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White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as first reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

Ribollita.

“It’s a great soup to say, I don’t know if it’s a great on to taste,” remarked “Daily Rundown” host Chuck Todd.

We sure hope it tastes better than it looks.

Kraushaar In, Wilson Out

National Journal‘s Josh Kraushaar will grab the torch of Editor-in-Chief of “The Hotline,” while Reid Wilson moves over to WaPo to head up a new online destination called GovBeat. The news was announced today and is already splattered around the Twitterverse.

“We’re thrilled that Josh has agreed to take the helm of Hotline,” said NJ Editor Charles Green. “He’s everything you’d want in an editor in chief: He commands the respect of politics junkies as one of the smartest political analysts in town; he knows the Hotline operation backwards and forwards; and he’s a digital innovator who will help Hotline evolve in its role as the premier political tip sheet in Washington.”

Kraushaar was managing editor for politics at NJ. Before that, he worked at Politico.

“It’s a tremendous honor to step in as the next editor-in-chief of the Hotline, and follow in the footsteps of the greats who have led the publication over the years – Doug Bailey, Chuck Todd, Amy Walter and my friend and longtime colleague Reid Wilson,” said Kraushaar. “At a time when it’s hard to separate the buzz from substance in political coverage, Hotline’s brand of authoritative aggregation and analysis continues to stand out from the pack. I am excited about the opportunity to cover the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential election with a talented team of Hotliners and expect big things in the months ahead.”

As Green wrote in a memo to NJ staff, “We wish Reid nothing but the best in his new job. He’s been a wonderful colleague and talented leader during his tenure at Hotline. We look forward to reading his work in the years to come.”

Wilson has been in the role of editor-in-chief since 2010.

Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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Bipartisan Policy Center Solicits Birthday Wishes for Bob Dole (Yes, We’re Serious)

You’d think a mention in the number three slot of  the famed birthday section of Politico Mike Allen‘s Playbook would be a sufficient birthday wish for former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas). But no, today the Bipartisan Policy Center, which Dole co-founded, has gotten ambitious with its birthday desires, and wants political bystanders to send in their birthday wishes to the Center’s Facebook page, Twitter account or email address. (For prime sucking up, we’ll provide all that later.) What they really want is for you to tweet a picture of yourself drinking Dole’s favorite drink – a chocolate milkshake. Well? What are you waiting for?

They write in a release, “Join us in wishing Senator Bob Dole a Happy Birthday by enjoying his favorite dessert, the classic chocolate milkshake. All are invited to submit a photo with you and your flavor of choice to participate in the birthday festivities. Post to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Facebook Page tweet @BPC_Bipartisan (hashtag #Dole90), email press@bipartisanpolicy.org. Select milkshake photos will be chosen and included in Bob Dole’s birthday card for his 90th Birthday.”

Could you even imagine landing on Dole’s 90th birthday card sipping a chocolate milkshake? (Quick memo to NYT‘s Mark Leibovich: You thinking about a sequel?)

ABC “GMA” co-host George Stephanopoulos, NBC’s Chuck Todd and FNC’s Bret Baier all wanted in on the Dole birthday action but didn’t sip milkshakes for the cause. Instead they tweeted at him.

 

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as first reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” is…

Turkey Lentil.

“It’s Tuesday, might as well be Turkey Lentil,” quipped host Chuck Todd, noting that it had been awhile since they told viewers what the White House kitchen was serving.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HASTINGS: “Michael Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor. While there is no template for a great reporter, he was one for reasons that were intrinsic to who he was: ambitious, skeptical of power and conventional wisdom, and incredibly brave. And he was warm and honest in a way that left him many unlikely friends among people you’d expect to hate him.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith. More… “We fought, first, over the adjectives in his stories — ‘discredited’ was a favorite — and then over his theories, which were typically the opposite of whatever I was hearing from my Washington sources. In the meantime I marveled at his talent and at the thing I hadn’t particularly expected: his generosity.” Read the full story here.

“I am no Michael Hastings and I probably never will be. My temperament and orientation is different. I approach my subjects from a different angle and I ask different questions. I do pretty well for myself. But when I’m in the arena with people like Hastings, I’m always forced to check myself.” — The Week’s Marc Ambinder. Read his full post here.


Confessional.

“I got the IRS chiefs mixed up. So audit me! Sorry about that. They’re all blending together.” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

In a twist on the usual 9-month pregnancy, NBC Luke Russert’s 20-month gaffe

“House now voting on bill by Rep Trent Franks’s (R-AZ) restricting abortions after 20-months.” — NBC Luke Russert on the bill that passed the House Tuesday. About a minute later, after some razzing, he wrote, “Correction to my last tweet. Bills would restrict abortion after 20 WEEKS not months.” Phew!

