“Some Say,” Some Said

The Death of the Media

Breaking News!
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) breathlessly tells us that Joe Biden is not going to run in the 2016 Goat Rodeo, in another one of their classic, unsourced, unattributed articles.

I’ll give you the sources, because that’s the kinda guy I am:

  • a New Hampshire Democrat said
  • an Iowa Democrat said
  • an Iowa Democrat said
  • said a New Hampshire Democrat
  • a New Hampshire Democrat said
  • a New Hampshire Democrat said
  • warned an Iowa Democrat
  • Added a New Hampshire Democrat
  • an Iowa Democrat said
  • said a New Hampshire Republican
  • said an Iowa Republican
  • Summed up a Granite State Republican
  • an Iowa Republican said
  • wailed a New Hampshire Democrat
  • said an Iowa Republican
  • an Iowa Republican said
  • a New Hampshire Republican said
  • complained a New Hampshire Republican
  • cautioned a New Hampshire Republican

I get it that some people will not speak freely on the record, but that is what changes speculative gossip and guessing into a news story. This is gossip. Unless Joe Biden announces a run, Politico will sit back smugly and say that they got a scoop. This is the stuff of madness.

Bad Bets

The Death of the Media

Before there was Fox News...

Before there was Fox News…

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie) breathlessly tells us about the implosion of Bloomberg Politics, which is their competition (as if we care?), so Nya-Nya. But there is a little throw away line that caught my eye that explains what went wrong rather clearly:

The New York-based Bloomberg Politics team, anchored by Game Change co-authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, will continue at least through the 2016 campaign, the sources said. Halperin and Heilemann were hired by Bloomberg last year to serve at least through that period, at annual salaries of at least $1 million each.

Jeebus. Bloomberg bet on Always-Wrong Mark ‘the president is a Dick’ Halperin?

The Dialogue of the Day

Trumpenstein Monster from K-N-K

This is the substantive talk with short-fingered vulgarian Donald Trump that Villager-Mayor emeritus and noted neck beard Chuck Todd was bragging about on Twitter:

CHUCK: “Who do you talk to for military advice right now?”

TRUMP: “Well, I watch the shows. I mean, I really see a lot of great– you know, when you watch your show and all of the other shows and you have the generals and … you have certain people that you like … ”

CHUCK: “But is there a go-to for you?”

TRUMP: “Probably there are … two or three … Yeah, probably there are two or three. I mean, I like Bolton. I think he’s, you know, a tough cookie, knows what he’s talking about. Jacobs is a good guy.”

CHUCK: “Do you mean Ambassador John Bolton?”

TRUMP: “Yes. I think he’s terrific.”

Thanks Chuck, that was very illuminating.

*Image: Scissorhead Keith-not-Keith

(Tiger Beat on the Potomac)

Today, In The Anyone-But-Clinton Media Files

The Death of the Media, Cont.

The 2016 Goat Rodeo!

The 2016 Goat Rodeo!

The press really wants the Dims to be just as hateful of Rodham-Clinton as they are, and of course they are trying to help shore-up the flailing Party of the Confederacy because they really want a Both Sides story.

So this week we’ve seen countless articles about how HRC poll numbers are plummeting to the earth, The Base Hates Her, and that the national party is trying find Someone/Anyone/Everyone to jump into the race. Seems the Villagers forgot the other candidates: Bernie, Martin, Lincoln, and Jim.

Anyway, the breathless Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!), unsourced news of the day is that Vice President Joe Biden is thinking about being preznint for just one term:
“If Vice President Joe Biden makes the leap into the Democratic presidential race, he could promise that he would serve just one term in the White House, journalist and author Carl Bernstein said Friday.”

Yeah, because nothing says career, master politician like starting your office as a lame duck.

Moving right along, we also learned (unsourced, but this time BuzzFeed, so Politico must be so pissed) that our Preznint in Exile since 2000, Al Gore, is thinking about running:

“Supporters of Al Gore have begun a round of conversations among themselves and with the former vice president about his running for president in 2016, the latest sign that top Democrats have serious doubts that Hillary Clinton is a sure thing.

