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WaPo‘s Clinton Yates Gives WTOP His Take

Washington Post columnist Clinton Yates will join WTOP as a contributor with a daily commentary called “My Take,”  WTOP announced today. Yates, a DC native and frequent cable news commentator, will reflect on life in the DMV and beyond, addressing topics issues in sports, politics, and pop culture.

The feature will air at 5:35 AM and 8:35 AM Monday through Friday during WTOP’s morning program, anchored by Mike Moss and Joan Jones.

“Radio is the original journalism media that I fell in love with as a kid,” said Yates.  “The opportunity to work with a powerhouse station like WTOP is tremendous.”

“My Take” debuts Monday, February 3 at 5:35 AM and online at wtop.com. Congrats Clinton from FishbowlDC!

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Morning Chatter

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TAN MOM IMPERSONATOR?: “In DC at @hilaryr’s dinner with the fabulous @diananyad.” — HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, referring to CNN Democratic analyst Hilary Rosen. 

images-4Imagine that! Media irks press aide

“Press aide annoyed after Cuccinelli gets 3 questions about the shutdown in a row, asks if ‘anyone has a new question’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

The Observer

“Oh dear. Someone appears to need healthcare right now behind Obama.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:19 a.m. (!!!!!)

Confessional I.

“I’ve reached the point where if I don’t tweet for a day, I get calls/texts wondering if I’m alive.” — Free Beacon‘s Lachlan Markay.

imagesOn Bob Lewis’ firing from AP

“Hoping @TerryMcAuliffe calls @AP and asks them to rescind firing of Bob Lewis.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

From WaPo‘s Erik Wemple: “Incorrectly asserting that someone lied to a federal investigator — especially when that someone is competing in a gubernatorial race — is nothing short of a high journalistic crime.” There’s some defense of Lewis too. And a request to speak with AP higher-ups which, well, isn’t happening. See the whole story here.

At 8:21 a.m. today: “Do you think @AP’s Bob Lewis deserved to be fired for the McAuliffe gaffe? 1-866-55-PRESS @bpshow” — WaPo‘s Clinton Yates.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture: “Heading back down to do second segment this am @GMA. This one on murder of nfl star Sean Taylor.” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams.

Confessional 2.

“Made a mistake on MSNBC this am. Said no one beta-tested Ocare site. Should have added ‘until a week before launch.’ And thanks to the folks at PunditFact for holding me to account on that.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

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Anonymous hater to FishbowlDC: “If you took the audience of the Bill Press show and the audience of the Michael Smercornish show, would there be enough for a touch football game?”

In Defense of Howard Kurtz (Not Really)

When I see so much self-righteous dumping on Fox News media correspondent Howard Kurtz it makes me feel all uppity. Sure, we’ve written a ton on his self-pimping and hypocritical ways over the years. So we’re not immune to knocking him. Still, this week I want to find something, anything, to say about him that would be favorable or show some other side to the journalist once hailed as the nation’s premier media writer.

This week he wrote about WaPo Ben Bradlee‘s daughter-in-law Pari Bradley for wearing a “Swiss cheese” bra. “Do the pictures go too far?” he asked. But all sense of irony is lost on him. Has Howie gone blind? Has he seen the anchors at his own network? You can’t watch Fox News and not notice that many of the female anchors tend to don skimpy, tight clothing that shows off their legs or breasts. And you must realize that they are instructed to do so.

His former newspaper of 29 years, WaPo, reduced his work to a “hallowed middle ground he has spent his entire career clinging to.” Gawker castrated him, said he was having a mid-life crisis and wondered intensely about his relationship to The Daily Download‘s  and now Fox News colleague Lauren Ashburn, who appears to trail him wherever he goes. And others dumped, dumped and dumped. Strangers called him things like “sourpuss pervert” and “old pervert” and said he had a face like “old oatmeal.” WaPo‘s Sally Quinn, also mother-in-law to Pari, told Media Matters that he’s an “old geezer.” Even NPR‘s reasoned David Folkenflik remarked on Twitter, “Howie’s going to do just fine at Fox.” Who says America doesn’t have a big heart?

Pari has since taken her pictures down: “This content is currently unavailable.”

I asked a colleague, don’t you think people are being a little self-righteous here? The response I got: “I think they’re spot on.” Which only fueled my fury. Why can’t people leave Howie (and Miley) alone? Like WaPo‘s Clinton Yates argued, why can’t Miley be herself? And why can’t Howie?

Then I came to from my fugue state and took to his Twitter feed to find out if there was any possible way to defend Howie. (I’m really pulling for you here, man. Come on, help a media reporting sister out, will you?) Read more

Mom to Journo: ‘What is Twerking?’

