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Journo Asks: Can I Wear Undies to the Gym?

images-1This week we featured a remark from Politico‘s Roger Simon declaring that he had underwear older than a guy who just turned 30. NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring was particularly grossed out by this. Well, today we have another underwear situation on our hands.

It’s New York Mag’s D.C. reporter Jonathan Chait, who apparently wants to wear his boxers to the hotel gym because he forgot to pack workout attire.

Chait got a number of surprising pieces of advice, one of which was to double up on his boxers and head to the gym. “Intriguing,” Chait said on Twitter. “Can I get a ruling on this?” Read more

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“Thirty? I have underwear older than that. But Happy Birthday!”Politico‘s Roger Simon in response to some guy in New Hampshire saying he turned 30 and “Haalp!”

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MEGHAN’s DIGS: “Little outside photo shoot for the Financial Times in my hood today!” — Meghan McCain.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “Please pass along my sarcastic thanks for PoliticoPro’s so-called reinvention of policy coverage.”

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Confessional.

“1 of my least fav moments as a reporter: when I’m transcribing from tape and realize I interrupted some1 saying something really valuable.” — National Review‘s Jonathan Strong.

Important Q to Ponder: “So it’s a bad idea to create an anonymous twitter account on which you viciously tear apart your colleagues?” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

And this… “I think @BuzzFeedAndrew will get a raise when it’s found out he’s actually running 73 anonymous Twitter accounts.” — BuzzFeed Legal Editor Chris GeidnerAnd this… “Hope CBS doesn’t find out I’m on Twitter.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

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“I know I’m only 5’2″ and sitting in the magic exit row seat with quadruple leg room. But come on tall guys. Enough with the dirty looks.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

The Nostradamis of Washington

“FWIW, I suspect the entire O’Care website drama will end up being a small chapter in this novel.” — TPM Editor-in-Chief Josh Marshall.

From the peanut gallery…

“Wish @CNN cared about those millions losing their insurance & suffering premium spikes as much as they do those g**damned blackfish.” — Breitbart News editor John Nolte.

Morning Chatter

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TAN MOM IMPERSONATOR?: “In DC at @hilaryr’s dinner with the fabulous @diananyad.” — HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, referring to CNN Democratic analyst Hilary Rosen. 

images-4Imagine that! Media irks press aide

“Press aide annoyed after Cuccinelli gets 3 questions about the shutdown in a row, asks if ‘anyone has a new question’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

The Observer

“Oh dear. Someone appears to need healthcare right now behind Obama.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:19 a.m. (!!!!!)

Confessional I.

“I’ve reached the point where if I don’t tweet for a day, I get calls/texts wondering if I’m alive.” — Free Beacon‘s Lachlan Markay.

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“Hoping @TerryMcAuliffe calls @AP and asks them to rescind firing of Bob Lewis.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

From WaPo‘s Erik Wemple: “Incorrectly asserting that someone lied to a federal investigator — especially when that someone is competing in a gubernatorial race — is nothing short of a high journalistic crime.” There’s some defense of Lewis too. And a request to speak with AP higher-ups which, well, isn’t happening. See the whole story here.

At 8:21 a.m. today: “Do you think @AP’s Bob Lewis deserved to be fired for the McAuliffe gaffe? 1-866-55-PRESS @bpshow” — WaPo‘s Clinton Yates.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture: “Heading back down to do second segment this am @GMA. This one on murder of nfl star Sean Taylor.” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams.

Confessional 2.

“Made a mistake on MSNBC this am. Said no one beta-tested Ocare site. Should have added ‘until a week before launch.’ And thanks to the folks at PunditFact for holding me to account on that.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

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Anonymous hater to FishbowlDC: “If you took the audience of the Bill Press show and the audience of the Michael Smercornish show, would there be enough for a touch football game?”

Morning Reading List 08.20.13.

