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A question we must all ask ourselves

“‘Is it possible to die from constipation?’” — C-SPAN Producer William Gray. Please note, Gray is presumably quoting someone else. Who that is remains a mystery.

A voice of reason amid perverts

“So shallow of everyone to lump Spitzer and Weiner together. They are TOTALLY DIFFERENT attention-seeking perverts, guys.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball upon the news that that Eliot Spitzer is running for New York comptroller.

And a suggestion...”Obvious Spitzer slogan ‘he’s not as bad as Weiner’” — GOP consultant and blogger Roger Stone.

And another pervert… “Spitzer Swallows #ohmyGodIamsosorry” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

The Instigator

“From now on, if the Washington media crowd wants a political candidate, I don’t. It means they do too many cocktail parties. #ScratchMyBack” — FNC media critic Richard Grenell.

Journo unsettled by tot beauties

“Tot beauty pageant contestants staying at my hotel in NC. Very ‘Little Miss Sunshine’-y here in the lobby, unsettling for a mom of 2 sons.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Random piece of wisdom

“It’s too early for all these tweets everybody shut up and go back to bed.” — BuzzFeed Senior Editor Matt Bellassai on Sunday at 12:26 p.m.

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Quotes of the Day

WHOSE SHOES? “Footwear of the fashion forward men of POLITICO Video.” — Politico‘s Christine Delargy.  Hints: The guy in yellow has been known to frequent Pete’s, a pizza eatery in D.C.; his colleague showing off his fancy boat shoes, meanwhile, frequents Peregrine in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington. We’ll tell you later. But send your guesses and commentary to fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com.

“I’m wearing pajama bottoms, you can’t see it.”Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis, joking (we think) during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.

Burning the midnight oil

“hey @woodhouseb do you think holder should resign? what if ashcroft had investigated MSNBC reporter? you wld have been ok with it? comment?” — BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings to Democratic Party Spokesman Brad Woodhouse. Noteworthy: The tweet was sent at 3:25 a.m.

Just in case you think you’re having a bad day…“Not something you see everyday. A plane sticking out the side of an apt building. @ABC7John is live at 4:32am!” — Sara Van Aernum, executive producer of ABC7′s “Good Morning Washington.” The plane ran out of fuel and had to take a pit stop into this Herndon, Va. apartment building. Can you imagine waking up to this sh-t?

Anxiety-ridden TV watcher

“I need a xanax just to watch this thing.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary watching yesterday’s Spelling Bee.

Just a normal day at work in Washington

“We are ALL CLEAR !” just received via email at @wusa9 after bomb threat. Broadcasts never interrupted. No evacuations.Thanks @DCPoliceDept” — WUSA9′s Russ Ptacek.

“Weird coincidence. #Tornado drill in #Senate, while #oklahoma has real thing.” — CQ Roll Call Staff Writer Alan Ota.

Reporter wishes she was better versed in car mechanics

“Wish I knew about cars so when mechanic went on ‘If you don’t give me all your money, you will DIE in a fiery mess’ spiel, I could check him.” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“I was only reporter to ride 100k over 3 days w/George W. Bush on mountain bikes w/wounded vets on his ranch last week. 4k words posting soon.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward. In case you don’t think he’s the most humble reporter in Washington, he is. Just ask him! Read more

GWU Hires Three New Media Profs

This just in today from George Washington University…

The School of Media and Public Affairs has announced the hires of three new faculty members who will “significantly expand the school’s expertise and scholarship in key media and public affairs disciplines, such as investigative journalism, multimedia reporting and political communication.”

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Quotes of the Day - the Oprah-Lance Armstrong edition.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“WE BEAT GAWKER BY 25 MIN ON BANGS STORY!” — WaPo‘s Reliable Source on finally getting a story within spitting distance of another gossip outlet. The item concerned first lady Michelle Obama’s new hairstyle, which involves bangs.

The Media Observer

“Favorite line from inaug committee warning abt Metro: ‘You will have to stand in close proximity to several thousand people’” — NYT‘s Washington Deputy Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.

Editor wants Christian Mingle to leave him alone

“Dear Christian Mingle, stop sending me emails.” — Eboné Bell, Managing Editor of Tagg magazine, Hip Hop Cardio Instructor, & Founder of Capital Queer Prom.

Oprah’s masterful interview skills

“Oprah rules. She is REALLY good at this. Just a master interviewer.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Also: “Lance is the least sympathetic apologizer possible. I feel ZERO empathy with him.”

“Oprah is a hell of a good interviewer.”– CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.

