It appears Twitter has suspended ISIS-affiliated user reyadiraq, who earlier tweeted images (such as the one to the right) of a man’s hand being amputated. A spokesperson from Twitter said that they do not comment on individual accounts, “for privacy and security reasons.” But attempts to visit www.twitter.com/reyadiraq are now met with a message saying the account has been suspended. The Twitter TOS also state that accounts may be suspended if they are deemed to be inciting violence or posting obscene material.
Web traffic numbers are in for the month of January, and FishbowlDC checked in with our friends over at comScore to find out which DC pubs are reaching the most people. Below are the web traffic numbers for local and political publications based in Washington. Web traffic was mostly up across the board last month -with an average increase of 16.19%. Roll Call experienced a huge 52.9% jump in traffic though (probably due to Hill staffers returning from the holidays), throwing off that average. If they are removed from the equation, traffic increased an average of 11.6%.
|Total Unique Visitors (in 100ks)||% Change MOM||Total Pages Viewed (in millions)||% Change MOM|
The takeaways: 1) WaPo is still the most dominant online pub surveyed here, with more uniques than all the other pubs combined. 2) The DC had a weak January. Their traffic did not see the same increase as other pubs. 3) TWT and the Washington Examiner both moved up a place in the rankings last month, to 3rd and 5th place, respectively. They displaced The DC and The Hill, both of which moved down one place. All other rankings are the same.
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Michelle Obama will appear on Univision’s Sunday morning public affairs show, “Al Punto,” to discuss the fourth anniversary of her Let’s Move! campaign. In the pre-recorded segment, Obama speaks with Univision’s Satcha Pretto, and then get’s busy with some work out moves. At least, that’s what we think they’re doing????
The interview hasn’t aired yet, so we just have the transcript to go by. You tell us what’s happening…
SP: So this is very, very easy.
MO: Okay, uh-huh, uh-huh.
SP: Just look right here, with our legs spread open. And this way we are kind of working our abdomen area.
MO: We’re holding our core tight.
SP: Yes, we raise our arms. And we just…
MO: With just one arm. So I see, yeah, the alternate, that works your oblique.
SP: And then you can, right there.
MO: Yeah, that’s good. That’s good, side muscles.
SP: And we’re moving.
MO: Yeah, that’s good stuff.
SP: Thank you so much. We really appreciate it.
MO: Oh, thank you.
Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:
Univision’s “Al Punto” : President of Mexico Enrique Peña Nieto, Michelle Obama, wife of a Venezuelan political prisoner Lilian Tintori, Roni Kaplan of Israeli Defense Force, actor Eduardo Verastegui
More guest listings after the jump…
From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today:
The Washington Post: Ukraine says Russian troops took over airports in Crimea
The Washington Times: Enemy at the gates: Russia rolls in the tanks, armored personnel carriers
Washington Examiner: Kelly Ayotte finds her voice as a prominent conservative
Washington City Paper: Lo-Fang Goes From D.C. Art Parties to Touring With Lorde
USA Today: New Clinton documents released
The Hill: Obama readies 2014 pitch
POLITICO: Clinton Library releases secret files
National Journal: The End of the Pragmatic Governor
Joshua Hersh, The Huffington Post’s Middle East correspondent based in Beirut, has been in Damascus since Saturday. As one of the few American journos on the ground there, he has a front row seat to a tragic piece of history in the making. FishbowlDC was lucky enough to have Josh answer a few questions for us about what it’s like to report from a war zone and what’s he’s learned about the devastating conflict developing in Syria.
Without further ado, The Fishbowl Five with Josh Hersh:
You previously covered foreign affairs out of HuffPo’s DC bureau, now you’re based in Lebanon. What parts of an international story, especially a war story, do reporters miss by not being on the front lines?
