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Something heartening…

“Awaiting my oldest friend — we were 3 when we met — as he makes DC stop on his 1st family trip to the US. #psyched” — Yahoo! News‘ D.C. Bureau Chief Olivier Knox.

Important Q to Ponder: “Skakel was an adult in charge of his own defense. Why would he deserve a new trial based on ineffectiveness of his own lawyer?” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

Uh oh.

“4:42am and it’s already ‘one of those days.’” — ABC7′s Sara Van Aernum.

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“Yo, @CarlosLozadaWP read your paper’s Jofi Joseph tick-tock today. Search the words ‘Daily Beast’ or ‘Rogin.’ Speak truth to power!” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush to WaPo Outlook Editor Carlos Lozada. This was in response to Lozada’s recent assertion that Thrush had failed to give Daily Beast‘s Josh Rogin his deserved credit for breaking the anonymous NSC tweeter  story. Lozada didn’t respond to Thrush’s Twitter water balloon, but he did what any self-respecting journalist would do — he retweeted it. For a backgrounder, see our writeup on this situation.

Journo has stress dream

“Woke up from 5 am stress dream that I was going on @FBNStossel unprepared to precisely explain Medicare funding mechanisms.” – Reason Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch.

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WaPo’s Ezra Klein Ages Himself

images-9images-8It’s a strange phenomenon. But WaPo‘s wonky liberal policy blogger Ezra Klein is desperate to be old. Or else the 29-year-old thinks he already is old and has lived through decades and lifetimes and has only recently returned to Earth in a time machine.

Or is he Benjamin Button and actually aging backwards?

Earlier this summer, he grew layers of facial hair, which indeed aged him. Now he’s aging himself once again by declaring how seasoned his vantage point is.

In the process, he has decidedly pissed people off. Read more

Morning Chatter

“THIS time????? Lordie Lord Lord.”National Journal‘s Ron Fournier‘s dramatic response to New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner saying in his concession speech, “Sadly we did not win this time.”

“#YOLO”BuzzFeed‘s Matt Zeitlin‘s response to colleague Ruby Cramer‘s news that a “reporter with NBC Ch4, Shimon Prokupecz, says Weiner gave him the finger from car as he drove away.”

Inappropriate cuisine metaphor?

“Later in the day, @NRO’s NY office would smell like barbecue. All those lives lost …” — National Review Online‘s Kathryn Lopez.

Journo looks back…

“In our DC bureau blocks from the WH as the city emptied out & the Humvees rolled in. Bldg mgmt tried to evacuate us: ‘No way.’ #wherewereyou” — WSJ‘s Neil King, reflecting on where he was on 9-11-01.

A lawmaker’s probing question…

“So a lawmaker finished an interview by asking me if I was Syrian.” — National Journal writer-at-large Marin Cogan.

Confessional.

“It felt so wrong tonight when I ate sugar free jello for the first time.” — Chairman of Accuracy in Media Don Irvine.

Important Q we must all ponder: “Why do I have a sad feeling that Weiner’s trusty camera phone is definitely plugged in the charger tonight, powering up.” — GOP political consultant Mike Murphy.

Weiner Aftermath: The Deflation Begins

“Sitcom idea: Spitzer, Weiner both thrown out by their wives, move in together, start wacky political consulting firm.” – Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

“Anthony Weiner is about to concede so that he can begin his campaign to be the 5th host of Crossfire.” — The Atlantic‘s Andrew Golis.

“BREAKING: Carlos Danger concession speech within the hour #NYC2013.” — Andres Duque, who writes the Blabbeando blog.

“TV folks tempted to give Anthony Weiner a talk show. Do another thing and don’t give Anthony Weiner a talk show.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Weiner’s concession speech is live channel 2 in NYC now. The guy looks like he’s actually having fun. What a nut.” — CNN’s Ari Fleischer.

“Prediction: Huma Abedin files for divorce within 60 days. Right?” — WUSA-9 reporter Debra Alfarone.

The Observer

“So Weiner thanked his flak but not his wife in his concession speech?” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Oops, a little late for this!

“Don’t you dare with the jokes Twitter THIS IS OVER NOW” — Politico‘s Leigh Munsil.

Poetic irony is….

“Prez Obama keeps bust of MLK in his office which means he stares each workday at a man who met hatred & evil with non-violence. Worth noting.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter gets Marty’d at 11:03 Tuesday night

“@brianstelter Will you be Hosting CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ again in the future? Did you happen to see Howard Kurtz’s ‘Media Bites’ Show-Fox?” — Marty Rudolf. (Pssst…Marty, Howie’s show is “Media Buzz.”)

