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We’re not sure what we did for entertainment before we could watch what probably should be journalists’ private feuds unfold in public on Twitter. For all the talk about teens who have no social-networking shame, there are a few grownups in the media who haven’t seemed to learn the lesson either. Some days, our Washington Twitter lists look more like a Beltway Fight Club than they do a group of media elites.
Not that we’re complaining. We do need something to watch between episodes of Veep and Scandal reruns, and the journalists on our list below don’t disappoint. Fair warning though—if you take some of them on, you doing so at your own risk.
Honorable mentions: The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, Conservative radio host Dana Loesch, WaPo‘s Greg Sargent, the DNC’s communications director, Brad Woodhouse, and NRSC’s Brad Dayspring. If you don’t think Dayspring can fight, read this story published last night in which he was referred to as a “rabid dog.”
Here it is, FishbowlDC’s 10 Journalists You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter:
The House voted on a bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, yesterday, and the Twittersphere noticed, with uncommonly long hashtag #ObamaCareInThreeWords trending through last night.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) kicked off the avalanche of left and right-wing-aimed Tweets with this:
Hey folks, #ObamaCareInThreeWords — go!
— Darrell Issa (@DarrellIssa) May 16, 2013
Well, “folks” from all over took to Twitter to describe Obamacare in (mostly) three words. Here are some of the top Tweets from inside the Beltway.
Vince Coglianese of The Daily Caller opted to make an observation about the hashtag itself instead commenting on the healthcare bill.
A Long-ass Hashtag #ObamacareInThreeWords
— Vince Coglianese (@TheDCVince) May 16, 2013
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) decided the hashtag wasn’t long enough, so he made up a new one while dutifully informing Twitter users of the proper terminology.
— Rep. Scott Rigell (@RepScottRigell) May 16, 2013
Unfortunately for Rigell, the hashtag didn’t catch on.
WaPo blogger Greg Sargent made up a new word as to not go over the three-word limit.
Drove conservatives batsh*tcrazy #ObamacareInThreeWords
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) May 16, 2013
The Media Critic
You guys, this is the last Friday of the year for which baseball is not an option. - Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner
The song “Friday” by Rebecca Black is two years old this month. – Politico’s Byron Tau
Conversations Between Two Journos
“Somewhere in my family’s junk there is a receipt, signed by Lincoln, for a bunch of fixed roads/sidewalks in dc. No joke.” – Politico’s Ben White
WaPo’s Plumline author Greg Sargent writes back, “uh, dude? might be worth digging that out.” White replied that he’s “been on hunt for some time.” Best of luck, Ben.
The Washington Examiner‘s Conn Carroll sent out two tweets this morning about state unemployment and labor unions and Greg Sargent, who mans WaPo‘s liberal Plum Line blog, saw it as the perfect opportunity for some trolling.
“FACT: 8 of the 10 states with highest unemployment have unionization rates above the national average,” Carroll tweeted. “FACT: 7 out of the 10 states with the highest unemployment rates are forced unionism states.”
Sarcastically, Sargent tweeted back, “FACT: 9 of the words in your last tweet had the letter ‘e’ in them.”
Sargent told FishbowlDC his intention…
On Friday morning, David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program and had his mustache shaved off. This all stems from an electoral bet between Axe and host Joe Scarborough. While Axelrod WON the bet, he agreed to shave the ‘stache anyway since Joe and Mika Brzezinski helped raise a million dollars for his charity. It’s the first time that Axelrod has had a hairless upper lip in 40 years.
Sure, it was a little hokey to see it all play out, but a million dollars for a charity is a BFD, so we can live with it.
Quotes of the Day — The Debate Edition
“Someone wrote me an email and said they thought the Secret Service was going to intervene.” — Politico‘s Mike Allen early this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
By Far, Funniest Reaction of the Night
“Mitt shot his whole wad in the first debate.” — D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Whoa, Eleanor, HUH?! WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis tried to come to her defense, saying, “To defend Eleanor Norton a bit, she’s an aficionado of antique muzzle loading firearms. I hope.”
Sweet and Sour Reaction to Candy
“Candy Crowley holding the reins tight tonight…no shenanigans in her house.” — NBC’s and E!’s Ryan Seacrest.
“Best & worst moment of debate was Candy correcting Romney – she was right, but I’m not sure she should have inserted herself in that way.” — Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.
“Righties already trying to make this about the Qs and moderator.” — Politico‘s SENIOR political reporter Jonathan Martin in what may be his first understandable tweet in awhile. Congrats JMart!
