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BuzzFeed and Comedy Central Hook Up

Consider this an unusual date – real news versus fake. BuzzFeed and Comedy Central’s Indecision will present “UnSuper Tuesday,” a Twitter-centric live-streamed special on Ustream tomorrow, Tuesday, April 24 from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. EDT.

BuzzFeed’s Editor-in-Chief, Ben Smith, will host along with editorial producer of Comedy Central’s Indecision, Mary Phillips-Sandy.  The “UnSuper Tuesday” team will offer commentary in the run-up to Mitt Romney‘s general election launch as the Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island primary results come in.

BuzzFeed political reporter and speed retweeter Zeke Miller will also be on-hand to monitor the “social conversation” on Twitter and “relay pertinent information from campaign and top GOP sources.”

There will also be insights from BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray on the political season’s most viral moments. Comedy Central’s Indecision bloggers Gonzalo Cordova and Jess Dweck will weigh in on the “crushing dullness” of Romney.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


“Senator, the pornographic material has been removed from your desk.” — the note that “Veep” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said she left in Sen. Al Franken‘s (D-Minn.) desk on the Senate floor. She broke the news to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night.

Perino’s mesmerizing Pack

“The shiny backpack is memorizing [sic] to airport security. Looks great on he X-ray belt.” — Fox News Contributor Dana Perino. We’re pretty sure she meant mesmerizing. As some readers know, we’ve been having some fun with Perino’s sequined backpack this week after FNC’s Greg Gutfeld razzed her about it.

Yeah sure, Eddie

“Guy on bike actually hit me as I was running but my spidey senses kicked in and I was able to minimize the damage to my spinal cord.” — FBDC and The Blaze’s very imaginative Eddie Scarry. We’ll check for bruises later to make sure he’s okay.

Journo gets delayed by buggy, bonnet wearing woman

“Why yes, I did get delayed en route to Lancaster, PA, when I got stuck behind a horse-drawn buggy driven by a woman in a bonnet. America!” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Leibo’s words of wisdom: ‘”Cartagena could be buzzword for wild behavior in political-roadtrip context. Usage: ‘The staff went all Cartagena at the victory party.’” — NYT’s Mark Leibovich.

Those were the days…

“Just reminiscing that when I covered the Clinton White House, it was the Secret Service that was embarassed [sic] by the president. Times change.” — CNBC’s Eamon Javers referring to members of the Secret Service purchasing prostitutes in Colombia.

Dolly Parton has a fan in the Washington Press Corps

“I’m never going to be a Meryl Streep. But then, she’ll never be a Dolly Parton either. Be true to you! :) ” — Dolly Parton. This was retweeted by Newsweek senior reporter Daniel Stone. The Hill‘s Amie Parnes then weighed in, saying, “I love that you RTed that.” Stone then felt compelled to reply: “Yep. Anyone who would apologize for RTing @Dolly_Parton aint a real fan.”

Juana attends ‘Nerd Happy Hour’

“Epitome of #nerdhappyhour w/ @ZekeJMiller, @evanmc_s and @ethanklapper.” — Politico‘s Juana Summers. As most know, Zeke Miller works for BuzzFeed, Evan McMorris Santoro for TPM and Ethan Klapper is at HuffPost.

Yesha on the phone

“My friend on the phone, ‘I’ve had sex with 3 women’..umm…thanks for that info…you’re not my type…she’s ridiculous.” — D.C. web designer and blogger Yesha Callahan, who later added, “She’s such a weirdo.”

By the way…HuffPost‘s David Wood, who won a Pulitzer, has a fan at Politico. It’s his wife, Assistant Managing Editor Beth Frerking.

Cryptic Convo Between Two Journos

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin to no one in particular: “Why won’t xxx apologize to xxx for xxx.” And this: “Xxx is saying xxx bc they don’t want to talk about xxx.”

Leibovich to Martin: “It’s a sign of desperation.”

Martin: “Mark Leibovich, it’s sad that xxx is turning to desperate negative attacks…’sad’ is good. ‘disappointing’ my fave. ‘unfortunate’ not bad.”

Leibovich: “Jonathan Martin, I’m finding all of this deeply troubling. I’m desperate to change the subject.”

