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Ana Marie Cox Bites Hand That Feeds Her

Not surprisngly, Ana Marie Cox is all caught up in the storm of nothing over Salon‘s Alex Pareene‘s Hack 30 List. It’s Salon‘s take on who are the worst pundits in America. Cox says over Twitter that she’d like to be #31. This morning she went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in a jumper to promote a GQ story she wrote on Admiral Mike Mullen. But before that, this week she nominated “the cast of Morning Joe” for the Hack list — right, that “hack” cast who invited her on the show in the first place.

Make no mistake. Being on the list is no accolade, but Cox will take what she can get. Salon describes the deeper meaning behind the list: “These are the most predictable, banal, intellectually dishonest and all-around hacky newspaper columnists, cable news shouting heads and political opinion-mongers working today.”

Nice work Cox. Buys

Salon/Gage Skidmore

In response to Tucker Carlson and The Daily Caller’s purchase of yesterday, Alex Pareene of today divulged his purchase of Yawn. Read about it here.

Has everyone hit up GoDaddy for their namesake URLs yet? I have.

Morning Reading List, 01.12.09


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Morning Reading List, 12.17.08

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Former Wonkette-r Takes On Politico

Remember Alex Pareene? Our liver hates him.

Well, on the heels of “Politico TV” news (P.S. people: It’s not a done deal…details are still being worked out, we hear…) homeboy (now at Gawker) has some thoughts on the Politico and admits he’s been “skeptical from Day One.”

  • The Observer reports today that Politico is now turning into a TV show, which makes sense, because they are owned by a company that owns TV stations, but there’s still not any word on whether this venture is actually making any money, for anyone. Which we’re kinda curious about! Is it, as it appears to be, a big vanity project?

  • The Politico is now, apparently, launching a weekly television show, which will air on most of those Allbritton TV stations (though not in New York). It will be fast-paced and hard-hitting and EDGY.

      “When we think of Politico, we’re always talking about, well, it would be nice to build the ESPN of politics,” said Mr. VandeHei. “I think part of that would be treating politics like sports, blending in more stats, dusting down the numbers and getting inside the strategy.”

    Except ESPN makes money, doesn’t it? There isn’t, we’re told, a lot of advertising money, on this Internet, for pure political coverage. Denton describes political reporting as “toxic to advertisers.” And what money there is for it will dry up once this presidential election is done. HuffPo is raking it in, supposedly, but there’s a good reason why they’re expanding their lifestyle and health sections—and trying to be seen as less of a rabidly partisan left-wing niche political site.

  • And once the presidential thing is done, Politico will have to go back to what we thought it’d be in the first place—a wonkish, Roll Call-like little trade paper for Congress-watchers and DC insiders. In real newspapers, the political reporting is subsidized by the “fluff.” One cannot build a profitable brand on politics alone.

    So if anyone smarter than us at this money thing wants to take a stab at explaining to us the economics of Politico, we’re all ears.

Well, we’re not as skeptical as Pareene about Politico (although we’ve had our doubts at times), in part because, thanks to an impressive PR operation, a supportive and generous owner, fast-acting Internet peeps and reporters with direct relationships with Drudge and other traffic drivers, they’ve exceeded the expectations of most. Like any paper, they do some things very well and some things could stand a second look.

BUT…Pareene does bring up the $64,000 question: What about the profit?

We hear about some of the impressive (and, in some cases, impressively bloated) salaries and the final product — both online and in print — costs some serious dough to produce. And it doesn’t take a genius to see that the reporters travel all over the place on the Politico’s dime.

So, well, we asked: One high-up Politico source tells FishbowlDC that Politico is ahead of plan financially. Make of that what you will.

Of course, if, in fact, the Politico is just a vanity project, does that really matter? It certainly doesn’t to the journalists now employed. And, to be fair: There are lots of impressive journalism ventures that exist solely/largely due to a rich owner willing to fund journalism.

