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Posts Tagged ‘Matt Viser’

Sam Youngman’s Goodbye Soirée is ‘The Other Side of This Town’

photo-25A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.

“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”

Kevin Madden, a CNN Contributor, pointed out last night, “This is the other side of This Town.” You hear that Mark Leibovich?

The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)

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Morning Chatter

“Really, it’s for display only.”TIME‘s Mark Halperin on his facial hair this morning as the “Morning Joe” crew again razzed him for him and tried to touch it.

Sighting: Yoko Ono

“Spotted entering Central Park at 6th Ave: Yoko Ono, looking very much like Yoko Ono.” — The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich.

SMOKING PHOTOG: “How French photographers roll: Fingers simultaneously on shutter and, of course, cigarette.” — Boston Globe White House Correspondent Matt Viser with the accompanying photograph.

Journo wonders about those classified videos

“So much for classified…everyone in the media now has the Sryia / gas CLASSIFIED videos — leaked to us deliberately by admin?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Saturday night on Twitter…

“Ugh, infestation of ignorance in my TL. Many blocks. Back to Saturday night!” — Salon‘s Joan Walsh.

Anti-Bloomberg sentiment rages on

“That Mayor Mike Bloomberg interview with New York magazine is beyond pathetic. He should apologize to Bill de Blasio and his family. I think someone should stop and frisk Mike Bloomberg for a brain. So Bloomberg is ticked de Blasio has his Black wife & son in ads? If his wife was Becky & son Skippy would that still be an issue?” — TV One morning host Roland Martin. Bloomberg’s exact words to New York Mag: “He’s making an appeal using his family to gain support. I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching what he’s been doing. I do not think he himself is racist. It’s comparable to me pointing out I’m Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote. You tailor messages to your audiences and address issues you think your audience cares about.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:50 a.m.

Shocker: Franken talks to reporters

“Not sure what’s more newsworthy: Al Franken saying he’s leaning towards supporting #Syria Rez,or that he talked to the press in the hallway!” — Real Clear Politics congressional reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Oh boy! POTUS might have worn a windbreaker?

“Your pooler only caught the slightest glimpse, but it looked like POTUS was wearing a windbreaker,” wrote Matt Viser of The Boston Globe in a strangely thorough weekend Pool Report full of mindless facts it appears he went to great lengths to obtain. “Pennsylvania Ave was shut down, with yellow tape holding back scores of onlookers in Lafayette Park. Some of those onlookers smiled and took photos. Others were protesters, shouting something your pooler couldn’t decipher (but thanks to the long lens of a pool photographer, it was possible to make out an anti-drone banner that depicted a drone striking a little family).”

In a later report… Viser went on (and on) about the various things he could do while holding at the Food Court in the Base Exchange. “Pool never spotted POTUS during the golf outing. For the duration, the pool held in the food court at the Base Exchange, which has a GameStop, GMC, as well as a busy barber shop and beauty salon. The BX also features a mall-like kiosk selling a range of different framed pictures, including many of POTUS and FLOTUS, starting at $55. They’re all $10 off, but that doesn’t seem an indication of demand; almost all the pictures for sale were $10 off.”

Finally by dinner time… a slice of news seemed to be of slight importance (or at least interesting) in his final report from Saturday: “The 30-minute motorcade ride was relatively uneventful. But as the motorcade worked its way by the Washington Monument, a police car abruptly cut off a bicyclist who apparently got too close to the motorcade (she seemed unharmed; her nerves did not).”

Lazy take on spring flowers

“I know that I will enjoy the flowers once they are in, but don’t feel like going to buy them and plant them. Want to do it for me?” — GOProud co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.

Journo wants Bieber out of USA

“I think we can all agree on the need to deport Justin Bieber.” — David Frum blog Editor Justin Green.

OTR

“‘This all off the record’ how friends turn on you when you become a reporter.” — National Review‘s Katrina Trinko. To which Politico‘s Ken Vogel remarked, “& it’s usually super lame stuff you’d never cover.”

A nod to print journalism

“As he was leaving WH this morning, he had a print newspaper under his arm, unclear which one. (Yay print)” — CSM’s Linda Feldman in a Sunday morning Pool Report who was of course writing about POTUS.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:43 a.m.

Ouch!

“Drilled my finger yesterday. Got it wrapped in duct tape. Smell funny. That’s a good sign, tho, right?” –Breitbart News Editor John Nolte.

Self-appointed media critic 

“From the level of coverage, the press has apparently mistaken Tiger Woods’ dropped ball for a Martian invasion.” — TV political analyst, Yahoo! News columnist Jeff Greenfield.

Convo between Leibovich, Weingarten and an ex-congressman is speaking where? Read more

White House Pool Reporter Discovers One Letter Can Make All the Difference

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END

The Boston Globe‘s Matt Viser got a lesson in the importance of one letter on Sunday as he released a White House Pool Report, two lines of which read as follows:

“At 12:57pm, exactly an hour after we arrived, the motorcade is moving. No word yet on the results of Sasha Obama’s game, and no sighting of POTUS. The game was played at the Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center in Chevy Chase, Md. That’s where Sasha’s precious games have been held.”

At first blush, one might think Viser was being sarcastic, which is what we thought when we first read it. Like oh, right, Sasha Obama‘s precious basketball games. But Viser’s not that cold.

In the next report he issued a correction. Read more