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A Polite but Impersonal Goodbye

In a goodbye letter likely to burn the least number of bridges possible to mankind, The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien bids farewell to the publication where he has worked for three and a quarter years.

He gives an “extra-special” shout-out to his Twitter followers. Maybe he’s saving the more personal notes for private emails.

We wish him the best at MSNBC.com, where he will be politics editor.

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Quotes of the Day

Weigelicious observation: “Huh. Some caption writer screwed up the name of ‘You Know I’m No Good.’” Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Monday morning tweet.

‘Recipe for bad reporting’

“Any rational human being would be confused listening to these guys talk. So from my point of view, it’s almost a recipe for bad reporting. You have talks going on behind closed doors in an atmosphere of everything must be tweeted immediately.” — WaPo columnist Ruth Marcus on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday referring to deficit negotiations and the reporters covering the story.

In defense of Politico‘s Andy Barr

“Andy Barr is biased-on the side of calling sources, as opposed to fact-lessly bloviating out of an alternative orifice.” — Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush in a Friday tweet in response to The Daily Caller story on Barr leaving the publication to work for the Democratic Party of Arizona. The piece raises questions about whether Barr wrote biased stories against Republicans he covered such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Hill‘s Sam Youngman also recently defended Barr, saying, “Quick defense of Andy Barr, a former colleague and close friend. He is a pro, and he has been completely unbiased as a reporter.”

The Critic

“Makes me feel a little better to see it’s everywhere: Have caught 3 copy editing errors (so far) this a.m. in the WSJ.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a weekend tweet.

Journo fired up about Winehouse

“Everyone tweeting I-told-you-so’s about Amy Winehouse: I’m happy you’ve never had to deal with addiction. Also, fuck you.” — Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman in a weekend tweet in response to singer Amy Winehouse’s death.

On the other end of the political spectrum…RedState and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson remarked, “Shocked to find out Amy Winehouse was still alive until now.”

Tips From the Pool…Into the Deep End

“Strained body language suggested a school  principal’s office with a handful of sullen suspects sitting grimly downcast as the boss says: ‘OK, we’re going to sit here all day unil I find out who shot that spitball.’” — Hearst‘s Charles Lewis in a weekend White House Pool Report. The meeting he writes of included V.P. Biden, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, and Senate GOP Leader McConnell.

Not so subtle heat wave request

“Seriously in need of a rooftop pool in DC today. Hello?” — Potomac Flacks blogger Matt Mackowiak in a weekend tweet.

Working the weekend

“RIP weekend off.” — TWT Opinion Page Writer Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.

“PO’edTUS” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a weekend tweet in angry variation on POTUS.

“Motley lot of Hill reporters just stampeded up stairs in search of elusive Boehner after hearing noises – but just tourists.” — Roll Call House Leadership reporter Steven Dennis in a weekend tweet.

Bio of the Day

The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher: “I blog for the Daily Caller. I am recovering from being hit by a car. Will you be my friend?”

He left his heart in Montana?

“Back from vacation, trying to get back into the swing of things. I’d like to say I’m glad to be back, but really, I’d rather be in Montana.” — The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien in a Monday morning tweet.

French journo has GRRREAT advice for Rep. Wu

“Colleague suggests communications strategy for Rep Wu: Answer everything with ‘Theyyyyy’re GRRREAT!’” — AFP‘s Olivier Knox in a weekend tweet regarding Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who once dressed up in a tiger costume. News broke over the weekend that Wu allegedly had an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman in California last Thanksgiving. Wu has since declared that he will not seek reelection. He won’t, however, step down.

More on wacky Wu…

“It’s hot and I’m sweatier than Rep. David Wu checking his messages.” — Former Washington Examiner intern Eddie Scarry in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Not having a pantry is a pain in the ass.” — Roll Call’s Jessica Estepa in her debut win of this feature. Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg watch out! She could be a serious contender.

Correction: On Friday we incorrectly reported that WaPo‘s liberal blogger Ezra Klein once wrote about marshmallows. That is incorrect. He has written about coconut sponge cake. He wrote, “It tastes like what would’ve happened if a coconut fell in love with a cloud.” We regret any harm the mistake may have caused and apologize to marshmallows everywhere.

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QUOTES of the DAY

NBC Washington’s Jim Long takes this morning photograph. He calls it “Sunrise over Washington.”


A new avenue for the Biden gaffe: Twitter

“Welcome to twitter Joe Biden, @VP, or at least Joe Biden’s press staff.” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo Mysteries

“Just got third email today (4th since last week) saying someone is trying to reset my Twitter password. Freaking out a little.” — Reason Magazine’s Mike Riggs in a Tuesday tweet.

The Fashion Consultants

NJ’s Amy Harder: “Casual Tuesday? Sen. David Vitter, R-La., walks onto Senate floor in khakis and plaid shirt, no suit jacket.” She added, “And Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is in jeans. Maybe the casual attire is a bipartisan protest of being in session this week.”

WaPo‘s new Deputy National Editor Terence Samuel: No suit jacket or no jacket? And did he have a tie?

