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Quotes of the Day

“Chris I’ve never seen your sailor shirt before, it’s adorable. …It’s fetching.” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to colleague Chris Hayes on her program last night. Hayes’ ensemble was a black blazer over a black and white striped T-shirt. Soon they will be swapping outfits.

Journo spots a star

“Just saw John Lithgow outside of Union Station. Told him I loved his read of Gingrich letter on Colbert. Very nice approachable guy.” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert.

Reporter in hot seat over EPA story

“If I WERE wrong, I would’ve corrected story on EPA’s GhG stuff. But, I’m not. — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. With that, he links to Executive Editor David Martosko‘s second official defense of Boyle. Mother Jones, Salon, WaPo and Politico all reported that Boyle got it wrong. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he got it right.

Drudge WhoresWashington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering promotes a Drudge hit for colleague and Online Editor Mark Hemingway. He writes, “Drudge banner for @Heminator.”

Among Vs. Amongst: The Audacity

This week an AnonymASS tipster raised hell about our using “amongst” as opposed to “among.” Another anonymous reader writes in to unload: “Just amongst us, why attack the messenger? Instead of taking the first hit that comes up on Google, wordy asses such as myself use Grammar Girl, a good source for real world usage. She says: Finally, people sometimes ask the difference between ‘among’ and ‘amongst.’ Both words mean the same thing, but amongst is the older form and is more commonly used in Britain than in the United States. It’s considered archaic and overly formal or even pretentious in American English.” Well said, Anonymous. I’m going to go discuss it amongst my friends.

Michelle Obama hits Target

“First Ladies, they are just like us – they shop at Target! Photo of Michelle Obama at Target today.” — CNBC’s Ryan Ruggiero. The AP photograph appeared in the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. It also caught FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s eye. She tweeted the picture and informed, “Michelle Obama showed up at a Target store in Alexandria, Va. Thursday. Her office said an Associated Press photographer happened to chance upon the first lady doing some impromptu shopping.” But most commenters on Greta’s blog weren’t so kind. One remarked, “Sympathy backtrack for all the luxuries they lavish in – a case of see I’m just like you bullchit [sic].” Another: “How much did this little photo opt trip cost the tax payers for security and transportation?” And another: “Next there will be a photo op of her and the kids parachuting from it with their lunch bags.” The favorite: “Wait, I think you guys have it wrong. I just took a closer look at the photo and I think it is Barack Obama in the dress, so he can buy a carton of cigarettes anonymously.” Read more hatred here.

A conversation I NEVER thought I’d have with FishbowlMatt

“Were your bras too small?” — FishbowlMatt to me during a debriefing phone call after I interviewed the ‘Bra Whisperer,” a woman who has outfitted Oprah and the Kardashians. I think my response, between laughter, was, “This is too weird, I cannot talk to you about this stuff…” Story to come later…

Memo to Capehart: Dude, I love your tie

“Dude, I need that purple tie. Ref?” — a follower to WaPo editorial writer and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart. Capehart’s response: “It was navy blue. By Borelli of Naples.” A sample tie by Borelli at left.

The Media Critic…NYT and CNBC’s John Harwood: “Among stranger things about TV news: producers say they’re ‘efforting’ to do something — rather than ‘trying,’ like normal English-speakers.”

Commentary: The Onion debacle

“#theonion is this some kind of social experiment? Trenchant, subtle commentary on media and government? If so, not working.” — NBC’s Mike Viqueira after Capitol Police take an Onion story on a hostage situation at the Capitol seriously.

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Note to Journos: Let POTUS Finish His Answers

The Weekly Standard has video of an interview President Obama did with a local television station in Texas, and TWS‘s Mark Hemingway writes that Obama “testily” concluded the interview with a snide comment.

The Texas-based reporter for News8, Brad Watson (pictured at left) sat down with Obama in the map room of the White House to talk about the the president’s new deficit plans. The interview got heated, with Watson asking Obama why he was “so unpopular” in Texas and reminding him that he lost by a pretty wide 10-point margin in the state in 2008.

Watson also asked whether the Obama administration skipped over Houston to give shuttle orbiters to more Democratic-leaning states, an issue that has sparked controversy in Texas. Obama said flatly, “That’s wrong.” Asked again, Obama said, “I just said that was wrong.” When Watson persisted, Obama looked annoyed. “I just said that wasn’t true.”

But perhaps the most interesting part of the interview came after the questions ended. TVSpy reports that Obama gave Watson, a “seasoned” reporter, a little advice. When he thought the cameras were off, Obama said, “Let me finish my answers the next time we do an interview, all right?” Watson timidly whispered, “Sorry. Thank you.”

In the news package, Watson wasn’t nearly as shy, saying the president “doesn’t like an interviewer challenging his comments.”

