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Aide’s Terrible Slip of the Twitter Tongue

15740027Top White House aide Dan Pfeiffer may soon think twice about shooting the breeze on serious topics on Twitter, especially when the n-word can quickly become the b-word. When the Assistant and Senior Advisor to President Obama shot out a tweet with “bigger” in it this morning, the word came back with an “n” in place of the “b.”

The Twittersphere went nuts.

And word is getting out fast. Outlets like Politico, TWT and The Daily Caller are already publishing posts on it.

The offending tweet at 9:50 a.m. was to NYT‘s Jonathan Martin: “@jmartNYT also a much nigger factor on the right.”

Just four minutes later Pfeiffer wrote, “Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies.”

But in cases like these, the damage was done. Read more

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Morning Chatter

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Journo nearly hits another’s car

“In other news, Walter Mossberg almost hit my car today. The ‘TECH WSJ’ plates tipped me off. Also the beard. Watch your lanes, Walt!” — MetroWeekly‘s Sean Bugg. When asked for comment, Bugg remarked to FBDC that the incident occurred while he was just getting onto the E Street Expressway coming into the city. “He got a little tight on me at the merge, then made a right hand pass on a bus that I passed on the left and we both moved back to the middle lane at the same time,” he explained. “While annoyed, I mostly just thought it was funny that I ID’d him through the plate on his Lexus. Nice Lexus, too. Unlike the government shutdown story, there may be two sides to this one. If you ask him he might say, ‘What? That asshole in the Camaro with the BIG BUGG plates?’” We asked Mossberg for his side of the story. He wrote by email, “I can’t recall any near miss in traffic today. But that merge is a tricky one, where one often feels as if cars are too close.”

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Left Vs. Right Warfare

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein: “Pro tip: The side that wants to shut down the government is the side demanding concessions before they consent to reopening the government.” Townhall‘s Derek Hunter reworked Klein’s tweet, writing, “Pro tip: Don’t take political advice from someone who hasn’t finished puberty & has no real world work experience.”

Poor Weigel gets “very sad” about those pesky JournoList mentions

“Man alive, no one in media hates the right like @daveweigel. Never seen anything like him. Seething hatred.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte regarding Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Townhall’s Hunter piled on, writing, “Wishes it would set itself on fire,” a reference to something Weigel said on the secret liberal listserv, JournoList, founded by his Boy Bander pal Ezra. Weigel spoke of wanting Matt Drudge to light himself on fire. His exact words? ”This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.”

images-2Earlier in the afternoon on Wednesday… Weigel had tweeted, “It’s adorable, and very convincing, when conservatives claim you HATE VETERANS if you think Bachmann showing up for photos is gauche.”

Weigel replied to Nolte and Hunter, saying, “It makes me very sad when people bring up JournoList and I have to remember I have a better, more lucrative job now.” Nolte argued: “I didn’t say anything about journalist. Just going off your behavior at your better, more lucrative job.”

Editor’s note: See the original breaking post on JournoList here. The story was broken by FishbowlDC, but Weigel likes to continuously claim that it was broken by Jonathan Strong who, at the time, worked for The Daily Caller. He now works for National Review. Our hearts really go out to Weigel. Why can’t the past just be the past?

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Want to Hug Amanda Hess? Think Again.

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When you mess with freelancer Amanda Hess, formerly of TBD fame, this is what you might get. Her website is: sexwithamandahess.com. She often writes about sex and gender.

UnknownThis is how the mess began. Hess wrote, “Hugs are awkward, falsely intimate power plays. Stop imposing them on everyone you meet.” She linked to this story that she wrote for Slate on the matter of hugs as power plays.

As one might imagine, this caused a number of followers to either virtually hug her or insult her, calling her a “socially awkward” woman. Famous last words: “Alex, if people start hugging me over this I am going to be very upset with you.” (Alex is Bloomberg BNA‘s Alex Parker, who pointed out that Hess needs a hug and that handshakes are “prolly” less hygienic than hugs.)

See what happened next… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Capitol Hill Weirdness: “For some reason, this gigantic bear was being carried to the Kennedy Caucus Room today.”Politico and soon-to-be Washington Examiner‘s Tim Mak.

White House press returns from Europe

“Good to be back on the USA. White House media charter home from Ireland and Germany. Nothing like a red eye to start the day.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

The Observer

“Great to see @SarahPalinUSA back on @FoxNews. She’s a wonderful woman and commentator.” — former maybe presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:08 a.m.

Did someone say fishing?

“Politician fishing: I heard newspaper took meeting with X, but not me. In fact, you know nothing, are lying to see if I’ll reveal anything.” — The Detroit News‘ Op-ed Editor James David Dickson.

Journo contemplates violence with languishing computer

“My computer is running so slow that I’m tempted to hit it with a softball bat.” — Politico’s Leigh Munsil.

Men’s Wearhouse fallout

  • “Men’s Wearhouse’s new, millenial-friendly slogan: ‘you’re gonna like the way you look when taking a selfie on a skateboard, I guarantee it.’” — BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

And a confession…

“Both of my suits are Men’s Wearhouse, I’ve worn one to every job interview since ’07.” — Bloomberg BNA’s Alex Parker.

Reporter irked by visitor’s badges

“Pet peeve? News conferences filled with people with visitors badges.” — Roll Call Senate reporter Niels Lesniewski.

On Gandolfini’s death

“In every great Tony Soprano scene I watch, I’m drawn to how great other actors appear. Big testament to James Gandolfini’s talent.” — NPR “Morning Edition” Editor Arnie Seipel.

Crime reporter’s neighbors catch mugger

“My neighbors helped catch a College Park mugger this morning. What have you done today? dccrimestories.com” — Scott McCabe, former crime reporter for the Washington Examiner.

 

 

New Hires at Government Executive Mag

Government Executive Magazine has hired CQ’s Aliya Sternstein and District transplant Alex Parker. The hires were announced in a memo from Gov Exec Editor Tom Shoop:

I’m very pleased to announce that two talented journalists will be joining the editorial team as staff correspondents:

Aliya Sternstein is our latest addition to the Nextgov team, filling a newly created position. She comes to us from Congressional Quarterly, where she’s been writing about food and product safety and agricultural issues for CQ’s suite of publications. Before that, she was a senior writer at National Journal’s Technology Daily, where she also created a column focused on e-government issues. Prior to that, Aliya was a senior reporter at Federal Computer Week, where she wrote both daily news stories and magazine features. She is a 2002 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. Aliya will focus on covering the Obama administration’s use of technology, involving issues of transparency, collaboration and participation by the public. She starts Monday, March 30.

Alex Parker will be on the GovExec side, filling the slot recently vacated by Brittany Ballenstedt on the workforce management beat. He was most recently at the Toledo Blade, where he covered the intersection of federal, state and county government for the Pulitzer Prize-winning paper. Before that, he cut his journalistic teeth as a crime and government reporter at the Lorain (Ohio) Morning Journal. Alex also has completed internships at the Bureau of National Affairs here in Washington and the Atlantic when it was still in Boston. He is a 2004 graduate of Oberlin College. Alex starts Wednesday, April 8.

I feel very fortunate that at this moment in the history of our industry, we are able to replenish and grow our staff with reporters and writers of the caliber of Aliya and Alex. Please join me in welcoming them to the team.

Tom