Fish Poll Results: Yesterday we asked what you thought of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s (D-Fla.) new hairstyle and color. Most of you like it. In fact, 60.23 percent chose “Love it. She looks good with straight hair.” A reader named “Gussley” wrote in the Comment Section, “Hair, like chests, should be neither too big or totally flat on a woman.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Cupp performs verbal abortion on Olbermann

Keith Olbermann is a huge dick.” — GBTV’s S.E. Cupp on “Real News.” She added, “You once suggested that my parents never should’ve had me. I am very sorry that your television career has just been aborted.”

Reader calls Fishbowl Peter a ‘moron’

“Or maybe we could just call you a Selective Moron.  Assuming, of course, that you aren’t one all the time.  I guess we’ll have to give you the benefit of the doubt on that. I’m not particularly interested in the Congressman’s sex life (or lack thereof), but the fact that he believes in abstinence prior to marriage but hasn’t necessarily lived up to his own ideals doesn’t make him a hypocrite.  This is the lame charge that people use to attack those who profess virtue.  If you’re not sinless you’re not allowed to ever make a moral statement?”  — evstok. We think it’s rather harsh of you to refer to FBDC’s Peter Ogburn as a “moron.” He has feelings, you know, and knowledge. “Considering I grew up going to a SOUTHERN BAPTIST church 4 times a week, I think I can speak with SOME authority,” he wrote me early this morning. “We were SUPER religious..  While we weren’t exactly snake handlers, we knew where to get them on short notice.”

Lizzie has kisses for Alec Baldwin

“Dear @alecbaldwin, The Daily News is not owned by Newscorp. Kisses.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary. This was in response to Alec tweeting this: “Is there a Murdoch alive who can get that rotten old man out of there and get rid of that GOP cabin boy, Roger Ailes?” And this: “Can anyone save NewsCorp?”

Whoa!

“My 3 yo decided to cannonball into the lake today at his grandparents. No, he doesn’t know how to swim. His mom had to dive in.” — RedState.com Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Journos spotted at Bruce Springsteen concert Sunday night: Twitter’s Adam Sharp tells us, “Spotted from my vantage point on the floor for tonight’s Springsteen show at the Verizon Center: Chuck Todd, Luke Russert, American Bridge’s Bradley Beychock, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, C-SPAN’s soon-to-be new co-CEO Rob Kennedy, and I am 99% sure NYT‘s David Brooks.” Others: MSNBC and Mother JonesDavid Corn, Poliitco’s Patrick Gavin, WaPo‘s Joe Heim, Vanity Fair‘s Maureen Orth, CNN’s Dana Bash,

Noteworthy: In a late Monday night tweetathon, Zeke Miller of BuzzFeed tweets out scoops of Politico Mike Allen‘s new eBook, prior to midnight release. “I got it at 11:25pm when it went live on the iBooks store,” Miller said in a late night email to FBDC. “I’m still waiting for my Kindle copy to come through. Still only about half-way though.” Miller follows on the heels of Alex Pappas from The Daily Caller, who previously obtained a copy of the book. His story published on Monday morning at 11:36 a.m.

Fun fact: For less than a year in 2009, The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who’s hanging out in Sanford, Fla. this week working on the Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman story as we speak, interned at the Sanford Herald. His internship lasted less than a year. UPDATE: Since Boyle wouldn’t answer our simple questions such as if the internship has helped him with Trayvon story coverage and other simplicities, we weren’t able to bring that to you. He was, however, able to tweet that he’s no longer in Sanford. Would have been much simpler had he had the nerve (if that’s what it takes these days) to answer a few questions just as he expects from the lawmakers he interviews.

A special Happy Birthday to… Barbara Powers Allen (Allen’s mom). Allen gave his mother her own line today in Playbook. No “Birthweek” though.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo finds horse shit in WaPo

Jim Newell, this could win a ‘reverse Pulitzer’ for shittiest article of 2012.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams to the ex-Gawker Political Editor. Adams linked to a WaPo story by ex-Style Editor turned campaign trail writer Ned Martel about Ann Romney and her deep love of horses. Romney is strangely into dressage…which is, er, horse ballet.

