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Irritated reporter

“Dear Bartender, I am happy your buddies are here. But I’ve trying to pay for my dinner for 20 minutes while you’re chatting up your bros.” — AP‘s White House reporter Phil Elliott in a Tuesday tweet.

Pooch recognized

“Charley finally gets the recognition she deserves.” — BBC Correspondent Katie Connolly regarding her dog landing in FishbowlDC’s Cutest Dog in Washington contest going on indefinitely.

Senator’s daughter in ‘circle of hell’

“Finally made it to my hotel room in NYC. The 7th circle of hell is 45 minutes at baggage claim w/ no cell or internet service.” — The Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain, daughter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.).

Farewell from Jakarta

“Off into the skies, hoping to avoid the plume and engage in some Seoul searching. Wish us luck.” ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper in a Tuesday tweet from Indonesia.

A TV journo’s stock phrase

“Be well.” – NBC’s Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell’s “The Last Word” Tuesday night using the words he uses when he ends most every TV appearance.

Vicky Ezra Cristina Barcelona

“So sad to be leaving Barcelona tomorrow. One of the most charming and delicious cities I’ve ever visited. — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a Monday tweet. (The headline is absurd, we know.)

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Journo suggests Slurpee summit

“When the midterm elections are over, Obama should host a Slurpee summit with Republican Leaders.” — CBS News Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller in a Thursday tweet.

Enamored by the French (sort of)

“Love the way this French philosopher on Parker-Spitzer is pronouncing Sarah Palin‘s name: [SAH-ruh pa-LEEN]” — CNN’s T.J. Holmes in a Thursday tweet.

The French perspective from BHL: ‘Obama is more American than Mrs. Palin.’ — Washington Examiner‘s Chief Political Correspondent Byron York in a Thursday tweet.

Alluring fried aroma rattles reporter

“There is something unfair about running six miles and then getting into an elevator that smells of Five Guys. Do the gods want me fat?” – AP‘s Phil Elliott in a too irresistible not to print tweet from Thursday.

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Distracted cabbie scares journo

“I am officially terrified: my cab driver has an iPad streaming video that he is intensely focused on.” — AP‘s Phil Elliott in a Tuesday tweet.

Bugged by back

“This sucks: the only time my back *doesn’t* hurt is when I’m at the gym.” — Sean Bugg, publisher of Metro Weekly, the longest serving LGBT pub in the region, in a Tuesday tweet.

Chris Hayes’s ‘absurdeon’ TV appearance

“I think it’s resonating because it’s sort of the reductio ad absurdeon of the entirety of the kind of tea party Jon Gall you’re on your own agenda … that every last thing is a matter of individuals.” — The Nation‘s D.C. Editor Chris Hayes in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann Tuesday night. Olbermann asked why people “resonated” with a man in the previous segment whose house had burned down. Reductio ad absurdum, as the Latin phrase goes,  means proof by contradiction. English translation of Hayes’s pompous palace preaching: We feel your pain. But no doubt Hayes’s absurdeon [sic] phrase was more comforting to the man. (We’re starting to feel Bugg’s back pain above from listening to Hayes’s verbosus verbiage.)

A note of congrats (or something like that)

“Way to go, @cbellantoni. Please don’t do too good a job.” – NJ‘s Matt Cooper in a Tuesday tweet offering congrats to Christina Bellantoni on her move from TPM to Roll Call.

Kurtz overwhelmed by response

“Thanks to everyone for the great messages. A bit overwhelming. I really appreciate the thoughts and hope you’ll follow me to Daily Beast.” — WaPo and CNN’s Howard Kurtz in a Tuesday tweet on his job switch.

The modern D.C. man: Can he protect an Emily Miller ambush?

“Ahh, see, courage is not about being afraid, it’s about hanging in there when you are afraid. But maybe do at least take some mace next time. Value of modern Washington DC man unclear.” — White House Dossier founder and blogger Keith Koffler in a Facebook exchange with Human Events newest Ambush editor Emily Miller, who was slapped and cussed at during a recent rally on the National Mall. Miller had said that next time she’s bringing a man and mace.

