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TPM’s Benjy Sarlin to MSNBC’s ‘Hardball’

This just in from Talking Points Memo political reporter Benjy Sarlin

“As of June 3, I am now reporting for MSNBC and Hardball, based out of NBC’s Washington bureau. My new work e-mail is [BLANK] and you can reach me at the office by phone at [BLANK]. Please update your records and apologies for the mass e-mail!”

Politico previously reported the memo on new MSNBC hires. And on Monday, the New York Observer reported additional hires, including reporters Irin Carmon, Timothy Noah and a new social media editor, Nisha Chittal. Carmon is from Salon, Noah hails from TNR and Chittal was at the Travel Channel.

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QUOTES of the DAY

“You can’t hear me. Isn’t that convenient?” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Wednesday night during an interview in which he snapped at Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on immigration policy. Brewer said she couldn’t hear him and questions were translated through a third party. Needless to say, something was lost in translation.

Yoohoo Robert Allbritton, you listening?

“I’m not a TV person. They don’t give me a fancy wardrobe budget, I’m a real American.” — Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Wednesday morning. During the segment, Mika and Joe ragged on him for his black New Balance sneakers. Above is how he responded.

Yahoo! News‘s Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian on the joke that got him canned Wednesday: “I am profoundly sorry for making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke.”

Wisdom is…

“People say dumb stuff constantly. Do you read Twitter???” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Vandalized?

“Rising GOP star Mia Love’s #Wikipedia page vandalized overnight with racist and sexist slurs fxn.ws/OsaMsm” — Fox News. Was the page stabbed?

GOP Convention Security Vs. The Media

“I swear to god they change the security check points every hour to fuck with the reporters.” — Salon‘s Irin Carmon.

In a moment of sister solidarity…

“I want to know WHO the sister SECRET SERVICE AGENT is who is assigned to @PaulRyanVPshe has a cute BOB! FIERCE! Do it girl! #sistersupport” — Sophia Nelson, columnist for USA Today, Essence and theGrio.com.

As well as true admiration…

“@GOPconvention security guy just told me he’s hit the beach in Clearwater every day this week#RNC2012 #imdoingthisallwrong” — Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas.

Gov. Christie noshes on the media

“I understand that folks in the media have nothing better to do but to do that stuff they want to see controversy I understand that because these conventions have become per packaged shows and you all want have something different to talk about.” — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in a Wednesday night interview with CNN’s Piers Morgan on the floor of the Republican National Convention on the extreme critiques of his speech from the night before.

John Harwood needs lifetime supply of Rolaids

“How spell relief? Fixing audio prob, finishing convo floor live shot 1 sec before delegates start nat’l anthem. #nickoftime #rolaidsmoment” — CNBC and NYT’s John Harwood. In December of 2011, he had another R-o-l-a-i-d-s moment when he wrote, “Nothing spells relief like being late for a school concert — to find you are just in time for your kid’s performance.”

Gwen’s pen explodes

“When u watch my @NewsHour intvu w @marcorubio tonite, know an ink pen exploded all over minutes before cameras rolled. #glamor” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Ryan Speech Fallout

“Oh fuck Ryan listens to Zeppelin too, oh fuck how did he turn out like this?” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

Reporter admits spoiled ways

“I’m so spoiled riding in motorcades with the roads closed, I’m now sitting in traffic not understanding why the police don’t clear the way.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

Star Sighting: Sissy Spacek

“In other news, pool reporter spotted actress Sissy Spacek standing outside Obama’s campaign office in Charlottesville today.” – HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Huckabee now ‘wallows’ in the media

“Oh it’s true, I’ve fallen from the high perch of politics and now I wallow in the mum of the media, but I still know as a country we can do better.” — Fox News host Mike Huckabee rips not one but two of his careers in a speech last night at the GOP Convention.

 

 

(UPDATED) Daily Caller ‘Douche’ Story Gets Messy

Following a report by Politico on the status of Jonathan Krohn, once celebrated as an emerging young star in the conservative movement, The Daily Caller has its own story on Krohn in which an anonymous source calls the 17-year-old “a douche.”

Krohn gained fame in 2009, then 13, with a fiery speech at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington.

A bit from the anonymous source, who allegedly attended the 2009 conference:

“Krohn was smug, condescending, and obviously completely ignorant of what he was saying,” the attendee said. “When I spoke with him, I got the impression he was merely repackaging what someone else had told him. He was smart, but almost Stepford Wife-like in how it seemed like he was being used. It was creepy. … He kept talking about the book he had written and how many radio shows he had been on.” …

“To be clear, the fact that he was being used did not make the kid any less of a douche.”

Shocking as it may be the story, written by the cleverly named Gregg Re, has elicited strong reaction from other media types on Twitter.

Joe Schoffstall of the conservative Media Research Center called it “the best piece on [Krohn].”

The DC’s Matthew Lewis defended the publication’s use of anonymity in this case, tweeting, “I wasn’t the source, of course, but would it help if I said it on the record? (Seems like an obvious description).”

And that about does it for the positive comments we found. A round-up of the negative:

“I admire the Daily Caller’s research skills…”– BuzzFeed‘s and The Rolling Stone‘s Michael Hastings.

“Wait, that is not satire of some sort? To quote anon, ‘Holy fucking shit,’”– BuzzFeed‘s LGBT writer Chris Geidner, who followed up, “After reading that Daily Caller piece on Krohn, time to shower, and then I can start my day.”

“I didn’t notice this at first, but the Daily Caller put ‘douche’ in the URL. ya know, just to win the search term.”– HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. Krohn tweeted at Stein, “I hope you know I’m not a douche! LOL.”

“Daily Caller grants anonymity to source to dump on 17-year old for 1,000 words.”– TPM‘s Benjy Sarlin.

“I could find u at least 10 people who would tell you on the record what a douche I was at 13- my mom being one of them.”– Politico‘s Kate Nocera.

“DC is a douchepaper.”– David Bernstein, a reporter for The Boston Phoenix.

“Daily Caller journalism: Granting anonymity to ‘an attendee at the 2009 CPAC conference’ to attack a 17-year-old.”– Matthew Gertz of the liberal Media Matters.

“Good job on the anonymous trashing of a teenager, Daily Caller!”– Salon‘s Irin Carmon.

We’ve asked Re for comment on why his source was granted anonymity and will update if he fills us in.

UPDATE: Re told us in an email the source who called Krohn a “douche” asked for anonymity, thus it was simply given to him. It’s worth noting in many news stories, reasons for anonymity, ranging from job security to fear of retribution from higher-ups, are disclosed. Read Re’s full comment after the jump.

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