“This is as much am exercise in journalism as confession. The packages Oprahs guys are dropping in help people who are new to the story.” — NYT‘s David Carr.

“I’m not feeling Lance but I’m loving Oprah. She is a first class interviewer.” — Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

“I love Oprahshe just goes straight in! #BOOM” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.

The Best of… on Oprah & Lance

“Oprah tells crowd to look under their chairs where they discover rotten vegetables to throw at Lance. That interview I would watch.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“Every asshole should get to do an interview with Oprah.” — New York Daily NewsJosh Greenman.

“Mike Wallace would have filleted Lance Armstrong like a fish.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

(Fake Oprah Question): “Did you ever have sex with a dead wizard’s body for magical powers?” “Yes” — The Guardian and Salon freelancer Jim Newell during the “yes or no” only portion of the interview.

“For the judging media, remember the ‘culture’ that allows for enhancements that help your job (whisky, Adderoll, whisky).” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.

“I read his book, I supported LiveStrong- so awful to watch him tonight – he seems mostly sorry he got caught!” — NBC4′s  Doreen Gentzler.

“So Lance’s drug use was real and Manti’s gf was fake. Got it.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.

“I feel like this is a public therapy session.” — CNN AC360′s Devna Shuka.

“If I’ve learned anything from this Lance Armstrong interview, it’s he’s a high school girl. Stab you in the back without breaking a sweat.” — Social Media Editor for NBC Washington Cheryl Thompson.

“If Lance Armstrong cared about ratings, he would have done interview on 60 Min. Not a cable network nobody watches.” — Alex Conant, U.S. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio‘s press secretary.

“You did not just make a fat joke to Oprah.” — Lizzie O’Leary, whose Twitter bio says simply, “apsiring Hildy Johnson.”

“When does Oprah roll out the wagon of fat?” — ClearChannel‘s Colby Hall. Also: “First clue that I am not on one of my regular viewing channels: seeing ads referencing transvaginal mesh.”

“Fun continuity game: watch water levels in Lance & Oprah water glasses for edit jumping. Straws are an odd touch, too.” — Politico‘s Steve Friess.

Daily Caller reporter takes nasty swipe at CNN’s Piers Morgan...

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Quotes of the Day

Congratulations to…MSNBC’s Willie Geist for being hired for the 9 a.m. hour of The TODAY Show. He will no longer do the Way Too Early program but will continue to have a presence on Morning Joe. The NYT broke the news.

Did the Holocaust happen?

“Well, the historical reality of the Holocaust is a complicated subject. If you’re a lunatic.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg on CNN Piers Morgan‘s interview with Iranian President Ahmadinejad in which Piers questions the foreign leader about the Holocaust. Ahmadienjad quickly grows annoyed by the premise of the question.

And an interview tip for Piers…

“Would be hilarious if Piers asked Ahmadinejad a true odd ball, like: ‘Don’t B.S. me here, what was your favorite season of Real Housewives?’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Convo Between Two Media Types

CNN Contributor Ari Fleischer: “In DC, he doesn’t call congressmen. In NY, he doesn’t meet w many foreign leaders. What DOES President Obama do??”

WaPo‘s The Right Turn blogger Jennifer Rubin: “Golf, golf, the View, golf.”

Important Q to Ponder: “What do you call a Full House reunion without the Olsen twins? (Whatev it’s called, John Stamos still looks hot it it!)” — Cheryl Thompson, Social Media Editor for NBC Washington.

Ouch! Journo insults senator 

“How is it possible that Harry Reid can be such a fierce flamethrower and still be so boring?” — BuzzFeed‘s McKay Coppins.

From the Trail…

“Just pulled into the Cincinnatian Hotel. Wonder what city we’re in?” — NYT’s Mark Leibovich, who was obviously in Tallahassee on Monday.

Girl Power on Campaign Trail

“Of the nine print reporters on the road covering Mitt Romney today, only one, Zeke Miller, is a guy.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

And right on cue, speak of the devil…

“THERE AREN’T ENOUGH WOMEN IN POLITICS!” — MSNBC Contributor and The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain.

The Daily Download‘s Lauren Ashburn asks, “Hmm. What wld happ if the State dept guy who wrote this F-U memo to a reporter was a woman?” Unfortunately she doesn’t go on to tell us more and instead gives a basic aggregate. Come on Lauren, write the story!

News of the absurd.

“Overheard on sidewalk, from elderly woman with British accent: ‘What does “DC” stand for?’ #almostasbadasaskingwhatUKstandsfor” — Ariana Pekary, radio producer for The Bob Edwards Show.

