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Bravery personified: “Porcupine” pricks BuzzFeed 

“Things must be going really well at Buzzfeed if one blog post gets them so defensive.” — Washington City Paper‘s Will Sommer, who appears to have the courage of an ant in that he only feels safe to insult when piling on after Vanity Fair‘s Juli Weiner needled BuzzFeed with this story Tuesday. Good job, Will! Originality is dead. And groupthink is about as awesome as someone writing and reporting under the pen name “Porcupine.”

In defense of McDonnell’s inebriated son

“Are people really piling on McDonnell because his college age son got drunk and walked home?? Glass houses, people. Glass houses.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau. Sean McDonnell, the son of Virgina Gov. Bob McDonnell, was arrested for public intoxication in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Another thought on BuzzFeed

“It’s @BuzzFeedBen’s world. We’re just living in it.” — Columnist Jamie Kirchick and fellow for Foreign Policy Institute.

Sadness is…

“Always sad when your boyhood congressman died. I hand delivered my mother’s $25 check for his 1958 race.” — Yahoo! News‘ columnist and Yale Prof Walter Shapiro. See here.

Senator instructs reporters on conference call etiquette

“Leave it to Sen. @alfranken to urge us to mute our phones for better audio quality on this call. ‘Someone is going through a car wash.’” — AP‘s Phil Elliott.

Anonymous Rant (continued)…our reader continues complaining about Leibo’s This Town. When I suggest that the book hasn’t come out yet and we haven’t seen everything, the reader writes, “Fair point, Betsy, I should see the whole thing, but best bits out there, and not encouraged. Is Mike Allen’s corrupt promotion of friends, very good friends, and their causes covered? Seems like he got a pass. Politico and other press do much worse than I’ve heard described here.” Missed yesterday’s rant? See it here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:50 a.m.

Unnecessary Tweets of the Day: Vegetable Talk 

After Obama revealed that broccoli was his favorite vegetable Tuesday, the crowd went wild. 

“A kid journalist asked Obama today what his favorite food is. His answer? Broccoli.” — Reuters White House reporter Steve Holland.

“For the record my favorite vegetable is A NICE STEAK.” — Media Matters fellow Olivier Willis.

“My response to all this broccoli talk: Where’s the beef?” — Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker.

“Reminds me of Paul Ryan and asparagus, which he once said he’d prefer to eat over cake. #veggiebipartisanship?” — National Journal’s Rebecca Kaplan.

“Basically: if you make it, I’ll eat it. #analysis” – BuzzFeed‘s Evan “I love onesies” McMorris-Santoro.

“To be clear, I am strongly biased in favor of broccoli.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Brussels Sprouts are underrated folks.” — Logan Dobson, a research analyst for The Tarrance Group, a GOP polling firm.

And the voice of reason?

“The vegetable debate engulfing the Washington press corps is why they hate us.” — MetroWeekly’s Justin Snow.

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Quotes of the Day

“No one thought a congressman who was already a walking dick joke would tweet their junk.”Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams opining on what not to do on Twitter.


KIDS AND BEER: “Stop the internet right now. This is the cutest picture of all time.”Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner on Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker and his offspring at the Congressional baseball game last night.

A rare note of travel praise

“Many thanks to the folks at @DeltaAssist for being a very helpful social media customer service team. @Delta.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

TV reporter calls Chris Matthews an “asshole”

“O’Reilly is mistaken. He attributes Chris Matthews’ incendiary rhetoric to a desire for ratings instead of Matthews just being an asshole.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:35 p.m.

No sugarcoating here…

“I have no earthly idea if I will follow you back or not. Just being honest.” — QGA and The Hill‘s John Feehery.

Ominous…

“Somebody up there really, really, REALLY hates me.” — FNC Senate producer Kara Rowland at 10:30 p.m. last night.

“I should never check my work e-mail this late in the evening. Now I want to jump off the balcony.” — Jazz Shaw, Weekend Editor at Hot Air at 9:37 p.m. last night.

Eavesdrop Cafe: Drunk interns on the Metro!

As chronicled by Roll Call’s Emily Cahn last night.

1. “Drunk intern on the metro: I knew my ex girlfriend sucked when I found out her favorite jelly bean was buttered popcorn. #dcinterns #lol”

2. “Drunk loud interns Also made fun of their friend who was a vegetarian but eats sausage. ‘Like, that’s literally the grossest meat’”

3. “Drunk loud interns also made fun of the nerdy intern who got off a stop before them. #metroentertainment”

Spotted this week at Boxcar Tavern: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

 

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Quotes of the Day

“Every time I see Chris Christie I’m looking for signs that he’s actually lost some weight.”WaPo‘s Nia Malika Henderson on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning. She explained it gives her a clue as to whether Christie can and will run for Prez in 2016.

