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Archives: August 2013

Afternoon Reading List 08.30.13.

Kate Upton, regarding Syria – Taylor Bigler, the Entertainment Editor at the Daily Caller, was recently able to sit down and clairvoyantly connect with world renowned super-hottie Kate Upton, whose appearance in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, as you may already know, actually earned her Nobel Prizes in both Bathing Suits and Peace back in 2012.  Using Bigler’s finely honed telepathic abilities, the 2016 Vice Presidential hopeful (for both of the major parties) weighs in on the developing situation in Syria through a slideshow of her old photographs, captioned with the thought provoking insights that have made her all but entirely a shoe-in for at least four more Nobel Prizes for this young laureate.

Why you should read/watch:  Because its Kate freaking Upton, that’s why. Also, it’s pretty funny.

Bros for Obamacare: The latest edition of Health Reform Watch, which is WaPo‘s regular health policy column written by reporter Sarah Kliff, illustrates an unexpected trend that is becoming more prevalent among young adults in America.  Research shows that young adults are more concerned about their health coverage needs and less on the cost than might’ve previously been assumed.

Why you should read: After reading the headline, I was instantly under Kliff’s clever guise. I thought this article would lead me to learn about sort of frat-boy buffoonery clause written deep in the fine-print of Obamacare that could affect my health care cost… err… ehmm…I mean, their healthcare costs.  Instead,  I found a detailed explanation for why the administration is setting its sights on convincing young adults to sign up for Obamacare.  Those who also happen to be in that age group should give it a read and see why they’re so desired.  Also, there’s a picture of a fat guy jumping into a pool.

 

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Dana Loesch Responds to Ex-HuffPost Blogger’s Sex Wish

There’s no love lost between the left and right online. Things are tense on a good day and then they’re just bloody at any given turn. Such was the state of affairs this week as ex-HuffPost blogger and lawyer Pascal Robert told outspoken conservative radio host Dana Loesch that he’d like to see her blanked up the blank.

What won’t surprise you: the conservative online community collectively flipped out, claiming Robert was calling for Loesch to be raped. What might: Until this morning, HuffPost had nothing to say. When we requested comment, HuffPost Spokeswoman Jessica Hanks told FishbowlDC: “Pascal Robert has contributed blogs to The Huffington Post. He has never been on staff and is not a paid contributor. We stopped publishing his posts in July after inappropriate comments surfaced.” Still, his Twitter bio says he’s a HuffPost Contributor, something they conceivably cannot control.

“I’m not sure what happened to society that a woman can’t disagree with a man (or anyone) without being threatened with rape or to be fetishized in a violent manner,” Loesch told FishbowlDC. Read more

Click Bait: Free Beacon’s Buff Babes

Yesterday, the Free Beacon‘s Associate Editor Robert Charette posted this article to their Editor’s Blog.  If you’ve ever wondered what giant women carrying large catfish actually look like in real life, check out the Free Beacon (because maybe they’re into that kind of stuff). Free Beacon is actually pushing for women here — they say females are just as good as males at Noodling, a sport in the south in which enthusiasts wrangle catfish with their bare hands.

Separated at Birth: Russ Ptacek

This morning we have two TV newsmen who could have parted at the womb. They are WUSA’s Russ Ptacek and CNN’s Anderson Coooper. Both have that certain je ne sais quoi albino look.

Morning Attitude With Gwen Ifill

Someone got PBS Gwen Ifill‘s goat this morning.

 

Morning Chatter

“You’re the best. I feel like I have actually inhaled fresh air.” — Late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon to NPR’s Terry Gross at the close of his interview on her “Fresh Air” show Thursday.

Thursday grogginess…

“It’s officially one of those days where I’m incapable of dialing a phone number correctly on the first try.” — Politico‘s Leigh Munsil.

Deep Thoughts With Gene Weingarten

“Miley Cyrus is an anagram for ‘Yes, I’m curly.’” — WaPo Milk of Magnesia correspondent Gene Weingarten.

The Observer

“Pervert Weiner is dead in his race for mayor of NYC but WOW, Eliot Spitzer has dropped way down in recent poll for comptroller. SLEAZE!” – Donald Trump.

Eavesdrop Café

“In line at CVS and elderly man looking at magazine stand says to wife ‘Kim’s Secret Wedding’ who’s Kim? #refreshing.” — Angie Goff.

Important Q to Ponder: “Why does Chrome suck with Gmail? aren’t they related? often when filling out a form on Chrome, it tells me my Gmail adrs is invalid.” –former NPR Ombudsman and professor Alicia Shepard.

Keeping them honest

Operations Manager, HuffPost Pol Operations Manager Brad Shannon brings the “Approx. uses of ‘twerk’ on TV, M-W”

CNN 18
MSNBC 10
FNC 8
ABC 6
NBC 4
FBC 3
CNBC 3
CBS 3
AJAM 1

FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

In Defense of Howard Kurtz (Not Really)

When I see so much self-righteous dumping on Fox News media correspondent Howard Kurtz it makes me feel all uppity. Sure, we’ve written a ton on his self-pimping and hypocritical ways over the years. So we’re not immune to knocking him. Still, this week I want to find something, anything, to say about him that would be favorable or show some other side to the journalist once hailed as the nation’s premier media writer.

This week he wrote about WaPo Ben Bradlee‘s daughter-in-law Pari Bradley for wearing a “Swiss cheese” bra. “Do the pictures go too far?” he asked. But all sense of irony is lost on him. Has Howie gone blind? Has he seen the anchors at his own network? You can’t watch Fox News and not notice that many of the female anchors tend to don skimpy, tight clothing that shows off their legs or breasts. And you must realize that they are instructed to do so.

His former newspaper of 29 years, WaPo, reduced his work to a “hallowed middle ground he has spent his entire career clinging to.” Gawker castrated him, said he was having a mid-life crisis and wondered intensely about his relationship to The Daily Download‘s  and now Fox News colleague Lauren Ashburn, who appears to trail him wherever he goes. And others dumped, dumped and dumped. Strangers called him things like “sourpuss pervert” and “old pervert” and said he had a face like “old oatmeal.” WaPo‘s Sally Quinn, also mother-in-law to Pari, told Media Matters that he’s an “old geezer.” Even NPR‘s reasoned David Folkenflik remarked on Twitter, “Howie’s going to do just fine at Fox.” Who says America doesn’t have a big heart?

Pari has since taken her pictures down: “This content is currently unavailable.”

I asked a colleague, don’t you think people are being a little self-righteous here? The response I got: “I think they’re spot on.” Which only fueled my fury. Why can’t people leave Howie (and Miley) alone? Like WaPo‘s Clinton Yates argued, why can’t Miley be herself? And why can’t Howie?

Then I came to from my fugue state and took to his Twitter feed to find out if there was any possible way to defend Howie. (I’m really pulling for you here, man. Come on, help a media reporting sister out, will you?) Read more

Spotted: Charlie Hurt at the Café

Ahhh…life really is a fishbowl, isn’t it?

The Drudge Report and TWT‘s Charlie Hurt was spotted at Le Quotidien at Eastern Market today. He was “just shuffling through,” said our tipster. His hands were full of papers and he, of course, had his computer. He was dressed in khaki shorts, a maroon polo shirt and tennis shoes. “He looked hurried,” our source added.

TIME Cover: Syria

TIME‘s cover story this week is by Michael Crowley. “Evidence of a brutal chemical attack in Syria poses a defining test to the U.S.’s reputation and to Barack Obama’s foreign policy vision.” Read the story here.

 

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