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Today we bring you a special edition of morning quotes as part of our weekend coverage of tonight’s WHCD. Enjoy!

QUOTES of the DAY

CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry poses with DWTS’s Brook Burke at a Friday night WHCD soiree. Photograph tweeted by Henry.

The rumor of rumors

“Hearing that Sarah Palin might be at Tammy Haddad‘s [today].” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Friday night tweet. We spotted him at the Time-People party at the St. Regis where Bristol Palin was spotted mingling in the crowd.

The Observer

“So just so you know, Jon Hamm is as good looking in person as he is on Mad Men. #WHCD” — Writer/Editor for Netcentric Campaigns and Prevent Obesity and former HOH columnist for Roll Call Elizabeth Brotherton in a Friday night tweet about the HBO “Mad Men” star.

An admission

“I’m too scared to talk to celebrities. I don’t really know what to say.” — Gawker’s red-headed Political Editor Jim Newall at the Time-People party Friday night.

Overheard…

“It’s always the sluttiest girls on the dance floor who never put out in the bedroom,” — Anonymous partygoer at Lani Hay‘s after after party at her home on Friday night where the band Juke Cartel offered a live performance in her living room. Hay is CEO of Lanmark Technology and Washington socialite who throws annual exclusive WCHD events with celebs.

Yet another admission…

“Why am I unable to stop listening to ELO tonight?” — Roll Call‘s Editorial Director Mike Mills in a Friday night tweet.

Trump is so eloquent

“Is Donald Trump the most adorable person in the news right now? He’s absolutely delightful. Calling the Chinese: motherfuckers? I love him.” — Author Bret Easton Ellis in a Friday tweet.

Journo takes a road trip

“At ex-Rep. Gene Taylor‘s [D-Miss] bar in Bay St. Louis. Its called Clydes’ Bar. Sadly he wasn’t around for me to take a cell phone pic of the day.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” TV Writer Amanda Munoz Temple in a Friday tweet.

 

 

 

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QUOTES of the DAY

“I’ve never seen the water this high at Great Falls.” — SBNation’s John Taylor in a weekend tweet.


“Day of beauty with Sara Libby” – Former Roll Call scribe Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet. Getting pampered above is Politico‘s Deputy Politics Editor Sara Libby.

A TV reporter vents about off-air idiots

“Why do people find it necessary to wave their arms and jump around during reporter live shots?” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen in a series of weekend tweets. More: “And chances are no one who knows you is even watching, just strangers who think you’re a tool.” And this: “I understand if you are trying to get on camera, even though you look ridiculous in the background.” And this: “But if you’re standing off camera and your intention is simply to distract a working reporter, that’s just rude!”

Gossip Girl contemplates feathers for WHCD

“Are feathers really out? The only #WHCD dress I found that I like has black feathers on it. #firstworldproblems.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a weekend tweet.

Something to ponder…

“Is wondering if it’s possible to insert white noise into one’s brain?” — Publicist Wendy Gordon in a weekend tweet.

Intern is unraveling

“I MAY HAVE OPTED OUT OF THIS WHOLE COLLEGE THING HAD I KNOWN A THESIS WAS REQUIRED.” — FBDC intern Alec Jacobs at approximately 2 a.m. this morning. We regret his use of all-caps. But we’ll let it slide in this trying time. His thesis topic? “My thesis is on social media in political campaigns, specifically comparing how Republican presidential candidates use it in the upcoming primary compared to the 2008 primaries. Boooring,” he told me this morning. Uh oh…

Madden has turned into his father

“I’ve become my Dad. Find myself sayin stuff like: ‘Stop hearing me and start listening to me.’” — Conservative pundit Kevin Madden, a regular on the Fox News Sundaypanel, in a weekend tweet.

Palm Sunday behavior

“Observing Palm Sunday with a ritual bath, guided meditation and massage. Amen.” — Elizabeth Thorp in a weekend Facebook update. Thorp runs Poshbrood.com, the upscale travel website. She also writes travel pieces for HuffPost.

