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Journo can’t resist Paula Deen interview

“Not that I’m watching this, but this Paula Deen interview is tough to watch.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, upon watching the chef on NBC’s “TODAY” Show this morning.

Awww…

“25 years ago this day, @DCrittenden1 & I were married. It feels still like it did then.” — The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9 a.m.

Journo Love (and Hate)

“Looking fwd to chatting today w/ show veteran @ByronYork — one of the few honest reporters re truth abt #amnesty Bill.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

On being late…

“Next time I’m late for something I’m just gonna say that I actually showed up one minute early, which will maybe fly for 3 hours.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Reporter to millenials: ‘I love your passion’

“Tweet 30k goes out to all you brave millenials who had to take jobs you weren’t thrilled to accept right after college. I love your passion.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

And now, something awful…

“Basing your self-worth on RTs and favorites is probably a terrible idea, but some days it works out OK.” — Jesse Berney, a progressive speechwriter who has written for HuffPost, Salon and the revolting Wonkette. Figures. How pathetic.

Anonymous to FishbowlDC: “Who’s going to adopt the Twitter handle @BenWhite’sunsentemails? Here’s one: ‘Dear John and Jim: If you ask me to write another thumbsucker on Friday night that we all know no one will read, I will ride that fucking Amtrak down there and wipe the smug off your faces with a flamethrower.’ That kind of thing.” — In response to a quote we ran from Politico‘s Ben White Tuesday, who said that the best emails are the ones that are never sent.

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Two Journos Upped at Roll Call

Two editors, Emily Pierce and Shira Toeplitz, have risen within the ranks of Roll Call. Pierce, formerly Senate and White House Editor, will now be Deputy Editor. Pierce has been at Roll Call for a decade. Toeplitz, meanwhile, who has been acting Politics Editor and formerly a political reporter, has been officially named to the position of Politics Editor. She has worked at the publication since 2007.

Congrats to Pierce and Toeplitz!

Journos Win NJ’s Big Trivia Night

Last night National Journal‘s “The Hotline” hosted its annual Political Pursuit trivia contest in which members of Congress, journalists and consultants comprise teams and show their smarts for the big win.

“You can’t study for this,” said SKDknickerbocker’s Doug Thornell, who played on the Hotline Insiders team. “I actually think I’m really good at [trivia].” His brother showed up, as did his parents, who assured FishbowlDC that he was a very smart boy growing up. (See the Thornell fam pictured below.)

In a stunning victory, Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), clearly the most impressive player in the room last night, and his team came in second place. The journalists, who in the first four rounds, didn’t seem like they were faring so well, shot back up to win. They included WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who made a funny Weiner joke, and Paul Kane, The Cook Report’s Amy Walter, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, and NYT‘s Carl Hulse.

Which member of Congress had a unit of measure named after him? Cillizza’s guess: former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). The room broke into hysterics. Another hard question: How many calories does a fried stick of butter contain? This was what Mitt Romney ate during the campaign at a fair. The answer shocked everyone: It’s only 400 calories.

All the journalists walked home with Genius Trophies after earning an astounding 285 points. The Hotline Insiders team wasn’t far behind with 260, and the Members Only team came in third with 173 points.

The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson played Alex Trebek along with Quinn McCord, who wrote the evening’s incredibly tough questions. Read more

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Reflection on WHCD’s past

“You know you are old if you can remember when the White House Correspondents Dinner was just a dinner in a hotel basement.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

A polite and impolite view of Politico‘s Leibo piece

“Not a reflexive @politico hater by any means but the Allen/Vandehei piece on @MarkLeibovich sure bears out his thesis of DC’s awfulness.” — The Hill‘s Associate Editor Niall Stanage. Then there’s Michael Cohen, a columnist for The Guardian, who wasn’t so kind. He wrote, “Dear Washington DC: This article is kind of the reason people don’t like you.” Read the Politico piece here.

Number of Weiner jokes made National Journal‘s Political Pursuit game last night at the Newseum: At least 2. One was made by an unknown member of the audience; the other by WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who was on the winning team of journliasts that included WaPo‘s Paul Kane, NYT‘s Carl Hulse, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz and The Cook Report’s Amy Walter. More on the event later…

And now a note from our Spiritual Counselor Sophia Nelson, of theGrio.com and Essence: “We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. Protect your spirit. Feed your spirit. Guard your spirit. Bless your spirit.”

If you can’t beat ‘em, leave the country

“Out of the city and country for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Totally unplanned. Tears of unbridled joy. Alhamdullilah.” — Washington freelancer Sam Knight, who writes for Salon and Washington Monthly.

NPR has rep to uphold

“*sigh* If I had a nickel for every time I’ve thought this… ” –NPR’s Audie Cornish, host of “All Things Considered” in response to this: “@GeeDee215: okay. i’mma stop. This is NPR, etc.”

