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Political Site Gets Syndicated

Former Politico reporter Dave Catanese, who now runs TheRun2016, has entered into his first syndicate agreement. He wouldn’t get into the exact numbers, but sufficed to say it’s a monthly contracted fee for content.

It is with YellowHammerNews, which is based in Homewood, Ala. The non-exclusive agreement transpired earlier in the month. YellowHammerNews is a conservative news and politics site founded by Cliff Sims, whose work has appeared the The Daily Caller and its sometimes arch nemesis Politico.

“I’ve received some interest from local websites and bloggers who are interested in national content and want to syndicate my content,” Catanese told FishbowlDC, explaining that more progressive and mainstream sites are also considering entering into similar agreements. “Essentially we agreed to a contract where they can syndicate TheRun2016 content on their own site.  We’re taking baby steps, but the idea is to try to expand this type of syndication agreement into other states — and am in that process right now.”

Cantanese stresses that TheRun2016 does not lean conservative.  “The content on my site will not be partisan — and I think taking even a cursory look at it bears that out,” he said. “TheRUN2016.com is dedicated to providing analysis on candidates in both parties and I don’t come from an ideological perspective.”

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LET SLEEPING DOG LIE: “Someone is very happy to be home and sleeping in a bed unlike those barbarians at doggy boarding.” — Politico’s Christine Delargy, who formerly wrote for FBDC

Was it really OTR?

“It was definitely on record. We’ve had two senior editors from our organization who scrutinized ever aspect of this story. There’s no question it was an on the record conversation.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker, author of the story in which New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner‘s Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called ex-campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi a series of insults that are now part of her Twitter feed, as pictured here. Walker told the above to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night on his program.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Adventures in weird first date eavesdropping: ‘you’re just not into topography enough’” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. He added, “I mean, who has map reading as a relationship deal breaker? I have my orienteering merit badge but that shit ain’t a fetish.”

Please, Politico, can he do this?

“If it were socially acceptable to Tweet nothing but Seinfeld lines I’d do it. And drape myself in velvet.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

The Observer

“My Twitter feed seems drunker than usual tonight. People sprung early for the impending congressional recess?” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

AC confusion?

“Air conditioning debate rages – if one says turn it down, that can mean make it warmer (as in turn down the fan).” — Dana Perino, Co-host of FNC’s “The Five.” She explained, “Husband asks why I don’t say ‘reduce’ the air conditioning …but that also can be confusion and mean make it colder! #ack!”

Father Glenn

“Now entering the lives being destroyed phase of the Weiner crack-up. Anyone getting their jollies off of this now is pretty much a sadist,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, whose Twitter feed has taken a decidedly preachy turn as of late. We love his passion.

Journo has karaoke advice

“The next time you think of kareoking Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, don’t. Leave it be.” — Political blogger Dave Catanese. As some may recall, Catanese once won the highest award at a karaoke contest so he may know what he’s talking about.

Navarro says Matthews out of line…

“I’m no fan of Cruz, but this is way over the line.” — CNN’s Ana Navarro on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “political terrorist.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:29 a.m.

Coworker Love

“Why @NikkiSchwab is the best co-worker ever: She sends out all-staff emails letting us know about #FreeSmoothieDayDC tomorrow!! :D ” — Red Alert Politics News Editor Kelsey Osterman on Nikki Schwab.

Confessional.

“ICYMI: ‘Anthony Wiener is a needy little bitch.’ (Not judging, b/c so am I.)” — The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, linking to Sydney Elaine Leather‘s appearance on the Howard Stern show in which she calls Weiner a “needy little bitch.”

Beltway Journo Quits Twitter Cold Turkey

Blogger Dave Catanese, a freelancer formerly with Politico, did the unthinkable for Esquire. He dropped off Twitter for a week just to see what would happen. In the story, he compares his addiction to that of an food addict at an all-you-can eat brunch. So it wasn’t a cake walk. There were moments he wanted to gorge. But no, he didn’t combust. The worst of it: he felt less relevant. For Washington media, that’s dying a thousand deaths. “Gone was the ability to be immediately self-assured that my take on the topic d’jour mattered and held value with my peers,” he wrote. “If it sounds a tad self-absorbed, well, welcome to Washington.”

