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Maybe You’re a Journalist, But Then Again, Maybe Not

McClatchy’s Kate Irby reports from the Senate Judiciary Committee that some senators are struggling over just who might be a journalist—and therefore worthy of protection from intrusive federal government subpoenas and court orders relating to their work—and who might not be.

The bill defines a journalist as a person who has a “primary intent to investigate events and procure material” in order to inform the public by regularly gathering information through interviews and observations. The person also must intend to report on the news at the start of obtaining any protected information and must plan to publish that news.

But senators disagreed on how to define journalists, since some thought the bill’s definition wasn’t specific enough.

“Specific enough” is code for “doesn’t include political enemies” since Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was worried it might cover someone who worked at Wikileaks (or Glenn Greenwald, probably, though she doesn’t seem to have come out and said it directly).

Unfortunately, that was the least troublesome objection.

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Afternoon Chatter

JOURNO LOVE: “This CQ Roll CAll photo of Boehner, Reid, McConnell and Pelosi is fantastic.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake. The photograph was shot by CQ Roll Call‘s Douglas Graham.

Weinerlicious Convo Between Two Journos

This afternoon’s conversation is between CQ Roll Call’s Daniel Newhauser and Politico’s Jake Sherman.

SHERMAN: “I thought it was weird when Anthony Weiner used to park illegally outside my apartment near U Street.”

NEWHAUSER: “Why was he at your apartment? Got something to tell us?”

SHERMAN: “Was my neighbor.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Wondering: Has there ever been a man who managed such epic sex scandals while apparently not having any actual sex?” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Weiner presser explodes with Washington reaction

“Lines you hear all the time at DC bars: ‘Specifically your health care rants were a huge turn on.’– TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

“What I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me, naked, bending me ovDAMMIT, it happened again.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

“As I told everyone once before, Wiener is a sick puppy who will never change-100% of perverts go back to their ways. Sadly, there is no cure.” — Dr. Donald Trump.

“Quick poll: would you prefer to get rick-roll’d with pics from anthony weiner or geraldo from now on? Your choice.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Aaaand….the voices of reason

“Anthony Weiner appears to have some serious emotional issues that are not going to be helped by becoming mayor of New York.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

“This shit’s intense.” — Executive Editor of Business Insider Joseph Weisenthal.

“Weiner Ear Poison”: “Waiting to tape a CNN segment, I just spent 30 minutes listening to talk about The Royal Baby™, followed by Lanny Davis on Weiner #EarPoison” — Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.

Journos Looking Out for Huma (JLOH)

“Huma. Be serious. Leave him. Now.” — Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky.

“Just curious how many times this has to happen before I am no longer required to be SO SYMPATHETIC to Huma. 5? 10? 20?” — TNR‘s Isaac Chotiner, who is not yet a member of JLOH.

“Huma you gonna believe? Me or or your lying eyes?” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

“Divorce this schmuck, Huma.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

“For the women out there excusing Weiner by saying ‘all men cheat,’ it’s a shame that you surround yourself with crappy men.” — Conservative radio correspondent Dana Loesch.

“Something in me wishes wronged political wives would start asking themselves WWJD? What Would Jenny (Sanford) Do?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“I think what most makes Weiner a dirtbag is blaming the sexting/cheating on “problems” in his marriage. No responsibility.” — TWT Senior Op-ed writer Emily Miller.

Journo blames Starbucks for future fatness

“When I weigh 600 lbs, the Starbucks treat receipt is going to come in for some large portion of the blame.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Baby Love: “@PeterAlexander: Absolutely overjoyed to announce the arrival of Ava Starling Alexander!!” — NBC’s Peter Alexander, husband to Allison Starling.

Morning Chatter

Famous last words? “I don’t know what a sharknado is, but I wish it would get out of my timeline.” — George Scoville.

