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Kurtz has stuff to figure out

“Thanks for messages and tweets about new Fox show. Still have lots of details to figure out, but what a challenge.” — CNN but soon-to-be Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.

Speaking of openings at CNN…

“If I hate myself, does that make me a media critic? #IhearThereIsAnOpening?” — CNN’s John Berman. Kurtz’ post on “Reliable Sources” will be filled by a rotating cast of hosts that haven’t been named yet.

Kim/Kanye baby name fallout

“Why did Kimye let Sarah Palin name their baby?? #North #wtf#” — The Times of LondonMatt Spence.

“I’m not sure I follow the logic of naming a kid after an airline that no longer exists.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Are we being pranked? Is this a resurrection of a defunct airline where I still have miles? A DC neighborhood? Apple lkg bttr and better.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

“This poor child,” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

“Also, currently arguing with my 13-year-old sister about the name of this Kardashian kid. Good lord.” — WaPo columnist Clinton Yates.

“Troll West.” — ReutersMegan McCarthy.

“Seven. Seven Costanza. Now THERE’S a name.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden.

“If my parents named me North West I’d have to kick my own ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

“That’s like me naming my child Seth.” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

“Kanye must be trying working some sort of ‘Boy Named Sue’ angle here.” — Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:52 a.m.

AnonymASS and Anonymous Tipsters: 1. “ass holes.” 2. “Marty … need … more … Marty” Memo to #1. We love your candor. Don’t go changing. However, “ass holes” is actually written “assholes.” And #2: Your wish is our command. Never a shortage of material there.

Emotional sports watching

“To the guy wearing a Golden State jersey at game 7: you are an idiot. Oh, oh oh oh shut up.” — The Hill‘s Ian Swanson.

N-word-using Paula Deen sparks N-word debate

“LOL I sound ‘old’ @bdotm for having zero tolerance against the N-word? Good. I’d rather sound ‘old’ and be right than ‘young” and dumb.” — “Washington Watch’s” Roland Martin.

Speechwriter trash talk

“Lovett with no editor and 20,000 followers should scare people almost as much as his refusal to wear pants to work” — Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to President Obama. Now a consultant. His message is directed to Jon Lovett, also a former presidential speechwriter who sometimes writes for The Atlantic.

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“Nobody loves a thin man. This is the new Chris Christie’s problem.”WaPo Associate Editor and columnist David Ignatius on the Governor of New Jersey holding a special Senate election a month early, a move that will cost New Jersey some $24 million. Ignatius introduced the entirely new genre of Christie fat jokes this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He has a point. Did anyone really like skinny Oprah?

Just another day on Capitol Hill: WTF?

“A guy outside the Capitol is yelling about neural microchips forcibly inserted thru the nose and it’s kind of amazing.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Daniel Newhauser.

Setting the record straight…“Nope, I wasn’t in Wash DC.” — News Junkie Marty Rudolf in reaction to our Separated at Birth of him in which a Marty lookalike was spotted at the Trader Joe’s in Washington’s Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

MSNBC host brings big, inflatable ball to work

“Buying an oversized yoga ball for the office now seems like a profoundly bad idea.” — MSNBC’s Alex Wagner, who added, “Contrary to conventional wisdom, deflating an oversized yoga ball is much harder than inflating it.” Note to readers: This is a photoshopped picture of Wagner. It’s her face, but not her body. By Austin Price.

Vomit-worthy Washington power talk

“OH near the Senate chamber: ‘Who in their right mind would ever want to share power?!’” — Gannett‘s Jon Campbell.

Email she won’t open…

“Email subject line makes me curious, but not enough to actually open it: ‘What does the color of your door say about you?’” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter.

The perplexing questions Hazy asks himself

“And why the frack is this NJ special election on a Wednesday? Was Thursday morning from 2am to 6am taken?” — MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, once a Boybander always a Boybander, even if he is in Manhattan. Beats us, Hazy? Who the frack knows?

Roland’s Rules on Journalism?

