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Uh oh.

“My laptop keeps setting itself back to Pacific time. I don’t think it likes DC.” — FNC and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz.

That thing when a journo gets trapped in an important discussion

“That thing when you’re trapped on a Twitter thread about whether it’s ‘website’ or ‘Web site’” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

High-wasted pants can work?

“I just saw a girl wearing high-waisted, cropped suiting pants and actually pulling it off, so I’ve found the one person who can.” — Katherine Miller, digital managing editor for the Free Beacon.

NSFW

“Note to self: Don’t pull up case study of company advertising on porn sites in crowded room full of journalists.” — Alex Wilhelm, writer at TechCrunch in San Francisco (a little out of our Fishbowl but still treading the same dangerous waters).

Plumber charges Ingraham nearly $400 for Sand Art debacle

“Now my son Niko found ‘Sand Art’ &poured it down a bathroom sink. Plumber came &tried to charge $399 flat fee. That incl. a remodel too?!” — conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

Howard Kurtz Gets Clock Cleaned, But Who’s the Dirty Old Perv Now?

I’m getting tired of this. Yet I’m also fascinated. Another day, another round of punches for Fox News’ media correspondent Howard Kurtz.

“Howard Kurtz is a Cad, Part IV” screams a post published Sunday by “Ken” on the site All things Democrat. (Sunday tends to be a holy day in which people tend to avoid lying, cheating and being overall perverts, but maybe Ken has been taking a long nap.)

“Ken” recaps their interest with Kurtz, which he says began with the Boston Marathon bombing and Kurtz’ despicable coverage of praising CNN owning up to its mistakes but bashing Fox News for following CNN. They stroll through a number of Kurtz’ screw ups, including the Jason Collins debacle, in which Kurtz said the gay athlete hadn’t revealed his engagement to a woman when, in fact, he had.

Eventually “Ken” makes it around to Part IV of their exhaustive “series” of Kurtz bashing in which he says he wasn’t surprised Kurtz was hired by Fox News, as if it’s a bad thing to be fired by Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown and then snagged by the nation’s highest rated cable news network. “Some folks were surprised when Kurtz was picked up by Fox, but not me,” Ken wrote. “Fox, with their situational ethics and blatantly partisan outlook and Kurtz, being a cad, seem like a natural fit from my perspective.”

“Ken,” seems to have forgotten that he’s coming from nationally “blatantly partisan” perspective, in this case, Democratic. The site, founded in 2006 by progressive Wisconsin Dem Doug Marquartd, claims to have bloggers who provide (cough cough) “smart analysis and opinion on the latest political news, issues and hot topics of interest to Dems.”

Which leads them to Part IV of their series: “Ken” nails Kurtz for being a “dirty old man” and for “leering at at pictures of someone who is related to someone that is in his field of expertise.”

For the purposes of his story, he explains, he will use Kurtz’ own tactics to write about his family members.

Holy sh-t is this about to get good.

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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

Howard Kurtz Gets Unintentionally Ironic

In the new Fox News First morning newsletter by Chris Stirewalt today is a promo for Fox News media writer Howard Kurtz. To be sure, the newsletter is reminiscent of Politico Playbook in that it highlights their own, including Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry and Karl Rove. Here Stirewalt has Kurtz wondering whether Al Jazeera America, which launches today, can be — cough cough — unbiased. Come on Howie, considering the network who’s wondering, seriously?

AL JAZEERA AMERICA DEBUTS
Al Jazeera, a network that many Americans still associate with Usama bin Laden videos, launches its American channel in about 50 million homes today. The new outfit is spending heavily on bold-face names like Soledad O’Brien. Today Howard Kurtz asks: Can it shake its reputation for bias and fulfill its promise of more serious news and less fluff?

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Morning Wondering: Something to watch over your breakfast of coffee and weed. Politico‘s Dylan Byers may want to look at this – or not.

WaPo sale fallout

“What’s most interesting about Don Graham is how personally interested he is in tech. Unusual both for a newspaperman and a 68-year-old” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

“Just had a weird experience being interviewed by a Post reporter about the sale; neither of us really seem to know What It All Means.” — WCP Editor Mike Madden waxing philosophical coupled with a little Marty Rudolph capitalizing technique.

“I know this is against the principles of journalism, but can everyone just take a deep breath and relax. Most of us don’t know squat yet.” — WaPo‘s Tim Carman.

“Not sure how head of Amazon turns around an aging newspaper, but Bezos knows a bit about the web. Maybe he just subsidizes good journalism” — Fox News’ Howard Kurtz (still so strange to write that).

