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Separated at Birth: Weekly Standard’s Hayes

The Weekly Standard’s senior writer Stephen Hayes looks a hell of a lot like former Washington Redskins player Mark Schlereth. Oh what a difference five years and less facial hair make. In 2007, a reader thought he looked like then-WCP writer and now WaPo reporter Mike DeBonis.

Have a look.

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WaPo Scribe’s Touching Twitter Soap Opera

Twitter followers of WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis were rapt Saturday night as the reporter revealed a whole lot more than even he thought he would. Typically DeBonis covers the District of Columbia. But this was infinitely more personal than that. The headlines: 1. Father has a medical emergency. 2. DeBonis pops the question; girlfriend says yes.

First, a warning.

And so the Twitter novela begins: “So a week ago I had dinner with my parents in Chicago, visiting for a old friend’s wedding. Just like always…martinis, wine, too much food. I told them, after two martinis and a glass or two of wine, to expect a call noontime Saturday. As in today. That’s all I told em.”

The tension builds. “What my mother didn’t tell me, because she couldn’t, was to expect a call from her, at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning,” he wrote.

His father was in the hospital undergoing open heart surgery. “Airlifted by helicopter in the wee hours,” DeBonis wrote.

DeBonis explained, “Aortic dissection. Google it. Better yet, YouTube it. The lining of the aorta separates from the outer vessel and high pressure blood tears it away, from the heart to the groin. If the outer layers don’t hold, you’re a goner. Something like 60 percent of cases, you’re dead before you make it to the hospital. But my old man knew something bad was happening.”

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WaPo Misses Teen Rape Story: The Big Question is Why?

Last week a variety of news outlets reported that a teenage girl was raped by an Uber driver and that it was caught on tape due to surveillance cameras at a family’s northwest Washington home. The home, situated in an affluent neighborhood mere blocks from the National Cathedral in Cleveland Park, is nearby to where WaPo CEO Don Graham used to live.

And yet, guess which hometown publication had NOTHING on it? If you guessed WaPo, you’d be right. So much for local news. Right, Marty Baron, who is apparently crazy for local news, doesn’t start until January 2, 2013.

The order of reportage is as follows: The news first broke on a Cleveland Park listserv and was then reported by Popville, which covers D.C., on Dec. 14 at 3:50 p.m. Washington City Paper ran a story that same day at 7 p.m. but gave no credit to Popville. A site known as Nibletz also ran something that day — no specific time stamp. NBC Washington waited until that following Monday, a gargantuan three days after Popville, to run anything. They, too, gave no credit to the previous publications that had stories.

Why the lack of coverage by WaPo? Read more

‘A Treat’: WaPo Scribe Prefers Full-Length Urinals

Urinals come in different shapes and sizes. Mike DeBonis, who mans WaPo‘s local news blog, prefers to pee in the ones that go all the way to the floor.

Is he afraid of missing?

“Four stars for Mintwood Place,” DeBonis tweeted late Saturday night, when most folks have urination on the mind. “Two of those stars are for the #fulllengthurinal.” Mintwood Place is an upscale restaurant in Adams Morgan and was actually given a three-star review by WaPo last month. Brent Davis, who works at Mintwood Place, tweeted in agreement. “Ha! It is a rather nice urinal,” he said.

“Um, that’s twice in one week that Mike DeBonis has expressed his affection for #fulllengthurinals,” independent D.C. blogger Ben Harris noted. “Just sayin.”

Indeed, just seven days earlier, DeBonis tweeted his affection for this particular type of pisser… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — The Debate Edition

“Someone wrote me an email and said they thought the Secret Service was going to intervene.”Politico‘s Mike Allen early this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

By Far, Funniest Reaction of the Night

“Mitt shot his whole wad in the first debate.” — D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Whoa, Eleanor, HUH?! WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis tried to come to her defense, saying, “To defend Eleanor Norton a bit, she’s an aficionado of antique muzzle loading firearms. I hope.”

Sweet and Sour Reaction to Candy

“Candy Crowley holding the reins tight tonight…no shenanigans in her house.” — NBC’s and E!’s Ryan Seacrest.

“Best & worst moment of debate was Candy correcting Romney – she was right, but I’m not sure she should have inserted herself in that way.” — Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.

“Righties already trying to make this about the Qs and moderator.” — Politico‘s SENIOR political reporter Jonathan Martin in what may be his first understandable tweet in awhile. Congrats JMart!

