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NJ’s Fournier Goes on Book Leave, but First Bellyaches at a Party

On Friday National Journal‘s Editorial Director and national correspondent Ron Fournier went on book leave. The book will center on the genuinely touching National Journal Magazine cover story he wrote about his son’s Asperger’s Syndrome. The story chronicles fatherhood and his own struggles in dealing with his son’s condition. It’s also the journey (“guilt trips,” he calls them) he takes with his son, instructed by his wife, to meet a couple of gracious ex-Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, who warmly welcomed the Fourniers on their daily schedules. His wife poignantly says, “‘You can use a job that took you away from Tyler to help him,’ she said, suggesting that we visit historical sites, preferably those connected to presidents, because Tyler loves history and I spent my career covering the White House.”

But at the time the story was published, even some within National Journal felt the piece was mismatched to the publication. A number of journalists also felt uneasy that Fournier had used the cover in such a personal way and expressed as much.

But before he went on leave, last week Fournier attended the This Town book party for Mark Leibovich at an Adams Morgan townhouse called Maison Biltmore. At the soirée, Fournier could be heard complaining about FishbowlDC’s coverage of his impending book. Wow, this was a party for Leibo’s book, but Fournier couldn’t focus on anything but his own? He was heard saying that FishbowlDC had made fun of his son. Really? Is that what Fournier calls it these days when someone points out the possible distasteful concept of publicly exposing your son to attention he may not want, to publicly using your son’s condition to land interviews with ex-Presidents and writing a story on all the reaction his original story received? He turns around and says we made fun of his son?

He may not agree with what we wrote based on reactions some journalists around Washington had to the story that were something less than gushing. But no, readers, we did not make fun of Fournier’s son. See here, here, here, here and here.

Enjoy your book leave, Fournier. We can hardly wait for your return, but somehow we suspect you won’t be able to tear yourself off Twitter for three months. And no, that was not a crack on your son.

Morning Chatter

THIS TOWN: “This is the point of the party where I become everything I mock.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich at his book party last night at the home of NYT‘s Peter Baker and Susan Glasser. Photograph and quote by Rachel Sklar. If you squint you can see NYT‘s Carl Hulse just behind Leibo’s head.

Special note to NJ‘s Ron Fournier: Our ears were burning last night.

Convo Between a Journo and a Political Type

Political consultant Mike Murphy: “Dear HRC, please put NYC, Huma, and the rest of us out of our misery and cap Carlos Danger. One sentence press release will do it. Thank you.”

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz: “Shaddap you face trying to spoil everybody’s fun.”

Beauty queen pissed at bread throwers

“Dear ppl who throw bread at birds: clean up your shit! It’s not my dogs job to eat your moldy bread! Thanks for the morning heart attack!” — Miss DC 2009 Jen Corey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:56 a.m. (In which they spell “Caroline Kenndy” like that.)

What’s the definition of ‘is’?

“Weiner story really testing definition of word ‘past’” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.  And this: “Huma needs to pull a Mellie Grant on Weiner’s ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Ellie Hall.

Comm guy nearly hit by car

“GAH! Almost drilled by a driver making a high speed left turn while I was IN THE BLOODY CROSSWALK. Heart is still in back of my throat. Seriously, if I hadn’t looked up and stopped, I’d be on my way to the ER right now. Oy.” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

Fournier tells political observers to shut up

“Partisans (Rs and Ds): The presidential address you’re twittering about won’t be heard by most Americans or effect their lives. Move along.” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier, the moral compass of This Town.

 

Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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Fournier Gets Parenting Book Deal

National Journal’s Ron Fournier wrote about his experiences as the parent of a son with Aspberger’s last year in this piece, which had people coming out of the woodwork to tell him what a wonderful piece he had written. Fournier even tried getting the hashtag “#lovethatboy ” up and running on Twitter. When Fournier was trying to connect with his son, he did what all fathers do: Take them to visit two former Presidents of the United States!

That piece has now led to a book deal, according to Politico’s Mike Allen, who wrote in Monday morning’s Playbook that the book will be called. “A Father’s Journey to Understanding My Son And What is Fair to Expect of Our Kids.” Allen explains that the book “grows out of Ron’s National Journal cover story about his struggle to connect with his mildly autistic son. It will use this story of father-son bonding to explore what it means to accept our kids on their own terms, rather than trying to push them to fit societal norms and expectations.”

Sorry, did anyone bother reading Fournier’s piece? To me, it reads like a what NOT to do with your children.  Read more

What’s Fournier Tweeting?

Road trip! Fournier-style! Last week, National Journal’s Ron Fournier tweeted “This is my daughter’s wedding day.” Congratch, Ron. It’s a big day. My children are too young to be married, so I’m basing that sentiment on the Steve Martin movies. This big event means that the Fournier family trucked it to Detroit Rock City. Naturally, Fournier tweeted his whole excursion. Well, I’ll give him a LITTLE credit. He didn’t tweet the actual wedding ceremony. What he’s doing is embarking on a bizarre travelogue of commentary and photos profiling the state of Michigan as he sees it. Naturally, he’s using the hashtag “#puremichigan” all along the way.

Ready for a tour of Fournier Fun? Yeah, neither am I, but let’s jump in anyway.  Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Failure is…

“Lots of enterprising reporters are racking up Aeroflot points but #Snowden apparently not on Havana-bound flight they staked out today.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

Success is…

“Our ABC News team booked on #Snowden’s flight reports people are now blocked from photographing plane. Good thing we did that earlier.” — Kirit Radia, ABC News Moscow correspondent.

