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PICTURE FROM PETRA: CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who is traveling with President Obama, snapped this photograph from Petra. He describes it as “6 of 16.” FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry asks in a tweet, “Is it illegal to take rocks home from ancient city of Petra? Asking for a friend.”

Ouch!

“Wow, @HuffingtonPost, your website blows.” – Roll Call reporter Emily Cahn.

Marty bitch slaps Twitter troll 

“What is your Problem? No, I’m not a Pedo- I’m a Soap Opera Fan, you Idiot!” — Media fan favorite Marty Rudolph to Wayne Bevins, an Ohioan who watches “One Life to Live.”

Washington brunch topic: cucumber farmers, pickles

“Brunch discussion: Do cucumber farmers feel ambivalent about pickles? Good business, but also essentially saying cuke not good enough as is.” — Ry Rivard, technology reporter for Inside Higher Ed.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:03 a.m.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“I frequently end up on the lonely side of news stories; that means the factually correct side. Facts are not always that hip.” — Lee Stranahan.

This little piggy…

“Officially asking my editor on Monday if we can get a newsroom piglet.” — Digital First Media Project Thunderdome and Nieman Lab’s Adrienne LaFrance.  She links to this story by the NYT.

 

Signs of Spring…pundit and blogger Craig Crawford has a must-see picture of a couple of doves on his windowsill. View here.

Taxicab Confessions

Former The Daily reporter Myles Miller: “Here I Am To Worship by Passion is happening in this cab.” He links to this spiritual music.” To which Digital First Project Thunderdome’s Ryan Teague Beckwith remarked, “I would avoid both worship and passion in a cab.”

 

Unbelievable! Media Matters takes whack at Fox News…

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Camp Gretawire Turns Sweet

In which we check in with Gretawire to see what Oprah Van Susteren is chatting about and what her boisterous fan club is saying back.

FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry is in the Middle East covering President Obama‘s four-day tour through Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. Back home in Washington, his colleague Greta Van Susteren is helping chronicle his trip by posting photos and details about it on her Gretawire blog, that unpredictable place where Van Susteren’s fans say exactly what they’re thinking in the best grammar possible.

Remarkable among these posts is how at peace the typically wild crowd is and how loving they are about everything and everyone, especially Henry. Maybe it’s the changing seasons. Or they’re channeling good energy for Henry as he visits a tumultuous region. Nonetheless, it’s strikingly different from the normal anti-Democrat, anti-Obama riffs.

It’s Spiritual

“Good Photo Ed…We would love to see more of the Holly Land, please take more pictures and post them on Gretawire. Walk in the steps where Jesus walked, You will never be the same after your experience!”– DebRollin

“Would LOVE to visit Israel…Christian TV channel TBN has a lot of programming re: Israel, the best one I think Is ‘Israel: A Journey Through Time’….very interesting info…DAYSTAR, another Christian TV channel, now has their own station in Israel, also feature good coverage…learn a lot from them. Also have the Bill Gaither Homecoming DVDs ‘Jerusalem’ and another with ‘Israel’ in the title…great DVDs!!! PRAY for the peace of Jerusalem…a familiar Scripture from many Psalms. Blessings & Shalom, Mareman 3/19/13″– Mareman

“Indeed, a very special place… the Bible comes alive …”– Common Sense

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‘Onions’ By FNC’s Ed Henry

We’ve long noticed the exemplary photography skills of FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry. We even hesitate to call him “Ed Henry” today when he clearly deserves a photographer’s name like Ansel Ed or Henri Leibovitz. Whether it’s his Hawaiian sunsets, morning beach views, crashing waves, Japanese wedding shots or questionable floral swimming trunks he encounters on his travels with President Obama and the rest of the traveling White House press corps, he’s got a serious eye for detail.

He averts potential world disasters. “Everyone calm down about reports the tree President Obama planted has been uprooted,” he writes from Israel. “I can report it’s still here.”

But more importantly, today we have Ed’s onions from Jerusalem.

 

See more spectacular images from Ansel Ed… Read more

Breastfeeding White House Reporter Gets Trashed by Readers

You’d think that a new mom intent on breastfeeding her newborn while balancing a White House reporting job in a locale that doesn’t easily allow her to do so might elicit sympathy.

But you’d be wrong.

