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Archives: May 2013

Afternoon Reading List 05.30.13

The state of conservative media  Oliver Willis, a professional Fox News hater for Media Matters, laid out the current state of conservative media in a story for The Daily Banter. Well his take on it, anyway. The piece was very much in Willis’ typical style, bashing the right-wing media and conservative movement. Willis said that Rush Limbaugh is still conservative media’s “most dominant voice,” though his audience is fading due to his lack of online activity and aging radio audience. According to Willis, he is not only influential to his audience, but Limbaugh is also influential among right-wing pols. Where Limbaugh falls short in online activity, Willis said Matt Drudge and Glenn Beck are both excelling on the web, though some of Drudge’s credibility has been lost due to his fondness for “conspiracy theories from 9/11 truthers.” The piece also evaluates the new generation of right-wing media, including Breitbart.com and Michelle Malkin. Willis calls this new breed of conservative media “a gaggle of clowns” and says it “could be the best thing to happen to the left.” Though Willis dismisses Breitbart.com as a non-serious news outlet, he does credit Andrew Breitbart’s original mission for the website. Under his leadership, he said, the site was “evil, but a good idea” and that Breitbart “knew what the hell he was doing.” Since Breitbart’s passing, however, Willis said the site has taken a turn for the worse. Not trying hiding his obvious personal bias, Willis concedes that he is “a liberal who wants conservatism to fail.” So while he may not the best person to evaluate the current state of the conservative media, he does give a rather detailed analysis of the right-wing media from the perspective of the left.

See our second and third story choices… Read more

Will Schieffer and Axelrod Kiss and Make Up?

Occidental Grill & Seafood is trying really hard to get CBS “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer and former Obama aide David Axelrod to bury the hatchet. To that end, they’ve invited Axelrod to the restaurant’s BBQ, Bourbon, Beer and Bob (Schieffer) non-profit event.

This may not be an easy relationship to patch up. Schieffer recently complained about his problems with White House access and landing guests for his show. But on Tuesday Axelrod shoved the knife it by arguing that Schieffer’s case was rather flimsy. He said, “the notion that the public should be concerned or disturbed, or that the taxpayer’s being cheated because Bob can’t book the guests he wants, I’m unsympathetic to that.”

The party will take place on June 15 out on the Occidental patio. Fare will be smoked brisket, pulled pork sandwiches, pork belly sliders, cornbread, slaw, pickles, snow cones, blueberry cobbler, and fudge brownies. Beer will be from Port City Brewing Co. and Bulleit Bourbon, Woodford Reserve and Filibuster Bourbon will be served (if any of that means anything to anyone).

Schieffer and his band, Honky Tonk Confidential, will perform. They warn… Read more

Should News Orgs Attend DOJ Meeting?

The list of news outlets that won’t be attending a meeting organized by the Justice Department for Thursday is growing by the hour. Are they right to decline the invite?

After it was discovered in May that the DOJ secretly seized the phone records of Associated Press staffers in 2012, reporters cried foul, saying it was a moved that threatened the freedom of the press and closed ranks. In the heat of the scandal, DOJ said it would invite several national news outlets to a meeting to discuss revisions to its policies regarding government leaks to the media.

The problem: the meeting would have to be off the record, a deal-breaker for many news heads.

Among those who decided they wouldn’t attend, citing the off-the-record stipulation, include HuffPost, NYT, FNC, CNN, AP, CBS News and McClatchy. Those who have opted to attend include Politico and WaPo.

Media critic Howard Kurtz, who works for CNN, seems to disagree with those who are choosing to skip out. “Seems like the ‘cool’ media position now is to blow off Eric Holder, a departure from usual Beltway practice of wanting exclusive briefings,” he tweeted Thursday.

So, what’s the deal? Are news outlets right to boycott the meeting unless it’s on the record or are they being little drama queens? Vote in our Fish Poll:

 

Separated at Birth: CNN’s Ferrick, FNC’s Perino

We have a few lookalikes on the table today. They come from opposing networks. No matter. Even if Roger Ailes forbids it, they could still be sisters from the start. There’s CNN’s Deb Ferrick and FNC’s Dana Perino. Ferrick also looks like Betty Buckley, the actress who played “Abby Bradford” (the stepmother) on “Eight is Enough.”

Ferrick and Buckley

Here we have Ferrick with Perino with identical hairdos.

 

Dana Perino with actress Cameron Diaz

See more Perino lookalikes… Read more

Pitch Timely D.C. Stories to JET

Launched back in 1951, JET has been the authority on news in the black community for decades. With a loyal readership of over 7 million, freelancers with the right pitch will get prime real estate for their bylines.

