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White House Correspondents’ Thursday Roundup

20140501_192720Thursday night kicked off White House Correspondents’ Weekend and FishbowlDC was out and about at the parties to which we were invited (which did not include “The Global Beat,” by the UN Foundation, Devex, and Foreign Affair, sponsored by Washington Life, and Uber).

We were at the Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism party at the home of Story Partners’ Gloria Dittus and hosted by NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin,Washingtonian’s Cathy Merrill Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS’s Jan Crawford and the New Republic’s Julia Ioffe. We also stopped by The Spin Room with Rock the Vote at Napoleon’s art gallery - Hierarchy.

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Thursday Guide to WHC Weekend

image001Days away is the White House Correspondents Association Dinner and even sooner is a plethora of parties starting on Thursday.

Thursday all we have on tap is 2, the inaugural Women in Journalism party and Rock the Vote. Below are the relevant dets. We hope to see you there!

Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism
Thursday, May 1, 6 – 8:30pm
Hosted by NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin, Washingtonian’s Cathy Merrill Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS’s Jan Crawford and the New Republic’s Julia Ioffe
Cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres
Dress attire is business professional
Valet parking and coat check will be available

 

rockthevoteThe Spin Room with Rock the Vote
Thursday, May 1, 8 – 11pm
Hosted by Ink Blot Army & FinePoint PR
Original art work by Matthew Curran
Music by DJs .rarKelly and Adam to the Max
Cocktails by EXODO Tequila
Vino from Wine Awesomeness
Beers by Ommegang
Photo booth from Poshbooth
Sprinkles Cupcakes
Swag bag by W Salon

WHCD Party Invites: SPIN ROOM with Rock the Vote

rockthevoteTwo days before the big night, Rock the Vote presents The Spin Room – an evening in celebration of new media, the youths, and the importance of voting (also known as the “Everyone Gets Laid” party). The bash, to be held at Hierarchy art gallery at Napoleon Bistro & Lounge, is being hosted by Ink Blot Army (Jessica Hoy and Teddy Duvall) and FinePoint PR (Meredith Fineman).

Guests will enjoy cocktails by EXODO Tequila, vino from Wine Awesomeness, beers from Ommegang, a pop-up digital photo booth via Poshbooth and a whole lotta Sprinkles Cupcakes – not to mention a “deluxe” swag bag from W Salon. The evening will also feature original artwork by Matthew Curran and DJs .rarKelly and Adam to the Max.

In competition for the evening is the inaugural “Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism” event co-hosted by Story Partner’s Gloria Dittus, NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin,Washingtonian’s Catherine Merrell Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS News’ Jan Crawford, and The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe.

Both events are invite only. But you have the names of the hosts and we can’t stop you from trying to get an invite.

Party on!

WHCD Party Invites: Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism

White House Correspondents Weekend is right around the corner, and talk of “Did you get that invite?” has already begun.

Well we have, and here’s what’s first on the agenda.

The inaugural “Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism” on Thursday, May 1 from 6 – 8:30 pm, co-hosted by Story Partner’s Gloria Dittus, NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin, Washingtonian’s Cathy Merrell Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS News’ Jan Crawford, and The New Republic’s Julia Ioffe.

Sorry folks…location and RSVP dets omitted. More invites TK.

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Morning Chatter

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A lawmaker uses the word “sux?”

“Member txts from inside mtg: ‘this sux’ I respond: ‘why?’ Member doesn’t respond.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

Just wondering…

“Seriously – who are these people getting Capitol tour at 11pm??” — CNN’s Deirdre Walsh.

imagesJourno encounters alcohol-scented pols 

“About every other House lawmaker I just talked to smelled like booze. It’s only 9pm. Wheeee!” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Reporter breaks the rules

“Almost got kicked out of speakers lobby for taking photo of a piece of paper #rookiemistake.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Place to be during the shutdown: C-SPAN

“Exciting late night TV: House rules committee on @CSpan” — PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

Ezzy is old enough damn it!

“I’m old enough to remember when House GOP refused to go to conference committee  with Senate Democrats.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. To which MSNBC.com’s Benjy Sarlin remarked, “You’re a day old?”

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Politico‘s Donovan Slack: “Can anyone tell what Obama’s drinking tonight in this pic?”

