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On the Couch: Publicist Wendy Gordon at a recent 80s party.

Scribe smells trouble

“C-PAC on one side of the hotel, steel workers union on the other. I see a midwestern white guy gang fight comin on.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton in a Thursday morning tweet.

Gossip Girl gets dressed

“I think I have finally perfected the art of getting black tie ready in the office bathroom.” — Roll Call‘s Ali McSherry in a Wednesday night tweet regarding the Congressional Dinner.

Brazile’s two cents on media

“GOP’s Playbook: If the media doesn’t go alone, whine and always blame them for having a liberal bias. That’s my 2 cents. What do you think?” — CNN Contributor and liberal pundit Donna Brazile in a Thursday morning tweet.

Only in Washington, D.C. …

“#wpcf food working its way through system… may need Congress to pass a non-binding resolution, if you know what I mean” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman in a Wednesday night tweet. To the right is the actual meal, a photograph taken by FBDC’s Matt Dornic.

“At press dinner in dc sen coons is speaker. Not sure they’re supposed to be this funny or close to the bone, but enjoying it.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall in a Wednesday night tweet.

“He has never once used the word “literally” literally.” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a speech at Wednesday night’s press dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel. He was referencing V.P. Joe Biden. But the zinger for Tapper came when Sen. Chris Coons (R-Del.) remarked that tonight “was not the first time @jaketapper was the second choice for a job offered to Christiane Amanpour.”

Journos partake in shirtless congressman jokes

“Political lesson: Put your shirtless pics in Playgirl, not Craigslist. #scottbrown2012″ – Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet on Rep. Chris Lee‘s (R-N.Y.) resignation Wednesday. An item about him sending a woman a shirtless picture of himself on Craigslist appeared on Gawker earlier that day just hours before his resignation.

“Back story on Chris Lee is gonna be juicy. Lots of reporters were chasing it this fall. None of us could break it.” — WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman in one of the more serious Wednesday tweets on this subject.

“Congressman Lee and I have a lot in common. I am also a very fit fun classy guy. Live in Cap Hill area. 6ft 190lbs blond/blue.” — The mysterious @DCJourno in a Wednesday tweet.

“All along I was wondering how it was that Rep. Lee had become the mayor of the Mayflower on 4square.” — Washington Examiner‘s J.P. Freire in a Wednesday tweet.


“Having dinner in NYC with @Contessabrewer” — Fox 5 anchor Matt Ackland in a Wednesday night tweet.

Finland declaration

The Sauna Society President attends last night’s Congressional Dinner. That would be Finland Embassy spokesman Kari Mokko, who declared, “There should always be someone from Finland at every event.”

(Japanese Fighting Fish…)

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Thanks to CNN’s senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, we say Good Morning to you from Seoul. Above is a Korean Starbucks and below that, Seoul just after 7 a.m.


“Colleague overheard on phone w/source. “When did you quit your day job and commit yourself fully to bacon? #journalism” – The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody in a Wednesday tweet.

Mugging-infused messages

“Currently carrying iPad, iPod, video iPod, MacBook, iPhone (ps don’t mug me). How did it come to this?” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet.

The Onion photo on the NYTimes home page put a smile on my face that a mugging wouldn’t take off.” — The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman in a Wednesday tweet.

Poor attendance

“A pathetic showing by the US press corps at the Obama Lee presser. 7 reporters bothered to show up.” — WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman in a Wednesday tweet.

National Review Online, I am begging you, please get rid of those pop-up ads.” — Politico‘s media writer Keach Hagey in a Wednesday tweet.

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Ruminating on the life and down times of ex-NPR’s Juan Williams

Not to me.” — Juan Williams on FNC’s O’Reilly Factor Thursday night after Bill O’Reilly informed that NPR CEO Vivian Schiller apologized for saying Williams’s beliefs were “between him and his publicist or his psychiatrist.” Williams on Journalism: “I have always thought of journalism as a priesthood, that you honor it, that you protect. These people have no sense of righteousness, [they have] self-righteousness.”

“NPR, get yourself together.ABC The View’s Whoopi Goldberg on Thursday’s show.

“I mean really, why do I need to know Juan Williams‘ feelings about flying with Muslims?” — WSJ’s White House Correspondent Jonathan Weisman on Thursday on Twitter.

“Irony of this situation: Muslims are going to feel much more uneasy when they see Juan Williams on planes.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Thursday tweet.

‘”Internal NPR memo’ says Juan Williams violated a ‘principal.’ Doesn’t name the school, but that’s pretty serious.” — Agence France-Presse’s Olivier Knox on Thursday on Twitter.

“Do we really want to live in a country where Juan Williams could be treated thusly?” — TPM Editor and Publisher Josh Marshall in a Thursday tweet.

“I think Juan Williams was in a pretty unhappy marriage with npr for the last couple of years and this was the last straw for them.” — WaPo‘s Nia Malika Henderson in a cable TV news appearance Thursday.

“NPR should be stripped of all funding for politically correct crap as pathetic as firing Juan Williams for his benign remarks.” — Author Buzz Bissinger in a Thursday tweet.