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Journo laments end of madras shorts

“Madras pants for the last time this year. Sigh #endofsummer The seersucker shorts got their last.”
- AP White House reporter Phil Elliott in a weekend tweet.

McIntyre relates to Brewer’s Cindy Brady moment

“But I can sympathize with the lights going on the camera going on, and just blanking out. It happens.”
- Former CNN Pentagon Correspondent Jamie McIntyre, speaking on the moment of TV brain freeze Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer, who is running for reelection. McIntyre runs the website, Line of Departure, a military news and national policy blog.

Slate reporter talks dog politics

“The president’s opponents talk about him like a dog and he talks about himself that way too.” Watch President Obama’s “mutt” remarks here.
- Slate and CBS’s John Dickerson in a Monday tweet.

Blogger shuns grammar police

“I much prefer e-mails cursing my name and Jewishness to e-mails picking nits with my grammar.” – WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in recent tweet.

Journo gets organized on Labor Day

“House cleaned, dog washed, car washed, Jay washed. Labor done on Labor day. Now time for a glass of wine.”
- Time‘s congressional correspondent Jay Newton-Small in a Labor Day tweet.


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Quote(s) of the Day


Was Snooki Invited?

“Nothing like my dad making me and 3 of my girlfriends hike in the river today… :-) ” — The Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain, daughter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), in a weekend tweet.

Chuck Todd has unpleasant fan

“@dpleasant how about watching before tweeting off a criticism.”
- NBC’s Chuck Todd firing back at an unpleasant (despite the deceptive name) tweeter over the weekend.

TV contributor tortured in sea
of “Eat Pray Love” characters

“Oh, man…wife & I at EatPrayLove. It looks like a casting call for the Liz Gilbert role.” – CNBC Contributor Tony Fratto over the weekend on Twitter. Fratto is also managing director of Hamilton Strategies, and founder of


Reporter goes on jean-buying spree

“Took less than three hours to find jeans.”
- AP national politics scribe Phil Elliott in a pressing weekend tweet.

WH Press Corps ‘All Geeked Up’

“…Part of the reason, Howie, why this electrified the White House press corps so much is because Robert and Obama are so close, that when Robert does speak out of school, it’s like you’re getting the unvarnished opinion of the president. So that’s why we were all geeked up about it last week.” – The Washington Examiner’s White House correspondent Julie Mason on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday opining on fallout to White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs‘s remarks on the Professional Left last week.


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Traveling Journos

“I’m at Beverly Hills Hilton for lunch & I’m informed this is bathroom where John Edwards was cornered by Enqu”
- The Weekly Standard‘s Mary Katharine Ham in a weekend tweet. Ham is also a video blogger and political commentator for FNC.

TV reporter gets delayed; drinks beer

“Hey @delta, I appreciate the call to say we’re delayed. Would have appreciated it more BEFORE getting to the airport.” And later: “Upside to being delayed in NOLA airport: am drinking a beer at the gate and no one has even batted an eyelash.” – Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in weekend tweets.

And in response…

“@lizzieohreally at least you get beer. My layover (right word?) at Penn Station is dry. Le sigh.” – AP’s Phil Elliott, U.S. national politics writer in a weekend tweet.

Editor raves about Portland airport

“Bye, Portland. Thanks for awesome vacation and a total lack of sales tax. Hearkening back to earlier tweet, PDX is an outstanding airport.”
- The Hotline Editor Reid Wilson in a weekend tweet.


Courtovich Hosts Journos For Annual Gaucho

Courtovich took this pic of Gaucho decorations.

Jim Courtovich, managing partner of Kearsarge Global Advisers, hosted his annual Gaucho party Saturday night. And he delivered with a great menu (pineapple martinis and chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches were crowd pleaser), late night party (Bob Schieffer’s midnight appearance) and a stellar guest list…

Savannah Guthrie, Betsy Fischer, Jonathan Martin, Jessica Yellin, Matt Cooper, Tammy Haddad, Jeff Zeleny, Julie Mason, John Harwood, Karen Finney, Anne Kornblut, Kasie Hunt, Erin McPike, Sasha Issenberg, Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy, Rick Klein, Mark Murray, Abby Livingston, Michael Falcone, Ashley Parker, Libby Leist, Amie Parnes, Jay Newton Small, Lizzie O’Leary, Athena Jones, Sunlen Miller and Phil Elliott were just some of the media-types in attendance.

