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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.”

NO MORE FATTY TENDERLOIN!

“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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Quotes of the Day

We continue our week-long tribute to FishbowlMatt by photoshopping him into another compromising position with Gabby Sidibe. Please notice that Matt’s entire physique is nearly the size of Gabby’s left arm. (The handiwork is by QGA’s Meghan Smith.)

Reader says Ezra went rolling in manure

Jeff84 comments on Ezra Klein‘s WonkBlog yesterday morning after the liberal blogger/Democratic activist denied that he “briefed” Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff: “Since you were discussing the low approval ratings of Congress, you should have been aware that by proximity, you would hurt your own approval ratings. You can’t go rolling in the manure and then complain when people say you stink.  It’s like going to the birthday party for a really unpopular kid in school. Sure, it’s a nice gesture, but the next thing you know, you’re a social pariah and the next four years of your life are ruined. Next time you get an invite to Congress, just remember that it’s an invite to a party for the most unpopular kid on the entire planet. There is nobody less popular than the kid that likes the filibuster. Nobody.”

Threatening Tweet of the Day Award

“I’m a good guy, honest, and true but if ya screw with me … I’ll win.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS’s Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell and typically sweetly obsessed with his burgers and not threatening to kick anyone’s ass. Is Tracy being life coached by MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain? As some may recall, just yesterday we reported that she tweeted this: “I’m a lover not a fighter. But I’m also a fighter, so you’d better watch it.”

Tapper tweets about ‘poopy diaper’

“Morning score: Poopy diaper 1, Dad 0.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Is he serious?

“Question in the newsroom: if a woman gives birth to a stillborn child, is it correct to call her a mom if it’s her only child?”– WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates.

Journo speaks in third person after cold shower

I’ll have hot water again in about an hour ^_^ No more cold showers for Timmy (hopefully)! — Washington Business Journal designer Timothy Wong.

Frustration is…

“@AmericanAir Have been waiting for refund for a canceled flight for 10 days, cannot get anyone on the phone! How long do these things take?” — NYT‘s Annie Lowry (Ezzy’s wife).

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


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And why is this remotely interesting?

“A Q&A with a local lawyer who is taking on what he calls unfair competition from China on solar products.” — Washingtonian Read here. We think the yawning baby depicts this perfectly.

A Convo Between Two Journos

HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel: “Union Station tvs playing video of puppies who grow up to be detector dogs. People love it.”

HuffPost‘s Resident Booze Hound Sam Stein retweeted Terkel and remarked, “hard at work.” (We’re squarely on Stein’s side regarding James O’Keefe‘s accusation that he routinely sauces up sources to get info. But he still needs a dose of boozy nicknames.)

A ringing endorsement

“Contrats [sic] to @StevenTDennis who will start covering the White House for RC. No idea who will help me when I’m lost in the Capitol now.” — Roll Call‘s Amanda Becker on Dennis’ new White House beat.

“WOnk wOOt!” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich‘s reaction to Dennis’ new post.

Mattera bashes the media

“The media have now spent more time on my ‘tactics’ than they have on Biden’s ludicrous rape claims. that’s why they are drones.” — Human Events Editor Jason MatteraNational Review Online‘s Robert Costa remarks, “I don’t get the outrage over the Mattera question. Public place? Public official? Pol answers on his own volition? What’s the prob?”

Weigel hearts Newsweek?

“Really loving the new issue of Newsweek. Really. I am. You should read it.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel. He added, “True story: My folks bought me a subscription bc they were worried that it might go out of business, wanted to help out.”

Calling Dr. Drew: Reader admits Fishbowl addiction

A Wheeling, Ill. reader writes in (yes, of course we have Wheeling, Ill. readers and yes, this is sickening and shameless of us to share it with you): Found that I now require my daily infusion of Fishbowl DC.  What I find to be most intriguing is the different reality that exists between the Beltway and suburban Chicago. Though you report on the Washington Media, much of the prevailing attitudes and issues deemed important are revealed. It is as though I’m reading about a foreign capital as opposed to my own. Thank you for the addiction.

Hey campaign scribes: Any takers?

“Hey, reporters! Telling stories from campaign plane. Your fave moments I can share w/ students? Off the record guarantee cbellantoni@gmail.” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.


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A writer’s philosophy

“One of those days when I didn’t let the failure to write something really good keep me from writing anything at all. Slim victory, indeed.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Tschida senses demon in his apartment

“Hello exorcist: attic noise wakes dog/ me. NO rodents. Stereo comes on 3 times middle of night. Come home tv blaring! WHAT’S GOIN ON?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. This epitomizes why he was nominated for Drama King in our Summer Superlatives contest. We’re giving you a sage smudge stick to waft around your apartment.

Deep and Dirty Thoughts with WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten: “Profound Thought, by a friend who for some reason wishes anonymity: Bet no one could pick his/her own butthole out of a lineup.” (We’re not looking for art for this item.)

A note about Human Events Editor and Washington’s “The Situation” Jason Mattera: “Ha ha! @JasonMattera missed a book signing at valuesvotersummit.org because he was ‘looking at all the conservative honeys!’”

