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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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Are you there Gin? It’s me, John

“No, bottle of Hendricks, I will NOT come play with you again.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton.

It’s 3:34 a.m. Do you know where your reporter is?

“Jerk @DCPoliceDept officer — working the wreck I-395 near Cap Hill — told friend and me in cab ‘idiots’ like us cause these accident.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas. Pappas, who is caucasian, followed up with a comment on the race of the officer. “The white @DCPoliceDept officer working the i-395 wreck is unfortunately the reason people don’t respect law enforcement here.”

Journo must work on Memorial Day

“Anyone else have to work on Memorial Day? #nothappy” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Journo enjoys surprise fiddle concert

“Am being treated to an impromptu fiddle concert on the patio at Red Rocks from the guy next door and it is fabulous.” — NJ‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

Tragedy and celebration in Warrenton

“WARRENTON, Va. (AP) – Virginia State Police say 1 pilot dead, another injured after crash involving 2 planes.” — HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper tweeted this. In happier news, Warrenton was also the site of this weekend’s nuptials between NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer and Politico Senior Reporter Jonathan Martin. Congratulations to Fischmart on their wedding. We hope all the wedding planning paid off.

Did Jason Linkins kiss Jake Tapper’s ass?

“@dceiver i have to say, strip away the fun snark, sounds like you liked the show! (Ssshh. I wont tell anyone)” — ABC’s Jake Tapper, who hosted “This Week” on Sunday, referencing HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins, who writes up the Sunday shows. After getting through as much of Linkins’ Sunday roundup as we could bear, yes, he does suck up to Tapper about how smart he is throughout. But he also inexplicably runs a tweet by Salon‘s extraordinary Alex Pareene twice. God knows why. We just hope Pareene still sports his porn star mustache.

Howard Fineman attends Brown mixer

“Great time last night with my wonderful @BrownUniversity alumna wife at Campus Dance. 1000s of alums on The Green: an open-air re-mixer.” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman. Is anyone as disturbed as us that Fineman attended an open-air school dance?

TV reporter claims victory, albeit a shady one

“Finally, first tennis victory of summer. ok… opponent doubled over with stomach cramps, but a ‘W’ is a ‘W’!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. Congratulations Tschida! Cramps doesn’t detract from your win whatsoever.

TV reporter celebrates wedding anniversary

“10 years ago today, Maureen said ‘yes.’ We celebrated by going to the pool with Declan, Evelyn and Hugh, who are the result!” — CNBC’s Eamon Javers.

Touching moment amidst girls giggling at ‘bosom’

“Just passed Joyce Kilmer rest stop & read Trees to daughters. Touching reaction though they laughed to hear ‘bosom’ aloud.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

Spotted: A relaxed Neda Semnani, of Roll Call‘s HOH, coming out of SweetGreen in Logan Circle on Memorial Day.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Oh God, seriously?

“@JoeNBC looking for a retweet for my daughter kelly taking her last final today, as she celebrates her 21st at Indiana University!” — Emily Donohue. Lady, this is what you want for your daughter, a retweet? How about just about anything else? In years to come, we’re sure she’ll remember the retweet from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. How special.

Former TWT scribe checks in

“The weather in London has been absolutely horrible. But then again that’s really nothing new. What’s new with me? Well. Working on a monster research paper about Sudan. Shower in the apartment is broken for the THIRD time since Jan.” — Kara Rowland, formerly a White House reporter for TWT. She’s now at the London School of Economics.

Lauder kisses reporter’s cheek

“When I told Leonard Lauder @EsteeLauder I wore his products he kissed my cheek at lunch w/ @saks and Carolina Herrera.” — Bloomberg’s Stephanie Green.

If you have to ask, the answer is big fat: NO

“Does this combo work? Matter of some dispute in this meeting.” — NPR’s Scott Simon. Please Simon, we’d love to assess what you are going to wear everyday. And we’re not joking. You send the pictures. We’ll tell you if it’s presentable.

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“Pug wearing regal #USA sweater on red carpet. Looking exquisite. #Oscars” — NBC’s Luke Russert with the accompanying picture.

The Lost Washington Weekend

“Sunday mornings in Adams Morgan smell like broken dreams” — Bright Young Thing‘s Steve Place. Photographer Frank Turner replied, “Piss beer, puke waste.”

