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Afternoon Reading List 10.21.13

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The love/hate relationship between technology and news: NYT media writer David Carr had a piece Sunday about the budding bromance between technology and news, after the two have been at odds with each other for the better part of their relationship. But with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos buying WaPo and eBay founder Pierre M. Omidyar starting a newly conceived news site with Glenn Greenwaldit’s becoming apparent that there may be an actual future for journalism and technology.

Why you should read it: The news game is  changing. Don’t be stuck riding the bench when your team gets a new coach. Read more here.

Obama to give Rose Garden rally: According to Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, this morning, the President was scheduled to speak with consumers, small business owners, and pharmacists about the new healthcare law in the Rose Garden. Munro, who made himself famous in the Rose Garden, points out that since most early Obamacare success stories have either been outright lies or erroneous exaggerations, this is an attempt to save face and earn political points before the 2014 elections by pointing out Obamacare’s successes while claiming its failures unacceptable.

Why you should read it: The Rose Garden healthcare awareness rally will probably not answer why numerous companies have reduced employment and reduced workers’ hours to escape the high cost of the Obamacare regulations, but this story does. Read more here.

How does Fox News handle mean commenters?

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Afternoon Reading List 09.16.13

Feminist blogger bashes female reporters, female reporters bash back: The Guardian published an article last week in their Comment is free section, and it was unflattering to women reporters in Syria, to say the least. Feminist blogger and Guradian columnist Jill Filipovic wrote the article, entitled ‘Can girls even find Syria on a map?‘, triggering the female reporter community to fire back with a pissed off and unanimous ‘YES.’ This prompted BuzzFeed’s Sheera Frenkel to write a response to Filipovic’s feminist diatribe, which was eloquently dubbed ‘Women Are Covering The Hell Out Of The Syria War – So Why Haven’t You Noticed?’ Don’t worry, the ‘You’ in the title isn’t pointed at ‘you, the reader. It is a point blank pot shot at Filipovic’s entire piece, and namely, her article’s title. In the response, Frenkel drops the hammer on all of the unsubstantiated claims made by Filipovic, and clarifies why it may seem like women reporters aren’t being featured as widely as men reporters are. Frenkel points out that not only is Filipovic flat-out wrong, she tells us exactly why, too.

Why you should read these articles: Filipovic attempts to rally women everywhere under her flag of feminism with aims of furthering women’s roles in war reporting, and in doing so degrades all of the past and continued efforts being made by female reporters who are putting their lives on the line in Syria as well as throughout the world. In effect, she gets schooled… hard, and it is very, very cathartic.

American copies of Time are not at all like the others: Today’s cover of Time in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and the South Pacific are different from the cover of the American copies.  The rest of the world must not have received the memo about the seemingly coincidental, non-political yet super-dee-duper highly important issue regarding the payment of college athletes. Their covers are about Russian President Vladimir Putin and his dominance over Barack Obama in his handling of Syria, which was totally different from our non-judgmental, pro-education (sort of) Americanized version. Neil Munro, White House correspondent over at the Daily Caller, did more than just catch Time with their pants down in his article about the inconsistent international covers. He also calls out Time editor Rick Stengel for being one of the three journalists to be tapped to run the state department’s public diplomacy mission.

Read more about Time’s ‘Merican cover change and misquoting senators…

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AnonymASS Tipsters of the Week

As Al Jazeera America emerged Tuesday, a few anonymASSES surfaced and wrote in to FishbowlDC with some “news” about The Daily Caller‘s outspoken White House Correspondent Neil Munro. Read more

Fishbowl5 for Daily Caller’s Teenage White House Reporter Gabe Finger

As most of Washington’s free world knows by now, The Daily Caller sent their solidly-named 16-year-old intern, Gabe Finger, to the White House Wednesday for the briefing with Obama Spokesman Jay Carney in place of their regular correspondent, the ever shrinking violet Neil Munro.

As Politico first reported, Finger got in a question with Carney about the George Zimmerman trial, which pissed the press secretary off. And today, we’ve asked the the teen to answer a few questions. Thankfully he obliged. By the way, at 3:47 p.m. Wednesday, Finger had 235 Twitter followers. As of today at 1:21 p.m. he has 1, 212. His handle: @GabeemtheFinger.

