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Taking Out The Trash

Meghan McCain Doubles Down on Stupid

MSNBC contributor Meghan McCain is also, like, totally a blogger! When not dispensing overpriced dime-store insight into the space between her ear she calls the young Republican mindset, she muses about stuff ‘n’ stuff on her website, McCainblogette.

Tuesday, Meghan took to her blog to offer some advice on “How to avoid 140-character regret,” four pearls of wisdom on how she tries to avoid exposing herself as an idiot by making embarrassing mistakes on Twitter.

She describes it this way: “Here are some rules I’ve set for myself to avoid any Tweet-centric mishaps or regrets.”

Overlooking the opening graph that would earn a D- in a third grade writing class, her points are as follows.

“1. Never tweet directly after a breakup, trust me no good will come of this. You are too emotionally raw and you don’t want to take it out on your twitter family.”

OK, not the worst advice ever. But it’s a lot like telling a kid “Don’t stare at the sun.” It’s gonna happen. But still, not a horrible start. Though referring to strangers on Twitter as “family” is a bit odd.

“2. Never tweet when you are angry in response to a follower. Take a step back and breathe- it’s just some anonymous person on the internet.”

First, the word “Internet” should be capitalized. Second, didn’t she just say people on Twitter were her family? Now they’re “just some anonymous person”? Where’s the love, Meghan? Third, if Twitter isn’t for fighting and letting the world see pictures of what you’re eating for dinner, what’s it for?

“3. Make sure that whenever you post a picture, you have looked over numerous times to make sure it’s correct. Tori Spelling’s husband recently tweeted a topless picture of his wife accidentally without realizing it- yikes!”

OK, there’s just a lot of stupid happening here. A LOT! Take a second and read that again, then realize that she’s a Columbia University graduate and PAID to write for The Daily Beast. The first sentence has a missing “it” and “Tori Spelling’s husband recently tweeted a topless picture of his wife accidentally without realizing it…”? Who would Tori Spelling’s husband’s wife be? And could you “accidentally” tweet something while realizing it? If this is what you get with an Ivy League education, community college for everyone! Tina Brown, that sound you hear is your brand tarnishing.

“4. And finally, try not to tweet anything you wouldn’t be comfortable with your mother, grandmother or sister reading – that’s my rule of thumb.”

Um…Uh…Why did she feel the need to make three points about her “rules,” then, in the final point, say THIS ONE is her “rule of thumb”?  What are the other three? General guidelines she thinks people should just ignore as long as grandma, mom and sis are cool with what you’ve said? “Rules of pinky”?

You have to wonder sometimes if Meghan ever reads what she’s written. More than that, you have to wonder how hard it is for colleagues at MSNBC and The Daily Beast to not laugh at her when she’s around. As for the rest of us, it’s a good thing she’s not around.


Taking Out the Trash 08.19.11

What we almost missed this week…

  • Since they own us, you might as well start reading China Daily.  It lands in DC next week.
  • This is what ‘wealth’ looks like. With $294 Million, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) tops Roll Call’s list of the 50 Richest Members of Congress.  Corresponding article here.

Salahi Slaughters Gay Zebra, Drops Track in Miami

It’s official. I’m breaking one of my New Year’s resolutions and writing about Washington’s biggest waste of flesh, the Salahis.  Just when I thought the fame-whoring White trash House crashers had finally burnt through the last of their celebrity, Michaele goes and makes an even bigger ass of herself on Miami’s NBC affiliate this morning.

Alas, she’s back in the media and this time she’s a singer.  But we must admit, the below video of  her debut performance of “Bump It” is not only ridiculous, it’s kind of hilarious.  Partly because Michaele looks like a low-rent Dina Lohan who slaughtered a helpless, gay zebra to make her dress… But mainly because of the “In Living Color” Fly Girl rejects and elfin rapper who help her break it down. Happy Friday.

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Journopalooza: More Bubble Than Blitz

WCP‘s Benjamin Freed recently wrote about the would-be studded event at the National Press Club last Friday. Journopalooza, explained its first organizer (Christina Davidson of the Atlantic), “started out as a running joke” to get WaPo cartoonist Tom Toles and his band, Suspicious Package, out of the basement they practiced in and into a club.

And, at least the way Freed sees it, it seems Journopalooza is still largely a joke and part of a makeshift bubble. In other words people go for the bubble and then maybe the music. Freed reports that almost nobody considered to be a “boldface name” showed up. Instead, he wrote, most people in attendance were members of the National Press Club who were just happy to be able to tell people that they live in D.C. and are members of the Press Club. The event “embodies the masturbatory nature of Washington media and politics.”