Take note, journalists.

Correction: We originally said Watson was D.C.-based. In fact, he is based in Texas but was reporting from Washington. The post has been corrected to reflect that.

Hemingway Moves to The Weekly Standard

An internal memo about a man named Hemingway would be nothing short of devastating if it were anything less than dramatic.

The Washington Examiner‘s Mark Hemingway has taken a job as Online Editor for The Weekly Standard. In an effusive internal memo, Editorial Page Editor Mark Tapscott remarks that Hemingway has been a “tremendous asset” over the past year. He calls him a “gentle giant of a man” who he says he intends to work really hard in his final days, “in an effort to wrench that last drop of sweat from his furrowed brow!” Hemingway’s final day at the Examiner is next Thursday.

Best of luck to Hemingway.

See the memo…

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Conservative Media Wants Last Word on O’Donnell

> Update: “Minutes ago MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell said on Twitter: “Spoke to @ChairmanMSteele today. Will discuss on the show tonight.”

The Washington Examiner‘s Mark Hemingway went after MSNBC’s newest host Lawrence O’Donnell late last night after his program aired an interview with RNC Chairman Michael Steele. MSNBC invited Steele back on O’Donnell’s “The Last Word” program tonight for another round. But Steele turned down the offer. “He will not,” said RNC Spokesman Doug Heye.

In question is O’Donnell introduction of Steele from last night’s interview: “As the first congressional election during his party chairmanship approaches, Michael Steele is dancing as fast as he can trying to charm independent voters and Tea Partiers while never losing sight of his real master and paycheck provider, the Republican National Committee.”

Wrote Hemingway: “Try, if you can, to imagine the outrage if Bill O’Reilly or some other Fox News personality had gone the air and said that the Democratic party was Barack Obama’s “master.” However, since Michael Steele is an African American who happens to be a Republican, I don’t suspect too many members of the media will be beating down Lawrence O’Donnell’s door and demanding an apology.”

Hemingway railed against O’Donnell this afternoon in another post on the host’s past “meltdown” over the Swift Boat Vets, reiterating his point that O’Donnell’s remarks on Steele were “racially tinged” and “inappropriate.”

From Newsbusters: “Did Lawrence O’Donnell, MSNBC’s newest prime time talker, effectively call RNC chairman Michael Steele a black minstrel dancer? It sure seems that way.”

O’Donnell doesn’t mince his beliefs on race or religion….

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Morning Reading List 11.02.09

The Obamas celebrated Halloween Saturday by inviting 2,000 children to the White House for trick-or-treating. President Obama wasn’t nearly as festive as the First Lady, but according to the pool report, the President complimented Michelle, “a very nice-looking Cat Woman.” Photo above is by AP.

Keep an eye out for actor Edward Norton… he’s coming to town tomorrow for a viewing of the HBO documentary he produced “By the People.” Want to be on MTV’s “Real World” but thought you missed your chance? You’re luck- open casting call at Town Tavern in Adams Morgan Saturday.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the “Amtrak Series.”

Good morning FishbowlDC! Can you believe it’s November already? What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



WaPo: Third-quarter profit at The Washington Post Co. rose 69 percent compared with the same period last year, as the flagship newspaper trimmed losses and the company’s education and cable businesses kept growing.


Is Comcast close to gaining NBC Universal?



WSJ: The White House has reached a compromise with lawmakers on legislation that would give legal protections to journalists who want to protect their confidential sources, according to Senate sponsors of the bill.


TPM will become part of the White House press pool- this is a decision that was made by the White House Correspondents Association.

Who’s visiting the White House?


National Review‘s Mark Hemingway joins The Washington Examiner.


NJ will host Senators John Kerry and Lisa Murkowski on climate change at the next Policy Breakfast this Wednesday at 8:30am at Top of the Hill. NJ‘s Ron Brownstein moderates.

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Jake, We Owe You One

TVNewser: ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper is profiled by National Review Online’s Mark Hemingway, and the conservative Website had high praise for the reporter who went toe-to-toe with White House press secretary Robert Gibbs.

“He’s one of the last remaining journalists in America who take the responsibilities of their jobs seriously, and thus place a premium on their credibility,” writes Hemingway. “Tapper isn’t afraid to go against the grain of the liberal consensus in pursuit of a story.”

“I hope I’m tough and consistent. I can’t say I always achieve that stance, but I do aspire to it,” he says.

But Tapper notes Rush Limbaugh‘s praise may be short lived. “It’s always nice to be complimented — if that’s what that was,” he says. “Believe me, I don’t doubt there will come a day when Mr. Limbaugh and National Review consider me once again to be part of the ‘MSM,’ either too tough on Republicans or insufficiently tough on Democrats.”