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Friday WHC Weekend Guide – 8 Parties, One Night

Yesterday we gave you a rundown of what’s to come the Thursday before White House Correspondents’ Weekend. Now we’re back with everything taking place on Friday -a full-on cluster of eight events taking place throughout the city. Just keeping track of all of them has been a hassle!

Check out the list, after the jump.

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Have You Hung Up on This Man Lately?

As  you read this, freelance investigative conservative  journalist Evan Gahr is likely dialing up another unsuspecting media reporter or editor to pose one important question:

Why aren’t you writing about my story?

Forget email. Gahr’s a phone guy and his phone number hunting skills are pathologically effective — he’s dug up WaPo‘s Don Graham‘s home number, Kevin Merida‘s home and work numbers, Jonathan Capehart, Eugene Robinson, Erik Wemple, Politico‘s Hadas Gold and more. He says Politico’s Dylan Byers now recognizes his number and won’t pick up. WaPo‘s Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt has not returned his emails (but only because he couldn’t find his phone number). So far, many journos have allegedly hung up on him – count Merida, Wemple, The Daily Caller‘s Jordan Bloom and TWT‘s Jennifer Harper among them.

The story he’s referring to is a lawsuit filed against WaPo by a black sales employee who is charging race and age discrimination. He wrote about it last Wednesday for The Daily Caller.

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Black Ad Employee Sues WaPo for Discrimination

So far mums the word around WaPo about a federal lawsuit being brought forth by a black advertising department employee for age and race discrimination. The news first surfaced in a story by Evan Gahr for The Daily Caller published Wednesday. It’s his first freelance story for the publication. He says there are more to come.

Lawsuits can be complex so we’ll boil it down for you.

The Plaintiff: a longtime employee, David DeJesus, 59, who claims he was abruptly fired only to be replaced by a younger, white man. DeJesus has an 18-year employment record at WaPo and has won awards for his sales performance. At the crux of the suit is the treatment of DeJesus by his Caucasian boss, Noelle Wainwright, who he alleges treated him in a demeaning manner that she did not extend to white employees. According to the story, “DeJesus was actually reinstated at the Washington Post early this year following binding arbitration required by the paper’s union contract.”

WaPo‘s defense from court papers: “Some or all of Plaintiff’s purported claims are barred because, even if the Post were found to have considered any impermissible factors in any decisions or actions with respect to Plaintiff, which the Post denies, no such decisions were motivated by impermissible factors and the Post would have taken the same action regardless of any impermissible factors.”

Noteworthy: The lawsuit states that between 2009 and 2011 WaPo fired at least 18 black employees over the age of 40.

The status: Discovery reportedly begins later this month.

Who spoke to Gahr from WaPo and who didn’t? Read more

WaPoers Emote on Paper’s Sale

Hollywood on the Potomac talked with WaPo insiders yesterday “while they were still in their shock space” over news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos bought the paper from the Graham family.

PostPartisan’s Jonathan Capehart was all set to go on the air at MSNBC, where he’s a contributor, when he learned about the surprise announcement. So he couldn’t dial into the 4:30 p.m. call. “I read the email from Katharine Weymouth around 4:45 under the NBC marquee on 49th Street and screamed, ‘WHAT?!’”

Food critic Tim Carmen was on vacation, but told Hollywood on the Potomac he’s good with the news. “…I can think of few owners I’d rather have than Jeff Bezos. He knows about Internet commerce, and he knows enough to say he doesn’t know much about news-gathering.” Bonus in Carmen’s mind is that Bezos is keeping the current editors. “These are all positive signs to me,” he said.

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Afternoon Reading List 07.17.13.

What’s in Jonathan Caperhart’s inbox? — After the controversial George Zimmerman verdict was announced, many opinion writers chimed in on the decision. Many of those no doubt saw their inboxes subsequently flooded with responses, either slamming them or agreeing with their stance. WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart was no exception. After receiving many responses to what he said on TV about the verdict, Capehart didn’t want to just read through them and hit the trashcan key. So instead, he published excerpts of “choice emails.” He included the first and last name of the sender (except for one, which had a first initial), but not the email addresses, as Capehart writes that there’s “no need to subject the poor souls to their own brand of vitriol.” He also left poor grammar and misspellings alone, as there was “no need for me to give them a helping hand.” The emails all countered Capehart’s point made earlier that Zimmerman had racially profiled Trayvon Martin before he shot him. There’s even one from Ireland.

