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Politico Puts the Silly in Silly Season

As much as I hate cliches , I’m going to go ahead and use one. We are in the middle of the silly season of politics. Between dressage horses, singing ads and big boy pants, it was one stupid week for politics. I wasn’t the only one to notice. Politico’s Alex Trowbridge rounded up all the dumb stories into a video montage. It’s a good video that highlights how the 24-7 political media can drive themselves crazy when there isn’t much ACTUAL news to cover.

The only problem is… Every story highlighted in the video was exhaustively covered by Politico itself. So, while it was a pretty dumb week, Politico led the stupidity parade. From Debbie Wasserman-Schultz telling Mitt Romney to put on his “big boy pants” to John Sununu saying that POTUS needs to “learn how to be an American” to Michele Bachmann (R-MN) leading an effort to smoke Mulisms out of the Congress, Politico had a story on each one.

At least we now know that Politico has a self-deprecating sense of whimsy about the news cycle.

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Jimmy Kimmel in Private: Fishbowl5 With Politico’s Patrick Gavin, So What Was he Like?

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin recently went out to LA for a sit-down interview with late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, who will be the entertainment for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend. We wondered about details a video can’t necessarily reveal. Like why does he look so thin? And what’s he like when the cameras are off? Watch the full interview with Kimmel, shot by Alex Trowbridge, here.

He looks smaller and skinnier in your interview than on regular TV. Was
that your impression or has he lost weight? Most definitely. He actually has this sous vide machine thingy in his office where he cooks his fish and he attributes that to having helped him drop the lbs.

What was he like when the cameras weren’t rolling? Very much like he was on camera. Although he did drop on our way out that he was having dinner that night with Paul McCartney, which only left us with an intense feeling of jealousy.

Does he have a lot of handlers and what were they like? No, just one or two, if my memory serves me correctly. Very laid back atmosphere.

Where did you interview him — was it in Hollywood? What were the studios
like? It was in his studio on Hollywood Blvd. It’s a former temple that he has full use of so, while it’s technically a television studio, you feel like you’re in a castle. Best part is the impressive arcade/video game collection in the green room.

How do you think he’ll do on Saturday? Read more

Kimmel’s ‘F–k Them’ Moment in Politico

With Jimmy Kimmel headlining the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin recently sat down with the late night talk show host in Los Angeles. The pub released a snippet of the interview today in which Gavin asked Kimmel to weigh in on Louis C.K. dropping out of the upcoming Radio & TV Correspondents’ dinner after FNC’s Greta Van Susteren threatened to boycott it. Van Susteren piped up against him because of comments he has made about women, specifically using the c-word when referring to former Veep hopeful Sarah Palin. She called him a “pig.” Was Kimmel worried?

Let’s just say there were a couple of bleeps in Kimmel’s thoughts on the matter. “I don’t really care, fuck them. I don’t give a shit!” he said. Coming up: the full interview gets released tomorrow. The interview was shot by Alex Trowbridge, who traveled to LA with Gavin and photog Jay Westcott.

Politico to Hire Down?

Politico typically tries to hire up. They snag reporters from the aggressive media mindset of Manhattan. They steal people who haven’t been places long — such as the recent hire of Lois Romano from The Daily Beast. She’d been there under a year and at WaPo for nearly three decades.

But now they’re setting their sights lower and perhaps just nearby at TBD.

Ryan Kearney, who has written for a site that prides itself on writing about cupcakes and weird rubber dolls they send to the private homes of Washington reporters, is on his way out of the long failing TBD and is now interviewing at Politico. He has great experience interviewing cardboard stars like Natalie Portman and James Franco — really poorly done interviews he does (we think they are supposed to be funny) with life size cardboard versions. Is this what Politico wants? Watch out Alex Trowbridge, you could have some heavy (eye roll) competition headed your way. Whether he’ll land the job is anyone’s guess. If they’re planning to invent a new beat called “FishbowlDC” he’s a shoo in. If not, well, then they’re on their own. Maybe CLICK could use his expertise.

Reporter Resurrects Famed Argyle Pants

We never thought we’d see them again after Tammy Haddad‘s sweaty, exclusive garden party in May. But late last night as we were watching Politico Patrick Gavin‘s latest Game-Changer feature, there they were: Loud, blue, argyle pants that seriously resemble pajama bottoms.

The interview was Gavin and ex-lobbyist Jack Abramoff on the golf course. Unlike Patrick, Jack wore a classy black golf shirt paired with chocolate brown trousers. They called the game a draw, but we’re not so sure.

Midway through the game Patrick wondered if his golf partner liked his pants. “I was thinking of getting a suit like that,” Jack bantered back.

Best question: “What was your takeaway from jail?”

