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Brokaw Blasts Nerd Prom, More Journos Follow

On Sunday’s “Meet the Press”, Tom Brokaw was analyzing the Presidential race of 2012 when he took a sharp turn into Curmudgeon-ville to take major swipes at Nerd Prom. He is not pleased about the glittering of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner with stars like George Clooney and Charlize Theron. Some people may argue that at last those stars are politically active and aware of what’s going on the world. The same can’t be said for the likes of Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan.

In any event, reaction started pouring in over Twitter as Brokaw’s comments went viral. WSJ’s Neil King welcomed Brokaw’s comments by saying, “Here’s seconding Brokaw’s takedown of the WH Correspondents Dinner. And here’s predicting the day when POTUS says thanks but no thanks.” Longtime Washington political journo and columnist for the Dallas Morning News Carl Leubsdorf told FBDC, “I think he spoke for many of us.” He went on to say, “Tom is spot on. And as the dinner has become glitzier, fewer seats have gone to actual correspondents and more to corporate executives, advertisers and celebrities. The upcoming 100th WHCA anniversary in 2014 might be a perfect time to consider this, though I’m not too hopeful that will happen.” Something that got the attention of HuffPost’s Michael Calderone was Brokaw’s mention of “taking over the Italian embassy.” It just so happens that was the location of the blowout MSNBC after-party. National Correspondent for The Atlantic, James Fallows also agreed with Brokaw, saying, “Good for Tom B!”

Brokaw is one in a procession of Washington journalists who are trashing what the dinner has become. Late last week we reported on U.S. News & World Report’s Susan Milligan,
who also believes celebs ruin the image of the event. Some may also recall WaPo Dana Milbank‘s take on Nerd Prom last April, in which he says journalists have turned themselves into pimps for the politicians and the stars. He intimated that he grew sickened as he started to RSVP for parties and “made other plans for the weekend.” But Brokaw’s blast is a little bit different. First, he has the highest profile of anyone who has criticized the dinner. Second, he doesn’t seem to differentiate between George Clooney and Lindsay Lohan. He wants Hollywood out of the dinner.

It’s interesting to note that while Twitter was having a field day with Brokaw’s comments, neither Betsy Fischer, Exec. Producer for “Meet the Press”, nor host David Gregory made any comments. Watch Brokaw’s comments in the video below.

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WaPo writer not happy with Romney – I know, right? Who saw that coming? Dana Milbank is not happy that he can’t get up-close and personal with the Republican front-runner and who can blame him? Romney, I mean, not Milbank. Who would want to give access to someone who writes, “And if the campaign is about personality? To paraphrase Yogi Berra, Romney will be an overwhelming underdog.” The “I’m trying to get access, so I’m going to insult you till I do” approach only works when trying to get a kiss on the playground in first grade, not politics.

Careful what you wish for Larry King, the suspenders-clap curmudgeon himself, took to Twitter to lament the fact that he doesn’t have a brain. Well, not exactly. But sort of. The 348-year-old former CNN host tweeted, “Sometimes I wish I could have brain surgery just so @sanjayguptaCNN could be my doctor.” Aside from the creepiness of an elderly man flipping fate the bird by wishing he had a serious medical issue, who thinks like that? And, of those who do think like that, who decides to tell the world they think like that? After getting less that positive feedback, he soon followed up with “Didn’t mean to offend, I just really like and admire @sanjayguptaCNN he’s the best!” That was something he could have easily said in the first place, rather than ‘Gee, I wish I had a brain tumor so this one particular guy could cut my head open cuz he’s nice.’ Larry, it’s highly unlikely you’re going to need a brain surgeon – ever. To paraphrase Dizzy Dean, they could x-ray your head and not find nuthin’.

Joe Biden would not approveSlate writer Matthew Yglesias isn’t known for being nice (or particularly liked, really. But that’s a different matter). So when he tweeted, “The enormous Japanese tour group taking up a full car on this train is about to be very disappointed by US passenger rail,” the attitude was unsurprising. While it’s true that Amtrak sucks, you’d think a fan of subsidies wouldn’t point it out.

