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Posts Tagged ‘Ben Domenech’

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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Human Events Publisher’s Wife to Groom Dogs

The annual Fashion For Paws benefit is two months away and Joe Guerriero, publisher of Human Events, really wants people to attend. Not for him, but for his wife, who will be primping and prepping the dogs backstage.

“I never do this type of stuff, but as many of you know, my wife Jenn is an avid dog lover and dog trainer,” Guerriero wrote this morning in an email blast to a handful of media types, including FishbowlDC. “Last night she strong-armed me into reaching out to some folks I know in hopes there might be some dog lovers among you.”

Later in the email Guerriero urges recipients and their friends to purchase tickets to the event and explains that until last year, he wasn’t aware “that the show brought out a veritable ‘who’s who’ D.C. crowd.”

Noteworthy names CCd on the email include… Read more

WaPo’s Resident Badass: Jennifer Rubin

Politico‘s Ben Smith takes an intriguing look at WaPo‘s conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin. It’s impossible to tell whether Smith likes or dislikes her, respects her or doesn’t. Some conservative bloggers in the piece treat her with disdain as do some of her WaPo colleagues. Smith calls her Gov. Rick “Perry’s worst nightmare” and counts up the number of scathing columns she has written on him. It’s 60.

Rubin declined to comment on Smith’s profile.

She is WaPo‘s third try at a conservative blogger. The first two ended in “disaster,” one being blogger, Ben Domenech, the second, Slate‘s Dave Weigel,  who resigned under the strain of JournoList emails. But she’s not the typical blogger. “I don’t have a loyalty in the same way that many conservative writers do that they feel hesitant or constrained about criticizing conservatives,” she tells Smith.

Among the most telling graphs is the last:

She is, needless to say, appreciated at Romney’s Boston headquarters. “She’s quickly establishing herself as a must-read for conservatives following the 2012 Republican primary,” Romney advisor Eric Fehrnstrom said in an email. “She brings a lot of credibility and knowledge on the issues that matter, particularly as they relate to American foreign policy.”

The story is worth the read in that it shows a journalist who doesn’t travel with the pack. It leaves you wanting to know more about this woman who doesn’t appear to care what her WaPo colleagues think.

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