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“Thirty? I have underwear older than that. But Happy Birthday!”Politico‘s Roger Simon in response to some guy in New Hampshire saying he turned 30 and “Haalp!”

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MEGHAN’s DIGS: “Little outside photo shoot for the Financial Times in my hood today!” — Meghan McCain.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “Please pass along my sarcastic thanks for PoliticoPro’s so-called reinvention of policy coverage.”

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Confessional.

“1 of my least fav moments as a reporter: when I’m transcribing from tape and realize I interrupted some1 saying something really valuable.” — National Review‘s Jonathan Strong.

Important Q to Ponder: “So it’s a bad idea to create an anonymous twitter account on which you viciously tear apart your colleagues?” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

And this… “I think @BuzzFeedAndrew will get a raise when it’s found out he’s actually running 73 anonymous Twitter accounts.” — BuzzFeed Legal Editor Chris GeidnerAnd this… “Hope CBS doesn’t find out I’m on Twitter.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

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“I know I’m only 5’2″ and sitting in the magic exit row seat with quadruple leg room. But come on tall guys. Enough with the dirty looks.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

The Nostradamis of Washington

“FWIW, I suspect the entire O’Care website drama will end up being a small chapter in this novel.” — TPM Editor-in-Chief Josh Marshall.

From the peanut gallery…

“Wish @CNN cared about those millions losing their insurance & suffering premium spikes as much as they do those g**damned blackfish.” — Breitbart News editor John Nolte.

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Things that make you go huh?

“the H is O” — CNN’s Jake Tapper. To which a follower wondered, “The W the F does that mean?” TPM”s Igor Bobic got in on it, saying, “V to the izz-A.” Which caused Politico‘s Juana Summers to remark, “Thank you for going there.”

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Washingtonians cranky?

“I think everyone in Washington needs a nap. #crankypeople.” — NPR health reporter Julie Rovner.

imagesWarning: Journo with a migraine

“This might be the worst migraine I’ve had in 3 years. #BackToBed” — WMAL and Brietbart‘s Larry O’Connor.

Incredible feats: A 93-year-old can Skype?

“My grandfather turned 93 today. He just sent me his first ever Skype message. Complete text: ‘How’” — Mother Jones‘ Managing Editor Clint Hendler.

Your day could be far worse

“Family: Man who set self on fire at the National Mall was mentally ill.” — WUSA9.

Unknown-2SHAME ON THE WHITE HOUSE MEDIA!

“Questions from WH press corps are pathetic. As of this moment, not a single tough or challenging inquiry.” — FNC’s Brit Hume. Colleague Bret Baier concurred, saying, “Agreed–Nothing at all.” Where’s Ed Henry at a time like this? Ed’s comments, at least on Twitter, after the presser: “Admin official says while President is open to a deficit panel, veto threat came b/c GOP version would only touch spending & not revenue. After President said at newser he’d accept a process like creating a new deficit panel to give GOP cover, WH issues veto threat on … panel.” And then he shot a beautiful picture of Washington. In fairness to Henry, Obama never called on him at the press conference. See his beautiful sky shot after the jump…

Reporter can’t help but wonder…

“I wonder if Capitol Police officers secretly enjoyed arrested the guys partially responsible for them not getting paid right now.” — National Journal reporter Alex Seitz-Wald.

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Anonymous Tipster: “And if Ashley Southall can’t spell BLANK, she doesn’t deserve a job at the NYT ;-) ” — I forgot to put the word in yesterday. Looks like I need a vacation! (See, Emma Angerer,  I don’t only do this to you.)

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“Can we get some of those treadmill laptop stands in the Capitol Press Galleries? Who’s in charge? Hook a girl up. my legs – they’re antsy.” — Erica Martinson, Politico energy and environment reporter.

We’ve got a jokester in our midst (from earlier this week…)”Sukkot begins tonite … which makes this the perfect time for annual Sukkot ceremonial awning joke: I’m gonna git you, Sukkah.” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman.

Congrats to… BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner for being promoted to Legal Editor. The New York Observer first reported the news.

Journo bids farewell

“Been a difficult day, but I need to say this publicly: I have been honored to work with a fantastic team of digital journalists at @Reuters.” — Jim Roberts on leaving Reuters.