“Gore, 67, won the popular vote in the 2000 election and has been mentioned as a possible candidate in every contested Democratic primary since then. He instead spent much of the 2000s focused on environmental campaigning and business ventures. He has largely slipped out of public view in more recent years.

“But in recent days, “they’re getting the old gang together,” a senior Democrat told BuzzFeed News.”

Wanna bet that Old Gang is Traitor Joe Lieberman who wants to feel relevant again?

Breaking: The Media is Still Dead

“Some say,” Some said.

breitbart surreal

BuzzFeed (motto: news with 21 essential cat videos) is getting into Politico’s turf with a breathless, unsourced story that the Brietbart editorial board is being paid by the Trump Campaign to give him positive coverage:

“According to four sources with knowledge of the situation, editors and writers at the outlet have privately complained since at least last year that the company’s top management was allowing Trump to turn Breitbart into his own fan website — using it to hype his political prospects and attack his enemies. One current editor called the water-carrying “despicable” and “embarrassing,” and said he was told by an executive last year that the company had a financial arrangement with Trump. A second Breitbart staffer said he had heard a similar description of the site’s relationship with the billionaire but didn’t know the details; and a third source at the company said he knew of several instances when managers had overruled editors at Trump’s behest. Additionally, a conservative communications operative who works closely with Breitbart described conversations in which “multiple writers and editors” said Trump was paying for the ability to shape coverage, and added that one staffer claimed to have seen documentation of the “pay for play.”

It’s not shocking to me at all that Brietbart would have the same ethical standards as they have journalistic integrity (see tiny fists of fury Ben Shapiro), what is shocking to me is that anyone would call this “news.” The Right Wing Outrage Machine has taken its marching orders from the top for years; it used to be the RNC sending out talking points, and lately it has been Fox News setting the agenda. The only revelation here (if true) is that The Donald has cut out the middleman.

There is something funny about Buzzfeed, which wants to become a news site, going after Breitbart, which is just agitprop. I’m not sure who to root for in this fight.

I can hardly wait for Mike ‘Payola’ Allen at Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) to comment. You know that missing a mark and leaving money on the table must irk him.

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News that will make you squeal.

News that will make you squeal.

Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) was at the Koch Brothers’ (pronounced ‘Coke’ just as Boehner is pronounced ‘Baynor’) candidate lap-dance party in SoCal and breathlessly reports the following:

“The last of five GOP presidential hopefuls to be questioned over the weekend by POLITICO’s Mike Allen at the Freedom Partners summit, a conference for donors to a network of conservative groups overseen by the billionaire Koch Brothers, Bush’s full-throated and at times glib defense of his shock-and-awe fundraising approach drew laughter from some in the room.

“I think you might as well front-load it if you can,” said Bush, who put off announcing his official campaign until nearly the end of the year’s second quarter in order to barnstorm the country to raise $103 million in uncapped contributions for his Right to Rise super PAC.

“I mean, this is a long haul. Are you supposed to just warm up, just kind of work your way into it? Am I missing something here?” he said to more laughter. “I’m running hard, I’m running to win; I’m not running to come in third, I’m not running to, to, you know, have it on my resume that I ran for president.”

Oh that ¡JEB! is such a cutup.

So why is this the Death of the Media post: because Politico’s Mike ‘Payola’ Allen was the interviewer of the candidates, Politico was there, and they are not releasing details of who was stuffing the G-strings of the candidates. The press was invited with the caveat that they couldn’t cover the event:

“In a rare move, journalists from a handful of major media outlets were granted access this weekend to a private and well-heeled gathering of Republican benefactors, sponsored by the billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch, on one condition: that they do not name any of the 450 donors attending, unless given explicit permission.”

That’s our Free and Unfettered Press hard at work. Treasure the majesty of it.

