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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.

Politico Reports Charge That Roll Call Presidential Campaign Story is ‘Fabricated’

Politico‘s Alexander Burns reports today that a senator’s aides are claiming a story published by Roll Call is false. His sources are a spokesman and an aide to Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), both of whom vehemently insist on the record that their boss is not backing Mitt Romney for president as Roll Call‘s David Drucker reported Sunday at midnight.

With anonymous sourcing, anyone’s word can fly, especially behind-the-scenes experts who prefer to operate under the radar. But when should reporters trust the source who won’t be named and when should they exercise caution?

In this case, Roll Call did not back down. When asked for comment Roll Call Publicist Rebecca Gale remarked, “Roll Call stands by its story, David Drucker has relied on South Carolina political operatives for their analysis and insight, as explained and sourced in the article.”

Drucker reacted only on Twitter: “@JimDeMint’s spox take exception 2 my @MittRomney endorse story (I stand by it, fyi).”

Burns told FishbowlDC: “It’s not my job to critique David’s work, which I enjoy reading. His story drew fierce pushback from DeMint-world, and I reported that because I had previously linked to and quoted his piece. To be clear, I didn’t say that the story was a ‘fabrication’ – I would not want to speculate about another reporter’s sourcing and I see that he is standing by the report.”

Roll Call‘s headline: “DeMint May Endorse Romney.” Drucker reports that Romney is the “favorite” to receive DeMint’s endorsement. His sourcing? “Knowledgeable GOP sources.” More specifically, a “Republican with South Carolina ties” and a “GOP operative in the Palmetto State.” DeMint is quoted in Drucker’s story as saying he’s “real comfortable waiting.”

Burns ran a basic aggregate of the story at 7:16 a.m. By 9:20 a.m. he ran a second post saying that DeMint’s office was calling the endorsement a “fabrication.” Burns quotes DeMint Spokesman Wesley Denton, who told him, “That story is a fabrication made up of anonymous sources that obviously have no clue what Senator DeMint is thinking.”

Reporters know the built-in risks of quoting anonymous sources. Find out what a journalism expert has to say…

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Former WH reporter finds his voice

“If this isn’t violating Twitter protocol, fuck the Taliban. #InKabul.” — Former Bloomberg News White House reporter Richard Kell in reaction to the brutal attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Tuesday.

Misleading Mother Jones Headline

We got all excited (in a journalistic sense) when we came across this headline this morning on the latest dispatch from Mother Jones: “Rick Perry’s Juvie Record.” Perry has a juvie record? No, he doesn’t. It’s actually about cleaning up child rape at Texas detention centers and their charge that he waited six years to address it.

The ugly aftermath

“Guess it’s just us uglies left behind now.” — TWT Metro crime reporter Andrea Noble (pictured at left) in reaction to FBDC’s Matt Dornic‘s post on Kara Rowland leaving TWT to attend grad school at the London School of Economics in which he wrote, “Things just got really ugly at TWT.” Read here.

The Braggart

“I have quite a few followers, and I think people pass it around.” — Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) in Roll Call‘s Kate Tumarello‘s story on “Combating Twitter Parodies and Impersonators.” Long has no impersonator, but he has an unusual handle based on his career as an auctioneer. It’s @auctnr1. His grand following: 1848.

In more urgent media news…ABC News’s Rick Klein continues to look for a venue for his debate watching nachos ritual. At the moment, the nachos are shockingly homemade. Roll Call‘s David Drucker had this suggestion: “After much thought, I’d like to see Rick Klein’s #Debate Night Steak Nachos at The Palm.” Former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye was also in on the nacho discussion. His thought: “What about Henry at La Plaza on the Hill. Top Line Nachos, Tolleson Tacos – we can do it all!”

Biden takes back the night

“If you think you’re a man, God darn it, step up!” — VP Biden in a VPOTUS Pool Report by TIME‘s Katy Steinmetz. Biden said this at a reception in honor of the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act at the Veep’s residence.

