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Hot ‘n Spicy Shuster

“Friday night’s orgasmic surprise.  David Shuster anchoring Current TV in a black suit and gorgeous black/blue tie.  So hot.  More please.” — Anonymous FishbowlDC reader

Herman Cain Sighting

“So I’m waiting by the @houstontexans locker room and guess who comes by on a golf cart? @thehermancain. I told him it’s time for that talk!” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.

Rubin sees bright side of sniffles

“I’ll be on CSPAN Washington Journal at 830 am ET today..got a nasty cold so I’ll have my Brenda Vaccaro voice.” — WaPo conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Boybander Betrayed

“Awww, crap. Slept thru Up with Chris Hayes!” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler. But clearly, Think Progress‘ blogger Matt Yglesias is the suck-up. He writes, “They need to broadcast @chrislhayes’s show here in Europe, where it would be on at a very civilized hour.”

Journo defends Waffle House to the death

“I also found it offensive Huntsman said Romney was running for President of Waffle House. I ate there twice a day sometimes. #SoGood” — Human EventsTony Lee.

Daylight Savings: The Aftermath

“You know the kind of person who forgets daylight savings despite all the warnings? Well, I am that person every year. Twice.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

“It wouldn’t be Day Light Savings without my mother-in-law waking us up to remind us we can sleep an hour later.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Journo Baffled by D.C.

“At my hotel bar in DC. I swear I can’t figure this city out. #HELP” — NYT‘s Charles Blow.

Entirely Unnecessary Newsflash of the Day

Maybe Mother Jones Washington Bureau David Corn won’t need a new TV after all. Over the weekend, he wrote: “Not as if I couldn’t watch #CainGrinch. Today the deer hit my car, and my 25-year-old television started working again. Figure that one out.”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Saturdays seem to be my day for staying off the grid. Except, um, for occasional peeks.” — The Daily Beast‘s/CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz. How many tweets Howie needs to pimp “Reliable Sources” this weekend: 6.

Why Breitbart retweets the haters

“I don’t just RT H8 to show the left is filled with H8ers. I also RT H8 to show how little self-policing of H8 there is within the PC left.” — BigGov founder Andrew Breitbart who was in Washington this weekend starting with a conservative happy hour on Friday night.

The Braggart

“As much fun as the next 4 days in London will be, sad I’ll miss the extra sleep of Daylight Saving Time, since Europe has already switched.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. Chance that he could just tell Washington that he was traveling to London? Zero.

Stinking Up the Joynt

Washingtonian‘s newest blogger Carol Joynt spent the last three years feeding scooplets about herself to outlets like DCRTV, FishbowlDC and countless other Washington sites. Over the last year and a half we’ve received numerous requests to cover her events, some of which we have. But by all indication, DCRTV’s frightening proprietor Dave Hughes has been the most generous in indulging Joynt’s requests for publicity (although we never actually saw him at a Q & A Cafe — not sure the Ritz lets those types in). And, when Joynt headed to the Washingtonian, Hughes didn’t disappoint: He got an early heads up about Joynt’s move from New York Social Diary and wrote it up.

So Joynt gets to Washingtonian and her first in-depth profile is about…guess who? That’s right, Hughes, the “journalist” who lifts more copy than anyone in Washington. See here, here and here. Is that going to be Capital Comments’ legacy, you scratch my back I scratch yours? Or, kiss up to Carol and the magazine will repay you kindly? That visual is troublesome — and we don’t want to contemplate scratching Hughes’s back literally or otherwise.

We reached out to Joynt for comment on why she chose Hughes as her first subject. She claims Hughes wasn’t first to get her news because of her but rather because of a Washingtonian press release. We hardly think Washingtonian has Hughes on speed dial. What’s more, when Joynt sent FBDC the news, there was no release. So, sorry, we call B.S. on that one.

In her story, Hughes astonishingly says people steal stories from him. Joynt, in a subsequent email to FishbowlDC, says all media reporters accuse one another of stealing. But the truth is, not everyone steals. Contrary to Hughes’s vivid imagination and Joynt’s sweeping the matter under the rug by saying everyone does it, here in the Fishbowl we literally countdown the seconds from when we post something local to when it suddenly and mysteriously lands on DCRTV.

