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Quotes of the Day — Behind the Curtain in Des Moines

The Rachels: RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy says on Twitter, “What they’re watching at Santorum’s party #iacaucus.” The Rachels tortured us early Wednesday morning with a very special episode of “Up With Chris Hayes” at 1 a.m.

Fishbowl Des Moines (Adios, Mike Allen, we’re taking back the night.)

Luntz’s puffy coat

“Frank Luntz on Fox News has the biggest, puffiest down jacket I have ever seen in my life.” — Zach Wolf, ABC News Political Unit. (Photo credit: Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.)

Confusion on the campaign trail

“Ron Paul staffer gets confused thinks I work ‘the times’ instead of ‘in these times’ asks if I want to speak to the Congressman.” — Labor journo Mike Elk.

Journo loses his belt; disaster averted

“At the lovely Capitol in Des Moines to join @BretBaier. Fortunately we’ll be seated so my lost belt shouldn’t result in YouTube hilarity.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Birthdays: “Happy 1st birthday to Wee-Bey, the dog. The one year old goldendoodle will be celebrating by licking his balls.” — FBDC’s Peter Ogburn. (h/t Ogburn and h/t Mike Allen for h/t) Asked about presents, Peter remarked, “I did get Wee-Bey a present. The exciting new E-Book from Politico, The Right Fights Back.”

The Beauty Experts

Sarah Palin‘s half-beehive is back!” — Politico media writer Keach Hagey. (Photo credit: Business Insider’s Glynnis MacNicol.)

“Loser or not, Michelle Bachmann looks fabulous.” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie. Wilkie also observed Ron Paul‘s wife, saying, “Carol Paul is rocking a fur collared coat. A big one. Indoors. At a campaign event. Thoughts? #iacaucus.”

“First time a presidential candidate’s on-stage surrogate has EVER has a neck tattoo. #iacaucus” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

Lizza lets loose

“Can we all agree the Iowa Straw Paul is f*cking stupid now?” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who also wrote, “I picked a terrible night to be on deadline for a 10,000 word piece not about GOP politics.” But our favorite Lizza from the night is by far this: “What’s on Marcus’s lips?” (In reference to Michelle Bachmann’s hubby, Marcus.) On another note entirely, what the f$%# was Marcus doing buying their dog, Boomer, sunglasses in Iowa?

Tapper pays Busey a compliment (wink! wink!)

“I cannot understate the importance of the Gary Busey endorsement, then withdrawal of said endorsement, of @NewtGingrich.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Spotted: Journos being  journos

“Spotted in Des Moines, midnight Central: A bunch of reporters who thought they would be drunk and/or in bed right now.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Watch out. Harwood’s caffeinated.

“Modern media life: Up 4 am in Iowa. 19 hours of live shots. Charter flight to NH. Arrive hotel. Now, coffee…then more live shots.” — CNBC’s and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Arianna cracks on CNN’s John King

“Waiting for John King to get sucked into his Touch Screen Map, Poltergeist-style.” — HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

And back in Washington…

The weather outside is frightful

“NEVER GOING OUTSIDE AGAIN and also other irrational things because it’s just so so cold.” WaPo‘s Lindsay Apple.

An evening in

“Leftover palak paneer? Check. Bottomless iced tea? Check. Power outlet? Check. Bring it on, Iowa. #caucus” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

The TV Critics

“Fox News discussion hours before the caucuses: Are reporters who tweet full of themselves?” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Bret Baier back on this ‘guy in a truck’ thing…what the hell? Enough already.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

“I thought it was odd when Sanford signed off his Fox News interview with, ‘Tienes los ojos más bonitos del mundo.’ — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty on former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford‘s punditry appearance on FNC last night.

“Gingrich translated: ‘If the truth hurts, fuck you.’” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

Marcus Bachmann would have made a lovely first lady. #iacaucus” — Crooks & Liars’ Tina Dupuy.

“As Ron Paul speaks, Rand is standing behind him looking like he’s at a funeral.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“I think we can all agree that Boomer Bachmann getting new sunglasses was more interesting than this speech.” — FNC Democratic political analyst and Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers.

Teeth brushing or Romney speech? That’s easy.

“How captivated was I by Romney’s stump/victory speech? Half-way through, I ran to brush my teeth.” – Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz.

Why Santorum? Well, for one thing…

“I am rooting for Santorum to win because, as far as I am aware, he has not strapped a dog to his car while driving long distances.” — Activist and former DCist writer Dave Stroup.

Hawaiian Pool Duty comes to a close

“Just checked out of my room in Hawaii. The president’s vacation is over for him and now for me too. I’m relieved.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Makeup lady on Roland Martin

“Doing @rolandsmartin makeup. He’s bringing some soul to the makeup room!” –  Stevie Martin.

