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From the Road

“Hurriedly shove things in bags, go to next location, discover what fell out of the bags. Repeat. #travel” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“The crowd at this Romney-McCain event feels as sleepy as us folks in the press corps.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“Hey, Cindy McCain in the house. #happieronthesidelines.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Eeks. ‘Smells like burning’

“Gingrich press bus is running power to a small city of laptops through one single cigarette lighter. Look out NH! #FITN” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody, who later added this minor detail: “Cig lighter being used to power entire bus of laptops on Newt Express smells like burning. Unplugging bc we don’t want to die. #FITN”

“The traveling press is rigging an elaborate series of converters, extension cords and power strips to get power on the bus #rovingfirehazard.” –Politico national reporter Ginger Gibson.

Whoa! Really?

“Fact: I now have Internet in my home.” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Neda Semnani.

Breitbart’s impassioned plea to Rupert

“Hi, @rupertmurdoch! I’m over here! Notice me, please! I like you. You are smart! You have made great decisions! Hi, it’s me Andrew! I clean pools, too, @rupertmurdoch. I can drive. Well, even! Love to fly in helis! [That's what people who have helicopters call them!]” — BigGov Founder Andrew Brietbart to media mogul  Rupert Murdoch. And this is the Murdoch.

Writer has cold weather fashion advice

“If you’re walking around DC, and not wearing long underwear, you are losing badly.” — Marcus J. Moore, music journo for BBC and Washington City Paper.

Dear Twitter, it’s me, Eli

“Hi @twitter. It’s me, Eli. Let’s try to make Thursday a day where we start to dial back some of the put down humor.” — Newsweek‘s Eli Lake.

Dear Google, it’s me, Derek

“Dear @google, if I was interested in Gmail’s ‘new look’ I would have chosen it. Give us a permanent choice or stop screwing up your shit.” — Townhall.com and BigGov columnist Derek Hunter.

With an eye for fashion

“Fashion disaster on CNN – Rick Santorum in a bright red shirt and black sweater vest.” — TWT Senior Opinion writer Emily Miller. And Daily Kos and Congress Matters Contributing Editor David Waldman writes, “Can’t wait to have a President who’ll sit around the White House wearing a sweater vest, and fretting about the sex people might be having.”

The Media Critic

“Ed Schultz’s insults are strange. ‘…an endorsement from ‘Mr. Excitement’ John McCain,’ he says, rolling his eyes. Huh?” — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell.

The inevitable Rob Corddry joke

“I got no problem w/recess appts. But for a guy from The Daily Show? I just don’t see that.” — TPM’s Editor Josh Marshall in reference to President Obama appointing Richard Cordray as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director.

Punishing shoveler

“Every time it snows, I shovel sidewalk for every house on my block except the one at the corner owned by people my age, who never shovel.” — WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden.

Journo has outburst of sorts

“My laughter outburst just violated by own Quiet Car orthodoxy. Devil made me do it. By which I mean @louisck” — The Takeaway’s Congressional Radio Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Hitchens Reading List 12.19.20

With the passing of Vanity Fair Contributing Editor Christopher Hitchens came an outpouring of personal stories by journalists about their relationship with their friend, their mentor, their hero and in one case, someone they had met just once. We rounded them up for you here with a poignant line or excerpt.

Portrait by Patrick Ryan.

The Weekly Standard/Daily Caller’s Matt Labash writes for Slate on traveling with Hitchens in Iraq. “After a protracted tussle in which Yacoub demanded Hitchens’ press badges, then after a cooling off in which he gave them back, then after a resumption of hostilities when Hitchens decided he didn’t want his Kuwaiti press badge back as the Kuwaitis were proving themselves the tramplers of liberty, Yacoub screamed that Hitchens would ‘leave Kuwait tonight!’ It’s pretty hard to get kicked out of a war. But Hitchens almost managed.”

David Frum writes about the man he couldn’t resist even after meeting him.

