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WTF? With Matt Lewis

If for nothing else, the unpredictable musings of Matthew Lewis in his twice-weekly column at The Week can get people talking. But what’s he saying?

Lewis, who is Christian, writes in his column Friday that national newsrooms “should at least have a few journalists hanging around who share — or at least, aren’t hostile to — the Christian faith.” He says it would help the newsrooms “understand America,” where most people identify as Christians. A recent obituary of a former NYT reporter who was Christian and reports on a Philadelphia doctor’s extreme abortion practices inspired Lewis’ column.

Lack of diversity in the news industry is well documented, whether on race, sexuality, gender or religion. But what’s often missing is an explanation as to why an increase in diversity would lead media outlets to “understand America.” Would more Christians in a newsroom lead to different story selection? Would a Christian reporter’s story on the stock market have a different perspective than a reporter who considers himself more secular or even Jewish? What about Muslim? It’s possible to be both Christian and live a secular life in the workplace, which is something Lewis doesn’t acknowledge in the piece. So why more Christians?

“Too many Jews?” asked Gawker‘s John Cook on Twitter. “Because there are too many non-Christians?” asked Politico‘s Glenn Thrush. “I love these periodic calls for affirmative action for the religious majority,” tweeted The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta.

“I never said newsrooms shouldn’t be diverse,” Lewis defended himself to FishbowlDC. “I’m actually making an argument in favor of diversity.”

Lewis told FishbowlDC a Christian perspective is Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Quintessential Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If it’s on the menu you always want to order the lamb shank.” — Slate’s  third-tier Boybander Matt Yglesias.

Journo Love: Bret Baier a “national treasure”?

“.@BretBaier is a National Treasure of Truth. Special Report is and has always been the journalistic ideal.” — Breitbart News’ John Nolte.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:18 a.m.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Do Women Need Bras? French Studies Says Brassieres Are a ‘False Necessity”

Writer who covered butt chugging moves onto guns

Former Daily Caller writer Jeff Winkler, who previously wrote about butt chugging (it’s just how it sounds, but worse) for Vice Magazine, now brings us a story about guns for The New Republic. His mission? To find New Yorkers moving to Texas for easier gun laws. Specifically, Winkler, now a writer in Austin, wanted to find people who had answered the call of Texas AG Greg Abbott, whose online ad read: “Keep your guns, come to Texas.” The task wasn’t simple, but Winkler found Craigslist useful in his reporting. An excerpt:

“No commentator, sane or otherwise (they’re all crazy), thinks the migration is due to lax gun laws. Yet, with thousands of people making the move, at least a few of them had to be packing their bags in order to freely pack heat. I wanted to find such a principled and dedicated person, if he or she (but probably he) existed. So I went to the one place where you can find anything and everything. I went to Craigslist.” 

Quote taken out of a context

“chronic overwriters” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.

Done with cherry blossoms

“Cherry blossom traffic jam. The worst.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

Author miserable on book tour

“Hate travel. Hate book tour. Enraged and bitter. Want to eat fudge. Or starve, become Angelina Jolie. Go to Africa, get killed by snakes.” — Author and outspoken Democrat Anne Lamott.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — the Oscar edition

Oscar coverage, attendance

“I just used a port-a-potty while wearing a tux. #glamour#oscars” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

“I love that my ticket for the Oscars tonight specifies ‘formal’ attire.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic, whose work in ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, was made into an Oscar-nominated documentary, “How to Survive a Plague.”

Editor dreads need for reading glasses

“Getting gray hair didn’t bother me. Hitting 40 was no big deal. But new realization that reading glasses are necessary isn’t sitting well.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Sighting: rapper at DCA

“SPOTTED – @2chainz at DCA Washington Reagan National Airport this morning #DMV” — Marky Mark, a.k.a. Mark Wilkins, DC Celebrity. 2 Chainz’ real name is Tauheed Epps. His previous nickname was Tity Boi.

Dana Perino: a slave to travel size products

“Very glad to have found @3floz - products to save a woman traveler’s life. Take THAT airport security lines!” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

“On our way to the Oscars.” – Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, with wife, Elizabeth.

