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Journos react to Hastings’ autopsy

“Hey kids. Drugs are wack. And they won’t make you a better writer.” – TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer in response to Michael Hastings‘ autopsy released Tuesday in LAT that revealed that there were small amounts of pot and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death.

“Drugs are bad.” — RedState and FNC’s Erick Erickson.

Governor saves an insect

“Walking up statehouse steps I observed @LincolnChafee save a praying mantis. Used paper to move it to grass. Then got in car and drove away.” – AP‘s David Klepper.

A question we must all ask ourselves

“I’ve got a bunch of tomato water and don’t have ideas for it. What should I do?” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Official number of women who have accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment: 17

Cookie time at WaPo

“My favorite time in the office: @WaPoFood has already started “research” for their famous annual Christmas cookie feature.” – WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Real HuffPost story promo: “Sex with goat gets man banned from every farm in entire country”

Real Headline in The Daily Caller: “Weiner tries to slip back in”

Vast liberal media conspiracy? Editor, please.

“If he’d been Bob Filner (R), the whole party would’ve exiled him weeks ago & the press would still be talking about damaging narratives.” — Townhall Political Editor Guy Benson, who clearly hasn’t been watching the news as Filner’s every grope or “pat on the tush” is covered.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:49 a.m.

Bo and Sunny fallout…

“I’m surprised the Obamas didn’t name their new puppy ‘Cousin Oliver.’” — National Review‘s Jim Geraghty.

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Hollywood Has a Gay Sex Problem… When Mother Jones’ movie guy penned a review of Steven Soderbergh‘s latest (and maybe last) film Behind the Candelabra, he highlighted Soderbergh’s claim that the movie never made it into theaters because of all the gay sex. A few Hollywood executives pushed back and said Soderbergh’s claim wasn’t true. Then, Soderbergh got in touch with MoJo himself. “In Soderbergh’s view, the reason you can’t see Behind the Candelabra in American theaters has as much to do with financially—though not politically—conservative executives as it does with the palate of the American movie-going public. ‘It’s all economics,’ he says.”

Women like sex, too… Salon has a piece by Tracy Clark-Flory on a new book from Daniel Bergner, What Do Women Want: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire. Flory says Bergner, who talked with a lot of expert sex researchers to get to the bottom of what women really want, has come to a surprising conclusion: “…women’s sexuality is not the rational, civilized and balancing force it’s so often made out to be — that it is base, animalistic and ravenous, everything we’ve told ourselves about male sexuality.”

Summer Swimming Safety… After recounting a dramatic story of a life guard who spotted a drowning kid from 50 feet away when his father couldn’t at 10, Slate’s Mario Vittone  has tips on what to really look for, especially if you plan to spend any time near the water this summer. ”Drowning is almost always a deceptively quiet event. The waving, splashing, and yelling that dramatic conditioning (television) prepares us to look for is rarely seen in real life,” he writes.

Happy Birthday Bazooka Joe… WaPo’s Style blog highlights a new, compact anthology of 200 “classic” Bazooka Joe comics, called “Bazooka Joe and His Gang” published to celebrate Joe’s 60th birthday. “The book is full of curious details about the gum and the times. Did you know, for instance, that Joe’s eye-patch was a spoof on a Hathaway shirt ad?” No, we did not. And, as writer Ron Charles tells us, this collection is particularly poignant as Joe and his gang’s stale humor will soon disappear from gum packages forever, and replaced next year with brain teasers.

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Quotes of the Day

“This headline writer should get a bonus.” — WaPo’s Karen Tumulty of a headline this week in LAT.

WTF?

“Every time I work outside I’m reminded that mosquitos [sic]:Kevin::Kevin:chicken fried steak. And bug spray must be like cream gravy or something because it has no effect.” — Townhall Managing Editor Kevin Glass, who apparently uses bug spray on his steak.

Uh oh.

“Dear God, glitch in condo quest! Keep fingers crossed, trying to work things out. Kids I can’t take another disappointment…” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, who has been through the wringer with his search for a condo.

Wrap your head around this…

“Carol Burnett to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

“I award @RonCharles the Carol Burnett Prize for American Humor.” — ReutersJack Shafer.

Bureau Chief gets touch of road rage 

“Oh my god, this traffic is soul crushing. …I don’t know how people drive to work. I’d murder all the things if I had to do this.” — BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton on Tuesday evening.

