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We were keeping track of the number of stories about WaPo’s sale to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, but lost count somewhere around 17 billion. Is it safe yet to call a state-of-emergency over the level of journalistically-induced hysteria this has caused? If we don’t reach the peak coverage soon, This Town might just implode in on itself.
Here are a few of the latest pieces:
Tim Carmondy, for Neiman Lab: Talk about some foresight, Carmody is already looking to Bezos’ death in this piece: “The Washington Post offers Bezos the chance to reinvent a newspaper during turbulent times, and in the process leave something to his family beyond Amazon.” Because the $25 billion he was already leaving them wasn’t enough?
WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane: Yesterday Cillizza published what he said were real emails between himself and Kane, though they’ve been edited for grammar. Side Note: if this is how they generally email, maybe they’re doing it wrong? It seems so… staged? Can we please have some filthy cussing in the next series? Anyway, Cillizza makes at least one good point: “Local newspapers were struggling long before the Bezoses of the world decided to get into the journalism industry.” And Kane: “…if this experiment ends well, does it mean the ‘Benevolent Billionaire’ is the only path to success for newspapers and their successors?” If the answer is yes, then that is bad, bad news folks.
WaPo sale fallout
“What’s most interesting about Don Graham is how personally interested he is in tech. Unusual both for a newspaperman and a 68-year-old” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.
“Just had a weird experience being interviewed by a Post reporter about the sale; neither of us really seem to know What It All Means.” — WCP Editor Mike Madden waxing philosophical coupled with a little Marty Rudolph capitalizing technique.
“I know this is against the principles of journalism, but can everyone just take a deep breath and relax. Most of us don’t know squat yet.” — WaPo‘s Tim Carman.
“Not sure how head of Amazon turns around an aging newspaper, but Bezos knows a bit about the web. Maybe he just subsidizes good journalism” — Fox News’ Howard Kurtz (still so strange to write that).
“The sale of the Washington Post is probably a good reminder that nobody/nothing is untouchable.” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.
“In his letter to the Washington Post, Bezos said that our coverage of restaurant openings is important! I switched beats at the right time.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.
“Based on your previous purchases, Jeff Bezos, you might also like: The Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, Newsweek.” — Defense One‘s Marc Ambinder.
“Antigua. Where love goes to die.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, who is apparently a big watcher of “The Bachelorette.” But actually Des ends up with Chris. So technically Graff is a bit off.
Convo Between Two Journos
vanden HEUVEL: @nprkitty My father– knew Kay and Phil Graham well– reminded me this aft.I call him whenever there are changes I have hard time coping w/
EISELE: @KatrinaNation sounds like our dads would have good chat … there is always change … who knows could be a big lift. someone has to invest
EISELE: @KatrinaNation parents still have moon landing, nixon resignation hard copy issues in attic. I will miss newsprint so much if it goes.
Washington City Paper has lured Perry Stein away from Talking Points Memo to take over the paper’s Citydesk blog.
Citydesk has been fairly dormant since WCP’s prick-ly Will Sommer took over Loose Lips, WCP’s political blog, earlier this summer.
In an announcement posted online at WCP, editor Mike Madden said Stein is a “smart writer with a real passion for covering local news—a passion which, as we all know, is sometimes a little rare in This Town®”
Stein is already DC-based. Before TPM, she’d written for the Miami Herald, the WSJ and TNR. She’ll start at WCP around mid-August.
Our congrats to Stein on the new job. Part of Madden’s memo announcing Stein to the newsroom, after the jump…
Anonymous Rant: “When will you note the obvious: that there is nothing remotely new or surprising in ‘This Town?’ Everything is exactly as it appears, and on closer inspection, no more interesting. Tammy Haddad aided a charity to advance her own interests — like everyone else. Andrea Mitchell is married to someone famous and hasn’t broken news in years; Bardella pathetic; The White House passes along Issa gossip but no oppo research; speculation and no reporting on why Jarrett gets security detail; Reid is blunt; Hillary once used the F word while stating the obvious — that the WHCD doesn’t matter; Most of this well-reported years ago, and the rest of no interest to anyone, even inside Washington. (You might be right, Anonymous. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s This Town may not be the book for you. But I didn’t know all those details on Kurt Bardella or Rep. Darrell Issa, the purported car thief. And I never tire of hearing more about how D.C. publicity/mob boss Tammy Haddad operates, insider details on NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer‘s ever important birthday party (that we were surprisingly invited to), a politician cussing out the WHCD or how this town sometimes runs on the fuel of dripping self-importance.)
