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All A-Twitter: Benghazi is The Gift that Keeps on Giving

Journos from across the political spectrum are taking to Twitter (again) to air their grievances with /sing the praises of David Kirkpatrick‘s NYT piece on what really happened in Benghazi on Sept 11, 2012.

 

 

 

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Morning Chatter

Journo wrongly complimented on baby bump 

“Someone just said my pregnancy bump was SO cute. Did I mention I’m not pregnant?” — Reuters labor and employment reporter Amanda Becker.

Spotted: FBDC’s “Cutest Dog in Washington” winner partaking in random acts of cuteness. Watch here.

Question to Never Ponder I: “Is the @TacoBell Doritos shell taco as good as I imagine it is?” — RedState‘s Ben Howe.

Question to Never Ponder II: “Walked four blocks on Capitol hill, seen TWO turquoise dress shirts. Dudes what’re we doin here?” — Logan Dobson, research analyst for The Tarance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Confessional.

“I am going to take a nap. Beat from tests today–they inject me with antibodies, virus to see how I do. Feel like crap. Be back later! xo” — Sophia Nelson, a motivational writer for HuffPost and Essence.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:33 a.m.

Twitter shame

“Darn, a tweet with a typo got RT’d already so now I feel like I can’t delete it.” — HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

Reminder: Spelling Bee between journos and polls at National Press Club tonight at 8:15 p.m.

Morning Chatter

The “It’s not about me” line may not work for Weiner

“Dumbest line at debate- [Anthony] Weiner: ‘this is not about me or anyone else on this stage’ Yes it is, that’s the point of this debate!” — WOR Radio’s Mark Simone.

Reporter just wants “Hermes” pronounced correctly

“Hello @BravoAndy Could you please teach the Housewives how to pronounce Hermes when they stop by the clubhouse? Merci a vous!” — Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.

Confessional.

“Anytime someone says well-heeled donors I imagine a room full of feet decorated in Prada and Bruno Magli” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review political reporter Salena Zito.

More light abortion tweeting

“Let me answer your unasked question: Am I willing to infringe on your “autonomy” to save an unborn child? Yes. Yes I am. #AllDay #prolife” — RedState‘s Ben Howe.

How MMFA’s Maloy spends his day…

“The good news is that if de Blasio’s numbers drop we can all just transition to de Blah-sio. Or de Blasé. Or de BlasiOH NO YOU DIDN’T!” — the not that funny Simon Maloy of Media Matters, who spends his days thinking up genius tweets crap like this. Don’t “journalists” like him have a certain cable news channel to destroy?

Speaking of Media Matters oddities…

“Ok, for balance’s sake i will criticize a Newsbusters headline in the next 10 days. #MyPledgeToYou” — CNN’s Jake Tapper, shortly after calling a Media Matters headline “odd.” And the exact remark: “Oddly written Media Matters headline: ‘Fox Builds Claim Of Clinton Dishonesty On Omissions And Falsehoods’”

Huh?

“If you follow me then you’re probably already following @DylanByers but you can unfollow him for a sec and then follow him back right away.” — BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw. Dylan Byers is a media writer for Politico.

Razzing your colleague 101

“What I would pay to figure out why @charliespiering just ran past with the worst running form of all time” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

Politico reporter shares pet peeve

“People: ‘ATM machine’ is redundant. Yes, it bugs me more than it should, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” — Politico defense reporter Leigh Munsil.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:32 a.m.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“That pizza was really good.” — Senior Exec. Producer for Al Jazeera America, Andrea Stone. We love your enthusiasm for pizza, Andrea. But next time could you maybe let us in on the restaurant?

Morning Chatter

INTERN BEHAVING MISCHIEVOUSLY? “South Korean military official takes selfie at Arlington Cemetery on Thursday…you can see me in his photo.” — National Geographic intern Adam Glanzman, who notes himself in the picture. How This Town!

Anthony Weiner seeps into 2-year-old’s zeitgeist

“Wife mentions @CarlosLozadaWP in dinner convo. 2.5-yr-old son says, ‘Carlos Danger!’” — WaPo senior correspondent and associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran.

Hmmm interesting promise… 

“I’ll lick the face of the individual that can get my hotel air conditioning to work.” — The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain, who apparently now thinks she’s a dog or inmate in “Orange is the New Black.”

Deep Thoughts With Ben Howe

“My body is incapable of believing that sleep exists before midnight without extreme circumstances.” — RedState Contributing Editor Ben Howe.

“There really is some awful platitudinous BS that ‘new media’ types have got away with spewing for years, is there not?” — The Hill’s Associate Editor Niall Stanage.

