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Newt’s campaign still upset about tame audience– Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich complained Tuesday about NBC’s Brian Williams requesting that the audience remain silent during Monday’s debate. After experiencing a relatively docile audience during Thursday’s debate, the Gingrich camp is now getting conspiratorial. Kevin Kellems, a senior adviser to Gingrich, accused rival Mitt Romney‘s campaign of manipulating the makeup of the audience. “They definitely packed the room [with Romney supporters],” Kellems told HuffPost. Goddammit. Where are those moon colonists when you need them?

In jealous rage, The Atlantic calls Weigel a “raging jerk”– As bitchy as journalists can be, the ones on the Republican primary campaign trail have a lot to be happy about. They’re in Florida where the temperature is hanging around a balmy 70 degrees. But that doesn’t mean The Atlantic, founded in frigid Washington, has to be happy for them. On Thursday the magazine called out the braggy tweets from journos in Florida. They called Slate‘s Dave Weigel a “raging jerk” for sending out a tweet last week in which he said, “High on the pleasantness scale: That moment the Florida sun retreats behind a cloud.” And WaPo‘s Philip Rucker is “cruel” for tweeting about the “sunset in Ormond Beach.”

Two Speakers sit down for “This Week”– Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich will appear on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday to discuss his campaign and the Florida primary with ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper. Then it’s out with the old and in with the orange. Speaker John Boehner will be on after Gingrich to comment on the details of President Obama‘s State of the Union speech. Other guests: conservative columnist George Will, Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, former Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee, and conservative talk radio show host Laura Ingraham.

Editorial writer recalls “most embarrassing correction” of his career– After The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Lewis found glaring errors in a Thursday morning article about Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio published by Reuters, Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner offered up a quasi-defense of the wire service. In a blog post, he recalled his own time at Reuters and a mistake he once made that resulted in a dirty mudslide of corrections:

“[B]ecause it was the most important news of the day and it was rattling many markets, other Reuters reporters simply grabbed my wording to put into our stock report, bond stories, foreign exchange dispatches, and so on. So after I corrected the story, it triggered what my co-workers teased was a ‘global correction tsunami,’ as reporters throughout the world had to issue corrections because of my bungle. It was one of the moments in my career where I could have starred in a Southwest ‘Wanna get away?’ commercial.”

Klein went on to lambast Reuters for their errors Thursday, saying that it was different from his own experience because “this isn’t the type of breaking news financial news story that needs to be pumped out in minutes. It’s a longer feature that the writer and editor had more time to work on. There’s no excuse for being this sloppy.”

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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Nothing gets between a Boybander and his jeans

“The only pair of jeans I ever splurged on lasted exactly one year before getting a hole in an embarrassing place. Thanks, stranger.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Washington gossip columnist tells TMZ’s Levin to SHUT UP

“Shut up Harvey! Nobody needs TMZ’s view of the Marine urinating scandal. Stick to big news like Kim and Angelina and Brad.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard to TMZ Founder Harvey Levin. Read the TMZ story here on the scandal involving Marines peeing on dead bodies.

BFF Alert: Michelle and Gayle

“@michelleobama joining twitter world today love that! And welcome welcome to our First Lady!” — CBS This Morning Host Gayle King.

In other Michelle Obama commentary…

“@michelleobama, For the record, I don’t like it either when people perceive me as an angry black woman.” — SHanntysHair.

The new Ana Marie Cox

“Twelp please: Recommendations for fun stuff to do and where to dine in Milwaukee. Extra credit if it doesn’t involve beer. cc: @lovethebay” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Examiner writer gets props for perfect response

“@Drudge_Report: Clark Gable’s Grandson Jailed for Pointing Laser at Police Chopper drudge.” To which the Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein remarked, “Frankly, I don’t give a damn.”

Actually, there are stupid questions

“RT @HuffingtonPost Diet Coke vs. Coke Zero: So what’s the difference? || Inquiring minds don’t give a s***.” — FBDC and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

NPR overgifting

“In the past month NPR has given me an NPR pint glass, an NPR coaster, & an NPR beer koozie. What are they trying to do to me?!” — NPR’s LA-based Ben Bergman.

