THIS WILL MAKE TWITTER EXPLODE  5:02 pm February 27, 2009

Reporter-Pollster Fight In CPAC Lobby!

by Jim Newell

Hmm, let’s see how annoying we can make this post…

Here’s a video from the lobby of the Omni Shoreham Hotel, where CPAC is being held, in which celebrated radio wingnut and media bias documentarian John Ziegler — famous for cursing out Nate Silver over a disputed Zogby “push poll” that Ziegler commissioned — is accosted by an irate The Nation and The Daily Beast reporter/writer Max Blumenthal, son of drunk Sidney Blumenthal, over some article or interview that seven or eight people ever cared about; the video was shot by ex-Washington Times wingnut Robert Stacy McCain and uploaded to YouTube by blogger James Joyner and is best viewed without sound.


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AWOcoholic February 27, 2009 at 5:06 pm

Can somebody use some kind of reverse loop digital magic or whatever to clean up the audio or make a transcript? Actually, nevermind. I’ve already lost interest.

Scarab February 27, 2009 at 5:07 pm

Yeah… thanks for that video…

ManchuCandidate February 27, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Video already been keeled.

Johnny Z. reminds me of a RWer I knew in school who used to treat women like shit and then when drunk would wonder why no female wanted to date him.

rambone February 27, 2009 at 5:12 pm

It seems that the video was posted without the passionate homosexual embrace followed by the tongue kiss at the end?

ManchuCandidate February 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm

Disregard the killed part. Seems my IP or more likely I fucked up.

Crow T. Robot February 27, 2009 at 5:14 pm

I just came from the dentist. The dentist was better than this.

Jamie Sommers February 27, 2009 at 5:15 pm

I recognize Oliver Platt in the background but who’s who among the short douches? They all look alike to me.

GDTRFB February 27, 2009 at 5:20 pm

That’s not a fight. I’m on my way to the Omni now to show Ziegler what a “fight” looks like…Meh, fuck it, happy hour is better.

Sussemilch February 27, 2009 at 5:23 pm

Put that one in a coffee can and hold on to it until either one of them accidentally becomes important.

HopeyDope February 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I bet if Barry told him to buy him some fucking french fries, he would.

m_supercomputer February 27, 2009 at 5:24 pm

I feel like I can only willingly view something featuring Ziegler if someone at least breaks his nose.

The Unfairman February 27, 2009 at 5:26 pm

Oh, snap! Did you totally hear when that guy said “sssshshshshbackgroundnoisebackgroundnoiseDOYOUEVENKNOW?shsssshhhshshhissssssssssssssssssshiiiiiissssssssss”

Nerdalicious February 27, 2009 at 5:27 pm

Mittens speaks at CPAC! Hey, if anyone sees my family jewels, please meet me in the nearest public bathroom.

V572625694 February 27, 2009 at 5:28 pm

It’s even better viewed without sound and with your eyes closed.

cal February 27, 2009 at 5:29 pm

Angry Oompah Loompahs?

Hooray For Anything February 27, 2009 at 5:32 pm

My guess is that Blumenthal wrote a story about Plain that involved something people call a “fact” and Ziegler got pissed because Blumenthal’s useage of a “fact” showed once again that the media was out to get Caribou Barbie. Either that or it was over whether ARod’s home run totals should now carry with it an asterix or not.

Suds McKenzie February 27, 2009 at 5:33 pm

best “less filling” “tastes great” commercial ever.

BillyClubb February 27, 2009 at 5:33 pm

[re=255082]The Unfairman[/re]: I don’t think I even got that much out of it. And no-one threw a punch (the headline said Reporter-Pollster Fight), which really disappointed me.

hobgoblin of little minds February 27, 2009 at 5:34 pm

He shoulda throat-punched that Ziegler fella.

DoctorCulturae February 27, 2009 at 5:36 pm

Battle of the Overly Spoiled Douchebag Haircuts or How Come I’m a Grownup But Sound Like a Passionless 12-year old.

Norman Mailer is spitting on them from his grave, muttering “pussies.”

Suds McKenzie February 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm

“Im just a girl, looking at a man, asking him to love me”.

Rumproast February 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm
insert_namehere February 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm

I was assured they would be dressed as furries.

I want my 2 minutes and 14 seconds back.

Wonkette OWES me.

nutcracker February 27, 2009 at 5:39 pm

It doesn’t count as a “fight” if no one throws a punch, or slap.

Garrett3000 February 27, 2009 at 5:41 pm

I want that two minutes back. I wanted blood and death!

El Pinche February 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

[re=255098]Rumproast[/re]: i was just about to cut n paste this delightful video which i caught on your site.
Ziegler is one of those douchebags. He eats and sleeps alone (escorts don’t count).

BklynIlluminati February 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm

Terrible i wouldn’t even grade this as a cat fight unless you guys edited it when they started slapping at each other, and trying to pull out each other’s weave.

Suds McKenzie February 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm

“Mr Darcy, you must know … surely it was all for you”.

floofy February 27, 2009 at 5:46 pm

A slightly altered Frankie Goes to Hollywood song title: “When Two Douches go to War”

Suds McKenzie February 27, 2009 at 5:48 pm

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich.”

sorry, this is too much fun.

miss_emish February 27, 2009 at 5:52 pm

I myself watched without sound, heedful of Wonkette’s warning. I had to snort when that dude wandered in. Dude, if you can handle THAT fight, don’t like…get a kitten or anything. It’ll kick yar ass.

