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Neil Irwin Ditches WaPo for NYT

Sometimes love just ain’t enough, as they say. Neil Irwin, the economics wunderkind and Wonkblogger who essentially grew up among the florescent lit hallways of the WaPo newsroom, is now spreading his wings and leaving the nest. He will join David Leonhardt in developing NYT‘s new, fancy, “we-don’t-need-no-stinkin’-Nate-Silver” data-driven journalism start up. Irwin has been at WaPo for 13 years, starting as an intern in 2000 and becoming one of the main contributors to the much ballyhooed Wonkblog.

His departure will no doubt fuel speculation about Wonkblog’s editor, Ezra Klein. Reports have surfaced recently that Klein is about to leave WaPo to start his own venture. Wonkblog has been a major boon to WaPo -bringing in more that 4 million page hits per month -and the departure of its chief architects is a significant loss for the paper. Read the memo to staff from Greg Schneider and David Cho announcing the departure after the jump.

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In Case You Missed It, 11.20.13

Author Readies Ezra Klein for Sainthood

images-3On Sunday, the NYT ran a dialogue among readers on “The Rise of Incivility.” Online of course. People are jackasses online – didn’t you know? And lately cyberbullying has been in the forefront of peoples’ minds as some teens are tragically turning to suicide for relief.

Enter the so-called expert in the dialogue: Mitch Horowitz, who apparently hasn’t heard of Google. If he had, he might have a clue what he’s talking about. Instead, he’s just the author of the the forthcoming One Simple Idea: How Positive Thinking Reshaped Modern Life. And someone who thinks WaPo‘s Ezra Klein is the epitome of “good humor and adult responses within the political discussion.”

Oh really?

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Afternoon Oopsy: Speed Tweeting With WaPo’s Ezra Klein

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Greg Greene, who used to handle digital communications for the DNC, caught WaPo‘s Ezra Klein going a tad too fast just after midnight.

 

Ezra Klein Lampoons Drudge

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WaPo‘s Ezra Klein had some fun with Drudge on Monday, who mistakenly referred to the journalist as “Erza” as opposed to his birth name.

Take that, Drudge!

Hey, at least Klein showed restraint and didn’t suggest that Drudge light himself on fire. Read more

WaPo’s Ezra Klein Ages Himself

images-9images-8It’s a strange phenomenon. But WaPo‘s wonky liberal policy blogger Ezra Klein is desperate to be old. Or else the 29-year-old thinks he already is old and has lived through decades and lifetimes and has only recently returned to Earth in a time machine.

Or is he Benjamin Button and actually aging backwards?

Earlier this summer, he grew layers of facial hair, which indeed aged him. Now he’s aging himself once again by declaring how seasoned his vantage point is.

In the process, he has decidedly pissed people off. Read more

Morning Chatter

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Journo nearly hits another’s car

“In other news, Walter Mossberg almost hit my car today. The ‘TECH WSJ’ plates tipped me off. Also the beard. Watch your lanes, Walt!” — MetroWeekly‘s Sean Bugg. When asked for comment, Bugg remarked to FBDC that the incident occurred while he was just getting onto the E Street Expressway coming into the city. “He got a little tight on me at the merge, then made a right hand pass on a bus that I passed on the left and we both moved back to the middle lane at the same time,” he explained. “While annoyed, I mostly just thought it was funny that I ID’d him through the plate on his Lexus. Nice Lexus, too. Unlike the government shutdown story, there may be two sides to this one. If you ask him he might say, ‘What? That asshole in the Camaro with the BIG BUGG plates?’” We asked Mossberg for his side of the story. He wrote by email, “I can’t recall any near miss in traffic today. But that merge is a tricky one, where one often feels as if cars are too close.”

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Left Vs. Right Warfare

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein: “Pro tip: The side that wants to shut down the government is the side demanding concessions before they consent to reopening the government.” Townhall‘s Derek Hunter reworked Klein’s tweet, writing, “Pro tip: Don’t take political advice from someone who hasn’t finished puberty & has no real world work experience.”

Poor Weigel gets “very sad” about those pesky JournoList mentions

“Man alive, no one in media hates the right like @daveweigel. Never seen anything like him. Seething hatred.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte regarding Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Townhall’s Hunter piled on, writing, “Wishes it would set itself on fire,” a reference to something Weigel said on the secret liberal listserv, JournoList, founded by his Boy Bander pal Ezra. Weigel spoke of wanting Matt Drudge to light himself on fire. His exact words? ”This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.”

images-2Earlier in the afternoon on Wednesday… Weigel had tweeted, “It’s adorable, and very convincing, when conservatives claim you HATE VETERANS if you think Bachmann showing up for photos is gauche.”

Weigel replied to Nolte and Hunter, saying, “It makes me very sad when people bring up JournoList and I have to remember I have a better, more lucrative job now.” Nolte argued: “I didn’t say anything about journalist. Just going off your behavior at your better, more lucrative job.”

Editor’s note: See the original breaking post on JournoList here. The story was broken by FishbowlDC, but Weigel likes to continuously claim that it was broken by Jonathan Strong who, at the time, worked for The Daily Caller. He now works for National Review. Our hearts really go out to Weigel. Why can’t the past just be the past?

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Morning Chatter

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A lawmaker uses the word “sux?”