WaPo‘s CLINTON YATES: “Goofing around at the set I wasn’t actually on, ha.

The Astute Reader

“The @NewYorkObserver review of @MarkLeibovich book twice says David Axelrod‘s daughter is autistic. She is epileptic.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “How lucky is Bill Clinton that twitter and cell phones weren’t around when he was on the prowl?” — TNR’s Nate Cohn.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:16 a.m.

Sarcasm is…

“Must have more reviews of #ThisTown. The 974,543,136 we have don’t even make a dent in my insatiable appetite.” — Politico’s Ben White.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

No offense, but shouldn’t we actually see tangible results of this “creative genius” before RedState‘s Contributing Editor Ben Howe declares your own creative genius? Ben, please report back to us when you’ve found a cure for cancer.

 

Conservatives Jostle Over How, When to Critique One Another

RedState‘s Ben Howe on Tuesday committed a cardinal sin in partisan media. He critiqued the work of his ideological colleagues. Worse, he did it via a non-conservative publication– BuzzFeed.

“I want a culture shift, and I want conservative artists to be taken seriously,” Howe writes in his piece. He uses a short movie and music video produced by the Tea Party Patriots, a conservative group, as an example of poorly conceived conservative art. “It is my opinion that this Tea Party Patriots film does great damage to such an effort. Instead of pulling people into a story that espouses the underlying tenets of liberty, it slaps them across the face with all of the subtlety of a campaign commercial.”

Essentially, Howe was saying that if a piece of art sucks, everyone should say it sucks– whether the creator shares your politics or not. He made the argument on BuzzFeed in the same spirit.

“To the extent I can populate such an innovative, widely-read site with conservative commentary, that’s exactly what I’m going to do,” Howe told FishbowlDC.

The article, headlined “Another Terrible Conservative Movie,” drew in a wave of praise and criticism from other conservatives. Conservative blogger “Sooper Mexican” said the piece was “worth reading.” Breitbart News blogger Lisa De Pasquale said it was a “good article.”

Others weren’t so thrilled. Read more

Love it, Hate it, Twitter Forges On

In response to Matt Lewis‘ declaration of hatred for Twitter Wednesday in a column in The Week, Ben Howe and Paul Brandus have written stories to counter Lewis’ view. Howe, who recently joked on Twitter about Lewis having sex with animals, wrote his “Why I love Twitter” for RedState; Brandus published his in The Week.

Howe admits he first got hooked on Twitter after attending CPAC. He made new virtual friends. He acquired a nasty habit of trolling for fights. “An easily achievable goal,” he says.

Like a yo-yo dieter, he has had his ups and downs. In 2010, he produced a video that went viral and as he says, his email blew up. But then, eventually, he went on a downward spiral. He couldn’t keep up. Worse, he didn’t want to keep up. Oh the horror.

Soon he implemented rules for himself. An excerpt:

“It was then that I made the decision to have 3 requirements for following someone: 1) I know them in real life, 2) they were interactive on twitter (as in, actually speaking to me rather than just expecting me to follow them because they followed me), or 3) they are someone who interests me regardless of interaction.

Miraculously, Twitter began to become meaningful for him again. “17,000 followers later, I can’t imagine my business or my networking without twitter,” he writes. Countering Lewis, who believes Twitter has become a “dark place” and a “prison”, Howe argues that the petty sh-t that happens on Twitter is just life and “simply how social interaction works.” Really? Do people in real life rattle each others cages by joking that they have sex with animals when they disagree with their political beliefs?

Brandus, meanwhile, has his own views on the matter. Read more

Columnist Says Twitter Has Become a Prison

Matt Lewis, a columnist for The Week and a media contributor to The Daily Caller, is hitting chords today with a column titled, “Why I hate Twitter.” NBC Political Director Chuck Todd called his story a “compelling case” for why Twitter is like high school. Author David Limbaugh, brother of conservative bigmouth Rush Limbaugh, swallowed the story whole. “I learned during the Fluke kerfuffle that the block button was my friend,” he reacted on Twitter this morning.

Naturally detractors chimed in. “Guys, the economy may be tanking but we need to focus on the important matters,” wrote conservative blogger Ben Howe on Twitter. “Like how people on Twitter are super duper mean.”

Party lines aside, Lewis says he’s received more positive private feedback from prominent opinion leaders on this piece than nearly any other he has written. “I can’t tell you how many smart and successful people have reached out to me today to tell me they feel the same way,” he told FishbowlDC in an extensive email exchange. “As I have learned from all the emails I received today, a lot of other folks who once embraced the Twitter community have already begin distancing themselves from it.”

