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Quotes of the Day — Happy New Year!

Travel Bitches

“If an airplane itself could have influenza, I’m on it.” — Politico‘s Dave Levinthal.

“Guy behind me on plane whacks me w/ suitcase as putting it in overhead. ‘Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you.’ Cuz I’m REALLY tiny #HappyNewYear.” — Joanne Bamberger, mommy blogger, former news anchor and author of “Mothers of Intention.”

And a travel apology…“Off to Paris for a bit. Nice to see you again, turkish air. Please carry me safely to my destination and sorry for any anxiety exhibited.” — Seyward Darby, freelancer, former online editor at TNR.

Press aide tells everyone to calm down

“Folks out there w/ crazy theories about what’s going on in House. All ridiculous. Just figuring out best path forward. Stay calm, carry on.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor aide Rory Cooper during fiscal cliff negotiations.

For a gay old time…

“Two tickets for @GayPimp‘s #GayestWeekendOfAllTime this March in Florida? Yes, please.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.

Loesch takes a breather from laptop

“I’ve not opened my laptop since December 21st. Rare. Christmas vacation was lovely, but am ready to roll up the sleeves again.” — Ex-Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch, who is now suing her former employer. Considering the backlash she received after the Sandy Hook shootings, in which she accused President Obama of playing politics with the deaths of children, this may have been a welcome relief.

Breitbart newbie on first-name basis with U.S. leaders

“In case anyone didn’t notice, we have now officially jumped off the fiscal cliff. Thanks John , Barry and Harry!” — Breitbart.com‘s Matthew Boyle, who hopes to one day fill the shoes of the late Andrew Breitbart.

A rare nod to CNN

“CNN is the only big cable news network doing fiscal cliff coverage right now. (I mean, if you’re a geek.)” — The Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis on New Year’s Day.

And now, a New Year’s Eve observation on facial hair: “Back on CNN with the bearded ones–Wolf Blitzer and Robert Reich–at 8:30. All agree. No taxation of facial hair.” — Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist.

The Self-Appointed Media Critic…

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“No White House photos from family meetings. But the family of Emilie Parker, who was 6, released this on their own.”Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports.

TIPS FROM THE POOL, INTO THE DEEP END: “Deep female sobs were heard from several sections of the audience, as the president started to read the names of the teachers who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school. …The president is speaking without a teleprompter and he carried his remarks in a dark folder. ” — A White House Pool Report by AFP’s Stephen Collinson on President Obama‘s speech in Newtown, Conn. last night.

Confessional: “I keep having this one horrible thought: I am lying when I tell my children there’s no such thing as monsters.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in starkly shifting roles over the weekend between reporter and private citizen. He received a lot of praise but some complaints.

Journo pushes gun control laws

“If we as a nation got serious about keeping guns away from the mentally disturbed, Louie Gohmert *would* have reason to be concerned.” — Mother Jones Engagement Editor and former Survivor: Baghdad contestant Adam Weinstein on Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who went on Fox News Sunday this weekend and announced that more guns are the answer to mass killings such as the one at Sandy Hook.

A mayor, former White House COS changes his mind on guns

“President Clinton and I fought to pass the assault weapons ban. It’s time to renew and strengthen it. An easy vote.” — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But wait, The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza points out the mayor’s incredible hypocrisy…Read here.

And an editor addresses what evil is not

“Evil has nothing to do with Autism, Asperger’s, or being goth.” — CNN Contributor and Breitbart.com‘s Dana Loesch.

A moment of tweeting silence?

“I won’t be tweeting during President’s remarks. I think we should all listen carefully.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Whoa, what?! “Friend of mine joined NRA this morning. Sleeper mole trying to change org from inside. Will they support more limitations and licensing?” — Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

A compliment for CNN: “CNN is doing a segment on comfort dogs being brought to Newtown to help people cope. It’s actually comforting just watching them on TV.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Journalistic outrage

“Yesterday’s orgy of erroneous & at times repulsively awful reporting on #Newtown should be a wakeup call for journalists everywhere.” — Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis.

