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In Case You Missed It: Central Bankers Aren’t Really That Funny

In Case You Missed It HeaderGood reads from across the web that you might have missed:

Bank of England governor makes a Twitter joke. (SPOILER: It’s not very funny.) by Joe Deaux at

Tragically, the opening of the David M. Rubenstein Gallery at the National Archives has been delayed -by one day. by J. Freedom du Lac at WaPo.

Mayor Gray gets schooled at an education forum. by Sarah Anne Hughes at DCist.

It’s an (Orthodox) Christmas miracle! Pussy Riot will be freed. at

WMATA is considering some pretty amazing safety jingles. at UnSuckDCMetro.

A reporter for El Mundo, and a freelance photographer who has worked for WaPo have been kidnapped in Syria. by Joshua Hersh at HuffPo.

Mark Zuckerberg doesn’t like the NSA gathering personal information -that’s his job! by Hilary Lewis at THR.


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10 Bylines We Love for Superficial Reasons


What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot when it comes to a journalist’s byline. So here we’re being shamelessly superficial as we pick out those names in Washington journalism that we like just because of the way they look on paper or sound. No doubt they all work hard, have earned their bylines and have people who like them and love them.

But forget about all that. This is more like a beauty contest for names.

See who caught our eye… Read more

Morning Chatter

Trevon vs. Trayvon

“Noon to12:15 for the next 40 days I will give 15 min a day in silence asking Creator how I can honor Trevon since the courts did not.” — motivational author Iyanla Vanzant, who, with her heart likely in the best of places, spelled Trayvon Martin‘s name incorrectly in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

And a question… “Wonder if they got Zimmerman out of USA? Transit hotel in Moscow airport?” — Matt Drudge.

Editor recalls strange liverwurst phase

“A 19-yr-old is about to win a PGA Tour event. When I was 19, I liked liverwurst sandwiches.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Weekend working habits…

“You know you’re getting old when you’re up late on a Saturday night not partying but working — and still awake by 8am. #morecoffee” — Managing Editor, HuffPost Blog, Erin Ruberry.

The Observer

“For all the RW blogs who have set up their sites to be a bastion of racist reader comments, Zimmerman verdict has been a real home run.” — Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert.

Convo Between Two Journos: Politico‘s Thrush gets thrashed by FNC Contributor  

This morning’s conversation is between Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush and FNC media critic Richard Grenell. There’s no real explanation why Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s name was added to both Thrush’s and Grenell’s tweets. VandeHei hasn’t tweeted since May 1.

THRUSH: “Me: Any violence in FL? Wife: U mean any kids shot for holding a candy bar? @JimVandeHei”

GRENELL: “Unbiased ‘reporter’ from Politico>”

THRUSH: “Explain the bias to me.”

GRENELL: “Oh God. This is a bigger problem than I thought.”

GRENELL: “Self defense, broken nose, MMA style beating, jury decision after evidence, your race baiting & idiotic tweet.”

THRUSH: “Gonna splain this nice and slow. I assumed there had been a race riot. Wife offered ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE. Crazy, right?”

GRENELL: “We now see why Politico is a lapdog for Obama @ the WhiteHouse. GZ got his nose broke, jury acquitted him. You pander to left. … so ‘another explanation’ from you is to tweet an idiotic statement that panders to race rioters? #Journalism @JimVandeHei”

Deep thoughts with BuzzFeed reporter

“We need to have a national conversation on calls for national conversations.” – BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

Dr. Russert weighs in

“Well that’s just great for heart disease patients.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in reaction to a new study that says that fish oils may increase risk of prostate cancer. See here.

Is “The Newsroom” realistic?

“.@HBO Only in The #Newsroom… can people talk that way at work and not get their ass kicked.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in reaction to last night’s season premiere of “The Newsroom.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:42 a.m.

Reporter’s story bounced from A1

“‘In Ocean City, up in arms over drooping pants.’ My Sunday A1 (which got bounced to A20, because…news happens).” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac. Read the story here.

Pool Party Chatter… Over the weekend politicos and journos convened for a pool/birthday party in northwest Washington. Guests were thrown in the pool when they least expected it. Conversation topics included the Kurt Bardella chapter of Leibo’s This Town, whether Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer should get elected (the overall thought amid various groans was “no”) and how KTVU-TV could have possibly screwed up those Asiana Airline pilot names. The favorite name among partygoers was: “Sum Ting Wong.” A strong second: “Wi Tu Lo.” There was also a conversational party game: Would you sleep with SO and SO? Partygoers, gay and straight, weighed in. This being Washington, names like House Speaker John Boehner and House Maj. Eric Cantor were among the choices. Most said yes to Boehner, with one male guest reasoning that he’s the”Marlboro Man.” Cantor was generally a yes, just so long as he doesn’t speak.

