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Morning Reading List: 04.08.13.

Appalling WHCD aftermathHuffPost has an intriguing first-person account from the wife of a journalist who attended pre-parties with her husband. The woman, Seema Jilani, maintains cops at the Washington Hilton treated her in a racist manner. The worst of it? A cop, who wouldn’t let her downstairs to obtain keys from her husband, remarked, ”We have to be extra careful with you all after the Boston bombings.” Read the entire piece here.

Double takeThe Atlantic Wire has the scoop today on a weird split screen interview from Phoenix at the site of the Jodi Arias murder trial.  There’s CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield interviewing HLN’s Nancy Grace on the increasingly gruesome Cleveland kidnapping story. The story insists the networks are trying to make it seem like the reporters are on opposite sides of the globe despite being in the same parking lot. Hey, haven’t we seen those trucks someplace before? If you’re a complete idiot, not to worry. Atlantic Wire points out similar background scenes in excruciating detail. Have a look here.

Meghan McCain at odds with father’s viewsThe Daily Caller has a piece today on Meghan McCain‘s obvious disappointment with Rep.-elect Mark Sanford‘s win last night. They point out that her father, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), donated to her campaign and that he doesn’t believe that sex is the only criteria for a politician’s ability to serve in Congress. See the story here.

Hmmm what could they possibly be insinuating? This morning Gawker has a blunt story on the unquestionably close relationship between CNN’s Howard Kurtz and Daily Download Editor-in-Chief Lauren Ashburn. They wonder about her having her own office at The Daily Beast, which raised office eyebrows. They crack on the cornball videos produced by Kurtz and Ashburn that have run on the Daily Download. Sam Biddle writes, “Many of the episodes look like they’re filmed in a janitorial closet—perhaps inside the Beast’s digs. It sure looks cozy in there, and we hear the duo were ‘inseparable’ around various DC social and political functions, too.” He concludes, “Heard anything else? Let us know.” Read the full story here.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: Boston Marathon Bombing Aftermath

“DC ON ALERT: Outside White House, Pennsylvania Ave again closed to pedestrians.” — NBC News’ Peter Alexander with accompanying photograph. 

CAUTIOUS CORRESPONDENTS: “I don’t want to overly speculate because as you know early reports are often wrong, we could be way off base but clearly they are saying this was an explosive device, an improvised explosive advice, in other words, a bomb.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’ve been careful all afternoon, did not jump to conclusions.” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

Did someone say conclusions? “I’m getting suspicious with everyone telling me not to ‘jump to conclusions.’ I hadn’t, but now I’m beginning to …” — Conservative Commentator Ann Coulter.

Journo finds new ritual in wake of tragedy

“New weird post-tragedy ritual: I click ‘like’ on the ‘we’re ok’ Facebook status of friends who might not have been…” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

It’s a go. “Supposed to board a flight from New Orleans to Boston in 10 minutes. TSA and gate agent both still telling me it’s a go.” — Digital First Media Thunderdome’s Adrienne LaFrance, who also writes for WaPo and Nieman Lab.

Award-winning “too soon” quote: “I’m going to speculate the bomb was planted by cable TV talking heads.” — David Burge, Iowahawkblog.

Why he looked at gruesome Boston pictures: “I looked at the photos because apparently I just have to know how awful the world can be sometimes.” — Dave Stroup, Digital Director, Aneesh Chopra for Virginia Lt. Gov.

Coping, communicating: “Hispanic kid who work at Don Juan’s takeout counter translating reports of Boston Marathon explosion to non English speakers at table.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

Mistakes bound to happen…“Post also reported 10 more dead than Boston PD are confirming.” — Seth Mnookin.

Don’t blame Boston scribes: “Boston is a hell of a news town. Great reporters doing what they do. All the wild speculation and rumors, not coming from hometowners.” — AP‘s Matt Apuzzo, who works on the Washington D.C.-based investigative team.

On Capitol Hill: “Mood extremely tense on Capitol Hill. Police evacuating grounds as precaution after Boston marathon bombing.” — Stephen Barton, Policy and Outreach Assistant at Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Reporter on the ground: “Fine. Reporting. I was 10 feet from explosion. Shaken up. But not a scratch. Worst thing I ever saw.” — Boston Globe reporter David Abel.

The Media Critics

“Seriously, @FoxNews? Best you can do is birther sheriff Joe Arapaio to discuss security? Really? #boston” — Politico‘s Steve Friess.

“When network news is good, its great. Brian Williams on NC right now is great stuff. Matt Lauer doing a standup from outside Mass General.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman.

Just the Facts

“#Boston police officer tells me bombs were packed with small metal objects meant to maim–nails, zippers, blades.” — ABC’s Terry Moran.

“Was interesting to watch nearly everyone in my Twitter feed automatically assume the New York Post was lying today.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

Journalists emote on Boston tragedy… 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

Journos Hash It Out on Twitter

On Tuesday afternoon, Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted a possible new idea for a TV show. He tweeted, “I think we should give Bristol Palin and Meghan McCain a reality TV show and call it McCain-Palin.” That’s actually not a terrible idea. I might actually watch. It couldn’t be any worse than “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.”

Not everyone thought it was such a good idea. Meghan McCain took to Twitter to confront Kaczynski. She tweeted, “you’re gonna live to regret underestimating me.” Uh oh. Could this be a possible smack down brewing over McCain’s upcoming TV show on new cable channel, Pivot?

