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SHOWOFF: “Sunset over the Gulf of Mexico in Boca Grande, FL, 2/28/2013″ — FNC’s Brit Hume.

Conventional wisdom

“So non threat to Woodward is a problem cuz jr reporter might not be able to stand as courageously agst non-threat as Woodward. #truth.” – TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Angry Ass Convo Between Two Journos

The conversation is between The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack and BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski.

John McCormack: “Politico article on abortion issue includes two quotes–one from Planned Parenthood and one, for balance, from ACLU”

Andrew Kaczynski: “@McCormackJohn Lot of balance in those Weekly Standard Chuck Hagel stories.”

John McCormack: “@BuzzFeedAndrew Well, at least they’re more balanced than Buzzfeed’s articles on gay marriage. Also: We don’t pretend we’re not ideological.”

Menendez: No more hooker q’s for now

“No questions for Menendez about his controversy. Seems he’s reached a point where he can talk about other things.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson on Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.).

Producer is “all screwed up” when walking

“After living in London I never know which way to look for cars. Totally screwed me up.” — FNC Senate Producer Kara Rowland.

A little help from your friends

NYT‘s political correspondent Nick Confessore: “Packing and moving an apartment is like waiting for the Time-Warner guy, in hell, for infinity.”

NYT‘s Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt: “@nickconfessore Just wait until you’re simultaneously unpacking and waiting for the Time Warner guy.”

Goofball FLOTUS pool report

“FLOTUS pool report from @jestei ‘I am sorry I am unable to provide you with the lid, as FLOTUS has none. (Stock pots, maybe.)’” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman. A “lid” in pool reportese marks the conclusion of a day’s formal events.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I’m going to try stovetop smoking salmon tonight. (I decided I needed more alliterative cooking processes.)” — Slate and NYT‘s Farhad Majoo.

Uh oh. “Anyone else ever mean to send a text and send a Tweet instead just by force of habit? Dangerous.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

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Now Was This Really Necessary?

It’s not that hard to slap a stamp on an envelope or even pick up the telephone. But these days the laziest among us take to Twitter to bless and wish their professional loved ones a Merry Christmas. Such was the case with CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson and Fox News’ Brit Hume, who apparently don’t know the finer points of direct messaging or Hallmark. Thanks for making it extra churchy. What is this, The Waltons?

Erickson: “@brithume Merry Christmas Brit. God bless you and yours.”

Hume: “@EWErickson Same to you brother, and thank you for the wonderful diary entry on 12/21. Blessings.”

In other could’ve left this off Twitter news…ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd writes on Twitter, “Jeffrey has had a fever since yesterday – I’ve been sneezed on, coughed on, snotted on… all he wants is hugs from mommy-Lord plz help me.” And this… “Merry Christmas! (We’re marking the traditions today because we’ll be in Disney-Florida tomorrow-Thursday.)” — National Journal Editorial Director Ron Fournier. Thanks for letting us know your schedule Ron!

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

FNC’s Brit Hume Wants Correction From NY’s Gabriel Sherman; The Outcome: Fat Chance

New York mag’s Gabriel Sherman caused an explosion on the level of Three Mile Island Monday by reporting that FNC weekend Executive Producer David Clark had emailed producers with instruction not to do any segments on gun control. The report came just after the Sandy Hook killing spree at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. Friday.

After a follow-up story by The Hollywood Reporter challenging the accuracy of Sherman’s piece, FNC Contributor Brit Hume demanded that Sherman issue a correction. “The Hollywood Reporter story covers a lot more than Fox News Sunday, & demolishes your original story,” Hume tweeted to Sherman. “Time for a correction.”

Try as it might, THR‘s story doesn’t exactly change anything about Sherman’s original report. It does cite “Fox News insiders’ (which Sherman cited in his own story, though surely different ones ) who dispute the charge, noting that Fox News Sunday hosted a discussion on gun policy.

Sherman’s story, however, also stated that fact.

The big development in THR‘s story comes at the very endRead more

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Quotes of the Day — The Debate Edition

“Someone wrote me an email and said they thought the Secret Service was going to intervene.”Politico‘s Mike Allen early this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

By Far, Funniest Reaction of the Night

“Mitt shot his whole wad in the first debate.” — D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Whoa, Eleanor, HUH?! WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis tried to come to her defense, saying, “To defend Eleanor Norton a bit, she’s an aficionado of antique muzzle loading firearms. I hope.”