A dangerous combo: Coffee, computers and Tkacik

Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik continues to struggle with computer issues after spilling coffee on her gadget. Yesterday on Twitter she remarked: “Update: still off, upside down. Hairdryer?”

Morning Suggestion: Drucker Should Write Roll Call’s Headlines

Anyone on Roll Call Senate reporter David Drucker‘s morning email list knows that his email subject lines are captivating draws for his stories no matter how wonky the subject. Maybe Roll Call editorial management ought to take a break from the bland headline writer and let Drucker take a shot at it.

After all, we could be enjoying variations of these and it’s a shame we’re not:

1. Rhinestone Cowboy

2. Mama Said Knock You Out

3. Baby It’s Cold Outside

4. Harry Kerry

5. Trading Places

6. Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

7. Mucho Macho Man

8. No Soup for You

9. Slow Burn

10. 50 First Dates

Roll Call & FamousDC to Host Recess Happy Hour

Roll Call‘s “Heard on the Hill” has teamed up with FamousDC for a recess happy hour on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.   Hosts  David DruckerNeda SemnaniCarly BakerLouisa ImperialeFred Miller and Lindsey Mask will help the dishy duo celebrate the congressional break with an open bar from 6-8 pm at Cava Mezze Rooftop on 8th St SE.  The event is invite only.

*The event’s sponsors include Roll Call, New Media Strategies, M Squared Real Estate, Story Partners and NJI Media.

Roll Call‘s Pre-WHCD Party

Before the pre-parties at the Washington Hilton billowed out into the hallways and while there was still some order, FishbowlDC caught up with Roll Call Senate reporter David Drucker at the publication’s party. Though invited to the pre-bash, Drucker didn’t have a ticket to the dinner.

We asked who he’d bring if he had his choice of any Hollywood star. He hesitated. Despite being from L.A., he said, he couldn’t think of one. Eventually, chosen Sean Penn, who was, of course, already taken and there with Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn. And if he had to choose one person out of D.C. to bring, he gave the most obvious answer: “My wife.”

We also bumped in to Jessica Stone, White House correspondent for China Central Television. Though she’s been a White House correspondent for nearly a year, she too wasn’t invited to the dinner. If she could bring any movie star as her date, she said she’d take George Clooney. And on the D.C. side – Sec. of State Hillary Clinton or Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey. “Colin Powell would be cool, too,” she added.

Overheard at the Roll Call party before the crowd came:

“It’s easy to get drinks.” “That’s the kind of party I like!”

After the line at the bar got long:

“It’s bloody ridiculous! I’m going to go over to National Journal.”

Guests appreciated the strong drinks and bowls of mixed nuts at the few tables in the hotel’s Northwest Room.

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D.C. Journos react to POTUS and The Donald reality show

“Hey, I read stuff that you people write.” -Trump to reporters in NH. (“So, we do have readers after all.”) — Roll Call‘s David Drucker in a Wednesday tweet.

“What birth certificate? Don’t think there is any piece of paper in existence that will make people believe what they don’t want to believe.” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Wednesday Facebook update.

“Eager to hear what Gary Busey and Meatloaf think about all of this. #celebrityapprentice” — RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy in a Wednesday tweet.

“Note to birthers: certificate does not list height or weight at birth. POTUS might be invisible or some sort of amorphous blob.” — The Hill’s Sam Youngman in a Wednesday tweet.

“Of course, the citizens of Kenya are a little bit bummed out today.” –Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet.

“I’d also like to take credit for making Obama release his birth certificate.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Wednesday tweet with this link to a story co-written by him and his superior Ben Smith. Read here.

“Can we send Trump to Afghanistan so everyone pays some fricking attention to the wars we’re waging?” — The Nation‘s emotional Mexican jumping bean Chris Hayes in a Wednesday tweet.

