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Quotes of the Day

“I’m probably going to drunk dial Wolf Blitzer. It’s going to be a Situation Room.” — Comedian Kathy Griffin on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, describing what she was going to do while hosting New Year’s Eve on CNN with Anderson Cooper. Incidentally, among her goals is to get Cooper fired.

Shampoo loyalty

“Twitter wants me to follow Pantene. I was born a Pert Plus man, and I’ll die a Pert Plus man.” — Reuters’ Sam Youngman.

Regrets. NBC’s Chuck Todd apologizes for accidentally giving the finger on air Wednesday morning: “The camera is always on. A lesson some of us never learn. My apologies. Am personally embarrassed. Was a joke with someone on other side.”

Journo Hate Mail

FishbowlDC’s Peter Ogburn hit a serious nerve Wednesday with this afternoon post on Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields, who  displays cleavage, tweets memes about how beautiful she is, and retweets pictures of her legs — all in the name of journalism. Here’s a sampling of the hate mail Ogburn received. 1. “Guess the jury’s out. Peter, you are a sexist dork. Stop your little whiny articles and do some research and real reporting and maybe someday you’ll make a name for yourself like Michelle already has.” 2. “Yo Peter, fuck your couch.” This is Peter’s day to shine. Congrats to Ogburn for getting a nasty fake Twitter account created about him one week after starting the job.

Abramoff’s 15 minutes continues…

“About to go on MSNBC at 3. Just saw Jack Abramoff, who told me idea that Newt didn’t lobby–eg for 2003 Rx drug benefit– is ‘a joke.’” — Bloomberg View Columnist  Jonathan Alter.

Bret Baier Shizzizzle

@CharmingLegs @therealjdizzle: “Hey I think you look terrific! How is your son doing?” FNC anchor Bret Baier: “Great thank you.”  (Unless you’re severely out of touch, you know that Baier’s son, Paul, recently underwent an angioplasty.)

A journo’s weakness for airport hotdogs

“Guilty pleasure airport food: pretzel dogs. But I just had the will power to pass the kiosk by.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

A classic Tschida dilemma

“Someone I know frequently describes THINGS as having an ASTIGMATISM. Should I tell him astigmatism is a vision problem he means stigma?” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Scribe doesn’t trust perfection

“I dunno why but I just don’t trust anyone whose every tweet is always perfect (grammar, spelling, punctuation, syntax, etc). #shady.” — Human EventsTony Lee.

Deep thoughts…

“I hate when you have one big known unknown holding up a story.” — Labor journo Mike Elk. Come on, Elk. Where’s the well-placed cuss word?

Gopher goes for Gingrich

“Former Iowa Congressman and LOVEBOAT TV actor who played Gopher, Fred Grandy endorses Newt Gingrich.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell.

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Weekend Sighting: Bloomberg’s Jim Snyder and The Hill’s Alex Bolton at Standard, a beer garden on 14th Street NW, drinking German beer and eating soft pretzels.

NBC’s Luke Russert: “The pug is not impressed by his new pillow.”

What comes around goes around

“Trips me out when folks write me a snarkly tweet, then get an attitude when I return the favor. Like they can only do it.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a weekend tweet.

More Weiner fallout

“As a former Weiner myself, that’s my maiden name, I definitely sympathize with him.” — CBS’s Nancy Cordes on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

Father of the Year material, right?

“Promised to take daughter off wife’s hands today. Promised daughter adventure. Thinking B’More aquarium.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a weekend tweet. Perhaps at some point private matters can be kept at his house so the daughter isn’t perceived as a bother.

Alter gives Abramson the nod

“I’ve known new NY Times editor Abramson since college. She’ll be terrific and she worships right thing—reporting.” — Bloomberg Review writer and NBC News Contributor Jonathan Alter in a weekend tweet.

Journo has message for Senate Chief of Staff

“Note to Senate Chief of Staff who left their @nationaljournal mag at gym: you want to rip off address label before you leave it on the bike.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz in a weekend tweet.

Finally a message from Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff that’s relevant, not pompous or otherwise unnecessary: “Metro is doing bag searches in Woodley Park. It’s an even dumber policy when you see it in action.”

