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Looks like the headline writers at The Washington Times could stand to learn more French.
The “Sacrebleu!” was scrapped for this Oct 15 story:
ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets
But was captured in social media.
Sacrebleu! ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets
As a reference, FBDC has compiled a list of other French exclamations TWT staffers can use for future disparaging stories about the French. After the jump!
Congratulations to Washington Life Associate Publisher John Arundel on sharing his thoughts on the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whom he met 3 times, yesterday on ”Good Morning America,” CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” and on the front page of The New York Post. During a conversation with Hoffman a mere weeks ago at Sundance, Arundel recounts the actor confessing, “I’m a heroin addict.”
Some are accusing Arundel of grandstanding (see his Facebook post after the jump), a charge he denies. We think his new Facebook profile picture -snapped on set, live, from Good Morning America! -speaks for itself though. Great smile, John!
Read John’s humblebrag Facebook post after the jump…
As 2013 comes to an end, so, too, does the CLICK blog. In 2014, you will find POLITICO’s coverage of the intersection of politics and entertainment on the website’s home page. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading the blog and for your feedback as well. Happy New Year! Caitlin McDevitt
The official demise of CLICK comes more than two years after it was transformed from a slick subsection of Politico into a simple blog. At the time, management said the changes were necessary because “most people seem to prefer to consume these kinds of nuggets in blog format,” and that “[t]he leaner blog style is a bit more flexible in presentation and requires less web production,” allowing for “more time for what the CLICK team wanted, which is more reporting.”
Alas, it seems no one really wanted to consume these kinds of nuggets. But at least now, the CLICK team will have as much time as they could possibly want.
Either former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) has got one hell of a PR team -especially for someone who lives on a mountain in the woods of West Virginia and doesn’t have a cell phone, or someone is being less than original in their reporting. How else do you explain Bartlett scoring two profiles in two major Washington publications in less than four months?
This profile of Bartlett by Washington Examiner‘s Tim Mak went up on September 20th. This one for Politico Magazine by Jason Koebler went up yesterday. They are essentially the same piece, though Mak ( who, BTW, used to work for Politico) spares some detail. In each case, the reporter goes out to Bartlett’s complex in West Virginia, notices the isolation and self-sufficiency of it all, looks at the swans in the lake, talks with the Congressman about electromagnetic pulses and working 10 – 12 hours a day, notes that the guy may seem crazy, but actually earned a degree in physiology and served as a Navy engineer. Koebler’s article explores the EMP issues a bit more and gives more consideration to the Congressman’s philosophies about living off the grid -but they are, essentially, the same story.
Koebler mentions in his piece that he visited the Congressman “this fall”, so it’s possible he could have done so before Mak’s piece went up and just sat on the story until now. OR Koebler could have gotten the idea to write the story after Mak’s piece came out, without ever reading it. OR maybe he did see Mak’s piece and just thought he could do a better job. We here at FishbowlDC don’t presume to know which scenario is the right one -Koebler hadn’t responded to our inquiries by press time.
In any event, it would seem Bartlett has pioneered a new tactic for getting Washington media to talk about your issues -move as far away from Washington as possible.
Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.
One thing that can be determined from the behavior of Politico in the last 24 hours is that they psychologically can’t handle coming in second place.
Even if that’s what they are in this instance — second.
We’re referring to Josh Rogin‘s Daily Beast story on Jofi Joseph, the anonymous NSC tweeter, which he broke Tuesday night at 8:27 p.m. Rogin got the Drudge link and appeared on morning shows such as NBC’s “TODAY Show” and ABC’s “GMA.” Every outlet from NPR to WaPo and the NYT credited him.
Take a wild guess who didn’t.
UPDATE: Politico reporter responds.
Timothy B. Lee, technology policy blogger at WaPo, recently contributed a post with the headline “Here’s why Hollywood should blame itself for its piracy problems,” which was changed to “People pirate movies they can’t get legally,” eventually settling on “Many of the most-pirated movies aren’t available for legitimate online purchase.” Why the need for such clarification in the title of the blog?
Find out why Hollywood isn’t to blame for its piracy problems…
The Family Research Council truly destroyed the name of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli today in a press release concerning an appearance with the Duggar family and the Virginia Values bus in Woodbridge.
Does that sound like a good f–king time or what?
Subject: FW: UPDATE: Telro Cuccinelli to join Duggar Family, Virginia Values Bus in Woodbridge
The error continued in the headline. Read more
Top White House aide Dan Pfeiffer may soon think twice about shooting the breeze on serious topics on Twitter, especially when the n-word can quickly become the b-word. When the Assistant and Senior Advisor to President Obama shot out a tweet with “bigger” in it this morning, the word came back with an “n” in place of the “b.”
The Twittersphere went nuts.
And word is getting out fast. Outlets like Politico, TWT and The Daily Caller are already publishing posts on it.
The offending tweet at 9:50 a.m. was to NYT‘s Jonathan Martin: “@jmartNYT also a much nigger factor on the right.”
Just four minutes later Pfeiffer wrote, “Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies.”
But in cases like these, the damage was done. Read more
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