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“As the bickering continued, senior aides to rank-and-file Republicans resorted to watching the Twitter feeds of congressional reporters to learn who was demanding what.”WaPo story by Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane.

Lawmaker questions Amazing Grace song choice

“Dem Rep. Gerry Connolly amused that House GOP sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at morning meeting. ‘Isn’t that usually sung at funerals?’” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Horsing around

“Adam Goldman is going to be the most talented, tenacious high school volleyball reporter the Washington Post has ever had.” — WaPo foreign policy blogger Max Fisher.

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In praise of NRO‘s Robert Costa

“Just your daily @robertcostaNRO is a great reporter tweet, because someone needed to say it.” — CNN’s Erin McPike.

“Am going to have to say, I don’t know @robertcostaNRO — and what he reports usually pisses me off — but he is well-sourced and moves quickly.” — Former Senate flack and Quinn & Gillespie associate Jim Manley.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:07 a.m.

Ouch!

“I tried to retweet Glenn Greenwald’s statement, but he’s blocking me on Twitter.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker.

images-4But not so much for MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman…

“I’m thankful for Abby Huntsman having a role on MSNBC to tell me what rational conservatism really is… #LeanForward” — The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor.

Journo would like to forget the news

“I swear if I didn’t love this country as much as I do, I’d move to a remote area in Montana, live like a mountain man & never read the news.” — TheBlaze‘s evening editor Jason Howerton.

Tommy Christopher: As serious as a heart attack

“You think reporting on the White House is tough, try reporting on White House reporters.” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. “Christopher” got some ink Tuesday from Politico and The Daily Caller. No doubt he didn’t mean to get media attention for himself. See Politico‘s story here. Hadas Gold quotes Christopher as saying, “I’ve been frustrated, for a long time, over the trivial way some of the White House reporters have handled this,” he said, referring to the health care debate. As some may recall, three years ago he tweeted his own heart attack and later suffered from gangrene on his appendix. To be sure, during the latter illness his yellow-hued skin tone showed just how sick he was. See The Daily Caller‘s story here. The DC‘s lede: “On Tuesday, Mediaite White House correspondent Tommy Christopher added another chapter to his ongoing self-promotional crusade masquerading as a career in journalism.”

 

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Jeff Bezos Watch Continues, Day 11

We were keeping track of the number of stories about WaPo’s sale to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, but lost count somewhere around 17 billion. Is it safe yet to call a state-of-emergency over the level of journalistically-induced hysteria this has caused? If we don’t reach the peak coverage soon, This Town might just implode in on itself.

Here are a few of the latest pieces:

Tim Carmondy, for Neiman Lab: Talk about some foresight, Carmody is already looking to Bezos’ death in this piece: “The Washington Post offers Bezos the chance to reinvent a newspaper during turbulent times, and in the process leave something to his family beyond Amazon.” Because the $25 billion he was already leaving them wasn’t enough?

WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane: Yesterday Cillizza published what he said were real emails between himself and Kane, though they’ve been edited for grammar. Side Note: if this is how they generally email, maybe they’re doing it wrong? It seems so… staged? Can we please have some filthy cussing in the next series? Anyway, Cillizza makes at least one good point: “Local newspapers were struggling long before the Bezoses of the world decided to get into the journalism industry.” And Kane: “…if this experiment ends well, does it mean the ‘Benevolent Billionaire’ is the only path to success for newspapers and their successors?” If the answer is yes, then that is bad, bad news folks.
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Summer Superlatives 2013: Most Respected Journalist in Washington

This is a tough category. But today we ask you to help determine who is Washington’s most respected journalist. The lineup of contestants includes USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, CNN’s Jake Tapper, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, WSJ Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib, CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer and Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. A Capitol Hill aide remarked to FishbowlDC, “On the Hill, Paul Kane’s integrity is unquestioned.” Of Page and Balz, a journalist tooted their horns, saying, “I don’t know a single person — politician wise — who would say no to either one of them.” May the most respected journo win!

