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D.C. Journos react to POTUS and The Donald reality show

“Hey, I read stuff that you people write.” -Trump to reporters in NH. (“So, we do have readers after all.”) — Roll Call‘s David Drucker in a Wednesday tweet.

“What birth certificate? Don’t think there is any piece of paper in existence that will make people believe what they don’t want to believe.” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Wednesday Facebook update.

“Eager to hear what Gary Busey and Meatloaf think about all of this. #celebrityapprentice” — RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy in a Wednesday tweet.

“Note to birthers: certificate does not list height or weight at birth. POTUS might be invisible or some sort of amorphous blob.” — The Hill’s Sam Youngman in a Wednesday tweet.

“Of course, the citizens of Kenya are a little bit bummed out today.” –Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet.

“I’d also like to take credit for making Obama release his birth certificate.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Wednesday tweet with this link to a story co-written by him and his superior Ben Smith. Read here.

“Can we send Trump to Afghanistan so everyone pays some fricking attention to the wars we’re waging?” — The Nation‘s emotional Mexican jumping bean Chris Hayes in a Wednesday tweet.

“Okay, Obama, fine. Now SHOW US THE PLACENTA” — Slate‘s resident Juiceboxer Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

 

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Metro Weekly’s White House correspondent Chris Geidner claims Thursday was Purple Paisley Tie Day. He wins our non-existent Pretty Tie of the Day award, an honor never bestowed on anyone.

Getting to know the Senator’s wife: Always a good idea

“I ran into Nancy Domenici on Cap Hill (Sen. Pete’s wife) today. She was walking home, too. What a gracious and down-to-earth woman.” — Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Thursday tweet.

Quite a reaction to end of RHOD

“@ReliableSource will miss your columns on RHDC so desp so I may have to tie you down and force you to watch RHBH and recap for me.” — Writer and wife to lobbyist Jack Quinn, Susanna Quinn in a Thursday tweet after WaPo‘s Reliable Source (Amy Argetsinger) reported that Real Housewives of DC has been canceled.

Fake Jim V. weighs in on Planned Parenthood issue

“Like most dilemmas involving planned parenthood, we can’t do anything until the morning after.” — FakeJimVandeHei in a Thursday tweet.

Note to Chuckles: You don’t have to “lean forward” when tweeting

“POTUS seemed to lean into idea of being to announce a deal early tmro. Seems to hint that a some working deal is on the table.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a Thursday tweet.

Editor disappointed with ShutdownShowdown coverage

“Fox is talking birthers, MSNBC Gulf Oil spill and CNN has Eva Longoria. And all I want is budget news. #insidethebeltway.” — Politico‘s Martin Kady in a Thursday tweet. Thankfully Fox News comes through with the following, as tweeted by Kady’s colleague Jake Sherman who informed: “Bachmann bets greta an “ice cream cone” that boehner, obama reid come to a deal tomorrow.” He’s referring to Bachmann’s appearance on FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s “On the Record” program last night.

Really bad luck

“A Google image search result for my name turns back a lot of nonsense and the frowny face of a guy I used to date. Wonderful.” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Thursday tweet.

Boy Bander hates ‘The West Wing

“At fiancee’s request, am watching The West Wing. Am I the only liberal who fucking HATES this show?” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman in a Thursday tweet.

TV report explains away all-caps use

“Hugely historic #TopLine today: FULL HALF HOUR for first ever time featuring SCHUMER, HATCH, HOYER, MCCARTHY, JEFF SESSIONS, RON JOHNSON.” — ABC “World News Tonight” Senior Washington Editor Rick Klein in a Thursday morning tweet. He apologizes a moment later, saying, “Sorry about the ALL CAPS but I’m jazzed.” We’ll excuse it this time since this is, we think, a first-time infraction.

Journos get emotional about potential shutdown

“Floor speeches today just pitiful: U want our soldiers to starve! No, U do! Well U want to keep borrowing fr China so we can fund abortion!.” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Thursday tweet.

“BREAKING: Cherry Blossom parade will proceed even if there is a #shutdown. #whew.” — Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn in a Thursday morning tweet.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein learns lesson amid shutdown story

“If this week has taught me anything, it’s how to write a news story about a lack of news.” — Sam Stein in a Thursday tweet. To which WCP‘s Managing Editor Mike Madden said (joked, we think) that he’s sure Stein has learned this before.

Unnecessary Tweet(s) of the Day

The procession of Washington journalists who kept reiterating that President Obama canceled today’s trip to Indianapolis, Indiana after The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman wrote, “WH official tells me POTUS will NOT go to Indiana tomorrow.”

