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BuzzFeed Picks Michael Hastings Fellow

johnsen-gregory-d-credit-jeff-taylor_vert-f09cbf9fd49a3c7020e3cbd12945e9b0e4a62c23-s6-c30BuzzFeed has chosen Gregory Johnsen to be the inaugural 2013 – 2014 Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow. The Fellowship is a yearlong post focused on “national security and challenging institutions of power, the cornerstone of Michael’s work.” He begins on Oct. 20.

Johnsen, the author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia, will focus on U.S. national security and its impact both domestically and around the world.

“Gregory Johnsen has already proven himself one of his generation’s wisest and most original voices on national security. He’s the right writer to carry on Michael’s legacy of fiercely intelligent and deeply compelling journalism about how America has shaped and been shaped by more than a decade of war,” said Ben Smith, BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief, in a release.

See what Johnsen and Hastings’ wife had to say… Read more

Morning Chatter

THIS IS CNN: “Wolf! #NavyYardShooting” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Spotted on the Acela…

“Morning shows apparently repositioning for Tuesday. CNNs Cuomo and CBSs Rose boarding Southbound Acela just now.” — TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

NBC’s Chuck Todd: the messenger

“I know folks are relishing an opportunity to get out their hatred for media; I’m just trying to provide context for what we got wrong.” — NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

Trying to piece together facts

“In the last 15 seconds on one radio i heard 9 dead…8 dead and 6 dead — are they not listening to each other?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Words of media wisdom…

“It’s pretty clear at this point that nothing is ever learned from one royal breaking news f’ up to the next.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Know what? If you or I RT something, we endorse it. (Maybe not views themselves, but as accurate news.) Any disclaimer otherwise: bullshit.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Scott Bland.

“If the wrong person was named in today’s shooting, I hope he sues the news orgs and wins, a la Richard Jewell. Pathetic. #journalism.” — Brad Phillips, who writes the Mr. Media Training blog.

“Two things that never work out. Ever. 1.) Saying ‘Don’t you know who I am?’
2.) Rushing to be 1st with unverified facts. First is not best.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito.

“It’s always conflicting law enforcement sources…” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

“So basically every piece of information that’s come out about the shooting so far today has been wrong.” — WCP‘s Aaron Weiner.

“Did we learn nothing from Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing? Stop reporting wild rumors like it’s fact.” — Washington Examiner‘s Steve Contorno.

“Here’s an idea. Rather than tweet out competing reports, perhaps we could wait a little bit and report out confirmed reports.” — Mo Elleithee, DNC Communications Director.

“Okay, turning off Twitter for now because developing news and social media don’t mix.” — J.P. Freire at 11:37 a.m. Monday.

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Sarcasm is…

“The only thing more interesting than press coverage of presidential vacations is press coverage of press coverage of presidential vacations.” — The Atlantic Editor-in-Chief James Bennet.

On attacking the media…

“Bad optics for the RNC to block CNN and NBC from sponsoring presidential debates. Attacking the media is a loser’s game.” — Eric Fehrnstrom, former senior advisor to Mitt Romney and Boston-based media strategist and political consultant.

Journo love

“This is the Washington Post’s best season in my memory, much credit to @PostRoz & @bartongellman” – BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

And journo lust…

“When women are in the shower, they are COMPLETELY NAKED. Okay, guys, now try to get back to work.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten on quite the Twitter tear over the weekend.

IMPRESSIVE WHEELS? “Thanks @Hertz for my unexpected upgrade in Tucson from a hybrid to this.” — Peter Cherukuri, senior veep, advertising & business development at Politico.

Confessional.

“I just set my alarm for 3:30 a.m. and it’s the most depressing thing ever.” — Katie Kovach, copy and production editor for CQ Roll Call.

“Just watched someone unsuccessfully try to whistle down successive cabs, which perked up my evening.” — Katherine Miller, managing editor of digital for Free Beacon.

It’s just to New Jersey, people, not D.C. 

“Turned in the keys and closed the books on a 12 year NYC run. See you again in 20 years or so, Manhattan, when the kids finish college.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:40 a.m.

Visiting Washington…“Good Morning! I am doing my show out of DC today. I had to escape the rain in Atlanta for just a few days. Crazy….” — CNN’s Carol Costello.

The Observer

“Dude on the metro with a bunch of pistachios in his left pocket. Eats one by one, placing empty shells in right pocket. Gotta have a system.” — Logan Dobson, research analyst at The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Uh oh.

“Yeah, so my new cat thinks she’s supposed to shit in the sink.” — FBDC’s and Bill Press Show’s Peter Ogburn.

Real HuffPost story promo: “REVEALED: Surprising reasons bugs have gay sex”

Travel Bitches

“Boarded flight to LAX half an hour late. Of course. Attendants rushing everyone, like it’s our fault. #unitedsucks” — Digital First Media’s Steve Buttry.