Journos Win NJ’s Big Trivia Night

Last night National Journal‘s “The Hotline” hosted its annual Political Pursuit trivia contest in which members of Congress, journalists and consultants comprise teams and show their smarts for the big win.

“You can’t study for this,” said SKDknickerbocker’s Doug Thornell, who played on the Hotline Insiders team. “I actually think I’m really good at [trivia].” His brother showed up, as did his parents, who assured FishbowlDC that he was a very smart boy growing up. (See the Thornell fam pictured below.)

In a stunning victory, Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), clearly the most impressive player in the room last night, and his team came in second place. The journalists, who in the first four rounds, didn’t seem like they were faring so well, shot back up to win. They included WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who made a funny Weiner joke, and Paul Kane, The Cook Report’s Amy Walter, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, and NYT‘s Carl Hulse.

Which member of Congress had a unit of measure named after him? Cillizza’s guess: former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). The room broke into hysterics. Another hard question: How many calories does a fried stick of butter contain? This was what Mitt Romney ate during the campaign at a fair. The answer shocked everyone: It’s only 400 calories.

All the journalists walked home with Genius Trophies after earning an astounding 285 points. The Hotline Insiders team wasn’t far behind with 260, and the Members Only team came in third with 173 points.

The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson played Alex Trebek along with Quinn McCord, who wrote the evening’s incredibly tough questions. Read more

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Reflection on WHCD’s past

“You know you are old if you can remember when the White House Correspondents Dinner was just a dinner in a hotel basement.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

A polite and impolite view of Politico‘s Leibo piece

“Not a reflexive @politico hater by any means but the Allen/Vandehei piece on @MarkLeibovich sure bears out his thesis of DC’s awfulness.” — The Hill‘s Associate Editor Niall Stanage. Then there’s Michael Cohen, a columnist for The Guardian, who wasn’t so kind. He wrote, “Dear Washington DC: This article is kind of the reason people don’t like you.” Read the Politico piece here.

Number of Weiner jokes made National Journal‘s Political Pursuit game last night at the Newseum: At least 2. One was made by an unknown member of the audience; the other by WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who was on the winning team of journliasts that included WaPo‘s Paul Kane, NYT‘s Carl Hulse, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz and The Cook Report’s Amy Walter. More on the event later…

And now a note from our Spiritual Counselor Sophia Nelson, of theGrio.com and Essence: “We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. Protect your spirit. Feed your spirit. Guard your spirit. Bless your spirit.”

If you can’t beat ‘em, leave the country

“Out of the city and country for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Totally unplanned. Tears of unbridled joy. Alhamdullilah.” — Washington freelancer Sam Knight, who writes for Salon and Washington Monthly.

NPR has rep to uphold

“*sigh* If I had a nickel for every time I’ve thought this… ” –NPR’s Audie Cornish, host of “All Things Considered” in response to this: “@GeeDee215: okay. i’mma stop. This is NPR, etc.”

Yeah, riiiight: “It’s definitely smaller this year.” — SKDknickerbocker’s Doug Thornell on this year’s Garden Brunch hosted by Tammy Haddad, SKD’s Hilary Rosen and others.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week: “Hey Peter Ogburn. While you humiliate some person who no one knows, same question can be asked of you: who the hell are you? Or who should care about the mostly puerile things you write? Advice? Find something else to do with your life.” Dear ASS: He is Peter Ogburn, THAT’s who. Who are you? Oh, right, the person who is too cowardly to attach your name to your note.

Journo Love

“Follow by the far the funniest @politico: @LucyConstance.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

And finally, a morning Bible lesson from FNC’s Brit Hume‘s wife, Kim Hume: “A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. Proverbs 14:30 (NKJV)”

Politico Playbook Puts WaPo’s Ass on Blast

In Politico Playbook today, Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen took stabs at what he clearly viewed to be an aging and achingly familiar lede in WaPo‘s story regarding “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

From Playbook:

SOUND FAMILIAR? Lead sentence of lead story of today’s WashPost: “The contours of a deal to avert the year-end ‘fiscal cliff’ are becoming increasingly clear.”

