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Bill O’Reilly Selling Notes on ‘Historic’ Interview

Bill O’Reilly is allowing you to be part of journalistic history. According to Politico, O’Reilly is selling the notes he used during his pre-Super Bowl interview with President Obama. The current high bid for the signed letter is $11,200.

O’Reilly, as you might recall, was so impressed with himself during that interview that he said it was sure to go down in “journalistic history.

Our favorite notation is #10 on the list: “Fox News!” Truly, this is a masterpiece worth owning.

It could be worse though. All the proceeds gained from the auction are going to the Fisher House Foundation, which supports military families.

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Barack Obama is a HuffPo Blogger

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President Barack Obama is evidently a fan of The Huffington Post. Obama has penned an 800-word piece for site, explaining why Congress needs to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. You would think that Congress wouldn’t need a reason to pass a bill making it illegal for employers to discriminate against people based on their sexuality, but alas.

The bill goes to a vote in the Senate today, and so Obama makes his case:

…Millions of LGBT Americans go to work every day fearing that, without any warning, they could lose their jobs — not because of anything they’ve done, but simply because of who they are.

It’s offensive. It’s wrong. And it needs to stop, because in the United States of America, who you are and who you love should never be a fireable offense.

Of course FishbowlNY completely agrees with Obama.

If you enjoyed Obama’s HuffPo article too, just wait until his next one, which we hear will be a hearty defense of Justin Bieber.

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Business Insider CTO Forced to Resign Following Twitter Firestorm (NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer)
Pax Dickinson has been forced to resign as chief technology officer at Business Insider following an online firestorm over his long history of controversial tweets, according to a source who has been in contact with him. Dickinson got in hot water Monday over his most recent string of tweets about feminism, misogyny and women in tech. A look at his tweets from over the years uncovered many more instances of Dickinson bashing feminists, gays and the poor, among others. FishbowlNY How offensive were his tweets? Well, it depends on which ones you want to discuss. Dickinson dabbled in pretty much everything. HuffPost The brouhaha began around the time Dickinson offered this opinion on the issue of women in tech: “Feminism in tech remains the champion topic for my block list. My finger is getting tired,” he tweeted. The flurry of responses caught the eye of Nitasha Tiku over at Gawker’s Valleywag. Tiku noticed Dickinson’s Twitter account was littered with posts potentially offending Christians, the LGBT community, women, minimum-wage earners, Jews, rape victims and African-Americans. Slate / XX Factor Dickinson’s tweets were no secret within the company; the website’s chief correspondent, Nicholas Carlson, admitted to blocking his feed so he didn’t have to interact with him on Twitter. “Pax was speaking for himself, not Business Insider. We obviously don’t condone what he said,” the company’s founder, editor and CEO, Henry Blodget, told Valleywag’s Sam Biddle when the retweets began to mount. NY Observer / BetaBeat Dickinson is the most recent and potent example of sexism (and racism, and classism) in tech, but he’s certainly not the only one. Such a rancorous person doesn’t scale the corporate ladder — tweeting all the while! — without some sort of systemic acceptance (or at least tolerance) of his attitudes. Business Insider / Henry Blodget A Business Insider executive has made some comments on Twitter that do not reflect our values and have no place at our company. The executive has left the company, effective immediately.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Obama ‘Troubled’ By Leak | Four Bidding on Hulu | Martin Joins NYT


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Obama: Leak Investigations ‘May Chill Investigative Journalism’ (HuffPost / The Backstory)
President Obama said Thursday that he is “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.” In a major speech on national security, Obama said that the “Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks offers a recent example of the challenges involved in striking the right balance between our security and our open society.” TPM / LiveWire President Obama reiterated his support for a new media shield law to “guard against government over-reach” and has directed attorney general Eric Holder to review the Justice Department’s guidelines with reporters. The Washington Times The president’s comments came as NBC News reported that Holder signed off on at least one of the controversial search warrants that identified a Fox News reporter as a “possible co-conspirator.” TVNewser During President Obama’s speech to the National Defense University, he was interrupted a handful of times by a protester who called for him to shut down the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As so often happens when there is a heckler, news coverage of the speech spent some time talking about the heckler rather than the meat of the speech itself.The Washington Post / Leonard Downie Jr. But the Obama administration’s steadily escalating war on leaks, the most militant I have seen since the Nixon administration, has disregarded the First Amendment and intimidated a growing number of government sources of information — most of which would not be classified — that is vital for journalists to hold leaders accountable. Read more

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Obama: Leak Investigations ‘May Chill Investigative Journalism’ (HuffPost / The Backstory)
President Obama said Thursday that he is “troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable.” In a major speech on national security, Obama said that the “Justice Department’s investigation of national security leaks offers a recent example of the challenges involved in striking the right balance between our security and our open society.” TPM / LiveWire President Obama reiterated his support for a new media shield law to “guard against government over-reach” and has directed attorney general Eric Holder to review the Justice Department’s guidelines with reporters. The Washington Times The president’s comments came as NBC News reported that Holder signed off on at least one of the controversial search warrants that identified a Fox News reporter as a “possible co-conspirator.” TVNewser During President Obama’s speech to the National Defense University, he was interrupted a handful of times by a protester who called for him to shut down the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. As so often happens when there is a heckler, news coverage of the speech spent some time talking about the heckler rather than the meat of the speech itself.The Washington Post / Leonard Downie Jr. But the Obama administration’s steadily escalating war on leaks, the most militant I have seen since the Nixon administration, has disregarded the First Amendment and intimidated a growing number of government sources of information — most of which would not be classified — that is vital for journalists to hold leaders accountable.

