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Irritated journo

“I’m getting sick of the media question why do they luv Marion Barry? Still don’t know? Ask somebody.” — WUSA9 anchor Bruce Johnson.

One scribe’s definition of insanity

“Twenty mins and counting while the TSA examines a glittery blue backpack belonging to my 6 yr old. #insanity.” — The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes.

Writer follows who?

“Wait when did Lauren Conrad get added to my top secret ‘people I actually follow’ list.” — Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik.

DePauw U. milks FNC anchor Bret Baier‘s alumni status…Read here as they basically reprint Politico‘s recent effervescent press release profile on him in its entirety. So much for aggregating.

Congratulations toThomas Burr, senior Washington correspondent for the Salt Lake Tribune, for getting elected to the National Press Club’s Board of Governors.

But more importantly…

A reader following TWT‘s Emily Miller writes in, “I’ve loved following your gun pilgrimage. More importantly…what lip gloss are you wearing?” Her reply: “Wearing @smashbox O-gloss.”

Sniffy Jay Rosen has a thought

“In his restless search for new voices and fresh perspectives, @davidgregory has Ted Koppel on his Meet the Press roundtable today.” — NYU Prof Jay Rosen.

Live-blogging Rudolph?

“My editor tells me Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is on. I’m gonna live-blog that instead of the debate. Cool with you guys?” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

Kurtz gets crabs at White House

“Nice press party at White House, scribes mainly talked about Newt & Iowa. Arianna drew a crowd. Excellent crab claws.” — Newsweek/The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz.

Cab driver lingo

“‘Which way would you like me to go’ is cab driver for ‘I don’t know of any way to get there.’” — New Media Strategies’ and American Spectator blogger J.P. Freire.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Newsroom tension

“You know you’ve written a good editorial if it makes your boss uncomfortable. @BrettMDecker” — TWT‘s Anneke Green.

Is WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten Constipated?

“@fishbowlDC is so negative, petty & argumentative, & so wanting to start fights, they’ll probably try to make something out of this tweet.” — WaPo‘s humor columnist Gene Weingarten lost his sense of humor Wednesday after we dared to make a few observations about Washingtonian’s profile of him in its December issue. Weingarten, whose Twitter avatar is a classic pile of poop, was particularly incensed that FBDC Contributor Eddie Scarry asked about his Hepatitis C diagnosis after he admittedly told a big fat fib about his sister dying in a swimming pool that appeared in the profile. Despite all the drama (and maybe because of it), the profile is actually interesting and worth a read.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Could I eat an entire box of Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars in one sitting? I believe strongly that I could.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

A day in the life…

“Dear universe, I’d rather be waterboarded. Fuck all of you, you’re all so fucking insipid I am literally out of vomit.” — Washington-based freelancer Moe Tkacik. We also personally enjoyed this one: “Hi person I don’t know. GO TO FUCKING HELL. And this one: The New York Observer, Ezra Fucking Klein, Mattafuckingthias, and everyone else can fucking eat shit.

RT’s are not endorsements

The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza: RTs DO NOT EQUAL ENDORSEMENTS RT @bazecraze: The Republican primary is like angry sex. It’s down to the d— versus the p—y.

Erickson is no fan of Toddlers & Tiaras

“Very upset with @AC360 subjecting me to clips from Toddlers & Tiaras. Glad no one could see my face during that. Wow.” — RedState Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson. This was also upsetting for him: “Leave @AC360 and have a car wreck happen right in front of me. So close glass got on my car. Still shaking.”

Quote Taken Out of Context

“@MichelleFields Ask @Jamie_Weinstein about the unicorn he claims he saw while having lunch.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas. (The context: Weinstein is vacationing in South Africa and Zambia and apparently said he saw a unicorn. He quickly corrected himself and said he meant to say Zebra.)

Katrina can’t take any more Trump

“Piers Morgan –Do you really need to give Donald Trump more time to air his BS?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuval.

Scribe gets q about her height

“A punk on the street last night asked me, how tall are you? My answer? Tall enough to overlook your impertinence!” — HuffPost fashion contributor Stephanie Green.

