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5 Journos, 5 Views of OTR

In Washington, the phrase “off the record” is tossed about like candy on Halloween. It’s often the only reason someone will agree to speak to a reporter, and for a city that largely operates in secrecy, reporters here find it to be a daily necessity. The tricky thing is, it means wildly different things to different people. So we reached out to journalists, bureau chiefs and others around town to find out what it means to them.

Toby Harnden, Washington Bureau Chief, London’s The Sunday Times: “It’s a bar at the Hay-Adams. It’s also a term used in Washington by people who are about to tell you something really boring that you probably knew anyway, or was blindingly obvious, and you wouldn’t want to publish. But if you did want to publish it and you agreed to it being off the the record (it’s an agreement the journalist has to be part of) then you could use the information but not attribute it to anyone by name or affiliation or quote it directly.”

Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today. “In my view, ‘off the record’ means you can’t use the information in a story and you can’t use the information in reporting – for instance, going to a second source and asking him or her to confirm what you learned off-the-record from the first source. However, that’s often not what people intend when they say ‘off the record.’ They often mean “on background” – that is, that the information can be used in subsequent reporting and even quoted as long as their name isn’t attached to it. So I often follow up an ‘off the record’ comment by saying, ‘OK if I use this information and just don’t attribute it to you by name?’ Nine times out of 10, they’ll say yes. But I don’t feel free to do that with information designated ‘off the record’ unless I have that subsequent exchange. Actually, if you then say, ‘I’d really like to use this information, but our rules are very restrictive on the use of anonymous sources,’ five times out of 10 they’ll put it on the record – better still.”

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Morning Chatter

TOO SOON? “Found this while cleaning out some files today. Heh” — Ben Freed, who was fired as Editor-in-Chief of DCist this week for defying a boss’s orders about spiking a freelance story he wrote for BuzzFeed. Earlier in the day Wednesday Freed wrote, “I appreciate all the kind tweets, DMs, and emails. I thought @ErikWemple’s piece about what happened was totally fair.” Of course he thought it was “fair.” WaPo‘s Wemple defended the reporter who defied a directive from a boss by discussing standards set by the Washington City Paper, which is all well and good but for the fact that Freed was not fired for freelancing; he also no longer works for WCP. Wemple left a gaping hole in his story on Freed, jumping right from the publisher, Jake Dobkin, asked for the BuzzFeed story to be spiked to… “It ran.” Good going! But why should details matter to Wemple, who picks and chooses whom he defends based on an elusive criteria that’s hard to comprehend. He recently gave quite the easy time to a “publisher” who invented a story because she wished it was true. What’s not to like? Wemple later posted a letter from Freed which solved the mystery he could have clarified in his original post seeing as the letter from Freed circulated well before Wemple’s breaking story published. Freed wrote, “While the feedback on the piece has been largely positive, Jake had asked me to tell BuzzFeed to spike the article, but they and I went ahead with the decision to run it. I knew Jake would not be pleased, but I did not think this would be his recourse.” They and I? Hmmm so nice of Wemple to defend Freed on purposefully defying his boss based on standards at a publication where both he and Freed previously worked.

Workplace weirdness

“The co-worker who doesn’t want me following his twitter, follows ME on twitter! And we kind of are friends. That is why it’s weird.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

Reporters fall prey to goat pitch

“Congressional cemetery goat bounce piece: Reporters more susceptible to press releases in August.” — CNN’s Zach Wolf. Speaking of goat stories…“ITK: Goats graze the Congressional Cemetery…which leads me to this uber important q: Do goats “bahh?” Just sheep?” — The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz, who links to this story. The Hill’s Associate Editor Niall Stanage replied, saying,  “I believe they bleat, officially. And thank you for provoking me to Google ‘noise Goats make.’” And Yahoo! News‘s Chris Moody: “I got hit with poison ivy while chasing goats around the Congressional Cemetery. WORTH IT.”

TMI?

