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Quotes Of The Day

JOURNO LOVE: “Political dream team – the two best campaign embeds in America hard at work in Celina, OH” They are Emily Friedman and Shushannah Walshe. — ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

The Self-Appointed Weatherman

Our resident trusty weatherman, FBDC’s Eddie Scarry, reports, “PSA: Hurricane residue in Washington today; really, REALLY rainy, high of 53F.”

Everyone‘s a weatherman, right? “Light-to-moderate rain early this morning across D.C. Some ponding on the roads, but the rain will get heavier as the morning goes on.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Polling Editor Steven Shepard.

Baier Vomit

“Both kids 5 & 2 wanted ‘hurricane stories’ at bedtime 2nite as Sandy approaches. I have covered 14 of them but bedtime versions take finesse.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier.

Waffling Hurricane Humor

“Q: What do you call a frozen waffle in a hurricane? A: #Sandy Eggo” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. We hope he tries Knock Knock jokes as the day wears on.

Do Not Piss Ethan Off People

“It’s not funny to send false information about this storm to trick people. Grow up, Twitter.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Priorities.

“Love the bangs @WeatherKim!” — NBC Washington’s Angie Goff at 4:30 a.m.

Sherri Shepherd shares hurricane anecdote we could’ve done without

“Trying to get things ready re hurricane – Filled up the bathtub w water and Jeffrey promptly took his clothes off and got ready to jump in!” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Editor teaches son to shave

“Taught my son how to shave tonight. Time really does fly. #memories” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Journo dreams of Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston

“I had a dream last night that @FreeBeacon was purchased by Bobby Brown. Whitney was still alive and I had to explain sequestration to her.” — Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo.

Weather Hype: OH MY GOD, it’s a Hurricane!

(see the best of the best after the jump… Speaking of hurricanes, what’s Lindsay Lohan saying about the impending storm?) Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Today we have another installment of: “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple and insightful.

1. How do you think the media in general has handled Mitt Romney winning the debate?

Like a kid walking in on their dad having sex with Santa Claus. I would have been concerned for the health of Chris Matthews, were I concerned at all about the health of Chris Matthews. MSNBC was like watching a room full of people who bet their life savings on a Mike Tyson win in the Buster Douglas fight. Looking on the bright side, it was some of the best comedy on any NBC network in a decade.

2. Do you think right-wing media is finally warming to Romney? Or is he just the best alternative for them?

You’re confusing issues. With the exception of pseudo-conservatives like David Frum and David Brooks, the right-wing has been behind Romney from the get-go. Just because their desire to beat President Obama burns with the heat of a thousands suns doesn’t mean the desire for a Romney victory doesn’t burn with the heat of 999 of them.

3. What did you think of Chris Matthews’ meltdown about Obama’s poor debate performance and his suggestion that Obama watch his show to prep for his next debate?

His leg was thrill-free and it was hilarious to watch. Saturday Night Live did a great job of mocking him over the weekend. But Chris wasn’t alone. His fraternal twin Ed Schultz was equally upset, as were identical twins Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes. The only MSNBCer who handled himself with any semblance of self-respect that night was Al Sharpton, who went right back to “Resisting We Much” without missing a beat.

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Quotes of the Day

“That was a weirdest thing I have ever seen at a convention in my entire life and it will be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen if I live to be 100. That was bizarre.” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow‘s immediate reaction to Clint Eastwood‘s convention speech in which he spoke to an invisible President Obama sitting in an empty chair.

Journos weigh in on Mitt’s big night

“Romney looking like man of the people — so long as the people are kept behind a rope line.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger.

“Mitt’s a little moist in the eyes.” — Asst. Managing Editor for NYT Jim Roberts with perhaps the grossest description of Romney for the evening.

“No prepared remarks much to every reporters annoyance.” — ABC’s Karen Travers.

“This is like Ward Cleaver’s salute to June.” — Rolling Stone National Affairs reporter Tim Dickinson.

“After saying he’s Mormon, he immediately talked about how it doesn’t matter. There’s a man of faith for you.” — HuffPost‘s Dan Froomkin.

“When Mitt tells jokes an angel dies.” — Sports Editor at The Nation Dave Zirin.

“Romney doing what he needs to do here. Not spectacular but very, very solid.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Ana off the Wagon? “MEDICARE LIE. Drink.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

“Yo teleprompter guy, cue Mitt to nix the lip smacking #RNC2012″ — HuffPost‘s Senior Political Economy Reporter Zach Carter. He soon added, “Should you really hug your kids a little longer when gas prices go up?”

