C-SPAN has landed in the comics. This time, Doonesbury. And it’s not the first time. The non-profit network is no stranger to editorial cartoons and shows up in them every so often. Check out the one from 1986 when CSPAN2 began after the jump…
Sitting in the media center on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference was the relatively discreet Paul Mulshine of the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
Conservative comedian Steven Crowder had just taken the stage to introduce the next speaker. “Are you ready?!” Crowder yelled into the microphone three times as a way to warm up the crowd. That’s when Mulshine turned around in his seat and said, “I hate that. I’ve been to a lot of CPACs. That is the worst fucking thing when they do that.”
Mulshine isn’t keen on crowd warming or the people who do it. “I want to strangle them,” he continued. “I’ve been to 10 of these things. Certain lines you hear over and over. And that is the fucking worst.”
Asked about himself, Mulshine told us… Read more
Politico‘s Jake Sherman for finishing his first marathon in less than four hours no less. It was the Rock n’ Roll Marathon, which managed to shut down a good portion of the city on Saturday. Quite an accomplishment. And even though this post could well qualify him for the Dept. of Bragiculture, completing a first marathon in less than four hours is actually something to brag about.
Since it’s unclear what running shoes he wore for the big race, we’re taking wild guesses.
I ran my first marathon in 3:55. Fueled by the band, allman brothers, phish and the grateful dead. My goal was to break 4 hours.
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) March 16, 2013
When something of national or global importance happens, many people feel the need to share how they relate. Most people would do this in a journal or a personal blog. Erin Burnett, who is Catholic, did it on CNN from Rome last night. NBC News’s Luke Russert gets to do it on a national news website.
The Catholic church elected a new pope Wednesday. That’s a moment of major significance for Catholics for its religious implications but also interesting to the world because of how old the institution is. Here’s what the moment meant for Russert, in his words on msnbc.com:
”I was blessed personally by Pope John Paul II twice: once in my mother’s womb and another time when I was an infant. I attended CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) from when I was six years old till I was fourteen. The church is where I’ve been baptized, confirmed, where I’ve confessed and have even gotten to be a godfather. I graduated from one the world’s preeminent Catholic universities and to this day try to attend Mass (and never miss it on days of obligation). I’m that rare twenty-seven year old that proudly still feels a strong connection to my Catholic faith …”
Russert is rare.
It’s also a serious moment for the congressional reporter to offer some unsolicited sacred advice to the newly elected Pope Francis. Read more
Ifill will deliver Wake Forest University’s 2013 commencement address on May 20. Amanpour will address the 2013 graduating class of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies on May 23.
BrandLinkDC is at it again — this time, luring in journalists with liquor on behalf of their client, P.J. Clarke’s, for St. Patty’s Day. There will be Irish Pipe and Drum Band performances, food and drink specials, Washington Redskin cheerleaders and more.
We do hope BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton also received this miniature bottle of Jameson Irish Whiskey with the accompanying shot glass.
If he didn’t, we may be willing to part with ours. We hear he has a special fondness for it. He’ll enjoy it more.
If there is one must-read story of the week, it’s the one in Washington City Paper by Sadie Dingfelder, who should be in everyone’s regular reading diet. By day, Dingfelder is the Assistant Director/Site Editor at the American Psychological Association. She’s also a blogger who writes regularly for HuffPost, freelance travel and business for WaPo, and freelance arts for WCP.
To give you a taste of Sadie’s story interests, in January she wrote, “I’m the person who farts in yoga class” for HuffPost.
Did this woman just come out of the woodwork?
This week, Dingfelder writes about the 24 hours she spent at Spa World, an urban dweller’s oasis out in ugly Centreville, Va. in a bland shopping plaza crawling with dangerous Asian drivers. Please, WCP, send her back to Spa World for another 24 hours and let her loose in the saunas. Make her get to the bottom of the sleeping room scandal, once and for all.