“Many have asked about Twitter’s verification process. Not too difficult, though urine test was embarrassing.” — “Wheel of Fortune” host Pat Sajak.

Words to Live By

“Give us your tired, your weary, your Zuckers.” — Mother Jones reporter Tim Murphy.

Reporter shares slice of life

“My 7 y/o in preparation for married life always tells me: ‘Daddy I really don’t like being asked how my day was.’”

Journo admits confusing actresses

“I mistook Glenn Close for Meryl Streep at Dem Nat’l convention in LA once. I was mortified, she laughed. Can relate.” — Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman, who links to this post in which a fan confuses Matt Damon and Mark Wahlberg. “Humble and hilarious, we just gained more respect for Marky Mark,” writes HuffPost in a post that’s neither humble nor hilarious.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:01 a.m.

Another view of This Town

“Working my way thru #ThisTown, but it’s a grind. Are the only people in ‘this town’ Democrats & @JohnMcCain (which, you know, close enough)?” — NJC’s Hannah Jackman.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Howie uses the f-word

“F-word: For those who object to my calling Daily Show fake news, Jon Stewart has used it many times. Doesn’t mean criticisms aren’t real.” — CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Damn, we thought for a moment he was actually dropping an f-bomb.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day I: “Dynamite post of the week (then again, it’s onlybMonday [sic]): Spotted: Sen. Harry Reid at City Church. With a great back of the head photo that could have been a zillion other people. Needless to say, I was riveted.” Thanks Ass. So glad you wrote in! Yes, it was only Monday, and actually it was, in fact, Sen. Reid. There were riveting pictures of the front of his face that we didn’t show you.

Reporter wants to shoot up coffee

“It’s one of those just-inject-the-coffee-directly-into-my-veins kinda days.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: Whoa! 5:25 a.m.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day II: “Do a story about DCRTV Dave Hughes!” Great idea! We have. Gobs of them. See here, here and here. We’re bored of that washed up lizard for the time being, and he hasn’t blatantly stolen anyone else’s copy lately.

Stephen Tschida Condo Update

“Kids the condo quest continues… the first board rejected me because of my boys. This time another problem… 48 hours to make it work!” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. By his “boys” he means his adorable pooches pictured here.

Sadness is…

“Grim fatherless fathers day here at Casa Frum/Crittenden.” — Daily Beast/Newsweek and CNN Contributor David Frum.

“When I walk into the spare bedroom in my house where Dad frequently stayed when he was sick, I can feel his presence as if he were still suffering there in bed, and I think, ‘Dad, I miss you.’ But then guilt and self-doubt strike. Did I miss you yesterday? Did I even think about you yesterday? Is the memory of you beginning to fade already? Am I sometimes still too busy with work to reserve even a few precious seconds every single day for the man who gave me life? God knows I neglected him enough as his life slowed down and mine sped up.” — Rare Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker in a Father’s Day first-person remembrance. Read the whole story here.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I don’t know where zoftig ends and Dunkin Donuts begins.”HuffPost and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie weight loss in reaction to an intro from Touré who used the word “zoftig” to describe the governor even thought the word is supposed to apply to pleasantly plump women. In Yiddish, the word means “juicy.” Fineman continued, “I would bet that he does master it because having the desire to be President is even stronger than the desire to eat donuts. So I think he will do that and it’ll help make him a good story, at least initially.”

Bachmann bails on Congress 

“Shorter Michele Bachmann: I’m smart enough. I’m good enough. And doggone it, people like me.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“Just me, or does Michele Bachmann’s music and cadence here channel Delta’s in-flight safety video?” — Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis.

“In a rare 6:05AM appearance, @mikeallen joins us to discuss Michele Bachmann.” — Morning Joe.

“How cool would it be if Bachmann could ride out of Congress on a giant eagle?” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Weiner Police Returns

“I can’t even have a conversation on this set without you all losing it.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi on broaching the topic of ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) running for mayor of New York. Mika turns into the Weiner Police whenever Weiner’s name is on the rise. One thing is clear: Mika is just not that into Weiner.

