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Afternoon Reading List 10.29.13

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The pot called the kettle “seriously misguided”: WaPo’s Erik Wemple wrote about former Veep Dick Cheney appearance on FNC’s Bill O’Reilly‘s show where they discussed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the marvels of modern medical science, and the evil left-wing media. When asked if he felt the media was “corrupt,” Cheney responded by saying they are “seriously misguided.” He then he praised O’Reilly and talked about left-leaning groups of society.

Why you should read it: When asked if he felt they were “corrupt,” Cheney called the media “misguided.” Let’s let it slide, considering all the times the media wondered if Cheney was “misguided” and then learned he was at times “corrupt.” Read more here.

“Gattaca’s” Wikipedia page was finally useful to someone: Late last night, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow‘s show where she catches Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plagiarizing the wikipedia page for the movie “Gattaca” in a speech he gave in Virginia. The obscure sci-fi reference was used to illustrate the possible dystopian consequences that could result from using eugenics and abortion as a function of societal control. Politicians just say the darndest things.

Why you should read/watch it: Any 4th grader with an iPhone and a book report knows not to plagiarize straight from wikipedia. Just skim the book and B.S. the report, or read the summary of the movie on the back of the DVD case and use that. Read more here.

Follow the jump to find out who loves writing for free!

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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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Morning Chatter

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TAN MOM IMPERSONATOR?: “In DC at @hilaryr’s dinner with the fabulous @diananyad.” — HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, referring to CNN Democratic analyst Hilary Rosen. 

images-4Imagine that! Media irks press aide

“Press aide annoyed after Cuccinelli gets 3 questions about the shutdown in a row, asks if ‘anyone has a new question’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

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“Oh dear. Someone appears to need healthcare right now behind Obama.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:19 a.m. (!!!!!)

Confessional I.

“I’ve reached the point where if I don’t tweet for a day, I get calls/texts wondering if I’m alive.” — Free Beacon‘s Lachlan Markay.

imagesOn Bob Lewis’ firing from AP

“Hoping @TerryMcAuliffe calls @AP and asks them to rescind firing of Bob Lewis.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

From WaPo‘s Erik Wemple: “Incorrectly asserting that someone lied to a federal investigator — especially when that someone is competing in a gubernatorial race — is nothing short of a high journalistic crime.” There’s some defense of Lewis too. And a request to speak with AP higher-ups which, well, isn’t happening. See the whole story here.

At 8:21 a.m. today: “Do you think @AP’s Bob Lewis deserved to be fired for the McAuliffe gaffe? 1-866-55-PRESS @bpshow” — WaPo‘s Clinton Yates.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture: “Heading back down to do second segment this am @GMA. This one on murder of nfl star Sean Taylor.” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams.

Confessional 2.

“Made a mistake on MSNBC this am. Said no one beta-tested Ocare site. Should have added ‘until a week before launch.’ And thanks to the folks at PunditFact for holding me to account on that.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

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Anonymous hater to FishbowlDC: “If you took the audience of the Bill Press show and the audience of the Michael Smercornish show, would there be enough for a touch football game?”

WaPo’s Marty Baron Hangs Up on Evan Gahr, Later Apologizes

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Our resident phone enthusiast and freelance investigative journalist Evan Gahr remains fierce in his pursuit to get WaPo to say why they won’t cover a race and age discrimination lawsuit brought against them by a sales employee.

On Tuesday he phoned the Grand Poobah over at WaPo: Executive Editor Marty Baron.

And guess what happened? Surprise! Baron hung up on him. Read more

Is WaPo’s Wemple ‘Off His Meds’?

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No, no. Who knows if WaPo‘s opinionated media blogger Erik Wemple is even on meds? And who really cares? But readers of his story on Fox News’ Howard Kurtz‘ weirdly conflicting report on the government “slimdown” (or, “shutdown” depending who you ask) had hilarious reactions to what he wrote. Read more

Have You Hung Up on This Man Lately?

As  you read this, freelance investigative conservative  journalist Evan Gahr is likely dialing up another unsuspecting media reporter or editor to pose one important question:

Why aren’t you writing about my story?

