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MSNBC’s Schultz goes fishing

FOn Thursday night’s program, host Ed Schultz discussed jobs, tax breaks, and Rosengate and then concluded his interview with V.P. Biden by asking him a question everyone was waiting for — what does the Veep think of his show? What was Biden going to say, it’s awful?  Schultz had a hint of what the answer might be. Biden began the interview with a chummy compliment. “It’s great to be here,” Biden said. “Yes, I’m a fan.”

SCHULTZ: You like “The Ed Show?”
BIDEN: I like “The Ed Show” a lot. Man, I watch you and I tell you what, we come from, figuratively speaking, the same neighborhood, man.
SCHULTZ: Yes, we do.

Reader calls Llewellyn a ‘white knight’

“Much gratitude to Llewellyn King for taking up our cause. He is the white knight in the black forest of neglect and ignorance.” — A FBDC commenter on “White House Chronicle” host Llewellyn King taking on the cause of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

FNC’s Ed Henry to miss Cartagena

When asked by CNN Special Events’ Jeff Kepne if he’d be going on the President’s trip to Cartagena this weekend, FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry replied, “No, son has a big birthday that weekend. Will miss ya.”

What not to say in the newsroom if you want friends…

“Dreaded segue: ‘I couldn’t help but overhear…’” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Meghan McCain’s ‘grueling’ travel schedule

“Walla Walla to Seattle, 2 hour layover Seattle to Phoenix, 2 hour layover, redeye to JFK – I fear to think what I will look like when I land. This is officially one of the more grueling travel schedules I’ve had in a longgg time! I’m gonna need some Bloody Mary’s… #nomoreairports.” — MSNBC Contributor and The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.

Journo’s plane struck by lightening

“Flight canceled. Plane was struck by lightning. I still think we coulda made it.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

ABC’s ‘Scandal’ touches chords

“Watching #ScandalABC brings back memories of the life I used to lead in my 20s and 30s here in DC. Young, lawyer, Capitol Hill, Politics!” — Sophia Nelson, author of Black Woman Redefined and an Opinion Columnist for GRIO, Essence and others, on the new ABC Washington-centric drama, ‘Scandal,’ starring Kerry Washington.

Rob Lowe to D.C.

“Headed to DC to speak at the Horatio Alger Association awards. Scholarships for disadvantaged, best and brightest kids.” — Actor Rob Lowe.

Words of Wisdom?

“If these inane political kerfuffles didn’t exist, the media would have to invent them. Oh wait.” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

What I don’t understand: Reporters who think Rosen story is a phony issue, but think Limbaugh’s comments on Fluke were serious & newsworthy.” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Dicking Around…“If we all keep having fake wars about wars that aren’t wars at all and calling them wars we’re going to break this thing.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

“Now if two women were to mud-wrestle to settle a dispute over certain comments, would that be considered work?” — New York Daily News Opinion Editor Josh Greenman. (Lovely, Josh. Mud wrestling analogy – really?)

So touching…“Last month, etch a sketch got really popular Here’s hoping that today everyone thanks a stay at home mom like mine for their sacrifices.” — GOP operative and former flack to House Maj. Leader Erik Cantor Brad Dayspring. And look how well Dayspring turned out!

“Cheer up, Democrats. This looks bad, but I’m sure Bill Maher will discuss Ann Romney, her health etc., with class and grace this Friday.” — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty.

Age Watch

In the aftermath of Rosengate, the “war on women” deescalated into nasty superficial insults online. But there were compliments in the mix.  “It’s unreal that Ann Romney is 63-years-old. Wow.” — Breitbart.com‘s Dana Loesch. And in another Loesch special, she points out that Mitt Romney “handles” his wife well….”If Mitt Romney could handle the media as well as his wife, I wouldn’t worry about the general as much. Truthfully, I’m impressed.”

The Self-Appointed Copy Editor

“This might also be a good time to gently remind people that it’s “adviser” not “advisor.” #apstyleismylife” — GOP politico Ellen Carmichael.

 

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Overheard at the airport…

“Heard at DCA ‘will the owner of a loose chihuahua please return to the security checkpoint.’” — VP, Bureau Chief, NBC News Washington Bureau Antoine Sanfuentes. We can only hope the pooch was wearing this getup.

A writer and porn

“I bet porn consumption drops a lot during the #superbowl” — Washington freelancer and resident National Press Club troublemaker and crusader Sam Husseini (Husseini, who works for the Institute for Public Accuracy and blogs for washingtonstakeout.com, was briefly suspended from the club late last year for posing questions perceived to be inappropriate at a presser.)

