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Morning Chatter

TOO SOON? “Found this while cleaning out some files today. Heh” — Ben Freed, who was fired as Editor-in-Chief of DCist this week for defying a boss’s orders about spiking a freelance story he wrote for BuzzFeed. Earlier in the day Wednesday Freed wrote, “I appreciate all the kind tweets, DMs, and emails. I thought @ErikWemple’s piece about what happened was totally fair.” Of course he thought it was “fair.” WaPo‘s Wemple defended the reporter who defied a directive from a boss by discussing standards set by the Washington City Paper, which is all well and good but for the fact that Freed was not fired for freelancing; he also no longer works for WCP. Wemple left a gaping hole in his story on Freed, jumping right from the publisher, Jake Dobkin, asked for the BuzzFeed story to be spiked to… “It ran.” Good going! But why should details matter to Wemple, who picks and chooses whom he defends based on an elusive criteria that’s hard to comprehend. He recently gave quite the easy time to a “publisher” who invented a story because she wished it was true. What’s not to like? Wemple later posted a letter from Freed which solved the mystery he could have clarified in his original post seeing as the letter from Freed circulated well before Wemple’s breaking story published. Freed wrote, “While the feedback on the piece has been largely positive, Jake had asked me to tell BuzzFeed to spike the article, but they and I went ahead with the decision to run it. I knew Jake would not be pleased, but I did not think this would be his recourse.” They and I? Hmmm so nice of Wemple to defend Freed on purposefully defying his boss based on standards at a publication where both he and Freed previously worked.

Workplace weirdness

“The co-worker who doesn’t want me following his twitter, follows ME on twitter! And we kind of are friends. That is why it’s weird.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Reporters fall prey to goat pitch

“Congressional cemetery goat bounce piece: Reporters more susceptible to press releases in August.” — CNN’s Zach Wolf. Speaking of goat stories…“ITK: Goats graze the Congressional Cemetery…which leads me to this uber important q: Do goats “bahh?” Just sheep?” — The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz, who links to this story. The Hill’s Associate Editor Niall Stanage replied, saying,  “I believe they bleat, officially. And thank you for provoking me to Google ‘noise Goats make.’” And Yahoo! News‘s Chris Moody: “I got hit with poison ivy while chasing goats around the Congressional Cemetery. WORTH IT.”

TMI?

“Many have asked about Twitter’s verification process. Not too difficult, though urine test was embarrassing.” — “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak.

Words to Live By

“Give us your tired, your weary, your Zuckers.” — Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy.

Reporter shares slice of life

“My 7 y/o in preparation for married life always tells me: ‘Daddy I really don’t like being asked how my day was.’”

Journo admits confusing actresses

“I mistook Glenn Close for Meryl Streep at Dem Nat’l convention in LA once. I was mortified, she laughed. Can relate.” — Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman, who links to this post in which a fan confuses Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. “Humble and hilarious, we just gained more respect for Marky Mark,” writes HuffPost in a post that’s neither humble nor hilarious.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:01 a.m.

Another view of This Town

“Working my way thru #ThisTown, but it’s a grind. Are the only people in ‘this town’ Democrats & @JohnMcCain (which, you know, close enough)?” — NJC’s Hannah Jackman.

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Morning Chatter

Famous last words? “I don’t know what a sharknado is, but I wish it would get out of my timeline.” — George Scoville.

Dylan Byers blasted for daring to deflate Glenn Greenwald

Kade: “Bet @DylanByers feels dumb about saying @ggreenwald didn’t have anymore big stories. How exciting on all fronts!” To which D.C. freelancer Sam Knight replied, “No, Kade. You’re wrong. If @DylanByers felt dumb about being wrong, he would have stopped trafficking wrong a long time ago.” All of this bluster stems from a single line in a Thursday post from Politico‘s Dylan Byers, in which he said he thought the wind was coming out of Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald‘s sails. More specifically, “Greenwald doesn’t appear to have any more big revelations up his sleeve.”And with that, let the d**k swinging contest begin! You’d have thought Byers said Greenwald had some sort of erectile dysfunction disorder by the way that geeky know-it-all prof and blogger Jay Rosen and Greenwald reacted. Then again, Byers isn’t exactly great at reading crystal balls – anyone recall what he said about NYT‘s Nate Silver? Nonetheless, Byers shot back at Rosen and Greenwald, who made fun of him and challenged his comment, writing, “Both of you willingly misread and are misrepresenting what I wrote.” He added, “Read this one and please try to troll less.” (Read here.) In conclusion, we’re taking Byers’ side here, but only because Rosen and Greenwald sound like a couple of whiny babies.

