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Morning Reading List 07.09.13.

Conservative editors team up against immigration bill — William Kristol and Rich Lowry have been at odds on immigration reform in the past. But today they’ve teamed up to write an opinion piece (click here to read it on Weekly Standard and here to read it on National Review) urging House Republicans to “kill the bill.” Kristol, editor of the Weekly Standard, has been in favor of reform while Lowry, editor of National Review, has been opposed. Nonetheless, the Gang of Eight bill recently passed by the Senate, has brought them together in explaining how there should be no urgency in passing reform. They argue that the bill is complex and was hastily passed without real examination of the real-world effects it would have. “If you think Obamacare and Dodd-Frank are going swimmingly, you’ll love the Gang of Eight bill,” they write.

Why you should read it: The team of Kristol and Lowry present a well-researched and thorough argument against the Gang of Eight bill as well as a look at where the GOP’s focus should be. Whether you’re for or against the bill, this piece is worth reading.

Do sex scandals matter anymore? — Mark Sanford. Anthony Weiner. And now Eliot Spitzer. Kevin Mahnken of TNR examines this year’s crop of out-of-the-ashes politicians who returned to the campaign trail in 2013 after falling from office at the hands of sex scandals, and what it means for sex scandals in politics going forward. No more is turning “hiking the Appalachian Trail” into an innuendo a political career-killer. And Weiner’s campaign seems to be going better than anyone imagined it would. With Spitzer’s announcement Sunday that he is running for New York City comptroller, which Mahnken notes is a “rather humble municipal office,” makes NYC the city that will determine whether voters care about sex scandals, even if they involve “a taste for expensive call girls,” as in Spitzer’s case. Mahnken also tries to tie the fact that politicians’ marital skills aren’t as important in elections to “the historical move away from laws prohibiting adultery, miscegenation, sodomy, gay marriage, and (probably, let’s face it) polygamy.”

Why you should read it: Do the words “sex scandal” mean anything to you? Mahnken’s piece focuses on three. It also raises an interesting point about redemption and the notion that politicians’ marital mistakes, however heinous and sometimes illegal, may not be an ultimate career-killer.

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Fish Food

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

Byers’ NYT story faces Twitter backlash– Politico media reporter Dylan Byerspiece on NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson sparked a debate Wednesday on whether the story was sexist in nature. HuffPost‘s Jack Mirkinson wrote a story rounding up some of the negative reaction to it headlined, “Jill Abramson: ‘Very Unpopular’ Or Just Doing Her Job?” Byers’ story includes an insider account wherein Abramson snapped at an editor to leave in the middle of a meeting and change a photo that was on NYT‘s website. Editor-in-Chief of Guardian U.S. Janine Gibson mocked it. “Spent the first hour of the day apologising to [staff writer] Maraithe Thomas for that time I asked her to change the front page pic a bit brusquely,” she tweeted. “This is the most non-story, story I’ve read in a while,” tweeted CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn, linking to Byers’ story. “People at any major, large company will complain about leader. If it affected quality, it’s a story. NYT won 4 Pulitzers…”

A Koch’d Los Angeles Times, isn’t necessarily a conservative Los Angeles Times– There’s buzz circulating that the conservative Koch brothers are considering purchasing several newspapers around the country, including the Los Angeles Times. Naturally, it has some journalists suspicious, including WaPo‘s Harold Meyerson, that the Times and the others will become out of control right-wing publications. Not so fast, says The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta. “There are several reasons regional newspapers are an awkward fit for anyone looking to counter-program what they see as liberal bias in the news media,” she writes. “The main reason is that all major U.S. newspapers are based in cities.” Franke-Ruta argues that big newspapers are subject to the culture of the cities they’re based in. People who live in cities tend to be progressive, or at least comfortable with with the concept, and the papers, by geographical necessity, have to hire those people. The readers who buy the papers in those cities are no different. If the Times is suddenly an overtly conservative paper, will Los Angeles residents continue to buy it?

Does Fox News have a “new” anchor you’ve never heard of?– WaPo‘s Aaron Blake wrote an item Wednesday about an interview on Fox Business featuring Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.). The anchor of the segment was identified as “New Cavuto.” Who? Must be a new host. But a review of the clip shows it was actually longtime anchor Neil Cavuto. That’s unfortunate. A new, and perhaps improved, Cavuto may be just the thing the fledgling Fox Business channel needs. Maybe a “Neat Cavuto.” Or a “Notable Cavuto.” A “Noble Cavuto”? Just Neil for now.

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Quotes of the Day

Words to Live By: Ever Heard of Google?

“I don’t know about you guys, but every time b4 I report an ‘exclusive’ I’m all up in Google News making sure that it actually is one.” — Capital NY’s Joe Pompeo.

