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Uh oh. Blogger calls Ann Romney b-word

“How many more times does Ann Romney need to come off like a bitch before she stops getting a free pass?” — liberal blogger Jimmy Zuma, who writes the D.C. Water Cooler for Technorati, a weekly column for the Tuscon Sentinel. He also writes for the blog Smart v. Stupid.

This is an awkward moment?

“That awkward moment when you wonder who that wonderful smelling guy is and realize you put on men’s cologne this morning.” — Nicole Young, recovering journo.

Reporter rethinks post-election R & R

“I’m changing my post-election vacation plans. Was thinking beach. Now I’m thinking padded walls and soothing music.” — Reuter‘s Sam Youngman, who also wrote within the last 24 hours, “The Ryan train is slowly but surely getting me closer to home and some clean laundry. Ohio today, Virginia tonight. #lovetheroad.”

God we miss ex-TBDer Julie Westfall

“The really important thing is that @ErikWemple beat @FishbowlDC on this.” — Ex-TBD hag Julie Westfall on WaPo Erik Wemple writing the story that the pub he used to the edit is officially finito. We’re glad Westfall, who has all the warmth of a Ginsu knife and was known for having difficulties getting along with her TBD colleagues, has her priorities straight on what is really important. Westfall was most recently working as an associate editor for at Southern California Public Radio out in LA. Though her  website doesn’t clearly reflect it, she just began a new job with Journal Register Company/Digital First Media, now home to a slew of ex-TBDers including Jim Brady, Steve Buttry, and Jeremy Binckes. Oh, and she loves news and loves Twitter! Congrats for that, Julie and the countless things you brag about on your website regarding all your revolutionary contributions to TBD. Update: WCP first reported the news of TBD‘s official demise at 2:42 p.m. Wemple came in at 3:15 p.m. and heavily cited WCP for previous reports on TBD, but never indicated they broke Wednesday’s news. Wemple’s story was significantly superior, included a first-person account and a quote and confirmation from WJLA’s VP and GM Bill Lord.

Journo seeks and gives guidance

“Earpiece no longer working on six-month-old iPhone. Suggestions?” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel. Also… attention editors: “A media org could do worse than to sublet an Ohio apt for a month and park a reporter there.”

Be safe BB!

“Good morning. Gorgeous morning here – heading out for a run-thoughts on the day?” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

Words to live by…

“One very important thing I learned about my job is that it is never about me or how lousy I was treated. But it is all about my cowboy boots.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Separated at Birth: Examiner’s Philip Klein

This morning we’re pairing Examiner’s Philip Klein with a slightly younger version of Counselor to Treasury Sec. Tim Geithner, Gene Sperling, and actor Jim Nabors who played Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show. We have another contender from a reader…it’s Henry Czerny from “Clear and Present Danger.”

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Quotes of the Day — The Mindmeld Edition: A melding of everything worthy, weird and otherwise from the past four days.

Journo’s cat sets her alarm clock

“The cat stepped on my iPhone dock alarm clock last night and set it to go off at 7 a.m. Which it did. Which was wonderful. #gah” — WaPo Express‘s Sara Schwartz in a tweet that Politico‘s resident cat lover Patrick Gavin might appreciate. We’re sure Gavin’s cats don’t have tricks like that.

White House scribe details Michelle O’s attire down to thighs

“The top of the first lady’s dress was a bright orange racerback; from mid-torso to mid-thigh it has a green and white jungle-like print; the final piece that fell to the knee was a grayish pattern.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Sunday Pool Report from Hawaii.

Corn on Bachmann on God

“Short version of Bachmann campaign event: God, God, God, God, God, God.” — Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Here’s to a new year in which cell phone and Twitter users learn the value of an unexpressed thought.” — AP Radio News’ Jon Belmont.

Reporter does what it takes

“This crazy Iowa wind blew the address I need out of hand & across the parking lot. I literally parkoured [sic] over a fence to get it. #nprlife” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Journo loses cologne to TSA

“Leaving my new Christmas gift (cologne) in SC because it was .2oz too much. Thanks TSA.” — FBDC’s and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry, who explained that the cologne, Cool Water by Davidoff, was a sentimental re-gift from his father.

Not surprisingly, Walsh criticizes an R

Leslie Stahl admitted that interview was part of a Cantor push to soften and humanize his richly deserved awful image. Ick.” — Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh of Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.

Ahh…the warmth of the holidays

“Nice to see the TSA in ATL not give a hard time to the 3 yo with the toy gun who refused to let it leave his hand.” — Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Um, Happy New Year?

“Ooh. Time for another round of my favorite neighborhood game: Fireworks or Gunshot?” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman.