Some embarrassing details Catanese admitted in his first-person account: 1. Among the first things he does upon waking is he sees how many new followers he has and checks his retweets. 2. He nearly screwed up the entire assignment by  initially clicking on Twitter. Then he remembered. “It was just a split second, though,” he writes. 3. He sometimes falls asleep with his phone in hand: “On some particularly insatiable nights, I fall asleep with the phone nestled in my hand on the pillow.” Seriously, nestled?

The writer admits there were upsides to taking the week off — he read more, he slept without the device cradled in his hand. “I’ll probably gradually ease back into my Twitter habits, mostly because it’s a main avenue to promote my work as a freelancer and for my site TheRun2016.com,” Catanese told FishbowlDC this morning. “But I must say I haven’t gotten back into the Twitter groove just yet. I think being away from it for a week and not missing anything major made it slightly easier to stay away from. I didn’t wake up Monday morning dying to Tweet, but then again it’s only been a few days.”

Still, maybe more importantly, traffic on his website, TheRun2016.com, dipped 30 – 50 percent while he was away from his Twitter buffet.

At one point he writes:

Twitter offers a shield, which allows you to be expressive, bold — even offensive — for all of your most influential followers to witness, without having to confront the awkward social consequences of an in-person engagement. (“How can he be so hilarious on Twitter and yet so awkward in person?” a friend recently asked me about one of the city’s more prolific political Tweeps.)

Naturally we went on a FishbowlDC manhunt to see if we could figure out who this prolific Tweep was.

We pressed Catanese on who this individual is.

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Ex-Politico Reporter Starts ’2016′ Blog

The presidential election ended just four months ago but Dave Catanese, former Politico blogger and Senate reporter, launched a blog Sunday that focuses exclusively on the next one.

Catanese left Politico at the start of the year without any real explanation other than that he was going to “explore opportunities,” as he told FishbowlDC. He continued tweeting about politics and sometimes rap music, but never indicated anything about a new job.

On the blog, called TheRun2016, Catanese has written four posts… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“This here is a Christopher Hitchens Christmas ornament.” — The Hill’s Daniel Strauss

Questionable footwear

“Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse’s shoes — not what a senator typically wears to work.” — HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper.

Journo’s react to laziness accusation: NYT‘s Carl Hulse comes up with perfect response

“Laziness in political reporting is becoming an epidemic.”Josh Holmes.

  • “I’d like to know what he means but wld take 2 much time.” — NYT‘s Carl Hulse.
  • “I totally agree. I mean, I haven’t checked, but totally true.” — Politico‘s Josh Gerstein.

Journo wants legal help with parking ticket

“I need a constitutional law attorney to help me with a parking ticket, pro bono. Any volunteers?” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau.

 ABC reporter bashes CNN

“CNN’s headline that Obama/GOP are ‘running out of time’ on fiscal cliff is the reason people don’t watch CNN.” — ABC News’ Matt Negrin.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“I’m just bummed Kei$ha couldn’t make the afterparty.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Hey Touré: WHAT’S YOUR PROBLEM?

“@Toure since you’re RTing me how about UNBLOCKING me so I can FOLLOW YOU.” — FBDC and TheBlaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

Bosom Buddies

“First reported by @JakeSherman the #GOP has sent a new cliff offer back to the WH.” — NBC’s Luke Russert. Luke’s bff is Politico congressional reporter Jake Sherman.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day (although we’re absurdly glad he did it)

“~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<”)))><~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~<”))><~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers.

See what has a cartoonist in a twist… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Press Secretaries and other SPOX: You’ve been warned.

