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Cenk Uyger is the Most Popular Person in the World, Just Ask Him!

Cenk Uyger is the most popular person in media. Say who? Cenk Uyger, of course. And who would dare question Cenk Uyger?

For purposes of clarity, I should first explain who Cenk Uyger is. He used to have a show on MSNBC and was so popular he was replaced by Al Sharpton. I guess MSNBC didn’t want someone so popular on their network. He then went to Current TV (it’s a network on some cable systems), where, since their sale to Al Jazeera, Cenk’s fate remains in flux.

Fear not for Cenk and his “Young Turks” empire, someone as popular as he is will have no problem landing on his feet. So popular, in fact, that he has spent time lately telling the world just how wildly popular he is. Of course, this crusade doesn’t burden those who really are wildly popular because, well, they’re wildly popular and don’t feel the need to prove it.

That’s why it was so curious when Cenk recently blew a gasket about The Daily Caller’s intrepid blogger Jim Treacher on his wild popularity. Read more

The FishbowlDC Interview With WaPo’s Petri

Say hello to Alexandra Petri. She writes WaPo‘s humor ComPost blog, a gig she has had since graduating from Harvard in 2010.

While in Cambridge, Petri wrote a regular column for the Harvard Crimson for three years and co-wrote two musicals for the school’s theatrical society. She was also president of the Stand-Up Comic Society, which explains her affinity for silly.

After graduating in 2010, she interned for a second time at WaPo, thinking that after it was over, she’d head to Oxford and study Renaissance poetry (she’s aware this sounds like a great idea in this economy). But while interning, she got a chance to write humor, which her editors noticed gained a following. Lo and behold, they offered her a job.

She says she’s “living the dream.”

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be?

Iced coffee that has been somehow carbonated.

How often do you Google yourself?

Only when I’m awake. All joking aside, you know this is a serious problem because one year it was what I gave up for Lent.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)?

I was always having these awkward moments when the executive editor would walk past just as I was returning a read newspaper to the rack at Caribou Coffee without paying for it. I’m not sure that counts as saying anything, but my awkward scuttle away and his bemused expression both spoke volumes.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why?

Working? As opposed to malfunctioning? I hope you ask about my favorite malfunctioning journalist next! I have lots of those!

I love Gene Weingarten‘s feature writing with the passion of a thousand suns.

[Strangely, FishbowlDC's Peter Ogburn is crouched in a corner screaming from this answer.]

Find out about Petri’s favorite word (it’s a real gas) and the extended New Years Resolution she once had after the jump… 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. “Special Report with Bret Baier.” How fucking special can something be if it occurs for an hour each and every day? That’s not special. Christmas is special. Your birthday, Dear Piranahmous, is special, because it comes but once a year.

How culturally insensitive! Christmas isn’t special to those who don’t celebrate it, birthdays aren’t special to Jehovah’s Witnesses, and Special Report isn’t special to fans of Al Sharpton or people who watch whatever is on CNN at that time (I don’t know what show it is and ratings indicate no one knows what show it is).  You’re right, the word “special” is overused these days. I’d peg the blame on the DVD. One all the Charlie Brown specials came out of DVD and kids could watch “The Great Pumpkin” in July, it was no longer special. That said, there is no “line” in Nightline, but no one complains about that. And NBC’s Night News barely has any actual “news” some days and airs in the evening, not the night. We could take this to the extreme or we could just accept that it’s a name and not give a shit. I choose the latter.

2. What’s this crap about the “Liberal Media” and how it’s so dominant? Last time I checked, the top cable news channel was Fox News. The top newspaper by circulation was The Wall Street Journal. And the top talk radio hosts were those well-known commies Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity. Dominant liberal media my ass.  

Compared to the number of people who watch network news, the amount of viewers who watch Fox could fit in a clown car (I’ll let you make your own joke there). So to say there is no liberal media because they’re the tallest cable news midget is a false comparison. Same goes for the Wall Street Journal. Yes, the editorial page of the Journal leans right, but studies have shown the news pages don’t. And even if they did, who gives a shit? It’s quantity, not content. For every WSJ there’s a Times, Post and whatever other stupid names newspapers give themselves. It’s like a nation winning the most gold medals at the Olympics but losing the overall medal count – when the tally is done liberal newspapers and liberals newscasts outnumber the WSJ and Fox total numbers of organizations and readers/viewers. So you take your attitude and stick it in your butt, mister!

Piranhamous addresses the burning question whether Luke Russert should have asked Nancy Pelosi the age inquiry after the jump… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the DayElection Banter

“Holy. Cow. The magic wall… Is ON THE FLOOR” — The Atlantic Associate Editor Brian Fung.