The modern alarm clock

“I love my iPhone with a new, profound depth. Four — count em — four alarm apps got me out of bed today.”  — WaPo‘s Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Monday morning tweet.

The Critic

Will the Washington Post ever get tired of photographing and quoting perpetual protester Medea Benjamin? — Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) Speechwriter and Political Advisor Amanda Carpenter in a weekend tweet.  Benjamin is co-founder of Code Pink.

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.

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Washington Reacts to Olbermann Exit

“It’s better to fire people on Friday. Studies have statistically shown theres less chance of an incident if you do it at the end of the week.” — Politics Daily media writer Matt Lewis in a weekend tweet.

“Just got an email saying @KeithOlbermann and MSNBC are no longer. Good luck Keith.” — MSNBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a weekend tweet.

“MSNBC sure takes this civility thing seriously — cans Olbermann.” — WaPo’s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin in a weekend tweet.

“I’m having a drink to remember Olby tonight—tequila chased by cider vinegar. It’s the WORST DRINK IN THE WORLD.” — @Plucid in a weekend tweet. She’s a “political transwoman” (whatever that means) living in Alexandria, Va.

“@keitholbermann since ur free, do u want 2 sit next 2 me at State of the Union? [ ] yes [ ] no [ ] maybe?” — The Takeaway‘s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a weekend tweet.

“Olberman’s salary most shocking part of story. 30 mill for 900K viewers? Snooki shld replace him, she’s a bargain for her 9 mill viewers.” — Lobbyist Jack Quinn‘s wife and writer Susanna Quinn in a weekend tweet. (FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic works for QGA’s Jack Quinn.).

“Bummed about Olbermann news.” — Sen. Chris Coons’s (D-Del.) Comm Director Ian Koski in a weekend tweet.

“By chance I was Olbermann’s last guest last night. He gave no hint of anything except to say as I left the set:”Thanks for everything.” — Newsweek columnist Jonathan Alter in a weekend tweet.

“The most interesting thing about the Olbermann story is that TMZ is covering it.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a weekend tweet.

“Ding, Dong, Olbermann is GONE. The Worst Man in the World leaned so far forward, he fell over his multi-million dollar cliff. #fb” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.

“Bizarre footnote to Olbermann saga: one of the donations he made — which r @ the heart of this drama — was to… Gabrielle Giffords” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein in a weekend tweet.

Maher says eliminating ‘Worst’ was worst

“Once he started backing off Worst Persons in the World it all went downhill. Stop organizing life around the people who don’t get the joke. Fuck them.” — Showtime’s Bill Maher on “Real Time” Friday night.

Fournier urges hugs

“Daddys, hug your kids today.” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier in a weekend tweet.

Reporter gets emotional over Kardashian episode

“Watching Kardashians and crying! Old episode that talks about the death of their father. So sad.” — WUSA9 Digital Reporter Lindsey Mastis in a weekend tweet.

Erickson blocks left

“I’m just blocking people left and . . . well . . . left tonight.” — CNN Contributor to “John King USA” Erick Erickson in a weekend tweet.

Weingarten angry at Twitter

“I am pissed that Twitter hasn’t found it necessary to Verify My Account.” –WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten in a weekend tweet.

Obama borrows a Politico phrase

“Is it just me or is Obama sounding like a @Politico editor? // Winning the future | Barack Obama For President – 2012″ — The Atlantic’s Garance Franke-Ruta in a weekend tweet. She links to Obama-Biden blog here.

Journo samples artichoke liquor

“Having my first cocktail w Cynar-an italian artichoke based liquor at the Fender Music Lounge.” — Former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan in a weekend tweet. She now freelances for

The Critic

“Fox should bring George Will over for their roundtables. Or let Tapper host #ThisWeek again. Either option would get me to watch Will more.” — Sen. Jim DeMint‘s (R-S.C.) Senior Comm Advisor and Speechwriter Amanda Carpenter in a weekend tweet.

Local Weatherman Issues Comb-Over Advisory – Who Should Watch Out?

