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FLOTUS-In-Training – ABC News did a profile on both Ann Romney and Callista Gingrich last night. (It took me a full five minutes before I realized I wasn’t watching The Walking Dead.) They pulled out this gem of a quote from Newt Gingrich on how his wife views herself: “She actually describes herself as being a cross between Nancy Reagan and Laura Bush with just a slight bit of Jackie Kennedy tossed in.” Wow. We were going to say a cross between Tammy Faye Baker and The Joker, but that’s just us.
NEW PD for WTOP – Washington, D.C. powerhouse radio station, WTOP, added to its lineup today as they announced Laurie Cantillo will join them as their Program Director. Cantillo most recently worked for talk radio station WABC in New York City. This marks a major change in the way that WTOP will operate. Up until this decision, VP of News and Programming, Jim Farley, has always called the shots at station. WTOP created the position of Program Director just for Cantillo. This is a move that will put Farley in charge of the station’s efforts to evolve and grow on the mobile medium.
Twitter Trouble – Roll Call’s Harvard fellow Christina Bellantoni shook up the Twitterverse with this message last night:
Wait for it … Christine O’Donnell plans to announce her presidential announcement tonight on Hannity.
— Christina Bellantoni (@cbellantoni) December 13, 2011
Could it be? Were Republicans ready to throw Christine O’Donnell into the primary? Not even close. After shockwaves rippled through Bellantoni’s Twitter, she quickly corrected herself to say:
Yes, I meant O’Donnell making her ENDORSEMENT tonight. Sorry for the false alarm. — Christina Bellantoni (@cbellantoni) December 13, 2011
Late last night the SEIU announced that they were withdrawing their endorsement of President Obama. But the release was fake. TPM reported at 1:55 a.m. that just after 1 a.m. the debacle was “over” and the faux story was officially declared false. Journos like NJ‘s Marc Ambinder and Politico‘s Ben Smith also learned it was a hoax.
Not Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni, a Harvard fellow, who as late as this morning at 5:51 a.m. put up a whole story on it. The story declared that the withdrawal was “stunning” and could “hamper” the President’s ability to get reelected. By 6:15 a.m. her story was amended and the news rightfully blamed on a prankster.
Quotes of the Day – Herman Cain Edition Part Deux
Holy sh&$ they missed it?
“I’m on a train and haven’t seen the Cain press conf yet. Was it really that terrible as my Twitter stream seems to indicate?” — Human Events‘ infamous ambusher Jason Materra.
“Will be on an underground train during Cain presser. I understand that my entire career is at risk because of this.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.
The Atlantic reporter goes on Canadian TV to discuss Mr. C
“Just went on Canadian TV, where I was asked what I think ‘aboot’ Herman Cain.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.
And the good news is…
“The one thing that can be said about Romney is no one would ever accused him of making sexual advances…including Mrs. Romney. #Robot” — Townhall.com contributor and periodic radio host Derek Hunter.
“It is gross that the press is going after Cain’s family. Still the question about his wife’s height is something we gotta check out.” — Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson.
It’s Caining Women
“Dangerous for Cain to say he has no memory of ‘this woman.’ If any connection demonstrated, it will be…inconvenient. #ItsCainingWomen” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.
Cain family pimping? So far, out of the question
“I’m also glad Cain didn’t have his family up there. You can’t say stay away from my family then pimp them for a photo op.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.
Where’s Mark Sanford when you need him?
“Fox, please, for the sake of all that is good, bring in contributor Mark Sanford for his analysis.” – Politico‘s Alexander Burns.
Talking jive with Conroy
“Also should be noted that I have weirdly been known to confuse jibe with/jive with.” — RCP‘s Scott Conroy.
Journos poke fun of Cain’s third person usage
“A reporter named Sam Youngman has a lot of unanswered questions #funwiththirdperson” — The Hill‘s (soon to be Reuter‘s) Sam Youngman.
“Ron Fournier finds it a bit sketchy when people talk about themselves in the 3rd person.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.
Premiere Vs. Premier
“Like @RealClearScott, I have many pet grammar peeves and one surfaced in a release today: The use of ‘premiere’ to mean the best. #premier — Las Vegas political TV reporter.” Jon Ralston.
Journo on mend after dental surgery
“Oral Surgery 2 week check up: very good! Return to normal eating habits! I’m so happy!!!” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.
Bio of the Day: She dined with the Prez. Does Michelle know?
Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni: “Christina Bellantoni has covered Washington, D.C. for Talking Points Memo, The Washington Times, and Roll Call. She has helped TPM and Roll Call expand exponentially, including by securing TPM a place in the White House Correspondents Association and the White House press pool. She has dined with the President, profiled Michelle Bachmann, and has appeared on TV numerous times, including times on Fox, Friends, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. She will also discuss how the media landscape and political journalism has changed thanks to social networking and technological tools.”
