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10 Moments That Hooked Us in 2011

The year 2011 was the year the 7-second TV delay failed miserably, that members of Congress behaved badly and Weiner headlines became something of an art form. Today we’ve pooled our wisdom into another annoying year-end list, although we hope ours will hold your interest. We’ve picked the moments that stood out most in our minds and the journalists who made them happen. Here’s to you CNN’s Wolf Blitzer for gracefully using the word “underwear” on television and to you, TIME‘s Mark Halperin, for being baited into calling the President “a dick” live on “Morning Joe.” Ed Schultz also gets points (at least for the purposes of this list) for calling conservative Laura Ingraham a “slut.” And to CBS’s Lara Logan, there are not adequate words to describe her courage.

10. Bret Baier’s journalistic jihad on GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

In November, Fox News anchor Bret Baier sat down with GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. It was a hard-hitting interview that saw Romney bristle at several of the questions. When Baier brought up Romney’s penchant for flip-flopping, Romney scolds Baier like a mommy with a 5-year-old and says, “We’re going to have to be better informed about my views on issues.” To Baier’s credit, he continued pounding Romney who kept twisting and turning in his seat. The interview certainly didn’t help Romney. That marked the beginning of a surge for second-tier candidates to make runs at Romney’s frontrunner status. Baier went on The O’Reilly Factor the following day and boasted that after the interview, Romney approached him and called some of the questions “uncalled for” and “overly aggressive.” Calling Bret Baier, a “boy scout” according to Mike Allen, “overly aggressive” is like calling Andrew Breitbart a “serious journalist.” For Baier, let’s stop at fair and mostly balanced and call it a day. — Peter Ogburn

9. The Talented Mr. Nelson Lewis

Nobody is ever going to accuse Washington of being an honest place to work, but Nelson Lewis took things to a whole new level. For starters, Lewis, a former producer for Laura Ingraham‘s radio show, tried to pull off impersonating Rep. Jack Kingston (R-GA), an old family friend. Police arrested him for “illegal possession of a congressional lapel pin.” If that’s not humiliating enough, NYP‘s Page Six reported that Lewis claimed to be related to former Bank of America CEO Ken Lewis. He even went as far as creating a fake email account from Lewis to vouch for him. It didn’t take long for the fake world to come tumbling down around him and he was left with no other option but to admit he had a lying problem. According to Page Six, Lewis checked himself into a treatment center at the beginning of this year to address his problem, which he blamed almost entirely on his former employer, Ingraham! He was led to all this lying because, according to Nelson, “she emasculated me.” Psst….there are whisperings that Lewis is working on a weekly TV program here in Washington. Stay tuned. – Peter Ogburn

8. Politico Reporter Kendra Marr Forced to Resign for Plagiarism

This year saw highs and lows for former Politico Pro transportation reporter Kendra Marr. On one hand, she got engaged in April. On the other, she was essentially fired for insufficiently attributing information to the NYT and other publications in her stories. FishbowlDC broke the story of Marr’s misdeeds in October. At the time, her colleagues said newsroom culture was in large part to blame for Marr’s sloppiness. Politico founders John Harris and Jim VandeHei referred to Marr as “a valued colleague and friend” in a memo explaining what happened. WaPo media reporter Erik Wemple empathized with Marr, writing, “When you combine Politico Pro’s pressure for originality with Politico Regular’s factory conditions, you get a force powerful enough to corrupt an otherwise good journalist.” In a recent follow-up, Wemple broke news of a new mentoring program at Politico meant to cultivate young reporters; a system that would have likely benefited Marr. Marr has essentially disappeared. Her Twitter account is still active, but she hasn’t tweeted to her 2,600 followers since the day the story of her indiscretions broke on Oct. 13. We couldn’t find a Facebook account under her name. Her LinkedIn page says she still works at Politico. Her former colleagues aren’t talking. And, perhaps most biting, the initial Google suggestion you get when searching her name is “Kendra Marr plagiarism.” — Eddie Scarry

