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Quotes of the Day

“I’m probably going to drunk dial Wolf Blitzer. It’s going to be a Situation Room.” — Comedian Kathy Griffin on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, describing what she was going to do while hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Incidentally, among her goals is to get Cooper fired.

Shampoo loyalty

“Twitter wants me to follow Pantene. I was born a Pert Plus man, and I’ll die a Pert Plus man.” — Reuters’ Sam Youngman.

Regrets. NBC’s Chuck Todd apologizes for accidentally giving the finger on air Wednesday morning: “The camera is always on. A lesson some of us never learn. My apologies. Am personally embarrassed. Was a joke with someone on other side.”

Journo Hate Mail

FishbowlDC’s Peter Ogburn hit a serious nerve Wednesday with this afternoon post on Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields, who  displays cleavage, tweets memes about how beautiful she is, and retweets pictures of her legs — all in the name of journalism. Here’s a sampling of the hate mail Ogburn received. 1. “Guess the jury’s out. Peter, you are a sexist dork. Stop your little whiny articles and do some research and real reporting and maybe someday you’ll make a name for yourself like Michelle already has.” 2. “Yo Peter, fuck your couch.” This is Peter’s day to shine. Congrats to Ogburn for getting a nasty fake Twitter account created about him one week after starting the job.

Abramoff’s 15 minutes continues…

“About to go on MSNBC at 3. Just saw Jack Abramoff, who told me idea that Newt didn’t lobby–eg for 2003 Rx drug benefit– is ‘a joke.’” — Bloomberg View Columnist  Jonathan Alter.

Bret Baier Shizzizzle

@CharmingLegs @therealjdizzle: “Hey I think you look terrific! How is your son doing?” FNC anchor Bret Baier: “Great thank you.”  (Unless you’re severely out of touch, you know that Baier’s son, Paul, recently underwent an angioplasty.)

A journo’s weakness for airport hotdogs

“Guilty pleasure airport food: pretzel dogs. But I just had the will power to pass the kiosk by.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

A classic Tschida dilemma

“Someone I know frequently describes THINGS as having an ASTIGMATISM. Should I tell him astigmatism is a vision problem he means stigma?” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Scribe doesn’t trust perfection

“I dunno why but I just don’t trust anyone whose every tweet is always perfect (grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, etc). #shady.” — Human EventsTony Lee.

Deep thoughts…

“I hate when you have one big known unknown holding up a story.” — Labor journo Mike Elk. Come on, Elk. Where’s the well-placed cuss word?

Gopher goes for Gingrich

“Former Iowa Congressman and LOVEBOAT TV actor who played Gopher, Fred Grandy endorses Newt Gingrich.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

Today we check in with the Sunday morning shows to find out how many trouser snakes will appear on the programs. CNN’s “Reliable Sources” also often invites on two female guests. It comes as no surprise that NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show” is consistently the fairest of them all: two men, two women.

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: 1

Ted Koppel, Special Correspondent, NBC News, Lisa Myers, Investigative Correspondent, NBC News, Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist, Chuck Todd, Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent, NBC News

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 1

John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director
Norah O’Donnell, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

Diane Sawyer, Anchor, World News, ABC
George Stephanopoulos, Anchor, Good Morning America, ABC News
Jake Tapper, Senior White House Correspondent, ABC News
Jonathan Karl, Senior Political Correspondent, ABC News
John Berman, Correspondent, ABC News

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

Major Garrett, NJ
Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
David Ignatius, WaPo
Gloria Borger, CNN

CNN “Reliable Sources”: 2

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg
John Harris, Politico
Matt Lewis, The Daily Caller
John Harris, Politico
Rachel Sklar, Mediaite
Robert Thompson, Syracuse University

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: We’ll scrounge for this and get it to you as quickly as we can.

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

This week we once again assess the number of ding-a-lings scheduled to appear on the Sunday morning talk show roundtables. This feature appears to be catching on. At a Cartoons & Cocktails event at the Newseum last night, a FishbowlDC reader asked about the frame for our beautiful artistic penis picture. It was a proud moment. More importantly, let’s hope the powers that be remember to put more women on their panels in the weeks to come. The numbers this week are pretty dismal. But as usual, NBC’s Chris Matthews has his usual 50 percent female panel.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 0

Kevin Madden, GOP Consultant
John Dickerson, Slate, CBS News Political Analyst

(Noteworthy: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) is one of the guests)

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: 1

David Brooks, Columnist, NYT
Harold Ford, Jr., Former Congressman (D-TN)
Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO, General Electric
Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News

(Noteworthy: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is one of the guests.)

