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Unknown-3Journo is sick as a dog

“Hard to sleep when you can’t stop coughing. Anyone else got this cold?” — Politico‘s Ben White at 12:07 a.m. One follower, Maureen Kirkwood, had hugs for him all the way from Scotland. “Got it this side of the pond as well,” she wrote. “Feel better soon m’dear…*big Scottish hugs*”

WaPo copy editors save food writer’s ass

“Thank God for @washingtonpost copy editors! One just asked me if I *really* had @romenesko on a plate of leeks sauced with romesco.” — WaPo‘s Tom Seitsema.

Uh oh.

“Normally just do body weight workouts. But did free weights yesterday and I’m paralyzed. Help.”  — TheBlaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

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Goin’ dove hunting?

“Yes! Wrap the breasts in bacon and pan sear.” — CNN “Crossfire” host S.E. Cupp to a follower who asked, “Goin’ dove huntin’ tomorrow. Got any good recipes?”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:33 a.m.

Confessional.

“I’ve been fixated on mortality lately, but I’m comfortable knowing my best years are ahead of me.” — TWT”s Jessica Chasmar.

Huh? “Love how emails I send myself end up in my spam.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Shira Center.

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Putting his life in his hands?

“Ok. So oysters at Newark Airport prolly wasn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done. But…. YOLO!!!” — Jeremy Cahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation.

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5 Journos, 5 Views of Unnamed Sources

images-8images-9In continuing with our series on examining different issues in journalism by picking the brains of Washington journalists (or those who work for D.C. news outlets), we have our next issue: the use of unnamed sources in stories. Washington is full of stories in print, online and TV involving “a top government official” or “a tippy top” aide as was recently used in Politico Playbook. We asked five journalists to weigh in. See where your views line up in relation to theirs.

See our first edition of “5 Views” here and if you have an idea or want to hear about a certain journalism topic, write to Betsy@fishbowldc@mediabistro.com. If you’d like to be one of our “experts” there’s no shame in letting me know. Well, there might be, but let me know anyway, we’d love to have you.

Stephen Smith, Editor-in-Chief, The Washington Examiner: “When I came to Washington as an editor two decades ago, I was immediately struck by the prevalence of unnamed sources in stories I was handling, noticeably more than in New York and a quantum jump over the number I had seen in Philadelphia and Boston. I naively tried to push back but quickly learned that reporters can’t function here without NFA quotes. The only way to help readers navigate this anonymous world is to describe sources in a way that makes clear, or at least suggests, their possible motives and biases. To take an obvious example, an unnamed staffer for a Tea Party lawmaker and a staffer for a “moderate” GOP member are both Republicans, but they are trying to get across vastly different messages. The more explicit a reporter can be about motive, the better off the reader will be. Readers in Washington are the most news savvy in the country and can usually decode what’s going on if they’re properly oriented. The fight over the showdown reminds us that we should be thankful for the accessibility of lawmakers on the Hill — and their willingness to speak on the record in Capitol hallways or at ‘pressers’ and ‘pen and pads.’ The White House, under presidents of both parties, is hopeless — nothing but spin, talking points, artful leaks and pabulum. Reporters who get real information from real White House sources are journalistic magicians.”

Greta Van Susteren, host, Fox News’ “On the Record”: “Anonymous sources?  It is disgraceful how much journalists use them.  Anonymous sources should be used RARELY (i.e. the whistleblower who could lose his job and the story is a serious news matter) and not as a steady diet, which they’ve become for some journalists and news organizations. It appears some journalists are too lazy to go out and get the story and get it on the record. It’s easier to find that coward who will say something, but not for attribution. Anonymous source identifications are often used by the sources to do a drive by ambush or get even with someone without having the courage to step up to the plate and be identified.  The overuse of anonymous sources has cheapened journalism. So many journalists, and their editors, rely so often on anonymous sources that they don’t even realize how unfair it is to the target of the story, or the integrity of their own reporting.  How does a target respond to an unfair or even false statement if you don’t even know who is saying it? And what can hold a source to truth telling without his or her name attached? It can be like Kafka’s THE TRIAL. And what about readers and listeners?  They have no way of knowing whether the anonymous source should be believed. It is not enough for me that some journalist reports it – maybe that reporter is lazy? Being had? Has no second source? How do we know? I’d like to know who said it and why. Does the anonymous source have an ax to grind? Maybe the anonymous source is just making it up? Let me state emphatically: there is a place in news reporting for anonymous sources – but that should be rare, and not common.”

