Quote of the Day:
“My 99-year-old grandma, for whom Russian is her native language, just called to tell me she cannot find ‘buzz’ in any of her dictionaries. ‘I know what ‘feed’ means, but I can’t find ‘buzz.’ I have worked here for 5+ years.”
— Miriam Elder, world editor, BuzzFeed News.
Reporter gets paralyzed over news cycle
“Area reporter unable to pre-write anything due to complete uncertainty about what comes next.” — Byron Tau, WSJ.
‘Do your job, Sarah!’
“As Sarah Huckabee Sanders ends White House press briefing after only a few minutes, reporter is heard yelling, ‘Do your job, Sarah!’ — CBS News.
Speaking of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ daytime smokey eye…
The White House held a 10-minute press conference Tuesday. Sanders employed her quintessential smokey eye, but someone forgot one thing: BLENDING. According to makeup.com, the top tip is “blend, blend and blend some more.” Also: less is more. Don’t kill the messenger, you know it’s true. Christmas is almost here. Something called a “contouring brush” could make a great stocking stuffer. This one looks amazing.
Also, a special shoutout… to WaPo‘s Josh Dawsey for showing off my favorite journo-attire of the week. Seriously, no advice. Keep this look coming.
Monster says HuffPost writer will answer to God if she lies
Huffpost’s Jessica Schulberg writes about a a guy named ‘Monster’ whose site, Gab, is allegedly a “gathering place” for neo-Nazi types. My favorite line: “That was the year that Monster found Jesus.” Read the whole story here.
Monster’s response to the story: “Well, the hit piece arrived,” he wrote on Twitter. “As expected, she portrayed me as a Christina Neo-Nazi through the choice of image and tags. They have no statements to support this portrayal. During the interview, I reminded her that while I judge her for her actions [stet], there is a God in heaven who will. All I did was share my world view in a genuine way.”
Oh, there’s more: “I called her back to tell her my side of the story. I answered her questions off the word. [Is he trying to say off the record???] And I closed by reminding her that a God in heaven will judge her for her work should it be less than truthful. For the rest, she quoted me from my written commentary.” Phew!
Today In Unnecessary Tweeting
“I have confirmed with an editor that all my nightmares are true. Editors definitely notice when you are tweeting and not writing.” — Lyz Lenz, writer, Columbia Journalism Review.
Reporter gets avoided at the DNC
“Another update: after waiting outside the dnc all day to hear how the meeting went, all parties left through the garage to avoid me. Security guard just told me b/c ‘I feel sorry for you.'” — Alex Thompson, Politico.
Woman is fascinated with Seth Mandel’s yarmulke
“Tonight at the train station a lady rubbed my head, fascinated by my yarmulke. This place is Extremely Not New York.” — Seth Mandel, executive editor, Washington Examiner Mag. He has blocked me on Twitter, which is only going to make me scour his feed more. So thank you, a big shout-out to Seth for that.
Sydney Leathers has the right idea about the holidays and presents
“One of my ex boyfriends got me a Christmas present so I feel like the rest of my exes should too. idk I don’t make the rules (I do make the rules & they clearly state I need more presents).” — Sydney Elaine Leathers, ex-sexting partner to former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), who is in prison for sexting with a minor.
So far, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does not like Politico
“For the record, this is the second @politico article about me in a short period of time with *0* named sources to back claims containing false information. Their articles are printed + distributed to **Congressional offices** – w/ no named sources. It’s really unfortunate.” — Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).
Business Insider‘s Joe Perticone remarked, “AOC doesn’t like the reporting so she call the sources fake. Welcome to Capitol Hill.”
Mika Scarborough names her rabbits after Trump and his fam
“Bunny Melania, I just love you! And little D is doing great too #bunnies BUNNYLAGO COMING SOON!!!” — Mika Scarborough on Instagram.
Piers Morgan has the ‘man flu’
HEALTH UPDATE: Man-flu now upgraded to bronchitis, sinusitis & a dash of laryngitis. The trifecta of hell for TV presenting. Doc’s given me this lot to ‘nuke it all away.’ I’ll be at my @GMB work station tomorrow if it kills me, which at this rate it might just do. pic.twitter.com/vuwlB5B7NL
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 18, 2018
NYP‘s Page Six: Former Speaker John Boehner is writing a book about himself??!! Maybe we’ll finally find out how he really stays so tan all year round. Here.
Splinter News: Writer Libby Watson seems to think there are interns who have shaved lawmakers’ legs. Hmmm….I’ll believe that maybe when I read it. She’s asking for Capitol Hill interns to spill their horror stories. The headline definitely inflates the content, which is zilch: “Ever had to trim a senator’s nose hair or shave their legs?” So far, the writer doesn’t have the goods. Here.