Boybander pledges quality

“My pledge to you: writing on a short deadline does not give me license to mix metaphors. Danger Room: Where Quality Is Job #1.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman.

Tracy gets racy

“No, I will not be CAUCUSING tonight. Sounds a bit perverse.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Holy S#%t! Tschida’s got rats

“So exterminator confirms I have very SMART rats. They dodge the traps and gorge on bananas. Just realized… I’d prefer ghosts.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Convo Between Two Journos

The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox: “Fox News turning out to be a really good source for news about the bottom four candidates.” Lizza: “Future on-air talent.”


“I won’t do a ‘Must Credit BuzzFeed.’ But please do credit BuzzFeed. We’re a fragile young thing.” — BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith on their exclusive that Sen. McCain plans to endorse Romney today.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I hate politicians who say they aren’t politicians. Even if they’re wearing a super-cute blue blazer.” — Metro Weekly‘s Mr. Bugg. Congrats Bugg! You’ve won back your crown.


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Quotes of the Day

Adios WaPo! PBS’s New Prez and CEO Bo Jones mingles with Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer on the set of his new employer. He joins the network in early January after decades at the Post.

Reporter looks at glass half full

“OK, so, I’m definitely sick. But, I’m headed to the urgent care to get something to heal me. … At least the snow is pretty!” — Metro Weekly‘s White House Correspondent Chris Geidner. Geidner told FishbowlDC that he has Strep throat but is on the mend. We’re happy to hear it.

The pudding metaphor that wouldn’t die

“What’s the proof in your pudding? There seems to be no proof or pudding here. James O’Keefe needs an editor. He needs someone to say, ya know, you just don’t have it here.” — WaPo media writer Paul Farhi on CNN’s Sunday program “Reliable Sources” reacting to James O’Keefe‘s charge that HuffPost‘s Sam Stein boozes up his sources for information. Farhi wouldn’t stop talking about the pudding, which then bled into another guest, Business Insider‘s Glynnis MacNicol also discussing the “pudding.”

Number of days Politico gave GOP presidential contender Herman Cain to answer whether he’d ever been accused of sexual harassment: 10.

A TV reporter’s take on Madoff interview

“So Ruth Madoff is a lot more believable than I expected.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on the CBS “60 Minutes” interview last night of Bernie Madoff‘s wife, Ruth, and their son, Andrew.

Journo detests rude riders

“People who ride the metro are infinitely more rude than people who ride the bus. Particularly on the westside red line.” — Roll Call‘s Amanda Becker.

Fournier snakes his drains

“Just finished snaking our drains. Got me thinking of the presidential campaign.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.

Pet peeves…

“Ever notice when people have had too much caffeine & one leg is jumping up & down? Very distracting if they’re next to you while you read.” — Fox News Contributor and former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

A new pet peeve: Anyone who calls themselves an “Upper” in daylight. “Good morning #Uppers.” — invented by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes for those who watch his program, “Up With Hayes.”

Fun in the Sun

“Well that was a long week. Yawn. Now off to see @axlrose and @gunsnroses in the Sunshine State…. If this plane ever gets off the ground.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) spokesman Brad Dayspring.

Always innovative.

“For Halloween I’m gonna dress up as National Journal and charge a fee to show up at your party a few hours after Politico‘s already there.” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Suggestions for a new TV? Nothing too big.” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn. Seems absurd that Corn needs help purchasing a new TV? We’re sure the salesman at Best Buy can assist.

Palin Sends Nasty E-mail to Time

Last week, US Weekly reported that Sarah Palin had called in to Fox News host Sean Hannity‘s radio show following Christina Aguilera‘s National Anthem Superbowl flub and called the singer an “airhead.” What US weekly hadn’t bothered to check was whether the story was even real.

It wasn’t.

The comment was made up by a satirical “news” site, Super Tuesday News. US Weekly has removed the post from their website.

Time magazine, meanwhile used the same satirical source to cite a quote in their blog post, claiming that Palin had said she wanted Aguilera deported. Glynnis MacNicol at Business Insider chronicles the whole saga.

Palin e-mailed Time‘s Jay Newton-Small for a correction:

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ABC’s White House Correspondent Jake Tapper: “An honor for me to meet a man like Daniel Hernandez” The photograph was posted on Twitter by Tapper.

ABC7′s Stephen Tschida offers warning

“If traveling on foot be careful kids. just saw a woman wipe-out on a bike. very slick in d-c. icy sidewalks=breaks, bumps and bruises.” – ABC7′s wild train rider Stephen Tschida in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo notes all-male panels on networks

“So far the all-male panel on CNN has a much bigger problem w/ pep rally atmosphere than the all-male panel on Fox News.” – Business Insider Editor/The Wire‘s Glynnis MacNicol in a Wednesday tweet.

