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Bachmann tells WaPo: Immigrants Given New Protections May Become ‘illiterate’ Democratic Voters

Twitter exploded today when, according to Robert CostaMichele Bachmann told The Washington Post that immigrants given new protections by President Obama may become “illiterate” Democratic voters. Costa shared Bachmann’s comments tweeting:

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Bret Baier Helps ‘Break the Internet”

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FOX News’ Bret Baier got in on the social media buzz surrounding yesterday’s release of Kim Kardashian‘s Paper Magazine Cover.

This morning, tweeting out ”mystery finally solved” next to an article claiming Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back” was inspired by J.Lo’s posterior and while Kim’s is “nice,” Jen is still the queen of booty.

I guess Bret is more of a Team J.Lo kinda guy.

I would be remiss if I did not have at least one post relating to Kimmy K’s “Break the Internet” campaign, so thanks Bret!


Job Moves at WaPo

washingtonpost130Some post-election changes at The Washington Post. Greg Jaffe and Steve Mufson will now cover the White House. Previously, Jaffe worked as a Pentagon reporter there, while Mufson covered the energy industry (particularly China). Herman Wong, who previously worked on social media at Quartz, will be joining the Post’s social media team.  Last but not least, Peter Holley is now a reporter on the general assignment desk at the Post. Holley was an associate editor at Houstonia magazine.

We, here at FishbowlDC, wish them good luck in their new roles.

Zignal Labs’ Pete Eskew Explains Election Night Flow Chart

Missed Tuesday night’s “Celebrate America’s Election” bash at The Jefferson Hotel hosted by Constance Milstein and Rachel Pearson?

Hollywood on the Potomac didn’t and the site caught up with Zignal Labs’ Pete Eskew, who’s firm provided real-time analysis of the competitive Senate races, pulling from Twitter, Facebook, websites and news outlets’ coverage and mentions.

WATCH below for a bit on their process:

CNN’s Senate Projection Lights up the Empire State Building

Those in New York Tuesday evening didn’t need to do much more than look outside to know who took control of the U.S. Senate following the 2014 Midterm Elections. CNN’s projection was illuminated on the spire of the Empire State Building.

Take a look at the after and before, via @CNN and @CNNPolitics, respectively.

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@GovJayNixon Deletes Revealing Tweet of Missouri Voter

Today’s Tweet of the (Election) Day goes to the account of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) at @GovJayNixon and a since deleted tweeted deemed a little too revealing.

The photo, posted earlier this morning, showed Gov. Nixon and a Missouri resident at the polls, one of who’s pants weren’t pulled all the way up.

Caught earlier this morning by the Washington Examiner’s Kelly Cohen:

Hundreds of Celebs Urge Fans to #GoVote

For Midterm Elections Day, teamed up with more than 300 entertainers using their celebrity status to urge fans to #GoVote. Participants, including Rob LoweStephen ColbertJohn LegendDave MatthewsFergieJohn OliverPerez HiltonLauryn Hill, and Conan O’Brien, are photographed holding print or digital artwork that displays a “#GoVote” message.

#GoVote photos are being collected in a dedicated Facebook album by HeadCount, accessible here. Participants will also use their social media platforms throughout the day to share their support and photograph, with a link to for relevant information.

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Facebook Asks Users to Declare ‘I’m a Voter’

Screen Shot 2014-11-04 at 09.48.33For those logged into Facebook this Midterm Elections Day, at the top of many users feed is a box declaring “It’s Election Day” with tabs to declare “I’m a Voter” and for more information, directing to

Mother Jones’ Micah L. Sifry writes of Facebook’s past use of the tool, allowing users to declare whether they’ve voted and promote that they have to their friends:

On Election Day, political campaigns, candidates, consultants, and pollsters pay close attention to who votes and why—and so does Facebook. For the past six years, on every national Election Day, the social-networking behemoth has pushed out a tool—a high-profile button that proclaims “I’m Voting” or “I’m a Voter”—designed to encourage Facebook users to vote. Now, Facebook says it has finished fine-tuning the tool, and if all goes according to plan, on Tuesday many of its more than 150 million American users will feel a gentle but effective nudge to vote, courtesy of Mark Zuckerberg & Co. If past research is any guide, up to a few million more people will head to the polls partly because their Facebook friends encouraged them.

Yet the process by which Facebook has developed this tool—what the firm calls the “voter megaphone”—has not been very transparent, raising questions about its use and Facebook’s ability to influence elections. Moreover, while Facebook has been developing and promoting this tool, it has also been quietly conducting experiments on how the company’s actions can affect the voting behavior of its users.

For the full article, click on over to Mother Jones.

[h/t POLITICO Playbook]

The Guardian Reports Privacy Concerns for Users of Whisper App

WhisperFor those who post secrets to the smart phone app Whisper and believe their messages and location are not being tracked, a piece by The Guardian published yesterday suggests otherwise.

The U.K. daily recently met with top Whisper executives in pursuit of a journalistic partnership, and over the course of meetings last week, report Whisper procedures that contradict user perceptions of how their posts are being collected and analyzed.

Per The Guardian’s Paul Lewis and Dominic Rushe:

“The company behind Whisper, the social media app that promises users anonymity and claims to be ‘the safest place on the internet’, is tracking the location of its users, including some who have specifically asked not to be followed…Whisper is also sharing information with the US Department of Defense gleaned from smartphones it knows are used from military bases, and developing a version of its app to conform with Chinese censorship laws…Separately, Whisper has been following a user claiming to be a sex-obsessed lobbyist in Washington DC. The company’s tracking tools allow staff to monitor which areas of the capital the lobbyist visits. ‘He’s a guy that we’ll track for the rest of his life and he’ll have no idea we’ll be watching him,’ the same Whisper executive said.”

While that last nugget about the sex-obsessed Washington lobbyist piques interest, the overall tracking of users is of much larger concern.

For more, click on over to The Guardian.

Just Watch This Latest Instagram by Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama answered a question on the six second video sharing platform Vine from a Barack Obama impersonator yesterday on her Let’s Move initiative. The combined Q&A compiled in her latest post to Instagram:


Hey, @Alphacat. The First Lady wants to know… #TurnipForWhat? #AskTheFirstLady #TD4W

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