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Quotes of the Day — Inauguration aftermath

“Wow. CNN. Inaugration.” — CNN’s John King with the above photograph.

A nod to C-SPAN

@cspan easily wins the award for best Inaugural Parade commentary – by having none and just letting viewers enjoy it.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) Dep. Chief of Staff Doug Heye.

Michelle Obama’s bangs: Yay or Nay?

CNN’s Piers Morgan: “Am I allowed to not really like the bangs? I don’t really go for the bangs.” His colleague Erin Burnette disagreed: “I love them.”

Speaking of the first lady…

“Want. That. Coat.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Important Q to Ponder: “Has someone called Aretha Franklin’s hat for comment on Michelle Obama’s bangs?” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Uh oh. “Jon Stewart is going to have a field day with this inauguration coverage. #dailyshow” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Dance Twins

“Obama and I apparently have the same dance style. I don’t know who should be sadder about that. #inaug13″ — Mandy Jenkins, Interactives Editor, Digital First Media.

The Angry Blogger

“Why the hell has my phone kept ringing today? I offered commentary. Did I declare terrorist action on Washington and am unaware? Ph-ck!” — Washingtonian‘s Javonni Brustow, who also editor of ThePundit.com and a blogger for PopGlitz.

The Observers

  • “Pelosi got a cheer at 7th and Penn. Boehner and Cantor didn’t. Almost like this crowd is Dems. #Inauguration.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.
  • “Once again, some Republicans are ruining this day simply because they can. Please stop complaining. It’s not just abt you. It’s abt us all.” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
  • “Watching the Benediction WWR cannot help but think of the burden that any president must bear. No one can truly understand – except them.” — Paul Brandus of WestWingReports.

Speaker Boehner Crying Watch: “Speaker Boehner wiping his eyes after lunch prayer.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

Backhanded sarcastic compliment for CNN

“CNN winning the timefill before the parade with ‘how did you come up with those hats?’” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

 Is Fox News getting stale?

“What about Fox News’ viewers? Are they going to go along like sheep? They now have no network that represents their perspective on what seems to be a key issue for Obama’s second term. Is it time for a new Fox?” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus in a short post on his view that Fox News is going too far left and has a stale lineup.

In case you care about POTUS’ limo: “The windows in the President’s limo are not tinted. It’s easy to see him when he drives by.” — Former White House Press Sec. and pundit Ari Fleischer.

ABC reporter has Inauguration version of Modern Seinfeld, a USA Today reporter takes an intense picture, HuffPost ladies pose with Paula Abdul and more… Read more

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HuffPost GOP Attack Piece Gets Four Headlines

HuffPost found its inner Lady Gaga last night as they changed a headline on what initially appeared to be a GOP attack story four times in two hours last night. From what we can tell, Gaga likes to occasionally switch up her look. The headline on the story by Jen Bendery initially attacked House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.). By the end it, it appears some headline writer took a beating and they were left with vanilla pudding. HuffPost‘s Sam Stein replied to our requests to HuffPost PR and Bendery for comment. “So I’m the guy who gets to explain the headline changes on the VAWA story,” Stein wrote FishbowlDC. “It’s actually pretty straightforward stuff. After publishing, we got more input from our sources. Their input convinced us to make some changes to the language in the headline. We ended up adjusting several times (which, obviously, is not our preference) because we got additional information. But we wanted to be sure we had it right rather than leaving up something that wasn’t as precise as it could have been. Because of this, we noted at the bottom of the piece that the story had been updated.” But a Capitol Hill GOP aide begged to differ: “When a story’s headline goes through more rewrites than a bad sitcom pilot, it fundamentally undercuts whatever credibility a story might have.”

The fun began at 6:10 p.m.

At 6:55 p.m. the headline strangely began to significantly soften toward House Maj. Leader Cantor.

At 7:20 p.m. they were on the move again. Something’s not quite right. This time, they decided to tighten and lighten things up? They altered the headline slightly from “negotiating” to “discussing.”

Oh, but they weren’t done just yet. Like strung out junkies, they had one more injection left. At 8:05 p.m., the headline shifted one last time. In this instance, the two lawmakers are “talking” and no one is blamed for the stall. Everyone happy?

