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10 Moments That Hooked Us in 2011

The year 2011 was the year the 7-second TV delay failed miserably, that members of Congress behaved badly and Weiner headlines became something of an art form. Today we’ve pooled our wisdom into another annoying year-end list, although we hope ours will hold your interest. We’ve picked the moments that stood out most in our minds and the journalists who made them happen. Here’s to you CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for gracefully using the word “underwear” on television and to you, TIME‘s Mark Halperin, for being baited into calling the President “a dick” live on “Morning Joe.” Ed Schultz also gets points (at least for the purposes of this list) for calling conservative Laura Ingraham a “slut.” And to CBS’s Lara Logan, there are not adequate words to describe her courage.

10. Bret Baier’s journalistic jihad on GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

In November, Fox News anchor Bret Baier sat down with GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. It was a hard-hitting interview that saw Romney bristle at several of the questions. When Baier brought up Romney’s penchant for flip-flopping, Romney scolds Baier like a mommy with a 5-year-old and says, “We’re going to have to be better informed about my views on issues.” To Baier’s credit, he continued pounding Romney who kept twisting and turning in his seat. The interview certainly didn’t help Romney. That marked the beginning of a surge for second-tier candidates to make runs at Romney’s frontrunner status. Baier went on The O’Reilly Factor the following day and boasted that after the interview, Romney approached him and called some of the questions “uncalled for” and “overly aggressive.” Calling Bret Baier, a “boy scout” according to Mike Allen, “overly aggressive” is like calling Andrew Breitbart a “serious journalist.” For Baier, let’s stop at fair and mostly balanced and call it a day. — Peter Ogburn

9. The Talented Mr. Nelson Lewis

Nobody is ever going to accuse Washington of being an honest place to work, but Nelson Lewis took things to a whole new level. For starters, Lewis, a former producer for Laura Ingraham‘s radio show, tried to pull off impersonating Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), an old family friend. Police arrested him for “illegal possession of a congressional lapel pin.” If that’s not humiliating enough, NYP‘s Page Six reported that Lewis claimed to be related to former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis. He even went as far as creating a fake email account from Lewis to vouch for him. It didn’t take long for the fake world to come tumbling down around him and he was left with no other option but to admit he had a lying problem. According to Page Six, Lewis checked himself into a treatment center at the beginning of this year to address his problem, which he blamed almost entirely on his former employer, Ingraham! He was led to all this lying because, according to Nelson, “she emasculated me.” Psst….there are whisperings that Lewis is working on a weekly TV program here in Washington. Stay tuned. – Peter Ogburn

8. Politico Reporter Kendra Marr Forced to Resign for Plagiarism

This year saw highs and lows for former Politico Pro transportation reporter Kendra Marr. On one hand, she got engaged in April. On the other, she was essentially fired for insufficiently attributing information to the NYT and other publications in her stories. FishbowlDC broke the story of Marr’s misdeeds in October. At the time, her colleagues said newsroom culture was in large part to blame for Marr’s sloppiness. Politico founders John Harris and Jim VandeHei referred to Marr as “a valued colleague and friend” in a memo explaining what happened. WaPo media reporter Erik Wemple empathized with Marr, writing, “When you combine Politico Pro’s pressure for originality with Politico Regular’s factory conditions, you get a force powerful enough to corrupt an otherwise good journalist.” In a recent follow-up, Wemple broke news of a new mentoring program at Politico meant to cultivate young reporters; a system that would have likely benefited Marr. Marr has essentially disappeared. Her Twitter account is still active, but she hasn’t tweeted to her 2,600 followers since the day the story of her indiscretions broke on Oct. 13. We couldn’t find a Facebook account under her name. Her LinkedIn page says she still works at Politico. Her former colleagues aren’t talking. And, perhaps most biting, the initial Google suggestion you get when searching her name is “Kendra Marr plagiarism.” — Eddie Scarry

