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Friends and Colleagues Celebrate Ken Vogel’s Big Money

photo 1Last night at Glen’s Garden Market, friends and colleagues came together to celebrate Ken Vogel‘s recent Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. The evening was hosted by Mike Allen, Dan Berman, Jeanne Cummings, Ryan Grim and Elizan Garcia, Maggie Haberman, John Harris, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fisher Martin, Laura McGann, Ben Smith, Rachel Smolkin, Liz Spavd, Howard Yoon and Victoria Lai, and Danielle Vogel.

POLITICOs from past and present were there, including CNN’s Chris Frates, WaPo’s Abby Phillip, NPR’s Juana Summers, NYT’s Bill Hamilton, WSJ’s Reid Epstein, POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, Megan Chan, Marty Kady, Katie Glueck, and Byron Tau.

Highlight: Craft beers and an oyster bar. Big money, naturally.

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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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Stenographer gets religious over bill passage

“‘Praise be to GOD!’ House stenographer Diane Reidy is rushed off the floor and into an elevator…” — Todd Zwillich, Washington, D.C. radio correspondent for The Takeaway. Politico‘s Jake Sherman explained further, “An official house court stenographer took to the microphone & was screaming ab God. She was saying in the hall you can’t serve two masters.” Politico‘s Byron Tau added, “What I thought happened but no one tweeted about it so I thought I hallucinated.” And BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera: “The stenographer who started yelling was named Holly, she was taken off the floor. Members really shaken up by it.”

images-2Shutdown: Over!

“More traffic on the road, the grinding sound of leaf blowers on the White House grounds…the federal govt has reopened, lots of work to do.” — Joy Lin, Fox News White House producer.

“So the shutdown ends, but will we be right back in the soup come January?” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“My DC cabbie is sad that there is traffic again after three weeks of respite.” — Josh Barro, politics editor, Business Insider.

Question to never ponder: “Do we think any woman in the world actually goes by ‘Blondie’?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

ringingphoneNYT‘s Dean Baquet scolds persistent reporter

“Evan, no news organization in America would report on every discrimination lawsuit filed in every court in every medium-sized city. Even when the author of the story chooses to try to use cheap tricks to goad people into covering his obsessions. good luck.” — NYT Managing Editor Dean Baquet in an email Wednesday to our resident phone enthusiast and investigative freelancer Evan Gahr. He explained to FBDC, “I sent him two other emails about this and also left two messages. And I hung up on his secretary one time when she answered the phone.” Gahr quickly snarked back at Baquet by email, saying: “Wait. Washington DC is simply a ‘medium-sized city’ as you call it. I thought it was actually our nation’s capital. Silly me. As for ‘obsessions’ the New York Times is normally obsessed with alleged race discrimination–except, of course, when the alleged perpetrators are fellow members of your liberal coven.”

Good Question: “So, do eight car trains return on Metro tomorrow?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Editor pissed about shutdown

“On behalf of America (in Cruz sense) I want to thank the Tea Party for this epic shitshow that damaged economy, wasted money for nothing.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

floatinggoldfishThe Announcer

“America, your federal government is back, and open for business. (Well, soon at least.)” — NBC’s Mike O’Brien.

The Observer

“And the bill passes. Congratulations.  Now the House can get back to passing nothing the Senate will agree to.” — NBC News Deputy Political Editor Domenico Montanaro.

Afternoon Chatter

“Just angered Obama’s press secretary. Word.”The Daily Caller‘s high school intern Gabe Finger.

Page 32 of This Town: First Mention of Tammy Haddad

We’re crawling through This Town slowly but surely. Last night we came across Leibo’s first mention of Dame Tammy Haddad. “As I walk out, I get a big hug from Tammy Haddad, a veteran cable producer who repurposed herself in recent years as a professional party host, event organizer and full-service convener of the Washington A-list. Haddad, a towering in-your-face presence with black hair bisected by a white streak, is a human ladle in the local self-celebration buffet.” She tells you how great you are, how you really need to meet the author, or cohost, or honoree, or whoever, and that by the way, she just talked to Justice Breyer!”

