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Provocative Quote Taken Out of Context

“Thanks @bpshow! For the memories, and for the drunken orgy reference.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6 a.m.

badassFrom the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“This gun nut clown @DocThompsonShow has 3,745,043 fewer followers than me, yet is demanding to appear on my CNN show…truly comical!” — CNN’s Piers Morgan.

Uh oh.

“Free advice to whoever stole my credit card # in Lawrenceville, GA: u shoulda spent that $45 at some place better than Walmart.” — Emily Pierce, Deputy Editor, Roll Call.

Journo Love

“It’s always a nice start to the morning when the NYTimes top stories email contains @AnnieLowrey’s fine work.” — Third-tier Boy Bander Spencer Ackerman, U.S. national security editor, The Guardian.

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Words to live by

“DAMN i gotta learn, some people just WONT CHANGE, walk away, dont look back.” — Mark Wilkins, a.k.a. “Marky Mark,” D.C.’s paparazzi.

Tearjerker

“Lottsa of stations raising $$$ this week, & excerpting our show. We have no control, & just wish our partners well. We need their support.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

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C-SPAN Host Falls, Breaks Nose

11296D.C. papparazzi Mark Wilkins alerted us on Twitter that C-SPAN Executive Producer Peter Slen fell in C-SPAN’s garage Tuesday night. He required an alleged 70 stitches and broke his nose.

C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman confirmed the incident to FishbowlDC.

“Thanks for checking in on Peter,” Mortman wrote by email. “He did have a fall earlier this week and is sporting some new stitches, but he’s already back at his desk today and on the mend.  Thanks for your concern.”

When pressed as to what happened, he added, “Leaving work, Peter fell in the C-SPAN parking garage.  Yes, his nose is broken (no pain), but it only adds to his charm.”

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IT’s THE LITTLE THINGS: “My favorite French pastry — the lowly pain au raisin” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, on vacation in Paris.  Hey Olivier, next time maybe put this on a pretty French plate?

“Local volunteer on media bus in Cape Town welcomes White House ‘press corpse.’ There’s a commentary there somewhere.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

Pre-prison sighting: Jesse Jackson Jr.

“SPOTTED – Jesse Jackson Jr spending his final weekend as a free man at Joy of Motion Dance Studios watching his daughter. #DMV #RIGHTNOW” — Mark Wilkins, a.k.a. “Marky Mark” and D.C. paparazzi.

Memories…

“I really miss Andrew. I want to work for him again.” — WMAL and Breitbart.com‘s Larry O’Connor, who was referring to the late Andrew Breitbart.

The Observer

“It’s disappointing to see so much vandalism on Chicago’s monument to Abraham Lincoln, including a cock and balls on Abe’s coattails.” — Michael E. Grass, founding editor of DCist, formerly of WCP, Roll Call and others. Thanks for this, Grass! What would the world possible do without knowing this?

Speaking of Twitter shockers…

“There appears to be some men in my Twitter stream who seem to be confusing the word cunt for the word ma’am.” — MSNBC Uppers groupie and comedian Lizz Winstead.

Maybe something he should’ve kept to himself?

“A girl asked me last night how much it’d take for me to cheat on my gf….no.” — Media Research Center multimedia reporter Joe Schoffstall.

Convo Between a Journo and not a Baldwin Brother

Mother Jones Co-Editor Clara Jefferey: “Ok @AdamBaldwin is ridiculously cast to type, yet still good, in Firefly.”

Actor Adam Baldwin: “Hittin’ the sauce again, Clara?”

Clara Jefferey: “Look who can’t take a (truly felt) compliment!”

Finally, something funny 

“Shout out to the chick doing the worm in the middle of U Street. The best part was when police officers yelled at her to get out of the road. Ah, this city is wonderful.” — AnnaMaria Di Pietro, producer at ABC7News/NewsChannel8.

 

Something painfully unimportant about turkey sausage and some other weird stuff…

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Memorial Day: Who Did it Well?

Washington journalists and political onlookers took to Memorial Day much as they would any other day. They flooded Twitter with the gamut of occasionally entertaining and mind-numbing commentary. Some felt some need to lecture their peers, while others had serious matters to address — in one case, a decision to quit drinking, which was later praised by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. Here we offer 11 ways in which the writers and political types reacted to Memorial Day. Who did it well and who has major room for improvement next year?

A sicky on Memorial Day Weekend sees the glass half full: Shop till you drop!