Yeah, riiiight: “It’s definitely smaller this year.” — SKDknickerbocker’s Doug Thornell on this year’s Garden Brunch hosted by Tammy Haddad, SKD’s Hilary Rosen and others.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week: “Hey Peter Ogburn. While you humiliate some person who no one knows, same question can be asked of you: who the hell are you? Or who should care about the mostly puerile things you write? Advice? Find something else to do with your life.” Dear ASS: He is Peter Ogburn, THAT’s who. Who are you? Oh, right, the person who is too cowardly to attach your name to your note.

Journo Love

“Follow by the far the funniest @politico: @LucyConstance.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

And finally, a morning Bible lesson from FNC’s Brit Hume‘s wife, Kim Hume: “A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. Proverbs 14:30 (NKJV)”

Roll Call Reshuffles Posts, Reframes Living Section

Roll Call is announcing shifts today that will be effective Monday. Probably the biggest is that Jason Dick, formerly the House Leadership Editor, is now going to oversee the newly named and expanded “Around the Hill” section. It’s now going to be called “Hill Life.” Dick will continue to manage HOH, the publications gossip column. Lauren Whittington will take over as House Leadership Editor. David Drucker will step in to cover House leadership. The interim Politics Editor will be Shira Toeplitz.
See the internal memo from Roll Call Editor David Rapp. Read more

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Important Question to Ponder: “Does Gov@NeilAbercrombie wear a lei to every press conference?” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz.

Funniest note to a D.C. reporter: “Dave Weigel, I loved seeing you in that ED ad.” — Pelicanette to the infamous Slate reporter. To which he replied, “You sure it wasn’t an Extenze ad?” (ExtenZe, for the uninformed, is an herbal supplement that promotes natural male enhancement.)

Politico‘s Ben White: Please assure us you’re not serious!

“I now instantly block people who Tweet obnoxious/offensive things at me. It’s such a pleasure.” — Politico‘s Ben White, who has apparently READ the Politico Ethics Manual? Say it isn’t so!

Terrible gift-giving idea…“Xmas shopping update: I’ve decided everyone is getting souvenirs from the Capitol this year.” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera. Please, Kate, don’t do it. No one wants that sh-t! (Just looking out for your karma.)

Overheard…

“Overheard in the newsroom: ‘Is this the old coffee or the old old coffee?’” — Neiman Lab’s Adrienne LaFrance.

A Fox News reporter said what?! Read more

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Journo has to pass a kidney stone

“All of my tweets for the next few days will come via @hootsuite so I will not be responding. I have to pass this Kidney Stone. #BoomOnMe” — Sophia Nelson, columnist for NBC The Grio, Essence and USA Today. In a subsequent tweet, she again warned, “All of my tweets 4 the next few days will come via @hootsuite on a timer. I will not be responding or engaging followers. #KidneyStoneCalls.” Nelson leaves no stone unturned. About an hour ago, she wrote, “Good Morning Tweeps. Welcome to my new followers. I am still convalescing with Kidney Stones. Not fun…xo”  In the meantime, Sophia has been tweeting inspirational messages like, “If I want love, I must give love. If I want peace, I must sow peace…” She says her tweets this week will center around “getting rid of distractions in your life that block your blessings” — or, in her case, her urinary tract. Note to readers: We’ll keep you posted on when the stone passes.

Congratulations to…FT’s Mary Katherine Covert and House Speaker John Boehner‘s Press Secretary Michael Steel who got married in Meridian, Miss. over the weekend. Read their announcement in the NYT Style section here. A wedding attendee, CBS and ex-FBDCer Christine Delargy, sent in a picture of a publication she found there, calling it the “FishbowlDC of Mississippi.” We’re both flattered and frightened. See below:

Famed FishbowlDC reader Larry Kelly upon hearing the news that Washingtonian‘s advice column Harry & Louise is taking a breather: “Dear Harry & Louise, if I have friends who I rely on for advice and they desert me are they schumcks?” Our reply: We’re deeply sorry for your loss, Larry. And believe me, we’re feeling it too. This is a deeper question than it appears though. Since your name rhymes with Harry we suspect you’ll be feeling the painful reverberations of this for a little while. Take heart, Washingtonian is sure to come up with something genius to replace it.

How FNC’s Sean Hannity pronounces WaPo blogger and FBDC Fan Club Prez Ezra Klein: “Ezz-er Klein.” We’re sure he means no disrespect. (Thanks to The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor for letting us in on this fun fact.)

Prince Harry in Washington Today

“His royal fun-ness, Prince Harry, will be in DC today!” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji. Harry, a known party animal,  is in town to receive an award on his work with war vets.

Convo Between Media Type and Aging TV Star

As many know, Dennis Haskins, who played Mr. Belding on “Saved by the Bell,” was the guest of the hour at Ron and Sara Bonjean‘s holiday party a few years ago. Ron is a public affairs specialist who runs The Bonjean Company.

Ron Bonjean: “Psyched to see @mrbelding on Mad Men tonight. Break through moment for the show.” A flattered ex-Mr. Belding retweeted and replied: “Thx Ron!”

Journo Love

Steve Lopez at the LAT is a treasure.” — CBS Political Director and Slate’s John Dickerson, who linked to this story by Lopez.

