Famous last words? “I don’t know what a sharknado is, but I wish it would get out of my timeline.” — George Scoville.
Dylan Byers blasted for daring to deflate Glenn Greenwald
Kade: “Bet @DylanByers feels dumb about saying @ggreenwald didn’t have anymore big stories. How exciting on all fronts!” To which D.C. freelancer Sam Knight replied, “No, Kade. You’re wrong. If @DylanByers felt dumb about being wrong, he would have stopped trafficking wrong a long time ago.” All of this bluster stems from a single line in a Thursday post from Politico‘s Dylan Byers, in which he said he thought the wind was coming out of Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald’s sails. More specifically, “Greenwald doesn’t appear to have any more big revelations up his sleeve.”And with that, let the d**k swinging contest begin! You’d have thought Byers said Greenwald had some sort of erectile dysfunction disorder by the way that geeky know-it-all prof and blogger Jay Rosen and Greenwald reacted. Then again, Byers isn’t exactly great at reading crystal balls – anyone recall what he said about NYT‘s Nate Silver? Nonetheless, Byers shot back at Rosen and Greenwald, who made fun of him and challenged his comment, writing, “Both of you willingly misread and are misrepresenting what I wrote.” He added, “Read this one and please try to troll less.” (Read here.) In conclusion, we’re taking Byers’ side here, but only because Rosen and Greenwald sound like a couple of whiny babies.
Newly elected WHCA board member expresses gratitude
“Thrilled and a little nervous about representing my colleagues on the White House Correspondents Association board. Thank you.” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox. Others who won: WSJ‘s Carol Lee as Prez; CBS’ Major Garrett as a board member. Congrats to all. Read more about this here.
Pregnant gossip writer has pickle cravings
“I’ve eaten five pickles in less than 24 hours, thereby officially becoming a cliché. #preggoproblems” — Howiella Kurtz (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz).
“OK, I’m going to say it – Britney’s new song sucks” — Nikki Schwab, who links to the song.
Important Q to Ponder: “What the fuck is going on in downtown DC? Why are 8 blocks cordoned off?” — WSJ video reporter Neil Hickey.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:18 a.m.
Sexy for Washington talk
“Hot Mitch McConnell on Harry Reid action right now.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.
“May not take @DCCirculator anymore if they can’t let passengers debark during 15 mns & counting of gridlocked traffic. Bus #1131.” — Crisis consultant and former journo Tim Burger.
Don’t miss more Morning Chatter… and WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten attempting humor…Blah blah blah…“Don’t wanna brag, but a new book profiles me. Direct quote: ‘Hvis der er noget, Gene Weingarten ikke taler sa er det krukkeri, og serlicht.'” — WaPo‘s Weingarten. To which WSJ‘s James Grimaldi replied, “@geneweingarten you’re in that Leibovich book? That guy could never spell.”
Convo Between Two Journos
CQ Roll Call‘s Niels Lesniewski: “Not sure many people even understand what a ‘cooling saucer’ actually is.”
Bloomberg BNA’s Alex Parker: “I’ve never understood it. It keeps the table from getting burnt?”