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Media Matters Finally Responds to Andrew Malcolm’s Exit from the LA Times

Given their visceral dislike for LA Times “Top of the Ticket” blogger Andrew Malcolm, Media Matters’ week long silence over Malcolm’s impending departure to Investor’s Business Daily struck us as rather odd. There was nothing close to an in-depth blog post. No mocking Facebook update. Not even a celebratory tweet.

Until now.

It took him some time, but Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert finally got around to commenting on Malcolm’s exit.

[T]he Times’ problem with Malcolm was two-fold: He’s a hack who does virtual no original reporting but instead surfs the Internet scooping whatever right-wing talking point is being celebrated that day and posts it on a Times site. Second, he’s been the only point of view regularly offered by the newspaper.

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LA Times‘ Andrew Malcolm Moving to Investors.com

Given the exit of his good friend Tony Pierce from the LA Times in the wave of layoffs that hit the paper this summer, Andrew Malcom‘s exit from the paper seemed inevitable. Looks like that day has finally come. The Top of the Ticket blogger is moving on from the Times next month, when he’ll start a new job as a blogger for Investor’s Business Daily’s website Investors.com.

Top of the Ticket has been a big traffic draw to the Times‘ site, but those numbers haven’t come without controversy. The Times maintains that Top of the Ticket is politically neutral, but Malcolm, a former Laura Bush press flack, routinely posted conservative talking points on the site. Along with Andrew Breitbart and Bill O’Reilly, Malcolm was easily one of Media Matters’ favorite right-wing targets. Frankly, we’re astonished that site hasn’t said anything about Malcolm’s exit yet. Guess they’re keeping it classy.

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More Carnage at the LA Times

More names from yesterday’s layoffs at the LA Times have come out. Assistant Travel editor Jane Engle was let go. LA Observed has her goodbye memo. Sports columnist Jerry Crowe was also cut.

Perhaps the most interesting thing to come out of yesterday’s horrible news was that the website of  the Times took some serious hits too. Blog editor Tony Pierce was let go as was web producer Kelsey Ramos-Conroy.

Much to the disappointment of Media Matters, we’re sure, Pierce’s pal Andrew Malcolm is still around.

LA Observed beat us to it, but we too got a hold of Pierce’s goodbye letter.

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South African Newspaper Editor Berates LA Times Blogger Andrew Malcolm

In the wake of last week’s item by Andrew Malcolm about First Lady Michelle Obama allegedly being snubbed by the President of South Africa during a visit there, Mail & Guardian website editor Chris Roper (pictured) did a little digging. What he unearthed does not reflect well on Malcolm.

Roper notes that Malcolm sourced a June 21 report in the Telegraph by Aislinn Laing, who basically made something out of absolutely nothing. He also takes issue with the “Top of the Ticket” lede:

The peevishness of the opening paragraph said it all. “Well, who wants to meet the President of South Africa anyway?” It’s breathtaking in its childishness, and insulting.

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Andrew Malcolm Has Clearly Never Been to Ireland

Of all the pot-shots we’ve seen taken at Obama in the past few years, we think we just discovered the most retahded–and that’s saying something. The honor belongs to LA Times blogger and former Laura Bush PR-flak Andrew Malcolm, who just ripped Obama for his visit to a pub in Moneygall, Ireland, where the president dared to claim the Guinness “tastes so much better here than it does in the States.”

Malcolm proclaimed this an “oops” moment for the prez.

“[W]hat happened inside the Moneygall pub that may not go down too smoothly with the American distributors of Ireland’s world-famous Guinness.”

Sigh.

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Andrew Malcolm Tweets Unsubstantiated Rumor As Fact Under the LA Times Banner

An unusual tweet went out from the LA Times‘ supposedly non-partisan Top of the Ticket political blog late last night. Take a peek.

Well, that’s certainly big news if a Democratic lawmaker in Wisconsin has broken ranks. Only problem: it doesn’t appear to be true. Not a single news report has confirmed Cullen’s formal reentry into Wisconsin. The original source of the information was a tweet from Big Journalism blogger “Liberty Girl.”

Perhaps “Liberty Girl was reacting to this story in the Wisconsin State Journal, which reports Cullen met with Republican lawmakers yesterday at a McDonald’s in Kenosha. But Kenosha happens to be right on the border of Illinois. So one meeting in McDonald’s does not mean Cullen has suddenly broken ranks with his fellow Democrats and is ready to sell the public unions out.

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The Owner of JulianAssangeMustDie.com

LAT blogger Andrew Malcolm does a weekly podcast with fellow blogger Melissa Clouthier at Liberty Pundits.

Melissa Clouthier is the registrant of the domain name JulianAssangeMustDie.com. The proof is here. The screen grab is after the jump.

Yes, a call for a journalist-to-die-dot-com. Cute.

We emailed both Malcolm and Clouthier for comment and have yet to hear back.

Hat tip Greg Mitchell

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LA Times Blogger Andrew Malcolm and Mickey Kaus Make Salon’s List of Media Hacks

Salon just published the first wave of its “Hack 30” list of the worst pundits in America. Not surprisingly, LA Times blogger and former Laura Bush press aid Andrew Malcolm made the grade at number 28.

Malcolm’s snide disdain for every living liberal politician and media member would probably be no big deal if it weren’t for the fact that he’s the editor of an ostensibly objective L.A. Times news blog, not some punk writing for the Weekly Standard or BigGovernment.com. Malcolm notoriously finds poll numbers newsworthy only when they’re good for Republicans. He’s a reliable Sarah Palin apologist. But, again, his biggest crime — besides his official portrait — is that the Times allows him to masquerade as a regular news blogger instead of your bog-standard right-wing crank.

Meanwhile, former Slate blogger and Democratic political candidate Mickey Kaus made the list at number 25 for pioneering “pointless contrarianism” on the Internet, among other ills.

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LAT’s Top of the Ticket Turns Three

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Three years ago, the election was just getting rolling and Top of the Ticket debuted with the new to blogging Andrew Malcolm. “I’ve been in journalism now since before the Chicago riots of 1968,” Malcolm tells FBLA. “Teargas aside, I have to say this blogging is the most fun I have ever had.”

Well Andrew, three is blogging years is still kind of a newbee. However three in LAT’s blog blogging years makes you a senior content maker who’s shown your tenacity and skillful navigation in this weird, weird time for journalism.

Congratulations!

Wow Ukraine’s Got Talent

This is Kseniya Simonova, the 2009 winner of Ukraine’s Got Talent.

Yeah, we’re going to need a moment…

Thanks to Andrew Malcolm at Top of the Ticket

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