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Quotes of the Day


Reporter gets scolded by stranger

“A crazy lady at the bus stop started yelling I was torturing her by using my iPhone. It tortures me too lady!” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera.

Tapper gives Aniston/Theroux his blessing

Jennifer Aniston didn’t ask me what I thought about Justin Theroux, but I approve.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

The Observer

“The Counter-Narrative is kicking the Narrative’s ass today.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

A randy viewer to WaPo Columnist and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart: “@CapehartJ Kissing you on the lips for that article and don’t go wiping it off either.” He replied, “ROFL! No, ma’am.”

MSNBC host employs nickname for Paul Ryan

“At this hour, Blue Eyes is headed to Vegas.” — MSNBC’s Karen Finney filling in for Martin Bashir Tuesday afternoon.

AnonymASS Tipster…

“Umm, it’s Tuesday. Dipshits.” — a lovely reader writes in to tell us we had “Monday” on a Tuesday story. Indeed, the brilliant reader was right and simultaneously an asshole.

Speaking of assholes, too far?

“That’s mean, NY Post refers to Chris Christie as NJ’s “supersized governor.” Give the guy a break #Hotlinesort” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Journo’s home hit by tree

“Apparently there was a storm that went thru Pittsburgh and a tree was hit by lightening and hit my house :( ” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

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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. 

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

Roll Call HOH’s New Offspring Feature – In a new occasional series, HOH will introduce readers to the offspring of lawmakers. This means grandkids, nieces, nephews, spouses of pols who grew up on the Hill and now work here.

A Journo Reacts to Nancy Grace Wardrobe Malfunction… “Headline: Nancy Grace suffers wardrobe malfunction on ‘DANCING’ My reaction?: Nothing could make me click onto that link.” — Pittsburgh Tribune‘s Salena Zito.

Reporters Attack Washington Examiner Editorial: A couple of Washington journos took the Washington Examiner to task for a Tuesday editorial exalting the benefits of driving a car. “If you don’t drive a car, you hate freedom,” bristled Politico‘s Byron Tau on Twitter. And ThinkProgress’s third tier Boybander Matt Yglesias, with his personal bit.ly account, also weighed in, saying, “Car exhaust fumes are toxic, no matter how much the Washington Examiner dislikes trains.” Read the alleged offending editorial here.

Turtle Journalism…It’s never a surprise at this point that certain sections of WaPo lag behind like tortoises that actually don’t win any race. Yesterday “The Reliable Source” rewrote a story about Prince Charles brushing off media tycoon Joe Allbritton regarding his cookie company. The story had already been written by both the London Times and the Daily Mail — both published about it on Sunday. WaPo cited the Times and then proceeded with their own independent reporting — some of the answers to which were already in the Daily Mail. They reported that a spokesman for Clarence House, a royal home that shares the grounds of Buckingham Palace, said he didn’t know how much Allbritton had invested. But the answer: $750,000 (Daily Mail). Their link on the London Times doesn’t lead to the story because readers have to pay a pound to get inside. Read the WaPo story here. And for the Daily Mail read here. (Full disclosure: FBDC aggregated the story on Monday. We’re not crying attribution foul as the London papers broke the story.)

Story Deserves Prominent Treatment: Roll Call has an intriguing, short, online-only story today about a stray shooting that landed bullets inside the home of a Capitol Hill staffer named Raj Barhwani who lives there with his wife, Jessica. One bullet was found in their newborn’s bassinet. Read here. We got the locks taken off the paywall for this one.

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Quotes of the Day

DOG ATTENDS LUAU: “Is this dog abuse? Duffy spent today at Pet Smart & attended a luau.” — Former TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry, who now works for JRC.

Making sense of Larry Summers’ poor grammar

“In fairness, he may have mistaken them for co-joined twins, in which case they may indeed share one asshole.” – A FBDC commenter named “Lilypad” in response to Wednesday’s story of former Treasury Sec. Larry Summers calling the Winklevoss twins “an asshole” in Aspen.

Reporter talked Bachmann migraines

“I’ll be on WNYC’s The Takeaway at 7:20 a.m. talking about Bachmann’s migraines.” — Politico‘s Molly Ball in a Wednesday tweet. Ball and colleague Kasie Hunt wrote a follow-up story on Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s migraines after The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong broke it.

Journo wanted a fire day

“National Journal’s late editor says Watergate 600 (@thewatergate) is NOT the building on fire. So… work tomorrow for Atlantic Media.” — NJ‘s Ethan Klapper in a Wednesday tweet.

Bugg’s preferences on hamburgers and men

A few days ago we ran a feature displaying the favorite hamburger condiments of Washington journalists for no other reason than CBS Norah O’Donnell‘s husband Cheoff Geoff tweeted the question and then we posed it to journos. We were remiss in not printing Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg‘s response. It’s hot salsa. “I’d probably have something funnier if you asked me for my favorite condiment on men. And yes, I have one.” And yes, we asked. It’s Log Cabin syrup. “That’s not a political statement, because Mrs. Butterworth’s is also acceptable, though the bottle is a bit of a turn-off,” he said.