7. Al Sharpton Lands His Own Show

If the “thrill” running up the leg of Chris Matthews ever had a child, it would be this. Never before in the history of the English language has the line, “Resist we much” been uttered, and we were all the better for it. But with that butchered line, the Reverend Al Sharpton became a television icon. “PoliticsNation,” as it is now called, was in its infancy on MSNBC, replacing the unnamed Cenk Uygur show in the 6 p.m. slot. Uygur never found an audience, it just wasn’t good, it was boring. Off he drifted into obscurity and in stepped the Reverend. Sharpton’s early shows were rough but spirited. It was as though he was allergic to words on the teleprompter. But no flub went viral, they were just laughed at by politicos. Until, that is, on August 9, 2011 when he uttered the now famous line “Resist we much.” The lines are worth reading, but it won’t help you understand what he was trying to say any more than watching the video. Here it is: “Tonight is the measure of whether the country begins in the state of Wisconsin, a national drive to push back or whether we have more to go to build a movement of resistance… BUT RESIST WE MUCH, WE MUST, AND WE WILL MUCH, ABOUT THAT, BE COMMITTED…” Sharpton, who has somehow escaped his incendiary and race-baiting past, eventually found his on-air footing…sort of. He still has a strange relationship with the teleprompter like someone from southern California has with walking on ice, but he’s getting there. His guests adore him in a deeply entertained way few other cable TV hosts can claim. He’s even scored better ratings than the unnamed Uygur show he replaced, but he has a ways to go. Sharpton, who dropped 100 pounds, has vowed never to criticize President Obama, isn’t exactly interested in conveying news as much as advancing an agenda. That makes his show more of a pep rally for progressives than a news program, but at least it has relegated the bloopers (mostly) to facts and not delivery. Still, Al’s attitude and activism fit nicely into MSNBC’s line-up. Take that for what it’s worth. — Piranhamous

6. Bad Boys: Ed Schultz, Mark Halperin, David Shuster all do Dumb Things

Among MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, TIME‘s Mark Halperin and Current TV’s David Shuster, it’s tough to proclaim who behaved like the biggest idiot this year. While Schultz called conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham “a slut” and got suspended for it, Halperin called the President “kind of a dick” on live TV and Shuster tried to crash an MSNBC party during White House Correspondents’ Assoc. Dinner weekend.  Shuster might have once been invited to such a soirée, but the former MSNBCer was suspended and ultimately let go after saying then-Sen. Hillary Clinton had pimped out her daughter, Chelsea, during her presidential campaign. The network also frowned on his sending a demo tape to CNN for a potential job. Schultz had to perform a humbling and awkward on-air mea culpa. Halperin, it turns out, was goaded into saying the slight by Mika and Joe, who practically drowned viewers in mindless apologies after it happened. When you watch the footage, it’s clear that nerdy Halperin was dying to be part of the in crowd, which perhaps makes his the dumbest act of all. At least Schultz’s insult was as genuine as it was crass and inappropriate. Shuster? One can almost chuckle at his failed party crashing. He’s clearly no Salahi. But he swore up and down that he’d been invited. Somehow party organizers missed that detail such as the one overheard on her walkie talkie saying, “Make sure he doesn’t get in here.” Betsy Rothstein

5. Wolf Grills a Weiner

This past summer, in the days before former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was forced to admit that he had carried on several online relationships of a sexual nature, D.C. journos were having a field day trying to make sense of the Weiner Caper. You’ll remember that Weiner accidentally tweeted a picture of (ahem) enlarged boxer shorts. But, who was it? Weiner initially claimed that it was nothing more than a “prank.” He then spent the next several days flailing wildly trying to explain away the offending picture. Which brings us to this exquisite moment from CNN Wolf Blitzer.

There it is. Blitzer flashing a money shot to a U.S. congressman asking him, “You would know if these were your underpants?” Worse than that, Weiner acted as though he didn’t KNOW if those were his undies. There is not a man alive that wouldn’t recognize his own member. It was only days later that Weiner admitted the picture was of him. (And yes, those were his underpants.) — Peter Ogburn

Luke Grills a Weiner of His Own

An Honorable Mention goes to NBC Congressional Reporter Luke Russert. In the haze of the Weiner scandal, Russert proved that he could pull his own weiner weight at the network. He also obtained a bizarre sit down with Rep. Weiner to chat about the picture of someone’s “below the waist area.” Russert appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to recap his interview and — oops — MSNBC played the wrong package about Weiner’s package and left out the actual interview portion. When they corrected the mistake, we were treated to the first moment that Weiner admitted that he “could not say with certitude” that the picture wasn’t of him.We were also treated to one of those rare relatively unscripted moments when Luke burst out laughing at the absurdity of it all. — Peter Ogburn

