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“Awaiting my oldest friend — we were 3 when we met — as he makes DC stop on his 1st family trip to the US. #psyched” — Yahoo! News‘ D.C. Bureau Chief Olivier Knox.
Important Q to Ponder: “Skakel was an adult in charge of his own defense. Why would he deserve a new trial based on ineffectiveness of his own lawyer?” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.
“4:42am and it’s already ‘one of those days.’” — ABC7′s Sara Van Aernum.
“Yo, @CarlosLozadaWP read your paper’s Jofi Joseph tick-tock today. Search the words ‘Daily Beast’ or ‘Rogin.’ Speak truth to power!” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush to WaPo Outlook Editor Carlos Lozada. This was in response to Lozada’s recent assertion that Thrush had failed to give Daily Beast‘s Josh Rogin his deserved credit for breaking the anonymous NSC tweeter story. Lozada didn’t respond to Thrush’s Twitter water balloon, but he did what any self-respecting journalist would do — he retweeted it. For a backgrounder, see our writeup on this situation.
Journo has stress dream
“Woke up from 5 am stress dream that I was going on @FBNStossel unprepared to precisely explain Medicare funding mechanisms.” – Reason Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch.
One thing that can be determined from the behavior of Politico in the last 24 hours is that they psychologically can’t handle coming in second place.
Even if that’s what they are in this instance — second.
We’re referring to Josh Rogin‘s Daily Beast story on Jofi Joseph, the anonymous NSC tweeter, which he broke Tuesday night at 8:27 p.m. Rogin got the Drudge link and appeared on morning shows such as NBC’s “TODAY Show” and ABC’s “GMA.” Every outlet from NPR to WaPo and the NYT credited him.
Take a wild guess who didn’t.
UPDATE: Politico reporter responds.
Convo Between Two Media Types
This morning’s conversation is between TIME’s Mark Halperin and media consultant Mike Feldman, a.k.a. Mr. Savannah Guthrie.
HALPERIN: “4th oldest trick in all White House PR playbooks: sr aides ‘confide’ to reporters that the president is ‘furious’ about some mess up.”
FELDMAN: “What are the top 3?”
HALPERIN: “@feldmike 1) Friday doc dump; 2) game changing leak to @nytimes or Drudge; 3) question motives/values of critics
Journo impersonates lawmakers (in a sense)
“Doing my best impression of a member of Congress by taking off Monday.” — Jared Halpern, Fox News Radio, D.C.
Comfort by way of gravy
“Never before has a breakfast buffet so clearly been the solution to all of my problems. #gravy” — Mandy Jenkins, interactives director, Digital First Media.
Spotted: The Romneys in Peru
“Random: friend is in Peru, on her way to Machu Picchu, and who did she see last night in town square? Mitt and Ann Romney, w/ whole clan.” — NYT‘s Michael Luo.
“Nothing like a Rose Garden pseudo-event when sh-t hits the fan. TK-Steve Kroft walk-and-talk? (‘I know Americans are angry…I am too…’)” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:41 a.m.
Important Q to Ponder: “Is Jeff Zucker’s plan to have every media journalist host Reliable so there can be no CNN coverage? That would be very him.” — Kate Arthur, Chief LA Correspondent, BuzzFeed.
A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.
“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”
The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)
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HEY, IT HAPPENS: Journo’s mother-in-law confuses BuzzFeed for “BizzJizz”
“Confused Cuban mother-in-law after meeting our friends from @BuzzFeed: ‘Those reporters from that cat site BizzJizz are so nice.’” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.
BOLD STEP-NOTICE THE TOES: “My weight. One year ago today I was 118 and felt fat. I feel good about this actually. #obsessed” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi.
Intriguing job opportunity in Cairo
“I’m looking for a fabulous videojournalist based in Cairo. Email me at anup[dot]kaphle[at]washpost with few links to your previous work.” — Anup Kaphle, digital foreign editor, WaPo.
In corned beef news…
“Hey @BuzzFeedBen Having lunch at Shapiro’s in Indy, where the corned beef is still respectable and the wifi ain’t half bad” — Politico‘s new longform magazine writer Glenn Thrush.