–FLASHBACK – POLITICO lead story, Nov. 29: “[T]he contours of a deal – including the size of tax hikes and spending cuts it will most likely contain – are starting to take shape.”

The stories in question are this one by Allen and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and this one by WaPo‘s Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane. Both pieces address the inner workings of Congress on a deal to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts. (The awkward factor here is medium high: VandeHei and Kane both previously worked at Roll Call. Notes Kane: “We are good friends as our Mike and I.”)

Asked about the similarity of language in both stories, FishbowlDC received a response from Kane that could only be described as touchy… Read more

Sen. Baucus is Tying Knot: Who Wrote it Best?

It’s wedding bells for Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and his former aide, Melodee Hanes, this weekend and Washington’s gossip writers took to the news in a variety of vanilla ways. As it often happens, best to read several items on the same topic to get all the basics.

WaPo‘s The Reliable Source: June 30, 9 p.m. Per usual, later than the rest, but at least they got an interesting tidbit from WaPo political reporter Paul Kane who spoke directly with the senator about the honeymoon being off because Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) canceled the recess.

Roll Call‘s HOH: June 30, 4:52 p.m. This item wins the prize. Not only did they run the story the story first, but we learn that the wedding will be a low-key “boots and jeans” kind of affair. We also find out the couple will get over the fact that they’re Reid is destroying their honeymoon by hiking in in August in Glacier National Park. Also included here is the special added detail about the senator’s brother.

Politico CLICK: June 30, 7:20 p.m. This item focuses on the scrutiny of the couple’s romance when Baucus nominated his girlfriend for U.S. Attorney. The post is missing the flair and description of the others. It’s also not clear that the writer spoke to anyone about it considering it starts out saying “it looks like” they’re getting married. This presents doubt when there is none, which we learn in the next graph. They do have news and a photograph of the couple recently dancing on the White House lawn.

The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

More pictures and guests after the jump…

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“MTP” Fetes New Press Rep

MTP's Adam Verdugo, Betsy Fischer and Erika Masonhall c/o WHCInsider

A group of Washington’s journos gathered for cordials and cupcakes at the home of “Meet the Press” (MTP) E.P. Betsy Fischer last night.  The cocktail party was held to welcome Erika Masonhall to the MTP team.  Formerly press secretary for Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Masonhall is now the press representative for NBC’s “Nightly News” and “Meet the Press.”

In addition to network bigwigs like Fischer, Washington Bureau Chief Antoine Sanfuentes, David Gregory and NBC News President Steve Capus, some of the District’s top reporters were in the house to raise a glass to MTP’s press rep.  Jeff Zeleny from the New York Times, soon-to-be USA Today reporter Jackie Kucinich, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, Tammy Haddad, Roll Call‘s Jessica Brady and Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Manu Raju, and Keach Hagey all found their way out to Fischer’s Falls Church, Va. maison.

*Unfortunately for FishbowlDC, last night we learned the hard way that you should start a car more than once every three months to prevent its battery from dying.  R.I.P. battery and congrats Erika!

For more photos and info from the Masonhall fete, check out WHCInsider here.

Mike Allen, David Gregory and Antoine Sanfuentes c/o WHCInsider

Name That Journo: Revealed

The Washington D.C. journo featured in today’s photograph is WaPo‘s Paul Kane. Largely the FishbowlDC audience got it right –Rachel Gantz, Editor for Oil Price Information Service, wrote it with the correct answer first, followed by Prism PR’s Stuart Roy, Comcast’s VP for Government Communications Sena Fitzmaurice and Ianthe Zabel, of the Investment Company Institute, who wrote, “That’s easy – pic is Paul Kane of the WaPo.  As cute then as he is today!”

Only AP‘s Jim Belmont wrote in to say he thought the picture was MSNBC’s Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert.

Kane had no comment on the picture, the freckles, or what grade he was in at the time the picture was taken.

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