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Quotes of the Day

Burying the lead

“Magistrate in Pistorius case really knows how to bury the lead. He’s been reading back the case for more than 1/2 hr now w/o ruling on bail.” — Jon Belmont, AP Radio News.

Travel Bitches

“Nothing like starting off the day with a 4 am wake up for a 6 am flight.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“Instead of “quiet car” Amtrak should have one where everyone who screams on their phones all the way from DC to NY sits together.” — MSNBC “Daily Rundown” Executive Producer Brooke Brower.

“Longest Circulator ride of. My. Life.” — MetroWeekly‘s Justin Snow.

“Seatmate warns: ‘I didn’t sleep last night, so I may doze on your shoulder.’ #StrangerDanger” — Erica Elliot, the avid travel tweeter who is also the Communications Director for the Major Whip of the House, Kevin McCarthy.

Ouch and more ouch!

“@ErikWemple Looking forward to your next piece when you ask the Obama campaign which Politico and WaPo stories helped them the most.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas to WaPo‘s Erik Wemple for this story, in which he takes Breitbart.com and The Daily Caller and lumps them together into a story on shoddy conservative media reporting. Shockingly (and yes, we’re being sarcastic), no one from either publication would speak to the Erik Wemple Blog for his story. Before he began writing for WaPo, Wemple indicated that he would not be covering WaPo. He has broken this declaration a few times, but has mostly stuck with it.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:39 a.m.

New D.C. slang: “the metch” 

“Today in IMing: a friend refers to Metro as ‘the metch’ which is not shorter than ‘metro’ but is more fun to say I guess.” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Moving woes

“It was a huge mistake to think that I could install my internet by myself.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray, who recently moved to Washington from New York.

Bon Voyage!

“Thank you so much everyone for your kind notes. Psyched to head to Beijing but sad to be leaving such amazing friends & colleagues in DC.” — WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez. We inquired what Sonmez was up to in Bejing. She replied, “Today is my last day at the Post. I am planning to move to Beijing in the next few months and study Chinese, and then find a reporting job there.” All the best to Sonmez on her new adventure.

Self-Appointed Media Critics

  • “Local news doing a fabulous job with storm coverage. Too bad they suck at covering most everything else.” — Conservative radio host and gun enthusiast Dana Loesch.
  • “Every year National Journal’s ratings of conservatives and liberals come out I’m reminded of just how stupid National Journal can be.” — FNC and RedState‘s Erick Erickson.

Senate gets new rail to protect clock from reporters chasing senators (a joke, sort of, of course)…

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WaPo Reorganizes White House Team

Kevin Merida, one of WaPo‘s more adept internal memo writers, has co-authored “exciting changes” to the publication’s White House team.

His begins with high drama: “We’re marking the dawn of President Obama’s second term…”

The highlights: Scott Wilson, who won a couple of important-sounding awards last year, will be White House Bureau Chief; David Nakamura will forge on as a member of team, focusing on (yawn) immigration reform — never fear, his Pool Reports are a fun read; Philip Rucker, who covered Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign, will cover Obama, gun control, and the President’s complex relationship with Congress; Felicia Sonmez, who “seems to never sleep”, will head up digital White House coverage; Zachary Goldfarb joins the team as a economic policy writer.

See the full memo…

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Quotes of the Day

IMMATURE, NUTS: “Bison bacon burger, two cheeses, salad of kale, olive, roasted peppers, Shiraz, walnut #ketchup. …I didn’t follow the recipe. Used walnut pieces mostly not unshelled immature nuts. Still great; cant wait for next year’s crop.” — Editor of Cato Unbound‘s Jason Kuznicki.

Monkey business in Church

Reuters’ Sam Youngman: “I don’t mean to speak out of school, but @jonward11 was talking during church.” WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin:  “tattle tale.” National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier: “To God perhaps?”

Incest Desk

“I’m no killjoy, but traveling press playing football w/Romney staff? Unseemly.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak. WSJ‘s Elizabeth Williamson agreed, saying, “So wrong.”

Uh Oh.

“Just took 9 aspirin. If that doesn’t work there’s a loaded 9MM under the bed.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

Traveling journo

“Today in euphemisms: Just got a call from Southwest Airlines telling me my 4:15 p.m. flight has been ‘updated’ to 5:05 p.m.” — WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez.

And Dana’s just glad they didn’t inspect her vagina…

“Thanks, Indy TSA for allowing my oldest and I to use the metal detector, not scanner, and for not grabbing my ladybits!” — CNN Contributor and Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch. For a refresher on what happened to her at the airport last week, read here.

