Posts Tagged ‘Hilary Rosen’
The “Shitdown” Edition
“Listening to @RepLankford on #CNN @NewDay thinking: I totally disagree AND why doesn’t GOP use him on TV more? He is very good.” — CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen.
The latest in anonymous sourcing…
“Source close to last night’s talks tell me CR deal is not as close as many press reports; House Rs far from ready to move on a clean CR” — National Review‘s Washington Editor Robert Costa.
A guy can dream, right?
“Looking for a magic Twitter filter that will let me see the tweets of people I respect without their retweets of people I don’t.” — AP Radio News morning reporter Jon Belmont.
Copy Editors Beware: “Shitdown” is not “Shutdown”
“Let he who has not accidently written about of government shitdown, sted shutdown, cast the first stone.” — Politico‘s Alex Byers.
Nothing Beats Getting Weiner’s Stamp of Approval
“This guy writing most clearly about whats going on in the GOP huddle: @jonathanchait” — failed mayoral hopeful and former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).
Important Q to Ponder: “Have we gotten to the point where Jennifer Rubin is just yelling ‘RINO’ at people on Twitter now?” — MetroWeekly‘s Jennifer Rubin.
“Guy ahead of me in the metro turnstile had $675 on his Smart Trip card. Definition of an optimist.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:26 a.m.
“Pretty sure @SouthwestAir has lost a bunch of customers tonight. BWI operation is horrible.” — Paige Connor, designer, visual journalist.
LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: “Just some gluten-free pizza I made at @918FStreet while at work today! #thisismyjob #notkidding.” -- Liz McAvoy, editor, Living Social.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:24 a.m. in which Mike Allen offers birthday wishes to Ollie, a lawmakers’ office dog. There’s even a “paw tip.”
Speaking of dogs…
Maggie is a CNN business reporter; Richard is CNN International Senior Producer.
Maggie Lake: My barista called me Lassie – hope it’s not an omen my day going to the dogs! Maggie/Lassie — really?
Richard Davis: A ruff one indeed.
Anticipatory thoughts of hate mail
“Just wrote something long about mugshots, and what should and shouldn’t be public. Looking forward to getting some hate mail over it.” — Atlantic Cities reporter Mike Riggs.
And a love note…
“@JessicaChasmar just so you know, you are my sole source for news. 1) most news sucks. 2) you’re smokin hot. I like smokin hot chick news.” — Nate9783 to TWT reporter Jessica Chasmar.
Things are getting hairy?
“Note to self: don’t be the last customer to get a hair cut at the end of the day or the barber might shave off one sideburn & not notice.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.
“I’m excited for @stefcutter. Real joy happens! Congrats girl. #CNN” — CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen. As reported by WaPo‘s “The Reliable Source” Monday, Cutter, a host on CNN’s “Crossfire,” is pregnant.
Deep thoughts with Donna Brazile
“Reminded at lunch of this great philosopher. ‘What worries you, masters you.’
John Locke” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
“Sequins is like liquor. Not before noon. (Or ever, really, the sequins) #coffeehouseobservation.” — conservative radio host Dana Loesch.
“The @NRSC website has turned pink for breast cancer awareness month: nrsc.org #breastcancer” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.
The scene inside Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson‘s picturesque Kalorama apartment last night was regal and serene as staffers at The Atlantic and National Journal gave Emily Lenzner, their new head of corporate communications, a welcome toast. Lenzner (pictured at right on the left) replaces Linda Douglass.
Bigwig journalists and other important-for-Washington people spotted around the living room included The Atlantic‘s Editor James Bennet, WJLA’s Gordon Peterson, CNN’s Hilary Rosen, Michael Steel, spokesman to House Speaker John Boehner and former ABC News producer Ian Cameron, husband to U.S. Nat. Security Advisor Susan Rice. WaPo‘s spunky “Erik Wemple Blog” was apparently there, but we must’ve been on different shifts and didn’t have the pleasure of bumping into him there.
