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Archives: November 2011

Olbermann Vows: No More Twitter Fighting

Current TV’s Keith Olbermann is a prolific tweeter with more than 350,000 followers and 21,000 tweets. We know firsthand that haters will always try to pick fight. So, how does a tweeter handle all that vitriol? Olbermann has a rep for addressing them head on with all the manners of a freight train. He’s had pretty legendary throw-downs with people with whom he disagrees. There’s that time he battled Piers Morgan over who has more viewers.  After Christine O’Donnell famously walked out of her interview with Piers, Olbermann tweeted “Who walks out on @PiersMorgan tonight? I’m betting on…the audience (as usual).” Morgan snapped back, “More watch me in Belgium than you globally.”

More recently, he sparred with sportswriter Bill Simmons over a joke that Olbermann found in poor taste. Simmons used the JFK assassination to make a crack about Kobe Bryant‘s career.  Olbermann scolded Simmons by saying Simmons “had no talent” and “no taste”.  Simmons responded with this: “You shouldn’t tell people how to act.  You’ve burned bridges at 3 different companies.  No one wants to hear it from you.”  Yikes!

For those of us in the Twitterverse, it’s great theater. But Olbermann has grown tired of the fighting. HuffPost reports that tweeter @Ceilidhann, a self described “Wannabe writer/politcal wonk”, talked crap about Olbermann’s friend, comedian Richard Lewis.  Or did she?  According to her livejournal page, @Ceilidhann merely called Richard Lewis by his last name. That prompted Olbermann to block @Ceilidhann. He then spent the next several hours working himself up into an impressive lather, fighting with people who wanted an explanation. Eventually, Olbermann posted the following tweet:

Anyone taking bets on how long this vow will last?

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Separated at Birth: Charles Krauthammer

Today we pair Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist and FNC panelist Charles Krauthammer with Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Mark NeJame, who has appeared on everything from FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s “On the Record” to Dr. Phil. Krauthammer also has a pinch of Grinch. Note the frightening similarities.



NJ Nabs Jill Lawrence as Politics M.E.

Jill Lawrence has been named National Journal’s Managing Editor for Politics. Currently a writer for and, Lawrence has a long history in political journalism.  She previously served as a senior correspondent and columnist for and national political correspondent for USA Today.  Jill has covered every presidential campaign since 1988 and has written about politics for The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

In 2004 Columbia Journalism Review named Lawrence one of the top 10 campaign reporters in the country and she was included in Washingtonian‘s 2005 list of the 50 best and most influential journalists in Washington. She will begin work at National Journal on December 12th.  Congrats to Jill!

Love and Links in the Time of Linkins and Weigel

When The Daily Caller broke its widely-known “exclusive” that President Obama borrowed the title of his book “Audacity of Hope” from a sermon given by Reverend Jeremiah Wright in 1990, HuffPost media critic Jason Linkins was among the first to knock them for it.

He also cited Slate‘s Dave Weigel who earlier pointed out a post on that rehashed the story of Bill Ayers hosting a dinner for Obama in the ’90s: “Hey, Dave Weigel, what else is going on this morning?” Linkins wrote in his story. A little odd. But maybe not considering the relentless man crush he seems to have on Weigel.

Over the years, we’ve noticed a lot of cross referencing in stories and blog posts by Linkins and Weigel. We mean, a lot. Though Weigel tells us he doesn’t recall he and Linkins hanging out “one on one, ” they met through DCist and ever since, they come off like a team in their work. Like Sonny and Cher. Captain and Tennille. Laverne and Shirley. The Odd Couple.

Since 2009, Linkins has referenced Weigel by name in his media news stories no less than nine times. And that’s just on HuffPost. On his personal blog, we found two references, in one he gushed about Weigel, calling him “a really great person.” In an interview with Washingtonian, he named Weigel as one of D.C’s “especially” great reporters.

He must be. Maybe even perfect. Not one of the references to Weigel in Linkins’ reporting was negative. Media critic? “Maybe he’s just reading me on even days,” Weigel joked to FishbowlDC.

We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the fierce, almost boyfriend-like defense Linkins offered up for Weigel over the JournoList scandal that resulted in Weigel’s resignation from WaPo. (He said FBDC should die in a fire for breaking the story.)

Weigel has returned the back rub, though to a much lesser extent. He has dropped Linkins’ name on Slate at least five times in the last two years.

WBJ’s Stanaland to CQ Roll Call

Washington Business Journal’s Michael Stanaland is leaving his post as director of creative services to join CQ Roll Call where he’ll become the publications’ new director of arts and graphics.  No stranger to CQRC, Stanaland worked as freelancer for Roll Call’s spring 2010 print redesign.  A longtime Biz Journal staffer, Michael began his career at the Austin Business Journal in 1997 and arrived at WBJ in 1999.  His first day on the job will be January 9th.  In the meantime, you can check out his work at  Congrats to Michael!

Morning Joe has ‘Dick’ Issues

Ann Coulter is making the media rounds to explain her endorsement of Mitt Romney in the GOP Primary. Yesterday, she joined the “Morning Joe” team in studio. She was dressed in black and her long blond hair was looking fab. When Joe Scarborough pressed Coulter on the “flip-flop” issues that some of the conservative candidates seem to have, she tried to say being politically consistent isn’t as important as the media makes it seem. From there? Things get a little blurry. Coulter starts talking about Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) lack of consistency and calls him….something.

MSNBC censors silenced Coulter’s microphone. Here’s the awkward exchange.

