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OFFICE CAKE DISASTER: “Staff cake – worst cake cutting job in world” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren

A good message for people in This Town

“Can you go a whole meal without looking at your smartphone? Your friends are more interesting when you look them in the eye.” — Blackberry.

Newspaper serves as barf bag

“Just watched a woman vomit into a newspaper on the metro. HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!” — CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

A nice display of pundit cussing

“So, what the fuck is going on with Bob McDonnell? Would like some help here.” — QGA and The Hill columnist John Feehery.

Washingtonian Publisher blisses out in Dallas

“Leaving @thejoule hotel in Dallas. #love this little treasure. Thx @DMagazine for recommending!” — Cathy Merrill Williams, president and publisher of Washingtonian Media. The hotel has a collection of modern art, Charlie Palmer Steak, a sleek pool (that they spell “poule”) and special pampering for pets that include personal food and water bowls, plush sleeping blanket, doggy waste bags and complimentary valet parking.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:25 a.m.

A word of advice to single men

“Single men should all adopt dogs. So many need homes & nothing more likely to get a woman’s attention. Well except maybe Alexander Skarsgard” — FNC Senate producer Kara Rowland.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo’s Carlos Lozada and NYT’s Michael Shear.

LOZADA: Poster Boy, Poster Girl, Poster Child — things we do not say.

SHEAR: But what if it’s a Farrah Fawcett and her poster?

A debate over Hillary Clinton hair coverage

“Can’t we ban this kind of sh’t?” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush in reaction to a  Yahoo! News story on former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s “glamorous new” hairdo. As reported in the piece, a commenter appeared to agree with Thrush, saying, “Dear sexist horse race media: DO NOT report on Hillary’s hairstyle at all. DO NOT Speculate what it means for 2016.” Kiplinger Assoc. Editor Ken Bazinet replied to Thrush, saying, “Perhaps we should ban Hillary hair stories, but it would be the demise of the politics desks at the 2 1/2 New York tabloids.”

Oh the horror. Marty turns Peter Ogburn down… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

BuzzFeed reporter likes onesies

“When I launch my presidential twitter feed, I will of course advertise myself as a ‘adult onesie aficionado.’” — BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Mitchell gives Oliver nod of approval

“The summer run is going to be ok! @iamjohnoliver hilarious in @TheDailyShow debut.” — NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

The Philosopher 

“Love him or hate him, [Edward] Snowden is exposing as protectors of the status quo an awful lot of folks who claimed to be constitutional scholars.” — Ken Bazinet, Associate Government and Politics Editor, Kiplinger.

Memo to Wendy’s: Free advertising alert!

“Having my 4th @Wendys apple pecan chicken salad of the week. Best fast salad out there. They’re not paying me to say this, fyi.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch. It’s Monday (at the time she wrote this). So four apple pecan chicken salads since Sunday? Come on Wendy’s — this kind of advertising deserves something. Free salad for a year?


“My main reaction to Snowden is to miss being an IT guy.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Antle.

AnonymASS to FishbowlDC: “You reached out to David Gregory to see if he had a comment….about being at Neiman Marcus??? Younare [sic] just a born newshound.” Here’s the deal, ASS. When we don’t seek comment, no matter how absurd the topic, people tend to go ballistic. But you didn’t ask me for comment! That’s Journalism 101. Don’t you know anything you $%&#* ? In case anyone missed the sighting, read here.

Blogger calls it quits with drycleaner

“I think I have to break up with my 6-year drycleaner. Any recommendations in Dupont Circle, Farragut Square, or West End vicinities?” — Samantha Sault, who writes “Samantha on Style,” a blog about the intersection of fashion and politics.

Still off the reservation

“Great to be in San Francisco talking veteran hydro-organic farming!” — former MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan.


Eddie Scarry contributed to this report. Photoshop brilliance by Austin Price.

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Quotes of the Day

HBO’s Bill Maher: Mr. Sensitive

“Read the Declaration of Independence today – kind of complain-y in the middle, but the beginning and end really stand up.” — Bill Maher.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between White House Correspondent Jake Tapper and NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro. Shapiro is in London on a Pink Martini bus tour with singer and songwriter Storm Large. Tapper, meanwhile, is headed to Ohio with President Obama.