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Time Publishes Photo of Obama at Senior Prom Because It’s Important

In an EXCLUSIVE Time has obtained a photo of President Obama before his senior prom. Pictured are Kelli Allman (née McCormack), Greg Orme, Obama and Obama’s date, Megan Hughes. Obama’s the black guy.

Not only did Time publish this IMPORTANT photograph, it also posted what Obama wrote in Allman’s yearbook. It reveals a lot about the President; specifically that he was fairly boring. “It has been so nice getting to know you this year,” he wrote. “You are extremely sweet and foxy, I don’t know why Greg would want to spend any time with me at all! You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes!”

Well, there you have it. Good luck going through the rest of your day without pondering the IMPORTANCE of the photograph and note.

David Horsey Illustrates President Obama’s Victory

Los Angeles Times political cartoonist and commentator David Horsey illustrated the above cartoon following Tuesday’s re-election of President Obama.

“The people have spoken. President Obama has won a chance to move beyond the stunted progress of his first term and, perhaps, become a historic president,” Horsey wrote on Wednesday. “On the losing side, the Republican Party remains shut out of the White House and has blown a chance to take over the U.S. Senate, largely because it catered to the narrow concerns of tea party zealots and social conservatives who imagined themselves as the only authentic Americans but who are, in fact, way out of step with most of the people in this country.”

This is where I bow out before the comments section of this post turns into back-and-forth political bickering. Save it for 2016.

Ed Rollins Talks Presidential Politics; The 1 Percent Toasts the Good Life

1003_mockup.gifWe’ve gotten so used to the celebrity circus that has dominated Michael’s lately that we did a double take when we found the dining room populated mostly by suits, well-heeled ladies and dandies who prefer to let their bank accounts (not publicists) do the talking. Aside from the usual boldface names (Star Jones) and fashionistas (Fern Mallis) in attendance, there were a lot of folks at lunch today who I’d never seen in the dining room before.

I just had to go over to Table One and introduce myself to the couple who was working furiously to glam up the table with flowers and pretty trinkets before their guests arrived. It turns out Kelly Langberg was celebrating her birthday with her husband Jeff Langberg and a few of her nearest and dearest BFFs. Jeff told me all these ladies are the better halves of some of Manhattan’s most powerful couples.  The impeccably dressed gals all toasted Kelly, who calls herself  ”The Makeover Queen,” with a lovely rose  in the lounge before moving to their table to celebrate. When I was chatting with Kelly about her makeover business (she refers clients to cosmetic dentists, plastic surgeons,  hair colorists and other professionals essential to living the good life in Gotham),  I couldn’t help but notice the dazzling bling that adorned her ears and wrists. When I complimented her on it, she told me the pieces were from her own line of fine jewelry. Where does she find the time?

I also got  to chat with politico Ed Rollins who specializes in a different kind of makeover. He was assistant to President Ronald Reagan and managed his reelection campaign. Earlier this year, Ed stepped down from his post as Michele Bachmann‘s campaign manager. I just had to ask what he thought of  the results of yesterday’s primary. “Santorum is for real,” he told me. “I expect Romney will get the nomination, but it’s going to be a slugfest right up until the end.” Having seen him on PBS’ recent documentary on President Bill Clinton (“I’d take either Clinton right now!”), we also chatted about the HBO political drama Game Change, based on the book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin. “I liked the book better. The movie had a deliberate purpose. That’s not the John McCain I know,” he told me. ” (Ed Harris) was too soft and fuzzy.” He did characterize Julianne Moore‘s depiction of Sarah Palin as “very accurate,” though. Ed gave the film high marks in one respect: “It caught a lot of the pace and excitement of a political campaign.” Speaking of campaigns, what does he think of President Obama‘s chances come November? “Presidents often get too much credit and too much blame for what’s happening. Right now, he’s paying the price for promising a lot of things he couldn’t deliver.”

Michael's restaurant in New York City
The scene in the Michael’s dining room

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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Breitbart Assassination Theories Running Rampant

Here’s a theory: President Obama had Andrew Breitbart assassinated because Breitbart was about to release incriminating videos of the president from his college days. Sound crazy? Welcome to the Internet. Buzzfeed tracked down 25 tweets that subscribed to this theory in the hours after Breitbart’s death. There are more.

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Another Newsweek Cover Controversy?

Newsweek’s January 23 cover features President Obama with the accompanying headline:  “Why Are Obama’s Critics So Dumb?”

The piece, written by Andrew Sullivan, examines the middle-of-the-road politics of the President.

Doesn’t really matter though.

It’s the headline that’s got some circles riled up.  Heck, things just wouldn’t be right if Fox News didn’t shoot back on its show The Five with a segment entitled, “Why Are Newsweek Editors So Dumb?

But isn’t attention the purpose of it all? Mission accomplished.

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