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Politifact Lie of the Year: “You Can Keep It”

Suck it Obama! You done been called out! Jake Tapper labeled Barack Obama “Liar-in-Chief” just moments ago on his show, “The Lead”. Well actually it was Politifact (and 59% of the country) who bequeathed the title upon POTUS, declaring that the now-infamous phrase, “If you like your plan, you can keep it,” was 2013′s lie of the year. Interestingly, this very same statement was called a “half-truth” by Politifact in 2012. Back then, they wrote:

Obama has a reasonable point: His health care law does take pains to allow Americans to keep their health plan if they want to remain on it. But Obama suggests that keeping the insurance you like is guaranteed.

In reality, Americans are not simply able to keep their insurance through thick and thin. Even before the law has taken effect, the rate of forced plan-switching among policyholders every year is substantial, and the CBO figures suggest that the law could increase that rate, at least modestly, even if Americans on balance benefit from the law’s provisions. We rate Obama’s claim Half True.

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Haley Sweetland Edwards is One of Longform.orgs Best of 2013

An article by Washington Monthly‘s Haley Sweetland Edwards has been named one of Longform.org’s best political pieces of 2013. Edwards wrote a lengthy piece for the July/August edition of the magazine detailing the inner workings of a shadowy cabal of doctors that sets reimbursement rates for medical procedures. If it sounds arcane, Edwards’ article about the Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (or RUC for short) is actually a fascinating look at what is wrong with our health care system today.

Check out the story here, and a big FishbowlDC Congratulations to Haley! Longform.org will be naming their “Most Entertaining”, “Most Popular”, and “Top Ten Overall” stories tomorrow. If any of those happen to be DC-area names -which, come on, is pretty likely -we will let you know!

FBDC Readers Correctly Predict TIME‘s Person of the Year!

Hooray y’all! We did it! Last month, we ran a poll asking you all to pick the TIME’s Person of the Year and you chose (The Cool) Pope Francis. Well TIME officially announced the selection of “The People’s Pope” today on Twitter at 7:43 AM. This is great, as it indicates that the FishbowlDC readership is a very savvy and “in the know” demographic -which means we can charge advertisers more money! Hooray Pope Francis! Here’s why TIME magazine chose him:

For pulling the papacy out of the palace and into the streets, for committing the world’s largest church to confronting its deepest needs, and for balancing judgment with mercy, Pope Francis is Time’s 2013 Person of the Year

For the whole story, go here.

Photo Wars: Daily Caller’s Halloween Hillary

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In which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.

Clicking over to Daily Caller was a frightful decision this morning as they ran a piece about some leaks coming among the highest levels of government. In doing so, they almost made me spill my coffee because located at the top of their homepage, was a picture of former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton looking hellfire pissed, possibly about to shoot lasers from her eyes. Read more

Photo Wars: Breitbart News Features Aloof Obama, Angry, Confused Holder

PhotoWars_yellowIn which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.

Glancing at Breitbart News today, we find two photographs that stick out like sore thumbs because they’re just that bad. Sure, they’re not fans of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. But do they have to run pictures that make them seem abominably weird and angry?

Exhibits A and B are as follows. By the way, in case you’re confused what they were going for here, the tag on the Obama picture is “Obamessiah.”

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10 Bylines We Love for Superficial Reasons

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What’s in a name? Well, quite a lot when it comes to a journalist’s byline. So here we’re being shamelessly superficial as we pick out those names in Washington journalism that we like just because of the way they look on paper or sound. No doubt they all work hard, have earned their bylines and have people who like them and love them.

But forget about all that. This is more like a beauty contest for names.

See who caught our eye… Read more

Benetton Recognizes D.C.’s High Fashion Set

Unknown-6images-4A few Washington journalists, a socialite, an author and a fashion curator are getting called out for their fashion prowess. They are Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Susanna Quinn (of bikini fame in Mark Leibovich‘s This Town and a nude Demi Moore-esque expecting look), former Politico reporter and author Helena Andrews and Gilt City‘s senior curator Marissa Schneider. (Pictured above right: Helena Andrews; above left: Kate Bennett)

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BuzzFeed Picks Michael Hastings Fellow

johnsen-gregory-d-credit-jeff-taylor_vert-f09cbf9fd49a3c7020e3cbd12945e9b0e4a62c23-s6-c30BuzzFeed has chosen Gregory Johnsen to be the inaugural 2013 – 2014 Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow. The Fellowship is a yearlong post focused on “national security and challenging institutions of power, the cornerstone of Michael’s work.” He begins on Oct. 20.

Johnsen, the author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia, will focus on U.S. national security and its impact both domestically and around the world.

“Gregory Johnsen has already proven himself one of his generation’s wisest and most original voices on national security. He’s the right writer to carry on Michael’s legacy of fiercely intelligent and deeply compelling journalism about how America has shaped and been shaped by more than a decade of war,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief, in a release.

See what Johnsen and Hastings’ wife had to say… Read more

International Center for Journalists to Honor NBC Richard Engel, Among Others

The International Center for Journalist’s annual awards dinner is coming up on November 7th in Washington, where Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News Richard Engel will receive the Excellence in International Reporting Award for his coverage of the Middle East.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer will be the emcee for the evening, and NYT columnist Nick Kristof will deliver the keynote speech. International journalists Roman Anin and Umar Cheema of Russia and Pakistan, respectively, will receive special honors at the event for their outstanding investigative reporting. During the night, the photography of Peter Turnley, whose work has been featured in NewsweekLIFE, and National Geographic, will be auctioned off.

Congratulations to all.

HuffPost’s Sam Stein Wins $500

HuffPost Political Editor and White House Correspondent Sam Stein has won the September Sidney Award for exposing the “devastating” impact of sequestration. He has been chronicling the impact of the cuts since the spring.

Rare transgenic (genetically modified) rabbits surfaced in his reporting.

For all his hard word, Stein wins $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.

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