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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“We’re just starting our second week and we want to hear from you. How’s my driving? Let us know what you like, what you think we need to work on. Email us at thelead@cnn.com.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“We’re showing women bouncing their butts in our viewers’ faces. Can we just stop that?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfield on “The Five” Monday as the network showed endless b-roll of Spring Break women shaking their asses.

Hence the understatement of the week: “Fox News loves their Spring Break b-roll.” — Breitbart and Townhall‘s Lisa de Pasquale.

In other words: Happy Passover!

“Awright haters and @mmfa trolls, you soon have 49 hours to do your worst, since I am going offline for Passover. To the rest I say #Freedom!” — Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief and in-house counsel Joel Pollack.

Actually, not a Happy Passover

“My mother is breaking my heart by sending all the family photos from the family seder I’m missing. Almost like I’ve been…passed. Over.” — Think ProgressAdam Peck.

TV journo tries to avoid overeating 

“If you are trying to maintain your weight don’t fly Emirates. they feed you like every 2 hours… Seriously. I finally just said stop.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, our favorite traveler.

And another can’t sleep

“Wide awake hours before my alarm goes off, can’t fall back asleep. #firstworldproblems.” — Media Matters’ John Whitehouse whose Twitter handle is @existentialfish.

Attention publicists!

“Pro Tip: if you’re a publicist, don’t use ‘Comrade’ as the salutation of an unsolicited email. I won’t keep reading.” — Politico‘s James Hohmann.

Important Question to Ponder

“Why won’t the ‘Unknown’ person blowing up my phone just leave a message? #why” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

WTF: The Bunny and Eggs Season?

“On CA radio show, Rep. Louie Gohmert confirms his comms director is single. ‘She’s just terrific. Just absolutely terrific.’” – HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery. “Gohmert on Easter: ‘Some may call it ‘bunny and eggs’ season. It’s Easter.’”

Reporter blasts Rosenne Barr. Read more

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Who Broke the Menendez Hooker Story?

The top news story on The Daily Caller‘s website this morning involves more of the tawdry happenings of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and those pesky Dominican hookers. The latest stories include the more serious assertions that Menendez had sex with underage prostitutes, and that he likes the “youngest and newest girls.” The senator alleges complete innocence.

One thing you can say about political sex scandals — they’re never normal, boring affairs involving a couple of drunken coworkers and they’re never particularly well planned. Instead, the pol solicits sex with a cop in an airport bathroom, his name is Weiner and he snaps a picture of his ding dong, sends it to a woman clear across the country and then can’t remember if it’s his, he has alleged sex with an underage page, or he sends a shirtless picture of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

But who broke the Menendez hooker story?

In a story this morning on Breitbart.com, promoted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief and Counsel Joel Pollack, the illustrious Matthew Boyle writes a short post blasting Media Matters for not covering the Menendez story. More pointedly, in case you didn’t know, his Menendez story, the one he broke back in November, 2012. Who could forget those spectacular videos of the alleged prostitutes describing their sexy time with Señor Menendez. To protect the women in the videos, they used what looked to be big, white balloons to conceal their faces. The cleavage and jiggling breasts? They left those hanging out. “Was the senator friendly?” the translator in the video asked. “How was the senator, romantico or no?”

But getting back to the point of Boyle’s story — which is, of course, twofold. 1. Blasting Media Matters, sort of like breathing for right-wing websites. 2. Boyle, who, in a quick five-graph story reminds readers twice that he broke the story.

In his piece, Boyle runs the mission of Media Matters, which is to “analyze, monitor and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” Could it be they have nothing to correct?

We reached out to Media Matters on the matter. UPDATE: Media Matters declined to comment at this time.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Sunrise on the Potomac at Key Bridge in Georgetown.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long with the accompanying photograph.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between NYT’s Mark Leibovich and Atlantic’s Molly Ball.

Ball: “Back in the office, and there is a No Labels robocall on my voice mail.”

Leibovich: “I label that annoying…labels can be useful that way.”

Someone swipes journo’s newspaper

“Someone took my newspaper off the lawn. That’s pretty much a felony around these parts. #thissuburbanlife.” — NYT‘s media writer David Carr. (Sign of the times? Yesterday we reported that NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt‘s Advise and Consent was snatched off her doorstep.)

From the Dept. of Bragiculture I: “Congratulations to the Morning Joe team. We were the #1 cable news morning show in Washington DC in the demo. Great job!” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

The Media Observers

Pro: “Bless @rolandsmartin for bringing the funk to that ridic skeet shooting segment on @OutFrontCNN tonight.” — BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw.

Con: “Roland Martin, David Frum, and Marsha Blackburn now debating Obama going skeet shooting on Erin Burnett #wtf” — BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “What if most of the outside of our bodies looked like the stuff underneath the tongue? Would we ever have sex?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. Um, Gene, are you feeling okay?

From the Dept. of Bragiculture II: “Schieffer is very much a man of talking points. He’s giving Kalb the same lines he gave me in our interview in October. For that matter, they’re all saying a lot of the same things they told me in October.” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers at an event with presidential debate moderators put on by Marvin Kalb and the George Washington Global Media Institute. He is, of course, referring to CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, who isn’t characteristically a man of talking points. A question to ask ourselves: Why bother going to events when you can just read Dylan Byers?

Journo spellbound by Shakespeare play

“I’m here @FolgerLibrary for commanding production of Henry V; can’t take my eyes of lead actor; magnetic show so far.” — Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.

Politico Playbook publish time: 4:48 a.m.

Breitbart.com editor rips Slate‘s Weigel for being unfunny and a GOP press aide with an occasional temper goes to work for the NRSC. Read more

Andrew Breitbart’s Replacements Step Up

With the recent passing of conservative media mogul Andrew Breitbart, the parent company has announced his replacements. Politico first reported the news this morning at the crack of dawn.

Breitbart News Network, LLC, which oversees Breitbart.com, reported today that the company’s Board of Directors has appointed Stephen Bannon (pictured at right) as Executive Chairman and Laurence Solov as Chief Executive Officer/President, effectively immediately.

Breitbart, the company’s founder, held these positions at the time of his unexpected passing on March 1st. Other positions: Joel Pollack will be Editor-in-Chief; Alexander Marlow will be Managing Editor and Ben Shapiro will be Editor-at-Large.

And they’re all impressively schooled. Bannon: Masters degrees from Georgetown and Harvard; Solov: Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford; Pollack: Harvard undergrad and graduate school; Marlow: UCLA-Berkley; Shapiro: Harvard Law School.

“Andrew and I were like brothers our whole lives and have been business partners since 2007,” said Solov.  “Steve was a great friend of Andrew’s and has been there the last several years helping us build Breitbart News.  Andrew possessed a very specific vision of what he wanted the company to become. Steve and I share that vision, which we will pursue relentlessly.”

Bannon is a former Naval Officer, serving aboard a destroyer with the Pacific Fleet and as a Special Assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He is also a former M&A investment banker at Goldman Sachs and a film writer/director. Bannon was most recently the Chairman/CEO of IMI Exchange.