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Summer Superlatives 2013: Class Clown

Who’s the funniest journalist in Washington? I suppose first we must distinguish, are we laughing with them or at them? But for purely comedic purposes let’s say these are journalists who are consistently found to be amusing among their peers. This year’s lineup includes: Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox (he was on last year’s nominee list but Sirius XM’s  Julie Mason beat him out and we’re giving him another shot), BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton (who tries unusual hangover remedies just for fun and notices a wide variety of douchebags on the streets of Washington), The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn (the brainchild of many antics at the publication such as this; and if you haven’t seen “And the Wandering,” his dramatic reading of Politico‘s Dylan Byer‘s personal blog from when he was 19, watch here), National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi (she does standup in real life), Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie (whose exceedingly dry humor could keep you laughing at boring Washington cocktail parties) and The Sunday Times Washington Bureau Chief Toby Harnden (who routinely says things like “gets on my tits” for gets on my nerves–he’s British, so he’s excused).

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Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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Morning Chatter

Famous last words? “I don’t know what a sharknado is, but I wish it would get out of my timeline.” — George Scoville.

Dylan Byers blasted for daring to deflate Glenn Greenwald

Kade: “Bet @DylanByers feels dumb about saying @ggreenwald didn’t have anymore big stories. How exciting on all fronts!” To which D.C. freelancer Sam Knight replied, “No, Kade. You’re wrong. If @DylanByers felt dumb about being wrong, he would have stopped trafficking wrong a long time ago.” All of this bluster stems from a single line in a Thursday post from Politico‘s Dylan Byers, in which he said he thought the wind was coming out of Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald‘s sails. More specifically, “Greenwald doesn’t appear to have any more big revelations up his sleeve.”And with that, let the d**k swinging contest begin! You’d have thought Byers said Greenwald had some sort of erectile dysfunction disorder by the way that geeky know-it-all prof and blogger Jay Rosen and Greenwald reacted. Then again, Byers isn’t exactly great at reading crystal balls – anyone recall what he said about NYT‘s Nate Silver? Nonetheless, Byers shot back at Rosen and Greenwald, who made fun of him and challenged his comment, writing, “Both of you willingly misread and are misrepresenting what I wrote.” He added, “Read this one and please try to troll less.” (Read here.) In conclusion, we’re taking Byers’ side here, but only because Rosen and Greenwald sound like a couple of whiny babies.

Newly elected WHCA board member expresses gratitude

“Thrilled and a little nervous about representing my colleagues on the White House Correspondents Association board. Thank you.” – Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox. Others who won: WSJ‘s Carol Lee as Prez; CBS’ Major Garrett as a board member. Congrats to all. Read more about this here.

Pregnant gossip writer has pickle cravings

“I’ve eaten five pickles in less than 24 hours, thereby officially becoming a cliché. #preggoproblems” — Howiella Kurtz (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz).

Thursday boldness

“OK, I’m going to say it – Britney’s new song sucks” — Nikki Schwab, who links to the song.

Important Q to Ponder: “What the fuck is going on in downtown DC? Why are 8 blocks cordoned off?” — WSJ video reporter Neil Hickey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:18 a.m.

Sexy for Washington talk

“Hot Mitch McConnell on Harry Reid action right now.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

 

Travel Bitches

“May not take @DCCirculator anymore if they can’t let passengers debark during 15 mns & counting of gridlocked traffic. Bus #1131.” — Crisis consultant and former journo Tim Burger.

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Morning Chatter

 

IT’s THE LITTLE THINGS: “My favorite French pastry — the lowly pain au raisin” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, on vacation in Paris.  Hey Olivier, next time maybe put this on a pretty French plate?

“Local volunteer on media bus in Cape Town welcomes White House ‘press corpse.’ There’s a commentary there somewhere.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

Pre-prison sighting: Jesse Jackson Jr.

“SPOTTED – Jesse Jackson Jr spending his final weekend as a free man at Joy of Motion Dance Studios watching his daughter. #DMV #RIGHTNOW” — Mark Wilkins, a.k.a. “Marky Mark” and D.C. paparazzi.

Memories…

“I really miss Andrew. I want to work for him again.” — WMAL and Breitbart.com‘s Larry O’Connor, who was referring to the late Andrew Breitbart.

The Observer

“It’s disappointing to see so much vandalism on Chicago’s monument to Abraham Lincoln, including a cock and balls on Abe’s coattails.” — Michael E. Grass, founding editor of DCist, formerly of WCP, Roll Call and others. Thanks for this, Grass! What would the world possible do without knowing this?

Speaking of Twitter shockers…

“There appears to be some men in my Twitter stream who seem to be confusing the word cunt for the word ma’am.” — MSNBC Uppers groupie and comedian Lizz Winstead.

Maybe something he should’ve kept to himself?

“A girl asked me last night how much it’d take for me to cheat on my gf….no.” — Media Research Center multimedia reporter Joe Schoffstall.

Convo Between a Journo and not a Baldwin Brother

Mother Jones Co-Editor Clara Jefferey: “Ok @AdamBaldwin is ridiculously cast to type, yet still good, in Firefly.”

