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5 Media Trends to Leave Behind in 2014

Helloooo 2014! It’s a new year and a fresh start. Good riddance to 2013,  a year of political in-fighting, economic stagnation, foolish government antics, and annoying media trends. That last item is of particular concern to us here at FishbowlDC. In fact, we’ve pulled together the top 5 media trends that rubbed us the wrong way in 2013 -with the hope that we can leave them behind in the new year.

5.) Super-budge online videos. Everyone from newspapers to pro-wrestlers and politicos has been getting in to the online video racket in an attempt to lure “the kids.” Most have failed miserably. Let’s just hope that they learn their lesson in 2014 -no one is gunna watch your video just because it’s there. Put some effort into it!

4.) The spoken hashtag. -There’s nothing quite so annoying as sidling up to a crowded bar and hearing some fool behind you snark “hashtag where’s the bartender?”, or jogging down the Mall past a group of selfie-snapping friends at the Washington Monument yelling “hashtag BFFs!”, or worst of all, taking a day trip to Rehoboth only to find a bunch of drunks screaming “hashtag spring break forever!” Leave it on Twitter, people.

3.) Politics in our entertainment and vice-versa. Whether we were talking Duck Dynasty, Pajama Boy, or Ashley Judd -2013 was the year that politics and entertainment got too close for comfort. Sure, Hollywood has always been meddling in Washington affairs, and politics long ago became a spectator sport. But with the rise of the reality TV start, the advent of personality-driven news programming, and a non-stop news cycle that’s more than willing to regurgitate the same story over and over again, it has become almost impossible to get away from celebrity-focused political news. It’s enough to make you yearn for the silent-film era.

Check out our top two least favorite trends after the jump…

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Maddow to Pen Column for WaPo

In something of a backwards move in this day and age, a TV personality is taking on a print gig. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC fame will be writing a monthly column for The Washington Post, according to a memo from Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt:

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” will be joining The Washington Post’s Opinion section as a monthly columnist. We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues that have made her show an Emmy Award winner.

We can only guess what the big egg-head will write about (everything), but we know she’ll probably be right. She usually is. We just hope she manages to master the delicate art of tone. A newspaper column is a dangerous place for an opinionated loud mouth -just ask Richard Cohen. Plus MSNBC’s legion of mini-Maddows (Hayes, Bashir, Baldwin, Matthews) have all been getting themselves into various degrees of trouble lately. Let’s see if Rachel can make a splash in the Old Media world without making trouble for herself or her network.

George H. W. Bush Yahoo!ed More than Anthony Weiner

Sometimes you think you know a country, and then -Wham! -they go and do something that surprises you. Yahoo! has released their list of Top Most Searched Politicos of 2013 and the results are, well, actually rather obvious for the most part. The big surprise though is that despite sending nakey pics of himself (We here at FishbowlDC refuse to use the word “selfie” because it’s gross, like “panties.” Ew.) and running a hilarious art project of a mayoral campaign, Anthony Weiner is only at number 7. Meanwhile, octogenarian and inveterate sky diver George H. W. Bush, who has never sent anyone nakey pics of himself -THAT WE KNOW OF, is at number 4.

What gives America? What happened to the salacious, cock-pic hungry country I knew and loved? What could possibly be so interesting about Bush Sr. that he would occupy more of your search engine time than a real live walking full frontal train wreck? Even GHWB dying would be completely unsurprising and probably very boring -unless, of course, he died while sky diving…Now this ain’t Google we’re talking about here, so this list is by no means the definitive Most Searched list, but still -it’s weird.

Rounding out the top five most Yahooed politicians were little-known Chicago community organizer Barack Obama at number 1, not-dead-yet global hero Nelson Mandela at number 2, Martin Bashir‘s favorite mistake, Sarah Palin, at number 3, and some lady named Hillary Clinton at number 5. Full list posted after the jump!

