How a D.C. Power Couple Breaks Wedding News

From their early public canoodling at an UrbanDaddy bash on the W Hotel rooftop to Martin’s various appearances on NBC’s “MTP” and a C-SPAN engagement announcement, FishbowlDC was there. We angered some and appalled others with our breezy and bland “Love is in the Journo Air” news in February 2010 that the media couple was romantically involved. You would have thought we’d rifled through their garbage or snapped pictures of them in bathing suits. How dare we report a media couple’s budding romance? Needless to say, we feel a certain attachment to the weekend engagement news of NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer and Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin.

Let’s break it down. When a Washington media power couple like Fishmart releases news of their own impending nuptials, how do they do it? Do they have a private moment and keep it within the confines of close friends and family? Um, no. That’s ridiculous. They do what any power couple in Washington does and they slip it to Martin’s colleague Mike Allen for Sunday Playbook.

Why stop there? Martin appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” that morning and easily let host Steve Scully goad him into announcing his personal news (because what else does a reporter do on the Sunday after he gets engaged, sleep in and cuddle? Politico reporters are not permitted to sleep in. Cuddling isn’t advisable.) “Do you have some personal news you want to announce?” Scully asked. Martin’s face flushed with faux embarrassment…”Well, Steve, put me on the spot,” he said, chuckling. “I am thrilled to say that Betsy Fischer, my now girlfriend and I, are engaged and are getting married next year. She works for a rival network, Steve. I will not say their name here on the airwaves of C-SPAN.”

UPDATE: If people somehow missed the Playbook or C-SPAN announcement, there’s always Facebook to spread the word around. Martin wrote, “Never has a ‘status update been so joyful. Am thrilled to announce that I’ve won life’s lottery: the beautiful, graceful, selfless and savvy Betsy Fischer has agreed to marry me. I proposed Friday night and for some reason the finest thing to ever come out of Louisiana said yes. I know it – I’m one lucky guy.” Accompanying a photograph of the couple dressed in matching pink shirts attending a baseball game, Fischer writes, “Excited to change my FB status to engaged – can’t wait to marry my best friend Jonathan Martin. Makes me happy every day. A surprise proposal Friday night at the Inn at Perry Cabin on MD Eastern Shore = smiling all weekend.”

See Politico‘s Playbook announcement after the jump for the Eastern Shore engagement details…Watch the C-SPAN appearance below.


ENGAGED: Betsy Fischer, executive producer of “Meet the Press,” and Jonathan Martin, a POLITICO original. JMart emails: “I proposed Friday night on the lawn outside The Inn at Perry Cabin — a charming St Michaels, Md. (Eastern Shore), haunt. It’s a special place for us, as it was the site of our first weekend getaway together. Champagne inside the inn followed the big question. For the ring aficionados, it’s an emerald cut diamond. We’re both appreciative of the love from family and friends. And I’m a very lucky guy.”