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Afternoon Reading List 08.13.13.

Paying for an unpaid internship — Unpaid internships have become a dreaded necessity, and Capitol Hill is no different. As HuffPost’s Arin Greenwood reports, one aspiring Hill staffer has launched a campaign on Indiegogo to cover the costs of living in D.C. during an internship she’s been offered with Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). The campaign, titled “Latina Leadership Fund — Dreams and Political Aspirations,” describes Jessica Padron‘s already-impressive political experience and notes that she’ll be the first in her family to be a college grad once she graduates form the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. So far, she’s raised $2,875 out of the $6,500 she’s asking for.

Weiner gets schooled Anthony Weiner has dropped to fourth in the Democratic primary race for New York City mayor, and has become somewhat of a punching bag for the media. As TNR’s Marc Tracy reports, that beating of Weiner continued Monday night when the mayoral candidate got “schooled” by Ben Smith at BuzzFeed Brews. Tracy provides a vivid account of the interview, in which Smith got Weiner to state that his wife, Huma Abedin, “has been assigned a role on the nascent presidential campaign” of Hilary Clinton. Smith, editor-in-chief of BuzzFeed, was “masterful,” he wrote. While Tracy described Smith’s “keen dislike for Weiner,” Tracy wasn’t shy about his love for Smith.

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Bad Blood Between Politico and BuzzFeed?

Is the galaxy really big enough for everyone?

As BuzzFeed‘s Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith monopolized the set of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today – Politico‘s favorite home away from home – BuzzFeed‘s publicist Ashley McCollum was firing off an inflamed tweet about Politico‘s Mike Allen.

When asked for comment on if there was any truth to Playbook ignoring BuzzFeed, Allen told FishbowlDC, “Earlier this summer, the top of Playbook linked to a BuzzFeed piece as ‘Juicy Read Du Jour.’ Also awarded BuzzFeed a “Headline of the Week,” and gave prominent coverage to McKay Coppins’s book deal. I’d be grateful to hear from Ashley any time: mallen@politico.com. Please don’t post it, but my cellphone is BLANK. I always try to be helpful and accessible.” (Ashley, if you’d like Mike’s cell for Playbook requests, prank calls or texting, we’re happy to share offline.)

A sour taste has been lingering between the two outlets for several months now. In March 0f this year, Politico started doing their own version of “BuzzFeed Brews,” calling it “Playbook Cocktails, causing some media observers to start throwing around accusations and get their feathers rumpled. And when BuzzFeed Brews first began, BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins described it as essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer.”

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“You can take the sexual piece out. That is a funny story for a child.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” discussing his interview with New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner and the reaction of his kids to the story. Specifically, he was referring to taking a picture of your penis and putting it on the Internet.

EGG ON HIS FACE: “Really, because all this time I thought you were paid to spit on a camera lens.” — Daily Show’s John Oliver on MSNBC “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews claim that “this is what I do” in terms of predicting presidential candidates that he has consistently gotten wrong. Matthews predicted former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) would be nominated in 2012. This time his money’s on Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

Journo avoids barfing in cab

“Had to get out of a taxi and take the subway home for the first time because I was going to vomit from car sickness. 1st time for everything.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

In awe of Rob Lowe

“Amazing @RollCallAbby: Rob Lowe just retweeted me. If the 14-year-old in me had any clue what Twitter was, she would faint.” — CNN’s Laura Bernadini, supervising producer for CNN’s White House unit.

In anticipation of Sydney Leathers

“I am interviewing Sydney Leathers when I sit in for Geraldo tomorrow morning. What would you ask her if you were me?” — WMAL and Breitbart‘s Larry O’Connnor last night.

Just a little light abortion tweeting

“Human life does not magically become life whenever a pro-choice woman conveniently thinks it becomes life. #ScienceSaysSo” — Breitbart Editor-at-Large Ben Shapiro.

 

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“He’s a pioneer.”BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, who he’s interviewing for “BuzzFeed Brews” tonight in New York City for 45 minutes. Asked what new things we’ll learn tonight, if anything, Smith told MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” this morning, “That’s kinda up to Anthony. I think there are a lot of questions…about how his email-mate is enjoying her 15 minutes.” He’s referring to Sydney Elaine Leathers, who recently shot a masturbatory porn video. Valid Q: Will Weiner ever watch it?

Cantankerous Jay Rosen compares FNC’s Ed Henry to a dog

“Ed Henry is hilarious! So transparent. Like a cellophane puppy dog desperate for a pat on the head. (If you’re watching WH press conference)” — Blogger, prof and fantastically smug Jay Rosen.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:48 a.m.

