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AUNTIE OF THE CENTURY: “This is what 100 years old looks like on my amazing great aunt, Helen Forbrich. Happy birthday, Auntie Helen!” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Baier’s son to get heart tests

“Good morning! Paul’s getting some tests on his heart this morning at @childrenshealth & he’s into “Wreck it Ralph”!” — FNC’s Bret Baier with accompanying photograph.

Reporter hates talking points requests 

“Least fav tweets are pols asking followers to retweet the talking points they’ve already tweeted 1,000 times before.” — CQ Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis.

This is how rumors get started

Norm Coleman on CNN right now…Wonder if Zucker is trying him out as a regular contributor? Talking with Hilary Rosen about #Oscars.” — Jennifer Moire, public affairs and media consultant.

A boiling hot idea for next year’s Oscars

“Next year they should just have Satan host the Oscars.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Journos face rough start to week

“Yep, please start my Monday morning with construction knocking out the water pipes … Again.” — Politico‘s Seung Min Kim.

“Apparently I slept on a mouse. True, it was a stuffed toy mouse, but the sight still jolted me as I got out of bed. #helloMonday” — Metro Weekly‘s Randy Shulman.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:29 a.m.

Editor feels pulled in different directions…

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Quotes of the Day

Burying the lead

“Magistrate in Pistorius case really knows how to bury the lead. He’s been reading back the case for more than 1/2 hr now w/o ruling on bail.” — Jon Belmont, AP Radio News.

Travel Bitches

“Nothing like starting off the day with a 4 am wake up for a 6 am flight.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“Instead of “quiet car” Amtrak should have one where everyone who screams on their phones all the way from DC to NY sits together.” — MSNBC “Daily Rundown” Executive Producer Brooke Brower.

“Longest Circulator ride of. My. Life.” — MetroWeekly‘s Justin Snow.

“Seatmate warns: ‘I didn’t sleep last night, so I may doze on your shoulder.’ #StrangerDanger” — Erica Elliot, the avid travel tweeter who is also the Communications Director for the Major Whip of the House, Kevin McCarthy.

Ouch and more ouch!

“@ErikWemple Looking forward to your next piece when you ask the Obama campaign which Politico and WaPo stories helped them the most.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas to WaPo‘s Erik Wemple for this story, in which he takes Breitbart.com and The Daily Caller and lumps them together into a story on shoddy conservative media reporting. Shockingly (and yes, we’re being sarcastic), no one from either publication would speak to the Erik Wemple Blog for his story. Before he began writing for WaPo, Wemple indicated that he would not be covering WaPo. He has broken this declaration a few times, but has mostly stuck with it.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:39 a.m.

New D.C. slang: “the metch” 

“Today in IMing: a friend refers to Metro as ‘the metch’ which is not shorter than ‘metro’ but is more fun to say I guess.” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Moving woes

“It was a huge mistake to think that I could install my internet by myself.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray, who recently moved to Washington from New York.

Bon Voyage!

“Thank you so much everyone for your kind notes. Psyched to head to Beijing but sad to be leaving such amazing friends & colleagues in DC.” — WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez. We inquired what Sonmez was up to in Bejing. She replied, “Today is my last day at the Post. I am planning to move to Beijing in the next few months and study Chinese, and then find a reporting job there.” All the best to Sonmez on her new adventure.

Self-Appointed Media Critics

  • “Local news doing a fabulous job with storm coverage. Too bad they suck at covering most everything else.” — Conservative radio host and gun enthusiast Dana Loesch.
  • “Every year National Journal’s ratings of conservatives and liberals come out I’m reminded of just how stupid National Journal can be.” — FNC and RedState‘s Erick Erickson.

Senate gets new rail to protect clock from reporters chasing senators (a joke, sort of, of course)…

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Daily Caller Tip Sheet Lumps Ginni Thomas With Other Conservative ‘Clowns’

This is uncomfortable.

Ginni Thomas, a contributor at The Daily Caller, was grouped with other conservative “clowns” yesterday in a daily morning tip sheet written by The DC Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein.

The item by Weinstein linked to a story by his colleague Will Rahn involving a letter drafted by several movement conservatives defending the conservative Media Research Center’s Brent Bozell. Republican consultant Jonathan Collegio reportedly referred to Bozell as a “hater” on a local D.C. radio program this week. To that, other conservatives along with radio host Mark Levin and Thomas drafted a letter calling for Collegio to be fired from his job at the American Crossroads Super PAC.