1. Did you have your question for Jay Carney planned? Yeah. We had discussed the question beforehand and some of our staff helped me word it.

2. Did you feel nervous asking a question at a White House briefing? I wish I could say no, but of course I was! I was fine when the room was empty and then all of a sudden all of the famous, major network, White House correspondents filed in all at once. That’s when it hit me.

3. What is your parents’ reaction to all this? They’re both very proud. My dad loves everything about it. My mom, however, is far more attention-averse.

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Tucker Carlson Dubs Politico the ‘Rich Kids Camp in Meatballs’

After Politico wrote a story highlighting a 16-year-old intern from The Daily Caller posing a question at a White House briefing to White House Spokesman Jay Carney, the Washington Twittersphere went wild. And oh, the outrage that followed. Politico reporters, in particular, had condescending reactions and couldn’t fathom why The Daily Caller would allow a 16-year-old kid preposterously named Gabe Finger to be its White House reporter for the day.

In a story by Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein, she wrote that it’s “rare” for interns attending the White House briefings to ask questions and rarer still for them to be called on. Finger, who had been standing in a reserved area in the briefing room where he was not supposed to be standing, asked about George Zimmerman receiving death threats and then followed up by asking if the family was on their own. Carney snapped, “You can editorialize all you want, and I’m sure that you will, but that’s a ridiculous statement.”

Pissing off the White House Press Secretary. Score?!

“The conservative blog Daily Caller sent a high school junior to the White House briefing today,” cracked Politico congressional reporter Jake Sherman on Twitter. The Daily Caller is not a “blog” any more than Politico is a “a liberal blog based in Virginia,” which is what Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson calls it. Politico‘s White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush also reacted to the teen’s question, writing on Twitter, “Daily Caller guy who asked @PressSec adolescent question about Zimmerman? He’s a junior in high school.” Politico‘s Ben White replied facetiously, “Yeah, but they have more traffic than us so you know.” Earlier in the week, The Daily Caller put out a statement and story declaring that they had surpassed Politico in traffic.

FishbowlDC spoke with Carlson Wednesday afternoon by phone. He referred to Politico as “the rich kids camp in Meatballs” and explained,  “They’ve spent tens of millions of dollars, they have hundreds of employees and they’re still losing. They’re looking down their noses at us and chortling, but in the end we’re going to crush them in the hot dog eating contest.”

Finger stepped in for The Daily Caller‘s usual White House reporter Neil Munro, who had someplace else to be this afternoon. “We had a good question,” said Carlson. “Here’s our journalism strategy: We try to ask questions, that’s kind of what we do. That’s our top secret strategy for reporting.” Taking a stab at Politico‘s Playbook by Mike Allen, he continued, “It’s not just about chronicling the birthdays of West Wing employees.” Read more

Jonathan Alter Accuses Daily Caller Scribe of ‘Racial Animus’ Toward Obama

In Bloomberg View columnist Jonathan Alter‘s new book, he accuses The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro of having “racial animus” toward President Obama. He also refers to him as “a reporter.”

Alter’s allegation comes after he makes a similar claim of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. “Limbaugh was only the most public face of racial animus toward Obama,” Alter writes in The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies. “When Neil Munro a ‘reporter’ for the Daily Caller, used a day pass at the White House to shout at the president in the Rose Garden while he was speaking, it offended the veteran reporter Sam Donaldson.”

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, also a weekend co-host of Fox & Friends, took a shot at Alter concerning what he wrote about his reporter. He told FishbowlDC this afternoon, “Alter stopped practicing journalism a long time ago, when he went to work as a courtier for the president,” he said. “He’s been sniffing Obama’s throne and churning out propaganda on his behalf for five years. No wonder he’s offended when an actual reporter dares to ask his boss a question. Nor is it surprising that he mistakes journalism for racism. When you worship a politician like a god, all dissent looks like bigotry.”

Munro memorably interrupted a statement Obama was delivering on immigration policy last summer. “Why’d you favor foreigners over Americans?” Munro barked at Obama in the middle of his comments.

