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David Gregory’s Innocent Father’s Day Question Elicits Love, Hate and Typos

A little Father’s Day loving can go in wayward directions. On Sunday, NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory solicited stories on Twitter about viewers’ fathers and what they taught them. A lovely, innocuous post to celebrate the day. But this is online, where things often take twisted turns.

We begin with Gregory’s innocent question.

 

A variety of responses rolled in. Including one from NBC weatherman Al Roker, whose response is so riddled with awkwardness and typos that we wondered, was it intentional? Read more

Marty’d: The Memorial Day Edition

We are All Just News Junkies Online. If you follow Marty Rudolf on Twitter, you’re used to frequent attempts at conversation. Randomly, he’ll ask questions like, “Does any Sports Fans or Journalists/Bloggers feel like chatting?,” or “Any “Y&R”, “Days” or “B&B” Soap Fans on here?” He’s a lovable oddball who will often tweet directly to actors, journalists and anyone else who will listen. Sometimes, they actually respond.

You never know who may give Marty a response. Read more

SIGHTING: Reporter Spots Self at Party

This is too much!

In Wednesday’s Politico Playbook, Mike Allen writes about the MSNBC Joe Scarborough‘s surprise 50th birthday party. Allen, a “Morning Joe” regular, posted a variety of pictures, including one of NBC’s David Gregory in the moonlight, he wrote about “Le Menu” — which included mini burgers and mini pastrami bites — and then he concluded with a big mass of sightings, which included none other than himself.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“But are you ready for this jelly?”-- CNN’s Jake Tapper, employing an unusual (for Washington) twist of phrase on his new show, “The Lead.” To which HuffPost Politics Editor Molly Reilly wrote simply, “Awful.” We disagree wholeheartedly. We’d like to hear Tapper employ the question daily, perhaps weekly so it doesn’t get stale.

Johnathan Krohn Under Fire!

“PSA: Just because you want to defend someone else’s view is no reason to attack my credibility or veracity as a journo. Calm the fuck down!” Salon‘s Jonathan Krohn, who was the recipient of verbal bullying at CPAC by two conservative females as reported (and recorded) by Yahoo! NewsChris Moody. One of the women, Townhall Editor Katie Pavlich, reacted to our writeup, saying, “Moral of this story? Jonathan Krohn got verbally beat up by two girls. Someone call the wammbulance.” (At right is Jonathan as a young sweater vested Republican. At left, a floppy-haired liberal.)

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:32 a.m.

First World Problem

“So the puppy won’t stop jumping up on people. I know we need to ignore her, but it’s so hard because a) I love her, and…b) strangers love her too. Do I ask them to stop talking in high voices and greeting her when she jumps up?? Seems rude.” — Capitol Hill communicator, @therealmarta.

Uh oh. Is there a potential GIF for this?

“I’m home incredibly sick with a pounding head ache and the neighbors are blasting metal.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

Wemple is so sympathetic

“Tapper just pronounced ‘Reddit’ ‘Read-it’; corrected himself moments later. Lots of sympathy for that.” — WaPo‘s Erik Wemple. Oh, so he can see two sides to a story? Amazing how that works.

BuzzFeed seeks anti-hate employee (cat lover preferred)

“hahah Buzzfeed Job application says ‘No haters” should apply.’” — InTheseTimes Labor journo Mike Elk.

Um, who cares?

“Since its clear I’m not working at the moment a q: y do I like 90′s country music better than current stuff?#blameitallonmyroots.” — NBC “MTP” host David Gregory.

Washington Examiner reporter seeks job, Media Matters fellow notices ass kissing and Jose Canseco has a vivid imagination…

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Quotes of the Day

Convo Between Two Journos: BFF’s discuss Adele, Chris Brown, Rihanna

NBC’s Luke Russert: “Loved how Adele didn’t even acknowledge Chris Brown before her hug to Rihanna. #Grammys”

Politico‘s Jake Sherman: “Good. Guy is scum.”

Female journos outraged over Fun’s capris pants

“So, man capris are not ok. We need a national conversation about that, for Fun.” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

“After tonight, we shan’t speak of this again.” — NBC White House Producer Shawna Thomas.

NPR correspondent’s daughter succumbs to Justin Bieber

“For the first time ever, Kayleigh uttered the name Justin Bieber tonight. I pray it is the last we hear of him.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Dating a woman from BuzzFeed means…

“My boyfriend who is not on Twitter: ‘Please don’t send a tweet to all your friends about this conversation.’ #doesthiscount#hellneverknow.”  — BuzzFeed Publicist Ashley McCollum.