Weinstein called it “a clown letter that embarrasses clowns.” More from his tip sheet… Read more

Alex Pappas, Waffle House Cup Gift Survive Christmas Tornado

Fretting a natural disaster isn’t the ideal way to celebrate a large part of Christmas day, but it’s how The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas celebrated his.

Yesterday evening a tornado warning was issued for parts of Mobile, Ala., Pappas’ hometown and where he spent the holiday. About 40 minutes after retweeting the warning at 5:20 p.m., Pappas tweeted, “We can see tornado in midtown Mobile.”

He told FishbowlDC, “It was probably four or five blocks away when we saw it.” Pappas had just returned from a day at the beach.

Pictured above is the tornado taken by one of Pappas’ neighbors.

After the tornado had passed, Pappas tweeted that he and his family (15 people total) were fine but the power was out. He saw some people exit their homes holding martini glasses.

Pappas and other neighbors then went next door to a home powered by a generator. “In Mobile, we’re used to hurricanes,” Pappas said. “Not until this Christmas had we ever experienced a tornado. Thankful everyone is OK and my Waffle House coffee cup Santa brought me survived.”

Last we heard, Pappas was on a flight back to Washington.

After the disaster, he posted a full account of what happened to his Facebook… Read more

Boob Expert Shows up to Gutfeld Book Party

Walking into the Breitbart Embassy last night was sort of what one imagines walking into Michael Jackson‘s old home: Stationed in the living room was an ice cream stand with the Good Humor man. Outside was a petting zoo with ducks, bunnies, an alpaca and a tiny horse. And walking around the whole house was Nancy Leonard, an accordionist dressed in traditional Swiss clothing, who prides herself on being able to walk and play music at the same time.

“Do you know what the difference between an accordionist and an entertainer is?” Leonard asked FishbowlDC. “An entertainer can walk and play. Most accordionists have to sit and read the music.”

Leonard is a former breast implant specialist for the FDA. “I helped all kinds of people,” she said. “I helped men, women, transvestites… anybody.”

Also roaming around the zoo was former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).

The Embassy was hosting a party for FNC The Five‘s Greg Gutfeld who has a book coming out next month. Gutfeld’s book, The Joy of Hate, is dedicated to the late Andrew Breitbart. It’s a commentary on the knee-jerk reaction people have to cry foul at anything and everything. Gutfeld said young and old people as well as “people that are not young or old” should read the book.

Party invitations inexplicably featured an old ’90s TV screenshot of Gutfeld from when he worked for Men’s Health. In the photograph, a buff Gutfeld is in a tank top and has a high-top haircut. “How dare you,” he said when we brought it up.

More Gutfeld and pictures…

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French Maid Spices Up Daily Caller Book Party

What was initially thought to be a special appearance by David Martosko‘s personal secretary at last night’s Daily Caller book launch party ended up being nothing of the sort.

To the left is a photo of Nandi, who works with Emperor Vodka, which sponsored the soiree. “I’m just here for pictures,” she said, graciously posing for cameras. Nandi, whose arms are reminiscent of Angela Bassett‘s What’s Love Got to Do with It, said this was her first time working with Emperor. Fun first day on the job!

The Daily Caller hosted the party in its Farragut Square newsroom celebrating The Lizard King, an ebook written by their own Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn.

“I have no good answer,” said Rahn when asked who should read his book. “It’s a transformative book,” he said (“transformational” also works). He compared it to reading the Bible. “Is this off the record?” Rahn asked at the conclusion of our interview.

Weinstein was a little more willing to talk about the book, though we get the impression he thought he was on TV. “Truth-seekers will like it,” Weinstein said. He emphasized that the book is actually a manuscript provided by a White House insider and that he and Rahn are simply the vessels through which the book is being delivered. “Once in a while, history falls upon you and I think it happened to us,” he said, adding that it “may be one of the most important books since [Fox News host] Sean Hannity’s book.”

The Daily Caller‘s bar was stocked with wine, soda, alcohol and a beer tap that poured Pabst Blue Ribbon. Edibles (vegetables and a few hors d’oeurves) were a little on the slim side.

As guests trickled in, a couple faces stood out in the crowd: Politico‘s Byron Tau and Tim Mak. The DC and Politico have been known to publicly quibble in the past. One Daily Caller staffer said the relationship between the two publications “on paper” is often not the case between individual reporters. He said there are several Politico employees he regularly drinks with. Both Tau and Mak chatted with The DC‘s Alex Pappas for a while, as well.

In the crowd we also spotted a distinguished gentleman with a badass eye patch. It turned out to be Will Rahn’s father, ex-husband to WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan.