Afternoon Reading List 08.13.13.

Paying for an unpaid internship — Unpaid internships have become a dreaded necessity, and Capitol Hill is no different. As HuffPost’s Arin Greenwood reports, one aspiring Hill staffer has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to cover the costs of living in D.C. during an internship she’s been offered with Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The campaign, titled “Latina Leadership Fund — Dreams and Political Aspirations,” describes Jessica Padron‘s already-impressive political experience and notes that she’ll be the first in her family to be a college grad once she graduates form the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. So far, she’s raised $2,875 out of the $6,500 she’s asking for.

Weiner gets schooled Anthony Weiner has dropped to fourth in the Democratic primary race for New York City mayor, and has become somewhat of a punching bag for the media. As TNR’s Marc Tracy reports, that beating of Weiner continued Monday night when the mayoral candidate got “schooled” by Ben Smith at BuzzFeed Brews. Tracy provides a vivid account of the interview, in which Smith got Weiner to state that his wife, Huma Abedin, “has been assigned a role on the nascent presidential campaign” of Hilary Clinton. Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, was “masterful,” he wrote. While Tracy described Smith’s “keen dislike for Weiner,” Tracy wasn’t shy about his love for Smith.

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Bad Blood Between Politico and BuzzFeed?

Is the galaxy really big enough for everyone?

As BuzzFeed‘s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith monopolized the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today – Politico‘s favorite home away from home – BuzzFeed‘s publicist Ashley McCollum was firing off an inflamed tweet about Politico‘s Mike Allen.

When asked for comment on if there was any truth to Playbook ignoring BuzzFeed, Allen told FishbowlDC, “Earlier this summer, the top of Playbook linked to a BuzzFeed piece as ‘Juicy Read Du Jour.’ Also awarded BuzzFeed a “Headline of the Week,” and gave prominent coverage to McKay Coppins’s book deal. I’d be grateful to hear from Ashley any time: mallen@politico.com. Please don’t post it, but my cellphone is BLANK. I always try to be helpful and accessible.” (Ashley, if you’d like Mike’s cell for Playbook requests, prank calls or texting, we’re happy to share offline.)

A sour taste has been lingering between the two outlets for several months now. In March 0f this year, Politico started doing their own version of “BuzzFeed Brews,” calling it “Playbook Cocktails, causing some media observers to start throwing around accusations and get their feathers rumpled. And when BuzzFeed Brews first began, BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins described it as essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer.”

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Morning Chatter

“You can take the sexual piece out. That is a funny story for a child.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discussing his interview with New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and the reaction of his kids to the story. Specifically, he was referring to taking a picture of your penis and putting it on the Internet.

EGG ON HIS FACE: “Really, because all this time I thought you were paid to spit on a camera lens.” — Daily Show’s John Oliver on MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews claim that “this is what I do” in terms of predicting presidential candidates that he has consistently gotten wrong. Matthews predicted former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would be nominated in 2012. This time his money’s on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Journo avoids barfing in cab

“Had to get out of a taxi and take the subway home for the first time because I was going to vomit from car sickness. 1st time for everything.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

In awe of Rob Lowe

“Amazing @RollCallAbby: Rob Lowe just retweeted me. If the 14-year-old in me had any clue what Twitter was, she would faint.” — CNN’s Laura Bernadini, supervising producer for CNN’s White House unit.

In anticipation of Sydney Leathers

“I am interviewing Sydney Leathers when I sit in for Geraldo tomorrow morning. What would you ask her if you were me?” — WMAL and Breitbart‘s Larry O’Connnor last night.

Just a little light abortion tweeting

“Human life does not magically become life whenever a pro-choice woman conveniently thinks it becomes life. #ScienceSaysSo” — Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro.

 

Morning Chatter

“He’s a pioneer.”BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, who he’s interviewing for “BuzzFeed Brews” tonight in New York City for 45 minutes. Asked what new things we’ll learn tonight, if anything, Smith told MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning, “That’s kinda up to Anthony. I think there are a lot of questions…about how his email-mate is enjoying her 15 minutes.” He’s referring to Sydney Elaine Leathers, who recently shot a masturbatory porn video. Valid Q: Will Weiner ever watch it?

Cantankerous Jay Rosen compares FNC’s Ed Henry to a dog

“Ed Henry is hilarious! So transparent. Like a cellophane puppy dog desperate for a pat on the head. (If you’re watching WH press conference)” — Blogger, prof and fantastically smug Jay Rosen.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:48 a.m.

Journo vexed by computer mishap

“Not good tech backup plan: LONG wait at @westelmgeorgetown. Internet down. No plan for when this happens?” — Politico‘s Anna Palmer.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo’s Clinton Yates and nbcwashington.com Contributor Chuck Thies.

YATES: I just don’t consider phone use selfish.

