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Allen Defends Her Outlook Piece

You know that Charlotte Allen piece (“We Scream, We Swoon. How Dumb Can We Get?“) that generated all that controversy? Well, the Washington City Paper sat down with Allen and asked her about Post ombudsman Deb Howell’s opinion:

    CP: You’ve certainly gotten quite a response from the piece. What do you think of the responses?

    CA: Well, I thought [Post Ombudsman Deborah Howell's] position was essentially ridiculous. She was saying that women are such frail flowers that nobody can make a joke about them, including other women, which is just absurd. You know, we’re half the population.

    I think one point she made was that it wasn’t funny. What do you think she meant by that?

    I have no idea. She interviewed me and asked me if I intended it to be funny, and I said yeah, I hope that it was funny. She said she didn’t find it so amusing. That’s when I knew she would write exactly what she wrote. I was not surprised. But I think feminists are always saying “That’s not funny!” whenever you make any sort of joke about women.

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The Politico’s “Howell-Gate” Moment

Remember when Deb Howell’s column on Jack Abramoff set off such a firestorm that had to shut down their comments? Well, the Politico encountered a similar moment recently.

On one of their forums, a heated discussion broke out that caused one commenter to wonder, “What the hell is with this anti-Semitic hate-fest?”

Some of the comments:

  • Why do all these “Democrats” hate Jews?

    One commenter said: “Your vile anti-semitism actually makes me sick to my stomach. You are all contempible, loathesome creatures. I cannot believe you have been allowed to post such repugnant hatred on this forum. How can the moderators allow such cretinism to flourish? Are they complicit?”

    Such mainstream blogs as Little Green Footballs and Powerline Blog picked up on it. Most of the comments that were offensive to other commenters seem to have largely come from one person, “Bushevik,” and the vile didn’t nearly reach the level it did at

    Still, in order to avoid future problems, one has to wonder if there will be any change to the Politico’s comment policy.

  • Morning Reading List, 06.11.07

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  • Most of you didn’t watch The Sopranos, but for the true fans, you thought Tony would live.

  • Check out the 2006 IRE Award Winners here.

  • Dan Gillmor writes, “Journalism’s old guard is in a panic. With the latest bad news … it’s no wonder that people who care about the traditional journalism business are frightened.”

  • Reuters reports, “An Internet entrepreneur and a Wall Street group have joined a list of potential rivals to News Corp.’s $5 billion bid for Wall Street Journal publisher Dow Jones & Co. Inc., an adviser to the Dow Jones employee union said on Thursday.”

  • Eric Rauchway tells us what he learned at the blogging panel, a.k.a “Historical Scholarship and the New Media.” Ben Adler gives his own take on the experience.

  • The National Press Club is hosting a travel writing trade panel June 28 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Lisagor Room. The event is open to the public. Reserve online or by calling is 202-662-7501.

  • reports, “Nielsen, the US-based audience measurement firm, is to begin tracking mobile phone users’ media consumption as part of an effort to provide wireless carriers, advertisers and entertainment companies with more accurate data about mobile phone usage.”

  • Ben Affleck loves to yell during “Hardball.”

  • MarketWatch reports, “It’s almost a footnote in some of the news stories and press releases on News Corp.’s negotiations to take over Dow Jones & Co., but the inclusion of Rupert Murdoch’s son, James, at the bargaining table could be sending a significant signal on where News Corp. is heading.”

  • Gay Programming Steps Out On Satellite and Digital

  • E&P reports, “With the exception of exports leveling off and producer inventories rising, April newsprint statistics released this week by the Pulp and Paper Products Council (PPPC) were all negative.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Trading in options to buy Netflix Inc. shares surged to the most since January 2004 on speculation the largest provider of movie rentals via the mail may be acquired.”

  • Christian Post reports, “Americans who watch more hours of television tend to be less committed to classical virtues such as honesty and fairness and less likely to value religious principles, according to a conservative media watchdog.”

  • MediaBiz reports, “Sirius announced after the market closed Tuesday that it had received a $250 million loan from Morgan Stanley (MS).”

  • A reader writes:
      wemple: The problem with Kornheiser is that he’s in great demand. Late this month, he’ll leave the Post airwaves and won’t return in full force until next January, following his season in ESPN’s Monday Night Football booth. Gulland won’t say what the station will do to fill the programming void that he’ll leave. farhi: Kornheiser has become so valuable to the station, executives said, that his show will continue, with his name, even after he leaves it at the end of this month — as he prepares for his second season as an analyst on ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football.’ WTWP morning man David Burd will host ‘The Tony Kornheiser Show,’ along with Kornheiser’s current sidekicks. Kornheiser will call in to the show from time to time, Farley said, but will not have a regular slot on the program; Kornheiser is committed to ESPN until the end of the football season.

  • A reader writes, “Shouldn’t the Washington Times intern know how to proof before posting and not just rely on spell check?? ‘getting soar muscles from carrying heavy bags’.”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Time Warner Inc. chairman and CEO Richard Parsons on Thursday signaled more clearly than ever that he might drop at least his CEO title in the next year or two and again backed president and COO Jeffrey Bewkes as his heir apparent.”