Self-pimping and back scratching are all part of a long tradition at Washingtonian‘s Capital Comment, so perhaps Joynt will fit right in. See how Editor Garrett Graff maneuvered his work into favors in a piece by Wonkette from 2007.

To be sure, Joynt insists writing on Hughes was no special favor. “Nah, no favor,” she wrote by email. “He’s posted about me but principally about my show, which is legit, and going to Wash is legit, too. He got that from their press release. Q&A stuff he gets in emails sent to my list. He’s a good story because all the people in local radio and TV read him religiously. Besides, my experience with Washington media is that everyone is routinely accusing everyone else of theft. They can take it up with each other.”

Some journalists around town were skeptical of Joynt’s hire. A Georgetown “friend” remarked to FBDC on condition of anonymity: “Carol’s a dear friend but anyone who’s spent time with her knows that Carol’s all about Carol. I’m surprised Cathy Williams didn’t know that. There’s worry amongst some of Carol’s Georgetown friends that the improvements desperately needed to resuscitate the Cap Comment section won’t happen and that she’ll  damage the magazine by filling it with vanity projects and source greasing like this one.”

With a friend like that, well, who needs friends?

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Schieffer’s crush on Paltrow intensifies

CBS “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer completes Politico‘s “Answer This” interview in which he answers the question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail?” His reply: Gwyneth Paltrow. Read the full interview here. Re-read FBDC’s Matt Dornic‘s FishbowlDC interview with Schieffer from Friday in which he also discusses Paltrow. In that interview he called Paltrow his unfulfilled item from his bucket list. Even journalists like Gawker’s vulgar Jim Newell are starting to talk. “Bob Schieffer seriously wants to bang Gwyneth Paltrow.” Come on Newell, this is Schieffer for God sakes. Show some respect.

National Review campaign correspondent Jim Geraghty (who, in dim lighting, could pass for Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift‘s cousin) remarks, “Oh, Facebook, just stop it.”

Is Roland Martin game for Dancing With the Stars?

“I say we start a campaign to get @rolandsmartin on #DWTS next season!” — An Orlando-based Roland Martin follower named LaRon Hickman. Looks like the “Washington Watch” host and CNN Contributor doesn’t object — he did proudly retweet the notion.

Washingtonian Editor reads at least three newspapers

“Today’s my 1st day as a 3 newspaper household (NYT, WP, WSJ), which I realize is 3 more than the 17 neighbors in my building get combined.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. Congratulations?? We hope he doesn’t become a hoarder. A better question: How many of those neighbors read Washingtonian?

Late-night ‘retard’ insensitivity with Dan Riehl

“OK, I know sum [sic] people hate the word, but Barry looks like the class retard in this pic.” — BigGov Contributor and blogger Dan Riehl. See the picture of President Obama here.

This won’t go over well at the office…

“I think it’s funny that @FoxNews’ resident anti-LGBT pseudo-shrink @KeithAblow has the word “blow” in his last name.” — Syndicated columnist and progressive radio personality Karl Frisch.

Washingtonian‘s Whine Writer Needs a Muscle Relaxer

We didn’t realize SNL’s Doug and Wendy Whiner had Washington relatives. But we’ve found one in Todd Kliman, Washingtonian‘s food and whine editor and restaurant critic who hosts a weekly Tuesday 11 a.m. chat.

During this week’s chat all we wanted to learn was where we could get three star cuisine at one star prices, as promised. But Kliman was busy complaining about his back. Would Kliman like some whine with his back pain?

We would privately sympathize with him. But why do we care about his back pain when we’re talking food and a potential incredible meal for peanuts?

“Good morning, everyone. Before we get too far into things … You usually come to me with the questions — today I’m coming to you with one: I threw out my back on Sunday, and am sort of cramped over typing this today. It’s not fun. Anyone have any suggestions for me?” Kliman asked readers. He annoyingly continued, “Any specific stretching exercises? A massage specialist or chiropractor you think is excellent? Over-the-counter drugs that provide some relief?” More…“It’s not that it’s painful so much as that I can’t fully extend, and so walking is a chore, and then of course everything else suffers because I’m sort of hunched as I go …Whatever you’ve got for me, I’d appreciate.”

