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Today’s the birthday of Arianna Huffington and MSNBC. Congrats to ABC News PR head Emily Lenzner and Roll Call VP, who welcomed Benjamin Cherukuri into the world Sunday. It’s the anniversary of Jimmy Carter’s “malaise” speech. Politico’s Playbook reports, “BIRTHDAY LOOKAHEAD — Tuesday: Paul KANE (judging from our-email, this should be a federal holiday) … Wednesday: Anita McBRIDE!” New York Magazine calls “the Washington Post’s Lisa de Moraes and her fabulously grumpy dispatches,” the best part of the “annual Television Critics Association Press Tour.” Expect a new JibJab video today. TVNewser reports, “Blitzer, who does five miles on the treadmill every morning, tore his hamstring while working out last week.” Greta van Susteren gets Brett Favre. A Hardball panel debates whether the controversial cover of Barack Obama in Muslim garb on the cover of the New Yorker is satire or slur. You think bull fighting is awful animal abuse. Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “Why do I think that Sam Zell is buying up these papers so that they CAN fail. Once they’re all gone or ghosts of their former selves, it will be that much easier for the crooks on both sides of the aisle to completely gut this country.” Check out today’s White House Photo of the Day from Time.
Today’s FishbowlDC comment of the day (with regards to yesterday’s post on “Thrush Heads To Politico“): Reader “Junior3″ writes, “It’s one thing for others to refer to the Politico duo as VandeHarris, but isn’t it sorta creepy that they refer to themselves that way?” Keep the FishbowlDC discussion going by dropping your comments here.
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Remnick also took issue with one part of my blog post on the subject yesterday. I wrote that “the sophisticates at The New Yorker have come up with a cover that is sure to get the magazine a lot of attention… no Upper East Side liberal — no matter how superior they feel their intellect is — should assume that just because they’re mocking such ridiculousness, the illustration won’t feed into the same beast in emails and other media. It’s a recruitment poster for the right-wing. .. I would assume over at the Conde Nast building, they think it’s droll.”
Mr. Remnick took some umbrage with that. Not with the criticism per se, but my working-class tone.
“Playing the elitism card, when you, too, are from New York, and went to Dartmouth, I mean, that really doesnâ€™t wash,” Remnick told me. “I think itâ€™s an easy card to play. Especially with the New Yorker, and, you know, I shouldnâ€™t let you get away with it. Youâ€™re not exactly coming from a poor background or from an underfunded media outlet, and I donâ€™t think thatâ€™s fair. I think itâ€™s just not the level of thought and discourse that normally I see on your blog, and lot of other ones….I get the back and forth, I can live with that, but I thought that was kind of a cheap shot.”
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