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Want an Oyster Named for You and a Free Party?

You’re a journalist.  Come on, you love to see your byline. So we have an unusually fishy idea: name an Oyster after yourself (or a coworker) and have the name immortalized forever. P.J. Clarke’s is introducing its’ own signature oyster on Tuesday, with its name to be chosen by secret ballot.

Brad Blynier, one of the owners of the War Shore Oyster Company, the company that’s harvesting the exclusive oyster for the restaurant, describes the oyster as “farm raised, premium cocktail-sized and has a robust brininess with a clean, mild and sweet finish.”

Based on the oyster’s characteristics, we’ve come up with naming suggestions but feel free to come up with your own (write us at Betsy@mediabistro.com,  fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or use our Anonymous Tips button):

The Badass Oyster: Do we even need to name the journalist who comes to work with a chain tied to his waste? That’d be BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. The Meghan: For Meghan McCain, a tart oyster served naked of its shell; The Rose Garden: after The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, an oyster served live and will never shut up. The Burger Oyster: it’s cocktail-sized, after all, and has former TIME scribe and professional partygoer Tim Burger written all over it. To spice things up, we have The Rosie: sweet, tart and can cuss like a sailor for BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray (and we mean nothing by the tart, only that it’s a flavor that might be present in an oyster.). The Bob Schieffer, farm raised, but still clean and sweet– an undeniable D.C. institution. The Hardball Oyster: All robust and briny things should be named after MSNBC host Chris Matthews, shouldn’t they? The Pothead Oyster: all laid back and smooth, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. The Howeeza: after mild, sweet Judy Kurtz from The Hill. The Ezzy: serious and wonky with a touch of lemon and an aroma of fresh figs for WaPo‘s favorite “f–k you” blogger Ezra Klein. The Weingarten: a little sour-aftertaste for D.C.’s ultimate curmudgeon, WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. The Luke: for MSNBC’s Luke Russert, a very meaty oyster;  “Shorty” the Jake Sherman oyster. The Stealth Spunkster: she’s everywhere and nowhere all at once after Hollywood on the Potomac‘s Janet Donovan; and The Lady: the always well-mannered and comedy-laced Neda Semnani from Roll Call‘s HOH. The Angry Oyster: Can you guess? That’d be Tim Grieve, who just gave Politico the middle finger and bolted to National Journal. The Fresh Mouthed Oyster: Politico‘s own salty tweeter Ben White, who likes to share his crappy hotel experiences. Hey, maybe this time the Jefferson Hotel will actually hold a reservation for him or the W will give him a room that doesn’t place the bathroom in the foyer. The Potty Mouthed Oyster: Mike Elk, a brusque, sharp-flavored oyster for the labor journo who swears more than any other. The Shooter: Who else? After the gun activist journalist herself, Emily Miller of TWT. And finally, we offer The Boyle: for you-know-who, the always all blown up Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News.

Do not stop reading. We’re not kidding. Here’s the fun partRead more

Morning Chatter

The Media Critic

“Tonight I will officially be able to tweet, “Awww, crap. Did Bikram Yoga thru All In with Chris Hayes!” – Brian Beutler

 The Traffic Cop

“If you’re looking to drive anywhere in our great city today, know that many traffic lights on constitution and independence aren’t working.” – Politico’s Jake Sherman

Speaking of Jam Bands

“Want to see a clip of John Fogerty jamming with Clarence Clemons, Jerry Garcia & B Weir?” – Politico’s Jonathan Martinwho linked to a video that we did not click.

The New Guy

“good idea: giving @dcbigjohn the job of catching it when ppl fuck up. bad idea: being the person that fucked up.” – Buzzfeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro catches heat from Bureau Chief John Stanton.

 

When it Comes to Print Reporters, ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Gets a Case of Amnesia

What would Washington be like if there were no print reporters? That was Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s political drama “Scandal,” the show that has some Washington journalists sitting on the edge of their seats.

Crisis manager Olivia Pope is up to her usual routine — handling everyone elses’ chaos while managing her own. She’s called in to take on a case involving a woman who had an affair with a married Supreme Court nominee. Press is staked outside the woman’s home, waiting for her, her husband or her children to step out so they can ambush them with questions and flashbulbs.

Pope pulls up in a car outside the home just before 9 p.m. She “cleverly” waits until the top of the hour to exit the vehicle and enter the home because presumable at that point, it’s prime time and reporters will be too busy shooting their live shots to notice. None will be free to approach with questions. Pope slips past the preoccupied press without a hitch.

