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Boybander attends very bad movie

“Gonna go catch the Lion King later today, or, as Rick Perry calls it, ‘Niggerhead 3D.’” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a reference to Gov. Rick Perry‘s family hunting camp. 

Personally? Milbank wants Christie in.

“Selfishly, I hope he abandons his reluctance and enters the race. If nothing else he will entertain us on the campaign trail.”WaPo‘s Dana Milbank in a Sunday column.

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Brian Danza: Director of BS (Business Strategies) for The Daily Caller: “Jazzercise Weekend Warrior and Live-Tweeter to the Stars, Occasionally seen roaming offices of The Daily Caller.”

Online idiocy

“A guy sent WWR a message saying he hopes [Jimmy] Carter drops dead soon. Boorish, crude behavior only diminishes yourself & shows a lack of class.” — West Wing Report.

Rangel gets shooed away

“Just ran into a colleague who says that Charlie Rangel tried to come to the start of the #OccupyWallSt march, but was booed away.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter.

West Wing Reportage…

“So… The motorcade comes rolling through Georgetown is serious. #outsidethebubble.” — AP‘s Philip Elliott.

Ambinder weighs in on Christie

“Chris Chrstie WILL be judged unfairly because of his weight. Asking should he be … says more about the person who asks. That said…Public figures can deal w/ weight stigma by being open about it & Christie prolly will. Most people with a bias against him b/c of weight.” — NJ‘s Marc Ambinder, who had his own issues with obesity and had bariatric surgery after the late NBC “MTP” Host Tim Russert‘s death scared him into taking drastic action.

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WH Theater: HuffPo Q “Staged” at Presser

The White House press office has been known to give journalists a heads-up when the president intends to call on them during a news conference…but today’s theatrics were a tad more “theatrical.”

During the presidential presser this afternoon, HuffPo’s Nico Pitney scored big – a “rock star” location and the second question of the news conference. But it wasn’t a kiss from Lady Luck that landed Pitney the preferential treatment, according to Philip Elliott of the AP.

The AP reports that WH officials phoned Pitney on Monday evening to “tell him that President Barack Obama had been impressed with his online reporting about Iran. Could the writer pass along a question from an Iranian during the president’s news conference on Tuesday?”

Check out Elliott’s article for the full scoop.

UPDATE: The soap opera saga of HuffPo’s “staged question” continues as Arianna Huffington takes to the site in defense of Pitney and the WH. Like sands through the hourglass…

This is what Huffington “posted” (ha! get it?) about a few our Fishbowl friends:

Politico’s Michael Calderone couldn’t seem to get over the order in which Nico was called on. “It was a departure from White House protocol,” he fumed (the DC equivalent of “I’m telling Mom!”)

Dana Milbank went the conspiracy route, calling Nico “a planted questioner” and tossing snarky comments into the mix: “Pitney recognized his prompt”, “Pitney asked his question, as arranged.”

On Politico’s Ben Smith who said the matter was “a nice case of symbiosis, not entirely unlike the Bush administration’s close ties to Fox.”

Now, I know Ben is a busy guy — and I love reading him. But before he decides to characterize a site he really should take the time to, y’know, read what’s on the site.

If he had, he’d have known that, unlike Fox and Bush, HuffPost regularly takes on the Obama administration.

Michael, Dana, and Ben: come in from recess. You guys clearly need a nap. And a better fact-checker.