Reporter steals some Starbucks air conditioning

“Hanging out in a Starbucks without buying anything to escape the heat. This is the most subversive thing I’ve done in a while.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau. Which opened the floodgates for Logan Dobson, who works at The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm: ” I have been wracked by guilt ever since I used a Starbucks bathroom 5 months ago without making a purchase IM SO SORRY.”

Ideas man

“Perhaps Rachel Jeantel can explain to Sharpton the etymology of the phrase ‘shakedown artist’ today.” — Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large for Breitbart News.

A foxy prediction from Drudge

“Big shakeup at FOXNEWS this fall will have everyone buzzing, in all directions. A million words will be written.”  — Drudge.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:36 a.m.

And now, a note from an authorized but recently scolded media critic…

“Dear CNN idiot and assorted #tcot idiots: White Hispanic is not a new term.” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher.

The Observer

“In Farragut North just saw a man reach out and grab a woman’s bare calves while yelling a compliment about her legs. #EverydaySexism” — WaPo‘s Sarah Parnass.

A word about the Daily Caller intern who fingered Carney

“DC intern’s mistake was in making Carney look TOO stupid. It’s only ok when mainstream reporters make him look a little stupid.” — Rare‘s Matt Cover.

Something sorta funny from a Boybander

“20 Cringeworthy Ways Your Mom Mixes Up Proper Nouns As She Ages #JewishBuzzfeed” — Guardian U.S. National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman.

Yikes.

“That terrifying where you don’t remember if you just took a Tylenol PM or not & will probably take two. This is how Judy Garland died!” — Breitbart News’ John Nolte.

“That thing where in the process of trying on every dress you own, you realize the dry cleaner put a hole in the lace of your favorite #:(” — CQ Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

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Bravery personified: “Porcupine” pricks BuzzFeed 

“Things must be going really well at Buzzfeed if one blog post gets them so defensive.” — Washington City Paper‘s Will Sommer, who appears to have the courage of an ant in that he only feels safe to insult when piling on after Vanity Fair‘s Juli Weiner needled BuzzFeed with this story Tuesday. Good job, Will! Originality is dead. And groupthink is about as awesome as someone writing and reporting under the pen name “Porcupine.”

In defense of McDonnell’s inebriated son

“Are people really piling on McDonnell because his college age son got drunk and walked home?? Glass houses, people. Glass houses.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau. Sean McDonnell, the son of Virgina Gov. Bob McDonnell, was arrested for public intoxication in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Another thought on BuzzFeed

“It’s @BuzzFeedBen’s world. We’re just living in it.” — Columnist Jamie Kirchick and fellow for Foreign Policy Institute.

Sadness is…

“Always sad when your boyhood congressman died. I hand delivered my mother’s $25 check for his 1958 race.” — Yahoo! News‘ columnist and Yale Prof Walter Shapiro. See here.

Senator instructs reporters on conference call etiquette

“Leave it to Sen. @alfranken to urge us to mute our phones for better audio quality on this call. ‘Someone is going through a car wash.’” — AP‘s Phil Elliott.

Anonymous Rant (continued)…our reader continues complaining about Leibo’s This Town. When I suggest that the book hasn’t come out yet and we haven’t seen everything, the reader writes, “Fair point, Betsy, I should see the whole thing, but best bits out there, and not encouraged. Is Mike Allen’s corrupt promotion of friends, very good friends, and their causes covered? Seems like he got a pass. Politico and other press do much worse than I’ve heard described here.” Missed yesterday’s rant? See it here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:50 a.m.

Unnecessary Tweets of the Day: Vegetable Talk 

After Obama revealed that broccoli was his favorite vegetable Tuesday, the crowd went wild. 

“A kid journalist asked Obama today what his favorite food is. His answer? Broccoli.” — Reuters White House reporter Steve Holland.

“For the record my favorite vegetable is A NICE STEAK.” — Media Matters fellow Olivier Willis.

“My response to all this broccoli talk: Where’s the beef?” — Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker.

“Reminds me of Paul Ryan and asparagus, which he once said he’d prefer to eat over cake. #veggiebipartisanship?” — National Journal’s Rebecca Kaplan.