Irritated journo

“So I keep on getting all of these notifications that erinmcpike.com is on the market, and it’s annoying me to death.” — RealClearPoliticsErin McPike in a weekend Facebook update.

Host proposes sex to spice things up

“Well be back next week with more non-scintillating news for you. I think I’ll maybe try to find some more lively friends — a book about sex anyone?” — Syndicated columnist Llewellyn King in his sign off on Sunday morning’s WETA “White House Chronicle” program.

The Traffic Cop

“Lovely seeing @LobstertruckDC braving the rain on Inner Loop of Beltway this morning – obeying speed limit and driving safely.” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman in a weekend tweet.

Roll Call Saves Desk Space for Ex-Reporters

Word apparently didn’t make it down the food chain that some CQ-Roll Call reporters wouldn’t be needing desk space in the new vast digs across from the bus station at 1st and K NE. Former reporters like Jackie Kucinich, now at USA Today, and Elizabeth Brotherton, got desks anyhow. Roll Call‘s former less spacious newsroom was adjacent to Union Station near the Dubliner. The new space, said to be really nice, houses CQ and Roll Call reporters.

An innocent mistake, we’re sure, the desks were tagged with their names and waiting for them. Below is a snapshot of the new cubicle-laced workplace posted online by Roll Call Associate Editor and investigative reporter Paul Singer.

Roll Call’s McSherry Resigns; HOH Silent

The Roll Call reporter hemorrhage continues…

Sources confirm that “Heard on the Hill” (HOH) columnist Ali McSherry has resigned from her position after four years with the newsgroup.  McSherry’s departure leaves vacant the pub’s iconic column that boasts an impressive roster of alumni such as CNN White House correspondent Ed Henry. You’ll remember that Elizabeth Brotherton, the column’s lead writer, resigned last month to pursue a position as the new media senior writer and editor for Green Media Toolshed’s Netcentric Campaign Division.

Prior to taking the wheel of HOH, Ali served as a Senate reporter and  the paper’s chief feature writer.  No word yet on McSherry’s next move but we wish her luck.

Roll Call Seeks to Rebuild Image

When a publication loses some 15 people, including a beloved editor, a deputy editor and the head of ad sales in a seven-month time span, it ceases to be right or accurate to say that it  is undergoing a transition. Or, to reason that this is the topsy turvy, fluctuating world of  journalism these days.

At the time of then-Editor Charlie Mitchell‘s sudden departure last fall, Editorial Director Mike Mills said they had “concluded together” that this was the best way to proceed. Former Roll Call reporter Tory Newmyer, now at Fortune Magazine, voiced  online what so many Roll Call reporters felt then and now: “Terrible move, CQ overlords. Mitchell = 1st rate editor, world class human.”

But like many editors who must go back to ground level and find steady footing, it’s an “exciting” time. Roll Call‘s Editor Scott Montgomery is no exception: “People are still excited. I am excited. We still have some challenges to get through before we fill these jobs. But it’s kind of cool to think about remaking things and taking Roll Call forward.”

As management dusts itself off after an intense exodus of resignations and otherwise forced departures, top brass find themselves in an introspective process of rebuilding and figuring out just where to move from here. Long known as the stalwart figure amongst Washington’s Hill publications, Roll Call rests on that historical description and maybe a little too much. In a phone interview with Montgomery on Tuesday morning, FishbowlDC learned vaguely about where this relatively new editor wants to take the newspaper in the coming months. But specifics? He hesitated for fear of the competition getting too much information. Among the things we do know: Roll Call is one week out of its so-called one-month hiring freeze implemented company-wide by The Economist Group. Montgomery announced that they are looking to add at least three senior editors and five new reporters to its editorial team, which is roughly half of what they’ve lost.