UPDATE: Bellantoni wrote in to clarify a couple things. First off, as an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard this fall, the blurb above is from one of her undergraduate student liaisons to advertise her weekly study group via Facebook and via internal Harvard list servs. Secondly, there is a student typo, which she had them correct weeks back – it should read Fox & Friends. Duly noted.
Working with TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro this week has been a trying but endearing experience. Nailing down a deadline for Evan is much like trying to force feed apple strudel to FishbowlMatt: Not appetizing. He told me, “Sorry — you now officially know what it’s like to be any of my editors.” But in the end he came through with flying colors and sometimes that’s all that matters. Born and raised in Chapel Hill, NC, McMorris-Santoro has covered politics for TPM since 2009. Before that, he was a reporter at NJ‘s “The Hotline” covering the 2008 election. He started his career covering local politics at newspapers in Tennessee and his native North Carolina. I asked him to tell me something weird about his childhood. His reply: “I went to Space Camp. Or maybe that’s not so weird.” Evan, while we only wish that you told us Slate‘s Dave Weigel was your bunkmate at Space Camp, this more than suffices.
If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Bourbon and soda
How often do you Google yourself? Who still Googles himself? With a name like mine, those Google Alerts catch everything.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Same answer for both: ‘The browser crashed and I lost it.’
Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Blatant attempt at a raise alert: I have to shoutout all my colleagues at TPM. They’re some of the hardest-working and smartest in the biz, and I appear better than I am because my work shares the page with theirs. Also ex-TPMer Christina Bellantoni, who taught me everything I need to know about finding food on the road.
Do you have a favorite word? You can’t work with Brian Beutler for two years without developing a healthy respect/fear for “fail.”
What word or phrase do you overuse? “It’s worth noting…” It’s worth noting that, although contextualizing things is a noble goal, I need to find a better way to start those sentences.
Who would you rather have dinner with – ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, CNN’s Candy Crowley or NBC’s Andrea Mitchell? Tell us why. Amanpour, because like all DC political reporters, I don’t know enough about world affairs and I secretly wish I was a war corespondent.
You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Comes down to which one is paper-trained.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring? ‘Standard.’
It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? It’s a Droid thank you very much and yes, definitely.
Whats your favorite swear word? Oh fuck.
Find out what Evan eats when he pigs out…
Quotes of the Day
And why is this remotely interesting?
“A Q&A with a local lawyer who is taking on what he calls unfair competition from China on solar products.” — Washingtonian Read here. We think the yawning baby depicts this perfectly.
A Convo Between Two Journos
HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel: “Union Station tvs playing video of puppies who grow up to be detector dogs. People love it.”
HuffPost‘s Resident Booze Hound Sam Stein retweeted Terkel and remarked, “hard at work.” (We’re squarely on Stein’s side regarding James O’Keefe‘s accusation that he routinely sauces up sources to get info. But he still needs a dose of boozy nicknames.)
A ringing endorsement
“Contrats [sic] to @StevenTDennis who will start covering the White House for RC. No idea who will help me when I’m lost in the Capitol now.” — Roll Call‘s Amanda Becker on Dennis’ new White House beat.
“WOnk wOOt!” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich‘s reaction to Dennis’ new post.
Mattera bashes the media
“The media have now spent more time on my ‘tactics’ than they have on Biden’s ludicrous rape claims. that’s why they are drones.” — Human Events Editor Jason Mattera. National Review Online‘s Robert Costa remarks, “I don’t get the outrage over the Mattera question. Public place? Public official? Pol answers on his own volition? What’s the prob?”
Weigel hearts Newsweek?
“Really loving the new issue of Newsweek. Really. I am. You should read it.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel. He added, “True story: My folks bought me a subscription bc they were worried that it might go out of business, wanted to help out.”
Calling Dr. Drew: Reader admits Fishbowl addiction
A Wheeling, Ill. reader writes in (yes, of course we have Wheeling, Ill. readers and yes, this is sickening and shameless of us to share it with you): Found that I now require my daily infusion of Fishbowl DC. What I find to be most intriguing is the different reality that exists between the Beltway and suburban Chicago. Though you report on the Washington Media, much of the prevailing attitudes and issues deemed important are revealed. It is as though I’m reading about a foreign capital as opposed to my own. Thank you for the addiction.
Hey campaign scribes: Any takers?
“Hey, reporters! Telling stories from campaign plane. Your fave moments I can share w/ students? Off the record guarantee cbellantoni@gmail.” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.
Fun fact: Scully used to work in a part of The Hill‘s first office suite called “the sauna.”
Congratulations to Scully.
