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Morning Chatter

Morning Wondering: Something to watch over your breakfast of coffee and weed. Politico‘s Dylan Byers may want to look at this – or not.

WaPo sale fallout

“What’s most interesting about Don Graham is how personally interested he is in tech. Unusual both for a newspaperman and a 68-year-old” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

“Just had a weird experience being interviewed by a Post reporter about the sale; neither of us really seem to know What It All Means.” — WCP Editor Mike Madden waxing philosophical coupled with a little Marty Rudolph capitalizing technique.

“I know this is against the principles of journalism, but can everyone just take a deep breath and relax. Most of us don’t know squat yet.” — WaPo‘s Tim Carman.

“Not sure how head of Amazon turns around an aging newspaper, but Bezos knows a bit about the web. Maybe he just subsidizes good journalism” — Fox News’ Howard Kurtz (still so strange to write that).

“The sale of the Washington Post is probably a good reminder that nobody/nothing is untouchable.” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.

“In his letter to the Washington Post, Bezos said that our coverage of restaurant openings is important! I switched beats at the right time.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

“Based on your previous purchases, Jeff Bezos, you might also like: The Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, Newsweek.” — Defense One‘s Marc Ambinder.

Dramatically untrue

“Antigua. Where love goes to die.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, who is apparently a big watcher of “The Bachelorette.” But actually Des ends up with Chris. So technically Graff is a bit off.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

vanden HEUVEL: @nprkitty My father– knew Kay and Phil Graham well– reminded me this aft.I call him whenever there are changes I have hard time coping w/

EISELE: @KatrinaNation sounds like our dads would have good chat … there is always change … who knows could be a big lift. someone has to invest

EISELE: @KatrinaNation parents still have moon landing, nixon resignation hard copy issues in attic. I will miss newsprint so much if it goes.

 

The Dirty Politics Behind Tammy Haddad’s White House Correspondents’ Brunch

Some people are feeling the sting of Tammy Haddad‘s mobster-like tactics this year as emails go unreturned and guests who’ve been attending her White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch for years are getting the cold shoulder. As the invitation says, the party supports CURE Epilepsy and the Miss America Foundation — no doubt, incredibly worthy causes, especially the first one.

“I’ve been to every one of her parties and I’ve written a check for every one of her fucking charities,” groused one ignored journalist who wasn’t invited this year after being a steadfast guest at the annual party for many years. No explanation offered.

The party, like many in Washington, is a cozy mix of politicians, aides, operatives socialites and journalists. Speaking of charity, last year President Obama‘s then-aide David Axelrod, now an MSNBC Contributor, and his wife, Susan, came to the party. (The Axelrod’s have a daughter who has epilepsy.) Actress Lindsay Lohan, who gets arrested every once in awhile, was there, as was supermodel Elle Macpherson.

“I dropped out of the whole thing when Obama got elected and I began to despise the whole Politico-MSNBC nexus,” said a guest who has attended Tammy’s soirée over the years. “Too ass kissy for me. And the sucking up to Axelrod’s wife? Made me want to puke. I honestly can’t even stand being around it, especially when I think of all the people I genuinely like who I never get to see because I have no time. And I’m hanging out with tools instead? No way.” Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — The Gratitude Edition

Happy Thanksgiving fishies. We’ve gathered some of our favorites this morning for your reading pleasure. We’ll see you back here next week unless WaPo‘s Ezra Klein grows a mustache, Politico‘s Ben White gets in another fight with a hotel desk clerk, Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn goes bald or something else unseemly happens.

Elderly woman grabs journo’s thigh

“70 y.o. woman seated next to me at fancy dinner grabbed my thigh. i asked ‘is something wrong’ she said ‘just friendly’ and didn’t let go!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Important Question to Ponder: “In the age of smartphones, why are there still people yelling out their cars windows asking me for directions?” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Ode to ex-boyfriends

“Dear all ex-boyfriends: WHY COULDN’T YOU FUCKING TURDS BE HERE GETTING KILLED BY STRAY CRANES RIGHT NOW.” — Daskrap.com‘s Moe Tkacik.

Important Question to Ponder II: “Pundit friends is it kosher to ask TV chauffeurs to roll down the windows & blast biggie smalls on their way to TV hits?” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk in an Al Jazeera ordered Lincoln Town Car.

Bureau Chief defends Christmas

“I get it’s hip to hate on Christmas. but that’s like hating grandmas. I mean, grandma has some crazy ass ideas, but she’s STILL GRANDMA.” — BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton.

A journo’s dark thoughts: He wants to scare the presidential pardoned turkey

“Shouldn’t the president maintain at least a little suspense with the turkey pardon and enter the room with a large knife or neck wringer?” — WSJ‘s Neil King. Nice idea, Neil!

Fake Jim V. weighs in on military sex scandal

“Really having a hard time separating Gen. John Allen and @jonallendc today,” writes Politico‘s Seung Min Kim. To which Fake Jim VandeHei responds: “Hint: The General is the one getting laid.”

Necessary Tweet of the Day: Pre-Thanksgiving fatness 

“Put on my suit and saw how ungodly fat I’ve gotten. Took a Xanax so now I don’t care so much.” — MetroWeekly co-publisher Sean Bugg.

How to Make it All About Me… See if you can guess who is being all self-centered right before Thanksgiving. Plus, a convo between two journos…

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Quotes of the Day

Spoken like a true gentleman with bad hair

“Pervert alert. Rep. Weiner is back on twitter. All girls under the age of 18, block him immediately.” — former possible thought about it for 20 minutes GOP Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

A fitting ending

“Back row by toilet on last shuttle out of Boston to DC – election 2012 version of last helicopter out of Saigon.” — The Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden.