Sweet and Sour Reaction to Candy

“Candy Crowley holding the reins tight tonight…no shenanigans in her house.” — NBC’s and E!’s Ryan Seacrest.

“Best & worst moment of debate was Candy correcting Romney – she was right, but I’m not sure she should have inserted herself in that way.” — Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.

“Righties already trying to make this about the Qs and moderator.” — Politico‘s SENIOR political reporter Jonathan Martin in what may be his first understandable tweet in awhile. Congrats JMart!

“I’m terribly disappointed in Candy. I defended her today, and I was wrong.” — Houston Chronicle political blogger and Newsbusters’ Kathleen McKinley.

“Ok Candy, you better facilitate, not follow-up!” — Conservative blogger Matt Mackowiack.

“Candy Crowley proved why these media fact checkers are toxic liars.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte.

“(I worked with Candy Crowley at CNN and think she’s terrific)” — CBS News investigative journo Sharyl Attkisson.

“A lot of anger on the Twitters at Crowley for challenging Mitt. You see, that isn’t supposed to happen.” — WaPo lefty blogger Greg Sargent.

“I must say that if you aren’t drinking some Jack Daniels during this debate you really are missing something.” — Roll Call Columnist and Political Analyst Stuart Rothenberg.

“Who won the debate tonight? Candy Crowley. She knew her facts and made sure she pointed them out to her opponents. She’s got my vote.” — Author Jonathan Krohn.

Debate Recap: Top Quotes

“If Sec. Clinton is responsible for the security failure in Benghazi, who is responsible for 8 days of of b.s.about what happened that day?” — FNC’s Brit Hume.

“As a woman voter, I feel very wanted tonight!” — ABC talk show host Katie Couric.

“OMG. Panelist on FOX News just said ‘BULLSHIT!’” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen.

“I was filing during that Libya exchange, but holy living fuck.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

“Candy Crowley halts Romney in his tracks, calling him out live in real time on an incorrect Libya statement.” — NYT‘s Ashley Parker.

“I’m excitable – but politics is about emotion as well as reason. My view is Obama halted Mitt’s momentum in its tracks.” — The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan.

“Watching the @politicolive show again on dc newschannell 8. Forget how fun it was to watch, albeit kind of a train wreck.” — QGA and longtime Senate flack Jim Manley.

“The town hall debate format makes me feel bad about the human condition, like that “What Would You Do” hidden camera show. #sighbinder” — Digital media exec Kenny Day.

“Bottom line: Obama was far more aggressive this time, these 2 men don’t like each other and this race is still a toss-up.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“No one puts baby in a binder.” — National Journal‘s Chris Frates.

“Ok, goodnight everyone. tucking myself into my binder for some shuteye.” — AtlanticWire Senior Writer Jen Doll.

“Chris Matthews is wetting his pants in joy, gibbering like a meth freak on laughing gas.” — Conservative blogger and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.

“Bottom bottom line: Obama shows up big timme and wins. Is it enough to reverse the polarities?” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman.

“MSNBC fawning. Fox News fuming. A pox on both your houses.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

“Love switching channels. MSNBC says clr Obama win, CNN, eh, slight Obama edge. Fox still talking about Benghazi.” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

“Did Van Jones just call Mitt Romney a ‘DOUCHE’ on CNN – @CNNSituationRoom? Wow, didn’t think that was permitted.” — former Eric Cantor Spokesman Brad Dayspring, who now works as senior adviser to the YG Action Fund.

Greta sees hot pink and blue

“Yes, it is true…both wives in a hot pink (or at least on my monitor it looks like hot pink but faces can be bluish on my tv monitor)” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Important Q to Ponder: “Do I have time to make pierogies before this debate? Yes, yes I do!” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab.

Something else to Ponder: “How, in a country as powerful and dynamic as ours, could bindersfullofwomen.com not already be taken?” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

The Observer

“You keep it crazy, Bobby Jindal.” — Ronan Farrow, son of Mia and Woody Allen, reacting to post debate interviews from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Farrow is a writer, human rights lawyer and formerly Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s Special Adviser for Global Youth issues.

And another journo eats chicken…

“Chicken in pot, my debate night tradition. Thanks, Herbert Hoover!” — blogger and pundit Craig Crawford. Anonymous writes in, “That’s a sweet tradition, but his shicken looks like a dog’s dinner.”

Good rap quote from whitest guy in Washington

“Mystikal: That’s right my meat and potatoes come from my lyrical label I throw my rhymes for No Limit like Jeff George throw for the Raiders” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Ouch!