7. Al Sharpton Lands His Own Show

If the “thrill” running up the leg of Chris Matthews ever had a child, it would be this. Never before in the history of the English language has the line, “Resist we much” been uttered, and we were all the better for it. But with that butchered line, the Reverend Al Sharpton became a television icon. “PoliticsNation,” as it is now called, was in its infancy on MSNBC, replacing the unnamed Cenk Uygur show in the 6 p.m. slot. Uygur never found an audience, it just wasn’t good, it was boring. Off he drifted into obscurity and in stepped the Reverend. Sharpton’s early shows were rough but spirited. It was as though he was allergic to words on the teleprompter. But no flub went viral, they were just laughed at by politicos. Until, that is, on August 9, 2011 when he uttered the now famous line “Resist we much.” The lines are worth reading, but it won’t help you understand what he was trying to say any more than watching the video. Here it is: “Tonight is the measure of whether the country begins in the state of Wisconsin, a national drive to push back or whether we have more to go to build a movement of resistance… BUT RESIST WE MUCH, WE MUST, AND WE WILL MUCH, ABOUT THAT, BE COMMITTED…” Sharpton, who has somehow escaped his incendiary and race-baiting past, eventually found his on-air footing…sort of. He still has a strange relationship with the teleprompter like someone from southern California has with walking on ice, but he’s getting there. His guests adore him in a deeply entertained way few other cable TV hosts can claim. He’s even scored better ratings than the unnamed Uygur show he replaced, but he has a ways to go. Sharpton, who dropped 100 pounds, has vowed never to criticize President Obama, isn’t exactly interested in conveying news as much as advancing an agenda. That makes his show more of a pep rally for progressives than a news program, but at least it has relegated the bloopers (mostly) to facts and not delivery. Still, Al’s attitude and activism fit nicely into MSNBC’s line-up. Take that for what it’s worth. — Piranhamous

6. Bad Boys: Ed Schultz, Mark Halperin, David Shuster all do Dumb Things

Among MSNBC’s Ed Schultz, TIME‘s Mark Halperin and Current TV’s David Shuster, it’s tough to proclaim who behaved like the biggest idiot this year. While Schultz called conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham “a slut” and got suspended for it, Halperin called the President “kind of a dick” on live TV and Shuster tried to crash an MSNBC party during White House Correspondents’ Assoc. Dinner weekend.  Shuster might have once been invited to such a soirée, but the former MSNBCer was suspended and ultimately let go after saying then-Sen. Hillary Clinton had pimped out her daughter, Chelsea, during her presidential campaign. The network also frowned on his sending a demo tape to CNN for a potential job. Schultz had to perform a humbling and awkward on-air mea culpa. Halperin, it turns out, was goaded into saying the slight by Mika and Joe, who practically drowned viewers in mindless apologies after it happened. When you watch the footage, it’s clear that nerdy Halperin was dying to be part of the in crowd, which perhaps makes his the dumbest act of all. At least Schultz’s insult was as genuine as it was crass and inappropriate. Shuster? One can almost chuckle at his failed party crashing. He’s clearly no Salahi. But he swore up and down that he’d been invited. Somehow party organizers missed that detail such as the one overheard on her walkie talkie saying, “Make sure he doesn’t get in here.” Betsy Rothstein

5. Wolf Grills a Weiner

This past summer, in the days before former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was forced to admit that he had carried on several online relationships of a sexual nature, D.C. journos were having a field day trying to make sense of the Weiner Caper. You’ll remember that Weiner accidentally tweeted a picture of (ahem) enlarged boxer shorts. But, who was it? Weiner initially claimed that it was nothing more than a “prank.” He then spent the next several days flailing wildly trying to explain away the offending picture. Which brings us to this exquisite moment from CNN Wolf Blitzer.

