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Afternoon Reading List 10.30.13

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MSNBC tops CNN in October: The October Nielsen ratings are in, and MSNBC has finished second, behind Fox news, for the month. Huzzah! All three of the major networks (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News) are showing drastic decreases in their numbers compared to this time last year. This is most likely due to the 2012 election and the start of Hurricane Sandy coverage that dominated all three major news networks.

Why you should read it: The two pictures at the top of the piece are of a happy Rachel Maddow and a sad Anderson Cooper. They look like the Comedy and Tragedy masks! Read more here.

The Ragin’ Cajun rips D.C. journalism: Yesterday evening, James Carville contributed an opinion piece to The Hill. His opinion? Well, he said that the D.C. journalism class’s coverage of the government shutdown made him “want to stick a fork in (his) eye.” Ouch. Carville blames the media for not clearly articulating that the shutdown did have a winner and a loser by comparing it to sports. Specifically, he cites the Broncos beating the Redskins this past Sunday, likening the Broncos to the Democrats and the Redskins to the Republicans.

Why you should read it: Carville is stompin’ mad at the media, and the analogy he uses with the football game is pretty clever and spot on. Read more here.

Which Hollywood celeb isn’t a fan of the Tea Party?

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CNN’s Toobin: ‘Journalism is Not Magical Immunity Sauce’

Should David Miranda, the spouse of The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald, have been detained in London last week?

CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin adamantly says yes.

“I don’t want to be unkind, but he was a mule,” Toobin told Anderson Cooper on CNN’s “AC360″ last night. “He was given something he didn’t know what it was from one person to pass to someone at the other end of an airport. Our prisons are full of drug mules. Glenn’s view is as long as one of the two people on either end of that transaction was a journalist he can take anything he wants. …the nuclear launch codes, names of undercover agents.”

The money quote came at the end.

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Afternoon Reading List 07.03.12

What’s happening in Egypt? — Protestors in Egypt are turning out in massive numbers and now have the support of country’s military, leaving the Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi, on the verge of being overthrown. With the dramatic developments to the story in Egypt, television networks undoubtedly had live coverage and analysis of the events taking place, right? Well, not really. As HuffPost’s Jack Mirkinson reports, MSNBC, Fox News and CNN were covering the George Zimmerman trial all day and showed very little of the conflict in Egypt. The trial had ended by the time Morsi gave a live address to attempt to save himself from being ousted. Instead of airing the speech, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews showed some footage of the protests before going to commercial, returning with a segment on Michelle Obama and Laura Bush. Fox News covered a story about the Facebook page of a 19-year-old. On CNN, Wolf Blitzer mentioned Morsi’s address and said the network was “monitoring” it, noting that something “historic” was happening in Egypt before focusing on the Zimmerman trial. CNN did have segments from Blitzer and Anderson Cooper on the uprising and MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was the lone anchor from his network to have extended coverage, devoting two segments to the conflict.

Why you should read it: You may have been one of the people forced to go online for updates on what was happening in Egypt.

 

Don’t plot me, bro — NPR and Buzzfeed recently tried to define what makes a bro. But Robert Charette, associate editor of the Washington Free Beacon, writes in a blog post that the two media organizations are themselves “not ‘bro.’” Charette credits NPR for their use of Venn diagrams to explain their bro theory, but criticizes Buzzfeed’s “X/Y Axis measuring between ‘high-brow’ and ‘low-brow’ and ‘mildly bro’ to ‘something-something-we’re-trying-way-to0-hard-bro.’ I made the last one up.” Whoa, bro. In fact, the X axis measures from “mildly bro” to “broier than cologne-flavored muscle milk” (well, Charette pretty much nailed it). Buzzfeed also in the chart, which shows books that bros supposedly read, labels bros as “hilariously overconfident dudes,” which Charette doesn’t appreciate. “Overconfident dudes make this nation great,” he argues after referencing Michael Jordan, Bill Gates and Bubba Watson. Charette also doesn’t appreciate the lack of context with the plotting of all the book titles, wondering what “makes The Great Gatsby ‘broier than cologne-flavored muscle milk.’” Charette said the ideal bro graphic would show that “bros either read ‘Bar Stool Sports,’ or ‘The Chive,’ or ‘Both Bar Stool Sports and the Chive.’” Don’t worry, bro, we made one that will make you proud. Just one question: is the Free Beacon anywhere on the radar of bros?

Why you should read it: Bro, besides standing up for true broism, it has not one, but two GIFs for your viewing pleasure.

Are you really an American? Read more

Aasif Mandvi: ‘Conan Had Best Joke of Night’

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi gave fellow comedian Conan O’Brien a big thumbs up today, insisting he had the best joke of the night.

“Yeah, I thought he was good,” said Mandvi. “It’s a tough gig talking to people while they’re eating and following President Obama. I thought he was very funny and had the best joke of the night — the Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow joke.”

The joke involved comparing Obama and House Speaker John Boehner getting together to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Nothin’s gonna happen,” he cracked.

The highlight of Mandvi’s weekend? “I guess meeting Michelle from Downton Abbey. I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan.”

Mandvi’s impromptu review of O’Brien’s performance was told to FishbowlDC today at the Thomson-Reuters/Yahoo! News post prom night brunch at Hay Adams, where a variety of journalists were buzzing around the room.

