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ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Portrays News Media As News Media Pretends To Be: Blind To Identity Politics

In the second season finale of ABC’s political drama “Scandal,” the president, having just been the victim of an attempted assassination, is in critical condition. Sally Langston, the V.P., becomes the nation’s first female president. (And she’s a complete wacko, privately referring to one Supreme Court justices as “gay-loving” and “baby-killing.”)

Hey, this sounds like something the real-life news media would dive right into, publishing stories round the clock.

Not so in Scandal, the episodes of which almost always feature some kind of angle relating to journalists. In this episode, however, there’s hardly a word about how reporters are treating such an historic occasion.

But if such a thing were to happen in real life, here are hypothetical headlines the public could expect from D.C.’s news organization… Read more

BuzzFeed‘s Geidner Breaks Glasses, Goes Nearly Sightless During MSNBC Hit

While heading to pre-tape an appearance for MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” on Friday, BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner broke two of his four eyes right in half.

Sadly, he was forced to sit through the segment largely unable to see and without his usual stylish frames resting on his face.

BuzzFeed‘s publicist Ashley McCollum forwarded a photo of the tortoiseshell casualty. Note that they’re Burberry brand (fancy!).

Though his vision may have been a blur, Geidner didn’t let it show on camera… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Are cabbies devils in disguise?

“Cab drivers in DC may be some of the most soulless human beings on the planet.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe at 2:39 a.m.

A BuzzFeed reporter’s bout with insomnia

“BREAKING: There is no ice cream in my house, yet I am still up and stuff. THIS IS A NATIONAL TRAGEDY.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner at 3:43 a.m. Minutes later at 3:51 a.m. he added, “ALSO: @dcbigjohn is like, the best, EVAR. He’s the boss of being a boss. And making my life awesome (minus ice cream).” He was referring to BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Colby Hall notices Lindsay Lohan’s boobs

“A bra-less @lindsaylohan is rapt with attention as she casts her gaze on @TheWANTED playing live at #z100jingleball.” — ClearChannel‘s Colby Hall. He links to this picture.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

National Journal Editor-in-Chief turned National Reporter Ron Fournier (or should we blame CNN’s Howie Kurtz for this?) got us all choked up this weekend (or rather, choked us) with Fournier’s vanity piece on his son’s Asperger’s syndrome and the access Fournier got to two ex-U.S. Presidents. On CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” Fournier explained that his editor, who sometimes plays psychiatrist, urged him to write the piece. Good news: Fournier paves the way for journalists to use their personal experiences and guilt to ramp up their careers. And isn’t this cathartic for all of us? Noted a Washington editor to FBDC, “Fournier’s behavior would qualify as just the usual vanity of journalists if this weren’t about his son. But it is. Which makes it unseemly bordering on obscene.” Bad news: We have to keep hearing about it. “Watching more CNN than I ever have waiting for @ron_fournier#lovethatboy” — wrote a fan named Abby4nier (i.e. his daughter). To which Fournier replied, “Making good choice.”

From Ron and Sara Bonjean’s Xmas party… “Dom DeLuise does not know Ron Bonjean raided his closet.” — Public Relations Consultant and ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey. More on the party and Bonjean’s flower bombed purple blazer later and we’re talking about Ron, not Sara…

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Video storytelling, when executed well, can be very emotionally compelling.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long. Indeed, such sage advice.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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FishbowlDC Interview With MetroWeekly’s Snow

Say hello to Justin Snow, Metro Weekly‘s political reporter and bacon lover. Earlier this year he replaced Chris Geidner, who went to work for BuzzFeed. Before he joined the gay news magazine, Snow was a reporter for MarylandReporter.com and Baltimore magazine. He also freelanced for the New York Post and the American Prospect.

Snow told FishbowlDC he never “set out” to cover the gay beat. “I’ve always been a political junkie and a reporter who has covered a wide range of topics, which have included LGBT issues, but that has never been my sole interest,” he said. We asked him to help save a hypothetically dying out population and gave him three options of media women with whom to procreate. That went over real well. On a more serious note, mags are Snow’s preferred medium and he said working for Metro Weekly has so far been “fantastic.” On a cheery note, he added, “I hope to be writing for magazines for as long as readers are still reading them,” he said.