See the reactions of Gawker readers to Pareene’s post here and let us know your thoughts, readers…

Party Photos: The Week’s Opinion Awards

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You gotta admit: Given how Washington’s party/dinner/gala scene can oftentimes feel like like “Groundhog Day,” last night’s “The Week” Opinion Awards dinner was a breath of fresh air.

The crowd was small, impressive and intimate and it lended itself to moments like when Bloomberg D.C. Bureau Chief Al Hunt approached one table and said “Hey, it’s Attila the Hun!” The wait staff was — wait for it — attentive and, like any good party, the dinner ended up at the hotel bar where, naturally, Tammy Haddad conducted the attendees like an orchestra.

The panel discussion with Sir Harold Evans (dude: we know you’re, like, a sir and all and that means all sorts of affected “I’m thinking!” gestures like carefully folded arms and stuff, but stop pacing back and forth across the stage! The seats are there for a reason.), Karl Rove, Howell Raines and Doug Schoen was heated not only on stage (Raines to Rove: “Would you just let me finish one paragraph please?” / Evans to Rove: “Keep quiet just for a second” … see write-ups here and here), but off stage as well, as when a handful of people flapped their arms so that Ana Marie Cox could press Rove on why Gov. Dukakis was considered soft on crime (As Alex Pareene might shout out, “Yeah, 1988 baby!“). Or when one audience member shouted at Rove, “Try not to lie!” Or when Rove accused Ruth Marcus of being a kiss-ass to Ben Bradlee. Or when one reporter nervously introduced herself to Howell Raines and confessed her high school crunch on him. You get the drift.

Per usual (cuz we love you, readers), loads of photos after the jump…

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Say Goodbye To Alex

pareenepic.jpgWonkette Editor Alex Pareene announced yesterday that he’s leaving our fair city for some city up north that no one’s ever heard of and which subsists on fermented piss, bloated dreams and people who — much like the cockroaches all around them — shrivel when the sun hits their skin.

As a result, Alex will greatly need you to load him up with free cocktails before he heads into that dark oblivion.

The site announced two new editors: Jim Newell and Jim Clark, Jr. But will they be nearly as cute as the last Wonkette couple?

Check Out The Wonkette’s Tattoo

Alex Pareene recently got this bad boy tatooed to his chest.


Clearly, a bit more involved than the earlier Wonkette’s:


Taking Out The Trash, 03.20.07

  • Picking the next president is easier than picking the NCAA College Basketball Champ.

  • NPR Files For Streaming-Royalty Rehearing

  • Michael Murphy joins Fox News Channel’s Washington bureau as the Senior Manager of Media Relations. He was formerly an account supervisor at Ketchum Public Relations in DC.

  • Congrats to The Hill for scoring some front-page love on last night’s Colbert Report.

  • Crawling through commercials at MSNBC

  • Dear reports that Sterling Publishing’s Union Square Press imprint will be putting out a book titled “The United States v. I. Lewis Libby” in April. “The book will be edited by investigative journalist Murray Waas of the National Journal.”

  • Sometimes you just can’t win…First, they’re a “GOP Shrill” then “It’s Unanimous: All Dem-Friendly Stories This Morning at The Politico.”

  • From a tipster: “Just noticing that ABC has item about 1984 ad, something reported in the Washington Times a week ago.”

  • Huh? What is this website all about?

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “Fifteen percent of stories on the network evening news in each of the last two years were reported by minorities, an all-time high that is more than double the level of 1990.” Women reported 28 percent of the pieces, just under the high-water mark of 29 percent set in 2002.

  • Is “spraying bullets“?

  • From a tipster: “There’s a new Jeff on K Street. Patch beats Birnbaum to the (same) story … by six days. Who’s editing In The Loop?! “Retailers, Banks Duke It Out Over Transaction Fees” – Jeff Patch, The Politico (March 14, 2007) “Retailers, Credit Card Companies Quibble Over Footing The Bill” – Jeffrey H. Birnbaum, The Washington Post (March 20, 2007) )”

  • The AP reports that “about one-third of the people living in the national’s capital are functionally illiterate, compared with about one-fifth nationally, according to a report on the District of Columbia.”