Washington Photographer Patrick Ryan once spent a morning smoking and drinking with the great writer. “He came over to greet me wearing socks and we immediately started talking as though we’d known each other for years.”

Townhall columnist and WMAL’s Derek Hunter writes about the pitfalls of Hitchens’ literal interpretation of everything. Like vodka for instance. Or toads. “Speaking of emails, I remember one that he signed, ‘Wishing you well in this toad-filled season.’ I thought, ‘What the Hell does that mean?’ I Googled it, I asked everyone. I found nothing to explain it. Finally I asked Grover if he knew what it meant, because I didn’t want to ask Hitchens and risk looking stupid. Grover looked up from his desk and said, ‘I don’t know. Maybe he’s just some place with a lot of toads.’”

WaPo syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker wrote about how she “devoured” Hitchens’ writing. Eventually she met him one day in the makeup room of NBC. “To say I was a friend of Hitchens would be an exaggeration, though I did enjoy the pleasure of his company on several occasions. But one needn’t have known a writer to mourn his passing or to feel profound sadness about all the silent days to come. No matter what the topic, I always wanted to know what Hitchens thought about it and, lucky for the world, he seemed always willing to end the suspense.”

Christopher Buckley‘s was fittingly among the first eulogies to emerge on Hitchens in The New Yorker. He starts out, “We were friends for more than thirty years, which is a long time but, now that he is gone, seems not nearly long enough.”

It’s a Christmas Party, Damn It!

Last night we crashed the Heritage Foundation Media Christmas Party held at their posh Capitol Hill headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue because, well, why not? It’s Christmas, the season of giving, and what would giving be without someone there to take it? ‘Tis the season to party crash, after all, and it is the unofficial sport of Washington. Well, right after Hill staffers hooking up with interns.

First impression: Nice digs! The Heritage Foundation has some bucks, and they dropped some buck on the lobby of their 7th floor theater, where the party was held.

Second impression: This was a Christmas party, damn it! None of this PC “Happy Holidays” garbage here, it’s the Christmas season. Christmas tree glistening away in the reflection of the ceiling to floor windows overlooking Union Station, Christmas ties and freshly nogged eggs. OK, maybe not the egg part, but the rest was all Christmas.

Third impression: Top-shelf booze. This soiree was for media types, after all, and even conservative media types love them some alcohol. There was plenty to be had here, Bombay Sapphire, Absolute, etc. No bathtub gin/rail swill here, that stuff is for liberals and this was a 1% party.

Fourth impression: These people know how to eat. The buffet spread had crab cakes (delicious), chicken breast slices (delicious), tiny wieners baked in croissants (huh?). Yes, the tiny wieners were a bit out of place, but they weren’t all that bad, actually. And the dessert table? A diabetic coma waiting to happen, but what a way to go.

Fifth impression: Who goes to a conservative media party? Turns out a lot of people. The room was full of Heritage staff, Hill staff and media types from Human Events, The Washington Times, Roll Call, The Hill, Fox News, etc. Surprising was the age range. While there was a disproportionate share of curmudgeons there (looking at you, Cal Thomas, John Gizzi and Al Regnery), there were a lot of young people there too. Jason Mattera, the soon-to-NOT-BE-Editor-in-Chief of Human Events, Vince Coglianese from the Daily Caller, Conn Carroll from the Washington Examiner, and boybander extraordinaire, Slate’s own Dave Weigel.  Also in the crowd, towering over it and the only thing in the room taller than the Christmas tree was Jim Pinkerton, the 6 foot 9 inch writer/contributor for Fox News.

Overall impression: A much better party than expected. Though, admittedly, the expectations were low. Probability of adding this party to the must-crash list for next year? High.

The Twitterazzi and Kim Jong Il

By Piranhamous

North Korean dictator, the Dear Leader himself, Kim Jong Il died last night and, like most things these days, the news broke on Twitter. Here is a round up of some of the reactions from the Twitterazzi:

Jonah Goldberg, National Review and AEI: “Kind of sucks that the third famous person to die along with Vaclav Havel and Christopher Hitchens is Kim Jong Il. Worse: he went last.”

