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Ask Piranhamous Anything

Today we have another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple and insightful.

1. Is Piranhamous more than one person? What makes you qualified to be Piranhamous?

That’s a question each person must answer for themselves, isn’t it? One for the ages. Sometimes it feels that way. Were it, we wouldn’t say. Were it not, I wouldn’t say. You dig? What makes me qualified to be us? Or us qualified to be me? Healthy gums. You can’t brush them enough. Clear? No? That’s kind of the point.

2. Are you going to read latest Washingtonian issue, the one with pancakes on the cover? They’re doing best breakfasts. Guess it’s more appetizing than best proctologists.

I might give it a once-over, but only on days I have to spend more time on the toilet than the second half of your question would recommend. I don’t know where they come up with their story ideas but can imagine their morning editorial meetings being a pain in the ass and that may have something to do with it

3. Do you think MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is too hard on Romney and is helping to ensure he loses the race?

With Joe, it’s not that he’s hard on Romney, he’s hard on every conservative. I suspect he caught a case of David Frum at a “key party” at David Brooks’ house. I’m not talking about sex, I’m talking about smug. There seems to be something going around Republicans who want to hang with the “cool” media crowd in Manhattan. What passes for a “Republican” in New York and Georgetown wouldn’t even pass for a “Blue Dog Democrat” just a decade ago. This makes people like Joe uncomfortable. He rocks his little nerd glasses and gets all the right invites, but he’s not that interesting so he feels like he needs a “hook.” His hook is to act interesting to his hosts and surroundings. Joe’s problem is he’s not interesting. His reputation in Congress was not, shall we say, the best. I know Joe would like you to think his shortcomings and lack of respect from the right is everyone else’s fault, but you don’t work with a bunch of people for years and come out being disliked by that many of them without the problem being you. You also can’t work in politics and television without growing a huge ego that doesn’t allow you to ever admit that any problem is you. But with Joe, the problem is Joe.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Thought Bubble: Ann Romney, you are no Laura Bush

“Honor Laura Bush. She stood up for women & she puts up with the repubs.” — CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen in response to women protesting former first lady Laura Bush being given the Alice Award, for a woman who advances other women.

Father’s Day wishes (well, sort of)

“Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.” — Writer and human rights lawyer Ronan Farrow. Farrow is Special Adviser to the Sec. of State for Global Youth Issues. He is the only biological child of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow.

Q: Which NYT columnist follows singer/actress Katy Perry? A: David Brooks

Convo Between Two Journos

Slate‘s Matt Yglesias: “Admittedly, I found Wawa amazing when I first went. Then again I was high as a kite at the time.” InTheseTimes Magazine Labor Writer Mike Elk: “Things we both agree on.”

News You Can Use

“PSA for congressional reporters: If you forget your license, your federally issued press ID will get you thru airport security.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day: Nail Polish Alert

“A perfect summer shade thanks to @caroljoynt and @CHANEL” — Bloomberg reporter and photog Stephanie Green. (Although we must admit, the shade is pretty.)

The Appointed Media Critic

“Is there ANYTHING more painful to watch on cable TV than the 2-3 minutes transition between @BashirLive and @DylanRatigan?!” — Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd.

Liberal analyst: Obama heckler should be stripped of press pass

“Resorting to race-baiting or pitting groups of human beings against one another is not journalism worthy of a White House press pass.” — MSNBC Analyst Karen Finney writes on The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro‘s “Incivility” for The Hill.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Created by Morgan Howlan, age 5. Appeared in New Times.

Marc Ambinder not keen on ‘poking’ David Brooks

“I do not know why Facebook suggests that I poke David Brooks, but I think I shall reject their suggestion.” –Contributing Editor for GQ and The Atlantic Marc Ambinder, who is up awfully early for an L.A. based writer. This tweet was written at 5:20 a.m. which is 2:20 PT. Brooks is a conservative columnist for NYT.

