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Rep. Barney Frank Unloads

This is what happens when you’re retiring from Congress. Suddenly the media is your own Dr. Phil confessional for all the bullsh%t you couldn’t admit to before when you were a serious politician who had to be careful.

We knew that Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was gay. Check. We knew he once had a roommate who ran a prostitution out of his apartment. Check.

And now, thanks to his appearance on CNN’s Erin Burnett last night as reported by Mediaite, we know that he once tried a pot brownie and it made him sleepy.

What’s next, and do we even want to know?

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Quotes of the Day — the Hollywood edition

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Don’t wanna brag but I just got an email from Jessica Alba.” — TPM‘s Sara Libby.

“So, Kelsey Grammer saw a photo of his ex-wife Camille in the open to our show and legged it. Extraordinary. Never had this happen before.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan on actor Kelsey Grammer bailing on the show last night. Various followers didn’t comprehend what “legged it” means.

Obama campaign aides: They manage their own luggage

“Just spotted wheeling his own suitcase down I Street in DC a couple blocks from the White House – Obama campaign advisor David Axelrod.” — Reuter’s Patricia Zengerle.

Jealousy is…

“Someone’s eating fried chicken on my train and I hate them and their deliciousness.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Words to live by…

“It’s really amazing to me the number of people in this town who think not responding to a reporter is somehow a viable option.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Rob Lowe jonesing for former CNN “Aaron”

“Erin Brown carrying some heavy water for President Obama right now on #CNN.” — Actor Rob Lowe while watching Erin Burnett. Some 15 minutes later a follower questioned him, asking, “Erin Burnett?” Lowe fessed up to his error and replied, “Yes. My bad. Missing Aaron Brown I guess.”

Journo Hate Mail

Follower to ex-Mitt Romney aide and Convention Esquire blogger Richard Grenell: “Don’t u have a GOPROUD cocktail party to go to idiot. Romney fired u for being gay, you’re hideous.” Grenell replied, “Liberal tolerance on line 1.”

Current TV’s Behar plays fast and loose with lesbian joke

“On set w/ my lesbian lover Meredith Vieira. Interview airs tonight on @current TV at 6pm ET/PT. Got a photo caption?” — Current TV and The View’s Joy Behar.

BuzzFeed Turns Into Political Animals

One of the most anticipated parties of the convention week was the Buzzfeed party that took place on Tuesday evening at Discovery Place in Charlotte. The party, called “Political Animals” promised to the wildest party in Charlotte.

I knew it was a different kind of party when one of the first guests I ran into was this iguana, named Liz. Liz was awfully subdued, so she was either asleep or high. Guests were allowed to touch her, but not hold her. One party-goer was kindly asked not to touch the claws on her feet because “they are very sharp” and it could end badly. The space featured several interactive science exhibits and tanks of fish, jellyfish and other sea life.

Liz was joined by Herbie, this turtle with a camera strapped to his back. While this might have been an elaborate plan to shoot up the ladies’ skirts, it was too dark in the venue to see much of anything. Milling in the crowd were Politico’s Dylan Byers, Juana Summers and Maggie Haberman; Rebecca Schoenkopf and Jim Newell from Wonkette; CNN’s Erin Burnett; White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer, Neera Tanden, President of Center for American Progress; Michael Shure of Current TV; ABC’s Jonathan Karl; among SEVERAL others. BuzzFeed’s own talent was there in full force. Editor-in-chief Ben Smith politely chatted up the army of partygoers while Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton stood next to a stuffed grizzly bear that looked a little too familiar.

The party had several accessible bars and served up a fruit and cheese buffet while servers paraded such goodies as fried mac n cheese and lollipops. For those of you wondering, it’s hard to get a salad in this part of America.

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CNN’s Burnett Nails Clinton (So to Speak)

Someone over at CNN has a wicked sense of humor. CNN’s Erin Burnett show captured former President Bill Clinton to a tee Thursday night with the above picture and chyron. “Self explanatory,” mused a FishbowlDC reader, who sent it to us.

