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Daniel Halper Outlines Defensive Tactics Preceding Clinton, Inc.’s Publication

Clinton, Inc.On the publication date of Daniel Halper‘s Clinton, Inc., the author penned a piece for POLITICO Magazine on what’s happened and can be expected for he and others who white “a tough book on the Clinton family.” Ten days prior, Halper’s latest was leaked to the press, as a combined 317-page PDF distributed to more than 100 reporters by a mysterious “Robert Josef Wright.

“Some prominent media personalities with experience covering the Clintons in the 1990s told me that their team would have no problem with, say, copying every page of someone’s manuscript, sending it out to reporters ahead of publication, and then depicting it as a right-wing smear job. Funny thing, that exact thing happened with my book, as POLITICO noted,” Halper writes in the piece.

From blacklisting media who give airtime to Clinton enemies to efforts to turn Halper into a “kook or right-wing hit man,” The Weekly Standard’s online editor outlines four tactics used by the ‘Clinton PR machine’ against anyone who’s agenda doesn’t coincide with that of the Clintons.

For the full piece, click here.

 

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Edward Klein’s Latest Blood Feud the Topic of Much Scandalous Conversation

51GMqv8vJYLIn June, Regency published former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein‘s latest Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas, on the “rocky” relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons.

The New York Times bestseller list on Monday positioned it above Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices in the category for combined print and e-book nonfiction for July 13, 2014.

Business Insider has been in touch with someone close to Clinton, who said that, “there is no bigger liar in the entire world,” to describe Klein, who in 2005 authored The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President.

In June 2005, FishbowlDC reported that Jay L. Clendenin, a photographer who’s work was included in the 2005 book, said that Klein misrepresented former President Bill Clinton in a photo he took that was cropped. Read more

Sarah Palin Pens Support for Impeachment of President Obama

Sarah Palin earlier today tweeted out a link to piece she wrote for Breitbart News supporting the impeachment of President Barack Obama for his position on the border crisis.

“It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment,” wrote the former Vice Presidential candidate. “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”

 

Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein Mentions Montel Williams’ Earrings on Twitter. Storm Ensues.

MontelWMarine Corps veteran and long-time TV host Montel Williams went on Fox News yesterday to passionately discuss veteran’s issues.

His appearance prompted a series of Tweets from former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, now editor of The Daily Caller’s Mirror. A few of those 140 characters were reserved for a mention of Montel’s earrings. Guess what happened next? Read more

Awkward Interactions at Heritage Foundation’s Launch of The Daily Signal

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Last night at Sixth Engine, The Heritage Foundation celebrated the Tuesday launch of its new site The Daily Signal, a digital-first, multimedia news platform.

Amidst drinks with clever names like the “Editor in Chief” and the “Teaser” alongside delicious samplings of Korean style chicken tenders, heaping bites of tuna tar tar, and brussels sprouts, FishbowlDC was so rudely interrupted by the self-proclaimed ‘Christian, Conservative, Southern, Zionist, that is Everything the Left hates Heritage Action Legislative Strategist (description a la his Twitter bio).”

During a conversation with a writer for Heritage Action’s blog The Forge, said “strategist” apparently felt threatened by FishbowlDC speaking to his ex-fiance. The “strategist” – who I met just seconds earlier – felt the need to tell me his engagement with whom I was previously speaking ended four weeks ago.

Unable to hold back a smirk caused by the absurdity of this man’s relationship woes, he trice assumed I thought the situation was funny. Newsflash: I barely know who you are, let alone care about your relationship status.

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Hundreds Protest in Support of Real Net Neutrality Outside FCC

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This morning outside the Federal Communications Commission headquarters, hundreds of people in support of Net Neutrality protested Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to allow telecom companies to deny users access to certain content and applications. Following the protest, Free Press hosted a press conference to discuss the movement and day’s efforts.

The concept of Network Neutrality preserves free and open Internet and prohibits service providers like Comcast and Verizon from discriminating between accessible content and applications online.

Speaking on the topic of Wheeler’s proposed rules for Net Neutrality, Craig Aaron, president and CEO of Free Press, said, “The rhetoric right now doesn’t match the reality of what’s in the rules, and Chairman Wheeler simply can’t do what he says he is trying to do with the approach he has taken. It won’t work…It won’t withstand legal challenges, if it were ever to be enforced. Simply, the path he has taken won’t do it.” Read more

Dan Savage on his HUMP! Tour, Sex in DC, and the GOP

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 13.24.15Earlier today, FishbowlDC had the opportunity to speak with love and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, in advance of the DC stop of his amateur adult film festival, HUMP!. The show premiers tonight and runs through Saturday at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

HUMP! films take a nuanced approach to amateur adult films by using parody, documentary themes, animation, and more to give viewers an artistic look at the genre. The festival was created in 2005 by the “Savage Love” author as a sex-positive and creative outlet for amateur pornographers.