Dylan Byers blasted for daring to deflate Glenn Greenwald

Kade: “Bet @DylanByers feels dumb about saying @ggreenwald didn’t have anymore big stories. How exciting on all fronts!” To which D.C. freelancer Sam Knight replied, “No, Kade. You’re wrong. If @DylanByers felt dumb about being wrong, he would have stopped trafficking wrong a long time ago.” All of this bluster stems from a single line in a Thursday post from Politico‘s Dylan Byers, in which he said he thought the wind was coming out of Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald‘s sails. More specifically, “Greenwald doesn’t appear to have any more big revelations up his sleeve.”And with that, let the d**k swinging contest begin! You’d have thought Byers said Greenwald had some sort of erectile dysfunction disorder by the way that geeky know-it-all prof and blogger Jay Rosen and Greenwald reacted. Then again, Byers isn’t exactly great at reading crystal balls – anyone recall what he said about NYT‘s Nate Silver? Nonetheless, Byers shot back at Rosen and Greenwald, who made fun of him and challenged his comment, writing, “Both of you willingly misread and are misrepresenting what I wrote.” He added, “Read this one and please try to troll less.” (Read here.) In conclusion, we’re taking Byers’ side here, but only because Rosen and Greenwald sound like a couple of whiny babies.

Newly elected WHCA board member expresses gratitude

“Thrilled and a little nervous about representing my colleagues on the White House Correspondents Association board. Thank you.” – Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox. Others who won: WSJ‘s Carol Lee as Prez; CBS’ Major Garrett as a board member. Congrats to all. Read more about this here.

Pregnant gossip writer has pickle cravings

“I’ve eaten five pickles in less than 24 hours, thereby officially becoming a cliché. #preggoproblems” — Howiella Kurtz (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz).

Thursday boldness

“OK, I’m going to say it – Britney’s new song sucks” — Nikki Schwab, who links to the song.

Important Q to Ponder: “What the fuck is going on in downtown DC? Why are 8 blocks cordoned off?” — WSJ video reporter Neil Hickey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:18 a.m.

Sexy for Washington talk

“Hot Mitch McConnell on Harry Reid action right now.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.


Travel Bitches

“May not take @DCCirculator anymore if they can’t let passengers debark during 15 mns & counting of gridlocked traffic. Bus #1131.” — Crisis consultant and former journo Tim Burger.

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After 48 hours, WaPo Corrects Pincus Column

Wow, a tough week for WaPo‘s Walter Pincus.

Roughly 48 hours after it was published, a column by Pincus on the involvement of WikiLeaks and Glenn Greenwald in the NSA leaks by Edward Snowden has been corrected.

On Wednesday morning, Greenwald, the Guardian columnist who broke the story involving Snowden and the NSA, wrote a column in response to a column by Pincus published Monday night. Pincus, through questions and innuendoes, accused Greenwald of working with WikiLeaks to coerce and aid Snowden in leaking the documents.

Greenwald pointed out factual errors and misrepresentations throughout. He also emailed Pincus to point out the same points and publicized the email.

Greenwald pointed out that at the time it was published Wednesday morning, the WaPo article stood untouched, with no corrections or editor’s notes added. This was 36 hours after the Pincus’ piece had published and 15 hours after Pincus emailed Greenwald back about the errors, Greenwald noted.

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Morning Reading List 07.10.13.

A fun day to be a Capitol Hill intern — As Republican congressmen prepared for a press conference about student loan rates, they knew they needed something to drive home their point and not bore everyone. So, as Politico’s Ginger Gibson reports, GOP staffers decided to make use of the packs of college students in their offices and instructed a mass of interns to stand in the 90-degree heat on the steps behind House Speaker John Boehner and other Republicans as they slammed Democrats over the student loan rate increase. Many speakers make use of backdrops at press conferences and similar events, and they’re not always made up of sweaty interns. Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) makes use of backdrops quite frequently. Most recently at a similar event on student loans, Pelosi invited students from various campus leadership organizations and had some of the student leaders speak.

Why you should read it: This is proof that you’re not having the worst day. Sure, you may have sources that don’t understand deadlines and editors that don’t understand sources, but at least you’re not an intern  being used as a prop and stuffed into a suit and tie in 90-degree heat.

Greenwald fires back at Pincus — On Monday night WaPo published a piece by Walter Pincus questioning the role of Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald in the leak of NSA documents by Edward Snowden. In response, Greenwald wrote a column that slammed Pincus and the article, which he wrote “concocted a frenzied and inane conspiracy theory” that the reporter worked secretly with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange to mastermind Snowden’s leak. Greenwald charged that Pincus’ story was built on the fact that Greenwald had written a piece for the WikiLeaks Press’s blog, an assertion the Guardian reporter said is completely false. Greenwald emailed Pincus a lengthy email about the false claims and leading questions in his story. Upon realizing that the claim of Greenwald writing for the blog were false, Pincus vowed to correct the mistake. But 15 hours later, there was still no correction. (As we’re writing this, the story has still not been corrected.) Greenwald said he normally wouldn’t bother writing the column, as “shoddy journalism from the Washington Post is far too common to be worth noting,” but he felt he needed to bring the “wild conspiracy theorizing” to light.