“It cracks me up how media folks don’t mind talking lack of diversity in the GOP, Obama’s Cabinet, but when u point to media, they get scared.” — “Washington Watch” host and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.

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French Maid Spices Up Daily Caller Book Party

What was initially thought to be a special appearance by David Martosko‘s personal secretary at last night’s Daily Caller book launch party ended up being nothing of the sort.

To the left is a photo of Nandi, who works with Emperor Vodka, which sponsored the soiree. “I’m just here for pictures,” she said, graciously posing for cameras. Nandi, whose arms are reminiscent of Angela Bassett‘s What’s Love Got to Do with It, said this was her first time working with Emperor. Fun first day on the job!

The Daily Caller hosted the party in its Farragut Square newsroom celebrating The Lizard King, an ebook written by their own Jamie Weinstein and Will Rahn.

“I have no good answer,” said Rahn when asked who should read his book. “It’s a transformative book,” he said (“transformational” also works). He compared it to reading the Bible. “Is this off the record?” Rahn asked at the conclusion of our interview.

Weinstein was a little more willing to talk about the book, though we get the impression he thought he was on TV. “Truth-seekers will like it,” Weinstein said. He emphasized that the book is actually a manuscript provided by a White House insider and that he and Rahn are simply the vessels through which the book is being delivered. “Once in a while, history falls upon you and I think it happened to us,” he said, adding that it “may be one of the most important books since [Fox News host] Sean Hannity’s book.”

The Daily Caller‘s bar was stocked with wine, soda, alcohol and a beer tap that poured Pabst Blue Ribbon. Edibles (vegetables and a few hors d’oeurves) were a little on the slim side.

As guests trickled in, a couple faces stood out in the crowd: Politico‘s Byron Tau and Tim Mak. The DC and Politico have been known to publicly quibble in the past. One Daily Caller staffer said the relationship between the two publications “on paper” is often not the case between individual reporters. He said there are several Politico employees he regularly drinks with. Both Tau and Mak chatted with The DC‘s Alex Pappas for a while, as well.

In the crowd we also spotted a distinguished gentleman with a badass eye patch. It turned out to be Will Rahn’s father, ex-husband to WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan.

The DC‘s editor Tucker Carlson was seen talking with RollCall‘s Jonathan Strong, a former Daily Caller reporter. Strong said work for him has been slow and “a little boring,” given he covers Congress, which is currently out of session.

Notables: The Daily Caller‘s Alex Treadway, Sarah Hoffman, Taylor Bigler, Jeff Poor, Caroline May, Brian Danza, Chris Bedford, Neil Munro, Pat McMahon, Nicole Roeberg, and Vince Coglianese; The Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo and CJ Ciaramella; RollCall HOH‘s Neda Semani and Warren Rojas; Fox News contributor Jim Pinkerton; WaPo‘s Alexandra Petri; U.S. NewsSteven Nelson; The Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake; and Donald Rumsfeld‘s former chief of staff Keith Urbahn. Conspicuously absent were Matthew Boyle and Martosko, who had kid duty. We rode the elevator with him down to the garage. He puffed away on what may have been an illegal cigar the whole way down and said Rahn and Weinstein would know he was there “in spirit.”

Quotable:

  • “He’s a bit of a self promoter.”– Keith Urbahn on his former boss Donald Rumsfeld, who was Defense Secretary under former Prez George W. Bush. Urbahn spilled that Rummy is currently working on a new book. UPDATE: Urbahn writes in to tell us he was talking about his other former boss, The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.
  • Asked about former and recently fired Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson said, “I haven’t seen her much on TV lately. That ended for some reason.” Fields was not in attendance.
  • “I don’t want to be written about.”– Steven Nelson, after FishbowlDC inquired about his job at U.S. News, which he only recently started.
  • “I’m holding out for the chance that Matthew Boyle shows up.”– FBDC’s Peter Ogburn.

