Good reads from across the web you might have missed:
Anna Wintour: foot soldier in the war on Christmas. by Chris O’Shea at FishbowlNY.
Good reads from across the web you might have missed:
Anna Wintour: foot soldier in the war on Christmas. by Chris O’Shea at FishbowlNY.
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“My dog suddenly developed a thunderstorm terror look.” — WAMU reporter Martin Austermuhle late Thursday afternoon.
A not so cordial conversation among journalists
The conversationalists are FNC Contributor Richard Grenell, CNN’s Jim Sciutto, NYT’s Brian Stelter and NPR’s David Folkenflik.
Grenell: “Attention media critics: CNN didn’t disclose @jimsciuttoCNN’s relationship with Obama foreign policy team before his report @davidfolkenflik”
Grenell: “We know @brianstelter won’t raise CNN’s no disclosure on @jimsciuttoCNN because he wants the @CNNReliable job.”
Stelter: “I’ve been abstaining from writing stories about CNN, Fox and MSNBC for 2+ months.”
Sciutto: “@RichardGrenell I’d ask you to watch my reporting before you question whether I do real journalism. I’ll let my record stand for itself.”
Folkenflik: “@RichardGrenell Jim strikes me as good reporter but reasonable to expect disclosures to remind viewers at his new network so they know.”
Grenell: “@davidfolkenflik reasonable? Obama foreign policy appointee is now lead for CNN on Obama’s Syria policy. may work in DC, public outraged!”
Editor survives city storm
“I just walked 3 blocks in this massive storm. I had an umbrella. It didn’t matter.” — Bob Cusack, The Hill‘s Managing Editor. C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art replied, “Two possibilities: A) It’s a really bad storm -or- B) The umbrella didn’t come with written instructions.”
“I have to say with pride that I never thought I would see the day @metroweekly would become a full-glossy publication. Today is that day.” — Metro Weekly Editor-in-Chief Randy Shulman.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:31 a.m.
Journalism as a bloodsport
“It’s priceless that @CGasparino took the time to favorite his own tweet telling me to ‘go choke to death on [my] on vomit.’” — Senior writer for Slate Josh Voorhees. Charles Gasparino is a senior correspondent for FOX Business Network.
“Having a dream that you’re bathing your dying grandmother (who’s already dead) sure will wake you up better than any alarm clock.” — Ariana Pekary, who has worked as a producer for The Bob Edwards Show.
Congrats (or something like that)
“Huge congrats to X on job Y even though I never liked X and Y is a really awful place to work.” — Politico‘s Ben White.
When CNN Contributor Van Jones foolishly fell for the fake photoshopped Fox News report that President Obama had blamed Russia’s meteor on global warming, he did what any reasonable political type would do — he deleted his tweet, said “Pobody’s Perfect” and moved on with his life.
Cue Obama to blame the Russian meteor on global warming.
— Emily Miller (@EmilyMiller) February 15, 2013
DCist‘s Ben Freed, who has unfortunately been in a couple of nasty bike accidents, and has previously suffered a concussion and may not be thinking clearly, used the following headline: “The Dumbest Tweet You Will Read All Day About the Meteor That Struck Russia.” He then looked down on Miller, writing, “…just wanted to dispel one thing real quickly. Meteors—and other astronomical phenomena—are not connected to global climate change.”
DCist‘s wimpy Editor-in-Chief, Martin Austermuhle, stuck by the ridiculous report and weakly directed Miller to Freed when she lashed out at them on Twitter, asking, “What moron wrote this story? I was clearly making a joke.” She continued, “You need to post a correx. Would he make that assumption for a liberal reporter?” Freed replied on Twitter, “Yeah, I would.”
Miller said her joke was obvious. “Anyone with the slightest knowledge of current events and even a passing sense of humor knows that it was sarcasm, and that I don’t literally believe that global warming caused an asteroid to hit the earth,” she told FishbowlDC. “This is clearly not journalism, but even worse, these staunch liberals show they will do anything to mock those who have conservative views, even if it means being dishonest to the public.”
Even commenters who disagree with Miller’s politics and think she’s a “partisan tool” understood she was joking. Wrote one woman, “It was an obvious joke. She’s suggesting the Obama administration makes outlandish claims about global warming. Guh. While she may be a partisan tool, she gets that blaming the meteorite on climate change is absurd.”
No one at DCist bothered to ask Miller if she was serious. But worse… Read more
Quotes Of The Day
The Self-Appointed Weatherman
Our resident trusty weatherman, FBDC’s Eddie Scarry, reports, “PSA: Hurricane residue in Washington today; really, REALLY rainy, high of 53F.”
Everyone‘s a weatherman, right? “Light-to-moderate rain early this morning across D.C. Some ponding on the roads, but the rain will get heavier as the morning goes on.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Polling Editor Steven Shepard.
