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Politico’s VandeHei Debuts First Tweet

This is either the start of something really great or the end of the world as we know it.

Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei, who has had an official Twitter account for a good while but has never used it, issued his first-ever tweet just moments ago. It concerned his wife, Autumn VandeHei.

Burning questions: Will Politico‘s Exec. Editor take over for @FakeJimVandeHei, VandeHei’s alter ego mystery account, and tweak Politico reporters and WaPo? Will VandeHei turn into a relentless tweeter/retweeter (think TIME‘s Zeke Miller), hang out at Outbeak Steakhouse on the weekends and tweet whatever he sees (a la BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton) or start a war against the Twitter apostrophe (hello TPM‘s Josh Marshall)? Or will he follow a less is more strategy?

Political Blog Goes With ‘Vagina’ Headline

Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard, also a contributing writer for The Week, went with the eye-popping “vagina” headline this morning.

The headline: “Lawmaker Uses Vagina as Synonym for Woman.”

The brief post concerns a state lawmaker who used the word interchangeably for “woman” in an email to colleagues.

Asked if he had any hesitation about using the word “vagina” in a headline, Goddard told FishbowlDC…nothing! He never replied to the question. However, a Washington editor, when told he or she was being asked a serious question about vagina headlines, replied, “There are no serious questions about vaginas! Unless it’s ‘Do you have cancer in the vagina?’ The editor added, “I would try to avoid it in headline.”

Longtime producer to radio host Bill Press and FBDC Contributor Peter Ogburn remarked, “How do I feel about vagina headlines? I like to feel them as often as I can.”

The issue can be discussed in a mature manner. Brad Phillips, who writes the Mr. Media Training blog, says journalists shouldn’t shy away from using the v-word. “’Vagina’ describes a body part that roughly half of the world’s population has,” he wrote to FBDC. “Journalists shouldn’t stay away from using it just because some people (let’s face it, men) grew up snickering at the word in their seventh-grade locker rooms. But like almost everything else, context matters.”

He continued, “If the word is used as an accurate descriptor, it’s fine. If it’s used as a pejorative or as gratuitous linkbait, it’s probably not. Taegan’s headline strikes me as an accurate description of the story that followed—and I would have used the same one.”

He said words are just that – words. “We have to get past this juvenile idea that medically accepted words are somehow verboten. ‘Vagina,’ ‘penis,’ and ‘scrotum,’ for example, should be used when appropriate, reader reaction be damned,” he wrote.

BuzzFeed‘s Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton also did not bristle at the word as a headline choice. Read more

Marty’d: The Michelle Fields Edition

There are few things on the Internet that are as delightful as Marty Rudolf. The Twitter icon fishes for conversation with people from all walks of life, and every now and then, he gets a response. The more entertaining exchanges make it into our feature we like to call, “Marty’d.”

One recent example was when Marty asked Buzzfeed’s DC Bureau Chief, John Stanton, “Hello John, Describe what it’s like Being the DC Bureau Chief at Buzzfeed.com? I’m a Political News Junkie Online!” Stanton took the time to reply that it was “loads of fun,” even when he has to edit Evan McMorris-Santoro.

But it was a recent conversation with a Fishbowl Favorite that really caught our attention.  Read more

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.

More photos… Read more

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

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