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Newsroom tension

“You know you’ve written a good editorial if it makes your boss uncomfortable. @BrettMDecker” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.

Is WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten Constipated?

“@fishbowlDC is so negative, petty & argumentative, & so wanting to start fights, they’ll probably try to make something out of this tweet.” — WaPo‘s humor columnist Gene Weingarten lost his sense of humor Wednesday after we dared to make a few observations about Washingtonian’s profile of him in its December issue. Weingarten, whose Twitter avatar is a classic pile of poop, was particularly incensed that FBDC Contributor Eddie Scarry asked about his Hepatitis C diagnosis after he admittedly told a big fat fib about his sister dying in a swimming pool that appeared in the profile. Despite all the drama (and maybe because of it), the profile is actually interesting and worth a read.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Could I eat an entire box of Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars in one sitting? I believe strongly that I could.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

A day in the life…

“Dear universe, I’d rather be waterboarded. Fuck all of you, you’re all so fucking insipid I am literally out of vomit.” — Washington-based freelancer Moe Tkacik. We also personally enjoyed this one: “Hi person I don’t know. GO TO FUCKING HELL. And this one: The New York Observer, Ezra Fucking Klein, Mattafuckingthias, and everyone else can fucking eat shit.

RT’s are not endorsements

The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza: RTs DO NOT EQUAL ENDORSEMENTS RT @bazecraze: The Republican primary is like angry sex. It’s down to the d— versus the p—y.

Erickson is no fan of Toddlers & Tiaras

“Very upset with @AC360 subjecting me to clips from Toddlers & Tiaras. Glad no one could see my face during that. Wow.” — RedState Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson. This was also upsetting for him: “Leave @AC360 and have a car wreck happen right in front of me. So close glass got on my car. Still shaking.”

Quote Taken Out of Context

“@MichelleFields Ask @Jamie_Weinstein about the unicorn he claims he saw while having lunch.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas. (The context: Weinstein is vacationing in South Africa and Zambia and apparently said he saw a unicorn. He quickly corrected himself and said he meant to say Zebra.)

Katrina can’t take any more Trump

“Piers Morgan –Do you really need to give Donald Trump more time to air his BS?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuval.

Scribe gets q about her height

“A punk on the street last night asked me, how tall are you? My answer? Tall enough to overlook your impertinence!” — HuffPost fashion contributor Stephanie Green.

Journo needs Zzzzz’s

“Thought I lost my BlackBerry. It was in my hand. #tired #goodnight.” — Former Washington Examiner scribe Freeman Klopott, who now works for Bloomberg in Albany.

Boybander saves day?

“Just corrected the Senate Majority Leader, BAM!”  TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

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Examiner Fills Klopott’s Big Shoes Quickly

Well that was fast. This morning the Washington Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott announced the news that he was resigning and moving to Albany to work for Bloomberg News. Examiner Editor Stephen Smith says he will miss the reporter’s “gaudy tie collection” among other things. This afternoon the Examiner is on the ball and has already filled the City Hall beat with Liz Farmer, who has worked for the publication for two years. Farmer’s position will also soon be filled. An announcement is expected within a few days. There is no job opening.

We are by no means suggesting that Farmer’s legs are hairy.

See Smith’s internal memo…

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Washington Examiner’s Freeman Klopott to Bloomberg in Albany, N.Y.

Many local reporters hop over to Bloomberg just off New York Avenue. Washington Examiner City Hall scribe Freeman Klopott is taking his move all the way to Albany, N.Y.

“I guess I’ll make it official: I’m moving to Albany, NY to cover Gov. Cuomo and NY st. legislature for Bloomberg,” wrote Klopott this afternoon, mercifully forgoing any wait for press releases from his respective news organizations.

After receiving various notes of congratulations, he wrote, “Thank you everyone! Too many folks to reply to directly. I’m very excited and have loved covering DC.”

Not all of it was flattering. WaPo humor columnist Gene Weingarten busted on Klopott for his favorite sports team, the New York Giants. “Hey, do you fear The Gents are going to suck as badly as I fear they are?” Weingarten asked. Klopott replied, “When it comes to big blue I am the eternal optimist, for good or ill.”

Congratulations to Klopott.

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Quotes of the Day

Whose Lips?

Question of the hour…“Is Martin Bashir ever coming back? Or are we just going to have rotating weeks of Ezra Klein and [Jonathan] Capehart at 3 p.m. on MSNBC?” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo sees bloodshed in Syria

“Just once I’d like to get through a day without seeing another dead child in Syria. I think I’ve seen four today. One is too much. Ever.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Tuesday tweet.