WaPo‘s The Fix is a crier?

“Wow. This a tearkjerker of a speech. But @thefix is a crier, like John Boehner.” – WaPo‘s @TheFix in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo wants another man’s voice

“Not gonna lie: really wish I had Tom Brokaw’s voice.” – The Nation‘s Washington Bureau Chief Chris Hayes in a Wednesday tweet. (No arguments here.) Hayes occasionally fills in for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. He recently remarked that he was glad to watch her rather than be her sub that evening.

Krauthammer’s name gets bludgeoned by Droid

“Droid rendered Krauthammer as Crutnacker. (You can’t make this stuff up. At least, I can’t.) #verysmartphone” – Lex Alexander, a writer, editor and publicist in Greensboro, NC (and a major exception to this feature). He is, of course, referring to conservative columnist and FNC contributor Charles Krauthammer.

Arianna says: ‘Stick your neck out’

“To succeed, you’ve got to stick your neck out. This new book shows how to do it w/o getting your head chopped off.” – HuffPost‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in a Wednesday tweet regarding this book. As of late, Huffington has been getting hammered for a bizarre BlackBerry altercation aboard a United Airlines flight to D.C. that resulted in a whole lot of nothing but a blustery fellow flier who became unhinged over her alleged BlackBerrying. The above book is about how to conquer anything that stands in your way – and maybe that includes that uptight flier who still thinks tapping away on a BlackBerry could bring down an airplane.

TV journo gives herself time out

“And now this brief word: I am suspending myself from Twitter temporarily, after @jamiedupree pointed out I tweeted “Gillerbrand”.” – CNN Radio reporter Lisa Desjardins in a Wednesday tweet referring to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Movement Afloat to Return Tapper to ‘This Week’?

ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper gained a lot of attention over the weekend when he subbed for ABC’s “This Week.” Some  journos clamored for more and for a Tapper return to the Sunday morning program he hosted earlier this year until Christiane Amanpour permanently filled the slot.

“Boy is it a nice treat to turn on This Week and see @JakeTapper in the anchor seat.” — said Editor of Business Insider/The Wire Glynnis MacNicol in a weekend tweet. TWT‘s Eli Lake agreed, saying, “ABC This Week is ten times better when @jaketapper is hosting. I’m not just saying that cause we went to the same high school.” In addition, Mediaite wrote a memo to ABC that read: Don’t fight it. Return Jake Tapper to This Week.

Tapper didn’t argue with them. “Thanks for all the kind words, tweeperinos. #thisweek,” he wrote. Clarification: Tapper’s note of thanks was to all who sent kind words not just MacNicol and Lake.

In other Tapper news… WaPo named the correspondent D.C.’s favorite political wonk on Twitter. Read more about the accolade, including his pseudo virtual acceptance speech here on our sister site TVNewser.

Howie Snails on Juan

Puzzling. Howard Kurtz leaves WaPo for the fast-paced world of digital journalism and turns in his ex-NPR canned Juan Williams write-up for The Daily Beast some 14 hrs after it happened.

Noteworthy: Kurtz’s second story on Williams appears this morning on, complete with an Editor’s note that has him as host for CNN’s “Reliable Sources” (correct) and as “media reporter for the Washington Post” (so weirdly wrong – he’s at The Daily Beast and is no longer at the Post or this story might have appeared there).

Mediaite‘s Steve Krakauer cracks on Kurtz for his snail’s pace. He writes on Twitter: “Dude you’re 15 hours late RT @HowardKurtz My Beast take on NPR firing Juan Williams. Boy… those Beasties get stories up fast.” And Mediaite‘s Glynnis MacNicol remarks, “Welcome to the Internet?”

Morning Reading List 07.08.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…



The deadline for bids for the Boston Globe has been postponed.


We told you yesterday about Air America’s interview with Todd Purdum. If you missed it, you can listen online here. Purdum discussed Palin’s unpredictability, her lack of curiosity and her “casual” relationship with the truth, all characteristics that came out in last fall’s presidential campaign, and gained traction in recent days as she announced her resignation. As Purdum told Air America’s Jack Rice, “She really is willing to say that black is white and day is night.”


Are Murdoch and Google eyeing a Twitter purchase?


Michael Jackson memorial notes: Mediaite’s Glynnis MacNicol and Steve Krakauer joined the mediabistro Morning Media Menu to discuss coverage. Listen in here. From TVNewser: Jackson Notes, Gathering at the Crossroads of the World for Michael Jackson Memorial and Inspired By The Coverage of One King’s Funeral, Shepard Smith Now Anchors Another’s.