Politico Playbook publish time: 7:53 a.m.

Guiding Sophia’s Light

“The reason we don’t stay committed today and love forever is because we analyze, think 2 much, & give up 2 quickly. #LostValentine” — theGrio and Essence’ Sophia Nelson.

Weekend party hazards

“When white girls go ‘WOOOO!’ and throw up hands it’s a eye hazard for tall bamas like me. #giantproblems #ouch” –BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Hooked on ‘Homeland’: NBC’s David Gregory

“Only Homeland has given me as many headaches as the Wire from watching episode after episode without a break. ‘You feel me?’” — NBC “MTP” Host David Gregory.

Editor encounters enigma of city living

“Randomly oracular statements from lightly medicated schizophrenics u pass on street is one of the curious elements of urban life.” — TPM founder Josh Marshall.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Started Cycle with @cyclemeter at 3:30 PM, on a new route, see cyclemeter.com/74b1bad6b8971c…, Cyclemeter will speak your replies to me.” — DCist‘s Ben Freed. Speak your replies? Do our ears deceive us? We just may have to try this, because why wouldn’t we want to converse with Ben Freed while he’s “cycling” around town?

Why Gov. Christie’s heft is a plus (no pun intended)… Read more

WaPo’s Rubin to NBC: Dump David Gregory

On the heels of Steve Capus resigning as President of NBC News late last week, WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin took it upon herself in a Sunday column to offer tips to the network. Among her pearls of wisdom:

  • “[D]ump David Gregory as host of ‘Meet the Press.’”
  • “[S]teal Jan Crawford Greenburg from CBS…”
  • “Get some capable conservatives (instead of a left, lefter and leftist panel) and New Media liberals” for the roundtable shows.
  • Designate MSNBC’s prime time lineup as “entertainment” rather than news.

Rubin has been especially critical of Gregory as of late. In mid-January she accused him of conducting a “softball interview” with President Obama on New Years Day. She also said Gregory was “ill-prepared, doesn’t listen to the answers or has no interest in conducting tough interviews of the Obama administration’s surrogates.” In her weekend column, she described Gregory as “incapable of asking hard questions and whose most distinctive moment was a stupid, illegal gun stunt.”

Rubin’s suggestion to replace Gregory… Read more

Scarborough Proud of Bright Sweater Selection

It took a lot of “courage” for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough to wear his searing red Brooks Brothers sweater on set Friday. That’s what he told FishbowlDC Saturday at the Omni Shoreham hotel where he was speaking on a panel for the National Review Institute summit.

“We were talking about courage on stage,” Scarborough said. “Do you know how much courage it took to get that red sweater out of my closet?” Asked if it was a gift, he said no. “Am I supposed to be ashamed that I bought it on my own? I bought it on my own.”

His co-host Mika Brzezinksi has said in the past that Scarborough is “like a gay stylist.” However, she’s not a fan of the red sweater. “She usually speaks out against the red sweaters,” Scarborough said, “but fortunately she was off that day so I thought I’d give it a test ride. It worked out well.”

He acknowledged that it’s a way to keep things fresh on set… Read more

How to Make it All About Me

President Obama‘s outgoing strategist and advisor David Plouffe recently made his smashing debut on Twitter. So far, 10 tweets and thousands of immediate followers. But among those tweets, he manages to do what Washington does well, which is to inject yourself into a big news story. In this case, the story was Sen. Tom Harkin‘s (D-Iowa) announcement to retire. It’s not nearly as grotesque as others sound when they do it.

Plouffe does admit he is in need of “serious detox” from his former job. This morning he writes, “1st day post WH. Minor ice closes/delays schools. First instinct is to think if announcements on the level. Need serious detox.”

The former advisor has just 35 followers and 8,515 followers. Which journalists are among the handpicked 35? They include NYT‘s Nate Silver, Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt, National Political Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, Politico‘s Jonathan Martin (this could get interesting with Martin’s teenage girl tweeting style), CBS Political Director John Dickerson, NBC “MTP” host David Gregory, WSJ tech columnist Walt Mossberg, WaPo‘s Capital Weather Gang, and NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

 

Erick Erickson Confesses: I Am ‘The Media’

Politico‘s Glenn Thursh and Dylan Byers tag teamed RedState‘s Erick Erickson this morning over the attention NBC anchor David Gregory and the Sandy Hook elementary shootings are receiving.

