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HuffPost‘s Sam Stein Earns the FishbowlDC Humility Award

“I have a bit of egg on my face having reported the Baucus wasn’t likely 4 super com. source says: ‘He wasn’t first choice. Others declined.’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a Tuesday tweet. We didn’t even have a FishbowlDC Humility Award until now. Stein reported that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) wasn’t likely to be on the Super Committee. Alas, he is. Stein gets high marks for this tweet. Not every journalist in D.C. would fess up so humbly.

Young journo begs Baier to pose tough q’s

“@Bret_Baier Bret, please push the candidates on fiscal policy/debt ceiling/economic issues and please for specifics. So tough 2 get answers” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle in a Tuesday tweet. Can Fox News set up a Big Brother program?

Matt Mackowiack: Star of the new film ‘Shameless’

“@fishbowldc I went to Kinko’s and voted from every single computer I could find! How am I doing?” — Potomac Flacks blogger Matt Mackowiak in a Tuesday night tweet in reference to FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives. Mack was nominated for Biggest Self-Promoter and the last poll indicates he’s winning.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s first conversation is between The Atlantic’s Deputy Editor Scott Stossel and the cantankerous Commentary Magazine’s John Podhoretz.

Podhoretz: Why does my Twitter typeface keep changing? Strange.

Stossel: Must be the ‘shrooms.

 

Quaint thought for D.C.

“It is nerdy awesomeness when you finish one book and then the library lets you know your book on hold is ready.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Katy DeLuca in a Tuesday tweet. She edits Yeas & Nays among other features.

Overheard…

“Overheard in library where TPaw was: Librarian: ‘I’m not political. But I’m so mad that I’m becoming political!’” – Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Tuesday tweet.

The Media Critic

“I’m not listening, but Dylan Ratigan seems very angry.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Tuesday tweet.

Can’t Marcus Brauchli install a better system?

“Just did a search in our system for photos of Tiger Woods and got back a pic of a 2-year-old chimp feeding a bottle of milk to a baby tiger.” –  WaPo Sports Editor Lindsay Apple in a Tuesday tweet. (Hello Lindsapple!)

Smartass journo

“Any chance House and Senate leaders pick the dozen smartest/best-qualified/policy-aware lawmakers to sit on the supercommittee? Just kidding.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Allen in a Tuesday tweet.

A Convo Between Two Journos II

This conversation is between WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and New York Magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.

Cillizza: The thing that could move needle for Huntsman in FL tomorrow: Jeb Bush endorsement.

Heilemann: You reporting, bub, or merely speculating?

Morning Option: Call Dylan Ratigan an A$$#@$%

His words. Not ours.

In a Media Diet interview with MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan this week, The Atlantic’s John Hudson takes the reader on a high octane rant in which the anchor describes what he reads on any given day.

The Highlights:

·          I wouldn’t read a newspaper now unless you put a gun to my head and even then I would really try to negotiate with you.

·          Feel free to call me an asshole on Twitter. I won’t respond.

·          One of my great frustrations with working in cable news is that the entire cable news infrastructure has been branded through partisan political lenses and so people assume that if you’re on MSNBC you’re left and if you’re on Fox News you’re right. There’s no question that I’m painted as left because of the network I’m on.

Read the entire interview here.

Ratigan Took Arianna’s Women’s Sleep Challenge

Late last night, Politico published an “Answer This” interview with MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan by Patrick Gavin.

There were surprising details.

1. He cusses during commercial breaks.

2. He took HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington‘s 2010 Women’s Sleep Challenge and gets 7-8 hours of shuteye a night.

3. His favorite body part is his unusual left thumb.

Read the interview.

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QUOTES of the DAY

FishbowlDC Reader Larry Kelly sent this photograph of his glorious front porch in Ohio where he sits in a rocking chair and reads and tweets. He explains that the cabin shell was built in 1836. Kelly was an avid tweeter during WeinerGate.

