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RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

Click through for a list of the evening’s award recipients and here for our list of the top ten comedic fails of the night. Read more

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“I wonder if he lurks on Twitter, if he has a secret Twitter account. … Does he have the BuzzFeed app?” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, referencing President Obama at “BuzzFeed Brews” last night at Jack Rose Saloon in conversation with ex-Obama aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau.

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Commenter abhors FLOTUS and POTUS abbreviations

“FLOTUS – POTUS – Such stupid and ugly abbreviations… Wish they’d go away forever. Please stop using them. What’s wrong with First Lady and President? Answer: Nothing.” — Rose, who remarked on this post.

In case you think you’re having a bad day…

“Man breaks into home, rants about zombies, then is shot to death, according to police” — LAT

And now, an incredibly boring parody of Politico Playbook by TNR….See here. Or don’t. But either way you’ve been warned.

Meanwhile…Slate has a magnificent photo magic show that’ll help you determine if MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow is the son of Frank Sinatra or Woody Allen. See here.

 Atlantic Wire headline on Politico’s Monday memo: “Politico Has No Time For Your Loser Attitude”

WTF?

“Would be pretty great if @Morning_Joe called itself ‘Morning Jehosephat’ for just one day.” — TNR.

imagesSuzanne Somers on the radar screen

New York Mag’s Jonathan Chait: “Suzanne Somers writes an anti-Obamacare Wall Street Journal column. Her views are not as deep as you might expect.” Read here. He points out, “If your newspaper is going to publish a weekly column by Karl Rove, you have already crossed whatever conceptual boundary might stop you from publishing Suzanne Somers.”

“Anybody who criticizes Suzanne Somers has to go through me first. National treasure.” — “The Takeaway” congressional reporter Todd Zwillich.

Question to Ponder in Privacy of Your Own Home: “Dude. Why didn’t they just have the NSA design the Obamacare website?” — CNN’s Zach Wolf.

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Stenographer gets religious over bill passage

“‘Praise be to GOD!’ House stenographer Diane Reidy is rushed off the floor and into an elevator…” — Todd Zwillich, Washington, D.C. radio correspondent for The Takeaway. Politico‘s Jake Sherman explained further, “An official house court stenographer took to the microphone & was screaming ab God. She was saying in the hall you can’t serve two masters.” Politico‘s Byron Tau added, “What I thought happened but no one tweeted about it so I thought I hallucinated.” And BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera: “The stenographer who started yelling was named Holly, she was taken off the floor. Members really shaken up by it.”

images-2Shutdown: Over!

“More traffic on the road, the grinding sound of leaf blowers on the White House grounds…the federal govt has reopened, lots of work to do.” — Joy Lin, Fox News White House producer.

“So the shutdown ends, but will we be right back in the soup come January?” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“My DC cabbie is sad that there is traffic again after three weeks of respite.” — Josh Barro, politics editor, Business Insider.

Question to never ponder: “Do we think any woman in the world actually goes by ‘Blondie’?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

ringingphoneNYT‘s Dean Baquet scolds persistent reporter

“Evan, no news organization in America would report on every discrimination lawsuit filed in every court in every medium-sized city. Even when the author of the story chooses to try to use cheap tricks to goad people into covering his obsessions. good luck.” — NYT Managing Editor Dean Baquet in an email Wednesday to our resident phone enthusiast and investigative freelancer Evan Gahr. He explained to FBDC, “I sent him two other emails about this and also left two messages. And I hung up on his secretary one time when she answered the phone.” Gahr quickly snarked back at Baquet by email, saying: “Wait. Washington DC is simply a ‘medium-sized city’ as you call it. I thought it was actually our nation’s capital. Silly me. As for ‘obsessions’ the New York Times is normally obsessed with alleged race discrimination–except, of course, when the alleged perpetrators are fellow members of your liberal coven.”

Good Question: “So, do eight car trains return on Metro tomorrow?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Editor pissed about shutdown

“On behalf of America (in Cruz sense) I want to thank the Tea Party for this epic shitshow that damaged economy, wasted money for nothing.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

floatinggoldfishThe Announcer

“America, your federal government is back, and open for business. (Well, soon at least.)” — NBC’s Mike O’Brien.

The Observer

“And the bill passes. Congratulations.  Now the House can get back to passing nothing the Senate will agree to.” — NBC News Deputy Political Editor Domenico Montanaro.

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“Really, it’s for display only.”TIME‘s Mark Halperin on his facial hair this morning as the “Morning Joe” crew again razzed him for him and tried to touch it.

Sighting: Yoko Ono

“Spotted entering Central Park at 6th Ave: Yoko Ono, looking very much like Yoko Ono.” — The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich.

