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Attorney Doubles Down on WaPo’s Wemple

A prominent D.C. attorney, Timothy Naegele, is redoubling his stance against WaPo media opinion writer Erik Wemple for his stories on the recent allegations of plagiarism against TWT columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave. As a result of examples that have recently surfaced, De Borchgrave is taking some time off. Wemple reported today that several of De Borchgrave’s recent columns have been taken offline as part of an investigation. TWT‘s Editor Ed Kelley did not respond to Wemple’s request for comment and has failed to respond to reporters’ questions throughout this ordeal. He has only remarked on it — get this — through a story published on the newspaper’s website that said De Borchgrave handled the situation “appropriately” — nice, objective reporting there, right?

Meanwhile, the lawyer and obvious President of De Borchgrave’s fan club, is still outraged. “It seems there are two ‘villains,’ the talentless Wemple, and the Times—which may not have a lot of spine,” he wrote FishbowlDC. “At least the Post protects their own.  The Times should too.”

On WaPo‘s website, Naegele threatened to keep a watchful eye on Wemple until he screws up and the the Post fires him. On TWT‘s site he wrote the following:

“Arnaud de Borchgrave is brilliant, and he is the reason why I read the Washington Times, and no other reason. He is correct: ““Everybody makes mistakes, and I take responsibility for mine. I will redouble my efforts to attribute with precision.” The Washington Times would be foolish not to accept this mea culpa, and have him back writing his wonderful columns as soon as humanly possible. Until then, I for one will be reading the Times far less.”

Attorney Plots to Get WaPo’s Wemple Fired

WaPo media opinion writer Erik Wemple is on the receiving end of threats today after writing about the purported plagiarism of TWT and UPI Columnist Arnaud de Borchgrave (pictured here). He reported today that the columnist has taken a leave of absence. With heated stories comes heated emotions. And nasty threats like these from a prominent Washington Attorney issued in the comment section of Wemple’s De Borchgrave story today. FishbowlDC has confirmed through Timothy Naegele (pictured below) that he wrote the commentary. “The comments speak for themselves,” Naegele told FishbowlDC. “If you bothered to read other comments about Arnaud de Borchgrave, and the attacks on him, you would realize that other people feel exactly as I do.” Oh, we bothered to read the other comments, Naegele. Touchy, touchy.

by Timothy D. Naegele
9:07 AM EDT
It bears repeating, Wemple, that you are a hack writer and nothing more. It is what you will always be.

Arnaud de Borchgrave is brilliant, and he has done more in his lifetime than you would ever do if you had 20 lifetimes on the face of this earth. However, you must be salivating about what has happened to de Borchgrave.

Lots of us will be following your every word from now on, to trip you up. And yes, rest assured, we will call for your swift ouster from the Post when you make any mistakes, which you surely will.

Hopefully we can say “good riddance” to you, very soon.

Another reader doubted the attorney’s comments were really from him, saying, “I think this post must be from a troll masquerading as Naegele. There is no way that an experienced attorney would publicly post something like this.” (Well, there is and he did.) We also reached out to Wemple for comment, asking if threats make him nervous, if he wishes he had half the life of De Borchgrave or, for that matter, his sexy name? Erik de Borchgrave or Arnaud Wemple both have a nice ring, don’t they?

Wempled replied to FishbowlDC: “Whenever I see stuff where people are taking aim at me, yes, it’s a little jarring at first. But what he’s proposing to do here is to become a very loyal reader, which I appreciate. As for the scrutiny, well, that already applies to me, and you, and the rest of us in this line of work. Wemple continued, “I cannot dispute the commenter’s claim that I haven’t done a fraction of the things that de Borchgrave has done on the face of this earth. He’s had a long career. To your question as to whether I wish I had, no: I’ve been very happy. For years and years, I have enjoyed seeing his name. It’s much cooler than mine.”

A third commenter takes Wemple to task for a different reason — his caricature. We’re going to practice Wemple’s pointed eyebrow raise in the mirror later today. Read what that person has to say after the jump… Read more

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

We get a lot of accusations tossed at us here in the Fishbowl. This one accuses me of writing comments to myself on my own stories.

“It’s so obvious that you comment with the username Fisherman. Get a life, Betsy before someone finds your IP address and outs you for being unethical and commenting on your own blog posts trying to defend it LOL.”