Green Eggs and Ham — why not?

“Mic check guy just read ‘Green Eggs & Ham,’ in its entirety, at Obama election night HQ. Now reading the Constitution.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

All in a day’s work

“2 stories & 2,600 words already written today, the last 1,000 drunk will be tougher.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

5:51 p.m. Famous Last Words

“CONFIDENCE: Romney tells the traveling press he FEELS like a win is coming. He’s written only one speech so far: a victory speech.” — NBC News’ Garrett Haake.

Foreshadowing….5:51 p.m.

“Some rare, non spin on twitter –> RT @jmartpolitico: A senior GOPer w close ties to Romneyland emails a single word: ‘worried.’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

In response to that… “So people in Romney camp sending out nervous messages to liberal reporters? Really? Wonder how big the camp is.” — Commentary‘s PodWhore (a.k.a. John Podhoretz.)

Reporters and Romney staff clap: the end is near

“Applause on Romney plane — from reporters and staff — as we land in Boston. Final flight of Romney 2012 campaign is over.” — AP‘s Steve Peoples.

Oops! Flack gets ahead of herself: 6:03 p.m.

“I’m not saying this to get ahead of myself, but is Obama capable of giving a graceful concession speech? I’m not sure.” — Amanda Carpenter, speechwriter for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

Channeling Carville

“Carville (paraphrase): If Romney loses Virginia he’s in more trouble than a three-legged, cross-eyed gator on a freeway. #election2012″ — National Journal mag Deputy Editor James Oliphant on Democratic pundit James Carville.

And another thing on Carville…“For god’s sake someone either tighten Carville’s tie or unbutton his top button.” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro. And this…“On CNN, James Carville is so excited he seems to have removed his exoskeleton.” — Vanity Fair.

Unraveling…7:17 p.m.

“It’s 7:20 and my nerves are already shot. #ElectionDay2012 #TeamRomney” — MSNBC and The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.

Watch your words around the kiddies, journo warns

“Careful y’all: Your kids are learning a lot about how to win and lose graciously by how you act today.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Attack on Trump minus his name

“Is there anyone who punches further below their weight than rich guys who dabble in politics?” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

From the Road…“AT THIS POINT: crowd at Dem HQ is ready to cheer for nearly anything. Just screamed like Obama being up in Minnesota is 1980 gold. #openbar” — CNN’s Lisa Desjardins.

 ’Saucy’ Meghan Kelly

“Meghan Kelly is serving #curlytopsaucy tonight on Fox.” — Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Politico reporters: Relax? Forget it!

“To all the road-weary reporters who just want a break: Congrats! You’ll be sitting in the Senate press gallery for the next 9 months.” — Fake Jim VandeHei, faux Twitter account to Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei.

Important, Embarrassing Question to Ponder: “So Megyn Kelly had to get white men in suits to confirm that Obama would go to Ohio. (Because her audience wouldn’t believe her?)” — Reuter‘s Megan McCarthy.

 In praise of Nate Silver’s ass

“I think Nate Silver deserves a ‘tell me how my ass tastes’ moment, right?” — HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins.

Journos react to FNC Karl Rove’s TV breakdown

  • “Karl Rove looks like a kid who just learned there’s no Santa Claus.” — TPM‘s Sahil Kapur.
  • “Fox is gone full bananaspants.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.
  • “Barone explaining to Rove why Obama gonna win OH like watching someone explain to little kid that his dog died.” — Bloomberg‘s Joshua Green, referencing The Washington Examiner‘s Michael Barone.
  •  ”Email from big GOP donor: ‘Karl looks like a fool.’” — Politico‘s Ken Vogel.
  • “Bret Baier is now trying to figure out how to balance Karl Rove’s petulance and the FNC ‘decision desk.’ Train wreck.” — ClearChannel’s Colby Hall.
  • “Rove has basically bullied the Fox hosts into backing off from their call of the election. Amazing TV.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.
  • “Fox thinks it’s up to them who wins. It’s not up to them. It’s over guys. (But please keep this up, this is amazing TV.” — HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim.

And Greta tries to inject a dollop of sanity…

“Fox News says President Obama re-elected.” — FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren at 11:34 p.m.

Speaking of delusional…“I’m neither naive nor optimistic. Just saying I refuse to give up. R some of u telling me ur going to throw in the towel? I don’t think so.” — David Limbaugh, author and brother to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, after Obama won Ohio.

Depression is…

“Gay marriage, pot, an elated media, and Obama… Yeah, I’ve had better nights.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

Plouffe Daddy!

“Congrats on a ground game well-played, Plouffe Daddy.” — Freelance video journo for Wonkette and other outlets Liz Glover, referencing Obama campaign advisor David Plouffe.

