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Perennial Maybe-Candidate Sarah Palin Mean-Girls Nerdy Reporter For Perennial Maybe-Candidate Donald Trump

Oh, this is a very special update to yesterday’s YOOGE Donald Trump News from Ghost Breitbart’s Internet Home for the Perpetually Aggrieved. As you may recall, rancid Breitbart horcrux Matthew Boyle discovered a terrible, terrible thing about Buzzfeed writer McKay Coppins: Coppins wrote something negative about Trump, and said unthinkable things, despicable things, things so vile and putrid that we hesitate to repeat them! Namely, he said that Donald Trump is a pretend candidate who likes publicity but has no intention of actually running for any elective office, ever. Or as Boyle put it, “one of the most venomous hit pieces in recent memory,” which suggests that Mr. Boyle probably needs a RAM upgrade. Happily, thanks to a midnight deal at a crossroads — Trump got their souls, and they got the belief that they mattered — we got yesterday’s breathless exposé, which informs us that not only did Coppins say unkind things about the Great Man, he also was a puffed up braggart who constantly called himself a “big reporter,” ogled all the waitresses at Trump’s Florida hideaway, and “ordered bison burgers at a resort restaurant in an untoward way.” All of which are totally believable and supported by the direct word of people who work for Mr. Trump and love their jobs. It was a glorious festival of butthurt which Kid Zoom described to us as “like a bunch of jocks beating up on a nerd who insulted the quarterback.” This was our fault; we hadn’t shown Kid a photo of Boyle. And now, the Queen Bee of the Mean Girls comes sailing into the fray. Sarah Palin gave Breitbart writer Tony Lee a two-sentence quote, and it was a thing of beauty: “This nervous geek isn’t fit to tie the Donald’s wingtips,” Palin told Breitbart News … “Don’t ever give him attention again.” Wow! “Nervous geek” — now that is some grade-A high school bullying. Pay attention, boys, and learn from the best. Read more on Perennial Maybe-Candidate Sarah Palin Mean-Girls Nerdy Reporter For Perennial Maybe-Candidate Donald Trump…
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American Government Propaganda is Not Actually Propaganda, Says Government Official

Congress has worse ratings than cockroaches, Genghis Khan, and Nickelback. More than half of Americans think that the country is heading in the wrong direction. Over half of Americans think of Edward Snowden as a whistle-blower rather than a traitor. Should the government: a) take a serious look at the country, its policies, and the general desires of the American people to consider how its institutions can better tailor their various goals and strategies to people’s needs or b) convince the American people that their opinions, needs, and desires are wrong. The answer, of course, is b) convince the American people that their opinions, needs, and desires are wrong. From Foreign Policy: Read more on American Government Propaganda is Not Actually Propaganda, Says Government Official…
 

Remainders: Still Inside the Media Bubble

* Rush Limbaugh on Hillary Clinton: “She sounds like a screeching ex-wife.” Heh, he should know. [Media Matters] * Former Fed chairman Alan Greenspan lands an $8.5 million book deal — and he doesn’t even blog. [NYT] Read more on Remainders: Still Inside the Media Bubble…
 

Inside the Bubble: Crankospheric

• WP politics editor John Harris: “For all its interesting and useful features, some things I don’t like about the on-line crankosphere are its frequent humorlessness and tendency to blow issues way out of proportion.” FUCK HIM!!!! BOYCOTT THE WASHINGTON POST AND ITS BUSH-TOTING TOADY COVERAGE!!! [WashingtonPost.com] • Dial-a-bite Sabato gets a couplet comeuppance: “need a quote/do not tarry/call U-Va. and ask for Larry.” [WP] • “JON KLEIN LIKES SHOWTUNES.” [FBNY] • Please be gentle with Arianna. [Esquire] • Tom Shales lights into the new Nightline’s faux gravitas: “‘Shorter shorts — a sign of the times?’ Probably not.” [WP] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Crankospheric…
 

Inside the Bubble: Newspaper Nicknames

• From the “New York Slimes” and the “Washington Compost” to the “San Francisco Comical” and the “Portland Snore-egonian,” all the nicknames fit to print. [The Corner] • NYT realizes that blogging has “its own special power.” [LA Observed] • BREAKING: Cheney not fond of reporters! [Fishbowl DC] • Unclear on the concept: “For ABC to use virtual unknowns [to anchor WNT] instead of stars is blasphemous.” [NYO] • Rummy on reporters in Iraq: Poor confused adorable scribes! No wonder they only report the bad news. [CJR] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Newspaper Nicknames…
 