Twitter Shame

“There needs to be a word for when you tweet something you think is really hilarious and nobody retweets it.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary.

Roger gets racy regarding Newt

“Does Newt know how to give good press or what?” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Editor makes predictions on Madonna’s nipples

“SuperBowl prediction. Madonna shows both nipples. She’s too competitive too let Janet Jackson beat her at her own game.” — Washington Life Exec. Editor Michael Clements.

The Media Critic

“CNN has is now broadcasting a live count of votes. It’s as exciting as it sounds.” — Reason Mag and TWT movie reviewer Peter Suderman.

Journos give Newt crap for a change

“Topics Newt needs to avoid to preserve the sanity illusion: himself, mitt, janitors, the moon, ‘historian’” — WaPo‘s “Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin. An observation on Newt…“Anyone else notice how much time Newt seems to have to read the papers?” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

A warning from The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox: “I better warn folks that I may not be able to experience this event ironically. Large groups of people sincerely singing can get to me.” (She attended a Rick Santorum campaign event in which attendees were saving seats with Bibles. Note her accompanying photograph.)

Journo Love

“[Bret Baier] does a great job responding to his Twitter critics, even gave them a voice on the air. Bet a lotta anchors blow ‘em off.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Passionate reactions to Komen segment on Reliable. Regardless of your view, of course the underlying issue in the flap is abortion.” — The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief and CNN “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz. Really. The underlying flap is abortion?

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day II

“LOL and ZOMG are the only two expressions you need to know to report or understand campaign coverage.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in an observation that could truly, easily be ignored.

 

The FishbowlDC Interview With Reason’s Peter Suderman

Say hello to Reason Magazine Associate Editor and TWT movie critic Peter Suderman. Born in Ohio, he and his family moved to North Carolina for a few years, then to the panhandle of Florida – a town called Niceville. Suderman has endured all the “nice” jokes a person can handle and says yes, indeed, it was a “nice” place to come of age, complete with manicured golf courses and palm trees. “It’s very nice,” he says. “Totally nice. You get a lot of Pleasantville references. But sure, it’s a nice place to grow up. It’s near the ocean.” Suderman himself is rather nice, polite — and jumpy. The latter may stem from the large carafe of coffee he consumes daily. He says he couldn’t function without it. On rare occasions that he has tried, he’s consumed by headaches and fatigue. So why try?

We met in Reason‘s gorgeous dimly lit loft-like space off Dupont Circle – we’re on display in a glass enclosed conference room that sits smack in the middle of the office. It’s warm — like an oven. And there are funky aluminum art pieces.

Conversation topics included video games and how he once occupied his time while out of work for three and a half months. Time off involved hours of video games and sometimes sleeping until noon. Favorite movies include Taxi Driver, Fight Club and Blade Runner. Suderman was a pretty serious music geek in high school, he says. Among the instruments he played: Guitar, bass, tuba, flute and baritone.

Prior to Washington, Sudmerman was an editor at the University of North Florida Spinnaker, where he wrote a column and movie reviews and compiled the local entertainment calendar. He spent a couple years writing record reviews for Skyscraper, a music zine for indie-rock obsessives. In 2005 he arrived in Washington — a city it seems he was destined to live — and went to work as Assistant Editorial Director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He began writing movie reviews for National Review Online. Soon he became NRO‘s Managing Editor, which involved briefly relocating to NYC.

He happily returned to Washington and hasn’t looked back. “You may not be rich,” he says of journalism, “but you can make a decent career of waking up everyday and reading and writing. I get paid to watch movies. This is not bad.”

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Ale 8, a difficult-to-find but uniquely tasty Kentucky ginger ale that is the best soda I’ve ever had.

How often do you Google yourself? Google alerts does it continuously for me.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? In general, I’m of the opinion that saying terrible things to bosses isn’t a good idea, so I haven’t done much of it. But during my college years, I briefly worked at a chain clothing store. It was tedious and terrible and they would promise to schedule employees one way—and then totally ignore those promises when the schedule was posted. Eventually, I got tired of it and told one of the assistant managers that I wouldn’t be coming in anymore, even though I was supposed to work several more shifts. The response wasn’t exactly friendly. I’ve given notice before quitting every other job I’ve ever worked. But in this case I recall saying something to effect of, “You guys have no respect for my schedule, so why should I have any respect for yours?”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? It’s impossible to pick one. Obviously, I am a big fan of my wife, Megan McArdle, and all of my colleagues at Reason. But in no particular order, I am also a big fan of: Ross Douthat, Ezra Klein, Philip Klein, Tim Carney, Ryan Lizza, Jonathan Cohn, A.O. Scott, and Anthony Lane. This is an incomplete list, and I’ve surely forgotten to include important people.