Tapper: “You chose London over a bus tour of Northern Ohio?”

Shapiro: “Something tells me this isn’t the last OH bus tour.”

Important Question to Ponder… “Why is Jennifer Hudson singing the Weight Watchers song at the Boston fireworks?” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

Happy 4th of July!

“And now, the Nat’l Symphony Orchestra and Marine Band join forces for ‘Call Me Maybe’ …” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.

“Nice to be away from dc crowds in wolfeboro nh to watch the fireworks by the docks. Beautiful.” — CNN’s Dana Bash.

“Dude, fuck this shit being in the middle of the work week.” — The X.D. Experience (not a D.C. journo but nonetheless funny).

“Almost irony – getting yelled at to ‘move along’ by cop @14 & Indep. for crime of asking directions to bike path. #IndependenceDay” — Derrick Perkins, reporter and photog for Alexandria Times.

Derecho Storm Fallout Complaint Desk

“Pepco PTSD: The fireworks tonight sound like thunder. Chilling.” — Kiplinger‘s Ken Bazinet.

“Is there anything else I should be doing @VerizonSupport?” — NBC Washington’s Jim Long. More from Long: “I need to accept that this is the week of things not working #fb”

“About to start day 6 without power.” — RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer.

“On day 6 of no power, #Pepco changes our status from ‘no crew assigned yet’ to ‘your outage has not been reported’ – not cool. @WTOP” — D.C. and Baltimore-based journo Carolyn Procter.


“Don’t like millimeter wave machines so opted for pat down at airport. They stick their fingers inside your waistband now!” — The Atlantic‘s Senior Editor Garance Franke-Ruta.


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Quotes of the Day

Journo distracted by noise

“That thing when the protest outside your office gets so loud you can’t concentrate. They even have a lute player?” — The Atlantic‘s Sommer Mathis.

Male editor perplexed by Girl Scout cookies

“Same Girl Scout cookies my whole life known here in MidAtlantic/Northeast as Samoas are called Caramel deLites elsewhere? Very confusing.” — Kiplinger Assoc. Editor Ken Bazinet.

Fake Jim V has an announcement

“Giving up Drudge for lent” — Fake Jim VandeHei.

TWT writer baits Politico scribe

“@jonallendc I bet @jakesherman has never shot a gun. Other than water.” — TWT Senior Editorial writer Emily Miller to Politico‘s Jake Sherman. Ouch, Fast Break Sherm, are you just going to take that? Sherman was covering a political fundraiser at the Scottsdale Arizona Gun Club yesterday. He explained on Twitter, “Rep. David Schweikert got his wife a gun for Christmas.” He wrote to Miller and colleague Jonathan Allen, “No comment.”


“We’re drinking a bottle of $200 wine. Why? Because it’s a Tuesday night and it’s been a bad, bad day.” — DCGOPGirl, who was struggling last week when her Ambien wasn’t working.

Quote taken wildly out of context

A follower to Big Journalism Editor and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch writes: “This is true. I’m a lefty Canadian and I agree, transvaginal ultrasounds aren’t a punishment. It’s a safety thing.”

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Quotes of the Day

Picky scribe

“New first: Sent an ale back at a restaurant. Why? Because it was a Chimay served in a pint glass instead of a chalice. Barbarians! #beer.” — Kiplinger’s political reporter Ken Bazinet.

Goff joins the McRib craze

“1 McRib please.” — NBC Washington’s Angie Goff.

Wanted: A reality show for this reporter

“So my photographer told me today, my phone conversations with my Indonesian cleaning lady would make a great sit-com.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. (We never tire of wild train rider TV reporter.)

Grover. Random?

“I asked @SpeakerBoehner whether Grover Norquist was a positive influence on the #GOP . He called Norquist ‘some random person.’” — MSNBC Congressional reporter Luke Russert. Norquist is President of the Americans for Tax Reform.

What are the chances?

“One of the officers here at Jalalabad has an alarm clock that sounds like an air raid siren. This is not cool.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in Afghanistan.

Eavesdrop Cafe…with The Blazes’s Eddie Scarry

1. “There’s a woman eating something next to me that smells like marijuana.”