When Team Joe freaks out, Coulter seems genuinely stunned, as if she doesn’t even realize what she said. She managed to sneak out half of the word “douchebag” before the censors struck again. What exactly did Coulter say? Did MSNBC fail to bleep out the douche bag comment? Coulter went on Joy Behar’s HLN show last night to explain WITHOUT getting bleeped. The word was “dickweed.”

For those of you keeping score at home:

Dickweed = Not OK
Douchebag = Totally OK

Unless of course you’re TIME‘s Mark Halperin, who famously said President Obama was being “kind of a dick” earlier this year without getting bleeped. However, he was suspended for over a month for his comments.

We reached out to “Morning Joe’s” Willie Geist who “doesn’t have anything to add to the story”.

White House Soup of the Day

Rightfully set to Robert Palmer‘s, “Simply Irresistible, the White House Soup of the Day, as reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

Ginger Butternut Squash.

Humongous sigh of relief that host Chuck Todd is back today from vacation and taking the segment seriously (unlike some of his subs who treated the soup as petty and unimportant). He remarked, “This is seasonal, I like it. Ginger Butternut Squash. You’re basically saying I’ll throw in a little Halloween, a little Thanksgiving, a little Christmas — it’s all in there.”

Politico’s Mike Allen: King of Humblebrag

By all accounts Politico‘s Mike Allen is a kind, welcoming person and an intelligent journalist. He’s also King of Humblebrag, a hamlet in Rosslyn, Va.

WaPo‘s Erik Wemple took a hatchet to his innocent and pure Tuesday morning plea for readers to buy his eBook. Allen reported that some readers have offered to pay for Playbook even though it’s free. Best quote in the WaPo piece comes from attorney to Washington’s big shots Robert Barnett (who apparently has said he’d pay): “Mike . . . personalizes [Playbook] by things like birthdays and weddings and engagements, and in a world in which we all tend to pay not enough attention to the people around us and their real lives, that’s a real public service.” So let’s get this straight: We need Allen’s Playbook to remember who is important to us? That’s humbling.

Today the humblebrag turns more cringeworthy as Allen announces that “The Right Fights Back” eBook has hit the top of the Kindle political charts (he again explains that you can purchase the book by simply clicking on the Politico banner — it’s just that easy). And then there’s this: a big wet kiss from Business Insider‘s Zeke Miller (read: look for more Zeke in a Playbook near you sometime soon): “I just finished ‘The Right Fights Back’ … The tone and authority sets it apart from anything that’s been written on the campaign to date – and in my humble opinion, Richard Ben Cramer and [the late] Theodore White should enjoy their royalties … Thank you for filling in some of the gaps in my knowledge, confirming more than a few of my educated guesses. Already I can’t wait to read the next installment.”

The statements in bold are intense — a humblebrag within a humblebrag? Now that is deep.

George to Ginger: ‘Was it Fun, Was it Just Sex?’

ABC News’s George Stephanopoulos‘ interviewed Ginger White, GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain‘s latest accuser, on the program this morning at 7 a.m.

On ABC News’ blog, Stephanopoulos wrote: “Ginger White, who says she was involved in a 13 or 14 year ‘on and off’ affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, today told me she does not think he is fit to be president. ‘I honestly do not think that he is, in my opinion, would make a good president as far as I’m concerned,’ White told me in an exclusive interview on GMA.” … Stephanopoulos later added, “She told me the spotlight is ‘difficult’ and she has been ‘absolutely humiliated [and] embarrassed.’ ‘I can’t image [sic] waking up one morning and deciding to come out with this if this was not true,’ White said. ‘This has been a very difficult situation for myself and for my family.  And it’s nothing that I’m proud of.’”

George’s best question: “Was it an affair, was it fun, was it just sex? Tell us about it.” Ginger said the affair was casual. She said, however, that coming out like this “has not been fun.”

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Quotes of the Day

We continue our week-long tribute to FishbowlMatt by photoshopping him into another compromising position with Gabby Sidibe. Please notice that Matt’s entire physique is nearly the size of Gabby’s left arm. (The handiwork is by QGA’s Meghan Smith.)

Reader says Ezra went rolling in manure

Jeff84 comments on Ezra Klein‘s WonkBlog yesterday morning after the liberal blogger/Democratic activist denied that he “briefed” Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff: “Since you were discussing the low approval ratings of Congress, you should have been aware that by proximity, you would hurt your own approval ratings. You can’t go rolling in the manure and then complain when people say you stink.  It’s like going to the birthday party for a really unpopular kid in school. Sure, it’s a nice gesture, but the next thing you know, you’re a social pariah and the next four years of your life are ruined. Next time you get an invite to Congress, just remember that it’s an invite to a party for the most unpopular kid on the entire planet. There is nobody less popular than the kid that likes the filibuster. Nobody.”

Threatening Tweet of the Day Award

“I’m a good guy, honest, and true but if ya screw with me … I’ll win.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS’s Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell and typically sweetly obsessed with his burgers and not threatening to kick anyone’s ass. Is Tracy being life coached by MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain? As some may recall, just yesterday we reported that she tweeted this: “I’m a lover not a fighter. But I’m also a fighter, so you’d better watch it.”

Tapper tweets about ‘poopy diaper’

“Morning score: Poopy diaper 1, Dad 0.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Is he serious?

“Question in the newsroom: if a woman gives birth to a stillborn child, is it correct to call her a mom if it’s her only child?”– WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates.

Journo speaks in third person after cold shower

I’ll have hot water again in about an hour ^_^ No more cold showers for Timmy (hopefully)! — Washington Business Journal designer Timothy Wong.

Frustration is…

“@AmericanAir Have been waiting for refund for a canceled flight for 10 days, cannot get anyone on the phone! How long do these things take?” — NYT‘s Annie Lowry (Ezzy’s wife).

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.