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Afternoon Reading List 10.22.13

morningreadinglistresized1. No stone unturned: In what we horribly call a “longread” these days, the Washington Monthly has a really fascinating story out today about a woman who declared that she’d been gang raped in Iraq. The story takes you from the beginning of the ordeal to the absolute bitter end. The reporter, Stephanie Mencimer, admits her own involvement in a film in which the woman appears. She also admits to writing a number of sympathetic stories on the woman for Mother Jones, her former employer. At one point she says her former editor there “cringed” and not so subtly tried to talk her out of writing this piece, but she wasn’t persuaded.

Why you should read it: The story explores every possible angle and makes you ultimately question nearly every person involved. She shows how lawmakers and the media came to the woman’s defense and didn’t bother to follow through on the wildly unexpected conclusion to the ordeal. Stop whatever you’re doing. If any story deserves a prize it’s this one. Read the story here.

2. The firing of AP’s Bob Lewis: This story by HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone gives a full overview of the firing of the AP reporter for misreporting news relating to gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe.The story includes an interesting detail by reporting the reaction of McAuliffe’s communications director, who said the campaign did not request for any action, such as a dismissal, to happen.

Why you should read it: It’s free of opinion. How many stories are free of that these days? Read the story here.

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Quotes of the Day

West Wing Sophia: Sophia Nelson, columnist for the theGrio.com and Essence, visited the White House last week and snapped a few pictures.

“This stage [is] always available to you if you ever want to finish that Al Green song,”David Rubenstein, Chairman of the Kennedy Center to President Obama last night at the Kennedy Center Honors. Quote taken from a White House Pool Report by The Hill’s Eric Wasson, who referred to Alec Baldwin as “Alex” Baldwin and corrected himself in the next Pool Report.

German ex-journo predicts punch in the groin

“Today has been an utterly horrible day. I wouldn’t be surprised if somebody punched me in the groin on the way home.” — Klaus Marre, formerly of The Hill and The Daily Caller, in a Facebook update. (We hear he has left journalism and wants to start his own business.)

Travel Bitches

  • “The flight to North Dakota, already held up an hour, is being delayed further because “the flight attendant left her manual at the gate and we have to retireve [sic] it.” Sometimes, Delta, you’re better off lying.” — Bloomberg NewsAlan Bjerga.
  • “Attendant on my Delta flight from Boston delays boarding by jetway full of coach passengers to take drink orders, hang coats of 1st class.”  — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.
  • “Amtrak WiFi. An utter exercise in frustration. That is all.” — Yahoo! News senior editor for politics and news Beth Fouhy.

Just in case you wanted to know where Jake Tapper was this weekend…

“Reminder to Fort Hood area tweeps: from 11AM to 1PM CST I’ll be signing books at the FORT HOOD EXCHANGE Building 50004, Clear Creek Road.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper. That would be for Tapper’s book Outpost if you haven’t heard of it (but we’re sure you’ve heard about it in a few thousand of Tapper’s tweets as of late).

Confessional

“I delete so many tweets, you people have no idea. I’m the Dr. Kavorkian of inappropriate 140 character utterances.” – BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Fight! Fight! Fight!

“You spew such bullshit…I now know why you are rarely on CNN anymore. Your act is tired.” — ClearChannel‘s Colby Hall to CNN Contributor Roland Martin. (The pair were engaging in a lot of sports trash talk this weekend. We suspect their friendship will survive it.)

Being a real reporter is when this happens

“There’s nothing that makes me feel more like a real reporter than getting kicked out of someplace I’m writing about.” — Mother Jones D.C.-based reporter Stephanie Mencimer.

The Fashion Critic

“Geithner rocking the Ironman watch on all the Sunday shows. I like it.” — Politico congressional reporter and fashion expert Jake Sherman.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Politico’s Ginger Gibson has a “serious” question and an anonymous tipster reveals a few things about her colleague, Tim Grieve. Also: find out why a NBC News desk assistant was feeling semi-violent over the weekend… Read more