Photoshop expertise by Austin Price. We sincerely hope Thrush’s body is better attached to his body than the above.



WaPo Delivers Papers in TWT Wrap

Today’s award-winning gaffe comes from the WaPo reporter  with one of the great melodic bylines of Washington: J. Freedom du Lac. Du Lac reported on Twitter this morning that his copy of WaPo came swaddled in — oops! — Washington Times plastic wrapping.

Now no one really believes that WaPo and TWT are that cozy these days. “Home delivery d’oh: today’s @washingtonpost arrived in this bag,” he wrote, adding, “Not the first time it’s happened, either.”

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day – Home for the Holidays Edition

“Merry Christmas from Ft. Lauderdale” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.

Digital journo overextends herself

“2011: The year I decided to do all my shopping, and cook a meal for six people, on Christmas Eve. (Obvious postscript: I’M AN IDIOT.)” — Kiplinger‘s Caitlin Dewey.

Writer misses old holiday escape

“I miss going to Tower Records on Xmas Day to hang with the other losers escaping their families.” — ReutersJack Shafer.

TV reporter attracts staring babies

“Lately babies staring at me. Neighbor’s kid did thru dinner. Today, another baby STARING. Asked mother why? She said ‘YOUR TEETH’… huh?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty: “Christmas cookies for breakfast. Again.”


“After yrs of war finally convinced mom not to cut fat off the beef tenderloin. Had to explain @noreservations would murder her in the face.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

A Christmas miracle…

“I dropped my wallet at Costco and an unknown Good Samaritan turned it in – nothing missing. It’s a Christmas miracle!” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Uh oh.

“Elks are At the point of the night where we are threatening to beat each other up – booze.” — Labor Journo Mike Elk. Earlier, he wrote, “I’m drunk and can’t figure out how to watch any of the TV’s in my parents’ house – I just wanna see a Christmas story.”

Please, shhh….

“Cabbie knew a lot about the etymology of my last name. #tooearly” — LAT‘s James Oliphant.

Journo gets gipped on fortune

“Shocked by the fortune cookie we got post Jewish Xmas.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Taxi Co. ruins church trip

“Alas, @BarwoodTaxi fails us this morning. Daughter can’t go to church…. (Thinking of updating The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.)” — WaPo‘s Book World Editor Ron Charles.

‘Merry Methmas

“News from Florida: Cousin’s cousin died of a crystal overdose on Friday. #rip #merrymethmas.” — Reason Assoc. Editor Mike Riggs. In a later tweet, he added, “Merry Shitfaced.”

Also shitfaced…

“Santa? Did you leave me all of these empty liquor bottle and this terrible headache?” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg.

Maybe wishes she was shitfaced?

“Not saying I’ve haven’t found my hubby a good Xmas present, but about to walk around looking for something shiny from a street vendor. #fail” — USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page.

What’s really important…

“Merry Christmas friends! Remember that this day is about two things: CHRIST & spiked eggnog. Reflect on and enjoy both!” — Human EventsJason Mattera.

Don’t hate me because I’m covering Obama’s Hawaiian Xmas

“Good morning from Honolulu. Keep the “tough duty” comments. Heard em all during 8 yrs of Santa Barbara w/ Pres Reagan.” — CBS Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller.

Note to God: Your kids are annoying

“Making my list for the dreaded Christmas Eve grocery store trip. Lord grant me the patience to deal with all your irritating children today.” — Co-Founder of GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia.

Convo Between Two Journos

Roll Call‘s Stanton: “Whatever my dogs ate it has come back with an olfactory vengeance.”

TPM‘s Brian Beutler: “Your underwear.”

“7 y.o. daughter reading farm book: “What does castration mean?” the age old Christmas day question.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Decorating the tree is my favorite part of #christmas! Do you prefer white or colored lights?” — Katie Couric.


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From one reporter to another

“@aburnspolitico Sorry, I can’t find the part in that story about his penis.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball to her colleague Alex Burns in a Wednesday tweet.

It’s roasting outside

“People wearing dark suits in the sous vide bath that is DC’s pre-summer swelter. Huh.” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac in a Wednesday tweet.

A Weiner joke where you least expect it

“It’s easier to get an email from Weiner than to get you on.” — Former CNN host Larry King on “The Daily Show” last night explaining how hard it was to get Jon Stewart on his program.

Weiner Parental Guidelines 101

“Prediction: Weiner child not allowed to use Internet for a lonnnng time.” — National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg in a Wednesday tweet.

