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NY Times Comically Pissed That Obama Won’t Talk To Them

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IF ONE WISHES TO BECOME KING in America, there is one thing and one thing only that he must do, and that is to talk to America’s “paper of record,” the New York Times, for an hour or so before inauguration. Otherwise the inauguration is illegitimate and the would-be king little more than a fraud. And while our mutt-king Barack Obama has sat down with the likes of Maureen Dowd and Frank Rich this week, he has not talked to the news side of the liberal newspaper’s operations, which he must do. And now the reporters are getting maaaaaad!

Yesterday, Politico media squire Michael Calderone documented the simmering disdain for Historical Tradition & Prophecy within the Obama camp re: Arthur “Pinch” Sulzberger’s socialist story digest:

Although New York Times columnists David Brooks and Bill Kristol sat down with Barack Obama last night, and columnists Frank Rich and Maureen Dowd this morning, the paper’s White House team still hasn’t had the opportunity to do so since Election Day.

Unlike recent White House occupants—such as George W. Bush and Bill Clinton—Obama has yet to provide The Times with the sort of free-wheeling, pre-Inauguration interview the paper’s come to expect. And there’s little expectation it will happen before Tuesday.

“We would certainly like it to happen,” said Times political editor Dick Stevenson, “but the days are running short at this point.”

Stevenson said that although The Times has put in multiple requests to the Obama team, and “pointed out the historical precedent for this,” they’ve had no luck securing a sit-down.

So the question is… does Obama want Legitimate Rule, or is he content to be sworn in as America’s first Bastard President?

The answer became clearer today when Obama pulled the greatest of timely heresies: he visited the rival Washington Post! And in extremely crude and comical fashion, the pool reporter at the time happened to be a New York Times writer!

After three and a half hours at his transition office, PEOTUS obama took another 6 minute ride through washington, arriving at 157 pm at the nondescript soviet-style building at 15th and L street that houses the washington post.
Around 100 people–Post reporters perhaps?–awaited PEOTUS’s arrival, cheering and bobbing their coffee cups.
Pool is holding in a van outside, while Mr obama does his washington post interview, and will exercise enormous restraint by ending report before saying what really thinks about this turn of events.

Helene Cooper
The New York Times

OOOOOH that Helene Cooper! Meh.

Sponsored Intermission

Obama’s Media Tour, Cont’d [TNR/The Plank]
Obama breaks Times tradition [Michael Calderone]

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  • loudmouthredhead

    Such an uppity ingrate “that one” is. I mean, how could he possible have gotten into office without the rag-o-record and the MSM conspiracy’s blessing?

  • loudmouthredhead


  • MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend

    nondescript soviet-style building

    Not like the elitist NYT building, for sure.

  • NoWireHangers

    Dare I say this heresy shall not stand! I must protest that it will end thusly: with fisticuffs for the honor and glory of the Times of this our Newest York.

  • problemwithcaring

    Hahahahahahah! Get those sloppy seconds NYT and LOVE it!

  • sarcasticusername

    “soviet-style building” lol there he goes again palling around with communists and shit. oh barry, will he never learn.

  • CollegeStudent

    “Soviet-style” building?
    I knew it

  • NoWireHangers


    And I thought SCOTUS was dumb and POTUS was dirty. PEOTUS is like the name of the discharge that comes out of your POTUS after a bad run in with SCOTUS.

  • HedonismBot

    That’s it, the NYT is going conservative. Thanks to this snub, the Grey Lady will work to ensure Sarah Palin is elected prez in 2012. The NYT’s loss is a victory for Real Merica.

  • AnnieGetYourFun

    Is PEOTUS pronounces “peetis”? I, for one, hope so.

  • Godot

    I liked how the NYT reporter called the WaPo building “Soviet-style”.

    So subtle.

  • TGY

    Did oo get oo wittle libwel panties in a bunchie?

    [re=219905]NoWireHangers[/re]: Yes. PEOTE FOR PEOTUS!

  • TheeFauxhemian


    Only a long-haired pinko commie would deny such a glorious, essential tradition.

  • TGY

    Bah. PEYOTE.

  • NoWireHangers

    [re=219911]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: I read it as Pee-Oh-Tus. Like peony, but nasty filthy.

  • Vewol Mevemont

    Ha ha, New York is city #3 now. Chicago –> D.C. –> New York. Suck it, bitches; you’re third in line after a second-rate capital that looks like Yonkers and an ice-encased den of corruption.

  • Quacker

    Soviet Style? Also?

  • loudmouthredhead

    [re=219911]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: I like yours, but I thought Pay-Oh-Tus, like Peyote, so it gets you really, REALLY blitzed.

  • Godot

    [re=219920]TGY[/re]: I smoked some PEOTUS back in the 90’s.

    I’m still high.

  • Sassette

    Wow. Would Helene like some cheese with that whine?

  • Neon Trotsky

    [re=219896]MargeSimpsonsBlackFriend[/re]: I always thought it had more of a Yugoslav flair to it myself…

  • Origami

    Sounds like Helene Cooper has a bit of the Bitters.

  • CorkPopper

    Just when you think the NYT can’t get more annoying, it goes and outdoes itself. “Obama is breaking a TRADITION that encompasses as least 3 of the least 43 presidents! Waaaah!!!!”

