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Quotes of the Day

Whose Lips?

Question of the hour…“Is Martin Bashir ever coming back? Or are we just going to have rotating weeks of Ezra Klein and [Jonathan] Capehart at 3 p.m. on MSNBC?” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo sees bloodshed in Syria

“Just once I’d like to get through a day without seeing another dead child in Syria. I think I’ve seen four today. One is too much. Ever.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Tuesday tweet.

HuffPost Hill snaps at Politico scribe

“No shit,” wrote HuffPost Hill (Editor: Eliot Nelson) in a reactionary RT of Politico‘s Byron Tau‘s message: “Matt Bai says Pawlenty failed to articulate a compelling reason for his candidate.” Read Bai’s piece here.

Buttry is butt of own joke

And now, JRC Employee and former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry gets a laugh at his own expense… “Who booked a flight this early? Me? Where do I complain about that?” By the way, he’s at Omaha Eppley Airfield, which he embarrassingly checked into on foursquare.

Journos on the run

“Morning run thru beautiful Dubuque–past a giant statue of ‘American Gothic’” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush in a Tuesday tweet.

“Went running this am for the first time in 2 years, forgot how great it makes me feel. Machines at the gym just don’t compare.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott in a Tuesday tweet.

The Media Critic

“Amazing how people cannot quote properly. Perry didn’t say ‘almost treasonous’ — quote was “almost treacherous … treasonous.” — Human Events’ Tony Lee in a Tuesday tweet. He points out that lefty ThinkProgress got the quote wrong by leaving out treacherous…see here. He adds that CNN’s Peter Hamby was among the few to get it right.

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A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between The Guardian’s Richard Adams and NYT’s Brian Stelter.

Stelter: Unconfirmed: There are 2 yfrog pics of a tiger on a street, allegedly after London Zoo break-in. [Accompanied by the picture above] Adams: @brianstelter seriously, you can’t just retweet nonsense and put “unconfirmed” in front. Stelter: @RichardA it was a mistake, and I tweeted the correction within two minutes. I’m sorry.

NPR’s Carvin is known for live tweeting violence

“Oh dear. Now @acarvin is Twitter-reporting the #londonriots. From the Arab Spring to the London Summer. Things must be bad.” — The Guardian‘s Matthew Wells in a Monday tweet about NPR’s tweeting maniac Andy Carvin.

A question about Luke

“The House got rid of its Page program? I’m confused. Does this mean @LukeRussert got fired?” — William K. Wolfrum, a Brazil based journo who has been published in the Boston Globe, Alan Colmes’ Liberaland and HuffPost.

And this…While HuffPost‘s Sam Stein promotes the new HuffPost iPad app, conservative pundit Kevin Madden naturally cries bias. “Media bias!!” writes Madden in response to HuffPost Publicist Stein, who wrote: “HuffPost has a new ipad app. It is awesome.” Find it here.

Contributor points out program pitfalls

“Grrr After the indulgence of guest hosting hour long show I’m frustrated by reality of 3min guest segments. #hardball” — MSNBC Contributor and The Nation Columnist Melissa Harris-Perry in a Monday tweet.

Bio of the Day

TNR‘s Seyward Darby: “Online Editor at The New Republic, writing about politics and education reform. Not so minor side obsessions with bad TV and Eastern Europe.”

Boybander has bank troubles

“Ah, the reporter’s life. Unable to use credit card. Call bank. They put a hold on it b/c of all these transactions in strange cities.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Monday tweet.

Paul Bedard loves the Washington Examiner

“New Washington Examiner political site kicks butt, launched a day before it co-sponsors Iowa GOP debate.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard has a continued love affair with the Washington Examiner. See the site here.

Disgruntled journo

“On the phone with @VerizonSupport @Verizon again. Going on—what, 4 months of paying for DSL without getting any?” — The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham in a Monday tweet. She also wrote, “For the record, the strike didn’t affect my Verizon phone customer service at all. Plenty of people to talk to & no help, as usual.”

Invented Summer Superlative

One of our avid Twitter followers, Donald Edmond, a lawyer in town, came up with the following: “Journalist most likely to go to the Cap Lounge & order a soy Banana Daiquiri? @ezraklein #EzraWearsOnesies”

How hot is Washington?

“Walking through DC in August will give you a pretty good idea of what it’s like to take a bath in donut glaze.”– Reason Magazine’s Peter Suderman in a Monday tweet.