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein: “It’s a shame Hitchens isn’t around to give Kim Jong Il the send off he deserves.”

AllahPundit, HotAir.com: “What a shame that Hitchens doesn’t get to write this obit #kimjongil.”

Tim Carney, Washington Examiner: “Kim Jong Il said he got 11 holes in one the first time he played golf.”

Erick Erickson, RedState: “They’d turn out the lights in North Korea to mourn, but they’re already out [saying] thanks to that monster and his dad.

Derek Hunter Townhall columnist and WMAL: “Well, now we know what God was busy doing in the 4th quarter of the Broncos/Patriots game. #KimJongIl.”

“Kim Jong Il was a real-life Dr. Evil, intent on being taken seriously and yet almost unfailingly laughed at.” — NJ‘s Michael Hirsch. Read his whole story here.

Caleb Howe, RedState: “The death of Kim Jong Il has left South Park creators Matt Parker and Trey Stone empty inside.”

Tommy Christopher, Mediaite White House Correspondent: “Which GOP candidate will be first to slam President Obama for not killing Kim Jong Il? I vote @newtgingrich.”

Josh Greenman, New York Daily News: “It’s a shame Kim Jong Il just missed being able to see his whole life in Facebook Timeline.”

And in what has become something of a tradition on Twitter of starting accounts for infamous people who die immediately after they kick the bucket, Kim Jong Il himself has weighed in – from Hell. KimJongIlinHell: “The worst part of Hell has to be the strict ban on platform shoes.”

Just for fun, and because it’s probably the last day it’s relevant, don’t forget to check out the blog “Kim Jong Il looking at things.”

 

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Quotes of the Day — the post holiday edition


HuffPost’s Sam Stein’s potential Chanukah present from Ralph Lauren: “Is this sweater a joke? (mom wants to get me it for Chanukah).”

Post Thanksgiving sentiment

“I feel fat.” — Matt DeLuca, Political Communications Strategist at New Media Strategies.

Smart and Awkward Brunch

“Smart of Obama to go to Kramers for Small Business Saturday rather than what many young Washingtonians know it for: Awkward Brunch Sunday.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Life outside the Beltway

“T-minus 20 minutes of meeting new people in Boston and they haven’t asked me what I ‘do.’ Winning.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau.

And now for some holiday pepper spray humor…

“I would like a holiday pepperspray latte, please.” — Reuters’ Patricia Zengerle.

Black Friday wisdom

“Saw lots of people buying things they didn’t look like they could afford. If you can’t afford toothpaste you probably can’t afford that TV.” — Townhall.com Contributor and occasional WMAL radio personality Derek Hunter.

“I do not understand Black Friday. No amount of savings could mitigate crazy people being mixed into the hell that is shopping.” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.

Damon downplays his looks

Actor Matt Damon graced ABC’s “This Week” Sunday to discuss his organization, water.org, that helps bring clean water to impoverished countries.

CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: You’re not just a pretty face.  You’re not just the face of this campaign.
MATT DAMON:  I’m barely a pretty face.

Llewellyn King’s PSA

King kicked off his Sunday “White House Chronicle” program on WETA by discussing his work on behalf of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: “I can tell you, it has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I am a journalist and I’ve been a journalist for a very long time. I’m not used to getting mail that begins with ‘thank you.’”

When the cat’s away…

“I feel like I could post just about anything on DCist today and no one would care/notice. Hmm. This could be fun.” — DCist’s Martin Austermuhle.

Xmas music makes journo feel violent

“Only time in Christmas season I am tempted to get violent is when that ‘Grandma Got Run over By a Reindeer’ abominatioin comes on radio.” — Gannett National Correspondent and Columnist  Charles Raasch.

