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5 Media Trends to Leave Behind in 2014

Helloooo 2014! It’s a new year and a fresh start. Good riddance to 2013,  a year of political in-fighting, economic stagnation, foolish government antics, and annoying media trends. That last item is of particular concern to us here at FishbowlDC. In fact, we’ve pulled together the top 5 media trends that rubbed us the wrong way in 2013 -with the hope that we can leave them behind in the new year.

5.) Super-budge online videos. Everyone from newspapers to pro-wrestlers and politicos has been getting in to the online video racket in an attempt to lure “the kids.” Most have failed miserably. Let’s just hope that they learn their lesson in 2014 -no one is gunna watch your video just because it’s there. Put some effort into it!

4.) The spoken hashtag. -There’s nothing quite so annoying as sidling up to a crowded bar and hearing some fool behind you snark “hashtag where’s the bartender?”, or jogging down the Mall past a group of selfie-snapping friends at the Washington Monument yelling “hashtag BFFs!”, or worst of all, taking a day trip to Rehoboth only to find a bunch of drunks screaming “hashtag spring break forever!” Leave it on Twitter, people.

3.) Politics in our entertainment and vice-versa. Whether we were talking Duck Dynasty, Pajama Boy, or Ashley Judd -2013 was the year that politics and entertainment got too close for comfort. Sure, Hollywood has always been meddling in Washington affairs, and politics long ago became a spectator sport. But with the rise of the reality TV start, the advent of personality-driven news programming, and a non-stop news cycle that’s more than willing to regurgitate the same story over and over again, it has become almost impossible to get away from celebrity-focused political news. It’s enough to make you yearn for the silent-film era.

Check out our top two least favorite trends after the jump…

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Geraldo Loves the “J” Word

Geraldo Rivera had some choice words for a Twitter provocateur the other day. A writer for libcom.org -a London-based libertarian-communist website (yeah that’s a thing) -took issue with Rivera’s recent comments that Alec Baldwin was not using a slur when he described a reporter as a “C@*k-sucking Faggot.” Rivera responded by calling him a “jerkoff.”

It strikes us as rather unseemly to exchange words like that with someone on Twitter, especially someone who has less than a hundred followers -but since the demise of Geraldo’s radio career, perhaps he has more time to devote to these sorts of things. Interestingly, this is the second time this month Geraldo has branded someone a “jerkoff” via Twitter. On December 16th, after he had lost his syndicated radio show following a selfie scandal, he referred to his on-air replacement as a “right wing jerk off Rush wannabe.”

Hm, methinks the queen doth protest too much…

Catch the most recent Twitter feud after the jump.

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Maddow to Pen Column for WaPo

In something of a backwards move in this day and age, a TV personality is taking on a print gig. Rachel Maddow of MSNBC fame will be writing a monthly column for The Washington Post, according to a memo from Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt:

We are delighted to announce that Rachel Maddow, host of MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show,” will be joining The Washington Post’s Opinion section as a monthly columnist. We expect that she will bring to Post readers the strong arguments, sharp wit and thoughtful analysis of political and social issues that have made her show an Emmy Award winner.

We can only guess what the big egg-head will write about (everything), but we know she’ll probably be right. She usually is. We just hope she manages to master the delicate art of tone. A newspaper column is a dangerous place for an opinionated loud mouth -just ask Richard Cohen. Plus MSNBC’s legion of mini-Maddows (Hayes, Bashir, Baldwin, Matthews) have all been getting themselves into various degrees of trouble lately. Let’s see if Rachel can make a splash in the Old Media world without making trouble for herself or her network.

Afternoon Reading List 10.09.13

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Tough-ass reporter survives desert: In an AP story published in NYP, reporter Cathy Frye and her photographer husband Rick McFarland were stranded in the vast desert of Texas’ remote Big Bend Ranch State Park. They decided to separate to survive, with her staying put and him trekking into desert for help. Two days after McFarland set out, leaving Frye alone with no food or water and only a small tree to protect her from the dry heat of the Texas sun, he returned with a search party and rescued his wife.

Why you should read it: Because everyone likes to read stories about heroes, especially one with a happy ending. Read more here.

images-2Up in the air with Alec Baldwin Politico‘s Patrick Gavin had a hard task in interviewing MSNBC’s newest host, Alec Baldwin, in that Baldwin seems to have little idea what his show will be or how he’ll do at it. Which all might be good, better to keep expectations dangerously low and go up from there. Interestingly, Gavin reports, Baldwin has done away with his earpiece. He also may not be interviewing people everyone expects him to. What’s more, who knows if he’s any good at it? “It’s been a tremendous learning curve for me because it really is very different,” he said in regards to interviews.