“Basically: if you make it, I’ll eat it. #analysis” – BuzzFeed‘s Evan “I love onesies” McMorris-Santoro.

“To be clear, I am strongly biased in favor of broccoli.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Brussels Sprouts are underrated folks.” — Logan Dobson, a research analyst for The Tarrance Group, a GOP polling firm.

And the voice of reason?

“The vegetable debate engulfing the Washington press corps is why they hate us.” — MetroWeekly’s Justin Snow.

Politico’s Mak Headed For Washington Examiner

Tim Mak, a reporter for Politico Pro Defense and coauthor of Politico’s Morning Defense blog, is leaving for a new job at the Washington Examiner.

Mak tells FishbowlDC he’ll cover breaking news in Congress and national security.

The news broke today when Byron Tau, Politico’s lobbying and influence reporter, sent an email inviting colleagues to a soirée in Mak’s honor, with a promise to “celebrate the man, the myth, the legend,” this Friday night.

Mak started at Politico on the breaking news desk. Congrats to Mak, and best of luck with the new job.

Afternoon Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I think the press is thin-skinned. They’re good at dishing it out and they’re lousy at taking it. …What they’re getting is a dose of medicine that they dish out with politicians everyday.” — Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning in reference to Attorney General Eric Holder hosting an off-the-record meeting with the media.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is the @nytimes saying they won’t talk to public officials off the record? Because I’m pretty sure they do every day.” — TIME Senior National Correspondent Michael Grunwald.

Uh oh.

“I think I just got propositioned on Facebook from a woman in Africa.” — Don Irvine, Chairman of Accuracy in Media.

And now, your daily Bible verse

“A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17″ — Kim Hume, wife of FNC’s Brit Hume.

Story pitch that never came to fruition

“As an intern at @rollcall, I pitched a story on all the politics & journalism related bars to @brunodebbie. Never finished it.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau.

Journo tells dad not to call C-SPAN

“I’ll be in the hot seat on @cspanwj at 8:30 live from Yahoo’s DC bureau. Watch here: cs.pn/e1vwvH (Dad, please don’t call in.)” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Anthony Weiner Dick Jokes Part I

“Anthony Weiner still a guy who showed his dick to strangers, Politico reports.” — HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney on Politico’s Maggie Haberman‘s Weiner piece, which doesn’t quite say that. Read here.

Anthony Weiner Dick Jokes Part II

What’s a story about ex-Rep. Weiner without a penis metaphor? Haberman’s lede:

In the week since he took the New York City mayoral race by storm, Anthony Weiner has delighted in the media circus he single-handedly created. He has mixed it up with reporters and taunted longtime adversaries in the same manner that made him a liberal lightning rod in Congress.

Think you’re having a rough day? Here’s a story alert from ABC7: “One man is dead and dozens of cats have been transported to a local animal shelter after a house fire in Herndon.”

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“I don’t know where zoftig ends and Dunkin Donuts begins.”HuffPost and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie weight loss in reaction to an intro from Touré who used the word “zoftig” to describe the governor even thought the word is supposed to apply to pleasantly plump women. In Yiddish, the word means “juicy.” Fineman continued, “I would bet that he does master it because having the desire to be President is even stronger than the desire to eat donuts. So I think he will do that and it’ll help make him a good story, at least initially.”

Bachmann bails on Congress 

“Shorter Michele Bachmann: I’m smart enough. I’m good enough. And doggone it, people like me.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“Just me, or does Michele Bachmann’s music and cadence here channel Delta’s in-flight safety video?” — Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis.

“In a rare 6:05AM appearance, @mikeallen joins us to discuss Michele Bachmann.” — Morning Joe.

“How cool would it be if Bachmann could ride out of Congress on a giant eagle?” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Weiner Police Returns

“I can’t even have a conversation on this set without you all losing it.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi on broaching the topic of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) running for mayor of New York. Mika turns into the Weiner Police whenever Weiner’s name is on the rise. One thing is clear: Mika is just not that into Weiner.

Ask Judy Today at 1:30 p.m.

“Questions for @JudyWoodruff? She’ll answer during a live chat tomorrow at 1:30 pm ET. #AskJudy” — PBS NewsHour.

