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BOLD QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Re #Scandal – Who got shot? Ehhhhhrebody.” — D.C. City Councilman Marion Barry on the hit ABC show Scandal which airs Thursday at 10 p.m.

Quote with absolutely zero context: “Thanks, I’ll have the diet water.” — MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow.

Donald Trump thinks he could turn the country around (and fast) 

“I definitely could (fast)” — Donald Trump, in a seemingly delusional response to a fan who wrote on Twitter, “Then you should run for president! I know you could turn this country around.” What sparked the conversation in the first place? Trump, of course, who wrote, “It’s almost like the United States has no President – we are a rudderless ship heading for a major disaster. Good luck everyone!”

Job hazard for journalists: News

“For once I would like a night where I don’t have to duck away from my friends for news. Just once.” — Al Jazeera’s Jared Keller around midnight when possible news of the possible missing plane parts possibly surfaced in Australia.

“The bigger mystery to me is why people sit for hours watching this speculative garbage. It’s intolerable to me.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“How dumb will you all feel if it turned out it really was a black hole like from the movie LOST and CNN was the only one who got it right?” — Business Insider‘s Hunter Walker.

Chipotle serves beer? 

“I’m not proud I ordered this beer at Chipotle. But I’m not sorry either.” — The Atlantic‘s Defense One editor Kevin Baron.

Are national political reporters dumb when it comes to local D.C. politics? 

“There might be no worse observers of District politics than national political reporters who happen to live here.” — HuffPost‘s Jason Cherkis.

Deep thoughts with HuffPost’s Jason Linkins

“New day coming in a couple minutes, Twitter. Maybe some spats, and some stories, have run their course and we can all move on now.” — HuffPost‘s Linkins.

Ben Smith’s son to follow in dad’s footsteps? 

“My son still up putting together the school newspaper. Man I wish they had indesign in our day.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

NYT Jerusalem Bureau Chief under fire for her nachos claim 

A real lede from Washington Free Beacon: “New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren’s claim that she created an innovative new food she calls ‘Cheesies’ has outraged culturally sensitive foodies, one of whom claims she has engaged in a gross display of ‘cultural appropriation.'” See the story here. Watch her in this seriously pretty stupid NYT video notebook here.

Real HuffPost headline: “This toilet will zap your poo into fuel (and save lives).” WTF??? Read the story here. And remember, as the story says, poop is not glamorous or sexy. Who knew?

Journalism lesson 101

“Gonna start every article with ‘EXCLUSIVE’ from now on. Theory seems to be if I wrote it, it doesn’t exist anywhere else. Ergo: exclusive.” — RedState contributor Ben Howe.

Blogger manages self-control with CNN plane story watching

“I turned on CNN to learn latest on plane. Within 10 seconds, Don Lemon asked if a black hole scooped it up. Total CNN viewing time: 15 secs.” — Brad Phillips, a former CNNer who writes the Mr. Media Training blog.

The voice of reason? 

“Why are people forming conclusions about the new FiveThirtyEight after, what, three days?” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. Politico‘s Blake Hounshell, who weighs in on just about any subject you can spit out your mouth, replied, “Because there was a lot of hype and a lot of swagger.”


UNDER THE WEATHER: “This pic goes out to all those who post amazing Capitol sunsets: this ain’t one of those days.” — WaPo’s Paul Kane with the accompanying picture.