Quotes of the Day – the Oprah-Lance Armstrong edition.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture…
“WE BEAT GAWKER BY 25 MIN ON BANGS STORY!” — WaPo‘s Reliable Source on finally getting a story within spitting distance of another gossip outlet. The item concerned first lady Michelle Obama’s new hairstyle, which involves bangs.
The Media Observer
“Favorite line from inaug committee warning abt Metro: ‘You will have to stand in close proximity to several thousand people'” — NYT‘s Washington Deputy Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.
Editor wants Christian Mingle to leave him alone
“Dear Christian Mingle, stop sending me emails.” — Eboné Bell, Managing Editor of Tagg magazine, Hip Hop Cardio Instructor, & Founder of Capital Queer Prom.
Oprah’s masterful interview skills
“Oprah rules. She is REALLY good at this. Just a master interviewer.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Also: “Lance is the least sympathetic apologizer possible. I feel ZERO empathy with him.”
“Oprah is a hell of a good interviewer.”– CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.
“This is as much am exercise in journalism as confession. The packages Oprahs guys are dropping in help people who are new to the story.” — NYT‘s David Carr.
“I’m not feeling Lance but I’m loving Oprah. She is a first class interviewer.” — Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.
“I love Oprahshe just goes straight in! #BOOM” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.
The Best of… on Oprah & Lance
“Oprah tells crowd to look under their chairs where they discover rotten vegetables to throw at Lance. That interview I would watch.” — Reuters‘ Sam Youngman.
“Every asshole should get to do an interview with Oprah.” — New York Daily News‘ Josh Greenman.
“Mike Wallace would have filleted Lance Armstrong like a fish.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.
(Fake Oprah Question): “Did you ever have sex with a dead wizard’s body for magical powers?” “Yes” — The Guardian and Salon freelancer Jim Newell during the “yes or no” only portion of the interview.
“For the judging media, remember the ‘culture’ that allows for enhancements that help your job (whisky, Adderoll, whisky).” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.
“I read his book, I supported LiveStrong- so awful to watch him tonight – he seems mostly sorry he got caught!” — NBC4’s Doreen Gentzler.
“So Lance’s drug use was real and Manti’s gf was fake. Got it.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.
“I feel like this is a public therapy session.” — CNN AC360’s Devna Shuka.
“If I’ve learned anything from this Lance Armstrong interview, it’s he’s a high school girl. Stab you in the back without breaking a sweat.” — Social Media Editor for NBC Washington Cheryl Thompson.
“If Lance Armstrong cared about ratings, he would have done interview on 60 Min. Not a cable network nobody watches.” — Alex Conant, U.S. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio‘s press secretary.
“You did not just make a fat joke to Oprah.” — Lizzie O’Leary, whose Twitter bio says simply, “apsiring Hildy Johnson.”
“When does Oprah roll out the wagon of fat?” — ClearChannel‘s Colby Hall. Also: “First clue that I am not on one of my regular viewing channels: seeing ads referencing transvaginal mesh.”
“Fun continuity game: watch water levels in Lance & Oprah water glasses for edit jumping. Straws are an odd touch, too.” — Politico‘s Steve Friess.
Daily Caller reporter takes nasty swipe at CNN’s Piers Morgan...
The Observer: “Worst week in Washington: Whichever forecaster predicted 4 to 6”– HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper.
Important Question to Ponder: “Will @BuzzFeed require @shani_o to be on the job at 5 o’clock in the morning?” — Chuck Thies, contributor, NBCWashington.com.
Convo Between Two Journos
CNN’s Piers Morgan: “On my way to be interveiwed by one of my journalistic heroes.”
The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein: “Stephen Glass?”
Journo gets flu shot
“Wahoo, got my flu shot! Did have to snatch it out of the hands of a single nursing mother, but oh well.” — Washington Monthly‘s Ryan Cooper.
Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.