1. Filner’s sketchy record — Though San Diego Mayor Bob Filner‘s past record on sexual harassment shouldn’t come as any big surprise to anyone, it’s still jarring to see it in black and white. Today, Charles Johnson of The Daily Caller spells out the details of Filner’s record while in Congress. While he protested adamantly about sexual harassment and assault in the military and attacked an opponent for sexual improprieties, he defended President Bill Clinton.  Read the full story here.

Why you should read it: If you aren’t grossed out by Filner at this point, here’s a few more reasons. Plus, there’s a fun parody video out by a local TV station depicting his ridiculous behavior toward women.

2. Morning tear jerker — In an opinion piece published Monday night, Michael Gerson writes a compelling personal essay about saying goodbye to his eldest son going off to college. He writes, “The emotions of a parent, I can attest, are an odd mix: part pride, part resignation, part self-pity, even a bit of something that feels like grief. The experience is natural and common. And still planets are thrown off their axes.” He admits his own intense homesickness when he was a freshman in college and says his son will experience the same. Read the story here.

Why you should read it: This town, man. Only in Washington would a columnist admit to getting emotional advice from a “high-powered Washington foreign policy expert.” God forbid it’s just a neighbor or someone with a boring, ordinary job.

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Afternoon Chatter

JOURNO LOVE: “This CQ Roll CAll photo of Boehner, Reid, McConnell and Pelosi is fantastic.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake. The photograph was shot by CQ Roll Call‘s Douglas Graham.

Weinerlicious Convo Between Two Journos

This afternoon’s conversation is between CQ Roll Call’s Daniel Newhauser and Politico’s Jake Sherman.

SHERMAN: “I thought it was weird when Anthony Weiner used to park illegally outside my apartment near U Street.”

NEWHAUSER: “Why was he at your apartment? Got something to tell us?”

SHERMAN: “Was my neighbor.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Wondering: Has there ever been a man who managed such epic sex scandals while apparently not having any actual sex?” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Weiner presser explodes with Washington reaction

“Lines you hear all the time at DC bars: ‘Specifically your health care rants were a huge turn on.’– TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

“What I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me, naked, bending me ovDAMMIT, it happened again.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

“As I told everyone once before, Wiener is a sick puppy who will never change-100% of perverts go back to their ways. Sadly, there is no cure.” — Dr. Donald Trump.

“Quick poll: would you prefer to get rick-roll’d with pics from anthony weiner or geraldo from now on? Your choice.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Aaaand….the voices of reason

“Anthony Weiner appears to have some serious emotional issues that are not going to be helped by becoming mayor of New York.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

“This shit’s intense.” — Executive Editor of Business Insider Joseph Weisenthal.

“Weiner Ear Poison”: “Waiting to tape a CNN segment, I just spent 30 minutes listening to talk about The Royal Baby™, followed by Lanny Davis on Weiner #EarPoison” — Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.

Journos Looking Out for Huma (JLOH)

“Huma. Be serious. Leave him. Now.” — Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky.

“Just curious how many times this has to happen before I am no longer required to be SO SYMPATHETIC to Huma. 5? 10? 20?” — TNR‘s Isaac Chotiner, who is not yet a member of JLOH.

“Huma you gonna believe? Me or or your lying eyes?” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

“Divorce this schmuck, Huma.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

“For the women out there excusing Weiner by saying ‘all men cheat,’ it’s a shame that you surround yourself with crappy men.” — Conservative radio correspondent Dana Loesch.

“Something in me wishes wronged political wives would start asking themselves WWJD? What Would Jenny (Sanford) Do?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“I think what most makes Weiner a dirtbag is blaming the sexting/cheating on “problems” in his marriage. No responsibility.” — TWT Senior Op-ed writer Emily Miller.

Journo blames Starbucks for future fatness

“When I weigh 600 lbs, the Starbucks treat receipt is going to come in for some large portion of the blame.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Baby Love: “@PeterAlexander: Absolutely overjoyed to announce the arrival of Ava Starling Alexander!!” — NBC’s Peter Alexander, husband to Allison Starling.

