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Breitbart Beefs Up

The Breitbart News Network will announce two new hires today. Jeff Poor has been hired as editor of Breitbart.TV, and Frances Martel will report on politics and international issues.  Poor previously worked at the Media Research Center as a business news analyst and the Daily Caller while Martel has been at Mediaite, Telemundo and WOR Radio.

“As the Breitbart News Network continues to grow and expand, Jeff and Frances represent the type of strategic investments we will make as we continue to grow and broaden our coverage bandwidth,”  says Breitbart News President and CEO Larry Solov.

Congrats to Jeff and Frances, from all of us here at FishbowlDC!

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QUOTES of the DAY

Reporter calls for an American leader

“America needs a leader so badly. Right now, she doesn’t have one.” — The Daily Caller‘s incredibly patriotic reporter Matthew Boyle. Can a reporter ever just be a reporter? Since when is Boyle an op-ed columnist?

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…“Got to make a call on Air Force One today, connected by an operator. The little things in life.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Amie Parnes in a comical humblebrag. Oh, is that where she is?

On a serious note…

“Our @ABC correspondents @LamaHasan @JeffreyKofman are in North Africa this morning as crisis heats up. Good luck-stay safe.” — ABC News Prez Ben Sherwood.

Run Caitlin run!

“Just ran from Arlington to the base of the Capitol. I feel like Forrest Gump.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Caitlin Emma.

The Media Critic

“How do people who have hard jobs watch cable news when they come home at night? I just watched a minute of Hannity and want a nap.” — Former Mediaite writer Frances Martel.

The Media Critic II

“Watching cable news tonight (first time in 8-9 months). After 20 mins, click (sound of remote turning off).” — Paul Brandus, an independent White House correspondent who writes West Wing Report.

Harsh: Journo should’ve been aborted?

“Oddest email response to my column criticizing media reax to Romney on Egypt? Man says my mom should have aborted me for supporting Obama.” — Washington Examiner op-ed writer Philip Klein.

From the reporter’s chair: “Things you see at 9pm votes: Sen Baucus in a tux #Senate” — NBC News Senate producer Libby Leist.

Production supervisor’s dog gets hysterical over TV ding

“The ‘ding’ in the new Google Chrome commercial is driving my dog hysterically bonkers. He is growling at the TV. #mydoghatesyou.” — Doug Zimmerman, production supervisor for Environment & Energy TV’s web programming.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

Mediaite’s Family Circus

The good folks over at Mediaite sure had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. And by fantastic, we mean they stuck their heads in a meat grinder and pressed the on button. No, no, that’s not exactly true. What they actually did was engage in warfare with The Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain over whether she’s an overbearing bully who brings problems upon her victimy self or whether she’s just a buxom girl-next-door type who has listened to Madonna’s “Express Yourself” one too many times. They recapped and recapped and recapped. And they imploded on one another. Does a certain workplace need to retreat to the woods for some trust exercises led by the well-coiffed Dan Abrams?

Let’s recap, shall we?

Thursday May 24, 2012: Meghan appears on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton‘s program and maligns both conservative commentator Michelle Malkin and the late Andrew Breitbart. She says they “exacerbate people’s fears.” Breitbart is dead, but don’t let that detract from the importance of her point.

That same day, Mediaite‘s sharp-tongued Frances Martel writes a recap of the program, specifically pointing to the inappropriateness of McCain conjuring up the deceased Breitbart at a time like this.

Friday May 25, 2012: Mediaite‘s Noah Rothman, labeled as the site’s resident conservative, insists McCain is no victim. Rothman details all the Republicans McCain has publicly slashed: Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren for bringing Lindsay Lohan to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich, wife, Callista, and another GOP hopeful Rick Santorum to name a few.

Mediaite’s Frances Martel and Noah Rothman

At this point Mediaite‘s resident liberal and White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher takes to Twitter to defend Meghan, calling Noah’s piece “garbage.” Abrams chimes in, “Is it sadistic that I kind of love that @mediaite’s @tommyxtopher is taking on @mediaite’s @noah_c_rothman on twitter?” (Coming up: Abrams will report on his own apparently hilarious tweet.)

Saturday May 26, 2012: This was a big day. Meghan publishes a column in the Beast at 4:45 a.m. entitled “Cut it out Internet Bullies!” in which she emotes about the Republican Party treating her “like a freak.” The column was in response to her appearance on Sharpton’s show and details the many piercing insults she received which included “fat pig” and a suggestion that she kill herself with a cocktail of pills and booze.

