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Have You Been ‘Marty’d'?

“Who is that guy?” tweeted Business Insider‘s Brett LoGiurato late Monday night. “He’s not an actual human being, is he?” added New York magazine’s Stefan Becket.

His name is Marty Rudolf, he is presumably an actual human being and he just wants to talk about “News.” He’s a news junkie if you will and he hopes you’ll talk about it with him.

Many reporters, editors and producers have had at least one experience with Rudolf, whose bio indicates that he lives in Chicago. He regularly tweets at news figures, typically in the evening and with arbitrary capital letters punctuating his tweets.

Just last night, Rudolf tweeted at:

  • The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson (“Do you like Appearing on ‘Red Eye’ with Greg Gutfeld on ‘Fox News Channel’? Is the Story involving NJ Sen Menendez not true?”)
  • BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw (“Your Replying to my tweets, now. Want to Chat about Political TV Cable News & Issues in the Media?”)
  • CNN Contributor Ana Navarro (“Do you enjoy being a CNN Political Contributor? Will Rodman be a Special Envoy to N. Korea with his connection to the Leader?”)
  • MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp (“What’s it like being the Conservative on MSNBC’s ‘The Cycle’ with Liberals/Progressives Weekday Afternoons discussing Politics/Media”)
  • Mediaite‘s Tommy Christopher (“Any Interesting Posts or Stories I should Read at ‘Mediaite.com’ Web Site this Monday?”)
  • D.C. Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed John Stanton (“Describe what it’s like being the DC Bureau Chief of Buzzfeed.com?”)
  • Piers Morgan Tonight E.P. Jonathan Wald (“You have got me Curious, Jonathan! Very Interesting Forum about HBO’s ‘The Newsroom’ last night with P. Morgan Moderating.”

Rudolf also sends out tweets soliciting potential chat buddies, though to no one in particular. A typical one goes: Read more

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Sweet Hypocrisy

Sure, CNN made a major mistake in its reporting of SCOTUS’s decision to uphold Obamacare.  And now the cable net is paying a hefty price: social media lashings, Comedy Central mockings (*see Daily Show, Colbert Report), media critic skewerings…you get the picture.

But CNN wasn’t alone.  Add to the “Supreme F*ck Up List” Fox News, Fox News Radio,  Fox Business, HuffPost, Business Insider, and Time.  But you wouldn’t necessarily know that by reading reports of the disastrous day when — gasp — CNN got it wrong and took all the heat for it.  And that merry band of erroneons, who just like CNN, supremely misreported the SCOTUS decision?  You think they’re going to tell you?  No way!  While CNN was publicly cleaning up its mess through corrections, statements, apologies, and tweets, those brazen bullshitters were deleting botched tweets, drafting intellectually offensive statements (FNC), and, in some cases, composing their own hatchet pieces about CNN’s blunder.

Take the big titanium balls of Business Insider, for example.  In separate pieces and over two days, Elena Schneider, Brett LoGiurato and Abby Rogers took CNN to task for its mistake.  What they failed to mention is that that they too ran a homepage headline declaring the mandate struck down.  And Business Insider politics reporter Grace Wyler misreported the story on her live blog.  Bold, no?

Then there’s HuffPost who targeted both CNN and Fox News in no less than five posts.  Guess they forgot about this…

Ahh. Sweet, sensual hypocrisy.

We reached out to HuffPost PR and they declined to comment. We also contacted Business Insider for comment.

UPDATE: Business Insider Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget wrote to FBDC: “We initially relayed some early TV reports (our mistake). We caught the error quickly, but we should have acknowledged it more prominently.”