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Ezra Klein Vox on the Wild Side

Ezra KleinEzra Klein has finally found a new home. He announced yesterday a plan to strike out into the wild frontier of digital media and establish a news outpost aimed at revolutionizing journalism as we know it. Ambitious, no?

The new website, ominously named “Project X,” will be housed within the fast growing Vox Media empire. Vox, best known as the parent of The Verge, SB Nation, and Eater, is a small but potent little web company that clearly hopes to make a play for mainstream appeal with the addition of Klein to its roster.

“Early last year, Melissa Bell, Matt Yglesias and I began wrestling with a question that had bugged all of us for a long time,” Klein wrote in a post at The Verge yesterday, “Why hadn’t the Internet made the news better at delivering crucial context alongside new information? This year, we’re founding a new publication at Vox Media in order to do something about it.”

Klein says he intends to pursue a new form of journalism that better leverages communications technology and prioritizes contextual explanations over newness of information. And he will not be alone in his endeavor. Along with Bell, Dylan Matthews is coming on-board from WaPo, and Yglesias is joining from Slate. They are also currently looking to hire “writers who are obsessively knowledgeable about their subjects,” if you’re interested.

It now falls on Klein and his merry band of journalistic rebels to realize their vision for Project X, and to prove that it can be made into a sustainable -and profitable -model for reporting the news. And they better be ready to do it under the full glare of the public spotlight. After a high-profile courtship with the Post to fund the project that ultimately failed, and with such lofty stated ambitious, you can be sure this will be one of the most scrutinized media adventures of the year.

 

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All A-Twitter: Journos Weigh In On Sam Youngman’s Take Down of “This Town”

It seems most journos aren’t buying Sam Youngman‘s Politico story. Here’s a sampling of some of the best tweets out there right now:

 

 

 

More after the jump…

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But How Does Dave Weigel Feel About the Obama-Castro Handshake?

Glad you asked…

 

But why should Dave get all the credit for the insight? Matt Yglesias has the same idea too:

 

This is the article Yglesias is referring to, FYI.

WaPo’s New Tech Policy Blog Launches, Still Uses ‘Web Sites’

The Switch, WaPo‘s new tech blog, launched today. It’s inaugural post:

Our reaction?

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WCP: Here’s How To Fix Everything

In this week’s issue, Washington City Paper asked a handful of politicians, journalists and “thinkers” to come up with a way to “fix a single, nagging problem in the District.” Some of the suggestions are quite good, some are overtly outlandish and others are probably just blatantly unconstitutional—but still, points for trying.

Here’s a few of the problems your fellow D.C. journalists tackled, and their solutions…

Elahe Izadi, reporter at National Journal

The Problem: Md. and Va. drivers can’t drive in D.C.

The Fix: “Lanes on select streets just for D.C. drivers. Lanes paid for by District taxes and upon which drive those who know where they’re going and see no need to slow down to catch glances of monuments they pass.”

The problem here might actually be that most drivers in and around D.C. just can’t drive period—regardless of what state (or non-state) their license plate is from. Better suggestion? Make driving even more unpalatable and other modes of transportation more desirable so less cars off the roads altogether.

D.C.’s historic skyline? Screw it…

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Morning Chatter

“At the pool for the 4th”CQ Roll Call’s Rebecca Shabad. That was at 1:39 p.m. Later that night at 9:48 she had moved on to other matters: “Guys setting off fireworks illegally on my street and I yelled: ‘Hey idiots! I’ll call the police if you keep setting those off!’ It worked!”

Journo captures dramatic scene on train

“Conductor to loud, obnoxious woman in the Quiet Car: ‘If you wanna talk, go to the next car.’ Woman: ‘No one orders me around!” #happyfourth …Loud obnoxious woman, now to her kids: ‘Remember how I told you never to take shit from anyone?’” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Aime Parnes.

Morning Oopsy

“Oy gevalt. I just said on the air that John Paul II has been cleared for statehood. #espressosubito abcrad.io/newscast” — Steven Portnoy, radio correspondent for ABC News.

Self-appointed media critics 

“Signs it is the day after a national holiday: an NPR story about how gamers watch YouTube videos of people playing games.” — Chris Chester, web producer for WAMU.

“I just heard the f word repeatedly on @FoxNews during a home video being played. Really? Is this how you ppl wake us up? Smh” — Javonni Brustow, editor of TheDCPundit and PopGlitz.

Leibo jokes about book

“Now aking kids to see Despicable Me 2…possible name for next book??” — NYT‘s Mark “Leibo” Leibovich, who came out with some new book in the last few days called This Town in case anyone around here has heard of it. We assume he meant “taking” not “aking.” He links to this. He previously provided this other promo, saying, “If this book is going to get me run out of #ThisTown, then you might as well read it (please)…”

Um, bullsh*t?

