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Ben Pershing Covered Bartlett Before It Was Cool to Cover Bartlett

America's Sweetheart, Frmr. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Image by Melina Mara/The Washington Post.

America’s Sweetheart, Frmr. Rep. Roscoe Bartlett. Image by Melina Mara/The Washington Post.

Before Tim Mak, before Jason Koebler -there was Ben Pershing. WaPo‘s Pershing was the one who kicked off the whole Roscoe Bartlett craze back in August of 2012 with his piece, “The survivalist: Roscoe Bartlett prepares for a threatened future.” For those keeping count, that’s three profiles in major DC pubs for the octogenarian from Western Maryland. Pershing didn’t actually score an interview with the Congressman for the story -Bartlett declined a one on one -but he was the first print journalist to highlight the now-famous cabin in the woods and the Congressman’s penchant for preparing for worst-case scenarios. But even Pershing wasn’t the first-first. Bartlett had already made appearances in two documentaries, Urban Danger and America’s Cities about the vulnerability of American cities to catastrophic events.

A lot happened between August 2012 and September 2013, when Mak’s piece came out. Bartlett lost re-election and moved to West Virginia full time. Thus one could argue that it was time for an update on how ole’ Roscoe was doing. Mak’s piece for the Washington Examiner filled that niche. Koebler’s profile for Politico Mag, however, still seems gratuitous.

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Politico Mag: Thievery or Coincidence?

Either former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) has got one hell of a PR team -especially for someone who lives on a mountain in the woods of West Virginia and doesn’t have a cell phone, or someone is being less than original in their reporting. How else do you explain Bartlett scoring two profiles in two major Washington publications in less than four months?

This profile of Bartlett by Washington Examiner‘s Tim Mak went up on September 20th. This one for Politico Magazine by Jason Koebler went up yesterday. They are essentially the same piece, though Mak ( who, BTW, used to work for Politico) spares some detail. In each case, the reporter goes out to Bartlett’s complex in West Virginia, notices the isolation and self-sufficiency of it all, looks at the swans in the lake, talks with the Congressman about electromagnetic pulses and working 10 – 12 hours a day, notes that the guy may seem crazy, but actually earned a degree in physiology and served as a Navy engineer. Koebler’s article explores the EMP issues a bit more and gives more consideration to the Congressman’s philosophies about living off the grid -but they are, essentially, the same story.

Koebler mentions in his piece that he visited the Congressman “this fall”, so it’s possible he could have done so before Mak’s piece went up and just sat on the story until now. OR Koebler could have gotten the idea to write the story after Mak’s piece came out, without ever reading it. OR maybe he did see Mak’s piece and just thought he could do a better job. We here at FishbowlDC don’t presume to know which scenario is the right one -Koebler hadn’t responded to our inquiries by press time.

In any event, it would seem Bartlett has pioneered a new tactic for getting Washington media to talk about your issues -move as far away from Washington as possible.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

Examiner Plucks Reporter from TWT

Yet another reporter has left TWT for the Washington Examiner, bring the total number of TWT reporters swiped by the Examiner to three. This time it was investigative reporter Luke Rosiak, whose first day at the Examiner was Thursday, according to an inside source.

The publication recently rebranded itself as a mostly-digital political and policy news organization with a weekly print magazine. It appears to have been rebuilding its staff as well, going on a hiring spree after letting its entire local news staff go. The Examiner also recently scooped Susan Crabtree and Sean Lengell from TWT, as well as pulling defense reporter Tim Mak from Politico.

We hope it will easier for Crabtree, Lingual and now, Rosiak to get to work now that their office isn’t in a public transportation dead zone.

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Quotes of the Day

Capitol Hill Weirdness: “For some reason, this gigantic bear was being carried to the Kennedy Caucus Room today.”Politico and soon-to-be Washington Examiner‘s Tim Mak.

White House press returns from Europe

“Good to be back on the USA. White House media charter home from Ireland and Germany. Nothing like a red eye to start the day.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

The Observer

“Great to see @SarahPalinUSA back on @FoxNews. She’s a wonderful woman and commentator.” — former maybe presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:08 a.m.

Did someone say fishing?

“Politician fishing: I heard newspaper took meeting with X, but not me. In fact, you know nothing, are lying to see if I’ll reveal anything.” — The Detroit News‘ Op-ed Editor James David Dickson.

Journo contemplates violence with languishing computer

“My computer is running so slow that I’m tempted to hit it with a softball bat.” — Politico’s Leigh Munsil.

Men’s Wearhouse fallout

  • “Men’s Wearhouse’s new, millenial-friendly slogan: ‘you’re gonna like the way you look when taking a selfie on a skateboard, I guarantee it.’” — BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

And a confession…

“Both of my suits are Men’s Wearhouse, I’ve worn one to every job interview since ’07.” — Bloomberg BNA’s Alex Parker.

