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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Santorum’

Parody News Site du Jour May or May Not Be Based in LA*

We don’t usually write about behind-the-scenes FishbowlLA stuff, but this instance was too funny (and also, potentially, reflective of the central tricked-media dynamic) not to.

Daniel Barkeley, founder and editor of parody news website The Daily Currant, has enjoyed a number of moments in the spotlight since launching his site last spring. In 2012 for example, he scored coverage after made-up jests about Todd Akin, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachman and George W. Bush each got picked up by the mainstream media.

This week’s Washington Post slip-up is arguably the site’s biggest coup yet, albeit entirely self-inflicted by WaPo contributor Suzi Parker. Sarah Palin joke-tweeted about it; thousands more gleefully mocked WaPo on Twitter; and Barkeley spoke to imediaethics.org about just how faux this faux Palin-to-Al-Jazeera item is.

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Rick Santorum Wants to Fight The New York Times

Rick Santorum is not going to win the Republican nomination. Rick Santorum knows this, and so Rick Santorum is getting a bit testy. According to The New York Times, during a speech in Wisconsion, the former Senator told supporters that Mitt Romney was “the worst Republican in the country,” but when he was pressed on that comment later, he got angry.

Politico reports that Santorum said, “Quit distorting my words. It’s bullish*t,” to Times reporter Jeff Zeleny. Then his camp sent out an email insisting that he was ready to rumble with the evil paper of record:

I’m Ready to Take On the New York Times.

Earlier today, while campaigning in Wisconsin, I criticized Romney and Obama for their outrageous healthcare legislation. Predictably, I was aggressively attacked by a New York Times reporter all too ready to defend the two of them, and all too ready to distort my words. Let me assure you, I didn’t back down, and I didn’t let him bully me. I think it is high time that conservatives find the courage to expose the liberal press for what they are, a defender and enabler of Romney’s and Obama’s liberal agendas.

Okay! Well, it’s clear that someone needs to give Santorum a pat on the back and tell him he had a good run, but it’s over now. Hell, give the man a hug; he sounds like he needs one. Because this will only get more awkward the longer it goes on.

Rick Santorum’s War on Porn: Guantanamo for Pornographers?

Presidential candidate Rick Santorum‘s plan to ban “hard-core pornography” made national news for the first time yesterday. Of course, Santorum’s porn position isn’t anything new to the Valley and its porn industry. Writes Adult Video Network’s Tom Hymes:

The argument being made here is not the same old argument that porn is immoral or leads to immoral behavior, though that could be read into it as well. The new position, which first reared its ugly head only a few years ago, posits that porn is a national health issues, ergo the “pandemic.”

A connection is also being made between porn and trafficking, which is very serious because then it becomes an outgrowth of international organized crime, which leads inevitably to the claim that terrorist groups are sex trafficking in order to undermine our culture while making money to use against us militarily. Before you know it, porn producers are labeled terrorists and put in Guantanamo.

Absurd, right? Looney Tunes? Never happen?

Indeed. Like every other sentient human being, we’d love to be able to laugh off Santorum and whatever dark, closeted urges drive his politics. But this here is ‘merica, where the reptilian brain runs the show.

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Dan Savage’s Milky, Frothy Threat to Rick Santorum

As you may have heard, or googled, sex columnist Dan Savage has already redefined Rick Santorum‘s last name as “the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter that is sometimes the byproduct of anal sex.” Now Savage is threatening to redefine the name “Rick” if Santorum continues using homophobia as a campaign tool. Let’s just say it involves “milky froth” and “turkey jerky.”

Play nice, Rick. Because we know Savage won’t.