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THIS IS CNN: “Wolf! #NavyYardShooting” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Spotted on the Acela…

“Morning shows apparently repositioning for Tuesday. CNNs Cuomo and CBSs Rose boarding Southbound Acela just now.” — TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: the messenger

“I know folks are relishing an opportunity to get out their hatred for media; I’m just trying to provide context for what we got wrong.” — NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

Trying to piece together facts

“In the last 15 seconds on one radio i heard 9 dead…8 dead and 6 dead — are they not listening to each other?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Words of media wisdom…

“It’s pretty clear at this point that nothing is ever learned from one royal breaking news f’ up to the next.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Know what? If you or I RT something, we endorse it. (Maybe not views themselves, but as accurate news.) Any disclaimer otherwise: bullshit.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Scott Bland.

“If the wrong person was named in today’s shooting, I hope he sues the news orgs and wins, a la Richard Jewell. Pathetic. #journalism.” — Brad Phillips, who writes the Mr. Media Training blog.

“Two things that never work out. Ever. 1.) Saying ‘Don’t you know who I am?’
2.) Rushing to be 1st with unverified facts. First is not best.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito.

“It’s always conflicting law enforcement sources…” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

“So basically every piece of information that’s come out about the shooting so far today has been wrong.” — WCP‘s Aaron Weiner.

“Did we learn nothing from Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing? Stop reporting wild rumors like it’s fact.” — Washington Examiner‘s Steve Contorno.

“Here’s an idea. Rather than tweet out competing reports, perhaps we could wait a little bit and report out confirmed reports.” — Mo Elleithee, DNC Communications Director.

“Okay, turning off Twitter for now because developing news and social media don’t mix.” — J.P. Freire at 11:37 a.m. Monday.

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Conservative Blogger, WaPo Designer Dragged Into Jury Duty For Nothing

Few people like being called in for jury duty. It’s a time suck and you get little, if anything, in return for the service. As fate would have it, both conservative blogger Lisa De Pasquale and Tim Wong, designer at WaPo, were called in yesterday. Both were dismissed without actually having to do anything.

De Pasquale’s potential case, she told FishbowlDC, involved a man dying while being transported from a nursing home. The plaintiff, a woman, believed the company transporting the man was to blame for his death. The defedants were two Hispanic men accompanied by a translator.

“The only time I’m up this early is when I’m going to the airport,” she tweeted yesterday at a not-that-early 7 a.m. “But this time I’m not going anywhere fun. Just to jury duty.”

Nearly eight hours later, a lawyer eliminated her. She doesn’t know why, but has a hunch. “I suspect saying I was involved in media relations was probably what got me booted,” she said.

So, a waste of a day. Except we did learn that De Pasquale may be an obsessive compulsive… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“My little nugget gained 1.5 lbs in two weeks.” — Tim Wong, WaPo designer.

After last week’s televised tenseness in which MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi butted heads on chauvinist matters and he snapped his fingers in her face to move on, Scarborough made three New Year’s resolutions directed to Brzezinksi morning on “Morning Joe.” Well, at least two were directed her way: 1) “I’m not going to do that ever again.” 2) “I’m going to try to not interrupt you less in the new year.” 3) “The next time we go to the White House, I’m going to try very hard to not poop my pants.”

Chocolate Vs. Onion

“If you put a bar of chocolate next to an onion (any variety, but shallot preferred) and said ‘choose,’ I’d go for the onion every time.” — Randy Shulman, Co-Publisher of MetroWeekly.

Sherri Shepherd reports on son’s pancake breath

“As Jeffrey eats pancakes w syrup dripping from his mouth, I savor my hot water w lemon, oatmeal w berries knowing that being healthy is #1. Jeffrey now wants to kiss me w his pancake & syrup breath… WHYYYY NOWWWW. The saying ‘I want to eat you up’ is taking on a new meaning!” –  ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

 

Shiner moves into self-loathing with sports analogy

“Ugh. I am the people I hate. I just used a sports analogy when talking about politics. #mendozaline #congressionaldisapproval #whoami?” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Travel Bitches

“The good: I bought a real New York bagel. The bad: I’m in dingy Penn Station. The ugly: And it’s not even 7 a.m.” — Washington Examiner‘s Naomi Jagoda, who explained she was in New York and New Jersey celebrating her grandfather’s 80th birthday.

