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Tucker Carlson Dubs Politico the ‘Rich Kids Camp in Meatballs’

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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Quotes of the Day

LOOK CLOSELY: “Since it’s photobomb sharing day, here’s me creeping up on Newt.”BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.

Actor Richard Belzer tells Politico newsroom to SHUT UP

“Richard Belzer to noisy POLITICO newsroom: “We’re working here … we’re on fucking TV.” Once done taping: ‘OK, you can start talking now.’” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Female editor gets suggestion to be a man

“Just got an email suggesting I publish my columns under a male pseudonym.” — Syndicated columnist and Editor-in-Chief of TheContributor.com Tina Dupuy.

How to Make it All About Me

“Pretty awesome that I can knock the entire @DSCC communications shop off message for an hour with a single tweet. Sucks for @EdMarkey tho.” — NRSC Spokesman Brad Dayspring.

Editor restrains himself on “shit” headline

“Tempted to title this working piece ‘immigration reform: shit just got real’ but wholly realize that is inappropriate.” – Townhall Managing Editor Kevin Glass.

Dieting tips from Newt Gingrich

“McDonald’s grilled chicken McWrap at 250 calories is both a dollar and pound bargain.” — Former plump Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich.

Tale of the waistband

“Feb 5 – Christie eats donuts on Letterman. Feb 6 – tells frmr WH doc to stop saying his weight is dangerous.The next week – lap band surgery.” — ABC Producer Emily Friedman.

Editor can’t sleep, then oversleeps

“Could not sleep last night. Now I’ve overslept. And I am late for an 8 a.m. meeting in the office. Rushing through the rain.” — MetroWeekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman.

Not for Attribution: “Oh my heavens, I just put the nastiest thing in my mouth, some rounded chocolate almond imposter that was in the People gift bag. I literally just spit it out. It tasted like wet sand.”

 

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Quotes of the Day

 

Madame Secretary can do whatever she pleases

“Guy @ state Dept LGBT event asks attendees to turn off phones, but ‘Madame Secretary, you’re welcome to text any time.’” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Harvey Levin: Is the power of Kim Kardashian disgraceful?

“Do you think politics hit a new low when the US ambassador personally greets Kim K when she arrives in Kuwait? #tmzlive” — TMZ’s Harvey Levin.

Politico reporter dings NYT for poor scoopage

“I’ve worked at the New York Times so I’m unfortunately well aware of its tendency to treat other people’s scoops like they don’t exist.” — Politico‘s Ben White. The backstory: White was referring to the NYT following his scoop that Treasury’s Mary Miller had taken her name out of consideration for SEC chair without crediting him. White also wrote on Twitter: “Freaking UNREAL that NYT fails to credit me on the Mary Miller scoop. NYTimes: Contender for S.E.C. Chief Drops Out” and links to this NYT story. The NYT‘s excuse? They said they hadn’t seen it.

Senator bumps reporter, makes weird joke

“Orrin Hatch accidentally bumping reporter, joking ‘I just like to touch you,’ then blushing. ‘I’m a good Mormon boy!’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

A faux Twitter fight

The fake fight was between HuffPost‘s Elise Foley and BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynksi.

Foley: I’m always so sad when I miss twitter fights.

Kaczynski: YOU SUCK

Foley: YOU SUCK MORE.

Beck advises how to win Obama in pee keepsake

“E-mail obamapeepee@glennbeck.com and put your bid for #ObamaInPeePee in the subject line WG” — Glenn Beck.

Question to ponder: “Has anybody asked Condi about Susan Rice? I.e., RICE ON RICE” – Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

A real HuffPost headline: “Man arrested for stealing goose, locking it in SUV while he played soccer”

Photog unleashes torrent of hate on Washington Examiner scribe, and HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper encounters boisterous gentleman outside Metro. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“Gotta be 65 degrees on a terrific autumn night” — FNC’s Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Anticipatory Storm Complaints

“Approaching big storm prep: batteries, check. Canned food, check. Emergency generators, check. Full-page apology ad from Pepco, check.” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman.