“Member txts from inside mtg: ‘this sux’ I respond: ‘why?’ Member doesn’t respond.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

Just wondering…

“Seriously – who are these people getting Capitol tour at 11pm??” — CNN’s Deirdre Walsh.

imagesJourno encounters alcohol-scented pols 

“About every other House lawmaker I just talked to smelled like booze. It’s only 9pm. Wheeee!” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Reporter breaks the rules

“Almost got kicked out of speakers lobby for taking photo of a piece of paper #rookiemistake.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Place to be during the shutdown: C-SPAN

“Exciting late night TV: House rules committee on @CSpan” — PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

Ezzy is old enough damn it!

“I’m old enough to remember when House GOP refused to go to conference committee  with Senate Democrats.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. To which MSNBC.com’s Benjy Sarlin remarked, “You’re a day old?”

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Politico‘s Donovan Slack: “Can anyone tell what Obama’s drinking tonight in this pic?”

BloombergBNA’s Cheryl Bolen: “It’s Honest Tea, can’t tell what flavor.

Late-night observers

  • “Chuck Todd is fucking tired, man.” – BuzzFeed‘s TV-obsessed Dorsey Shaw.
  • “One day we’ll all tell our grandkids about the night the motion to go to conference on a short-term stopgap…nevermind.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.
  • Unknown-1“Pete Sessions seems sooooo annoyed to be there right now – and tired – I sympathize” — CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.
  • “On the upside, Clinton and Lewinsky got together during the last shutdown.” — National Journal‘s Matt Cooper.
  • “House GOP looks just plain desperate. #pathetic #yourfault #GOPshutdown” — Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change and former Communications Director for the Democratic Party.
  • “@louiseslaughter you just made the most idiotic point ever…” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. “DC GOP Girl.”
  • “At midnight Speaker John Boehner becomes a pumpkin. An orange faced, drunken, failure of a pumpkin. #GOPShutdown” — Syndicated liberal columnist Karl Frisch.
  • “All the gallows humor very much appreciated (and fun!) but Jesus Christ THIS IS FUCKED UP. Let’s just not forget that.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Important question to ponder: Which Washington journo pulled his back?

NPR reporter gets a sign from beyond?

“My TV just quit on me while watching CSPAN. Obviously a sign.” –  NPR’s Arnie Seipel at  10:15 p.m.

Eatery to lawmakers: No free pulled pork for you!

@PBBBQDelRay: “Free pulled pork sandwich for any gov employee if there is a shutdown. EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN.”

Pre-emptive media strike

“No doubt OBJECTIVE @ABurnsPolitico, @maggiepolitico are working on piece asking y Hillary hasn’t ‘Soulja’d’ Obama for refusal to negotiate.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

 greenstripecoverfishWords to live by…

“Know what keeps me sane living in the DC area? Boasting an outsider mindset in the Beltway. Resist urge for power and remember your roots.” — conservative blogger Gabriella Hoffman. Just moments before this whopper of wisdom, she wrote, “My page is 8 likes away from 1,100. Connect with me on FB if you haven’t already.”

Editor’s brain shuts down

“You know what else has shut down? My brain. Time for bed. Will be up bright and early to cover the ongoing CR voterama. Night all.”– Red Alert Politics Editor-in-Chief Francesca Chambers at 12:10 a.m.

Confessional.

“My Dad lost a whole college trimester when the Pennsylvania government shut down and didn’t make his financial aid payments to the school.” — HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

Where are Julia’s feelings? “Am I supposed to feel something right now? #shutdown” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe at 12:06 a.m.

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WaPo’s Ezra Klein Nixes the Facial Hair

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HUGE sigh of relief.

WaPo‘s boy wonder Ezra Klein is back to his fresh-faced self. In late June he grew a goatee that aged him a couple decades. But today he appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” free of that cumbersome dirty looking facial monstrosity hair he grew earlier in the summer. (We’re not sure what was going on with him. But what was Ez thinking? Put a rug on your face in the middle of one of Washington’s swampy heatwaves?)

See the most recent Ezzy after the jump as well as a side-by-side of his more animalistic look. Read more

Afternoon Reading List 09.26.13

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Ezra Klein should quit: The Daily Caller’s  Matt Lewis doesn’t think it’s all that bad of an idea. According to a story he posted this week, the changes in the media have allowed for a ton of writers, such as WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, to build a brand and then expound upon that brand by taking themselves away from the older media outlets as those fade into obscurity. Lewis’ writes that Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist and editor of the email newsletter Transom, believes writers are empowered to bypass traditional media outlets in favor of more entrepreneurial pursuits, and encourages them to do so.

Why you should read it: This is the sort of story that makes you scratch your head and wonder if Lewis is talking to you. The only way to tell is to read the story and see for yourself (especially if your name is Ezra Klein).

Newsweek Daily Beast reporter got punched in face at comedy show: According to Zachary Stieber of Epoch Times, last night Josh Rogin, senior correspondent for Newsweek Daily Beast, got socked in the face a few times by headlining comedian Dan Nainan for allegedly livetweeting the show during his set. Nainan got flustered by this, and before you could say “Dan Nainan is a hack comic with serious punchlines,” Rogin got a knuckle-sandwich. Nainan was arrested for his antics but tweeted at 1:07 a.m. that he “had a blast headlining the DC Improv!” with no mention of the rest of what happened.

Why you should read it: In order to better understand the generally accepted social norms of varying situations (without getting your face punched), go ahead and read this story and see what happens when you do normal journo things outside of a normal journo atmosphere (like live tweeting a comedy show, which is a HUGE no-no).

More on what can we expect next from Anthony Weiner after the jump…

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