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And Now a Word From the Mother of Dave Hughes

Parasite and noted shitty speller “DCRTV Dave,” or Dave Hughes to those of you checking the Megan’s Law registry (I kid. I kid because…he’s kinda scummy), were in for a treat in the “mailbag” today.

“Shirtless in Shirlington” writes, “Hey Dave have you ever or would you ever do DCRTV DAVE TV shirtless like the FBI agent who sent his shirtless pix to the military broad?”

Dave replied, “I did do a shirtless ‘Dave TV’ episode last year, while I was shaving my head. All the “request for sex” notes I got from women (hello Betsy) and men was somewhat overwhelming so I decided to never do that again. Ha ha ha…..”

Here’s a little pro-tip for you, Dave… Read more

Literary Blogger Gets Axe At Commentary After Publishing Unapproved Gay-Marriage Post

Commentary magazine, rarely the subject of controversy, aired some dirty laundry over the weekend.

Literary blogger D.G. Myers was given the boot from the publication and quickly suggested the reason involved his support of gay marriage. Commentary Editor John Podhoretz, who vehemently denies the termination involved gay marriage, told FishbowlDC that he has “made no decision” on whether they’ll work together again in the future.

On Saturday, Myers wrote on his personal blog a “statement” on his “firing” from Commentary. On Thursday, he explained, Podhoretz wrote and informed him that he was being terminated. The notice came an hour after Myers had published a post in defense of gay marriage on his literary blog, which had a home on Commentary‘s site.

“Whether I was fired for the substance of what I wrote or for violating the magazine’s procedures is unclear even to me, especially since my followup emails have gone unanswered,” Myers wrote in his statement. He said in the post that he published his gay-marriage piece without approval, which he said he typically didn’t have to gain on the literary blog.

After Myers published his piece about the “firing,” some fans attacked Podhoretz on Twitter… Read more

Morning Stink Bomb: Obama Campaign Spox Mentions Potential B.O.

Uncomfortable laughs all around this morning on MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” as Luke Russert greeted a guest. She was President Obama‘s Campaign Spokeswoman Jen Psaki, who opened the interview with a little joke. At least we hope it was a joke.

“Goodness for you I showered this morning after two days on the plane,” Psaki said, as Luke let out the most fake laugh imaginable, a nervous laughter that went on a touch too long.

As the interview came to a close, he said, with another uncomfortable chuckle, “Have a good time out there on the road.” She replied, “I will try.”

Pundits, Journos Get Pounded (Again)

Journos and pundits felt the sting of strangers’ words last night as they covered the debate. Such is the norm these days in online media.

As Matthew Ortega (who’s he? beats us, we’d never heard of his highness before), a hip hop aficionado and a digital director in Washington, proceeded to call us “trash”, RedState Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson was also taking his online beating. “You sir are an idiot,” declared Sam Cantanzaro (i.e. @samsfoodblog).

Even The Fix, WaPo‘s politically neutral blog wasn’t immune. “Losers: you,” remarked @johnspeake. To which the blog’s proprietor, Chris Cillizza, graciously replied, “Always.”

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein lashed out more generally at all pundits, even though he often straddles a delicate line of punditry, journalism and Democratic strategy. “If pundits want to say who won politically, as opposed to on substance, they should wait for polls of actual voters,” he wrote.

Of course there’s always an element of pettiness that emerges on nights like these. “John King needs a haircut. Time pressure of a campaign must be keeping him from the barber,” wrote Ari Fleischer, a bald CNN Contributor who appeared on the network last night alongside the hairy King.

And insults are a pastime. “The fact that Chris Wallace poses as a straight news reporter is a total joke,” wrote ClearChannel’s Colby Hall, referring to the “Fox News Sunday” host “What a douche.”

During the previous debate, CNN Democratic Political Contributor Paul Begala was told to get a brain and grow some hair. This time, the brilliantly named @eatmerawson remarked, “Paul Begala, you always look like you’ve just sucked on a lemon when you speak on air. Eat some more lemons sourpuss.” Eat Me Raw tagged on a smiley face for good measure.

At 11:22 p.m. Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation came unglued and… Read more

P.R. Woes: When Access Isn’t Worth It

It looks like the connection PR Collaborative and FishbowlDC once shared is up in flames.

Renee Tsao, a publicist with the D.C-based media relations company, called this morning to vent about my “mean” post on the screening of The Paperboy– the screening she invited me to attend Monday. Oh, and to inform me FishbowlDC is no longer invited to attend her screenings.