Ask Judy Today at 1:30 p.m.

“Questions for @JudyWoodruff? She’ll answer during a live chat tomorrow at 1:30 pm ET. #AskJudy” — PBS NewsHour.

Blogger finds girls to be a mystery 

“Right. My eldest daugher [sic] graduated summa cum laude, but I don’t understand girls.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

Producer in search of propane

“So here I am. Racing the clock to get more propane while a partially-cooked red snapper hangs out on the grill awaiting my return.” — FBDC and Bill Press‘ Producer Peter Ogburn.

Who could it be?

“Overheard: ‘I’m writing a story…what they they called … the little ones…’ ‘Blog post?’ ‘Blog post!’ — Politico lobbying and campaign finance reporter Byron Tau.

TV correspondent gets weight-conscious

“My German childhood nickname translates to ‘FAT.’ Sso when a co-worker asked ‘what do you weigh… 190?’ you can understand my angst.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“This headline writer should get a bonus.” — WaPo’s Karen Tumulty of a headline this week in LAT.

WTF?

“Every time I work outside I’m reminded that mosquitos [sic]:Kevin::Kevin:chicken fried steak. And bug spray must be like cream gravy or something because it has no effect.” — Townhall Managing Editor Kevin Glass, who apparently uses bug spray on his steak.

Uh oh.

“Dear God, glitch in condo quest! Keep fingers crossed, trying to work things out. Kids I can’t take another disappointment…” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, who has been through the wringer with his search for a condo.

Wrap your head around this…

“Carol Burnett to receive Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

“I award @RonCharles the Carol Burnett Prize for American Humor.” — ReutersJack Shafer.

Bureau Chief gets touch of road rage 

“Oh my god, this traffic is soul crushing. …I don’t know how people drive to work. I’d murder all the things if I had to do this.” — BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton on Tuesday evening.

WTF Part II

“So, I know I’ve been going on all day about graduations, but something crazy just happened on FB, and I had to immediately defriend someone. Am I crazy for this? When is it ever really appropriate to hit someone with a ‘yo you didnt call me?’ if y’all don’t really talk?” — WaPo ExpressClinton Yates. First off, yes, Yates, you’re crazy for this. Dear Readers, we tried in vain to get the complete story out of him last night as to what happened here, but failed miserably. Either his story sucks or we don’t get it. We’re willing to concede both. But you’ve been warned. Go “trolling” in the vicinity of Yates on social media and you could be defriended, blocked, etc…

Learning the lingo 

“I also learned that ‘Katie Holmes’ Knee Vagina?’ is an actual headline.” — Jazz Shaw, weekend editor at Hot Air.

Katie Holmes photo credit: TMZ

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I don’t get this guy. Just strange movements. Weird. I just don’t get it.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinkski on Psy, the South Korean SMOKING rapper and dancer after the show ran a clip of Tommy LaSorda being perplexed and unamused by Psy performing some moves at Dodgers Stadium during a game.

Journo snoozes in White House briefing room

“When Jay Carney is 30 minutes late, I take naps in the briefing room.” — MetroWeekly‘s Justin Snow.

SOS: Tweeting and untweeting

“Dernit! how do you unretweet a tweet on this new version of twitter tweetdeck??” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

WHAT HAPPENS IN MEXICO STAYS IN MEXICO – “It’s an early morning call for the press and WH staff as we wait to load the charter for Obama’s trip to Mexico.” — NYT‘s Michael Shear with the accompanying photograph.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:07 a.m.

Crossing our fingers for Stephen Tschida’s new condo

“So I won the bidding war. Now I have to win over the condo board.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in his war quest to purchase a new condo. As some who have been following his saga know, the Condo Board on his last potential bid fell through because of his adorable dogs. Except…a few days ago he wrote, “Kids… holding my breath and waiting to put pen to paper… seller went for MY OFFER! enough of bidding wars… and *#%&@#! condo boards!” We agree and hope the new one isn’t reading this.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

BREAKFAST AT ABC’s THIS WEEK: HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: “French toast, home fried potatoes, sausage patties and bacon in the ABC green room. Seriously?” Host George Stephanopoulos replied, “Sorry, Arianna, I ate all the Greek yogurt.”

