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Photo Wars: Breitbart News Features Aloof Obama, Angry, Confused Holder

PhotoWars_yellowIn which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.

Glancing at Breitbart News today, we find two photographs that stick out like sore thumbs because they’re just that bad. Sure, they’re not fans of President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder. But do they have to run pictures that make them seem abominably weird and angry?

Exhibits A and B are as follows. By the way, in case you’re confused what they were going for here, the tag on the Obama picture is “Obamessiah.”

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Gutfeld Compares Matthews to Doorknob

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Man, Chris Matthews just can’t win on Fox News.

First, Greta Van Susteren goes after the bigmouth talk show host, saying, “He may be for sale, I am not.” She blasted him after he told Ora TV that hosts on cable networks are forced to slant liberal or conservative.

Now, Greg Gutfeld has a few choice words for him. Read more

AnonymASS Tipster of the Day

cartoondonkeyWe do love our anonymous tipsters. On Friday we got word of an obituary in WaPo. In three separate emails we received the following.

From the Washington Post obit of Sara Fritz that is a great counterpoint to all that you celebrate : American Journalism Review described Ms. Fritz as one of the “unsung heroes” of political reporting — rarely a schmoozer or schmoozee, never landing on trendy lists of star journalists, and seldom on the receiving end of calculated leaks by powerful people. The un- Mike Allen: American Journalism Review described Ms. Fritz as one of the “unsung heroes” of political reporting — rarely a schmoozer or schmoozee, never landing on trendy lists of star journalists, and seldom on the receiving end of calculated leaks by powerful people. Of course, you were asleep at the switch on Fritz. Easier to do minor journalism figures spotted on street corners.

Dear AnonymASS: Ouch! I feel like you just ripped off my skin. We appreciate you writing in about an “unsung hero” in political reporting in three separate emails in which you repeat yourself. But I’m really not sure why you feel the need to insult Politico‘s Mike Allen and myself in the process. To be honest with you, I was not asleep at any switch. I had the day off Friday and actually was not waiting on street corners to ambush unsuspecting minor Washington journos . I agree this is a nice thing to feature, but considering WaPo ran it, why not just celebrate that?

BAD BLOOD: BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith and Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson Continue Their Feud

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BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith thinks The Daily Caller is “pathetic.” Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson thinks Smith is a “flack” and “fanboy” for Democrats. And just like that, the feud that began when Smith was back at Politico continues brewing.

The latest… Read more

Ezra Klein Lampoons Drudge

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WaPo‘s Ezra Klein had some fun with Drudge on Monday, who mistakenly referred to the journalist as “Erza” as opposed to his birth name.

Take that, Drudge!

Hey, at least Klein showed restraint and didn’t suggest that Drudge light himself on fire. Read more

Mocking Newsbusters’ Gasbag Tim Graham

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Considering the difference between “highfalutin” and  “flatulence” once stumped NewsbustersTim Graham, media director for the conservative Media Research Center, it’s not that surprising that “mocking” would also be perplexing for him.

(Hey Tim, in case it wasn’t obvious, we’re officially mocking you.) Read more

WaPo’s Ezra Klein Ages Himself

images-9images-8It’s a strange phenomenon. But WaPo‘s wonky liberal policy blogger Ezra Klein is desperate to be old. Or else the 29-year-old thinks he already is old and has lived through decades and lifetimes and has only recently returned to Earth in a time machine.

Or is he Benjamin Button and actually aging backwards?

Earlier this summer, he grew layers of facial hair, which indeed aged him. Now he’s aging himself once again by declaring how seasoned his vantage point is.

In the process, he has decidedly pissed people off. Read more

Photo Wars: Breitbart Finds Old Carney Pic

PhotoWars_yellowIn which we find photographs on partisan news sites that run the worst possible picture of a person from the opposing party.

Breitbart News has typically been a goldmine of unflattering pictures of people on the left. For Ben Shapiro‘s recent story “Carney: Tea Party Wants Obama to ‘Resign’ to End Shutdown”, they managed to dig up an old picture of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney with a look of maybe anger and surprise on his face. We’re not really sure what Carney is doing in this picture, but we’re betting Breitbart is pretty excited they found it.

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Love Him, Despise Him, There’s an Earnest Quality to Ben Shapiro’s Walk Toward the Fire

shapiroBreitbart News Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro isn’t necessarily an angry person, but he plays one on TV, on Twitter and on a new site he’s spearheading called TruthRevolt, a new media outlet he hopes will revolutionize American media as we know it. Quick translation? The 29-year-old Editor-in-Chief wants to destroy the left, as in destroy the advertising dollars that go to what he perceives are left-wing media outlets such as ABC, NBC, CBS and others. In essence, he wants to be the right-wing version Media Matters. An Andrew Breitbart disciple in every cell of his being, he reels off quotes from his deceased mentor with ease. Thanks to some appearances on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live,” he’s also gotten death threats and keeps a shotgun in his home. By phone, Shapiro is actually quite sweet — he even invited me to Shabbat dinner at his home when and if I’m ever in LA. It’s an offer he says he makes to any new acquaintance.

Now in the fight of his life, he took time on his hilly drive to a Fox News appearance this week to speak with me at length by phone. Amid the anger, we discovered a softer side to Shapiro that isn’t on the warpath.

Why did you decide to do this? Did the conservative gods give you the nod?

B.S.: “As far as the conservative gods, I’m not sure what conservatives gods are, but Andrew Breitbart, one of my mentors and Andrew Horowitz, who I’ve known since I was 17, were big on using whatever tactics are at our disposal to make the left live up to its own standards. When it comes to utilization of market power, to make a difference in the political debate, the right has for a long time been quite shy.”

Why is that?

B.S.: “I think that it is largely because the right sort of believes there was a quasi détente on the question of whether advertisers should be held responsible by consumers for their advertising choices. The right was wrong about that. There was no détente. Interest groups on the left have been doing what we’re talking about for years. Conservatives consumers don’t have anyone serving a similar function on the right.”

 Who are the worst offenders and where is Shapiro’s softer side? Read more

Brring! Brring! D.C.’s Phone Enthusiast is Still at It

ringingphoneWashington D.C. investigative freelancer Evan Gahr is still at it. As in, he’s still trying to figure out why WaPo won’t cover a lawsuit brought forth by a WaPo sales employing citing race and age discrimination.

As we’ve reported, Gahr has called a number of Washington Post reporters and editors and has been hung up on numerous times as well as blocked on Twitter. Gahr seems to relish in the hangups in an amusing sort of way. One point he raises is an interesting one … if it’s a front page story when the EEOC sues BMW for race discrimination why isn’t this a story? On the other hand, it’s perfectly reasonable that a news organization would not want screw up an internal legal matter by writing about it. Probably not that tough of a call for WaPo execs, but Gahr is still incensed that they don’t appear to be taking it more seriously by slapping the matter in its news or media sections.

Yesterday Gahr spoke with WaPo‘s Steven Mufson, who covers energy and financial news, and thinks he may have made some headway with him. We’ve requested comment from Mufson on the matter.

See Gahr’s version of the conversation.

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