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Heritage Drops Out of BuzzFeed Event

What, they don’t like beer? BuzzFeed Brews’ more serious event on Immigration is hitting a minor snag as Heritage drops out. Their loss. Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus is stepping in.

Editor Ben Smith announced the news last night on Twitter. The Immigration Summit is Tuesday.

See who was supposed to appear at the event here.

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Quotes of the Day

“You really shouldn’t sleep this week. Professionally, it’s unadvisable.”Matt Spence of The Times of London.

Kudos to Boston Globe

“Great work all night by #bostonglobe team covering Watertown/MIT mayhem.” — WaPo Executive Editor Marty Baron, who has to be kicking himself right now for leaving the Boston Globe late last year to come to Washington.

A Social Media editor learns lessons

“I think I learned my lesson to wait for confirmation about what network/cable reporters say their ‘sources’ tell them.” — Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa.

Huh?

“‘I don’t know if that’s a fashion statement or what.’–guy on CNN, inspecting sunglasses on face of Boston suspect.#seriously” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Up all night with Jake Tapper

“When Jake Tapper is at the helm at CNN, CNN is what it’s supposed to be.” — Former White House Speechwriter Jon Lovett.

“God love @jaketapper: Almost everything he says begins with ‘Here’s what we don’t know…’ #JohnKingLesson” — Don Van Natta Jr., Senior Writer for ESPN.

“Hmm. @Jaketapper is really good in this sort of situation. Calm solid presence.” — Daily Caller columnist Mickey Kaus.

Network redemption plan

“CNN took ton of heat earlier, but props tonite-only news net going live w nu photo+MIT shooting. Isn’t that what news net is supposed to do?NYT TV Industry reporter Bill Carter.

“CNN should replay the interview with Dr. David Schoenfeld for laughs. Every A: “I can’t tell you that.” WHY ARE YOU ON THE PHONE W/CNN?” — Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who also wrote this morning: “It’s too bad Suspect #1 won’t be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now.”

A word of advice: “I don’t actually recommend going back to sleep, just did it, had bad nightmares.” — Dave Stroup, digital director for Aneesh Chopra for Va. Lt. Gov. 

The Observers

“One thing I learned serving in Lebanon is that young men & boys  with guns/bombs can be deadliest as they’ve yet to appreciate value of life.” — Peter Daou, political blogger and advisor.

“If these two are actually foreign trained terrorists, then this is the event we’ve been fearing; small-scale attacks on the softest targets.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

In awe of NBC’s Pete Williams (who broke the names of the Boston Bombing suspects)

“Pete Williams is a machine.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

“Journalism professors take note: @PeteWilliamsNBC has put on a free journalism clinic all week.” — Chris Donovan, producer, NBC News/”MTP.”

“Pete Williams is dominating all the “social media experts” on Twitter by… reporting.” — Andrew Golis, Boston-based director of digital and senior editor at PBS’s “Frontline.”

“Yay Pete.” — PBS’ Gwen Ifill. She later added, “FYI for all new @PeteWilliamsNBC fans, he’s been on this beat for bout 20 years #ExperienceMatters”

“How does @PeteWilliamsNC not have 100K Twitter followers? (Hint, Peter, start tweeting).” — Justin Green, contributor to The Daily Beast.

“Among the many excellent things about @PeteWilliamsNBC this week: Very clear about what he doesn’t know, or is unsure of.”– The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

“NBC’s Pete Williams proving that reporters don’t always have to be on the ground to get all the scoops and get them right.” — ThinkProgressIgor Volsky.

Meanwhile, Oversharing Sherri goes to Boot Camp

“Going 2 my 2nd #bootcamp session-anything called “bootcamp” scares me to death, but I must put fear of going over the fear of dying #health” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd at 7:30 a.m. this morning as news of the bombers dominated the news cycle.

And NBC Matt Lauer’s bad luck streak continues…

“Meanwhile Matt Lauer is shown live in West, Texas – doesn’t look very happy.” – Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering.

Howard Kurtz’s brilliant morning sentiment

“Wish I hadn’t gone to sleep and missed all the action in Boston. Hope that manhunt ends soon.” — CNN, The Daily Beast-Newsweek‘s Howard Kurtz. (Photo credit: Politico)

At least Weingarten was joking: “You people really should have woken me up last night.” — WaPo’s Gene Weingarten. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

How Do I Make it About Me?

