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Clickbait: Free Beacon’s Next Top Model-American

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Yesterday, Free Beacon’s Robert Charette graciously welcomed swimsuit model Anne Vyalitsyna to that one awesome country, that everyone likes, and has ranked #1 in freedom for over 237 straight years. That one. Yeah, that’s right! This one! She’s part of Team U.S.A. now! A stunningly beautiful swimsuit model from Europe became a naturalized American citizen, proving that our current immigration system ain’t all that bad (except in basically every other way).

Follow the jump for more about America’s impressive new catch!

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Afternoon Reading List 11.19.13

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Journos VS Flacks: Newscastic co-founder and contributor Chris Ortiz posted a blog yesterday about the six ways in which PR flacks piss off journalists. The list comes complete with some wacky, fun, and zany GIFs, but more importantly, it includes six very true, very irritating flack-related pet peeves.

Why you should read it: It’s all true, and that makes the piece funny. The GIFs however, are priceless and were perfectly placed at the proper points of the list, highlighting each of the pet peeves. Read more here.

Shep Smith mocks fat Canadian crackhead mayor: Yesterday, HuffPost’s Jack Mirkinson added a clip of Fox News’ Shep Smith and his instant replay videos of Toronto Mayor/ginormous crack enthusiast, Rob Ford. In the clip, Ford thundered across the floor of a busy city council meeting and barreled into an old lady. A reporter’s voice in the background details Ford’s movements, but Smith shamelessly mocks the egg-shaped druggy as he power-waddles into a bystander and then topples her to the floor.

Why you should read/watch it: The clip of Ford truffle-shuffling all the way across the room has been blasted all over the cable news stations, but Smith’s captions make his coverage the one most worth watching. Read/watch more here.

What does the media keep getting wrong in its Obamacare coverage?

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Afternoon Reading List 11.18.13

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Craig James defends ESPN commentator: Yesterday, Breitbart posted former sports broadcaster and football player Craig James‘ response to remarks made by ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone regarding the national anthem. Blackistone believes the song is a “war anthem” and full of “military symbolism.” While James disagrees with Blackistone’s statements, he still defends the commentator’s right to say them.

Why you should read it: It was either Jon Bon Jovi or Voltaire who said: “I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” First amendment, baby! Hell yeah! Read more here.

David Folkenflik body slams Roger Ailes (metaphorically speaking): PoliticoMagazine posted a piece yesterday by NPR’s David Folkenflik about all of the fun and quirky broadcasting tactics of Fox News’ chairman, Roger Ailes. Folkenflik calls Ailes “pugnacious,” meaning eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight, which this blogger accidentally read as “puglarious,” meaning bearing a strong resemblance or regard to a hilarious looking pug. Either definition would suffice, however.

Why you should read it: Besides the puglarious picture of Ailes at the top of the piece? You have to check out the ways Ailes will ruin your career in some bizarrely well conceived and specific manner, engineered to warp your psyche and destroy you professionally, emotionally, and psychologically if you ever cross him in the future. Read more here!

Follow the jump to see who had the dumbest tweets last week!

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Afternoon Reading List 11.06.13

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Rand Paul speeches to use Chicago Style citations?: According to a UPI post on Breitbart, Rand Paul has become so aggravated with the accusations of plagiarism in his speeches, an opinion article, and book that he will start footnoting his writings. This decision was made in the aftermath of Rachel Maddow calling Paul out on his prolific use of the “Gattaca” Wikipedia page in one of his recent speeches. This controversy has led to TWT cancelling his weekly column.

Why you should read it: To remember to attribute information where it’s due, and to justify all of those hours spent scanning Wikipedia in the middle of the night for no reason. Read more here.

Epic burn on CNN: Late last night, Mediaite’s Josh Feldman posted about Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd‘s burn on CNN. As the Terry McAuliffe HQ watched the election results on that network last night, they missed out on the news that McAuliffe actually won the election. Todd and Maddow goofed on their competitor, and Maddow even suggested that Todd change the channel. He said ““If they choose to get slower news, what are we supposed to do? I think word will trickle in that maybe they ought to change the channel if they want to know who won the Virginia governor’s race.”

Why you should read it: The phrase “If you’re not first, you’re last,” was made popular by the Will Ferrell movie “Talladega Nights,” and outside of stock car racing and reporting, that phrase means nothing. Inside, it’s everything. Read more here.

Whose ratings have been dismal this week?

