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Afternoon Reading List 10.23.13

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Shep Smith is a jerk (to waitresses):  Gawker’s Jim Cooke has posted a story about Shep Smith‘s unorthodox method of ordering drinks at a bar. Apparently, Shep tends to scream and berate waitresses, and then leave without tipping. Scolding an employee at a bar and humiliating them in public is one thing, but not leaving a tip? That’s messed up, man. The servers still have to tip out the busboys and cooks, and that comes out of their pocket. Not cool, bro.

Why you should read it: The story brings to light a side of Shep that only the readers, a reporter from Florida, and a Tallahassee court have seen. Read more here.

Are big newspapers pro-surveillance or pro-privacy?: According to HuffPost’s Jack Mirkinson, a study by the Colombia Journalism Review found that most of the big-wig newspaper companies, including WaPo, LAT, NYT, and USA Today all showed significant amounts of pro-surveillance language over the past 2 months when reporting on the NSA and other government leaks.

Why you should read it: Although specific verbiage isn’t a direct indicator of a media bias, it’s still interesting to see how different media outlets report the same thing. Read more here and/or check out the full study here.

Who made a slightly racist remark at CNBC 

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Morning Chatter

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Things that make you go huh?

“the H is O” — CNN’s Jake Tapper. To which a follower wondered, “The W the F does that mean?” TPM”s Igor Bobic got in on it, saying, “V to the izz-A.” Which caused Politico‘s Juana Summers to remark, “Thank you for going there.”

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Washingtonians cranky?

“I think everyone in Washington needs a nap. #crankypeople.” — NPR health reporter Julie Rovner.

imagesWarning: Journo with a migraine

“This might be the worst migraine I’ve had in 3 years. #BackToBed” — WMAL and Brietbart‘s Larry O’Connor.

Incredible feats: A 93-year-old can Skype?

“My grandfather turned 93 today. He just sent me his first ever Skype message. Complete text: ‘How’” — Mother Jones‘ Managing Editor Clint Hendler.

Your day could be far worse

“Family: Man who set self on fire at the National Mall was mentally ill.” — WUSA9.

Unknown-2SHAME ON THE WHITE HOUSE MEDIA!

“Questions from WH press corps are pathetic. As of this moment, not a single tough or challenging inquiry.” — FNC’s Brit Hume. Colleague Bret Baier concurred, saying, “Agreed–Nothing at all.” Where’s Ed Henry at a time like this? Ed’s comments, at least on Twitter, after the presser: “Admin official says while President is open to a deficit panel, veto threat came b/c GOP version would only touch spending & not revenue. After President said at newser he’d accept a process like creating a new deficit panel to give GOP cover, WH issues veto threat on … panel.” And then he shot a beautiful picture of Washington. In fairness to Henry, Obama never called on him at the press conference. See his beautiful sky shot after the jump…

Reporter can’t help but wonder…

“I wonder if Capitol Police officers secretly enjoyed arrested the guys partially responsible for them not getting paid right now.” — National Journal reporter Alex Seitz-Wald.

New feature alert: Story we have zero desire to read… Read more

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IT’s THE LITTLE THINGS: “My favorite French pastry — the lowly pain au raisin” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox, on vacation in Paris.  Hey Olivier, next time maybe put this on a pretty French plate?

“Local volunteer on media bus in Cape Town welcomes White House ‘press corpse.’ There’s a commentary there somewhere.” — CBS News White House Correspondent Peter Maer.

Pre-prison sighting: Jesse Jackson Jr.

“SPOTTED – Jesse Jackson Jr spending his final weekend as a free man at Joy of Motion Dance Studios watching his daughter. #DMV #RIGHTNOW” — Mark Wilkins, a.k.a. “Marky Mark” and D.C. paparazzi.

Memories…

“I really miss Andrew. I want to work for him again.” — WMAL and Breitbart.com‘s Larry O’Connor, who was referring to the late Andrew Breitbart.

The Observer

“It’s disappointing to see so much vandalism on Chicago’s monument to Abraham Lincoln, including a cock and balls on Abe’s coattails.” — Michael E. Grass, founding editor of DCist, formerly of WCP, Roll Call and others. Thanks for this, Grass! What would the world possible do without knowing this?

Speaking of Twitter shockers…

“There appears to be some men in my Twitter stream who seem to be confusing the word cunt for the word ma’am.” — MSNBC Uppers groupie and comedian Lizz Winstead.

Maybe something he should’ve kept to himself?

“A girl asked me last night how much it’d take for me to cheat on my gf….no.” — Media Research Center multimedia reporter Joe Schoffstall.

Convo Between a Journo and not a Baldwin Brother

Mother Jones Co-Editor Clara Jefferey: “Ok @AdamBaldwin is ridiculously cast to type, yet still good, in Firefly.”

Actor Adam Baldwin: “Hittin’ the sauce again, Clara?”

Clara Jefferey: “Look who can’t take a (truly felt) compliment!”

Finally, something funny 

“Shout out to the chick doing the worm in the middle of U Street. The best part was when police officers yelled at her to get out of the road. Ah, this city is wonderful.” — AnnaMaria Di Pietro, producer at ABC7News/NewsChannel8.

