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Quotes of the Day

“News helicopters being told to back off because HWY Patrol can’t hear people crying for help #tornado #oklahoma”Robin Marsh, news anchor in Oklahoma City.

Fallout: Bring Up Politics at Your Own Risk 

“I’m a douche low-life scumbag jackhole ghoul for noting Coburn already wants offsets to fed aid and Inhofe is climate change denier.” – Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, who got bombarded when he wrote this: “It’s striking that OK’s sens are 1) a federal spending skeptic and 2) global warming denier.” In response to the above, Kristina Ribali, director of new media at Freedom Works remarked: “@GlennThrush I didn’t say you were slamming them, I said you were being an ass. Have some class.” Labor reporter F. Bill McMorris wrote simply, “#douche.”

Did someone speak too soon? 

“Thank God tragedies like this one in OK bring out the highest and best in everyone – politicians, first responders, government, media.” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

More media in-fighting…

The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel: “If GOP going to use IRS ‘scandal’ to demolish government,they may wish to look at need for very same government in Oklahoma tornado disaster.”

National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg: “.@KatrinaNation what’s really in poor taste how your point is so pedestrian and lame. Why bother? Jeez.”

The Day After: “It is always the next day when the sun comes up that we learn the extent of the horror.” — Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

And a few confessionals…

“Sometimes the disaster voyeurism on Twitter makes me uncomfortable.” — Blake Hounshel, managing editor of Foreign Policy mag.

“I lost some family that meant a lot to me in the AL tornadoes. Think I’ll clock out of coverage for the evening and pick it up in the AM.” — FBDC Contributor and Bill Press‘ producer Peter Ogburn.

“The partisanship in the wake of tragedy stuns me.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

The Preacher

“When you turn your TV off and stop tweeting tonight — stop. Sit in peace. Too many people don’t have that tonight.” — WaPo producer Jeff Simon.

Emotions on high: A Variety of Calls for Prayer

  • “Terrifying photo of tornado damage nyti.ms/10R5Ly2 May the dead rest in peace. May survivors get help to heal and rebuild.” – Conor Friedersdorf, staff writer for The Atlantic.

“Worst part about Oklahoma news is you know it’s going to get worse. And that’s just heartbreaking. #PrayForOklahoma” — Rory Cooper, communications director to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.

  • “The sad news from Oklahoma keeps rolling in. Everyone at TheDC is thinking of the folks affected, & will keep you in our thoughts & prayers.” — The Daily Caller.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Oklahoma tonight. #okc” — Newt Gingrich.

Uh oh.

“CIA source says Fox News scandal the ’4th Shoe’; says it goes much deeper; says WH also sitting on “something” that has top aides terrified.” — Drudge Report and TWT Columnist Joseph Curl.

GOP Spox Prediction: 60 Minutes to land first Obama interview

“White House/Obama scandal tsunami is growing. Odds that the White House offers Steve Kroft the first POTUS interview?” — NRSC Strategist/Spokesman Brad Dayspring in an unfortunate display of using a weather analogy on the wrong day.

Rubin Vs. Shuster

“Watching lefty media meltdown re Obama media spying is like a kid finding out Babe Ruth was a drunk. Sorry to disillusion but long overdue.” — WaPo‘s
“Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Shuster guts Rubin like a fish“When it comes to RWNJ’s, including @JRubinBlogger, who are mentally ill + psychotic, best to ignore them.” — Lefty radio host David Shuster. “[Jennifer Rubin] proves again she is a habitual liar. And, asking @CNN to cut the mic of somebody responding to her lies? Psychotic.”

Bureau Chief takes firm stance on exposed pits

“Phew, getting people blind drunk in bars in order to get them to tell you things isn’t in DOJ’s list of treasonous acts that reporters do.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton. And this from a few days ago, but we couldn’t resist it: “I’m a firm believer that sleeves are mandatory for dudes in a restaurant situation. Nobody wants your pits exposed near their food.”

Watch out, ladies, your purses are germier than you think

“Not the dinner hour yet so if you carry a purse tune in at 4. Report shows more germs on your purse than a toilet. News4 @nbcwashington.” — Jim Handly, anchor, NBC Washington.

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TWT‘s Curl Slaps At ‘Sniveling’ Weigel

Slate‘s Dave Weigel is a “sniveling liberal,” according to Drudge Report editor and TWT columnist Joseph Curl.

A Sunday op-ed Curl offered a wide-ranging critique of the national media for “falling well short of what the Founders envisioned when they sought to ensure a democracy kept honest by a free and vibrant press.”

