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Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Quote of the Day: 

“Private Eye does another hatchet job on me today predicated on assertion I was Editor-in-Chief of Sunday Mirror. This is a lie. I wasn’t.” — Daily Mail‘s editor-at-large Piers Morgan.

NYT‘s Peter Baker defends his story 

“Just to clear up any misunderstanding, nothing in today’s article suggested anyone wanted the president harmed. A serious misinterpretation.” — NYT’s Peter Baker, whose story Wednesday began like this:

“President Obama must be touched by all the concern Republicans are showing him these days. As Congress examines security breaches at the White House, even opposition lawmakers who have spent the last six years fighting his every initiative have expressed deep worry for his security.”

Read the full story here.

The Media Observer

“Used to be reporters from lots of papers covered same event and wrote their take. Now one covers it and everyone else aggregates their take.” — WaPo‘s White House correspondent David Nakamura.


Is that meat in your pants? 

“Police say a supermarket employee has been accused of leaving the store with $1,200 worth of meat hidden in his pants.” — NBC Washington. The dude was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny. You’d think he’d at least get brownie points for creativity. Read here.

ESPN reporter reveals breast cancer diagnosis  

“I now join the one in eight women who are battling breast cancer. Early detection will save my life. Tell loved ones.” — Shelley Smith, an ESPN reporter in LA.

Question to ponder: “How many public restrooms did the Ebola victim use after a low-grade fever started and how many people used that public restroom?” — Breitbart News Texas “Bureau Chief” Brandon Darby.

Question to never, ever ponder: “Serious question: What does one gain from favoriting a tweet? Strategically, what’s the point?” — WaPo “humor” columnist Gene Weingarten.

Is this really how coworkers speak to each other? 

@swin24 can you answer my fucking gchat it is time-sensistive thanks” — The Daily Beast‘s Olivia Nuzzi to Asawin Suebsaeng.

Never gonna happen

“Plea to campaign reporters: If your story is mostly an oppo research dump, please write that information ‘was provided by a rival party.'” — Walter Shapiro, columnist, Yale prof.

Violence in the newsroom

“.@timkmak just threatened to punch me in the face b/c i won’t stop singing the chorus from ‘shake it off'” — The Daily Beast‘s Asawin Suebsaeng on his co-worker, roommate and twin, Tim Mak.