Watch here. Alex Trowbridge filmed and edited the video.

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Quotes of the Day


“Game Over” — Politico‘s Roger Simon accompanying the above picture.

More on the Christie fat issue…

RT @foxheadlines “Do You Want a Fat President or a Thin President?” // Or do you want a fat president to EAT a thin president? — The Daily Show

Journo could do without Levi fame

“Levi Johnston says fame has improved him. Anyone else wish he’d stayed obscure? #HotlineSort” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson. Read here for more in New York Magazine.

An exclusive Jewish New Year

“May you all be inscribed in the Book of Life for the Jewish New Year.* *except for some of you.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

“Happy New Year to my family and any Jewish followers, in honor of @howardmortman (his fav joke), hope I can stop writing 5771 on my checks.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd. Howard Mortman is C-SPAN’s Communications Director. The pair worked together at NJ‘s “The Hotline” back in the day. The full joke is: “Happy new year. Can you believe It’s already 5772? Wow, it flies by so fast. I’m still writing 5771 on all my checks.” Mortman explained, “It’s actually an old joke. Chuck was kind to remember me telling it during our Hotline days together… I think back in 5761 or so.”

Unusual pitch of the week: This week we were offered the chance to get fitted for bras by a specialist known as the Bra Whisperer. FishbowlMatt declined. I’m on the fence though I’ve agreed to go this afternoon. “She’s back Thursday/Friday doing VIP fittings, maj lingerie (like fancy schmancy $500 french underpinnings). You want to come to meet her? She also just fit the Kardashians before the Royal Wedding if you want to pump her for juice?”

Quick Convo Between Two Journos

NPR’s Michele Norris: “Clyburn said he cringed when president made bredroom slippers comment because he feared it would overshadow rest of speech.”

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: “@michele_norris It has indeed been widely overlooked that the folks in the room at CBC didn’t seem to mind what POTUs sed.”

Drudge Whores: In a potentially new feature, we highlight journos who mention the attention they get from the God of Page Views…”Leading Drudge now (from @DailyCaller): NC governor sounded serious about suspending elections (AUDIO)” — The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor David Martosko. Read here.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Is anyone an Amtrak Guest Rewards member? Is it worth my time to join? I feel like it is, but I need your support to feel whole inside.” — Politico web producer Alex Byers in a truly who gives a sh-t tweet of the day.

Um…WHO CARES? We can read TV Guide. Politico CLICK writes on actor Kelsey Grammer‘s new show, “Boss,” in which he plays a Chicago mayor with a brain disorder. He’s a Republican in real life. And that’s about all you need to know. Go ahead and torture yourself here.

A question probably best left unanswered… “Has anybody called you a racist yet today? If not, consider it done.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher.

Brag Book: Politico‘s Alex Trowbridge is having a hell of a good week. First, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, during his Tuesday night speech, ordered everyone to go to Politico.com to watch Trowbridge’s video montage in which Christie repeatedly declares that he’s not running for prez. Then on Wednesday night, Jon Stewart discussed his video and ran Christie’s shout-out and a portion of the montage on The Daily Show. “It’s like a treasure hunt, I love it!” Stewart cracked with fake enthusiasm. “It’s like a live linking to another website. We’ll follow the clues and reveal the secret message!”

Kisses to Politico’s Video Dept. Love, Christie

After Politico ran a late Tuesday afternoon montage of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s adamant and repeated denials that he’s running for President, they got a shout-out last night from the big guy himself.

That would be Christie, not God.

“I don’t mean to be an advertiser for Politico, but they put a minute and 53 seconds of my answers strung back to back to back to back together on the question of running for the presidency,” Christie said. “… Everyone go to Politico.com, I’m not going to bore you with it now.”

Self-praise alert…Politico‘s own Juana Summers wrote up the mention.

Here’s the montage by Alex Trowbridge.

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New Feature Alert: Politico Wants Pols to be Funny and Interesting. Is This Even Possible?

We don’t have nearly enough capitalization of POLITICO going on these days. All snarkiness aside, the publication has a new video feature in the works called  POLITICdotes. The first subect was Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), but expect more as soon as Assistant Editor Alex Trowbridge returns from his week away. In fact, a new POLITICdotes is expected to be shot next week.

“Alex at POLITICO,” wrote Trowbridge, who explained that the new feature involves Washington types telling funny or interesting political stories.

In the feature’s debut episode, Chaffetz tells a story about two cocky representatives on a congressional delegation trip to Pakistan. The lawmakers take aim and end up with blood dripping off them. Pretty funny stuff. As Chaffetz tells it, “I’m like, ‘Turn on the camera! Film it! Shoot photos!’” he remembers. “I’m just dying with laughter.” Watch it here.