Henneberger Will Flee to the Swiss Alps

Ex-Politics Daily‘s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger no doubt winced as she clicked on WaPo‘s promotional on its op-ed columnists, featured columns and politics blogs. Women – where are they? Interesting to note that she’s fleeing to a glacier resort in Grindelwald, Switzerland next week for a Big Think brainstorming session on how science is transmitted through media and pop culture. She’ll be convening with climate scientists. No word on how many males will be in that room.

“Oh man, not a good visual,” she wrote on Facebook regarding WaPo‘s roster of featured, mainly male journalists.”Clicked on this page looking for something else but pow, forgot what it was after seeing that of the 30 columnists they feature, 25 are men. Guess there are no women with anything interesting to say. Oh wait…”

Henneberger may be missing her “Woman UP” all-female authored section that got dissolved with the rest of the publication in the recent HuffPost/AOL merger.

WaPo‘s numbers speak for themselves:

Op-ed columnists: 18

Males: 14

Featured Columns: 4

Males: 4

Politics blogs: 12

Males: 9

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Dealing with ‘Tinkerbell’

“6 yr old wrote note to Tinkerbell, left by bed: asked Tinkerbell to write back. Somehow, her mom got Tink to do this.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a morning tweet. He added, “Thing is, when a 6 yr old writes to Tinkerbell & gets a reply, she will write again expecting a reply.”

Roll Call‘s Beckwith fills in for Bruno

“My first day on the job as @brunodebbie’s temporary replacement for @rollcall. So far, much less dancing on tables.” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Beckwith in a Monday tweet. Debbie Bruno has left the publication.

Be CAREFUL of all caps

“Typing in all capital letters is perceived to be shouting, so only do it when addressing foreigners or the elderly. #GreatestHits” — Fake AP Stylebook in a Monday tweet. Are you listening HuffPost/AOL’s Jason “I LOVE MY ALL-CAPS PHRASES” Linkins.

FNC’s Perino is talking male hair trends

“Disturbing trend of men’s hair dye. Guys should have a pro do it. Otherwise looks like a fisher price character’s helmet hair.” — Dana Perino, FNC Contributor, and former Press Secretary in President Bush’s White House.

Reporter wants more Zzzz’s

“Getting older: I can do one most-of-the-night vigil w/a sick kid, but two *kicks my butt. #yawn.” — Agence France-Presse’s Olivier Knox in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I feel zombified this morning.” — Metro Weekly‘s Randy Shulman in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Watch out…

“Weather Alert: A Tornado Watch is in effect for the Washington Region until 10am” — NBC Washington in an early Tuesday morning tweet.

Weather, wildfire outrage

“Ok DC area, I know we have had some crazy weather warnings but this has to be a first for me…severe weather alert warnings for WILDFIRES?” — Kat Aragon, CNN makeup artist, in a Monday night tweet.

Uh oh. Simon wants to move again?

“Superficial but… Two days in Cairo makes me want to return. For a city of 22 mln pple it has charm, and a sense of post-Mubarak optimism.” — WaPo India Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in a Tuesday morning tweet. In January he left Washington for New Delhi after leaving Reuters as D.C. Bureau Chief.

Henneberger Seeks Dream Analysis

Life has been undoubtedly rough lately with the folding of Politics Daily.

But just how rough?

Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger takes to Facebook to ask friends to analyze the following dream. Now this is something we could get into. Washington journalists post dreams on Facebook and open themselves up to dream analysis: Just beautiful (and no, we’re not messing around. This is no April Fool’s joke.)

Henneberger: Dream analysis time: I am swimming in the pool in my hometown where I was a lifeguard in high school. It’s not open yet so I have it all to myself, along with a couple of other people who work there, and it’s incredibly, even magically pleasant except that 1) I have the guilty feeling that I haven’t shown up to lifeguard in a while! and 2) every so often the guy who’s cleaning the drains lobs a ball of gunk at me…

The best dream interpreter in the lengthy string of commenters is Manhattan-based Molly Gordy, who writes: ‎1. “I feel guilty that I’m not out there ‘saving lives’ by employing outstanding journalists and spreading the truth at Politics Daily. 2. Universe, please stop throwing gunk at me! I’ve ducked so far, but I’m tired.”

Our brief analysis: It’s a fairly straightforward stress dream with one catch — HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington is that guy cleaning the pool drain lobbing gunk at her.

See our other picks for best interpreters… If any reader out there wants to send us their dreams for interpretation feel free. Send to FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com or FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.

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Whoops! Lawrence O’Donnell Flubs Corn’s Title

While much of Washington knows that Melinda Henneberger‘s Politics Daily got eaten by HuffPost in the merger with AOL, word apparently hasn’t reached New York.