 

Something painfully unimportant about turkey sausage and some other weird stuff…

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Quotes of the Day

“I won’t go on Twitter today, I won’t do it.” — MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinski after discussing her new self-revealing book on weight, Obsessed, in which she discusses her own issues and focus on being thin. She’ll appear at Politics & Prose on Thursday at 4 p.m.

Quintessential JMart Tweet: “cong pork” 

“Clyburn, talking Port of Chston, notes that cong pork is gone but — ‘They did not eliminate presidential earmarks’” — Politico Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin. And a weekend Q for him to ponder: “Do I have to figure out what Niall Fergie thing is or can I go on w my Saturday?”

A reporter’s Cheerios dilemma

“I’m not completely clear on what General Mills wants me to do when a Cheerios commercial includes the hash #nomnom in the corner. #nomnom!” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Wilson.

Spotted: Matthew Perry en route to D.C.

“Looks like @MatthewPerry on my flight to DC. Wonder if he wants to come on @WMALMornings to talk hockey while in town?” — WMAL and Brietbart‘s Larry O’Connor on Sunday afternoon.

Journo adds romance to life with lateness

“I purposefully cut it close when I have a train to catch. It’s more romantic that way.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

Journo Love (and Hate)

With a job like mine that focuses on the worst (read: right wing) media, I sometimes forget what a national treasure @NPR is. just the best.” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.

Famous last words

“What an eventful week of media news. Let’s try to behave next week, mmkay?” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Coffee obsessed

“Trying to figure which I like more: my first cup of coffee or my tenth.” — Breitbart editor John Nolte.

A producer’s perfect day

“Seersucker dress…check. Giant hat…check. Rainbows…check. Perfect day for a horse race.” — Fox News Senate producer Kara Rowland.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:17 a.m.

Editor resentful of Howard Kurtz

“1 more reason to be angry w Howard Kurtz: Story abt his firing pushed my story abt Natasha Trethewey out of Fri paper” — WaPo Book World’s Ron Charles.

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Quotes of the Day

Weiner Wisdom

“To reduce what Weiner did to ‘He tweeted his junk’ is to miss the point and plays into his narrative.” — Larry O’Connor of Breitbart.com on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY).

J-School: “Dear media: “When you rely on named sources, you don’t have to worry if their information proves to be wrong. #Boston Marathon.” — Dan Kennedy, journalism instructor at Northeastern University and a blogger for The Nation.

Major Garrett on playing soccer in Politico-U.S. Soccer charity event

“I played soccer in high school. I was a middling quality defender then. I am a full-time offender to the beauty of the game now, though typically away from public view. For a great cause, I will try to minimize the damage my game does to soccer now.” — CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett.

Regular Wisdom

“Dear Media: Tomorrow, try decaf.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Funny Reporter

“Obama’s remarks are on the podium. Two minutes. Cc @peterogburn” — TIME‘s Zeke Miller cheeky response to this item published Tuesday by Ogburn.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:34 a.m.

In case you missed the news… last night about BuzzFeed getting screwed out of a table at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner see what their Plan B is here. And let’s just go ahead and say, no, Fox News’s Ed Henry. You’re not invited.

WMAL Taps Breitbart.com For New Hire

Larry O’Connor, talk host and Editor-In-Chief of the Breitbart.tv website, joins Brian Wilson as co- host of Cumulus News/Talk WMAL/Washington’s morning program, “Mornings On The Mall”.  O’Connor, who has regularly guest-hosted the nationally-syndicated “Dennis Miller Show” and programs on WMAL, WABC and WOR/New York, WPHT/ Philadelphia, and WLS/Chicago (among others), began his talkradio career by creating the highest-rated nightly news show on Blog Talk Radio.

A Lot of Love for ‘Hating Breitbart’

Last night director Andrew Marcus premiered his new movie “Hating Breitbart” at the AMC Georgetown Theater followed by a party for the V.I.P. crowd at Sequoia.

The movie makes you miss the good natured Andrew Breitbart, who died suddenly of a bad heart in March. Think what you will of his politics, and his countless enemies, Breitbart made politics fun when he engaged.

The mood at the after party was upbeat, with booze flowing and most of the conversations revolving around the late subject of the film. All mentioned how he was missed. Everyone had positive, funny stories to share.

In attendance were Marcus, the director, producers Maura Flynn and Evan Coyne Maloney, Larry Solov, Andrew’s life-long friend, business partner and now head-honcho, Breitbart.com’s “Minister of Culture” Jon Kahn, Breitbart.com editors Larry O’Connor and Mike Flynn, Slate’s Dave Weigel (because what’s a party without him?), WMAL’s morning show producer Heather Smith, New York Daily News and Townhall’s Derek Hunter, the Franklin Center’s Tabitha Hale, Washington Times reporter Kerry Picket, former TWT Editor Sam Dealey, Buckley Carlson and the ubiquitous David Bass of Raptor Strategies.

You can learn about the movie, watch the trailer and find it in a theater near you here.