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Morning Reading List: 04.08.13.

Appalling WHCD aftermathHuffPost has an intriguing first-person account from the wife of a journalist who attended pre-parties with her husband. The woman, Seema Jilani, maintains cops at the Washington Hilton treated her in a racist manner. The worst of it? A cop, who wouldn’t let her downstairs to obtain keys from her husband, remarked, ”We have to be extra careful with you all after the Boston bombings.” Read the entire piece here.

Double takeThe Atlantic Wire has the scoop today on a weird split screen interview from Phoenix at the site of the Jodi Arias murder trial.  There’s CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield interviewing HLN’s Nancy Grace on the increasingly gruesome Cleveland kidnapping story. The story insists the networks are trying to make it seem like the reporters are on opposite sides of the globe despite being in the same parking lot. Hey, haven’t we seen those trucks someplace before? If you’re a complete idiot, not to worry. Atlantic Wire points out similar background scenes in excruciating detail. Have a look here.

Meghan McCain at odds with father’s viewsThe Daily Caller has a piece today on Meghan McCain‘s obvious disappointment with Rep.-elect Mark Sanford‘s win last night. They point out that her father, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), donated to her campaign and that he doesn’t believe that sex is the only criteria for a politician’s ability to serve in Congress. See the story here.

Hmmm what could they possibly be insinuating? This morning Gawker has a blunt story on the unquestionably close relationship between CNN’s Howard Kurtz and Daily Download Editor-in-Chief Lauren Ashburn. They wonder about her having her own office at The Daily Beast, which raised office eyebrows. They crack on the cornball videos produced by Kurtz and Ashburn that have run on the Daily Download. Sam Biddle writes, “Many of the episodes look like they’re filmed in a janitorial closet—perhaps inside the Beast’s digs. It sure looks cozy in there, and we hear the duo were ‘inseparable’ around various DC social and political functions, too.” He concludes, “Heard anything else? Let us know.” Read the full story here.

 

Washington Examiner Gossip Columnist Begins Transition

Nearly two months ago Washington Examiner “Yeas and Nays” gossip columnist Nikki Schwab was notified that as part of the publication’s restructuring, she would be one of many staffers let go. We hear she has until early June at the Examiner, but she’s already on the move.

At the start of May, Schwab began posting at The Daily Download, the web media site run by Lauren Ashburn and publicized by Howard Kurtz. Schwab has written four posts to-date on topics like new YouTube and LinkedIn features and a smartphone application that allows users to mimic Michelle Obama‘s fashion.

Schwab is with Daily Download on a freelance basis. She will also be freelancing for Washington Life. “Yes, just doing some freelance, trying to figure out what’s next for me,” she told FishbowlDC.

Inside the CNN Howie Kurtz Showdown

In an unprecedented move, on Sunday CNN put “Reliable Sources” host Howard Kurtz in a time out and made him answer for his mistakes. To his credit, Kurtz didn’t try to fight the internal decision, despite its horrible awkwardness.

The longtime media critic’s most recent blunder involved Jason Collins, an NBA player who announced that he’s gay. But Kurtz was also forced to answer for other mistakes he has made, including writing that he’d spoken to a congressman when he had spoken to his aide. Even when he learned the truth, he waited months to divulge his error. Another instance involved attributing a quote to House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi that had her criticizing President Obama‘s messaging. Only problem was it wasn’t hers. As for Collins, Kurtz insisted in a story last week for The Daily Beast that the NBA player had not mentioned that he had once been engaged to a woman, even though he had told Sports Illustrated as much. Kurtz downplayed his error. Worse, he cracked jokes about Collins in a video with Daily Download Editor-in-Chief Lauren Ashburn. As bad luck would have it, the mistake happened on the day before Newsweek-Daily Beast‘s Tina Brown canned him as Washington Bureau Chief, which Kurtz explained was unfortunate timing. In his own defense, he said the “amicable divorce” had been in the works.

