Quotes of the Day
Journo dines on assfat
“After lunch of fried assfat of sheep this week, Sheikh Ahmed Abu Risha told me Anbar now has security concerns on 2 sides: Syria & Iran.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak on location in Iraq.
Telling it like it is
“Golf outing: no news.” — a rare opening line of a White House Pool Report by The Salt Lake Tribune‘s Thomas Burr. Burr wrote that the outing included a 12-vehicle motorcade and added, “Brief sighting of the president in a thin blue jacket.”
Kisses for the VP
“Always great to see VP Joe Biden & his wife Jill. That man loves to tell jokes!” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.
Separated at Birth Gone Wrong
A reader writes in to suggest that we pair FNC’s Bret Baier with Animal House’s Flounder. As you can see, doesn’t quite pan out even if Bret did let his hair go wild. But we thank the reader for writing in. Send in all Separated at Birth nominations to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com.
The Onion Network’s Brooke Alvarez gives back: “I’m visiting a fourth grade class today to teach them what it takes to become a ruthless, power-hungry, news personality.”
Beer drinking journo attempts to horrify ancestors
“Drinking a beer called Nosferatu…somewhere my Romanian ancestors are horrified.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.
There were many disgusting lines in NY Magazine’s story on House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). Chief among them was this one: “According to a former Republican congressman, Cantor was a given a seat at the GOP leadership table on the advice of [Roy] Blunt‘s then-girlfriend, a Philip Morris lobbyist who appreciated the fact that Cantor is Jewish. “Abigail is Jewish, and she understood the implications for fundraising,” the former [anonymously sourced] congressman says. “Eric had access to donors we didn’t typically have access to.
“I wonder if anyone has made any BJ jokes today, about the glowing Jobs eulogies in the media.That would be bad! But Steve would’ve laughed.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.
Journos Accused of Being Presidential Enablers
“I’m going to tell you a secret about us. We are not a disinterested party in politics. We want it to be exciting. We want colorful candidates. Look, we have columns to write. I have three hours of talk radio to fill everyday. We have TV shows to anchor and be guests on.” – Lefty radio host Bill Press on CNN “Reliable Sources” Sunday answering host Howard Kurtz‘s insistence that journalists are enablers who played into the pretense of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and NJ Gov. Chris Christie seriously running for president.