It was a wild ride Monday for WaPo columnist Clinton Yates after he penned a column defending Miley Cyrus‘ now infamous performance at the VMA’s. In it, he defended her right to perform as she wishes and to be herself. “What exactly is so disturbing about Miley Cyrus?” he asked. He also suggested that those who think she shouldn’t be twerking  because she’s not black might be racist. “In short, it is inherently racist to imply that there is anything wrong with anyone other than black women twerking,” he wrote.

First he visited the Dept. of Bragiculture.

Next up: Yates’ mom has an important question. Read more

Morning Chatter

“He’s a pioneer.”BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, who he’s interviewing for “BuzzFeed Brews” tonight in New York City for 45 minutes. Asked what new things we’ll learn tonight, if anything, Smith told MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning, “That’s kinda up to Anthony. I think there are a lot of questions…about how his email-mate is enjoying her 15 minutes.” He’s referring to Sydney Elaine Leathers, who recently shot a masturbatory porn video. Valid Q: Will Weiner ever watch it?

Cantankerous Jay Rosen compares FNC’s Ed Henry to a dog

“Ed Henry is hilarious! So transparent. Like a cellophane puppy dog desperate for a pat on the head. (If you’re watching WH press conference)” — Blogger, prof and fantastically smug Jay Rosen.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:48 a.m.

Journo vexed by computer mishap

“Not good tech backup plan: LONG wait at @westelmgeorgetown. Internet down. No plan for when this happens?” — Politico‘s Anna Palmer.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo’s Clinton Yates and nbcwashington.com Contributor Chuck Thies.

YATES: I just don’t consider phone use selfish.

THIES: @clintonyates, YOU don’t. But if it diminishes the experience of a nearby moviegoer, it is polite to refrain. #MyFartsDontSmell

Travel Bitches

“@united flight delayed due to lack of ice and beverages. It’s a 75m trip. Who the f cares? Can’t wait for @USAirways to join OneWorld.” — Reason Magazine’s Preston Cornish.

The Adviser

“Seriously @KrisJenner? You might wanna chill on this one when @KimKardashian’s claim to fame is a sex tape. Just keep it moving.” — TV One morning host and syndicated columnist Roland Martin.

Ask People Whatever the Hell You Want?

Here’s a fun twist. On August 9, WaPo‘s Clinton Yates, NPR’s Linda Holmes and Slate‘s Dave Weigel will appear at Politics & Prose for an evening of — what do we call this — verbal waterboarding? No, no, it’s called “Ask Roulette” and it’s an evening of “strangers asking each other any questions they want.”

What could possibly go wrong?

The announcement says if you get called on stage you’ll be able to ask your question, but only after you answer a question. Watching is also perfectly acceptable. Over the course of the evening, they promise “unexpected connections, surprising anecdotes, and honest conversation—and laughter.”

The fun begins at 7 p.m.

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INTERN BEHAVING MISCHIEVOUSLY? “South Korean military official takes selfie at Arlington Cemetery on Thursday…you can see me in his photo.” — National Geographic intern Adam Glanzman, who notes himself in the picture. How This Town!

Anthony Weiner seeps into 2-year-old’s zeitgeist

“Wife mentions @CarlosLozadaWP in dinner convo. 2.5-yr-old son says, ‘Carlos Danger!’” — WaPo senior correspondent and associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Hmmm interesting promise… 

“I’ll lick the face of the individual that can get my hotel air conditioning to work.” — The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain, who apparently now thinks she’s a dog or inmate in “Orange is the New Black.”

Deep Thoughts With Ben Howe

“My body is incapable of believing that sleep exists before midnight without extreme circumstances.” — RedState Contributing Editor Ben Howe.

“There really is some awful platitudinous BS that ‘new media’ types have got away with spewing for years, is there not?” — The Hill’s Associate Editor Niall Stanage.

WaPo‘s CLINTON YATES: “Goofing around at the set I wasn’t actually on, ha.

The Astute Reader

“The @NewYorkObserver review of @MarkLeibovich book twice says David Axelrod‘s daughter is autistic. She is epileptic.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “How lucky is Bill Clinton that twitter and cell phones weren’t around when he was on the prowl?” — TNR’s Nate Cohn.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:16 a.m.

Sarcasm is…

“Must have more reviews of #ThisTown. The 974,543,136 we have don’t even make a dent in my insatiable appetite.” — Politico’s Ben White.

