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Morning Hire: National Review Names Costa D.C. Editor

National Review has named Robert Costa to be their Washington Editor for the magazine and website. Editor Rich Lowry announced the news in a release this morning.

Costa has been National Review‘s Political reporter since 2010. In his new post, he will be directing reporting efforts for NR and NRO and managing the Capitol Hill bureau.

“My focus is really going to be building up a reporting team and making sure we’ll be covering Capitol Hill as best we can,” Costa told FishbowlDC. “We’re still going to have a great Washington team…at the same time we’re going to be bringing some reporters down to Washington from New York and [will be] looking to make some new hires. We’re looking to bulk up our ranks.”

Costa, who was National Review Institute’s inaugural William F. Buckley Fellow in Political Journalism, was recently cited as one of the capital’s best journalists by Politico and Washingtonian. He is a CNBC contributor who frequently appears on “The Kudlow Report,” and MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

A native of Yardley, Pa., Costa earned a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2008, and a master’s degree in politics from the University of Cambridge in 2009.

TWT‘s Curl Goes After ABC’s Tapper

Don’t look for TWT Columnist and Drudge’s Joe Curl and ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper to kiss and make up anytime soon. Curl, a former White House correspondent, took a machete to the mainstream media in a Sunday column, taking large slices out of the media covering President Obama as a whole and ripping on TIME and MSNBC Contributor Mark Halperin. But he took special care and precision in going after “The Tap” as he writes, pointedly and personally mocking Tapper.

Curl begins with the “dog” metaphor and stretches it out, saying that the MSM has been in the “downward-facing dog position” for the past four years. And then, employing the reporter’s full name, the almost uncomfortable attack on “Jacob Paul ‘Jake’ Tapper” begins.

Tapper worked for Handgun Control Inc. and the “ultra-liberal” Salon magazine, writes Curl, who then goes after his wife, whom he does not name, indicating she’s the “former regional field manager for Planned Parenthood Federation.” He moves on to Tapper’s book, Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency, calling it a “mega-non-best-seller” and citing the author speaking about media bias. Then Curl twists the knife by making fun of an appearance on ABC’s “This Week.”

Tapper has been praised by conservatives for asking tough questions that some think make him decidedly anti-Obama: National Review Online writer Jonah Goldberg: “There’s a reason why ABC’s Jake Tapper is one of the few nonconservative reporters respected on the right: He’s stayed as skeptical of Obama as he was of George W. Bush.” National Review Editor Rich Lowry: “In May, a bi-partisan majority of the House, including 20 Democrats, voted to ban abortion for the purpose of sex selection. As the National Right to Life Committee noted, it didn’t occur to reporters to ask the White House about the president’s position on the legislation, with the honorable exception of Jake Tapper (who, for some reason, is always the honorable exception).” Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham: “Jake Tapper of ABC News, one of the few honest brokers out there in the non-Fox White House Press Corps.”

This won’t sit well. Washington can feel like a small town where media is concerned, so this should make for some exquisitely awkward party moments. We just hope we’re there to witness them.

Tapper declined to comment on Curl’s column.

An excerpt:

…America’s reporters are prepared to do what must be done so they can get back to their skewered shrimp in the faux gardens of upper Manhattan — with Barack Obama back in the White House.

All of this comes as a tremendous shock to Jacob Paul “Jake” Tapper. The Dartmouth grad who once worked for Handgun Control Inc. and the ultra-liberal Salon magazine (is his wife a former regional field manager for Planned Parenthood Federation? Yes, yes she is) did not really know there was this “liberal bias” when authoring the mega-non-best-seller “Down and Dirty: The Plot to Steal the Presidency” (surprisingly, it was not about how Al Gore tried to steal the presidency).

Journos, Politicos React to Derbyshire Racist ‘Talk’

There is much talk about John Derbyshire‘s notoriously-racist column published in Taki last week. Not just because it was so nastily anti-black, but also because Derbyshire was fired from National Review as a result.

Derbyshire’s “latest provocation, in a webzine, lurches from the politically incorrect to the nasty and indefensible,” National Review Editor Rich Lowry declared in a post on Saturday. “So there has to be a parting of the ways.”

Though originally from the UK, Derbyshire lives on Long Island. His earliest column for National Review Online is from the year 2000. He hasn’t responded to a request for comment. He was with the publication since 1998.

Derbyshire’s column drew widespread criticism. In Washington, journos and political types weighed in over the weekend.

Politico‘s Alex Burns compared Derbyshire to D.C. Councilman Marion Barry, who recently caused a stir by commenting on Asians who open “dirty” stores in the District.

“I should be offended by this Derbyshire piece but it’s so incoherent that I can’t tell why. Probably my Negroid IQ”– The Atlantic‘s Ta0Nehisi Coates.

“Good news for Derbyshire: []  is always looking for race-baiting writers.”– MMfA’s Eric Boehlert.