“You see journalists saying ‘this is so awful, why does this keep happening’ while rabidly posting links to the killer’s social media.” — Justin Green, editor of David Frum’s blog.

“Not the best day for my trade.” — TIME White House correspondent Michael Scherer with a link to a story on outlets that botched the Connecticut shooting story.

Congratulations to… FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and hubby John Coale on 33 years of marriage. They celebrated on Sunday.

TV journo planned to spend weekend in prayer… Read more

Is Facebook Chicken Sh&t? Journo Banned for 24 Hours

Life in the digital age can be a bitch. Facebook has banned Karl Frisch, a Democratic strategist, syndicated columnist and radio host for 24 hours for a post on Chick-fil-A that included a graphic with the word “fags.” As many know, Frisch is openly gay and does not support the practices and policies of the chicken joint on account of what he describes as their support of anti-gay organizations.

“This is a load of horse shit. @Facebook has blocked me from posting content for 24 hours for posting this,” said Frisch, taking the matter to Twitter.

The columnist posted on Chic-fil-A on his public profile last week and received upwards of 5,000 views with 100 people re-sharing. “It’s obviously fair use,” Frisch told FishbowlDC, explaining that he first noticed the image on Twitter.

“I thought Chick-fil-A left a bad taste in my mouth, now it’s Facebook,” he said. “You’re not going to silence people because your company supports anti-gay policies. A lot of us are not going to sit there and keep our mouths shut. It’s unfortunate to see Facebook ban me and possibly others to socially network with others to make sure they’re aware of these social policies, especially when you think about how forward thinking Facebook has been on LGBT equality issues.”

David Cohen, who writes mediabistro’s AllFacebook blog, said Facebook banning a user is not common. “Actually, yes, it is pretty unusual, but they will probably give you a vague, boilerplate response saying that their terms of service were violated,” he said.

As an aside, Frisch noted that Facebook has recently altered its policy to allow gay men and women to declare their marital statuses to spouses of the same gender.

We’ve reached out to Facebook PR and Greg Thompson in Chick fil-A’s Corporate Communications Dept. for comment.

UPDATE: Here’s a funny twist. It was accidental! Andrew Noyes of Facebook wrote FBDC to say, “This was an error and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. He can feel free to repost the image.”

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When insomnia strikes…

“I still can’t sleep. Ask me anything and I’ll answer. #ASKarl” — Syndicated Columnist Karl Frisch, also a partner at Bullfight Strategies, at around 3 a.m. At 4 a.m. he wrote, “Why can’t I sleep?!?! Ugh.” Some questions he received: 1. “Do the elves help Santa with grooming, or is their mandate strictly in making toys?” 2. “Why do you think Roberts took the ACA position he did?”

Allbritton springs for pizza

“One of the perks of #scotusday: newsroom pizza!” — Politico national political reporter Emily Schultheis.

Inside CNN…

@BuzzFeedBen @mmhastings Open Revolt? Funny, I’m sitting in the bureau and haven’t seen a single pitchfork or overturned edit bay.” — CNN’s Matt Dornic in response to Buzzfeed‘s Michael Hastings story on staffers revolting at CNN after they mistakenly reported that the Supreme Court didn’t uphold the healthcare bill.

And inside the courtroom…

“Journalists and lawmakers scribbled notes furiously while Justices spoke because you can’t bring blackberries or recorders in courtroom.” — CBS News Capitol Hill Producer Jill Jackson.

Rosen tries to ease Toobin’s fall

@JeffreyToobin gives a classy analysis/apology” — CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen after CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin makes a whopper of an error Thursday.

Only in Washington…

“Crowd outside SCOTUS is confused. Both sides cheering.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Who is having a worse day Republicans, Ann Curry or CNN?” — MSNBC Contributor and The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain.

Journo amid Supreme Court ruling

“Spending the day test driving Chrysler’s. Am I missing any news? #nprlife (@ Chrysler Chelsea Proving Grounds)” — NPR’s Sonari Glinton.