Here we offer four reasons why you should read Sadie’s story, but really there’s just one main big one: It will have you laughing out loud.
1. The lede. Any story that starts out like this deserves to be read to the end. She writes, “I am sitting boob-deep in tepid water, sous-viding the burrito I ate for lunch a half-hour ago.”
2. Dumb luck. Some of the things that happen to Sadie in the course of 24 hours are genuinely funny and you get the feeling that she isn’t trying too hard, just that she naturally is. For instance: A. An elderly Korean woman accidentally grabs her thigh. B. She tries to communicate with an Asian masseuse about a shoulder injury, resulting in disaster: “I try to warn her about my injury. I point to my broken shoulder and wince. She looks confused, so I attempt to surmount our language barrier by speaking slowly and loudly. ‘Broken shoulder, please don’t touch,’ I say, feeling like an idiot.” C. She tries to nap by a burbling fountain.
See the two remaining reasons.
It’s never really a good thing to brag about how dumb your interns are. But at the risk of offending every intern in her midst, Katrina vanden Heuvel, Editor and Publisher of The Nation, announced on Twitter last night that her “smart” interns have no clue who Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward is.
Smart@thenation interns & young folks have no idea who Woodward is but dc establishment freaked about his critique of WH & sequester.
— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) February 28, 2013
Ten minutes later she
pulled her head out of her ass thought better of it and announced that in fact they do know who Woodward is.
Clarification: @thenation interns know who Woodward was but have far clearer memory of his establishment role post-Watergate.
— Katrina vandenHeuvel (@KatrinaNation) February 28, 2013
Phew! We were worried there for a minute.
The Academy Awards last night served as the perfect occasion for NBC congressional correspondent Luke Russert to have his own red carpet moment.
“What I’m wearing? St. John’s Bay and hat from The Chicken Box,” he tweeted. Attached was a photo of Russert beaming in a red cap, plaid button-down shirt and a black v-neck T-shirt, just right for exposing an ideal amount of chest hair.
The Chicken Box is a bar in Nantucket, Mass., that features live music.
It wasn’t the only fashion point for Russert this weekend… Read more
The top news story on The Daily Caller‘s website this morning involves more of the tawdry happenings of Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and those pesky Dominican hookers. The latest stories include the more serious assertions that Menendez had sex with underage prostitutes, and that he likes the “youngest and newest girls.” The senator alleges complete innocence.
One thing you can say about political sex scandals — they’re never normal, boring affairs involving a couple of drunken coworkers and they’re never particularly well planned. Instead, the pol solicits sex with a cop in an airport bathroom, his name is Weiner and he snaps a picture of his ding dong, sends it to a woman clear across the country and then can’t remember if it’s his, he has alleged sex with an underage page, or he sends a shirtless picture of himself to a woman on Craigslist.
But who broke the Menendez hooker story?
In a story this morning on Breitbart.com, promoted by Breitbart Editor-in-Chief and Counsel Joel Pollack, the illustrious Matthew Boyle writes a short post blasting Media Matters for not covering the Menendez story. More pointedly, in case you didn’t know, his Menendez story, the one he broke back in November, 2012. Who could forget those spectacular videos of the alleged prostitutes describing their sexy time with Señor Menendez. To protect the women in the videos, they used what looked to be big, white balloons to conceal their faces. The cleavage and jiggling breasts? They left those hanging out. “Was the senator friendly?” the translator in the video asked. “How was the senator, romantico or no?”
But getting back to the point of Boyle’s story — which is, of course, twofold. 1. Blasting Media Matters, sort of like breathing for right-wing websites. 2. Boyle, who, in a quick five-graph story reminds readers twice that he broke the story.
In his piece, Boyle runs the mission of Media Matters, which is to “analyze, monitor and correct conservative misinformation in the U.S. media.” Could it be they have nothing to correct?
We reached out to Media Matters on the matter. UPDATE: Media Matters declined to comment at this time.