Burnett interviewed Clinton in Kigali, Rwanda. It was a stop in Clinton’s one-week Africa tour to visit various Clinton Foundation projects. In this segment, Burnett and the former President visit a soy factory, which is part of the Foundation’s efforts to enable sustainable development for families.

Burnett asks Clinton about Chelsea and Hillary in the interview, which makes literal sense with the above chyron. She asks the expected question about the pleasure of getting to travel with his daughter. And then she asks more personal questions about what life will be like with Hillary after she’s no longer Secretary of State:

Burnett: Well, she’s gone all the time, you’re gone all the time. Soon she’s gonna be home a lot, you’re both gonna be home a lot. That’s a big transition in any marriage. (LAUGH) But let me ask you this question. Do you think that –

Clinton: Yes, I’ll be bored — she’ll be bored with me.

Burnett: [LAUGH] Do you have a big vacation or surprise planned for her when she’s done this fall?

Clinton: Well actually I haven’t made a surprise. We do get — we’re takin’ two weeks in August and our family’s goin’ out to Long Island and we’re gonna bring our relatives in and our friends in and just veg out. But when she gets out I want her to go climb Mount Kilimanjaro with me. And I’m working on that.

 

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Ouch!

HBO comedian Bill Maher performing last night at Rockville, Md.’s Strathmore auditorium: “To me, John Boehner feels female. He wears a lot of bronzer and cries a lot. I need to see his d!@k. The short form.” (Maher in a riff on Republicans saying President Obama feels foreign.) More on the show later…

George preps for Katie

“Hey @katiecouric, George is getting ready for you! He’s doing push-ups, wearing an algae face mask and getting a pedicure! #GMA” — Ali Wentworth, author of the new memoir Ali in Wonderland, comedian and wife of ABC “This Week” and GMA host George Stephanopoulos.

WTF: Reporter did what?

“Fed a dachshund some bear meat. Enjoy little dog. That would never happen in the wild.” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau. In June of 2011, Tau’s affinity for dogs was questioned when he cracked on Washingtonian for their “hard hitting” story on Beagles. But Tau’s innocence was proven. See here.

Procession of TV losers

“Current TV replaces Keith Olbermann with Eliot Spitzer. Who’s next, John Edwards?” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

The Media Observer

“Between Grassley vs. History Channel and Chambliss vs. C-SPAN, Republicans have chosen some odd parts of the media to be mad at.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

April Fools’ Tentativeness

“When deciding to go with the fake news story for April Fool’s Day, never forget the audience’s capacity not to grasp comedy.” — Mark Joyella, Digital Producer for CNN’s Erin Burnett‘s Out Front.

“Always trying to remember: completely ridiculous things I hear on 4/1 prolly aren’t true #winning.” – TPM founder and Editor Josh Marshall, who prolly should use the word “probably” if he doesn’t want to sound like he’s from Hee Haw.

“The funniest part about April Fools’ Day to me every year? The constant misspelling of the actual title.” — WaPo ExpressClinton Yates.

Sightings: On Friday night, Townhall.com’s Kevin Glass was spotted enjoying a beer with a  friend at Millie & Al’s bar on 18th Street. On Saturday night Politico‘s Jedd Rosche was spotted at a college-themed party near U Street.

WaPo Gene Weingarten’s ingenious idea

“Twitter should offer a 20-second ‘undo’ option. A cooling-off period for drunks and hotheads.” — WaPo humor columnist Gene Weingarten, who can be quite the bitch on Twitter and over email.

Is bacon really good with everything?

“I was kinda expecting the @FreeBeacon to change its name to the Free Bacon and write stories about bacon and how CAP uses ‘Bacon-first’” — Matt DeLuca, Communications Strategist for New Media Strategies.

Journo consumes heart attack-worthy cuisine

“Just perpetrated a High-larious April Fools on my heart: wolfed down a bubbling crock of jalapeno-laced cheeseburger dip #coronaryhereIcome” — Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas.

