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Weinergate’s Biggest Media Winners and Losers

Whether or not he will resign, or be forced out for lack of ethical behavior, or lose his wife, Anthony Weiner is the major loser of the last couple of weeks. But at FishbowlNY, we’re as interested in the coverage of the story as we are in the story itself. Who is getting the scoops (and there seems to be many)? Who is falling behind? We’ve put together a list. Like the scandal itself, this list is a work in progress. We will update as things turn around.

WINNERS:

Andrew Breitbart and BigGovernment: Where do we begin? Breitbart broke the story of Weiner sending pictures to girl #1, Gennette Cordova, stood by it despite being accused of hacking himself, took over Weiner’s press-conference, received a public apology from Weiner, and got girl #2, Meagan Broussard, to share her story with him exclusively, as well as several pictures — including the infamous topless Weiner. This is Breitbart’s day in the sun. Not generally known for being a reliable source, this whole media circus has been Breitbart’s vindication, almost a game-changer. From his website:

BigGovernment.com publisher Andrew Breitbart was in New York for previously scheduled meetings and went to the presser as an observer… The press then asked Andrew to go to the podium to take some questions. It was surreal and awesome. According to FoxNews, a Weiner staff ran through the hotel halls screaming, “Breitbart’s here. Breitbart’s here.”

That pretty much sums it up.

RadarOnline.com: Seems to have full access to woman #3, Lisa Weiss, who made the sex scandal that much more salacious. RadarOnline is currently printing the entire transcript of her nine month long chat relationship with Weiner, for those who can’t get enough sordid details. We don’t recommend you read it, however, like we did. It made us unspeakably depressed.

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Peter Lauria Out At The Daily Beast

It was nearly a year ago when Peter Lauria left his media reporter post at the New York Post for a job at The Daily Beast.  Now it appears as though Lauria is on his way out from and is negotiating his severance package with The Daily Beast.  Lauria has not published a story for The Daily Beast since Jan. 25 and, according to his former Post colleague Keith Kelly, calls to his office phone has been answered by newest Beast hire Nick Somers.

Sources close to the situation claim that Lauria has not been getting along with top editors including Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown.  Some believe Brown was upset with Lauria after he garnered a great deal of publicity and an interview on NBC’s Today Show for his story on Viacom owner Sumner Redstone’s obsession with the all-girl band the Electric Barbarellas.  Lauria seemed to have lost his way at The Daily Beast when Brown hired a horde of media reporters following the merger with Newsweek.  Notable additions to the department were Somers and Howard Kurtz who came aboard as DC bureau chief.

Michelle Cottle Is The Most Recent Newsweek/Daily Beast Hire

Another day, another addition to Tina Brown’s Newsweek/Daily Beast team.  After luring style writer Robin Givhan and art critic Blake Gopnik away from The Washington Post yesterday, Brown has added New Republic senior editor Michelle Cottle to her “NewsBeast” operation.  Cottle spent over a decade at TNR and will serve as a Washington reporter at Newsweek/Daily Beast.  She will report to Daily Beast bureau chief Howard Kurtz.

So, NPR is Just Like the Nazis?

Here’s one of those statements that really deserves a follow-up question: Howard Kurtz at the Daily Beast interviewed Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. Ailes offered about National Public Radio,”They are, of course, Nazis. They have a kind of Nazi attitude. They are the left wing of Nazism.”

Kurtz should have asked what Ailes thinks of CSPAN or the BBC – they have to be like tyrannical WWII mass murderers too, right? Totally the same thing?

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The Daily Beast Snags Howard Kurtz Away from the Washington Post

After more than three decades with the Washington Post, media reporter and host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Howard Kurtz has decided to flee to the greener pastures of the Interwebz. He’s heading to The Daily Beast to lead the site’s political and campaign reporting as well as to continue his work on the media. Kurtz will continue to host “Reliable Sources.”

“After a lifetime in newspapers, I’m ready for the challenge of fast-paced online journalism,” Kurtz said in a statement on The DB.

The move is kind of surprising and seems to have caught most of the analog media world off guard. As the New York Times points out, Kurtz just recently wrote skeptically about the nature of online journalism. “Our mission — and we have no choice but to accept it — is to grab some of that traffic that could otherwise end up at hundreds of other places, even blogs riffing off the reporting that your own publication has done. Naturally, those who grew up as analog reporters wonder: Is journalism becoming a popularity contest?”

