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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

10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter

We’re not sure what we did for entertainment before we could watch what probably should be journalists’ private feuds unfold in public on Twitter. For all the talk about teens who have no social-networking shame, there are a few grownups in the media who haven’t seemed to learn the lesson either. Some days, our Washington Twitter lists look more like a Beltway Fight Club than they do a group of media elites.

Not that we’re complaining. We do need something to watch between episodes of Veep and Scandal reruns, and the journalists on our list below don’t disappoint. Fair warning though—if you take some of them on, you doing so at your own risk.

Honorable mentions: The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, Conservative radio host Dana Loesch, WaPo‘s Greg Sargent, the DNC’s communications director, Brad Woodhouse, and NRSC’s Brad Dayspring. If you don’t think Dayspring can fight, read this story published last night in which he was referred to as a “rabid dog.”

Here it is, FishbowlDC’s 10 Journalists You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter:

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Haters tell reporter he’s fat, bald and looks like an egg

On Monday afternoon, The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake wrote a story about his haters. The headline: “Dear Twitter Haters: I, Eli, Love Your Passion” The deck: “When haters hate, love can put them in their place, writes egg man Eli Lake.”

 An excerpt: “The crank is obsessed with an issue, while the hater is obsessed with a person. For some reason, I have attracted quite of few them. Haters on Twitter like to tell me that I am bald; that I am fat; that I look like an egg; that I am really a stealth agent for Israel or the Republic of Georgia; and that I am responsible for the murder of innocents in Iraq, Gaza, and Syria.”

Media critic abhors media group think

“I still hate media #GroupThink, even when they are piling on Obama. stop RTing each other and start talking to sources #InvestigateSomething.” — Fox News media critic and former Mitt Romney Spokesman Richard Grenell.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between Politico’s Jordan Fabian and Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.

FABIAN: “@meredithshiner Is it kosher to prostitute myself for lobster lasagna?”

SHINER: “@Jordanfabian the lord gives special dispensation for the days immediately proceeding sports-induced trauma.”

Your chance to win a dorky HuffPost tote bag!

“Yay! We’ve reached 3 million followers on Twitter! RETWEET for your chance to win a HuffPost tote” — HuffingtonPost. For the next 30 days each day they’ll pick a winner at random. So watch out for the hashtag, #hpheartsyou.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “Yes, Boyle. If you spew enough shit, you’re bound to hit the toilet eventually.” — In response to story on Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle chastising the media for being so slow on Attorney Gen. Eric Holder‘s evil ways.

Worst name for TV this week: David Finkelhor. He appeared on CNN’s “The Lead” Tuesday afternoon. He heads up the Crimes Against Children Research Center.

 

Why Are You All So Stupid and Slow?

This just in from the Department of Bragiculture…

Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle is either looking for someone to Scotch tape a “kick me” sign on his back or else he’s the smartest, most forward thinking reporter in the history of Washington journalism. Both options are possible (but highly unlikely).

In tweets late Monday night, Boyle scolded the Washington Press Corps for being so slow on the whole down with Attorney General Eric Holder brigade. Granted, Holder’s in hot water over DOJ cracking into AP phone records. But in short: Boyle says he told you so.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

We reached out to Boyle to find out if he feels vindicated by the latest news out of DOJ. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Fox News weather lady lets herself eat pie and whatever else she wants

“If it’s your birthday, nothing you eat should have calories. A rule made up by me just now…after eating too much pie.” — Janice Dean, senior meteorologist for Fox News. (Guess all those rotten rumors about FNC controlling what females wear on air and how they look are completely unfounded.)

Question to never ponder: “Does anyone actually like spearmint or do we all just tolerate it?” — Mediaite editor Noah Rothman.

And something to contemplate deeply: “Is Potsie from Happy Days on Twitter? Be cool if he would follow me.” — Breitbart NewsJohn Nolte.

 

Reporter wants to be on Homeland

“I want to be on Homeland. Sorry I’m not sorry.” — Politico‘s Juana Summers, who links to this casting call for extras for guess which show?

Ouch!

“Does her Match.com profile mention her jail time for obstructing justice and lying to government investigators?” — CNN’s Jake Tapper on Martha Stewart and Match prospects.

Journo wants free booze

“But really, if you’re in DC and you don’t go to the BuzzfeedBrews events, why? Great interview, fun times, FREE BOOZE” — Daily Beast Contributor Justin Green.

Stress on the job

“This no coffee combined with my round the clock day has me this close to clawing the drywall.” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of TheDCPundit.

He said what?  

“Whoa whoa whoa. We’re not done yet Brian. While we’re talking, I got a few Q’s for you.” — Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle to former NRSC spokesman Brian Walsh, who now has his own consulting firm. In the course of a lengthy late-night argument involving the Tea Party, Walsh asked Boyle, “Honestly just asking aloud if you’re playing reporter or pundit on this one my friend? The line is very blurry.” Boyle replied, “You’re really going to ask me that? Hmmm. It’s pretty obviously reporter.”

AnonymASS Tipsters of the Week: “Gee, you got to say “poop” again in your latest post. Someone ought to do a monthly count on your fascination with a word most stopped giggling about at 12.” And this: “Crappy Poop Stories Return to Fishbowl” And this: “Also at Allbritton brunch: Laura McGann, Anna Palmer, Jen Epstein, Rachel Smolkin. Don’t forget the women!”

D.C. women shall wear beige pumps

“Beige pumps are like some kind of uniform here.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:56 a.m.

 

 

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)

Will on the Hill – Monday night was the annual “Will on the Hill” event for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. It’s an annual event that gathers politicians, journalists and other D.C. insiders to put on a performance that pairs elements of Williams Shakespeare with modern-day references.

According to their website, “proceeds from the event support STC’s many education, artistic and community outreach programs including in-school workshops and online learning resources that inspire new and diverse audiences and deepen the connection to classical theatre in learners of all ages.” One of the members of the cast was The Hill’s Managing Editor, Bob Cusack. Cusack tweeted this startling photo of himself moments before taking the stage. Turns out, acting is in Cusack’s blood. He tells FBDC, “It was my first time performing in Will on the Hill and brought back memories of when my parents had an off, off, off Broadway theater company in New York City. Last night I did Shakespeare, but back then it was Jack in Jack and the Beanstalk and Agatha Christie plays.” Aside from Jack, Cusack was an extra “Clear and Present Danger” and “Game Change.”

The Tea Party says farewell to a longtime supporter. Read more

Want an Oyster Named for You and a Free Party?

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,  fishbowldc@mediabistro.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.

Do not stop reading. We’re not kidding. Here’s the fun partRead more

Daily Caller Hosts Roof Party, Invites Hookers

In a move only they’d have the balls to manage, The Daily Caller, the publication battling criticism over their coverage of Sen. Bob Menendez‘s (D-N.J.) alleged involvement with Dominican prostitutes, is having a party and inviting the hookers from the videotape.

Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle, the reporter who broke the original story while working for The Daily Caller, will be on hand with special voice gadgetry to conduct a test on whether the women he remembers interviewing by Skype are those in his midst.

No one from WaPo has been invited. However, they’ve hired Salon‘s Joan Walsh to sit in a dunking booth in a pale pink bikini while Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson throws softballs at the bulls-eye.

Beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served along with tapas. Tequila will be on hand in case the women get thirsty.

Carlson had only one thing to say about the upcoming party… Read more

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