Why you should read it: It can be liberating to share contents of your inbox, and many of the unfiltered opinions presented in the excerpts are pretty raw.

Boston Bomber becomes Rolling Stone cover boy Rolling Stone on Tuesday posted their upcoming cover on Facebook, something they often do to promote soon-to-be-released issues. This time, though, the cover sparked controversy because it featured accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. In an article about the cover, USA Today’s Doug Stranglin described the photo as “a Bob Dylan-style photo.” The accompanying story by contributing editor Janet Reitman, is titled “The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.” Rolling Stone previews a few of the discoveries Reitman made while reporting the story, including that his mother pushed his older brother Tamerlan deeper into Islam and that he once mentioned that he thought the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center could be justified by U.S. Policies toward Muslim countries. You can read that here.

Why you should read it: Rolling Stone is known for their iconic covers, but according to feedback from many readers, this time they crossed the line. Stranglin’s piece offers some background, but the Rolling Stone piece is also highly recommended.

 

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Morning Chatter

“He just heard about @RedEyeFNC and how I’m filling in for @greggutfeld. He can’t bear to look.” — FNC “The Five” co-host Dana Perino. What Jasper is really saying: “I’m not a supermodel, Dana. Stop taking my picture. Stop overtweeting about me. I need my beauty rest. I need to fart once in awhile. And I don’t care about Greg Gutfeld.”

Leibo admits his fishiness

“I am a fish. I have chosen to live, work, and raise my family in the murk. This might well be an easier pursuit for a citizen on solid land. But I have no plans to leave. People ask me about that too. Why? It’s not like I’m making lobbyist or TV money. I plead reality: my wife and I have built a good life here.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich in the prologue of This Town in response to his own rhetorical question…”What is my story?” The book hit the shelves Tuesday. Of course, we rather enjoyed his first line here.

George Zimmerman trial: the story that will not go away

‘If you…don’t know somebody that has been stopped late at night for driving while black, you just don’t have any black friends.’ — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:11 a.m.

A K.O. update of sorts

“FYI: KeithOlbermann dot com … *still* owned by the Daily Caller.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

BFF’s at a glance: Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher and The Week’s Matt Lewis

“My freind [sic] @tommyxtopher weighs in on my latest for @TheWeek on George Zimmerman.”

The first line of Christopher’s story also solidifies their friendship: “My old friend Matt Lewis is out with a thoughtful op-ed on one possible consequence of George Zimmerman‘s acquittal in the killing of Trayvon Martin: that Americans might stop caring about their communities.”

In other important Christopher news… “I don’t drink coffee. Lipton Tea, extra strong, with Splenda and half-n-half.”

Frum passes boating exam fit for idiots

“Just passed my Canadian boating license exam -a test so easy it makes you frightened to think who *else* is on the water.” — The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.

Jason Mattera: the anti-Rachel Jeantel anti-Christ

“Good grief I’m reading a transcript of the Jeantel interview. Forget storming Walmart, bum rush the public schools she attended.” — conservative radio host Jason Mattera, insulting FBDC favorite Rachel Jeantel, a breakout star from the George Zimmerman trial. And conservative writer Robert Stacy McCain: “Seriously, when you look up ‘stupid’ on Wikipedia, Rachel Jeantel’s photo should be there.”  RSM…she could eat you for lunch, so you might want to shhhh.

The Grossest Thing You’ll Read Today 

“Pee-filled diapers sitting around give off a sweet, sickening, Honey Nut Cheerios scent after several days, if you must know.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Journo takes online hate into own hands

“Ok, so, I’m just going to block/report spam without warning. Easier that way.” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

Congrats to… Reason‘s Mike Riggs on his new gig at Atlantic Cities. He was formerly with The Daily Caller.

Morning Chatter

NOTHING SHORT OF WEINERLICIOUS: “Weiner draws crowd at 72nd and Broadway.” And this: “It’s just a couple of dick pics’ Weiner intern tells voter at UWS subway stop who won’t sign candidates petition.” NYT political reporter Michael Barbaro.