“Seriously people, this is comms 101. if i come to you asking to talk to you or your boss, ONE OF YOU is showing up in my story. Regardless.” — Buzzfeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Headline irony alert: “What’s in a name? John Martini charged with DUI, hitting Ocean City officer with a car.” — ABC7. Read story here.

Blogger praises bank for catching ass

“To the ass that swiped my debit card number and went to Foot Locker, you can thank @WellsFargo for finding you so quickly. I sure am.” — Vintage blogger and social media consultant Lisa Rowan.

We hope you’re okay Neda!

“Today.. Today I received an email from January 1904, which leaves me with more questions about 1904 then I’ve ever had before.” — Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani, who has clearly been transported back in some sort of strange time capsule.

Journo laments obscenely costly beer

“Concessions are open and selling beer at #FreePAC. You know what’s not fiscally conservative? An $8.50 Bud Light.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Sighting: Buzzfeed‘s Chris Geidner at the newly remodeled Starbucks in Dupont Circle chatting away on his cell phone. The party on the other line seemed to be unfamiliar with Buzzfeed as Geidner had to repeatedly state the name of the publication and spell it out. (For next time,  we suggest these associations: B as in boy, u as in umbrella, z as in zesty, z as in zesty, f as in f%@k, e as in effervescent, e as in effervescent, d as in dingbat.)

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo stops to tweet touching moment

“Sitting on porch with Fix Jr as nice wind blows and temps in 70s. Hard to imagine a better day.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Important Question to Ponder: “Is there an episode of Three’s Company that does NOT revolve around some misunderstanding?” — Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin.

Journo Snobbery

“NYT reporter nxt to me rolls eyes when I say I work for huffpost, then pulls out pen and paper as I pull up Tweetdeck #thisisnewmedia #wsf12.” — HuffPost‘s Rebecca Searles.

Weekend travel woes

“I’m within mere moments of an @ABC7Stephen-style Amtrak breakdown.” — CNN’s Matt Dornic on Friday night Amtrak ride between New York and D.C. referring to ABC 7 Correspondent Stephen Tschida who once had an unforgettable journey between D.C. and Philadelphia.

Speaking of train complaints…

On Sunday night, CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary was aggravated by different things aboard the train: “BRING BACK THE OLD CHEESE PLATE. #Amtrak,” she wrote. And this: “You, bro on the cell phone, are in the Quiet Car. Where I do not mess around.”

Actress was ‘well spoken’

“Talked to actress Gabrielle Union at the Komen kick off. She was well spoken, addressing the Planned Parenthood controversy head on.” — Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab. So what did Union, who lost a friend to cancer, say that was so eloquent? The quote: “Since she passed my sense of urgency has greatly expanded and increased — it just sucks.” Schwab “reported” that Union “didn’t flinch” when asked about the recent Komen/Planned Parenthood controversy. “I can say as a proud Democrat that I don’t bat an eyelash supporting Komen and I don’t bat an eyelash supporting Planned Parenthood because ultimately their goal is the same: saving women’s lives,” she said. That’s a lot of still eyelashes, right, Sticky?

Baier remembers deceased colleague, puts sons in matching outfit

“Happy Birthday to our friend Tony Snow.. he would have been 57 today. We miss him!” — FNC’s Bret Baier on Snow, former White House Press Sec. and Fox News anchor, who died from cancer in 2008. In less touching news from Baier… he dressed his boys in matching outfits over the weekend and then tweeted it out for the world to see. Fortunately, he said, he didn’t have to wear the same outfit. Really, fortunately? We’d have paid good money (well, maybe $10) to see the picture of the whole fam dressed head to toe in matching frocks. Kind of like that horrible Mike Huckabee family photo fiasco.

Reporter enjoys teeny bopper musical influences.