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Morning Chatter

THIS IS CNN: “Wolf! #NavyYardShooting” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Spotted on the Acela…

“Morning shows apparently repositioning for Tuesday. CNNs Cuomo and CBSs Rose boarding Southbound Acela just now.” — TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: the messenger

“I know folks are relishing an opportunity to get out their hatred for media; I’m just trying to provide context for what we got wrong.” — NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

Trying to piece together facts

“In the last 15 seconds on one radio i heard 9 dead…8 dead and 6 dead — are they not listening to each other?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Words of media wisdom…

“It’s pretty clear at this point that nothing is ever learned from one royal breaking news f’ up to the next.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Know what? If you or I RT something, we endorse it. (Maybe not views themselves, but as accurate news.) Any disclaimer otherwise: bullshit.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Scott Bland.

“If the wrong person was named in today’s shooting, I hope he sues the news orgs and wins, a la Richard Jewell. Pathetic. #journalism.” — Brad Phillips, who writes the Mr. Media Training blog.

“Two things that never work out. Ever. 1.) Saying ‘Don’t you know who I am?’
2.) Rushing to be 1st with unverified facts. First is not best.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito.

“It’s always conflicting law enforcement sources…” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

“So basically every piece of information that’s come out about the shooting so far today has been wrong.” — WCP‘s Aaron Weiner.

“Did we learn nothing from Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing? Stop reporting wild rumors like it’s fact.” — Washington Examiner‘s Steve Contorno.

“Here’s an idea. Rather than tweet out competing reports, perhaps we could wait a little bit and report out confirmed reports.” — Mo Elleithee, DNC Communications Director.

“Okay, turning off Twitter for now because developing news and social media don’t mix.” — J.P. Freire at 11:37 a.m. Monday.

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“My dog suddenly developed a thunderstorm terror look.” — WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle late Thursday afternoon.

A not so cordial conversation among journalists

The conversationalists are FNC Contributor Richard Grenell, CNN’s Jim Sciutto, NYT’s Brian Stelter and NPR’s David Folkenflik.

Grenell: “Attention media critics: CNN didn’t disclose @jimsciuttoCNN’s relationship with Obama foreign policy team before his report @davidfolkenflik”

Grenell: “We know @brianstelter won’t raise CNN’s no disclosure on @jimsciuttoCNN because he wants the @CNNReliable job.”

Stelter: “I’ve been abstaining from writing stories about CNN, Fox and MSNBC for 2+ months.”

Sciutto: “@RichardGrenell I’d ask you to watch my reporting before you question whether I do real journalism. I’ll let my record stand for itself.”

Folkenflik: “@RichardGrenell Jim strikes me as good reporter but reasonable to expect disclosures to remind viewers at his new network so they know.”

Grenell: “@davidfolkenflik reasonable? Obama foreign policy appointee is now lead for CNN on Obama’s Syria policy. may work in DC, public outraged!”

Editor survives city storm

“I just walked 3 blocks in this massive storm. I had an umbrella. It didn’t matter.” — Bob Cusack, The Hill‘s Managing Editor. C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art replied, “Two possibilities: A) It’s a really bad storm -or- B) The umbrella didn’t come with written instructions.”

Pleasant surprises

“I have to say with pride that I never thought I would see the day @metroweekly would become a full-glossy publication. Today is that day.” — Metro Weekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:31 a.m.

Journalism as a bloodsport

“It’s priceless that @CGasparino took the time to favorite his own tweet telling me to ‘go choke to death on [my] on vomit.’” — Senior writer for Slate Josh Voorhees. Charles Gasparino is a senior correspondent for FOX Business Network.

Wake-up call

“Having a dream that you’re bathing your dying grandmother (who’s already dead) sure will wake you up better than any alarm clock.” — Ariana Pekary, who has worked as a producer for The Bob Edwards Show.

