Quotes of the Day
“News helicopters being told to back off because HWY Patrol can’t hear people crying for help #tornado #oklahoma” — Robin Marsh, news anchor in Oklahoma City.
Fallout: Bring Up Politics at Your Own Risk
“I’m a douche low-life scumbag jackhole ghoul for noting Coburn already wants offsets to fed aid and Inhofe is climate change denier.” – Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, who got bombarded when he wrote this: “It’s striking that OK’s sens are 1) a federal spending skeptic and 2) global warming denier.” In response to the above, Kristina Ribali, director of new media at Freedom Works remarked: “@GlennThrush I didn’t say you were slamming them, I said you were being an ass. Have some class.” Labor reporter F. Bill McMorris wrote simply, “#douche.”
Did someone speak too soon?
“Thank God tragedies like this one in OK bring out the highest and best in everyone – politicians, first responders, government, media.” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.
More media in-fighting…
The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel: “If GOP going to use IRS ‘scandal’ to demolish government,they may wish to look at need for very same government in Oklahoma tornado disaster.”
National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg: “.@KatrinaNation what’s really in poor taste how your point is so pedestrian and lame. Why bother? Jeez.”
The Day After: “It is always the next day when the sun comes up that we learn the extent of the horror.” — Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.
And a few confessionals…
“Sometimes the disaster voyeurism on Twitter makes me uncomfortable.” — Blake Hounshel, managing editor of Foreign Policy mag.
“I lost some family that meant a lot to me in the AL tornadoes. Think I’ll clock out of coverage for the evening and pick it up in the AM.” — FBDC Contributor and Bill Press’ producer Peter Ogburn.
“The partisanship in the wake of tragedy stuns me.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.
“When you turn your TV off and stop tweeting tonight — stop. Sit in peace. Too many people don’t have that tonight.” — WaPo producer Jeff Simon.
Emotions on high: A Variety of Calls for Prayer
- “Terrifying photo of tornado damage nyti.ms/10R5Ly2 May the dead rest in peace. May survivors get help to heal and rebuild.” — Conor Friedersdorf, staff writer for The Atlantic.
“Worst part about Oklahoma news is you know it’s going to get worse. And that’s just heartbreaking. #PrayForOklahoma” — Rory Cooper, communications director to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.
- “The sad news from Oklahoma keeps rolling in. Everyone at TheDC is thinking of the folks affected, & will keep you in our thoughts & prayers.” — The Daily Caller.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Oklahoma tonight. #okc” — Newt Gingrich.
“CIA source says Fox News scandal the ‘4th Shoe'; says it goes much deeper; says WH also sitting on “something” that has top aides terrified.” — Drudge Report and TWT Columnist Joseph Curl.
GOP Spox Prediction: 60 Minutes to land first Obama interview
“White House/Obama scandal tsunami is growing. Odds that the White House offers Steve Kroft the first POTUS interview?” — NRSC Strategist/Spokesman Brad Dayspring in an unfortunate display of using a weather analogy on the wrong day.
Rubin Vs. Shuster
“Watching lefty media meltdown re Obama media spying is like a kid finding out Babe Ruth was a drunk. Sorry to disillusion but long overdue.” — WaPo‘s
“Right Turn” blogger Jennifer Rubin.
Shuster guts Rubin like a fish…“When it comes to RWNJ’s, including @JRubinBlogger, who are mentally ill + psychotic, best to ignore them.” — Lefty radio host David Shuster. “[Jennifer Rubin] proves again she is a habitual liar. And, asking @CNN to cut the mic of somebody responding to her lies? Psychotic.”
Bureau Chief takes firm stance on exposed pits
“Phew, getting people blind drunk in bars in order to get them to tell you things isn’t in DOJ’s list of treasonous acts that reporters do.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton. And this from a few days ago, but we couldn’t resist it: “I’m a firm believer that sleeves are mandatory for dudes in a restaurant situation. Nobody wants your pits exposed near their food.”
Watch out, ladies, your purses are germier than you think
“Not the dinner hour yet so if you carry a purse tune in at 4. Report shows more germs on your purse than a toilet. News4 @nbcwashington.” — Jim Handly, anchor, NBC Washington.
See more Morning Chatter…
CNN Political Director witnesses potential bar brawl
“Nearly a fight at the hotel bar in Concord, NH … on a Monday night no less. Hmmm, really?” — CNN’s Mark Preston.
Ana Marie Cox envisions “worst party in the word”
“Ann Landers-meets-Lena Dunham-meets-Peggy Noonan-meets-Maureen Dowd OH MY GOD THAT SOUNDS LIKE THE WORST PARTY IN THE WORLD.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:42 a.m.
Fun fact on TIME‘s Zeke Miller…
“Little-known fact: according to the Twitter terms of service, all @ZekeJMiller tweets = endorsements.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.
Travel Bitches: Journo gets unfortunate middle seat
“Nothing I enjoy more than being squeezed in between two very large men on airplanes. Bonus: one guy doesn’t even fit in his seat.” — Jeremy S. Cahill, national security correspondent for The Nation.
Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.