D.C. Oscar Observers

  • “Reese Witherspoon says she let her 13-year-old pick out her dress. It shows.” — Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.
  • “Seacrest, you really don’t need to stoop down to talk to Little Q.” — Conservative freelancer Lisa De Pasquale.
  • “I know everyone loves her… but every time Kerry Washington opens her mouth and I’m watching, I swear I lose brain cells.” — D.C. socialite Katherine Kennedy.
  • “It is now time for me to turn off and stow electronic devices. BUT HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SEE WHAT ANNE HATHAWAY IS WEARING? Ugh.” — The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler.
  • “Somebody get a box for Ryan Seacrest to stand on.” — Paul Brandus, of West Wing Reports and a columnist for The Week.
  • “Whoever is pregnant lady in the black lace cap sleeve dress, it suits you vvery nicely. you are w/channiing tatum who suits well too. #Oscar.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.
  • “OMG, Beasts of the Southern Wild won’t win because it’s too good to win, too good for this world!” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.
  • “John Travolta introducing the muscials tribute is pretty gay.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.

Splish Splash…“Just gave the one-week-old a bath. To thank me, she drenched me with urine.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Um, use the rear entrance

“TONIGHT: Fashion Industry Sunday Party in DC at Huxley w/sexy deep house and live sax. Open bar 8-9pm! Use rear entrance, knock twice!” — Real Housewives of D.C.’s favorite stylist Paul Wharton.

D.C. journo finds a new pet peeve and more D.C. scribes offer Oscar observations, some are even worth reading… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: Hurricane-Cyclone Sandy Edition

“DC, take it from Coco Pebbles Chanel: it never hurts to be prepared.” — The Hill’s Howlma Kurtz, a.k.a. Judy Kurtz with accompanying picture.

Mixed feelings: “TWIITTER, I HATE YOU…. OK, I LOVE YOU” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman was less confused: “TV seems dull compared to Twitter. Reading my feed I eagerly turned on cable and … Meh.” And Assoc. Editor of The Atlantic Brian Fung slammed the medium: “Glad to know that even in the midst of a hurricane, the Internet is still capable of kicking up monstrously dumb debates. Whew.”

Dork in the Storm

“My wife just remembered we had a bunch of small airline-style bottles of booze squirreled away. #yesplease.” — MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Morally outraged.

“Protip: Tweets that make political jokes about storm that’s killed at least five people are maybe not worth sending.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman.

“Twitter is great and all but it’s proving tonight why journalism with real reporting and sourcing is essential.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent and resident Michelle Obama Fan Club Prez Amie Parnes.

“My wife gave birth to our three children at NYU. Horrifying to think of what’s going on there now. Horrifying.” — Conservative writer and professional Twitter fighter John Podhoretz, affectionately known as PodWhore.

“Has the storm past DC and we are through the worst of it? Swear I can’t tell from the coverage.” — CNN Democratic Analyst Hilary Rosen.

“Sandy has taken down Buzzfeed AND Huffington Post! The horror!” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence. Reacting to the news, Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte remarked sarcastically, “That’s a shame.”

Powerless.

“Lights out here in McLean, Virginia” — The Daily Mail’s Toby Harnden, who will join the UK Sunday Times in January. He posted the accompanying photo.

“NoVa storm update: Power out. Water in basement. Reading Cat in the Hat to 3-year-old by flashlight.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Feeling stir crazy so went to neighborhood Izakaya place. Returned home to find cable + Internet down.” — The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta.

“First electricity flicker. 4:32 p.m.” — HotAir‘s Mary Katharine Ham.

“Afraid for your power? Both the Gtown and West End Ritzs are offering $229 ‘Sandy’ rates for locals. Beats a night in the cold dark!” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, who likes to appreciate the finer things in life such as Scotch and beautiful hotels.

“And my power just went out here in North Bethesda Maryland. It was a good run folks.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle.

Journo upset about stew and other random complainers

“Sandy is whistling here in my neighborhood. Not as loud as a train coming through the alley or dump truck moving down the street. But loud!” — Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile.

“Afraid the storm-related low pressure is causing my stew to tenderize freakishly slowly.” — Slate economics reporter Matt Yglesias.

“Suddenly, insisting on having a top floor apartment seems like a bad idea. Sounds like debris is hitting my roof!” — The Daily Caller‘s Publicist Nicole Roeberg.

Storm Chasers

“The wind outside my window has very quickly gone from interesting to extremely troubling.” — MetroWeekly‘s Randy Shulman.

