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More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.
Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos. Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.
Quotes of the Day
“Lots of enterprising reporters are racking up Aeroflot points but #Snowden apparently not on Havana-bound flight they staked out today.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.
“Our ABC News team booked on #Snowden’s flight reports people are now blocked from photographing plane. Good thing we did that earlier.” — Kirit Radia, ABC News Moscow correspondent.
“Every guy on the bus looks like Edward Snowden.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.
Reporter offers vacation warning
“Warning: this twitter feed is going into vacation mode. There will be photos of landmarks and food. And wine.” — Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox.
Perpetual flack vs. Perpetual tweeter
“Good flaks are like good goalies, masters at deflection —> @TVietor08″ — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier. To which ex-White House Spokesman Tommy Vietor replied, “Yes attacking me is a good way to focus on the substance.”
Journo eats burger for breakfast
“Punching Saturday in the mouth by wolfing down a mushroom-onion burger slathered in whole grain mustard and Sriracha #breakfastochampions” — Roll Call‘s HOH writer Warren Rojas at 9:32 a.m. on Saturday. Sriracha, by the way, is a hot sauce named after a coastal city in Thailand. It’s made from ripe chilies and garlic.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:48 a.m.
Speaking of fatty foods…
“Kind of nice to wake up in a culture where Paula Deen is appropriately irrelevant.” — author and formerly Yahoo! News’ Chris Lehmann.
And now, Bible wisdom from Brit Hume’s wife…
“He who keeps the commandment keeps his soul, But he who is careless of his ways will die. Proverbs 19:16 (NKJV)” — Kim Hume, wife of FNC’s Brit Hume.
Convo Between Two Journos
This morning’s conversation is between Washington Watch’s Roland Martin and The Guardian’s Ana Marie Cox.
MARTIN: “Nelson Mandela is in critical condition. Please pray for God’s will.”
COX: “I pray for the willingness to accept it…”
Graphic compilation by Austin Price
Quotes of the Day
PEPPER PARTY? “I could eat grilled peppers all day #offeralsoappliestovarietiesthathavebeenroastedblisteredstuffedsauteedorpickled #andanythingwoodgrilled” — Roll Call HOH writer Warren Rojas. Artwork credit: Austin Price.
A day in the life of a Senate reporter
“A senator said this to me today: ‘I think you’re working on a nothingburger story about conflict.’” — National Journal‘s Amy Harder.
Fournier dumps his diet
“I’m in the grocery store
Whole lot of carbs here
June Two-Nine I dump diet”
– National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, who felt called to write a bizarre poem at the market last night.
Not to be beaten by WaPo‘s Weingarten, who looked at toilet paper and thought…
“Why are there pix of babies on packages of toilet paper? Babies are the only people who don’t use toilet paper.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, in between calls to proctologists. He must’ve missed the ones with rabbits and dogs.
“Wolf Blitzer is so nice. He just explained [to]] the CNN reporter on the ground in Istanbul how to tighten the straps on the gas mask.” — Anup Kaphle.
Bureau Chief controls his inner villain
“How I haven’t throat punched somebody yet today is just absolutely beyond me.” — BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:49 a.m.
Journo marvels at promptness of Facebook ad stalking
“Well, it took Facebook exactly 1 minute after I googled for rental cars to display rental car ads everywhere. FB beginning to resemble the shopkeeper who sees you look at something, won’t stop asking you if you want it and drives you out of the store.” — Tecnology reporter Ry Rivard, who writes for Inside Higher Ed.
Two-in-one special at the salon
“Hair salon has no A/C today. Ugh. Free Hot yoga with haircut. Lol” — Rebecca Bredholt, Vocus Marketing Consultant and Managing Editor.
Anonymous Tipster to FishbowlDC: “If you think that’s bad you should hear the kind of actual horseshit Wonkette tries to sell partners and advertisers in private.” This was in reaction to this story published Tuesday.
