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IMMATURE, NUTS: “Bison bacon burger, two cheeses, salad of kale, olive, roasted peppers, Shiraz, walnut #ketchup. …I didn’t follow the recipe. Used walnut pieces mostly not unshelled immature nuts. Still great; cant wait for next year’s crop.” — Editor of Cato Unbound‘s Jason Kuznicki.

Monkey business in Church

Reuters’ Sam Youngman: “I don’t mean to speak out of school, but @jonward11 was talking during church.” WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin:  “tattle tale.” National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier: “To God perhaps?”

Incest Desk

“I’m no killjoy, but traveling press playing football w/Romney staff? Unseemly.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak. WSJ‘s Elizabeth Williamson agreed, saying, “So wrong.”

Uh Oh.

“Just took 9 aspirin. If that doesn’t work there’s a loaded 9MM under the bed.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

Traveling journo

“Today in euphemisms: Just got a call from Southwest Airlines telling me my 4:15 p.m. flight has been ‘updated’ to 5:05 p.m.” — WaPo‘s Felicia Sonmez.

And Dana’s just glad they didn’t inspect her vagina…

“Thanks, Indy TSA for allowing my oldest and I to use the metal detector, not scanner, and for not grabbing my ladybits!” — CNN Contributor and Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch. For a refresher on what happened to her at the airport last week, read here.

Eavesdropping at the barber shop

“TAKE NO PRISONERS: Having a blast listening to the back and forth on the election this morning at the barber shop.” — Jamie Dupree, Cox Radio.

 Shocking: Righty journo down on Obama

“Obama campaign is acting like it was back in June when it had a very bad month — snark, hyperbole, and light on big ideas.” — CNN Contributor and RedState.com‘s Erick Erickson.

Find out which journos had a case of pumpkin fever this weekend and who drank seriously expired Nyquil? Also….find out which one of us was blocked by conservative journo John Podhoretz.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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What’s Podhoretz Tweeting?

Recently, conservative  pundit, John Podhoretz waged war with Buzzfeed and called their reporter, Andrew Kaczynski, a “deceitful punk.” In the following days, we’ve been keeping an eye on Podwhore. For your viewing pleasure, here is a picture of Magilla Gorilla him in the swimming pool.

His Twitter feed is a weird mix of outrage, attempts at news and sad forays into comedy. For example, here’s a recent tweet.

Podhoretz tweets A LOT. Lots of poll numbers. Lots of interaction with other journos. But, it’s the jokes that are the groaners.

Congrats, John. You have Wikipedia. Personally, I would suggest you read some Heidegger, who said, “language is the house of Being.” Clearly, your house is a vacant property.

Podhoretz Picks Fight with Buzzfeed

The NYPost’s John Podhoretz had a total Twitter meltdown on Monday evening. He was angry over this piece by Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski. The piece shows a video of a frustrated Paul Ryan ending an interview with a local TV reporter in Flint, MI. Ryan didn’t like the line of questioning and a Ryan aide ended the interview and put a piece of paper in front of the TV camera in a fit. The ORIGINAL headline for Kaczynski’s piece was “Paul Ryan Gets Testy and Walks Out of Interview.” TECHNICALLY, he didn’t walk away. He DID end the interview. But, Ryan stuck around to complain to the interviewer because he didn’t like the way he handled the questions. Immediately, Podhoretz began haranguing Kaczynski, saying that Ryan didn’t end the interview. On the updated headline, Podhoretz tweeted, “thats not what happened. Aide said that’s it, not Ryan. inaccurate.” Kaczynski responded, “Please, he abruptly got up. He could have finished.” Podhoretz fired back, “horseshit” and called Kaczynski a “deceitful punk.”

To his credit, Kaczynski stood his ground and pointed out how silly Podhoretz looked as he spewed Twitter rage all over himself. Andrew just retweeted Podhoretz’s name-calling and said, “mature guy.”

The funniest line of the whole fight was delivered by Podhoretz when he contradicted himself by saying, “Listen, little boy–when you do something wrong you change it. That’s what a grown up journalist does. Grow up, child.” What GREAT advice from a grown man. Go on a rampage of name calling and attacks and then telling a younger, harder working journalist to “grow up.”

Someone must have told Podhoretz that he was coming off like a pompous jerk, because moments later, he tweeted the following.


It seems appropriate that Podhoretz has a photo of his young child as his Twitter avatar, because he acted just like one last night.

 

 

Byers Goes BOOM!

It’s been quite a day for Politico’s Dylan Byers. He broke the story of John Stanton taking the reins of the Buzzfeed D.C. Bureau. He announced his scoop on Twitter.

