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Quotes of the Day

“So many newspaper reporters. So many interviews to turn down.”President Obama at this weekend’s Gridiron dinner.

Bureau Chief says no to mom jeans

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only person not wearing mom jeans in this Outback bar.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton in a series of tweets this weekend from a suburban Outback bar. He was staying at his sister’s house while his home gets repairs.

Journalist has hair issues

“That point where your hair, which was perfect length a day ago, is now suddenly out of control.” — Amy Walter, The Cook Report.

The Observer

“I sometimes read comments on news or op-ed pieces in the WaPo and am always shocked at what people say. Jerks for sure!” — Marketing writer Deborah Brody.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:18 a.m.

Reporter gets patriotic and speaks for the country? “Attending Gridiron dinner tonight. Am expecting the president to be funny. We could all use a good laugh. By which I mean the country.” — HuffPost Editorial Director and MSNBC Analyst Howard Fineman.

Convo Between Two Journos and more…

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Quotes of the Day — the Inauguration Edition

PRIORITIES: “Obsessed with Ashley Biden’s shoes.” — BrandlinkDC’s Barbara Martin, among the organizers at the “Artists and Athletes” soireé at DC Coast Monday night.

Young girl voices what she wants from POTUS in next four years

“Um, I want him to take away the guns from other people, because for a girl like me it kind of scares me if I got killed.” — 8-year-old girl at The Dubliner bar this morning on MSNCB’s “Morning Joe.”

Flack melts down about Capitol Hill gridlock

“I’m pretty sure every cross street in DC is blocked. It’s virtually impossible to get back to Capitol Hill. No rhyme or reason.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh just after midnight Tuesday morning. And three minutes later…“Someone explain to me the security decision behind devoting 6 cops to shutting down 7th & M. There is nothing around that area at all.” More: “Understand. I’m all for security. Just seems like complete overkill.” He concludes on a bipartisan note…“To be sure, also remember it taking 3 hrs to go 12 blocks in 2001 for first GWB inauguration wknd. Should leave DC :)

Other complaints…

  • “Pro Tip: no matter how bad you think the traffic is in DC..it is 100 times worse than that.” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter. A follower snapped at her, saying, “Amy Walter, quit whining; u don’t live in Los Angeles. Take public transporation! [sic]“
  • “Another trip to DC where I only used Uber. Simply a brilliant service.” — RedState and CNN’s Erick Erickson.
  • “I concur with what @EWErickson just said. I’ve discovered how great uber is in DC, especially considering how shitass the cabs can be here.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray, who recently moved to Washington from Manhattan. Everyone can congratulate Rosie on finding her new apartment — it’s in the Bloomington neighborhood of D.C.
  • “Dupont Circle on Inauguration Weekend=everything I hate. SO MANY BROS, GET ME OUTTA HERE.” — National Journal political reporter Elahe Izadi. Hmmm…so many bros?
  • “Took nearly half an hour to hail a cab. Happy inauguration!” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.
  • “Heading home. DC streets closed 5 hours earlier that supposed to. #gridlock #inaug2013 (@ In An Uber w/ 3 others)” — Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp.
  • “You really, really want to avoid driving w/in several blocks of WH right now. Street closures taking place. 18th St near gridlock.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

On Michelle Obama’s new bangs: “I think the bangs are fantastic.” — Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley, on “Morning Joe” this morning in a flamboyant black fur coat.

Washington Watch and CNN’s Roland Martin on Inauguration morning.

Actress Ashley Judd strikes a pose last night in the kitchen of Atlantic Publisher David Bradley, where she hung out for a good while, chatting up HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and a swell of fine, crusty Washington D.C. men with varying amounts of ear hair. (More on the swanky Downton Bradley party later…)

TV journo marvels over empty Metro car

“Its very quiet INSIDE Capitol & amazingly Metro train car I was in was empty, completely empty. 4 years ago it was packed.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell at 6:08 a.m.

Journo hopes to survive inauguration sans illness

“Last week, I thought #inauguration would be a race between me and my iPhone battery. Instead, it’s a race against my own immune system.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

How to Make it All About Me?

“I’m at Capitol South Metro Station (Washington D.C., DC)” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch at 6:19 a.m.

