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Archives: October 2012

Journalists’ Pets Fed Up With Sandy

A number of Washington area journalists expressed their feelings about Superstorm Sandy last night by venting about animals. Lisa De Pasquale, a conservative writer based in Alexandria, Va., expressed outrage early on in the day. “I can’t believe the local news has to remind people to bring their pets in during the storm,” she wrote on Twitter. “I hate people.”

“OVER IT,” screamed Politico‘s Kate Nocerra in all-caps, posting a picture of her cat (pictured here).

And Bryan Sears, assistant regional editor and Baltimore County government and politics reporter for, remarked, “Sam, my Golden, has had enough of Hurricane Sandy.” (Sam is pictured here.)

HuffPost Blog Editor Erin Ruberry, meanwhile, displayed her pet amid the storm. “Kitten + hot chocolate = how to wait out #Frankenstorm #Sandy,” she wrote. (Her kitten is pictured below.)


HuffPost Experiences Technical Difficulties

This message was posted on HuffPost‘s website this morning. Technical woes due to Hurricane-Cyclone Sandy continue to dog sites like HuffPost, BuzzFeed, the New York Daily News and more.

Memo to CNN: Free Ali Velshi!

Throughout the relentless storm last night, reporters in Washington and beyond expressed deep concern for CNN’s breakout star, Ali Velshi, who spent much of the day and night knee and waist deep in water. On his birthday, no less. At one point shirtless pranksters joined him in the water. TVNewser has the video. Let’s hope the network gave him a change of clothes.

“Ali, I’m glad to see you in one piece, quiet frankly,” remarked CNN’s Soledad O’Brien to Velshi early this morning in an interview with the correspondent who appeared to be in the exact outfit he wore last night — dark sports pants, red pullover, sneakers, baseball cap.

“CNN, please let Ali Velshi live.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“I’m going to collect donations to help Ali Velshi with what is undoubtedly a serious case of swamp foot. #aliisahero#10hoursinthewater.” — Will Cain, CNN Contributor and columnist for

“Why is CNN having Ali Velshi standing in the middle of a barren intersection?” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

“Dear CNN, et al: get your reporters out of the water. You look stupid.” — NationalReviewOnline Contributor Greg Pollowitz.

“Now CNN is making Ali Velshi stand in the hurricane during a commercial break so they can come back to him afterwards. Amazing.” — Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden at 4:14 p.m. At 10:30 p.m. Madden added, “CNN, seriously. You have tortured Ali Velshi enough. Whatever he’s done, he will never do it again. Let him go inside.”

“I’ve concluded that Ali Velshi has the world’s strongest legs, and a brilliant sound man.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan.

“ALI WE GET IT. IT’S BAD OUT THERE.” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera (who couldn’t get away from all-caps messages throughout the night.)

“I really want to hear Chris Christie’s reaction to what Ali Velshi is doing right now.” — NPR Elections Producer Arnie Seipel.

“Amazing reporting by Ali Velshi from Atlantic City under terrible conditions. (It’s also his birthday.)” — CNN Senior Digital Producer Steve Krakauer.

“Why can’t CNN just put a hologram of Ali Velshi in the middle of all that water?” — Blake Hounshell, managing editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

“I’ve never had a desire to stand in the middle of a storm to tell someone else not to come outside. I can do that from a studio! LOL” — CNN Contributor Roland Martin.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: Hurricane-Cyclone Sandy Edition

“DC, take it from Coco Pebbles Chanel: it never hurts to be prepared.” — The Hill’s Howlma Kurtz, a.k.a. Judy Kurtz with accompanying picture.

Mixed feelings: “TWIITTER, I HATE YOU…. OK, I LOVE YOU” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman was less confused: “TV seems dull compared to Twitter. Reading my feed I eagerly turned on cable and … Meh.” And Assoc. Editor of The Atlantic Brian Fung slammed the medium: “Glad to know that even in the midst of a hurricane, the Internet is still capable of kicking up monstrously dumb debates. Whew.”

Dork in the Storm

“My wife just remembered we had a bunch of small airline-style bottles of booze squirreled away. #yesplease.” — MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Morally outraged.

