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Kurtz has stuff to figure out

“Thanks for messages and tweets about new Fox show. Still have lots of details to figure out, but what a challenge.” — CNN but soon-to-be Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.

Speaking of openings at CNN…

“If I hate myself, does that make me a media critic? #IhearThereIsAnOpening?” — CNN’s John Berman. Kurtz’ post on “Reliable Sources” will be filled by a rotating cast of hosts that haven’t been named yet.

Kim/Kanye baby name fallout

“Why did Kimye let Sarah Palin name their baby?? #North #wtf#” — The Times of LondonMatt Spence.

“I’m not sure I follow the logic of naming a kid after an airline that no longer exists.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Are we being pranked? Is this a resurrection of a defunct airline where I still have miles? A DC neighborhood? Apple lkg bttr and better.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

“This poor child,” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

“Also, currently arguing with my 13-year-old sister about the name of this Kardashian kid. Good lord.” — WaPo columnist Clinton Yates.

“Troll West.” — ReutersMegan McCarthy.

“Seven. Seven Costanza. Now THERE’S a name.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden.

“If my parents named me North West I’d have to kick my own ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

“That’s like me naming my child Seth.” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

“Kanye must be trying working some sort of ‘Boy Named Sue’ angle here.” — Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:52 a.m.

AnonymASS and Anonymous Tipsters: 1. “ass holes.” 2. “Marty … need … more … Marty” Memo to #1. We love your candor. Don’t go changing. However, “ass holes” is actually written “assholes.” And #2: Your wish is our command. Never a shortage of material there.

Emotional sports watching

“To the guy wearing a Golden State jersey at game 7: you are an idiot. Oh, oh oh oh shut up.” — The Hill‘s Ian Swanson.

N-word-using Paula Deen sparks N-word debate

“LOL I sound ‘old’ @bdotm for having zero tolerance against the N-word? Good. I’d rather sound ‘old’ and be right than ‘young” and dumb.” — “Washington Watch’s” Roland Martin.

Speechwriter trash talk

“Lovett with no editor and 20,000 followers should scare people almost as much as his refusal to wear pants to work” — Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to President Obama. Now a consultant. His message is directed to Jon Lovett, also a former presidential speechwriter who sometimes writes for The Atlantic.

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Morning Reading List 10.04.12.

1. Obama in a wordPolitico‘s Patrick Gavin brings us a unique feature on the one word that kept coming up for President Obama repeatedly last night. That word? Professorial. From HuffPost to LAT to the NYT, they all used it. As to not ruin the feature, see it here.

2. Body language doesn’t lieThe Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove, formerly of WaPo, has a story out early this morning at 1 a.m. on the non-verbals employed by President Obama and Mitt Romney last night. What’s great about this story is Grove uses a body language expert to deliver a near minute by minute look at what’s happening. The result…”gaze down, compressed lips, head-tilt-side” and more. The entry at 10:05 p.m. is probably the most disturbing: “Romney highly aroused emotionally. Shows disagreement with kinetic head movements.”

3. A non-boring live-blog of the debate – Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett has an amusing writeup of his liveblog of last night’s presidential debate for The Atlantic. “I’m a partisan, so take my thoughts for what you will,” announces Lovett right out of the gate. On Romney: “Romney’s tone and manners are removed; they’re odd and tight and disconcerting. If you follow politics, you’re used to it. If you don’t, you’re not. You notice it. You wonder where he grew up and why he speaks like he’s one of the more well-off passengers on the Titanic. And it is striking.”

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Uh oh.

“If you receive an Edible Arrangement & 4 mylar Happy Birthday balloons in DC today, your bike messenger just got in a fight w my cabdriver.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

More ragging on Washington

“There is too much wrong with Washington to say ‘So and so represents everything that’s wrong with Washington.’ But it’s Lanny Davis.” — Former Obama speechwriter and The Atlantic‘s Jon Lovett. Davis is former special counsel to President Clinton. He’s a lawyer and TV commentator.

Bumpy ride followed by brisket

“AF1 was wheels up in Denver at 5:09 p.m. local time (7:09 p.m. DC time). The first 15 minutes or so were unusually bumpy, throwing folks around before settling down in time for the beef brisket on Texas toast.” — NYT‘s Peter Baker in a late-night White House Pool Report.

Headline that should make you squirm: “Woman charged with putting menstrual blood in boss’s coffee.” If you must read the story see here. The lede is wonderfully appropriate: “This is not the best part of waking up.” In a strange twist, the story reports that in certain cultures this is a ritual that promotes sexual connection. Yikes.

TV reporter gets cheeks question

“Working in TV gets you questions. stranger asked if I had cheek implants. said no moved on. now wonder… which cheeks we talking about?” — ABC7′s always dramatic reporter Stephen Tschida.