On MSNBC’s “Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” Tuesday night, O’Donnell ended a segment with Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn by reeling off his title: “Washington Editor of Mother Jones, Politics Daily Columnist and MSNBC Analyst, David Corn, thank you for joining us.” Corn thanked O’Donnell in return and didn’t note the correction. No doubt, that would have been awkward.

Later in the program, O’Donnell got it right with former Politics Daily White House Correspondent Alex Wagner, who now works for HuffPost.

Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger is Laid Off

Politics Daily‘s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger has been laid off today. The news was expected as part of the AOL-HuffPost merger. No word yet on what will happen to the site, but we’re hearing that not everyone from the site will be leaving. We reached Henneberger by phone, but she said she was in a meeting and rushed off the phone without saying anything about the layoff.

Politics Daily‘s daily email with a comment from Melinda along with snapshots of the day’s stories was not dispatched this morning. No indication on her Facebook page, except a Politics Daily writer, Donna Trussell writes, “I [Love] Melinda,” with love being a heart emoticon.

UPDATE: We’re hearing that Walter Shapiro and Patricia Murphy have also been laid off.

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“Hey Veggies, I’m giving up meat for #Lent. Went out for 40 days on this bad boy. Wish me luck.” — MSNBC’s Luke Russert in a Tuesday night tweet with this accompanying serious piece of meat above.

Downfalls of not knowing the lingo

A short scene from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning. Jeff Greenfield is senior political correspondent for CBS News.

Mika: What if Blago is never caught?

Jeff Greenfield: Who?

Mika: What if Blago, Blago, Blago Voyavich?

Jeff Greenfield: I’m sorry, I don’t know your strange ways.

Politico‘s Highlights Magazine headline of the day

In Politico‘s new Kids’ Section, anything can happen. Today’s headline from a story by Amie Parnes is: “Obama in ‘Unfamiliar Fishes’ book.” The short post features news of Obama’s favorite dish, which is apparently the heart healthy Hawaiian fish that is “breaded, fried meat with rice, macaroni and brown gravy.” This is not a cookbook.

Cokie on NPR: ‘Not a good season.’

“The state of journalism is fabulous. It’s not a  good season for the executives at NPR but the journalists keep churning it out.” — Senior News Analyst of NPR Cokie Roberts on this morning’s “Morning Joe. ”

Ash Wednesday: redundant?

“Is it just me, or does Ash Wednesday seem redundant this year? Either way, my home state of Illinois is giving up the death penalty on this first day of Lent – and will become the 16th state to abolish capital punishment.” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger, who has assumed former Executive Editor Carl Cannon‘s morning duties of sending out the morning e-mail.

Overheard…

“#onlyinwashington you get: 10 reporters gabbing @ a bar about Issa, only to figure out that he’s 10 feet away and heard them.” — RealClearPoliticsErin McPike in a Monday tweet referring to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) who fired his Spokesman Kurt Bardella last week after it was reported that he leaked journalists’ emails to a NYT reporter.

A GOP pundit gives praise to NYT

“Pleasant surprise: The NYT does a pretty fair and balanced job covering the video prank against NPR. Good story.” — Former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a Wednesday morning tweet.

A special Happy Birthday to….

Shani Hilton, the woman who refused to comment when we asked her if she had anything to do with writing @DCJourno, who is all but extinct at this point despite being featured in NYT. She’s pals with a number of Boy Banders who include Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman, who remarked, “Happy happy birthday to @shani_o. So happy she moved to DC.” We are too. Shani is Associate Editor of the Center for American Progress’s CampusProgress.org and Washington correspondent for Colorlines magazine.

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Happy Belated Birthday to…

It’s a tiny bit late, but here’s a a birthday shout-out to Politico CLICK writer and ex-FishbowlDC Editor extraordinaire Patrick Gavin. We hope he had a pleasant birthday Thursday. We’re sure he’d prefer cash, booze, a nice button-down or a day off the pressure of Winning the Morning, but as a present we’re offering readers a chance to click (get it?) to his early morning story about C-SPAN footage showing up in a movie that won an Oscar. Nerdy, indeed. We also know he loves cats, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough particularly loves that he loves cats, so that explains the above.

