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Dean Baquet to Replace Jill Abramson as Executive Editor of NYTimes

The New York TimesAccording to The New York Times, Executive Editor Jill Abramson is “unexpectedly leaving” her position as top editor at the newspaper and will be replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet. Abramson served as executive editor since 2011 and was the first woman in the role.

According to New York Times coverage of the announcement, “The reasons for the switch were not immediately clear.”

Baquet will be the first African-American executive editor of the newspaper. He returned to the Times as chief of its Washington bureau and an assistant managing editor in 2007 after being fired the previous November as editor of the Los Angeles Times for refusing to cut jobs from his newsroom.

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Social Media 201Starting October 13Social Media 201 picks up where Social Media 101 leaves off, to provide you with hands-on instruction for gaining likes, followers, retweets, favorites, pins, and engagement. Social media experts will teach you how to make social media marketing work for your bottom line and achieving your business goals. Register now!

Smithsonian Magazine to Fly Drone in Ronald Reagan Building

smithsonianWhile drone journalism isn’t yet a common practice in news gathering, who’s to say it won’t be in the near future?

As part of it’s “Future is Here” festival taking place this weekend,Smithsonian magazine will present a live drone flight inside the Ronald Reagan Building and a demonstration of a hydrogen and nitrogen-powered jetpack on Woodrow Wilson Plaza. Both presentations will be filmed for upcoming Smithsonian Channel specials.

FAA clearance was specially obtained in advance of the jetpack flight, due to the close proximity of the presentation to the White House, according to Smithsonian Media. “As a stipulation of the clearance, the jetpack must stay below a certain height, or risk being shot down.”

For information on tickets, visit www.smithsonian.com/future.

Actor Patrick Stewart In Conversation with NPR’s Scott Simon

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Are you a huge “X-Men” or “Star Trek” fan with an extra $250 to spend? If so, we have an event just for you.

As part of Smithsonian Magazine’s upcoming “Future Is Here” festival taking place May 16-18 in DC, host of NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturdays” Scott Simon will interview and have a Q&A with Patrick Stewart following an advance screening of “X-Men: Days of Future Past.” Stewart, who plays Professor Charles Xavier, is also well known for portraying Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the “Star Trek” franchise. Read more

Erick Erickson Called You a Shameless Whore (Especially You MSNBC Ladies!)

Well, this isn’t very nice. Erick Erickson went on a somewhat pornographic screed against the news media today in a post to Redstate.com:

You guys in the press who are reading this right now can be such shameless whores. I generally try to hold to the standard these days that if I wouldn’t be outraged by George Chimpy McBushitler Halliburton and Darth Cheney doing something, I shouldn’t be outraged by President Obama. And if I’d be outraged by Bush, I should be outraged by Obama.

But you journalists have such erections for everything Barack Obama does, you can’t even summon outrage to report fairly on the latest b.s. from the administration over Obamacare. Is it any wonder so many people have stopped trusting you?

Erickson also accuses the lady journalists of wanting to bone the prez:

But now, you’d rather have cocktails (pun absolutely intended for a good portion of you “journalists”) with the President, jealously size up the competition in the First Lady, and wish you too could be a mistress when you see France’s President and whoever the gal of the week is for him…

…with President Obama, half of MSNBC still wants to have his baby and the women over there just want to be his mistress. Hell, France’s President has one.

Why, you ask, would Mr. Erickson say such things? Well because of Obamacare, obvs.

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Adventures in B-Roll: A Huge Reward

Here’s a feel good story for ya. So to speak.

DC’s own Fox 5 runs a little piece about a Michigan man who finds $100k in a house he’s cleaning up, returns it, and gets a reward. But $100k isn’t the only thing he found….

Check out the 0:22 sec mark and the 00:48 sec mark to see what other, bigger, blacker, surprise awaited our good Michigan man in this filthy, dirty house. We apologize in advance for the video quality, but then again, this isn’t something you exactly want a close-up of either…

Bret Baier, In a Car, With Other People, Talking

Bret Baier sits down and puts on his seat belt for a mobile interview with Tom Bevan and Charlie Stone of Real Clear Politics about his five years as host of “Special Report.” Not sure how we feel about this “Morning Commute” interview format. It’s like “Cash Cab” but there’s no prize for sitting through the whole thing. Nonetheless, here you go, dear readers. Enjoy:

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Pat Collins and His Snow Stick

Local news is ridiculous. And we love it!

Were you aware there was a thing called Pat Collins‘ Snow Stick that is featured on NBC 4′s evening news programme? Were you also aware that this Stick has it’s own Twitter handle, @PatsSnowStick. We aren’t exactly clear why, but we believe it is used for measuring snowmen’s genetalia. We think? Actually we made that up -though if it were our Snow Stick, it would definitely be put to more phallic uses than just measuring snow. But to each his own.

Two things are for sure though, 1) Pat Collins loves his Snow Stick, and 2) Pat Collins has a bullet-proof contract and cannot be fired.

Witness the joys of Pat Collins’ Snow Stick In Action Below!

 

 

Diane Rehm: Beloved DC Media Maven/Spiritual Leader of Michigan Hardcore

We’ve been really into this Michigan hardcore band recently…

And by that we mean we just discovered them while googling images of Diane Rehm (don’t ask!). A quick perusal of their lyrics doesn’t suggest an immediate connection to Ms. Rehm:

maybe I shoulda gone to class more/
but my education two pints deep in the gutter at 2:00 pm taught me/
i could never f**king work for them.

But they’ve got spunk… and an unusual vocal presentation, so we guess it makes sense…

Go here to check out their music. Warning: NSWF!!!

Wanna Write a Novel? Move to Iceland

The great Halldor Laxness, but you knew that already.

The great Halldor Laxness, but you knew that already.

We know all of you out there in Journo-Land are burning with literary ambition. Hell, the only reason half you are even in this profession is because you just never got around to finishing your Thomas Wolfe knock-off inspired Great American Novel. But maybe it’s not too late. There’s always Iceland. Seriously.

According to the BBC, 1 in 10 Icelanders will publish a book. That’s right, 10% of the (granted, rather small) nation of Iceland will publish a book. Apparently their preferred genre is crime novels, though there are quite a few poets and erotic fiction writers as well. And, according to NPR, not only do Icelanders write, they read -more books per capita than any other country in the world.

But what does this have to do with you? Glad I asked. For the first time ever, the country of Iceland is offering an Iceland Writer’s Retreat and the Ambassador of Iceland, Guðmundur Árni Stefánsson, wants to recruit DC writers and journos.

Now, for the reasonable-ish price of $2100, you can travel to beautiful Reykjavik for a week of “intimate workshops,” scintillating conversation, and naked hotspringing -all while learning to perfect your craft in the most book-hungry country in the world. Plus, Bjork! And who knows, if you fall in love with the place, and stick around, you may even end up being the next Halldor Laxness.

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Wait, What?

Paul-Obama 2012? Well that doesn’t make much sense…

 

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