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The Awl vs. Wonkette: White House Correspondents Dinners and Promo Reels

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Two issues “on the table” in this week’s heads-a-bloggin’ exchange between your editor and Choire Sicha: that goddamned White House Correspondents Association Dinner/Jerkoff, and a curious new marketing video put out by our former employers at Gawker Media. Who will win?!

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A writer and editor of this website from 2006 to early 2012, Ken Layne is occassionally seen on Twitter and writes small books and is already haunting you from beyond (your) grave.

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  • Hound

    So, who is the douchebag wearing a T-shirt and tie again?

  • Custerwolf

    If I’d wanted to be tortured like this I’d have signed up for Gitmo.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=311875]Hound[/re]: Again with the flouncy cigarette holding.

  • Hound

    [re=311880]Custerwolf[/re]: I think he’s on teh drugz.

  • TGY

    When bloggers compete, readers win.

    Well, no, I tots made that up.

  • boatapple

    How did you persuade Peggington to do a voice-over for your ad? Good work, Ken!

  • Monsieur Grumpe

    I felt sorry for the cat.

  • Brendan M.

    [re=311890]Monsieur Grumpe[/re]: Really? I felt mostly self-pity.

  • d4g33z

    Video won’t embed in Google Reader! Oh well…

    How ’bout that Manny?

  • AxmxZ

    Is the kitty drunk off its ass too?

  • engulfedinflames

    a little tip, you smegma leftist cocks, when you pull back the curtain and attempt to humanize yourselves it is painful and less than beneficial to all involved.

  • proudgrampa

    Jebus, Ken. Were you in Tornado Alley or somewhere??

  • Bearbloke

    “Who will win?”

    It’s clear that The Terrorists have won, from the very existence of this exchange…

  • StephanieInCA

    Why isn’t Ken wearing that shirt made of human flesh?

  • Anonymous Office Zombie

    It’s like a lost episode of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    HAHAHAHahaha. That was funny.

    (Just kidding; didn’t actually watch it.)

  • nestor

    [re=311876]Custerwolf[/re]: At least it’s not 30 minutes like the last one.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    I fucking have an interview with Neal Horsley at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, AND IT WILL ALSO BE WEBCAM. So therefore, everyone in Georgia should vote for Neal. I even SPOKE TO THE MAN ON THE PHONE.

    God save us all.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    OK, I watched a couple of minutes of it. Between Ken (voice) and Choire (goofy tie, smoking, drunk) I think they are collectively channeling the spirit of the late, great Tom Snyder.

    (OK, so I’m really stretching for something nice to say. Would it kill the rest of you to do that too? Remember, we like Ken around here…)

  • V572625694

    [re=311928]shortsshortsshorts[/re]: Neal Horsley? Toughest “get” in the newz biz, huh? It’s possible that not even Fox takes him seriously, but then again I saw Hannity’s “Tree of Liberty” on Colbert and it’s evident that sane people aren’t in charge.

  • V572625694

    [re=311935]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: The cat was nice, but I clicked off as soon as Choire hurled it out of camera range. Does that count as “saying something nice”? And is s “saying something nice” the kind of thing we’re good at around here?

  • Tommmcatt

    Chorie! Show us your butt!!!!!

  • pundid

    I would welcome a video exchange between Balk’s Cock and a pair of Trucknutz.

  • Turd Way

    I loved it, speaking personally

  • hrhkingfriday

    You haz a “face for blogging”.

  • Tommmcatt


    Try to get him to play the guitar, for the lulz.

  • freakishlystrong

    I will say nothing at all.

  • shortsshortsshorts

    [re=311970]Tommmcatt[/re]: That is actually part of the plan.

  • Vulpes82

    [re=311935]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: I love them, but then I thought the first, thirty-minute epic was hilarious. I’m kind of a loser.

  • Bearbloke

    OT, but hey Layne, Lascauxcaveman… I think this guy might have us all beat in that Beard-Off we’d talked about…

  • HotforJesus

    Well, I for one prefer my “fantasy” Choire and Ken who look like Iggy Pop and Anthony Stuart Head repectively. Now I am just sad.

    Jeez Choire, I hope that poor cat shits in your shoe.

  • Custerwolf

    Poor kitty thought he was there to do an “Awl and the Pussycat” routine when he was unceremoniously exited stage right.

  • Custerwolf

    [re=312010]Vulpes82[/re]: Yeah, but you’re still a fox.

  • Custerwolf

    Ken, you are both visually and auditorily pleasing to my senses, however, these videos really scream for better Choireography.

  • sweetcandy

    OMG! Why are you guys forcing us to listen to your video love chats?

    Do what other closet homos do and do it in the Capitol building.

  • Crow T. Robot

    You guys don’t seem entirely sincere.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=312013]Bearbloke[/re]: Downright inspriational. (BTW, I was totes bluffing on the beard thing, as I don’t currently have one. But when I grow it out, it looks pretty much like Ken’s if I don’t trim it. My neck is incredibly fertile soil for growing the hair-plant.)

  • Hedley Lamar

    Usually a video of this quality ends with a beheading.

  • Bearbloke

    [re=312332]Hedley Lamar[/re]: That’s Premium Content and costs extra…

  • El Pinche

    I like the Grover voice over. Nice Sesame st. motif this week.

  • Custerwolf

    I watched the video again this morning (since my coffee had failed to provide its usual laxitive effect, I was searching for alternatives), and this time I clearly heard Choire say, “I like the guys,” so Tommcatt, it looks like your chances are definitely better than mine.