Blogger finds girls to be a mystery 

“Right. My eldest daugher [sic] graduated summa cum laude, but I don’t understand girls.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

Producer in search of propane

“So here I am. Racing the clock to get more propane while a partially-cooked red snapper hangs out on the grill awaiting my return.” — FBDC and Bill Press‘ Producer Peter Ogburn.

Who could it be?

“Overheard: ‘I’m writing a story…what they they called … the little ones…’ ‘Blog post?’ ‘Blog post!’ — Politico lobbying and campaign finance reporter Byron Tau.

TV correspondent gets weight-conscious

“My German childhood nickname translates to ‘FAT.’ Sso when a co-worker asked ‘what do you weigh… 190?’ you can understand my angst.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

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“I think we have enough beer. Maybe not?”Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

“The logo has since been changed. Too bad the candidate can’t be changed.” — MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s skyline screwup on his campaign website.

Boss sends reporter directions to his office

“Boss sent me an invite on Google calendar. Invite helpfully offers me directions to his office, up 4 floors. Thanks, Google.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

It is what it is…is what it is

“Phrase that should be banned: “It is what it is.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing, who linked to this story in WaPo in which Weiner employed the phrase in reaction to women who may come forward with more pictures.

JMart gets new handle  

“Thanks for all the love, folks. Means a lot. New handle: @jmartNYT” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin, who, as previously reported, landed a new gig at the NYT. We do hope he’ll still be the go-to Twitter guide for 13-year-old girls.

Bad job interview memories…

“Had the most humiliating job interview of my life at ESPN. Good times.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

Convo Between Two Journos

NYT‘s Michael Barbaro: Weiner on Politico today: ““Actual people don’t read that”

Politico‘s Glenn Thrush: “Guess we under-covered his long list of legislative accomplishments.”

IRS Press Office is crap

“I love how all this Lerner stuff is coming from other sources, not the IRS’ utterly unhelpful press office.” – Politico‘s Byron Tau.

Editor has advice for politicians 

“#Protip for pols trying to avoid making news with an answer to a tough question. Start with ‘my position has always been…’” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

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Quotes of the Day

“Hmm which to choose?” — ABC’s Martha Raddatz with accompanying photograph.

Reader explains “tricks” scribes use to avoid crediting others

On Friday, WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wrote a story on Politico pulling a video that featured Sen. Min. Leader Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) COS blowing them love kisses. Turns out may that be against Senate rules, as reported by Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner. So we wrote about Farhi’s failure to adequately cite Shiner and her story.

An Anonymous reader writes in…“Farhi’s failure to credit Roll Call: He use two of the oldest tricks in the book for skating past the explicit crediting of others: Don’t mention at top, but then mention the name of the news breaking organization without crediting them but attributing some small detail to their reporting. Fig leaf covered! The second dodge is when one your “friends” (your editor) tells you, “Farhi, you got beat on something!) Like the immaculate conception, if you hear it from someone else, then it is no longer breaking news!”

Important Question to Ponder: “Does Gray’s Anatomy have to be so bloody?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

The Observer

“Well, that was a new one: person in our row at Star Trek got up periodically throughout movie to do lunges in aisle.” — Anna Sproul-Latimer, literary agent.

S.E. Cupp finds perfect hamburger

“Found out the @innoutburger by LAX opens at 10:30 am. Plenty of time to grab a double-double animal style before my flight. #Worththetrip” — MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp.

Journo blows off steam

“Getting some aggression out at the driving range….” — Fox News Senate Producer Kara Rowland.

And another tries to recreate his heart attack

“Where is my ambulance? I think this is the widow maker – jk” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher.

Producer looks to Trumps for finer things in life

“Got fabulous @IvankaTrump shoes this wk & delicious wine from @trumpwinery last wk. They sure make some good stuff. @realDonaldTrump” — WMAL Executive Producer Heather Smith.

Guiding Sophia’s Light

“New Golden Rule 21st Century style: I will do To you before you can do it to me! I will burn you before you can break me. I ain’t no punk.” — Essence and theGrio‘s Sophia Nelson.

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