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Guess Who’s Mum On ’60 Minutes’ Benghazi Flub?

im-not-listening“60 Minutes’” embarrassing Benghazi flub has been leading the news cycle today. Everyone’s talking about it. Well almost everyone. For some reason, The Daily Caller, the Washington Times, and the Washington Examiner -all ostensibly national political media outlets -haven’t touched the story at all.

TWT  is leading their website with coverage of a “short speech” Obama gave in New Orleans.

The DC feels millionaire television personality Dylan Ratigan‘s petulant tweet about his health premiums ought to fill that space.

And The Examiner has admittedly more substantive articles on military cuts and Obamacare’s new mental health parity requirements.

Interesting.

We have to imagine that this is some sort of editorial oversight, and that these guys will put something up on this, one of the biggest stories of the week, before the day is out. Unless there’s some reason they don’t want to talk about it…?

 

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Quotes of the Day

BuzzFeed reporter likes onesies

“When I launch my presidential twitter feed, I will of course advertise myself as a ‘adult onesie aficionado.’” — BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Mitchell gives Oliver nod of approval

“The summer run is going to be ok! @iamjohnoliver hilarious in @TheDailyShow debut.” — NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

The Philosopher 

“Love him or hate him, [Edward] Snowden is exposing as protectors of the status quo an awful lot of folks who claimed to be constitutional scholars.” — Ken Bazinet, Associate Government and Politics Editor, Kiplinger.

Memo to Wendy’s: Free advertising alert!

“Having my 4th @Wendys apple pecan chicken salad of the week. Best fast salad out there. They’re not paying me to say this, fyi.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch. It’s Monday (at the time she wrote this). So four apple pecan chicken salads since Sunday? Come on Wendy’s — this kind of advertising deserves something. Free salad for a year?

Confessional.

“My main reaction to Snowden is to miss being an IT guy.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Antle.

AnonymASS to FishbowlDC: “You reached out to David Gregory to see if he had a comment….about being at Neiman Marcus??? Younare [sic] just a born newshound.” Here’s the deal, ASS. When we don’t seek comment, no matter how absurd the topic, people tend to go ballistic. But you didn’t ask me for comment! That’s Journalism 101. Don’t you know anything you $%&#* ? In case anyone missed the sighting, read here.

Blogger calls it quits with drycleaner

“I think I have to break up with my 6-year drycleaner. Any recommendations in Dupont Circle, Farragut Square, or West End vicinities?” — Samantha Sault, who writes “Samantha on Style,” a blog about the intersection of fashion and politics.

Still off the reservation

“Great to be in San Francisco talking veteran hydro-organic farming!” — former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan.

 

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report. Photoshop brilliance by Austin Price.

The FishbowlDC Interview With MSNBC and WaPo’s Fashion Conscious Newsman Jonathan Capehart

Say hello to MSNBC Contributor and WaPo liberal op-ed writer Jonathan Capehart. This feature typically runs on Fridays, but what can we say? Capehart is fashionably late and a charmer — we gave him a deadline extension. But worth the wait, he is. Even if just to learn one of his nicknames, which you will find out in his response to “Tell us a secret not many people know about you.” Capehart, born in Newark, N.J. and largely raised in Hazlet, is a unique blend of innocent and stylish to straightforward and serious with a touch of sass. His colleague at MSNBC, Karen Finney refers to him as her “gay husband.” She admits her bias in his favor and more seriously adds, “I have great respect for the seamless and authentic way Jonathan balances his sharp intelligence and wit with good ol street smarts. And his commentary brings a much needed perspective to political and cultural dialog.” Another colleague, MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist, also sings his praises and takes special note of his style. “Jonathan’s political smarts and cultural savvy come with something that’s in short supply in our business: grace and class,” Geist wrote in an email. “He proves you don’t have to shout to be heard. More importantly, Jonathan comes with shirts, ties, and pocket squares that make the rest of us look like hobos.” A constant presence on MSNBC, Capehart is known most anyplace he goes. Claim to fame: In 1999 he was a contributor to the New York Daily News team that won a Pulitzer for Best Editorial Writing. Writing may be his forté, but he may want to keep bagel consumption on the DL. In 2009, former MSNCBer Dylan Ratigan seriously irked Capehart’s mother by running a clip of her son downing a bagel during a commercial break. She phoned in to the live show and gave Ratigan a piece of her mind, saying, “Do you have cameras in the bathroom or the dressing room? Who you gonna put on national TV next? Because if you wanted to make a fool out of someone… you could use yourself because it really pissed me off.” She charged on, saying her son is neither a “clown” nor a “kid at a birthday party.” Gawker called Ratigan a “dick” over the incident. The host apologized. Enjoy! (Photo credit: Frank Thorp)
If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be?  San Pellegrino Aranciata
How often do you Google yourself?  About once a quarter. Gotta know what the nasty folks are saying/writing — that they’re not saying on Twitter.
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? Can’t think of anything. Thankfully, I have nothing that even comes close to “worst.”
Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Unfair. I can’ t pick just one.
Do you have a favorite word? Terrific.
What word or phrase do you overuse? I probably say the words “divine” or “superb” a little too much.
Who would you rather have dinner with – ABC’s Diane Sawyer, CNN’s Candy Crowley or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. Gayle King! I know her, but I haven’t dined with her. It would be one long, boozy, laughter-filled  gabfest.
Who has better style Kim Kardashian or Kate Middleton? I mean really — KATE!
What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had recently with a source or a politician? I can’t tell you that.
You’re going to need to use your imagination on this one. The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either first lady Michelle Obama or would-be first lady Ann Romney. We’re also going to go ahead and give you a few other options…Any of Mitt and Ann Romney’s five sons or Anderson Cooper? Who will it be? Um….wow….um….You do realize that under any scenario, we’re looking at extinction, right?
Do you have any funny TV bloopers? You mean besides the bagel incident? Can’t get much funnier than that. Oh, wait, there was the first time I did sports on “Way Too Early.”
Which presidential candidate would you most like to fight with? Break bread with? Go jogging with? Fight with? Assuming you mean a verbal fight, Mitt Romney. Break bread with? President Obama. Go jogging with? I jog alone.
What’s the name of your cell phone ring?  Old phone.
It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? No.
You have to watch a Saturday afternoon marathon of one of the following shows. Pick one: FNC’s The Five, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight or TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo? Honey Boo Boo. Um, would there be vodka?