(Washington culture at its finest: To make it even more about you, Politico‘s Mike Allen is calling for readers to share their Koch experiences with him. He writes, HOW’D HE DO? If you had a personal encounter with Mayor Koch that illuminates his life and style, please send it to mallen@politico.com, and we’ll share it tomorrow.)

Premeditated critique

“The Jeff Toobin piece on why sex with underage Dominican prostitutes doesn’t matter practically writes itself, no?” — Daily Caller columnist Mickey Kaus on CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Tubin.

The Smart Ass

“Umm, pretty thoroughly?” — Politico‘s John Bresnahan in response to this question from Gerrit Lansing, Digital Director of the NRCC: “How would Politico cover getting hacked by Chinese hackers?”

One of life’s little f–k you’s

“You know that thing where you block someone because they’re just negative and miserable but they show up in your timeline anyway? That.” — Joy Reid, writer for the Miami Herald, MSNBC Contributor, managing editor for theGrio.com.

Birthday wishes for deceased Editor

“Happy birthday @AndrewBreitbart. Miss you, buddy.” — Ellen Carmichael, Capitol Hill flack and former campaign spokeswoman for Herman Cain.

Politico Playbook publish time: 9:15 a.m.

Coincidence?

“BuzzFeed starts looking for a business editor, and then [Ben White] @morningmoneyben gets signed to a 2-yr contract at Politico.” — The Guardian‘s Heidi Moore, who links to this story in Business Insider.

Journo contemplates unusual eating binge. See our newly elected FishbowlDC Fan Club Board.

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Quotes of the Day — Inauguration aftermath

“Wow. CNN. Inaugration.” — CNN’s John King with the above photograph.

A nod to C-SPAN

@cspan easily wins the award for best Inaugural Parade commentary – by having none and just letting viewers enjoy it.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) Dep. Chief of Staff Doug Heye.

Michelle Obama’s bangs: Yay or Nay?

CNN’s Piers Morgan: “Am I allowed to not really like the bangs? I don’t really go for the bangs.” His colleague Erin Burnette disagreed: “I love them.”

Speaking of the first lady…

“Want. That. Coat.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Important Q to Ponder: “Has someone called Aretha Franklin’s hat for comment on Michelle Obama’s bangs?” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Uh oh. “Jon Stewart is going to have a field day with this inauguration coverage. #dailyshow” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Dance Twins

“Obama and I apparently have the same dance style. I don’t know who should be sadder about that. #inaug13″ — Mandy Jenkins, Interactives Editor, Digital First Media.

The Angry Blogger

“Why the hell has my phone kept ringing today? I offered commentary. Did I declare terrorist action on Washington and am unaware? Ph-ck!” — Washingtonian‘s Javonni Brustow, who also editor of ThePundit.com and a blogger for PopGlitz.

The Observers

  • “Pelosi got a cheer at 7th and Penn. Boehner and Cantor didn’t. Almost like this crowd is Dems. #Inauguration.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.
  • “Once again, some Republicans are ruining this day simply because they can. Please stop complaining. It’s not just abt you. It’s abt us all.” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
  • “Watching the Benediction WWR cannot help but think of the burden that any president must bear. No one can truly understand – except them.” — Paul Brandus of WestWingReports.

Speaker Boehner Crying Watch: “Speaker Boehner wiping his eyes after lunch prayer.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

Backhanded sarcastic compliment for CNN

“CNN winning the timefill before the parade with ‘how did you come up with those hats?’” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

 Is Fox News getting stale?

“What about Fox News’ viewers? Are they going to go along like sheep? They now have no network that represents their perspective on what seems to be a key issue for Obama’s second term. Is it time for a new Fox?” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus in a short post on his view that Fox News is going too far left and has a stale lineup.

In case you care about POTUS’ limo: “The windows in the President’s limo are not tinted. It’s easy to see him when he drives by.” — Former White House Press Sec. and pundit Ari Fleischer.

ABC reporter has Inauguration version of Modern Seinfeld, a USA Today reporter takes an intense picture, HuffPost ladies pose with Paula Abdul and more… Read more

The (Mis)Education of WaPo’s Ezra Klein

I love a good fight, especially a good journalist fight. But no one likes to see Mike Tyson beat up a little kid. Well, except maybe me.

This morning The Daily Caller’s Mickey Kaus gives a Tyson-esque beat down of the WaPo Ezra Klein on electronic medical records.