“Okay, Obama, fine. Now SHOW US THE PLACENTA” — Slate‘s resident Juiceboxer Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

 

Sunday Show Preview for 05.31.09

So our headline has become a bit misleading…really should read “Weekend Show Preview.” That said, I think it is just about complete.

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to discuss Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) and roundtable with former Bush adviser Ed Gillespie, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, and ABC News’ Legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg and columnist George Will will discuss the impact of a potential GM bankruptcy, the North Korean nuclear threat, and the rest of the week’s politics.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and roundtable with WaPo’s Bob Woodward and NYT’s David Brooks

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill: Peter Baker of The New York Times, Joan Biskupic of USA Today and James Kitfield of National Journal will have analysis of the Obama administration’s efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and secure a new arms reduction treaty with Moscow.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital w/ Al Hunt: World Bank president Robert Zoellick will discuss global financial conditions.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to discuss Obama’s Sotomayor nom., the economy and the future of the GOP.

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Rachel Brand, Former Assistant Attorney General; Emily Pierce, David Drucker and Emily Heil from RC newspaper.

The Chris Matthews Show: NY Mag’s John Heilemann, NYT’s Helene Cooper,NBC DC Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut will discuss Sotomayor and the Prez’s trip to Egypt.

CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: David Axelrod & Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)on Sotomayor, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)on Penn Senate race, Alberto Gonzales on interrogation investigations and Richard Ben-Veniste on his new book “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS: Henry Kissinger on diplomacy with rivals, Selig Harrison and Charles Prichard on N. Korea tests, Joshua Cooper Ramo and Niall Ferguson on global recession.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (R-GA) and a roundtable with National Review‘s Rich Lowry, NPR’s Michele Norris, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson and NBC’s Chuck Todd

CBS’ Face the Nation: Former Secretary of State General Colin Powell and Harvard University psychiatrist Dr. Alvin Poussaint, as part of the “Children of the Recession” series

ABC’s This Week: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Admiral Michael Mullen and a roundtable with Donna Brazile, NYT‘s David Brooks, WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Karl Rove and “Power Player” Bugles Across America founder Tom Day

CNN’s State of the Union: Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Bill Maher, Chicago Tribune‘s Clarence Page, Washington Examiner‘s Chris Stirewalt, Time‘s Karen Tumulty

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “Foreign Affairs” editor Gideon Rose, “The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global” Fawaz Gerges, WSJ‘s Bret Stephens, “The Geopolitics of Emotion” author Dominique Moisi, “Reimagining India” author Nandan Nilekani and former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s David Ignatius, BBC’s Katty Kay, Time‘s Michael Duffy and AP’s Jennifer Loven

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s David Sanger, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid, Time‘s Karen Tumulty and NJ‘s John Maggs

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Roll Call‘s Keith Koffler, David Drucker, Jackie Kucinich and Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Center for Disease Control Acting Director Dr. Richard Besser and a roundtable with MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and former counselor to President Bush Ed Gillespie

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA), Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Center for Disease Control Acting Director Dr. Richard Besser

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Center for Disease Control Acting Director Dr. Richard Besser and a roundtable with PBS’ Gwen Ifill, NYT’s Paul Krugman, WSJ’s Gerald Seib and ABC’s George Will

Fox News Sunday: Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Center for Disease Control Acting Director Dr. Richard Besser, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) and “Power Player” Christopher Buckley

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), former Masschusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former Clinton White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart, former U.S. Rep. Susan Molinari (R), Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Center for Disease Control Acting Director Dr. Richard Besser

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, Amy Holmes, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen, GWU professor of media and public affairs Mark Feldstein, ABC’s Dr. Tim Johnson

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell, Newsweek’s Howard Fineman and WaPo’s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, WSJ’s David Wessel, NJ’s Alex Simendinger and WaPo’s Spencer Hsu

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Securities and Exchange Commission chairman Mary Schapiro and Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Hans Nichols, Greg Stohr, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Meghan McCain and Roll Call’s Emily Pierce, David Drucker and Emily Heil

Will update throughout the day as we learn them.

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