Congrats (or something like that) 

“Huge congrats to X on job Y even though I never liked X and Y is a really awful place to work.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

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“THIS time????? Lordie Lord Lord.”National Journal‘s Ron Fournier‘s dramatic response to New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner saying in his concession speech, “Sadly we did not win this time.”

“#YOLO”BuzzFeed‘s Matt Zeitlin‘s response to colleague Ruby Cramer‘s news that a “reporter with NBC Ch4, Shimon Prokupecz, says Weiner gave him the finger from car as he drove away.”

Inappropriate cuisine metaphor?

“Later in the day, @NRO’s NY office would smell like barbecue. All those lives lost …” — National Review Online‘s Kathryn Lopez.

Journo looks back…

“In our DC bureau blocks from the WH as the city emptied out & the Humvees rolled in. Bldg mgmt tried to evacuate us: ‘No way.’ #wherewereyou” — WSJ‘s Neil King, reflecting on where he was on 9-11-01.

A lawmaker’s probing question…

“So a lawmaker finished an interview by asking me if I was Syrian.” — National Journal writer-at-large Marin Cogan.

Confessional.

“It felt so wrong tonight when I ate sugar free jello for the first time.” — Chairman of Accuracy in Media Don Irvine.

Important Q we must all ponder: “Why do I have a sad feeling that Weiner’s trusty camera phone is definitely plugged in the charger tonight, powering up.” — GOP political consultant Mike Murphy.

Weiner Aftermath: The Deflation Begins

“Sitcom idea: Spitzer, Weiner both thrown out by their wives, move in together, start wacky political consulting firm.” – Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

“Anthony Weiner is about to concede so that he can begin his campaign to be the 5th host of Crossfire.” — The Atlantic‘s Andrew Golis.

“BREAKING: Carlos Danger concession speech within the hour #NYC2013.” — Andres Duque, who writes the Blabbeando blog.

“TV folks tempted to give Anthony Weiner a talk show. Do another thing and don’t give Anthony Weiner a talk show.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Weiner’s concession speech is live channel 2 in NYC now. The guy looks like he’s actually having fun. What a nut.” — CNN’s Ari Fleischer.

“Prediction: Huma Abedin files for divorce within 60 days. Right?” — WUSA-9 reporter Debra Alfarone.

The Observer

“So Weiner thanked his flak but not his wife in his concession speech?” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Oops, a little late for this!

“Don’t you dare with the jokes Twitter THIS IS OVER NOW” — Politico‘s Leigh Munsil.

Poetic irony is….

“Prez Obama keeps bust of MLK in his office which means he stares each workday at a man who met hatred & evil with non-violence. Worth noting.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter gets Marty’d at 11:03 Tuesday night

“@brianstelter Will you be Hosting CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ again in the future? Did you happen to see Howard Kurtz’s ‘Media Bites’ Show-Fox?” — Marty Rudolf. (Pssst…Marty, Howie’s show is “Media Buzz.”)

 And Funniest Tweet of the Night award goes to…

“Well placed source emails me: ‘Today is the worst 24 hour period in U.S. Foreign Policy history. Dear god.’” — Breitbart.com‘s illustrious Matthew Boyle.

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Sarcasm is…

“The only thing more interesting than press coverage of presidential vacations is press coverage of press coverage of presidential vacations.” — The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennet.

On attacking the media…

“Bad optics for the RNC to block CNN and NBC from sponsoring presidential debates. Attacking the media is a loser’s game.” — Eric Fehrnstrom, former senior advisor to Mitt Romney and Boston-based media strategist and political consultant.

Journo love

“This is the Washington Post’s best season in my memory, much credit to @PostRoz & @bartongellman” – BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

And journo lust…

“When women are in the shower, they are COMPLETELY NAKED. Okay, guys, now try to get back to work.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten on quite the Twitter tear over the weekend.

IMPRESSIVE WHEELS? “Thanks @Hertz for my unexpected upgrade in Tucson from a hybrid to this.” — Peter Cherukuri, senior veep, advertising & business development at Politico.

Confessional.

“I just set my alarm for 3:30 a.m. and it’s the most depressing thing ever.” — Katie Kovach, copy and production editor for CQ Roll Call.