THIES: @clintonyates, YOU don’t. But if it diminishes the experience of a nearby moviegoer, it is polite to refrain. #MyFartsDontSmell

Travel Bitches

“@united flight delayed due to lack of ice and beverages. It’s a 75m trip. Who the f cares? Can’t wait for @USAirways to join OneWorld.” — Reason Magazine’s Preston Cornish.

The Adviser

“Seriously @KrisJenner? You might wanna chill on this one when @KimKardashian’s claim to fame is a sex tape. Just keep it moving.” — TV One morning host and syndicated columnist Roland Martin.

Ben Freed Fired From DCist

DCist Editor-in-Chief Ben Freed has been fired after fighting with his employer about publishing a story for BuzzFeed. The news was first reported by WaPo‘s Erik Wemple.

Wemple writes that Freed was given the axe after he freelanced a story for BuzzFeed on the impact of the $250M WaPo sale on local D.C. news. The part of the story that is still a mystery, and we don’t get why Wemple didn’t ask this, is that Freed’s Publisher, Jake Dobkin, told him to spike the story. BuzzFeed said they would be amenable to spiking the story, but also thought it would bring attention to DCist.

And yet… it still ran.

We’ve reached out to BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on whether he’d hire Freed as well as the details of why the story was not spiked. Unfortunately Smith is on vacation until Aug. 12 so we’re reaching out to other BuzzFeed sources.

Developing…

Morning Chatter

“This ad on the Metro certainly caught my attention.”USA Today travel writer Nancy Trejos.

WJLA employee on Robert Allbritton‘s sale of the TV station to Sinclair: “”Monday was a pretty big shock to the staff and now we are adjusting to the news. Sinclair has a certain reputation that looms over it, but we’ve been told today’s Sinclair is not the Sinclair of five years ago. There are a lot of questions about what it all means for us. … People in the newsroom have talked about receive messages from people in the business expressing their condolences.” And another WJLA employee: “My initial reaction was dread! ABC7 is the most relaxed, comfortable, fun newsroom I have ever worked in. Sinclair’s reputation is frightening. Those of us who have been around a while are more worried about the younger employees. Afraid of layoffs. But now i am more philosophical, and management is working to sooth fears and reassure employees.”

WEINER’S DOING WHAT? In case you missed the news…BuzzFeed will host Anthony Weiner at “BuzzFeed Brews” on August 12 in Manhattan at The Ainsworth, where Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will interview Weiner for 45 minutes. They say the topic matter will be “wide-ranging.” Thank God. The interview will livestream on YouTube and BuzzFeed.com.

Unforgettable Thursday headline in WaPo…

See the story here.

NPR hires media critic…According to a release, media critic Eric Deggans is joining NPR News as a TV critic and correspondent. Deggans, a longtime TV and media critic at the Tampa Bay Times, begins reporting fulltime for NPR in October. Today he will be honored at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention as the recipient of its 2013 Arts & Entertainment Task Force Legacy Award, given to a veteran A&E journalist who has set an example for others in the field.

In defense of two TV journalists

“Yes, I will do everything to defend @SharylAttkisson & @jaketapper b/c they are a dying breed. Don’t give them shit or I will bitch at you.” – Breitbart NewsMary Chastain.

 

 

Morning Chatter

THIS TOWN: “This is the point of the party where I become everything I mock.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich at his book party last night at the home of NYT‘s Peter Baker and Susan Glasser. Photograph and quote by Rachel Sklar. If you squint you can see NYT‘s Carl Hulse just behind Leibo’s head.

Special note to NJ‘s Ron Fournier: Our ears were burning last night.

Convo Between a Journo and a Political Type

Political consultant Mike Murphy: “Dear HRC, please put NYC, Huma, and the rest of us out of our misery and cap Carlos Danger. One sentence press release will do it. Thank you.”

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz: “Shaddap you face trying to spoil everybody’s fun.”

Beauty queen pissed at bread throwers

“Dear ppl who throw bread at birds: clean up your shit! It’s not my dogs job to eat your moldy bread! Thanks for the morning heart attack!” — Miss DC 2009 Jen Corey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:56 a.m. (In which they spell “Caroline Kenndy” like that.)

What’s the definition of ‘is’?

“Weiner story really testing definition of word ‘past’” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.  And this: “Huma needs to pull a Mellie Grant on Weiner’s ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Ellie Hall.

Comm guy nearly hit by car

“GAH! Almost drilled by a driver making a high speed left turn while I was IN THE BLOODY CROSSWALK. Heart is still in back of my throat. Seriously, if I hadn’t looked up and stopped, I’d be on my way to the ER right now. Oy.” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

Fournier tells political observers to shut up

“Partisans (Rs and Ds): The presidential address you’re twittering about won’t be heard by most Americans or effect their lives. Move along.” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier, the moral compass of This Town.

 

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