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Posts Tagged ‘David Folkenflik’

#MHPapology Lights Up Twitter

Outrage abounds over Melissa Harris-Perry‘s mocking of Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson. The Twitters are by and large denouncing the MSNBC host -though she does have some defenders. Here’s what’s being tweeted about the controversy…

 

 

 

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Taking a long lunch today? Or perhaps you’re just killing time at your desk pretending to work even though no one else is in the office ’cause you used up all your vacation days already? Either way, you might find this little Book TV talk interesting. NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik takes you on a wild ride through the rise and fall of Ruper Murdoch‘s News Corp empire. Yeah, Book TV is totally lame and nerdy -we know. But then again, Google Analytics reveals that nearly 60% of all FishbowlDC readers are nerds. So you’re welcome!

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Afternoon Reading List 11.18.13

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Craig James defends ESPN commentator: Yesterday, Breitbart posted former sports broadcaster and football player Craig James‘ response to remarks made by ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone regarding the national anthem. Blackistone believes the song is a “war anthem” and full of “military symbolism.” While James disagrees with Blackistone’s statements, he still defends the commentator’s right to say them.

Why you should read it: It was either Jon Bon Jovi or Voltaire who said: “I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” First amendment, baby! Hell yeah! Read more here.

David Folkenflik body slams Roger Ailes (metaphorically speaking): PoliticoMagazine posted a piece yesterday by NPR’s David Folkenflik about all of the fun and quirky broadcasting tactics of Fox News’ chairman, Roger Ailes. Folkenflik calls Ailes “pugnacious,” meaning eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight, which this blogger accidentally read as “puglarious,” meaning bearing a strong resemblance or regard to a hilarious looking pug. Either definition would suffice, however.

Why you should read it: Besides the puglarious picture of Ailes at the top of the piece? You have to check out the ways Ailes will ruin your career in some bizarrely well conceived and specific manner, engineered to warp your psyche and destroy you professionally, emotionally, and psychologically if you ever cross him in the future. Read more here!

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CNN Names Stelter Host of Reliable Sources

It’s official – CNN has named a new host for its DC-based, Sunday morning media criticism show Reliable Sources. The post, vacated by Howard Kurtz back in June, will be filled by New York Times boy wonder and mediabistro alum Brian Stelter.

Stelter emerged victorious from a crowded field of guest hosts including Politico’s Patrick Gavin, NPR’s David Folkenflik, and The Daily Beast’s John Avlon.

“Brian has emerged as one of the top media reporters in the country and will be a great addition to our many platforms,” said CNN chief Jeff Zucker in a statement.  “He grew up in the digital space, and has covered the media industry for his entire career.”

In addition to his weekend hosting duties, Stelter will bid adieu to the Grey Lady to become CNN’s senior media correspondent, reporting daily across all the network’s platforms including CNN.com and CNNMoney.com. His first day at CNN will be November 25, and his first show will air December 1.

Stelter, who in 2004 founded FishbowlDC’s sister blog TVNewser, joined the New York Times in 2007.  Earlier this year he published the NYT best-selling book, Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV.

 

Afternoon Reading List 11.4.13

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The Simpsons takes digs at the Media: According to Jack Mirkinson from HuffPost, last night, as ”The Simpsons” rounds the bases on its 24th season, it also took several jabs at all the big media outlets. CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times were all subject to lampooning, the bulk of which was reserved for Fox News. Rachel Maddow was also given an extended guest spot on the show.

Why you should read it: See how in “The Simpsons” universe, they use technology to deal with bipartisanship. Read more here.

Media misreports LAX shooting, still a win: Erik Wemple posted his appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with David Folkenflik on his WaPo blog. In that appearance, Wemple called the reporting of the LAX shooter a “win” for the media and a huge improvement from the breaking news reporting of Navy Yard and Newtown. Given, the media still misreports breaking news whenever it can. Now it’s just slightly better misreporting going on.

Why you should read it: See what NBC News still misreported, and see what hoax the Toronto Globe and Mail fell for and reported as actual news. Read more here.

Who was always skeptical of Obama’s “Keep Your Plan” promise?

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Afternoon Reading List 10.24.13

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What’s Jeff Bezos up to right now at Amazon?: According to Derek Thompson‘s recent piece in The Atlantic, Jeff Bezos is up to Nunya. As in nunya-business, a business model that served him fine at Amazon when investors asked him what he was up to, and he responded with “Invention requires a long-term willingness to be misunderstood,” and then tripling profits four years later.

Why you should read it: This dude bought WaPo, and if you want to know what he’s going to do with it, you’re going to have to wait and see. Read more here.

