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5 Lessons From The Atlantic Economy Summit

Surprisingly, The Atlantic Economy Summit was not as terrible as we thought it would be when we got there. It’s not that we would expect The Atlantic to throw a bad event. Quite the contrary -they sort of invented this whole publication-sponsored event thing. They did a great job in fact. Lots of good signage, lots of coffee, a good program. All that was fine.

It’s just that we have an aversion to wearing pants while we type, and pants were mandatory. Also, we weren’t allowed to bring our Big Gulp inside the Capitol Hilton Ball Room. Sigh.

But those minor inconveniences aside, the whole thing was actually pretty interesting. Rep. Chris Van Hollen was there, as were Jared Bernstein, Grover Norquist, Doug Elmendorf, Alice Rivlin, Judd Gregg, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Sheila Blair, Jason Furman, and Richard Trumka. Wait, the more think about it, who exactly was running the national economy today?

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Boob Expert Shows up to Gutfeld Book Party

Walking into the Breitbart Embassy last night was sort of what one imagines walking into Michael Jackson‘s old home: Stationed in the living room was an ice cream stand with the Good Humor man. Outside was a petting zoo with ducks, bunnies, an alpaca and a tiny horse. And walking around the whole house was Nancy Leonard, an accordionist dressed in traditional Swiss clothing, who prides herself on being able to walk and play music at the same time.

“Do you know what the difference between an accordionist and an entertainer is?” Leonard asked FishbowlDC. “An entertainer can walk and play. Most accordionists have to sit and read the music.”

Leonard is a former breast implant specialist for the FDA. “I helped all kinds of people,” she said. “I helped men, women, transvestites… anybody.”

Also roaming around the zoo was former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

The Embassy was hosting a party for FNC The Five‘s Greg Gutfeld who has a book coming out next month. Gutfeld’s book, The Joy of Hate, is dedicated to the late Andrew Breitbart. It’s a commentary on the knee-jerk reaction people have to cry foul at anything and everything. Gutfeld said young and old people as well as “people that are not young or old” should read the book.

Party invitations inexplicably featured an old ’90s TV screenshot of Gutfeld from when he worked for Men’s Health. In the photograph, a buff Gutfeld is in a tank top and has a high-top haircut. “How dare you,” he said when we brought it up.

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French Maid Spices Up Daily Caller Book Party

What was initially thought to be a special appearance by David Martosko‘s personal secretary at last night’s Daily Caller book launch party ended up being nothing of the sort.

To the left is a photo of Nandi, who works with Emperor Vodka, which sponsored the soiree. “I’m just here for pictures,” she said, graciously posing for cameras. Nandi, whose arms are reminiscent of Angela Bassett‘s What’s Love Got to Do with It, said this was her first time working with Emperor. Fun first day on the job!

The Daily Caller hosted the party in its Farragut Square newsroom celebrating The Lizard King, an ebook written by their own Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn.

“I have no good answer,” said Rahn when asked who should read his book. “It’s a transformative book,” he said (“transformational” also works). He compared it to reading the Bible. “Is this off the record?” Rahn asked at the conclusion of our interview.

Weinstein was a little more willing to talk about the book, though we get the impression he thought he was on TV. “Truth-seekers will like it,” Weinstein said. He emphasized that the book is actually a manuscript provided by a White House insider and that he and Rahn are simply the vessels through which the book is being delivered. “Once in a while, history falls upon you and I think it happened to us,” he said, adding that it “may be one of the most important books since [Fox News host] Sean Hannity’s book.”

The Daily Caller‘s bar was stocked with wine, soda, alcohol and a beer tap that poured Pabst Blue Ribbon. Edibles (vegetables and a few hors d’oeurves) were a little on the slim side.

As guests trickled in, a couple faces stood out in the crowd: Politico‘s Byron Tau and Tim Mak. The DC and Politico have been known to publicly quibble in the past. One Daily Caller staffer said the relationship between the two publications “on paper” is often not the case between individual reporters. He said there are several Politico employees he regularly drinks with. Both Tau and Mak chatted with The DC‘s Alex Pappas for a while, as well.

In the crowd we also spotted a distinguished gentleman with a badass eye patch. It turned out to be Will Rahn’s father, ex-husband to WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan.

The DC‘s editor Tucker Carlson was seen talking with RollCall‘s Jonathan Strong, a former Daily Caller reporter. Strong said work for him has been slow and “a little boring,” given he covers Congress, which is currently out of session.