“.@PepcoConnect Let’s just say that your track record as regards restoring our power is somewhere between abysmal and catastrophic.” — Yahoo! News‘s Olivier Knox.

“@OKnox Why doesn’t PEPCO just shut off our power now and get it over with?” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

“My boyfriend: Buying all the toilet paper from the grocery store before everyone else gets there. #BePrepared” — Lisa Rowan, vintage blogger.

Compliment or Insult: Who really knows?

“Your always-perfect hair reeks of pure #journalism,” a follower writes in to FNC’s Bret Baier, who, of course, responds, saying, “Good to know -thanks- I’ll try to keep it together.”

Ana Marie Cox “endorses” Obama

“It’s true: I have chosen to endorse Obama because I’m proud to have someone of the *human* race as President. So there.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox. Does a pundit do endorsements? Do they really need to? Pretty sure we already new the progressive Cox was for Obama.

Journo Love

“Go @AprilDRyan! She’s interviewing Obama tomorrow at 5:40 p.m. in Oval Office. First member of WH press corps to do so in months.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein on American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan.

Breitbart.com Editor needles BuzzFeed Political Editor

“Source tells me @BuzzFeedBen‘s BuzzFeed Politics is something of a laughingstock. Actually, herds of sources tell me this.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte, still smarting from BuzzFeed‘s McKay Coppins story on internal Breitbart.com matters.

Overheard…

“Overheard on the Romney press bus: ‘I think Meat Loaf is two words.’ ‘Yes, it is two words.’ — NPR’s Ari Shapiro.

See FishbowlDC’s Fan Club Board after the jump as well as thoughts from a media observer… Read more

Politico‘s ‘Special’ Veep Debate Coverage

POLITICO is promising “special coverage” of this Thursday’s vice presidential debate, including a “special” edition of “POLITICO LIVE” and a full stream of the debate.

A Look Ahead…On Thursday morning blogging duo Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman, will host Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and the Commission on Presidential Debates’ Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry for an in-depth conversation on what’s expected from Joe Biden and Paul Ryan that evening and how it will affect Election Day.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. ET at 401 West Main St. in Danville, Ky.

Politico Live begins at 8 p.m. with the dynamic Jim VandeHei and rarely blinking Mike Allen. They’ll be joined by reporters in Danville, plus Jonathan Allen, Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Lois Romano and “other POLITICOs joining from the POLITICO newsroom.”

They’re promising  it all — stories showcased on Politico, live blogging with Haberman and Burns, and video features from Danville. A release states the debate will be covered by VandeHei, Allen, Burns, Jennifer Epstein, Reid Epstein, Haberman, Jonathan Martin, Juana Summers, and Glenn Thrush on the ground in Danville.

NewsChannel8 will carry Politico Live starting at 8:30 p.m. C-SPAN will air Politico Live starting at 10:30 p.m.

No. of times the word “POLITICO” was used in all caps in the release: 15.

From McDonald’s to Gwen Stefani’s Nursery: Top 13 Places Where WH Pool Reporters Go To Wait

A large part of pooling with the White House involves patience and what can amount to hours and hours of waiting for very little news. The places journos must linger are routinely included in the reports, but more and more they’re turning into elaborate explanations of where “your pooler” is, or more importantly, where they are forbidden from going. Most often they wait it out in food courts. But waiting also happens in garages, outside restaurants, in cars, vans, laundry rooms and on the lawn. Even a closet, as The Orlando Sentinel‘s Bill Nelson knows too well. He was memorably placed in one during a fundraiser last year attended by Vice President Joe Biden.

13. Vans: “There’s lots of waiting… Often in vans for hours and hours,” Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein says.

12. Food courts: “When I was covering the White House, I came to believe in the concept of pool karma. A miserable eight-hour day at the Andrews Air Force Base food court while POTUS played golf would be followed by an eight hour protective hold poolside at the Beverly Hilton.”– ReutersSam Youngman.