 And Funniest Tweet of the Night award goes to…

“Well placed source emails me: ‘Today is the worst 24 hour period in U.S. Foreign Policy history. Dear god.’” — Breitbart.com‘s illustrious Matthew Boyle.

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HEALTHY AND DELICIOUS: “Some people call it dinner, I call it my nightly FEAST” — WUSA9′s Social Media Editor Simon Landau

A public mourning: NPR correspondent tweets mom’s death to the end

“The heavens over Chicago have opened and Patricia Lyons Simon Newman has stepped onstage.” — NPR’s Scott Simon at the conclusion of a weekend of near constant tweets chronicling his mother’s death. “She will make the face of heaven shine so fine that all the world will be in love with night.”

Affectionate: CNN’s Jake Tapper: “Deepest condolences and warmest hugs from the Tappers.”

Non-denominational religious: CBS’s John Dickerson: “Bless her and you Scott.”

Biblical Shakespeare? Commentary‘s John Podhoretz: “A love that surpasseth all, @nprscottsimon. May God comfort you.”

New Age-y: NPR’s Michele Norris: “Big universe of ppl sitting at computer keyboards or staring at hand held devices who are raising hands for you and your mum.”

Going national: “Sending our condolences to @nprscottsimon and his family this morning.” — NBC TODAY Show.

And last but not least, the cliché response: “She’ll always be alive in you, Scott.” — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, on book leave but took time to tweet something deep and profound to Simon.

ICYMI: We had thoughts on the whole tweeting your mother’s death phenomenon Monday.

The Media Observer

“What could be more appropriate–Eliot Spitzer on Hardball. He and Chris Matthews both pompous assholes.” — GOP political consultant and blogger Roger Stone.

Meghan McCain has serious doubts in headline writers

“I think I could cure cancer and the headline would be: ‘Meghan McCain, voluptuous, really curvy, not skinny, maybe fat woman cures cancer.’” — The Daily Beast and “Raising McCain’s” Meghan McCain.

Karl Frisch: Still not smoking!

“8 Weeks #SmokeFree! Will be two full calendar months on August 3.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.

Reporter impersonates Stuart Smalley

“I look good today.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:09 a.m.

A female journo’s dating woes

“If you go on a terrible date and the other person laments his inability to find a girl, do you have a right to tell him he’s the problem?” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

Speaking of dating woes…

“Joe just threw his wedding ring across the room because he’s so upset about Brooks and Des. #Bachelorette” — Dr. Jill Biden parody account.

 

Morning Chatter

 

“Beautiful, really. Blooming now in streetside garden box near P & 17 NW. What is it?” — WUSA9′s Russ Ptacek

Weekend reading…“Finished ‘And the Mountains Echoed’ by Khaled Hosseini. Loved it, great book. Started ‘This Town’ by Mark Leibovich. Not the same.” — Reuters‘ congressional reporter Patricia Zengerle.

“50+ years after Helen Thomas broke ground at the Nat. Press Club only 1/3 of newsroom staff and 10% of newsroom supervisors are women.” — Josh Stearns, journalism and public media campaign director for Free Press.

Half-naked Geraldo causes Internet freakout 

As of 1:40 p.m. Sunday, the offending tweet was retweeted 1,268 times. Later on Sunday, at 5:49 p.m., FNC’s Geraldo Rivera deleted the selfie, writing, “Note to self: no tweeting after 1am.”

“Whomsoever tweets/RTs geraldo-selfie into this feed shall be #Blocked.” — Breitbart NewsAdam Baldwin. To which CNN’s Jewish Jake Tapper remarked, “Corinthians?”

“Geraldo Rivera tweets semi-nude photo of himself (warning: you will not be able to unsee this)” — The Blaze.

“I must say that on closer review of that Geraldo near-nude selfie, I wish I hadn’t more closely reviewed that Geraldo near-nude selfie.” — NPR’s David Folkenflik.

“Thank god for the “Hide Photo” function @GeraldoRivera: 70 is the new 50″ – WSJ’s Neil King.

“Warning, i am gunna continue posting the Geraldo photo until someone delivers me a box of chocolate covered kittens.” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.

“Thanks internet, I cannot unsee Geraldo Rivera’s naked selfie. So much wrong. So. Much. Wrong.” — Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.

“Geraldo throws his hat into the New York mayoral race.” — CNN’s Anthony Bourdain.

“So difference btw Geraldo & Weiner is latter DMs pics to individual women, former just lets freak flag fly on public twitter #transparency” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

“Trying out a new diet where I look at the Geraldo selfie whenever I have an appetite.” — Tim Siedell.

Wishing bad things on everyone sullying my timeline with Geraldo selfies. — Tony Fratto.

“Friend inquires if Geraldo selfie means he is running for mayor of NYC. Not sure; anybody know the current rules?” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep.