But wait. Broadcast journalists would understandably be busy. But where are all the devious bloggers and shrewd print people?

When news of Gen. David Petraeus‘ affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell emerged last year, broadcast reporters staked out her brother’s home, where she was said to be staying. But there were also reporters from Politico, WaPo, the New York Post and the Daily News, all print. WaPo‘s Emily Wax even wrote a story about it.

Here’s how things would go down in real life… Read more

What’s Stanton Tweeting?

We spend a lot of time knocking people around for their dumb activities on Twitter. Today is different. Stand back everyone, we’re about to get positive. We’ve found that no one captures the spirit of this effed-up city better than Buzzfeed’s Washington Bureau Chief, John Stanton. Stanton spends his time tweeting about work, music and the shit he sees wandering around Washington, D.C.

For example, Friday morning, he spotted some lovebirds on his way to work and gave them advice. “Dear nasty couple with your tongues down each others throats on the metro: it’s too damn early and unsanitary for that trifflin nonsense.” See? That’s a true public service.

Stanton also live-tweeted the opening round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday evening. When Syracuse’s basketball team, long-time rival of hometown Georgetown, were playing, Stanton let his true feelings known about their head coach, Jim Boeheim. He tweeted, “If I could lock Jim Boeheim in a room with a syphilitic yak, I totally would.” Just think if we could do that with certain members of Congress! We might get something done every once in a while.

Stanton has travel tips for tourists. Read more

Boyle’s Taco And Other Scenes From Breitbart News‘s CPAC Fiesta

Yes, another CPAC post…

The Breitbart Embassy along with NewsMax on Friday hosted a fiesta with a real life mariachi band after the second day of CPAC. The party also featured a full buffet of tacos and two separate bars with beer, sangria and margaritas.

Matt Boyle of Breitbart News, and a perpetual point of FBDC fascination, was seen eating two tacos with nothing but meat on them. This, despite tables laid out with elaborate salsas, sour cream, rice and beans.

At around midnight, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist took over one of the bars and started serving shots.

Notables: Breitbart News‘s Larry Solov, Kerry Picket and Michael Patrick Leahy; CQ Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong; National Review‘s John Fund and Betsy Woodruff; BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton; Brian Darling, counsel to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.); and GOProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia (yes, they let him in, despite his group not being allowed at CPAC).

Quotable: “The most diversity here is the mariachi band.”– a partygoer, noting the mostly male, mostly white crowd.

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WaPo‘s Wemple Takes A Trip At CPAC

The bane of every reporter’s and blogger’s CPAC existence has been a slightly raised cord protector in the middle of the  media center.

Most journalists have tripped, stumbled or completely fallen over it at least once while passing through the area. “Everyone. And we’ve tried everything,” a CPAC organizer told FishbowlDC when asked if she’s received any complaints. “We’ve tried ‘caution: wet floor’ signs, we’ve put the yellow tape down but people move them and keep tripping.” She confirmed that at least one person took a complete spill on the floor.

Erik Wemple, media reporter for WaPo, was one of many who took a while to get the hang of it.

“Happens every time,” he said, when we watched him take a tumble.

Other journalists who tripped over the cord protector (besides us, many times) include BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton and The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas.

FBDC captured Wemple’s trip in the animated gif above.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

FOUNDING FATHER SIGHTING AT CPAC: Lurking in a lonely and quiet hotel hallway at CPAC: Thomas Jefferson, i.e. Thomas Whitmore of Manassas, Va.

“DC Metro rider watching Greta.” — Discovery Channel Publicist Paul Schur.

Designer’s hair gets caught in Metro

“Seriously? My hair just got caught in the train door. #fullcar #fail” — Publication designer Michelle Bloom.

Ashley Judd has a thing for pie

  • “What is your happiest pie memory growing up? Why? If you could only have one pie forever (I shudder at the thought) what would you have?” — Possible Kentucky Senate candidate Ashley Judd.
  • “Let’s shout! HAPPY NATIONAL PIE DAY! I baked my 4-Layer Chocolate Pie. Sublime!”

Speaking of Ashley Judd…

At CPAC Thursday, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson was given a series of words to react to. Upon hearing the name “Ashley Judd”, Carlson said, “Hair on fire crazy but the gift that keeps giving.” Meanwhile on Bloggers Row, an alleged employee for Breitbart News and extremely loud CPAC heckler, shouted out, “DUMB AS A STUMP.”

Source Greasing 101

“Larry Sabato, Thanks for the follow! Was just looking at an amazing photo of you at a party my parents also attended in C’ville in 1981.” — David Graham, associate editor of The Atlantic‘s Politics Channel to Sabato, a political science prof at the University of Virginia who is quoted by just about every political journalist in Washington.