Afternoon Reading List 07.16.13.

Simon says Zimmerman trial is all about race — Since the jury’s verdict in the George Zimmerman trial was announced, many media figures, celebs and pols have made their opinions on the decision known, many dealing with race. Politico’s Roger Simon weighs in with a column in which he uses the trial to discuss what he calls “the most important undiscussed issue in America today.” Simon argues that the killing of Trayvon Martin and Zimmerman’s trial were both about race. He cited the 46 days it took for police to arrest Zimmerman, during which many public figures, including President Obama, called for further investigation into the shooting. The charge of second-degree murder that was brought against Zimmerman, Simon argues, is “a classic case of overcharging.” Race, Simon writes, should be discussed without agony, but “that day has not yet arrived.”

Why you should read it: There are a lot of columns and articles circulating after the jury announced their verdict, but few as well-constructed as Simon’s.

Black Americans ‘not allowed to be children’ — As we’ve said, many columnists have begun writing about the Zimmerman verdict. Eugene Robinson of WaPo puts his two cents in with a column in which he argues that Martin’s youth was taken from him because he was black. As Robinson writes, “black boys in this country are not allowed to be children. They are assumed to be men, and full of menace.” Black Americans, Robinson argues, feel such a close connection with this case because they have 17-year-old sons who they know are boys and who would have been frightened and not known what to do in Martin’s case. Martin, Robinson writes, wasn’t fighting against just Zimmerman on the night he was fatally shot, but also “against prejudices as old as American history, and he never had a chance.”

Why you should read it: As is the case with Simon’s column, Robinson uses the Zimmerman trial and verdict to discuss the broader issue of race and specifically the youth of black Americans in a thoughtful column.

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Morning Reading List 06.12.13.

Whoa. Benjamin Hart hates Twitter cliches — Twitter has become full of overused and cliched phrases, and Benjamin Hart is sick of it. The HuffPost front page editor wrote a must-read for The Awl in which he unloads his hate toward the “dulling sameness of phraseology” running rampant on Twitter, with the phrase “not the Onion” seemingly sparking the rant. Hart says exaggeration and dull, overused catch phrases are the two types of cliches “currently poisoning our Twitter discourse.” He uses examples like starting a tweet with “whoa” or ‘must-read,” or using phrases like “well-played, sir,” “that thing where,” “I see what you did there” or the new trend of using the phrase “in which” to lead off a tweet. Nothing, Hart argues, is a “must read,” the Anchorman movie that spawned “stay classy” is old and “I see what you did there” has been around for far too long. What this flood of repetitive phrasing is inevitably about, Hart says, is comedy. And twitter has become a massive stage for improv, where “everyone has to prove their joke bona fides, even if there’s nothing particularly funny to say.”

Obama surprises reporters in off-the-record meeting — When a select group of reporters were invited to a private meeting with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on Monday, they knew that the meeting would be off the record. What they didn’t know, as BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro reports, was that President Obama would be making a surprise appearance. About two dozen reporters were invited to the meeting, including those from the NY Times, WaPo, HuffPost, Time, Politico, McClatchy, Tribune, NPR, Bloomberg, USA Today, AFP and Yahoo! News, among others, where the president unexpectedly entered to address them, off the record of course. NYT’s Peter Baker, who attended, said he and his editors would have reconsidered if they had known the President would be present. Baker said the NY Times is concerned about off-the-record sessions with the President because they want to make sure “that they not become substitutes for opportunities to ask questions and get answers on the record, which after all is our job.” Though not expected, Baker did say the meeting was valuable.

