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Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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Whose Shoes Revealed!!

whoseshoesLots of you thought you knew whose shoes we snapped a photo of Wednesday night. Guesses included Luke Russert and Patrick Gavin, neither of which were right.

The only person to answer correctly was Pete Nonis from AAA’s public affairs shop. His pick? Fox News’ Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry! Congrats Pete, you win! You are now the proud owner of a lifetime supply of love and admiration from FBDC.

Henry was among the crowd at a reception Wednesday at the Hay-Adams honoring former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as he joins Building America’s Future as a co-chair.

lahoodBuilding America’s Future Educational Fund describes itself as a “bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of U.S. investment in infrastructure that enhances our nation’s prosperity and quality of life.”

LaHood, a Republican who served in President Obama’s administration, was a fitting selection as co-chair. The Fund was founded by fellow political iconoclasts, former Pennsylvania Governor Edward Rendell, former California Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Morning Chatter

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Fish-1FishbowlDC Fan Club Board

President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

UnknownJourno is anti-Flan

“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

Morning Chatter

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Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:56 a.m.

A media incentive to end the shutdown

“Incentive for GOP to take deal: media coverage is gradually shifting from shutdown to Obamacare rollout disaster. Default wd step on that!” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

imagesvineyard-vines-sweater-352936-1Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is by BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton and BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray.

Stanton: “Trolling @RosieGray about her secret passion for sweater sets and vineyard vibes apparel is the reason twitter exists.”

Gray: “U suck.”

Journo looks into gargling coconut oil

“Just googled ‘gargling with coconut oil’ so even if my twenties aren’t actually over yet, I’ve basically surrendered already.” — TNR‘s pathologically fascinating and Luke Russert-loving Noreen Malone. In case you care, the process of “oil pulling” or swishing coconut oil in your mouth, reportedly removes bacteria, toxins and parasites from your throat. It’s also alleged that the practice strengthens gums and relieves congested sinuses.

The Instigator

“Oh I got Twitchyed. I see. Anyway time for bed where I will dream sweet dreams of single payer and TAKING ALL YOUR GUNS AWAY.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

images-3Editors bag shutdown, chat about Beach Boys

“Watching the Beach Boys (w Brian Wilson!) on Full House singing Kokomo. Please kill me.” – Reason‘s Nick Gillespie. Gillespie later took time to practice his sarcasm, writing, “Can’t wait to hear Charles Krauthammer‘s take on the Redskins name controversy tomorrow on O’Reilly. How can I sleep?”

“I am seriously listening to weirdo Beach Boys 1973 songs while watching Yasiel Puig rock it silently on my TV. Life could be worse.” — Reason‘s Matt Welch.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Fun fact: ‘Chou chou’ means cabbage, a term of endearment in French. #RHOM” — Politico‘s Olivia Petersen.

Afternoon Reading List 10.14.13

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NBC reporter charges media bias: While being interviewed for The Brody File on the Christian Broadcast Network by David Brody, NBC’s Luke Russert said he has noticed a media bias and overall “snark” that tends to put down people of faith. Russert said, “You’re sort of tagged with this label of being puritanical and not understanding of others and different viewpoints and I think that’s kind of lazy number one and I think it’s just something that just feeds the snickering masses in that regard.”

Why you should read it:  Either he feels like he’s telling the truth, or he’s a big religious loony. Decide for yourself. Read more here.

Fox News reporter storms out of White House presser: TheRawStory’s George Chidi reported recently that press secretary Jay Carney would not answer Fox News correspondent Ed Henry‘s questions during a press conference last week. Henry got so fed up with being ignored that he stormed out of the press conference before it ended.

Why you should read it: If you ever have to work at the White House and you get snubbed by the press secretary, you should see how people have handled that same situation in the past. Read more here.

See the role of fact checker organizations in the media…

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Latest Shots Fired in the War Between Politico and The Daily Caller

dailycaller_editFriday morning, The Daily Caller revealed “TheDC POLITICO Playbook, presented by the Church of Scientology.” It’s a very well-done spoof of the daily roundup that Politico’s Mike Allen sends around each morning. They nail the unconventional style that Allen tends to write in. Naturally, it’s sprinkled with shoutouts to his friends and colleagues. A few of our favorite examples:

HAPPENING TODAY: Luke Russert and Jake Sherman will go to Shake Shack for cheeseburgers and plan to split a shake

PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: There are 435 members of the House of Representatives

SIREN — MARK HALPERIN on “Morning Joe”: “I think Americans are increasingly frustrated…by Washington.”

While it’s a dead-on satire, this can’t be good for the struggling relationship between the two publications. We plan on getting a statement from Jake Sherman just as soon as he’s done sharing that shake with his bro-dawg, Luke Russert.

Afternoon Reading List 09.17.13.