See the internal memo…
Quotes of the Day
A question to which there will be no answer this campaign season
“Hey, one thing I’m still unclear on: Would Romney eat Obama’s dog food if Pawlenty mowed one acre of his lawn?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein in a Friday tweet that’s clearly some strange slight on Bo Obama. No, no, not really. It’s a play on a promise now ex-presidential hopeful T-Paw made at the GOP debate last week.
Reporter bummed about flighty woman
“Woke up feeling depressed about a hot n cold woman. After attending a picket line I feel 20x better – pickets lines always pick me up.” — Labor Journalist Mike Elk in a weekend tweet. WaPo Date Lab are you thinking what we’re thinking?
Incest Desk Revisited
Over the weekend Politico‘s Jonathan Martin appeared on NBC’s “MTP” for the roundtable. We’re sure girlfriend Betsy Fischer, the show’s executive producer, cheered on his performance that included this quote: “That’s the central question hanging over the race. Is this your father’s GOP?” Martin asked after host David Gregory flashed a quote on screen on the dichotomy of picking “establishment” candidates such as Mitt Romney and John Huntsman versus someone like Rick Perry. We reported on the incestuous nature of his appearance over the weekend. Somehow this quote didn’t make it into the rush transcript.
A mother boasts about her Washington daughter
“I can finally brag about my daughter @cbellantoni ‘s latest accomplishment. I’m going to visit Harvard!!” — Cassandra Bellantoni, reporter, LAT, HuffPost, AOL’s Patch Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills Times Mag. Producer on her daughter, Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni, getting a fellowship at Harvard.
A self-described ‘fishy-smelly’ media scribe
“I am back and fishless, but very tan. And fishy-smelly, because I did catch a few little ones. Then I am leaving again.” — Mediaite‘s Frances Martel in a fishy tweet we had to print because it’s just that fishy.
A compliment and an insult all rolled into one
“Why hasn’t Team T-Paw used his wife more? She’s dynamic on stump. She kinda seems to want it more than he does. She’s fantastic.” — Human Events‘ Tony Lee in a weekend tweet.
Weekend musings from Ames, Iowa
“Running thru a cow barn trying to find Palin … It’s like Where’s Waldo only with more livestock.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich in a weekend tweet from Ames, Iowa.
Hey Plumline: You’re just so ‘excellent excellent’
“Thanks!” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent in a weekend response to props he received and re-tweeted from a reader because that’s such a classy thing to do these days. Just ask The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz. The compliment: “@sethdmichaels This is an excellent, excellent post by @theplumlineGS on the ‘weird’ issue.” Read Sargent’s “excellent, excellent” story here.
“On the way to the Palin mob, ran into a furious Fox crew who hadn’t been given a heads up.” — Politico‘s Ben Smith in a weekend tweet from Ames, Iowa.
Unnecessary Tweet of the Day
“@CQRC_Photo department is holding out on me. They bought a bubble gun from the man on First Street NE, but I’m not allowed to play w/ it.” — Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa in a Friday tweet. Jessica, you’ve done it once again. Congratulations, or like WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza writes, or something like that.
“Whoever invented pdfs you can’t copy from obviously hates journalists.” — The Hill‘s Keith Laing in a weekend tweet.
Christina Bellantoni‘s smarty-pants stock is on the rise. The associate politics editor for CQ Roll Call is headed to Cambridge this fall for a fellowship with Harvard University’s Institute of Politics. Bellantoni was selected as one of six “notable thinkers” who will spend a semester on the Harvard campus to teach undergraduate students tricks of the political trade.
But don’t pull out your barrel-aged Hatorade to toast another CQ Roll Call departure because Bellantoni ain’t going nowhere. According to a memo from Scott Montgomery, Christina will work from campus September through November.
“She’ll work remotely on Mondays to help with the Tuesday politics section, take a few web duty shifts and assist with a few special projects. It also means we’ll have one of our best editors stationed in Boston and available to write occasional stories about the GOP presidential primary in New Hampshire or Massachusetts politics,” Montgomery explained in his memo.
At Harvard, Christina will focus on the media echo chamber and presidential politics. She will also host guests from politics and journalism for off-the-record discussions over the course of the semester. Congrats to Christina!
Montgomery’s full memo after the jump.
Let there be light! And so there was at CNN’s Washington bureau as of one hour ago…but the blackout at CQ Roll Call rages on. Thanks to Pepco, both newsgroups were without power since Tuesday afternoon.
So you might be wondering, how exactly does a newsroom function when their utility company doesn’t? Luckily, we have the answer in the form of an internal memo from Roll Call Editor Scott Montgomery and Publisher Mark Walters. The congratulatory message walks through the trials and tribulations their team overcame to put out Wednesday’s paper on time.
Although we think their figurative lights are out from time to time, we must applaud their heroic response to this literal blackout. Novella Memo after the jump.