Klein has been in the forefront of parroting the Democrat’s line that digitizing records would be a goldmine of savings to taxpayers, only they haven’t been. In a post today, Kaus deconstructs Klein’s history, concluding, “Hoaxer, self-hoaxer, or just confused? When they are through with Manti Te’o maybe the nation’s amateur detectives can turn to Klein.”

The piece points out of how the wunderkind might not be all that wunder-full. And, just as brutal, puts yet another nail in a coffin that would have had a watertight seal by now were it containing anyone other than the lead boy-bander.

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Quotes of the Day - the Oprah-Lance Armstrong edition.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“WE BEAT GAWKER BY 25 MIN ON BANGS STORY!” — WaPo‘s Reliable Source on finally getting a story within spitting distance of another gossip outlet. The item concerned first lady Michelle Obama’s new hairstyle, which involves bangs.

The Media Observer

“Favorite line from inaug committee warning abt Metro: ‘You will have to stand in close proximity to several thousand people’” — NYT‘s Washington Deputy Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.

Editor wants Christian Mingle to leave him alone

“Dear Christian Mingle, stop sending me emails.” — Eboné Bell, Managing Editor of Tagg magazine, Hip Hop Cardio Instructor, & Founder of Capital Queer Prom.

Oprah’s masterful interview skills

“Oprah rules. She is REALLY good at this. Just a master interviewer.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Also: “Lance is the least sympathetic apologizer possible. I feel ZERO empathy with him.”

“Oprah is a hell of a good interviewer.”– CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.

“This is as much am exercise in journalism as confession. The packages Oprahs guys are dropping in help people who are new to the story.” — NYT‘s David Carr.

“I’m not feeling Lance but I’m loving Oprah. She is a first class interviewer.” — Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

“I love Oprahshe just goes straight in! #BOOM” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.

The Best of… on Oprah & Lance

“Oprah tells crowd to look under their chairs where they discover rotten vegetables to throw at Lance. That interview I would watch.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“Every asshole should get to do an interview with Oprah.” — New York Daily NewsJosh Greenman.

“Mike Wallace would have filleted Lance Armstrong like a fish.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

(Fake Oprah Question): “Did you ever have sex with a dead wizard’s body for magical powers?” “Yes” — The Guardian and Salon freelancer Jim Newell during the “yes or no” only portion of the interview.

“For the judging media, remember the ‘culture’ that allows for enhancements that help your job (whisky, Adderoll, whisky).” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.

“I read his book, I supported LiveStrong- so awful to watch him tonight – he seems mostly sorry he got caught!” — NBC4′s  Doreen Gentzler.

“So Lance’s drug use was real and Manti’s gf was fake. Got it.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.

“I feel like this is a public therapy session.” — CNN AC360′s Devna Shuka.

“If I’ve learned anything from this Lance Armstrong interview, it’s he’s a high school girl. Stab you in the back without breaking a sweat.” — Social Media Editor for NBC Washington Cheryl Thompson.

“If Lance Armstrong cared about ratings, he would have done interview on 60 Min. Not a cable network nobody watches.” — Alex Conant, U.S. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio‘s press secretary.

“You did not just make a fat joke to Oprah.” — Lizzie O’Leary, whose Twitter bio says simply, “apsiring Hildy Johnson.”

“When does Oprah roll out the wagon of fat?” — ClearChannel‘s Colby Hall. Also: “First clue that I am not on one of my regular viewing channels: seeing ads referencing transvaginal mesh.”

“Fun continuity game: watch water levels in Lance & Oprah water glasses for edit jumping. Straws are an odd touch, too.” — Politico‘s Steve Friess.

Daily Caller reporter takes nasty swipe at CNN’s Piers Morgan...

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Quotes of the Day


“To live my life in a kind of metaphorical fishbowl, it’s pretty challenging, yeah.” — Madonna on NBC’s “Rock Center” last night.

A Question to Ponder…“So isn’t castrating a dog worse than tying a it to your roof for a couple of hours? #askingforafriend” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

Uh oh! Tschida’s pooch takes a leak in the house

“pup pees in house. supposed to praise profusely when he goes outside. so pick him up say LOVE YOU smother him with kisses. get weird looks.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Deep Thoughts With Lachlan Markay

“It’s so cute when people complain about how dysfunctional DC is then insist on giving it more power.” — Heritage Foundation’s Lachlan Markay.

