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Posts Tagged ‘Anthony Weiner’

Afternoon Reading List 09.26.13

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Ezra Klein should quit: The Daily Caller’s  Matt Lewis doesn’t think it’s all that bad of an idea. According to a story he posted this week, the changes in the media have allowed for a ton of writers, such as WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, to build a brand and then expound upon that brand by taking themselves away from the older media outlets as those fade into obscurity. Lewis’ writes that Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist and editor of the email newsletter Transom, believes writers are empowered to bypass traditional media outlets in favor of more entrepreneurial pursuits, and encourages them to do so.

Why you should read it: This is the sort of story that makes you scratch your head and wonder if Lewis is talking to you. The only way to tell is to read the story and see for yourself (especially if your name is Ezra Klein).

Newsweek Daily Beast reporter got punched in face at comedy show: According to Zachary Stieber of Epoch Times, last night Josh Rogin, senior correspondent for Newsweek Daily Beast, got socked in the face a few times by headlining comedian Dan Nainan for allegedly livetweeting the show during his set. Nainan got flustered by this, and before you could say “Dan Nainan is a hack comic with serious punchlines,” Rogin got a knuckle-sandwich. Nainan was arrested for his antics but tweeted at 1:07 a.m. that he “had a blast headlining the DC Improv!” with no mention of the rest of what happened.

Why you should read it: In order to better understand the generally accepted social norms of varying situations (without getting your face punched), go ahead and read this story and see what happens when you do normal journo things outside of a normal journo atmosphere (like live tweeting a comedy show, which is a HUGE no-no).

More on what can we expect next from Anthony Weiner after the jump…

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HMOW: Weiner’s Wilson

Welcome to FBDC’s new feature “Hot Mess of the Week,” an award of sorts designed to celebrate a special someone who’s acted a fool in the press each week.  The HMOW could be a guest on cable news, a pol, DC journo, or anyone else who’s making hot mess headlines.

Today’s HMOW is the breakout star of Anthony Weiner‘s press conference yesterday – Creepy Cubicle Guy.  This special snowflake reached millions of households in America while doing his best Wilson W. Wilson (*see “Home Improvement”) throughout the “happy” couple’s remarks.

We applaud you Creepy Cubicle Guy! You not only amused us with your hot-mess antics and mid-conference wardrobe change…you managed to connect our favorite 1990s sitcom with Anthony Weiner, giving a whole new meaning to “Tool Time.”

Weiner Faces Sordid Rumors About Sordid Rumors In Bid for NY Mayor

It’s the rare politician who’s not had to face down a sordid rumor in his or her career, but now it looks like former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and candidate for New York City mayor has to face down rumors about possible stories about rumors, in this case a report of a possibly pending report about a rumored fling with a gay prostitute. Is your head spinning yet?

The item appeared today on Shark Tank, a conservative, Florida-based political blog run by Javier ManjarresIt’d received nearly 500 Facebook likes as of this afternoon with a promise that it’d roil the New York Mayor’s race and was eventually discovered by Buzzfeed’s Ruby Cramer, who posted a link on Twitter.

Manjerres tells FishbowlDC his “close media source” cited in the article is “rock-solid” and has never been wrong for him, but that he’s posted all the information he knows—which is very little. He thinks his source was hesitant to divulge more to avoid scaring off the sources for the potentially, maybe soon-to-break story. For his part, he did insert a big caveat:

We have not seen any evidence of this supposed allegation and therefore cannot pass judgement on the veracity of those making the charge.  We can only report that the story charging Weiner is supposed to break in the next couple of days and should roil the race.

So there you have it. Of course, Weiner is not the the first politician to face gay sex claims, sordid or ordinary, and he certainly wouldn’t be the first to face gay sex claims that later turned out to be true. In case you need a refresher on the topic, here’s a handy list of 25 LGBT Political Sex Scandals, courtesy of Huffington Post.

Who Wants to See Sarah Palin’s Rack?

The unbelievable cover from The American Spectator magazine says, “Sarah Palin’s Rack.” Now, if you’re anything like me, your head went to a magical, but probably inappropriate place. What the hell could the headline possibly mean? Apparently, it’s an examination of Sarah Palin’s record of electing conservatives, but the cover doesn’t specify that. It just reads like low-rent, soft-core fantasy porn.

This wouldn’t be the first time that a publication has cashed in on Palin’s sex appeal. The former V.P. hopeful famously accused Newsweek of sexism when they showed a picture of her (that she posed for) in running gear.

Maybe this leads to a spike in sales for the magazine by cashing in on whatever appeal Palin still claims to possess. But between this and the return of Anthony Weiner to Twitter, the jokes just write themselves.

As of now, this is a picture of a hardcover version of the magazine. We expect it to be online in the coming days.

UPDATE: The online version can be found here.

Weiner Whips Out His Twitter Account

More often than not we give the gossip columns around Washington grief for being so vanilla. But today we give a nod to Roll Call‘s HOH for writing about former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-SexyLawmaker) for breaking his 17-month Twitter silence for the sake of Hurricane Sandy’s rampage through his old congressional district. Though it was just a YouTube video, this is WEINER we’re talking about.

Could this be the start of a blossoming return to Twitter? HOH hopes so.

Other headlines we briefly considered:

“Weiner Re-Erects His Twitter Account.”
“Weiner’s Feed is Back in Action”

Read the post here.

D.C. Royal Fever: The Morning Edition

A mild obsession has arisen amongst Washington journalists over the Royal Wedding this morning. This is a best in show of commentary.

So wrong…

“So ‘QILF’ is now a thing, huh?” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Friday morning tweet.

Reluctant journo gives in and watches anyway

“OK, fine. I’m watching…and I kind of like it.” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy in a Friday morning tweet.

Anti-Royal Wedding

Is it safe to turn the TV on? So glad of the time difference w/England. Don’t give a flip about royal wedding. Glad I slept right through it. — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Friday morning tweet.

“Disappointed in myself for getting up for this.” — The Daily Caller‘s Media scribe Jeff Poor in a Friday morning tweet.

In awe…

“Kate looks outstanding.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in a Friday morning tweet.

“Woke up at 5:58. Prepared to work out. Saw Kate Middleton. Stopped in my tracks. Beautiful.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Friday morning tweet.

Lip reading

“Woke up at 5:58. Prepared to work out. Saw Kate Middleton. Stopped in my tracks. Beautiful.” — ABC News White House Repoter Karen Travers in a Friday morning tweet.

“We need a lip reader! Did William say ‘you look beautiful?’” — TWT‘s Emily Miller in a Friday morning tweet.

Fit for Weiner TV

“Just catching up here. So she wore a Steve McQeen dress? #TheOneHeWoreInBullitt” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) in a Friday morning tweet.

TNR to Host “Health Care Reform: Will it Work?”

The New Republic will host a conference on the current health care reform debate next Tuesday, October 27th from 8:00 – 11:00 am. Jonathan Cohn, senior editor of The New Republic, health care expert and author will moderate the forum.

The event will be held at the Phoenix Park Hotel and consist of panel discussions and a keynote address featuring influential leaders from the Administration, Congress and K Street:

Keynote Speaker: Nancy-Ann DeParle, Counselor to the President and Director, White House Office of Health Reform

Speakers:
Shannon Brownlee, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation
George Halvorson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
Jon Kingsdale, Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector
Harold Pollack, Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Representative Pete Stark (D-CA)
Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

To RSVP, email events@tnr.com.