“I feel bad for Mitt. He’s everyone’s second choice in the primary, and now he has to follow Clint. The poor bastard.” — Jared Keller, director of Social Media for BloombergLP.

Convention Commentary

“I vote for conventions without politicians.” — WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin.

“1) Eastwood: Whoa!! 2) Rubio: too long, pushed Mitt too late 3) Mitt: just fine, and unlike Ryan mainly true. But enthusiasm in hall???” — The Atlantic‘s James Fallows.

“Dear Republicans, I thought we’d all agreed to not do embarrassing white people dances at#GOP2012” — RedState.com and CNN’s Erick Erickson.

“I’m not sure those dance moves should ever be done. But they should definitely not be done in a grey suit.” — The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle.

“Fuck some asshole delegate brought a baby to RNC – someone call protective services.” — InTheseTimes.com labor journo Mike Elk.

Speaking of white guys commenting on Taylor Hicks…

“I never regretted my vote for Taylor Hicks and I never will.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Quote of the night goes to @Ari_Shapiro: ‘For some reason I thought Taylor Hicks was a woman.’” — ReutersSam Youngman. Shapiro is a White House Correspondent for NPR.

 

Journo takes stab at NBC

“When will Republicans learn and NOT give NBC News press credentials for their convention. NBC News is not the press.” — Real Clear PoliticsIan Schwartz.

And an Esquire writer blasts them all…

“The political media are reminding us all this morning how irrelevant they are becoming.” — Ex-Romney foreign policy spox Richard Grenell.

And a Breitbart.com editor reflexively lashes out at BuzzFeed

“I’d pay real money if @McKayCoppins would give it a rest.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte, later adding, “These #BenSmithers are all professional trolls.” Ben Smith is BuzzFeed‘s Political Editor.

Blah blah who cares?

“The beauty of the restaurant business is we gratefully serve the left, the right, and everyone in between.” — Mr. Norah O’Donnell i.e. Geoff Tracy during Mitt’s speech.

“Folks, we got a Jim Bunning sighting on the floor.” — Politico Senior Reporter Jonathan Martin.

And now…onto Charlotte

“15K overtired, overworked, high maintenance, often hungover journalists are about to descend on Tampa airport. This will go well.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Balloon photograph above by AP’s Phil Elliott.

Pentagon TV’s Set to MSNBC

FishbowlDC encountered an all-too-chatty stranger in a cafe this morning reading WaPo. At first, we ignored. But soon enough, he told us about the viewing habits of he and his colleagues at the Pentagon.

Our anonymous media critic, a smiley white male in his mid to late 30s, works in a managerial role at the Pentagon. If you polled the employees “they’d probably be more of a Fox News crowd.” But to be fair to different political views, the Pentagon cafeteria TV is set to a different news channel everyday. “One day it will be on Fox News, the next MSNBC and then CNN,” he said. “One day I think it was on HLN.”

Despite the heavy Fox News crowd, as of late, all TVs have been fixed on MSNBC. Asked if this was due to Olympics news coverage, he said no, the MSNBC marathon at the Pentagon began before the Olympics.

Our ranter is somewhat torn between FNC and MSNBC. He likes FNC’s Bill O’Reilly, but  MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also appeals. After bringing up Sharpton’s name, our instapundit said the outrage Sharpton exhibited over the Trayvon Martin controversy was a wash. “Ten black people are shot in Chicago at any moment,” he said, “and yet when one black kid in Florida is killed, it’s all over the news.” As if he were speaking directly to Sharpton, the critic said, “On your flight to Florida, 10 people in Chicago were shot. Why aren’t you flying there?”

Rachel Maddow Rips WaPo a New A$$#@!&

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow took WaPo to task for a story on Mitt Romney Wednesday night. And that’s putting it mildly. Rather, she channeled her inner Freddy Krueger and methodically butchered the story to shreds one line at a time. She called the piece “whitewash” and “non journalism.”

The WaPo story by National Political Reporter Philip Rucker published Wednesday and concerned a multimillion dollar fundraiser that former Veep Dick Cheney will host for Romney at his Wyoming home tonight. In the seven-minute segment, she paints WaPo as an unintelligent lapdog to Romney campaign advisors. She seethes, laughs and reads through the story with a bitter tone. We reached out to WaPo‘s Rucker for comment. So far, he has no comment.