Notables: The Daily Caller‘s Alex Treadway, Sarah Hoffman, Taylor Bigler, Jeff Poor, Caroline May, Brian Danza, Chris Bedford, Neil Munro, Pat McMahon, Nicole Roeberg, and Vince Coglianese; The Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo and CJ Ciaramella; RollCall HOH‘s Neda Semani and Warren Rojas; Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton; WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri; U.S. NewsSteven Nelson; The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake; and Donald Rumsfeld‘s former chief of staff Keith Urbahn. Conspicuously absent were Matthew Boyle and Martosko, who had kid duty. We rode the elevator with him down to the garage. He puffed away on what may have been an illegal cigar the whole way down and said Rahn and Weinstein would know he was there “in spirit.”

Quotable:

  • “He’s a bit of a self promoter.”– Keith Urbahn on his former boss Donald Rumsfeld, who was Defense Secretary under former Prez George W. Bush. Urbahn spilled that Rummy is currently working on a new book. UPDATE: Urbahn writes in to tell us he was talking about his other former boss, The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.
  • Asked about former and recently fired Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson said, “I haven’t seen her much on TV lately. That ended for some reason.” Fields was not in attendance.
  • “I don’t want to be written about.”– Steven Nelson, after FishbowlDC inquired about his job at U.S. News, which he only recently started.
  • “I’m holding out for the chance that Matthew Boyle shows up.”– FBDC’s Peter Ogburn.

 

It’s a Christmas Party, Damn It!

Last night we crashed the Heritage Foundation Media Christmas Party held at their posh Capitol Hill headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue because, well, why not? It’s Christmas, the season of giving, and what would giving be without someone there to take it? ‘Tis the season to party crash, after all, and it is the unofficial sport of Washington. Well, right after Hill staffers hooking up with interns.

First impression: Nice digs! The Heritage Foundation has some bucks, and they dropped some buck on the lobby of their 7th floor theater, where the party was held.

Second impression: This was a Christmas party, damn it! None of this PC “Happy Holidays” garbage here, it’s the Christmas season. Christmas tree glistening away in the reflection of the ceiling to floor windows overlooking Union Station, Christmas ties and freshly nogged eggs. OK, maybe not the egg part, but the rest was all Christmas.

Third impression: Top-shelf booze. This soiree was for media types, after all, and even conservative media types love them some alcohol. There was plenty to be had here, Bombay Sapphire, Absolute, etc. No bathtub gin/rail swill here, that stuff is for liberals and this was a 1% party.

Fourth impression: These people know how to eat. The buffet spread had crab cakes (delicious), chicken breast slices (delicious), tiny wieners baked in croissants (huh?). Yes, the tiny wieners were a bit out of place, but they weren’t all that bad, actually. And the dessert table? A diabetic coma waiting to happen, but what a way to go.

Fifth impression: Who goes to a conservative media party? Turns out a lot of people. The room was full of Heritage staff, Hill staff and media types from Human Events, The Washington Times, Roll Call, The Hill, Fox News, etc. Surprising was the age range. While there was a disproportionate share of curmudgeons there (looking at you, Cal Thomas, John Gizzi and Al Regnery), there were a lot of young people there too. Jason Mattera, the soon-to-NOT-BE-Editor-in-Chief of Human Events, Vince Coglianese from the Daily Caller, Conn Carroll from the Washington Examiner, and boybander extraordinaire, Slate’s own Dave Weigel.  Also in the crowd, towering over it and the only thing in the room taller than the Christmas tree was Jim Pinkerton, the 6 foot 9 inch writer/contributor for Fox News.

Overall impression: A much better party than expected. Though, admittedly, the expectations were low. Probability of adding this party to the must-crash list for next year? High.

Morning Reading List, 01.14.08

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Good morning Washington.

On this day in 1952, the “Today” show premiered, in 1973 the Dolphins became the only one of only two NFL teams to go undefeated during the regular season, and in 2004, President Bush announced we’re going to Mars. (Hat tip: MicCheckRadio).

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  • You think Bono is both great and sorta annoying.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • Mike Allen’s Playbook reports, “Jim Pinkerton quit his Newsday column and resigned his Fox News contract to join Gov. Huckabee as a senior adviser to help fill out his policy proposals. Pinkerton tells Playbook he was lured by Ed Rollins, his boss in the Reagan White House political-affairs office, who said it was a chance to ‘restore the Reagan coalition,’ Pinkerton recalled. ‘I thought, ‘I’m not going to turn THAT down,’ Pinkerton recalled.”

  • Howell Raines joins Portfolio.

  • Sharon Waxman announced she is not returning to the New York Times.