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Quotes of the Day

Female journo wanders into wrong restroom

“So, I am now one of those jackasses that walks into a men’s room b/c her nose is buried in the bberry.” — ABC News’ Amy Walter.

A Washington journalist hard at work…

“[Dana Milbank] enjoying the atmosphere at the [Dylan Ratigan] fete at Sidecar.” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart. Ratigan was in town to promote his new book, Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry.

Radio personality recalls motherly advice

“Remember how your mom told you cleaning is easier if you just pick up after yourself a little every day? She was right.” — WMAL and The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham.

A writer admits his troubles

“Writer complaint. Don’t you hate it when after three hours a paragraph still isn’t right?” — The Atlantic‘s Conor Friedersdorf.

Good News, Bad News and Peach Yogurt

First the bad news. U.S. News & World Report was seriously asleep at the wheel Thursday as a Washington Whispers writer fell for a ludicrous, obviously fake Twitter account in writing a story on the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood ordeal. Tierney Sneed wrote the story. The journo wrote, “Jill Biden tweeted Thursday afternoon, ‘When Joe heard about Susan G. Komen not funding Planned Parenthood anymore, Joe threw away his pink-ribbon Harvest Peach yogurt.’” (SERIOUSLY no editor caught this.) And the good news. Washington Whispers staff humbly issued the following correction and didn’t try to sugarcoat any notion that a terrible mistake was made. That deserves at least an emoticon (as MSNBC’s Meghan McCain might say) of respect.

“Washington Whispers published in error a story stating that Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, had sent a message through Twitter saying that the vice president no longer supported the work of the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The story was based on a fake Twitter account.”

Find a sampling of recent tweets from @drjillbiden after the jump…

Fish Poll: Yesterday we polled readers on the hypothetical of ABC making Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper permanent host of “This Week.” The results were clear: 42.3 percent of you agreed, “Yes, he’s the quintessential Washington insider who knows politics inside and out.” Second highest score comprised 33.33 percent respondents: “Yes, I’m over George Stephanopoulos already.”

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Quotes of the Day

Journo love

“Alex Burns. Maggie Haberman. We love you both.” — MSNBC’s Alex Witt on Sunday afternoon to guests of the program Politico‘s Burns and Haberman.

Is Jason Linkins a 13-year-old with a drinking problem?

“Damn it! I promised myself that my ‘work bourbon’ would last until the New Hampshire primary was over.” — HuffPost‘s left-wing media reporter Jason Linkins spent the weekend trying to be Hunter S. Thompson and failing miserably. On Sunday morning he adds, “The winner of this debate is vodka.” Still later he says simply, “Drink” and links to a music video. 

Huntman’s Mandarin falls flat

“I was in the press room, actually, last night during that debate and the press kind of erupted into laughter at that so I’m not sure that moment went over very well.” — RealClearPoliticsErin McPike on MSNBC Sunday afternoon in response to a question on Jon Huntsman‘s use of Mandarin in Saturday night’s debate.

Melinda tires of the ass kissing

“Is Chris Matthews thinking David Gregory will be his boss someday? Enough, already…” — WaPo‘s Melinda Henneberger.

HuffPost reporter gets shout-out from Eva Longoria

“Eva Longoria just retweeted me. I mean, that’s cool.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Bad form: Reporter RT’s himself

“RT @MikViq: Basically, Romney is saying that IF he could correct the SuperPAC ads he would, but since he hardly knows these people, he can’t.” — NBC’s Michael Viqueira. To be fair, Viqueira is not a serial self RTer. This is the first act of this nature that we’ve seen from him. But why do this ever?

JMart pricks Newt, Pinocchio and WaPo

“Love that Newt is still turning to washpost Pinnochios [sic] as pushback. Plays well in Laconia.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin.

Muffin metaphors

“Ever since Peggy Noonan called Newt Gingrich ‘an angry little attack muffin’ all I see is a screaming blueberry muffin when he talks…” — MSNBC Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain.

