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Alexis Grenell: Lis Smith Latest Victim of ‘Slut-Shaming’

In the world of news, it’s never the man who is the “bimbo.” So argues political strategist and columnist Alexis Grenell in today’s New York Daily News.

DailyNewsFront_12_24On Sunday, incoming mayor Bill de Blasio‘s communications chief Lis Smith was revealed to be dating Eliot Spitzer. The ensuing coverage, suggests Grenell, has been all too familiar:

Regardless of her taste in men, Smith has the right to make her own decisions. Her relationship with Spitzer is entirely irrelevant to her qualifications as de Blasio’s spokeswoman.

Yet in news reports, Smith has been transformed from an accomplished adult into a “leggy” sexpot and her professional future called into question because her choice of romantic partner raises eyebrows.

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Weiner Dodges WaPo ‘Worst Campaign of 2013′

TheFixLogoThe choice by Chris Cillizza today of Chris Quinn over Anthony Weiner for the worst political campaign of 2013 has baffled a number of WaPo readers. We share the commenters’ befuddlement.

Then again, per an exclusive MAD magazine preview  today on The Huffington Post, even when Weiner is comically paired with former would-be Comptroller Eliot Spitzer for a Wangs of New York poster (complete with bulging NYC skyline), it’s still not good enough for top spot on “20 Dumbest Things of 2013.” So maybe Cillizza isn’t entirely off the off-base.

Expect to see plenty more Weiner roasts between now and the waning hours of New Year’s Eve. Elsewhere today for example, USA TODAY Network’s Ashley M. Williams leads off her rhetorical rundown of dingbats with Weiner, followed by Lance Armstrong, Alex Rodriguez, Alec Baldwin and others.

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Marveling at a Sarah Palin Run-on Sentence

We’re talking 105 words. YouTube host David Pakman dubs Sarah Palin the “queen of the word salad, a sous-chef of sorts…” before taking a deep breath and 32 seconds to read one sentence from her recent speech and conversation event with Jerry Falwell Jr. at Liberty University.

Here, according to Pakman, is the sentence:

“If you lose that foundation John Adams was implicitly warning us, then we will not follow our constitution, there will be no reason to follow our constitution, because it is a moral and religious people who understand that there is something greater than self, we are to live selflessly and we are to be held accountable by our creator so that is what our constitution is based on, so those revisionists, those in the lame-stream media especially who would want to ignore what our founders actually thought, felt and wrote about in our charters of liberty, well that’s why I call them the lame-stream media.”

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Republicans Give Up, Seek Donald Trump for Governor Run

Great idea!

Things are so bad for New York Republicans that they want Donald Trump to run for governor against Andrew Cuomo next year. The New York Post reports that Rochester assemblyman Bill Nojay is circulating a memo about how, exactly, Trump could beat Cuomo. Below are two actual sentences from Nojay’s note:

In many respects, Trump is not considered a Republican — he is his own brand, an almost iconic figure of Rockefellerian proportions. This will benefit him because many people who could never bring themselves to vote for a Republican would vote for Trump as Trump.

Here are — in no particular order — some more things that Trump is considered: 1) An idiot 2) An attention whore 3) A blowhard. But hey, that does make him like a lot of current politicians.

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Glenn Greenwald on the Source of NSA Stories

Glenn Greenwald opens up to the New York Times on his back-to-back stories in the Guardian about two (formerly) top-secret NSA programs.

Greenwald, a former practicing attorney, started a blog in 2005 following the news of warrantless surveillance in the administration of George W. Bush. Greenwald took his blog to Salon in 2007, where he had full editorial independence. He moved to the Guardian last year, keeping his gaze trained on issues of perceived government overreach. As for how this story came to him:

The leak, he said, came from “a reader of mine” who was comfortable working with him. The source, Mr. Greenwald said, “knew the views that I had and had an expectation of how I would display them.”

