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TNR On All You Young Luke Russert Haters

In a new profile, The New Republic helpfully explains why you don’t like Luke Russert, young journalists. Because YOU ARE NOT HIM and you are jealous (and you all live in Shaw and make no money)!

Like most of us needed a reminder that we don’t have dads with famous names.

In a profile that is sometimes as clunky as it is unrevealing, TNR’s Noreen Malone really doesn’t shed much light on Luke Russert the man—at least not anything we didn’t already know and certainly not as much as a profile of this length should (she does, however, get a swipe in at FishbowlDC—but we can at least respect she’s willing to put her name behind the criticism, most aren’t).

We also get the sense that Malone is kind of Team Luke.

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NYT Mag: Journalists Share Blame with Reddit for Boston Bombing Mistakes

New York Times Magazine has an article out this week by Jay Caspian Kang that should probably devastate a few journalists we all know—or at the very least, make them think long and hard about themselves.

You know this story. It’s about how, in the information void after the Boston bombings a bunch of internet sleuths took to Reddit and fingered an innocent kid—Sunil Tripathi—as Suspect No. 2. What you might not know much about is how a few journalists on Twitter fueled the fire by taking Reddit’s accusation and building a bridge from “take this with a grain of salt” to “absolutely credible.”

Whether it was a desire to be first or just part of a really big story, whether it was a lack of experience or training or oversight or naivete or some combination of all of these, these few journalists took absolutely unverified bits of information from Twitter posts and republished them as facts without, at least according to NYT Mag, barely even a second’s thought.

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Afternoon Reading List 07.25.13

Controlling information in the age of Reddit and Twitter — Reddit has become a dominating traffic-gobbler on the web, calling itself “the front page of the Internet.” It has millions of users that constantly post content, some of which goes viral. NYT’s Jay Caspian Kang examines what happens when false information is spread on the site, especially when it spills into the media. Within minutes of the FBI posting photos of Suspect #1 and Suspect #2 of the Boston Marathon Bombings, a Reddit user posted a photo of Suspect #2 beside a photo of Sunil Tripathi, starting a viral rumor that Tripathi was the suspect. This spread through Twitter and eventually made it to the Twitter accounts of journalists, such as BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski and Luke Russert of NBC News. The only problem was that Tripathi, a 22-year-old student at Brown, had been missing. His family had set up a Facebook page with the name “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi,” but took it down after receiving threatening and hurtful messages from Internet users in connection with the Suspect #2 photo, all but abandoning their search. Kang uses this case to show how Internet communities like Twitter and Reddit have caused information to run wild on the web. The problem is, not all of it is true.

Why you should read it: Kang, in a compelling and well-written article, examines modern reporting practices and citizen journalism through the Internet and how false information affects innocent people. The article dives deep into how groups like Anonymous are contributing to this whirlpool of fact and rumor.

Anthony Weiner is no Bill Clinton Anthony Weiner was involved in a sex scandal (well, actually the count’s at three right now, but that’s beside the point) and his loyal wife stood by him and supported him and his career. Bill Clinton was also involved in a sex scandal (also more than one, but the Monica Lewinsky scandal is obviously the one we’re referencing) and his wife also stood by his side as he faced impeachment. But The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky argues that this is about the only thing Weiner and Clinton have in common. He writes that anyone comparing the couples doesn’t have a full understanding of what happened in the Clinton sex scandal, and promptly explains what did happen. Clinton was a president, not a disgraced congressman running for mayor. Tomasky lists accomplishments that made Democrats love him and Republicans come to despise him. The GOP was so set on stopping him. The couple came under attack by the GOP, and together they fought back. Weiner, however, is not some target of some conspiracy. Rather he’s got a strange appetite for phone sex and sexting, in which dirty rants on healthcare are the norm, not to mention promising his online girlfriend a job at Politico. Tomasky says Huma has no reason to stay with him, other than publicity and political power. Another difference between Weiner and Clinton: Weiner has been embroiled in a number of sex scandals, but so far hasn’t sealed the deal.

Why you should read it: Tomasky takes Huma from being a victim to questioning her reasons for staying with Weiner, even calling her a “co-conspirator” since she allegedly knew about the most recent scandal before Weiner announced his mayoral bid. It makes for a rather interesting perspective in the widely-reported story of Weiner and his sex scandals.

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Summer Superlatives 2013: Best Bangs

Today we begin our 2013 Summer Superlatives contest with a late entry to the race: Best Bangs. If you hadn’t noticed, we like hair items and bangs are not always a good look. Whoever can pull them off is a rare individual worthy of many compliments. But who deserves the praise?