Yesterday I wrote the “7 Things You Better Know Before Seeing (Or Not Seeing) ‘The Paperboy.’”  In the post I described the film as “the nastiest, crudest, most disturbing movie we’ve seen this year.” That remains true, even after having seen Tyler Perry‘s latest Madea movie.

The description “crossed the line,” said Tsao. She said she didn’t expect everyone to enjoy the absolute horror of a film, but said she expected news media to “at least” be respectful when writing about it. And calling a woman “you bitch” while she masturbates is respectful (happened in the movie)? She also said it wasn’t my “job” to review movies.

First, my job. Since when is it Tsao’s job to tell me what mine is? At FishbowlDC I cover the media in D.C. It just so happens movies are a medium. Second, I’m almost at a loss for words on Tsao describing my post as disrespectful. Almost.

I didn’t write a review, but even if I had, what of it? I actually wrote a warning. The Paperboy was a nightmare projected on an over-sized screen. And not the “scary” kind of nightmare you wake up and feel relieved from before resting your little head. But the kind of nightmare that upon awakening, forces you to turn the lights on in every room and then sit up watching Tony Robbins infomercials at 3 a.m. because you can’t sleep. That’s how foul the movie was.

Tsao complained that none of the “other media” who attended her screening wrote anything like my post. Leaving aside the fact that we’re not “other media,” it should go without saying that DCist and “Yeas and Nays” of the Washington Examiner — both of which attended — aren’t exactly known for peeling back the layers of events they attend. Unless that layer is covered in a Georgetown Cupcake wrapper. Then they’ll peel it off with haste.

Regardless, neither DCist nor Yeas and Nays have write-ups (yet) of The Paperboy. But we did find a review in The Observer. Unsurprisingly, they came away feeling the exact same way I did.

From The Observer:

“For now, avoid at all costs a trash-wallow about sex and inbred Southern racism called The Paperboy. The director is Lee Daniels, who shocked and turned off a sizeable portion of the public three years ago with Precious. Maybe shock for the sake of nothing else is what he stands for, but regardless of what you thought about his disturbing feature debut, it was light years ahead of The Paperboy. This raunchy dreck, cut from the same disposable toilet tissue as the recent trailer-trash creepfest Killer Joe, is a leap downhill from Precious.”

(It’s worth noting that Precious is one of my favorite movies.)

Tsao is under the impression that inviting media to attend her events is a guarantee that she’ll approve of what’s written about them. Read more

What’s Weingarten Writing?

Making a joke about POTUS’s country of origin is hardly pushing any line these days. It’s an easy layup. It’s the joke the guy next to you at the bar tells over and over again to anyone who will listen. Or it can be told to you by WaPo‘s own Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist, Gene Weingarten. In this week’s column, Gene tackles Barack Obama’s college records. For every liberal that whines about Mitt Romney not releasing his tax returns, a conservative fires back that Obama won’t release his college records. It’s gotten so bad that Gene tells us about a conservative website who will offer $20,000 to anyone who can give proof of POTUS’s college records. Gene decides to make light of the situation and try to collect on those funds.

Here are some things Gene says we can find in his college records… Read more

What’s Weingarten Writing?

Thankfully, WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten has moved on to other topics besides bitching about his critics like last week. Sure, it was fun while it lasted, but we need Gene to be able to tackle other important issues in his column. For instance, this week, he brought us the pressing story of the elderly police force of Shaoyang, China. Gene explains that Shaoyang is a city with many problems.

“Problem 1 was an epidemic of littering, spitting and illegal parking by flagrant scofflaws, who are brazen because of Problem 2, which is an insufficiently large police force, owing to Problem 3, which is not enough money in the city treasury, a condition aggravated by Problem 4, which is too many geezers: financially unproductive retirees.”

Gene goes on to explain that the city has now commissioned these elderly to give out citations to said scofflaws, but they also reaped “80 percent of the fees on the tickets they gave out.” The whole story is pretty interesting. In fact, you should read it here. No, that’s not a link to Gene’s piece. It’s a link to the original NYT piece that gives a more thorough account of the story without the painfully unfunny commentary from Weingarten. Gene references this piece over halfway through his article, but what’s the point? It’s already a good story, why do we need his unfunny commentary added to an already well-written piece?


What’s Weingarten Writing?