Important Question to Ponder: “It’s okay to take DayQuil with a vodka martini right?” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

D.C. Celebrity Watching: “Been playing ‘I know that celebrity from that scene in that movie where he looks [adjective here] but what is his name?!’ all night. Tired.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

“President was sworn in today. Mon is the ceremonial event and speech. I elected to skip the party & hoopla and not attend Mon’s event.” — Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd needs help

“Ashley pooped in Jeffrey’s bed, peed on Jeffrey’s carpet, chews his socks. If you come back & help me @cesarmillan, I’ll make you dinner :O)” — Sherri Shepherd, our new favorite Twitter obsession. Only Sherri can bring “poop” and “dinner” together into one sentence.

Party banter and — gasp — an insult for Kerry Washington.

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ABC’s Amy Walter to Cook Political Report

In July 2010, Amy Walter left National Journal‘s “The Hotline” for ABC News to be their political director. Now she’s jumping ship again — this time, to return to her old stomping grounds, The Cook Political Report, where she will be national editor. She was senior editor of The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan publication, from 1997 to 2007. ABC President Ben Sherwood noted the move in his morning editorial call and had nothing but praise for Walter.

Congratulations to Walter.

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Quotes of the Day

“I tried to watch it. I obviously had to have a couple of glasses of champagne.” — E! late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler on Lifetime’s Liz and Dick starring Lindsay Lohan. Both Chelsea and Lindsay have graced the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

“Live from Capitol Hill, @AlexanderTrow prepares for #politicolive.”Politico‘s Jake Sherman. It’s a miracle! Sherman finally has a decent photo that doesn’t involve a bland sign with an arrow from the Capitol. Rather, it’s of his colleague, Alexander Trowbridge and even includes morning sunlight.

Post election status

“Many of those with whom I promised to ‘check in after the election’ have now graduated to ‘check in after the holidays’ status.” — NYT magazine’s Chief National Correspondent Mark Leibovich.

Journo gets ripped for book

“I wouldn’t wipe my ass with your NY Times Bestseller. Nice cover though. #ObamaZombies” — Tracee Kapree to author and former Human Events Editor Jason Mattera, who wrote Obama Zombies.

Sarcasm is…

“Swedish Fish are relieved, I’m sure–esp. the red ones.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on a story in The Daily Caller regarding a Swedish Toys R Us franchise going gender neutral in its Christmas catalog.

Open letter to actor Angus Jones

“Dear Angus T Jones, If u are morally against appearing on Two & a Half Men, but contractually obligated, donate paychecks to a good cause.” — NBC News’ Shawna Thomas.

Howiella gives herself gift of Lifetime’s Liz and Dick

“My reward for churning out tomorrow’s ITK column: watching Liz and Dick on DVR. Be jealous.” — Howiella (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz) on Monday night. The movie premiered on Sunday.

Can you imagine Mother JonesDavid Corn driving a Maserati? Yeah, neither can we. And ABC’s Amy Walter has an important question…  Read more

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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.

 

 

 

Take Me Out To The (Soft)Ball Game

Wednesday night was the 4th annual Congressional Women’s Softball game. It’s one of the official kickoffs of summer for D.C. and it pits a gathering of female journos against a bi-partisan collection of female politicians. The journos were led by team captains Amy Walter from ABC News, Abby Livingston from Roll Call and Brianna Keilar from CNN. The captains for the Congressional team were Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

The announcers for the game were Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Klobuchar acknowledged early in the game that she might have problems with all the baseball terms since she had spent “all day debating catfish and the farm bill.”

The journos, who call themselves “The Bad News Babes,” got off to an early start with AP’s Kasie Hunt getting a base hit to start the game. The cheering section for the members of Congress was mostly made up of staffers, although Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor made appearances.

It wasn’t long before relentless attention whore Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took over the microphone to help call the game. He said that Gillibrand, who was pitching the the Congressional team, reminded him of “a young Whitey Ford.” This prompted Mitchell to tell the senator it was time for him to “go back to the stands.” Other notables in the crowd included the recently-announced D.C. Bureau Chief for Buzzfeed, John Stanton, Sec. of Labor, Hilda Solis and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) with his wife, Elizabeth. It’s worth noting that the congressman was on the Bad News Babes side of the field to cheer on his daughter, Jackie Kucinich of USA Today.

