New news outlet embraces “advocacy journalism” — The term “advocacy journalism” is not one that most reporters want attached to their names. Politico’s Patrick Gavin reports that the founders of a new outlet, however, embrace the term. David Darg and Bryn Mooser (we assume that’s his real name) partnered with actors Ian Somerhaider and Sophia Bush to launch RYOT.org, which calls its readers into political advocacy after reading news stories. A story about a surfer’s “insane trick,” for instance, encourages readers to “check out the Surfrider Foundation,” an organization that works to protect beaches for surfers. Darg said the model is “maybe a little radical” but he thinks the younger generation will embrace it, while older generations “may be a bit stuck in their ways.” So far, traffic to the site has been growing much faster than Darg and Mooser expected.
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National Review Editor Rich Lowry really opens up in a recent interview with Politico‘s Patrick Gavin for his famous “Answer This” interview this week. No, not really. He forgets to tell a joke and reveals that his wife shops at Saks. Still, when asked to name his favorite body part, Lowry says it’s his sexy inner ear. He explains, “I took a spill during a misbegotten attempt to learn how to play hockey a few years ago. You don’t know what a wonderful thing it is not to feel dizzy unless you have spent some time walking around feeling dizzy.”
Read the full thing here.
Things are looking way up at Wonkette, this according to Wonkette. If you’re familiar with the site, then you probably already know where this story is going.
In a recent profile of Wonkette’s publisher Rebecca Schoenkopf, Politico’s Patrick Gavin wrote that Schoenkopf told him Wonkette has “done just great” over the last year, her first as owner and publisher. “‘Things are awesome,’ said Schoenkopf, who puts her traffic based on internal metrics at around a half-million unique visitors a month,” Gavin wrote.
But in reality, you might not think things are so awesome, considering that’s a 50 percent drop from what she was telling Dame Magazine just two months earlier. “‘Since Schoenkopf took over Wonkette in March 2012, all the important numbers are up – ‘traffic’s up 65% on last year, we’re getting a million unique visitors a month, and 3.7 million page views,’” Dame’s Sanjiv Bhattacharya wrote in April, quoting Schoenkopf.
We don’t have access to Wonkette’s internal metrics, but we do have access to publicly-available real ones. Wonkette uses Quantcast, a direct audience-measurement firm for websites that advertisers sometimes rely on when they want accurate and unbiased traffic stats instead of wildly inflated ones seemingly plucked from the air by wayward publishers. Read more
(A sprinkling of things we think you ought to know…)
Wonkette is now just a 40-year-old woman’s diary– Politico‘s Patrick Gavin has a story that puts a happy, smiley face on just how terrible Wonkette has become. Gavin’s piece brings up all the cool things Wonkette once had — fearless D.C. gossip, tabloid-worthy photos from the Capitol’s social scene, good writing, etc. — and reminds readers that you won’t find those things on the blog anymore. The features that made Wonkette fun to read have, instead, been replaced by “the occasional heartfelt rant from Schoenkopf about, say, gun control or the tornadoes in Oklahoma.” Now it’s a “national” site, according to its editor and owner, Rebecca Schoenkopf, who lives in Los Angeles. By “national,” Schoenkopf means she picks up on little news bits coming out of various statehouses across the country and mocks it with humor typical of high school freshmen who shop at Hot Topic. Curiously, Gavin also writes that under Schoenkopf, “long past are those very public and nasty feuds with Washington politicos.” This, even though it was just in January that Schoenkopf called FishbowlDC’s editor “a fucking cunt” with “cunt” being in the headline before that mysteriously disappeared. Not quite the creativity or intelligence that the blog’s founder Ana Marie Cox was known for. Read more
On Friday we asked you to figure out who these two male journalists are based on their shoes and a few hints. Here’s the answer: It’s Politico‘s media show duo Patrick Gavin and Dylan Byers. By the way, just in case you were confused (like we were), Dylan has donned the bright yellow sneakers (that match his Big Bird outfit?) and Gavin is showing off his boat shoes.
Who is Michele Bachman, anyway? — An “exponent of the anti-tax Tea Party movement”; a “conservative firebrand and a favorite of tea party Republicans”; “Tea Party Darling.” These are just a few of the ways Rep. Michele Bachman (R-Minn.) has been described by the press. In a listicle rivaling Buzzfeed, Politico’s Patrick Gavin listed 13 of the descriptions, citing everyone from Matt Drudge to WaPo and Bloomberg. Gavin himself calls the congresswoman “one of the more colorful characters in Congress.”
Reporter let go for being ‘painful to watch’ — Think you’re having a bad day? In an internal email sent to staff, CBS Harrisburg news director David Baer said Kirk Wilson, a reporter for the station, had resigned. But, as Mediaite’s Andrew Kerill reported, Wilson says he was forced out because Baer said he was “painful to watch.” Originally trying not to share the detail of his split with the station, Wilson, after learning what was being said, took to Facebook to set the record straight. “The news director told me I didn’t meet the reporting standards of SBG TV,” Wilson said in the post. I was “painful to watch,” neither me nor my stories were conversational. I’ll stop there. It got worse.” He went on to describe his stop at a convenience store on his way home the day he was let go. The clerk recognized him as a reporter from the station, and after Wilson told her that he wasn’t with the station anymore, she was heartbroken. “She said to me, ‘You’re my favorite reporter. I think I’m going to cry.”