It’s Friday the 13th

“Today is Friday the 13th! 2012 is actually a CREEPY YEAR! We have 3 Friday the 13ths this yr, that’s the most you can have in a single year!” — News Channel 8′s Katherine Amenta.

Brokaw’s first day on Twitter

“At #Todayat60 party – like a great college reunion. … But where’s the keg?” — NBC’s Tom Brokaw. In less than 24 hours he has 7k followers. So far he’s following 20 people. They include NBC’s Chuck Todd, Vivian Schiller, Luke Russert, David Gregory, Richard Engel, Savannah Guthrie, Al Roker, Natalie Morales, Ann Curry, Brian Williams and, of course, NBC News.

Shit happens when Weingarten’s around

“Was looking for @geneweingarten tweet in time line, easy to spot that sh*t!” — Washington City Paper‘s Darrow Montgomery.

 

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A commenter valiantly defends FNC’s Greta Van Susteren from a negative chatter on her Gretawire blog: “You are one rude piece of dirt. Why do [you] roam here if you don’t like Greta? You have a mental problem?”

Politico‘s Sara Libby: “You guys, the @politico Snuggie is a REAL THING!”

An Anonymous reader wrote in yesterday to say… “A little bit of friendly advice, as I read your site very often to catch up on the happenings of all my journo friends in town: You have this males-only Sunday feature, but your morning comments are always dominated by men. Why don’t you quote more women in the morning? Thanks, and keep up the good work.” Memo to reader: Thanks for your note. I hear you — down with so many quotes from ding dongs. Up with vajayjays. Will be more conscious about it. God knows Politico‘s Libby has a lot to say.

Reporter watches interviews in wrong order

“Ugh. should have started w/ Sandusky and ended with Giffords” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein referring to Jerry Sandusky on NBC’s Rock Center and Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-Ariz.)  on ABC’s special interview with Diane Sawyer last night.

The Media Critic

“Giffords intv on ABC with Sawyer prob got more eyeballs, but netting Sandusky intv was a HUGE get for @NBCNews, especially 4 a new show.” — Politico‘s authority on TV matters Dave Catanese.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein: There are times when I say to myself, ‘I’m going to eat Lucky Charms.’

The Takeaway’s Todd Zwillich: They’re tragically malicious.

Journo Love

NBC TODAY Show Correspondent Savannah Guthrie: “Wolf, I adore thee.” CNN’s Wolf Blitzer posted this photograph and remarked, “Honoring Larry King at #Friars dinner. @SavannahGuthrie is so nice and smart.”

 

 

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Morning Attire

“@morningmika LOVE your dress today. Where is it from?” — Monica Trauzzi, Managing Editor and anchor, E&ETV. Mika’s dress is pictured above.

A new one: D.C. women and taxicabs?

“Cabs in DC are just like girls in DC: They always look available, but they never are.” — Bright Young Thing‘s Steve Place.

Professor Ezzy grades Obama’s speech

“On policy a very Solid B+. He would have needed something bigger and completely impassable to fill the hole we’re in.” — WaPo liberal blogger and lead Boybander Ezra Klein on MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell program last night.

Bio of the Day

The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor: “Professional jerk, non-denominational Christian & media reporter (sounds redundant, I know) for The Daily Caller. Oh yeah, and War Eagle.”

That tiger Rep. Wu

“Former Rep. David Wu, who was there tonight, responds to Obama’s speech: ‘IT’S GRRRRRRRRRRRRRREAT!’ (Hat Tip @OKnox)” — Yahoo! NewsChris Moody.

Column moves journo to tears

Peggy Noonan legit has me in tears with her column: ‘We’ll never forget. Nor should we.’ — Politicizer Editor Conor Rogers. Read here.

Opinion writer employs first daughter humor

“White House Press Office says Malia and Sasha support Obama’s jobs plan.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein. He was mocking a slew of “BLANK supports President Obama’s jobs plan” statements that rolled in last night after the speech.