WTF Part II

“So, I know I’ve been going on all day about graduations, but something crazy just happened on FB, and I had to immediately defriend someone. Am I crazy for this? When is it ever really appropriate to hit someone with a ‘yo you didnt call me?’ if y’all don’t really talk?” — WaPo ExpressClinton Yates. First off, yes, Yates, you’re crazy for this. Dear Readers, we tried in vain to get the complete story out of him last night as to what happened here, but failed miserably. Either his story sucks or we don’t get it. We’re willing to concede both. But you’ve been warned. Go “trolling” in the vicinity of Yates on social media and you could be defriended, blocked, etc…

Learning the lingo 

“I also learned that ‘Katie Holmes’ Knee Vagina?’ is an actual headline.” — Jazz Shaw, weekend editor at Hot Air.

Katie Holmes photo credit: TMZ

 

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Quotes of the Day

“Smoke was coming out of my phone yesterday.” — NBC “TODAY” Show’s Savannah Guthrie on announcing her engagement to Michael Feldman Monday.

Editor wants to prank house sitter

“Friend stayed @ our house while we were away. Thinking of removing all furniture & taking photos, telling him, ‘You forgot to lock the door!’” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Postcard to DOJ

“Dear DOJ: my email password is “GoScrewYourselves’” — Daily Beast Contributor Justin Green in reaction to news that DOJ secretly obtained phone records of AP reporters and editors.

Important Q to Ponder: “Can’t we just ban talking points altogether? Or would that just confuse everyone?” – NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, who has a book coming out this summer that isn’t worrying anyone (wink wink).

Journo followed strange source rules

“In Belfast, had source who wouldn’t let me call or email. Ever. I had to go to house, but not park o/side. Got to know his wife & kids well.” — Toby Harnden, Washington Bureau Chief of The Sunday Times.

The Fashion Hound

“No one on television has better ties than Brian Williams. (And that’s what really counts.)” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

WORST HEADLINE OF THE WEEK

By HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins

Paranoia Strikes

  • “Someone walking n th bldg behind me who asked wt floor I live on last time. If they do it again I’m running down th hall yelling STRANGER!” — Editor of The DC Pundit Javonni Brustow.
  • “Have never been this terrified of the sound of an approaching ice cream truck. Got the feeling it’s secretly a black helicopter.” — Justin Green.

Words to live by or casting call for Bad Girls Club?

“I love bad bitches.” — Meghan McCain.

World crumbles as reporter’s TV show is not on and, by far, the strangest news of the day concerning a Politico reporter.

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WaPo Editor Has Rough Day

WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles was having a pretty tough morning. Not only is it dark and dreary out there, but he couldn’t get onto WaPo‘s website. That’s right, before 8:28 a.m., he was locked out of his own paper’s website. Whoever the genius is that makes WaPo‘s technical calls deserves a prize, or at least a free meal at Chop’t with the restaurant’s favorite consumer, Ezra Klein, for achieving this. Although we’re guessing Ezzy may have been able to help Charles out had he been in the neighborhood.

And then the day got worse.

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Quotes of the Day

“I won’t go on Twitter today, I won’t do it.” — MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinski after discussing her new self-revealing book on weight, Obsessed, in which she discusses her own issues and focus on being thin. She’ll appear at Politics & Prose on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Quintessential JMart Tweet: “cong pork” 

“Clyburn, talking Port of Chston, notes that cong pork is gone but — ‘They did not eliminate presidential earmarks’” — Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin. And a weekend Q for him to ponder: “Do I have to figure out what Niall Fergie thing is or can I go on w my Saturday?”

A reporter’s Cheerios dilemma

“I’m not completely clear on what General Mills wants me to do when a Cheerios commercial includes the hash #nomnom in the corner. #nomnom!” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Wilson.

Spotted: Matthew Perry en route to D.C.

“Looks like @MatthewPerry on my flight to DC. Wonder if he wants to come on @WMALMornings to talk hockey while in town?” — WMAL and Brietbart‘s Larry O’Connor on Sunday afternoon.

Journo adds romance to life with lateness

“I purposefully cut it close when I have a train to catch. It’s more romantic that way.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

Journo Love (and Hate)

With a job like mine that focuses on the worst (read: right wing) media, I sometimes forget what a national treasure @NPR is. just the best.” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.

Famous last words

“What an eventful week of media news. Let’s try to behave next week, mmkay?” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Coffee obsessed

“Trying to figure which I like more: my first cup of coffee or my tenth.” — Breitbart editor John Nolte.

A producer’s perfect day

“Seersucker dress…check. Giant hat…check. Rainbows…check. Perfect day for a horse race.” — Fox News Senate producer Kara Rowland.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:17 a.m.

Editor resentful of Howard Kurtz

“1 more reason to be angry w Howard Kurtz: Story abt his firing pushed my story abt Natasha Trethewey out of Fri paper” — WaPo Book World’s Ron Charles.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WaPo’s Apocolypse?

Should the mayor preemptively declare a state of emergency?

Today, WaPo continues the task of getting a new email system. And somehow we think when technological advances are happening at WaPo everyone needs to sit down, take a deep breath and prepare for a category 5 hurricane. Were talking flooding, roof damage, 156 mph winds.