Inside the Bubble: The Attack of the Giant Blog Words

• Animatronic anchors Elizabeth Vargas and Bob Woodruff (hybrid models with auto-shutdown and cruise control) will continue to host ABC’s “World News Tonight,” winning out over standard transimission hostbot Charlie Gibson, who still runs on diesel. [ABC] • Hacktasatic Jon Friedman calls “The Week” journalism’s “first blogazine.” No, wait — it’s a magalog! A Zlog? What does that make “The Best Week Ever”? A blogedy? And the “Nightly News” — that’s a blogcastnewslog. CNN’s Blog Report is a bloport. And Times Select still sucks. [CBS Marketwatch] • Anchlogger Brian Williams is a “dog person.” HOW CAN HE BE A BLOGGER THEN? [WaPo] • FishbowlDC on the quitting/re-hiring of Postie Gabe Escobar: “Escobar is one of the Post’s only Hispanic editors (the only other one we can think of is Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, Assistant Managing Editor/Sports.” National Book Award Finalist American Chica author and editor of Washington Post Book World Maria Arana, on the other hand, is just a girl who likes to read. [Fishbowl DC] • Howie Kurtz on why the MSM blogs (Mblogsmers): “Actually, we’re just trying to look cool.” [WashingtonPost.com] • David Corn hearts Viveca Novak, can’t guard her husband. Perhaps her conversation with Rove’s lawyer sparked a revelation: “maybe my client did not tell me everything.” [DavidCorn.com] Read more on Inside the Bubble: The Attack of the Giant Blog Words…
 

Inside the Bubble: Hollywood on the Potomac

• Todd S. Purdum leaves NYT for Vanity Fair. Have fun editing the society heiress crack whore stories, Todd! (We don’t expect to be invited to the Oscar party, anyway.) [Romenesko] • George Clooney v. Bill O’Reilly in the battle of the Irish blowhards. [NYP] • WSJ show jumps to Fox from PBS, because that is where people will watch it. [LAT] • CBS “wooing” Katie Couric to Evening News, because that is the only way that people will watch it. [LAT] • And, right, we were just bought by the Times. You didn’t hear? No? I’m enjoying a Cristal body massage right now even as we speak. Maureen, fetch me the La Mer! [New York Press] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Hollywood on the Potomac…
 

Inside the Bubble: Television News News You Can Use

• The future of television news is “no more anchors.” Just Wolf Blitzer, pacing in front of a drive-in movie theater screen. [NYM] • Kaus’s verdict on TimesSelect: “Inhibited writers, inhibited linkers, inhibited dialogue.” [Slate] • CNN operator sees X on Cheney’s face as not so much an accident but an act of God. [NYP] • The new Nightline went live. Live, damn it. Did we mention it’s LIVE LIVE LIVE? (Please add nude girls.) [TVNewser] • Howie Kurtz like Katie Couric for her mind. Or close to it: “Hey, I’m way too professional to think about her legs (though it’s hard not to keep track of her ever-blonder hair).” [WP] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Television News News You Can Use…
 

Inside the Bubble: Wayward Woodward

• “For the sake of a new book, Woodward has evidently been willing to protect the American public from various revelations about a government intent on destroying the republic. What a difference a few decades make.” [Mother Jones] • Jeff Toobin says the only thing that can help the White House with PlameGate is if “the whole thing just goes away and people forget about it. That’s not going to happen.” [CNN] • Gives a whole new meaning to “probes”: “If [reporters] keep going into the secret world they can come under the gravitational pull of another planet– the people in power, the secret-makers themselves. They’re still sending back their reports, but have ‘left’ our universe, so to speak.” Bob’s become an alien. [WashingtonPost.com] • Walter Pincus’s refusal to back Woodward’s story makes Bob glum: “I did tell him; we have different memories,” Woodward said, his voice sounding sad and hurt. [VV] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Wayward Woodward…
 

Inside the Bubble: Titanic Leaks

• Fox’s DC holiday party theme: Holiday Dock Party Aboard the Titanic. “One wag suggested the Fox folks may be planning to invite the CNN Washington bureau, then abandon ship before the Titanic sets sail.” [BCBeat] • Ted Koppel reveals low standards at going away party: “It’s a good urine, but not a great urine.” [B&C] • The TIME Person of Year curse. [Media Mob] • Karl Rove and public broadcasting head discussed creating “conservative” show for PBS. Because the White House lacks an effective media operation of its own. [Bloomberg] • An uncomfortable laugh in the WaPo newsroom. [WP] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Titanic Leaks…
 