Yes, and what we’d appreciate is to have that online food chat the magazine promised. Hey Editor Garrett Graff, here’s an idea: Spring for muscle relaxers so we can proceed with the food chat?

Most readers ignored Kliman’s request to find a solution to his back pain, but a few humored him. NoLo, DC: What, the Washingtonian doesn’t provide medical insurance?! Or is there some other excuse for suffering with your back for two days without plans to see a doctor?

Todd Kliman: To me, a doctor is always a last resort. For everything. I also never take a pill if I can help it. Now, if I hadn’t seen improvement since Sunday, then I’d probably start thinking today about making a call. Not making a call, but thinking about making a call. But I’m definitely better than I was.

(There’s a great message to Washingtonian readers: Avoid doctors.)

Silver Spring: I found the article below anti-inflammatory for over-the-counter med but you may want to make an appointment with your physician to have a prescription for muscle relaxant. [Read here.]

Our favorite came from a reader who wasn’t afraid to tell Kliman how “messed up” he is.

Arlington, VA: To your question: Find a Chiropractor. Massage is good when you aren’t completely messed up already but it sounds like you are. You need two things 1) Electro-stimulation which will help to release the muscles; and 2) adjustment to put you back in line. When I really screwed up my back a few years ago, it was the only thing that worked. I was a skeptic to start but the immediate relief from the electro-stym and the fact that the before and after x-rays showed that my spine was back where it belonged (and the long term relief it provided) totally changed my mind.

 

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Temptations

“Never fails. Always hungriest when I’m on a food shoot.” — Capitol File Editor Kate Bennett. Mums the word on what the cuisine was. “It’s for the October issue,” she tells FishbowlDC.

Bio of Day: Pretentious alert

Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff: “Editor of Washingtonian magazine, author of The Threat Matrix, blogger, & Georgetown lecturer. All things equal, I’ll take a Scotch.”

Sick journo daydreams about sea foam reporter

“I’m home. Sick with a cold. Drinking Airborne. Can’t stop visualizing Tucker Barnes #seafoam moment.” — WJLA’s Mike Conneen imagining the reporter in Ocean City who stood in a sea foam of sludge and sewage. When we told him he should rest rather than tweet, he replied, “I have two illnesses: I have a cold. And I’m a newsaholic.”

Penguin reportage

“Never get tired of TV news reports about penguins. We need more penguin stories. Sea otters too.”– CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller. As some know, a penguin recently showed up to Politico‘s lobby in Arlington. The animal was allegedly making a NewsChannel8 TV appearance.

Blogger insults JMart

“Is @jmartpolitico a hack? It doesn’t matter. The important thing is to put that thought in your mind from the start.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher. He links to the story, “Is Rick Perry Dumb?” here. Looks like Treach won’t be making an appearance on NBC’s “MTP” anytime soon. Unlike some people we know.

Attention White House scribes: Weigel expects more

“Alternate hed: WH reporters are bored” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel, who RT this: “@Drudge_Report: Carney Grilled Over Potential Hillary Primary Challenge.” He links to a Drudge story here.

Congratulations are in order to… Politico‘s Byron Tau for finishing up his master’s degree in Journalism from Georgetown. It only took him three long years. But who’s counting? His excuses are somewhat reasonable. For the past year blogger Ben Smith had him under wraps. Now Mike Allen has him on lock down.

HuffPost Hill Goes on Vacation

“We survived the earthquake, we weathered Irene and — despite what Michele Bachmann said — we haven’t taken God’s hint about the need for more deficit reduction. We’re off this week but will be back after Labor Day for all the early Autumn insanity as Congress returns and the presidential campaigns pick up again (Go get ‘em, Newt!). We miss you. Behold a cat cleaning a dog. Have a great week!” — HuffPost Hill Editor Eliot Nelson. Of course they can’t depart without giving readers a cat video. NYT‘s Bill Keller would be proud.

Headline mocking at a glance

“Waiting for Politico headline: ‘Is Obama Arrogant?’” — Franklin Center VP and former AFP veteran Erik Telford knocking Politico‘s main site headline from yesterday, which asked, “Is Rick Perry Dumb?”

