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What’s Gene Tweeting?

I’ll say this about Gene Weingarten. The man is entertaining. The problem is, I’m not sure if he’s losing his mind and we’re laughing at him, or if he is pulling an Andy Kaufman-esque stunt on us and laughing with us. The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist for WaPo spends a fair amount of time on Twitter. His tweets range from sad attempts at comedy to random observations on everyday life. Gene even lets us in on the life of his dog, Murphy.

Leave it to Gene to take in a dog even weirder than he is. But, that’s hardly the weirdest thing that Gene tweets. He also spends plenty of time tweeting about pee. He tweeted, “I have said this before but it bears repeating: Write your name on the cup first, THEN pee.” I’ve found it always makes sense to take life advice from a man with a pile of poop as his Twitter avatar.

Gene also offers up advice to recently fired Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian. He tweeted at Chalian, saying, “I don’t know you but I get this joke. It’s at the expense of liberal media, not the Repubs. You should make that clearer.” Weingarten followed up with his followers by saying, “Yahoo! shouldn’t have fired this guy. It was clearly a joke not intended to be public. I’d say same if target was Dems. ”

Chalian hasn’t responded to Weingarten, obviously. When you’re in a hole, it’s probably best to stop digging.

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QUOTES of the DAY

“You can’t hear me. Isn’t that convenient?” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Wednesday night during an interview in which he snapped at Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on immigration policy. Brewer said she couldn’t hear him and questions were translated through a third party. Needless to say, something was lost in translation.

Yoohoo Robert Allbritton, you listening?

“I’m not a TV person. They don’t give me a fancy wardrobe budget, I’m a real American.” — Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning. During the segment, Mika and Joe ragged on him for his black New Balance sneakers. Above is how he responded.

Yahoo! News‘s Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian on the joke that got him canned Wednesday: “I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”

Wisdom is…

“People say dumb stuff constantly. Do you read Twitter???” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Vandalized?

“Rising GOP star Mia Love’s #Wikipedia page vandalized overnight with racist and sexist slurs fxn.ws/OsaMsm” — Fox News. Was the page stabbed?

GOP Convention Security Vs. The Media

“I swear to god they change the security check points every hour to fuck with the reporters.” — Salon‘s Irin Carmon.

In a moment of sister solidarity…

“I want to know WHO the sister SECRET SERVICE AGENT is who is assigned to @PaulRyanVPshe has a cute BOB! FIERCE! Do it girl! #sistersupport” — Sophia Nelson, columnist for USA Today, Essence and theGrio.com.

As well as true admiration…

“@GOPconvention security guy just told me he’s hit the beach in Clearwater every day this week#RNC2012 #imdoingthisallwrong” — Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas.

Gov. Christie noshes on the media

“I understand that folks in the media have nothing better to do but to do that stuff they want to see controversy I understand that because these conventions have become per packaged shows and you all want have something different to talk about.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a Wednesday night interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on the floor of the Republican National Convention on the extreme critiques of his speech from the night before.

John Harwood needs lifetime supply of Rolaids

“How spell relief? Fixing audio prob, finishing convo floor live shot 1 sec before delegates start nat’l anthem. #nickoftime #rolaidsmoment” — CNBC and NYT’s John Harwood. In December of 2011, he had another R-o-l-a-i-d-s moment when he wrote, “Nothing spells relief like being late for a school concert — to find you are just in time for your kid’s performance.”

Gwen’s pen explodes

“When u watch my @NewsHour intvu w @marcorubio tonite, know an ink pen exploded all over minutes before cameras rolled. #glamor” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Ryan Speech Fallout

“Oh fuck Ryan listens to Zeppelin too, oh fuck how did he turn out like this?” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

Reporter admits spoiled ways

“I’m so spoiled riding in motorcades with the roads closed, I’m now sitting in traffic not understanding why the police don’t clear the way.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

Star Sighting: Sissy Spacek

“In other news, pool reporter spotted actress Sissy Spacek standing outside Obama’s campaign office in Charlottesville today.” – HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Huckabee now ‘wallows’ in the media

“Oh it’s true, I’ve fallen from the high perch of politics and now I wallow in the mum of the media, but I still know as a country we can do better.” — Fox News host Mike Huckabee rips not one but two of his careers in a speech last night at the GOP Convention.

 

 

David Chalian Apologizes for Romney Remarks

During an ABC NEWS/Yahoo online broadcast covering the convention Tuesday evening, Yahoo’s David Chalian said, “”They’re not concerned at all. They’re happy to have a party with black people drowning,” while watching video of a smiling Mitt and Ann Romney. He was referencing the fact that the Republican Convention was taking place as Hurricane Isaac was making landfall. Naturally, Chalian had no idea that his mic was hot and meant for the comments to be heard off air as a “joke.” They weren’t.

Yahoo moved swiftly to fire Chalian and he issued an apology on his Facebook page on Wednesday evening. He says, “I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke. I was commenting on the challenge of staging a convention during a hurricane and about campaign optics. I have apologized to the Romney campaign, and I want to take this opportunity to publicly apologize to Gov. and Mrs. Romney. I also regret causing any distraction from the exceptional coverage of the Republican convention by Yahoo News and ABC News.”

