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What’s a little trash talking from an ex-Washington reporter?

“@DavidNakamura @jeneps @jeffmason1 Mason is basically the catcher in the rye. Maybe @GlennThrush, if he ever stooped to #poolduty.” — Bloomberg‘s Berlin-based Hans Nichols at 2:58 a.m. EST.

Journo loses mom

“RIP my beloved mother, Bette Lynne Cohen. She’s been waiting to see Thurman Munson again.” — Guardian U.S. National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman. Munson was an American Major League Baseball catcher who died in 1979. He played for the New York Yankees.

imagesMiddle of the night guilt

“Can’t blieve [sic] I’ve been twtg about trivia only a week after mass shooting in my city. What is wrong with me? Media overload.” – NPR‘s Kitty Eisele at 3:06 a.m.

A metaphor that doesn’t quite work

“Internet trolls are the online version of dangerously aggressive drivers on the highway.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:26 a.m.

A rare travel compliment

“Ahh the magical metro doors popped open for me again this morning! #wmata has smiled on me two days in a row! #doingahappydance” — Sarah Parnass, works in web video for WaPo‘s Post TV.

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At Home With Tommy Vietor: a ‘Hot Free Agent’

The chains are off. Tommy Vietor is out of the White House as National Security Spokesman and transitioning into a brand new consulting job with President Obama‘s former speechwriter Jon Favreau and Ben Schwerin, a former aide to President Bill Clinton. With their firm, Fenway Strategies, Vietor is managing his own press and getting cozy with the media in a whole new way. So much so that he allowed a reporter and camera crew into his apartment or “home office” as the reporter puts it.

Why not let a reporter into your home? Oh right, here’s maybe why not.

“Could Tommy Vietor be a bigger douche?” a FishbowlDC reader writes in reaction to the intriguing interview Bloomberg White House Correspondent Hans Nichols did with him.

Seven things to observe about the interview Read more

Politico Behind On Bloomberg Scoop

The first item in Politico‘s Playbook by Mike Allen today concerns Deputy Nat. Security Adviser Denis McDonough potentially being named White House Chief of Staff. “Exclusive” doesn’t appear next to the bit, but there’s also no credit for Bloomberg News’s Hans Nichols who broke the story last week that McDonough was likely to land the job.

McDonough “is expected to be named White House chief of staff soon,” Allen’s item says. It also comes just one day after Nichols wrote a followup piece that said President Obama “has signaled to his senior advisers that Denis McDonough … is his leading candidate to succeed Jack Lew as White House chief of staff.”

We’ve reached out to Allen for comment.

A FishbowlDC reader was more than incensed about the Bloomberg reporter not getting proper credit… Read more

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Quotes of the Day — Home for the Holidays Edition

HOLIDAY JOKESTER: “My favorite 2012 picture of Steve Buttry.” — Mimi Buttry, wife of Steve Buttry. Buttry is the Digital Transformation Editor at Digital First Media. Nice, fancy title, Buttry!

Blogger goes nuts over bourbon balls

“Soaking nuts in Bourbon before I make Bourbon balls and I’m totally going to eat these nuts aren’t I?” — Laurie White, photographer, writer and blogger.

Roll Call researcher gets on wrong Metro car

“Of course I got on the Metro car with the puddle of barf in it.” — Katie Kovach, international affairs and defense researcher for Roll Call.

Important Question to Ponder: “I can’t believe people are tweeting about politics on Christmas Day. Why aren’t you people drunk struggling with electronics?” — InTheseTimes labor reporter Mike Elk.

“Fuckers”: The new way to say Happy Holidays!

“Happy Holidays to you too, fuckers.” — HuffPost‘s Sabrina Siddiqui to BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Politico‘s Kate Nocera and TPM‘s Igor Bobic.

Someone had to say it… “U.S. Senator in Deep ‘Crapo’ After DUI Arrest” — El Sharko blogger of Miami. (The Mormon senator from Idaho, Mike Crapo, got a DUI Sunday night. Nice timing!)

BuzzFeed editor gets weepy over gay weddings

“Watching a bunch of gay wedding videos and slowly getting emotional.” — BuzzFeed senior editor Stacy Lambe.

Uh oh. Scratch the drunken driving jokes

“Drunk driver jokes aren’t funny, folks. Especially if someone you love has been taken from you by one. Not a GOP or Dem. thing.” — Paul Brandus of  WestWingReport.

“People, there is nothing funny about drunk driving. Nothing.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Good thing people sending gleeful tweets re Crapo DUI have never needed compassion after some stupid/hypocritical human failing.” — Harold Pollack, University of Chicago professor.

Not a happy ending for this journo

“Merry Christmas to the TSA agent who touched my junk.” — Free Beacon‘s  CJCiaramella.

Editor copes with new holiday traditions

“My Presbyterian brain can’t process my Catholic wife’s family’s tradition of unwrapping presents on Christmas Eve.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Peanut Gallery du Jour: “I bet Jesus gets super pissed that his birthday is so close to Christmas.” — FBDC and “Full Court Press” co-host Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Not having sex? 7 ways to start again”

Oops! Wrong address.

“Someone sent us five pounds of dry aged steak for Christmas. Sent it to the wrong house. Sat on a porch for a week. #tryingnottocry.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson. As our own Rachel Ray (a.k.a. Ogburn) explained it, “aged meat = good, aged meat outside = not good.” Erickson also doubles as an imbibing Santa. He wrote, “The kids are sound asleep. Santa is about to put together the toys as soon as he finishes his bourbon.”

HELP!

“Just drove past a car completely engulfed in flames on the Ohio turnpike. Scary stuff.” — National Journal daily production employee Michelle Bloom.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“During Christmas service tonight, my 3rd grade daughter: ‘Mom what’s a virgin?’” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

Um, constituents?