“May have to #WIrecall that ‘Call Me Maybe’ song. Just caught myself starting to car jam to it. Fortunately Waka Flocka intervened.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Comm Director Has Frustrating Fios Weekend

Heritage Foundation’s Comm Director Rory Cooper can’t say enough against FiOS.
“Going on four weeks of major @FiOSTV fail. 3 wks no on demand. 2 days of reset every 10 mins. Can’t even watch it anymore. Argh.” Cooper added, “We get this screen and then full reset every 15 mins on @FiOSTV Maddening. @VerizonSupport.”

Stanton’s stance on England’s Jubilee

“I’d rather smoke bath salts with Jeffrey Dahmer than watch the queen’s #jubilee.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


Journos Reveal When They Let Mom Down

In a twist on Mother’s Day today, we asked Washington journalists to think about a time or moment in their lives when they disappointed her. Just the asking part was fascinating in that it sometimes evoked complicated feelings. While many readily replied to the question, more than one declined for any number of reasons. A few said the question brought up touchy things they’d rather not discuss or have her see, while others dealt with the heavy reality that she’s no longer alive. We appreciate those who provided us answers, and to those of you who couldn’t or wouldn’t respond, we understand that too.

NBC Producer Andy Gross told us he’d rather not answer the question since his mother, Cornelia, passed away fairly recently and this is his first Mother’s Day without, as he put it, her “reassuring presence in my life.” In lieu of an answer, he sent this photograph of the two of them. He’s the one in the big black shoes.

SiriusXM’s Julie Mason: “I grew up in a seriously liberal family — Boston Irish Kennedy-huggers from way back. Effective modes of teenage rebellion were highly limited. I became a punk rocker, but that raised few eyebrows. Then one summer during college, I went to work for the RNC. It was like I had stabbed her in the heart! We both got over it, eventually.”

Mike Elk, In These Times Magazine: “My mother used to fart a lot when I was a kid and then blame it on me in public. Occasionally, I would be like no mom you farted, I dont know if that she was disappointed I wouldn’t take the fall for the fart, but she was certainly embarrassed.”

Politico‘s Dave Catanese: Probably when I was a young teenager and a few friends and I got nabbed by local po-po swiping political signs.  And nooooo, it wasn’t a partisan thing.  Just dumb kids seeing what we could get away with it in the dark of night.  Mom wasn’t pleased, but neither was Dad.

WaPo‘s Erik Wemple: “I am sure that I disappointed my mother on many fronts. Thing is, I don’t really know what those things were, because she never betrayed disappointment. She was everything to me, and then she dropped dead in a supermarket in Schenectady, N.Y., 12 years ago. So I’ll add this question to the many that I never got to ask her.”

NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan: “My mother is a tough lady. You’d have to be, to endure the perpetual state of disappointment in which I’m certain she exists. She’s too kind to ever show this, of course, but I’d imagine on any number of levels – sartorial, behavioral, professional – the disappointment is almost total.”

The Daily Caller‘s Brian Danza: “I wouldn’t want to disappoint her more by saying something stupid in the media. My mom lives in Italy, so it’s not mother’s day over there. I am off the hook this time.”

Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan: “In general, my mother was very supportive and non judgmental so it is hard to say just what disappointed her, but if I had to guess it would be when she and my father would take my children in the summer so I could ‘get my act together’.  Instead, I went tooling around in the Greek Islands and pretended to be calling from a ‘bad connection’ when I checked in with them.  They never said anything, but being a mother myself, I know she knew, so assume she was disappointed.”

TWT‘s Anneke Green: “So I called my mom on this one. She denied every disappointment I accused her of ever feeling, including that I wouldn’t cut off my hair. Apparently I am a model child. Or it’s right before Mothers Day and she doesn’t want to jeopardize her gift situation. Gotta go, jumping on a plane to surprise her this weekend!

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “I have never disappointed her. Every mother dreams her 30 year-old son will spend his days driving across the frozen Iowa tundra in the hopes of yelling questions at a former Pennsylvania Senator in a pizza buffet restaurant.”

