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Sam Youngman’s Goodbye Soirée is ‘The Other Side of This Town’

photo-25A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.

“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”

Kevin Madden, a CNN Contributor, pointed out last night, “This is the other side of This Town.” You hear that Mark Leibovich?

The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)

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Morning Chatter

Your daily dose of wisdom

“The best reporters get angry when they’re lied to, not when they’re criticized.” — Former HuffPost scribe Dan Froomkin.

Journo likes Cohen’s column on infidelity

“So. I quite like that Richard Cohen column, actually. #NotASlatePitch” — The Hill Associate Editor Niall Stanage. If you haven’t read it and want to, find it here.

TV host braces herself for nasty tweets

“The tweets about how I look or my weight frames exactly the pressure on women in this industry- I rightfully gained weight and here it comes.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi, who wrote the book Obsessed, in which she opens up about her volatile relationship with food. National Journal‘s SVP of Advertising Mark Walters weighs in…”You look great @morningmika screw the haters!!” And from Co-host Joe Scarborough: “There may be a lot of angry people on Twitter but they are on the extremes. Ignore the haters and focus on the new friends you can make.”

Journo stuck in more ways than one

“If there’s anything worse than being stuck in traffic and needing to use the restroom, I don’t want to know about it!” — C-SPAN Digital and Social Media Specialist Jeremy Art.

Words to live by….“Newsprint’s biggest advantage? The battery never runs low.” — Baron‘s James McTague.

Newsflash: “By contract Washington Post management stays in place at least a year.” — Bruce Johnson, anchor for CBS’s WUSATV-9.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is Jay stealing all our news conference questions for later this week?” — Reuters White House Correspondent Steve Holland.

Quote Taken Entirely Out of Context

“@DanaPerino u are a weiner enabler. Obviously u have drugged jasper and forced him into a life of porn. #sick” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld to colleague Dana Perino.

Obama cancels meeting with Russian Prez Vladmir Putin

Politico breaking news alert: 9:14 a.m.

NYT‘s breaking news alert: 9:53 a.m.

Convo Between Two Journos: The Vagina Monologues 

This morning’s conversation is between Take Part Live Host Jacob Soboroff and The Washington Examiner’s Justin Green.

SOBOROFF: “Just said the V word on @TakePartLive. It’s the fault of Texas police for searching for weed there.”

GREEN: “Vagina. It’s not that hard to say.”

Reporter having TV troubles

“My flat screen is completely going to sh*t. Where should I get a new one?” — TheBlazes‘s Eddie Scarry. Anyone want to donate a new flat screen to Scarry? Get in touch and we’ll get it to him. Write to fishbowldc@mediabistro.com.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:51 a.m.

Morning Chatter

Bravery personified: “Porcupine” pricks BuzzFeed 

“Things must be going really well at Buzzfeed if one blog post gets them so defensive.” — Washington City Paper‘s Will Sommer, who appears to have the courage of an ant in that he only feels safe to insult when piling on after Vanity Fair‘s Juli Weiner needled BuzzFeed with this story Tuesday. Good job, Will! Originality is dead. And groupthink is about as awesome as someone writing and reporting under the pen name “Porcupine.”

In defense of McDonnell’s inebriated son

“Are people really piling on McDonnell because his college age son got drunk and walked home?? Glass houses, people. Glass houses.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau. Sean McDonnell, the son of Virgina Gov. Bob McDonnell, was arrested for public intoxication in Charlottesville over the weekend.

Another thought on BuzzFeed

“It’s @BuzzFeedBen’s world. We’re just living in it.” — Columnist Jamie Kirchick and fellow for Foreign Policy Institute.

Sadness is…

“Always sad when your boyhood congressman died. I hand delivered my mother’s $25 check for his 1958 race.” — Yahoo! News‘ columnist and Yale Prof Walter Shapiro. See here.

Senator instructs reporters on conference call etiquette

“Leave it to Sen. @alfranken to urge us to mute our phones for better audio quality on this call. ‘Someone is going through a car wash.’” — AP‘s Phil Elliott.

Anonymous Rant (continued)…our reader continues complaining about Leibo’s This Town. When I suggest that the book hasn’t come out yet and we haven’t seen everything, the reader writes, “Fair point, Betsy, I should see the whole thing, but best bits out there, and not encouraged. Is Mike Allen’s corrupt promotion of friends, very good friends, and their causes covered? Seems like he got a pass. Politico and other press do much worse than I’ve heard described here.” Missed yesterday’s rant? See it here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:50 a.m.

Unnecessary Tweets of the Day: Vegetable Talk 

After Obama revealed that broccoli was his favorite vegetable Tuesday, the crowd went wild. 

“A kid journalist asked Obama today what his favorite food is. His answer? Broccoli.” — Reuters White House reporter Steve Holland.

“For the record my favorite vegetable is A NICE STEAK.” — Media Matters fellow Olivier Willis.

“My response to all this broccoli talk: Where’s the beef?” — Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker.

“Reminds me of Paul Ryan and asparagus, which he once said he’d prefer to eat over cake. #veggiebipartisanship?” — National Journal’s Rebecca Kaplan.

“Basically: if you make it, I’ll eat it. #analysis” – BuzzFeed‘s Evan “I love onesies” McMorris-Santoro.

“To be clear, I am strongly biased in favor of broccoli.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Brussels Sprouts are underrated folks.” — Logan Dobson, a research analyst for The Tarrance Group, a GOP polling firm.

And the voice of reason?

“The vegetable debate engulfing the Washington press corps is why they hate us.” — MetroWeekly’s Justin Snow.

An Apple A Day Stops Reuters Reporters

An apple a day may keep the doctor away, but Steve Holland of Reuters, who is covering the RNC in Tampa this week, is finding the apple something of a nuisance.