Journo needs Zzzzz’s

“Thought I lost my BlackBerry. It was in my hand. #tired #goodnight.” — Former Washington Examiner scribe Freeman Klopott, who now works for Bloomberg in Albany.

Boybander saves day?

“Just corrected the Senate Majority Leader, BAM!”  TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

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A Brilliant Suggestion

“With Andy Rooney retiring, only viable option for 60 Minutes is to bring in @markknoller for that role.” – Reuters White House Correspondent Steve Holland referencing CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller. Read the breaking story on Rooney here.

G-dropping discussion continues…

“OK, so we’ll start dropping g’s on every pol we cover, right?” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill to CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Revenge of the Smoothie

“Why do I take a smoothie from home to work you ask? What else can I use to coat the inside of my car, my phone, and my trousers?” — Slate‘s John Dickerson.

The Anti-Christie

“Downside of weighing 100lbs? You’re the first person people want to sit next to. Maximum space.” — The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

Only in Washington…

“One of the best days at National Journal is the day the new Almanac of American Politics arrives #coolperk” — NJ Congressional reporter Major Garrett.

A message to the universe: “BUMMED AS EVER RE EXISTENCE RIGHT NOW, HINT HINT JOB CREATORS” — Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik.

Travel blogger seeks explanation for global insanity

“Is there some crazy lunar eclipse tonight? I’d like an explanation why everyone I’ve talked to today is hostile, angry or just plain cuckoo.” — Poshbrood founder Elizabeth Thorp.

Deep Thoughts: “Is Chris Christie even Chris Christie?” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman. And more on Christie from “Fast Break” (h/t Mike Allen) Sherman’s colleague Matt Negrin: “How many times is MSNBC going to say there’s ‘BUZZ’ around Christie???? It’s the beehive of cable TV!”

Rhetorical q’s at a glance

“There are people who go on twitter to look smart?” — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell in response to Politico Ben White‘s question, “What percentage of Twitter consists of reporters trying to look smart to other reporters? My guess: A lot.”

News that makes you go HUH? The View‘s Sherri Shepherd, who doesn’t exactly have the reed thin physique of Bob Schieffer‘s crush, Gwyneth Paltrow, is saying she worries that big, fat Chris Christie could die in office. Meanwhile, Barbara Walters insists that Christie will be the GOP candidate. Many Twitter followers wrote to tell us that at least one fat President  — William Taft — had been elected and even had a special bathtub made for him. Does The View have a special tub for Sherri?

Quick Convo Amongst Three Journos

HuffPost’s Amanda Terkel: @brianbeutler Why are you linking to porn sites? I think you meant to link to this: [Read here.]

HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery: Touching Porn Movie?

TPM‘s Brian Beutler: Talking Porns Memo?

 

 

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Former WH reporter finds his voice

“If this isn’t violating Twitter protocol, fuck the Taliban. #InKabul.” — Former Bloomberg News White House reporter Richard Kell in reaction to the brutal attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul Tuesday.

Misleading Mother Jones Headline

We got all excited (in a journalistic sense) when we came across this headline this morning on the latest dispatch from Mother Jones: “Rick Perry’s Juvie Record.” Perry has a juvie record? No, he doesn’t. It’s actually about cleaning up child rape at Texas detention centers and their charge that he waited six years to address it.

The ugly aftermath

“Guess it’s just us uglies left behind now.” — TWT Metro crime reporter Andrea Noble (pictured at left) in reaction to FBDC’s Matt Dornic‘s post on Kara Rowland leaving TWT to attend grad school at the London School of Economics in which he wrote, “Things just got really ugly at TWT.” Read here.

The Braggart

“I have quite a few followers, and I think people pass it around.” — Rep. Billy Long (R-Mo.) in Roll Call‘s Kate Tumarello‘s story on “Combating Twitter Parodies and Impersonators.” Long has no impersonator, but he has an unusual handle based on his career as an auctioneer. It’s @auctnr1. His grand following: 1848.