SMOKING PHOTOG: “How French photographers roll: Fingers simultaneously on shutter and, of course, cigarette.” — Boston Globe White House Correspondent Matt Viser with the accompanying photograph.

Journo wonders about those classified videos

“So much for classified…everyone in the media now has the Sryia / gas CLASSIFIED videos — leaked to us deliberately by admin?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Saturday night on Twitter…

“Ugh, infestation of ignorance in my TL. Many blocks. Back to Saturday night!” — Salon‘s Joan Walsh.

Anti-Bloomberg sentiment rages on

“That Mayor Mike Bloomberg interview with New York magazine is beyond pathetic. He should apologize to Bill de Blasio and his family. I think someone should stop and frisk Mike Bloomberg for a brain. So Bloomberg is ticked de Blasio has his Black wife & son in ads? If his wife was Becky & son Skippy would that still be an issue?” — TV One morning host Roland Martin. Bloomberg’s exact words to New York Mag: “He’s making an appeal using his family to gain support. I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching what he’s been doing. I do not think he himself is racist. It’s comparable to me pointing out I’m Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote. You tailor messages to your audiences and address issues you think your audience cares about.”

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

Shocker: Franken talks to reporters

“Not sure what’s more newsworthy: Al Franken saying he’s leaning towards supporting #Syria Rez,or that he talked to the press in the hallway!” — Real Clear Politics congressional reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns.

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Bus driver caught reading while driving

“Metrobus driver caught driving bus while reading newspaper.” — ABC7. The original video appeared on the classy-named Unsuck DC Metro. Read more here. Horribly, maybe this is proof that print isn’t going out of style. But more importantly, which NEWSPAPER was it?!

Scribe brings mom to WH Xmas party

“Was so proud to take my mom to the White House Christmas party tonight. About 50 more of ‘em should make up for all the trouble I caused.” — ReutersSam Youngman earlier this week.

Febreze makes a sudden, inexplicable comeback

“The person who invented Febreze is a genius.” — MetroWeekly‘s Randy Shulman.

COS will dedicate special 3,000th tweet to deceased mother

“66 tweets to go to 3,000. I hope to make the 3000th on Dec 28 a tribute to my mother who passed away Dec 28 2006. Got any ideas? Thanks all.”  — Jim Sciutto, Chief of Staff to U.S. Emb. Bejing (and the Dept. of WTF?).

Monkeys on meth: How do they behave?

“Brief conversation with a US senator just now re monkeys on meth. Conclusion: They act crazy.” — Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway from Public Radio International.

Reporter wants to gorge on chocolate

“I love advent calendars. Is it too late to start one? I could just eat all the chocolate up to today in a day.” — The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Exits Polls: The $#!& of American Politics

Exit Polls are apparently the flakes of dirt under our feet and in the cracks of our toes, the regurgitated fish food not even fish want to eat nearing their last breath of life. HuffPost‘s Senior Polling Editor Mark Blumenthal wrote Tuesday morning, “Hard as it may be, you should try to ignore them, at least until the polls close. And even then, take the underlying vote estimates with big grains of salt.” You getting the picture?

On Tuesday afternoon as exit polls began surfacing, journalists on Twitter had rather graphic metaphorical descriptions for the polls very few respect.

The New Yorker‘s David Grann remarked, “Exit polls are like poisoned mushrooms to a starving man.” And New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait chimed in, “I swear I was going to write drinking seawater in a lifeboat.”

The Takeaway’s congressional radio reporter Todd Zwillich then entered the fray, saying, “It’s not just an exit poll, it’s a PRELIMINARY exit poll. The Double-Stuf Oreo of nothingness.”

And YG Action Fund’s Brad Dayspring, ex-flack to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor stepped up, saying, “The exits seem way off compared to the activity being seen on the ground and reported from key areas. Again, take exists as a morsel of info.”

Soon Iowahawkblog‘s David Burge had something to say about these loathsome polls. He wrote, “Exit polls: the asbestos-laced leaded paint chips of the political playground.”

And in summation, Washington City Paper Editor Mike Madden seemed to wrap up the collective sentiment, saying, “Am basically treating the early leaked exit polls as if they were imaginary numbers. No point even thinking about them.”

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Quotes of the Day

“Nations Triathlon done in 3:08 (Olympic). Now, about that milkshake…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, who completed Sunday’s triathlon. Our own Peter Ogburn also finished the race. His time was six minutes ahead of Gavin’s.

Journo declares she’s not pregnant!

“Tornado has passed. Thank the Lord. I am headed to grocery store. I am nesting (did I just say that). I’ll explain later. NO not Preggers!” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.

