Riddle Me This? An FBDC Ode to Anonymity

Of any origin and any name, FBDC loves tips. We love tips so much that we even accept unidentified tips. But sometimes anonymity can be a real drag. For example, if we investigate a lead and find that your tip was incorrect or the story you pitched was too weak, we’d love to let you know that we tried.

Dear Anonymous Tips (A.T.), we are writing to, er, uh… Oh yeah, without any contact info it’s damn near impossible to contact you.

Oh Anonymity! We have fun. Sometimes, even without a name attached, it is simple to identify tips originating from a single source via diction, topic interest, time of submission, etc. With that in mind, we have a general hunch where a group of our least pleasant tips may have originated. Since we can’t respond to that tipster directly, we thought we’d knock it all out at once. See our answers to each tip below.

So, RIDDLE ME THIS? What pub is not targeted in this tipster’s attacks?

*The asterisks are c/o of FBDC

From: Anonymous Tips
Subject: FishbowlDC Tip sent 2/6/2009 11:59:27 AM

What happened to The Hill? They havent published on Thursday or Firday for the last 2 weeks? Ive been hearing from Media insiders that they may not make it.

We know for a fact that The Hill rarely publishes a paper when half of Congress is not in session but we checked with Bob Cusack and Hugo Gurdon anyhow. As expected, their response was “we don’t generally publish when half of Cap. Hill is empty.”

From: Anonymous Tips
Subject: FishbowlDC Tip sent 2/6/2009 12:37:09 PM

Hill didnt publish yesterday or today?

Uh hey…A.T., we’re not blind, you’re just anonymous.

From: Anonymous Tips
Subject: FishbowlDC Tip sent 2/10/2009 9:33:44 AM

Roll Call didnt come out today? Call them and ask why. One of the biggest days in the Senate and the Newspaper of Captiol Hill doesnt even have a newspaper. Weak

Aye, aye “boss.” David Meyers, managing editor of RC was kind enough to respond only minutes after we asked. They did publish and the House and Senate all got their copies on time but due to a delivery issue, others were delayed. FBDC is not in the business of dinging newspaper deliverers.

From: Anonymous Tips
Subject: FishbowlDC Tip sent 2/10/2009 12:43:22 PM

The new fishbowl sucks. I mean. The hill doesnt publish a couple of days last week and RC doesnt get delivered to half of it’s readers and there is not a word about it. WTF

No A.T., your tips suck.

From: Anonymous Tips
Subject: FishbowlDC Tip sent 2/11/2009 9:45:16 AM

NOBODY gives a f*ck about Aaron Burns. God Fishbowl now f***ing sucks

Oh A.T. we know you care much more about The Hill and Roll Call but a few people care about Aaron Bruns. Hours and now days after we posted, the story is making its way around the world – AP, Boston Herald, MSNBC, NY Daily News and as far as Bosnia and Australia.

From: Anonymous Tips
Subject: FishbowlDC Tip sent 2/11/2009 9:46:11 AM

The Hill did another “Health Care special issue” Terrible. It is like the thirs one they have done in 6 months. The hill sucks.

Your diction gives you away again, A.T.