Hello Buttercup! Martin smooches NYT colleague

“Do yourself a favor: pre-order @peterbakernyt book DAYS OF FIRE now. A history of Bush-Cheney admin > http://www.amazon.com/Days-Fire-Cheney-White-House/dp/0385525184/ref=pd_sim_b_3/184-3921963-1609821″ — NYT‘s Jonathan Martin regarding Peter Baker‘s upcoming book.

NBC’s Chuck Todd from Berlin: “Btw, TOBBS (twitter on black berry sucks)”

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “My brother works for a local NPR station and he says the amount of money the big wigs at NPR lavish upon themselves is sickening. It makes him wonder what would happen if donors saw the gluttony. But, he needs the job so he keeps his mouth shut.”

Weighty reaction to Mika Brzezinksi

“Dear Mika, Arsenic is a poison. Soda is not. Bleach is a poison. Sugar is not. You are a ridiculous lunatic.” — Rare‘s Content Editor Mike Cover to the MSNBC “Morning Joe” host who wrote Obsessed, a confessional book about food addiction, her own and others. He added, “There are few things that make my skin crawl more than the nanny-state busybodies lecturing other folks about what to eat or how to live.”

Chuck Todd Lunges at BuzzFeed Over PBS Embargo Fiasco

We can see it now. The 10 angry facial expressions of NBC Political Director Chuck Todd. The 7 safari animals that most resemble Chuck Todd. Chuck Todd with a cornucopia of mustaches and facial hair ensembles — which one is best? Oh wait — in May of last year they already ran a listicle on Chuck Todd’s goatee on everybody.

The old-school newsman is at odds with BuzzFeed this morning. The last 18 hours has been a flurry of controversy ever since BuzzFeed butchered an embargo set by PBS on President Obama‘s appearance on “The Charlie Rose Show” last night. The embargo was set for 11 p.m. BuzzFeed broke it and ran a preliminary transcript of the interview at 3:45 p.m. And soon, others such as WaPo, which sought permission from PBS to break the embargo after BuzzFeed did, followed.

Was BuzzFeed in the wrong? Will Todd get over it and should he?

“We take agreements with sources very seriously. In this case, there wasn’t one,” BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins told FishbowlDC early this morning. When pressed, he added, “An embargo is an agreement, not a command.”

Todd aggressively disagreed. “Come on. It’s a crappy thing to do to PBS,” he wrote on Twitter last night. “It’s Charlie Rose’s interview. Not mine. Not BuzzFeed’s. The entire thing airs tonight.”

He went deep with it, talking about honor and manners. “This is not a legal dispute,” he wrote. “It’s about basic manners … it’s about whether there’s any honor left.” He spoke of old, worn established media rules. “Many news orgs are respecting PBS 11 p.m. ET embargo on the Rose POTUS interview. Some have chosen to ignore. Who changed the ‘rules?’ Wow, so in the obsessive world of trying to get clicks, we have news orgs no longer respecting embargoes. Can we have some rules respected?”

Todd has had a mostly warm relationship with BuzzFeed and has had the outlet’s reporters on his program, MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown.” But he has bristled at the name, saying repeatedly that he doesn’t like it. In November of last year, theGrio.com‘s Perry Bacon praised BuzzFeed on “The Daily Rundown” and Todd cracked, “I’m not crazy about the name. I agree, I agree, the work is good, but the name sort of bothers me. BuzzFeed. BuzzFeed? Sounds like electroshock [unintelligible word] therapy.”

Others quickly jumped on Todd’s embargo bandwagon. TIME‘s Mark Halperin wrote on Twitter, “history + digital + fast food, hit-and-run culture. Forward an embargoed email to your non-pro cousin, have ‘em email back. Presto.” Mark H. Anbinder, contributing editor at TidBITS, added, “There’s a generation of reporters (I hesitate to say ‘journalists’) without proper training who don’t know what an embargo is.” And James David Dickson, op-ed editor for The Detroit News, answered Todd’s thoughts on honor, saying, “You live in Washington and ask if ‘there’s any honor left’ No, Chuck. There isn’t.”

But even those with time in the business don’t all agree with that. Commentary‘s John Podhoretz, among others at BuzzFeed, remarked that no agreement existed, and Todd argued that the “golden rule applies.” Still, Podhoretz insisted, “If PBS sends out transcripts that simply state there’s an embargo, no agreement exists on embargo.”

