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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.

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Fish Poll: And the Best Turkey Pardon Headline Is…

turkey pinAnd the results are in…

The Minneapolis Star Tribune earned the great honor of tying with “Other” in our Fish Poll.  However, not one of you turkeys supplied me with any witty alternatives. “I don’t care” was pithy but off topic.

Congrats MST, your “White House turns turkey pardon into Hunger Games” headline earned you 36.36% of the popular vote, yams and extra gravy.

Fish Poll: WTF Is Up With Turkey Pardon Headlines -Am I Right??

Hey friends, are you still alive? Is anyone left in this god-forsaken city? Do people even read the Internet the day before Thanksgiving?

You don’t have to answer, we’re too busy listening to that Chris Gaines album and drinking whiskey (an old North Carolina Thanksgiving tradition) to care much, anyhoo. But hey, how about a little polly-poll, cuz, you know, those posts write themselves.

Vote on which turkey pardon headline you like best! And feel free to suggest your own if ya got one.

 

Fish Poll: And the TIME‘s 2013 Person of the Year Is…

At least according to our highly educated and astute readership here at FishbowlDC, with just over 50% of the vote, TIME‘s 2013 Person of the Year ought to be…

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Fish Poll: Who Will Be TIME‘s 2013 Person of the Year?

TIME will name it’s 2013 Person of the Year on December 11th. Who do you think it should be?

Was NYT in the wrong?

The New York TimesIs the New York Times trying to pull a fast one? They published a withering editorial about privacy fears under the Obama administration online Thursday ahead of its appearance in Friday’s paper. It was particularly noteworthy, considering NYT‘s editorial board is generally aligned with the administration on policy, for one sentence: “The administration has now lost all credibility.”

But by late Thursday that line got an add-on that even the NYT‘s public editor says significantly changed its meaning. No longer had the administration lost all credibility, but rather, it had “lost all credibility on this issue.Andy Rosenthal, NYT‘s editorial page editor, said in a published statement that the change was for clarity’s sake. What looks like a complete softening of NYT‘s position was, he told the public editor, not a softening at all.

The right-wing reaction has so far been uncharacteristically tame, at least on Twitter. The Daily Caller has a question, though:

So, what do you think FishbowlDC readers? Did The Grey Lady cave? Should they have changed their editorial? Take our Fish Poll.

Joan Walsh’s ‘Skeezy Huckster’– Racist?

After calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “skeezy huckster” late Thursday night, Salon Editor Joan Walsh faced a barrage of spankings from conservatives on Twitter who charged that Walsh was being racist.

“Wow, Ted Cruz is kind of a skeezy huckster,” Walsh tweeted. “Will Republicans start to notice?”

Conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch pounced, tweeting back, “Should we ask @joanwalsh if ‘skeezy huckster’ is code for ‘Hispanic?’ Like how she said ‘food stamps’ is code for ‘Black American?’”

“Because he’s Hispanic? Racist pig! #YourRules,” tweeted Townhall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Do you describe all Hispanics this way, @joanwalsh?” asked FreedomWorks blogger Jon Gabriel in a rhetorical tweet.

Their point: If Republicans are racist for using phrases like “food stamp” when talking about President Obama, Walsh is a racist for using “skeezy huckster” when talking about Cruz, who is Cuban.

Walsh didn’t seem to catch the argument her critics were making. Asked if she was being racist in her use of “skeezy huckster” she said… Read more

Washington Examiner’s Freddoso: Part-Time Comedian?

He’s not a comedian, but the Wall Street Journal editorial board found the humor in one of David Freddoso‘s tweets. So much so, that it was included in one of Wednesday’s editorials about the the Obama administration distancing itself from the IRS.

“The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso joked on Twitter that ‘Seal Team 6 is the only govt agency that acts directly on Obama’s behalf,’” it reads. (That’s actually not a direct quote of Freddoso’s tweet but it’s close.)

“Hey, I got a shout-out in today’s WSJ editorial,” Freddoso tweeted with a link to the editorial attached.

It was a clever remark, no doubt. But should Freddoso turn in his pen for clown shoes just yet? How funny was the joke? We’ve requested comment from Freddoso. But in the meantime, cast your vote in our Fish Poll:

Update: Freddoso got back to us after this post published. He told us he wasn’t aware that his tweet would make it into the editorial. “A friend wrote to tell me about it this morning, I had no idea,” he said. “I think some people at the Journal follow me.” Otherwise, he said, they may have seen the tweet featured in a post Slate‘s Dave Weigel wrote Tuesday.

 

Howie’s Apology: How Was It?

Readers ‘Indifferent’ to 2013 WHCD

As we head into Prom weekend and stars like Sharon Stone, Bradley Cooper, Kerry Washington and Patricia Arquette descend upon Washington to mingle with reporters, political geeks and administration officials, it turns out people don’t really care.

At least according to our Fish Poll this week, which asked readers, “Are you more or less excited for this year’s WHCA Dinner?”

The largest number of respondents, a whopping 46.88 percent replied, “Indifferent; it’s the same thing every year. I’m not even going.” Second place goes to the “sort of more exciteds” who, with 15.63 percent of the vote, said they are “Sort of more excited; it’ll be refreshing to get away from the celebrification this year.”

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