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Incest Desk: On Sunday Politico‘s Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press” as part of the roundtable. The uncomfortably cozy part is that the executive producer is his wife, Betsy Fischer Martin. On a scale of 1 to 10 we give it a 8. The rap on Martin from bookers is he has shown up late to TV interviews and sometimes misses them entirely, so in some cases has fallen out of favor. But not with MTP.

Press Sec. makes plea for patience

“I have almost 5,000 unopened emails. Please bear with me.” — Becca Glover, Press Secretary for Chairman Darrell Issa‘s House Oversight Committee.

Sports bra/spandex spotted in Capitol basement

“Overseen in Capitol basement: Woman wearing a sports bra and spandex shorts. Really? During votes w/ senators coming and going, no less.” — NJ‘s Amy Harder.

Journo employs devious tactic

“I’m too bored to disagree with you, so I’m going to let you win the argument so easily it will be totally unsatisfying.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Reporter feels left out in the cold

“Am I the only journalist who did not watch #TheNewsroom last night?” — HuffPost‘s Sabrina Siddiqui.

Scribes cope with D.C. traffic

“On Sherman Ave, that scene out off Planes, Trains &Autos – ‘YOU’RE GOING THE WRONG WAY!’” — The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“Note to self: it’s impossible to overestimate traffic in DC or to underestimate how drivers handle it. #WhyDidITake9thStreetTunnel??” — CNN radio reporter Lisa Desjardins.

Spotted: FNC’s Bret Baier Either slowly jogging or quickly walking with a stroller on Foxhall Road. He was wearing an Under Armour type shirt, pushing a stroller and looking chunkier than he does on TV. — Peter Ogburn

Consultant sees positives in travel snafu

“My LAX Virgin flight is an hour delayed. But LSG SkyChef guy just loaded the galley with the speed of a NASCAR pit crew. Impressive.” — GOP Consultant Mike Murphy.


A Lesson in Instagram

The Instagram smartphone application has become an indispensable tool for journalists who want to share high-quality photos on the go. Gone are the days of blurry pictures with bad lighting.

But not everyone is up to speed on the app.

Exhibit A: FNC’s Ed Henry snapped this grainy, kind of blasé photo on May 11 while in Reno, Nev. “President’s limo — The Beast — parked in driveway,” reads the caption.

There’s not much to be said about this, but an Instagram filter makes a nice difference.

Exhibit B: The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso tweeted this not even remotely artful sideways photo on Monday.

We took the liberty of spinning it right side up and ran it through an Instagram filter to give it purpose.

But not every photo works with Instagram… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Reporter’s bus driver drops f-bomb

“Was that my bus driver? ‘This is a one-way street! F— you, b—-!’” — Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

TV reporter gets tortured at dental visit

“Dental hygienist dressed in blue. Should of been black leather. Subjected me to 45 minutes of torture. But my teeth look great!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a recent tweet.

Journo love

“My colleague Pete Williams, whose knowledge I’m constantly in awe of, says healthcare law is ‘in trouble’” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert.

A White House correspondent praises his wife

“Happy Anniversary to Saintly Wife! Seems like just yesterday I was reading her answer to my online personal ad…” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“I know, but I had a bad experience with a wisdom tooth that I left in too long :( Don’t wanna see you down too!” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.

A mean note to BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith

“Someone needs to tell Ben Smith that it’s not really an exclusive if NO ONE ELSE IS INTERESTED IN YOUR LAME-ASS STORIES. #TanningBedOnStupid” —‘s John Nolte

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I really like broccoli.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman. Of course his comment stemmed from Day 2 of the Supreme Court’s oral arguments surrounding President Obama’s healthcare legislation. Justice Antonin Scalia asked, “Why couldn’t the government make its citizens purchase, say, broccoli?” This is the Shermanator’s first FishbowlDC award of this nature and we’re banking that it won’t be his last.


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Lizza offers pronunciation advice

“Pro tip: The secret to pronouncing Ahmadinejad is to think ‘I’m a dinner jacket.’ #yourewelcome #cnndebate” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Daily Caller reporter gets gipped by BuzzFeed

“Interesting. HuffPost links me in their Rand Paul veep story. BuzzFeed does not extend the same courtesy. Something I said?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis. Just speculation, but there is ongoing warfare between The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith.

TPM‘s Marshall razzes CNN’s King

“John King: If you were a form of contraception, which one would you be?” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall. He also promo-ed the one-word debate question with this: “Official John King dingbat question round coming up after the commercial.”

Annoying Tweet of the Night Award

“To those who interpret my tweets as being for or against someone, I’m neutral. I’m just enjoying calling the debate as I see it…” — CNN Contributor Ari Fleischer. Note to Fleischer: SHUT UP ALREADY.

