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Whoa! Yglesias does what?!

“Additionally, he enjoys eating his own waste products and is said to have lost his virginity to his own father.” — Slate‘s Matt Yglesias tweets the sentence and provides a link to his Wikipedia page in what has been immense blowback to his gloating of Andrew Breitbart‘s death.

Travel woes

“Early morning flight to NYC meant 2 things. Exhaustion and stuck on the shuttle runway for 45 mins behind a big Trump airplane. #letsGo” — CNN Commentator and SKDKnickerbocker’s Hilary Rosen.

Are you there PETA? It’s me, Stossel

“I was awakened this morning by my cat when she threw up a hairball ON MY FACE. Someone get PETA over here before I do something I regret.” — Scott Stossel, Dep. Managing Editor, Atlantic Magazine, in a relatively recent tweet.

NPR journos weigh in on good writing

Michele Norris: “A well-written sentence has a certain cadence much like a tight musical score.” Southern U.S. Bureau Chief Russell Lewis: “Once you finish your story, read it out loud.”

Rep. Frank gets busted for breaking House Floor rules

“Rep. Frank (D-MA) had words taken down. Comments will be stricken from Congressional Record; can’t speak for remainder of day.” — Ric Anderson, U.S. House Press Gallery staffer. He explains that Frank “characterized Rep. Hensarling’s statements as ‘the most hypocritical and dishonest statement I have heard in this House.’”

Follower insults TWT reporter

“@KerryPicket sucks to be a biotch and work for WTimes. #OldSchool” — #pUNkBoyInSF to TWT‘s Kerry Picket, who retweeted the news. This comes on the heels of actor Alec Baldwin, who remarked on his hatred for TWT on Super Tuesday.

Editor notices disturbing bumper sticker

“Just saw an awesome bumper sticker, ‘I’ll pay for your contraception if you pay for my ammo.’ Deal?” — News Editor and writer Katie Pavlich.

Meanwhile, a Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between ABC Entertainment Reporter Sheila Marikar and ABC News Political Director Amy Walter.

Marikar: “How do y’all feel about ‘meanwhile’ as a transition?”

Walter: “It’s a crutch that I lean on A LOT.”

What in the Wu is Going on?

For starters, no one is wooed by Rep. David Wu‘s (D-Ore.) behavior as of late. Before it was tiger costumes and rantings about Klingons. Now the congressman’s strange behavior has turned sexually scandalous. And she’s 18. He’s 56.

Comments on Twitter range from the absurd to the bizarre. “Is Wu pulling a Weiner?” one reader asked. (We do hope Wu is not pulling anyone’s weiner.) Another questioned Wu’s potential antics on Capitol Hill: “When should a young DC intern hit the panic button? In the Cannon bldg if she sees man in tiger suit saying ‘Wu do you love?’”

The Media Coverage

While we won’t likely be treated to New York Post covers on Wu for days on end as we were in WeinerGate, the publication is by no means ignoring Wu. Geoff Earle in the D.C. bureau has been on top of the story. The publication has two Wu offerings today. In one, Earle credits Politico for reporting last night that Wu has no plans to resign from Congress. That was graph two. In graph three comes credit for The Oregonian, which broke the story in the first place. Late Friday night Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen, meanwhile, takes one graph to credit The Oregonian. Late Sunday night the same reporter duo broke the news that Wu is refusing to quit. An excerpt: “He isn’t going to be running for reelection,” a Wu adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told POLITICO late Sunday night. “But he hasn’t done anything that rises to the level of requiring him to resign.” The NYP story plays the whole thing straight except for a caption in their second picture of Wu in the tiger costume today. It reads: “David Wu: Teen-sex furor.” A posting on conservative columnist Michelle Malkin‘s website has that same Wu in a tiger costume photograph. That caption reads: “Wu-hoo! Hey, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Nancy Pelosi, I’m over here!”

Roll Call‘s HOH offers a Top 5 Weird Wu moments this afternoon to fill in the uninformed on just how weird Wu has been acting. The Hill offers generic coverage of the scandal with a blog story that credits “media outlets” as breaking the news of Wu refusing to stop down as opposed to Politico. The Daily Caller is having a little fun with the scandal with a headline that reads: “Wu-nergate: Pelosi calls for ethics probe into Rep. Wu sex scandal.” TWT is also having a Weiner flashback with this Wu-zy on Kerry Picket‘s Water Cooler blog. Her headline: “Deja Wu- Dem congressman’s sex scandal brings back memories of Weiner.”


