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MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Explains Media Don’t Need To Show You No Stinking Facts On Obamacare

On MSNBC Wednesday, Chuck Todd patiently explained that it’s not the media’s job to correct lies about the Affordable Care Act, because what do you take them for, a source of factual information or something? In an interview on “Morning Joe,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell said he believed that most opposition to the ACA was the result of misinformation coming from Republicans. Todd agreed, and went a step beyond that: “But more importantly, it would be stuff that Republicans have successfully messaged against it,” Todd told Rendell. “They don’t repeat the other stuff because they haven’t even heard the Democratic message. What I always love is people say, ‘Well, it’s you folks’ fault in the media.’ No, it’s the President of the United States’ fault for not selling it.” Why, if it were the media’s job to actually transmit factual information, surely someone would have told Chuck Todd about that, possibly in a memo. Read more on MSNBC’s Chuck Todd Explains Media Don’t Need To Show You No Stinking Facts On Obamacare…
  mansions are people my friend

Want To Write About Rich People And Their Rich People Mansions? The Wall Street Journal Wants YOU!

Hey, Serious Journamalists, are you looking for a new challenge? Maybe you’ve done your embedded time in the Iraq or the Afghanistan, and you’ve done your fair share of reporting on blowed up limbs and now you’re like, meh, how can I really push the limits of my reporting skills? Well, polish off that résumé because the Wall Street Journal — our nation’s newspaper of record for people who wake up in the dead of the night cold-sweating about their stock portfolio — has an exciting new opportunity for you to really earn your journamalism stripes: Read more on Want To Write About Rich People And Their Rich People Mansions? The Wall Street Journal Wants YOU!…
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Tina Brown To Leave Daily Beast, Now Free To Ruin New Publication

Today we bid farewell — or prepare to bid farewell, if “a source with direct knowledge” has given the straight dope to Buzzfeed — to Tina Brown as editor of The Daily Beast, and maybe, who knows, to the Beast itself: According to a source with direct knowledge of the situation, The Daily Beast parent company IAC owned by media mogul Barry Diller does not plan to renew Brown’s contract when it expires in January. The decision has been made for the two sides to part ways, said the source, but precise details of the separation are still being worked out. Yr Doktor Zoom is not what you’d call a media insider, but he reads enough to know that Tina Brown has kind of a reputation for… well, shall we say, flashy crap over substance? Like those charming Newsweek covers of ragey Muslims and Zombie Princess Di? So what’s next for the woman who is to media properties what the 9/11 hijackers were to office buildings? Read more on Tina Brown To Leave Daily Beast, Now Free To Ruin New Publication…
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Did Tampa Port Chief And Slumlord Get Public Funds For His Filthy Hovels? Would You Believe ‘Yes’?

You may recall the saga of William “Hoe” Brown, the chair of the Tampa Port Authority and big-dollar GOP fundraiser who also ran a filthy mobile-home slum on a commercial property that wasn’t zoned for rentals — at least until the Tampa Bay Times detailed the “unlivable conditions” in the trailers, which were filthy and infested with roaches. Well! Time for a couple of updates! The good news is that after the scandal broke in July, Brown shut down his slum and was shamed into resigning his unpaid but influential positions on the Port Authority and several other civic boards. The bad news is that bad news continues to trickle out — like sewage from a leaky septic system — about just how scummy this guy’s business practices were, including another Times story on Saturday, revealing that Brown collected some $600,000 in rent since 1998 from a Hillsborough County agency that provided temporary housing for homeless people. But there’s even some good-ish news there — we won’t go so far as to call it Nice Time — in that the agency will now reform its procedures to make sure it’s not sending poor people to live in filthy hovels, so one cheer for that at least. Read more on Did Tampa Port Chief And Slumlord Get Public Funds For His Filthy Hovels? Would You Believe ‘Yes’?…
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Liz Cheney Is Your New Winston Churchill, Will Stop Obamacare From Annexing The Sudetenland