  • Cathy Seipp’s daughter, Maia, informs Seipp’s blog readers of her current condition.

  • CBS Leans On Sources & ‘Our Partners At’ To Say Gonzales Is A Goner

  • Roll Call made its own March Madness fun, matching each school in the NCAA tourney with its Representative. They will fill in the winners as the tournament progresses.

  • Wolf Blitzer drives himself to work!

  • E&P reports that despite the toll the Iraq War is taking on papers, “top news outfits, from The New York Times to Associated Press, remain committed to covering the war, with no immediate plans for cutbacks.”

  • If FNC & CBC Partner For Debates… Will We See A ‘Massive Grass-Roots Backlash?‘”

  • The AP has a piece on NBC and ABC Iraq correspondents Richard Engel and Terry McCarthy, both of whom have been covering the war since the beginning. “This week their respective networks will be showcasing their work, which has included dodging bullets and escaping carjackings while trying to hold onto a personal life at home.” (via Eat the Press)

  • Over the weekend, Slate points out that The Post apparently isn’t much fond of firearms. In a recent piece by Paul Duggan on the overturned ban on handguns, there are phrases like “lawsuit that gutted the District’s tough gun-control statute,” “recruited a group of strangers to sue the city and bankrolled their successful litigation” and even the headline refers to the “lawyer who wiped out [the] D.C. gun ban.”

  • Who will win the “I’m Not A Political Genius But I Play One On TV” award?

  • Washington Whispers reports that Scott McClellan “is shopping a book proposal around and hopes to land a deal this month.” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is also writing a book on his roots and his start in Washington. And… former Sen. Fred Thompson is planning more fundraisers for convicted perjurer Lewis “Scooter” Libby. “Friends say it will help him show conservatives that he not only believes in the Bush team but is not a fair-weather friend.”

  • National Journal’s Andrew Noyes reports that C-SPAN “recently decided after some haranguing to expand access to its repository of footage from congressional hearings, federal agency briefings, and White House events.”

  • Washington Whispers also reports, “White House spokesman Tony Snow, takes a center-stage role in PBS’s two-hour special, The Boomer Century 1946–2046, on March 28. It will show three pics of Snow: as a kid, playing his rock flute, and dressed up as the prez’s spokesman.”

  • In DCist’s opinion, 94.7 “the Globe” is “not half bad.”

  • Acorn Media Group, “a leading independent global media company,” announced in a release that Miguel Penella is taking over as the new Chief Executive Officer effective April 1.

  • TVNewser reports that David Bloom’s wife, Melanie Bloom, spoke to MSNBC’s Chip Reid yesterday about her husband’s work and his untimely death.

  • A reader offers his take on the hot (or lack there of) D.C. journos:
      That’s somewhat ridiculous! There are literally thousands of working journalists in the D.C. area. To assume that not one of them — I’m referring to girls here, since that’s my particular focus — isn’t “hot” is just a ridiculous generalization. The short answer is “yes.” In fact, there are “hot,” or attractive, women at small local papers in the suburbs, at papers in the Baltimore area, at papers, radio stations, television stations and internet sites throughout the D.C. area, and at many of the bureaus of the larger national publications in those offices at the National Press Building. There are attractive women at newsletters, publishers, p.r. firms, lobbying firms, marketing firms, and whatever else type of journalism office you can name. All you need to do is head out to social events (not even the high-end glitzy ones — those are bogus) such as happy hours, get-togethers, parties and Press Club functions, and you’ll see that there are literally plenty of attractive single women in journalism throughout the Baltimore and D.C. metropolitan areas.

  • Gawker’s “ThemTube: Spinning Tucker’s Bow Tie

  • In addition to losing some comics from the Post, DCist reports, “There’ll be a few other changes, too, including the removal of some panel cartoons in favor of others and the tossing-in of six-days-a-week Scrabble Gram and Stickelers puzzles.”

  • DCeiver exposes the Washington Post’s sports bias.

  • It Was One Year Ago Today…

    …that the new Wonkettes — Alex Pareene and David Lat (who’s since left for Above The Law) — made their debut.