“According to [Politico's Dylan Byers] Derbyshire’s column was “widely viewed as racist in nature.”– Metro Weekly‘s Chris Geidner in an apparently snarky tweet about Byers’s post on the column.

“I know I don’t,”– National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru responding to a tweet from ObsoleteDogma who asked if anyone at the publication wants “to be associated with someone who publishes racist trash like this.”

At what age should parents have ‘the talk’ with their kids about John Derbyshire?– Former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett.

Some reaction from the comments section of the column:

  • “[D]ownright disgusting way of messing up the kids,” one said.
  • “Well, he’s done a public service, having the racists out themselves by allowing them to pretend to be ‘hard-headed clear thinkers,’ who extrapolate a mugging into a theory of eugenics,” said another.
  • And, “Is there something statistically incorrect about this article?”

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TV reporter frets about his hair

“Finally wake up and don’t look like ‘Greg Brady.’ Now I find out I can catch cancer from the product which has given me straight hair!” — ABC7 Reporter Stephen Tschida in a Monday tweet. Pssst Stephen…try the Keratin treatment, the one without formaldehyde.

King critique

“King even interrupting the 10 second answers.” — National Review Editor Rich Lowry in a Monday night tweet during the CNN televised GOP debate in New Hampshire. CNN’s John King moderated.

“Seriously: How did Gingrich escape any scrutiny of his campaign difficulties? I mean, really??” — The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien in a Monday night tweet about the GOP debate.

If Treach’s son was gay…

“If I found out my son was gay, I’d tell him: 1) I love him no matter what, and 2) I could really use his help picking a living room set.” The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher in a Monday tweet.

Weiner Analysis

“Real reason Weiner’s getting shivved: Congress is like prison and he’s a man without a gang.” — Fortune Magazine’s Tory Newmyer in a Monday tweet.

The Pizza Man makes a big choice

“Deep Dish.” — GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain in Monday night’s GOP debate when CNN’ s John King asked if he prefers deep dish or thin crust pizza.

Missing Broder

“The first real debate of 2012. It doesn’t seem right without David Broder here. #wapo” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a Monday tweet.

Deep thoughts on Journalism…

“Journalism isn’t about what you ‘think’ or ‘believe.’ Skepticism and curiosity are hammer and nails. Takes skill to build something.” — Mediaite‘s White House reporter Tommy Christopher in a weekend  tweet.

Everyone’s a fashion critic

“CNN”s Wolf Blitzer and John King are wearing matching purple ties. Purple, insiders note, is made by mixing red & blue. #bipartisanship.” — Vanity Fair in a Monday tweet.

“Um, weird moment just now on CNN: @JohnKingUSA and @WolfBlitzerCNN wearing identical suit/tie combos. Uniforms tonight, perhaps? #cnndebate” — Mediaite TV Editor Mark Joyella in a Monday tweet.


Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a roundtable with National Review‘s Rich Lowry, NPR’s Michele Norris, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson and NBC’s Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and Harvard University psychiatrist Dr. Alvin Poussaint, as part of the “Children of the Recession” series

ABC’s This Week: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen and a roundtable with Donna Brazile, NYT‘s David Brooks, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Karl Rove and “Power Player” Bugles Across America founder Tom Day

CNN’s State of the Union: Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Bill Maher, Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page, Washington Examiner‘s Chris Stirewalt, Time‘s Karen Tumulty

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “Foreign Affairs” editor Gideon Rose, “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global” Fawaz Gerges, WSJ‘s Bret Stephens, “The Geopolitics of Emotion” author Dominique Moisi, “Reimagining India” author Nandan Nilekani and former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s David Ignatius, BBC’s Katty Kay, Time‘s Michael Duffy and AP’s Jennifer Loven

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s David Sanger, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid, Time‘s Karen Tumulty and NJ‘s John Maggs

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Roll Call‘s Keith Koffler, David Drucker, Jackie Kucinich and Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

Rich Lowry: The FishbowlDC Interview

Say hello to Rich Lowry- don’t call him Richard- co-author of “Banqo’s Ghost” with Keith Korman.

In Lowry’s own words the basic plot: “Left-wing journalist sent on a rogue CIA mission to Iran to assassinate Iran’s top nuclear scientist; mayhem ensues. Some people will have fun arguing whether one character, the left-wing media-savvy editrix Josephine von Hildebrand, is more like Katrina vanden Heuvel or Arianna Huffington. Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Joy Behar, Larry King, et. al make appearances by name.”

“Banquo’s Ghosts” is on bookshelves now.

What does your morning reading list include?
I’m old school. I still get five newspapers delivered at home, NY Times, Washington Post, New York Post, Wall Street Journal and USA Today: I read the New York Post first (some of us at NR call it “the newspaper of record”). Online, I first turn to NRO, RealClearPolitics, and Drudge.

What single person has played the biggest role or has had the biggest influence on your career? Easy- Bill Buckley.

