TVNewser FishbowlNY AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Posts Tagged ‘Eric Fehrnstrom’

Morning Chatter

Sarcasm is…

“The only thing more interesting than press coverage of presidential vacations is press coverage of press coverage of presidential vacations.” — The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennet.

On attacking the media…

“Bad optics for the RNC to block CNN and NBC from sponsoring presidential debates. Attacking the media is a loser’s game.” — Eric Fehrnstrom, former senior advisor to Mitt Romney and Boston-based media strategist and political consultant.

Journo love

“This is the Washington Post’s best season in my memory, much credit to @PostRoz & @bartongellman” – BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

And journo lust…

“When women are in the shower, they are COMPLETELY NAKED. Okay, guys, now try to get back to work.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten on quite the Twitter tear over the weekend.

IMPRESSIVE WHEELS? “Thanks @Hertz for my unexpected upgrade in Tucson from a hybrid to this.” — Peter Cherukuri, senior veep, advertising & business development at Politico.

Confessional.

“I just set my alarm for 3:30 a.m. and it’s the most depressing thing ever.” — Katie Kovach, copy and production editor for CQ Roll Call.

“Just watched someone unsuccessfully try to whistle down successive cabs, which perked up my evening.” — Katherine Miller, managing editor of digital for Free Beacon.

It’s just to New Jersey, people, not D.C. 

“Turned in the keys and closed the books on a 12 year NYC run. See you again in 20 years or so, Manhattan, when the kids finish college.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:40 a.m.

Visiting Washington…“Good Morning! I am doing my show out of DC today. I had to escape the rain in Atlanta for just a few days. Crazy….” — CNN’s Carol Costello.

The Observer

“Dude on the metro with a bunch of pistachios in his left pocket. Eats one by one, placing empty shells in right pocket. Gotta have a system.” — Logan Dobson, research analyst at The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Uh oh.

“Yeah, so my new cat thinks she’s supposed to shit in the sink.” — FBDC’s and Bill Press Show’s Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost story promo: “REVEALED: Surprising reasons bugs have gay sex”

Travel Bitches

“Boarded flight to LAX half an hour late. Of course. Attendants rushing everyone, like it’s our fault. #unitedsucks” — Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry.

Mediabistro Course

Management 101

Management 101Become a better manager in our new online boot camp, Management 101! Starting October 27, MediabistroEDU instructors will teach you the best practices being a manager, including, how to transition into a management role, navigate different team personalities, plan a team event and more! Register now!

Retch-a-Sketch

By now, we’ve all been inundated with emails and commentary on the meaningfulness of Mitt Romney’s campaign saying that he will emulate an “Etch-a-Sketch” when he reaches the general election. Eric Fehrstrom, the top Romney advisor made the gaffe while on CNN yesterday. It seemed like mere minutes before Rick Santorum hit the campaign trail with an actual Etch-a-Sketch toy in hand. Newt Gingrich, never one to miss a big fat opportunity, followed suit. Both liberals and conservatives had a field day on Twitter. The hashtag #Romneytoys began trending. The parody account, @MittsEtchaSketc popped up. Buzzfeed’s McKay Coppins reported that the Etch-a-Sketch press flack had quite a busy day yesterday.

  • WashPost turned this into a big picture conversation about how little slips on the campaign trail can become lingering problems.
  • Ann Romney appeared with Piers Morgan on CNN to answer his question, “How’s your etching and sketching going?”
  • Leave it to Politico, however, to own the market on Etch-a-Sketch stories. A quick search on their website reveals that since Wednesday afternoon, when the story broke, they published 24 stories with references to the Etch-a-Sketch. (Of COURSE they did.)
  • HuffPost got creative and included their artist’s rendering of a sad Mitt on an Etch-a-Sketch (pictured here).

So, does this really hurt Mitt? Time will tell. One thing is for sure: Etch-a-Sketch wins. National Journal reports that Ohio Arts, the parent company of Etch-a-Sketch has skyrocketed. Their stock started the day at $4 per share and ended at $12.50.

Romney Aides Land Three-cycled News Story

As they say, everything old is new again. Such was the case this morning when Mike Allen, Chris Cillizza and Rick Klein all reported breaking and/or exclusive news that a group of former Romney aides are forming a consulting group.

From Playbook:

EXCLUSIVE – ROMNEY AIDES FORM CONSULTING PRACTICE: Four political veterans with a strong mix of campaign, government and private sector experience today announced the formation of the Shawmut Group LLC, a Boston-based strategic communications, public affairs and political consulting firm. The Shawmut Group consists of Beth Myers, Peter Flaherty and Eric Fehrnstrom, all of whom served in senior leadership roles with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney…”

From the Morning Fix:

Romney Team Forms New Company: Three top aides to former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney — Beth Myers, Eric Fehrnstrom and Peter Flaherty — are starting a new consulting company known as the Shawmut Group. Myers managed Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign while Fehrnstrom was the candidate’s traveling press aide and Flaherty served as deputy campaign manager…

From The Note:

Team Romney finds a way to pay the bills. “Four political veterans with a strong mix of campaign, government and private sector experience today announced the formation of the Shawmut Group LLC, a Boston-based strategic communications, public affairs and political consulting firm,” per the press release. “The Shawmut Group consists of Beth Myers, Peter Flaherty and Eric Fehrnstrom, all of whom served in senior leadership roles with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney…

Okay, so what? A Beantown tipster tells FishbowlDC that the news of the Shawmut Group is about 7 months old — and it is. On December 13, 2008, The Boston Herald ran this:

Romney aides start agency

BYLINE: By THOMAS GRILLO SECTION: FINANCE; Pg. 022

Three of former Gov. Mitt Romney’s staff have started a political consulting agency that will launch next year. Eric Fehrnstrom, Peter Flaherty and Beth Myers have filed with the Secretary of State William Galvin’s office to form the Shawmut Group.
The Lexington-based firm will provide political consulting, issues management and strategic communications advice. Since April, the trio has been working for Free and Strong America PAC, Romney’s political action committee…