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Fish Food

(a sprinkling of things we thought you ought to know…)


Matt Drudge was up too late—that’s the only thing that can explain this bizarre midnight tweet: “Watching Weiner and Huma Clinton this evening and thinking of Andrew Breitbart…” How many things can you count wrong with that statement? Everyone else must have been as confused as we were, because it got an uncharacteristically low number of replies—just three. And one of those was along the lines of you’re so awesome, how did you come up with the idea for such a great news site? (Yeah, even Drudge gets Marty’D.)

No talking points on MSNBC—”No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, Jay! Is that the truth or not, Jay? Is that the truth or not? You said this was limited to Cincinnati … Don’t give me talking points, because that doesn’t work on this show, and you’ve been here long enough to know, that doesn’t work on this show!” shouted MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, in a segment this morning rehashing Republican talking points about the IRS scandal. They appeared to end on a nice note after an angry few minutes.

New York Post is off its game—There is great sorrow in New York today, but it’s not only because they’ve put a serial sexter at the top of the pile of candidates for mayor, but because the New York Post, having been handed Anthony Weiner on a silver platter yesterday, seems to have just phoned it in with today’s cover. It’s a picture from Weiner’s press conference with wife Huma (Huma Clinton, apparently—according to Drudge) that simply says: “Meet Carlos Danger.” That’s all you got New York Post? Talk about a let down. The disappointment is almost palpable. For example, Mediaite tweeted this morning, “‘New York Post Fails To Achieve Weiner Joke, Disappoints Entire Internet.” If it’s any consolation, the Metro edition went with “Too Hard To Quit.” Better, but not great. Mediaite has a roundup of previous NYP covers on Weiner that, thankfully, went the extra weiner.

Morning Chatter

“He just heard about @RedEyeFNC and how I’m filling in for @greggutfeld. He can’t bear to look.” — FNC “The Five” co-host Dana Perino. What Jasper is really saying: “I’m not a supermodel, Dana. Stop taking my picture. Stop overtweeting about me. I need my beauty rest. I need to fart once in awhile. And I don’t care about Greg Gutfeld.”

Leibo admits his fishiness

“I am a fish. I have chosen to live, work, and raise my family in the murk. This might well be an easier pursuit for a citizen on solid land. But I have no plans to leave. People ask me about that too. Why? It’s not like I’m making lobbyist or TV money. I plead reality: my wife and I have built a good life here.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich in the prologue of This Town in response to his own rhetorical question…”What is my story?” The book hit the shelves Tuesday. Of course, we rather enjoyed his first line here.

George Zimmerman trial: the story that will not go away

‘If you…don’t know somebody that has been stopped late at night for driving while black, you just don’t have any black friends.’ — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:11 a.m.

A K.O. update of sorts

“FYI: KeithOlbermann dot com … *still* owned by the Daily Caller.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

BFF’s at a glance: Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher and The Week’s Matt Lewis

“My freind [sic] @tommyxtopher weighs in on my latest for @TheWeek on George Zimmerman.”

The first line of Christopher’s story also solidifies their friendship: “My old friend Matt Lewis is out with a thoughtful op-ed on one possible consequence of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin: that Americans might stop caring about their communities.”

In other important Christopher news… “I don’t drink coffee. Lipton Tea, extra strong, with Splenda and half-n-half.”

Frum passes boating exam fit for idiots

“Just passed my Canadian boating license exam -a test so easy it makes you frightened to think who *else* is on the water.” — The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.

Jason Mattera: the anti-Rachel Jeantel anti-Christ

“Good grief I’m reading a transcript of the Jeantel interview. Forget storming Walmart, bum rush the public schools she attended.” — conservative radio host Jason Mattera, insulting FBDC favorite Rachel Jeantel, a breakout star from the George Zimmerman trial. And conservative writer Robert Stacy McCain: “Seriously, when you look up ‘stupid’ on Wikipedia, Rachel Jeantel’s photo should be there.”  RSM…she could eat you for lunch, so you might want to shhhh.

The Grossest Thing You’ll Read Today 

“Pee-filled diapers sitting around give off a sweet, sickening, Honey Nut Cheerios scent after several days, if you must know.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Journo takes online hate into own hands

“Ok, so, I’m just going to block/report spam without warning. Easier that way.” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

Congrats to… Reason‘s Mike Riggs on his new gig at Atlantic Cities. He was formerly with The Daily Caller.

Media Takes Sides on Zimmerman Decision

After continual media coverage of the George Zimmerman trial in the shooting of Trayvon Martin and more than 16 hours of deliberation by the jury, Zimmerman was acquitted of charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter over the weekend.

