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Politico Twitter Story ‘Terrific’ and Obvious

A story by Politico‘s media reporter Dylan Byers has divided his readers almost right down the middle in terms of praise and dismissals.

“Former White House communicators enjoy communicating; use newfangled social medias,” Greg Greene, a Democratic operative, tweeted sarcastically with a link to Byers’ piece and a “stop the presses” hashtag. On the other hand, Rick Wilson, a Republican media strategist, called the story “terrific.”

The thing with Byers’ piece — a look at the Twitter activity of former Obama administration officials and aides — is that it doesn’t contain any news. It doesn’t even draw any conclusions. The selling point seems to be that the headline labels the gang of Democrats as “trash-talkers.” And that this trash talking takes place in public via Twitter.

The story notes former Obama adviser David Plouffe who “frequently attacks Karl Rove” on Twitter. Attacking Rove isn’t exactly new. Even Fox News has done that.

And who doesn’t air out criticism on Twitter? And in what way is partisan trash-talking new? It’s not. President Obama‘s team has always talked this way, even before they left the White House or the campaign trail. And they didn’t need Twitter to do it. It’s otherwise known as “campaign politics,” which takes place on TV, radio and at rallies. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney‘s surrogates did it as well (Republican New Hampshire Gov. John Sununu is unforgettable).

The story seems to observe this supposedly new phenomenon where the campaign never ends. Read more

Watch out Premature WHCD Newbies!

Uh oh. Buzzfeed is already inviting guests to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. As we noted early yesterday morning, they invited the lovely and delightful baseball nutbag José Canseco just before midnight the other night and he accepted. The potential problem? They only recently joined the Correspondents’ Association, and no tables have been paid for or assigned.

According to our sources, the association always warns members not to start inviting people until they get confirmed tables. The forms to order tables don’t go out until March 1.
We’re all adults here, right? We’re sure it’ll all work out just fine or else there will be a goofy GIF or listicle in FNC’s and WHCD Prez Ed Henry‘s future. In other words, 50 Cat Expressions That Could Kill. Or, has Ed ever looked at his own boogers on live TV?
As it turns out, BuzzFeed isn’t the only premature offender. Read more

Reporter Avoids International Incident in Vietnam

The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein recently took a trip to Vietnam and lived to tell the tale. He wrote ALL about his trip in this latest piece. Sure, there are fancier places to take a vacation, but the excitement of a place like Vietnam cannot be denied. So, I was intrigued to see what shenanigans Weinstein would get into while abroad.

For the most part, it was a tame trip that didn’t really give us anything new or particularly interesting. Anyone who has paid any amount of attention to the area knows that the traffic sucks, there are scooters everywhere and they try to whitewash history. That’s about all we get from Weinstein’s time there. It’s a very touristy vision of Vietnam. I bet he ate at McDonald’s the whole time.

There were a few takeaways from the trip, though… Read more

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

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