Deep thoughts with two TV journos and a Breitbart editor bitchslaps CNN’s Piers Morgan…

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What Do You Want in the New Year?

By Betsy Rothstein and Eddie Scarry

We asked Washington journalists to tell us something they want or something they want to happen in 2013. There’s a few New York-based political scribes sprinkled in here. Here’s what they told us.

CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett: “I want political courage and skill commensurate with that demonstrated by our armed forces and diplomats in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and other places of peril since 9/11.”

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson: “I’d like to catch more trout. And I plan to.”

The Weekly StandardMatt Labash: “I’m hoping this is the year in which  the internet finally craters. It’s had a good run, but nobody ever shuts it off.  So after all this relentless exposure – after everyone having their say, then saying a lot  more – we now get sick of people in minutes that used to take us years to get sick of otherwise. Which is why I’m pulling for less connectedness, and more solitude. Less digital. More analog. More wondering what people think, instead of knowing, then being disappointed. Less concern about trending topics. More concern with staying unconcerned about what everybody else is concerned about. Also, I think 2013 is going to be the Year of Joey Lawrence. He’s due. And with the internet disappearing, we’re going to need something/someone to fill the void. To teach us how to live again. To show us the old ways.”

WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper: “My wish list for 2013: 1) Jayne Sandman’s body WITHOUT Jayne Sandman’s workout schedule; 2) Pamela Sorensen’s social schedule WITHOUT Pamela Sorensen’s late night hours; 3) Dana Bash and Susanna Quinn’s Super Mom abilities WITHOUT Dana Bash and Susanna Quinn’s early morning wakeup calls; And – the thing I would most like in 2013: 4) to see my friends who cover politics without having to go to New Hampshire or Iowa in winter or Tampa or Charlotte in August to see them.”

Raptor Strategies’ David Bass:  “Shock and awe.”

FishbowlDC and Current TV’s Full Court Press Co-host Peter Ogburn:  ”Peace, love and harmony finally coming to the nation’s capital. Also, I’d like to see a fistfight between Tim Grieve and David Martosko.”

FishbowlDC and The BlazeEddie Scarry: “I’d like Politico to be the first news organization to genetically engineer a reporter with a Blackberry for genitals. Makes anonymous sourcing of political operatives that much easier.”

Queen Levine (a.k.a. radio correspondent Mark Levine): “In 2013, I’d like to see mediabistro get just a few basic facts right. Jon Stewart has proven you can be snarky and a journalist. (If you want to just make shit up, that’s fine too, but then you gotta know you’re doing it and be funny. Like the Onion. Good luck in 2013! And let me know if you need help understanding any of the hard words above. Like ‘journalist.’” (We suspect Levine’s snappy answer is in response to the drama queen’s appearance on our year-end list. He never misses a chance to brag about himself. Long live the queen!)

Current TV’s David Shuster: “In 2013, I want the baby Kera and I are having to come out healthy and happy and to possess a little more tact and patience than me — In other words, be like his/her mother.”

The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack: After about a year in the works, I finished a new screenplay this month (It’s not about politics). I hope to sell it in 2013. I also want to see Barney Frank get on Twitter in the new year.

Tommy Christopher, Mediaite White House Correspondent: “Besides fetch? In 2013 I really want a federal assault weapons ban (including semiautomatic handguns) with Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s NFA grandfather clause, and a federal firearms registry with a psychological fitness test, to happen.”

The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor: “Just off the top of my head, I’d like to see…1) Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher go away — go back to selling men’s suits or something 2) Political journalists to stop acting enamored with Robert Griffin, III and Bryce Harper as if they’re life-long Washington, DC sports fans 3) Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert to find Jesus or some other form of organized religion of his choosing and have a little love in his heart 4) Someone to remind me why BuzzFeed Politics exists.”

SiriusXM’s Julie Mason: “In 2013, Gov. Rick Perry needs his own talk show, a la Huckaboom (but sassier). There must be world recognition of the massive journalistic skills of Josh Rogin, Josh Lederman, Andrew Harnik and Meredith Shiner. We should also pause, as a nation, to admire Suzanne Malveaux‘s new, longer hairstyle. Because that shit is awesome. Also, my favorite shows need to quit the nine-month hiatus between seasons. That is really annoying.”

WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin: “Real entitlement reform. Gumming up the Obamacare works. Republicans champion immigration reform.”