BloombergBNA’s Cheryl Bolen: “It’s Honest Tea, can’t tell what flavor.

Late-night observers

  • “Chuck Todd is fucking tired, man.” – BuzzFeed‘s TV-obsessed Dorsey Shaw.
  • “One day we’ll all tell our grandkids about the night the motion to go to conference on a short-term stopgap…nevermind.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.
  • Unknown-1“Pete Sessions seems sooooo annoyed to be there right now – and tired – I sympathize” — CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.
  • “On the upside, Clinton and Lewinsky got together during the last shutdown.” — National Journal‘s Matt Cooper.
  • “House GOP looks just plain desperate. #pathetic #yourfault #GOPshutdown” — Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change and former Communications Director for the Democratic Party.
  • “@louiseslaughter you just made the most idiotic point ever…” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. “DC GOP Girl.”
  • “At midnight Speaker John Boehner becomes a pumpkin. An orange faced, drunken, failure of a pumpkin. #GOPShutdown” — Syndicated liberal columnist Karl Frisch.
  • “All the gallows humor very much appreciated (and fun!) but Jesus Christ THIS IS FUCKED UP. Let’s just not forget that.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Important question to ponder: Which Washington journo pulled his back?

NPR reporter gets a sign from beyond?

“My TV just quit on me while watching CSPAN. Obviously a sign.” –  NPR’s Arnie Seipel at  10:15 p.m.

Eatery to lawmakers: No free pulled pork for you!

@PBBBQDelRay: “Free pulled pork sandwich for any gov employee if there is a shutdown. EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN.”

Pre-emptive media strike

“No doubt OBJECTIVE @ABurnsPolitico, @maggiepolitico are working on piece asking y Hillary hasn’t ‘Soulja’d’ Obama for refusal to negotiate.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

 greenstripecoverfishWords to live by…

“Know what keeps me sane living in the DC area? Boasting an outsider mindset in the Beltway. Resist urge for power and remember your roots.” — conservative blogger Gabriella Hoffman. Just moments before this whopper of wisdom, she wrote, “My page is 8 likes away from 1,100. Connect with me on FB if you haven’t already.”

Editor’s brain shuts down

“You know what else has shut down? My brain. Time for bed. Will be up bright and early to cover the ongoing CR voterama. Night all.”– Red Alert Politics Editor-in-Chief Francesca Chambers at 12:10 a.m.

Confessional.

“My Dad lost a whole college trimester when the Pennsylvania government shut down and didn’t make his financial aid payments to the school.” — HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

Where are Julia’s feelings? “Am I supposed to feel something right now? #shutdown” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe at 12:06 a.m.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Rome unveils a new Pope

“CNBC seems unprepared for #pope coverage. They don’t have anyone translating what he’s saying.” — WSJ‘s Victoria McGrane.

“Remember when we were all watching the chimney and waiting for the reveal of the new pope? #nostaliga” — Politico‘s David Chalian.

“So, another Pope who thinks contraceptives are evil. Good luck with that.” — Blogger and pundit Craig Crawford.

“How did the Pope name himself so fast? Do all cardinals have a papal name short list ready?” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe.

“The House Science subcommittee hearing on energy subsidies has now been delayed for 45 minutes. I blame the Vatican.” — SNL Energy power and policy reporter Corbin Hiar.

“For the record, I yelled ‘POPE SMOKE’ in my newsroom < 1 minute before we saw the smoke. So, yeah, I’ve got some powers. – NJ‘s Elahe Izadi.

“With the pope jokes winding down, Twitter will return to its bread and butter of poop jokes.” Yahoo! Sports Big League Stew Contributor Dave Brown.

Steak: It’s what’s for dinner at midnight

“It’s absolutely silly to grill steaks at midnight, said no smart person ever.” — The Daily Caller‘s soon to be Daily Mail‘s David Martosko. (Except maybe a cardiologist?)

 

Reporter hopes Kissinger yells at her

“So, last time I spoke to Henry Kissinger he yelled at me. Fingers crossed tonight will be two for two #dreams.” — Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani who had an encounter with him at the Nixon Centennial a few months back.

Journo Love

The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball: “I hope everyone appreciates the greatness of @sarahlyall. Everything she writes is fantastic.”

NYT‘s London-based correspondent Sarah Lyall: “What an extremely nice thing to say! Thank you.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:23 a.m.