To catch you up to speed, while anchoring Sunday’s “Meet the Press” Gregory held up a gun magazine, thus possibly breaking a D.C. gun law. Gun rights advocates pounced, calling for the prosecution of Gregory. It’s a story that’s been picked up mostly by media reporters and talked about on Twitter, but no thorough investigations outside of the conservative blogosphere have taken shape.

“Of course the media is dismissive of the David Gregory story,” Erickson tweeted today. “He broke the law to demand more laws.”

Thrush, who spent a larger portion of yesterday evening arguing with Twitter followers over the same subject, responded, “That’s because it’s a fake, joke story meant to divert attention from a serious [gun control] debate.”

“You mean like we need more laws like the one Gregory broke to prove we needed more laws? Yep, that’s funny.” Erickson said. Thrush reiterated his point that the Gregory story pales in comparison to the Sandy Hook shooting. Erickson, who wants you to know is not like the rest of the news world, returned to his theme that “the media” are covering up the Gregory story.

Thrush pointed out that Erickson is indeed part of “the media;” Erickson said he “resents the implication.”

That’s when Byers jumped in… Read more

8 Minor but Grating Thanksgiving Annoyances

This past week as members of Washington’s media were off stuffing themselves with turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and bourbon, some managed to be acutely irritating in a whole smorgasboard of ways. See as we dissect them below.

8. From the Dept. of Bragiculture…Sen. Rob Portman (permanent fill-in for GOP Presidential debates) tweeted about reading ABC News’ Jake Tapper‘s new book, Outpost: “Started reading @jaketapper‘s book ‘The Outpost’ over the weekend. Powerful reminder of sacrifice of our troops on ground in Afghanistan.” Of course, Tapper, always moved when people write about his book, retweeted it. And just in case you haven’t gotten enough Outpost rammed down your throat, Tapper also retweeted about it here: “Black Friday blog - @powerlineblog review: ‘The Outpost’: Buy This Book’.” Read the positive review here. Tapper will also be on Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert tonight and on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Tuesday morning to discuss it.  “I’ll be the guest of @StephenAtHome on @ColbertReport on Monday to discuss The Outpost.tinyurl.com/OutpostBandN BRING IT, STEPHEN!!!!” Undoubtedly Colbert will be touched and won’t be challenging him about it.

7. Just in case you haven’t thanked the troops yet this holiday season, please allow NBC “MTP” host David Gregory to do it for you. “A special thank you to our service men and women for their service and sacrifice. We are thankful for you all. #thanksgiving,” he wrote.  Politico‘s Christine Delargy also felt the need to publicly thank the troops: “Anything we have to be thankful for today is due in part to men & women serving overseas. Thank them: uso.org/operation-uso-… #supportourtroops

6. As if we needed more reasons to be thankful, Politico‘s Mike Allen wrote a personal note to readers expressing his gratitude for them. Bizarrely he turned into quite the politician and told them that the most important email he receives is “yours.” He also apologized for whatever f–kups they may have caused and for any unreturned email. Our favorite part is the wisdom from Grandma Powers, who is apparently now all of our grandmas, collectively. We’ll spare you the scene where Allen and his family retreat to a Japanese steakhouse for a knife throwing contest while bouncing eggs off their faces (or something like that).

DEAR PLAYBOOKERS: Thank you for being so alert, smart, encouraging — the best audience in the world. Many of you have heard us say: “Every morning is Christmas morning!” We feel that way partly because of the exciting times we live in, and partly because it’s such a huge privilege to have a daily conversation with someone like you. But mostly, it’s because this community is so appreciative and engaged, making it a joy to serve you each day.

Thank you for forgiving our lapses. In the early ’90s, FedEx unveiled the slogan: “Our most important package is yours.” We feel the same way: We get thousands of emails each day, but the most important one is yours. If we said we were going to do something and then forgot, or if we didn’t respond, we apologize. We try to respond to each personal email and when we don’t, it’s a mistake. As our Grandma Powers used to say: “We slipped a cog.” Please remind us – we’ll make it right. You are the reason Playbook exists.

We believe strongly in constant reinvention to remain essential and enjoyable. So we’re grateful for your suggestions about how Playbook can evolve to serve you better:mallen@politico.com. A healthy, happy, hearty Thanksgiving to you and yours. And thank you!

5. This is more a shocker than an irritant, though we don’t imagine it could have gone over too well at FNC’s Shepherd Smith‘s Thanksgiving table. After Breitbart.com‘s Pat Dollard wrote, “Shep Smith Suggests Netanyahu Started Gaza Crisis for Political Gain,” conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain jumped in with this whopper: “Shep hates Jews. Also, vagina.”

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