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When it Comes to Print Reporters, ABC’s ‘Scandal’ Gets a Case of Amnesia

What would Washington be like if there were no print reporters? That was Thursday night’s episode of ABC’s political drama “Scandal,” the show that has some Washington journalists sitting on the edge of their seats.

Crisis manager Olivia Pope is up to her usual routine — handling everyone elses’ chaos while managing her own. She’s called in to take on a case involving a woman who had an affair with a married Supreme Court nominee. Press is staked outside the woman’s home, waiting for her, her husband or her children to step out so they can ambush them with questions and flashbulbs.

Pope pulls up in a car outside the home just before 9 p.m. She “cleverly” waits until the top of the hour to exit the vehicle and enter the home because presumable at that point, it’s prime time and reporters will be too busy shooting their live shots to notice. None will be free to approach with questions. Pope slips past the preoccupied press without a hitch.

But wait. Broadcast journalists would understandably be busy. But where are all the devious bloggers and shrewd print people?

When news of Gen. David Petraeus‘ affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell emerged last year, broadcast reporters staked out her brother’s home, where she was said to be staying. But there were also reporters from Politico, WaPo, the New York Post and the Daily News, all print. WaPo‘s Emily Wax even wrote a story about it.

Here’s how things would go down in real life… Read more

Fish Food

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

Boyle Bullied At American U?Breitbart News‘s Matthew Boyle claims that as a grad student at American University, his professors would “intimidate” him for having conservative opinions. “They held me to different standards than anybody else in the program because I was a conservative,” Boyle told Campus Reform, a conservative news outlet that reports on college education. Boyle said he was “graded on a different scale than everybody else.” Boyle doesn’t provide any specific examples of the discrimination he says he faced. Though, in the video interview, he says “a perfect example” was a 2010 Time magazine cover that asked “Is America Islamophobic?” Boyle says he questioned the article’s premise in class. But that’s it. He doesn’t say how his professor retaliated. He simply says any suggestion that the country is afraid of Muslims or that the Tea Party is racist is “bunk.” Mind you, this is the same Boyle who cried “assault” when a bodyguard for U.S. Virgin Islands Gov. John de Jongh held him at bay.

National Journal says Rick Perry was just “ahead of his time”– Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s bid for the Republican presidential primary was a bust, mostly because he could barely string a sentence together in the debates and because he did things like mistakenly refer to Solyndra as a country. Even so, NJ is out with a story by Michael Catalini that calls Perry “a candidate ahead of his time.” Ray Sullivan, Perry’s former chief of staff told NJ, “I could easily see him seeking another term as governor and making another run at the White House.” Covering our eyes now.

Bash v. Bachmann Round 2– It’s about time someone set up a high heel race between CNN’s Dana Bash and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.). It’s been less than a year that Bash pounced on Bachmann on Capitol Hill. Both scooted along at nearly 5 mph as Bash tried to ask Bachmann about suggestions she previously made that an assistant to former Sec. Hillary Clinton might have anti-American Muslim ties. On Tuesday it was round two. Bash staked out a spot on the Hill to tackle Bachmann as she passed by. Again, a 5 mph high heel race took place, Bachmann balancing an apple on top of a book in her hands, Bash trying to speak and catch her breath at the same time. Bash asked Bachmann about recent claims she made at CPAC regarding frivolous expenditures at the White House. Bachmann asked Bash why she was focusing on her inaccurate claims that Obama has a paid dog walker and film handler over a September terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya, which resulted in the death of four American officials. “Congresswoman, but you’re the one who brought it up,” Bash replied. And with a whoosh of the hair, Bachmann was gone. A segment on it appeared on CNN’s “AC 360″ earlier in the week. Bash remarked that Bachmann is usually relatively polite. Seeing as Bachmann is avoiding the national media like the plague these days, as reported by Roll Call, she probably wasn’t too ecstatic to face Bash on just about anything.

Daily Caller Persists With Sen. Menendez

You’d have thought that the hooker confusion from earlier in the week would’ve been enough excitement for The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor David Martosko, who has spearheaded the publication’s hooker coverage ever since original hooker beat reporter Matthew Boyle left for Breitbart.com.

But no.