  • Since becoming the Discovery Channel’s chief three years ago, Jane Root “has helped pull the nature channel out of a ratings slump with shows featuring, in no particular order, people battling nature, people living in prison, people saving the planet, and so on,” reports BusinessWeek.

  • Deb Howell’s weekly column.

  • A Harris Interactive poll on newspapers and their online sites, that was released at the World Association of Newspapers conference in Cape Town, shows that “five years out, readers expect online to overtake TV networks as their main source of news in four of the seven countries.”

  • Jeffrey F. Rayport writes, “To judge from ad-industry publications, advertising is in crisis. The stories of upheaval in how agencies serve clients, create value and get paid might readily suggest that advertising as a profession and business is dead, or dying. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

  • Marty Kaplan writes, “Within 24 hours, no primate on the planet will be unaware of Paris Hilton’s transfer from the pokie to the ankle bracelet, but it is a safe bet that within weeks or even months, relatively few Americans will know the big news going down now in Iraq. That’s because journalism is distributed in two flavors: push and pull.”

  • AP reports, “Twelve major universities will digitize select collections in each of their libraries — up to 10 million volumes — as part of Google Inc.’s book-scanning project.”

  • According to the Hollywood Reporter, “The head of the National Association of Broadcasters is urging Sirius Satellite Radio CEO Mel Karmazin to end his attempt to merge the nation’s two satellite radio companies and accusing the executive of misleading the public about the deal’s benefits.”


  • AAAS is looking for a Communications Officer and a Communications Associate.

  • National Journal Group is looking for a Staff Writer/Online Producer for and a Staff Correspondent for Government Executive Magazine.

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education is looking for an Editorial intern.

  • A downtown DC publishing company is looking for a Graphic Designer.

  • Smithsonian Publications is looking for a Production Coordinator.

  • The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer is looking for a NewsHour Administrative Assistant.

  • Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive is looking for a Senior Producer and a Sports Producer.

  • The Map Network/NAVTEQ is looking for a Copy Editor, a Financial Analyst/Accountant, a Senior SQL Developer, a Director of Marketing, a Director of Business Development a Manager Destination and Event Sales and an Ad Sales Representative.

  • The Atlantic Media Company is looking for an Account Manager.

  • C-SPAN is hiring a temporary Political Producer.

    Hat Tips: DCRTV, TVNewser, IWantMedia, Romenesko, MediaBistro, JournalismJobs, JournalismNext

  • Shuts Down Comments on Obama


      Today informed its staff via email that they should no longer enable comments on stories about presidential candidate Barack Obama. The reason for the new policy, according to the email, is that stories about Obama have been attracting too many racist comments.

      “It’s very simple,” Mike Sims, director of News and Operations for, told me. “We have our Rules of Engagement. They prohibit personal attacks, especially racist attacks. Stories about Obama have been problematic, and we won’t tolerate it.” does sometimes delete comments on an individual basis, but Sims said that was not sufficient in the case of Obama stories due to “the volume and the persistence” of the objectionable comments.

    Deb Howell’s weekly column also addresses online comments.

    Howell On Post’s Political Coverage

    From Post Ombudsman Deb Howell’s weekly column:

      itor, reporting to Bill Hamilton, assistant managing editor for politics, and to Susan Glasser, assistant managing editor for national news.

      The team is making changes, including the replacement of The Federal Page with In the Loop, taken from the title of Al Kamen’s longtime column. Lois Romano has a new column on Congress, and Jeffrey H. Birnbaum’s lobbying column has moved to the In the Loop page from the Business section. There’s also Washington Monday on Page A2 and The Sunday Fix by Chris Cillizza of and Shailagh Murray of the National Desk staff.

      As Hamilton points out, “This is the first phase of a very long campaign. Our goal in the past few months has been to introduce the candidates to our readers and to give some idea of what their candidacies will be about. We’ve also looked for opportunities for traditional accountability reporting — illuminating contradictions or mysteries in their records or backgrounds that would be relevant to evaluating a presidential candidate.”

    Read the rest here.

    Taking Out The Trash, 01.29.07

  • We have a tie between being very attracted to a newsroom colleague and being neutral. Tiebreaker?

  • Deb Howell’s Outlook column.

  • AP’s Michael J. Sniffen gives us the update on the Scooter Libby trail and on the “spicier morsels” Cheney’s former top press assistant, Cathie Martin, described.

  • NRO’s Media Blog has the highlights of Tony Snow’s thoughts on the press from an event at George Washington University.

  • And another NRO gem — is the Wall Street Journal getting a new scent?

  • Byron Calame examines the ethical standards of the New York Times when dealing with freelancers.

  • Question: How come it’s so hard to find the Post’s “Free For All” Saturday page (which regularly features letters critical of the Post) online?

  • Bloggingheads Gets A Cash Infusion From Angel Investor Rosencrans

  • Douglas Brinkley reviews Marc Fisher’s book, “Something in the Air.”

  • In Memoriam: “Journalist Benjamin F. Holman, 76; Advised Nixon, Ford on Racial Issues

  • FYI: Nominations for our “Rising Star” competition will be open through this week.

  • Jim VandeHei’s hometown paper says, “An Oshkosh native is journalism pioneer.”

  • Ralph Hanson wonders why MSNBC didn’t link to Hillary’s video.

  • Doublethink magazine takes a look at the life of Sam Francis.