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Morning Chatter

 

IT’s THE LITTLE THINGS: “My favorite French pastry — the lowly pain au raisin” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, on vacation in Paris.  Hey Olivier, next time maybe put this on a pretty French plate?

“Local volunteer on media bus in Cape Town welcomes White House ‘press corpse.’ There’s a commentary there somewhere.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

Pre-prison sighting: Jesse Jackson Jr.

“SPOTTED – Jesse Jackson Jr spending his final weekend as a free man at Joy of Motion Dance Studios watching his daughter. #DMV #RIGHTNOW” — Mark Wilkins, a.k.a. “Marky Mark” and D.C. paparazzi.

Memories…

“I really miss Andrew. I want to work for him again.” — WMAL and Breitbart.com‘s Larry O’Connor, who was referring to the late Andrew Breitbart.

The Observer

“It’s disappointing to see so much vandalism on Chicago’s monument to Abraham Lincoln, including a cock and balls on Abe’s coattails.” — Michael E. Grass, founding editor of DCist, formerly of WCP, Roll Call and others. Thanks for this, Grass! What would the world possible do without knowing this?

Speaking of Twitter shockers…

“There appears to be some men in my Twitter stream who seem to be confusing the word cunt for the word ma’am.” — MSNBC Uppers groupie and comedian Lizz Winstead.

Maybe something he should’ve kept to himself?

“A girl asked me last night how much it’d take for me to cheat on my gf….no.” — Media Research Center multimedia reporter Joe Schoffstall.

Convo Between a Journo and not a Baldwin Brother

Mother Jones Co-Editor Clara Jefferey: “Ok @AdamBaldwin is ridiculously cast to type, yet still good, in Firefly.”

Actor Adam Baldwin: “Hittin’ the sauce again, Clara?”

Clara Jefferey: “Look who can’t take a (truly felt) compliment!”

Finally, something funny 

“Shout out to the chick doing the worm in the middle of U Street. The best part was when police officers yelled at her to get out of the road. Ah, this city is wonderful.” — AnnaMaria Di Pietro, producer at ABC7News/NewsChannel8.

 

Something painfully unimportant about turkey sausage and some other weird stuff…

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(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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