“Good rule of thumb: If you’re too old to know how to rotate a naked Selfie maybe don’t post naked Selfies. #Geraldo” — Danny Zuker, writer for ABC’s “Modern Family.”

Lefty radio correspondent David Shuster to Al Jazeera

“David Shuster goes to Al-Jazeera America. In response, Al-Jazeera America goes to Brazil.” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

Convo Between a TV Journo and combative follower

JCCC629: “Chris Cuomo–Man since you joined CNN you are really combative. I like the old Chris much better. Must be the CNN culture.”

CUOMO: “@JCCC629 Trying to get people to think about issues. I defuse hostility whenever i can. The point is progress. I have not changed, friend.”

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A question we must all ask ourselves

“‘Is it possible to die from constipation?’” — C-SPAN Producer William Gray. Please note, Gray is presumably quoting someone else. Who that is remains a mystery.

A voice of reason amid perverts

“So shallow of everyone to lump Spitzer and Weiner together. They are TOTALLY DIFFERENT attention-seeking perverts, guys.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball upon the news that that Eliot Spitzer is running for New York comptroller.

And a suggestion...”Obvious Spitzer slogan ‘he’s not as bad as Weiner’” — GOP consultant and blogger Roger Stone.

And another pervert… “Spitzer Swallows #ohmyGodIamsosorry” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

The Instigator

“From now on, if the Washington media crowd wants a political candidate, I don’t. It means they do too many cocktail parties. #ScratchMyBack” — FNC media critic Richard Grenell.

Journo unsettled by tot beauties

“Tot beauty pageant contestants staying at my hotel in NC. Very ‘Little Miss Sunshine’-y here in the lobby, unsettling for a mom of 2 sons.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Random piece of wisdom

“It’s too early for all these tweets everybody shut up and go back to bed.” — BuzzFeed Senior Editor Matt Bellassai on Sunday at 12:26 p.m.

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Journo Perks: Threading and Bikini Wax

Hopefully this isn’t as painful as it sounds.

Shobha, hailed as Manhattan’s “best brow & bikini wax salon,” has arrived in Washington. Signature hair removal services include waxing, threading, trimming and sugaring.

Not only did they give us a coupon for a free threading and bikini wax, but they said we could give them the emails of five of our friends who will also receive a gift. (FBDC’s Peter Ogburn is first on my list, Commentary‘s John Podhoretz is second. See him in a pool after the jump…) Ogburn had better appreciate this. Treatments ain’t cheap and range from $48 to $53 for a bikini wax and $55 to $84 for a full facial service that includes eyebrows, upperlip, chin, cheeks and sideburns.

The shop is located at 1730 M St. NW (17th and Connecticut). They had their opening last week. See this writeup from the Hollywood On the Potomac blog.

Rest assured… Shobha, which has received plugs from everything from Cosmo to The Tyra Banks Show, will not perform waxing on any menstruating client, they will never “double-dip” the wax with the same spatula twice, and they use pink non-latex gloves during all waxing and sugaring treatments. Read more

Chuck Todd Lunges at BuzzFeed Over PBS Embargo Fiasco

We can see it now. The 10 angry facial expressions of NBC Political Director Chuck Todd. The 7 safari animals that most resemble Chuck Todd. Chuck Todd with a cornucopia of mustaches and facial hair ensembles — which one is best? Oh wait — in May of last year they already ran a listicle on Chuck Todd’s goatee on everybody.

The old-school newsman is at odds with BuzzFeed this morning. The last 18 hours has been a flurry of controversy ever since BuzzFeed butchered an embargo set by PBS on President Obama‘s appearance on “The Charlie Rose Show” last night. The embargo was set for 11 p.m. BuzzFeed broke it and ran a preliminary transcript of the interview at 3:45 p.m. And soon, others such as WaPo, which sought permission from PBS to break the embargo after BuzzFeed did, followed.

Was BuzzFeed in the wrong? Will Todd get over it and should he?

“We take agreements with sources very seriously. In this case, there wasn’t one,” BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins told FishbowlDC early this morning. When pressed, he added, “An embargo is an agreement, not a command.”

Todd aggressively disagreed. “Come on. It’s a crappy thing to do to PBS,” he wrote on Twitter last night. “It’s Charlie Rose’s interview. Not mine. Not BuzzFeed’s. The entire thing airs tonight.”

He went deep with it, talking about honor and manners. “This is not a legal dispute,” he wrote. “It’s about basic manners … it’s about whether there’s any honor left.” He spoke of old, worn established media rules. “Many news orgs are respecting PBS 11 p.m. ET embargo on the Rose POTUS interview. Some have chosen to ignore. Who changed the ‘rules?’ Wow, so in the obsessive world of trying to get clicks, we have news orgs no longer respecting embargoes. Can we have some rules respected?”