Newly elected WHCA board member expresses gratitude

“Thrilled and a little nervous about representing my colleagues on the White House Correspondents Association board. Thank you.” – Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox. Others who won: WSJ‘s Carol Lee as Prez; CBS’ Major Garrett as a board member. Congrats to all. Read more about this here.

Pregnant gossip writer has pickle cravings

“I’ve eaten five pickles in less than 24 hours, thereby officially becoming a cliché. #preggoproblems” — Howiella Kurtz (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz).

Thursday boldness

“OK, I’m going to say it – Britney’s new song sucks” — Nikki Schwab, who links to the song.

Important Q to Ponder: “What the fuck is going on in downtown DC? Why are 8 blocks cordoned off?” — WSJ video reporter Neil Hickey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:18 a.m.

Sexy for Washington talk

“Hot Mitch McConnell on Harry Reid action right now.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

 

Travel Bitches

“May not take @DCCirculator anymore if they can’t let passengers debark during 15 mns & counting of gridlocked traffic. Bus #1131.” — Crisis consultant and former journo Tim Burger.

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Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

In what falls into the this is not even gossip category, The Hill’s Judy Kurtz—editor of The Hill’s so-called gossip blog (gossip, we thought, was a keyword)—brought us a most absurd story yesterday about President Obama‘s workout routine that reeks so much of a publicist’s pitch that it might’ve been more interesting had the publicist been allowed to write it.

The story is all about what Extra host and “Saved By the Bell” alum Mario Lopez says about the President’s workouts. Lopez is qualified to comment on this and it merits a story because he a) spoke directly to the President once b) has a well-known 12-pack and c) has his own line of underwear.

For those wondering about the big question here—namely, when such a busy guy like the President finds time to work out—the astounding answer, according to Lopez, is in the morning. And also, whenever else he can. A few questions: 1. Does anyone give a sh*t? 2. See question #1. 3. See question #2.

The best part of the whole piece, though, is that Kurtz runs out of creative ways to refer to Obama somewhere around her very first reference. She starts out with “commander-in-chief,” but by the  final graph she’s calling him “the White House resident.” No, really.

Grandpa Howard Kurtz

Times are getting strange, indeed.

This afternoon, The Hill’s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz (i.e. Howiella, Howlma, Howeesha, etc..) announced on Twitter that she’s expecting a baby. Its expected arrival date: December, 2013.

Congratulations to the Kurtz clan. This is a big year for Grandpa-to-be Howard Kurtz — first he was fired from The Daily Beast/Newsweek, then he was hired at Fox News, and now, a grandchild!

Aasif Mandvi: ‘Conan Had Best Joke of Night’

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi gave fellow comedian Conan O’Brien a big thumbs up today, insisting he had the best joke of the night.

“Yeah, I thought he was good,” said Mandvi. “It’s a tough gig talking to people while they’re eating and following President Obama. I thought he was very funny and had the best joke of the night — the Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow joke.”

The joke involved comparing Obama and House Speaker John Boehner getting together to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Nothin’s gonna happen,” he cracked.

The highlight of Mandvi’s weekend? “I guess meeting Michelle from Downton Abbey. I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan.”

Mandvi’s impromptu review of O’Brien’s performance was told to FishbowlDC today at the Thomson-Reuters/Yahoo! News post prom night brunch at Hay Adams, where a variety of journalists were buzzing around the room.

Spotted in the mix: BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro and publicist Ashley McCollum, who, while making fun of her own boat shoes, said it made her feel so good being at such a posh party. Also dotting the room was WaPo‘s Erik Wemple (from the ERIK WEMPLE BLOG) and Jack Shafer (where does he work again, Reuters?) as well as The Hill‘s Emily Goodin and Judy Kurtz (Howiella!) and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt. A journo who shall remain nameless and genderless somehow sneaked his or her way into the party without being on the list (yes, crashing a party, even at the opulent Hay Adams, can happen.)

Quotable: “If this wasn’t here I’d be shitting my pants.” — FBDC’s Eddie Scarry standing on the balcony of the Hay Adams, safely inside the wrought-iron railing.

Redford Revisits ‘All The President’s Men’

It’s been 37 years since the Watergate scandal was captured in the movie “All the President’s Men.” The anniversary was marked Thursday at the Newseum with a screening of “All The President’s Men: Revisited,” a documentary about the movie. The White House Correspondents’ Association and Discovery hosted the event.

Prior to the screening, actor Robert Redford, documentary producers Andrew Lack and Laura Michalchyshyn and famed Watergate journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein walked a red carpet.

