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Colin Drummond photographs Cody Simpson, the new teen heart throb, on his way to the Easter Egg Roll at the White House Monday. Drummond says Simpson is now being managed by Justin Bieber‘s manager, Scooter Braun.  Translation: Expect big things from Cody in the coming year.

Journos discuss “taxpayer-payed balls”

CNBC’s Eamon Javers: “WH says b-balls w/Obama’s face were from Globetrotters, not taxpayer-payed balls.” Politico‘s Ken Vogel: “‘Taxpayer-payed balls’ – is that a TV term?” Javers’ response to Vogel: “Argh. I kant spell today.”

Only from TMZ’s Harvey Levin…“We got a pic of a guy claiming to be Hitler‘s grandson. Would you refuse to associate with him because of his relative? Call us 855 869 5483.”

On MSNBC’s “Hardball” last night, host Chris Matthews wondered about the titles of his guests and what they meant. For instance, he wanted to know why TIME‘s Mark Halperin has the title of “Senior Political Analyst for TIME” as opposed to the apparently lesser “MSNBC Political Contributor” and New York Mag’s “National Political Editor” titles for John Heilemann. Heilemann laughed. Halperin had an answer.

Matthews: “How did you get the senior title Mark?”

Halperin: “Tip the doorman.”

Letter to the Editor

A regular reader from a Washington publication that will remain anonymous wrote in to offer a contrary opinion about President Obama‘s pastor, Rev. Luis León of St. John’s Church, who said during his Easter Sunday sermon that sometimes he wishes he didn’t read the newspapers or watch television news.” He also said he felt the global economy, much like Easter and the resurrection, is ruined when you try to explain it. The reader writes, “I am a regular parishioner of St. John’s and can promise you the rector was not taking a shot at the media. What he was saying is that the news about what is happening to people all around the world is so painful and upsetting, it’s hard to read about it every day.  He was talking about how much the misery there is in the world, not blaming the media for reporting it.”

Best Hair in ‘Game Change’ Gaggle Goes to…

The best hair on the red carpet at the Newseum last week for the debut of “Game Change” was not actress Julianne Moore or balding NY Mag Editor and co-author John Heilemann. Instead the award goes to this cameraman who had the good sense to go out in public like this. Organizers suspect he was from Human Events. We’ve asked a number of employees there and haven’t been able to get confirmation. If anyone knows his exquisitely mopped creature, email us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.

Washington’s Glitzy Debut of ‘Game Change’

HBO’s Game Change came to Washington last night, perhaps in more ways than one. Politicians, their aides and reporters came together last night at the Newseum for a star-studded evening to celebrate the now famed book by NY Mag’s John Heilemann and TIME‘s Mark Halperin. On hand was Julianne Moore, who plays former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and producer Tom Hanks.

Also dotted in the crowd were network stars like the inseparable Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC (pictured above). The pair mingled at the cocktail party. Once in their seats, they rose twice — once to say hello to Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and then a second time. Mika returned with little slices of bread, which she shared with Joe. Then 15 minutes into the movie, they bolted for the door.

Before the screening, reporters convened on the ground level for what turned out to be one of the sanest red carpets we’ve seen in a long time thanks to SKDKnickerbocker. Check-in was smooth and drama free. Reporters appeared to quietly get the interviews they needed and none of the cameramen were shoving or stressed out. Unlike some of these celeb events, the scene never turned into a brawl. Guests received fancy chocolate on the way out.

Halperin and Heilemann were the belles of the ball last night. Halperin explained that he and Heilemann were not close before writing the book. “We sure are now,” he said. ” We had never even written a shopping list together. Now we’re joined at the hip. We debate, but our general view of journalism is simpatico.” Asked who is his favorite star in the movie, he replied, “I love all our children equally.” Both men are tall, but Heilemann towers over everyone he encounters, especially Game Change scriptwriter Danny Strong. Halperin is dark-haired and talks in soundbites. Heilemann is bald and speaks off the cuff.  While in a press gaggle, Heilemann joked that he likes to rest drinks on Danny’s head.

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack got quite a jolt to see himself in the film as an extra — well, he’s 98 percent certain it’s him. He’s something of a professional extra (he was also in “Clear and Present Danger”). “I was sitting right behind Woody Harrelson as a bar patron,” he told FBDC. “Spent my life preparing myself for that half a second. I think I nailed the scene.”

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Game Change: How Was it Born?

With a red carpet screening of “Game Change” happening Thursday night in Washington, TIME‘s Mark Halperin recently detailed the day he and New York Mag’s John Heilemann came up with the idea for their book.

“Game Change was born right there on North Capitol Street in front of C-SPAN as we sat [in a parked car] and talked,” Halperin said. “What we said to ourselves initially was not about a book, it was a movie.”

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Hitchens.

“Had pleasure of meeting Christopher Hitchens at a dinner party. He told great stories, holding the fullest glass of wine I’ve ever seen.” — NPR’s Ben Bergman, a producer for “Morning Edition” in Los Angeles.

