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Um, we’re not even going to try to figure this sultry scene out: Sassy stylist Paul Wharton writes, “With my sweet, naughty kitten @Lena_Chase. I could stare at her all day long.”

“You, my dear, should be a politician because that is the biggest load of $#!& I’ve ever heard.” — ABC Bachelorette Emily Maynard on “The Men Tell All” episode last night in which a contestant who called her daughter “baggage” attempts to apologize after taking to Twitter to say he’s not sorry.

Kiss Cam

“Not to be cynical, but press pool was in motorcade to leave then brought back for successful kiss-cam redo.” — NYT‘s Peter Baker.

Will Smith on Capitol Hill

“Actor Will Smith in Russell Rotunda this AM. Haven’t seen him erase any lawmakers’ memories…. yet.” — Peter Cook, Chief Washington Correspondent for Bloomberg Television.

Important Question to Ponder: “Is @DRUDGE_REPORT a satirical site, like a rw version of @TheOnion? Just asking. #amazingheadlines” — Author Amy Alexander, ex-wife to Politico‘s Joe Williams.

Convo Among Three Scribes

This morning’s conversation is among The Nation’s caustic Ben Adler, GQ’s Marin Cogan and Slate’s Matt Yglesias. Adler, your ambitions to be a Boybander have significantly diminished.

Adler: Someone invented it a black and white cookie that is all just the white half and made me very happy just now.

Cogan: That’s racist!

Yglesias: Racist.

A Journo and a Gentleman

“Reprimanded some buddies of mine who catcalled a random women on the street – they were not happy about it, but glad I did it.” — Inthesetimes.com labor journo Mike Elk.

Stupid pothole or stupid scribe?

“I crashed my bike on @DDOTDC‘s stupid pothole in January. Went to ER. Just getting bill now. $2,100. Jeez.” — DCist‘s Ben Freed. Read about his January accident here. We hear he hasn’t been quite the same since.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Greta dines on Dots and lives to regret it

“Just decided…will never eat DOTS again (feel sick)….dinner at the Fox Breakroom vending machine gets old fast.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren. Tweet first alerted to us via Twitchy.

Journo shaves at NPC

“Does anyone have video of @richardtrumka calling me on shaving my mustache at the National Press Club today?” — InTheseTimes.com labor journo Mike Elk.

Capehart can talk sports?

“5 words I never thought I’d hear! ‘Sports w @CapehartJ next!’ @morningmika @Morning_Joe” — CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen in reference to WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart. Note: Rosen is set to appear on NBC’s “MTP” on Sunday.

TV journo told to color hair for more natural look

“Woman tells me my highlights are too much. ‘Don’t have highlights.’ She tells me to color my hair so it doesn’t look so… colored… HUH?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

 

Confusion in the Age of Email Reporting: Labor Journo Mike Elk is Not Your Whore

Labor journo Mike Elk, who writes for Inthesetimes.com, isn’t exactly shy and retiring. He recently filed charges and went on a cussing rampage after some corporate PR flunkeys from Honeywell tried to keep him in a locked room on Capitol Hill after a hearing so he couldn’t get to their boss.

Call this a lesson in unintentional  insensitivity in the age of email reporting or an instance of not Googling with the eye of a P.I. Or further still, an example of how email reporting can quickly go awry.

Last week Elk received what appears to be a confusing request from AOL Jobs Editor Dan Fastenberg to write something up for him. And considering Elk’s history with HuffPost — they fired him while he blogged for them for free — the response was not going to be anything but antagonistic. Also, “offer” would be strong. Fastenberg, whose interest was piqued by an old blog post by Elk, had asked him to write a “graph” or a “statement” on outsourcing and asked him to send over headshot. “That would be fantastic,” Fastenberg said, explaining to Elk, who had asked what his pay would be, “Like most major media outlets, we don’t pay sources. We are happy to include your thoughts. Please let me know.”

To Elk, this was “hysterical” on many levels. 1.) HuffPost ‘fired’ me as an unpaid blogger for helping a bunch of construction workers break into a mortgage bankers conference. 2.) I am a member of the Writers Unions and helped lead the strike of unpaid bloggers & called out my former boss for being a fucking scab.”

He added, “Please run this. If you need more swearing I will see what I can fucking do.”

