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.
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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
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.
“Eva Longoria pronounces “Nevada” wrong. #journalism” — Yahoo! News‘ Chris 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…
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.
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.
“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 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
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! News‘ Oliver 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.
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.
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.
There’s no bigger advocate of unplugging and recharging and sleeping for at least seven hours a night than HuffPost Publisher Arianna Huffington. She’s bringing that philosophy to the party conventions.
HuffPost and its partners will have a space set aside at the RNC and DNC for the “harried, sleep-deprived” delegates, credentialed journalists and bloggers to get a little R&R. “The Oasis,” as they’re calling it, will feature yoga classes, facials, makeup refreshers and, of course, sleep consultation. We can hardly wait to see FNC’s Ed Henry and Bret Baier doing downward dogs, and PBS’s Gwen Ifill basking in the relaxation of an avocado mask.
“The Oasis is designed to demonstrate that even during the most hectic days of the political season, we can unplug and recharge for a little while and be able to get back to our convention activities rested and re-energized,” says a release. How holistic sounding.
Time and location for the RNC’s Oasis:
Monday, August 27 – Thursday, Aug. 30; 7AM – 12AM
Aja Channelside, 290 South Meridian Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602
For the DNC:
Monday, September 3 – Thursday, Sept. 6; 7AM – 12AM
Flex and Fit Gym, 550 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Quotes of the Day
Reminder: Fishbowl Summer Superlatives 2012
At noon today we will begin compiling the nominees. So screw your deadlines for a few minutes and come help us decide which Washington journalists ought to be nominated for Worst Temper, Best Writer, Biggest Self-Promoter, Sexiest, Most in Need of a Salad, Makeover, Reality Show and more. See the list here.
Being Prez has its perks
“Oh the advantages of being President … Romney pool report: ‘We are still rolling to the airport – got stuck in traffic.’” — FNC’s Ed Henry.
Politico‘s Ben White: ‘I’m very very stupid’
“Hold up hold up. there is MEN’s field hockey? Since when? I’m sorry but that’s really stupid.” — Politico‘s Ben White in regards to Olympic field hockey. Ultimately White admits questionable intelligence on the matter, saying, “Apparently I did not know it because I’m very very stupid.” (After he completes his anger management series, White will soon offer a workshop to boost your self-esteem.)
Uh oh. Watch out!
“COLUMN COMING: Chick-fil-hate mail” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.
Blind Q: Which female reporter publicly declared this week that one of her own editors was leaking things about her to FishbowlDC?
Deep Thoughts With FNC’s Brit Hume
“Time spent on VP pick scoop a waste. This is something we will all find out soon enough. Time better spent on facts we might NOT find out.” — FNC’s Brit Hume.
How to Make it About Me?
“Trying to decide if Obama’s praise of Sorkin makes the takedown of ep. 1 of the Newsroom that I waited too long to write timely again.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. Oh Ezzy, we’ve missed you so much. Thank God for Moe Tkacik‘s feed for letting me see this tweet. I hope you will consider unblocking us sometime in the next five years.
Journo admits to rare case of ‘dumb fucks’
“I got a pretty bad case of the dumb fucks today – just struggling on another level.” — Mike Elk, labor journo for InTheseTimes.com.
Female TV news personalities in Washington aren’t as vindictive and cutting as other cities. Sure, they’re fiercely competitive when it comes to breaking stories. But each year they come together to socialize and raise money for a worthy cause and, in the process, submit themselves to being called “newsbabes.” This year’s cause: breast cancer.
The women first powwowed at the suggestion of then-ABC7 anchor Kathleen Matthews who got FOX’s Laura Evans and WUSA’s Andrea Roane to walk the catwalk for the American Heart Association. When they began four years ago, Evans wasn’t thrilled with the name “newsbabes” Newsbabes? Who wants to be called that? The originals were Evans, NBC Washington’s Angie Goff (who has valiantly shopped for bras on air), Roane, FOX’s Sue Palka, and WUSA’s Anita Brikman. As the years wore on, Evans gave in and now shrugs it off. “I wasn’t a huge fan of the name newsbabes,” she says, “but I’ve gotten over it. It’s tongue-in-cheek and I need to loosen up a little.”
Evans says it’s all about giving back. “It doesn’t discriminate,” she said of breast cancer, noting a close friend who was diagnosed with it last year. “So we all need to help each other out.”
The bash is tonight from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Howard Theatre where NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, who announced her breast cancer diagnosis earlier this year, will be the guest of honor and will share her own experience. This year’s event raises funds for George Washington University’s Mammovan, which brings services to women can’t otherwise afford them.
This year they’re breaking tradition and letting men in. They’re calling them “Newsmen in Pink.” A sampling: NBC’s Luke Russert (we heard he looks pretty snazzy in pink), CNN’s Peter Hamby and NBCs Peter Alexander. FNC is pulling out all the stops with Bret Baier, Ed Henry, Peter Doocy and Juan Williams.
The newsbabes who will be attending: Brikman, Pamela Brown, Rebecca Cooper, Evans, Doreen Gentzler, Jennifer Griffin, Lesli Foster, Goff, Hillary Holward, Megan Hughes, Brianna Keilar, Britt McHenry, Palka, Roane, Cynné Simpson, Alison Starling, Shawn Yancy and Eun Yang.
Purchasing tickets: Tickets will be available at the door tonight for $75 at The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW. The fare will naturally include a pink dessert bar put together by Georgetown Cupcake, Dolci Gelati and Sweet Signatures.