Our nominees include Red Alert‘s Nikki SchwabBreitbart News and Townhall’s Lisa de Pasquale, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and NBC’s Luke Russert. We’re throwing in Michelle Obama just for the hell of it. She does appear to be responsible for this year’s bang craze.

Wrote one tipster, “Nikki Schwab’s are awesome. Her ‘do is simply perfect for her face frame and she pulls them off beautifully! Not everyone can like she does. Obligatory corresponding photo attached.”

Let the voting begin.

Graphics by Austin Price

Morning Chatter

Trevon vs. Trayvon

“Noon to12:15 for the next 40 days I will give 15 min a day in silence asking Creator how I can honor Trevon since the courts did not.” — motivational author Iyanla Vanzant, who, with her heart likely in the best of places, spelled Trayvon Martin‘s name incorrectly in the aftermath of the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

And a question… “Wonder if they got Zimmerman out of USA? Transit hotel in Moscow airport?” — Matt Drudge.

Editor recalls strange liverwurst phase

“A 19-yr-old is about to win a PGA Tour event. When I was 19, I liked liverwurst sandwiches.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Weekend working habits…

“You know you’re getting old when you’re up late on a Saturday night not partying but working — and still awake by 8am. #morecoffee” — Managing Editor, HuffPost Blog, Erin Ruberry.

The Observer

“For all the RW blogs who have set up their sites to be a bastion of racist reader comments, Zimmerman verdict has been a real home run.” — Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert.

Convo Between Two Journos: Politico‘s Thrush gets thrashed by FNC Contributor  

This morning’s conversation is between Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush and FNC media critic Richard Grenell. There’s no real explanation why Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s name was added to both Thrush’s and Grenell’s tweets. VandeHei hasn’t tweeted since May 1.

THRUSH: “Me: Any violence in FL? Wife: U mean any kids shot for holding a candy bar? @JimVandeHei”

GRENELL: “Unbiased ‘reporter’ from Politico>”

THRUSH: “Explain the bias to me.”

GRENELL: “Oh God. This is a bigger problem than I thought.”

GRENELL: “Self defense, broken nose, MMA style beating, jury decision after evidence, your race baiting & idiotic tweet.”

THRUSH: “Gonna splain this nice and slow. I assumed there had been a race riot. Wife offered ANOTHER PERSPECTIVE. Crazy, right?”

GRENELL: “We now see why Politico is a lapdog for Obama @ the WhiteHouse. GZ got his nose broke, jury acquitted him. You pander to left. … so ‘another explanation’ from you is to tweet an idiotic statement that panders to race rioters? #Journalism @JimVandeHei”

Deep thoughts with BuzzFeed reporter

“We need to have a national conversation on calls for national conversations.” – BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

Dr. Russert weighs in

“Well that’s just great for heart disease patients.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in reaction to a new study that says that fish oils may increase risk of prostate cancer. See here.

Is “The Newsroom” realistic?

“.@HBO Only in The #Newsroom… can people talk that way at work and not get their ass kicked.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in reaction to last night’s season premiere of “The Newsroom.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:42 a.m.

Reporter’s story bounced from A1

“‘In Ocean City, up in arms over drooping pants.’ My Sunday A1 (which got bounced to A20, because…news happens).” — WaPo‘s J. Freedom du Lac. Read the story here.

Pool Party Chatter… Over the weekend politicos and journos convened for a pool/birthday party in northwest Washington. Guests were thrown in the pool when they least expected it. Conversation topics included the Kurt Bardella chapter of Leibo’s This Town, whether Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer should get elected (the overall thought amid various groans was “no”) and how KTVU-TV could have possibly screwed up those Asiana Airline pilot names. The favorite name among partygoers was: “Sum Ting Wong.” A strong second: “Wi Tu Lo.” There was also a conversational party game: Would you sleep with SO and SO? Partygoers, gay and straight, weighed in. This being Washington, names like House Speaker John Boehner and House Maj. Eric Cantor were among the choices. Most said yes to Boehner, with one male guest reasoning that he’s the”Marlboro Man.” Cantor was generally a yes, just so long as he doesn’t speak.

Photoshop expertise by Austin Price. We sincerely hope Thrush’s body is better attached to his body than the above.

 

 

Morning Chatter

“No, I told you I don’t watch the news. … I don’t watch the news.”Rachel Jeantel, star witness in the George Zimmerman trial during cross examination, discussing how she knew this was thought to be a “racially charged event.”

Defending Glenn Greenwald

“The smears against @ggreenwald begin: Glenn has not been kind to me in the past, but these attacks are disgusting.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who links to this story.

Advice for NPR

“#NPR pull on your Big Boy Pants. Declare independence from federal handouts.” — WTOP VP of News and Programming Jim Farley.

Phew! Glad that’s settled!