Eight screenings are planned for its visit to DC, including Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 at 8 and 10 pm and at 4, 6, 8, and 10 pm Saturday, March 22. Tickets may be purchased at http://humptour.strangertickets.com. The festival’s DC stop is presented by the Washington City Paper, which runs “Savage Love” weekly and online.

Read on for our Q&A with Savage on the origins of the tour, what we can expect, and naturally, his answers to Push/F@#k/Marry with Fox News’ Bret Baier, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

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The Weather Channel’s Plea to Waive DIRECTV’s Cancellation Fee

imagesAfter DIRECTV recently dropped The Weather Channel from its lineup, many of the television provider’s customers went to switch service, only to be faced with cancellation fees ranging from $200 – 400. Yesterday, The Weather Channel ran full-page ads in The Washington PostThe New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the LA Times that featured an open letter to DIRECTV’s Board from The Weather Channel’s Chairman and CEO, David Kenny, asking them to waive fees for customers looking to switch.

To date, more than 115,000 DIRECTV subscribers have pledged to switch their provider, more than 750,000 have complained about the dropped channel, and 4.7 million people have visited the site, www.keeptheweatherchannel.com. These numbers are up significantly from where they were at just 48 hours ago.

Below is the text of the ad issued by TWC’s chairman. Have you lost access to The Weather Channel as a result of it being dropped from DIRECTV’s lineup? If so, email fishbowljames@gmail.com and let us know your thoughts on the matter.

January 22, 2014

Mr. Michael D. White
Chairman, CEO and President
DIRECTV

Just before midnight on January 13, DIRECTV customers lost access to The Weather Channel.

Since then, over 4 million customers have come to keeptheweatherchannel.com to express their frustration. Over 400,000 have called and emailed DIRECTV. And over 90,000 have pledged to switch providers.

Many thousands have called your customer service centers asking to terminate their contracts since they are now getting less content for the same price. But DIRECTV is threatening them with termination fees of $200 to $400.

We have heard from viewers across the country, like Heather in Texas who wrote, “We just signed on with DIRECTV.…Had I known this was going to happen I would NOT have signed up. I read the fine print (too late) and found that they can do that. It’s wrong.”

We agree. Fairness ought to trump the fine print in your contracts.

The decision to switch providers is never taken lightly. Those who are trying to do so clearly believe The Weather Channel is a valued resource for their families. They are people like @jlawson2011, who tweeted “The Weather Channel saved my life when there was severe weather in my area. Tornado imminent + TWC warning to hide.”

These viewers—your customers—value the fact that since 1982 The Weather Channel has been relying upon the National Weather Service for watches and warnings, which we deliver on a hyper-local basis through our proprietary localization technology.

Your customers were never given a vote about DIRECTV’s decision to drop The Weather Channel. The least you can do is allow them to vote now with their feet by waiving termination fees for those seeking to switch to a provider that still carries The Weather Channel, as every other pay-TV company in the nation does.

Our preference would be for DIRECTV to come back to the negotiating table and restore The Weather Channel to your line up. But as you seem intent on proving a point at the expense of your customers’ interests, then at least allow them to make their own choices without unaffordable penalties.

As our team of more than 220 expert meteorologists tracks winter storms, wildfires in Southern California, and many other potential weather emergencies, a prompt reply—not to me, but to your customers—would surely be appreciated.

Sincerely,


David W. Kenny
Chairman and CEO
The Weather Company

Them’s Fighting Words! Harvey Weinstein to Take on NRA

nraHollywood heavy weight Harvey Weinstein recently announced to host Howard Stern on his radio show that he has plans to make a film to take down the National Rifle Association.

“I shouldn’t say this, but I’ll tell it to you, Howard,” Weinstein said yesterday on The Howard Stern Show. “I’m going to make a movie with Meryl Streep, and we’re going to take this head-on. And they’re going to wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.”

‘I shouldn’t say this?’ Well then why are you on a satellite radio show? Also, that sounds like a threat, and no one likes a bully, especially in 2014.

Of course Washington Times Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller, author of the widely popular Emily Gets Her Gun” column turned book had an opinion about said interview. Read what she had to say here.

The Mysteriously Misspelled Word: ‘Eidtor’

Unknown-6It’s one thing to ignore a gnat buzzing around in your ear. It might even be reasonable to smack yourself in the head to rid yourself of such an irritation. But when our resident phone enthusiast, reporter Evan Gahr, took to Twitter on Friday to inform Politico‘s media duo Dylan Byers and Hadas Gold that there was a typo in the word “editor” on the blog, his peskiness was met with silence.

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This is how the error looked well after Gahr’s bender about it.

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Not one to be ignored…Gahr proceeded down another avenue. Read more

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