Asked how he felt about being asked to write what he perceived to be a story gratis, Elk replied to FBDC:

“The fucking goombah must think I’m some sort of fucking schmuck or something that I would be willing to write for free. This is a real problem though all the fucking starfucking scabs that they masturbate to Ezra Klein columns and dream that some day some day maybe just maybe if I write for free, I’ll be a fucking Boy Bander like Ezra and Matty Y. They are fucking scabs and going to destroy our industry.”

Fastenberg maintains he never asked Elk to write a story for free or for pay. “I in no way intended to ask him to write a story for AOL,” he told FishbowlDC in a Monday conference call with an AOL publicist. “When he became so bellicose I just sort of stepped back. I didn’t realize the history. Unfortunately this history did not come up on the first Google page. There was never an intention [for him to write a story], it was a contribution. I simply saw an activist who had been vociferous about outsourcing. I don’t think he was looking to be cooperative.”

Photo credit: Jeff Rae. See another “free” opportunity Elk received and how he responded to it. It’s a pretty nasty exchange that you won’t want to miss…

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Thought Bubble: Ann Romney, you are no Laura Bush

“Honor Laura Bush. She stood up for women & she puts up with the repubs.” — CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen in response to women protesting former first lady Laura Bush being given the Alice Award, for a woman who advances other women.

Father’s Day wishes (well, sort of)

“Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.” — Writer and human rights lawyer Ronan Farrow. Farrow is Special Adviser to the Sec. of State for Global Youth Issues. He is the only biological child of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow.

Q: Which NYT columnist follows singer/actress Katy Perry? A: David Brooks

Convo Between Two Journos

Slate‘s Matt Yglesias: “Admittedly, I found Wawa amazing when I first went. Then again I was high as a kite at the time.” InTheseTimes Magazine Labor Writer Mike Elk: “Things we both agree on.”

News You Can Use

“PSA for congressional reporters: If you forget your license, your federally issued press ID will get you thru airport security.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day: Nail Polish Alert

“A perfect summer shade thanks to @caroljoynt and @CHANEL” — Bloomberg reporter and photog Stephanie Green. (Although we must admit, the shade is pretty.)

The Appointed Media Critic

“Is there ANYTHING more painful to watch on cable TV than the 2-3 minutes transition between @BashirLive and @DylanRatigan?!” — Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd.

Liberal analyst: Obama heckler should be stripped of press pass

“Resorting to race-baiting or pitting groups of human beings against one another is not journalism worthy of a White House press pass.” — MSNBC Analyst Karen Finney writes on The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro‘s “Incivility” for The Hill.

 

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Father’s Day Treats: “Cleaning the pot after making rice krispy treats.” — Mr. Norah O’Donnell (i.e. Chef Geoff, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.)

Painting the town brown

“Hi. You mind if I talk to you for just a minute? I just want to say a few words about diarrhea.” — WaPo feature writer Dan Zak.

Important question to ponder: “When did this whole meme thing start?” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Herman Who?

“I love how @morningmika forgot @THEHermanCain’s name on @MorningJoe today. #999 #thepizzadude.” — HuffPost‘s Sara Kenigsberg. MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Mika Brzezinski reamarked, “I can’t even remember 999′s name” and called him a “clown show.”

Congrats on Challenging Your Guest Howie

Cenk Uygur and Matt Lewis (who I challenged) on the Daily Caller reporter who heckled Obama during immigration speech.” — CNN’s Howard Kurtz. No kidding, Howie! Good job on doing your job.

And in a twist of irony there’s this…“Ironically, Howard Kurtz interrupts @mattklewis to ask Q’s about ‘decorum’ of asking Q’s” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. And another thing goddamn you Howie, “Hey @HowardKurtz – Why’d you axe segment on #FastandFurious, Eric Holder contempt/resignation calls?   Rescheduling?”

Speaking of otherworldly…

“Today is 69th birthday of @newtgingrich, famous media critic and lunar realtor.” — pourmecoffee.

Nose Out of Joint

  • “They weren’t kidding about massive rate hike. My @dcwater bill more than doubled since last month.” – Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt.
  • “Hello, motherfucker who took my computer and just went on an iTunes shopping spree. We’re hunting you.” — Wonkette and Salon Contributor Jim Newell.
  • “Dear @Expedia…in 3 minutes i will have been on the phone for an hour with your customer service people trying to change a flight. WEAK.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper. Tapper spent the weekend at his Dartmouth college reunion in Hanover, N.H.
  • “Rained-on electronics in Brunswick; overheated electronics in Newark. Tough day to type on the trail.” — RealClearPoliticsErin McPike.