There it is. Blitzer flashing a money shot to a U.S. congressman asking him, “You would know if these were your underpants?” Worse than that, Weiner acted as though he didn’t KNOW if those were his undies. There is not a man alive that wouldn’t recognize his own member. It was only days later that Weiner admitted the picture was of him. (And yes, those were his underpants.) — Peter Ogburn

Luke Grills a Weiner of His Own

An Honorable Mention goes to NBC Congressional Reporter Luke Russert. In the haze of the Weiner scandal, Russert proved that he could pull his own weiner weight at the network. He also obtained a bizarre sit down with Rep. Weiner to chat about the picture of someone’s “below the waist area.” Russert appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to recap his interview and — oops — MSNBC played the wrong package about Weiner’s package and left out the actual interview portion. When they corrected the mistake, we were treated to the first moment that Weiner admitted that he “could not say with certitude” that the picture wasn’t of him.We were also treated to one of those rare relatively unscripted moments when Luke burst out laughing at the absurdity of it all. — Peter Ogburn

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4. Power blogger Ben Smith resigns from Politico

In early November, Politico canned its On Media blog and relaunched Ben Smith’s blog, refocusing it on the intersection of politics and media. A new reporter, Dylan Byers, was even hired to help with Ben Smith‘s new-ish project.One month later, Smith announced he’s leaving Politico to be the editor of BuzzFeed. The move caught everyone by surprise for sure. After all, Smith made his name the last seven years reporting on political news, not BuzzFeed material like dogs dressed as pigs and “Shit Girls Say.” But, as he wrote in the announcement on his blog, “…I won’t stop writing or thinking about politics. In fact I’ll continue to write once weekly for POLITICO…” And he told Howard Kurtz on CNN’s Reliable Sources, “In politics, as in other areas, we’re going to hire some great reporters and turn them loose.” We shot Smith several questions. He wouldn’t answer all of them (like whether anyone was pissed that he’s leaving Politico just after his blog was relaunched), but he did tell us his official start date at BuzzFeed is Jan. 1. He said it’ll be the first time he’s back to working in an actual office in a while (“I currently work in a shared office space in Brooklyn, which I love, but also always enjoyed working out of the newsroom when I was in Washington or, pre-Politico, in New York.”) And he’s thinking of switching out his current Twitter profile picture — the official Politico cartoon of him — for “one of those Ben from BuzzFeed memes.” We’ve picked one for him. See here. Congratulations to Smith — we wish him well in his transition. — Eddie Scarry

3. Andrew Breitbart’s “Balls of Steel”

Remember “Abs of Steel”? The workout tape most famous for setting the Guinness World Record for VHS tape with the most dust collected without ever having been played? Well forget it, we have a new “of steel” winner this year – Andrew Breitbart and his “Balls of Steel.” Breitbart shell-shocked the media by hijacking the Manhattan press conference at which now former Rep. Weiner was set to resign. Every news junkie waited patiently for Weiner to show up to the presser he called, but he was running late. Breitbart, who coincidentally was in the neighborhood, heard about it and went to the hotel. Reporters mobbed him, as he was the man who broke the original “sexting” story. When WCBS reporter Marcia Kramer told him he should go to the still unoccupied podium, what happened next was among the most surreal moments in politics of the year. The cherry on top was when Weiner eventually showed up and apologized to Breitbart for implying Andrew had “hacked” his Twitter account. It was something Salon’s Joan Walsh and too many TV personalities have yet to do for insinuating the same thing. In the end, Weiner was out, Breitbart was in and most of the media, who had ignored the story for as long as they could, had egg on their collective face. Breitbart “crashing” Weiner’s press conference was one of the ballsiest, unforgettable moments of the year. While the world probably could have lived without Opie & Anthony leaking the “money-shot” picture from Breitbart’s cell phone, more than those images were seared into our memories from that story. Bravo, Breitbart. — Piranhamous

2. Greta Goes Apesh&t on Tucker

When a longtime friendship goes sour online, it’s something to watch. When it happens on live TV, you’re on pins and needles. If you’ve ever spent time with Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, you know he’s first to laugh, crack jokes and understand another person’s point of view even if he abhors it. After The Daily Caller published a story in the fall reporting lewd comments Mike Tyson had made on a radio show — he referred to a sex act with the former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as “a womb shifter” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren went ballistic and called Carlson “a pig.” Wait a second — wasn’t Tyson the pig? To be sure, Greta is nuts for Palin. The former Gov. attended the White House Correspondents’ Assoc. Dinner parties as her guest and has appeared on her show multiple times. On her Gretawire blog, the host blathered on about Carlson’s sexism. She put a dent in their friendship by attacking him personally. She questioned how he ran the story with a wife and daughters. She said his female employees must be upset. She insisted that his publication must be doing so poorly for him to publish the story. Ultimately she invited him on her program, and he accepted. This is when a seriously pissed off Carlson showed up and coolly put Greta in her place. But not without a showdown. There were no smiles. No jokes. The friendship is not in enemy territory, but it’s certainly not as warm as it once was. Betsy Rothstein