Why you should read it: The story that started with Snowden leaking documents has grown to include a wide cast of characters with more plot twists than M. Night Shyamalan can think up, and it only gets more compelling with each turn.


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MSNBC Reporter To Greenwald: ‘F*ck You’

This goes in our list of things that escalated way too quickly.

Yesterday, a tipster pointed us to a Twitchy item about a tweet by Glenn Greenwald, a journalist with the British newspaper The Guardian, from a few days ago. The tweet said Greenwald had learned Edward Snowden had actually been the one to write a statement released recently by Wikileaks.

Daniel Serwer, a professor at Johns Hopkins and former VP at the United States Institute of Peace in D.C., tweeted back, “Do you never tire of flacking for a source?”

Ooh, fighting words.

Greenwald’s note was actually legit—hardly what we’d call flacking for a source—as everyone has kind of been wondering just how much influence Wikileaks has been exerting over Snowden on his flight from U.S. authorities. So news that he says he wrote his statement himself is… news.

Greenwald snapped back at Serwer: “Edward Snowden has done far more for the world in the last 2 months than you have in your life. Does that help?”

But that’s when things got even more fun.

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Afternoon Reading List 07.02.13

Small newspaper, big storiesGlenn Greenwald and the Guardian have been at the edge of breaking news about the NSA’s secret surveillance programs since originally publishing documents leaked by defense contractor Edward Snowden. But, as WaPo’s Paul Farhi reports, the Guardian isn’t some massive news organization in the ranks of the NYT, USA Today or Britain’s The Sun. Instead, the liberal newspaper which started in 1821, boasts a print circulation similar to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette with fewer than 160,000 copies distributed each day. Online, however,  it’s a different story,  as the website is one of the most frequently visited in the world, with a high of 41 million monthly unique visitors. Greenwald’s video interview with Snowden last month brought nearly 7 million unique views in just one day. The Guardian is struggling financially, but subsidized by other ventures owned by the same trust, the Scott Trust Limited, including the highly-profitable British car-sales site Auto Trader. The news organization continues to break international news, and if it ever does go under, as Farhi reports, the next big story may be broken by “a secondhand car magazine.”

Why you should read it: The NSA, then Snowden, and now Greenwald have made headlines around the world. It’s time to give the Guardian its 15 seconds.

NYC mayoral candidate wants Weiner’s exes to speak up — In an unsurprising move, Anthony Weiner’s GOP rival in the New York City mayoral race has called on Weiner’s ex-girlfriends to “talk about what it was like to be with him and date him and things like that.” As ex-Washington Examiner scribe Tara Palmeri of the New York Post reports, Joe Lhota issued the call to Weiner’s ex-girlfriends on Talk Radio Network’s “The Andrea Tantaros Show” after a little push from Tantaros. The radio host called Weiner’s treatment of Fox News’ Megan Kelly in past interviews “arrogant” and “disrespectful.” If he lies to his wife, Tantaros questioned Lhota, “how do voters in New York City believe he’s somehow going to respect their wishes and not act like some bizarro pervy freak?” Weiner did get support from one ex-girlfriend after the 2011 sexting scandal deflated his career, who said he’s “very sweet, very funny, very charming.” But some women on Capitol Hill know a different version of Weiner, who they is a bully. As some readers may recall, TWT’s Emily Miller said Weiner made dirty jokes about the scandal while she interviewed him about it, using the words “firm” and “stiff.” A representative of Weiner said he would not respond to “Mr. Lhota’s mud throwing.”

Why you should read it: Everyone loves reading about Weiner, whether you’re hoping for him to make a triumphant return to political stardom or just hear more details about his sex life. Also, the writer refers to him once as “the penis tweeter.”

Who’s in Playboy?

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Afternoon Reading List 06.27.13.

Greenwald responds to “personal attacks and smears” — Since breaking the story about the NSA’s secret surveillance program and staying in contact with Edward Snowden, Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian has come under fire from not just government officials, but also fellow journalists. In a column, Greenwald responds to the smears and writes that he knew he would become a target of “all sorts of personal attacks and smears.” Having befriended Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, Greenwald knew the tactics employed by the government to try to lower the leaker’s credibility. The journalist said he wasn’t surprised when he received an email from a New York Daily News reporter emailed him to ask about old lawsuits in which Greenwald was involved, including a dispute with an adult video producer and a multi-member LLC that he was part of, as well as back taxes owed from Greenwald’s old law practice. As Greenwald writes, “I’m 46 years old and, like most people, have lived a complicated and varied adult life.”

