Press Clips: Parker Spitzer Goes For Ratings Glory, Doggy Style
Parker Spitz Screws Dog, Goes Doggy Style: Parker Spitzer is now officially screwing the pooch. Joe Pompeo at Business Insider reported this evening on the show -- one of the best things to happen to Henry Blodget possibly ever -- as it watches its ratings go down
on as some of CNN's worst ever. Ever. Or at least in the last 10 years. The show's ratings are so bad that they're bringing on Kathleen Parker's blind dog to spice them up. Not even kidding. Believe me, I would've lead with the "Eliot Spitzer Can't Keep 'The Bitches' Away From Him Despite Promises To Loved Ones" joke but the dog's name is Ollie. Meanwhile, how great is this for Henry Blodget? He gets to appear on his former enemy's cable news show until it gets canceled. Not that he really strikes me as the vengeful type, but if he wanted to be an asshole about this, Henry Blodget could have a field day with it, slideshows and everything.
Jockin' Jockstrap Beats: I've "cracked wise" about Henry Blodget aspiring to be Nick Denton when he grows up -- from the "flame" pageview counters to the firing of John Carney vis-a-vis Gabriel Snyder's ouster three weeks earlier, to the cross-content syndication deals and having former Valleywag writer Nicholas Carlson leading up his tech coverage -- but hiring Dashiell Bennett fresh off of Deadspin to run a sports vertical for Business Insider? Henry you are making this joke way too easy. That said, Bennett is a good "get" for the site and it's interesting to watch B.I. grow as time goes on, and appear to be growing healthily, unnervingly effective slideshow addiction aside.
Snooki Now Officially Over The Heads Of New York Times Readers: Nate Freeman at the Observer actually read through an entire Daily Beast profile of Times Styles writer Cathryn Horn -- yeah, you read that, without being paid to do so -- and ends up excavating this gem regarding the vitriolic reaction her abusively crude Styles piece on Jersey Shore star Snooki provoked:
I don't think people understood it, honestly, and I don't know what they expected to read.
There is nobody in this universe -- be it Cathryn Horn, or anyone at the New York Times, or Noam Chomsky or, I don't know, Joseph Campbell -- that can intellectualize Snooki past the point of understanding or, say, the comprehension ability of a 7 year-old, or however old one has to be to identify things less evolved than it, or that interesting. No. Everyone who read it perfectly understood what you were getting at: Snooki is a dumbass. But they also demonstrated their ability to comprehend subtext, as well, which was: You are a jealous haterade-drinking hater. Also, kind of a bitch? Counterpoint: Jezebel makes the defense for Horyn, also likely more worth reading than the actual Daily Beast profile.
Pro-Strife: Speaking of Jezebel, whoever's running VICE's Twitter, you won today by pulling a small side-note out of the Nick Denton profile nobody dared discuss:
Jezebel senior writer Tracie Egan Morrissey also re-tweeted it, for whatever that's worth, and then offered her take on how this could potentially affect Gawker Media's leave policies:
He doesn't already?
Scrape Me, My Friend: This Wall Street Journal piece of information scraping was -- it's lengthiness aside -- a great, important read. As was the writers' acknowledgement that Dow Jones owns a service that probably scrapes your information as well, though "It says it doesn't gather information from password-protected parts of sites" is a great way of writing "certainly looks shady, but like we were gonna check."
Trans-Atlantic-ism: Joe Pompeo notes that The Atlantic is raking it in. Is anyone surprised? The Atlantic Wire is a great op-ed aggregator, the site responded to the uprising writers and readers had when they attempted to redesign it by switching back to the old model, they give near-autonomy to their most valuable talent (Andrew Sullivan), they continue to suffer the indignity of employing Jeffrey Goldberg because he brings in massive hate-read pageviews, etc. For an 153 year-old publication, it certainly seems like they're kind of doing everything right these days?
NPAAAARGH: It's nothing but frustrating that NPR has such a great ombudsmen and yet certain other institutions with way more money can't seem to afford anyone but the usual sycophantic fan-boys who refuse to tell their respective publications what's what (or refuse to be taken seriously by said publications when they do). Watch Alicia Shephard go to town on NPR, slaying the fact that NPR somehow managed to act as a publicity clearing house for the book of All Things Considered host Michele Norris. She writes well, she researches well, she nails them on this thing.
SPY vs. SPITE: Because even I'm getting tired of the Denton madness, this -- even though it is a gem -- is saved for last: Kurt Andersen got called out by Denton in the New Yorker profile, and Andersen badgered Denton on Twitter today until he responded. The result? Via Young Manhattanite:
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