Which happens to be BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith‘s take on off-the-record interviews. Ever since his days of manning a blog at Politico, he has consistently vocalized his staunch belief that they are agreements to be forged, not assumptions. “Is this like implied off the record?” he asked on Twitter last night. Coppins backed him, saying, “Is it that crazy? I see the golden rule arg, but if we never agreed to an embargo, why are we bound?”

Officially bound or not, a longtime Washington editor declared BuzzFeed “wrong” and had this ominous thought: “What BuzzFeed did was wrong, and they will pay the price by not getting embargoed transcripts in the future. There has to be an agreement for speaking on background or off the record. The same principle doesn’t apply to embargoes.” And Eric Koch, a Democratic strategist and flack who formerly worked on Capitol Hill, warned, “Issue is flacks (like me) will probably just stop sending stuff out and giving people time to plan.”

With that very real prospect in site, some scribes are not pleased by this apparent new way of doing things. A political reporter who spoke to FishbowlDC anonymously said it was a “pretty shitty” thing for BuzzFeed to do. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

The Observer

“You have to admit, a Senator Geraldo would NOT be dull.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren on the prospects of her colleague Geraldo Rivera getting plucked for the New Jersey Senate seat upon the death of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D).

Speaking of whom…

“Flags around the Capitol complex to be lowered to honor the late-Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ).” — FNC’s Chad Pergram.

Weingarten likes big butts!

“Miss The Hunt? Check it out in photos, including The World’s Most Ginormous Butt.” See the WaPo feature that “humor” columnist Gene Weingarten is promoting here. It’s not that surprising that the “ginormous butt” jumped out at Gene considering his daily fixation on the anal area.

Howard Kurtz writes something funny

“Joe Biden cancels summer press party. Crisis for Beltway journalists. Maybe Holder would invite us over instead? I mean, off the record?” — CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz.

Actors and lawmakers: soulmates?

“I never understood why Hollywood was always at odds with DC. There are more liars in Hollywood than in Congress. Veritable soulmates.” — Stephen Rodrick, Men’s Journal, NYT Magazine.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “Washington Times shuttle to stop? Maybe they’re instituting hack service.”

Ron Fournier gets emotional

“Get measured today for tuxedo at my daughter’s wedding. (Sniff.) Would it look weird if I cry during the mid-seam measure?” — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, when he can tear himself away from MSNBC and spend a little time on Twitter (and yes, we’re being facetious).

Congrats to… Justin Snow, who has been named political editor at Metro Weekly. Previously he was a political reporter at the publication.

Morning Love Note

“While the rest of us speculate and guess, @chucktodd reports. Informed insight on @Morning_Joe now.” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier ass kissing NBC’s Chuck Todd.

 Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

Press Orgy at the White House!

The Onion on Wednesday featured an orgy scene of President Obama and White House press corps. Honestly, we had no idea NBC Political Director Chuck Todd had so much chest hair, that Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry was so scorching or that White House Press Secretary Jay Carney liked to dress up in nothing but a bongo drum.

See the full story here. Maybe the best fake quotes come from NPR’s Ari Shapiro after the jump, but you’ve gotta read the whole sick, entertaining thing. And for any dumbasses who don’t know what The Onion is, yes, it’s the publication that writes phony stories. Please note: We’ve blotched out one of the reporter’s faces due to a dramatically naked section of the faux orgy. Read more

Mika Brzezinski Turns Into Weiner Police

This morning the news broke that ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is running for Mayor of New York. Naturally the crew at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” would discuss it.

But how? What parameters?

If you’re the show’s Co-host Mika Brzezinksi, is the best option to behave gingerly and timidly? What, no weiner jokes? No talk of penis selfies? Seems she wants to find a cautious way to cover the story, if only Joe Scarborough will play along.

“Okay, alright, she began, spreading her arms. “Let’s just, no, we’re not doing that.” No one at the roundtable had done anything — yet.

“Chuck, don’t,” she scolded before NBC Political Director Chuck Todd, in Washington, could even speak. “Don’t egg him on,” she adds, referring to Scarborough, who began by introducing Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei to the show.

He called VandeHei “head of the Weiner beat.” The Politico editor laughed and said its telling how the show’s guests reacted while watching Weiner’s video announcing his run. “Well, I think that it’s interesting that when you played the video everybody at the table started laughing,” said Vandehei. “That’s usually not a great start to a campaign. … There’s no doubt the backdrop is going to be that embarrassing picture. And, by the way, he said there’s more, there might be more out there.”

“Alright, behave,” said Mika to no one in particular and everyone. “Stop,” she said repeatedly, even when nothing torrid was voiced.

Despite Mika’s weiner policing, the conversation eventually turns a sharp corner to those nasty naked dick pics that Weiner sent to virtual female girlfriends while in Congress.  Read more

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