King’s one-word question elicits angry/funny reactions

Coulter weighs in: “Newt: unfaithful Ron Paul: cute Santorum: Satan! Romney: president” — Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter.

“How would I describe myself? Three words. Hard-working. Alpha male. Jackhammer.” — The Daily Caller‘s Lewis.

“Santorum should’ve just said Santorum. #maturejokes” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

“BREAKING: Stupid question draws really stupid answers.” — The Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“Sleepy, grumpy, bashful and … Cheerful” — HuffPost’s Howard Fineman.

“Cheerful? Fact check.” — Media Matters Spokeswoman Jess Levin.

“Santorum sets himself apart by describing himself WITH A NOUN. Someone give the man a grammar book.” — The Guardian‘s LA-based Amy Willis.

Hollywood assumption…

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz thinks he knows insider Hollywood gossip? He writes, “Eva Longoria is a co-chair of the Obama re-election effort. So the Botox community is well-represented.”

Unfortunate gaseous exchange

Below the Beltway’s Doug Mataconis: “I’m hungry. What’s for dinner?”

The Right Sphere Contributor Tom Dougherty: “Enchiladas because I want heartburn and gas during the #GOPDebate/#CNNDebate tonight.”

What’s Driving the Day: “Cat saves his owner’s life just HOURS after being adopted” — HuffPost. Read here.

D.C. journo dreams of Chelsea Handler

“Just remembered dream I had about Chelsea Handler last night. She was a neuroscientist inventing a drug to block feelings. Subconscious=lame.” — D.C.-based freelancer Moe Tkacik.

The Observer

“Media scare tactics: John King says, ‘One of these men could be president 11 months from now.’ #CNNDebate” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas Prevention Tip

“Note to self: refrain from saying, ‘umm, you have a little something on your forehead’ today. — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Wednesday tweet.

FNC’s Baier Shares of Son’s Angioplasty

Messages and prayers for FNC anchor Bret Baier came pouring in on Twitter last night after Baier shared news about his son, Paul, who has had serious health problems from birth.

“A little anxious tonight,” he wrote. “My 4 1/2 year old, Paul, goes in for his 5th angioplasty tomorrow. It always puts everything in perspective. He thinks he’s going in to get extra superpowers – and I think he is too ;) .”

Journos and political types were among those who sent prayers. Washington Examiner‘s Online Opinion Editor David Freddoso: “Your son’s story would have moved me even before I became a father. As it is, brings tears to my eyes. …Best wishes for your son, I’ll say a few Aves before bed.” The Heritage Foundation’s Rory Cooper wrote simply, “#Pray.”

Kathy MacPherson, a follower from Kalamazoo, Mich. quickly swung into full prayer mode. She wrote, “The Lord will guide the cardiovascular surgeon’s hands.”

Baier later expressed gratitude for his more than 69,000 followers: “Thank you for the prayers and good wishes. He is in great hands at Children’s National Medical Center. And he’s a little fighter – 2 open heart surgeries and 4 angioplasties later – you would never know on the playground.”

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Quotes of the Day

Washington reacts to Conrad Murray verdict

“GUILTY VERDICT IN MICHAEL JACKSON CASE – INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER: (By the way, the cheering is really creepy.)” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

“Whew. That medical license is donezo. #conradmurray” — ABC7 News Reporter Jummy Olabanji.

“#ConradMurray #guiltyverdict ::yawn::” — Washington Business Journal designer Tim Wong.

Words of wisdom

“Enjoy these scandals while you can. When Romney’s the nominee, best we’ll get is a woman who says she saw him drink coffee once. ” — Slate’s Dave Weigel. (At right, the Chinese symbol for wisdom.)

Tricks of the Trade

“Cain tic: when asked q he doesn’t have answer for, he repeats the q. Amazing footage from Newt debate.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin. Watch here.

Disturbing Headline of the Day: “Panda urinates on sleeping pal’s face, then has a chuckle with friends?” — HuffPost. Watch video here.

A call for a pause

“Unless the next piece of news to break is that my apartment’s on fire, I’m not interested. That’ll do, Monday.” — The Hill‘s (soon to be Reuters) White House Correspondent Sam Youngman.

Bad Sex 101

“My friend just asked me ‘how do you know if you’re having bad sex?’ Um, if you have to ask.” — Ali Wentworth, comedian and wife to GMA’s George Stephanopoulos.

Pig journalism

Great day for a wet T-shirt contest!! RT @MichelleFields: Of course I spill coffee all over my shirt right before my Fox interview. — Pantsless conservative blogger and BigGov contributor Dan Riehl.