ABC’s “This Week”: 2

Martha Raddatz; ABC News; Rick Stengel, TIME Managing Editor; Donna Brazile, Democratic Strategist; Matt Dowd, ABC News; Frank Luntz, Republican Pollster; Jake Tapper, ABC News; George Will, ABC News.

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: 1 (Proudly blacklisted by Fox News PR since June 2010. We’ll get you the names as soon as we can hunt them down.We may have to rely on our Cabbage Patch friend Matt Mackowiak when he reveals the FNC guests in Politico Mike Allen’s Saturday Playbook.)

UPDATE: The panel: Brit Hume, David Drucker, Kimberley Strassel and Juan Williams

(Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and GOP Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann appeared on the program.)

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

TIME‘s Michael Duffy and Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
David Ignatius, WaPo
Gloria Borger, CNN

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 1

Jim Lehrer, PBS

(Amy Holmes appeared on the program.)

WETA’s “Washington Week with Gwen Ifill”: 2

ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, Doyle McManus, LAT, Dan Balz, WaPo, and Gloria Borger, CNN. (Airs on Friday and repeats on Saturday.)

We’ll update as we receive the info.


Sunday Panels: Only Males Need Apply

Do you have a penis? Do you know a little something about politics or can you at least fake it? Then the Sunday morning political talk show circuit is for you. This Sunday features a particular abundance of testosterone on Fox News Sunday and most of the other shows. Each week we’re going to keep tabs on the gender breakdown of the panels and guests and see who regularly invites females on their shows and more importantly, who doesn’t.

Take a look.

Fox News Sunday: 0

Bill Kristol, The Weekly Standard and FNC contributor
Paul Gigot, WSJ
Juan Williams, FNC political analyst
Evan Bayh, former U.S. senator and governor from Indiana and FNC contributor

NBC “Meet the Press”: 2

Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
Former Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI)
Alex Castellanos, Republican Strategist
Mark Halperin, TIME: “President Obama was a dick yesterday” (Seems relevant)
Helene Cooper, NYT White House Correspondent

ABC’s “This Week”: 1

George Will, WaPo, Cokie Roberts, NPR, Jonathan Karl, ABC, Michael Beschloss, American historian

The Chris Matthews Show: 2

Major Garrett, NJ
Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News
Michael Duffy, TIME Magazine
Katty Kay, BBC

CNN’s Reliable Sources: 1

Steve Roberts, The George Washington University
Michelle Cottle, The Daily Beast
Ramesh Ponnuru, National Review
Jeff Zeleny, NYT
Ben Smith, Politico

Paul Carr, TechCrunch

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Quotes of the Day

A good omen or bad?

“A brown marmorated stink bug landed on my shirt during today’s Metro ride. Pretty sure that symbolizes something; just not sure what.” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac in a Wednesday tweet.

Online nastiness at a glance

“Email I just got: ‘You are so damn ugly you would have to be gay.’ Mature.” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel in a Wednesday tweet.

Juiceboxer goes on a field trip

“Excited for my first-ever trip to the Education Department!” — Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias in a Thursday morning tweet. No word on whether this voyage is being chaperoned or whether peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with juice boxes will be provided.

Flying high

“Holy shit I am flying on airbus #goddamnitiknewtherewassomethingsowrongaboutthis.” — Our foul-mouthed Labor reporter Mike Elk in a Wednesday tweet.

Steak: It’s what’s for dinner tonight at Weingarten’s house

“A guy just came to my door and offered to sell me 6 sirloin steaks for $30. What kind of an idiot says yes? (Me.)” — WaPo humor columnist Gene Weingarten in a Wednesday tweet.


White House sarcasm directed at scribes“Carney opens #whbrief with some media criticism. ‘I’m sure you’ll be all over’ new auto standards.” Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher in a Wednesday tweet.