“Hitchens, someone I greatly admired, then no longer admired, had the honor to argue w/, bitterly. All said, he lived a very big life. RIP.” — TPM Editor-in-Chief Josh Marshall.

“It’s selfish, but always dreamed of one day being the kind of person about whom Hitchens would say, ‘That guy’s all right.’” — Former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett.

“Hitch is dead. Glad I’m at a bar. I think he’d be glad his fans are at a bar.” — WCP‘s Ben Freed.

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Regrets.

“My fat ass is wishing I still had leftovers from Matchbox… Another time I suppose.” Washington Business Journal designer Timothy Wong.

What long, boring story does Washingtonian suggest that you read on your commute home? “A #longread for your commute home: As Dulles hits 50, it’s time to look back.” See the story here.

Journo Hate Mail

“Apparently Fishbowl would rather @MichelleFields wear a burqa when reporting. Appalling post.” — The esteemed Jenny Rogers from the esteemed TBD. Read here. And yes, all clothing worn on TV generally must meet Peter Ogburn‘s standards. Jenny wrote Ogburn on Twitter, saying, “Her retweeting a compliment isn’t nearly as weird as your post was. You’re just not going to win this one.” Did someone say winning? Fields retweeted some 46 compliments about herself after a recent appearance on FNC’s “Red Eye.” Idiocy isn’t required in everyday journalism, Jenny.

From the GOP Presidential Debate…

“Ron Paul probably has no clue what the Gchat noise is from.” — NJ‘s Ethan Klapper.

“Bachmann’s eyelashes? Used to be Ron Paul’s eyebrows. #iowadebate.” — NY Mag’s John Heilemann.

“When candidates go over time, should have Gilbert Gottfried yell ‘Just shut up. Please’. I mean, he can’t be busy right? #iowadebate.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who scarfed down Oreos while watching last night’s debate.

Michele Bachmann needs to fire her make-up person.” …”Lighting on Megyn Kelly is horrible.” — The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields, an obvious beauty expert.

“Perry just mentioned ‘getting it on’ with President Obama. Uhhh, awkward. #iowadebate.” — The Hill‘s Howiella Kurtz (a.k.a. Judy Kurtz).

“Brett Baier: And a topic that has not be raised in any of the debates so far: bestiality.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein in a reference from a White House briefing Thursday in which ABC’s Jake Tapper complained about not being called on in the proper order.  Weinstein was inspired by Baier’s pre-commercial tease. He said when they come back they’d have a question yet to be brought up at any of the debates.

“Is Newt a just bit more condescending to women? Or is he an equal opportunities patroniser?” — Times of London reporter Nico Hines.

Menacing Sam Stein Picture Emerges

Each morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the program concludes with each contributor and host saying what he or she learned.

Today NY Magazine’s John Heilemann brought up HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, who appeared on this morning’s program. “If you want to intimidate someone, send them a picture of Sam Stein taken by our crew,” advised Heilemann.

Joe Scarborough chimed in, “Can I ask, who is responsible for this Stam Stein picture? It had to be TJ.” Mika Brzezinksi: “I think it’s Alex.”

The crew declared the picture a collective effort with hosts throwing around terms like “jealous” and “glowering.”

 

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HuffPost‘s Sam Stein Earns the FishbowlDC Humility Award

“I have a bit of egg on my face having reported the Baucus wasn’t likely 4 super com. source says: ‘He wasn’t first choice. Others declined.’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a Tuesday tweet. We didn’t even have a FishbowlDC Humility Award until now. Stein reported that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) wasn’t likely to be on the Super Committee. Alas, he is. Stein gets high marks for this tweet. Not every journalist in D.C. would fess up so humbly.

Young journo begs Baier to pose tough q’s

“@Bret_Baier Bret, please push the candidates on fiscal policy/debt ceiling/economic issues and please for specifics. So tough 2 get answers” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle in a Tuesday tweet. Can Fox News set up a Big Brother program?

Matt Mackowiack: Star of the new film ‘Shameless’

“@fishbowldc I went to Kinko’s and voted from every single computer I could find! How am I doing?” — Potomac Flacks blogger Matt Mackowiak in a Tuesday night tweet in reference to FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives. Mack was nominated for Biggest Self-Promoter and the last poll indicates he’s winning.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s first conversation is between The Atlantic’s Deputy Editor Scott Stossel and the cantankerous Commentary Magazine’s John Podhoretz.

Podhoretz: Why does my Twitter typeface keep changing? Strange.

Stossel: Must be the ‘shrooms.

 

Quaint thought for D.C.

“It is nerdy awesomeness when you finish one book and then the library lets you know your book on hold is ready.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Katy DeLuca in a Tuesday tweet. She edits Yeas & Nays among other features.

Overheard…

“Overheard in library where TPaw was: Librarian: ‘I’m not political. But I’m so mad that I’m becoming political!’” – Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Tuesday tweet.

