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Fox News contributor Richard Grenell, number 1 on our list of journalists to not battle with on Twitter, was in a Twitter fight with Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, number 8 on the list, last night that just stretched on and on and on.
Christopher posted a recent column on race, President Obama and Trayvon Martin. Grenell chimed in with what he surely thought was a good fact-check, albeit one filtered through his own political view (as was Christopher’s liberal-eyed column).
The conversation quickly devolved into a back and forth notable as much for its focus on minute matters of semantics as it is just two people each going, “you said this, I said that,” over and over again—as if they expected the other would suddenly just be all like, ‘Oh yeah, my bad, you’re right.’
It got weird though when Grenell accused Christopher of playing the gay card.
Trevon vs. Trayvon
“Noon to12:15 for the next 40 days I will give 15 min a day in silence asking Creator how I can honor Trevon since the courts did not.” — motivational author Iyanla Vanzant, who, with her heart likely in the best of places, spelled Trayvon Martin‘s name incorrectly in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.
And a question… “Wonder if they got Zimmerman out of USA? Transit hotel in Moscow airport?” — Matt Drudge.
Editor recalls strange liverwurst phase
“A 19-yr-old is about to win a PGA Tour event. When I was 19, I liked liverwurst sandwiches.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.
Weekend working habits…
“You know you’re getting old when you’re up late on a Saturday night not partying but working — and still awake by 8am. #morecoffee” — Managing Editor, HuffPost Blog, Erin Ruberry.
“For all the RW blogs who have set up their sites to be a bastion of racist reader comments, Zimmerman verdict has been a real home run.” — Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert.
Convo Between Two Journos: Politico‘s Thrush gets thrashed by FNC Contributor
This morning’s conversation is between Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush and FNC media critic Richard Grenell. There’s no real explanation why Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s name was added to both Thrush’s and Grenell’s tweets. VandeHei hasn’t tweeted since May 1.
THRUSH: “Me: Any violence in FL? Wife: U mean any kids shot for holding a candy bar? @JimVandeHei”
GRENELL: “Unbiased ‘reporter’ from Politico>”
THRUSH: “Explain the bias to me.”
GRENELL: “Oh God. This is a bigger problem than I thought.”
GRENELL: “Self defense, broken nose, MMA style beating, jury decision after evidence, your race baiting & idiotic tweet.”
THRUSH: “Gonna splain this nice and slow. I assumed there had been a race riot. Wife offered ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE. Crazy, right?”
GRENELL: “We now see why Politico is a lapdog for Obama @ the WhiteHouse. GZ got his nose broke, jury acquitted him. You pander to left. … so ‘another explanation’ from you is to tweet an idiotic statement that panders to race rioters? #Journalism @JimVandeHei”
Deep thoughts with BuzzFeed reporter
“We need to have a national conversation on calls for national conversations.” – BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.
Dr. Russert weighs in
Is “The Newsroom” realistic?
“.@HBO Only in The #Newsroom… can people talk that way at work and not get their ass kicked.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in reaction to last night’s season premiere of “The Newsroom.”
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:42 a.m.
Reporter’s story bounced from A1
Pool Party Chatter… Over the weekend politicos and journos convened for a pool/birthday party in northwest Washington. Guests were thrown in the pool when they least expected it. Conversation topics included the Kurt Bardella chapter of Leibo’s This Town, whether Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer should get elected (the overall thought amid various groans was “no”) and how KTVU-TV could have possibly screwed up those Asiana Airline pilot names. The favorite name among partygoers was: “Sum Ting Wong.” A strong second: “Wi Tu Lo.” There was also a conversational party game: Would you sleep with SO and SO? Partygoers, gay and straight, weighed in. This being Washington, names like House Speaker John Boehner and House Maj. Eric Cantor were among the choices. Most said yes to Boehner, with one male guest reasoning that he’s the”Marlboro Man.” Cantor was generally a yes, just so long as he doesn’t speak.
Photoshop expertise by Austin Price. We sincerely hope Thrush’s body is better attached to his body than the above.
Fox News media contributor Richard Grenell is gnawing away at the liberal minded ThinkProgress this afternoon like they were the last drumstick at the weekend barbecue. And he’s famished. As observers know, when Grenell sets his mind to a cause there’s no turning back. And today’s charge against the liberal biased media was: Why aren’t Democratic news outlets covering the blockbuster story of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner‘s admitted sexual harassment?
fair to say if the San Diego Mayor were Republican, there’d be a national media meltdown. A Democrat is admitting to sexual harassment!
