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Archives: May 2012

Baby Boyle: Daily Caller Scribe Cries ‘Assault’

In a video posted to The Daily Caller last night, reporter Matthew Boyle tracks down U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John de Jongh at Reagan National Airport. While we give him high marks for his tenacity, we question what actually happened. Boyle wants to ask the Gov. why he is in Washington when the trip isn’t on his official schedule. Boyle and his cameraman hop on an escalator for a slow moving chase to try to question him. All the while, a bodyguard for de Jongh stands between Boyle and the Gov. When the chase spills outside we hear Boyle squeal, “Why are you touching me?”

Unfortunately, this happens off camera, so we don’t know what the bodyguard did. Hell, we don’t even know if the bodyguard even touched Boyle. So, what really happened? We reached out to Daily Caller NonSpokeswoman Nicole Roeberg and to Boyle himself to inquire what injuries he suffered from the ordeal and whether he called in the attack to the police. Shockingly, neither one is talking.

So, what’s the deal? Boyle seems to have made the whole thing up. His headline says that the bodyguard “assaults” him. There is no assault on tape. Is Boyle so fragile that the mere presence of a bodyguard makes him tremble and cry “assault”? The bodyguard barely even raises his voice at Baby Boyle. Come on, Boyle. Surely, you have enough balls to take a little talking-to and not turn it into an “assault.” Maybe next time you should do your report with a pacifier in your mouth, you big baby.


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Expedia Features D.C. Luxury Travel Site

Expedia is featuring local travel bloggers in 12 cities nationwide. In Washington that would be Poshbrood’s Elizabeth Thorp, who’s offering tips to “keep your whole brood entertained,” including favorite places to dine with offspring. Her recommendations include exploring the historic canals and the Botanic Garden. Mr. Norah O’Donnell, a.k.a. Chef Geoff, gets a shout-out as his restaurant is among her recommendations. She writes, “The teeniest of guests can even order ‘Baby Love’ natural pureed baby foods inspired by Chef Geoff’s own three small children with Norah O’Donnell, CBS’ Chief White House Correspondent.”

Watch here.

Stuttering Org Announces Journo Awards

First off, who knew that there was a Stuttering Foundation? Secondly, who knew they doled out awards to journalists?

Today The Stuttering Foundation of American, based in Mempis, Tenn., announces their 2012 journalism award winners. Coming in first place in the blog category is CNN Contributor Bob Greene for featuring former National Stuttering Awareness Week Spokesperson Annie Glenn (wife of former Sen. John Glenn). Other award winners include Pedro Frisneda of El Diario and and Aldo Santin of the Winnepeg Free Press. Read and watch Greene’s story here.

“Journalists in a variety of settings have done an outstanding job of focusing on stuttering during the past year,” said Jane Fraser, president of the 65-year-old nonprofit foundation. “We are seeing a significant shift in how we reach people – not only through newspapers and columnists but also through websites and blogs. We are particularly excited about increased outreach in Canada and within the Spanish speaking community.”

Bloomberg Sales Dept. Gets Another Jolt

Bloomberg Government’s sales department is experiencing an aftershock. Yet another salesperson is leaving the entity more readily known as BGOV. This time it’s Joanna Matthews who will become National Sales Director of CQ Roll Call, where she worked previously. Matthews is being replaced by Rob Recklaus, who is now leading the Congressional sales team for BGOV. “Having served as Communications Director and Chief of Staff for Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) for eight years he has a deep understanding of our client,” said a Bloomberg spokesman, explaining that Recklaus has been on the Congressional sales team at BGOV since 2010.

The tremors may not end anytime soon. An executive at a Washington-based competitor says there have been a number of BGOV editors and writers looking for work within the past two weeks.

On Wednesday morning, as we reported, Bloomberg fired three top BGOV sales personnel, including the head of sales Leon Frazier. Frazier has since been replaced by Josh Eastright, who was already working there. They’re now expanding Eastright’s sales duties to include BGOV.

Featured in Features

It’s time to check up on what Washington publications are publishing in their features sections. Hate ‘em or love ‘em, they’re always worth a look.

The good– “Paige” is the name of a new hologram that greets travelers at the international terminal at Dulles airport, according to a Wednesday feature in the Washington Examiner by Liz Essley. The hologram is a life-size attractive woman who can talk (but not respond) to people as they make their way through customs. “This kind of 3-D image really gives it a personal feel. It actually looks like a real person,” said Dennis Hazell, associate executive staff coordinator for the airport. Paige may look like a real person, but she doesn’t look like the average person you run into at the airport. The average person you run into at the airport is usually an overweight man who either feels you up, demands a tip for doing minimal work or honks the shuttle horn as you’re minding your business.

