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Let’s Hope it’s Not OTR

Oh Social Media. Can be such a drain on the journalism profession.

Today CQ Roll Call politics reporter Emily Cahn divulges that she’s meeting with “source” over at Cafe Du Parc. Shall we all head over there now and see who she’s cavorting with?

Seriously, she had to Foursquare this?

Mysteriously the tweet from just moments ago at 10:12 a.m. has vanished. So we give her props for that.

FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Another Anthony Weiner sexting scandal erupted Tuesday, but the New York City mayoral candidate says he’s not pulling out of the race. Here are some of today’s front pages from New York and around Washington featuring true dickhead extraordinaire, Weiner.

New York Post

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WHCA Throws Photos in Administration’s Face

A small thing, but a loud gesture. The White House Correspondents’ Association is stripping all official White House photographs from the WHCA website in support of news photographers getting shut out by this administration. They put the news in a letter to all their members this morning from President Steve Thomma of McClatchy. He wrote, “This symbolic gesture is a statement of our belief that journalists should be allowed to cover the president as often as possible and that journalists should not be excluded when the White House is covering the president with its own photographers or video crews.”

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Daily Mail’s Martosko Cleared of Libel Claim

In mid-March, Mother Jones jabbed then-Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor and current Daily Mail U.S. Political Editor David Martosko with news of a libel lawsuit. Well, today the good folks over at MJ can read the following ruling and weep as the case has been dismissed by a unanimous 5-0 ruling in New York.

As reported by Mother Jones, Martosko admitted to using a fake Facebook profile to pose as a “dope-smoking commie” to gather info on animal rights activists. The defamation suit involved Human League of Philadelphia, Inc. Vs. Martosko, Rick Berman, his former employer, the anti-progressive PR shop, Berman & Company and the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF).  The suit centered on an ad* he helped create for CCF that was published in the NYT in 2008. The ad in question claimed that the Humane Society of the United States sent one of its vice presidents to speak at a fundraiser for an animal rights group linked to federal terrorism convictions. The suit claimed Berman and Company libeled that group.

” … given defendants’ detailed and far more specific documentary evidence and testimony, plaintiff’s claims are too vague and speculative to defeat defendants’ motion [for dismissal].”

” … defendant David Martosko wrote the ad and stated his belief in the veracity of the statements therein, and submitted documentation corroborating his beliefs.”

” … the court and plaintiff cite no facts suggesting that defendants had serious doubts about the truth of any of the statements, in 2008 or any other year.”

“Martosko’s good faith reliance on newspaper articles precludes a finding of actual malice.”

*See the ad after the jump…

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CNN’s New ‘Crossfire’: Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cup, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones

This just in from CNN…our sister site, TVNewser, first to report it.

CNN today announced that Crossfire will return to the network this fall. Hosting from the right will be Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, with Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones hosting from the left.

“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide in a  release. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum. Crossfire will be the forum where America holds its great debates.”

Roll Call Nixes Friday Print Edition

Roll Call will soon drop its Friday print edition. Look for the change to happen after the July recess.

Beth Bronder, SVP and Publisher of CQ Roll Call, told FishbowlDC the following in an email through a publicist: “As with most other media organizations, the way CQ Roll Call readers consume news and information continues to shift dramatically from print to online, and Roll Call is aggressively focusing our attention on digital-first editorial features that appeal to readers and advertisers alike. We’ve launched several new blogs and online features in the last 8 months and have seen our site traffic increase over 60%. In that light, we will still publish the same content Roll Call readers have relied on, on Fridays, via, including features such as the “Hill Life” section, which will also appear in the Thursday print edition. This section will now include book reviews, a sports page and Hill Climbers. So while we will no longer be publishing a Friday print issue we will in fact be publishing more content on Friday via the web and more Capitol Hill lifestyle features in print on Thursday and online Friday.”

NSA Leaker Edward Snowden: Online at 11a.m.

This just in from Gennady Kolker, the senior press officer for The Guardian….

“Writing with a heads up that Edward Snowden — the whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in NSA history — will be live online at 11am ET/4pm BST at to answer reader questions about the NSA surveillance revelations. The Q&A will take place here. As he makes his way through the thread, we’ll embed his replies as posts in the live blog. You can also follow along on Twitter using the hashtag #AskSnowden. We will re-publish the Q&A in full after the live chat has finished.”


Goodbye Examiner’s Yeas & Nays

The long goodbye is over. Come next week, one of Washington’s “gossip” columns, “Yeas & Nays,” will be no more. The Sound of Music soundtrack — a song sung by the Von Trap children — comes to mind. We’ve had a little bit to say about Yeas & Nays in the last few years — good, bad and everything in between. We’re sure (wink wink) that WaPo‘s “The Unreliable Source” can absorb anything that might get lost in the void.

We wish the writers the best in their transitions to new jobs. In the meantime, Washington Examiner wants to offer you something new — a Politics Today newsletter.

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Politics & Prose Releases Literary Journal

Politiics & Prose is revealing an artsier side to Washington with a new in-house printed literary journal. The idea is to show that Washington isn’t all politicians, lobbyists and lawyers.

District Lines, according to a release, is edited by Susan Coll and contains essays, short fiction, poems, sketches and photography on quirky and serious subjects ranging from a sighting of Effi Barry on a Metro bus to an August night on the Q Street Bridge to hotcakes at the Florida Avenue Grill to an ode to the Dupont Circle metro escalator.

Contributors will read from it on June 15 at the book shop. The cost of the journal: $15. It goes on sale today.

Joe Scarborough’s Obsession With Kate Upton

“Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough has an obsession with Kate Upton, and he’s not shy about it.

Scarborough mentioned the name of the model (and niece of Rep. Fred Upton (R-Fla.), with whom Scarborough served in Congress) multiple times throughout this morning’s show on MSNBC. As the guests were being introduced, which included GQ’s Michael Hainey, Scarborough excitedly hoped for photos of Upton.

“I bet he has pictures of Kate Upton in there,” Scarborough said, referencing Hainey.

Shortly after, he added “I’m actually searching for those photos as we speak.”

It didn’t end there.

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