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Posts Tagged ‘David Frum’

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— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks on HuffPo Live, 10:15 a.m.
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The Revolving Door
— Arelis Hernandez‘s first day at WaPo
David Eldridge‘s first day at Roll Call
David Frum‘s first day at The Atlantic
Erica Pyatt‘s first day at McMurry/TMG
Ryan McCarthy starts at WaPo
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David Frum Named Senior Editor at The Atlantic

Veteran political commentator and author David Frum is joining The Atlantic as a senior editor beginning March 31, editor-in-chief James Bennet announced yesterday. In his new role, Frum will write for the website and magazine and participate in Atlantic events.

Frum is the author of eight books, two of which are New York Times bestsellers. He most recently authored the e-book “Why Romney Lost” (published within 48 hours of the 2012 election), and Patriots, a political satire.

Frum has worked for the Wall Street Journal editorial page, Forbes magazine, Manhattan Institute and American Enterprise Institute. In the 1990s, he was a regular contributor to the Weekly Standard and from 2003 and 2008, he wrote a daily blog for National Review. Between 2009 and 2012, he edited a group blog, FrumForum.com, dedicated to the reform and renewal of political conservatism, which was hosted by the Daily Beast/Newsweek from January 2012 until May 2013.

Frum’s ‘Ghoulish’ Rules for Crisis Twitter Talk

You’ve gotta love (or hate) a journalist who lists off Twitter rules in the middle of a Washington shooting crisis. I mean, what’s not to love about that? We all need to learn to speak civilly to one another in these heated times and what a better way to learn? If not now, when?

So thank you David Frum of CNN and The Daily Beast.

He starts out, “In wake of this most recent mass-casualty shooting, it is important that we all respect the feelings of America’s gun enthusiasts. Observing a few simple rules of etiquette will help the post-shooting conversation to proceed in appropriate ways.”

And now, the rules. Read more

Morning Chatter

“He just heard about @RedEyeFNC and how I’m filling in for @greggutfeld. He can’t bear to look.” — FNC “The Five” co-host Dana Perino. What Jasper is really saying: “I’m not a supermodel, Dana. Stop taking my picture. Stop overtweeting about me. I need my beauty rest. I need to fart once in awhile. And I don’t care about Greg Gutfeld.”

Leibo admits his fishiness

“I am a fish. I have chosen to live, work, and raise my family in the murk. This might well be an easier pursuit for a citizen on solid land. But I have no plans to leave. People ask me about that too. Why? It’s not like I’m making lobbyist or TV money. I plead reality: my wife and I have built a good life here.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich in the prologue of This Town in response to his own rhetorical question…”What is my story?” The book hit the shelves Tuesday. Of course, we rather enjoyed his first line here.

George Zimmerman trial: the story that will not go away

‘If you…don’t know somebody that has been stopped late at night for driving while black, you just don’t have any black friends.’ — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:11 a.m.

A K.O. update of sorts

“FYI: KeithOlbermann dot com … *still* owned by the Daily Caller.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

BFF’s at a glance: Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher and The Week’s Matt Lewis

“My freind [sic] @tommyxtopher weighs in on my latest for @TheWeek on George Zimmerman.”

The first line of Christopher’s story also solidifies their friendship: “My old friend Matt Lewis is out with a thoughtful op-ed on one possible consequence of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin: that Americans might stop caring about their communities.”

In other important Christopher news… “I don’t drink coffee. Lipton Tea, extra strong, with Splenda and half-n-half.”

Frum passes boating exam fit for idiots

“Just passed my Canadian boating license exam -a test so easy it makes you frightened to think who *else* is on the water.” — The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.

Jason Mattera: the anti-Rachel Jeantel anti-Christ

“Good grief I’m reading a transcript of the Jeantel interview. Forget storming Walmart, bum rush the public schools she attended.” — conservative radio host Jason Mattera, insulting FBDC favorite Rachel Jeantel, a breakout star from the George Zimmerman trial. And conservative writer Robert Stacy McCain: “Seriously, when you look up ‘stupid’ on Wikipedia, Rachel Jeantel’s photo should be there.”  RSM…she could eat you for lunch, so you might want to shhhh.

