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BuzzFeed Brings Shani Hilton on Board

BuzzFeed has hired the fantastically coiffed Shani Hilton as Senior Editor. Her beat will focus on culture. She will relocate from Washington, D.C. to Manhattan.

Hilton begins on Feb. 18.

Previously, Hilton worked for Washington City Paper and most recently worked for the NBC Washington website, where she was the morning editor. She earned a degree in journalism from Howard University.

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QUOTES of the DAY


“Hey Veggies, I’m giving up meat for #Lent. Went out for 40 days on this bad boy. Wish me luck.” — MSNBC’s Luke Russert in a Tuesday night tweet with this accompanying serious piece of meat above.

Downfalls of not knowing the lingo

A short scene from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning. Jeff Greenfield is senior political correspondent for CBS News.

Mika: What if Blago is never caught?

Jeff Greenfield: Who?

Mika: What if Blago, Blago, Blago Voyavich?

Jeff Greenfield: I’m sorry, I don’t know your strange ways.

Politico‘s Highlights Magazine headline of the day

In Politico‘s new Kids’ Section, anything can happen. Today’s headline from a story by Amie Parnes is: “Obama in ‘Unfamiliar Fishes’ book.” The short post features news of Obama’s favorite dish, which is apparently the heart healthy Hawaiian fish that is “breaded, fried meat with rice, macaroni and brown gravy.” This is not a cookbook.

Cokie on NPR: ‘Not a good season.’

“The state of journalism is fabulous. It’s not a  good season for the executives at NPR but the journalists keep churning it out.” — Senior News Analyst of NPR Cokie Roberts on this morning’s “Morning Joe. ”

Ash Wednesday: redundant?

“Is it just me, or does Ash Wednesday seem redundant this year? Either way, my home state of Illinois is giving up the death penalty on this first day of Lent – and will become the 16th state to abolish capital punishment.” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger, who has assumed former Executive Editor Carl Cannon‘s morning duties of sending out the morning e-mail.

Overheard…

“#onlyinwashington you get: 10 reporters gabbing @ a bar about Issa, only to figure out that he’s 10 feet away and heard them.” — RealClearPoliticsErin McPike in a Monday tweet referring to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) who fired his Spokesman Kurt Bardella last week after it was reported that he leaked journalists’ emails to a NYT reporter.

A GOP pundit gives praise to NYT

“Pleasant surprise: The NYT does a pretty fair and balanced job covering the video prank against NPR. Good story.” — Former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a Wednesday morning tweet.

A special Happy Birthday to….

Shani Hilton, the woman who refused to comment when we asked her if she had anything to do with writing @DCJourno, who is all but extinct at this point despite being featured in NYT. She’s pals with a number of Boy Banders who include Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman, who remarked, “Happy happy birthday to @shani_o. So happy she moved to DC.” We are too. Shani is Associate Editor of the Center for American Progress’s CampusProgress.org and Washington correspondent for Colorlines magazine.

@DCJourno: Revealed?

Today we learned the identity of @MayorEmanuel. But perhaps there’s one more revelation concerning a fake Twitter account.

Enter Shani Hilton, a D.C. based journalist who is the associate editor of the Center for American Progress’s CampusProgress.org and the Washington correspondent for Colorlines magazine.

@DCJourno, the Twitter account that playfully teases Washington reporters everywhere has only used the bit.ly URL shortener on one occasion (excluding retweets of the shortened URLs of others).

“Hey @Awl, can I cite your use of ‘media elite’ in my official bio? Trying to get into Haddad’s garden party this year. The link.” That took you to an Awl article discussing, well, how great @DCJourno is.

The account associated with that bit.ly link? That of Hilton. The shortened URL was created on February 7, the same day she could have tweeted the above message, adding more evidence to the notion that she herself shortened it and it wasn’t, say, shortened by somebody else and she just cut and pasted it.

Now, there are two additionally curious things about this: First, The Awl article credits Hilton herself for alerting the site to just how “great” @DCJourno is (Choire Sicha writes at the bottom of the post: “Recommended by Shani Hilton, who is a person in DC you can follow where none of this insider business will occur!”). That leads to the second interesting point: If, in fact, Hilton is behind @DCJourno, there’s a delicious irony here. The account regular skewers self-promoting Washington journalists and yet Hilton herself was busy promoting her work to other websites. Even Washington parodiers, it seems, are just as bad as those that they parody.

We’re not bit.ly experts here, so is there the possibility that @DCJourno just so happened to copy and paste someone else’s bit.ly URL? Technically, sure.

We wrote Hilton for comment. Her response: “Hi Betsy. I have no interest in commenting for your story.”