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Afternoon Reading List 11.19.13

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Journos VS Flacks: Newscastic co-founder and contributor Chris Ortiz posted a blog yesterday about the six ways in which PR flacks piss off journalists. The list comes complete with some wacky, fun, and zany GIFs, but more importantly, it includes six very true, very irritating flack-related pet peeves.

Why you should read it: It’s all true, and that makes the piece funny. The GIFs however, are priceless and were perfectly placed at the proper points of the list, highlighting each of the pet peeves. Read more here.

Shep Smith mocks fat Canadian crackhead mayor: Yesterday, HuffPost’s Jack Mirkinson added a clip of Fox News’ Shep Smith and his instant replay videos of Toronto Mayor/ginormous crack enthusiast, Rob Ford. In the clip, Ford thundered across the floor of a busy city council meeting and barreled into an old lady. A reporter’s voice in the background details Ford’s movements, but Smith shamelessly mocks the egg-shaped druggy as he power-waddles into a bystander and then topples her to the floor.

Why you should read/watch it: The clip of Ford truffle-shuffling all the way across the room has been blasted all over the cable news stations, but Smith’s captions make his coverage the one most worth watching. Read/watch more here.

What does the media keep getting wrong in its Obamacare coverage?

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The FishbowlDC Interview With Reason’s Peter Suderman

Say hello to Reason Magazine Associate Editor and TWT movie critic Peter Suderman. Born in Ohio, he and his family moved to North Carolina for a few years, then to the panhandle of Florida – a town called Niceville. Suderman has endured all the “nice” jokes a person can handle and says yes, indeed, it was a “nice” place to come of age, complete with manicured golf courses and palm trees. “It’s very nice,” he says. “Totally nice. You get a lot of Pleasantville references. But sure, it’s a nice place to grow up. It’s near the ocean.” Suderman himself is rather nice, polite — and jumpy. The latter may stem from the large carafe of coffee he consumes daily. He says he couldn’t function without it. On rare occasions that he has tried, he’s consumed by headaches and fatigue. So why try?

We met in Reason‘s gorgeous dimly lit loft-like space off Dupont Circle – we’re on display in a glass enclosed conference room that sits smack in the middle of the office. It’s warm — like an oven. And there are funky aluminum art pieces.

Conversation topics included video games and how he once occupied his time while out of work for three and a half months. Time off involved hours of video games and sometimes sleeping until noon. Favorite movies include Taxi Driver, Fight Club and Blade Runner. Suderman was a pretty serious music geek in high school, he says. Among the instruments he played: Guitar, bass, tuba, flute and baritone.

Prior to Washington, Sudmerman was an editor at the University of North Florida Spinnaker, where he wrote a column and movie reviews and compiled the local entertainment calendar. He spent a couple years writing record reviews for Skyscraper, a music zine for indie-rock obsessives. In 2005 he arrived in Washington — a city it seems he was destined to live — and went to work as Assistant Editorial Director at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. He began writing movie reviews for National Review Online. Soon he became NRO‘s Managing Editor, which involved briefly relocating to NYC.

He happily returned to Washington and hasn’t looked back. “You may not be rich,” he says of journalism, “but you can make a decent career of waking up everyday and reading and writing. I get paid to watch movies. This is not bad.”

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Ale 8, a difficult-to-find but uniquely tasty Kentucky ginger ale that is the best soda I’ve ever had.

How often do you Google yourself? Google alerts does it continuously for me.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? In general, I’m of the opinion that saying terrible things to bosses isn’t a good idea, so I haven’t done much of it. But during my college years, I briefly worked at a chain clothing store. It was tedious and terrible and they would promise to schedule employees one way—and then totally ignore those promises when the schedule was posted. Eventually, I got tired of it and told one of the assistant managers that I wouldn’t be coming in anymore, even though I was supposed to work several more shifts. The response wasn’t exactly friendly. I’ve given notice before quitting every other job I’ve ever worked. But in this case I recall saying something to effect of, “You guys have no respect for my schedule, so why should I have any respect for yours?”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? It’s impossible to pick one. Obviously, I am a big fan of my wife, Megan McArdle, and all of my colleagues at Reason. But in no particular order, I am also a big fan of: Ross Douthat, Ezra Klein, Philip Klein, Tim Carney, Ryan Lizza, Jonathan Cohn, A.O. Scott, and Anthony Lane. This is an incomplete list, and I’ve surely forgotten to include important people.