11. Outside McDonald’s: After waiting more than hour outside of a McDonald’s in early August, freelance journalist Matt Laso wrote, “The pool now smells like grease and is daydreaming of fresh vegetables.”

10. School cafeteria: While in New Hampshire, Christian Science Monitor’s David Grant filed from “what looks like the school cafeteria.”

9. Laundry room: “[S]everal industrial strength washing machines were lined up and sports equipment, such as football helmets, were piled up in metal cages,” WaPo‘s David Nakamura wrote in a report of a college laundry room he was put in to wait. On the bleached bright side, Nakamura told us he was “pleasantly surprised at how good the Internet was in that laundry room.”

8. Outside dry cleaners: Pooling with POTUS earlier this month, Politico‘s Epstein filed from outside a dry cleaners. Sounding upbeat about it, she says “It was only about 70 degrees, so not uncomfortable.”

7. Various locations around Graceland: “When [former President] Bush took former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi to pay homage to Elvis, the Japanese leader kept dropping to one knee and singing, while the pool looked on stoically,” Sirius/XM P.O.T.U.S. Channel’s Julie Mason says. “Reporters couldn’t believe their relentless, sanguinary ascent up the pitiless ladder of corporate media led them to…the Monkey Room.”

6. W. Hotel bar: This month WaPo‘s Scott Wilson pooled with POTUS for a fundraiser at the W. Hotel where he was made to wait at the hotel bar. “But no drink for me (just some club soda),” Wilson said.

5. Back deck, nursery room and garage of Gwen Stefani’s home– Pooling with FLOTUS at singer Gwen Stefani’s home in California was WSJ‘s Erica Orden. A back deck, nursery and garage sound like terrible, musty places to wait. But it was Stefani’s house and that’s something. We asked Orden if the nursery smelled like baby poop but she didn’t respond.

4. House in Hawaii with pest problem: One one of the Obama family’s Hawaii getaways, Politico‘s Epstein pooled along. She, with other reporters, were kept in a house next door. “It had just been sold and had bug infestations in the bathrooms,” she said. The house did have a pool — Epstein and the other reporters were sure to spend time by it (though she says she never actually got in).

3. President’s Palace in Delhi: WaPo‘s Wilson pooled with Obama and the First Lady for the State Dinner in India in 2010. He said the press was held in a sitting room for the event but called the palace the “most exotic” place he’s ever been held.

2. The Sit Down Cafe and Sushi Bar: Epstein identified this venue as a favorite place of one of the White House press aides to take reporters while in Chicago. A look at the restaurant’s website shows there’s WiFi, beer, wine and sake (on Mondays bottles are 50 percent off).

1. The private basketball court of a Crocs co-founder: “We played White House staffers in ping-pong and enjoyed snacks served by waiters in white dinner jackets,” SiriusXM’s Mason said.

Afternoon Chatter

Quotes of the Day

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END

“Note from earlier: On the way to tonight’s fundraiser, the press van spotted a New Yorker giving the motorcade his middle finger. Unclear whether it was for the president, the press, the traffic jam or something else entirely.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Monday night Pool Report.

Politico reporter disses The Donald and O’Reilly

Donald Trump sitting next to Bill O’Reilly at #yankees game. People sitting close to them: I’m so sorry.” – Politico‘s Morning Money dude Ben White. So much for Politico reporters ever mending ties with Fox News, who doesn’t generally deem them worthy of being on their shows.

Blogger wonders about showering

“I’m not sure if I should shower tonight or tomorrow morning at 4:30. I have fear of stubborn bedhead at that hour. #tvappearancewoes” — Lisa Rowan, Vintage blogger and social media consultant.

Inside info…

“LaTourette had complained so loudly about GOP highway bill that Boehner told him ‘Quit being an asshole’ and talk to comm. chairman.” — The Hill‘s Russell Berman on the retirement announcement of Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio).