  • Voxant, the new media network announced the appointment of Marcien Jenckes, formerly Senior Vice President of Messaging, Community and Voice at AOL, as its new CEO.

  • Chris Bodenner has joined The Hotline.

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • The National Press Foundation is hosting a free, half-day seminar on Thursday to help journalists make sense of the federal budget. Reservations are required by Wednesday. For more info, click here.

  • AP: Covering Britney Spears is a big deal, people.

  • PFAW reports that the Virginian-Pilot has reported that Pat Robinson is interested in purchasing the Norfolk based newspaper.

  • Fox Business reports, “The New York Times Company’s stock on Wednesday hit a price it hasn’t seen in almost two decades. Shares of the company known for its namesake flagship newspaper hit a low of $15.12 yesterday, a price the stock has not seen since 1988. The stock recovered slightly on Thursday, however.”

  • Business Week’s Jon Fine writes, “You’ve Got Tribune. Now Do Something — How new owner Sam Zell can breathe life into newspapers amid widespread malaise”

  • Reuters spoke with Gannett’s newspaper division chief Sue Clark-Johnson about her departure from the company. Check out the interview here.

  • The LA Times wonders if Mike Allen ever sleeps.

  • “The National Press Foundation welcomed three journalists to its Board in 2007, including Jim Brady of washingtonpost.com, Amy Walter of the National Journal’s The Hotline, and Wendy Wilkinson of NBC News.” For the full release, click here.

  • The Hill reports, “Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) is criticizing NBC for disinviting him from an upcoming Nevada presidential debate, and says he is considering legal action. NBC had invited the long-shot candidate on Jan. 9 but rescinded its decision Friday morning, when NBC Political Director Chuck Todd informed the Kucinich camp that the network was ‘redoing’ its participation criteria, according to the campaign”

  • Entries for the Thomas L. Stokes Award for Best Energy Writing are due on January 31. For more info, click here.

  • The Chronicle for Higher Education announced, “The Chronicle has joined with Gallup in a new partnership. The first venture of the Chronicle/Gallup Poll Alliance is designed to help colleges use polling to learn more about how they are perceived by the public.”

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  • A C-SPAN release announced, “C-SPAN, the political network of record, will air LIVE coverage of the House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on the Mitchell Report and the illegal use of steroids in Major League Baseball. Live coverage will begin Tuesday, January 15th at 9:30 AM ET on C-SPAN2 and C-SPAN Radio. The hearing will also be available LIVE through streaming video at: www.c-span.org.”

  • David Carr on Election 2008 being a runaway hit.

  • An NBC release announced, “‘NBC Nightly News’ anchor Brian Williams will moderate a debate among the Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday, Jan. 15, 9-11 p.m. ET, live on MSNBC from the Cashman Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Hillary Clinton and former Sen. John Edwards will participate. The debate, to focus on issues important to minority voters, is sponsored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 100 Black Men of America, IMPACTO, the Democratic African-American Leadership Council, the College of Southern Nevada and the Nevada Democratic Party.”

  • “MASN grabs ‘Rookie of the Year’” writes The Examiner’s Jim Williams.

  • Media Matters on Chris Matthews’ “problem”: “Put simply, Matthews behaves as though he is obsessed with Hillary Clinton. And not ‘obsessed in a charming, mostly harmless, Lloyd-Dobler-with-a-boom-box kind of way. ‘Obsessed’ in a this-person-needs-help kind of way.” Feministing also joins the anti-Matthews movement. CJR reports on “The Anti-Chris Matthews Vote” and AP’s David Bauder also joins in.

  • Mixed Media writes,Bill O’Reilly thinks he knows why everyone gangs up Fox News: because it’s so darn successful.”

  • “If MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann were to write a book about Office Politics 101, he’d call it ‘Do As I Write, Not As I Did for 20 Years.’ Olbermann discusses office politics and other issues in the February issue of Men’s Journal magazine, out yesterday.” TVNewser has the details.

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc., the world’s largest media company, arranged $2 billion in three-year, unsecured financing to repay debt that will be coming due.”

  • Reuters reports, “CBS Corp will see growth in 2008 in ‘every single division’ and no short-term effects from a looming economic downturn or Hollywood’s writers strike, Chief Executive Les Moonves told analysts on Thursday.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “A group that includes Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. accused broadcast-industry lobbyists of interfering with U.S. regulators’ tests of mobile Internet devices that operate on unused television airwaves.”