1. Lara Logan Offers an Interview to 60 Minutes

Of all the moments of 2011, by far the bravest came when CBS’s Lara Logan gave an on-air interview to CBS’s Scott Pelley of “60 Minutes.” She boldly went on TV in early May and spoke of the attack and rape that happened to her in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. “It looks like a party,” she said, slowly describing the scene for Pelley. …”It was impossible to not get caught up in the moment.” But soon there was a savage mob scene and things spiraled out of control. “For an extended period of time, they raped me with their hands,” she said. “Suddenly, before I even know what’s happening, I feel hands grabbing my breasts, grabbing my crotch, grabbing me from behind.” Logan didn’t think she’d survive it. Eventually she was saved by Egyptian women in the square who closed ranks around her until she reached safety. Watch a clip of the “60 Minutes” segment with Logan here. But get the tissues. You’re going to need them. — Betsy Rothstein

 

Separated at Birth: Salon’s Joan Walsh and…

Today we pair Salon‘s often contentious Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh, a frequent guest on MSNBC’s “Hardball” and “Grey’s Anatomy’s” Dr. Erica Hahn played by actress Brooke Smith. Hahn’s character was known to be a workaholic. She rejected romantic gestures from McSteamy (Eric Dane). She had a lesbian relationship with fellow physician Callie Torres played by actress Sara Ramirez. Smith was written out of the series in 2008.

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Quotes of the Day

Runs in the Family…

“Self promo alert! Catch me tomorrow on FOX 5/WTTG at top of 8a hour dishing on Salahis. And on FOX News at 10:40a tomorrow!” — Howiella (i.e. Howeesha, Howlma, Howeena, Howdy Judy) or The Hill‘s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz is taking a page out of pop’s self-pimping playbook. For anyone who hasn’t gathered, she’s the daughter of The Daily Beasts‘s Sexiest Beast Howard Kurtz.

WaPo‘s Ned Martel: the Anti-Hipster’s Hipster

“I cannot say with certainty, of course, whether Maddow’s are ‘dead-stock Bausch & Lombs’ or modern replicas. But I get the feeling that Martel would know better than anyone.” — TBD‘s Ryan Kearney in a Friday piece ripping WaPo‘s Ned Martel (now on the campaign trail after brass kicked him off Style but strangely writing about glasses) for putting down hipster glasses while owning them. Read the tale of hypocrisy here.

WaPo reporter goes motorbiking in a dress

“Happy to have survived my first motorbike ride in Beijing. In a dress no less. All limbs intact.” — WaPo travel writer Nancy Trejos.

There’s no place like home (well, sort of)

“On South Beach, like I never left. Easy to hate, harder to love. But Miami is special.” –  James Oliphant, D.C. writer for LAT and Chicago Tribune.

Boybanders unite around MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

“Weren’t up in time for today’s premiere of Up With @ChrisLHayes? Watch it here!” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, President of FishbowlDC’s Fan Club. See Hazy here. Wired.com‘s Spencer Ackerman (a lower-tiered Boybander) apparently did not have that problem: “Amazing 1st show #UpWithChrisHayes #winthefuture.”

NPR’s Carvin bizarrely attacked for something

“Why so angry?” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in response to Hong Kong (alleged) potter Andrew Mountford, who remarked, “@acarvin Life is about risk, you judge what risks you are prepared to take. Otherwise live in a padded cell. Grow up.”

Reporter explains wrath against his publication

“I think some people hate The Daily Caller for the same reason Orioles’ fans hate the NY Yankees and other nations hate America. #winning” — The Daily Caller‘s media writer Matt Lewis channels Charlie Sheen.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh, who often appears on MSNBC’s “Hardball” and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.