Let’s begin.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Ginger Ale. And no, I’m not 70 years old — just acerbic.

How often do you Google yourself?

I delegate that task to Google Alerts.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?

Is that what you’re wearing?

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, mainly because I want his job.

Do you have a favorite word?

I say “absurd” an absurd amount.

Who would you rather have dinner with – FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Brian Williams or ABC’s Diane Sawyer? Tell us why.

Diane Sawyer, under the condition that the Chardonnay flow as freely as it did on election night.

Find out Snow’s favorite swear word and who peed on his bed after the jump… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Anchor gives shout-out to deceased father

“Dad, thinking about you a lot today.” — NBC Political Director Chuck Todd at the close of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” Wednesday.

How stupid can people be?

“Ridiculous that this has to be explained to people, but yes, Susan Rice said the Benghazi attacks were spontaneous.” – The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso, linking to this story.

Love and a fashion advice for Chuck Todd

  • “Kuddos for @chucktodd for following up on two questions. More of that makes for a real news conference.” — National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.
  • “Thanks, Chuck Todd, 10 more minutes of same filibuster we had after Q1 and Q2. #Brilliant” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.
  • “Chuck, I love you man. But please don’t wear stripped [sic] shirts again on television. They’re unflattering on you.” — Kay Carman.

Editor knows his movie lines…“You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me, ’cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.” — WaPo‘s Enterprise Editor Carlos Lozada quoting “The American President” as President Obama responded to criticism of UN Amb. Susan Rice during a White House Press Conference.

Reporters cry discrimination

“Only 1 question so far has gone to a print reporter (AP wire), running out of time to give more Qs to non-TV people.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“‘It would be a HORRIBLE precedent,’ Obama says, for me to respond to a questioner who I didn’t select ahead of time.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.

Scribe complains of pointless Twitter behavior

“Hey tweeps tweeting POTUS quotes: I have a TV, too, you know.” — CQ Senior Writer John Donnelly.

WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten apparently detests horseradish, Sam Stein’s big admission and on an entirely other note of complaint…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

CONTEMPLATIVE: “Getting ready for Meet the Press this morning from Richmond” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a moment of deep, meditative, almost wax figure silence before going on the program.

“Okay, buddy. Great night. Get some sleep. In about 72 hours, Axelrod’s gonna be looking for us.” — Joe’s Mustache (@AMJoesMoustache) to MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, who made a campaign bet last week that will either have him growing a stache or Obama Campaign Advisor David Axelrod shaving his off.

Sunday morning at 4:38 a.m.: “I would like about 3 more hours of sleep. Instead: DCA.” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Journo hears anti-gay sentiment on trail

“An irate attendee at this Boehner event in OH told me she opposes Obama because ‘he’s forcing through this gay shit.’ Alrighty then!” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Editor invents new Twitter terminology

“Defining new term: Twitter War Hostage| when yr handle gets dragged along in twitter fight btw 2 others long after u have anything 2do w/it.” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall.

Journo nightmare

“I had a terrible dream that I set my clock back and it was Nov. 4, 2011.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman.

On Saturday night NBC “MTP’s” David Gregory encouraged everyone to have fun with daylight savings: “My feeling is don”t wait until 2am to turn your clocks back. Have some fun with it. Do it now.”

Editor wrestles with cat’s underarm hair

“Spent half an hour untangling my cat’s underarm hair – finally had to give up and cut out a matted hunk #MaineCoonproblems.” — Washington Gardener Editor Kathy Jentz, who clearly made the most of her daylight savings time this weekend.

Anticipation: “Moving to my third coffee shop of the day. … But, I’m thinking y’all will think this story is worth it.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner. Anticipation II: “Hour 19 of today: waiting. waiting. and more waiting. We cannot wait to actually have control of our own lives.” — LAT‘s Maeve Reston.

Captain Obvious: “In three days, we’ll know who the president will be for the next four years! Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. What?!?! Is there an election??? We’re thinking he should stick with stories on senators and Dominican prostitutes.

Irony is…

“Starbucks Dupont believes in overheating its coffee to mouth-scalding temperatures but they’re too cheap to turn on the friggin’ heat.” — MetroWeekly‘s Randy Shulman.