Boybander in Rome

“Wheels up for Rome. Enjoy spending the holiday in a country that can print its own currency.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Home for the Holidays

“Looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner with my Obama-loving mother-in-law and my Obama-hating aunt. #letstalkaboutsomethingelse” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“One relative, discussing another’s interest in getting a smart phone: “I don’t think he knows it doesn’t actually make him smarter.” NJ “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

“The Blitzer Turkey. Delicious! Happy Thanksgiving.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (who tweeted this accompanying picture of the delectable turkey.)

Oh no he didn’t…

“Jewish side of my family has delayed thanksgiving until Saturday so we take advantage of cheaper airfare.” — Labor journo Mike Elk. He also remarked, “So awkward when my gentile side of the family has to pray to Jesus before eating.”

Convvo Between Two Media Types

NBC Publicist ErikaMasonhall: “This isn’t the quiet car, but pretty sure it’s not play-your-iPod-on-speaker car either.”

House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s flack Brad Dayspring:”I always ride the quiet car…”

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Quotes of the Day  – Herman Cain Edition Part Deux

Holy sh&$ they missed it?

“I’m on a train and haven’t seen the Cain press conf yet. Was it really that terrible as my Twitter stream seems to indicate?” — Human Events‘ infamous ambusher Jason Materra.

“Will be on an underground train during Cain presser. I understand that my entire career is at risk because of this.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

The Atlantic reporter goes on Canadian TV to discuss Mr. C

“Just went on Canadian TV, where I was asked what I think ‘aboot’ Herman Cain.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

And the good news is…

“The one thing that can be said about Romney is no one would ever accused him of making sexual advances…including Mrs. Romney. #Robot” — Townhall.com contributor and periodic radio host Derek Hunter.

Stalking journos

“The Hilton hotel chain will not release any information about Herman Cain’s stays or upgrades at their hotel.” See here. — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty.

“It is gross that the press is going after Cain’s family. Still the question about his wife’s height is something we gotta check out.” — Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson.

It’s Caining Women

“Dangerous for Cain to say he has no memory of ‘this woman.’ If any connection demonstrated, it will be…inconvenient. #ItsCainingWomen” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Cain family pimping? So far, out of the question

“I’m also glad Cain didn’t have his family up there. You can’t say stay away from my family then pimp them for a photo op.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.

Where’s Mark Sanford when you need him?

“Fox, please, for the sake of all that is good, bring in contributor Mark Sanford for his analysis.” – Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Talking jive with Conroy

“Also should be noted that I have weirdly been known to confuse jibe with/jive with.” — RCP‘s Scott Conroy.

Journos poke fun of Cain’s third person usage

“A reporter named Sam Youngman has a lot of unanswered questions #funwiththirdperson” — The Hill‘s (soon to be Reuter‘s) Sam Youngman.

“Ron Fournier finds it a bit sketchy when people talk about themselves in the 3rd person.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.

Premiere Vs. Premier

“Like @RealClearScott, I have many pet grammar peeves and one surfaced in a release today: The use of ‘premiere’ to mean the best. #premier — Las Vegas political TV reporter.” Jon Ralston.

Journo on mend after dental surgery

“Oral Surgery 2 week check up: very good! Return to normal eating habits! I’m so happy!!!” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Bio of the Day: She dined with the Prez. Does Michelle know?

Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni: “Christina Bellantoni has covered Washington, D.C. for Talking Points Memo, The Washington Times, and Roll Call. She has helped TPM and Roll Call expand exponentially, including by securing TPM a place in the White House Correspondents Association and the White House press pool. She has dined with the President, profiled Michelle Bachmann, and has appeared on TV numerous times, including times on Fox, Friends, and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. She will also discuss how the media landscape and political journalism has changed thanks to social networking and technological tools.”

UPDATE: Bellantoni wrote in to clarify a couple things. First off, as an Institute of Politics fellow at Harvard this fall,  the blurb above is from one of her undergraduate student liaisons to advertise her weekly study group via Facebook and via internal Harvard list servs.  Secondly, there is a student typo, which she had them correct weeks back – it should read Fox & Friends. Duly noted.