The Oscar Media Critics

“E! sucking really bad now, with party talk. It’s like NASCAR rain delay talk…boring. Ugh, guess we’ll change to ABC.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.

“So the journo updates from Rick Santorum‘s townhall combined with Oscar tweets are gonna make for one weird Twitter stream.” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

“There is no comparison. E Red Carpet is SOOOO much better than ABC. #Oscars2012″ — SKDKnickerbocker and CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen.

“My limo is stuck behind Clooney‘s on the way to the red carpet. #annoyingOscartweets” — WSJ‘s Neil King, whose doppelganger is Clooney.

“I love Michelle Williams but seriously, Louis Vuitton, why even make a dress that ugly? Total fail. Thank goodness she a radiant beauty.” — Socialite and philanthropic advocate Katherine Kennedy.

“Why did *E* shoot Tina Fey from her left?! Terrible. Don’t they know about the gash? That’s just mean. Jerks.” — Freelance videographer Liz Glover.

“M in P sucked. And I think the young guy in Moneyball should have won best actor.” — Hollywood on the Potomac’s and D.C. publicist Janet Donovan.

“Glenn Close — love the blazer!!!!!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji. Kennedy agrees, adding, “Wow! Glenn Close looks absolutely perfect! Stunning and totally age appropriate– ladies take note!”

“You want a good comedy bit? Spill something on a real deal star on the carpet and legit ruin their night. Seacrest is low hanging fruit.” — WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates.

Ultra-feminist makes fun of fat women

“No one has the balls to criticize fat women on red carpet. #oscars” — GOP communications operative Trey Ditto, clearly the ultimate feminist.

Doocy or Douchey?

“Thanks very much for the nice words…YOU’RE a great guy for sending a compliment out, unprompted!
Thx.” — Fox & Friend’s Steve Doocy. What prompted such dripping gratitude? This nauseating tweet from a follower in Michigan: “Mr. Doocy, we consider you to be one of the nicest, most genuine human beings on the planet. Thanks for your good work!”

Kind of like Washington’s flacks right?

“Best part of watching E! right now, seeing the red carpet handlers trying to look SO important behind the “stars.” #Oscars”  — NBC’s Russert.

Redheaded journo rethinks red attire

Emma Stone -redhead rocking the deep maroon. Making me rethink my no red rule. #Oscar.” — ABC News’s Karen Travers.

Irony is…“Heavy on the Sinatra at this Santorum event. Sinatra who supported Kennedy whose speech almost made Santorum throw up #fullcircle” — Reuter’s campaign reporter Sam Youngman.

Just what we need, more high journos…“Working on a video for a very cool high journalism program here in DC.” — NBC Cameraman Jim Long in today’s WTF tweet.

A Zen Chuck Todd

“To all overworked Washingtonians. Step outside and look up. Amazingly clear night for DC. Tons of stars visible.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

An 8-year-old learns to lie

“Our 8 yr old sees George Clooney & sez, “He looks a little like you.” Allowance goes from $2 a week to AmEx Platinum card.” — NPR‘s Scott Simon.

 

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Reuters‘ Shafer confronts intern issue

“Most interns shd pay to intern.” — Reuters‘ media writer Jack Shafer, who engaged in a battle with New York Observer‘s Foster Kamer (previous Village Voice sh-thead, still a sh-thead) on Twitter yesterday. Shafer: “Most interns are whiny, needy little shits like you, who require endless babysitting.” Kamer: “Jack Shafer: The … abusive stepfather I never had nor asked for, who is not my stepfather.” Shafer: “See you at hospice.” Shafer: “If unpaid internships are so horrible, why is there so much competition for them? Because the experience is valuable.” Kamer: “I’ll remind you of that as your sole visitor while you otherwise die alone…Reliable Sources on endless loop.” Shafer: “Promise?”

Namedropping Hitchens

Andrew Ferguson proudly name drops the late Christopher Hitchens in this fascinating essay in Commentary Magazine in which he contemplates those who name dropped and wept for the writer upon his death. He also explores whether Hitchens would have enjoyed a hit-piece obit. The last graph: “It’s maybe not the best fate for a man who once might have hoped that his ideas would be taken seriously, but it’s the fate Hitchens chose. At least that’s my theory. And I knew the man for more than a quarter of a century. Did I mention that?”

Question of the hour: “What do you get your wife for Valentine’s Day when she’s due to deliver your baby the day before?” — Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd.