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Quotes of the Day

Journo turns “Rachel” into a verb

“Will ‘Rachel’ at 9:15pmish. My @maddow debut.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Question to Ponder: “How big does your house have to be to be a compound? #kennedys #romneys” — TPM Founder and Editor Josh Marshall.

Humblebragalicious Shuster has friends on the right?

“Look, when I do talk to my more intellectual friends on the right, and I do have some…” — Lefty journo David Shuster filling in as host of Current TV’s “Full Court Press” this morning in a segment bashing Fox News. Later he added, “By the way, full disclosure, I worked at Fox News in 96 to about 2001, but the organization changed and it was starting to trend in a certain way that I felt uncomfortable with. So it was sort of a mutual agreement that I would leave. I was eager to leave. I had caused enough trouble over there that they were eager to have me leave.”

Whoa! Journo praises Amtrak?

“Endless #Amtrak ride wasn’t endless after all. Remarkably gracious staff, calm passengers made slow, dud-engined ride oddly pleasant.” — National Review‘s Kathryn Lopez.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hints at sexual orientation

Anderson Cooper sort of outed himself on Kathy Griffin‘s show. Woman jokes they’re dating. AC: ‘Hate to break it to you, not gonna happen.’” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Convo Between Two Journos: Cillizza to face dental procedure

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo’s Nurse Jackie impersonator Chris Cillizza and CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary. Let’s hope to God Cillizza live tweets the procedure.

Cillizza: Things I would rather do than get a wisdom tooth pulled tomorrow: anything.

O’Leary: Don’t be a wuss. plus, the drugs are awesome.

Cillizza: I am a wuss.

Politico producer weighs in on color of green tea

“Green tea is really more of a yellowy-orange, wouldn’t you say? #thursdaythoughts” — Politico web producer Leigh Munsil. She may have a point here.

Bureau Chief unashamed of liking ‘The Newsroom’

“So it seems I am destined to be the only person that will like @HBO’s #Newsroom. But I’m prepared for that.” — Yahoo! News‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian.

Yahoo! News’ Bombshell Hire: AFP’s Olivier Knox

Yahoo! News has swooped in and hired Olivier Knox, formerly a congressional correspondent for Agence France-Presse. He is their first White House Correspondent. Knox had been with AFP for more than a decade.

Knox told FishbowlDC: “July would have made it 16 years at AFP,” he wrote in an email. “They hired me right out of SAIS. I’m thrilled, and I guess a little nervous. This is a phenomenal, can’t-turn-it-down opportunity to push myself while working with a team of all-stars. I would be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to remember my late mentor, Peter Mackler, to whom I owe all that is good about my reporting (all that’s bad is entirely mine).”

In a early morning release, they explained that Knox has covered “almost every facet of the political story, from presidential campaigns to Congressional drama to the real-world implications of policy decisions at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. As the White House Correspondent, Olivier will bring that broad and deep perspective in his original reporting to the Yahoo! News audience, providing both timely coverage of critical events and a unique perspective on how and why developments in Washington matter for the nation as a whole.”

They cite his keen reporting skills: “Olivier has delivered exclusive takes and scoops and news, including his on-the-scene report of the infamous shoe-throwing incident at former President George W. Bush’s 2008 press conference in Baghdad and the current GOP candidates’ growing calls for ‘covert ops’ directed against Syria. Olivier is also a social media standout, recognized for regularly breaking news on his twitter account.”

The outpouring for Knox on Twitter this morning is what is most striking — if this were a Class President election, or Miss America for that matter, Knox would win hands down — everyone from CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former CNNer Campbell Brown to HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery, CBS’s John Dickerson, ReutersSam Youngman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, TPM’s Josh Marshall, PBS’s Christina Bellantoni and The Australian‘s Business Editor Geoff Elliott, all sing his praises.

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Chaggaris to Yahoo! News

Steve Chaggaris, former CBS News Political Director and former management of TBD, has joined Yahoo! News as Executive Producer, Elections. The news was posted on the site this morning.

And yes, they like him.

“With talent like Steve Chaggaris, we’re fast making Yahoo! News a must-read for the latest political coverage and analysis,” said Robertson Barrett, VP of Yahoo! News, in a release. “Having notable U.S. political voices, like Steve, is powering our 2012 election team to flood the zone with original reporting in key primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire; score newsmaking interviews with all the major GOP contenders; co-sponsor high-profile debates; and examine the issues crucial to voters in 2012, from immigration to the economy to income inequality.”

Among Chaggaris’ duties will be to “help oversee and coordinate the production of special events coverage, including major primaries, debates, the conventions, and election night.  He will also work closely with partner ABC News as Yahoo! continues to build on the alliance, coordinating coverage plans for these high profile moments throughout the election cycle.” Based in Washington, he will report to the company’s new D.C. Bureau Chief David Chalian.

Chaggaris begins on Jan. 3.

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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.

