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San Francisco, We’ve Got You Covered

baynewser_100x100.gifOur Fishbowl blogs have New York, DC and LA covered, but until now we have neglected that important city by the bay. But, never fear San Francisco, BayNewser joined our blog family today with bloggers E.B. Boyd and Jason Turbow promising to cover “all things media in the Bay Area.”

They’ve already gotten off to a good start with coverage about the massive layoffs at the San Francisco Chronicle, an interview with the creator of CNN’s breaking news feed and coverage of the What Comes After Newspapers? panel.

Welcome to the fold, BayNewser! We can’t wait to follow your coverage about your hometown media giants, Google and Twitter, and we’re sure to get some Facebook updates, too. Looks like you’re going to be busy.

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Journalists, Celebs Swarm DC For WHCD Weekend

whcd.pngNothing gets New Yorkers to jump on a bus faster than a party, especially a party where the guest of honor is the Barack Obama. For the second time this year, journalists and celebrities flocked to the Beltway to party it up with the prez–this time for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday.

Our colleagues over at FishbowlDC have extensive coverage of the weekend in the capitol. They hit all the fashionable pre-parties including ones hosted by The National Journal and The Atlantic and CBS. They hung out with celebs like Connie Britton, Ellen Burstyn, Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Kerry Washington and Rachael Leigh Cook at the Creative Coalition’s Thursday night fete and spied Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Glenn Close and BJ Novak at the Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party.

Of course, FBDC correspondents were also at the main event. If you missed it, you can watch Obama’s full (and pretty funny) speech here. Our favorite part of the President’s speech was when he teased Rahm Emanuel with a Mother’s Day jab: “He’s not used to saying the word day after ‘mother.’”

Patrick Gavin Bids Farewell, FBDC Hires Two New Bloggers

100_gg3032.jpgToday is Patrick Gavin‘s last day at FishbowlDC before he departs for parts unknown (commonly referred to as Politico). Read his goodbye to all that note here.

Meanwhile mediabistro.com has hired two bloggers to take his place: Matt Dornic and Christine Delargy. Dornic runs local PR shop 3 Dog Agency and Delargy works in broadcast news in DC. Both start Monday so be sure to check them out!

FishbowlDC’s Patrick Gavin Departs for Politico

100_gg3032.jpgPolitico is taking over the world! Okay, maybe not officially, though lately they certainly seem to be taking over large swaths of it that are connected to Washington DC. This, of course, is our way of saying that FishbowlDC‘s Patrick Gavin is decamping to Politico where he will be “spearheading and hosting several online features: Video interviews, features, event coverage and Politico podcasts.” Well, Politico has good taste, that’s for sure! We caught up with Patrick and he had this to say about his departure:

Obviously it’s a tough thing to leave two things you love, but perhaps it’s time I settle down with just one…I’ll obviously miss mediabistro.com and the Fishies, but I suspect that FishbowlNY and I have more road trips ahead.

Let’s hope so!

Patrick’s announcement is here. Politico‘s is here. Meanwhile if you think you are up to filling his oft Drudge-linked shoes here are the details.

White House Takes on The New York Times…Again

21admin.600.jpgIs this the equivalent of the New York Times throwing a great big shoe at President Bush on his way out of office? You may have noticed the 5000 word article on the front page of yesterday’s Sunday paper (side note: the Times should publish some sort of collection of the 5000 word Sunday pieces that inevitably piss the GOP off). In short, the piece basically details how the “philosophy” promoted by Bush is at the root of the housing crisis which itself is at the core of the economic crisis (they are not the first to make this point, by the way).

Well, the White House did not like that one bit(!) issuing not one but two responses (read them in full at FishbowlDC) the first of which accuses the Times of “gross negligence” and points out that actually there are plenty of other people to blame for this mess (i.e. Congress) and the second of which takes the Times to task over its “three most egregious claims,” pointing out, among other things, which Dems ignored the President’s so-called warnings.

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More on Sunday’s NYT Magazine Piece on Obama and the Press

21Gibbs-t_CA1.650.jpgThe full article from Sunday’s NYT Magazine profile of Barack Obama‘s incoming press secretary Robert Gibbs “Between Obama and the Press” is now online and over at FishbowlDC Patrick Gavin has taken it upon himself to read so that you (or us) don’t have to! A few highlights:

Obama campaign’s communications strategy was predicated in part on an aggressive indifference to this insider set. Staff members were encouraged to ignore new Web sites like The Page, written by Time’s Mark Halperin, and Politico, both of which had gained instant cachet among the Washington smarty-pants set. “If Politico and Halperin say we’re winning, we’re losing,” Obama’s campaign manager, David Plouffe, would repeat mantralike around headquarters. He said his least favorite words in the English language were, “I saw someone on cable say this. . . .”

After the jump Obama loses his temper!

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Reporter Throws Shoes at President Bush

We snagged this from FishbowlDC. It’s video of President Bush‘s news conference in Baghdad earlier this morning (the President made a surprise farewell trip this weekend) during which an Iraqi reporter hurls his shoes at the President! Apparently this is a very insulting gesture in Arabic countries. The reporter misses Bush…both times — the President has quick reflexes! — but it left us wondering: shouldn’t the Secret Service been quicker to react? We mean, one shoe, sure, but both? Also, will this become a trend over the next six weeks do you think? As in don’t let the shoe hit you on the way out.

Maxim, Blender Publisher May be Turned Over to Creditors

maximgg.jpgLooks like Citigroup wasn’t the only one struggling to get through the weekend. The WSJ is reporting that Alpha Media, the publisher of laddie magazines Maxim and Blender, is in “restructuring talks that are expected to turn over the company to creditors.” Just to give you a sense of how closely everything is tied together, Alpha Media was purchased in 2007 by superstar deal-maker Steve Rattner‘s Quadrangle Capital Partners — Rattner’s firm also happens to be in charge of Mayor Bloomberg‘s fortune.

Quadrangle’s private-equity fund paid about $250 million for Alpha Media in August 2007, lauding the company as an “unrivaled” play for reaching 18-to 34-year-old males. The New York-based firm put up about $90 million of equity and borrowed the rest to purchase the titles from British publisher Felix Dennis.

Like everyone else even remotely involved with Wall St. Rattner’s firm is “struggling with its private-equity portfolio and recently unwound its hedge fund amid market turmoil.” That and both Blender and Maxim‘s ad pages have plummeted. And that’s not all.

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Joe Scarborough Drops the ‘F Word’ on Morning Joe

Via FishbowlDC for your morning enjoyment(?) because at heart we are all just 4th graders snickering at the back of the classroom.

Election Day ’08: Where to Watch Online

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The New York Observer has put together a comprehensive guide to watching the returns online including links.

The Washington Post is anchoring live Election Day video on tonight beginning at 6 pm ET, which will combine the Post‘s and Newsweek‘s political teams including: Chris Cillizza, Jon Meacham, Dana Priest, E.J. Dionne, Len Downie, Dana Milbank, and Jonathan Alter. Users will also be able to interact with guests during the show through a live discussion platform below the video screen.

Finally, our very own TVNewser will be liveblogging all the election coverage tonight and if you’re not already following FishbowlDC‘s Twitter you definitely should start.

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