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The FishbowlDC Interview With Washington Free Beacon’s Bill McMorris

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McMorris-300Say hello to Washington Free Beacon writer Bill McMorris, a writer covering the labor beat for the Washington Free Beacon. Brooklyn born Bill has contributed to the conservative-leaning watchdog.org. McMorris is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Robert Novak Fellowship. He’s been known to sport a mean bowtie, and tweets under the handle @FBillMcMorris (according to Bill, the F stands for “Fancy”).

Let’s begin.

How often do you Google yourself? I try not to do it too often because I’m William J. McMorris III. The first time I Googled myself I found out my dad got sued.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “I’ll have it ready in five minutes.” It always takes longer, making it the cruelest thing you can say to an editor. I make sure to say this daily.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Politico’s Jon Allen is always interesting. I never miss anything from The Weekly Standard‘s Matt Labash, Andrew Ferguson, or Free Beacon‘s Biff Diddle. But the only must-read byline I know of is on the Washington Free Beacon Staff. That guy’s always got the scoops.

budweiserIf you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? The 30 percent of my body that’s not water is recycled Budweiser.

Do you have a favorite word? Karate.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I overuse semicolons in stories and the F word in conversation.

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi, Meghan McCain or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. McCain only because I haven’t heard of the other two and I haven’t been kicked out of a restaurant in a couple years.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had in the course of your journalism career? Basically every conversation I’ve had that hasn’t involved my journalism career.

Tell us a funny story from your time as a journalist. Can be long or short. I once approached Dennis Miller at some fundraiser in Santa Barbara and said “Excuse me Mr. Miller, I’m sorry to interrupt” and he said “Yes, you are. Go stand over there.” I stood in the corner and to my surprise he came over and gave me a great interview when he finished his conversation.

FE_DA_0124_Lewinsky-279x300The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Jodi Arias or Monica Lewinksy? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Monica Lewinsky is too old to repopulate, isn’t she? My wife’s way more violent than Arias, so I think I could handle it. I’m the oldest of nine kids, so we’d have the earth back up and running in no time. Read more

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Afternoon Reading List 10.16.13

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MSNBC makes it awkward: According to The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) got into a pretty charged-up conversation with MSNBC host Thomas Roberts on Tuesday. She repeatedly told him that his remarks were “inappropriate” and staunchly defended her stance regarding the current government stalemate. After the line of questioning reached its most heated moment, MSNBC cut to a press conference being given by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Why you should read it: Honestly, read it so that you don’t have to watch or hear the video clip. Around the 3:02 mark, Blackburn and Roberts decided to loudly make their points clear to each other — and at the exact same time. The writeup is way more comprehensible. Read more here.

Daily Caller is not amused by Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: Jeff Poor, media reporter at the Daily Caller, just had the sweetest things to say about Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher in a story posted on Tuesday about Christopher asking a tongue-in-cheek question during a White House briefing. Poor’s piece mentioned that Christopher’s name isn’t actually “Tommy Christopher.”

Why you should read it: See the mildly humorous question Christopher asked White House press secretary Jay Carney that Poor declared as the “dumbest question in history of White House press briefings.” Read more here.

Who’s leaving The Guardian for greener pastures and who’s MSNBC’s favorite guy?

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Morning Chatter

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“As the bickering continued, senior aides to rank-and-file Republicans resorted to watching the Twitter feeds of congressional reporters to learn who was demanding what.”WaPo story by Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane.

Lawmaker questions Amazing Grace song choice

“Dem Rep. Gerry Connolly amused that House GOP sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at morning meeting. ‘Isn’t that usually sung at funerals?’” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Horsing around

“Adam Goldman is going to be the most talented, tenacious high school volleyball reporter the Washington Post has ever had.” — WaPo foreign policy blogger Max Fisher.

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In praise of NRO‘s Robert Costa

“Just your daily @robertcostaNRO is a great reporter tweet, because someone needed to say it.” — CNN’s Erin McPike.