“My Reuters colleague, Debbie Charles, had an apple confiscated as well,” Holland told FishbowlDC when we inquired about the incident. “She asked and they said it was so you can’t throw it at someone. I didn’t carry an umbrella in because I had one of those confiscated at the 2004 RNC convention in New York. But I didn’t think about the apple. I promptly bought another one once inside.”

Despite having his apple taken, he tried again and was successful.

 

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Quotes of the Day

A Brilliant Suggestion

“With Andy Rooney retiring, only viable option for 60 Minutes is to bring in @markknoller for that role.” – Reuters White House Correspondent Steve Holland referencing CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller. Read the breaking story on Rooney here.

G-dropping discussion continues…

“OK, so we’ll start dropping g’s on every pol we cover, right?” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill to CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Revenge of the Smoothie

“Why do I take a smoothie from home to work you ask? What else can I use to coat the inside of my car, my phone, and my trousers?” — Slate‘s John Dickerson.

The Anti-Christie

“Downside of weighing 100lbs? You’re the first person people want to sit next to. Maximum space.” — The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

Only in Washington…

“One of the best days at National Journal is the day the new Almanac of American Politics arrives #coolperk” — NJ Congressional reporter Major Garrett.

A message to the universe: “BUMMED AS EVER RE EXISTENCE RIGHT NOW, HINT HINT JOB CREATORS” — Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik.

Travel blogger seeks explanation for global insanity

“Is there some crazy lunar eclipse tonight? I’d like an explanation why everyone I’ve talked to today is hostile, angry or just plain cuckoo.” — Poshbrood founder Elizabeth Thorp.

Deep Thoughts: “Is Chris Christie even Chris Christie?” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman. And more on Christie from “Fast Break” (h/t Mike Allen) Sherman’s colleague Matt Negrin: “How many times is MSNBC going to say there’s ‘BUZZ’ around Christie???? It’s the beehive of cable TV!”

Rhetorical q’s at a glance

“There are people who go on twitter to look smart?” — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell in response to Politico Ben White‘s question, “What percentage of Twitter consists of reporters trying to look smart to other reporters? My guess: A lot.”

News that makes you go HUH? The View‘s Sherri Shepherd, who doesn’t exactly have the reed thin physique of Bob Schieffer‘s crush, Gwyneth Paltrow, is saying she worries that big, fat Chris Christie could die in office. Meanwhile, Barbara Walters insists that Christie will be the GOP candidate. Many Twitter followers wrote to tell us that at least one fat President  — William Taft — had been elected and even had a special bathtub made for him. Does The View have a special tub for Sherri?

Quick Convo Amongst Three Journos

HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel: @brianbeutler Why are you linking to porn sites? I think you meant to link to this: [Read here.]

HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery: Touching Porn Movie?

TPM‘s Brian Beutler: Talking Porns Memo?

 

 

The WHCA Holiday Party

Were you at the JW Marriot’s Garden Terrace Monday night?

We hear that there was a record crowd, including White House Press Secretary Dana Perino and all the press office, travel office and advance office staffs.

Food? Rare roast beef, fresh garlicky pasta and plenty of wine and beer.

Dana gave a short thank you and introduced husband Peter McMahon. Reporters welcomed back Kelly O’Donnell (who just departed to cover Capitol Hill for NBC) and Steve Holland (now covering campaigns for Reuters).

There was lots of gossip about who to invite as the entertainment for the big dinner next April 26th, 2008, but late night comedians have been ruled out.

Board member Ken Herman of Cox came early and Mike Allen of Politico, who is also a board member, stayed late.

Holland Leaving White House Beat

Steve Holland is leaving the White House beat after 16 years as of today to become a special correspondent in the Washington office to help out with Reuters’ coverage of the 2008 campaign. Holland covered Presidents Bush, Clinton and Bush and will now turn his attention to covering who the next president will be. All three of those presidents sent letters of congratulations to Steve that were presented to him last night at a party at the Old Ebbitt Grill organized by White House Correspondents Association President Steve Scully and his successor, Ann Compton of ABC News. Steve heads off to Manchester, New Hampshire on Sunday to cover the two presidential debates there next week.

This Week In Pool Reports

A quiet week for the pool, complete with an ostrich farm, some good natured teasing and a naked lady for good measure. Ok, ok, the naked lady was a tattoo.

  • “The helicopter ride from Victorville was fairly dramatic. We hovered over miles and miles of mostly empty desert, a cluster of houses here, an ostrich farm — yes — there (okay, there was one that I saw). POTUS landed in a lot at Fort Irwin and strolled over to a make-shift mini-village that was set up for his visit, but offers a sense of 12 others that are deeper in the desert.” — Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

  • “The first stop was a card table set up in front of a cinderblock-type hut. Sitting on top of it were suitcase devices used to view the images sent back from predator drones. ‘Train it on Holland,’ POTUS said as a soldier held up the drone, about two feet long and pointed it at Steve Holland of Reuters. Peering into the image received in the suitcase device’s monitor, POTUS said to Holland, ‘You’re as rough looking here as you are regular.’” — Rutenberg

  • “No news, some color. You have the transcript. (Apologies for the brief delay in filing this report – your pooler was going through the WHCA’s new pool guidelines, to make sure they weren’t being immediately violated.)” — John D. McKinnon, Wall Street Journal

  • “The patients had a variety of severe injures. The president shook the prosthetic right hand of one soldier, jumped onto a Stair Stepper next to another patient missing a right leg and admired the tattoo of naked woman on the left shoulder of another soldier who’d lost both legs.” — Bartholomew Sullivan, Scripps Howard News Service