Category Archives: Politics

Rep. Weiner tweets his wienie

When Facebook tells you your password’s been compromised  … it’s probably a call to immediate action.

Anthony Weiner. BPaper photo

Brooklyn’s Rep. Anthony Weiner — recently wed but a perennial source of single-guy-on-the-prowl off-color humor — was shown on Twitter in [drumroll, please!] all his glory.

His bulging wienie, cloaked in gray briefs, appeared Friday night on his official account, available to 45,000 followers (and by extension to an indeterminable number of their friends).

The NY Post is calling it Weiner-gate.

The congressman had been warned by Facebook about a week ago that his password might have been compromised. Although he’s a proud technophile, like most users, he took no action, giving the hacker plenty of time to engineer mischief.

Weiner had been tweeting about a hockey game a few minutes before the shot went up [“followers of my lame hockey tweets recall i picked tb and nashville”]; he was monitoring his stream and quickly spiked the offending item — but not before it had been retweeted and screen-grabbed by several followers, the Post reports.

He quickly posted, “Tivo shot. FB hacked. Is my blender gonna attack me next?” and later, “Touche Prof Moriarity. More Weiner Jokes for all my guests! #Hacked!”

The congressman’s spokesman, Dave Arnold, told the Post that the wiener wasn’t Weiner’s (although we’re not certain if Arnold used those exact words).

Once again, for members Congress and all of us plebeians, the gods of social media are not to be trifled with. Protect your passwords!

Here’s the full NY Post account.

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Who’s the Weiner? Let’s say he’s not afraid to speak his mind; he will not yield. Here’s the congressman’s classic House explosion last summer in defense of 9/11 emergency responders—


Yesterday’s Men

This Phil Coulter tune — a few decades old, with an Irish twist — is obviously relevant to today’s America. Performed here by Celtic Thunder‘s George Donaldson. Thanks to Michael Libbie for bringing it to my attention.

They are America’s new forgotten men.

Oh, we gave them our best years — now they’ve paid us back,
By making us yesterday’s men

‘Twas Joey the weasel that gave us the wire,
They were closing our factory down
Though we didn’t believe him and we called him a liar,
The redundancy letters came round

As we read them in silence, I choked back a tear,
It was hard to believe after twenty-odd years

Farewell my companions, my friends and my workmates
Farewell to the paydays, the pints and the craic
Oh, we gave them our best years now they’ve paid us back,
By making us yesterday’s men, sure as hell,
By making us yesterday’s men

So we said our goodbyes by the factory gates,
One cold Friday evening last year
And I saw it all there in the eyes of my mates,
The anger, the sadness, the fear

Like our fathers before us we worked there with pride,
Now we fought back the bitterness burning inside


Ah now Jimmy, said she, give the kids a few bob,
After all, sure it is Friday night
But how could I tell her I was out of a job,
From now on things were going to be tight

How well I remember it cut like a knife,
I was never a day on the dole in my life


The machines now are silent, the workbenches bare,
And there’s dust on the factory floor
They’ve boarded the windows and have chained up the gates,
And have padlocked the factory door

Now I’m on the scrap-heap, and I’m thirty-nine,
Just one of the hundreds, shot down in my prime

Chorus (twice)

Lara Logan

Those of us back in the US, covering whatever we cover, do so almost always under the cover of law. We may loose our jobs, or have an advertiser pull his run, but our lives are safe and we will work — safely — another day.

Our prayers are with Lara Logan — and with the hundreds other journalists injured, imprisoned and killed doing the job of bringing the world to us.

Bill O’Reilly to President Obama: “Does it disturb you that so many people hate you?”

Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly was relatively civil [by O’Reilly standards] to President Obama during his live 15-minute pre-game one-on-one. But O’Reilly can’t help himself — he was repetitively argumentative, stepping on the President’s responses in what was as much a debate as it was an interview.

UPDATE: 2 stars leave Village Voice

UPDATE: NY Times, in Wednesday report on Village Voice changes, has VV editor Tony Ortega blaming the economy for the firing of Wayne Barrett:

“By now I think we expected the economy to be doing a little better. So I’m a little disappointed we haven’t grown. But we’re holding our own.”

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From NY Times: Wayne Barrett and Tom Robbins, two muckraking fixtures of the New York City press corps, are leaving The Village Voice. Mr. Barrett was let go; Mr. Robbins quit in protest.

In his last VV column, posted today, Barrett says: “I have written, by my own inexact calculation, more column inches than anyone in the history of the Voice. These will be my last. I am 65 and a half now, and it is time for something new. If I didn’t see that, others did.”



Daily Dose: Links for Tuesday 11/2/10

So many incredible videos were part of this year’s campaigns, shown in so many media, that it’s impossible to pick one standout. The decade-old video posted here is definitely not the most outrageous, but along with Gawker’s salacious slam at Christine O’Donnell, it says something about where our heads are at right now, and maybe what motivates our votes. The actual count tonight will likely say something more; stay tuned.


QR Codes: Tips and a case study. If you’re not yet familiar with QR Codes, you should follow the link.
Dell’s unveiling a push into cloud computing and tablets.


•Journalistic entrepreneurs: “If you are a journalist and you want to be an entrepreneur, you need to have a serious, serious attitude adjustment,” said Michele McLellan at the Online News Association conference in DC.


Gawker: We’re so out of the blog business. Snarky Nick Denton says his Web sites will drop their chronological blogroll for a newsmagazine look starting in January. Denton told the WSJ he’s bored and doesn’t “want to be the No. 1 blog network anymore. That’s like being king of the playground.”
20 LinkedIn case studies: How professionals are putting it to work and reaping rewards.
Twitter: From the get-go, who should you follow? Lisa Barone suggests: Your customers, your competitors, local media outlets, industry trendsetters, and people who amuse you.


Click link for porn (no, not here): In a news story about Charlie Sheen‘s porn star friend Capri Anderson, the Miami Herald’s online edition included a clickable link to a porn site. After the link’s posting was reported in a Miami NewTimes blog, the link (along with the Web site’s dot-com suffix) was removed. “I’m guessing the Herald’s publishing software automatically creates a link anytime a web address is directly mentioned in the copy,” said NewTimes blogger Kyle Munzenrieder.
Free newspapers circulation is up — a whopping 1.41% over last year — according to a preliminary audit analysis by the Circulation Verification Council.

A tax on business by campaigning pols

Here’s something you might not have considered: With candidates buying up so much TV and radio time, what’s left gets sold at a premium to a station’s regular clients.

Iowa marketing maven Michael Libbie tells us about a Des Moines business owner who had been buying 30 second early morning (circa 4:30 am) radio spots for only about $30 each:

“When Campaign 2010 (also known as the Lie Express) cut loose 90 days ago his costs went to $80 for the same 30-second ad in the same day-part.  I’ve been hearing this from so many business people I’ve lost count.”

Libbie concludes:It’s pretty bad when politics stands in the way of doing business.”

Now, get out there and vote!