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Best. Disclosure. Ever.

tweetwarPoynter’s Andrew Beaujon profiles for TNR former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, who recently announced her move to the Daily Caller. If you read nothing else, the disclosure is priceless. Only in DC, folks….And cue the Twitter war!

I have had a need to try to make sense of Betsy Rothstein’s work since early 2010. If you’re thinking, “Why is this a story?” or “This is some pathetic inside-the-Beltway nonsense,” I agree with you. She and I used to fight on Twitter (I have a note above my desk now reminding me not to engage, and I’m sure she considers me an unworthy opponent and a complete bozo). We have never met in person and have talked on the phone only a few times, none of which were pleasant. I’ve written about her before, she’s written about me before, and there’s a decent chance I’m projecting some of my own feelings about her work on my fellow Washington-area journalists and pretending others share them. I have worked with both Mike Riggs and Amanda Hess. New Republic story editor Ryan Kearney and I once worked together at TBD.com, a frequent Rothstein target, and we infuriated Rothstein by sending a gift to her home address as part of a feature on inexpensive gifts for prominent Washingtonians. When I emailed her last week after asking what she’d do after FishbowlDC, she replied by tweeting a photo of a man displaying his middle finger. The editor of this story and I have both worked at Washington City Paper, but never at the same time. He edited Moe Tkacik’s story and has eaten lunch with Mark Leibovich

Beaujon’s full piece here.

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Rocky radio interview

“That moment when your son stumbles into the room during your radio interview. . . #franticgestures #silentscream” — the Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering.

A D.C. journo reacts to MSNBC host’s tampon earrings

“Melissa Harris Perry quite literally the most unserious person ever, dons tampon earrings because she’s a ridiculous person” — Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo.

Our AnonymASS tipster stays on the faux David Gregory beat … “Spotted: David Gregory in Safeway carbonated beverage aisle boning up for lead-off question in upcoming FishbowlDC interview”

Other views on the royal birth

“A future king was born today. One day he could grow up and marry a prince!” — Daily Dish writer Andrew Sullivan.

“Could there be anything more delicious than “The Newsroom,” which is a parody of itself, parodying coverage of royal baby? Can’t wait.” — Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston.

Writer unravels her feelings

“ESTOY ENOJADA OK? CONTIGO, CONMIGO, CON TODOS DUDES and oh shit it’s probably just that thing I read on Slate whatever.” — Freelance journo Moe Tkacik. (Loose translation: I am mad, ok? With you. With me. With all dudes.)

Journo Love

“Excited beyond words to see @McCollumAshley tonight!” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green in reference to BuzzFeed Publicist Ashley McCollum. Time he wrote this: 6:07 a.m.

Reminder: Tonight NYT‘s author Mark Leibovich appears at Politics & Prose Book Shop at 7 p.m. to discuss This Town.

Speaking of This Town…

“Reading This Town, finally. The description of the news cycle feels a bit quaint — like it is frozen in time from 2008.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

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Quotes of the Day

RAINING IN THE ROSE GARDEN: “Overheard: ‘Melt the Press.’ @MarkLandler of NYT pops out a Georgetown umbrella.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro with the accompanying photograph. And NBC’s Luke Russert: “The #Marines holding the umbrellas at this presser are unbelievably cool, had no idea there’s military protocol for umbrella holding.”

Umbrella memories

“In my first job as a sports reporter, my editor had me hold the umbrella over him & his camera on the sidelines. Good times.” — HotAir’s Mary Katharine Ham.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:48 a.m.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“So much happening-impt stuff must be slipping by for bandwidth lack. Just in my niche, turned in 7 stories in past 4 days & 8th mostly done.” — NYT‘s Charlie Savage.

ABC “Scandal” finale fallout

“So Fitz is porking a black woman to bring diversity to the Republican Party? Wow. #StartedFromATwerkNowWereHere” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of The DC Pundit.

“Oh damn Fitz just went rogue! And quotes Dillon Thomas to boot!” — Essence and theGrio.com‘s Sophia Nelson.

“Damn, Fitz just went Bulworth on Mellie! @ScandalABC #Gladiators” — Washington Watch and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.