2. “This man just took approximately 15min to settle into the seat next to me.”

3. “Working in a cafe should be like changing in a locker room. Keep your eyes on your own business.”

New Media Strategies CEO Pete Snyder rang the opening bell Thursday morning at the New York Stock Exchange. Why should we care? Says one blogger type, “the idea is more that Wall Street has realized they’re not communicating in a space loaded with people who are slamming them. It’s notable because they turned to a master of political messaging like Pete who works on Beltway issues.” If you have to read more on this, visit Politico. They wrote an entire story on it Thursday.

A convo between two media types

House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s flack Brad Dayspring: Just saw man reading an Ipad & eating a bowl of cereal. Oh, he was also driving.

FNC’s Ed Henry: One part awesome, nine parts alarming.

Bazinet to Kiplinger’s

Ken Bazinet had been keeping the news close to the vest. Family. Inner-circle friends. That’s all.

But earlier in the week people knew something was up when he retired his blog, “The Baz File,” without so much as a word of explanation minus a cryptic goodbye note on Monday that spoke of an “Arab spring” and read, in part, “The blog may be retiring, but the fierce pursuit of freedom and democracy surely will not.” (See the full post after the jump…)

It was Yahoo! News’s Laura Rozen who broke the news on Twitter late Thursday, saying, “Congrats to @bazmaniandevil who has taken a job covering gov’t/politics with Kiplinger’s!”

Bazinet’s political reporting career has spanned the past two decades. For the past few months, he has been an on-air correspondent and political analyst with the Talk Radio News Service. Before that he was a White House Correspondent for 18 years, starting off with UPI and winding up at the New York Daily News.

Congratulations to Bazinet.

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Morning Bloodbath: HuffPost’s Sam Stein Slices Off Top of Thumb

Sam Stein from the hospital: “My war wound. Not for the faint of heart.”

No joke. Last night HuffPost Political Editor and White House Correspondent Sam Stein hacked off part of his thumb. “Getting a first hand look at emergency room care after cutting off a small chunk of my left thumb while cooking. Fun,” he wrote at approximately 9 p.m. Monday night.

Piecing together his tweets, we deduced the following:

1. He waited one hell of a long time. Thankfully wife by his side. “Out of waiting room awaiting the stitches (let’s hope they can stitch it). The lovely @jessleinwand is by my side. Come on thumb! Hold on!”

2. A to an important Q: “For those asking, yes, you can tweet with one thumb. But two thumbs are preferable.”

3. He had to wait. “It’s a non critical injury, for sure. But two hours in I still haven’t seen or talked to a doc. Someone call the whambulence.”

4. And wait some more. “Starting to feel like the (kind) folks at GWU are literally going to cost me the top of my thumb it’s taking that long. Ugh”

5. Victory. The thumb is fine. “Thanks for well wishes all. thumb top remains attached, 4 now, w/ stitches holding it on. did NOT have 2 face dreaded death panels thank god.”

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“Pink Lily of the Valley in my garden #gardendc #gardening” — Washington Gardener magazine Editor Kathy Jentz in a weekend tweet accompanied by the above photograph.

The emotional and hungry twists of  Easter and Passover

“Judge not lest ye be judged.” Matthew 7:1 — MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Co-host Joe Scarborough in a weekend tweet.

“So after not eating meat for 40 days, my first meal back was a Big Boog’s BBQ at Camden Yards. Downed it in 1:30min” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a weekend tweet.

“It’s a gorgeous and great here in our nation’s capitol. The kind of day that makes me nervous…..too perfect. hmmm it must be God.” — GOProud Co-founder and Exec. Dir. Jimmy LaSalvia in a Sunday tweet.

“Back on the bike shortly. Gonna earn that Virginia honey-glazed ham today! Happy Easter, Passover & Spring! Buh-bye Winter. #Easter #Spring” — Former NY Daily News White House reporter Ken Bazinet in a weekend tweet.

“The Good Friday service always makes me cry. Yes, Easter comes, but the re-enactment of walking the cross slowly to the altar just breaks my heart…and gratitude for His taking up the cross for us.” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in an emotional weekend tweet.