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4. Power blogger Ben Smith resigns from Politico

In early November, Politico canned its On Media blog and relaunched Ben Smith’s blog, refocusing it on the intersection of politics and media. A new reporter, Dylan Byers, was even hired to help with Ben Smith‘s new-ish project.One month later, Smith announced he’s leaving Politico to be the editor of BuzzFeed. The move caught everyone by surprise for sure. After all, Smith made his name the last seven years reporting on political news, not BuzzFeed material like dogs dressed as pigs and “Shit Girls Say.” But, as he wrote in the announcement on his blog, “…I won’t stop writing or thinking about politics. In fact I’ll continue to write once weekly for POLITICO…” And he told Howard Kurtz on CNN’s Reliable Sources, “In politics, as in other areas, we’re going to hire some great reporters and turn them loose.” We shot Smith several questions. He wouldn’t answer all of them (like whether anyone was pissed that he’s leaving Politico just after his blog was relaunched), but he did tell us his official start date at BuzzFeed is Jan. 1. He said it’ll be the first time he’s back to working in an actual office in a while (“I currently work in a shared office space in Brooklyn, which I love, but also always enjoyed working out of the newsroom when I was in Washington or, pre-Politico, in New York.”) And he’s thinking of switching out his current Twitter profile picture — the official Politico cartoon of him — for “one of those Ben from BuzzFeed memes.” We’ve picked one for him. See here. Congratulations to Smith — we wish him well in his transition. — Eddie Scarry

3. Andrew Breitbart’s “Balls of Steel”

Remember “Abs of Steel”? The workout tape most famous for setting the Guinness World Record for VHS tape with the most dust collected without ever having been played? Well forget it, we have a new “of steel” winner this year – Andrew Breitbart and his “Balls of Steel.” Breitbart shell-shocked the media by hijacking the Manhattan press conference at which now former Rep. Weiner was set to resign. Every news junkie waited patiently for Weiner to show up to the presser he called, but he was running late. Breitbart, who coincidentally was in the neighborhood, heard about it and went to the hotel. Reporters mobbed him, as he was the man who broke the original “sexting” story. When WCBS reporter Marcia Kramer told him he should go to the still unoccupied podium, what happened next was among the most surreal moments in politics of the year. The cherry on top was when Weiner eventually showed up and apologized to Breitbart for implying Andrew had “hacked” his Twitter account. It was something Salon’s Joan Walsh and too many TV personalities have yet to do for insinuating the same thing. In the end, Weiner was out, Breitbart was in and most of the media, who had ignored the story for as long as they could, had egg on their collective face. Breitbart “crashing” Weiner’s press conference was one of the ballsiest, unforgettable moments of the year. While the world probably could have lived without Opie & Anthony leaking the “money-shot” picture from Breitbart’s cell phone, more than those images were seared into our memories from that story. Bravo, Breitbart. — Piranhamous

2. Greta Goes Apesh&t on Tucker

When a longtime friendship goes sour online, it’s something to watch. When it happens on live TV, you’re on pins and needles. If you’ve ever spent time with Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, you know he’s first to laugh, crack jokes and understand another person’s point of view even if he abhors it. After The Daily Caller published a story in the fall reporting lewd comments Mike Tyson had made on a radio show — he referred to a sex act with the former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as “a womb shifter” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren went ballistic and called Carlson “a pig.” Wait a second — wasn’t Tyson the pig? To be sure, Greta is nuts for Palin. The former Gov. attended the White House Correspondents’ Assoc. Dinner parties as her guest and has appeared on her show multiple times. On her Gretawire blog, the host blathered on about Carlson’s sexism. She put a dent in their friendship by attacking him personally. She questioned how he ran the story with a wife and daughters. She said his female employees must be upset. She insisted that his publication must be doing so poorly for him to publish the story. Ultimately she invited him on her program, and he accepted. This is when a seriously pissed off Carlson showed up and coolly put Greta in her place. But not without a showdown. There were no smiles. No jokes. The friendship is not in enemy territory, but it’s certainly not as warm as it once was. Betsy Rothstein

