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Archives: November 2012

President Obama Invites Mitt Romney to the White House for Lunch: Who’s Covering it Best?

It’s a big deal that POTUS invited Mitt Romney over for lunch at the White House this afternoon. The event is closed to press, so outlets tried to have some fun with the story. HuffPost’s Sam Stein tweeted, “Tomorrow, I will dress up as a waiter/butler and will try to maneuver my way in towards serving Obama/Romney during their lunch.”

Fantasyland…WaPo’s Alexandra Petri imagined what the lunch would have been like if she was there. Imagine lots of awkward banter and nervous laughter from Romney.

Others took the matter more seriously… Read more

When is XOXO Too Much?

The Atlantic‘s magazine is out and among its offerings is the onset of hugs and kisses in workplace interactions. And by that, they mean over email. For example, two professional women collaborate on a project and one follows up with: “xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo.” Even ABC News anchor Diane Sawyer is known to use it, so often in fact, that employees fear not seeing it.

An excerpt of quotes: 1. “I feel like xo has taken on its own kind of life,” says Karli Kasonik, a Washington-based consultant. 2. “I do it, most women I know do it,” says Asie Mohatarez, a writer and social-media editor, noting that she prefers a single x to the full xo. 3. “In my field, you almost have to use it,” says Kristin Esposito, a yoga instructor in New York.

Read the story here.

Also in the magazine but a digital exclusive… Read more

Morning Oopsy: Anchor Says it’s Friday

This morning NBC Washington morning anchor Angie Goff got a little ahead of herself. Hey, it can happen to anyone, right? The days blur together, confusion reigns.

“TGIF! Yeah!” she exclaimed to Twitter followers this morning at 5:23 a.m.

Within five minutes she figured out that she had gotten her days wrong. “Haha this holiday sked messing me up!” she explained at 5:28 a.m. “Ok I take it back … Sorry to get you all excited! Happy Thursday!”

Good morning Angie!

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

Madame Secretary can do whatever she pleases

“Guy @ state Dept LGBT event asks attendees to turn off phones, but ‘Madame Secretary, you’re welcome to text any time.’” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Harvey Levin: Is the power of Kim Kardashian disgraceful?

“Do you think politics hit a new low when the US ambassador personally greets Kim K when she arrives in Kuwait? #tmzlive” — TMZ’s Harvey Levin.

Politico reporter dings NYT for poor scoopage

“I’ve worked at the New York Times so I’m unfortunately well aware of its tendency to treat other people’s scoops like they don’t exist.” — Politico‘s Ben White. The backstory: White was referring to the NYT following his scoop that Treasury’s Mary Miller had taken her name out of consideration for SEC chair without crediting him. White also wrote on Twitter: “Freaking UNREAL that NYT fails to credit me on the Mary Miller scoop. NYTimes: Contender for S.E.C. Chief Drops Out” and links to this NYT story. The NYT‘s excuse? They said they hadn’t seen it.

Senator bumps reporter, makes weird joke

“Orrin Hatch accidentally bumping reporter, joking ‘I just like to touch you,’ then blushing. ‘I’m a good Mormon boy!’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

A faux Twitter fight

The fake fight was between HuffPost‘s Elise Foley and BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynksi.

Foley: I’m always so sad when I miss twitter fights.

Kaczynski: YOU SUCK

Foley: YOU SUCK MORE.

Beck advises how to win Obama in pee keepsake

“E-mail obamapeepee@glennbeck.com and put your bid for #ObamaInPeePee in the subject line WG” — Glenn Beck.

Question to ponder: “Has anybody asked Condi about Susan Rice? I.e., RICE ON RICE” – Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

A real HuffPost headline: “Man arrested for stealing goose, locking it in SUV while he played soccer”

Photog unleashes torrent of hate on Washington Examiner scribe, and HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper encounters boisterous gentleman outside Metro. Read more

TWT Newsroom Dubs CEO ‘Evil Santa’ in Face of Layoffs

The Washington Times newsroom is hitting a rough patch. And right around the holidays, it doesn’t matter who has been naughty or nice. As WaPo‘s Erik Wemple has been reporting this afternoon, about a quarter of the newsroom is expected to be given the axe. As a result, some in the newsroom are now calling the new head honcho, Larry Beasley, “Evil Santa.” And judging from this picture below, they may not be too far off.

Some other sketchball details: Beasley drove up from Florida to take the job as TWT CEO in his motorhome. Says a TWT insider: “How low rent is that? This has TWT staff freaking out because how temporary is that that the head of the company could just drive away at any time and not look back — wouldn’t even have to pack. He was dusted off and brought out of retirement to take the job.” The clincher: The newsroom is afraid his real job is to close the newspaper and head back down into the Florida sunset.

Even so, the memo circulating this afternoon says the newspaper is absolutely “not folding.”

UPDATE: Jim Robbins resigned Monday from position as senior editorial writer for foreign affairs at The Washington Times. He resigned effective immediately. No notice.

See the memo from Editor David JacksonRead more

Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

Today, we’re taking a look at a piece of particularly tragic “gossip” from the Yeas and Nays column in the Washington Examiner. Nikki Schwab brings us the news of a the new merry-go-round at the National Zoo. How exciting! Because I like to go to the zoo to ride slow moving plastic around and around in a circle!

But, wait! There’s more…

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In Other CQ Roll Call News…

Tough as it is to top a toilet flushing memo, in way less exciting news over at CQ Roll Call today, they’re announcing staff moves. In the meantime, would this be an appropriate time to request more toilet flushing tips?

The moves involve Anne Hoy, who takes over as executive editor for CQ news and Randy Wynn, who’s getting a new fancy title as chief news editor. Other team moves include Alan Ota and David Harrison to the economics team as well as John Gramlich, who is switching teams (so to speak) but will still cover legal affairs.

See the memo from Editorial Director Susan Benkelman

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Bret Baier Expertly Recovers From ‘Earthquake’

This is why Fox News’ Bret Baier anchors the network’s flagship newscast.

Last night during “Special Report”s Grapevine segment, the camera fixed on Baier had technical difficulties. It violently shook  just as Baier ended the segment, throwing the anchor out of the shot before it steadied.

With years of on-air reporting under his belt, Baier recovered like a true professional. “You may soon feel the effects, not of that earthquake but in your wallet, from new environmental regulations,” he said, transitioning as only a veteran anchor could.

The show continued without a hitch.

CQ Roll Call Teaches Staff How to Flush Toilet

No joke. Today CQ Roll Call employees are being taught the finer points of toilet flushing. “Please do not kick the toilet handle, or even use your feet” to flush, reads an announcement to staff. Apparently pricey toilet valves had to be replaced due to “misuse.”

Best part: They advise that if employees must touch the handle, do so with toilet paper and your hands, not your feet. There’s even a help desk if you don’t quite get the instructions or have more questions.

See the full memo… Read more

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