What’s your dream job? Aqua Teen Hunger Force voice actor, maybe? Or editor at an awesome libertarian magazine.

Do you have a favorite word? Balderdash?

Top three life moments: Getting married. Meeting my wife for the first time. Making the cover of the local paper dressed up as Obi-Wan Kenobi after seeing Star Wars: The Phantom Menace.

The Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it. You will spend a romantic evening with either Sec. Janet Napolitano or former AG Janet Reno? Who will it be? (Neither is not an option.) If the fate of humanity hangs in the balance based on one’s commitment to a night between the sheets with one of the Janets, maybe we don’t deserve to survive. But if I can’t say “neither,” and we’re really in an end-times scenario, then I suppose I may as well go for both. Makes for a more entertaining story afterwards, and is probably more likely to accomplish the important productivity goals.

What swear word do you use most often? I mutter “Oh, for fuck’s fucking sake” at least a few times everyday.

To borrow from Politico’s “Answer This” (with a FishbowlDC twist): Picture someone in Washington who you’d like to strangle (if such a thing were legal). Without naming him or her, please describe them in the nude. Just kidding. Tell us what you think of them. I think this person is embarrassing [himself or herself], but it’s sure entertaining to watch.

Who is your favorite Boybander and why? (Ezzy, Hazy, Weigel, Attackerman, Beutler) I like all of them because they’re good journalists and decent people. But I suppose if I have to pick one, I’ll go with Weigel, because I’ve known him almost since I moved to D.C.

When you pig out what do you eat? Tyson’s chicken tenders. (I also eat these when I’m not pigging out.)

What is your absolute favorite item of clothing in your closet? We want the fabric, the brand, the store and the price if possible. If it’s a certain kind of underwear we don’t want to know about it. My various clothing allegiances tend to shift quite a bit from year to year, but since moving to D.C., one constant in my life has been a tweed jacket I got from my dad. I have no idea what brand it is, or what it cost him. But it’s amazingly comfortable, and it kind of looks like an old English prof’s coat left over from his grad school days, likely because it is.

Pick one: Kim, Khloe, or Kourtney? It can’t be an accident that those initials spell K.K.K.

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Quotes of the Day


Reporter eavesdrops at airport

“Guys next to me at Detroit Airport already talking about fried butter on a stick. Something about honey batter? #IowaStateFair” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz in a Thursday tweet. Last night’s “Daily Show” featured Aasif Mandvi, a campaign trail correspondent, eating raw butter on a stick from the Iowa State Fair.

The Observer

“Heh @JoeNBC extra feisty today. Extra caffeine in his Starbucks? I like it. #politics” — TNR Blogger Jonathan Cohn in a Friday morning tweet.

The Critic

“I bet Ron Paul shops at JCPenney’s” — The Daily Caller‘s media writer Jeff Poor in a Thursday night tweet while watching the GOP debate.

Kownacki stars in remake of Matt Mackowiak film “Shameless II”

“@JanetDonovan @NikkiSchwab but let’s be real, it’s not a party until the 3 of us get there.” — Brendan Kownacki in a Thursday tweet. Kownacki is among our Summer Superlative nominees for Biggest Open Bar Fly in Washington for incessantly attending evening media parties despite being a reporter. He does occasionally blog and attend red carpets for Donovan. Donovan is planning a party at her house for all the “losers” in this category. Does this mean Kownacki will or will not be invited? We’ll see…To vote, visit here.

Famous last words…

“Can we all agree that we won’t collectively live-tweet every zinger tonight? — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy in a Thurday pre-debate tweet.