 

Kardashian Splitsville React-Washington Style

Even John Coale didn’t see it coming.

The sudden newsflash of Kim Kardashian splitting up with her husband after 72 days is rocking Hollywood and, of course, Washington as evidenced by the lame posts in WaPo and The Hill. WaPo enlightened us with the fact that FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who took Kim as her date to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner two years ago, is staying mum on the matter. The Hill reported on it because how is Kim Kardashian not Hill-related?

Coale, Van Susteren’s husband, attended the wedding with his wife. He’s in what can only be described as a state of sudden faux shock. “You bet!!!” he wrote when I asked if he was in a state of shock. “They seemed to really be in love, but what the f#*k do I know?” Coale said he has seen the couple in Manhattan since the wedding and everything seemed “just peachy.”

Here’s what journalists around town are saying amid the obviously more important 2012 presidential campaign coverage.

Townhall.com columnist and radio host Derek Hunter: Kim Kardashian’s marriage is over. I honestly didn’t know it had started. But Vegas odds makers are breathing a sign of relief today because, even though it only lasted 72 days, it still beat the “under” of 60, which most people took.

Matt Dornic, FBDC, QGA: Like Tareq and Michaele, and Parker Spitzer, Kim and whatshisname will forever be remembered as one of the greatest romances of our time. I hope the media provides them the privacy and respect they deserve to film this incredibly difficult and personal time for international broadcast next year.

The Hill‘s Sam Youngman: I really thought those two would make it. She divorced Reggie Bush, right? What? Oh, well…

The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor: Kim Kardashian? I didn’t realize she was married until this week.

TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller: I’m devastated. I thought it was true love. I kid. I don’t know how Kim will find another man who fits into a family of people whose names all oddly start with a “K”, will accept a donated $2 million engagement ring, wants to be on a reality show and is up for making $18 million to be married for two months. Men like Kris Humphries are hard to come by in this day and age.

Trailmix Blogger and political TV contributor Craig Crawford: A couple thoughts. 1. Kim Kardashian got famous with a sex tape. Maybe Cain is onto something. 2. Kardashians burping in each other’s faces is about as appetizing as Rick Perry drooling on himself. And 3. At least the Kardashians got a longer shelf life than Michele Bachmann‘s Iowa straw poll bump.

NJ Spokeswoman Taylor West: If a sham marriage set up entirely to enrich two shameless fame-whores doesn’t end in true love, what hope do the rest of us have? But hey – at least she didn’t run off with a member of Journey.

Anonymous WaPo reporter: Pathetic. Even Weigel’s relationship with us outlasted that sham marriage. [Referring to Slate's Dave Weigel, formerly with WaPo.]

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: This is the best news Doug Heye has heard all week.

RCP Washington Editor Carl Cannon: My first reaction was that Ms. Kardashian is taking the NBA lockout too literally. Then I noticed from news reports that Kris Humphries had expectations of his California-born bride contentedly settling down in Minnesota and making babies. I don’t really know the lady, but that curious expectation strikes me as a powerful advertisement for the wisdom of long engagements.

HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie: I’m pretty sure the whole sad story can be summed up in one poignant tweet, written by a clearly brokenhearted bride on the day she filed for divorce: “Our store #KardashianKhaos is opening tomorrow at 9am at @TheMirageLV We are so excited!! Kardashian Khaos has arrived!”

The Blaze‘s Eddie Scary: I hope they can work through this and keep their marriage intact. I need something to believe in.

Current TV’s David Shuster: I feel kind of badly for Kris Humphries.  I mean, the guy has never been known for his rebounding.

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NBC newsmanTom Brokaw on Day 1 of the Washington Ideas Forum co-sponsored by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute. Photo credit: Max Taylor

RIP Steve Jobs

“I learned BASIC on Apple II, made fake IDs on a Centris, sold Macs in college, wrote 1st article on PowerBook, typing this on iPhone. #RIPSteve” — The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza. Correction: Politico‘s Byron Tau did not write this as we stated earlier. He RT’ed the quote.

