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Quotes of the Day

“Dude I don’t even know how to make a gif #buzzfeedconfession”BuzzFeed‘s newest Washingtonian Rosie Gray.

THREATENED: Reporters react to Woodward’s claims

“I never took nasty emails as threats. I took them as a sign I was doing my job. Nothing to do with bravery.” — Matt Apuzzo, AP investigative reporter in reaction to WaPo Bob Woodward‘s claim that he was threatened by the White House, namely Director of the National Economic Counsel Gene Sperling. (Sperling scoop by BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.)

“The flaks I know usually just call to yell at me. no email I hate more threatening than ‘Kate, do you have second to talk about this?’” — Politico‘s Kate Nocera.

“Think abt it: You’re a 22-year-old reporter and you see what happens to BOB WOODWARD. You may stay quiet about when a flack barks/pressures” — National Review‘s Robert Costa.

“Reminder of the night: Non-reporters don’t understand journo-source interactions.” — Politico‘s Kevin Robillard.

(From our favorite non-vacationer…) “I know I’m on vacation, but I’ve gotten threats from both Obamaland and Romneyland. ‘You’ll regret this’ is like a walk in the park.” — Former BuzzFeed scribe Zeke Miller.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:09 a.m.

Journo marvels over price of smokes

“I just saw woman in NYC buy two packs of cigarettes for $31. Who can afford that habit here?” — TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “You think when Ben Smith was 8 & watching All The President’s Men for the first time, he knew that one day he’d #BenSmith that guy?” — Breitbart‘s John Nolte, official nemesis to BuzzFeed‘s Smith.

Watch out for reporter in PJ’s

“Dear DC: I’m about to wander you in my pajama pants and I’m feeling very Jay Cutler #DoonttttCarrrreeee-esque about it.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

More Woodward and what he’ll regret… Read more

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Quotes of the Day – The Debate Edition

“Is Jim Lehrer sleeping zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz?” GOP Consultant Roger Stone.

“Is that Jim Lehrer’s heart rate monitor on the bottom of the CNN screen?” — Comedian Chris Rock parody account. He also commented on the first lady’s attire, saying, “Michelle Obama is wearing sleeves. This is serious.”

Advice for Lehrer: “I think Jim Lehrer just needs to start randomly yelling “get off my lawn” when he wants to move to the next topic.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson.

And another thing…“Jim Lehrer looks confused, almost fearful. And pale. Awfully pale.” — Bloomberglp’s Dir. of Social Media Jared Keller. And another thing…“Q: Did Jim Lehrer ask to be made up to look like Burgess Meredith?” — Author Eric Metaxas. And another thing…“We’re deep enough into this to say that Jim Lehrer is blowing this as a moderator.”MetroWeekly‘s Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

The Word Police

“Obama uses the term ‘ironically’ to mean unfortunately. It drives me crazy when people do that.” — TWT Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

The Observer

“Journalists posting screengrabs of their TV hits is this election’s worst development.” – Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Ragging on the Prez

  • “Not to pile on, but there is no overstating how irritated Obama looks and sounds tonight. Not a good look for him.” — National Journal “The Hotline Senior Editor Tim Alberta.
  • “Pres Obama has really a developed a penchant for talking ….. at considerable length.” — NYT Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.
  • “Obama says it is never mind.. Obama is lost, all he can he do is lie.” — WaPo‘s right-wing blogger Jennifer Rubin.
  • “Slowly the left is starting to acknowledge that Obama is losing this debate.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.
  • “Obama has many talents as a politician, but debating is not one of them.” — The New Yorker staff writer David Grann.
  • “Romney more lively, O has case of slowskis – yet much of debate a ref on Mitt’s econ plan.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin.
  • “Obama needs some of Romney’s 5-Hour Energy.” — National Journal Deputy Editor James Oliphant.
  • “Obama’s use of a boring accent is a pander to boring people.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
  • “Visuals matter. Mute your TV and what do you see? Smiling Romney and peeved, smirking Obama” — National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.

Question to Ponder: “Why is Obama looking down so much?” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Something else to Ponder: “Ok, I promise I’m listening and not just focusing on the flag pins, but what is that mark on Romney’s pin?” — Washingtonian‘s Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.

Journo prefers Honey Boo Boo

“Obama, Romney, for your sakes, I hope Honey Boo Boo isn’t on. Because this is getting pretty wonky.” — National Journal’s Elahe Izadi.

A compliment for Romney from the left: “Romney’s been natural and unusually funny in this debate. It’s a very strong performance.” — WaPo‘s left-wing wonk writer Ezra Klein.

Debate Downers

“I’m not picturing the senior citizens of Boca West understanding this debate so far.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

“We need to minimize the maximifications of the absolute level of mumbojumbery. Or else, fiscal cliff up the ying yang!” — Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie.