Editor gets socked in face by dog

“Playing with Fergus just now, he punched me in the face. Lesson: Great Danes have a hell of a right cross. Also, #shiner.” — New York magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.

Reading between the lines

“Whenever a newspaper announces a major redesign sell its stock short. Redesign is the last refuge of a desperate management.” — Barron‘s Washington Editor James McTague.

The “optics” of Mitt and Ann on MTP

“I am sorry, but this thing about Ann Romney joining Mitt on MTP is just plain weird.” — The optics are horrible- makes him look weak.” — Quinn & Gillespie’s Jim Manley, a former longtime Democratic Senate aide. “Wasn’t it just ystd that Ann Romney was refusing to answer tough political questions? I hope to god mtp won’t let her get away with that.” A follower agreed, asking,”Why can’t the chickenshit go on MTP by himself to actually answer some substantive policy questions? Uses Ann for protection.” MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer Martin tried to make it sound all nicey nice, and replied directly to Manley: “We had a long sitdown with Mitt solo this morning. Mrs. Romney joined for a short convo Friday on the Bus! Glad they did it.”

Pundit faces disappointing donut issue at airport

“Seriously, who eats cold donuts? It’s 5:21 am! I can’t stand cold donuts. Don’t know why donut joints at airports don’t have microwaves.” — CNN Contributor Roland Martin over the weekend.

And other traveling journos see glass half empty

“They forced me to check my bag. I assume they’ll lose it. I don’t really need those clothes anyway.” — The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“That brief moment of disappointment when you step off the moving walkway and you’re slow again.” – The Takeaway‘s Washington radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Homeward Bound

“I miss my kids so much that I can’t wait till I hear them whine.#thatwontlast” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack after two weeks of convention coverage.

VandeHei on Maher

“Politico’s VandeHei claims Dems just as big liars as Repubs–classic Politico–and Maher and Katrina call bullshit.” — The Nation‘s Greg Mitchell in reference to Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s Friday evening appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

The Birthday Boy

“Yeah, so I’m 25 years old today. Weird. I feel old.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle on Sunday. Happy Birthday Boyle!

Boybander refers to self as “libtard”

“Typical of libtard MSM to expect Team Romney to be able to explain their guy’s pre-existing conditions plan before bragging about it on TV.” — Slate‘s economics writer Matt Yglesias in a moment of liberal irony.

A new ridiculous Twitter vocabulary word from JMART

“So how many more sports bars will chicago send obama to tween now and elex day? Thinking 1x per wk.” — Politico‘s Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin whose apparently tween a rock and hard place when it comes to writing on Twitter.

A long and stormy night complete with sewage

  • “On Adams Mill Road during storm, water, presumably sewage, was shooting into the air from under a displaced manhole cover labeled ‘sewer.’” — National Journal Senate reporter Dan Friedman. A storm blew through D.C. Saturday afternoon, leaving many without electricity.
  • “Effing bloody hell. I’ve been through earthquakes forest fires urban riots. #Enough w these#incompetence-driven disasters #OrganizingNow” — Chronicle of Higher Education and author Amy Alexander.
  • “CRAZY WEATHER:Traffic signs, cones blown across Rt. 110. HEAVY downpours. STRONG winds.” — TV reporter Mike Conneen.

 Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Washington Press Club Announces New Board Members

The Washington Press Club Foundation recently announced new members to its Board of Directors.

The journalists are: Jennifer Bendery, HuffPost,  Jay Newton-Small, TIME Magazine,  Ellen Schweiger, C-SPAN, Deirdre Walsh, CNN and Todd Zwillich, PRI.

Congratulations to all!

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Quotes of the Day

From the Road

“Hurriedly shove things in bags, go to next location, discover what fell out of the bags. Repeat. #travel” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“The crowd at this Romney-McCain event feels as sleepy as us folks in the press corps.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“Hey, Cindy McCain in the house. #happieronthesidelines.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Eeks. ‘Smells like burning’

“Gingrich press bus is running power to a small city of laptops through one single cigarette lighter. Look out NH! #FITN” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody, who later added this minor detail: “Cig lighter being used to power entire bus of laptops on Newt Express smells like burning. Unplugging bc we don’t want to die. #FITN”

“The traveling press is rigging an elaborate series of converters, extension cords and power strips to get power on the bus #rovingfirehazard.” –Politico national reporter Ginger Gibson.

Whoa! Really?

“Fact: I now have Internet in my home.” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Neda Semnani.

