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NYT‘s Mark Leibovich ‘a fraud’– A truly intimate admission from Leibovich in NYT‘s “6th floor” blog today, though it’s something most people in Washington already know: This is a city full of people peer pressured into pretending to be smarter than they actually are and into reading The Economist to prove it. He writes:

“Like many people who sometimes travel in high-powered circles, I am a complete fraud. I have no idea how I got here. This is an especially familiar condition in Washington, where I live, and where the impostor syndrome is like our psychological common cold. So a lot of people lie about reading The Economist here. We probably have the highest number of lied-about subscribers. Because it’s important to come off smart and worldly…”

To be sure, however, Leibovich does read The Economist. He lets readers know by going on to list 17 things he learned from its latest issue.

Sanchez sends out a dark holiday card– This is probably a knee-slapper to exactly no one. Rep. Loretta Sanchez‘s (D-Calif.) office has sent out her annual holiday card. It reads: “May you dance with joy this holiday season (just not too close to fiscal cliffs).” On the card is an awkward photo of Sanchez coddling a stocking beside her husband, both of whom are about to step over a cliff. Sanchez has gained a reputation over the years for sending out goofy cards. What’s the plan for next year’s card? A cover that says “Merry Christmas and wrap it up!” superimposed over a photo Sandra Fluke? (h/t WaPo‘s Reliable Source. Sometimes we give them a hard time, but credit where credit’s due)

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New Media Faces Wild Ride During Frankenstorm

For people lucky enough to have power for their computers or juice in their smartphone, Twitter was an infinitely superior news source than TV during Frankenstorm. Sure, lots of information gets thrown around that isn’t accurate, but that happens on TV, too. If you were in one of the hard hit areas and had a question, you could always just turn to Twitter rather than trying to call an emergency outfit in the middle of the chaos. Reuters has an excellent breakdown of some of the great examples of how Twitter was put to good use.

Of course, as in any fast-moving situation, someone has to act like a jerk… Read more

Mediaite White House Scribe ‘Hesitates’ to Inject His Kids Into Stories, Then Again, Why Not?

It isn’t hard to rile Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher where his family is concerned. Just mention that his name isn’t the one he was born with and it sends him reeling into a wrathful state. Back in April he engaged in a bitter battle with The Daily Caller TV writer Jeff Poor when Poor lashed back and revealed Christopher’s alleged real name in a tweet. At the time, Christopher became incensed by what he called Poor’s “media campaign” against his brother and two children.

The irony is thick. Any chance Christopher gets, he mentions his children in stories that he often feels a need to personalize. And he feels justified. He believes it goes against journalistic principles to not mention them in the contexts that he does. He believes journalistic and parental responsibilities can go hand in hand. And as a designated opinion writer, he may have a point, even if it is the size of a pin prick.

To be sure, Christopher’s stories often feel more like grenade-filled crusades than just the facts ma’am type of journalism. Back in October of 2009, Christopher mentioned his children in a story about then-President Obama’s Safe School Czar Kevin Jennings. After dousing Jennings with praise, it was time to recognize the impact Jennings has had on him, followed by searing, some might deem them poignant, admissions. He wrote, “As the father of 2 teenage boys, one of whom is openly bisexual, the work that Kevin Jennings has done engenders a particular gratitude in me.  Before I ever knew his name, Kevin Jennings touched the lives of my 2 oldest boys when they each joined their school’s Gay/Straight Alliance.” A few graphs later, he continued, “This is why Kevin Jennings must not be driven out of office.  His work has helped my son to feel safe enough to be open about who he is. My son tells me, however, that at back-to-school night last week, there were parents ripping GSA posters down off of the school walls.”

Then in April of 2011, he went after the “vile” work of Wonkette Editor Jack Stuef for making fun of Trig Palin, the Down Syndrome afflicted son of former Veep hopeful Sarah Palin. Upon questioning Wonkette Chief Editor Ken Layne, he wrote in a column, “I divulge to Layne that I’m the parent of two special needs children. I don’t generally include that information in my commentaries (and didn’t intend to here) because I don’t wish to use that fact to gain moral authority, or to be emotionally manipulative.”

