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AnonymASSES Go Wild

cartoondonkeyAs some figured out by my outgoing email earlier in the week, I did something unheard of in some Washington circles — I took a vacation. While I was away from the Fishbowl, some AnonymASSES had some funny notes for me. Despite my outgoing message indicating I’d be off email, my phone, away from pens, etc… for several days, some still feared something sinister had happened to me. I had to assure some distinctly non-AnonymASSES that no, I was really just on vacation. One journo texted, “Are you really on vacation away from your phone?” Another sweetly inquired, “Are you ok? I was worried sick when I didn’t hear back and Peter couldn’t find you. Just hope you’re ok.” (Special note to Peter Ogburn: What in the hell? You knew at least vaguely where I was.) And still another: “Betsy you okay? Texted, no word from you. Hoping all is well.”

And now, here’s what a sampling of AnonymASSES had on their minds. Read more

Morning Chatter

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Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:56 a.m.

images-2Congressional Black Caucus Chatter

Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn: The Congressional Black Caucus and the financial lobby: BFFs. (He links to this story.)

Washington, D.C. Photog and Managing Editor of the multicultural blog politic365.com Lauren Burke: “When the CBC has a meeting it’s a ‘story.’ No laws passed, no regs changed but ‘a meeting’ is a story. Very interesting.”

The Scolder: ‘Give it a rest’

“Oh my god, the people with vitriolic reactions to Ted Cruz even when he is praying for the pastor. give it a rest.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

images-1The Observer: Daily Download is covering twerking?

“Daily Download seems to be posting once a week or so now daily-download.com Also, 2 of last 4 posts are about twerking.” — Benjy Sarlin, MSNBC political reporter.

And now for something rather refreshing…

“A dear friend asks me ‘what is nsfw?’ Folks. you gotta keep these people in your lives.” — National Journal reporter Elahe Izadi.

imagesFashion Chatter: the one-pocket skirt/dress

“Was very excited to discover that dress has pockets. But quickly realized that it has just 1 pocket, which just doesn’t seem to make sense.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

“Story of my uniform-wearing Catholic school life. All of my uniform skirts had one pocket and it was maddening.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Katie Kovach.

Weiner update

“Spotted: a visibly dejected Anthony Weiner, pushing a stroller and exhaling.” — Noah Shactman, Foreign Policy‘s Brooklyn-based executive editor.

Priorities.

“Congress can do something afterall: Senate just clears House-passed Helium Stewardship Act.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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Morning Chatter

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What’s a little trash talking from an ex-Washington reporter?

“@DavidNakamura @jeneps @jeffmason1 Mason is basically the catcher in the rye. Maybe @GlennThrush, if he ever stooped to #poolduty.” — Bloomberg‘s Berlin-based Hans Nichols at 2:58 a.m. EST.

Journo loses mom

“RIP my beloved mother, Bette Lynne Cohen. She’s been waiting to see Thurman Munson again.” — Guardian U.S. National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman. Munson was an American Major League Baseball catcher who died in 1979. He played for the New York Yankees.

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“Can’t blieve [sic] I’ve been twtg about trivia only a week after mass shooting in my city. What is wrong with me? Media overload.” – NPR‘s Kitty Eisele at 3:06 a.m.

A metaphor that doesn’t quite work

“Internet trolls are the online version of dangerously aggressive drivers on the highway.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:26 a.m.

A rare travel compliment

“Ahh the magical metro doors popped open for me again this morning! #wmata has smiled on me two days in a row! #doingahappydance” — Sarah Parnass, works in web video for WaPo‘s Post TV.

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Morning Chatter

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Anonymous Tipster: “And if Ashley Southall can’t spell BLANK, she doesn’t deserve a job at the NYT ;-) ” — I forgot to put the word in yesterday. Looks like I need a vacation! (See, Emma Angerer,  I don’t only do this to you.)

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“Can we get some of those treadmill laptop stands in the Capitol Press Galleries? Who’s in charge? Hook a girl up. my legs – they’re antsy.” — Erica Martinson, Politico energy and environment reporter.

We’ve got a jokester in our midst (from earlier this week…)”Sukkot begins tonite … which makes this the perfect time for annual Sukkot ceremonial awning joke: I’m gonna git you, Sukkah.” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman.

