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Posts Tagged ‘Mike Madden’

Journalists are Having a Field Day with Fox News Magazine

Fox News launched the women’s lifestyle website this week, and it is horrifying. The target audience appears to be women with low self-esteem and an IQ of 12. It’s chock full of gems like “Is Your Frozen Dinner Making You Fat?” and “10 Reasons Why Prince William Really IS Prince Charming.” The thing is a train wreck. And we can’t stop reading it.

We’re not alone. Steve Kovach of Business Insider is live tweeting Fox News Magazine as we speak. Jezebel did a round-up of the site’s 5 stupidest articles. The Atlantic Wire calls it “Listicles about fat and sex.” Mother Jones asks, “Um, Fox News lifestyles magazine? For women circa 1955?Mike Madden tweeted that this week’s Washington City Paper “will be delayed while I spend the rest of the day being amazed by the Fox News lifestyle magazine.” Meanwhile, we all keep giving it page hits because we just can’t seem to help ourselves.

The article most deserving of those page hits has to be “10 Pranks That Will Spice Up Your Relationship,” a list of recommended grade-school tricks like gluing a coin to the ground that will supposedly lead to hot sex. And be sure to read the comments before they all get deleted.

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The Debate Round Up: Debating the Debate

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VP Debates are like NASCAR races. Everyone watches to see the car crashes. If there aren’t any…well then it was just a night of seeing cars drive around in circles.

  • LAT James Rainey thinks Gwen Ifill is the one that won.
  • LAT Peter Wallsten used the word ‘grizzled’ for Joe Biden. The dude that got choked up and emotional when talking about his wife and children being in a car accident. Yeah, weird.
  • John Dickerson wrote that John McCain was the loser last night.
  • NYT editorial says Palin met the lowest expectations of any vice presidential candidate ever ‘mostly repeating cliches and tired attack lines’. Doggone it!
  • We like John F. Harris and Mike Allan‘s piece on Politico. It gave a decent rundown of the event.
  • Mike Madden, Salon’s Washington corespondent wrote,”Joe Biden was debating John McCain. And Sarah Palin was debating Sarah Palin…”

    Basically the folks writing about the debate – their general consensus was that Sarah Palin got a gold medal in the Special Olympics, but unfortunately she’s been recruited for the majors.

  • The Veep Stakes Sweep: A Round Up

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    Well, the Fall television schedule has yet to debut. The Olympics are over. The hurricane was a dud. The DNC is over. And well, now it’s Republican week. And, Republicans are pretty boring unless their secret gay affairs become public. So, that’s why the press is all aflutter with all things Sarah Palin.

    Here’s a couple of our favorites:

  • WaPo‘s Richard Cohen compares Palin the horse Incitatus that was Caligula’s consul and priest.
  • Slate‘s John Dickerson details her ‘experience’ and asks what this means about McCain’s judgment.
  • NYT‘s Maureen Dowd calls this whole thing with Palin a chick flick.
  • Salon‘s Mike Madden writes about Hurricane Bristol.
  • Local Alaska site Mudflats says that Palin is McCain’s ‘Bridge to No Where’.
  • Reuter‘s John Whitesides says that McCain’s choice is the wrong kind of buzz.
  • HuffPo‘s Bonnie Fuller asks if Palin is exploiting her teenage daughter.
  • Michael Carey says that we don’t know Sarah Palin…but really doesn’t get into it after that.
  • Tucker Carlson is in love with her. Which would be on our suicide note.
  • Huffpo has an entire page of Palin coverage.
  • As usual, Jonah Goldberg has nothing interesting, original or of note to say – but is an LAT columnist anyway.