In a speech to a crowd of 150 Tea Party supporters Tuesday, senate candidate Liz Cheney said she did not support airstrikes on Syria because President Obama has not adequately defined goals for the potential intervention, and because she believes Obama should have supported Syrian rebels before anti-Assad forces included “Islamist radicals.” This is an interesting change from two years ago, when most rightwing opponents of aid to Syrian rebels warned against arming Islamist radicals. The Jackson Hole News&Guide (that’s their in-house spacing) also reports that Cheney filled her 90-minute speech and question-and-answer session with red meat for the conservative crowd. She compared herself to Winston Churchill standing up to Adolph Hitler and suggested members of both parties in Congress are hiding information about Obamacare from the public. She wrote off the entire newspaper industry, but more specifically the Jackson Hole News&Guide. We are sort of wondering what Winston Churchill would have thought about not bombing anyone, as he was reportedly rather fond of the practice. Read more on Liz Cheney Is Your New Winston Churchill, Will Stop Obamacare From Annexing The Sudetenland…
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New York Times Breaks Story Of Astonishing New Trend: Women Have Lunch Together, Eat Salads, Discuss Stuff

Oh, New York Times, you never fail to amaze us with your serious investigative journamalism into the strange and mysterious creature that is Woman. How often does Hillary Clinton sleep with her husband? How is being a successful career lady stopping you from finding a barely decent man to marry your sad single ass? How should you communicate with your children’s nanny? But oh, our newspaper of record, you have really outdone yourself with this earth-shattering story that will change history forever: A salad may seem modest, but that dish (and its cult following among trend-attuned New Yorkers like Ms. Bhojwani) is emblematic of a shift in the way that women participate in the crucial information-gathering and idea-generating ritual known as lunch. Stop the presses! There is a newfangled thingymabob called “A Salad” and women eat it! At lunch! With other women! Read more on New York Times Breaks Story Of Astonishing New Trend: Women Have Lunch Together, Eat Salads, Discuss Stuff…
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Nice Time! Let’s All Watch This Former U.S. Attorney Yelling At James O’Keefe!

There is not much to say about this lovely video of former US Attorney Jim Letten, the man who prosecuted O’Keefe for pretending to be a phone company worker to get into Mary Landrieu’s office for nefarious reasons not quite known (though it was always suspected he intended to bug her phone) and to which O’Keefe pleaded guilty. Ignore O’Keefe’s overwrought voiceover regarding how he is being “threatened” by Letten yelling “shut up” at him. And ignore his weak-sauce argument that he showed his driver’s license at Landrieu’s office, so pretending to be a phone company worker could not at all be fraud. Read more on Nice Time! Let’s All Watch This Former U.S. Attorney Yelling At James O’Keefe!…
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FishbowlDC May Call Tucker Carlson As A Character Witness Or Something, Seems About Right

And we sort of think this is everything you could ever possibly need to know. On the defense side, lawyers for Mediabistro Inc. list potential 12 witnesses, including Daily Caller founder Tucker Carlson, former Washington Times editor Sam Dealey, former Washington Examiner reporter and Sirius radio host Julie Mason, and Washingtonian editor-at-large Carol Joynt. Read more on FishbowlDC May Call Tucker Carlson As A Character Witness Or Something, Seems About Right…
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Aaron Sorkin, Media Critic

Have you ever wondered what Aaron Sorkin’s “media diet” is? No? Neither have we, but he’s going to tell us. And guess what? He does not like this newfangled media stuff on this interwebs thingy. No, he likes his news the old-fashioned way: propaganda dressed up as objective journalism by “the media elite,” printed on dead trees, and thrown at his front door every morning. Why? Because he knows it’s news he can trust. When I read the Times or The Wall Street Journal, I know those reporters had to have cleared a very high bar to get the jobs they have. When I read a blog piece from “BobsThoughts.com,” Bob could be the most qualified guy in the world but I have no way of knowing that because all he had to do to get his job was set up a website–something my 10-year-old daughter has been doing for 3 years. When The Times or The Journal get it wrong they have a lot of people to answer to. When Bob gets it wrong there are no immediate consequences for Bob except his wrong information is in the water supply now so there are consequences for us. Yeah! Fuck that Bob guy. If he gets a story wrong — like, say, a story about how there are DEFINITELY ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT ABOUT IT weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, and that is why we MUST go there and shock-and-awe ‘em to death — there are no immediate consequences for him being DEFINITELY ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT ABOUT IT wrong. Unlike that time New York Times reporter Judith Miller, who cleared a very high bar to be able to spread propaganda on the front page of the Times, was completely wrong about all those weapons her secret friends at the White House were pinky-swearing were really there, but at least she was held accountable when the Times editors finally got around to saying they were kinda sorta sorry about how they kinda sorta had “a number of instances of coverage that was not as rigorous as it should have been.” Oh, except that their kinda sorta apology never even mentioned Judith Miller — and also Aaron Sorkin’s old bon-ee Maureen Dowd still has not been fired — but hey, whatev, that’s how accountability at our newspaper of record works we guess. We don’t know; we are just a dinky little website Mr. Sorkin would not approve of because we do not have to clear — or even pass! — any kind of bar at all. Read more on Aaron Sorkin, Media Critic…
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WaPo’s Richard Cohen None Too Pleased With Hillary Clinton’s Age, Vagina