Guess he decided he needed to sit at the cool kids’ lunch table.

Previously on FBLA: The Daily Beast Hires New Technology Columnist

Howard Kurtz Leaves Washington Post For The Daily Beast

Our sister site TVNewser is reporting that Howard Kurtz is leaving the Washington Post for… wait for it… The Daily Beast. Kurtz will become Washington bureau chief for the site in addition to his current duties as the host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources”.

An interesting note on media clusterfudgery: The Daily Beast, founded by Tina Brown, is backed by IAC. IAC has been rumored to be in talks with Newsweek, which was recently purchased by audio mogul Sidney Harman from The Washingonton Post Co, the parent company, of course, of the Washington Post.

Kurtz is the latest star reporter to make the shift from print to new media, with Howard Fineman, formerly of Newsweek, recently leaving the news magazine to become The Huffington Post’s senior political editor.

Matt Stroud Follows Up with Former IRE Exec Editing the Scientologists Investigation of Their Investigators

Matt Stroud at True/Slant posted his emails with friend and colleague Steve Weinberg, the former IRE executive who edited a report funded by the Scientologists about the St. Petersburg Times’ investigations into the Scientologists. Weinberg gets to respond and add “nuance” to Howard Kurtz‘s WaPo article about his involvement in the investigative project.

The whole post is here. It’s interesting and journo cocktail party conversation worthy.

Then Stroud ends with:

If you’ve made it to this point, congrats: You’ve fallen about as far into the rabbit hole of journalism ethics as I’d recommend. But you’ve made it. So what do you think? Is it ok for veteran investigative reporters to write for the Scientologists? Or is working for an organization “so hostile to outside journalists” just not right?

We’ll really get to the bottom of this when we find out if the CoS publishes the investigation or not.

That’s what we’re interested in.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Scientologists Hire Journos to Investigate Newspaper Investigating Scientology

  • Scientologists Hire Journos to Investigate Newspaper Investigating Scientology

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    During peace times career soldiers become mercenaries and during the cratering of the newspaper industry skilled journalists also become guns for hire.

    The St. Petersburg Times has spent decades investigating Scientology and now Scientology is returning the favor. Notably, Steve Weinberg, the former IRE executive was hired by the group to edit a study about the newspaper.

    Wapo’s Howard Kurtz reports:

    The reporters hired for the study are Russell Carollo, who won a 1998 Pulitzer for Dayton, Ohio’s Daily News for a series on medical malpractice in the U.S. military, and Christopher Szechenyi, an Emmy-winning former television producer who has worked for the Boston Globe’s Web site.

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    A Pulitzer For The National Enquirer?

    Former presidential candidate John Edwards has been all over the news this week, due to his (not surprising) admission of paternity of his admitted mistress’s baby, possibly spurred by the best selling book Game Change debuting this week, which features in-depth descriptions of Edwards’ actions during the 2008 campaign, including his denial of the affair.

    Now the publication that broke the story, supermarket tabloid The National Enquirer plans to submit its work for a Pulitzer Prize, the most prestigious award in journalism. As Game Change explains, when the paper broke the story in 2007, the mainstream media brushed it off as sensational storytelling and mainly ignored it. But executive editor Barry Levine told The Washington Post‘s media reporter Howard Kurtz that this week’s admissions have resulted in “vindication” for the tab.

    “It’s clear we should be a contender for this,” Levine told Kurtz of the Pulitzer, referring to his paper’s revelations about the affair and Edwards’ paternity of Frances Quinn Hunter. “The National Enquirer, a supermarket tabloid, was able to publish this reporting.”

    Although a Pulitzer for the Enquirer would set these awards on its head, we may not get to see such a thing this year; Kurtz points out that the tabloid’s best work on the Edwards story was done in 2007 and 2008, and this year’s prizes will honor work for 2009. Still, for a prize that has never even gone to an online news outlet, any shake up in the Pulitzer world would hint that the respected award recognizes the changing landscape of the media today. In reality, a nomination or award for The National Enquirer or TMZ might not be that far off, as long as they keep producing solid investigative journalism and breaking important news — assuming the Pulitzer committee can separate that work from the sensational things that are published by those sources.

    John Edwards’ paternity admission vindicates National Enquirer, its editor saysThe Washington Post

    Previously: Game Change Authors Talk Reporting, Reaction To Their Book

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