In more urgent media news…ABC News’s Rick Klein continues to look for a venue for his debate watching nachos ritual. At the moment, the nachos are shockingly homemade. Roll Call‘s David Drucker had this suggestion: “After much thought, I’d like to see Rick Klein’s #Debate Night Steak Nachos at The Palm.” Former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye was also in on the nacho discussion. His thought: “What about Henry at La Plaza on the Hill. Top Line Nachos, Tolleson Tacos – we can do it all!”

Biden takes back the night

“If you think you’re a man, God darn it, step up!” — VP Biden in a VPOTUS Pool Report by TIME‘s Katy Steinmetz. Biden said this at a reception in honor of the 17th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act at the Veep’s residence.

A dangerous combo: Coffee, computers and Tkacik

Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik continues to struggle with computer issues after spilling coffee on her gadget. Yesterday on Twitter she remarked: “Update: still off, upside down. Hairdryer?”

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Shhh…

“It is amazing how often anonymous quotes in Politico set the political agenda.” — WaPo Plumline Blogger Greg Sargent.

Congresswoman as CNN reporter?

“Hey CNN, not everyone knows who Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is. With her holding that CNN mic, she looks like a reporter.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Hacking is all the rage

“Our website has actually been hacked for the last 4 years. Sorry for all that bullshit.” — Fake Jim VandeHei in recent tweet.

Strange thoughts: A Santorum White House love room

“Rick Santorum would add a heterosexual love room to the White House.” — HuffPost Hill edited by Eliot Nelson answering CNN Wolf Blitzer‘s question to GOP candidates during a Monday night debate asking what they’d bring to the White House.

The Fashion Critic

“Bloomberg’s Adam Johnson should not be allowed to wear those clothes on TV. Whether anyone should is another matter.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

Scribe suffers computer mishap

“Argh: splashed VERY TINY bit of coffee on mbook air, keyboard now has tourettes. Slit wrists now, turn off and leave for awhile, or what?” — Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik.

Editor faces BlackBerry annoyance

“How have two blackberry batteries died on me today? Seriously, this is why bb is inept.” — NJ “The Hotline” House Race Editor Jessica Taylor.

Debate night nachos ritual

“Stepping out for my debate night nachos ritual this evening. chili. with chips, of course.” — ABC News’ Rick Klein.

A happy belated birthday to….NJ Online Editor Ethan Klapper. His birthday was Monday. Apparently these cupcakes, made by Kiplinger‘s Caitlin Dewey, were part of the celebration. Klapper told FishbowlDC how he spent the day: “Had the day off and a bought a couch.”

For anyone who still cares… Actor Charlie Sheen will appear on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Thursday night.

Behar seeks guidance for Cheney interview today

“Dick Cheney is coming on The View tomorrow. What should I ask him?” — ABC “The View’s” Joy Behar.

Convo Between Two Internet Entities

WaPo liberal blogger and lead Boybander Ezra Klein: “Can anyone recommend a good place for a haircut in the 15th and L NW area?” Will Ez finally shave the sideburns?

Wadsworth, Ohio tweeter and FBDC regular Larry Kelly: “I thought your mom had been cutting your hair? #burn. Kelly wrote to us, “Ashamed of myself.”

A Ray of Hope Amidst the Dark Cloud

We like how Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik always finds a way to see the bright side of things.

In what could be a particularly ominous-sounding morning tweet, she writes, “My boyfriend just broke up with me but he is still not as dumb as Ezra Klein.”

Tkacik, clearly not a cheerleader for WaPo liberal blogger Ezra Klein, links to a story he wrote late Wednesday about what the documentary, Inside Job, got wrong. An excerpt: “It was an excellent documentary for people who don’t want to understand the financial crisis but want to believe they would’ve seen it coming. Watching it, you’d think that the only people who missed the meltdown were corrupt fools, and the way to spot the next one is to have fewer corrupt fools.”

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Random guy owns unfortunate Twitter handle

“Also, Tom Pawson is the lucky owner of @tpaw. VERY lucky.” – Ethan Klapper, intern at NJ and managing editor of the American University Eagle. GOP 2012 hopeful Tim Pawlenty, referred to by supporters as “T-Paw,” announced his presidential exploratory committee yesterday, no doubt inspiring this tweet.

