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Afternoon Reading List 05.30.13

The state of conservative media  Oliver Willis, a professional Fox News hater for Media Matters, laid out the current state of conservative media in a story for The Daily Banter. Well his take on it, anyway. The piece was very much in Willis’ typical style, bashing the right-wing media and conservative movement. Willis said that Rush Limbaugh is still conservative media’s “most dominant voice,” though his audience is fading due to his lack of online activity and aging radio audience. According to Willis, he is not only influential to his audience, but Limbaugh is also influential among right-wing pols. Where Limbaugh falls short in online activity, Willis said Matt Drudge and Glenn Beck are both excelling on the web, though some of Drudge’s credibility has been lost due to his fondness for “conspiracy theories from 9/11 truthers.” The piece also evaluates the new generation of right-wing media, including Breitbart.com and Michelle Malkin. Willis calls this new breed of conservative media “a gaggle of clowns” and says it “could be the best thing to happen to the left.” Though Willis dismisses Breitbart.com as a non-serious news outlet, he does credit Andrew Breitbart’s original mission for the website. Under his leadership, he said, the site was “evil, but a good idea” and that Breitbart “knew what the hell he was doing.” Since Breitbart’s passing, however, Willis said the site has taken a turn for the worse. Not trying hiding his obvious personal bias, Willis concedes that he is “a liberal who wants conservatism to fail.” So while he may not the best person to evaluate the current state of the conservative media, he does give a rather detailed analysis of the right-wing media from the perspective of the left.

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Emily Miller: New York Times hates firearms —The New York Times on Tuesday ran a front-page story on gun makers’ views of their role in curbing gun violence, and TWT’s Emily Miller was all over it. Miller, who was recently all over ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) shitty behavior towards her in the Speaker’s Lobby, wrote a scathing piece on the above-the-fold placement and positioning next to a photo of a mother and child at a gravestone in Arlington Cemetery. She also questioned the story’s news value. Miller wrote that the Times “has turned into a docile tool of anti-gun organizations” and said “the newspaper hates firearms.” The Times story begins with quotes from executives of major gun manufacturers which, as Miller points out, are revealed in the fourth graph of the story to be at least decade old. Miller said the story had “no news, but only decade-old testimony.” She also accuses the story and the Times of having an “agenda to get readers to blame the manufacturers for what criminals do with their products.” Of course, Miller also has an agenda — she’s anti-left and pro-guns. Though the story does appear to be based on decade-old testimonies from gun-manufacturer executives, the documents had long been confidential and the Times story claimed many companies had the same executives as a decade ago and held the same stances. Miller doesn’t use this story as lone evidence to illustrate the Times’ disdain of the Second Amendment, but also cites the “uber-liberal editorial page,” which she said “has been attacking the Second Amendment nonstop since the Newtown shooting” and goes on to list headlines that have appeared on the page condemning current gun laws.

Actor wants to eat lobster with Obama — In this weeks installment of Robin Bronk’s “My 5 Minutes With The President” for The Hill, the Creative Coalition CEO interviewed actor Keith Powell. Powell played a writer on NBC’s Emmy Award-winning show “30 Rock” and has starred in feature films including “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” and “Syrup.” So where would Powell take the President for a day? “I’d want to eat a lobster roll with him in Maine,” Powell said. The actor, in his humdrum responses, also said he’d like to talk Obama about affirmative action, which he said “has been a pretty much neglected topic in the country.” He also adds that a career in political advocacy isn’t out of the cards for his future.

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