NPR writer leans in at office

“Cannot believe I forgot #leanindc was tonight. Well, leaning in at the office. Morning news doesn’t write itself. Go, ladies!” — NPR “Morning Edition” Editor Kitty Eisele.

Matthew Keys: “I am fine”

“I am fine. I found out the same way most of you did: From Twitter. Tonight I’m going to take a break. Tomorrow, business as usual.” — Reuters Deputy Social Media Editor Matthew Keys, who was indicted for conspiring to hack into a Tribune Company website. Reuters has reportedly since deactivated his badge.

Premonitions

“At a country themed bar with a mechanical bull at the site of #cpac2013. Booze + bull ride + hotel = somebody is getting pregnant tonight.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

In praise of FNC’s Bret Baier

“Best part of recovering from surgery- being off so-I finally got to watch SR! Thks for all u do!” — Viewer to Baier as RT by Baier.

See the latest members of our FishbowlDC Fan Club Board… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“So many newspaper reporters. So many interviews to turn down.”President Obama at this weekend’s Gridiron dinner.

Bureau Chief says no to mom jeans

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only person not wearing mom jeans in this Outback bar.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton in a series of tweets this weekend from a suburban Outback bar. He was staying at his sister’s house while his home gets repairs.

Journalist has hair issues

“That point where your hair, which was perfect length a day ago, is now suddenly out of control.” — Amy Walter, The Cook Report.

The Observer

“I sometimes read comments on news or op-ed pieces in the WaPo and am always shocked at what people say. Jerks for sure!” — Marketing writer Deborah Brody.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:18 a.m.

Reporter gets patriotic and speaks for the country? “Attending Gridiron dinner tonight. Am expecting the president to be funny. We could all use a good laugh. By which I mean the country.” — HuffPost Editorial Director and MSNBC Analyst Howard Fineman.

Convo Between Two Journos and more…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo feels guilty about potty time: #1 or #2?

“Just used the bathroom and felt guilty about it. #filiblizzard #RandPaul.” — The Hill‘s Feature Editor Emily Goodin.

Senator’s filibuster alters reporter’s TV watching habits

“I don’t usually turn on C-SPAN for evening entertainment when I get home, but curiosity has gotten the best of me tonight.” — FNC’s Shannon Bream.

Speaking of the filibustering senator…

“Louie Gohmert brings Halls cough drops and a giant ass Kit Kat bar to Rand Paul on the floor.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Uh oh.

“Could you dorks please stop telling what Rand Paul is eating? Mkay? Thanks.” — Politico‘s Ben White. (We’re not trying to start anything, but did White just call Stanton a dork?)

Incest Desk: “Congrats to my talented wife @BetsyMTP on becoming senior ep at MTP!” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin pointing to — what a shocker — a story on Politico‘s media blog. Wonder how they got the news!

The Stakeout

“What have I been doing the last two and half hours? Standing outside across the street from Obama’s meeting with some Senate Republicans.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

Advice…“Most bosses have their ugly sides, and it’s the staffers’ role to hide that from the world.” — Roll Call’s new advice columnist Rebecca Gale tells Capitol Hill aide who works for a “yeller” that he or she should stay quiet about the boss’s temper. Read the whole saga here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9 a.m.

Tucker Carlson mocks “losers” on Twitter

“‘I’m not seeking their approval,’ he says of detractors. ‘Why should I care if a bunch of losers on Twitter don’t like it?” — The Daily Caller‘s Tucker Carlson in a story this week by WaPo‘s new faux ombudsman Paul Farhi, who prefaced the above, writing, “In the face of withering criticism of his site’s reporting, Carlson is unbowed.” Farhi focused his largely easygoing story on Carlson and The Daily Caller and did not interview WaPo reporters on their reporting regarding the Sen. Bob Menendez hooker debacle that went down between The Daily Caller and WaPo this week. Read the full story here.

National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg on fatherhood… Read more

Sen. Gillibrand Boozes at BuzzFeed Q&A

The audio was kind of a wreck but the second installment of BuzzFeed Brews, this time a Q&A with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), otherwise went just fine.

Gillibrand is apparently unafraid to drink with the big boys. Literally, big boys. She gave the towering D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton a bottle of Jameson whiskey at the end of the interview, during which she downed the beer that sat at her side. Her glass of water went hardly touched.

Afterward, the open bar continued for another hour. What was Gillibrand doing? Read more

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