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Congratulations to Semnani. All the best to her on her new adventure.
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By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein
National Journal‘s pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner “Making News” party Friday could easily go down as one of this year’s nicest, most well-planned parties in the coolest warehouse space we’ve seen in awhile. And maybe it will if attendees forget that for a large portion of it, the restroom for hundreds of guests was out of order.
That’s right. There was one toilet available for the entire warehouse full of partygoers, and the top floor, which contained the toilet, was for V.I.P.’s only.
“That’s hood,” one attendee waiting outside the restroom remarked about the potty problem. “Poopgate, drink slowly,” said another, explaining that one employee advised him to pace himself. When Fox News’ Peter Doocy approached the first-floor restroom area, he was told he could not enter. “How long do you think?” he asked the woman standing guard. “Alright, I’ll let it go.” (We sincerely hope he held it in, not let it go.) Another partygoer cracked, “All these people are going to have to piss on themselves. This might be the shortest party ever.”
The attendant said she had people requesting buckets and cups.
The party took place at the two-story bar in Georgetown called The Powerhouse. It was on the bottom floor where they stationed event workers in front of the hall leading to the restroom, alerting guests from about 10 p.m., when the party started, to about 11:30, that the toilets weren’t working. Only that one VIP restroom upstairs was available. But without one of the exclusive red wristbands, how were most of the guests going to relieve themselves?
“If it gets too bad we’ll have to open up the VIP area,” said NJ Communications Director Ben Fishel at the time.
At one point a team of men carrying what looked like… Read more
Quotes of the Day
MAKING AN ENTRANCE AND AN EXIT: Host of “CBS This Morning” Gayle King walked into the Washington Hilton on Saturday night in an eye-popping kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel. On Friday night, she was spotted leaving the Turkish Embassy residence where The Hill was hosting its pre-WHCD party.
“Don’t hurt yourself.” — A St. Regis employee to guests of Friday night’s TIME-People party at which partygoers, many of whom were White House correspondents, received gift bags so heavy they could give you a hernia. More on the contents later…
“I have been told many times I look like @MatthewPerry. I just saw him at #nerdprom. He is far better looking.” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.
Editor wants WHCD weekend to be more substantive
“It kind of sickens me when you’re here for the White House Correspondents’ Weekend that there are not more substantive discussions.” — Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic, who hosted a discussion over the weekend with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Sen. Joe Manchin (R-WVa.) at the Ritz. The banquet room was packed. Breakfast disappeared too fast. The discussion centered on American military power today. Attendees included BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton, NJ‘s Brian Fung, Yahoo! News‘ Chris Moody, Newsweek-Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake and The Atlantic‘s Jay Lauf.
A plea for help
“Someone catch me up on the last 9 days of news.” — Politico White House Correspondent Byron Tau.
Important Q to Ponder: “In a cab going to the airport but our driver is sleepy so he has the window down – to freeze or get into an accident?” — Oversharing Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”
HuffPost‘s Sam Stein “impressed” with Politico
ThinkProgress‘ Judd Legum: “Politico currently has 54 separate links to stories abt WHCA Dinner on its front page.”
Huffpost‘s Sam Stein: “I’m kind of impressed.”
And in Bob Schieffer, Claire Danes father-daughter news…
“Someone asked Bob Schieffer if he was Claire Danes’ daddy.” — former White House reporter Myles Miller.
Some buzz on BuzzFeed Party
“CSPAN showing super long line for @BuzzFeed party. A lot of sad faces who can’t get in #buzzfeedbbq” — Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering. And this from Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas: “Crowd in #BuzzFeedbbq just let out very self-satisfied collective whoop after @cspan live shot of line @JackRoseinDC #counterwhcd”
Psy or is it more like Sigh?
“Psy just walked by me. I feel somehow cooler. Or at least more relevant.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Good thing Cillizza didn’t actually try to communicate with Psy.