1. Lara Logan Offers an Interview to 60 Minutes

Of all the moments of 2011, by far the bravest came when CBS’s Lara Logan gave an on-air interview to CBS’s Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes.” She boldly went on TV in early May and spoke of the attack and rape that happened to her in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. “It looks like a party,” she said, slowly describing the scene for Pelley. …”It was impossible to not get caught up in the moment.” But soon there was a savage mob scene and things spiraled out of control. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” she said. “Suddenly, before I even know what’s happening, I feel hands grabbing my breasts, grabbing my crotch, grabbing me from behind.” Logan didn’t think she’d survive it. Eventually she was saved by Egyptian women in the square who closed ranks around her until she reached safety. Watch a clip of the “60 Minutes” segment with Logan here. But get the tissues. You’re going to need them. — Betsy Rothstein

 

The White House Ego Summit

ABC’s Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper tweeted the following teaser today:”A group of progressive media stars meeting with POTUS at the WH — @AriannaHuff, @WeGotEd, @EzraKlein, @KatrinaNation, @ChrisLHayes et al”

Tapper later answered a tweeter’s question about whether or not MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was there, too, to which he replied he’d heard she was but hadn’t seen her himself.

One has to wonder who was minding the MSNBC store with so many of network hosts and guests powwowing with POTUS at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. As yet, none have let out what the purpose of the meeting was, but we can imagine. So let’s!

Arianna Huffington – She was just there to tell people she was there. Arianna loves to tell the world about the important or famous people she talks to. She’s the ultimate name-dropper, just too bad no one can understand what names she’s dropping through her thick Hungarian accent.

Ed Schultz – The President has no bigger cheerleader, especially now that Al Sharpton has dropped 100 pounds, than Schultz. There was really no reason to include Ed, it’s not like he’s going to leave the reservation or anything, but including him will stop his on-air whining about Obama refusing to be on his show. Better than having him stand outside, uninvited, yelling about how he’s going to “torch this ****ing place” for not being invited (yes, he also threatened to torch Banana Republic earlier in the day).

Ezra Klein – Oh, Ezzy. The golden boy of people who have low standards. He’s a natural choice for this meeting since anything the President says to him can be brought, carrier pigeon style, from the White House to Ezzy’s next briefing, er, “free-ranging discussion” with Senate Democratic chiefs of staff. Don’t forget, he’s a “JournoList!”

Katrina Vanden Heuvel – It’s easier to invite Katrina than to not invite Katrina. Like David Banner (a.k.a. The Incredible Hulk), you wouldn’t like her when she’s angry. But she does have a value-add beyond simply not getting on her bad side. If spontaneous choir singing breaks out, she’s have the bass parts covered.

Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow – No one on the White House staff was sure which one the President wanted to invite, since the invite list was just a bunch of headshots, so they erred on the side of caution and invited both.

No word yet on how the Oval Office floorboards dealt with the weight of so much ego, but if they held up Taft…

Bachmann’s ‘Banana Republic’

By Piranhamous

What if President Obama ran the country like a “Banana Republic”?

GOP Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) even managed to startle host David Gregory on NBC’s “MTP” Sunday when she declared that Obama is running the country like a Banana Republic. While she probably meant the pejorative term for a country run by a small plutocracy, since she’s said strange things in the past, we’re taking liberties.

What if she meant the store? Who would hold which job?

Clearly Obama would be store manager, but he’d be hands-off. Given his fondness for vacations, he’d spend most of his time in the food court, probably at the tropical fruit smoothie stand, or the Brookstone store checking out golf accessories or massage chairs. That would leave VP Joe Biden, the assistant manager, in charge. Aside from regaling fellow employees with stories about train conductors and bringing up rape when a customer least expects it, he’d tell employees that unfolded T-shirts are a “big f–king deal.” No one in their right mind would give him the keys to a store, so the real power would fall to the “Third Key.” But who is the third key?

The natural choice House Speaker John Boehner, but he’d be outside smoking all day while catching rays, so plan B would be needed. Next in line: Treasury Sec. Timothy “TurboTax” Geithner, since he’d be most able to count out the registers at the end of the night. But having Geithner keep your books is risky. You never know if he’d calculate the taxes properly, even with a program designed to do so.

