QUOTES of the DAY
“Hey Veggies, I’m giving up meat for #Lent. Went out for 40 days on this bad boy. Wish me luck.” — MSNBC’s Luke Russert in a Tuesday night tweet with this accompanying serious piece of meat above.
Downfalls of not knowing the lingo
A short scene from MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning. Jeff Greenfield is senior political correspondent for CBS News.
Mika: What if Blago is never caught?
Jeff Greenfield: Who?
Mika: What if Blago, Blago, Blago Voyavich?
Jeff Greenfield: I’m sorry, I don’t know your strange ways.
Politico‘s Highlights Magazine headline of the day
In Politico‘s new Kids’ Section, anything can happen. Today’s headline from a story by Amie Parnes is: “Obama in ‘Unfamiliar Fishes’ book.” The short post features news of Obama’s favorite dish, which is apparently the heart healthy Hawaiian fish that is “breaded, fried meat with rice, macaroni and brown gravy.” This is not a cookbook.
Cokie on NPR: ‘Not a good season.’
“The state of journalism is fabulous. It’s not a good season for the executives at NPR but the journalists keep churning it out.” — Senior News Analyst of NPR Cokie Roberts on this morning’s “Morning Joe. ”
Ash Wednesday: redundant?
“Is it just me, or does Ash Wednesday seem redundant this year? Either way, my home state of Illinois is giving up the death penalty on this first day of Lent – and will become the 16th state to abolish capital punishment.” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger, who has assumed former Executive Editor Carl Cannon’s morning duties of sending out the morning e-mail.
“#onlyinwashington you get: 10 reporters gabbing @ a bar about Issa, only to figure out that he’s 10 feet away and heard them.” — RealClearPolitics‘ Erin McPike in a Monday tweet referring to House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) who fired his Spokesman Kurt Bardella last week after it was reported that he leaked journalists’ emails to a NYT reporter.
A GOP pundit gives praise to NYT
“Pleasant surprise: The NYT does a pretty fair and balanced job covering the video prank against NPR. Good story.” — Former Bush White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a Wednesday morning tweet.
A special Happy Birthday to….
Shani Hilton, the woman who refused to comment when we asked her if she had anything to do with writing @DCJourno, who is all but extinct at this point despite being featured in NYT. She’s pals with a number of Boy Banders who include Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman, who remarked, “Happy happy birthday to @shani_o. So happy she moved to DC.” We are too. Shani is Associate Editor of the Center for American Progress’s CampusProgress.org and Washington correspondent for Colorlines magazine.