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POLITICO Launches Defense Tweet Hub

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 11.05.18POLITICO today announced the launch of its Defense Tweet Hub, a look at conversation pertaining to defense policy, weapons programs, and the Pentagon budget on Twitter. The three panel deck pulls Twitter commentary from 300+ defense reporters, influencers, and policy makers including Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, WSJ’s Dion Nissenbaum, WaPo’s Dan Lamothe, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the United States Mission to NATO.

Defense is the third topic area to be explored as a tweet hub by POLITICO. In November, it launched Energy Insider Tweet Hub, followed by Technology Tweet Hub.

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Marine Corps Times Reporter Will Cover Training as Observer

Out of anger over a headline choice, Commandant General Jim Amos recently offered Marine Corps Times reporter Dan Lamothe the opportunity to complete the Infantry Officer Course, known as the hardest physical training of the Marine Corp.

As of this morning, that plan has drastically changed.

Lamothe met with Amos Monday morning and they decided it’s best that the reporter observe and not participate.

Asked if female volunteers would be present for the training he will observe, Lamothe told FishbowlDC: “My understanding is there will be several female volunteers, although they do have the right to change their minds as part of the research.” He maintained the new plan for his coverage is still a good one. “Attending as a participant would have been a good opportunity, pass or fail. This is too, though, and puts the focus where it should be,” he said.

Amos made the original offer after being irked over a headline… Read more

Reporter Gets Offer to Attend Infantry Officer Camp: ‘I’d Be a Fool Not to Take it.’

In recent weeks, relations between Gen. Jim Amos and Marine Corps Times have grown so icy that the general challenged a reporter to complete a 13-week Infantry Officer Camp, a course so hard that 30 percent of all participants fail regardless of gender. At the crux of the cool invitation is a recent story by Marine Corps Times that used the word “flunked” in a headline, as in ““Two more female Marines flunk infantry officers training.”

The women indeed failed the training on their first day, a stat that isn’t terribly shocking since 10 percent of all participants don’t pass their first day and it’s considered to be among the hardest physical endurance tests the Marine Corps has.

Still, Amos said characterizing the womens’ performance as having “flunked” was “sensational and shameful.” It was the first letter he has written to the publication since assuming his role in 2010.  “That description is callous and irresponsible, and doesn’t do justice to these two fine officers,” he wrote in a letter published by the publication this week.

Dan Lamothe, a reporter for Marine Corps Times since 2008, wrote the story. He declined to reveal to FishbowlDC whether the headline choice was his, but says he stands by his story and the headline choice. And come July he may be in those womens’ shoes if the general stays true to his offer.

“Honestly I’m not sure,” Lamothe said in an interview this week, when asked if he thinks the offer will come to fruition. “The invitation was laid out. I accepted. I’m not sure. I don’t know if’ I’d need to do all or portions. I have very little details at this point.”

Lamothe says his publication has been trying to cover the course since last summer, but to no avail, unlike reporters from NYT and USA TODAY, who have gained access to it. Women are now allowed to take part in the training and apply for jobs they haven’t been able to previously, which is why military reporters like Lamothe are pushing hard to cover it.

He doesn’t know all that the course entails, but he knows there’s an obstacle course, a lot of hiking, running, and some swimming. “They leave one piece of criteria vague because the want to see how people do when they don’t know what’s coming,” he explained.

That said, Lamothe knows he isn’t ready. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Would You Eat This Crap? “Just had a plate full of CRAZY food for dinner here in Seoul… actually a couple of plates full. It was a buffet. :) ” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long in Seoul.

Also in Seoul: “So I have 16 hours left in Korea. and I never got over my jetlag. #UGH” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Don’t worry, Rush is ok!

“Thanks for your good wishes…I’m fine, folks. @mmfa is like jock itch. An irritating chafe. A little baby powder and voila!” — Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Attention grabbing headline in WaPo: “Germantown man convicted of manslaughter in fight over clogged toilet” — Don’t laugh too hard readers. Two housemates got into a squabble over a clogged toilet and one man is dead. Let this be a lesson to everyone to keep their bathrooms clean and their toilet paper stocked. Read the story here.

