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Posts Tagged ‘Huffington Post’

Journo Jukebox: The Sabrina Siddqui Edition

One of the newest features in the Fishbowl is our Journo Jukebox. It’s a chance for you to get to know some of the people who cover Washington a little better. The rules are simple. We ask a subject to turn on their iPod, put it on shuffle and tell us the first 5 songs that play. The game is played using the honor system, so if a deep-cut off an old 98 Degrees album comes up, you have to tell us.

For this installment, we asked HuffPost reporter Sabrina Siddiqui (aka Sabriqui) to play along. She warned us that she had a very eclectic taste in music.

Her 5 songs cover a range of musical styles. Read more

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What You Should Think, Straight From the Huffington Post

Today we perused the opinion-laced pages of HuffPost, mostly so you don’t have to. Here’s what we found:

Job Advice for Your Post-Pipsqueak Years 

HuffPost senior editor Anne Brenoff has some tips for those of you who might be seeking a job later in life, say after you’ve hit 45. The real promise here, though, is that these will be tips we haven’t seen a “million” times already. Her first? Emphasize your experience. Nope, never saw that one. We’re not sure how one would de-emphasize experience in a job hunt. Maybe it involves hiding your resume from HR? Making them answer riddles to figure out what your last job was? It doesn’t really get better from there. Aside from her penchant for attaching less than flattering labels to everyone around her (Pipsqueak, 20-something hipster, millennial—trust us, the way some of you use that last one, it’s not flattering) and telling us to address age-related stereotypes head on in the same column, she recounts a bizarre desire to correct a 30-something interviewer who had the absolute, unmitigated gall to not yet be married. Horror! The shame! Do tell, Anne. At what age should we all have been married to meet your approval?

Who Gave Justice John Roberts a Copy of the Gay Agenda? Who?!

In the category of it’s about time someone brought this up, HuffPost’s Gay Voices editor-at-large Michael Signorile recounts the Supreme Court’s arguments over DOMA and how a few Justices, namely Chief Justice John Roberts, made it a point to emphasize the supposed political clout of an “‘all-powerful’ gay lobby.” The argument is more serious than most probably realize, as a group’s political power plays a big part in how courts decide to review the way government treats them. As stupid as it seems, if you become too good at fighting discrimination, our legal system gives the government greater latitude to discriminate. Signorile doesn’t get into those legal nuances, but he does point out the obvious: the idea that gays have risen to the point that they don’t need the Court’s protection is a right-wing fiction along the same lines of the gay agenda. You know, the one it seems they’ve always got a copy of?

If you use a computer, are you a conformist?

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Is Lizzie O’Leary Pregnant?

Journalist Lizzie O’Leary got Twitter all excited on Friday afternoon when she casually tweeted, “Pregnanté.”

Naturally, several people on Twitter assumed this was O’Leary announcing that she was with child. This would have been big news considering that, not long ago, O’Leary spoke to Cosmo about her battle with endometriosis, which puts a damper on baby-making. The congratulatory tweets started coming in. Bloomberg’s Ryan Sutton tweeted, “ZOMG congrats! counting the days until your offspring annihilate(s) the competition on teen jeopardy!” WaPo’s Jim Tankersley responded, “!!!!!! that’s great news.” WSJ’s Victoria McGrane kept up the overuse of exclamations by tweeting, “CONGRATS!!!!!!!!”

So, what’s the problem? Read more

Gene Weingarten Plays Grammar Police

We’ll take a break from examining the weekly ramblings in Gene Weingarten‘s column for WaPo to look at his Twitter feed. When we checked in on him, we were VERY upset to learn that Gene has changed his Twitter pic from a piece of poop to the picture on the right. It’s a cartoon caricature of Gene Shalit Weingarten on the cover of GQ magazine.

After recovering from the trauma of seeing a poopless Weingarten, we found that he’s using Twitter to play grammar police to fellow journalists. On Monday he went after HuffPost’s Elise Foley because of her Twitter bio. It says, “Politics and immigration reporter for HuffPost. Jessica Alba tweeted one of my articles once–it’s all been downhill from there.”

What’s wrong with that? Read more

Separated at Birth: Pete Williams

Yes, yes, we get it. NBC’s Pete Williams is a God of News. Throughout last week’s manhunt for the bombers of the Boston Marathon, Williams seemed to be among the few trusted journalists in America. While many outlets got the story wrong, Williams remained steady.