The Washington Post’s Richard Cohen returns to the scene of the crime*. Becoming the first female president is a worthy goal, but it kind of falls into the category of miles traveled and countries visited. It is an achievement, even a stunning one, but it is not a stirring trumpet call. Even now, her statistics-laden tenure has been somewhat eclipsed by her successor at State. John F. Kerry has already managed to bring Israelis and Palestinians together to resume peace talks. If these talks produce an agreement (not likely, but still . . .), then all this talk about miles traveled is going to sound awfully silly. Yes, we are sure John Kerry will solve World Peace (not likely, but still . . .) and show that Hillary Clinton, with her constant “traveling the world to do her job” is really just Reese Witherspoon in Election staying up all night to bake the goddamn cupcakes, and they never actually accomplished a thing! Read more on WaPo’s Richard Cohen None Too Pleased With Hillary Clinton’s Age, Vagina…
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Cancel All Your Friday Nights: MSNBC To Present ‘Scream At Stews With Alec Baldwin’

Ahem: Mediaite has learned from a senior source in the cable news industry with knowledge of MSNBC’s programming that actor Alec Baldwin is getting his own weekly show in MSNBC’s primetime lineup. According to our source, the so far untitled show will air Fridays at 10 p.m. ET and will feature a large dose of Baldwin’s outspoken liberal politics. Read more on Cancel All Your Friday Nights: MSNBC To Present ‘Scream At Stews With Alec Baldwin’…
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Fox Nation Simply Does Not Care For Fort Hood Suspect’s Fancy Sky Limousine

From Fox Nation, another exciting claim with only a tangential connection to reality: “VIP Treatment: Accused Fort Hood Shooter Gets Daily Helicopter Rides.” How shocking! We bet he gets his very own toilet, right in his cell, too! Why on earth is Major Nidal Hasan gallivanting around in a helicopter like some kind of king, or should we say, like his buddy, Barack Hussein Obama? While a prisoner awaiting trial, Hasan is ferried by helicopter nearly every day, complete with an additional helicopter escort and security detail, for the 20-mile journey between the Bell County Jail and Fort Hood, courtesy of the United States Army and American taxpayers. Astonishing! Outrageous! You know who else got free helicopter rides? Latin American dissidents and also those nuns! Read more on Fox Nation Simply Does Not Care For Fort Hood Suspect’s Fancy Sky Limousine…
  when bad things happen to bad people

Wonkette Sexclusive! Anonymous People On The Internet Say Betsy Rothstein Super Fired From FishbowlDC (UPDATE!)

Is Betsy Rothstein, editoresse of Mediabistro’s FishbowlDC, scourge of slutty journalistas, arbiter of class, and all-around Miss Congeniality, getting canned from her gig making fun of Asians (update! and then stealth-editing it) and fat asses? Some guy in our tipline says yes! Here, in its entirety, is our “tip”: Betsy out at Fishbowl as of this afternoon It is positively Deep Throatian in its brevity and concision! Read more on Wonkette Sexclusive! Anonymous People On The Internet Say Betsy Rothstein Super Fired From FishbowlDC (UPDATE!)…
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See The Amazing SF Chronicle Front Page That Accidentally Forgot About Gay Marriage! (Update!)

So here is the San Francisco Chronicle’s front page for today. (It is in “print,” a thing where they put “ink” on “paper.”) You can look and look, but you will not find a story about “gay marriage” on it, in the paper of record for the city so gay Nancy Pelosi’s staffers all wear assless chaps, because BART is ONE STEP CLOSER to a WALKOUT! What are those little top stories above the A-1, for the world and nation fronts? They are: “Australia,” “Africa Trip,” “Filibuster Star,” “Death Penalty,” and “Ancient Horse.” Okay, so they must have covered it below the fold, right? Read more on See The Amazing SF Chronicle Front Page That Accidentally Forgot About Gay Marriage! (Update!)…
  the conversation