Boom, indeed. It’s quite a way to announce breaking news. We’d like to see more of that from journalists. When Brian Williams kicks off the evening news, we want to see him start out with, “BOOM!!  12 children die in the latest attack in Syria!!” Byers was on a roll today and when he broke the news of Mark Leibovich being named NYT MAGAZINE Chief National Correspondent, he turned to his old friend, Boom.

Byers was forced to explain his “boom” to John Podhoretz who asked what the hell was going on with the booms. Byers tweeted, “Because I’m a media reporter. And in medialand, things go boom.”

The best reaction to this boom-fest came from Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner who tweeted the following video to Byers.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Lizza offers pronunciation advice

“Pro tip: The secret to pronouncing Ahmadinejad is to think ‘I’m a dinner jacket.’ #yourewelcome #cnndebate” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Daily Caller reporter gets gipped by BuzzFeed

“Interesting. HuffPost links me in their Rand Paul veep story. BuzzFeed does not extend the same courtesy. Something I said?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis. Just speculation, but there is ongoing warfare between The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith.

TPM‘s Marshall razzes CNN’s King

“John King: If you were a form of contraception, which one would you be?” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall. He also promo-ed the one-word debate question with this: “Official John King dingbat question round coming up after the commercial.”

Annoying Tweet of the Night Award

“To those who interpret my tweets as being for or against someone, I’m neutral. I’m just enjoying calling the debate as I see it…” — CNN Contributor Ari Fleischer. Note to Fleischer: SHUT UP ALREADY.

King’s one-word question elicits angry/funny reactions

Coulter weighs in: “Newt: unfaithful Ron Paul: cute Santorum: Satan! Romney: president” — Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter.

“How would I describe myself? Three words. Hard-working. Alpha male. Jackhammer.” — The Daily Caller‘s Lewis.

“Santorum should’ve just said Santorum. #maturejokes” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

“BREAKING: Stupid question draws really stupid answers.” — The Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“Sleepy, grumpy, bashful and … Cheerful” — HuffPost’s Howard Fineman.

“Cheerful? Fact check.” — Media Matters Spokeswoman Jess Levin.

“Santorum sets himself apart by describing himself WITH A NOUN. Someone give the man a grammar book.” — The Guardian‘s LA-based Amy Willis.

Hollywood assumption…

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz thinks he knows insider Hollywood gossip? He writes, “Eva Longoria is a co-chair of the Obama re-election effort. So the Botox community is well-represented.”

Unfortunate gaseous exchange

Below the Beltway’s Doug Mataconis: “I’m hungry. What’s for dinner?”

The Right Sphere Contributor Tom Dougherty: “Enchiladas because I want heartburn and gas during the #GOPDebate/#CNNDebate tonight.”

What’s Driving the Day: “Cat saves his owner’s life just HOURS after being adopted” — HuffPost. Read here.

D.C. journo dreams of Chelsea Handler

“Just remembered dream I had about Chelsea Handler last night. She was a neuroscientist inventing a drug to block feelings. Subconscious=lame.” — D.C.-based freelancer Moe Tkacik.

The Observer

“Media scare tactics: John King says, ‘One of these men could be president 11 months from now.’ #CNNDebate” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas Prevention Tip

“Note to self: refrain from saying, ‘umm, you have a little something on your forehead’ today. — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Wednesday tweet.

It’s Nasty Thursday

If you want a taste of the online nail spitting that happens between left and right media outlets, this morning’s cat fight between Think Progress’ liberal blogger Matt Yglesias and Commentary Magazine’s John Podhoretz was a fitting example. Both are balding. Both have a lot on their minds. In this case, Yglesias was up against Podhoretz’ and his posse that included TWT‘s Eli Lake, House Armed Services Committee Speechwriter John Noonan, David Limbaugh (as in Rush’s brother) and WSJ‘s James Taranto.

The fight broke out at approximately 8:30 this morning. Yglesias, a Juiceboxer mafioso, held his own considering he was up against a wolfpack.

Out of the gate…

Yglesias: “@jpodhoretz Do you really think there are no systems in the world besides America’s and the DPRK’s? That’s pretty ignorant of you.”

Podhoretz: “@mattyglesias Well, yes, of course there’s Cuba, and there’s Venezuela…surely two of your favorites.”

Things turned acutely biting when they began to discuss Podhoretz’s 2005 book
– Bush Country: How George W. Bush Became the First Great Leader of the 21st Century—While Driving Liberals Insane. Yglesias called Podhoretz a “witless fool.”

Yglesias to Taranto: “Had I not read @jpodhoretz’s fantastically stupid book, I would hesitate to believe he’s really that dumb. Have you read it?”

Podhoretz: “@mattyglesias To be called ‘stupid’ and ‘dumb’ by you is oddly fascinating. I mean, how could you of all people know?”

Yglesias: “@jpodhoretz, As I said, I formed my low opinion of your intellect from when I read your book.”

Podhoretz: “It was a bestseller. How about yours?”