After he read the piece, Weigel (not at all concerned with his image) wrote Curl to “check in.” Weigel tells FishbowlDC he hasn’t heard back.

Curl took issue with a short post by Weigel regarding the recording of a meeting that took place inside Sen. Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) campaign headquarters. Weigel’s post centered on McConnell’s immediate reaction to questions on the tape, in which McConnell’s aides can be heard mocking then-potential candidate Ashley Judd‘s self-admitted depression problems. McConnell had initially deflected reporter inquiries on the content, opting instead to question the ethics and legalities of the recording. He said it was the product of a “the political left,” specifically Kentucky Progress, a group that had previously tweeted racist remarks about McConnell’s Asian wife.

“Right now there’s no evidence that reveals the origin of the tape,” Weigel wrote in his story, “whether it was produced by bugging (which is illegal) or a recording from an errant staffer (less illegal). But this is McConnell’s fight back story.”

McConnell’s hunch turned out to be right. It was Kentucky Progress behind the recording.

Just before calling Weigel a “liberal sniveler,” Curl wrote… Read more

Curl’s Secret Gig with Drudge

First on FBDC: Despite what you may have heard, Washington Times senior White House correspondent Joseph Curl did not set sail for Bali after mysteriously submitting his resignation to the floundering paper back in May.

FishbowlDC hears that the former author of the Times’ “Political Theater” column has kept a thumb on the DC political scale by teaming up with Matt Drudge to edit the Drudge Report.  Sources tell FishbowlDC that Drudge lured his longtime friend away from his TWT gig this spring and Joe’s been working for the famed conservative news site ever since.

We contacted Curl for confirmation but he would not comment on his employment status, instead saying only that he was “working on my golf game, learning how to hit a power draw.”

Our Cirque Du Soleil Prize Winner is…

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Joseph Curl, former White House correspondent for TWT.

Congratulations Curl! You win two tickets to the “Ovo” performance of Cirque Du Soleil on Sept. 8. The show, we’ve learned, is an immersion into the world of insects.

The question: What does “Ovo” mean?
The answer: “egg” in Portuguese.

Coming in close was another reader, Michael Rader, who came within a minute of Curl’s response with the correct answer of “egg” in Portuguese. But Curl wins. We thank Rader for playing.

TWT’s Curl Peaces Out

We hear that Joseph Curl, senior White House correspondent at The Washington Times and author of the paper’s “Political Theater” column, resigned this morning, effective immediately. No word on where Curl’s headed. He’s probably sleeping in, but we’ll track him down and get some deets.

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Curl’s last interview with W in January 2009.

TWT’s Curl’s Snowy Hell

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While many scribes are already back on the beat, we decided to check in TWT’s White House correspondent Joseph Curl, mainly because he lives waaaaay out by Warrenton, Va. He told us a tale that could elicit sympathy if it wasn’t just a tad funny.

In short, Curl’s been shoveling for days.
But let’s hear it in his own words:

“I’ve been shoveling for three days now. We got 27 inches of snow, which means it take three scoops just to clear a 3-foot by 3-foot patch of driveway. The driveway’s 400-feet long. That’s 1,200 feet of shoveling, times eight feet wide (someone out there, figure out the volume of THAT!). It’s all pointless, though. At the end of the driveway begins a quarter-mile gravel road out to what my dad would call ‘the hard road.’

“On Day 2, a plow couldn’t even make it onto the gravel road because the VDOT rig had left a five-foot wall of snow at the main road. On Monday, we dug a hole in the wall. My house is at the end of a quarter-mile gravel road. Our plow guy got stuck, so I’ve been digging him out over and over. This is now my full-time job (went to sleep around 9 to rest up for a full day of shoveling). New plan: front-loader coming in.

“By 2 p.m. Tuesday, I’d made it to the end of the driveway, and some neighbors got the guy with the front-loader to scoop a path down the gravel road. Freedom!”

Or, not.

“Right now, at 4 p.m., the first flakes of what is expected to be 10-20 inches of snow are just beginning to fall. I might be dug out by the spring. Really not looking forward to more shoveling. Whole body aches. Who needs weight rooms and treadmills? I’m sure I’ve lost five pounds just shoveling. But then again, I may drop dead at any moment.”

(FishbowlDC wishes Curl a safe, upcoming, alleged snowstorm.)

> Update: A friend tells Curl he moved 7,200 cubic feet of snow. In other words, he says, “All I know is it was a f–kload of snow.” Indeed.