“You know what you can do a lot of while you’re home sick in bed for 3 days? Online shopping. You can do a lot of online shopping.” — Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.

Troops. What troops? This is my anniversary.

“Memorial Day 2004 I made a decision that changed my life. I haven’t had a drink since.” — GOProud Co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.

Short, sweet and just right.

“Thank you. #MemorialDay.” — NBC’s Kasie Hunt.

Who better to salute the troops than Sherri Shepherd?

“Thank you to all the veterans who have defended our freedom. And thank you to all military personnel who sacrifice daily. God bless you.” — ABC “The View’s” Co-host Sherri Shepherd, who took a brief break from oversharing to thank the troops.

Reality sets in. The weekend is not a break from murder, wildfires.

“Twelve people were shot in four days over Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.” — The Baltimore Sun.

“Surging wildfire forced more than 1,000 people, including Memorial Day campers, to evacuate the mountains of California’s Santa Barbara.” — NBC’s Al Roker.

How thoughtful. The Lecturer.

“#MemorialDay: Enjoy the holiday, but take a moment to remember the reason behind it.” — Chicago Book Editor Beth Renaldi, who often has a thing or two to say about Washington politics and journalists. Thank God she reminded us what the day is really about.

The instigator and would-be weatherman tries to incite the progressives.

“It’s 46º (really cold) and snowing in New York on Memorial Day – tell the so-called ‘scientists’ that we want global warming right now!” — Donald Trump.

Fun in the sun!

“Having fun in Chris and April’s pool over the Memorial Day holiday with @DexterVonFrisch.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch. Dexter, his dog, won FBDC’s DogBowl 2011 as the cutest dog in Washington.

But, unfortunately, it’s not all fun and swimming with adorable dogs.

“I officially live in the Ghetto, local store robbed, my pool didn’t open on memorial day and the air condition is broke, shall I name names?” — DC’s answer to paparazzi, Marky Mark, a.k.a. Celebrity photographer Mark Wilkins.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture. Clearly, I won the day.

“I spent Memorial Day with @TeamRubicon, fighting the battle of SW 7th St in Moore, Okla.” — TIME‘s Joe Klein. Read all about it here.

Rounding out Memorial Day on a gay note.

“Standout lead performances from Michael Douglas & Matt Damon in the Liberace biopic light up HBO’s #BehindtheCandelabra.” — Miami Herald feature writer Howard Cohen.

 

When it Comes to Print Reporters, ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Gets a Case of Amnesia

What would Washington be like if there were no print reporters? That was Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s political drama “Scandal,” the show that has some Washington journalists sitting on the edge of their seats.

Crisis manager Olivia Pope is up to her usual routine — handling everyone elses’ chaos while managing her own. She’s called in to take on a case involving a woman who had an affair with a married Supreme Court nominee. Press is staked outside the woman’s home, waiting for her, her husband or her children to step out so they can ambush them with questions and flashbulbs.

Pope pulls up in a car outside the home just before 9 p.m. She “cleverly” waits until the top of the hour to exit the vehicle and enter the home because presumable at that point, it’s prime time and reporters will be too busy shooting their live shots to notice. None will be free to approach with questions. Pope slips past the preoccupied press without a hitch.

But wait. Broadcast journalists would understandably be busy. But where are all the devious bloggers and shrewd print people?

When news of Gen. David Petraeus‘ affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell emerged last year, broadcast reporters staked out her brother’s home, where she was said to be staying. But there were also reporters from Politico, WaPo, the New York Post and the Daily News, all print. WaPo‘s Emily Wax even wrote a story about it.

Here’s how things would go down in real life… Read more

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Quotes of the Day — the Oscar edition

Oscar coverage, attendance

“I just used a port-a-potty while wearing a tux. #glamour#oscars” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

“I love that my ticket for the Oscars tonight specifies ‘formal’ attire.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic, whose work in ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, was made into an Oscar-nominated documentary, “How to Survive a Plague.”

Editor dreads need for reading glasses

“Getting gray hair didn’t bother me. Hitting 40 was no big deal. But new realization that reading glasses are necessary isn’t sitting well.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Sighting: rapper at DCA

“SPOTTED – @2chainz at DCA Washington Reagan National Airport this morning #DMV” — Marky Mark, a.k.a. Mark Wilkins, DC Celebrity. 2 Chainz’ real name is Tauheed Epps. His previous nickname was Tity Boi.

Dana Perino: a slave to travel size products

“Very glad to have found @3floz - products to save a woman traveler’s life. Take THAT airport security lines!” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

“On our way to the Oscars.” – Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, with wife, Elizabeth.

