Quotes of the Day
“Dude I don’t even know how to make a gif #buzzfeedconfession” — BuzzFeed‘s newest Washingtonian Rosie Gray.
THREATENED: Reporters react to Woodward’s claims
“I never took nasty emails as threats. I took them as a sign I was doing my job. Nothing to do with bravery.” — Matt Apuzzo, AP investigative reporter in reaction to WaPo Bob Woodward‘s claim that he was threatened by the White House, namely Director of the National Economic Counsel Gene Sperling. (Sperling scoop by BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.)
“The flaks I know usually just call to yell at me. no email I hate more threatening than ‘Kate, do you have second to talk about this?’” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera.
“Think abt it: You’re a 22-year-old reporter and you see what happens to BOB WOODWARD. You may stay quiet about when a flack barks/pressures” — National Review‘s Robert Costa.
“Reminder of the night: Non-reporters don’t understand journo-source interactions.” — Politico‘s Kevin Robillard.
(From our favorite non-vacationer…) “I know I’m on vacation, but I’ve gotten threats from both Obamaland and Romneyland. ‘You’ll regret this’ is like a walk in the park.” — Former BuzzFeed scribe Zeke Miller.
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Journo marvels over price of smokes
“I just saw woman in NYC buy two packs of cigarettes for $31. Who can afford that habit here?” — TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller.
Important Q to Ponder: “You think when Ben Smith was 8 & watching All The President’s Men for the first time, he knew that one day he’d #BenSmith that guy?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte, official nemesis to BuzzFeed‘s Smith.
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More Woodward and what he’ll regret…THREATENED: More journos react
(Dylan has been threatened!) “I’m no Woodward but broadcast/cable TV PR reps use that ‘regret’ tactic a lot.” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers.
“As a reporter, I don’t think this was a threat.” — Jeffrey Goldberg, national correspondent for The Atlantic. And this: “Everyone yells at everyone. It’s not such an enormous deal to be yelled at by a WH official if you’re a reporter.”
“I’m honestly stunned to see so many reporters defending WH over this.” — Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong.
“Woodward vs Sperling aint exactly Tupac vs Biggie, I’ll say that.” — Politico‘s Ben White.
“Bullying tactics happen all the time. Luckily, most reporters have thick skins.” — CNBC’s Eamon Javers.
“Please tell me more about how threatening that Woodward email was people who’ve never spoken to a flack in their lives.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski, among the worst names to spell in journalism.
(Is this offensive to fish?) “What Gene Sperling meant to say was, ‘Woodward, you will sleep with the fishes!’” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.
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