“Am going to have to say, I don’t know @robertcostaNRO — and what he reports usually pisses me off — but he is well-sourced and moves quickly.” — Former Senate flack and Quinn & Gillespie associate Jim Manley.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:07 a.m.

Ouch!

“I tried to retweet Glenn Greenwald’s statement, but he’s blocking me on Twitter.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker.

images-4But not so much for MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman…

“I’m thankful for Abby Huntsman having a role on MSNBC to tell me what rational conservatism really is… #LeanForward” — The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor.

Journo would like to forget the news

“I swear if I didn’t love this country as much as I do, I’d move to a remote area in Montana, live like a mountain man & never read the news.” — TheBlaze‘s evening editor Jason Howerton.

Tommy Christopher: As serious as a heart attack

“You think reporting on the White House is tough, try reporting on White House reporters.” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. “Christopher” got some ink Tuesday from Politico and The Daily Caller. No doubt he didn’t mean to get media attention for himself. See Politico‘s story here. Hadas Gold quotes Christopher as saying, “I’ve been frustrated, for a long time, over the trivial way some of the White House reporters have handled this,” he said, referring to the health care debate. As some may recall, three years ago he tweeted his own heart attack and later suffered from gangrene on his appendix. To be sure, during the latter illness his yellow-hued skin tone showed just how sick he was. See The Daily Caller‘s story here. The DC‘s lede: “On Tuesday, Mediaite White House correspondent Tommy Christopher added another chapter to his ongoing self-promotional crusade masquerading as a career in journalism.”

 

Thom Hartmann Gets Column at Daily Caller

Today Thom Hartmann‘s weekly column makes its debut in The Daily Caller. In his first column he tackles the burning question: “Should the Post Office be in charge of your emails?”

Hartmann hosts the liberal Thom Hartmann Program. Hence the snappy, fitting name of the column: “Liberally Yours.” The way his column will work is that he’ll lead the discussion followed by a conservative or libertarian response.

Read his first column here. This week’s rebuttal will be offered by Daily Caller Opinion Editor  J. Arthur Bloom.

Attack of the Poorly Sourced Piranhas

As a twist on the old saying goes, reports of my firing have been greatly exaggerated.

Or else they were just flat out wrong. But why let facts get in the way of a good story?

On Friday I took a day off. Vacation and comp days aren’t exactly a strange phenomenon. But Rebecca Schoenkopf, publisher of Wonkette who has been known for reporting and writing while on the sauce, and for making no sense whatsoever, on Friday published a story saying that “a source” had told her I was going to be fired. “Betsy out at Fishbowl as of this afternoon,” she posted on her site. Rebecca didn’t spell this out, but her “source” was a guy makes it his business to pass around a bogus naked Craiglist ad of one of my writers.

This is the kind of “sourcing” Schoenkopf (pictured at right) used to write her “story” Friday afternoon. Schoenkopf never called or wrote me to ask if it was true. She never even called my employer until her story was out and clunking across Twitter like an elephant with severely bruised shins. There’s nothing worse in journalism than being sloppy and wrong.

Regular reporters took awhile to give the “news” any merit. Meanwhile, some on Twitter called Rebecca “powerful” in that she could make something happen that well, wasn’t happening. And oh boy, there was Mediaite‘s “White House” Correspondent Tommy “Carl Berstein Jr.” Christopher hot on the case. He called. I never answer his calls. He wrote, “Betsy, I just got a tip that said you’re leaving FBDC as of this afternoon. Is that true?” I asked to go off record. He said OK. I wrote him back, “No, Tommy. Not true. I know it’s unheard of, but I’m just taking a simple day off. I do get vacation and sick days. Do you?” Like an eager porpoise, he promised to write me back and fill me in if he heard anything more. Gee, thanks Tommy! How kind of you to inform me on my own life via a man who creates phony X-rated Craigslist ads. What no preachy trial race reporting today? Oh, that’s right. His editors scolded him a few weeks back on his George Zimmerman “coverage” and told him to tone it down. Bernstein Jr. really muckraked on this one. He phoned and emailed my coworkers, who, of course, had nothing for him. Good work Tommy!