Reporter starstruck by Politifact founder

“Saw@politifact’s Bill Adair on CNN while picking up a rental car in Chicago. I was starstruck!” –D.C. Digital Journalist Chris Montgomery in a Tuesday tweet.

Tread carefully around this journo today

“Late night headache. Kill. me. now.” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in an extremely early morning tweet.

Reporter flees scorching heat of her apartment

“Nothing motivates a girl to be up, out of the house and ready to work by 6:40 like having no A/C in her apt in DC in July.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Breaking up with your BlackBerry is hard to do

“I need to figure out how to tell my BlackBerry at the end of this month that I want a divorce, and that I’m leaving it for a Droid or iPhone.” — The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien in a Tuesday tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY


TV reporter frets about his hair

“Finally wake up and don’t look like ‘Greg Brady.’ Now I find out I can catch cancer from the product which has given me straight hair!” — ABC7 Reporter Stephen Tschida in a Monday tweet. Pssst Stephen…try the Keratin treatment, the one without formaldehyde.

King critique

“King even interrupting the 10 second answers.” — National Review Editor Rich Lowry in a Monday night tweet during the CNN televised GOP debate in New Hampshire. CNN’s John King moderated.

“Seriously: How did Gingrich escape any scrutiny of his campaign difficulties? I mean, really??” — The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien in a Monday night tweet about the GOP debate.

If Treach’s son was gay…

“If I found out my son was gay, I’d tell him: 1) I love him no matter what, and 2) I could really use his help picking a living room set.” The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher in a Monday tweet.

Weiner Analysis

“Real reason Weiner’s getting shivved: Congress is like prison and he’s a man without a gang.” — Fortune Magazine’s Tory Newmyer in a Monday tweet.

The Pizza Man makes a big choice

“Deep Dish.” — GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain in Monday night’s GOP debate when CNN’ s John King asked if he prefers deep dish or thin crust pizza.

Missing Broder

“The first real debate of 2012. It doesn’t seem right without David Broder here. #wapo” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a Monday tweet.

Deep thoughts on Journalism…

“Journalism isn’t about what you ‘think’ or ‘believe.’ Skepticism and curiosity are hammer and nails. Takes skill to build something.” — Mediaite‘s White House reporter Tommy Christopher in a weekend  tweet.

Everyone’s a fashion critic

“CNN”s Wolf Blitzer and John King are wearing matching purple ties. Purple, insiders note, is made by mixing red & blue. #bipartisanship.” — Vanity Fair in a Monday tweet.

“Um, weird moment just now on CNN: @JohnKingUSA and @WolfBlitzerCNN wearing identical suit/tie combos. Uniforms tonight, perhaps? #cnndebate” — Mediaite TV Editor Mark Joyella in a Monday tweet.

 

Quotes of the Day

Travel report

Amy Argetsinger is in Rome. But don’t rob my apartment, okay? — WaPo‘s Reliable Source writer Amy Argetsinger in a weekend Facebook update.

Unpleasant travel memories

“Just finished flight around the world. Now waiting for bags. Last year, got stuck in horrid traffic jam on way home.” — Reuters White House correspondent Patricia Zengerle in a Sunday tweet.

Conclusion: bad ideas

“I drank a Four Loko tonight. It was awful.” — The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien in a weekend tweet.

“Fell asleep on Metro. Woke at stop. Climbed over man. Ran to door. Voice called out: phone dropped on floor! Missed stop.” — The Hill‘s Erika Niedowksi in a Monday morning tweet.

Travel hell

“Diamond Cab is the Antichrist.” — Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Reilly in a weekend tweet.

Olbermann plays defense

“For the record, I have not tweeted anything about Sarah Palin‘s tv show. Someone has falsely attributed a retweet to me.” — MSNBC “Countdown” Host Keith Olbermann in a Sunday evening tweet.

Journo discovers ex-First Dude’s voice

“Watching “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” and realized this is the first time I’ve ever heard Todd Palin‘s voice. Only seen him parodied on SNL.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Sunday night tweet.

Other Palin reality show musings

“My DVR is playing “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” backwards — The bears are drunk!” — CQ Roll Call‘s Craig Crawford in a Sunday night tweet.

“Palin show is great pr for her. A family w familiar foibles on gorgeous frontier. Also a boon for AK.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin in a Sunday night tweet.

WaPo writer gets loopy

“Time to stop working tonight. Just spent 5 minutes trying to spell “wistful.” Then convinced myself it wasn’t a real word….” — Washington Post Book World, Fiction Editor and weekly critic Ron Charles in a weekend tweet.

Hayes’s harsh take on Tucker

“I find the career arc of Tucker Carlson really kind of sad. He was an excellent feature writer back in the day.” — The Nation‘s Washington Bureau Chief Chris Hayes in tweet late last week.

The myth about running while watching cable news

“People who say they like running on a treadmill while watching cable news are not really #realkeeping. It’s very unpleasant.” — TWT‘s Eli Lake in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet(s) of the Day

“I’m making cabbage soup for my honey.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a weekend tweet. Not to be outdone by his other Twitter message: “After running on the elliptical, soaking in the jacuzzi and sitting in the steam room, I’m finally relaxed. Just in time for Monday.”

Morning Reading List, 01.15.09

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