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“Dude I don’t even know how to make a gif #buzzfeedconfession”BuzzFeed‘s newest Washingtonian Rosie Gray.

THREATENED: Reporters react to Woodward’s claims

“I never took nasty emails as threats. I took them as a sign I was doing my job. Nothing to do with bravery.” — Matt Apuzzo, AP investigative reporter in reaction to WaPo Bob Woodward‘s claim that he was threatened by the White House, namely Director of the National Economic Counsel Gene Sperling. (Sperling scoop by BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.)

“The flaks I know usually just call to yell at me. no email I hate more threatening than ‘Kate, do you have second to talk about this?’” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera.

“Think abt it: You’re a 22-year-old reporter and you see what happens to BOB WOODWARD. You may stay quiet about when a flack barks/pressures” — National Review‘s Robert Costa.

“Reminder of the night: Non-reporters don’t understand journo-source interactions.” — Politico‘s Kevin Robillard.

(From our favorite non-vacationer…) “I know I’m on vacation, but I’ve gotten threats from both Obamaland and Romneyland. ‘You’ll regret this’ is like a walk in the park.” — Former BuzzFeed scribe Zeke Miller.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:09 a.m.

Journo marvels over price of smokes

“I just saw woman in NYC buy two packs of cigarettes for $31. Who can afford that habit here?” — TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “You think when Ben Smith was 8 & watching All The President’s Men for the first time, he knew that one day he’d #BenSmith that guy?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte, official nemesis to BuzzFeed‘s Smith.

Watch out for reporter in PJ’s

“Dear DC: I’m about to wander you in my pajama pants and I’m feeling very Jay Cutler #DoonttttCarrrreeee-esque about it.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

More Woodward and what he’ll regret… Read more

On BuzzFeed, Boogers and Ethics

Writing a story about someone else’s booger feature is no easy task. On some email requests I put a simple, bland, “request for comment.” On others, I went for shock value: “BuzzFeed’s booger post.” It wasn’t plotted. I imagined some might find it funnier than others.

On Tuesday night, BuzzFeed‘s Benny Johnson took Washington’s political and media worlds by surprise by creating a GIF feature about House Speaker John Boehner allegedly checking out his boogers. BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins promoted the story, even guided readers to it on Twitter.

The headline reads: “John Boehner Looks at His Boogers During the State of the Union.”

Who among us would have the mental fortitude to look away from a Boehner booger post? “It looks like a first-step by BuzzFeed into honest coverage,” said former TWT Editor and Public Affairs exec Sam Dealey. “After all, everyone — the Speaker, the public and evidently BuzzFeed’s reporter too, was bored by the speech and looking for anything even remotely more interesting.”

Boogers are interesting. But by and large, the editors and journalists around town that we interviewed opposed the booger post. “Dumb and dumber; political coverage as booger op? What next: beaver shot?” asked Washingtonian‘s media writer Harry Jaffe. WTOP’s Jim Farley also expressed journalistic outrage. “I believe it is over the top,” he said. “It would have been like showing video of George H.W. Bush throwing up on the Japanese Prime Minister at a State Dinner. A private moment.  Would we show video of Michelle Obama’s skirt blowing up on a windy day?”

Um, there’s actual video showing Bush throwing up? As it turns out, there is.

And by the way, there’s no judgment here. We’ve written about everything from Larry King passing gas on air and a journo popping a zit at a party to females showing ample amounts of cleavage and breasts on TV. Suffice it say, BuzzFeed can write about the Speaker’s alleged boogers if they want to and there won’t be any ethical bitching from us.

And yet we couldn’t help but wonder, is this, in part, the psychological result of our miniscule attention spans and around-the-clock reporting? That we now require boogers to grab our collective attention?

“Poking fun at people in power has always been been part of political journalism,” Coppins told FishbowlDC when asked to comment on the matter. “Dead-tree newspapers used to do it with political cartoons; now the internet does it with GIFs and memes. What actually struck me most about this State of the Union was how many other news sites were competing with us on that front. A year ago, we would have been the only ones GIFing Marco Rubio’s reach for the water bottle; this year we were racing with The Atlantic‘s Twitter feed.”

But some journalists thought BuzzFeed had slipped beneath themselves. “That’s certainly a headline you don’t see every day,” said a longtime Washington editor who preferred to remain anonymous. “But regardless, this is over the line. A classic example of something that gets hits, but is in poor taste. The post appeals to the 10-year-old in all of us, and that’s not a good thing. BuzzFeed is better than this.”