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If you can’t stand the heat…

“Forecast: Sunny, hot, humid. Heat advisory – noon to 8. It will feel like 100-105. Code Orange. #dc #weather” — WTOP in a morning tweet.

Women, power, Weiner messes

“Women in power don’t get into Weiner messes bc being in power is enough to satisfy their self esteem.” — Writer Susanna Quinn in a Tuesday tweet.

More Weiner scandal fallout

“If we can’t get the truth out of politicians then what do we have for a government?” — MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on his program last night.

Hot dogs on the rise

“The hot dog’s accidental PR. Seeing lots o’ hot dog tweets that are sure to boost sales.” For example, “WTOP’s Debate: ketchup on a hotdog?” — Publicist Kelley McCormick in a Wednesday morning tweet. (Incidentally, the number of hot dog pictures we’ve looked up online is becoming obscene.)

Scarborough offers self-praise for near Weiner-free show

“That was our attitude yesterday. We did not dive into this Weiner scandal. Actually Afghanistan was more important. The budget showdown, more important. … We had a lot of people thank us.”  — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on “Morning Joe” this morning. Frankly (pun intended) we were disappointed. The move drove us to Fox & Friends that morning. This morning, thankfully, they didn’t deprive us and covered Weiner’s potential expulsion from the House. “What about just flat out being a creep? Get out,” Mark Barnicle remarked this morning.

Coulter’s Magical Self-Promotional Tour

“Tonight I’m on CNN’s Piers Morgan show, Inside Edition and ABC’s Nightline. Tomorrow: Fox and Friends and The View.” — Conservative Commentator Ann Coulter in a Tuesday tweet.

Do rules change in the middle of the night?

“I refuse to believe that any one cares about twitter spelling and grammar between 2-5 am. Nothing good happens then.” — TBD‘s Jeremy Binckes sometime in the middle of the night last night.

TV host copes with insomnia with Pentagon Papers flick

“Can’t sleep. Watching the doc: The Most Dangerous Man In The World: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Tuesday tweet.

Morning Laugh

TWT‘s Water Cooler scribe Kerry Picket reports that a Howard Stern Show staffer showed up to the Weiner presser. Picket is a former Stern Show intern and employee. A must-watch here.

The FishbowlDC Interview With TWT’s Kerry Picket

Say hello to Kerry Picket, who writes and edits The Water Cooler blog for TWT. Her work history is complex, sordid and fascinating. Her first media job was writing for MTV. She began at and proceeded to MTV Radio. In 2003 she became an intern for The Howard Stern Show. She then moved to Washington, but one day Gary Dell’Abati called, saying, “Robin really wants you to come to work for her.” This would be Stern’s sidekick Robin Quivers. So Picket picked up and returned to New York, where she became Quivers’ assistant for a year. She returned to D.C. in 2007, worked for the Media Research Center and ultimately landed at TWT.

But let’s return to the summer of 2006. This is when her then-boss, Howard Stern, interviewed her on air . She had attended a party at Ronnie the Limo Driver‘s house in Queens and had brought her new camera. “What happened was I was sitting down at a table showing it to everyone,” she explained. “He [Ronnie] got very drunk. Sometimes we women wear jeans and the underwear goes above the pants. Ronnie was a little drunk, he begins saying, ‘Look at that Picket over there, she’s got plumber ass!’ So they caught Ronnie doing that. They brought that soundbite back to Howard and Howard begins scolding him. ‘Why are you picking on Robin’s assistant?’” He then called Picket on air and asks, “So Kerry, what kind of underwear were you wearing?” She told him, “It was Jockey Hanes Your Way, that’s why it was probably seeping above my jeans at that point.” Picket, no longer mortified, says she enjoyed working for the Stern show, where duties included helping the guys with prank calls. “I tried to stay away from the weird stuff,” she said, explaining that Stern isn’t what he seems. “On air Howard comes off like a wild guy,” she said. “Off the air, low-key, a gentleman. He was always very nice to me, always very sweet.” 

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Alka Seltzer cold and flu (lemon flavored)

How often do you Google yourself? There’s just not enough time in the day to do it as often as I’d like.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “I need some dating advice.”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Major Garrett at National Journal. The guy is an encyclopedia on Congress past and present.

