Quote of the Day:
“Every time we ding Trump’s demonstrably false claim press doesn’t cover terror, we talk about terror, which is exactly what the WH wants. Why? Because talking terror stands to positively influence public opinion on Trump’s travel ban. And it takes time away from Q’s about the ban’s fumbled roll out, the court case against the ban, voter fraud claims, Russia etc etc.”
— MSNBC’s Katy Tur.
Glenn Thrush says Tuesday’s White House briefing was boring
“Pretty subdued, almost Earnest-ian briefing today — so far!” — Glenn Thrush, NYT. Also at the briefing Tuesday… fellow reporters jokingly asked for his autograph after SNL impersonated him over the weekend.
Montel Williams has questions for Sean Spicer but the damn White House won’t tweet back
CNN PR lashes out at Spicer’s remark at White House briefing
At the briefing today, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said CNN had walked back its comments on Kellyanne Conway’s credibility.
NYT‘s Maggie Haberman calls Trump meeting ‘fake news’
And Kellyanne Conway says Trump is listening
As Betsy DeVos gets confirmed…
“Considering home schooling which up until 90 minutes ago was my worst f$&king nightmare.” — Elizabeth Thorp, editor-in-chief, PYPO, former editor-in-chief Capitol File Magazine.
Overheard in the Newsroom
“I had a weird dream about my neighbor’s dog.” — Anonymous journo.
“Pretty much the only thing I can see reporters tweeting about Trump’s speech is Trump’s comment about the media. Amazing narcissism.” — Noah Rothman, contributor to Washington Free Beacon, Commentary and The Weekly Standard.
Ben Smith gets shushed
“The receptionist at my building straight left as I was trying to get my package. Shushed me and walked away.” — Ben Smith, former social media guy at The Washington Examiner.
Jake Tapper’s dog compliments himself