Truly illuminating news of the day: “10 Titillating Facts About Nipples” — BuzzFeed. See here.
Lede of the Week: “Old, white, wrinkled and angry, they are slipping from polite society in alarming numbers. We’re losing much of a generation. They often sport hats or other clothing, some marking their status as veterans, Tea Partyers or “patriots” of some kind or another. They have yellow flags, bumper stickers and an unquenchable rage. They used to be the brave men and women who took on America’s challenges, tackling the ’60s, the Cold War and the Reagan years — but now many are terrified by the idea of slightly more affordable healthcare and a very moderate Democrat in the White House.” — a Salon story by Edwin Lyngar about how he lost his dad to a Fox News addiction (seriously). See here.
“Drunk old man at this bar telling people to adopt a Chinese baby #dclife” — Justin Green, online editor, Washington Examiner.
“When I compared what @SenatorReid did to Romney to McCarthy, his pal, @LasVegasSun editor, killed the column. Last one I wrote.” — Jon Ralston, a political journalist in Nevada who writes ralstonreports.com and has a statewide TV program.
A day in the life…
“At least I’ve learned to ask people for their ‘surname.’ ‘Last name’ was getting me blank stares.” — NPR London-based international correspondent Ari Shapiro.
Jaffe: “It’s worth asking, can money turn the Post around?”
“For the first time in 14 years as the top editor of a newspaper, I will not be doing any budget cuts,” says Baron, who oversaw downsizing at the Miami Herald and the Boston Globe before coming to the Post in January of last year. “It’s great,” he says. “I’m encouraged. I’m optimistic.” — Washington Post‘s Marty Baron to Washingtonian’s Harry Jaffe in the March issue of the magazine. Read the rest of the story here.
Something new at CNN
“We are very excited to announce the launch of CNN Indonesia, a 24-hr news channel.” — CNN.
This is encouraging…
“I WOULD have a crush on a boy who has an alcohol problem and hang-ups about his sexuality.” — VICE weekend editor Mitchell Sunderland.
WTF Central: On Day 5 of MSNBC Ronan Farrow‘s new show, the so-called “conservative” website Rare asks a really important question: “Does Ronan Farrow deserve his own show?” They ask readers to take a survey.
“I’m no constitutional expert but if you have to give your pressers under in a neighbouring country, suggests you *may* have been overthrown.” — Shaun Walker, the Guardian‘s Moscow-based correspondent on removed Ukranian Prez Viktor Yanukovych‘s presser. He reported him as saying, “The time has come for me to say that I intend to continue the fight for the future of Ukraine… Nobody has overthrown me.” Yanukovych had been president since 2010.
“Got into a cab this morning, driver was playing Chuck Brown’s version of the Godfather theme song. It’s gonna be a good day.” — NBC News State Department reporter Ali Weinberg.
THE BIG 4-0: “Pretty clear I’m handling turning 40 next week well.” — Washingtonian Mom editor Kate Bennett.