Juiceboxer has limited tolerance for bus-riding baby

“Dear bus-riding infant: AHMAHMAHMAH is not a word no matter how many times or how loudly you say it. #silence” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo takes high road (this time)

“Why is it some adults act like they are in High School? I was gonna let it bother me, but I said pass.” — Government TV producer Pete HatzNet in a Wednesday late-night tweet.

Wild train rider deals with slipped disc

ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida is suffering. In a series of tweets from Tuesday and Wednesday, he explains what’s happening. Tuesday: “Either I’m old or over did it this weekend. In bed on heating pad and looking forward to orthopedic appointment. Think I now know what a slipped disc feels like. Should have quit after 1 set of tennis, and skipped dancing altogether. Hello MRI.” Wednesday: “Long day, ready for my heating pad and sleep. praying i wake up and the bulging disc has shrunk! Please health gods, smile on an old guy.” Stephen, please feel better soon.

Tapscott knocks Washington

“Lord knows this town needs to be cleaned up.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan program Wednesday afternoon. The line came in during a question to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

Shouldn’t be funny but it is… ABC7 News: “All lanes on BW parkway have reopened after a man attacked a vehicle with a hammer.” The story gets a bit scarier, but no one was hurt. Read here.

The Alleged Dating Expert

“You can’t date a woman who doesn’t date beer – it just won’t work out.” — Freelance D.C. labor journalist Mike Elk in a Wednesday night tweet. He writes for In These Times and The Nation.

Obama Town Hall humor

“Going on Hardball at 540 P EST to talk Twitter townhall. Expect more than 140 words of commentary!” — HuffPost‘s Alex Wagner in a Wednesday tweet.

“There is no way these questions are random. I call bullshit.” — Lachlan Markay in a Wednesday tweet. Markay is an investigative reporter for the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Media and Public Policy.

Interesting parenting technique: kisses

“Our 4 yr old informs us that what most frustrates her swimming progress is parents bestowing kisses on her every 3 strokes.” — NPR’s Scott Simon in a Wednesday tweet.

ABC reporter wants one thing perfectly clear

“Any rumor that ABC compensated the juror I am interviewing tonight on @Nightline Primetime is utterly FALSE.” — ABC’s Terry Moran in a Wednesday tweet.

The Critic

“President Barack Obama’s Twitter Townhall would have been more interesting if he had answered tweet for tweet. Instead, it looked a lot like an old-fashioned interview except the questions came over the transom on Twitter.” — ReutersToby Zakaria in a Wednesday memo.

Most Unusual Tweet of the Day

“Off today to bid farewell to my Uncle Lee.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Wednesday tweet because why shouldn’t the death of a journo’s uncle and funeral in New York state be broadcast on Twitter? Graff linked to this, a funeral home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. So a) May Uncle Lee rest in peace, and b) Was this an invitation? and c) Let’s hope Graff has the good sense to not live-tweet the funeral.

A Convo Between Two Journos

The conversation participants are NBC’s Chuck Todd and WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden. The topic: Mosquitoes.

Todd: Ugh RT @todayshow Experts: we may be headed into one of worst seasons in decades for mosquitoes.

Madden: Buy garlic, hope.

Todd: @mikemadden my new trick… Cigar smoke. Not pleasing the family once I go back into house, but helps outside.

 

 

Guests Stoked for Tonight’s Maher

Tonight’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” could be a hit. The HBO comedian welcomes Financial Times U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, Reza Aslan, an international religion writer, and Hangover 2′s Zach Galifianakis onto his show tonight.

Last time Zach was on the program he lit up a joint on-set to depict his support of legalizing marijuana and smoked it like a cigarette.

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QUOTES of the DAY


A belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday to NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh who, according to Politico’s Playbook, celebrated at Hill Country last night. We’re running a picture of his dog, Rudy, because any excuse in a good excuse to run this pooch sitting pretty in his faux L.L. Bean Shearling jacket. By the way, we understand Walsh was given the trendy Shake Weight as a gift. The free weight works your triceps, shoulders, even your chest. Visit here if you want to know more.

