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Take Me Out To The (Soft)Ball Game

Wednesday night was the 4th annual Congressional Women’s Softball game. It’s one of the official kickoffs of summer for D.C. and it pits a gathering of female journos against a bi-partisan collection of female politicians. The journos were led by team captains Amy Walter from ABC News, Abby Livingston from Roll Call and Brianna Keilar from CNN. The captains for the Congressional team were Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

The announcers for the game were Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Klobuchar acknowledged early in the game that she might have problems with all the baseball terms since she had spent “all day debating catfish and the farm bill.”

The journos, who call themselves “The Bad News Babes,” got off to an early start with AP’s Kasie Hunt getting a base hit to start the game. The cheering section for the members of Congress was mostly made up of staffers, although Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor made appearances.

It wasn’t long before relentless attention whore Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took over the microphone to help call the game. He said that Gillibrand, who was pitching the the Congressional team, reminded him of “a young Whitey Ford.” This prompted Mitchell to tell the senator it was time for him to “go back to the stands.” Other notables in the crowd included the recently-announced D.C. Bureau Chief for Buzzfeed, John Stanton, Sec. of Labor, Hilda Solis and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) with his wife, Elizabeth. It’s worth noting that the congressman was on the Bad News Babes side of the field to cheer on his daughter, Jackie Kucinich of USA Today.

Wednesday was the official start of summer and, right on cue, it was hot as hell. So, we can hardly fault John Harwood for guzzling one of the free purple Gatorades being handed out at the game. Also spotted was MSNBC’s Luke Russert sporting this loud pink T-shirt and a backwards Buffalo Bills hat. His buddy, Politico’s Jake Sherman, dressed himself with a little more sanity.

The Bad News Babes poured on the offense for most of the game until House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrived late in the game. That’s about the time that the Congressional bats opened up and made the game competitive again. In the end, the press was too much for Congress and they won 13-10. We asked Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner, who went 3-3 in the game what the key to the win was. She says, “Other than the innate killer instincts of reporting applied gracefully to a baseball diamond? My biased analysis is that we out-classed and out-sassed the other side, led by our three tireless captains, Abby, Amy and Bri. My former sports reporting analysis says the key to our win was what I like to call sports amnesia–forgetting the last play or inning and coming back stronger. I was especially impressed by Abby and our third baseman/relief pitcher Gregory Simmons, who even in times of softball duress both showed the mental grit we needed to win.”

Congratulations to the Babes on their win. The event raised awareness for breast cancer and benefited the Young Survivors Network, a group that assists women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

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Quotes of the Day: The Nearly All Female Cast

The Prognosticator

“Cain isn’t running a campaign, he launched a soap opera.. voters will not want to watch much longer, I suspect.” — WaPo‘s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Anatomy of a sex scandal

“Law of sexual scandal: There is no such thing as two. Either a 1-person thing (Sanford) or lots of women (Weiner, Clinton).” — The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta. Of course, this was before the third woman came forward regarding Cain.

Journo wants to set Cain’s COS free

“Why isn’t Mark Block smoking on Fox News right now? Let Block be Block!!” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel.

Editorial disagreements

“I think ‘presidentials’ should be a word, referring to the candidates. But spell check doesn’t agree. Neither does my editor.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Politico CLICK screws up Bob Barker embargo: At the conclusion of their interview with the ex-game show host who visited Capitol Hill this week to fight for animal rights, they wrote, “Editor’s Note: Due to a production error, POLITICO inadvertently broke the embargo on this story. We regret the error.” The story published at 6:47 a.m. Wednesday morning.

AP’s Hunt steps back and assesses

“Herman Cain campaign manager goes on Fox to demand an apology from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Somewhere, Mitt Romney is smiling.” — AP‘s Kasie Hunt.

Weingarten launches Mel Gibson’s campaign for Prez

“Man, this GOP field. They need someone comparatively solid and stable and ‘safe’ to get in that race, like Mel Gibson.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. If this happens, we want Weingarten as Gibson’s Chief of Staff.