“Got home at 10:15. Roommates thought I was out getting drinks. Nope. #Palin #RIPSteveJobs #PartyLikeAJournalist” — NJ online editor Ethan Klapper.

Ezzy confused for Cillizza

Sure, they both have two z’s in their name, and they’re both male. But twins? WaPo‘s Ezra Klein writes, “Walking out of my hotel today, bellman stops me. “Mr. Cillizza, I love your work!” The lead Boybander is of course referring to colleague Chris Cillizza.

Blech…

“Wtf? Just saw a guy put honey in his coffee. Nasty.” — Lachlan Markay, investigative reporter for the Heritage Foundation. The incident occurred at Ebenezers coffeehouse on Capitol  Hill.

Terrible tourist behavior

“There should be more effort to tell tourists who obsess between getting off train at Metro Center or Gallery, its only a 3 block difference.” — WaPo‘s Tim Craig.

A journalist worries

“Why is it that every time I go to the doctor, I learn about some new horrible disease I might have?” — The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle.

Premature sweater vesting

“I admit it: I prematurely sweater-vested.” — The Hill‘s Sam Youngman. But the real question: Is Bloomberg‘s Jim Snyder still wearing sweater vests?

The upside of Palin not running

“So does this mean the Palin staff will return our calls now?” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

Fake Jim’s Take on Politico Primary

“Terry Francona, Demi Lovato, my neighbor’s parakeet, David Gergen #POLITICOprimary” — Fake Jim VandeHei on Politico‘s fake presidential election. Others candidates he chose: “Carrot Top, Samuel Jackson, Paul Ryan, Ryan Gosling, Larry Sabato.”

 

With Friends Like David Shuster…

…Who needs enemies at Fox News?

Over the weekend Current TV’s feisty substitute anchor David Shuster took a caveman’s club to the Fox News commentators who moderated the most recent GOP presidential debate. He aired his grievances on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” in a tirade he says wasn’t meant to be angry even though the shouting blasting from the TV sounded like he was trying out for The McLaughlin Group. “If I need to smile more, I’ll take that critique and work on it,” the Emmy-award winning anchor told FishbowlDC in an email interview this week, punctuating his sentence with a smiley emoticon.

But even more striking than Shuster’s sharp jabs at Fox News anchors Megyn Kelly, Bret Baier and Chris Wallace was what came long before he dismissed them as idiots. “I still have a lot of friends there [at Fox News], too” he made a special point of saying when host Howard Kurtz announced that he once worked at the network.

Shuster said his comments stemmed from recent conversations he’d had with those “friends” at Fox News. “Speaking to a few of them on Friday/Saturday is what inspired me, in part, to bring up Brett [sic] and Megyn on Sunday.  Several people in the Fox DC bureau were embarrassed by some of the questions in the debate.  Furthermore, there seems to be a strong sense that Fox News has lost a lot of credibility/watchability with Brit Hume‘s semi-retirement.”

Fox News PR did not return a request for comment.

But a “Friend of Fox” told FBDC, “He may be right about Megyn but not about Brett. Ratings wise Brett does better than Brit did. Of course, Brit has been around Washington for a long time and has a great deal of institutional knowledge. But Brett will get that. Megyn seems to talk to pundits more than newsmakers, that hurts.”

But are Shuster’s attacks credible? “I think David Shuster is a hack who went over to MSNBC and sold whatever credentials he had in order to get a job over there. So my guess is a lot of this is sour grapes,” said right-wing radio host Mark Levin, who is based in an undisclosed location in the Washington area, possibly a bunker. “But he has ceased being a journalist in my eyes long ago, so who cares what thinks about Fox or anyone else?”

Others also sense the irony of a Shuster critique on Fox News. “It’s kind of funny that a guy who was fired for a lack of credibility and honesty with his former employer at MSNBC would feel comfortable commenting on the credibility of others. But a lack of credibility and self-awareness have always been Shuster’s calling card,” said TownHall columnist and WMAL radio host Derek Hunter. “He’s a perfect fit for Current TV – no one cares what he thinks and no one watches that network. It’s a match made in wherever matches no one gives a damn about are made.”