Next up to the plate: Washington City Paper‘s Will Sommer. Sommer wrote, “Hey Betsy, So, people are saying you’ve been ousted at Fishbowl. Any truth to that? I’m getting it from the same guy who sends around photoshopped nude pics of one of your writers, so I’m not sure how seriously to take it. Thanks.” I also requested to go off record with him. He agreed. I told him I was taking the day off. Sommer did not write a story.

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Grenell, Christopher Twitter Battle Rages Into the Night

Fox News contributor Richard Grenell, number 1 on our list of journalists to not battle with on Twitter, was in a Twitter fight with Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, number 8 on the list, last night that just stretched on and on and on.

Christopher posted a recent column on race, President Obama and Trayvon Martin. Grenell chimed in with what he surely thought was a good fact-check, albeit one filtered through his own political view (as was Christopher’s liberal-eyed column).

The conversation quickly devolved into a back and forth notable as much for its focus on minute matters of semantics as it is just two people each going, “you said this, I said that,” over and over again—as if they expected the other would suddenly just be all like, ‘Oh yeah, my bad, you’re right.’

It got weird though when Grenell accused Christopher of playing the gay card.

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Afternoon Chatter

“Just angered Obama’s press secretary. Word.”The Daily Caller‘s high school intern Gabe Finger.

Page 32 of This Town: First Mention of Tammy Haddad

We’re crawling through This Town slowly but surely. Last night we came across Leibo’s first mention of Dame Tammy Haddad. “As I walk out, I get a big hug from Tammy Haddad, a veteran cable producer who repurposed herself in recent years as a professional party host, event organizer and full-service convener of the Washington A-list. Haddad, a towering in-your-face presence with black hair bisected by a white streak, is a human ladle in the local self-celebration buffet.” She tells you how great you are, how you really need to meet the author, or cohost, or honoree, or whoever, and that by the way, she just talked to Justice Breyer!”

Reporter steals some Starbucks air conditioning

“Hanging out in a Starbucks without buying anything to escape the heat. This is the most subversive thing I’ve done in a while.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau. Which opened the floodgates for Logan Dobson, who works at The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm: ” I have been wracked by guilt ever since I used a Starbucks bathroom 5 months ago without making a purchase IM SO SORRY.”

Ideas man

“Perhaps Rachel Jeantel can explain to Sharpton the etymology of the phrase ‘shakedown artist’ today.” — Ben Shapiro, editor-at-large for Breitbart News.

A foxy prediction from Drudge

“Big shakeup at FOXNEWS this fall will have everyone buzzing, in all directions. A million words will be written.”  — Drudge.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:36 a.m.

And now, a note from an authorized but recently scolded media critic…

“Dear CNN idiot and assorted #tcot idiots: White Hispanic is not a new term.” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher.

The Observer

“In Farragut North just saw a man reach out and grab a woman’s bare calves while yelling a compliment about her legs. #EverydaySexism” — WaPo‘s Sarah Parnass.

A word about the Daily Caller intern who fingered Carney

“DC intern’s mistake was in making Carney look TOO stupid. It’s only ok when mainstream reporters make him look a little stupid.” — Rare‘s Matt Cover.

Something sorta funny from a Boybander

“20 Cringeworthy Ways Your Mom Mixes Up Proper Nouns As She Ages #JewishBuzzfeed” — Guardian U.S. National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman.

Yikes.

“That terrifying where you don’t remember if you just took a Tylenol PM or not & will probably take two. This is how Judy Garland died!” — Breitbart News’ John Nolte.

“That thing where in the process of trying on every dress you own, you realize the dry cleaner put a hole in the lace of your favorite #:(” — CQ Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Note to readers: Don’t miss the boat Fishies! Biggest-self-promoter, sexiest, best eyes, most respected…Get your nominations in by Sunday at midnight. See the categories here.