Scribe unnerved by first gray hair

“Fear I have just discovered my first gray hair. Not cool.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

Text sent to us Wednesday: “Now that I know who Ezra Klein is, I see him all the time and he is soooo annoying.” Oh, Ezzy, don’t even listen. Person is just jealous! (Not really, but isn’t that what everyone says when someone’s TV personality gets knocked?)

Healthcare vote lacks drama

“The drama seems to be lacking in this health care repeal vote. Maybe they should have held off until Christmas Eve to build tension.” — NYT Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.

Journo is anti-Slurpee

“Stopped by 7-11 on way @FLOC_DC. Kids being encouraged by parents to fill up slurpees over&over again (free slurpee day). Humanity, doomed.” — Catherine Andrews, Director of Digital Content at Home Front Communications and former editor of Washingtonian.com.

Dirty newsroom banter

“O/H in the newsroom, coworker asking about poker strategy: ‘what does it mean when old men nut on me?’ ‘that’s not poker.’” — Roll Call HOH writer Neda Semnani.

The Observer

“Ah Cavuto explains the weird sound in background was from a ‘generator.’ what is it with Cavuto and interviews with background noise?” — ABC News reporter Matt Negrin on FNC’s Neil Cavuto.

Left & Right Media Wars

“Oh, and if you’re wondering how this story would be covered if Jackson were a Republican? You already know how this story would be covered if Jackson were a Republican.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a post about Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.‘s (D-Ill.) whereabouts. Interestingly enough, this appears to make little sense. When you search “Where in the World is Jesse Jackson Jr.”, some 19,000 hits come up. It appears all sides are covering the congressman. Relentlessly.

Fish Poll Results: Last week we asked you to choose how best to get through a hot summer slow news day. Coming in at 26.66 percent: Michelle Fields‘ TV cleavage. “Watch the heat index shoot up as Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields’ cleavage plunges down.” Two answers received second-place status at 23.4 percent. 1. “Tally the number of times FNC’s Bret Baier tweets about his son’s summer activities.” 2. “Create a shade chart to measure how sunburned MSNBC’s Chris Matthews‘ face gets.”

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Here’s the latest installment of “Ask Piranhamous Anything.” And we do mean anything. Send your queries to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column — Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple, funny and insightful.

How do you think the media handled Obama coming out of the closet for gay marriage?

With all the grace you’d expect from an egg thrown against a brick wall. There was so much drooling over what everyone already knew that you’d almost think everyone didn’t already know it. The saddest part, from a journalistic perspective, was how no one did any actual journalism. It changed absolutely nothing, it still keeps the President to the right of former Veep Dick Cheney (which got no mention), and was the subject of a fundraising email by the Obama campaign before ink dried on the first story. I would say the media was played like a fiddle but that would imply they aren’t in the tank already. So everything has changed except nothing has changed if you know what I mean.

What are your thoughts on George Clooney?

He was great in “The Facts of Life” and has been playing a variation of George Burnett ever since. No one has done so much with so little since Leslie Nielsen milked his hand-held fart machine for 20 years of Tonight Show laughs. The dude upgrades twenty-something chicks every couple of years, makes millions being one character and is a bigger “star” than his box office receipts warrant. What’s not to love…or find annoying. He’s Elizabeth Taylor without the diamonds – someone who had a couple of hits (the Ocean’s flicks were money-makers) who is famous more for being famous than anything else. In other words, I, like any guy, would change lives with him in a heartbeat.

Explanation and Clarification: Piranhamous previously answered a question regarding Fox News’ Neil Cavuto‘s voice in this space. It has been brought to our attention that Cavuto has MS. We’re not medical doctors, but we’ve also been told that MS can affect speech. If illness has altered his actual voice, we probably don’t need to be assessing it. We’ve removed the question and answer.

Fields Takes Fox to Titty City

Anyone watching Fox News’s Neil Cavuto Wednesday afternoon was in for a real treat of exposed breasts. Free of charge. The star of the soft porn film, er show, was The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields, who decided to go on national TV with a large portion of her breasts jiggling out of her shirt.

This isn’t the first time Cavuto’s program and others have been criticized for having on scantily clad female guests. Media Matters wrote about the rash of sexism emanating from the network’s programming in January 2011. They pounded that point home again in March 2009. And as far back as 2007 Conservative Radio Commentator Laura Ingraham voiced strong complaints to FNC’s Bill O’Reilly. To which O’Reilly said, “I don’t have anything to do with Cavuto. He’s a demented guy.” Ingraham complained of the male newscasters playing loops and loops of racy images of females. “I don’t know if there’s a rampant midlife crisis going on on this network among the male anchors, but I can tell you that my female listeners are saying … what is the purpose?”

