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Archives: December 2012

WaPo Misses Teen Rape Story: The Big Question is Why?

Last week a variety of news outlets reported that a teenage girl was raped by an Uber driver and that it was caught on tape due to surveillance cameras at a family’s northwest Washington home. The home, situated in an affluent neighborhood mere blocks from the National Cathedral in Cleveland Park, is nearby to where WaPo CEO Don Graham used to live.

And yet, guess which hometown publication had NOTHING on it? If you guessed WaPo, you’d be right. So much for local news. Right, Marty Baron, who is apparently crazy for local news, doesn’t start until January 2, 2013.

The order of reportage is as follows: The news first broke on a Cleveland Park listserv and was then reported by Popville, which covers D.C., on Dec. 14 at 3:50 p.m. Washington City Paper ran a story that same day at 7 p.m. but gave no credit to Popville. A site known as Nibletz also ran something that day — no specific time stamp. NBC Washington waited until that following Monday, a gargantuan three days after Popville, to run anything. They, too, gave no credit to the previous publications that had stories.

Why the lack of coverage by WaPo? Read more

Politico’s Levinthal Joins Center for Public Integrity

In an extremely effusive note, the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity announces today that “esteemed political journalist” Dave Levinthal is leaving Politico to join their operation. At CPI, he will be a senior member of the team investigating the impact of money in elections.

Levinthal started young. His first job in newspapers: Delivering the Buffalo News door-to-door at age 10.

At Politico since just July of 2011, Levinthal writes the pub’s Influence column and reported on campaign finance and lobbying issues. He will join the Center’s “Consider the Source” project, which was created to investigate the impact of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision on the 2012 election.

“Dave Levinthal is a talented journalist and one of the nation’s leading reporters in the areas of money and politics,” said Executive Director William E. Buzenberg. “We are delighted to have him join the Center for Public Integrity’s growing cadre of investigative reporters digging into political corruption.”

Before joining PoliticoRead more

What’s Meghan McCain Tweeting?

It’s time for the return of the question no one asks – What’s Meghan McCain Tweeting?

The answer, as always, is simply “stupidity.”

Meghan McCain, whose greatest accomplishment include being the child of someone with accomplishments and contributing to MSNBC and The Daily Beast, has been taking it to “haters” again. To save you the time for Googling it, a “hater” is anyone who doesn’t appreciate being preached to about politics by someone who’s never done anything of substance in their life.

Megs took to Twitter to announce, Read more

Looking Back On FNC’s 2012

You could probably win a case in court that FNC, for better or worse, is by far the most interesting cable news channel on television. Ranker’s end-of-year “Top 12 Fox News Fails of 2012” only lends credibility to the argument.

Browsing through the list, we reminisced about what this year brought us from FNC. We laughed. We cried. We laughed a little more. Then we pulled out our top three favorites.

1. Fox & Friends Gets Punkd

In mid September Max Rice, a “recent college grad” came on the network to explain why he was supporting Mitt Romney, introduced himself to the nation with one word: “Sup.” It was all downhill from there. Rice called show co-host Gretchen Carlson “Miss U.S.A.” when she’s actually former Miss America. He sipped a cup of something on set. He said he met President Obama “in third grade,” which had absolutely nothing to do with anything. The interview ended with him saying… Read more

Clear Channel Brings Lamme to D.C.

Dennis Lamme has been named Market President for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Washington, D.C./Baltimore.  Lamme will report to Tom Schurr, Clear Channel Media and Entertainment’s President of Operations for its Major Markets.

Lamme isn’t new. He has been with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment for more than 15 years and joins the market from Philly, where he was President and Market Manager since February 2012.  He also previously held senior market leadership positions within Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in the Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Albany markets. He began his career in St. Joseph, MO, where his radio career began more than 30 years ago. Since then, he has held various radio management positions in California, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New York and Nevada.

As Market President, Lamme will be responsible for strategies, programming and sales initiatives. Lamme will oversee all station activities and events, such as the recent Hot 99 FM’s Jingle Ball, to help drive sales and achieve revenue targets.

In case you aren’t aware… Clear Channel Washington, D.C./Baltimore owns and operates WASH, WBIG, WIHT, WMZQ, WWDC, WCAO, WPOC, WQSR, and WZFT.