Actor Adam Baldwin: “Hittin’ the sauce again, Clara?”

Clara Jefferey: “Look who can’t take a (truly felt) compliment!”

Finally, something funny 

“Shout out to the chick doing the worm in the middle of U Street. The best part was when police officers yelled at her to get out of the road. Ah, this city is wonderful.” — AnnaMaria Di Pietro, producer at ABC7News/NewsChannel8.

 

Something painfully unimportant about turkey sausage and some other weird stuff…

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Morning Chatter

“No, I told you I don’t watch the news. … I don’t watch the news.”Rachel Jeantel, star witness in the George Zimmerman trial during cross examination, discussing how she knew this was thought to be a “racially charged event.”

Defending Glenn Greenwald

“The smears against @ggreenwald begin: Glenn has not been kind to me in the past, but these attacks are disgusting.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who links to this story.

Advice for NPR

“#NPR pull on your Big Boy Pants. Declare independence from federal handouts.” — WTOP VP of News and Programming Jim Farley.

Phew! Glad that’s settled!

“To be clear, I’m not editorializing, I’m asking questions out loud. I don’t know the answers.” — The Guardian‘s National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman.

Dan Savage reacts to DOMA decision

“Human rights are universal, marriage is a human right, gay people are human, we exist in this universe. #NotThatComplicated.” — Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, who was recently in Washington for a book signing at the W.

Reporter complains in Paris

“Hey, Paris: I was cool with McDonalds, sorta OK with Starbucks. But SUBWAY? Get it together.” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Hey Bolt Bus: What the hell?

“Dear @BoltBus: can someone please explain to me why I’m on I-97 towards Annapolis right now? This is worst route to DC I’ve ever seen.” — Reason mag’s Preston Cornish.

Dedication is…

“NOTE: your pooler explored the possibility of an in-flight pool report via a call from Air Force One. But by the time we were preparing to make the call, the transcript of the previous exchange with Carney was already being sent out to the list.” — NYT’s Michael Shear in a White House Pool Report en route to Africa.

And decency is…

“Congrats to @newtgingrich, @stefcutter, @VanJones68 & @secupp: new hosts of new Crossfire. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. #CNN” — CNN Contributor Paul Begala.

Black bear in Maureen Orth’s hood 

“So this is the black bear that was running around my mom’s neighborhood this AM in #DC Red Panda started trend.” — NBC’s Luke Russert. Orth writes for Vanity Fair. By far the worst response to Luke’s tweet came from retired San Diego-based “white liberal guy” Bob LaPolla, who wrote, “@LukeRussert it was your dad reincarnated.” WTF planet are you living on, LaPolla?

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Failure is…

“Lots of enterprising reporters are racking up Aeroflot points but #Snowden apparently not on Havana-bound flight they staked out today.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

Success is…

“Our ABC News team booked on #Snowden’s flight reports people are now blocked from photographing plane. Good thing we did that earlier.” — Kirit Radia, ABC News Moscow correspondent.

Hallucinating?

“Every guy on the bus looks like Edward Snowden.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

Reporter offers vacation warning

“Warning: this twitter feed is going into vacation mode. There will be photos of landmarks and food. And wine.” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

Perpetual flack vs. Perpetual tweeter 

“Good flaks are like good goalies, masters at deflection —> @TVietor08″ — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier. To which ex-White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “Yes attacking me is a good way to focus on the substance.”

Journo eats burger for breakfast

“Punching Saturday in the mouth by wolfing down a mushroom-onion burger slathered in whole grain mustard and Sriracha #breakfastochampions” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Warren Rojas at 9:32 a.m. on Saturday. Sriracha, by the way, is a hot sauce named after a coastal city in Thailand. It’s made from ripe chilies and garlic.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:48 a.m.

Speaking of fatty foods…

“Kind of nice to wake up in a culture where Paula Deen is appropriately irrelevant.” — author and formerly Yahoo! News’ Chris Lehmann.

And now, Bible wisdom from Brit Hume’s wife…

“He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. Proverbs 19:16 (NKJV)” — Kim Hume, wife of FNC’s Brit Hume.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between Washington Watch’s Roland Martin and The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox.

MARTIN: “Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. Please pray for God’s will.”

COX: “I pray for the willingness to accept it…”

Graphic compilation by Austin Price

C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ Will Travel

C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” hit the road early this morning to pay a visit to Yahoo! News’ newsroom. They had three of their journalists on the program. Sequentially, starting at 7:45 a.m. — ouch! — they had Chief Washington Correspondent Olivier Knox, Political Reporter Chris Moody and White House Correspondent Rachel Rose Hartman.

In C-SPAN’s history of showing newsrooms (Washington Star in 1980, Baltimore Sun 1983, USA Today 1983, Chicago Tribune 1984, Denver Post 1984), this is the first time they’ve ever gone remote into a non-print publication.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I think we have enough beer. Maybe not?”Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

“The logo has since been changed. Too bad the candidate can’t be changed.” — MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s skyline screwup on his campaign website.