“The sale of the Washington Post is probably a good reminder that nobody/nothing is untouchable.” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.

“In his letter to the Washington Post, Bezos said that our coverage of restaurant openings is important! I switched beats at the right time.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

“Based on your previous purchases, Jeff Bezos, you might also like: The Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, Newsweek.” — Defense One‘s Marc Ambinder.

Dramatically untrue

“Antigua. Where love goes to die.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, who is apparently a big watcher of “The Bachelorette.” But actually Des ends up with Chris. So technically Graff is a bit off.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

vanden HEUVEL: @nprkitty My father– knew Kay and Phil Graham well– reminded me this aft.I call him whenever there are changes I have hard time coping w/

EISELE: @KatrinaNation sounds like our dads would have good chat … there is always change … who knows could be a big lift. someone has to invest

EISELE: @KatrinaNation parents still have moon landing, nixon resignation hard copy issues in attic. I will miss newsprint so much if it goes.

 

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Anonymous Rant: “When will you note the obvious: that there is nothing remotely new or surprising in ‘This Town?’ Everything is exactly as it appears, and on closer inspection, no more interesting. Tammy Haddad aided a charity to advance her own interests — like everyone else. Andrea Mitchell is married to someone famous and hasn’t broken news in years; Bardella pathetic; The White House passes along Issa gossip but no oppo research; speculation and no reporting on why Jarrett gets security detail; Reid is blunt; Hillary once used the F word while stating the obvious — that the WHCD doesn’t matter; Most of this well-reported years ago, and the rest of no interest to anyone, even inside Washington. (You might be right, Anonymous. NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s This Town may not be the book for you. But I didn’t know all those details on Kurt Bardella or Rep. Darrell Issa, the purported car thief. And I never tire of hearing more about how D.C. publicity/mob boss Tammy Haddad operates, insider details on NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer‘s ever important birthday party (that we were surprisingly invited to), a politician cussing out the WHCD or how this town sometimes runs on the fuel of dripping self-importance.)

Um, seriously Howie: “Buncha?”

“Twitter needs a way to tell you that you have direct messages. How hard can that be? Just discovered buncha old ones.” — Fox News and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz. Best response: “Do you not speak to anyone ever?” — HyperVocal and Sirius XM’s Slade Sohmer.

Journo backs Spitzer (well, sort of)

“Love Eliot Spitzer. Bought a flat screen with the page view bonus I got from posting pix of his hookers. Would vote him for anything.” — Guardian‘s Jim Newell.

Scolded.

“I hardly ever respond to trolls, but there’s an amazing comment on my instagram saying I need to ‘start acting like a senators daughter.’” — Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain. Funniest response: “Wait, did I miss a nip slip or something?” — Christopher Ortiz, co-founder of Newscastic and editor of StuffJournalistsLike.com.

WCP editor wants Leno to vanish

“Wish there was a way to program TV to immediately change channel away from NBC as soon as news ended so Jay Leno just vanished.” — Washington City Paper Editor-in-Chief Mike Madden.

Heartwarming thought of the morning

“Chatted with two young journalists today. Smart, passionate, curious. That they could do anything – and chose journalism – is wonderful” — Paul Brandus, West Wing Reports.

Editor is crazy for cranberries

“Why doesn’t @OceanSprayInc make their own line of yogurt? I would buy all the cran-orange yogurt. Or cran-raspberry or cran-grape or just plain cranberry yogurt! Seriously @OceanSprayInc, you are missing out on a huge opportunity here.” — Atlantic Cities Sommer Mathis.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC this morning: “Evidently TWT never tires of doing the same things with the same people and expecting a different result.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:10 a.m.

 

 

Grandpa Howard Kurtz

Times are getting strange, indeed.

This afternoon, The Hill’s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz (i.e. Howiella, Howlma, Howeesha, etc..) announced on Twitter that she’s expecting a baby. Its expected arrival date: December, 2013.

Congratulations to the Kurtz clan. This is a big year for Grandpa-to-be Howard Kurtz — first he was fired from The Daily Beast/Newsweek, then he was hired at Fox News, and now, a grandchild!

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Quotes of the Day

Kurtz has stuff to figure out

“Thanks for messages and tweets about new Fox show. Still have lots of details to figure out, but what a challenge.” — CNN but soon-to-be Fox News’ Howard Kurtz.