“I’m terribly disappointed in Candy. I defended her today, and I was wrong.” — Houston Chronicle political blogger and Newsbusters’ Kathleen McKinley.

“Ok Candy, you better facilitate, not follow-up!” — Conservative blogger Matt Mackowiack.

“Candy Crowley proved why these media fact checkers are toxic liars.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte.

“(I worked with Candy Crowley at CNN and think she’s terrific)” — CBS News investigative journo Sharyl Attkisson.

“A lot of anger on the Twitters at Crowley for challenging Mitt. You see, that isn’t supposed to happen.” — WaPo lefty blogger Greg Sargent.

“I must say that if you aren’t drinking some Jack Daniels during this debate you really are missing something.” — Roll Call Columnist and Political Analyst Stuart Rothenberg.

“Who won the debate tonight? Candy Crowley. She knew her facts and made sure she pointed them out to her opponents. She’s got my vote.” — Author Jonathan Krohn.

Debate Recap: Top Quotes

“If Sec. Clinton is responsible for the security failure in Benghazi, who is responsible for 8 days of of b.s.about what happened that day?” — FNC’s Brit Hume.

“As a woman voter, I feel very wanted tonight!” — ABC talk show host Katie Couric.

“OMG. Panelist on FOX News just said ‘BULLSHIT!’” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen.

“I was filing during that Libya exchange, but holy living fuck.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

“Candy Crowley halts Romney in his tracks, calling him out live in real time on an incorrect Libya statement.” — NYT‘s Ashley Parker.

“I’m excitable – but politics is about emotion as well as reason. My view is Obama halted Mitt’s momentum in its tracks.” — The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan.

“Watching the @politicolive show again on dc newschannell 8. Forget how fun it was to watch, albeit kind of a train wreck.” — QGA and longtime Senate flack Jim Manley.

“The town hall debate format makes me feel bad about the human condition, like that “What Would You Do” hidden camera show. #sighbinder” — Digital media exec Kenny Day.

“Bottom line: Obama was far more aggressive this time, these 2 men don’t like each other and this race is still a toss-up.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“No one puts baby in a binder.” — National Journal‘s Chris Frates.

“Ok, goodnight everyone. tucking myself into my binder for some shuteye.” — AtlanticWire Senior Writer Jen Doll.

“Chris Matthews is wetting his pants in joy, gibbering like a meth freak on laughing gas.” — Conservative blogger and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.

“Bottom bottom line: Obama shows up big timme and wins. Is it enough to reverse the polarities?” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman.

“MSNBC fawning. Fox News fuming. A pox on both your houses.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

“Love switching channels. MSNBC says clr Obama win, CNN, eh, slight Obama edge. Fox still talking about Benghazi.” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

“Did Van Jones just call Mitt Romney a ‘DOUCHE’ on CNN – @CNNSituationRoom? Wow, didn’t think that was permitted.” — former Eric Cantor Spokesman Brad Dayspring, who now works as senior adviser to the YG Action Fund.

Greta sees hot pink and blue

“Yes, it is true…both wives in a hot pink (or at least on my monitor it looks like hot pink but faces can be bluish on my tv monitor)” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Important Q to Ponder: “Do I have time to make pierogies before this debate? Yes, yes I do!” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab.

Something else to Ponder: “How, in a country as powerful and dynamic as ours, could bindersfullofwomen.com not already be taken?” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

The Observer

“You keep it crazy, Bobby Jindal.” — Ronan Farrow, son of Mia and Woody Allen, reacting to post debate interviews from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Farrow is a writer, human rights lawyer and formerly Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s Special Adviser for Global Youth issues.

And another journo eats chicken…

“Chicken in pot, my debate night tradition. Thanks, Herbert Hoover!” — blogger and pundit Craig Crawford. Anonymous writes in, “That’s a sweet tradition, but his shicken looks like a dog’s dinner.”

Good rap quote from whitest guy in Washington

“Mystikal: That’s right my meat and potatoes come from my lyrical label I throw my rhymes for No Limit like Jeff George throw for the Raiders” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Ouch!

