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Afternoon Reading List 11.19.13

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Journos VS Flacks: Newscastic co-founder and contributor Chris Ortiz posted a blog yesterday about the six ways in which PR flacks piss off journalists. The list comes complete with some wacky, fun, and zany GIFs, but more importantly, it includes six very true, very irritating flack-related pet peeves.

Why you should read it: It’s all true, and that makes the piece funny. The GIFs however, are priceless and were perfectly placed at the proper points of the list, highlighting each of the pet peeves. Read more here.

Shep Smith mocks fat Canadian crackhead mayor: Yesterday, HuffPost’s Jack Mirkinson added a clip of Fox News’ Shep Smith and his instant replay videos of Toronto Mayor/ginormous crack enthusiast, Rob Ford. In the clip, Ford thundered across the floor of a busy city council meeting and barreled into an old lady. A reporter’s voice in the background details Ford’s movements, but Smith shamelessly mocks the egg-shaped druggy as he power-waddles into a bystander and then topples her to the floor.

Why you should read/watch it: The clip of Ford truffle-shuffling all the way across the room has been blasted all over the cable news stations, but Smith’s captions make his coverage the one most worth watching. Read/watch more here.

What does the media keep getting wrong in its Obamacare coverage?

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Afternoon Reading List 10.23.13

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Shep Smith is a jerk (to waitresses):  Gawker’s Jim Cooke has posted a story about Shep Smith‘s unorthodox method of ordering drinks at a bar. Apparently, Shep tends to scream and berate waitresses, and then leave without tipping. Scolding an employee at a bar and humiliating them in public is one thing, but not leaving a tip? That’s messed up, man. The servers still have to tip out the busboys and cooks, and that comes out of their pocket. Not cool, bro.

Why you should read it: The story brings to light a side of Shep that only the readers, a reporter from Florida, and a Tallahassee court have seen. Read more here.

Are big newspapers pro-surveillance or pro-privacy?: According to HuffPost’s Jack Mirkinson, a study by the Colombia Journalism Review found that most of the big-wig newspaper companies, including WaPo, LAT, NYT, and USA Today all showed significant amounts of pro-surveillance language over the past 2 months when reporting on the NSA and other government leaks.

Why you should read it: Although specific verbiage isn’t a direct indicator of a media bias, it’s still interesting to see how different media outlets report the same thing. Read more here and/or check out the full study here.

Who made a slightly racist remark at CNBC 

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

LAPCHILD ALERT: “Mel Watt has a toddler on his lap, name of ‘Nico.’”Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

“As I think Mark Twain said, trust leaves on horseback and returns on foot. … A president leads by persuasion, not command.” — Former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld last night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” on the current state of White House scandals and the concept of a Benghazi coverup.

Memo to world: Keep your smoke to yourself

“I AM SO SICK OF INHALING YOUR CANCER SMOKE AT BUS STOPS PEOPLE. Have some class. That is all.” — Reuters Amanda Becker.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is it technically plagiarism if they only took half a sentence? How about if they use your half sentence to buttress an incorrect assertion?” — Megan McArdle, special correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast.

Deep thoughts with Michael Scherer

“Ironies: Benghazi/IRS may help pass immigration reform; AP subpoena may help pass shield law.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

KATIE WEIGHS IN (so to speak): “A great shot of @morningmika, Katie Couric and Diane Smith during the taping of an hour special on Mika’s book.”

TV Critics/Observers

Shep Smith is a conservative cockblock — going from red meat Obama scandal coverage to Jodi Arias.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor.

Chris Matthews is the whitest cracker to ever come out of the Pillsbury Dough Boy’s rear end. Funny to hear him scream racism.” — RedState Editor and Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson.

“I feel Wolf Blitzer‘s pain, having to transition from WH coverage to Jodi Arias sentencing.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Josh Kraushaar.

“Modern cable dilemma: will CNN stick w/OJ Simpson, or switch to AG Holder when Judiciary hearing starts?” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Deep Thinker 

“Amazing thing abt Angelina Jolie: she managed to keep quiet treatment in @nytimes, & cover Time mag. DC needs her.” — CNN’s Jonathan Wald, who runs Piers Morgan Live.