Rush’s bro stirs the pot

“At some point, conservatives better realize how organized the left is & how determined they are to silence our side. We ignore at our peril.” — Lawyer and syndicated columnist David Limbaugh, who will likely talk to you on the record providing you’re a conservative journalist.

Journo discusses blowjob workshop

“And then the term ‘blowjob workshop’ came up. Apparently one was covered by a journo here. Huzzah!” — WaPo Express‘s Clinton Yates, who previously tweeted about “fisting.” We have no words for this one.

Emily issues a special warning!

“Warning: the season finale of #Bachelor airs now and I will watch and tweet even though US Weekly spoiled the end.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller.

Journo Clusterf&%k!

FNC’s Ed Henry: “Wait WHAT??: After answering Q on Afghan, Santorum said: “I’m the only person in this race that has any experience as commander in chief”. BuzzFeed’s Zeke Miller: “Erin McPike reports Santorum said ‘TO BE’ commander in chief. RCP’s Erin McPike: “Ed Henry, we listened to it several times – it was ‘to be.’ That was my mistake.”

Perplexing…

“I don’t understand people who exercise at the gym wearing jeans and a long sleeve shirt, or boots for that matter.” — Don Irvine.

Classic Dave Hughes: The Thief

“CNN lifts commentator Roland Martin’s suspension after homophobic Tweet during Super Bowl” — DCRTV’s Dave Hughes acting like he broke the news that CNN has lifted Roland Martin‘s suspension. Watch out, D.C. scribes. Traditional attribution rules apparently don’t apply to him.

Journo sets goals for himself. Are they elusive?

“Goal: Someday, I will have ‘people’ who file expenses for me. I’ll also have children, who will make expenses for me.” — Military TimesDan Lamothe.

Journos conjure up stupid questions for Carney

“Jay, was Bo’s run across the South Lawn yesterday an official event or a political one?#thingsthatwontgetasked” — NBC News’s Shawna Thomas. “Who paid for the pooper scooper and plastic baggies?!?!” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I’m at Blue Duck Tavern (Washington, DC) 4sq.com/zmFC8p” — Washington Life‘s Executive Editor Michael Clements.

The intrepid Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

Politico’s Mike Allen: King of Humblebrag

By all accounts Politico‘s Mike Allen is a kind, welcoming person and an intelligent journalist. He’s also King of Humblebrag, a hamlet in Rosslyn, Va.

WaPo‘s Erik Wemple took a hatchet to his innocent and pure Tuesday morning plea for readers to buy his eBook. Allen reported that some readers have offered to pay for Playbook even though it’s free. Best quote in the WaPo piece comes from attorney to Washington’s big shots Robert Barnett (who apparently has said he’d pay): “Mike . . . personalizes [Playbook] by things like birthdays and weddings and engagements, and in a world in which we all tend to pay not enough attention to the people around us and their real lives, that’s a real public service.” So let’s get this straight: We need Allen’s Playbook to remember who is important to us? That’s humbling.

Today the humblebrag turns more cringeworthy as Allen announces that “The Right Fights Back” eBook has hit the top of the Kindle political charts (he again explains that you can purchase the book by simply clicking on the Politico banner — it’s just that easy). And then there’s this: a big wet kiss from Business Insider‘s Zeke Miller (read: look for more Zeke in a Playbook near you sometime soon): “I just finished ‘The Right Fights Back’ … The tone and authority sets it apart from anything that’s been written on the campaign to date – and in my humble opinion, Richard Ben Cramer and [the late] Theodore White should enjoy their royalties … Thank you for filling in some of the gaps in my knowledge, confirming more than a few of my educated guesses. Already I can’t wait to read the next installment.”

The statements in bold are intense — a humblebrag within a humblebrag? Now that is deep.

Separated at Birth: Cain’s COS Mark Block

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain‘s Chief of Staff Mark Block is in the hot seat this morning in Washington as he makes the media rounds starting with an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on “The Daily Rundown.”

We do hope he has enough cigs to get through the day. But more importantly, we offer you Block’s doppelgangers. They are actor Wilford Brimley and The Muppet’s Swedish Chef. And hey, if this political thing doesn’t work out, Block can always fall back on oatmeal commercials or hit up Miss Piggy for a job.

(h/t to Business Insider politics reporter Zeke Miller for the Muppet portion of this post.)

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