House Democrat Leader Nancy Pelosi would be the floor manager, overseeing the sales staff. She’d be horrible at it, being demoted from her position after only four years due to customer complaints. But considering how rich she is, she doesn’t need the job anyway.

The rest of the staff would consist of the following:

Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) would start in the pants department but would eventually be pushed out in a power struggle that moved his area of the floor from “pants” to “shoes.” With his expertise in pants, he just wouldn’t want to have to go and learn shoes.

Ex Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) would supervise the underwear department, even though it was not his department. He’d try to advise Frank on underwear and get a reprimand. He’d eventually be fired for “inappropriate use of a cell phone camera.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) would supervise the kid’s department, but would ineffective as he’s inundated with autograph requests from people thinking he was Butch Patrick (TV’s Eddie Munster). Then he’d spend all his time explaining why the current entitlement system will lead everyone to live like a former child star whose parents stole all their money.

Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) would naturally sell accessories. Why? Because no one shops at Banana Republic for accessories. Best to put someone in charge who you want to have as little contact with the public as possible.

WaPo‘s liberal blogger/Democratic activist Ezra Klein would be the store greeter. It’s always good to have an overzealous greeter who makes it uncomfortable for customers when they enter and leave even if it’s because they don’t want to walk past him again because he creeps them out. Keeps them in the store longer.

FNC’s Bill O’Reilly would handle loofa sales…they would plummet.

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz would be external security, charged with stopping shoplifters. He’d be horrible at it, allowing anyone who didn’t look like they could afford to shop there to walk out with whatever they wanted in the name of “fairness.” Though he’d constantly complain about his pay and mistreatment by management, slamming mannequins and threatening to “torch this ****ing place!”

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, meanwhile, would work internal security, because can’t you just imagine him telling on anyone who did something that didn’t conform to company policy?

MSNCBC’s Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow, sometimes confused for each other, would be in charge of dressing the mannequins and would do so in an androgynous way. Their reliance on pant-suits and bowl haircut wigs would confuse customers about which department they were in, leading to new trend – adults wearing children’s clothes.

GOP Presidential Mitt Romney would be the employee most likely to be confused with a mannequin, or the mannequin most likely to be confused with an employee. Either way, same difference.

There’s a reality show just waiting to be filmed at this store, but it would go out of business before filming. If Ezra doesn’t drive them away with a strange greeting, staff would steer customers with money away by constantly harassing them into buying clothes for others.

Hmm, maybe we’re closer to a Banana Republic than we know.

The Daily Caller and Politico: War…and Peace

On Monday The Daily Caller loaded up the cannon and blasted Politico for it’s cozy ties to MSNBC. The charge: liberal bias. Politico reacted to the ugliness by going into a self-induced coma, staying mute on all of it. Even Fake Jim VandeHei responded on Twitter by asking, “What’s The Daily Caller?”

But by late Monday the rumor mill was whirling: Politico was coming after the publication with what was expected to be a hit piece on Executive Editor David Martosko, who came to the publication in July with no journalism experience and a long rap sheet.

Anticipation heightened. On Tuesday the piece by Politico‘s Keach Hagey emerged and it was…nice. It questioned Martosko’s truthiness in an overall condescending tone one might expect from a Goliath publication analyzing a smaller one “with growing pains,” but it also praised the two-year-old outlet — repeatedly and even allowed Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson to take a jab at Politico. She wrote, “To this day, Carlson won’t call the site conservative, only quipping, ‘I would say we are probably more conservative than POLITICO.’” The story concluded on a lighthearted note from a former Daily Caller reporter that seemed to save Martosko, a recovering alcoholic, if, in fact, he needs saving. Jeff Winkler, who left in August, told Hagey, “The only complaint I have against Martosko was his sunny disposition. His friendliness drove me to the bottle.”

To be sure, there was heavy chatter about the story at Carlson’s book party for Jack Abramoff last night. Just one Politico reporter, Patrick Gavin, attended.  Reaction was largely surprise that the story wasn’t scathing and disappointment that Politico didn’t have any real juice on them. “Weak” was among the words used. They wanted a worthy battle and instead got hit with Nerf balls. At least one party guest believes this is tactic — that Politico will eventually return fire with fire. It could come sooner than anyone thinks. Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel went on Fox & Friends this morning to discuss what he believes are Politico‘s liberal leanings with host Steve Doocy, whom MSNBC’s Ed Schultz refers to as “Douchey.”