Fake Jim predicts what’s next for Cain

“TOMORROW ON POLITICO: Only female employee at NRA not harassed by Cain sues for discrimination” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

Conservative Journos Defend Reporter Against Palin’s ‘Shi–y’ Behavior on the Trail

Conservative journalists in Washington have been rallying around The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in recent days like a pack of angry lions after Sarah “Will She or Won’t She” Palin falsely attacked the scribe for something he didn’t do.

Pappas, a campaign reporter, wrote a story last week from Des Moines questioning which Republican Palin would back for president – that is, presuming she doesn’t run herself. The story called her undecided. Palin told Pappas, “Could I support somebody like Mitt Romney? Yeah.” The rest of the story detailed the vagaries of her vague existence. Things went awry after Fox Nation got their filthy aggregating paws on Pappas’ story and slapped on a bogus headline saying she supported Romney.

Out in Iowa, the Palins got wind of the story and went ape shit. The former Alaska Governor complained as only a member of the Palin clan would: “Those dang reporters.” Politico‘s Kasie Hunt was in the vicinity. A press aide ushered her in closer as Palin angrily phoned Pappas. The American Spectator said Palin purposefully yanked in a Politico reporter, but FishbowlDC sources have learned a different account, that it was a random succession of events and not part of a Palin plot to use Politico against The Daily Caller, two publications that have sparred as of late.

Here’s how it all went down… There was an enormous scrum of reporters, cameras and onlookers at the Iowa State Fair, an absolute crush of people. Todd Palin
pulled the Fox Nation headline up on his BlackBerry. He handed the BlackBerry to Sarah and talked about being angry. As it was told to FBDC, Palin’s dressing down of Pappas was out in the open, which Hunt and anyone in earshot could have heard if they wanted to. It was not a private one-on-one conversation by any stretch.

Hunt wrote up three graphs on Palin’s phone call to Pappas and placed them near the bottom of a larger story on the mystifying presence of Palin in Iowa. Like Pappas, she wrote about who, if anyone, Palin might support for the GOP presidential nomination if she doesn’t run.

“And when The Daily Caller wrote a story suggesting that she’d said she favored Romney, the Palin entourage was visibly angry,” Hunt wrote. Palin railed at Pappas, saying, “So what you’re saying is that I said that I support Mitt Romney?” she asked Pappas. “You need to be clear, otherwise people really lose faith in the state of journalists today.”

But, in fact, Pappas’ story did not suggest she supports Mitt — that was Fox Nation’s wacky conclusion about a story that clearly wasn’t read with eyes before they wrote the headline. Palin never apologized to Pappas. Instead, an aide phoned him, according to a story in the The American Spectator, and acknowledged Fox Nation’s error. The piece fiercely defended Pappas and spoke of him being a “rising star” with the author, Quin Hillyer, coming clean in the piece that he has known Pappas since he was in junior high. Hillyer’s story is a harsh critique on Palin, which is no small thing coming from the right. No doubt his email inbox isn’t filled with virtual flowers and candy.

The American Spectator wasn’t alone in defending Pappas. A Daily Caller source who spoke anonymously told FishbowlDC, “If Sarah Palin wants to monitor the Caller that closely, but not so closely that she doesn’t take everything out of context, then maybe she could apply for a job at Media Matters. They’d get along famously.”

Conservatives on Twitter, meanwhile, encircled the scribe and lashed out at Palin with a vengeance. Sonny Bunch, a former editor at The Weekly Standard , wrote, “Her refusal to personally apologize is just shitty.” But that was kind compared to what else he said. “That’s just a petty, dick move and, frankly, unpresidential,” he wrote. “What gets me about the @AlexPappasDC story is Palin’s refusal to apologize after calling him in front of a rival reporter to embarrass him.”