“Flying debris now showing like a fast-motion movie through my back window.” — WaPo‘s Erik Wemple.

Comic relief

“El Chucko de Schumer esta hoggingo el microphoño! Que learno to shareo!” — Miguel Bloombito, expressing the media whore tendencies of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.).  If you’re not following him, you must: @ElBloombito.

Anderson Cooper is doing a phoner on CNN so I have no idea how tight his shirt is. Therefore I have no idea how bad things are.” — NBC News’ Shawna Thomas, who later claimed to borrow a variation of a joke from SNL’s Seth Meyers.

“Sexual CNN Headlines.” — NYT comm asst. Jordan Cohen with accompanying picture.

“Oh thank God, David Corn is about to give us his perspective on Sandy on Hardball. Storm coverage is complete now.” — TownHall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Watching CNN coverage of Sandy giving me PTSD. Just put on my CNN windbreaker and started interviewing neighbors w/a plastic microphone.” — former CNN anchor Miles O’Brien.

See which blogger feared the storm might make her pregnant and what advice could MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain possibly have?

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

HBO’s Bill Maher: Mr. Sensitive

“Read the Declaration of Independence today – kind of complain-y in the middle, but the beginning and end really stand up.” — Bill Maher.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between White House Correspondent Jake Tapper and NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro. Shapiro is in London on a Pink Martini bus tour with singer and songwriter Storm Large. Tapper, meanwhile, is headed to Ohio with President Obama.

Tapper: “You chose London over a bus tour of Northern Ohio?”

Shapiro: “Something tells me this isn’t the last OH bus tour.”

Important Question to Ponder… “Why is Jennifer Hudson singing the Weight Watchers song at the Boston fireworks?” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

Happy 4th of July!

“And now, the Nat’l Symphony Orchestra and Marine Band join forces for ‘Call Me Maybe’ …” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.

“Nice to be away from dc crowds in wolfeboro nh to watch the fireworks by the docks. Beautiful.” — CNN’s Dana Bash.

“Dude, fuck this shit being in the middle of the work week.” — The X.D. Experience (not a D.C. journo but nonetheless funny).

“Almost irony – getting yelled at to ‘move along’ by cop @14 & Indep. for crime of asking directions to bike path. #IndependenceDay” — Derrick Perkins, reporter and photog for Alexandria Times.

Derecho Storm Fallout Complaint Desk

“Pepco PTSD: The fireworks tonight sound like thunder. Chilling.” — Kiplinger‘s Ken Bazinet.

“Is there anything else I should be doing @VerizonSupport?” — NBC Washington’s Jim Long. More from Long: “I need to accept that this is the week of things not working #fb”

“About to start day 6 without power.” — RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer.

“On day 6 of no power, #Pepco changes our status from ‘no crew assigned yet’ to ‘your outage has not been reported’ – not cool. @WTOP” — D.C. and Baltimore-based journo Carolyn Procter.

Oh?

“Don’t like millimeter wave machines so opted for pat down at airport. They stick their fingers inside your waistband now!” — The Atlantic‘s Senior Editor Garance Franke-Ruta.

 

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day: The Nearly All Female Cast

The Prognosticator

“Cain isn’t running a campaign, he launched a soap opera.. voters will not want to watch much longer, I suspect.” — WaPo‘s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Anatomy of a sex scandal

“Law of sexual scandal: There is no such thing as two. Either a 1-person thing (Sanford) or lots of women (Weiner, Clinton).” — The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta. Of course, this was before the third woman came forward regarding Cain.

Journo wants to set Cain’s COS free

“Why isn’t Mark Block smoking on Fox News right now? Let Block be Block!!” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel.

Editorial disagreements

“I think ‘presidentials’ should be a word, referring to the candidates. But spell check doesn’t agree. Neither does my editor.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Politico CLICK screws up Bob Barker embargo: At the conclusion of their interview with the ex-game show host who visited Capitol Hill this week to fight for animal rights, they wrote, “Editor’s Note: Due to a production error, POLITICO inadvertently broke the embargo on this story. We regret the error.” The story published at 6:47 a.m. Wednesday morning.

AP’s Hunt steps back and assesses

“Herman Cain campaign manager goes on Fox to demand an apology from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Somewhere, Mitt Romney is smiling.” — AP‘s Kasie Hunt.