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Morning Reading List 06.11.13

Party spokesmen drop gloves on Twitter — Twitter often turns into a channel for digital mud-slinging, and here at FBDC, we love #TwitterFights. For this Senate election cycle, spokesmen for both parties have taken to the social network to bash each other in what Politico’s James Hohmann calls “an often juvenile game of Twitter one-upmanship.” NRSC communications director Brad Dayspring is at the front lines for the Republicans, while DSCC press secretary Justin Barasky is leading the fight for the Democrats. Though many Tweets concern Senate races or political issues, some are just personal jabs. Both sides, however, say the constant Twitter exchanges (both Dayspring and Barasky have posted to their profiles over 50 times in one day) are meant to drive a message and rally activists on their side. They’ve called each other stalkers, dogs, used insulting baseball metaphors and started pointed hashtags, along with much more. Dayspring says it’s not just about putting the other side down, but also giving an audience, however limited, a look inside the minds of Senate campaigns. It seems both sides are pretty intent to out-Tweet the other.

China’s claim of US cyberespionage gains credibility — China and the U.S. have been pointing fingers at each other over cyber attacks and network breaches of top institutions within their countries. As NJ’s Brian Fung reports, the U.S. blamed China for the hackers that breached the networks of NYT and the Wall Street Journal while a spokesperson for China’s defense ministry pointed out that 63 percent of attacks on the ministry’s websites come from U.S.-based IP addresses. China also said it had “a mountain of data” showing the U.S. is engaged in operations against Beijing that involve not just hacking but cyber espionage, a claim that as not received much traction in the U.S.  Now that the NSA’s sophisticated surveillance of Americans has been revealed, Fung points out that China’s claims are more believable. Adam Segal, an expert on cybersecurity and China, said, “there is no doubt, even before the weekend’s revelations, that NSA conducted espionage against China.”

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Smoke was coming out of my phone yesterday.” — NBC “TODAY” Show’s Savannah Guthrie on announcing her engagement to Michael Feldman Monday.

Editor wants to prank house sitter

“Friend stayed @ our house while we were away. Thinking of removing all furniture & taking photos, telling him, ‘You forgot to lock the door!’” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Postcard to DOJ

“Dear DOJ: my email password is “GoScrewYourselves’” — Daily Beast Contributor Justin Green in reaction to news that DOJ secretly obtained phone records of AP reporters and editors.

Important Q to Ponder: “Can’t we just ban talking points altogether? Or would that just confuse everyone?” – NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, who has a book coming out this summer that isn’t worrying anyone (wink wink).

Journo followed strange source rules

“In Belfast, had source who wouldn’t let me call or email. Ever. I had to go to house, but not park o/side. Got to know his wife & kids well.” — Toby Harnden, Washington Bureau Chief of The Sunday Times.

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“No one on television has better ties than Brian Williams. (And that’s what really counts.)” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

WORST HEADLINE OF THE WEEK

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Paranoia Strikes

  • “Someone walking n th bldg behind me who asked wt floor I live on last time. If they do it again I’m running down th hall yelling STRANGER!” — Editor of The DC Pundit Javonni Brustow.
  • “Have never been this terrified of the sound of an approaching ice cream truck. Got the feeling it’s secretly a black helicopter.” — Justin Green.

Words to live by or casting call for Bad Girls Club?

“I love bad bitches.” — Meghan McCain.

World crumbles as reporter’s TV show is not on and, by far, the strangest news of the day concerning a Politico reporter.

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Politico’s Roger Simon Wins Prestigious Award

Politico Chief Political Columnist Roger Simon has won first place in the 2013 National Headline Awards in the print division for “a special or feature column on one subject by one individual.”

Simon’s winning columns involve gun control and involve the Sandy Hook, Columbine and Aurora shootings.

“I am especially grateful for this award because the politics of gun control is a subject I have cared about for a long time,” Simon said in a release dispatched by Politico today. “It’s an issue that’s now more important than ever in America, and I’m honored to have my columns be a part of the vital conversation the country is having right now.”

Simon’s columns in this entry are: “Cowardly Pols Killers’ Top Allies,” “Innocent Victims Too Numerous to Recall” and “Post-Massacre, We’re Still Waiting for ‘the Good Guys.’”

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