Journo Love

“The bookers for @CNNSitRoom deserve a raise. Romney, Gingrich & Santorum on same show with @wolfblitzercnn. Nice job!” — CNN Commentator Paul Begala.

A scribe’s gratitude for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

“Oh good, Wolf is going to tell us about the teenager with the empty pot bag.” — Former Gawker Political Editor and general vagabond for the time being Jim Newell.

Cameras inside the court?

“We should have TV cameras inside the Supreme Court. This is the third branch of government, not the CIA.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Potentially risqué act

“Should I teach my computer’s spell-check to understand the word ‘Santorum’?” — JRC’s Jeremy Binckes.

Reporter soon heads to Afghanistan

“Thanks for the #MilitaryMonday love. A week from today, I should be blogging from Afghanistan. Hope you’ll follow along.” — War correspondent for Marine Corps Times Dan Lamothe.

Today at 3 p.m.: Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch hosts the Thom Hartmann show. TIME: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details here.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo finds horse shit in WaPo

Jim Newell, this could win a ‘reverse Pulitzer’ for shittiest article of 2012.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams to the ex-Gawker Political Editor. Adams linked to a WaPo story by ex-Style Editor turned campaign trail writer Ned Martel about Ann Romney and her deep love of horses. Romney is strangely into dressage…which is, er, horse ballet.

Rush’s bro stirs the pot

“At some point, conservatives better realize how organized the left is & how determined they are to silence our side. We ignore at our peril.” — Lawyer and syndicated columnist David Limbaugh, who will likely talk to you on the record providing you’re a conservative journalist.

Journo discusses blowjob workshop

“And then the term ‘blowjob workshop’ came up. Apparently one was covered by a journo here. Huzzah!” — WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates, who previously tweeted about “fisting.” We have no words for this one.

Emily issues a special warning!

“Warning: the season finale of #Bachelor airs now and I will watch and tweet even though US Weekly spoiled the end.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller.

Journo Clusterf&%k!

FNC’s Ed Henry: “Wait WHAT??: After answering Q on Afghan, Santorum said: “I’m the only person in this race that has any experience as commander in chief”. BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller: “Erin McPike reports Santorum said ‘TO BE’ commander in chief. RCP’s Erin McPike: “Ed Henry, we listened to it several times – it was ‘to be.’ That was my mistake.”


“I don’t understand people who exercise at the gym wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt, or boots for that matter.” — Don Irvine.

Classic Dave Hughes: The Thief

“CNN lifts commentator Roland Martin’s suspension after homophobic Tweet during Super Bowl” — DCRTV’s Dave Hughes acting like he broke the news that CNN has lifted Roland Martin‘s suspension. Watch out, D.C. scribes. Traditional attribution rules apparently don’t apply to him.

Journo sets goals for himself. Are they elusive?

“Goal: Someday, I will have ‘people’ who file expenses for me. I’ll also have children, who will make expenses for me.” — Military TimesDan Lamothe.

Journos conjure up stupid questions for Carney

“Jay, was Bo’s run across the South Lawn yesterday an official event or a political one?#thingsthatwontgetasked” — NBC News’s Shawna Thomas. “Who paid for the pooper scooper and plastic baggies?!?!” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I’m at Blue Duck Tavern (Washington, DC)” — Washington Life‘s Executive Editor Michael Clements.

The intrepid Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.



Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Crazy or festive?

“Hannukah on my mind? swear I just read a headline, ‘Earth’s Moon May Have Latkes.’ — ABC News’s Rick Klein.

Forget Bradley Cooper, there’s George

“@GStephanopoulos without question is…. #sexiestmanalive” — Ali Wentworth, Comedian and wife of ABC’s GMA George Stephanopoulos.

Party crasher prides himself on ‘politeness’

“Nice to be known as polite I suppose.” — Media Matters writer Joe Strupp who tried to crash Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson‘s party for Jack Abramoff on Wednesday night.

Communications exec David Bass’s wife, Hope, shows off her stylish bingo person at the Abramoff book party. We’re not sure what the deeper meaning (or meaning) behind it is, but she wanted it documented.