As of late, management has made some unusual hiring moves, or rehiring as the case may be. For one thing, they brought back Shira Toeplitz, who spent a year at Politico before realizing that maybe the grass isn’t always greener type of thing. And today, they’re playing up yet another return: a former intern who has spent the past few years working on the desk of the NYT.

“What we need, it’s not magic,” Montgomery said in our talk. “Roll Call has a great reputation, a great history. It still is the newspaper of Capitol Hill and is still seen that way. We need to continue to do that. We know who our audience is. We know who we are. So my goal is fairly straightforward — to do what Roll Call is known for. We cover the Hill. We cover members. We cover leadership. We cover those staffs. The professional community of Capitol Hill. That’s who are readers are, that’s who we’re there for, and we like that.”

And yet, the chatter in media and staff circles is that HOH, the famed gossip column, isn’t what it was even weeks and months ago when Emily Heil still ran it and when Elizabeth Brotherton was still on board. And Around the Hill has gone a little, well, over the Hill and around the bend. What does Montgomery say to critics and doubters? “I can’t answer that directly because I’ve only been here a few months myself,” he said. “There’s no doubt the environment is very different from what it was. Roll Call can’t be what it was five or ten years ago and expect to prosper. It’s not about whether people think we’ve lost a step, but it’s about the steps we take forward. We need to be a must-read for people. We need to make sure that they are rewarded every time they do.”

On the subject of HOH, Montgomery concedes that there must be a shift toward Capitol Hill and away from the party scene. The parties won’t be abandoned, mind you, but he thinks the column needs some “reporting heft.” He explained,  “I want to bring on a smart person who is sourced on Capitol Hill and can bring a level of newsiness, a saucy newsiness.” Around the Hill is here to stay, he insisted, saying that it is something for which the publication is known. “It’s a big part of what distinguishes us from our competitors, and that needs to continue,” he said.

More on Montgomery’s intentions…

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CQ Roll Call in Hiring Freeze

FishbowlDC has learned that CQ Roll Call is undergoing a hiring freeze. The freeze is expected to be temporary, says CQ Roll Call Editorial Director Mike Mills. The most recent vacancies include HOH’s Elizabeth Brotherton and congressional reporter Jackie Kucinich.

Mills confirmed the news.

“True,” he wrote in an email. “We’ve been asked by our bosses in London to hold off on filling vacancies for four weeks as they finalize budgets for the new fiscal year, which begins April 1. We expect to be making some offers right after that. I’m also told this is not limited to CQ Roll Call.”

Mills has specifically been told that the freeze extends across The Economist Group and is not limited to just CQ Roll Call.

Brotherton Leaving Roll Call’s HOH – and Traditional Journalism

Another one bites the profession.

Elizabeth Brotherton, lead writer for Roll Call‘s HOH gossip column, is going to Green Media Toolsheds Netcentric Campaign Division as the new media senior writer and editor. A goodbye fest has been scheduled for next week.

We wish her all the best.

Brotherton remarked to FishbowlDC, “I’m sad to be leaving Roll Call, and I’ll especially miss all of the wonderful people who I’ve worked with here over the years. But I’m excited about this new opportunity.”

Photograph above taken by Roll Call photog Tom Williams.

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QUOTES of the DAY – (In Part, The New Year’s Edition)


Note to readers: After taking a few days of R&R, we’re diving head first back into the Fishbowl. We’re catching up on what happened over the New Year’s holiday and will proceed from there.

Important news: We did not see ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in Miami — and that’s tragic. But, we did catch up with him to ask how his New Year’s Eve went. He told FishbowlDC last night: “My BlackBerry screen went haywire, so it made communicating tuff [sic] and tweeting impossible.” Of course, we believe him. Tschida had intended to spend the evening at the opulent AltaMare, but wound up at Barton G‘s cabaret show where the new star of Fox’s “Glee”, Cheyenne Jackson, performed. “It was great food and an incredible show,” he said. “Very intimate.”