“Good morning Twitter constituents! Everyone have a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday and I hope u all experience the joy the season brings.” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of TheDCPundit.com, who transformed himself into a politician as millions of Christians celebrated the birth of Christ.

Holiday gun jokes: too soon?

“20-year-old twins Bob and Jim give Christmas gifts to 14-year-old Jefferson and 12-year-old Emerson: GUNS!” — Conservative blogger and ex-TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m told a bearded guy may break into my house tonight. Should I greet him w/ AK-47 or Glock?” — Current’s David Shuster.

“Idea: arm every air traveler.” — Wired senior reporter and third tier Boybander Spencer Ackerman.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Hostess told me I just booked the last available reservation tonight at our local Chinese restaurant. #christmasmiracle.” — Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a The Hill‘s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz.)

Down and out journalists… Read more

In Defense of Himself: Daily Caller’s Neil Munro

On Thursday National Journal‘s George Condon took issue with our writeup of Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols shouting out a question out of turn at the end of the White House presser with President Obama earlier in the week. We said Hans pulled a “Neil Munro,” as in the heckler who interrupted Obama in the Rose Garden in June, knowing full well he was asking a question out of the realm of Wednesday’s protocol. Condon, among others such as NYT‘s Peter Baker, argued Hans was well within his grounds to shout-out a question at the close of the presser. They asserted that it’s tradition for reporters to push and try to extend a press conference longer than the President and his aides may allow.

Fair enough. But Munro, who was largely shunned and criticized by colleagues after his incident, had another take on the matter… Read more

In Defense of Bloomberg’s Heckling Hans

National Journal White House Correspondent George Condon took issue with our writeup of Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols shouting out a question to President Obama at the close of Wednesday’s White House press conference. We said Hans had pulled a Neil Munro, reminiscent of The Daily Caller‘s startling moment in the Rose Garden back in June. No doubt Nichols came off friendlier than Munro did, which we noted.

At the time, White House reporters, among many others, were outraged with Munro. But on Wednesday colleagues patted Hans on the back.

Read what Condon wrote into FishbowlDC… Read more

Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols Pulls a Neil Munro

President Obama went into today’s press conference with a list of reporters who were permitted to question him. AP. NBC. CNN. Fox News. Telemundo. If your name wasn’t on the list, forget it. You were SOL.

So Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols opted for the next best thing: A Daily Caller Neil Munro-style shouted question out of turn. As Nichols posed his question, you could see reporters like FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and others snickering in the row ahead. Nichols clearly had no regrets:  “I asked POTUS if he is open to short term extension on the SPENDING side of fiscal cliff, Jan 1 deadline. #deathstare,” he wrote on Twitter. NYT’s Michael Shear seemed impressed: “In the ongoing battle for more access to the president, Hans Nichols is my new hero. Way to go.” And NYT‘s Peter Baker added, “Hear Hear.”

(Funny, this wasn’t the White House media reaction to Munro back in June.) In response to that, some online referred to Nichols as a “friendlier” Munro.

Death stare may be a little strong… Read more

Public Enemy #1 in Charlotte: Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols

Bloomberg reporter Hans Nichols loves to make new friends wherever he goes. This week in Charlotte he’s warming up to cops helping to reinforce convention security by making them look as stupid as possible.

The intrepid Nichols quickly put two and two together and figured out that police brought in to assist with crowd control are struggling with basic geography. Strangely, they have no earthly idea where the convention center is, even when standing a block away.

At one point he wonders whether an officer’s horse knows where the convention center is.

“Those guys might be good at crowd control – but not very good at directions,” smirked Nichols, who created a video for Bloomberg TV and who may not be laughing when they start posting his picture with a big, fat red x through it.

Watch the video here.

 

 

What a Racket! Journos Take to the Courts

Tonight, two teams — one the Stars and one the Stripes — composed of folks from Congress, the Administration, Ambassadors, national media and players on the WTT Champion Washington Kastles team will join together in Kastles Stadium for a memorable team tennis match with 100 percent of the ticket proceeds going to charity.

We hear Bloomberg White House Correspondent Hans Nichols and Chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook will take on the White House economic team: Alan Kreuger and Gene Sperling.

Peter is lowering expectations, complaining of blisters caused his new tennis shoes and his attempts to practice yesterday. Hans has brought his college tennis racquets with them (with tennis ball fuzz stuck in the strings).

Other newsies scheduled to participate in the event include ABC News’s Jonathan Karl and FNC’s Bret Baier.

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A book signing not to miss: WaPo Associate Editor and Pultizer Prize-winner David Maraniss will be at Politics & Prose this Wednesday at 7 p.m. to discuss his book, Barack Obama: The Story. From the site: “Starting in Kenya and Kansas before Obama’s birth, Maraniss traces the influences the future president absorbed in Hawaii, Indonesia, New York, and Chicago, influences which shaped his developing political career.”

Congresswoman Berkley disses Bloomberg scribe: It’s safe to say that NBC’s Brian Williams shouldn’t feel threatened by the latest package from Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, who does his best ever Gayle King/Brian Ross impersonation (no, not really, we’re joking). Nichols ever so suavely visits The Source Restaurant in downtown Washington to cover a fundraiser for Las Vegas Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley‘s Senate race. In the clip we learn that House Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who invited lobbyists to the fundraiser, ate cantaloupe. We never find out what Berkley ate for breakfast because Berkley tells him how inappropriate he is when he “catches” her exciting the fundraiser and tells him to call her office, which translates loosely to: “Go to hell.” She tells him, “I think this is an inappropriate way to talk to people. You’re welcome to call my office.” Watch here.

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