Back at the Abramoff party, there was heated discussion on which reporters cracked under Hagey and helped with her story. Many guesses. But no one would fess up, not even Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong, who declined to comment for Hagey’s story and insisted in Carlson’s living room that he was not among the moles.

Read the full piece here.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day


Media Perks in NH

“No keg stands at the beta house but there are free lobster rolls and top shelf liquor at Hanover inn for media. #wearetheonepercent” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Journo sees fancy cupcake discount as bad sign

“Proof the economy stinks. Georgetown Cupcake, normally ringed with cash-in-hand fans, just sent me a 20% off coupon.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Washington Whispers Columnist Paul Bedard.

Rick Perry style child rearing

“Sometimes I get my kids to stop misbehaving by telling them the Rick Perry under their beds will execute them.” — WTBS Talk Show Host Conan O’Brien.

Reader calls BS

“So the story is he just didn’t like the job so he quit? I smell something that is very similar to bullshit.” — A reader reacts to a Tuesday FBDC post on Kevin Glass and the Washington Examiner amicably parting ways last week.

Spotted: NYP Page Six reporter Tara Palmeri in Dupont Circle Tuesday afternoon in a sleeveless black dress on her way to Chipotle.

MSNBC Ed Schultz‘s post debate nicknames for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich: “Dude” and “Newtster.” Schultz’s longtime nickname for FNC Fox & Friends Host Steve Doocy also emerged on his program last night in several instances. That would be”Steve Douchey.”

Oh my…

“Traumatized. Saw a doe or fawn get hit by a car at high speed tonight and go flying. I’m sick about it. #moms” — Poshbrood creator, publicist and travel writer Elizabeth Thorp.

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END

“Mr. Morgan’s house is gianormous, with six white columns lit up at the front entrance and a spansive interior. Pool is holding in one of his garages waiting for POTUS’s remarks.” — An evening Pool Report from one of our favorite Pool writers, WSJ‘s Carol Lee from Lake Mary, Fla. A goof: “After an almost half hour motorcade ride to this Atlanta suburb in Seminole County.” She issued a new report five minutes later, saying, “We are obviously in the *Orlando* suburbs, not Atlanta.”

Post GOP debate question to ponder

“Do we really want another Texan (as Prez) who can’t speak English?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

 

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

A writer’s philosophy

“One of those days when I didn’t let the failure to write something really good keep me from writing anything at all. Slim victory, indeed.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Tschida senses demon in his apartment

“Hello exorcist: attic noise wakes dog/ me. NO rodents. Stereo comes on 3 times middle of night. Come home tv blaring! WHAT’S GOIN ON?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. This epitomizes why he was nominated for Drama King in our Summer Superlatives contest. We’re giving you a sage smudge stick to waft around your apartment.

Deep and Dirty Thoughts with WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten: “Profound Thought, by a friend who for some reason wishes anonymity: Bet no one could pick his/her own butthole out of a lineup.” (We’re not looking for art for this item.)

A note about Human Events Editor and Washington’s “The Situation” Jason Mattera: “Ha ha! @JasonMattera missed a book signing at valuesvotersummit.org because he was ‘looking at all the conservative honeys!’”

Separated at Birth Gone Wrong


Here we have an example of a wayward (but delightful) submission: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Fred Flintstone. (h/t Larry Kelly)

Thoughtful journo gives award to Jehovahs

“I never invite them in but I’ve got to give the persistence award to the Capitol Hill Jehovah’s Witnesses.” — Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman.

