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Archives: May 2012

From the Dept. of Bragiculture

Uh oh. Looks like someone over in Rosslyn is getting puffed up. Here’s a recent Friday Follow from Politico media writer Dylan Byers for himself. We know self-promotion is all the rage these days, and not that we don’t follow your ever utterance, Dylan, but you might want to keep a lid on that boiling kettle of self-aggrandizing messages.

Then again, Byers might be onto something. Just yesterday he writes, “Earlier this month, I asked: ‘When are we going to talk about Mormonism?’ Ten days later, the answer seems to be, ‘Now.’ Monday night’s site-leading story from my colleague Edward-Isaac Dovere…”

White House Pool Report Blunder


Oops! Most journos make occasional mistakes in their copy (including us). But we especially enjoyed the ones in yesterday’s White House Pool Report by TWT‘s Susan Crabtree. Seems spell check was having some minor issues with the word “honor” — couldn’t seem to settle on honor or whore said in a New Jersey accent.

“Everyone on this stage has marked my world in some ways,” he said. “What an extraordinary hoor to say thank you for the great work you have done. It is now my hoor to present them with a small token of my appreciation.”

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“The Oval Office at night” — by West Wing Reports. (@WestWingReport)

Reporter doubles down on double down usage

“Not long ago, the vast majority of all ‘doubled down’ usages were in baseball stories–til it became an abused Washington political cliche.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

Vocabulary overload

“Used the word ‘miasmic’ on the radio this morning. Taking the rest of the day off.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball. Definition from The Free Dictionary: “a noxious atmosphere or influence.”

Dicking Around

“When a person extends himself to another in a trusting way.. makes her less likely to hold back & less likely to cheat.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson, who links to this piece on the science behind cheating, cruelty and greediness and other issues of morality.

Begala bashes the predictors

“Since some idiot predicts a brokered convention every cycle and it never happens, let me predict one for 2016 and get it out of our system.” — CNN Democratic pundit Paul Begala.

Publicist wants to cool off turned on computer

“Can someone make a computer that COOLS OFF when (overly) turned on? My lap and I would BUY THAT.” — Rachel Cothran, a publicist who also writes the ProjectBeltway fashion blog.

Words to live by…

“There are big ships and small ships. But the best ship of all is friendship.” — Sophia Nelson, who is increasingly become one of my favorite Fishbowl characters. It’s like she’s the anti-Washington, swooping in to vaccinate everyone.

Deutsch or Douche? Donny Calls Chris Hayes ‘Weenie’

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes made a boo-boo during his show “Up!” on Memorial Day in which he said he feels “uncomfortable” about using the word “hero” to describe Americans who have gone to war.

“I feel uncomfortable about the word ‘hero’ because it seems to me that it is so rhetorically proximate to justifications for more war,” Hayes said in his characteristic otherworldly lingo. Immediately he faced backlash from the Drudge Report and other conservative news sites, who plastered his words out there for all to see.

Hayes didn’t instantly back down. “Sure this won’t stop the twitter hate, but ask people to watch this and see if we were being insufficiently respectful,” he tweeted with a link to a video of the segment in question. Shortly thereafter, Hayes apologized.

“[I]n seeking to discuss the civilian-military divide and the social distance between those who fight and those who don’t, I ended up reinforcing it, conforming to a stereotype of a removed pundit whose views are not anchored in the very real and very wrenching experience of this long decade of war,” Hayes said in his written apology. “And for that I am truly sorry.”

Cue up fellow MSNBC contributor Donny Deutsch who wasn’t having it. This morning on “Today” Deutch along with TV personality Star Jones and NBC medical news editor Nancy Snyderman discussed Hayes’ comments (TVNewser). “I’m repulsed,” Deutsch said. “I hope he doesn’t get more viewers as a result of this. To say that… and by the way, this guy is like — if you’ve see what he looks like — he looks like a weenie. And to sit there where these guys are risking their lives, they are heroes: beginning, middle, end of story. I don’t know what the other side of this argument is.”


