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Peter Ogburn

What’s Dana Tweeting?

We’ve documented the twitter habits of Dana Perino, part of the quirky quintet that hosts “The Five” on Fox News several times before. Her tweets almost always fall into the category of self-congratulatory pronouncements or pictures of her hound, Jasper. If it’s not something along those lines, I get very concerned that something is wrong. Her Twitter feed is a steady diet of pics of Jasper in compromising positions. Viewers of “The Five” have even gotten into the act and they send Dana photoshops of the pooch like the one above. Honestly, Jasper looks like he’d fit right in with that pack on “The Five.” Hell, he might even have more intelligent things to say than Bob Beckel. She’s so obsessed with the dog, that when Mary Katherine Ham tweeted that she was going to be on Redeye, another show hosted by Perino’s frenemy, Greg Gutfeld, she told her, “bring up Jasper. He’ll love it. Double dog dare ya.”

She’s also known for just tweeting random thoughts. Read more

Separated at Birth: The Marty Rudolf Edition

Did Marty make it to Washington, D.C. and not tell anyone? Marty Rudolf, the Twitter-famous News Junkie Online, continues to captivate the internet with his curious questioning of journalists and celebs from his home in Chicago. From the sound of things, Marty never makes it to Washington, but our spy spotted a Marty lookalike at the Foggy Bottom Trader Joe’s over the weekend. Could this be Marty? Could it be a relative? Could it be a fellow News Junkie Online?

Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

The Fight Over Off The Record (and Ron Fournier’s Blooming Twitter Addiction)

The Department of Justice must really feel like they screwed up, because Eric Holder is making the apology tour and meeting with various media outlets. It’s an effort to build bridges over the Obama administration hunting of leaks in the media, which many feel is overly aggressive. Naturally, there’s one little hangup: The DOJ wants the meeting off the record. While an off the record meeting with a high-ranking government official is hardly groundbreaking in Washington, the optics are pretty shitty. Here’s the Attorney General, who led a media witch hunt, who now wants to have an open dialogue with the media, who feels slighted and no one can know what was said.

National Journal’s Ron Fournier  penned a thoughtful piece on what “off the record” really means, and gives reasons why the media should ignore Holder’s request for silence. Fournier sums up the problem with this off the record nonsense by saying that ”it puts a reporter in the position of a priest: Keeping the government’s secrets.” Fournier reminds reporters that this story isn’t about them or their rights, but it’s about the next President, who might be worse than Presidents Bush and Obama combined.

Fournier was really proud of the piece. Oh, how do we know? Read more

Marty’d: The Memorial Day Edition

We are All Just News Junkies Online. If you follow Marty Rudolf on Twitter, you’re used to frequent attempts at conversation. Randomly, he’ll ask questions like, “Does any Sports Fans or Journalists/Bloggers feel like chatting?,” or “Any “Y&R”, “Days” or “B&B” Soap Fans on here?” He’s a lovable oddball who will often tweet directly to actors, journalists and anyone else who will listen. Sometimes, they actually respond.

You never know who may give Marty a response. Read more

Separated at Birth: Buzzfeed’s Benny Johnson

Not long ago, Buzzfeed’s Benny Johnson put together a wonderful list featuring members of Congress and their animal lookalikes. While we don’t have a list of “30 Animals That Look Like Benny Johnson,” we did find one potential clone. Comedian Greg Proops was in town earlier this week to perform and tape his podcast at the DC Improv. We caught up with him at the “Lamb Jam” food event at Eastern Market on Monday night. He was wearing a green, flannel suit and, with the rising temps, told us that he was “fucking hot.” Maybe it’s the sharp outfits or the glasses, but we think the two could be brothers from another mother.

The Great Zucchini Falls on Harder Times

In 2006, WaPo’s Gene Weingarten wrote a profile of a children’s performer known as “The Great Zucchini.” Weingarten described a brilliant, but flawed performer. Throughout the piece, Gene convinced us that Zucchini is masterful in the way that he entertains children and wows parents with his comedy/slapstick routine. We also learn that, for all the Zucchini’s successes, he couldn’t manage his money and his personal life was a disaster. In the piece, Gene tells us what the Zucchini has planned for the future. “His business plan? To become the children’s entertainer to the stars, a star in his own right who is flown first class to Beverly Hills, to do parties at $5,000 a pop for Angelina Jolie’s kids, or Britney’s.”

So, how’s he doing?

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Is Lizzie O’Leary Pregnant?

Journalist Lizzie O’Leary got Twitter all excited on Friday afternoon when she casually tweeted, “Pregnanté.”

Naturally, several people on Twitter assumed this was O’Leary announcing that she was with child. This would have been big news considering that, not long ago, O’Leary spoke to Cosmo about her battle with endometriosis, which puts a damper on baby-making. The congratulatory tweets started coming in. Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton tweeted, “ZOMG congrats! counting the days until your offspring annihilate(s) the competition on teen jeopardy!” WaPo’s Jim Tankersley responded, “!!!!!! that’s great news.” WSJ’s Victoria McGrane kept up the overuse of exclamations by tweeting, “CONGRATS!!!!!!!!”

So, what’s the problem? Read more

Who Are Kim Jong-un’s Favorite Reporters?

Back on May 3, the world commemorated “World Press Freedom Day.” Everyone except North Korea, that is. They decide to wait until May 15 to celebrate by running an editorial in the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun. The piece is called “Mockery of Press” and it takes several shots at American media and the so-called ”Freedom of report.”

WaPo reports on the rambling editorial, which seems to make the argument that American media is both too restricted and too free. While it seems to be a generalization of ALL of American media, two reporters get glowing reviews from The Dear Leader.

Who are Kim Jong-Un’s approved reporters? Read more

Separated at Birth: CNN’s Erin Burnett

While we don’t know the long-term fate of CNN’s Erin Burnett, she was noticeably passed over for the network’s revamped morning show, which leaves her as host of OutFront. That leaves her future a little murky, but if times get really tough, she could always get a side gig as a look-alike for actress Zooey Deschanel.

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