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Ezra Klein Finds Success Despite One Dirty Tweet Two Years Ago

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Surely you have all read and analyzed the brief new Washingtonian profile of informative Washington Post child typist Ezra Klein by now, which ends on this note: “But Klein has also found the pitfalls of being too public: Two years ago, he made his Twitter feed private after the blog Wonkette posted a tweet where he called NBC’s Tim Russert a ‘spiky acid-tipped dick.’ ‘That tweet haunts me,’ says Klein, who explains he was repeating an overheard comment and expected it to go to only a few friends. ‘I’ve always hated that moment because it’s simply not how I write. I’m not profane.'” Washingtonian is wrong.

He didn’t call Tim Russert that. He wrote, “fuck tim russert. fuck him with a spiky acid-tipped dick.”

Ha ha, the early days of Twitter:

It was a great line! It was also Too Soon, though, because Tim Russert would die months later. His body is probably still hidden in a stack of Ezra Klein’s white papers.


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Jim Newell is Wonkette's beloved Capitol Hill Typing Demon. He joined in 2007, left for some other dumb job in 2010, and proudly returned in 2012 as our "Senior Editor at Large." He lives in Washington and also writes for things such as The Guardian, the Manchester paper of liberals.

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  • Buzz Feedback

    Individual Man Date.

  • jagorev

    Somehow, this is going to make David Paterson look bad.

  • happyrock

    I like spicy better than spiky. The spikes should be reserved for Rep. Assburn. Oh wait, maybe that’s backwards. Must stop thinking of gross old white guys butt fu-king. Time to read TPM.

  • Crank Tango

    my dick is spicy, but that’s just because I eat a lot of spicy foods. I dunno about the acid part.

    Is this guy the one that wants rahm’s quads wrapped around his head?

  • Jim Demintia

    It hurts Ezra Klein, *hurts* him that we all know about his spiky acid-tipped dick.

  • Jim Newell

    [re=524654]happyrock[/re]: [re=524655]Crank Tango[/re]: Oh ha damn, now I am the evil typist. I liked “spicy” better too. More fun, less spikes in your butt.

  • Suds McKenzie

    This was 2 years ago, Ezra was twelve.

  • snideinplainsight

    Question: Hey, why did the bird go to the hospital?

    Answer: He went for a new tweetment!

  • sezme

    Also not a lawmaker.

  • V572625694

    “That’s not how I write,” said by the guy who wrote some supposedly awful thing, is just like, “I know Billy-Bob. He’s not a racist. Sure, he was the one who kicked the chair out at the lynching, but he’s not a racist!

  • RoscoePColtraine

    Oh, the pitfalls of repeating comments you overhear.

  • Joshua Norton

    Ya wanna see a REALLY sad Twitter thing? I don’t know how I did it, but I managed stumble across Intern Riley’s Twatter acct. 2 words. Pa. Thetic.

  • SmutBoffin

    And yet, Ross D. still thinks Jewish folks can’t write good fantasy…

  • Katydid

    [re=524666]V572625694[/re]: Notice that Ezra didn’t deny the sentiment behind the twat, just the actual profanity. What he meant to write was, “Tim Russert is a useless suck-up power-hungry journalist wannabe, and it makes normal people nauseous to watch DC morons kiss Medium Russ butt because he has a Sunday TV show,” but it was too long for the twitter machine.

  • Crank Tango

    [re=524658]Jim Newell[/re]: besides, aren’t all dicks sorta spiky, by design? Unless old ezra is sporting a stubby…

    And anyone who ever pooped out a habanero can tell you, a spicy bunghole is not a day at the beach.

  • SayItWithWookies

    Dear Mr. Klein — please tweet something nasty you heard about Jim Bunning.

  • ttommyunger

    Although I believe Tim Russert was a major douche and sellout masquerading as a journalist (aren’t they all?) I am fucking appalled that young Ezra would even know such words, much less use them in a public forum, appalled, I tells ‘ya! Named after one of my favorite Old Testament heroes, too: Klein, the Silversmith. For shame!

  • Extemporanus

    Tim Russert was fucked to death by an AIDS-infected agent of the Darzhavna Sigurnost?!

    Мамка му!

  • Come here a minute

    David Denby does not approve of this young lady, Miss Eklein. Her so-called “wit” consist merely of stringing together a few vulgarities into what sounds like a fantastic evening’s entertainment.

  • Hooray For Anything

    To be fair to Ezra, the tweet was in reference to a column he wrote that had all sorts of charts and statistics to prove why Russert needed to be fucked by a spiky acid-tipped dick

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    Keep fucking that chicken, Ezra, keep fucking that chicken.

  • gurukalehuru

    Actually, this sounds like a variation of that now done-to-death thank god eat a bag of adjective adjective compound adjective adverb adjective rat dicks that was so popular for about a million years and I hadn’t realized it was actually, finally, blessedly gone until I just read this and I certainly hope I haven’t said too much.

  • Barrelhse

    Not profane, eh? Well I am, you little cow’s twat. Eat some fuck.

  • Jukesgrrl

    Oh, c’mon. That would have been a compliment from Sally Quinn. Too bad they didn’t have Twitting in the ’70s.

  • Extemporanus

    [re=524675]Joshua Norton[/re]: Someday, that @McCain twat is really going to come back and haunt him.

    Hey, wait a minute! That has “Hardy Boys Mystery” written all over it:

    The Case of McCain’s Haunted Twat, by Intern Riley Waggaman.

  • Simba B

    How many over-privileged nominally-liberal bloggers does the Internet need?

  • Gorillionaire

    Hey, I actually talked to Ezra a few years ago and he is an ok dude. Used to be kind of a wishy washy centrist prick sometimes, but he is coming around.

  • queeraselvis v 2.0

    [re=524675]Joshua Norton[/re]: The less we know about Megs McCanns twat, the better, imo. Also, whirlygig tyrannosaurus felcher, Riley?

  • Jim Newell

    Ha ha you are all being so mean to him! I don’t intend for the subject of *every* post to be slammed and called a cunt and murdered.

  • Lionel Hutz Esq.

    [re=524795]Simba B[/re]: How many over-privileged, poorly educated, conservative bloggers does the internet need? And yet the Corner still exist.

  • Accordion-o-rama

    Actually, most carnivore dudes already have acid-tipped dicks:

    Evidently, vegetarians guys just have your basic dick.

  • AnSnarkist

    The guy from Vampire Weekend is writing for Washington Post?