Party down at Teatro Goldoni

“Sheer fun.” — Publicist Janet Donovan‘s description for FishbowlMatt’s farewell soiree last night at Teatro Goldoni. Scribes like Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, Karin Tanabe, The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz, Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani, USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, TWT‘s Emily Miller, and CBS’s Christine Delargy were in the mix. Other guests: Nick Massella, Meghan Smith, Kelley McCormick, Jared Allen, and Glenn Ballard (who sometimes wears macrobiotic clothing). Donovan donned dark sunglasses for the lovely, low-lit affair. And we learned this fun fact: Judy Kurtz (a.k.a. Howdy Judy, Howeesha, Howlma) told us the nickname her friends call her. It’s Jew-dog. or Ju-dog. It was this Fishbowl writer’s first encounter with her. A pleasure to meet you, Howiella.

Reporter plays matchmaker for soldier

“Sgt. Scott Moore, the Marine attending the birthday ball with Mila Kunis, just cracked us up at Marine Corps Times. He sees me as a ‘wingman’ in getting his date.” — Army Times’ Dan Lamothe. Moore credited Lamothe for posting his video and landing the date. Read here.

Tschida hears noises in the night

“Sounds like someone stomping around upstairs at night. getting LOUDER. exterminator says it has to be a raccoon. I just hope it is.” — ABC7′s wild train rider and all around Drama King Stephen Tschida.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

“Who the F is Lewis?” — An AnonymASS reader writes in after our post on The Daily Caller‘s Media Writer Matt Lewis after our post yesterday.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

HuffPost White House and Congressional Reporter Jennifer Bendery: “Hill reporters using their greatest weapon against mean Capitol Hill officer telling us to leave!” She posted the above photograph of Capitol Hill reporters from last night.

‘Steamed Greta

A commenter from our story yesterday, “Steamed Greta Comes to Ed Henry’s Rescue” wrote, “‘Steamed Greta is also a Swedish breakfast dish.’” We had no idea.

Assessing Ezra’s shiny TV lips

“Umm, is @ezraklein wearing a diamond shine pink lipgloss?” A popular follower of Washington media types @emokidsloveme in a Thursday night tweet after watching our Ezzy on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell‘s “The Last Word.” She said Klein is likely wearing Mac Lusterglass and explained, “It’s a type of lipgloss, it’s got micro glitter flecks in it for that diamond shine when you’re talking to Lawrence O’Donnell.” This is not preposterous. Back in January, Mediaite‘s Editor-at-Large Rachel Sklar also suggested Ezra might wear lipgloss on TV.

Yes, there are dumb questions

“Dumb question of the evening: What’s the mood on Capitol Hill tonight?” — CBS White House Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller in a Thursday night tweet.

Double the fun with Sean Hannity

“Double-dipping w/ @seanhannity today – radio show this afternoon, TV show in mere moments. #thencanigohome #doubtful” — Sen. Rand Paul‘s (R-Ky.) Spokeswoman Moira Bagley in a Thursday tweet.

A desperate plea

“ATTENTION UNNAMED SOURCES: Return My Freaking Phone Calls, Please.” — Conservative blogger and former TWT Editor Robert Stacy McCain in a Thursday tweet.

The Observer

“This is by far the most insane situation I’ve ever seen folks in all my years on Capitol Hill. #debt” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton in a Thursday tweet.

Interns come bearing cupcakes

“Interns in the office finish up today… and just brought in sweets from Georgetown Cupcake. Well played, interns. Well played.” — Military TimesDan Lamothe in a Thursday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Baking in apartment sans AC = not fun. (And yes, I think this is a completely necessary tweet. It’s hot.)” — Roll Call feature writer Jessica Estepa in a Thursday tweet. Previous tweets about her lack of a pantry and an iPad being referred to as a “mobile device” earned her the award in recent days. How hot her apartment is still unnecessary, but a note to Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg: She’s gaining on you!

Reporter closes down House Gallery

“Last person in my House gallery for #debtmageddon, so CSPAN volume down, @parksandrecnbc volume up.” — Politico congressional reporter Marin Cogan in a Thursday night tweet.

Scribe reacts to Christie fat jokes and remarks

“What I learned in doing a Twitter search on Chris Christie: People are cold.” — Jen Connic, Social Media Producer for the Star Ledger in Newark, NJ, in a Thursday tweet. Unfortunately we thought NJ meant National Journal. We regret the error.