CNN reporter endures DC DMV

“Covering presidential politics, White House, global issues – cakewalk compared to dealing with DC DMV.” — CNN’s Jessica Yellin.

Politico‘s Roger Simon: Resident Tough Guy

“Wife just killed a centipede. Thank God for wives.” — Roger Simon.

USA Today travel writer deals with dopey cab driver; BuzzFeed reporter chokes on a pretzel

“Oh cab driver, that’s my arm u just slammed your trunk door on. Hope this is not an indication of what’s to come on this trip #travelfail” — Nancy Trejos.

“Started to choke slightly on a pretzel, tried to wash down with diet coke, spilled diet coke over hair, shirt, pants.” — BuzzFeed’s Rosie Gray.

Washington reacts to Dick Clark’s death

  • “Dick Clark’s fabulous makeup artist is now available.” –  James McTague, Washington Editor of Barron’s.
  • “I move we cancel New Year’s Eve this year.” — ReutersSam Youngman.
  • “He made us feel as young and vibrant and optimistic as he was.” — President Obama.
  • “Condolences to the family of Dick Clark. We join them in mourning his passing, & will never forget his achievements in entertainment & music.” — Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio).
  • “#DickClark taught me & so many others to dance to the beat of the music. God bless his teenage spirit. Every Saturday morning after cartoons.” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
  • “America’s oldest teenager has died. Dick Clark passed away at age 82. The phrase ‘good beat- easy to dance to’ keeps running through my head.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

Journo Hate

“You see, Smith will have his staff go on and on about elevators and a dog named Seamus–but not a dog named Dinner.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte in a story claiming that BuzzFeed‘s Smith shills for Obama — i.e. he’ll cover the Mitt Romney dog on a roof flap, but not Obama growing up eating dog, as reported by The Daily Caller.

“Now officially hate the jaunty NPR ‘Hey there, Ari’ reporter intro. My friend H called this sort of thing ‘hearty hack.’ I blame @kairyssdal” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus referring to NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Ezzy’s Oops!

FishbowlDC Fan Club Prez and WaPo liberal blogger Ezra Klein set off a firestorm Monday when he declared that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) was sporting facial hair. Okay, so firestorm is a huge exaggeration, but here’s what happened…Tweet 1: Paul Ryan is now sporting facial hair. Tweet 2: The previous facial hair tweet was a false, or at least outdated, alarm. It was from Dec. Ryan is once again clean shaven.

The name of Paul Bedard‘s new column in the Washington Examiner: “Washington Secrets.” His former column at U.S. News & World Report was “Washington Whispers,” a name association that will be tough for Bedard to shake.

Journo succumbs to “The Bachelor” addiction

“I am weak. I’m watching the rest of Bachelor only to find Ben getting schooled on basic kissing skills. It’s about damn time.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller.

The Complimenter

“TALENT OVERBOARD! Lois Romano has escaped from the Voyage of the Damned RMSTitina. #Vortex of Madness.” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus on Politico‘s newest hire, Lois Romano, from The Daily Beast.

The important things in life…

“The ongoing slog from 4995 followers to 5000 seems never ending.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman, a.k.a Fastbreak!

Bret Baier to the Gov: Who’s your buddy?

Buddy Romer: “Still available for color commentary, Bret.”

Bret Baier: “Governor I promise I will have you on soon – I am good for it.”

Roland’s nightmarish day

“I’ve been called an ape, gorilla & a N-word today. Not the first time. Won’t be last. I’m sure if I retweeted that person wouldn’t be happy!” — Washington Watch Host and CNN analyst Roland Martin, taking heat Monday for joking about “smacking” a dude who gets hyped about a commercial showing David Beckham in his skivvies. The remark referenced a Super Bowl ad Sunday. Some construed Roland’s remarks as homophobic.

Convo Between Two Journos

The following conversation is between The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and Buzzfeed’s Ben Smith.

Lizza: “Ben r u durnk?”

Smith: “Ryan Lizza, what is this my first ever typo?”

(Smith explained to FishbowlDC, “Can’t quite remember what, but it was a tweet with two typos. Sober.” UPDATE: Smith actually made FOUR typos in one tweet, hence Lizza’s accusation of Ben being on the sauce. The “drunken” tweet reads: Ron Paul’s caucus strategy — for picking up delegates, & for keeping hte media intrested — diddn’t owkr in Nevada.” )

Note of gratitude: We’re ecstatic that the faux @DrJillBiden is now following us, if for no other reason, to find out what U.S. News & World Report‘s “Washington Whispers” will cover next. Tweet from this morning: “Day 1 of arms like Michelle: Noble Peace Prize curls.” We like her already.