“I’ve lived in DC ten years, and I manage to never interact with the city @MarkLeibovich describes.” — Boybander and Slate‘s Matt Yglesias in a delusional moment over the weekend. He linked to this review of This Town by Carlos Lozada in WaPo.

Stephen Tschida Miami condo update

As some followers may know, Tschida, our dramatic traveler and train rider, has been trying to buy a condo in Miami for quite sometime. Each time the contract falls through, mostly on account of his dogs from what we can tell. In the last several days, another one bit the dust.

On 6/29: “From bad to worse. condo contract dies. Now seller refuses to refund cash! hhhhhmmmm… why? Is he thinking resume negotiations?” On 7/4: “Oh forgot, lawyer says I’m not supposed to tweet about my real estate deals. what’s one little tweet? Like the %#&#?& seller follows me.”

Fun Facts

“One of my writers is allegedly skilled at competitive hot dog eating … #TrueFacts” — CNN’s Jake Tapper with what would undoubtedly make for fantastic television (hint hint).

On second thought…“I can’t watch this Nathan’s hot dog eating contest footage all day — breakfast appetite has vanished (and that’s pretty rare)” — Politico‘s Jedd Rosche.

Important Q to Ponder: “Justice for Trayvon is definitely important, but is the wall to wall breathless coverage helping? #switchingtogolfchannel” — HuffPost-AOL‘s Arianna Huffington.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“You really shouldn’t sleep this week. Professionally, it’s unadvisable.”Matt Spence of The Times of London.

Kudos to Boston Globe

“Great work all night by #bostonglobe team covering Watertown/MIT mayhem.” — WaPo Executive Editor Marty Baron, who has to be kicking himself right now for leaving the Boston Globe late last year to come to Washington.

A Social Media editor learns lessons

“I think I learned my lesson to wait for confirmation about what network/cable reporters say their ‘sources’ tell them.” — Reuters Social Media Editor Anthony De Rosa.

Huh?

“‘I don’t know if that’s a fashion statement or what.’–guy on CNN, inspecting sunglasses on face of Boston suspect.#seriously” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Up all night with Jake Tapper

“When Jake Tapper is at the helm at CNN, CNN is what it’s supposed to be.” — Former White House Speechwriter Jon Lovett.

“God love @jaketapper: Almost everything he says begins with ‘Here’s what we don’t know…’ #JohnKingLesson” — Don Van Natta Jr., Senior Writer for ESPN.

“Hmm. @Jaketapper is really good in this sort of situation. Calm solid presence.” — Daily Caller columnist Mickey Kaus.

Network redemption plan

“CNN took ton of heat earlier, but props tonite-only news net going live w nu photo+MIT shooting. Isn’t that what news net is supposed to do?NYT TV Industry reporter Bill Carter.

“CNN should replay the interview with Dr. David Schoenfeld for laughs. Every A: “I can’t tell you that.” WHY ARE YOU ON THE PHONE W/CNN?” — Conservative commentator Ann Coulter, who also wrote this morning: “It’s too bad Suspect #1 won’t be able to be legalized by Marco Rubio, now.”

A word of advice: “I don’t actually recommend going back to sleep, just did it, had bad nightmares.” — Dave Stroup, digital director for Aneesh Chopra for Va. Lt. Gov. 

The Observers

“One thing I learned serving in Lebanon is that young men & boys  with guns/bombs can be deadliest as they’ve yet to appreciate value of life.” — Peter Daou, political blogger and advisor.

“If these two are actually foreign trained terrorists, then this is the event we’ve been fearing; small-scale attacks on the softest targets.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

In awe of NBC’s Pete Williams (who broke the names of the Boston Bombing suspects)

“Pete Williams is a machine.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray.

“Journalism professors take note: @PeteWilliamsNBC has put on a free journalism clinic all week.” — Chris Donovan, producer, NBC News/”MTP.”

“Pete Williams is dominating all the “social media experts” on Twitter by… reporting.” — Andrew Golis, Boston-based director of digital and senior editor at PBS’s “Frontline.”

“Yay Pete.” — PBS’ Gwen Ifill. She later added, “FYI for all new @PeteWilliamsNBC fans, he’s been on this beat for bout 20 years #ExperienceMatters”

“How does @PeteWilliamsNC not have 100K Twitter followers? (Hint, Peter, start tweeting).” — Justin Green, contributor to The Daily Beast.

“Among the many excellent things about @PeteWilliamsNBC this week: Very clear about what he doesn’t know, or is unsure of.”– The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

“NBC’s Pete Williams proving that reporters don’t always have to be on the ground to get all the scoops and get them right.” — ThinkProgressIgor Volsky.