But more unfortunate for Kurtz was the fact that 15 minutes of his own Sunday show would be devoted to NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik (below right) and Politico media blogger Dylan Byers (below left) firebombing him with questions about his mistakes. It was the equivalent of parents siding with the teacher, who, in this case, were right to do so.

And still, it was tough to watch. As we witnessed Folkenflik and Byers gnaw away at Kurtz’s bony corpse, we wondered, how do they feel being cast in the roles of media police and how do they think Kurtz did? Up close, did he appear sincerely remorseful? Are they satisfied with his responses?

“He certainly appeared to me to be visibly contrite,” Folkenflik told FishbowlDC in a phone interview Monday. “I think his audience will have to reasonably think about what they saw and heard and figure out how to absorb what they’ve learned, to incorporate what seemed to be a contrite presentation and evaluate what they think about him going forward.

“It was a very human and humbled moment for him. It’s very difficult to have been in the room with him and asking him these very direct questions without getting the feeling that he was genuinely contrite about the circumstances that created that exchange.”

Byers, no less sharp-tongued than Folkenflik in his questioning of Kurtz, was far less forthcoming about his thoughts about the interview, but we may learn more from him at a later date. Still, we’re eternally grateful he came up with this bold and admirable quote. “CNN made a bold and admirable decision by inviting reporters from outside the network to interview Howie on his own show, and I’m grateful to Howie for allowing that to happen,” he told FBDC.

Meanwhile, NPR’s forthcoming and frank Folkenflik told us he noticed… Read more

The Beast Has Spoken: Howard Kurtz is Out

Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz is parting ways with The Daily Beast.

As of Thursday, Kurtz no longer works there, according to Politico. But wait. Will Kurtz address the issue that led up to this fallout on his Sunday CNN show “Reliable Sources”?

It was a massive blunder the longtime media critic made Wednesday when he wrote in The Beast that NBA player Jason Collins, who recently came out as gay, failed to disclose he was once engaged to a woman. Kurtz said the same thing in a video for The Daily Download, though Collins did, in fact, make clear in a Sports Illustrated story that he had been engaged to a woman.

The good news for Kurtz, though, is that he can cover his ass by covering his own ass. On “Reliable Sources” Kurtz can redeem himself in the eyes of at least himself if not Gawker, Salon, BuzzFeed and Politico.

The show has a “Media Monitor” segment in which Kurtz notes the debatable issues of the day, like whether a reporter’s erroneous column was appropriately amended. We’ve reached out to Kurtz and one of show’s producers to find out if he’ll be addressing the matter. But in the highly unlikely event that he decides not to cover his own bungle, we’re going to preempt Kurtz’s media monitoring and do it ourselves.

To review… Read more

One Typo: OK. But 10? Come on, Daily Download

We all spread ourselves too thin. If you work in daily online media you know the feeling of working late, being bleary-eyed and making brainless errors you kick yourself over later. Until you make more and land in a monster pit of despair. We’ve been there and we’ll be there again.

But today, Daily Download founder, CNN “Reliable Sources” regular and Daily Beast Contributor Lauren Ashburn goes to the well of mistakes 10 times in a story timestamped April 8 on cable’s gender wars and the snarl between FNC’s Bill O’Reilly and conservative radio host Laura Ingraham last week.

One. Two. Even three errors? Fine, forgivable. A terrible given at times in a world where copy editors are scarce. But 10 looks like you took too much Ambien and wrote the story while driving to 7-Eleven after consuming a midnight snack you can’t remember eating. Let’s be honest. Ten looks like Denzel Washington in Flight in which he gets obliterated, wakes up to lines of coke, downs one or five screwdrivers and turns the plane upside down.

Does someone need a few days at the beach?

Also curious, at the bottom is a note explaining that the story first appeared in The Daily Beast, which, in fact, it did on April 5 under Ashburn’s byline and this headline:

Bill O’Reilly’s Macho Moment in On-Air Confrontation With Laura Ingraham

Compare this to Daily Download‘s headline:

Cable’s Gender Wars: Bill O’Reilly Vs. Laura Ingraham

The explanatory note reads: “This piece brought to you through our content partnership with The Daily Beast, where it first appeared.”