“Protip: Tweets that make political jokes about storm that’s killed at least five people are maybe not worth sending.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman.

“Twitter is great and all but it’s proving tonight why journalism with real reporting and sourcing is essential.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent and resident Michelle Obama Fan Club Prez Amie Parnes.

“My wife gave birth to our three children at NYU. Horrifying to think of what’s going on there now. Horrifying.” — Conservative writer and professional Twitter fighter John Podhoretz, affectionately known as PodWhore.

“Has the storm past DC and we are through the worst of it? Swear I can’t tell from the coverage.” — CNN Democratic Analyst Hilary Rosen.

“Sandy has taken down Buzzfeed AND Huffington Post! The horror!” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence. Reacting to the news,‘s John Nolte remarked sarcastically, “That’s a shame.”


“Lights out here in McLean, Virginia” — The Daily Mail’s Toby Harnden, who will join the UK Sunday Times in January. He posted the accompanying photo.

“NoVa storm update: Power out. Water in basement. Reading Cat in the Hat to 3-year-old by flashlight.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Feeling stir crazy so went to neighborhood Izakaya place. Returned home to find cable + Internet down.” — The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta.

“First electricity flicker. 4:32 p.m.” — HotAir‘s Mary Katharine Ham.

“Afraid for your power? Both the Gtown and West End Ritzs are offering $229 ‘Sandy’ rates for locals. Beats a night in the cold dark!” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, who likes to appreciate the finer things in life such as Scotch and beautiful hotels.

“And my power just went out here in North Bethesda Maryland. It was a good run folks.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle.

Journo upset about stew and other random complainers

“Sandy is whistling here in my neighborhood. Not as loud as a train coming through the alley or dump truck moving down the street. But loud!” — Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile.

“Afraid the storm-related low pressure is causing my stew to tenderize freakishly slowly.” — Slate economics reporter Matt Yglesias.

“Suddenly, insisting on having a top floor apartment seems like a bad idea. Sounds like debris is hitting my roof!” — The Daily Caller‘s Publicist Nicole Roeberg.

Storm Chasers

“The wind outside my window has very quickly gone from interesting to extremely troubling.” — MetroWeekly‘s Randy Shulman.

“Flying debris now showing like a fast-motion movie through my back window.” — WaPo‘s Erik Wemple.

Comic relief

“El Chucko de Schumer esta hoggingo el microphoño! Que learno to shareo!” — Miguel Bloombito, expressing the media whore tendencies of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).  If you’re not following him, you must: @ElBloombito.

Anderson Cooper is doing a phoner on CNN so I have no idea how tight his shirt is. Therefore I have no idea how bad things are.” — NBC News’ Shawna Thomas, who later claimed to borrow a variation of a joke from SNL’s Seth Meyers.

“Sexual CNN Headlines.” — NYT comm asst. Jordan Cohen with accompanying picture.

“Oh thank God, David Corn is about to give us his perspective on Sandy on Hardball. Storm coverage is complete now.” — TownHall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Watching CNN coverage of Sandy giving me PTSD. Just put on my CNN windbreaker and started interviewing neighbors w/a plastic microphone.” — former CNN anchor Miles O’Brien.

See which blogger feared the storm might make her pregnant and what advice could MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain possibly have?

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Guiding Sophia’s Light

As anyone who follows Sophia Nelson‘s work knows, she’s a real force to contend with, on TV, Twitter and beyond. A columnist for and Essence, Nelson spends the bulk of her weekends in a dramatically spiritual state of mind. Part-preacher, part journalist, she counsels people on how to live their best lives. Topics have included how “sisters” treat one another in the workplace (example: “I am so over nasty, mean, broken sisters. Get some help. Take an anger management class. Pray. Do Yoga. Something but stop being #Assassins”), the delicious aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, hazelnut coffee or how to stay “prayed up” and in a positive mindset. She’s kind of like Oprah if Oprah was suddenly a Washington journo with a lot of time on her hands and no Nate Berkus or Dr. Oz to distract her with decorating or pooping tips.

The tricky thing is sometimes Sophia’s followers turn around and tell her off.