“To Juan Williams: What if I said, ‘Hey, I’m no bigot, but if I’m on the street and I see a black guy in black-guy clothes, I’m nervous.’..?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten on Thursday on Twitter.

A Black and a White Reporter Make Calls on Racial Descriptions in Pool Report


Black and white issues surfaced in the White House Pool Report Thursday.

Coverage was of a rally at Bowie State University. White House Pool reporter WSJ’s Jonathan Weisman, who is white, was responsible for the write-up along with his co-Pooler, NYT Helene Cooper, an African American White House correspondent. The duo debated the issues before running it. On a note of randomness: Fox News got thrown into the mix of insults (by no fault of the reporters) and two audience members fainted.

An excerpt of the relevant parts:

…The large crowd (3,000 to 4,500, according to campus police), mainly but not at all completely young and African American, was warmed up by Sens. Ben Cardin and Barbara Mikulski, Lt Gov Anthony Brown, and Gov. Martin O’Malley.

Potus tool the stage to sustained cheers, but in the middle of his speech, a white heckler shouted loudly, “You’re a liar.” He was swarmed by the crowd who shouted him down. He made a move to dash off, and shouted, “You’re a liar” again. One woman shouted, “We know Fox sent you.” Another man said, “Focus.” Potus seemed not to notice. And the heckling incident ended.

Two people in the audience fainted, prompting Potus to tell the crowd, “Next time you’re out here, make sure you drink something and eat something, especially when you’ve got a bunch of politicians talking.”

Asked why he felt it necessary to include the word “white” to describe the “heckler,” Weisman wrote FishbowlDC: “Interesting question. I debated it with my co-pooler, Helene Cooper, and we decided in a mostly African American crowd, it was information that reporters should have. They could use it or not, but the pool is the eyes and ears for all White House reporters. If we knew the race of the heckler, White House reporters not privy to the event should have that information too, just as we describe scenes and color that may or may not be useful to news stories.”

In the end, Weisman did not end up using “white” in his own story.  “Whether such information is newsworthy is up to the news organizations using the pool report. I for one did not use it in the story I filed for the Wall Street Journal,” he said.

Correction: FishbowlDC incorrectly wrote Helen Cooper‘s name in an earlier version of this post. It has since been corrected.

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Reporter channels inner Mary Poppins

“Didn’t have an umbrella so nice hotel doorman gave me one. Thing is, it’s like 4 ft long…I feel like Mary Poppins.” — TWT White House reporter Kara Rowland in a Wednesday tweet from Manhattan

Angry journo

“Seriously, Pepco. you suck! how are we w/o power again!!! Worst. Energy. Company. Ever.” — NBC political reporter Domenico Montanaro in a Wednesday tweet.

Hazard of writing job: weird guy singing

“You had to be there: Guy whips out iPod at top restaurant last night and, along with his companions, starts SINGING in otherwise quiet room.” — WaPo‘s restaurant reviewer Tom Sietsema in a Wednesday tweet.

Rahm not naked

“Repeat after me, the King has clothes on and they’re lovely.”  — WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman in a Wednesday tweet, writing in code and referring to a story he wrote on White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel running for Chicago Mayor.

Touched by the White House

“Some things never get old, like marine 1 lifting off from wh south lawn. Seen here this afternoon.” – NBC News political correspondent Mike Viqueira in a Wednesday tweet. (Please note: We typically reserve these sorts of pictures for CNN’s Ed Henry, who is prone to taking White House sunrise shots. We are not betraying you with Viqueira, Ed, we promise.) See Viqueira’s picture after the jump…

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Today in the Briefing Room…

Today in the White House briefing room…

General David Petraeus did an interview live on CNN, but we hear he declined questions from any other reporters while there.

White House correspodent Bill Plante also anchored CBS’ webcast “Washington Unplugged” from the briefing room today. He previewed the President’s trip to Asia with fellow White House reporter WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman.

The webcast also included a Veterans Day piece by CBS’ Fernando Suarez- a rare, behind-the-scenes look at the honor guard for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. That video is after the jump…

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FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

2, 4, 6, 8, Who Do We Appreciate?: Despite an extraordinarily feisty briefing that included an array of reporters’ follow-ups and several giggles (Gibbles?) from the podium, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs maintained that this week was not unusually loaded with news and that instead, “It’s been an extraordinary eight months.” CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller, asking whether RG was actually waiting for a “boring day” as Gibbs said he told POTUS recently, advised that “there’s always something.” There were a lot of somethings today, and WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman asked whether the foreign policy issues were a distraction for the domestic ones. Reciting a common refrain, Gibbs chastised the press for pushing alternate sides and advised, “Maybe you guys should huddle and come up with one premise.” Later, when reporters pushed on a remark about the House’s climate change bill alone was proof that the “U.S. is on record” on the issue, RG said: “Again, you guys get together–” No such team huddles were scheduled.

Sweet 2016 Update: With FLOTUS already landed in Copenhagen, RG reports that POTUS will continue to make phone calls and have meetings to back “an extremely strong bid” for his hometown before and during Friday’s presidential visit to the IOC meeting. (In more troubling news out of Chicago, RG commented on the beating of teen honor student Derrion Albert by calling the “chilling” video “among the most shocking that you could ever see.” He noted that POTUS discussed youth violence and this incident as recently as this morning in the Oval.)

