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DePillis Leaving TNR for WaPo’s Wonkblog

The New Republic’s Lydia DePillis is leaving the magazine for WaPo’s Wonkblog. Poynter’s Andrew Beaujon broke the news on Twitter, and DePillis quickly followed up with a retweet and a confirmation.

So, this is official. Sad to leave @tnr, thrilled to join @ezraklein & Co.! RT @abeaujon: Post memo: @lydiadepillis will join Wonkblog

— Lydia DePillis (@lydiadepillis) June 6, 2013

The real question on everyone’s mind though, was if DePillis would get to keep her 100 Percent Men Tumblr she started this April with the tagline “(c)orners of the world where women have yet to tread.”

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Quotes of the Day

TV journo hates himself?  

“Dear Toure, I just wanted you to know I hate you. Have a nice day.” — MSNBC’s Touré.

Got questions for the President? “Last call– send me your questions for President Obama. I’ll be sitting down for an exclusive interview w/him later today.” — ABC “This Week” and “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos at the crack of dawn.

Irony is…

“When I left a daylong event focused on ideas to make the world a better place, the driver ahead of me threw 2 soda cans out his car window.” — Tracy Sefl, elite media communications specialist.

Dumbass Pitches

“I may technically be a senior editor at TNR, but please stop sending me pitches about healthy tanning.” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe.

Gone crazy?

“I’VE BEEN DRINKING 32 OZ COKES ALL NIGHT AND I FEEL FINE SO WHATEVER, BLOOMBERG” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel, whose gut is verrry angry with him today.

The Observer: “Hey TeeVee, I’m officially tired of the chyron ‘Pope & Change.’ The Catholic Church is over 2,000 years old. Plenty of time to be clever” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.

The Observer II: “Some days, Morning Joe is like watching a couple on the verge of divorce try to keep from destroying each other.” — The Raw Story‘s Jesse Taylor, a former internet consultant to Jerry Springer’s political group and radio show.

Washington (and others) react to ABC’s “The Bachelor” Finale

“Catherine had three months to get rid of the nose ring and get a haircut. #teamlindsey #bachelor.”  — TWT senior op-ed writer and a show diehard Emily Miller.

“Emily’s lesson from #The Bachelor? If Mr. Dreamboat is making out with several other girls on nat’l TV & telling you how special u r–run.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. (She’s not referring to Emily above, but rather Emily Maynard, former Bachelorette and former contestant on “The Bachelor.”)

Important Q to Never Ponder: “Am I the only one way more interested in seeing Sean and Lindsay together on this show – than Sean and Catherine?? #bachelor” — FNC’s Shannon Bream. Commentary’s Jon Podhoretz replied, “@ShannonBream you and Lucifer.”

“Sat across the isle from Chris Harrison of The Bachelor on a plane from Austin to L.A. A very nice guy. I understand his success.” — Libertarian activist and ex-game show host Chuck Woolery.

“Thailand sucks for getting dumped. Can’t eat thai food again without breaking down in tears. #thebachelor” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.

“Taking off your shoes after getting dumped…power move. You’ll be fine Linds. #Bachelor.”– Media Matters Publicist Jess Levin.

A Washington photographer converses with his dog and two journos converse about uncooked pizza.  Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Rachel-Rachel: “Rachel Maddow was a guest on Rachel Maddow tonight. Err, I mean Rachel Maddow was a guest on Up with Chris Hayes tonight. Errr, wait, it’s Wednesday. Chris Hayes was a guest on Maddow tonight. I think I got it right?” — caption from a D.C. journo who prefers to remain anonymous.

Modern Journalism: Ask now, worry about editing later

“Regardless of the rightness (or wrongness — is that a word?) of the
Obama decision, what is [sic] amounts to politically is a pressing down of
the gas pedal in this ongoing game of political chicken.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza in a Wednesday story on “Fast and Furious.” A reader wonders on the writer’s question to himself, “Aren’t you supposed to find that out before you publish?”

A big Happy Birthday shout-out to Politico‘s Mike Allen, the man who owns birthdays in Washington.

GBTV’s S.E. Cupp on her frightful plane ride from Vegas to NYC: Cupp called the plane a “vomitorium.” Read and watch here.


Ezzy opines on Obama gaffe: No more news conferences!

“What Obama no doubt learned from his ‘gaffe’ news conference is that he shouldn’t do many news conferences. The downside risk of a poorly phrased, extemporaneous comment vastly outweighs the likelihood that whatever serious message he seeks to convey will make it through the media’s filter. What Romney learned from Obama’s news conference is that, if he’s lucky enough to become president, he shouldn’t do many news conferences, either.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein for Bloomberg View regarding the President’s “private sector is fine” gaffe. Read full story here.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

“Hey Betsy: How do you know so much about Michelle’s page???
YOU ARE BUSTED BITCH!!!” — AnonymASS. (Memo to ASS: I know as much as you do about The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields’ Wikipedia page, but any moron can look at the IP address and realize at least what part of town the changes are coming from. You can be that moron!) The tipster was in a tizzy about this story from yesterday.

How to handle rudeness on Twitter

“When someone w/ few followers is rude to you on #twitter U should post at least five successive replies explaining how cool you are. #protip” — Newsweek‘s Eli Lake.