“Both kids 5 & 2 wanted ‘hurricane stories’ at bedtime 2nite as Sandy approaches. I have covered 14 of them but bedtime versions take finesse.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier.
Waffling Hurricane Humor
Do Not Piss Ethan Off People
“It’s not funny to send false information about this storm to trick people. Grow up, Twitter.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.
Sherri Shepherd shares hurricane anecdote we could’ve done without
“Trying to get things ready re hurricane – Filled up the bathtub w water and Jeffrey promptly took his clothes off and got ready to jump in!” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.
Editor teaches son to shave
“Taught my son how to shave tonight. Time really does fly. #memories” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.
Journo dreams of Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston
Weather Hype: OH MY GOD, it’s a Hurricane!
(see the best of the best after the jump… Speaking of hurricanes, what’s Lindsay Lohan saying about the impending storm?) Read more
DCist Editor-in-Chief Martin Austermuhle decided to share with the world praise the site received Wednesday from strangers in a cafe. We generally like Martin’s work and Martin for that matter, but this was pretty douchey even for Washington standards.
Overheard in a coffee shop: couple saying nice things about DCist, @IMGoph. I’m blushing.
— Martin Austermuhle (@dcist_martin) April 11, 2012
Quotes of the Day
Reader irritated by Breitbart mention
“Why would anyone with a brain care what Breitbarf is doing?” — Anonymous reader to FishbowlDC Monday after we ran news of his attendance at a digital book launch party last night.
Wentworth gets pre-interview anxiety
“On @piersmorgan tonight. A little scared. My armpits are sweaty.” — Comedian Ali Wentworth, wife of ABC “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos.
“This is a first: Couldn’t get a comment from a press person b/c they left early to beat the weather.” — DCist Editor Martin Austermuhle.
Anonymous tipster writes in…“At this point you with Politico you have to wonder if they even have women’s restrooms.” (The writer is referring to the slew of female departures within the past year, the latest of which is Sara Libby to TPM.) A few minutes later, the tipster wrote back suggesting, “You should request a photo of a women’s restroom at Politico! I mean, what if they have to go outside to Chipotle or something?”
She got her gun
“I can’t put my gun down. Love it.” — TWT Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller, shown here proudly traveling by Metro with her new gun.
Spotted at Andrew Breitbart‘s Capitol Hill townhouse last night: GOP political consultant Jason Roe. Tanned. Rested. In town from San Diego to attend CPAC. Breitbart was also there. Among other things, he had high praise for CNN’s Dana Bash, ribs and red wine. But more on that character later…
Quotes of the Day — the post holiday edition
HuffPost’s Sam Stein’s potential Chanukah present from Ralph Lauren: “Is this sweater a joke? (mom wants to get me it for Chanukah).”
Post Thanksgiving sentiment
“I feel fat.” — Matt DeLuca, Political Communications Strategist at New Media Strategies.
Smart and Awkward Brunch
“Smart of Obama to go to Kramers for Small Business Saturday rather than what many young Washingtonians know it for: Awkward Brunch Sunday.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.
Life outside the Beltway
“T-minus 20 minutes of meeting new people in Boston and they haven’t asked me what I ‘do.’ Winning.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau.
And now for some holiday pepper spray humor…
“I would like a holiday pepperspray latte, please.” — Reuters’ Patricia Zengerle.
Black Friday wisdom
“Saw lots of people buying things they didn’t look like they could afford. If you can’t afford toothpaste you probably can’t afford that TV.” — Townhall.com Contributor and occasional WMAL radio personality Derek Hunter.
“I do not understand Black Friday. No amount of savings could mitigate crazy people being mixed into the hell that is shopping.” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.
Damon downplays his looks
Actor Matt Damon graced ABC’s “This Week” Sunday to discuss his organization, water.org, that helps bring clean water to impoverished countries.
CHRISTIANE AMANPOUR: You’re not just a pretty face. You’re not just the face of this campaign.
MATT DAMON: I’m barely a pretty face.
Llewellyn King’s PSA
King kicked off his Sunday “White House Chronicle” program on WETA by discussing his work on behalf of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: “I can tell you, it has been one of the most extraordinary experiences of my life. I am a journalist and I’ve been a journalist for a very long time. I’m not used to getting mail that begins with ‘thank you.’”
When the cat’s away…
“I feel like I could post just about anything on DCist today and no one would care/notice. Hmm. This could be fun.” — DCist’s Martin Austermuhle.
Xmas music makes journo feel violent
“Only time in Christmas season I am tempted to get violent is when that ‘Grandma Got Run over By a Reindeer’ abominatioin comes on radio.” — Gannett National Correspondent and Columnist Charles Raasch.
