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Where in the World is Laura Ingraham?

 

It’s August, a time when journalists in Washington take a breather. Where was conservative radio host Laura Ingraham last night? At a lake in Minnesota, of course, with dozens of her dearest friends.

 

Full Disclosure: Politico Reporter Iced by Fox News PR

Considering no one except those deep in the secret bowels of Fox News knows why communications exec Brian Lewis was fired and escorted from the building in July, Politico‘s Dylan Byers last night attempted a fairly in-depth story on the matter.

Needless to say, the headline, “Roger Ailes fires his ‘right hand’” elicited masturbation jokes in the comment section.

One graph that popped was the last, in which Byers describes his own non-relationship with the network. Politico reporters have long been blackballed from FNC, with a nameless publicist snarking that they just “tend not to rate well.” Read more

Who’s Guessing About Bezos and WaPo Today?

Today, the NYT’s Nick Wingfield and Brian Stelter  are the latest to attempt to read the mind of Jeff Bezos, bringing us the latest in a string of technology and innovation will save us type stories. Ironically, they are the two things some newspapers, WaPo among them, have spent much of the last two decades avoiding.

This one is notable because it attempts to paint Silicon Valley as not just a savior, but an altruistic one at that.

“Call it a sense of obligation. Or responsibility. Or maybe there is even a twinge of guilt. Helping print journalism adapt to a changed era is becoming a cause de jour among the technology elite.”

I’m not and editor, but I think can tighten that up: “Rich tech guy bought a newspaper. Hooray!”

Who else has been riding this bandwagon?

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Head Scratcher: Amanda Bynes Gets Newsy

If you’ve missed Amanda Bynes‘ mental breakdown playing out on Twitter over the last year or so, then you’re luckier than we are. The actress has gone from normal celebrity nutso to throwing a bong out the window crazy in a very short time, all in full public display for her 2.7 million followers.

And then yesterday she shifted the target of her normally insult-laden tweets away from her fellow celebrities and pointed one squarely at President Obama and the first lady Michelle Obama.

“Barack Obama and Michelle Obama are ugly!” she wrote.

And you guys went nuts.

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Cindy Sheehan To Talk Peace At Potluck

Remember Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist most famous for setting up camp outside George W. Bush’s Texas Ranch?  She’s back. Sort of.

Moveon.org sent out invitations to hang out with Sheehan this weekend in Brookeville, Md. at a private home—but you’ve got a bring a dish to share.

“Join us for a potluck dinner for nationally renowned anti-militarism activist Cindy Sheehan,” the invitation said. “We’ll have a chance to talk about what our next steps should be in growing our movement to end war and militarism.” They promise a chance to strategize for peace.

What has Sheehan been up to these last few years? Well, she ran on the presidential ticket with Roseanne Barr in 2012, and stopped paying her taxes.

Weiner Faces Sordid Rumors About Sordid Rumors In Bid for NY Mayor

It’s the rare politician who’s not had to face down a sordid rumor in his or her career, but now it looks like former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and candidate for New York City mayor has to face down rumors about possible stories about rumors, in this case a report of a possibly pending report about a rumored fling with a gay prostitute. Is your head spinning yet?

The item appeared today on Shark Tank, a conservative, Florida-based political blog run by Javier ManjarresIt’d received nearly 500 Facebook likes as of this afternoon with a promise that it’d roil the New York Mayor’s race and was eventually discovered by Buzzfeed’s Ruby Cramer, who posted a link on Twitter.

Manjerres tells FishbowlDC his “close media source” cited in the article is “rock-solid” and has never been wrong for him, but that he’s posted all the information he knows—which is very little. He thinks his source was hesitant to divulge more to avoid scaring off the sources for the potentially, maybe soon-to-break story. For his part, he did insert a big caveat:

We have not seen any evidence of this supposed allegation and therefore cannot pass judgement on the veracity of those making the charge.  We can only report that the story charging Weiner is supposed to break in the next couple of days and should roil the race.

So there you have it. Of course, Weiner is not the the first politician to face gay sex claims, sordid or ordinary, and he certainly wouldn’t be the first to face gay sex claims that later turned out to be true. In case you need a refresher on the topic, here’s a handy list of 25 LGBT Political Sex Scandals, courtesy of Huffington Post.

World’s Most Obnoxious Birthday Party

Emily Goodstein is turning 30 and she wants to celebrate with YOU. Who the hell is Emily Goodstein?  She describes herself as a “local blogger, photographer, and reproductive justice advocate.” If you look at her website, she also “a sweatpants enthusiast.” Sweatpants are for two people. Pregnant women and fat men. They get a free pass. Anyone else who wears them should consider just wearing a burlap sack out in public to avoid the shame of sweatpants.

