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In other words: SHUT UP!

“My dad always said – among many other things – when you are talking you are not learning anything.” — Sen. John Cornyn (Twitter).

Arianna wants peace in her relationships

“I love the word ‘Hoʻoponopono’: an ancient Hawaiian practice of ‘making things right’ and working through differences in relationships.” — HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

The Emotional Observer

“Oh God. So now Kerry is saying air strikes to degrade the capacity of a man gassing his people is not ‘an act of war.’ PLEASE” — Daily Beast Senior National Security Reporter Eli Lake.

Journo finds Netflix drama “idiotically unrealistic”

“OK, so I finished watching House of Cards this weekend. Most unrealistic of all the idiotically unrealistic things in it? The free-flowing traffic on North Capitol Street in the opening credits (BTW, I really hate my new commute)” — NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner (Facebook).

Congrats!

“Moving on up…I am off to InTheCapital next week as a DC Lifestyle writer! So excited! This means a big torch passing. Meet Nicole Mills, Guest of a Guest DC’s new Managing Editor!” — Guest of a Guest D.C. Editor Sophie Pyle.

Oversharing Sherri wants Chicos to feature larger sizes

“Hey @Chicos …if you really have a line that makes you appear “slimmer” then don’t use a size 2 model…would love to see that line on a 16″ — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:15 a.m.

Convo Among Journos and Amtrak

“Sen McCain apologizes to Theresa Heinz Kerry “for what I’m about to do to John.” #Syria”” — The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes.

“For once, am glad I’m on Amtrak.” — conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

“We’re glad to hear it :) We appreciate you traveling with us!” — Amtrak.

 

Where in the World is Laura Ingraham?

 

It’s August, a time when journalists in Washington take a breather. Where was conservative radio host Laura Ingraham last night? At a lake in Minnesota, of course, with dozens of her dearest friends.

 

The FishbowlDC Interview With Daily Mail’s David Martosko

Say hello to Daily Mail’s U.S. Editor David Martosko. He formerly was Executive Editor for The Daily Caller. Before that, he worked for Berman & Company, a PR shop that specializes in fighting progressive activists who target corporations. We must say, Martosko is one of the more colorful people in Washington media. For one thing, he’s kind of a panicky figure. He works at a frantic, relentless pace. He can sometimes be found in Sidecar, the dimly lit basement portion of the downtown restaurant P.J. Clarke’s, where he’s a member but where he won’t be found drinking. He’s also – weirdly – potentially deathly allergic to mushrooms. “The last time I ate a whole mushroom, I wound up with a swollen throat, red splotches in places where itching isn’t all that pleasant, and a very memorable two minutes when I couldn’t breathe,” he told me. “Eating them just isn’t worth the risk. Plus I’ll never have to explain to my wife how I wound up ‘accidentally’ hallucinating after dinner.”

Onto the interview.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Wild Cherry Diet Pepsi.

How often do you Google yourself? I haven’t in a long time. I’ll let the NSA do that.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I can’t think of anything too bad. I’ve had the pleasure of working with the only nice people in the business. Tucker Carlson has unkind words for just about no one he works with. The Daily Mail people are class acts, and their accents make it impossible to be angry with them.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? CBS’s Sharyl Attkisson. She’s a tough investigative reporter who breaks amazing stories and refuses to be anyone’s lap dog. It looks like her computer was hacked as a consequence, but I’m waiting for her to finger the schmucks who did it. She’ll probably figure it out.

Do you have a favorite word? It’s a tie between Wanderlust and Schadenfreude.

What word or phrase do you overuse? I’ve taken to saying “Cheers!” a lot (instead of “See ya later”) since I went to work for the Daily Mail. But I refuse to say “whilst.”

Who would you rather have dinner with – MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi, CNN’s Kate Bolduan or CBS’s Gayle King. Tell us why. Are you kidding? Kate by a mile. She has the whole package, and a voice that I can listen to for more than 5 minutes without drifting off to wonder if I’ve left the oven on.

What is the most interesting conversation you’ve had in the course of your journalism career? Last summer I sat in a hotel meeting room in Morocco, talking with an intelligence expert about the confluence of Islamist factions converging on Northern Africa. I left the conversation with a reality-check about just how out-of-control things are in the Islamic Maghreb – and about how countries we don’t think much about, like Algeria and Mali, are the next growth areas for al-Qaeda. Scary stuff, but so valuable to learn about it from people who live it every day, and who care enough about it to risk getting shot at now and again.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Jodi Arias or Monica Lewinksy? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) Monica. She’s more likely to get you on television, and less likely to kill you afterward.

