Ezra Klein should quit: The Daily Caller’s Matt Lewis doesn’t think it’s all that bad of an idea. According to a story he posted this week, the changes in the media have allowed for a ton of writers, such as WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, to build a brand and then expound upon that brand by taking themselves away from the older media outlets as those fade into obscurity. Lewis’ writes that Ben Domenech, publisher of The Federalist and editor of the email newsletter Transom, believes writers are empowered to bypass traditional media outlets in favor of more entrepreneurial pursuits, and encourages them to do so.
Why you should read it: This is the sort of story that makes you scratch your head and wonder if Lewis is talking to you. The only way to tell is to read the story and see for yourself (especially if your name is Ezra Klein).
Newsweek Daily Beast reporter got punched in face at comedy show: According to Zachary Stieber of Epoch Times, last night Josh Rogin, senior correspondent for Newsweek Daily Beast, got socked in the face a few times by headlining comedian Dan Nainan for allegedly livetweeting the show during his set. Nainan got flustered by this, and before you could say “Dan Nainan is a hack comic with serious punchlines,” Rogin got a knuckle-sandwich. Nainan was arrested for his antics but tweeted at 1:07 a.m. that he “had a blast headlining the DC Improv!” with no mention of the rest of what happened.
Why you should read it: In order to better understand the generally accepted social norms of varying situations (without getting your face punched), go ahead and read this story and see what happens when you do normal journo things outside of a normal journo atmosphere (like live tweeting a comedy show, which is a HUGE no-no).
More on what can we expect next from Anthony Weiner after the jump…
Your new colleague, Anthony Weiner? HuffPost’s main headline under their media section might be the most alarmning masthead you’ll see all day. It was a picture of Anthony Weiner and the word “NO” repeated over and over again 21 times, linking to a story about his possible career in media. The NY Observer claims that he’s been toying with the notion as early as February 2013, before he began running for mayoral office in NYC.
Why you should read it: Education is the key to prevention. Only you can stop Weiner in his tracks, so read the article and pull as many strings, call in as many favors, and blackmail every source you have to make sure Weiner stays out of the public eye.