As it was explained to us, it’s a “rolling conversion.” Some people have yet to migrate; others have already made the switch. The old system is the source of “considerable distaste.” As one source put it, “I don’t even use it, and I know I’m hardly the only one (people just forward their stuff to Gmail).”

This tweet from WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles says it all. He also says to resend all emails because he probably won’t get the one you sent. In addition, he has not yet learned how to login. God help us all.

 

 

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Quotes of the Day

PRINCE JASPER: “Dana Perino, good to see that Jasper was cleared of those stuffed animal murder charges”FiveFanPhotoshops, the ultimate fan of FNC’s “The Five”, which photoshops members of “The Five” into all sorts of situations, including Jasper, the beloved dog of host Dana Perino.

HuffPost headline elicits reaction from HuffPost writer

“Nice job with the headlines, HuffPost: ‘Rough Day For Naked Pooping Masturbator’” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie. She links to the story here.

Journo hits new high watching CSPAN 3

“Sign of the times: CSPAN 3 on cable is flickering, dropping. On computer? Working fine, and ahead of TV.” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

Dr. Ruth Westheimer on women in combat: “Women are going to go into combat w/US forces. Since I was sniper in Haganah (Israeli freedom fighters) I’m all for that.”

In defense of Beyoncé

“Are any of the people being OUTRAGED about Beyonce lip-syncing considering this important fact: SHE’S FUCKING BEYONCE?” — The Sunday Times’ outspoken columnist Caitlin Moran.

Furry hats abound in Washington

“It’s finally cold enough to wear the furry hat. I’m sad it’s finally warm enough to wear the furry hat.” — Kelly Ann Collins, marketing strategist.

“The temperature is now lower than the ages of both my children. It’s cold. I’m old.” — WaPo Bookworld’s Ron Charles.

Oh no he didn’t! Nolte insults Cokie

“What’s ET doing on Morning Joe? Oh, that’s Cokie Roberts.” — Breitbart.com Editor John Nolte regarding longtime NPR correspondent Cokie Roberts.

NYT’s communications assistant has an amusing observation and two journos agree Sunday shows ought to go… Read more

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GETTING CHUMMY: “Scandal” star Kerry Washington and HBO Host Bill Maher. Washington appeared on the”Real Time With Bill Maher” panel this weekend.

Riehl-y Disgusting

“So, I’m thinking Code Pink x Taliban = a Clitorrorist” — Breitbart.com‘s office misogynist Dan Riehl.

Honey Boo Boo to WHCD?

“Hey @Politico @pwgavin @CaitlinMcDevitt - You guys should invite Honey Boo Boo as your guest for the White House Correspondents Dinner 2013.” — DC Celebrity Celeb Photog Marky Mark.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Stephanopoulos refused to control roundtable so cons message couldn’t get out. Krugman lies. Melee begins. George allows. A tactic.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte regarding Sunday’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos. Among the guests was NYT columnist Paul Krugman.

Dicking Around With John Dickerson

“M.C. Socket Wrench never really had the rap career his parents expected.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Legal shit is going down.

“The other Jen Rubin account makes me look like a pitiful shill who has completely lost all contact with reality. I am taking legal action.” — Not WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Fake Jennifer Rubin. CORRECTION: This could help the real Rubin’s case. We were fooled by the fake Rubin. This tweet is actually by parody Rubin, not the real WaPo writer. We’ve corrected the above to reflect reality.

Pimples, wrinkles and a receding hairline. Oh my!

“30s… That awkward age when you start noticing more wrinkles and a receding hairline, but still manage to produce pimples.” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen.

Irony is…

“Enjoying a weekend without our kids. Up randomly throughout the night as the kid in the room next door screams her head off.” — CNN and RedState.com Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson.

Overheard…

“Woman ahead of me at Hair Cuttery says she’s 102. Tells stylist she wants a ‘new look.’ (Talk about pressure!)” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

A WH Correspondent can dream, can’t he?

“1. Peace on Earth 2. Goodwill toward men 3. Stronger urine flow #uppers” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher, apparently thinking about urinating while watching MSNBC’s “Up With Chris Hayes.” Funny, we always think about urinating when watching that show.

Free Advertising for Chef Geoff

“Hey @chefgeoffs, the Chesapeake Stew at Rockville site made birthday boy (my dad) very very happy! Cc:@NorahODonnell” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, who has previously and profusely praised Cheff Geoff’s restaurant. Come on, Geoff, free meal for Olivier or what?