BBC’s Beale Takes Doublemint Commercials Literally

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We all know it’s brutal out there, but are times so desperate that the BBC’s top State Department correspondent can’t afford a fresh pack of chewing gum?

We told you that TWT‘s Joseph Curl had traveled with a pack of reporters down to Guantanamo Bay to cover several pre-trial hearings for the 9-11 terror suspects. Curl ragged on his British buds from the BBC in a postcard he sent us on Wednesday. Now another another source (we swear it wasn’t Khalid Sheikh Mohammed) has stepped forward with this:

“Just before the plane took off from Gitmo’s airstrip to head back to Andrew’s Air Force Base, someone noticed this small, white glob stuck to the back of the ear of the BBC’s Jonathan Beale. After puzzling with a few colleagues, someone asked him, ‘Hey, what’s that behind your ear?’

‘Oh,’ said Beale. ‘That’s my gum’ — and then he snagged it with his finger and popped it into his mouth!”

DOUBLE, DOUBLE YOUR REFRESHMENT, I guess!?!?

Please, people, we know it’s tough for you reporters (maybe even tougher for us). But can’t we rally together and send Beale some fresh packs of Juicy Fruit or Doublemint? If you can find it in your heart to chip in a pack or a quarter– just 25 lousy cents — we’ll send Beale enough gum to get him through this recession.

Dig deep, people.

Curl Goes to Gitmo and All I Got Was This Lousy Post

A gaggle of reporters took off from Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday ($400 round trip from what we hear!) aboard a DoD plane headed for Guantanamo Bay.

Among them was TWT’s resident silver fox, Joseph Curl who’s currently kicking it at the U.S. Navy base while covering preliminary hearings for several Sept. 11th terror suspects. Lucky for us, our pal found a few moments to pen us a post[card] from his plush pad. Curl writes:

“First, an ironclad pledge: I will never, ever, again say, ‘Man, it’s hot!’ — not even wearing a dark wool suit on an August day in downtown Washington. From now on, I will only say, ‘Hey, at least it’s not as hot as Gitmo in July!’

“The heat here is like a hideous cross between DC and Arizona: 100 degrees, plus 100 percent humidity. You sweat walking a few feet from one building to another. You sweat in the shade. You sweat sitting still — in the shade.

“But you don’t sweat in your sleep. There, you freeze. The media is housed in Tent City, square in the middle of Camp Justice (on a burning hot tarmac, the base’s old airstrip). The tents, shaped like quonset huts, have six beds in them, separated by sheets of plywood. But unlike the rest of Gitmo, they’re freezing. Huge, puffy nylon pipes blast in a steady stream of ice-cold air, which really does keep the mosquitoes out — or numb your flesh so you don’t feel their bites.

“The dark walk to the bathroom at night, though, brings dangers bigger than a skeeter. There are huge iguanas lurking in the tall grass, and banana rats skitter across the runway from time to time. But the iguanas eat the banana rats, so at least there’s that.

“By Day 2, though, standing downwind from other reporters was the most serious danger. I don’t want to mention any names, but man, that guy from the BBC? Ripe! He most definitely would benefit from some ‘enhanced hygiene techniques.’

“But getting to skip the Sotomayor Scrum at 216 Hart: Worth every drop of sweat.”

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What’s Next For The Washington Times

FishbowlDC has obtained this internal staff memo from Washington Times Executive Editor John Solomon, in which he says, “In the shadows of this historic election, we now must ready ourselves to shine again with our coverage of the new administration and the new Congress.”

Solomon details some key changes, including new gigs for Joseph Curl (reported yesterday by FishbowlDC), Chris Dolan, Stephen Dinan, Christina Bellantoni, Jon Ward, David Sands, S.A. Miller, Kara Rowland, Sean Lengell and Tom LoBianco.

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Morning Reading List, 03.05.08

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REVOLVING DOOR | NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE MEDIA | MAGAZINES | BOOKS | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

  • Visiting the Newseum at some point is on most of your to-do lists.

    REVOLVING DOOR

  • FishbowlLA’s Tiny Dupuy makes a visit to D.C..

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    NEWSPAPERS

  • Reuters reports, “Lawyers who represented book publisher Judith Regan in a $100 million lawsuit against News Corp sued her on Monday, saying she did not reimburse them for fees and cut them out of her settlement payment.”

  • “Hillary Clinton’s complaints about a pro-Barack Obama media tilt helped prompt examinations of Obama’s record and catapulted him to a first-place finish in the competition for media exposure the week of Feb. 25-March 2, according to a Project for Excellence study of campaign coverage.”