Funny, you don’t look like POTUS

“And, 41 minutes late, with no POTUS (as the press was eagerly hoping for) in tow, it’s Jay! #whbrief” — Metro Weekly White House Correspondent Chris Geidner in a Wednesday tweet.

Obama mirage

“All the WH photogs are in ‘president is coming to briefing room’ mode. I’m skeptical. We’ll see soon!” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a Wednesday tweet. To which conservative writer Derek Hunter cracked, “You mean aroused?”

The Adviser

“Attn: Interns: Get out of @LukeRussert’s liveshot!” — NJ‘s Ethan Klapper in a Wednesday tweet.

TV Journo laments closing of hospital

“Sad to see Walter Reed closing after 100 years. Great hospital. I was born there and generations of my family have worked there w/our vets.” — CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell in a Wednesday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Guy behind me in line just called the iPad ‘one of these mobile devices.’ Cute.” — Roll Call feature writer Jessica Estepa in a Wednesday tweet. Sure, “cute.” And unnecessary.

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CBS News Radio’s Mark Knoller: “Pres. Obama – in white tie & tails – is escorted into State Dinner at Buckingham Palace by the Queen.

Journos react to Bibi’s speech before Congress

“The whiteness of Boehner’s fingertips is extremely distracting.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Tuesday tweet.

“Bibi playing Congress like a violin. #bibilovefest.”  — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn in a Tuesday tweet. He later added, “Bibi turns US Congress into a prop. End of story.”

“Bachmann seated w/ DeMint in senators’ section for Netanyahu. Better visibility.” — NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan in a Tuesday tweet referring to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

“Of all the members of Congress greeted by Netanyahu, only Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, scored a cheek kiss. #bromance.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Tuesday tweet. (After the speech we saw Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Fla.) get a European-style double cheek kiss.)

Roland rolls over Ingraham on Guinness remarks

“Laura Ingraham is whining about Obama drinking a Guinness while in Ireland. Seriously? Get a life!” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Tuesday tweet. Read here for more.

A vital question

“@jonallendc Are you using your morning political newsletter to hit on girls again?” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a Monday tweet regarding Politico reporter Jonathan Allen.

More from London…

Hillary is sitting next to Prince Charles. Kind of think he has more in common with Bill.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

“#Obama w/ Sasha/Malia tidbit. Royal carriage ride on palace grounds for First Daughters.”What I did on my spring break” essay will be easy.”– NBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo thinks outside the box

“If Dems can’t find a candidate to run against Scott Brown, they should run John Kerry‘s hair. It could get at least 30% of the vote.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in another Tuesday tweet.




Palin, Cee Lo Create Spectacle @ MSNBC After Party

While attendees at another post-WHCD party struggled to gain admittance due to their host’s chronic and unapologetic guest list failures, MSNBC’s guests breezed though check-in and down a sprawling red carpet to the Italian Embassy.  Rather than watching celebrities make their way to an isolated VIP space, MSNBC’s guests rubbed elbows with the likes of Glee’s Jayne Lynch, SNL’s Andy Samberg, Valerie Jarrett, Meghan McCain, Eliot Spitzer, Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), Bristol Palin with aunt Molly McCann and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

Perhaps the weekend’s best event, MSNBC’s soiree drew a huge array of journalists – many from competitive networks.   CNN was represented by Ed Henry and Shirley Hung Henry, Edie Emery, Peter Hamby, Mark Whitaker, Sam Feist, Roland Martin, David Bohrman, and Christa Robinson.  We spotted ABC’s Rick Klein, Jim Sciutto and Polson Kanneth, as well as CBS’s Christine Delargy.  Fox News anchor Bret Baier was there.   And so was Greta Van Susteren who made quite an entrance when she and husband John Coale appeared with Todd and Sarah Palin.  The family Palin was swarmed by cameras and party-goers only moments before Cee Lo Green took the stage to perform a short set including his hit song “F**k You.”  As Palin posed for what seemed like thousands of photos, Todd, Bristol and Molly conversed with the hoards of guests who circled their table in the room’s far corner.

“We’re still getting used to this,” Sarah’s sister Molly admitted to FishbowlDC.  “I find it kind of exciting but I’m not around it all the time,” she added.

