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How Howard Fineman Spells Rhinoceros: ‘Rhinocerus’

It was at times an intense standoff last night as nine Washington journalists squared off against nine members of Congress in a Spelling Bee at the National Press Club.

Throughout the evening, Politico Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand (pictured here alongside Kaine) seemed to have the whole thing locked up. Calm and cool, unlike some of the other journalists, she stepped right up and spelled her words correctly, without a lot of hesitation.

That is, until the end, when, in a standoff with the unassuming Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), she lost and he won on “nonpareil.” Read more

Morning Chatter

DOG DAYS OF AUGUST: “Perfect way to end a long day.”Erin Ruberry, HuffPostBlog Managing Editor and Contributor Editor to HuffPostDC.

Confessional. 

“The guy next to me is reading a romance novel on his iPad. I can’t stop snooping and reading. #help” — Politico‘s Madeline Marshall.

Quote Taken Completely Out of Context

“This is normally the point in the cycle where someone pens a disingenuous defense of that Daily Beast prison rape story.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

“The first time I saw that scene I almost peed myself.” — Conservative author and radio host Jason Mattera (we don’t even want to know).

The Astute Observer

“What seems most strange to me about Hannah Anderson is she doesn’t seem upset about her mother and brother being murdered.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Travel Bitches

“Waited for 10 taxis at DCA until one came by that accepted credit cards. Was this too much to ask?” — AP‘s Jack Gillum.

Did someone say fish?

“I can drink beer like a fish. In an aquarium of beer.” — Stefan Becket, who handles Social Media at New York magazine.

President Obama phones the tough lady 

“President today called Antoinette Tuff, the woman who was hero of Atlanta shooting, and praised her for courage #fnpolitics” — Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Important Q to Ask Ourselves: “Is Speaker Newt Gingrich @Newt_Gingrich going to get eaten alive at CNN?” — Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:59 a.m.

The Daily Caller‘s hilarious dog story

“Hilarious bit of trolling from the Daily Caller: ‘The Obamas do not have any white dogs.’” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley. The story‘s headline: “The Obamas got a new puppy, everyone!” The final two lines of the story…”With the addition of Sunny, the Obamas now have two black Portuguese water dogs. The Obamas do not have any white dogs.”

Howard Kurtz Gets Unintentionally Ironic

In the new Fox News First morning newsletter by Chris Stirewalt today is a promo for Fox News media writer Howard Kurtz. To be sure, the newsletter is reminiscent of Politico Playbook in that it highlights their own, including Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Karl Rove. Here Stirewalt has Kurtz wondering whether Al Jazeera America, which launches today, can be — cough cough — unbiased. Come on Howie, considering the network who’s wondering, seriously?

AL JAZEERA AMERICA DEBUTS
Al Jazeera, a network that many Americans still associate with Usama bin Laden videos, launches its American channel in about 50 million homes today. The new outfit is spending heavily on bold-face names like Soledad O’Brien. Today Howard Kurtz asks: Can it shake its reputation for bias and fulfill its promise of more serious news and less fluff?

Press Orgy at the White House!

The Onion on Wednesday featured an orgy scene of President Obama and White House press corps. Honestly, we had no idea NBC Political Director Chuck Todd had so much chest hair, that Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry was so scorching or that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney liked to dress up in nothing but a bongo drum.

See the full story here. Maybe the best fake quotes come from NPR’s Ari Shapiro after the jump, but you’ve gotta read the whole sick, entertaining thing. And for any dumbasses who don’t know what The Onion is, yes, it’s the publication that writes phony stories. Please note: We’ve blotched out one of the reporter’s faces due to a dramatically naked section of the faux orgy. Read more

Politico‘s Smashing Party

A hush fell over the crowd at Politico‘s Sunday brunch at Robert and Elena Allbritton‘s home as a display of food came crashing to the ground outside under a tent. No one was standing near enough to be responsible, so it doesn’t look like they’ll be adding any guidelines about idiot party tricks at the boss’s house to the next iteration of their office handbook.

Party sources tell us the fallen food was a display of various Asian cuisine — dumplings, etc, that crashed to the floor. “Nobody laughed, it was more like a collective gasp because it was so loud and shattery-sounding in such genteel surroundings,” a party witness told us.

After the display fell, a small phalanx of capable young women with earpieces swarmed and had it taken care of immediately.

Brunch was saved!

Speaking of which, the food is always a highlight: sliders, different kinds of eggs benedict made to order, cones of tuna tartare, an assortment dumplings, lobster tails, crab legs — all kinds of seafood, and an open bar.

Guests spilled out onto the lawn.

According to our party sources, brunch at the Allbrittons was definitely more crowded this year.

All the big Politicos were there… Read more

Hello Buttercup!

A new feature in which we point out how journalists suck up to themselves, each other and others in a particularly buttery fashion.

A SWAK for FNC’s Ed Henry: In this morning’s Politico Playbook, Mike Allen slathers movie popcorn style butter onto White House Correspondents’ Association Prez Henry by calling him the “assertive guardian of the organization’s brand” for threatening legal action against GBK, a marketing firm that wanted to open a “gifting suite” for celebs attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this weekend. Come on, Mike Allen, this wasn’t necessary. Yes, yes, we all adore Henry for the de-celebrification of this year’s WHCD and for acting like he doesn’t know what BuzzFeed is. But stop the madness. For one thing, it’s too late to widen the hallways of the Washington Hilton so Ed’s head can fit through. For another, the news spoke for itself — the organization apologized. See the item in today’s edition.

