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Abraham Lincoln?MORE BOOKS FOREVER: Mark Leibovich, the same New York Times writer that put together that insanely insider-y, obnoxious 8,000-word profile of Politico‘s Mike Allen because they’re friends, is apparently so DISTURBED by the “media-industrial complex” of Washington — it’s reached “a tipping point of self-celebration,” he writes — that he will now write a book about it, condemning everyone. He’s right, and it’s great that somebody’s writing that book! But does he remember that, again, he just wrote an insanely insider-y, obnoxious 8,000 word New York Times profile of his friend, the Politico reporter who sends out e-mails every morning? [Observer]

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Jim Newell is Wonkette's beloved Capitol Hill Typing Demon. He joined Wonkette.com 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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  • I Heart Accuracy

    The trappings of a Lysistrata rewrite in that title.

  • FMA

    Chapter 1: Mark Leibovich celebrates himself, calls himself a dick.

  • slappypaddy

    the butler, on the stairwell, with the alarm clock.

  • SmutBoffin

    But then the media was all like “Well, whatcha gonna do lame-Os? Get all of your facts and analysis from independent journalists and community media organizations, like Pacifica? Wait, where you goin’?!?! Come back! I’ve got a great story here about miniature pigs make great pets!

  • Katydid

    He is the man from Nantucket, in the present tense.

  • SayItWithWookies

    His book’s working title is When Am I Going To Stop Masturbating?

  • chascates

    Mike Allen sex scandal soon to appear.

  • mort

    About that title, I thought we weren’t supposed to end sentences with prepositions?

  • x111e7thst

    [re=587653]I Heart Accuracy[/re]: Needs moar erekshuns!

  • Extemporanus

    [re=587666]mort[/re]: Would “The White Man Wakes Up to ‘House'” be more acceptable?

    [re=587663]SayItWithWookies[/re]: He felt that A Heartbreaking Wank of Staggering Penis sounded a bit too self-celebratory.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=587654]FMA[/re]: Chapter 1: Mark Leibovich celebrates himself, calls himself a dick.

    And Jim Newell writes about it; adding the third layer.

    Jimmy, are you sure about this running-away-to-Gawker thing? A post like this is about as snarky and full-of-bile as you’re going to do over there. Are you sure you can keep yourself watered-down enough for those folks over there? I just went over to Gawker for awhile, and I was, like, the funniest commenter in the room.

    Not a good sign.

  • qwerty42

    [re=587674]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: plus they have that horrible comment system.

  • SayItWithWookies

    [re=587673]Extemporanus[/re]: He liked the classical appeal of another title, Onan Is an Island, but thought it might not be appreciated by his target audience — a pearl necklace before swine, as it were.

  • Lascauxcaveman

    [re=587676]qwerty42[/re]: It’s pretty Byzantine.

    Just another reason Gawker deserves not to be graced by the awe-inspring vitriol and delicious mean-spirited genius of Mr. James Newell.

  • zhubajie

    The guy driving the garbage truck?

  • Mr Blifil

    [re=587674]Lascauxcaveman[/re]: That is unfortunate, as I assumed they retained Newell with the hope of attracting our winsome contributions. Now you’re telling me they aren’t ready for us yet? That is weird, but I am relishing the image of Newell called into an editor’s meeting and being asked, “Jim, what’s a Truck Nuts?”

  • sezme

    This is like that time when God wrote that satyrical tract about religion called “The Bible”. It didn’t end well.

  • MsQuasimodo

    [re=587872]sezme[/re]: Win of the year! OMG. You just voided out the time I wasted studying christian theology for my religious studies master’s degree. Shit.

  • emjayay

    [re=587676]qwerty42[/re]: Americablog’s comments system is the worst on earth. Makes my internet go “stopped working” most of the time. Even stops the internet at work sometimes.
    Otherwise, great blog. Except for ignoring my complaints about that and the stupid useless Twitter listings. Between the ignoring and the crashing I can’t complain there so I’m doing it here. Sorry. Also love Wonkette.

  • thefrontpage

    That Times magazine thing was one of the worst, terrible journalistic things since “Politico” made its unneeded appearance. The next terrible journalism thing will be that website by the “politico” owners–another unneeded website. Ugh.