Afternoon Reading List 11.06.13

Rand Paul speeches to use Chicago Style citations?: According to a UPI post on Breitbart, Rand Paul has become so aggravated with the accusations of plagiarism in his speeches, an opinion article, and book that he will start footnoting his writings. This decision was made in the aftermath of Rachel Maddow calling Paul out on his prolific use of the “Gattaca” Wikipedia page in one of his recent speeches. This controversy has led to TWT cancelling his weekly column.

Why you should read it: To remember to attribute information where it’s due, and to justify all of those hours spent scanning Wikipedia in the middle of the night for no reason. Read more here.

Epic burn on CNN: Late last night, Mediaite’s Josh Feldman posted about Rachel Maddow and Chuck Todd’s burn on CNN. As the Terry McAuliffe HQ watched the election results on that network last night, they missed out on the news that McAuliffe actually won the election. Todd and Maddow goofed on their competitor, and Maddow even suggested that Todd change the channel. He said ““If they choose to get slower news, what are we supposed to do? I think word will trickle in that maybe they ought to change the channel if they want to know who won the Virginia governor’s race.”

Why you should read it: The phrase “If you’re not first, you’re last,” was made popular by the Will Ferrell movie “Talladega Nights,” and outside of stock car racing and reporting, that phrase means nothing. Inside, it’s everything. Read more here.

Whose ratings have been dismal this week?

CNN’s ratings this week were dismal: According to HuffPost, CNN isn’t just slow at coming up with election results. They also trailed in the ratings this week as well. NYT said “CNN provided heavy coverage last week of the troubled introduction of the website tied to the Affordable Care Act. The result was the lowest weekly ratings for CNN in more than a year.”

Why you should read it: See what all of the different sites are saying about CNN as they come up the rear in this week’s ratings. Read more here.

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