With Williams getting SO much airtime, we realized that he looked eerily similar to HuffPost’s Howard Fineman, who is also often seen on MSNBC. Upon further examination, both men could also pass for Mrs. Doubtfire.

HuffPost Keeps it Klassy

It’s the time of year when publications start dropping their “end-of-year” lists on us like napalm. HuffPost is no different, and over the weekend, they rolled out their retrospective, “The Year in Sideboob.”

HuffPost has taken plenty of grief for this type of thing. They even have a whole section of the website devoted to the art of the sideboob. Of course, it’s a proven success that men like looking at boobies, so their grab at readership is pretty apparent.

It’s not JUST that they did “The Year in Sideboob.” They did a whole slideshow that chronicles EVERY instance of sideboobage in 2012. There are 114 pictures in this slideshow! That’s 228 boobies!

Sure, it’s easy to click on it and check out the jiggly eye candy, but we have 5 reasons to NOT read the sideboob piece. Read more

Sacré Bleu! HuffPost Goes French!

While HuffPost has made several efforts to branch out to many different countries, we’ve never actually seen any of them. Not that they’re doing bad work, but why would I want to see sideboob stories written in Greek? On Thursday morning, while looking at their “Tech” page, we were shown the top stories on HuffPost.

Except the stories were all in French.

I can’t tell what the hell the top stories are. I see a picture of Mike Tyson, a pic of Eddie Murphy and some naked ladies. Is that what counts as news in France? It could be the start of the funniest joke of all time. “French Mike Tyson, Eddie Murphy and some naked ladies walk into a bar….”

 

‘You’re A Teenage Girl’: Politico‘s Byers, HuffPost‘s Stein Squabble Over GOP Media Strategy

A Twitter tiff between Politico‘s Dylan Byers and HuffPost‘s Sam Stein started with a blog post that made little sense without spending five minutes to really contemplate it.

Yesterday Byers posted an excerpt from a HuffPost story by Stein, who had interviewed former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman:

“‘In an interview with The Huffington Post, [Jon] Huntsman laid out his vision for the Republican Party going forward….’

“Get it?”

And that was it.

Stein reacted to the post by saying he “always thought it was weird that people think Republicans can’t talk to [HuffPost] and still be conservative.”

With that, Byers’ post starts to make sense. He was suggesting that HuffPost, known as a left-leaning publication, may not be the best platform for a Republican to try influencing the GOP.

“Call a GOP strategist and ask them if [HuffPost] is best place to lay out your vision for GOP,” Byers said to Stein. “Seriously?” Stein replied. “We scored a [Mitt] Romney interview in the primary? We talk to GOP lawmakers all the time, top operatives, officials, etc…”

A former Huntsman communications director says HuffPost is a reasonable place for the GOP to speak out…

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President Obama Invites Mitt Romney to the White House for Lunch: Who’s Covering it Best?

It’s a big deal that POTUS invited Mitt Romney over for lunch at the White House this afternoon. The event is closed to press, so outlets tried to have some fun with the story. HuffPost’s Sam Stein tweeted, “Tomorrow, I will dress up as a waiter/butler and will try to maneuver my way in towards serving Obama/Romney during their lunch.”

Fantasyland…WaPo’s Alexandra Petri imagined what the lunch would have been like if she was there. Imagine lots of awkward banter and nervous laughter from Romney.

Others took the matter more seriously… Read more

Featured in Features

It’s time to take a swing through the cluttered pages of D.C.’s features and lifestyle sections to see what’s making waves.

Porn Stars Aren’t As Damaged As We Thought – According to this story in The Daily Caller, a new study says females in porno flicks are a little more normal than we might think. The study from The Journal of Sex Research says, “In terms of psychological characteristics, porn actresses had higher levels of self-esteem, positive feelings, social support, sexual satisfaction, and spirituality compared to the matched group.” Of COURSE they have higher spirituality than other people. They’ve spent more time in the missionary position that any of us. Is that why they’re constantly screaming, “OH GOD, OH GOD, OH JESUS” while getting drilled by a chiseled military instructor with no body hair?

Smoked Meat and PoliticsWaPo‘s All We Can Eat has a feature on the history of the Red, Hot and Blue BBQ chain. Apparently, one of its founders was Don Sundquist, the former GOP Congressman from Tennessee. Not only that, one of their original investors was GOP strategist Lee Atwater. Maybe the fact that their BBQ is so tied to politics explains why it tastes so bitter and foul.

What else is going on in Features? Read more

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