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Blaming the media has never really fallen out of fashion. Former Special Counsel to President Clinton Lanny Davis is out with an op-ed about what he says is poor and sloppy media coverage of the Clintons. Headline: “The anti-Clinton media: Here we go again.”
Davis shreds everyone from NYT columnist Maureen Dowd for holding the Clinton’s responsible for the Huma Abedin situation, to her colleagues Nicholas Confessore and Amy Chozick on their story about the Clinton Foundation racking up deficits. He complains that the NYT coverage relies on “anonymous sourcing” and “innuendo.” He goes on to knock someone he deems one of Washington’s “best political reporters,” Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. Read more
More than ever, there isn’t just one newspaper or outlet where people get their news. So we took to the streets to find out where people in D.C. are flocking for information. Known for its aloofness, Washington is filled with people who are often in a mad rush to get somewhere important. So some didn’t want anything to do with us. But many did, and here’s what they had to say.
Alejandro Camacho, property manager
“Real estate and cooking,” he said, when asked for his media diet, citing Urban Turf as his go-to website.
Quotes of the Day
WTF? Save Politico‘s Byron Tau, from himself
(Igor Bobic, an assistant editor at Talking Points Memo was as shocked as we were with Tau’s tweet. He wrote, “Is this DM?” Then he added, “Anyone want to join me in TPing
@ByronTau‘s house sometime this month? A little bird gave me his address.” Hey Byron, our resident paparazzo Eddie will be over to your house later to snap some pictures. To provide context, Tau was reacting to the online outrage of Gawker and Journal News publishing gun owner names and addresses.)
Why are people all weird about their addresses being public? Here, I’ll go first: 526 Kenyon Street NW, Washington D.C. 20010.
— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) January 8, 2013
“Correction on huffpost - ‘earlier version said West Wales is located in England. In fact, it is located in Wales’” — Katherine Faulkner, Asst. News Editor at Daily Mail. The correction was on a story about a McDonald’s employee who was fired for being rambunctious with the chocolate sprinkles on a coworker’s McFlurry. She sued the company and won $5,000. “Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said that West Wales is located in England. In fact, it is located in Wales.”
Reporter puts RGIII in his prayers
“Saying a prayer for
@RGIII. He has brought DC together in a way very, very few have in a very, very short time.” — Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis. Also see NYT’s Maureen Dowd‘s columnon the subject. She begins, “Everyone told me not to fall in love so quickly, that I’d get my heart broken. But I couldn’t help it. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, the stellar Redskins rookies, were such appealing palliatives to our ugly, nihilistic politics and our cascade of lurid sports scandals.”
Today at the White House
“[Today] at the WH: ‘The President will host cast and crew members of the television show 1600 Penn for a screening at the White House.’” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.
Convo Between Two Journos
This morning’s conversation between NBC’s Chuck Todd and NYT’s Mark Leibovich concerns the late Richard Ben Cramer. Leibovich is referring to his upcoming book on Washington culture that has the working and likely title, This Town. The book will be available in April.
Todd: “@MarkLeibovich friend sent note about how he asked RBC why there no index, RBC’s reply: ‘sick and tired of seeing DC people’ read via index”
Leibovich: “@chucktodd totally agree… I’m contemplating no index myself”
Local meteorologist shivers in workplace
“Freezing in the office this morning, but a mild afternoon ahead. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-upper 50s in D.C. today!!!” — WJLA’s Jacqui Jeras. Come on, WJLA! Turn up the heat already. Your METEOROLOGIST is freezing.
Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.
A sprinkling of things we think you ought to know…
Washingtonians are happy, even if they are alcoholics– A WaPo poll of workers in the D.C. metro area found that most of them (88 percent) described themselves as “very happy” or “pretty happy.” Roughly the same number of people described their jobs as “rewarding.” Another interesting bit: Most respondents (54 percent) said they “never really stop working.”
Fournier has a lot of presidential access– A story published late last night in NJ made quick rounds on Twitter through this morning. It’s a first person account by the publication’s editor-in-chief Ron Fournier on how he learned to fully accept that his son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is different. The overall consensus is that it’s a touching story, just in time for the holidays. Politico‘s Ben White called it “especially beautiful.” FNC’s Bret Baier called it “a great story” that’s “worth the time.” On the other hand, FBDC’s Peter Ogburn had his own concerns. “Most of it left me wondering how in the hell he hooked up a meeting with his son and three presidents,” he said. In Fournier’s story, he recounts how he introduced his son to President Obama and former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.
HuffPost blogger rails on NYT‘s Maureen Dowd– The name Geoffrey Dunn rings no memory bells as to who he is. But a column he posted on HuffPost yesterday is worth the read if for nothing more than to count the number of ways he can insult NYT‘s Maureen Dowd. A few choice adjectives in his post regarding Dowd: “breezy,” “cynical,” “name-dropping,” and “glib.” He calls her “The Mean One.” And despite Dunn bearing a vague resemblance to any given pewter item on the “Antique Roadshow,” Dunn notes that he’s “a few years younger than Dowd.” Ouch.
Donald Trump cancels Senate bid– Oops, we mean RedState Editor Erick Erickson cancels Senate bid. Our mistake. After suggesting on his radio program earlier this week that he might challenge Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) for his Senate seat, Erickson has pulled out faster than a high school boy on prom night. And he did so with a grand flair that would make Liberace blush. “I’m not putting my family through that,” Erickson writes, “when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit of vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.” Shorter version: Tricked you!