WaPo‘s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin assesses the weekend: “Loser: Diane Sawyer winner: people who can’t stand Huntsman.. he’ll be gone soon.”

Reality Show Confessional

“I miss Herman and Michelle.” — WaPo‘s Dana Milbank.

Ball puts debate moderator’s hair on notice

“John DiStaso wins Best Early-State Mullet category.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball of the Union Leader reporter who helped moderate the NBC debate Sunday morning. And FNC “Redeye” host Greg Gutfeld suggests this: “After debate, David Gregory’s hair is having brunch with John Huntsman’s hair.”

Sick designer on the loose

“Throat hurts + fever + headache + congestion = me today :-( #justshootme.” — Washington Business Journal Designer Timothy Wong. (This was Sunday; hopefully he’s on the mend today.)

Erick Erickson issues “apology” to ABC

“Dear ABC News, I was wrong. You set the bar for stupid so high in last night’s debate even NBC did better than you.” — RedState.com’s Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Headline on a story by CBS Political Director John Dickerson on Slate: My Baloney Has a First Name, It’s M-I-T-T

Weekend drive-thru

“Wendy’s drive-thru in Vienna, VA. Apparently, tonight, this is how I roll. #suburbanadventures #withajrbaconcheeseburger” — Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Rules and more rules

“Just announced in press file ‘we have a little bit of security issue outside.’ Taking folks over to the spin room in groups of 10. Really?” — ReutersSam Youngman in New Hampshire.

Whose Shoes: Revealed

Yesterday we presented you with these mystery loafers worn by a certain Washington, D.C. journalist.

Guesses included: Janet Donovan (kidding), WaPo‘s Dana Milbank, Khloe Kardashian, Yahoo! News’ David Chalian, Washington D.C.’s professional partygoer and “futurist” Brendan Kownacki, and Fox & Friends Steve Doocy.

The right answer is: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich. The brand is Clarks. He has no idea where he purchased them. Maybe online.

 

Yahoo! News Celebrates Chalian, Campaign Season

Photo L to R: Rick Klein, Robin Sproul, Richard Kaplan, Ross Levinsohn, Jonathan Karl, Amy Walter, Joe Ruffolo.

If you didn’t make it up to the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave for Yahoo! News’ swanky soiree on Wednesday night, here’s a quick recap of what you missed:  Thrown by event extraordinaire Philip Dufour, the party was held in large part to welcome new DC bureau chief David Chalian.  In addition, the newsgroup used the opportunity to kick off their 2012 campaign coverage plans and to raise a glass to their partnership with ABC News.

Ross Levinsohn, Yahoo! EVP of the Americas  (and American University alum),  spoke about Yahoo! News’ expanding editorial coverage and presence in Washington to a crowd that included many familiar faces from ABC’s DC bureau:  Ann Compton, Jonathan Karl, Rick Klein, Polson Kanneth, Richard Kaplan, Amy Walter and Robin Sproul.  Also in attendance were WaPo‘s Dana Milbank, Neil Patel of the Daily Caller, NJ’s Chris Frates, Jane Mayer from the New Yorker, CNN’s Dan Lothian and Alex Mooney, Politico’s Marty Kady and Keach Hagey, Judy Kurtz of The Hill, NBC’s Adam Verdugo, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, CQ Roll Call’s Mark Walters and FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.

“Politics on the Rocks” Tonight: Mason, Milbank, Henry & More

If you haven’t had your fill of Julie Mason and Sirius XM Radio posts today, you’re in luck.  Because Mason will join an all-star lineup of journo guests on POTUS Channel’s “Politics on the Rocks” tonight at 7 pm.  Kicking off the one-year countdown to the 2012 election, the show returns to the Truman Lounge at the National Press Club to broadcast live on SXM 124.

Hosted by PoliOptics’ Adam Belmar, tonight’s POTR panel includes Tim Farley, WaPo’s Dana Milbank, FNC White House correspondent Ed Henry, Hearst’s Llewellyn King, PBS’s Darren Gersh, AP’s Mark Hamrick…and of course, the lovely and talented Julie Mason.

