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Simon Dumenco Takes on Huffpo…Again

pshaw22.pngAd Age media columnist, Simon Dumenco pulls no punches when it comes to Huffpo. He once called the site a ‘media plantation.’ A line we quote at cocktail parties all the time…unless they’re thrown at Arianna’s house. Ahem.

Dumenco’s latest takes exception to Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications given Arianna Huffington the Fred Dressler Lifetime Achievement Award:

Funny how the fact that The Huffington Post fails to pay most of its bloggers didn’t come up when Newhouse Dean Lorraine Branham gushed about the blog mistress in a prepared statement: “Arianna Huffington was ahead of the curve with HuffPo. She embraced the use of new media but never forgot that no matter where or how you tell the story, content is still king. This is what we teach our students.”

Oh, give me a break! Content, in Arianna’s world, is not king, and it never was. Link bait is king; opportunism is king.

Yep, and the phrases “Britney Spears Naked” and “John and Kate Plus 8 Break Up” and “Adam Lambert” are going to get this message out there.

Previously on FBLA: We Have a Little Crush on Simon Dumenco

Huffington Post Has The Final Word On Susan Boyle

susanboyleheart.jpgThe other day this fishie got good and mad at our friend Ciaran for saying Susan Boyle had a face that frightens small children. She has a sweet, matronly face, we declared! Kids like that sort of thing! It’s harpies like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan that the whippersnappers should be scared of.

So as soon as we saw the Huffington Post article by Andy Borowitz on Ms. Boyle, we sent it his way. It’s recommended reading for you, too. An excerpt:

Jenifer Genterson, a news anchor from Abilene, Texas, is just one of a chorus of beautiful TV talking heads who have been startled and inspired by the surprising presence of talent in an ugly person.

“In the TV business, we’re told that beauty is everything,” Ms. Genterson said. “But Susan Boyle has shown us that ugly people have the right to live, too.”

Wil Wheaton is Beating Britney Spears

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The finalists for the Best Celebrity Blogger for the Web Blog Awards are Kat Dennings, John Mayer, Britney Spears, Alyssa Milano, Kanye West, Brea Grant, Margaret Cho, Mark Cuban, Gilbert Areanas and Wil Wheaton.

And according to our sources – Wil Wheaton (pictured above with GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan at BEA last year) is winning with a pretty major margin over second place holder Britney Spears. The whole thing is horribly unfair…to Britney. Wheaton writes for LA Weekly and is a published author. And Britney likes cheese.

No contest.

Anyway, for the contest – vote for your pick here.

Hacking in 140 Characters or Less!

sancheztwitter_1-5.bmpSomeone is hacking Twitter! We noticed a warning on our Twitter page when we logged in this morning and it turns out other, far more bolder faces, may have been taken for a bit of a twitter ride.

WebNewser has more info, but it looks like Britney Spears (y’all!), CNN’s Rick Sanchez, and Bill O’Reilly have all fallen victim to the 140 character hacker. See here for deets.

Yahoo! Most-Clicked List Boasts Nothing But Britney…And Some Other Stuff Too

britneySP.jpgIn looking at the past year, Yahoo! sent out the list of most-watched stuff. Surpisingly, or maybe not so much, Britney Spears topped the list. And World Wide Wrestling and Lindsay Lohan were not far behind.

Says something for our country’s joint intellect, but FBLA won’t venture to say what that is.

Top 10 Overall Searches
1. Britney Spears
2. WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment)
3. Barack Obama
4. Miley Cyrus
5. RuneScape
6. Jessica Alba
7. Naruto
8. Lindsay Lohan
9. Angelina Jolie
10. American Idol

Top 10 Most Popular Movie Trailers of 2008

1. The Dark Knight
2. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
3. Twilight
4. The Incredible Hulk
5. Iron Man
6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
7. Wanted
8. Hancock
9. Sex and the City
10. Kung Fu Panda

Note: The bottom end of this list will change before the end of the year. Potential candidates include: Watchmen, Quantum of Solace, Terminator, Revolutionary Road and Star Trek

Top 10 Music Videos of 2008-This list was created by the number of video spins and searches on Yahoo!

1. Alicia Keys “No One”
2. Mariah Carey “Touch My Body”
3. Leona Lewis “Bleeding Love”
4. Rihanna “Don’t Stop The Music”
5. Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown “No Air”
6. Lil Wayne f/Static Major “Lollipop”
7. Colbie Caillat “Bubbly”
8. OneRepublic “Apologize”
9. Sara Bareilles “Love Song”
10. Rihanna “Take A Bow”

Madonna And Britney Appear In L.A.– But What? No Kiss?