Weingarten launches Mel Gibson’s campaign for Prez

“Man, this GOP field. They need someone comparatively solid and stable and ‘safe’ to get in that race, like Mel Gibson.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. If this happens, we want Weingarten as Gibson’s Chief of Staff.

Fake Jim predicts what’s next for Cain

“TOMORROW ON POLITICO: Only female employee at NRA not harassed by Cain sues for discrimination” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

The Atlantic Hooks Politico’s Ball

Politico‘s Molly Ball is headed to The Atlantic, where she will be a staff writer covering national politics for TheAtlantic.com. Before Politico she was a reporter for the Las Vegas-Review Journal and Las Vegas Sun. She attended Yale. Past reporting jobs have led her to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Cambodia and to the NYT and WaPo.

“Molly’s experience as a fast-moving political reporter will be a big benefit to our 2012 coverage,” said Editorial Director of Atlantic Digital Bob Cohn. “The voice and clarity she brings to her writing, combined with her instinct for cut-through-the-clutter analysis, make her a great fit at The Atlantic.”

Ball will work closely with channel editor Garance Franke-Ruta. Her first day is October 3.

Congratulations to Ball.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

“Sunrise at ‘Keswick Hall’ Thomas Jefferson Country Charlottesville, Va.” — Photograph by Sky News White House Commentator and Georgetown Adjunct Prof. Jon-Christopher Bua.

Dangerous times…

“Dammit, I think I accidentally killed my pumpkin vines. Was trimming them but might’ve cut the main vine. Hope not.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Bizarre hurricane plant fallout

“I think the hurricane was full of seeds. All kinds of unusual sprouting in the balcony boxes this morning. #greenshoots” — The Atantic‘s online Politics Editor Garance Franke-Ruta.

Henneberger scolded for enjoying Nat Review story

“Was just reprimanded for laughing out loud while reading Mark Steyn‘s National Review cover story on free speech: ‘Stop laughing at conservative jokes!’ (Child of mine, is it not a free country? And it is a good piece…)” — Left-leaning former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger.

TV reporter makes urgent declaration about rain

“I love the rain! …….There, I said it.” — WaPo Opinion Columnist Jonathan Capehart.

NJ scribe leaves for Iraq

“Setting off on a 3-week reporting trip to #Iraq. Charlie’s tail was down as I left; she could sense something was up.I miss Annie already.” — NJ‘s Yochi Dreazen.

A meaningful walk through MLK memorial

“Saw the MLK memorial today w/ my dad, who marched w/ him thru hostile streets in Chicago in ’65. And my son, who grows up in a better world.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball.

Is the cupcake craze finally crashing?

“Dear girl on Metro wearing what I presume is an ironic? shirt featuring a cupcake with a thought-bubbled, “?*#!” I don’t get it.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I am never allowing Cinnamon Toast Crunch in my house again. Devil in a cardboard box.” — MetroWeekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Managed to grill the salmon in between summer DC thunderstorms. Now it’s pouring again #justintime” — The Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz. Don’t take this the wrong way Howie, but we actually prefer you self-pimping your show to mindless chatter about your salmon grilling abilities.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Anyone lost a bunny?

“If anyone in NW DC has lost a cute bunny rabbit, it’s hopping around on grass at 18th and R.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams in a Wednesday tweet.

New journo practices

“OK, so do other editors also get story pitches by text message now? Is this a thing?” — The Atlantic Senior Editor Garance Franke-Ruta in a Wednesday tweet.

I have my eye on you, spam

“Twitter spam with an alleged warning about something bad being said about me on a blog will soooo NOT work.” — GOP pundit Kevin Madden in a Wednesday tweet.

Out of Context Quote

“but seriously, the most important one is the neck pillow. :) ” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Wednesday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I do not know who thought to put thyme in a cocktail, but it is delicious.” — Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa in a Wednesday tweet.

On Tapper’s advice to young reporters

“I am really old when @jaketapper is the guy giving avuncular advice to ‘young reporters.’ @jaketapper *is* a young reporter.” – The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus in a Wednesday tweet. Tapper provided tips Wednesday for young reporters on the campaign trail which we will run shortly.

Cue up the violins

“Dear Firefox, it’s over. We’re through. Five crashes in one morning? Any helpful advice on Safari vs. Chrome?” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence in a Wednesday tweet.

