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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.

 

Ask Piranhamous Anything: Emergency Edition

This question came in today from an anonymASS reader and seemed like an emergency, so I was asked to write a special edition of “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” Being the giver I am, I humbly agreed. It is, after all, an emergency.

The anonymASS reader writes: “Why is John Solomon, an award-winning journalist and man of integrity, treated like dirt while shitheads like Britebarf and that Matt moron from the Daily Caller are treated as human beings, which they aren’t.”

Couple of things here, anonymASS.  First, as has been demonstrated in posts on this site, Solomon, of The Washington Times, is a full-blown vinegar and water bag with a hose attached to it. He’s won awards, true, but some of history’s greatest monsters have been Time’s “Man of the Year,” and there are a million “awards” out there, so let’s not pretend that’s a major accomplishment. Honesty is much more important than Plexiglas doorstops with your name carved into it. He claimed no involvement in layoffs, but multiple sources at The Washington Times say he was involved. Now, I understand the desire to not want to be the jerk who laid people off, or even be involved in laying people off. But claiming not to be involved doesn’t make you not involved, especially when you are.

Second, I can understand wanting to avoid the stigma of working on the Hindenburg, but if you happily sign your checks from Hindenburg, INC., you should admit you work there when you do media. Solomon went on WTOP and only claimed to be working at the Washington Guardian. You’d think the Chief Digital Officer, or whatever title they’ve made up for him, would want to help promote his employer, but you’d be wrong.

Finally, Breitbarf? Really? Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Startling Monday headline

“Woman killed by Orange Line train” — story by the Washington Examiner‘s transportation reporter  Kytja Weir.  Read here. Weir reported that a woman jumped in front of an Orange Line train at 11:29 a.m. Monday at the Ballston Metro stop and died.

Speaking of orange…GOP Consultant Roger Stone had a few choice words for CNN’s Roland Martin for rooting for Texas AM aggies: “Roland Martin Dumbfuck–your avi photos shows you wearing ORANGE.”

NYT‘s Leibovich’s book release on the horizon

“Leibo book on DC, This Town, is avail for pre-order (ships 4/23)” — GOP Conulstant Matt Mackowiack. Purchase NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s much anticipated Washington culture book here. The book can also be purchased at Amazon for $17.71 for the hardcover or the kindle version for $14.99.  At the Barnes & Noble website, the book also costs $17.71, marked down $from $27.95. At Penguin.com, the hardcover costs $27.95.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is Downtown Abbey the thing with Honey Boo Boo?” — ReutersSam Youngman. And this: “How I feel about Twitter during Downton Abbey = how my non-sports fan friends must feel about Twitter during playoffs.” — Politico‘s Juana Summers.

Anonymous wisdom to FishbowlDC: “Come on, Twitter fights with [Breitbart.com's] Matthew Boyle are like drunkenly walking into a light pole, and then getting pissed off at it for being in your way. Totally fun, but do you really want to give the light pole any relevance?”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball and The Atlantic Associate Editor covering business and politics Matt O’Brien.

Molly Ball: “The American people are a bunch of lily-livered wusses who can’t handle a little bit of legislative hardball.” She links to this story on GallupPolitics which says that 77 percent of Americans believe that Washington politics is harmful to the U.S.

Matt O’Brien: “That’s underplaying how destructive it is to hold the debt ceiling hostage.”

Molly Ball: “Aww, so worried about your pwecious widdle economy. Adorable.”

A beloved journalist dies and an insult for TIME‘s Mark Halperin unfolds… Read more

WTF? With Matt Lewis

Before beginning this installment of our regular “WTF? with Matt Lewis” feature, our look at the sometimes unusual topics raised by Lewis, we need to introduce members of the cast.

Matthew Lewis: The moderate conservative who often publicly calls out fellow conservatives and Republicans for the sake of remaking the party in his image. He writes at The Daily Caller and The Week.

Ron Meyer: Self-identified conservative activist, self-promoter and press secretary for American Majority Action (AMA), a right wing nonprofit which aims to reduce the size of the federal government.

Celia Bigelow: Youth engagement director at AMA. Also, Meyer’s main squeeze (girlfriend).

Matthew Boyle: Journalist/activist of Breitbart News and noted ankle-biter.

Lewis published an “open letter” Sunday in The Daily Caller to take Meyer to task for making false predictions on FNC. Previously, Meyer told the network’s vastly Republican viewing audience two things: There was a coalition of House Republicans essentially staging a coup to remove John Boehner as speaker. More importantly, he said Boehner knew of the plan and would resign.

His second false statement was a prediction Boyle bolstered by reporting on it at Breitbart.

As we now know, Boehner was reelected by all but a handful of his fellow Republicans. Boyle responded to a request for comment but did not address the matter at hand.

Lewis posted his open letter after Meyer declined to appear on Lewis’s podcast. (We’re told Meyer initially said he’d like to do the show, but his boss refused to let him.) “I was hoping to casually drop some advice,” wrote Lewis in the letter. “But despite the fact that your bosses at American Majority Action had no problem allowing you to go on TV and talk shit about Boehner, talking with me on the record was somehow deemed too risky.”

So, Lewis shared his advice in the letter… Read more

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