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Harvard Announces Spring Fellows

Harvard has announced its spring fellows to The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, located at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. They include Washingtonians.

Among them: CNN’s Peter Hamby, a national political reporter for CNN, WaPo‘s Melinda Henneberger, a national correspondent who anchors the She the People blog,

CNN Grill to Unveil Top 5 Political Journos

This afternoon CNN has an important announcement to make. Will NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, a newfound Twitter fiend who was recognized this week for his skills on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” be among the winners? Funny, he didn’t seem to take it well. Hence the eye roll.

2 p.m. to 2:30: CNN’s Peter Hamby hosts a Google hangout to announce CNN & Klout’s “Top 5 Political Journalists” in social media, with CBS News and Real Clear Politics National Reporter Scott Conroy and TIME Mag White House Correspondent Michael Scherer. Watch at YouTube.com/CNN.

We’re on pins and needles. Stay tuned…

TV News Personalities: Prepare to be Pinked

Female TV news personalities in Washington aren’t as vindictive and cutting as other cities. Sure, they’re fiercely competitive when it comes to breaking stories. But each year they come together to socialize and raise money for a worthy cause and, in the process, submit themselves to being called “newsbabes.” This year’s cause: breast cancer.

The women first powwowed at the suggestion of then-ABC7 anchor Kathleen Matthews who got FOX’s Laura Evans and WUSA’s Andrea Roane to walk the catwalk for the American Heart Association. When they began four years ago, Evans wasn’t thrilled with the name “newsbabes” Newsbabes? Who wants to be called that? The originals were Evans, NBC Washington’s Angie Goff (who has valiantly shopped for bras on air), Roane, FOX’s Sue Palka, and WUSA’s Anita Brikman. As the years wore on, Evans gave in and now shrugs it off. “I wasn’t a huge fan of the name newsbabes,” she says, “but I’ve gotten over it. It’s tongue-in-cheek and I need to loosen up a little.”

Evans says it’s all about giving back. “It doesn’t discriminate,” she said of breast cancer, noting a close friend who was diagnosed with it last year. “So we all need to help each other out.”

The bash is tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre where NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, who announced her breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year, will be the guest of honor and will share her own experience. This year’s event raises funds for George Washington University’s Mammovan, which brings services to women can’t otherwise afford them.

This year they’re breaking tradition and letting men in. They’re calling them “Newsmen in Pink.” A sampling: NBC’s Luke Russert (we heard he looks pretty snazzy in pink), CNN’s Peter Hamby and NBCs Peter Alexander. FNC is pulling out all the stops with Bret Baier, Ed Henry, Peter Doocy and Juan Williams.

The newsbabes who will be attending: Brikman, Pamela Brown, Rebecca Cooper, Evans, Doreen Gentzler, Jennifer Griffin, Lesli Foster, Goff, Hillary Holward, Megan Hughes, Brianna Keilar, Britt McHenry, Palka, Roane, Cynné Simpson, Alison Starling, Shawn Yancy and Eun Yang.

Purchasing tickets: Tickets will be available at the door tonight for $75 at The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW. The fare will naturally include a pink dessert bar put together by Georgetown Cupcake, Dolci Gelati and Sweet Signatures.

CBS “Face the Nation” Partners With Google, Schieffer Plans on Summer Staycation

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…When FBDC showed up Monday at the launch of a new partnership by CBS and Google Plus in Logan Circle, we were greeted with pure, unadulterated love. “I read FishbowlDC everyday,” CBS intern Chad Sinclair said.

Bursting with good spirits, we made our way upstairs of Fathom Creative, where the launch was hosted, and found three open bars placed no more than 25 feet apart. They made damn sure getting a drink wouldn’t be a problem. That, in itself, could have presented a problem. Unfortunately no one got out of control.

Among the first reporters to join the party was Politico‘s party animal Mike Allen. He zipped around the room shaking hands and saying hi to everyone he knew and everyone he didn’t.

Allen left 45 minutes in but was replaced by his colleague Patrick Gavin, who was wearing a blazer with tennis shoes. Gavin told us that Politico Live, Politico’s venture into video news, is a work in progress but said “it’s fun to be a part of [it].”

We soon ran into the star of the party, “Face the Nation” anchor Bob Schieffer. “No!” he said when we asked if he had any summer vacation plans. “I’ll be working my ass off,” he said.

They gave out weird purple socks as party “favors” in honor of Schieffer, known for his striking hosiery (photograph below).