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A question to which there will be no answer this campaign season

“Hey, one thing I’m still unclear on: Would Romney eat Obama’s dog food if Pawlenty mowed one acre of his lawn?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein in a Friday tweet that’s clearly some strange slight on Bo Obama. No, no, not really. It’s a play on a promise now ex-presidential hopeful T-Paw made at the GOP debate last week.

Reporter bummed about flighty woman

“Woke up feeling depressed about a hot n cold woman. After attending a picket line I feel 20x better – pickets lines always pick me up.” — Labor Journalist Mike Elk in a weekend tweet. WaPo Date Lab are you thinking what we’re thinking?

Incest Desk Revisited

Over the weekend Politico‘s Jonathan Martin appeared on NBC’s “MTP” for the roundtable. We’re sure girlfriend Betsy Fischer, the show’s executive producer, cheered on his performance that included this quote: “That’s the central question hanging over the race. Is this your father’s GOP?” Martin asked after host David Gregory flashed a quote on screen on the dichotomy of picking “establishment” candidates such as Mitt Romney and John Huntsman versus someone like Rick Perry. We reported on the incestuous nature of his appearance over the weekend. Somehow this quote didn’t make it into the rush transcript.

A mother boasts about her Washington daughter

“I can finally brag about my daughter @cbellantoni ‘s latest accomplishment. I’m going to visit Harvard!!” — Cassandra Bellantoni, reporter, LAT, HuffPost, AOL’s Patch Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills Times Mag. Producer on her daughter, Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni, getting a fellowship at Harvard.

A self-described ‘fishy-smelly’ media scribe

“I am back and fishless, but very tan. And fishy-smelly, because I did catch a few little ones. Then I am leaving again.” — Mediaite‘s Frances Martel in a fishy tweet we had to print because it’s just that fishy.

A compliment and an insult all rolled into one

“Why hasn’t Team T-Paw used his wife more? She’s dynamic on stump. She kinda seems to want it more than he does. She’s fantastic.” — Human EventsTony Lee in a weekend tweet.

Weekend musings from Ames, Iowa

“Running thru a cow barn trying to find Palin … It’s like Where’s Waldo only with more livestock.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich in a weekend tweet from Ames, Iowa.

Hey Plumline: You’re just so ‘excellent excellent’

“Thanks!” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent in a weekend response to props he received and re-tweeted from a reader because that’s such a classy thing to do these days. Just ask The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz. The compliment: “@sethdmichaels This is an excellent, excellent post by @theplumlineGS on the ‘weird’ issue.” Read Sargent’s “excellent, excellent” story here.

The Observer

“On the way to the Palin mob, ran into a furious Fox crew who hadn’t been given a heads up.” — Politico‘s Ben Smith in a weekend tweet from Ames, Iowa.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“@CQRC_Photo department is holding out on me. They bought a bubble gun from the man on First Street NE, but I’m not allowed to play w/ it.” — Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa in a Friday tweet. Jessica, you’ve done it once again. Congratulations, or like WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza writes, or something like that.

Frustrated journo

“Whoever invented pdfs you can’t copy from obviously hates journalists.” — The Hill‘s Keith Laing in a weekend tweet.

 

Conservative Writers Unenthralled With Obama Impersonator

Conservative writers aren’t laughing about that funny Obama impersonator who hopped on stage in New Orleans this weekend at the Republican Leadership Conference and made a slew of racial jokes that included a major Sanford and Son shout-out. He went in for the kill when he displayed Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) johnson on the big screens. Nothing blurred.

In fact, these writers think he’s not the “face” of the GOP. It’s a shame, perhaps, that Reggie Brown didn’t behave even slightly more appropriately (meaning, no Weiner picture and at least two less racial and anti-gay jokes) or we might be reading a different sampling of op-eds. After all, he drew a ton of attention from Washington reporters covering the event and few can argue against the conclusion that that he is a far superior Obama impersonator than SNL’s Fred Armisen.

In U.S. News & World Report, former RNC Spokesman Doug Heye wrote, “Something funny happened in New Orleans this weekend. Or, rather, something decidedly unfunny happened in New Orleans this weekend.” He cited other dumb things GOP officials have done to mar the party’s image on race. One was a California Republican Party official who had to resign after sending an email portraying POTUS as a chimpanzee. Go figure, that didn’t go over too well.