An adequate but flatline quote from Lamme… Read more

ABC’s Amy Walter to Cook Political Report

In July 2010, Amy Walter left National Journal‘s “The Hotline” for ABC News to be their political director. Now she’s jumping ship again — this time, to return to her old stomping grounds, The Cook Political Report, where she will be national editor. She was senior editor of The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan publication, from 1997 to 2007. ABC President Ben Sherwood noted the move in his morning editorial call and had nothing but praise for Walter.

Congratulations to Walter.

See the note from The Note… Read more

David Bradley Equates New Site to Times Square

Atlantic Media has unveiled a brand new corporate logo and website they’re hoping will catapult them into a world class, digital-first enterprise. They formally released the expected statement this morning. They write, “The logo—modern minimalist geometric letters using a blue and silver grey color split—reflects key principles of digital design: simplicity and clarity of brand identity.”

But the statement we prefer is the one that wasn’t released to the public. This is the company-wide doozy from Publisher David Bradley to Atlantic Media that has him marveling over the invention of horse drawn carriages and hazelnut goodness of Nutella. No, no, not really. But he is marveling over the idea of a — hope you’re sitting down for this — whoa! a brand, spanking new NEW LOGO. He also gushes over the concept of one of his employees securing the URL called “Atlantic Media” for their site. Did we somehow miss the invention of the automobile?

Bradley writes, “The logo is something very new in my life – modern, spare, simple, minimalist.   And, the website itself is, at least to those of us in media, sheer excitement. … If one website only could be Times Square, this would be it.”

As for praise, Bradley spares nothing. “I think it’s fair to say that no finer work has been accomplished online on my watch.” Really, it is clean and beautiful, but are we still in Roman times? There are a number of lookers out there.

Bradley ends the romantic memo by saying this will be his last correspondence with staff before the new year. Damn! We were hoping for a daily diary. Delivered by pigeons, of course.

See the internal memo Atlantic Media didn’t widely circulate… Read more

We Matter, I swear! Now Please Give Us Money!

It’s easy to be generous with other people’s money. But patting yourself on the back as part of the “wonderful, kind, generous people in the world” because you want to spend someone else’s money on the social causes you support is a bit extreme, not to mention pompous?

Such was the theme of a year-end fundraising email from The Agenda Project, the left-wing activist group known for obnoxious web videos and receiving funding from who knows where (their donors are not listed on their website, so much for openness).

The group became known for their web video of a Paul Ryan look-a-like throwing a grandmother off a cliff and assembling “Patriotic Millionaires,” a tiny group of rich people who want higher taxes but refused to lead by example when given the chance.

Now they’ve complied a list of their “accomplishments” for the year in an email seeking, you guessed it, money from people so they can advocate for more of your money to government.

So what did they “accomplish” this year? Read more

Elevator Pitch: Let ‘Go Try It On’ Be Your Virtual Stylist

In the latest episode of “Elevator Pitch,” host Alan Meckler talks with Marissa Evans founder and CEO of “Go Try It On.” It’s an iPhone app that acts like a virtual stylist. Users upload a photo of an outfit they plan on wearing and let their friends and the community respond.

For more videos, check out mediabistroTV, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

‘Style Guy’ Finds Tom Brokaw’s Hair ‘Elegant,’ Donald Trump-Brand Clothing Line ‘Sleazy’

GQ celebrated the release of its fall/winter issue last night with a soiree at The Huxley featuring “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien. The event was hosted by Robert Finfer, Founder and CEO of Integrity Capital Partners and Co-Founder of Tomahawk Capital, LLC.

Dropping in on a cocktail party attended by a well-known fashion/style critic, we expected to see guests decked out in their finest attire. And we did. But we also spotted a few questionable choices, like a sequined dress that didn’t fit so well (pictured right).

That’s neither here nor there.

FishbowlDC sat down with O’Brien himself for a quick Q&A to get his expertise on style in the news media world.

FBDC: What’s your media diet like?
GOB: I read the New York Times every morning. I try to watch Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert when I can. But I don’t watch the evening news or anything like that.

FBDC: Who’s the best-dressed man or woman in news media?… Read more

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