Fake Jim V. is very religious

“He Is Risen: New tracking polls show “resurrection bump” for Christ #EasterPolitico” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a series of Easter-themed tweets. Another we liked: “J-Mart on why Christ is now frontrunner for 36 AD #EasterPolitico.”

Italian men and washing machines

“Best random stat of the week from Newsweek: 95% of Italian men have never used a washing machine! Probably call their dishwashers Mamma.” — VF‘s Maureen Orth in a weekend tweet.

Anticipatory anger about the Royal Wedding

“Who the fuck is Kate Middleton?” — Gawker Politics Editor Jim Newell in a weekend tweet.

In a rare all-caps tweet from Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: “WHY IS ROBIN LEACH NOT NARRATING A WEEK’S WORTH OF ROYAL WEDDING COVERAGE?”

Is Candy the ‘Wonder Woman’ of CNN?

“@crowleyCNN has anchored 6 days in a row for 3 different #CNN programs: @CNNSOTU, @CNNSitRoom & @JohnKingUSA #wonderwoman.” — CNN Publicist Jennifer Scoggins in a weekend tweet on colleague Candy Crowley.

The sharp questioner

“I start to question people when they clearly lack a sense of humor, or a personality for that matter.” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a weekend tweet.

A note to Weingarten on his shitty avatar

“Have I mentioned I really hate your avatar?” — WaPo National Political Correspondent Karen Tumulty to colleague Gene Weingarten, whose avatar, as many know, is a pile of poop.

TV reporter shocked over plant thieves

“Did story on people who steal plants from yards. Really, who sees a bush and says, ‘I want it, think I’ll dig it up.’ Who are they?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet.

Ez looks down on WaPo‘s WHCD dinner guest

“The Washington Post invited Donald Trump as our guest to the correspondent’s dinner? That’s embarrassing.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a weekend tweet. Come on WaPo. Klein has spoken. Trump needs to be uninvited immediately.

Journo eyes pretty people elsewhere

“People are just better looking in #Chicago.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet.

Good Afternoon FishbowlDC Readers


CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry never ceases to amaze when it comes to Hawaiian sunset photographs. Merry Christmas Ed, you lucky __, for getting to spend all that time in Hawaii.

Weird fact of the day that you should forget immediately: Salon‘s Alex Pareene owns a cat named Stephen Meow-kmus. Like Stephen Malkmus, the lead singer of Pavement (and Portland resident).

Tschidapalooza Continues…

“Don’t worry macho people, no tears. Maybe a fist through the wall, YAH! Better?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a tweet earlier this week (yes, I’m officially obsessed with this guy and it’s not going to end anytime soon. We’re proud to be one of the chosen 11 people he’s following on Twitter.). But then he appears to defy what he wrote and added this tear jerker: “Thinking of mom, dad, so many gone. Sadness is part of the holidays. But ya know what, the more I think of them… the more I smile.”

In other Tschida news… he tweeted the following and his unamused boss told him in so many words to cut this sh-t out. He agrees he has to, and has since hit the delete button on this one. We support him in staying out of trouble (too much, anyway): “Got something stuck in my teeth. Asked the photographer I’m working with to use his tongue to get it out.   gave me strange look.”

What does this even mean?

“Browser averaging 60 seconds of color wheel grind for every four minutes of work. Telling me to go home, isn’t it?” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a particularly Weigelicious tweet some 22 hours ago.

Scrooge-free zone

“It is impossible to Scrooge it up when baking cookies in a house whose soundtrack is an 11-month-old niece and a mediocre Messiah recording.” — AP‘s Phil Elliott in a Thursday tweet.

Dripping with jealousy of Ed Henry

“I’m surrounded by adolescent Justin Beiber fans at Phillips Arena and @EdHenryCNN is surrounded by sand and waves. Boooo.” — CNN Contributor Erik Erickson in a Thursday tweet. (It’s not often that one sees Justin Beiber and CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in the same sentence, but it works well.)

Gossip Girl goes home

“Pittsburgh, you look so glorious.” — Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a Thursday tweet.