Today Martosko and Charles Johnson, team up (yes, these things sometimes require teams) to write about a book that came out last year. The headline: “BOOK EXCERPT: Bob Menendez ran political machine in New Jersey’s corrupt ‘ground zero.’” The story contains quotes about Menendez from 2005 and discusses an investigation led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie about a nonprofit that rented property from Menendez in the book that came out last year. “Through the courtesy of St. Martin’s Press, The Daily Caller is republishing those pages,” Martosko and Johnson write.

The story basically reiterates… Read more

5 Questions for The Daily Caller

The plot thickens with the case of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and his alleged penchant for Dominican prostitutes. While this story, originally reported by The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who is now with Breitbart, has been stewing for a few months, things really heated up on Monday evening. WaPo reported that the prostitute in question told authorities in the Dominican Republic that she was paid to make up the story and she has never met Menendez. Ruh roh. WaPo reports, “The woman said a local lawyer had approached her and a fellow escort and asked them to help frame Menendez and a top donor, Salomon Melgen, according to affidavits obtained by The Washington Post.”

So, it looks like the Menendez story is bullshit. Or is it? The Daily Caller wasted no time in rebutting the story by WaPo saying that, essentially, they got the wrong hooker. The argument, by outgoing Daily Caller Executive Editor David Martosko, says that the women that THEY interviewed were 24 at the time, while WaPo claims the escort was 23. Martosko also says neither of the prostitutes they interviewed went by the name “Nexis de los Santos Santana,” as WaPo identifies her.

So, what the hell is going on? We have a few questions. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Hookerpalooza: So many hookers, so little time 

Monday at 11:36 p.m.: “The Washington Post piece today on Menendez and the Dominican hookers was completely, utterly wrong. Our story coming soon.” — The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. 11:40 p.m.: “WaPo might have saved itself the embarrassment if they’d bothered to call us before running their stupid piece.” 12:46 a.m.: “Turns out the Washington Post got the wrong hooker: [Read here].” After going mute for 48 hours after WaPo ran a story saying one of the hookers was paid off, Breitbart‘s Matthew Boyle, who likes to brag that he broke the original hooker-Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) story for his former employer, The Daily Caller, finally piped up this morning at 12:49 a.m.: “Washington Post mixes up prostitutes. You got the wrong girl, guys.” Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston sums the whole thing up well: “Seriously, folks, what could go wrong if an “escort” was your main source?”

A journo’s dinner: “Just one of those days where 6pm Cheetos from White House vending machine is first meal of the day.” — AP‘s Josh Lederman.

Gossip columnist or therapist?

“I’m starting to think that people are using the HOH tip line to save time and money on therapy and journals.” — Roll Call HOH writer Neda Semnani.

WANTED: Fact checker: “WWR seeks to hire a researcher/fact checker for a six-month project. Work remotely from anywhere. Send resumes to westwingrpt@gmail.com” — Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports.

Oversharing Sherri

“Leaving house late again – does it ever feel like you try 2B organized but sometimes all goes awry? Where the heck is his backpack & my wig!” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Pundit urges cold beer

“The city of New Orleans Is under a boil water advisory. Another excuse to drink cold beer.” — Democratic pundit on CNN and ABC Donna Brazile.

Important news nugget of the day…“Brodie Jenner is joining the Kardashians next season. (Remember his reality show “Bromance?”)” — FBDC and TheBlaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

And now a word from BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton: “NO WASHINGTON POST IT CAN’T BE CALLED SNOWQUESTER”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:25 a.m.

Convo Between a Reporter and a Researcher

Politico‘s Steve Friess: “Entertaining twitter debate betw [WaPo's Greg Sargent] & [NJ's Ron Fournier] right now. Summary: GOP bad. No, everyone is. No, just GOP.”

Logan Dobson, research analyst for The Tarrance Group, a GOP Polling firm: “Steve Friess, it’s possible we have different definitions of entertaining.”

Writing tip, important Q and more…

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Breitbart‘s Boyle Battles Ashley Judd

Since she may be the Democratic challenger for Sen. Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) Senate seat, Breitbart NewsMatthew Boyle is all over actress Ashley Judd.

Judd gave a speech at George Washington University Friday, an event attended by Boyle. Press was allowed to sit in for the speech but were told they couldn’t ask Judd questions during the audience Q&A portion (not ideal circumstances for press but also not unusual at university events). “GW has press behind a pole post at Ashley Judd event,” tweeted Boyle. “Remember, no reporter Q’s #WarOnFirstAmendment.”