“To be clear, I’m not editorializing, I’m asking questions out loud. I don’t know the answers.” — The Guardian‘s National Security Editor Spencer Ackerman.

Dan Savage reacts to DOMA decision

“Human rights are universal, marriage is a human right, gay people are human, we exist in this universe. #NotThatComplicated.” — Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage, who was recently in Washington for a book signing at the W.

Reporter complains in Paris

“Hey, Paris: I was cool with McDonalds, sorta OK with Starbucks. But SUBWAY? Get it together.” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.

Hey Bolt Bus: What the hell?

“Dear @BoltBus: can someone please explain to me why I’m on I-97 towards Annapolis right now? This is worst route to DC I’ve ever seen.” — Reason mag’s Preston Cornish.

Dedication is…

“NOTE: your pooler explored the possibility of an in-flight pool report via a call from Air Force One. But by the time we were preparing to make the call, the transcript of the previous exchange with Carney was already being sent out to the list.” — NYT’s Michael Shear in a White House Pool Report en route to Africa.

And decency is…

“Congrats to @newtgingrich, @stefcutter, @VanJones68 & @secupp: new hosts of new Crossfire. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did. #CNN” — CNN Contributor Paul Begala.

Black bear in Maureen Orth’s hood 

“So this is the black bear that was running around my mom’s neighborhood this AM in #DC Red Panda started trend.” — NBC’s Luke Russert. Orth writes for Vanity Fair. By far the worst response to Luke’s tweet came from retired San Diego-based “white liberal guy” Bob LaPolla, who wrote, “@LukeRussert it was your dad reincarnated.” WTF planet are you living on, LaPolla?

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HASTINGS: “Michael Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor. While there is no template for a great reporter, he was one for reasons that were intrinsic to who he was: ambitious, skeptical of power and conventional wisdom, and incredibly brave. And he was warm and honest in a way that left him many unlikely friends among people you’d expect to hate him.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith. More… “We fought, first, over the adjectives in his stories — ‘discredited’ was a favorite — and then over his theories, which were typically the opposite of whatever I was hearing from my Washington sources. In the meantime I marveled at his talent and at the thing I hadn’t particularly expected: his generosity.” Read the full story here.

“I am no Michael Hastings and I probably never will be. My temperament and orientation is different. I approach my subjects from a different angle and I ask different questions. I do pretty well for myself. But when I’m in the arena with people like Hastings, I’m always forced to check myself.” — The Week’s Marc Ambinder. Read his full post here.


Confessional.

“I got the IRS chiefs mixed up. So audit me! Sorry about that. They’re all blending together.” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

In a twist on the usual 9-month pregnancy, NBC Luke Russert’s 20-month gaffe

“House now voting on bill by Rep Trent Franks’s (R-AZ) restricting abortions after 20-months.” — NBC Luke Russert on the bill that passed the House Tuesday. About a minute later, after some razzing, he wrote, “Correction to my last tweet. Bills would restrict abortion after 20 WEEKS not months.” Phew!

Hello Buttercup! Martin smooches NYT colleague

“Do yourself a favor: pre-order @peterbakernyt book DAYS OF FIRE now. A history of Bush-Cheney admin > http://www.amazon.com/Days-Fire-Cheney-White-House/dp/0385525184/ref=pd_sim_b_3/184-3921963-1609821″ — NYT‘s Jonathan Martin regarding Peter Baker‘s upcoming book.

NBC’s Chuck Todd from Berlin: “Btw, TOBBS (twitter on black berry sucks)”

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “My brother works for a local NPR station and he says the amount of money the big wigs at NPR lavish upon themselves is sickening. It makes him wonder what would happen if donors saw the gluttony. But, he needs the job so he keeps his mouth shut.”

Weighty reaction to Mika Brzezinksi

“Dear Mika, Arsenic is a poison. Soda is not. Bleach is a poison. Sugar is not. You are a ridiculous lunatic.” — Rare‘s Content Editor Mike Cover to the MSNBC “Morning Joe” host who wrote Obsessed, a confessional book about food addiction, her own and others. He added, “There are few things that make my skin crawl more than the nanny-state busybodies lecturing other folks about what to eat or how to live.”

Newsbabes to Host Breast Cancer Fundraiser

Once a year for the past three years, female TV news personalities have come together to wear pink and raise money for a local deserving cause. They call themselves “newsbabes.”

This year the charity group will host its annual Bash for Breast Cancer on June 27, and organizers are expecting it to be the biggest event yet. The fundraiser will be at The Hamilton and will raise money for Howard University Cancer Center, which specializes in research and prevention of cancer among minorities.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” — Rio-based author Paulo Coelho.

“Check out this dog’s two toned tongue – wasn’t easy to get pic of it.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Breakfast anyone?