So how does someone who is writing about top-secret government programs protect himself — and his sources — from being monitored by the agencies he’s exposing. Greenwald’s got it all figured out:

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NY Times Prints Op-Ed By Gitmo Prisoner

Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel is an 11-year inmate at Guantanamo Bay. Now, he is also a New York Times op-ed contributor.

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The inmate at the military’s most infamous prison described the daily despair and degradation he and other hunger strikers suffer in an op-ed titled, “Gitmo Is Killing Me.

“I’ve been on a hunger strike since Feb. 10 and have lost well over 30 pounds,” he wrote. “I will not eat until they restore my dignity.”

The article, published late Sunday night online, drew swift criticisms from both poles of the political spectrum.

On one side, the ever-pugnacious Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian (and formerly Slate) columnist and an ardent human rights crusader, offered rare praise.

“Kudos to the NYT for publishing one of the most powerful Op-Eds ever,” he tweeted.

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Hillary Clinton Signs Book Deal with Simon & Schuster

It has been a busy week for Simon & Schuster. On Monday, the publishing house gave Cat Marnell $500,000 to write a book, and now it has a deal with Hillary Clinton to pen a memoir.

According to the company, Clinton’s book will focus on how she’s going to win the 2016 election. Kidding! It will focus on “sharing key decisions and experiences as Secretary of State and her ideas for how the United States can address the challenges of a dramatically changing world in the 21st century.”

“Hillary Clinton’s extraordinary public service has given her a unique perspective on recent history and the challenges we face,”  said Jonathan Karp, president and publisher of Simon & Schuster, in a statement. “This will be the ultimate book for people who are interested in world affairs and America’s place in the world today.”

The book will publish in 2014, two years before Clinton becomes president.

By the way, Mediabistro editors will be at tomorrow’s Women in the World conference where Clinton keynotes in the morning. Look for coverage on FishbowlNY tomorrow.

(Video) Alan Colmes Says Being ‘Left of Attila the Hun’ Keeps Him from Radio Clearance in NYC

Alan Colmes is still a busy guy. He is heard nationally on his eponymous Fox News Radio show. He also does guest spots on Fox News Channel, his former prime time TV home with Sean Hannity.

FishbowlNY caught up with Colmes at the recent reunion for WHN, a station that he was part of in the 1970s.

Although his radio show is available live online, including New York, where Colmes remains sidelined. Colmes says rejoining the top market is always a goal, but not something on his radar these days.

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Memories of Longtime Media Favorite, Mayor Ed Koch

His style was brash and it was all New York! Edward Irving Koch is being laid to rest today. He died Friday at age 88 of congestive heart failure. Koch, a three-term mayor from 1978 to 1989, was a friend to the media, always good for a quote.

Rich Lamb covered Koch’s entire run as mayor for WCBS-AM. Although Koch was ill for the past several months, getting shuttled in and out of the hospital, Lamb was not fully prepared to learn of his passing.

“The phone went off at 6:15 [a.m.], and the first thing I heard was my own obit that I recorded yesterday because we decided we’d better have something ready to go,” Lamb tells FishbowlNY.

The situation appeared grave when Koch was transferred to the ICU at New York Presbyterian-Columbia Hospital.

Before Lamb could wipe the sleepy dust from his eyes, there was a live report awaiting him on WCBS at 6:20.

“As I began to speak on the air I choked up and it really surprised me,” Lamb admits.

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New York Outlets Poised to Cover Second Obama Inauguration

2009 swearing in for President Obama (with First Lady Michelle).

While the historic magnitude of 2009 is not present this time, everyone still likes a good inauguration. As is dictated by the Constitution, President Obama will take the Oath of Office on January 20th to officially start his second term. But since it falls on Sunday, the White House will hold the traditional pomp and circumstance Monday. Coverage will be found on many New York stations.

1010 WINS will use the resources of its network personnel, while also having a reporter available from D.C.’s All-News WNEW-FM.

WCBS 880 will have a presence at the nation’s capital—Marla Diamond. Her reports start this weekend. Additionally, WCBS will carry the Oath, the president’s address, and ceremony live Monday.

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