Mediaite WH scribe smooches TV host

“Oh, yeah, a Happy Rookie Father’s Day to you, @chrislhayes. Next week, you’ll have a necktie to wear. #uppers” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher, who moonlights as the Chairman of the I Love Hazy Foundation. Chris Hayes is an overcaffeinated host on MSNBC. Wait, don’t we already have one of those? (cough, cough, Chris Matthews.)

Female journo spots flasher

“Tonight’s PSA by Nikki – there was definitely a flasher outside @thehamiltondc. ‘Ladies be careful,’ he said before showing his youknowwhat.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab.

Convo Between Two Journos

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: “This #Nats #Yankees game is very good but could be better. #Natitude.” InTheseTimes Magazine writer Mike Elk: “Fuck u wolf go nats.”

“It’s hard work, but that’s what we’re here to do.” – NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long with accompanying photograph from Los Cabos, Mexico, where President Obama is traveling today.

Convo Between Two Journos II

Politico‘s Ben White: “We just met and this is crazy, but if you play that song again I’ll shoot you in the face for sure.”

Politico‘s Jonathan Allen: “Ben, things that aren’t crazy include giving phone # to someone you just met. Been happening since phones invented #dumblyrics”

Self-Appointed Media Critic

“Truly stupid NYT article on Anna Wintour by Jeremy Peters, makes you want to kill yourself. Why do we bother, if this is what can be written.” — Vanity Fair Contributor Michael Wolff. Read the story here.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Journo wants CNN’s Piers Morgan deported

“Can someone set up a kickstarter to fund deportation of Piers Morgan and the rest of these #jubilee fools drooling over an aging despot?” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton, who previously said he’d rather smoke bath salts with Jeffrey Dahmer than watch the Queen’s Jubilee.

Charges pressed

“I have pressed charges against Tim Scott’s COS Nick Muzin for simple assault & Honeywell PR guy Rob Ferris for false imprisonment.” — Mike Elk of InTheseTimes Magazine. Last Thursday he alleges he was grabbed by Muzin and locked in a room against his will by Honeywell’s Ferris, who did not return a phone call to FBDC on the matter. Elk continued, “The charges will be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s office who will decide whether or not to prosecute. I was hesitant to press charges cuz I didn’t want to seem like a crybaby, but precedent of intimidating reporters in Capitol is scary.”

Never a dull moment

“Met a man who legally changed his name to Jehovah Jesus. Had a lot to say about the CIA, Supreme Court Justice Souter, etc.” — CJ Ciaramella, a reporter at Free Beacon.

Democratic operative lashes out at WaPo‘s Rubin

“Unpaid Romney spokesperson Jennifer Rubin also has thoughts on the media. #classy.” — the always thoughtful DNC New Media Outreach Director Greg Greene. He links to this. As you can see, reaching out as usual. Thanks Greg!

Quote taken out of context

“@samyoungman isn’t a wedgie in order?” — FNC’s Ed Henry to Reuter‘s Sam Youngman.

Thanks for the memories!

“Perhaps worst spelling gaffe I can remember, @BashirLive, was when @msnbc gave Niger Innis two ‘G’s in his first name.” — Newsbuster‘s Ken Shepherd.

Journo grants permission to torture him

“If I ever happen to catch a single second of Lifetime TV’s”Dance Moms,” you have permission to waterboard me” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray in an apparent moment of shame about the popular dance show on the women’s network.

Ouch!

“Well, progress is overrated, I’ll just get back to work…work that I am paid less for than a man. #PayCheckFairness” — Erikka Knuti, Democratic strategist who works at Ogilvy.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day: Hat Attack

“I vow to wear hats more often in an effort to bring them back into fashion.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Cleaning lady tells TV reporter not to shower

“Cleaning lady said ‘dont shower.’ I said ‘you already scrubbed it.’ she said ‘yah, but you look better when you dont shower.’ huh?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Journo slicks back his locks

“Rocking the slicked back hair today, Gordon Gecko-style. However, #IAmNoMichaelDouglas” — The Daily Caller‘s Pat McMahon.

NBC’s Luke Russert has an admirer…

“@LukeRussert saw you on the bridge tonight, hope you had a nice run, my dog’s name is Moose by the way.” — Sara Vargo.