Hallucinating?

“Every guy on the bus looks like Edward Snowden.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

Reporter offers vacation warning

“Warning: this twitter feed is going into vacation mode. There will be photos of landmarks and food. And wine.” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

Perpetual flack vs. Perpetual tweeter 

“Good flaks are like good goalies, masters at deflection —> @TVietor08″ — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier. To which ex-White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “Yes attacking me is a good way to focus on the substance.”

Journo eats burger for breakfast

“Punching Saturday in the mouth by wolfing down a mushroom-onion burger slathered in whole grain mustard and Sriracha #breakfastochampions” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Warren Rojas at 9:32 a.m. on Saturday. Sriracha, by the way, is a hot sauce named after a coastal city in Thailand. It’s made from ripe chilies and garlic.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:48 a.m.

Speaking of fatty foods…

“Kind of nice to wake up in a culture where Paula Deen is appropriately irrelevant.” — author and formerly Yahoo! News’ Chris Lehmann.

And now, Bible wisdom from Brit Hume’s wife…

“He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. Proverbs 19:16 (NKJV)” — Kim Hume, wife of FNC’s Brit Hume.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between Washington Watch’s Roland Martin and The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox.

MARTIN: “Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. Please pray for God’s will.”

COX: “I pray for the willingness to accept it…”

Graphic compilation by Austin Price

Morning Chatter

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.

The Observer

“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.

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10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter

We’re not sure what we did for entertainment before we could watch what probably should be journalists’ private feuds unfold in public on Twitter. For all the talk about teens who have no social-networking shame, there are a few grownups in the media who haven’t seemed to learn the lesson either. Some days, our Washington Twitter lists look more like a Beltway Fight Club than they do a group of media elites.

Not that we’re complaining. We do need something to watch between episodes of Veep and Scandal reruns, and the journalists on our list below don’t disappoint. Fair warning though—if you take some of them on, you doing so at your own risk.

Honorable mentions: The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, Conservative radio host Dana Loesch, WaPo‘s Greg Sargent, the DNC’s communications director, Brad Woodhouse, and NRSC’s Brad Dayspring. If you don’t think Dayspring can fight, read this story published last night in which he was referred to as a “rabid dog.”

Here it is, FishbowlDC’s 10 Journalists You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter:

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Politico’s Glenn Thrush Battles Team Obama

President Obama spoke at length Friday morning to defend his administration from recent reports that the government is collecting data about U.S. citizens using online activity and phone records.

But that wasn’t enough for Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

“Always baffled by Obama’s unwillingness to use address from Oval — even though not his best millieu,” Thrush tweeted Sunday night. “Doesn’t PRISM/[Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] demand it?” (PRISM is the codename for a government digital-spying program, a story first broken by WaPo.)

Asked why Friday’s comments from Obama weren’t enough, Thrush declined to answer. “Nah, but tks (thanks) for the reach out,” Thrush told FishbowlDC.

Thrush, however, had no problem engaging former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau on the matter. “If I were in the White House I’d be screaming at this tweet,” Favreau told Thrush Sunday. Thrush shot back that an unfiltered statement by Obama on the matter would be better than “a canned question or a ’60 Minutes’ deal.”

“Oh, now you think a controlled, scripted speech is better than taking questions from the press? That’s a first!” said Favreau.

“This isn’t our usual back and forth, Favs,” said Thrush, who is on a nickname basis with Favreau, “This is a major policy impacting the American people that requires a direct explanation.”

White House Adviser Dan Pfeiffer jumped in… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Breathing is difficult because of the fire at Frager’s. The sun is still up but some part of Cap Hill look like nite.”Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP.

Minor Morning Oopsy!

“Another smart take from @HotlineJosh : ‘GOP Struggles With Its Silver Linings Playbook’” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier. The Hotline’s Josh Krashaar, however, corrects the record, saying, “@ron_fournier was actually @Alex_Roarty piece.”  To which Fournier replied, “Alex doesn’t seem like a ‘Silver Linings’ dude. Great piece.” Read the story here. Alex Roarty is a politics writer for NJ. We sure hope Fournier isn’t getting Howard Kurtz Syndrome, an affliction caused by being being heavily distracted while reading shit online too fast.

Editor stresses out on deadline, needs Cheerios, champagne and rest

“This is going to be one ballbuster of a deadline. Not to mention everything else that has to get done. #needsmycheerios” – Metro Weekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman. Thankfully he writes, “In two weeks, I will be sipping champagne at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. #bgh @BigGayHoliday.”

TWT writer gets writer’s block

“I’ve hit the wall on writing my first book. Curling up in the fetal position seems only option now.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller. Uh oh. She later added, “I might just leave the country so my publisher can’t find me.”

Bickering is…

FNC’s Dana Perino, 7:52 p.m.: “Greg Gutfeld since I’ve met you, I’ve never laughed so much. At you.”

FNC’s Greg Gutfeld, 7:53 p.m.: “Dana Perino you just proved my point. No wonder your closest friends are four-legged.”

Jasper Perino (yes, her dog), 7:54 p.m.: “Greg Gutfeld, Dana Perino, at least her closest friends are not mythical creature.”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between Washington Examiner’s Justin Green and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

GREEN: “The cronut thing proves New Yorkers are terrible.”

COPPINS: “If DC got cronuts they’d shut down the city in celebration. Then everyone would go to the 2 other good restaurants in town.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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