Drama Queen dreads iPhone

“I’m sorta dreading the iphone arrival. Spending quality time with my BB now.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

 

The FishbowlDC Interview With The Daily Caller’s Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein

Say hello to The Daily Caller‘s Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein. You might have caught him on FNC’s “Red Eye,” where he appears approximately every two weeks. He lives in Chinatown but prefers cabs to the Range Rover he rarely drives. A brief duck theme emerges in his interview. Completely unintentional, he claims: “My duck phone ring is because someone changed it as a joke and I decided to keep it.” Weinstein grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. but wasn’t a beach bum. “I didn’t go to the beach very much,” he says. “Just because it’s there. It’s just like in D.C., you have all the monuments but you don’t really go to see them.” He arrived to The Daily Caller after finishing grad school at the London School of Economics, where he earned a degree in the History of International Relations. Out of the blue, he explains, they were looking for a deputy editor. He jumped in with both feet. In June he switched roles from Deputy Editor to Senior Editor. In his former role he worked with the daily stream of newsroom copy. In his new one, he makes TV appearances, writes long form and does more video interviews. If he has his druthers he’d follow in the footsteps of his mentor and boss, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. “I like what Tucker has done as a career as a writer and on television,” he says. “If I was lucky to have a small part of what Tucker has been able to do, I would be happy.” Career aspirations aside, the weirdest thing about Weinstein may be his penchant for eating tomatoes – he can’t get enough of them. Speaking of who he might like to throw a tomato at, we asked him who is the TV personality he can’t bear to watch. Weinstein names MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “He might be the worst broadcaster on television ever,” he says. “It’s amazing he has come this far. One, he is clearly not a smart person. Secondly, his voice has a tone that people don’t want to listen to for long periods of time.” Referring to his “Lean Forward” ad, he adds, “I don’t think America needs two shows of Ed Schultz.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Bling H20 (sparkling, of course)

How often do you Google yourself? Easier to say how often I don’t Google myself.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I try not to speak to my fellow editors.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I’ll give you three: Matt Labash, Michael Lewis and Christopher Hitchens. I never miss anything they write.

Do you have a favorite word? No (that’s my favorite word).

What word or phrase do you overuse? the

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? It depends. If I’m tired, I would say Chris Matthews — I wouldn’t have to do any talking. Otherwise, Chris Wallace.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Bo — he’s closer to the president. He more likely knows President Obama’s innermost secrets and was probably privy to some of his most uncensored comments. If I get a few drinks in him, I am sure he will spill it all. Plus, I prefer Portuguese Water dogs to lapdogs.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Duck (and this is not a joke).

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, but only because I don’t have a BlackBerry. But I do check my iPhone — want to see if any great Nigerian investment offers have come in.

What swear word do you use most often? Ah, shucks [He assures me he does swear, but doesn't have a favorite.]

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? The guy who comes up with ideas for reality TV shows.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Charlie Manson, Pat Buchanan, Charles Barkley and Jackie Mason.

When you pig out what do you eat? I have a strange habit. I eat tomatoes often at every meal. I eat tomatoes with vinegar on it, oftentimes multiple orders. This has been going on almost the entirety of my life. My dad used to have it when I was younger, occasionally. For some reason I eat it all the time.

When did you last cry and why? When John Bolton decided against running for president. Ten years after 9/11, I felt al-Qaida had scored its first victory.

Who is your mentor? [Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief] Tucker Carlson. He will actually take time out of his day to give you advice on almost any issue that arises professionally or not. He’s a great model of what journalists of his stature in D.C. should wish to emulate insofar as when you meet him he makes [you] feel like you’re the most important person in the world.

Find out about Weinstein’s purple velvet jacket after the jump…

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MSNBC Rolls Out Colorful Cast of Characters

MSNBC’s “Hardball” is set to broadcast from the site of the Reagan Library on Tuesday, and Wednesday in anticipation of the GOP presidential debate. The program will have many more guests than usual. Will it be a fun time or a disaster? On Tuesday: eight guests. On Wednesday: 12 and 13 depending on the hour.

Primetime anchors including Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell and Rev. Al Sharpton will lead a live discussion following Wednesday’s debate sponsored by NBC and Politico. Post debate analysis will include the following guests:

Alex Wagner, MSNBC Analyst/Huffington Post
Eugene Robinson, WaPo
Melissa Harris-Perry, The Nation
Michael Eric Dyson, MSNBC Political Analyst
Steve Schmidt, Republican Strategist
Mark McKinnon, DailyBeast.com Contributor/Co-founder of “No Labels”
David Axelrod, Obama Camp. Surrogate
Robert Gibbs, Obama Camp. Surrogate

See the “Hardball” guests for both days after the jump…

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Quotes of the Day


And now, a message to Washington Watch’s Roland Martin “@rolandsmartin You know you looking rough when a man notices your hair is jacked. LOL” (Martin had made a previous crack about sportscaster Pam Oliver‘s hair, saying, “Y’all see Nnamdi? He can’t even look at Pam’s hair. He’s like, ‘Damn, girl, what’s that sitting on top of your skull? Someone kill it!’ LOL.” He then apologized.) See Oliver above on a good hair day.