The DC‘s editor Tucker Carlson was seen talking with RollCall‘s Jonathan Strong, a former Daily Caller reporter. Strong said work for him has been slow and “a little boring,” given he covers Congress, which is currently out of session.

Notables: The Daily Caller‘s Alex Treadway, Sarah Hoffman, Taylor Bigler, Jeff Poor, Caroline May, Brian Danza, Chris Bedford, Neil Munro, Pat McMahon, Nicole Roeberg, and Vince Coglianese; The Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo and CJ Ciaramella; RollCall HOH‘s Neda Semani and Warren Rojas; Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton; WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri; U.S. NewsSteven Nelson; The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake; and Donald Rumsfeld‘s former chief of staff Keith Urbahn. Conspicuously absent were Matthew Boyle and Martosko, who had kid duty. We rode the elevator with him down to the garage. He puffed away on what may have been an illegal cigar the whole way down and said Rahn and Weinstein would know he was there “in spirit.”

Quotable:

  • “He’s a bit of a self promoter.”– Keith Urbahn on his former boss Donald Rumsfeld, who was Defense Secretary under former Prez George W. Bush. Urbahn spilled that Rummy is currently working on a new book. UPDATE: Urbahn writes in to tell us he was talking about his other former boss, The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.
  • Asked about former and recently fired Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson said, “I haven’t seen her much on TV lately. That ended for some reason.” Fields was not in attendance.
  • “I don’t want to be written about.”– Steven Nelson, after FishbowlDC inquired about his job at U.S. News, which he only recently started.
  • “I’m holding out for the chance that Matthew Boyle shows up.”– FBDC’s Peter Ogburn.

 

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Quotes of the Day

“It’s so hard to talk these days.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren in reaction to V.P. Joe Biden‘s “gaffe” yesterday.

“He’s gotta recognize that he’s gonna be double teamed. Jim Lehrer is part of the cultural left so Mitt is going to have to communicate past Lehrer and past Obama to reach the American people.” — Fmr. Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on FNC last night.

Not enough black journos on air tonight?

“@rolandsmartin we need a black room twitter debate team tonight since none of us will be on AIR–get some #WashingtonWatch peeps together.” — Preacher Sophia Nelson of theGrio.com, Essence and USA Today.

In the category of bright ideas…

“Today, I think I’ll work on a column giving Mitt Romney some advice because I want people to know how smart I am.” — DoubleThink‘s J.P. Freire.

Journo in-fighting between two guys named Alex

Salon‘s Alex Pareene: “I hope TheDC doesn’t uncover shocking video of me saying soda instead of pop on east coast.” The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas replied, “Don’t worry, no one cares about you.”

Speaking of that video…

  • “Impressive in dumb-as-a-box-of-rocks category: Hannity calling non-news Obama ’07 Hampton video ‘a bombshell abt to be dropped’ on WH race” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.
  • “If Obama haters think I’m going to expend a ton of energy on this issue, they are nuts. This amounts to nothing.” — CNN Contributor and Washington Watch host Roland Martin.
  • “Oh lawd.. someone send me a link to TEH VIDEEOOHH!!” — Michelle Ray, Social Media Director at Conservative Daily News. It’s here.
  • “Why are liberals so shocked that Fox News, Drudge, and Tucker Carlson practice racist demagoguery? Like being shocked sky is blue.” — David Zirin, Sports Editor at The Nation.

And Breitbart.com editor blesses Drudge, rips MSM

“Squirm, corrupt media, squirm! #GodBlessDrudge” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte.

Mitt Romney’s Lunch: The Nasty Aftermath

“Can someone please interview the Chipotle worker? I can’t stop giggling. I want to know everything about him.” — National Journal’s Elahe Izadi.

“Romney’s Chipotle order: burrito bowl, pork, rice, black beans, guac, salsa (per pool report)” — HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel.

Important Q to Ponder: “Seriously, why the fuck are people tweeting Romney’s lunch? Who gives a shit?” — Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas.

“Per pool, Romney is having Chipotle for lunch. He and Sen. Portman both had pork burrito bowls with guacamole.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Depression is…

“Sort of depressing to drive around KC and see a liquor store named after Harry Truman.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Optimism is…“We’re ALL gonna lose in Nov no matter who wins!” — Reason mag’s Nick Gillespie.

The Observer

“Oh good. HuffPost Live will also be live-streaming debates. This brings the total number of news outlets covering the debates to everyone.” — TVNewser‘s Alex Weprin.