Wednesday was the official start of summer and, right on cue, it was hot as hell. So, we can hardly fault John Harwood for guzzling one of the free purple Gatorades being handed out at the game. Also spotted was MSNBC’s Luke Russert sporting this loud pink T-shirt and a backwards Buffalo Bills hat. His buddy, Politico’s Jake Sherman, dressed himself with a little more sanity.

The Bad News Babes poured on the offense for most of the game until House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrived late in the game. That’s about the time that the Congressional bats opened up and made the game competitive again. In the end, the press was too much for Congress and they won 13-10. We asked Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner, who went 3-3 in the game what the key to the win was. She says, “Other than the innate killer instincts of reporting applied gracefully to a baseball diamond? My biased analysis is that we out-classed and out-sassed the other side, led by our three tireless captains, Abby, Amy and Bri. My former sports reporting analysis says the key to our win was what I like to call sports amnesia–forgetting the last play or inning and coming back stronger. I was especially impressed by Abby and our third baseman/relief pitcher Gregory Simmons, who even in times of softball duress both showed the mental grit we needed to win.”

Congratulations to the Babes on their win. The event raised awareness for breast cancer and benefited the Young Survivors Network, a group that assists women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Quotes of the Day

NBC Washington’s Angie Goff poses for a picture with actor David Arquette at the Elle/Lani Hay dinner at The Ritz last night. Partygoers remarked on how good he looks a year plus into sobriety.

“Heard at Midway after flight quarantined over passenger with rash: ‘I’ve had it with these mfing rashes on these mfing planes!’” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Haitian journos welcomed to WH briefing

“Good afternoon, everyone.  Thank you for coming to the White House for your daily briefing.  I want to welcome — we have a group of Haitian journalists here visiting.  I want to welcome you to the White House briefing room.” — White House Spokesman Jay Carney.

Prostitutes and Take Your Kids to Work Day rarely mix

“The roughly half-dozen kids were models of decorum. There they sat, on the sidelines of the briefing room, staring down at the floor. None asked a question. But they might have been thinking “Mom, Dad, when we get home tonight, you’ll have some explaining to do.” — ReutersMary Milliken in their late-afternoon “Washington Extra” newsletter.

Journos are people too?

“Puppy power. OK tweeps, who is the cutest ABC Pup? @winstontapper or @eliwalterwoof? @jaketapper” — ABC News Political Director Amy Walter, who appears to be a part of a bizarre journo trend of creating Twitter accounts for pets.

Reporter, ahem, laps up her evening

“Hill Country consisted of lots of dancing and shots and country music. My night ended w/ sitting on guy’s lap (dare), but #embash goes on.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

Overheard at the Elle/Lani Hay party at the Ritz last night: “Those balls are gynormous!” No word on whether the person was referring to a baby or a donkey.

Spotted at Elle party: Actor Robert Duvall‘s nephew, Teddy. He showed up last year, too.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


Laymen Can Now Compete in NJ‘s Political Pursuit

NJ is extending its elite Political Pursuit game to the common man. Next Tuesday the publication is hosting its first ever “Qualifier” round in which everyone is allowed to compete in a contest normally reserved for members of Congress and political insiders.

The Qualifier round will be held at 7 p.m on April 17 at the Pour House bar by the Capitol. The winning team will move on to compete in the big leagues at the main Political Pursuit event on April 26 with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Amy Walter and Sen. Tom Davis (R-VA).

“Veep” Stars Walk the Carpet in D.C.

Julia Louis-Dreyfuss

The cast from HBO’s upcoming series “Veep” were in town yesterday to promote the political comedy with a screening at the U.S Institute of Peace.

It was mostly peaceful, but packed which made for dicey moments on the red carpet.

“Veep” focuses on a clueless vice president, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfuss, and her bumbling staff.

FBDC asked the show’s starring actors about their thoughts on the D.C. culture and what parts of it were amplified in the series.

“The closer you are to the popular kids, the more powerful people feel,” said Tony Hale, who plays a personal aide to the Vice President. “[It's] just like high school. There’s a lot of high school happening in both here and L.A.”