Walsh: True dog park story: Man says: Saw a woman who looked like you on Bill Maher! I smile, yeah it was me! He didn’t believe me. Martin: I crack up when someone says, ‘You are him, right?’ I laugh and say, ‘Yep, I’m him.’ LOL Walsh: Lesson: must step up the hair and makeup for the dog park, I guess. #dogparklightingfail

 

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QUOTES of the DAY

Cream-filled Blankley

The Fashion Critic

Tony Blankley‘s suit hurts my eyes.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor in a Sunday tweet on the Executive Veep of Edelman public relations. See Blankley’s creamy Sunday TV ensemble above from his appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” program.

The prognosticator

“Suspect POTUS’s opening statement will go something like this: ‘At least I tried.’” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Sunday tweet.

Kate inquires about Kate’s waist

“Who’s got the over/under on Kate Middleton‘s waist size?” — Capitol File Magazine Editor Kate Bennett in a weekend tweet.

Journo love

“David Gregory is on his game this morning. Hard-hitting interviews with both Secretary Geithner and @timpawlenty. #meetthepress” — Huffpost Front Page Editor Chris Gentilviso in a Sunday tweet.

Joan Walsh admits lack of Twitter self-discipline

“OK, I have to stay off Twitter today to write. I have to. I wish they’d lock my account for 48 hours…bye!” — Salon’s Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh in a weekend tweet. Walsh is a regular on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

Betty Ford Jokes: Too soon?

“Personally, I think the revelation that @stephenfhayes offered Betty Ford a Maker’s Mark should be trending on twitter.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a weekend tweet after news of Betty Ford’s death broke. The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes remarked on Twitter previously, “It was at the 1996 GOP convention, shortly before Pres Ford spoke. I offered her Maker’s Mark. #idiot”

Media consultant prefers drugs to airport monotony

“This is brain. This is your brain on drugs. This is your brain after six hours waiting at an airport. I prefer drugs.” — Digital media consultant for JRC and former TBD GM Jim Brady in a weekend tweet.

 

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QUOTES of the DAY


Journo risks meat purchase at convenience store

“Took a chance on some carne adovada at a convenience store in Alexandria after Dave Alvin show (typically terrific). Adovada almost as good.” — Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a weekend tweet. For the cuisine-challenged, carne adovada is marinated pork that typically comes in a burrito or taco.

Something easily applicable to Washington life

“My new pet peeve? People WALKING and texting- slamming right into me or stepping on my dog and sometimes onto the bumper of my car! @Oprah” — Comedian Ali Wentworth in a weekend tweet. She’s also the wife of ABC GMA’s George Stephanopoulos.

Bio of the Day

Fake Howard Kurtz: King of all MSM. Philosopher of conventional wisdom: Beltway style. CNN host, former WaPo‘er & now @TheTinaBeast’s bitch. Location: Deep in the Beltway. Twitter debut: June 14, 2011. Goal: Garden variety sarcastic ridicule of Kurtz.

My Source, My Source, My Source

My source told me what my source was told. Did someone misinform my source? I don’t know. It is what it is.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain to The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong, who asked McCain, “Is your (anonymous) source 3rd or 4th hand? Just curious.” McCain wrote on The American Spectator blog Friday that former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is expected to announce her presidential intentions this week. Palin replied over Twitter, “Really? Hmm, guess they forgot to inform me what I’m ‘expected to do’ next week.” McCain updated his post with the above Palin line and this remark: “OK, fine, governor, but I was reporting what my source had been told. Has my source been misinformed?” We think he’s going to be waiting awhile.

Picking a new Twitter handle for Weiner

“In the spirit of true bipartisanship, let’s help @RepWeiner choose a new Twitter name. Keep it clean (or not) #WeinerGate #Tcot #p2″ — Sean Hannity’s Hair in a weekend tweet on what ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) new Twitter handle ought to be.

A TV journo does Father’s Day

“Woke up to my 4 year old and 1 year old jumping on me! Best morning – breakfast – church and a little batman and iron man play in between.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier in a Sunday morning tweet.

TV bungles

Former CNNer Larry King confuses Saddam Hussein for Osama Bin Laden. He quickly corrected himself with help of CNN Host Howard Kurtz on “Reliable Sources.”