Convo Between Speechwriter and Blogger

The conversation is between Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) speechwriter/adviser Amanda Carpenter, a former TWT columnist, and WaPo Conservative issues blogger Jennifer Rubin. Note: Carpenter (not likely intentionally) butchered the spelling of Capehart’s first and last name…it’s Jonathan Capehart.

Carpenter: WaPo‘s Johnathan Capeheart [sic] says he was asleep last night during the debate. But still shows up on TV to talk about it…

Rubin: @amandacarpenter crappy, cheap shot.. there is this new thing called DVR

UPDATE: Carpenter wrote in to say: “Yes, I completely butchered his name. Unintentionally. Can I blame it on the lack of coffee from being pregnant?”

Reporter once worked for Godfather’s Pizza

“I’d just like to say I used to work at Godfather’s Pizza, and I used a paintbrush to slather liquid butter on pizza crusts #HermanCainTrain” — The Daily Caller‘s CJ Ciaramella in a Thursday night tweet while watching the GOP debate.

Ewww…

“Just got out of the shower. This is the Obligatory Wet Naked Blogging tweet.” — Conservative blogger and former TWT Asst. National Editor Robert Stacy McCain in a Thursday tweet. No words for the inappropriateness of this and no explanation for what is wrong with him. And no, Stacy, we don’t view you as a villain, just a creepy guy. Still, we’re going to give you these lovely fluffy towels so you can dry yourself off.

Some wonky thing we can say we haven’t wondered about in a good while…”Is the UK/US gap on ‘plastic’ vs ‘rubber’ bullets a usage difference, or are they actually made of different things?” — Think Progress’ Matt Yglesias in a Thursday tweet.

Norah gets Pawlenty’s pre-debate prep

“@timpawlenty appeared relaxed & tells me he’s spending the day in debate prep and then will prob go for a run bf tonight’s crucial debate.” — CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell in a Thursday tweet.

Advice for ‘old’ reporters

“@jaketapper 1. Read the Harry Potter books. You’ll need them to communicate with your staff. #adviceforoldreporters” — Roll Call Features Editor Ryan Beckwith in a Thursday tweet, poking fun at Tapper’s 11 pieces of advice for young reporters on the trail.

 

TNR Launches Four New Blogs in June

With the debut of “Citizen Cohn,” senior editor and health care expert Jonathan Cohn‘s domestic policy blog, TNR marks the launch of four new blogs in one month.

The Blogs:

Citizen Cohn: Covers all walks of domestic policy and the political process with deep reporting and expert analysis.
Entanglements: A foreign policy blog featuring expert contributors, including Andrew Bacevich, David Rieff, David A. Bell, and editor Lawrence F. Kaplan.
The In-House Critics: An experiment in formal disagreement, Michael Kazin and Jim Manzi – critics on the Left and the Right – challenge our editorial coverage to “keep TNR intellectually honest.”
Goal Post: Soccer and geopolitical analysis of the World Cup, featuring Aleksandar Hemon, Daniel Alarcon, and Howard Wolfson, and edited by Editor Franklin Foer, author of the bestselling book How Soccer Explains the World: An (unlikely) theory of globalization.

TNR reports the following:

•Digital advertising revenue increase of 125% (first half of 2010 over first half of 2009)
•Online traffic increase of 45%
•2x increase in online subscriptions

TNR to Host “Health Care Reform: Will it Work?”

The New Republic will host a conference on the current health care reform debate next Tuesday, October 27th from 8:00 – 11:00 am. Jonathan Cohn, senior editor of The New Republic, health care expert and author will moderate the forum.

The event will be held at the Phoenix Park Hotel and consist of panel discussions and a keynote address featuring influential leaders from the Administration, Congress and K Street:

Keynote Speaker: Nancy-Ann DeParle, Counselor to the President and Director, White House Office of Health Reform

Speakers:
Shannon Brownlee, Senior Research Fellow, New America Foundation
George Halvorson, Chairman and CEO, Kaiser Permanente
Jon Kingsdale, Executive Director, Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector
Harold Pollack, Professor, University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
Representative Pete Stark (D-CA)
Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

To RSVP, email events@tnr.com.