Eavesdropping at the barber shop

“TAKE NO PRISONERS: Having a blast listening to the back and forth on the election this morning at the barber shop.” — Jamie Dupree, Cox Radio.

 Shocking: Righty journo down on Obama

“Obama campaign is acting like it was back in June when it had a very bad month — snark, hyperbole, and light on big ideas.” — CNN Contributor and RedState.com‘s Erick Erickson.

Find out which journos had a case of pumpkin fever this weekend and who drank seriously expired Nyquil? Also….find out which one of us was blocked by conservative journo John Podhoretz.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Ingraham handles “stupid b-i-t-c-h” remark

When a follower asked conservative radio host Laura Ingraham over the weekend, “Are you not a stupid biatch,” she replied, “Very confused–thought it was ‘biotch.’” Actually in the Urban Dictionary it’s “beyotch” and “biatch” or “biotch.” Biatch is a gangster version of the word while biotch is a woman of “unsavory character traits,” or, as they so warmly put it, “a pain in the ass” or a “moody bitch.”

Cabbie tells female journo to “shut up”

“Cab driver asks me where I’m going. I tell him it’s illegal to do that. He tells me to ‘shut up.’ Nice, DC cabs.” — HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel.

CNN Correspondent Mugged

“UNREAL. I was just robbed in midtown Atlanta. Guy walked past me and ripped my wallet right out of my hands.” — CNN Correspondent Brooke Baldwin.

Bob Dole, Viagra, Women in Airports

“Bob Dole says any second thoughts about Viagra ads put to rest by women thanking him in airports.” — WSJ‘s Andrew Grossman, who splits his time between New York and Washington. Ryan Teague Beckwith chimed in, saying, “Two ways to read that.”

Journo says fuck it, run the car chase!

“I am pro- post the clip. Fuck it, people want to see it.” — The Guardian and Salon‘s Jim Newell on the car chase Fox News accidentally aired Friday in which the gunman committed suicide.

Travel Bitches

“Boarded flight to Houston on time. Cut it close because of my own screwup (went to wrong airline/terminal), but still got a sandwich.” — the always traveling Steve Buttry, community engagement director at Journal Register Company and Digital First.

Whoa! Dayspring praises D.C. reporter

“Finally had a chance to meet the lovely @feliciasonmez, doing an MSNBC hit together this morning,” remarked The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Amie Parnes about WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez. To which Brad Dayspring replied, “Kindest journo in D.C.!”

Bret Baier has lost weight? 

“Have you lost weight? Or is it just the haircut? You look different w/ Harris Faulkner on Fox Report,” a follower wrote FNC’s Bret Baier. He replied, “I have.”

Reporter counts down hours until she pays her rent

“ONLY A FEW HOURS LEFT until its October and I have to pay rent.” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera.

NPR’s Carvin finishing up his book

“After 18 months of writing I now have a completed manuscript for my book, three days early. Now the hard part: editing. #acarvinbook” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

A RELAXED ROLAND: “Somebody’s tuckered out.” — Video journo Liz Glover with accompanying photograph of CNN Contributor and TV ONE’s Roland Martin.

“I’m already all shook up. In anticipation. Brand new tissue box: check.” — author Terry McMillan during the speeches last night.

A little too gushing?

“Biden is one of the best liked people in politics — on both sides. And he has earned that affection. #CNN” — CNN’s David Gergen. At a time when CNN is trying to paint MSNBC as too in love with Democrats, this was a peculiar thing to say.

Humblebrag: Rosario grabbed my Snickers!

“Hey! @rosariodawson just grabbed my last Snickers. What a great way to end the great @ABC/ @YahooNews convention coverage.” — ABC News Producer and Digital Journalist David Meyers.

The Team Player

“Partisan people on both sides seem to not like when their side gets fact-checked, but love when the other side does. CNN fact-checks both.” — CNN Piers Morgan Tonight staffer Steve Krakauer.

Do they think he stinks?

“Street vendors selling Obama air fresheners. I kid you not.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

The Speeches. Kerry. Biden. Obama.

Sen. John Kerry

“Punditry correction: predicted that Senator Kerry would flop. Was wrong.” — BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings.

“ROCKY IV DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE A PARTISAN PUNCH LINE. SHAME ON YOU” — a uncharacteristically dramatic HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“John Kerry’s speech was so good, this entire arena is fired up, ready to go avenge Apollo Creed’s death.” — NJ “The Hotline” Polling Editor Steve Shepard.

Veep Joe Biden

“There is literally no heaven.” — NY Daily News’ Josh Greenman.

“It’s about healing. And putting a bullet between the bastard’s eyes.” — David Frum.

