The NRO Hires a New Plagiarist

From the email thingy that Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) sends every goddam morning:

EXCLUSIVE: Benny Johnson, the BuzzFeed “viral politics editor” who was fired for plagiarism in July, will start Monday as National Review’s social media director, a new position. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review, tells us: “Benny made a terrible mistake. But he has owned up to it and learned from it. He’s a talented journalist, with obviously a lot to contribute. He knows he’s joining a storied institution at NR, and we look forward to his helping us carry on our mission across all platforms.”

Even a few years ago, “BuzzFeed Benny” might have been locked out of the journalistic academy forever. But two factors combined to give @BennyJohnson a surprisingly quick shot at redemption, using a pillar of conservative media as his onramp: 1) a youthful digital fluency — “I love you internet :),” he tweeted during the online firestorm over his clumsy copying; and 2) the Iowa native’s red-state instincts, which had contributed to longtime mockery of him online.

His new charge: giving NR maximum reach across social media and digital. Benny will remain in D.C., and will start by giving advice and running NR’s Twitter and Facebook accounts. Over time, he’ll do more creative work of his own. Benny is quite savvy about the digital ecosystem, and has a real shot at notably moving the needle for NR.

Sparklepants is an inspiration, keeping standards high and whatnot.

The Death of the Media, Cont. – UPDATED


It seems Meet the Press left behind a suicide note:

NBC is bringing in Luke Russert, son of the late beloved “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert, as a regular panelist on the Sunday morning show in a bid to turn around its catastrophic ratings slide, Page Six has exclusively learned.

Also joining new moderator Chuck Todd’s team will be former Republican congressman and “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough, who sources say “is taking on a larger role within NBC News as a senior political analyst and would be one of the regular Sunday panelists.”

We’re told the move is part of a plan to bring a right-leaning voice to the program to appeal to viewers turned off by the show’s famously left-leaning former hosts including the ousted David Gregory.

NBC: The Spice Must Flow


This will not end well:

Her new vision for “Meet the Press” includes adding a regular panel of journalists who will question guests, something of a return to the venerable show’s original format. “The show needs more edge,” she said. “It needs to be consequential. I think the show had become a talking shop that raked over the cold embers of what had gone on the previous week. The one-on-one conversation belongs to a decade ago. We need more of a coffeehouse conversation.”

So in addition to forcing Chuck Todd onto an unsuspecting nation, MTP will have a set panel of journalists like David Gergen, Peggy Noonan, David Brooks, and all of the other chirping cocktail circuit cicadas?

Everything Old Is New Again

Sweet Baby Jeebus on a Pogo Stick, the crack research team at Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) has spent literally minutes, and has done it again: Secrets of the Clinton Library.

And so what are those secrets? Beats me, and it seems to have beaten Josh Gerstein who manages to write only about the speculation and not the content. We’ll just take the first secret listed: Gays in the Military:

1) Gays in the military
For gay rights advocates, the Clinton years were complicated. Far and away, up to that time, he was the president who was friendliest to the gay and lesbian community. But he also put in place policies that took nearly two decades to reverse, such as the Defense of Marriage Act and “don’t ask, don’t tell.”

Set for release soon from the Clinton archives are detailed notes of a key meeting where DADT was born. National Archives records obtained by POLITICO show plans to release: “Thirty-four pages of handwritten notes taken at a Jan. 25, 1993, meeting to discuss the issue of gays in the military between President Clinton, Vice President Gore and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.”

Clinton, Al Gore and their top advisers are said to have discussed “their personal viewpoints of homosexuality” (choice vs. genetics).

The politics of gay rights have changed so abruptly in recent years that some of the views expressed privately on the subject could sound outdated or even offensive to many Americans. The papers could support or undercut Clinton’s claims that he was assured the new policy the military was considering would result in gay soldiers not being investigated unless they explicitly disclosed their sexuality.

Well, that sure revealed… nothing. And the article goes on for two pages full of clickbait and no revelations. HuffPo could have done this better and added side-boob.

Shaken, Not Stirred

Death of the Media

As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people,” to which I will add tiny minds in the media talk about wine:

Everyone seems to be focusing on lost wine, and not on injuries and damage caused by the 6.0+ earthquake in California’s Napa Valley. CNN host Ana Cabrera seems to be grieving over spilled wine. And Silver Oak winery CEO David Duncan strangely starts in on his marketing speech. Just another stellar moment for CNN.

The Death of the Media


Report: Chuck Todd To Be Named New Host Of ‘Meet The Press’ Today

Well, the Sunday Talkies are about to become even more inane. Like Tweety, Chuck Todd is only interested in tactics, “was it effective.” He’s already said that it is not his job to find the truth.

Terrible Human is Terrible