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June 13, 2011

Andy Barth: Journalist. Flak. Movie star?

Republican former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr's campaign spokesman will be back on the small screen -- playing a political journalist.

Andy Barth wrote an op-ed in today's Sun about a bit part he landed in Game Change, an HBO made for TV movie about the 2008 presidential election that is being filmed in Baltimore. Barth plays a political journalist and his one-line part involves a woman-on-the-street interview with a Sarah Palin supporter. The supporter is at a Palin rally, and Barth provides an amusing anecdote about how hundreds of extras must cheer in the background each time he does a take of the scene.

It's a role that pulls together a number of previous jobs that Barth has held. He was a real journalist for WMAR. He also ran for Congress unsuccessfully (as a Democrat). Most recently he was a spokesman for Ehrlich's 2010 gubernatorial campaign. Memorable work included a series of web videos about the campaign where Barth pretended to be a reporter.
Barth's op-ed includes echoes of his bi-partisan past. In one graph he gives a liberal sounding shout-out to the unions that supplied him with breakfast on the set. Toward the end of the piece he sounds like he's still shilling for his former GOP boss. ("I know how the election turned out, but I also know Baltimore will win this version.")

HBO, however, has been courted by both parties in Maryland. Democratic Gov. Martin O'Malley  offered HBO execs and the movie industry a $2 million tax break this year. The legislature added $7.5 million. Ehrlich too wanted to attract movies to Maryland, and pledged that had he been elected governor he would have offered money to the industry.
Posted by Annie Linskey at 9:12 AM | | Comments (2)
Categories: Candidate Watch 2010


You mean "flack."


From Annie: No, I don't mean "flack." I mean "flak"
Flak is shorthand for a spokesman in the media business.

I've always heard that term originates from the military, where "flak" was a defense substance released -- perhaps by airplanes -- to confuse and baffle the rudimentary targeting systems in early surface to air missiles.

In any event, it is spelled "flak" as far as I (and google) are concerned.

Andy is a good guy so glad he landed a roll.

It's 'flack' for everyone else but reporters just like it's graph or paragraph for everyone else but reporters (they say graf for those whom are wondering).

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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