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Stenographer gets religious over bill passage

“‘Praise be to GOD!’ House stenographer Diane Reidy is rushed off the floor and into an elevator…” — Todd Zwillich, Washington, D.C. radio correspondent for The Takeaway. Politico‘s Jake Sherman explained further, “An official house court stenographer took to the microphone & was screaming ab God. She was saying in the hall you can’t serve two masters.” Politico‘s Byron Tau added, “What I thought happened but no one tweeted about it so I thought I hallucinated.” And BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera: “The stenographer who started yelling was named Holly, she was taken off the floor. Members really shaken up by it.”

images-2Shutdown: Over!

“More traffic on the road, the grinding sound of leaf blowers on the White House grounds…the federal govt has reopened, lots of work to do.” — Joy Lin, Fox News White House producer.

“So the shutdown ends, but will we be right back in the soup come January?” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“My DC cabbie is sad that there is traffic again after three weeks of respite.” — Josh Barro, politics editor, Business Insider.

Question to never ponder: “Do we think any woman in the world actually goes by ‘Blondie’?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

ringingphoneNYT‘s Dean Baquet scolds persistent reporter

“Evan, no news organization in America would report on every discrimination lawsuit filed in every court in every medium-sized city. Even when the author of the story chooses to try to use cheap tricks to goad people into covering his obsessions. good luck.” — NYT Managing Editor Dean Baquet in an email Wednesday to our resident phone enthusiast and investigative freelancer Evan Gahr. He explained to FBDC, “I sent him two other emails about this and also left two messages. And I hung up on his secretary one time when she answered the phone.” Gahr quickly snarked back at Baquet by email, saying: “Wait. Washington DC is simply a ‘medium-sized city’ as you call it. I thought it was actually our nation’s capital. Silly me. As for ‘obsessions’ the New York Times is normally obsessed with alleged race discrimination–except, of course, when the alleged perpetrators are fellow members of your liberal coven.”

Good Question: “So, do eight car trains return on Metro tomorrow?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Editor pissed about shutdown

“On behalf of America (in Cruz sense) I want to thank the Tea Party for this epic shitshow that damaged economy, wasted money for nothing.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

floatinggoldfishThe Announcer

“America, your federal government is back, and open for business. (Well, soon at least.)” — NBC’s Mike O’Brien.

The Observer

“And the bill passes. Congratulations.  Now the House can get back to passing nothing the Senate will agree to.” — NBC News Deputy Political Editor Domenico Montanaro.

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Nancy Pelosi Helps TNR Celebrate New Digs

Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.

“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).

Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.

Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”

Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.

The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.

Throughout the early evening, Chris Hughes, publisher of TNR, was seen… Read more

(Updated) Media Watchdog’s Anti-’Gay Conservative’ Column Riles Right, Left

Political media types caught up with a week-old, anti-gay column published by Accuracy In Media columnist Cliff Kincaid after it was tweeted out by The Daily Beast‘s Michael C. Moynihan Tuesday night. “Holy crazy,” Moynihan wrote in the tweet, accompanied by a link to the piece.

Kincaid’s column is chock full of gems. For example, it says there’s “no such thing as a ‘gay conservative.’” There is, however, a “homosexual movement that has its roots in Marxism and is characterized by anti-Americanism and hatred of Christian values.” Also, the “decriminalization” of homosexuality is a “monster” that “wants to impose itself on our children in the schools and even the Boy Scouts of America.” (Or maybe it just wants to scout boys. There’s a difference, Cliff.)

It’s a rambly piece wherein the term “gay blood” is coined, and were it not for Moynihan, it would have remained largely unread. But it sparked a flame with both conservatives, liberals and mainstream journalists alike.

“Hows that reform working out fer ya GOP?” tweeted Rolling Stone national affairs reporter Tim Dickinson. “Why do the most bat shit insane conservatives run ‘media watchdog’ groups?” said Bloomberg View‘s Josh Barro.

Conservative blogger Gabriel Malor, who is gay, saw the humor… Read more

‘Poop’ Gets Flung Around Twitter

A Carnival Cruise ship that was stuck out at sea, unable to port for several days finally made it to land Thursday. A large portion of the TV news coverage of the story centered on the ship’s sewage problems.

It was an event all but designed for Twitter.

