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Zeke Miller Heads to the Cayman Islands

Zeke Miller, formerly of BuzzFeed, has landed — at TIME Magazine, as first reported by the indefatigable Mike Allen this morning in Politico Playbook.

“I’m honored to be joining the amazing team at TIME to cover politics,” Miller told FishbowlDC. “I’ve been reading the magazine since I was a kid, so it’s especially exciting to join.”

In recent weeks, Miller has been conducting a relatively quiet job search for reasons that are still unclear. Was BuzzFeed no longer a good fit? Time to move on? Whatever it was, he burned no bridges as BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith bid him a fond farewell. He checked in with Politico about a job prospect — apparently Smith’s old stomping grounds weren’t a good fit either.

Now happily employed with TIME, Miller is fleeing to the Cayman Islands in the western Caribbean Sea for three days for a little R & R. He was allegedly taking R & R in the past week, but couldn’t stop himself from tweeting, resorting to “vacation tweet” prefaces. “I’m touring the offshore banks we heard so much about last year,” he explained. “But actually just trying to get some R&R.”

Enjoy. And congratulations.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Dude I don’t even know how to make a gif #buzzfeedconfession”BuzzFeed‘s newest Washingtonian Rosie Gray.

THREATENED: Reporters react to Woodward’s claims

“I never took nasty emails as threats. I took them as a sign I was doing my job. Nothing to do with bravery.” — Matt Apuzzo, AP investigative reporter in reaction to WaPo Bob Woodward‘s claim that he was threatened by the White House, namely Director of the National Economic Counsel Gene Sperling. (Sperling scoop by BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.)

“The flaks I know usually just call to yell at me. no email I hate more threatening than ‘Kate, do you have second to talk about this?’” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera.

“Think abt it: You’re a 22-year-old reporter and you see what happens to BOB WOODWARD. You may stay quiet about when a flack barks/pressures” — National Review‘s Robert Costa.

“Reminder of the night: Non-reporters don’t understand journo-source interactions.” — Politico‘s Kevin Robillard.

(From our favorite non-vacationer…) “I know I’m on vacation, but I’ve gotten threats from both Obamaland and Romneyland. ‘You’ll regret this’ is like a walk in the park.” — Former BuzzFeed scribe Zeke Miller.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:09 a.m.

Journo marvels over price of smokes

“I just saw woman in NYC buy two packs of cigarettes for $31. Who can afford that habit here?” — TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “You think when Ben Smith was 8 & watching All The President’s Men for the first time, he knew that one day he’d #BenSmith that guy?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte, official nemesis to BuzzFeed‘s Smith.

Watch out for reporter in PJ’s

“Dear DC: I’m about to wander you in my pajama pants and I’m feeling very Jay Cutler #DoonttttCarrrreeee-esque about it.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

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What’s Zeke Miller Tweeting On His ‘Much-Needed And Delayed’ Break?

Old habits do die hard.

Zeke Miller announced yesterday on Twitter that after 14 months, it was his last day reporting for BuzzFeed. “I’m taking a much-needed and delayed post-campaign break over the next few days,” he said.

It came as somewhat of a surprise that he was leaving BuzzFeed, where he became a star reporter in the presidential election. But it was even more of a surprise that he’d be taking a “break.” He sends out tweets faster than the time it takes Piers Morgan to snap a selfie at the… well, anywhere.

One wonders what Twitter would be like without Miller rapidly sending out quotes from White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. Or bits of President Obama‘s schedule as they come into his email. Read more

TPM’s McMorris-Santoro to BuzzFeed

One door closes, another bursts open.

As BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller departs, they’ve pulled in Evan McMorris-Santoro from Talking Points Memo. McMorris-Santoro, yet another in a long line of complex names at BuzzFeed, will be their White House reporter.

Miller and McMorris-Santoro behaved like utmost grownups on Twitter. “It’s a tough assignment to follow in @ZekeJMiller’s footsteps,” McSanta (we’ve shortened his obscenely long name) wrote. “Can’t wait to see what he does next.”

TPM recently promoted McSanta to national politics reporter.

 

Reporter Steps Off BuzzFeed‘s ‘Wild Ride’

It’s official. Zeke Miller‘s last day at BuzzFeed is today. He made the announcement in a series of tweets this morning. We rumored the news last week after we learned from multiple sources that he had been talking to Politico about a job, but hadn’t secured anything. From the sounds of it, he’s still sorting things out and taking a much needed break to regroup.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller is in talks with Politico. While his Twitter bio still says BuzzFeed, he hasn’t written for the site since Wednesday morning at 10a.m. — a definite oddity in the world of Miller. What’s more, his tweets today don’t even mention BuzzFeed and instead are a mishmash of retweets for other pubs — again, strange.

Something else odd? BuzzFeedites are not returning our emails yet.

Something’s awry.