As many know, Howard Kurtz, on the board of The Daily Download, also writes for Daily Beast-Newsweek and hosts CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” And Ashburn herself is a Daily Beast contributor, as stated above. But strangely enough, only a fraction of the errors turned up in The Daily Beast‘s story — just one, the incorrect spelling of “smoothe.” Which means something went incredibly awry when they transferred the story. Maybe try cut and pasting?

We requested comment from Ashburn on the “content partnership” between The Daily Download and The Daily Beast and what exactly that means. We also mentioned the 10 errors in case she has a comment on those.

See the parade of errors in the Daily Download story…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Bachelor Fallout: “My wife just asked me if I’m ‘here for the right reasons.’ The Bachelor is now starting to affect my marriage.” — NBC TODAY Show host and MSNBC “Morning Joe’s” Willie Geist

Editor has ties to the interloper

“Worked with @TimRosaforte back in the day. Who knew he would become ace White House reporter, scooping on pres golf with WH press shutout.” — NYT‘s Carl Hulse on the writer who scooped and pissed off some members of the White House press corps. this weekend as President Obama went to Florida to golf with Tiger Woods.

Tough choice: Eating cheesecake Vs. urinating

“I would give up cheesecake for life if it meant I never had to pee again.” — Laura Donovan, Associate Culture Editor at PolicyMic and formerly of The Daily Caller.

Deep Thoughts With AP’s Lederman

“I’ve never understood what is so “fun” about the smallest possible size of candy.” — White House reporter Josh Lederman.

Journo says good riddance to Alec Baldwin

“I am so glad 30 Rock is over. Learning that Alec Baldwin is a huge racist would’ve ruined it otherwise.” — Reason magazine’s Mike Riggs.

Russert serves as decoy for athlete

“Perkins signed my ball, then bought me a coke at the bar and used me as an excuse to discontinue convos w women for an hour.” — NBC’s Luke Russert who attended an all-star game and met retired pro-basketball player Sam Perkins. And this reference to his father, Tim Russert: “Pictures of athletes my dad kept in his office: Yogi Berra, Luke Easter, Cookie Gilchrist and Michael Jordan.”

White House scribe feels little sympathy for Jackson Jr.

“Hard to feel sorry for Jesse Jr and his $43k Rolex, King of Pop cape and mink stole. Feel sorry for the hard working constituents he screwed.” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

Journo Hate Mail

“Jamie Weinstein you are the biggest douche-nozzle of your generation. Nicely done creep.” — “mitteatsdicks” — RT by The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein, who appeared on the HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” panel Friday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:55 a.m.

Political, Full House Dreaming…“Last night’s dreams: I had a pug that could talk; my CIA (spy not food) dorm room was broken into, laptop stolen; John Stamos was my brother.” — Carol Blymire, a writer in Takoma Park, Md.

Floridian website crashes

“The website has crashed at the Floridian, where Obama is staying this weekend. POTUS visits tend do that.” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie with accompanying picture.

GASP! A BuzzFeed detractor

“This is what young members of the ruling class do these days: dumb down politics even more.” — Dan Kennedy, Media Nation blogger and journalism instructor at Northeastern University.

Howard Kurtz’ take on what same-sex couples should be called in news stories? Read more

Love Child: the Fantasy Kids of D.C. Media

Love is in the air.

And in honor of Valentine’s Day, we have something special in store. All day long, we will be mixing and matching members of the Washington D.C. media (with a sprinkling of political and national media elsewhere) to discover what their offspring might look like if such a spontaneous combustion of events were to happen.

So Happy Valentine’s Day Fishbowlers. Enjoy!

We begin with Lauren Ashburn, founder of Daily Download, and CNN and Newsweek-The Daily Beast‘s Howie Kurtz, who sits on the Daily Download‘s board. Ashburn and Kurtz co-host a video show on media topics of the day. We wondered what their offspring might look like and here’s what happened. We’ve named him “HowieBurn” but he can change his name later if he wants.