Um, seriously Howie: “Buncha?”
“Twitter needs a way to tell you that you have direct messages. How hard can that be? Just discovered buncha old ones.” — Fox News and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Best response: “Do you not speak to anyone ever?” — HyperVocal and Sirius XM’s Slade Sohmer.
Journo backs Spitzer (well, sort of)
“Love Eliot Spitzer. Bought a flat screen with the page view bonus I got from posting pix of his hookers. Would vote him for anything.” — Guardian‘s Jim Newell.
“I hardly ever respond to trolls, but there’s an amazing comment on my instagram saying I need to ‘start acting like a senators daughter.’” — Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain. Funniest response: “Wait, did I miss a nip slip or something?” — Christopher Ortiz, co-founder of Newscastic and editor of StuffJournalistsLike.com.
WCP editor wants Leno to vanish
“Wish there was a way to program TV to immediately change channel away from NBC as soon as news ended so Jay Leno just vanished.” — Washington City Paper Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.
Heartwarming thought of the morning
“Chatted with two young journalists today. Smart, passionate, curious. That they could do anything – and chose journalism – is wonderful” — Paul Brandus, West Wing Reports.
Editor is crazy for cranberries
“Why doesn’t @OceanSprayInc make their own line of yogurt? I would buy all the cran-orange yogurt. Or cran-raspberry or cran-grape or just plain cranberry yogurt! Seriously @OceanSprayInc, you are missing out on a huge opportunity here.” — Atlantic Cities Sommer Mathis.
Anonymous email to FishbowlDC this morning: “Evidently TWT never tires of doing the same things with the same people and expecting a different result.”
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:10 a.m.
WaPo has informed us via a poll that a majority of Washingtonians
are racist don’t mind that D.C.’s football team is named after an offensive term for Native Americans (or, as the AP Stylebook once insisted we say, American Indians).
Washington City Paper’s editor Mike Madden had this thought, in reference to the poll and the controversy that’s preceded it:
Maybe this season I’ll refer to the team as “the Washington Kikes” on Twitter to see if that upsets anyone. (Note: I am a kike myself.)
— Mike Madden (@mikemadden) June 25, 2013
So many places to go with this.
The jalapeño schmear in a letter published in WaPo over the weekend caught the stern eye of Washington City Paper Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.
The letter to WaPo complained about a headline choice completely destroyed a recent episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” because it reads: “Spoiler Alert — They All Die.” Andrew Hartman, the writer, hadn’t had a chance to watch the episode and he accused WaPo of ruining it for him. He led with the fact that he was eating an everything bagel with jalapeño schmear while reading WaPo and further guilted them by informing that the bagel and schmear came from New York, where he’d been celebrating his father’s 86th birthday over the weekend.
Madden took no issue with the sentiment of the letter, but did object fiercely to the writer’s choice in schmear. He offered some editorial advice, saying the writer’s point was “undermined” by his choice of cream cheese. “This letter’s totally valid point is undermined by writer’s love of jalapeño cream cheese on his bagel,” he wrote on Twitter, adding, “Don’t get me wrong, jalapeños are delicious. But I’m a bagel traditionalist.”
Madden told FishbowlDC that he has never tried a bagel with jalapeño cream cheese. “Ha — I have not, for the same reason I haven’t tried a blueberry bagel — it’s just too far from the original bagel varieties! I prefer an everything bagel with plain cream cheese or with whitefish salad. I could see jalapeño cream cheese on toast being good. But like I said on twitter, I’m something of a bagel curmudgeon.”
Hartman rightfully brought the jalapeño schmear back into his letter’s kicker. Spoiler alert — the bagel wound up on the floor. Maybe WaPo owes him a few dozen bagels and fresh schmear?
Read the letter here.
Photoshop by Austin Price
Quotes of the Day
“Hmm which to choose?” — ABC’s Martha Raddatz with accompanying photograph.
Reader explains “tricks” scribes use to avoid crediting others
On Friday, WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wrote a story on Politico pulling a video that featured Sen. Min. Leader Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) COS blowing them love kisses. Turns out may that be against Senate rules, as reported by Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner. So we wrote about Farhi’s failure to adequately cite Shiner and her story.