How many suits do you own? Just enough to get by, basically two, one grey, one dark blue. Somehow I’ve also accumulated two summer suits, which I’ll wear once or twice a year.

What is the name of your cell phone ring? I have a rotation of “Daughter” by Pearl Jam, “All the Small Things,” by Blink 182 and “Everybody” by the Blues Brothers (Remember that scene in the movie? “We’re so glad to see so many of you lovely people here tonight, and we would especially like to welcome all representatives of the Illinois law enforcement community who have chosen to join us in the Palace hotel ballroom at this time”). And, finally, “Les voici! Voici la quadrille” for my girlfriend’s calls, since she’s an opera fan.

How many emails do you receive a day? How many do you answer? I’m not sure. A lot. And I don’t answer enough. If anyone has brilliant ideas for e-mail management, please let me know.

Where do you power-lunch? Starbucks.

What’s your favorite or go-to drink? Vodka tonic.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Charles Krauthammer. Marry an incredibly incisive intellect with fearsome powers of expression, and you get Charles. As they say in sports, he’s scary good.

What subject line in an email grabs your attention? I hate to say it, but: “Congratulations.” The one that grabs me least: “Dear Richard.” If it starts that way, I’m 100% sure that it’s from a p.r. person who got my name from some list since no one who knows me calls me Richard.

What section of the Sunday Washington Post do you read first? Op-ed pages.

If you ran a doctor’s office or a bank, what cable news station would you have on in your waiting room or lobby? Fox News, except during Yankee day games, when it would be the YES network.

Lowry’s FBDC Interview continued after the jump…

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Buckley Explains His National Review Departure

Yesterday, Christopher Buckley wrote on The Daily Beast that he was leaving his father’s magazine, The National Review. Rich Lowry wrote on NRO’s “The Corner“: “We continue to have the highest regard for Chris’s talent and wit, and extend to him warmest regards and understanding.”

He appeared on “Hardball” last night to explain further:

Maher on Lowry’s Sex Life

From HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday:

    MAHER: Rich Lowry, who’s the editor of the National Review — it’s kind of a serious publication — listen to what he said. He said: “Palin projects through the screen like crazy.” He said, “I’m sure I’m not the only male in America who, when she started dropping her first wink, sat up a little straighter in my couch.” “And her smile it was so sparkling, it sent little starbursts through the screen.”

Said Maher: “This man needs to get laid so badly.”

The Story With “The Story”

(alternate headline: “Bill Keller’s day is gonna suck“)

Yeah, so have you heard about this New York Times McCain story?

Initial assessments and punditry do not support the New York Times’ decision to run the piece.

McCain says it’s not true. Bob Bennett says the NYTimes has “lowered its standards” and calls the piece “a hit job.” Pat Buchanan called it a “weasley headline” on “Morning Joe.” Time’s Richard Stengel says he never would have run it. Tim Russert said that the more you read it, the softer the article seems. Rich Lowry says “The Times doesn’t have the goods—at least from what’s in the story–and shouldn’t have run it.” Mike Allen called it a “famously bland headline.” Joe Scarborough says the NYT has “a lot of questions to answer.” El Rushbo chimes in against the “drive-by media.” Ana Marie Cox (who likes paper dolls) gets a reaction from the McCain camp. Sam Stein asks, “Why Did The NYT Hold McCain-Lobbyist Story?” Marc Cooper says, “John McCain Owes The New York Times a Thank You Card.” Drudge had a field day with it. The McCain people clearly don’t like it:

    “It is a shame that the New York Times has lowered its standards to engage in a hit and run smear campaign,” said communications director Jill Hazelbaker, in a prepared statement sent about an hour after the Times posted their story online.

TNR (which was rumored to have forced the NYT’s hand on the story) thinks that “a lot of stuff was edited out.” The mag is working on its own story:

    The McCain campaign is apparently blaming TNR for forcing the Times’ hand on this story. We can’t yet confirm that. But we can say this: TNR correspondent Gabe Sherman is working on a piece about the Times’ foot-dragging on the McCain story, and the back-and-forth within the paper about whether to publish it. Gabe’s story will be online tomorrow.

Tucker’s having lunch with Frank Foer today so perhaps he can get the inside scoop.

Leading the charge against the piece (based on both today’s “Today” show and “Morning Joe”) is NBC/MNSBC. And, wait: Aren’t they also partners with the NYT?

Anne Applebaum says: “Thanks to lack of evidence, the article reads not like an expose but like an elaborate and extended piece of insinuation.

Clark Hoyt! Where are you?!?

And in case you were wondering…the reporters: Jim Rutenberg, Marilyn Thompson, David Kilpatrick and Stephen Labaton.

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Why The Hotline Kids Are Having More Fun Than You Today

“Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! Is that $23 million in your pocket or is Rich Lowry just really happy to see you?”

We kid you not: So begins the latest installment of HotlineTV

UPDATE: And one tipster writes in to remind everyone, “Hotline kids have more fun than you EVERY day.”