News That Will Drive You To Drink

The Death of the Media

News that will make you squeal.

News that will make you squeal.

It’s really rare that the so-called liberal media lays their cards clearly on the table, so this is really breath-taking in the extreme to me:

“The conventional wisdom among Clinton’s supporters is that Clinton is invincible, because she has already weathered all the storms of media scrutiny. She has been in the public eye for 25 years and endured countless controversies, from Whitewater to Lewinsky to Benghazi. The book has been thrown at her, and the book lost.”

“This argument overlooks two important factors: First, the national media have never been more primed to take down Hillary Clinton (and, by the same token, elevate a Republican candidate). Even before she announced her presidential bid, The New York Times alone had publishedmore than 40 articles related to her private email account, spurring other stories across the national print, digital and television media. Since announcing her bid, the national media have spent the bulk of their time investigating potential lines of influence between Clinton Foundation donations/speaking fees and Clinton’s actions as secretary of state. The Times, The Washington Post and others even struck deals for early access to anti-Clinton research.”

This reporting is from idjit media reporter Dylan Byers at the aptly-dubbed Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) via the always essential-to-read Karoli at Crooks and Liars.

Needless to say, Byers seems confused about the nature of Politico which for better or worse is now part of the National Media, even if it is in the “Some say,” Some said genre of enuendo and rumors. So Dylan: heal thyself, you mendacious twit.

The Death of the Media

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Tiger Beat on the Potomac (Thanks Charlie!) breathlessly tells us that MSNBC is going to pretty much throw out everything and start over:

“The extent of that change could be vast: In the months ahead, MSNBC is likely to shake up the bulk of its programming, moving some shows and canceling others, high-level sources at NBCUniversal told POLITICO. With few exceptions — notably “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “Morning Joe” — every program is at risk of being moved or cancelled, those sources said. “All In with Chris Hayes,” a ratings suck that currently occupies the 8 p.m. time slot, will almost certainly be replaced. Network execs are also considering moving some weekday shows, like “Politics Nation with Al Sharpton,” to weekends.”

I’m betting this is going to be the quote that will be used on all the conservative blogs today:

“The plan is to re-imagine what [MSNBC] is,” one high-level NBCUniversal insider with knowledge of the network’s plans said, “because the current lineup is a death wish.”

So why is this a Death of the Media post? Because like everything in Politico, it is all unattributed and off-the-record reporting, which is their preferred way of putting the razor blade in the apple.

Here’s an example: After telling us that new NBC News Group Chairman Andrew Lack is “likely to rein in MSNBC’s ever-leftward drift and focus instead on creating more news-driven programming,” later in the article Politico tells us that Lack declined to be interviewed for the article. As did MSNBC president Phil Griffin. Rachel Racusen, who is the MSNBC VP of Communication, denies the report.

So let’s summarize: Politico didn’t talk to any of the key players who would be making these decisions, MSNBC denies the allegations, and Politico advances a story with only unnamed sources.

Things in Politico That Make Me… well, you know the rest

The Death of the Media, Cont.

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From the Politico email thingy they send me everyday.

POLITICO ADDS GOSSIP COLUMNIST — Editor Susan Glasser emails the staff: “Kate Glassman Bennett, a fourth-generation Washingtonian who cut her teeth … in the competitive world of Las Vegas before returning home to D.C., will soon launch The KGB File … Kate promises a column very much in the spirit of the legendary late Diana McClellan, whose ‘Ear’ in the Washington Star was the original must-read … [S]he has edited Capitol File magazine, Washingtonian Bride & Groom and Washingtonian Mom.”

“Some say,” some said. Because Politico rarely attributes their juicy, insider sources, it already is a gossip rag, methinks.

Welcome to 2015. It’s all about 2016.


Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) brings us the most depressing Advent Calendar or all time, Calendar pols: A guide to 2015’s key dates
There’s plenty of action leading up to the 2016 presidential election.

Some highlights:

  • Jan. 13 — The book tours begin
    Marco Rubio’s book, “American Dreams: Restoring Economic Opportunity for Everyone,” comes out on the second Tuesday of January, the first in a slew of tomes being peddled by potential presidential candidates.

    He missed the opportunity to use our preferred title, Rake-Stepping for Speed and Accuracy.