Starting new pub is stressful
“Rare has oped from Jeb Bush today so big relief we can get the big names when so new. I’m on pins and needles every day.” — Rare Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker. See here. Will Jeb run or won’t he? Who knows, but his last graph sounds rather presidential. He writes, “American greatness comes from the power of individuals – not the government – to create wealth and opportunity through competition, innovation and empowerment. Not only must we pursue reform, we must do a much better job communicating how these reforms protect and promote the genius of America.”
More WHCD fallout…
Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.
“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).
Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.
Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”
Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.
The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.
Quotes of the Day
JOE SCARBOROUGH CLOTHES TWIN?: “Our own Sam Stein is causing a lot of controversy with this shirt. What are your thoughts?” — HuffPost Media.
Are we still talking about stuffing?
“Hate to complain, but that jucy lucy released a mere trickle of gooey dairy. I prefer to tap into geysers of cultured richness #stuffingsnob” — Roll Call HOH writer Warren Rojas.
Someone’s future job?
“Someone should go pro and write nothing but ‘Why I left journalism’ essays for a living.” — Politico‘s Burgess Everett.
Anti-right-wing media observer
“In the right wing media, the incentive for saying amazingly stupid/mean things is as strong as it ever was.” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.
Speaking of the right wing media…
Media Research Center’s Tim Graham writes, “Pro-lifers shouldn’t confuse abortion w/ slavery. Slaves were allowed to live.” To which WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten says, “LOVE this kinda talk from the right!”
“OMG. A man with a laptop wearing sunglasses doing one armed bicep curls.” — CNN’s Carol Costello.
FishbowlDC Fan Club Board…
Quotes of the Day
SO FORGET ABOUT INTERVIEWING BOB WOODWARD? “I’ve never really understood the people who get a nasty phone call and get on TV and talk about it. It’s part of the job. You do a story that they don’t like, you’re going to get yelled at, you listen to them or you yell back and then you move on.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper, whose show, “The Lead,” debuts today at 4 p.m.
Journalist encounters swarm of ladybugs
“I like/admire ladybugs, but why do I suddenly have 500 of them swarming inside one of my windows? One use for a leafblower: shoo ‘em out.” — The Atlantic‘s James Fallows.
Liberal profanity at CPAC
“CPAC 2013 Unfiltered: ‘what a piece of shit’; ‘he’s a douche’; ‘she can blow me’; ‘no fucking way’ #liberaluseofprofanity” — Roll Call HOH writer Warren Rojas.
Journo watchdog complains about CPAC shuttle
“How many people have been stranded by the horrid CPAC 2013 shuttle service? Must have been set up by a liberal.” — Accuracy in Media’s Don Irvine.
Martin strikes out at Levin over Lil Wayne
“I see TMZ’s Harvey Levin deleted his tweet saying Lil Wayne was being given his ‘last rites.’ Talk about poor sourcing. Unbelievable!” — CNN and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.
And a WaPo Express columnist defends TMZ
“Anyways, I hope Wayne is fine, obviously. But acting like TMZ doesn’t break news with regularity is pretty illogical.” — WaPo Express‘ Clinton Yates.
“Interesting what the CPAC pols are getting defensive about: being crazy, being bigoted, being out of touch. Too close to home?” — Marketing writer Deborah Brody.
News after our own hearts
“Just got news that my brother-in-law changed his name to Goldfish. GOLDFISH.” — @mastodfow.
Important Q to Ponder: “OK all you Rhodes scholars, I get it. I misspelled CYPRUS. Should I gouge out my eyeballs?” — Politico‘s Ben White. Please, Ben, no. This is disturbing.
And speaking of gouged eyeballs… “Actual thing said at Saturday night party: ‘That was so kind of you to like my picture on Facebook.’ – Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.
“Reactions to learning of tonight’s dinner plans: 1. I should wear some real clothes. 2. I should comb my hair.” — Vintage blogger Lisa Rowan.
Try to wrap your head around this… Read more
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