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Archives: August 2013

MetroWeekly Co-Publisher Leaves Role

Sean Bugg, co-publisher of MetroWeekly, is leaving his position to pursue his work with the the Next Generation Leadership Foundation, an organization devoted to inspiring and mentoring LGBT youth. Bugg has been with MetroWeekly for the past 13 years. It’s been more nearly 20 years since he helped launch the magazine’s first issue.

Bugg will remain as a columnist. His column, the untitled lead editorial, lets him address the issues of the day. (His previous column, “The Back Him,” allowed him to write a column on why it’s better to be a bottom, among other topics.)

“This is what people call and amicable transition — I’ve been talking to my long-time friend and co-publisher Randy Shulman about this for months and he has been incredibly supportive,” he told FishbowlDC.

Bugg isn’t meek about his pride… Read more

Morning Chatter

Happy Birthday to The Onion!

“There’s always a slight manic terror of running out of jokes.” — Mike McAvoy, President of The Onion on NPR this morning, when asked what they’d be writing about decades from now.  The Onion turns 25 today.

Important Q to Ponder: “But why were no GOP leaders represented today at the #MarchonWashington50? I don’t understand.” — Actress and activist Mia Farrow. And an endorsement: “Best coverage today from @cspan”

Grammar thoughts…

“It’s the quite/rather thing that always trips me up. Quite=sort of. Rather=very. So counterintuitive.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:34 a.m.

Journo leaves car keys with Secret Service

“What better way to end your work day then to discover that you left your car keys at a @SecretService checkpoint at 6 o’clock this morning?” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long.

FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Washingtonian MOM Comes to Life

Washingtonian Style Editor Kate Bennett gave birth to Washingtonian MOM this week. The proud mother and er, child, are doing well. She’s 11 inches. Rest doesn’t appear to be an option.

“I guess I would have to say I’m just happy we made a publication that has resonated so well with our targeted audience – the response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Bennett told FishbowlDC. “I’m already in the process of putting together the second issue, which should be out right around the holidays.”

The new pub’s VIP launch is September 10th at Range, Bryan Voltaggio‘s swank restaurant. They’re expecting about 100 people.

Bennett has a down-to-earth mission for the new mag. Sure, it’s obviously for women with kids, but it’s for women who were people before they had children. Read more

Photo Wars: Think Progess Catches Boehner ‘Derping’

In which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.

Okay, so we get that an article titled “Five Times Boehner Said He Wouldn’t Use The Debt Ceiling For Political Leverage” isn’t the most objective and unbiased article about House Speaker John Boehner. But Think Progress decided to take it a step further by using a photo of Boehner “derping” (if you don’t know what it is, Google it).

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Are Transgender Style Guidelines Evolving or is Everyone Still Terribly Confused?

Think Progress intern Marina Fang, like a bunch of other news outlets as of late, has a fascinating piece on newsroom guidelines regarding transgender reporting. The question at hand: Should writers use the preferred “he” or “she” pronouns despite how a person was born?

Fang’s piece comes in the context of Private Chelsea Manning, the Army private who was previously Bradley Manning. Manning considers herself female even though she was born male. AP will use the pronoun preferred by the individual, as will the NYT. WaPo is still “reviewing its procedure.” NPR used male pronouns Thursday but by Friday “had evolved.” Not included in Fang’s story is MetroWeekly, one of Washington’s two gay publications, which refers to Manning as “she” through and through.

The Daily Caller is mixed — no set policy. “The transgender thing is tough,” Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson told FishbowlDC. “I feel sorry for them for sure — imagine being so unhappy you castrated yourself — and in general we call people what they want to be called. On the other hand, you can’t change your sex. It’s impossible. A person’s sex is determined at the DNA level.  It’s lying to pretend otherwise.  We don’t have a policy on it though.”

The Hill, run by conservative-leaning Hugo Gurdon, appears to agree with Carlson. They called Manning “he” and explained that “he” preferred to be known as Chelsea Manning. White House Spokesman Josh Earnest, meanwhile, referred to Manning as “Mr. Manning” in a recent White House briefing.

Still, Fang writes that the AP and NYT “danced around the issue, using gender-neutral pronouns in their stories on Manning when the story first broke last Thursday.”

This is Think Progress, after all, so Fang avoids citing the policies of conservative sites. But a quick look at Breitbart.com addresses the whole he/she issue like this. Read more

FNC’s Perino Loses Miley Cyrus But Not Twitter

Here’s one way to get away from all things Miley Cyrus: Go to a cruise ship in the Congo. That’s what Fox News “The Five” Co-host Dana Perino did. The hospital ship, where she is, is called “Africa Mercy” and provides healthcare training for struggling communities in West Africa.

Freedom at last. But not from Twitter. Jasper alone wouldn’t survive that. Perino has been tweeting up a storm since she has been on the ship. Some of the tweets are pretty touching actually. See Twitchy for a more elaborate outpouring.

 

Separated at Birth: MSNBC’s Al Sharpton

Today we have a real wild pairing. It’s MSNBC’s Al Sharpton and political consultant Alex Castellanos, a CNN contributor and regular on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

Gilliam, Ifill: The Nation’s Newsrooms Still Lack Diversity

The nation still has a long way to go to diversifying America’s newsrooms. This was the pervading message from Dorothy Gilliam, WaPo‘s first female black reporter, and PBS’ Gwen Ifill discussing the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington last night at the National Press Club. The event was Marvin Kalb‘s “Kalb Report.”

Kalb said more than 60 WaPo reporters covered the event, but the next day–shockingly–there was no mention of Martin Luther King or of his speech. Gilliam spoke of WaPo‘s coverage of the march, saying the newspaper focused on the violence.

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Morning Chatter

Beware: idiot on cell phone

“Coming from the gym tonight, I saw this guy on his smartphone almost walk into an oncoming car while focused on his screen. #deathbyphone” — Attorney and TWT columnist Jeneba Jalloh Ghatt.

Members of Congress and Miley Cyrus

“Members of Congress are outraged over the antics of Miley Cyrus. Sen. Ted Cruz says she should be deported to a foreign country — the U.S.” — NPR‘s Ken Rudin.

The Observer

“The more I think about it, the more surprised/disappointed I am that WH press corps didn’t push Carney today to define opposition in Syria.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner. And this: “I hate myself for it, but I’m enjoying the new Olbermann show on the deuce.”

Powerlessness is…

“Such a bizarre feeling when your site is being hacked & there’s nothing you can do. It’s like being stung by invisible bees.” — NYT columnist Nick Bilton.

Head Scratcher

“I’ll never understand conservatives who spend all day railing against GOP establishment then freak out when reporters point out party divide.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

“nytimes.com, bitch.”NYT social media associate Jordan Cohen.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:12 a.m. (With a lovely birthday shout-out for Honey Boo Boo)

Journo gives it back to follower

“I know you’re like, TOTALLY OBSESSED with me, Jay, but c’mon. Criticize me for something worthwhile.” — TWT‘s Jessica Chasmar in response to a follower named “SsMokinJay” who criticized her, saying, “Write something worthy of reading, and, they will read.”

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