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Failure is…

“Lots of enterprising reporters are racking up Aeroflot points but #Snowden apparently not on Havana-bound flight they staked out today.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

Success is…

“Our ABC News team booked on #Snowden’s flight reports people are now blocked from photographing plane. Good thing we did that earlier.” — Kirit Radia, ABC News Moscow correspondent.

Hallucinating?

“Every guy on the bus looks like Edward Snowden.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

Reporter offers vacation warning

“Warning: this twitter feed is going into vacation mode. There will be photos of landmarks and food. And wine.” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

Perpetual flack vs. Perpetual tweeter 

“Good flaks are like good goalies, masters at deflection —> @TVietor08″ — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier. To which ex-White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “Yes attacking me is a good way to focus on the substance.”

Journo eats burger for breakfast

“Punching Saturday in the mouth by wolfing down a mushroom-onion burger slathered in whole grain mustard and Sriracha #breakfastochampions” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Warren Rojas at 9:32 a.m. on Saturday. Sriracha, by the way, is a hot sauce named after a coastal city in Thailand. It’s made from ripe chilies and garlic.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:48 a.m.

Speaking of fatty foods…

“Kind of nice to wake up in a culture where Paula Deen is appropriately irrelevant.” — author and formerly Yahoo! News’ Chris Lehmann.

And now, Bible wisdom from Brit Hume’s wife…

“He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. Proverbs 19:16 (NKJV)” — Kim Hume, wife of FNC’s Brit Hume.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between Washington Watch’s Roland Martin and The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox.

MARTIN: “Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. Please pray for God’s will.”

COX: “I pray for the willingness to accept it…”

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How Much of a D!@k Can I Be?

We’re not sure this warrants a newly conceived feature, but we’re covering our bases just in case the need arises. D.C. writer and former Yahoo! News editor Chris Lehmann has made no secret of his marital status in recent months. While some things are better suited for, say, the HuffPost Divorce section, Lehmann, formerly married to The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox who fled D.C. and him last summer, has seen fit to post his thoughts about it on Twitter, including an announcement that he’s already newly engaged. Now we’re not ones to, ahem, judge or scold, but really Lehmann? Are you entirely guiltless here?

In his latest d!@k move, he posted this:

 

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The Complainer

“Dear people writing ‘yawn’ in comments: Back button. It works.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

CQ Roll Call reporter gets trailed

“Do-gooder just trailed me 4 a block in car honking and scaring bejesus out of me 2 say I shouldn’t use my phone or I’ll be robbed. Thanks?” — CQ Roll Call Investigations and Ethics reporter Amanda Becker.

NY Magazine Editor Dings Roll Call

“Ok, we get it Roll Call, you have an article on congressional tattoos. Please stop retweeting.” — NY Magazine Associate Editor Dan Amira. To which Roll Call‘s Ryan Teague Beckwith replied, “All right I’m done.”

The unabashed phone sneeze: Gross?

“Nothing like passing someone as they are sneezing and not covering their mouth because they’re too busy talking ion the phone.” — Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine.

Drinking and writing: Do they mix?

“If reading the ‘Left Behind’ series while drinking is wrong, then I don’t want to be right” — Writer and former Yahoo! News scribe Chris Lehmann, former husband to The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox, who now publicly takes an anti-approach to drinking and sounding like a 12-year-old who just took his first sip of beer.

Journopalooza on the Horizon

Journopalooza, the charity event that showcases the bands of local journalists is on for Friday, March 9. The “Battle of the Bands” style performance pits the bands against each other and returning winner, Suspicious Package, features Tom Toles from WashPost. The interesting thing here is that Toles will be going up against…. himself. He’s also in Lethal Bark. Other bands include The Charm Offensive, fronted by former Yahoo! News’s former scribe Chris Lehmann, Dirty Bomb, led by Reuters correspondent Andy Sullivan and Paddy Goes West featuring brothers Dennis Dunlavey and Tom Dunlavey. Dennis is Sr. Washington Editor for ABC and Tom is the managing editor for CNN’s Washington bureau. Proceeds will go to benefit Writopia and REACH, Incorporated, which promote literacy and writing for DC youth.