 

Ex-journo confesses to being perfume nerd

“Bulgari’s Black may be my new must have scent. I can’t stop smelling the drydown on the inside of my elbow. #perfume #imaperfumenerd” — Nicole Young, who describes herself as a “recovering journalist.”

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“I heard about @rolandsmartin’s prowess on the dance floor but seeing it live took it to a whole nuther level!!!” — CNN Contributor and “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin, retweeting a follower named “lockdiva14.”

Amen.

“Reporters today are wimps. If you were to grab a beat reporter in the 40s or 50s, you had an excellent chance of being on the short end of a knuckle sandwich. — commenter.” — FishbowlDC commenter on the Mike Elk story in which he alleges that a Capitol Hill aide grabbed his arm and that Honeywell employees kept him in a side room against his will to prevent him from posing questions to Honeywell CEO Dan Cote. Elk is a labor writer for InTheseTimes Magazine.

Journo in ‘Bachelorette’ coma

“Just watched two hours of Bachelorette but can’t remember any of it. #cottoncandyTV” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller, avid watcher of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” and other reality shows.

Journo Seeks to Press Charges After Being Manhandled on Capitol Hill

Labor journo Mike Elk, who writes for InTheseTimes Magazine, is looking for justice against the Honeywell PR reps who held him after a Capitol Hill conference last week and a Capitol Hill aide who he alleges grabbed him. The reason: he posed questions to CEO David Cote. They weren’t well received. Rep. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), whose office credentialed Elk for the event, hosted the conference. Elk contacted Capitol Police today and is in the process of pressing charges against Honeywell reps and Nick Muzin (pictured below with Mitt Romney), a senior aide to Scott. Elk (pictured at right) said Muzin grabbed his arm during the Q & A portion of the conference.

Upon leaving the event, Elk trailed Cote down a hallway hoping to get his questions answered. To no avail. Elk alleges that he was held in a side room for several minutes and not permitted to leave. Lee Fang of the RepublicReport.org wrote up the incident at the conference last Thursday.

“These guys shouldn’t be able to do this stuff,” Elk told FishbowlDC this afternoon. “Honeywell’s external communications director Rob Ferris telling me I couldn’t leave because the doors were locked. This is false imprisonment.”

Elk’s account is the following: A Scott staffer had Capitol Police detain Elk who released him after 10 minutes. Capitol Police then asked Elk if he wanted to press charges for being kept in the room against his will. He declined but has since changed his mind. Elk has the entire incident on video and audio. In the audio, Elk can be heard telling Ferris and a Honeywell associate that Ferris is treating him like a “dumb fucking schmuck.” To which a seemingly mild-mannered Ferris replies, “I don’t appreciate you swearing.” (For those of us who know Elk’s penchant for profanity this is especially comical.)

During the conference, Elk posed a question, at which point Muzin allegedly grabbed his arm and tried to get the microphone away from him. The moderator said only entrepreneurs could pose questions. Elk voiced loudly that he was a member of the press and had never been treated this way on Capitol Hill. “You have no right to touch me,” Elk told Muzin. He was not allowed to finish asking his question.

The question that started the brouhaha…Elk asked the Honeywell CEO about his labor practices and the recent release of radioactive UF6 gas at a uranium facility in Metropolis, Ill. caused by a non-union worker performing the job of a union worker in violation of the union’s contract . “Scott’s office earlier had credentialed me to cover the event and I was wearing my media badge when called upon by the moderator to ask a question,” Elk explained.

Watch the video here.

We reached out to Muzin in Scott’s office for comment, specifically his assessment on what happened last week. We also sought comment from Ferris.

Developing…

Journos Reveal When They Let Mom Down

In a twist on Mother’s Day today, we asked Washington journalists to think about a time or moment in their lives when they disappointed her. Just the asking part was fascinating in that it sometimes evoked complicated feelings. While many readily replied to the question, more than one declined for any number of reasons. A few said the question brought up touchy things they’d rather not discuss or have her see, while others dealt with the heavy reality that she’s no longer alive. We appreciate those who provided us answers, and to those of you who couldn’t or wouldn’t respond, we understand that too.

NBC Producer Andy Gross told us he’d rather not answer the question since his mother, Cornelia, passed away fairly recently and this is his first Mother’s Day without, as he put it, her “reassuring presence in my life.” In lieu of an answer, he sent this photograph of the two of them. He’s the one in the big black shoes.