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PRINCE JASPER: “Dana Perino, good to see that Jasper was cleared of those stuffed animal murder charges”FiveFanPhotoshops, the ultimate fan of FNC’s “The Five”, which photoshops members of “The Five” into all sorts of situations, including Jasper, the beloved dog of host Dana Perino.

HuffPost headline elicits reaction from HuffPost writer

“Nice job with the headlines, HuffPost: ‘Rough Day For Naked Pooping Masturbator’” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie. She links to the story here.

Journo hits new high watching CSPAN 3

“Sign of the times: CSPAN 3 on cable is flickering, dropping. On computer? Working fine, and ahead of TV.” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer on women in combat: “Women are going to go into combat w/US forces. Since I was sniper in Haganah (Israeli freedom fighters) I’m all for that.”

In defense of Beyoncé

“Are any of the people being OUTRAGED about Beyonce lip-syncing considering this important fact: SHE’S FUCKING BEYONCE?” — The Sunday Times’ outspoken columnist Caitlin Moran.

Furry hats abound in Washington

“It’s finally cold enough to wear the furry hat. I’m sad it’s finally warm enough to wear the furry hat.” — Kelly Ann Collins, marketing strategist.

“The temperature is now lower than the ages of both my children. It’s cold. I’m old.” — WaPo Bookworld’s Ron Charles.

Oh no he didn’t! Nolte insults Cokie

“What’s ET doing on Morning Joe? Oh, that’s Cokie Roberts.” — Breitbart.com Editor John Nolte regarding longtime NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts.

NYT’s communications assistant has an amusing observation and two journos agree Sunday shows ought to go… Read more

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BIRTHDAY WISHES: “Happy Birthday to the love of my life.”Chef Geoff Tracy, a.k.a. Mr. Norah O’Donnell, husband of the CBS morning show anchor. Tracy included the above photograph, that we can assume is youthful Norah.

TV reporter fails to get beach condo because of dog

“Bought furniture for new beach condo. Then board rejects me cuz of dog. Now delivery guy wants to know where to take it… depressing.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Breitbart V. BuzzFeed: “journalisty” warfare

“Over 5 mos I have never seen @BuzzFeedBen do a single journalisty thing to dig for more answers on Libya. Only block. Amazing achievement.”  — Breitbart.com Editor John Nolte, who always has a harsh thing or two to say about BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

Journo spills coffee on Bill Press’ carpet

“Always fun to chat with Bill Press on his @bpshow. WWR apologizes for spilling his coffee on the carpet.” — Paul Brandus, an independent White House reporter who writes West Wing Reports.

More Beyoncé fallout

“Rep Greg Walden told me yesterday he asked Beyonce why she took out her earpiece. “It was all static,” she told him. True story.” — Gerrit Lansing, Digital Director at the NRCC, former flack to Reps. Peter Roskam and Paul Ryan.

“Good news – if the voice continues to malfunction, Beyonce’s offered to lip-sync for me tonight. #CNN” — CNN’s Piers Morgan.

“I just don’t know what’s real anymore. #beyoncegate” — Washington Examiner gossip scribe Nicki Schwab.

Editor sees brighter side of frigid temps

“In this weather I could win Olympic gold in speed-walking.” — Katie Kovach, Copy and Production Editor for CQ Roll Call. But more importantly, she writes, “Figures that right when I get home a neighbor starts playing a musical instrument and two dogs howl along.”

Blogger out of sorts

“JESUS. Someone bring me a latte. I was NOT prepared for all this today.” — Washingtonian‘s Javonni Brustow, who is editor of TheDCPundit.com and a blogger for PopGlitz.

Miguel Bloombito likes Justice Scalia’s hat…

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Hawaiian senator’s departing thought: “Aloha”

Politico Breaking News alert: “Sen. Daniel Inouye, the second longest serving senator in U.S. history and a decorated World War II hero, has died, his office announced in a statement. He was 88. According to his office, ‘His last words were, ‘Aloha.’”

A real BigJournalism headline: “CBS Describes Semi-Auto Weapons as ‘Rapid-Fire’ to Make Them Sound Menacing”

Happy holidays! Now how about gun control?

“As we reflect on the lives lost last week, we must also, as the President urged, consider how each of us can play a part in making our country worthy of the memory of those little children. I hope you and the ones you love have a happy and safe holiday.”President Obama campaign aide David Axelrod in a holiday/political note to supporters.