 

Afternoon Oopsy: VPOTUS Pool Edition

VPOTUS Biden spoke at the memorial service for former Presidential candidate George McGovern on Thursday afternoon. On pool duty that day was HuffPost’s Jen Bendery. While reporting on Biden’s remarks, Bendery wrote, “Biden suddenly began shouting in the church. ‘Your father gave courage to people who didn’t have the courage to speak up,’ he said, then bringing up McGovern’s failed presidential bid in 1980.”

Turns out, she made an oopsy.  Read more.. Read more

You’ve Been Warned: With Auto Correct Comes Funny, Frightening and Fretful Errors

The auto-correct feature on smartphones is quickly becoming both a blessing and a curse to reporters. While speed-typing to tweet a quote or respond to an email, a typo can quickly be corrected without having to stop. But like a GPS, sometimes things go really wrong.

While at the Democratic convention, Roll Call HOH‘s Neda Semani live-tweeted former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist‘s speech. The governor suddenly became a very high ranking figure. “It kept correcting Crist to ‘Christ,’ which I didn’t realize until after,” Semani told FBDC.

Politico‘s Ben White has had his own issues with spelling software. “Not for nothing but my spell check wants to change ‘Stephanopoulos’ to ‘postmenopausal,’” he tweeted last month.

Jen Bendery at HuffPost has also felt the sting of auto correct. “I usually catch auto-correct mistakes before hitting send,” she said, “but one thing that is super annoying (and happens all the time) is when I hurriedly write ‘seriously’ and ‘aerioauky’ fills in.” Bendery said she wasn’t sure if aerioauky is a word. (We’ve consulted an American dictionary and confirmed it is not.)

And on and on it goes. Below is a compilation (undoubtedly an incomplete one) of the trials and tribulations journalists have had with auto correct:

Slate‘s Dave Weigel told us no matter how many times he types in his “favorite phrase,” his phone always adjusts it to say “I don’t give a shot.”

Last year WaPo‘s Tim Craig sent out a tweet that was supposed to be about D.C. compensating fire department workers. It ended in a much messier tweet (emphasis ours): “Also, couldn’t argument be made 24 hours shits would be cheaper for city,” Craig wrote. “Big fires last hours, so more OT would be paid if 12 hour shifts?”

Over the weekend, Fox News’ White House Correspondent Ed Henry tweeted, “Adventures in Auto-correct: ‘We made a pistol at Shake Shack’ — um ‘pit stop’!”

Last month Reuter‘s Sam Youngman tweeted, “Today’s traveling tune: ‘Home Sweet Home’ by Mötley Crüe.” The dots above the “o” and “u” are called umlauts. AP‘s Henry Jackson tweeted at Youngman that he was “impressed” by them.. “Not me. Auto correct knows how to party,” said Youngman. Jackson replied, “I always suspected auto correct had a hard-rock streak in him/her.”

Goodie two shoes Tim Wong, who works on WaPo‘s mobile design team, said he proofreads his messages and hasn’t had any auto correct mishaps. “I learned to never depend on spell check in J-school,” he said. Wong added, however, that auto correct is “probably one of the cardinal enemies of the Twitter hashtag.”

SiriusXM/P.O.T.U.S Radio’s Julie Mason has also faced down the curse of the correction function. “I constantly ask others to ‘wait a sex,’” she said. “I had a colleague once whose byline, via auto correct, became ‘John Maggot.’”

And in a pool report last month, Yahoo! NewsOliver Knox noted that David Plouffe‘s last name “generates all manner of oddball auto correct suggestions.” In the Firefox web browser, suggested replacements for “plouffe” are “souffle” and “pouffe.”

Freelance video journalist Markette Smith told us she “always” has problems with auto correct. In the past she sent texts meant for her husband to her boss twice. Thankfully it was “nothing too damaging.”

Avid conservative tweeter Kevin Eder wrote last month, “I don’t even know why I bother tweeting from my phone. It never, ever ends well. #typos #errors #fail”

BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted in September that he “often get[s] in trouble” typing “it’s” verses “its” thanks to auto correct.

Our favorite comes from WaPo‘s Erik Wemple. He experienced a particularly awkward screw-up while corresponding with an executive at Allbritton Communications (his employer at the time). The executive had asked Wemple to do something. “I was happy to comply with the request and was in a rush, so I wrote ‘NP.’ That is, short for “no problem.” But auto-correct rendered it as ‘NO,’” Wemple said. Needless to say, he had to smooth things over.

On the other hand, there’s the ever cautious ABC 7 daytime anchor Steve Chenevey. To avoid mishaps, he has done what many may eventually do — he turned off his work phone’s auto-correct feature. Safe and sound.