Mourning Soul Train’s Don Cornelius

“I never could get my Afro to work right, but I am among the legion who wanted a turn on that Soul Train line. #DonCornelius RIP” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

A sign of what’s to come…Former Poynter blogger extraordinaire Jim Romenesko shows up Poynter by breaking news of TBD’s Andrew Beaujon joining Poynter as a media writer before Poynter. @romenesko: “9 days after I broke the news!”MT @Poynter: “It’s official: Andrew Beaujon will join Poynter later this month as a media writer.”

Is this journo high?

“Telling moment: I was spilling coffee on my pants during an interview today while Facebook was raising $5 billion.” — NPR’s Scott Simon, who lost us at “pants.”

And finally, how does Jonah really feel about Trump?

“Folks I will criticize Trump even if he endorses ME. He’s an ass-clown of world-historical proportions.” — National Review Online’s Jonah Goldberg.

Top 5 ‘Touching’ Holiday Moments

For many of us, Christmas is a special time of year. Gathering with family. Creating lasting memories for children. Celebrating the religious meaning of the holiday. And luckily for us, several DC journalists let us sneak peeks into their touching holiday moments this year. We’ll recap our favorites in the Top 5 “Touching” Holiday Moments.

5 - CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller spending Christmas in Hawaii. Knoller begins the day wishing us a “Merry Christmas from Honolulu. Sun rising over Waikiki.” Thanks Mark. Many of us are spending the time with insufferable in-laws or obnoxious extended family. Glad you’re having fun. Just to add insult to injury, Knoller tweeted us this picture.

4 - NPR’s Scott Simon and Fox News’s Ed Henry Christmas Bromance. Henry’s something of a whore where bromances are concerned. He had a thing for CNN’s Ali Velshi, which died when he fell hard for FNC’s Bret Baier when he switched networks. Now he apparently fancies Simon. As Christmas Day wound down, Simon tweeted that he was enjoying a dinner of “Cheerios, yogurt and a glass of wine.” So, now we know the recipe for holiday cheer. A continental breakfast and booze for dinner. Henry chimed in and you can see their exchange below.

This is clearly the true meaning of Christmas. Two journos mutually admiring each other for all the world to see.

3MSNBC’s Luke Russert Cares for the Troops. On Christmas Day, Russert declares “Happy birthday Jesus!” and includes this classic clip from Full Metal Jacket. He reminds us to remember the military on “this most cherished day.” Thanks, Luke. I’ll do that right after I finish watching Full Metal Jacket with the kids.

2The Obligatory Holiday Message. There are simply too many to list here, but you KNOW who we are talking about. The journalist who, but takes time out of a busy Christmas morning to wish all their fans a happy holiday. For example, Wolf Blitzer from CNN took time from his Christmas Holiday to say “Merry Christmas. I hope this coming year brings all of us peace, good health and happiness.” Or Jeff Sonderman, former Managing Editor for TBD, who takes time out of his holiday to say “Merry Christmas, everyone. May it be a day of peace and joy in whatever way you desire.” We get it, folks. You want us to have a happy holiday. You could always step away from Twitter and enjoy the holiday quietly, you know.

1Mike Allen’s Christmas Playbook. Just as we were all sitting around to open gifts, the most wonderful gift of all arrived in our inbox. Politico’s Playbook from Mike Allen. We thought that even a robot like Allen would take some down time to enjoy the holidays, but no, he reports to us from “the wilds of Wilsonville, Ore.” He is spending the holiday with his sister and her three children. Can you imagine what Mike Allen must be like on Christmas morning?? Children wildly ripping open their presents. Fire roaring in the hearth. Bing Crosby in the background. And Uncle Mike typing away on his Blackberry trying to win Christmas Day. He takes the time to run through some of the gifts that his nephews received and gives us the gift of a reading list. “7 Ideas for the E-Reader Santa Gave You.” We’ll spare you a list within a list, but the top E-Book that he mentions for us to get is Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back. That’s right, friends, a holiday book plug. ‘Tis the season for more self promotion! And razorblades, to prepare us for more E-Book mentions in 2012.


