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ICYMI: Steamed Congressmen, Sad Tweets, and Sleepy Bidens

ICYMI: The Inside Story of How CNN Got Hacked

in case you missed itYou may have heard about how the Free Syrian Army hacked some of CNN’s social media accounts and blogs last week. In Mashable reporter  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai‘s piece on the attack, he actually gets to interview the hackers themselves. Pretty cool stuff. The result is a fascinating look behind the scenes at how hacking actually works. It also serves as a good primer in social media security for media companies. From the article:

One CNN employee fell for the first wave of phishing emails, revealing his password on the fake login page. Th3 Pr0 and The Shadow then had access to his Hootsuite account, which was linked to various CNN social-media accounts and even his CNN WordPress account. This breakthrough gave them the power to post on multiple Twitter accounts, and even publish fake news on CNN.com. Mashable has seen screenshots of the compromised accounts, and a source with knowledge of the attack confirmed they were legitimate.

After taking control of the passwords of six CNN employees, the hackers began sending a second wave of phishing emails, this time using the victims’ real email accounts. The emails warned of an attack, and asked recipients to change their passwords to avoid further hacks; it was a clever attempt to harvest more logins and passwords.

Read the whole thing here.

FBDC’s 12 Stories of Christmas

We understand if checking up on FishbowlDC wasn’t exactly your top priority this holiday season -you had a lot going on. But we’d hate for you to miss out on all the stuff we posted between Christmas and New Year’s just because of silly things like shopping and eating and spending time with family and drinking copious amounts of spiced liquor. Therefore, we’ve compiled a helpful round-up of the 12 biggest FishbowlDC stories you might have missed while you were away. You’re welcome.

Peruse below at your leisure:

Olivia Petersen Moves Up the Line at Politico

Mike Semel Upped at WaPo to Local Editor

NBC Considering Nixing ‘Meet the Press’?

Confusion Reigns at TWT

What Do These Journos Want for Christmas?

Former NRSC Spox Brian Walsh Gets Engaged

Neil Irwin Ditches WaPo for NYT

FishbowlDC’s Top Ten List of Top Ten Lists

Peter Wallsten Upped at WaPo

Ben Terris Leavs NJ for WaPo

Your Favorite FBDC Stories of 2013

DC Pubs’ Top Stories of 2013

In Case You Missed It: Global Reporters Unite!

In Case You Missed It HeaderGood reads from across the web that you might have missed:

The Rise of the Global Correspondents: Katie Couric is given the Global Beat at Yahoo. Bill Neely has the whole world in his hands at NBC. by Jordan Chariton and Chris Ariens at TVNewser.

Bosses use social media to weed out Muslims from pools of job applicants. There’s no joke there. It’s just terrible. by Jennifer Valentino-Devries at WSJ.

Interns? My good fellow, no! We pay our students here at Atlantic Media. by David Carr at NYT.

Stars and Stripes forever? Not so fast. by Hadas Gold at Politico.

So you wanna capitalize politically on the Obamacare disaster, do ya? Some things to think about. by Matt K. Lewis at the Daily Caller.

The Tea Party: All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. by Bill Minutaglio at WaPo.

Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)

NYT‘s Mark Leibovich ‘a fraud’– A truly intimate admission from Leibovich in NYT‘s “6th floor” blog today, though it’s something most people in Washington already know: This is a city full of people peer pressured into pretending to be smarter than they actually are and into reading The Economist to prove it. He writes:

“Like many people who sometimes travel in high-powered circles, I am a complete fraud. I have no idea how I got here. This is an especially familiar condition in Washington, where I live, and where the impostor syndrome is like our psychological common cold. So a lot of people lie about reading The Economist here. We probably have the highest number of lied-about subscribers. Because it’s important to come off smart and worldly…”

To be sure, however, Leibovich does read The Economist. He lets readers know by going on to list 17 things he learned from its latest issue.

Sanchez sends out a dark holiday card– This is probably a knee-slapper to exactly no one. Rep. Loretta Sanchez‘s (D-Calif.) office has sent out her annual holiday card. It reads: “May you dance with joy this holiday season (just not too close to fiscal cliffs).” On the card is an awkward photo of Sanchez coddling a stocking beside her husband, both of whom are about to step over a cliff. Sanchez has gained a reputation over the years for sending out goofy cards. What’s the plan for next year’s card? A cover that says “Merry Christmas and wrap it up!” superimposed over a photo Sandra Fluke? (h/t WaPo‘s Reliable Source. Sometimes we give them a hard time, but credit where credit’s due)

Serious question for BuzzFeed or melodrama from HyperVocal? … Read more

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A sprinkling of things we think you ought to know…

Washingtonians are happy, even if they are alcoholics– A WaPo poll of workers in the D.C. metro area found that most of them (88 percent) described themselves as “very happy” or “pretty happy.” Roughly the same number of people described their jobs as “rewarding.” Another interesting bit: Most respondents (54 percent) said they “never really stop working.”

Fournier has a lot of presidential access– A story published late last night in NJ made quick rounds on Twitter through this morning. It’s a first person account by the publication’s editor-in-chief Ron Fournier on how he learned to fully accept that his son, who has Asperger’s syndrome, is different. The overall consensus is that it’s a touching story, just in time for the holidays. Politico‘s Ben White called it “especially beautiful.” FNC’s Bret Baier called it “a great story” that’s “worth the time.” On the other hand, FBDC’s Peter Ogburn had his own concerns. “Most of it left me wondering how in the hell he hooked up a meeting with his son and three presidents,” he said. In Fournier’s story, he recounts how he introduced his son to President Obama and former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton.