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Quotes of the Day

“Nations Triathlon done in 3:08 (Olympic). Now, about that milkshake…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, who completed Sunday’s triathlon. Our own Peter Ogburn also finished the race. His time was six minutes ahead of Gavin’s.

Journo declares she’s not pregnant!

“Tornado has passed. Thank the Lord. I am headed to grocery store. I am nesting (did I just say that). I’ll explain later. NO not Preggers!” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.

Editor gets socked in face by dog

“Playing with Fergus just now, he punched me in the face. Lesson: Great Danes have a hell of a right cross. Also, #shiner.” — New York magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.

Reading between the lines

“Whenever a newspaper announces a major redesign sell its stock short. Redesign is the last refuge of a desperate management.” — Barron‘s Washington Editor James McTague.

The “optics” of Mitt and Ann on MTP

“I am sorry, but this thing about Ann Romney joining Mitt on MTP is just plain weird.” — The optics are horrible- makes him look weak.” — Quinn & Gillespie’s Jim Manley, a former longtime Democratic Senate aide. “Wasn’t it just ystd that Ann Romney was refusing to answer tough political questions? I hope to god mtp won’t let her get away with that.” A follower agreed, asking,”Why can’t the chickenshit go on MTP by himself to actually answer some substantive policy questions? Uses Ann for protection.” MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer Martin tried to make it sound all nicey nice, and replied directly to Manley: “We had a long sitdown with Mitt solo this morning. Mrs. Romney joined for a short convo Friday on the Bus! Glad they did it.”

Pundit faces disappointing donut issue at airport

“Seriously, who eats cold donuts? It’s 5:21 am! I can’t stand cold donuts. Don’t know why donut joints at airports don’t have microwaves.” — CNN Contributor Roland Martin over the weekend.

And other traveling journos see glass half empty

“They forced me to check my bag. I assume they’ll lose it. I don’t really need those clothes anyway.” — The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“That brief moment of disappointment when you step off the moving walkway and you’re slow again.” – The Takeaway‘s Washington radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Homeward Bound

“I miss my kids so much that I can’t wait till I hear them whine.#thatwontlast” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack after two weeks of convention coverage.

VandeHei on Maher

“Politico’s VandeHei claims Dems just as big liars as Repubs–classic Politico–and Maher and Katrina call bullshit.” — The Nation‘s Greg Mitchell in reference to Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s Friday evening appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

The Birthday Boy

“Yeah, so I’m 25 years old today. Weird. I feel old.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle on Sunday. Happy Birthday Boyle!

Boybander refers to self as “libtard”

“Typical of libtard MSM to expect Team Romney to be able to explain their guy’s pre-existing conditions plan before bragging about it on TV.” — Slate‘s economics writer Matt Yglesias in a moment of liberal irony.

A new ridiculous Twitter vocabulary word from JMART

“So how many more sports bars will chicago send obama to tween now and elex day? Thinking 1x per wk.” — Politico‘s Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin whose apparently tween a rock and hard place when it comes to writing on Twitter.

A long and stormy night complete with sewage

  • “On Adams Mill Road during storm, water, presumably sewage, was shooting into the air from under a displaced manhole cover labeled ‘sewer.’” — National Journal Senate reporter Dan Friedman. A storm blew through D.C. Saturday afternoon, leaving many without electricity.
  • “Effing bloody hell. I’ve been through earthquakes forest fires urban riots. #Enough w these#incompetence-driven disasters #OrganizingNow” — Chronicle of Higher Education and author Amy Alexander.
  • “CRAZY WEATHER:Traffic signs, cones blown across Rt. 110. HEAVY downpours. STRONG winds.” — TV reporter Mike Conneen.

 Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day

LOCKED OUT: WaPo’s Dana Milbank: Mayhem at #dnc2012. Hundreds of delegates, journalists locked out of arena.

Penis sighting

“So yeah. Definitely just walked in on some dude in the bathroom with his pants around his ankles staring in the mirror #dnc2012” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

WTF Mars Mention of the Evening: “I always figured if Bill Clinton landed on Mars, he would know how to do it. He would know how to reproduce. He would know everything. He’d just instinctively know how to talk to people…the martians.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews at 12:53 a.m. opining on Clinton’s vast reproduction knowledge that extends beyond our solar system. Please, someone put Matthews to bed (no pun intended).