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Quotes of the Day

Anyone lost a bunny?

“If anyone in NW DC has lost a cute bunny rabbit, it’s hopping around on grass at 18th and R.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams in a Wednesday tweet.

New journo practices

“OK, so do other editors also get story pitches by text message now? Is this a thing?” — The Atlantic Senior Editor Garance Franke-Ruta in a Wednesday tweet.

I have my eye on you, spam

“Twitter spam with an alleged warning about something bad being said about me on a blog will soooo NOT work.” — GOP pundit Kevin Madden in a Wednesday tweet.

Out of Context Quote

“but seriously, the most important one is the neck pillow. :) ” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a Wednesday tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I do not know who thought to put thyme in a cocktail, but it is delicious.” — Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa in a Wednesday tweet.

On Tapper’s advice to young reporters

“I am really old when @jaketapper is the guy giving avuncular advice to ‘young reporters.’ @jaketapper *is* a young reporter.” – The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus in a Wednesday tweet. Tapper provided tips Wednesday for young reporters on the campaign trail which we will run shortly.

Cue up the violins

“Dear Firefox, it’s over. We’re through. Five crashes in one morning? Any helpful advice on Safari vs. Chrome?” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence in a Wednesday tweet.

Long Winded Journalism

“Better call a @DailyCaller staff meeting, I got a mean deuce brewing.” — Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher in a Wednesday tweet. He wrote a story on The Daily Caller‘s coverage of Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) possibly passing gas on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show. Some Daily Caller reporters bristled at Christopher’s assessment of their story. Christopher tried to joke, but it was a bit late. “I kid because I love,” he wrote.

The Gentleman

“Let the record show I agreed to change seats so a little girl could sit next to her mother. Please alert the Nobel Committee.” — CBS White House Radio Reporter Mark Knoller in a Wednesday tweet.

The Observer

“Have to say: Bachmann Newsweek cover looks even worse on newsstand surrounded by other mags.” — The LAT and Chicago Tribune‘s James Oliphant in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo advertises low GPA

“As someone who graduated college w/ a 2.5 gpa it amazes me number of grad students/professors who follow me on twitter.” — Labor Journalist Mike Elk in a Wednesday tweet.

Pink sandals are a hit for WaPo fashion writer

“My new neon pink @maraisusa sandals are getting tons of love from strangers today. Guess my random @ebay purchases can be a good thing.” — WaPo Fashion writers Janet Bennett Kelly and Holly Thomas in a Wednesday tweet.

You know it’s August when…

“I really needed these Lays Dill Pickle chips and they needed me.” — WaPo Express’ Sara Schwartz in a Wednesday tweet.

Weiner Resigns Headlines: Who Wrote it Best?

Excellent! We want more.

NYP: “PREMATURE EVACUATION: Rep. quits amid intense pressure after sexting scandal

Gawker: “It’s OVER: Anthony Weiner Resigns as Hecklers Ask About the Length of His Penis

Good job — it’s a keeper.

The Daily Caller: “The Hunt for WeinerGate’s Deeper Meaning” (by Mickey Kaus)

The Daily Mail: “‘Weiner WILL bounce back’: Obama says ex-congressman can return after shamed politician quits with grovelling apology to his pregnant wife”

The Weekly Standard: “Weiner, Weiner and more Weiner”

HuffPost: “Twitter Quitter: Weiner Resigns

TalkingPointsMemo: “That’s all folks!”

WaPo: “Pressed by party, Weiner resigns

FNC: “Ugly to the End: Weiner Quits Over Sexting Scandal”

LAT: “Anthony Weiner exits politics, but is  it forever?”

CNN: “Weiner’s ungraceful exit

Mediocre. Go play ping pong and come back to it.

RealClearPolitics: “Weiner Resigns in Wake of Sex Photos Scandal”

They played it straight. Yawners.

Politico: “Weiner resigns from Congress”

The Hill: “Rep. Anthony Weiner resigns in third week of ‘sexting’ scandal”

Roll Call: “Weiner steps down”

MSNBC: “Rep. Weiner resigns amidst sexting scandal”

TWT: Weiner resigns amid sexting scandal

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