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Reporter-Pollster Fight In CPAC Lobby!

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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

    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

    Yeah… thanks for that video…

  • ManchuCandidate

    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

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

  • ManchuCandidate

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

  • Crow T. Robot

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

  • Jamie Sommers

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


    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

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

  • HopeyDope

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

  • m_supercomputer

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

  • The Unfairman

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

  • Nerdalicious

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

  • V572625694

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

  • cal

    Angry Oompah Loompahs?

  • Hooray For Anything

    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

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

  • BillyClubb

    [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

    He shoulda throat-punched that Ziegler fella.

  • DoctorCulturae

    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

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

  • Rumproast
  • insert_namehere

    I was assured they would be dressed as furries.

    I want my 2 minutes and 14 seconds back.

    Wonkette OWES me.

  • nutcracker

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

  • Garrett3000

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

  • El Pinche

    [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

    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

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

  • floofy

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

  • Suds McKenzie

    “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

    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

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

  • Suds McKenzie

    ” no body puts baby in the corner”

  • nestor

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

  • whiskey tango foxtrot

    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

    “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

    It’s like a Jewish WWE: Schmuckdown.

  • bitchincamaro

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

  • sux2bu

    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

    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

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

  • Crankenstank

    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

    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

    Cripple fiiiiiiight!!!!!!!!

  • 2druk2phluq

    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

    Agree with the above. Very homoerotic.

  • S.Luggo

    “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

    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

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

  • Third_Law

    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

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

  • Bruno

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

  • S.Luggo

    [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

    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

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

  • off-white working class

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

  • J05H

    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

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

  • DJAbeLincoln

    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

    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

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

    Zhu Bajie