GOP lawmakers mum on guns: “Republicans continue their own moment of silence on gun control. Nancy Cordes reports 2 dozen GOP lawmakers decline to discuss the issue.” — CBS White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

 

The White House tease

“Wow. Amazing sunrise behind the White House North Lawn camera setup position.” — Nathan Hager, WNEW morning anchor, appallingly without a photograph to go with it.

NBC’s Engel is alive and well

Statement from NBC: “After being kidnapped and held for five days inside Syria by an unknown group, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel and his production crew members have been freed unharmed. We are pleased to report they are safely out of the country.”

“I’m very happy to do this live shot this morning…We’re in good health, we’re okay.” — Richard Engel on NBC’s TODAY Show.

And a word from his fan club: “Y’all, Richard Engel’s hair has not suffered in this ordeal. The hair is still fabulous… After a kidnapping.” — the Twitter handle known as @emokidsloveme.

“Great to see NBC’s Richard Engel and his 2 colleagues alive and well this morning. Some happy news in a week of untold misery.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan.

See what today’s self-appointed media critic has to say… Read more

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Anchor gives shout-out to deceased father

“Dad, thinking about you a lot today.” — NBC Political Director Chuck Todd at the close of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” Wednesday.

How stupid can people be?

“Ridiculous that this has to be explained to people, but yes, Susan Rice said the Benghazi attacks were spontaneous.” – The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso, linking to this story.

Love and a fashion advice for Chuck Todd

  • “Kuddos for @chucktodd for following up on two questions. More of that makes for a real news conference.” — National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.
  • “Thanks, Chuck Todd, 10 more minutes of same filibuster we had after Q1 and Q2. #Brilliant” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.
  • “Chuck, I love you man. But please don’t wear stripped [sic] shirts again on television. They’re unflattering on you.” — Kay Carman.

Editor knows his movie lines…“You want a character debate, Bob? You better stick with me, ’cause Sydney Ellen Wade is way out of your league.” — WaPo‘s Enterprise Editor Carlos Lozada quoting “The American President” as President Obama responded to criticism of UN Amb. Susan Rice during a White House Press Conference.

Reporters cry discrimination

“Only 1 question so far has gone to a print reporter (AP wire), running out of time to give more Qs to non-TV people.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“‘It would be a HORRIBLE precedent,’ Obama says, for me to respond to a questioner who I didn’t select ahead of time.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.

Scribe complains of pointless Twitter behavior

“Hey tweeps tweeting POTUS quotes: I have a TV, too, you know.” — CQ Senior Writer John Donnelly.

WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten apparently detests horseradish, Sam Stein’s big admission and on an entirely other note of complaint…

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Quotes of the Day – the Sausage Fest Edition

Question to Ponder: “If President actually creates a Secretary of Business post, will the acronym for it be: “SOB?” Bad jobs #’s? Blame that SOB!” — YG Action Fund’s Brad Dayspring, former flack to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.

More Karl Rove election night fallout

“Wow, Rove’s new line is that Obama suppressed the vote. #intervention #sympathy#mentalhealth” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

“This is some creative spin : Fox News: Karl Rove Argument Proves His ‘Value’ To Network.” — QGA and former Senate flack Jim Manley.

The scriptwriter

“If this were The West Wing, Obama would right now be arranging the secret meeting where he would offer Romney the Secretary of Business job.” — Logan Dobson, research analyst at The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Cheech!

“No joke: I’m at the security line at JFK. Cheech just walked up behind me. I might turn around and say, “Denver?” — MSNBC’s “The Cycle” S.E. Cupp.

WTF: Can’t you people listen?

“People: To reiterate, I CAN’T reset my password for this acct b/c it is linked to an email acct that no longer exists.” — Liz Mair, GOPround advisory board member.

A lunch order to remember

“To the cute gay server at my lunch place: stop complimenting the lady customers on their hair and look at ME!” — The Guardian‘s Matthew Wells.

First World Problems?

“My eye doctor is out-of-network. THANKS OBAMA.” — HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney.

Two conservative journos discuss getting eaten alive… Read more

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Quotes of the DayElection Banter

“Holy. Cow. The magic wall… Is ON THE FLOOR” — The Atlantic Associate Editor Brian Fung.

Green Eggs and Ham — why not?