Meanwhile, Oversharing Sherri goes to Boot Camp

“Going 2 my 2nd #bootcamp session-anything called “bootcamp” scares me to death, but I must put fear of going over the fear of dying #health” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd at 7:30 a.m. this morning as news of the bombers dominated the news cycle.

And NBC Matt Lauer’s bad luck streak continues…

“Meanwhile Matt Lauer is shown live in West, Texas – doesn’t look very happy.” – Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering.

Howard Kurtz’s brilliant morning sentiment

“Wish I hadn’t gone to sleep and missed all the action in Boston. Hope that manhunt ends soon.” — CNN, The Daily Beast-Newsweek‘s Howard Kurtz. (Photo credit: Politico)

At least Weingarten was joking: “You people really should have woken me up last night.” — WaPo’s Gene Weingarten. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Quintessential Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If it’s on the menu you always want to order the lamb shank.” — Slate’s  third-tier Boybander Matt Yglesias.

Journo Love: Bret Baier a “national treasure”?

“.@BretBaier is a National Treasure of Truth. Special Report is and has always been the journalistic ideal.” — Breitbart News’ John Nolte.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:18 a.m.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Do Women Need Bras? French Studies Says Brassieres Are a ‘False Necessity”

Writer who covered butt chugging moves onto guns

Former Daily Caller writer Jeff Winkler, who previously wrote about butt chugging (it’s just how it sounds, but worse) for Vice Magazine, now brings us a story about guns for The New Republic. His mission? To find New Yorkers moving to Texas for easier gun laws. Specifically, Winkler, now a writer in Austin, wanted to find people who had answered the call of Texas AG Greg Abbott, whose online ad read: “Keep your guns, come to Texas.” The task wasn’t simple, but Winkler found Craigslist useful in his reporting. An excerpt:

“No commentator, sane or otherwise (they’re all crazy), thinks the migration is due to lax gun laws. Yet, with thousands of people making the move, at least a few of them had to be packing their bags in order to freely pack heat. I wanted to find such a principled and dedicated person, if he or she (but probably he) existed. So I went to the one place where you can find anything and everything. I went to Craigslist.” 

Quote taken out of a context

“chronic overwriters” — Media Matters fellow Oliver Willis.

Done with cherry blossoms

“Cherry blossom traffic jam. The worst.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

Author miserable on book tour

“Hate travel. Hate book tour. Enraged and bitter. Want to eat fudge. Or starve, become Angelina Jolie. Go to Africa, get killed by snakes.” — Author and outspoken Democrat Anne Lamott.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — State of the Union-Fugitive Edition

SOTU quotes that are fit for a Fishbowl: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” — brought to our attention by HuffPost‘s Sam Stein‘s Twitter feed. It’s an old quote from former President George W. Bush. And this: “At least there’s no smoked fish joke in this one.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

“The outside of the Dome on SOTU night.” Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner with accompanying photograph.

Shut up SOTU clappers, journo wants his Zzzz’s

“Dear applauders: Please stop. I have a bedtime.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Importantish Q to Ponder: “So… Does Senator Menendez shake President Obama’s hand as he walks in? Awkward. #SOTU” — NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring.

Important Q to Ponder: “So does CNN break away from the burning house to do the State of the Union.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Important Q to Ponder III: “What’s the over/under on the number of Nicorette patches John Boehner has plastered all over himself right now?” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

THE SPEAKER AND THE LOUDMOUTH: “Luke Russert shakes Speaker Boehner’s hand as he walks to the chamber for SOTU.” — NBC House of Representatives Producer Frank Thorp. Boehner affectionately (we think) refers to Russert as the “loudmouth.”

Rothenberg crushes the spirit of political reporters

“Political reporters always incredibly excited by SOTU. Real people not so much.” — Stu Rothenberg, who writes a column for Roll Call, a publication full of political reporters. And then, oddly, he writes, “My first SOTU inside the chamber? 1970 when I was Colby College intern in Ed Muskie’s office. AA gave me ticket.” Um, hey Stu, do real people give a sh-t about this?

Speaking of excitement…

“The hallway outside Sen. Durbin’s office smells overwhelmingly of barbecue.” — Roll Call‘s Shiner of the Illinois Democrat.

And again…

“Just spoke to Gabby Giffords for the first time since the day before she was shot. She looks amazing. Twinkle in her eye and broad smile.” — CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

“Senate page just said in Statuary Hall ‘Oh my God. Kelly Ayotte is rocking the mint-green!’ I am partial to Bader Ginsberg‘s red.” — Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.

“McCain ribbing Kerry as he walks by.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

Rep. Terry Sewell is the most energetic greeter of the House! Urrybody gets a kiss and big laugh and a thousand watt smile.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“Lots of schmoozing with former colleagues as Secy Kerry makes his way down the aisle.” — CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller.