“I think Joe Biden looks FAB in his infomercial. I also like his voice. See, I said something nice!” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

“My Dad is live-blogging Biden’s speech to me via text… Never should’ve gotten him that iPhone.” — Yahoo! News‘s Chris Moody.

“Joe Biden loves him some ‘literally’. Literally. #dnc2012″ — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

“Joe Biden is off to a really personable start with all the kiddos. snff snff” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie.

President Obama

“Obama not just criticizing GOP. He is mocking them, again and again.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“I’m not only the Hair Club president, I’m also a client.” — WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez.

“Time for Biden to rush out shirtless in pirate garb swallowing a torch of fire.” –  TV pundit, blogger, author Craig Crawford.

“I am bored to death. #figuratively” — Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie.

“Crowd definitely not as jazzed either. Better than in Tampa, though, where the noise died within about 30 seconds of Romney’s speech ending.” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

“Is it just me, or are the applause lines falling much flatter than I presume he intended?” — Townhall‘s Kate Hicks.

“If This doesn’t pick up soon, the obituaries are going to start flowing. I give it 10 more mins before the impression is locked.” — Mediaite‘s Noah Rothman.

“Four more beers.” Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Obama says he’s mindful of his own failings. I wish we could hear his honest discussion of what he could have done better.” — NYT‘s Jodi Kantor.

On another note…“Joe Biden’s daughter’s dress is AWESOME. #notapoliticalstatement” — Politico producer Leigh Munsil.

And what’s a night without a little media bashing? “Even MSNBC is looking disappointed tonight. Though they are trying to cover it up. But you can see the heartache in their eyes.” — Breitbart.com editor Jon Nolte.

The Sea Has Finally Parted

“Psst, journos: conventions are OVER. Sleep cometh soon! #DNC2012 #GOP2012 — WaPo manager of social media & engagement Natalie Jennings.

 Journo gets emotional about FLOTUS’s seating

“Not sure if I find it heartening or depressing that Michelle Obama appears to be sitting on the same hard plastic chairs the press is.” – LAT political writer Matea Gold.

A shout-out for the FGOTUS

“I love the first grandma, Mrs. Robinson seems so dope.” — Myles Miller, a political reporter.

Reporters get props from questionable character

“Wow. There is a legit meth head wandering around the press filing room thanking reporters for their work. #dnc2012″ — Business Insider political reporter Grace Wyler.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I am on Twitter silence until POTUS speaks at 10ish. I gotta get some stuff done so I can watch and hear his every word.” — Essence and theGrio‘s Sophia Nelson.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

WaPo’s Deputy Fix Returns from Honeymoon

WaPo‘s Aaron Blake, who works for The Fix political blog, returned from his honeymoon this past weekend. He spent two glorious weeks in Puerto Vallarta after a Saturday, May 7 wedding to longtime girlfriend, Danielle Potuto.

The wedding was held at Rose Hill Manor in Leesburg, Va. with 110 guests cheering them on. We asked for the funniest wedding moment. It was when Blake put Potuto in a chair on the dance floor and he and a whole bunch of guys dropped to their knees and sang “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” by the Righteous Brothers. “I probably cried more than she did. I’m a wedding crier — I do this at weddings of people I don’t even know all that well,” Blake said.

Washington journos spotted at the wedding: WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez, Ed O’Keefe and Rachel Weiner, NJ‘s Editor-in-Chief of “The Hotline” Reid Wilson, The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman, Politico‘s Andy Barr, and The Sacramento Bee‘s Rob Hotakainen.

From the Peanut Gallery: Wilson had this to say about the wedding: “Despite the groom’s drawbacks, Danielle looked beautiful. It was a great time, the rain held off, and Aaron proved once again he’s a lucky, lucky man.” Barr chimed in, saying, “After getting over the initial shock that Aaron is capable of showing emotion (and dances, who knew?), the wedding was a blast. Turns out Minnesotans can throw a party. He’s lucky to have her. And as long as she doesn’t have to endure him singing  ‘Tangled up in Blue’ late into a very painful night of karaoke in West Des Moines, they’ll be great together.”And Youngman remarked, “Beautiful ceremony, beautiful bride, handsome if 12-year-old groom and it ended in time to catch the Derby. Thrilled for both Aaron and Danielle.”

Congratulations to the happy couple!

WaPo’s Weiner Moves Over to ‘The Fix’

WaPo announced to staff late Monday afternoon that PostPolitics.com editor Rachel Weiner will join “The Fix” blogging team and will work closely with Chris Cillizza and Aaron Blake to “broaden The Fix brand.” Weiner replaces Felicia Sonmez, who is covering Capitol Hill and will soon head up a new congressional blog.