As the mostly typical Washington cocktail party circuit sipped wine, there were homey touches like just baked chocolate chip cookies on trays as well as a large spray of sunflowers in Carlson’s kitchen. There were also servers dotting the room handing out lovely bite-sized snacks such as spinach feta flat bread squares.
The most dramatic part of the evening came when partygoers hushed long enough for Carlson and The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons to give short speeches. “It’s great to be in Margaret’s home tonight,” Clemons began, before moving into this: “What The Atlantic does well is hire divas. I’m gay, so being a diva is high praise.” He glanced around the room and called out various “divas” such as National Journal’s newly installed Editor Tim Grieve, “the political diva” and the always charming (ha-ha) John Fox Sullivan (an “extraordinary diva”). Publisher David Bradley was named as “totally a Divo” along with Bennet and Carlson. He concluded, “Emily, I know you’re a diva as well.”
Lenzner did not demur about the “diva” comment and said she was happy to be part of the diva crew. She left it at that and encouraged guests to return to mingling.
Upon meeting Grieve (who once received a FishbowlDC award for having the worst temper in Washington) he shook my hand, exchanged niceties and said, “It’s been 30 seconds and I haven’t yelled at you.” He added, “I don’t have horns.”
See who else showed up… Read more
Quotes of the Day
Reflection on WHCD’s past
“You know you are old if you can remember when the White House Correspondents Dinner was just a dinner in a hotel basement.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.
A polite and impolite view of Politico‘s Leibo piece
“Not a reflexive @politico hater by any means but the Allen/Vandehei piece on @MarkLeibovich sure bears out his thesis of DC’s awfulness.” — The Hill‘s Associate Editor Niall Stanage. Then there’s Michael Cohen, a columnist for The Guardian, who wasn’t so kind. He wrote, “Dear Washington DC: This article is kind of the reason people don’t like you.” Read the Politico piece here.
Number of Weiner jokes made National Journal‘s Political Pursuit game last night at the Newseum: At least 2. One was made by an unknown member of the audience; the other by WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who was on the winning team of journliasts that included WaPo‘s Paul Kane, NYT‘s Carl Hulse, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz and The Cook Report’s Amy Walter. More on the event later…
And now a note from our Spiritual Counselor Sophia Nelson, of theGrio.com and Essence: “We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. Protect your spirit. Feed your spirit. Guard your spirit. Bless your spirit.”
If you can’t beat ‘em, leave the country
“Out of the city and country for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Totally unplanned. Tears of unbridled joy. Alhamdullilah.” — Washington freelancer Sam Knight, who writes for Salon and Washington Monthly.
NPR has rep to uphold
“*sigh* If I had a nickel for every time I’ve thought this… ” –NPR’s Audie Cornish, host of “All Things Considered” in response to this: “@GeeDee215: okay. i’mma stop. This is NPR, etc.”
Yeah, riiiight: “It’s definitely smaller this year.” — SKDknickerbocker’s Doug Thornell on this year’s Garden Brunch hosted by Tammy Haddad, SKD’s Hilary Rosen and others.
AnonymASS Tipster of the Week: “Hey Peter Ogburn. While you humiliate some person who no one knows, same question can be asked of you: who the hell are you? Or who should care about the mostly puerile things you write? Advice? Find something else to do with your life.” Dear ASS: He is Peter Ogburn, THAT’s who. Who are you? Oh, right, the person who is too cowardly to attach your name to your note.
“Follow by the far the funniest @politico: @LucyConstance.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.
And finally, a morning Bible lesson from FNC’s Brit Hume‘s wife, Kim Hume: “A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. Proverbs 14:30 (NKJV)”
NYT magazine writer Mark Leibovich‘s long awaited book, This Town, is toast. That’s right, canceled. Much to the shock of he and his trusted editors, the publishing house poo pooed the final read, reasoning it didn’t quite flow, and gave it the axe.
Socialite and PR maven Tammy Haddad was spotted smiling ear to ear over the weekend during a raucous dinner at Café Milano with CNN Analyst and WaPo Contributor Hilary Rosen, also a managing partner at SKDKnickerbocker.