Stupid stuff we couldn’t care less about

  • “On flight from Philly to laguardia, flight attendant notes that ‘this is a short 19-minute flight’” — Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman, who was apparently affected by the altitude before writing this tweet. That, or else, he came straight from a Phish concert.
  • “Just heard Carol Burnett tell my friend Guy Raz ‘Thanks for inviting me.’ The true greats have class like that.” — NPR’s Scott Simon. Saying “thanks” isn’t beyond the pale, for stars or trained monkeys.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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QUOTES of the DAY

BOSOM BUDDIES: If they do nothing else, conventions bond people together in unfathomable ways. The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson poses with FishbowlDC’s Peter Ogburn, also producer of The Bill Press Show. This makes up for all the times Carlson told Ogburn to go f&%k himself.

A follower to Howard Stern: “Thank you for not tweeting about politics!!!” Howard Stern: “I’ll stick to fart jokes.”

A question to end all questions: ‘How are you?’

“I then headed down the hall for a brief separate interview with [Stephanie] Cutter, whom I’ve known for years, going back to when she was John Kerry’s spokeswoman. ‘How are you?’ I asked. ‘Are we on the record?’ she replied. — NYT Magazine’s Mark Leibovich in a first person account of covering presidential campaigns and the joylessness of the current campaign season. Read the full story and see the frighteningly ugly graphics of the candidates here.

STOP THE PRESSES! Weigel gets rubdown in HuffPost Oasis

“OH outside HuffPost Oasis: ‘Somebody spilled coconut water all over my shoe!’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel, who quickly added, “Not to mock the HuffPost Oasis. I partook of a free massage there.” Not surprisingly, an obviously mature follower asked, “Geez dude, right there in the open? Was there a happy ending?”

Cheap motels here we come! Is David Corn here?

“A cheap motel in Charlotte…just how I want to spend my holiday weekend. Welcome to the DNC!” — Co-founder and Exec. Director of GOProud Jimmy LaSalvia. (Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn stayed at what he dubbed Motel Hell — a.k.a. Days in Busch Gardens, Fla. — until he could stand it no more and shacked up in a downtown condo belonging to a fellow writer who offered him better accommodations on Twitter during the GOP Convention in Tampa. Pictured here: Corn with Victoria White in her living room.

Points for effort? “Dead 460-word lede that took me five hours to write just cut down to 100 words that I could have written in 30 mins. Much better, but geez.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Exploding pens! The epidemic continues…

“Anyone know what makes pens decide to leak? I’ve had three go rogue on the inside of my purse in the last two days. Ink everywhere.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty. Last week PBS’s Gwen Ifill dealt with an exploding pen just before going on air.

AMAZING FEATS: Harwood’s garage door opener works

“Frontiers of technology: turns out that garage door opener, even after having been slathered w/cheese grits (don’t ask) still gets job done” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

WTF? Breitbart.com reporter prematurely accuses media of racism

“MSM did absurd strip club stories at RNC. So if they don’t do same at DNC…why?!? Racist MSM have smthng against ethnic DNC strippers?” — In an act of absolute stellar reporting, Breitbart.com‘s Tony Lee, formerly of Human Events, accuses “MSM” of racist reporting at the Democratic National Convention before it even begins. WWBD? Not this.

Cab complaint in Charlotte

“Advice to all in #Charlotte: Avoid the Orange Cab company. An hour late for pickup. Told four times cab was ‘five minutes’ away.” — The Weekly Standard Senior Writer Stephen Hayes.

Journo laments latest fashion trends

“So glad to see that this year’s dominant style will be high waists and short skirts, two things which look just darling on a 6’2 woman.” — The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle.

Old School Baier Vomit

“Heading to see my wife and kids- hopping a plane back to dc and then coming back sunday-haven’t see the boys in 10 days-need a day w the fam.” — FNC’s Bret Baier. He adds, “I am loving life this morning – these guys woke me up at 630a.” And there you have his adorable sons — both with trademark Bret Baier wavy chestnut hair — in perfectly matched outfits.

Cool guy talk

“Guys, it’s Twitter. It’s happening. It’s not going to change. Ride the wave, brah.” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers getting his Twitter on.

And speaking of cool, a reporter goes Eastwooding at the vet

“Keeping myself occupied waiting at the vet on a rainy Sunday night #eastwooding”Politico‘s Dan Berman.

Boingo hot spot anyone?

“The two most evil, rancid, hateful words in the English language for work travelers: Boingo Hotspot” — Politico‘s Ben White. And from the Dept. of Bragiculture, White (a FishbowlDC fave but we have to rip on him for this) retweets a follower complimenting him: “Your tweets have been so… compelling & educative for me.” He replies, “So kind! My pleasure.”

Modern Dating: Journo accidentally asks out flight attendant

“Flight attendant just moved to DC,doesn’t know anyone. Wanted to say we could go out as friends; may have accidentally asked her out. Awkward.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

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