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WaPo Mocks ‘Questionable Interns’

In the Fishbowl we’ve been under siege by the moral police for a post in which we drew attention to a new intern at WaPo who, in a newsroom memo, introduced the publication’s CEO to the staff.

WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten said we were “piling on a kid” (a “kid” who is older than 18). Katharine Zaleski, executive director of digital news at the publication, called us “sad” (because we’re crying). And finally, James V. Grimaldi, a reporter for the paper, called FishbowlDC “loathesome.”

But today WaPo posted this photo below on Facebook with the caption “Tell us about the questionable interns you’ve encountered and we’ll meme-ify your experience.”

Hold on, eager Facebookers. Don’t tell WaPo about its own questionable interns. They don’t like that over there.

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Quotes of the Day

Sounding off

“White House mouth-piece Carney is perpetually late, in utter contempt of press corps. Does he think pissing us off helps Obama?” — Washington Editor, Barron’s, James McTague referring to White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Dear dude that’s grunting in the gallery. Stop. Seriously. It’s creepy as hell.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

The new Ben Smith tweets stuff like this: “So people apparently thought Lil Kim died.” See here. He also wrote to WaPo‘s Exec. Dir. of Digital News Katharine Zaleski: “@kzaleski Kind of love that the WaPo is is now the one aggregating @buzzfeed.”

Journo gets shouted at in Quiet Car

“Having an @Amtrak conductor shout the rules of the #QuietCar to us like a drill sergeant is a little ironic, don’t you think?” — NJ’s Ethan Klapper.

Um, a Thesaurus Mr. Speaker?

“If John Boehner says “kick the can down the road” one more time, I’m going to gouge my ears out with my pen. Open a THESAURUS!” — TWT Senior Editor of the Opinion Page Emily Miller.

A warm bipartisan welcome back

“@DanaBashCNN back in the stomping grounds of the Rotunda. Busts a cap in @GOPLeader her first morning reporting after new baby. Shapow” — Sen. Jay Rockefeller‘s Communication’s Director Vince Morris.

“So nice to see @DanaBashCNN back on the beat! Welcome back!” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s flack Brad Dayspring.

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Sitting with Clooney

“Sitting at a table with George Clooney at a briefing. He’s telling us newsies how to fight to tell real stories (Sudan) + not celeb ones…” — Katharine Zaleski, WaPo‘s executive producer and head of digital news products.

Softball questions

“All the questions put to Pres. Obama were friendly, but even he said of one of them: “that’s sort of a softball.” — CBS News White House Radio correspondent Mark Knoller in a Monday tweet regarding an Obama presser.

Greta is Condi-Ready

“Finished reading Condoleezza Rice‘s new book.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren in a Monday tweet from Seattle. As some might recall, she canceled an interview with journalist Bob Woodward since she hadn’t read his book and said she wanted to be properly prepared. Sources close to Greta (and TVNewser) tell us Woodward got his book to her and the interview followed.

Wowee – an extra hour

“It’s exciting when I finish writing something an hour earlier than I had planned. A whole extra hour! How shall I waste it?” –Writer, Editor, Publisher of Metro Weekly Sean Bugg in an astonishing  Tuesday morning tweet.

Um, like I so don’t agree

“Ugh, to be clear: I wasn’t AGREEING with the post about Maddow, I was just READING IT. Found it kind of hysterical.” — GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox sounding like an annoyed valley girl as she rants back at a follower who thought she was insulting MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Cox had announced what she’s reading: An Instapundit post saying Maddow can’t take criticism from a Republican candidate. This led to a post on the same subject. Watch here.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote(s) of the Day


Competing journos imbibe

“Great party for 1st wp boss given by k weymouth. Met @jimbradysp. despite media tales of mutual antagonism we all drink together. Shock :) ” –Katharine Zaleski, WaPo‘s head of Digital News Products, in a weekend tweet, referring to TBD’s Jim Brady.

Reporter inserts variety into prose

“A couple weeks ago I put ‘schadenfreude’ in a piece. Tomorrow, ‘pas de deux.’ I’m working my way through the romance languages.” –NPR’s White House correspondent Ari Shapiro in a weekend tweet.

Henneberger’s ass/oral sex comparison

“Has Obama done for ‘ass’ what Clinton did for oral sex? (Suddenly, our writers want to use it in every headline…)”
Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a weekend Facebook update.

An editor in shining armor

“Second time today I’ve returned something a woman dropped from her purse without noticing. Ladies, be careful out there!”
Washingtonian Editor-in-Chief Garrett Graff in a weekend tweet.


HuffPo’s Zaleski to WaPo

Katharine Zaleski will be joining WaPo as Executive Producer and Head of Digital News Products beginning November 16th.

Zaleski was a senior news editor at HuffPo for the last four years. WaPo memo obtained by FishbowlDC after the jump.

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