C-SPAN: Priceless

“Ha, C-SPAN just cut off a caller who said Obama supported universal health care ‘because he is an alien.’” – Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Correction: We were mistaken in yesterday’s Morning Chatter. NYT Jim Roberts actually did respond to HuffPost‘s Jon Ward‘s early morning ranting on the NYT homepage not having Supreme Court coverage Thursday. They had a blurb, but nothing significant. Roberts replied to the very important Ward, saying, “@jonward11 Seriously, what more is there to say at this point. We wait for a ruling.” And this: “Don’t do rehash.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

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Would You Eat This Crap? “Just had a plate full of CRAZY food for dinner here in Seoul… actually a couple of plates full. It was a buffet. :) ” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long in Seoul.

Also in Seoul: “So I have 16 hours left in Korea. and I never got over my jetlag. #UGH” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Don’t worry, Rush is ok!

“Thanks for your good wishes…I’m fine, folks. @mmfa is like jock itch. An irritating chafe. A little baby powder and voila!” — Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Attention grabbing headline in WaPo: “Germantown man convicted of manslaughter in fight over clogged toilet” — Don’t laugh too hard readers. Two housemates got into a squabble over a clogged toilet and one man is dead. Let this be a lesson to everyone to keep their bathrooms clean and their toilet paper stocked. Read the story here.

Journo Love

“The bookers for @CNNSitRoom deserve a raise. Romney, Gingrich & Santorum on same show with @wolfblitzercnn. Nice job!” — CNN Commentator Paul Begala.

A scribe’s gratitude for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer

“Oh good, Wolf is going to tell us about the teenager with the empty pot bag.” — Former Gawker Political Editor and general vagabond for the time being Jim Newell.

Cameras inside the court?

“We should have TV cameras inside the Supreme Court. This is the third branch of government, not the CIA.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Potentially risqué act

“Should I teach my computer’s spell-check to understand the word ‘Santorum’?” — JRC’s Jeremy Binckes.

Reporter soon heads to Afghanistan

“Thanks for the #MilitaryMonday love. A week from today, I should be blogging from Afghanistan. Hope you’ll follow along.” — War correspondent for Marine Corps Times Dan Lamothe.

Today at 3 p.m.: Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch hosts the Thom Hartmann show. TIME: 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Details here.

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Our blind item from Valentine’s Day: Read here.

Two TV journos part ways…WaPo‘s Reliable Source and Politico report it. Sources: WaPo’s Reliable Source — “a friend” and “another friend.” Politico – “A source at CNN confirms…”

Take that Blind Tipster

“Dear ‘blind tipster’ – we ain’t carrying your dirty water.” — FamousDC

Journo goes to bed (this morning)

“Having been up since 5am yesterday, I am now going to bed. Good night.” — RedState.com Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in an early morning tweet.

All over the map

“Obama is in every time zone today.” — Politico White House reporter Byron Tau.

Tasteless or clever?

“Deaf student ‘speechless’ after Obama responds to him in sign language” — HuffPost. Read here.

Illinois primary TV watching at its finest

“When Mitt tells the story of meeting Ann as a teenager what he’s kinda saying is ‘I noticed her when she grew boobs.’ #politicolive” — Publicist and former ABC “This Week” Producer Courtney Cohen.

Poor gets Limbaughed

It’s not Drudge, but it might be the next best thing. “Good story by @jeff_poor @DailyCaller. He gets it right, @mmfa wrong as usual. Read and Retweet.” — Rush Limbaugh on this story by The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor. It was the second time ever that Poor got Limbaughed. In wildly unrelated news… in a monumental moment last night, we convinced CNN Contributor and “Washington Watch” Host Roland Martin to unblock Poor. They’d been in a year-long feud over God knows what. Roland charges lies. Poor of course refutes that. We’re hopeful peace can prevail (at least for a few more hours).

Odd Current TV fact

Bill Press‘s last cable show was MSNBC’s Buchanan & Press with Pat. Stephanie Miller‘s last  was CNBC’s Equal Time with Bay Buchanan.” — Bullfight Strategies’ and Syndicated columnist Karl Frisch.