“I am a fan of Washington Post as a newspaper of national regard, but they ought to be embarrassed for the news piece that they wrote on this subject today,” Maddow began. “Romney advisors fed to the Washington Post and the Washington Post then dutifully wrote down what the Romney advisors said, which is that Romney and Cheney speak infrequently. An advisor said there is little evidence of Cheney’s influence or that of Cheney’s close associates on Romney’s policies and politics. From the Post: People who know both Romney and Cheney who are talking to the Washington Post for I don’t know what reason said they have contrasting leadership styles. Where Cheney comes off at times as sharp-tongued  Romney often projects a sunny optimism. They’re not quoting there, that’s just the Washington Post. Really, Washington Post? Is that what the people who know Mitt Romney and Dick Cheney told you to say? Oh, but wait, there’s more reporting here. Where Cheney’s beliefs and policies are rooted in conservative ideology, Romney’s tend to be driven by analytical problem solving. This is crack Washington Post reporting, emphasis on the word crack.”

Maddow goes on, slicing and dicing. “The Washington Post even tries to do some o f the awkward spinning themselves, without just writing down directly what Romney advisors told them to say. …This is not a quote this is the Washington post explaining to you, the reader, how there’s definitely no connection between the horrible Bush Cheney years and the sunny optimistic Romney guy.”

She points out how WaPo has to note that Bush-Cheney’s former aides such as Senior Defense Policy Advisor Stephen Hadley and Sec. of State Condoleezza Rice have been involved in endorsing and speaking at Romney donor retreats.

Maddow concludes, “Well done, Washington Post.”

 

Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher, Righty Radio Host Have Worst Convo Ever

In an early morning radio hit on The Dale Jackson Show Tuesday, D.C.’s greatest self-publicist and Mediaite‘s White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher did the unthinkable and called The Daily Caller “a sewer.” The hit came after Christopher, always available for an interview no matter how small the outlet, and Huntsville, Ala. conservative radio host Dale Jackson got into a Twitter tiff over a column Christopher wrote making fat jokes about Rush Limbaugh. Christopher repeatedly called Jackson “dumb,” so Jackson did what any rational thinker would and invited him onto his show.

During the segment, Jackson read Christopher’s fat jokes aloud to prove how “not funny” they were, before they had a mutual conflict resolution session on their minor Twitter feud. Then they moved on to bashing The DC. “I’m glad you and I can agree on that that website is a sewer,” Christopher said.

Then some ass-kissing. Christopher said he “did a little bit of Googling” and found that Jackson is an “influential” radio host.  We do acknowledge Christopher’s behavior as a rarity, as brown-nosing of this nature is typically reserved for a certain MSNBC host who looks like a lesbian (not Rachel Maddow).

Around this point we passed out from exhaustion, but when we came to Christopher and Jackson were arguing about who out of the two of them is funny.

The segment ended with Jackson complimenting Mediaite and Christopher saying he hoped the two of them “could be friends after this.” Jackson wasn’t interested.

In short: The worst.

Listen to the full drowsy segment here.

Noteworthy: In his lead-in Jackson says he reads Mediaite all the time and says The Daily Caller is “a website I never go to… They’re maybe two or three steps above World Net Daily.” This, even though The DC‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor has been on Jackson’s show.

Hazy (i.e. Maddow) Looking Hot

I’ve Got a Lean Forward Ad Goddammit!

A journo writes in, “Hate to admit it, but Maddow looks pretty hot on a bike.” The individual was referring to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, who, at least in D.C. amongst Washington’s most disturbed journalism crowd, is often confused for MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

We couldn’t be more pleased to display Hazy’s very first Lean Forward Ad. It’s kind of like taking your first breath or steps in baby shoes. Congratulations Hazy! You’re so smooth on that bike. You’re officially one of the gang.

Our journo also took liberties with Hayes’ helmet, saying, “I think they put one on Hayes so he doesn’t hurt himself when bad climate change news comes in. Also, to protect him from [Wired's] Spencer Ackerman hitting him in the face during chicken fights at the Boy Band pool.”

Watch the ad here.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Boybander Heaven: “Looks like a smug hipster had an accident on my TV screen.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor with accompanying photograph.While subbing for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night, Rep. Ezra Klein (D-WaPo) interviews Chris Hayes, Maddow’s long lost twin.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Warren Buffett and @MorningJoe should get a room.” — Mail Online U.S. Executive Editor Toby Harnden.

Life at White House like bowl of cherries

After White House Press Sec. Jay Carney told FNC’s Ed Henry during a Monday briefing that he was cherry picking numbers, Reuter‘s Sam Youngman had a bright idea: “If there isn’t a jar of cherries in the booth for @edhenryTV by the end of the day, I’ll be disappointed in the wh press corps.”

