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Obama Campaign Steals Reporter’s Sunshine

Daily Mail‘s U.S. Executive Editor Toby Harnden was turned down by the Obama campaign Tuesday to attend an event with former President Bill Clinton in Miami. Clinton spoke to students at Florida International University. The campaign wrote the reporter to say, “Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we are unable to accommodate your request.”

Harnden was surprised to say the least. We asked if he thought it was personal. “I’ve no idea,” he told FishbowlDC. “They said in the original email that there were space constraints and that not everybody could be accommodated, but they often say that and this has never happened to me before. I’m a lone reporter who takes up about two square feet of ground and I work for the world’s most popular newspaper website so it’s a bit mystifying.”

Harnden did consider making a last minute trip to the Sunshine State. “Was going to fly down for event, but opted not to,” he said. “Response came so late though that I could well have been down there. Thankfully, I was waiting to be sure I had credentials before flying. Of course, there’s a decent chance I could have wheedled my way in at the event itself.”

 

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Quotes of the Day

TAKING A BREATHER: “Things I haven’t done for days: watched cable, brushed hair, missed either.” — Elite media specialist Tracy Sefl.

And now, a plug for not suspending harsh campaigning on 9-11: “Isn’t it giving into the terrorists to suspend nasty, unfair, distorted negative campaign attacks for 9/11 anniversary?” — Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden.

Journo wants obscene amount of truffle oil: “What would be the health effects of putting truffle oil on literally everything, because I am considering it.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

Thanks but no thanks

“I’m pleased to receive all these press releases from politicians expressing their opposition to the 9/11 attacks but I’m not sure its needed.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“I think @frates just barfed.” — HuffPost Senior Congressional Reporter Michael McAuliff in reference to NJ‘s Chris Frates.

Ari has spoken.

“I just got a spamish tweet asking, ‘Want 2 be HEARD this election?’ Um, if I’m not being heard @NPR has a problem.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Ex-game show host declares true feelings

“OK, here I go, I love the tea party . Endorse everything they stand for. There I said it. I am a Tea Party guy.” — Chuck Woolery, former host of Love Connection, who attended CPAC earlier in the year.

Uh oh!

“That moment when u realize uv got a typo in a release u just blasted over 600 top dc media #goodtimes #DOW!” — Publicist Dannia Hakki.

CNBC host’s dad won’t be able to vote

“My dad, a vet, won’t be allowed to vote in Pa. because he does not drive, he is elderly, and can’t prove his citizenship.” — CNBC’s Jim Cramer.

 

The Tearjerker: Journo Says Goodbye to Pooch

If you’re in need of a good cry this afternoon (and even if you’re not) you’ll want to read Mail Online’s stories of a journalist’s life with his dog, a Belfast stray the reporter acquired in 1998. Toby Harnden‘s farewell to his dog, Finn, is nothing short of touching and heartbreaking.

As a foreign correspondent, Harnden traveled with him all over the world — Ireland, London, Jerusalem and ultimately Washington.

Sure, journalists are supposed to be tough creatures by nature. But Toby shows how to open up without being annoyingly sappy but just sappy enough to convey how he felt every step of the way. The pooch died in his arms. He buried Finn by his home overlooking a creek.

Asked how he is doing, Harnden replied, “Yeah, I’m OK. Can’t believe the little guy’s gone though. Very lonely in my office now. And going through pics etc just brings back all the fantastic times and what an amazing dog he was even though he obviously slowed down a lot in recent years. I did an interview with a radio station in Spain and both I and the interviewer were choking up!”

A warning to the thickest of skins among you: Don’t read the stories without a box of tissues close by.

An excerpt:

Although he still enjoys his walks – two a day – he is so slow and deaf and blind that I often have to retrace my steps to find him and point him back in the right direction. He is given four pills twice a day and will occasionally yelp from the pain in his limbs. Massaging them seems to soothe him. His teeth, for many years almost perfect, are now rotten and he can’t eat biscuits as he used to. His breath smells like a sewer.

See the story. And this one.

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Quotes of the Day

Boybander Heaven: “Looks like a smug hipster had an accident on my TV screen.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor with accompanying photograph.While subbing for MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow last night, Rep. Ezra Klein (D-WaPo) interviews Chris Hayes, Maddow’s long lost twin.

Self-appointed Media Critic

“Warren Buffett and @MorningJoe should get a room.” — Mail Online U.S. Executive Editor Toby Harnden.

Life at White House like bowl of cherries

After White House Press Sec. Jay Carney told FNC’s Ed Henry during a Monday briefing that he was cherry picking numbers, Reuter‘s Sam Youngman had a bright idea: “If there isn’t a jar of cherries in the booth for @edhenryTV by the end of the day, I’ll be disappointed in the wh press corps.”