By far the grandest part of the day arrives at 7:29 p.m. because that’s when Abrams of Dan Abrams’ Mediaite (oh, please don’t get mad at me for writing that!) decided to get all up in McCain’s well-moisturized face and tell her what’s what. Abrams, also well moisturized, was irate that McCain dared to refer to Mediaite as “Dan Abrams’ Mediaite” in her “Bullies” column. Whoa! How insulting. He insists anyone who’s anyone knows he doesn’t do jack for the site on a daily basis. In fact, his uninvolvement is palpable: “It’s well known that I do not edit the site,” he wrote, explaining that it’s insulting to his writers on his site to suggest as much. To exact revenge for her daring to give him ownership of his own site (that he owns), he said he purposely demeaned her by calling her “John McCain’s daughter Meghan.” Daughter of a Senator. Former Presidential hopeful. Tortured Vietnam vet. The horror. With Memorial Day coming up, this was, to say the least, touching. Abrams also provided a roundup of what happened so people reading this saga for the 5000th time could understand what was happening.

Monday May 28, 2012: By no means was the long weekend over. On Monday night at 7:26 p.m. we were treated to yet another roundup from Christopher, who challenged his boss, — um, Abrams? — by once again defending McCain. Headline: “McCain is not a ‘bully’ who ‘looks for fights.’” He also touches on Breitbart and declares that he’s 100 percent certain that if he was alive he would not have responded to McCain by calling her a “fat, clueless, whore.” We’re 100 percent certain Breitbart would’ve liked that line. Christopher’s piece takes on fairytale tones as he declares the young maiden McCain a “beautiful young woman” and calls that a “fact.” If nothing else in all this is clear, it’s this: Christopher will defend McCain to his dying day. Think sword fights and armor. Cannons. Buckets of PETA blood. Whatever it takes. Christopher, who likes to personalize his pieces, remarked that McCain’s body issues strike personal chords within him.  He doesn’t say what — and yes, are we dying to know, does it remind him of his once gangrene-laden liver? — but he says it’s especially personal to him.

“What makes this especially personal for me, though, and one of the reasons I’ve admired Meg since long before we became friends, is that the kind of attacks that Meg has had to endure also promote ideas about body image that are tangibly harmful to girls and young women. Meg’s defiance in the face of these assaults strikes a blow for them, and the example she sets is more valuable than any 10 cable news talking heads.”

And this concludes Mediaite‘s Memorial Day 2012. Now how about those trust exercises?

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

A question to which there will be no answer this campaign season

“Hey, one thing I’m still unclear on: Would Romney eat Obama’s dog food if Pawlenty mowed one acre of his lawn?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein in a Friday tweet that’s clearly some strange slight on Bo Obama. No, no, not really. It’s a play on a promise now ex-presidential hopeful T-Paw made at the GOP debate last week.

Reporter bummed about flighty woman

“Woke up feeling depressed about a hot n cold woman. After attending a picket line I feel 20x better – pickets lines always pick me up.” — Labor Journalist Mike Elk in a weekend tweet. WaPo Date Lab are you thinking what we’re thinking?

Incest Desk Revisited

Over the weekend Politico‘s Jonathan Martin appeared on NBC’s “MTP” for the roundtable. We’re sure girlfriend Betsy Fischer, the show’s executive producer, cheered on his performance that included this quote: “That’s the central question hanging over the race. Is this your father’s GOP?” Martin asked after host David Gregory flashed a quote on screen on the dichotomy of picking “establishment” candidates such as Mitt Romney and John Huntsman versus someone like Rick Perry. We reported on the incestuous nature of his appearance over the weekend. Somehow this quote didn’t make it into the rush transcript.

A mother boasts about her Washington daughter

“I can finally brag about my daughter @cbellantoni ‘s latest accomplishment. I’m going to visit Harvard!!” — Cassandra Bellantoni, reporter, LAT, HuffPost, AOL’s Patch Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills Times Mag. Producer on her daughter, Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni, getting a fellowship at Harvard.

A self-described ‘fishy-smelly’ media scribe

“I am back and fishless, but very tan. And fishy-smelly, because I did catch a few little ones. Then I am leaving again.” — Mediaite‘s Frances Martel in a fishy tweet we had to print because it’s just that fishy.

A compliment and an insult all rolled into one

“Why hasn’t Team T-Paw used his wife more? She’s dynamic on stump. She kinda seems to want it more than he does. She’s fantastic.” — Human EventsTony Lee in a weekend tweet.

Weekend musings from Ames, Iowa

“Running thru a cow barn trying to find Palin … It’s like Where’s Waldo only with more livestock.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich in a weekend tweet from Ames, Iowa.

