It was the bitch slap that could be heard around the world.
Politics Daily‘s Bonnie Erbe harshly criticized the White House handling of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan’s personal life in the publication’s infamous “Woman UP” TV show this weekend. The show claims to be “your antidote to too many men on your TV screen.”
To be sure, Erbe gives White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs this whopper of an insult: “To me, the White House’s strategy on this was ridiculous. …You would think that Gibbs would have gone to PR school at some point in his life and realized now if we make something of this…it’s gonna be a second day third day and fourth day story instead of going away.”
Even Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger, who hosts the all-female online program, appeared to feel the sting, saying, “We all should have gone to acting school, right?”
This seems waaayyyy more fitting a conversation amongst the Kardashian sisters, Valley girls or the women of ABC’s “The View”. But ok, we’ve got the Politics Daily women bitching it up on their web show, “Women’s UP” about the “rude” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who called an airline stewardess a “bitch” under his breath.
“Not good Chuck Schumer, not good at all,” Henneberger said, scolding Schumer like she’s a female Mister Rogers.
Among their topics was whether it’s ever ok to use the b-word.
Ever? We’re beyond the fifth grade, but let’s see what these beyotches have to say.
Andrews turned confessional: “Some people might see me as a bitch.”
Erbe was compassionate toward Schumer to a point: “I was actually ganged up one time,” she said of an airplane experience on which we so wish she would have elaborated. Still, she declared the b-word off limits to politicians like Schumer, and the n-word and the k-word (she’s of Jewish “background,” she explained).
Murphy: “I’d be lying if I didn’t call some of my friends, “Hey Ho, what’s up?” (It’s a Southern thing.) But “Hey Bitch?” Like, no way would that ever, like, be, like, acceptable.
Miller vented over the ladies’ inability to say “bitch” on the web (she says the full word “bitch” five times). “Say bitch if you want to say bitch,” she said.
Her first reaction to the incident?
“Chuck Schumer? Of course. We all know he’s not the most polite man in the world,” she said.
Miller also brings us this gem: “The word gay is back,” she declares, as in “dorky or queer.” She knows. She verified it with her 20-something and 30-something gay friends.
U.S. News Media Group, in further extending its online offerings and commitment to news analysis and service journalism, today unveiled an expanded Opinion section at www.usnews.com/opinion. The overhauled Opinion section presents viewpoints covering the ideological spectrum, including new blogs, a daily array of op-ed columns, and interactive features for readers.
Anchoring the revamped Opinion page is the Thomas Jefferson Street blog, which features provocative, entertaining, and insightful commentary and analysis on politics, foreign affairs and other topics. A half-dozen U.S. News writers contribute to TSJ:
Michael Barone: A well-known political commentator and U.S. News senior writer, Barone is principal coauthor of The Almanac of American Politics.
Robert Schlesinger: The U.S. News deputy editor in charge of opinion content, Schlesinger has also written for the Boston Globe, the Hill, the Washington Monthly, and Salon.com, among other publications and is the author of White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters.
Sam Dealey: A U.S. News contributing editor, Dealey has written for a variety of publications, including Time, GQ, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal.
Bonnie Erbe: A U.S. News contributing editor, Erbe hosts PBS’s weekly news analysis program, To the Contrary With Bonnie Erbe.
John Aloysius Farrell: A U.S. News contributing editor, Farrell is an award-winning Washington reporter who has written for the Boston Globe and the Denver Post, and is the author of Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century.
Morgan E. Felchner: The U.S. News deputy editor in charge of political coverage, Felchner was previously editor of Campaigns & Elections and the Voting in America book series.
The magazine will also do like every other publication on the planet and add these unoriginal features:
“Two Takes” — opposing opinions on a relevant topic. …
“Public Opinion,” a daily question posed to readers. …
“Blog Buzz,” a round up of the day’s most popular blog topics; …
“Data Points,” a collection of data on a topical issue; as well as cartoons and quotes about current events and featured reader comments.
Michael Barone’s blog item was not written by some lone hacker, who broke into US News’ website. It was written by another US News writer, Bonnie Erbe, and the editors at USNews published it on Michael’s blog by mistake. Memo to Michael: post your own posts. This is the blogosphere. As soon as MSM editors get their hands on your copy, the mistakes creep in.
In other U.S. News, er, news, Inside Higher Ed wonders, “Would U.S. News Make Up Fake Data?”