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National Society of Newspaper Columnists Names Winners in 2014 Columnist Contest

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Weingarten with Pulitzer (left) and junior high diploma (right).

Saturday night at Howard University, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists convened for its annual awards ceremony, which to our liking, was much more entertaining than anticipated.

Opening the ceremony was the announcement of several gag awards – including the Jeff Kramer Mystic Tie Award (recipient Amanda Bean, a columnist at the News and Tribune, Jeffersonville, Indiana) and the Sitting Duck Award (recipient ‘drones,’ nominated by A Look On The Light Side’s Judy Epstein). The Lifetime Achievement Award was then presented to The Washington Post’s Gene Weingarten by Weingarten’s co-author of I’m with Stupid: One Man. One Woman. 10,000 Years of Misunderstanding Between the Sexes Cleared Right Up Gina Barreca.

Barreca recalled the first time she spoke with the Post man; a call asking if she were an expert in feminism and humor. After responding ‘yes,’ she recalled Weingarten’s response as, “That’s like being an expert in oysters and accordions.” Read more

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Afternoon Oopsy: ‘Mornings Joe’

So much to adore about Fox News’ Howard Kurtz. After he went on his Tour de Errors, he vowed to slow down and be more careful.

It’s only social media — not that important considering every moron does it. Still, this morning the nation’s premier media writer got the name of an extremely popular morning program wrong.  kurtz

His followers weren’t bothered so much by his spelling error as they were his newfound “Foxiness.” Read more

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Stenographer gets religious over bill passage

“‘Praise be to GOD!’ House stenographer Diane Reidy is rushed off the floor and into an elevator…” — Todd Zwillich, Washington, D.C. radio correspondent for The Takeaway. Politico‘s Jake Sherman explained further, “An official house court stenographer took to the microphone & was screaming ab God. She was saying in the hall you can’t serve two masters.” Politico‘s Byron Tau added, “What I thought happened but no one tweeted about it so I thought I hallucinated.” And BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera: “The stenographer who started yelling was named Holly, she was taken off the floor. Members really shaken up by it.”

images-2Shutdown: Over!

“More traffic on the road, the grinding sound of leaf blowers on the White House grounds…the federal govt has reopened, lots of work to do.” — Joy Lin, Fox News White House producer.

“So the shutdown ends, but will we be right back in the soup come January?” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“My DC cabbie is sad that there is traffic again after three weeks of respite.” — Josh Barro, politics editor, Business Insider.

Question to never ponder: “Do we think any woman in the world actually goes by ‘Blondie’?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

ringingphoneNYT‘s Dean Baquet scolds persistent reporter

“Evan, no news organization in America would report on every discrimination lawsuit filed in every court in every medium-sized city. Even when the author of the story chooses to try to use cheap tricks to goad people into covering his obsessions. good luck.” — NYT Managing Editor Dean Baquet in an email Wednesday to our resident phone enthusiast and investigative freelancer Evan Gahr. He explained to FBDC, “I sent him two other emails about this and also left two messages. And I hung up on his secretary one time when she answered the phone.” Gahr quickly snarked back at Baquet by email, saying: “Wait. Washington DC is simply a ‘medium-sized city’ as you call it. I thought it was actually our nation’s capital. Silly me. As for ‘obsessions’ the New York Times is normally obsessed with alleged race discrimination–except, of course, when the alleged perpetrators are fellow members of your liberal coven.”

Good Question: “So, do eight car trains return on Metro tomorrow?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Editor pissed about shutdown

“On behalf of America (in Cruz sense) I want to thank the Tea Party for this epic shitshow that damaged economy, wasted money for nothing.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

floatinggoldfishThe Announcer

“America, your federal government is back, and open for business. (Well, soon at least.)” — NBC’s Mike O’Brien.

The Observer

“And the bill passes. Congratulations.  Now the House can get back to passing nothing the Senate will agree to.” — NBC News Deputy Political Editor Domenico Montanaro.

Spotted: WaPo’s Gene Weingarten

Spotted in Eastern Market Thursday afternoon was none other than WaPo‘s “humor” columnist Gene Weingarten, who recently announced on Twitter that he has two penises. He was, of course, joking (we think).

Still, you could imagine our excitement when an anonymous tipster texted these to my cell phone. “At first it looked like he was wearing a Canadian Tuxedo — denim on demin,” said our tipster, explaining that Weingarten was spotted in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, D.C. “Upon further inspection, it was just an ordinary blue shirt and blue pants.”

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Morning Chatter

“Week-long beach reading in Playa Del Carmen. #ThisTown was sad, frustrating, disgusting. I loved it.” — Thomas Galvin, policy advisor to Brenda Burns, Arizona Corporation Commission. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich replied, “Thanks…sort of.”

