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Journo Asks: Can I Wear Undies to the Gym?

images-1This week we featured a remark from Politico‘s Roger Simon declaring that he had underwear older than a guy who just turned 30. NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring was particularly grossed out by this. Well, today we have another underwear situation on our hands.

It’s New York Mag’s D.C. reporter Jonathan Chait, who apparently wants to wear his boxers to the hotel gym because he forgot to pack workout attire.

Chait got a number of surprising pieces of advice, one of which was to double up on his boxers and head to the gym. “Intriguing,” Chait said on Twitter. “Can I get a ruling on this?” Read more

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Afternoon Reading List 07.25.13

Controlling information in the age of Reddit and Twitter — Reddit has become a dominating traffic-gobbler on the web, calling itself “the front page of the Internet.” It has millions of users that constantly post content, some of which goes viral. NYT’s Jay Caspian Kang examines what happens when false information is spread on the site, especially when it spills into the media. Within minutes of the FBI posting photos of Suspect #1 and Suspect #2 of the Boston Marathon Bombings, a Reddit user posted a photo of Suspect #2 beside a photo of Sunil Tripathi, starting a viral rumor that Tripathi was the suspect. This spread through Twitter and eventually made it to the Twitter accounts of journalists, such as BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski and Luke Russert of NBC News. The only problem was that Tripathi, a 22-year-old student at Brown, had been missing. His family had set up a Facebook page with the name “Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi,” but took it down after receiving threatening and hurtful messages from Internet users in connection with the Suspect #2 photo, all but abandoning their search. Kang uses this case to show how Internet communities like Twitter and Reddit have caused information to run wild on the web. The problem is, not all of it is true.

Why you should read it: Kang, in a compelling and well-written article, examines modern reporting practices and citizen journalism through the Internet and how false information affects innocent people. The article dives deep into how groups like Anonymous are contributing to this whirlpool of fact and rumor.

Anthony Weiner is no Bill Clinton Anthony Weiner was involved in a sex scandal (well, actually the count’s at three right now, but that’s beside the point) and his loyal wife stood by him and supported him and his career. Bill Clinton was also involved in a sex scandal (also more than one, but the Monica Lewinsky scandal is obviously the one we’re referencing) and his wife also stood by his side as he faced impeachment. But The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky argues that this is about the only thing Weiner and Clinton have in common. He writes that anyone comparing the couples doesn’t have a full understanding of what happened in the Clinton sex scandal, and promptly explains what did happen. Clinton was a president, not a disgraced congressman running for mayor. Tomasky lists accomplishments that made Democrats love him and Republicans come to despise him. The GOP was so set on stopping him. The couple came under attack by the GOP, and together they fought back. Weiner, however, is not some target of some conspiracy. Rather he’s got a strange appetite for phone sex and sexting, in which dirty rants on healthcare are the norm, not to mention promising his online girlfriend a job at Politico. Tomasky says Huma has no reason to stay with him, other than publicity and political power. Another difference between Weiner and Clinton: Weiner has been embroiled in a number of sex scandals, but so far hasn’t sealed the deal.

Why you should read it: Tomasky takes Huma from being a victim to questioning her reasons for staying with Weiner, even calling her a “co-conspirator” since she allegedly knew about the most recent scandal before Weiner announced his mayoral bid. It makes for a rather interesting perspective in the widely-reported story of Weiner and his sex scandals.

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Afternoon Chatter

JOURNO LOVE: “This CQ Roll CAll photo of Boehner, Reid, McConnell and Pelosi is fantastic.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake. The photograph was shot by CQ Roll Call‘s Douglas Graham.

Weinerlicious Convo Between Two Journos

This afternoon’s conversation is between CQ Roll Call’s Daniel Newhauser and Politico’s Jake Sherman.

SHERMAN: “I thought it was weird when Anthony Weiner used to park illegally outside my apartment near U Street.”

NEWHAUSER: “Why was he at your apartment? Got something to tell us?”

SHERMAN: “Was my neighbor.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Wondering: Has there ever been a man who managed such epic sex scandals while apparently not having any actual sex?” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Weiner presser explodes with Washington reaction

“Lines you hear all the time at DC bars: ‘Specifically your health care rants were a huge turn on.’– TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer.