Journo vexed by computer mishap

“Not good tech backup plan: LONG wait at @westelmgeorgetown. Internet down. No plan for when this happens?” — Politico‘s Anna Palmer.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo’s Clinton Yates and nbcwashington.com Contributor Chuck Thies.

YATES: I just don’t consider phone use selfish.

THIES: @clintonyates, YOU don’t. But if it diminishes the experience of a nearby moviegoer, it is polite to refrain. #MyFartsDontSmell

Travel Bitches

“@united flight delayed due to lack of ice and beverages. It’s a 75m trip. Who the f cares? Can’t wait for @USAirways to join OneWorld.” — Reason Magazine’s Preston Cornish.

The Adviser

“Seriously @KrisJenner? You might wanna chill on this one when @KimKardashian’s claim to fame is a sex tape. Just keep it moving.” — TV One morning host and syndicated columnist Roland Martin.

Ben Freed Fired From DCist

DCist Editor-in-Chief Ben Freed has been fired after fighting with his employer about publishing a story for BuzzFeed. The news was first reported by WaPo‘s Erik Wemple.

Wemple writes that Freed was given the axe after he freelanced a story for BuzzFeed on the impact of the $250M WaPo sale on local D.C. news. The part of the story that is still a mystery, and we don’t get why Wemple didn’t ask this, is that Freed’s Publisher, Jake Dobkin, told him to spike the story. BuzzFeed said they would be amenable to spiking the story, but also thought it would bring attention to DCist.

And yet… it still ran.

We’ve reached out to BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith on whether he’d hire Freed as well as the details of why the story was not spiked. Unfortunately Smith is on vacation until Aug. 12 so we’re reaching out to other BuzzFeed sources.

Developing…

Morning Chatter

“This ad on the Metro certainly caught my attention.”USA Today travel writer Nancy Trejos.

WJLA employee on Robert Allbritton‘s sale of the TV station to Sinclair: “”Monday was a pretty big shock to the staff and now we are adjusting to the news. Sinclair has a certain reputation that looms over it, but we’ve been told today’s Sinclair is not the Sinclair of five years ago. There are a lot of questions about what it all means for us. … People in the newsroom have talked about receive messages from people in the business expressing their condolences.” And another WJLA employee: “My initial reaction was dread! ABC7 is the most relaxed, comfortable, fun newsroom I have ever worked in. Sinclair’s reputation is frightening. Those of us who have been around a while are more worried about the younger employees. Afraid of layoffs. But now i am more philosophical, and management is working to sooth fears and reassure employees.”

WEINER’S DOING WHAT? In case you missed the news…BuzzFeed will host Anthony Weiner at “BuzzFeed Brews” on August 12 in Manhattan at The Ainsworth, where Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will interview Weiner for 45 minutes. They say the topic matter will be “wide-ranging.” Thank God. The interview will livestream on YouTube and BuzzFeed.com.

Unforgettable Thursday headline in WaPo…

See the story here.

NPR hires media critic…According to a release, media critic Eric Deggans is joining NPR News as a TV critic and correspondent. Deggans, a longtime TV and media critic at the Tampa Bay Times, begins reporting fulltime for NPR in October. Today he will be honored at the National Association of Black Journalists annual convention as the recipient of its 2013 Arts & Entertainment Task Force Legacy Award, given to a veteran A&E journalist who has set an example for others in the field.

In defense of two TV journalists

“Yes, I will do everything to defend @SharylAttkisson & @jaketapper b/c they are a dying breed. Don’t give them shit or I will bitch at you.” – Breitbart NewsMary Chastain.

 

 

Morning Chatter

THIS TOWN: “This is the point of the party where I become everything I mock.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich at his book party last night at the home of NYT‘s Peter Baker and Susan Glasser. Photograph and quote by Rachel Sklar. If you squint you can see NYT‘s Carl Hulse just behind Leibo’s head.

Special note to NJ‘s Ron Fournier: Our ears were burning last night.

Convo Between a Journo and a Political Type

Political consultant Mike Murphy: “Dear HRC, please put NYC, Huma, and the rest of us out of our misery and cap Carlos Danger. One sentence press release will do it. Thank you.”

Commentary‘s John Podhoretz: “Shaddap you face trying to spoil everybody’s fun.”

Beauty queen pissed at bread throwers

“Dear ppl who throw bread at birds: clean up your shit! It’s not my dogs job to eat your moldy bread! Thanks for the morning heart attack!” — Miss DC 2009 Jen Corey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:56 a.m. (In which they spell “Caroline Kenndy” like that.)

What’s the definition of ‘is’?