“Joe Scarborough will suck-up to a guest, then trash-talk them 24 hours later. Tells you all you need to know…#MSNBCfail” — The Daily Caller TV Reporter Jeff Poor.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Scarborough Faces Fire From Conservatives

No one can argue that MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has been among the sharpest critics on the shortcomings of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But he isn’t the only conservative member of the media to make this case. And yet, it’s Scarborough’s relentless criticism that has put him on the receiving end of a firing squad from fellow conservatives.

In short, they think he went too far…

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Reminder: Fishbowl Summer Superlatives 2012

At noon today we will begin compiling the nominees. So screw your deadlines for a few minutes and come help us decide which Washington journalists ought to be nominated for Worst Temper, Best Writer, Biggest Self-Promoter, Sexiest, Most in Need of a Salad, Makeover, Reality Show and more. See the list here

The Observer

“It appears Poynter has learned to get extra page views like HuffPo by linking to Huffington Post as it does to others.” — Politico‘s Burgess Everett, who links to this story.

Being Prez has its perks

“Oh the advantages of being President … Romney pool report: ‘We are still rolling to the airport – got stuck in traffic.’” — FNC’s Ed Henry.

Politico‘s Ben White: ‘I’m very very stupid’

“Hold up hold up. there is MEN’s field hockey? Since when? I’m sorry but that’s really stupid.” — Politico‘s Ben White in regards to Olympic field hockey. Ultimately White admits questionable intelligence on the matter, saying, “Apparently I did not know it because I’m very very stupid.”  (After he completes his anger management series, White will soon offer a workshop to boost your self-esteem.)

Uh oh. Watch out!

“COLUMN COMING: Chick-fil-hate mail” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

And now, an incoherent Kindergarten style tweet from Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin: “Folo @davecatanese for all your MO SEN primary needs.”

Blind Q: Which female reporter publicly declared this week that one of her own editors was leaking things about her to FishbowlDC?

Deep Thoughts With FNC’s Brit Hume

“Time spent on VP pick scoop a waste. This is something we will all find out soon enough. Time better spent on facts we might NOT find out.” — FNC’s Brit Hume.

How to Make it About Me?

“Trying to decide if Obama’s praise of Sorkin makes the takedown of ep. 1 of the Newsroom that I waited too long to write timely again.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. Oh Ezzy, we’ve missed you so much. Thank God for Moe Tkacik‘s feed for letting me see this tweet. I hope you will consider unblocking us sometime in the next five years.

Journo admits to rare case of ‘dumb fucks’

“I got a pretty bad case of the dumb fucks today – just struggling on another level.” — Mike Elk, labor journo for InTheseTimes.com.


Chris & Lorraine Go For Chicken Gold

Lorraine Wallace, wife of Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace, piggybacked on her husband’s Sunday program by writing the book, Mr. Sunday’s Soups. This was a folksy recipe book about what she feeds her husband after he gets home from a grueling day on the Fox News set where he once again prevented Brit Hume and Juan Williams from getting into a bitchy fist fight reminiscent of an episode of Bad Girls Club. As if the dirty looks exchanged aren’t enough stress.

Now the Wallace couple are taking their capitalizing to the next level with a chicken book. On Sunday, June 24 she will emasculate him further as they appear at the Newseum to discuss her new book, Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken. These are the bold chicken dishes she serves him the night before he wakes up and courageously heads into a World War II type battle otherwise known as Fox News Sunday. We were going to make a joke about Lorraine choking Chris’s chicken, but maybe that’s too much.

What a weird coincidence!

As it happens,  Lorraine has a little something in common with potential first lady Ann Romney and current first lady Michelle Obama. An announcement for the chicken book reading says she was a competitive horse jumper in the 80s while astonishingly starting her own vegetable, herb and flower garden. Who knew?

Get more specifics on the event here.

As we speak, Lorraine is working on her next book, Mr. Sunday’s Power Breakfast, a book about the pots of peach compote Lorraine forces down Chris’s throat before he leaves for the Fox News studio on Sunday mornings.

Miami Herald, Gawker Revive Hume Suicide

Gingrich, Molinari and Paxon in happier times. The infant is Susan Ruby, the couple’s child.

