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WEINERMANIA STRIKES WASHINGTON

“You know who would be hysterical on this Congressman Weiner business? Congressman Weiner.” — Slate‘s John Dickerson in a Wednesday tweet.

“Amazing that Anthony Weiner has dislodged Sarah Palin from the cable universe. That’s one powerful Weiner.” — WSJ White House Reporter Jonathan Weisman in a Wednesday tweet.

“Couldn’t Weiner put on some gray shorts, get to the same, uh, level, and then take a photo and compare?” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Wednesday tweet.

“75% of the things said to me today would be characterized as sexual harassment had ‘Weinergate’ not made it ‘acceptable.’ — Politico‘s Meredith Shiner in a Wednesday tweet.

“Ok, so Rep. Weiner can’t answer with certitude…what about magnitude?” — D.C. Attorney Donald Edmond in a Wednesday tweet.

“Are these your underpants?” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview with Weiner.

Anthony Weiner made about six penis jokes while talking to reporters, standing outside the House floor. He has NO RESPECT for the office.” – TWT Opinion Writer Emily Miller in a Wednesday tweet.

“And if this latest photo controversy ends with the CIA showing pictures of Congressman Weiner‘s crotch to members of the Senate’s military and intelligence committees, we quit.” — Wednesday night edition of HuffPost Hill.

“For once, ‘boxers or briefs?’ would be relevant.” — Slate‘s Christopher Beam in a Wednesday tweet.

“Since Rep. Weiner ‘can’t say with certitude’ if that’s his junk or not, does that mean some poor sap might be Weiner’s ‘wiener doppelgänger’” — Derek Hunter, conservative writer and radio host who helped found The Daily Caller, in a Wednesday tweet.

“So will all of this mean that, once the dust settles, Rep. Anthony Weiner is going to become … a sex symbol?!?” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet.

“The one thing Anthony Weiner might be thankful for: SNL is off for the summer.” — MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett in a Wednesday tweet.

“I can’t imagine a #weinergate scenario that is actually worse than what is happening for Rep. Weiner.” –  The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong in a Wednesday night tweet.

Savannah prepares to say goodbye to Chuck

“Can’t believe it – only two more days w @chucktodd on @dailyrundown. We’ll see you for a packed show at 9a.” — NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in a Thursday morning tweet. She’s leaving “The Daily Rundown” with co-host Chuck Todd to move to the third hour of the “TODAY” show.

Look who’s jealous of Weiner!

“Rep. Weiner has increased his twitter followers by 11k. A pic that ‘started out’ of me in briefs will be tweeted shortly.” — Mediaite‘s Dan Abrams in a Wednesday night tweet.

Incest Desk Alert

Kurt Bardella just sent me a press release: ‘Darrell Issa to Elizabeth Warren: Clear your calendar’” — WSJ‘s Victoria McGrane in a Wednesday tweet. HuffPost Hill writes: “Feel like I fell through a worm hole.” (h/t to HuffPost Hill for this item.) In explanation: Bardella is the former and fired flack to Rep. Issa (R-Calif.).

 

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Another Journo Makes Offbeat Broder Joke

What does it take to make a dead journo joke these days? Oh, not much. Slate‘s Christopher Beam threw a seemingly innocent question into the online universe Monday and what does he get? Left-leaning journalist and ardent “Juicebox Mafia” member Matt Yglesias of the Center for American Progress, who took this as an opportunity to bizarrely mention WaPo’s Pulitzer Prize-winning David Broder, who has been dead all of three and a half weeks.

Beam: What happened to @DCJourno?

Yglesias: That was David Broder’s twitter handle.

The fake Twitter account, @DCJourno, which was featured in the NYT and on this site, has been mute as of late. Yglesias is not alone and it’s no secret that he and his liberal cohorts didn’t agree with Broder’s centrist beliefs. Two weeks earlier, when Broder had been gone a week, Salon‘s Alex Pareene and Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan also made off-color Broder jokes, with Pareene saying he only wished he had come up with Nolan’s joke. Read “Two journos with zero taste” here.

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

Helene Cooper taught us a new word on NBC’s “Chris Matthews Show” Sunday. “There is a group of women who cover the State Department and foreign policy in Washington right now and they meet secretly and call themselves the ‘diplo-babes.’” Way to tell us something we don’t know, Helene.

Christopher Beam and Chris Wilson continue to spoof President Obama’s Facebook page on Slate.

• Also from Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes today: Progressive radio returns to Washington this month as Air America takes over 1050 AM, which had been Federal News Radio, under a deal with Bonneville International. The station, which plans to add local programming, launches months after Redskins owner Dan Snyder pulled the plug on ratings-challenged OBAMA 1260.

Morning Reading List, 08.16.07

morningsun.gifGood morning Washington.

  • Most of you do use supplements regularly.

  • An ABC release announced, “‘This Week with George Stephanopoulos’ will produce the first Democratic presidential debate of the 2008 presidential election to be aired on broadcast television. The debate will be moderated by ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos with additional questioning from David Yepsen of The Des Moines Register and will be held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa on Sunday morning, August 19, 2007.”