Heye concluded, “If you want to know why many minorities have a problem with the GOP—a party that believes in empowerment, and the party of Lincoln—look no further than the hiring of an Obama impersonator telling ‘black jokes’ to a Republican audience. When we continue to shoot ourselves in the foot, we have only ourselves to blame.”

The Washington Examiner‘s Senior Op-ed Writer Philip Klein agrees wholeheartedly with Heye. On Saturday he wrote, “Given the GOP’s problem attracting minority voters, and specifically the difficulty that Southern Republicans have overcoming the stigma of racism, this was utterly stupid and mind-bogglingly tone deaf.”

One Lede, Four Mistakes: ‘Standard Journalistic Procedure’

The U.S. government kills Osama Bin Laden and the Washington Examiner‘s op-ed writer Philip Klein is all over it.

Well, sort of.

Not only was it odd that a White House reporter wasn’t covering such a big story that night, but Klein proceeded to make four errors in one lead, as we told you at the time in a May 3rd post. Since then he has provided avid FishbowlDC reader and Patch journalist Marty Chase with a lengthy list of excuses for making such crucial mistakes that night. Among them: He says he was following “standard journalistic procedure.” His punching bag: Fox News, which is how he says he scraped together the slop he offered Examiner readers that night.

Klein email highlights:

*“Thank you for bringing my attention to this. I hadn’t seen it.” (We do hope Klein was aware he got the whole story wrong on one of the most important news reporting nights of the year. He did report that Bin Laden was dead and that the U.S. had the body. So that’s something.)

*“I clearly stated up front that I was merely relaying reports. And this was the standard I used in the brief post, which read: ‘Osama Bin Laden is dead, multiple news agencies are now confirming.’ According to Fox, ‘he was killed over a week ago by a U.S. bomb and it took time to check the DNA to confirm it was him. President Obama is scheduled to give a very rare Sunday evening press conference shortly.’ Three of the four errors Fishbowl highlighted came from the Fox report, but my sentence was completely accurate as written, because I properly attributed it. That is literally what Fox was reporting. That allowed readers to decide for themselves how much credence to give the report. As for the fourth error, she writes that, ‘President Obama did not schedule a presser. He read a statement.’ Yet oftentimes public figures make statements before the press and it’s referred to as a “press conference” whether or not the figure takes questions. In hindsight, it probably would have been more precise for me to write that Obama was scheduled to give a speech or make a live statement, but that’s hardly a major deal.” (There’s so much wrong here our heads are spinning. That is “literally what Fox was reporting” and readers are somehow supposed to figure out if that’s right? What, “We report, you decide?” In your mind, readers are high and dry on facts, but you attributed so it’s all above board. Please. What’s more, a “press conference” is not interchangeable for “statement.” Anyone with eyes watching TV that night saw Obama give his statement alone and not take any questions from the imaginary reporters who were not around him. Perhaps Klein could have bothered to switch on the TV.)

*“Had I simply reported the Fox news story without attribution as if it were a confirmed fact without ever following up, Fishbowl might have a legitimate beef. But I attributed everything, independently confirmed the story, and later provided readers with more details. That’s standard journalistic procedure.” (Standard journalistic procedure? The op-ed columnist gets the story horrifically wrong by “independently confirming” with Fox News and this is “standard journalistic procedure.” We’re just glad Klein’s not an ER doc.)

Morals of the story: Don’t have your op-ed writers write your news stories. And, at least in this case, don’t have your op-ed writers use Fox News to write your news stories.

See Klein’s lede after the jump…

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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.

One Lede Four Mistakes

Yesterday we brought you the news that the Washington Examiner had one of its opinion columnists Philip Klein write up the story of Osama bin Laden‘s death Sunday night.

Unfortunately the lede contained four mistakes.

1. Osama was not killed a week ago.

2. DNA did not delay the confirmation.

3. President Obama did not schedule a presser. He read a statement.

4. Osama bin Laden was shot in the chest and head. He was not killed by a bomb.

 

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