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 12, 2013
Some nine minutes later — yes, NINE — ThinkProgress tweeted out a story on Filner and his sexually wayward admission this week — and Grenell revealed his incisors and well, went nuts.
To be fair, Grenell also attacked MSNBC.
Dear MSNBC, the Mayor of San Diego has admitted to sexually harassing women, including subordinates. I know, I know…he’s a Democrat.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) July 12, 2013
Annie-Rose Strasser, ThinkProgresses‘ Deputy Managing Editor took issue with Grenell’s charge and unleashed the dogs on him. You don’t even want to know what happened next. Well, yes, you do. Read on. Let’s just say things sometimes have to get worse before they get better. Read more
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.
“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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(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)
Fox News Contributor Battles Cancer— Richard Grenell, the Mike Tyson of Twitter, has non-hodgkins lymphoma. He’s already completed two rounds of chemo. He told FishbowlDC that that the cancer was caught early and he has great doctors, so he’s hopeful for a good outcome. He did lose his hair though, but despite some initial concerns about doing TV bald, he went on Fox a few weekends ago with the network’s full support. On his blog, he said despite the seriousness of his illness, he’s in a good place. “God has given me a great peace and I am blessed to be surrounded by an amazing partner and the support of family and friends. I am ready for this fight.” We wish Grenell a quick trip on the path back to good health. If he tackles his cancer like he does his Twitter foes, we have a feeling this is a fight he’s going to win.
CNBC Host Apologizes For ‘Foot in Mouth’— On Monday Andrew Ross Sorkin said he would’ve arrested Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who published classified information leaked to him by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, for wanting to help Snowden in his flight from U.S. authorities. Today, he apologized. On Twitter, Sorkin said to Greenwald, “My apologies, sincerely…hope you saw what I said this morning on @SquawkCNBC.” What did he say? According to Politico, “I put my foot in my mouth…” He wanted to make a point about the difference between publishing and actually aiding someone accused of violating the law, but admits he failed and “overstepped” with the way he said it. Noteworthy: An apology that’s an actual apology. No cowardly ‘sorry if you were offended’ BS, just… I’m sorry. How refreshing.
Childish Behavior At the Supreme Court… Surprise?— Justice Samuel Alito needs some lessons from Miss Manners. While Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg was reading from her dissents in a few cases about discrimination that Alito wrote the majority opinions for, those in the courtroom reported that he pursed his lips, rolled his eyes and even mouthed the word “no” several times. We’d call this a great argument for cameras in the Supreme Court on the theory that it might be incentive to stop these blatant displays of disrespect, but these just happen to be some of the same things he did during President Obama‘s State of the Union speech in 2010, according to Slate’s Emily Bazelon. “Decorum isn’t his thing,” she wrote. Atlantic’s Garrett Epps, who was in the court and is especially appalled by Alito’s behavior, makes it a point to note that Ginsberg is both older and the more senior justice—but we agree with others who say that’s not really the point. If you’re being a dick, you’re being a dick. It shouldn’t matter who you are or whom your target is. Jezebel sums it up nicely: “…guy who literally today authored a Supreme Court opinion that made it easier for workplace bullies to get away with it is himself acting like a workplace bully, but I can’t bring myself to imagine anyone trying to shove Ruth Bader Ginsburg into a locker.”
Who’s he beating up now? This weekend it was the AP’s Matt Apuzzo over the pictures atop an NSA story. The fight, apparently, was about whether there were three or four pictures (there were three) and which president, Bush or Obama, was pictured more (Bush). Apuzzo got these details wrong in an attempt to defend himself, and true to form Grenell—and a few minions from the depths of Twitter— finished Apuzzo off as he lay already bruised and battered in defeat. Read more
Quotes of the Day
PEPPER PARTY? “I could eat grilled peppers all day #offeralsoappliestovarietiesthathavebeenroastedblisteredstuffedsauteedorpickled #andanythingwoodgrilled” — Roll Call HOH writer Warren Rojas. Artwork credit: Austin Price.