Journo single-handedly solves Japan’s nuclear problems

“I vote we nuke the reactor! RT @Slate: Readers have sent 112 ideas for averting total nuclear catastrophe in Japan” – FrumForum.com assistant editor Noah Kristula-Green, making his own suggestion for how Japan can avert a nuclear disaster. We wrote about it yesterday.

Politico reporter knows the difference between gang and mafia

“Is it really still a gang if there’s 64 members? I feel like it becomes more of a mafia at that point.” – Politico‘s Byron Tau, referring to a group of senators WaPo‘s Ezra Klein has strangely termed the “Gang of 64.”

And while we’re on the subject of Ezra Klein…

“and you write like a blogger -LW @ezraklein Leon Wieseltier writes like a man who learned nothing from his cocksure…support for the Iraq War” – Freelancer and former WCP writer Moe Tkacik in response to Klein’s attack on TNR‘s Wieseltier.

Editor appreciates musical modesty

“Things I like: the relative modesty of the dreams of ‘I Will Buy You a New Life’ and ‘If I Had $1,000,000.’” – Washingtonian.com editor Alyssa Rosenberg.

Gogurt and other useless things

“Anyone who can find me a more useless grocery item wins a packet of Gogurt. http://bit.ly/i2BzKR” - Slate‘s Annie Lowrey. Lowrey is referring to Kraft Foods’ Philadelphia Cooking Creme, a “one-of-a-kind, spoonable creme” that will “enhance the dishes you already make and inspire even more!” Sounds useful to us.

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AWKWARD MOMENTS: WaPo‘s Dana Milbank writes this week, “Just interviewed a guy outside State Dept wearing only a jockstrap. (Him, not me.)” Picture posted by Milbank.

Tkacik’s unusual plan for MSNBC’s Matthews

“Can someone impose a definitely-fly zone above Chris Matthews right now?” — Freelance writer and former WCP media blogger Moe Tkacik in a Tuesday tweet.

From one Boy Bander to another

“Norm Dicks citing @EzraKlein (not by name) on floor.” –  Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet, praising his WaPo pal. Norm Dicks is a Democratic congressman from Washington.

Buttry has name sympathy for Baals

“Though I am no w/o sympathy on the issue of name-based ridicule, I was hoping Harry would get his due: apne.ws/exfQWn @NPRinskeep” — TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Tuesday tweet. He links here to a story about a building in Fort Wayne, Ind. not being named after Henry Baals (pronounced balls). The building is instead being called “Citizens Square.” Astonishingly, the AP story says, the former mayor chose to pronounce his surname balls despite his descendants saying it like this: bales (like hay).

Journo to Belize

“What do I call a great weekend? Two tickets to Belize = BOOKED. See you soon, la isla bonita…” — Shira Toeplitz, who soon returns to Roll Call after a year at Politico.

Good times: CNN contributor shares hate call

“Call of the day, via my call screener Liz: “I’m sending Dana a truck of Jew food for her Jew kike ass.” #newtone #longerthansugar” – Big Journalism Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch in a Tuesday tweet. Loesch appeared on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” last weekend.

FNC’s Beck trashed at 9:30 Club

Lucinda Williams trashing Glenn Beck at 9:30 Club, calling him ‘condescending’ and ‘patronizing’” — CNN Reporter Peter Hamby in a Tuesday night tweet. Williams is a country, folk, blues singer and songwriter.

MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell: Saint or Satan?

Depending on which account you read of MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, the man is either an angel or the Devil himself.

The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz paints a picture of O’Donnell as a humble, well-meaning host with passionate views he isn’t afraid to defend.

