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Rating the Weiner ‘Cubicle Guy’ Soundtracks

In this corner, we have The Daily Beast’s take, set to a sort-of square dance-like jig:

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Paging Dr. Carlos Danger…

Miami New Times managing editor Tim Elfrink had a fun blog item yesterday as the newest Anthony Weiner sexting scandal and press conference were rolling down the news pike.

He revealed that there is a real guy in the Miami-Dade area called Carlos Danger, matching the chat pseudonym used by Weiner. This Carlos is a licensed psychiatrist:

The real Dr. Danger – who hopefully at least considered a career building giant, evil laser devices in a hollowed-out mountain somewhere before settling on psychiatry – operates a Coral Gables clinic called Innova Clinical Trials.

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HuffPost Editor Gets the Salty Subway Scoop

On his Twitter feed last night, Huffington Post Crime and Weird News editor Andy Campbell wrote: “It’s definitely the most disgusting tainted food story I’ve worked on.” So we can all take small comfort in the notion that this journalist has never come across anything worse than the actions of a pair of quickly fired Subway employees in Columbus, Ohio.

Campbell’s story has been picked up by the Daily News, Daily Mail and others. His HuffPo headline says it all: “Subway Employee Puts His Penis on Sandwich Bread; Another Freezes His Urine at Work (PHOTOS).”

Campbell was able to speak with one of the off-color Instagram pranksters:

In an exclusive interview with HuffPost Weird News, Ian Jett copped to defiling the footlong, but denied doing the dirty deed at work. “I would never do that at work — it was at home,” he said. “This isn’t something I’d ever do at Subway. It was totally a joke.”

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Kiwi Writer Plagiarized by Lianne Spiderbaby ‘Kind of Flattered’

There’s still no official public word from Lianne MacDougall, a.k.a. Lianne Spiderbaby, the Canadian-born, U.S.-residing Web writer caught up in a film-review serial plagiarism scandal.

But in the meantime, there’s this: an interview with another one of her victims, New Zealand writer Richard Scheib. He publishes reviews at moria.co.nz and told Fairfax NZ News about his reaction when he discovered she had filched from his Popcorn critique:

“I was kind of flattered and realized that some relatively high-profile names were reading my material. I wasn’t outraged. I felt sad for her that she has to go to those lengths,” he said. “Karma has come back to bite her arse. It would be nice if there was an apology.”

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After Plagiarism Victory Over Lianne Spiderbaby, This Writer Isn’t Celebrating

Freelance film journalist MaryAnn Johanson, who relocated from New York City to London a few years ago, was wise to screen-capture the blatant plagiarism of portions of her review of Norwegian film Turn Me On, Dammit! by Lianne Spiderbaby. (a.k.a. Lianne MacDougall). Shortly after she called out the writer via her website Flick Filosopher, all traces of the offending item vanished from Spiderbaby’s end. The Canadian-born Spiderbaby also apparently immediately started scrubbing her social media profile.

To Spiderbaby’s credit, she did not offer up the kind of BS excuse that Johanson was expecting. Instead, according to Johanson, Spiderbaby tweeted over the weekend the following:

I apologize for the plagiarism in my work. I am leaving journalism behind for awhile. I’m so very sorry to everyone esp those I’ve wronged.

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Adult Filmmaker Outed by Edward Snowden Coverage in the Middle of Second Developing Scandal

Get ready to read a whole lot more about New York gay porn entrepreneur Jake Jaxson.

Just before the July 4 holiday, Jaxson – under his real name, Jason Buchtel – posted a remarkable Tumblr item about his previous business partnership with Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian reporter who broke the Edward Snowden story. He was belatedly responding to reports on BuzzFeed and in the New York Daily News about his past dealings with Greenwald.

Buchtel details his struggles with the media attention and how it led him to reveal to his parents, for the first time, that he is now operating gay porn websites. He also explains how the burgeoning X-rated sideline started:

Like many, I came to the adult space by accident. With Master Notions, the company I co-owned with Glenn, we were on the forefront of developing online “street” and viral marketing, and we had taken on a few adult clients… I really enjoyed being able to work in a strategic space that had no boundaries, where we could see immediately what worked and what did not work — not the long tail approach to more traditional marketing.