The Media Critic

“I’m not listening, but Dylan Ratigan seems very angry.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Tuesday tweet.

Can’t Marcus Brauchli install a better system?

“Just did a search in our system for photos of Tiger Woods and got back a pic of a 2-year-old chimp feeding a bottle of milk to a baby tiger.” –  WaPo Sports Editor Lindsay Apple in a Tuesday tweet. (Hello Lindsapple!)

Smartass journo

“Any chance House and Senate leaders pick the dozen smartest/best-qualified/policy-aware lawmakers to sit on the supercommittee? Just kidding.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Allen in a Tuesday tweet.

A Convo Between Two Journos II

This conversation is between WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and New York Magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.

Cillizza: The thing that could move needle for Huntsman in FL tomorrow: Jeb Bush endorsement.

Heilemann: You reporting, bub, or merely speculating?

The Hill’s Cusack to Resume Acting Career

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack is having a pretty exciting week, and amazingly it has nothing to do with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner pre-parties. He’s resuming his long-dormant acting career on Friday in Baltimore where he’ll be an extra on the set of the HBO movie “Game Change.”

He has no script to learn as the role won’t  likely involve speaking. He also didn’t even have to audition. “Once you’re in SAG, you just email the casting agent with a head shot,” he explained of the Screen Actors Guild, of which he is a member.

Cusack is an old hat at being an extra. He has been in more than 20 movies, including “The Pelican Brief,” “Guarding Tess,” “In the Line of Fire” and “Dave.” Sometimes it’s hard to spot him though he’s clearly seen in “Clear and Present Danger.” (See here for a refresher course on that.)

“Game Change” is based on the bestselling book by TIME‘s Mark Halperin and NY Mag’s John Heilemann on the 2008 presidential election race.

Julianne Moore is playing the part of Sarah Palin while Ed Harris is taking on the role of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Woody Harrelson is also in the film.

Michael Kinsley Heads to Bloomberg View

New York Magazine National Affairs Correspondent John Heilemann released the tip just minutes ago of a possible job prospect for Bloomberg View. He wrote, “Just ran into Mike Kinsley in lobby of offices of Bloomberg View, getting tour from DShipley. Draw your own conclusions. #anothermarqueehire”

It’s not a mere prospect. An industry source has confirmed that Kinsley is going to work for Bloomberg View, the new opinion service launched by Bloomberg L.P. We hear that a number of editorial writers and editors are being paid $500,000 or more to jump ship. More announcements are coming.

In early September of last year, Kinsley, along with MSNBC pundit Joe Scarborough, went to work for Politico as the publication’s first opinion columnists. We’ve reached out to Politico to ask who will replace Kinsley.

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Scarborough’s birthday breakfast

“Aka “The Metamucil Pack.” Happy bday J!  — NBC’s Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a Saturday morning tweet, a remark to MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Joe Scarborough‘s announcement that he was celebrating his birthday eating breakfast at iHop with Random House Executive Editor and PBS Contributor  John Meacham, TIME‘s Mark Halperin and NY Magazine’s John Heilemann.

“Wish you were here to see Meacham wolfing down the Ihop chicken strips and waffles special. #pulitzerprizewinner” — MNSBC’s Scarborough to FNC anchor Bret Baier in a Saturday morning tweet after Baier wished him a happy birthday.

Major relieved to be off-air

“RT @RuthAnneAdams: Lookee at Major! Pulling a Congressional all-nighter! But no kliegs and no hairspray and no make-up!!// equals BLISS” — NJ‘s Congressional correspondent Major Garrett in a Friday night tweet expressing how happy he is to be off TV. He’s a former White House correspondent for Fox News.

Scribe gets note from editor

“Email from editor this morning includes ‘Too bad, but thems the breaks.’ I laughed. — TBD.com News Aggregation Editor Nicole Young in a Saturday morning tweet.

Come on Shutdown, hurry up, booze abounds

House will began debate around midnight. Looks like the govt won’t shut down … but by the time we get outta here, all the DC bars might. — CNN’s Rachel Streitfeld in a Friday night tweet.

“Dear House: please stop. less talkie, more leaving so i can drink jamesons in peace. yours truly #shutdownboy” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton in a Friday night tweet.

The cheerleader

“Go Luke loud, louder, Loudest! The public needs answers.” — Anonymous tipster on Russert.

Where’s the Twitter logic?

“Sadly the dumb people that you block on twitter still show up if someone you follow retweets them.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito in a Friday tweet.

Journo’s fashionable response to potential shutdown

“Today wearing Countdown to Shutdown clock around my neck like Flava Flav” — “The Takeaway’s” Congressional radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Friday tweet.

Karl makes it into Gridiron

“Congrats to @jonkarl who took a break from reporting on #shutdown to be elected to Gridiron Club, DC’s oldest press group.” — USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page in a Friday tweet about ABC News’s Jonathan Karl.

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