As we turned away, we nearly bumped into WaPo‘s Ezra Klein who was doing a drive-by “Mean Girls” impression.  The liberal blogger laughed out loud and rolled his eyes as he passed by Palin-palooza.  Back on the dance floor, another former governor was getting a different kind of attention from one Kiki Ryan.  The fearless reporter’s blonde ambition must have been in overdrive on Saturday because we hear she tried to persuade Eliot Spitzer to shake his groove thing.  He kindly declined:

From @burgerinfo:
@keeekster(@Italian Em):Mr. Spitzer,would you like to dance?
Spitzer: Dancings not really my forte
@keeekster:Thats not what I hear #winning

Besides our favorite celebrity bartender and TV host Rachel Maddow who spent the evening slinging drinks, NBCers like Luke Russert, Kelly O’Donnell, Domenico Montanaro, Phil Griffin, Tanya Hayre, Ed Schultz, Dylan Ratigan, Erika Masonhall, Betsy Fischer, Savannah Guthrie and Contessa Brewer were among the guests gifted Starbucks swag, a slice of pizza and bottle of Fiji as they left the fete in the morning’s wee hours.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


As seen in The Atlantic’s In Focus feature in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Shot taken by Reuters’ Jason Lee.

WaPo reporter seeks Hawaiian assignment

“Congratulations to NYT reporter who talked editors into assigning story on how people go to Hawaii when the weather gets cold. Sweet gig.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a Thursday morning tweet. On second thought she added, “Dear #wapo editors: nyt has scooped us w story headlined “as others shiver, Hawaii basks in tourism glow.” please send me immediately.”

Um, awkward

“Bumped into Sen Scott Brown jogging outside Capitol. Here’s my TODAY piece on Brown’s new revelations of abuse.” — NBC’s Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell in a Thursday morning tweet. Watch here. “Today, the senator is turning heads again,” she reports.

Journo prefers to grocery shop alone

WaPo fronts story on PG County version of Social Safeway. I’ve never understood this, I like people to leave me alone when I shop.” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni in a Thursday morning tweet.

Reporter initially has ‘bitch’ in lede

“Westminster winner’s day in the sun: [Read here]. Before editing, my 1st graph concluded with ‘This bitch isn’t being one.’” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak in a Wednesday tweet. The new lede? “After winning “best in show” from the Westminster Kennel Club, a dog has every right to get cranky, to go diva, to not sit, to not stay. But over the past 24 hours, as paparazzi have trailed her around New York, Grand Champion Foxcliffe Hickory Wind has borne her title with quiet dignity and grace.”

The Critic

“Question: Do all of Greta’s shows begin with a breaking news alert?” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor in a Wednesday tweet referring to FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Might want to avoid Dickerson today (potentially germy)

“Wow. Half of son’s class out sick. Totally going to throw cold water on a 2nd Annual Take Your Communicable Disease to School Day.” — Slate‘s John Dickerson in a Wednesday tweet.

Nir not just an ‘asshole’ but ‘a jerk’

“Twitter’s no place for nuance.” Wrong, Nir! You are callous, not indurated; cold-blooded, not poikilothermic; a jerk, not a yank.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Thursday morning tweet on Nir Rosen, the journo who called himself an asshole in yesterday’s FishbowlDC interview and begged for forgiveness for crass remarks in the wake of CBS’s Lara Logan suffering a sustained sexual assault.

MSNBC’s Schultz won’t exceed $50 on haircut

From an interview with NY Magazine:

How much is too much to spend on a haircut? “I get my haircut at work, but I wouldn’t pay more than $50.” Times, Post, or Daily News? Times exclusively. “Post and Daily News … never.”

Potentially tragic news

“Yikes, put ad on-line to rent apartment. FLOODED with wanna-be tenants, waiving checks. Must be a tight market.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a Wednesday tweet. FishbowlDC is investigating. Tschida will leave D.C. over our dead bodies. We just heard from Stephen moments ago. He tells FishbowlDC: “I rent out the basement. It’s crazy, so much interest. I have to pick from the applicants.”

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


Snow, snow and more snow

By our favorite Twit photographer, CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry

Producer sleeps at office

“@davidgregory I am camping at the office. Attempted Chain Bridge – not moving. Your office couch bigger than mine.” — NBC MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer in a Wednesday night tweet.