Reaction to Michelle’s appearance was widespread. Readers and viewers from Washington and New York bombarded us over email about the inappropriateness of the video reporter’s attire during her performance on Cavuto. We’re shocked our computers survived it.

We sought comment from The Daily Caller, asking if management supported their reporter exposing a large chunk of her breasts on national TV.

Apparently the Fox News producer handling her never bothered to mention that her breasts had swallowed her attire. Fields is often plucked over male guests who may have more knowledge on a topic. We can only imagine they want her for her brain and not her breasts. In recent weeks this has been a growing sore spot for guests who get bumped and then see her in their spot. In fact, Fox News, as it is wont to do when women appear on their programs, dropped the banner for maximum viewing pleasure. Dropping the banner when a guest is wearing something revealing is apparently one of Fox’s favorite tactics. Who could have guessed that?

I checked in with a few members of Michelle’s fan club, FBDC’s Piranhamous and Senior Michelle Fields Rack Correspondent Peter Ogburn for their thoughts on the matter.

Piranhamous remarked, “I can’t believe anyone would go on news program dressed like this! Now could you please send me a hi-rez copy of this screen capture so I can have a poster made of it for my bathroom? Thanks.”

Ogburn was beside himself. “Women who use sexuality on Fox is nothing new.  But NO ONE shows off their rack like that. Fucking titty city.” But he wasn’t done. “For all the people who talked shit and said that she wasn’t showing cleavage in the videos we reported on before, they can shove their heads up their asses. Who shows THAT much cleavage on cable news?  Seriously.  Who?? Being sexual is one thing. Showing that much of your tits on TV is just over the top.  It doesn’t matter if she makes the most valid points on Earth, she has zero credibility.”

Some of the commentary and emails we received well into the night:

  • “Michelle Fields was on Fox News this afternoon around 4:50 wearing an absolutely unbelievably egregiously revealing shirt (and talking about Occupy Wall Street? Who even knows.)”
  • “As one who has thought you’ve been too touch on Michelle Fields….her Cavuto appearance right now is about one thing, her chest.” — Senior Capitol Hill aide.
  • “I don’t know how a bill becomes a law, but look at my breasts!”
  • “I didn’t have the sound on and might be better off for that.”
  • “I had it muted.  Boobs everywhere.”
  • “Floppy Funbags!”
  • “I can’t imagine many viewers are consciously listening, which is supposed to be the goal of contributing.”

Read the headlines we left on the cutting room floor….

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Fish Food

(A Super Tuesday Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know)


Rick Santorum cooks fancy Italian meals– Republican presidential hopeful Rick Santorum‘s usually quiet wife, Karen, is out trying to show a softer side of the candidate. In an interview with CBS News, Karen attested to his domestic capabilities, saying he’s good at cooking “Chicken Marsala, Pasta Arrabiata – and pancakes with the kids.” She says it was a “love-at-first-sight kind of thing” when she met Rick. And to neutralize any idea that he might be a little anti-women, Karen said, “He completely supports well-educated career women. If I wanted to work full-time as a lawyer, he would have been 100 percent behind me.”

Ann Romney doesn’t even notice her millions– Republican frontrunner Mitt Romney‘s wife Ann is a lot more out front than Santorum’s wife, which inevitably leads to more scrutiny. Speaking with FNC’s Neil Cavuto on Monday, Ann said, “We can be poor in spirit, and I don’t even consider myself wealthy, which is an interesting thing,” adding, “It can be here today and gone tomorrow.” In the full context, the quote is innocuous but the part about her not considering herself wealthy feeds into Mitt’s image of being out-of-touch. Therefore those are the comments making headlines.

Newt Gingrich: He’s absolutely fundamental! Newt has acknowledged that in order for him to continue in the Republican presidential primary, he needs to win his home state of Georgia. While campaigning there today and differentiating himself from the other candidates, he resorted to using that time-tested Newt word we’ve come to know and love: fundamental. He said he’s the only GOP candidate who can “bring fundamental change” to the country. Talking on foreign policy regarding the Middle East yesterday, he said, “We need a fundamental conversation about the entire nature of our role in that entire region and we need to rethink what we’re doing across the whole region.”

Ron Paul will definitely come in second place in Virginia– Disorganization in their campaigns has left Gingrich and Santorum off the ballot in Virginia. That leaves Romney and Republican rival Ron Paul as the only two competing for the state’s 46 delegates. Over the weekend an NBC News/Marist poll has Romney at 69 percent and Paul at 26 percent. Sounds like a real nail biter.