“Lawrence O’Donnell doesn’t sound like he wants to be talking about himself or his prime-time cable show,” Kurtz writes of the MSNBC host. And later: “You can’t accuse the 59-year-old journeyman of overselling himself.” Kurtz talks about O’Donnell’s even temper as compared to his former colleague, Keith Olbermann, writing that there’s not much “resemblance in their style.” O’Donnell isn’t perfect, but that seems to be what Kurtz finds appealing. Kurtz describes O’Donnell’s tone as “that of a disapproving prep-school headmaster,” but the description seems endearing. O’Donnell is far from “playing the role of infallible host,” having apologized on the show twice in its short time on air, but that only serves to make him greater in Kurtz’s eyes.

Kurtz’s profile makes brief mention of another great O’Donnell trait – “he doesn’t seem overly sensitive to criticism” – with mention of a profile that took a much different look at the TV host: Moe Tkacik‘s New York Observer piece from last month.

In Tkacik’s piece, titled “The O’Donnell Factor: A Hill Hack Goes Prime-Time Wacko,” the freelancer and former WCP writer isn’t as enamored with O’Donnell. Tkacik writes O’Donnell has “specialized in the sort of news…preferred by people who can’t be bothered to follow the news” which has “proven such a disaster” that some viewers have decided to watch Parker Spitzer instead. (The horror!) O’Donnell is a “vigorously vacuous character whose insipidity of subject matter is matched only by his sanctimony.” Tkacik questions the murky details of O’Donnell’s life story: When did he graduate from college? How old is he? Did he actually write for the Harvard Lampoon? Why did O’Donnell really resign from his job on Capitol Hill? All questions Kurtz fails to ignore in his short paragraph on O’Donnell’s background. Tkacik closes with a debate O’Donnell had with former Florida Rep. Alan Grayson. A debate in which “Mr. O’Donnell was wrong, on his terms as well as those of any sane debate.”

Both Kurtz and Tkacik discussed O’Donnell’s recent interview with Iowa Rep. Steve King, though with differing tones…

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Daily Caller Piles Into Top of the Hill

Daily Caller staffers and about a trillion (exaggerating slightly) other people piled into Top of the Hill last night at the Pour House on Capitol Hill. The reason for the party (as if the Daily Caller really ever needs a reason) was to welcome new members of Congress and their aides to Washington. Topics of conversation included how crowded the room was, Congress stuff and political musings, the fantastic open bar, and Daily Caller spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins‘ birthday (which, as FBDC noted earlier, is today).

As is the case with any good party, people got fairly drunk. A pleasant, fun kind of drunk. Editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson took notice, and also addressed how crowded the Top of the Hill had become. “I’m not try to encourage people to drink, but there’s a lot of alcohol downstairs as well,” he said.

A number of congressmen were in attendance, but we spotted one  freshmen for sure: Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

Also at the party: Publisher Neil Patel, executive editor Megan Mulligan, Mary Katharine Ham, reporters Jon Ward, Chris Moody, Jonathan Strong, Jeff Winkler, and Mike Riggs (the “Daily Baller” wasn’t doing anything too crazy though), and online editors Julia McClatchy, Chad Brady, and Pat McMahon (who demanded to be mentioned “or else”); Fox News’ Shannon Bream and her husband Sheldon; ABC News’ Ann Compton, her husband, Dr. Bill Hughes, and her daughter, the Atlantic‘s Annie Hughes; Chris Bodenner, also of the Atlantic; WaPo‘s Katherine Zaleski; Washington City Paper‘s Mike Madden; Chris McGreal of The Guardian; C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman; Dan Hirschhorn of Politico; CNN’s Brianna Keilar; Washington Examiner “Yeas and Nays” columnist Nikki Schwab; Christina Wilkie and A.B. Stoddard of The Hill; Moe Tkacik; Kurt Bardella, spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa and the bain of Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz‘s existence; Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael SteelTony Blankley, Executive Vice President at Edelman; and NYP‘s Charlie Hurt.

Lots of love among Daily Caller staffers. Reporter Jeff Winkler goes in for a kiss with online editor Pat McMahon. Spokeswoman Becca Glover seems to enjoy it.

WCP‘s Mike Madden, however, didn’t enjoy it. (We don’t know that he was watching the kiss, but it’s entirely possible.)

Photos courtesy of Wonkette‘s Elizabeth Glover.

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