“Just watched someone unsuccessfully try to whistle down successive cabs, which perked up my evening.” — Katherine Miller, managing editor of digital for Free Beacon.

It’s just to New Jersey, people, not D.C. 

“Turned in the keys and closed the books on a 12 year NYC run. See you again in 20 years or so, Manhattan, when the kids finish college.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:40 a.m.

Visiting Washington…“Good Morning! I am doing my show out of DC today. I had to escape the rain in Atlanta for just a few days. Crazy….” — CNN’s Carol Costello.

The Observer

“Dude on the metro with a bunch of pistachios in his left pocket. Eats one by one, placing empty shells in right pocket. Gotta have a system.” — Logan Dobson, research analyst at The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Uh oh.

“Yeah, so my new cat thinks she’s supposed to shit in the sink.” — FBDC’s and Bill Press Show’s Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost story promo: “REVEALED: Surprising reasons bugs have gay sex”

Travel Bitches

“Boarded flight to LAX half an hour late. Of course. Attendants rushing everyone, like it’s our fault. #unitedsucks” — Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry.

10 Original Reactions to NYT Shutdown

The Washington and New York media worlds tipped over on their heads today as the NYT shutdown due to technical issues. So we mined Twitter for the best of and — lets face it — endless and some terrible reactionary comments to the temporary interruption. Even crazy bearded Dave Hughes of DCRTV noticed something unusual was happening today: “Journos in a f*ckin’ panic today with the NY Times’ website down. Sheesh…” he remarked.

So who actually had something interesting to say?

Wishful Thinking?

10. “What, you thought Jeff Bezos was going to buy the Post and play defense?” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

The Pseudo-Intellectual

9. “Due to an epistemology error, every single sentence and image in the Times was wrong. All the news has been retracted. We regret the error.” Salon‘s Alex Pareene.

The Emotional

8. “I haven’t read Maureen Dowd yet. #PanickingOverHere” — CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.

7. “Going to grow a mustache & ask cabbies what they think about grand bargains to fill the void in my life #NYTDown” — Matt O’Brien, Associate Editor at The Atlantic.

And the overly helpful…

6. “NYT reporters: b/c im a good dude i will gladly post ur scoops on buzzfeed dot com if you’d like under my byline. you know, b/c i care.” — Charlie Warzel, deputy tech editor, BuzzFeed.

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LET SLEEPING DOG LIE: “Someone is very happy to be home and sleeping in a bed unlike those barbarians at doggy boarding.” — Politico’s Christine Delargy, who formerly wrote for FBDC

Was it really OTR?

“It was definitely on record. We’ve had two senior editors from our organization who scrutinized ever aspect of this story. There’s no question it was an on the record conversation.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker, author of the story in which New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner‘s Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called ex-campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi a series of insults that are now part of her Twitter feed, as pictured here. Walker told the above to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night on his program.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Adventures in weird first date eavesdropping: ‘you’re just not into topography enough’” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. He added, “I mean, who has map reading as a relationship deal breaker? I have my orienteering merit badge but that shit ain’t a fetish.”

Please, Politico, can he do this?

“If it were socially acceptable to Tweet nothing but Seinfeld lines I’d do it. And drape myself in velvet.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

The Observer

“My Twitter feed seems drunker than usual tonight. People sprung early for the impending congressional recess?” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

AC confusion?

“Air conditioning debate rages – if one says turn it down, that can mean make it warmer (as in turn down the fan).” — Dana Perino, Co-host of FNC’s “The Five.” She explained, “Husband asks why I don’t say ‘reduce’ the air conditioning …but that also can be confusion and mean make it colder! #ack!”

Father Glenn

“Now entering the lives being destroyed phase of the Weiner crack-up. Anyone getting their jollies off of this now is pretty much a sadist,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, whose Twitter feed has taken a decidedly preachy turn as of late. We love his passion.

Journo has karaoke advice

“The next time you think of kareoking Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, don’t. Leave it be.” — Political blogger Dave Catanese. As some may recall, Catanese once won the highest award at a karaoke contest so he may know what he’s talking about.

Navarro says Matthews out of line…

“I’m no fan of Cruz, but this is way over the line.” — CNN’s Ana Navarro on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “political terrorist.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:29 a.m.