Convo Between Two Journo Types

A sampling from JRC’s Steve Buttry: 1. “Amtrak just canceled our Acela train. Seriously.” 2. “My last Amtrak trip from NY to DC was delayed 3 hours by a fatality on the track. Now we’re thrown off in Philly for a ‘bridge problem.’” 3. “But I’m not patient.” 4. “Avis didn’t honor our reservation, but we were working w/ another guy whose reservation worked.”

Jeff Jarvis, blogger and J-School prof: “Steve Buttry, I’m surprised even your wife travels with you. Hell, I’m surprised any conveyance sells you a ticket.”

It’s Raining Jean Shorts!

“I am counting the # of jean short-tank top combos today. Despite that it’s a thing, it shouldn’t be. We are not a beach town. #dcpride” — Metro Weekly White House Correspondent Chris Geidner. In other weekend observations, Roll Call‘s John Stanton saw this: “Black leather bannana hammock + rainbow angel wings + pasty ass white skin = gay pride weekend on U St.”

Real Life Bulls%!t

“Just saw a pregnant woman carrying a baby crossing a street without crosswalk while texting… #whatswrongwithpeople” — Thomas Tobin, executive producer at NBC4.

Dinner Faux Pas

“Got back to my table, and @michaelpfalcone was using my napkin. Dude…. #RTCADinner” — Retiring Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) at the RTCA dinner Friday night on Falcone, deputy political director for ABC News. McCotter also remarked on CBS’s Steve Chaggaris, saying, “Finally met @stevechaggaris – he’s skinnier in person than on TV.” In other RTCA dinner news, WJLA TV reporter Mike Conneen, meanwhile, observed this: “AWKWARD! At @rtcadinner, Steve Kroft accepts award a few ft away from Speaker Boehner for story exposing Congressional insider trading.” Kroft works for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” UPDATE and Correction: Cheggaris recently returned to CBS as Executive Editor, Washington of CBSNews.com. He is no longer with Yahoo! News. Before that he was at TBD. The above has been changed to reflect the facts.

Surprise. Surprise. A WaPo technological failure.

“My @washingtonpost app has crashed 3 times this morning! I suppose I could go pick up the paper at the end of my driveway.” — Christine Montgomery, chief digital officer at the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch.

The Appointed Media Critic

“It’s funny how @HowardKurtz has hard lefties like David Shuster on his show, but the best he can do for a righty is Jennifer Rubin…?” — The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor referencing lefty radio host Shuster and WaPo‘s right-leaning blogger Rubin.

In case you missed it over the weekend, MSNBC Contributor, author and Daily Beast Contributor Meghan McCain tweeted a picture of her crotch. By Saturday morning, it had been deleted. Lucky for her, she wasn’t going commando. See here.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Cupp performs verbal abortion on Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is a huge dick.” — GBTV’s S.E. Cupp on “Real News.” She added, “You once suggested that my parents never should’ve had me. I am very sorry that your television career has just been aborted.”

Reader calls Fishbowl Peter a ‘moron’

“Or maybe we could just call you a Selective Moron.  Assuming, of course, that you aren’t one all the time.  I guess we’ll have to give you the benefit of the doubt on that. I’m not particularly interested in the Congressman’s sex life (or lack thereof), but the fact that he believes in abstinence prior to marriage but hasn’t necessarily lived up to his own ideals doesn’t make him a hypocrite.  This is the lame charge that people use to attack those who profess virtue.  If you’re not sinless you’re not allowed to ever make a moral statement?”  — evstok. We think it’s rather harsh of you to refer to FBDC’s Peter Ogburn as a “moron.” He has feelings, you know, and knowledge. “Considering I grew up going to a SOUTHERN BAPTIST church 4 times a week, I think I can speak with SOME authority,” he wrote me early this morning. “We were SUPER religious..  While we weren’t exactly snake handlers, we knew where to get them on short notice.”

Lizzie has kisses for Alec Baldwin

“Dear @alecbaldwin, The Daily News is not owned by Newscorp. Kisses.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary. This was in response to Alec tweeting this: “Is there a Murdoch alive who can get that rotten old man out of there and get rid of that GOP cabin boy, Roger Ailes?” And this: “Can anyone save NewsCorp?”