Ten Commandments of Doughnuts — Frustrated by the fact that doughnut shops have no standard set of rules to adhere to? Well worry no more, WaPo’s Joe Yonan laid out the “Ten Commandments of Doughnuts for those who make and sell them.” The list includes keeping doughnuts fresh, not going overboard with the oil, keeping it simple, using high-quality ingredients and enough filling and make sure the doughnuts are visually appealing, among a few others. The guidelines are very well thought out, and we can tell Yonan has eaten his fair share of doughnuts (no, we’re not calling him a fatso). Reading the list brings to light all the little things most people don’t think about that make going to a doughnut shop a memorable experience. Hopefully some doughnut-shop owners took note of the guidelines and will step up their game before your next visit.

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Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)

Fox News Contributor Battles Cancer— Richard Grenell, the Mike Tyson of Twitter, has non-hodgkins lymphoma. He’s already completed two rounds of chemo. He told FishbowlDC that that the cancer was caught early and he has great doctors, so he’s hopeful for a good outcome. He did lose his hair though, but despite some initial concerns about doing TV bald, he went on Fox a few weekends ago with the network’s full support. On his blog, he said despite the seriousness of his illness, he’s in a good place. “God has given me a great peace and I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing partner and the support of family and friends. I am ready for this fight.” We wish Grenell a quick trip on the path back to good health. If he tackles his cancer like he does his Twitter foes, we have a feeling this is a fight he’s going to win.

CNBC Host Apologizes For ‘Foot in Mouth’— On Monday Andrew Ross Sorkin said he would’ve arrested Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who published classified information leaked to him by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, for wanting to help Snowden in his flight from U.S. authorities. Today, he apologized. On Twitter, Sorkin said to Greenwald, “My apologies, sincerely…hope you saw what I said this morning on @SquawkCNBC.” What did he say? According to Politico, “I put my foot in my mouth…” He wanted to make a point about the difference between publishing and actually aiding someone accused of violating the law, but admits he failed and “overstepped” with the way he said it. Noteworthy: An apology that’s an actual apology. No cowardly ‘sorry if you were offended’ BS, just… I’m sorry. How refreshing.

Childish Behavior At the Supreme Court… Surprise?— Justice Samuel Alito needs some lessons from Miss Manners. While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was reading from her dissents in a few cases about discrimination that Alito wrote the majority opinions for, those in the courtroom reported that he pursed his lips, rolled his eyes and even mouthed the word “no” several times. We’d call this a great argument for cameras in the Supreme Court on the theory that it might be incentive to stop these blatant displays of disrespect, but these just happen to be some of the same things he did during President Obama‘s State of the Union speech in 2010, according to Slate’s Emily Bazelon. “Decorum isn’t his thing,” she wroteAtlantic’s Garrett Epps, who was in the court and is especially appalled by Alito’s behavior, makes it a point to note that Ginsberg is both older and the more senior justice—but we agree with others who say that’s not really the point. If you’re being a dick, you’re being a dick. It shouldn’t matter who you are or whom your target is. Jezebel sums it up nicely: “…guy who literally today authored a Supreme Court opinion that made it easier for workplace bullies to get away with it is himself acting like a workplace bully, but I can’t bring myself to imagine anyone trying to shove Ruth Bader Ginsburg into a locker.”


Morning Reading List 06.24.13.

Gregory catches fire for misguided question — David Gregory’s interview with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who broke much of the recent information on the NSA, Sunday on “Meet the Press” was going smoothly until Gregory pointedly asked Greenwald why he shouldn’t be prosecuted. WaPo’s Erik Wemple detailed the interview and criticized Gregory on his question, saying “he seeded his question with a veiled accusation of federal criminal wrongdoing, very much in the tradition of ‘how long have you been beating your wife.’” The exact question was the final one in the interview: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” Wemple points out that only Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) argued for Greenwald’s arrest. Wemple adds that Eric Snowden, the NSA leaker who has been in contact with Greenwald, probably wouldn’t need any help from a journalist in securing sensitive info that he had access to.

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