The Nostradamus of D.C. journalism

“Watch for White House news today. Obama tends to dump big ones when everyone’s distracted with frivolities.” –  Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“A wonderful morning stroll thru London’s Borough Market, where I met @sophiegg’s mother at her Wild Beef stand in Jubilee Market. Who knew?” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff‘s trip to London. We had a plethora of “who cares?” tweets from him, but we went with this one. By the way, Sophie Gilbert covers culture for Washingtonian. We hope Graff enjoyed his encounter at the Wild Beef stand.


TWT and Washington Examiner: Same Diff?

Human Events has written a peculiar invitation for an event this week.

They write: “Next week, please join Jason Mattera, Human Events editor, and Washington Times Examiner reporter and New York Times bestselling author, David Freddoso for a 60-minute live event.”

Mattera is, of course, Human Events Editor and Washington’s answer to “The Situation.” Freddoso works for the Washington Examiner. We’re sure that’s what Editor Stephen Smith is still calling it these days. The event is on May 18. If you fill out this order form, they’ll call you around 2 p.m. for the live event called the “TeleForum Series.”

The FishbowlDC Interview With Examiner’s David Freddoso

12.jpg Say hello to the Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso. He’s the online opinion editor. He went to work there in June 2009 after, his bio says, “serving” as Capitol Hill staff writer for National Review Online for nearly two years. His NYT bestselling book is The Case Against Barack Obama. He considers the late Robert Novak a mentor. Freddoso spent three years assisting Novak. He came to Washington in 2001; his first D.C. writing job was for Human Events. He told me to feel free to make up “additional accomplishments” about him, but I think I’ll leave it at that. He’s an amusing interview, read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? MGD. In a can.

How often do you Google yourself? Every day, but everyone has his own way of spelling my last name, so it doesn’t work. (His high school coach once spelled his name “Ferdosa.”)

What’s the worst thing youÂ’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Antagonizing an editor is kind of like taunting the soldiers you’re embedded with. I avoid it because I expect them to save my life at least twice a year.

Who is your favorite working journalist? Tim Novak of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Do you have a favorite word? “No.”

Whom would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? You really don’t ask softball questions, do you?

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? BBPro_ElectriCall. It sounds like…a phone ringing.

When did you last cry and why? My beagle had cancer and had to be put to sleep earlier this summer.

What word do you routinely misspell? Millennium.

What swear word do you use most often? I’m not going to type any words I wouldn’t want my six-month-old daughter to find in this interview when she grows up and goes online.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Really.” And em-dashes.

Find out where Freddoso shops and which senator “gently” pushed him out of the Members-only elevator after the jump…

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Quote(s) of the Day


Patriotism with a flare

“The national anthem is not about who sings it. Pisses me off. Just sing the damn song.” –The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes in a Thursday tweet. (And who doesn’t love being angrily ordered to sing the anthem?)

A slice of WH journo life

“Egocentric, eccentric Lester Kinsolving greets Biden with applause, fights with Ann Compton, who tells him shuddup.”
Politico’s White House correspondent Glenn Thrush in a Thursday tweet.

TV editor enjoys frozen nougat candybar

“I just had a frozen Charleston Chew, but it wasn’t cold.”
–CNN’s senior political editor Mark Preston in a Thursday tweet that is encouragingly non-wonky.

Freddoso Disses Matthews

“Tea Party documentary: When was the last time Chris Matthews did anything worthwhile?” (His story, here, discusses what he calls Matthews’s shoddy journalism.) –Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso tweets Thursday on MSNBC’s Matthews, who hosted a documentary show earlier this week.


Freddoso, Freire Join The Washington Examiner

Check out this Examiner memo from Mark Tapscott announcing the hires of David Freddoso and J.P Freire:

“It is with great pleasure that I announce this:

David Freddoso, who has been quite ably covering Congress for National Review Online, comes to us as an investigative writer. During the 2008 presidential race, Freddoso wrote the New York Times best-seller, The Case Against Barack Obama.

Before joining NRO, Freddoso spent three years assisting Washington political columnist Robert Novak. He’s also covered Congress for Human Events. Freddoso studied classical Greek at Notre Dame and earned a master’s degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism.

J.P. Freire, managing editor of the American Spectator, will hold the same title in the Commentary section. Freire was named journalist of the year for 2009 by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

Besides the Spectator, Freire’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Human Events, Reason Magazine, and The Washington Times. Freire attended Cornell University, where he studied English Renaissance literature and political science and served as a senior editor and a columnist for the Cornell Review.

With these two gentlemen joining Barbara Hollingsworth, Kevin Mooney and myself on the commentary staff, I can promise you much “interesting reading” in the days ahead.”

Mark Tapscott
Editorial Page Editor
The Washington Examiner