The porkyWaPo ran a feature by Tim Carman this week about the pork industry’s move to get farm pigs out of those tiny gestation crates and into a more free-roaming environment. That is, at least before they’re hacked to death and finely shredded for barbeque pork sandwiches across the country. In the story we learn that some states have passed laws banning the use of gestation crates by a public referendum, sometimes with 60 percent of the vote. Paul Shapiro, veep of farm animal protection for the Humane Society, puts that in terms we can all understand: “Imagine if a political candidate won with two-thirds of the vote… It’s a political slaughter.”

The porkier– Actress Queen Latifah has been outed. Though she serves as a spokeswoman for the weight loss program Jenny Craig, Latifah is also a part owner of the Fatburger franchise. We learn this in a feature aggregated by Samantha Schnurr of The Daily Caller. “Fatburger’s menu items include a 24-ounce Triple Kingburger, chili cheese Fat Fries, onion rings, and 16-ounce milkshakes,” the story says.

The deceptive– Is this an ad or a feature about new homes in Maryland by Michele Lerner, special to TWT? The article, headlined “New in Maryland: Park Ridge,” appears in TWT‘s Home & Living section but it reads like a classified: “Each home in this Montgomery County community will include a brick front, a poured-concrete foundation with a brick design, professional landscaping, an asphalt driveway and a two- or three-car garage.” At the end: “For more information or directions, call community sales manager [blank] or visit [blank].” We ran a search on Lerner and indeed, her LinkedIn profile says she’s a freelance writer specializing in real estate.

NJ Reporter Gets Hog Wild and Bloody With Congressman

NJ reporter Ben Terris took a trip to Zolfo Springs, Fla. to go boar hunting with Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and things got a little, well, bloody. He began, “It’s 7:30 a.m., and already the congressman and I are covered in blood.”

Terris reported that blood trickled out of a gash in his head — an injury that eventually landed him in the ER. But for now, he wrote, “The lingering buzz from the predawn whiskey shot helps.”

The reporter felt compelled to learn more about Ross since his publication had ranked him among the top 10 conservative members of Congress. “You should come boar hunting with me sometime,” Ross had told him a few weeks prior.

An excerpt:

Ross leaned forward in his seat to size up my multicolored socks, my oversized glasses, my untamed hair. “Of course, if it makes you more comfortable, we can donate all the meat to a food bank,” he said. It was a diplomatic gesture. If Ross had overestimated how much I might object to killing an animal for sport, I could forgive him. In Washington, people tend to rely on signals to get a sense of each other: party affiliations, voting records, socks. Subtleties get lost. I started thinking that the only way to really understand Dennis Ross would be to join him in his natural habitat.

Read the full story here.

A Little Birdy Tells Us…

that Poshbrood, the upscale family travel site created by publicist and travel writer Elizabeth Thorp, helped plan the honeymoon of recently married NBC “MTP” Exec. Producer Betsy Fischer and Politico Senior Writer Jonathan Martin.

The couple heads to Europe next week. And from our best translation skills, looks like they’re headed to glorious Italy. “@BetsyMTP Finalized all details of your ‘luna di miele’ — see you tomorrow! #ladolcevita”

Thorp wouldn’t comment any further on the newlyweds’ honeymoon plans.

Bon voyage! Let’s hope they abandon their respective Twitter accounts for a few days.

WaPo Reporter to NPR

It’s time for more “caking” at WaPo. That would be cake used as a verb for yet another departing journalist who took the buyout. This time it’s Ben de la Cruz, who leaves next month after 12 years to join NPR as the multimedia editor on the Science Desk. They will miss Ben’s “devotion to the craft.”

See the internal memo that does not mention the buyout…

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Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

Politico CLICK is still at it, creating gossip you won’t (and shouldn’t) see anywhere else. This week they reported on — what a scoop — Bob Dylan sporting shades at the White House Tuesday.

The headline (no joke): “Bob Dylan wears sunglasses at the White House.”

(We interrupt this item to ask VandeHarris: Do you guys read this stuff before it gets published?)

Caitlin McDevitt goes on to write her vanilla lede: “Bob Dylan sported shades at the White House on Tuesday. The singer wore aviator sunglasses to accept the Medal of Freedom from President Obama who praised him for his career accomplishments.” She names Tony Morrison, John Glenn and former Sec. of State Madeleine Albright as other recipients. WAIT. Did they wear sunglasses too?

So let’s get this straight: Dylan wore SUNGLASSES?

WaPo Reporter Cracks on Faulty Content Management System in Goodbye Note

WaPo‘s James Grimaldi, who took the buyout and is headed to WSJ to be a senior investigative reporter , bid farewell to the publication where he has worked for the past 12 years. He “loved every minute of it,” he says warmly, except for Methode, the content management system used by WaPo for publishing, blogging and mobile. His subject line: “Methode is frozen.WaPo Asst. Systems Editor Alex Waddell replied to the entire newsroom, saying, “We’re aware of the problem and we’re working on it.”

And now, his note…

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