This morning, Yahoo News published a first-person account by Rachel Rose Hartman, explaining the difficulties of pumping in the course of her day at the White House. She takes readers on a journey through the ordeal of having to use an unclean, unisex bathroom to pump for breast milk.

She writes about all that, amidst an Obama administration that claims to care about such a thing: “Under President Barack Obama’s new health care law, employers with more than 50 workers are required to provide a private lactation space other than a restroom for nursing mothers up to one year after giving birth,” writes Hartman.

A low but fitting blow: “Perhaps you’ll recall that these restrooms recently shot to fame as the chosen place for Al Roker to dispose of his dirty underwear?” writes Hartman.

Ultimately White House Correspondent Association President Ed Henry, Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News, and WHCA’s Christi Parsons, addressed the matter and in coordination with the White House, came to her rescue. The eventual solution: radio booths provided by — not the White House or any order by President Obama — but the Christian Broadcasting Network and CBC/Radio-Canada. In the interim, American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan allowed her to use her booth.

What comes next is pretty shocking: readers unleashed a torrent of insults and complaints about why this was even a story, why she doesn’t just stay home with her kids and more. Read more

Watch out Premature WHCD Newbies!

Uh oh. Buzzfeed is already inviting guests to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. As we noted early yesterday morning, they invited the lovely and delightful baseball nutbag José Canseco just before midnight the other night and he accepted. The potential problem? They only recently joined the Correspondents’ Association, and no tables have been paid for or assigned.

According to our sources, the association always warns members not to start inviting people until they get confirmed tables. The forms to order tables don’t go out until March 1.
We’re all adults here, right? We’re sure it’ll all work out just fine or else there will be a goofy GIF or listicle in FNC’s and WHCD Prez Ed Henry‘s future. In other words, 50 Cat Expressions That Could Kill. Or, has Ed ever looked at his own boogers on live TV?
As it turns out, BuzzFeed isn’t the only premature offender. Read more

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols Pulls a Neil Munro

President Obama went into today’s press conference with a list of reporters who were permitted to question him. AP. NBC. CNN. Fox News. Telemundo. If your name wasn’t on the list, forget it. You were SOL.

So Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols opted for the next best thing: A Daily Caller Neil Munro-style shouted question out of turn. As Nichols posed his question, you could see reporters like FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and others snickering in the row ahead. Nichols clearly had no regrets:  “I asked POTUS if he is open to short term extension on the SPENDING side of fiscal cliff, Jan 1 deadline. #deathstare,” he wrote on Twitter. NYT’s Michael Shear seemed impressed: “In the ongoing battle for more access to the president, Hans Nichols is my new hero. Way to go.” And NYT‘s Peter Baker added, “Hear Hear.”

(Funny, this wasn’t the White House media reaction to Munro back in June.) In response to that, some online referred to Nichols as a “friendlier” Munro.

Death stare may be a little strong… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Bo Obama’s future boyfriend: “I dedicate this 5,001th tweet to twitter star Japser, his new gop collar and his America pillow. Thanks Jasper!” — FNC’s Dana Perino

Begala advertises his critic

Husband, father and citizen MattRGilbertson writes, “@PaulBegala Confidence in Paul Begala, sadly, at all time low.” (As RT by CNN Democratic Commentator Paul Begala.)

Caucasian journo self-conscious when ordering “gringo” tacos

“Whenever I order the “gringo” tacos at Super Taco, they must be thinking, ‘Of course HE would.’” – Washington City Paper’s City Desk reporter Will Sommer.

Dunkin’ Donut clerk gets brutally honest with TV journo

“Working near Dunkin Donuts. Had 2 for lunch. Went in later for bathroom. Clerk looked at me and said ‘you dont need another donut.’” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Dare to dream…“I wish people would learn how Twitter works before engaging sometimes.” — Breitbart.com and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch.

What does it take to make Ed Henry’s day shine?

“My day brightens ever so slightly … Sheila E. will be performing at the President’s event in North Las Vegas #80′srock” — FNC White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Too much patchouli is never optimal

“If you told me a month ago that climate would be a major issue in last week of election, I’d have said the patchouli was going to your head.” — BuzzFeed Washington Editor John Stanton.

