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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: Mother’s Day at Nats Park w @LukeRsmom beer & dogs 1 price fixed brunch 0.

“Is this Fox News or National Inquirer?” — Rep.-elect Mark Sanford on Fox News Sunday.

Gayle King in leopard panties

“At dc gym w\ fav daughter kirby says your panties are showing I say so she says mom nobody wants to see that & they’re leopard! love kirby!” — CBS’ Gayle King.

The Observer

“Sitting at the bar. Watching a girl tweeze her eyebrows #saturdaynighthustle” — Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani.

Fish out of water

“At a party in Virginia with people who aren’t on the internet all week and haven’t seen all the important gifs. It’s weird. I mean a few of these people don’t even have smart phones.” — Adam Smith, communications director at Public Campaign and PC Action Fund.

Did someone say “fishbowl?

“Those who think we have to stay in the conservative fishbowl and swap ideas with only each other are KILLING this movement. #BlogCon13″ — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

Spotted at the 22nd St. Ritz on Saturday night….WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart with three undisclosed male companions headed to the bar.

A Mother’s Day warning

“Don’t burn down the house gentlemen.” — Chef Geoff Tracy, i.e. Mr. Norah O’Donnell.

And a more emotional reaction to Mother’s Day…

“Thinking about everything my mother has done for her children. yup, about to cry.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

A question an editor asks himself: “Have I really reached a point in my life where *I’m* the (only) one who thinks playing baseball inside the house is a bad idea?” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger.

Gossip and rumors

Stephanie Cutter was rumored to be heading to #CNN but got a better job: at Bank of America helping it dodge bank regulations.” — Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports and The Week.

TV journo gets cussed out

“VMAIL of the day: ‘Hey, jerk off. I don’t appreciate what you said about Ted Cruz. F—ing loser.’ I wonder what prompted that? Hmmm” — Capehart.

Reporter’s Phone Stalker Suggests He Sleeps With His Mom: ‘Yeah, She’s all Charm.’

It’s not easy being on TV, on Twitter and in the newspaper. At least in the sense of the weird stuff that happens by way of fans and critics. WaPo opinion columnist and MSNBC Contirbutor Jonathan Capehart speaks freely of a “phone stalker” who calls him and other reporters such as WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty and eats up countless space in their mail boxes.

On Twitter Wednesday Capehart wrote, “Great, the (212) 988-……phone stalker has rediscovered my number.” Some Capehart followers encouraged him to release the number so his fan club can retaliate. “I say u tweet the whole phone number and let us at him/her!! #fightfirewithfire,” wrote Tiffany, clearly on Team Capehart.

When asked about it, he explained to FishbowlDC, “Oh it’s some dame with a delightfully thick New Yawk accent who has been calling me (and others, including Karen Tumulty) for years. She runs out the voicemail with either Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or her ranting about how I’m finished, how I’m a black bigot who hates white people, or, how I hate women but sleep with my mother. Yeah, she’s all charm. “

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“I don’t get this guy. Just strange movements. Weird. I just don’t get it.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinkski on Psy, the South Korean SMOKING rapper and dancer after the show ran a clip of Tommy LaSorda being perplexed and unamused by Psy performing some moves at Dodgers Stadium during a game.

Journo snoozes in White House briefing room

“When Jay Carney is 30 minutes late, I take naps in the briefing room.” — MetroWeekly‘s Justin Snow.

SOS: Tweeting and untweeting

“Dernit! how do you unretweet a tweet on this new version of twitter tweetdeck??” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

WHAT HAPPENS IN MEXICO STAYS IN MEXICO – “It’s an early morning call for the press and WH staff as we wait to load the charter for Obama’s trip to Mexico.” — NYT‘s Michael Shear with the accompanying photograph.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:07 a.m.