Uh oh…where’s Romney? 12:11 a.m. 

“Danger for Romney is that if he delays concession too long he’ll look like a sore loser.12:11 still no concession.” — The Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden, nearly one hour after NBC called the race for Obama.

Outside the White House: 12:33 a.m.

“People are climbing the trees outside of the White House. Total mayhem.” — BuzzFeed’s Rebecca Berg.

Find some inspiration with ex-Love Connection host Chuck Woolery and take notice of a few R’s who handled the loss with maturity…. Read more

How Can I Make it About Me?

Look everybody, Rush Limbaugh mentioned me!

This is the gist of a column by HuffPost-AOL Editorial Director Howard Fineman this week, as he recounted Limbaugh calling him “nuts” and in the tank for President Obama on account of his historical rantings about the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

We’re not sure what’s worse: the boring nature of the rantings themselves, or the rantings about Limbaugh’s rantings about Fineman, who makes a point of insisting that he’s not deserving of Limbaugh’s ire. After all, he’s a Steeler’s fan and once wrote a story about radio loudmouths that included you know fatso bigmouth who.

An excerpt:

“I am not part of any crop of Democrats or political types of any kind. I’m pretty well known for keeping an even keel ideologically and for steering clear of partisanship. I’m old-fashioned, even out of date, in this deconstructionist era, in which everyone is assumed to have an ulterior — political — motive. I don’t. I really don’t.”

Read the whole column here.

Marie Claire: How Pissed Off Are GOP Women?

Marie Claire addresses a hot topic in their August issue that pertains to the alleged “War on Women” that has been infiltrating the headlines for some months now. The story by ABC News’ Shushannah Walshe: “How Pissed Off Are Republican Women?” and it addresses the question that many people are asking: Is the Republican Party antiwoman?

The right-leaning media is going to have a field day with this as Marie Claire definitely sides against the R’s. The story reports that several incidents have taken in place in recent months to raise this question i.e. Republican pols have tried to make it more difficult for women to get birth control and abortions, they lobbied to create a stricter definition of rape, opposed a bill addressing gender-based wage discrimination and several high-profile Republican males have made off-key remarks about women and Rush Limbaugh’s comment that a female student was a ‘slut’ and a ‘prostitute’.” Even “many Republican women say that the party’s attitudes are behind the times – and are causing a rift in their loyalties.”

An excerpt:

Even many republican women say the party’s attitudes are behind the times—and are causing a rift in their loyalties. “more women are concerned about the party’s direction on social is- sues,” says Kellie Ferguson, executive director of republican majority for choice. This is “galvanizing republican women to speak up,” she says.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Airlines and rental car companies, you’ve been warned: “Flying west to visit a bunch of #DigitalFirst newsrooms across Northern California.” — Steve Buttry, Director of Community Engagement at JRC and Digital First Media. Buttry, who has a penchant for voicing travel complaints, also writes, “If you want to appear to be a jerk, sit next to the charging stations & don’t plug in. (@ Gate D11)”

Quite a lineup: “TodayonToday: @chucktodd on #decision2012, latest on @TomCruise – #katieholmes agrmnt, @justinbieber‘s 911 call”

Drudge Channeling Ingmar Bergman? Front page: All the pictures are black and white this morning. They include Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, President Obama, Brad Pitt and more.

Important Question to Ponder: “Can I get a crowd source here? Is Tommy Christopher’s real name Tom McNulty or Thomas Beller. Also, why’s he pretending to be someone else?” — Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher, a liberal and disciple to MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, has been feuding with The Daily Caller for months, most recently lashing out in a story Monday on the “tragic death” of the Akron diner owner who died hours after meeting President Obama. Christopher was appalled that The Daily Caller could be so insensitive to the 70-year-old woman who died of a heart attack. The pub tweeted that “Obama might have lost a vote in Ohio,” drawing the ire of several Washington reporters.

Speaking of media reporters who spend their days clashing with those who don’t agree with their politics and kissing up to Chris Hayes (oh, hi Tommy!), Christopher (pictured below right) got himself into a nasty dust-up Monday night with Dale Jackson (pictured below left), a conservative Hunstville, Ala. radio host.

Jackson: “Ha. @tommyxtopher is hilarious, scolding people on civility hours after tweeting unfunny fat jokes.” Read a story by Christopher in which he offers Chris Hayes a bunch of “unfunny” fat jokes against Rush Limbaugh for Hayes to “disapprove of.” Tommy, who admits that he once weight about 100 pounds heavier, marveled that during a weekend show His Majesty Hayes gently scolded AEI’s Norm Ornstein for making a Limbaugh fat joke.