Important Question to Ponder: “But how does Washington feel about Joan Rivers?” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers. Rivers appeared at Sixth & I Synagogue last night to celebrate the release of her new book, I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me.

Idiots on Twitter: This one’s for you

“I have to admit that I have been stunned by the amount of people who tweet or email opinions about a story who clearly did not read story.” — Pittsburgh Tribune’s Salena Zito.

The Observer

“Just saw a guy with one of those steel suitcases handcuffed to his wrist – Hope Diamond? Nuke codes? Never know in DC.” — FNC’s Shannon Bream.

Arianna weighs in on sleep again

“Maybe we need to expand ‘Friends don’t let friends drive drunk’ to “Friends don’t let friends drive sleep-deprived.” — HuffPost/AOL’s Arianna Huffington, who insists that humans need seven hours of sleep. That’s one more hour than Politico‘s Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei insists upon for avid sleeper Mike Allen.

Real Life Bullsh!%t

“Officially Monday now = full glass of water spilled on mouse pad and my shorts ripped down thigh as they caught on doorknob- lkg fwd to Tues!” — Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine. 

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Quotes of the Day


“I want the wedding to be celebratory not militarized.” — Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow show last night in response to whether he’ll be inviting President Obama to his upcoming wedding to his life partner James.

“Biden outed him. … I’m not trying to be funny.” — FNC’s Sean Hannity on President Obama’s bombshell announcement on gay marriage.

Dicking Around

“Joe Biden has such an impact on evolution you’d think if you put a amoeba next to him it would be a horse in a day.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

This isn’t a fun fact, Sticky Schwab

“Fun Fact: Leon Harris has absolutely no idea what the Cupid Shuffle is.” – Washington Examiner‘s Schwab.

Dummy

“You think you can multitask and then you drive 20 minutes in the wrong direction because you’re doing a radio interview.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Self-Appointed Media Observers

“Apparently it takes THREE anchors for “big breaking news” — NPR’s Ben Bergman.

“We should still avoid references to apes, probably. #evolution #seewhatididthere?” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox, who also wrote: “Meanwhile, Shep Smith: ‘We’ll all be taking our underwear off and I look forward to that in so many different ways. #forreals #lgbt’”

“ABC chiron so special reporty that it cuts off POTUS chin. Where is the dignity of the office?” — Michael Scherer, TIME‘s White House Corespondent.

“I think Chris Matthews is going to cry.” — GQ‘s Marin Cogan on the MSNBC host.

Finally a JMart tweet a human can understand: “Joe Biden gets results.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin.

And now for another reaction…

“I might just get gay married to celebrate. Who’s with me?” — ClearChannel’s Colby Hall, who later added, “I might marry a goat later today.” (She is pretty cute, Colby.)

Be back later, guys.

“I’m off to see The Avengers now, but glad to discuss further later …” — Metro Weekly‘s openly gay White House Correspondent Chris Geidner cuts his conversation with Gawker‘s John Cook and BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith short. They were chatting with him about President Obama‘s announcement on gay marriage.

Clever Headline Award: “Obama Weds Himself (!) to the Position of Supporting Same-Sex Marriage” — Vanity Fair.

Hill reporter proposes to Meghan McCain

“Marry me?” — The Hill’s Jon Easley in response to MSNBC Contributor, Daily Beast Columnist and author Meghan McCain, who wrote, “Very happy to hear the President come out in support of gay marriage.”

Convo Between Two Journos

Slate‘s Weigel: “Okay, Biden. Now say something about decriminalizing pot.” ReutersSam Youngman: “Dave Weigel, if I’m not mistaken, Biden said on MTP recently he’s ‘comfortable’ with me not paying speeding or parking tickets.”

Update on NBC theGrio Columnist Sophia Nelson‘s kidney stones: “One has, I have a few–the misery index is HIGH!!!!!!! Thanks for asking love you guys!” Sophia says taking beer with her meds has been helping.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.


 

 

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Heads to Synagogue

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow will be speaking at Sixth & I Synagogue in downtown Washington on April 28. Unfortunately the event is already sold out. But they may still honor media requests.

Maddow will discuss her book, Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power, in which she argues that American has become at peace with perpetual war. In a description on the site, the talk is described as follows:

“Maddow takes us from the Vietnam War to today’s war in Afghanistan, along the way exploring Reagan’s presidency, the rise of executive authority, the outsourcing of our war-making capabilities to private companies, and the plummeting percentage of American families whose children fight our constant wars for us. Ultimately, she shows just how much we stand to lose by allowing the priorities of the national security state to overpower political discourse.”

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