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Eddie Scarry

Eddie Scarry joined the FishbowlDC family as a contributor in January 2012. You can email him at Follow him on Twitter @eScarry.

CNN Partners With BuzzFeed In Online Video Venture

Match up the shareable style of BuzzFeed with the journalistic brand of CNN and you get their new online video venture, “CNN BuzzFeed.”

BuzzFeed announced the deal Tuesday, calling it “a new generation of video content.” The partnership also includes YouTube, which will host the exclusive content.

BuzzFeed has built a remarkably engaged audience and their YouTube channels are a testament to their understanding of news and entertainment,” said YouTube Director and Global Head of News Content Partnerships Jed Simmons. “They have a very special way of telling a story. BuzzFeed’s decision to double down on their YouTube channels is incredibly exciting and we look forward to continuing to work together and helping them grown.”

As part of the new venture… Read more

Separated At Birth: WaPo’s Ruth Marcus

On this Friday we match up WaPo columnist Ruth Marcus, who appeared on MSNBC. Her doppelganger: Actress Kathy Najimy, known for her roles in the films Sister Act, Sister Act II and Hocus Pocus.

Joan Walsh’s ‘Skeezy Huckster’– Racist?

After calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “skeezy huckster” late Thursday night, Salon Editor Joan Walsh faced a barrage of spankings from conservatives on Twitter who charged that Walsh was being racist.

“Wow, Ted Cruz is kind of a skeezy huckster,” Walsh tweeted. “Will Republicans start to notice?”

Conservative talk radio host Dana Loesch pounced, tweeting back, “Should we ask @joanwalsh if ‘skeezy huckster’ is code for ‘Hispanic?’ Like how she said ‘food stamps’ is code for ‘Black American?’”

“Because he’s Hispanic? Racist pig! #YourRules,” tweeted Townhall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Do you describe all Hispanics this way, @joanwalsh?” asked FreedomWorks blogger Jon Gabriel in a rhetorical tweet.

Their point: If Republicans are racist for using phrases like “food stamp” when talking about President Obama, Walsh is a racist for using “skeezy huckster” when talking about Cruz, who is Cuban.

Walsh didn’t seem to catch the argument her critics were making. Asked if she was being racist in her use of “skeezy huckster” she said… Read more

Mystery: Did ‘Miss A’ Ban Fat Fashion?

A screen shot of what appears to be an email response written by Andrea Rodgers, founder of the style site Ask Miss A, landed in our inbox Thursday. “Oh please no,” the alleged email reads. “I really don’t want any plus size fashion on the site.”

Really? How could the editor of a website heralding the tagline “Style Meets Charity” come off as so uncharitable? Mean, even.

A search of Rodgers’ website for the term “plus-size” does render results on clothes for larger women. Examples:

  • Chance Fashion: The Second Annual Plus Sized Fashion Show At Neighbours In Seattle, 4/13
  • CurvyGirls Bridal, 7/12
  • Wendy Williams Outs Our Fear of Fat, 11/10

So, has Rodgers made a recent editorial decision to ban fat fashion? Read more

Weiner Sticking It to Tabloids

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y) has managed to keep his name, face and crotch off the covers of both the New York Daily News and the New York Post for the first two days following his official announcement to run for New York City mayor. Have we simply run out of Weiner innuendos?

No. The lack of cover coverage Wednesday was a technical issue. Weiner declared his candidacy via a Web video close to midnight on Tuesday (Wednesday morning). The paper products for both the Daily News and the Post were already in print when the video went up, according to a report by Hunter Walker at Talking Points Memo.

“Everyone was pissed,” an unnamed editor at one of the publications told TPM. The Daily News was, however, able to make a last-minute adjustment and… Read more

FNC’s Van Susteren Named 97th ‘Most Powerful’ Woman

Forbes‘ annual “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” list published Wednesday. Included on the list is Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren in the 97th slot.

The bio describes Van Susteren as “the longest serving cable news anchor on TV and the most-watched woman on cable news.” It continues, however, to note that “plunging ratings have sparked rumors that the anchor might lose her prime time slot.”