Ouch!

“NBC’s @AnnCurry is a pandering fool.” — TWT‘s Jessica Chasmar.

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How to deal with hate mail 101

Unknown Idiot on Twitter: “@michellemalkin I’d like to reward you with a mouth long piece of Duct Tape.” Malkin: “Get in line.”

 

Twitter Leads To Love and Journalism

If you didn’t know, Twitter has changed everything.

It’s given us more insight into journalists’ and newsmakers’ personalities—the quirks, the foibles, the preternatural ability to crack wonky and bad jokes—all in under 140 characters. Even Jake Tapper can’t hide behind CNN PR (who’ve requested we contact them for “all things Jake”) when he’s on Twitter. For example, thanks to his Tweets we know he’s got a thing for puppies and at least tangentially follows Doctor Who.

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BuzzFeed Party Heats Up

For its White House Correspondents’ Dinner party, BuzzFeed brought its entire politics team to D.C., but one of its members was noticeably absent from the party.

Andrew Kaczynski, the prolific tweeter and Internet video resurfacer, skipped out. He was at the actual Dinner, the one BuzzFeed had failed to secure a table at. CSPAN brought him as a guest.

“It must be nice, right,” BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith told FishbowlDC that night. “He’s like our celebrity.”

Even without their own version of a celebrity in attendance, the party was packed with hundreds of people, causing long waits at the bar, but even worse: Long lines outside to even get in. Senior Press Director Ashley McCollum manned the mess outside. At one point the general guest line stretched almost 100 people-deep.

For Dorsey Shaw, BuzzFeed‘s resident TV news watcher, it was his first time down from New York since the publication celebrated the launch of it’s Washington bureau in early August last year. He told us he was disappointed that he wouldn’t have time to see the monuments and other sights but that he’d make sure to schedule them in next time he’s in town. (He ended up being able to schedule in some time to see them Sunday, we hear.)

What and who else did we see? Read more

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Oh no she didn’t.

“I just wrote a Scandal scene that actually made me blush while writing it. Did not know that was possible.” — Shanda Rhimes, creator of ABC’s provocative Washington-oriented drama “Scandal.” As of late, viewers have been treated to strange shower scenes between the President and first lady — one goes well, one doesn’t. There was also a passionate scene that upset some female fans when the President grabbed Olivia Pope and gained entrance through, ahem, a back door.

NBC’s Chuck Todd gains popularity in Israel

“Ha, @chucktodd made a Passover joke. Netanyahu responds with a pork joke. It’s like the Borscht Belt over here. #ObamainIsrael.” — Avi Mayer, Israel resident.

Journo gets emotional

“I just have so many feelings right now. #TheLastFiveYears” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner. The Last Five Years is actually a Broadway show, not specifically the last several years of Geidner’s life, although we’re sure he’s emotion-filled about those too.

Supreme Baier Vomit

PinkieKue writes, “Starting to wish Bret Baier came on at 7PM east coast, I always miss it..darn work #foxnews.” FNC’s Bret Baier retweeted and replied (complete with emoticon), “That’s what DVR is for ;-)

Loesch isn’t buying Sanford’s rehabilitated image

“Who’s to say Sanford wouldn’t get distracted again, disappear to pursue another ‘trail?’ Cannot get over this comeback’ ridiculousness.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:10 a.m.

 

Advice for CNN’s Jeff Zucker and a peculiar cyst afflicts blogger… Read more

McCain, BuzzFeed Reporter Now ‘Besties’

Meghan McCain, who is still a contributor at MSNBC despite being entirely absent from the network of late, is back on speaking terms with BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner. She even says they’re “besties.”

“Chris Geidner and I are so cool now!” McCain tweeted Monday. “Apparently I once blocked him, but now we’re besties!” Included in the tweet was a photo of the two after she spoke in support of same-sex marriage at an event in D.C.

While speaking with McCain, Geidner says he casually slipped in the fact that she had blocked him on Twiter. “I told her something along the lines of, ‘I’ll be honest, you had blocked me a long time ago when we got in some Twitter fight over something,” Geidner told FishbowlDC.

