Posts Tagged ‘Luke Russert’
You’re a journalist. Come on, you love to see your byline. So we have an unusually fishy idea: name an Oyster after yourself (or a coworker) and have the name immortalized forever. P.J. Clarke’s is introducing its’ own signature oyster on Tuesday, with its name to be chosen by secret ballot.
Brad Blynier, one of the owners of the War Shore Oyster Company, the company that’s harvesting the exclusive oyster for the restaurant, describes the oyster as “farm raised, premium cocktail-sized and has a robust brininess with a clean, mild and sweet finish.”
Based on the oyster’s characteristics, we’ve come up with naming suggestions but feel free to come up with your own (write us at Betsy@mediabistro.com, email@example.com or use our Anonymous Tips button):
The Badass Oyster: Do we even need to name the journalist who comes to work with a chain tied to his waste? That’d be BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. The Meghan: For Meghan McCain, a tart oyster served naked of its shell; The Rose Garden: after The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, an oyster served live and will never shut up. The Burger Oyster: it’s cocktail-sized, after all, and has former TIME scribe and professional partygoer Tim Burger written all over it. To spice things up, we have The Rosie: sweet, tart and can cuss like a sailor for BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray (and we mean nothing by the tart, only that it’s a flavor that might be present in an oyster.). The Bob Schieffer, farm raised, but still clean and sweet– an undeniable D.C. institution. The Hardball Oyster: All robust and briny things should be named after MSNBC host Chris Matthews, shouldn’t they? The Pothead Oyster: all laid back and smooth, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. The Howeeza: after mild, sweet Judy Kurtz from The Hill. The Ezzy: serious and wonky with a touch of lemon and an aroma of fresh figs for WaPo‘s favorite “f–k you” blogger Ezra Klein. The Weingarten: a little sour-aftertaste for D.C.’s ultimate curmudgeon, WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. The Luke: for MSNBC’s Luke Russert, a very meaty oyster; “Shorty” the Jake Sherman oyster. The Stealth Spunkster: she’s everywhere and nowhere all at once after Hollywood on the Potomac‘s Janet Donovan; and The Lady: the always well-mannered and comedy-laced Neda Semnani from Roll Call‘s HOH. The Angry Oyster: Can you guess? That’d be Tim Grieve, who just gave Politico the middle finger and bolted to National Journal. The Fresh Mouthed Oyster: Politico‘s own salty tweeter Ben White, who likes to share his crappy hotel experiences. Hey, maybe this time the Jefferson Hotel will actually hold a reservation for him or the W will give him a room that doesn’t place the bathroom in the foyer. The Potty Mouthed Oyster: Mike Elk, a brusque, sharp-flavored oyster for the labor journo who swears more than any other. The Shooter: Who else? After the gun activist journalist herself, Emily Miller of TWT. And finally, we offer The Boyle: for you-know-who, the always all blown up Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News.
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The White House Soup of the Day, as first reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…
“Every time I host it’s split pea,” said fill-in host Luke Russert. “We’re on the same soup spectrum here.”
On an unrelated but interesting note… among Russert’s guests on the program today was Democratic strategist and pundit James Carville, a longtime friend of his late father, Tim Russert, who appeared often on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
When something of national or global importance happens, many people feel the need to share how they relate. Most people would do this in a journal or a personal blog. Erin Burnett, who is Catholic, did it on CNN from Rome last night. NBC News’s Luke Russert gets to do it on a national news website.
The Catholic church elected a new pope Wednesday. That’s a moment of major significance for Catholics for its religious implications but also interesting to the world because of how old the institution is. Here’s what the moment meant for Russert, in his words on msnbc.com:
”I was blessed personally by Pope John Paul II twice: once in my mother’s womb and another time when I was an infant. I attended CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) from when I was six years old till I was fourteen. The church is where I’ve been baptized, confirmed, where I’ve confessed and have even gotten to be a godfather. I graduated from one the world’s preeminent Catholic universities and to this day try to attend Mass (and never miss it on days of obligation). I’m that rare twenty-seven year old that proudly still feels a strong connection to my Catholic faith …”
Russert is rare.
It’s also a serious moment for the congressional reporter to offer some unsolicited sacred advice to the newly elected Pope Francis. Read more
The Academy Awards last night served as the perfect occasion for NBC congressional correspondent Luke Russert to have his own red carpet moment.
“What I’m wearing? St. John’s Bay and hat from The Chicken Box,” he tweeted. Attached was a photo of Russert beaming in a red cap, plaid button-down shirt and a black v-neck T-shirt, just right for exposing an ideal amount of chest hair.
The Chicken Box is a bar in Nantucket, Mass., that features live music.
It wasn’t the only fashion point for Russert this weekend… Read more
It was a turn-of-events all but written for a Days of Our Lives episode. Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) was seen trading seemingly flirtatious tweets with a young, attractive blonde during the State of the Union speech.
The woman, a co-ed named Victoria Brink, we come to find out, is his secret daughter (pictured at right).
How it progressed…
New York magazine reported on the incident the day after SOTU last week, calling Cohen’s tweets “flirty.” And reasonably so. The whole thing was like a replay of the Anthony Weiner scandal, minus boner shots. “Happy Valentines beautiful girl. [I love you]” was among the tweets sent to Brink by Cohen.
Feeding into the weirdness was Cohen’s flack, Michael Pagan, who told New York that Brink is “the daughter of a longtime friend” of Cohen’s and that Cohen has “known her pretty much her whole life.”
Judy Kurtz and Alexandra Jaffe at The Hill double bylined a story that ran a little more than an hour later with very similar content to New York‘s, with additional details on Brink being a college student and aspiring model. Kurtz and Jaffe got a link from the Drudge Report.
The Free Beacon wrote up the story, calling Brink a “groupie” that “hollered” at Cohen.
