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Best SOTU Tweets

We had a lot of favorite #SOTU tweets tonight, but this first one is by far the best, even if the pic is from 2010:

 

Check out our other favs (including two from the prolific Jill Biden) after the jump…

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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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The FishbowlDC Interview With Washington Free Beacon’s Bill McMorris

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McMorris-300Say hello to Washington Free Beacon writer Bill McMorris, a writer covering the labor beat for the Washington Free Beacon. Brooklyn born Bill has contributed to the conservative-leaning watchdog.org. McMorris is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Robert Novak Fellowship. He’s been known to sport a mean bowtie, and tweets under the handle @FBillMcMorris (according to Bill, the F stands for “Fancy”).

Let’s begin.

How often do you Google yourself? I try not to do it too often because I’m William J. McMorris III. The first time I Googled myself I found out my dad got sued.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “I’ll have it ready in five minutes.” It always takes longer, making it the cruelest thing you can say to an editor. I make sure to say this daily.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Politico’s Jon Allen is always interesting. I never miss anything from The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash, Andrew Ferguson, or Free Beacon‘s Biff Diddle. But the only must-read byline I know of is on the Washington Free Beacon Staff. That guy’s always got the scoops.

budweiserIf you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? The 30 percent of my body that’s not water is recycled Budweiser.

Do you have a favorite word? Karate.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I overuse semicolons in stories and the F word in conversation.

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi, Meghan McCain or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. McCain only because I haven’t heard of the other two and I haven’t been kicked out of a restaurant in a couple years.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had in the course of your journalism career? Basically every conversation I’ve had that hasn’t involved my journalism career.

Tell us a funny story from your time as a journalist. Can be long or short. I once approached Dennis Miller at some fundraiser in Santa Barbara and said “Excuse me Mr. Miller, I’m sorry to interrupt” and he said “Yes, you are. Go stand over there.” I stood in the corner and to my surprise he came over and gave me a great interview when he finished his conversation.

FE_DA_0124_Lewinsky-279x300The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Jodi Arias or Monica Lewinksy? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Monica Lewinsky is too old to repopulate, isn’t she? My wife’s way more violent than Arias, so I think I could handle it. I’m the oldest of nine kids, so we’d have the earth back up and running in no time. Read more

Morning Chatter

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Deep thoughts with Dana Loesch

“Objectivity is a lie in modern media climes. They get away with not having any by insisting that it still exists.” — conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

Frustration is…

“I’ve never received so many poorly written email requests to guest post on my site. Um, no.” — Kara Manos, beauty blogger for PoliticsofPretty.com.

UnknownFun times: “You know what’s fun? Leaping over a giant monster cockroach when you get home.” — The Hill‘s Rebecca Shabad.

A word on anonymous sources…

“Heading out for an eight-mile run. Interrupt if anonymous sources say the U.S. captured or killed anyone else.” — TIME‘s Andrew Katz.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:23 a.m.

SavannahGuthrieIn praise of Savannah

“@SavannahGuthrie was a hell of a lot better than Gregory today. Very Russert-like w GOOD followup Qs @msnbc She should be host. #thisweek” — photog Lauren Burke.

“Savannah Guthrie is tough, man. Really sharp hosting Meet The Press this morning. Terrific interviewer.” — Gary Parrish, a national columnist for CBS Sports.

“Approximate improvement in the questioning with Savannah Guthrie substituting for David Gregory on @meetthepress: 100 percent.” — NYU journalism instructor Jay Rosen.

Shots fired.

“Dear Washington Redskins, Lanny Davis’s nauseating response to Obama makes you look worse, not better.” — former White House spokesman Tommy Vietor.

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A sermon of sorts

“A clear dark night puts your relationship with God in perspective. We are tiny. He is vast and glorious.” — FNC and RedState‘s Erick Erickson.