Publicist Dannia Hakki: “I have the lucky privilege of having a mother for a client. My mother is the COO of my father’s plastic surgery/med spa practice, Luxxery Medical Boutique. I am the boutique’s publicist. My mother loves to bother me about pitches, press releases and other public relation’s services that are included in her monthly retainer. She sends me daily emails with updates, questions, and concerns to make sure my father is being pitched properly. Take, Plastic Surgery Practice Magazine, for example. Email from my mother attached – in which she yells at me her assistant Maha about our pitching efforts.” An excerpt from her mother’s email: “This is going to become poop on Maha day because Maha doesn’t know poop about what I am talking about, and besides: AINT GOT TIME FOR THIS. Dannia, if you are in your office, please look in the pile of junk this is on your left hand side at your desk and you will find the PSP issue, at which point we can talk.”

Afternoon Chatter

Quotes of the Day


“The lawn at the British Ambassador’s residence is prepared for Prince Harry garden reception.” — Bloomberg’s Stephanie Green with accompanying photograph.

What’s Driving the Day: “Made a quick run to the store tonight and experienced the most unsubtle stare at my rear end by a dude since I was in college.” — Blogger and writer Danielle Belton, author of The Black Snob.

A journo’s emotional outpouring for Lugar

“Politics aside, @dicklugar is 1 of the most gracious pols I’ve covered. At each stop he shakes each reporter’s hand, thanks them for coming.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese, who is traveling to Indiana today so his email response time may lag.

Drudge Whoring

“I love Drudge headline right now… can we just bask in Matt Drudge’s genius?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle in a memorable tweet from last week.

It’s not Love Story but it’s something…“I love Reagan National airport so much that we need a Constitutional amendment prohibiting me from marrying it.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Journo wants Obama to stop being such a p—y

“Obama is being a coward on issue of gay marriage. Stand for what you believe in, there’s no shame in that.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jason Howerton.

Shots fired by Mr. Scarry

“Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields is a big girl. Doesn’t need to be kid gloved like she just was by O’Reilly.” — FBDC and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry. A note to “AnonymASS” who always flips out, sometimes with physical threats, when we write about your beloved Michelle: Deal with it.

Reporter gets in touch with himself

“I feel in touch with my Oregon roots every time I pull my bicycle up to a valet parking stand. #putabirdonit” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Kidney stones still on their way out

“Welcome new followers. I’ll be back next week fully engaged with my tweeps. I’m convalescing All Tweets pre-set via @hootsuite xo.” — a message from NBC theGrio’s Sophia Nelson this morning. Sophia tweeted about her kidney stone issues over the weekend intermingled with inspirational thoughts on connecting with God.

PBS’ Gwen Ifill asks: “Honest question. When is the last time we’ve seen a series of such delayed, grudging endorsements?” (She’s of course referring to Rick Santorum‘s 11 p.m. lackluster email endorsement of Mitt Romney.)

 

Politico Puts Politics Editor in Cockpit

“In a rational world, it seems obvious…”

This is the promising start to an early morning memo from Politico‘s Editor-in-Chief John Harris to staff. Makes you wonder where he’s going with it. Our minds raced. 1. Mike Allen will attend Arianna Huffington‘s sleep away summer camp for insomniacs. 2. There will be an uprising during the next Politico live show in which Ginger Gibson, Juana Summers and Reid Epstein will all say f&@k on air. Or 3. National Politics Editor Charlie Mahtesian will soon begin writing a new blog called “Charlie Mahtesian on the American Political Landscape.”

Ding. Ding. Ding. If you guessed number three you’re onto something. Mahtesian will be relieved of some of his grueling line-editing duties to write the new blog but will remain Politics Editor. Harris says if anyone deserves more time in the cockpit and less in the control tower, it’s Mahtesian. On another important note, Dave Catanese will be taking “a breather” from his blogging responsibilities. Harris says news from his blog can just as easily be presented through quick news stories. What’s more, he says Catanese “excels on the road.”

See the internal memo…It’s all carefully worded to mitigate any possible bad feelings.

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