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Jonathan Strong Named Washington Editor for Breitbart News

bnnBreitbart News Network today announced Jonathan Strong as Washington Editor. In this role, Strong will direct all of Breitbart’s political coverage including Big Government while helping the organization continue its aggressive expansion.

Most recently, Strong was a political reporter for National Review, and prior to that covered the House of Representatives for Roll Call, politics for the Daily Caller and environmental issues for Inside EPA.

Breitbart News Editor-in-Chief Alex Marlow believes the addition of Strong is a turning point for Breitbart’s political coverage, “As we look to this year’s mid-term elections and the 2016 Presidential campaign, having someone with Strong’s experience and judgment to work with reporters like Matthew Boyle, Kerry Pickett and Tony Lee will bring a new dimension of focus and quality to our already effective political coverage.”

Current Washington Editor Michael Flynn will serve as the Political Director of a new Super PAC called the Tea Party Patriots Citizens Fund, while remaining a contributor.

Join us in offering Strong a big Fishbowl congrats in this new endeavor!

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All A-Twitter: Benghazi is The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Journos from across the political spectrum are taking to Twitter (again) to air their grievances with /sing the praises of David Kirkpatrick‘s NYT piece on what really happened in Benghazi on Sept 11, 2012.

 

 

 

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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

“THIS time????? Lordie Lord Lord.”National Journal‘s Ron Fournier‘s dramatic response to New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner saying in his concession speech, “Sadly we did not win this time.”

“#YOLO”BuzzFeed‘s Matt Zeitlin‘s response to colleague Ruby Cramer‘s news that a “reporter with NBC Ch4, Shimon Prokupecz, says Weiner gave him the finger from car as he drove away.”

Inappropriate cuisine metaphor?

“Later in the day, @NRO’s NY office would smell like barbecue. All those lives lost …” — National Review Online‘s Kathryn Lopez.

Journo looks back…

“In our DC bureau blocks from the WH as the city emptied out & the Humvees rolled in. Bldg mgmt tried to evacuate us: ‘No way.’ #wherewereyou” — WSJ‘s Neil King, reflecting on where he was on 9-11-01.

A lawmaker’s probing question…

“So a lawmaker finished an interview by asking me if I was Syrian.” — National Journal writer-at-large Marin Cogan.

Confessional.

“It felt so wrong tonight when I ate sugar free jello for the first time.” — Chairman of Accuracy in Media Don Irvine.

Important Q we must all ponder: “Why do I have a sad feeling that Weiner’s trusty camera phone is definitely plugged in the charger tonight, powering up.” — GOP political consultant Mike Murphy.

Weiner Aftermath: The Deflation Begins

“Sitcom idea: Spitzer, Weiner both thrown out by their wives, move in together, start wacky political consulting firm.” – Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

“Anthony Weiner is about to concede so that he can begin his campaign to be the 5th host of Crossfire.” — The Atlantic‘s Andrew Golis.

“BREAKING: Carlos Danger concession speech within the hour #NYC2013.” — Andres Duque, who writes the Blabbeando blog.

“TV folks tempted to give Anthony Weiner a talk show. Do another thing and don’t give Anthony Weiner a talk show.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Weiner’s concession speech is live channel 2 in NYC now. The guy looks like he’s actually having fun. What a nut.” — CNN’s Ari Fleischer.

“Prediction: Huma Abedin files for divorce within 60 days. Right?” — WUSA-9 reporter Debra Alfarone.

The Observer

“So Weiner thanked his flak but not his wife in his concession speech?” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Oops, a little late for this!

“Don’t you dare with the jokes Twitter THIS IS OVER NOW” — Politico‘s Leigh Munsil.

Poetic irony is….

“Prez Obama keeps bust of MLK in his office which means he stares each workday at a man who met hatred & evil with non-violence. Worth noting.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

NYT‘s Brian Stelter gets Marty’d at 11:03 Tuesday night

“@brianstelter Will you be Hosting CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources’ again in the future? Did you happen to see Howard Kurtz’s ‘Media Bites’ Show-Fox?” — Marty Rudolf. (Pssst…Marty, Howie’s show is “Media Buzz.”)

 And Funniest Tweet of the Night award goes to…

“Well placed source emails me: ‘Today is the worst 24 hour period in U.S. Foreign Policy history. Dear god.’” — Breitbart.com‘s illustrious Matthew Boyle.