“Whoever said that politics is showbiz for ugly people was a master of understatement. Or just blind.” — Reason‘s Nick Gillespie.

“VP Biden has a scratched cornea, reports NBC, which is why he is wearing glasses.” — The Hill‘s Emily Goodin.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:43 a.m.

The Jokester Caucus

  • “Press will now begin attacking Rubio for drinking problem.” — USA Today‘s Paul Singer.
  • “I’m sure I’m going to dislike this but at least Beyonce is performing.” — Logan Dobson, before the SOTU address began.
  • “When is halftime? Where is Beyonce?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.
  • “Who’s the fat lump of shit next to Mrs Obama? #SOTU.” — Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony radio show.
  • “Marco! Pollo! Marco! Pollo! Fish out of water!” [Insert Rubio Joke Here] #Rubioing.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.
  • “What’s the opposite of 5-Hour Energy? Boehner’s had two of them, at least.” — Bloomberg Business Week‘s Joshua Green.

The Critics

“Really pathetic and sad reflection on media-culture that taking a drink of water can overwhelm everything else.” — Christian Heinze, founder of Prez16.com. Seconded by NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh, who said, “Exactly.”

Oh, but wait: “Jesus… the water sip blew the whole speech. Was on board until then but he blew it. Cue SNL.” — Jason Killian Meath, President, GOP Media Firm.

“The problem with this speech is a.) we already knew what was in it and b.) little of it is new.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I like Rubio’s remarks thus far, dislike the dry mouth. Get the man a water. Let’s hear some solutions.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

“Was leaning off camera to get water really better than obviously needing one?” — WCP Editor Mike Madden during the GOP response of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“Rubio keeps grabbing at his face. What’s with that?” — Baron‘s D.C. Editor James McTague.

“Huh, Chris Matthews voted for George W. Bush. You can admit that on MSNBC and still have a job? #MSNBCAfterDark” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger at 12:19 a.m.

Gratitude is…

“SOMEBODY PLEASE GIF THAT AWKWARD WATER BOTTLE GRAB, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! wowowoowowowowoowowow” — WaPo Express’ Clinton Yates.

“Water grab! Thank God.” — ABC News’ Nico Hines.

“Rubio has serious case of drymouth. Thank god he just took a sip of water.” — Roll Call Senate Editor Emily Pierce.

Jeff Zucker, give this man a raise! 

“CNN has every story covered tonight. On CNN-US: SOTU coverage. On HLN, continuing live coverage of Calif. Manhunt.” — CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

Wardrobe Change

“I just changed into flats because it is SRO in the House press gallery. #SOTU” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

The sharp-tongued observers… Read more

State of Union Walloped With Bad Press

To look at Washington D.C. publications today, you’d think tonight’s State of the Union was the Shit of the Union. You’d also think it was already Wednesday considering the way Debbie Downer news outlets are trashing it before it even happens.

“Expect to Hear an Absolutely Forgettable State of the Union Speech” blares a headline from National Journal. George Condon writes, “When President Obama takes to the speaker’s rostrum on the floor of the House of Representatives Tuesday evening, you can expect him to speak for more than an hour. But don’t bet on him saying anything you’ll remember a month later.” He continues, “Don’t blame the speechwriters, though. Blame the occasion.” Party at Jayson Blair’s house? Newsbusters Tim Graham reports that NYT‘s persona non grata Jayson Blair (who left the publication in a haze of plagiarism a decade ago) is hosting a SOTU watch party tonight in Centreville, Va. They say he now works as (no joke) a life coach. And Politico‘s Patrick Gavin just cobbled together “10 SOTU Gripes Hours Before the Speech.” They include third-tier Boybander, Slate‘s Matt Yglesias, already saying “the speech doesn’t accomplish anything.” USA Today, meanwhile, looks at six State of the Union addresses they believe made a lick of difference in American life. Three occurred in the 1800s. The last one they think mattered happened in 2002. It was former President George W. Bush‘s “Axis of Evil” speech. And if this tells you anything, The Daily Caller‘s only story on tonight’s SOTU address is a drinking game they posted at 2:25 a.m. this morning. A sampling: 1. “If Obama says ‘Let me be clear,’ take a shot of vodka or translucent alcohol of your choice.” 2. What’s SOTU without a joke about House Speaker John Boehner‘s orange-hued tan? “If Speaker of the House John Boehner’s complexion looks particularly orange, pour a screw driver.”

Where’s MSNBC resident loudmouth Chris Matthews and CNN wax figure contributor David Gergen when we need them to blather on? It’s just after noon. The speech happens in nine hours. Don’t they have thoughts on the SOTU 2013?

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