Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Maddow’
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…
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.
FishbowlDC’s Mediabistro cousin AllTwitter has just announced the Top 20 Biggest Brands on Twitter, based on number of followers. That got us thinking, how would the DC media orgs rank up? Below we’ve compiled the most recent follower stats for the biggest brands in DC Journo-Land.
Here are the top take-aways: 1) WaPo has more followers than all other DC-based papers combined; 2) The 44 year old National Journal hasn’t yet cracked 100k, while 4 year old Daily Caller has more than 124k; 3) CNN has, far and away, the most followers out of any news org -Anderson has more followers than FOX and MSNBC combined; 4) Brian Williams doesn’t tweet, but has almost 200k followers; 5) CBS News personalities have some serious work to do in terms of online branding -even FishbowlDC has more followers than Scott Pelley.
Washington Post: 2,290,181
USA Today: 862,012
Washington Times: 118,615
Washington City Paper: 37,186
The Hill: 391,327
Roll Call: 158,259
Daily Caller: 124, 629
National Journal: 75,524
Washington Examiner: 15,130
Cables and Networks after the jump…
Rand Paul speeches to use Chicago Style citations?: According to a UPI post on Breitbart, Rand Paul has become so aggravated with the accusations of plagiarism in his speeches, an opinion article, and book that he will start footnoting his writings. This decision was made in the aftermath of Rachel Maddow calling Paul out on his prolific use of the “Gattaca” Wikipedia page in one of his recent speeches. This controversy has led to TWT cancelling his weekly column.
Why you should read it: To remember to attribute information where it’s due, and to justify all of those hours spent scanning Wikipedia in the middle of the night for no reason. Read more here.
Epic burn on CNN: Late last night, Mediaite’s Josh Feldman posted about Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd‘s burn on CNN. As the Terry McAuliffe HQ watched the election results on that network last night, they missed out on the news that McAuliffe actually won the election. Todd and Maddow goofed on their competitor, and Maddow even suggested that Todd change the channel. He said ““If they choose to get slower news, what are we supposed to do? I think word will trickle in that maybe they ought to change the channel if they want to know who won the Virginia governor’s race.”
Why you should read it: The phrase “If you’re not first, you’re last,” was made popular by the Will Ferrell movie “Talladega Nights,” and outside of stock car racing and reporting, that phrase means nothing. Inside, it’s everything. Read more here.
Whose ratings have been dismal this week?
The Simpsons takes digs at the Media: According to Jack Mirkinson from HuffPost, last night, as ”The Simpsons” rounds the bases on its 24th season, it also took several jabs at all the big media outlets. CNN, MSNBC, and the New York Times were all subject to lampooning, the bulk of which was reserved for Fox News. Rachel Maddow was also given an extended guest spot on the show.
Why you should read it: See how in “The Simpsons” universe, they use technology to deal with bipartisanship. Read more here.
Media misreports LAX shooting, still a win: Erik Wemple posted his appearance on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” with David Folkenflik on his WaPo blog. In that appearance, Wemple called the reporting of the LAX shooter a “win” for the media and a huge improvement from the breaking news reporting of Navy Yard and Newtown. Given, the media still misreports breaking news whenever it can. Now it’s just slightly better misreporting going on.
Why you should read it: See what NBC News still misreported, and see what hoax the Toronto Globe and Mail fell for and reported as actual news. Read more here.
Who was always skeptical of Obama’s “Keep Your Plan” promise?
MSNBC tops CNN in October: The October Nielsen ratings are in, and MSNBC has finished second, behind Fox news, for the month. Huzzah! All three of the major networks (CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News) are showing drastic decreases in their numbers compared to this time last year. This is most likely due to the 2012 election and the start of Hurricane Sandy coverage that dominated all three major news networks.
The Ragin’ Cajun rips D.C. journalism: Yesterday evening, James Carville contributed an opinion piece to The Hill. His opinion? Well, he said that the D.C. journalism class’s coverage of the government shutdown made him “want to stick a fork in (his) eye.” Ouch. Carville blames the media for not clearly articulating that the shutdown did have a winner and a loser by comparing it to sports. Specifically, he cites the Broncos beating the Redskins this past Sunday, likening the Broncos to the Democrats and the Redskins to the Republicans.
Why you should read it: Carville is stompin’ mad at the media, and the analogy he uses with the football game is pretty clever and spot on. Read more here.
Which Hollywood celeb isn’t a fan of the Tea Party?