An Anonymous reader writes in…“Farhi’s failure to credit Roll Call: He use two of the oldest tricks in the book for skating past the explicit crediting of others: Don’t mention at top, but then mention the name of the news breaking organization without crediting them but attributing some small detail to their reporting. Fig leaf covered! The second dodge is when one your “friends” (your editor) tells you, “Farhi, you got beat on something!) Like the immaculate conception, if you hear it from someone else, then it is no longer breaking news!”
Important Question to Ponder: “Does Gray’s Anatomy have to be so bloody?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.
“Well, that was a new one: person in our row at Star Trek got up periodically throughout movie to do lunges in aisle.” — Anna Sproul-Latimer, literary agent.
S.E. Cupp finds perfect hamburger
“Found out the @innoutburger by LAX opens at 10:30 am. Plenty of time to grab a double-double animal style before my flight. #Worththetrip” — MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp.
Journo blows off steam
“Getting some aggression out at the driving range….” — Fox News Senate Producer Kara Rowland.
And another tries to recreate his heart attack
“Where is my ambulance? I think this is the widow maker – jk” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher.
Producer looks to Trumps for finer things in life
“Got fabulous @IvankaTrump shoes this wk & delicious wine from @trumpwinery last wk. They sure make some good stuff. @realDonaldTrump” — WMAL Executive Producer Heather Smith.
Guiding Sophia’s Light
“New Golden Rule 21st Century style: I will do To you before you can do it to me! I will burn you before you can break me. I ain’t no punk.” — Essence and theGrio‘s Sophia Nelson.
See more Morning Chatter…
Quotes of the Day
SANFORD MEDIA OBSESSION CONCLUDES: “Sanford campaign takes a bigger class picture.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.
“Love him or hate him, he’s one hell of a grassroots campaigner” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough on the newly reelected Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.). Scarborough, later chatting with Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), promised to take Sanford to dinner when he got to town.
Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Twitter feed appears to hold back on the praise. “In his victory speech last night, Mark Sanford described himself as ‘one imperfect man.’ No argument there!”
Editor-in-Chief calls himself an “idiot”
“As of today, @wcp has gone 0 days without a workplace injury: I just cut my thumb on packing tape dispenser. Because I’m an idiot.” — WCP Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.
Oh no he didn’t.
“You know who is fat? Hillary.” — Breitbart editor John Nolte.
Father of the Year?
“Headed home from Flint, MI after attending daughter’s wedding shower and niece’s lacrosse game as well as watching #Wings with dad. #love.” — National Journal national reporter Ron Fournier.
Dipshit alert or rightful observer?
“For perspective: Mark Sanford cheated on his wife. Ted Kennedy killed a lady.” — Fox News Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson. The Nation’s Washington reporter George Zornick didn’t seem to enjoy any of Erickson’s commentary last night. He wrote, “There really is no polite way to say this: Erick Erickson is a mendacious dipshit.”
Other reactions to Sanford’s win…
“Sanford wins. Women lose.” — CNN Contributor and Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
“Hide your wife, Mark Sanford’s coming back to town.” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.
“Well, I’m pleased that Mark Sanford won. Hopefully, he will bring pigs to the House floor soon.” — Liz Mair, formerly RNC online communications director and GOProud Advisory Board member.
Internal BuzzFeed is “weird place”
“The Buzzfeed reply-all office email chain is a weird place.” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.
The Media Critic
“Aside from how I feel about the content, Megyn Kelly at 10 would be a better show than Greta Van Susteren is. almost anything would be.” — Media Matters fellow and professional Fox News hater Oliver Willis. Asked why, he replied, “Because it’s a boring snoozefest.” Better hope Camp Gretawire doesn’t see this.
Dannia Hakki, a publicist who also handles her dog’s pr, lands her pooch on Popville. Her name is QueenTinzy. Seriously. And yes, QueenTinzy has been involuntarily entered into DogBowl2013. See here.
Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.
Quotes of the Day — State of the Union-Fugitive Edition
SOTU quotes that are fit for a Fishbowl: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” — brought to our attention by HuffPost‘s Sam Stein‘s Twitter feed. It’s an old quote from former President George W. Bush. And this: “At least there’s no smoked fish joke in this one.” — Mother Jones‘ Nick Baumann.
“The outside of the Dome on SOTU night.” – Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner with accompanying photograph.
Shut up SOTU clappers, journo wants his Zzzz’s
“Dear applauders: Please stop. I have a bedtime.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.
