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In Letter, Domenico Montanaro Says “See You Soon, NBC”

NBC News Deputy Political Editor Domenico Montanaro is moving on to PBS, which is terrible, because there will be no more of these shenanigans:


Eh, actually, maybe change is a good thing…

Anyhoo, read Montanaro’s letter to colleagues about his departure after the jump…

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Stenographer gets religious over bill passage

“‘Praise be to GOD!’ House stenographer Diane Reidy is rushed off the floor and into an elevator…” — Todd Zwillich, Washington, D.C. radio correspondent for The Takeaway. Politico‘s Jake Sherman explained further, “An official house court stenographer took to the microphone & was screaming ab God. She was saying in the hall you can’t serve two masters.” Politico‘s Byron Tau added, “What I thought happened but no one tweeted about it so I thought I hallucinated.” And BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera: “The stenographer who started yelling was named Holly, she was taken off the floor. Members really shaken up by it.”

images-2Shutdown: Over!

“More traffic on the road, the grinding sound of leaf blowers on the White House grounds…the federal govt has reopened, lots of work to do.” — Joy Lin, Fox News White House producer.

“So the shutdown ends, but will we be right back in the soup come January?” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“My DC cabbie is sad that there is traffic again after three weeks of respite.” — Josh Barro, politics editor, Business Insider.

Question to never ponder: “Do we think any woman in the world actually goes by ‘Blondie’?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

ringingphoneNYT‘s Dean Baquet scolds persistent reporter

“Evan, no news organization in America would report on every discrimination lawsuit filed in every court in every medium-sized city. Even when the author of the story chooses to try to use cheap tricks to goad people into covering his obsessions. good luck.” — NYT Managing Editor Dean Baquet in an email Wednesday to our resident phone enthusiast and investigative freelancer Evan Gahr. He explained to FBDC, “I sent him two other emails about this and also left two messages. And I hung up on his secretary one time when she answered the phone.” Gahr quickly snarked back at Baquet by email, saying: “Wait. Washington DC is simply a ‘medium-sized city’ as you call it. I thought it was actually our nation’s capital. Silly me. As for ‘obsessions’ the New York Times is normally obsessed with alleged race discrimination–except, of course, when the alleged perpetrators are fellow members of your liberal coven.”

Good Question: “So, do eight car trains return on Metro tomorrow?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Editor pissed about shutdown

“On behalf of America (in Cruz sense) I want to thank the Tea Party for this epic shitshow that damaged economy, wasted money for nothing.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

floatinggoldfishThe Announcer

“America, your federal government is back, and open for business. (Well, soon at least.)” — NBC’s Mike O’Brien.

The Observer

“And the bill passes. Congratulations.  Now the House can get back to passing nothing the Senate will agree to.” — NBC News Deputy Political Editor Domenico Montanaro.

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS: “It’s just too easy for the NY Post headline writers.”HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Speaking of Weiner…

“We really need to get moving on a conservative PAC to support Anthony Weiner getting back into politics. Who’s with me?” — Jazz Shaw, weekend editor at Hot Air.

Publisher wants beach body

“My current body-type is ‘zeppelin.’ So not ready for summer.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

A publicist says no to pantyhose 

“If you’re wearing pantyhose with sandals you and I have a serious problem.” — Courtney Cohen, a publicist and former producer for ABC’s “This Week.”

Politico scribe to Hollywood

“I’m in Hollywood to cover the RNC Spring mtg. Invocation ahead of possibly-contentious, 5-hr Rules mtg asks God to give everyone patience.” Politico‘s James Hohmann. What he won’t be attending: “Dick Cheney will address the RNC at a closed-press lunch tomorrow afternoon here in Hollywood.” Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong had a suggestion for Hohmann, saying, “You should go to Voyeur with some RNC people.”  Hohmann replied, “I would NOT get reimbursed for that.”

Halperin’s Words of Wisdom

“Dear colleagues: sometimes elected officials try to pass laws b/c they think those laws are right, not to gain electoral or political edge.” — TIME‘s Mark Halperin.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:43 a.m.