“Weiner story really testing definition of word ‘past’” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.  And this: “Huma needs to pull a Mellie Grant on Weiner’s ass.” — BuzzFeed‘s Ellie Hall.

Comm guy nearly hit by car

“GAH! Almost drilled by a driver making a high speed left turn while I was IN THE BLOODY CROSSWALK. Heart is still in back of my throat. Seriously, if I hadn’t looked up and stopped, I’d be on my way to the ER right now. Oy.” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

Fournier tells political observers to shut up

“Partisans (Rs and Ds): The presidential address you’re twittering about won’t be heard by most Americans or effect their lives. Move along.” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier, the moral compass of This Town.

 

Andrew Sullivan Takes Up For Nate Silver

In an interview with TNR‘s Isaac Chatiner published Tuesday, Politico co-founders John Harris and Jim VandeHei took swipes at Nate Silver, the number-crunching NY Times journalist who correctly predicted all 50 states’ outcome in the 2012 presidential election.

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In Memoriam: Michael Hastings

Michael Hastings, a writer for Buzzfeed and Rollling Stone best known for the career-ending profile of Gen. Stanely McChrystal, was killed yesterday in a car crash in Los Angeles.

News of Hasting’s death first came Tuesday afternoon from BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith, who posted a note on the site that said,”We are shocked and devastated by the news that Michael Hastings is gone.”

“Michael was a great, fearless journalist with an incredible instinct for the story, and a gift for finding ways to make his readers care about anything he covered from wars to politicians,” Smith said in his note. “He wrote stories that would otherwise have gone unwritten, and without him there are great stories that will go untold.”

Rolling Stone followed with an obituary a few minutes later.

Hastings’ hallmark as reporter was his refusal to cozy up to power. While other embedded reporters were charmed by McChrystal’s bad-boy bravado and might have excused his insubordination as a joke, Hastings was determined to expose the recklessness of a man leading what Hastings believed to be a reckless war.

Buzzfeed has a full story about Hastings here, there are tributes from the Buzzfeed staff here and finally, a collection of remembrances from other journalists, here.

Read on for a selection:

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Quotes of the Day

A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HASTINGS: “Michael Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor. While there is no template for a great reporter, he was one for reasons that were intrinsic to who he was: ambitious, skeptical of power and conventional wisdom, and incredibly brave. And he was warm and honest in a way that left him many unlikely friends among people you’d expect to hate him.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith. More… “We fought, first, over the adjectives in his stories — ‘discredited’ was a favorite — and then over his theories, which were typically the opposite of whatever I was hearing from my Washington sources. In the meantime I marveled at his talent and at the thing I hadn’t particularly expected: his generosity.” Read the full story here.

“I am no Michael Hastings and I probably never will be. My temperament and orientation is different. I approach my subjects from a different angle and I ask different questions. I do pretty well for myself. But when I’m in the arena with people like Hastings, I’m always forced to check myself.” — The Week’s Marc Ambinder. Read his full post here.


Confessional.

“I got the IRS chiefs mixed up. So audit me! Sorry about that. They’re all blending together.” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

In a twist on the usual 9-month pregnancy, NBC Luke Russert’s 20-month gaffe

“House now voting on bill by Rep Trent Franks’s (R-AZ) restricting abortions after 20-months.” — NBC Luke Russert on the bill that passed the House Tuesday. About a minute later, after some razzing, he wrote, “Correction to my last tweet. Bills would restrict abortion after 20 WEEKS not months.” Phew!

Hello Buttercup! Martin smooches NYT colleague

“Do yourself a favor: pre-order @peterbakernyt book DAYS OF FIRE now. A history of Bush-Cheney admin > http://www.amazon.com/Days-Fire-Cheney-White-House/dp/0385525184/ref=pd_sim_b_3/184-3921963-1609821″ — NYT‘s Jonathan Martin regarding Peter Baker‘s upcoming book.

NBC’s Chuck Todd from Berlin: “Btw, TOBBS (twitter on black berry sucks)”

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “My brother works for a local NPR station and he says the amount of money the big wigs at NPR lavish upon themselves is sickening. It makes him wonder what would happen if donors saw the gluttony. But, he needs the job so he keeps his mouth shut.”

Weighty reaction to Mika Brzezinksi

“Dear Mika, Arsenic is a poison. Soda is not. Bleach is a poison. Sugar is not. You are a ridiculous lunatic.” — Rare‘s Content Editor Mike Cover to the MSNBC “Morning Joe” host who wrote Obsessed, a confessional book about food addiction, her own and others. He added, “There are few things that make my skin crawl more than the nanny-state busybodies lecturing other folks about what to eat or how to live.”

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