FBDC Fever: Just to show we’re not immune, FBDC’s own Eddie Scarry tweeted out “Morning Chatter” last night, writing the following. By the way, hugs for Eddie. I appreciate the compliment and we factor stuff like this into raises, so don’t stop on my account.

 

Who’s Excited for WHCD Now?

After former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw chastised the D.C. press corps. last year for participating in the increasingly glamorized White House Correspondents’ Dinner, the collective national news media has moved to tone things down.

Is that good or bad?

Politico, The Hill and Yahoo! News are all opting not to bring high-wattage Hollywood celebs to this year’s dinner, as had become the norm in recent years. FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who in the past brought actress Lindsay Lohan and reality TV star Kim Kardashian as guests, is sitting the event out this time. As usual, The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson won’t attend and will head out of town.

Politico Playbook reported Tuesday morning that an attorney for the WHCA is threatening legal action against a Los Angeles-based marketing firm for using the dinner as a promotional tie for one of its “gift” products. Then there’s Ed Henry, FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent and President of the WHCA, who said last week that he was reworking the event to be less celebrity-centric and more about the scholarships it offers to aspiring journalists.

So what are the expectations for this year’s dinner which takes place Saturday? With a renewed focus on the scholarships and a distinctive step away from the glitz, are people more or less excited? Answer our Fish Poll. We’ll post the results soon.

 

At Camp Greta, Vomiting at Liberal Dinner Parties is Perfectly Acceptable

Where we check in with Oprah Van Susteren and her rambunctious fans.

There’s never a dull moment at Gretawire, the blog of FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren where her wily and dedicated fans let loose on whatever is on their minds. The last time we checked in on the bunch, they were acting strange, sweetly musing about FNC White House Correspondent Ed Henry‘s trip to Israel in March. On Monday they were back to their old shenanigans in an open-ended post by Van Susteren, which, as of this writing, has 1,500 comments.

Liberals Make Them Throw Up At Dinner.

“I just had dinner with several liberals (not by choice, but by obligation), who were talking about how we need to learn to ‘forgive murderers’ and also attempting to raise toasts to ‘understanding Sunni Muslims.’ Later in the evening they were slamming “rednecks” and gun owners. So much for understanding. Needless to say, I WON’T be invited back. I threw up a little on the entree’ after that bit of info. And what made it even worse, the food wasn’t even good. So much for obligations.”– 2soon2bforgot10

They Have Predictions About Vice President Joe Biden’s Political Aspirations.

“He’ll be running for POTUS in a few years. Unreal.”– 3ButterflyKisses

“He’ll never get the nomination.”– SydneyJane2 Read more

WHCA Limits CQ Roll Call Dinner Tickets; Patricia Arquette Will Be Their Guest

Somewhere, someplace is an archery range with FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry‘s face as the bull’s-eye.

CQ Roll Call White House Correspondent Steven Dennis let his White House Correspondents’ Association membership lapse. He renewed it, but decisions had been made. The publication isn’t getting all the seats it wants this year. It’s a better deal than some pubs, which got shut out entirely. Still, this year there will be one table for CQ Roll Call. No extra tickets possible. Pretty strange considering CQ Roll Call has purchased tables at the WHCD for the past 20 years. A recent exchange between the publication and Henry, this year’s president of the WHCA and once the HOH writer for Roll Call, made it clear that the answer was no and that the seats had sold out.

We asked CQ Roll Call to comment on the matter.  Read more

Redford Revisits ‘All The President’s Men’

It’s been 37 years since the Watergate scandal was captured in the movie “All the President’s Men.” The anniversary was marked Thursday at the Newseum with a screening of “All The President’s Men: Revisited,” a documentary about the movie. The White House Correspondents’ Association and Discovery hosted the event.

Prior to the screening, actor Robert Redford, documentary producers Andrew Lack and Laura Michalchyshyn and famed Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein walked a red carpet.

Woodward was at the center of a minor media scandal earlier this year when he suggested that he had been threatened by a White House official. Once a thorn in the side of Republicans, Woodward’s claim won him fans on the right and several appearances on FNC’s “Hannity.”

Asked what he makes of Woodward’s tendency to stir trouble on both the left and the right, Redford told FBDC, “it means he’s doing a good job.”

“We don’t live in a world where everybody’s one way or the other,” he added. “There’s a lot of gray there. I think if somebody’s doing their job, they’re going to provoke people who don’t want to see the job well done.”

In remarks before the film, WHCA President and FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry said this year’s WHCA dinner is trying to focus on the scholarship that WHCA offers aspiring journalists rather than the celebrities who will be attending. He said Redford agreed to attend the screening in that same spirit.

Fun fact: The documentary contains a scene wherein TV commentator Ben Stein starts crying at the memory of President Richard Nixon‘s final speech as president.

Following the film was a panel discussion with Redford, Bernstein, Woodward, Henry and Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift.

When asked about the state of journalism today Redford said… Read more

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