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Garlic-Scented Freelance Journo No Fan of Texting at Networking Soireés

A networking event to mark a business partnership between two fiercely ideological magazines isn’t exactly a wild time. But it’s part of the job for some media professionals in D.C.

Even so, freelance journalist Murray Waas, in the dimly-lit setting shown here, believes that if you’re attending such an event, you shouldn’t be on your phone.

“What is the point of going out when you’re texting?” Waas said to National Review reporter Andrew Stiles Thursday night. Apparently unsure what to make of the unsolicited social commentary, Stiles awkwardly replied, “I don’t know. To look like you have something to do.”

Waas floated around the party, hosted by The Nation and National Review at the Mayflower Renaissance hotel, butting into conversations, preferring to talk directly into people’s ears despite being audible at a normal conversational distance.

The writer made a name for himself during the Bush (43) years, reporting on the White House and, in the early 1990s, reporting on the Gulf  War. He was even nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Howard Kurtz, then a media critic for the Washington Post, wrote in 2006 that Waas was “getting his day in the sun.” Nowadays Waas updates his personal blog and freelances. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, The Boston Globe, Talking Points Memo, The Atlantic and Reuters, among others.

He’s been featured in a lengthy 2007 WCP piece by Erik Wemple and Jason Cherkis (in the least flattering way) and in a rebuttal by Matthew Yglesias at ThinkProgress (the most flattering way).

“He was one of the biggest creeps I’ve ever talked to, saying things like ‘I’m your friend, right? We’ve been talking for five minutes, [and] I’m your best friend here?’” one attendee at Thursday’s gathering remarked to FishbowlDC. “And he smelled like garlic and booze.”

Yum.

About 100 people showed up for the event, all wearing name tags. Among them was National Review‘s star Capitol Hill Editor Robert Costa. Read more

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo Love

“@NorahODonnell Norah! You are a rock star LOVED working with YOU! Killer blue eyes, nice & best of all SMART.. See you at the next thing.” — CBS’s Gayle King to Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Cabbie wants to take journo to whore house

“Man, that cabbie was really making the hard sell on taking me to a brothel. Just trying to get a G-rated dinner, my man.” — ReutersSam Youngman in Reno.

Convo Between Two Journos

“Finding Holmes’s Joker-colored hair really disconcerting.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake. Slate‘s Dave Weigel corrects him, saying, “Not Joker-colored! Joker’s hair is green.” Thanks Weigel!

Actor Adrian Grenier: “You want my vote @BarackObama? Start talking about climate change. Want to heal the economy? Talk jobs of the future.”

Important Question to Ponder: “Do the waitresses in Boston’s North End call everybody ‘hon’ or am I special?” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Dear Paterno Family…

“Dear Paterno family, please stop issuing panicky, nutty statements.” — HuffPost‘s Jason Cherkis.

Chris Hayes has an inflated sense of self-worth?

“A little perspective would inform Hayes’ inflated sense of self-worth, particularly when he attempts to demean the notable careers of others.” — Mediaite‘s Noah Rothman emoting about a TPM story on MSNBC’s Chris Hayes in which Hayes praised MSNBC (of course) and slammed FNC Prez Roger Ailes as unseasoned. As we remarked on Twitter Monday, watch out Noah. Your colleague Tommy Christopher (chairman of The I Love Chris Hayes Foundation) may have your head for this.

Be glad you’re not this man’s ex-boss

“Police: Man Stopped For Speeding Was Going To Kill Former Employer.” — WUSA9. See here.

Used to?

“I used to get squeamish at the sight of blood.” — Sam Husseini of the Institute for Public Accuracy and writer for dcstakeout.com.

Journo hate mail

“Mr. W. Blitzer is the most annoying of all T.V. presenters. He mostly likes to talk about himself. reminding us at nauseum how many presidents and other important persons he has interviewed. It is getting so boring that my husband and I are watching the BBC. — FBDC commenter Ursula Huggins-Whitney. Ouch, Urusula.

 

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the DayThe Dave Weigel Edition


Dear Readers: This morning’s quotations of the day are warmly dedicated to Slate‘s Dave Weigel, who boldly walked off the beaten path yesterday and unblocked FishbowlDC from his Twitter account. It has been a long time coming. Feels like centuries. We sit in amazement that it all began, in part, with a hug. While Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher has referred to this trying time as the ending of a “Cold War,” I prefer to think of it as a magazine writer described it to me at a media reception last week: a thawing. We salute Weigel for having the courage to unblock us even as members of the Boybanders (psst Ezra, how are you?) hold fast to their belief that their Twitter feeds should not be readily available to us. We have no idea where this budding friendship will take us. One naysayer said yesterday, “I give it two weeks.” Let’s hope he has no idea what he’s talking about. We’ll be sure to keep you posted as this unprecedented journey unfolds. Here’s to you Dave Weigel! — Sincerely, FishbowlDC Mangement

Journo explains himself

“Code: My BREAKING and DEVELOPING tags denote jokes.” — Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

Battle of the beards

“Tonite: dueling beards: Wolf Blitzer and I talk debt and taxes.” — Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist in a Wednesday tweet (located while perusing Weigel’s now readily available Twitter feed.)