Reporter dresses someone down

“Don’t spam me about your Michele Bachmann blog if you don’t have the decency to link me. You know who you are.” — Mediaite‘s White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher in a Monday tweet.

Sayonara Pages

“In the 19th Century, some pages would go to Capitol Hill watering holes to summon lawmakers back to the Capitol to vote.” — FNC’s Chad Pergram in a Monday tweet.

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Slate’s Dave Weigel in Aspen: “IT’S SO INTENSE”

What journalists can expect to hear from the W: ‘No comment

“A long, long day of not commenting lies ahead.” — Publicist Barbara Martin, who handles PR for the W Hotel in Washington, in a Thursday morning tweet the morning after a woman fell to her death from the rooftop of the hotel. Details are still emerging, but reports state the woman was drinking and was hanging from the roof before she fell 10 floors.

TV reporter praises Britney

“Reporters spend a lot of time in cars listening to radio. thank god for Britney Spears! 28th” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a Wednesday tweet. And in completely unrelated shampoo news about his dog: “Changed puppy ‘Henry James’ shampoo to oatmeal. He stopped scratching the next day. Guess he has a sensitive scalp.”

Is this good news or bad news?

“Just went over 15K tweets. That’s several books’ worth of words.” — Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn in a Wednesday tweet.

Bio of the Day

FNC’s Ed Henry: “FOX News Chief White House Correspondent-to-be, Dad, Husband, NY Yankees nut — not necessarily in that order”

Journo strangeness

“I am eating at hotel bar which seems to be having an unannounced reggae and couples-of-reckless-affection convention. For my part I’m talking to the baseball highlights playing on the t.v. People are moving away, as they often do.” — Slate’s John Dickerson in a Wednesday tweet.


“BTW @AlecBaldwin, I too use a profile pic that was accurate 25 pounds ago.” — FakeHowardKurtz in a Wednesday tweet.

Savage lives it up in the East Room

“We can scream and yell and be dicks and wear buttons” and still eat Obama’s cupcakes and drink his champagne, Savage said.” — Raunchy sex advice columnist Dan Savage in a White House Pool Report by Politico‘s Julie Mason on Wednesday night. He attended a pride reception in the East Room of the White House earlier in the day with his husband, Terry Miller.

Obscenely Late But Worth the Wait

“Any idea why my iPhone would be behaving as if I’m pushing buttons when I’m not?” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in an early June tweet.  To which one of our favorites, @FakeJimVandehei replied, “Because you’re drunk.”

Uh oh. Rehab bound?

“Remember when I surpassed 50k tweets earlier this year? I just surpassed 80k. I need an intervention.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Thursday morning tweet.

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Journo wants to lose those last galling three pounds

“3 pounds from my goal! Almost back to fighting weight but I CAN’T get there. Living on tuna and lettuce. What does it take to lose 3lbs?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a Thursday tweet.

Can Weiner teach Lawrence O. a thing or two on Twitter?

“I still don’t know how to attach photographs to tweets. Maybe Anthony Weiner can teach me that next time he’s on the show.” — MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on his program, “The Last Word,” last night.

Author wants to capitalize on Weinergate

“Need to find a way to get new readers out of this #weinergate thing. Um. Let’s see. I’m pretty sure it’s not a picture of me, either?” — Chick Lit Author Jennifer Weiner in a Thursday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Enjoyed a toasted marshmallow #milkshake at the Georgetown Ritz tonight. Recommend a stop the next hot day….” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Thursday night tweet. Oh boy, Graff really likes milkshakes. In July of 2010 he wrote a whole piece about where to find the best milkshakes in the Washington area in which he included a different toasted marshmallow variety that he muckraked at Good Stuff Eatery. He called it the “most adventurous” of the region’s milkshakes because who doesn’t find “adventure” in a milkshake? He opined, “While many ice-cream stands have good shakes, having one alongside a burger is a hot-weather treat.” But you know what would be a real treat? To never have to read that demented phrase, hot-weather treat, ever again.

On a good note…

“Our politicians may not know how to agree on a budget, but their sexting skills are the envy of the world.” — Comedian and satirist Andy Borowitz in a Thursday tweet.

WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson delves into Weinergate

“In politics, it’s pretty much an immutable rule that if they’re talking about your underwear, you have a problem.” — WaPo columnist and MSNBC Political Analyst Eugene Robinson in a Friday morning op-ed on Weinergate. It’s worth a look. Read here. He also says, “I have never taken a beefcake picture of my crotch.”