Todd has had a mostly warm relationship with BuzzFeed and has had the outlet’s reporters on his program, MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” But he has bristled at the name, saying repeatedly that he doesn’t like it. In November of last year, theGrio.com‘s Perry Bacon praised BuzzFeed on “The Daily Rundown” and Todd cracked, “I’m not crazy about the name. I agree, I agree, the work is good, but the name sort of bothers me. BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed? Sounds like electroshock [unintelligible word] therapy.”

Others quickly jumped on Todd’s embargo bandwagon. TIME‘s Mark Halperin wrote on Twitter, “history + digital + fast food, hit-and-run culture. Forward an embargoed email to your non-pro cousin, have ‘em email back. Presto.” Mark H. Anbinder, contributing editor at TidBITS, added, “There’s a generation of reporters (I hesitate to say ‘journalists’) without proper training who don’t know what an embargo is.” And James David Dickson, op-ed editor for The Detroit News, answered Todd’s thoughts on honor, saying, “You live in Washington and ask if ‘there’s any honor left’ No, Chuck. There isn’t.”

But even those with time in the business don’t all agree with that. Commentary‘s John Podhoretz, among others at BuzzFeed, remarked that no agreement existed, and Todd argued that the “golden rule applies.” Still, Podhoretz insisted, “If PBS sends out transcripts that simply state there’s an embargo, no agreement exists on embargo.”

Which happens to be BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith‘s take on off-the-record interviews. Ever since his days of manning a blog at Politico, he has consistently vocalized his staunch belief that they are agreements to be forged, not assumptions. “Is this like implied off the record?” he asked on Twitter last night. Coppins backed him, saying, “Is it that crazy? I see the golden rule arg, but if we never agreed to an embargo, why are we bound?”

Officially bound or not, a longtime Washington editor declared BuzzFeed “wrong” and had this ominous thought: “What BuzzFeed did was wrong, and they will pay the price by not getting embargoed transcripts in the future. There has to be an agreement for speaking on background or off the record. The same principle doesn’t apply to embargoes.” And Eric Koch, a Democratic strategist and flack who formerly worked on Capitol Hill, warned, “Issue is flacks (like me) will probably just stop sending stuff out and giving people time to plan.”

With that very real prospect in site, some scribes are not pleased by this apparent new way of doing things. A political reporter who spoke to FishbowlDC anonymously said it was a “pretty shitty” thing for BuzzFeed to do. Read more

10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter

We’re not sure what we did for entertainment before we could watch what probably should be journalists’ private feuds unfold in public on Twitter. For all the talk about teens who have no social-networking shame, there are a few grownups in the media who haven’t seemed to learn the lesson either. Some days, our Washington Twitter lists look more like a Beltway Fight Club than they do a group of media elites.

Not that we’re complaining. We do need something to watch between episodes of Veep and Scandal reruns, and the journalists on our list below don’t disappoint. Fair warning though—if you take some of them on, you doing so at your own risk.

Honorable mentions: The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, Conservative radio host Dana Loesch, WaPo‘s Greg Sargent, the DNC’s communications director, Brad Woodhouse, and NRSC’s Brad Dayspring. If you don’t think Dayspring can fight, read this story published last night in which he was referred to as a “rabid dog.”

Here it is, FishbowlDC’s 10 Journalists You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter:

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Politico Twitter Story ‘Terrific’ and Obvious

A story by Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers has divided his readers almost right down the middle in terms of praise and dismissals.

“Former White House communicators enjoy communicating; use newfangled social medias,” Greg Greene, a Democratic operative, tweeted sarcastically with a link to Byers’ piece and a “stop the presses” hashtag. On the other hand, Rick Wilson, a Republican media strategist, called the story “terrific.”

The thing with Byers’ piece — a look at the Twitter activity of former Obama administration officials and aides — is that it doesn’t contain any news. It doesn’t even draw any conclusions. The selling point seems to be that the headline labels the gang of Democrats as “trash-talkers.” And that this trash talking takes place in public via Twitter.

The story notes former Obama adviser David Plouffe who “frequently attacks Karl Rove” on Twitter. Attacking Rove isn’t exactly new. Even Fox News has done that.

And who doesn’t air out criticism on Twitter? And in what way is partisan trash-talking new? It’s not. President Obama‘s team has always talked this way, even before they left the White House or the campaign trail. And they didn’t need Twitter to do it. It’s otherwise known as “campaign politics,” which takes place on TV, radio and at rallies. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s surrogates did it as well (Republican New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu is unforgettable).

The story seems to observe this supposedly new phenomenon where the campaign never ends. Read more

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