 

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Sour grapes

“Ugh, this was supposed to be *our* news cycle. Then along comes mother effing Mother Jones and their peeping toms and spoiled the party.” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

Sam Stein points out Meghan McCain’s astuteness

“‘I’m not sure where this poll is coming from’ — Meghan McCain on MSNBC just now, talking about NBC’s poll” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein on MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain.

Tschida interviews uniquely-named woman 

“Intetviewed [sic]a woman named after hairspray… really… ‘aquanetta.’” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

From the mail room: “Judging by Politico‘s morning email, it appears as though there is nothing else in the world to report on, besides ‘Romney sucks.’ They’re not even pretending to be impartial anymore.” — Anonymous reader to FBDC this morning. Politico’s morning email headlines are: 1. Romney woes jangle GOP nerves 2. Romney 2012 RIP? Not so fast 3. House GOP plays down Romney remark 4. Noonan: Romney running ‘incompetent’ campaign 5. Mitt is down; out looms next 6. Ryan: Romney was ‘obviously inarticulate’ in fundraiser comments

Journo makes herself ill on junk food: TMI?

“Think I learned the hard way that candy corn and pizza simply do not mix. #notfeelingsowell” — NBC Washington’s Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich on wife, Elizabeth‘s, shorter hairdo: The Hill‘s ITK writer Judy “Howie-May” Kurtz gets the scoop on Kucinich’s feelings about the drastic change from long red locks to a chin-length do: “My wife’s amazing and beautiful and I’m very lucky to be her husband. It really reflects the dynamism and energy which is essential to who she is.” See the full item.

“Important” questions to ponder: “So is MoJo ‘Mother Jones,’ or ‘Morning Joe?’… And who is ‘ScarJo?’” — The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis who was apparently drinking a lot of Daily Caller water Tuesday afternoon.

Thanks, but you’re starting to scare me

“Hey Obama, thanks for all the emails inviting me to dinner, but they’re coming in now at a stalker rate so I’m going to pass.” — Townhall columnist and radio contributor Derek Hunter.

Oh no he didn’t!

“Observation: Jon Stewart is a bad interviewer.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor.

Fish Poll: Yesterday we had technical difficulties with our poll on whether the Royal Family should pursue a lawsuit against an Italian mag for exposing Kate Middleton‘s breasts. We have no idea why Poll Daddy conked out on us. But thank God. It’s back up and running. So please go voice your view.

Travel Bitches

“To whoever at US Airways is the reason I ran from one end of a concourse to the end of another, thank you for the exercise, but I hate you.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

Disturbing Headline of the Day

NBC 4 wins the award for Monday’s most disturbing area headline: “Kittens Euthanized After Home De-clawing.”

Think you’re having a tough day? The story involved 8-week-old kittens whose feet became infected after their owner decided to take matters into his own hands and de-claw them at home, making it impossible for them to walk. The claws on their feet had been ripped out, their bones crushed, the story reported. .

Reaction to the story was fierce. “If you don’t want your furniture to be scratched up, here’s a thought: DON’T have a CAT! Home de-clawing? Unacceptable,” remarked Cheryl Thompson, Social Media Editor for NBC Washington.

Unacceptable is the least of it. The owner has been arrested on two felony counts.

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Quotes of the Day


Reporter’s bus driver drops f-bomb

“Was that my bus driver? ‘This is a one-way street! F— you, b—-!’” — Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

TV reporter gets tortured at dental visit

“Dental hygienist dressed in blue. Should of been black leather. Subjected me to 45 minutes of torture. But my teeth look great!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a recent tweet.

Journo love

“My colleague Pete Williams, whose knowledge I’m constantly in awe of, says healthcare law is ‘in trouble’” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert.

A White House correspondent praises his wife

“Happy Anniversary to Saintly Wife! Seems like just yesterday I was reading her answer to my online personal ad…” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“I know, but I had a bad experience with a wisdom tooth that I left in too long :( Don’t wanna see you down too!” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.

A mean note to BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith

“Someone needs to tell Ben Smith that it’s not really an exclusive if NO ONE ELSE IS INTERESTED IN YOUR LAME-ASS STORIES. #TanningBedOnStupid” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I really like broccoli.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman. Of course his comment stemmed from Day 2 of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments surrounding President Obama’s healthcare legislation. Justice Antonin Scalia asked, “Why couldn’t the government make its citizens purchase, say, broccoli?” This is the Shermanator’s first FishbowlDC award of this nature and we’re banking that it won’t be his last.