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January 9, 2014

Stuff you may have missed: January 9, 2014

The managing editor of Mediaite apparently made up an identity for himself to hide the fact that he’s a convicted felon. He came clean over the weekend.

Thanks to a massive chemical spill in West Virginia, more than 100,000 people can’t drink tap water in the state right now.

Tunisia, the country which got the Arab Spring off the ground in 2010, just saw its prime minister resign.

Looking to save money on a ride? Uber just got even cheaper.

Snapchat is sorry for being indifferent to your security.

21:55 // 8 months ago
October 29, 2012
In which Mediaite’s taken down by a hurricane and mocked for it. But where will we go for our snarky comments about random cable news clips? :/
EDIT: OH GOD NO BUZZFEED IS DOWN TOO. AND GAWKER. AND HUFFPO.

In which Mediaite’s taken down by a hurricane and mocked for it. But where will we go for our snarky comments about random cable news clips? :/

EDIT: OH GOD NO BUZZFEED IS DOWN TOO. AND GAWKER. AND HUFFPO.

20:10 // 1 year ago
June 7, 2012
Fareed Zakaria and Bruno Mars look a lot alike, according to Mediaite's list of cable news doppelgangers. Among the major differences we see: One can write an article about the dangers of using grenades in war zones, and the other would catch a grenade for ya.

Fareed Zakaria and Bruno Mars look a lot alike, according to Mediaite's list of cable news doppelgangers. Among the major differences we see: One can write an article about the dangers of using grenades in war zones, and the other would catch a grenade for ya.

16:48 // 2 years ago
April 15, 2012
The truth of the matter is, I was blackballed within the industry, that people… hiring managers see Fox News on your resumé and say, ‘This guy’s a conservative. This guy’s a nut. We don’t want him in our organization.’ I was completely blackballed within the cable news industry.
Fox News Mole" Joe Muto • Discussing, with CNN’s Howard Kurtz, part of the reason why he publicly decided to take $5,000 from Gawker to spill the beans on his former employer. Mediaite takes exception to this comment, noting a few examples of Fox News workers jumping ship. That said, Muto had some fair points: For example, Kurtz seemed unaware of the heavy criticism Fox News’ sister site, Fox Nation, has gotten, offering pushback to Muto’s criticisms and giving the impression Kurtz has never visited the site. But Muto wasn’t fully negative about his experience, saying he worked with some great people. Anyway, we highly recommend you watch the interview — though Muto is clearly rough around the edges, it’s fascinating.
21:34 // 2 years ago
February 23, 2012

holdingontojoy says: Have you been able to find the original Mediaite article anywhere? I'd love to read it. I've been looking, and I can't find a cached version or anything of the sort.

» SFB says: Google didn’t have a cached version, but Bing did. Here you go. Glad we were able to find it.  — Ernie @ SFB

13:58 // 2 years ago

In which Mediaite publishes an article around an out-of-context tweet by journalist and commentator Toure (in which he’s not defending Chris Brown but criticizing the pop star’s defenders, in the span of numerous other tweets), gets called out by John Legend, and is forced to apologize. Sounds like someone had a busy morning. Lesson: If you’re going to shape a story around a tweet, be sure to at least do your homework when posting it. (Edit: Here’s the cached story, which shows how out of context the tweet is.)

13:01 // 2 years ago
January 25, 2012

What media sites fight about when the stakes don’t matter

Apparently Mediaite’s best-known writer, Tommy Christopher, doesn’t use his real name when reporting. At least that’s what The Daily Caller says. Meanwhile, Fishbowl DC smells chum in the water and jumps in. Tommy defends himself to Ed Morrissey, because clearly this was a big enough deal that someone had to interview him about it. Meanwhile, nobody cares. Isn’t there an election happening? Aren’t there better, headier things to deal with? This is not within shouting distance of Stephen Glass or Jayson Blair on a slow news day when the mainstream media is reading Google News while wearing beer goggles. Instead of all this infighting between mid-range media sites with offices, let’s all agree to focus on the real issue here: Why Michelle Obama is eating a taco.

19:59 // 2 years ago
December 24, 2011
14:14 // 2 years ago
October 29, 2011

More on Mediaite’s biased Michael Moore piece

seldo says: It is one of the weirdest things about America that “communist” is automatically considered an insult rather than a description of a political position. Communism != evil.

» SFB says: No disagreement here; the problem is that the word was clearly meant to evoke bias from the reader due to the way it was used. — Ernie @ SFB

13:05 // 2 years ago

What the heck, Mediaite? Why do you just let your writer just drop an ad-hominem attack on the subject of an article, unchecked? It’s one thing to disagree with Michael Moore; plenty of people do this already. Frances Martel took it a step further by calling Michael Moore a communist in the VERY FIRST SENTENCE of a story, then drawing reference to it at the very end of said story. Uncalled-for.

12:49 // 2 years ago