Separated at Birth Gone Wrong


Here we have an example of a wayward (but delightful) submission: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Fred Flintstone. (h/t Larry Kelly)

Thoughtful journo gives award to Jehovahs

“I never invite them in but I’ve got to give the persistence award to the Capitol Hill Jehovah’s Witnesses.” — Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman.

Drama Queen dreads iPhone

“I’m sorta dreading the iphone arrival. Spending quality time with my BB now.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

 

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Beauty and the Guido: “Colorado’s rocked so far! At the Steamboat Institute now and hung out with @michellemalkin yesterday.” — Washington’s version of “The Situation” Jason Mattera, Editor of Human Events, in a Friday tweet with the accompanying photograph. We prefer Mattera’s usual wife beater tank to this shapeless snow-patterned purplish T. It looks like he found the elusive Michael Stars – Grimace collection. They tried it once in the mid-90′s but never spoke of it again.

Media elitism

“I go to Whole Foods, other people go to Walmart. There’s a difference.” — The Daily Caller media writer Matt Lewis on media elitism and what it means on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday in response to Texas GOP Gov. and presidential hopeful Rick Perry getting “pounded by the press.” Lewis remarked that this cultural bias is even more prevalent than a liberal bias. Later he opined that President Obama going to “hoity-toity” Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t make for good optics.

Astute observation

“CONNOISSEURS of Sunday-morning TV noticed that ‘This Week’ today revived the more urgent, David Brinkley-era opening music.” — Politico‘s Mike Allen in a weekend Playbook observation.

What is not journalism

“How sad that campaign ‘journalism’ has now devolved into, Is so-and-so going to run?? #thatsnotjournalism” — Media MattersEric Boehlert in a weekend tweet.

And this…

“This is par for the course for Politico. I brought this up on another story and they said they had it first but were just waiting to ‘report out the details.’ Politico, waiting to break news?” — Anonymous Tipster in response to our story, “Politico Behaves Unprofessionally.”

Hairless in D.C.

“There’s a laser hair removal Groupon for the Washington area twice a week, at least. At this rate, #DC should be hairless by 2013.” WaPo Express News Editor Sara Schwartz in a weekend tweet.

Future weatherman

“It’s raining it’s ass off in suburban MD/DC… yeesh!” — Washington Business Journal designer Tim Wong in a Sunday tweet.

En route to Mongolia

“You’ll next hear from us from Ulan Bator, something pooler never thought he’d have the chance to say just a few weeks ago.” — LAT‘s Mike Memoli in a Sunday night VPOTUS Pool Report from China. Ulan Bator is the capital of Mongolia.

Journo Love

“Whole lotta Twitter love for @SavannahGuthrie’s first time filling in on @MeetThePress today.” — NYT Brian Stelter in a Sunday tweet.

Where does Bret Baier shop?

A follower asks FNC’s Bret Baier: “Where do you purchase majority of your shirts/ties from? Good looking combos.” Baier replied, “Most are Brooks Brothers.”

Arianna tweaks Weiner

“And on the pretty geeky side of the news ledger, it was announced that ‘retweet’ and ‘sexting’ have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. No word on whether @RepWeiner feels validated.” – HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in her “Sunday Roundup.”

Seeing the glass half full…

“So the only good thing about waiting 20 minutes for a train is that I finally got to read about Kim kardashian’s over the top wedding.” — Netcentric editor and writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet. She was formerly an HOH writer for Roll Call.

The media critic

“Peggy Noonan’s wrong that Obama doesn’t have a solid base of people who ‘love’ him. Cheap shot w no data to back up” — NBC’s Domenico Montanaro in a Sunday tweet on WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan, who appeared on NBC’s “MTP” on Sunday.

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Introductions…

“And please say hello to Michele Bachmann’s running mate Chuy.” — E!’s Chelsea Handler on her program Monday night when introducing her miniature sidekick Chuy Bravo.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Seriously, how did I get a mosquito bite on the bottom of my foot????” — TBD‘s Jeremy Binckes in a Monday tweet. Ladies and gentlemen, Binckes is a first-time offender in this category.

The Anticipator

“So far this is one of those town halls where I expect an audience member to use their question to compliment POTUS on his looks.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Monday tweet referring to President Obama‘s trip to Minnesota.

Journo boasts sexy physique

“Gonna hit the gym. I may even rock the wife beater. Because I can.” — Human EventsJason Mattera in a Monday tweet. Until recently Mattera didn’t know the tank tops he wore were called “wife beaters.” You learn something new everyday, right?

Fried butter aftermath

“For the record, that butter on a stick thing was vile.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Monday tweet. Tapper spent last week in Iowa.

Journo love

“Talking Iowa on MSNBC in the 3 pm hour — or as we call it in the know, the ‘winner’s hour.’” — Slate’s Dave Weigel in a Monday tweet. He was referring to his pal, WaPo liberal blogger and lead Boybander Ezra Klein, who is filling in for MSNBC’s Martin Bashir this week in the 3 p.m. slot. (Tune in for our live-tweeting marathons of Klein’s appearances all week long by following us at @FishbowlDC.)