Birthday Boy a No-Show at Own Party

Saturday night was the joint birthday party for Karl Frisch and Eric Burns at the Argonaut. Frisch and Burns, formerly of Media Matters for America and currently of Bullfight Strategies, sent out invitations telling us that the party started at 8:30 p.m. Naturally we showed up at 9:45 p.m. After we said Happy Birthday to Frisch, we wandered around the bar looking for Burns. We were looking for the best head of hair in the building, and sadly didn’t see him. Frisch told us that Burns “should be here shortly.” We waited and mingled with the likes of Ben Fishel, who spilled the beans about his former Weiner of a boss last week, and other friends of Burns and Frisch. As the party approached 11 p.m., there was still no sign of Burns. Calls weren’t returned. Texts went unanswered. So, we did what any caring party-goer would do. We hailed a cab and went home.

We reached Burns this morning to hear his excuse. He tells FishbowlDC that as he was getting ready for the party, he began “feeling dizzy.” When he tried walking out the door, he lost consciousness and toppled headfirst to floor. His wife insisted on going to the hospital, but Burns refused. We asked the most obvious question…  ”Were you drunk?” Burns promises he wasn’t, but wishes he was.

He chose to indulge in another way. He tells us, “I did eat many of the 300 cupcakes that were supposed to go to the party while sporting an ice pack. Didn’t get drunk- but I did get a nice sugar high.” At least he had an eventful 39th birthday party. Can’t wait to see how he tops it next year for the big 4-0. But, for now, his biggest gift is a giant knot on his head. We can only pray that it doesn’t screw up his amazing hair.

Media Matters Ultra Private Book Party

Politico’s Ken Vogel questions David Brock. Brock speaks to the crowd.

Media Matters held a strictly invitation-only book party last night at its downtown Washington headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue. No crashers were permitted. No guests of invitees were allowed in.

“Have a good night!” The Daily Caller‘s Nick Ballasy called to me as he stood wistfully with a camera crew a healthy distance away from the building.  He groused that no one worthy of interviewing had yet entered the building. (Considering the ongoing series on MMFA, no one from The Daily Caller was getting within spitting distance of the party.)

In some ways it felt like the Gap. There was a female greeter outside the door. Once inside I was led to highly organized RSVP tables where they checked me in and gave me a bright red bracelet that read, The Fox Effect. This would be the book co-written by MMFA Founder David Brock and Ari Rabin-Havt, a former aide to Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Upstairs on the sixth floor there was another greeter, this time a male employee in a dark blazer stationed outside to say hello.

Reid was among the evening’s speakers. But rumor had it that he might not be able to attend because of votes so they were still scrambling for who would be their keynote speakers. But soon enough the waif of a Senate Majority Leader wandered in with a small entourage, complete with security personnel with a clear wire in his ear. Reid is soft-spoken and quiet and doesn’t make a big splash.

So when Politico‘s Ken Vogel (who isn’t exactly shy) approached and tried to ask questions, Reid politely took Vogel’s business card and stuffed it back into Vogel’s front shirt pocket and told him he wasn’t there to do interviews. Vogel returned to a small gaggle that included HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim and MMFA Publicist Jess Levin, and regaled us with the story as well as stories of liberal haters who came after him when he covered then-Sen. Hillary Clinton‘s (D-N.Y.) ’08 campaign. Vogel’s a decent storyteller – there were death threats, Jew-hater insults and more. He said he got more hate mail from liberals than conservatives.

WaPo‘s Erik Wemple was spotted mingling in the crowd. He mentioned that he’d had lunch with FBDC lover Ryan Kearney of the illustrious TBD the day before. I told Wemple that we had been offering Kearney daily career counseling. I silently cursed MMFA for having not having the good sense to invite Kearney so we could finally meet face to face.

Aside from hippy, frumpy, bushy-haired MMFA employees (they have good excuses for their crumpled look, they watch Fox News relentlessly around the clock) other notables in the crowd: Hollywood on the Potomac writer and publicist Janet Donovan, Bullfight Strategies’ Eric Burns (former President of Media Matters) and Karl Frisch (also formerly of MMFA). Burns by far had the best party hair – his coiffe was thick, spiky and impeccable.