When lateness pays off

“Got off jury duty by showing up late. Weird incentive there.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Getting so many emails the little transparent Outlook notice in the corner of my computer just isn’t turning off anymore.” — Politico‘s Alex Guillen, who deserves a hearty congratulations for getting a lot of emails.

MSNBC journo has fun facts on cicadas and a style writer braces herself for a lot of face time at the salon… Read more

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Blow off work and GO SHOPPING

“Streets of Georgetown closing. Go take advantage of the insane sale – we’re hearing up to 80% off. #dresswell #thankmelater” — Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.

Publicist sees bright side of being sick

“Being sick didn’t stop me from putting on all my gold jewelry #arealjew” — Publicist Courtney Cohen, a former producer for ABC’s “This Week.”

NBCer gripes about closed Hill office

“Love when it’s not Christmas, New Year’s or an actual holiday and get VM from congressional office: ‘the office is currently closed.’” — NBC’s Domenico Montanaro.

Warning: this quote might make you cry

“Remarkably sad image in restaurant I’m in. Everyone sitting separate and alone looking at their phones. Irony not lost on me.” — National Journal “The Hotline”‘s Chris Peleo-Lazar.

Speaking of crying…

“Grandma(s) alert: on @Morning_Joe tmw to try to describe how much I #lovethatboy without choking up.” — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, last night, who has been tweeting non-stop about a story he wrote about raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome that published last Thursday. He added this morning, “Gonna try to talk to @morningmika and @Morning_Joe about how much I #lovethatboy w/out choking up.”

The Observer takes on NBC Nightly News and a crime reporter notices helicopter in vicinity of her home… Read more

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Anchor gives shout-out to deceased father

“Dad, thinking about you a lot today.” — NBC Political Director Chuck Todd at the close of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” Wednesday.

How stupid can people be?

“Ridiculous that this has to be explained to people, but yes, Susan Rice said the Benghazi attacks were spontaneous.” – The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso, linking to this story.

Love and a fashion advice for Chuck Todd

  • “Kuddos for @chucktodd for following up on two questions. More of that makes for a real news conference.” — National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.
  • “Thanks, Chuck Todd, 10 more minutes of same filibuster we had after Q1 and Q2. #Brilliant” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.
  • “Chuck, I love you man. But please don’t wear stripped [sic] shirts again on television. They’re unflattering on you.” — Kay Carman.

Editor knows his movie lines…“You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me, ’cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.” — WaPo‘s Enterprise Editor Carlos Lozada quoting “The American President” as President Obama responded to criticism of UN Amb. Susan Rice during a White House Press Conference.

Reporters cry discrimination

“Only 1 question so far has gone to a print reporter (AP wire), running out of time to give more Qs to non-TV people.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“‘It would be a HORRIBLE precedent,’ Obama says, for me to respond to a questioner who I didn’t select ahead of time.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.

Scribe complains of pointless Twitter behavior

“Hey tweeps tweeting POTUS quotes: I have a TV, too, you know.” — CQ Senior Writer John Donnelly.

WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten apparently detests horseradish, Sam Stein’s big admission and on an entirely other note of complaint…

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An FNC transcript may be wrong way to go

“Boehner said “for God’s sake,” not “Christ’s sake.” I based story off an inaccurate Fox transcript. I regret the error yhoo.it/Qk3NDZ” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Romney camp hates the media campaign continues…

“The Romney campaign’s Trash the Press Campaign continues in Colo. w/his introductory speaker who is part of the Women for Romney coalition.” — LAT‘s Maeve Reston.

Journo dismisses Shannen Doherty’s advice

“Worst commercial ever – so if Shannen Doherty says I should get my degree online, I guess I should do it.” — MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro.

Reporter adjusts to new iPhone

“Well, I’m an iPhone guy now. should know how to send an email about two weeks from now.” — Reuter‘s Sam Youngman, who later asked: “Uh-oh. How do you press the #1 key on an iPhone while you’re on a call?!”