HuffPost Hill snaps at Politico scribe

“No shit,” wrote HuffPost Hill (Editor: Eliot Nelson) in a reactionary RT of Politico‘s Byron Tau‘s message: “Matt Bai says Pawlenty failed to articulate a compelling reason for his candidate.” Read Bai’s piece here.

Buttry is butt of own joke

And now, JRC Employee and former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry gets a laugh at his own expense… “Who booked a flight this early? Me? Where do I complain about that?” By the way, he’s at Omaha Eppley Airfield, which he embarrassingly checked into on foursquare.

Journos on the run

“Morning run thru beautiful Dubuque–past a giant statue of ‘American Gothic’” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush in a Tuesday tweet.

“Went running this am for the first time in 2 years, forgot how great it makes me feel. Machines at the gym just don’t compare.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott in a Tuesday tweet.

The Media Critic

“Amazing how people cannot quote properly. Perry didn’t say ‘almost treasonous’ — quote was “almost treacherous … treasonous.” — Human Events’ Tony Lee in a Tuesday tweet. He points out that lefty ThinkProgress got the quote wrong by leaving out treacherous…see here. He adds that CNN’s Peter Hamby was among the few to get it right.

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“I hope the wait means the food & beer are good.” — former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Thursday tweet from Moab, Utah, where he is in the above photograph. Buttry “checked into” the brewery  on Foursquare. A big thank you to his wife, Mimi, for sending along this picture of Buttry among the buttes. Buttry boasts that he was called “Butthead” long before the real one ever existed.

Arianna, Arnold and sleep

“Arnold, 2009: ‘You only need to sleep six hours and then you have 18 hours left.’ Turns out he should have slept more.” — HuffPost/AOL‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in a Thursday tweet.

Europe bound

“Off to Ireland ….” — NBC’s Norah O’Donnell in a Thursday tweet.

Journo self-protection

“I refuse to click the AP wire story slugged: ‘AP-BC-US Baby-death-microwave.’ — Politico Special Projects Editor Russ Walker in a Thursday tweet.

Irritated journalist

“There’s a special place in hell for whomever added me to this latest PR database. No, I don’t want to interview ‘social media gurus.’ — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Thursday tweet.

Peculiar sequence of events…

“Just ran into Jay Carney, which is odd, because seconds earlier, his admin told me he was ‘with the President.’” — Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher in a Thursday afternoon tweet. Later he heard back from Deputy White House Press Sec. Josh Earnest for this story on The Boston Herald being axed from White House Press Pool. The gist: The White House stands by its decision to leave the paper high and dry but has some fancy explanations for it.

Wapo apologizes to the Israeli Prime Minister: “We meant ‘Binyamin,’ but we wrote ‘Benjamin.’ Sorry, Mr. Netanyahu.”

Dark Thoughts…

“Don’t forget to wish me a Happy Birthdeath tomorrow.” — NBC News Political Correspondent Michael Viqueira in a Friday morning tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Entire building just shook from thunder.” — Washington Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott in a Thursday tweet.


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The Daily Beast columnist and Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) daughter Meghan McCain: “Hola from 35,000 feet! (I look weird because it’s hard to twitpic on a plane).”

CBS Sports Correspondent  Kaylee Hartung: “My mom @julieetucker is in the studio with me… Being, well, a mom.”

Scribe offers St. Patty’s threats

“If anyone mocks the Irish today I’m gonna put down these bagpipes, drink too much of this Jameson, and start a fight. #HappyStPatricksDay” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Thursday tweet.

WTF at a glance

“Bonefish w/ the wife. Bang bang shrimp here I come” — The Washington Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott in a Wednesday tweet. We hope Klopott never employs these words again to his wife, to us, to anyone.

Two journos with zero taste

“It’s a good thing they waited until David Broder passed away, or they would have had to give him his very own tab.” — Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan in a Wednesday post. Followed by Salon‘s porn star mustachioed Alex Pareene, who couldn’t even come up with an original disgusting line regarding the late Broder (who died just last week). Pareene had to borrow Nolan’s “joke” and declare that this was the “joke I wish I’d made.” Pareene goes a step further — he can’t even spell JournoList correctly — he spelled it “JournList,” saying, “Had they not fired Dave Weigel I assume he’d be left-leaning, maybe? Or maybe they fired him not for his JournList comments but because they weren’t sure where to put him after the redesign.” Pareene, you are such a class act. Brings tears to our eyes. [No links for losers.]

