It’s no exaggeration to say that I’ve been trying to hire Ben for almost four years now. And if you follow energy news, you know why. From his perch at The Hill — and particularly the E-2 Wire — Ben has been breaking news and giving his competitors fits on a daily basis. It will be a great to have him on our team.
Geman has covered the energy beat at The Hill for the past four years and will report to work at NJ on December 2nd. Congrats from FishbowlDC, Ben, on the new gig!
John F. Kennedy died today -well not today, rather IT WAS 50 YEARS AGO. Nonetheless the news media are expending all their resources to bring you breathless reporting from That Place In Dallas Where Things Happened Once. Interviews abound with super important people like Woman Who Was In the Crowd When It Happened, Person Who Was Alive in 1963, and Man Who Cried One Time Thinking About It All.
Everyone is being a bit ludicrous today, but two networks have really taken the cake, our friends at NBC and CNN.
NBCNews.com will, ludicrously, be reporting the news today ALL DAY as if it were 1963. Literally from 11:40 AM CT to 11:26 PM CT -we have a press release about it. We suppose they will change their URL to NBCOlds.com as well. What’s more, Brian Williams and Tom Brokaw will be live in Dallas at 1:28 PM ET today to commemorate the Moment JFK Was Shot, AND Brian Williams will be broadcasting the “Nightly News” from Dealey Plaza, AND NBC will air Tom Brokaw’s documentary “Where Were You: The Day JFK Died” for two hours at 9:00. Let’s hope Pete Williams is on stand-by somewhere in case any important news breaks.
Oh, and just in case you have literally nothing to do with your life, NBCOlds.com also has a livestream of the Eternal Flame! NBC, it is literally called the Eternal Flame because it does not change! Livestream not required!
And then there’s CNN, which ran a graphic this morning comparing the approval ratings of President Obama (41%) and President Kennedy (90%). Well what an extremely useful comparison. How do Americans feel about the guy who was President for less than 3 years, 50 years ago, and whose party had massive majorities in both Houses of Congress, versus the guy who is currently President and is mired in the midst of the most bitter partisan warfare of the past, well, ever? What could account for the disparity?
You know what would be even more useful? Let’s throw George Washington into the mix. Surely there must be some profound insights as to why G-Dubs gets a 100% rating versus JFK’s 90%. Maybe, like, time passing?
Oh there’s more, after the jump…
As bad as American journos are, everyone knows their British cousins are one-bazillion times worse (see Princess Di, cause of death of). But now those pilferin’, pick-a-pocketin’ Brit paparazzi have really gone too far!
94.7 Fresh FM “City Shop Girl” Kelly Collis reports that her original investigative reporting regarding a certain unicorn sweater, worn by a certain Sasha Obama to a Maryland basketball game has been lifted WITHOUT ATTRIBUTION by the Daily Mail from the Fresh FM website. Collis first reported on the fab sweater from UK retailer ASOS on November 18, and even sent ASOS a tweet asking if it was going to be restocked, to which they replied:
@cityshopgirl Love Love Love the unicorn sweater. We’re not sure at the mo if it’ll be restocked, but watch this space…x
Now, you may be feeling pretty silly for going into debt to pay for J school right now, but you have to admit, that is some real investigative reporting. She had a question, she got an answer. But narry a day had passed before the villains across the pond at the Daily Mail had seized on the breaking news of how effing cool this sweater is and slapped it up on their website, without giving so much as a (h/t) to poor Kelly Collis. From the Mail article:
A Twitter post read: ‘Love Love Love the Unicorn sweater. We’re not sure at the [moment] if it’ll be restocked, but watch this space…’
If the sweater were to be reissued, it would certainly be met by much fanfare.
No mention of Kelly’s Twitter handle, no reference to her story at all. COME ON! How likely is it that the Daily Mail just happened to quote a tweet directed at the intrepid reporter who broke the very story they are reporting on, without knowing who she was? Poor form, Daily Mail, poor form
For the whole, tragic story, click here.
In a tweet today, Justin Miller of New York Magazine announced he is headed to The Daily Beast. Miller has been the home page editor at NYMag.com for two years, but served as the DC-based Home Page Editor of TheAtlantic.com for more than two years before that, and has written extensively about politics for New York Magazine, The Atlantic, and the New York Observer.
— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) November 21, 2013
A big FishbowlDC congrats to Justin!