WJLA’s Steve Chenevey: “Can we extend the telecommuting concept to journalism? I’m all for home studios in 2013. Would love to get PR pitches more than a day in advance. And the freedom to critique viewers on their choice of outfit for the day. Not that I would ever do that, but overly opinionated viewers never seem to surprise me.”

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You’ve Been Warned: With Auto Correct Comes Funny, Frightening and Fretful Errors

The auto-correct feature on smartphones is quickly becoming both a blessing and a curse to reporters. While speed-typing to tweet a quote or respond to an email, a typo can quickly be corrected without having to stop. But like a GPS, sometimes things go really wrong.

While at the Democratic convention, Roll Call HOH‘s Neda Semani live-tweeted former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s speech. The governor suddenly became a very high ranking figure. “It kept correcting Crist to ‘Christ,’ which I didn’t realize until after,” Semani told FBDC.

Politico‘s Ben White has had his own issues with spelling software. “Not for nothing but my spell check wants to change ‘Stephanopoulos’ to ‘postmenopausal,’” he tweeted last month.

Jen Bendery at HuffPost has also felt the sting of auto correct. “I usually catch auto-correct mistakes before hitting send,” she said, “but one thing that is super annoying (and happens all the time) is when I hurriedly write ‘seriously’ and ‘aerioauky’ fills in.” Bendery said she wasn’t sure if aerioauky is a word. (We’ve consulted an American dictionary and confirmed it is not.)

And on and on it goes. Below is a compilation (undoubtedly an incomplete one) of the trials and tribulations journalists have had with auto correct:

Slate‘s Dave Weigel told us no matter how many times he types in his “favorite phrase,” his phone always adjusts it to say “I don’t give a shot.”

Last year WaPo‘s Tim Craig sent out a tweet that was supposed to be about D.C. compensating fire department workers. It ended in a much messier tweet (emphasis ours): “Also, couldn’t argument be made 24 hours shits would be cheaper for city,” Craig wrote. “Big fires last hours, so more OT would be paid if 12 hour shifts?”

Over the weekend, Fox News’ White House Correspondent Ed Henry tweeted, “Adventures in Auto-correct: ‘We made a pistol at Shake Shack’ — um ‘pit stop’!”

Last month Reuter‘s Sam Youngman tweeted, “Today’s traveling tune: ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Mötley Crüe.” The dots above the “o” and “u” are called umlauts. AP‘s Henry Jackson tweeted at Youngman that he was “impressed” by them.. “Not me. Auto correct knows how to party,” said Youngman. Jackson replied, “I always suspected auto correct had a hard-rock streak in him/her.”

Goodie two shoes Tim Wong, who works on WaPo‘s mobile design team, said he proofreads his messages and hasn’t had any auto correct mishaps. “I learned to never depend on spell check in J-school,” he said. Wong added, however, that auto correct is “probably one of the cardinal enemies of the Twitter hashtag.”

SiriusXM/P.O.T.U.S Radio’s Julie Mason has also faced down the curse of the correction function. “I constantly ask others to ‘wait a sex,’” she said. “I had a colleague once whose byline, via auto correct, became ‘John Maggot.’”

And in a pool report last month, Yahoo! NewsOliver Knox noted that David Plouffe‘s last name “generates all manner of oddball auto correct suggestions.” In the Firefox web browser, suggested replacements for “plouffe” are “souffle” and “pouffe.”

Freelance video journalist Markette Smith told us she “always” has problems with auto correct. In the past she sent texts meant for her husband to her boss twice. Thankfully it was “nothing too damaging.”

Avid conservative tweeter Kevin Eder wrote last month, “I don’t even know why I bother tweeting from my phone. It never, ever ends well. #typos #errors #fail”

BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted in September that he “often get[s] in trouble” typing “it’s” verses “its” thanks to auto correct.

Our favorite comes from WaPo‘s Erik Wemple. He experienced a particularly awkward screw-up while corresponding with an executive at Allbritton Communications (his employer at the time). The executive had asked Wemple to do something. “I was happy to comply with the request and was in a rush, so I wrote ‘NP.’ That is, short for “no problem.” But auto-correct rendered it as ‘NO,’” Wemple said. Needless to say, he had to smooth things over.

On the other hand, there’s the ever cautious ABC 7 daytime anchor Steve Chenevey. To avoid mishaps, he has done what many may eventually do — he turned off his work phone’s auto-correct feature. Safe and sound.