Quotes of the Day
“I’m glad my four-star general got a four-star penis. That’s what I like. … I LOVE a good scandal. Ooooooh!!” – Comedian Loni Love on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” show last night.
Uh oh. Howard Kurtz: Shirtless?
“Feeling out of the loop for not having any shirtless photos of myself. Maybe that’s the new business card.” — CNN and Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Sexy Beast Howard Kurtz.
Gay activist hopes for dirty pics
“You know that in all those tens of thousands of emails that there have to be some pictures….there has to be.” — GOProud Co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.
Actress weighs in on Petraeus scandal
“Petraeus thing getting weirder. How about the unstable sister and the judge? Still, it’s a crying shame. Many lives in ruins. — Bette Midler.
Meghan reinvents herself and the GOP
“I decided I will now refer to myself and others like me as ‘modern republicans’ not ‘moderate’. I think it’s a better description. #evolve” — MSNBC and The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.
Important Question to Ponder: “WTF is your job as a flak if you literally refuse to talk to reporters? What an embarrassment.” — Mother Jones‘ Nick Baumann.
Sighting: Jada Pinkett Smith
“Spotted in Senate subways: Jada Pinkett Smith.” — Bloomberg Senate Leadership reporter Kate Hunter.
WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza becomes the Scolder-in-Chief
“Rove twitpic with Paul Broadwell is from JUNE. Come on people.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.
Sen. Kerry breaks promise to press
“Sen. John Kerry promised reporters he’d come out to the mics to talk after closed Benghazi briefing, then gives us the slip. Sneaky.” — Fox News’ Kara Rowland.
A journo has something good to say about Amtrak for a change, a GOP operative is going to flip out during his commute any day now and NBC MTP’s Betsy Fischer Martin has an observation about military marriages …
1. Writer tries hand at butt chugging — You might recognize the byline on a current story in Vice magazine on butt chugging, the practice recently made famous by a college student who found a new, back door to getting smashed. The author is former Daily Caller reporter Jeff Winkler, who tries in vain to get himself liquored up from behind. The results weren’t quite what he was expecting. Nor was the cleanup.
2. WaPo Date Lab Disaster — And then there was one. WaPo magazine’s Date Lab takes a strange turn this weekend as a man gets left in the dust right after salad is served. The woman hints that something happened just before she made her way to the bathroom and out the door. But she’s not talking. Read the story.
3. Maureen Dowd on the Veep debate — NYT’s Maureen Dowd tackles last week’s V.P. debate in her column on Sunday. In it she mentions the moderator, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz: “I knew Raddatz would be tough because I once saw her dress down a male clerk at a Marriott hotel in Saudi Arabia who told her that women were not allowed to use the gym.” Righty and Lefty journos will be pleased to say she ripped into both V.P. Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan. Read here.
Quotes of the Day
“He’ll be insufferable now.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Contributor Mike Barnicle reacting to TIME‘s Mark Halperin role in “Game Change” winning four Emmys last night. Halperin wrote the 2010 book that later became a movie with New York magazine’s John Heilemann.
Luke says Dad is among the ghosts
“.@brainsalsa Great shot. He’s there with the ghosts Bruce mentions.” — NBC’s Luke Russert, in reference to a picture from a Bruce Springsteen concert. After Salsa wrote and told him he’s in the front row of a Springsteen concert and misses Luke’s dad “a ton,” Luke tells his new acquaintance that Tim Russert is among the ghosts. Um, creepy?
Arianna says buon giorno to HuffPost Italy
“Arrived in Rome for the launch of L’Huffington Post Italia.” — AOL-HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.
Important Q’s to Ponder: “Why am I sitting in traffic in LA at 7:30 on a Saturday? Don’t people have somewhere to be already?” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.
Scribe notices peculiar blend of hotel guests
“Interesting vibe in my hotel. 3 conventions going on: funeral directors, financial planners, Rwandans” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.
Dowd dismisses Stuart Stevens
“You get the sense that the strategist considers himself cooler than the candidate, that he’s too hip to walk through fire for Mitt and that he lacks confidence that Romney could be a better campaigner. He treats Mitt like a cardboard cutout, never asking him to risk anything or pushing him to be big, bold and inspirational.” — NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd in reference to Mitt Romney‘s Campaign Strategist Stuart Stevens in her Sunday column.
Reporters get shaft on Romney plane
“In the 2 hours the press was off Romney plane in SD, a new curtain has been installed to separate the reporters from the staff section.” — NBC News’ Garrett Haake.
Ana Marie unveils her weekend plans
“Boyfriend has mysterious journey planned for bday: ‘wear comfortable clothes, bring toiletries, and something nice for later.’” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.
Speaking of the weekend…
“Rihanna, thanks for being the song in my head. Cheers to the freakin’ weekend… I drink to that, yeahh yeahhh.” — Politico Publicist Olivia Petersen.
Preacher Sophia gets prayed up
“Boy do I have a whole LOT to say-God is doing some stuff in and for me. It’s kinda scary, crazy, wonderful. When I get back 2 VA will share!” — Essence and theGrio.com columnist Sophia Nelson.
Self-appointed media critic
Noteworthy: AP‘s Kasie Hunt appeared on the Fox News Sunday panel for the first time this weekend.
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