The event was held to unveil an interactive election-coverage feature that CBS and Google will host roughly once a month called “hangouts.” The gist: Voters across the country will be selected to participate in tele-town halls with Schieffer. A new voice-controlled Google software facilitates the discussion. The first hangout is scheduled for Thursday. Excerpts will air on Sunday’s “Face the Nation.”

In a brief party speech Schieffer joked that he’s worried about participants in the hangouts using software that puts “ears and horns” on his face on the screen. “I can’t wait for someone to be rude to me,” he said.

Everyone at the party seemed to admire Scheiffer, chatting him up and speaking fondly of him to one another. “So goes Bob, so goes the network,” we overheard one attendee say.

Notables

Others spotted at the party: CBS White House Correspondents Bill Plante and Norah O’Donnell, Political Director John Dickerson, Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone, CNN’s Peter Hamby and the Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, who was surprisingly verbal even though her rumored policy is to give FBDC the cold shoulder.

Quotable

“I can’t believe FishbowlDC isn’t drinking” — CBS Vice President of Programming Chris Licht.

Wayne Brady to Entertain at Radio-TV Dinner

Ever since FNC’s Greta Van Susteren helped get Louis C.K. scrapped from the Radio & TV Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner, people have been wondering who will replace him. The comedian dropped out last month saying that he “just didn’t want to do it anymore.” Among other things, Van Susteren had called him a “pig” for using “filthy” language about women in his routines.  She cited the C-word.

The new host is Wayne Brady. We noticed that CNN’s Peter Hamby reported it on Twitter this morning.

Brady is known for improvisational comedy. He can also sing, so this ought to be interesting. Of course, not as intriguing as Louis C.K. would have been.

“Fresh off three nights of sold out shows at The Kennedy Center, we are thrilled that Wayne Brady will return to DC as the featured speaker for this year’s RTCA Dinner” commented Jay McMichael of CNN in a subsequent release we received. McMichael is the first photojournalist to chair the black tie event. “This is an evening you’ll want to experience. We’re shaking things up, showcasing the unexpected, and delivering lots of laughs.”

CNN Hosts Online Election Roundtable

To kick off its Super Tuesday coverage, CNN will host its first-ever online election roundtable today at noon. Voters are invited to join Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Peter Hamby and political analysts Donna Brazile and Ari Fleischer for the first in a new series of web video chats about the candidates, issues and elections. If you’d like to submit a question, go to cnn.com/roundtable and sign up for one of the slots. Afterwards, you can join CNN’s political team for a 30-minute conversation, which will be live streamed on CNN.com and on CNN Mobile.

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Quotes of the Day

Journos ding victory night music

“Did not anticipate I would be in a sweaty ballroom full of Republicans rocking out to ‘Pump Up the Jam’ tonight. Life is full of surprises.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Music at Gingrich party is essentially a Casey Kasem grab bag from 1992 (i.e. atrocious)” — CNN’s Peter Hamby.

“Gingrich event a sauna cum mosh pit Must be 400+ people crammed into this small event room at Hilton #scprimary” –  Mail Online‘s U.S. Exec. Editor Toby Harnden.

Radio host blames dreams on Buffy

“Alarm went off this am, reached over to turn it off, and said calmly, ‘Well, clearly she’s possessed.’ #weirddreams #watchingtoomuchbuffy” — WMAL’s and Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham.

Whoops!

“With me are two experts, the co authors of Game Change…TIME‘s Mark Halperin and New York Magazine’s John Halperin.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Saturday night. John’s surname is Heilemann.

Reporter calls out the pundits

“Pretty much every pundit + journo in America has said Romney certainly will be nominee. Will the whole lot of ‘em reverse course tomorrow?” — RealClearPolitics’ Erin McPike.

Irony…“Newt, humbled by tonight’s results, is now explaining how stupid everyone in Washington is.” — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty.

Bold admission

“Ok, i’m done for the evening RT’ing about things I have no firsthand knowledge of.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long.

Another reason for Newt to hate the media

“Odd delay. Newt announced, then…..nothin” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

“Even in victory, Newt can’t help but be a gigantic dick.” — NYT Magazine Contributing Writer and Men’s Journal Contributing Editor Stephen Rodrick.

NBC’s ‘MTP’ can’t be psyched about this…

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell‘s advice for Newt on the eve of his Sunday “MTP” appearance: “I would cancel Meet the Press immediately.” The Rev. Al Sharpton: “I think he will blow it in the one-on-one interview.”

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Quotes of the Day


Whose Lips?