“When @tonygoldwyn saw this two page monologue for the first time at the table read, he gasped. Then he dove in.” — Scandal creator and writer Shonda Rhimes.

“Mellie is going to fuck everybody. #Scandal” — @emokidsloveme.

“Liv. #shutitdown and call a locksmith.” — Avid “Scandal” watcher Shawna Thomas of NBC News as Olivia Pope nearly gets killed. And later, after Fitz sees a video in which Olivia, his mistress, has sex with another man, she writes, “OK Fitz. She is not a virgin nor your wife and she didn’t know that guy was charged w/ bedding/protecting her. STOP BEING A CHILD.”

“Can’t even type. This ending kills me! #scandalfinale” — Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope.

“Lemme get this straight, the season finale of Scandal is on during #ScandalWeek? THIS TOWN” — TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic.

Brian’s Stelter’s walk on the moon

“I vividly remember my first time watching ‘The Office.’ It was May 2005, on my laptop, on a train from Baltimore to NY.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter. And were you simultaneously monitoring your Tumblr account, Facebooking, and checking your MySpace?

The power of ass kissing

“The power of @carr2n: He tweets your story and you get 126 clicks in 15 minutes.” — Slate‘s Jack Shafer in reference to NYT‘s David Carr.

Journo annoyed by mouth breather

“This kid who is mouth breathing next to me really needs to get off the train. Can’t deal. #imsoannoying” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Intrigued by Cool Ranch tacos tho I’m normally not a Taco Bell fan & hearing cool ranch flavor gets overwhelmed by filling. Anybody tried?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.

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Quotes of the Day

“Huh, new pope was pretty hot in the sixties.” — Freelancer Moe Tkacik.

WHO BROUGHT  THE DONUTS? “Got a @DCDunkin and filling out Examiner’s really easy brackets.”Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard with accompanying picture. Bedard’s known for bringing in donuts to the office. Most of the time he shares.

From the Dept. of AssKissery

“This is one lede that won’t get buried. #thelead w/ @jaketapper” — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier.

Meanwhile, Marty Rudolph of Twitterfame gives Tapper a big thumbs up: “@jaketapper Congrats on your First Show on CNN’s “The Big Lead With Jake Tapper” this Monday! I Enjoyed the Show & look forward to others.”

Fox News? Not quite.

“I have several things I’m pursuing right now and that’s not one of them.” — James Carville to FishbowlDC, batting down a rumor from CNN’s Alex Castellanos that he’s going to work for Fox News. Still, a cable news insider insists it’s not so far fetched. “Ailes loves James. James loves Ailes,” the source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. “If you’ve been dicked round, [Ailes] wants you. The one thing he loves is picking up people who’ve been fired. That’s like his favorite thing.” Carville recently parted ways with CNN and is shopping around for his next gig.

Pun Prowess: “Heritage & Cato are holding dueling gay marriage events Tuesday at noon. Why not just wed the two as one panel?” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Journo complains about D.C.’s meteorologists

“A new annoyance with Washington: How can the weatherman be this wrong this often? No snow, kids. Not even rain.” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

Designer praises rice cooker

“The rice cooker really is a magical thing. Tomorrow morning, it will have oatmeal ready for me when I wake.” — NPR Interactive Designer Alyson Hurt.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:47 a.m.

Reporter questions “mainstream media” practices: “I never see any mainstream media pieces on why the Republican party is losing its appeal to moderate voters. What’s up with that?” — Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Eli Lake.

One journalist counsels another on snark and a reporter makes fun of an ex-congressman who served time in prison…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

Understatement: TNR staffer hates to wait

“Fuck me. That took three hours of my life and I still don’t have a press badge.” — The New Republic‘s staff writer Julia Ioffe who spent much of her day getting credentialed for President Obama‘s inauguration.

Writer admits to weepy day

“Spent a lot of time crying earlier today. Then I remembered that time Herman Cain sang the lyrics of amazing grace to the tune of danny boy.” — Freelancer Moe Tkacik.

Asst. managing editor chases tow truck

“There’s just nothing like sprinting after your car, which is being towed, in the rain.” — Katherine Miller, Asst. Managing Editor for Washington Free Beacon. The conclusion: “Don’t worry: I did outrun the tow truck, which chauffeured me to a nearby ATM.”