Erick Erickson trash talks MSNBC

“MSNBC shocked the new Pope is Catholic.” — FNC Contributor and RedState Editor Erick Erickson.

Quote Taken Way Out of Context

“Everything is terrible.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rebecca Berg.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

TV journo hates himself?  

“Dear Toure, I just wanted you to know I hate you. Have a nice day.” — MSNBC’s Touré.

Got questions for the President? “Last call– send me your questions for President Obama. I’ll be sitting down for an exclusive interview w/him later today.” — ABC “This Week” and “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos at the crack of dawn.

Irony is…

“When I left a daylong event focused on ideas to make the world a better place, the driver ahead of me threw 2 soda cans out his car window.” — Tracy Sefl, elite media communications specialist.

Dumbass Pitches

“I may technically be a senior editor at TNR, but please stop sending me pitches about healthy tanning.” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe.

Gone crazy?

“I’VE BEEN DRINKING 32 OZ COKES ALL NIGHT AND I FEEL FINE SO WHATEVER, BLOOMBERG” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel, whose gut is verrry angry with him today.

The Observer: “Hey TeeVee, I’m officially tired of the chyron ‘Pope & Change.’ The Catholic Church is over 2,000 years old. Plenty of time to be clever” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.

The Observer II: “Some days, Morning Joe is like watching a couple on the verge of divorce try to keep from destroying each other.” — The Raw Story‘s Jesse Taylor, a former internet consultant to Jerry Springer’s political group and radio show.

Washington (and others) react to ABC’s “The Bachelor” Finale

“Catherine had three months to get rid of the nose ring and get a haircut. #teamlindsey #bachelor.”  — TWT senior op-ed writer and a show diehard Emily Miller.

“Emily’s lesson from #The Bachelor? If Mr. Dreamboat is making out with several other girls on nat’l TV & telling you how special u r–run.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. (She’s not referring to Emily above, but rather Emily Maynard, former Bachelorette and former contestant on “The Bachelor.”)

Important Q to Never Ponder: “Am I the only one way more interested in seeing Sean and Lindsay together on this show – than Sean and Catherine?? #bachelor” — FNC’s Shannon Bream. Commentary’s Jon Podhoretz replied, “@ShannonBream you and Lucifer.”

“Sat across the isle from Chris Harrison of The Bachelor on a plane from Austin to L.A. A very nice guy. I understand his success.” — Libertarian activist and ex-game show host Chuck Woolery.

“Thailand sucks for getting dumped. Can’t eat thai food again without breaking down in tears. #thebachelor” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.

“Taking off your shoes after getting dumped…power move. You’ll be fine Linds. #Bachelor.”– Media Matters Publicist Jess Levin.

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TNR Slips Ezra Klein the Tongue

Valentine’s Day came early for WaPo uber blogger Ezra Klein as The New Republic released their profile of him last night as the clock struck midnight. The profile is gushing and full of unbridled passion for Klein. Maybe they’re still kicking themselves in the shins for turning him down for a reporter-researcher position?

1. Enter Ezra the bad Jew. We’re not sure what kind of a Jew Ezra Klein is, but he’s far from traditional. So much so, that it wouldn’t surprise us to learn that he eats shellfish with a side of pork and a glass of milk. For starters, he gives the reporter, Julia Ioffe, a prosciutto sandwich as a peace offering at one of their early meetings. “I have a little spiel I do at this,” he tells her on the way to a speaking engagement at Northern Virgina Community College. And this is the most Yiddish he’ll use in the entire profile. The prosciutto sandwich? Hardly a Jew-y choice, but Ezra has a wonky explanation involving a study that says more judges offer parole once they’ve eaten. So Ez figures she’ll go easier on him if she has some non-kosher food in her stomach. Another non-Jew detail about Ezra: In high school he graduated with a 2.2 GPA (a shameful admission to smart Jews everywhere). Turns out, Ez got into college by the skin of his teeth — University of California-Santa Cruz was the only institution that would let him in. Ioffe described the talk Ezra gave at the community college as reminiscent to a “schticky Bar Mitzvah speech.” What? In our forced vast experience with Bar Mitzvah attendance, there are never “speeches.” Just performances known as “haftorah portions” in which the boy or girl reads from the Torah. We only hope Ezra sang his and that there’s video lurking in his mother’s basement. Finally, Ezra loves Christmas. Whoa! What?