Words to live by…“Don’t forget: Resolutions are for quitters.” — Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Birth Week: Nibbles Knox, son of AFP‘s Olivier Knox. A note from Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner: “Happy birthday to the famous Nibbles Knox! May this year be filled with all the legos your little heart ever could desire @OKnox” — (quote by and h/t to Shiner. h/t to Politico‘s Mike Allen for the phrase h/t.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIBBLES!

Things are getting weird in Iowa

“Local reporter, desperate for people to interview, asks Jeff Zeleny if he’s media or voter. #blending” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel on NYT‘s Zeleny.

“Lady sitting next to me at Atlantic, Iowa, diner, on being a campaign reporter: ‘I think that would be a terrible job.’” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein.

“Went to the lobby to get coffee. When the desk clerk saw my bed head I thought he might offer me medical treatment.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Funky Convo Between Two Journos

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “Happy Des Moines time new year to the crew @TPM, best support staff a road warrior’s ever had.” HuffPost‘s Elise Foley: “#puke.”

Travel writer starts new year on funereal note

“And…my first day of the year starts w a funeral. Sort of nice, though. #perspective.” — National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman.

A given…“Sorry in advance for all the irresponsible things I’m going to do to 2012.” — HuffPost’s left-wing media reporter Jason Linkins.

Editor salutes his Beagle

“Smartest living being in the house today: Fred the Beagle, who laid his head on the remote during the Jets game and changed the channel.” — Digital First Media Editor-in-Chief and former TBD GM Jim Brady.

Just who is Ben Smith?

“@benpolitico Someone from buzzfeed’s at this Santorum event trying 2 explain who u r to Iowan lady of certain age. She seems mystified alas.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.


“@danielabrams: dan abrams” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams. To which Weigel replied simply, “#fail.” (To Abrams we give Tigi’s Bed Head line of conditioner called Self Absorbed for his lux locks.)


“Is it New Years Eve 2011 or New Years Eve 2012? I get confused every year.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If you’re tracking, tonight’s Santorum Sweater Vest Color is navy blue. Or black. On CNN live now.” — Digital Producer for CNN Erin Burnett‘s “Out Front” Mark Joyella.

Jeff Morley Named Washington Editor of Salon

Jefferson Morley is back.  After a two-year, book-writing sabbatical, Morley will reenter the DC media scene next week as Washington Editor  for Salon. The veteran author and journalist explained to FishbowlDC that his new position is part of Salon founder David Talbot”s commitment to reemphasize political coverage of the Great Recession, the 2012 race, and the sorry state of American public life, with the mission of calling out the responsible and calling attention to those who are doing good.

“Salon is a great brand, not only because it was an online pioneer, but because its always had good writers, aggressive reporting, and smart analysis,” Morley told us. “I’m hoping to contribute to that tradition. Only a journalist would say it but good colleagues plus bad times equals lots of fun.”

Morley brings to the job a wealth of experience from his nearly 30 years in D.C. media.  From 2007 to 2009, he served as editorial director of the nonprofit Center for Independent Media, where he oversaw a national network of state news sites, including the Washington Independent.  Before CIM, Morley worked at with Dan Froomkin and Jim Brady editing the Post’s foreign coverage online and writing the World Opinion Roundup column.  He also spent time working in the Sunday Outlook section after beginning his journalism career at Harper’s and the New Republic.

Morley starts his new gig on Monday.  His book “Snow-Storm in August: Race and Unrest in Washington City, 1835,” the true story of the first race riot in the nation’s capital, is due out in July of 2012. Congrats to Jeff!

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Cream-filled Blankley

The Fashion Critic

Tony Blankley‘s suit hurts my eyes.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor in a Sunday tweet on the Executive Veep of Edelman public relations. See Blankley’s creamy Sunday TV ensemble above from his appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program.

The prognosticator

“Suspect POTUS’s opening statement will go something like this: ‘At least I tried.’” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Sunday tweet.

Kate inquires about Kate’s waist

“Who’s got the over/under on Kate Middleton‘s waist size?” — Capitol File Magazine Editor Kate Bennett in a weekend tweet.

Journo love

“David Gregory is on his game this morning. Hard-hitting interviews with both Secretary Geithner and @timpawlenty. #meetthepress” — Huffpost Front Page Editor Chris Gentilviso in a Sunday tweet.

Joan Walsh admits lack of Twitter self-discipline

“OK, I have to stay off Twitter today to write. I have to. I wish they’d lock my account for 48 hours…bye!” — Salon’s Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh in a weekend tweet. Walsh is a regular on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

Betty Ford Jokes: Too soon?