New kid on the block

We came across a brand new reporter on the scene this week. His name is — get this — Michael Mayday. There are too many jokes here to boil it down to just one, but let’s just say screaming “MAYDAY! MAYDAY!” during an interview with him could prove to be amusing. So would directing you to a video like this one. Or this one. But we’re going to cut him some slack. The young Michiganian has been on the job one week. Publication: The Daily Caller. Welcome to the Fishbowl Mayday!

HuffPost Hill has quite an imagination

“Satan prepared his acting reel to audition for the part of ‘Anthony Weiner’ in the inevitable Lifetime original movie about this whole mess.” — Wednesday’s edition of HuffPost Hill Edited by Eliot Nelson. So who would play Weiner and Huma and the cast of characters in a Lifetime movie? If specific actors come to mind, let us know at or

Ezzy likes salad

“Just found out a Chop’t opened a block away from my office. Life, or at least lunch, will never be the same. #firstworldbenefits.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a Wednesday tweet. We’re delighted for him and now we know where to find him at lunchtime.

The name of “The Daily Show” segment on Weiner last night: “The Wangover”

Ahh memories…

“One of the bratty boys I babysat when I was 13 is apparently in prison. I remember complaining to his sad mom that he chased me with knives.” — Laura Donovan, an editor at The Daily Caller, in a Wednesday tweet.

Schultz gets emotional about Weiner and wife, Huma

“For me and for many of us behind the scenes producing, the Anthony Weiner story is undoubtedly as sad as it gets.” — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on his Wednesday night program. Schultz has called for Weiner’s resignation. “Please resign. Please do it. …the fact that your wife is pregnant is awesome.”

Weiner’s ex-girlfriend attacks Maureen Dowd

“For the record, a blackjack dealer and porn star are not lesser people than an aide to Hillary Clinton, as Maureen Dowd disgustingly claims.” — The Daily Beast Columnist, Fox News Democratic Political Analyst and Weiner Ex-Girlfriend Kirsten Powers in a Wednesday tweet. This is what Powers found so offensive in Dowd’s NYT column this week: “The weenie Weiner married up to Hillary Clinton’s aide, the glamorous and classy Huma Abedin, and only 11 months later got caught e-dating down with a Vegas blackjack dealer, a porn star and a couple of college students.”

WaPo Staffers Pissed by Publisher’s Paycheck

WaPo‘s 2010 SEC filings were released this week. In a year when the newspaper saw tough cuts in staff, publisher Katharine Weymouth (granddaughter of famed Post publisher Katharine Graham) earned $537,000 and a bonus of $483,750, plus an additional $1,053,441 based on a pre-established long-term pay plan. She’s also getting a 16.5% raise in her 2011 salary. Not too shabby. Except that now, staffers at WaPo are…displeased.

Ylan Q. Mui tweeted a link to Footnoted, which has the whole story on the SEC filings, adding: “@washingtonpost publisher Katharine Weymouth gets $2 mil and a raise while newsroom enjoys cost-cutting.” J. Freedom Du Lac tweeted the same link after saying: “Trending topic at WaPo: ‘Katharine Weymouth gets $2M and raise while newsroom enjoys cost-cutting.’”

After seeing that their tweets at made it onto NYP‘s Page Six, du Lac tweeted again: “Are we fired yet?” Let’s hope not. But just think of how much more money Weymouth could pay herself if you are…

WaPo’s Editing ‘Shitshow’

Some reporters at WaPo and Express were dismayed to see the word “shitshow” in a story published Monday night.

The story, by Alexia Tsotsis of, contained what is usually a forbidden word in a Washington Post story. Typical editorial guidelines say expletives are not allowed either in print online. This one apparently slipped through.

Express‘s Local News Editor Clinton Yates remarked on Twitter, “Here’s a word I wasn’t expecting to read on this site.” To which WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac replied, “Shitsow on” Later he reported the expletive to the editorial department, but the news fell on deaf ears. “Shitshow update,” du Lac wrote. “The word still appears on Washington Post‘s site, a day after I alerted the editing desk.”

We asked WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten, whose Twitter photograph is a pile of poop, if he had a problem with the use of the word “shitshow.” He didn’t. “Doesn’t bother me at all,” he wrote FishbowlDC. “What DOES bother me is that the woman whose job is reviewing tech tschotskes is basically named “tschotskes.”   What’s up with that?”

Weingarten has a point. Forget about the expletive. Perhaps WaPo editorial should be more concerned with those upside down question marks or the muddled, incomprehensible copy? We requested comment from WaPo PR to find out more about the no-cussing in copy rule.