  • Crain’s New York reports, “Under a new Wall Street Journal policy revealed to staffers last week, authors such as Pulitzer Prize winner Daniel Golden — whose series of articles on the college admissions process led to his critically-acclaimed book, The Price of Admission — would have to fork over some of their book proceeds to none other than Rupert Murdoch himself.”

  • War and Peace offers reaction to The Washington Post’s piece titled “We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?”

  • SABEW announced,Floyd Norris, The New York Times’s chief financial correspondent, will receive the 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) at its 45th annual conference in Baltimore, Md., on April 28.”

  • His Extreme-ness shares “a couple of fascinating tidbits from the Post’s preview of the Newseum grand opening”

  • “Politico’s tussle with Obama campaign shines light on how sausage gets made.”

  • Dana Milbank writes, “It took many months and the mockery of ‘Saturday Night Live’ to make it happen, but the lumbering beast that is the press corps finally roused itself from its slumber Monday and greeted Barack Obama with a menacing growl. The day before primaries in Ohio and Texas that could effectively seal the Democratic presidential nomination for him, a smiling Obama strode out to a news conference at a veterans facility here. But the grin was quickly replaced by the surprised look of a man bitten by his own dog. Reporters from the Associated Press and Reuters went after him for his false denial that a campaign aide had held a secret meeting with Canadian officials over Obama’s trade policy. A trio of Chicago reporters pummeled him with questions about the corruption trial this week of a friend and supporter. The New York Post piled on with a question about him losing the Jewish vote.”

  • New York Daily News reports, “Angry Barack Obama bombarded by media”

  • Rush and Malloy write, “Power lawyer Robert Bennett got to be one of Washington’s top litigators by knowing how to keep his cool. But the highly paid scandal-fixer barely conceals his rage toward some people in his new memoir, ‘In the Ring.’ Bennett heaps scorn on New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. in the chapter in which he recalls his defense of Times reporter Judith Miller, who went to jail rather than reveal her sources in reporting on CIA operative Valerie Plame.”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer asks, “As a leading indicator of the newspaper biz’s health, what does the chain’s bad news portend for the rest of the industry?”

  • Washington Times’s Joseph Curl reports, McCain skewers pork for press.

  • The New York Sun reports, “It’s not every day that one finds a tax policy argument in the world-famous gossip column of the New York Post, but there it was yesterday in ‘Page Six’: The news was that the publisher of the New York Times, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., had sold his Upper West Side apartment to his wife for $3.25 million for what a Times spokeswoman described as ‘estate-planning purposes.’”

  • Slate’s Jack Shafer asks, “As a leading indicator of the newspaper biz’s health, what does the chain’s bad news portend for the rest of the industry?”

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    TV

  • A NBC release announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ won the February 2008 sweep in total viewers and homes. For the sweep, ‘Nightly News’ averaged 9.532 million total viewers.” Also, NBC announced, “According to Nielsen Media Research data, ‘NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams’ was the most-watched network evening newscast, winning the week of February 25, 2008. The Williams-led newscast averaged 9.171 million total viewers”

  • An ABC release announced, “For the just-completed February Sweep, ABC’s ‘World News with Charles Gibson’ was the #1 evening newscast among Adults 25-54, averaging a 2.4/9 and 2.96 million. This marks the second consecutive February Sweep that ‘World News’ has placed first among key demo viewers. It is also the fourth time in five sweeps periods the ABC broadcast has won among Adults 25-54. Among Total Viewers, ‘World News’ averaged 9.28 million.”

  • Crain’s New York reports, “For the past few months, people across the United States have taken part in a closely fought contest, full of twists and turns, that has finally produced an unexpected winner. That’s right: There’s a new front-runner in the cable news race. Buoyed by a historic Democratic primary season that has drawn new voters—and new viewers — CNN’s prime-time audience of 25- to 54-year-olds soared 150% in February over year-earlier levels. The boost gave the Time Warner-owned channel its first victory over the Fox News Channel in six years.”

  • We hear NewsChannel 8 would not air last week’s Q&A Cafe interview with NBC 4′s meteorologist Bob Ryan, because they consider him the competition. The program will, however, air on DC Cable/TV 16 this Friday, because they don’t think of him as competition. The full interview is now available on YouTube.

  • Bloomberg reports, “A federal regulator today called for an investigation into why an Alabama television station lost its signal as the CBS News program ’60 Minutes’ aired a segment questioning the jailing of a former Democratic governor.”

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    ONLINE MEDIA

  • Forbes.com reports, “The value of merger and acquisition deals in the U.S. media industry could reach record levels in 2008 if pending mega deals like Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo! are completed, PriceWaterhouseCoopers said in a report released Monday.”