Bill Clinton Speech Fallout

“A significant part of this is off prompter. He is using it as notes.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

“The prompter has stopped rolling as Clinton goes off book.” — BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller.

“Take away the TelePrompTer, bite his ankle, throw a rat down his trousers, it only raises his game.” — Editor of The New Republic Franklin Foer.

“Bill Clinton is totally ghost ridin’ the script right now.” — Jamelle Bouie, writer for The American Prospect and fellow at the Nation Institute.

“The constant camera flashes in here are going to send Bubba into a seizure #dnc2012″ — Stanton.

“Bubba’s hands are shaking.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

“I think Bill Clinton is the gun you bring to a knife fight.” — Metro Weekly Co-publisher Sean Bugg.

“Bill Clinton looks great. @peta may be right about the benefits of a vegan diet.” — HuffPost Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.

“Man, Clinton is happier than a pig in Arkansas you know what.” — James Oliphant, Deputy Editor, National Journal magazine.

“Clinton is the master. He makes a speech to an enormous crowd feel like a personal talk.” — LAT‘s David Horsey.

“I really don’t understand reporters who think this is too long for a politician to be trying to talk to voters about policy.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

“This speech was killing it at 15 mins. Now, it’s bordering on a hostage situation.” — Co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle S.E. Cupp.

“This is moving from ‘greatest speech ever’ to gong territory pretty fast.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

“They’re going to need a crowbar to pry Bill away from that podium.” — NYT Op-ed Columnist Charles Blow.

“There’s no way Rahm Emanuel actually thought ‘a broken clock is right twice a day’ was that funny.” — National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.

“This is like watching a good lawyer defending a guilty man.” — Former Clinton pollster Dick Morris.

“Poor fact checkers, now they gotta spend the night studying 52 years of employment data” — Craig Crawford.

“Same R bloggers who were touting Clinton as the ‘good’ Dem for weeks suddenly talking about sex scandal and perjury again.” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent.

The Name Dropper

“Caroline Kennedy just walked into our booth. Interview w @DavidMuir #abcworldnews” — ABC News’ Rick Klein.

Dirty jokester

“PLEASE tell me that Sandra Fluke isn’t wearing a blue Gap dress tonight.” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray in a tweet on the night former Prez Bill Clinton is to speak.

INTO THE POOL: “Oops! A wet former treasury secretary Bob Rubin after falling into a pool at a fancy cocktail party in Charlotte.” — Politico‘s Lois Romano with accompanying photograph.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report. Above black and white photograph by Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.

Covering the White House in the Rain

In our quest to acknowledge unusual or interesting work coming from the White House Press Corps, this week we award HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery our White House Pool Prize for her stellar work capturing the weather woes surrounding the White House Tuesday.

At 11:46am, Obama walked across the South Lawn with his umbrella and boarded Marine One, bound for Baltimore. He was joined by Principal Deputy Press Sec Josh Earnest, Trip Director Marvin Nicholson, Deputy Chief of Staff for Ops Alyssa Mastromonaco and WH photog Pete Souza. Marine One lifted off at about 11:52am. Handing over to travel pool.

Side note: Reporters who stood in the rain waiting for Obama were blown everywhere as Marine One touched down. Picture long hair flying and umbrellas snapping and flipping inside out. Hilarious iPhone photos available upon request.

 

 

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Quotes of the Day

Politico reporter in Iowa faces clock issues

“Yesterday I tweeted about the clock in my Hampton Inn Muscatine room being fast. Today I got an email from the hotel’s general mgr. #service.” — Politico national political reporter Reid Epstein.

Jealous journo

“The DeLorean from Back to the Future went for over $541K in an auction #insanelyjealousofnewowner.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.

The sights and sounds of Washington

“Just saw a dump truck towing a Metro bus, with lots of people on it. #DC” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

And now for a brilliant question from Current TV: “What stories do you want Current to report today?” Seriously?

Burr!

“In a @Starbucks where it is basically too cold to think. (Hint: 14 & New York in DC.) Going into the office so I can feel my fingers & type.” — Metro Weekly White House Correspondent Chris Geidner.

Santorum is down on pundits

“#2012 Former Senator Santorum tells Iowans to ignore the media: ‘Pundits talk to pundits. They don’t talk to voters.’” — AFP’s Olivier Knox.