And now…a Schwarzenegger impersonation

“So, Arnold Schwarzenegger has a think tank. That’s pronounced Tink Tank.” — CQ Roll Call‘s David Drucker.

TBD…

“It’s a memory, not a thing.” — Journal Register Co. and Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry on his former employer, TBD, when asked, “So TBD is still a thing?”

Politico reporter to offer anger management classes

“Yeah I know. was on United from Denver and I wanted to punch people who got upped to Econ plus seeing as how I’m kind of tall and all.” — Politico‘s Ben White, who recently got pissed off at the Madison Hotel when they didn’t honor his reservation. As you can see, he has moved on from that. And no classes yet, but we’re hoping…

Andy Gross’s Answer to War on Women

In this week’s “The Week Ahead,” NBC’s Andy Gross, unbuttons his shirt low enough for viewers to see what appears to be a bare chest. With the “war on women” heating up in the news, he goes to great lengths to describe to colleague Domenico Montanaro what he says women want while knocking back a drink. Watch his portrayal of cheesy guy at the bar. “I realized my key to the campaign was targeting the ladies,” he told Domenico. “…They’re all gonna dig this. Remember in November. Oh yeah.”  Next time he tries this insanity we think a wardrobe malfunction could be key.

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Sunday Show Preview: 10.23.11

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What better way to wrap the week than to turn your attention to “The Week Ahead” with Domenico Montanaro and Andy Gross?  Next week President Obama goes West, Rick Perry channels his inner Steve Forbes, and Mitt Romney makes it official in New Hampshire.

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX); David Brooks, The New York Times; Harold Ford, Jr., Former Congressman (D-TN); Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric; Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News.

CBS’s Face the Nation: Michelle Bachmann; Rick Santorum; Kevin Madden, GOP consultant; John Dickerson, CBS News.

ABC’s This Week: Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State; Senator John McCain (R) – Arizona; Bob Kagan, Brookings Institution; Martha Raddatz; ABC News; Rick Stengel, TIME Managing Editor; Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist; Matt Dowd, ABC News; Frank Luntz, Republican Pollster; Jake Tapper, ABC News; George Will, ABC News; Tom Donohue; US Chamber of Commerce President; Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President.

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Vice President Joe Biden; Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Mike Duffy; Washington bureau chief, TIME magazine; A.B. Stoddard, The Hill.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Jim Lehrer, PBS NewsHour.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Martha Raddatz, ABC News; Doyle McManus, Los Angeles Times; Dan Balz, The Washington Post Gloria Borger, CNN.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News; Michael Duffy, TIME; David Ignatius, The Washington Post; Gloria Borger, CNN.

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Dr. Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions and Julie Ajinkya, Policy Analyst for the Center for American Progress.

Platts Energy Week: American Electric Power’s Nick Atkins, Hogan Lovells’ Mary Anne Mason and the University of Texas-Austin’s Wayne Hoyer.

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA)

Bloomberg & WJLA’s energyNOW!: Tesla Motors co-founder JB Straubel and filmmaker Chris Paine.

Ideas in Action with Jim Glassman: Dr. Eric Bing, George W. Bush Institute; Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIAD; Dr. Groesbeck Parham, CIDRZ Cervical Cancer Program.

Politico’s Turn the Table after the jump.

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em.

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Who Makes Chris Matthews’ Cut?

In the past week MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews has significantly upped his Twitter following by doing one simple act: Tweeting.

For months now, he had one measly message on his feed. In one night — the evening of the GOP Presidential Debate in Simi Valley, Calif, — he increased his following by approximately five thousand. All because he announced on his “Hardball” program that he was going to be tweeting that evening.

Though Matthews’ tweets have so far been boring and bland, he caught flack for it, with FNC’s Ed Henry baiting him with ALL CAPS imitations of how he presumed Matthews, a shouting interrupter in real life, would be. And there were others who couldn’t quite imagine an online world infused with Matthews.