Quotable: RG, on Roll Call‘s report that the WH is secretly drafting health care legislation: “…neither was it, in my opinion, a very good story.” He said the WH has worked on “legislative language” for some time in conjunction with Capitol Hill. When asked the difference, he didn’t skip a beat: “Probably about 1200 pages.”

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Who Will Get Called On Tonight? A Look Back At Obama’s Pressers

Tonight is President Obama’s fourth prime-time press conference, fifth overall. Each presser has lasted about an hour and averages 13 reporters’ questions. Fox did not air Obama’s 100th day press conference, the third, on the network and will not tonight either.

In his first prime-time press conference Feb. 9th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Reuters’ Caren Bohan, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Fox’s Major Garrett, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, Helen Thomas, HuffPost’s Sam Stein and NPR’s Mara Liasson.

In his second prime-time press conference March 24th, Obama called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Chip Reid, Univision’s Lourdes Meluza, Stars and Stripes’ Kevin Baron, CNN’s Ed Henry, Fox News’ Major Garrett, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Ebony’s Kevin Chappell, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, TWT‘s Jon Ward and AFP’s Stephen Collinson.

In his third prime-time press conference April 29th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Detroit NewsDeb Price, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Reuters’ Jeff Mason, CBS’ Chip Reid, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny (“surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled”), Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, BET’s Andre Showell, Time‘s Michael Scherer and WaPo‘s Jonathan Weisman.

President Obama’s fourth presser was during the day, in the briefing room June 23rd and he called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, HuffPost’s Nico Pitney (remember this?), Fox’s Major Garrett, USA Today‘s David Jackson, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, McClatchy’s Margaret Talev, EFE’s Macarena Vidal, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan and CNN’s Suzanna Malveaux.

Will the AP’s Jennifer Loven go five-for-five? Will President Obama snub Fox? Will HuffPost’s Nico Pitney get called on again? And who do you want to see called on tonight? Tell us.

RELATED: From US News & World Report: Press Getting More Adversarial With Obama: Some expect Obama’s news conference to take on a more negative tone.

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Three’s… Funny Company: The immediate prelude to the Robert Gibbs Show today was an afternoon stakeout hosted by new-BFFs-on-ed-reform Al Sharpton, Michael Bloomberg, and Newt Gingrich, following their POTUS rendezvous. Sharpton recognized that he and sidekick Gingrich “have not agreed on anything politically” and Gibbs would later call the group “quite a different political spectrum… to say the least.” The duo (Sharp-rich?) labeled education as a “civil right” and Gingrich hailed Bloomberg and Education Secretary Arne Duncan as two great education leaders for their cities. The NYC mayor took the compliment and ran with it, using his platform to explain how awesomely his city’s school system is doing. When Wash Times’s Jon Ward noted in the briefing that it was “too bad” Gibbs had not been in the meeting, Gibbs added: “I’m a little sorry I missed it as well.”

AF1-gate Update: Asked about hard feelings on the NYC flyover incident, Bloomberg said the incident was “long gone in history.” Really, that was SO a week and a half ago. (Gibbs acknowledged that the WH has promised to release the official photo(s) by the end of this week.)

In Real America…: Gibbs took another shot at Washingtonians (or at least the politicos and press corps) for characterizing the $17 billion in Obama’s proposed budget cuts as a small piece of the pie. “$17 billion is a lot of money to people in America,” he said, though it “might not be a lot in this town.” He challenged NBC’s Chuck Todd to accompany him out to the street to pose the same question, to which C-Todd pointed out that the number is still only one-half of one percent of next year’s spending. “It’s only one half of one percent!” CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller would yell later, to which Gibbs shot back that “it didn’t take me till the second row” to figure out the reporters’ premise.

But Really…: “This conversation’s a little silly,” WSJ’s Jonathan Weisman said, pointing out that the figure was not a net total since new programs were also being added. Amid all the excitement — including many references to Obama’s campaign-trail remarks on the tiny impact of billions in earmarks — Gibbs arrived at a bottom line that seemed to quell the excited masses: that the president is taking the “long view” on this, and that “For a long time … no one’s even taken the easy steps.” Challenged on the point that the Bush administration made even bigger proposals that didn’t pan out, Gibbs jabbed: “As always, we’d prefer the results speak for themselves.”

Take Me Out of the Ball Game: Gibbs, on WH reaction to Dodger hotshot Manny Ramirez’s positive drug test: “It’s a tragedy. It’s a shame … a great embarrassment to Major League Baseball.”

Who Was Called On?

President Obama’s news conference this evening lasted pretty exactly an hour as promised to the networks, and he took questions from 13 reporters (lucky 13- President Obama took 13 questions at a previous primetime press conference).

In this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven (three for three being called on first), The Detroit News’ Deb Price, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Reuters’ Jeff Mason, CBS’ Chip Reid, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny (“surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled”), Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, BET’s Andre Showell, Time’s Michael Scherer and WSJ’s Jonathan Weisman.

And who didn’t get called on this time? Fox News.