Blogger has stress dream involving Kate Middleton

“I had weird, stressful dreams last night, including one in which I was planning a dinner for Kate Middleton in DC.” — Global fashion blogger Samantha Sault who writes SamanthaonStyle, a blog intersecting fashion and politics.

Here’s an idea…

“Tell me tweeps, how can I save Andrew Breitbart‘s tweets to use in a lecture on color-blind racism?” — Rebecca Scott, a sociology professor at the University of Minnesota.

Say hello to Boybander Fan Club Prez

@MzDiva67 (a woman named “Nicole” who says you always have the option to kiss her ass): “Why this dude on @msnbc look like Charlie Sheen #bashirlive lol” (Mz Diva pictured at left).

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein: “#winning”

Slate‘s Dave Weigel (who’s doppelganger is Sheen): “I’m on a drug called… you know.”

From the Road

“Four events in a day. This is like a Fred Thompson on ludes Iowa schedule.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“Just intvd Romney on his bus. Asked about Paul’s foreign policy Romney said, ‘Ron Paul‘s not going to be our nominee.’” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy.

A Convo Between Fake Journo and Real One

Politico‘s Jake Sherman, something of a Phish fanatic, writes: “If you’re a political conservative in DC, and like phish, shoot me a note. working on something.” To which Fake Jim VandeHei cracked, “Oh, this is gonna be good.”

CQ Roll Call’s Dennis Named WH Correspondent

Big changes are in store for CQ Roll Call’s Steven Dennis.  After 17 years in journalism, the publication’s House leadership reporter is headed to the White House to fill a spot that’s remained vacant since Jen Bendery left Roll Call for Huffington Post in March of this year.  But don’t expect Dennis to spend his days in the Briefing Room bubble that has become both a luxury and curse for so many White House correspondents.  Dennis intends to spend plenty of time on Capitol Hill, using his his experience and resources, to cover the White House in a new way.

“I plan to approach the position through the lens of Congress,” Dennis explained to FishbowlDC.   “Endless stories can be written when you take information from Congress to the White House and focus on the relationships.  Gaining the ability to get a response from the administration is a luxury that I intend to exploit,” he added.

And though he’s formed a strategy to get beyond the “bubble,” Dennis doesn’t take the the job of White House correspondent lightly.  He’s quick to clarify the importance of the position and challenges his briefing room counterparts face.

“Over 300 million Americans depend on those journalists to ask an illuminating question when called on by the White House,” he said.  “It’s a big challenge and a weighty responsibility.”

On Monday, October 31st Steve Dennis will face his new responsibilities as he enters the Briefing Room for the first time as CQ Roll Call’s White House correspondent.  He’s come a long way from his start at the Herald-Mail in Hagerstown but he seems up for the challenge.  Congrats to Steve!

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Quotes of the Day


CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell‘s hubby Geoff Tracy (who sometimes refers to himself as Washington’s unelected mayor) makes a grand Wednesday night declaration: “Pie is served (chocolate silk).”

Scribes sarcastically suggest other options for Sept. 7

“Breaking: Seinfeld reunion show, new and improved LOST finale, first Casey Anthony TV interview all scheduled for Sept. 7 at 8 EST” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

“If Sarah Palin really wanted to shake things up right now, she’d declare a ‘big announcement’ to be made on Sept. 7 at 8:00″ — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

“Thursday works better for me too. If anyone cares.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

“Obama asks to speak during GOP debate. Biden to address meeting of Cub Scouts during Spongebob marathon. It’s chaos.” — Conservative pundit and author Ann Coulter.

This is just embarrassing…

Dick Lugar following me on Twitter? Heart, be still!” — Gawker‘s Political Editor Jim Newell.

Internet strangeness…

“OK, the Getty Images search is insane. I type in ‘diversity’ and the first page of results? Synchronized swimmers.” — Former TBDer Elahe Izadi who is working on NPR Project Argo blog on WAMU 88.5.

One journo sees bright side of mess

“Finally a win-win. Speech-scheduling contretemps will boost ratings for both the GOP debate and Obama’s speech, whenever it is.” — WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman.

Another sees downside of mess

“I mean, really? We’re at a point where GOP is blocking a speech? #UGH” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Another reason why I love my birthday: Got an email from Joy of Motion saying that I get a free dance class. Awesome.” — Roll Call feature writer Jessica Estepa. Happy Birthday and all Jessica, but more importantly, you’re clearly currently kicking Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg‘s ass in this feature.

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