Compassion is…

“Ugh…poor Jim Acosta of CNN..his luggage is missing…not loaded in Tel Aviv? Stuck in the charter plane some place?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

A note to Puffington Host: This is your new name until you can get ours right. It’s not “FishBowl DC.” According to most modern dictionaries, fishbowl (that clear thing that fish swim around in) can be written as such or “fish bowl.” But since it’s our name, we’ve chosen the former and then you add on the DC — and voila! — you have our name, FishbowlDC. Even under the most straining of circumstances it’s never written “FishBowl” with a weird capitalized “B.” Immature of us? Of course. But why can’t you get our name right Puffers?

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo turns “Rachel” into a verb

“Will ‘Rachel’ at 9:15pmish. My @maddow debut.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Question to Ponder: “How big does your house have to be to be a compound? #kennedys #romneys” — TPM Founder and Editor Josh Marshall.

Humblebragalicious Shuster has friends on the right?

“Look, when I do talk to my more intellectual friends on the right, and I do have some…” — Lefty journo David Shuster filling in as host of Current TV’s “Full Court Press” this morning in a segment bashing Fox News. Later he added, “By the way, full disclosure, I worked at Fox News in 96 to about 2001, but the organization changed and it was starting to trend in a certain way that I felt uncomfortable with. So it was sort of a mutual agreement that I would leave. I was eager to leave. I had caused enough trouble over there that they were eager to have me leave.”

Whoa! Journo praises Amtrak?

“Endless #Amtrak ride wasn’t endless after all. Remarkably gracious staff, calm passengers made slow, dud-engined ride oddly pleasant.” — National Review‘s Kathryn Lopez.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper hints at sexual orientation

Anderson Cooper sort of outed himself on Kathy Griffin‘s show. Woman jokes they’re dating. AC: ‘Hate to break it to you, not gonna happen.’” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Convo Between Two Journos: Cillizza to face dental procedure

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo’s Nurse Jackie impersonator Chris Cillizza and CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary. Let’s hope to God Cillizza live tweets the procedure.

Cillizza: Things I would rather do than get a wisdom tooth pulled tomorrow: anything.

O’Leary: Don’t be a wuss. plus, the drugs are awesome.

Cillizza: I am a wuss.

Politico producer weighs in on color of green tea

“Green tea is really more of a yellowy-orange, wouldn’t you say? #thursdaythoughts” — Politico web producer Leigh Munsil. She may have a point here.

Bureau Chief unashamed of liking ‘The Newsroom’

“So it seems I am destined to be the only person that will like @HBO’s #Newsroom. But I’m prepared for that.” — Yahoo! News‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Chalian.

How Can I Make This About Me?

In his appearance on “The View” today President Obama was asked by co-host Whoopi Goldberg whether he could “feel the bumps” while riding on Air Force One. Obama said yes, but explained that most people feel exceptionally safe when riding in it.

This was the perfect opportunity for Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein to chime in and remind everyone that she knows exactly what Obama means.

 

South Korea or South Kansas?

President Barack Obama is in South Korea this week for a nuclear summit and much of the White House press pool is in tow. Naturally, many of the reporters are snapping pictures of their journey and tweeting them out for everyone to see.

Now, when you think of South Korea, you probably imagine it would look sort of exotic. Not unlike this:

But it doesn’t seem like these are the kinds of sights the press pool is being treated to.

Here’s a photo Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein tweeted yesterday. She said it was a closed gift shop near the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

Although a creepy Asian ghost face can be seen at the middle-right in the photo, this could easily be mistaken for any Korean store you might find in, say, Kansas.

Epstein also tweeted this photo, which she said is “the river right near the South Korean entrance to the DMZ area,” but if I told you it was actually a view of the Savannah River running through Georgia, you’d never know otherwise.

ABC’s Jake Tapper tweeted this one, identifying the building as the North Korean Pavilion. “You can see a NoKo soldier if you look closely,” he said. Is that really a soldier or is it simply a UPS man dropping off a package at the Suitland, MD, gas utility office?


NBC’s Jim Long sent out this one. “Awaiting President Obama’s speech at Hankuk University in Seoul Korea,” he said. It actually looks a lot like my high school gym. And I didn’t go to school in Korea.

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