WaPo‘s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin melds ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner and BigGovernment‘s Andrew Breitbart into “Andrew Weiner.” Again it’s Kurtz to the rescue. “Anthony,” he says. Rubin quickly corrects herself and explains that Breitbart was also a central figure in the Weiner scandal.

Media Travel Complaint Desk

“Re my flight debacle, I finally took off from JFK 3hrs late. My PA spent night sleeping on airport floor and just got to LA. Outrageous.” — CNN talk show host Piers Morgan in a weekend tweet. Earlier he wrote, “Two hours on runway. No info re when we will take off. Clear outside, no rain. PATHETIC. Why do people just accept this crap?”

“Witnessed the @UnitedAirlines computer outage craziness first hand picking my brother up at Dulles tonight. Confused reigned.” — The Hill‘s Keith Laing in a weekend tweet.

A boisterous D. Shuster counts down to ‘Countdown’

“2 days and 19 hours until the debut of Countdown with @keitholbermann. Thrilling to be part of the team!” — Current TV’s David Shuster in a weekend tweet. Shuster will serve as a primary guest host for Olbermann when O can’t make it. The program begins on tonight at 8 p.m. on Comcast Channel 107.

Editor backs away from scary fast food line

“Line for Shake Shack at Nats Park was terrifying. Retreating to friendlier ground. #HelloChiliHalfSmoke” — WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden in a weekend tweet. After three weeks of Weiners, we think he should have battled the Shake Shack line and ordered a cheeseburger.

The modern sex scandal

“Digital evidence is the new blue dress.” — The Daily Beast‘s John Avlon on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

A weird weekend convo between two journalists

BigGovernment‘s Andrew Breitbart: “@joanwalsh I apologize for being mean to you, yo wanna have sex?”

Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh: “Thanks @AndrewBreibart, I’m just going to choose to take that in the nicest possible way tonight.” (Dear Readers: This was a spoof Breitbart tweet, notice the one “t” — so not from the real Breitbart.”)

 

Salon’s Joan Walsh Gets Slung With ‘Poo’

GlamazonDiva writes: “Joan Walsh @joanwalsh is just a Progressive toilet. She readily gobbles up Liberal shit & ‘passes’ it off as journalism. She’s pathetic.”

A number of followers expressed sympathy for Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh even though she initially gave Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) the benefit of the doubt and attacked BigGovernment with a vengeance per usual. She expressed gratitude for a couple of fans, saying, “Well thank you both, and everyone else, for defending me. You will get caught in their poo slinging, though.”

One question: Did a grown woman really say “poo?”

NBCer Insults Starbucks

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” may be “brewed by Starbucks” as the morning saying goes. But NBC’s Chuck Todd is irritated and lashing out at the company that feeds him and his colleagues. “Is it Starbucks company policy that their airport locations have to run inefficiently?” he asked on Twitter early this morning.  More importantly, what kind of a world are we living in where Todd ever has to wait for coffee?

Other journos swiftly agreed with the NBC correspondent.

Salon‘s Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh replied to Todd, saying, “Yes, it is. The Starbucks code of conduct requires airport locations to operate at half-speed.”

AP‘s Henry Jackson also concurred. He wrote, “Yes — and also rail station units.”

Starbucks and MSNBC formed an alliance and marketing relationship in June 2009.

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QUOTES of the DAY

David Broder: Sept. 11, 1929 – March 9, 2011

Reporters, politicians and pundits honor the passing of WaPo‘s Broder

“OF ALL THE EPITAPHS that might fit him – journalist, columnist, commentator, author, teacher, student of politics – we think our friend and colleague Dave Broder, who died Wednesday at age 81, would probably be most pleased with the one-word description we offer.” — A WaPo editorial with the headline: “David Broder: Reporter.”

“Like so many here in Washington and across the country, Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a true giant of journalism, David Broder.  David filed his first story from our nation’s capital before starting as a junior political writer on the 1960 presidential election.  In the decades that followed, he built a well-deserved reputation as the most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation – winning a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate and earning the affectionate title of Dean of the Washington press corps.  Through all his success, David remained an eminently kind and gracious person, and someone we will dearly miss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time.” — A statement from President Obama.