Earlier today the Miami Herald reported on an anti-Gingrich conference call set to transpire today between GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, former Rep. Susan Molinari and former Sen. Jim Talent. They describe the relationship between GOP Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich and Romney backer Molinari as complex. The story by Marc Caputo reports that Molinari’s “hatred” for Gingrich dates back more than a decade. He brings up the longtime rumors of Molinari’s husband, former Rep. Bill Paxon, having an affair with FNC Brit Hume‘s son Sandy, who committed suicide in February 1998. At the time, he was a star reporter for The Hill. Hume had written that Paxon was believed to be a threat to Gingrich.

Gawker picked up where the Florida publication left off, questioning whether Gingrich had spilled the beans on the supposed affair — hence Paxon’s sudden disappearance from Congress and Hume’s death. An excerpt:

“The rumor, in brief, is as follows: In the summer of 1997, the Hill’s Sandy Hume—the then-28-year-old son of Fox News’ Brit Hume—broke a blockbuster story about four GOP congressman who plotted, and failed, to overthrow Newt Gingrich as Speaker. One of those men was Bill Paxon, a New York Republican who was married to fellow Congresswoman Susan Molinari. Another of the plotters, Majority Leader Dick Armey, scuttled the coup when he learned that Paxon, and not he, would replace Gingrich. Armey later disavowed the whole attempt and claimed not to have been involved.”

It’s the Washington mystery few dare to discuss in public.

Bret Baier: Your Carriage With Politico Awaits

There may be no love lost between Fox News PR and Politico after they declared Politico scribes unfit for their airwaves in a recent quote to The Daily Caller. But there is a heated romance going on between the publication and FNC anchor Bret Baier.

In today’s edition of Politico, not only did author Mike Allen devote the first three graphs of “Playbook” to his story on Baier, but the piece itself is two pages of graph after graph after graph of gushing evidence about just how terrific Baier is. It’s the sort of piece you hang on the refrigerator — for years.

Baier says the biggest thing he does in his work is …. he listens. This is deep listening, not your garden variety ignore your subject and move on. Is this supposed to be unusual for a reporter? Allen even had a GOP consultant study Baier’s TV tapes. He compares Bret to a Boy Scout with a “very sharp” knife. As analogies go, how great is that?

The bulk of the story reads like a publicist’s dream with quotes that sound like soundbites such as this one from Baier in which he remembers to include the obligatory mention of former Bureau Chief Brit Hume: “I always wanted to cover politics when the American people were interested in politics, and, as you know, that’s now,” Baier said. “And I always aspired to follow in my mentor, Brit Hume’s, footsteps, and I’ve done it, so I’m living what I wanted to do.”

We did learn one thing we didn’t know about Fox News. In page two of the bland, smoochified profile, it’s revealed that the network has a “Brain Room” — a room packed with briefing books — that Bret flees to before moderating debates.

Even if FNC PR hated Politico last week, surely they’re warming to them now.

Juan Williams Gets Snippy With Chris Wallace

If you were Juan Williams wouldn’t you tread more carefully on Fox News Sunday considering they took him in after he was shitcanned by NPR for blasting Middle Eastern travelers on airplanes? Wouldn’t you tiptoe around Brit and Wallace and not interrupt, lash out or get all bratty?

Well, you’re not Williams. On Sunday he got snappy with host Chris Wallace after Wallace, the hall monitor, cut him off, insisting the panel had to move on to the unstoppable wisdom of Brit Hume. Williams: “The Republicans in this time of Occupy Wall Street are the protectors of the super rich.” Wallace: “I’m not sure if we should talk about Occupy Wall Street as a plus anymore,” Hall Monitor said, chuckling gravely. Juan objected. To which H.M. asked incredulously, “Really, with all the violence in the streets?” This is when Juan got agitated. “You are getting distracted. And you’re getting distracted by people who are crazy. …The fact is, when you ask most people, is Wall Street getting out of control? They say yes.” At which point Wallace interrupted Juan to scold him like a child. “Juan Juan, there’s a limit. We want to play fair here.” Juan’s angry inner child snapped, “You’re not playing fair, but go ahead.” [Insert weird, pregnant pause here followed by guffaws from other panel members.]

Wallace had the last word: “It’s called being a moderator.”

While it made for great TV, it also made us worry for Juan. Juan, you must keep your sh-t together because there are only so many times that Bill O’Reilly will swoop in and save you. We like your spunk. But interrupt Hall Monitor at your own peril.

FNC posted Panel Plus, but not the regular old panel to their website. They did allow Juan onto Panel Plus and he was full of smiles, as was Wallace. So we think no residual bad feelings are looming.

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