Who Should Take Dylan Ratigan’s MSNBC Slot?

News broke a little over a week ago that MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan would be leaving the network, opening up the 3 p.m. time slot for a new host.

Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers reported that several personalities would be rotated through the slot starting June 25 before one is picked to fulfill it permanently. Included among the potential hosts: Salon‘s Steve Kornacki, MSNBC and GBTV contributor S.E. Cupp, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, former Democratic congressional candidate Krystal Ball and author Toure.

Assuming all of these guys will be giving a go at hosting, who will probably work out best? Take our Fish Poll. We’ll run the results tomorrow.

Why Washington Gossip STILL Sucks

Last week, we brought you a very important news story that Howiella (a.k.a. The Hill’s ITK Columnist Judy Kurtz) broke via Twitter. She attended a book party for MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan where she was tipped off by The Examiner’s Yeas and Nays lead writer Nikki Schwab that Ratigan was – GASP – not wearing socks. The fashion faux-pas occurred at a party celebrating “Greedy Bastards“, the new book from Ratigan. While this story was already a stretch to put on Twitter, Schwab decided that it needed “legs” and wrote a full piece on it. THANK GOD. After seeing the picture on Twitter, I thrust my head forward into my hands in a moment of panic and despair wondering why no one had written a lengthy examination of why Ratigan wasn’t wearing socks! Schwab informs us that Ratigan’s sockless look was “unintentional.” He explains that he simply lost them “in a hotel room somewhere.” Stay tuned for Nikki’s next big scoop, “The secret to Dylan Ratigan’s Cuticle Conditioning.”

Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

Last night Howiella (a.k.a. The Hill‘s ITK Columnist Judy Kurtz) attended a book party for MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan and discovered that some men there have feet. And blessedly we get to kill a few birds with one stone — this was actually an observation by The Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays lead writer Nikki Schwab. Howiella knows something this stellar deserves a citation. Yes, dear readers, this is what passes for gossip in Washington. Horrifying.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Female journo wanders into wrong restroom

“So, I am now one of those jackasses that walks into a men’s room b/c her nose is buried in the bberry.” — ABC News’ Amy Walter.

A Washington journalist hard at work…

“[Dana Milbank] enjoying the atmosphere at the [Dylan Ratigan] fete at Sidecar.” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart. Ratigan was in town to promote his new book, Greedy Bastards: How We Can Stop Corporate Communists, Banksters, and Other Vampires from Sucking America Dry.

Radio personality recalls motherly advice

“Remember how your mom told you cleaning is easier if you just pick up after yourself a little every day? She was right.” — WMAL and The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham.

A writer admits his troubles

“Writer complaint. Don’t you hate it when after three hours a paragraph still isn’t right?” — The Atlantic‘s Conor Friedersdorf.