“I had a conversation today with a colleague to discuss our SXSW Interactive strategy. My coworker figured, rightfully, that SXSW would be a shitshow and that maybe we should use one of the much talked about group texting apps to stay in touch. I only “use” one group texting app, one that I covered for TechCrunch, and thus suggested GroupMe. My colleague said that he liked Beluga better and that we should use Beluga. And then he hesitated, “Hmm ¿ Well maybe we shouldn’t use Beluga because what if Facebook ‘does something to them’ ?¿”!!! This is the hyper-techy microcosm that we live in, where you’re scared to use a budding app to communicate with co-workers during a conference lest a company sunset it. And what? You end up looking uncool?

The above design comes in stickers and T-shirts. See more upside down question marks and the rest of the strange story…

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Prayers and well wishes for Lara Logan

“Prayer time: Please respect CBS News’ correspondent Lara Logan’s privacy. She suffered “sexual assault and beating” last Friday in Cairo.” — Left-wing Pundit Donna Brazile in a Tuesday tweet.

“Sickened by the news of Lara Logan being assaulted. So glad to hear she is safe and recuperating.” — The Daily Beast‘s D.C. Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a Tuesday tweet.

“It’s easy to forget how courageous the journalists doing work from places like Egypt are. Prayers for Logan — and gratitude for her work.” — WaPo’s liberal blogger Ezra Klein in a Tuesday tweet.

Invited and uninvited

“OK, come on over if you still can.” — Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott late Tuesday in a bizarre email inviting FishbowlDC once again over to the Examiner newsroom after inviting and uninviting all in a 24-hour span. It took several emails to get Tapscott to offer a straight answer on a recent CPAC panel he appeared on with ex-TWT colleague George Archibald. Archibald wrote about Tapscott’s involvement with a male prostitution sex ring in 1989 that culminated in Tapscott’s resignation from TWT. He has denied the charges and is publicly denouncing Archibald’s upcoming book. More comments from Tapscott on this topic momentarily…

Who calls him ‘Larry?’

“Larry O’Donnell is on Morning Joe right now looking like he just crawled out of bed.” — Human Events Editor Jason Mattera in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Stewart admires congressman’s body

“Dude you’re 46? Where do you find the time?” — The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart on his program Tuesday night regarding Rep. Chris Lee (R-N.Y.), the shirtless congressman. Stewart was admiring Lee’s muscular physique.

Fake Jim V. wants access to Bo

“Ugh, WHY won’t Carney make Bo available for comment on Westminster?!!” — @FakeJimVandeHei in a Tuesday tweet. He’s referring to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and Bo Obama (the prez’s dog). The real Jim VandeHei is Executive Editor of Politico.

Gingrich adopts Politico lingo

“Wait a minute…Newt’s group is called “American Solutions for WINNING THE FUTURE” ???” — The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody in a Wednesday morning tweet. He’s referring to former House Speaker New Gingrich‘s organization, which is called “American Solutions for Winning the Future.” Soon Gingrich will be telling people he’s “winning the morning.” Sigh.

WaPo reporter admits his diligent ways

“Did I really create a spreadsheet to take notes on my own work, for next year’s WaPo self-eval? Just shoot me now.” — J. Freedom du Lac in a Tuesday tweet.

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Happy Holidays Sucky Cuban Restaurant

“Dear pseudo Cuban restaurant who shall go nameless (at the corner of 9th and H),
You have just presented a table of 5, four writers and all in the industry, with the absolute worst service and food ever. You are SO screwed.” — D.C. Publicist Wendy Gordon (pictured above) in a Monday Facebook update.

Tschida and Kardashian: Two peas in a pod

“Someone compared my tweets to Kim Kardashian. Ridiculous, she’s all makeup. I don’t wear any.” — Watch out Slate‘s Dave Weigel. This quote on Twitter Monday is by ABC7′s wild train rider Stephen Tschida who is fast becoming my favorite D.C. journo. We compared him to Kardashian, who was near tears on a recent trip to Paris.

Scribe compares himself to aged wines

“I’ve discovered that there are wines from my birth year that are holding up better than I am. Mixed feelings about that.” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac in a Monday tweet.

Headache, Stories, McCain’s near balding, etc…

“Shoot. My flight to Chicago is canceled and i have to file two stories before I can deal with that headache.” — Freelance print and radio journalist Matt Laslo in a Monday Facebook update. In a previous update Saturday (we don’t have any earthly idea how we missed this) he wrote, “Just off the Senate floor an aide is combing and putting hairspray on McCain’s mostly but not fully bald head.”

TV journo to get pooch for Xmas

“I am getting a dog for Christmas…yes…another one…she needs a home so why not? She is not a puppy.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren in a weekend tweet. (Perhaps a spot on DogBowl 2011 is in the dog’s future.)