Later that evening, RedState asked if Cohen was “schtupping his buddy’s daughter?”
It wasn’t until NBC’s Luke Russert swooped in on a white horse (a very large horse) to make the big reveal: “Cohen (D-Tenn.) tells me woman he tweeted during SOTU is in fact his daughter, he only learned of her 3 yrs ago,” Russert wrote on Twitter.
The next day, WaPo‘s Reliable Source column reported on the entire matter linking to nothing but other WaPo stories. (Why not make it look like you rolled in late as usual or that you didn’t actually break the story?)
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Quotes of the Day
Bachelor Fallout: “My wife just asked me if I’m ‘here for the right reasons.’ The Bachelor is now starting to affect my marriage.” — NBC TODAY Show host and MSNBC “Morning Joe’s” Willie Geist.
Editor has ties to the interloper
“Worked with @TimRosaforte back in the day. Who knew he would become ace White House reporter, scooping on pres golf with WH press shutout.” — NYT‘s Carl Hulse on the writer who scooped and pissed off some members of the White House press corps. this weekend as President Obama went to Florida to golf with Tiger Woods.
Tough choice: Eating cheesecake Vs. urinating
“I would give up cheesecake for life if it meant I never had to pee again.” — Laura Donovan, Associate Culture Editor at PolicyMic and formerly of The Daily Caller.
Deep Thoughts With AP’s Lederman
“I’ve never understood what is so “fun” about the smallest possible size of candy.” — White House reporter Josh Lederman.
Journo says good riddance to Alec Baldwin
“I am so glad 30 Rock is over. Learning that Alec Baldwin is a huge racist would’ve ruined it otherwise.” — Reason magazine’s Mike Riggs.
Russert serves as decoy for athlete
“Perkins signed my ball, then bought me a coke at the bar and used me as an excuse to discontinue convos w women for an hour.” — NBC’s Luke Russert who attended an all-star game and met retired pro-basketball player Sam Perkins. And this reference to his father, Tim Russert: “Pictures of athletes my dad kept in his office: Yogi Berra, Luke Easter, Cookie Gilchrist and Michael Jordan.”
White House scribe feels little sympathy for Jackson Jr.
“Hard to feel sorry for Jesse Jr and his $43k Rolex, King of Pop cape and mink stole. Feel sorry for the hard working constituents he screwed.” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.
Journo Hate Mail
“Jamie Weinstein you are the biggest douche-nozzle of your generation. Nicely done creep.” — “mitteatsdicks” — RT by The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein, who appeared on the HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” panel Friday night.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:55 a.m.
Political, Full House Dreaming…“Last night’s dreams: I had a pug that could talk; my CIA (spy not food) dorm room was broken into, laptop stolen; John Stamos was my brother.” — Carol Blymire, a writer in Takoma Park, Md.
Floridian website crashes
“The website has crashed at the Floridian, where Obama is staying this weekend. POTUS visits tend do that.” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie with accompanying picture.
GASP! A BuzzFeed detractor
“This is what young members of the ruling class do these days: dumb down politics even more.” — Dan Kennedy, Media Nation blogger and journalism instructor at Northeastern University.
Howard Kurtz’ take on what same-sex couples should be called in news stories? Read more
In elementary school, it’s a common tradition for awkward children to pass out little “Power Rangers” and “Bratz” cards on Valentine’s Day to all of their classmates. The cards usually have messages like “You Rock! XOXO” and “Cool, Dude! XOXO”
This year, FishbowlDC would like to serve as a forum for something similar. We will take both anonymous and named Valentine’s to post here on Wednesday.
The messages should be heartfelt but simple. Try not to ramble. A few examples:
- Hey, John Podhoretz, off the record: You big, hairy beast. I’ve been meaning to tell you how sexy you are.
- Jonathan Capehart, Brianna Keilar, Mark Leibovich, there are some things I’d like to say to you on background. Deep background.
- I don’t want to bury the lede, Luke Russert: Check out my nut graf.
V-Day greetings can be sent to us using the anonymous tip box at the top right of the page or by personally emailing them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Betsy@mediabistro.com, scarryFBDC@gmail.com or email@example.com. Do include your name if you wish.
By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein
The New Republic celebrated its relaunch last night at Bibiana Restaurant where politicos and journalists from print and TV mingled with bigwigs like Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.J.) and Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist over hors d’oeuvres and an open bar. The highlight of the evening: Answering the question, “Who is Franklin Foer?”
Meanwhile, we spoke to Publisher and Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, who was all smiles and relaxed. “I’m feeling super exited, energized,” he said, as we cornered him at the bar. “It’s a big moment for us.” Asked if he’s been sleeping, he replied, “I will sleep tonight.”
At around 7:30 p.m. FishbowlDC approached a man with glasses who we mistook for NYT‘s Nate Silver. We were all ready to ask if he was excited to be in the same room as Politico‘s Dylan Byers, who during the presidential election questioned whether Silver was a “one-term celebrity.”
The mystery man in question had a laugh with two other male attendees before denying that he was Silver. Except then he said he was Silver. Then said he wasn’t. Then someone else said he was. Finally, he identified himself as Franklin Foer, editor of TNR (pictured above). But by that point, we didn’t believe that either.
After consulting Google images, it was revealed that he was indeed Foer. It was our mistake, though Foer did acknowledge that he shares “some Semitic features” with Silver.
In a party speech, Hughes said the challenge ahead is to “produce a magazine 20 times a year that is as good” as the relaunch issue, which features an interview with President Obama. He called the TNR team “the best in the business” and said he wants the magazine to “become financially sustainable in the coming years.” In a moment that drew audible awes from the crowd, he admitted, “The day that Frank Foer agreed to come back to TNR was one of the best days of my life.”
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