Tell us a funny story from your time as a journalist. Can be long or short. One of my most enduring mental snapshots from The Daily Caller is seeing Jeff Winkler standing on Alex Pappas’ desk, dancing with his pants around his ankles, trying to be a distraction while Pappas interviewed some congressman. The photo wound up as a Funny or Die caption contest. Read more

Morning Chatter

Journo can’t resist Paula Deen interview

“Not that I’m watching this, but this Paula Deen interview is tough to watch.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, upon watching the chef on NBC’s “TODAY” Show this morning.

Awww…

“25 years ago this day, @DCrittenden1 & I were married. It feels still like it did then.” — The Daily Beast‘s David Frum.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9 a.m.

Journo Love (and Hate)

“Looking fwd to chatting today w/ show veteran @ByronYork — one of the few honest reporters re truth abt #amnesty Bill.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

On being late…

“Next time I’m late for something I’m just gonna say that I actually showed up one minute early, which will maybe fly for 3 hours.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Reporter to millenials: ‘I love your passion’

“Tweet 30k goes out to all you brave millenials who had to take jobs you weren’t thrilled to accept right after college. I love your passion.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

And now, something awful…

“Basing your self-worth on RTs and favorites is probably a terrible idea, but some days it works out OK.” — Jesse Berney, a progressive speechwriter who has written for HuffPost, Salon and the revolting Wonkette. Figures. How pathetic.

Anonymous to FishbowlDC: “Who’s going to adopt the Twitter handle @BenWhite’sunsentemails? Here’s one: ‘Dear John and Jim: If you ask me to write another thumbsucker on Friday night that we all know no one will read, I will ride that fucking Amtrak down there and wipe the smug off your faces with a flamethrower.’ That kind of thing.” — In response to a quote we ran from Politico‘s Ben White Tuesday, who said that the best emails are the ones that are never sent.

Graphic by Austin Price

 

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Quotes of the Day

WTF Central: “Baby with blowpops coming out of its head.”Rare‘s Tabitha Hale.

Reporter accidentally leaves home unlocked

“The moment you discover you left the keys in the front door all night … #eek” — Fox News’ Shannon Bream, who covers the Supreme Court.

This is a good thing, right?

“The men’s room at a New Kids on the Block concert is more empty than the Obama Administration’s foreign policies.” — Cameron Gray, producer and reporter for NRA News.

The Observer

“Is it just me or are trends getting stupider?” — BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro in reaction to this from ABC: “Experts Warn Eyeball Licking Trend Can Injure the Eye, Damage Sight.”

“‘When we get to questions and answers, [pool reporter] is going to leave and we can talk about what you want to talk about,’ Biden in Calif.” — Washington Examiner White House Correspondent Brian Hughes.

Quote taken way out of context

“A rectal-vaginal fistula is worse.” — WaPo “humor” columnist Gene Wengarten.

Fun times at a glance: flag-making

“Thanks to @Hyatt #Lost Pines — great family getaway. Flag-making, fishing, nighttime deer & armadillo spotting in the golf carts!” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

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Female Peers Try to De-Wad Erick Erickson’s Twisted Panty Tirade

Female peers of RedState and FNC’s Erick Erickson took to the web Thursday to play mommy to a grown man, offering unsolicited advice over his declaration that women ought not be the family breadwinners. After Pew released the news that 40 percent of women in homes with children under 18 were the breadwinners, Erickson went on his radio show and said men should be the predominate providers in the family and that it’s his preference that the woman not work and stay at home with the children.

“Ladies, if you want to work that’s fine,” he wrote in a follow-up story on RedState in which he stated in elaborate detail that he and his wife have had their struggles. “If your position in life makes it advantageous for you to be the primary bread winner, that’s fine. But your individual circumstances and mine should not hide the fact that there is an ideal and optimal family arrangement whether we in our own lives can meet it.”

Maybe the best line of the piece: “Many feminist and emo lefties have their panties in a wad over my statements in the past 24 hours about families.”

As rabid feminists and lefties twisted themselves (and maybe their panties too, who knows?) into knots over his stance, female peers swooped in to both save him and scold him. “Dear @EWErickson,” began Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who often hosts FNC programs. “You are polluting your own feed w/ the nasty retweets. You empower them. Rise above!”