For more information and tickets, visit their website.

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CNN and Former FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic: “New show: Silver Fox Sundays w @bobcusack?” Cusack is Managing Editor of The Hill.

Scribe on strange flight

“Flight attendant just scolded passengers, says boarding process lasted longer than her first marriage. Ouch.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz.

Did journo smoke ashes before writing this?

“When someone Tweets a link without crediting the person it comes from, their ReTweets are ashes in the mouth.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

The Observer

“Colbert with @georgestephanopolous is brilliant!” — MSNBC Contributor Karen Finney.

And an alternative viewpoint…

“Breaking: Zombie David Brinkley wakes up. ‘F**k this shit, I’m taking the show back.’ #ThisWeek’” — Below the Beltway blogger Dave Mataconis.

Journo savors New Year’s resolution on relationships

“OK, that’s it for my purple-hued career. Now sipping porter and savoring 2012 resolution to stop putting energy into broken relationships.” — Former Yahoo! NewsChris Lehmann, former husband to The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox. “No new gig to speak of — just getting out,” he wrote in response to what he’ll be doing now that he’s no longer with Yahoo! News. He also recently explained to another Chris Lehmann on Twitter that, “Actually, I’m no longer married to Ana Marie Cox.” Lehmann II replied, “Oh dear. Sorry to hear that.”

Scribe grateful for break from GOP primary

“Thank you Tim Tebow and Tom Brady for being interesting enough to cancel out the GOP primary in my timeline for a few hours.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

From the Road

“I’m in Dubai. Just enjoying a leisurely breakfast at the Media One Hotel before I head to Kabul on Monday.” — USA Today and ABC Radio’s Carmen Gentile.

And the award for the most ridiculous way to connect an event back to you goes to…

“Farewell, Huntsman! Thanks for meeting w/ the @HarvardIOP students during the campaign.” — PBS’s Christina Bellantoni on hearing that Jon Huntsman was dropping out of the presidential race.

Happy Birthday to…first lady Michelle Obama.

Convo Between Two Types

Today’s conversation is between Big Big Fat Ritchie and Human Events Jason Mattera. Who Big Big Fat Ritchie isn’t really important.

Mattera: “Anthony Weiner saga continues: He’s turned on by other dudes apparently.” (Inexplicably he links to a weeks old Dec. story in the NYP.)

Big Big Fat Ritchie: “Jason Mattera, Weiner is old news. May he rest in peace. #freaks”

Tragedy Strikes…

“Broke out my yarn bowl. Christmas present from my mom.” — BigGov and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch. Come on Andrew Breitbart. Least you can do is spring for a new yarn bowl.

Jouno laments speeding tickets from Iowa

“Just learned of some speeding tickets I picked up in Iowa. Come on, Hawkeye State. Y’all used to be cool. And where did you catch me?!” — ReutersSam Youngman.

 

BREAKING: Ana’s Personal Whirlwind Whishes Her Away From DC

There’s a new development in the saga of longtime Washington journalist Ana Marie Cox. She’s leaving Washington.

For now, she’s in Texas. It’s unclear whether that is where she’ll remain permanently, but she has no plans on returning to Washington. As we’ve told you over the past few months, she left town in March to deal with some personal and family issues. With things on the personal, professional and home front taking their twists and turns, Cox has decided to leave town. All in all we hear she is “good” or that life is at least moving in that direction. But it hasn’t come without major changes. For one thing, FishbowlDC sources tell us her marriage to Yahoo! News’ Chris Lehmann is reportedly ending. For another, she has left GQ even though the magazine’s website hasn’t been altered to reflect her departure. Today she had a story in The Guardian about Texas GOP Gov. Rick Perry‘s presidential campaign. It’s her first published story since early in the year.

