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Posts Tagged ‘Maureen O’Connor’

HuffPost Dumps on Daily Beast Poop Story

Daily Beast‘s story about female trepidations about pooping at work is leaving a lot of track marks as yet another story emerges. Most notably there was Gawker‘s valiant attempt to guess which female TV anchor takes a 10-minute hike to poop in private. No doubt they are the feces experts — they wrote endlessly about Arianna Huffington‘s alleged pooping habits, a pig pooping and in 2011 they published their own guide to pooping at work. Next we had a male White House reporter and digital operative cracking prepubescent jokes about it. New York Magazine’s Maureen O’Connor (who once called me a skank because she’s that kind of a feminist) weighed in by becoming something of a a poop cheerleader for women in the workplace. “Go poop in your office bathrooms, everyone,” she wrote in her reaction piece. “It’s what our feminist foremothers would have wanted. Every woman deserves a poop of her own.”

And now, HuffPost‘s Emily Peck, Managing Editor of HuffPost-Business, unloads on Daily Beast for its tasteless story. Peck writes about what really happens in the women’s room – because it certainly isn’t women fearing their own bodily functions. To be sure, it’s so much more than going #2. She writes, “I met one of my closest friends in the ladies’ bathroom five years ago when I was pregnant, working for a male boss and surrounded by a team of dudes and single women who were mostly clueless about what to say to an expecting woman.”

She and the also pregnant co-worker became “soulmates” as they discussed how fat they were getting and how hard it was to buy cute clothes. Later they would bond over the office “lactation room.”

Touched? Read the full story here.

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Diary of ‘Skanky’ News Ethics

Over the past four days, a story I wrote about female scribes and what I deemed their “provocative” and “sexpot” Twitter avatars has made the rounds in different publications on the web. I published the story Thursday and, much to my surprise, it went viral in a way I had not experienced before. It took on a hateful life of its own and not one entirely based in reality.

The headline that made the feminists and others go wild: “Female Campaign Reporters Go for Sexpot Look.” After it published, I was called a number of colorful terms: Slut, Skank, “loose in the bedroom.” Contrary to those strangers who labeled me slutty, I was also told I needed to “get laid.” And then I was told to “watch my ass.” NYT‘s media guru David Carr remarked on Twitter, “Apparently, @fishbowlDC has lost every marble she ever had and started a dreamy wonk throwdown.” I only wish I could seek psychotherapy from Carr — and borrow some of his marbles. But this is par for the course these days in the world of online journalism. I do not think my story was earth shattering, nor did it break any actual news. But it introduced a subject matter that hit an unexpected nerve.

As the name-calling hit a fever pitch Thursday afternoon, the only journalist who sought an actual quote from me was Matt Wells of The Guardian. The outlet published a story the following day. Later, others sought me out — an old boss in California who I’d worked with in Florida wrote, “Shades of Boca. Go get ‘em!” And friends who worried about all the nastiness they were reading on Twitter reached out to say hello. One, a female reporter friend in New York, texted to say, “Sheesh, people get way way too worked up about these things. They all need to relax. By tomorrow people will have a whole other thing to fixate on. Sending good thoughts your way – can’t be easy dealing with how toxic people are.” Meanwhile, a reporter friend in Kiev, wrote in to say, “Now in Kiev, where they desperately need a Fishbowl. Lots of sex, lies, videotape, etc.” A longtime source Jason Roe, a GOP campaign consultant now based in San Diego, wrote an email with the subject line: “I don’t hate you.” I laughed. I’m no victim here, but it’s hard not to feel touched by those who check in during the storm. He also wrote, “It does go to show how thin-skinned DC people are. There is never a single day that I miss being there. And now, I’m going to have an afternoon beer at a beachside dive bar.”

On Friday, 78,989 page views later, the hate continued. Feminists called me a “horrible writer” and a “horrible person.” They said I had “viciously attacked” women for simply having photos. They LOLed their way through the day by personally insulting me.¬†BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith threw himself to the wolves (we’re not close but have always had a respectful rapport) by writing on Twitter, “In sincere defense of @FishbowlDC: It’s nice to have a DC journo or two who doesn’t care what her peers think of her.” The public stoning participants went wild. “Oh fuck you dude,” one wrote to Smith. A feminist wrote simply, “Huh?” and proceeded to shriek at Smith for being wrong.

One reporter who continues¬† to be enthralled by the story is Hunter Walker, a political reporter for The New York Observer, who published a 2000-word piece on the matter on Friday night and another update yesterday. I’ve never met him, but Hunter previously worked at Gawker as well as mediabistro’s FishbowlNY. From the start, he took a leading role in the procession of predominately New York-based reporters and feminists who somehow felt violated by my piece. On Friday he wrote that the Internet felt naked without an apology from me. But it was Hunter who actually depicted himself as naked. He began a series of tweets criticizing my story and even corralled a group of male reporters who began calling themselves “PressDudesGoneWild.” Hunter changed his Twitter avatar, he told me, by searching for “sexy 80s men” and photoshopped his face onto Tom Selleck‘s body. Catchy, I thought. And funny.

Until Hunter’s journalistic tactics became not quite so funny.

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Kurtz on Magical Self-Pimp Tour of ‘Reliable Sources’

Howard Kurtz, the Daily Beast‘s Washington bureau chief and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” may be the worst offender in D.C. when it comes to promoting his own show and the flattering comments he gets on Twitter. He seems to have gotten into a four-tweet routine, two pre-show and two post-show. Observe.

This weekend:

  • Lara Logan assault & the code of silence on Reliable Sources at 11et, with Donatella Lorch, Judith Matloff & Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams
  • “We’ll also talk budget, Wisconsin & political coverage on Reliable Sources, with Christina Bellantoni, Michael Medved & John Aravosis
  • “A heartfelt segment on Lara Logan & female journalists, w/ Donatella Lorch, Judith Matloff, Mary Elizabeth Williams http://thebea.st/erdX5I”
  • “On Reliable Sources, Michael Medved takes on Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin for their anti-Obama rhetoric. http://thebea.st/eRANAk”

Last weekend (we especially like the repetition with the Gawker story here):

  • Kara Swisher, Felix Salmon, Mark Potts on Reliable Sources at 11et on AOL/Arianna; plus Rachel Sklar, Matt Lewis and hard look at Egypt cove.”
  • “Also on Reliable Sources today: Gawker‘s Maureen O’Connor, whose shirtless-photos story brought down a congressman.”
  • “My CNN interview with Gawker‘s Maureen O’Connor, whose shirtless-photo story brought down a congressman. http://thebea.st/h5FOSn”
  • “What does Arianna bring to AOL, and will the deal change HuffPost? Video w/ Kara Swisher, Felix Salmon & Mark Potts. http://thebea.st/ha43jC”

Be on the lookout for Kurtz’s next four-part Twitter series, coming your way this (and likely every) Sunday morning. In the meantime, we’d like to see him in a pimp styled shoe like the one on display above.

See complimentary tweets regarding his hair and show…

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