Politics Daily‘s Cannon’s Farewell Morning Note

Executive Carl Cannon, who’s moving to RealClearPolitics in the wake of the HuffPost-AOL merger, writes his final somewhat emotional email message to readers today. We wish him well and will miss his morning messages. Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger will take over his duties for now. “Today, I’d like to make another brief point: This my last morning note for Politics Daily. I am moving on; next week I’ll be at Real Clear Politics. I’ve loved our early morning conversationsand that’s what they were. Many of you have written back these past two years, some to point out typos, many to comment on the Politics Daily stories I touted, others to add a bit of knowledge to my brief homily. Thank you, and thanks for reading PD. It has been a terrific little online newspaper, if I say so myself, a product of Melinda Henneberger’s vision and the dedication of a talented group of writers and editors who are as dedicated and decent as any I have ever met. Melinda will now start sending this note.”

Fineman on fire

The recent Q & A Cafe between Host Carol Joynt and HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman airs tonight at 8 p.m. on DC Cable’s Channel 16. Joynt offers a preview: “More than half the conversation focuses on modern media, the AOL purchase of Huffington Post, Howard’s decision to leave, in his words, “the burning building,” that was Newsweek, the fun he has exploiting the social networks in the sport of covering politics and that, yes, there are increasing numbers of people at HuffPost who actually get paid.”

Awkward…

In case you missed it this week, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie noted that the March 9 U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s has disinvited the media to its reception for new members. This is the first time the Society has ever done such a heinous thing. They were on orders from Speaker Boehner’s office. Ouch. Memo to Boehner: Why do you hate us so much? Read here.

A Sheen fix

“Face it folks, you just feel better when you say it. #Winning” — Actor Charlie Sheen in the past 24 hours.

Politico reporter detests kids

“Damn. This season of the Wire is about kids and schools? Damn kids.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Thursday tweet. Tau is Politico Ben Smith‘s assistant. He explains further, “I just don’t like when they act. It’s unbearable watching children on TV or in movies.” He links here.

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WaPo’s Dan Zak in Cali: “Cheeky Hollywood hotel thermostat”

Pre-Oscars

“What’re u wearin for Oscar night? I’m sporting Basic Edition by KMART, accessories by 7-Eleven.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Craig Crawford in a Sunday tweet.

“Confession: I love the Oscars. Have watched them every year since I was 10 after successful lobbying campaign to suspend bedtime.” — Politico‘s Kasie Hunt in a Sunday tweet.

“Just so you know, my shirt this evening was designed by Under Armour and my pants by Mr. Carhart.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet.

“Who am I wearing? Thanks for asking, Robin. This is from Ralph’s Big & Tall.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller in a Sunday tweet.

“DVD copy of The King’s Speech keeps skipping and stopping. #irony” — FishbowlDC intern Alec Jacobs in a Sunday tweet.

“Every time I see Ryan Seacrest on TV I say to people “that man is worth more than a quarter of a billion dollars.” nobody believes me.” — MSNBC’s Luke Russert in a Sunday tweet.

“I have only two wishes for Oscar night: 1. To make my deadline. 2. To meet Charlie Sheen.” — WaPo‘s @ReliableSource in a Sunday tweet.

R-Rated Oscar coverage

“I appreciate that whoever designed Cate Blanchette‘s dress accommodated her breasts with that hole in the front. #oscars” — GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox in a Sunday tweet.

“Sorkin’s speech: An oratorical attempt to suck one’s own dick. #Oscars” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Sunday tweet.

Bold Oscar observers

“Franco really should have skipped the bong tonight.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Sunday tweet.

“I think Gwyneth‘s husband doesn’t WANT to appear in public with her.” — Former ABC “This Week” production coordinator Courtney Cohen in a Sunday tweet. She now works at the public affairs firm Dewey Square Group.

“Maybe I’m high?” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Sunday tweet.

Vital Oscar observations

Aaron Sorkin‘s hair just won best adaptation award.” — Washington Examiner‘s J.P. Freire in a Sunday tweet.

“Feed suggests those who are most hostile to this stilted show from Hollywood are those who put on stilted shows in Washington.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio Correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Sunday tweet.

“It took 25 minutes for a Charlie Sheen joke?” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Sunday tweet.

Wishful Oscar thinking

“A little surprised Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban don’t listen to @cspanradio.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Sunday tweet. (Kidman and Urban were asked what they listened to on the way to the Oscars.)

Journo honesty

“Trying to pretend I am still interested in a basketball game where my son’s team is losing by 30 points.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.

Media Matters employee suffers hangover

“Alka Seltzer= best hangover cure in the business.” — Media MattersTyrone Gayle in a weekend tweet. (Is this winning the weekend Tyrone?)

Update/Correction: Cohen recently left DSG. “I’ve created a Jewish girls take on Jersey Shore’s GTL,” she wrote. “I do GLS: gym, lunch, shopping.”

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