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Birdy Chatter: Meredith Shiner and Patrick Gavin Make Moves

FBDC alum and current Daily Caller gossip maven Betsy Rothstein has some interesting tidbits:

Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner, who recently resigned from the publication, is in serious talks to go to work for Yahoo! News. The deal has not yet been finalized.

Also…per a tweet by Michael Calderone of HuffPost, Patrick Gavin has resigned from Politico. He is moving on to new ventures which he is not yet disclosing. He declined to comment.

We also hear from a little birdy that, after five years, P-Gav’s last day at The Politico will be May 1st. His next moves are’t finalized yet, but should be soon.

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In Defense of Jake Tapper

jake_tapper_x200Embattled CNN anchor Jake Tapper took to Facebook last night to defend himself against the onslaught of criticism he has received over his Friday interview with former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell.

“We need to have open, honest, and yes uncomfortable conversations about this war,” Tapper wrote. “We can’t do that if any time someone sees things differently they’re accused of hating the troops. Questions HONOR the troops. And our freedom to ask them is what they fight and die for.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Indeed, in this humble blogger’s opinion, the witch hunt provoked by The Blaze‘s Oliver Darcy and Glenn Beck is appalling and the only truly offensive aspect of this whole Jake-Tapper-Hates-the-Troops affair. Tapper did nothing more than ask the kind of questions that many, if not most, Americans are thinking about the War in Afghanistan. Luttrell’s reaction was unwarranted, though perhaps understandable. The faux-controversy being ginned up after the fact is what is actually disrespectful to the memory of the soldiers who died in Afghanistan. Darcy and Beck should be ashamed of themselves for  intentionally obfuscating the story, purely for the sake of driving up page views. Betsy Rothstein at the Daily Caller has a great piece up which expounds in more detail on why this is true -we suggest you go read it.

But no one does a better job of defending Jake Tapper than Jake Tapper, so I’ll let the man speak for himself:

Regarding this controversy…

I’ve spent years reporting on troops and their families so it pains me that my use of the word “senseless” to describe the 19 SEALs and troops killed in Operation Red Wings has become the focus of this interview with an American hero and has been misinterpreted as a reflection of my thinking the deaths meant nothing and than somehow I’m not grateful. 

I would hope that my reporting trips to Iraq and Afghanistan, my book about Combat Outpost Keating, my two CNN documentaries about Medal of Honor recipients, and my continued reporting on veterans and troops and their families would belie that accusation. 

Apparently not.

Read the whole message after the jump.

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In Case You Missed It: ‘HoC’ is Viral Marketing for Cable News

#MHPapology Lights Up Twitter

Outrage abounds over Melissa Harris-Perry‘s mocking of Mitt Romney’s adopted black grandson. The Twitters are by and large denouncing the MSNBC host -though she does have some defenders. Here’s what’s being tweeted about the controversy…

 

 

 

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Afternoon Reading List 11.18.13

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Craig James defends ESPN commentator: Yesterday, Breitbart posted former sports broadcaster and football player Craig James‘ response to remarks made by ESPN commentator Kevin Blackistone regarding the national anthem. Blackistone believes the song is a “war anthem” and full of “military symbolism.” While James disagrees with Blackistone’s statements, he still defends the commentator’s right to say them.

Why you should read it: It was either Jon Bon Jovi or Voltaire who said: “I disagree strongly with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” First amendment, baby! Hell yeah! Read more here.

David Folkenflik body slams Roger Ailes (metaphorically speaking): PoliticoMagazine posted a piece yesterday by NPR’s David Folkenflik about all of the fun and quirky broadcasting tactics of Fox News’ chairman, Roger Ailes. Folkenflik calls Ailes “pugnacious,” meaning eager or quick to argue, quarrel, or fight, which this blogger accidentally read as “puglarious,” meaning bearing a strong resemblance or regard to a hilarious looking pug. Either definition would suffice, however.

Why you should read it: Besides the puglarious picture of Ailes at the top of the piece? You have to check out the ways Ailes will ruin your career in some bizarrely well conceived and specific manner, engineered to warp your psyche and destroy you professionally, emotionally, and psychologically if you ever cross him in the future. Read more here!

Follow the jump to see who had the dumbest tweets last week!

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Afternoon Roundup: Rothstein vs Beaujon -The Slog That Never Ends

In Case You Missed It 11.11.13

Best. Disclosure. Ever.

tweetwarPoynter’s Andrew Beaujon profiles for TNR former FishbowlDC editor Betsy Rothstein, who recently announced her move to the Daily Caller. If you read nothing else, the disclosure is priceless. Only in DC, folks….And cue the Twitter war!

I have had a need to try to make sense of Betsy Rothstein’s work since early 2010. If you’re thinking, “Why is this a story?” or “This is some pathetic inside-the-Beltway nonsense,” I agree with you. She and I used to fight on Twitter (I have a note above my desk now reminding me not to engage, and I’m sure she considers me an unworthy opponent and a complete bozo). We have never met in person and have talked on the phone only a few times, none of which were pleasant. I’ve written about her before, she’s written about me before, and there’s a decent chance I’m projecting some of my own feelings about her work on my fellow Washington-area journalists and pretending others share them. I have worked with both Mike Riggs and Amanda Hess. New Republic story editor Ryan Kearney and I once worked together at TBD.com, a frequent Rothstein target, and we infuriated Rothstein by sending a gift to her home address as part of a feature on inexpensive gifts for prominent Washingtonians. When I emailed her last week after asking what she’d do after FishbowlDC, she replied by tweeting a photo of a man displaying his middle finger. The editor of this story and I have both worked at Washington City Paper, but never at the same time. He edited Moe Tkacik’s story and has eaten lunch with Mark Leibovich

Beaujon’s full piece here.

Rothstein to Turn ‘The Mirror’ on DC

betys-safeBetsy Rothstein, the longtime editor of FishbowlDC who mysteriously resigned from her post at this blog last week, has resurfaced at Tucker Carlson‘s The Daily Caller.

“Whether raging waters or smooth sailing, my 3 years at FishbowlDC have been the perfect storm,” Rothstein wrote on Twitter, shortly before publishing a final FishbowlDC post.

FishbowlDC has learned that Rothstein will expand her coverage beyond media to write a gossip blog called “The Mirror.”  Tag line: Reflections of a self-obsessed city.  Yikes!  Watch out Washington.

More on this to come! Also check out Dylan Byers piece on Politico.

Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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