The Critic

“Maybe a bad idea for Frank Bruni to write his first column with moveable refrigerator magnets.” — Weigel in a Thursday morning tweet about NYT‘s Bruni’s anti-Harry Potter ways.  Read here.

Quote taken out of Context

“Everyone stop making shit up for like 10 minutes, please.” — Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

Quintessential Weigel: ‘Shots Fired’

“#shotsfired” — Weigel in a Wednesday tweet responded to this remark by former WCP reporter and current HuffPost scribe Jason Cherkis: “@ErikWemple writes 2 posts dissing HuffPo. Where’s disclosure that TBD aspired to do local version of HuffPo?” Correction: Cherkis works at Huffpost, not WCP any longer. We’ve changed the above to reflect his new workplace.

Morning Reading List 11.05.09

Washington City Paper presents “Fisticuffs at the Washington Post,” starring Andrew Beaujon as Marcus Brauchli, Jason Cherkis as Chris Richards, Erin Niedowski as Lynn Medford, Erik Wemple as Manuel Roig-Franzia, Amanda Hesse as Monica Hesse and Mike DeBonis as Henry Allen.

Happy belated birthday to Christie Findlay and Kevin McVicker! Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Thursday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | IN MEMORIAM

NEWSPAPERS

WSJ launches a San Fran edition today.

Washingtonian: Having taken a beating for trying to set up evening salons where reporters could mingle with corporate types who’d pay big money for the privilege, The Washington Post now is attempting a more benign way to raise revenue: wine tastings — with reporters as guests.

TV

Fox News’ Glenn Beck has appendicitis.

Changes at CNN.

More reality shows… Bravo’s in DC to recruit contestants for “Top Chef.”

ONLINE

TVNewser’s Twitter list picks.

MAGAZINES

Looks like there are layoffs to come at Time Inc. Layoffs were the topic of convo on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu earlier today.

NEWS NOTES

On Election night, Twitter seemed to beat cable for insight and analysis.

And Election night ratings via TVNewser.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on year one.

ABC’s Jake Tapper on President Obama, Air Force One and Twitter on Politico‘s podcast.

IN MEMORIAM

Politico: John W. Mashek, a political reporter who covered every presidential election from 1960 to 1996, died of a heart attack Tuesday. “He was one of the great political reporters of the last quarter-century,” said Jerry Seib, executive Washington editor of The Wall Street Journal.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Epiphany, on Dumbarton Street between 27th and 28th Sts., N.W., in Georgetown.

AWARDS & EVENTS

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Banjos, Bare Feet and Books: A Party for Ryan Grim

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Grim’s book (left) Members of Merle Haggard Haggard (right)

Saturday night at American Legion #8 – Capitol Hill, DC journos and a few stray winos gathered to toast the release of Ryan Grim‘s new book, “This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.”

The HuffPo reporter and new author inked copies of his book with the help of wife Elizan Garcia while barefooted band, Merle Haggard Haggard rocked Legion 8.

Spotted: Michael Steel, Jared Allen, David Mark, Ken Vogel, Bob Hillman, Anne Marson, Mike Allen, Jennifer Kohl, Leonard Roberge, Dave Jamieson, Mike Debonis, Jason Cherkis, Gail Ross, Howard Yoon, Marissa Newhall, Matt Mackowiak, Rachel Morris, Sarah Courteau and Amos Snead.

Not since the release of Britney Spears‘ “Heart to Heart” has a book signing boasted bare feet and banjos with such klass. Well done, Mr. Grim!

Cherkis v. DCist

The Washington City Paper’s Jason Cherkis wasn’t a huge fan of this DCist post on Sean Taylor.

But, perhaps more interesting is the fight taking place in the comments section.

Says “Jeffrey”:

    You wouldn’t by any chance be singling out this DCist post because it’s written by someone who’s highly critical of you and your newspaper, would you?

    But of course not. It isn’t as though you have a reputation for vindictiveness or for using your newspaper as a vehicle to carry out your grudges or anything.

    Here’s another thought: If you don’t like someone else’s writing, write something better yourself. Washington is waiting.

Responds Cherkis:

    Your comment implies that I or CP give a shit what a blogger “writes” or “thinks.” I just thought his cliches were particularly lame.

    I mean Jeezus, did you even read his piece? Or are you too busy thinking waaaay too much about CP’s alleged vindictiveness.

    And one last thing, “Jeffrey,”: Get a last name.Pussy.

Awwww yeah…. It’s on!

Read the full exchange here.