Just on the off chance that you’ve got an annoying follower…

“Tip: If you have an annoying follower, block then unblock them and they automatically stop following you.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

Afternoon Reading List 10.03.13

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Call 1-800-F**KYO for healthcare: Katie McHugh of The Daily Caller noticed something about the letters it takes to call the Health and Human Services department to sign up for Obamacare.  The numbers on the phone for Obamacare’s national hotline are are 1-800-3(F)-1- 8(U)- 2(C)- 5(K)- 9(Y)- 6(O). It’s missing a U at the end and has a 1 crammed into the beginning, but aside from that, its totally offensive (almost).

Why you should read it: Subliminal advertising is everywhere, man! Just open your eyes. The government’s trying to control you! Read here.

O’Reilly gets schooled: According to BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, Fox News’ Washington correspondent James Rosen pretty much packed up Bill O’Reilly‘s lunch and fed it to him in his latest appearance on O’Reilly’s show. After saying, “I’m just going to traffic in facts with you for a moment here,” he proceeded to hammer the host in the brain with facts.

Why you should read it: It’s pretty good for a laugh, even if the laugh comes from the look on O’Reilly’s face as Rosen spoon feeds him facts about the government. Read/Watch here.

Is there a mountain lion roaming around SE D.C.? Jump for more…

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Afternoon Reading List 09.24.13.

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MSNBC host misplaces Kenya: Yesterday afternoon, HuffPost didn’t let a gaffe made by MSNBC’s Touré go unmentioned. While the host was giving the viewing audience a “Monday geography refresher” regarding the Kenya’s whereabouts, he completely botched the region. In no way did he describe Kenya’s geographical location, nor did he come close. Andrew Kaczynski from BuzzFeed called out Touré first VIA Twitter while utilizing a picture of a highlighted Kenya in its actual African location.

Why you should read it: Although these slip ups happen to everyone from time to time and they’re always accidental, they’re also always hilarious and fun to watch!

Sarah Palin demands names: MediaMatters’ blogger Oliver Willisrecently posted a story about Fox News contributor/Russian coastline enthusiast Sarah Palin, regarding her rogue tweet aimed at Fox News Sunday host, Chris Wallace. Wallace announced during the show that he would use “the unsolicited research and questions” of several top Republicans to “hammer” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) in response to the efforts Cruz has recently been making in trying to defund Obamacare. Upon hearing Wallace’s plan, Palin took to the tweets and demanded he surrender his “top Republican” sources to be “fair and balanced.”

Why you should read it: Sarah Palin is still trying to be relevant as she attempts to shake down a Fox News reporter through Twitter for some (possibly made up) sources, and it is adorable! Check out the video to see exactly what Wallace said to set Palin off.

More on the AP’s leak to plead guilty after the jump…

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Morning Chatter

SUMMER SLIPPERS: “So [Matthew Fuller] is wearing fuzzy slippers in the office today. No joke.” — Roll Call Deputy Editor Emily Pierce.

White House correspondent encounters skunk

“Ever heard the phrase ‘skunk at the picnic?’ Some reporters dining al fresco on the Vineyard had a close encounter with Mephitis mephitis. Fortunately the skunk that meandered through a Vineyard outdoor restaurant last night didn’t do what skunks do. A definite uninvited guest.” — CBS’ Peter Maer.

Josh Marshall as the Dalai Lama

“Can anyone honestly say they don’t slightly regret the eclipse of the dick pic sub-theme in this race?” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall.

A picture is worth a thousand memes

“Great photo of @buzzfeedben in high school”BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

Tapper V. Gregory?

“Re: MTP ratings and Gregory rumors, it’s still ridiculous that @jaketapper doesn’t anchor a Sunday am show.” — Townhall Political Editor and radio host Guy Benson.

Washington Examiner Hires Guy With Hard to Spell Name

In what is by far an infinitely harder name to spell by heart than BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski and even CNN’s George Stroumboulopoulos, the Washington Examiner has hired on Meghashyam Mali (think “hash” and “yam”) to be a new Assistant Managing Editor. He will work alongside the two AME’s they already have. Mali comes from The Hill, where he was a web editor.

He’s something of a smartypants — a graduate of Emory and University of Chicago Law School.

See the memo from Editor Stephen Smith, who refers to him as “Meg.” Read more

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“You can take the sexual piece out. That is a funny story for a child.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discussing his interview with New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and the reaction of his kids to the story. Specifically, he was referring to taking a picture of your penis and putting it on the Internet.