Yglesias: “I didn’t say your book was unpopular, I said it’s bad.

This is when Yglesias began asking around if some of Podhoretz’s posse had read his book. He asked Limbaugh, Taranto and Noonan. None said they had.

Yglesias: “Amusing that none of the conservative pundits defending @jpodhoretz’s honor have actually read the phenomenally stupid book in question.

Podhoretz:”Well I will forbear responding w/ words about your book, b/c I haven’t finished coloring in the pictures.”

The End…

At about 1p.m. Podhoretz concluded: “I want to thank @mattyglesias for having no sense of humor, since he’s increased my follower numbers by 120 in the past hour.”

Asked how he feels about this morning’s episode, Yglesias told FishbowlDC: “I feel vindicated, considering that non of J-Pod’s ideological allies would defend his book.”

 

 

 

 

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Quotes of the Day


HuffPost‘s Sam Stein Earns the FishbowlDC Humility Award

“I have a bit of egg on my face having reported the Baucus wasn’t likely 4 super com. source says: ‘He wasn’t first choice. Others declined.’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a Tuesday tweet. We didn’t even have a FishbowlDC Humility Award until now. Stein reported that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) wasn’t likely to be on the Super Committee. Alas, he is. Stein gets high marks for this tweet. Not every journalist in D.C. would fess up so humbly.

Young journo begs Baier to pose tough q’s

“@Bret_Baier Bret, please push the candidates on fiscal policy/debt ceiling/economic issues and please for specifics. So tough 2 get answers” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle in a Tuesday tweet. Can Fox News set up a Big Brother program?

Matt Mackowiack: Star of the new film ‘Shameless’

“@fishbowldc I went to Kinko’s and voted from every single computer I could find! How am I doing?” — Potomac Flacks blogger Matt Mackowiak in a Tuesday night tweet in reference to FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives. Mack was nominated for Biggest Self-Promoter and the last poll indicates he’s winning.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s first conversation is between The Atlantic’s Deputy Editor Scott Stossel and the cantankerous Commentary Magazine’s John Podhoretz.

Podhoretz: Why does my Twitter typeface keep changing? Strange.

Stossel: Must be the ‘shrooms.

 

Quaint thought for D.C.

“It is nerdy awesomeness when you finish one book and then the library lets you know your book on hold is ready.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Katy DeLuca in a Tuesday tweet. She edits Yeas & Nays among other features.

Overheard…

“Overheard in library where TPaw was: Librarian: ‘I’m not political. But I’m so mad that I’m becoming political!’” – Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Tuesday tweet.

The Media Critic

“I’m not listening, but Dylan Ratigan seems very angry.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Tuesday tweet.

Can’t Marcus Brauchli install a better system?

“Just did a search in our system for photos of Tiger Woods and got back a pic of a 2-year-old chimp feeding a bottle of milk to a baby tiger.” –  WaPo Sports Editor Lindsay Apple in a Tuesday tweet. (Hello Lindsapple!)

Smartass journo

“Any chance House and Senate leaders pick the dozen smartest/best-qualified/policy-aware lawmakers to sit on the supercommittee? Just kidding.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Allen in a Tuesday tweet.

A Convo Between Two Journos II

This conversation is between WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and New York Magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.

Cillizza: The thing that could move needle for Huntsman in FL tomorrow: Jeb Bush endorsement.

Heilemann: You reporting, bub, or merely speculating?

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


Kurtz snubs snarky journos

“When I look at journalists today some younger journalists using snark or attitude in order to kind of make a name for themsleves, I’m not saying that should be illegal, but in a way David Broder was one of the last of a breed. He wasn’t cynical.” — The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief and CNN’s Howard Kurtz discussing the late WaPo‘s David Broder on “Reliable Sources” on Sunday. Oh those snarky journalists — gasp! — don’t let them get you down Howie!

Keller sucks joy out of column

Nothing sucks the joy out of a column like explaining it.” — NYT Executive Editor Bill Keller in the first line of a Sunday post on the brand new NYT Magazine blog, The 6th Floor. He’s referring to his aggregation attack against Huffpost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington. Since we’re on the subject of Arianna, he writes, “Also, for the record, I like Arianna Huffington. Sorry to disappoint those folks yearning for a Wrestlemania smackdown, but I think she’s a shrewd entrepreneur and a charming woman.” But a sentence later, he insults her, saying, “We won’t dwell on the fact that her new owners at AOL laid off 200 journalists to help pay for the acquisition of The Huffington Post. So, really, I like Arianna.”

Journo wants death to inspire checkups

“Very sad to hear about the passing of Rick Martin may his death inspire more 50+ men to get heart checkups.” — NBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert in a weekend tweet regarding a former Buffalo Sabres hockey player. Want to know more on who Martin was? Read here.

Is Deepak reading Washington minds?