Developing…

UPDATE: Just to give you a proper picture of things, this morning Zeke has been retweeting Politico, AP, CNN’s Jake Tapper, Jewish Federation, Bloomberg and most importantly, NOT Buzzfeed.

BuzzFeed Brews: ‘It’s Like a First Date’

Asked to describe the idea behind “BuzzFeed Brews,” John Stanton says, “It’s like a first date. Get them a little drunk and relaxed so they can talk about things people don’t normally hear them talk about.”

Stanton is the Washington Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed and last night was the launch of the website’s new series wherein newsmakers are invited to sit before an audience and answer questions. And there’s free beer.

It’s essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer,” cracked BuzzFeed‘s Politics Editor McKay Coppins to FishbowlDC. (The site’s publicist Ashley McCollum boasts that she came up with that description.)

The first guest: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). For roughly 45 minutes Rubio answered questions from BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith about immigration, gay marriage and the future of the Republican Party. Of course, lengthy segments here and there were spent on why Rubio prefers Tupac over Biggie Smalls (“His lyrics are more insightful in my opinion.”) and whether he had to “think long and hard” before letting his son play recreational football. Stanton said that’s another thing distinguishing the Brews series from Playbook Breakfast, whose audience may not be interested in those things. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Sunrise on the Potomac at Key Bridge in Georgetown.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long with the accompanying photograph.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between NYT’s Mark Leibovich and Atlantic’s Molly Ball.

Ball: “Back in the office, and there is a No Labels robocall on my voice mail.”

Leibovich: “I label that annoying…labels can be useful that way.”

Someone swipes journo’s newspaper

“Someone took my newspaper off the lawn. That’s pretty much a felony around these parts. #thissuburbanlife.” — NYT‘s media writer David Carr. (Sign of the times? Yesterday we reported that NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt‘s Advise and Consent was snatched off her doorstep.)

From the Dept. of Bragiculture I: “Congratulations to the Morning Joe team. We were the #1 cable news morning show in Washington DC in the demo. Great job!” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

The Media Observers

Pro: “Bless @rolandsmartin for bringing the funk to that ridic skeet shooting segment on @OutFrontCNN tonight.” — BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw.

Con: “Roland Martin, David Frum, and Marsha Blackburn now debating Obama going skeet shooting on Erin Burnett #wtf” — BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “What if most of the outside of our bodies looked like the stuff underneath the tongue? Would we ever have sex?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. Um, Gene, are you feeling okay?

From the Dept. of Bragiculture II: “Schieffer is very much a man of talking points. He’s giving Kalb the same lines he gave me in our interview in October. For that matter, they’re all saying a lot of the same things they told me in October.” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers at an event with presidential debate moderators put on by Marvin Kalb and the George Washington Global Media Institute. He is, of course, referring to CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, who isn’t characteristically a man of talking points. A question to ask ourselves: Why bother going to events when you can just read Dylan Byers?

Journo spellbound by Shakespeare play

“I’m here @FolgerLibrary for commanding production of Henry V; can’t take my eyes of lead actor; magnetic show so far.” — Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.

Politico Playbook publish time: 4:48 a.m.

Breitbart.com editor rips Slate‘s Weigel for being unfunny and a GOP press aide with an occasional temper goes to work for the NRSC. Read more

Afternoon Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Dear Fishbowlers: Various things stole our attention this morning, so just for today we’re offering an afternoon version of Morning Chatter. Won’t be a habit.

The “sexy-ass” Michael Tomasky

@bpshow always good 2 get up early in san fran 2 see the sexy-ass Michael Tomasky on the tube. Bill, have him on more often!!” — Rhonda. Tomasky is a special correspondent for Newsweek/The Daily Beast.

Spotted in D.C…. BuzzFeed publicist Ashley McCollum, who was visited from Manhattan, drinking Jasmine-flavored tea last night at a mysterious tea house off Dupont Circle. We hear she later dined with BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller and Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

A word of advice to D.C. flacks

“Tip of day for DC flacks: If subj line of your email simply reads ‘Press Release,’ there is zero chance I am looking at it.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Um, he’s has what?

“Hint: He’s white and has a penis.” — Metro Weekly political reporter, Justin Snow, reaction to a tweet from National Journal that asks, “Who will replace Jack Lew as Chief of Staff?”

Reporter gets yogurt news from Sen. Chuck Schumer

“Inbox: ‘SCHUMER REVEALS FAGE YOGURT TO BE SERVED AT THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL CEREMONIES ­ PRESIDENT WILL GET A TASTE OF THE MOHAWK VALLEY’ — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Important Q’s to Ponder: “Do I go to the gym four nights in a row? Am I that serious about losing weight?” — Randy Shulman, co-publisher of Metro Weekly.

A typical Washington scene setter, complete with doughy men who haven’t seen a gym in awhile…Also: see who’s now on the FishbowlDC Fan Club Board…

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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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