“I’m terribly disappointed in Candy. I defended her today, and I was wrong.” — Houston Chronicle political blogger and Newsbusters’ Kathleen McKinley.
“Ok Candy, you better facilitate, not follow-up!” — Conservative blogger Matt Mackowiack.
“Candy Crowley proved why these media fact checkers are toxic liars.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte.
“(I worked with Candy Crowley at CNN and think she’s terrific)” — CBS News investigative journo Sharyl Attkisson.
“A lot of anger on the Twitters at Crowley for challenging Mitt. You see, that isn’t supposed to happen.” — WaPo lefty blogger Greg Sargent.
“I must say that if you aren’t drinking some Jack Daniels during this debate you really are missing something.” — Roll Call Columnist and Political Analyst Stuart Rothenberg.
“Who won the debate tonight? Candy Crowley. She knew her facts and made sure she pointed them out to her opponents. She’s got my vote.” — Author Jonathan Krohn.
Debate Recap: Top Quotes
“If Sec. Clinton is responsible for the security failure in Benghazi, who is responsible for 8 days of of b.s.about what happened that day?” — FNC’s Brit Hume.
“As a woman voter, I feel very wanted tonight!” — ABC talk show host Katie Couric.
“OMG. Panelist on FOX News just said ‘BULLSHIT!’” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen.
“I was filing during that Libya exchange, but holy living fuck.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.
“Candy Crowley halts Romney in his tracks, calling him out live in real time on an incorrect Libya statement.” — NYT‘s Ashley Parker.
“I’m excitable – but politics is about emotion as well as reason. My view is Obama halted Mitt’s momentum in its tracks.” — The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan.
“Watching the @politicolive show again on dc newschannell 8. Forget how fun it was to watch, albeit kind of a train wreck.” — QGA and longtime Senate flack Jim Manley.
“The town hall debate format makes me feel bad about the human condition, like that “What Would You Do” hidden camera show. #sighbinder” — Digital media exec Kenny Day.
“Bottom line: Obama was far more aggressive this time, these 2 men don’t like each other and this race is still a toss-up.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.
“No one puts baby in a binder.” — National Journal‘s Chris Frates.
“Ok, goodnight everyone. tucking myself into my binder for some shuteye.” — AtlanticWire Senior Writer Jen Doll.
“Chris Matthews is wetting his pants in joy, gibbering like a meth freak on laughing gas.” — Conservative blogger and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.
“Bottom bottom line: Obama shows up big timme and wins. Is it enough to reverse the polarities?” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman.
“MSNBC fawning. Fox News fuming. A pox on both your houses.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.
“Love switching channels. MSNBC says clr Obama win, CNN, eh, slight Obama edge. Fox still talking about Benghazi.” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.
“Did Van Jones just call Mitt Romney a ‘DOUCHE’ on CNN – @CNNSituationRoom? Wow, didn’t think that was permitted.” — former Eric Cantor Spokesman Brad Dayspring, who now works as senior adviser to the YG Action Fund.
Greta sees hot pink and blue
“Yes, it is true…both wives in a hot pink (or at least on my monitor it looks like hot pink but faces can be bluish on my tv monitor)” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.
Important Q to Ponder: “Do I have time to make pierogies before this debate? Yes, yes I do!” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab.
“You keep it crazy, Bobby Jindal.” — Ronan Farrow, son of Mia and Woody Allen, reacting to post debate interviews from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Farrow is a writer, human rights lawyer and formerly Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s Special Adviser for Global Youth issues.
And another journo eats chicken…
“Chicken in pot, my debate night tradition. Thanks, Herbert Hoover!” — blogger and pundit Craig Crawford. Anonymous writes in, “That’s a sweet tradition, but his shicken looks like a dog’s dinner.”
Good rap quote from whitest guy in Washington
“Mystikal: That’s right my meat and potatoes come from my lyrical label I throw my rhymes for No Limit like Jeff George throw for the Raiders” — NBC’s Luke Russert.
Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.
While hardcore righties and hardcore lefties go back and forth today trying to spin how their candidate did at Wednesday night’s debate, one thing is clear. Barack Obama didn’t “WIN” the debate last night. (Assuming ANY debate is actually “winnable.”)
We found it interesting that in the hours after the debate, many of the establishment liberals that we have grown used to hearing defend the President time and time again, really owned up to the fact that… Obama didn’t show up prepared for last night’s debate. Either that or just genuine shock that Mitt Romney really came off with a strong showing. MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart tweeted, “Romney did what he needed to do in the debate. POTUS was good but not at his best.” Greg Sargent, from WaPo’s Plumline blog echoed Capehart saying, “Romney accomplished what he had to do tonight, and then some.” Even Markos Moulitsas of DailyKos admitted, “Nobody likes seeing a prevent defense in action, and that’s what Dems saw tonight.”