Molly Ball, Maggie Haberman considered for NYT posts — Last week, NYT announced the hire of Politico’s Jonathan Martin as a national political correspondent for the newspaper. HuffPost’s Michael Calderone reported that, along with Martin, the Times was also considering The Atlantic’s Molly Ball for the storied position, according to sources. Ball is a former reporter at Politico. Haberman, for her part, reportedly extended her contract with Politico following the 2012 election and will be staying with the publication.
Another kind of ‘House’ wins vote — Patrick Gavin of Politico writes about a new Amazon.com TV series called “Alpha House” that will begin shooting this year in New York City and Washington. The show is a comedy about four Republican senators living as roommates and stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Mark Consuelos and Matt Mallow. The show was part of an Amazon contest that featured 14 pilots that viewers voted on to choose which ones would be made into a full season.
DOJ scandal deepens — WaPo’s Erik Wemple further examines the DOJ scandal today in a piece on Fox News host Shepard Smith’s statement that the Justice Department gained access to the news organization’s servers and took information from them. A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement that DOJ is not identifying the “news organization or the reporter involved in the Stephen Kim investigation.”
Reporter’s computer compromised — Also on Politico today, Dylan Byers reports CBS News investigative reporter Sheryl Attkisson’s computer was compromised. Attkisson said she’s been looking into the intrusion for months but is “not prepared to make an allegation against a specific entity today.” The reporter said suspicious activity was first seen in Feb. 2011 while she was reporting on the Fast and Furious scandal and the White House’s green energy spending.
Run Michele, Run! As Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) continues her crusade to bypass the media and any news of possible ethics violations, it continues to backfire on her. In stories this morning by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and TPM‘s Tom Kludt, she has reportedly tried to actively avoid the Fourth Estate yet again at a presser in Minnesota. Some might recall the recent running through basement of the Capitol as CNN’s Dana Bash, somewhat breathlessly but with great determination, interviewed her about comments she made at CPAC. From TPM: She was “rushed out of the room by aides and shielded from reporters as soon as she was questioned about potential ethics violations.”
White House Chef faces possible furlough: Thanks to Obama Foodorama blogger Eddie Gehman (and Politico‘s Patrick Gavin who aggregated the news this morning) we now know that the White House chef Sam Kass may soon be impacted by the sequester cuts. See Gehman’s piece on Kass’s Tuesday meeting with reporters here; Gavin’s here.
What does Mark Mazzetti read anway? This morning, The Atlantic Wire publishes the reading diet of the NYT national security correspondent. Turns out he wakes to NPR and then heads to the NYT, but he already knows what’s there so he doesn’t dwell on it. His general first order of business is to see who beat him on a given story. He likes the BBC website, Mad Men, etc… Read the full piece here.
Quotes of the Day
PICTURE FROM PETRA: CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who is traveling with President Obama, snapped this photograph from Petra. He describes it as “6 of 16.” FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry asks in a tweet, “Is it illegal to take rocks home from ancient city of Petra? Asking for a friend.”
Marty bitch slaps Twitter troll
“What is your Problem? No, I’m not a Pedo- I’m a Soap Opera Fan, you Idiot!” — Media fan favorite Marty Rudolph to Wayne Bevins, an Ohioan who watches “One Life to Live.”
Washington brunch topic: cucumber farmers, pickles
“Brunch discussion: Do cucumber farmers feel ambivalent about pickles? Good business, but also essentially saying cuke not good enough as is.” — Ry Rivard, technology reporter for Inside Higher Ed.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:03 a.m.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture…
“I frequently end up on the lonely side of news stories; that means the factually correct side. Facts are not always that hip.” — Lee Stranahan.
This little piggy…
Former The Daily reporter Myles Miller: “Here I Am To Worship by Passion is happening in this cab.” He links to this spiritual music.” To which Digital First Project Thunderdome’s Ryan Teague Beckwith remarked, “I would avoid both worship and passion in a cab.”
Unbelievable! Media Matters takes whack at Fox News…
Who are the most influential women in Washington?
According to Elle, two of the 10 “luminaries” are journalists. In a feature, CNN’s Jessica Yellin and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell were honored by the glam mag for “crashing DC’s old boys club – with style.” As part of Elle’s ‘Power List,’ Yellin and Mitchell joined the likes of Dr. Jill Biden, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and Google’s Susan Molinari, among others.
As the sole female Chief White House Correspondent in the Briefing Room, Yellin earned her spot on the list for also being the only reporter to interview both the President and his wife last year. Of Mitchell, Elle says she is the living, breathing embodiment of the plucky heroines and fearless investigators (Nancy Drew and Brenda Starr) she idolized as a girl.
In the spread, Yellin and Mitchell are asked to pick their favorite fashion designers. While Mitchell picks Dior, Chanel and Jason Wu, Yellin mentions Theory and Tahari.