Inside the Bubble: MoDo, JuMi, and MaMa

• Andrew Sullivan to blog for Time. Welcome to 2003, Time! [NY Post] • Jon Klein continues to explain how he will drive CNN into the ground then dance on its handsome, tiny grave. [TVNewser] • Men: perhaps unnecessary. Friends? Totally: “my witty friend Frank Bruni, the New York Times restaurant critic”; “my friend Leon Wieseltier”; “the current Cosmo editor, my friend Kate White”; “my late friend Art Cooper, the editor of GQ for 20 years”; “my pal Craig Bierko”… [NYTBR] • WH bitchslaps WP. You know when you’re in trouble? When you’re on the defensive. [FishbowlDC] • NYT public editor just lies back and takes it from Judy Miller. [Gawker] • Radosh plays a tiny violin for Mary Mapes: “Mapes [has a] concern about people staking out her house to take pictures of her, digging up information about her from public documents, and interviewing her former colleagues. Have I mentioned that Mapes worked for 60 Minutes?” [Radosh.net] Read more on Inside the Bubble: MoDo, JuMi, and MaMa…
 

Inside the Bubble: Fresca All Around

• Anonymous Republican sources divided on fate of President. [CJR] • WSJ wants to know what Fitzgerald’s got that they haven’t got. [WSJ] • If Anderson Cooper is journalism’s “New Coke,” can we be its Fresca? [Romenesko Letters] • Drowning in New Coke. [Access Atlanta] • Was ousted CPB head Tomlinson a watch dog or a rabid one? [FishbowlNYC] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Fresca All Around…
 

Inside the Bubble: Leather Boy

• There’s a lot of standing in the new Aaron Brown-Anderson Cooper CNN show. The upside (as it were?): ” [I]t was a perfect moment to check out Cooper’s backside.” His million-dollar backside! [SFGate, Book Standard]] • The WaPo’s Len Downie: “[W]e upset many people every day with some aspect of our journalism.. .We are not trying to play it safe.” [WashingtonPost.com] • “The Washington Post doesn’t do blind items because the lawyers really, really hate all the paperwork in lawsuits.” [Washingtonpost.com] • “O’REILLY: You have leather in every shape and every color.” [Reference Tone] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Leather Boy…
 

Inside the Bubble: Puss in Boots

• MoDo thinking too hard about “Commander and Chief” to give us insight onto her favorite websites. [E&P] • Nightline leaving the Beltway for the bright lights of Broadway? [NYO] • NYer caption contest noms just for media people: “I’m gonna go with a qualified ‘aye': I think Harriet could take Condi, but only if she wasn’t wearing The Boots.” [FishbowlNY] • “The sensational accounts [of post-Katrina New Orleans] delayed rescue and evacuation efforts already hampered by poor planning and a lack of coordination among local, state and federal agencies.” If only the President had gotten out of Air Force One to look for himself. [WP] • Will Dan Rather get his Howard Beale moment? [BC Beat] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Puss in Boots…
 

Inside the Bubble: Snark in the MSM, Mousse on the Menu

• The WaPo’s internal message board allow real journalists to live the dream of being bloggers. [WP] • Jon Stewart makes big magazine editors feel small. [FishbowlNY, WWD (last item)] • Snark from the Times: “Margaret Spellings, reacted to the report by calling [the Education department’s purchase of good coverage] ‘stupid, wrong and ill advised.’ We hope she noticed that they were also illegal.” [NYT] • David Shuster does not go gently into that good Fox fight. [TVNewser] • We don’t know much about Harriet Miers, but we do know mousse. [CJR Daily] Read more on Inside the Bubble: Snark in the MSM, Mousse on the Menu…
 

Inside the Bubble: Does Banal Rhyme with “Canal” or “Anal”?

• CNN’s opinion of its viewers, encapsulated in the DC bureau chief’s description of “The Blog Report”: “It’s sort of like Blogs 101…Or the Reader’s Digest of blogs. Or Blogs for Dummies.” They said it, not us. [NYO] • Isikoff on Cooper: He should have tried to “cajole [Rove] into going on the record and leaning on him with information gleaned from other sources. Instead, Isikoff asserted, ‘It seems like Time stopped reporting.'” [Media Nation] • Anderson Cooper and Aaron Brown have hot co-anchor action. [TVNewser] • Rumors of violence in New Orleans prove to be just rumors, but Bush still glad he didn’t actually have to go until it was dry and stuff. [NYT and NOLA] • CBS’s “Public Eye” has tin ear: Headlines regarding “Early Show” exec Michael Bass include “Reeling In A Bass” and “Pump Up The Bass.” • “Inside the Bubble,” the movie: “Watching the film is going to subject you to a lot of ungainly behavior.” [ABC] Also: The Stephanie Factor returns (WM). Read more on Inside the Bubble: Does Banal Rhyme with “Canal” or “Anal”?…