Colander February 27, 2009 at 5:52 pm

[re=255068]Jamie Sommers[/re]: I think that’s Mike White, from School of Rock, on the left.

Suds McKenzie February 27, 2009 at 5:58 pm

” no body puts baby in the corner”

nestor February 27, 2009 at 5:59 pm

For those of us who still have “regular” jobs, all videos are best viewed without sound.

whiskey tango foxtrot February 27, 2009 at 6:00 pm

John Ziegler was the subject of a hilarious essay by David Foster Wallace some years back, on the crudity of AM talk radio. This is the same guy, right?

Suds McKenzie February 27, 2009 at 6:02 pm

“you had me at push pole”

“we will always have the Omni Shoreham”

I though “love means you never have to say your sorry”

Im sorry

ducandy February 27, 2009 at 6:05 pm

It’s like a Jewish WWE: Schmuckdown.

bitchincamaro February 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm

Who are these dickweeds, and why do we hate them?

sux2bu February 27, 2009 at 6:08 pm

I don’t get it…Does the fight start after 2:14 into the video? I hope those two bitches totally rip each other’s hair out. Meooowww!

WickedWitch February 27, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Oh suffer me.

I stopped drinking for this??

Although the dark-haired guy saying “Oh yes you did!” brought back those precious memories of “In Living Color” — “Two snaps and a circle!”

cranky February 27, 2009 at 6:26 pm

it cut out right when they were going to kiss! this video sucked, y’all.

Crankenstank February 27, 2009 at 6:33 pm

The next time Wonkette posts something up with the words “fight” in its description, there better me something approximating a hockey game on the click-thru.

G. Friday February 27, 2009 at 6:43 pm

Actually, Ziegler’s Catholic. I know this from having gone to the same school a couple of years behind him. He hosted the sports radio talkshow, which aired immediately after the gay student forum. None of the shows had any listeners.

Crapola February 27, 2009 at 7:19 pm

Cripple fiiiiiiight!!!!!!!!

2druk2phluq February 27, 2009 at 8:02 pm

Eventually Newell will have posted enough shit like this that some crazy person will stalk him in order to enact revenge for all their wasted time. And no, I, er, I mean, the stalker, would never do something violent. I’m thinking the stalker would probably pull a prank.

Mr Blifil February 27, 2009 at 8:18 pm

Agree with the above. Very homoerotic.

S.Luggo February 27, 2009 at 8:20 pm

“Eventually Newell will have posted enough shit like this that some crazy person will stalk him in order to enact revenge …”.
The stalker will steal Newell’a Paul Mitchell® aloe hair rinse and conditioner. And then won’t there be hell to pay.

kinginyellow February 27, 2009 at 8:29 pm

True story, before Max Blumenthal decided to become a political journalist he tried to get a record deal for an allegedly funny hardcore Jewish rap act.

AngryBlakGuy February 27, 2009 at 8:56 pm

…but the make-up sex is gonna be awesome!

Third_Law February 27, 2009 at 9:04 pm

This is what happens when a political party is close to eradication. The ideas die but the people keep on living and live for nothing.

fatman February 27, 2009 at 9:29 pm

Zig Ziglar went after Sindey Blumenthal and forgot to take tartar sauce? I’m confused.

Bruno February 27, 2009 at 11:14 pm

What? No bitch slapping? That’s the way the clozeted are supposed to fight

S.Luggo February 28, 2009 at 3:19 am

[re=255092]hobgoblin of little minds[/re]: But he might have broken a nail.

[re=255145]bitchincamaro[/re]: Because we can.

[re=255100]nutcracker[/re]: Yet, scarring imprecations were hurled. This exchange shall take generations to heal.

Kitteh Fight!

GreenHalo February 28, 2009 at 3:54 am

What a total inkblot. “Um, it looks… like two guys having a free and frank exchange of views and suddenly they start throwing hands. Um. And they’re punching each other in the nose and shouting and snot and blood are flying everywhere. Um. And the big central blob, he’s a friend of theirs, he’s like trying to break it up. Is that right?”

“There’s no right or wrong answer, just describe what you see. How about this one?”

“Um, it looks like an orphanage, and spaceborne maggots are devouring the innocent… the horror, the horror….”

“Yes? Please, go on.”

Zadig February 28, 2009 at 11:34 am

Am I going crazy here, or did I hear one of them say “baby killer” at one point?

off-white working class February 28, 2009 at 11:43 am

TICKLE FIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

J05H February 28, 2009 at 12:18 pm

title sez “fight” but all i see are a couple of douchenozzles having a hissyfit over something. Where is the blood? The grit and determination? The Truck Nutz?

dickens_ghost February 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

The guy in the background looks like an Oliver Platt central casting John Grisham character guy.

DJAbeLincoln February 28, 2009 at 3:33 pm

Even among the rest of his exploits, exhibit A of how big an assclown Zeigler is is here:
Trashing David Foster Wallace immediately afer he dies? Stay classy, douchebag

arkansas February 28, 2009 at 7:18 pm

It seems to me that Ziegler (in true wingnut radio host fashion) is the one doing the accosting. He’s the one with the dark hair and the pointy finger. Also, his sidekick goon doesn’t seem to know how to operate a necktie.

zhubajie March 1, 2009 at 5:59 am

How ’bout a conflict between Repub astrologers and Paultard chicken liver interpreters?

Zhu Bajie

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