The Critic

Eva Longoria pronounces “Nevada” wrong. #journalism” — Yahoo! NewsChris Moody.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“Great. First, it was the liberal trolls. Now I’m getting Jew-hating trolls.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

Dept. of Bragiculture: A special shout-out to Patricia Blaze, who was watching ABC’s “The View” Thursday and caught Whoopi and Joy chatting about a mediabistro story about Mitt Romney being the butt of late night jokes.

See who made our FishbowlDC Fan Club Board this week…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Gotta be 65 degrees on a terrific autumn night” — FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Anticipatory Storm Complaints

“Approaching big storm prep: batteries, check. Canned food, check. Emergency generators, check. Full-page apology ad from Pepco, check.” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman.

“.@PepcoConnect Let’s just say that your track record as regards restoring our power is somewhere between abysmal and catastrophic.” — Yahoo! News‘s Olivier Knox.

“@OKnox Why doesn’t PEPCO just shut off our power now and get it over with?” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

“My boyfriend: Buying all the toilet paper from the grocery store before everyone else gets there. #BePrepared” — Lisa Rowan, vintage blogger.

Compliment or Insult: Who really knows?

“Your always-perfect hair reeks of pure #journalism,” a follower writes in to FNC’s Bret Baier, who, of course, responds, saying, “Good to know -thanks- I’ll try to keep it together.”

Ana Marie Cox “endorses” Obama

“It’s true: I have chosen to endorse Obama because I’m proud to have someone of the *human* race as President. So there.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox. Does a pundit do endorsements? Do they really need to? Pretty sure we already new the progressive Cox was for Obama.

Journo Love

“Go @AprilDRyan! She’s interviewing Obama tomorrow at 5:40 p.m. in Oval Office. First member of WH press corps to do so in months.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein on American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan.

Breitbart.com Editor needles BuzzFeed Political Editor

“Source tells me @BuzzFeedBen‘s BuzzFeed Politics is something of a laughingstock. Actually, herds of sources tell me this.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte, still smarting from BuzzFeed‘s McKay Coppins story on internal Breitbart.com matters.

Overheard…

“Overheard on the Romney press bus: ‘I think Meat Loaf is two words.’ ‘Yes, it is two words.’ — NPR’s Ari Shapiro.

See FishbowlDC’s Fan Club Board after the jump as well as thoughts from a media observer… Read more

You’ve Been Warned: With Auto Correct Comes Funny, Frightening and Fretful Errors

The auto-correct feature on smartphones is quickly becoming both a blessing and a curse to reporters. While speed-typing to tweet a quote or respond to an email, a typo can quickly be corrected without having to stop. But like a GPS, sometimes things go really wrong.

While at the Democratic convention, Roll Call HOH‘s Neda Semani live-tweeted former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s speech. The governor suddenly became a very high ranking figure. “It kept correcting Crist to ‘Christ,’ which I didn’t realize until after,” Semani told FBDC.

Politico‘s Ben White has had his own issues with spelling software. “Not for nothing but my spell check wants to change ‘Stephanopoulos’ to ‘postmenopausal,’” he tweeted last month.

Jen Bendery at HuffPost has also felt the sting of auto correct. “I usually catch auto-correct mistakes before hitting send,” she said, “but one thing that is super annoying (and happens all the time) is when I hurriedly write ‘seriously’ and ‘aerioauky’ fills in.” Bendery said she wasn’t sure if aerioauky is a word. (We’ve consulted an American dictionary and confirmed it is not.)

And on and on it goes. Below is a compilation (undoubtedly an incomplete one) of the trials and tribulations journalists have had with auto correct:

Slate‘s Dave Weigel told us no matter how many times he types in his “favorite phrase,” his phone always adjusts it to say “I don’t give a shot.”

Last year WaPo‘s Tim Craig sent out a tweet that was supposed to be about D.C. compensating fire department workers. It ended in a much messier tweet (emphasis ours): “Also, couldn’t argument be made 24 hours shits would be cheaper for city,” Craig wrote. “Big fires last hours, so more OT would be paid if 12 hour shifts?”

Over the weekend, Fox News’ White House Correspondent Ed Henry tweeted, “Adventures in Auto-correct: ‘We made a pistol at Shake Shack’ — um ‘pit stop’!”