On Margaret Thatcher’s passing

“Margaret Thatcher was the first politician I ever met. She was a wonderful person and a great leader.” — FNC Contributor and RedState Editor Erik Erickson.

“Obviously, everyone should relate Thatcher’s death to something in American politics, and then tweet it, because that is a Good Thing to Do.” — Politico‘s Tony Romm.

“Over-under on # of people who will write interesting columns about what Thatcher meant to them: 4″ — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Music editor ties the knot

“En route to the church to marry my best friend, @mabinty. #weddingday.” — WCP‘s Marcus Moore, who married Mabinty Koroma.

Violent dream talk.

“I’m killing people off in my dreams right and left this week. Sorry, everyone. I don’t like it either.” — Photographer and blogger Laurie White.

Weekend TV Watching

“This episode of Cops takes place in Portland. The squad car pulls over a naked man on a bike who is ‘protesting global warming.’” — Politico’s Byron Tau.

“Watching ‘Point Break’ with Alex Pappas. It’s his favorite movie.” — The Daily Caller’s Will Rahn regarding he and his colleague, Alex Pappas.

Tschida’s exotic vacation to southeast Asia

“Long airport layover, so sign up for ‘foot massage.’ 90-year-old man comes in says please take off trouser but please leave underwear on.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. And unfortunately, upon returning home, Tschida falls ill: “Back from the jungle and all day long I go from chills to sweat. Sure hope it’s the D.C. weather and not dengue fever. But with my luck?”

Editor throws caution to wind

“Went to the P St. Whole Foods after 2pm because YOLO” — Foreign Policy magazine Managing Editor Blake Hounshell.

TV anchor admits culinary weakness and a reader panics that Politico Playbook has been nixed today. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“We’re just starting our second week and we want to hear from you. How’s my driving? Let us know what you like, what you think we need to work on. Email us at thelead@cnn.com.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“We’re showing women bouncing their butts in our viewers’ faces. Can we just stop that?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfield on “The Five” Monday as the network showed endless b-roll of Spring Break women shaking their asses.

Hence the understatement of the week: “Fox News loves their Spring Break b-roll.” — Breitbart and Townhall‘s Lisa de Pasquale.

In other words: Happy Passover!

“Awright haters and @mmfa trolls, you soon have 49 hours to do your worst, since I am going offline for Passover. To the rest I say #Freedom!” — Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief and in-house counsel Joel Pollack.

Actually, not a Happy Passover

“My mother is breaking my heart by sending all the family photos from the family seder I’m missing. Almost like I’ve been…passed. Over.” — Think ProgressAdam Peck.

TV journo tries to avoid overeating 

“If you are trying to maintain your weight don’t fly Emirates. they feed you like every 2 hours… Seriously. I finally just said stop.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, our favorite traveler.

And another can’t sleep

“Wide awake hours before my alarm goes off, can’t fall back asleep. #firstworldproblems.” — Media Matters’ John Whitehouse whose Twitter handle is @existentialfish.

Attention publicists!

“Pro Tip: if you’re a publicist, don’t use ‘Comrade’ as the salutation of an unsolicited email. I won’t keep reading.” — Politico‘s James Hohmann.

Important Question to Ponder

“Why won’t the ‘Unknown’ person blowing up my phone just leave a message? #why” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

WTF: The Bunny and Eggs Season?

“On CA radio show, Rep. Louie Gohmert confirms his comms director is single. ‘She’s just terrific. Just absolutely terrific.’” – HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery. “Gohmert on Easter: ‘Some may call it ‘bunny and eggs’ season. It’s Easter.’”