Shake, mix, stir or sling yourself a cocktail and then tune into POTR tonight.

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Quotes of the Day

Boybander attends very bad movie

“Gonna go catch the Lion King later today, or, as Rick Perry calls it, ‘Niggerhead 3D.’” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a reference to Gov. Rick Perry‘s family hunting camp. 

Personally? Milbank wants Christie in.

“Selfishly, I hope he abandons his reluctance and enters the race. If nothing else he will entertain us on the campaign trail.”WaPo‘s Dana Milbank in a Sunday column.

Bio of the Day

Brian Danza: Director of BS (Business Strategies) for The Daily Caller: “Jazzercise Weekend Warrior and Live-Tweeter to the Stars, Occasionally seen roaming offices of The Daily Caller.”

Online idiocy

“A guy sent WWR a message saying he hopes [Jimmy] Carter drops dead soon. Boorish, crude behavior only diminishes yourself & shows a lack of class.” — West Wing Report.

Rangel gets shooed away

“Just ran into a colleague who says that Charlie Rangel tried to come to the start of the #OccupyWallSt march, but was booed away.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter.

West Wing Reportage…

“So… The motorcade comes rolling through Georgetown is serious. #outsidethebubble.” — AP‘s Philip Elliott.

Ambinder weighs in on Christie

“Chris Chrstie WILL be judged unfairly because of his weight. Asking should he be … says more about the person who asks. That said…Public figures can deal w/ weight stigma by being open about it & Christie prolly will. Most people with a bias against him b/c of weight.” — NJ‘s Marc Ambinder, who had his own issues with obesity and had bariatric surgery after the late NBC “MTP” Host Tim Russert‘s death scared him into taking drastic action.

Milbank Fears Older Boys With Pot

WaPo Opinion Writer Dana Milbank wrote a story this week on GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Perry and his anti-government sentiments.

But the line that jumped out (at least for our purposes) is when Milbank admits that  he left the Boy Scouts because the older boys were smoking weed. Really, is that all it took for him to flee? This is a reporter who was willing to cover himself in newspaper and don a Burger King crown in daylight at the corner of 17th and K to interview PETA’s lettuce bikini ladies. But he won’t smoke a bowl with older Boy Scouts?

(Milbank graduated from high school in Merrick, N.Y. The name of the small town with a population of about 22,000 happens to mean peaceful. Ironically, Amy Fischer lived there. Yes, that Amy Fischer, the one dubbed “Long Island Lolita” who slept with Joey Buttafuoco and then shot his wife, Mary Jo, in the face. Fischer was a journalist before she entered the porn industry.)

The Boy Scout memories came up while Milbank was reading Perry’s 2008 memoir, On My Honor, in which he denounces gay scoutmasters and compares homosexuality to alcoholism.

Milbank writes, “So it all comes back to the Boy Scouts. I have no beef with the Scouts. (I quit my troop when I was 12, not because of excessive godliness but because the older boys kept getting high.)”

We’ve requested comment from Milbank about his Boy Scout days.

Read the full piece here.

(A thank you to Politico’s Byron Tau for highlighting the pot line.)

UPDATE: Dear Readers. It turns out Milbank’s Boy Scout troop was not getting “high” on pot, as previous interpreted by us and other journalists and readers. It was more along the lines of “cough syrup” and “solvents.” Milbank wrote tonight to explain: “If marijuana had been the troop’s drug of choice they would have named me an honorary Eagle Scout in high school.  This was more like solvents and cough syrup.” We apologize for leading anyone to believe that Milbank walked away from a childhood pot smoking ring when, in fact, he at least jokes he would have gladly participated.

Weiner Resurrected in WaPo B-Day Card

WeinerGate may be gone, but it’s not forgotten. WaPo brought back ex-lawmaker Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) in a 50th birthday card for President Obama in the weekend’s Outlook section. They had Weiner jumping out of a cake and saying one of the funnier remarks on the card: “You look hot!”

Op-ed writer Dana Milbank wrote the card.

 

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