Good News, Bad News and Peach Yogurt

First the bad news. U.S. News & World Report was seriously asleep at the wheel Thursday as a Washington Whispers writer fell for a ludicrous, obviously fake Twitter account in writing a story on the Susan G. Komen/Planned Parenthood ordeal. Tierney Sneed wrote the story. The journo wrote, “Jill Biden tweeted Thursday afternoon, ‘When Joe heard about Susan G. Komen not funding Planned Parenthood anymore, Joe threw away his pink-ribbon Harvest Peach yogurt.’” (SERIOUSLY no editor caught this.) And the good news. Washington Whispers staff humbly issued the following correction and didn’t try to sugarcoat any notion that a terrible mistake was made. That deserves at least an emoticon (as MSNBC’s Meghan McCain might say) of respect.

“Washington Whispers published in error a story stating that Vice President Joe Biden’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, had sent a message through Twitter saying that the vice president no longer supported the work of the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The story was based on a fake Twitter account.”

Find a sampling of recent tweets from @drjillbiden after the jump…

Fish Poll: Yesterday we polled readers on the hypothetical of ABC making Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper permanent host of “This Week.” The results were clear: 42.3 percent of you agreed, “Yes, he’s the quintessential Washington insider who knows politics inside and out.” Second highest score comprised 33.33 percent respondents: “Yes, I’m over George Stephanopoulos already.”

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Quotes of the Day

I’ve long wondered how FishbowlMatt might look if he adopted the obviously fashion conscious serial killer look of DCRTV’s resident journo-thief Dave Hughes. Here are the incredible results. And no, Matt didn’t go to the Grooming Lounge for this. We’re calling it “Contemplative Bearded Matt.” (Photoshop credit to QGA’s Meghan Smith.)

Tschida’s doc recommends shingles vaccine

“Mixed signals: doctor said I look 28…. really. Then recommended a shingles vaccine. Says shingles are really hard on senior citizens.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Guy in car next to me is swearing [sic] a sweatband on his arm. And he doesn’t look like he is headed to a workout.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Emily Wants to Get Her Gun

“Gun people- I’m looking for a gun store near DC with rentals and range to narrow down choices to buy. Any ideas? #EmilysGUN” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Finney and Williams Crack on Ratigan

Regulars on MSNBC’s The Dylan Ratigan Show had some fun at the host’s expense Thursday afternoon after his cell phone rang while on air. He coolly shut the phone off and joked that Congress must be calling. Soon enough, MSNBC Political Analyst Karen Finney came on air with her cell phone. “Hold on Dylan, I’m on my cell phone, sorry,” she said, chuckling. At which point Lobbyist Jimmy Williams busts out laughing. He was also holding onto his cell phone on air, pretending to talk. Finney explained, “Jimmy and I just wanted to have some fun.”

Parsing words: Don’t let door hit you in a$$ on way out

“Last night, I accepted the resignation of my Chief of Staff, Bud Otis.  I didn’t ask for it. I agreed with Bud that the flurry of separate news articles about his recent activities made it impossible for him to continue to serve me and the residents of the Sixth District of Maryland effectively.” — Statement of Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-Md.) about accepting resignation tendered by his Chief of Staff.

Convo between Kermit and Blitz

On Thursday Kermit the Frog entered The Situation Room to discuss God only knows what. Whatever it was, Wolf made it clear Kermit can come back whenever he pleases.

Kermit the Frog: “Thank you Wolf. There’s a situation I think we should discuss.”

Wolf Blitzer: “Let’s discuss that situation.”

Sighting on Capitol Hill: Larry Craig

“Former Sen. Larry Craig spotted in the Capitol, tells me he’s meeting with lawmakers to discuss mining issues.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju of the former GOP Senator arrested after he allegedly tried to pick up a cop in a Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport bathroom.

Newt says Herman needs to be prayerful

“My advice to Herman having lived through a lot of different experiences is he has to stop and open up his heart and he has to think very prayerfully about what he owes his own family and what he owes his own future.” — GOP Presidential Hopeful Newt “I’ve only had three marriages” Gingrich in an interview with ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper. The interview will air on “GMA” on Friday morning.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Is this Ezzy’s “panic face” as a Washington journo put it?

Newt debate prep

“Do you think Newt fasts on debate days? So he can feed on the moderators?” — John Berman, ABC News Correspondent.

Dylan Ratigan picks on Luke Russert

MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan gave Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert a hard time on his program Monday afternoon. Ratigan reflected on his Monday morning. While lounging in his bathrobe drinking his French press coffee, he began watching what he thought would be his network’s “The Daily Rundown” with Chuck Todd. But no, — whoa! — it was Luke filling in. “The kid stole the keys to the car, what can you say?” Luke reasoned. Dylan said he’d now get major grooming perks, saying, “We want to make sure you retain anchor-level hair and makeup for the rest of your career.”