MSNBC reporter tries his best, fails: When tragic events occur, like the shootings that transpired yesterday at D.C.’s Naval Yard, reporters are expected to deliver each breaking news story with incredible delicacy, while maintaining the highest level of journalistic professionalism. According to an story posted yesterday by Jeff Poor of The Daily Caller, MSNBC reporter Luke Russert sort of just winged it while reporting live from outside the Washington Hospital Center. Seconds before the feed was lost (due to “technical issues,” or hopefully the result of actions taken by a quick thinking producer), Russert made this awkward statement: “The doctor told us that they had reports of more deceased victims who will not receive care obviously because they were deceased.” There you have it! Russert has finally cleared the air about the medical community’s controversial stance on providing medical care to the deceased (they’re still against it).

Why you should read this article/watch this news clip: It’s pretty hilarious. You can almost hear the guy in the news van shouting obscenities into Russert’s ear piece just moments before he yanks all of the wires out of the satellite feed, killing the transmission.

Media misreports identity of gunman:  The competition within the media to be the first to break a news story is incredible. Yesterday, in a race to identify the gunman terrorizing the Navy Yard, CBS News and NBC News were first to give the world a name behind the madness. But it was the wrong name, and they were forced to retract their previous report. Last night, Rem Rieder of USA Today wrote about their flubs in a story on the media’s track record for misreporting stories. In his post, Rieder details past instances of the media reporting misinformation during high-profile events. It seems to be a recurring trend.

Why you should read this article: If you ever find yourself breaking a story that seems too good to be true, it probably is.

More on Piers Morgan shouting at people…

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Morning Chatter

“Good Morning! No wacky personal stories today. I promise. I’d just like to say NyQuil-zzzz is my new best friend.  I took a shot last night and promptly fell asleep at 8:00. That never happens. I’m a little groggy this morning so the show should be really interesting. Or it could be really, really, really interesting.” — CNN’s Carol Costello on Facebook.

Journo encounters strange yoga class

“To the couple kissing in my yoga class: no.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary, who is in Los Angeles.

Welcome back Olbermann!

“He’s baccccccccccccccck.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in reaction to Keith Olbermann debut at ESPN.

Meghan McCain gets a pink bun (yes, really)

“Sometimes a girl just wants to put some pink in her hair!” — The Daily Beast columnist and BLANK Meghan McCain.

Important Q to Ponder: “The real question is, why doesn’t Miley Cyrus ever close her mouth?” –
Reason summer intern Zenon Evans.

Uh oh.

“Total nightmare: Lost two hours-worth of emails today when my work acct was erroneously deactivated. If I might’ve missed yours, pls resend.” — Washington Examiner‘s Rebecca Berg.

More Miley fallout

“There is a big difference between sexy and trashy. That Miley Cyrus VMA performance was just trashy. Total trash.” — GOPProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia.

“The universe is telling me I must watch Miley Cyrus twerking to be informed today. I am ignoring you, universe.” — Mediaite editor Noah Rothman.

“All this stuff I’m seeing about Miley Cyrus makes me feel reeeally good about my anti-cable stance. Except for the no-Breaking-Bad part.” — Nathan Hager, morning anchor at WNEW.

“I watched Miley Cyrus perform on the VMA’s. The running commentary in my brain: Wow, she has a long tongue.” — CNN’s Carol Costello.

“Whatever a twerk is, I’m pretty sure my fetal son is doing it to my internal organs right now. #ow” — D.C. literary agent Anna Sproul-Latimer.

The Luke & Jake Show

Don’t these guys have text for cheeseburger conversations?

As if online conversations weren’t demented enough, here we have Politico‘s Jake Sherman seeking cuisine recommendations from his BFF Luke Russert, NBC’s Capitol Hill Correspondent. (No doubt the Russert-loving and pathologically deranged* Noreen Malone of The New Republic will consider this post “pathologically vicious” because posts about cheeseburgers or dragonflies just are vicious. Too bad Noreen doesn’t actually do her homework before writing puff pieces? Luke did engage in light self-promotion by tweeting and retweeting his “Dateline” Debut 38 times in February 2012. Pointing that out was just, well, factual.)

Onto the conversation. Even Ellie Hall of BuzzFeed and Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green felt compelled to chime in.

SHERMAN: “Any restaurant recommendations in Modesto?”

RUSSERT: “In and Out Burger.”

SHERMAN: “Weak.”

ELLIE HALL: “Um, In-N-Out Burger is always the right decision.”

RUSSERT: “No @ellievhall it’s that @JakeSherman just wants to expense more than $12 bucks to @politico”

JUSTIN GREEN: “Sweet bros.”

SHERMAN: “I’m tight w company dollars. But I’m a no carb man.”

*Hey Noreen, let’s have lunch! Shake Shack?

TNR On All You Young Luke Russert Haters

In a new profile, The New Republic helpfully explains why you don’t like Luke Russert, young journalists. Because YOU ARE NOT HIM and you are jealous (and you all live in Shaw and make no money)!

Like most of us needed a reminder that we don’t have dads with famous names.

In a profile that is sometimes as clunky as it is unrevealing, TNR’s Noreen Malone really doesn’t shed much light on Luke Russert the man—at least not anything we didn’t already know and certainly not as much as a profile of this length should (she does, however, get a swipe in at FishbowlDC—but we can at least respect she’s willing to put her name behind the criticism, most aren’t).

We also get the sense that Malone is kind of Team Luke.

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