SiriusXM’s Julie Mason: “I grew up in a seriously liberal family — Boston Irish Kennedy-huggers from way back. Effective modes of teenage rebellion were highly limited. I became a punk rocker, but that raised few eyebrows. Then one summer during college, I went to work for the RNC. It was like I had stabbed her in the heart! We both got over it, eventually.”

Mike Elk, In These Times Magazine: “My mother used to fart a lot when I was a kid and then blame it on me in public. Occasionally, I would be like no mom you farted, I dont know if that she was disappointed I wouldn’t take the fall for the fart, but she was certainly embarrassed.”

Politico‘s Dave Catanese: Probably when I was a young teenager and a few friends and I got nabbed by local po-po swiping political signs.  And nooooo, it wasn’t a partisan thing.  Just dumb kids seeing what we could get away with it in the dark of night.  Mom wasn’t pleased, but neither was Dad.

WaPo‘s Erik Wemple: “I am sure that I disappointed my mother on many fronts. Thing is, I don’t really know what those things were, because she never betrayed disappointment. She was everything to me, and then she dropped dead in a supermarket in Schenectady, N.Y., 12 years ago. So I’ll add this question to the many that I never got to ask her.”

NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan: “My mother is a tough lady. You’d have to be, to endure the perpetual state of disappointment in which I’m certain she exists. She’s too kind to ever show this, of course, but I’d imagine on any number of levels – sartorial, behavioral, professional – the disappointment is almost total.”

The Daily Caller‘s Brian Danza: “I wouldn’t want to disappoint her more by saying something stupid in the media. My mom lives in Italy, so it’s not mother’s day over there. I am off the hook this time.”

Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan: “In general, my mother was very supportive and non judgmental so it is hard to say just what disappointed her, but if I had to guess it would be when she and my father would take my children in the summer so I could ‘get my act together’.  Instead, I went tooling around in the Greek Islands and pretended to be calling from a ‘bad connection’ when I checked in with them.  They never said anything, but being a mother myself, I know she knew, so assume she was disappointed.”

TWT‘s Anneke Green: “So I called my mom on this one. She denied every disappointment I accused her of ever feeling, including that I wouldn’t cut off my hair. Apparently I am a model child. Or it’s right before Mothers Day and she doesn’t want to jeopardize her gift situation. Gotta go, jumping on a plane to surprise her this weekend!

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “I have never disappointed her. Every mother dreams her 30 year-old son will spend his days driving across the frozen Iowa tundra in the hopes of yelling questions at a former Pennsylvania Senator in a pizza buffet restaurant.”

Publicist Dannia Hakki: “I have the lucky privilege of having a mother for a client. My mother is the COO of my father’s plastic surgery/med spa practice, Luxxery Medical Boutique. I am the boutique’s publicist. My mother loves to bother me about pitches, press releases and other public relation’s services that are included in her monthly retainer. She sends me daily emails with updates, questions, and concerns to make sure my father is being pitched properly. Take, Plastic Surgery Practice Magazine, for example. Email from my mother attached – in which she yells at me her assistant Maha about our pitching efforts.” An excerpt from her mother’s email: “This is going to become poop on Maha day because Maha doesn’t know poop about what I am talking about, and besides: AINT GOT TIME FOR THIS. Dannia, if you are in your office, please look in the pile of junk this is on your left hand side at your desk and you will find the PSP issue, at which point we can talk.”

Journo Suffers From ‘Damn Flight Anxiety’

Labor journo Mike Elk was on a tear yesterday about his pre-flight jitters. Though just on a short jaunt from Chicago to D.C. Monday, his fears about flying loom large. “Damn flight anxiety already started – covering the airline industry completely fucked over my life,” he eloquently wrote on Twitter. He went on sarcastically, “The magazine assures me that if I die in a plane crash, they will use my death for fundraising, feeling more relaxed already. Worst part about flight anxiety is you got anxiety about having anxiety. I never used to be afraid of flying.”

Elk, who writes for InTheseTimes.com, tells FishbowlDC he used to live for flying and found it exciting. “Like it was the only time in my life that I could just read and not have to deal with cell phone, email etc..,” he said. But then a few months ago he covered how a lot of aircraft engine repair work is being outsourced to shady places in El Salvador and China and it and now flying just “freaks him out.” For instance, he shares,  50 percent of aircrafts are repaired overseas where there is limited FAA inspection.

Yesterday he got off easy. Tomorrow, he says, “I gotta fly to Paris.”

Poor thing.

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