Ivanka is proud of her dad

“Wow! How many times are the candidates going to mention my father this debate?!? What an honor!” — Ivanka Trump.

What, no bathroom breaks?

“Sometimes I wish I had a catheter.” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. DCGOPGirl, who reported for CNN during the summer conventions. She added, “Seriously, they ought to have one bathroom break in the middle or something. It’s otherwise inhumane.” (Elizabeth, your catheter for the next debate is in the mail.) 

From the Dept. of Bragiculture 

“Finally hit the big time: Just got an interview request from a Danish high school paper. Some of you will be lucky to say you knew me when.” — The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler.

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Quotes of the Day

Congratulations to…MSNBC’s Willie Geist for being hired for the 9 a.m. hour of The TODAY Show. He will no longer do the Way Too Early program but will continue to have a presence on Morning Joe. The NYT broke the news.

Did the Holocaust happen?

“Well, the historical reality of the Holocaust is a complicated subject. If you’re a lunatic.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg on CNN Piers Morgan‘s interview with Iranian President Ahmadinejad in which Piers questions the foreign leader about the Holocaust. Ahmadienjad quickly grows annoyed by the premise of the question.

And an interview tip for Piers…

“Would be hilarious if Piers asked Ahmadinejad a true odd ball, like: ‘Don’t B.S. me here, what was your favorite season of Real Housewives?’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Convo Between Two Media Types

CNN Contributor Ari Fleischer: “In DC, he doesn’t call congressmen. In NY, he doesn’t meet w many foreign leaders. What DOES President Obama do??”

WaPo‘s The Right Turn blogger Jennifer Rubin: “Golf, golf, the View, golf.”

Important Q to Ponder: “What do you call a Full House reunion without the Olsen twins? (Whatev it’s called, John Stamos still looks hot it it!)” — Cheryl Thompson, Social Media Editor for NBC Washington.

Ouch! Journo insults senator 

“How is it possible that Harry Reid can be such a fierce flamethrower and still be so boring?” — BuzzFeed‘s McKay Coppins.

From the Trail…

“Just pulled into the Cincinnatian Hotel. Wonder what city we’re in?” — NYT’s Mark Leibovich, who was obviously in Tallahassee on Monday.

Girl Power on Campaign Trail

“Of the nine print reporters on the road covering Mitt Romney today, only one, Zeke Miller, is a guy.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

And right on cue, speak of the devil…

“THERE AREN’T ENOUGH WOMEN IN POLITICS!” — MSNBC Contributor and The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain.

The Daily Download‘s Lauren Ashburn asks, “Hmm. What wld happ if the State dept guy who wrote this F-U memo to a reporter was a woman?” Unfortunately she doesn’t go on to tell us more and instead gives a basic aggregate. Come on Lauren, write the story!

News of the absurd.

“Overheard on sidewalk, from elderly woman with British accent: ‘What does “DC” stand for?’ #almostasbadasaskingwhatUKstandsfor” — Ariana Pekary, radio producer for The Bob Edwards Show.

 

Prison Bars Inmate from Reading The Atlantic

It’s official. We’ve finally heard everything.

A female prisoner in Chowchilla, Calif. serving time for a second degree murder has been forbidden from reading the December 11 issue of The Atlantic. Jeffrey Goldberg posted the news on the publication’s blog Monday.

The reason for disallowing the prisoner from reading the magazine? The cover (at right) has a picture of a member of the Taliban with a rifle.

The Atlantic‘s Goldberg appealed the prison’s decision by writing to the warden. He wrote, “I am writing on behalf of The Atlantic to appeal this decision. The Atlantic is a national magazine of ideas, news and opinion. It was founded over 150 years ago. The goal of our magazine is to provide its readers with responsible, deeply researched journalism about the pressing issues of the day. Writers published in The Atlantic include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Frederick Douglass, Mark Twain, Martin Luther King, Jr., and James Fallows.”

We sure hope Richard Ramirez (a.k.a “Night Stalker”), Scott Peterson, Casey Anthony and Charles Manson are reading The Atlantic.

Christopher Hitchens Dies

One of Washington’s most revered writers, Vanity Fair‘s Christopher Hitchens, has died. He spent much of the week surrounded by family and loved ones at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Washington media outlets have been preparing for the news. Hitchens is survived by his wife, Carol Blue, and their daughter, Antonia, and his children from a previous marriage, Alexander and Sophia. He was 62.

Vanity Fair announced the news just before midnight Thursday:

It is with tremendous sadness that Vanity Fair announces the death of our contributing editor and dear friend Christopher Hitchens. Christopher died today from pneumonia, a complication of esophageal cancer, at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

“There will never be another like Christopher. A man of ferocious intellect, who was as vibrant on the page as he was at the bar,” said Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. “Those who read him felt they knew him, and those who knew him were profoundly fortunate souls.”