FNC’s ‘Fair and Balanced’ reaches preposterous proportions

“Fox News anchor: If viewers want ‘far-left’ news, they go to MSNBC. If they want ‘fair and balanced,’ they come here.” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel.

D.C. publicist would rather do anything than watch Sen. Rob Portman. And which Politico reporter basically tells complaining NY marathoners to STFU? Also: journo witness to giant car wreck caused by a bear.

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Gay BuzzFeed Scribe to Moderate Marriage Panel

BuzzFeed‘s LGBT reporter Chris Geidner will moderate a panel discussion on same-sex marriage in Maryland on Monday. The discussion follows a reading of “8″ at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring, M.D.

“8″ is a play chronicling the trial of the federal constitutional challenge to California’s Proposition 8, which denied same-sex couples the right to marry. The play was written by Dustin Lance Black, who also wrote authored 2008′s Milk.

Making up the panel are reps from gay rights organizations Equality Maryland and Marylanders for Marriage Equality.

“Over the past decade, I have covered marriage-related developments across the country, from the Massachusetts marriage case to the Proposition 8 challenge out of California, and I am thrilled to join the DC Theatre Collective at Monday’s performance,” Geidner told FishbowlDC in one of the most professional email responses we’ve ever read.

“Both at Metro Weekly and now at BuzzFeed, I have paid close attention to the developments in Maryland,” he said. “I look forward to talking with Monday’s panelists about their efforts in Maryland and the larger picture for marriage equality that is addressed in Dustin Lance Black’s play about the Proposition 8 trial.”

The discussion starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are available here.

11 Scenes From the Bowels of the Buzzfeed Party

 

By Betsy Rothstein and Eddie Scarry

Buzzfeed‘s Washington Bureau officially popped its cork last night with a packed party at the U Street haunt Brixton, where a DJ spun vinyl records thanks to Bureau Chief John Stanton.

11. Trying to get anyone at the party, but especially Buzzfeed underlings, to trash talk Editor Ben Smith, in from Manhattan, wasn’t easy. Slate‘s most weigelicious reporter Dave Weigel (pictured at right with Michael Hastings), a longtime, intense Smith fan, remarked, “I think Ben is creating a good news organization in a tabloidy sort of way. They’ve captured what people like about the news. I’m a big fan of what they’re doing. I completely, seriously and unironically think it’s really good.” Weigel, in an unironic black  golf shirt and jeans, looked in his element in the divey scene, sipping on a Hendrick’s martini. At one point he offered a rather complex tirade on the bar’s eclectic drink menu (we caught about half of it). At about 7:40 p.m. he said, “You know you’re in D.C. when some douche says, ‘You going to the convention?’” This came after he asked if we’d be attending the party conventions.

10. Buzzfeed‘s Michael Hastings proved to be quite the conversationalist. We anticipated having to hunt him down and wrestle him to the ground just to introduce ourselves. Not so. Despite a couple contentious emails he sent us back in June regarding a report on a Twitter fight, Hastings was a pleasure. “Sorry I was kind of a dick in those emails,” he told us. “But I knew you would publish them.”

9. Politico White House reporter Byron Tau and Zeke Miller got into a spontaneous argument for the sake of taking a more natural picture. (See at left.) We had no idea Tau could be so violent or that Miller would take it so well.

8. At 8:30 p.m. we ran into Roll Call HOH Columnists Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas. Warren on keeping his jobs amid the wealth of recent layoffs at CQ Roll Call: “They can’t get rid of us. We know where all the bodies are.” He called the layoffs a “slaughter” and added, “Tomorrow, we still have a job.” Shortly thereafter, Washington Examiner gossip gal Nikki Schwab offers an uncharacteristic warmish hello. And for that, we put away the ice thermometer. At least for today. Hey Nikki!