  • Jan. 20 — The State of the Union
    Obama delivers his penultimate State of the Union address at 9 p.m. Eastern. He’ll outline areas where he might be able to reach agreement with Republicans, but he’s also likely to sound more liberated than in recent years, when he was determined to protect red-state Democrats. Last year, Obama stressed his willingness to use his executive authority when Congress does not take action.

    As you may recall, the re-branding experts in the GOP are still deciding whether or not they are going to let the first black preznint into the building.

  • Feb. 24 — Chicago mayor’s race
    Rahm Emanuel, the former White House chief of staff, must get at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid an April 7 runoff in the race to lead the Windy City. The incumbent’s most formidable challenger, the president of the city’s teachers union, decided not to run after being diagnosed with a brain tumor last fall.

    The fickle missing finger of fate award goes to Rahm.

  • Feb. 25-28 — CPAC
    The Conservative Political Action Conference is the year’s first truly national cattle call for would-be 2016 Republican candidates. Thousands of activists descend on the Gaylord convention center just outside D.C. for three days of speeches.

    This is Hate-a-Palooza, wherein the GOP takes the pinheads bowling.

  • Feb. 27 — Immigration fight
    Conservatives are still hopping mad over Obama’s executive action protecting millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation. In February, they’ll get a shot at weakening the president’s hand.

    Again, a reminder that not all Republicans are xenophobes and racists. But if you happen to be a xenophobe and/or racist, you probably are a member.

  • Spring surprise — New York special
    Special elections always get outsize media attention, mainly because not much else is going. But the race for outgoing GOP Rep. Michael Grimm’s seat will be supercharged because it’ll likely be the year’s first special election, it’s inside the country’s largest media market, and it comes against a backdrop of racial unrest.

    Step away from the balcony, son.

  • March 19 — Hillary’s last paid speech
    One of 2015’s biggest questions is when Hillary Clinton will formally announce she’s running for president.

    The former secretary of state has committed to delivering the keynote address on March 19 at a conference organized by the New York and New Jersey chapter of the American Camp Association.

    Show Hillary the cheddar. No way she’ll cancel this.

  • April 6 — Opening Day in D.C.
    The Washington Nationals’ first home game of the new season is against the New York Mets at 4:05 p.m. on this day. It’s an unofficial holiday in the Capitol, and many POLITICOs will go off the grid for the afternoon. So we’d be grateful if the people we write about don’t use this as an opportunity for a news dump.

    Shorter TBOTP: “Don’t make us do our jobs!” — not to worry, guys, you don’t do it anyway.

The list goes on and on. Not sure if it is worthy reading, but it will give you a sense of dread.

Politico Discovers The 2016 Goat Rodeo!

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Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) breathlessly tells us that the midterm election results have changed everything! Wingnuttia’s candidates are coming out of the woodworks, and Politico lists the TWENTY that should be taken seriously.

Thank-you Jeebus for this gift.

Winning the Morning!

Sharpest Pencil

The HuffPo wins the morning: Politico’s Executive Editor Rick Berke has resigned over newsroom strategy differences.

Previously, Berke was 27 years at the NYTimes, so we assume that there was some sort of massive head injury that took him to Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!)?

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.

Things in the WaPo That Make Me Want To Guzzle Anti-Freeze

Death of the Media

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Jeff Bezos has replaced publisher Katharine Weymouth with Frederick J. Ryan, the founding CEO of Politico and a former St. Ronnie administration official.

Well, that’s one way to win the morning.

Important Trig Update!

Ben Smith at Politico wants us to know that we should not trust the Vanity Fair profile of Mooselini because Trig (the likable Palin) was not at the Kansas City event that was mentioned.

Ben Smith is a professional journalist. He has a desk and everything.


Roll Over, Moynihan

The late NY Senator once famously said that “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.”

Today, Politico tells us that:

Indeed, of the multitude of ways that President George W. Bush changed America, this may have been the most important. He helped legitimize the idea of individual truth. In doing so, he became the first president to challenge the old Enlightenment foundation on which this country was established.

Oh, in case you want to read the Politico Link, it is basically a blame-the-bloggers piece for all the misinformation being spewed about Obama being a secret muslin.

Thanks Politico, now tell us what you are doing about correcting the misinformation? I mean, except for blaming the bloggers.