Deep thoughts on abortion with WaPo’s Gene Weingarten

“It is an early fetus, Ken. Not a kid till it screams on a plane or poops out the diaper leg hole.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten to Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd and his flatulent-ridden colleague Tim Graham. Shepherd had written to the open liberal Weingarten, “A human fetus, ergo a human being, ergo a human child. But if it helps you sleep at night, continue to lie to yourself about the child-killing nature of abortion.”

New York mag writer says Atlantic shouldn’t whore its brand

“Earnest tweet: Best way to help the great journalists at The Atlantic is to let business side grasp there are limits to whoring their brand.” — New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait, in regards to Scientology “sponsor content” published in The Atlantic.

Which TV journo is recovering from bronchitis; which flak prefers shorter voicemails and a clear phone number? Read more

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Quotes of the Day — The Gratitude Edition

Happy Thanksgiving fishies. We’ve gathered some of our favorites this morning for your reading pleasure. We’ll see you back here next week unless WaPo‘s Ezra Klein grows a mustache, Politico‘s Ben White gets in another fight with a hotel desk clerk, Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn goes bald or something else unseemly happens.

Elderly woman grabs journo’s thigh

“70 y.o. woman seated next to me at fancy dinner grabbed my thigh. i asked ‘is something wrong’ she said ‘just friendly’ and didn’t let go!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Important Question to Ponder: “In the age of smartphones, why are there still people yelling out their cars windows asking me for directions?” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Ode to ex-boyfriends

“Dear all ex-boyfriends: WHY COULDN’T YOU FUCKING TURDS BE HERE GETTING KILLED BY STRAY CRANES RIGHT NOW.” — Daskrap.com‘s Moe Tkacik.

Important Question to Ponder II: “Pundit friends is it kosher to ask TV chauffeurs to roll down the windows & blast biggie smalls on their way to TV hits?” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk in an Al Jazeera ordered Lincoln Town Car.

Bureau Chief defends Christmas

“I get it’s hip to hate on Christmas. but that’s like hating grandmas. I mean, grandma has some crazy ass ideas, but she’s STILL GRANDMA.” — BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton.

A journo’s dark thoughts: He wants to scare the presidential pardoned turkey

“Shouldn’t the president maintain at least a little suspense with the turkey pardon and enter the room with a large knife or neck wringer?” — WSJ‘s Neil King. Nice idea, Neil!

Fake Jim V. weighs in on military sex scandal

“Really having a hard time separating Gen. John Allen and @jonallendc today,” writes Politico‘s Seung Min Kim. To which Fake Jim VandeHei responds: “Hint: The General is the one getting laid.”

Necessary Tweet of the Day: Pre-Thanksgiving fatness 

“Put on my suit and saw how ungodly fat I’ve gotten. Took a Xanax so now I don’t care so much.” — MetroWeekly co-publisher Sean Bugg.

How to Make it All About Me… See if you can guess who is being all self-centered right before Thanksgiving. Plus, a convo between two journos…

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Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS!

Now that everyone has had a chance to vote, the results are in for the FishbowlDC Superlatives. We’ll be rolling out the results today and tomorrow, so be on the lookout to see how your nominees did.

Biggest Self Promoter– This was the closest vote that we had in the whole competition. It was between Former Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, The Daily Beast and CNN’s Howard Kurtz, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Publicist Tammy Haddad. The photo finish saw Tammy Haddad beat out Fields by only five votes! Congratulations Tammy!

Worst Temper– The candidates were Mother Jones’s David Corn, Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Politico’s Tim Grieve, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, and Slate’s Matt Yglesias. The people have spoken and they say Tim Grieve has the worst temper in Washington! We’d congratulate him, but we’re afraid it might set him off.

Favorite Flack– We asked you to choose between POTUS campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Mitt Romney spokesman Brendan Buck, House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye and NRCC’s Brian Walsh (pitched as Drama and Turtle), C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman, and House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott. Despite a last minute push by Mortman, the winners were Doug Heye and Brian Walsh!

Most Likely to Wind Up in Jail– The suspects choices were Politico’s Joe Williams, PR Exec. David Bass, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, The Daily Caller’s David Martosko, The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, Reason‘s Mike Riggs and freelancer Moe Tkacik. The overwhelming winner was Joe Williams.