Boyle then wrote up a short post about Judd’s media “stonewall,” comparing it to the White House’s “attack campaign” against WaPo‘s Bob Woodward.

He also wrote a fuller story on Judd’s speech, which he said “flopped.” (It couldn’t have been any worse than Where the Heart Is.)

The next day, Boyle jumped on a since-deleted tweet from Judd. Read more

Project Fishbowl: S.E. Cupp and Who?

Yesterday WaPo published this photograph of MSNBC’s “The Cycle” co-host S.E. Cupp. But lurking in the background is a certain nugget of a reporter, Matthew Boyle, who works for Breitbart.com. So we thought we’d have some fun with some captions in a feature that takes after “Project Runway” with a fishy twist.

Peter Ogburn: 1. “I don’t think anyone has the heart to tell Boyle that it’s S.E. Cupp, not C-Cup.” 2. “Luckily, Cupp didn’t noticed the disheveled homeless man behind her.” 3. “Private Pyle from Full Metal Jacket looks pretty good for his age.”

Betsy Rothstein: 1. “How YOU doin S.E. Cupp?” 2. “Hey S.E. have I told you about all those stories I did on the Dominican prostitutes? Impressive, right?” 3. “Hey S.E., it’s you and me and fast and furious, all night long.”

Care to weigh in? Write us at fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or send to me at Betsy@mediabistro.com.

Looking Good Sweetheart II

What is with these me-wall pictures of media types posing with gun nut rocker Ted Nugent, who attended the State of the Union address last night with Texas Republican Rep. Stephen Stockman? First there was Breitbart‘s feisty Matthew Boyle, who posed and distributed a picture with Nugent. Now nipping at his heels is his cohort in conservative media, Ron Meyer, the spokesman for American Majority Action, who pissed off the conservative media when he went on Fox News and declared that Speaker Boehner knew of a coup against him and would resign. He later insisted it was just rumor. But the email Meyer sent to Washington journalists was as follows: “Subject: CONFIRMED: Speaker Boehner Will Either Resign or be Fired.”

But more importantly, here’s Meyer with Nugent.

Looking Good Sweetheart

Breitbart.com‘s outspoken Matthew Boyle doesn’t mind putting himself in the spotlight, especially if it results in using a State of the Union congressional guest like rocker and gun-toting Ted Nugent to bring him some attention. Nugent is attending the presidential address with Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas).

Way to go Boyle!

Who Broke the Menendez Hooker Story?

The top news story on The Daily Caller‘s website this morning involves more of the tawdry happenings of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and those pesky Dominican hookers. The latest stories include the more serious assertions that Menendez had sex with underage prostitutes, and that he likes the “youngest and newest girls.” The senator alleges complete innocence.

One thing you can say about political sex scandals — they’re never normal, boring affairs involving a couple of drunken coworkers and they’re never particularly well planned. Instead, the pol solicits sex with a cop in an airport bathroom, his name is Weiner and he snaps a picture of his ding dong, sends it to a woman clear across the country and then can’t remember if it’s his, he has alleged sex with an underage page, or he sends a shirtless picture of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

But who broke the Menendez hooker story?

In a story this morning on Breitbart.com, promoted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief and Counsel Joel Pollack, the illustrious Matthew Boyle writes a short post blasting Media Matters for not covering the Menendez story. More pointedly, in case you didn’t know, his Menendez story, the one he broke back in November, 2012. Who could forget those spectacular videos of the alleged prostitutes describing their sexy time with Señor Menendez. To protect the women in the videos, they used what looked to be big, white balloons to conceal their faces. The cleavage and jiggling breasts? They left those hanging out. “Was the senator friendly?” the translator in the video asked. “How was the senator, romantico or no?”

But getting back to the point of Boyle’s story — which is, of course, twofold. 1. Blasting Media Matters, sort of like breathing for right-wing websites. 2. Boyle, who, in a quick five-graph story reminds readers twice that he broke the story.

In his piece, Boyle runs the mission of Media Matters, which is to “analyze, monitor and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” Could it be they have nothing to correct?

We reached out to Media Matters on the matter. UPDATE: Media Matters declined to comment at this time.

 

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