    STFU, “Pinch”.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Gee, they compromise every journalistic principle they espoused to lead us into an unnecessary war, and this is what they get in return? Life is unfair. On the other hand, they could always do another Bill Ayers profile.

  • DeLand DeLakes

    “PEOTUS?” Sounds like a particularly virulent strain of syphilis-induced pustules.

  • S.Luggo

    Barry has learned well from the Bushies. Treat the NYT management like absolute dirt and later, when you feed the paper something from “an unnamed source in the administration”, management will be so damned humble-bunny grateful that it will publish even a recipe from the back of a Crisco can so long as it has the exclusive.

    Jack Webb?:

  • shortsshortsshorts

    I’m sure they could get an interview with MILFUS, you betcha, you people. Also.

  • Outstando

    Brutalist would have played a little better, my dear Helene.

  • magic titty

    I’m sorry, everyone has mentioned this already but…how can something nondescript AND soviet-style? Isn’t that by definition, a description?

    Helen Cooper @ NYT = shitheaded tool.

  • agentstinky


  • CollegeStudent

    [re=219940]Origami[/re]: I bet her favorite blog is the Confluence.


    [re=219936]Godot[/re]: Monica Lewinski is that you?

  • CollegeStudent

    “will exercise enormous restraint by ending report before saying what really thinks about this turn of events.”

    Oh, you mean, like, doing your job?

  • magic titty

    [re=219956]magic titty[/re]: Apologies on spelling, Helene.
    Still, Fail.

  • pdiddycornchips

    Is this the same New York Times that tirelessly pimped the Iraq war? The same one that hired William Kristol, shamelessly giving the Neocons a platform to rewrite their sorrid, blood stained history of incompetence? Are we supposed to mad or something?

  • sati demise

    [re=219948]SayItWithWookies[/re]: I take it they are NOT counting Mr. Kristol-meth? The NYT just pays him, but he does nothing to represent the paper?

  • jagorev

    nondescript soviet-style building at 15th and L street that houses the washington post.

    Oh, snap, the NYT has unleashed catty comments about brutalist architecture! This is going to get ugly.

  • jagorev

    [re=219926]Vewol Mevemont[/re]: WE’VE STILL GOT BETTER PIZZA

  • Merry Christen

    [re=219954]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Actually, it would be the GILF-OTUS now, since Pistol popped out her kid and all.

    Still, the NYT can eat a bag of sweaty uncircumscised dicks.

  • hrhkingfriday

    WELL GUESS WHAT. the van of pool reporters sitting pathetically outside was some lame-o shuttle also used by college kids and such. Some days its nice to work in the buildin next to the (yes, soviet era) Post.

  • groove

    Sorry, NYT is sooooo 2008. Deal with it, baby. PEOTUS is a trend-setter. I foresee the NYT’s readership plummet faster and harder than Sarah Palin’s publicity.

  • pdiddycornchips

    [re=219926]Vewol Mevemont[/re]:

    NY has chunks of Chicago and DC in their stool. We have survived numerous wars, terror attacks, floods, plane crashes, Pataki, Guiliani and a blind man nobody ever heard of a year ago. Obama’s bubble may seem all encompassing now but he will come and go and New York will still be the center of the universe for thinking people the world over. We have the best restaurants, the best museums, the best hotels and nightlife. We are home to the Yankees, we have the worlds greatest skyline, we have more culture and historically significant places in a single neighborhood of Brooklyn than Chicago has in it’s entirety. when the Beatles came to America, they landed in New York. If they were to do it all over again in 2009, they would land in exactly the same place.

  • Vewol Mevemont

    I kid, I kid. I love New York. It’s the Paris of the 21st Century: every bit as solipsistic, and always a step or two below London.

    Crazy kids.

  • Maus

    [re=219906]HedonismBot[/re]: “That’s it, the NYT is going conservative.”

    Wait, what else have they been since Iraq?

  • ellie

    Now the Times is totally going to start a rumor about Obama in gym class and snub the Post in the cafeteria at lunch.

  • populucious


    Who does this chick think she’s writing for? Wonkette?

  • naveed

    Maybe the should have endorsed him in primary, hmmm?

  • President Beeblebrox

    [re=219952]S.Luggo[/re]: Speaking of Crisco, in that pic you linked to, it looks like Barry is about to go to town with a can of Crisco on someone in a love sling.

    …thanks, Wonkette and /b/, for permanently destroying my innocence.

  • Mr Blifil

    While they’re busy quizzing the news editors, they might want to drop by Bill Keller’s office and ask for his thoughts.

  • hobospacejungle

    [re=220056]pdiddycornchips[/re]: Wow. I knew there was something about New Yorkers I didn’t like. Thanks for clearing that up for me. You don’t happen to work for the NYTimes, do you?

  • saggyboobedhag

    NYT correspondent’s middle name is Gay. That’s the problem. Sheryl Gay Stolberg. I’m sure the PUMA’s would say it’s because she’s a woman. But it’s because her middle name is Gay. I’m sure of it.

  • J

    She should have also noted no one has ever tried to scale the WashPo building. Also, they don’t drop the New Year’s ball at Post Square because there is no Post Square. And the Post has never been mentioned in songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Elton John and The Bee Gees. That is all.

  • sarahconnor

    What, the days are getting shorter? Does the paper of record control the seasons now as well?