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MoJo Smacks Down Examiner Writer ‘Investigating’ Michael Hastings’ Death

A Mother Jones story today by Gavin Aronsen comes out swinging at Kimberly Dvorak—the so-called journalist “investigating” Michael Hastings death—and for good reason.

Dvorak has been pushing unsourced and, in some cases, debunked conspiracy theories about Hastings’ death at Examiner.com (most notably that he was assassinated, but she’s also open to the idea that he could’ve faked his death, too). Being that we’re talking about Examiner.com, this would make her only mildly annoying. Except that now, a San Diego TV station has started giving her airtime. That’s only led to papers like Britain’s Independent, Fox News (of course), Reason.com and others citing her work.

When asked for comment by Mother Jones, she says, “I’m going out on a limb reporting this. Journalists are becoming so irrelevant right now.” San Diego’s TV station refused to comment for the story.

An excerpt from Mother Jones:

“Dvorak’s reporting—and mainstream media outlets’ embrace of it—is ongoing. On Monday, Dvorak reported that she had ‘confirmed’ a claim made last week by Hastings’ widow, Elise Jordan, that Hastings was working on a profile of CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his death. (The news that Hastings had been investigating Brennan first appeared in the Los Angeles Times the day after Hastings’ death in June.) ‘It’s curious how his wife came out and talked about [Hastings' death] and kind of had a smile on her face and didn’t seem like a grieving widow,’ Dvorak says.”

This isn’t the first time someone has taken issue with Dvorak. Huffington Post writers Jason Linkins and Ryan Grim pointed out way back in 2010 that not only had she fabricated a story about the Mexican Los Zetas gang seizing ranches in Texas (Dvorak claims border security as one of her areas of expertise), but also ripped off a legitimate story about an Immigration and Customs Enforcement informant who played both sides of the drug war.

So why do legit outlets keep giving Dvorak a pedestal to shout from? Maybe they just don’t have time to use Google to check her bona fides, or lack thereof?

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C-SPAN’s Sentimental Signoff to Hitchens

This morning C-SPAN walked down memory lane as they recalled VF‘s Christopher Hitchens‘ various appearances. They tell an amusing story about Canadian American journo David Frum meeting him for the first time and his initial reluctance to like him. They show a touching clip from his last appearance on the network in which he tells interviewer and CEO Brian Lamb that he couldn’t bear to not visit England one more time.

You don’t want to miss this one. Watch here.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Metro Weekly’s White House correspondent Chris Geidner claims Thursday was Purple Paisley Tie Day. He wins our non-existent Pretty Tie of the Day award, an honor never bestowed on anyone.

Getting to know the Senator’s wife: Always a good idea

“I ran into Nancy Domenici on Cap Hill (Sen. Pete’s wife) today. She was walking home, too. What a gracious and down-to-earth woman.” — Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Thursday tweet.

Quite a reaction to end of RHOD

“@ReliableSource will miss your columns on RHDC so desp so I may have to tie you down and force you to watch RHBH and recap for me.” — Writer and wife to lobbyist Jack Quinn, Susanna Quinn in a Thursday tweet after WaPo‘s Reliable Source (Amy Argetsinger) reported that Real Housewives of DC has been canceled.

Fake Jim V. weighs in on Planned Parenthood issue

“Like most dilemmas involving planned parenthood, we can’t do anything until the morning after.” — FakeJimVandeHei in a Thursday tweet.

Note to Chuckles: You don’t have to “lean forward” when tweeting

“POTUS seemed to lean into idea of being to announce a deal early tmro. Seems to hint that a some working deal is on the table.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a Thursday tweet.

Editor disappointed with ShutdownShowdown coverage

“Fox is talking birthers, MSNBC Gulf Oil spill and CNN has Eva Longoria. And all I want is budget news. #insidethebeltway.” — Politico‘s Martin Kady in a Thursday tweet. Thankfully Fox News comes through with the following, as tweeted by Kady’s colleague Jake Sherman who informed: “Bachmann bets greta an “ice cream cone” that boehner, obama reid come to a deal tomorrow.” He’s referring to Bachmann’s appearance on FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s “On the Record” program last night.

Really bad luck

“A Google image search result for my name turns back a lot of nonsense and the frowny face of a guy I used to date. Wonderful.” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Thursday tweet.

Boy Bander hates ‘The West Wing

“At fiancee’s request, am watching The West Wing. Am I the only liberal who fucking HATES this show?” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman in a Thursday tweet.

TV report explains away all-caps use

“Hugely historic #TopLine today: FULL HALF HOUR for first ever time featuring SCHUMER, HATCH, HOYER, MCCARTHY, JEFF SESSIONS, RON JOHNSON.” — ABC “World News Tonight” Senior Washington Editor Rick Klein in a Thursday morning tweet. He apologizes a moment later, saying, “Sorry about the ALL CAPS but I’m jazzed.” We’ll excuse it this time since this is, we think, a first-time infraction.

Journos get emotional about potential shutdown

“Floor speeches today just pitiful: U want our soldiers to starve! No, U do! Well U want to keep borrowing fr China so we can fund abortion!.” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Thursday tweet.

“BREAKING: Cherry Blossom parade will proceed even if there is a #shutdown. #whew.” — Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn in a Thursday morning tweet.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein learns lesson amid shutdown story

“If this week has taught me anything, it’s how to write a news story about a lack of news.” — Sam Stein in a Thursday tweet. To which WCP‘s Managing Editor Mike Madden said (joked, we think) that he’s sure Stein has learned this before.

Unnecessary Tweet(s) of the Day

The procession of Washington journalists who kept reiterating that President Obama canceled today’s trip to Indianapolis, Indiana after The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman wrote, “WH official tells me POTUS will NOT go to Indiana tomorrow.”