Dec. 16, 2011: Goodbye from Christopher Buckley….read here.

See the CBS “60 Minutes” interview with Hitchens from earlier in the year.

June 4, 2010: The Original Announcement: “I have been advised by my physician that I must undergo a course of chemotherapy on my esophagus. This advice seems persuasive to me. I regret having had to cancel so many engagements at such short notice.” See here.

July 2008: Hitchens gets waterboarded at the request of VF Editor Graydon Carter. Watch here.

His final interview with Richard Dawkins.

Could Hitchens ever be a Christian? The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg declares on Dec. 13, 2011, that Hitchens has not found God.

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The Atlantic and NJ Merge on Pakistan

The Atlantic and NJ have produced joint cover stories this week. The combined reporting effort, the product of dozens of interviews over the course of six months, marks the first time the two pubs have collaborated on joint cover pieces.

The authors are The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg and NJ‘s Marc Ambinder.

A snapshot of what the stories entail: “While it’s no secret Pakistan is home to radical jihadists and a large nuclear arsenal, Goldberg and Ambinder reveal troubling new information about the extreme lengths the country is taking to hide its nuclear weapons from the U.S.—and about the secret plans the U.S. military has made to seize those weapons in the event of a crisis. Goldberg and Ambinder also provide fresh insight into the deeply strained U.S.-Pakistan relationship, one in which the two countries are more adversaries than allies.”

  • The full version of the story, to be published in the December issue of The Atlantic, is available online today HERE.

“Goldblog” to Tabletmag.com

Atlantic Media Pres. Justin Smith and Goldberg c/o Guest of a Guest

The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg is moving his “Goldblog” to a new home.  Though Goldberg will continue writing his advice column and long-form pieces for The Atlantic, “Goldblog” will be relocated to Jewish lifestyle website, Tablet Magazine.

In a post announcing the transition, Golberg joked,”Finally I’ll be able to express myself Jewishly!”

A national correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for Bloomberg View, Goldberg has served as a contributing editor to Tablet Magazine since its launch in 2009. Before joining The Atlantic in 2007, he was Middle East correspondent and Washington correspondent for The New Yorker.  Previously, he served as a correspondent for The New York Times Magazine and New York Magazine.

Goldblog will go live at Tabletmag.com/goldblog beginning next month.

 

The Atlantic in June

The Atlantic‘s June cover story by Jeffrey Goldberg, who reports from the region, is “Danger: Falling Tyrants.” Snapshot: “The crumbling of dictatorships across the Middle East presents the Obama administration with a conundrum: How to nurture the spread of freedom while managing the rise of Islamic fundamentalism? By promoting democracy in some countries while propping up monarchs in others.”

Read the story here.

Also: After spending a recent week in Alaska, Joshua Green writes on the “tragedy” of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Green writes about her record in Alaska, which he indicates was far more favorable than people may know. But he also informs that Alaskans don’t want to talk about it: “I learned that Palin occupies a place in the minds of most Alaskans roughly like that of an ex-spouse from a stormy marriage: she’s a distant bad memory, and questions about her seem vaguely unwelcome.” A poll shows her more unpopular in Alaska than President Obama. Green found sparse evidence of that in gift shop Sarah Palin toilet paper.

Guess Who’ll Be Writing for Bloomberg’s Editorial Section?

HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone is reporting that none other than famed WaPo columnist Ezra Klein (looking rather muscular here) will regularly contribute editorials to Bloomberg View. He joins a roster that includes Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, former OMB director Peter Orszag, The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, and Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt.

Not to worry, Klein will keep his job at WaPo, as will Goldberg at the Atlantic.

Read more about the new section here.

Washington’s Most Famous Bookstore Finds New Owners

WaPo is reporting that Politics & Prose will soon have new owners — two WaPo reporters.

Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade co-founded the famed bookstore 27 years ago, but decided to put it up for sale when Cohen discovered she had cancer. Cohen died in October. Since then, Meade and Cohen’s husband David had considered a number of serious bids.

The new owners will be two former (and married) WaPo reporters, Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine. Since they left journalism, Graham has written two books and Muscatine has worked as an aide to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

One of the competing bidders on the bookstore was a group composed of Franklin Foer formerly of TNR, the Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, and literary agent Rafe Sagalyn.

Graham told WaPo: “[Politics and Prose] is an integral part of the Washington community, a community that Lissa and I have served for much of our careers already as journalists, authors and, in Lissa’s case, a senior government staff member. It is a very special culture here, a culture we want to see survive.”

The deal, said to be close to $2 million, is expected to close in 45 days.

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