The REAL battle between pundits seems to have turned to “How much do these debates even matter?” It won’t come as a shock that Obama supporters think that debates matter very little. Personally, my favorite is from prominent Obama supporter, Samuel L. Jackson, who tweeted, “What Really happened tonite?! NOBODY changed who they’re voting for!! NOBODY!!! ” Arianna Huffington says, “And now begins the overreaction.”
Say hello to Greg Sargent. He’s the guy manning WaPo‘s liberal “Plum Line” blog. Sargent joined WaPo in 2009, after having worked at Talking Points Memo, New York magazine and The Observer.
In the past, FishbowlDC has documented (at great length) the Twitter brawls between Sargent and his conservative counterpart Jennifer Rubin. He typically doesn’t respond to any of our comment requests on the battles, but luckily we got him to partake in the FishbowlDC interview.
If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be?
Scotch and soda.
How often do you Google yourself?
Relentlessly. How else can I keep up with all that abuse?
What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?
Take your butter and shove it! (To my boss at a restaurant where I worked as a busboy in my teens — he’d criticized me for giving customers too much butter with their bread.)
Who is your favorite working journalist and why?
Pleading the Fifth.
Do you have a favorite word?
Who would you rather have dinner with – FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, NBC’s Brian Williams or ABC’s Diane Sawyer? Tell us why.
Bill O’Reilly. I want to get a close-up view of his fascinating case of Soros paranoia.
The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either CNN’s Candy Crowley or FNC’s Greta Van Susteren (significant others will understand). Who will it be?
Sorry, no can do. My significant other is not quite that understanding.
What swear word do you use most often?
You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.)
Charles Dickens, George Orwell, Samuel Clemens, and William Lloyd Garrison.
On a serious note for a moment, if you could have dinner with a person who has died, who would it be?
Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler)
Beutler. He gets what my son is about. And he likes chess.
When you pig out what do you eat?
Chicken tacos with coleslaw and jalapeno/cilantro salsa.
What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it.
My Led Zeppelin t-shirt. But I’m not sure what it’s made of at this point.
Find out what bodily function led to Sargent getting a ticket after the jump…
Both President Obama and GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney have had their say on the Libya incident, in which a U.S. ambassador was killed Tuesday. Now several bloggers have loaded their guns and are pointing them at the news media.
Romney was widely criticized for his comments on the Obama administration’s handling of the attacks. He said the administration’s own response to the attacks was an “apology” for America.
NYT editorialized that Romney “showed an extraordinary lack of presidential character by using the murders of the Americans in Libya as an excuse … to attack Mr. Obama…” WaPo called Romney’s critique of Obama’s foreign policies “crude.” USA Today said Romney “erred in moving so quickly to make political hay of an unfolding tragedy.”
In a post today, RedState‘s Erick Erickson argues that the media, led by “group think,” wanted the “focus on Romney” rather than what he saw as the president’s own shortcomings on foreign policy. He took names:
“I get that Chuck Todd is a former Democrat hill staffer. I get that the Politico is riddled with Democrats, some former activists and a former staffer for Debbie Wasserman Schultz. I get that Michael Scherer from Time magazine is a left wing reporter for Mother Jones and Salon.com turned respectable, “objective” journalist. I get that Ben Smith, leading up Buzz Feed, is a left wing journalist paraded about as if he is some sort of objective reporter at a trendy site full of cat photos. [Editor's Note: Totally forgot to include Journolist and have updated to include it] I get that precious Ezra Klein started Journolist so reporters and political operatives could collaborate on the news and narrative and now he sits at the Washington Post and gets trotted out as a fact checker.”
Over at WaPo‘s Right Turn blog, Jennifer Rubin largely made the same argument as Erickson: The collective media didn’t concentrate on the real issue at hand, the death of an ambassador, a delayed response from the White House. “What [Romney] said was valid then, as it remains valid in retrospect…” Rubin wrote today. In a separate post Rubin took another swipe at the media, arguing that conservatives have not turned against Romney as some have suggested. “The mainstream media… decided that Romney was ‘isolated’ or in trouble with Republicans,” she wrote. “Perhaps the media don’t know very many conservatives. Or perhaps they thought a few moldy Beltway insiders were representative of the party at large. … If the media are going to rally to Obama, then, by gosh, conservatives are going to rally to Romney.”
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