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HuffPost Keeps it Klassy

It’s the time of year when publications start dropping their “end-of-year” lists on us like napalm. HuffPost is no different, and over the weekend, they rolled out their retrospective, “The Year in Sideboob.”

HuffPost has taken plenty of grief for this type of thing. They even have a whole section of the website devoted to the art of the sideboob. Of course, it’s a proven success that men like looking at boobies, so their grab at readership is pretty apparent.

It’s not JUST that they did “The Year in Sideboob.” They did a whole slideshow that chronicles EVERY instance of sideboobage in 2012. There are 114 pictures in this slideshow! That’s 228 boobies!

Sure, it’s easy to click on it and check out the jiggly eye candy, but we have 5 reasons to NOT read the sideboob piece. Read more

Does WaPo Have Any Idea What WaPo is Doing?

BREAKING NEWS! WaPo has no clue what they’re doing. In Friday’s Business section, WaPo covers a juicy story about a major market newspaper that might start putting their content behind a paywall starting in 2013.

They can’t confirm, but they cite “reports” that the decision has been made. Which paper would be doing this? Why, it’s the Washington Post itself! So, follow this logic, if your brain will allow it: WaPo is reporting that WaPo is reportedly going behind a paywall in 2013… AND THEY CAN’T CONFIRM IT! What’s the matter? Having trouble shaking down a source from the paper that will confirm it?

Sargent Not Sold on Axe’s Clean Upper Lip

On Friday morning, David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program and had his mustache shaved off. This all stems from an electoral bet between Axe and host Joe Scarborough. While Axelrod WON the bet, he agreed to shave the ‘stache anyway since Joe and Mika Brzezinski helped raise a million dollars for his charity. It’s the first time that Axelrod has had a hairless upper lip in 40 years.

Sure, it was a little hokey to see it all play out, but a million dollars for a charity is a BFD, so we can live with it.

Apparently, it’s too much for some people. One of them is WaPo’s liberal blogger, Greg SargentRead more

Are You Smarter Than A Weingarten?

Sadly, Gene Weingarten is on vacation this week, so we weren’t able to bring you our analysis of his latest piece of garbage column for WaPo. That won’t stop us from unveiling a new Gene look-alike. It’s a mustachioed bag of trash at a D.C. area metro station! Looks just like him.

Even though Gene is out, WaPo sent out a tweet asking, “Are you as smart as a Weingarten?” I certainly hope so. To be honest, I feel insulted they even asked. Gene has fallen into a repetitive pattern of hackneyed jokes and boring topics, so I feel pretty good about my chances.

The link leads back to a series of logic puzzles from Gene. No one bothers asking why in the world I would want to do a logic puzzle from an unfunny humorist. I guess that’s not important.

What kind of brain twisters does Gene give his readers? Read more

Sacré Bleu! HuffPost Goes French!

While HuffPost has made several efforts to branch out to many different countries, we’ve never actually seen any of them. Not that they’re doing bad work, but why would I want to see sideboob stories written in Greek? On Thursday morning, while looking at their “Tech” page, we were shown the top stories on HuffPost.

Except the stories were all in French.

I can’t tell what the hell the top stories are. I see a picture of Mike Tyson, a pic of Eddie Murphy and some naked ladies. Is that what counts as news in France? It could be the start of the funniest joke of all time. “French Mike Tyson, Eddie Murphy and some naked ladies walk into a bar….”

 

When Breaking News Isn’t Breaking News

Like many media-watchers, the first thing I do when I wake up is pull a giant bong rip to prepare myself for the onslaught of stupid D.C. bullshit I’m about to to face check my email. In my foggy, newly-awoken state, I glance through my phone at online sales, bad guest pitches and fan mail. (Hey, it could happen.) Most of all, I’m looking to see if I missed any major, Earth-shattering events while I was slumbering. So, Breaking News emails usually catch my eye. So, imagine on Monday morning when I have a Breaking News alert from CNN. Did we reach an agreement on the Fiscal Cliff? Did we find life on Mars? Did we kill Osama bin Laden (again)?

No, it was something FAR more important than that… Read more

What Happens When VPOTUS Goes to Costco?

It was a momentous occasion in Washington, D.C. The District’s first Costco opened. The location is in Fort Lincoln and it brought quite a draw for it’s first day: namely, VPOTUS Joe Biden. According to pool reports, Biden walked up, flashed his Costco card and strolled through the store enjoying samples and shopping for items like children’s books, fire logs, a TV and an apple pie. God bless America. One enterprising salesman at the store even tried to sell Biden some tires! According to the pool report, Biden said, “”Hey man I don’t need tires,” he said “I don’t drive anymore.”

Naturally, Twitter had a field day. ReutersSam Youngman was thoroughly impressed with the tire salesman. He tweeted, “I have finally decided on my vote for Time’s Man of the Year: The Costco employee who tried to upsell Biden some tires.”

Plenty of others weighed in…. Read more

Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

Today, we’re taking a look at a piece of particularly tragic “gossip” from the Yeas and Nays column in the Washington Examiner. Nikki Schwab brings us the news of a the new merry-go-round at the National Zoo. How exciting! Because I like to go to the zoo to ride slow moving plastic around and around in a circle!

But, wait! There’s more…

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Politico’s Allen Delivers Powerful Message

Tuesday’s election is the culmination of a LOT of hard work from reporters. Many have been on the road for months on end. Barely ever sleeping in their own bed. Not being able to eat a home cooked meal. We get it. It’s a rough schedule to keep up and we thank you for it. Don’t ever say it’s a thankless job. (All that being said, it’s not exactly ditch digging.)

In Tuesday morning’s Politico Playbook, Mike Allen pays tribute to all the hard working journos who have lived the road life and comes across like a Hallmark card…

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From the Department of Bragriculture…

Did you know ABC’s Jake Tapper has a book? If you didn’t, he’ll gladly tell you ALL about it. The book is called The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor and it’s about Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. Apparently, it’s a hit among the troops and their families because Tapper tweeted out the following over the weekend:

Nothing sells books like a military endorsement! Congrats, Jake. He seems to be genuinely humbled, but not too humbled for a book plug! It’s tough to follow because Tapper is moved by people being moved by his moving book. Can I please get off this emotional roller coaster?

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