Weird journo-political comparison

“My God, Jim Moran is looking more and more like my father every day.” — Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary in a Monday tweet regarding the Virginia Democratic congressman.

Whisper vs. limited whisper

“Is there a difference between a ‘whisper’ and a ‘limited whisper’? #marcconductorisms” — The Hill‘s Erika Niedowksi in a Monday tweet.

Reporter’s first time at IHOP

“At nameless fmr employer, top boss used to write staff memos in Comic Sans. I now know why. http://bit.ly/gXJJPX @reidwilson” — Politico Ben Smith‘s assistant Byron Tau in a Monday tweet. More importantly, in other Tau news, he had his virgin IHOP experience over the weekend: “This is my first time ever in an IHOP. #awe” > Update: Asked what he ate, Tau replied, “I ate the steak tips and eggs combination — because if that isn’t enough food it also comes with two pancakes.”

Gibbs expresses gratitude for ‘joinging’

“Happy New Year everyone – thanks for joinging [sic] – trying to get my typing faster! See you all again soon!” — White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs in a Monday tweet.

Dickerson’s got wild Wanda on his hands

“Digging out from email during vacation. Many are from a woman named Wanda. I do not believe she has my best interests at heart.” — Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson in a potentially unusually precarious Monday tweet.

Washingtonian‘s technical difficulties

“Sorry about the problems with the new health blog, folks. We’ve got our developers working on this.” — Washingtonian in a Monday tweet.

Off to a good meta start

“Happy New Year! My New Year’s Resolution is to talk about myself less.” — HuffPost Hill‘s Eliot Nelson in a Monday tweet. Shortly thereafter, he added, “I’m bored.”

Scribe stuffed into dresses

“Spending my day off being stuffed into bridesmaids dresses in New Jersey.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a weekend tweet.

Palmeri’s version of ‘My Cousin Vinny’

“My cousin Vinnie is driving me back to New York after a big Italian dinner.” Ex-Washington Examiner gossip scribe and NYP‘s Page Six Tara Palmeri in a Jan. 2 tweet.

Chris Hayes and Brokeback Mountain Tacos

Finally, a quote from the oh so eloquent The Nation‘s Chris Hayes that actually sounds like English. In a weekend tweet he writes, “Back from beautiful wedding in Oaxaca. A magical city w some of the best food I’ve ever had. Duck tacos w mole, I wish I knew how to quit u.”

Weingarten praises the female species

“Women do not know how wonderful they are. It is one of the reasons they are so wonderful.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Jan. 2 tweet.

Gossip girl likes her caffeine

“Back to work after two weeks away. Gonna need a lot of coffee and about 10 diet cokes today…” — Roll Call HOH Writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a Monday tweet.

Grand Oprah admission

OK I’ll admit it – I watched a little #OWN this weekend. The Behind-the-Scenes show is kind of cool, and the Lisa Ling thing looks decent. – Chris Reed, copyright lawyer, photog and “general media guy.”

Journo has ‘sexy’ new look

“Bearded and tanned, I’m back in dc.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman in a Sunday tweet. To which Capitol Hill radio correspondent for The Takeaway Todd Zwillich remarked, “#sexytweets.”

Only in Washington…

“Most excited about three DVR’d episodes of The McLaughlin Group awaiting me on home DVR.” — GOP Consultant Matt Mackowiak in a Jan. 2 tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Rough Hawaiian waters by CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Weighty matters

“Well, I just weighed myself post-xmas dinner. I immediately regret this decision.” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet.

Scribe calls Amtrak ‘a disgrace’

“Amtrak gets the gas face. They are a disgrace. $91 tickets for an overbooked train where me and my girl had to stand.” — TWT‘s Eli Lake in a weekend tweet.