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“The problem for the media is there is no stained blue dress.” — The Daily Caller‘s media writer Matt Lewis on Sunday CNN’s “Reliable Sources” while discussing the sexual harassment accusations against GOP Presidential hopeful Herman Cain. Lewis’ remark set off a heated discussion on the program as another guest, Newsweek/Daily Beast‘s Lauren Ashburn, spoke bluntly of the sexual harassment she endured, including a boss’s boss who spoke about her “rack” in the workplace. Ashburn says the subject needs to be a national conversation, that women’s accusations must be taken seriously. She would not discuss an incident her mother experienced, saying sheepishly, “It involves underwear and it’s my mother and I really can’t do that.”

The Senate has a ‘Banging’ Committee?

“Closed captions on Meet the Press just said Chris Dodd was chairman of the Senate ‘banging’ committee. #transcriberfail” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Teague Beckwith. Beckwith has officially redeemed himself after communicating with chewy granola bars online.

Congratulations to Slate‘s John Dickerson on becoming CBS News’ new Political Director. Dickerson, who had been a CBS News Political Analyst, had rough start to his new expanded roll this weekend as GOP Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann received an accidental email from him saying she wouldn’t get much play at the CBS/NJ debate. Dickerson remarked on Sunday, “Thanks everyone for your good wishes, support, humor and friendship over this last exciting and strange 24 hours.”

Have an issue with Weingarten? Take it up with the NYT

“Have you found that the folks who brag the most that they have deep faith and love God more than you do tend to be the ones who, like, get caught nude with a goat?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten on faith and Christ and running for President. (At the end of his piece he noted, “If this has riled you at all, by all means write to me in care of the New York Times.)

To Gloria with hate

“Dear Gloria Allred: STFU” — The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor.

Memory moves journo to tears

“Just broke down sobbing w/ family in Dubrovnik church lighting candle for Vukovar. Had not realized: 20th ann of massacre.” — NPR’s Scott Simon. The war crime — the murders of hundreds of Croatians by Serb militia –  occurred in 1991.

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Racy thoughts from WaPo‘s ME

“Rock stars get room keys. I get business cards.” — WaPo Managing Editor Raju Narisetti.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein attempts bribery

“Free drinks to anyone who rt’s my story huff.to/w1ZJoM #anewtactic” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a funny reaction to James O’Keefe‘s absurd charge that he boozes up his sources to get stories. Read more about the Stein ordeal here on Mediaite. Also read their interview with O’Keefe by White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher.

A question we should all ponder…“How long do lights on Twinkle Toe Princess shoes last? Got pairs for our 8 & 4 yr old today. Already close to desperation.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

TV reporter to Mr. Conductor: Leave me alone!

“Not only is @Amtrak overcrowded and overpriced the customer service is awful! Mr. Conductor don’t take your bad day out on me.” — NBC Washington’s  John Schriffen.

TV cameraman scares crap out of radio reporter

“Just had the S scared out of me, bumping into @newmediajim outside Starbucks when he cheerfully shouted ‘Neal!’ Always good to see him, tho.” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein in a recent tweet. He’s referring to NBC News cameraman Jim Long.

TMZ’s Harvey Levin: A Visionary?

A note was slipped to me by a stranger during TMZ founder Harvey Levin’s speech at the National Press Club on Monday. It read, “I’ve been a member here for almost 25 years. Heard Pres. candidiates, CEO’s of largest corporations, cabinet secretaries. He is far and away the best speaker we’ve heard at the NPC. Relevant; speaking/not reading; Visionary.” Among other things, Levin said Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), with whom he had dinner some months ago, would thank him for putting him and his abs on TMZ. He said the NYT has figured out the web better than most; he remarked that LAT has a “good” website with issues. Levin stressed the need to “reinvent” and “evolve.” He said, “Newspapers don’t need to fold — they need to reinvent themselves. …There’s this holy grail, that we must preserve newspapers. Why?” He calls the rush to publish web stories a “cop out,” saying, “the web doesn’t force you to publish before you’re ready to publish. You still decide when to pull the trigger.”

Favorite lines from WaPo Monica Hess‘s story on Dangerous Instincts by a former FBI profiler and serial killer expert: “Reading the book is likely to do one of two things. If you tend to be lackadaisical about things such as door-locking, then the book will introduce you to the deadbolt. If you’re already vigilant, then it will make you purchase a Navy SEAL dog with bionic teeth.” If you don’t care about sleeping, read the full story here.