“Personally, I think the revelation that @stephenfhayes offered Betty Ford a Maker’s Mark should be trending on twitter.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a weekend tweet after news of Betty Ford’s death broke. The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes remarked on Twitter previously, “It was at the 1996 GOP convention, shortly before Pres Ford spoke. I offered her Maker’s Mark. #idiot”

Media consultant prefers drugs to airport monotony

“This is brain. This is your brain on drugs. This is your brain after six hours waiting at an airport. I prefer drugs.” — Digital media consultant for JRC and former TBD GM Jim Brady in a weekend tweet.


Buttry Backs Out of TBD

Employees are hanging onto deck chairs at this point on the TBD Titanic.

Cue up those violins. On the heels of the announcement of Editor Erik Wemple bolting to WaPo earlier this week comes another departure. It’s Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry. We hear Buttry will join former TBD GM Jim Brady at Journal Register Company.

We will personally and profoundly miss making Buttry the butt (pun intended) of some of our jokes. We trust that his dog Duffy will still enter our DogBowl contest this year. We wish Buttry all the best.

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Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett‘s latest Twitter avatar. She says she puts it up only when she’s in “party mode.” It’s from her going away bash in Vegas.

Actor Jason Biggs in a pensive pose for FishbowlDC at a Creative Coalition/Lani Hay/Elle dinner inside the Ritz last night. Biggs has joined the Creative Coaltion entourage of actors hanging out Washington this week for the WHCD.

Well that’s unfortunate

“Wow my new Hill press pass makes me look like a serial killer.” — Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary in a Thursday tweet.

Anonymous quote from a Washington journalist Thursday: “You assume anyone else cares about me and my crappy life!”

Mistaken lyrics

“National anthem performer at Nats Park just said ‘gallantly dreaming’ instead of ‘streaming.’ #FAIL” — Digital media expert and former TBD GM Jim Brady in a Thursday tweet.

Dirty politics

“One of the participants has already tried to bribe me. Staying strong! #njpoliticalpursuit” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a Thursday tweet regarding NJ’s Political Pursuit trivia event at the Newseum Thursday night.

Juke Kartel at the Ritz last night. L to R: Dale Winters, Toby Rand and Tommy Kende.

Band member insists on seeing Obama’s birth certificate

“Love 2hrs sleep…en route LAX – Wash D.C. I’ve asked to see Obama’s birth certificate in person.” — Juke Kartel’s lead singer Toby Rand in an obviously jokester Thursday tweet. The LA-based singer and the rest of the band performed at Lani Hay‘s private party Thursday night. Band mate Dale Winters remarked on Twitter, “In Washington D.C. for weekend playing for the WHCA. Weird what things bring being a guitar player!”

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

*Beware of being tardy to Cantor’s Presser: If you’re going to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) noon press conference today, it turns out you have to be there right smack at noon — or else you won’t get in. Despite a press release sent Monday that gave you two hours leeway to arrive, today’s updated release says the following:  “**Participants must be on time; there will be NO admittance after 12:00 PM**”

*Don’t miss WSJ‘s Janet Hook and NPR’s David Welna: On April 8, the Brookings Institution will host a forum to examine congressional leadership in an era of intense partisan conflict. Former U.S. Sec. of Agriculture Dan Glickman will speak, followed by a panel that includes Hook, Welna and Brookings scholars like Thomas Mann and Sarah Binder. John Hempelmann, President of The Henry M. Jackson Foundation, will give introductory remarks. Questions they’ll address: “What can presidents and congressional party leaders do to rebuild congressional capacity for solving major public problems? How can sound policy be written without a commanding party majority?”

*Former TBD GM Jim Brady to advise Poynter’s Jim Romenesko is reporting that Brady and USC Annenberg School of Journalism Geneva Overholser, among others, will serve as an advisory board for to guide its editorial policies. Weirdly, the release doesn’t mention TBD at all – Brady’s experience is listed as Journal Register and former Executive Editor of

*MSNBC WHCD After Party: In case you missed our late-night news last night of MSNBC’s party at the Italian Embassy, read here.

WJLA’s Lord Drops Gauntlet, Institutes Ingenious Web Rules

Now that WJLA is in charge of, suddenly web guidelines (the same ones TBD asked for at the launch but they weren’t met with such glee) are all the rage. Yes, now the web is such a splendid idea and everyone must contribute, even TV journos. They’ll even be getting smart phones (as many as they can) for the cause. Go figure.

In an internal memo sent to WJLA, NBC8 and staff (some of whom are really pissed off by the way) WJLA V.P. Station Manager Bill Lord implements strict guidelines for the web.


1. Everyone employed in the news operation will contribute to web E content.   Television, Cable, and Web employees will participate.  No exceptions.