 

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From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Hmmm..not sure this is good news: Sen Feinstein: ‘You learn more from the book than I did as chair of intel cmte.’” — NYT Chief Washington Correspondent David Sanger in reference to his book, Confront and Conceal: Obama’s Secret Wars and and Surprising Use of American Power. To which NYT Mark Leibovich shouted on Twitter, “Humblebrag!!” Sanger links to this story by John Hudson of The Atlantic Wire.

Journalism!

“I just e-mailed White House pooler @lesleyclark to ask her what she was wearing today. Not every day you run into Anna Wintour and SJP.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Amie Parnes. Lesley Clark is the White House Correspondent for McLatchy. The fundraiser at actress Sarah Jessica Parker‘s home last night in New York’s West Village raised a cool $2 million.

Journo laments crappy Father’s Day cards

“Why are greeting cards so snarky about Father’s Day portraying dads as lazy, selfish, dumb? Lay off. My dad is awesome.” — WJLA’s Mike Conneen.

Question to Ponder: “Can Chris Hayes hyperextend his elbows?” — Ryan Cooper, The Washington Monthly, on the MSNBC host.

That’s it? They took $10?

The last time we cared to check in with DCist’s Ben Freed was in January when he was knocked off his bike, hit his head and wound up in the ER with superficial wounds and no concussion. Last night, the little drama queen took to Twitter once again to elicit sympathy for a mugging. He wrote, “Fun fact: Got mugged for my cash on the walk home tonight. Wallet, phone and body are intact.” Then he added, “To follow up on before: I am fine. I have all my stuff. Except for $10. Some thug on a fixie has my cash. Thanks for your concerns. G’night.” Next up: Freed gets stuffed into a locker by the gang from Glee!

Number of Tweets it takes for Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher to defend his beloved MSNBC’s Chris Hayes: 16. Number of “chickenshit” mentions: 13. Last night Christopher took to Twitter to unravel in a late-night tirade in which he accused (with no evidence whatsoever) FBDC of blindly quoting The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and TV reporter Jeff Poor. Neither Carlson nor Poor were my sources for this post. Christopher then suffered a series of verbal blows from journos who think he’s overly sympathetic to Hayes: RCP‘s Ian Schwartz remarked, “If that @Mediaite thing doesn’t work out for @tommyxtopher, he can always be Chris Hayes’ coffee/cabana boy.” Poor suggested he has a “man crush” on Hayes. Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella said simply, “Here you go little Buddy,” and offered him a bottle of Baby Shampoo. To show the unraveling of Christopher we offer a sampling: 1. “I’m really amused that your #tcot pals are too chickenshit to insult @chrislhayes to his face. Lol at them. While we’re at it though, you’re kinda chickenshit for enabling it, aren’t you?” 2. “But kudos to FBDC for protecting her not Tucker Carlson and not Jeff Poor source.” We wish Tommy all the best in getting treatment for his Hazyitis, an inflamed, psychoerotic condition in which the inflicted feel they must defend Chris Hayes. Happens from repeated watching of Hayes’ new very inspirational Lean Forward ad.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

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Journo wants CNN’s Piers Morgan deported

“Can someone set up a kickstarter to fund deportation of Piers Morgan and the rest of these #jubilee fools drooling over an aging despot?” — Roll Call‘s John Stanton, who previously said he’d rather smoke bath salts with Jeffrey Dahmer than watch the Queen’s Jubilee.

Charges pressed

“I have pressed charges against Tim Scott’s COS Nick Muzin for simple assault & Honeywell PR guy Rob Ferris for false imprisonment.” — Mike Elk of InTheseTimes Magazine. Last Thursday he alleges he was grabbed by Muzin and locked in a room against his will by Honeywell’s Ferris, who did not return a phone call to FBDC on the matter. Elk continued, “The charges will be forwarded to the U.S. Attorney’s office who will decide whether or not to prosecute. I was hesitant to press charges cuz I didn’t want to seem like a crybaby, but precedent of intimidating reporters in Capitol is scary.”