EGG ON HIS FACE: “Really, because all this time I thought you were paid to spit on a camera lens.” — Daily Show’s John Oliver on MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews claim that “this is what I do” in terms of predicting presidential candidates that he has consistently gotten wrong. Matthews predicted former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would be nominated in 2012. This time his money’s on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Journo avoids barfing in cab

“Had to get out of a taxi and take the subway home for the first time because I was going to vomit from car sickness. 1st time for everything.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

In awe of Rob Lowe

“Amazing @RollCallAbby: Rob Lowe just retweeted me. If the 14-year-old in me had any clue what Twitter was, she would faint.” — CNN’s Laura Bernadini, supervising producer for CNN’s White House unit.

In anticipation of Sydney Leathers

“I am interviewing Sydney Leathers when I sit in for Geraldo tomorrow morning. What would you ask her if you were me?” — WMAL and Breitbart‘s Larry O’Connnor last night.

Just a little light abortion tweeting

“Human life does not magically become life whenever a pro-choice woman conveniently thinks it becomes life. #ScienceSaysSo” — Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro.

 

Afternoon Reading List 07.30.13.

About that NYT article — Jonathan Van Meter’s piece on Anthony Weiner for the April 2013 issue of NY Times Magazine was well received. The story with the headline, “Anthony Weiner and Huma Abedin’s Post-Scandal Playbook,” narrated Weiner’s fall from Congress, his life after and his first steps back into politics. But WaPo’s Erik Wemple argues that the story is now “being blamed for enabling Weiner’s political rehabilitation.” Weiner told Van Meter that he was “eying” the mayor’s race and enlisted the help of pollster David Binder. As many journalists do when writing profiles, Van Meter immersed himself into Weiner and Abedin’s life. But, Wemple argues, immersion wasn’t the key to this story. Instead, skepticism should have ruled his reporting. Van Meter didn’t question Weiner on when he ceased having those online sexy chatfests or phone sex, which we now know he continued having after he resigned.

Why you should read it: The NYT piece drew well deserved praise, even from the likes of Poltico Editor-in-Chief John Harris, when it was first published, but had Van Meter pushed Weiner on whether he had halted the online relationships, it could have been a very different story.

Hindsight is 20/20 — In an op-ed for Scoop San Diego, Doug Curlee says he has covered Bob Filner, San Diego’s pervert mayor, since he was elected to school board in 1979. He says that he and many other San Diego journalists knew how abrasive and abusive he was throughout his political career. Now that Filner is facing a slew charges of sexual harassment, Curlee questions why the media, including himself, didn’t investigate Filner earlier. He doesn’t know the answer, but offers a few suggestions: the media could have been lazy, because Filner had established himself as a Democratic power or because Filner controlled votes and campaign funds of “large and ever-growing organized labor groups, the unions.” None seem like good reasons to not investigate the mayor’s behavior, but Curlee says the media as a whole “didn’t try, or try hard enough” and that San Diego journalists “should be a little ashamed of that,” noting that he is.

Why you should read it: How often does a journalist say he f–ked up? That in itself is a good reason to hear him out. According to Curlee, Filner had been a subject of speculation among San Diego journalists, and he offers insight into why those stories were never pursued.

Prepared for battle — Religious scholar and author Reza Aslan’s interview Friday with Fox News’ Lauren Green has spread around the Internet like Chicken Pox before there was a vaccine, starting with it being posted by BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski, and labeled as one of the most embarrassing interviews to appear on the network. Green tore into Aslan asking how, as a Muslim, he can write a book about Jesus Christ. But Slate’s Josh Voorhees argues that Aslan knew what he was doing coming into the interview. In battling Green and establishing credibility for himself by listing off his college degrees, Voorhees says that Aslan “highlighted the gaping hole in Green’s line of questioning.” The interview worked out well for Aslan. After the interview, Zealot was at the top of the Amazon and Barnes & Noble best-seller lists.

Why you should read it: Voorhees offers–something different–a look from Aslan’s side.

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