Summer Superlatives ’13: Most Despised Flack

Today we are asking for your expertise in deciding who is the most despised flack in Washington. Is it Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, who last year told BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings, now deceased, to “fuck off” and “have a good life”? Under the circumstances–ouch. Or could it be White House Press Sec. Jay Carney, who manages to piss off one reporter or another on a weekly, sometimes daily basis? Or else…Brad Dayspring, the fiery flack who relatively recently returned to the NRSC. Dayspring previously worked in the press shop of House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor. He left that job after a confrontation that nearly turned physical. Forget all that though. Our absolute favorite memory of Dayspring involves those sexy ladies that used to turn up on his Twitter feed. Nah, it wasn’t illegal or even Weinerish. But it was hilarious. We also have a strange nomination in this category for Breitbart‘s Matthew Boyle. We protested, saying he is a reporter and not a flack. But as it was explained to us in the nominating process, “He’s not a flack under the tradition sense of the term, but he’s no journalist, either. I consider him to be a promoter of the GOP and far-right.”

Groundswell, the Conservative Journolist?

A few years ago, conservatives were in an uproar over the now presumably-defunct Journolist, the clubby listserv for liberal journos created by WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. So how will they feel about Groundswell, a conservative cloak and dagger group revealed by Mother JonesDavid Corn and Kate Sheppard this morning?

Apparently, it’s rife with participation from conservative journalists, even those at Breitbart News—whose late founder had loudly decried the idea behind Journolist just a few years back and offered a cash-reward for the full list of participants.

So who was involved?

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Journalists and Their Animal Twins

We’re taking Separated at Birth to new, deeper and ridiculous heights today. We liked BuzzFeed‘s rendition of this with members of Congress so much that we decided to steal the idea for our own fishy purposes. Enjoy!

10. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and a Wooley sheep.

9. Slate‘s Dave Weigel and a sloth.

8. Katrina vanden Heuvel and an Afghan breed of dog.

7. Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle and a chipmunk. Hey, they don’t call those chipmunk cheeks for nothing right? We’re talking about the chipmunk, of course.

6. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone and these exaggerated versions of his dark eyes in some cool cats we found online.

5. ABC’s Martha Raddatz and a blonde Afghan breed of dog.

4. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and a dog with reading glasses.

Don’t miss the top three…

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Daily Caller Has Found Its Next Sex Scandal

The Daily Caller is not one to shy away from a good sex scandal. Think moth to a flame.

There was Jonathan Strong‘s RNC strip club spending spree story. Then there was the Secret Service prostitution scandal bandwagon that they rode into the ground, followed by the Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) Dominican prostitute story pursued relentlessly by former reporter Matthew Boyle and former Exec. Editor David Martosko. Now, they have a new one. A piece published this weekend by Charles C. Johnson starts out, “A State Department officer has been accused of selling visas for sex and money in what may have been a massive human trafficking operation, The Daily Caller has learned.”

How did they learn this? By reading a story from Agence France Presse last week, apparently (mention of this comes about eight graphs in). The rest of Johnson’s article is all third-hand information obtained from local news reports in Guyana, a couple of Guyanese journalists, and one official statement released by the State Department in response to AFP‘s inquiry that acknowledges an investigation. No one at State returned Johnson’s calls.

It gets better. The Daily Caller tells us they’ve “identified” the officer under suspicion—whose name and picture they’ve splashed across the internet. They also noticed his dating profile notes he’s looking for work in Falls Church, which no doubt he’ll find because all sex scandals wind up in Washington at some point, right?

What’s Matthew Boyle Tweeting?

Windbag Investigative journalist Matthew Boyle from Breitbart hasn’t had the best track record on reporting stories for the site since he jumped from The Daily Caller at the end of 2012. (Remember when he reported that Republicans were planning on kicking John Boehner to the curb as Speaker of the House?)

Despite his missteps, Boyle seems to have found his niche in the immigration issue. While conservatives can’t seem to make up their minds about who is leading the way, Boyle is taking no prisoners in harshly judging any conservative lawmakers who agree to any legislation that remotely resembles amnesty for undocumented immigrants in this country.

Boyle has spent a lot of time praising the work of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Cruz has been vocal in fighting any “path to citizenship,” so Boyle has latched onto him.

The only problem is, Boyle isn’t totally sure what the hell Cruz is saying. Read more

Breitbart’s Boyle Gets Applause at Presser

Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle is occasionally needled by members of the media for his in-your-face ways and reporting tactics. But today he can throw all that in their faces as he received applause at a morning presser on immigration outside the Capitol.

Willingham, who wrote the above, is communications director for Rep. Louis Gohmert (R-Texas). As it was explained to us, tea partiers at a press conference on immigration… Read more

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