Whoa!

“My 3 yo decided to cannonball into the lake today at his grandparents. No, he doesn’t know how to swim. His mom had to dive in.” — RedState.com Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Journos spotted at Bruce Springsteen concert Sunday night: Twitter’s Adam Sharp tells us, “Spotted from my vantage point on the floor for tonight’s Springsteen show at the Verizon Center: Chuck Todd, Luke Russert, American Bridge’s Bradley Beychock, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, C-SPAN’s soon-to-be new co-CEO Rob Kennedy, and I am 99% sure NYT‘s David Brooks.” Others: MSNBC and Mother JonesDavid Corn, Poliitco’s Patrick Gavin, WaPo‘s Joe Heim, Vanity Fair‘s Maureen Orth, CNN’s Dana Bash,

Noteworthy: In a late Monday night tweetathon, Zeke Miller of BuzzFeed tweets out scoops of Politico Mike Allen‘s new eBook, prior to midnight release. “I got it at 11:25pm when it went live on the iBooks store,” Miller said in a late night email to FBDC. “I’m still waiting for my Kindle copy to come through. Still only about half-way though.” Miller follows on the heels of Alex Pappas from The Daily Caller, who previously obtained a copy of the book. His story published on Monday morning at 11:36 a.m.

Fun fact: For less than a year in 2009, The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who’s hanging out in Sanford, Fla. this week working on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman story as we speak, interned at the Sanford Herald. His internship lasted less than a year. UPDATE: Since Boyle wouldn’t answer our simple questions such as if the internship has helped him with Trayvon story coverage and other simplicities, we weren’t able to bring that to you. He was, however, able to tweet that he’s no longer in Sanford. Would have been much simpler had he had the nerve (if that’s what it takes these days) to answer a few questions just as he expects from the lawmakers he interviews.

A special Happy Birthday to… Barbara Powers Allen (Allen’s mom). Allen gave his mother her own line today in Playbook. No “Birthweek” though.

NYT David Brooks is Senate Darling

WaPo‘s wonky liberal blogger Ezra Klein isn’t the only Washington reporter whose words get quoted by lawmakers. NYT‘s conservative columnist David Brooks received two mentions from senators in one day. Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) cited him on Wednesday morning on the Senate floor as did Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.).

“Read David Brooks’ column this morning. Brilliant column,” declared Kerry.

C-SPAN has the footage. Watch here and here.

Lehrer Steps Down from PBS Newshour

After 36 years, Jim Lehrer is stepping down from his regular anchor role on the daily public television newscast known now a PBS Newshour.  The announcement was made to staff this morning.  Effective June 6, Lehrer will no longer be part of the regular daily anchor rotation  team, but he will still moderate the weekly analysis of Shields and Brooks; syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.  Lehrer says he will also remain involved in the editorial direction of the PBS Newshour and the program’s producer, MacNeil/Lehrer Productions.

In a statement today, Jim Lehrer said, “I have been laboring in the glories of daily journalism for 52 years…36 of them here at the Newshour and its earlier incarnations…and there comes a time to step aside from the daily process, and that time has arrived.”

Senior Correspondents Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, Jeffrey Brown, Ray Suarez and Margaret Warner will continue hosting the PBS Newshour on a rotating basis after Lehrer’s departure.

NYT ‘Times Talk’ Comes to D.C.

The NYT‘s conversation series, “Times Talk,” is hosting an edition in Washington next month. On May 23rd, at GWU’s Jack Morton Auditorium, op-ed columnist David Brooks will sit down with editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal.

At the event, Brooks will discuss his new book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement.

Per the event description, attendees will “find out why we 21st-century humans do what we do.” The book is based on three decades of research into the “influences and emotions that shape our lives.”

Tickets are on sale now for $25, and you can buy them here.

From Christopher Hitchens to Kim Kardashian: TIME’s List of Most Influential

The names on TIME‘s 2011 100 Poll were revealed today.