  • FOX News Channel tell us it had its highest-rated debate/event so far this ’07-’08 political season, according to Nielsen Media Research with the South Carolina Republican event from last Thursday. Check out the AP’s analysis of the debate. TVNewser reports, “In early Nielsen estimates, Fox News Channel’s airing of the GOP debate last night drew 3.6M Total Viewers and 1.04M in the A25-54 demo. If the numbers hold, it will be FNC’s highest rated debate yet and the 5th most watched of this election cycle.”

  • Kucinich Invited, Then Uninvited, to MSNBC Debate

  • TVNewser reports, “FNC Chief Political Correspondent ‘Campaign’ Carl Cameron tells TV Guide’s Stephen Battaglio he still thrives on Presidential campaign coverage: ‘There is absolutely no story anywhere in the world that is this significant. It’s the struggle for leadership in the free world. That’s better than any adrenaline or Red Bull you could possibly imagine.’”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Check out the special edition of American Observer put together by the AU journalism students while they were on the campaign trail in New Hampshire.

  • Former Gannett-er Jim Hopkins tell us “10 things” about him.

  • Dow Jones reports, “News Corp. (NWS) denied Thursday making any offer for Monster Worldwide Inc. (MNST), calling a report on the Seeking Alpha blog untrue. Seeking Alpha reported that News Corp. head Rupert Murdoch sent a letter to the board of the online-recruitment company offering $4.8 billion for it. Monster has a market cap of $3.6 billion.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Yell Group Plc, the publisher of the U.K.’s Yellow Pages phone books, had its biggest gain in London trading in a month on speculation about a bid from Google Inc. Yell rose as much as 4.4 percent, the biggest increase since Dec. 10. The stock climbed 5.50 pence, or 1.7 percent, to 331.25 pence at 8:37 a.m. in London, valuing the company at 2.6 billion pounds ($5.1 billion).”

  • Mickey Kaus continues to hate on Ezra Klein, asking “Is Ezra Klein young enough to be this pompous?”

  • Today, “MonkeySee.com (Great Falls VA) will officially launch a new how-to video site. Visitors to MonkeySee.com can access both free professionally-produced content as well as user-generated video of real experts sharing knowledge, demonstrations, and tips for more successful living on topics that range from fitness to finance and cooking to careers.”

  • Wonkette reports, “we were very pleased this morning to see that Peggy Noonan, our nation’s most beloved newspaper columnist since 1911, mentioned our New Hampshire coverage and a particularly Victorian bit of high-minded satire we dropped along the way”

  • E&P reports, “Calling it a “nationwide experiment,” The New York Times on Thursday launched a new program asking online readers to submit photos of polling places during the ongoing primaries and general election. Dubbed the Polling Place Photo Project, the online initiative hopes to get photos from every polling place in the nation, according to a release.”

  • Street Insider asks, “Could Microsoft (MSFT) Buy Yahoo (YHOO)?”

  • “After a year-long hiatus, NPR’s Office of the Ombudsman is back in business with a weekly Wednesday column, radio appearances and talks.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • The Washington Note reported Friday, “An American journalist, Nicholas Schmidle, who authored the article ‘Next Gen Taliban’ that appeared in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine has been deported from Pakistan. He was forced to leave today — Friday, 11 January.”

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Meet the new twit, same as the old twit. It’s the media, of course. They got it wrong again this week, covering the Democrats in New Hampshire. The think-tankers will be mulling this one for years. After all, they’ll say, we’re not just talking about a few bad predictions here and there. The best brands in the business led the public astray

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    JOBS

  • The HealthCentralNetwork.com is looking for an Executive Producer.

  • www.HealthCentral.com is looking for a Web content producer.

  • AARP is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • MarketWatch is looking for a Financial Regulation & Housing Reporter.

  • SourceMedia is looking for a Reporter, The Bond Buyer (Washington Bureau.

  • Bloomberg is looking for a Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac Reporter.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Specialist, Renewals.

  • Modern Luxury Media, LLC is looking for an Advertising Account Executive.

  • Leading Authorities Inc is looking for a CEO Update Editor-in-Chief.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Manager, Group Planning.

  • National Geographic Society is looking for a Director, Associate Creative.

  • National Public Radio is looking for a Marketing Manager, Digital Media.
  • The Chronicle Newspapers is looking for an Editor.

  • NPR is looking for a Producer 1, Digital News, News & Information, Editor l, ll, or lll, Digital News, News & Information and a Production Assistant, NPR Music.

  • Freedom House is looking for an Editorial/Program Assistant (Iran Programs).

  • The Atlantic is offering an Editorial Internship.

  • FDAnews is looking for an Executive Editor.

  • Petersburg Progress-Index is looking for a Sports Reporter/Paginator.

  • FoxSports/Scout.com is seeking a Baseball Reporter.

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