Since the shooting occurred last year, the case has been heavily followed by the media, with some outlets taking clear, strong stances. Now that the not-guilty verdict has been announced, some publications are being even more outspoken on the matter. We looked at a wide array of news organizations to analyze each publication’s own verdict of the case.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Breathing is difficult because of the fire at Frager’s. The sun is still up but some part of Cap Hill look like nite.”Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP.

Minor Morning Oopsy!

“Another smart take from @HotlineJosh : ‘GOP Struggles With Its Silver Linings Playbook’” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier. The Hotline’s Josh Krashaar, however, corrects the record, saying, “@ron_fournier was actually @Alex_Roarty piece.”  To which Fournier replied, “Alex doesn’t seem like a ‘Silver Linings’ dude. Great piece.” Read the story here. Alex Roarty is a politics writer for NJ. We sure hope Fournier isn’t getting Howard Kurtz Syndrome, an affliction caused by being being heavily distracted while reading shit online too fast.

Editor stresses out on deadline, needs Cheerios, champagne and rest

“This is going to be one ballbuster of a deadline. Not to mention everything else that has to get done. #needsmycheerios” – Metro Weekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman. Thankfully he writes, “In two weeks, I will be sipping champagne at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. #bgh @BigGayHoliday.”

TWT writer gets writer’s block

“I’ve hit the wall on writing my first book. Curling up in the fetal position seems only option now.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller. Uh oh. She later added, “I might just leave the country so my publisher can’t find me.”

Bickering is…

FNC’s Dana Perino, 7:52 p.m.: “Greg Gutfeld since I’ve met you, I’ve never laughed so much. At you.”

FNC’s Greg Gutfeld, 7:53 p.m.: “Dana Perino you just proved my point. No wonder your closest friends are four-legged.”

Jasper Perino (yes, her dog), 7:54 p.m.: “Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, at least her closest friends are not mythical creature.”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between Washington Examiner’s Justin Green and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

GREEN: “The cronut thing proves New Yorkers are terrible.”

COPPINS: “If DC got cronuts they’d shut down the city in celebration. Then everyone would go to the 2 other good restaurants in town.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Tucker Carlson Asks, ‘Howard Dean is Still Alive?’

Former Vermont Gov. and Presidential hopeful Howard Dean went on a nutty rampage against the media this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and gave some news outlets a swift kick in the teeth. As he and Co-host Joe Scarborough bitched and moaned about how unfair newspapers can be — Scarborough criticizing his hometown paper’s “powerful” editorial board, and Dean blasting the NYT for being too opinion-based in its news stories — he did make a valid point about how thin-skinned the media is.

And then he went haywire. He set his wrath on two publications in particular: The Daily Caller and National ReviewWhen he learned that Daily Caller columnist Matt Lewis, a “friend of the show,” said on Twitter that Dean needed to lay off the caffeine, saying, “Time for Howard Dean to switch to decaf,” Dean’s horse brain snapped. He called The Daily Caller “a right-wing propaganda machine.” (Psst… case in point on the caffeine?)

When asked about it, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson asked FishbowlDC, “Howard Dean is still alive? Where is he?”

But The Daily Caller wasn’t alone. Dean also sunk his canines into National Review. Read more

Joe Scarborough Wants You to Know His Show is Doing Just Fine!

After Alex Pareene‘s Monday takedown story in Salon, which essentially laid all of “what’s wrong” with MSNBC at “Morning Joe’s” feet, Joe Scarborough is biting back.

Was he feeling touchy or just being proactive?

It seems like Pareene may have struck a nerve when he wrote that Scarborough’s show “is representative of everything wrong with contemporary political elite thinking.” He then swiped at the show’s April viewership, calling it “the lowest rated of the big three cable news morning shows.”

“Congratulations to the ‘Morning Joe’ team!” Scarborough tweeted Tuesday evening. “More people watched ‘Morning Joe’ in May than CNN, Headline News, CNBC and Fox Business. Way to go!!” What followed was a self pat on the back in the form of retweets that was so hard, it’s a wonder Scarborough can still stand up straight.

A sampling of Scarborough’s sticky-sweet RTs:

  • “Best morning show ever!”
  • “Great cast, solid reporting and realistic insight. Congrats!”
  • “This is a total given, considering Morning Joe is the best morning show on tv in my opinion and has the best anchor team.”

This continued on for an additional 22 tweets.

And it didn’t stop on Twitter… Read more

Politico Publishes 3-Day-Old Scarborough Blog Post

A new development in the ongoing mystery that is Joe Scarborough‘s curious relationship with Politico.