Donaldson, a former White House correspondent for ABC News, made a name for himself yelling questions out at past presidents. At the time, Carlson defended Munro by comparing him to Donaldson.

The well-known newsman wasn’t pleased about that.

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Week-Old Daily Caller Social Media Editor (and Gangsta Expert) Will Live Another Day

The Head Editor In Charge of The Daily Caller has spoken. Clark Hennessy, the brand spanking new Social Media Editor for the publication, ran into an online snarl Thursday when he tweeted something about RNC Chairman Reince Priebus being the HNIC (you can Google it).

Hennessy, a New Zealander who arrived to the pub a week ago and mans the DC‘s Twitter feed, quickly deleted the tweet. But not fast enough as it was retweeted 141 times. And soon the uptight Twitterati went wild, thick with outrage over his gangsta tweet and accusing the young man and The Daily Caller of being racist. Hennessy tried to remedy the situation by tweeting what he wrote again and replacing “HNIC” with “boss.” Good thinking! He also expressed regret: “Apologies for the earlier tweet, clearly been listening to too much Fashawn.”

A journalist soon emailed us, saying, “Whatever you do, don’t do a Twitter search (search.twitter.com) for ‘HNIC’ and ‘DailyCaller.’”

We hear the newsroom went a bit haywire yesterday amid the controversy, and that Hennessy was spotted in the office of Publisher Neil Patel. Some feared he may get the axe. But whatever the talking-to amounted to couldn’t have been that bad. Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson told FishbowlDC this morning that Hennessy will not lose his job over this. “As for yesterday’s tweet, it was a reference to a song by Fashawn and not a racist attack on Reince Priebus, whom I don’t even think is black. Still, given the reaction on Twitter and the current standards on accidentally offensive speech, we have executed the employee who wrote it.”

Uh oh. Whah?

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Want an Oyster Named for You and a Free Party?

You’re a journalist.  Come on, you love to see your byline. So we have an unusually fishy idea: name an Oyster after yourself (or a coworker) and have the name immortalized forever. P.J. Clarke’s is introducing its’ own signature oyster on Tuesday, with its name to be chosen by secret ballot.

Brad Blynier, one of the owners of the War Shore Oyster Company, the company that’s harvesting the exclusive oyster for the restaurant, describes the oyster as “farm raised, premium cocktail-sized and has a robust brininess with a clean, mild and sweet finish.”

Based on the oyster’s characteristics, we’ve come up with naming suggestions but feel free to come up with your own (write us at Betsy@mediabistro.com,  fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or use our Anonymous Tips button):

The Badass Oyster: Do we even need to name the journalist who comes to work with a chain tied to his waste? That’d be BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. The Meghan: For Meghan McCain, a tart oyster served naked of its shell; The Rose Garden: after The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, an oyster served live and will never shut up. The Burger Oyster: it’s cocktail-sized, after all, and has former TIME scribe and professional partygoer Tim Burger written all over it. To spice things up, we have The Rosie: sweet, tart and can cuss like a sailor for BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray (and we mean nothing by the tart, only that it’s a flavor that might be present in an oyster.). The Bob Schieffer, farm raised, but still clean and sweet– an undeniable D.C. institution. The Hardball Oyster: All robust and briny things should be named after MSNBC host Chris Matthews, shouldn’t they? The Pothead Oyster: all laid back and smooth, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. The Howeeza: after mild, sweet Judy Kurtz from The Hill. The Ezzy: serious and wonky with a touch of lemon and an aroma of fresh figs for WaPo‘s favorite “f–k you” blogger Ezra Klein. The Weingarten: a little sour-aftertaste for D.C.’s ultimate curmudgeon, WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. The Luke: for MSNBC’s Luke Russert, a very meaty oyster;  “Shorty” the Jake Sherman oyster. The Stealth Spunkster: she’s everywhere and nowhere all at once after Hollywood on the Potomac‘s Janet Donovan; and The Lady: the always well-mannered and comedy-laced Neda Semnani from Roll Call‘s HOH. The Angry Oyster: Can you guess? That’d be Tim Grieve, who just gave Politico the middle finger and bolted to National Journal. The Fresh Mouthed Oyster: Politico‘s own salty tweeter Ben White, who likes to share his crappy hotel experiences. Hey, maybe this time the Jefferson Hotel will actually hold a reservation for him or the W will give him a room that doesn’t place the bathroom in the foyer. The Potty Mouthed Oyster: Mike Elk, a brusque, sharp-flavored oyster for the labor journo who swears more than any other. The Shooter: Who else? After the gun activist journalist herself, Emily Miller of TWT. And finally, we offer The Boyle: for you-know-who, the always all blown up Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — Inauguration aftermath

“Wow. CNN. Inaugration.” — CNN’s John King with the above photograph.