Why you should read it: Baldwin is all over the map and doesn’t seem to know his ass from his elbow about his show. How can that not be a fun read? Why should you watch his show? Three words: Alec Baldwin’s temper. If we even get a glimpse of it once, his show will be well worth a watch. Read the story here.

Political ignorance in the age of new media: In a Reuters story about George Mason University Law Professor Ilya Somin and his new book, “Democracy and Political Ignorance,” Jack Shafer highlights facts and figures that Somin uses to illustrate how little change has come out of the expansion of media regarding American political ignorance. Apparently, the pervasiveness of information in the world and in our daily lives has had little to zero impact on the political education of the average American, and Somin explains why.

Why you should read it: Remember that scene in “Good Will Hunting” where Robin Williams‘ character tells Matt Damon’s character, “It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault, Will,” then hugs him, and Will has a breakthrough? Well, this article is like that scene for anyone in the media who wonders why Americans lack so much information on politics when it’s so freely available. Read more here.

Find out which CNN host is swimming against the current.

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Afternoon Reading List 10.02.13

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Alec Baldwin blasts Scarborough, Kristol on Twitter: In a HuffPost piece this morning by Jack Mirkinson, new MSNBC host Alec Baldwin blasts his colleague, Joe Scarborough, and his guest, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol on Wednesday morning. Despite the wishes of his new boss, Phil Griffin, the president of the network, who publicly told Alec that he needed to tone down his Twitter fighting, Alec went on his rampage before most people even finished their morning coffee.

Why you should read it: Check out Alec’s tweets and see who he credits for his flagrant disregard for his new boss’s orders. Read more here.

Press to blame for government shutdown? According to Media Matters blogger, Eric Boehlert, members of the press are partially responsible. For using falsely equivalent terms like “both sides” and “Congress” in reporting, Boehlert says the media takes the blame from those who really deserve it. Namely, in Boehlert’s liberal eyes, the Republicans, specifically, the far right-wing faction of the party, (AKA the Tea Partiers).

Why you should read it: This story may be talking about you and the reporting you did that one time about Obamacare and America and people and such. Remember? Well that’s why. Read more here

Who’s up for a beer after the jump?

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David Shuster Spouts Off to Wrong Baldwin

Alec, Alex, is there really a difference? In this case, yes, a big one.

Lefty radio host David Shuster was trying to call out actor Alec Baldwin over a paparazzi issue this morning, but instead directed his fury toward a guy named Alex Baldwin, a California-based designer with an addiction to (no joke) hot tea. Shu, between us girls, are you feeling okay? You need sleep? Even so, a fiercely loyal follower, Mocha333, is firmly on Shuster’s side. He tweeted, “Did someone hit David Shuster in the head? He’s starting to sound logical this week.”

Um, not so fast Mocha.

Here’s what happened: This morning Alec Baldwin reported that a photographer “almost hit him in the face.” He soon announced that the photographer had gone to the hospital claiming injuries. He snarled, “I suppose if the offending paparazzi was wearing a hoodie and I shot him, it would all blow over.”

This apparently really pissed Shuster off…

Alec Baldwin Despises The Washington Times

Actor Alec Baldwin fell for the easiest lure in the book last night during Super Tuesday coverage — Twitter baiting. The result? He says he hates TWT. But hey, at least he didn’t call the pub or TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller a “a thoughtless little pig” like he did his daughter back in 2007. Miller remarked to FBDC, “Alec Baldwin needed to be shut down from his baseless attack on all political reporters. Since he thinks none of us ‘really matter’, I’d like to know what this actor brings to the public discourse that is so important.” Watch out, Alec. Consider yourself baited. Again.

ALEC: “The question is: Does any of this political press really matter? Conservative, liberal, any of it? Not much, really.”

EMILY:  “But actors do?” she wrote with a simple retweet of his message.

ALEC: “@EmilyMiller God, I can’t stand the Washington Times.”

EMILY: “Lord, I can’t stand leftists,” she shot back.

Morning Reading List, 12.01.08

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Good morning Washington.

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Morning Reading List, 10.21.08

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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