At 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Politico published a blog post written by the Republican commentator and MSNBC host headlined “Marco Rubio’s Risky Gamble.” It’s a four-paragraph opinion piece about the balancing act Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is playing to avoid upsetting the conservative and moderate wings of the GOP.

The post only came three days after a separate Scarborough item, which is noteworthy considering how large swaths of time can pass between his posts. But even more noteworthy is that the Rubio item was posted already, in full, at Scarborough’s personal site three days ago (approximately 1.48 years in Politico time). Another element: Scarborough posted something new about Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s (R-Minn.) decision not to run for reelection on his personal site.

Why would Politico, a publication known for functioning in real time, post something so old? Read more

Fish Food

(A sprinkling of things we think you ought to know…)

New WaPo executive editor is “human Ritalin”-- Martin Baron, executive editor at WaPo, is profiled by National Journal’s Chris Frates. Except “profiled” is usually a word reserved for people who let you in and see at least some of what makes them tick. Baron won’t say what makes him tick. He’ll hardly say anything. It’s even a wonder he agreed to have a story written about him. “Baron is almost a kind of D.C. antimatter,” Frates writes. “He does not talk about himself. He does not discuss much of himself, his personal life or, more important, how he runs The Post…” But what readers do learn about Baron is that he’s a middle-of-the-road, no frills “newsman” in every traditional sense of the word. “Human Ritalin,” as Frates describes it.

“Morning Joe” is “what’s wrong” with MSNBC?– Salon‘s Alex Pareene has a thing for “Morning Joe.” Namely, he hates it. He regularly calls the show’s main host Joe Scarborough a hack, but then again he has an annual hack list in which lots of journalists are hacks. He picks up on any controversial remark. There’s nothing discernibly nice that Pareene has ever written about the show. That pattern continued Monday when Pareene wrote that the reason for MSNBC’s recent decline in overall ratings can be encapsulated in “Morning Joe.” “Every other TV morning show is mostly fluff and weather,” Pareene writes. “’Morning Joe,’” instead of entertainment news updates, has a former member of Congress wave a newspaper at Mark Halperin for a while. MSNBC’s target audience may just be much less interested in listening to people talk about politics in spring 2013 than they were during an election year.”

Former CBS White House Correspondent was once lifted into the air by Shaq– In a column for The Atlantic, co-host of CBS’s “This Morning” Norah O’Donnell details her media diet. Somewhat arbitrarily included in the column

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Mika Brzezinski Turns Into Weiner Police

This morning the news broke that ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is running for Mayor of New York. Naturally the crew at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” would discuss it.

But how? What parameters?

If you’re the show’s Co-host Mika Brzezinksi, is the best option to behave gingerly and timidly? What, no weiner jokes? No talk of penis selfies? Seems she wants to find a cautious way to cover the story, if only Joe Scarborough will play along.

“Okay, alright, she began, spreading her arms. “Let’s just, no, we’re not doing that.” No one at the roundtable had done anything — yet.

“Chuck, don’t,” she scolded before NBC Political Director Chuck Todd, in Washington, could even speak. “Don’t egg him on,” she adds, referring to Scarborough, who began by introducing Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei to the show.

He called VandeHei “head of the Weiner beat.” The Politico editor laughed and said its telling how the show’s guests reacted while watching Weiner’s video announcing his run. “Well, I think that it’s interesting that when you played the video everybody at the table started laughing,” said Vandehei. “That’s usually not a great start to a campaign. … There’s no doubt the backdrop is going to be that embarrassing picture. And, by the way, he said there’s more, there might be more out there.”

“Alright, behave,” said Mika to no one in particular and everyone. “Stop,” she said repeatedly, even when nothing torrid was voiced.

Despite Mika’s weiner policing, the conversation eventually turns a sharp corner to those nasty naked dick pics that Weiner sent to virtual female girlfriends while in Congress.  Read more

Joe Scarborough’s Obsession With Kate Upton

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough has an obsession with Kate Upton, and he’s not shy about it.

Scarborough mentioned the name of the model (and niece of Rep. Fred Upton (R-Fla.), with whom Scarborough served in Congress) multiple times throughout this morning’s show on MSNBC. As the guests were being introduced, which included GQ’s Michael Hainey, Scarborough excitedly hoped for photos of Upton.

“I bet he has pictures of Kate Upton in there,” Scarborough said, referencing Hainey.

Shortly after, he added “I’m actually searching for those photos as we speak.”

It didn’t end there.

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