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who once called then-FNC Contributor and now FNC “Fox & Friends” host Tucker Carlson “a pig” with “no judgment” for running a Daily Caller story on Mike Tyson‘s crude womb-shifting thoughts on Sarah Palin, took a more direct approach. “Have these men lost their minds?” she wrote in a Thursday blog post in which she also wondered (to herself and thousands of her boisterous followers), “And these are my colleagues??!! Oh brother… maybe I need to have a little chat with them. Next thing they will have a segment to discuss eliminating women’s right to vote?”

When Erickson creates controversy he goes big, like last week when he cracked on President Obama not being aware of the Oklahoma tornado. He continued to dig a hole (please, no offense to feminists, it’s just an expression) for himself Thursday by writing, “In many, many animal species, the male and female of the species play complementary roles, with the male dominant in strength and protection and the female dominant in nurture. It’s the female who tames the male beast. One notable exception is the lion, where the male lion looks flashy but behaves mostly like a lazy beta-male MSNBC producer.”

Male journalists on the left also had wisdom. “When accused of sexism, make sure to use the phrase ‘panties in a wad’ in your defense,” wrote Salon‘s D.C. -based Alex Seitz-Wald on Twitter. To which Mother JonesDavid Corn remarked, “Is it sexist to assume they wear panties?” Not to be excluded from those most likely to advise Erickson, Media Matters’ John Whitehouse wrote, “So Erickson wants to use his sexism as an opportunity to push his radio show? Ask Rush how that story ends.”

Just in case you think Erickson’s sexist… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

WHOSE SHOES? “Footwear of the fashion forward men of POLITICO Video.” — Politico‘s Christine Delargy.  Hints: The guy in yellow has been known to frequent Pete’s, a pizza eatery in D.C.; his colleague showing off his fancy boat shoes, meanwhile, frequents Peregrine in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington. We’ll tell you later. But send your guesses and commentary to fishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com.

“I’m wearing pajama bottoms, you can’t see it.”Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis, joking (we think) during his appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.

Burning the midnight oil

“hey @woodhouseb do you think holder should resign? what if ashcroft had investigated MSNBC reporter? you wld have been ok with it? comment?” — BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings to Democratic Party Spokesman Brad Woodhouse. Noteworthy: The tweet was sent at 3:25 a.m.

Just in case you think you’re having a bad day…“Not something you see everyday. A plane sticking out the side of an apt building. @ABC7John is live at 4:32am!” — Sara Van Aernum, executive producer of ABC7′s “Good Morning Washington.” The plane ran out of fuel and had to take a pit stop into this Herndon, Va. apartment building. Can you imagine waking up to this sh-t?

Anxiety-ridden TV watcher

“I need a xanax just to watch this thing.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary watching yesterday’s Spelling Bee.

Just a normal day at work in Washington

“We are ALL CLEAR !” just received via email at @wusa9 after bomb threat. Broadcasts never interrupted. No evacuations.Thanks @DCPoliceDept” — WUSA9′s Russ Ptacek.

“Weird coincidence. #Tornado drill in #Senate, while #oklahoma has real thing.” — CQ Roll Call Staff Writer Alan Ota.

Reporter wishes she was better versed in car mechanics

“Wish I knew about cars so when mechanic went on ‘If you don’t give me all your money, you will DIE in a fiery mess’ spiel, I could check him.” — NBC Washington Social Media Editor Cheryl Thompson.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“I was only reporter to ride 100k over 3 days w/George W. Bush on mountain bikes w/wounded vets on his ranch last week. 4k words posting soon.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward. In case you don’t think he’s the most humble reporter in Washington, he is. Just ask him! Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“Every time I see Chris Christie I’m looking for signs that he’s actually lost some weight.”WaPo‘s Nia Malika Henderson on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning. She explained it gives her a clue as to whether Christie can and will run for Prez in 2016.

AN APPLE A DAY…“Breakfast.”MetroWeekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman.

The threesome: BuzzFeed, YouTube and CNN

“There can only be one name for a site created by BuzzFeed, YouTube and CNN – and it’s ‘DungBeetle’. — David Burge, Iowahawkblog.

NYPost Weiner Headline: “Weiner Stands Tall” And the dick jokes continue…The lede on an opinion piece by Nicole Gelinas: “Want an idea of how limp the Democratic mayoral field is? It finally has a candidate offering specifics on how New York can avoid going bankrupt. But it’s Anthony Weiner, the guy with nothing left to hide and nothing to lose.”

