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Washingtonian Kills Line on Lowe’s Son

Washingtonian has its own whodunit mystery theater going on in the world of Capital Comment writer Carol Joynt. She has been inexplicably deleting items and lines — not an overwhelming amount, but one on her personal blog, another on the magazine’s website.

The latest of which occurred Monday.

On its surface, the item on Washingtonian‘s website appeared to be an innocuous item on Rob Lowe visiting Washington, where he dined with six lovely ladies at The Four Season’s Bourbon Steak. Among them was NBC “MTP” Exec. Producer Betsy Fischer, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Lobbyist Jack Quinn’s wife, Susanna Quinn, a friend and Washington liaison to Lowe, and Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

In the next sequence of the mystery, Joynt wrote up the item and included this line: “Lowe’s son has stayed in the past at the home of Quinn and her lobbyist husband, Jack Quinn.”

But soon the line involving Lowe’s son disappeared.

We asked Joynt: “Why did you remove the line?” She declined to comment. We also wrote Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. So far, he’s not talking either. Lowe’s son, Matthew, spent the summer interning for House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). And yes, he bunked at the Quinn’s humble abode.

In other disappearing Joynt item news…

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Jack Abramoff gives heartfelt thanks to book party guests.

Party Chatter

“Sometimes it gets a little depressing  to see your picture on the front of the Post.” — Former lobbyist Jack Abramoff in a living room speech at Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson‘s home last night. He called the party “one of the finest evenings” of his life in the past eight years. One thing’s clear: Sure beats federal prison.

“Not a chance!” — Carlson on giving a mid-party tour of his new house.

(Much more on the Abramoff book party later…)

Um, no

“Would it be cool if I got ‘Drudge Life’ tatted on my lower lip?” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

Oh what a surprise: Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff brags about himself. “The CIA (!) reviewed @thethreatmatrix this week in its in-house journal, calling it a ‘reading pleasure.’”

Resumé Gems

“Don’t overlook me.” — FBDC applicant in a cover letter.

Bio of the Day

NJ (soon to be USA Today‘s) Susan Davis: “I’m a reporter. Despite that, people seem to like me.”

Like father like daughter: The art of self-pimping

“Self-promo alert: Blast from the past! Back to my old stomping grounds at DC’s NewsChannel8 to appear on @LetsTalkLiveDC on Wed in 11a hour!” — The Hill‘s Howeesha (a.k.a. Judy Kurtz, daughter of the illustrious Sexy Daily Beast Howie).

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Washington reacts to Conrad Murray verdict

“GUILTY VERDICT IN MICHAEL JACKSON CASE – INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER: (By the way, the cheering is really creepy.)” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

“Whew. That medical license is donezo. #conradmurray” — ABC7 News Reporter Jummy Olabanji.

“#ConradMurray #guiltyverdict ::yawn::” — Washington Business Journal designer Tim Wong.

Words of wisdom

“Enjoy these scandals while you can. When Romney’s the nominee, best we’ll get is a woman who says she saw him drink coffee once. ” — Slate’s Dave Weigel. (At right, the Chinese symbol for wisdom.)

Tricks of the Trade

“Cain tic: when asked q he doesn’t have answer for, he repeats the q. Amazing footage from Newt debate.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin. Watch here.

Disturbing Headline of the Day: “Panda urinates on sleeping pal’s face, then has a chuckle with friends?” — HuffPost. Watch video here.

A call for a pause

“Unless the next piece of news to break is that my apartment’s on fire, I’m not interested. That’ll do, Monday.” — The Hill‘s (soon to be Reuters) White House Correspondent Sam Youngman.

Bad Sex 101

“My friend just asked me ‘how do you know if you’re having bad sex?’ Um, if you have to ask.” — Ali Wentworth, comedian and wife to GMA’s George Stephanopoulos.

Pig journalism

Great day for a wet T-shirt contest!! RT @MichelleFields: Of course I spill coffee all over my shirt right before my Fox interview. — Pantsless conservative blogger and BigGov contributor Dan Riehl.

The Nostradamus of D.C. journalism

“Watch for White House news today. Obama tends to dump big ones when everyone’s distracted with frivolities.” –  Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“A wonderful morning stroll thru London’s Borough Market, where I met @sophiegg’s mother at her Wild Beef stand in Jubilee Market. Who knew?” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff‘s trip to London. We had a plethora of “who cares?” tweets from him, but we went with this one. By the way, Sophie Gilbert covers culture for Washingtonian. We hope Graff enjoyed his encounter at the Wild Beef stand.


 

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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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