Importantish Q to Ponder: “So… Does Senator Menendez shake President Obama’s hand as he walks in? Awkward. #SOTU” — NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring.
Important Q to Ponder: “So does CNN break away from the burning house to do the State of the Union.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.
Important Q to Ponder III: “What’s the over/under on the number of Nicorette patches John Boehner has plastered all over himself right now?” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.
THE SPEAKER AND THE LOUDMOUTH: “Luke Russert shakes Speaker Boehner’s hand as he walks to the chamber for SOTU.” — NBC House of Representatives Producer Frank Thorp. Boehner affectionately (we think) refers to Russert as the “loudmouth.”
Rothenberg crushes the spirit of political reporters
“Political reporters always incredibly excited by SOTU. Real people not so much.” — Stu Rothenberg, who writes a column for Roll Call, a publication full of political reporters. And then, oddly, he writes, “My first SOTU inside the chamber? 1970 when I was Colby College intern in Ed Muskie’s office. AA gave me ticket.” Um, hey Stu, do real people give a sh-t about this?
Speaking of excitement…
“The hallway outside Sen. Durbin’s office smells overwhelmingly of barbecue.” — Roll Call‘s Shiner of the Illinois Democrat.
“Just spoke to Gabby Giffords for the first time since the day before she was shot. She looks amazing. Twinkle in her eye and broad smile.” — CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.
“Senate page just said in Statuary Hall ‘Oh my God. Kelly Ayotte is rocking the mint-green!’ I am partial to Bader Ginsberg‘s red.” — Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.
“McCain ribbing Kerry as he walks by.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.
“Rep. Terry Sewell is the most energetic greeter of the House! Urrybody gets a kiss and big laugh and a thousand watt smile.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.
“Lots of schmoozing with former colleagues as Secy Kerry makes his way down the aisle.” — CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller.
“Whoever said that politics is showbiz for ugly people was a master of understatement. Or just blind.” — Reason‘s Nick Gillespie.
“VP Biden has a scratched cornea, reports NBC, which is why he is wearing glasses.” — The Hill‘s Emily Goodin.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:43 a.m.
The Jokester Caucus
- “Press will now begin attacking Rubio for drinking problem.” — USA Today‘s Paul Singer.
- “I’m sure I’m going to dislike this but at least Beyonce is performing.” — Logan Dobson, before the SOTU address began.
- “When is halftime? Where is Beyonce?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.
- “Who’s the fat lump of shit next to Mrs Obama? #SOTU.” — Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony radio show.
- “Marco! Pollo! Marco! Pollo! Fish out of water!” [Insert Rubio Joke Here] #Rubioing.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.
- “What’s the opposite of 5-Hour Energy? Boehner’s had two of them, at least.” — Bloomberg Business Week‘s Joshua Green.
“Really pathetic and sad reflection on media-culture that taking a drink of water can overwhelm everything else.” — Christian Heinze, founder of Prez16.com. Seconded by NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh, who said, “Exactly.”
Oh, but wait: “Jesus… the water sip blew the whole speech. Was on board until then but he blew it. Cue SNL.” — Jason Killian Meath, President, GOP Media Firm.
“The problem with this speech is a.) we already knew what was in it and b.) little of it is new.” — Politico‘s Ben White.
“I like Rubio’s remarks thus far, dislike the dry mouth. Get the man a water. Let’s hear some solutions.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.
“Was leaning off camera to get water really better than obviously needing one?” — WCP Editor Mike Madden during the GOP response of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
“Rubio keeps grabbing at his face. What’s with that?” — Baron‘s D.C. Editor James McTague.
“Huh, Chris Matthews voted for George W. Bush. You can admit that on MSNBC and still have a job? #MSNBCAfterDark” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger at 12:19 a.m.
“SOMEBODY PLEASE GIF THAT AWKWARD WATER BOTTLE GRAB, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! wowowoowowowowoowowow” — WaPo Express’ Clinton Yates.
“Water grab! Thank God.” — ABC News’ Nico Hines.
“Rubio has serious case of drymouth. Thank god he just took a sip of water.” — Roll Call Senate Editor Emily Pierce.
Jeff Zucker, give this man a raise!
“CNN has every story covered tonight. On CNN-US: SOTU coverage. On HLN, continuing live coverage of Calif. Manhunt.” — CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.
“I just changed into flats because it is SRO in the House press gallery. #SOTU” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.
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