The hot ticket in L.A. last night was at Dodger Stadium where Madonna warbled a few duets with none other than Britney Spears, but the gal girls failed to reprise their surprise sapphic embrace from the 2003 MTV Music AwardsmadonnabritneyKiss.jpgmadonna2.jpg.

Britney, sporting a long-sleeved dress shirt and baggy black pants, helped out Madonna by belting along to “Human Nature.” The excitement pretty much ended there, as Spears was lowered off the stage and wasn’t seen again, despite chants of her name for an encore.

Justin Timberlake also took the stage to sing along with Madonna on their collaborative tune “4 Minutes.”

Maybe it was because the pair didn’t team up on Madonna’s “Like a Virgin,” which was the song they made out on.

First Family Becomes First Celebrities

cov-b_16ss.jpg We took it as a joke (and a bad one, at that) when John McCain tried to compare Obama to Paris Hilton, et al. But it turns out Barack Obama‘s presidential win is not only historic for breaking racial barriers and exciting a whole generation of new voters. It’s historic for how — and whom — covered it.

Us Weekly treats the Obamas like the Jolie-Pitts, complete with baby photos and sartorial critiques. Could you imagine an Us Weekly cover featuring John Kerry and Teresa Heinz?

Even Red Carpet Fashion Awards got into the act, going out on a limb to predict the First Lady’s dress designer. (Narciso Rodriguez. Turns out they got it right.)

We’re glad to see the tabs as excited as the rest of the country about this historic day, but we hope this new trend in celeb reporting doesn’t last. It’s one thing to hear what Obama’s family had to say on election night, it’ll be another if they start asking the First Family to weigh in on the latest exploits of Britney Spears.

HuffPo Reaches 4.5 million Visitors per Month, Up 472 Percent

huffpoggg.pngHey! Looking to increase traffic for your website? Try writing about the election (of course at this stage of the game, we’d be hard-pressed to name anyone not writing about the election). Anyway, looks like politics has paid huge dividends for both HuffPo and Politico, who, according to Comscore’s latest tally for stand-alone political blogs and news siteshave seen “explosive” growth over the past year.

HuffingtonPost.com led among a group of selected stand-alone political blogs and news sites with 4.5 million visitors in September, up 472 percent versus year ago, while Politico.com attracted 2.4 million visitors (up 344 percent) and DrudgeReport.com saw 2.1 million visitors (up 70 percent).

Time, which recently relaunched its website, has also seen a big increase reaching 7.2 million unique visitors for September (up 79 percent year over year). It’ll be interesting to see what happens to some of these sites after Nov. 4 when much of that traffic experiences some sort of severe political news hangover and looks to other subject matter. Or not. There is, we suppose, the small possibility that this election has radicalized the population enough that Barack Obama really is the new Britney Spears and will continue to enjoy high levels of attention (presuming he’s victorious), but we’re not holding our breath.

Michael Hastings Dishes on Dishing

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Michael Hastings, noted for using his personal experiences on assignment for material, has penned a piece for GQ titled,”Hack: Confessions of a Presidential Campaign Reporter“.

Objectivity is a fallacy. In campaign reporting more than any other kind of press coverage, reporters aren’t just covering a story, they’re a part of it – influencing outcomes, setting expectations, framing candidates – and despite what they tell themselves, it’s impossible to both be a part of the action and report on it objectively. In some cases, you genuinely like the candidate you’re covering and you root for him, because over the long haul you come to see him as a human being. For a long time, this was John McCain’s ace in the hole with the press, whom he referred to as “my base.” Reporters rode along with him, and he joked with them, and that went a long way toward shaping the tone of their coverage. (Last January a group of reporters asked McCain’s staff to make McCain campaign press T-shirts for them.) And because your success is linked to the candidate’s, you want to be with a winner, because that’s the story that makes the paper or the magazine or gets you on TV.

He also compares following presidential campaigns to watching hotel porn. Why is this significant for us? Well, because every time we mention porn our numbers spike. It used to be Britney Spears or Paris Hilton. But now it’s just porn. Porn. Heh.

RNC Debates Pushing Date Because of Hurricane

bush_guitar_830.jpgRepublicans are in a pickle. Gee…this is fun to watch.

WaPo reports:

Staging a convention during a major natural disaster would be a public relations challenge for either political party. But GOP officials say the burden could be especially heavy for their party, whose reputation was tarred by the Bush administration’s bungling of Katrina and its aftermath in 2005.

A hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico could also cast unwelcome attention on the offshore oil rigs that McCain has championed as a solution to rising gasoline prices — they are now being evacuated in the face of the coming storm.

Fiasco. Tee hee.

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