Leibovich, meanwhile, is saddened, in shock, and questioning his entire career trajectory. He’s taking a few weeks off to do some serious introspection on a yoga and meditation retreat at an ashram in the Bahamas.
He replied only by email, saying… Read more
As we all know by now, Democratic Analyst Hilary Rosen usually has a few things on her mind and she’s not one to hold back. Anyone recall her interaction with Ann Romney? Sure, she apologized. But not without first going viral.
Anyhow, Rosen joins WaPo‘s opinion pages. She’ll write daily political commentary as one of “The Insiders”, sparring alongside Republican strategist Ed Rogers. The Insiders are a group of writers that include Jonathan Capehart, David Ignatius, Michael Gerson and more.
As Rosen writes in her first blog post, “There isn’t much that this Jewish, lesbian, liberal woman has in common with [Ed] politically, but I sure do respect the dues he has paid and the knowledge he’s gained on his journey to success. And I am proud to be alongside him as an ‘Insider.’” Warns Rogers, “I expect Hilary to whack me when she thinks I deserve it. I won’t hold back myself.”
Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt gives her the nod: “Hilary will be a lively addition to our diverse voices. Like Ed, she is an experienced insider with strong views and an original, independent mind.”
More on Rosen… Read more
By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry
We know you have one more year-end list in you. Or maybe you don’t. But wake up anyhow because here’s ours — the 12 things that never, ever make us want to take an afternoon snooze.
12. NBC Luke Russert‘s loud and fratboyish ways. Even House Speaker John Boehner has noted his decibel level and called him “loudmouth.” Though he’ll never get White House Soup of the Day quite right when he subs for Chuck Todd on “The Daily Rundown,” among our favorite moments with Luke this year was when he had a stop and smell the roses moment at a Nats game and took a picture of a spellbinding dragonfly, which he later posted on Twitter. Perhaps more poignantly though was when he covered a Capitol Hill presser and asked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi if she was too old to remain in the Democratic leadership. The crowd of female lawmakers openly booed him. Pelosi told him he was offensive, even if he didn’t quite get it. Among the most entertaining comments sprang from CNN’s Hilary Rosen, who wrote on Twitter, “Note to Luke Russert: Mitch McConnell is 70, Harry Reid is 73. Oh and Bob Schieffer is 75. Think they should step aside? #NewGuysRule?” The question wasn’t an inappropriate one to raise, as lawmakers themselves had been discussing it out of earshot of Pelosi. Perhaps, as some noted, the time and setting and brash way in which Russert executed his questions were troublesome. Still, we especially enjoyed the commenters on Politico. There was the irate Wendy: “Luke Russert got his ass handed back to him. Any more questions, punk?” And the more sensible Chance: “Reporters should be asking tough, offensive and even stupid questions.”
11. Video journalist Michelle Fields flashing her breasts on national TV to get a job for Fox News. Her large male online contingency didn’t mind it much, either. In the meantime The Daily Caller gave her the axe for being lazy. Somehow Executive Editor David Martosko‘s lectures didn’t work? Favorite 2012 memory: There was the January manifesto from a convicted rapist that Michelle showed off on Facebook. But we’re torn between that and the more recent BuzzFeed party, where she unashamedly performed dramatic hair flips as our own Eddie Scarry snapped pictures.
10. Most things Matthew Boyle. The 20-something dogged journo never ceases to amaze. There was the time he insisted that the President of the Free World should allow him over for an interview. The more recent jaw-dropping moment from Boyle came when he fled The Daily Caller for Breitbart.com because he wants to be the next Andrew Breitbart. He started this adventure by taking his own photograph for the site, giving himself the unfortunate look of a triple-chinned Michelin Man. In his opening story out of the gate, he wrote an atrociously unedited right-wing rant about “magic vaginas.” We’re still not sure what those our, except we think they don’t involve Sandra Fluke. It was perfect. And terrible. And because we love Boyle in our own special way, we’d like to kidnap and deprogram him before it’s too late and the goose is boiled. Stick to breaking news Boyle and it’ll be just fine. And whatever you do, don’t stay there long.
