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All A-Twitter: Journos Weigh In On Sam Youngman’s Take Down of “This Town”

It seems most journos aren’t buying Sam Youngman‘s Politico story. Here’s a sampling of some of the best tweets out there right now:

 

 

 

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Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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WaPo’s Heil At Helm of Gossip Beat

EmilyH007_052910It’s a natural fit.

Before going to work for WaPo on Al Kamen‘s “In the Loop” column, Emily Heil worked at Roll Call where she covered features as well as wrote HOH, the publication’s Capitol Hill gossip column. Before that, she covered the gossip beat for The Hill with a column that no longer exists called “Under the Dome.” 

And now that Amy Argetsinger is pregnant and moving on to a more family friendly beat, Heil is sliding into gossip once again as she replaces Argetsinger at “Reliable Sources.”

Rest assured, with Heil soon at the helm, things are bound to improve. It’s WaPo — so they won’t let her take that many risks — but up is the only direction things can go.

See the internal memo sent around by WaPo‘s Jen Crandell. Read more

Morning Chatter

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Journo gets shushed…“Weird. In Jack Rose bar in DC being told to ‘Shhh’ by everyone as they watch. #BreakingBad” — The Sunday Times‘ Washington Bureau Chief Toby Harnden.

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A compliment (sort of)

“This Sen. Cruz interview on Meet The Press is mindblowingly bad.” And then: “David Gregory might not be much of a journalist, but he did better than usual with Sen. Cruz.” — TechCrunch‘s Alex Wilhem.

Breaking Bad: the fallout

“The ONLY reason I wouldn’t want Walt to die a horrible death tonight is so Vince Gilligan could write some more episodes. #BreakingBad” — conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter.

“As someone who stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt turned down a job with healthcare, Twitter is really boring me tonight.” — SNL Energy power and policy reporter  Corbin Hiar.

“Miss it already #GoodbyeBreakingBad” — NBC News Associate Producer Ali Weinberg.

“How many of these people gushing over #breakingbad have children, or lives?” — Daily Mail‘s David Martosko.

“I think Skinny Pete summed it up best: ‘I don’t know how to feel about this, morality wise.’” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

And the voice of reason? “Jesus, people. Let’s save some boners for HOMELAND.” — Atlantic Cities staff writer Mike Riggs.

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“When you finally kill that mosquito who has been feasting on you for the last three nights.” — The Atlantic Wire‘s Alex Abad-Santos.

Spotted: journos at Target

“Have seen three other former and current journos in the past 10 minutes. Target is the place to be.” — Greenwire“s Jessica Estepa.

What are the chances?

“Taylor Carney and I literally ran into each other on 17th Street while texting the other to try and find each other.” — Politico‘s Jedd Rosche. Carney is a staff officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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“Why do I keep having impulses to dye my hair comic villain red? Like poison ivy in the shitty bat man movie? #shouldidoit?” –Daily Beast columnist and senator’s daughter Meghan McCain.

Was this a trick question? “If I can’t finish the last season and a half of Breaking Bad by tonight, do I have to stop reading Twitter for awhile?” –former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau.

Playbook cuteness: Published at 7:34 a.m., Politico‘s must-read morning notebook addresses the shutdown by referring to a very high ranking government official, saying, “A tippy-top Democratic official tells us…”

And in case you have nothing better to do… “No matter what tweet about, use the hash-tag #EarlyStart….it’s important for ratings or something.” — CNN’s John Berman.

press hatThe uptight in D.C. award of the weekend…goes to Bill McQuillen, a former reporter for Bloomberg who declares that he is NOT a journalist. “CORRECTION: I am not a journalist,” he snapped on Twitter over the weekend. Although he was one for Bloomberg for 15 years and 5 months, he now works at JDA Frontline as VP of Public Affairs, which is apparently the gospel truth. However, he might want to have a quick look at his bio because in the second line (of the first graph) it says he’s “recognized as a top international economics, trade and labor JOURNALIST and an expert covering major aspects of politics, elections and government.” His LinkedIn profile, funny enough, lists him as a “Legal Affairs Reporer” [sic] for Bloomberg News from 2008-2010. He might want to fix that — or not. And if he really hates being referred to as a reporter he may want to look into having that reworked — or not. Whatever floats his boat. McQuillen is the newly eloped husband to WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger who emoted on Twitter over the weekend. From the looks of it, he had no real problems with our Friday item, at least not that he could articulate.

 

 

Journo Couple Gave Few Hints They’d Elope

images-3WaPo recently sent out a rather personal internal memo revealing that “The Reliable Source” writer Amy Argetsinger is not only leaving the gossip beat but she’s pregnant and engaged to former Bloomberg reporter and JDA VP of Public Affairs Bill McQuillen.

This week the couple made it official.

On Wednesday they both simultaneously took to their respective Facebook pages (because it’s the easiest place to make a big announcement, right?) to announce that they’d tied the knot. He said: “Bill McQuillen is married to Amy Argetsinger. And she said: “Amy Argetsinger is married to Bill McQuillen.”

Short and sweet. No details. And for some, no warning.

In fact, the news struck some as so strange that they thought it might be a prank?