Class Clown: This category was a joke. The results were the most lopsided in all of the superlatives. The contenders were Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani, Yahoo! News’ Olivier KnoxReuter‘s Sam Youngman, The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, Wonkette and The Guardian‘s Jim Newell and The Drudge Report’s Charlie Hurt. Julie Mason walked away with this category with a crushing 46 percent of the vote.

Most likely to end up with a reality show– In D.C., there are PLENTY of options, but we narrowed them down to Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, ABC7’s Stephen Tschida, TWT‘s Emily Miller, Susanna Quinn, Publicist and blogger Janet Donovan, NBC’s Luke Russert, Current TV’s David Shuster,and CNN’s Roland Martin. The winner of this category was…  Emily Miller! (Our advice would be to make sure you get the lighting right on her reality show or she might shoot the bulbs out.)

Thanks to everyone who voted, but we aren’t done yet with the big reveal. Check back tomorrow to find out the winners of all of our other categories, which include Best Writer, Sexiest, and Best On-Air Personality!

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Quotes of the Day


Reminder: Fishbowl Summer Superlatives 2012

At noon today we will begin compiling the nominees. So screw your deadlines for a few minutes and come help us decide which Washington journalists ought to be nominated for Worst Temper, Best Writer, Biggest Self-Promoter, Sexiest, Most in Need of a Salad, Makeover, Reality Show and more. See the list here

The Observer

“It appears Poynter has learned to get extra page views like HuffPo by linking to Huffington Post as it does to others.” — Politico‘s Burgess Everett, who links to this story.

Being Prez has its perks

“Oh the advantages of being President … Romney pool report: ‘We are still rolling to the airport – got stuck in traffic.’” — FNC’s Ed Henry.

Politico‘s Ben White: ‘I’m very very stupid’

“Hold up hold up. there is MEN’s field hockey? Since when? I’m sorry but that’s really stupid.” — Politico‘s Ben White in regards to Olympic field hockey. Ultimately White admits questionable intelligence on the matter, saying, “Apparently I did not know it because I’m very very stupid.”  (After he completes his anger management series, White will soon offer a workshop to boost your self-esteem.)

Uh oh. Watch out!

“COLUMN COMING: Chick-fil-hate mail” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

And now, an incoherent Kindergarten style tweet from Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin: “Folo @davecatanese for all your MO SEN primary needs.”

Blind Q: Which female reporter publicly declared this week that one of her own editors was leaking things about her to FishbowlDC?

Deep Thoughts With FNC’s Brit Hume

“Time spent on VP pick scoop a waste. This is something we will all find out soon enough. Time better spent on facts we might NOT find out.” — FNC’s Brit Hume.

How to Make it About Me?

“Trying to decide if Obama’s praise of Sorkin makes the takedown of ep. 1 of the Newsroom that I waited too long to write timely again.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. Oh Ezzy, we’ve missed you so much. Thank God for Moe Tkacik‘s feed for letting me see this tweet. I hope you will consider unblocking us sometime in the next five years.

Journo admits to rare case of ‘dumb fucks’

“I got a pretty bad case of the dumb fucks today – just struggling on another level.” — Mike Elk, labor journo for InTheseTimes.com.


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Quotes of the Day

Lizza offers pronunciation advice

“Pro tip: The secret to pronouncing Ahmadinejad is to think ‘I’m a dinner jacket.’ #yourewelcome #cnndebate” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Daily Caller reporter gets gipped by BuzzFeed

“Interesting. HuffPost links me in their Rand Paul veep story. BuzzFeed does not extend the same courtesy. Something I said?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis. Just speculation, but there is ongoing warfare between The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith.

TPM‘s Marshall razzes CNN’s King

“John King: If you were a form of contraception, which one would you be?” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall. He also promo-ed the one-word debate question with this: “Official John King dingbat question round coming up after the commercial.”

Annoying Tweet of the Night Award

“To those who interpret my tweets as being for or against someone, I’m neutral. I’m just enjoying calling the debate as I see it…” — CNN Contributor Ari Fleischer. Note to Fleischer: SHUT UP ALREADY.