Jeff Poor, TV writer for The Daily Caller, said “Shuster has been going around talking down Fox News and how he has inside info for a few months — since he had the leash taken off after departing MSNBC.” Poor’s referencing Shuster’s recent call for FNC’s Bill Sammon‘s firing. “I mean, take that for what it’s worth as far as his motivations for attacking Fox News – a [guy with an] association to MMFA and fill-in host for Keith Olbermann.”

In the days following Shuster’s fiery performance on “Reliable Sources,” press hits began rolling in. Both favorable and damning. While HuffPost reported a straightforward account of what happened on CNN (Shuster praised them for it on Twitter), BigGov tweaked him, calling him “barely employed” in a banner-like headline.

Shuster was nonetheless grateful for the attention. He told FBDC, “Actually, I thought that was funny. And it was great to see Andrew Breitbart pick up and run the segment. Given the soft and humorous jab at my employment (I’m fully employed, thank you) I suspect Andrew also thinks the debate questions could have been/should have been sharper. In any case, I’m always thankful for Andrew’s attention.”

Did someone say attention? “Shuster, like his pal-in-career failure Olbermann, loves talking about his ‘conversations’ with ‘friends’ ‘inside the network’ as ways to justify whatever lunacy he comes up with to get someone to pay attention to him,” said a Washington journo on condition of anonymity. “I’ve yet to meet anyone who calls either ‘friends’ and even if these conversations did take place, talking to one or two employees is hardly indicative of the overall consensus within a large news organization. But I’m glad someone’s paying attention to Shuster. It must be a nice change of pace for him.”

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Quotes of the Day

Journo compares TV hits to sex life

“I think I’ve done more life [sic] tv and radio interviews in the last year than I have had sex.” — Labor journo Mike Elk.

The temptations of working at home

“Main problem with working at home: it’s 4 p.m., and I think that maybe it’s time for happy hour. #badidea.” — DCist’s Martin Austermuhle.

Weigel at war with Comcast

“Hey, @comcast — that’s 6 calls in a week asking me to expand my service. I’m a ‘no.’ Stop calling.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Question of the Hour: “Willie, how’s your ass?” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Joe Scarborough to Co-host Willie Geist on this morning’s program. “Same as yesterday if you really want to know the truth,” Willie replied. (Whatever you’re thinking, Geist broke his tailbone.) Scarborough continued, “How long are you not going to be able to sit down?” Geist: “They say about six weeks.” Mike Barnicle chimed in, “Special underwear?”

Editor laments beloved pumpkin spice latte

“Sad I can’t enjoy a pumpkin spice latte this fall because it’s not sugar free. Hey @starbucks, you should work on that.” — NJ “The Hotline” House Race Editor Jessica Taylor. Taylor explained that sugar is off limits. “Sadly no, it’s a medical thing for now,” she said. “So Splenda it is for me.” Tuesday marked the return of the fall-themed latte. The Hill‘s Howeesha (a.k.a Judy Kurtz, daughter of infamous Howie K.) begs to differ on the allure of this pumpkin magic: “Love me some #Starbucks, but all this brouhaha about pumpkin spice lattes is nutty. Only place I prefer pumpkin is in pie form. #highonpie”

Publicist experiences raindrops as lullaby

“Is again apparently substituting thought for sleep–but the sound of the raindrops are a lovely, almost musical lullaby.” — D.C. uber-publicist Wendy Gordon in an overnight Facebook update.

A writer’s dark reaction to Italian murder

“You know what I care less about than an American convicted of murder in Italy? Because I don’t.” — Conservative writer and TownHall.com Contributor Derek Hunter. News outlets reported Tuesday that prosecutors may review DNA evidence in the murder case that convicted Amanda Knox of killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

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