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Garance Franke-Ruta Joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor

Garance Franke-Ruta joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor the company announced today. In her new role, Franke-Ruta will work with Yahoo News’ team of reporters to further develop and grow original content and political news coverage.

Franke-Ruta was most recently with The Atlantic where she was a senior editor covering national politics.

“Garance has the creativity, passion and experience that Yahoo News needs to break news and create conversation with our political coverage,” said Megan Liberman, editor in chief of Yahoo News, in today’s announcement. “She also happens to be one of the smartest and most social media savvy political journalists in the business. I am delighted to have her guiding our Washington bureau.”

Franke-Ruta has also worked at The Washington PostThe American Prospect, the Washington City PaperThe New Republic and National Journal magazines. She was named one of the top 140 Tweeters of 2013 by TIME magazine and in 2012 led the Atlantic politics team, editing coverage that contributed to TheAtlantic.com receiving the 2013 National Magazine Award for Best Website.

Yahoo recent hires include tech columnist David Pogue, Yahoo News editor in chief Megan Liberman, national political columnist Matt Bai, and the addition of Katie Couric as Yahoo News’ Global Anchor.

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This Week’s WTF Moments In The News

Every once in a while, you guys find stories so crazy we can barely believe what we’re reading. Here’s a round up of a few WTF moments from this week…

Wanted: Brand expert with shaved head and swastika tattoo

What’s a Mongolian neo-Nazi to do when rampant xenophobia, anti-semitism and racism just start going out of style? Rebrand as environmentalists! From Reuters this week: ”Based in an office behind a lingerie store in the Mongolian capital, the shaven-headed, jackbooted Tsagaan Khass stormtroopers launch raids on mining projects, demanding paperwork or soil samples to be studied for contaminants.” Given what a bunch of skinheads could be doing with their time, we’re sort of okay with this. Can’t wait until they hire their first social media editor.

69!

The headline on HuffPost—69!—sort of said it all, at least until we read the lede: “And we have a weiner.” Wow. Double double-entendres aside, this story would stand on its own as a WTF moment for the sheer fact that it’s about a man and the 69 hotdogs he ate to win the annual Nathan’s hotdog eating contest on July 4. This is a contest they’ve been holding for almost a hundred years now because… we’re not sure why. Joey Chestnut, this year’s winner and a 210-pound 29-year-old, has taken first place six times now, and this year he even beat out his old record of 68 hot dogs set in 2009. And in case you were wondering, that’s 18 hotdogs more than the runner-up. Just reading this makes us sick.

The 27-year-old virgin and f**ked up bulldozing… Read more

Examiner Gossip Writer Flees Less Than a Year In

The co-writer of Washington Examiner‘s Yeas and Nays gossip column Jenny Rogers is heading over to Washington City Paper as its Assistant Managing Editor. WCP tweeted the news last night.

Rogers’ move comes after just 10 months with the Examiner. Isn’t that a little premature? Before the Examiner she worked for the Titanic TBD.

“We actually originally wanted to hire Jenny for this job more than a year ago, when she was at TBD, but we wound up not being able to fill the position at all due to budget constraints,” WCP Editor Mike Madden told FishbowlDC. “Her work at TBD was great — lively, creative, and smart coverage of whatever they threw her onto. I’ve read her Yeas and Nays stuff since she went to the Examiner and liked it, as well, and I’m very glad we’re able to hire her now.”

As for her current boss, the Examiner‘s Executive Editor Stephen Smith, he’s cordial about Rogers’ short-lived tenure at the paper. “I would have been surprised if Jenny had left to take a job similar to the one she had here,” he said, “but she had a chance to do something entirely different, assigning and editing pieces and writing some cover stories of her own.”

Compared to the vanilla swirl Yeas and Nays serves on a daily basis (ex. this story about a new carousel at the National Zoo), WCP gives Rogers an opportunity to go nuts, particularly when it comes to D.C.’s racist favorite councilman Marion Barry.

Rogers told us… Read more

David Carr: My First Big Break

In the latest episode of mediabistroTV’s “My First Big Break,” New York Times columnist, and former editor of the Washington City Paper, David Carr remembers the first big story of his career.

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