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Quotes of the Day


WaPo‘s Richard Leiby: “Cleaning old desktop files, I found this photo. LBJ swore his dogs liked the ear-lift. Press corps demanded proof, so he showed ‘em. Innocent times. Today someone in the White House would be subpoenaed to produce the beagle’s vet bills.” Leiby is relocating to Islamabad where he’ll be the Bureau Chief.

Simply heartwarming

“How could they not LOVE the ween?” — Traci Nobles, a cheerleading coach with whom ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) sexted, reacting to Weiner telling her that his in-laws wanted him to become Muslim. Excerpts of her new book “I Freinded You” are being published by MailOnline. It gets worse. Particularly disturbing is the part of the excerpt where she talks about sexting Weiner when he changed his avatar to that of his young niece. Nobles writes, “It felt strange to dirty talk with a toddler looking back at me. I was distracted by the photo of his niece; it felt weird, not so sexy.” Readers you have to see this.

FNC’s Bill O’Reilly opens up to Politico

Let your mother know how much she means to you in the form of a haiku. “My mother is 88. She isn’t into haiku. She knows I am looking out for her.” — FNC’s Bill O’Reilly partakes in Patrick Gavin‘s “Answer This” interview. Find out about his happy childhood here.

9-9-9 Branding

“Cosi cashier on my $9.99 lunch: “What d’ya know — 9-9-9!” #branding” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Oopsie! This week The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack appeared on FNC’s Neil Cavuto program. The host, a sub named Eric, got momentarily confused and called him John Cusack (we presume after the actor). He quickly corrected himself.

A belated Happy Birthday to… Bloomberg‘s Anna Edney. Her birthday was yesterday.

Journo gets ready to sweat

“Currently psyching myself up to do P90X abs. 15mins that leave me sweatier than Hank Williams Jr. in a… well, anywhere.” — The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry. We have to wonder, was he inspired by Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.)?

HuffPost LOVES Sensationalizing With All Caps

WE CAN HARDLY CONTAIN OURSELVES AT THE CHANCE TO CHANNEL HUFFPOST‘s “EAT THE PRESS” EDITOR JASON LINKINS TODAY AS WE SHOW YOU WHAT HUFFPOST MEDIA DOES TO SENSATIONALIZE ITS STORIES AND SLAM NEWS TO THEIR READERS.

Under the Twitter handle @HuffPostMedia, here’s how they sensationalize with all caps:

Today.: Lawrence O’Donnell goes BALLISTIC in wild interview with birther queen Orly Taitz

April 26: Keith Olbermann makes HUGE announcement about new show

April 14: Mika Brzezinski LOSES it, laughs hysterically over spoof

April 13: Anderson Cooper TRASHES Snooki

March 30: CNN anchor TEARS into Donald Trump: ‘ridiculous,’ ‘a joke’

And slamming? They’ve got that nailed too.

April 14: Fox News’ Neil Cavuto slammed as ‘ignorant’ by Dem Rep. in fiery clash

April 8: Bill Cosby slams Donald Trump, stuns Meredith Vieira into silence

April 5: Former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller slams James O’Keefe

 

Separated at Birth: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and FNC’s Neil Cavuto

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and FNC’s Neil Cavuto fall into the twin category.

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Sunday Show Notes: Obama and Fox

As we’re sure you’ve already heard, President Obama will make an unprecedented five Sunday show appearances this week- ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN and Univision. Noticeably missing is “Fox News Sunday.”

Time‘s TV critic James Poniewozik blogs:

You may have noticed, by the way, the one notable omission from his schedule: Fox News. I think this is a mistake. The perception may be that Fox is a nest of Obama-haters whose audience is monolithically opposed to him, but I think he would only benefit from being perceived to have the stones to do Fox and do it regularly. His campaign interview with Bill O’Reilly was tough-and it was the best interview he gave in the whole campaign cycle.

As I said then, “The fact remains that – according to Pew Research – over half of Fox News’ audience members are Democrats or Independents. Their votes are legitimate, whether Fox News is or not. And to continue to freeze out Fox would go against one of Obama’s most consistent messages: that people are sick of red-vs.-blue America divisions and that we should be able to talk with people who disagree with us.” I’m sticking by that.

We’ll open it to a vote…

Skipping “Fox News Sunday”(opinion)

On a related note… Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on cable yesterday (via TVNewser): “I’m here to tell you, Mr. President, it’s ok. I’m ok. But this ain’t sitting well with other broadcasters you are leaving out. You didn’t hear it from me, Mr. President, but I’m told the folks at ESPN are furious. ESPN-2, too, and the the Speed Channel…”

Cavuto used a clip from the children’s channel Sprout, saying, “they’ve reduced themselves to begging.” “Not here, Mr. President, we’re too classy for that sort of thing. We don’t beg,” said Cavuto.

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