Self-appointed media critic

“I’m looking forward to ‘The Newsroom’ joining Tom Friedman in ranks of things that everyone mocks relentlessly” — Wonkette and Salon‘s Jim Newell.

Necessary Tweet of the Day: Is Gene Weingarten now a food critic?

“Just had cold bing cherry soup topped with whipped goat-milk cream and duck shavings, at Pound in Cap. Hill. Beyond great.” — WaPo‘s Pulitzer Prize winning Gene Weingarten, who apparently thinks he’s Tom Seitsema this week. We’re sure you’ll get back to your newfound workouts at the gym soon.

But Gene’s not alone…Washington City Paper star photog Darrow Montgomery had this to say about a meal yesterday: “Brown ‘n Serve sausage smells like the ganja while browning.”

ICYMI: Vagina Journalism

“For TV, let’s all agree to stick with ‘vagina.’ That is, unless everyone can rally behind ‘pikachu’ or ‘tamagotchi.’” — TV industry insider from this story.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Nothing gets between a Boybander and his jeans

“The only pair of jeans I ever splurged on lasted exactly one year before getting a hole in an embarrassing place. Thanks, stranger.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Washington gossip columnist tells TMZ’s Levin to SHUT UP

“Shut up Harvey! Nobody needs TMZ’s view of the Marine urinating scandal. Stick to big news like Kim and Angelina and Brad.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard to TMZ Founder Harvey Levin. Read the TMZ story here on the scandal involving Marines peeing on dead bodies.

BFF Alert: Michelle and Gayle

“@michelleobama joining twitter world today love that! And welcome welcome to our First Lady!” — CBS This Morning Host Gayle King.

In other Michelle Obama commentary…

“@michelleobama, For the record, I don’t like it either when people perceive me as an angry black woman.” — SHanntysHair.

The new Ana Marie Cox

“Twelp please: Recommendations for fun stuff to do and where to dine in Milwaukee. Extra credit if it doesn’t involve beer. cc: @lovethebay” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Examiner writer gets props for perfect response

“@Drudge_Report: Clark Gable’s Grandson Jailed for Pointing Laser at Police Chopper drudge.” To which the Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein remarked, “Frankly, I don’t give a damn.”

Actually, there are stupid questions

“RT @HuffingtonPost Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero: So what’s the difference? || Inquiring minds don’t give a s***.” — FBDC and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

NPR overgifting

“In the past month NPR has given me an NPR pint glass, an NPR coaster, & an NPR beer koozie. What are they trying to do to me?!” — NPR’s LA-based Ben Bergman.

It’s Friday the 13th

“Today is Friday the 13th! 2012 is actually a CREEPY YEAR! We have 3 Friday the 13ths this yr, that’s the most you can have in a single year!” — News Channel 8′s Katherine Amenta.

Brokaw’s first day on Twitter

“At #Todayat60 party – like a great college reunion. … But where’s the keg?” — NBC’s Tom Brokaw. In less than 24 hours he has 7k followers. So far he’s following 20 people. They include NBC’s Chuck Todd, Vivian Schiller, Luke Russert, David Gregory, Richard Engel, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Ann Curry, Brian Williams and, of course, NBC News.

Shit happens when Weingarten’s around

“Was looking for @geneweingarten tweet in time line, easy to spot that sh*t!” — Washington City Paper‘s Darrow Montgomery.


TBD Tries to Raise the Bar With Tricycle Exposé, Ought to Take a Lesson From WCP

What would you rather read about? Adult tricycles or racy pictures in Washington restaurants? At left, the tricycle, at right a photograph by Washington City Paper’s Darrow Montgomery.

Both and WCP‘s websites ran photo slideshows in their top stories Thursday. Or rather, TBD‘s top story was, as usual, a slideshow and WCP ran a lengthy, in-depth article accompanied by a slide show.

The bigger difference is WCP‘s photos featured bizarre, raunchy sex art used in swanky D.C. restaurant bathrooms. TBD‘s were of middle-aged people (many with spare tires) riding a new adult tricycle designed to compete with the Segway.

Following a swath of layoffs at TBD earlier this year, it’s clear that Robert Allbritton has cleared the decks and TBD is aiming to become a serious competitor in local news, as exemplified by the tricycle slide show.

When it comes to news art, overweight men puttering around awkwardly on stand-up tricycles just isn’t that interesting. Now, naked torsos in Washington restaurants? Much preferred.

Separated at Birth: The Balding Edition

Today we delicately pair TBD‘s Arts & Entertainment Editor Andrew Beaujon and Phili radio host and MSNBC Contributor Michael Smerconish. Anyone complaining that their only likeness is their balding, my response is: true. A clear, contributing factor, without a doubt. But it’s the glasses and eyebrow shape, too. The brows are equally thick and fuzzy. Beaujon doesn’t appear too sensitive about his balding…he has mentioned it on his blog and compared himself to the late Telly Savalas. Note to readers: In case you think your eyes are playing tricks on you, they are not. We needed to switch out our original photograph of Beaujon because WCP has certain photo ownership rules and that picture was taken by Darrow Montgomery. We think this one works just as well.