See memo and more specifics after the jump…

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Shuffle in National Politics Team at WaPo

WaPo brass announced a slew of beat changes and a few open positions for their National team today.  The shuffle is well summarized in the memo below: 

“We are pleased to announce several staff moves that will enhance our coverage of Congress and the White House as we head into the postelection future.

Shailagh Murray, one of this town’s keenest observers of the legislative process, will remain anchored on the Hill but take on a new role that focuses more broadly on the political dynamic between the White House and Congress. She will pay special attention to the relationship between Democrats and the president as their party regroups for 2012. Shailagh’s sophisticated understanding of politics and policy will help us chart how a divided government confronts the great economic challenges that are sure to be themes of the next campaign.

Paul Kane, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of Congress and its members, will lead our coverage of the new GOP House majority. Paul is one of the most respected correspondents on Capitol Hill. And his deep experience and sourcing will help us aggressively and authoritatively chronicle the biggest congressional power shift since 1948.

Phil Rucker, one of our most versatile writers, will bring his energy and eye to the Capitol, capturing the spectacles, dramas and small tales that animate Congress. Whether covering the news on the Senate floor or illuminating the hallway chit-chat, he will help bring to life the institution and its characters.

David Fahrenthold, a graceful writer known for decoding complex subjects, will leave the environmental beat for the challenge of making Congress accessible. He will help explain the institution’s rules, rhythms, people and legislation—whether drawing portraits or distilling complicated policy debates.

Felicia Sonmez, one of our sparkling new talents, will anchor a congressional blog aimed at breaking news and housing all that is hot and relevant in Congress. She and fellow Deputy Fix Aaron Blake had splendid runs as campaign bloggers under The Fix banner. This new blog, to which others will contribute, will provide quick, fun, edgy takes that drive the Capitol Hill conversation. PostPolitics Managing Editor Chris Cillizza will post a separate note seeking a successor to Felicia.

On the White House beat, Perry Bacon will take on a new role: following the president. He will be the reporter who most closely tracks the president’s movements, traveling with him often and mining the daily schedule for newsy developments, features, analyses and surprises. Perry is an astute analyst of the political landscape and will bring a fresh voice to the second phase of the Obama presidency.

His arrival will create more room for ace correspondents Scott Wilson and Anne Kornblut to drill deeper into White House decisionmaking and presidential relationships, to unearth news and mount significant enterprise that will help readers better understand the man in the Oval Office.

We are adding to our White House team a fourth player whose charge will also be to discover the undiscovered. There will be a separate posting for that assignment. ”

Kevin      Marilyn     Wes     Steven

Morning Reading List 09.04.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

The latest Auto-Tune the News is out. Happy Birthday to Nancy Youssef! Celebrating birthdays this weekend- tomorrow, the semi-mysterious Stephanie Green and Sunday, CBS boys Steve Chaggaris and Scott McCrary. What know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | REVOLVING DOOR
| JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander explains the delay in removing insulting comments from the Post’s website.

TV

Slate’s Jack Shafer thinks Diane Sawyer should turn down the ABC “World News” anchor slot.

And speculation about Sawyer’s GMA replacement has already begun- NYT looks at some options.

ONLINE

The Huffington Post Investigative Fund has launched.

MAGAZINES

Mediate catches up with Elle magazine’s homeless intern, who says she doesn’t feel exploited by the $150-a-month stipend because most interns doesn’t get paid at all.

BOOKS

The courts agree- the “sequel” to “The Catcher in the Rye” is a “dismal” book.

NEWS NOTES

Gawker: On the morning he was arrested on corruption charges last December, Rod Blagojevich was the nation’s biggest greaseball. So obviously, the national press was willing to say anything to land an interview. And their emails prove it.

Did the media hype up the health care town hall meetings? WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne says media went out of their way to cover town-hall meeting noise and ignored the calmer — or “boring,” from TV’s point of view — encounters between elected representatives and their constituents. (h/t Romanesko)

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Is the media’s love affair with President Obama’s White House over? FamousDC points out these pieces: Ben Smith‘s “Blaming the media, again,” Greg Sargent‘s “Obama’s Political Operation Blasts Media For Distorting Story Of August.”

REVOLVING DOOR

Promotion: Felicia Sonmez has joined the ranks of Hotline’s writing team. After reporting on the ’08 White House race for the Japanese daily, Asahi Shimbun, Sonmez was hired as an Associate Writer for the Hotline in March. This week, Sonmez was promoted to Staff Writer for the political briefing, where she will be covering Senate races.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

JOBS after the jump…

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