Never a dull moment

“Met a man who legally changed his name to Jehovah Jesus. Had a lot to say about the CIA, Supreme Court Justice Souter, etc.” — CJ Ciaramella, a reporter at Free Beacon.

Democratic operative lashes out at WaPo‘s Rubin

“Unpaid Romney spokesperson Jennifer Rubin also has thoughts on the media. #classy.” — the always thoughtful DNC New Media Outreach Director Greg Greene. He links to this. As you can see, reaching out as usual. Thanks Greg!

Quote taken out of context

“@samyoungman isn’t a wedgie in order?” — FNC’s Ed Henry to Reuter‘s Sam Youngman.

Thanks for the memories!

“Perhaps worst spelling gaffe I can remember, @BashirLive, was when @msnbc gave Niger Innis two ‘G’s in his first name.” — Newsbuster‘s Ken Shepherd.

Journo grants permission to torture him

“If I ever happen to catch a single second of Lifetime TV’s”Dance Moms,” you have permission to waterboard me” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray in an apparent moment of shame about the popular dance show on the women’s network.

Ouch!

“Well, progress is overrated, I’ll just get back to work…work that I am paid less for than a man. #PayCheckFairness” — Erikka Knuti, Democratic strategist who works at Ogilvy.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day: Hat Attack

“I vow to wear hats more often in an effort to bring them back into fashion.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Politico’s Ken Vogel has been trying to grow a full beard/goatee for a few weeks now. Here are the fruits of his patience.

Unexpected pleasure in journo’s bathroom

“A good problem to have: my new bottle of parfum fell off shelf and smashed into bits on floor of loo. my whole floor smells of Coco Chanel!” — Fashion freelancer Stephanie Green.

Uh oh.

“Afternoon dog walk turns up unresponsive person on the ground. Of course.” — Former DCist writer Dave Stroup.

Carolla blames press for so-called misperception

“…If you have 10 views that land you on the left side of the aisle and two views that land you on the right side of the aisle, then people just put you on the right side of the aisle. I’m not sure why. Some of it has to do with the press. I think it’s just convenient.” — Radio Personality Adam Carolla to Politico‘s Patrick Gavin. Read the full story here.

Cillizza is congested

“Thank you very much Chris Cillizza….chicken soup. Chris will be joining us tomorrow. I hope he’s in good health.” — NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC Tuesday afternoon to the WaPo blogger appearing on her show.

But maybe he’s not that sick after all… “Cracker Barrel founder has died. But his chicken and dumplings lives on in my stomach.” – WaPo’s Cillizza.

Inquiring minds…

“@jonallendc Is @jakesherman’s interest in Hunstman daughters as strong after the fame and power is gone?” — TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller to Politico‘s Jonathan Allen. She’s referencing NBC Congressional reporter Luke Russert recently trying to set up Politico‘s Jake Sherman with one of  Huntsman’s daughters.

Howeesha wants a better day

“Today: removed stinkbug, source tipped other rag with my story, hit knee on bedpost. Hopes for tomorrow: butterflies, tips galore, massage.” — The Hill‘s Howleena (A.K.A. Judy Kurtz) on Tuesday.

Listen up journos!

“Language creates reality. Words have power. Speak always to create joy.” — Deepak Chopra.

Strange observations

“This occupier seriously just lit a candle in McDonalds.” — Lachlan Markay, investigative reporter for The Heritage Foundation.

Scribe promises to blackout — get it?

“In protest of #SOPA, I will be blackout drunk tomorrow. Is this how this works?” — The Daily Caller‘s soon to depart CJ Ciaramella. Ciaramella will work for the brand new conservative advocacy group, the Center for American Freedom.

Bring on the cocktails

“Please, let the cocktail gods be kind. #oneofthosedays #youfeelme” — Capital File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Here’s one reason to get excited

“Woah. Just found C-SPAN HD on my cable — 941 on Comcast in DC. Game-changer.” — Ian Koski, Communications Director to Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.).