“What I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me, naked, bending me ovDAMMIT, it happened again.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

“As I told everyone once before, Wiener is a sick puppy who will never change-100% of perverts go back to their ways. Sadly, there is no cure.” — Dr. Donald Trump.

“Quick poll: would you prefer to get rick-roll’d with pics from anthony weiner or geraldo from now on? Your choice.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Aaaand….the voices of reason

“Anthony Weiner appears to have some serious emotional issues that are not going to be helped by becoming mayor of New York.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

“This shit’s intense.” — Executive Editor of Business Insider Joseph Weisenthal.

“Weiner Ear Poison”: “Waiting to tape a CNN segment, I just spent 30 minutes listening to talk about The Royal Baby™, followed by Lanny Davis on Weiner #EarPoison” — Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.

Journos Looking Out for Huma (JLOH)

“Huma. Be serious. Leave him. Now.” — Newsweek/Daily Beast columnist Michael Tomasky.

“Just curious how many times this has to happen before I am no longer required to be SO SYMPATHETIC to Huma. 5? 10? 20?” — TNR‘s Isaac Chotiner, who is not yet a member of JLOH.

“Huma you gonna believe? Me or or your lying eyes?” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

“Divorce this schmuck, Huma.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

“For the women out there excusing Weiner by saying ‘all men cheat,’ it’s a shame that you surround yourself with crappy men.” — Conservative radio correspondent Dana Loesch.

“Something in me wishes wronged political wives would start asking themselves WWJD? What Would Jenny (Sanford) Do?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“I think what most makes Weiner a dirtbag is blaming the sexting/cheating on “problems” in his marriage. No responsibility.” — TWT Senior Op-ed writer Emily Miller.

Journo blames Starbucks for future fatness

“When I weigh 600 lbs, the Starbucks treat receipt is going to come in for some large portion of the blame.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Baby Love: “@PeterAlexander: Absolutely overjoyed to announce the arrival of Ava Starling Alexander!!” — NBC’s Peter Alexander, husband to Allison Starling.

Separated at Birth: Newsweek’s Michael Tomasky

When we recently saw Newsweek/Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky on TV, several twins came to mind.

First, here’s Tomasky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His lookalikes include Democratic pundit, Joe Trippi, a young Dustin Hoffman, and ABC’s Steve Portnoy.

 

Separated at Birth: Howard Kurtz

Today we’re in search of the twins for Newsweek/The Daily Beast Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz. We see Daily Beast Special Correspondent Michael Tomasky in him and actor Alan Alda.

The “Heroes” of Journolist

superhero.jpg Today the bloodbath of Journolist pauses for The Daily Caller‘s superhero edition of Journolist. In this story by Jonathan Strong, certain Journolisters are praised for “integrity” and “civility.”

The “heroes” include: Journolist founder, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, HuffPost‘s Dan Froomkin, The Guardian‘s Michael Tomasky and The New Yorker‘s James Surowieki, who isn’t a full-fledged hero, but gets an honorable mention.

Toobin, Strong, writes, “came across as one of the least caustic members of the list.”

Klein, who sliced up Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson in a post last week, calling a statement Carlson released on the Journolist “sanctimonious” and “evasive”, has by far the shortest amount of praise in the hero version. In fact, the bit on Klein amounts to two sentences, the second of which you can almost read aloud without running out of air. It’s not entirely positive, however. See the first line after the jump…

Read the full story here.

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More JournoList Leaks: Members Plot to Bury Rev. Wright Story

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President Obama’s former pastor – Jeremiah A. Wright Jr. of Chicago’s Trinity United Church of Christ.

It’s now fairly obvious that the Daily Caller has in its possession the full archive of JournoList – Ezra Klein‘s defunct internet group for liberal members of the media. The list-serv that cost WaPo’s Dave Weigel his job is again in the headlines after the Caller published more emails from the group – this time for somewhat more troubling reasons and with a larger cast of characters. The list of players in this round includes Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman, Guardian’s Michael Tomasky, Baltimore Sun’s Thomas Schaller, Jonathan Stein of Mother Jones, Slate contributor David Greenberg, columnist Joe Conason, Grist’s David Roberts, and the Nation’s Chris Hayes, Katha Pollitt and Richard Kim.

