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Bravery personified: “Porcupine” pricks BuzzFeed 

“Things must be going really well at Buzzfeed if one blog post gets them so defensive.” — Washington City Paper‘s Will Sommer, who appears to have the courage of an ant in that he only feels safe to insult when piling on after Vanity Fair‘s Juli Weiner needled BuzzFeed with this story Tuesday. Good job, Will! Originality is dead. And groupthink is about as awesome as someone writing and reporting under the pen name “Porcupine.”

In defense of McDonnell’s inebriated son

“Are people really piling on McDonnell because his college age son got drunk and walked home?? Glass houses, people. Glass houses.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau. Sean McDonnell, the son of Virgina Gov. Bob McDonnell, was arrested for public intoxication in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Another thought on BuzzFeed

“It’s @BuzzFeedBen’s world. We’re just living in it.” — Columnist Jamie Kirchick and fellow for Foreign Policy Institute.

Sadness is…

“Always sad when your boyhood congressman died. I hand delivered my mother’s $25 check for his 1958 race.” — Yahoo! News‘ columnist and Yale Prof Walter Shapiro. See here.

Senator instructs reporters on conference call etiquette

“Leave it to Sen. @alfranken to urge us to mute our phones for better audio quality on this call. ‘Someone is going through a car wash.’” — AP‘s Phil Elliott.

Anonymous Rant (continued)…our reader continues complaining about Leibo’s This Town. When I suggest that the book hasn’t come out yet and we haven’t seen everything, the reader writes, “Fair point, Betsy, I should see the whole thing, but best bits out there, and not encouraged. Is Mike Allen’s corrupt promotion of friends, very good friends, and their causes covered? Seems like he got a pass. Politico and other press do much worse than I’ve heard described here.” Missed yesterday’s rant? See it here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:50 a.m.

Unnecessary Tweets of the Day: Vegetable Talk 

After Obama revealed that broccoli was his favorite vegetable Tuesday, the crowd went wild. 

“A kid journalist asked Obama today what his favorite food is. His answer? Broccoli.” — Reuters White House reporter Steve Holland.

“For the record my favorite vegetable is A NICE STEAK.” — Media Matters fellow Olivier Willis.

“My response to all this broccoli talk: Where’s the beef?” — Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker.

“Reminds me of Paul Ryan and asparagus, which he once said he’d prefer to eat over cake. #veggiebipartisanship?” — National Journal’s Rebecca Kaplan.

“Basically: if you make it, I’ll eat it. #analysis” – BuzzFeed‘s Evan “I love onesies” McMorris-Santoro.

“To be clear, I am strongly biased in favor of broccoli.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Brussels Sprouts are underrated folks.” — Logan Dobson, a research analyst for The Tarrance Group, a GOP polling firm.

And the voice of reason?

“The vegetable debate engulfing the Washington press corps is why they hate us.” — MetroWeekly’s Justin Snow.

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A question we must all ask ourselves

“‘Is it possible to die from constipation?’” — C-SPAN Producer William Gray. Please note, Gray is presumably quoting someone else. Who that is remains a mystery.

A voice of reason amid perverts

“So shallow of everyone to lump Spitzer and Weiner together. They are TOTALLY DIFFERENT attention-seeking perverts, guys.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball upon the news that that Eliot Spitzer is running for New York comptroller.

And a suggestion...”Obvious Spitzer slogan ‘he’s not as bad as Weiner’” — GOP consultant and blogger Roger Stone.

And another pervert… “Spitzer Swallows #ohmyGodIamsosorry” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

The Instigator

“From now on, if the Washington media crowd wants a political candidate, I don’t. It means they do too many cocktail parties. #ScratchMyBack” — FNC media critic Richard Grenell.

Journo unsettled by tot beauties

“Tot beauty pageant contestants staying at my hotel in NC. Very ‘Little Miss Sunshine’-y here in the lobby, unsettling for a mom of 2 sons.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Random piece of wisdom

“It’s too early for all these tweets everybody shut up and go back to bed.” — BuzzFeed Senior Editor Matt Bellassai on Sunday at 12:26 p.m.

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The Atlantic Has 17 Ideas to Change the World

The Atlantic’s annual ideas issue is out, with 17 of the mag’s picks for “modest” and unconventional notions they think can change the world. It’s a mix of some good, some bad and some entirely nonsensical.