It was only a matter of time before my partners and I saw that running our own customer friendly adult sites – built on customer satisfaction and loyalty – was a lucrative business. So we began acquiring properties in the adult space and cockyboys.com is now the crown jewel.

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Sean Parker: Wedding Day Backlash Reflects New Media Low

We all saw the headlines, read the angry Facebook posts and perhaps even re-tweeted a mocking Tweet. After a wedding day celebration with Alexandra, the bride and husband Sean Parker were crucified by the media for allegedly crossing the line of environmental decency with a massive staging area next to the Ventana Inn in Big Sur.

Not so fast, Parker writes today on TechCrunch. In a sadly ironic twist, he says this special personal time was ruined by 100% wrong media coverage and the same populist power of the Internet he once exploited for Napster purposes:

We awoke that [Monday] morning to a media backlash of epic proportions, a firestorm of press attacking our wedding with the most vitriolic language we’d ever seen in print. At the same time, a mob of Internet trolls, eco-zealots and other angry folk from every corner of the Internet unleashed a fury of vulgar insults, flooding our email and Facebook pages.

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Jane Pratt: ‘I was definitely doing everything I could to get Cat Marnell into rehab’

Jane Pratt

You remember Cat Marnell, right? The xojane.com blogger who famously infused her writing of lipsticks and beauty balms with tales of her own drug use.

Well, Mediabistro caught up with Jane Pratt, founder of xojane and Jane and Sassy before that, to find out if she had any regrets about hiring such a controversial scribe. 

“I was definitely doing everything I could to get her into rehab, which she did do, and encouraging her to get better for herself,” Pratt said in the latest So What Do You Do? interview. ”But I don’t think that her writing about it is what made her do it. I think it’s a lot deeper than that, and writing about it was cathartic for her and helpful to other women who were going through that.” 

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Jane Pratt, Editor-in-Chief of xojane.com?

 

Former Anchor Rob Morrison Faces ‘Very Serious Blow to His Career’: Legal Expert

With the local media swirling like vultures for the latest morsel in the case against resigned WCBS anchor Rob Morrison, FishbowlNY turns to attorney Paul Callan, who represented former WABC weather anchor Heidi Jones during her scandal last year.

She eventually was fired for falsifying a sexual assault. We spoke to Callan yesterday, hours before Morrison announced his resignation.

Morrison was arrested Sunday on a felonious charge of choking his wife, Ashley Morrison during a fight at their home early Sunday morning. A judge ordered Morrison to stay 100 yards away from his wife.

“There have been indications that his wife wants to drop the charges, so ultimately this will be a decision by the Connecticut prosecutor as to whether to try to informally resolve the case with a dismissal,” Callan tells FishbowlNY.

That doesn’t automatically mean Morrison will be cleared.

“Prosecutors can serve a subpoena on her. They can force her to testify under oath,” Callan says. “Sometimes the wife is placed in a difficult position as she tries to deny the charge.”

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AOL Pulls Out of Rush Limbaugh’s Radio Show

AOL is the latest advertiser to pull dollars from The Rush Limbaugh Show in response to his verbal attack on Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, whom he called a “slut” and “prostitute” because she supported health insurance coverage of contraception.

“At AOL one of our core values is that we act with integrity,” Maureen Sullivan, an AOL spokeswoman said to the Huffington Post. “We have monitored the unfolding events and have determined that Mr. Limbaugh’s comments are not in line with our values. As a result we have made the decision to suspend advertising on The Rush Limbaugh Radio show.”

Here’s part of Limbaugh’s apology, if you want to call it that.

I think it is absolutely absurd that during these very serious political times, we are discussing personal sexual recreational activities before members of Congress. I personally do not agree that American citizens should pay for these social activities. What happened to personal responsibility and accountability? Where do we draw the line?

Today, Fluke appeared on The View and said:
“I don’t think that a statement like this issued, saying that his choice of words was not the best, changes anything, and especially when that statement is issued when he’s under significant pressure from his sponsors who have begun to pull their support.”

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