NPR’s Carvin reveals greatest hardship of his job

“In some ways the real-time RTing of fighting is the worst, because I get to experience the panic/fear of my sources as it happens. #spjchat” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a chat with Society of Professional Journalists Thursday night.


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Congressman employs skinny dipping metaphor

“I said it many times. This is like skinny dipping. Somebody has to be the first one in the pool and it’s real lonely when you’re the only one in the pool. Paul Ryan is in the pool. We want the rest of the town to come along.”  — Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Thursday afternoon discussing the idea that Republicans and Democrats should come together and negotiate on Medicare. Matthews laughed all the way through the metaphor.

A plea for a Baby Bjorn

“Long shot but worth a try: Does anyone have a Baby Bjorn Babysitter 1-2-3 they don’t need?” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams in a Thursday tweet. (If anyone has one, get in touch at and we’ll connect you.)

Journo spends day building sandcastles

“Spent nearly three hours at the beach with the kids today. Kayleigh kept building sandcastles and Sean kept knocking them down.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Thursday tweet.

Slut humor

“Now waiting for Dan Aykroyd to apologize to Jane Curtain. Just kidding, folks.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Thursday tweet referencing MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calling Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham a slut earlier in the week on his radio program.

Flack gets inside scribes’ heads

“Reporters are saying to themselves, ‘Did Portman’s press shop fall asleep for a few hrs, wake up + finally hit send on 5 releases in 5 mins?’” — Sen. Rob Portman‘s (R-Ohio) Spokesman Jeff Sadosky in a Thursday tweet. Update: He must have been really busy because he just got back to us, saying, he wasn’t really napping yesterday. He “just had a bunch of things waiting for votes and/or approval.”

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“I hope the wait means the food & beer are good.” — former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Thursday tweet from Moab, Utah, where he is in the above photograph. Buttry “checked into” the brewery  on Foursquare. A big thank you to his wife, Mimi, for sending along this picture of Buttry among the buttes. Buttry boasts that he was called “Butthead” long before the real one ever existed.

Arianna, Arnold and sleep

“Arnold, 2009: ‘You only need to sleep six hours and then you have 18 hours left.’ Turns out he should have slept more.” — HuffPost/AOL‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in a Thursday tweet.

Europe bound

“Off to Ireland ….” — NBC’s Norah O’Donnell in a Thursday tweet.

Journo self-protection

“I refuse to click the AP wire story slugged: ‘AP-BC-US Baby-death-microwave.’ — Politico Special Projects Editor Russ Walker in a Thursday tweet.

Irritated journalist

“There’s a special place in hell for whomever added me to this latest PR database. No, I don’t want to interview ‘social media gurus.’ — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Thursday tweet.

Peculiar sequence of events…

“Just ran into Jay Carney, which is odd, because seconds earlier, his admin told me he was ‘with the President.’” — Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher in a Thursday afternoon tweet. Later he heard back from Deputy White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest for this story on The Boston Herald being axed from White House Press Pool. The gist: The White House stands by its decision to leave the paper high and dry but has some fancy explanations for it.

Wapo apologizes to the Israeli Prime Minister: “We meant ‘Binyamin,’ but we wrote ‘Benjamin.’ Sorry, Mr. Netanyahu.”

Dark Thoughts…

“Don’t forget to wish me a Happy Birthdeath tomorrow.” — NBC News Political Correspondent Michael Viqueira in a Friday morning tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Entire building just shook from thunder.” — Washington Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott in a Thursday tweet.


Panel Discusses Journo Perspectives From the Field

Andrea Mitchell chats up David L. Cohen, Comcast Exec. V.P. and Antoine Sanfuentes, NBC News DC Bureau Chief

Richard Engel via Skype

NBC “Meet The Press” host David Gregory hosted a new discussion series hosted by Comcast Corp. at its gleaming new offices on Tuesday night by moderating what they referred to as a “star-studded” panel on “Covering the Middle East: Perspectives from the Field.” Well, J.Lo and Britney were no-shows. But NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Ron Allen talked policy while their colleague Richard Engel gave a “boots on the ground” perspective directly from Cairo via Skype. The NYT’s Helene Cooper and NPR Twitter maven Andy Carvin rounded out the panel, which included a vigorous examination of the impact of social media not only on the journalists’ own jobs but also on burgeoning democratic movements around the world.