The FishbowlDC Interview With Advice Columnist Rebecca Gale

 

Say hello to CQ Roll Call‘s on call advice blogger Rebecca Gale. She writes the “Hill Navigator” advice column for those who want to better understand the ins and outs of Capitol Hill. As a former press secretary to the likes of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa.), Chris Carney (D-Pa.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and several years now at CQ Roll Call, she’s intimately acquainted with her subject matter. The highly educated Gale went to undergrad at Miami of Ohio University and Johns Hopkins for grad school.  Royal baby news aside, one other piece of news about Gale: She’s expecting her first child, a boy, in mid-August. Already some nine months into her pregnancy, she will soon depart for maternity leave. Very soon, in fact. So let’s get this interview started.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Perrier. In a glass bottle, not plastic.

How often do you Google yourself? Lately not often. I’m more likely to google “Hill Navigator”

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? I once told a book editor that something was “your problem, not mine” and he calmly responded by saying it was my name on the cover, so I’d better fix it.

You have an intriguing name. What is the story behind it? My parents like biblical names. And Gale is easy to spell. Not sure if that qualifies as intriguing, but it works for me. Coming up with a good name is much harder than it seems.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? There are some fantastic Roll Call alums out there–NPR’s Scott Montgomery and USA Today’s Paul Singer are two of my favorites.

Do you have a favorite word? Unlikely.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Kate Bolduan, CNN’s Chris Cuomo or CNN’s Michaela Perera? Tell us why. Whomever has better restaurant taste–I don’t follow CNN closely enough to discern who’d be the better conversationalist.

We understand you’re expecting a baby. With your husband. But the Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it by having another child after this one’s delivered. You will spend a romantic evening with “Morning Joe” regular Harold Ford Jr., Anthony Weiner or Eliot Spitzer. Who will it be and why? (None is not an option.) Weiner. All he’d want to do is look at pictures.

What swear word do you use most often? Damn.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) I’d include someone who can speak to the “real” issues in Washington, D.C.–the city–not just the political entity. Washington Post “Lunchline” author Clinton Yates comes to mind, as does Roll Call “After Dark” editor Jason Dick. Also Armando Trull from WAMU who is always reporting live from esoteric beltway locations. I’d make sure to include a Member of Congress who is not in the usual roundup of talk show suspects–they’d be more likely to say something interesting. The ones laden with talking points and platitudes say the same things over again. And one of my first guests would be my former boss, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

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Good Idea, Right? Jewish WCP Editor Wants to Rename Redskins ‘Kikes’

WaPo has informed us via a poll that a majority of Washingtonians are racist don’t mind that D.C.’s football team is named after an offensive term for Native Americans (or, as the AP Stylebook once insisted we say, American Indians).

Washington City Paper’s editor Mike Madden had this thought, in reference to the poll and the controversy that’s preceded it:

So many places to go with this.

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Quotes of the Day

Kurtz has stuff to figure out

“Thanks for messages and tweets about new Fox show. Still have lots of details to figure out, but what a challenge.” — CNN but soon-to-be Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.

Speaking of openings at CNN…

“If I hate myself, does that make me a media critic? #IhearThereIsAnOpening?” — CNN’s John Berman. Kurtz’ post on “Reliable Sources” will be filled by a rotating cast of hosts that haven’t been named yet.

Kim/Kanye baby name fallout

“Why did Kimye let Sarah Palin name their baby?? #North #wtf#” — The Times of LondonMatt Spence.

“I’m not sure I follow the logic of naming a kid after an airline that no longer exists.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Are we being pranked? Is this a resurrection of a defunct airline where I still have miles? A DC neighborhood? Apple lkg bttr and better.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

“This poor child,” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

“Also, currently arguing with my 13-year-old sister about the name of this Kardashian kid. Good lord.” — WaPo columnist Clinton Yates.

“Troll West.” — ReutersMegan McCarthy.

“Seven. Seven Costanza. Now THERE’S a name.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden.

“If my parents named me North West I’d have to kick my own ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

“That’s like me naming my child Seth.” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

“Kanye must be trying working some sort of ‘Boy Named Sue’ angle here.” — Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:52 a.m.

AnonymASS and Anonymous Tipsters: 1. “ass holes.” 2. “Marty … need … more … Marty” Memo to #1. We love your candor. Don’t go changing. However, “ass holes” is actually written “assholes.” And #2: Your wish is our command. Never a shortage of material there.

Emotional sports watching

“To the guy wearing a Golden State jersey at game 7: you are an idiot. Oh, oh oh oh shut up.” — The Hill‘s Ian Swanson.

N-word-using Paula Deen sparks N-word debate

“LOL I sound ‘old’ @bdotm for having zero tolerance against the N-word? Good. I’d rather sound ‘old’ and be right than ‘young” and dumb.” — “Washington Watch’s” Roland Martin.

Speechwriter trash talk

“Lovett with no editor and 20,000 followers should scare people almost as much as his refusal to wear pants to work” — Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to President Obama. Now a consultant. His message is directed to Jon Lovett, also a former presidential speechwriter who sometimes writes for The Atlantic.

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