Alec Baldwin wonders about Breitbart’s death

“I asked what killed Breitbart. And all your RW zombies say I ‘mock his death.’ I’m glad these people are a fringe few. Sad.” — Alec Baldwin. To one detractor he replied, “Will, you fool. No one is mocking anyone’s death. What killed Breitbart is the question.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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“That’s one crazy cat.” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, who appeared on the program this morning. He was referring to Gavin’s abundance of cats.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“It’s toasty in the terminal & my flight is delayed. Good thing I brought my mobile coat rack.” — Fox News D.C. Correspondent Peter Doocy. We like you Doocy junior, probably more than Daddy Doocy, but a “mobile coat rack” was worthy of an Instagram picture?

Eclipse watching gets eclipsed by joker

“Oh and then we had to keep reminding adult people at the park not to stare directly at the eclipse because humanity is a rich tapestry.” — former White House Speechwriter and The Atlantic‘s Jon Lovett. Before that, however, he unleashed a series of folksy tweets, saying, “Eclipse a reminder that a lot of being a kid is figuring out what’s special and why.” He also wrote about  a “lovely” woman at the park who was showing kids the eclipse through an eclipse viewer. He prefaced that one by writing “serious tweet.”

Humblebrag: “I am the least wonky guest on today’s @upwithchris.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

In other bragging…“Gotta say my rental #Ford Taurus is a very impressive car. Looking for a 4 door sedan? Check one out.” — GOP Consultant, “MTP” Analyst and TIME columnist Mike Murphy.

Hey online psychos, this one’s for you

“Word to the Wise: When you get BLOCKED on twitter by one of us-it does NOT mean you have your psycho friends send your psycho tweets instead.” — NBC theGrio’s badass Sophia Nelson.

Most ridiculous Politico Playbook mention today goes to David Martin, father of Senior Political Writer Jonathan Martin. It’s his “BIRTHWEEK.” So can we now expect updates on DMart? We realize the birthday offerings were sparse this morning and this was Mike Allen‘s first day back from “fishing” but really?

Tonight: WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza hosts Politics & Pints, a nerdy political trivia night at the Capitol Lounge. “Be there or run the risk of being square,” Cillizza writes in an email. Sign up here.

Whoa what?! FBDC’s Eddie Scarry lost his cell phone this weekend at the Mighty Pint. He’s off to pick up the phone this morning at the Metro from the stranger who found it. “Rather than turn it in, some ass apparently took it home,” Eddie told me. “But it’s locked so they can’t use it.” Update: Stop the presses. Eddie didn’t realize New Carrolton was at the end of the line. He hopped off and turned around. He’s not making the voyage.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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TV reporter gets lost

“Driving yourself to live shot. Getting lost trying to find live shot. Finding live shot 1 minute before air. Priceless.” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji in an early morning tweet.

Yuck! Dental Hygienist Speaks Out

“I’ve seen a lot. Once, I flossed a pubic hair out of a guy’s mouth. Oh god, yes, I’m sure it was a pubic hair. I almost said something, but I decided it’d be better if I didn’t.” — the best/worst line of the BuzzFeed story with the headline, “D.C. Dental Hygienist: Senators And Supreme Court Justices Need The Most Gum Work.” Read the story here.

Quote taken out of context

“*sexual” –  Politico‘s Dylan Byers.

Matt Taibbi gonzo? Editor thinks not.

“For shame: Clarence Page describes Matt Taibbi as “gonzo author.” HST rolling in grave – w/fresh drink & loaded gun.” — RCP Executive Editor Tom Bevan on Rolling Stone‘s Taibbi being praised by Chicago Tribune‘s Page.

Writer knocks press knocking press

“Odd: this political press coverage doesn’t offer the possibility that political press coverage tends to be horrendous. Former White House speechwriter and The Atlantic writer Jon Lovett on Politico‘s story by Maggie Haberman and Glenn Thrush on President Obama and Mitt Romney‘s mutual disdain for the news media. Lovett charged, “Come on, @GlennThrush. Going on Fallon and the View might not be necessary if most political news coverage wasn’t so profoundly useless.”

Journo pulls all-nighter

“Nap Time have to pull an all nighter on book edits. I am so NOT feeling this author thing 2nd go round. Growllllsssssss!” — NBC theGrio’s Sophia Nelson.

Obama’s Lovett Joins The Atlantic

Jon Lovett has joined The Atlantic. He will cover the 2012 election as a correspondent.  For three years Lovett was a speechwriter for President Obama, writing a wide range of policy speeches and crafting the President’s jokes for the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He recently left the White House to develop a TV comedy, which was bought by NBC in the fall.

In his first dispatch, he writes about PACs. See here.