Do you have a favorite word? “Plethora”

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? If I feel combative, Chris Matthews would be it.  Otherwise, it would be Chris Wallace.

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 think I’d get better stories from the dog.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Default

When did you last cry and why? When I saw “The King’s Speech” last month.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Amalgam” I can barely pronounce it at times.

What swear word do you use most often? My swear jar is overflowing with riches.

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How Journos Handle Delicate Underwear Verbiage

Today we take a penetrating look at how journalists (and comedian Jon Stewart) tackle the terrain of describing a photograph that may or may not be Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) suspicious package. Cox Radio’s Jamie Dupree gets the creativity award for this one, and not only because of the name of his employer.

Cox Radio Capitol Hill Reporter Jamie Dupree: “their own family jewels (tucked safely in some gray underwear)”

Slate‘s Josh Voorhees: “a man’s underwear-clad crotch”

WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza: “At issue is an image posted to Weiner’s Twitter account that depicted a man’s underwear-clad groin.”

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “Underpants.”

The Hill‘s Bernie Becker: “a sexually suggestive picture”

NYP: “crotch shot”

TWT‘s Kerry Picket: “lewd photo”

NY Daily NewsCeleste Katz: “the bulging-briefs photo”

Politico’s Scott Wong and Ben Smith: “the close-up photo of a man’s crotch”

Roll Call‘s John Stanton: “a photograph of underwear-clad male genitalia”

NYT‘s Raymond Hernandez: “photo sent from his Twitter account that shows a man in his underpants from the waist down.”

TWT‘s David Etheridge: “the tightly cropped shot of a man’s crotch clad in gray underwear.”

FNC’s Bret Baier: “Is there a picture out there of you in your drawers that you are worried about?”

Comedy Central’s Stewart: “Junk shot.”

MSNBC’s Thomas Anderson: “Pixelated bulge.”

Emily Miller Joins TWT

Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller is going to work for TWT. Her title is Senior Editor of the Editorial and Opinion pages. She’ll continue to work out of an office on Capitol Hill.

In April of 2010, Miller left Politics Daily for TWT as a freelancer. In August she moved again when she began her job for Human Events.

So she’s well acquainted with the team that includes Editorial Page Editor Brett Decker, Dave Mastio, Richard Diamond, James Robbins, Anneke Green, Kerry Picket and Frank Perley.

“We are thrilled to have Emily Miller bring her unique behind-the-scenes perspective of politics to The Washington Times Opinion pages,” said Decker in a statement. “Emily has worked at the highest levels of power in Washington, and she brings that wealth of insider knowledge and experience to her reporting.”

Congratulations to Miller!

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


FACETIME: Look close. That’s the new House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) walking down a Capitol hallway. That female journo standing next to him? It’s TWT’s Commentary section blogger Kerry Picket. The picture appeared Thursday on the front of Politico, the print version.

TV reporter gets ‘death glares’

“Screamed question to reid during quick hu p.o. What does he expect to accomplish w/ man he called dictator? No answer but wow – death glares.” — CNN’s Dana Bash in a Wednesday tweet.

Politico reporter plays fashion guru

“Women are more attracted to men wearing red than men in other colors, reports the Journal of Exper. Psychology.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a Wednesday tweet.

Editor has Al Gore-itis, thinks he invented blogs

“Wow, hard to believe that today’s the sixth birthday of @FishbowlDC, my baby from back in the Dark Ages of blogging.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Thursday tweet. One longtime political reporter who has covered presidential issues (while doing somersaults) took issue with Graff’s comment, arguing, “That’s like saying George Washington invented the presidency. No, he just was the first to assume the office.”

Journo reveals day at the gun range

“Being a journalist is hard work.” — Military Times reporter Dan Lamothe in a tweet earlier this week. He links to a picture of himself in a rifle range at a Shot Show, the largest outdoor and shooting trade show.

Because it’s just so Tschida-ish

“87 year old aunt molly devestated and shocked. her sister rose died. Shocked? Rose was 101!” — ABC7′s wild train rider Stephen Tschida in a Thursday tweet.

HuffPost‘s D.C. bureau needs an intern

“Come intern in the DC bureau of the Huffington Post this spring!” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel in a tweet earlier this week. Get the details. (The internship is paid, so get cracking budding journos.)