“If only CNN had smell-o-vision technology. We could smell the raw sewerage and their coverage in one blended smell.” –Twitter user Tarnatiger to media expert Brad Phillips

“UH-OH. Carnival CEO vows to board ship to apologize to passengers. I’m afraid he may have some feces hurled at him before he gets to speak.” –Author Eric Metaxas… He also said: “FoxNews is now interviewing a passenger about the disgusting bathroom situation. FUN FACT: Her surname is Colon. Sorry.”

“Suggested CNN CHYRON while interviewing passengers: ‘Trail of Smears.’” --BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski

“Rather than continue complaining about some overflowing feces, perhaps Carnival Cruise passengers should just let it slide?” –New York Post‘s Robert George

A “poop deck” is the flat structure on a boat’s rear that serves as the roof of a cabin. Naturally, that became a thing.

“I’ll meet you on the poopdeck.” –NRO‘s Jonah Goldberg to one of his followers… He also said to NYP‘s George: “Now we all know what happens in the bowels of a cruise ship.”

“N. Korea explodes a nuke – CNN has no live coverage. The S.S. Poop Deck hits port – CNN is wall-to-wall.” –Chicago Sun-Times Managing Editor Craig Newman

The ship was dubbed “poop cruise.”

“If poop cruise ends with Gojira (yeah I spelt it that way jerks) ripping the ship open and eating the passengers, CNN will be vindicated.” –BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton (Gojira is the Japanese name for Godzilla)… He later added: “Flipped to MSNBC. Mistake! Poop cruise survivor told harrowing tale of how state rooms are EXACTLY like the Superdome post-Katrina.”

“You don’t have to watch it, but I don’t know why people are baffled by CNN’s wall-to-wall Poop Cruise coverage. People love this stuff.” –Bloomberg View‘s Josh Barro

“It’s after 1 a.m. and CNN is still interviewing poop cruise passengers live. Possibly Jeff Zucker is publicly hazing his employees?” –Avid tweeter NYC South Paw

“1st world modern day trauma=stuck on the poop cruise.” –WSJ‘s Neil King

Top 14 Terrible Stills Courtesy of Current TV

At most networks, the media relations team is hypervigilant (read: bordering on psychotic) about the pictures used to rep the talent. Let’s just say we may have once used a picture of CNN’s Wolf Blitzer with makeup pads over his eyes that nearly made the entire building blow up. At Current TV, however, the worse you look, the more glorious life appears to be. It’s like a contagion to find the conceivably assiest photograph for the daily email blast. We can see their internal meetings now in which they pass around goofball pictures and shoot milk and diet coke through their noses as they laugh and laugh. Whichever photograph leaves tears streaming down their faces wins.

In all seriousness, to promote its prime time lineup, Current’s obviously hilarious media relations team blasts video clips. Accompanying each clip is a brief on what happens in the video and a screen shot. Incidentally, the shots seem to capture the most unflattering moments for guests and hosts appearing on the liberal cable channel. To be sure, we’ve reached out to them for comment on the selection process that goes into choosing the stills.

But for now, we’ve rounded up the 14 best of the worst pictures from over the course a month. Enjoy!

Bridget McCormack, as seen on the Sept. 20th edition of The War Room, hosted by Jennifer Granholm. McCormack is the sister of actress Mary McCormack (West Wing) and is running for the Michigan Supreme Court. One question: Is she perfecting her frog impression?

UPDATE: The fine people at Current’s media relations department have responded to us in an “official statement.” They write: “Consider this an open invitation to appear on The Young Turks.  We’ll make sure to book Vogue’s retoucher for your appearance… We hear they work wonders. Best, the ‘hilarious’ Current media relations team.”

 

NBC’s Meredith Vieira, as seen on the Sept. 19th edition of Say Anything with Joy Behar. Meredith’s face does not do this in real life.

 

Bloomberg‘s Josh Barro (left) and The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball as seen on the Sept. 19th edition of Viewpoint, hosted by Eliot Spitzer, who has his eyes half closed. Maybe since he’s host they might have a alternative shot of him with his slits for eyes as wide open as they’ll go?

 

James Carter IV, President Jimmy Carter‘s grandson, as seen on the Sept. 18th edition of The Young Turks, hosted by Cenk Uygur. Carter is the researcher who helped uncover Mitt Romney‘s infamous “47 percent” video and here, he appears to be unsure that he’s on television, or on Earth for that matter.

 

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