Gym time: ruined

“Grrr. Gym experience ruined by two gossipy, cackly queens. Not even cute, either.” — The Guardian’s Matthew Wells in a Thursday tweet.

Military Reporter Reflects on Marine Suicide

Sgt. Ian McConnell (pictured at right)

Dan Lamothe, a reporter for Marine Corps Times, recently wrote what he described as among the “hardest piece of his journalism” in his career on the publication’s Battle Rattle blog. In the spring of 2010 he was an embed in Marjah, Afghanistan. He recently learned of the suicide of one of the Marines he befriended there.

An excerpt: Count me among the shocked. I’ve known Ian for more than a year, and he’d demonstrated all those positive characteristics while staying in touch regularly after we met last year at the Yellow Schoolhouse, a small patrol base in Marjah, Afghanistan. We attempted to meet over beer in Virginia just a few weeks ago while he was nearby for training. Our schedules didn’t match, but it wasn’t for lack of trying.

Read here.


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FACETIME: Look close. That’s the new House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) walking down a Capitol hallway. That female journo standing next to him? It’s TWT’s Commentary section blogger Kerry Picket. The picture appeared Thursday on the front of Politico, the print version.

TV reporter gets ‘death glares’

“Screamed question to reid during quick hu p.o. What does he expect to accomplish w/ man he called dictator? No answer but wow – death glares.” — CNN’s Dana Bash in a Wednesday tweet.

Politico reporter plays fashion guru

“Women are more attracted to men wearing red than men in other colors, reports the Journal of Exper. Psychology.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a Wednesday tweet.

Editor has Al Gore-itis, thinks he invented blogs

“Wow, hard to believe that today’s the sixth birthday of @FishbowlDC, my baby from back in the Dark Ages of blogging.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Thursday tweet. One longtime political reporter who has covered presidential issues (while doing somersaults) took issue with Graff’s comment, arguing, “That’s like saying George Washington invented the presidency. No, he just was the first to assume the office.”

Journo reveals day at the gun range

“Being a journalist is hard work.” — Military Times reporter Dan Lamothe in a tweet earlier this week. He links to a picture of himself in a rifle range at a Shot Show, the largest outdoor and shooting trade show.

Because it’s just so Tschida-ish

“87 year old aunt molly devestated and shocked. her sister rose died. Shocked? Rose was 101!” — ABC7′s wild train rider Stephen Tschida in a Thursday tweet.

HuffPost‘s D.C. bureau needs an intern

“Come intern in the DC bureau of the Huffington Post this spring!” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel in a tweet earlier this week. Get the details. (The internship is paid, so get cracking budding journos.)

Military Times’s Dan Lamothe: The FishbowlDC Interview

Say hello to Dan Lamothe, the newly promoted senior writer for Military Times. He grew up in Chicopee, Mass., once home to the world’s largest kielbasa. Who says tough military reporters (who grew up in the home of the largest kielbasa) who cover three star generals and who’ve been embedded in a particularly violent section of southern Afghanistan can’t watch “Glee” and like it? And who says a tough white military reporter with self-described big ears can’t request Will Smith to play him in a movie? He can. Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Pabst Blue Ribbon. I grew up blue-collar, and yet I suddenly spend more time than I ever thought possible in hipster D.C.

How often do you Google yourself? Eh, probably more frequently than I should. I do think it’s important for a journalist to know how his or her work has reverberated on the Web, though.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I tend to keep a cool head pretty well at work, so I’m probably a bore here.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Given my current line of work, I follow C.J. Chivers and Rajiv Chandrasekaran pretty closely. I ran into both of them in Afghanistan, and they were great guys.

Do you have a favorite word? “Maelstrom” is a current favorite. So is “pizza.” For different reasons, of course.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Definitely Sarah Palin. I’d ask her about the Marine whose rear end became famous after I blogged about it from Afghanistan. (Read that here.) I went out on patrol with Marines searching for snipers and was ambushed while on foot with Marines living in a beat-up Afghan schoolhouse, but the tattoo piece was by far the most popular one online.

Find out what a journalism prof once wrote on the top of one of Lamothe’s essays after the jump…

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