HuffPost blogger rails on NYT‘s Maureen Dowd– The name Geoffrey Dunn rings no memory bells as to who he is. But a column he posted on HuffPost yesterday is worth the read if for nothing more than to count the number of ways he can insult NYT‘s Maureen Dowd. A few choice adjectives in his post regarding Dowd: “breezy,” “cynical,” “name-dropping,” and “glib.” He calls her “The Mean One.” And despite Dunn bearing a vague resemblance to any given pewter item on the “Antique Roadshow,” Dunn notes that he’s “a few years younger than Dowd.” Ouch.

Donald Trump cancels Senate bid– Oops, we mean RedState Editor Erick Erickson cancels Senate bid. Our mistake. After suggesting on his radio program earlier this week that he might challenge Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) for his Senate seat, Erickson has pulled out faster than a high school boy on prom night. And he did so with a grand flair that would make Liberace blush. “I’m not putting my family through that,” Erickson writes, “when the best outcome would mean a sizable pay cut and being away from my kids and wife all the time huddled in a pit of vipers often surrounded by too many who viewed me as a useful instrument to their own advancement.” Shorter version: Tricked you!

Right-Wing Bloggers React to Obama’s Reelection

Republicans and the conservative movement took a setback in last night’s reelection of President Obama. As with any political moment of lasting consequence, right wing writers fled to their blogs to console, vent and do some soul-searching.

WaPo‘s Right Turn blogger Jennifer Rubin made the case for Republicans to give in on some social issues. “In fairness to Mitt Romney, he never once use gay marriage to stir up his base, evidence of his innate decency and, if one is more politically cynical, the lack of political mileage to be gained from the issue,” Rubin wrote. “In the future, Republicans for national office would do well to recognize reality. The American people have changed their minds on the issue and fighting this one is political flat-earthism. As with divorce, one need not favor it, but to run against it is folly, especially for national politicians who need to appeal to a diverse electorate.”

At RedState, Erick Erickson, also a CNN Contributor, said the exact oppositeRead more

The Return of Queen Levine

Just when it looked like liberal radio host Mark Levine had faded into the night, he makes a comeback on Current TV’s Say Anything with Joy Behar.

Levine — or, as we’ve come to know and love him, her majesty Queen Levine for his demanding demeanor — was on the show last night with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele talking about conservative author Ann Coulter‘s recent “retard” tweet.

Queen Levine dismissed the tweet… Read more

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(A Super Tuesday Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know)


Rick Santorum cooks fancy Italian meals– Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum‘s usually quiet wife, Karen, is out trying to show a softer side of the candidate. In an interview with CBS News, Karen attested to his domestic capabilities, saying he’s good at cooking “Chicken Marsala, Pasta Arrabiata – and pancakes with the kids.” She says it was a “love-at-first-sight kind of thing” when she met Rick. And to neutralize any idea that he might be a little anti-women, Karen said, “He completely supports well-educated career women. If I wanted to work full-time as a lawyer, he would have been 100 percent behind me.”

Ann Romney doesn’t even notice her millions– Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney‘s wife Ann is a lot more out front than Santorum’s wife, which inevitably leads to more scrutiny. Speaking with FNC’s Neil Cavuto on Monday, Ann said, “We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,” adding, “It can be here today and gone tomorrow.” In the full context, the quote is innocuous but the part about her not considering herself wealthy feeds into Mitt’s image of being out-of-touch. Therefore those are the comments making headlines.

Newt Gingrich: He’s absolutely fundamental! Newt has acknowledged that in order for him to continue in the Republican presidential primary, he needs to win his home state of Georgia. While campaigning there today and differentiating himself from the other candidates, he resorted to using that time-tested Newt word we’ve come to know and love: fundamental. He said he’s the only GOP candidate who can “bring fundamental change” to the country. Talking on foreign policy regarding the Middle East yesterday, he said, “We need a fundamental conversation about the entire nature of our role in that entire region and we need to rethink what we’re doing across the whole region.”

Ron Paul will definitely come in second place in Virginia– Disorganization in their campaigns has left Gingrich and Santorum off the ballot in Virginia. That leaves Romney and Republican rival Ron Paul as the only two competing for the state’s 46 delegates. Over the weekend an NBC News/Marist poll has Romney at 69 percent and Paul at 26 percent. Sounds like a real nail biter.

Jimmy McMillan Nearly Kicked Out of CPAC

We’re nearly done with our CPAC coverage, but not quite.

On the last day, which was Saturday, founder of “The Rent is Too Damn High” political party Jimmy McMillan crashed into the bloggers room to start a stink.

He ranted about President Obama, the Republican candidates and, of course, about the rent being too damn high. It didn’t go over so well.

In the middle of McMillan’s shouting, one CPAC coordinator, apparently unaware of who McMillan was and the fact that fanny packs are no longer in, tried to kick him out for being obnoxiously loud.

Luckily for McMillan, the guy who was in charge of bloggers row intervened and let the coordinator know he was invited inside the room. McMillan was permitted to stay and finish his diatribe.

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