AN APPLE A DAY…“Breakfast.”MetroWeekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman.

The threesome: BuzzFeed, YouTube and CNN

“There can only be one name for a site created by BuzzFeed, YouTube and CNN – and it’s ‘DungBeetle’. — David Burge, Iowahawkblog.

NYPost Weiner Headline: “Weiner Stands Tall” And the dick jokes continue…The lede on an opinion piece by Nicole Gelinas: “Want an idea of how limp the Democratic mayoral field is? It finally has a candidate offering specifics on how New York can avoid going bankrupt. But it’s Anthony Weiner, the guy with nothing left to hide and nothing to lose.”

A stewardess’s polite warning about death

“When flying in, before landing, stewardess gets on intercom, sort of randomly, to remind passengers drug trafficking is punishable by death.” — WaPo’s Tim Craig.

INTO THE WILD: “Going on @bpshow this AM with @peterogburn from 8-9. Been in the woods all wknd so I’ll try to keep up.” — Yahoo! NewsChris Moody.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:19 a.m.

Ponytale hell

“Someone should name the massive headache one gets from having a lot of hair and wearing it in a ponytail.” — Ellen Carmichael, GOP operative and former presidential campaign spokeswoman to Herman Cain.

Convo Between Two Journos

LAURA INGRAHAM: “Hearing @MarkHalperin on @todayshow discussing how @BarackObama is now worrying abt his “legacy”… Time to turn off TV, hit the trail.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

MARK HALPERIN: “Hey, @scarylawyerguy & @IngrahamAngle how about we have coffee & discuss the Obama legacy? #pilot. Thanks for watching @todayshow!!” — TIME and MSNBC’s Mark Halperin.

Journo eats bison tongue

“Trying to figure out if the bison tongue at Au Pied De Cochon is the best dish I’ve had thus far in Montreal.” — Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker. It actually looks better than it sounds (as you can see pictured above).

Gene Weingarten’s anal focus…

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Trolling criteria

“You might be a troll IF … you are blocking me while also sending me harassing messages.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

Belching journalist alert

“Headed to @bonapetit’s #VegasUncorked. #belch” – CQ Roll Call’s David Drucker, who will soon work for the Washington Examiner.

Convo Between Two Journos

Politico‘s Ben White: “I’ve been thrown out of DC cabs for even mentioning credits cards so color me skeptical.”

WSJ‘s Victoria McGrane: “It’s why I uber.”

100 percent awkward

“That awkward moment when you’re searching for your iPhone to send an email & then remember it’s pressed to your ear bc you’re on the phone.” — MSNBC’s Touré. The only response he got came in from Meka (a.k.a. @yeswecanraptors) who wrote: “huh!? what type of awkward moment is that?”

The Tweet Heard Around the World

“@MeghanMcCain if it wasn’t for politicians cheating on their wives, you wouldn’t exist.” — David Burge of Iowahawkblog in reaction to Meghan McCain‘s intense disappointment over Mark Sanford‘s congressional win in South Carolina.

And no idea how this got lost yesterday but…

“Let me clarify for you mouthbreathers out there: I don’t hate the South. I love the South. I’m of the South. But South Carolina sucks balls.” — Former Mother Jones Editor Adam Weinstein.

C-SPAN Social Media Specialist forgets earphones — the horror!

“Getting on the metro and realizing you forgot your headphones…why God why?!?!? #firstworldproblems” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Book deal: TWT Senior Op-ed writer Emily Miller has a new book out come September called Emily Gets Her Gun about purchasing a gun in D.C. Her publisher: Regnery. Release date: Sept. 3, 2013. Read more on Examiner.com. Miller told FishbowlDC: “I’m nervous about getting this done — five weeks to deadline and the news keeps changing — but I’m also thrilled to be publishing my first book.”

 

CQ Roll Call’s Drucker to Washington Examiner

CQ Roll Call’s David Drucker is making the leap and leaving for a job as Senior Congressional Correspondent at the Washington Examiner, which will soon be a political online news outlet with a weekly print magazine. It’s no secret the pub leans right and will continue to do so. With CQ Roll Call in the midst of recent buyouts and some layoffs, Drucker is the second CQ Roll Caller this week to jump ship. He did not get laid off, nor did he take a buyout. On Monday, Jonathan Strong announced that he, too, was leaving the publication for National Review.