 

Incest Desk: A Lesson in Kissing Up With Howie Kurtz

Forget CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”

A story on Wednesday’s Daily Download showcases a fine example of how one kisses up to founder Howard Kurtz.  Seriously, if a Web site could win a Pulitzer for the best suckup in 2013, this would be a hot contender. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, the year is young.

No question that Kurtz landed a big scoop by interviewing Jill Kelley, the other other woman in the General David Petraeus sex scandal. It landed on Drudge after all. But does his ass really need to be kissed for writing a good story?

Enter Lauren Ashburn, Daily Download‘s co-founder, who often appears on his CNN show.

A snippet… Read more

Morning Reading List 10.30.12.

1. Stormy Strip Club — There are few things more disturbing than waking up to CNN and The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz tweeting about sexy strippers. This morning he highlights a story by Lauren Ashburn on their Daily Download site in which Ashburn passes through Georgetown last night and notices a light on. Sure enough it’s the Good Guys Club. She writes about how she had to stop for the sake of the story — sex sells, a new concept, right? She spoke briefly to a stripper in a blonde wig who won’t give her name. “Georgetown Cupcake is open down the street,” the “well-endowed, slightly overweight stripper” told Ashburn.  “I know men would much rather come here.”

2. Frankenstorm StyleWaPo Style Section writer Emily Wax brings us the lexicon of Hurricane Sandy this morning. She asserts that the “cliches” and “neologisms” are a way of trying to control the uncontrollable. She explains the words and images that cropped up for Sandy, including “ponding” and Sandy from “Grease.” Read here.

3. Reporters covering Sandy – In a piece published at the crack of dawn, The Atlantic‘s Conor Friedersdorf writes about reporters covering Hurricane Sandy. The story takes a distinct point of view — namely that reporters shouldn’t be out in the storm. He writes, “The notion that it is safe to stand in waist high floodwater and gale force winds, given a bit of experience, is nonsense. And it undercuts rather than strengthens the message that people should stay inside.” He calls it “pure entertainment” value that has little other value. Read here.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: The Food Edition

Convo Between Fmr. Flack and Reporter

Politico‘s John Bresnahan: “Love Derek Jeter #TheBestEver”

Quinn & Gillespie’s Jim Manley, former Senate flack: “Love ya-but you are as obnoxious on the tweeter as you are as a reporter. Jeter sucks.”

Destroying their own bread and butter

“Howie, why do the people at home need you and me to tell them what to think?” — The Daily Download‘s Lauren Ashburn in a nerdy video clip with her always nerdy colleague Howard Kurtz. Here she makes a case why no one should listen to pundit types like herself and Howie. HUH?! Watch here.

Travel Complaint Desk

“[obligatory enraged tweet about AMTRAK wi-fi]” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

Quintessential HuffPost story: “11 favorite foods to wrap in bacon”

Awe…

“Speaking at colleges makes me unbearably nostalgic for college.” — WaPo‘s Democratic advisor Ezra Klein. FYI readers, our Ezzy graduated from UCLA, where he earned a B.A. in political science.

Thoughts on cookie dough with righty editor and CNN pundit

“We can’t be the only family in America that makes cookies and eats most of the dough before it goes in the oven.” — CNN and RedState.com’s Erick Erickson.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Migraines are so demoralizing.” — TWT arts and entertainment writer and Doublethink fiction editor Kelly Jane Torrance.

Deep Thought to Ponder: “Twitter has driven a number of writers I like and admire totally bananas.” — National Review Online‘s Reihan Salam, who admits to watching a lot of TV’s Full House as a child. Favorite line in his bio: “Despite his controversial eyebrows, he has appeared on CNN, ABC, PBS, FOX, NBC, MSNBC, BBC, CBC, TVO, AJE, RT, HBO, and a number of other television networks that may or may not exist outside of his imagination.”

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