Fox News plays dirty, for keeps: WaPo‘s Erik Wemple posted a piece last night about an anecdote from David Folkenflik‘s new book about Rupert Murdoch. In the story, a reporter wants to write about CNN beating Fox News and MSNBC in the February ratings. When the reporter approaches Fox, they blow him off, then “secretly” feed him a false tip (that he runs with) and then they discredit him completely when the tip turns out to be fake. Epic burn.

Why you should read it: Because you should see how dangerous it could be to mess with Fox News. The slightest thing ticks them off, and they only go for blood. Read more here.

Who used a card trick to call Republicans racist?

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Afternoon Reading List 10.21.13

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The love/hate relationship between technology and news: NYT media writer David Carr had a piece Sunday about the budding bromance between technology and news, after the two have been at odds with each other for the better part of their relationship. But with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos buying WaPo and eBay founder Pierre M. Omidyar starting a newly conceived news site with Glenn Greenwaldit’s becoming apparent that there may be an actual future for journalism and technology.

Why you should read it: The news game is  changing. Don’t be stuck riding the bench when your team gets a new coach. Read more here.

Obama to give Rose Garden rally: According to Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, this morning, the President was scheduled to speak with consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists about the new healthcare law in the Rose Garden. Munro, who made himself famous in the Rose Garden, points out that since most early Obamacare success stories have either been outright lies or erroneous exaggerations, this is an attempt to save face and earn political points before the 2014 elections by pointing out Obamacare’s successes while claiming its failures unacceptable.

Why you should read it: The Rose Garden healthcare awareness rally will probably not answer why numerous companies have reduced employment and reduced workers’ hours to escape the high cost of the Obamacare regulations, but this story does. Read more here.

How does Fox News handle mean commenters?

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WaPo Screws Up ‘Natural’ Resources Defense Council (Again and Again and Again)

WaPo seems to have an odd tic when it comes to the name of the organization flacked by former Bloomberg reporter Edwin Chen. Don’t they know they can’t get a major error past a former journalist?

In a nutshell: They keep writing “National Resources Defense Council” despite its real name being: “Natural Resources Defense Council.”

A staffer based in California who worked on the report mentioned in the story emailed the author of the WaPo at 3 a.m. EDT regarding the error. The mistake appeared in a story on wasted food Tuesday. As of this posting, the organization has been restored to its accurate name.

Noteworthy: This is the third time WaPo has bumbled the name. The most recent occurrence came in March of this year. Before that, in 2011.

(We feel your pain WaPo. NPR David Folkenflik‘s surname is a pain in our ass.)

 

In Defense of Howard Kurtz (Not Really)

When I see so much self-righteous dumping on Fox News media correspondent Howard Kurtz it makes me feel all uppity. Sure, we’ve written a ton on his self-pimping and hypocritical ways over the years. So we’re not immune to knocking him. Still, this week I want to find something, anything, to say about him that would be favorable or show some other side to the journalist once hailed as the nation’s premier media writer.

This week he wrote about WaPo Ben Bradlee‘s daughter-in-law Pari Bradley for wearing a “Swiss cheese” bra. “Do the pictures go too far?” he asked. But all sense of irony is lost on him. Has Howie gone blind? Has he seen the anchors at his own network? You can’t watch Fox News and not notice that many of the female anchors tend to don skimpy, tight clothing that shows off their legs or breasts. And you must realize that they are instructed to do so.

His former newspaper of 29 years, WaPo, reduced his work to a “hallowed middle ground he has spent his entire career clinging to.” Gawker castrated him, said he was having a mid-life crisis and wondered intensely about his relationship to The Daily Download‘s  and now Fox News colleague Lauren Ashburn, who appears to trail him wherever he goes. And others dumped, dumped and dumped. Strangers called him things like “sourpuss pervert” and “old pervert” and said he had a face like “old oatmeal.” WaPo‘s Sally Quinn, also mother-in-law to Pari, told Media Matters that he’s an “old geezer.” Even NPR‘s reasoned David Folkenflik remarked on Twitter, “Howie’s going to do just fine at Fox.” Who says America doesn’t have a big heart?

Pari has since taken her pictures down: “This content is currently unavailable.”

I asked a colleague, don’t you think people are being a little self-righteous here? The response I got: “I think they’re spot on.” Which only fueled my fury. Why can’t people leave Howie (and Miley) alone? Like WaPo‘s Clinton Yates argued, why can’t Miley be herself? And why can’t Howie?

Then I came to from my fugue state and took to his Twitter feed to find out if there was any possible way to defend Howie. (I’m really pulling for you here, man. Come on, help a media reporting sister out, will you?) Read more

10 Hardest Media Names to Spell

There’s something that can absolutely unhinge a person when you spell his or her name wrong. Especially difficult are members of the media who can be quite vocal about it and tell you how dumb you are on Twitter. So today we’ve compiled a list of the hardest names to spell in the journalism business. We just hope and pray we spelled them right.

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