Cox first gained Washington fame in 2004 as editor of Wonkette. At the time it was  journo-crack for reporters who hung on the site’s every word, especially during the drama of then Hill-aide/sex blogger Jessica Cutler (a.k.a. Washingtonienne). In 2006 her novel Dog Days, a satire of Washington life, was published. That same year she went to work for Time. In 2008 she left. In 2009 she went to work for the now defunct Air America. Soon she began a stint as a contributing editor to Playboy. In 2010 she began her job as Washington correspondent for GQ. In February of this year she went off the grid and left town to deal with personal matters. She was to return in April but never did.

We wish Cox the best in whatever comes next. Her mark on Washington won’t soon be forgotten.

 

Where is Ana Marie Cox?

A media mystery in the making: Where did the once very noticeable Ana Marie Cox disappear to?

She hasn’t tweeted since March, when she announced she’d be going offline through April. What’s more, her contributor page indicates that she hasn’t written for her ostensible employer, GQ, since February. Her last tweet was on March 24 and reads: “Hello, goodbye! Off the grid through April — @lehmannchris will be providing #puppyporn, #grumblyculturalcommentary in my stead. Much love!” Yahoo! News‘s Chris Lehmann is Cox’s spouse.

FishbowlDC readers are clamoring to know where she is and what’s happening. “Some of her fans have been wondering aloud on Twitter, with no answer. Hopefully she’s all right, perhaps it’s some private issue not worthy of publicizing,” a FishbowlDC reader wrote in to us.

In February of 2010 she joined GQ as their Washington D.C. correspondent and is listed in their contributor section.

We’ve put in a request for comment from GQ PR. We also wrote Cox via email and got back this automatic response: “I’m off-grid. If this is a personal matter, an emergency, or a personal emergency, please contact Sam Cox at [BLANK email address].” The subject line says: “Off the Grid Through July 2011.” Sam Cox is Ana’s father.

Come on dear readers. Write us and tell us what you know. Send notes to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to me at FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com. Anonymity is guaranteed but we will verify the authenticity of the tips.

 

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QUOTES of the DAY

Syndicated columnist Karl Frisch posted photographs from foggy Snowshoe Mountain, a ski resort in West Virginia, this weekend. He’s a former senior fellow at Media Matters and now a strategic consultant with Bullfight Strategies, a communications firm founded by former Media Matters President Eric Burns.

A Stephen Tschida Weekend Special

“Asked stylist 2 make hair less bushy. Put something in, thinkin chemically straightened? Not feeling very macho, but it looks GREAT!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, the wild guy from the train, catches us up on his hairdo in a weekend tweet. He was in Miami at the time of the hair styling.

A journo’s flight to Cairo

“My flight into Cairo this morning was about 90 percent empty. The airport looks like something out of “28 Days Later.” — ABC’s Terry Moran in a weekend tweet.

Erickson says no to Facebook stalker

“Dear person I don’t know: emailing me to complain I haven’t accepted your friend invite on Facebook is a great way to get me to ignore u.” CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in a testy weekend tweet.

White House Super Bowl party etiquette

“IS IT UNCOOL TO ARRIVE EARLY?: White House says Obama Super Bowl party starts at 6:28 pm on Sunday night” — Cox Radio congressional reporter Jamie Dupree in a weekend tweet.

Scribe enjoys weekend Drudge match

“I have more Twitters followers than Matt Drudge right now. I’m just enjoying my five minutes before @_DRUDGE drives over me.” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in a weekend tweet. By Sunday, Drudge suddenly had a new handle. It’s now: @DRUDGE. Miller added, “I want to know how @DRUDGE got a new username last night. The underscore is missing today from @_DRUDGE. Did @Twitter execs intervene?” (Drudge leaped passed Miller (4,754) and and now has 13,617 followers. Drudge began tweeting on Friday, Feb. 5.)

D.C. journalists react to HuffPost to AOL sale

“um, AOL has $315M? Who knew?” — ABC News’s Amy Walter in a Monday morning tweet.

“If AOL values a blog network at $315 million, then I’m expecting a VERY big raise from Yahoo.” — Yahoo! News Editor Chris Lehmann in a Monday morning tweet.