Crossing our fingers for Stephen Tschida’s new condo

“So I won the bidding war. Now I have to win over the condo board.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in his war quest to purchase a new condo. As some who have been following his saga know, the Condo Board on his last potential bid fell through because of his adorable dogs. Except…a few days ago he wrote, “Kids… holding my breath and waiting to put pen to paper… seller went for MY OFFER! enough of bidding wars… and *#%&@#! condo boards!” We agree and hope the new one isn’t reading this.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

Jonathan Capehart Goes Tieless

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, a man who rarely makes an appearance without being in full business attire, loosened up his tie Tuesday. In fact, he didn’t wear one at all, showing off some of his chest.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Capehart joined the show by satellite from Miami. He was on to talk about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who spoke at a tea party rally in his home state and referred to some of his Republican Senate colleagues as “squishes.” Leading the discussion was an op-ed by Capehart’s colleague Jennifer Rubin that said Cruz should quit being “a jerk.”

Capehart remarked, “If there’s bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill it’s that Senator Cruz is a bit of a jerk. Well, maybe not a bit of a jerk. He is a jerk. Democrats don’t like him and Republicans can’t stand him.”

Asked about his tieless appearance by email, Capehart said, “LOL. It was the last morning of my nerd prom-escape vacation.” He added: I usually travel with a spare shirt and tie just in case. This time I thought, ‘Oh, Capehart, let go. Nothing will happen in the short time you’re away.’ So I blame Jason Collins for my state of undress this morning.”

Gay Journo Has Virgin SCOTUS Experience

Justin Snow had never covered a Supreme Court case or even been inside the building until this week, when the justices heard arguments on two separate cases regarding same-sex marriage. Perfect timing, if a little overwhelming, for someone who has been with the gay magazine Metro Weekly for not even a year.

Electronic devices aren’t allowed in the courtroom, a particularly challenging rule for journalists who rely on tape recorders and (more and more often) their smartphones to take notes and, you know, report. Snow told FishbowlDC that was the hardest part in covering the hearings. “Selecting what I think are the key statements,” he said, “while feverishly taking notes and then working them into a story for the Web before transcripts or audio is released of the proceedings.”

The other hard part: “Because I’m not a lawyer, sometimes deciphering the legal jargon can be a challenge.”

Like WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Snow, who is also gay, gets his fair share of anti-gay tweets. Read more

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POLITICO TAKEOVER: Aside from Mike Barnicle and WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, “Morning Joe” had three Politico employees on set today. They included Executive Editor Jim VandeHei, and reporters Maggie Haberman and Mike Allen.

Dare to dream

“If I could get one less email a day calling me the c-word I would be happy.” — Progressive talk radio host Stephanie Miller appearing on CNN Wednesday night.

Predawn Politico Playbook Publish Time: 4:50 a.m.

Journo Love

“When I did @CNN this morning w/ @rolandsmartin I didn’t yet realize I was sitting next to @NABJ’s Journalist of the Year. Congrats my man!” — National Journal‘s Chris Frates, who’s also apparently sporting a mullet lately. Indeed, as reported by Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince, Roland Martin has been named the National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year. The award will be presented to him at the national convention in Orlando in August. Martin was previously awarded the organization’s President’s award.

Pundit has issues on Acela

“To the snoring asshat sitting next to me on the Acela: I’m going to do to you what I used to do to my ex when he snored & you won’t like it.” — MSNBC Contributor Jimmy Williams.

First World Problems: Maddow or Morgan? 

“Having a tough time deciding between Maddow and Piers right now. Two totally different shows. No DVR. Who. Will. Win?” — BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw, who subsequently had these big thoughts on cable news: “Jay Leno should go to Fox News. Matt Lauer should go to CNN. Alex Wagner should go to 7pm. I should take the day off.”

Forget writer’s block…

“Experiencing serious case of Twitter block. Nothing funny or interesting to say about Ashley Judd.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Harshness is…

“That sound you hear is 10,000 political hacks unfollowing¬†@AshleyJudd” — Politico‘s Ben White.

WaPo’s Capehart Faces Anti-Gay Tweets Ahead of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Supreme Court hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s same-sex marriage ban will dominate much of the week’s news cycle. They’re hot-button topics which inevitably bring out the crazies.

