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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.

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Harvard Announces Spring Fellows

Harvard has announced its spring fellows to The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, located at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. They include Washingtonians.

Among them: CNN’s Peter Hamby, a national political reporter for CNN, WaPo‘s Melinda Henneberger, a national correspondent who anchors the She the People blog,

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Quotes of the Day

“Any jackass can talk about bombing Iran.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, post debate late night.

“I think we all love teachers.” — CBS “Face the Nation” host and presidential debate moderator Bob Schieffer. This is how he firmly ended one of the segments as Mitt Romney gushed about teachers.

Important Question to Ponder: “What do I get @twitter for our 4th anniversary together?” — WaPo‘s Ed O’Keefe. Answer: A divorce. (Just kiddng with you, Ed.)

Journo’s heart warmed by Fresh Prince

“Will Smith was a groomsman in Alfonso Ribiero (aka Carlton Banks) wedding. That warms my heart #freshprince.” — ABC News’s Karen Travers.

The Relationship Expert

“Romney and Obama really don’t like each other. Reminds me of the very worse episode of Love Connection.” — “Love Connection” game show host Chuck Woolery.

Blogger declares journos’ “shallow

“Is it too much for reporters who don’t cover and don’t have any knowledge of for policy to refrain from grading a for pol debate? #shallow” — WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin.

Mom to the rescue

“My mom fact-checks that Air Force Academy basic cadets trained with bayonets this summer. Source: My sister goes there.” — Politico defense reporter Leigh Munsil.

“1st debate my mother texted she was upset Obama lost. 2nd debate texted she was happy. Now, no text. My focus group says, Viewership down?” — WaPo‘s Tim Craig.

Huh?!

“Last Nicki Minaj quote tweet was meant as a text to a friend. Sorry, at least I didn’t pull a chick from the newsroom and tweet racy pic.” — MSNBC Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Megan McCain.

Righty writer makes fun of Specter (too soon?)

Q: “Why is the weather so wonderful today?” A: “Oh, that’s right. Arlen Specter is still dead.” — the always classy conservative writer and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain. Former Sen. Arlen Specter died last week after a lengthy bout of cancer.

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You’re Being Dragged a Long Way Backward Thanks to The Washington Post, Baby!

WaPo recently launched a new blog called “She The People” headed up by Melinda Henneberger with the tagline “The world as women see it.” God, I hope not.

I realize men have no idea how women think, but vaginas can’t make this much of a difference between what happens in the mind of the opposite sex. If they do, women don’t think about the economy or jobs, but about the questions no one else does, like “Would we love Tim Tebow if he were Muslim?” and almost obsessively about Republican Presidential candidates…and not much else.

Do women care that deeply about candidate’s spouses and ex-spouses? “She The People” bloggers do since they write about them more than the National Enquirer.

They do take a slight break from time to time to kiss up to first lady Michelle Obama almost as much as The Hill‘s Amie Parnes, so there’s that.

Aside from staying lock-step with the Post’s predominately liberal blog bias (sure, there’s exceptions), this is a painful blog to read. I hope women think about things beyond this. To steal a catch phrase, you’ve come a long way, baby, but this blog ain’t helping the cause.

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Quotes of the Day

Journo love

“Alex Burns. Maggie Haberman. We love you both.” — MSNBC’s Alex Witt on Sunday afternoon to guests of the program Politico‘s Burns and Haberman.

Is Jason Linkins a 13-year-old with a drinking problem?

“Damn it! I promised myself that my ‘work bourbon’ would last until the New Hampshire primary was over.” — HuffPost‘s left-wing media reporter Jason Linkins spent the weekend trying to be Hunter S. Thompson and failing miserably. On Sunday morning he adds, “The winner of this debate is vodka.” Still later he says simply, “Drink” and links to a music video. 

Huntman’s Mandarin falls flat

“I was in the press room, actually, last night during that debate and the press kind of erupted into laughter at that so I’m not sure that moment went over very well.” — RealClearPoliticsErin McPike on MSNBC Sunday afternoon in response to a question on Jon Huntsman‘s use of Mandarin in Saturday night’s debate.

Melinda tires of the ass kissing

“Is Chris Matthews thinking David Gregory will be his boss someday? Enough, already…” — WaPo‘s Melinda Henneberger.

HuffPost reporter gets shout-out from Eva Longoria

“Eva Longoria just retweeted me. I mean, that’s cool.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Bad form: Reporter RT’s himself

“RT @MikViq: Basically, Romney is saying that IF he could correct the SuperPAC ads he would, but since he hardly knows these people, he can’t.” — NBC’s Michael Viqueira. To be fair, Viqueira is not a serial self RTer. This is the first act of this nature that we’ve seen from him. But why do this ever?

JMart pricks Newt, Pinocchio and WaPo

“Love that Newt is still turning to washpost Pinnochios [sic] as pushback. Plays well in Laconia.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin.