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Bashir Watch

Martin BashirDylan Byers reports that Martin Bashir is “on vacation” following his scheisse-fantasy-inspired tirade against Sarah Palin:

Sources at the network said Bashir had been temporarily suspended from the network following graphic remarks he made last month about the former governor from Alaska. In that segment, Bashir suggested that Palin should be forced to endure slavery like conditions, including the consumption of feces.

MSNBC spokesperson Lauren Skowronski told a different story: ”He’s still out on vacation,” she wrote in an email. Asked multiple times when Bashir would return from vacation, Skowronski did not respond.

A little birdy tells FishbowlDC that Bashir has been spotted in central London over the weekend. If any of our limey readers catch a glimpse of the elusive (and probably endangered) host, let us know. Better yet, send us a pic!

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I think I can call you Joe now that you’re not in the Congress anymore.”Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir‘s program Monday while arguing with former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-N.Y.). “Yeah, yeah,” the former lawmaker replied, unruffled by Alter’s obvious disdain for him. Walsh spent two years in Congress with his term ending in 2013.

Politico reporter will no longer read New York Post

“No joke, I’m sort of unwilling to read anything in the New York Post after last week. That may not pass.” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers. GASP! Will they go out of business as a result? Last week NYP falsely reported that 12 people at the Boston Marathon had been killed when only three had died. They also ran a photograph of two men with the headline “Bag Men: Feds seek these two pictured at Boston Marathon” but they weren’t the right guys. In yet another report, they wrote that a Saudi national was a suspect. Boston police later denied the report.

Au de Metro: “Someone on this Metro train smells intensely of moth balls.” — Josh Lederman, White House reporter for the AP.

Eavesdrop Cafe with Washingtonian‘s Fashion Editor

“I’m sorry, I don’t usually do this, but there is a first date happening next to me at this bar that is a soundbite festival of goodness.” — Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett. “Here’s a snippet: ‘I mean, I don’t sweat a lot, but when I do it’s pretty bad.’ …’When I do go to a potluck, I always bring something. Always.’”

Goldberg gets hate mail over story on Hagel

“The hate mail I get for saying that Chuck Hagel is friendly to Israel is very hatey. Here’s what they’re reacting to.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, who links to this Bloomberg View story he wrote with the headline: “Israel Welcomes Hagel, a Friend Bearing Gifts.”

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

Fish Food

(A sprinkling of what we think you ought to know…)

New conservative publication brands itself with Bush sloganRare, an online news site for “today’s conservatives,” makes its official debut April 15. The publication, headed by former TWT Editor Brett Decker, is hosting two events at the Newseum to mark the occasion, one an interview by Decker of a to-be-named “high-profile” guest, the other a video showing “a modern, fresh, technologically savvy approach to conservative media.” Noteworthy: The video calls for “a new way forward” in branding conservative ideas, according to a press release from Rare. “New way forward” was the slogan adopted by the Bush (43) administration in the Iraq War troop surge of 2007.

Glenn Greenwald on Margaret Thatcher and “death etiquette”– Unless the person was truly vile, it’s customary to withhold any strong dumping on someone immediately after his or her death. Writing in The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald says it’s time for that to stop when it comes to political figures like former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. “When a political leader dies, it is irresponsible in the extreme to demand that only praise be permitted but not criticisms,” Greenwald writes. “There is absolutely nothing wrong with loathing Margaret Thatcher or any other person with political influence and power based upon perceived bad acts, and that doesn’t change simply because they die.”

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After-Party: MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts, Hubby, Pose With MC Hammer

The party was only just getting hopping for many media types when President Obama called it a night just after 10 p.m. Monday night.

After the official Inaugural balls, TV personalities, singers and actors jumped over to the W Hotel for the Electronic Arts’ after-party. It was hosted by singer John Legend along with music producer Pharrell Williams, a very-pregnant actress, Malin Akerman, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

There was a coat check but guests were wise to skip it as the party transpired on the hotel’s rooftop, half inside, half out, where it was cold and really windy. Both Legend and Williams spent the majority of their time, however, tucked away in the cozy, roped-off VIP area inside.