“ARE U THAT MSNBC HOMOSEXUAL , ARE U A PITCHER OR A CATCHER. HA” one Twitter user said to WaPo columnist and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart Monday night. Capehart, who is openly gay, retweeted the remark and added, “Bigots on parade so late? Buhbye,” he said.

A separate follower of Capehart’s said he should stop retweeting negative comments because it “encourage[s] the ugly.” Capehart said he retweets them to “expose the ugly.”

“The anti-gay tweets appear at least a few times a week, but especially after I write something gay related,” Capehart told FishbowlDC. Indeed, the offending tweet came after… Read more

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“We’re just starting our second week and we want to hear from you. How’s my driving? Let us know what you like, what you think we need to work on. Email us at thelead@cnn.com.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“We’re showing women bouncing their butts in our viewers’ faces. Can we just stop that?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfield on “The Five” Monday as the network showed endless b-roll of Spring Break women shaking their asses.

Hence the understatement of the week: “Fox News loves their Spring Break b-roll.” — Breitbart and Townhall‘s Lisa de Pasquale.

In other words: Happy Passover!

“Awright haters and @mmfa trolls, you soon have 49 hours to do your worst, since I am going offline for Passover. To the rest I say #Freedom!” — Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief and in-house counsel Joel Pollack.

Actually, not a Happy Passover

“My mother is breaking my heart by sending all the family photos from the family seder I’m missing. Almost like I’ve been…passed. Over.” — Think ProgressAdam Peck.

TV journo tries to avoid overeating 

“If you are trying to maintain your weight don’t fly Emirates. they feed you like every 2 hours… Seriously. I finally just said stop.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, our favorite traveler.

And another can’t sleep

“Wide awake hours before my alarm goes off, can’t fall back asleep. #firstworldproblems.” — Media Matters’ John Whitehouse whose Twitter handle is @existentialfish.

Attention publicists!

“Pro Tip: if you’re a publicist, don’t use ‘Comrade’ as the salutation of an unsolicited email. I won’t keep reading.” — Politico‘s James Hohmann.

Important Question to Ponder

“Why won’t the ‘Unknown’ person blowing up my phone just leave a message? #why” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

WTF: The Bunny and Eggs Season?

“On CA radio show, Rep. Louie Gohmert confirms his comms director is single. ‘She’s just terrific. Just absolutely terrific.’” – HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery. “Gohmert on Easter: ‘Some may call it ‘bunny and eggs’ season. It’s Easter.’”

Reporter blasts Rosenne Barr. Read more

The Limited Glasses of MSNBC

Many of the high profile hosts and contributors on MSNBC wear glasses. Chances are, they’re prescription, but maybe they’re there to remind the audience that, “Hey! I know what I’m talking about when I recite this piece of stale political wisdom!”

We don’t hate it. But why do they seem to be sharing specs? There was the time that S.E. Cupp and Jonathan Capehart literally swapped eyeglasses on the set of “Morning Joe.” But a closer look at the MSNBC crew and it appears to be more of a prolific phenomenon.

Joe Scarborough and Chris Hayes love tortoiseshell.

Rachel Maddow and Al Sharpton enjoy a black frame no less than 1″ thick.

S.E. Cupp and Jonathan Capehart appear to have taken advantage of a 2-for-1 deal.

This may be the reason Ezra Klein and Martin Bashir are rarely on set at the same time…

Reporters Balance Contributor Status

Neda Semnani is a full-time columnist for CQ Roll Call‘s “Heard on the Hill.” Yet there she was last night with a piece about Craigslist sex ads published on BuzzFeed. Was she changing jobs?

Nope. Just working her ass off.

“You know how journalism is today,” she told FishbowlDC when we asked what was going on. “Its all a bit of a hustle, get the stories reported, written and published.”

More and more often reporters are working full-time one place and serving as contributors elsewhere (as I do here at FBDC while working at The Blaze). In many cases, they juggle between publications or they contract with a cable news outlet to serve as on-air commentators.

“It is definitely a challenge to write everyday for my job, freelance and do my own stuff,” Semnani said, “but I feel like I’m still making my bones in this business and this is all trial by fire. If this schedule is what it takes to do it, then that’s just the way it is right now.” Read more

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