Read the Puffiest Hillary Clinton Puff Piece of All Time

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The British media has been all over the Hillary Clinton beat of late. Last week, for example, the mommy website Mumsnet dared to ask the elderly homeowner about her successful defense of a child rapist in 1975, an issue that U.S. media outlets had been too hesitant to broach in numerous one-on-one interviews with the renowned public speaker.

On Wednesday, Stylist Magazine published what was undoubtedly one of the puffiest Hillary Clinton puff pieces of all time.

Behold the British Mommy Website that Beclowned the U.S. Media Establishment

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It’s come to this. Because the entire American media establishment could not bring itself to ask Hillary Clinton about her 1975 defense of a child rapist, the task fell to, of all places, a British parenting website called Mumsnet.

The website asked its readers—aka “mumsnetters”—to submit questions for the former secretary of state, who took part in a webcast-style interview over the weekend. One of those questions prompted Clinton to make her first public comments on the rape case since the Free Beacon unearthed previously unpublished audio tapes of Clinton discussing it in the early 1980s, a story that broke nearly a month ago, on June 15.

Poll: Americans Trust Fox News More Than MSNBC

Just 4.4 percent of Americans think MSNBC ‘most trustworthy’ news network
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Most Americans perceive partiality in the news media and more believe Fox News is the most trusted for accurate reporting among the major television news organizations, according to a recent poll by the Robert Morris University Polling Institute.

SHOCK POLL: (Liberal) Media Priorities ≠ Voter Priorities

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Gallup is out with a new survey that gauges voter priorities ahead of the 2014 midterm elections in November. It also asked voters which party they thought was best suited to address these priorities.

On the two issues voters said were most important—the economy and the budget deficit—Republicans scored better. On the three issues voters said were least important—immigration, global warming, and same-sex marriage—Democrats were seen as most competent (albeit just barely with respect to immigration).

The Bonfire of the Inanities

Column: The New York Times Devours Itself
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Reading the New York Times’ report on the defenestration of the paper’s executive editor, Jill Abramson, and the coronation, at a hastily arranged meeting Wednesday, of her replacement Dean Baquet, I could not escape the feeling that the Soviet press must have covered the comings and goings of Politburo members in much the same way.

VOX DOT COM, Explained

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A couple weeks ago, Sonny Bunch observed that VOX DOT COM, the eight-figure juicebox upstart dedicated to “explaining the news,” can seem unbearably pointless at times, and is pretty terrible at explaining things.

Ezra Klein set out to “fix the news,” by adding “crucial context,” promising to deliver a “completely different product” utilizing a “mix of technological and workflow approaches.”  The mission of VOX DOT DOM, he said, was to “build stuff that would be useful for people,” or even to “build a new culture.”

And what does that “new culture” look like?

SI Swim Smokes Dominate White House Correspondents’ Dinner

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Every year beltway insiders get snarkier and smarmier about the lavish spectacle that is White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend. The Haterade brews itself since no event sums up so succinctly how much Washington loves to congratulate itself for its own bloviating industry.

District denizens curse under our breath when tourists jam up the left side of Metro escalators from late April to mid October, but we tend to forget we live in the most powerful city on the planet. Celebrities can be tourists too and WHCD weekend is their chance to take in the sights our stupid swamp town has to offer. Drunk hussies may be too much for Batman, but the WHCD showed a bevy of SI swim smokes a good time this weekend.

The Lincoln Memorial is best known for civil rights speeches and many a cliched wedding proposal. We can add swim smoke magnet to its list of accolades, given Brooklyn Decker’s love for Lincoln.

The First Taste of Project X

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After six weeks of breathless anticipation, readers hungry for the “re-imagination” of journalism were finally treated to the first morsel of Ezra Klein’s “Project X” when Matthew Yglesias dropped his first Vox Media-bylined knowledge bomb: