

Capitol File Formally Welcomes Thorp and Jacobs at Eno

Tuesday night, Capitol File hosted a cocktail party to welcome two new-ish additions to the glossy, Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp and Publisher Suzy Jacobs. The evening took place at Eno, the also new-ish wine bar next to the Four Seasons in Georgetown. Fun people. Delicious food and drink. Great night.

Here’s how it went down.

603 - Step out of café tu-o-tu and immediately bump into Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki and Maha Hakki. Have been seeing a lot of them lately. Super sweet.

605 - Walk into Eno. Immediately offered champagne. Why not?

6:10 - Assess the situation. This place is awesome. How have I not heard of it? Beautiful exposed brick. A chandelier made out of a wine barrel. Contemporary yet comfortable furniture. What’s not to love?

618 - Staff offers to refill my champers. I’m 3 sips in and good for now.

20140408_1817236:22 - Make my way upstairs, to no joke, the most delicious charcuterie spread I’ve ever laid my eyes on.

6:31 - Introduced to the Four Seasons’ Director of PR, Liliana Baldassari. Probably a good person to know.

7:17 - Welcome my third glass of champers over conversation with Associate Publisher Meredith Merrill. Congratulate her on a successful event. I’d say there’s a good 75 people who have walked through the doors to welcome Thorp and Jacobs.

20140408_2027567:46 - Finally meet Suzy after completely forgetting that this was a party to welcome her and Elizabeth.

8:01 - Depart for the Internet Association Gala After Party at Carnegie Library. Post TK.

In attendance: Capitol File’s Elizabeth Thorp, Suzy Jacobs, Laura Mullen, and Amy Moueller; Almus Thorp; CNN’s Edie Emery; Danielle Tergis; Revamp’s Daniel Swartz; Todd Flournoy; Alfredo Flores; the Four Seasons’ Liliana Baldassari; Dannia Hakki; and Maha Hakki.

MTV’s Whitney Port Talks Michelle Obama & House of Cards Style

PortJust in time for White House Correspondents Weekend, Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has opened blocks from the Washington Hilton where the dinner takes place. And on Friday, former MTV reality star and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted its launch event with owner Maha Sharma.

What is Blo Blow Dry Bar? We asked ourselves the same question! Blo is North America’s original (and first!) blow dry bar. Think hair salon minus the scissors and dye, leaving you with a wash, dry, and style. Blo Dupont is the chain’s 38th location, including Miami, Austin, Russia, and the Philippines.

Naturally, FishbowlDC was in attendance, and we caught up with Port and Sharma on Michelle Obama’s fashion, looking your best on television, and what we can expect style-wise at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

On House of Cards style…

Whitney Port: “Robin Wright’s character is very sophisticated and chic and I think she does amazing on that show.”

On Michelle Obama’s style…

WP: “I think she always looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I think she dresses herself appropriately for her figure and status…She always looks amazing.”

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Capitol File Welcomes New Associate Editor

moellerAs of today, Capitol File magazine has a new associate editor, Amy Moeller. Moeller was previously the social and style editor at What’s Up? magazine, a monthly luxury/lifestyle publication in Annapolis, Md. In that role she managed the entertainment and society pages as well as the style section. Moeller has also previously served as the assistant editor at Annapolis pub Taste of the Bay, the layout editor at The Gazette in Gaithersburg, and the sports editor (watch out Britt McHenry!) at a community newspaper in Anne Arundel County.

“I am thrilled to have Amy join the growing Capitol File team,” said Elizabeth Thorp, editor in chief, in an email. “Her lifestyle and luxury magazine experience, her technical editing skills, and keen eye for trend pieces makes Amy a great fit for Cap File.”
Congrats Amy!

Tina Brown, Madeleine Albright, Friends to Solve Ukraine Crisis Tonight

Powerful ladies of Washington unite!

Tina Brown is gathering together some A-list names tonight to discuss the situation in Ukraine at a “Women in the World” cocktail reception at the Fairmont Hotel. Some of the women attending include:

Anita Dunn, Cheryl Mills, Amb. Melanne Verveer of Georgetown, MSNNBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Sophie L’Helias Delattre of the Center for Stategic and International Studies, Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar, Elizabeth Thorp from Capitol File, Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Cathy Russell, Lauren Shweder Biel of DC Greens, documentarian Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, activist Humaira Bachal from Karachi, and Valerie Jarrett.

Frmr Sec. of State Madeleine Albright will be the guest of honor, and then, of course, Tina Brown will be hosting.

FishbowlDC will be attending the event as well, so we’ll keep you posted on what plan these impressive women put together to solve the world’s problems.

Cap File Hires Suzy Draddy Jacobs as Publisher

Katherine Nicholls, President and COO of Niche Media, the parent company of Capitol File magazine, announced today that The Week‘s Suzy Draddy Jacobs has been named Publisher of Capitol File. As Publisher, Jacobs will oversee all print and digital sales and marketing functions for the magazine.

Jacobs’s hire, along with that of Editor-in-Chief Elizabeth Thorp last year, is meant as a show of dedication to the Capitol File brand, an inside source at Niche says. Both women bring years of experience to their jobs and will oversee an era of redoubled investment in Cap File and the DC market.

Jacobs’s predecessor, Heather Zahn left late last year after a tenure of only a few months. Zahn, a former Cap File Associate Publisher, had been promoted to replace Sarah Schaffer, who, after two years as Publisher, left to pursue other interests. Lou DeLone, an Austin-based Group Publisher for Niche Media has been advising Cap File since Zahn’s departure. He will continue to serve as an adviser to Niche Media.

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All We Want For Christmas Is…?

Let’s face it, most of you are getting coal for Christmas this year -we know we are. But we asked a bunch of local journos and politicos to pretend they weren’t so naughty this year, and tell us what they’re asking Santa for for Christmas. Here are the responses we have so far. We’ll update them as we get more!

CapFile‘s Elizabeth Thorp: “For schools not to close when there’s a micro-dusting of snow, a ticket to the Vanity Fair WHCD party and a speaking role on ‘House of Cards’ Season 3 as the ruthless but brilliant editor of Capitol File.”

TWT‘s John Solomon: “We’ve been working on this new website night and day for the last six weeks, all I want is a solid 8 hours of sleep on Christmas Eve.”

Ron Bonjean: “Hoping for waist band pants from all the Christmas goodies. Also a PS4 or Xbox One is there are any left. And a comprehensive energy policy for today’s America.”

Sara Bonjean: “A strong national defense.”

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: “I’d take an entry into the 2014 Boston Marathon, the most difficult ticket around.”

Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston: “A new Chi hair straightener. My old one was already on its last leg when it exploded in-use in the Roll Call bathroom as I was getting ready to go out after work in September. Smoke and everything. It’s been a rough – and wavy – autumn for this reporter.”

WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave: “Noise cancelling earbuds, dinner with some of my good friends, and a pony.”

You Ask, We Answer: Cap File Edition

A reader writes in to ask:

What’s going on at the top of the Capitol File masthead? The new publisher was fired after like two months and who is this new guy? I just googled him and he left his last publishing gig after a month. Isn’t there also a new editor? What gives?

Glad you asked! Lou DeLone is currently listed as the publisher of Capitol File. DeLone is actually a group publisher for Niche Media, Cap File‘s parent company, and he consults with the company on a few of their publications -though now he is primarily working on Cap File. He came to Niche from Houstonia magazine, after a long career in publishing, which included stints at Crain’s Detroit Business and Houston Modern Luxury. At Houstonia he served as the founding publisher from September 2012 to April of 2013, he was brought on primarily to launch the first issue of the magazine, and left shortly thereafter to go to Niche.

Cap File‘s publisher before DeLone was Heather Zahn. She served for about 8 months after which she left “on perfectly amicable terms” according to current editor Elizabeth Thorp. It is true that Thorp herself is fairly new, having just joined the org back in September. You can find out more about her by reading our FishbowlDC Interview. All of this change might indeed cause a hectic situation, as our reader suggests, however Thorp says the magazine is going through something of a renaissance at the moment.

“Everyone works together very well -we are very proud of our latest holiday issue and excited about our upcoming early spring issue. And while Lou may not technically be a permanent editor, we are in no rush to change things right now. He has tons of experience, and his guidance has been invaluable.”

Hopes that answers your question!

FishbowlDC Interview with Cap File‘s Elizabeth Thorp

Elizabeth Thorp has been in DC for 21 years (she moved here when she was 10, y’all), and thought she was perfectly happy working in PR and politics (and creating the upscale travel site Poshbrood.com) till, she says, a great opportunity just fell in her lap. She’s been Editor-in-Chief of the best luxury and life-style magazine in town, Capitol File, since September and has been having a blast. Niche COO Katherine Nicholls and Capitol File Managing Editor Mandi Norwood wooed her to the job, and since then she has been hard at work bringing more depth and substance to the famously glitzy pub. Recent articles have included a piece by Jake Tapper on the Newseum’s Anchorman exhibit, and a profile of vegan, Hindu Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI). We asked Mizz Thorp to answer a few questions for our latest installment of the FishbowlDC Interview. And, btw, if you wanna check out the new issue of Capitol File, click away!

Describe yourself in haiku.

Happy working mom

Too weary to produce

A fabu Haiku

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? Champs and an In & Out Burger, Animal Style. Also raw cookie dough

What three words describe your editorial vision for Capitol File? Politics, Power, Philanthropy wrapped in Chanel

Who should TIME make 2013 Person of the Year? BatKid, no contest.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? Fresca – bubbly, snarky, fun, smarter than you might think.

You’re developing a signature scent. What would you call the cologne? Eau de Bethesda or Trois Filles No. 7 just because it sounds fancy, I have three girls and my birthday is on the 7th.

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