Aspen airport employees know their travelers

“Mix of sympathy & shame for Aspen airport employees who are good natured enough to ask, over and over, if we had any good ‘ideas’ while here.” — Sommer Mathis, Editor, The Atlantic Cities, while traveling to Aspen for the annual ideas festival.

Journo Love

WAPO‘s NIA MALIKA HENDERSON: “@AprilDRyan Great coverage girl!”

American Urban Radio Networks’ APRIL RYAN: “@niawapo thanks girl”

Complaining while working

“14 tabs open at 5:45. This is crap.” — Lisa Rowan, vintage blogger.

Journo finds herself in Metro hell

“Dupont escalator just stopped while I was on it. Collective groan from everyone there. I hate Metro.” — CQ Roll Call’s Emily Cahn.

The Observer 

“Egypt’s ‘General Sisi’ has a very bad name for a general.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is there a word for always buying new clothes that have stains on them?” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

Non-Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between HuffPost’s Sam Stein and FNC media critic Richard Grenell.

STEIN: “IRS investigation didn’t focus on Tea Party themselves, it focused on their specific BOLO section.”

GRENELL: “Liberal journalist spin.”

GRENELL: “Shorter Sam: the IRS only harassed conservatives?!?”

STEIN: “The temptation to respond to @RichardGrenell’s twitter bait is great. But I must resist.”

Think you’re having a bad day? “Baltimore police say a man shot his wife and another woman left bound in a bedroom chewed through ropes to escape.” — ABC7 news alert.

Belated Happy Birthday Shout-Out to… WaPo writer and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart. Malika Henderson refers to him as the “most well-dressed human being in all of DC.”

Photoshop expertise by Austin Price.

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Quotes of the Day — The John Edition

PREPPY PELOSI? “Pelosi rockin the popped collar today.”The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Small talk with Morgan Fairchild and John Harwood

Fairchild (actress, once dated now Sec. of State John Kerry): “@JohnJHarwood Enjoyed your TV discussion today on the ongoing leaks!”

Harwood (CNBC, NYT): “@morgfair thank you! In Palm Springs now for Obama meeting with Chinese president. Little warm out here.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Why can’t the NSA do something useful like track every dude that went to Jared?” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton. We were torn between this and his desire Thursday to do a “Three Stooges” head knock with obvious troublemakers Kate Nocera and Evan McMorris-Santoro.

JMart sees the irony

“Always amusing to see members of Congress lean on the ‘it’s classified’ line. Bc, ya know, no leaks of classified stuff come from Hill.” — Politico and soon-t0-be NYT‘s Jonathan Martin, who was spotted hanging out at his once disastrous desk area Thursday and yukking it up with Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei.

Journo in shock over surprise baby story

“Say what now?” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart‘s reaction to an NBC story about a woman who went for a jog and then delivered a surprise baby. The weird part? She hadn’t missed her periods, didn’t have a baby bump and her husband had a vasectomy. Uh oh. Read the story here.

Reporter to Verizon: “We’re finished.”

Politico’s Jonathan Allen had a dust-up with Verizon earlier in the week. Let’s just say this is not ending amicably.

The Observer

“‘I agree with you.’ Weirdest, worst words you could hear from @newtgingrich to @piersmorgan.” — CNN’s Jonathan Wald, who runs Piers Morgan Live.

Fun tricks to play on your coworkers

“@GlennThrush I’m going to call you every day from different numbers & hang up. That will confuse the NSA fer sure!” — Politico‘s John Bresnahan to his colleague Glenn Thrush.

The Matchmaker

“Hey ladies – Vladmir Putin is single.” — The Hill‘s Jonathan Easley.

Journo behind on Game of Thrones

“We are a few episodes behind on Game of Thrones and I feel like I’m perpetually not in on the joke. So, you know, normal.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

 

Touré Calls Tucker Carlson Remarks ‘Brain Dead,’ Carlson Asks, ‘What’s a Touré?’

Touré, the Madonna figure of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” took a moment to call remarks made by The Daily Caller and FNC “Fox & Friends” Co-host Tucker Carlson “brain dead” in a column by WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart. This morning’s subject matter involved a tweet by Clark Hennessy, Social Media Editor for The Daily Caller, who quipped that GOP Chairman Reince Priebus was the HNIC, in reference to lyrics by a rapper, Fashawn.