  • E&P reports, “Earlier this month, Kiyoshi Martinez started an experimental website that gives journalists a chance to vent their feelings about their profession and their work lives. And have they ever. AngryJournalist.com is a simple yet powerful concept: a gripe board where journalists are asked to say what’s making them angry today. It’s the modern-day equivalent of the anonymous suggestion box in the company lunchroom. All posts to the site are anonymous. Everything submitted goes through Martinez, who screens out trolls and spammers and non-relevant stuff.”

  • The Horses Mouth reports, “Most Media Observers Side With Hillary Campaign Claim That Press Has Been Harder On Her”

  • “Yeas & Nays has learned that the Center for American Progress’ Grant Ginder was recently ghost-writing for gossip Web site TMZ.com.”

  • NPR’s On The Media reports, “Campaign correspondents tread a narrow path between political analysis and outright prognostication. Once quick to predict the future (Google these words: wrong about New Hampshire), are reporters now more circumspect? And is all coverage created equal? New York Magazine’s John Heilemann weighs in.”

  • Mark Glaser asks, “I struggle nearly every week with an identity problem: Am I a blogger or a journalist? Most times, I can take the easy way out and think of myself as the nouveau blogger/journalist or journalist/blogger — but which one comes first? nags my inner pigeon-holer.”

  • The Weekly Standard asks, “Who Lost James Fallows?” And, “It was sort of stunning to listen to, and the response from the Defense official was not unlike Tony Snow’s famous quip to Helen Thomas, ‘Well, thank you for the Hezbollah view.’ Whatever angst the left once had about these calls, they can rest assured that the propaganda isn’t going from the Pentagon to the bloggers, but vice versa.”

  • Hot Air.com reports, “It’s only the first day of the Tony Rezko trial, testimony has yet to be heard, and already the press has gotten to Barack Obama. Faced with a new focus on his ties to the defendant in a corruption case and exposed missteps in his NAFTA dance, Obama stalked out of a press conference with questions ringing in his ears”

  • MSNBC’s First Read reports, “Obama Tangles with the Press”

  • Politico’s Chris Frates reports, “The oh-so-unhip world of business trade associations took a small shot at edginess Monday when nearly a dozen groups launched the blog BizCentral.org, aimed at Washington’s influencers.”

  • CQ Politics reports,Mike McConnell’s Temporary Spokesman Has a Full-Time Job”

  • Portfolio reports, “Digging Digg’s Grave? Changes to the popular content-ranking website threaten to alienate its most dedicated users.”

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    MAGAZINES

  • MinOnline reports, “This Friday (March 7), ‘USA Today’ Gives Readers ‘Openair.’”

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    BOOKS

  • A release announced, “Oxford University economist Paul Collier has won the 2008 Lionel Gelber Prize for his book The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries Are Failing and What Can Be Done About It (Oxford University Press), Judith Gelber, chair of the Lionel Gelber Prize Board”

  • The father and son team of Lou and Carl Cannon wrote Reagan’s Disciple: George W. Bush’s Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy. Check out the New York Times review here.

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    WEST WING REPORTAGE

  • Playbook reports, “ABC’s Ann Compton, president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, shows both experience and judgment in announcing the menu for this year’s dinner, which features a rejuvenated and expanded scholarship program: spiced tenderloin, followed by white chocolate drowning in raspberries.”

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    JOBS

  • National Geographic News is looking for a Copy Editor.

  • SIGNAL Magazine is looking for a Managing Editor.

  • The Roanoke Times is looking for a Healthcare Reporter.

  • Philip Merrill College of Journalism is looking for an Abell Professor in Baltimore Journalism, a Knight Visiting Professor in Digital Innovation and a Shirley Povich Chair in Sports Journalism.

  • Alliance for School Choice is looking for a Grant Writer for Major DC Nonprofit, Education Reform.

  • Sidwell Friends School is looking for a Director of Publications.

  • Environment & Energy Publishing, LLC is seeking experienced reporter.

  • The Daily Press is looking for a Features reporter and an Education Reporter.

  • The Seattle Times is looking for a Washington, D.C. reporter.

  • PBS is seeking talented candidates for the position of Digital Producer.

  • Arcom Publishing, Inc. is looking for an Ad Layout Coordinator.

  • Patuxent Publishing Co. is looking for a General Assignment Reporter.

  • American Architectural Foundation is looking for a Communications Manager.

  • The World Bank is looking for someone in Communications/Public Affairs.

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