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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

Photo Wars: Daily Caller’s Halloween Hillary

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In which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.

Clicking over to Daily Caller was a frightful decision this morning as they ran a piece about some leaks coming among the highest levels of government. In doing so, they almost made me spill my coffee because located at the top of their homepage, was a picture of former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton looking hellfire pissed, possibly about to shoot lasers from her eyes. Read more

Photo Wars: Breitbart News Features Aloof Obama, Angry, Confused Holder

PhotoWars_yellowIn which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.

Glancing at Breitbart News today, we find two photographs that stick out like sore thumbs because they’re just that bad. Sure, they’re not fans of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. But do they have to run pictures that make them seem abominably weird and angry?

Exhibits A and B are as follows. By the way, in case you’re confused what they were going for here, the tag on the Obama picture is “Obamessiah.”

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Gutfeld Compares Matthews to Doorknob

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Man, Chris Matthews just can’t win on Fox News.

First, Greta Van Susteren goes after the bigmouth talk show host, saying, “He may be for sale, I am not.” She blasted him after he told Ora TV that hosts on cable networks are forced to slant liberal or conservative.

Now, Greg Gutfeld has a few choice words for him. Read more

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day

cartoondonkeyWe do love our anonymous tipsters. On Friday we got word of an obituary in WaPo. In three separate emails we received the following.

From the Washington Post obit of Sara Fritz that is a great counterpoint to all that you celebrate : American Journalism Review described Ms. Fritz as one of the “unsung heroes” of political reporting — rarely a schmoozer or schmoozee, never landing on trendy lists of star journalists, and seldom on the receiving end of calculated leaks by powerful people. The un- Mike Allen: American Journalism Review described Ms. Fritz as one of the “unsung heroes” of political reporting — rarely a schmoozer or schmoozee, never landing on trendy lists of star journalists, and seldom on the receiving end of calculated leaks by powerful people. Of course, you were asleep at the switch on Fritz. Easier to do minor journalism figures spotted on street corners.

Dear AnonymASS: Ouch! I feel like you just ripped off my skin. We appreciate you writing in about an “unsung hero” in political reporting in three separate emails in which you repeat yourself. But I’m really not sure why you feel the need to insult Politico‘s Mike Allen and myself in the process. To be honest with you, I was not asleep at any switch. I had the day off Friday and actually was not waiting on street corners to ambush unsuspecting minor Washington journos . I agree this is a nice thing to feature, but considering WaPo ran it, why not just celebrate that?

BAD BLOOD: BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson Continue Their Feud

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BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith thinks The Daily Caller is “pathetic.” Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson thinks Smith is a “flack” and “fanboy” for Democrats. And just like that, the feud that began when Smith was back at Politico continues brewing.

The latest… Read more

Ezra Klein Lampoons Drudge

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WaPo‘s Ezra Klein had some fun with Drudge on Monday, who mistakenly referred to the journalist as “Erza” as opposed to his birth name.

Take that, Drudge!

Hey, at least Klein showed restraint and didn’t suggest that Drudge light himself on fire. Read more

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