Twitter as a Dark Place

In recent weeks, Lewis’ feed has been a virtual cage fight with some conservative bloggers, such as Howe, joking about him having sex with animals. Which part tipped Lewis over the edge of thinking Twitter was still a sane and reasonable place? In his column, he writes, “It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment it happened — but at some point, Twitter became a dark place. It’s a lot like the transformation of the 1960s. It started out being about free love, sharing ideas, and changing the world, but somehow we ended up being more about Altamont and Charles Manson… What was once an inspiring place that gave you a competitive advantage became a prison.”

While the precise moment or insult is unclear, likely all of it over the past year contributed to his declaration that his relationship with Twitter is on the outs.

No, he won’t be leaving. But he will be preserving his “inner artist” by 1) Utilize Twitter lists, following only those he finds “interesting or inspiring”  2) blocking those who want to mock or otherwise engage him in verbal warfare. “I’ll try to use whatever tools available that can empower me to discover new ideas, while also avoiding the negativity and bitterness and noise,” he told FBDC. “Blocking is what you do when you try to weed out the bad seeds, but remain yoked to Twitter. I’m advocating that people should step back a bit from Twitter, take breaks from it, etc.” 3) Generally refrain from conversation or debates.

Lewis says he has never enjoyed the fight. Read more

Matt Lewis Vs. Ben Howe at the Monkey Bars After School

I love a good Twitter fight. Wednesday saw one, of sorts, between The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis and Redstate’s Ben Howe.

Apparently they don’t like each other. Or at least Howe doesn’t like Lewis, Lewis claims. What caused Lewis to write the post? This exchange between Howe and Tweeps named “John Ekdahl Jr.” and “ConArtCritic”.

While attacking Lewis, Howe said “God I hate that guy” and “I’ve never liked that guy. He’s high on his own intellect which is funny given how average it is” and, what finally set Lewis off, was this: “not to mention he has sex with animals.”

Mature, right?

Lewis, who can be a bit of a bitch sometimes, was rightly at the end of his rope. And, as often happens when you attack someone with an audience, he took to his soapbox and told his reads about it.

In the spirit of hitting back harder than you were hit, Lewis contacted the Heritage Foundation for comment (Howe has done contract work for them) on what they think of someone who does work for them accuses someone of bestiality. Heritage quickly distanced itself from Howe, pointing out how he’d done things it the past and doesn’t have a contract with them.

This set off a bunch of complaining about Lewis on Twitter by friends of Howe and people who just don’t like Lewis, none of which is important or relevant here (plus you’ve probably never heard of the people complaining anyway).

But Howe did tweet, “Not to be too nitpicky, but trolling usually requires you put the person’s name in the tweet. This is how you ‘troll’ them (bug them)’ in reference to the title of the Lewis piece. But what Ben fails to note is when someone is mentioned in an original tweet, as Lewis was in the tweet that led to the bestiality tweet, they can see all the replies to it by simply clicking on it.

More importantly, Howe seems to be justifying talking shit about someone behind their back. That may fly in high school, but not on the Internet. Read more

Daily Caller’s Lewis Continues Metamorphosis

The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis showed his darker side earlier this week. It was something we hadn’t really seen before. The new, evolving Lewis cusses like a sailor. We’re enjoying the change. His metamorphosis, which may involve a bear rather than a butterfly, continued Wednesday.

A bit of context: Conservative media is broken up into two camps: The grassroots, perpetually confrontational activist crowd and the more establishment-friendly, “can’t we all just get along” crowd.

Lewis is in the latter, which doesn’t always sit well with grassroots folks like RedState‘s Ben Howe, who has also done work for conservative think tank The Heritage Foundation. Yesterday, the tension between the two was on full display, both sides letting their asses hang out for everyone to see on Twitter.

The squabble started Tuesday with John Ekdahl, a writer at the conservative blog “Ace of Spades HQ.” He sent Howe a link to a piece by Lewis wherein Lewis wrote that using a screen still from a TV hit as a Twitter photo makes one look like a “narcissistic douchebag.” Howe’s own Twitter photo is a still of himself on TV.

“I’ve never liked that guy. He’s high on his own intellect which is funny given how average it is,” Howe said of Lewis on Twitter. Some mocking of Lewis ensued, with Howe eventually joking that Lewis “has sex with animals.”

At that, Lewis wrote up a post at The Daily Caller yesterday in which he referred to Howe as his “personal Twitter troll.” Read more