Several notables passed through the small red carpet section just outside the party, including MC Hammer, who posed for photos with the recently married Thomas Roberts of MSNBC, along with his husband Patrick Abner. (Hammer and Roberts pictured above.)

The door leading from the red carpet allowed people in but not out. It was a logistic that led to an ironic moment for MSNBC’s Touré. After he entered, he tried exiting to the area containing the working press. Despite being a fairly well-known TV host, he was told to go around to a separate door. He did so peacefully.

The party boasted two open bars, a waffle-making station and a type of Sims game photo booth.

Notables: actress Rosario Dawson; MSNBC’s Martin Bashir and Craig Melvin; music producers will.i.am and Jermaine Dupri; President of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist; and style critic Phillip Bloch.

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Brain Tumor Kept Martin Bashir Out of Work

It was reported in 2008 that MSNBC’s Martin Bashir has a brain tumor. The illness is still there and causing problems.

“I have a brain tumor,” Bashir told FishbowlDC last night when asked why he was absent from his TV program Friday. “It’s fine but it causes a problem from time to time,” he said.

The Daily Mail first reported Bashir’s tumor, quoting “a family friend” who at the time said “there are no signs that the tumour is cancerous, or that it will grow.”

Bashir was attending the Electronic Arts inauguration after-party at the W Hotel Monday night. The event hosted singer John Legend along with music producer Pharrell Williams, actress Malin Akerman, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

We spotted Bashir hanging out alone in the outdoor rooftop area. He told us the inside area had become “congested.” He also said that earlier at the party, he was approached by someone from a “Republican think tank” who questioned him on something “aggressively” and he was wary about speaking to the press.

He’s not the only TV journalist who suffered from health-related setbacks over the weekend. ABC News’ Barbara Walters reportedly fell on Friday while in Washington covering inauguration events. She ended up cutting her temple and being sent to the hospital. ABC’s “The View”s Whoopi Goldberg said today that “doctors stitched her up and she is doing fine, but they want her to take it easy.”

Krauthammer Called Ugly Again

Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer can’t seem to catch a break. Within two weeks he’s been mocked by liberals for the way his face looks.

Earlier this month on his MSNBC show Martin Bashir played a video clip featuring Krauthammer. When the clip ended he sarcastically apologized for any “young viewers who may have been frightened by that face.”

Last night on Joy Behar‘s Current TV show, CBS News Contributor Nancy Giles shared a similar sentiment. Behar began the discussion with FNC host Brian Kilmeade‘s recent joke that women at Fox are hired out of a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

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NYU Prof. Jay Rosen, Nerd Extraordinaire, Declares Luke Russert Unsuitable for NBC

As the expression goes, those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach, right? Enter NYU Professor and blogger Jay Rosen, who makes a habit out of nerding out on Twitter. This week he went after NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert, who has been under fire this week for posing a question about age to 72-year-old House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. At a briefing earlier in the week, Pelosi expressed how offensive it was that Russert had asked if staying in leadership prevented a more youthful one from persevering.

Female lawmakers on the dais shouted at him with cries of discrimination. Feminist and Democratic pundit Hilary Rosen and other offended women online also put him in his place. And then comes Rosen who jumped on Russert after the correspondent appeared on Martin Bashir‘s program. A particularly feisty Bashir grilled Russert about the beliefs of members of the Republican leadership, who won’t appear on his program. Russert answered his rapid fire questions as best he could. Could Rosen fare half as well? Even so, Rosen declared on Twitter, “NBC News should admit that its Luke Russert experiment is just not working out. Make him a producer.”

Russert, who doesn’t usually fire back at anyone, lashed back at Rosen. And we salute him for that… Read more

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