Congrats to… BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner for being promoted to Legal Editor. The New York Observer first reported the news.

Journo bids farewell

“Been a difficult day, but I need to say this publicly: I have been honored to work with a fantastic team of digital journalists at @Reuters.” — Jim Roberts on leaving Reuters.

Ouch!

“NBC’s @AnnCurry is a pandering fool.” — TWT‘s Jessica Chasmar.

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How to deal with hate mail 101

Unknown Idiot on Twitter: “@michellemalkin I’d like to reward you with a mouth long piece of Duct Tape.” Malkin: “Get in line.”

 

Morning Chatter

Might want to dress in black for this one

“Depressing milestone: I’ve been on Twitter for five years as of today.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Miley Cyrus Vs. D.C. traffic

“What is in worse taste? The Miley Cyrus assault on a foam finger, or Washington gridlock? DC makes Miley look like Swan Lake.” — CNN’s John Berman.

Which begs the question…

“@DylanByers boooo you used ‘begs the question’ incorrectly. I’ll forgive you this ONE TIME.” — Logan Dobson, a researcher for the Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Andy Carvin is not a little green martian

“Breaking: I am a little green Martian. (Not really, but I’m about to test the tweet retraction tool Retwact, so please bear with me.)” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Nerdy talk

“The icons are still hideous. But the notifications bar and the lock screen are gorgeous.” — National Journal‘s Brian Fung.

 

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Journo wrongly complimented on baby bump 

“Someone just said my pregnancy bump was SO cute. Did I mention I’m not pregnant?” — Reuters labor and employment reporter Amanda Becker.

Spotted: FBDC’s “Cutest Dog in Washington” winner partaking in random acts of cuteness. Watch here.

Question to Never Ponder I: “Is the @TacoBell Doritos shell taco as good as I imagine it is?” — RedState‘s Ben Howe.

Question to Never Ponder II: “Walked four blocks on Capitol hill, seen TWO turquoise dress shirts. Dudes what’re we doin here?” — Logan Dobson, research analyst for The Tarance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Confessional.

“I am going to take a nap. Beat from tests today–they inject me with antibodies, virus to see how I do. Feel like crap. Be back later! xo” — Sophia Nelson, a motivational writer for HuffPost and Essence.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:33 a.m.

Twitter shame

“Darn, a tweet with a typo got RT’d already so now I feel like I can’t delete it.” — HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

Reminder: Spelling Bee between journos and polls at National Press Club tonight at 8:15 p.m.

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THIS IS CNN: “Wolf! #NavyYardShooting” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Spotted on the Acela…

“Morning shows apparently repositioning for Tuesday. CNNs Cuomo and CBSs Rose boarding Southbound Acela just now.” — TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: the messenger

“I know folks are relishing an opportunity to get out their hatred for media; I’m just trying to provide context for what we got wrong.” — NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

Trying to piece together facts

“In the last 15 seconds on one radio i heard 9 dead…8 dead and 6 dead — are they not listening to each other?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Words of media wisdom…

“It’s pretty clear at this point that nothing is ever learned from one royal breaking news f’ up to the next.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Know what? If you or I RT something, we endorse it. (Maybe not views themselves, but as accurate news.) Any disclaimer otherwise: bullshit.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Scott Bland.

“If the wrong person was named in today’s shooting, I hope he sues the news orgs and wins, a la Richard Jewell. Pathetic. #journalism.” — Brad Phillips, who writes the Mr. Media Training blog.

“Two things that never work out. Ever. 1.) Saying ‘Don’t you know who I am?’
2.) Rushing to be 1st with unverified facts. First is not best.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito.

“It’s always conflicting law enforcement sources…” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

“So basically every piece of information that’s come out about the shooting so far today has been wrong.” — WCP‘s Aaron Weiner.

“Did we learn nothing from Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing? Stop reporting wild rumors like it’s fact.” — Washington Examiner‘s Steve Contorno.

“Here’s an idea. Rather than tweet out competing reports, perhaps we could wait a little bit and report out confirmed reports.” — Mo Elleithee, DNC Communications Director.

“Okay, turning off Twitter for now because developing news and social media don’t mix.” — J.P. Freire at 11:37 a.m. Monday.

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“Week-long beach reading in Playa Del Carmen. #ThisTown was sad, frustrating, disgusting. I loved it.” — Thomas Galvin, policy advisor to Brenda Burns, Arizona Corporation Commission. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich replied, “Thanks…sort of.”