In a most thoughtful weather advisory, ABC 7′s weatherman Doug Hill looks out for everyone, even the hair challenged. Who needs to watch out? Below we devise a usual suspect list of lawmakers, political types and journalists for whom the wild wind could affect on a day like today.

“With the winds expected to gust over 40 mph today, I had to issue my ” CombOver Advisory” on WTOP. Wind Advisory from 9 am thru 4 pm via NWS.” — Hill writes in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Men who need to watch out if in Washington today for having comb overs or just hair that might fly out of control: Donald Trump, Rod Blagojevich, HuffPost‘s Dan Froomkin, Reps. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) and Tim Johnson (R-Ill.), Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), and DCRTV’s Dave Hughes (who could scare small children in or out of a wind storm). Note to readers: If you think of more, please write in and tell us at

> Update: New suggestions: Newsweek Columnist and MSNBC Analyst Jonathan Alter and (of course) MSNBC’s “Hardball” host Chris Matthews.

> Update: CBS White House Radio correspondent Mark Knoller.

Dave Hughes

Journos Turn Up to Game Change Soiree

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Savannah Guthrie, Michael Feldman and Game Change authors.

On Monday night, Time and New York magazines hosted a party at the W Hotel’s P.O.V. bar to celebrate Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s Game Change. Guests poured in, even though it was a national holiday. Some purchased a copy of the controversial book, which is said to be selling out in New York and D.C.

Halperin and Heilemann signed books throughout the night.

Attendees included Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter, Peter and Diana Beinart, Veep Biden’s Spokesman Jay Carney, ABC’s David Chalian, Shelby Coffey, FT’s Clive Crook, GQ’s Robert Draper, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy, HuffPost’s Michael Falcone, CNN’s Ed Henry, Sam Feist, Glover Park Group’s Michael Feldman, White House advisor Austan Goolsbee, Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Savannah Guthrie, Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson, CBS’s Bill Plante, AP’s Jonathan Prince, consultant Doug Schoen, CNBC’s Steve Scully, and Daily Caller’s Jon Ward, and Politico’s VandeHarris, Mike Allen, Anne Schroeder Mullins, Bill Nichols and Patrick Gavin, to name a few.

Photographs courtesy of Julie Fischer Photography.
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Holly Bailey Leaves Newsweek

Newsweek‘s White House correspondent Holly Bailey is taking a buyout and leaving the mag, Politico reports.

Via Calderone: “Holly has been a great asset to the bureau, and I’m sorry to see her go,” said Washington bureau chief Jeffrey Bartholet. “Katie Connolly will continue to cover the White House for us on a daily basis. Howard Fineman and Jonathan Alter will also continue writing about national politics for the magazine and”

We’ll let you know when we hear what Bailey is up to next.

Where Are Your Fave DC Journos Delivering Commencement Addresses?

Alissa Krinsky at TVNewser has compiled this thorough list of where and when your favorite journos will deliver commencement addresses this year.

In alphabetical order…

• MSNBC’s Jonathan Alter: Western Connecticut State University (CT), May 24

• CNN’s Wolf Blitzer: St. Bonaventure University (NY), May 17

• NBC’s Tom Brokaw: Fordham University (NY), May 16…College of William & Mary (VA), May 17

• CBS’ Katie Couric: Princeton University (NJ) – Class Day ceremony speaker, June 1

• CBS’ Kimberly Dozier: Wellesley College (MA), June 5

• CNN’s David Gergen: Old Dominion University (VA), May 9

• FNC’s Lauren Green: St. John Fisher College (NY), May 9

• CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta: University of Michigan Medical School (MI), May 8

• Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt: Along with wife Judy Woodruff, Gettysburg College (PA), May 17

• PBS’ Gwen Ifill: Howard University (DC), May 9… Marymount University (VA), May 10… Simmons College (MA), May 15… Georgetown University (DC) – Georgetown College (undergraduate Arts & Sciences), May 16

• NBC’s Matt Lauer: Harvard University (MA) – Senior Class Day speaker, June 3

• PBS’ Jim Lehrer: East Central University (OK), May 9

• CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux: Gannon University (PA), May 9… Montgomery College (MD), May 22