“What I didn’t realize until I joined The Post in 1972 was that his influence on his colleagues was even greater than his influence on his readers. He saw to it that the newest and rawest members of the national staff, of which I was one, received top assignments that resulted in Page One stories, even if that meant that he took a back seat.” — Former WaPo White House Correspondent Lou Cannon in an op-ed on Broder in WaPo this morning.

“Interviewing them, Broder once said, invariably reminded him “that the American people don’t always have all the information in their hands, but their judgment is just about always sharp. You’ll find that they don’t make a hell of a lot of mistakes.” This was not a cynical reporter.” — WaPo Associate Editor Robert Kaiser in an op-ed on Broder in WaPo this morning.

“He could laugh with us at our mock annoyance in a way that told us he didn’t share this exalted estimate of his own skills. He once told me there were “too many days” when he wasn’t David Broder either.” – Jack Germond in an op-ed for Politico.

WaPo legend David Broder has died. RIP to the man who defined what it meant to be a political journalist.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza in a Wednesday tweet.

“I will never forget the first call from David Broder back in the 1984 Jackson campaign. He went beyond the process stories. Rest in peace!” — Democratic pundit and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile in a Wednesday tweet.

“Broder was on the campaign trail getting scoops and stories to the end. Never rested on his laurels.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

News of the yes, that’s weird

“Male on Metro, approx 25 yrs old, staring at me while sucking his thumb. But that’s cool, it’s not weird.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

Scribe has faraway hots for Walsh

“I like to pretend Joan Walsh was hot once upon a time.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor in a Wednesday tweet regarding Salon‘s Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh who often appears on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews.

Journo wishes scribes luck on frantic Wednesday coverage?

“R.I.P. David Broder – & good luck to media reporters, trying to cover his passing & Schiller resignation at NPR. Busy day on the media beat.” — Politico‘s Ken Vogel in a Wednesday tweet. Thanks Ken!

Washingtonian Editor acknowledges his dorkiness

“As a dork, I recall the 1st time I saw David Broder in person: Press room of the 1995 NGA convention in Vt. I was 14. #rip.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Wednesday tweet.

Note to HariHei: Journo sarcasm

“Because god forbid Outlook go one whole day without crashing.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Thursday morning tweet.

WaPo Book Editor seeks San Fran getaway

“San Francisco friends: I’m looking for a furnished 3 bdrm place for June-Aug. Must be in Santa Clara County. Any leads appreciated.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Thursday tweet.

Blogger calls Sen. Reid ‘a clot’

“Roses are red, violets are not, but one thing’s for sure: Harry Reid is a clot.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a Wednesday tweet. He links to a story about Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) challenging Republicans who are trying to do away with federally funded cowboy poetry festivals.

Journo smacks down Newt for cheating

“So apparently #newtgingrich cheated on women because he loved america so much. #todayinwtf” — TNR‘s Deputy Online Editor Seyward Darby in a Wednesday tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Charlie and the Goddess: From @CharlieSheen’s Twitter account, which now boasts 775,225 followers.

Charlie Sheen Fever

Many reporters in and around Washington were glued to their TV sets as we watched yet another round of Sheen’s “Sober Valley Village” on ABC’s 20/20 last night. This only left reporters ravenous for more, which we got this morning on NBC’s Today Show.

“I guess I shouldn’t be laughing my ass off, but I can’t help it — watching 20/20.” — Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Tuesday night tweet.

“Ok, ok I swear this is the last Charlie Sheen tweet of the week for me. This is hilarious. Live the Sheen Dream.” — NBC4 reporter Craig Melvin in a Tuesday night tweet.

“Hey @charliesheen, feel free to BCC me on reporter inquiry emails.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a double-edged tweet Tuesday night regarding both Sheen and the debacle between Rep. Darrell Issa‘s now fired flack Kurt Bardella and Politico and Bardella’s leaking emails to NYT’s Mark Leibovich for a book he’s writing on D.C. culture.

“Charlie Sheen has ruined Twitter.” — D.C. Attorney Kevin Reiss in a Tuesday night tweet.

Forget it. No one’s flipping the channel

“About to make an inaugural appearance on @gretawire shortly after 10:30. Tune in if you can.” — The Hill‘s Mike O’Brien pleading for people to watch him on TV Tuesday night right smack in the middle of the Sheen interview. Please.