A special tweet from Current TV’s Keith Olbermann: “Special Guest Thursday on Countdown @Current: Cenk Uygur of @TheYoungTurks” (MSNBC has scrapped Uygur’s show for The Rev. Al Sharpton.)

Bachmann and Jefferson: So much in common

“Thomas Jefferson suffered incapacitating migraines in fact he was laid up 4 weeks b4 he penned Declaration of Independence #Knowyourhistory” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito in a Wednesday tweet.

Want to be an investigative reporter? Well, then you figure it out

Roll Call is hiring an investigative reporter. If you are qualified, you’ll figure out how to let us know — Roll Call reporter/Investigations and Influence Editor Paul Singer in a Wednesday tweet. Today Singer is also The Critic. He wrote Wednesday, “I gotta say – the references to ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Wendi’ (hello @MSNBC) are basically racist. Yes, she’s Asian. Got that.”

Number of Days since we asked WaPo‘s liberal blogger and all around genius Ezra Klein to unblock us on Twitter: 4. Number of Days that he has ignored that request: 4.

Radio reporter vividly describes hot weather

“DC, 345am: air so thick you could cut it into bricks and use it as a building material.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Thursday morning tweet.

 

 

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QUOTES of the DAY


Scarborough’s birthday breakfast

“Aka “The Metamucil Pack.” Happy bday J!  — NBC’s Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a Saturday morning tweet, a remark to MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Joe Scarborough‘s announcement that he was celebrating his birthday eating breakfast at iHop with Random House Executive Editor and PBS Contributor  John Meacham, TIME‘s Mark Halperin and NY Magazine’s John Heilemann.

“Wish you were here to see Meacham wolfing down the Ihop chicken strips and waffles special. #pulitzerprizewinner” — MNSBC’s Scarborough to FNC anchor Bret Baier in a Saturday morning tweet after Baier wished him a happy birthday.

Major relieved to be off-air

“RT @RuthAnneAdams: Lookee at Major! Pulling a Congressional all-nighter! But no kliegs and no hairspray and no make-up!!// equals BLISS” — NJ‘s Congressional correspondent Major Garrett in a Friday night tweet expressing how happy he is to be off TV. He’s a former White House correspondent for Fox News.

Scribe gets note from editor

“Email from editor this morning includes ‘Too bad, but thems the breaks.’ I laughed. — TBD.com News Aggregation Editor Nicole Young in a Saturday morning tweet.

Come on Shutdown, hurry up, booze abounds

House will began debate around midnight. Looks like the govt won’t shut down … but by the time we get outta here, all the DC bars might. — CNN’s Rachel Streitfeld in a Friday night tweet.

“Dear House: please stop. less talkie, more leaving so i can drink jamesons in peace. yours truly #shutdownboy” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton in a Friday night tweet.

The cheerleader

“Go Luke loud, louder, Loudest! The public needs answers.” — Anonymous tipster on Russert.

Where’s the Twitter logic?

“Sadly the dumb people that you block on twitter still show up if someone you follow retweets them.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito in a Friday tweet.

Journo’s fashionable response to potential shutdown

“Today wearing Countdown to Shutdown clock around my neck like Flava Flav” — “The Takeaway’s” Congressional radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Friday tweet.

Karl makes it into Gridiron

“Congrats to @jonkarl who took a break from reporting on #shutdown to be elected to Gridiron Club, DC’s oldest press group.” — USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page in a Friday tweet about ABC News’s Jonathan Karl.

White House Goof

The White House press office made an error today and sent out an email announcing that Robert Gibbs would be leading today’s briefing. They wrote:

Updated Briefing Schedule

1:00PM   Briefing by Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

They didn’t mean to slight the new spokesman, Jay Carney. Five minutes later they sent out a corrected e-mail.

UPDATE: This just in from a FishbowlDC tipster: “Another and bigger White House goof: White House photographers were in the East Room for an arts event and missed the brief appearance by POTUS in the briefing room. This includes POOL photographers who weren’t given a heads up. Not good.”

Specter v. Matthews: It’s Getting Close

From Salena Zito:

    A Research 2000 poll done for the progressive Web site Daily Kos shows in a possible match-up, MSNBC Hardballer Chris Matthews is only one point shy of long time Republican Sen. Arlen Specter.

    The poll was conducted statewide via telephone among 600 likely voters Dec. 8th thru the 10th — it showed in a general election match-up these possible scenarios:

    Specter (R) 45
    Matthews (D) 44

    Or

    Specter (R) 48
    Murphy (D) 36 (Murphy as in Patrick, a Blue Dog Bucks County congressional Democrat who came in on the 2006 mid-term wave)

Morning Reading List, 09.29.08

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Morning Reading List, 07.15.08

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