Spotted in the mix: BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro and publicist Ashley McCollum, who, while making fun of her own boat shoes, said it made her feel so good being at such a posh party. Also dotting the room was WaPo‘s Erik Wemple (from the ERIK WEMPLE BLOG) and Jack Shafer (where does he work again, Reuters?) as well as The Hill‘s Emily Goodin and Judy Kurtz (Howiella!) and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt. A journo who shall remain nameless and genderless somehow sneaked his or her way into the party without being on the list (yes, crashing a party, even at the opulent Hay Adams, can happen.)

Quotable: “If this wasn’t here I’d be shitting my pants.” — FBDC’s Eddie Scarry standing on the balcony of the Hay Adams, safely inside the wrought-iron railing.

Anderson Cooper Says He’s Not Piers Morgan, TWT‘s Emily Miller Says ‘Thank God’

Emily Miller, senior opinion editor for TWT, appeared on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360″ Thursday to debate the need for more federal regulations on guns. Miller is a gun enthusiast and TWT‘s resident expert on all things gun related.

Her segment with Cooper and Democratic Strategist Cornell Belcher was relatively tame, save for a few interruptions and exasperated sighs here and there.

During one of the livelier moments, Cooper, who argued at length for gun control, explained his impartiality. “The thing I don’t understand– and I asked the NRA this and I don’t take a position on this,” he said, “I’m not– it’s not my job. I’m not Piers Morgan here…” Miller jumped in here to say “Thank God.”

Morgan, whose own CNN program airs after Cooper’s (a re-run of 360 airs again after Morgan’s show), has been one of the most outspoken and aggressive TV personalities to call for more gun control since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

Full video of Miller on “360″ here.

Katrina vanden Heuvel Lectures Anderson Cooper

Just as we were flipping around the cable news networks last night looking for a fresh take on the Oscar Pistorious murder case, a new look at those blades at least, we realized no one was on it. So we settled for the next best thing: CNN’s Anderson Cooper and one hair clip short of a ponytaled Nancy Grace in full discussion about the Jodi Arias trial. Back and forth they went, marveling over Jody’s drastic dye job and how she couldn’t remember stabbing her boyfriend some 30 times.

And then who comes vaulting out of the Twitter peanut gallery and ruins it for us? Read more

CNN’s Anderson Cooper to D.C. to Talk Guns

CNN’s Anderson Cooper may not have the combativeness of Piers Morgan on the subject, but come Thursday he’ll be in Washington to host a town hall from George Washington University.

The topic: Gun control.

More details to follow.

AC360′s Town Hall: Guns Under Fire airs at 8 p.m.


Incest Desk: TWT Op-ed Editor Promotes Outside Media Site of TWT’s Head of Digital

Plump the pillows and freshen the fine linens. This one’s a real incestuous mess.

Sure, Wes Pruden, TWT‘s newly rehired opinion editor owes a fair amount of good will to TWT‘s newly reinstalled “Chief Digital Officer” John Solomon for supporting his syndicated column and helping to secure his return to the publication.

But at the expense of TWT?

In a move that boggles the mind and perplexes the soul, Pruden is promoting Solomon’s other journalistic venture, The Washington Guardian, while both men are working full-time at TWT. Although TWT and the Washington Guardian are presumably separate entities,  TWT occasionally prints Guardian stories. Guardian reporters have even worked out of TWT‘s snaky office building off New York Avenue. In a letter sent by email on January 10, Pruden urged friends to support The Guardian, describing it as “A news outlet keeping them honest in Washington.” Where’s CNN’s Anderson Cooper when we need him? It’s not as if  The Guardian is new, but Pruden presents it as if it is.

Our favorite incestuous line: Pruden writes, “As a bonus, I’ve arranged for Pruden & Politics followers to get a daily newsletter from the Washington Guardian with its top stories.” Whoa! What? What about TWT‘s top stories? Has he forgotten he works there now?

We reached out to Pruden on the matter and received no response.

See the letter…

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Metro Weekly Named ‘Best Local Gay News Outlet’ By Gay Hookup App

It’s an award that might be best held at arms length, but Metro Weekly was named D.C.’s “best local gay news outlet” by the smartphone application Grindr yesterday.

Grindr is a type of GPS for gay and bisexual men, notoriously known as a tool for those who want sex at the drop of a leather hat.

“If Grindr members in the D.C. area think Metro Weekly is the best local source for gay news, I’m perfectly happy to say ‘Thanks!’ in return,” Metro Weekly publisher Sean Bugg told FishbowlDC. “Having my magazine read by sexually active gay men who look for boyfriends and hookups — and chats! sometimes we’re on just for chat! — is a plus, not a negative.”

Positive news to be proud of, for sure.

“I also enjoy being read by sexually active lesbians,” Bugg added. “Should they give us an award, too, I’d be happy to accept it.”

A few other notable awards from Grindr… Read more

Capehart Reacts to Subway Doom Incident

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart addresses the delicate role journalists sometimes play in the course of their day jobs.

In his column, he praises CNN’s Anderson Cooper for helping a small boy in Haiti, who got hit in the head with a concrete block. “Cooper did what I would have done,” Capehart wrote. “At least, I hope I would have had that much courage.”

Capehart delves into the New York subway incident this week in which a freelance photographer shot a picture of a man who had been pushed from the platform and was about to die. His column indicates he thinks the photographer had time to help and didn’t take it… Read more

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