In what may be our favorite tweet of Tuesday night…@FakeSantorum scolds former Salon Editor and now Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh for RT Sheen tweets: “@joanwalsh Is it even NECESSARY to RT Charlie Sheen tweets? Most of us are following at this point anyway.”

Waking up to Charlie, who has one speed: Go!

“Charlie Sheen said he would do no more interviews after yesterday. Now he’s back on the Today show. That lasted long.” — The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“Charlie Sheen is up! Keep in mind it is 4:30am in Los Angeles.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“Dear @abc, @cnn, @abc, @nbc, @fox: Just. Say. No. No more Sheen, please.” — National Review Online‘s Greg Pollowitz in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Journo virtual love

“@mitchellreports I wanted to congratulate you personally but got intimidated by adoring mob surrounding you — see you soon.” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a Tuesday night tweet complimenting NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on winning an award at the National Press Foundation dinner that night. To which she replied, “@jaketapper big virtual hug and many thanks.” (A big virtual hug? Is Washington getting weird or what?) Tapper also gives love out to CNN’s Dana Bash: “Congrats to @DanaBashCNN on her #NPF Dirksen award and even more so for her pending baby!!!” (WSJ’s Brody Mullins, CNN’s Bash and NBC’s Mitchell all won Dirksen awards at the National Press Foundation dinner.)

Scribe suggests Bardella for Newt

“Newt needs to settle on just ONE megalomaniacal spokesman to overhype his candidacy to the press. Maybe Kurt Bardella?” — The Atlantic‘s Josh Green in a Tuesday night tweet.

NJ‘s “The Hotline” praises NYT for anti-Politico story

“For many reasons, @jeffzeleny and @shearm win the night.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a Tuesday night tweet.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY

Sen. John McCain‘s (R-Ariz.) daughter and Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain gets new spectacles. “I will now go home at night and turn into Lois Lane,” she tweeted Tuesday.

Birthday Notes: A special belated Happy Birthday to the Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays writer Nikki Schwab, whose birthday was Monday. She celebrated late last week at The Mayflower. Other birthday’s today (h/t ABC Jake Tapper) are ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton and ABC News’s Jonathan Karl.

Snooki Vs. Joan Walsh: Who’s happier?

“I am confident that snooki has a better life than @joanwalsh.” — SCMcDonnell in a Tuesday tweet in reference to Jersey Shore’s Snooki and Salon‘s venomous political talk show pundit Joan Walsh.

A Politics Daily headline on ‘O’

‘O: A Presidential Novel’ — By Anonymous, Starring Obama and ‘Self-Obsessive’ D.C.

Daily rituals

“I make it a point that whenever @MichaelBarone comes into the office, that we fist bump,” Washington Examiner‘s J.P. Freire in a Tuesday tweet.

Something better said, not thought

“If u’r walking in a crosswalk, FUCKING MOVE!!! Don’t take your damn time! I don’t have all day for u to lollygag….JACKASSES!”

Reporter claims to be ‘out of loop’

“Consider me out of the loop: The Obamas were two blocks from my house today at the local middle school, unbeknownst to me until this evening.” — CQ‘s John Donnelly in a Monday Facebook update.

Journo gets emotional over Sawyer interview

“10 minutes into this Diane Sawyer interview with Mark Kelly and I’m already crying.” — ABC News Correspondent Yunji de Nies in a Tuesday night tweet during ABC’s Diane Sawyer interview with Rep. Gabrielle Gifford‘s husband, Mark Kelly on 20/20.

Hu, what, when, where how

After offending some overly sensitive followers with Hu banter on Twitter Tuesday referencing Chinese President Hu Jintao, ABC’s Jake Tapper declared, “A Hu pun ban is on.” To which Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody remarked, “Hu are you to make such declarations? Hu do you think you are, President Hu?” But Think Progress writer, Lee Fang, wasn’t laughing. He wrote to Tapper, “As a journalist, I hope you treat everyone you cover with respect regardless of ethnicity. No need for ethnic cracks.” Tapper replied, “Whoops. I think that’s a little strong. But I’m sorry if you were offended.”

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