Forget email. Gahr’s a phone guy and his phone number hunting skills are pathologically effective — he’s dug up WaPo‘s Don Graham‘s home number, Kevin Merida‘s home and work numbers, Jonathan Capehart, Eugene Robinson, Erik Wemple, Politico‘s Hadas Gold and more. He says Politico’s Dylan Byers now recognizes his number and won’t pick up. WaPo‘s Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt has not returned his emails (but only because he couldn’t find his phone number). So far, many journos have allegedly hung up on him – count Merida, Wemple, The Daily Caller‘s Jordan Bloom and TWT‘s Jennifer Harper among them.

The story he’s referring to is a lawsuit filed against WaPo by a black sales employee who is charging race and age discrimination. He wrote about it last Wednesday for The Daily Caller.

A conversation with Gahr goes something like this. Read more

Spotted: WaPo’s Wemple Plays Ball (Dangerously)

WaPo‘s always good-natured and almost never mean Erik Wemple was spotted over the weekend on a block off Dupont Circle playing catch and speaking fluent Spanish with his son. The Erik Wemple Blog, as he prefers to refer to himself (relentlessly), wore dark shorts and a red top. He and his son nearly took out some nearby windows of cars and soon decided a park was a better place to play catch rather than a city street lined with parked cars.

We fully blame the missed catches on the Erik Wemple Blog.

Fox News’ Howard Kurtz: As Capable as a Head of Lettuce

Reuters media columnist Jack Shafer joins the bandwagon of writers kicking Fox News’ Howard Kurtz in the gut these days. Only he’s slightly more gentle about it, saying Kurtz’ capabilities are intact, now if only his new producers over at Fox News would get their shit together. Read more

Full Disclosure: WaPo’s Wemple Really F%@ked Up TBD

WaPo‘s opinionated media blogger Erik Wemple wrote a down and dirty piece Monday on Robert Allbritton‘s purchase of Capital NY. Nothing that remarkable in it except for his own disclosures of what a failure he believes he was at TBD. Actually who knows…maybe the story had juicy nuggets, but we were all tunnel vision on those full disclosures. And not one, but two. Come on, Erik Wemple Blog! Couldn’t have been all your fault. Stop being so hard on yourself!

A. “That same year, Allbritton launched Washington-area news site TBD.com, a generously funded project that fizzled in near-record time under the editorial guidance of the Erik Wemple Blog.”

Some 14 graphs later…

B. “By acquiring Capital, the Politico brain trust shows that it’s learned some things since the quick and spectacular failure of TBD.com under the editorial guidance of the Erik Wemple Blog.”

Wemple goes on to discuss the reasons TBD may have tanked, and funny, some seem to have little to do with him. Read more

Politico Says Uptick of Women in Top Roles Was Not a ‘Concerted Effort’

Earlier today we published a story highlighting the marked increase of women in leadership roles at Politico. The publication, clearly founded by two males, has been dogged since it began in 2006 over the heavy presence of males in top roles. Insiders have said repeatedly that the reports were overblown. But that didn’t stop WaPo‘s Erik Wemple from highlighting the startling numbers of women who have left over the years. Or TNR from recently questioning VandeHarris over the reputation of “overt sexism” at the news outlet.

As we reported earlier today, as some top male editors are leaving the publication, they’re being replaced by women. Before this, women had already assumed top roles. We asked if this, as well as a number of other females in high-ranking roles, is a concerted effort to beat the bad rap.

Editor-in-Chief John Harris told FishbowlDC, “To be clear, I don’t  believe in our many years as editors and reporters either Jim or I were ever ‘accused of being anti-women.’ It is true that due to the circumstances of our launch we were for a time kind of top-heavy with men in ways that did not reflect our vision for POLITICO. By no means are any recent moves a reflection of some sort of ‘concerted effort’ on gender grounds. Instead, they flow naturally from our determination to get the most talented and ambitious people in jobs where they can have the most impact on our newsroom, on our business, and for our readers.”
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