Well, not exactly. Read more

Meghan McCain’s Big Tease

Last night supposed MSNBC Contributor and The Daily Beast/Newsweek Columnist Meghan McCain announced some pretty big news that she had some big news to announce.

She soon realized that curiosity was rampant and wanted to dispel a few possibilities that include McCain announcing her run for mayor of New York (presumably against Anthony Weiner), former Veep Dick Cheney being her father and more.

Crossing our fingers that this is all worth the angst.

UPDATE: Here’s the news from McCain’s feed: “I am SO EXCITED to announce my first series ‘Raising McCain’ will premiere this summer on Participant’s new cable network PIVOT!!!” Our reaction: !!!!!!!!!!!

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

McCain, BuzzFeed Reporter Now ‘Besties’

Meghan McCain, who is still a contributor at MSNBC despite being entirely absent from the network of late, is back on speaking terms with BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner. She even says they’re “besties.”

“Chris Geidner and I are so cool now!” McCain tweeted Monday. “Apparently I once blocked him, but now we’re besties!” Included in the tweet was a photo of the two after she spoke in support of same-sex marriage at an event in D.C.

While speaking with McCain, Geidner says he casually slipped in the fact that she had blocked him on Twiter. “I told her something along the lines of, ‘I’ll be honest, you had blocked me a long time ago when we got in some Twitter fight over something,” Geidner told FishbowlDC.

“Neither of us remember the situation, but we were younger then,” he said. “I’m sure I said something intemperate and, as Meghan said, she was more sensitive back then. We’re both grown ups now (allegedly), so we made up and, as Meghan tweeted, it’s all good.”

A true coming of age story.

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Today we have another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple and insightful. 

1. Do you feel sorry for the Reuters Deputy Social Media dude, Matthew Keys, who could serve up to 25 years in the slammer?

No. Lay down with dogs, get up with fleas…carrying indictments. The First Amendment is a “you can’t be punished for your opinions” card, not a “get out of jail free” card.

2. Which conservative journalist is most impressive right now and why?

Tim Carney at the Washington Examiner. He’s more of a Libertarian, but he calls out everyone for their ties to lobbyists, not just one side or the other. In other words, he’s intellectually honest, which is all too rare in the Fourth Estate these days.

3. With Hasslebeck leaving The View, who ought to replace her? Meghan McCain has been mentioned.

I just threw up in my mouth. I’ve heard MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp and author and columnist Jedidiah Bila had also been suggested and had the same reaction. It won’t happen, but I’d like someone with real experience in politics on there, someone like Fox News’ Dana Perino, whose opinion is informed, not a mile wide and an inch deep. Or maybe, if they want to stick with people from outside politics, like actresses Patricia Heaton or Stacey Dash. But I suspect we’ll get someone like Jane Fonda.

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Quotes of the Day

DOG IN SUITCASE: “Packing my things for a short vacation.”HuffPost‘s Sam Stein with the accompanying photograph.

Words to live by

“I’ve certainly been to Ikea. Just don’t recall a meatballs department.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper.

Whistling while she works

“Dear neighbors: your fears are correct: I am recording a whistling demo. If you had not locked your wifi this might have been avoided.” — WaPo humor blogger and columnist Alexandra Petri.

Journo sees glass half full

“Much as I have to complain about younger journalists, at least they didn’t grow up with this super-distorted idolatry of Woodward/Bernstein” — Media Matters’ Oliver Willis.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:08 a.m.

Quote Taken out of Context

“Just so long as cows don’t start showing up in my horse meat meat balls.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

Meghan McCain tries to avoid foot fetishist

“There’s a foot fetishist on twitter whose bio says my feet are one of his two favorites ever. So basically I’m done with the internet today.” — MSNBC Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain.

Weigel says no Judd

“We focus too much on Ashley Judd and not enough on the 300 million odd other Americans who will also never be senators.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Ugly convo between two journos. Read more

Meghan McCain Not Hacked, Her Sad Tweets Were ‘On Purpose’

Occasional blogger Meghan McCain sent out pleas yesterday to a couple of her critics, hoping to get some one-on-one time. Translation: Nobody’s thinking about Meghan McCain these days, so she’s willing revisit old feuds if it means she can get on TV for a few minutes and then have that segment subsequently posted on Mediaite.

“Glenn, you once fake vomited on your show in response to an PSA I did, I would like to talk to you about this. Call me,” McCain tweeted to conservative radio host Glenn Beck. She was referring to a radio segment Beck did where he made gagging noises while watching a skin cancer video PSA McCain participated in nearly two years ago.

“Laura, you once publicly said some things about me that really hurt me,” McCain then tweeted to Laura Ingraham, also a conservative radio host. “It’s taken me a long time to get here, but I would really like to talk to you in person. Call me.” Here, McCain is referring to the time Ingraham called McCain “plus-sized.” This happened in 2009.

Even the skin on Lil’ Kim’s nose isn’t this thin.

And as if there was any doubt McCain’s tweets have always been a freak showRead more

Please Drink Responsibly With Meghan McCain

There’s just something about Meghan McCain that makes people want to drink. Perhaps a more accurate word to use is “NEED.”

The MSNBC Contributor, Daily Beast columnist and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced to the Twitterverse, “Random people always want to drink beer with me – and I with them.”

In the abstract… Read more

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