Capehart writes that blacks can use the phrase for a whole host of reasons but whites look strange if they do. “To use this phrase and not be black requires a level of cultural literacy that would be as rare as it would be impressive.” Hennessy is not black. He’s a native of New Zealand, who, as we reported previously, came to the publication about a week ago.

As the column moves on, it’s clear that Touré is Capehart’s go-to source. Capeheart notes that he asked Carlson about the tweeter’s identity and about what action, if any, was taken against Hennessy. He quotes Carlson’s entire email, which says in part,

“I realize it’s habit on the Left to hunt for racists under every bed, but you won’t find one here. The employee who wrote it was making a reference to his favorite hip hop song. Not everyone understood the allusion (including me), and — even worse — there was a typo in the tweet. So we deleted it. But the tweet certainly wasn’t intended to be malicious or racially-tinged. And by the way, isn’t Reince Priebus white?” 

Capehart then asks the nation’s leading expert on African American racial matters — 42-year-old Touré, of course — to react to Carlson’s statement. Touré’s qualifications on the matter include that he’s a music journalist and host of Fuse’s “Hiphop Shop.” Rev. Run from Run DMC officiated his wedding. He’s also the author of several books involving race, such as Soul City, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now, and I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon. Speaking of racism, while at Emory, Touré founded a black student newspaper that has been critiqued by The Daily Caller as “militantly anti-white.”

And maybe in the most ironic twist of all, in August of 2012, Touré caused a stir by stating that by calling President Obama “angry,” GOP nominee Mitt Romney was tactically engaging in the “niggerization” of the president. Touré later issued an apology. The story was covered by the usual suspects — WaPo, Mediaite, Newsbusters, Breitbart.com and The Hollywood Gossip.

Capehart wrote,

“When I asked Toure for a reaction to Carlson’s response, he said that what’s ‘even more offensive is Tucker’s brain-dead ‘the left looks for racists under every bed,’ as if we’re here searching for racism. They love the idea that it’s we who mention racism who are the problem rather than racism itself being the problem.’”

Carlson’s reaction to all this?

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Quotes of the Day

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” — Rio-based author Paulo Coelho.

“Check out this dog’s two toned tongue – wasn’t easy to get pic of it.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Breakfast anyone?

“I just spit oatmeal out of my mouth. @Morning_Joe @morningmika @JoeNBC #deadlynecessity” — WaPo and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart this morning.

Blogger appreciates booze-free outings

“I heart impromptu escapades w/new & old pals that actually don’t leave you hungover.” — Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen. On May 29, she wrote, “At @BOURBONSTEAKDC drinking a G&T bc I freaking need one.”

Journo has advice for ex-Obama aide, journalists

“Time for my meds. Y’all have a good one. All except you, @davidaxelrod. Reflect. Ask yourself how much you’ll sacrifice for bromance.” — Former Reuters political reporter Sam Youngman. And this: “DC journos, break the cycle. Self-importance is an addiction. [NYT's Frank] Bruni’s column today is straight freaking heroin. Put it down. Back away.”

Kurtz clarifies what “no injuries” means

We thought CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz was taking a little break from tweeting to smell the roses and breathe after parting ways with The Daily Beast amid a bunch of weird errors? Well, not really. On Saturday he felt some need to promote a WaPo story about a plane crashing into a Herndon apartment building. He wrote, “Incredible story (and picture) of Cessna crashing into a Virginia home and no one hurt. Just missed sleeping child.” Except that there were people hurt — at least two people, in fact. Kurtz corrected himself, writing, “Meant to say no one was killed when Cessna crashed into Virginia home. Three injured. But still a miracle if you look at the pictures.” The story reports that the pilot was seriously injured and that the passenger was treated for minor injuries on the scene. That adds up to two. A photo caption for the story does report that “authorities say” three people suffered minor injuries but the story doesn’t back that up. Scratching our heads on who that third injured person was, but glad that six WaPo reporters were on it.

Journo prefers “clueless” over “stupid”

“Email this morning: ‘You are either clueless or plain stupid.’ I opted for the former.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Uh oh.

“My roommate just wished me good luck as she left our apartment for her boyfriend’s place. Ugh. #death.” — Stacy Lambe, a male freelancer for VH1.

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