“Mic check guy just read ‘Green Eggs & Ham,’ in its entirety, at Obama election night HQ. Now reading the Constitution.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

All in a day’s work

“2 stories & 2,600 words already written today, the last 1,000 drunk will be tougher.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

5:51 p.m. Famous Last Words

“CONFIDENCE: Romney tells the traveling press he FEELS like a win is coming. He’s written only one speech so far: a victory speech.” — NBC News’ Garrett Haake.

Foreshadowing….5:51 p.m.

“Some rare, non spin on twitter –> RT @jmartpolitico: A senior GOPer w close ties to Romneyland emails a single word: ‘worried.’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

In response to that… “So people in Romney camp sending out nervous messages to liberal reporters? Really? Wonder how big the camp is.” — Commentary‘s PodWhore (a.k.a. John Podhoretz.)

Reporters and Romney staff clap: the end is near

“Applause on Romney plane — from reporters and staff — as we land in Boston. Final flight of Romney 2012 campaign is over.” — AP‘s Steve Peoples.

Oops! Flack gets ahead of herself: 6:03 p.m.

“I’m not saying this to get ahead of myself, but is Obama capable of giving a graceful concession speech? I’m not sure.” — Amanda Carpenter, speechwriter for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

Channeling Carville

“Carville (paraphrase): If Romney loses Virginia he’s in more trouble than a three-legged, cross-eyed gator on a freeway. #election2012″ — National Journal mag Deputy Editor James Oliphant on Democratic pundit James Carville.

And another thing on Carville…“For god’s sake someone either tighten Carville’s tie or unbutton his top button.” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro. And this…“On CNN, James Carville is so excited he seems to have removed his exoskeleton.” — Vanity Fair.

Unraveling…7:17 p.m.

“It’s 7:20 and my nerves are already shot. #ElectionDay2012 #TeamRomney” — MSNBC and The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.

Watch your words around the kiddies, journo warns

“Careful y’all: Your kids are learning a lot about how to win and lose graciously by how you act today.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Attack on Trump minus his name

“Is there anyone who punches further below their weight than rich guys who dabble in politics?” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

From the Road…“AT THIS POINT: crowd at Dem HQ is ready to cheer for nearly anything. Just screamed like Obama being up in Minnesota is 1980 gold. #openbar” — CNN’s Lisa Desjardins.

 ’Saucy’ Meghan Kelly

“Meghan Kelly is serving #curlytopsaucy tonight on Fox.” — Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Politico reporters: Relax? Forget it!

“To all the road-weary reporters who just want a break: Congrats! You’ll be sitting in the Senate press gallery for the next 9 months.” — Fake Jim VandeHei, faux Twitter account to Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei.

Important, Embarrassing Question to Ponder: “So Megyn Kelly had to get white men in suits to confirm that Obama would go to Ohio. (Because her audience wouldn’t believe her?)” — Reuter‘s Megan McCarthy.

 In praise of Nate Silver’s ass

“I think Nate Silver deserves a ‘tell me how my ass tastes’ moment, right?” — HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins.

Journos react to FNC Karl Rove’s TV breakdown

  • “Karl Rove looks like a kid who just learned there’s no Santa Claus.” — TPM‘s Sahil Kapur.
  • “Fox is gone full bananaspants.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.
  • “Barone explaining to Rove why Obama gonna win OH like watching someone explain to little kid that his dog died.” — Bloomberg‘s Joshua Green, referencing The Washington Examiner‘s Michael Barone.
  •  ”Email from big GOP donor: ‘Karl looks like a fool.’” — Politico‘s Ken Vogel.
  • “Bret Baier is now trying to figure out how to balance Karl Rove’s petulance and the FNC ‘decision desk.’ Train wreck.” — ClearChannel’s Colby Hall.
  • “Rove has basically bullied the Fox hosts into backing off from their call of the election. Amazing TV.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.
  • “Fox thinks it’s up to them who wins. It’s not up to them. It’s over guys. (But please keep this up, this is amazing TV.” — HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim.

And Greta tries to inject a dollop of sanity…

“Fox News says President Obama re-elected.” — FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren at 11:34 p.m.

Speaking of delusional…“I’m neither naive nor optimistic. Just saying I refuse to give up. R some of u telling me ur going to throw in the towel? I don’t think so.” — David Limbaugh, author and brother to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, after Obama won Ohio.

Depression is…

“Gay marriage, pot, an elated media, and Obama… Yeah, I’ve had better nights.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

Plouffe Daddy!