“Joe Scarborough will suck-up to a guest, then trash-talk them 24 hours later. Tells you all you need to know…#MSNBCfail” — The Daily Caller TV Reporter Jeff Poor.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Keeping Up With the Luxxerians…From L to R: GWU’s Nick Massella, Washingtonian‘s Wedding and Style Editor Kate Bennett and psychotherapist Glennon Gordon and (in royal blue dress) Sunni from WPGC 95.5′s “Sunni and the City” posing with hairstylist Luigi Parasmo at a “Botox and Locks” event this week where guests could get discounted Botox and hair services. Sunni had a haircut and styling by Luigi and her makeup done by Flami the makeup artist. Botox was offered by Dr. Ayman Hakki of Luxxery Medical Boutique.

WaPo reporter takes issue with reader

“To the lady who called to complain about my ‘incorrect’ use of ‘quotidian’ and how we have no editors here anymore….. I’m sorry I was being, as you said, ‘obstinate.’ But you’re wrong. My use solidly within ‘usual or ordinary,’ second def in Webster’s New World. That said, a reader suggested ‘humdrum,’ which is better.” — WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis.

Blogger (jokingly?) boasts of sexual prowess

“Like Gore Vidal, I had 1000 sexual encounters by the time I was 25. Of course, I was the only one in the room for most.” — Sam Husseini, who works for the Institute of Public Accuracy and blogs for Washington Stakeout.

WaPo’s Marcus question’s media’s gaffe coverage

“So I’m not against gaffe coverage — I’m against covering only gaffes, which is where campaign reporting seems to be trending. I’m not against politicians’ seizing on opponents’ gaffes — I’m against politicians who believe, or act as if they believe, that this tactic can substitute for substantive campaign discussion.” — WaPo‘s Ruth Marcus in a column today.

When a quote shouldn’t be a quote

In a “story” Tuesday, DCist’s illustrious dweeb Ben Freed writes about The Daily Caller‘s gun contest in which he or she who catches their porn hacker wins a gun. He writes, “We know what you’re thinking. Are they for fucking real?” Then he quotes a former Daily Caller staff writer who answers his dumb rhetorical question and says, “Probably.” Hardly quotable, Freed. Might want to approach the publicist, current editor or reporter. Could be helpful. And if you’re going to quote a former reporter? At least get something worthy.

Say hello to Tschida’s puppy

“Just in case anyone is wondering how puppy is doing.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. No drama today, just cuteness.

Strange reunion in the park

“Nearly running over @jmsummers in Thomas Circle Park is definitely one of the weirder things to happen to me this year.” — CBS 12 West Palm Beach Producer Robert Kessler, referring to Politico‘s infamous campaign reporter Juana Summers. We’ve checked in with Juana to make sure she’s okay. She explained that Robert is a good friend from college. “I was walking home from work through Thomas Circle and was attempting to make it across the light even though I didn’t have the right of way,” she wrote. “I looked over and he happened to be driving the car that was waiting for me to cross.  No collision, just the oddest reunion I’ve had in a while.”

NYT’s Carl Hulse Rocks the House

Over the weekend, The Native Makers, the rock band featuring Carl Hulse on the drums, rocked Capitol Hill in an event labeled Rock and Roll Apocalypse. Hulse, the NYT Deputy Bureau Chief, ripped through a series of cover songs at the 18th Amendment on Capitol Hill. The playlist leaned heavily on the Rolling Stones and other classic rock favorites. In a bizarre stage setup, the band was forced to play directly beneath a giant TV playing a “Rocky” movie marathon. The howls of Grateful Dead cover songs provided a very unique soundtrack to Rocky Balboa’s defeat of Clubber Lang.

Jamming in the crowd were WSJ’s Neil King with his wife, Shalaigh Murray , who is now communications director for VPOTUS. Also spotted: HuffPost’s Arthur Delaney, WaPo’s Mike DeBonis and Susan G. Komen’s Kiki Ryan with Tim Burger. Quinn Gillespie & Associates was well repped with both John Feehery and Jim Manley in attendance in a marked sign of bipartisanship.

 

Separated at Birth: WaPo’s Mike DeBonis

This morning we’re pairing WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis, who covers the District of Columbia, with Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.

WaPo‘s DeBonis to Undergo Eye Procedure

WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis is out this week until after Labor Day to have a procedure on his eyes.

He explains as much on his blog, “Well, folks, the storm’s a-coming, and I am abandoning you. Unless Irene intervenes, I’m scheduled to undergo an eye procedure next week which will put me out of commission until after Labor Day. Till then, savor today’s not-a-column — should D.C. revisit term limits? — and stay with Capital Weather Gang and Post Local all weekend for total Irene coverage.”

We wish DeBonis well with the procedure and expect to hear all the gory details next week.

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