Big ideas

“Someone should write a dissertation on @LukeRussert twitter bio ‘Been sweating it out in the streets of a runaway American dream since 1985′” — ThinkProgress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum.

Trust exercises with Dave Weigel?

“At @Slate retreat w @thehighsign @dankois @jdickerson @junethomas @mattyglesias @amandahess @AmandaMarcotte @emmaroller @Dahlialithwick.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Question never to ponder: “How does God allow ‘read’ to be the past tense of ‘read’? Screw that all to hell.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, talking about God and hell on Yom Kippur. His colleague Hank Stuever replied to Gene, “You are out of your mind and you already waste spaces.”

Howie catches crap before show

“We’ll also talk about studies that Facebook fuels depression. And we’ll read some of your tweets on the air during the hour #MediaBuzz” — FNC’s Howard Kurtz. Bethany Mandel, who handles Social Media for Commentary, replied, “Howard Kurtz, if seeing other people’s happiness makes you depressed, Facebook isn’t the issue. #mediabuzz”

Morning Chatter

“My dog suddenly developed a thunderstorm terror look.” — WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle late Thursday afternoon.

A not so cordial conversation among journalists

The conversationalists are FNC Contributor Richard Grenell, CNN’s Jim Sciutto, NYT’s Brian Stelter and NPR’s David Folkenflik.

Grenell: “Attention media critics: CNN didn’t disclose @jimsciuttoCNN’s relationship with Obama foreign policy team before his report @davidfolkenflik”

Grenell: “We know @brianstelter won’t raise CNN’s no disclosure on @jimsciuttoCNN because he wants the @CNNReliable job.”

Stelter: “I’ve been abstaining from writing stories about CNN, Fox and MSNBC for 2+ months.”

Sciutto: “@RichardGrenell I’d ask you to watch my reporting before you question whether I do real journalism. I’ll let my record stand for itself.”

Folkenflik: “@RichardGrenell Jim strikes me as good reporter but reasonable to expect disclosures to remind viewers at his new network so they know.”

Grenell: “@davidfolkenflik reasonable? Obama foreign policy appointee is now lead for CNN on Obama’s Syria policy. may work in DC, public outraged!”

Editor survives city storm

“I just walked 3 blocks in this massive storm. I had an umbrella. It didn’t matter.” — Bob Cusack, The Hill‘s Managing Editor. C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art replied, “Two possibilities: A) It’s a really bad storm -or- B) The umbrella didn’t come with written instructions.”

Pleasant surprises

“I have to say with pride that I never thought I would see the day @metroweekly would become a full-glossy publication. Today is that day.” — Metro Weekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:31 a.m.

Journalism as a bloodsport

“It’s priceless that @CGasparino took the time to favorite his own tweet telling me to ‘go choke to death on [my] on vomit.’” — Senior writer for Slate Josh Voorhees. Charles Gasparino is a senior correspondent for FOX Business Network.

Wake-up call

“Having a dream that you’re bathing your dying grandmother (who’s already dead) sure will wake you up better than any alarm clock.” — Ariana Pekary, who has worked as a producer for The Bob Edwards Show.

Congrats (or something like that) 

“Huge congrats to X on job Y even though I never liked X and Y is a really awful place to work.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

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Uh oh.

“My laptop keeps setting itself back to Pacific time. I don’t think it likes DC.” — FNC and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz.

That thing when a journo gets trapped in an important discussion

“That thing when you’re trapped on a Twitter thread about whether it’s ‘website’ or ‘Web site’” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

High-wasted pants can work?

“I just saw a girl wearing high-waisted, cropped suiting pants and actually pulling it off, so I’ve found the one person who can.” — Katherine Miller, digital managing editor for the Free Beacon.

NSFW

“Note to self: Don’t pull up case study of company advertising on porn sites in crowded room full of journalists.” — Alex Wilhelm, writer at TechCrunch in San Francisco (a little out of our Fishbowl but still treading the same dangerous waters).

Plumber charges Ingraham nearly $400 for Sand Art debacle

“Now my son Niko found ‘Sand Art’ &poured it down a bathroom sink. Plumber came &tried to charge $399 flat fee. That incl. a remodel too?!” — conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

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