Slate‘s Dave Weigel, a progressive reporter, also went after Palin. He wrote, “Unsurprisingly dumb and classless move from Palin here.”

Some conservative reporters see the situation as incredibly weak on Palin’s part. They see her struggling for relevancy. Between Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Palin, it’s Bachmann who comes out on top. They look at Bachmann’s low-key reaction to the bug-eyed Newsweek cover (a real slight) as a sign of strength and Palin’s handling of Pappas (an imaginary slight) as preposterous.

Pappas took a bemused tone with The American Spectator and explained that no, the Palin camp definitely did not apologize. Despite emotions still raging over the incident amongst some reporters, Pappas has gone silent. “I’d prefer not to say anything else on this,” he wrote in an email.

 

Politico’s Kasie Hunt Signs on With AP

Politico‘s Kasie Hunt is joining the national political team at The Associated Press, where she will primarily be responsible for covering the 2012 GOP field with Phil Elliott.

See the praise-filled internal memo from Politico‘s National Politics Editor Charlie Mahtesian

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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day


HuffPost‘s Sam Stein Earns the FishbowlDC Humility Award

“I have a bit of egg on my face having reported the Baucus wasn’t likely 4 super com. source says: ‘He wasn’t first choice. Others declined.’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a Tuesday tweet. We didn’t even have a FishbowlDC Humility Award until now. Stein reported that Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) wasn’t likely to be on the Super Committee. Alas, he is. Stein gets high marks for this tweet. Not every journalist in D.C. would fess up so humbly.

Young journo begs Baier to pose tough q’s

“@Bret_Baier Bret, please push the candidates on fiscal policy/debt ceiling/economic issues and please for specifics. So tough 2 get answers” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle in a Tuesday tweet. Can Fox News set up a Big Brother program?

Matt Mackowiack: Star of the new film ‘Shameless’

“@fishbowldc I went to Kinko’s and voted from every single computer I could find! How am I doing?” — Potomac Flacks blogger Matt Mackowiak in a Tuesday night tweet in reference to FishbowlDC’s Summer Superlatives. Mack was nominated for Biggest Self-Promoter and the last poll indicates he’s winning.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s first conversation is between The Atlantic’s Deputy Editor Scott Stossel and the cantankerous Commentary Magazine’s John Podhoretz.

Podhoretz: Why does my Twitter typeface keep changing? Strange.

Stossel: Must be the ‘shrooms.

 

Quaint thought for D.C.

“It is nerdy awesomeness when you finish one book and then the library lets you know your book on hold is ready.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Katy DeLuca in a Tuesday tweet. She edits Yeas & Nays among other features.

Overheard…

“Overheard in library where TPaw was: Librarian: ‘I’m not political. But I’m so mad that I’m becoming political!’” – Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Tuesday tweet.

The Media Critic

“I’m not listening, but Dylan Ratigan seems very angry.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Tuesday tweet.

Can’t Marcus Brauchli install a better system?

“Just did a search in our system for photos of Tiger Woods and got back a pic of a 2-year-old chimp feeding a bottle of milk to a baby tiger.” –  WaPo Sports Editor Lindsay Apple in a Tuesday tweet. (Hello Lindsapple!)

Smartass journo

“Any chance House and Senate leaders pick the dozen smartest/best-qualified/policy-aware lawmakers to sit on the supercommittee? Just kidding.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Allen in a Tuesday tweet.

A Convo Between Two Journos II

This conversation is between WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and New York Magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.

Cillizza: The thing that could move needle for Huntsman in FL tomorrow: Jeb Bush endorsement.

Heilemann: You reporting, bub, or merely speculating?

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Quotes of the Day

DOG ATTENDS LUAU: “Is this dog abuse? Duffy spent today at Pet Smart & attended a luau.” — Former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry, who now works for JRC.