Unexpected Encounters

“I just met Marvin Kalb in the elevator. Random and cool.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz. Kalb spent 30 years at CBS and NBC News, where he was host of “MTP.” He’s an author and a fellow at GWU.

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“I’m doing sanitizer shooters tonight.” — Reuters media writer Jack Shafer, referring to hand sanitizers, apparently the new way for teens to get high.

Tweet of the Day: “About to get my daily exercise by cutting my lawn today.” — Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine.

From the Road

“Parallel parking boat-sized rental car. #firstworldproblems” — Roll Call‘s  Shira Toeplitz.

Self-appointed media critic

“Obama tells RS he reads Andrew Sullivan‘s blog for its ‘thoughtful analysis…’ Like on the truth about Trig’s birth?” — the Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.

The Observer

“Dulles airport looks overtly and distinctly European.” — National Review Online‘s Kathryn Lopez.

Flight attendants you’ve been warned! “I’d say 4 of 10 flight attendants don’t poke me awake to raise my seatback. The other six are lucky to still have their fingers.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

A Question to Ponder: “Who else is making trek to @TerrapinXroads this weekend for the Q shows??” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman.

What’s Driving the Day: “We’re debating whether to wear our prom dresses to the Fresh Air 25th anniversary party.” — NPRFreshAir.

Grenier likes Fallon’s Slow Jam

“Slow Jam the news! hilarious. Thx for this @jimmyfallon” — actor Adrian Grenier.

Lizza flacks about his pub’s dinner guests

“Since everyone seems to be doing this… @NewYorker’s WHCA dinner guests: Aziz Ansari, Carrie Brownstein, Fred Armisen, & Jason Schwartzman.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza. Too bad the magazine didn’t flack as well as the writer.

Joel and Marco hang out

“Minister Joel Olsteen [sic] is hanging out in @MarcoRubio’s office on the hill…wonder what those two are up to! #livingonaprayer” — Glitterazi, referring to Joel Osteen, the megachurch televangelist in town this weekend.

 

From the Road: The World’s Largest Reuben

Roll Call reporter Shira Toeplitz turned the lens on longtime photog Tom Williams Wednesday as he showed off what looked to be lunch for a family of four and maybe a horse. Actually, it was the “World’s Largest Reuben” sandwich, which they discovered while covering the Altmire-Critz primary. Someone on Critz’s staff suggested they find it at the legendary 40-year-old establishment, The Haven Bar.

“Tom didn’t finish the sandwich, but he got through half of it and took the rest home,” Toeplitz explained to FBDC this morning. “I never tried the sandwich because I was too full from eating my own southwestern Pennsylvania delicacy — a grilled chicken salad with french fries on top.”

This is Toeplitz’s third five-day Roll Call road trip with Williams during this campaign cycle, following trips to Iowa in august and Cleveland in February. “Things are getting serious, too,” she joked. “He met my mom yesterday when we were in my hometown of Pittsburgh.” (Shira got engaged to her real beau in February.)

Toeplitz wrote on Twitter, “This is what a $12 Reuben looks like in Johnstown, Pa. #pa12,”

 

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On the Red Carpet: The media throng at the Newseum last night for the screening of “Game Change” was decidedly well behaved. More on the evening later…

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough’s Morning Oops!

“Of course, Tom Cruise was there, Julianne Moore.” — Scarborough on “Morning Joe” this morning regarding last night’s screening. Game Change co-author Mark Halperin was on hand to correct him. Scarborough brushed it off, saying, “Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks. Come on, it’s all the same thing.”

Journo Love

“Was psyched to see @chris_moody on CNN, but then they used an egg timer and buzzer to cut him off.” — TPM‘s Benjy Sarlin referencing Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

Fox News Poster Boy

“I’m thinking about being fair, balanced, and unafraid today. You?” — a follower to FNC’s Bret Baier. To which he replied and, of course, retweeted, “Always.”

Question for us all to ponder…Which Washington journo bears the nickname “Squirrel Boy“?

From the Road

“DFW might be the biggest airport I’ve ever seen. Feels like I just rode terminal transit car from Dallas to Ft Worth.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz.

Cupp and Malkin refuse Olbermann’s apology

“.@secupp and I to @keitholbermann: Take your phony, belated, insult-laden apology and shove it.” — HotAir’s Michelle Malkin. Read the Mediaite write-up here.

Reporter covers possible attempted suicide on Twitter

“@wmata: At this time, trains are bypassing Foggy Bottom due to person struck by train.” — “ow ironically, #WMATA board talking about suicides on transit system, as person stuck under a train in apparent attempt.” — Washington Examiner transportation reporter Kytja Weir. “#WMATA plans to have 800 number posted for suicidal riders, DC -made calls would activate DC team, elsewhere alert others.”

What the hell CNN?

“Memo to @CNN: Why wasn’t my team sent to cover prince Harry in the Caribbean?! #justsayin” — CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.

WaPo scribe down on SXSW

“Oh good. SXSW. Or: Week When Twitter Becomes Insufferable Cascade of Techno-Sanctimony & Interactive Backwash. Insniders (cq) unite!” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

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