Mo-Do Made Me Do It


Her piece today made me fish this out of the archive. Here’s the take-away:

As our interview ended, I was telling him about my friend Michael Kelly’s idea for a 1-900 number, not one to call Asian beauties or Swedish babes, but where you’d have an amorous chat with a repressed Irish woman. Williams delightedly riffed on the caricature, playing the role of an older Irish woman answering the sex line in a brusque brogue, ordering a horny caller to go to the devil with his impure thoughts and disgusting desire.

I couldn’t wait to play the tape for Kelly, who doubled over in laughter.

So when I think of Williams, I think of Kelly. And when I think of Kelly, I think of Hillary, because Michael was the first American reporter to die in the Iraq invasion, and Hillary Clinton was one of the 29 Democratic senators who voted to authorize that baloney war.

That is hackery at it’s finest, the absolute zenith.

Ted Baxter Takes a Vacation

Meet David Gregory's hair

Meet David Gregory’s hair

That bastion of He-Said, She-Said Journalism, Tiger Beat on the Potomac tells us:

David Gregory wasn’t supposed to host “Meet the Press” on Sunday. He was on a planned vacation in Nantucket, where, the night before, he had hosted a special presentation of the Boston Pops, sponsored by Coastal Living and Real Simple.

Midway through the week, however, Gregory changed his mind. His fate at “Meet the Press” had been the subject of numerous press reports. Page Six and others had declared him dead in the water come November. Several NBC personalities were already vying to replace him. Gregory was chartered back to Washington for Sunday’s program, having concluded, one NBC source said, that being off was “a dumb move” — that would have only further fueled speculation that the host was on his way out.

(There really is a Mary Tyler Moore episode where Ted pretends to take a vacation and doesn’t go anywhere because he is worried about being replaced.)

The Death of the Media, Cont.

The email thingie from Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) starts off our morning with something that is as close to the Media committing ritual seppuku as anything I can think of:

SIREN: Chuck Todd, a political obsessive and rabid sports fan, is the likely successor to David Gregory as moderator of “Meet the Press,” with the change expected to be announced in coming weeks, according to top political sources. The move is an effort by NBC News President Deborah Turness to restore passion and insider cred to a network treasure that has been adrift since the death in 2008 of the irreplaceable Tim Russert. Although Todd is not a classic television performer guaranteed to wow focus groups, his NBC bosses have been impressed by his love of the game, which brings with it authenticity, sources, and a loyal following among newsmakers and political junkies.

Gregory’s next move is unknown, but he’s unlikely to remain at the network – a stunning turn for a quick-rising star with a broadcasting polish and on-air versatility that once made him a natural candidate to be a future “Today” show host. It’s unclear whether Gregory or Todd knows about the big move, likely to be in place before year’s end.

The sources caution that nothing is definite or decided. “Meet” once dominated Sunday mornings, but ABC’s “This Week” – with 31-year-old Jonathan Greenberger as executive producer — has scored ratings wins with an increasingly eclectic lineup that emphasizes zippy packages over long interviews. CBS’s “Face the Nation,” with down-homey Bob Schieffer anchoring, has also scored ratings wins as “Meet” struggled.

Chuck, 42, now wears three hats for NBC: chief White House correspondent; host of “The Daily Rundown,” at 9 a.m. weekdays on MSNBC; and political director. The Miami native, an alumnus of George Washington University, was editor in chief of The Hotline when it was the mustest read for political insiders, and is as passionate about Miami Hurricanes college football as he is about campaign dynamics.

Chuck “It’s Not My Job” Todd is not a journalist; he’s a bloviator.

Update: Karoli at Crooks and Liars has something to say about Todd; this should also be a warning sign to us all.

Both Sides – An Update (Updated)

The Death of the Media



“This is the most cynical — Boehner’s up there with this ridiculous lawsuit, Josh Earnest sitting at the podium trying to tick off names of, ‘Look at Republicans who want impeachment’ — it’s not serious,” Todd said. “The lawsuit’s not serious. The impeachment talk’s not serious. This is playground stuff. This is embarrassing.”

Actually, Chuck, what is embarrassing is that you are trying to find a way to say both sides are at fault. The GOPers are ranting about impeachment and the Dims (pointing out that the Republicans are ranting about impeachment) are not the same thing.

Also, too: Shorter Joe Klein: It’s the Dim’s fault that the Republicans have lost their minds.

UPDATE: Belated Hat tip: Illustration by Scissorhead Wagonjak

Here’s Some Dumb to go With Your Afternoon Tea

Don't Laugh At Me

[Sen. Warren, if she ran for president] would energize the Democratic Party’s liberal base, which would then stir up other Democrats who seek to moderate or contain that group.

John Dickerson at Slate

Good lord, Dickerson’s looking to the left for an equivalent to the Teabaggers, there just isn’t one. There is no Both Sides here, fool.

The Stupid, It Buuuurns

Did you really mean to say that?

What a scoop:

Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice Jay Sekulo revealed that the former chief of staff to former IRS Commissioner Steven Miller, Nikole Flax, visited the White House 35 times after talking with former head of tax exempt groups Lois Lerner about working to criminally prosecute conservative tea party groups for “lying” about political activity. At the White House, Flax met with a top Obama aid during some of those visits.

It’s called a staff meeting. They happen usually weekly, and usually in a conference room. Oh, wait! That might be the next scoop!