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Quotes of the Day

FALSE EYELASH ALERT: TWT‘s Senior Op-ed columnist Emily Miller tests out fake eyelashes for the first time. She appears pleased with the experience: “The TV makeup artist gave me false eyelashes today. First time in my life!”

Bret Baier takes another Twitter beating

Last week they hated his necktie.  This week FNC anchor Bret Baier reacts kindly to a follower just hating him and his work. Period. Truth3232 writes, “Your a hateful despicable sc#mbag with lies and hatefulness I’m sure your [sic] ashamed.” To which Baier replied, “Thanks for watching.”

Emotional journo

“Come on, Nats! This is when I start eating emotionally. #sweetpotatofries” — RCP‘s Erin McPike.

Female blogger declares her single status

“Just made it official on FB. I’m single and like men. In case there’s any confusion/single men with beach houses who want to ask me out.” — Conservative blogger Lisa De Pasquale.

Wanted: Hairdresser

“DC friends, I’m in desperate need of a haircut. Does anyone have any recommendations for a reasonably priced, skillful hairdresser/stylist?” — WaPo designer Tim Wong. (Calling famed RHOD stylist Paul Wharton: any recs?)

The Observer

“Oh Brooklyn… Woman sends back her orange juice because it’s not fresh-squeezed.” — HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel.

Journo offers cold, harsh reality

“No one cares what TV show you are on this morning or anything to do with the brain dead presidential race. There is nothing but Jeter.” — Politico‘s Ben White who clearly forgot where he works this weekend amidst a sports binge.

Um, Grover is big?

“Girls displayed to ‘Big Dad’ their ‘campout’–a pile of all books and toys and blankets in center of room. Mom will be so happy or not.” — Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist.

WETA seeks funds from 1-year-old

“WETA mailed my 1-year-old daughter a solicitation to become a supporting member. Getting ‘em young, PBS?” — Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden.

Deep Thoughts With Chris Hayes: “The place where I and lots of others learned to write long — alt weeklies — have been absolutely destroyed.” — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes to BuzzFeed‘s Ben Smith.

Barnicle graces D.C.

“In DC today. Whole town sleepwalking through a baseball nightmare. Nobody paying attention, waiting for Storen to throw strike three.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” regular Mike Barnicle.

The Heckler

“Michael Hastings on MSNBC? What — he couldn’t find a general to get fired this morning? #MSNBCFail” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor on BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings.

Convo among broadcast journos

This morning’s conversation is among ABC President Ben Sherman, Senior WH Correspondent Jake Tapper and ABC Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl. Oddly, Tapper’s tweet on the bean incident has disappeared. Strangely Sherwood’s first bean tweet can’t be found, but he has a few subsequent remarks on it. Karl’s tweet remains intact.

SHERWOOD: I put that in the same category as lima beans.

TAPPER: I have studiously refrained from bringing up the shocking lima bean incident in a public venue.

SHERWOOD: Do not snub the butter bean!

KARL: The lima bean revelation was a shocking one.

In other Jake Tapper news… “1 month from today my book THE OUTPOST, comes out. More than 2 years in the making, I’ve never worked harder on any project in my life…1/2″ — Tapper.

 

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Quotes of the Day


ENGAGED! My beautiful bride to be @augstums, and me, in Aspen.” — Todd Harris, media consultant and GOP political strategist.

The Observer: Did Rich Lowry have a manicure?

“Anyone else disturbed by Rich Lowry’s nails? You think they’re always that done or did he just gussy them up for #MeetThePress?” — Miss Spot.

Self-appointed media critics

“That was the interview? Well, at least Breaking Bad is on tonight.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

“Takeaway from 60 Minutes interview: Romney and Ryan have a clear rapport with one another. Romney less antsy than during other interviews.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“The 60 Minutes interview with Romney/Ryan: Bromancing the White House.” — Syndicated op-ed columnist and Editor-in-Chief of Soapblox Tina Dupuy.

“One major problem is that Paul Ryan speaks so f—ing fast, tough to transcribe.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“Just For Men has apparently perfected robotic hair color#Watching60MinutesAds #PiningforTivodelay” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Coming to his rescue…

“Haha, @RichLowry totally nailed @maddow on her answer. Don’t know why she pretends to be an innocent bystander in politics.” — WMAL Exec. Producer Heather Smith.

