In a somewhat perplexing teenage text style release, the news was announced this morning.
In a somewhat perplexing teenage text style release, the news was announced this morning.
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Top White House aide Dan Pfeiffer may soon think twice about shooting the breeze on serious topics on Twitter, especially when the n-word can quickly become the b-word. When the Assistant and Senior Advisor to President Obama shot out a tweet with “bigger” in it this morning, the word came back with an “n” in place of the “b.”
The Twittersphere went nuts.
And word is getting out fast. Outlets like Politico, TWT and The Daily Caller are already publishing posts on it.
The offending tweet at 9:50 a.m. was to NYT‘s Jonathan Martin: “@jmartNYT also a much nigger factor on the right.”
Just four minutes later Pfeiffer wrote, “Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies.”
But in cases like these, the damage was done. Read more
TIME Editor-at-Large Mark Halperin is nothing if not deep. Maybe it’s his relatively new fully grown facial hair that’s making him so introspective?
— Mark Halperin (@MarkHalperin) September 11, 2013
Halperin’s Inner Children
We like that he included a woman on here as well as a guy who tweets like a 13-year-old girl.
Andrea Mitchell: NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
Jonathan Martin: political reporter, NYT
Mike Allen: Politico‘s Chief White House Correspondent
Sasha Issenberg, reporter, Monocle, Slate
That story on NYT‘s Jill Abramson by Politico‘s Dylan Byers from April is the one that just won’t die. In it, he predicted her potential demise and wrote that a number of journalists in the newsroom didn’t like her brusque manner. “Just a year and a half into her tenure as executive editor, Abramson is already on the verge of losing the support of the newsroom,” he wrote.
Since then, NYT Washington Bureau reporters have discussed how the story actually helped rather than hurt Abramson, since so many have come to her defense since news of her potential downfall broke. The story has spurred a whole debate about gender in the newsroom — for example, while it’s perfectly newsroom charming for NYT‘s Dean Baquet to punch walls when angry, for Abramson, that might seem unseemly. Or else that brusque thing again.
When The Daily Beast reported that Abramson cried over the story, Byers tweeted it, earning him the title of “grossest” reporter by, ahem, Gawker, which adequately devoured the gross market by writing about Arianna Huffington‘s alleged pooping habits.
On Sunday the story was discussed again as NYT Public Editor Margaret Sullivan called it “unfair” and “unfortunate” and discussed what she perceived was the overuse of anonymous sources. And today, The New Republic’s Editor-at-Large Michael Kinsley has a Q & A with Abramson that once again addresses themes from the piece. Their headline: “Grill Jill: The New York Times’ top editor on mean bosses, liberal biases, and the Post’s demise.”
Kinsley was quick to addresses her “meanness.” He also asked what she thinks of Politico. She never addresses Byers by name, but gives quite a shout-out to Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. Watch out Politico…they snagged Jonathan Martin. Might Haberman be next? Read more
Three is a trend, right? That’s the magic number whereby you’re allowed to write about something that might only be in your head at the moment? If you get that number then, boom! Story.
That’s what must’ve happened with the New York Times’ Jonathan Martin and his piece on Hillary Clinton this weekend on just how old and female Clinton is and how the Republicans are dying to make that obvious. So… the story is, then, there are a bunch of sexist, ageist misogynists in the Republican party? Wow. That one needs a #breaking hashtag on it if ever a story has.
“Our hope is that the photo above will help readers understand, holistically, how a crucial component of the Washington, D.C., media environment operates,” Cook wrote.
Indeed. It was just last earlier this month we were writing about Politico’s Jonathan Martin, who has a bit of a hoarding problem of his own. Judging by these pictures though, Allen could bury him—literally.
Quotes of the Day
A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HASTINGS: “Michael Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor. While there is no template for a great reporter, he was one for reasons that were intrinsic to who he was: ambitious, skeptical of power and conventional wisdom, and incredibly brave. And he was warm and honest in a way that left him many unlikely friends among people you’d expect to hate him.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith. More… “We fought, first, over the adjectives in his stories — ‘discredited’ was a favorite — and then over his theories, which were typically the opposite of whatever I was hearing from my Washington sources. In the meantime I marveled at his talent and at the thing I hadn’t particularly expected: his generosity.” Read the full story here.