Muffin metaphors

“Ever since Peggy Noonan called Newt Gingrich ‘an angry little attack muffin’ all I see is a screaming blueberry muffin when he talks…” — MSNBC Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain.

WaPo‘s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin assesses the weekend: “Loser: Diane Sawyer winner: people who can’t stand Huntsman.. he’ll be gone soon.”

Reality Show Confessional

“I miss Herman and Michelle.” — WaPo‘s Dana Milbank.

Ball puts debate moderator’s hair on notice

“John DiStaso wins Best Early-State Mullet category.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball of the Union Leader reporter who helped moderate the NBC debate Sunday morning. And FNC “Redeye” host Greg Gutfeld suggests this: “After debate, David Gregory’s hair is having brunch with John Huntsman’s hair.”

Sick designer on the loose

“Throat hurts + fever + headache + congestion = me today :-( #justshootme.” — Washington Business Journal Designer Timothy Wong. (This was Sunday; hopefully he’s on the mend today.)

Erick Erickson issues “apology” to ABC

“Dear ABC News, I was wrong. You set the bar for stupid so high in last night’s debate even NBC did better than you.” — RedState.com’s Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Headline on a story by CBS Political Director John Dickerson on Slate: My Baloney Has a First Name, It’s M-I-T-T

Weekend drive-thru

“Wendy’s drive-thru in Vienna, VA. Apparently, tonight, this is how I roll. #suburbanadventures #withajrbaconcheeseburger” — Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Rules and more rules

“Just announced in press file ‘we have a little bit of security issue outside.’ Taking folks over to the spin room in groups of 10. Really?” — ReutersSam Youngman in New Hampshire.

Henneberger to Join WaPo

Former AOL Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger is going to work for WaPo. As part of the political coverage for 2012, she’ll write in-depth campaign pieces. WaPo announced the news this morning.

Noted Editor Kevin Merida: “Melinda is an extraordinary talent. She has a wonderful gift for thinking outside the lines, and for discovering what really matters about a story. She is a lovely, fearless writer who sparkles with ideas, and her presence will only strengthen an already strong political squad.”

Congratulations to Henneberger. She begins October 10.

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Journo sees link between himself and company stock

“But is my impending departure driving down Reuters’ stock? Of such things, we can only speculate.” –  Outgoing Reuters scribe Jim Pethokoukis, who is going to work for the American Enterprise Institute as their blog editor. He’ll continue on as a CNBC Contributor. He also mentioned lead Boybander, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, saying, “Hey, I’m over 9,000 Twitter followers, only 91k behind @ezraklein. Are we going to let such injustice stand, America?”

Make a wish

“I wish my washing machine was touch screen #whitegirlproblems.” — Publicist and former ABC ‘This Week’” Producer Courtney Cohen.

Weingarten invents acronym

“I have just invented a great acronym: ‘Bioya.’ Blow It Out Your Ass. Please make it viral. Or, alternatively, bioya.”  — WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten.

Blogger gets defensive, tweets about his ding dong

BigGov Contributor Riehl Tears (a.k.a. Dan Riehl) had an odd way of reacting to a story we wrote on him yesterday. Referencing an interview he gave last month in which he admitted to weeping over former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s lost innocence and recounted his “worst date” story — he drove a woman home with his pants off — the conservative blogger felt the need to tell us he’s well endowed. He wrote, “Silly FB-DC.. If my pants were genuinely down, you’d be far more impressed, I assure you.” Are you asking us out on a date, Riehl Tears?  No thanks, we prefer men who don’t cry during badly made political documentaries. But that’s nice to know, wombshifter. One thing, though. Wasn’t repeating sexually menacing talk the reason you accused an innocent journalist of being a pedophile in the first place? At least he was quoting Mike Tyson. What’s your excuse?

New HOH writer enters dining detox

“My body seems confused/upset that the 3-gourmet-lunches-per-day routine has come to such an abrupt halt #marathondiningdetox.” — Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, the new HOH writer and former restaurant reviewer.

Journo reacts to Troy Davis execution

“Time of death 11:08 and media can move up to get photos of the coroner’s van; what is wrong with us?” — Writer and former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger.

Um, David? Helloooo? You have a brother named Rush.

“How can anyone take seriously the anymore [sic] the raving lunatic Chris Matthews?” Read/watch here. — Nationally Syndicated Columnist David Limbaugh in a grammatically incoherent tweet.

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Quotes of the Day

“Sunrise at ‘Keswick Hall’ Thomas Jefferson Country Charlottesville, Va.” — Photograph by Sky News White House Commentator and Georgetown Adjunct Prof. Jon-Christopher Bua.

Dangerous times…

“Dammit, I think I accidentally killed my pumpkin vines. Was trimming them but might’ve cut the main vine. Hope not.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Bizarre hurricane plant fallout

“I think the hurricane was full of seeds. All kinds of unusual sprouting in the balcony boxes this morning. #greenshoots” — The Atantic‘s online Politics Editor Garance Franke-Ruta.