2. Friend-sourcing. For all of Ezzy’s angst about the profile, the sources are painfully tame. The author relies repeatedly on Ezra’s fellow Boybanders for expertise. In a true, believable profile, you get skewered and praised. All your questionable acts arise — his infamous and now defunct Journolist, briefing Senate Democratic Chiefs of Staff about the Supercommittee just days before the Committee announced its failing, and once writing of Tim Russert, “fuck tim russert. fuck him with a spiky acid-tipped dick.”  What, the author of the profile can’t even press him to explain this? The only act she mentions is what he wrote about Russert and then doesn’t bother to ask him about it. No, here we get the usuals — Slate‘s Dave Weigel and Matt Yglesias and TPM‘s Brian Beutler — all his nerdy pals saying typical, boring stuff. Which would be fine, if she found a few people who happen to think he’s pontificates way more than he reports or that he’s more of a Democratic policy advisor than a journalist — and there are plenty of journalists in Washington who share this point of view. But nope, in her profile, they don’t exist. The boys verify that Ezra is wound a little tight — in fact, Weigel rolls through his weird memory of dinner parties and can’t recall a single instance in which he ever saw Ezra drunk. Yawn.

3. Ezra’s angst. By far, the most interesting part of the story comes when the author continuously goes into exquisite detail about the internal angst Ezra feels about having a profile written about him in the first place. Before he agreed to it, he met with the author to discuss what the piece would entail. He wrestles with all of it and doesn’t seem to know what tactic to take with Ioffe. Does he open up? Does he expose his discomfort? Does he lay down the law? Does he compliment her, befriend her, cuss with her, scold her and ultimately invite her to his favorite Chinese haunt to finally at least pretend to let her see the real him? In the end, Ezra does all of the above. But our all-time favorite part of the piece is when Ioffe’s hanging out in the “Wonkpod” of The Washington Post — i.e. the nerdy nerve center for Ezzy’s five-person operation. As she scrutinizes his every move — how he sits, his constantly bouncy knee, how he types — he gets all tight-ass on her and instructs her “sternly” that she’s not to print any of the emails on his screen.

An excerpt:

“I was not to speak to his family or to his wife. Before I arrived at the Wonkpod, he sent me an e-mail warning me that the Post bigwigs prohibited me from talking to anyone in the newsroom. At one point, he turned around and said, ‘Can you see my screen?’ ‘My e-mails,’ he added sternly, ‘are off the record.’ So were his phone conversations and the names of the people he spoke to throughout the day. He was also worried about revealing the name of an economist at a conservative think tank he considers to be ‘an intense thinker,’ his habit of watching ‘Battlestar Gal- lactica’ in the evenings, as well as his love of Christmas.”

Photograph above by Spencer Heyfron for TNR.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

Understatement: TNR staffer hates to wait

“Fuck me. That took three hours of my life and I still don’t have a press badge.” — The New Republic‘s staff writer Julia Ioffe who spent much of her day getting credentialed for President Obama‘s inauguration.

Writer admits to weepy day

“Spent a lot of time crying earlier today. Then I remembered that time Herman Cain sang the lyrics of amazing grace to the tune of danny boy.” — Freelancer Moe Tkacik.

Asst. managing editor chases tow truck

“There’s just nothing like sprinting after your car, which is being towed, in the rain.” — Katherine Miller, Asst. Managing Editor for Washington Free Beacon. The conclusion: “Don’t worry: I did outrun the tow truck, which chauffeured me to a nearby ATM.”

Deep thoughts on abortion with WaPo’s Gene Weingarten

“It is an early fetus, Ken. Not a kid till it screams on a plane or poops out the diaper leg hole.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten to Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd and his flatulent-ridden colleague Tim Graham. Shepherd had written to the open liberal Weingarten, “A human fetus, ergo a human being, ergo a human child. But if it helps you sleep at night, continue to lie to yourself about the child-killing nature of abortion.”

New York mag writer says Atlantic shouldn’t whore its brand

“Earnest tweet: Best way to help the great journalists at The Atlantic is to let business side grasp there are limits to whoring their brand.” — New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, in regards to Scientology “sponsor content” published in The Atlantic.

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