Correspondent encounters random act of kindness
“Had a less than stellar morning, then ran into a #GMW viewer at CVS who gave me a really nice compliment. Day made! Thank you stranger! ” — ABC7′s Jummy Olabanji.
Important Q to Ponder: “Does @mboyle1 do anything but troll actual reporters?” — TIME‘s Dan Hirschhorn, who formerly worked at Politico.
Even More Important Q to Ponder: ‘What’s the deal on ‘pretzel rolls?’ Suddenly it’s the bun of choice for everything.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.
Reporter speaks directly to Egyptian generals
“Hey Egyptian generals, not gonna tell you how to run your country, but you’re supposed to protect your civilians, not kill them. Just saying.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green at 7:28 a.m.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:34 a.m.
GOP consultant has strong feelings about Graham challenger
“I’ve never heard of Lindsey Graham’s primary challenger before but this statement just screams ignorant jackass.” — Brian Walsh, partner with Singer Bonjean Strategies, who links to this story in HuffPost stating that the challenger says Graham is a community organizer for the Muslim Brotherhood. (Honestly we just wanted an excuse to run the nun picture again.)
Chef Geoff examines upshot of a haircut
“The good thing about a haircut is less gray hair. The bad part is the ratio stays the same. #40+” — Chef Geoff Tracy (a.k.a. Mr. Norah O’Donnell).
Reporter confuses “Morning Joe” for feeling tanked
“Thought I woke up drunk but it was just that I’ve been watching Morning Joe since 6am.” — Buzzfeed‘s Dorsey Shaw.
Convo Between Two Journos
GRASS: “A friend who moved to DC from overseas has been having a problem with DC water making hair fall out.”
CRAIG: “How do u know from water?”
GRASS: “A hairdresser told him that mass hair loss is not unheard of for people going from untreated water systems to D.C. water.” And…”He’s headed to Cairo tomorrow to cover protests so we’ll see if the problem continues upon his return to D.C.”
Politico is slowly but surely putting together its magazine team. Run by Susan Glasser and Blake Hounshell, both of whom recently arrived from Foreign Policy magazine, they’ve hired on Jason Zengerle from New York Magazine and GQ. Zengerle previously wrote for The New Republic.
In addition, Glenn Thrush, the White House reporter known for his feisty arguing on Twitter, is moving over to the magazine beat. If Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris gushed any more about him, his head even in his infamous fedora, might not fit through the door. He calls him “one of our most brilliant reporters and writers” and says the “move is a natural for Glenn, whose greatest strength may be his ability to understand the ways that human character animates Washington and its large political and policy debates. Glenn is as gifted as any writer I have known at bringing this to life in vivid ways, and we are extremely enthusiastic about his new assignment.”
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LET SLEEPING DOG LIE: “Someone is very happy to be home and sleeping in a bed unlike those barbarians at doggy boarding.” — Politico’s Christine Delargy, who formerly wrote for FBDC.
Was it really OTR?
“It was definitely on record. We’ve had two senior editors from our organization who scrutinized ever aspect of this story. There’s no question it was an on the record conversation.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker, author of the story in which New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner‘s Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called ex-campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi a series of insults that are now part of her Twitter feed, as pictured here. Walker told the above to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night on his program.
“Adventures in weird first date eavesdropping: ‘you’re just not into topography enough’” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. He added, “I mean, who has map reading as a relationship deal breaker? I have my orienteering merit badge but that shit ain’t a fetish.”
Please, Politico, can he do this?
“If it were socially acceptable to Tweet nothing but Seinfeld lines I’d do it. And drape myself in velvet.” — Politico‘s Ben White.
“My Twitter feed seems drunker than usual tonight. People sprung early for the impending congressional recess?” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.
“Air conditioning debate rages – if one says turn it down, that can mean make it warmer (as in turn down the fan).” — Dana Perino, Co-host of FNC’s “The Five.” She explained, “Husband asks why I don’t say ‘reduce’ the air conditioning …but that also can be confusion and mean make it colder! #ack!”