Henneberger scolded for enjoying Nat Review story

“Was just reprimanded for laughing out loud while reading Mark Steyn‘s National Review cover story on free speech: ‘Stop laughing at conservative jokes!’ (Child of mine, is it not a free country? And it is a good piece…)” — Left-leaning former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger.

TV reporter makes urgent declaration about rain

“I love the rain! …….There, I said it.” — WaPo Opinion Columnist Jonathan Capehart.

NJ scribe leaves for Iraq

“Setting off on a 3-week reporting trip to #Iraq. Charlie’s tail was down as I left; she could sense something was up.I miss Annie already.” — NJ‘s Yochi Dreazen.

A meaningful walk through MLK memorial

“Saw the MLK memorial today w/ my dad, who marched w/ him thru hostile streets in Chicago in ’65. And my son, who grows up in a better world.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball.

Is the cupcake craze finally crashing?

“Dear girl on Metro wearing what I presume is an ironic? shirt featuring a cupcake with a thought-bubbled, “?*#!” I don’t get it.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I am never allowing Cinnamon Toast Crunch in my house again. Devil in a cardboard box.” — MetroWeekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Managed to grill the salmon in between summer DC thunderstorms. Now it’s pouring again #justintime” — The Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz. Don’t take this the wrong way Howie, but we actually prefer you self-pimping your show to mindless chatter about your salmon grilling abilities.

NJ Removes Comments on Wu Story

Many sites grapple with the concept of commenters. Some journalists do too. Keep them. Lose them. Some scribes have strict self-policies to never read comments. So how much freedom is too much?

Politico has contemplated removing them, but so far hasn’t. The now defunct Politics Daily struggled with it and had a heavily moderated comment section — former Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger once wondered to NPR whether publications are trading humanity for negative attention. And most recently a Capitol Hill publication was asked to remove comments beneath a post but the request was not honored.

In Tuesday’s NJ “Hotline On Call” story by Jessica Taylor on Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who had an allegedly “unwanted” sexual relationship with an 18-year-old daughter of a friend, commenters went to town. The conversation got so heated that one commenter, named Guest, had three comments removed. NJ makes it clear that they have the final say: “The National Journal Group has the right (but not the obligation) to monitor the comments and to remove any materials it deems inappropriate.”

Some comments that made the cut:

  • “Do the right thing and quit you sexual deviant.”
  • “A true piece of human waste.”
  • “Most of people who roots from China are not fit for any position in politic and judicial.  Generally they are very cruel with human beings. Of course, many are bright but see things and see people in a cheap and weird ways that most of Americans see and many others in Asia.  So don’t put these people in charge for anything.” [sic]

Read here.

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QUOTES of the DAY


A belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday to NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh who, according to Politico’s Playbook, celebrated at Hill Country last night. We’re running a picture of his dog, Rudy, because any excuse in a good excuse to run this pooch sitting pretty in his faux L.L. Bean Shearling jacket. By the way, we understand Walsh was given the trendy Shake Weight as a gift. The free weight works your triceps, shoulders, even your chest. Visit here if you want to know more.

Henneberger freelancing for TIME

“Closing my first piece for TIME. And when is the last time I spent even a DAY working out of an office? (A: I don’t think my kids even remember it!)” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Wednesday Facebook update. She’s writing a few freelance stories for the magazine.

Something unusual in Washington: An all-female roundtable

“It’s a fine collection of women.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist in reaction to TIME‘s Rick Stengel saying he’d prefer to be in Washington this morning with the all-female roundtable of Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, BBC’s Katty Kay and WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan. Brzezinski was in Washington Wednesday night for a speaking engagement for her book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth.

D.C. Rule of Thumb

“Rule of Washington dinners: where two congressmen speak, one will for a few too long, God bless him.” — National Review Online’s Kathryn Lopez in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo Movie Watching

“Am at the part in “Broadcast News” where Bill Hurt is smiling as he watches himself, fake tears on his cheeks, in his own date rape newscast.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman in a Wednesday tweet.

The Critic

“FYI: All marital splits are a ‘long-time coming.’” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a recent tweet.

The Observer

“Nothing makes your day like a Capitol Police officer chastising a cabbie for barreling through the crosswalk.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

What makes Ratigan a New Yorker?

“When the smell of urine on the sidewalk no longer bothers you.” — MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan, who was in Washington for the WHCD last weekend, in a “21 Questions” feature for New York Magazine. Read the entire interview here.

A quick convo between two journos

Politico Media Coordinator Stefanie Christensen: “Why do female Hill staffers refuse to blowdry their hair?? have you noticed this phenomenon?”

Politico CLICK writer Karin Tanabe: “I certainly have and it is all kinds of wrong. Wet hair = only okay at the beach or during the Nirvana years.”

 

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