Long Winded Journalism

“Better call a @DailyCaller staff meeting, I got a mean deuce brewing.” — Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher in a Wednesday tweet. He wrote a story on The Daily Caller‘s coverage of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) possibly passing gas on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show. Some Daily Caller reporters bristled at Christopher’s assessment of their story. Christopher tried to joke, but it was a bit late. “I kid because I love,” he wrote.

The Gentleman

“Let the record show I agreed to change seats so a little girl could sit next to her mother. Please alert the Nobel Committee.” — CBS White House Radio Reporter Mark Knoller in a Wednesday tweet.

The Observer

“Have to say: Bachmann Newsweek cover looks even worse on newsstand surrounded by other mags.” — The LAT and Chicago Tribune‘s James Oliphant in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo advertises low GPA

“As someone who graduated college w/ a 2.5 gpa it amazes me number of grad students/professors who follow me on twitter.” — Labor Journalist Mike Elk in a Wednesday tweet.

Pink sandals are a hit for WaPo fashion writer

“My new neon pink @maraisusa sandals are getting tons of love from strangers today. Guess my random @ebay purchases can be a good thing.” — WaPo Fashion writers Janet Bennett Kelly and Holly Thomas in a Wednesday tweet.

You know it’s August when…

“I really needed these Lays Dill Pickle chips and they needed me.” — WaPo Express’ Sara Schwartz in a Wednesday tweet.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


Weinerpalooza Rages On

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart: “This is the weirdest story I’ve ever seen in my f–king life or the greatest episode of Maury ever.

“Has there ever been a sex scandal in Libertarian or Vegetarian parties?” — NPR’s Scott Simon in a Tuesday morning tweet.

“Press Secretary-ing 101: Do not let anyone else near the podium. Know how to cut the mic.” — NBC News Communications Director Erika Masonhall in a Monday tweet.

“Weiner rips off mask, revealing that it’s been Gary Condit all along!” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Monday tweet referring to ex-Rep. Gary Condit (D-Calif.), who left Congress in 2003 while embroiled in a scandal involving a dead intern, Chandra Levy. Condit had an extramarital affair with Levy. Last year Ingmar Guandique was convicted of the murder and was sentenced to 60 years behind bars.

“There are no new sins in Washington, only new means of committing them.” — ABC’s Karen Tumulty in a Monday tweet.

“As if male cat owners didn’t already look bad enough … #weiner” — Politico‘s infamous cat-owning Patrick Gavin in a Monday tweet.

“Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwkward…” — TWT‘s Kara Rowland in a Monday tweet.

“I think Andrew Breitbart needs a haircut and a tie. I wonder if he paid for the photos released today?” — Liberal syndicated columnist Karl Frisch in a Monday tweet.

“I picked a bad day to give up sniffing glue. #weinergate” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s flack Brad Dayspring in a Monday tweet.

“Breitbart just totally bigfooted Rep. Weiner’s press conference. Say what you will about the guy, but that’s some gangster shit.” — Jared Keller, Associate Editor for The Atlantic and The Atlantic Wire, in a Monday tweet.

“Say what you want, but this is quite painful to watch.” — NJ‘s Ethan Klapper in a Monday tweet.

“This is like the OJ trial – I CAN’T TAKE MY EYES OFF IT!” — Conservative commentator Ann Coulter in a Monday tweet during Weiner’s hotel appearance.

“Grassley tells me he’s found a way to avoid Weiner’s problems on Twitter. ‘I don’t send pictures,’ he quips.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju in a Monday tweet from Capitol Hill after interviewing Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

“NEW RULE: Someone needs to yell ‘Were you fully erect?’ at end of every press conference.” – Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Monday tweet in reference to the heckler who began shouting at Weiner just before he left the hotel.

“If I could be a fly on a wall today, it would be for the conversation between Huma Abedin and Hillary Clinton.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Monday tweet.

“Weiner is definitely going to have some fences to mend. I think his wife is going to have to be part of the equation.” — HuffPost‘s Alex Wagner on MSNBC’s Cenk Uygur show Monday with substitute host Al Sharpton.

“No, I do not have offices at the Weinergate. It is @thewatergate, and it is perfectly dignified. #gatehate.” — The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta in a Monday tweet.

 

 

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