No doubt, VF’s Christopher Hitchens will be relieved to know he made the same list as Kim Kardashian, Justin Beiber, Snooki and Charlie Sheen. Some other media personalities and journalists to make the list include FNC’s Roger Ailes and Glenn Beck, HuffPost/AOL’s Arianna Huffington, NYT David Brooks, Nick Denton, Oprah, I-Look’s Hung Huang, NPR’s Andy Carvin, Bravo’s Andy Cohen and NYT food writer and blogger Mark Bittman.

Michelle Obama also made the list along with Petraeus, Gingrich, Giffords and more.

Readers have until April 14th to say whether they think someone on the list is influential or not. The winner will be included in the TIME 100 issue.

David Brooks has Dating Advice

Slate’s and CBS’s John Dickerson interviews NYT Columnist David Brooks about his new book, Social Animal for “Washington Unplugged.”

About three minutes in, Brooks, 49 and married, comes up with offbeat dating advice. “Say your dating someone, one of the things they suggest is startle them,” he says. “When you startle someone, if they react with anger then you can tell something about their underlying temperament. If they laugh, you can tell something else.” Before all that, however, Brooks says there are a whole host of unconscious details going on that impact who we like. “People marry people with different nose widths,” he explains. …”We’re biased by all the information flowing through us.”

Watch here.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Ansel Adams? Nah. It’s CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry with a photograph he calls: “Pruning the White House Trees.”

NYT Columnist cracks on Politico in Politico interview

You’re president of the United States for enough time to make only one executive decision. What is it? “Leak all my internal memos to POLITICO. After that, I suppose I’d set up a truly effective early childhood education program. That seems to be the policy I care about most.” — NYT‘s David Brooks in an “Answer This” interview with Politico CLICK’s Patrick Gavin this week. Read here.

Howie gets break from hair grooming

“Interviewed two smart media veterans today, one for print, one for TV. Best part of my job. Don’t have to comb hair for print discussion.” — The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a Thursday tweet.

NPR host gets something off his chest

“This needs to be said after latest tape: conduct of NPR execs is disgusting.They dishonor a name built by great journalists.” — NPR Weekend Edition Saturday host Scott Simon in a Thursday tweet.

D. Shuster tells disciple to back off against FishbowlDC

Should I unspam report her then?” (Karen, a David Shuster follower and fan club member, referring to FishbowlDC after a heated Twitter discussion Thursday between FishbowlDC and Shuster that involved no spam.) To which Ex-MSNBCer Shuster replied, “I appreciate the support… but no need to spam report anybody tonight. Thank you.”

Arianna aggravated over aggregation accusation

“This whole thing has left me feeling, to coin a phrase, “so… aggregated.”" — HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in a Thursday story in HuffPost about NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller, who bashed HuffPost in an upcoming Sunday NYT Magazine column in which he accuses her for of taking his thoughts about the web. He writes, “I feel so … aggregated. …I can’t decide whether serious journalism is the kind of thing that lures an audience to a site like The Huffington Post, or if that’s like hiring a top chef to fancy up the menu at Hooters. But if serious journalism is about to enjoy a renaissance, I can only rejoice. Gee, maybe we can even get people to pay for it.”

The Critic

“Uh, this story is thinner than a soup made from the shadow of a chicken that starved to death. Really, @TBD?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Thursday tweet referring to this story.

The Critic II

“There’s Chris Christie, right there. You can’t miss him.” Chris Matthews being a jerk, right there. You can’t miss him. — MetroWeekly‘s Senior Political Repoter Chris Geidner in a Thursday tweet commenting on MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews who was making fun of NJ Gov. Chris Christie‘s weight. This wouldn’t be the first time.

I’m Just a Journalist Goddammit

“Props to The Daily Caller‘s @mboyle1 for being a badass reporter all the time.” — The Daily Caller‘s Laura Donovan to her colleague, Matthew Boyle, who broke the recent spate of NPR stories. To which he demurred, “Ha thanks. I’m no badass. I just do my job- find the news and report it. But much appreciated!”

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