The Atlantic‘s complete list of their picks for the year’s best ideas is online here, and it’s worth a look.

Some other stories that caught our eye…

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Afternoon Reading List 05.29.13

Who is Michele Bachman, anyway? — An “exponent of the anti-tax Tea Party movement”; a “conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans”; “Tea Party Darling.” These are just a few of the ways Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) has been described by the press. In a listicle rivaling Buzzfeed, Politico’s Patrick Gavin listed 13 of the descriptions, citing everyone from Matt Drudge to WaPo and Bloomberg. Gavin himself calls the congresswoman “one of the more colorful characters in Congress.”

Reporter let go for being ‘painful to watch’ — Think you’re having a bad day? In an internal email sent to staff, CBS Harrisburg news director David Baer said Kirk Wilson, a reporter for the station, had resigned. But, as Mediaite’s Andrew Kerill reported, Wilson says he was forced out because Baer said he was “painful to watch.” Originally trying not to share the detail of his split with the station, Wilson, after learning what was being said, took to Facebook to set the record straight. “The news director told me I didn’t meet the reporting standards of SBG TV,” Wilson said in the post. I was “painful to watch,” neither me nor my stories were conversational. I’ll stop there. It got worse.” He went on to describe his stop at a convenience store on his way home the day he was let go. The clerk recognized him as a reporter from the station, and after Wilson told her that he wasn’t with the station anymore, she was heartbroken. “She said to me, ‘You’re my favorite reporter. I think I’m going to cry.”

Molly Ball, Maggie Haberman considered for NYT posts — Last week, NYT announced the hire of Politico’s Jonathan Martin as a national political correspondent for the newspaper. HuffPost’s Michael Calderone reported that, along with Martin, the Times was also considering The Atlantic’s Molly Ball for the storied position, according to sources. Ball is a former reporter at Politico. Haberman, for her part, reportedly extended her contract with Politico following the 2012 election and will be staying with the publication.

 

The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball Wins The Toner

For her reporting on the 2012 presidential election, The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball was selected as this year’s winner of the Toner Prize.

“Ms. Ball’s coverage is a superb example of journalism that helps us understand our electoral process and illuminates the people and policies that shape us as a nation,” said Lorraine Branham, dean of Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, in a release. “This is reporting with the engaging detail and informed insights that were hallmarks of the reporting of Robin Toner.”

The Toner Prize, sponsored by the Newhousse School of Public Communications, carries $5,000 and is part of the larger Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting. Toner was the first woman to serve as the national political correspondent for the NYT.

The 2012 competition for the Toner Prize drew 118 entries, according to the release.

Congratulations to Ball.

Separated at Birth: The Atlantic’s Molly Ball

Today we have a powerful duo of lookalikes. And it has only taken us a few years to make the connection. They are The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball and National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

 

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

We haven’t done this in awhile, so we’re checking in on the Sunday morning political talk show roundtables to see how females are fairing and how many schlongs they’re planning to have on this week.

Let’s have a look.

ABC’s “This Week”: 3

Two roundtables. Guests include: Reps. Mike Rogers and Eliot Engel; ABC News’ George Will; ABC News’ and CNN’ Christiane Amanpour; Donna Brazile, ABC News Contributor; Steve Brill, TIME Contributor, Steve Rattner, MSNBC “Morning Joe” regular, and former counselor to the Treasury Secretary; and Kimberly Strassel, columnist for WSJ.

CBS’ “Face the Nation” With Bob Schieffer: 3

There isn’t a journalist/pundit panel per say, but it looks to be: National Journal‘s Nancy Cook, WaPo‘s Scott Wilson and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson. Female guests also include a former FBI senior profiler, Mary Ellen O’Toole and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

PBS’ Washington Week With Gwen Ifill (airs live Friday night at 8 p.m.): 2

Guests include The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball, WaPo‘s Sari Horwitz, CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood, and NYT‘s David Sanger.

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: 2

Panel guests include: Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., NPR’s Steve Inskeep, WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan, CNBC’s Jim Cramer and CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo. Both main guests, Governors Bobby Jindal (R-La.) and Deval Patrick (D-Mass.) are obviously male.

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell and NY1′s Errol Louis.