Hey Plumline: You’re just so ‘excellent excellent’

“Thanks!” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent in a weekend response to props he received and re-tweeted from a reader because that’s such a classy thing to do these days. Just ask The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz. The compliment: “@sethdmichaels This is an excellent, excellent post by @theplumlineGS on the ‘weird’ issue.” Read Sargent’s “excellent, excellent” story here.

The Observer

“On the way to the Palin mob, ran into a furious Fox crew who hadn’t been given a heads up.” — Politico‘s Ben Smith in a weekend tweet from Ames, Iowa.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“@CQRC_Photo department is holding out on me. They bought a bubble gun from the man on First Street NE, but I’m not allowed to play w/ it.” — Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa in a Friday tweet. Jessica, you’ve done it once again. Congratulations, or like WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza writes, or something like that.

Frustrated journo

“Whoever invented pdfs you can’t copy from obviously hates journalists.” — The Hill‘s Keith Laing in a weekend tweet.

 

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QUOTES of the DAYHoliday Weekend Edition


CNN Senior Political Editor Mark Preston: “Just watched 13 and counting fishing boats leave #Hatteras aboard ferry from #Ocracoke.”

Liquid weekend

“Margarita. Sun. Water. Stir. Serve.”– LAT and Chicago Tribune writer James Oliphant in a weekend tweet.

The judge has spoken: Nir Rosen

“How sad to call yourself a journalist and cover a royal wedding.” — Lefty journo Nir Rosen in a weekend tweet. This stellar critique coming from a man who, back in February, promised to get off Twitter after he made admittedly tasteless remarks about CBS’s Lara Logan being sexually assaulted in Egypt. Among other things he wrote, “It would have been funny if it happened to Anderson [Cooper] too.” How soon Rosen forgets saying, “I feel like shrinking now.” What’s he have against royal wedding coverage?

Ezra marvels at Britney’s career trajectory

“Sort of amazed that Britney Spears is still around and making hits. Has anyone done a great ‘Britney Spears: Survivor’ profile?” — WaPo‘s liberal blogger Ezra Klein in a weekend tweet. He then links to an article by the esteemed TV host Carson Daly, who cries about how sad he is that Britney is “crawling back into the womb” of the record industry. Daly’s show, “Last Call,” airs at 1:35 a.m. ET. First Ez expresses that he loves “Ice Loves Coco,” now this. Whatever metamorphosis is happening, we’re just relieved Klein has expanded his reading repertoire from CJR.

Journo has Metro rage

“Hate the DC Metro and I hate it so much I want to strangle it with my bare hands and destroy its evilness. #metrorage #primalscream.” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Neda Semnani in a weekend tweet.

It was a long and stormy morning…

“#Boom, thought it was an earthquake in DC … Turned on TV …. Not yet? Just thunder/lightning … Ok. Back to bed.” — Human EventsTony Lee in a weekend tweet.

“Was sleeping soundly until this Wrath of God weather came along & woke me. Yes, I think we need the rain, but at 5:45am on Sunday?!?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a weekend tweet.

“Either they’re rehearsing the Fourth of July show on the Mall right now, or our independence is nearly over. #Invasion #Explosives” — WCP‘s Mike Madden in a weekend tweet.

Reporter has new pet peeve

“New airline annoyance: people who play computer solitaire with you over your shoulder.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.

Reporter declares nation sexy

“Happy Birthday America. You are still very sexy for a 235 year old.” — TWT‘s Eli Lake in a 4th of July tweet.

Sweating with Roland

“The thing I hate about the end of the Essence Music Fest is packing wet linen. I partied/sweated hard! #emf2011″ — Washington Watch Host Roland Martin in a weekend tweet.

Inskeep gets down with Prince

“Riding taxi through dark while radio plays ‘Kiss’ by Prince makes you feel you’re in a movie w/soundtrack.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Rough weekend

“Long weekend+3 power outages=kids bouncing off walls.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a weekend tweet.

The Observer

“After watching the “Page One” doc, here’s what I noticed: David Carr – a NY Times reporter – wore a Washington City Paper hat. #wemajor” — WCP Music Critic Marcus Moore in a weekend tweet.

The Critic

“You know it’s a bad day for news when half of @mikeallen‘s Playbook is Jon Huntsman news.” — Mediaite‘s Frances Martel in a weekend tweet.

Strange coincidence?

“Well, that was a first. Woman behind the desk at my gym: ”Pethokoukis?’ Is that an Indian name?’ Namaste!” — Reuters’ Politics and Policy writer Jim Pethokoukis in a weekend tweet. He goes on to say, “Also weird: yesterday I went to an Indian restaurant for the first time in my life.” Pethokoukis is Greek.