This week’s column by Gene Weingarten is filled with more lies than any other piece of writing you will read today. Thankfully, he admitted right up front that he was going to be lying in the story. It’s another attempt at comedy by WaPo‘s Pulitzer Prize-winining “humorist.” Gene tries to make the point that, in this political season, politicians can just make up whatever facts they want. The truth doesn’t matter.

To illustrate his point, Weingarten does what he does best: Relies on someone else to fill his column with content. This week, he turns to a reliable friend and fellow humorist, Gina Barreca. Gene tries to pull a fast one on Gina and springs stories on her that cited research that was completely made up. This opens the door for Barreca to generate all the punchlines in the piece. Once again, Gene plays the straight man while someone else writes the comedy in his humor column. In one exchange, Gene cites a story that shows that male bonobos monkeys handle stress better than females. When introduced to stress, the males sought refuge while the females did nothing. Here’s an example of Gene’s comedy genius:

Gene: Well, one of the stressors was a taxidermized crocodile. The male bonobos intelligently tried to seek higher ground. The females just shrieked at it.

Gina: Believe me, every woman on Earth has met that taxidermized crocodile. He is at every party and lurking behind every fifth personal ad. If you seek higher ground, he’ll just look up your skirt. Shrieking is usually more effective.

Boy, isn’t journalism great? Just bring in someone else to write all your good lines and – JACKPOT – you get a Pulitzer.


What’s Weingarten Writing?

Scandal has rocked the magical world of Weingartenstan. WaPo’s big-brained humorist and winner of multiple Pulitzer Prizes, Gene Weingarten, was out last week. We were served a warmed-over column about Gene visiting a book club. According to him, that was NOT the piece that we were intended to see. Weingarten explains in his latest piece that there was a disagreement with the syndicators of his column and WaPo. He writes, “The Washington Post Writers Group, which syndicates the column, liked it a lot. The Washington Post, which originates the column, didn’t like it at all. Post editors declined to run it on the grounds that it did not meet Post standards of propriety OR humor.”

A Weingarten piece that was so dangerous that his hometown paper BANNED it? It must be something really edgy. SPOILER ALERT – It isn’t. The syndicated column was THIS piece, about aptonyms. What the hell is an aptonym? Gene says, “An aptonym is a name that coincidentally is descriptive of its owners occupation, or some other aspect of the persons life.” In other words, it’s a column that exists solely to let Gene make dick jokes. Here’s an example:

Me: Yes, thank you. Now, the reason I am calling you today is that a very alert reader in the medical field noticed you have a new urologist on your team.

Dick: You probably mean Dr. Wang.

Me:  Rhymes with “bang,” not “song”?

Dick: Yes, Dr. Wang. Doctor Lester Wang.

Me: OK, my heart is a trip-hammer here. I have an important question to ask. Is Dr. Les Wang trained in performing circumcisions?

Dick: Yes, he is.

It’s not clever or funny or informative. I bet it was fun to write, but Weingarten is really, at this point, just churning out journalistic masturbation.

Journalistic Faux Pas or Just Lacking Class?

Washington D.C.’s CBS all-news radio station, WNEW News (99.1 FM), appears to be lacking in social graces today as they tweeted out the names of a murder-suicide in Calvert County before next of kin were alerted. They reported on their website only that a man, woman and 2-year-old child were all found dead inside a home in Owings, Md., but left them unnamed.

The offending tweet can be found here. It reads as follows: “WNEWNews: Couple In Owings Murder-Suicide Have Been Identified By Neighbor As…”

We reached out to WNEW’s News Director Michelle Dolge for comment on obtaining the information from a neighbor and releasing it before police. So far, zilch.

WTOP GM Jim Farley explained that their reporter on the scene, Michelle Basch, was waiting for family to be informed before they reported the names. “Flunking Journalism 101: you don’t ID the victims until the Sheriff notifies the next of kin, which they had not done at that point,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Common courtesy. How’d you like to find a close relative had been murdered by reading it in a tweet?”

At the very least WNEW offended traditional reporting rules. “Typically the onus is on official authorities, not media, to notify next of kin before releasing the names of the deceased,” explained a local City Hall reporter speaking on condition of anonymity. “If the government agency released names to the media without prior notification , that would be a mistake of the agency, not the media.”

Then again, WNEW acquired the information from a neighbor. “Now if the media outlet got the name through nonofficial police sources and reported it, then that would be rather tacky, to say the least,” the reporter added.