BAD VETTING  2:20 pm March 4, 2010

Ezra Klein Finds Success Despite One Dirty Tweet Two Years Ago

by Jim Newell

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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Buzz Feedback March 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Individual Man Date.

jagorev March 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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

happyrock March 4, 2010 at 2:27 pm

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 March 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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 March 4, 2010 at 2:28 pm

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

Jim Newell March 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm

[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 March 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm

This was 2 years ago, Ezra was twelve.

snideinplainsight March 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm

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

Answer: He went for a new tweetment!

sezme March 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Also not a lawmaker.

V572625694 March 4, 2010 at 2:33 pm

“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 March 4, 2010 at 2:34 pm

Oh, the pitfalls of repeating comments you overhear.

Joshua Norton March 4, 2010 at 2:36 pm

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 March 4, 2010 at 2:39 pm

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

Katydid March 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

[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 March 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm

[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 March 4, 2010 at 2:45 pm

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

ttommyunger March 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

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 March 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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

Мамка му!

Come here a minute March 4, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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 March 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm

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. March 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

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

gurukalehuru March 4, 2010 at 2:57 pm

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 March 4, 2010 at 3:05 pm

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

Jukesgrrl March 4, 2010 at 3:23 pm

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

Extemporanus March 4, 2010 at 3:24 pm

[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 March 4, 2010 at 3:33 pm

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

Gorillionaire March 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm

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 March 4, 2010 at 3:56 pm

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

Jim Newell March 4, 2010 at 4:16 pm

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. March 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm

[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 March 4, 2010 at 6:29 pm

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

Evidently, vegetarians guys just have your basic dick.

AnSnarkist March 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm

The guy from Vampire Weekend is writing for Washington Post?

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