“Is Arianna the magic Doritos powder for AOL?” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni in a Monday morning tweet.

“According to the image on HuffPo‘s homepage, Arianna is going to be in charge of Patch, too. How horrible is that?” — The Daily Caller’s “Daily Baller” Mike Riggs in a Monday morning tweet.

The Critic

“Dear Pepco, learn how to make a website that works. Thx.” — NJ The Hotline’s Jeremy Jacobs in a weekend tweet.

Mr. Exciting

“Not the most exciting conversation I’ve ever had, but not bad.” — Scott Mackey from WaPo‘s Date Lab in the Sunday Magazine. He rated the date a “solid 3″ out of 5. He also said their “charismas” weren’t “meshing together.” Just the phrasing alone, we rate him a 1.

Editor gets all Reaganed out

“Have read, run & written so much Reaganalia this week would not be surprised to look up and see shoulder pads, leg warmers & big hair…” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a weekend tweet on account of all the stories surrounding the late President Reagan’s 100th birthday.

Amazing Bugg news: Co-publisher of Metro Weekly Sean Bugg is now following us on Twitter. As some readers may know, Bugg has singlehandedly landed in the Unnecessary Tweet of the Day feature more times than any other D.C. area journalist we cover. Congratulations Bugg! His preferred topics of conversation online: the gym and vegetables.

Journopalooza: More Bubble Than Blitz

WCP‘s Benjamin Freed recently wrote about the would-be studded event at the National Press Club last Friday. Journopalooza, explained its first organizer (Christina Davidson of the Atlantic), “started out as a running joke” to get WaPo cartoonist Tom Toles and his band, Suspicious Package, out of the basement they practiced in and into a club.

And, at least the way Freed sees it, it seems Journopalooza is still largely a joke and part of a makeshift bubble. In other words people go for the bubble and then maybe the music. Freed reports that almost nobody considered to be a “boldface name” showed up. Instead, he wrote, most people in attendance were members of the National Press Club who were just happy to be able to tell people that they live in D.C. and are members of the Press Club. The event “embodies the masturbatory nature of Washington media and politics.”

And the lackluster attendance wasn’t for a lack of invites. Even the White House Office of Communications was sent an invitation, though Politico‘s Mike Allen said that only one person from the office was there.

Yahoo! News editor Chris Lehmann was there playing with his band, Charm Offensive, but couldn’t even convince his wife, Ana Marie Cox of GQ, to attend.

Suspicious Package won the battle of the bands. Suspiciously, Freed wrote, few of alleged import were really there enjoy it

Journos Flock to Conde Nast Traveler Fete

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L: Glenn Ballard, Christine Delargy, Christina Sevilla and Jay Newton-Small R: Valerie Jarrett.

Hoards of journalists came out to the Washington Hilton last night to celebrate DC with Conde Nast Traveler magazine. The fete was inspired by the May issue featuring First Lady Michelle Obama on the cover.

Editor in Chief Klara Glowczewska and Vice President and Publisher Chris Mitchell hosted notable media types such as Chris Lehmann, GQ’s Ana Marie Cox, ABC’s Rick Klein, “America’s Morning News” host Amy Holmes, Politico’s Amie Parnes, Patrick Gavin, James Hohmann and Jonathan Martin, CBS’ Christine Delargy, TIME’s Jay Newton-Small, NBC’s Betsy Fischer, Tammy Haddad, Bloomberg’s Sarah Feinberg, Laura Ingraham, NPR’s Michele Norris and Lauren Vicary.

And though Valerie Jarrett was the guest of honor, she wasn’t the only White House rep on hand. Also in attendance were the First Lady’s Chief of Staff Sharon Sher, Communications Director Camille Johnston, Press Secretary Katie McCormick Lelyveld and Ebs Burnough from the White House Social Office.

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Christina Sevilla, Lauren Vicary, Tammy Haddad.

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L: Amy Holmes with Anne Schroeder Mullins R: Jay Newton-Small with Rick Klein.

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