“#EnlightenedLiving Seriousness is a mask for self importance” — Deepak Chopra in a Sunday tweet. Could he have been thinking Washington D.C.?

Shhh…ex-publicist wants a quiet meal

“Owner at Belga yelling up a storm at someone “sneaking in.” Interesting. I really just wanted a meal in peace.” — Former Publicist for The Hill Tricia Barba in a Sunday tweet.

James O’Keefe on the media

“The media isn’t doing the job and if you’re not going to take us seriously we’re not going to take you seriously,” James O’Keefe on Sunday CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program. He calls himself a “citizen journalist,” though he’s otherwise known as a conservative “activist/provacateur.” …”I think the mainstream media is starting to have a little more respect for us.”

Journo disses Bret Easton Ellis

“Newsweek has Bret Easton Ellis on Charlie Sheen. Because nothing says “fresh cultural perspective” like Bret Easton Ellis.” — Commentary Magazine‘s John Podhoretz in a weekend tweet (because nothing says fresh cultural perspective like John Podhoretz). Read Ellis’ piece here. The story appeared on The Daily Beast and in Newsweek.

In Case You Missed It…

“What’s a party without drag queens? Four of them. Their attendance was inexplicable. Photographers loved them so much that Ommanney eventually took a microphone and said, “Well, excuse me, it’s my party…Love you drag queens, but it’s my party.” That sassy, sassy Brit.” — Our intern Alec Jacobs covered the Real Housewives of D.C. party this weekend. Read here if you missed the Sunday post.

Separated at Birth: John Podhoretz and…

This morning we pair Commentary Magazine’s lovely John Podhoretz and actor Jason Alexander. Podhoretz really is George Costanza. You can nearly hear him in George’s character, saying, “I was in the pool! I WAS IN THE POOL! I was in the pool! I WAS IN THE POOL!”

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


Hands-down favorite weekend observation

“Why do I get the feeling this guy is actually kind of a loser?” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a weekend tweet, with the accompanying photograph, above.

Podhoretz has man crush on Borgnine

“Srsly, if you told me 30 yrs ago Ernest Borgnine would be most handsome 94 yr old who ever lived, I would’ve laughed.” — Commentary Magazine Editor John Podhoretz in a weekend tweet. In another tweet, he said, weirdly, “Stories about child abuse and murder have, since fatherhood, literally become physically painful to me, as if I had an abscessed tooth.”

Journo distracts himself with caramel corn

“Have eaten entire bag of caramel corn from fantastic, newly discovered @ackc_cocoabar, but have only written the lede. V long evening ahead.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Sunday tweet.

Kurtz discusses his lack of power

“Just got my power back but Candy Crowley is still without and she is NOT HAPPY. Pepco last local utility to seek aid when snow started.” — The Daily Beast‘s D.C. Bureau Chief and CNN host Howard Kurtz in a weekend tweet. Crowley is a CNN colleague.

What’s wrong with this?

“Exclusive: Yahoo Delivering 1 Million Video Views for Washington Post’s “The Quick Fix” — Could Chris Cizzilla Beat Rachel Maddow?” — Beet. TV’s Andy Plesser in a weekend alert, making the WaPo reporter sound a little too close to Godzilla. (Oh we’re just messing with Plesser. He quickly redeemed himself with a quick correction of his mistaken spelling of Cillizza’s name in an e-mail. Read the story here.)

Guthrie to NYC, Holt gets Cairo

“On my way to nyc to anchor @todayshow tomorrow with Jenna; @LesterHoltNBC is en route Cairo to report for @nbcnews.” — MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” C0-host Savannah Guthrie in a weekend tweet.

Brady calls Volpe departure ‘huge loss’ for TBD

“Thrilled for @pvolpe on his new gig at the @nytimes. Huge loss for @TBD, but there’s no shortage of talent in that newsroom either.” — Former TBD GM and consultant Jim Brady in a weekend tweet after the news broke that TBD Managing Editor Paul Volpe is leaving for NYT. Volpe quit within three months of Brady’s resignation.

Wemple pulls out the pom poms

“@kevin_reiss.@TBD’s lost its Managing Editor & Redskins writer, & still hasn’t found a local news niche. Who feels good about TBD?” –  Self-described online “asshole” Kevin Reiss in a weekend tweet. To which TBD Editor Erik Wemple actually felt the need to respond, “Me.”

Politico scribe could do without winning the air

“In-flight wifi’s gonna make pres campaign trail reporting even more grueling. Wheels up was only break from filing demands (& editors).” — Politico‘s Kenneth Vogel (who, says his bio, “goes by Ken when he’s not in ostentatious reporter mode”)  in a weekend tweet. He covers money, politics and influence.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“After the snow this week, are you ready for spring?” — WUSA9 in a (we hope) rhetorical weekend tweet.

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