Super humor…

“It wasn’t exactly a super-surprise, but talking about the collapse of the #supercommittee on @WTOP at 5:50.” — USA Today‘s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

Late-night rumors with BigGov’s Andrew Breitbart

Dogging rumors, Andrew Brietbart decides to face them head on in a late-night tweet: “If I am gay – and/or cheating on wife – as leftists intentionally erroneously report, doncha think they could come up with 1 dude – ever?!”

Hairy journo

“I’m so bearded right now, I’m pretty sure my sideburns have their own mustaches.” — The Atlantic‘s Senior Editor Alexis Madrigal.

Scarborough strips Norquist of presumed power

“Grover Norquist has absolutely no real power in Washington, D.C. other than the idea that he carries.” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough in a phone interview on the program this morning. Norquist is President of the Americans for Tax Reform.

Strange, convenient or strangely convenient?

“At D.C. DMV you can get a Driver’s license, tag renewal and HIV test.” — ABC7 News. Read here. Even weirder: Those who get tested get a $5 grocery store gift card.

How Much Klout Do You Have?

Beltway journalists’ obsession with Twitter has made “Klout me” the new “Google me.” We sometimes like to think of ourselves as ahead of the curve.

For those unfamiliar with Klout, it’s an online tool that measures how important you are in the Twittersphere on a scale of 1 to 100. Your level of importance (“Klout”) is determined by how many people are responding to and sharing your tweets. The more engaged people are with your content, the higher your score. Klout also shows what topics you’re most invested in, who you influence (meaning, who’s reacting to and sharing the messages you tweet) and who’s influencing you.

In voyeuristic fashion, we went ahead and checked the Klout on a sampling of Washington journos.

Dylan Byers: The new media reporter at Politico working with Ben Smith on his revamped blog. His Klout score is 57. The topics he deals in most on Twitter are pretty straightforward. They include: New York City, advertising, and family (aww). He influences Adweek‘s David Levine and Politico‘s Eliza Krigman. On the flip side, Think Progress and NYT‘s Brian Stelter shape his Twitter world.

Nia-Malika Henderson: National political reporter for WaPo. Some of her favorite Twitter topics are moms, Henderson, and Barack Obama. Who she influences most: MSNBC Al Sharpton‘s “Politics Nation” and “The Bill Press Show.” Those who influence Henderson are entirely exclusive to WaPo reporters, except CNN’s Sam Feist.

NJ‘s Major Garrett: Congressional Correspondent for NJ and, according to Klout, a New England Patriot’s fan. That’s the second thing he’s most engaged in on Twitter. Others are major league baseball and conservative politics. Garrett influences Wofford College and NJ‘s Chris Frates. He’s influenced by Slate‘s Dave Weigel and The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball. His Klout: 56. UPDATE: Major questions Klout’s validity. He writes in, “I AM NOT A NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FAN…..I have never tweeted anything about the Patriots. I am a San Diego Chargers fan and San Diego Padres fan and fan of my alma mater, the University of Missouri and have tweeted frequently about them, but never, ever, ever the Patriots. Klout is seriously missing a klue.”

Current TV’s David Shuster: Former MSNBC anchor, current Current TV contributor/Keith Olbermann sub. He’s got a Klout score of 48 and an incredibly random group of topics he tweets about. Included are libraries, mother nature and religion and spirituality. Oh, and tea. Strange bedfellows: He influences WaPo‘s Ezra Klein but is shaped by Olbermann and FNC’s Bret Baier.

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart: Editorial writer at WaPo and high flying with a Klout score of 60. Some things he likes to tweet about: Rick Perry, LGBT and Africa. Find the common link. He influences 12,000 people, but no big names at the top. However, he pays a lot of attention to MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis and The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

NBC’s Andrea Mitchell: MSNBC anchor. She likes to tweet about food, coffee and photography. The people she most influences appear to be just a bunch of fans but her tweets are influenced by Herman Cain, Mitt Romney and Politico. Her Klout score is up there at 63.

Dave Weigel (couldn’t do it without him): Political reporter for Slate. His Klout is scored at an impressive 75. Some topics he deals in most on Twitter include earthquakes, Sarah Palin and job search. Sadly, the person he influences most is an account dedicated to Weigel: @Weigelisbored. The top three people who influence him are Politico‘s Smith and Jonathan Martin and new addition to Slate, Matthew Yglesias.

To be fair, we Klouted ourselves, too…

FishbowlDC: Yours truly. Our Kout score is a respectable 54. A few topics we apparently like to tweet about: Coma, guitar and Barbara Walters. Who’s paying attention to us: Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt. Our biggest influences are, who else? Dave Weigel, Chuck Todd, Ezra Klein and Chris Hayes.

– EDDIE SCARRY

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