Last month Reuter‘s Sam Youngman tweeted, “Today’s traveling tune: ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Mötley Crüe.” The dots above the “o” and “u” are called umlauts. AP‘s Henry Jackson tweeted at Youngman that he was “impressed” by them.. “Not me. Auto correct knows how to party,” said Youngman. Jackson replied, “I always suspected auto correct had a hard-rock streak in him/her.”

Goodie two shoes Tim Wong, who works on WaPo‘s mobile design team, said he proofreads his messages and hasn’t had any auto correct mishaps. “I learned to never depend on spell check in J-school,” he said. Wong added, however, that auto correct is “probably one of the cardinal enemies of the Twitter hashtag.”

SiriusXM/P.O.T.U.S Radio’s Julie Mason has also faced down the curse of the correction function. “I constantly ask others to ‘wait a sex,’” she said. “I had a colleague once whose byline, via auto correct, became ‘John Maggot.’”

And in a pool report last month, Yahoo! NewsOliver Knox noted that David Plouffe‘s last name “generates all manner of oddball auto correct suggestions.” In the Firefox web browser, suggested replacements for “plouffe” are “souffle” and “pouffe.”

Freelance video journalist Markette Smith told us she “always” has problems with auto correct. In the past she sent texts meant for her husband to her boss twice. Thankfully it was “nothing too damaging.”

Avid conservative tweeter Kevin Eder wrote last month, “I don’t even know why I bother tweeting from my phone. It never, ever ends well. #typos #errors #fail”

BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted in September that he “often get[s] in trouble” typing “it’s” verses “its” thanks to auto correct.

Our favorite comes from WaPo‘s Erik Wemple. He experienced a particularly awkward screw-up while corresponding with an executive at Allbritton Communications (his employer at the time). The executive had asked Wemple to do something. “I was happy to comply with the request and was in a rush, so I wrote ‘NP.’ That is, short for “no problem.” But auto-correct rendered it as ‘NO,’” Wemple said. Needless to say, he had to smooth things over.

On the other hand, there’s the ever cautious ABC 7 daytime anchor Steve Chenevey. To avoid mishaps, he has done what many may eventually do — he turned off his work phone’s auto-correct feature. Safe and sound.

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Get ready for another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, funny and insightful.

1. Who do you find more physically and otherwise attractive: FNC’s Ed Henry or Bret Baier? (Just be glad I didn’t ask which one you’d rather spend eternity with on a deserted island.)

Bret. He’s solid, whereas Ed comes across as soft, like Jell-O. On a deserted island I get the feeling Ed would spend most of his time looking for a still pool of water to check his hair in, while Bret would get to work building a Gilligan’s Island style series of huts.

2. What do you think of CNN Anderson Cooper‘s continued and persistent talk about coming out of the closet?

Anderson being gay was the worst kept secret since McDonald’s “secret sauce” being thousand island dressing. That he feels the need to keep telling the world says more about him than the world. I don’t think he was prepared for everyone already knowing or not caring and it’s freaking him out. It’s also got to be a little liberating for him. Too bad it hasn’t translated into ratings.

3. Having gone to both conventions, who threw the better parties? Who was better organized? Which one was more fun?

They were both horrible in their own special way. Lots of old people at both, but the young people at the RNC seemed to be more willing to let their shortly cropped hair down and have fun than at the DNC. The parties themselves were just parties, people standing around drinking, but the RNC soirées seemed to embrace vices more. More smoking, more cigars, etc. The DNC parties, while there was plenty of booze, seemed to be more uptight. I realize this defies stereotypes, but the RNC were fun drunks and the DNC were angry drunks. So despite the weather being shit at both, worse at the RNC, I’d take Tampa over Charlotte any day.

4. Is it ever acceptable for journalists to coordinate on questions before a press conference takes place?

It’s not illegal or anything, but it sure shows a lack of creativity and thought. That Romney presser open-mic thing was embarrassing in that it exposed how drone-like journalists are. All but one of the questions were about process. Was there nothing else happening in the world? Those journalists don’t seem to realize we’re on to them. You’d think, or at least hope, a few of them might want to not play into the liberal bias stereotype. But no, they don’t. There’s nothing technically wrong with it, but if I was their boss I’d be pissed that they couldn’t come up with any substantive question instead of badgering Romney over timing. Last I checked, credibility is important in the news business. If your only question is what Ben LaBolt would ask, and you ask it after three others have asked it, you might be doing your job wrong.

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