Journo Love

Jake Tapper with striped suit, haircut and oh, yeah, real talent does a great job anchoring the ABC World News” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

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Quotes of the Day — The Mindmeld Edition: A melding of everything worthy, weird and otherwise from the past four days.

Journo’s cat sets her alarm clock

“The cat stepped on my iPhone dock alarm clock last night and set it to go off at 7 a.m. Which it did. Which was wonderful. #gah” — WaPo Express‘s Sara Schwartz in a tweet that Politico‘s resident cat lover Patrick Gavin might appreciate. We’re sure Gavin’s cats don’t have tricks like that.

White House scribe details Michelle O’s attire down to thighs

“The top of the first lady’s dress was a bright orange racerback; from mid-torso to mid-thigh it has a green and white jungle-like print; the final piece that fell to the knee was a grayish pattern.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Sunday Pool Report from Hawaii.

Corn on Bachmann on God

“Short version of Bachmann campaign event: God, God, God, God, God, God.” — Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Here’s to a new year in which cell phone and Twitter users learn the value of an unexpressed thought.” — AP Radio News’ Jon Belmont.

Reporter does what it takes

“This crazy Iowa wind blew the address I need out of hand & across the parking lot. I literally parkoured [sic] over a fence to get it. #nprlife” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Journo loses cologne to TSA

“Leaving my new Christmas gift (cologne) in SC because it was .2oz too much. Thanks TSA.” — FBDC’s and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry, who explained that the cologne, Cool Water by Davidoff, was a sentimental re-gift from his father.

Not surprisingly, Walsh criticizes an R

Leslie Stahl admitted that interview was part of a Cantor push to soften and humanize his richly deserved awful image. Ick.” — Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh of Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.

Ahh…the warmth of the holidays

“Nice to see the TSA in ATL not give a hard time to the 3 yo with the toy gun who refused to let it leave his hand.” — RedState.com Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Um, Happy New Year?

“Ooh. Time for another round of my favorite neighborhood game: Fireworks or Gunshot?” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman.

Words to live by…“Don’t forget: Resolutions are for quitters.” — Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Birth Week: Nibbles Knox, son of AFP‘s Olivier Knox. A note from Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner: “Happy birthday to the famous Nibbles Knox! May this year be filled with all the legos your little heart ever could desire @OKnox” — (quote by and h/t to Shiner. h/t to Politico‘s Mike Allen for the phrase h/t.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIBBLES!

Things are getting weird in Iowa

“Local reporter, desperate for people to interview, asks Jeff Zeleny if he’s media or voter. #blending” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel on NYT‘s Zeleny.

“Lady sitting next to me at Atlantic, Iowa, diner, on being a campaign reporter: ‘I think that would be a terrible job.’” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein.

“Went to the lobby to get coffee. When the desk clerk saw my bed head I thought he might offer me medical treatment.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Funky Convo Between Two Journos

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “Happy Des Moines time new year to the crew @TPM, best support staff a road warrior’s ever had.” HuffPost‘s Elise Foley: “#puke.”

Travel writer starts new year on funereal note

“And…my first day of the year starts w a funeral. Sort of nice, though. #perspective.” — National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman.

A given…“Sorry in advance for all the irresponsible things I’m going to do to 2012.” — HuffPost’s left-wing media reporter Jason Linkins.

Editor salutes his Beagle

“Smartest living being in the house today: Fred the Beagle, who laid his head on the remote during the Jets game and changed the channel.” — Digital First Media Editor-in-Chief and former TBD GM Jim Brady.

Just who is Ben Smith?

“@benpolitico Someone from buzzfeed’s at this Santorum event trying 2 explain who u r to Iowan lady of certain age. She seems mystified alas.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

ME ME ME ME ME

“@danielabrams: dan abrams” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams. To which Weigel replied simply, “#fail.” (To Abrams we give Tigi’s Bed Head line of conditioner called Self Absorbed for his lux locks.)

Is he SERIOUS?