  • Don’t forget that The Washington Blogger Meetup is today! You can see who’s coming and RSVP here.

  • TVNewser reports, “FNC’s SVP of programming, Bill Shine announced the network ‘will not continue the Half Hour News Hour beyond its current 15 episode run.’”

  • “Channel 9′s Tracey Neale, who is headed to Africa to pick up her kids. The WUSA anchor announced the news on Tuesday’s broadcast: ‘I’ll be adopting 1-year-old twins, so I’m going to have my hands full,’ she told viewers.”

  • Why is there a Black journalism organization?”

  • A tipster writes in, “Good for Plante for shouting an intelligent question–and a valid one, and an important one, and a relevant one. Good for Plante. He was doing his job. The question was a good one.”

  • From CJR: “The WSJ editorial page launches baseless attacks on its competitors’ motives—it will fit right in at News Corp.”

  • Slate’s Christopher Beam tells us, “How to mash together the ultimate search engine”

  • Julian Friedland writes in the Denver Post, “Last week, the New York Times reduced the width of its pages by an inch and a half — joining a trend that has reduced both the space devoted to news and commentary and the staff sizes of many daily newspapers throughout the country. And, recently, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation won its fight to buy The Wall Street Journal.”

  • Denver Post reports, “At an Aspen forum, executives in media new and old say papers are staying relevant by changing their mind-set about delivery”

  • From The Hollywood Reporter: “Sirius Satellite Radio — more popular in automobiles than in living rooms — is making it easier to get Howard Stern, along with dozens of commercial-free channels, on home-based radios.”

  • Ad Week reports, “Since Facebook opened its site to developers in May, it has been flooded with mini-programs that let users throw virtual food at one another, post movie reviews and share YouTube videos. The influx of applications, now up to over 2,800, is leading to the creation of ad networks designed to let developers profit from their work and help advertisers reach Facebook’s growing user base.”

  • The New York Post reports, “The October issue of Condé Nast Portfolio is already closing and it looks like it will rack up a nice, healthy 121 ad pages for its third issue. That’s only one ad page down from the magazine’s September issue, which went on sale today with 122 ad pages – the third-best ad-page tally for a second issue in magazine publishing history, behind O, The Oprah Magazine and the late John F. Kennedy Jr.’s now-defunct George magazine, which racked up 125 ad pages in its second outing.”

  • CNN reports, “He’s a veteran statesman and hard-hitting chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. But Sen. Patrick Leahy is set to leave the marble halls of Washington for the bright lights of Hollywood — at least briefly. Vermont’s senior senator has landed a speaking role in the newest Batman movie, CNN affiliate WPTZ reports and confirmed by Leahy’s office.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Google Inc. and its YouTube video- sharing site staved off the threat of legal action from Belgium’s soccer association by offering a technology that will allow the group to monitor where its matches are broadcast.”

  • Variety reports, “Viacom has pledged $1 million in cash and more than $500,000 in media value to support the construction of a memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.”

  • Fortune reports, “Readers of the The Sun, a British tabloid best known for its bare-breasted Page Three girls, opened their newspapers to see a young woman named Keeley Hazell wearing only green paint. Ms. Hazell is the face — well, not just the face — of the paper’s campaign against global warming.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Yahoo! Inc., fighting Google Inc. for local advertisers, added more city-specific Web pages with information on movies, events and neighborhood restaurants.”

  • MediaLife reports, “Since April, more than 900 newsroom jobs have been cut in these days of declining circulation and shrinking ad revenues. Now the paper cuts are extending even to those who’ve made an effort to avoid them in the past.”

  • CNet News.com reports, “This summer has been an unusual hunting season for the start-up world, with nascent Internet companies firmly in the crosshairs of major media conglomerates.”

  • Poynter Online points us to this gem from ABCnews.com: “CIA recently updated its FOIA requests policy to allow bloggers to get special treatment once reserved for old-school reporters. Last August, the NSA issued a directive to report leaks of classified info to the media — ‘including blogs.’”

  • American University School of Communication professor Kathryn Montgomery has new book, Generation Digital: Politics, Commerce, and Childhood in the Age of the Internet. Check it out here.

  • Express reports, “Since 2003, many people have been confused about the restaurant at the corner of 21st and M streets NW. Is NBC News’ chief White House correspondent and sometime ‘Today’ show fill-in David Gregory, at right, also a restaurant owner? The answer has always been an emphatic no; after all, the restaurant’s name has one ‘g’ more than the journalist’s. And now, David Greggory — named after chefs and onetime business partners David Hagedorn and Greggory Hill — is no more.”

  • BtoB reports, “As it prepares to celebrate its 25th anniversary in September, Gannett Co.’s USA Today is bucking the downward trend in U.S. newspaper circulation and branching out online to offer the kind of user-generated content that has growing appeal for b-to-b marketers.”

  • Jon Friedman writes, “Gawker gets respectable — and remains humorous”

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  • Vandenburgh Media is looking for an Advertising Database Manager.

  • AARP is looking for a Web Content Producer and an Online Copy Editor.

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