Pet Peeves

“People who break embargoes, that’s that shit I don’t like.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Fuck man I totally feel for a free Southwest Airline ticket voucher spambot thing on facebook fuck fuck fuck.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

Convo Between Two Journos: MEOW

The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor writes, “Question: Why is @BuzzFeed working so hard to get to the smoking gun in this video? You guys can’t wait until 9 pm? Go have dinner… Relax.” To which Politico‘s Shermanator (Jake Sherman) replies, “Yep, you mustve. when someone says publicly they have something that will make news, if u dont chase it, u should find a new job.”

ABC’s Walter involuntary spams followers

“Hello Tweeps. I am not DMing you about some sort of “bad stuff” written about you. It’s spam/hacking.” — ABC’s Amy Walter.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

 

WaPo’s Wemple Calls Out Daily Caller Reporter

WaPo media opinion writer Erik Wemple took The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas to task today for a story that outs journalists who have donated to President Obama‘s reelection effort. Pappas included Elizabeth Wiener, who writes for Current Newspapers. She donated $500 in May and again in June. He also includes reporters from HuffPost, NYT, Current TV and NBC News.

The fight in a nutshell: Wemple maintains Pappas’ story reaches preposterous proportions since Weiner doesn’t cover national politics, nor do the publications for which she works, which include the Dupont Current, a local rag that covers things like missing dogs and colorful happenings in Dupont Circle. Pappas argues that news of which reporters have donated and how much is news and why shouldn’t previously unreported facts go uncovered?

“It just popped out of the story,” Wempled remarked to FishbowlDC. “If the point of looking up these contributions is to police media outlets that may be predisposed to favoring President Obama, then I’d think you’d restrict the reporting to media outlets that cover President Obama. Pappas wrote to me on Twitter wondering why I’d take issue with a story that has information that hadn’t been reported before. Strikes me that there’s a reason why Elizabeth Wiener‘s donations hadn’t been reported before.”

Pappas holds fast to his reporting and also has an accusation for Wemple. We asked if he had a comment on Wemple’s reaction to his story and whether or not he believes journalists ought to be contributing to anyone’s presidential campaign.

“I was confused why a media critic like Erik would criticize a reporter for revealing new facts,” he told FBDC. “Isn’t that what we’re paid to do? I don’t have an opinion about whether a reporter should or should not donate to a campaign. I do think it’s completely fair for us to shed light on those who do, which is why I wrote the piece. Erik admitted in his comments section that he’s followed the local reporter’s work for a while, so maybe he’s just protecting a friend.”

Publicist Gobbles Garnish At Limbaugh Book Party

Conservative author David Limbaugh joined Regnery Publishing for a party last night celebrating his book The Great Destroyer‘s place on the NYT bestseller list for four weeks so far.

Limbaugh gave what can only be described as a passionate, if a little frantic and long-winded speech on just how bad he wants President Barack Obama to lose the election. Limbaugh said he’s been asked if he simply writes books to make money. “If I had to choose between having a successful book and Obama winning and having an unsuccessful book and Obama losing,” he said, “I’d choose the latter.”

After the speech the floor was opened for Q&A. Because no one piped up immediately, Limbaugh volunteered TWT‘s Emily Miller who he is obviously familiar with, to ask something. Miller, known for writing a series of columns on the trouble of legally obtaining a gun in D.C., asked, “What’s gonna happen to our guns if this man (Obama) is elected?” From nearby Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) chimed in, “Keep them loaded.”

Shortly after we spotted Miller’s colleague Kerry Picket whose left leg was all kinds of banged up. She told us the black and blue bruises around her shin and knee were caused from a mountain biking accident. “I supermanned over the handlebars” Picket told us. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, though she seemed fine.

During dessert time we watched in amazement as D.C. publicist Janet Donovan skipped over the actual food and opted to eat the blackberry garnishes scattered around the platters. “Garnish is my favorite,” Donovan said, snatching up the for-decoration berries.

Notables: Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard, avid right-wing tweeter Kevin Eder, Townhall.com’s Derek Hunter and The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Michelle Fields, Matthew Boyle, Jamie Weinstein and Sarah Hofmann

Quotable: “Am I going to be in your story?”– Matthew Boyle through a mouthful of cake and beer.

Joe Williams Still Works For Politico

In what is a surprising revelation this morning, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas reports that Joe Williams is still technically employed with Politico. In short, they’re doing what they’ve allowed other reporters they want out to do — they’re allowing him to shack up in Rosslyn until he finds another job. Under the latest developments, buckle up, this could take awhile.

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