Breitbart’s impassioned plea to Rupert

“Hi, @rupertmurdoch! I’m over here! Notice me, please! I like you. You are smart! You have made great decisions! Hi, it’s me Andrew! I clean pools, too, @rupertmurdoch. I can drive. Well, even! Love to fly in helis! [That's what people who have helicopters call them!]” — BigGov Founder Andrew Brietbart to media mogul  Rupert Murdoch. And this is the Murdoch.

Writer has cold weather fashion advice

“If you’re walking around DC, and not wearing long underwear, you are losing badly.” — Marcus J. Moore, music journo for BBC and Washington City Paper.

Dear Twitter, it’s me, Eli

“Hi @twitter. It’s me, Eli. Let’s try to make Thursday a day where we start to dial back some of the put down humor.” — Newsweek‘s Eli Lake.

Dear Google, it’s me, Derek

“Dear @google, if I was interested in Gmail’s ‘new look’ I would have chosen it. Give us a permanent choice or stop screwing up your shit.” — Townhall.com and BigGov columnist Derek Hunter.

With an eye for fashion

“Fashion disaster on CNN – Rick Santorum in a bright red shirt and black sweater vest.” — TWT Senior Opinion writer Emily Miller. And Daily Kos and Congress Matters Contributing Editor David Waldman writes, “Can’t wait to have a President who’ll sit around the White House wearing a sweater vest, and fretting about the sex people might be having.”

The Media Critic

“Ed Schultz’s insults are strange. ‘…an endorsement from ‘Mr. Excitement’ John McCain,’ he says, rolling his eyes. Huh?” — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell.

The inevitable Rob Corddry joke

“I got no problem w/recess appts. But for a guy from The Daily Show? I just don’t see that.” — TPM’s Editor Josh Marshall in reference to President Obama appointing Richard Cordray as Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director.

Punishing shoveler

“Every time it snows, I shovel sidewalk for every house on my block except the one at the corner owned by people my age, who never shovel.” — WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden.

Journo has outburst of sorts

“My laughter outburst just violated by own Quiet Car orthodoxy. Devil made me do it. By which I mean @louisck” — The Takeaway’s Congressional Radio Correspondent Todd Zwillich.

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INCONSIDERATE CELL PHONE MAN: Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and his big buttocks captured in the Delta Crown lounge at Reagan National Airport Wednesday afternoon. The congressman chats away on his cell phone, talking about first lady Michelle Obama‘s “large exterior.” If you missed it, see the post here.

Simon gets behind the story

“Why is U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner criticizing the posteriors of others when he gets paid $174,000 a year for sitting on his?” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Hide the children for this one…

“From the hate mail: ‘That makes [Obama] a first class ass. And it makes you, the tongue deep up inside it.’ — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell.

Some q’s are better left unanswered

“Inbox: ‘What do Mickey Mouse and Adolph Hitler have in Common?’ — The Takeaway’s Congressional radio reporter Todd Zwillich.

Editor: Come on Fournier, send me to Hawaii!

“New York Times sent Adam Nagourney to Honolulu to report on the HI SEN race. Hey @Ron_Fournier, when are you sending me?!? #HotlineSort” — NJ “The Hotline” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Eating a @sundevich sandwich, sitting on the couch in yoga pants, watching old episodes of Friday Night Lights. #mydayoff.” — Catherine Andrews, senior digital media manager for Home Front Communications.

D.C. journo tries Axe body spray

“Back home for Xmas. Used my little brother’s Axe body wash. Now to sit back and let the ladies flock. So far … no ladies.” — The Daily Caller‘s C.J. Ciaramella.

The first’s lady’s derriere. In French.

“Pour un représentant républicain, Michelle Obama a un ‘gros derrière’ mediabistro.com/fishbowldc/law… via @fishbowldc — Amaury Brelet, in what is our absolute favorite Wednesday tweet. Can’t speak Francais, but I’m sure you’ll get the gist.

A girl’s gotta have her pearls

“Thanks, as always, to my buds at @WTJewelry for my festive fresh-water pearls! I’ve been wearing them to all my Christmas parties!” — WMAL’s Mary Katharine Ham.

Blitz gets to bottom of insult

“I didn’t exactly hear what that guy in the grocery story said, but paraphrase a little what he said.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer asks Jim Acosta to describe the phrase a voter used Wednesday in an Iowa grocery store when he got in Newt’s face to tell him what he thought of him. Psst…that would be “fucking asshole.” Acosta got a little tongue tied and said it involved the f-word, but he didn’t even want to try to rhyme it on a “family program”. Thankfully WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten wasn’t afraid to test his rhyming skills: “Voter tells Gingrich to his face that he is (something that rhymes with ‘clucking glass bowl.’)” Watch here.

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