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Quotes of the Day

Washington Watch’s Resident Fashion Plate Roland Martin: “Me and wifey @jhoodmartin getting our Texas on at the Black Republican gathering.”

Up With Hazy, Down with Hazy: Not always easy to tell

“For all I know @chrislhayes is the greatest TV talent in the world. Still don’t get people who watch msnbc first thing Saturday morning.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg.

“Just starting my DVR of UP! with @chrislhayes . No spoilers, please! #uppers” — Mediaite‘s White House correspondent Tommy Christopher watches “Up with Hayes” like it’s a reality TV marathon.

Piers to his driver: I’m not that important

“My driver just went ‘around the block’ because he thought we were being followed. At 6am, in Los Angeles. Mate, I’m not the President.” — CNN’s Piers Morgan.

Super Committee Humor

“Failure of super comm is the most surprising thing to happen in Wash DC since the time that family values pol got caught having an affair.” — Former White House speechwriter Jon Lovett.

“It’s Sunday. Are you ready for some SITTING IN THE CAPITOL ON DEATHWAAAATCH!” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio reporter Todd Zwillich.

SHOCKING DEVELOPMENT: Media gets painted as evil

“The media’s a little bit like the Jurassic Park dinosaur, it notices movement in the polls & it moves in to kill it.” — GOP Consultant Mike Murphy on NBC’s “MTP” Sunday.

HUH? This week’s Date Lab includes 28-year-old Matt Holland, who thinks he has a handle on what women want. Holland, a grown man, says, “I had a good week at work, and afterward I went and bought myself a new sweater. Girls like soft sweaters.”

The Media Critic

“Ok – I don’t like this ‘Meet’ format. Kerry sits there while Kyl talks? No interaction? #peanutgalleryopinion” — Senate Fox News reporter Trish Turner.

The Observer

“Chris Wallace ‘dancing’ with turkeys is exceedingly disturbing. #sundaymorninghell” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

And now a positive word on Wallace…

“Chris Wallace is growing on me. He asks very pointed questions.” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Teague Beckwith.

Journo Sundays

Politico‘s Jake Sherman: “My #sundayroutine: hour-long workout. Sunday shows. Work.”

NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer: “My #SundayRoutine; wakeup at 4am, make some live television, start weekend, play with daughter, take a nap.”

WaPo editor Lindsay Applebaum: “Sometimes I like quiet weekend mornings just sitting here with my coffee and my newspaper and my iPhone and my iPad and my laptop and my TV.”

WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza (on Saturday night): “The Bourne Supremacy on Bravo. And just like that my next two and a half hours are spoken for.”

A Convo Among Three Journos

Our favorite Cabbage Patch doll/blogger Matt Mackowiak: “Here’s an idea: the SuperCommittee could be working today instead of appearing on the Sunday Shows.”

NBC’s Fischer: “I disagree!”

Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis: “Maybe if they appeared together & talked it out w/Dr. Phil. Or Regis. #Supercom”

Morning Reading List 08.18.09

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That’s Rob Thomas above- Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly hosted a concert and Q&A with the musician yesterday at Gibson Guitar Shop in Chinatown.

Happy 21st Birthday to future DC journo Elyssa Dornic! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



According to the Daily Kos/Research 2000 Poll, twenty-somethings aren’t watching cable news. Eighty-two percent of respondents, between the ages of 18 and 29, said they “never” watch Fox, followed by MSNBC (75 percent) and CNN (65 percent). (h/t Calderone)

Daljit Dhaliwal, a former CNN and BBC anchor, will replace Martin Savidge as anchor of the PBS program “Worldfocus” beginning Aug. 31st. Savidge will move to a special correspondent role. “Martin Savidge has been restless to get out in the field,” his EP Marc Rosenwasser said.


Cuts at Salon.

Wikipedia has hit 3 million articles. And still FishbowlDC doesn’t have an entry.


What is the First Lady reading on her summer vacay? Michelle Obama shares her summer picks for herself and the Obama girls on

White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers graces the cover this month of her hometown glossy Michigan Avenue.

White House speechwriter Jon Lovett turned 27 aboard Air Force One, Playbook reports this morning: Press Secretary Robert Gibbs led him to the conference room up front. The President and a cake were waiting, and the boss led a rendition of “Happy Birthday.”


President Obama, former President Bill Clinton, Buzz Aldrin, Nick Clooney (in his son George’s place), Les Moonves, Sean McManus, Bob Schieffer, Katie Couric, Tom Brokaw and Andy Rooney are among those who may speak at the memorial service of Walter Cronkite in September in NY.

Didn’t make the Hill‘s annual 50 Most Beautiful People list? They, the “Fab Fifty’s 50 Most Fabulous People,” feel your pain (via Playbook).

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