A nod to C-SPAN

@cspan easily wins the award for best Inaugural Parade commentary – by having none and just letting viewers enjoy it.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.) Dep. Chief of Staff Doug Heye.

Michelle Obama’s bangs: Yay or Nay?

CNN’s Piers Morgan: “Am I allowed to not really like the bangs? I don’t really go for the bangs.” His colleague Erin Burnette disagreed: “I love them.”

Speaking of the first lady…

“Want. That. Coat.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Important Q to Ponder: “Has someone called Aretha Franklin’s hat for comment on Michelle Obama’s bangs?” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Uh oh. “Jon Stewart is going to have a field day with this inauguration coverage. #dailyshow” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Dance Twins

“Obama and I apparently have the same dance style. I don’t know who should be sadder about that. #inaug13″ — Mandy Jenkins, Interactives Editor, Digital First Media.

The Angry Blogger

“Why the hell has my phone kept ringing today? I offered commentary. Did I declare terrorist action on Washington and am unaware? Ph-ck!” — Washingtonian‘s Javonni Brustow, who also editor of ThePundit.com and a blogger for PopGlitz.

The Observers

  • “Pelosi got a cheer at 7th and Penn. Boehner and Cantor didn’t. Almost like this crowd is Dems. #Inauguration.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.
  • “Once again, some Republicans are ruining this day simply because they can. Please stop complaining. It’s not just abt you. It’s abt us all.” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.
  • “Watching the Benediction WWR cannot help but think of the burden that any president must bear. No one can truly understand – except them.” — Paul Brandus of WestWingReports.

Speaker Boehner Crying Watch: “Speaker Boehner wiping his eyes after lunch prayer.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

Backhanded sarcastic compliment for CNN

“CNN winning the timefill before the parade with ‘how did you come up with those hats?’” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

 Is Fox News getting stale?

“What about Fox News’ viewers? Are they going to go along like sheep? They now have no network that represents their perspective on what seems to be a key issue for Obama’s second term. Is it time for a new Fox?” — The Daily Caller‘s Mickey Kaus in a short post on his view that Fox News is going too far left and has a stale lineup.

In case you care about POTUS’ limo: “The windows in the President’s limo are not tinted. It’s easy to see him when he drives by.” — Former White House Press Sec. and pundit Ari Fleischer.

ABC reporter has Inauguration version of Modern Seinfeld, a USA Today reporter takes an intense picture, HuffPost ladies pose with Paula Abdul and more… Read more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Today we have another 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 and insightful. 

1. Which morning shows do you watch, if any? 

Is there any morning show worth a damn? When I want some news I’ll watch MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” but Mika’s Nancy Reagan-esque way of staring at Joe gets a little creepy after a while. Seriously, what’s up with that? However, when I know I’ll have difficulty getting out of bed, I’ll set the TV to turn on to Fox & Friends and hide the remote so I’ll have to physically get out of bed to change the channel to avoid vomiting. So the answer is I watch two morning shows but for different reasons.

2. What is your guilty pleasure website or publication to read? 

I have a couple. Rotten Tomatoes for weekend planning and Huffington Post or The Daily Caller for side-boob. I also accidentally get some news there too, but it’s really all about the slide shows of nip-slips, crotch-shots and generally human train-wreck stories.

3. The Daily Caller‘s Rose Garden interrupter Neil Munro covered a transvestite this week. The husband learned his “wife” was really born a man. From White House coverage to this. Thoughts? 

Is there really that much difference between the two these days? This guy thought he was getting one thing and he got something else, voters thought they were getting a leader and they got Barack Obama. One involves a penis, the other involves a dick; I’ll leave it to you to decide which is which.

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