What’s your dream job? Aqua Teen Hunger Force voice actor, maybe? Or editor at an awesome libertarian magazine.

Do you have a favorite word? Balderdash?

Top three life moments: Getting married. Meeting my wife for the first time. Making the cover of the local paper dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi after seeing Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Sec. Janet Napolitano or former AG Janet Reno? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) If the fate of humanity hangs in the balance based on one’s commitment to a night between the sheets with one of the Janets, maybe we don’t deserve to survive. But if I can’t say “neither,” and we’re really in an end-times scenario, then I suppose I may as well go for both. Makes for a more entertaining story afterwards, and is probably more likely to accomplish the important productivity goals.

What swear word do you use most often? I mutter “Oh, for fuck’s fucking sake” at least a few times everyday.

To borrow from Politico’s “Answer This” (with a FishbowlDC twist): Picture someone in Washington who you’d like to strangle (if such a thing were legal). Without naming him or her, please describe them in the nude. Just kidding. Tell us what you think of them. I think this person is embarrassing [himself or herself], but it’s sure entertaining to watch.

Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler) I like all of them because they’re good journalists and decent people. But I suppose if I have to pick one, I’ll go with Weigel, because I’ve known him almost since I moved to D.C.

When you pig out what do you eat? Tyson’s chicken tenders. (I also eat these when I’m not pigging out.)

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. My various clothing allegiances tend to shift quite a bit from year to year, but since moving to D.C., one constant in my life has been a tweed jacket I got from my dad. I have no idea what brand it is, or what it cost him. But it’s amazingly comfortable, and it kind of looks like an old English prof’s coat left over from his grad school days, likely because it is.

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney? It can’t be an accident that those initials spell K.K.K.

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Quotes of the Day — The Mindmeld Edition: A melding of everything worthy, weird and otherwise from the past four days.

Journo’s cat sets her alarm clock

“The cat stepped on my iPhone dock alarm clock last night and set it to go off at 7 a.m. Which it did. Which was wonderful. #gah” — WaPo Express‘s Sara Schwartz in a tweet that Politico‘s resident cat lover Patrick Gavin might appreciate. We’re sure Gavin’s cats don’t have tricks like that.

White House scribe details Michelle O’s attire down to thighs

“The top of the first lady’s dress was a bright orange racerback; from mid-torso to mid-thigh it has a green and white jungle-like print; the final piece that fell to the knee was a grayish pattern.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Sunday Pool Report from Hawaii.

Corn on Bachmann on God

“Short version of Bachmann campaign event: God, God, God, God, God, God.” — Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Here’s to a new year in which cell phone and Twitter users learn the value of an unexpressed thought.” — AP Radio News’ Jon Belmont.

Reporter does what it takes

“This crazy Iowa wind blew the address I need out of hand & across the parking lot. I literally parkoured [sic] over a fence to get it. #nprlife” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Journo loses cologne to TSA

“Leaving my new Christmas gift (cologne) in SC because it was .2oz too much. Thanks TSA.” — FBDC’s and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry, who explained that the cologne, Cool Water by Davidoff, was a sentimental re-gift from his father.

Not surprisingly, Walsh criticizes an R

Leslie Stahl admitted that interview was part of a Cantor push to soften and humanize his richly deserved awful image. Ick.” — Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh of Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.

Ahh…the warmth of the holidays

“Nice to see the TSA in ATL not give a hard time to the 3 yo with the toy gun who refused to let it leave his hand.” — RedState.com Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Um, Happy New Year?

“Ooh. Time for another round of my favorite neighborhood game: Fireworks or Gunshot?” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman.

Words to live by…“Don’t forget: Resolutions are for quitters.” — Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Birth Week: Nibbles Knox, son of AFP‘s Olivier Knox. A note from Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner: “Happy birthday to the famous Nibbles Knox! May this year be filled with all the legos your little heart ever could desire @OKnox” — (quote by and h/t to Shiner. h/t to Politico‘s Mike Allen for the phrase h/t.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIBBLES!

Things are getting weird in Iowa

“Local reporter, desperate for people to interview, asks Jeff Zeleny if he’s media or voter. #blending” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel on NYT‘s Zeleny.