Speaking of openings at CNN…

“If I hate myself, does that make me a media critic? #IhearThereIsAnOpening?” — CNN’s John Berman. Kurtz’ post on “Reliable Sources” will be filled by a rotating cast of hosts that haven’t been named yet.

Kim/Kanye baby name fallout

“Why did Kimye let Sarah Palin name their baby?? #North #wtf#” — The Times of LondonMatt Spence.

“I’m not sure I follow the logic of naming a kid after an airline that no longer exists.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“Are we being pranked? Is this a resurrection of a defunct airline where I still have miles? A DC neighborhood? Apple lkg bttr and better.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

“This poor child,” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

“Also, currently arguing with my 13-year-old sister about the name of this Kardashian kid. Good lord.” — WaPo columnist Clinton Yates.

“Troll West.” — ReutersMegan McCarthy.

“Seven. Seven Costanza. Now THERE’S a name.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden.

“If my parents named me North West I’d have to kick my own ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

“That’s like me naming my child Seth.” — NYT Communications Associate Jordan Cohen.

“Kanye must be trying working some sort of ‘Boy Named Sue’ angle here.” — Free Beacon‘s CJ Ciaramella.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:52 a.m.

AnonymASS and Anonymous Tipsters: 1. “ass holes.” 2. “Marty … need … more … Marty” Memo to #1. We love your candor. Don’t go changing. However, “ass holes” is actually written “assholes.” And #2: Your wish is our command. Never a shortage of material there.

Emotional sports watching

“To the guy wearing a Golden State jersey at game 7: you are an idiot. Oh, oh oh oh shut up.” — The Hill‘s Ian Swanson.

N-word-using Paula Deen sparks N-word debate

“LOL I sound ‘old’ @bdotm for having zero tolerance against the N-word? Good. I’d rather sound ‘old’ and be right than ‘young” and dumb.” — “Washington Watch’s” Roland Martin.

Speechwriter trash talk

“Lovett with no editor and 20,000 followers should scare people almost as much as his refusal to wear pants to work” — Jon Favreau, former speechwriter to President Obama. Now a consultant. His message is directed to Jon Lovett, also a former presidential speechwriter who sometimes writes for The Atlantic.

CNN’s Short, Sweet Farewell to Howie Kurtz

The shortest goodbye note known to mankind just in from CNN to Howard Kurtz. It was reported earlier today that Kurtz is going to Fox News. In short: goodbye and good luck.

“Howie Kurtz has served as host of Reliable Sources for 15 years, developing it into a leading source for commentary and critique on the media. We thank him for all his contributions to CNN, and wish him all the best in this new opportunity. Reliable Sources will continue on CNN, and will be hosted by a variety of people in the coming months.”

Howard Kurtz Has History of Ripping Fox News

How awkward.

As first reported by Mediaite, CNN’s Howard Kurtz is jumping ship and landing on the Good Ship Fox News. Good for him, right? Especially after being canned by Newsweek/The Daily Beast. But what about all those times he’s crapped on FNC over the years? Water under the bridge?

Personally, we can’t wait to hear Kurtz use the “fair and balanced” catch phrase. But first, a little look-see at what Kurtz has said about his new home.

Take Nov. 28, 2012, when Kurtz wrote that “Fox should have let Rick speak” on CNN.com. This was a story about veteran military reporter Thomas Ricks, who went on Fox News and trashed the network for its Benghazi coverage. They cut him off. The segment ended 90 seconds after it began. Kurtz wrote, “Some of those who love to dish it out, it seems, aren’t very big on taking it.”

He went to say this behavior is not limited to Fox News, but conveyed that Fox News was wrong. “Was Ricks being deliberately provocative?” wrote Kurtz. “Perhaps he was, for controversy sells books. And maybe his criticism was overstated. But the fact remains that he was invited as a guest, was asked about the Libya attack and responded in a way that made Fox’s relentless coverage of the controversy part of the story. And that was deemed unacceptable.”

In late March of this year, he did a segment on Zev Chafets‘ book on Fox News President Roger Ailes. “Roger Ailes has built a powerhouse organization — no question about it. But it is probably the most controversial news organization on the air.” He showed a clip of Ailes saying there are no conservative voices on other networks. Howie opined, “That’s not quite true.” Kurtz pressed Chafets hard on the fact that it wasn’t an “authorized biography.” He asked him to name “one critical thing that troubles him ” about Ailes. He couldn’t. “Nothing troubles me,” said Chafets.

He’s also not likely to become bosom buddies with new colleague Sean Hannity anytime soon. Read more

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