David Chalian to Yahoo! News

PBS NewsHour’s Political Editor David Chalian has been hired as Yahoo! News‘s Washington Bureau Chief. He begins Nov. 14. Yahoo announced the news on their website at about 2 a.m. this morning.

“We reach more than 150 million voting age adults in the U.S. every month. That’s almost 90 percent of eligible voters and twice the number that actually cast ballots for president in 2008,” said Executive Editor Will Tacy. “With David at the helm, we intend to redefine how political campaigns are covered to make this crucial national decision relevant and interesting to every one of those 150 million Americans.”

Before joining PBS, Chalian was a member of the ABC News political unit for seven years, where he was political director from 2007 until 2010. He’s a Northwestern University graduate. He resides in Washington.

PBS’s Gwen Ifill: ‘Jon Stewart Watches Me’

Gwen Ifill of PBS’ “Newshour” was in Los Angeles Tuesday with Political Editor David Chalian to accept the Walter Cronkite Award for Political Coverage from USC’s prestigious Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

The station was selected by a panel of judges for “through and balanced” political coverage. Ifill and Judy Woodruff were singled out for “focusing on the issues” and avoiding “the horserace component that is so typical in political coverage.” Four pieces in particular, produced by Mary Jo Brooks, Terence Burlij, and Sarah Clune, received awards.

She began her remarks:

It does us all good to see that – no matter what you read, see and hear out there – serious journalism still matters. It’s all I ever wanted to do, and I think I speak for everyone here in saying that we are drawn to journalism for the nobility that can be found in telling untold stories, or in shedding light rather than heat on the over-told ones.

Ifill also set aside time to brag. “When I visit college campuses, students often tell me, ‘I only watch Jon Stewart.’ And I tell them: ‘Jon Stewart watches me.’” She added that Cronkite told her he watched “Newshour” every night.

“If it sounds like I’m boasting, you’re right,” she said. “We are justifiably proud of what we do.”

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QUOTES of the DAY

A lovely political journo sends to FBDC, saying, “Reporters waiting for the time honored tradition of members walking the aisle in Statuary Hall.”

A packed Statuary Hall Tuesday night

Civility comes and goes

“#SOTU civility was fun while it lasted. RT @RepPaulBrounMD: Mr. President, you don’t believe in the Constitution. You believe in socialism.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Tuesday night tweet.

Cheesy talk

“My friends think I’m cheesy thank you,” — Former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 12:26 a.m. Wednesday. Heye was responding to Maddow, who told him he is “the big cheese” of Republicans and she’s glad he returns her phone calls.

Weiner TV

“I felt like I just needed a drink when I was done with Paul Ryan and then Michele Bachmann who is clearly not in touch with the mother ship.” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow at 12:39 a.m.

Speaking of civility…Olbermann makes fun of congressman’s ears

“Cong. Ryan was selected because he is the House GOP Economic Czar, works out a lot, and can vie with POTUS in an Ear Battle #sotu” — Ex-MSNBCer Keith Olbermann in a Tuesday night live tweet on SOTU. (Note: Olbermann has blocked FBDC on Twitter along with Boy Banders such as Slate’s Dave Weigel and WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. We can, however, still follow his verbose messages.)

Speak of the Devil

“As I was talking to Mark Udall, Anthony Weiner walked by, mocked his “dopey idea” for seating. #SOTU” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday night tweet.

MTP Producer questions Bachmann’s staging

“Does Michele Bachmann have stage manager that can point her to look at camera?” — NBC MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer in a Tuesday night tweet.

Journo offers ‘Cougartown’ shout-out

“We now rejoin Cougartown already in progress.” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a Tuesday night tweet.

Computers and a giant hat

“CONFIRMED: Reporters will be allowed to bring computers into the chamber during #SOTU for the first time ever.” – The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody in a Tuesday night tweet. That’s the logical journo news quote, but we also appreciate this one from Moody: “Rep. Frederica Wilson is saving her seat at SOTU with her giant hat.”

An evening of frustration and cussing

“OK, 12:23 & I’m leaving the office to finish this work at home. Lots of frustration/profanity tonight. May have scared new intern.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in an early Wednesday morning tweet.

Tie change

“Just like President Obama, @RepPaulRyan changed his tie from earlier today.” — PBS Political Editor David Chalian in a Tuesday night tweet. Chalian, who sent “Twitter photo evidence,” explained to FBDC that while Obama went from purple/lavender in the Oval Office to blue in the evening, Ryan went from gold by day to silver during his SOTU GOP response.

First Lady fashion alert

“For those who have DMed me or tweeted to ask, the first lady was wearing Rachel Roy. #flotusfashion” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a Tuesday night tweet.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein wants guidance

“I need Frank Luntz to tell me what to think.” — HuffPost Senior Political Reporter Sam Stein in a Tuesday night tweet referring to the GOP pollster.

Paul vs. Pawlenty

“Paul Ryan is very Pawlenty-esque.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake in a Tuesday night tweet.

A quick SOTU Separated at Birth

“As a reader points out, Rep. Paul Ryan is dead ringer for Gabe on #theoffice.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a Tuesday night tweet.

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