His fatherhood arose again in the summer of 2011 in the course of publishing stories on the alleged underage women he dubbed “Betty and Veronica” with whom then-Rep. Anthony Weiner had purportedly exchanged texts. Turned out, unbeknownst to Christopher, the girls didn’t exist. Someone had played a dirty hoax. But before Christopher learned it was a hoax, he brought up his own fathering anyway, in the context of wanting to protect the girls and attack Daily Kos’ Markos Moulitsas: “Dude, it is your responsibility to protect the identities of minors, sources or not,” Christopher wrote in a published email exchange. “I can’t believe you. This gesture will cost you nothing, and it will save these girls being subjected to fuck knows what. As a father, I beg you, please redact these girls’ names.” He also tried to appeal to Moulitsas personal fatherly role, saying, “You’re a father, think about it for a sec.”

A more recent case in point: Monday. Christopher went off on MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough for claiming that those on the autistic continuum could turn violent like the movie theater murderer in Aurora, Colo. Scarborough shared about his son with Asperger’s Syndrome.

Christopher felt it was his duty as a journalist to publicly correct Scarborough. In the process, he also felt he must stand up for his own two children who he revealed are autistic, a tidbit that undoubtedly brought home for readers why the issue is so charged for him.

An excerpt:

In case you were wondering what Scarborough based his assertions on, I believe it was a study that was recently published in The Journal Of Joe Scarborough’s Ass. There is absolutely no scientific data which links autism to mass murder, and what little research there is on autism and crime is flawed and inconsistent. The inherent absurdity and irresponsibility of Scarborough’s statements are aggravated by the fact that he is the father of an adult child with an autism disorder, which might lead viewers to believe that he knows what the hell he’s talking about. This is the main reason I hesitate to disclose that I am the father of two children with autism spectrum disorders, because I don’t want to derive unearned authority, moral or otherwise, from that fact. I reveal it now because it’s relevant to my initial reaction to Scarborough’s comments, which was one of hurt and revulsion. Autistic kids have enough to deal with in life without Joe Scarborough running around telling people they’re potential mass murderers, unless they’ve got an awesome dad like Joe Scarborough, or conflating autism, which is a neurodevelopmental disorder, with mental illnesses like schizophrenia.

For someone who “hesitates to disclose” his special needs children Christopher sure finds reason to do it. Repeatedly.

Christopher declined to comment on the record.

(UPDATED) Breitbart People Hammer Away at BuzzFeed

The crew at Breitbart.com have it in for BuzzFeed. Yesterday Breitbart posted a story under the headline “BuzzFeed: The New Wonkette?” The post takes issue with BuzzFeed publishing a recent piece by Jack Stuef, formerly with D.C gossip blog Wonkette.

Back when he wrote for Wonkette, Stuef caught flack for writing a tasteless post on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s son Trig who has Down syndrome. Stuef went away for a while following the controversy but two days ago he wrote a weird story about Facebook memes for BuzzFeed. The Breitbart people caught whiff of Stuef and went after him, questioning BuzzFeed‘s newfound “cred” as a solid news outlet.

The Breitbart post was the latest in a slew of attacks against BuzzFeed. Yesterday Breitbart editor John Nolte called BuzzFeedpathetic.” Last week Joel B. Pollak accused BuzzFeed of shilling for President Obama. And the list goes on and on.

The Daily Caller is also known to go after BuzzFeed. Tucker Carlson, founder of The DC, recently called BuzzFeed‘s editor Ben Smith a “left wing hack.”

FBDC asked Smith if he saw any issues with publishing Stuef’s writing. “I don’t keep good enough track of other work that’s been done by people who freelance for us to have anything informed to [say],” Smith told us by email.

Smith also pointed us to a story on his site that analyzes the effect that disabled children have had on the pro-life movement, though it wasn’t written by Stuef.

We requested comment from Breitbart’s Dana Loesch on the matter and will update if she responds.

UPDATE: Loesch finally got back to us. She informs us by email that she’s been busy celebrating at birthday, thus her late response.

To our question as to whether the Breitbart site views BuzzFeed and/or Ben Smith as liberals, she responded simply: “Er, yeah.”