Woodward was at the center of a minor media scandal earlier this year when he suggested that he had been threatened by a White House official. Once a thorn in the side of Republicans, Woodward’s claim won him fans on the right and several appearances on FNC’s “Hannity.”

Asked what he makes of Woodward’s tendency to stir trouble on both the left and the right, Redford told FBDC, “it means he’s doing a good job.”

“We don’t live in a world where everybody’s one way or the other,” he added. “There’s a lot of gray there. I think if somebody’s doing their job, they’re going to provoke people who don’t want to see the job well done.”

In remarks before the film, WHCA President and FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry said this year’s WHCA dinner is trying to focus on the scholarship that WHCA offers aspiring journalists rather than the celebrities who will be attending. He said Redford agreed to attend the screening in that same spirit.

Fun fact: The documentary contains a scene wherein TV commentator Ben Stein starts crying at the memory of President Richard Nixon‘s final speech as president.

Following the film was a panel discussion with Redford, Bernstein, Woodward, Henry and Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift.

When asked about the state of journalism today Redford said… Read more

Want an Oyster Named for You and a Free Party?

You’re a journalist.  Come on, you love to see your byline. So we have an unusually fishy idea: name an Oyster after yourself (or a coworker) and have the name immortalized forever. P.J. Clarke’s is introducing its’ own signature oyster on Tuesday, with its name to be chosen by secret ballot.

Brad Blynier, one of the owners of the War Shore Oyster Company, the company that’s harvesting the exclusive oyster for the restaurant, describes the oyster as “farm raised, premium cocktail-sized and has a robust brininess with a clean, mild and sweet finish.”

Based on the oyster’s characteristics, we’ve come up with naming suggestions but feel free to come up with your own (write us at Betsy@mediabistro.com,  fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or use our Anonymous Tips button):

The Badass Oyster: Do we even need to name the journalist who comes to work with a chain tied to his waste? That’d be BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. The Meghan: For Meghan McCain, a tart oyster served naked of its shell; The Rose Garden: after The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, an oyster served live and will never shut up. The Burger Oyster: it’s cocktail-sized, after all, and has former TIME scribe and professional partygoer Tim Burger written all over it. To spice things up, we have The Rosie: sweet, tart and can cuss like a sailor for BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray (and we mean nothing by the tart, only that it’s a flavor that might be present in an oyster.). The Bob Schieffer, farm raised, but still clean and sweet– an undeniable D.C. institution. The Hardball Oyster: All robust and briny things should be named after MSNBC host Chris Matthews, shouldn’t they? The Pothead Oyster: all laid back and smooth, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. The Howeeza: after mild, sweet Judy Kurtz from The Hill. The Ezzy: serious and wonky with a touch of lemon and an aroma of fresh figs for WaPo‘s favorite “f–k you” blogger Ezra Klein. The Weingarten: a little sour-aftertaste for D.C.’s ultimate curmudgeon, WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. The Luke: for MSNBC’s Luke Russert, a very meaty oyster;  “Shorty” the Jake Sherman oyster. The Stealth Spunkster: she’s everywhere and nowhere all at once after Hollywood on the Potomac‘s Janet Donovan; and The Lady: the always well-mannered and comedy-laced Neda Semnani from Roll Call‘s HOH. The Angry Oyster: Can you guess? That’d be Tim Grieve, who just gave Politico the middle finger and bolted to National Journal. The Fresh Mouthed Oyster: Politico‘s own salty tweeter Ben White, who likes to share his crappy hotel experiences. Hey, maybe this time the Jefferson Hotel will actually hold a reservation for him or the W will give him a room that doesn’t place the bathroom in the foyer. The Potty Mouthed Oyster: Mike Elk, a brusque, sharp-flavored oyster for the labor journo who swears more than any other. The Shooter: Who else? After the gun activist journalist herself, Emily Miller of TWT. And finally, we offer The Boyle: for you-know-who, the always all blown up Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News.

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Quotes of the Day

Blogger laments overusing F-bomb (well, sort of)

“I really have an unhealthy usage of the F word. I should put a cap on it such as 48/day. Yep, that should do it.” — Javonni Brustow, editor of TheDCPundit.com and PopGlitz.com.

TV and the Mark Sanford affair

“TV today seems to be arguing today that Sanford’s affair was somehow ‘better’ than other sex scandals since he fell in love/engaged now #SC1.” –  Jessica Taylor, senior analyst and reporter at Rothenberg Political Report. Photo credit: this picture appeared in The Daily Caller.