We’re all about redemption in the Fishbowl. We hope Hayes will think before he insults war heroes on Memorial Day. And probably think before he drinks; coffee, that is. Hayes looks so wired all the time we’d swear there’s an IV of caffeine serum coming straight out of his right forearm.

Carry on, Hazy.

Meta Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Food Things we Think you Ought to Know…)

Can Bourdain Save CNN? – Amid the struggling ratings that CNN is facing, there may be a glimmer of hope and, perhaps, a move in an edgier direction for the news network. They have announced that Anthony Bourdain will join the network with his own weekend TV show starting in early 2013. Bourdain will also serve as a network contributor. This means that Bourdain’s current show, “No Reservations”, on the Travel Channel will be going away. Bourdain is expected to give Wolf Blitzer a run for his money in the annual CNN swearing competition.

Chris Wallace Continues Choking His Chicken – We have written before about the cookbook by Lorraine Wallace, wife of Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace. It’s a cookbook of chicken recipes since Chris will eat only chicken on the Saturday nights before his “Fox News Sunday” broadcast. Serious Eats has announced that they are doing a week-long “Cook the Book” series. They’ll be sharing recipes handpicked by Lorraine and they are giving away five copies of the book. So, if you were interested in some Chicken and Cashews in Lettuce Cups or Skewers of Sage Chicken with Sweet Italian Sausage, it’s your lucky day.

Eat Like a POTUS – We are finally able to buy a copy of the new cookbook by FLOTUS entitled “American Grown.” It looks at the White House garden and kitchen and gives several new, healthy recipes. (What? You thought she was going to have a recipe for T-Bone steaks smothered in deep fried Twinkies and butter?) In this piece from Yumsugar, we learn some of POTUS’s favorite dishes around the White House. They include broccoli soup, chili with bacon (!!!!), and fruit and oatmeal bars.

Schumer Wants to Keep Us From Eating Lead – To take advantage of one of the biggest grilling days of the year, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is asking the FDA to look into the dangers of grill brushes. The metal brushes used to clean off grill grates have led to a handful of incidents where the metal bristles come off the brush and into the throats of diners. Never one to over-dramaticize, Schumer went so far as to say, “”Metal bristles are one topping no one wants on their burger this holiday season.”

What’s Yesha Tweeting?

In last week’s edition of “What’s Yesha Tweeting”, we became all too familiar with the eating habits of Yesha Callahan. Yesha, best known for blogging and, more importantly, being on the receiving end of sexy cam shots from former Rep. Chris Lee (R-NY), tweets so often about so much, that we couldn’t help but check in with her again.

This week, Yesha is lamenting the way kids are dressing these days. After receiving an email from her child’s school reminding parents of what is appropriate dress and what is not, Yesha says, “I saw one girl, with a skirt hardly covering her butt…middle school isn’t what it used to be.” She then lets us know that when SHE was in school, “hell I didn’t even wear skirts.” (Please note: The above is not Yesha, but a woman in a short skirt to depict the subject matter.)

Fresh off of lecturing the youths of tomorrow, Yesha turns her attentions to the three-day weekend. That’s where she runs into some unexpected bad news. She tweets out, “And just like that..I’m sick…fever..chills…headache…germy ass day party.” Those germy ass day parties will do it everytime, Yesh. We prefer the parties with BBQ and beers.

Sadly, Yesha’s weekend didn’t get any better. Earlier today, she tweeted that her uncle only has three days to live. Apparently, he was estranged from the family and went to live on an Indian reservation. Yesha was able to track him down and says, “Today my heart sunk when I was told he only has 3 days to live…I still have toy he gave me after my mother gave birth…”

Keep your chin up, Yesha. We’re thinking of you. We KNOW you’ll keep us posted.

Want to Get Plastered Over Lunch?

Pssst….Daily Caller reporters: We have an event you might like. It’s a wine tasting tomorrow at lunchtime from 11:30 to 12:30 at the Macedonian Embassy. They’re billing the wines as “delicious” and “undiscovered.”

And for whatever insane reason they’re encouraging reporters to attend.