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” With Howard Kurtz: 2 

Guests include: CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, Sirus XM’s Julie Mason, Mitt Romney Senior Advisor Stuart Stevens and WaPo‘s Ann Hornaday.

 

 

 


 

 

 

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Quotes of the Day

“Photo of POTUS mtg w speechwriters Cody Keenan and Jon Favreau today.”Pete Souza, Director of White House Photography, with accompanying photograph.

Reporter encounters wall with Capitol Hill flack

“New boundaries of blow off. Called congressional office. Press sec doesn’t want to talk. I ask for voicemail. ‘She doesn’t take voicemail.’ — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Weingarten reacts to poop idea 

Military reporter for SpaceNews Mike Gruss writes, “You know with some crafty maneuvering you can use the same bag for multiple poops, right?” To which WaPo‘s poopy Pulitzer Prize columnist Gene Weingarten replies, “You are an animal.”

Politico Playbook publish time: 8:20 a.m.

Humility is…

“On MSNBC in a few minutes, acting like I know stuff.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Where’s Dick Morris these days?

From Media Matters Spokeswoman Jess Levin6:22 p.m. “Dick Morris – Absent From Fox For Nearly Three Months — To Appear On CNN” 6:25 p.m. “Dick Morris hasn’t been on Fox since Nov 12, 2012. Post 2008 election, he was on 19 times.” See here and here. The Wrap reported late yesterday that Fox News has dropped him. Never fear that he might disappear completely. Watch for him tonight on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” at 9 p.m. ET. If Morris is looking for a reference he might try WaPo‘s Erik Wemple, who writes this about him today: “Vast arrogance and loose, poorly substantiated facts: a great combination for a cable-news contributor in these modern times.” But he might do well to avoid Wemple as a life coach. He writes, “Don’t worry, Morris: It’s the end only of your relevance.”

The Ideas Guy

“Hoping to convince @BuzzFeedBen to give me a location consult on future #BuzzFeedBrews at tonight’s launch.” — Tim Miller, Deputy Communications Director, RNC. The event was held at The 201 Bar on Capitol Hill. Miller explained to FishbowlDC, “Just joking with them about going to a Hill bar instead of bringing it to Big John’s neighborhood. Shaw needs some politics love.” Big John is, of course, BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

A profound thought from HuffPost‘s liberal media writer Jason Linkins. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Sunrise on the Potomac at Key Bridge in Georgetown.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long with the accompanying photograph.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between NYT’s Mark Leibovich and Atlantic’s Molly Ball.

Ball: “Back in the office, and there is a No Labels robocall on my voice mail.”

Leibovich: “I label that annoying…labels can be useful that way.”

Someone swipes journo’s newspaper

“Someone took my newspaper off the lawn. That’s pretty much a felony around these parts. #thissuburbanlife.” — NYT‘s media writer David Carr. (Sign of the times? Yesterday we reported that NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt‘s Advise and Consent was snatched off her doorstep.)

From the Dept. of Bragiculture I: “Congratulations to the Morning Joe team. We were the #1 cable news morning show in Washington DC in the demo. Great job!” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

The Media Observers

Pro: “Bless @rolandsmartin for bringing the funk to that ridic skeet shooting segment on @OutFrontCNN tonight.” — BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw.

Con: “Roland Martin, David Frum, and Marsha Blackburn now debating Obama going skeet shooting on Erin Burnett #wtf” — BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “What if most of the outside of our bodies looked like the stuff underneath the tongue? Would we ever have sex?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. Um, Gene, are you feeling okay?

From the Dept. of Bragiculture II: “Schieffer is very much a man of talking points. He’s giving Kalb the same lines he gave me in our interview in October. For that matter, they’re all saying a lot of the same things they told me in October.” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers at an event with presidential debate moderators put on by Marvin Kalb and the George Washington Global Media Institute. He is, of course, referring to CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, who isn’t characteristically a man of talking points. A question to ask ourselves: Why bother going to events when you can just read Dylan Byers?

Journo spellbound by Shakespeare play

“I’m here @FolgerLibrary for commanding production of Henry V; can’t take my eyes of lead actor; magnetic show so far.” — Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.

Politico Playbook publish time: 4:48 a.m.

Breitbart.com editor rips Slate‘s Weigel for being unfunny and a GOP press aide with an occasional temper goes to work for the NRSC. Read more

Morning Chatter

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

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