“I just spit oatmeal out of my mouth. @Morning_Joe @morningmika @JoeNBC #deadlynecessity” — WaPo and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart this morning.

Blogger appreciates booze-free outings

“I heart impromptu escapades w/new & old pals that actually don’t leave you hungover.” — Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen. On May 29, she wrote, “At @BOURBONSTEAKDC drinking a G&T bc I freaking need one.”

Journo has advice for ex-Obama aide, journalists

“Time for my meds. Y’all have a good one. All except you, @davidaxelrod. Reflect. Ask yourself how much you’ll sacrifice for bromance.” — Former Reuters political reporter Sam Youngman. And this: “DC journos, break the cycle. Self-importance is an addiction. [NYT's Frank] Bruni’s column today is straight freaking heroin. Put it down. Back away.”

Kurtz clarifies what “no injuries” means

We thought CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz was taking a little break from tweeting to smell the roses and breathe after parting ways with The Daily Beast amid a bunch of weird errors? Well, not really. On Saturday he felt some need to promote a WaPo story about a plane crashing into a Herndon apartment building. He wrote, “Incredible story (and picture) of Cessna crashing into a Virginia home and no one hurt. Just missed sleeping child.” Except that there were people hurt — at least two people, in fact. Kurtz corrected himself, writing, “Meant to say no one was killed when Cessna crashed into Virginia home. Three injured. But still a miracle if you look at the pictures.” The story reports that the pilot was seriously injured and that the passenger was treated for minor injuries on the scene. That adds up to two. A photo caption for the story does report that “authorities say” three people suffered minor injuries but the story doesn’t back that up. Scratching our heads on who that third injured person was, but glad that six WaPo reporters were on it.

Journo prefers “clueless” over “stupid”

“Email this morning: ‘You are either clueless or plain stupid.’ I opted for the former.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Uh oh.

“My roommate just wished me good luck as she left our apartment for her boyfriend’s place. Ugh. #death.” — Stacy Lambe, a male freelancer for VH1.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

RAINING IN THE ROSE GARDEN: “Overheard: ‘Melt the Press.’ @MarkLandler of NYT pops out a Georgetown umbrella.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro with the accompanying photograph. And NBC’s Luke Russert: “The #Marines holding the umbrellas at this presser are unbelievably cool, had no idea there’s military protocol for umbrella holding.”

Umbrella memories

“In my first job as a sports reporter, my editor had me hold the umbrella over him & his camera on the sidelines. Good times.” — HotAir’s Mary Katharine Ham.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:48 a.m.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“So much happening-impt stuff must be slipping by for bandwidth lack. Just in my niche, turned in 7 stories in past 4 days & 8th mostly done.” — NYT‘s Charlie Savage.

ABC “Scandal” finale fallout

“So Fitz is porking a black woman to bring diversity to the Republican Party? Wow. #StartedFromATwerkNowWereHere” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of The DC Pundit.

“Oh damn Fitz just went rogue! And quotes Dillon Thomas to boot!” — Essence and theGrio.com‘s Sophia Nelson.

“Damn, Fitz just went Bulworth on Mellie! @ScandalABC #Gladiators” — Washington Watch and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.

“When @tonygoldwyn saw this two page monologue for the first time at the table read, he gasped. Then he dove in.” — Scandal creator and writer Shonda Rhimes.

“Mellie is going to fuck everybody. #Scandal” — @emokidsloveme.

“Liv. #shutitdown and call a locksmith.” — Avid “Scandal” watcher Shawna Thomas of NBC News as Olivia Pope nearly gets killed. And later, after Fitz sees a video in which Olivia, his mistress, has sex with another man, she writes, “OK Fitz. She is not a virgin nor your wife and she didn’t know that guy was charged w/ bedding/protecting her. STOP BEING A CHILD.”

“Can’t even type. This ending kills me! #scandalfinale” — Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope.

“Lemme get this straight, the season finale of Scandal is on during #ScandalWeek? THIS TOWN” — TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic.

Brian’s Stelter’s walk on the moon

“I vividly remember my first time watching ‘The Office.’ It was May 2005, on my laptop, on a train from Baltimore to NY.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter. And were you simultaneously monitoring your Tumblr account, Facebooking, and checking your MySpace?

The power of ass kissing

“The power of @carr2n: He tweets your story and you get 126 clicks in 15 minutes.” — Slate‘s Jack Shafer in reference to NYT‘s David Carr.

Journo annoyed by mouth breather

“This kid who is mouth breathing next to me really needs to get off the train. Can’t deal. #imsoannoying” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Intrigued by Cool Ranch tacos tho I’m normally not a Taco Bell fan & hearing cool ranch flavor gets overwhelmed by filling. Anybody tried?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.

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