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WCP Removes Jewish Slurs From Site

Washington City Paper removed a slew of Jewish slurs from its Loose Lips section last night. The blog, written by the Jewish-sounding Alan Suderman, received a number of insulting comments about his supposed religion that had nothing to do with his stories.

Editor Mike Madden explained that most of the deleted slurs went something like this: “The gist: ‘SUDERMAN THE BLOOD-SUCKING JEW.’”

Well, it turns out Suderman isn’t even Jewish, which Madden, who is, noted in an early evening tweet: “To the commenter who keeps calling @AlanSuderman anti-Semitic names on @wcp site: Suderman is not Jewish. I am the blood-sucking Jew here.”

Madden explained to FBDC that “the comments, aside from being offensive, had nothing to do with the posts they were left on and added nothing to the discussion, so we treated them like spam. …I don’t know who left them or whether they’re on Twitter, but figured some of our readers might have seen the comments before we got to them, so I’d note them.”

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WCP Hosting D.C. Council Debate Tonight

WCP, along with NBC4′s Tom Sherwood and WPFW host Chuck Thies, is hosting a D.C. Council debate tonight that Managing Editor Mike Madden promises will be the only candidate forum this season that starts off with him taking drink orders from the candidates.

Of the six candidates for the April 26th special election who have raised $10,000, five are confirmed to attend the debate: Sekou Biddle, Josh Lopez, Patrick Mara, Vincent Orange, and Bryan Weaver.

Madden also promises “actual debate between the candidates instead of the usual ‘joint press conference’ format.” Along with the sponsors, WCP‘s Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman and TBD editor Erik Wemple will pose questions. Audience members will also be permitted to ask questions of the candidates.

The debate starts at 7 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1811 14th Street, NW. More information is here.

WaPo’s New Feature Has Newsroom in Uproar

Twin turbo (the engine, of course)

WaPo‘s editorial staff is anguished and angry over a new feature called “Post Now Video Cast” that the publication is touting. In it, Anqoinette Crosby anchors a newscast.

“Almost everyone thinks it sucks. It’s an absolute embarrassment. My God, have you seen her twin turbos? The dancing bears are rolling in their graves,” an inside source told FishbowlDC. Sources say the premier episode is a source of “teeth gnashing” in the newsroom and referred to the newscaster as “the chick with the boobs.”

Other complaints: 1) The set is not even WaPo‘s newsroom. 2) The video screen is weirdly placed – a source suggested that Crosby’s arm (and perhaps her ample chest) block it. 3) The pacing is odd.

Each day, Crosby (a.k.a. “AQ”) will report on a variety of news multiple times a day. Yesterday was the ice (hailed widely as a “piece of crap”). Today it’s the Chinese prez visiting the White House and AQ breaking it down. Though not as dominant as Day 1, the “girls” are on display and AQ is sporting tall, leather black boots.

Crosby’s experience? She hosted that infamous “Dancing Bears” video which got categorically slammed by WaPo‘s own Ombudman Andy Alexander. She’s a car enthusiast. She worked as a consumer reporter for MotorWeek and her website says she has “enjoyed some of the greatest adventures driving some of the fastest, hottest cars on the planet.” Her website calls her an “international, award-winning journalist.”

If inside reviews are scathing, outside remarks are damning. WCP “Loose Lips” Columnist Alan Suderman writes, “WaPo, I love you, but you’re killing me with this garbage. Like a car wreck, I can’t not look.” And WCP‘s Real Estate reporter Lydia DePillis adds, “This actually makes me want to cry.”

Touchy Touchy David Gregory?

The Washington City Paper often harshly critiques D.C. media. This week, Alan Suderman Thursday, takes the machete to NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory , who appeared to get testy at a panel discussion on education at the Washington Hilton Thursday when criticized about his Sunday program.

Unnamed man in audience: “I listen to Meet the Press and I think a lot of people in the room, we end up turning it off, because during the election season, you’re letting politicians get away with softball answers and you’re not really forcing the conversations.” Gregory’s response: The host cut the man off and said he “gets the last word.” He added, “Just because people don’t listen or don’t take action behind it is not something I can directly control.”)

Unnamed man in audience: “I like the fact that you ask them, but you know, when we hear the answers they seem to be soundbite answers.” Gregory’s response: “You know what sir, you know where your recourse is—Election Day.”

Suderman concludes, “Moral of the story: If you must critique MTP, do so gently, with Gregory out of earshot.” Read the full story here.

FishbowlDC has requested comment from NBC on Gregory’s appearance and interaction with the man in the audience. The WCP story does not appear to have spoken with Gregory or PR people on the matter. We’ll bring it to you should it become available.

> Update: An NBC Spokeswoman told us, “David had a great time moderating yesterday’s panel, and he always welcomes the tough questions.”