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#neverforget

“It was 10 years ago today that Aaliyah died in a plane crash. I was at @NABJ convention in Orlando when the news.” -  Roland Martin

Rise and shine

“Mr. Landscape Man, I know I’m already awake, but must you make so much noise? It’s not quite 8am yet.” – Roll Call’s Jessica Estepa

If Tim Cook’s atop…does that make Apple abottom?

“I’m realizing that an openly gay man is now atop Apple, 1 of the world’s most impt companies. Congrats Tim Cook!”  – Public affairs guru and CNN contributor Hilary Rosen

Rock you like a hurricane

“I look forward to 5 days of reporters being forced to stand outside on live TV to prove it is, in fact, both raining and windy. #irene” – Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff

Cosby discovers her caps lock key

“RITA COSBY HAS THE LATEST NEWS THURSDAY MORNING ON WOR RADIO NEW YORK” – Rita Cosby

In honor of Betsy

“update tuscany: another beautiful morning. coffee, croissant and a swim. now maybe a tour of arezzo, or just another swim and vino?” – ABC7′s Stephen Tschida and his exquisite eyebrows from Italy.

Fun fact:  the file name for Tschida’s image to the left is “Stephen-Frownie2_reasonably_small.jpg”

School supply fetish?  Kinky.

“Trapper Keepers revolutionized back to school shopping. Oh so organized. But @greggutfeld still chose the PeeChee folder. #oldschool”  – one of Dana Perino‘s many morning tweets about her love for school supplies.

Livin’ la vida Social…

“Seriously, y’all? twitpic.com/6az86t” – Politico’s Patrick Gavin on Living Social.

Only in Washington…

Looks like a certain Washingtonian Editor (cough cough Garrett Graff) is using the mag’s Twitter account for his own personal gain again. Or else someone is majorly sucking up. Somehow we suspect it’s the former.

@washingtonian MT @vermontgmg: I’ll be speaking Monday night about @thethreatmatrix at the Carter Presidential Library in Atlanta. [Read here]

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FishbowlDC Reader Larry Kelly sent this photograph of his glorious front porch in Ohio where he sits in a rocking chair and reads and tweets. He explains that the cabin shell was built in 1836. Kelly was an avid tweeter during WeinerGate.

Juiceboxer has limited tolerance for bus-riding baby

“Dear bus-riding infant: AHMAHMAHMAH is not a word no matter how many times or how loudly you say it. #silence” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo takes high road (this time)

“Why is it some adults act like they are in High School? I was gonna let it bother me, but I said pass.” — Government TV producer Pete HatzNet in a Wednesday late-night tweet.

Wild train rider deals with slipped disc

ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida is suffering. In a series of tweets from Tuesday and Wednesday, he explains what’s happening. Tuesday: “Either I’m old or over did it this weekend. In bed on heating pad and looking forward to orthopedic appointment. Think I now know what a slipped disc feels like. Should have quit after 1 set of tennis, and skipped dancing altogether. Hello MRI.” Wednesday: “Long day, ready for my heating pad and sleep. praying i wake up and the bulging disc has shrunk! Please health gods, smile on an old guy.” Stephen, please feel better soon.

Tapscott knocks Washington

“Lord knows this town needs to be cleaned up.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott on MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan program Wednesday afternoon. The line came in during a question to Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer.

Shouldn’t be funny but it is… ABC7 News: “All lanes on BW parkway have reopened after a man attacked a vehicle with a hammer.” The story gets a bit scarier, but no one was hurt. Read here.

The Alleged Dating Expert

“You can’t date a woman who doesn’t date beer – it just won’t work out.” — Freelance D.C. labor journalist Mike Elk in a Wednesday night tweet. He writes for In These Times and The Nation.

Obama Town Hall humor

“Going on Hardball at 540 P EST to talk Twitter townhall. Expect more than 140 words of commentary!” — HuffPost‘s Alex Wagner in a Wednesday tweet.

“There is no way these questions are random. I call bullshit.” — Lachlan Markay in a Wednesday tweet. Markay is an investigative reporter for the Heritage Foundation’s Center for Media and Public Policy.

Interesting parenting technique: kisses

“Our 4 yr old informs us that what most frustrates her swimming progress is parents bestowing kisses on her every 3 strokes.” — NPR’s Scott Simon in a Wednesday tweet.