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WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger is Pregnant, Moving on to New, More Family Reliable Beat

And now, the memo on Amy Argetsinger leaving WaPo‘s “The Reliable Source.” In it, the big news that she’s pregnant with fiancé Bill McQuillen‘s child. She’s also moving on to a new beat that has better hours but unfortunately the memo doesn’t say what that is.

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Argetsinger Out at WaPo’s Reliable Source

Amy Argetsinger, who has written for WaPo‘s gossip column “The Reliable Source,” is finally moving on. She has long said it wouldn’t be a permanent gig. But then again, she’s worked there for the past eight years.

When a woman on Twitter expressed remorse that Argetsinger will be leaving, last night just before 7 p.m. she replied, “You are sweet to say so. But it’s time!”

She has written “The Reliable Source” with Roxanne Roberts since 2005.

WaPo Spokeswoman Kris Corrati is out today but we’ve written to the public relations department for more info. We first noticed the news this morning through tweets by Andrew Beaujon of Poynter and Politico‘s Dylan Byers.

WaPo Gossip Site Goes Dark for August

We knew August was the time of year to take your vacation in D.C.—Congress is in recess—but WaPo’s The Reliable Source is just about shutting itself down for almost the entire month. From the out-of-office notification on writer Amy Argetsinger‘s email:

“I’m on vacation until after Labor Day. If you’ve got something for the Reliable Source, Roxanne Roberts will be around through Aug. 8. After that, get in touch with Rachel Dry on the Style desk (address removed) or Mike Livingston, who will be compiling the Names and Faces column in our absence (address removed).”

Yes, Labor Day is still four weeks away. Nice work if you can get it.

Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

WaPo‘s “The UnReliable Source” (T.U.S.) goes into major self analysis today in a TBD story regarding the ins and outs of  the newspaper’s blog, “Celebritology.” TBD takes a thorough look at the ever fascinating terrain of whether T.U.S. overlaps with Celebritology.

Apparently it does. Or it doesn’t. Depending on who you ask. According to T.U.S.’s Amy Argetsinger, it does not and certain things are T.U.S. territory so back off.

“Argetsinger says certain stories are Reliable Source territory: Jennifer Aniston hitting D.C., for instance, or almost anything involving Michaele and Tareq Salahi. ‘Salahi is us,’ she says. She also thinks it’s a stretch to view these Washington Post properties in tandem. ‘I think the Reliable Source/Celebritology comparison is a little false. Our core competency is reporting about Washington,’ Argetsinger says. ‘Our lead item is almost always going to be local and original and about Washington. Most of what Celebritology is doing is riffs and meditations on pop culture.’”

Unless there’s a secret Unrealiable Source hiding behind a paywall, this just isn’t so and the vanilla ice cream is screaming out to them. T.U.S. often bleeds into inexplicable national celebrity territory as evidenced by recent lead stories on non-Washingtonians like Justin Bieber (they blew the item way the hell up by answering readers supposed questions on the matter), “Another Bachelorette Calls it Quits,” Demi and Ashton‘s split, Heather Locklear and Jack Wagner‘s broken engagement, something pivotal about Ashton Kutcher‘s Twitter feed, Hugh Grant‘s love life and People‘s Sexiest Man Alive Bradley Cooper.

Journos Turned Away from Packed Aniston Event

The volume of media requests was so high at the Jennifer Aniston Lifetime TV event last night, that included appearances from Dr. Jill Biden, House Minority leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), that some outlets were turned away. We’re told those who got the brush off included blogger types and smaller print outlets.

Details on where Aniston was staying were kept close to the vest — like many movie stars she has followers sometimes known as stalkers. Sources said she hadn’t visited Washington in a decade.

The red carpet line began swarming an hour before Aniston was set to arrive. But it was civilized. No fights, pushing, shoving or tense words. Even when the People photog abandoned his assigned spot and partygoers sipping champagne stepped into his space, the scene remained polite.

Media who showed up to the Ronald Reagan Building for the reception, red carpet and screening of FIVE, which Aniston directed, included videographers Elizabeth Glover and Dawne Langford, who were shooting for Insight News and Feature. A slew of photographers and reporters showed up from pubs and outlets such as TIME, People, EXTRA, ABC, NBC News, WJLA, The Hill, Roll Call, Getty Images, AP, SIPA, Retna, Polaris, Wire Image. Inside Edition was a no-show. The usual suspects — Politico‘s Karin Tanabe, WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger and Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab — were also there along with a new Examiner photographer, a New Zealander, Graeme Jennings. He’s been a photographer for 10 years but getting details out of him is rough — he has private clients he’s worked for that he won’t name and that’s about as much as he wanted to say about anything.

Moving on to the fare. The spread came miniature sized and included fancy cheesecakes in a variety of flavors such as pumpkin and grasshopper (i.e. mint), Cuban sandwiches, and hamburgers.

Notables at the reception included Debbie Dingell, wife of Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.), Self Magazine’s Washington Editor Marc Adelman and Brandlink’s Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman. Others spotted in the crowd: CBS and former FBDCer Christine Delargy, Susan G. Komen’s Kiki Ryan and Tim Burger.

Adelman took pride in attending a Lifetime event. “I am a man who’s proud to love Lifetime,” he gushed. More seriously he added, “I do think people feel that breast cancer has been taken care of, but I think statistics tell a different story. Getting Jennifer Aniston to Washington and Dr. Jill Biden, it’s a substantive, compelling D.C. evening.”

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