Making sense of Larry Summers’ poor grammar

“In fairness, he may have mistaken them for co-joined twins, in which case they may indeed share one asshole.” – A FBDC commenter named “Lilypad” in response to Wednesday’s story of former Treasury Sec. Larry Summers calling the Winklevoss twins “an asshole” in Aspen.

Reporter talked Bachmann migraines

“I’ll be on WNYC’s The Takeaway at 7:20 a.m. talking about Bachmann’s migraines.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball in a Wednesday tweet. Ball and colleague Kasie Hunt wrote a follow-up story on Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s migraines after The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong broke it.

Journo wanted a fire day

“National Journal’s late editor says Watergate 600 (@thewatergate) is NOT the building on fire. So… work tomorrow for Atlantic Media.” — NJ‘s Ethan Klapper in a Wednesday tweet.

Bugg’s preferences on hamburgers and men

A few days ago we ran a feature displaying the favorite hamburger condiments of Washington journalists for no other reason than CBS Norah O’Donnell‘s husband Cheoff Geoff tweeted the question and then we posed it to journos. We were remiss in not printing Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg‘s response. It’s hot salsa. “I’d probably have something funnier if you asked me for my favorite condiment on men. And yes, I have one.” And yes, we asked. It’s Log Cabin syrup. “That’s not a political statement, because Mrs. Butterworth’s is also acceptable, though the bottle is a bit of a turn-off,” he said.

A special tweet from Current TV’s Keith Olbermann: “Special Guest Thursday on Countdown @Current: Cenk Uygur of @TheYoungTurks” (MSNBC has scrapped Uygur’s show for The Rev. Al Sharpton.)

Bachmann and Jefferson: So much in common

“Thomas Jefferson suffered incapacitating migraines in fact he was laid up 4 weeks b4 he penned Declaration of Independence #Knowyourhistory” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito in a Wednesday tweet.

Want to be an investigative reporter? Well, then you figure it out

Roll Call is hiring an investigative reporter. If you are qualified, you’ll figure out how to let us know — Roll Call reporter/Investigations and Influence Editor Paul Singer in a Wednesday tweet. Today Singer is also The Critic. He wrote Wednesday, “I gotta say – the references to ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Wendi’ (hello @MSNBC) are basically racist. Yes, she’s Asian. Got that.”

Number of Days since we asked WaPo‘s liberal blogger and all around genius Ezra Klein to unblock us on Twitter: 4. Number of Days that he has ignored that request: 4.

Radio reporter vividly describes hot weather

“DC, 345am: air so thick you could cut it into bricks and use it as a building material.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Thursday morning tweet.

 

 

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QUOTES of the DAY


Vital question

“But did TSA ask you to remove your diaper?” — Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie in a Monday Twitter reaction to Slate’s Dave Wiegel‘s morning of whine and roses at Washington Dulles International Airport, where TSA confiscated his toothpaste.

The Observer

“BREAKING: Reality TV star Rod Blagojevich to move from NBC’s ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ to MSNBC’s ‘Lockdown’.” — WaPo liberal blogger Ezra Klein in a Monday tweet after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blogojevich was convicted on 17 charges. Shockingly Ez’s quote contains humor. Please unblock us soon!

Cold journo

“My small space heater at work broke this morning #freezing.” — NJ media reporter Amanda Muñoz Temple in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Fresh mountain goats emerge from Aspen Ideas Festival

“Whining on Twitter produces results, just as staring at red lights makes them turn green.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Monday night tweet from Aspen. Ideas are coming to him fast and furiously, and now we know why. Earlier in the day, Weigel wrote: “This is a good city for walking around and listening to The Mountain Goats.”

Scribe will miss Blago’s locks

“I’m going to miss seeing Blago’s hair on my teevee.” — Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Monday tweet.

Potentially, sort of, not really close call for Shuster

“Aircraft ‘hydraulic’ problems – serious? On runway, about to takeoff, and went back to gate. Pilot: ‘Glad we caught that on ground.’” — Current TV’s David Shuster in a weekend tweet.

