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Morning Chatter

Bravery personified: “Porcupine” pricks BuzzFeed 

“Things must be going really well at Buzzfeed if one blog post gets them so defensive.” — Washington City Paper‘s Will Sommer, who appears to have the courage of an ant in that he only feels safe to insult when piling on after Vanity Fair‘s Juli Weiner needled BuzzFeed with this story Tuesday. Good job, Will! Originality is dead. And groupthink is about as awesome as someone writing and reporting under the pen name “Porcupine.”

In defense of McDonnell’s inebriated son

“Are people really piling on McDonnell because his college age son got drunk and walked home?? Glass houses, people. Glass houses.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau. Sean McDonnell, the son of Virgina Gov. Bob McDonnell, was arrested for public intoxication in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Another thought on BuzzFeed

“It’s @BuzzFeedBen’s world. We’re just living in it.” — Columnist Jamie Kirchick and fellow for Foreign Policy Institute.

Sadness is…

“Always sad when your boyhood congressman died. I hand delivered my mother’s $25 check for his 1958 race.” — Yahoo! News‘ columnist and Yale Prof Walter Shapiro. See here.

Senator instructs reporters on conference call etiquette

“Leave it to Sen. @alfranken to urge us to mute our phones for better audio quality on this call. ‘Someone is going through a car wash.’” — AP‘s Phil Elliott.

Anonymous Rant (continued)…our reader continues complaining about Leibo’s This Town. When I suggest that the book hasn’t come out yet and we haven’t seen everything, the reader writes, “Fair point, Betsy, I should see the whole thing, but best bits out there, and not encouraged. Is Mike Allen’s corrupt promotion of friends, very good friends, and their causes covered? Seems like he got a pass. Politico and other press do much worse than I’ve heard described here.” Missed yesterday’s rant? See it here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:50 a.m.

Unnecessary Tweets of the Day: Vegetable Talk 

After Obama revealed that broccoli was his favorite vegetable Tuesday, the crowd went wild. 

“A kid journalist asked Obama today what his favorite food is. His answer? Broccoli.” — Reuters White House reporter Steve Holland.

“For the record my favorite vegetable is A NICE STEAK.” — Media Matters fellow Olivier Willis.

“My response to all this broccoli talk: Where’s the beef?” — Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker.

“Reminds me of Paul Ryan and asparagus, which he once said he’d prefer to eat over cake. #veggiebipartisanship?” — National Journal’s Rebecca Kaplan.

“Basically: if you make it, I’ll eat it. #analysis” – BuzzFeed‘s Evan “I love onesies” McMorris-Santoro.

“To be clear, I am strongly biased in favor of broccoli.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Brussels Sprouts are underrated folks.” — Logan Dobson, a research analyst for The Tarrance Group, a GOP polling firm.

And the voice of reason?

“The vegetable debate engulfing the Washington press corps is why they hate us.” — MetroWeekly’s Justin Snow.

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