Important Q to Ponder: “Whats the going rate that the tooth fairy gives for a baby tooth these days?” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Compliments from Manhattan

“BuzzFeed DC killing it today, which is good bc some of us are barely functional up here today.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Moving on (sort of, not really)

“State Dept press corps cracking jokes today about how many Congressional hearings on Benghazi we’ll have to cover, fueled by GOP vengeance.” — McClatchy foreign policy reporter Hannah Allam.

And now for the more important things in life…

“Garrett’s Caramel Corn. If you’ve had it, I need not say more. Just raise a hand and smack your lips. Yum!” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

“A fun evening out at @washingtonian‘s Whiskey Fest. Finally got to taste Vermont’s own, Whistlepig Whiskey.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff.

The Movie Critic?

“OVERRATED 007! Caught show in London last week, Marble Arch. Low budget comes thru on screen, no gadgets, locations by Priceline.com.” — Matt Drudge.

GOP’s eat their own

Bill O’Reilly is totally full of crap in his analysis.” — Conservative blogger and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain on the FNC host.

Want to join Glenn Beck in jumping off a cliff? Also: The gay harassment of FBDC’s Peter Ogburn’s continues… Read more

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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 Oopsy: th vs. ff

Here in the Fishbowl we love reporting on other people’s mistakes. And, oh yeah, we occasionally make them too. Just this morning I wrote the word “pubicist” and forgot the ever important “l”. That penis graphic may have had something to do with it. The publicist wrote and remarked, “Hi-there is a small typo in the word ‘publicist’  it is missing an ‘l’”. And another publicist added, “Let’s be honest, Most publicists are pubicists. Totally interchangeable.”

With that admission out of the way, we move on to “Morning Oopsy.” As most everyone knows, Politico‘s Mike Allen is the keeper of Washington’s birthday scene. Joan VandeHei (mother of Jim, Johnny and Julie) is still reeling from his relentless pursuit of her birthday. This morning Allen includes Washington’s hometown magazine editor Garrett Graff, Editor of Washingtonian, in the famed birthday section. Only Graff isn’t Graff, he’s Garrett Grath.

“BIRTHDAYS: Romney Ohio spokesman Christopher Maloney … CFPB’s Chris Vaeth … Garrett M. Grath, editor of The Washingtonian (J.P. Fielder: ‘We’re no longer calling him ‘astonishingly young.’)”

Happy Birthday Graff! We love you, no matter how much seersucker you wear, how many goofy lists you create and how much Scotch you swill while not disclosing that DISCUS paid for you to go on that trip to Scotland.

Washingtonian Goes MIA During Storm Coverage

A scan of local Washington pubs finds that some were more helpful than others during and after this weekend’s deadly storm.

That would be an understatement where Washingtonian was concerned. The magazine went AWOL over the weekend and didn’t cover the storm at all. Editor Garrett Graff (a.k.a. Thurston Howell) did not so much as utter a tweet on it.

WCP barely covered it, but at least Managing Editor Mike Madden posted something on Pepco at the top of the site. Even TBD, while operating with a bare bones staff ever since its Titanic type demise, seriously stepped up to the plate. A sample TBD tweet: “If you need to report an outage in your area, here are the numbers you need to call.” TWT, Politico, WaPo — most everyone relentlessly covered the storm.

“Washingtonian dropped the ball on this one,” said one local reporter. “Their monthly magazine is typically a bit behind the times, but to have no helpful information on the website to help local citizens navigate this weekend reminds that they’re not a top local destination to turn to. Cathy should reassess the publication’s leadership.” (Cathy Merrill Williams is Washingtonian‘s Publisher.)

So just what was on Washingtonian‘s website over the weekend? Popsicles, baby animals, napping, vodka-infused melon for July 4th and more.

 

Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff Can’t Google

Washingtonian‘s intrepid Editor Garrett Graff is all giddy about a new lengthy feature in his magazine. It’s as though he thinks he invented sliced bread.

The new story by Ariel Sabar concerns Jon Wojnowksi, that dedicated white-haired man drivers in Northwest Washington see holding vigil outside the National Cathedral flipping pedophilia signs.

The problem is: Everyone’s written about this guy. WaPo’s Eleanor Goldberg wrote nearly the same story two years ago. See here.

Both stories are undoubtedly well-written, poignant and touching. The main difference between them: two years.

Congratulations on inventing bread, Graff!

 

How Can I Make It About Me?

In the self-promotional culture that now dominates modern journalism, some try to make an event, story or quote all about them. Some journalists are even subtle about it. But Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff does it with an unparallelled expertise. Congratulations to Graff (or something like that). He’s referring to an award won by New York Magazine.

RT @mlcalderone: New York wins single-topic award for 9/11 Encyclopedia issue. #ellies // congratulations NY! proud to have contributed.

— Garrett Graff (@vermontgmg) May 4, 2012

Elite-Acting Journo Bemoans Elite Journos

Consider this the irony to end all ironies.

Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, a man quick to take to Twitter to talk about such Masterpiece Theatre-esque topics such as his love of scotch, or perhaps boudoir stories or The Old Meeting House in Old Montpelier, put out a dazzling example of lack-of-self-awareness Monday with this tweet:

“I don’t normally crow about media elitism, but the WaPo‘s condescension of @JoelOsteen’s rally is disappointing.” He was, of course, referring to WaPo‘s coverage of TV evangelist Joel Osteen‘s visit to Washington where he performed and prayed at Nationals Park.

See samplings of Garrett’s elitist snob tweets after the jump…

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