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Posts Tagged ‘Todd Akin’

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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Politico Reporter Apologizes for Todd Akin Tweets

Dave Catanese, the Politico reporter who tweeted about how maybe we were all wrong about Todd Akin, has seen the light. The Huffington Post reports that Catanese sent an apology out to Politico staffers. Below, an excerpt:

I would never intentionally impugn a woman who has been the victim of the horrific crime of rape. My commentary on Rep. Akin’s repugnant rhetoric failed to make this clear.

I am deeply sorry and apologize for the distress and distraction I have caused in the newsroom and promise to learn from this experience to better express my journalistic intent with greater precision and sensitivity.

For the full memo, click through.