Producer has unpleasant sleepover

“Sooo not making it home tonight…anyone else having a sleepover at someone else’s place like me? A place with no power… Argh!” — TBD Segment Producer Sara Kenigsberg in a Wednesday night tweet.

Reporter watches sky light up

“Transformer in Kensington blew up ten minutes ago sky lit up blue-green — as bright as noon for 20 seconds. Lights now kaput.” — Politico‘s White House reporter Glenn Thrush in a Wednesday night tweet.

Windows, fog, sh-t

“Windows on newly freed metro bus are fogged to shit.” — The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Baller” Mike Riggs in a Wednesday night tweet.

Scribe rejoices in Uggs victory

“Feeling really great about the decision to wear Uggs to work today #lonevictory” — Politico‘s Meredith Shiner in a Wednesday tweet.

Commutes from hell

“Commute home now hits 5 hour mark. Have gone 3 miles. Stuck on I-66 at Rosslyn. Send more Chuck Berry!” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman in a Wednesday night tweet. (Happy Birthday Howard!)

“Snow update. Two hours to drive from Cap Hill 1st/Constitution to 20th/Constitution. Will I ever get home?” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell in a Wednesday night tweet.

“Ok, car stuck at bureau. Trying metro. Not looking forward to the half-mile walk but at least I’ve been running for the past 2 mos.” — NBC’s Domenico Montanaro in a Wednesday night tweet.

“Almost killed by cars on 17th and k” — The Hill‘s Publicist Tricia Barba in a Wednesday tweet.

“Braving thundersnow, heading to Metro. If I don’t make it… It’s been a blast, Twitter.” — WCP‘s Managing Editor Mike Madden in a Wednesday tweet.

French-braid weirdness

“Time is bending, curving, french-braiding itself on the Metro tonight. Maybe just stay where you are, tonight! #servicey #thundersnow” — HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins in a bizarre turn of phrase in a Wednesday night tweet. (Really, Jason, time is french-braiding?)

Journos get a little help from their Twitter friends

“Tweeting while driving is bad. But can I tweet while not moving on Roosevelt bridge?” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a Wednesday night tweet. To which NJ’s Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier chimed in with a warning, “@chucktodd when you get across, don’t take spout run thru ‘hood. Bad wreck. Stay on 29.”

ABC’s Tapper in a moment of mayor-envy

“@CoryBooker how do we draft you to be Mayor of DC? How about just during snowstorms? Can you call Mayor Gray and offer some tips?” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a Wednesday night tweet.

Colonic anyone?

“Bizarre: LivingSocial will give me a free colonic if I get 3 friends to buy 1. Who has friends like this?” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Thursday morning tweet.

A congressman’s dirty, smelly times

“We dug out in light of day – crashed at a Rep. Bachmann’s staffer’s house- like Willie Nelson put on my cleanest dirty shirt – Dulles bound” — Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) in a Thursday morning tweet.

Making Savannah’s Mom’s Day

“Thank you @mikeallen for making my mom’s day #nancy’sbday” — MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” Co-host Savannah Guthrie in a Thursday morning Tweet. Politico‘s Mike Allen gave Nancy Guthrie the high honor of mentioning  Savannah’s mother’s birthday in this morning’s Playbook (h/t Savannah Guthrie).

Chuck Todd: Elizabeth ‘Should have Been the Candidate’

With the death of Elizabeth Edwards, wife of former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.), MSNBC anchors are hailing her as the politician in the family over her husband.

“I’d interview him and l’d look into his eyes and I’d say I don’t see anything there,” said “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews, who used words like “cute” and “superficial” to describe John Edwards.

“Daily Rundown” Host Chuck Todd was even more adamant, saying Elizabeth Edwards should have been the candidate and wondered if anyone would ever really get to know John Edwards. “Frankly, she, frankly, she should have been the candidate,” said Todd. She had the passion, she had the principles, she had the belief, she had the spine, she had the ambition frankly. …She had all the attributes of a successful politician.”

Ultimately Kelly O’Donnell shut Matthews down about discussing John Edwards. “It’s not about him today,” she said. “It’s not about him today.” He thanked her for the reminder.