Question of the hour…“Is Martin Bashir ever coming back? Or are we just going to have rotating weeks of Ezra Klein and [Jonathan] Capehart at 3 p.m. on MSNBC?” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo sees bloodshed in Syria

“Just once I’d like to get through a day without seeing another dead child in Syria. I think I’ve seen four today. One is too much. Ever.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Tuesday tweet.

HuffPost Hill snaps at Politico scribe

“No shit,” wrote HuffPost Hill (Editor: Eliot Nelson) in a reactionary RT of Politico‘s Byron Tau‘s message: “Matt Bai says Pawlenty failed to articulate a compelling reason for his candidate.” Read Bai’s piece here.

Buttry is butt of own joke

And now, JRC Employee and former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry gets a laugh at his own expense… “Who booked a flight this early? Me? Where do I complain about that?” By the way, he’s at Omaha Eppley Airfield, which he embarrassingly checked into on foursquare.

Journos on the run

“Morning run thru beautiful Dubuque–past a giant statue of ‘American Gothic’” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush in a Tuesday tweet.

“Went running this am for the first time in 2 years, forgot how great it makes me feel. Machines at the gym just don’t compare.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott in a Tuesday tweet.

The Media Critic

“Amazing how people cannot quote properly. Perry didn’t say ‘almost treasonous’ — quote was “almost treacherous … treasonous.” — Human Events’ Tony Lee in a Tuesday tweet. He points out that lefty ThinkProgress got the quote wrong by leaving out treacherous…see here. He adds that CNN’s Peter Hamby was among the few to get it right.

CNN’s Lucky Penny Party

Whoever says a penny won’t get you anywhere, probably wasn’t on the guest list for CNN’s private party following the Congressional Correspondents Dinner last night.  While most attendees of the dinner trickled out of the ballroom for an obligatory nightcap at the NCTA reception, the lucky few holding one of CNN’s lucky pennies (left) partied the night away at Lincoln. Guests at the top-secret fete were treated to live music, an open bar and  a sneak preview of the glam resto-lounge set to open its doors to the public in mid-April.  CNN’s Piers Morgan, Edie Emery, Jill Chappell, Jennifer Scoggins, Sam Feist, Michelle Jaconi, Megan Grant, Christa Robinson, Peter Hamby, Alexander Mooney, Jeff Simon, Peter Morris, Evan Glass and Ed Hornick entertained dinner guests and friends of the network until well after midnight.  Spotted mingling on the copper penny-tiled floors were Embassy of Poland’s Art Orkisz, Victoria Michael, AAA’s Peter Nonis, ABC News’ John Hendren, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger and WJLA’s Philip Stewart and Rebecca Cooper.

CNN's Bethany Crudele and Ed Hornick

The scene at 12.45p h/t Jeff Simon

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QUOTES of the DAY


AWKWARD MOMENTS: WaPo‘s Dana Milbank writes this week, “Just interviewed a guy outside State Dept wearing only a jockstrap. (Him, not me.)” Picture posted by Milbank.

Tkacik’s unusual plan for MSNBC’s Matthews

“Can someone impose a definitely-fly zone above Chris Matthews right now?” — Freelance writer and former WCP media blogger Moe Tkacik in a Tuesday tweet.

From one Boy Bander to another

“Norm Dicks citing @EzraKlein (not by name) on floor.” –  Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet, praising his WaPo pal. Norm Dicks is a Democratic congressman from Washington.

Buttry has name sympathy for Baals

“Though I am no w/o sympathy on the issue of name-based ridicule, I was hoping Harry would get his due: apne.ws/exfQWn @NPRinskeep” — TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Tuesday tweet. He links here to a story about a building in Fort Wayne, Ind. not being named after Henry Baals (pronounced balls). The building is instead being called “Citizens Square.” Astonishingly, the AP story says, the former mayor chose to pronounce his surname balls despite his descendants saying it like this: bales (like hay).

Journo to Belize

“What do I call a great weekend? Two tickets to Belize = BOOKED. See you soon, la isla bonita…” — Shira Toeplitz, who soon returns to Roll Call after a year at Politico.

Good times: CNN contributor shares hate call

“Call of the day, via my call screener Liz: “I’m sending Dana a truck of Jew food for her Jew kike ass.” #newtone #longerthansugar” – Big Journalism Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch in a Tuesday tweet. Loesch appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” last weekend.

FNC’s Beck trashed at 9:30 Club

Lucinda Williams trashing Glenn Beck at 9:30 Club, calling him ‘condescending’ and ‘patronizing’” — CNN Reporter Peter Hamby in a Tuesday night tweet. Williams is a country, folk, blues singer and songwriter.

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