D.C. Oscar Observers

  • “Reese Witherspoon says she let her 13-year-old pick out her dress. It shows.” — Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.
  • “Seacrest, you really don’t need to stoop down to talk to Little Q.” — Conservative freelancer Lisa De Pasquale.
  • “I know everyone loves her… but every time Kerry Washington opens her mouth and I’m watching, I swear I lose brain cells.” — D.C. socialite Katherine Kennedy.
  • “It is now time for me to turn off and stow electronic devices. BUT HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SEE WHAT ANNE HATHAWAY IS WEARING? Ugh.” — The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler.
  • “Somebody get a box for Ryan Seacrest to stand on.” — Paul Brandus, of West Wing Reports and a columnist for The Week.
  • “Whoever is pregnant lady in the black lace cap sleeve dress, it suits you vvery nicely. you are w/channiing tatum who suits well too. #Oscar.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.
  • “OMG, Beasts of the Southern Wild won’t win because it’s too good to win, too good for this world!” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.
  • “John Travolta introducing the muscials tribute is pretty gay.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.

Splish Splash…“Just gave the one-week-old a bath. To thank me, she drenched me with urine.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Um, use the rear entrance

“TONIGHT: Fashion Industry Sunday Party in DC at Huxley w/sexy deep house and live sax. Open bar 8-9pm! Use rear entrance, knock twice!” — Real Housewives of D.C.’s favorite stylist Paul Wharton.

D.C. journo finds a new pet peeve and more D.C. scribes offer Oscar observations, some are even worth reading… Read more

Love Child: the Fantasy Kids of D.C. Media

D.C. pap Mark Wilkins (a.k.a Marky Mark) and Washington Examiner gossip columnist Nikki Schwab have had their differences in the past. He calls her out on the occasional factual errors in her reporting. She calls him “rotund.” And so it goes.

But Valentine’s Day is about letting out the love. It’s never too late to mend old wounds. Today, FishbowlDC proposes that Schwab and Wilkins bury the hatchet. At least for the next 24 hours. To mark this special time in their lives, we’ve mixed their virtual DNA to create a love child, who we’ve named Mary. We even did her hair.

D.C. Pap Calls Out Examiner Gossip Scribe

Now and again local D.C. paparazzo Mark Wilkins (aka Marky Mark on Twitter) can be seen tweaking Nikki Schwab, who writes the Washington Examiner‘s “Yeas and Nays” gossip column.

Wilkins was at it today. “FAIL FAIL FAIL – AGAIN Nikki Schwab wrote a piece saying the Children’s Inaugural Concert 2013 was NOT HAPPENING, WRONG,” he snapped today on Twitter. Schwab had written a report saying a concert planned for President Obama‘s re-inauguration wasn’t happening. The concert is reportedly on schedule to take place. (We were unable to locate Schwab’s report that the concert wasn’t happening. It may have been deleted.)

“Literacy fail. It is indeed happening,” a forthcoming Schwab replied to Wilkins.

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Paparazzi Get Revved up for WHCD

There may be a scant few of them compared to LA and New York, but Washington has paparazzi too. And they’ll be wanting to be  at the top of their game this weekend at the WHCD.

WaPo magazine’s cover story this past weekend by wealth, class and income reporter Annie Gowen predominately features Colin Drummond, who once shot images of Oprah’s feet when she came to Washington to speak at a graduation. Which ordinarily wouldn’t be a big deal, except the picture showed her to have six toes. One picture reeled in $50,000.

As the story goes, after Six-Toed Oprah, life went uphill for Drummond, as every brush with the Queen of Talk tends to do.

But being paparazzi in Washington can have its nasty nothing moments. Like the time that Drummond interviewed Martin Sheen. In the process of not wanting to immediately ask about trainwreck son, Charlie, too quickly, he lost his chance. Instead he wound up with bland footage about the White House. “It’s covered in white paint,” Sheen told him before handlers quickly yanked him away.

In Nov. 2010, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin also wrote a story on D.C. paparazzi. In it, he discusses Drummond along with others like Mark Wilkins, who had coffee thrown in his face by Shia LaBeouf, and Chris Connor.

“Jackpot” shots for Drummond include the “three B’s: a baby a boyfriend or a bikini.”

This weekend, the WaPo story reports, will be big for Drummond at the WHCD. But also competitive. This year more than 100 photographers have signed on to cover Washington’s prom. That number has doubled since 2008.