Hollywood on the Potomac
ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz shared years of admiration for Ifill professionally and as “girlfriends all the way.” She admitted to being a “61-year-old grandmother, just like Gwen’s target audience.”
Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week of which she is managing editor and co-anchors with Judy Woodruff of the daily PBS NewsHour, was honored at the 20th Annual Roast of the American News Women’s Club, held at The National Press Club.
Eleanor Clift, longtime Newsweek correspondent and now with the Daily Beast, set the tone – replaced emcee Candy Cowley who was felled by the flu – and did so with aplomb! First to the podium was Dorothy Gilliam, retired Washington Post columnist, who compared her and Gwen’s start in print journalism, noting “Ifill is one of the most successful newswomen in American history.”
“The conservative values we share with the Asian American communities are deeply important to the growth of the Republican Party. I support ARC’s mission to increase representation and promote the diverse interests and views of all Asian Americans,” said Reince Priebus, Chairman Republican National Committee at the Newseum. Since Washington speaks in code, we’re going to spell that out for you: Asian Republican Coalition (ARC). The event hosted it’s “official unveiling” to announce and publicly introduce the coalition.
"It’s important to recognize that ARC is open to ALL Americans. Although I am not Asian American I represent a large part of what ARC represents. We are inclusive,” said Tom Britt, ARC Vice Chairman. Britt is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Equity Corporation, a financial advisory and private investment firm specializing in outbound and inbound mergers & acquisitions between China and the rest of the world. During the 2012 Presidential election cycle, he served as the Asia Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Republicans Overseas.
His remarks proved to resonate with those attending who encompassed Mr. Britt’s remarks. Guests were men and women of all nationalities.
“I am blown out tired,” said Meghan McCain, referring to the days leading up to the launch of her new show “TakePart Live” premiering on May 12th,10 PM ET/9PM CT on PIVOT TV.
“We’re calling it the anti-news news show,” she told Hollywood on the Potomac while in town for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner.
In case you’ve never heard of PIVOT, you will. Evan Shapiro, President of PIVOT, explains the network this way: “Pivot’s first slate established us as a programming brand of distinction, with uniquely original, high-quality series, specials and films. Our second slate demonstrates our significant investment in, and commitment to, groundbreaking content for the thought-leading segment of Generation Y we call ‘Upstanders.’ We believe that a story well told can change the world. Pivot’s programming is meant to spark conversation among the very people most likely to create that change.”
Meghan McCain, who has been known to ‘spark conversation,’ is one of the very people most likely to create that change.
“I don’t care. I’m 29 right now, almost thirty, and I just feel like people can say anything they want to about me. You really get to a place where it really doesn’t affect you anymore. If I let every a**hole ruin my day on twitter, I would never get out of bed.”