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Afternoon Reading List 05.30.13

The state of conservative media  Oliver Willis, a professional Fox News hater for Media Matters, laid out the current state of conservative media in a story for The Daily Banter. Well his take on it, anyway. The piece was very much in Willis’ typical style, bashing the right-wing media and conservative movement. Willis said that Rush Limbaugh is still conservative media’s “most dominant voice,” though his audience is fading due to his lack of online activity and aging radio audience. According to Willis, he is not only influential to his audience, but Limbaugh is also influential among right-wing pols. Where Limbaugh falls short in online activity, Willis said Matt Drudge and Glenn Beck are both excelling on the web, though some of Drudge’s credibility has been lost due to his fondness for “conspiracy theories from 9/11 truthers.” The piece also evaluates the new generation of right-wing media, including Breitbart.com and Michelle Malkin. Willis calls this new breed of conservative media “a gaggle of clowns” and says it “could be the best thing to happen to the left.” Though Willis dismisses Breitbart.com as a non-serious news outlet, he does credit Andrew Breitbart’s original mission for the website. Under his leadership, he said, the site was “evil, but a good idea” and that Breitbart “knew what the hell he was doing.” Since Breitbart’s passing, however, Willis said the site has taken a turn for the worse. Not trying hiding his obvious personal bias, Willis concedes that he is “a liberal who wants conservatism to fail.” So while he may not the best person to evaluate the current state of the conservative media, he does give a rather detailed analysis of the right-wing media from the perspective of the left.

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Afternoon Reading List 05.22.13

‘The Office’ Actor takes imaginary trip to the Oval Office — In her weekly feature for The Hill, “My 5 Minutes With The President,” Creative Coalition CEO Robin Bronk asked actor Leslie David Baker of “The Office” (or Stanley Hudson, as he’s known in the show) what he would ask the President, to which Baker said he would ask how the media can “help reshape how the U.S. presents itself globally.” That sounds more like a job for White House PR staff, not the independent and free (maybe?) press. The actor also said the President should keep trusting his gut and recommended some “1963 vintage Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderly… and a hot bath.”

All About Jay — White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has been the subject of criticism by much of the media lately in his relationship with the press during briefings on the White House scandals that broke last week. He’s also the subject of Glenn Thrush and Reid Epstein’s story in Politico, which is an analysis of Carney and his embattled relationship with the press and White House staff. The story has a lot of words, but doesn’t say much. There is little new information in the story, and most of the focus is on Jay Carney’s role in the Obama Administration and how much information is actually shared with him. Skimming this one may be a good idea.

Bernie Sanders is Pure Sex — Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) was debating the farm bill Tuesday, but one thing that wasn’t up for debate for The Daily Caller’s Taylor Bigler was the fact that the senator is “Pure. Sex.” A slideshow by Bigler shows some of Sander’s “hottest, sexiest moments” and features photos of the longtime senator speaking and pointing, and even includes one photo of Sanders wearing a sarong, which is captioned “Sen. Sanders in a sarong? Yes please.”

Harry Shearer on hurricanes, health care and smell of sausage

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Today is the unveiling of the Creative Coalition’s Robin Bronk‘s column in The Hill in which she asks famous people what they’d do if they had five minutes with POTUS. Her first subject: Harry Shearer. (He’s an actor, comedian – he’s the voice of Mr. Burns on “The Simpsons.”)

It’s not hard to find the column if you know where to look. The publication splashes it on the “Washington Scene” blog, but on the front of the web site? There’s no mention.

It’s difficult for Hollywood people to do Washington. After offering responses that involve a hurricane protection system, Wikileaks and health care, Shearer finally throws Bronk a bone:

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?
HS: Never. I worked in the California State Legislature for a year, and I still can’t get the smell of sausage out of my nostrils.

Stay tuned for the next column, which will come out every Wednesday that Congress is in session. We have high hopes for this feature, especially with actor Adrian Grenier on the horizon.

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Capitol File Adds Friday Night Event To WHCD Weekend

Just when we were worried there wouldn’t be enough to keep us busy the weekend of the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in May, we can rest assured with Capitol File‘s announcement of a new Friday evening event.

In addition to the May 9th after-party, HuffPost reports the mag will co-host a Friday night screening of the Creative Coalition’s “PoliWood” documentary.

Sting and Anne Hathaway are among the A-listers slated to attend. Creative Coalition co-founders and producers of the documentary Tim Daly and Robin Bronk are also expected to grace the premiere.

HuffPost has the full scoop here.