Reporter blasts Rosenne Barr. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Here we have the fantasy baby of our own FBDC’s Eddie Scarry and Mark Levine, a determined radio correspondent we affectionately refer to as “Queen Levine” for his dramatic email exchanges with Eddie. We must say, they’d produce adorable offspring. We’ll call her “Levina Scarry.”

Valentine’s Day Success Stories

“The Obamas went to Minibar tonight. That is a serious I-never-have-to-face-the-voters dining option. Also delicious. …How did he get a reservation?” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

“My parents spent Valentine’s Day at Disney World. Their 1st time w/o kids! How romantic. And cute! I’m super jealous.” — WJLA’s Mike Conneen.

“We were so stuffed from our Valentine’s Day lunch that we had a quiet dinner at home.” — Chairman of Accuracy in Media Don Irvine.

Stupid Question never to Ponder: “Is there a special app that will protect my tweets so morons can’t read them?” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz. Note to Podhoretz: If you don’t want morons reading you then you shouldn’t be on Twitter.

Uh Oh.

Conservative radio host Dana Loesch: “Pick battles wisely folks so that they move our agenda forward, not back, or cause needless division. We’re all on the same side. Smiles!”

Conservative blogger and author Michelle Malkin: “I don’t get people who lecture me not to engage liberals on Twitter. This is a social ENGAGEMENT tool. For, you know, ENGAGING.”

Bureau Chief: Outraged by Poopy Cruise

“CNN has a ‘sweet home Alabama’ cryon for the poop cruise. I want those responsible put in a sack and thrown off a bridge.” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Washington sex terms

“Lots of Washington terms are appropriate for Valentine’s Day: Holds, Mark up, Pocket veto, Rider, Score, Whip, Yield.” — Paul Brandus of WestWingReports.

Valentine’s Day Downers

“Totally having a 2 star meal at Brasserie Monte Carlo tonight. I’ve been bumped by the waitstaff at least a dozen times.” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

“When your boyfriend does last minute Valentine’s Day shopping you get a card in Spanish.” — National Journal‘s Ben Fishel. (Actual card at left.)

“Oh angry, loud single ladies getting drunk and wearing fake mustaches at this bar, Happy Valentine’s Day.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“So much sappy music on the cab radio tonight. Can’t imagine why.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

“What a nightmare. Not one not two but three separate accidents and TWO lanes closed for roadwork on 395.” — Fox News Producer Kara Rowland.

The Media Critics

“CNN led am show with cruise nightmare OVER Russian meteorite!” — NJ‘s Josh Kraushaar.

“If a Free Beacon reporter asks your group for tax forms you don’t want to provide, tell Politico you’ve been assaulted by racists #protip.” — Newsweek-The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“It’s all about willpower. … I became a vegetarian. I started working out.” — MSNBC’s Al Sharpton last night on how he shed pounds to Ed Schultz. Schultz began the segment on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie‘s weight issue by telling Sharpton, “You used to be one big dude.”

Writer has “terrifying flashbacks”

“Watching the Buick commercial where the dance instructor pairs the tallest girl with the shortest boy is giving me terrifying flashbacks.” — Megan McArdle, special correspondent for Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

Scarred for life?

“No breast slips…no nipples, no thongs. They’re keeping it clean.”– NYT Communications Asst. Jordan Cohen‘s mom to Jordan regarding the Grammys.

The self-aware blogger 

“I have been venting in about 6 people’s text messages today. I need to sit down and woosah.” — Javonni Brustow, blogger.

TV reporter finds his inner Britney Spears

“Close call at gym. Britney’s ‘Gimme More’ came on. Started shimmying my shoulders. Caught myself before anyone noticed, I, I think.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Politico reporter gets in Jose Canseco’s virtual grill

Jose Canseco: “Your value is not how good you are it is how you make others better.”

Jake Sherman, Politico: “Is this why you deceived mlb by doing steroids?”

 

Shhh cabbie!

“I am not in the mood, talkative cab driver.” — The Daily Caller Taylor Bigler.

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