“Now entering the lives being destroyed phase of the Weiner crack-up. Anyone getting their jollies off of this now is pretty much a sadist,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, whose Twitter feed has taken a decidedly preachy turn as of late. We love his passion.
Journo has karaoke advice
“The next time you think of kareoking Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, don’t. Leave it be.” — Political blogger Dave Catanese. As some may recall, Catanese once won the highest award at a karaoke contest so he may know what he’s talking about.
Navarro says Matthews out of line…
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:29 a.m.
“ICYMI: ‘Anthony Wiener is a needy little bitch.’ (Not judging, b/c so am I.)” — The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, linking to Sydney Elaine Leather‘s appearance on the Howard Stern show in which she calls Weiner a “needy little bitch.”
We’ve heard of oysters, figs, chocolate and ginseng, but Politico?
The world learned a whole lot about Anthony Weiner Tuesday, including some of the nasty ways he talked dirty to the young woman from his most recent sexting scandal, such as promising to get her a job at Politico. Politico and dirty talk isn’t that weird, is it? When we’re thinking up ways to spice our phone sex, we always think Jim VandeHei, John Harris, Jake Sherman and special Politico Pro morning features.
On yesterday’s “Bill Press Show,” Oliver Knox of Yahoo! News said he has “really woefully underestimated the aphrodisiac power of offering someone a job at Politico,” as the two talked about Weiner’s latest sexting scandal in which he did just that to Sydney Elaine Leathers at the other end of the line.
Weiner promised the woman, who lives in Chicago, a job at the publication, but, as Press pointed out to Knox, “not at Yahoo! News, because you have your standards.”
The two then imagined a new pickup line: “Hey, how would you like to cover the White House for Politico?”
We hear this is how VandeHarris picked up Politico White House reporter Glenn Thrush, but we’ve only confirmed that with half a source.
After Politico wrote a story highlighting a 16-year-old intern from The Daily Caller posing a question at a White House briefing to White House Spokesman Jay Carney, the Washington Twittersphere went wild. And oh, the outrage that followed. Politico reporters, in particular, had condescending reactions and couldn’t fathom why The Daily Caller would allow a 16-year-old kid preposterously named Gabe Finger to be its White House reporter for the day.
In a story by Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein, she wrote that it’s “rare” for interns attending the White House briefings to ask questions and rarer still for them to be called on. Finger, who had been standing in a reserved area in the briefing room where he was not supposed to be standing, asked about George Zimmerman receiving death threats and then followed up by asking if the family was on their own. Carney snapped, “You can editorialize all you want, and I’m sure that you will, but that’s a ridiculous statement.”
Pissing off the White House Press Secretary. Score?!
“The conservative blog Daily Caller sent a high school junior to the White House briefing today,” cracked Politico congressional reporter Jake Sherman on Twitter. The Daily Caller is not a “blog” any more than Politico is a “a liberal blog based in Virginia,” which is what Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson calls it. Politico‘s White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush also reacted to the teen’s question, writing on Twitter, “Daily Caller guy who asked @PressSec adolescent question about Zimmerman? He’s a junior in high school.” Politico‘s Ben White replied facetiously, “Yeah, but they have more traffic than us so you know.” Earlier in the week, The Daily Caller put out a statement and story declaring that they had surpassed Politico in traffic.
FishbowlDC spoke with Carlson Wednesday afternoon by phone. He referred to Politico as “the rich kids camp in Meatballs” and explained, “They’ve spent tens of millions of dollars, they have hundreds of employees and they’re still losing. They’re looking down their noses at us and chortling, but in the end we’re going to crush them in the hot dog eating contest.”
Finger stepped in for The Daily Caller‘s usual White House reporter Neil Munro, who had someplace else to be this afternoon. “We had a good question,” said Carlson. “Here’s our journalism strategy: We try to ask questions, that’s kind of what we do. That’s our top secret strategy for reporting.” Taking a stab at Politico‘s Playbook by Mike Allen, he continued, “It’s not just about chronicling the birthdays of West Wing employees.” Read more
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