ABC reporter wants one thing perfectly clear

“Any rumor that ABC compensated the juror I am interviewing tonight on @Nightline Primetime is utterly FALSE.” — ABC’s Terry Moran in a Wednesday tweet.

The Critic

“President Barack Obama’s Twitter Townhall would have been more interesting if he had answered tweet for tweet. Instead, it looked a lot like an old-fashioned interview except the questions came over the transom on Twitter.” — ReutersToby Zakaria in a Wednesday memo.

Most Unusual Tweet of the Day

“Off today to bid farewell to my Uncle Lee.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Wednesday tweet because why shouldn’t the death of a journo’s uncle and funeral in New York state be broadcast on Twitter? Graff linked to this, a funeral home in Rhinebeck, N.Y. So a) May Uncle Lee rest in peace, and b) Was this an invitation? and c) Let’s hope Graff has the good sense to not live-tweet the funeral.

A Convo Between Two Journos

The conversation participants are NBC’s Chuck Todd and WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden. The topic: Mosquitoes.

Todd: Ugh RT @todayshow Experts: we may be headed into one of worst seasons in decades for mosquitoes.

Madden: Buy garlic, hope.

Todd: @mikemadden my new trick… Cigar smoke. Not pleasing the family once I go back into house, but helps outside.

 

 

Washingtonian Magazine’s Preppy Editor Faces Wrath and Ridicule of Local Press

Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff has fallen out of the good graces of local writers after suggesting that Washington doesn’t have voting rights because it doesn’t have more esteemed elected officials. This came after a Saturday voting rights rally at the White House.

Graff (pictured here at left) wrote on Twitter: “Congress might be more willing to give DC more rights if DC elected people who seemed more worthy of power.”

This incited DCist’s Martin Austermuhle (pictured here at far right) to go after him on his blog and to question him, which, in turn, WaPo ran on its online opinion pages Thursday. “That’s ridiculous,” he wrote Graff. “How many other states have scandals worse than DC, but still maintain rights denied to DC? … So we need to be better than everyone to get the same as everyone? C’mon.”

This is when Washington City Paper’s Managing Editor Mike Madden (above left) jumped into the fray, calling Graff’s comments “a strangely undemocratic impulse.” WCP gave Graff a chance to comment at length in which he walked back and explained (and explained) his previous assertion. Madden’s ultimate response? A crack on Washingtonian‘s content.

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Weekend Sighting: Bloomberg’s Jim Snyder and The Hill’s Alex Bolton at Standard, a beer garden on 14th Street NW, drinking German beer and eating soft pretzels.

NBC’s Luke Russert: “The pug is not impressed by his new pillow.”

What comes around goes around

“Trips me out when folks write me a snarkly tweet, then get an attitude when I return the favor. Like they can only do it.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a weekend tweet.

More Weiner fallout

“As a former Weiner myself, that’s my maiden name, I definitely sympathize with him.” — CBS’s Nancy Cordes on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

Father of the Year material, right?

“Promised to take daughter off wife’s hands today. Promised daughter adventure. Thinking B’More aquarium.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a weekend tweet. Perhaps at some point private matters can be kept at his house so the daughter isn’t perceived as a bother.

Alter gives Abramson the nod

“I’ve known new NY Times editor Abramson since college. She’ll be terrific and she worships right thing—reporting.” — Bloomberg Review writer and NBC News Contributor Jonathan Alter in a weekend tweet.

Journo has message for Senate Chief of Staff

“Note to Senate Chief of Staff who left their @nationaljournal mag at gym: you want to rip off address label before you leave it on the bike.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz in a weekend tweet.

Finally a message from Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff that’s relevant, not pompous or otherwise unnecessary: “Metro is doing bag searches in Woodley Park. It’s an even dumber policy when you see it in action.”

The modern alarm clock

“I love my iPhone with a new, profound depth. Four — count em — four alarm apps got me out of bed today.”  — WaPo‘s Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Monday morning tweet.

The Critic

Will the Washington Post ever get tired of photographing and quoting perpetual protester Medea Benjamin? — Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) Speechwriter and Political Advisor Amanda Carpenter in a weekend tweet.  Benjamin is co-founder of Code Pink.

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