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Click Bait: Hungry? Try Daily Caller

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Today’s Click Bait was designed as a riddle and it comes from the Daily Caller’s Koala McDidgeridoo. The brain teasing challenge of wits being presented to the reader asks one simple question: “What do these 8 photos make you think of?” and gives a slideshow of 9 photos.

Each snapshot appears to be of flawlessly beautiful models and celebrities enjoying some form of iced cream or popsicle treat while posing and eating said treat in a very provocative manner. Without ruining the surprise ending and giving away the mind-boggling answer to the riddle, we at FishbowlDC urge our readers to give in to temptation, end that internal struggle!

Click that Bait here.

Afternoon Reading List 11.05.13

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Press secretary spars with reporter: HuffPost reported yesterday that during a heated White House briefing, reporter Jon Karl of ABC News pressured White House press secretary Jay Carney pretty hard for answers regarding the trail of Obamacare applications that are not submitted through the online system. After Carney has had enough, he actually sounds like a fed up middle school substitute teacher when he retorts with, ”Jon, I get it!” as he mockingly copycats Karl’s aggressive finger-pointing and incessant badgering.

Why you should read/watch it: Watch Carney get flustered. It’s hilarious. He takes it with stride, as any professional in his position would, and the back and forth is worth catching. Read/watch more here.

MSNBC host gets sassy: BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip yesterday of Abby Huntsman, co-host of “The Cycle” on MSNBC, as she responds to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s gossipy “Double Down,” and its portrayal of her family in the 2012 presidential race (Huntsman’s father, Jon Huntsman Jr., was a candidate vying for the GOP nod). She drops a sass bomb on the authors, but still half-way recommends the book for its bubblegum appeal, because it’s the flavor D.C.’s media loves to chew.

Why you should watch it: Huntsman’s voracious rebuttal is one long insult directed towards Heilemann and Halperin, and she’s sprinkled it with some pleasant imagery as well. Watch more here.

Whose biblical insight gave Glenn Beck a run for his money?

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Celebrity Fight Club: Douglas Swings At Pelosi

DouglasPelosiWhile rummaging through the photos snapped at the Ploughshares Fund Gala last week, which featured Secretary of State John Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Oscar and Emmy award winner Michael Douglas, FishbowlDC came across this unnoticed, yet disturbing, picture taken after the event.

WARNING: Following the jump will lead to fake news and trick photography.

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Afternoon Reading List 11.4.13

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The Simpsons takes digs at the Media: According to Jack Mirkinson from HuffPost, last night, as ”The Simpsons” rounds the bases on its 24th season, it also took several jabs at all the big media outlets. CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times were all subject to lampooning, the bulk of which was reserved for Fox News. Rachel Maddow was also given an extended guest spot on the show.

Why you should read it: See how in “The Simpsons” universe, they use technology to deal with bipartisanship. Read more here.

Media misreports LAX shooting, still a win: Erik Wemple posted his appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with David Folkenflik on his WaPo blog. In that appearance, Wemple called the reporting of the LAX shooter a “win” for the media and a huge improvement from the breaking news reporting of Navy Yard and Newtown. Given, the media still misreports breaking news whenever it can. Now it’s just slightly better misreporting going on.

Why you should read it: See what NBC News still misreported, and see what hoax the Toronto Globe and Mail fell for and reported as actual news. Read more here.

Who was always skeptical of Obama’s “Keep Your Plan” promise?

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Bloomberg Hires Barry Ritholtz

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Barry L. Ritholtz joins Bloomberg View as a columnist covering finance, the economy, and the business world writ large. Ritholtz runs the finance blog The Big Picture, and also works as a money manager. He has been a professional market strategist, specializing in quantitative and behavioral analyses of markets and the economy. His approaches are both as a witty and iconoclastic contrarian.

“Barry brings a singular and authoritative voice to our core business coverage,” said David Shipley, the senior executive editor of Bloomberg View. “We’re thrilled that he’s decided to make View his new home.”

Ritholtz studied mathematics and physics at Stony Brook University, where he also earned an undergraduate degree in political science. He has a law degree from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. He worked briefly as an attorney before pursuing a career in finance. He launched The Big Picture blog in 2003.

Extreme Makeover: The Hill Edition

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The Hill this week announced the relaunch of its revamped and redesigned website, increasing readability and interactivity for users and advertisers. The new and improved website, whose redesign was led by HyperGraphics Design, looks bigger, cleaner, and is easier to use and navigate.

So what all has changed?

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