Christopher: “Yeah, you’re real dumb. Your charge relies on the comparison. Damn, you’re dumb, even for a conservative radio host.”

Jackson: “And I am not saying @tommyxtopher is wrong about how crass the @DailyCaller was but at least make it hard for people to call you a hypocrite.

Christopher: “If you’ve got the stones, I’d be happy to show both of your listeners just how dumb you are. Let me know, we’ll work it out.”

Jackson: “Anytime. I just don’t understand why a guy who created an unfunny Rush Limbaugh is so fat slide show is so sensitive…”

Christopher: “Who the fuck said I was sensitive? That’s the whole point. Even a fucking asshole like me knows The DC went too far.”

Jackson: “If you do come on I’m going to need you to come up with something better than ‘you are dumb’ (3 of your 4 tweets to me)”

And finally….Jackson: “I said you were sensitive, mostly because you are ranting like a psycho.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

A D.C. Soiree for Rush Limbaugh’s Little Bro

Have you been invited? Jeff Carneal of Eagle Publishing and Marji Ross of Regnery are gathering Washingtonians to celebrate their NYT bestseller, The Great Destroyer, by David Limbaugh, younger brother of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. They will host an early evening book reception at their offices on July 10. Limbaugh will attend.

Limbaugh is a conservative political commentator and lawyer who specializes in entertainment law.

If the comments on the back of the book are to be believed, you need to stop breathing and whatever else you deem important and read the book immediately.

“My friend David Limbaugh has written the best book about the worst president in American history. If anyone reads this book and still votes for Barack Obama, he should have his head examined.” —Mark Levin, nationally syndicated radio talk show host.

“A modern ‘Midnight Ride of Paul Revere,’ The Great Destroyer is not only a must read, it is a must read right now. Sharp, engaging, and right on the money, the White House and Team Obama are going to absolutely hate this book.” —Brad Thor, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Black List.

“In The Great Destroyer, David Limbaugh shows how Barack Obama has plundered our nation’s finances, dismantled our defenses, trampled on our Constitution, and punctured the American dream. A must-read book on the Obama administration’s shameless pillaging of America.” — Sean Hannity, host of FNC’s Hannity’s America.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Breitbart.com’s War on BuzzFeed

“If BuzzFeed Politics would just come out against the right, it would be a much better site. Seriously.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

HuffPost reporter with broken hand pissed

“I hate everyone. I’m typing with one hand!” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley, who broke her arm while texting and walking at the same time. As we reported previously, she’ll be in a sling for six weeks.

Poor Mr. Kim: “Mr Kim, the DC liquor store owner featured in 9 News Now reports for selling booze to underage kids, was found guilty in court today.” — News Assignment Manager at WUSA9′s Bill Starks.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Can’t somebody give Joe Biden a blog? I’d read it.”

Journo prays for strength amid loudmouth train rider

“Please, Lord, make her stop talking. I beg of you. Make. Her. Stop. #auralhostage #acela” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Whoa! You did what? “Engrossed in my phone, literally bumped into a person coming out of Barneys @georgetowndc. Look up, it’s Jennifer Hudson. M’scuse, J-Hud.” – Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett.

Reporter offers unusual warning

“Gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen: @JoeBiden is armed with visual aid in latest campaign speech.” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Writer fights back

“People who #hate have NO CLUE what goes on in other people’s lives beyond what you think you see. NO CLUE. To my haters YOU ARE CLUELESS!” — NBC theGrio’s Sophia Nelson, who recently had her life threatened. “Folks I am not upset with #haters they are what they are. I am disgusted by people who think they have the right to curse you out publicly.”

Reporter covering Romney tossed out of hotel

“Two very large, very serious-looking security folks just booted me from back entrance of Hyatt in midtown, where Romney is about to arrive.” — NBC News campaign embed reporter Garrett Haake.

WTF?

“Oh WTH, FYI, in case you missed it, ICYMI means ‘in case you missed it.’ — author David Limbaugh, brother of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Thanks, David, for letting us in on that national secret.

Name Dropping Heaven: Sandra Fluke at MSNBC With Chris Matthews When Obama Called

When you’re the President of the United States, most anyone can be found if the need arises. This morning on Current TV’s “Full Court Press” with Bill Press, we learned where President Obama found Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown law student (a.k.a. “slut” in Rush Limbaugh‘s estimation), when he wanted to speak with her by phone. As luck would have it, Fluke said it was kind of a funny story…

“I was actually at MSNBC about to go on air into a studio,” she said. “I had to rip off my earpiece and find an office for a quiet moment. So, I commandeered Chris Matthews office, which he was kind enough to not kick me out of.”

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