“David is exactly the kind of journalist we’re recruiting for the new Washington Examiner,” Examiner Editor Stephen Smith wrote to FishbowlDC. “He’s done a lot campaign reporting, he’s covered the workings of Congress, and he’s written extensively about policy — notably immigration and Obamacare.

“He understands where and how all these things intersect. He’s a California native who wrote about state politics and issues for the Los Angeles Daily News, and he has a Californian’s sense of how government policy plays out in the real world.”

In April of last year, Drucker was promoted… Read more

Roll Call Reshuffles Posts, Reframes Living Section

Roll Call is announcing shifts today that will be effective Monday. Probably the biggest is that Jason Dick, formerly the House Leadership Editor, is now going to oversee the newly named and expanded “Around the Hill” section. It’s now going to be called “Hill Life.” Dick will continue to manage HOH, the publications gossip column. Lauren Whittington will take over as House Leadership Editor. David Drucker will step in to cover House leadership. The interim Politics Editor will be Shira Toeplitz.
See the internal memo from Roll Call Editor David Rapp. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

An FNC transcript may be wrong way to go

“Boehner said “for God’s sake,” not “Christ’s sake.” I based story off an inaccurate Fox transcript. I regret the error yhoo.it/Qk3NDZ” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Romney camp hates the media campaign continues…

“The Romney campaign’s Trash the Press Campaign continues in Colo. w/his introductory speaker who is part of the Women for Romney coalition.” — LAT‘s Maeve Reston.

Journo dismisses Shannen Doherty’s advice

“Worst commercial ever – so if Shannen Doherty says I should get my degree online, I guess I should do it.” — MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro.

Reporter adjusts to new iPhone

“Well, I’m an iPhone guy now. should know how to send an email about two weeks from now.” — Reuter‘s Sam Youngman, who later asked: “Uh-oh. How do you press the #1 key on an iPhone while you’re on a call?!”

And now…a Schwarzenegger impersonation

“So, Arnold Schwarzenegger has a think tank. That’s pronounced Tink Tank.” — CQ Roll Call‘s David Drucker.

TBD…

“It’s a memory, not a thing.” — Journal Register Co. and Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry on his former employer, TBD, when asked, “So TBD is still a thing?”

Politico reporter to offer anger management classes

“Yeah I know. was on United from Denver and I wanted to punch people who got upped to Econ plus seeing as how I’m kind of tall and all.” — Politico‘s Ben White, who recently got pissed off at the Madison Hotel when they didn’t honor his reservation. As you can see, he has moved on from that. And no classes yet, but we’re hoping…

Drucker Upped to Associate Politics Editor at CQ Roll Call

Roll Call has been quietly grooming Senate reporter David Drucker for a new position: Associate Politics Editor for CQ Roll Call. It’s a role that hadn’t been filled ever since Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni left to become Political Director for PBS’ NewsHour. In a phone interview with FishbowlDC Monday, Drucker, a Malibu native, shed light on his career, a physical altercation he once had with actor Gary Busey‘s son, Jake, and why he thinks Hollywood celebrities seek Washington’s limelight.

What will you be doing in your new role? I’m going to sort of be a deputy, but I’m going to write regularly both in print and for At the Races campaign blog.

How do you feel about the switch? It’s exciting. When I originally came to Roll Call in ’05, I was on the politics team. As much as I love the Senate and all the Capitol Hill intrigue, I really love campaign politics. It’s something that I definitely made a choice to do, both in writing and in editing to help to drive our politics coverage. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Will you be doing a lot more TV? That’s my plan. My plan is for this position to help me in that regard, not hinder me. Everyone here has been really encouraging about wanting what I do media wise to continue and grow.

Are you comfortable on TV? Yes, more or less. I’d never done TV until the summer or fall of ’06. The first time I did it I figured it was pretty much a disaster. I joke around here that I am a media whore, but I enjoy going on TV and giving my analysis. I like the stage. I think it’s fun. I think it’s good for the paper. I hope it’s helpful to the paper, but I really enjoy doing it. I feel our PR has helped me get places I’ve wanted to go.

It’s no secret that it’s looking like CQ and Roll Call are officially merging. How do you feel about that? [Before journalism] I was in a different business. You have to be very vigilant and pay attention to the business side of things. My thumbnail sketch of journalism is maybe it was always this competitive, but I think it’s more competitive now than what it used to be. I used to sell home furnishing products, [which meant] always competing on price and delivery. We had to find creative ways of delivery. To me, this is what I’ve always done. Make sure you love what you do, but make sure you are at a company that is successful so you can make sure you can pay the rent. It’s one of the things I like about Roll Call. Even through the recession we have continued to make a profit.

