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Jealousy inducing out-of-office email 

“I am currently away and will not be checking emails until Monday 2nd December. If it is very urgent, I can be contacted in France on Tel: +33 (0) bla-blah or via email” — The Sunday Times‘ Washington Bureau Chief Toby Harnden. The Mirror does hope he’s enjoying his holiday in France.


Pretty cute, actually

“Five year old son absorbing the brand message quite nicely, thank you.” — Talking Points Memo Editor Josh Marshall.

BREAKING: HuffPost figures out cigs aren’t great for your skin 

“Cigarettes are making your skin age faster.” — HuffPost. No shit, really? The story discusses how your blood vessels apparently thin and spasm when hit with smoke. Also discussed: those little lines that form around the mouth. Pretty sure scientists and dermatologists figured this out well before Nov. 25, 2013. To be helpful, they offer ingenious tips to help reverse the aging effects of smoking. Right, those brand new concepts of staying out of the sun, avoiding alcohol and getting off your ass a little. Read here, or don’t.


Journalism is…

“Almost 2 weeks ago,I asked Glenn @ggreenwald 2 spotlight missing/kidnapped journalists in #Syria on Twitter. He wrote me that he has no time.” — Benjamin Weinthal, European Affairs correspondent, Jerusalem Post.

Quote taken totally out of context

“@EvanMcSan before or after you worship the crystals inside the goat’s stomach?” — GOP flack Ellen Carmichael, former spokeswoman to ex-presidential hopeful Herman Cain, to BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro, who’s busy panicking about the weather.

How’s this for feminism? 

“Know I’m a fanboy but still amazed I could just rebook my United flight ahead of tomorrow’s storm entirely over Twitter.” — Vivian Schiller, chief digital officer, NBC News, will join Twitter in January. She abruptly left NPR as president and chief executive in 2011. United replied, “@VivianSchiller Thanks for the tweet. Have a great holiday. Thanks for flying with us.” The small talk continued… “Now if only you could do something about the weather!” Vivian said. United: “Right, totally agree. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.” (Um, have we reached a new low when we’re chatting with a stranger from United on Twitter?)

Self-appointed Media Critic 

“Lede unintentionally speaks volumes about White House hubris. Or it’s a fabricated anecdote for spin. Or both.” — National Journal‘s professional tweeter and sometimes national correspondent Ron Fournier, remarking on this Politico story by Carrie Budoff Brown and Reid Epstein on Obamacare. The lede: “President Barack Obama has bungled so badly that he’s told senior aides to not even try to win positive coverage from the national press.”

How to lose Twitter followers: Get preachy 

“Let me say this once more: God never tires of forgiving us; we are the ones who tire of seeking his mercy. #PopeFrancis #EvangeliiGaudium.” — National Review Online‘s Kathryn Lopez, who, starting at 6 a.m. this morning turned her feed into a church service. She explained, “Surefire way to lose followers? Livetweet reading an #apostolicexhortation #EvangeliiGauddium #meaculpa.” She was enjoying herself, though. “Not bad to read about joy in the morning!”

Local anchor has laryngitis 

“Dear voice.. .please come back.” — NBC Washington’s Angie Goff.

Podwhore bored by actor

“Geoffrey Rush. Great actor. But in interview: zzzzzzz” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz. Rush is an Australian actor and film producer. He won an Oscar for best actor for his performance in “Shine.” He had a nervous breakdown in 1992 so he can’t be all that boring.  

And a Mother Jones reporter is fuuuuuuuucking blown away 

“I just finished the @nytimes/@frontlinepbs story on the investigation of Michelle O’Connell’s “suicide.” Fuuuuuuuuck.” — Molly Redden.