Reporter irked by visitor’s badges

“Pet peeve? News conferences filled with people with visitors badges.” — Roll Call Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski.

On Gandolfini’s death

“In every great Tony Soprano scene I watch, I’m drawn to how great other actors appear. Big testament to James Gandolfini’s talent.” — NPR “Morning Edition” Editor Arnie Seipel.

Crime reporter’s neighbors catch mugger

“My neighbors helped catch a College Park mugger this morning. What have you done today? dccrimestories.com” — Scott McCabe, former crime reporter for the Washington Examiner.

 

 

Politico’s Mak Headed For Washington Examiner

Tim Mak, a reporter for Politico Pro Defense and coauthor of Politico’s Morning Defense blog, is leaving for a new job at the Washington Examiner.

Mak tells FishbowlDC he’ll cover breaking news in Congress and national security.

The news broke today when Byron Tau, Politico’s lobbying and influence reporter, sent an email inviting colleagues to a soirée in Mak’s honor, with a promise to “celebrate the man, the myth, the legend,” this Friday night.

Mak started at Politico on the breaking news desk. Congrats to Mak, and best of luck with the new job.

NJ’s Fung: Why’d You Miss Your Party?

The gang from R to L: WSJ’s Danny Yadron and Andrew Grossman, Sahil Kapur from TPM, Politico‘s Tim Mak and Emily Schultheis, and Asawin Suebsaeng from Mother Jones and his girlfriend.

Earlier this week, friends of National Journal‘s new tech reporter, Brian Fung, former an associate editor for The Atlantic, drank to his success at Shaw Tavern while he was markedly absent.

Dinner apparently ran late, causing him to miss the festivities. But friends kindly toasted to him anyhow. “Congrats to @b_fung on your new job,” cracked Politico‘s Byron Tau on Twitter. “Wish you could have made it to your own party!”

We asked Fung about missing out. He replied, “I had a bit of an accidental scheduling conflict that evening. Serves me right — you live by the meme, you die by the meme.”

 

ABC’s Raddatz Skips ‘ZeroDarkThirty’ Red Carpet, Examiner‘s Schwab Walks It

When we first showed up to last night’s screening of ZeroDarkThirty at the Newsuem, Politico‘s Tim Mak was persuading a press handler to let him inside the event. He had a ticket in hand but wasn’t on the list.

“There are already two others from Politico on our list,” the handler told Mak. A few minutes later, however, we spotted a happy Mak walking around with what appeared to be a glass of champagne in hand. The crisis wherein Politico would only have two reporters covering an event was averted.

Much of the news media who showed up to the screening weren’t as lucky. They (FishbowlDC included) weren’t allowed in to see the actual movie, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and were limited to red carpet coverage.

Still, there was plenty of weirdness to see.  Read more

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.

 

Atlantic Editor Denies Drunken Tweeting

It’s tradition to play drinking games while listening to political speeches. Taking shots every time Newt Gingrich says “frankly,” for example. Or gulping each time former President Clinton says a habitual “now listen.” But over sharing is never a good idea. Especially on Twitter, where the rules are murky and trouble can come fast.

Last night, things may have gotten carried away for associate editor to The Atlantic Brian Fung. “JAMESON SHOTS HAPPENING #literally #DNC2012 #imsodrunkicanttweet,” he tweeted during Vice President Joe Biden‘s Democratic convention speech.

In a flash, Fung deleted the tweet. But deleting a tweet doesn’t save a potentially drunken reporter from others who manually retweet their remarks. Politico‘s Tim Mak captured Fung’s tweet in a retweet.

Fung denies the charge. “I stepped away from my laptop to go upstairs for a minute and a friend of mine hopped on my Tweetdeck while I was gone,” Fung told FishbowlDC. “Nobody in the house was actually drunk or drinking at the time.”

UPDATE: The true “mastermind” behind the drunken tweet writes in…

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C-SPAN Gives Sen. Saxby Chambliss a Tongue-Lashing

The normally mild-manner C-SPAN just has one thing to say to the idiotic GOP Senator from Georgia, Saxby Chambliss, who is whining that C-SPAN is at the root of the deeply divided Senate: Check out your 599 C-SPAN appearances. A quick piece of advice: Maybe an intern can count up your C-SPAN appearances before you decide to blast them next time, Senator? In response to Chambliss’s statements on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and a subsequent story that appeared in Politico, C-SPAN tweeted the following zinger:

Despite the childish slap from Chambliss, C-SPAN Spokesman Howard Mortman said “of course” the senator will be invited back on again. But not without a little ribbing from former C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb, who told Politico‘s Tim Mak, “It’s like blaming the Bureau of Printing and Engraving for our $15 trillion debt.” Contrary to Politico‘s report, Lamb is now a top executive on the C-SPAN Board. He officially steps down as CEO today and begins his new role on April 1.

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