From the Road

“Thanks to those who recommended Centro last night for dinner in Des Moines, especially @bigjohnrc and @davidmdrucker. Delicious pork chops!” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz in a Tuesday morning tweet.

 

Summer Superlative winner pooh-poohs victory

“Thanks @fishbowldc! I wish I could say I was out celebrating, but it’s August and thus no open bars, so I’m at home on the couch. #bigbarfly” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a Monday reaction tweet to winning Biggest Open Barfly.

The Fashion Consultant

“Obama, tieless and in shirtsleeves, is looking pretty campaign-y at his town hall in Minnesota.” — Julian Hattem, D.C. correspondent for the Yomiuri Shimbun, a Japanese daily, in a Monday tweet.

Summer Superlatives Winners, Part II

Although she’s mysteriously MIA, Ana Marie Cox still managed to win the Most Scandalous category of FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives competition. Rivaled only by the Daily Caller’s David Martosko, Cox pulled in an impressive 37.72% of the vote, edging out Martsoko and his rap sheet who earned only 28.74% of your votes.

It was a campaign promise that pushed Emily Miller ahead of Chris Matthews for glory in the Biggest Drama Queen category.  She snagged 48.96% of the vote after pledging to tweet a photo of herself wearing a Jason Mattera-style wife beater and rhinestone-studded tiara if Fishbowl crowned her the winner.  To help Miller make good on her promise, we purchased the tiara this weekend (we’re not kidding).  *Stay tuned for the photo.

CNN’s Candy Crowley had no problem taking the title of Most Trusted with 42.33% of the vote.  While the Biggest Open Bar Fly category went to the Examiner’s Nikki Schwab who beat out Brendan Kownacki by only 4 votes for the distinguished honor.

Congrats to Cox, Miller, Crowley and Schwab!

Summer Superlatives: Biggest Drama Queen

From stage-five freak outs and Twitter rants to bizarre YouTube videos and on-air feuds, the finalists for our next category are more theatrical than that gay kid on “Glee.”  But which one of our nominees deserves to wear the cubic zirconia-crusted crown as this year’s Biggest Drama Queen or King?

The nominees are…Emily Miller from the Washington Times, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, Human Events’ Jason Mattera and WJLA’s Stephen Tschida for his performance as Amtrak passenger 1 in “Cold and Alone: The Stephen Tschida Story.”

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Juiceboxer Chris Hayes bears a resemblance to Harry Potter

A travel writer chills out in Maine

“Chilly, rainy day in Maine = guilt-free afternoon nap *sigh*” — Travel blogger and Poshbrood site creator Elizabeth Thorp in a weekend Facebook update.

One definition of Hell…

“Hell is not other people. Hell is having to listen to recordings of your own ditzy-sounding voice interviewing other people.” — Slate‘s Noreen Malone in a weekend tweet. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, TNR, and the American Prospect.

The Critic takes swipe at Politico

“In otherwise good piece, why does Politico quote unnamed Dems and Repubs trashing other party on downgrade? Plenty are willing on the record.” — The Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a weekend Facebook update.

Bardella’s widely varying movie tastes

“Seeing Harry Potter…” wrote The Daily Caller Spokesman Kurt Bardella in a weekend Facebook update. He also wrote, “Watching The Godfather on AMC’s Mob Week.”

Editor heads to pool hall

“Just made a bet at a biker pool hall. Not sure how I ended up at a biker pool hall, but when in a biker bar, do as the bikers do.” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Mike Riggs in a weekend tweet.

Angry journo gets something off chest

“Hello, jerk store? I found your missing products. They all took jobs as Metrobus drivers. (@unsuckdcmetro)” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a weekend tweet.

Scribe endures a little weekend exercise

“Even more than hangover durations (shockingly enough), 80 miles on the bike now best way to realize you’re not 23 anymore. #everythinghurts” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet.

Journo writes love note to tourists

“Dear tourists, wite booty shorts + torrential downpours = your jonx on display. Wear underdrawers. Love, DC” – Roll Call‘s John Stanton in a weekend tweet.

He did what?

“Just reorganized my ties. You literally cannot have enough ties.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar in a weekend tweet. This came within a hair’s breadth of making “Unnecessary Tweet of the Day” but…it is Washington, ties are prevalent, especially ugly ones, and this is a first-time offense for Peleo-Lazar.

Washington’s “The Situation” on C-SPAN

“I’ll be on C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ Monday morning from 8 to 8:30 am. Tune in! Start your day off by looking at my mug ;) ” — Human EventsJason Mattera in a weekend tweet.

 

Editor Makes Unusual Use of Frozen Chicken

Human Events Editor Jason Mattera has a unique way of dealing with health ailments. “I feel very ghetto right now: I’m icing down my leg with a package of frozen chicken,” he wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

He explained to FishbowlDC that he pulled a muscle in his leg playing softball. “So I iced it down with the only thing in my freezer – a package of frozen chicken,” he wrote to us by email. “And I did this all without wearing a wife beater;)”

As some may know, Mattera has a penchant for wearing wife beater tanks.

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