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S.E. Cupp Dismisses ‘Too Much Penis’ in D.C.

MSNBC “The Cycle” host S.E. Cupp shot down a critique that there’s too many males in Washington and that women can resolve the problems of the world. Her thoughts came on the program today in light of 20 female senators dining with President Obama last night.

“It’s silly and sort of a narrow view of politics to suggest that this dinner with 20 women senators is going to solve all these problems that [Sen. Amy] Klobuchar is lying out, laying out, that the problem with Washington is too much penis, essentially. There’s just too much penis in Washington and not enough uterus. I think that’s really silly. It also neglects the fact that women are just as capable of being ruthless, of making bad decisions. I mean, this is women. I can show you who woman are. We can throw table and lose our stuff and get a little kooky. I’m kind of over this story before it’s begun.”

Right, Left Take Marks On Marathon Bombings

Chalk it up to the often sick, sad world we live in.

The bomb smoke had barely cleared in Boston when some in the media strapped on their red and blue helmets and took partisan pot shots.

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was the first national media figure to bring out the guns. “Explosion is a reminder that ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) needs a director,” he tweeted Monday just after two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon. “Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking appointment.” Accompanying Kristof’s tweet was a link to a WaPo story on the ATF’s ongoing status without a full-time director. He has since deleted the tweet and said that he “take[s] it back.”

On CNN, National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said that the attack may have been executed by al-Qaeda or “another kind of right-wing extremism.”

On MSNBC, Chris Matthews said that “normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right.” He immediately amended his language to “just extremists.”

Esquire‘s Politics writer Charles Pierce cautioned readers against “jumping to conclusions” that the attack may have been executed by foreigners. But, noting that Monday was Patriots Day, he took a trip back in time to remember that it was “waterer of the liberty tree” Timothy McVeigh who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City.

Across the aisle… Read more

Garlic-Scented Freelance Journo No Fan of Texting at Networking Soireés

A networking event to mark a business partnership between two fiercely ideological magazines isn’t exactly a wild time. But it’s part of the job for some media professionals in D.C.

Even so, freelance journalist Murray Waas, in the dimly-lit setting shown here, believes that if you’re attending such an event, you shouldn’t be on your phone.

“What is the point of going out when you’re texting?” Waas said to National Review reporter Andrew Stiles Thursday night. Apparently unsure what to make of the unsolicited social commentary, Stiles awkwardly replied, “I don’t know. To look like you have something to do.”

Waas floated around the party, hosted by The Nation and National Review at the Mayflower Renaissance hotel, butting into conversations, preferring to talk directly into people’s ears despite being audible at a normal conversational distance.

The writer made a name for himself during the Bush (43) years, reporting on the White House and, in the early 1990s, reporting on the Gulf  War. He was even nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in 1993. Howard Kurtz, then a media critic for the Washington Post, wrote in 2006 that Waas was “getting his day in the sun.” Nowadays Waas updates his personal blog and freelances. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, The Hill, The Boston Globe, Talking Points Memo, The Atlantic and Reuters, among others.

He’s been featured in a lengthy 2007 WCP piece by Erik Wemple and Jason Cherkis (in the least flattering way) and in a rebuttal by Matthew Yglesias at ThinkProgress (the most flattering way).

“He was one of the biggest creeps I’ve ever talked to, saying things like ‘I’m your friend, right? We’ve been talking for five minutes, [and] I’m your best friend here?’” one attendee at Thursday’s gathering remarked to FishbowlDC. “And he smelled like garlic and booze.”

Yum.

About 100 people showed up for the event, all wearing name tags. Among them was National Review‘s star Capitol Hill Editor Robert Costa. Read more

Yahoo! News Scribe Vindicates Self In Misquoting Charge

In a Monday story that’ll make you actually want to hit somebody, Yahoo! News‘s Chris Moody recounted an incident at CPAC wherein former child conservative star Jonathan Krohn, now 18, is borderline bullied by a gaggle of right-wing bloggers.

One of the bloggers challenged the report as inaccurate, but Moody, having recorded the whole thing, was able to prove his story is straighter than a game of beer pong in a frat house.

On the second day of CPAC Krohn, who was attending as a freelancer for Salon, was cornered in a hallway after attending a panel discussion on Islam. He was chatting with The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein when 10 or so other CPAC attendees and bloggers approached. Among them, Townhall‘s Editor Katie Pavlich (Mean Girl 1) and Misfit Politics Editor-In-Chief Leah Sargent (Mean Girl 2).

“It was pretty rude,” Krohn told FishbowlDC. “I don’t want to make all this a point of controversy, but I know all three of us that were surrounded (Weinstein, Moody and myself) felt the set-up was intimidating.”

Moody wouldn’t comment on the record for this post, but his story describes the scene like this… Read more

Scarborough Skips Politico For WaPo?

Everyone knows the relationship between Politico and MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” crew is tight. Like really tight. Like Washington Times budget tight.

Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Chief Political Correspondent Mike Allen are regular guests on the program. They mention Politico stories incessantly. And show host Joe Scarborough has even had his own loosely-updated blog on Politico since the start of 2012. Occasionally, he also writes longer form opinion pieces posted to the front page.

Friday morning, however, Scarborough hopped over to Politico‘s main competitor in D.C: WaPo. At the same time, Allen playfully demeaned WaPo in Politico Playbook for being fashionably late on a story. ”WASH POST ON IT!,” his headline blared. “Front page TODAY (also leads homepage, in case ya missed everyone else’s stories the past couple days)” Allen linked to a WaPo story that took a deeper look at the dinner President Obama had with Senate Republicans.

For the last two months Scarborough and NYT columnist Paul Krugman have been fighting over whether the national debt really matters, via Scarborough’s show and their respective blogs at Politico and NYT. The two battled it out most recently on more neutral territory, Charlie Rose‘s show on PBS.

Krugman has gone back to his column and blog at NYT; Scarborough back to MSNBC and… WaPo.

In a Friday WaPo op-ed, Scarborough and Jeffrey D. Sachs, director of the Earth Institute, continued arguing that “deficits do matter.” Why not continue the argument on his tried and true platform at Politico? Read more

National Journal Gets Hacked

Atlantic Media employees received word earlier today that “unauthorized individuals” have obtained access to NationalJournal.com. They first discovered this was happening on Feb. 28.

“Upon discovery, we immediately engaged an information security and forensics firm to assess any potential risk to our online readers–and to be able to let everyone within the company know what happened,” wrote Atlantic Media General Counsel Bruce Gottlieb in a company-wide memo to employees.

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Trouble in Paradise? Politico’s Mark Walters to National Journal

Politico‘s relatively new SVP of Advertising Mark Walters lasted roughly seven months. Last May, Politico snatched him away from CQ Roll Call. Now he’s headed to National Journal. As we recently reported, Politico just hired Peter Cherukuri away from HuffPost to be their new SVP of Advertising. Looks like no love was lost on Walters, even if he did flee for a competitor.

Something smells fishy, no?

Last May, CQ Roll Call took the high road. In a statement, they thanked him for his service. Politico’s Roy Schwartz, meanwhile, wrote the following in an internal memo, in which he gushed about Walters.

“Mark brings 20 years of online and print sales leadership  and his unique background in understanding both the DC and National Influencer market will help our clients develop messaging inside DC and nationally.   Mark will report to me and will head up our world class advertising sales team.” 

A note from NJ‘s Chief Revenue Officer Poppy McDonald.

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Incest Desk: A Lesson in Kissing Up With Howie Kurtz

Forget CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

A story on Wednesday’s Daily Download showcases a fine example of how one kisses up to founder Howard Kurtz.  Seriously, if a Web site could win a Pulitzer for the best suckup in 2013, this would be a hot contender. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, the year is young.

No question that Kurtz landed a big scoop by interviewing Jill Kelley, the other other woman in the General David Petraeus sex scandal. It landed on Drudge after all. But does his ass really need to be kissed for writing a good story?

Enter Lauren Ashburn, Daily Download‘s co-founder, who often appears on his CNN show.

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Where Does TWT’s Solomon Really Work?

 If you listened to WTOP, you might not know that The Washington Times’ newest re-hire actually works for TWT. On January 15, TWT‘s new “Chief Digital Officer” went on WTOP and was described as working for the Washington Guardian, his apparent other gig. WTOP’s website lists Solomon as working for the Washington Guardian. Their on-air host also twice refers to him as working for the Washington Guardian.

What, is TWT small potatoes? “Chief Digital Officer” doesn’t exactly sound like a small role. Is the emperor not wearing any clothes?

Solomon, who was executive editor of TWT until 2009 when he left amid disagreements with other upper management personnel, was on WTOP to discuss military spending cuts. You’d think at some point he’d chime in something about TWT? Nope.

“Once we start these cuts it’s going to be very hard. … a lot of potential consequence down the road,” he said.

We reached out to Solomon for comment.

WaPo Misses Teen Rape Story: The Big Question is Why?

Last week a variety of news outlets reported that a teenage girl was raped by an Uber driver and that it was caught on tape due to surveillance cameras at a family’s northwest Washington home. The home, situated in an affluent neighborhood mere blocks from the National Cathedral in Cleveland Park, is nearby to where WaPo CEO Don Graham used to live.

And yet, guess which hometown publication had NOTHING on it? If you guessed WaPo, you’d be right. So much for local news. Right, Marty Baron, who is apparently crazy for local news, doesn’t start until January 2, 2013.

The order of reportage is as follows: The news first broke on a Cleveland Park listserv and was then reported by Popville, which covers D.C., on Dec. 14 at 3:50 p.m. Washington City Paper ran a story that same day at 7 p.m. but gave no credit to Popville. A site known as Nibletz also ran something that day — no specific time stamp. NBC Washington waited until that following Monday, a gargantuan three days after Popville, to run anything. They, too, gave no credit to the previous publications that had stories.

Why the lack of coverage by WaPo? Read more

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