Important Question to Ponder: “But how does Washington feel about Joan Rivers?” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers. Rivers appeared at Sixth & I Synagogue last night to celebrate the release of her new book, I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me.

Idiots on Twitter: This one’s for you

“I have to admit that I have been stunned by the amount of people who tweet or email opinions about a story who clearly did not read story.” — Pittsburgh Tribune’s Salena Zito.

The Observer

“Just saw a guy with one of those steel suitcases handcuffed to his wrist – Hope Diamond? Nuke codes? Never know in DC.” — FNC’s Shannon Bream.

Arianna weighs in on sleep again

“Maybe we need to expand ‘Friends don’t let friends drive drunk’ to “Friends don’t let friends drive sleep-deprived.” — HuffPost/AOL’s Arianna Huffington, who insists that humans need seven hours of sleep. That’s one more hour than Politico‘s Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei insists upon for avid sleeper Mike Allen.

Real Life Bullsh!%t

“Officially Monday now = full glass of water spilled on mouse pad and my shorts ripped down thigh as they caught on doorknob- lkg fwd to Tues!” — Kathy Jentz, editor of Washington Gardener Magazine. 

CNN’s Hilary Rosen: ‘I am a Sea of Calm’

In case you thought you were having night terrors last night, CNN Democratic Commentator and SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director Hilary Rosen really did go off on would-be first lady Ann Romney in a late-night Twitter rant. Soon enough the Twittersphere exploded and Romney jumped in to defend herself. “I am a sea of calm in the storm,” Rosen wrote to FishbowlDC just after midnight after we asked how she was faring. The fire ignited on “AC360″ Wednesday night when Rosen said she “wished Mitt Romney wasn’t using his wife as a guide to women’s economic struggles because she had never worked a day in her life.”

President Obama‘s top campaign advisor David Axelrod wasn’t pleased. He wrote on Twitter, “Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.” And Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, concurred: “I couldn’t disagree w/Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong+family should be off limits. She shld apologize.” In a strange twist to this already odd evening, at 11:15 p.m. Rosen published a story on HuffPost. Suffice it to say Rosen, who cares for two children by herself, doesn’t have horses or an elevator in her home.

It all began innocently enough…

7:46 p.m. I’ll be on @AC360 with @andersoncooper tonight at 8:30 on Romney and the women’s vote. Does he even know what Lily Ledbetter Act is? #CNN

Things start to heat up.

9:55 p.m. When I said @AC360 Ann Romney never worked I meant she never had to care for her kids AND earn a paycheck like MOST American women! #Truth

9:59 p.m.: Mitt Romney is running for President, not Ann. He hired only 10%women at Bain; now makes up false concern for women’s economic struggle.

She trys to make nice. A little.

10:09 p.m.: I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t.

Her harsh conclusion…

10:11 p.m. @donnapt My point is that he should stop saying that she is his guide to women’s economic problems. She doesn’t have any. #IsntItObvious?

It’s not over. Things turn weird as she welcomes Ann to Twitter…

10:46 p.m. Ann Romney joins Twitter and issues her first and only message of the night: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” By 11:46 Ann Romney had 4, 265 followers.

10:56 p.m. “@AnnDRomney I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don’t u?”

11:02 p.m. @AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy. #HeNeedsMore

11:06 p.m. Oh and @AnnDRomney welcome to Twitter. You will find it a very exhilarating and often unforgiving place!

11:15 p.m. Rosen publishes a story on HuffPost. She doesn’t apologize.

The backlash from the right was swift…

“According to Leftist rules: Every Democrat on television this week should be asked if they agree with Hilary Rosen.” — Lee Doren, Washington D.C. author of Please Enroll Responsibly.

@SalaciousSully: “Honestly, this @hilaryr broad MUST work for Romney. His support has gone up hugely in the past few hours because of her!” (Former Right Girl who describes herself as “the classiest asshole you’ve ever seen.”)