Piers baits Keith

“Come on and debate with me you big coward @KeithOlbermann or are you too busy with your 40,000 viewers a night?” — CNN’s Piers Morgan in a Thursday tweet.

Journo Hate Mail

“I gotta say, being linked to by a porn aggregator isn’t half as dirty as being linked to by @FishbowlDC.” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Thursday tweet. Not sure when we’ve linked to him recently but we are not a porn site and should not be confused for one. Freed, get off those porn sites! (Relax, Freed, we’re joking.)

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“Phone woke up after prolonged charge; guy from store had popped another dead battery into it, then declared it broken.” — WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden in a maddening Thursday tweet.

Bon Voyage to Winkler

Today is The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler‘s last day of work. We hear his second to last day of work was, ahem, spirited. We wish him well in his travels. Sources say he will be missed.

The Critic

“Ed hurts my head.” — Metro Weekly White House Correspondent Chris Geidner in a Thursday tweet about MSNBC’s Ed Schultz.

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Work? Forget it. It’s time to play Ping Pong.

“The ping pong moratorium begins at The Daily Caller. @logicologist @mattklewis @j_strong are beginning their film shoot.” — The Daily Caller Homepage Editor Vince Coglianese in a Monday tweet on a video ping pong contest transpiring between reporters Matt Lewis and Jonathan Strong.

Bureau Chief reaches sad conclusion

“I’ve decided I’m following too many Washington journalists. It’s an echo chamber in here.” — Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Tuesday morning tweet.

No more stupid, pointless press releases!

“I didn’t want your press release about a luxury Tribeca loft in the first place. I don’t want your correction to it now.” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Beckwith in a Monday tweet.

Should reporters read commenters?

“If reporters read comments on their stories & took them to heart, they would quit journalism. Oh for a civil debate.” — Former NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard in a Monday tweet.

Bio of the Day

CNN’s Athena Jones: “Journalist. Covered 2008 campaign. Spent the early 2000s working for the wires in South America – mostly in Argentina. Music/movie/book junkie.”

“The House servers are crashed.” — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz at 10:50 p.m. Live.

Weigel loves Gaga

We know you’ve been wondering. So here it is. At the moment, the top playing song on Slate‘s Dave Weigel‘s iPod is Lady Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” from her album Born This Way.

TWT writer sums up Bachelorette

“Ashley has established repeatedly that she lost a lot of weight for this show. Excessive midriffs, mini skirts, bikinis.” — TWT Senior Opinion Page Writer Emily Miller in a Monday night tweet assessing ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” Later, after we inquired who annoying Ashley will end up with she added, “I usually don’t read the spoilers, but Ashley sucks so much that I don’t care. @RealitySteve said it’s JP and they are engaged.”

Debt ceiling standstill causes cell phone nightmare

“Somehow my cell got listed for Sen Shelby’s office. Ringing off hook since Obama’s address. In case you were wondering if it’d have any impact.” — CBS’s Christine Delargy in a Monday night tweet.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between Reuters Columnist and CNBC Contributor Jim Tankersley and AP‘s Phillip Elliot.

Jim Tankersley: Tried to burn off my #debtceiling frustration with a 4-mile run. Didn’t help. Phillip Elliot: #14weekstomarathon #boehnertrainer? Jim Tankersley: @Philip_Elliott Does that include smoke breaks every third mile? #boehnertrainer

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“@jmestepa I feel for you! Can’t live w/o pantry. Where would I keep my 3 bottles of molasses? #sadbuttrue” — FBDC Reigning Unnecessary Tweet champion Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg to Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa in a Monday night tweet. Estepa earned the Unnecessary Tweet of the Day award for remarking on her lack of a pantry over the weekend.  Estepa’s response late Monday? Just as unnecessary: “I’m just saying, lack of pantry is not fun. Where are all of my baking supplies and canned goods supposed to go now? #dilemma”

 

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