Note to AnonymASS: Dear Ass, you might want to get cracking on this case now as it’s likely to take you forever and then some to prove it. We know it’s hard for you to grasp that another FishbowlDC reader might genuinely disagree with your horseshit commentary and, for that, we genuinely feel for your pain.

Suave Bret Baier Kills Hater With Kindness

FNC’s Bret Baier is as smooth as ever this week as he handles a viewer, who, well, won’t be watching him anymore. May have something to do with that shiny new contract he signed with the network through 2016. Who cares if Micky watches or not?

Bret Baier (@BretBaier)
5/8/12 11:22 AM
Sorry to lose you-good luck with your viewing RT @MickyBaker1 @BretBaier “You see, that’s the funny thing. I don’t watch any more, and won’t.”

Strangely, when we went to look up Micky’s other thoughts, Twitter tells us his account has been SUSPENDED. Micky come back!

D.C. Journo Gets Clobbered on Ted Nugent

File this in the category of “Unstable in Pembroke Pines, Florida.” A Washington journalist received this rant this morning on the topic singer/activist Ted Nugent, who has had some violent things to say as of late regarding President Obama, to the point where the Secret Service wanted to have a little chat.

“So? There is nothing wrong with Romney soliciting a celebrity like Nugent for his campaign. Admit it, you are jealous that Romney got someone like Nugent first. Nugent is cool. And besides what’s wrong with getting medical deferments. My dad bought me a deferment. All it took was a couple grand and a favor or two. Besides it’s better than fleeing to Canada and I didn’t have to burn a draft card. You and your commie faggot botches better notever come to Pembroke Pines because we Shechters own the town and dad and uncle Frank will run you out of here!!!”

Sunday Hate

Our hat is off to how consistently smooth Hot Air’s Michelle Malkin is with her detractors. See how Malkin handles “Tataheadful.”

Bret Baier Gets Gust of Hate

A man in Shenandoah (in other words, “God’s country”) pretty much doesn’t care for Bret Baier or Fox News. Here’s how Baier valiantly handled the hater after he retweeted what “hardnoks” wrote.

“U ask Mitt why his campaign cost so much. Creeps like you & your FoxMangeNews is why. Mitt could have said so but he’s no whiner.” To which Bret replied, “Alrighty, thanks.”

Offended Viewer Blasts Washington Journo

A longtime Washington journalist received this love note this morning from a fan.

“This BLANK guy is terrible. I was personally offended and insulted by his ignorant comments last week about Mississippi. I’m from the South and we’re not all “crackers who chase their cousin’s skirts.” This is not the first time this BLANK guy has sounded like an ASSHOLE.”

The scribe remarked to FishbowlDC: “At least he didn’t call me a skank.”

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week

On Wednesday of last week, a day after Valentine’s Day, a reader wrote in with this hostile reaction to FBDC’s Peter Ogburn‘s take on how Newt and Callista Gingrich‘s spent the holiday. This was, of course, after Newt’s skeevy line to reporters about how he and Callista would spend V-Day.

“RE: Newt ‘Reconnects’ with Callista. Stupid and sophomoric. And has nothing to do with DC media.”

Note to AnonymASS: This is one of those criticisms that drives me crazy for the simple reason that IT MAKES NO SENSE. Well, actually ..ASS, Newt suggested to a gaggle of reporters at a fundraiser in Pasadena, Calif., some of whom are based in Washington, that his V-Day with Callista would involve reconnecting (wink wink). “But I’m not going to…no more details.” (Five more winks.) We know that’s a bell that can’t be unrung, and we apologize for the visual. Fine, hate our writeup, but read this one from Jezebel. Or this one in which the author vomits in the lede. Or this one, in which the writer recalls childhood memories of a Hillary Clinton Barbie Doll and an albino Mr. Potato Head.

Journo Gets Bashed For Being Juvenile

Many Washington journalists get a daily dose of hate mail. This morning, a Washington scribe, who shall remain nameless to stay out of further trouble, received this nastygram:

“BLANK, you consistently fill in for other broadcasters.  Could any of them reciprocate when you are unavailable? Having BLANK fill in is a torture to endure with his L-O-U-D, juvenile, and hyperactive behavior.  It detracts from the quality of your show. Please hire professional guest hosts when you will not be available in the future. Thank you!”