“Neither of us remember the situation, but we were younger then,” he said. “I’m sure I said something intemperate and, as Meghan said, she was more sensitive back then. We’re both grown ups now (allegedly), so we made up and, as Meghan tweeted, it’s all good.”

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Sen. Gillibrand Boozes at BuzzFeed Q&A

The audio was kind of a wreck but the second installment of BuzzFeed Brews, this time a Q&A with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), otherwise went just fine.

Gillibrand is apparently unafraid to drink with the big boys. Literally, big boys. She gave the towering D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton a bottle of Jameson whiskey at the end of the interview, during which she downed the beer that sat at her side. Her glass of water went hardly touched.

Afterward, the open bar continued for another hour. What was Gillibrand doing? Read more

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Quotes of the Day — the Oscar edition

Oscar coverage, attendance

“I just used a port-a-potty while wearing a tux. #glamour#oscars” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

“I love that my ticket for the Oscars tonight specifies ‘formal’ attire.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic, whose work in ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, was made into an Oscar-nominated documentary, “How to Survive a Plague.”

Editor dreads need for reading glasses

“Getting gray hair didn’t bother me. Hitting 40 was no big deal. But new realization that reading glasses are necessary isn’t sitting well.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Sighting: rapper at DCA

“SPOTTED – @2chainz at DCA Washington Reagan National Airport this morning #DMV” — Marky Mark, a.k.a. Mark Wilkins, DC Celebrity. 2 Chainz’ real name is Tauheed Epps. His previous nickname was Tity Boi.

Dana Perino: a slave to travel size products

“Very glad to have found @3floz - products to save a woman traveler’s life. Take THAT airport security lines!” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

“On our way to the Oscars.” – Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, with wife, Elizabeth.

D.C. Oscar Observers

  • “Reese Witherspoon says she let her 13-year-old pick out her dress. It shows.” — Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.
  • “Seacrest, you really don’t need to stoop down to talk to Little Q.” — Conservative freelancer Lisa De Pasquale.
  • “I know everyone loves her… but every time Kerry Washington opens her mouth and I’m watching, I swear I lose brain cells.” — D.C. socialite Katherine Kennedy.
  • “It is now time for me to turn off and stow electronic devices. BUT HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SEE WHAT ANNE HATHAWAY IS WEARING? Ugh.” — The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler.
  • “Somebody get a box for Ryan Seacrest to stand on.” — Paul Brandus, of West Wing Reports and a columnist for The Week.
  • “Whoever is pregnant lady in the black lace cap sleeve dress, it suits you vvery nicely. you are w/channiing tatum who suits well too. #Oscar.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.
  • “OMG, Beasts of the Southern Wild won’t win because it’s too good to win, too good for this world!” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.
  • “John Travolta introducing the muscials tribute is pretty gay.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.

Splish Splash…“Just gave the one-week-old a bath. To thank me, she drenched me with urine.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Um, use the rear entrance

“TONIGHT: Fashion Industry Sunday Party in DC at Huxley w/sexy deep house and live sax. Open bar 8-9pm! Use rear entrance, knock twice!” — Real Housewives of D.C.’s favorite stylist Paul Wharton.

D.C. journo finds a new pet peeve and more D.C. scribes offer Oscar observations, some are even worth reading… Read more

BuzzFeed Brews: ‘It’s Like a First Date’

Asked to describe the idea behind “BuzzFeed Brews,” John Stanton says, “It’s like a first date. Get them a little drunk and relaxed so they can talk about things people don’t normally hear them talk about.”

Stanton is the Washington Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed and last night was the launch of the website’s new series wherein newsmakers are invited to sit before an audience and answer questions. And there’s free beer.

It’s essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer,” cracked BuzzFeed‘s Politics Editor McKay Coppins to FishbowlDC. (The site’s publicist Ashley McCollum boasts that she came up with that description.)

The first guest: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). For roughly 45 minutes Rubio answered questions from BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith about immigration, gay marriage and the future of the Republican Party. Of course, lengthy segments here and there were spent on why Rubio prefers Tupac over Biggie Smalls (“His lyrics are more insightful in my opinion.”) and whether he had to “think long and hard” before letting his son play recreational football. Stanton said that’s another thing distinguishing the Brews series from Playbook Breakfast, whose audience may not be interested in those things. Read more

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