PR nightmare or oddly entertaining? “Is celeb chef Paula Deen, known for her high-cal, high-fat recipes, a good spokeswoman for diabetes awareness?” — WSJ. Read here.

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Goff admits to major coffee drinking

“DC ranks 6th city that drinks the most #coffee accord to Bundle.com. I alone prob acct for half the city #fillherup.” — NBC Washington anchor Angie Goff.

Is Real Clear Politics Taking Washington by storm?

“Real Clear Politics…which is the vastly escalating website of political writing that is really taking over Washington. Everybody seems to read it.” — WETA “White House Chronicle Host” and syndicated columnist Llewellyn King while introducing White House Correspondent Alexis Simendinger to the program this weekend.

Baratunde breaks down over overhead bin mishap

“Been 10 mins since we were booted from our flight because jackass broke the overhead. Amazingly, he’s still alive #GateCheckGate #mobrage” — Director of Digital for The Onion Barantunde Thurston, who was stuck in the Louisville airport over the weekend. “Jackass forced his bag into overhead, breaking the unit and forcing a delay on our flight. #selfish #finishhim!” See the busted overhead bin here.

D. Shuster’s fan club (of sorts)

“David Shuster looked yummy on CNN today… even more delicious given how he ripped Fox News debate moderators for their stupidity.  Me likey!” — Anonymous reader to FishbowlDC.

Ezzy offers lunch. Down with Herman Cain!

“If Herman Cain ends this primary with more than 10 percent of the vote, I will buy everyone on this panel lunch. It will not happen.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein on fellow Boybander Chris Hayes‘s “Up with Hayes” on Sunday morning on MSNBC. This was in reaction to Cain winning the Florida Straw Poll. Seems pizza would be a good choice here. Hazy replied, “We’re going to pick the nicest four-star restaurant.”

Hair cut alert…“Nooooo!” — The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham to colleague Laura Donovan, who wrote: “OMG @cjciaramella cut his hair and beard!” So who is sending us a picture?? CJ Ciaramella is a relatively new hire. This picture is obviously pre-haircut.

Most insightful line of WaPo Date Lab. Josh: “We definitely hugged, I felt much closer to her after the date than before.” Josh, who will no doubt make a brilliant lawyer one day, and Natalie were strangers before the date.

Did Rep. Frank Toot On Air?

The Daily Caller‘s media writer Jeff Poor today writes on Rep. Barney Frank‘s (D-Mass.) appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow program last night.

It’s the audio that weighed most on Poor’s mind.

In his short piece Poor suggests that Frank may have passed gas on air. Asked if any ethics discussions on writing that a congressman potentially “let one rip,” as he put it in his piece, Poor replied, “No ethics issues raised as far as I can tell.” He told us that his colleague, CJ Ciaramella, phoned Frank’s office and left a message. No response was forthcoming.

Even HuffPost‘s Sam Stein noticed the story: “Daily Caller reports out whether Barney Frank farted on TV, best line: “Frank could not be reached for comment,” he wrote on Twitter.

We, of course, listened to the footage and a sound can be detected, but no, we would not bet our lives that this was a gaseous Frank on the loose as opposed to an audio mishap. Did it happen? You decide.

UPDATE: We grilled Ciaramella about phoning Frank’s office. He explained that he left a message to confirm a quote. So no mention of the er, purported wind? “No, I just asked to confirm a quote, which, y’know, is pretty much the truth,” he told FishbowlDC. ‘I didn’t think I’d get a return call if I asked straight-up:”Wondering if Rep. Frank farted on-air last night. Holler back.’” Asked whether he personally believes the congressman passed gas or not, he said, “Now, I’m an objective journalist, so I can’t speak to the veracity of the alleged fart. I’ll leave that up to the readers. I will say I’ve
watched the video many times, and it’s hard to determine. Rep. Frank
could have good recourse to the ‘it was the chair’ defense.”