Big ideas

“Someone should write a dissertation on @LukeRussert twitter bio ‘Been sweating it out in the streets of a runaway American dream since 1985′” — ThinkProgress Editor-in-Chief Judd Legum.

Trust exercises with Dave Weigel?

“At @Slate retreat w @thehighsign @dankois @jdickerson @junethomas @mattyglesias @amandahess @AmandaMarcotte @emmaroller @Dahlialithwick.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Question never to ponder: “How does God allow ‘read’ to be the past tense of ‘read’? Screw that all to hell.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, talking about God and hell on Yom Kippur. His colleague Hank Stuever replied to Gene, “You are out of your mind and you already waste spaces.”

Howie catches crap before show

“We’ll also talk about studies that Facebook fuels depression. And we’ll read some of your tweets on the air during the hour #MediaBuzz” — FNC’s Howard Kurtz. Bethany Mandel, who handles Social Media for Commentary, replied, “Howard Kurtz, if seeing other people’s happiness makes you depressed, Facebook isn’t the issue. #mediabuzz”

Morning Chatter

“I look forward to your Twitter following giving me a hard time for the next three weeks.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan to TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, who appeared on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” last night to discuss her new book, Emily Gets Her Gun. Morgan is a heated anti-gun activist.

THE SIX MUSKETEERS? “This was a Wolf Blitzer idea.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill. (From L to R: Scott Pelley, Ifill, Chris Wallace, Diane Sawyer, Wolf Blitzer and Savannah Guthrie.)

The Observer

“On the way to the airport I saw an AZ Highway Patrolman taking a leak in the steak house parking lot. #human” — Jimmy Zuma, Washington Correspondent for The John C. Scott Show and a columnist for the Tucson Sentinel.

Uh oh. Who screwed up?

“So…ABC News says George Zimmerman is in custody and AP says he isn’t. Who’s right?” — Eric Deggans, soon-to-be NPR’s TV critic. When others suggested the facts may pertain to the words “in custody,” he wrote, “I think using the term ‘in custody’ for anything other than arrest is seriously misleading.”

And this…“CNN now reporting that NO GUN was involved in Zimmerman incident. Whuh? Could the media have gotten it wrong about Zimmerman again?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte.

And this…“So many of y’all clicked the Zimmerman story link it crashed our server!” — TV One morning host Roland Martin.

In conclusion… CNN reporting this morning as of 8:28 a.m. that Zimmerman was detained but not arrested: “After he was initially detained by officers, George Zimmerman was interviewed at the house by detectives, Lake Mary police spokesman Zach Hudson said.”

Overheard in the scrum

“Actual question in press scrum with Rep. Tom Rooney: ‘You seem very somber. Is this tough stuff?’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

On a lighter note…

“News you can use: CNN goes live with Secretary of State Dennis Rodman calling North Korea leader Kim Jong Un ‘likeable.’” — NPR’s Ken Rudin.

Everything sounds more exotic in French

“Pour voir @HillaryClinton parler de la #Syrie à la Maison Blanche, c’est ici” — AFP‘s Tangi Quéméner. Loosely translated from 6th grade French, former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s coming to the White House.

Important Q to Ponder: “Getting my first professional haircut in 12 years tonight. Do I have to bring a picture of a celebrity or something?” — Chris Wilson, interactive graphics editor for TIME.

White House reporting lingo

“Wolf Blitzed just left from his interview with POTUS went well” — American Urban Radio‘s April Ryan.

3 Shocking Headlines

  • “Hiding in N. Virginia, a daughter of Auschwitz” — WaPo Magazine by Thomas Harding.
  • “Iowa is issuing gun permits to the blind” — HuffPost by Ryan Grenoble.
  • “Thatz Not Okay: Saving Old Titty Pix; My Daughter, Victoria’s, Secret” — Gawker by Caty Weaver.

Hmmm…WTF?

“With my ankle healing but still quite tender, it’s kinda sick that all I want to do is roll it around in the direction it hurts.” — Alejandra Owens, managing editor of AARP’s blog.

COMING TO YOU LIVE: FAKE GENE WEINGARTEN

“Love reporters who say ‘coming to you live’ like its a big deal. 100s of reporters in warzones but good on you for being at a Metro station.” – Fake Gene Weingarten, Twitter’s alias for WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

 

Morning Chatter

“You’re the best. I feel like I have actually inhaled fresh air.” — Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon to NPR’s Terry Gross at the close of his interview on her “Fresh Air” show Thursday.

Thursday grogginess…

“It’s officially one of those days where I’m incapable of dialing a phone number correctly on the first try.” — Politico‘s Leigh Munsil.

Deep Thoughts With Gene Weingarten

“Miley Cyrus is an anagram for ‘Yes, I’m curly.’” — WaPo Milk of Magnesia correspondent Gene Weingarten.