“Congrats on a ground game well-played, Plouffe Daddy.” — Freelance video journo for Wonkette and other outlets Liz Glover, referencing Obama campaign advisor David Plouffe.

Uh oh…where’s Romney? 12:11 a.m. 

“Danger for Romney is that if he delays concession too long he’ll look like a sore loser.12:11 still no concession.” — The Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden, nearly one hour after NBC called the race for Obama.

Outside the White House: 12:33 a.m.

“People are climbing the trees outside of the White House. Total mayhem.” — BuzzFeed’s Rebecca Berg.

Find some inspiration with ex-Love Connection host Chuck Woolery and take notice of a few R’s who handled the loss with maturity…. Read more

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Quotes of the Day — the Election Day version

“This sign is on a window of a store that’s inside the security zone of Obama’s Des Moines rally.”Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody with the accompanying photo.

Journo on line to vote before 7 a.m.

“My voting precinct is selling coffee for $1 to people in line. #waspy” — Matt Spence, The Times of London.

Uh oh.

“Dead to me.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie turning down Romney campaign event request.

Stop and buy the roses

“Attn: guys who have been too busy politicking to be nice to your ladies—roses are on sale $9.99/dozen @ Whole Foods today.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Guiding Sophia’s Light

“Respectfully I don’t give a rats butt about JayZ or Kid Rock!” – theGrio and Essence columnist Sophia Nelson on Obama and Romney musical supporters. Usually Sophia is spouting sermon’s on Twitter. On Monday she strayed.

Chuck Todd assesses nightmare election scenarios

“In place for Today Show, will have a look at some of the nightmare scenarios that could lead to indecision” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

Spotted: Meg Ryan at Biden event

“Spotted on the cuts riser at Biden’s Richmond event, being opened with songs by her beau john Mellencamp: Meg Ryan.” — NBC News campaign embed reporter Carrie Dann.

Hallucinating D.C. Metro rider

“Saw a gent on metro who looked like a moustachioed Ari Shapiro. Was briefly convinced he’d got a disguise and made a thrilling escape.” — a D.C. woman calling herself Abbott Rabbit regarding the NPR White House Correspondent.

Keeping it Real: “Run into reporter from OTHER station at event tonight. Okay we have the same jobs, do we really have to make small talk? So BORING!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Boybander has sex with vegetables?

“I can’t be the only one who makes stock while changing the lyrics of ‘Sexual Healing’ to be about vegetable peeling.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman. We’re just kidding about the headline but couldn’t make rational sense of Spencer’s words.

Which journo gets to vote at the crack of dawn? And which news outlet takes to talking about campaign dildos?

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Quotes of the Day

DISTURBING: “Holloween 2012 — I’m a tiger in bed,” — HBO’s Bill Maher. We have to say, former Rep. David Wu (D-OutofHisMind) plays a better tiger.

NOT TOO FAR OFF: “I went as Carmen Miranda for night three of Halloween”InTheseTimes.com labor journo Mike Elk. Miranda was a Portuguese Samba singer and Broadway actress who was popular in the 40s and 50s.

Comedian Lizz Winstead: “I was gonna shove my head up my own ass and go as an undecided voter but I couldn’t find the right shirt.”

Lady goes bananas for Halloween

“Lady just handed out bananas to trick or treaters – wrong on so many many levels.” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Editor finds wife’s anger at Gov. Christie sexy

“Wife’s so mad at Christie it’s coming out in Spanish. Which I must say is kinda sexy.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

Speaking of sexy…

“A lot of hot dads in the neighborhood. #justsaying” — Conservative writer Lisa De Pasquale.

Bret Baier gets compliment on weight

Hollifina writes, “You look like a different person. How did you lose weight? Does Ur family live in Manhattan?” Baier replied, “Wash dc.” What, no thank you to Hollifina?

Journo blasé about TV hit

“On MSNBC 10ish, going blah blah blah.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Journo shaken by neighborhood crime

“So there was a shooting a block from my apartment…circling helicopter, searchlight ablaze, means they haven’t caught the guy, yes?” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

Irritated blogger

“As a new insomniac, I love breaking glasses in the middle of the dark night. On my foot. Curse you, sloppy boys.” — Lisa Rowan, a vintage blogger who writes quarterlife202.com.

Meghan McCain reveals what she was going to be for Halloween and more questions about that Daily Caller hooker video…

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