“Lady sitting next to me at Atlantic, Iowa, diner, on being a campaign reporter: ‘I think that would be a terrible job.’” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein.

“Went to the lobby to get coffee. When the desk clerk saw my bed head I thought he might offer me medical treatment.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Funky Convo Between Two Journos

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “Happy Des Moines time new year to the crew @TPM, best support staff a road warrior’s ever had.” HuffPost‘s Elise Foley: “#puke.”

Travel writer starts new year on funereal note

“And…my first day of the year starts w a funeral. Sort of nice, though. #perspective.” — National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman.

A given…“Sorry in advance for all the irresponsible things I’m going to do to 2012.” — HuffPost’s left-wing media reporter Jason Linkins.

Editor salutes his Beagle

“Smartest living being in the house today: Fred the Beagle, who laid his head on the remote during the Jets game and changed the channel.” — Digital First Media Editor-in-Chief and former TBD GM Jim Brady.

Just who is Ben Smith?

“@benpolitico Someone from buzzfeed’s at this Santorum event trying 2 explain who u r to Iowan lady of certain age. She seems mystified alas.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

ME ME ME ME ME

“@danielabrams: dan abrams” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams. To which Weigel replied simply, “#fail.” (To Abrams we give Tigi’s Bed Head line of conditioner called Self Absorbed for his lux locks.)

Is he SERIOUS?

“Is it New Years Eve 2011 or New Years Eve 2012? I get confused every year.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If you’re tracking, tonight’s Santorum Sweater Vest Color is navy blue. Or black. On CNN live now.” — Digital Producer for CNN Erin Burnett‘s “Out Front” Mark Joyella.

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A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between The Guardian’s Richard Adams and NYT’s Brian Stelter.

Stelter: Unconfirmed: There are 2 yfrog pics of a tiger on a street, allegedly after London Zoo break-in. [Accompanied by the picture above] Adams: @brianstelter seriously, you can’t just retweet nonsense and put “unconfirmed” in front. Stelter: @RichardA it was a mistake, and I tweeted the correction within two minutes. I’m sorry.

NPR’s Carvin is known for live tweeting violence

“Oh dear. Now @acarvin is Twitter-reporting the #londonriots. From the Arab Spring to the London Summer. Things must be bad.” — The Guardian‘s Matthew Wells in a Monday tweet about NPR’s tweeting maniac Andy Carvin.

A question about Luke

“The House got rid of its Page program? I’m confused. Does this mean @LukeRussert got fired?” — William K. Wolfrum, a Brazil based journo who has been published in the Boston Globe, Alan Colmes’ Liberaland and HuffPost.

And this…While HuffPost‘s Sam Stein promotes the new HuffPost iPad app, conservative pundit Kevin Madden naturally cries bias. “Media bias!!” writes Madden in response to HuffPost Publicist Stein, who wrote: “HuffPost has a new ipad app. It is awesome.” Find it here.

Contributor points out program pitfalls

“Grrr After the indulgence of guest hosting hour long show I’m frustrated by reality of 3min guest segments. #hardball” — MSNBC Contributor and The Nation Columnist Melissa Harris-Perry in a Monday tweet.

Bio of the Day

TNR‘s Seyward Darby: “Online Editor at The New Republic, writing about politics and education reform. Not so minor side obsessions with bad TV and Eastern Europe.”

Boybander has bank troubles

“Ah, the reporter’s life. Unable to use credit card. Call bank. They put a hold on it b/c of all these transactions in strange cities.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Monday tweet.

Paul Bedard loves the Washington Examiner

“New Washington Examiner political site kicks butt, launched a day before it co-sponsors Iowa GOP debate.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard has a continued love affair with the Washington Examiner. See the site here.

Disgruntled journo

“On the phone with @VerizonSupport @Verizon again. Going on—what, 4 months of paying for DSL without getting any?” — The Daily Caller‘s Mary Katharine Ham in a Monday tweet. She also wrote, “For the record, the strike didn’t affect my Verizon phone customer service at all. Plenty of people to talk to & no help, as usual.”

Invented Summer Superlative

One of our avid Twitter followers, Donald Edmond, a lawyer in town, came up with the following: “Journalist most likely to go to the Cap Lounge & order a soy Banana Daiquiri? @ezraklein #EzraWearsOnesies”

How hot is Washington?

“Walking through DC in August will give you a pretty good idea of what it’s like to take a bath in donut glaze.”– Reason Magazine’s Peter Suderman in a Monday tweet.