• MSNBC’s Chris Matthews: Saint Joseph’s University (PA), May 16

• CBS’ Erin Moriarty: The Ohio State University (OH) – Distinguished Service Award at Pre-Commencement Dinner, June 13

• CNN’s Soledad O’Brien: Florida A&M University (FL) – 6 p.m. undergraduate ceremony, May 3

• MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell: Marywood University (PA), May 10

• CBS’ Scott Pelley: Texas Tech University (TX), May 9

• CBS’ Randall Pinkston: Jackson State University (MS), May 9

• CBS’ Byron Pitts: North Carolina A&T State University (NC), May 9… Delaware State University (DE), May 17

• CBS’ Dave Price: Sacred Heart University (CT), May 17

• HDNet’s Dan Rather: Michigan State University (MI) – Advanced degree commencement, May 8.

• CNN’s John Roberts: University of Colorado at Boulder (CO), May 8

• CBS’ Bob Schieffer: Maryville University (MO), May 2… The University of Mississippi (MS), May 9… Hofstra University (NY), May 17

• PBS’ Ray Suarez: Lewis and Clark University (OR), May 10… California State University-Monterey Bay (CA), May 16

• PBS’ Margaret Warner: Sweet Briar College (VA), May 16

• PBS’ Judy Woodruff: Saint Mary’s College (IN), May 16… Along with husband Al Hunt, Gettysburg College (PA), May 17

• CBS’ Susan Zirinsky: American University (DC) – School of Communication, May 9

Morning Reading List 03.04.09

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Its day 44 covering the Obama administration and one month down for us. What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



In an attempt to reach more readers, the WSJ is expanding its sports coverage. The paper started printing a daily sports page yesterday.

Regarding the economy, the Examiner asks, “Heard the news? Reporters think the time for panic is now.” “When one’s inbox is peppered with e-mails announcing colleagues’ layoffs and buyouts, reporting on a political or economic story is more than just hammering out some copy. It’s an effort for survival.”

Q&A with Bob Woodward in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Answering a question on the future of newspapers, Woodward chanels Ben Bradlee, “I recall a couple of months ago having lunch with my old editor at the Post, Ben Bradlee; we were discussing this. He said quite emphatically, and this is the great editor of the last century, ‘obviously there will be fewer newspapers.’ They will be delivered differently, but he believes passionately that there will remain a group of journalists whose job it is to tell what they believe the truth to be. Obviously we are going through a convulsion. Probably we in the newspaper business have not responded fast enough or smart enough, but the need for information is greater. Not just the quick and dirty take of the Internet or bloggers, but people really digging into things and doing the long form.”


We told you earlier this week about American freelance reporter Roxana Saberi, who is being detained in Iran. ABC’s Martha Raddatz writes about her own experiences with the Iranian government’s attitudes about “gathering news illegally” here.

On a lighter note, is CNN’s John Roberts is single and ready to mingle?

From DCRTV: Longtime DC TV news anchor Maureen Bunyan will step down from her duties on Channel 7/WJLA’s 11 PM newscast. She will continue to co-anchor the 6 PM newscast with longtime colleague Gordon Peterson, and will serve as substitute anchor on 7′s 5 PM and 11 PM newscasts. Leon Harris will anchor the 11 PM newscast.


More on Rush Limbaugh from Howard Kurtz in today’s Media Notes. “For weeks now, El Rushbo has been riding a publicity wave, fueled by an unerring sense of showmanship and his bald-faced declaration that he wants President Obama to fail. The media, finding Limbaugh far more fascinating than Mitch McConnell or John Boehner, have staged endless debates over whether the radio talk show host is the new leader of the Republican Party. The conventional strategy in such cases is for the administration in power to avoid talking about a mere radio critic. That would elevate him to the level of the president. Which, it turns out, is exactly what the Obama team wants.”


Politico takes on “How media sucks up to the White House.” In this piece, Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter calls the “beat sweetener” a “tribal custom” among the press corps.

HAT TIPS: Mediabistro, Romanesko

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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