Journo spends leisurely day in bed

“Miami windy and COLD. Just turned on the HEAT. But keep reminding myself it’s still warmer than DC.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet. He left for Miami after Christmas. So far, no travel disasters. Before that, he alluded to his recent train debacle, saying, “So glad NOT traveling today. But feeling holiday fatigue anyway. Yikes, 1PM and still in bed! Gotta rally for tennis.” Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller pleaded with Tschida, saying, “Can’t you just take a short train ride for your fans, Metro even?”

Arianna spends holidays with ex

“Christmas eve dinner w/ my ex (hello huffpost divorce!) our daughters & my sister. Merry Christmas everyone!” — HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington makes the holidays work with her ex, Michael, as described in a weekend tweet. In 2009, the pair traveled together with their daughters for their 12th anniversary from being divorced. They make it a point to celebrate all Christmases and their daughters’ birthdays together.

Writer misses holiday cheer escape

“I miss Tower Records on Xmas Day. It was a great place to escape friends, family, & good will for an hour of mindless browsing.” — Slate‘s media writer Jack Schafer in a weekend tweet.

Catanese knocks MTP guest choice

“The likelihood of Valerie Jarrett making news is incredibly low.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet. White House aide Jarrett appeared on NBC’s MTP this past weekend.

Storm — what storm?

“Big NE snowstorm strikes DC-midday accumulations range from 0 cm to 0 inches, depending on location.” — NPR‘s Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet making fun of D.C. weather forecasters.

Journo gets obscene amount of …

“30 pairs of white athletic socks for Christmas? My life is complete.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a weekend tweet.

A break in the buzz

“I love the relative silence of new media world today.” — As usual, National Review Online scribe Kathryn Lopez rather enjoys when journos take a break.

Dangerous Christmas thought

“Literally heading over the river and through the woods to Grandmama’s house. Hope she doesn’t get run over by reindeer before we get there.” — CNN Contributor Erik Erickson in a weekend tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY


New hairdo alert

“Look at @joanWalsh’s fancy new hairdo!” — ABC News White House Reporter Jake Tapper in a Wednesday tweet referencing Salon‘s former Editor and now Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh, a frequent left-wing pundit on cable talk shows who likes to spar with D.C. media– all media, actually, including WaPo‘s baby liberal blogger Ezra Klein, whom she recently told to not get all “Beltway holier than thou.” She cooed to Tapper over the hair compliment, saying, “Awww, thank you.” Tragically we’ve yet to get a glimpse of the new do. The anticipation could be murderous. We don’t know if the above picture is what she looks like now. We had to give you an idea of her locks though. Stay tuned…

WaPo blogger reminisces about the holiday

“Last night of Chanukah..since i was a kid always turned off the house lights to watch the last round of candles burn down.” — WaPo‘s new conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin in a Wednesday tweet.

Reporter leaves cold for more cold and worries about catching a cold

“My office is cold, so I decided to work out of the Capitol. The Capitol also is cold. Therefore, I think I am destined to get a cold.” — Roll Call HOH’s Elizabeth Brotherton in a Tuesday Facebook update.

Scribe wants an online babysitter

“If you see me tweeting/Facebooking in the next three hours, please just murder me, thanks.” — The Daily Caller intern Alec Jacobs in a Wednesday tweet. Have things gotten this bad?

Gossip gal hates the music

“The music at the Google party is so bad!” Roll Call HOH’s Ali McSherry in a Wednesday night tweet.

The Daily Baller is WHAT?

“It’s 7:20 p.m., and I am balls-deep in Transparencydata.com and regulations.gov. This is the new “follow the money.” — The Daily Caller reporter Mike Riggs in a magnificent Wednesday tweet showing us that yes, we chose the right nickname for him.

Compassion at a glance

“I’m not sure the guy asking me for money for a Metro fare card to Rockville appreciated my answer of ‘I’m not the f-ing bank.’” — Washington Examiner Features Editor Jacque Jo Bland in a Wednesday tweet.

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