Timothy Simons took special note of Washington’s crappy sense of style. “There’s a fashion sense from 10 years previous,” said the actor who plays the White House Liaison to Dreyfuss’ character. “A general sense that nobody has time to ever buy new clothes. So I think it’s like the clothes you have in college, you just hope that those fit you until you’re 35. And at that point you would have time to shop for new clothes.”

Simons said he prepared for his role by reading “D.C. Interns,” a popular blog about interns in Washington. He said the blog taught him about about “calling interns out on wearing their intern badges” at inappropriate places.

Matt Walsh plays the Communications Director in “Veep.” He told us the first thing he learned about the D.C press corps in preparing for his role is that “the best play in any crisis or any gaffe is to not say anything [else] and to smile your way through it.” Smaller blogs break the stories now, he said, “so you really have to watch every word that you say. You can never be off camera. You’re never off the record.”

NYT's Frank Rich

 

Sarah Palin is famous for her media mishaps when she was the Republican vice presidential candidate. We asked Dreyfuss if she did any media prep for the show. She said she spent more time trying to “pull back the layers of politics” than news media, but that “it really is extraordinary now how every move a politician makes is documented. And one false step and they’re screwed.”

Space on the red carpet was tight (and even tighter with the five-person crew ABC’s Amy Walter and Yahoo! NewsDavid Chalain had in tow) but went smoothly enough.

The actual screening was like an oversold flight. More tickets than seats were handed out and many attendees were left standing.

“Veep” officially premiers April 22.

Notables:

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Dana Bash (sans John King); Politico‘s Jonathan Martin; Mother Jones‘ (and alleged public tantrum thrower) David Corn; New York magazine’s Frank Rich; HOH’s Warren Rojas; MPAA Director Chris Dodd; The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz (aka Howeesha); The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab and Jenny Rogers; Glittarazzi‘s Ali Lewis and Greg Blakey.

Quotable:

“They just want him to get off.”– An apparently perturbed videographer remarking on the news that George Zimmerman was charged with second-degree murder.

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Quotes of the Day

Whoa! Yglesias does what?!

“Additionally, he enjoys eating his own waste products and is said to have lost his virginity to his own father.” — Slate‘s Matt Yglesias tweets the sentence and provides a link to his Wikipedia page in what has been immense blowback to his gloating of Andrew Breitbart‘s death.

Travel woes

“Early morning flight to NYC meant 2 things. Exhaustion and stuck on the shuttle runway for 45 mins behind a big Trump airplane. #letsGo” — CNN Commentator and SKDKnickerbocker’s Hilary Rosen.

Are you there PETA? It’s me, Stossel

“I was awakened this morning by my cat when she threw up a hairball ON MY FACE. Someone get PETA over here before I do something I regret.” — Scott Stossel, Dep. Managing Editor, Atlantic Magazine, in a relatively recent tweet.

NPR journos weigh in on good writing

Michele Norris: “A well-written sentence has a certain cadence much like a tight musical score.” Southern U.S. Bureau Chief Russell Lewis: “Once you finish your story, read it out loud.”

Rep. Frank gets busted for breaking House Floor rules

“Rep. Frank (D-MA) had words taken down. Comments will be stricken from Congressional Record; can’t speak for remainder of day.” — Ric Anderson, U.S. House Press Gallery staffer. He explains that Frank “characterized Rep. Hensarling’s statements as ‘the most hypocritical and dishonest statement I have heard in this House.’”

Follower insults TWT reporter

“@KerryPicket sucks to be a biotch and work for WTimes. #OldSchool” — #pUNkBoyInSF to TWT‘s Kerry Picket, who retweeted the news. This comes on the heels of actor Alec Baldwin, who remarked on his hatred for TWT on Super Tuesday.

Editor notices disturbing bumper sticker

“Just saw an awesome bumper sticker, ‘I’ll pay for your contraception if you pay for my ammo.’ Deal?” — Townhall.com News Editor and writer Katie Pavlich.

Meanwhile, a Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between ABC Entertainment Reporter Sheila Marikar and ABC News Political Director Amy Walter.

Marikar: “How do y’all feel about ‘meanwhile’ as a transition?”

Walter: “It’s a crutch that I lean on A LOT.”

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