Hulse adds a little color to Twitter

“Lots of colorful metaphors in House debate on CR – lurching like drunken sailor, no way to run a railroad, water torture, pile of crap.” — NYT Carl Hulse in a tweet earlier this week.

TV Journo off to Rio

“Morning all! having breakfast with my family then off to Miami later today. Tomorrow I fly to Rio de Janeiro Friday for White House trip.” — NBC Washington’s Jim Long in a Thursday morning tweet.

Pundit wakes early to write

“My weekly column is due on Thursdays, so I get up at 3am — honestly it is the best hour to focus on the day ahead. Writing about budget.” — Democratic pundit and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile in a Thursday morning tweet.

Watch Out: An FOW (Friend of Weigel) on the loose

“Among the perks of hanging out with @daveweigel is that when he mentions you on Twitter the DC blogs who hate him start following you. #SXSW” — Matt Repchak in a Wednesday tweet. God knows who Repchak is, but he says he tweets for work (a sports outlet) and is otherwise hanging with Weigel in Austin.

The Critic

“The redesign makes me less likely to go back to their webpage, which i typically visit frequently.” — Politico congressional reporter Jake Sherman in a Wednesday tweet.

Morning Reading List, 11.30.07

Good morning Washington.

  • You think Facebook is stupid (but admit it — you secretly love it).


  • The Examiner announced the addition of two reporters — Leah Fabel who most recently worked on a web-based project on the role of faith in American and Freeman Klopott who for the past 14 months has been covering city government, environmental issues and general assignments for the Keene (N.H.) Sentinel.


  • How about some straight talk to go along with newspaper transformation?”

  • Editors say news in print will stay


  • The AP reports, “The desire for greater control over how search engines index and display Web sites is driving an effort by leading news organizations and other publishers to revise a 13-year-old technology for restricting access. Currently, Google Inc., Yahoo Inc. and other top search companies voluntarily respect a Web site’s wishes as declared in a text file known as ‘robots.txt,’ which a search engine’s indexing software, called a crawler, knows to look for on a site.”

  • Washington Post reports, “AOL has begun flooding the Web with dozens of new and updated products, many of which do not even bear its famous name, in an attempt to expand its network and reach people wherever they may be. With a partner, it runs edgy celebrity gossip site TMZ. It recently started Bluestring, a site that scours the Internet for one’s photos, videos and music and stores them in one place online. And it has unveiled a video search engine called Truveo used by Microsoft’s Web sites, the technology portal CNet and others.”

  • Check out the latest Washington Social Diary.

  • Salon’s Joan Walsh on “Integrity and slime, in old media and new


  • Big local tv news: “WJLA Grabs Top Spot At 11 p.m. From WRC”

  • Matthew Felling wonders why Ann Coulter is on C-SPAN (perhaps it’s because she wants to be the WH press secretary)

  • A look at PBS’ Newshour.

  • reports, “The four US television networks in a pay dispute with Hollywood television writers over online video advertising are in line to generate $120m of revenues in 2007 from free web streaming of their content, according to a leading media buyer.”

  • The Chicago Tribune reports, “With little time to spare for Tribune Co., the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission proposed regulatory relief Wednesday that would help Chicago billionaire Sam Zell close the $8.2 billion deal to take the media conglomerate private by year’s end.”

  • The New York Times reports, “Coming off a setback at the hands of the cable television industry, the head of the Federal Communications Commission moved to reassert himself on Wednesday by proposing that the commission quickly adopt a rule that would prevent Comcast, the nation’s biggest cable company, from becoming larger, commission officials said.”


  • His Exrtreme-ness tells us, “A rare night out for Extreme Mortman yesterday as we joined the steadfastly magnificent folks at Reason magazine to hear ‘Confessions of a Political Hit Man: An Evening with Roger Stone.’ We found the literary libertarian company pleasing — and Roger Stone even more pleasing still.”

  • Jon Fine’s media predictions for 2008.


  • Congressional Quarterly is looking for a Schedules Researcher, Committees Reporter and an Assistant Documents Editor.

  • Thompson Publishing Group is looking for an Experienced Editor and an Editor/Writer.

  • Northern Virginia Daily is seeking a Bureau Chief.

  • Voice of America is looking for a Web journalist.

  • The Bay is looking for a Local/Breaking News Reporter.

  • The Navy League of the United States is seeking an Assistant Editor.

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