2. Everyone who goes into the field on a breaking story will be expected to report back to the assignment desk within the first five minutes of arriving on a scene.

We requested comment from Lord on the matter. He replied: “Simple answer:  This is the way we plan to operate today and into the future.  The content we develop will be available for both and I am looking forward. I don’t have time to look back.”

UPDATE: Asked for comment, former TBD GM Jim Brady weighed in, telling FishbowlDC, “I fully support everything Bill has mandated. But it should have been mandated last summer when TBD was launching, and it wasn’t. Just find it ironic that the web has suddenly become a focus right about the time when the people who know it best are all leaving the company. Or maybe that e-mail just got caught in a time warp.”

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Whose got the ugliest, most loathsome facial/neck/seeping into chest hair in America? Meet America’s non-journalist Ian Murphy, the Buffalo Beast’s prank caller who appeared on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night. Please, Murphy, buy a razor, this is terrifying.

Number of days since @DCJourno has tweeted: 9 (His/her last utterance was on FishbowlDC with this interview by intern Alec Jacobs. We don’t think Alec’s interview caused the disappearance, but we hope the anonymous D.C. tweeter will return soon.)

Tapper Block Watch

“This is spamming and if u keep doing it i will block you.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper to a follower named @Chani_11 Wednesday. Tapper is known for his no nonsense Twitter personality.

Prank on a prank

“Just got a call from David Koch. What does he want at this hour?:-)” — Syndicated columnist and Strategic Communications Strategist for Bullfight Strategies Karl Frisch in a Wednesday tweet.

Reporter wins the morning, noon & night

Politico‘s @mollyesque wins the morning/noon/night with Vanity Fair shout-out for her lede about Reid and hookers.” — Politico Deputy Congressional Editor Martin Kady goes all out in a Wednesday tweet “Win the BLANK” analogy about reporter Molly Ball, linking to this.

“Man” panel

“Im the least manly person alive, but what the hell/RT@LetsTalkLiveDC We’re gearing up for a “Man Panel”w/Adrian Loving @Bkownacki & @PWGavin” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet. Fellow man panel members are Brendan Kownacki (“media adviser, strategist, producer, commentator and self-proclaimed futurist”) and Adrian Loving (self-proclaimed DJ, “social stylist” and graphic design professor. In 2009 he told Washingtonian that he dances in front of the mirror daily.)

TBD fallout

“And, the next shoe drops at @tbd: major layoff.” — Former TBD GM Jim Brady in a Wednesday tweet.

TBD has not failed. A venture has to be given a chance to succeed before it can fail.” — Robert Frost? Not really. These are the words of TBD‘s Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry.

“Really disgusted by some Tweeps gloating over what happened @TBD. We all work in the media. Any one of us could get laid off any day #awful” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a Wednesday tweet.

Jim Brady reveals true feelings about Mark Judge

“So let me get this right…Your biggest failing is not being the New York Press?” — Community Journalist Jen Connic in a Wednesday tweet to Jim Brady in reference to Mark Judge, who writes opinion pieces for The Daily Caller. Judge trashed TBD in a story Wednesday in which he wrote about applying to TBD for a job. Brady’s response to Connic: “Apparently. And that I didn’t hire him. He’s lucky I don’t publish the e-mails he sent me before I blew him off.” Another line from Brady: “Best is the “he’s an idiot” part followed by his desire for a job under said idiot. I think that technically makes him an idiot.” And this: “Damn, now I see my mistake. I didn’t listen to a guy who wanted a job at TBD despite my apparent hackery: Silly me.”

A scribe’s dishwasher nightmare

“All-day, Kafkaesque nightmare buying a Sears dishwasher today. And still not done installing it.” — Congressional Quarterly‘s John Donnelly in a Wednesday Facebook update.

Bret Baier: hooked on golf

“Watching the replay of the golf. Was trying to go to bed early but I am hooked. Can’t wait for good weather and green fairways.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier in a Wednesday night tweet. (Baier is more than a decent golfer. He lettered on four teams at DePauw University and is a member at Congressional Country Club.)

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“For the record, everything I type after 10 p.m. should be tagged #latenighttweet and considered accordingly.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a vital Wednesday night tweet at 11 p.m. (This item was in direct defiance to Metro Weekly writer Chris Geidner‘s request.)

Media assoc. at war with her clothes

“Tried on seven different outfits this am. Bad way to start off the day.” — Rachel Slobodien, senior media associate at Heritage Foundation in a Thursday morning tweet.

The week in birthday wishes…

The Hill‘s Molly Hooper and TWT‘s Ben Birnbaum. Happy Birthday!