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Morning Mirror: Senator Butchers Mika Brzezinski’s Name

Quote of the Day:

“I don’t think he was telling the truth at his confirmation hearing in January. I don’t think he’s telling the truth today. Let me clear that this is not personal.” 

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Last Word” with Lawrence O’Donnell Wednesday night. He was reacting to Sessions testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Sen. Bill Cassidy‘s (R-La.) pronunciation of Mika Brzezinski on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Thursday: “My-Kha.” When asked if President Trump has ever lied, Cassidy told her Trump speaks in hyperbole. Mika then concluded the segment with an eye roll, clearly outraged at the senator. “I understand completely,” she told him. She and fiancé Joe Scarborough then joked that three-year-olds could play in spaghetti sauce — with their feet — and someone could tell Trump it was health care legislation and he’d believe it. “THAT was a profile in courage,” she cracked sarcastically of Cassidy.


“To show little girls everywhere they can go from lowly staff assistant to ambassador to the Vatican by having affair w/a powerful married man.” —Cheri Jacobus, a PR consultant, TV pundit, reacting to a story in The Daily Caller about Callista Gingrich being confirmed as Amb. to the Vatican.

Howard Stern on Pervy Harvey Weinstein 

“If I was Harvey Weinstein, I’d wear a burqa and I’d say, listen, you don’t have to look at me.” — radio shock jock Howard Stern during an appearance on ABC’s late show with Jimmy Kimmel Wednesday night. He also called him a “big fat guy.”

Weird confessional. 

“My search for the perfect mouse for my big clumsy hands continues.” — Tom Nichols, professor, Naval War College.

Montel invites himself to Sen. Hatch’s office to talk Cannabis 

This is a Twitter convo. 

Montel Williams, ex-talk show host: Impressed by and grateful for @OrrinHatch’s leadership on cannabis reform. His is a strong conservative position.

Sen. Hatch’s Office: Thanks Montel!

Montel Williams: I’d be honored to come see Senator Hatch in DC, or in Utah with respect to cannabis. @jonfranks can help coordinate – jon@montelmedia.com

NBC’s Megyn Kelly: The Latest

US Weekly: Megyn Kelly‘s NBC coworkers are being really supportive. Yeah, really! See here.

Jezebel: Story gets 10 anonymous anchors from around the country to weigh in on Megyn Kelly’s new “TODAY Show” hour on NBC. What I learned: Megyn Kelly is not Ellen DeGeneres. Megyn Kelly needs a grace period time to figure out how to be Megyn Kelly. She’s trying too hard. The show is a mess. She’s too hard to relate to. End the show now. See here.


“My favorite Cruz debate was lip booger Cruz debate.” — Katie Leach, social media writer and producer at The Washington Examiner.

The Name Dropper

“I had lunch today with our mutual friend Alan Alda.” — MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell to his guest Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute.

Journo shows off his lapel pin

Joe Perticone writes for Business Insider.

Tabloid/Gossip Roundup

NYP‘s Page Six: The Mooch allegedly loses speaking gigs because of his thoughtful and sensitive Holocaust poll. Of course he denies it. See here.

The Blast: Comedian Chelsea Handler ditches Netflix show, blames election for “galvanizing” her.

BuzzFeed: “11 Things Your IT Person Is Tired Of Hearing.” One is “Hey, you busy?” See here.

HuffPost: When ex-FNCer Bill O’Reilly goes low on Twitter, CNN’s Jake Tapper kicks his ass. It’s actually pretty funny. See here.

Betsy Rothstein
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Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Betsy has been covering and torturing Washington media for the past three years. Early on she studied journalism in England, interviewing punk rockers in Piccadilly Square who stole her notebook and ripped it up. After graduating from Union College with a B.A. in Spanish, she began her journalism career in Cambridge, Mass., working for a Cuban newspaper where she conducted man-on-the-street interviews. She asked Latinos about their love lives. “Do Latinos make better lovers or what?” She soon moved out west to Denver, where she worked for two rival Hispanic weeklies for one year each. Next stop: J-school at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a master’s degree. In the years following grad school she worked at the Boca Raton News as a business reporter followed by a brief stint as a press secretary for former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). She spent the next decade on Capitol Hill covering hard news, features and gossip for The Hill Newspaper. In 2009 she quit and moved to Portland, Ore. and wrote about the many long-haired men there who distinctly resemble Jesus. They weren’t all kind (one was fat and confrontational) but she got her story. Prior to joining TheDC, Betsy was the editor of FishbowlDC, a Washington media gossip blog.

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