The hardest part to recognize is how inconsequential we often are. That’s not totally true of course — decisions made in Washington and New York play a major role in the course of events all over the world. But even though the people of the Middle East may talk about us a lot over coffee and a cigarette, they don’t really care about us all that much — and they certainly don’t care about the same things we do. There’s a tendency in political discourse in the west — especially on TV, or the halls of Congress — to think what we do and say matters more than it really does. Learning to disentangle our political debates about foreign policy (should Obama intervene in Syria, should there be a total troop draw-down in Afghanistan, etc) from the substantive questions of what’s really going on out in those countries is both instructive and liberating.
It’s also useful to recognize how little people in the world fully comprehend about our politics. Things we see as key distinctions — even something as broad as the fact that the president makes foreign policy, and congress mainly just pontificates about it; or that one party is in control of the White House and the other is not — are often lost on other countries. (And it’s not about intelligence: Next time you read a quote from a political leader in Iran about bombing Israel, for instance, think about whether you really know whether he’s in the part of Iran’s government that actually controls nuclear policy, or just the part that complains about it.)
Much more with Josh Hersh after the jump.
If you’re passing through Union Station any time soon, you’ll probably be seeing a whole lot of this guy.
Don’t recognize him? That’s Billy Elliot (aka Jamie Bell), all growed up! He’s the star of the new AMC show “Turn”, about spies during the American Revolution. The show will be taking over Union Station with an ad campaign starting on Monday. And it’s quite an impressive campaign. In total, they’re running 22 ad units, including kiosks, wallscapes, pillar wraps, floor graphics, banners, doorway posters, and two “sheets” -whatever those are.
The show will also star Burn Gorman (The Dark Knight Rises), JJ Feild (Captain America: The First Avenger), Angus Macfadyen (Braveheart), and Heather Lind (Boardwalk Empire).
If you wanna check it out, “Turn” premiers on April 6 at 9:00 PM on AMC.
In a Facebook post today, Ben Pershing announced that he is leaving the Washington Post.
Hello everyone, I have some personal news to share. After six excellent years I have decided to leave the Washington Post. The decision wasn’t easy but I felt it was time to pursue a job covering national politics elsewhere. I will keep you all posted on my next move once it’s clear. My last day at the Post is Friday.
Earlier this month we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications and Washington-based national anchors. Now it’s time to turn our attention to local broadcasters. FishbowlDC tallied the Twitter followers of DC’s TV and radio stations, as well as those of the top on-air talent. Here’s what we found:
Top 10 Local Television and Radio Stations
1. NBC 4 (WRC) - 68,947
2. CBS 9 (WUSA) - 52,733
3. WTOP 103.5 FM - 51,723
4. ABC 7 (WJLA) - 46,702
5. Fox 5 (WTTG) – 32,080
6. WAMU 88.5 FM – 10,630
7. WFED 1500 AM – 9,629
8. PBS 26 (WETA) – 4,666
9. Univision 14 (WFDC) – 3,160
10. NewsChannel 8* – 2,466
Top 15 Local Broadcast Personalities
1. Angie Goff (NBC 4) – 25,576
2. Nikki Burdine (CBS 9) – 21,108
3. Britt McHenry (ABC 7) – 18,342
4. Doug Kammerer (NBC 4) – 16,936
5. Bruce Johnson (CBS 9) – 13,554
6. Shomari Stone (NBC 4) – 10,961
7. Julie Wright (Fox 5) – 10,789
8. Danella Sealock (NBC 4/WPGC) – 9,010
9. Tom Sherwood (NBC 4/WAMU) – 8,859
10. Russ Ptacek (CBS 9) – 8,811
11. Eun Yang (NBC 4) – 8,561
12. Jacqui Jeras (ABC 7) – 8,129
13. Jim Handly (NBC 4) – 7,744
14. Chuck Bell (NBC 4) – 6,906
15. Jim Vance (NBC 4) – 6,747
The takeaway: NBC 4 is the most socially engaged of the local stations overall. They claim the number one spot among broadcast stations and their staff accounts for 9 of the top 15 local personalities on Twitter. CBS 9 comes next, with a solid second place in the station rankings and 3 of the top 15 personalities. And ABC 7 comes in third place overall -the station has less followers than WTOP, but they do contribute 2 personalities in the top 15.
*NewsChannel 8 is DC’s local cable channel.