A day in the life of a Senate reporter
“A senator said this to me today: ‘I think you’re working on a nothingburger story about conflict.’” — National Journal‘s Amy Harder.
Fournier dumps his diet
“I’m in the grocery store
Whole lot of carbs here
June Two-Nine I dump diet”
– National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, who felt called to write a bizarre poem at the market last night.
Not to be beaten by WaPo‘s Weingarten, who looked at toilet paper and thought…
“Why are there pix of babies on packages of toilet paper? Babies are the only people who don’t use toilet paper.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, in between calls to proctologists. He must’ve missed the ones with rabbits and dogs.
“Wolf Blitzer is so nice. He just explained [to]] the CNN reporter on the ground in Istanbul how to tighten the straps on the gas mask.” — Anup Kaphle.
Bureau Chief controls his inner villain
“How I haven’t throat punched somebody yet today is just absolutely beyond me.” — BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:49 a.m.
Journo marvels at promptness of Facebook ad stalking
“Well, it took Facebook exactly 1 minute after I googled for rental cars to display rental car ads everywhere. FB beginning to resemble the shopkeeper who sees you look at something, won’t stop asking you if you want it and drives you out of the store.” — Tecnology reporter Ry Rivard, who writes for Inside Higher Ed.
Two-in-one special at the salon
“Hair salon has no A/C today. Ugh. Free Hot yoga with haircut. Lol” — Rebecca Bredholt, Vocus Marketing Consultant and Managing Editor.
Anonymous Tipster to FishbowlDC: “If you think that’s bad you should hear the kind of actual horseshit Wonkette tries to sell partners and advertisers in private.” This was in reaction to this story published Tuesday.
He said what? Read more
Former Mitt Romney Spokesman and FNC contributing media critic Richard Grenell didn’t like a story he read on CNN last night. So he tweeted at CNN’s Jake Tapper, who had contributed to the story, to voice his discontent. Anyone who follows either of these guys knows that Grenell isn’t shy about complaining, nor is Jake timid about responding when attacked. What followed was a mess of snarky tweets and one hashtag about Justin Bieber.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 5, 2013
Tapper was confused as to why Grenell tweeted at him since he didn’t write the story and had only contributed.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 5, 2013
Grenell revealed his reasoning to Tapper.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) June 5, 2013
Apparently, this was the first time Tapper had even heard of the story.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) June 5, 2013
And then Tapper went on the offensive. Read more
Quotes of the Day
Haters tell reporter he’s fat, bald and looks like an egg
On Monday afternoon, The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake wrote a story about his haters. The headline: “Dear Twitter Haters: I, Eli, Love Your Passion” The deck: “When haters hate, love can put them in their place, writes egg man Eli Lake.”
An excerpt: “The crank is obsessed with an issue, while the hater is obsessed with a person. For some reason, I have attracted quite of few them. Haters on Twitter like to tell me that I am bald; that I am fat; that I look like an egg; that I am really a stealth agent for Israel or the Republic of Georgia; and that I am responsible for the murder of innocents in Iraq, Gaza, and Syria.”
Media critic abhors media group think
“I still hate media #GroupThink, even when they are piling on Obama. stop RTing each other and start talking to sources #InvestigateSomething.” — Fox News media critic and former Mitt Romney Spokesman Richard Grenell.
Convo Between Two Journos
This morning’s conversation is between Politico’s Jordan Fabian and Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.
FABIAN: “@meredithshiner Is it kosher to prostitute myself for lobster lasagna?”
SHINER: “@Jordanfabian the lord gives special dispensation for the days immediately proceeding sports-induced trauma.”
Your chance to win a dorky HuffPost tote bag!
“Yay! We’ve reached 3 million followers on Twitter! RETWEET for your chance to win a HuffPost tote” — HuffingtonPost. For the next 30 days each day they’ll pick a winner at random. So watch out for the hashtag, #hpheartsyou.
Anonymous email to FBDC: “Yes, Boyle. If you spew enough shit, you’re bound to hit the toilet eventually.” — In response to story on Breitbart News’ Matthew Boyle chastising the media for being so slow on Attorney Gen. Eric Holder‘s evil ways.
Worst name for TV this week: David Finkelhor. He appeared on CNN’s “The Lead” Tuesday afternoon. He heads up the Crimes Against Children Research Center.
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