Members of the Media React

  • “Fact that Axelrod repudiated Hilary Rosen CNN attack on Ann Romney says it all: HR is not an Obama advisor but is biz partner of one.” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman.
  • “Axelrod & Messina have made Hilary Rosen comments into a story. Did they need to react to talking head?” — Daily Mail Online‘s Toby Harnden.
  • Anonymous right-leaning journo tells FBDC: “It’s a total bullshit point my side is trying to score, but it will be ridden like a rented mule on FNC.”
  • “I’m waiting for Bill Maher to criticize Hilary Rosen.” — NRO Contributor Greg Pollowitz.
  • “Hilary Rosen makes me glad I (mostly) say all my stupid crap in private.” — Philadelphia Inquirer political writer Tom Fitzgerald.
  • Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch: “Rosen works at same PR firm run by former Obama comm director that also reps Fluke. Total collapse of orchestration. #waronwomen #waronmoms”
  • Hot Air’s Michelle Malkin: “By attacking @AnnDRomney, @hilaryr managed to do what hadn’t been poss. before tonight: Uniting the Right behind Romney. Heckuva job, Hil.”
  • HuffPost‘s Sam Stein took a decidedly lighthearted tone in his reaction: “History will show that the election was lost tonight by Hilary Rosen.”
  • And ReutersSam Youngman‘s reaction was of a similar vein: “Upside of today’s battle in the war for women? Easy reminder to call mom.”

 

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Stop and check out the chicks: “Look what I passed on the road today. I wonder how old these little guys are” — CNN Contributor and former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. American Urban Radio’s April Ryan remarked, “AWWW! The dad in you made you take the precious shot!”

Drudge whoring at the rental car agency

“Rental car guy: ‘Sorry brah, I get most of my news from Drudge.’ #noproblembrah” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

All in a day’s work

“There are days when I feel like I can’t push this rock up the mountain anymore, days when #TheRaceCardProject feels like a boulder.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

Senator’s wife wishes hubby a happy anniversary

Connie Schultz: “My only advice for wedded bliss: Marry your hero. Happy anniversary, honey – aka Sherrod Brown.”

George Zimmerman journo humor

  • “I need all Florida helicopters to keep an eye out for any white Broncos. #IJS” — NYT‘s Charles Blow.
  • “If you happen to see Zimmerman in line ahead of you at Wendy’s, remember he still has valid permit to carry concealed weapon. So back off.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Reporter talks to himself on Twitter

“@mboyle1 probably not. was just funny. I wouldn’t go out of your way though” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. Hey Boyle, maybe lay off the Mountain Dew and Red Bull today? He followed up by adding, “Haha. Kinda funny though. Guess I got caught talking to myself haha. Bet I end up in @fishbowldc for that one.”

Noteworthy: Politico Playbook published at one of the earliest times in recent memory this morning. Time: 4:45 am. Come on, Jim VandeHei, let Mike Allen sleep!

Hey Speechboy, speed matters

“So why do people care if Bloomberg or the Washington Post was the first to report a fact that within 2 minutes of reporting, everyone knew?” — @speechboy71. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone has this explanation from a WaPo spokeswoman. “The draft story was not intended to be published until we confirmed that Santorum was suspending his campaign. The draft was inadvertently sent to Bloomberg, with whom The Post has a partnership, through an automated feed. It was not published on our Web site until the news had been confirmed.” Read his full story here.

In England, the sweater vest is a tank top

Politico‘s Emily Schultheis: “Best part of BBC radio interview I did just now: host calling Santorum’s sweater vest a ‘tank top’. Daily Mail Online‘s Toby Harnden, Washington’s official tank top expert, replied to Emily, saying, “It’s the only term recognised in UK! Having to wear a ‘tank top’ still a traumatic childhood memory.”

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“My mother prefers I not curse in my gchat status update ‘from now on.’ Apparently ‘the whole world’ sees that.” — DCGOPGirl.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Journos ding victory night music

“Did not anticipate I would be in a sweaty ballroom full of Republicans rocking out to ‘Pump Up the Jam’ tonight. Life is full of surprises.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Music at Gingrich party is essentially a Casey Kasem grab bag from 1992 (i.e. atrocious)” — CNN’s Peter Hamby.

“Gingrich event a sauna cum mosh pit Must be 400+ people crammed into this small event room at Hilton #scprimary” –  Mail Online‘s U.S. Exec. Editor Toby Harnden.

Radio host blames dreams on Buffy

“Alarm went off this am, reached over to turn it off, and said calmly, ‘Well, clearly she’s possessed.’ #weirddreams #watchingtoomuchbuffy” — WMAL’s and Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham.

Whoops!

“With me are two experts, the co authors of Game Change…TIME‘s Mark Halperin and New York Magazine’s John Halperin.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Saturday night. John’s surname is Heilemann.

Reporter calls out the pundits

“Pretty much every pundit + journo in America has said Romney certainly will be nominee. Will the whole lot of ‘em reverse course tomorrow?” — RealClearPolitics’ Erin McPike.

Irony…“Newt, humbled by tonight’s results, is now explaining how stupid everyone in Washington is.” — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty.

Bold admission

“Ok, i’m done for the evening RT’ing about things I have no firsthand knowledge of.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long.