LOL! Meeting Ben Smith

7. Asked about working at Buzzfeed, Chris Geidner takes a moment to gush. “I love it. It’s totally fun and everyday there’s …. just then Smith walks up and tells us he has a kind speech prepared for when people tell him they hate me. Thanks Ben! LOL! Back to Geidner, who is describing what it’s like to work at Buzzfeed: “It’s being at a place where everyday there is something new and amazing happening. Everyone is so good at their job. Go look at the page,” he’s saying about a recent graphic that accompanied his story. “It is so fucking awesome.” BuzzFeed doesn’t have an actual office in D.C. yet and Geidner wasn’t about to tell us about plans to open one. “I’m definitely not telling you that,” he said. “It’s still TBD.” (Later on, Smith would tell us they’re searching for office space, but it won’t be a conspicuous one. When asked if it’d be located in Anacostia, where reporters might need a bulletproof vest, he said it wouldn’t matter: “No one’s going to mess with Stanton.”

6. Speaking of someone not to mess with, it’s BuzzFeed publicist Ashley McCollum‘s turn to come up with a bad thing about Ben. “I think Ben is as much an incredible editor as he is a great boss. Everyone’s ideas count. Anything bad about Ben Smith, you call me when you find it.”

Joining Smith were other buzzies well-acquainted among Washington media such as Stanton (pictured at right) Hastings, Miller, Andrew Kaczynsky, McKay Coppins, Chris Geidner, Rosie Gray and Dorsey Shaw, the video guy who, as was pointed out several times, could pass for Sting. McCollum was on the scene making sure Buzzfeed reporters mixed and mingled and didn’t make asses of themselves. In that sense, she was a success. She’ll return in a few weeks as C-SPAN gives Coppins a grilling. Speaking of which, we ran into C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman outside the rust-colored bar at about 8 p.m. He made his cameo and gave the party high marks, but said it wasn’t exactly his scene as he headed home to his wife and kids.

LOL: ‘Bad’ things about Ben Smith (SWAK!)

All night long we continued to pester other Buzzfeed employees and party-goers to badmouth Smith. This was the disastrous outcome of that.

Politico‘s Dylan Byers: “He really doesn’t understand the Israel issue.” Buzzfeed‘s Dorsey: “He’s my dream boss. I can’t say anything. He lets me do whatever I want.” Kaczynski: “He’s a really good boss. He’s like kind of the perfect boss.” Stanton: “He doesn’t know what a Bama is to save his fucking life.” Rosie: “I think the worst thing about Ben is that he tries hard to be there for all of us always, and I’m envious of his ability to do that.” Zeke: “When I miss my deadlines he sends me the #19 koala,” he said, explaining that there is a series of disappointed animal pictures Ben sends in place of a formal complaint. Adds Coppins: “Animals are disappointed in you. It’s the perfect Buzzfeed way to reprimand a reporter.”

Party tentacles reached most outlets around town — HuffPost (Sam Stein, Sabrina (a.k.a. Sabrini) Siddiqui, Elise Foley, Jeff Young), USA TODAY (Jackie Kucinich), ABC News (Polson Kanneth), Politico (Glenn Thrush, Olivia Petersen, Byers, Tau), WaPo, The Hill, TPM (Evan McMorris-Santoro), RCP (Erin McPike), Roll Call (Shira Toeplitz, Sujata Mitra), Metro Weekly, and even The Daily Caller, which has notoriously had atrocious relations with Smith, was present, but not many scribes there received invites.  Other conservative outlets represented at the party included the Washington Examiner (Philip Klein, Charlie Spiering, Nikki Schwab, Jenny Rogers) and Free Beacon (C.J. Ciaramella). Despite Breitbart.com‘s rabid insistence that Buzzfeed is an arm of the Obama Administration, both parties were repped. House Speaker John Boehner‘s Spokesman Michael Steel and ex-Maj. Leader Eric Cantor flak Brad Dayspring showed up as did Democratic Strategist and former Obama aide Bill Burton.

5. At approximately 8:30 p.m. Smith attempted a speech over the loud din. What we could hear: “It’s fun to see my friends from Politico here” and “I look forward to competing with them.”

4. Miller will be moving to D.C. but doesn’t have to relocate until after the election. He’s still looking for housing. Politico‘s Tau recommends his own hood, Columbia Heights. Tau says the resurrection of a Target and Best Buy has made the area a safe place to live.