Boybander in Rome
“Wheels up for Rome. Enjoy spending the holiday in a country that can print its own currency.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.
Home for the Holidays
“Looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner with my Obama-loving mother-in-law and my Obama-hating aunt. #letstalkaboutsomethingelse” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.
“One relative, discussing another’s interest in getting a smart phone: “I don’t think he knows it doesn’t actually make him smarter.” NJ “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.
“The Blitzer Turkey. Delicious! Happy Thanksgiving.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer (who tweeted this accompanying picture of the delectable turkey.)
Oh no he didn’t…
“Jewish side of my family has delayed thanksgiving until Saturday so we take advantage of cheaper airfare.” — Labor journo Mike Elk. He also remarked, “So awkward when my gentile side of the family has to pray to Jesus before eating.”
Convvo Between Two Media Types
NBC Publicist ErikaMasonhall: “This isn’t the quiet car, but pretty sure it’s not play-your-iPod-on-speaker car either.”
House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s flack Brad Dayspring:”I always ride the quiet car…”
DCist’s Martin Austermuhle was full of humble pie this morning after getting hollered at by a cop. He wrote on Twitter, “I mistakenly rolled through a red light today and got called on it by a traffic officer. He was right, I’m a moron. #cyclistpenance”
Austermuhle was riding his bike on 14th and K and heading south. “Traffic leading east-west along K Street got the red, so I started rolling through the intersection until I realized that the opposing side had a left-hand turn green, while we were still red,” he explained to FishbowlDC. “Oops. A traffic cop yelled at me, and rightfully so. I’m a firm believer in admitting when I do boneheaded things like that.”
Quotes of the Day
Journo compares TV hits to sex life
“I think I’ve done more life [sic] tv and radio interviews in the last year than I have had sex.” — Labor journo Mike Elk.
The temptations of working at home
“Main problem with working at home: it’s 4 p.m., and I think that maybe it’s time for happy hour. #badidea.” — DCist’s Martin Austermuhle.
Weigel at war with Comcast
“Hey, @comcast — that’s 6 calls in a week asking me to expand my service. I’m a ‘no.’ Stop calling.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
Question of the Hour: “Willie, how’s your ass?” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Joe Scarborough to Co-host Willie Geist on this morning’s program. “Same as yesterday if you really want to know the truth,” Willie replied. (Whatever you’re thinking, Geist broke his tailbone.) Scarborough continued, “How long are you not going to be able to sit down?” Geist: “They say about six weeks.” Mike Barnicle chimed in, “Special underwear?”
Editor laments beloved pumpkin spice latte
“Sad I can’t enjoy a pumpkin spice latte this fall because it’s not sugar free. Hey @starbucks, you should work on that.” — NJ “The Hotline” House Race Editor Jessica Taylor. Taylor explained that sugar is off limits. “Sadly no, it’s a medical thing for now,” she said. “So Splenda it is for me.” Tuesday marked the return of the fall-themed latte. The Hill‘s Howeesha (a.k.a Judy Kurtz, daughter of infamous Howie K.) begs to differ on the allure of this pumpkin magic: “Love me some #Starbucks, but all this brouhaha about pumpkin spice lattes is nutty. Only place I prefer pumpkin is in pie form. #highonpie”
Publicist experiences raindrops as lullaby
“Is again apparently substituting thought for sleep–but the sound of the raindrops are a lovely, almost musical lullaby.” — D.C. uber-publicist Wendy Gordon in an overnight Facebook update.
A writer’s dark reaction to Italian murder
“You know what I care less about than an American convicted of murder in Italy? Because I don’t.” — Conservative writer and TownHall.com Contributor Derek Hunter. News outlets reported Tuesday that prosecutors may review DNA evidence in the murder case that convicted Amanda Knox of killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher.
Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff has fallen out of the good graces of local writers after suggesting that Washington doesn’t have voting rights because it doesn’t have more esteemed elected officials. This came after a Saturday voting rights rally at the White House.
Graff (pictured here at left) wrote on Twitter: “Congress might be more willing to give DC more rights if DC elected people who seemed more worthy of power.”
This incited DCist’s Martin Austermuhle (pictured here at far right) to go after him on his blog and to question him, which, in turn, WaPo ran on its online opinion pages Thursday. “That’s ridiculous,” he wrote Graff. “How many other states have scandals worse than DC, but still maintain rights denied to DC? … So we need to be better than everyone to get the same as everyone? C’mon.”
This is when Washington City Paper’s Managing Editor Mike Madden (above left) jumped into the fray, calling Graff’s comments “a strangely undemocratic impulse.” WCP gave Graff a chance to comment at length in which he walked back and explained (and explained) his previous assertion. Madden’s ultimate response? A crack on Washingtonian‘s content.
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