9. Inside stories from The Washington Times. Always weird, unexpected, mind-boggling happenings at the ominous building off New York Avenue. Who can forget when former writer Julia Duin publicly accused then-editor Sam Dealey of verbally abusing her by canning her on the very day she decided to bring her daughter to work? She was also reportedly on crutches that day. And then there’s the more recent spate of stories concerning the impending layoffs coming in early 2013. The newsroom has dubbed their CEO Larry Beasley “Evil Santa” for a number of reasons, including recently moving a new sofa into his office while deciding whom to lay off. He also recently displayed a Santa doll holding a Christmas tree with the word “joy” on it. As the journalists await possible pink slips, they’re anything but joyful.
See the remaining eight entries of things that never bore us… Read more
As the expression goes, those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach, right? Enter NYU Professor and blogger Jay Rosen, who makes a habit out of nerding out on Twitter. This week he went after NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert, who has been under fire this week for posing a question about age to 72-year-old House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. At a briefing earlier in the week, Pelosi expressed how offensive it was that Russert had asked if staying in leadership prevented a more youthful one from persevering.
Female lawmakers on the dais shouted at him with cries of discrimination. Feminist and Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen and other offended women online also put him in his place. And then comes Rosen who jumped on Russert after the correspondent appeared on Martin Bashir‘s program. A particularly feisty Bashir grilled Russert about the beliefs of members of the Republican leadership, who won’t appear on his program. Russert answered his rapid fire questions as best he could. Could Rosen fare half as well? Even so, Rosen declared on Twitter, “NBC News should admit that its Luke Russert experiment is just not working out. Make him a producer.”
Russert, who doesn’t usually fire back at anyone, lashed back at Rosen. And we salute him for that… Read more
Today NBC congressional correspondent Luke Russert unleashed a new kind of war on women with a question he asked House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi in a morning press briefing: “Colleagues privately say that your decision to stay on prevents the party from having a younger leadership and hurts the party in the long run.”
The question received jeers, boos and shouts of “age discrimination!” from the dais. “NEXT!” Pelosi shouted. “NEXT!” But soon Luke re-asked his question and Pelosi replied. “You, Mr. Hoyer, Mr. Clyburn you’re all over 70. Does this prevent younger leadership from moving forward?” he asked.
Pelosi: “Let’s for a moment honor it as a legitimate question [BIG LAUGH] although it’s quite offensive. But you don’t realize that, I guess. … In my own personal experience it was very important for me to elect young women. … They had a jump on me because they didn’t have to stay home. … I don’t have any concern about that. You have to take off about 14 years from me because I was at home raising a family. … The answer is no. [MORE LAUGHTER].”
So much for Luke being the prince who rides in on his white horse to save women. Or maybe it’s just young women he’s willing to protect. Forget the old. As some may recall, back in early June, Russert was all up in arms that we wrote about an internal file at the Washington Post in which “Rosie the intern” introduced her new colleagues to the top brass of the paper. “Take shots at us professionals all you want @
In reaction to today’s presser, Twitter lit up with offended women, among them noted Democratic Strategist and pundit Hilary Rosen. “Note to Luke Russert: Mitch McConnell is 70, Harry Reid is 73. Oh and Bob Schieffer is 75. Think they should step aside? #NewGuysRule?” she asked on Twitter.
The men, meanwhile, lobbed nepotism charges, asking, “Luke Russert was qualified for this job just out of college? Or did he have Daddy help him get this job? Also known as NEPOTISM. Step aside Luke for someone who can actually earn your job.” A female watcher added, “OMG I can’t believe he asked such a question! LOL I’m glad Nancy shut him down. He’s such an ass.” And another: “Hmmmm…..Maybe you were laughed off and booed because you were offensive? Ponder that Luke.” And another: “They are 70+ but they’re fine leaders. How immature & arrogant you are. Did you learn nothing about respect from your Dad?” And another: Not just Pelosi was insulted! You managed to insult ALL women! #LOSER.”
Back to the males: “Well, Luke, you got your job due to nepotism. I think you should questions regarding legitimacy of employment.” This gentleman added, “BTW [how] did your balls taste, because Nancy served them up to you.”
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