The Grossest Thing You’ll Read Today 

“Pee-filled diapers sitting around give off a sweet, sickening, Honey Nut Cheerios scent after several days, if you must know.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Journo takes online hate into own hands

“Ok, so, I’m just going to block/report spam without warning. Easier that way.” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

Congrats to… Reason‘s Mike Riggs on his new gig at Atlantic Cities. He was formerly with The Daily Caller.

Morning Chatter

Journo can’t resist Paula Deen interview

“Not that I’m watching this, but this Paula Deen interview is tough to watch.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, upon watching the chef on NBC’s “TODAY” Show this morning.

Awww…

“25 years ago this day, @DCrittenden1 & I were married. It feels still like it did then.” — The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9 a.m.

Journo Love (and Hate)

“Looking fwd to chatting today w/ show veteran @ByronYork — one of the few honest reporters re truth abt #amnesty Bill.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

On being late…

“Next time I’m late for something I’m just gonna say that I actually showed up one minute early, which will maybe fly for 3 hours.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Reporter to millenials: ‘I love your passion’

“Tweet 30k goes out to all you brave millenials who had to take jobs you weren’t thrilled to accept right after college. I love your passion.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

And now, something awful…

“Basing your self-worth on RTs and favorites is probably a terrible idea, but some days it works out OK.” — Jesse Berney, a progressive speechwriter who has written for HuffPost, Salon and the revolting Wonkette. Figures. How pathetic.

Anonymous to FishbowlDC: “Who’s going to adopt the Twitter handle @BenWhite’sunsentemails? Here’s one: ‘Dear John and Jim: If you ask me to write another thumbsucker on Friday night that we all know no one will read, I will ride that fucking Amtrak down there and wipe the smug off your faces with a flamethrower.’ That kind of thing.” — In response to a quote we ran from Politico‘s Ben White Tuesday, who said that the best emails are the ones that are never sent.

Graphic by Austin Price

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Howie uses the f-word

“F-word: For those who object to my calling Daily Show fake news, Jon Stewart has used it many times. Doesn’t mean criticisms aren’t real.” — CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Damn, we thought for a moment he was actually dropping an f-bomb.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day I: “Dynamite post of the week (then again, it’s onlybMonday [sic]): Spotted: Sen. Harry Reid at City Church. With a great back of the head photo that could have been a zillion other people. Needless to say, I was riveted.” Thanks Ass. So glad you wrote in! Yes, it was only Monday, and actually it was, in fact, Sen. Reid. There were riveting pictures of the front of his face that we didn’t show you.

Reporter wants to shoot up coffee

“It’s one of those just-inject-the-coffee-directly-into-my-veins kinda days.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: Whoa! 5:25 a.m.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day II: “Do a story about DCRTV Dave Hughes!” Great idea! We have. Gobs of them. See here, here and here. We’re bored of that washed up lizard for the time being, and he hasn’t blatantly stolen anyone else’s copy lately.

Stephen Tschida Condo Update

“Kids the condo quest continues… the first board rejected me because of my boys. This time another problem… 48 hours to make it work!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. By his “boys” he means his adorable pooches pictured here.

Sadness is…

“Grim fatherless fathers day here at Casa Frum/Crittenden.” — Daily Beast/Newsweek and CNN Contributor David Frum.

“When I walk into the spare bedroom in my house where Dad frequently stayed when he was sick, I can feel his presence as if he were still suffering there in bed, and I think, ‘Dad, I miss you.’ But then guilt and self-doubt strike. Did I miss you yesterday? Did I even think about you yesterday? Is the memory of you beginning to fade already? Am I sometimes still too busy with work to reserve even a few precious seconds every single day for the man who gave me life? God knows I neglected him enough as his life slowed down and mine sped up.” — Rare Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker in a Father’s Day first-person remembrance. Read the whole story here.

 

Beast’s Green to Examiner

Justin Green, editor/contributor at The Daily Beast, announced today on Twitter that he’s making a move to the Washington Examiner.

Good time as any to mention that I’ll be moving from @thedailybeast to the @dcexaminer thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/…

— Justin Green (@JGreenDC) June 3, 2013

No word on exactly what his role will be. We reached out to Green for comment, but he declined. One possible reason for the move is that Daily Beast’s David Frum—whose blog Green edited—also said today that he’s taking a break from writing over the summer, and possibly longer. He noted Green’s move, calling it a promotion.