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Mustache Mania: “IMF and World Bank now both headed by men with fantastic mustaches.” – Slate‘s Annie Lowry in a Monday tweet with the accompanying photographs above. From L to R: Robert Zoellick and John Lipsky.

Journo has keen eye for actor playing Levi Johnston

“Does the world already know that the guy playing Levi in Game Change used to date Miley Cyrus? This seems important.” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy in a Monday tweet. Underwear model Justin Gaston is playing Johnston.

Rikers in Francais changes tout (Franglish for Rikers in French changes everything)

“Even Rikers seems prettier in French?” — Politico‘s Meredith Shiner in reaction to AFP‘s Stephane Jordain who wrote: “DSK emprisonné à Rikers Island, au large du Queens (AFP).”

AP Style touts cuisine

“The @APStylebook updates are making me hungry: amuse-bouche, Beaujolais, couscous, kielbasa, sashimi, tzatziki.” — CQ Roll Call‘s David Meyers in a Monday tweet regarding AP Stylebook’s brand new Food Guidelines section.

And the DSK jokes begin…

“Euro Zone endorses Draghi as head of the European Central Bank. No word on if he chases maids down the hall.” — RedState Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in a Monday tweet in reference to Italy’s Mario Draghi. The not quite so funny part is that IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held without bail on rape charges.

Journo suffers asthma attack

“First asthma attack of the year. Dammit. Can think of better ways of starting the morning.” — NPR Online Producer Andy Carvin in a Tuesday morning tweet.

A new day, a new political sex scandal

“So basically, this is a bad week in men.” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Tuesday morning tweet in reaction to former Cali Gov. Arnold Schrwarzenegger fathering a love child with a member of the couple’s household staff a decade ago. Causing NJ‘s Susan Davis to say: “Hasta la visa baby!”

D.C. journo compliments Grenier

“Just watched Teenage Paparazzo–damn good documentary, nice work, I’m impressed.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in a Monday tweet to actor Adrian Grenier. Oh….by the way? Pappas is back at The Daily Caller after about five months away at The Washington Examiner.

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Watch out: Journo without sleep

“Going to be a busy day made tougher by the fact that I’ve only slept for three hours.” — CSPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Friday morning tweet.

Off the Record — Set on Repeat

Quote said repeatedly to FishbowlDC at last night’s Financial Times party: “TOTALLY off the record.” One woman said the phrase eight times while telling one story.

Fighting words

“Just a general observation: spokesmen are liars. That is all.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Thursday tweet.

Journo Hate Mail

“S.E. Cupp Should Have Never Been Born, Proves ‘Necessity’ of Planned Parenthood.” — Ex-MSNBCer Keith Olbermann in a Thursday tweet.

Carvin’s aha moment

“Ended up 66th in the TIME 100 straw poll, supposedly more influential than Putin, Oprah, Roger Ailes and Arianna Huffington. Yeah, right.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Friday morning tweet.

Weiner TV

“That’s it. We’re all done? I want to tell you, I love this show. You have great questions – some of them are a little crazy but you have really great questions and I really enjoy being on.” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on C-SPAN this morning. He also gave a big shameless push for his Twitter following, saying he’s in a big push to tip over 40,000 followers. His handle: @RepWeiner.  (It’s hard to resist an opportunity to run this grade school picture of the congressman.)

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I finally got to choose any car in the aisle, just like John McEnroe. Wound up with a Nissan with push-button ignition.” – The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz is in New Hampshire and does something people do everyday — he rents a car.

From Christopher Hitchens to Kim Kardashian: TIME’s List of Most Influential

The names on TIME‘s 2011 100 Poll were revealed today.

No doubt, VF’s Christopher Hitchens will be relieved to know he made the same list as Kim Kardashian, Justin Beiber, Snooki and Charlie Sheen. Some other media personalities and journalists to make the list include FNC’s Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck, HuffPost/AOL’s Arianna Huffington, NYT David Brooks, Nick Denton, Oprah, I-Look’s Hung Huang, NPR’s Andy Carvin, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and NYT food writer and blogger Mark Bittman.

Michelle Obama also made the list along with Petraeus, Gingrich, Giffords and more.

Readers have until April 14th to say whether they think someone on the list is influential or not. The winner will be included in the TIME 100 issue.