Putting it all into perspective

“Shitty day? Hey, at least you didn’t get fired by the president of the United States on national television for something you didn’t do.” — Stefan Becket, who handles social media and writes for “The Intelligencer” blog for New York magazine.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

 

Friday Night Fights: HuffPost vs Buzzfeed

On Friday afternoon, Fox News infamously aired a car chase that ended very badly. A man who had stolen a vehicle outran police  until finally pulling into a field, pulling out a gun and shooting himself in the temple. We know this because FNC fell asleep at the switch and didn’t cut away from the man, so if you were watching Fox on Friday, you saw a snuff film. Anchor Shep Smith later explained that it was operator error and it would never happen again on his watch.

Meanwhile, mid-chase Twitter exploded with details. It was amazing to see how quickly those same people changed their tune when something bad ACTUALLY happened. The thing about car chases is when you watch them, you WANT to see something bad happen. That’s the whole point. There’s an element of danger that keeps you tuned in. Of course, that danger could also mean that, at some point, one of these car chases results in a robber mowing down a kid on a bike or shooting himself in the head. Sure, car chases = TV ratings, so I don’t begrudge Fox News showing them. Just as long as we understand that as we watch, we are responsible for seeing whatever terrible act might happen.

In the aftermath, BuzzFeed and Gawker initially posted unedited versions of the video on their site while HuffPost ran the edited clip. BuzzFeed soon added an edited version and gave viewers a warning and a choice. This led to some pretty nasty back and forth fighting between BuzzFeed and HuffPost. Are reporters from the typically friendly publications ready to bury the hatchet just yet? Friendship statuses at this point are unclear. We wrote HuffPost’s Sam Stein and BuzzFeed‘s head honcho Ben Smith. Everyone is tight-lipped. Smith referred us to his publicist, who passed along a Friday statement: “Making an editorial decision on how to cover a sensitive, tragic news event like this is never an easy one. But it is, indeed, a news event and we are a news organization. We posted both an edited version and the full version and we respect our readers’ judgment.”

Despite all the no commenting or careful commenting, we do our best to piece the whole saga together with this storify… Read more

Rotten Fish Food

(A Sprinkling of Very Gross Things we Think you Ought to Know…)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today’s Edition of Fish Food takes a look at some of the grosser parts of the news. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

Bloody Mitt RomneyYahoo‘s Dylan Stableford reports on what might have been if Bloomberg Business Week had gone through with their original idea for the Jan. 13 issue. The magazine actually went through the process of creating the cover on the right, featuring a bloody Mitt Romney, but decided to run a cover with Microsoft’s Steve Balmer instead. Bloomberg Editor Josh Tyrangiel says the decision was based on their perception that “the Romney story seemed to have already hit its peak.”

Barbara Bathroom Habits – Bravo TV’s “Watch What Happens” welcomed on Sherri Shepherd, co-host of the view this past weekend. Host Andy Cohen puts Shepherd through her paces and asks her a series of uncomfortable questions. When asked to say something embarrassing about ABC’s Barbara Walters, we braced ourselves. Considering Walters’ past, this could have gotten ugly. Walters has already admitted that she had an affair with Sen. Edward Brooke back in the 70′s. Fortunately, we were spared from any mental images of Walters doing the nasty, but what we did hear wasn’t much better. Shepherd says that Walters “never goes to the bathroom.” Here’s the video if you want to watch it, weirdo.

Shep Smith Just Ruined Lunch - POTUS welcomed various TV anchors to dine with him before his State of the Union Address on Tuesday. It’s a long-observed tradition in which the sitting President invites the pretty faces to join him for lunch. This year, the invite list included CBS’s Scott Pelley, ABC’s Diane Sawyer, NBC’s Brian Williams, and several others. HuffPost reports that one member of the media who was present was FNC’s Shep Smith. Smith confirmed this to his audience on Tuesday afternoon by bringing us the menu and how great it was. We honestly couldn’t tell you what was served, though. We were too busy trying not to get sick watching Shep’s sickly hacking cough and gaunt cheekbones as he described the menu. If you think you can stomach it, check out the video of a skeleton wearing a poorly made Shep Smith mask Shep describing the cuisine.

 

 

Morning Reading List, 10.22.08

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