But wait, not so fast…

“If Rachel Maddow broke Rich Lowry’s nose right now, that would be the best thing NBC has aired in months.” — Chuck Sudo, a Chicago viewer.

Mom’s verbiage makes editor uncomfortable

“My mother is referring to her flip-flops as ‘thongs.’ This makes me uncomfortable.” — HuffPost Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.

Journo gets drunk

“Haven’t had this much to drink in a long time. My brain feels fuzzy and that feeling is awesome.” — WaPo page designer Tim Wong.

And another is on his way…

“Vacation cocktail #1″ — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Hungover Boybander sure loves his band mates

“I’m hungover in coffee shop so you’ll have to Google the links but@ezraklein@daveweigel wrote excellent pieces on politics of Ryan pick.” — Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman.

A date to remember

“Me and my baby boo @THERealLyndaDC enjoying a hot date@FSWashington with each other!” — Paul Wharton Style’s Paul Wharton and ex-Real Housewives of Washington star Lynda Erkletian.

Romney VP news added work for journos

“I know I said I was sleeping in today but how abt a lil Romney veep pick special w/ @wolfblitzer instead?” — CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Reporter’s aunt was confused

“One of my liberal aunts went to a Ryan town hall last year. Left there wanting Ryan as Obama’s VP.” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Enthusiasm is…

“Cannot succinctly explain the adrenaline rush and stress of producing four hours of breaking news coverage. Or maybe I can: Awesome. #CNN” — Jeff Simon, Assoc. Producer for “State of the Union” With Candy Crowley. We don’t want to worry about Simon too much, but later on in the weekend, he added, “Entering delirium. I feel like I was deep in REM and someone called me and asked me to explain quantum mechanics. Need to snap out of it.”

Uh oh.

“And now I hear I am selling iPADS. My account has been hacked. What do I do about this? Anybody?” — Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott.

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Quotes of the Day


Journo shares his squid: “This is the best crispy squid/calamari I’ve ever had.” — WaPo designer Tim Wong.

Late-night *&^%$# WH Pool Report

“Your pooler is delighted to report that the arrival was entirely uneventful. After a nighttime approach that reminded your pooler just how *&^%$# privileged he is to have this job, Marine One touched down on the South Lawn at about 9:04 pm Clustered journos got a quick wave as President Obama walked into the residence, trailed by the usual gang (Carney, Plouffe, etc)… (‘*&^%$#’ is pronounced ‘golldurn’)” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

No fruit for Zeke?

“I just don’t understand, Zeke Miller, next to me on the plane says ‘I don’t eat fruit.’ But it’s so delicious.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson on Buzzfeed‘s Zeke Miller.

From the Dept. of Insanity

“Let’s face it. We’re all a little bored with the Olympics. So at 1015 tonight switch over to Fox News & see me on @gretawire’s show.” — Bloomberg TV Contributor Neil Barofsky, whose name on account of this tweet should be Barfsky.

Skittle overload

“I have that feeling I’ve eaten too many Skittles on a long car trip — about this campaign.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Newsflash: GOP Victory Chair and possible Lt. Gov candidate Pete Snyder is officially a Fox Contributor as of this week. He says  ”I feel like I just got drafted by the New York Yankees.”

Travel encounters…

“Child in line won’t stop staring. Maybe she’s blinded by my beauty. Maybe she’s terrified by the job I did putting on mascara in the dark.” — Erica Elliott, Comm Director for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Journo marvels over new cab

“Just hopped in a cab, and it is literally brand new. I’m his first ride. What are the odds? Not used to good non-Uber forms of DC transport.” — Politico apparently very high James Hohmann.

Ahh…memories

“Last party at an aquarium I attended ended when an employee micturated on the penguins #tampa” — NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan. The definition of micturate is: urinate.

Obama makes sock joke to press

“As press looked on, Pres Obama mock-boasted ‘No holes the my socks. My grandmother would be proud.’” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller. AFP‘s Stephen Collinson further explains the moment in a White House Pool Report: “When he was done, he stopped to get his shoes and sat down on the edge of the mat right in front of the pool to put his shoes on in a rather unusual photo op. CBS’s Peter Maer commented  ‘very presidential Sir.’” And Obama responded above.

 

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Quotes of the Day

“I went once and I refused to ever go again.” — CNN’s Anderson Cooper commenting on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner this week. The crowds and chaotic nature of the event disturbed him most.

“Enjoying a bloom before getting ready for work.” — WaPo designer Tim Wong.