Henneberger freelancing for TIME

“Closing my first piece for TIME. And when is the last time I spent even a DAY working out of an office? (A: I don’t think my kids even remember it!)” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Wednesday Facebook update. She’s writing a few freelance stories for the magazine.

Something unusual in Washington: An all-female roundtable

“It’s a fine collection of women.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist in reaction to TIME‘s Rick Stengel saying he’d prefer to be in Washington this morning with the all-female roundtable of Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, BBC’s Katty Kay and WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan. Brzezinski was in Washington Wednesday night for a speaking engagement for her book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth.

D.C. Rule of Thumb

“Rule of Washington dinners: where two congressmen speak, one will for a few too long, God bless him.” — National Review Online’s Kathryn Lopez in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo Movie Watching

“Am at the part in “Broadcast News” where Bill Hurt is smiling as he watches himself, fake tears on his cheeks, in his own date rape newscast.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman in a Wednesday tweet.

The Critic

“FYI: All marital splits are a ‘long-time coming.’” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a recent tweet.

The Observer

“Nothing makes your day like a Capitol Police officer chastising a cabbie for barreling through the crosswalk.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

What makes Ratigan a New Yorker?

“When the smell of urine on the sidewalk no longer bothers you.” — MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan, who was in Washington for the WHCD last weekend, in a “21 Questions” feature for New York Magazine. Read the entire interview here.

A quick convo between two journos

Politico Media Coordinator Stefanie Christensen: “Why do female Hill staffers refuse to blowdry their hair?? have you noticed this phenomenon?”

Politico CLICK writer Karin Tanabe: “I certainly have and it is all kinds of wrong. Wet hair = only okay at the beach or during the Nirvana years.”

 

Palin, Cee Lo Create Spectacle @ MSNBC After Party


While attendees at another post-WHCD party struggled to gain admittance due to their host’s chronic and unapologetic guest list failures, MSNBC’s guests breezed though check-in and down a sprawling red carpet to the Italian Embassy.  Rather than watching celebrities make their way to an isolated VIP space, MSNBC’s guests rubbed elbows with the likes of Glee’s Jayne Lynch, SNL’s Andy Samberg, Valerie Jarrett, Meghan McCain, Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Bristol Palin with aunt Molly McCann and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Perhaps the weekend’s best event, MSNBC’s soiree drew a huge array of journalists – many from competitive networks.   CNN was represented by Ed Henry and Shirley Hung Henry, Edie Emery, Peter Hamby, Mark Whitaker, Sam Feist, Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Christa Robinson.  We spotted ABC’s Rick Klein, Jim Sciutto and Polson Kanneth, as well as CBS’s Christine Delargy.  Fox News anchor Bret Baier was there.   And so was Greta Van Susteren who made quite an entrance when she and husband John Coale appeared with Todd and Sarah Palin.  The family Palin was swarmed by cameras and party-goers only moments before Cee Lo Green took the stage to perform a short set including his hit song “F**k You.”  As Palin posed for what seemed like thousands of photos, Todd, Bristol and Molly conversed with the hoards of guests who circled their table in the room’s far corner.

“We’re still getting used to this,” Sarah’s sister Molly admitted to FishbowlDC.  “I find it kind of exciting but I’m not around it all the time,” she added.

As we turned away, we nearly bumped into WaPo‘s Ezra Klein who was doing a drive-by “Mean Girls” impression.  The liberal blogger laughed out loud and rolled his eyes as he passed by Palin-palooza.  Back on the dance floor, another former governor was getting a different kind of attention from one Kiki Ryan.  The fearless reporter’s blonde ambition must have been in overdrive on Saturday because we hear she tried to persuade Eliot Spitzer to shake his groove thing.  He kindly declined:

From @burgerinfo:
@keeekster(@Italian Em):Mr. Spitzer,would you like to dance?
Spitzer: Dancings not really my forte
@keeekster:Thats not what I hear #winning

Besides our favorite celebrity bartender and TV host Rachel Maddow who spent the evening slinging drinks, NBCers like Luke Russert, Kelly O’Donnell, Domenico Montanaro, Phil Griffin, Tanya Hayre, Ed Schultz, Dylan Ratigan, Erika Masonhall, Betsy Fischer, Savannah Guthrie and Contessa Brewer were among the guests gifted Starbucks swag, a slice of pizza and bottle of Fiji as they left the fete in the morning’s wee hours.