The pot called the kettle “seriously misguided”: WaPo’s Erik Wemple wrote about former Veep Dick Cheney appearance on FNC’s Bill O’Reilly‘s show where they discussed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, the marvels of modern medical science, and the evil left-wing media. When asked if he felt the media was “corrupt,” Cheney responded by saying they are “seriously misguided.” He then he praised O’Reilly and talked about left-leaning groups of society.
Why you should read it: When asked if he felt they were “corrupt,” Cheney called the media “misguided.” Let’s let it slide, considering all the times the media wondered if Cheney was “misguided” and then learned he was at times “corrupt.” Read more here.
“Gattaca’s” Wikipedia page was finally useful to someone: Late last night, BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow‘s show where she catches Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) plagiarizing the wikipedia page for the movie “Gattaca” in a speech he gave in Virginia. The obscure sci-fi reference was used to illustrate the possible dystopian consequences that could result from using eugenics and abortion as a function of societal control. Politicians just say the darndest things.
Why you should read/watch it: Any 4th grader with an iPhone and a book report knows not to plagiarize straight from wikipedia. Just skim the book and B.S. the report, or read the summary of the movie on the back of the DVD case and use that. Read more here.
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BuzzFeed hires from Free Beacon: Dylan Byers reported Mond in Politico that the left leaning Buzzfeed would be hiring Katherine Miller from the right leaning Free Beacon to work as a deputy political editor to serve under McKay Coppins. When asked about the hire Coppins said, “Our basic approach is to hire talented, fair-minded people who are doing great, smart, compelling work wherever they are.”
Why you should read it: Let your heart be your guide! Just because you work at RedAlert or The Blaze doesn’t mean you can’t apply to work at HuffPost or MotherJones. Believe in yourself! Read more here.
Random PBS viewer helps homeless woman: According to Cat Wise of PBS’ “The Rundown,” Dior Hall, a homeless woman in San Francisco, received a random leg up from an anonymous donor who saw a previous story about her on NewsHour last Wednesday and paid for her first month’s rent. Hall had been stepped over for government subsidized housing after the government shutdown began.
Why you should read it: KQED radio reporters Wise and Mina Kim had no idea their story was going to directly impact those they were reporting on. Think about that the next time you write. Read more here.
Who suggested the need for a new political party? Follow the jump for more…
Press conferences are not couples therapy — Anthony Weiner (a.k.a. Carlos Danger’s) presser yesterday dropped a bombshell and released a mushroom cloud of cable news commentary. But Laura Bennett of TNR argues that sex scandal press conferences are being treated like couples therapy, and they shouldn’t be. As Bennet points out, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell enlisted the help of a sex therapist last night for a segment on “standing by your man,” and Rachel Maddow was chastising Weiner’s “redemption tour” and his “online, no-pants exchanges.” On Fox, Donald Trump diagnosed Weiner as “a sick guy.” A common theme among all cable coverage of sex scandals, Bennett writes, has become close analysis of the body language, rhetoric and chemistry of the politician and “the good wife.” In the past, the disgraced politician’s wife’s silence and solemn looks left the door wide open to this type of interpretation. But at yesterday’s press conference, Huma (known by her first name in Washington, as CNN’s Dana Bush noted) took the podium herself, seemingly leaving little room for interpretation of her feelings. But that didn’t stop the media from giving the replay of the presser a close analysis.
Why you should read it: The sex scandal press conference has become almost like a championship sports game, complete with post-game analysis. But Bennet offers insight that this type of analysis shouldn’t continue with the next sex scandal, which is sure to be just around the corner.
Where do speeches come from? — As President Obama gave his speech on economic policy today, there is little evidence of the multiple drafts, copious notes and many discussions that went into writing it. Yahoo! News’ Oliver Knox sat down with head speechwriter Cody Keenan for an inside look at how the speech went from an idea in early June to Obama delivering the speech at Knox College. Beginning with a half-hour meeting on June 14, in which Knox took detailed notes of “unfiltered POTUS,” Keenan assembled a 20-page outline that turned into the first draft. Working long hours with many people, Obama included, the speech became “tidier and tidier” until it was ready to go. Keenan mostly goes under the president’s direction, but occasionally argues against a presidential edit, though it’s rare. His office is full of political memorabilia, but Keenan’s favorite item is a signed football from 1985 Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears. Knox closes the piece with a sharp left turn, quoting Keenan saying that “Mike Ditka [who coached the team] could have prevented Barack Obama from becoming president, because he almost ran against him in ’04, in Illinois.” Hmmm… Ditka 2016, anyone?
Why you should read it: Knox provides a fairly detailed account of a speech’s journey from idea to delivery. Keenan also works ungodly hours in a basement office, so it may also help you feel better about your work schedule.
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