“And let me end with a big salute to this blog’s energetic editor, Justin Green, who now proceeds to a much deserved promotion at the Washington Examiner. You can follow his hilarious Twitter feed at @JGreenDC.”

Best of luck to Green in his new job.

Sen. Gillibrand Boozes at BuzzFeed Q&A

The audio was kind of a wreck but the second installment of BuzzFeed Brews, this time a Q&A with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), otherwise went just fine.

Gillibrand is apparently unafraid to drink with the big boys. Literally, big boys. She gave the towering D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton a bottle of Jameson whiskey at the end of the interview, during which she downed the beer that sat at her side. Her glass of water went hardly touched.

Afterward, the open bar continued for another hour. What was Gillibrand doing? Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

Writer dude raves about House chicken tenders

“Dude, House side chicken tenders crush Senate side any day. and more choice of dipping sauces.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward.

The Snowstorm That Wasn’t.

“DC such a train wreck of dysfunction even snow wants no part of it.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“The Post should replace their weather gang with a drunken nearsighted lemur.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“DC meteorologists – the Karl Roves of weather prediction. #snowquester” — Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

“As a friendly DC flack told me today, ‘this town could use a blizzard.’” — CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Well in case the world gets snowed in tomorrow—which it won’t—I’m glad I had the foresight to buy myself fresh hydrangeas.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“This is incredibly fucking dumb. I can’t believe how freaked out DC is about this “snowstorm” #MassholeTweets” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray who links to this story from Politico on the House’s plan to gavel out Wednesday afternoon.

Premature prediction: “As of tomorrow, DC will only be a faint memory, an echo of forgotten power buried under a shroud of white death.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I’d be more impressed with this snowstorm, which has already shut down the government, if the snow would actually stick to the ground.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

“The people in my feed acting smug about the awfulness of the term ‘snowquester’ are becoming FAR more annoying than the term ‘snowquester.’” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

“Washington deals with snow about as well as it deals with everything else.” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

Late-night Bad Girls Club

MSNBC’s Touré: “Now that the Menendez story has blown up in a very embarrassing way, no one ever need take the Daily Caller seriously. Not that anyone did.”

Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor: “Dear @Toure: You should put the J.Crew catalog down and catch up on the latest on the Daily Caller-Menendez story before popping off. Thx.”

(“Popping off” is a phrase often heard on “Bad Girls Club,” as noted by trusted Bad Girls Club expert and FBDC writer Eddie Scarry.)

Journo wasn’t allowed to lunch with Lanny Davis

“Lanny Davis once invited me out to lunch after I wrote a critical piece on him but my editor wouldn’t let me go.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk at the Lanny Davis book party last night at The Hamilton.

Vietor picks on Stephanopoulos

After ABC “This Week” and GMA host George Stephanopoulos welcomed former White House aide Tommy Vietor to Twitter this morning, Vietor replied, “Thanks! We’d like to know when you sleep since you host every show on ABC except Dancing with the Stars (next season??)”

Gawker finds a terrible, fruity headline.

The Traveler

“Flying to Winnipeg this snowy morning” — conservative writer David Frum.

Have you been Marty’d? See Marty’s reaction to our profile on him and watch WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten make fun of the humblebrag… Read more

BuzzFeed Brews: ‘It’s Like a First Date’

Asked to describe the idea behind “BuzzFeed Brews,” John Stanton says, “It’s like a first date. Get them a little drunk and relaxed so they can talk about things people don’t normally hear them talk about.”

Stanton is the Washington Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed and last night was the launch of the website’s new series wherein newsmakers are invited to sit before an audience and answer questions. And there’s free beer.

It’s essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer,” cracked BuzzFeed‘s Politics Editor McKay Coppins to FishbowlDC. (The site’s publicist Ashley McCollum boasts that she came up with that description.)

The first guest: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). For roughly 45 minutes Rubio answered questions from BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith about immigration, gay marriage and the future of the Republican Party. Of course, lengthy segments here and there were spent on why Rubio prefers Tupac over Biggie Smalls (“His lyrics are more insightful in my opinion.”) and whether he had to “think long and hard” before letting his son play recreational football. Stanton said that’s another thing distinguishing the Brews series from Playbook Breakfast, whose audience may not be interested in those things. Read more

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