D. Shuster Takes Bite out of Breitbart, Slams MSNBC and Ratigan

Ex-MSNBCer David Shuster got into a rather feisty exchange with Big Government’s Andrew Breitbart this morning while subbing on Bill Press‘s lefty radio program. This was after D. Shuster bashed MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan for what he dubbed was his “awful” interview with Breitbart Tuesday. The subject was Breitbart’s newly released Righteous Indignation: Excuse me While I Save the World.

The interview included near-continuous interruptions and sharp-toned exchanges. Breitbart’s answer to Shuster’s final question at least provided a moment of comedy: 

D. Shuster: Did you have any sort of arrangement with Dylan Ratigan about questions that he would ask or not ask in exchange for having you on his program?

Breitbart: Of course not, but we date.

The Shuster-Breitbart interview began on a very Breitbartesque note: “Good morning,” he shouted into the phone. (Breitbart can’t help himself when it comes to shouting on the phone or into answering machines. Comprehension always increases with volume.) “You’re getting me without coffee. You’re getting me without a lot of sleep. But I think I’m going to be fine anyway.”

In other words, Shuster’s lucky he got him at all. Take that mainstream media!

Shuster, who describes himself as an “Executive Editor of a journalism venture still under construction”, wanted a shot at interviewing Breitbart after what he thinks was Ratigan’s softball approach…

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Dylan Ratigan Too Sick to Interview Assange

Unfortunately for MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, he’s missing out on interviewing Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange this afternoon. Ratigan is ill and has been out since yesterday. Network execs were hoping he’d recover quickly, but it didn’t come to pass.

“Dylan was out sick today, and we are hoping he will be well enough to return tomorrow,” a spokeswoman said late Tuesday. “I’ve just heard from a producer on the show, however, that he’s still feeling very under the weather and Cenk well likely be hosting tomorrow. Unfortunately it’s still a bit up in the air depending on Dylan’s speed of recovery.”

Indeed, Cenk Uygur is filling in for Ratigan and conducting the interview.

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QUOTES of the DAY

The gift bag from the Politico holiday party last night sponsored by Coca Cola at the Corcoran.

Please, no

“Can we all just agree not to say ‘hanging up his suspenders’ re: end of Larry King show?” — The Hill‘s Erica Niedowksi in a Wednesday tweet.

Here’s to you HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins

“Dear email commenters: all caps generally does not lend your thoughts the ring of sanity. Smooches, Lizzie.” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Wednesday tweet. To which MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan replied, “ Is that so wrong?” (Linkins continually commits the crime of all-caps. And yes, Dylan it is so wrong. Maybe one’s words need to be louder, bigger to overcompensate for a lack of thought.)

Funny line from a party: One partygoer was discussing logging onto Grindr at the Pentagon — he said the whole thing blew up there ( no pun intended). (Grindr is a gay men’s website that allows gay or “bi-curious” men to find one another in any location.)

Words to live by

“Rule:Just because you *can* walk around naked in the men’s locker room, doesn’t mean you *should.*” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet.

Weingarten addresses women’s eyelids

“Women’s eyelids are really ugly, so it’s great when they paint them the color of eggplants. #Idontactuallythinkthat.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Thursday morning tweet.

Meghan McCain on Don’t Ask Don’t Tell

“I just think if you can go and die for this country, it doesn’t matter what you do in your home in your private time.” — The Daily Beast columnist and daughter to Sen. John McCain, Meghan McCain, on “The Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell.

Tis the season to be…

“Tis the season to be jolly and in Washington it’s always the season to be hyperbolic.” — Former Rep. Tom Tancredo (R-Colo.) on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” Wednesday in a segment called “National Buffoons, Christmas Vacation.”

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