Journo eggnog suggestion

“Nice thing about making home made eggnog is if you mess up recipe, add cheese, pour into skillet on medium heat & eggnog becomes egg omelet.” — New York Daily News White House Correspondent Ken Bazinet in a Thursday tweet.

Scribe confronts height issues

“Just got my White House holiday photo … which reinforces just how short I am.” — Politico‘s Kendra Marr in a tweet earlier this week.

Another attack on Ed Henry, of course

“A moment of silence, please, for sacrifices by White House reporters who have to work all of Xmas week…in Hawaii.” — The Daily Beast‘s D.C. Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a Friday tweet.

Hayes’s obvious fan club prez

A watcher from Texas named Ashley Hord tweets, “Chris Hayes has got to be the most annoying guest host ever!! No more @msnbc. Can’t even watch Countdown.” To which Hayes retweets her and replies, “Merry Christmas.” Apparently she feels a little tug of regret but not that much (thank God) and replies, “Merry Christmas! Nothing personal, just my preference. You obviously have a ton of fans, no need to worry about me.”

TV journo says: Please join my fan page

“Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow night for the SR All -Panel Christmas Eve show! And …please head over to Facebook and check out my new fan page, Bret Baier…this is the official fan page, but for now we are also keeping our Special Report fan page.” — FNC’s Bret Baier in a pre-Xmas message on the Fox News blog.

We want to work here…

“Morning meeting included many good ideas for the stories. Also, the phrase “donkey gang rape.” Twice. #LoveMyJob” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler in a tweet earlier this week.

Obama Lip Coverage Swells

When President Obama gets elbowed in the mouth at a pickup basketball game at Fort McNair and needs 12 stitches, it’s only expected that media covering him will go wild. But at some point over the weekend, things sped out of control. The media began perseverating on every tissue of POTUS’s lip incident until it bordered  on comical and inane.

First the White House Pooler reported that it was the top lip that got stitches. A future report corrected that erroneous detail, saying it was actually the lower left area of the bottom lip. “The White House says the President received stitches yesterday to the left side of his lower lip — that is, not the upper lip,” wrote Pooler and St. Petersburg Times staff writer Lou Jacobson, who previously referred to POTUS’s “bloody lip.”  At every turn reporters placed POTUS’s lip under the media microscope — could they see the swelling? “Upon reviewing photo pool images taken by telephoto lens, I can report that POTUS’ face looks fine. There’s perhaps a very slight injury visible on the lip itself, but barely, and he’s not wearing a bandage of any kind. He certainly doesn’t seem to be hurting in any way,” wrote Jacobson.

Much was made of Reynaldo Decerega‘s non-apology. Like a game of Clue, it took at least three Pool reports to figure out that the Director of Programs for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute was “the culprit” after body man Reggie Love and Education Sec. Arne Duncan were conspicuously ruled out. Was it Professor Plum with the candlestick in the Library? Or, if playing an advanced version, Miss Peach in the Kitchen with poison? Indeed, it was Decerega on the basketball court with the elbow. Why no explicit “I’m sorry” the press wondered. Was he not sorry? It still wasn’t clear after Decerega released his statement commending POTUS on his basketball skills.

And then, the mother of all telling details – on Sunday, President Obama got “right back on the HORSE, playing hoops with his daughters at the Interior Dept. a few days after elbow to the mouth,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush observed over Twitter, and played basketball with daughters Sasha and Malia. This, despite the fact that even little elbows can be especially sharp and dangerous. Thrush wasn’t the only reporter who felt the need to point out this telling quick return to basketball. The Daily Caller‘s Jon Ward and New York Daily News‘s Ken Bazinet and WaPo all swiftly noted the swiftness with which Obama returned to the basketball court: “Watch the lip: After taking in a game at Howard University Saturday, Obama is shooting hoops with his daughters this morning,” wrote @postpolitics.

But let’s not stop there. This morning WaPo dissected Mr. Lip Buster further in a feature story by Style writer Jason Horowitz. In it, we learn that Decerega was once voted “most mature” and “most popular.” In college he was dubbed “Nice Guy Rey.” Politico further got in on the bruised lip action with “The List: Obama in Stitches” remarking on everything from the number of search results for “Obama” and “stitches” to the number of stitches.

Time will tell if the media swelling goes down from here.