If you stick around until after 12:30, you’ll be fed. Until 2:30 p.m. they’re hosting an open house with food, more wine and bigwig media, diplomats and USG officials.

It’s walking distance. The Embassy is located at 2129 Wyoming Avenue, NW, north of Dupont Circle.

The event is open to all media. Interested parties can RSVP here.

Chefs to Duke it Out Over Lunch

Some reporters are being treated to a special  Chilean-themed lunch Thursday. It won’t just be eating. The event also involves two chefs — Iron Chef competitor RJ Cooper and Cordon Bleu Chilean chef Pilar Rodríguez — who will battle it out at Rogue 24.

No crashing. This is an invitation-only media event, in which attendees will taste food prepared with authentic Chilean ingredients, paired with Chilean wine and pisco (for the uninformed, this is yellow-amber colored grape brandy that’s made in Peru and Chili).

The lunch is the launch of Chile’s participation at the Summer Fancy Food Show on June 17th. Reporters who cover the show may get a chance to meet Ambassador of Chile Felipe Bulnes Serrano, and more importantly, sample Chilean food and wine and eat from the food truck that will be stationed outside the Washington Convention Center.

More info, write Yazmine Esparza here:

Daily Caller Scribe to Obama: Meet With Me!

Where is President Barack Obama and why in the hell hasn’t he met with The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle yet?!

That’s the question on everyone’s Boyle’s mind in a self-promotional email he sent to FBDC and God knows who else late last week (he tells us these type of emails go to “reporters, flacks and political types.”) “If President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder REALLY don’t have anything to hide here over Fast and Furious, why won’t they sit down and do an interview with me over it?” he asked in the email.

The question followed a series of links to stories Boyle has written on the “Fast and Furious” DOJ scandal. Several of the stories contain a brief description written by Boyle relating to Boyle, such as (emphasis ours):

  • “Eric Holder refuses Fast and Furious interview, accuses me of throwing ‘STICKS AND STONES’”
  • “It’s hardly the first time Holder has attacked me or The Daily Caller for reporting on Fast and Furious”
  • One of my stories sparked his first-ever and to this day only unsolicited letter to Congress about Fast and Furious”

Boyle has dominated coverage of Fast and Furious. He was cited by FNC’s Bret Baier on “Special Report” Friday as saying the DOJ’s priorites are “out of whack” on the issue.

But if you didn’t know Boyle owns the story: “Here’s Fox News segment where @BretBaier cites me on how Eric Holder’s DOJ priorities are out of whack…” he tweeted Saturday.

Back to the matter at hand: When is Boyle’s sit-down with the Prez?

“I haven’t heard from President Obama’s team on an interview about Fast and Furious,” Boyle told FishbowlDC when asked about the release he sent out. “I wonder why? If he’s got nothing to hide when it comes to that scandal, why not come on over to The Daily Caller offices for a quick interview? We’re two blocks from the White House and my schedule is flexible.”

You hear that, Mr. President?

Politico and NBC’s “MTP” Say ‘I Do’

Top 5 Reasons Why Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin and NBC’s “MTP” Exec. Producer Betsy Fischer‘s Wedding Was Everything That’s Wrong With Washington. The journo power couple married in a garden wedding in Warrenton, Va. over the weekend.

1. Martin thanked the troops during his remarks. “We want to keep in mind that this is an important weekend. Tomorrow is Memorial Day. So we also want to honor our veterans, and those who are fallen.” (h/t Politico Playbook and h/t Mike Allen for h/t)

2. NBC newsman Tom Brokaw made their wedding sound like a beer summit: “We’re awakened every day, these days, and reminded about what divides us. But this is what unites us: the idea that two people who care
passionately about their country and about the political system that
drives it, finding each other, setting out on their married life.”

3. Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris looked hammered. See here. (Just kidding, we’re sure the boss was keeping it together.)

4. Gift bags included treats from — not a joke — The Political
Cookie Company.

5. Politico and NBC’s MTP will now forever and incestuously be linked in holy matrimony. By the power vested in FishbowlDC, we now pronounce you husband and wife.