Roland razzes commentator for pathetic facial hair

“Seriously, S.E. Love ya dearly, but that thing on Will’s face ain’t a beard! It’s random strands of hair.” — CNN and Washington Watch host Roland Martin to S.E. Cupp regarding Will Cain, a contributor to CNN, The Blaze and NationalReview.com.

HuffPost reacts to FNC’s ‘The Five’

FNC’s “The Five” chatted about what they consider the obvious tension between Arianna Huffington and President Obama. They also take turns bashing HuffPost. For example, Gret Guftfeld said Arianna should give Obama the chance to work for her and not pay him.

“HuffPost DC watches The Five talking abt the Huffington Post #euphoria” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“‘The Five’ is attacking HuffPost right now. I’m crying.” – HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel.

“As you might imagine, we are LOLing like crazy @ The Five right now.” — HuffPost media writer Jason Linkins.

Journo marvels at neighbor’s tight pants, ties

“Oh hipster man who lives across the street, your tight pants and bow ties never fail to amuse me.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

Reporter tries to coax frozen laptop

“#thatawkwardmomentwhen you find yourself audibly coaxing your laptop to unfreeze. Even my most honeyed pleas don’t work with this one.” — NJ‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

Priceless: Conservative reporter rags on Michelle Obama

“Cost of Ann Romney’s shirt to herself: $990. Cost of Michelle Obama’s Spain vacation to taxpayers: at least $467,585.” – NationalReviewOnline‘s Jim Geraghty. (Fab or Fug? Ann Romney would obviously make a fantastic FishbowlDC spokeswoman, but we have to call fug on that shirt.)

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Quotes of the Day

Picture courtesy of WaPo designer Tim Wong.

A big thank you to all who came swimming in the Fishbowl last night at Lost Society. Was lovely to meet some of you for the first time and let me just say, when The Daily Caller makes an entrance or an exit, they hardly ever do so quietly. To the reporter at the bar who told me he now gives all his scoops to BuzzFeed: Go to hell! Hilarious excuses of those who couldn’t attend the Belvedere Vodka-laced festivities ranged from a migraine and daddy duty to the evil sniffles, parking troubles, the payroll tax deal and being stuck in Cleveland to cover, what, the 2012 presidential election? You know who you are. A certain politico (meaning political person, not the Rosslyn type) didn’t show because he was undergoing — no joke — a cleanse. I will NEVER let him live this down. Another: “I am pre-taping stuff for president’s day, not sure when we will be done!!!” (I’m only joking — the excuses were funny and I hope you can show up to the next one.) A HUGE thank you to Dannia Hakki of Moki Media for making this happen. (More pictures later in the day…)

A Boston-based follower to WMAL’s Mary Katharine Ham: “Ok, honey.You keep believing in that magical sky wizard & letting him run your politics.” She replied, “Sexist AND incoherent!”

Henry vomit

A follower to FNC’s Ed Henry told him over Twitter: “I think your tweets are awesome, down to earth and informative and if some people don’t like they can unfollow-right? Just sayin.” Henry replied, “haha I think you’re a smart guy — thanks.”

Ahh, lovely commenters…

Reader Jo Ann Law McGrath remarked yesterday about this story: “‘Piranhamous’  Who is that? Small wonder there is no identity given. I just remembered why I stopped reading this hogwash.” To which FishbowlDC regular Larry Kelly retorted, “Then what are you doing here, smelling your computer?”

Obama refuses to sing

“At the Apollo in NYC Jan 19th, Pres Obama sang a bar of Rev Al Green‘s ‘Let’s Stay Together,’ but tonight said he won’t do it again.” — CBS White House Radio Reporter Mark Knoller. “Pres Obama declines to sng Rev Al Green song with Rev Al Green in the room at campaign fundraiser tonight.”

In Memoriam

“60 Minutes extends its sympathies to the family of NY Times reporter Anthony Shadid, who died Thursday covering the conflict in Syria.” And NYT‘s Nick Kristof: “Anthony Shadid was as great a person as he was a correspondent. Indeed, his humanity forged his journalism. RIP”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Fine I’ll admit it: I like 90s on 9 on sirius.” — Politico‘s “Fast Break” Jake Sherman in his first ever victory of this award. Congratulations Jake!

Note to readers: We’re off for Presidents Day. We’ll see you back here in the treacherous waters on Tuesday.

 

 

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