King’s one-word question elicits angry/funny reactions

Coulter weighs in: “Newt: unfaithful Ron Paul: cute Santorum: Satan! Romney: president” — Conservative author and commentator Ann Coulter.

“How would I describe myself? Three words. Hard-working. Alpha male. Jackhammer.” — The Daily Caller‘s Lewis.

“Santorum should’ve just said Santorum. #maturejokes” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

“BREAKING: Stupid question draws really stupid answers.” — The Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“Sleepy, grumpy, bashful and … Cheerful” — HuffPost’s Howard Fineman.

“Cheerful? Fact check.” — Media Matters Spokeswoman Jess Levin.

“Santorum sets himself apart by describing himself WITH A NOUN. Someone give the man a grammar book.” — The Guardian‘s LA-based Amy Willis.

Hollywood assumption…

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz thinks he knows insider Hollywood gossip? He writes, “Eva Longoria is a co-chair of the Obama re-election effort. So the Botox community is well-represented.”

Unfortunate gaseous exchange

Below the Beltway’s Doug Mataconis: “I’m hungry. What’s for dinner?”

The Right Sphere Contributor Tom Dougherty: “Enchiladas because I want heartburn and gas during the #GOPDebate/#CNNDebate tonight.”

What’s Driving the Day: “Cat saves his owner’s life just HOURS after being adopted” — HuffPost. Read here.

D.C. journo dreams of Chelsea Handler

“Just remembered dream I had about Chelsea Handler last night. She was a neuroscientist inventing a drug to block feelings. Subconscious=lame.” — D.C.-based freelancer Moe Tkacik.

The Observer

“Media scare tactics: John King says, ‘One of these men could be president 11 months from now.’ #CNNDebate” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Ash Wednesday Faux Pas Prevention Tip

“Note to self: refrain from saying, ‘umm, you have a little something on your forehead’ today. — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Wednesday tweet.

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Quotes of the Day

RUNNING WITH THE PACK: “This is what pack journalism looks like. Last Romney rally before New Hampshire votes.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Remembering Blankley

“Tony Blankley was a kind, brilliant, engaging, family-focused, generous, faithful, fascinating man. I pray for his soul and his family.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

Note to reporter: Tsongas or Saungus?

“More @newtgingrich on Romney: ‘Maybe like Saungus who got 37% in ’92 and lost to Clinton who got 24% because he couldn’t meet expectations.”  — NBC News Campaign embed reporter Alexandra Moe. A few hours later, she offered this inexplicable partial tweet…”And @newtgingrich just s…” She eventually concluded, “And @newtgingrich just went out a back door avoiding Ron Paul ppl for the second time tonight while the media waited for him…#decision2012.” Carry on, Alexandra.

Question to ponder

“Does retweeting everything on your beat–essentially being all [beat] news to everyone–make you feel empty inside? Discuss!” — Reason Mag’s Mike Riggs.

Important assignment: Involves Beyonce

“So my mom gets call waiting tonight from her sister; there’s an urgent rumor she wants me to investigate: ‘Beyonce.Surrogate. Any truth?’” — Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik.

Uh Oh.

“Just drove to Manchester to meet @Jamie_Weinstein and others but realized they meant Nashua.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas.

TV Watchers

“Real Housewives of Atlanta is so low-rent. @Bravotv needs to eliminate it from the franchise and give it a different name.” — social media journalist Claritza Jimenez.

“The Bachelor gave a rose to the lesbian again. He really is as dumb as he looks.” — TWT‘s Miller.

Convo Between Two Journos

Fox News Contributor Dana Perino: “Every ‘green product’ I have to live with stinks. Lighting is awful & constantly pops. Washer/dryer a disaster. Enviro-paint looks awful.”

National Review Online Contributor Greg Pollowitz: “Front loading washer is the worst, and the dryer saves energy by not fully drying the clothes #thankyoualgore”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Shouldn’t Diet Dr. Pepper just be called Mr. Pepper?” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Teague Beckwith.

Notice to cable repairmen: Don’t be late!

“Who actually likes to fire people? Even in context it’s weird. I get annoyed at late cable repairmen, maybe.” — Slate’s Dave Weigel. He’s referencing Romney who remarked, “I like being able to fire people.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


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