Journo promotes his story for Autism Awareness Day

“For #Autism Awareness day, here is a story I did last year about my son, two presidents, love, guilt and parenthood.” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier on the story that he couldn’t have self-promoted any more unless he a) formally renamed himself Howard Kurtz and b) implanted Howard Kurtz‘s brain cavity inside his own. Oh and in case you somehow missed this one — and the nerve of you if you did — read here.

Sen. Manchin isn’t heartless about dead reality star 

Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz) proves that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) isn’t a total heartless prick this week. She sent the senator a question regarding the death of a MTV “Buckwild” reality show Manchin had denounced as trash. See what the senator had to say here.

Ezzy under “social pressure” to follow certain peeps on Twitter

“It’s kind of not great in D.C. I’ve tried to unfollow people before and they’ve gotten very mad at me.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. “So it’s actually not worth unfollowing people to me, it creates a sort of social anger.” Please Ezra, let us back in to your feed! Slate‘s Dave Weigel, who has grown rather cranky as of late, we can do without. But you? We just know we’re missing out. Watch the rest of Klein and Brad Plumer‘s thoughts on Twitter usage here. Plumer’s insightful thought: He’s not sure Ezzy knows just what he wants from Twitter.

TV journo admits her desk is a mess

“OK, now I’m really admitting it: My desk is littered with old scripts, water bottles and coffee cups. Time to do something about it.” — CNN’s Erin McPike. Here’s to hoping the network newbie doesn’t wind up on a future episode of TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.”

Whoa, what?

Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong has a freelance story on Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) in The Weekly Standard this week. Is it a one-time thing or what’s happening? Read here. Update: The piece was just freelance. Like many pubs, Strong had pre-approval from his bosses.

Anonymous ranter has thoughts on ABC and Jake Tapper… Read more

Ex-Politico’s Karin Tanabe: ‘I was Terrified’

Ex-Politico staffer Karin Tanabe revealed last night that there will be a sequel to her fictional book The List. “There’s got to be a sequel,” she said at a party celebrating the publication of her first book.

Though The List is a kind of fictional tell-all about Tanabe’s tenure at Politico, several current staffers still showed up to offer congratulations. Former employees showed up as well, including Kendra Marr Chaikind, who was fired from the publication in 2011.

“I wrote it really fast in secrecy,” Tanabe said in a short speech to the room of 70-ish attendees. She started it in the summer of 2011 while still working at Politico. “I was terrified,” she said.

Tanabe acknowledged other Politico “survivors” in the room (some of whom could be heard trading jokes about Politico) and said her book is about “paying homage” to reporters working in today’s new media environment. Of new media, she said, “It’s easier to make your career but also break your career.”

At one point, what appeared to be the cast of D.C. Housewives swooped in and had their photo snapped by the photographer. Among the women (and wearing all sorts of furs and leathers) were… Read more

Rep. Steve Cohen: A Tale of the Tape

It was a turn-of-events all but written for a Days of Our Lives episode. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) was seen trading seemingly flirtatious tweets with a young, attractive blonde during the State of the Union speech.

The woman, a co-ed named Victoria Brink, we come to find out, is his secret daughter (pictured at right).

How it progressed…

New York magazine reported on the incident the day after SOTU last week, calling Cohen’s tweets “flirty.” And reasonably so. The whole thing was like a replay of the Anthony Weiner scandal, minus boner shots. “Happy Valentines beautiful girl. [I love you]” was among the tweets sent to Brink by Cohen.

Feeding into the weirdness was Cohen’s flack, Michael Pagan, who told New York that Brink is “the daughter of a longtime friend” of Cohen’s and that Cohen has “known her pretty much her whole life.”

Judy Kurtz and Alexandra Jaffe at The Hill double bylined a story that ran a little more than an hour later with very similar content to New York‘s, with additional details on Brink being a college student and aspiring model. Kurtz and Jaffe got a link from the Drudge Report.

The Free Beacon wrote up the story, calling Brink a “groupie” that “hollered” at Cohen.

Later that evening, RedState asked if Cohen was “schtupping his buddy’s daughter?”

It wasn’t until NBC’s Luke Russert swooped in on a white horse (a very large horse) to make the big reveal: “Cohen (D-Tenn.) tells me woman he tweeted during SOTU is in fact his daughter, he only learned of her 3 yrs ago,” Russert wrote on Twitter.

O.M.G.

The next day, WaPo‘s Reliable Source column reported on the entire matter linking to nothing but other WaPo stories. (Why not make it look like you rolled in late as usual or that you didn’t actually break the story?)

Aftermath… Read more

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