Since the pub is largely news based, editors are looking for local stories from stringers who live in different parts of the country and can report on influential, headline-making topics in their own areas. They want to hear about news-making trends, like the outbreak of bigotry among fans at high school sporting events. So if you spot a breaking topic, pitch it with a vision for what the story will look like. “I’m always on the lookout for new trends at both the regional and national level,” said editor-in-chief Mitzi Miller.

For more, read How To Pitch: JET.

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Afternoon Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I think the press is thin-skinned. They’re good at dishing it out and they’re lousy at taking it. …What they’re getting is a dose of medicine that they dish out with politicians everyday.” — Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning in reference to Attorney General Eric Holder hosting an off-the-record meeting with the media.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is the @nytimes saying they won’t talk to public officials off the record? Because I’m pretty sure they do every day.” — TIME Senior National Correspondent Michael Grunwald.

Uh oh.

“I think I just got propositioned on Facebook from a woman in Africa.” — Don Irvine, Chairman of Accuracy in Media.

And now, your daily Bible verse

“A friend loves at all times, And a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17″ — Kim Hume, wife of FNC’s Brit Hume.

Story pitch that never came to fruition

“As an intern at @rollcall, I pitched a story on all the politics & journalism related bars to @brunodebbie. Never finished it.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau.

Journo tells dad not to call C-SPAN

“I’ll be in the hot seat on @cspanwj at 8:30 live from Yahoo’s DC bureau. Watch here: cs.pn/e1vwvH (Dad, please don’t call in.)” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Anthony Weiner Dick Jokes Part I

“Anthony Weiner still a guy who showed his dick to strangers, Politico reports.” — HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney on Politico’s Maggie Haberman‘s Weiner piece, which doesn’t quite say that. Read here.

Anthony Weiner Dick Jokes Part II

What’s a story about ex-Rep. Weiner without a penis metaphor? Haberman’s lede:

In the week since he took the New York City mayoral race by storm, Anthony Weiner has delighted in the media circus he single-handedly created. He has mixed it up with reporters and taunted longtime adversaries in the same manner that made him a liberal lightning rod in Congress.

Think you’re having a rough day? Here’s a story alert from ABC7: “One man is dead and dozens of cats have been transported to a local animal shelter after a house fire in Herndon.”

Read more Morning Chatter… Read more

C-SPAN’s ‘Washington Journal’ Will Travel

C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal” hit the road early this morning to pay a visit to Yahoo! News’ newsroom. They had three of their journalists on the program. Sequentially, starting at 7:45 a.m. — ouch! — they had Chief Washington Correspondent Olivier Knox, Political Reporter Chris Moody and White House Correspondent Rachel Rose Hartman.

In C-SPAN’s history of showing newsrooms (Washington Star in 1980, Baltimore Sun 1983, USA Today 1983, Chicago Tribune 1984, Denver Post 1984), this is the first time they’ve ever gone remote into a non-print publication.

Watch here.

What other publications has C-SPAN visited? Also: see Moody from this morning… Read more

Politico’s ‘Lifetime’ Ban From FNC; Was It Ben Smith’s Fault?

It’s well known that the staff at Politico is between the sheets with MSNBC and on the outs with FNC. An excerpt from the to-be-released An Atheist in the FOXhole published by Salon confirms that fact and provides a little more detail:

Sometimes entire organizations were given lifetime bans [at Fox News]. The website Politico wrote something a few years back that rubbed Roger the wrong way (we were never told what exactly the transgression was) and word went out to all the shows: No more Politico reporters as guests. Also, any anchors who mentioned the site on air had to use the phrase “left-wing Politico” — an absurd designation for a publication that usually played it down the middle.

A web search shows Politico has, in the past, been referred to as “liberal” or “lefty” at FNC. Those references seemed to take place exclusively on FNC’s morning show “Fox & Friends” and with particular zeal from co-host Steve Doocy.

It’s common knowledge that many current and former reporters at Politico (and a lot of different publications on Planet Earth) are on the outs with FNC and FNC PR in particular, with editors and scribes dealing with intense squabbles. But is Ben Smith to blame for the deep rift? Read more

Morning Oopsy: Politico Screws Up Own Name

Messing up the name of your own publication is a no-no in most newsrooms. But Politico‘s Mike Allen achieved greatness this morning. We do take into account that Allen published his Playbook at 5:55 a.m. today. This is early — even for Allen standards. But will the high octane outlet now be available on the streets of Rome, a.k.a. “POLITCIO”?

This isn’t the first time that Allen tried to change the name of the publication. In late June, 2012, he fired off a Saturday afternoon edition of Politico Playbook. He called it “OLITICO Playbook.”

See today’s Oopsy… Read more

FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

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