Coworker Love

“Why @NikkiSchwab is the best co-worker ever: She sends out all-staff emails letting us know about #FreeSmoothieDayDC tomorrow!! :D ” — Red Alert Politics News Editor Kelsey Osterman on Nikki Schwab.

Confessional.

“ICYMI: ‘Anthony Wiener is a needy little bitch.’ (Not judging, b/c so am I.)” — The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, linking to Sydney Elaine Leather‘s appearance on the Howard Stern show in which she calls Weiner a “needy little bitch.”

Morning Chatter

QUESTIONS OF THE HOUR: “Why does she forgive him? Why is it okay with her?” — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi on “Morning Joe” today on Huma Abedein forgiving husband Anthony Weiner for his marital sexting dalliances. And Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown: “These guys have to keep themselves in check. What is the opposite of Viagra? …I just think it’s the disease of our times.”

GOODBYE OLD NPR 1.0: “I walk this way every day and have never seen this view – gbye NPR 1.0″WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich.

Journo’s inner conflict involves Hooters

“Conflicting email of the day: Invite to the ‘annual Hooters Charity Golf Tournament in aid of the Autism Society of Northern Virginia.’” — WaPo‘s Carlos Lozada.

Journo says Weiner obsessed with penis (Um, redundant?)

“NYC truly has rebounded from some tough times. I wonder which ones Anthony Weiner thinks are comparable to his obsession with his own penis.” — The Hill‘s Sam Baker.

Reporter gets sucked into depths of YouTube

“I go on YouTube to watch a clip from the Colbert Report. 6 hours later and I’m watching a tutorial on how to speak dolphin. #BlackHole” — TWT‘s Jessica Chasmar.

Confessional.

“Been busy wasting time reporting and writing. What’s going on here on the twizzlers?” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Amazing use of profanity

“Morgan also reportedly called Olivia Nuzzi, a intern on Weiner’s mayoral campaign, a “bitch,” “twat,” and “cunt.” Nuzzi appeared on the cover of the Daily News Tuesday morning for a story she wrote about what she described as her less-than-desirable experience working for the Weiner campaign earlier this year.” — BuzzFeed story on Weiner spokesman calling ex-intern a number of choice names.

Wishful thinking? “The best part is going to be Weiner firing his spox because of course you can’t treat young women crudely and expect to work there.” — MSNBC political reporter Benjy Sarlin.

AnonymASS to FBDC: “You guys suck, DCRTV rules!” Dear ASS (or Dave Hughes) whatever the case may be), I’m not just saying this,  if Hughes is your hero you might want to get your head examined. We hope it’s not a tumor.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:18 a.m.

Morning Chatter

INTERN BEHAVING MISCHIEVOUSLY? “South Korean military official takes selfie at Arlington Cemetery on Thursday…you can see me in his photo.” — National Geographic intern Adam Glanzman, who notes himself in the picture. How This Town!

Anthony Weiner seeps into 2-year-old’s zeitgeist

“Wife mentions @CarlosLozadaWP in dinner convo. 2.5-yr-old son says, ‘Carlos Danger!’” — WaPo senior correspondent and associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Hmmm interesting promise… 

“I’ll lick the face of the individual that can get my hotel air conditioning to work.” — The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain, who apparently now thinks she’s a dog or inmate in “Orange is the New Black.”

Deep Thoughts With Ben Howe

“My body is incapable of believing that sleep exists before midnight without extreme circumstances.” — RedState Contributing Editor Ben Howe.

“There really is some awful platitudinous BS that ‘new media’ types have got away with spewing for years, is there not?” — The Hill’s Associate Editor Niall Stanage.

WaPo‘s CLINTON YATES: “Goofing around at the set I wasn’t actually on, ha.

The Astute Reader

“The @NewYorkObserver review of @MarkLeibovich book twice says David Axelrod‘s daughter is autistic. She is epileptic.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “How lucky is Bill Clinton that twitter and cell phones weren’t around when he was on the prowl?” — TNR’s Nate Cohn.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:16 a.m.

Sarcasm is…

“Must have more reviews of #ThisTown. The 974,543,136 we have don’t even make a dent in my insatiable appetite.” — Politico’s Ben White.

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