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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I’m probably going to drunk dial Wolf Blitzer. It’s going to be a Situation Room.” — Comedian Kathy Griffin on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, describing what she was going to do while hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Incidentally, among her goals is to get Cooper fired.

Shampoo loyalty

“Twitter wants me to follow Pantene. I was born a Pert Plus man, and I’ll die a Pert Plus man.” — Reuters’ Sam Youngman.

Regrets. NBC’s Chuck Todd apologizes for accidentally giving the finger on air Wednesday morning: “The camera is always on. A lesson some of us never learn. My apologies. Am personally embarrassed. Was a joke with someone on other side.”

Journo Hate Mail

FishbowlDC’s Peter Ogburn hit a serious nerve Wednesday with this afternoon post on Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields, who  displays cleavage, tweets memes about how beautiful she is, and retweets pictures of her legs — all in the name of journalism. Here’s a sampling of the hate mail Ogburn received. 1. “Guess the jury’s out. Peter, you are a sexist dork. Stop your little whiny articles and do some research and real reporting and maybe someday you’ll make a name for yourself like Michelle already has.” 2. “Yo Peter, fuck your couch.” This is Peter’s day to shine. Congrats to Ogburn for getting a nasty fake Twitter account created about him one week after starting the job.

Abramoff’s 15 minutes continues…

“About to go on MSNBC at 3. Just saw Jack Abramoff, who told me idea that Newt didn’t lobby–eg for 2003 Rx drug benefit– is ‘a joke.’” — Bloomberg View Columnist  Jonathan Alter.

Bret Baier Shizzizzle

@CharmingLegs @therealjdizzle: “Hey I think you look terrific! How is your son doing?” FNC anchor Bret Baier: “Great thank you.”  (Unless you’re severely out of touch, you know that Baier’s son, Paul, recently underwent an angioplasty.)

A journo’s weakness for airport hotdogs

“Guilty pleasure airport food: pretzel dogs. But I just had the will power to pass the kiosk by.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

A classic Tschida dilemma

“Someone I know frequently describes THINGS as having an ASTIGMATISM. Should I tell him astigmatism is a vision problem he means stigma?” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Scribe doesn’t trust perfection

“I dunno why but I just don’t trust anyone whose every tweet is always perfect (grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, etc). #shady.” — Human EventsTony Lee.

Deep thoughts…

“I hate when you have one big known unknown holding up a story.” — Labor journo Mike Elk. Come on, Elk. Where’s the well-placed cuss word?

Gopher goes for Gingrich

“Former Iowa Congressman and LOVEBOAT TV actor who played Gopher, Fred Grandy endorses Newt Gingrich.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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