Reporter dresses someone down

“Don’t spam me about your Michele Bachmann blog if you don’t have the decency to link me. You know who you are.” — Mediaite‘s White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher in a Monday tweet.

Sayonara Pages

“In the 19th Century, some pages would go to Capitol Hill watering holes to summon lawmakers back to the Capitol to vote.” — FNC’s Chad Pergram in a Monday tweet.

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It’s Sensitivity Day in Washington

“Spotted: 300-lb man holding a miniature pineapple. No analysis, just facts.” — WaPo Sports Editor Lindsay Apple in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo sweats out no AC

“Days waiting for new AC unit in 90+ heat: 12. Feet by which AC company’s lift was too short to reach ceiling: 12. Days waiting for crane:??” — NJ‘s “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson in a Tuesday tweet.

Hazy reasoning

“Don’t they already have a Rachel Maddow?” — Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher in a Tuesday coffee meeting on The Nation‘s Chris Hayes getting a weekend show on MSNBC. For some reason, people often confuse Hayes for Maddow. A modern cable mystery in the making.

Bio of the Day

WaPo‘s Dan Zak: “Feature writer @washingtonpost. Also: Flirt, hack, itinerant, ditherer, libertine, Buffalonian. Note: I am not my boss’s tweeter.”

The Observer

“The Duggar family is in Dupont Circle, and my there are a lot of them.” — Slate‘s Annie Lowry in a Tuesday tweet.

Corny personified

“Kinda hungry. What’s this about a Supper Committee?” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman in a Tuesday tweet.

WaPo‘s Dan Zak gets Journo Love from Sam Stein

“The moon is grinning. THE MOON IS GRINNING. Free Dan Zak!” — Huffpost‘s Sam Stein in a Tuesday tweet.

Ecstatic journo is UK bound

“Booking my ticket to London. Yay!” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a Tuesday tweet.

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QUOTES of the DAY


Unlike Clinton’s Reines, NRSC flak drinks D.C. tap water

“Not sure its newsworthy but FWIW I like to keep it interesting and drink the DC tap water.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh in a Tuesday tweet. He’s making fun of the WaPo profile written on Sec. of State Hilary Clinton flak Philippe Reines, who, for the profile offers the writer “helpful” tips on “color” about him. One of the stupider examples is that Reines doesn’t drink D.C. tap water.

Weiner’s ‘ultimate blow

“BREAKING: In ultimate blow, Dem leadership forces Weiner to pull his self-nomination for The Hill‘s ’50 Most Beautiful’ contest.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Tuesday tweet.

Politico reporter attended same high school as Gov. Christie

“Chris Christie’s interview with Piers M. was conducted at my (his) high school. Didn’t love it there but glad to see it.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo love

“Things won’t be the same around here without @frates, a real gentleman who always proves that chivalry isn’t dead.” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a Tuesday tweet. She’s referring to Chris Frates who’s moving to NJ.

Conspiracy Theories

“First Weinergate, now Hef calls off wedding hmmm …” — CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a Tuesday tweet.

Sklar’s charge: Few women in Page One

“I loved Page One. It was a great documentary. But it was depressing how few women made the cut, to speak, from the NYT and outside.” — Mediaite Editor-at-Large Rachel Sklar in a Tuesday tweet. Page One gets screened in D.C. tonight with a Q & A with some of the documentary’s stars.

A brief episode of The Nerdy Shore

“Looking for a good aftermarket power adapter for my two-year-old Macbook. Anyone particularly enamored by theirs?” — WaPo liberal blogger and Nerdy Shore cast member Ezra Klein in a Tuesday tweet.

Reporter falls for his soup

“I love you, Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili’s.” — The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green in a Tuesday tweet.

Weiner humor

“I cannot get my hands around this whole Weiner story…” — Comedian Ali Wentworth in a Tuesday tweet. She’s the wife of ABC GMA Host George Stephanopoulos.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Did not realize that patch-covered heavy-metal jean vests were called ‘battle jackets.’” — Reason Associate Editor Peter Suderman in a Tuesday tweet. Neither did we, Peter, and we still don’t care. You may think we’re insulting you, but it takes talent to win this award. Just ask Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg, who has filled this slot many times.

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QUOTES of the DAY

An Ed Henry special. The CNN Senior White House Correspondent snapped the above picture on his approach into Dublin.

End of the World Journo Fantasies

“Wonder how many people tonite are in bed, shouting ‘oh my God/oh my God!’ believing they’re doing it for the last time.” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn in a weekend tweet.

“Not even the threat of the #rapture can halt my feverish pocket-dialing.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet.