The crowd was deceptively entertaining. Genius Rocket Chairman Mark Walsh was screwing around with lobbyist David Jones‘ name tag and said he was going to wear it and get intoxicated. “I’m going to get drunk and vomit,” Walsh promised. Jones, meanwhile, was busy talking up Brock. “His book, Blinded by the Right, was the most defining book in politics of the 90s,” he told me. “It showed behind the scenes attacks on President Clinton from the inside. That’s why I’m here.”

Soon enough the speeches got underway. Standing before the crowd was Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Reid and Brock. At one point Reid made a decently funny joke about the digitized world we’re living in and used his digits, as in his fingers. Franken laughed extra loud and looked at him with a just a hint of surprise that he could actually be funny.”Surprisingly he doesn’t talk very much,” Reid said of Franken, “but when he does, we listen.” Al’s wife, Franni Franken, was in the crowd. “No, more, More, MORE!” she said, heckling her funnyman husband.

Reid thanked Brock for his service to the Democratic Party and promised his own in return. “I thank him for all he has done for the Democratic Caucus and the Senate,” he said. “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure this book is a success.”

Though Franken cracked a number of genuinely funny jokes, Brock initially looked ill at ease. He seemed to loosen up when it was his turn to speak and he got a chance to do what he does best — skewer Fox News.

“The bottom line is this is not a news channel at all,” Brock told the crowd. “It’s like the Republican National Committee, but they do a better job in our view.” Then he fed his brand of red meat to the liberal crowd, exclaiming, “Glenn Beck no more.” The crowd cheered: “WOO HOO!” And more. Brock said the fact that FNC President Roger Ailes has said the network needs a “course correction” means “they are feeling the pressure.”

Asked if he felt Fox News would help his book sales, Brock replied, “Fox is giving us a lot of free publicity these days, I’ll say that much.” As for The Daily Caller‘s ongoing series on him and whether he felt that would also help boost his book, he had nothing to say. Nor did anyone else in the room. “I’m not commenting on that right now,” he said, as he walked in unusual diagonal zigzags away from the vicinity of my notebook.

Fox News Haters to Host Joint B-Day Party

Don’t expect FNC Prez Roger Ailes to be on the guest list, or anyone from The Daily Caller for that matter. But this weekend, former MMFAers Eric Burns and Karl Frisch, now of Bullfight Strategies, are coming together to host a joint birthday party. Frisch is also a syndicated columnist.

Will the birthday cake say “F–k Fox?”

The invitation is as follows:

They attacked Tom DeLay and the culture of corruption in Congress together on the House Rules Committee. They battled Fox News and the right-wing noise machine together at Media Matters. Now they duke it out for their clients at Bullfight Strategies. The only fight Eric Burns and Karl Frisch seem to be losing is the one with age. Please join us for a party celebrating their respective birthdays at BLANK on Saturday, March 3, 2012 upstairs at BLANK.

FNC Welcomes Tucker Carlson From Miami (Sort of)

Fox News and The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson had to be hyped for this morning’s interview on Fox and Friends. Couldn’t have been more of a win-win. Carlson’s a Fox News Contributor. Steve Doocey is obviously not someone who looks at Media Matters of America with any fondness. This was a major opportunity to beat up on the liberal media watch dog group with “tax exempt” status as Doocey emphasized.

So how deflating that the satellite failed when they first tried to beam in Carlson from Miami.

“Problem with the satellite, we’re going to take a break,” said Doocey.

When they returned, they had Carlson by telephone. Then a few minutes later, without warning, there he was by satellite live from Miami! “The level of paranoia around David Brock is really remarkable,” said Carlson of the MMFA founder. Doocey and Carlson chewed on the red meat of internal memo in which then-employee Karl Frisch proposed hiring PI’s to get dirt on Fox News employees. “People do not write this down,” Carlson stressed. “But they did.”

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