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Funky headline from NPR News: “Crash Leaves 5,000 Chickens On Northern Calif. Highway”

Overheard… at the Newseum’s Cartoons & Cocktails event Thursday night as Politico‘s Ken Vogel was up on the dais serving as an auctioneer: “Does he have to file four times while he’s up there?” cracked a member of the audience.

How all the great friendships start…

“Anyway, I checked out your blog. You’re good, and smart. So stop picking dumb fights. There’s an enemy, but I’m not it.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten to a Twitter follower named “DaisyDeadhead.” One of the many notes Daisy sent to Gene went something like this: “Maybe you’ll be the next person to lose your job; flea bitten couches won’t be so funny then, you arrogant anti-poor bigot.” Weingarten replied, “I respect the poor. Do you? Rotting porches, gun nuts don’t say ‘poor’ to me. I don’t think poor live trashy and paranoid.” Hmmm…maybe Daisy needs to be told he’s a humor columnist?

Sometimes people call her ‘Arnie’

Bio of the Day: Amie Parnes: “Reporter at POLITICO. Native Miamian on a treadmill between Dupont Circle, the White House and Rosslyn. Sometimes people call me Arnie.”

Washington’s new fashion consultant

“Craziest Joseph A Bank sale yet? Buy 1 suit, get 2 suits and 3 silk ties for free. Now through Sunday.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Er, Words of Wisdom?

“It’s easy to mistakenly conclude certain people are of very low character, but sometimes their actions eliminate all doubt.” — The Daily Caller Executive Editor David Martosko on Thursday morning after this story came out. It’s unclear what he meant by it. The tweet has since been deleted and cannot be found on his Twitter feed.

The Media Critic

“Dear Washington Post: Thank you for making me waste some time this morning on a stupid, bureaucratic procedure.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin. He links to a prompt to choose and confirm his local alerts.

Qadaffi/Kadafi/Gaddafi

“Did we ever settle on a spelling of Qadaffi?” — The Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I’ll say this about the pumpkin bagels at O’Hare: better than blueberry.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

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Journo most in need of trench coat and big dark shades

“That Nancy Pelosi comment in Newsweek criticizing the White House on messaging was erroneously attributed to her. We regret the error.” — The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz.

Two Views of the Press

Over the weekend WaPo‘s Date Lab featured two date rats — one who feared the press, the other who feared meeting new people. Matthew Jaquith feared the press, saying, “I was nervous, not so much because a blind date … it was just sort of worrying, like What will it look like when the article comes out? Elizabeth Lilik, meanwhile, feared the date. “I was super nervous. It wasn’t so much the fact that this was for the paper — it was more just meeting someone new.”

A Convo Between Two Journos

TPM’s Brian Beutler had a little fun at the expense of AFP’s Olivier Knox regarding Amanda Knox, who was released from Italian custody Monday after being acquitted of murder.

Beutler: Glad to hear that @OKnox’s niece has been freed.

Knox: This ends badly, Brian. More from Knox: Hello there, followers and those steered here (maliciously, I presume) by @brianbeutler. I am *not* related to Amanda Knox. Sorry!

And from NPR’s Scott Simon (unrelated to conversation above): “What to say about Amanda Knox except: glad for her parents (&her) Italian jurors weren’t prideful about reversing decision.”

Vindictive journo

“I hope continental airlines gets an std tonight.” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton after a recent canceled flight.

The Media Critic

“@rollcall You’re download pdf function doesn’t seem to be working.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a recent tweet.

Full Disclosure: FishbowlDC does not generally like full disclosures. Often they’re unnecessary and make the writer and publication look foolish. Over the weekend, WaPo‘s op-ed media writer Erik Wemple included a “full disclosure” in his piece on the administration’s reaction to Ron Suskind‘s Confidence Men. After citing journalists who may or may not have read the book and conducted interviews with Suskind anyhow, he wrote, “My own full disclosure: I’ve spent hours with both the Suskind and [Joe] McGinniss volumes but still haven’t knocked out a combined 800 pages — not easy doubling as a literary critic and media reporter.” Wemple’s own disclosure, whether he intended it to be funny or not, added an element of doubt to the story as to why he wrote it. He reasoned Bob Woodward hadn’t finished reading Suskind’s book either and wouldn’t comment. FBDC Full Disclosure: Saw Wemple at a cocktail reception within the last year. He was carrying his signature backpack. We said hello. He was friendly enough. Not overly. (See? Unnecessary. Not to mention kind of stupid.)

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