Getting to the point of all this, Emily is putting on a bash to ring in her big 3-0 with something called a “birthday conference.” In other words, she’s charging YOU to come to a boring series of panels with people talking about subjects that Emily finds interesting. The BEST two examples she gives are “email organization and cookie decorating.” The invitation has this inspirational gem from Emily: “My 30th birthday is an opportunity to create a convergence of all my favorite things and people,” said Goodstein, “The result is a day that is not only about creativity and celebration, but also elevating serious issues and bringing together some great minds. I can’t think of a better way to kick off my 30s.”

I’ve been to some awful birthday parties. Most notably the one earlier this year where I had to take a 5-year-old to Chuck E. Cheese. But, I would spend a lifetime trapped in a Chuck E. Cheese ball pit before I sit down for a panel on email organization disguised as someone’s birthday party.

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Byers’ NYT story faces Twitter backlash– Politico media reporter Dylan Byerspiece on NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson sparked a debate Wednesday on whether the story was sexist in nature. HuffPost‘s Jack Mirkinson wrote a story rounding up some of the negative reaction to it headlined, “Jill Abramson: ‘Very Unpopular’ Or Just Doing Her Job?” Byers’ story includes an insider account wherein Abramson snapped at an editor to leave in the middle of a meeting and change a photo that was on NYT‘s website. Editor-in-Chief of Guardian U.S. Janine Gibson mocked it. “Spent the first hour of the day apologising to [staff writer] Maraithe Thomas for that time I asked her to change the front page pic a bit brusquely,” she tweeted. “This is the most non-story, story I’ve read in a while,” tweeted CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn, linking to Byers’ story. “People at any major, large company will complain about leader. If it affected quality, it’s a story. NYT won 4 Pulitzers…”

A Koch’d Los Angeles Times, isn’t necessarily a conservative Los Angeles Times– There’s buzz circulating that the conservative Koch brothers are considering purchasing several newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times. Naturally, it has some journalists suspicious, including WaPo‘s Harold Meyerson, that the Times and the others will become out of control right-wing publications. Not so fast, says The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta. “There are several reasons regional newspapers are an awkward fit for anyone looking to counter-program what they see as liberal bias in the news media,” she writes. “The main reason is that all major U.S. newspapers are based in cities.” Franke-Ruta argues that big newspapers are subject to the culture of the cities they’re based in. People who live in cities tend to be progressive, or at least comfortable with with the concept, and the papers, by geographical necessity, have to hire those people. The readers who buy the papers in those cities are no different. If the Times is suddenly an overtly conservative paper, will Los Angeles residents continue to buy it?

Does Fox News have a “new” anchor you’ve never heard of?– WaPo‘s Aaron Blake wrote an item Wednesday about an interview on Fox Business featuring Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The anchor of the segment was identified as “New Cavuto.” Who? Must be a new host. But a review of the clip shows it was actually longtime anchor Neil Cavuto. That’s unfortunate. A new, and perhaps improved, Cavuto may be just the thing the fledgling Fox Business channel needs. Maybe a “Neat Cavuto.” Or a “Notable Cavuto.” A “Noble Cavuto”? Just Neil for now.

Deja Vu for TIME’s Miller

Being a journalist intent on using Twitter to push every single aspect of a story has its ups and downs. How do you decide what’s interesting, engaging and new? You certainly don’t want to tweet the same thing over and over again? You want to keep it fresh. Unless you’re TIME’s Zeke Miller.

Don’t get me wrong. Miller is a hustler. He seems to appear at every scheduled White House event and share details in a rapid fire fashion. On Twitter, it’s quantity, not necessarily quality, that distinguishes Miller from his reporting companions. If covering a story means transcribing every utterance from an official in a public forum, then Zeke is a pro.

Zeke was in attendance when POTUS delivered statements on Monday afternoon and Tuesday mid-day. On both occasions, Miller set the scene. The only problem is, he tweeted the exact same boring shit for both events.

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Politico’s Allen Sells Out To Mayo

Politico’s Playbook is known to get quirky on occasion, but Friday morning was one of the weirder entries from Mike Allen that we’ve ever seen. Wedged between a story about SKDKNICKERBOCKER and Hillary Clinton’s chances of running for President was this little nugget:

THE FIRST PLAYBOOK DEAL DU JOUR is a classy condiment recommended by Josh Deckard. Playbook has found Sir Kensington’s gourmet “scooping ketchup” to be quite a conversation piece. Now there’s also mayonnaise, in classic and chipotle. Sir Kensington’s says this is the only U.S. mayo that’s certified non-GMO (genetically modified organisms), with no artificial preservatives — instead, lemon juice and vinegar. Playbookers get 20% off mayo at Sir Kensington’s online store; coupon code ‘mayonnaise.” See a one-pager about Sir Kensington’s. http://bit.ly/10BQh1v … www.sirkensingtons.com

The Playbook Deal Du Jour? Is this a new feature? Did Allen get paid directly for this? Does Politico get a taste of that sweet payday from Big Mayo?

We reached out to Mayo Mikey and got his response on the matter.

 

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