LMAO: Awkward Encounters

3. Among the first people we saw was The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields (at left) in a tight bright red dress paired with, of course, the wood shop glasses. She approached mid-evening for introductions. All very civil. What wasn’t civil was our interaction with the Dweebmeister himself Ben Freed of DCist, who has trashed FBDC on countless occasions, which is perfectly acceptable, but don’t expect hugs. While we were chatting with The Atlantic Wire’s exceedingly polite John Hudson, he got right up in my left eye and wouldn’t leave. Finally, me: “WHAT DO YOU WANT?!” Needless to say, the rest of that didn’t go well and Hudson was a little horrified. And this: Jeff Kearns (reeking of Bourbon) of Bloomberg approaches NJ Publicist Taylor West and acts like they’ve known each other from childhood. It was a first meeting, which Kearns struggled to understand even after Taylor called him “Tim.” Tim. Jeff. Is there a difference?

OMG: Coppins wife is preggers; FAIL: Coppins and McCollum flopped on a high five

2. Making the rounds we chatted with Coppins and McCollum. We asked if “McKay Coppins” is, in fact, his real name. He assured us it is and admitted to being teased about it in grade school. “But now it’s great because it’s very SEO friendly,” he said. “Not that it matters now that things are moving from search to social,” he added. At this, McCollum threw her hand up to mimick the motion of cracking a whip. “Yeah! On message!” she said. Coppins mistook the motion as an invitation for a high five. Putting his hand up to meet McCollum’s he missed. All agreed it was perfect GIF material. More news on Coppins: He’s been invited to move to Washington from New York. He hasn’t made up his mind yet, largely because he’s considering his wife’s needs. He let slip that she’s three months pregnant. Congratulations!

Dorsey

Love is in the air?

1. We heard from one buzzy who preferred to remain anonymous that Dorsey, the Sting doppelganger, was hit on by a bartender. After the female bartender told Shaw who he resembled, he answered “I’ll take it.” The bartender replied, “I’ll take it, too.”

More pictures after the jump…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Press Secretaries and other SPOX: You’ve been warned.

“Seriously people, this is comms 101. if i come to you asking to talk to you or your boss, ONE OF YOU is showing up in my story. Regardless.” — Buzzfeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Headline irony alert: “What’s in a name? John Martini charged with DUI, hitting Ocean City officer with a car.” — ABC7. Read story here.

Blogger praises bank for catching ass

“To the ass that swiped my debit card number and went to Foot Locker, you can thank @WellsFargo for finding you so quickly. I sure am.” — Vintage blogger and social media consultant Lisa Rowan.

We hope you’re okay Neda!

“Today.. Today I received an email from January 1904, which leaves me with more questions about 1904 then I’ve ever had before.” — Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani, who has clearly been transported back in some sort of strange time capsule.

Journo laments obscenely costly beer

“Concessions are open and selling beer at #FreePAC. You know what’s not fiscally conservative? An $8.50 Bud Light.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Sighting: Buzzfeed‘s Chris Geidner at the newly remodeled Starbucks in Dupont Circle chatting away on his cell phone. The party on the other line seemed to be unfamiliar with Buzzfeed as Geidner had to repeatedly state the name of the publication and spell it out. (For next time,  we suggest these associations: B as in boy, u as in umbrella, z as in zesty, z as in zesty, f as in f%@k, e as in effervescent, e as in effervescent, d as in dingbat.)

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Gay Journo Association Doles Out Awards

Soon-to-be Buzzfeed Senior Political Writer Chris Geidner and Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg have received awards from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. For the second year in a row, Geidner, who has been a White House Correspondent, has won the Excellence in News Writing Award, this year for reporting at Metro Weekly on the Dept. of Justice’s decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. He also won the Sarah Pettit LGBT Journalist of the Year Award. Bugg won second-place recognition in Opinion Writing, and the second-place News Writing award went to the AP writer Brett Zongker, who covered the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek exhibit.

Geidner gave what is comparable to an Oscar-style acceptance speech over email: “Thanks much to NLGJA and the judges for their time and the honor! I am daily grateful — and always pleasantly surprised — that I have the opportunity to make this work into my career. Thanks, especially, to Sean and Randy Shulman at Metro Weekly for their support over the past two-and-a-half years and to Ben Smith at BuzzFeed, where I start this coming week, for giving me yet another opportunity to continue to do this important work.”

Awards will be presented at a convention and awards reception in Las Vegas in August.

Our heartfelt congratulations to Geidner, Bugg and Zongker.

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