“Wow, we’re really talking about end of days. That in and of itself is weird. In any case, I’m good to go. I went to Baylor.” — Albuquerque Journal D.C. Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a weekend tweet.

“Doing dishes and cleaning my place. Would really suck if the rapture came and this were my last hours on Earth.” — Washington Examiner op-ed writer Philip Klein in a weekend tweet.

ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper: “Morning dove and baby in tree near ABC News WH N Lawn position.”

Staying on ‘massage’ vs. ‘message’

“At Hamilton commencement. Al Gore is speaking. I’m looking forward to his massage. Oops, I mean message.” — Borowitz Report founder and comedian Andy Borowitz in a weekend tweet referencing Gore’s alleged massage scandal in Portland, Ore. in which a woman said the former Veep groped her and made unwanted sexual advances during a massage. Police never pursued the allegations citing insufficient evidence.

Incest Desk

“@jmartpolitico: RT @BetsyMTP: Paul Ryan tells #MTP that Mitch Daniels called him last night to tell him the news that he was not going to run.” — A couple known for retweeting each other: Politico‘s Jonathan Martin and “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer.

Reporter duo pulls near all-nighter

“Now, finally, it’s time to go to sleep. glad this didn’t happen on a weeknight, then I’d have to be up in another hour and 45 minutes.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a really early Sunday morning tweet.  Epstein and colleague Maggie Haberman stayed up into the wee hours working on the Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels isn’t running for prez story.

A baiting Chuck Todd?

“Who will Bushies turn their lonely eyes to now with Daniels out? Christie? Ryan? Jeb? Or will they finally choose between Mitt and Pawlenty?” — NBC News’s Chuck Todd in a Sunday morning tweet.

ABC7′s Tschida takes action with troubling hairdo

“This high hair has me taking drastic measures. Getting the chemical treatment NOW!” — ABC7 Reporter Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet. We reported last week that Tschida was stressing out about his locks that were apparently behaving badly in the humidity.

Why Schwarzenegger wasn’t on WaPo‘s front page

“I think there’s a squeamishness about being considered a serious paper when you do have a story that does have a tabloid feel about it.” — WaPo Reliable Source co-author Amy Argetsinger on her Sunday appearance on CNN “Reliable Sources” discussing why WaPo didn’t put the Arnold Schwarzenegger love child story on the front page. Had it been her call, Argetsinger said the story would have gone on the front page instead of inside in her column.

Overreacting journo

“To whomever made the decision to turn the Guitar Shop in Dupont Circle into a bar: Go f@ck yourself.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a weekend tweet.

Editor has a headache

“Yet another half a day of tribute paid to the migraine gods.” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman in a weekend tweet.

TWT’s Daniel Wattenberg: Then and Now

TWT‘s Daniel Wattenberg returns to the publication for a second stint as Arts & Features Editor. This time around, the sluggish industry ensures that things will be different. He’ll have less space and less staff. But a tabloid to fill each week along with a daily three-page section. For that, he’s looking to hire two writers. Promising rookies will do, but mid-career journalists can conceivably apply.

“We’re not going to be able to review things as comprehensively as we did before, so it’ll be story driven, more magazine,” he told FishbowlDC in a phone interview Friday. “I think we’ll be more think piece oriented. Our readership is preponderantly national not local. It’ll be datelined D.C. but destined for a national readership.”

Wattenberg’s Life section launches Monday along with a content sharing deal with an area publication he won’t announce just yet. Among the first features Wattenberg is overseeing is an essay arguing that the best alien invader movies are shaped by an “overarching metaphor that makes aliens relatable in human terms.” The story is by Peter Suderman.

Wattenberg has memories of a colorful past. Back in the late 70s he was enveloped in the New York City punk underground and played in a band called The Casuals. He was lead singer. “Look, they were very exciting times,” he said. “At the same time, as I remember that punk scene, I was very conscious of it being sort of a youth cult at that time. I remember thinking it would be really weird to keep doing something like this through your adulthood. Now I’m a more competent musician.”

These days he sings and plays guitar. He has performed at Staccato in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington.

Wattenberg, who worked for the publication from 2003-2009, has never taken issue with the Moon family owning the TWT. “I have no problem with them,” he said. “They’ve never interfered editorially. They‘ve never tired to impose their theology and world view.”

At left above: A current snapshot of Wattenberg. Above right is Wattenberg singing at CBGB in 1981. Photo credit: Ethan Gutmann. Write Wattenberg at Dwattenberg@washingtontimes.com.

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