The latest leaks showcase members plotting to kill stories about the Rev. Jeremiah Wright during the 2008 elections and in some cases, strategically turn the story against Conservatives. One such example is a suggestion made by Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman to simply call Obama’s opposition “racists”:

“If the right forces us all to either defend Wright or tear him down, no matter what we choose, we lose the game they’ve put upon us. Instead, take one of them – Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares – and call them racists. Ask: why do they have such a deep-seated problem with a black politician who unites the country? What lurks behind those problems? This makes *them* sputter with rage, which in turn leads to overreaction and self-destruction.”

Later, Chris Hayes of the Nation urged MSM members of JournoList to ignore the Rev. Wright issue all together:

“I’m not saying we should all rush en masse to defend Wright. If you don’t think he’s worthy of defense, don’t defend him! What I’m saying is that there is no earthly reason to use our various platforms to discuss what about Wright we find objectionable.”

The response to the Daily Caller’s latest in the JournoList saga has again been overwhelming from both sides of the aisle but my position is that of the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan who said in a post, “I’m glad Journo-list is over. It should never have been begun. I know many of its members are good and decent and fair-minded writers. But socialized groupthink is not the answer to what’s wrong with the media. It’s what’s already wrong with the media.”

Daily Caller story here and Sullivan’s post here.

Morning Reading List, 12.29.08

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Guardian America Launches

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The Guardian launched GuardianAmerica.com today, “a new site designed to meet the needs of the Guardian’s growing US audience,” according to the announcement.

Here are the main points of the release:

  • “Guardian America has an editorial team of eight based in Washington and will also be supported by the extensive resources of the Guardian across the globe.”

  • The Guardian is taking a unique in house approach to it multimedia journalism; complementing video news feeds with audio and video footage created by its own in-house team.

    Uh, that’s it? We’re probably being pessimistic today (the same way we were when Time’s “The Page” launched) but…what makes this stick out? What makes it special?

    Editor Michael Tomasky tries to explain:

      I am sometimes asked what, or who, this means we will try to be “like”; the questioner wants an American reference point the better to slot this project into a known category. The only answer is that we will try to be like … the Guardian.

      Which means what? Well, the paper was founded in 1821 “to promote the liberal interest” in the aftermath of the Peterloo massacre. Now, I confess that I don’t know what that was. But it sounds bad, and I’ve been around the block enough times to know that journals founded in response to events like massacres tend to be pretty reliable, from my point of view, more or less across the board.

      So Guardian America will, yes, promote the liberal interest. Not with a sledgehammer; one of the most important liberal interests, after all, is in free inquiry, debate, scepticism, even about one’s own positions. But I suspect that, among the Americans who like the Guardian, one of the things they like is that the paper expresses its view of the world a bit more openly than American newspapers do.

      This will mean looking at the events of the day from a slightly different angle than US papers, and focusing in on some matters that they might ignore, as I have in my interview with Hillary Clinton. It will not mean, of course, that our standards of accuracy and fairness and fealty to fact will be anything but the highest. “Facts are sacred,” said CP Scott, the man whose family placed the Guardian in trust 71 years ago the better to insulate it from the vicissitudes of the marketplace. That they are – and that does not change across either decades or oceans.

  • Tomasky To Edit Guardian America

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    A staff email from Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger:

      I am pleased to announce that we have appointed the influential US political commentator and journalist Michael Tomasky as editor of Guardian America, our US website. He takes up his post next week, based in Washington DC, and will be responsible for developing the Guardian’s growing online presence in America. Immediate plans for our site include enhanced coverage of American news stories, a greater focus on international stories of key interest to a US audience, and the development of an America-focused front page for guardianamerica.com. Comment Is Free will also expand its US coverage with more comment and analysis on US issues and more US bloggers.

      The Guardian has acquired a considerable audience in America over the past five years – second only to the BBC in terms of British news sites. We’re convinced that we can build on this success – recently recognised by the third Webby award of best newspaper website in the world. Michael Tomasky is a highly experienced editor and an increasingly sought after commentator on American politics. We’re delighted he will be leading the Guardian’s next phase of expansion.

      Alan