 

 

10 Journos You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter

We’re not sure what we did for entertainment before we could watch what probably should be journalists’ private feuds unfold in public on Twitter. For all the talk about teens who have no social-networking shame, there are a few grownups in the media who haven’t seemed to learn the lesson either. Some days, our Washington Twitter lists look more like a Beltway Fight Club than they do a group of media elites.

Not that we’re complaining. We do need something to watch between episodes of Veep and Scandal reruns, and the journalists on our list below don’t disappoint. Fair warning though—if you take some of them on, you doing so at your own risk.

Honorable mentions: The Daily Caller’s Jim Treacher, Conservative radio host Dana Loesch, WaPo‘s Greg Sargent, the DNC’s communications director, Brad Woodhouse, and NRSC’s Brad Dayspring. If you don’t think Dayspring can fight, read this story published last night in which he was referred to as a “rabid dog.”

Here it is, FishbowlDC’s 10 Journalists You Don’t Want to Fight on Twitter:

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Quotes of the Day

“Hmm which to choose?” — ABC’s Martha Raddatz with accompanying photograph.

Reader explains “tricks” scribes use to avoid crediting others

On Friday, WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wrote a story on Politico pulling a video that featured Sen. Min. Leader Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) COS blowing them love kisses. Turns out may that be against Senate rules, as reported by Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner. So we wrote about Farhi’s failure to adequately cite Shiner and her story.

An Anonymous reader writes in…“Farhi’s failure to credit Roll Call: He use two of the oldest tricks in the book for skating past the explicit crediting of others: Don’t mention at top, but then mention the name of the news breaking organization without crediting them but attributing some small detail to their reporting. Fig leaf covered! The second dodge is when one your “friends” (your editor) tells you, “Farhi, you got beat on something!) Like the immaculate conception, if you hear it from someone else, then it is no longer breaking news!”

Important Question to Ponder: “Does Gray’s Anatomy have to be so bloody?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

The Observer

“Well, that was a new one: person in our row at Star Trek got up periodically throughout movie to do lunges in aisle.” — Anna Sproul-Latimer, literary agent.

S.E. Cupp finds perfect hamburger

“Found out the @innoutburger by LAX opens at 10:30 am. Plenty of time to grab a double-double animal style before my flight. #Worththetrip” — MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp.

Journo blows off steam

“Getting some aggression out at the driving range….” — Fox News Senate Producer Kara Rowland.

And another tries to recreate his heart attack

“Where is my ambulance? I think this is the widow maker – jk” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher.

Producer looks to Trumps for finer things in life

“Got fabulous @IvankaTrump shoes this wk & delicious wine from @trumpwinery last wk. They sure make some good stuff. @realDonaldTrump” — WMAL Executive Producer Heather Smith.

Guiding Sophia’s Light

“New Golden Rule 21st Century style: I will do To you before you can do it to me! I will burn you before you can break me. I ain’t no punk.” — Essence and theGrio‘s Sophia Nelson.

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Mediaite’s Christopher, Town Hall’s Pavlich Shootout Over Defeated Gun Bill

Partisan passions were predictably on high Wednesday after a gun control bill was shot down in the Senate by a majority of Republicans and a few Democrats. The right, gleeful. The left, indignant.

“Thank you NRA,” tweeted Town Hall Editor Katie Pavlich. Mediaite‘s liberal columnist Tommy Christopher inserted himself into the debate, saying, “Yeah, thanks for the next dead children. And the previous.” What followed was a back and forth that rivals one of the famous Piers Morgan-Dana Loesch shootouts.

“Really Christopher? You’re still pulling the ‘you want dead children’ card?” replied Pavlich. “Grow up.”

Christopher argued that background checks on gun buyers and limits on gun magazines are reasonable forms of regulation on firearms. He continued to say that Second Amendment enthusiasts were insensitive to children killed by guns.

“Nice, keep playing that card,” Pavlich said again. “And just for your information, my ‘high capacity’ magazine is standard protection against bad guys, like [Jared] Loughner.” Loughner was sentenced to life in prison after shooting up a political rally in Arizona in 2011.

“I’d respect you more if you just admitted that your reloading convenience is more valuable than saving one kid,” Christopher replied.

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