A stewardess’s polite warning about death

“When flying in, before landing, stewardess gets on intercom, sort of randomly, to remind passengers drug trafficking is punishable by death.” — WaPo’s Tim Craig.

INTO THE WILD: “Going on @bpshow this AM with @peterogburn from 8-9. Been in the woods all wknd so I’ll try to keep up.” — Yahoo! NewsChris Moody.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:19 a.m.

Ponytale hell

“Someone should name the massive headache one gets from having a lot of hair and wearing it in a ponytail.” — Ellen Carmichael, GOP operative and former presidential campaign spokeswoman to Herman Cain.

Convo Between Two Journos

LAURA INGRAHAM: “Hearing @MarkHalperin on @todayshow discussing how @BarackObama is now worrying abt his “legacy”… Time to turn off TV, hit the trail.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

MARK HALPERIN: “Hey, @scarylawyerguy & @IngrahamAngle how about we have coffee & discuss the Obama legacy? #pilot. Thanks for watching @todayshow!!” — TIME and MSNBC’s Mark Halperin.

Journo eats bison tongue

“Trying to figure out if the bison tongue at Au Pied De Cochon is the best dish I’ve had thus far in Montreal.” — Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker. It actually looks better than it sounds (as you can see pictured above).

Gene Weingarten’s anal focus…

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Quotes of the Day

This is your brain. This is your brain on Salon.

“Reading that Salon article was like killing brain cells without the benefit of alcohol.” — Conservative radio correspondent Dana Loesch.

Maybe a slight exaggeration?

“He makes things difficult for me when he does things like trespassing.” — Jenny Sanford, former loving (?) wife of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to the AP in this story. Not that she shouldn’t be irate about the cheating and the lying, but he couple has four sons together. Just maybe that had to do with his “trespassing.”

Political operator feels mixed on new specs

“I can see really well with my new glasses that arrived today…just not wild about how they look on me. Oh well, at least I can see.” — GOProud founder Jimmy LaSalvia (the actual glasses are pictured above).

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:47 a.m.

Advice columnist counsels aides who want to leave Capitol Hill

“Leave on the best terms possible. All your current co-workers — from the crazy one you complain about to Hill Navigator to the one who eats tuna for lunch at a desk 4 inches from your own — will become valuable contacts once you turn in your keys and BlackBerry.” — Roll Call’s “Hill Navigator” writer Rebecca Gale. Read the full column here.

Important Q to Ponder: “Why do TV news anchors say ‘lower extremities’ instead of ‘legs’?” — TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller.

Writer thinks PETA has questionable priorities

“PETA just announced cows are being abused on a farm. So when Boston, N. Korea, Gosnell and the economy are taken care of, there’s that.” — @HistoricOswald‘s Peter Savodnik, author of The Interloper to be published later this year and formerly a reporter for The Hill.

Journo awed by Thatcher funeral

“There are few things as haunting & beautiful as the voices of boys’ choir in a cathedral funeral service. #Thatcher.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. The funeral aired on CSPAN2 this morning.

Could you care less about this?

“Pet peeve: when people say ‘could care less’ instead of ‘couldn’t care less.’ — Fox News Senate Producer Kara Rowland.

Hollywood on the Potomac interviews NBC’s Tom Brokaw on the Riacin incident.

When Editors and Readers Choose Poorly…

Sigh. Only in Washington does this sort of horrible thing occur.

Last week Roll Call‘s Features section held a Capitol Quip contest. Today they ran the winning caption and it involved — of course — taxes and cherry blossoms. Everyone hates taxes and at this point no one gives a crap about the cherry blossoms that have mostly blown away after contributing profoundly to allergy sufferers’ snot and sinus issues and creating road rage-inducing traffic jams we’d rather not think about. Could it be conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, who recently griped about President Obama potentially taxing people for each cherry blossom that they view? Roll Call doesn’t reveal the name of the winner, but says he or she will receive a signed color print they can frame from the publication’s cartoonist R.J. Matson.

The contest itself is mildly fun. But taxing and cherry blossoms wasn’t funny when Ingraham made the joke to make her conservative Twitter fan club go berserk and it’s still not even fake smile funny a week later. Readers apparently chose the winner after editors picked five potential victorious captions. A slightly funny option (they were all pretty awful): “This is nice, but until Congress gets their act together, I fear it’s all just bloom and gloom.” Maybe the plan ought to be nixed next time if they’re going to choose so badly — and we mean the editors and the readers. See here.

Apparently this is going to be a weekly thing fiasco. See this week‘s contest here. Crossing our fingers for next week.

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