And WaPo’s Tom Shales: Never Can Say Goodbye, Even in Death, Jackson Is Good TV.

In Sunday’s WaPo, the aunt of a solider killed in Afghanistan on the same day as Michael Jackson decried the lack of TV news coverage for the soldiers as the media went in to overdrive on the Jackson story. She wrote: “Mr. Jackson received days of wall-to-wall coverage in the media. Where was the coverage of my nephew or the other soldiers who died that week?”


Some notes on President Obama’s trip overseas from Politico‘s Josh Gerstein via Playbook: “Morning for the White House Press Corps kicked off with an enervating 3 a.m. bus call at the hotel in Moscow. (Some TV folks basically went straight from standups to the buses).”

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

JOBS after the jump…

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TVNewser’s Live Blogging The Michael Jackson Memorial

Michael Jackson‘s memorial service is just getting underway at the Staples Center in LA, and on network TV, cable news, live streaming online, Facebook, in movie theaters…

TVNewser is live-blogging the memorial’s coverage with guest appearances by Mediaite’s Glynnis MacNicol, Rachel Sklar and Steve Krakauer and drumroll please… new TVNewser editor Kevin Allocca.

Follow along here.

Morning Reading List 06.09.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning, the day of Joe Curl‘s birth. Happy Birthday!



Boston Globe: The Boston Globe‘s largest union tonight narrowly rejected $10 million in wage and benefit cuts, and about an hour later the paper’s owner declared an impasse in negotiations and imposed a 23 percent pay cut on the union’s members, effective next week.

NYT‘s coverage: Many guild members who opposed the package said they did so believing that further negotiations might result in a better deal.

“I can see the day, maybe 20 years away, where you don’t actually have paper and ink and printing presses,” Rupert Murdoch in Guardian here.


Check out CBS News President Sean McManus on Bob Schieffer‘s future here. “… there are not many Bob Schieffers in the world. You’ve seen what happened at NBC – there are a couple of people at every news organization that are irreplaceable. Tim Russert is in that category and Bob Schieffer falls in that category. There are options internally and externally that we’ve discussed but there is not a great option if and when Bob decides not to do that job. The good news is he’s as energized and engaged as he’s been in the last 10 years.”

Fox News Channel VP of news editorial Jay Wallace was named to the 2009 “Next Wave of Leaders” list by Broadcasting & Cable.


NBC News and Three Part Media LLC have teamed to launch, a “video centric news site” aimed at the African American community. More dets at WebNewser.


Roxana Saberi will receive the Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism at Northwestern’s School of Journalism’s convocation on June 20th.

How do you choose your news? A recent study says people follow news that suits their views.

You’ve undoubtly caught a #dudeido on his Twitter page- and now Amanda at FishbowlNY has too noticed Patrick Gavin‘s wedding planning coverage. Check out her take here.


Mediaweek: Executives at the Big Four broadcast networks, upset that President Barack Obama has cumulatively cost them more than $30 million in revenue from preempted prime-time programming for three press conferences, say getting advertisers to sponsor future press events as a way to recoup lost revenue isn’t a viable option.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro

REVOLVING DOOR and JOBS after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 04.21.09

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Its day 92 covering the Obama administration and week 12 for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



When you’re in a financial crisis how do you start to save money? For the Chicago Sun-Times it’s sending out an edict that the paper will cut payroll by 15 percent. The Chicago Tribune reports that the paper cut an undisclosed number of jobs to achieve this goal last week. More at MediaJobsDaily.

WaPo’s Dana Milbank reads his comments too.


NBC’s Ann Curry is headed to Iraq and Afghanistan this week and according to the AP, she’ll file reports on how the wars are being reshaped under President Obama for the Today Show and Nightly News.

B&C: If Oprah can use Twitter, so can TV stations. Three local television news chiefs said Twitter can be used like a police scanner to ferret out tips, can offer transparency about the newsgathering process, and make for a tighter bond with viewers.


Mark Penn for WSJ: “In America today, there are almost as many people making their living as bloggers as there are lawyers. Already more Americans are making their primary income from posting their opinions than Americans working as computer programmers, firefighters or even bartenders.”


Portfolio asks, “Has the relationship between Eliot Spitzer and The Washington Post Co. grown a bit too intimate for journalistic comfort?”

Vanity Fair on why Time and Newsweek will never be The Economist here.


Portfolio reports layoff victims were among the Pulitzer Prize winners announced yesterday.

Business Insider also points out the Pulitzer Board did not award any financial journalists or commentators this year.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romenesko, Calderone

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