Edward Snowden Has A Little Chat With The World

Hero/Traitor/Leakey Man Edward Snowden had a heart-to-heart talk with the internet on Monday, via Glenn Greenwald and The Guardian. We considered liveblooging it, but decided that liveblogging someone else’s  liveblog would be just a little more meta than would be healthy. Still, for a bit over 90 minutes, Snowden answered some 18 out of several bejillion questions submitted through the Guardian website and Twitter. New details! Clarifications! Hints of what may come next! Douchey self-promotion! (Did he answer our tweeted question, “Have you even read Catch-22?” He did not! Glenn, man, you gotta set up another of these things!) Read more on Edward Snowden Has A Little Chat With The World…
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Wonkette Gets Its Name In Local Paper, Ghost Breitbart Says Girl Editor Begging For It

We understand that Yr Wonkette got a mention in the Politico Web Log Publication. It’s always fun to see our names in the paper, and we were kind of jazzed that the piece mentioned Rachel Maddow’s little crush on us. (Hi, Rachel!) On the other hand, we were also sort of surprised that the Politico guy was quite so fixated on the absence of founding editor Ana Marie Cox, who moved on to other good things in 2006. We sure hope Politico is not losing any sleep over the new season of Deadwood. But on the whole, it was a nice enough piece, for all the “Oh, you’re not doing first person Inside-the-Beltway buttsex stories anymore?” (and wouldn’t that hurt, anyway? Take off your damn belt first!) With half a million unique visitors a month (750,000 in May); enough revenue, much of it from our lovesome Readers Like You, to hire two people fulltime; and our upcoming expansion into total domination of the Arts & Entertainment blogosphere, we’re pretty happy with our more recent national focus, even if we’re no longer “instilling fear” at DC parties besides the ones we are getting kicked out of. Read more on Wonkette Gets Its Name In Local Paper, Ghost Breitbart Says Girl Editor Begging For It…
  biting the filthy hand that feeds us redux

Donald Trump Declares Newsmax The Kindest, Bravest, Warmest, Most Wonderful Website He’s Ever Known

All of us here at Yr Wonkette have a singleminded devotion to pursuing the news, finding the truth of the day’s events, sifting the truth from the lies, and then making a bunch of peener jokes about all that. And what better source of news, incidental revenue, and right-wing peeners than Newsmax, with its rich heritage of support from truth-seekers like William Casey, Richard Mellon Scaife, Alexander Haig, and Michael Reagan? But mostly it gets its filthy lucre from Dick Morris? Wait, why DO we have an RSS feed from them again? Oh, yes, the money. The sweet, sweet revenue from people who hate our filthy liberal guts and whose journamalism is always above reproach, even when it’s dead wrong. And you know who else thinks Newsmax is pretty awesome? It was in the headline, did you get it? Read more on Donald Trump Declares Newsmax The Kindest, Bravest, Warmest, Most Wonderful Website He’s Ever Known…
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Roger Ailes Shuts Geraldo Rivera’s Mouth For Him

Hey, remember that fun video (above) of Geraldo Rivera laying down a righteous hissy over the LIES and PRIMROSE PATHS paved by his buddies, the Fox & Friends? It was from two days before the election, and Geraldo was in his finest mettle, like, waving a baby at a Katrina bridge INSANITY. He was yelling about Benghazi, and how Fox News was a LIAR (without ever saying the name Fox News) and on and on. It was fun! Hey Mikey, we liked it! But do you know who didn’t like it? Fox News chief Roger Ailes, who reportedly called down to the control room to cut Gerry’s mic like he was a hapless Bill O’Reilly guest. Uh oh! Read more on Roger Ailes Shuts Geraldo Rivera’s Mouth For Him…
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Learn ABC’s 11 Weird Tricks To Surviving A Mass Shooting!

Mass shootings! It is like, they are everywhere, lol! And when someone comes at you with 14 guns and 5,000 rounds of ammunition right after they got out of prison for murdering their wife and inlaws, because seeing if someone is a law abiding citizen before selling them weapons discriminates against people who are law abiding citizens (MATH SCIENCE OF WORDS!), well, you are probably going to die! Hey what can you do, right? Well, according to ABC “News,” there are 11 things you can do, because it is ever so much easier to survive a mass shooting than it is to do something about it that poll unskewer Heidi Heitkamp’s constituents do not like. Read more on Learn ABC’s 11 Weird Tricks To Surviving A Mass Shooting!…
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Jennifer Rubin Makes Strong Case For Third Bush Term

Things we learned from Jennifer Rubin’s commentary in the Washingtonne Poste news-paper, this morning, about the former president George W. Bush, presented without comment. Only 53 percent of the American people disapprove of George W. Bush. That is almost not even a majority! Read more on Jennifer Rubin Makes Strong Case For Third Bush Term…