Case in point: This weekend, she went on MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes” and declared that she hadn’t decided for whom she will vote in the upcoming election. She got clobbered online with insult after insult. The ordeal got her 200 new Twitter followers. But poor Sophia, who usually takes the so-called high road, couldn’t contain herself and lashed back.

A sampling of our favorites:

1. “Clearly I need to postpone this week’s #SaturdayLove chat and engage some uncivil, rabid, asses on my twitter feed. so here goes.” 2. “I’ll say this just once: you will not upset me today with foul language & menacing tweets. I will block you & report you. Have a nice day!” 3. When SpaceCheef wrote, Yo  Sophia Nelson – you fucking idiot. GOP for Nat defense? Shut The Fuck Up uninformed moron,” she replied, “Will pray for you in church this a.m.” 4. “My point, I am open to people who can persuade me with their ideas, energy, passion, and respect. Not those who seek to humiliate & curse me.” 5. “Some of you need to wake the hell up. Yes I am pissed. If this is the best you have to worry about in your life–you need 2 get a life.” 6. “I am done with this topic and getting off of Twitter. Black people pull your head out of your butts. Respect others people individuality.”

We love her feisty, God-infused rants. But Sophia isn’t perfect. Sometimes…

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What’s Weingarten Writing?

We often make fun of WaPo’s Gene Weingarten for the silliness of his columns. They’re usually weird, old-man gripes about nonsensical, tiny things that no one else cares about. In his most recent column, the Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist takes it to a whole new level. He finds a way to complain his way through an entire piece about … cursive writing.

Find out what Gene’s ranting about…

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WTF With Matt K. Lewis

The Daily Caller‘s Matt K. Lewis is a respectable politics and media blogger by any standard, but reading his new columns in The Week forces one to ask: WTF is going on with him?

Each week for the past three weeks Lewis has published a short musing for the magazine. But never on the same day of the week and with no apparent theme. He tells FishbowlDC that in addition to his gig at The DC, he’s now a regular columnist (though he’s being somewhat loose with the term “regular”).

In his first column, published on Oct. 19, Lewis wrote about “the incredible shrinking manufacturing industry.” It concerned the presidential election and the candidates’ stances on the manufacturing industry. That’s timely. But the next week, things got weird…

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As Usual, HuffPost Wants Your Work Gratis

Not exactly known for appreciate their bloggers with money, HuffPost is seeking your help today tracking Hurricane Sandy. You won’t get anything from it except the glory of being on the site. But what the hell? Readers in potentially 90 mph winds have nothing better to do today, right?

The plea from HuffPost’s “Firsthand Team”:

“A Message From HuffPost: D.C. Readers, We Need Your Help Tracking The Storm” 

“Hello from Off The Bus! Hurricane Sandy is sweeping much of the Eastern U.S. Depending on where you live, you might experience flooding, snowstorms, heavy winds, power outages — or all of the above. We want to know what it looks like in your town. Show us how people are getting ready. Show us how neighbors are helping each other.”

Add photos to their Stormwatch Map. Send emails at Or tag your photos anywhere online with #hpsandy.

That’s right, just sign over your lives and disaster pictures to HuffPost free of charge and go on about your day.

BuzzFeeder Draws Ire For Calling Ad ‘Misleading’

BuzzFeed‘s McKay Coppins is catching flack for characterizing claims in a Mitt Romney campaign ad as “misleading” rather than “a lie.”

“There’s really no good explanation or excuse for it,” Coppins tweeted out. “Mitt Romney’s Jeep ad is misleading. Full stop.” The ad in question states that President Obama, through the auto-bailout, “sold Chrysler to Italians, who are going to build Jeeps in China.” The claim has faced criticism for not providing a full context that even though Jeeps will be made in China, Chrysler’s existing workforce in America will remain.

“It’s a bald faced lie,” MSNBC’s Goldie Taylor shouted at Coppins, who also received the equivalent of rotten tomatoes from a certain Washington editor… Read more

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

Tomato Basil.

“Good day for soup, why wait for a storm and while you still have power…Tomato Basil,” remarked host Chuck Todd.