 

 

The FishbowlDC Interview With Bloomberg’s Health Care Reporter Anna Edney

Say hello to Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney. Born and raised in Bowie, Md., she is a health care reporter for Bloomberg. Her resume informs that she has worked at a number of insidery Washington publications. They include Congress Daily, NJ, FDA Week, Inside Washington Publishers and the Washington Examiner. Her colleague, Sophia Yan, describes her like this: “Anna’s fun, sweet, full of surprises and incredibly tough. I think she’s an incredible woman.” Tough is right. While Edney’s press experience may sound wonky, you might not want to cross her. She once got a teacher fired for selling crack. Carry on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Orange Fanta

How often do you Google yourself? When I want to see my dog you awarded “Most Beautiful” in the FishbowlDC’s DogBowl 2010, so a lot is the answer.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I can’t think of anything awful I’ve said.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Christopher Hitchens. What’s not to love?

Do you have a favorite word? humdinger

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? Chris Matthews

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? I’d choose Bo. I’m obviously a dog person.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Glacial groove

When did you last cry and why? Ha, no way.

What word do you routinely misspell? Occasion

What swear word do you use most often? fuck

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? A farmer.

Our last interviewee, Fake Jim VandeHei, has an important question for Edney after the jump…

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Politico Reporter Chats With John Oliver

Politico‘s Kasie Hunt is famous!

Last night she graced “The Daily Show” in a segment in which Senior Political Correspondent John Oliver grilled her about former Alaskan Gov. Sarah Palin‘s bus tour. Oliver was in New Hampshire late last week where many journalists, including Hunt, were covering Palin.

Politico brass may not be ecstatic that Hunt was referred to as the “lamestream media,” but this is “The Daily Show,” so we think this will slide. Oliver yammered on about the bus, mixing in double entendre about how spacious Palin’s bus was. “Are we still talking about the bus?” he asked a few times. Then he shifted to Hunt and the other journalists:”Of course the lamestream media didn’t appreciate this opportunity of a lifetime,” Oliver said. Pan to Hunt: “It’s been frustrating following her,” she told him. “There’s no addresses, there’s no itinerary, there’s no information.”

The Times of London‘s D.C. reporter Nico Hines described Palin’s contemptuous attitude toward journalists. “She’s throwing us little, little tiny crumbs,” Hines said with an English accent.

Oliver’s attentions turned to the Portsmouth Herald reporter Joey Cresta. “At the very least you’ve interviewed this bus’s biggest superfan,” Oliver said, needling him. “Interview me about the bus!” So Cresta asked, “Well what do you think about the bus?” Oliver replied, “I f–king love the bus! Question two.”

Silence.

“Are you kidding me?” an irate Oliver asked. “Is that it?” Cresta rallied: “Okay, how many psi’s are in the tires of this bus?” Oliver immediately went after him. “See? That’s just the kind of gotcha journalism that you lamestream media have become famous for.”

Oliver whacked Cresta over the head repeatedly with rolled up paper throughout his interview. Hunt, meanwhile, avoided the comedian’s abuse.

Note to Readers: There’s a challenge that didn’t make the cut. We’re looking into it.

 

John Oliver Interviews Lucky Politico Reporter

The Daily Show’s Senior Correspondent John Oliver popped up in New Hampshire yesterday and interviewed a few reporters who may appear in a segment on Monday night. One of whom was Politico‘s Kasie Hunt, who appears below in a picture she posted on Twitter Thursday: “So while we waited for Palin at the last stop, John Oliver interviewed me for the Daily Show,” she wrote. Oliver also interviewed Nico Hines, a Washington-based correspondent for the Times of London. We hear Oliver conducted the interviews in his signature deadpan style. So there weren’t a lot of questions. But there was a challenge. If the segment makes the cut, we’ll soon find out what it was.

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