And the lackluster attendance wasn’t for a lack of invites. Even the White House Office of Communications was sent an invitation, though Politico‘s Mike Allen said that only one person from the office was there.

Yahoo! News editor Chris Lehmann was there playing with his band, Charm Offensive, but couldn’t even convince his wife, Ana Marie Cox of GQ, to attend.

Suspicious Package won the battle of the bands. Suspiciously, Freed wrote, few of alleged import were really there enjoy it

What We Almost Missed This Week

Congrats to AP’s Robert Furlow: a beloved editor in AP’s Washington bureau, Bob was among those staffers who received annual employee recognition honors at AP’s NYC headquarters on Wednesday evening. Furlow was awarded a $3,000 Oliver S. Gramling Spirit Award. See the release here.

Feelin’ Tapper’s Love: Jake Tapper, WH correspondent and interim host for ABC’s “This Week” had nothing but love and praise for Gregory, Schieffer and Wallace during a recent interview with Imus.

Katie Couric Steals Erica America: Washington blogger Erica Anderson aka “Erica America” said goodbye to Washington for a job with CBS and Katie Couric in the Big Apple.

Bristol and Levi Pimp their Engagement: Reliable Source questions whether Us Weekly $$$$ the nation’s third most annoying couple (behind the Salahis and Speidi).

And what better way to end…or start your week than with MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro, Andy Gross and “The Week Ahead.”

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O’Reilly’s ‘Do it Live’ Segment Never Gets Old


We bring you Mediaite’s recent story of FNC’s Shepard Smith very lightly mocking Bill O’Reilly’s “F–k it, We’ll Do it Live!” clip from “Inside Edition” because it’s worth watching repeatedly.

Watch it here.

Bill Maher on Health Care, Creeps in Congress and More…

gollum1.jpg In case you were curious about Bill Maher of HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” and his comments on MSNBC Wednesday, here they are.

Maher’s remarks fantastically encompass Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.), health care and President Obama’s smoking.

“Thank God you are here,” remarked host Lawrence O’Donnell.

Then O’Donnell asked: “Are you gay?”
“If I was, I would be better looking,” Maher replied.

In the course of the interview, O’Donnell asks Maher about snorkeling in the Navy. Maher wasn’t in the Navy,he explained. “I’ve never heard of snorkeling,” the comedian said. ..”It does sound dirty.”

What We Almost Missed Today…

More Wedding Bells are Ringing: Politico congressional reporter Lisa Lerer got enagaged to boyfriend Marcus Bleyer. h/t Playbook

HuffPo & Higher Powers: Huff Post launched a new section featuring wide-ranging discussion about religion and the ways it influences our lives. Check it out here.

Slate Gets Cozy with the New America Foundation: The two announced a new partnership, focusing on emerging technologies and their transformative effects on society and public policy. Central to the partnership is the “Future Tense” event series.

NY Daily News Reports on Toobin’s Tangled Web


Yikes. The New York Daily News reporting today about CNN correspondent Jeffrey Toobin’s love child.

New York newspapers always know how to make a splash. The headline?

CNN legal eagle Jeffrey Toobin in baby mama drama – with daughter of CBS News’ Jeff Greenfield

An excerpt:

“One of the media elite’s most whispered-about scandals went public Wednesday when married CNN correspondent Jeffrey Toobin squared off with a woman who says he’s the father of her baby.

Yale-educated lawyer Casey Greenfield – the daughter of eminent CBS News analyst Jeff Greenfield – had a chilly faceoff with Toobin in Manhattan Family Court.

The ex-lovers barely spoke in the waiting area before joining their lawyers behind closed doors with a court referee to hash out custody and money issues.”

Read the full item here.

Attack of the Attack-Filled Journalism

cm.jpgThis is one hell of a lot of attacking for one story.
The Hill’s Washington Scene reports today the trash talking of radio talk show host Tony Kornheiser against MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

“Nobody likes Chris Matthews,” Kornheiser said referring to the verbose “Hardball” host.

The attack-filled Kornheiser was incensed that Matthews attacked D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty for the city’s recovery (or lack thereof) from the recent blizzard.

Then in another attack-filled move, Kornheiser brought in a WaPo opinion piece in which Jo-Ann Armao also attacks Matthews. “Matthews is even more unlikeable than the mayor,” she attacked.

Read the full attack here.