The Observer

“Pervert Weiner is dead in his race for mayor of NYC but WOW, Eliot Spitzer has dropped way down in recent poll for comptroller. SLEAZE!” – Donald Trump.

Eavesdrop Café

“In line at CVS and elderly man looking at magazine stand says to wife ‘Kim’s Secret Wedding’ who’s Kim? #refreshing.” — Angie Goff.

Important Q to Ponder: “Why does Chrome suck with Gmail? aren’t they related? often when filling out a form on Chrome, it tells me my Gmail adrs is invalid.” –former NPR Ombudsman and professor Alicia Shepard.

Keeping them honest

Operations Manager, HuffPost Pol Operations Manager Brad Shannon brings the “Approx. uses of ‘twerk’ on TV, M-W”

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Sarcasm is…

“The only thing more interesting than press coverage of presidential vacations is press coverage of press coverage of presidential vacations.” — The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennet.

On attacking the media…

“Bad optics for the RNC to block CNN and NBC from sponsoring presidential debates. Attacking the media is a loser’s game.” — Eric Fehrnstrom, former senior advisor to Mitt Romney and Boston-based media strategist and political consultant.

Journo love

“This is the Washington Post’s best season in my memory, much credit to @PostRoz & @bartongellman” – BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

And journo lust…

“When women are in the shower, they are COMPLETELY NAKED. Okay, guys, now try to get back to work.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten on quite the Twitter tear over the weekend.

IMPRESSIVE WHEELS? “Thanks @Hertz for my unexpected upgrade in Tucson from a hybrid to this.” — Peter Cherukuri, senior veep, advertising & business development at Politico.

Confessional.

“I just set my alarm for 3:30 a.m. and it’s the most depressing thing ever.” — Katie Kovach, copy and production editor for CQ Roll Call.

“Just watched someone unsuccessfully try to whistle down successive cabs, which perked up my evening.” — Katherine Miller, managing editor of digital for Free Beacon.

It’s just to New Jersey, people, not D.C. 

“Turned in the keys and closed the books on a 12 year NYC run. See you again in 20 years or so, Manhattan, when the kids finish college.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:40 a.m.

Visiting Washington…“Good Morning! I am doing my show out of DC today. I had to escape the rain in Atlanta for just a few days. Crazy….” — CNN’s Carol Costello.

The Observer

“Dude on the metro with a bunch of pistachios in his left pocket. Eats one by one, placing empty shells in right pocket. Gotta have a system.” — Logan Dobson, research analyst at The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Uh oh.

“Yeah, so my new cat thinks she’s supposed to shit in the sink.” — FBDC’s and Bill Press Show’s Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost story promo: “REVEALED: Surprising reasons bugs have gay sex”

Travel Bitches

“Boarded flight to LAX half an hour late. Of course. Attendants rushing everyone, like it’s our fault. #unitedsucks” — Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry.

Morning Chatter

“This ad on the Metro certainly caught my attention.”USA Today travel writer Nancy Trejos.

WJLA employee on Robert Allbritton‘s sale of the TV station to Sinclair: “”Monday was a pretty big shock to the staff and now we are adjusting to the news. Sinclair has a certain reputation that looms over it, but we’ve been told today’s Sinclair is not the Sinclair of five years ago. There are a lot of questions about what it all means for us. … People in the newsroom have talked about receive messages from people in the business expressing their condolences.” And another WJLA employee: “My initial reaction was dread! ABC7 is the most relaxed, comfortable, fun newsroom I have ever worked in. Sinclair’s reputation is frightening. Those of us who have been around a while are more worried about the younger employees. Afraid of layoffs. But now i am more philosophical, and management is working to sooth fears and reassure employees.”

WEINER’S DOING WHAT? In case you missed the news…BuzzFeed will host Anthony Weiner at “BuzzFeed Brews” on August 12 in Manhattan at The Ainsworth, where Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will interview Weiner for 45 minutes. They say the topic matter will be “wide-ranging.” Thank God. The interview will livestream on YouTube and BuzzFeed.com.

Unforgettable Thursday headline in WaPo…

See the story here.

NPR hires media critic…According to a release, media critic Eric Deggans is joining NPR News as a TV critic and correspondent. Deggans, a longtime TV and media critic at the Tampa Bay Times, begins reporting fulltime for NPR in October. Today he will be honored at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention as the recipient of its 2013 Arts & Entertainment Task Force Legacy Award, given to a veteran A&E journalist who has set an example for others in the field.

In defense of two TV journalists

“Yes, I will do everything to defend @SharylAttkisson & @jaketapper b/c they are a dying breed. Don’t give them shit or I will bitch at you.” – Breitbart NewsMary Chastain.

 

 

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