What do you think about the potential of Roll Call being swallowed up by CQ? I think we still put out  a really good product. In any company there are changes. Most of the changes I’ve experienced are positive. Change isn’t always fun, but I look at it as something that goes along with a business. In some ways I consider myself to be a part of both CQ and Roll Call. In a lot of the ways we are marketed as both. I write for Roll Call according to the masthead. My name appears in Roll Call and I’m still proud of that. My general rule of thumb is as long as the checks still clear and it is well received I will be happy with all.

Tell me about your start in journalism. I got my start at the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, in Ontario, California. Eventually they sent me to Sacramento, where I covered the ’03 recall campaign and Arnold Schwarzenegger. After he was elected governor, the parent paper in our group, the L.A. Daily News, hired me to cover him and state government from their Capitol bureau. I had a great time.

You grew up in California? Grew up in Malibu. You can only do so much in Malibu when you’re not surfer. I fashioned myself a basketball player when I was a kid. I’d do that rather than surfing. It was still fun to live at the beach. I went to UCLA.

So stars were clearly part of the culture. I saw them in the grocery store. You see them dressed in their ratty grungy worst. Dustin Hoffman used to jog at the Junior High School. I went to elementary school with Josh Evans, whose father was Ali MacGraw and Robert Evans. And Jake Busey [son of Gary Busey pictured at right). We actually got in a fight once. Oh nobody won. It was a stupid Jr. High School fight. He kicked, I kicked. There were Roy Orbison’s kids in my junior high. I haven’t thought about this in a long time. you get so used to it.

With the White House Correspondents’ Dinner coming up this weekend, why do you think Hollywood is so focused on Washington? How can I say this? I think Hollywood actors under value what they do. I think they provide a lot of entertainment to people that is actually meaningful. They make a lot of money. I think they don’t value what they do, and I think they think what we do here is valuable. They can tell a story and make people feel happy or sad. It’s actually very unifying. I think they undervalue it, so they look at us and think we’re doing something really important. I think you could tell this to any of them and they might think I’m ridiculously idiotic.

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Baby Drucker Has Arrived

Jacob Drucker, the cherub belonging to Roll Call reporter David Drucker and wife, Jenny, burst into the world over the weekend.

From Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce: “After teasing us all week with his imminent arrival, Jacob Drucker has finally made it into the world at a hefty 8 lbs 8 oz and 21 inches. And from the 5 am time stamp from the original email i got from David I’m guess mom, Jenny, and David had a long night!”

Welcome to the Fishbowl Jacob!

 

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Quotes of the Day

Journos react to bizarre Cain ad

“Cain ad with chief of staff smoking attempts to make pitch to sullen teenagers.” — The Hill‘s Associate Editor Ian Swanson on Herman Cain‘s weird new smoking ad. He links here.

“Herman Cain’s smoking gum: the dumbest ad in the history of politics.” — The Guardian’s Richard Adams.

“I still say @TheHermanCain’s smile was the most entertaining part of the smoking ad.” — Roll Call‘s David Drucker.

Best of Lululemon murder trial tweets

From WTOP’s Neal Augenstein: “Books being read in courtroom during #Lululemon jury selection: 4 Blondes by Candace Bushnell, and Dreamfever by Karen Marie Moning.” And this…”Topics of discussion between potential #Lululemon jurors — the size of a dog’s paws, and the political future of Md Atty Genl Doug Gansler.” Follow Neal at @AugensteinWTOP.

One of our readers writes in on Twitter: “In the middle of a conference call, still, and I see the “tweets and tits” story. Thanks for causing me to choke on Cheez Its.” The story he’s referring to is this one. Another reader writes in from Napa Valley… “I’m in wine country in northern California. Sometimes, I come across, read items like this one and just wish that the whole bunch of em on the Hill could just chill out for a week (or much more) in the Napa Valley. Say, Calistoga, where they could all jump into a hot mud bath and splash mud at one another to vent all those pent-up aggressions and emotions. Please be sure to let the Calistoga resort owner know when Congress is coming. I’m sure they’ll want to be sure they have enough mud on hand!”

Ifill tries to one up Booker

“Lovely day today in Newark. (there, beat you to it @corybooker)” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Uh oh.

“What goes around, comes around….That is my philosophy at the moment.” — The Daily Caller‘s Pat McMahon.

Journo hears beatings for greetings

“Voicemail says ‘to administer personal greetings press 3,’ but it sounds like ‘beatings’ which I suppose is what was on Qaddafi’s voicemail” — Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson.

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