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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!”

Clinton & Gates to Make Sunday Show Rounds

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will make the Sunday show rounds this weekend, appearing on the big three- “Meet the Press,” “This Week” and “Face the Nation.”

CBS will also have WaPo‘s David Ignatius and the New America Foundation’s Steven Coll. NYT‘s David Brooks and David Sanger, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN) and columnist Kathleen Parker will be on NBC’s roundtable. And “Meet” will also have Queen Noor of Jordan.

More Sunday show previews to come…

NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday Lineup

meet the press.jpgThis Sunday’s “Meet the Press” will include the following:

Moderator: David Gregory
Guests: Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan, Department of Homeland Security Sec. Michael Chertoff and Retired C.I.A. Director Michael Hayden
Topics: Attempted airline terror plot, global fight against terrorism
Roundtable guests: NBC’s Tom Brokaw, NYT Columnist David Brooks, WaPo columnist E.J. Dionne and Presidential Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

Brooks Unapologetically Gives Another Sidney to The Weekly Standard’s Labash

matt-9.jpegThe New York Times’s David Brooks has announced the first round of his Sidney Awards. These awards go to stories he deems the best magazine essays of the year.

Brooks says he tries not to have repeat award winners, but with The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash he can’t help himself. “The fact is, talent is not randomly distributed. Some people … just know how to write.”

LaBash was awarded for his piece, “A Rake’s Progress”, a profile of Marion Barry, the former Washington, D.C., “mayor, crack-smoker and recent girlfriend-stalker.”

Other winners are David Grann, for his story, “Trial By Fire”, published in The New Yorker, Jonathan Rauch, for “Fasten Your Seatbelts — It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Flight,” in The National Journal, David Goldhill for “How American Health Care Killed My Father,” in The Atlantic and Atul Gawande for “The Cost Conundrum”, also in The New Yorker.

Stay tuned. Tomorrow Brooks releases another batch of Sidney winners.

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