At the moment he’s broaching 20,000 followers (to be exact: 19, 957). He follows 65. So which lucky Washington journalists top Matthews’ list? Being at NBC certainly helps, but it’s not the only deciding factor. Politico‘s Mike Allen is on there as is HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, C-SPAN’s Steve Scully, ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, WaPo’s Dan Balz and Anne Kornblut, former CNNer Larry King and White House Spokesman Jay Carney. NBC colleagues include everyone from Joe Scarborough, Savannah Guthrie and Andrea Mitchell to Domenico Montanaro and Luke Russert.

Naturally Twitter is an opportunity for Matthews to offer a more controlled version of himself — a man who reveals himself slowly and thinks before he speaks. But here’s to hoping he unleashes his true self and gives fans what they want.

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Beauty and the Guido: “Colorado’s rocked so far! At the Steamboat Institute now and hung out with @michellemalkin yesterday.” — Washington’s version of “The Situation” Jason Mattera, Editor of Human Events, in a Friday tweet with the accompanying photograph. We prefer Mattera’s usual wife beater tank to this shapeless snow-patterned purplish T. It looks like he found the elusive Michael Stars – Grimace collection. They tried it once in the mid-90′s but never spoke of it again.

Media elitism

“I go to Whole Foods, other people go to Walmart. There’s a difference.” — The Daily Caller media writer Matt Lewis on media elitism and what it means on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday in response to Texas GOP Gov. and presidential hopeful Rick Perry getting “pounded by the press.” Lewis remarked that this cultural bias is even more prevalent than a liberal bias. Later he opined that President Obama going to “hoity-toity” Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t make for good optics.

Astute observation

“CONNOISSEURS of Sunday-morning TV noticed that ‘This Week’ today revived the more urgent, David Brinkley-era opening music.” — Politico‘s Mike Allen in a weekend Playbook observation.

What is not journalism

“How sad that campaign ‘journalism’ has now devolved into, Is so-and-so going to run?? #thatsnotjournalism” — Media MattersEric Boehlert in a weekend tweet.

And this…

“This is par for the course for Politico. I brought this up on another story and they said they had it first but were just waiting to ‘report out the details.’ Politico, waiting to break news?” — Anonymous Tipster in response to our story, “Politico Behaves Unprofessionally.”

Hairless in D.C.

“There’s a laser hair removal Groupon for the Washington area twice a week, at least. At this rate, #DC should be hairless by 2013.” WaPo Express News Editor Sara Schwartz in a weekend tweet.

Future weatherman

“It’s raining it’s ass off in suburban MD/DC… yeesh!” — Washington Business Journal designer Tim Wong in a Sunday tweet.

En route to Mongolia

“You’ll next hear from us from Ulan Bator, something pooler never thought he’d have the chance to say just a few weeks ago.” — LAT‘s Mike Memoli in a Sunday night VPOTUS Pool Report from China. Ulan Bator is the capital of Mongolia.

Journo Love

“Whole lotta Twitter love for @SavannahGuthrie’s first time filling in on @MeetThePress today.” — NYT Brian Stelter in a Sunday tweet.

Where does Bret Baier shop?

A follower asks FNC’s Bret Baier: “Where do you purchase majority of your shirts/ties from? Good looking combos.” Baier replied, “Most are Brooks Brothers.”

Arianna tweaks Weiner

“And on the pretty geeky side of the news ledger, it was announced that ‘retweet’ and ‘sexting’ have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. No word on whether @RepWeiner feels validated.” – HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in her “Sunday Roundup.”

Seeing the glass half full…

“So the only good thing about waiting 20 minutes for a train is that I finally got to read about Kim kardashian’s over the top wedding.” — Netcentric editor and writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet. She was formerly an HOH writer for Roll Call.

The media critic

“Peggy Noonan’s wrong that Obama doesn’t have a solid base of people who ‘love’ him. Cheap shot w no data to back up” — NBC’s Domenico Montanaro in a Sunday tweet on WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan, who appeared on NBC’s “MTP” on Sunday.

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