Hell Hath No Fury Like A Boomer Scorned

Hating the Clintons since 1992

Hating the Clintons since 1992

Years ago, I wrote an Anatomy of a Column post postulating that Peggington Noonington met MoDo at the 2012 Republican Convention. I was just kidding. I didn’t think that there was a chance that Boomer Journalists of a Certain Age could trade notes.

Today, I’m not so sure. MoDo has written what can only be described as a ‘Grain-style Noonington:

“When Beau realized he was not going to make it, he asked his father if he had a minute to sit down and talk.

“Of course, honey,” the vice president replied.

“At the table, Beau told his dad he was worried about him.

“My kid’s dying, an anguished Joe Biden thought to himself, and he’s making sure I’m O.K.

“Dad, I know you don’t give a damn about money,” Beau told him, dismissing the idea that his father would take some sort of cushy job after the vice presidency to cash in.

“Beau was losing his nouns and the right side of his face was partially paralyzed. But he had a mission: He tried to make his father promise to run, arguing that the White House should not revert to the Clintons and that the country would be better off with Biden values.

“Hunter also pushed his father, telling him, “Dad, it’s who you are.””

It’s a nice, vicious poisoned pen love note to MoDo’s arch nemesis Hillary Clinton, putting words into Beau Biden’s mouth so that they cannot be fact checked, and giving hope yet again to Wingnuttia that another target moves onto the stage. You see, the Villagers and their corporate paymasters would love nothing more if the Clown Car metaphor came from the Left, too.

Want more proof: Bill ‘Always Wrong’ Kristol loved the column and believes in its veracity.

Some facts on the ground: Smilin’ Joe Biden has not established a single campaign hire, has not solicited endorsements, nor raised as much as a buck in contributions.

On the bright side, it does give me a chance to run the MoDo-0-Matic again:


Face Palm du Jour

The Death of the Media, Cont.

When one face palm is not enough.

When one face palm is not enough.

It’s so hard to even know where to start with Norah O’Donnell heaping praise on famous boy exorcist/volcano scholar Bobby Jindal.

One Lump of Stupid or Two, Sen. Cruz?

Death of the Media

The stupid... it burns

The stupid… it burns

This is from a real interview:
You’re also a fan of ‘‘Star Trek.’’ Do you prefer Captain Kirk or Captain Picard?

Absolutely James Tiberius Kirk.

Do you have a suspicion about whether Kirk would be a Democrat or a Republican?

I think it is quite likely that Kirk is a Republican and Picard is a Democrat.

To which Capt. Kirk replied:

Puritanutopia Uber Alles

Marketing Fail

I’ve never been a fan of trade shows. I see the Oscars, Emmys, and Tonys as little more than a marketing tool, and I don’t understand how/why people care about insiders in an occupation giving awards to themselves, especially when the net result is that the insiders get even more money.

Likewise, I’ve never been a fan of Netroots Nation. It seems like a tradeshow.

I recall reading about one of the early ones in which then DNC money bagman Terry McAuliffe sponsored some sort of big bash cocktail party, and famous notables like Nancy Pelosi attended, and so on. And that was the moment that I recall thinking that the A-List bloggers had become the thing that they mocked. They were all insiders now.

So when some of the Netroots Nation attendees this year protested the candidates on stage essentially for not being pure enough, I sort of smirked and moved on. Except… it really bugged me when the WaPo’s resident scold Ruth Marcus decided to use that it as an example of both sides; see the left has its crazies, too! (Though if you think Black Lives Matter is an example of being on the fringe, you probably need to re-examine your attitudes towards race.)

I have to admit I wondered at some point if the whole kerfuffle had been staged (by Wingnuttia or by that other candidate who was not there). It seems like they were the obvious winners by not being present.

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Screenshot from the Memeorandum aggregation, just now.

But what do I know? I’m just a vituperative, foul-mouthed, small-time blogger of the Left…

Anyway, I bring this up because over at Balloon-Juice the inimitable Betty Cracker takes on the topic of why the news bugged her, and I think she nails it. If you have a few minutes to spare, I’d encourage you to read it.