“Is it New Years Eve 2011 or New Years Eve 2012? I get confused every year.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If you’re tracking, tonight’s Santorum Sweater Vest Color is navy blue. Or black. On CNN live now.” — Digital Producer for CNN Erin Burnett‘s “Out Front” Mark Joyella.

Separated at Birth: CNN’s Erin Burnett And…

Today’s twins are CNN’s newest host Erin Burnett and Massachusetts GOP Sen. Scott Brown‘s Spokeswoman Marcie Ridgway.

 

Anderson Cooper to Spice Up Tuesday’s Debate

CNN anchor and daytime’s new heartthrob Anderson Cooper will moderate the Tuesday, Oct. 18 debate presented by CNN and the Western Republican Leadership Conference.

The debate, which will air live from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. (ET), will broadcast from The Venetian Resort in Vegas. Voters from the 16 states and territories that make up the Western region of the U.S. will be in audience to pose questions directly to the candidates. Let’s hope Newt Gingrich doesn’t give them the Chris Wallace treatment.

Eight presidential contenders will participate in the debate: Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Gingrich, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

CNN’s live and on-location coverage surrounding the debate will begin with CNN Newsroom on Saturday, Oct. 15 and continue through American Morning on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Programming from Sin City along with Cooper will include Wolf Blitzer, Erin Burnett, John King, T.J. Holmes, and Carol Costello. CNN political contributors and analysts also on hand will include Gloria Borger, Ron Brownstein, Alex Castellanos, Ari Fleischer, David Gergen and Mary Matalin. CNN en Español’s Washington anchor Juan Carlos López will host live analysis on that network before the debate starting at 7:45 p.m. (ET). At 8 p.m., CNN en Español will take the debate live with simultaneous interpretation followed by more analysis with CNN en Español’s team of political contributors. The debate will also be carried live on CNN International.

CNN’s John King: He’s What’s for Dinner

CNN’s fall lineup has a slight switch for John King USA. His program moves from the 7 p.m. time slot to 6p.m. Erin Burnett assumes the 7p.m. spot. Wolf Blitzer‘s Situation Room will air from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. Executive V.P. Ken Jautz made the announcement today, along with NY-based news such as the fact that AC360 will air live at 8p.m. and then re-air at 10 p.m. This means Eliot Spitzer is out, which sadly means no Weiner-Spitzer show on CNN’s horizon.

Eyes glazing over alert…Jautz’s canned quote: “The new line-up showcases anchors who are experienced reporters in covering stories that span the globe. We created a nightly schedule that brings together the best of CNN’s journalism on a wide range of topics from politics and the economy to global and world events, as well the best newsmaker and celebrity interviews. This line-up ensures viewers access to the best of what CNN has to offer whenever they tune in at night.”

See the full lineup after the jump…

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Page Six <3s “John King USA” Rumors

Must be that time of the month again…because the NY Post is back at it with another demise of “John King, USA” story.  You might remember that last month, the Post’s “Page Six” predicted CNN’s King would be replaced by comedian Chris Rock in the 7 pm time slot (Right…and Justin Bieber will take over as host of the “Situation Room”).

But today they’ve forgotten about Rock and are  floating a rumor that former CNBC anchor Erin Burnett will be the talent who ousts King from his throne. The article says, “Burnett’s show launches in June and will replace ‘John King USA.’”  Though certainly more believable than last month’s bit, CNN denied most of the story in a statement this afternoon:

“John King, USA is performing very well and we are extremely proud of the work he and his team do each and every day.  We have no plans to make changes to John King, USA—the audience is up 68 percent for the month of May vs. a year ago and we look forward to its continued progress as the program takes on an important role in our 2012 campaign coverage.”

“We do not have a time slot selected for Erin Burnett’s program and the show will begin development in a few weeks. We look forward to having a lineup that includes both John King and Erin Burnett as well as our many other talented CNN anchors come the fall.”

The Chris Rock rumor was utterly ridiculous but I’ll give credit where credit is due.  Erin Burnett is moving to CNN but perhaps “Page Six” should have stopped there?

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