Another reason for Newt to hate the media

“Odd delay. Newt announced, then…..nothin” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

“Even in victory, Newt can’t help but be a gigantic dick.” — NYT Magazine Contributing Writer and Men’s Journal Contributing Editor Stephen Rodrick.

NBC’s ‘MTP’ can’t be psyched about this…

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell‘s advice for Newt on the eve of his Sunday “MTP” appearance: “I would cancel Meet the Press immediately.” The Rev. Al Sharpton: “I think he will blow it in the one-on-one interview.”

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QUOTES of the DAY

The BEST Person in the WOOORLD is BACK! Ex-MSNBCer Keith Olbermann debuted on Current TV last night. It’s apparently the ex-MSNBCer club. When he can’t make it in, David Shuster will.

Journo got V-curious

“Just had to Google ‘vajazzling.’ Kinda wish I hadn’t. #mustbegettingold” — The Daily Telegraph‘s Toby Harnden in a Monday tweet.

Bio of the Day

Journalist: Politico‘s Molly Ball. Twitter handle: @mollyesque Part of bio that intrigued us: “Molly’s accomplishments include being awarded the Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan and winning $100,000 on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.’”

The Daily Show’s Weiner segment name from Monday night: The Schlong Goodbye; Underneath his photograph: “Weiner Resigns, Unhappy Ending”

Scandal Surprise

“A good Queens law firm: Weiner, Lee, Massa, Spitzer and Fosella.” — NJ Managing Editor Terence Samuel in a June 6 tweet. Yes, late, but we think still worthy of a mention.

Angry Sports Talk

“What the fucking shit is happening in Boston? A ten-run 7th??” — Wired.com‘s Spencer Ackerman in a Monday night tweet.

Blogger tries headstand

“Yoga teacher made us attempt headstand tonight. There are so many words to describe how poorly that went.” — Vintage thrift blogger Lisa Rowan in a Monday tweet. Correction: Previously I called her a “conservative” blogger. That was incorrect. She writes a site called www.quarterlife202.com. My apologies for any harm or heartache that may have caused.

A picture of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Really?), a.k.a the D.C. tourist, is worth at least 1000 words: Visit here.

 

 

 

How Journos Handle Al, Tipper Split

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Journalists – TV, print and online – are having strong, sometimes extremely emotional reactions about the Al and Tipper Gore separation:

“Leave them alone, just leave these people alone.” –MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Joe Scarborough on the separation up Al and Tipper Gore on Wednesday morning’s program. …”If you bring that up again I’m going to go lay down.”

“Tip O’Neill was right. They have a right to their separate hearts.”–MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on Monday night’s program.

“I should know better, but Al and Tipper Gore, you are bumming me out; is there hope for any of us? (And who would’ve bet the Clintons wld be the couple left standing?)”
–Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in Tuesday Facebook post. (Read her Wednesday piece on the Gore’s separation here. She writes: “When someone dies, you want to know how they went, and when a marriage ends, you want to know the cause of death for the relationship, too — not only out of prurient interest, though there is that, but for your own sake.”)

“Gores splitting: You’d think that kiss at the convention would have sealed the deal for life.” –WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz in a Tuesday tweet.

“The Gore mystery deepens. You figure a couple that’s so open about their problems has it all figured out: (Read story here).
WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger in a Tuesday tweet to intro a Wednesday Reliable Source item.

“Geninuely sad to hear about Al and Tipper.”
The Daily Beast’s Meghan McCain in a Tuesday tweet.

Fascinating to watch the Tipper/Al split story capture interest today. Lots of reader react on Washwire.com. (Read story here.)–WSJ’s Gerald Seib in a Tuesday tweet.

“I’ve known Al and (less well) Tipper Gore since the early 1980s, and always thought that their marriage was the quirky, unstable leftover of their youths in the capital.”
Newsweek’s Howard Fineman injects personal experiences into his story on the Gores. Read the full story here.

Politico’s Ben Smith: “Ultimately, though, the Gore separation will serve largely just as a reminder of how unknowable othersÂ’ relationships are. Most Gore friends declined to be quoted discussing a couple who had managed to keep their personal life largely out of the public eye.” (Read full story here.)

“Fairytale Gore, Edwards marriages end before global warming, poverty.” The Daily Telegraph‘s Toby Harnden promo’s his piece on the Gore’s.

Why Won’t Sarah Palin Take Questions From The Press?

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Saleno Zito asked Chuck Todd, Sam Youngman, Andrew Breitbart, Major Garrett, Carrie Budoff, Donna Brazile, Domenico Montanaro, Toby Harnden, Howard Kurtz and myself for “a Top Ten List of ‘I can’t believe he/she just said that’ reasons why Sarah Palin doesn’t want to take questions from us.”

Read it here.

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