“I am no Michael Hastings and I probably never will be. My temperament and orientation is different. I approach my subjects from a different angle and I ask different questions. I do pretty well for myself. But when I’m in the arena with people like Hastings, I’m always forced to check myself.” — The Week’s Marc Ambinder. Read his full post here.
“I got the IRS chiefs mixed up. So audit me! Sorry about that. They’re all blending together.” — FNC’s Dana Perino.
In a twist on the usual 9-month pregnancy, NBC Luke Russert’s 20-month gaffe
“House now voting on bill by Rep Trent Franks’s (R-AZ) restricting abortions after 20-months.” — NBC Luke Russert on the bill that passed the House Tuesday. About a minute later, after some razzing, he wrote, “Correction to my last tweet. Bills would restrict abortion after 20 WEEKS not months.” Phew!
Hello Buttercup! Martin smooches NYT colleague
“Do yourself a favor: pre-order @peterbakernyt book DAYS OF FIRE now. A history of Bush-Cheney admin > http://www.amazon.com/Days-Fire-Cheney-White-House/dp/0385525184/ref=pd_sim_b_3/184-3921963-1609821″ — NYT‘s Jonathan Martin regarding Peter Baker‘s upcoming book.
NBC’s Chuck Todd from Berlin: “Btw, TOBBS (twitter on black berry sucks)”
Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “My brother works for a local NPR station and he says the amount of money the big wigs at NPR lavish upon themselves is sickening. It makes him wonder what would happen if donors saw the gluttony. But, he needs the job so he keeps his mouth shut.”
Weighty reaction to Mika Brzezinksi
“Dear Mika, Arsenic is a poison. Soda is not. Bleach is a poison. Sugar is not. You are a ridiculous lunatic.” — Rare‘s Content Editor Mike Cover to the MSNBC “Morning Joe” host who wrote Obsessed, a confessional book about food addiction, her own and others. He added, “There are few things that make my skin crawl more than the nanny-state busybodies lecturing other folks about what to eat or how to live.”
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.
“‘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
“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.
That Politico‘s Maggie Haberman was in Washington Tuesday and sitting at — hope you’re sitting down for this — Jonathan Martin‘s old desk. Wait a second… is the New York City-based scribe who has the exact same title that JMart had going to officially fill his shoes? If you missed the pictures of Messy Martin’s war-torn workspace yesterday, see here. Thankfully for Haberman, who doesn’t seem like she’d tolerate a lot of clutter or ever get ambushed by the team on “Hoarders,” the desk was clean.
“I wondered whose polka dot bag that was. Let the rumors and gossip begin!” a colleague remarked.
Not to go all woo woo here… Read more
An alert to NYT reporters in the Washington, D.C. bureau: Consider this a polite warning. Politico‘s Jonathan Martin, who will soon join your clutches, is a messy colleague, and the proof is in the pictures. And if you think this is just a matter of him packing up and leaving, when life tends to be a shitstorm, his colleagues tell us a different story.
We hear that his workspace has been a disaster area for quite sometime, with JMart (as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews refers to him) often leaving things sprawled out beyond the hemisphere of his desk for colleagues to potentially trip over. To be fair, we’ve received word that Martin’s desk is now relatively clean, but that doesn’t mean that salami slices aren’t hiding in there. Hoarders” producers may still have a project on their hands once he moves.
“The mess was like that forever. Always,” said one of the nameless souls, who says NYT colleagues should also look forward to one of JMart’s notorious newsroom “outbursts.” Of the mess, it was explained, “People had to step over his shit littered in the aisle for years. It’s actually disconcerting to see it in its cleaned-up state. It’s as though it makes it real that he’s leaving.”
Perhaps his new colleagues should purchase surgical masks and strategically place orange cones around his new desk at the NYT?
Above is Martin’s actual desk in recent days with a note of graphic creativity by FBDC’s Austin Price. See all the pictures we obtained of his desk and the request for comment we sent him earlier today. Seriously, his desk area looks like it was hit by a cyclone. So far, his response is deafening silence. Read more
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