Politico‘s Mike Allen and NYT‘s Mark Leibovich also just missed each other at the party.

Also: Austan Goolsbee, Stephanie Cutter, Juleanna Glover, Christina Sevilla, Michael Feldman, Jill Zuckman and Sasha Johnson.

Journos Join AU for Year One Review of Obama Administration

On Thursday January 21, 2010, American University will host “The First Year of the Obama Administration: Its Successes and Failures, Legislatively and Politically.” The three hour event will feature two panels of notable media types followed by Q&A.

Hosted by Time‘s Jay Newton Small, the event will be held from 9.30 – 12.30 in Room 603 of AU’s Washington College of Law. Panelists include Phil Elliott of the AP, CNN’s Bill Schneider, TPM’s Christina Bellantoni, Matt Continetti from The Weekly Standard,Daily Caller’s Jon Ward, CNN Political Commentator Karen Finney and Dem pollster Celinda Lake.

Pool Report: Karen Leigh’s Going Away to Cambodia Party

In case you haven’t already heard, Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh is ditching DC and the White House for Phnom Penh.

Press corps friends gathered at Stetson’s last night to send her off to Cambodia… Bonney Kapp, Mike Memoli, Christina Bellantoni, Athena Jones, Lizzie O’Leary, Heidi Przybyla, Kristen Jensen, Kim Chipman, Phil Elliott, Jeff Mason, Rebecca Sinderbrand, Rachel Streitfeld, Perry Bacon, Andrew Jones, Liz Reiter, Christina Jamison and Devin Symons were all there.

Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh Packs DC Bags for Cambodia

Bloomberg’s Karen Leigh is “trading in golf pool and helo landings for the splendors of Phnom Penh.” She’ll still be working for Bloomberg, and additionally the Cambodia Daily, just now in the home country of Maddox Pitt.

FBDC caught up with Leigh as she packs her bags for a big move from Washington…

Why Cambodia? Credit my overwhelming desire to see monks riding tandem bikes.

What differences do you anticipate going from covering the White House to working in the “splendors of Phnom Penh,” as you put it? How are you preparing? It’s going to be hot, loud and crowded — a lot like White House briefings. To prepare, I’ve been getting massages, spending as much time as possible with the friends and getting on a seriously first-name basis with Jack and Stella.

What and who will you miss most in DC? Late night walks around the monuments. Biking along the canal. Fighting with White House security when I forget my Hill pass. Forcing Georgetown tourists onto the street. Running home to shower after Marine One departures. Our Colonel, Al Hunt. My favorite boss, Robin Meszoly. Descriptions of Phil Elliott‘s home cooking. Making Jeff Mason sing (ask him for selections from “South Pacific.”) Soliciting life advice from the goddess-like Julie Mason. Tennis with Perry Bacon. Never having to pay for drinks (Mike Memoli). The questionable tie fashion of Keith Koffler and Hans Nichols. Julianna Goldman, Athena Jones, Christina Bellantoni and Sunlen Miller, all lovely, who have brightened many a pool. And Roger Runningen, who was there on my first day at the White House last January and coined my nickname — Annette — based on the “American President” character who, like me, was excited on day one she could barely get through the Northwest Gate.

You campaigned hard for Julie Mason‘s White House Correspondents Association (successful) election and now you’re skipping town. What does this mean for campaign promises of White House South Lawn ice luges and briefing room massages? I’ll be working from afar to ensure that each promise is fulfilled. The luge tournament will be timed for the Vancouver Olympics and I’m working on getting Gibbs to cut a hole in the podium so we can use it as a massage table.

After the jump, Leigh’s goodbye messages for her media friends…

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