Other newswomen included on the list: Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington (56), NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson (19) and CBS anchor Diane Sawyer (73).

On her Gretawire blog… Read more

Joe Williams Fudges Weather Fact

Politico parted ways with Joe Williams after he said in the 2012 election that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney wasn’t comfortable being around black people. That, however, hasn’t stopped him from blurting out head scratchers, like the one he made on Current TV’s “The Young Turks” Tuesday.

Discussing the politics of disaster relief for Moore, Okla., which was devastated by a tornado Monday, Williams waded into the global warming debate. “We need to get used to this because climate change is happening,” Williams said. “It’s real.” He  continued, “A lot of people tend to think that it’s just hot winters, cold summers. No. We’re talking about severe weather events — a force-5 tornado, which this country and the world hasn’t seen…”

The Oklahoma tornado was classified as a EF-5, meaning its winds reached at least 200 mph. But where did Williams get his degree in the history of global climate? He was wrong about the world having never seen an EF-5 tornado. Read more

Reuters’s Jack Shafer Lectures FNC’s James Rosen on Reporting Technique

While many journalists rallied around FNC’s Washington Correspondent James Rosen after news broke that his emails and phone records had been subpoenaed by the Department of Justice, Reuters‘ media columnist Jack Shafer went a different route. He wrote a column criticizing Rosen’s newsgathering style.

In a blog post headlined “What was James Rosen Thinking?” Shafer asserts that Rosen could have kept his sources in the federal government secret had he been more… secretive.

Shafer writes:

Rosen’s journalistic technique, if the Post story is accurate, leaves much to be desired. He would have been less conspicuous had he walked into the State Department wearing a sandwich board lettered with his intentions to obtain classified information and then blasted an air horn to further alert authorities to his business. For example, one data point investigators used to connect Rosen with his alleged source, Kim, was the visitor’s badge the reporter wore when calling on the State Department offices. According to security records, Rosen and his source left the building within one minute of each other and then returned only several minutes apart inside the half-hour. A few hours later that day (June 11, 2009), Rosen’s secret-busting story was published.

Even teenagers practice better tradecraft than this when deceiving parents.

Shafer goes on to offer tips on what “a smart reporter” would do. Read more

Daily Caller Called ‘Most Unethical’ Publication After Editor Sends ‘Dick Pic’

Media people receive vast amounts of emails everyday. Many are useless story pitches and press releases from undiscriminating publicists. Daily Caller Associate Editor Christopher Bedford is the type to sometimes reply to those emails, even if it’s just to send “a Dick pic.”

The Raw Story reported Monday on what has become a seriously entertaining, if undoubtedly immature, conflict between The DC and The Secular Coalition for America, a pro-atheist non-profit based in Washington. When Bedford has received past emails from SCA’s spokeswoman Lauren Anderson Youngblood, he has responded to them with smart-ass comments, such as “It’s nice out. Take a day off from hating God, kids and babies” and “Here’s a Dick pic,” with a photo of former Vice President Dick Cheney attached.

“Imagine this,” Beford told FishbowlDC, “A conservative columnist is just trying to cut out of town early on a Friday afternoon to enjoy the sunshine and he receives an unsolicited pro-abortion email touting science as god. Skipping over thinking a sunny Friday afternoon is a good time to send a press release, one single ounce of research on her end (beyond fishing my email out of somewhere) would have shown that I’m completely uninterested in their dumbass opinions.”

SCA responded to Bedford’s emails by…

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Reporter Has Wine-Fueled Toilet Adventure

Odd choice for a Friday night, but a functional toilet isn’t something you can just do without. CQ Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani kicked off the weekend by repairing hers.

“The toilet’s been running for months. Its just old or/or maybe poor quality,” she told FishbowlDC in an email. “I didn’t want to pay for a plumber unless I had to, so I went to the hardware store and got a kit and I followed the instructions.”

Semnani tweeted just after 9 p.m. that she was going to get wine and set out on her toilet adventure. Forty-five minutes later she returned and tweeted a photo of her tools, along with Huckleberry, her dog.

What ensued was a series of tweets in which Semnani demonstrated her lack of knowledge of all things commode-related, with her Twitter friends following along: Read more