Boss sends reporter directions to his office

“Boss sent me an invite on Google calendar. Invite helpfully offers me directions to his office, up 4 floors. Thanks, Google.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

It is what it is…is what it is

“Phrase that should be banned: “It is what it is.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing, who linked to this story in WaPo in which Weiner employed the phrase in reaction to women who may come forward with more pictures.

JMart gets new handle  

“Thanks for all the love, folks. Means a lot. New handle: @jmartNYT” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin, who, as previously reported, landed a new gig at the NYT. We do hope he’ll still be the go-to Twitter guide for 13-year-old girls.

Bad job interview memories…

“Had the most humiliating job interview of my life at ESPN. Good times.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

Convo Between Two Journos

NYT‘s Michael Barbaro: Weiner on Politico today: ““Actual people don’t read that”

Politico‘s Glenn Thrush: “Guess we under-covered his long list of legislative accomplishments.”

IRS Press Office is crap

“I love how all this Lerner stuff is coming from other sources, not the IRS’ utterly unhelpful press office.” – Politico‘s Byron Tau.

Editor has advice for politicians 

“#Protip for pols trying to avoid making news with an answer to a tough question. Start with ‘my position has always been…’” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

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Quotes of the Day

“Is he about anything other than himself?” — MSNBC “The Cycle’s” Krystal Ball on Lawrence O’Donnell‘s program last night on potential voter trust issues with ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) mayoral bid.

You know your life is out of control when…

“Not remembering whether you’ve said something to public on Twitter, to friends on Facebook, or to self in lipstick on bathroom mirror.” — WaPo feature writer Dan Zak.

Confessional.

“I’m a cynical, grouchy old coot, but I reliably get something in my eye whenever I hear a ‘hero teacher protects kids’ story.” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Larry King is on fire

“Back in #Washington – been away a long time – can’t believe how hot it is today but I love this city” — Former CNNer Larry King.

Leaning in (or something?)

“Well-behaved women rarely make history but they do make deadline. Sometimes.” — WaPo arts reporter Katherine Boyle, whose Twitter background color could blind you if you stare too long.

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Quotes of the Day: Boston Marathon Bombing Aftermath

“DC ON ALERT: Outside White House, Pennsylvania Ave again closed to pedestrians.” — NBC News’ Peter Alexander with accompanying photograph. 

CAUTIOUS CORRESPONDENTS: “I don’t want to overly speculate because as you know early reports are often wrong, we could be way off base but clearly they are saying this was an explosive device, an improvised explosive advice, in other words, a bomb.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “We’ve been careful all afternoon, did not jump to conclusions.” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

Did someone say conclusions? “I’m getting suspicious with everyone telling me not to ‘jump to conclusions.’ I hadn’t, but now I’m beginning to …” — Conservative Commentator Ann Coulter.

Journo finds new ritual in wake of tragedy

“New weird post-tragedy ritual: I click ‘like’ on the ‘we’re ok’ Facebook status of friends who might not have been…” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

It’s a go. “Supposed to board a flight from New Orleans to Boston in 10 minutes. TSA and gate agent both still telling me it’s a go.” — Digital First Media Thunderdome’s Adrienne LaFrance, who also writes for WaPo and Nieman Lab.

Award-winning “too soon” quote: “I’m going to speculate the bomb was planted by cable TV talking heads.” — David Burge, Iowahawkblog.

Why he looked at gruesome Boston pictures: “I looked at the photos because apparently I just have to know how awful the world can be sometimes.” — Dave Stroup, Digital Director, Aneesh Chopra for Virginia Lt. Gov.

Coping, communicating: “Hispanic kid who work at Don Juan’s takeout counter translating reports of Boston Marathon explosion to non English speakers at table.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

Mistakes bound to happen…“Post also reported 10 more dead than Boston PD are confirming.” — Seth Mnookin.

Don’t blame Boston scribes: “Boston is a hell of a news town. Great reporters doing what they do. All the wild speculation and rumors, not coming from hometowners.” — AP‘s Matt Apuzzo, who works on the Washington D.C.-based investigative team.

On Capitol Hill: “Mood extremely tense on Capitol Hill. Police evacuating grounds as precaution after Boston marathon bombing.” — Stephen Barton, Policy and Outreach Assistant at Mayors Against Illegal Guns.

Reporter on the ground: “Fine. Reporting. I was 10 feet from explosion. Shaken up. But not a scratch. Worst thing I ever saw.” — Boston Globe reporter David Abel.

The Media Critics

“Seriously, @FoxNews? Best you can do is birther sheriff Joe Arapaio to discuss security? Really? #boston” — Politico‘s Steve Friess.

“When network news is good, its great. Brian Williams on NC right now is great stuff. Matt Lauer doing a standup from outside Mass General.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman.

Just the Facts

“#Boston police officer tells me bombs were packed with small metal objects meant to maim–nails, zippers, blades.” — ABC’s Terry Moran.

“Was interesting to watch nearly everyone in my Twitter feed automatically assume the New York Post was lying today.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

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