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Rep. Jackson’s ‘Mood Disorder’ Mystery Provokes Awkward Admissions, Professional Analysis

The news that Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-Ill.) took a medical leave of absence broke in late June. Jackson had been out of commission for two weeks by that point and the story has only grown more mysterious since.

Jackson’s office is mum on details about his whereabouts, only saying in a release that he “is receiving intensive medical treatment at a residential treatment facility for a mood disorder.”

While Jackson’s office has been on mute, his parents have been perhaps a little too forthcoming. Jesse Jackson, Sr. said his son is in “a crisis” and “going through a tremendous challenge.” Jackson’s mother, Jacqueline, said he has been through “tremendous disappointment,” before dishing on his shortcomings and family business. “He thought he was going to be a senator,” she said. “He thought he was going to have a chance to run for mayor. And young people don’t bounce back from disappointment like me and my husband.”

The awkward moments haven’t been limited to Jackson’s family. An AP story yesterday reported why it took two weeks for people to realize Jackson’s absence: “Jackson arrived in Washington 17 years ago with a star quality that set him apart from his 434 colleagues in the House. Yet he has never lived up to those high expectations on the national stage…”

WaPo‘s “She the People” blogger Bonnie Goldstein called on Jackson to take care of his health and “look into a different line of work.” Appearing insensitive to people who suffer from mental problems in the work place, Goldstein wrote a follow-up, saying she didn’t “have any quarrel with employing the mentally unhealthy.” She further admitted, “I count myself among them. I think most of us succumb to some emotionally destabilizing periods now and then, particularly when we have a lot of pressure or trauma in our work or personal life.”

Lastly, a story in the Chicago Sun Times explored the types of mood disorders someone could potentially be suffering from: “[They range] from depression and bipolar disorder to disorders related to medical conditions involving the thyroid or adrenal glands; post-partum depression or substance-induced mood dis­orders.” Yes, the story included postpartum depression.

Least forgiving of Jackson: A hostile editorial by The Chicago Tribune which wrote, “We don’t see how his treatment could be compromised by providing some answers.” The editorial was written under the headline “Where’s Jesse Jackson Jr.? No, we’re sorry, this isn’t a private matter.”

Most forgiving: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who said, “I know a lot of people are saying when is he going to get back to work, he should get back to work — why would he go back to work to a Congress that does no work?”

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(A Sprinkling of Things We Thought You Ought to Know…)

Oh no they didn’t — Expect backlash from this one. The Root wants to know why conservatives in the media are focused on “black-on-black” violence as opposed to, say, “white-on-white” crime.  They call this a “false media narrative” and point to a statistic recently shared by conservative columnist George Will on ABC’s “This Week” program. He said that every week 150 black men are killed — 94 percent by other black men. The headline of the piece: “Don’t White People Kill Each Other, Too?” The author, an author, columnist and MSNBC Political Analyst, says the term “black-on-black” is destructive and cites a stat from the Justice Department that says that 84 percent of white people killed each year are by other whites: “The half-truth he spoke went curiously unchallenged by the panel — including former White House adviser Van Jones — largely because the meta-narrative of black-on-black violence is widely accepted in journalistic and political circles.” The author’s conclusion: “It seems that the media in general and white American society in particular prefer to focus on crime perpetrated by African Americans because it serves as a way to absolve them from the violence, prejudice and institutionalized discrimination engendered for generations against blacks.” Read here.

Is WaPo “She the People” blogger just asking for trouble? — In a new post by Bonnie Goldstein, she skirts around a topic sure to rile some readers — namely, the issue of whether the Santorums should have had Bella in the first place. She never comes out and boldly says it. If she was going there, why not just go there? Instead she writes, “The little girl’s parents knew when she was still in utero that she would have serious developmental and physical disabilities. They nevertheless welcomed her joyfully despite having many other children to raise and not unlimited resources.” She also insinuates that Santorum hitting the campaign trail has affected the girl’s health. Again, gingerly broaching what could be dangerous territory without really fully going there. Read the rest here.

New book to hit the shelves… PBS’ and PRI’s Tavis Smiley and Professor Cornel West are out with their first co-authored book together, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto out in stores, Tuesday, April 17. They will appear in Washington on April 17 as part of their 10-city book tour.  On April 22, West will also speak at Howard University. On April 16, Google will host a special The Rich and the Rest of Us online chat LIVE from Google Headquarters, 12 p.m.–1 p.m. PT.  To watch, visit:

President Obama makes funny monster faces…See BuzzFeed’s picture spread here.

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Scribe’s granny is risk taker

“My grandmother has signed the zipline waiver for her cruise next week. Can’t wait for the video.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Tuesday tweet.

Yglesias’ revelations on french fries

“People realize that ‘eat food, mostly plants’ is consistent with a diet composed entirely of french fries, right?” — Center for American Progress Fellow and liberal blogger Matt Yglesias in a Wednesday morning tweet.


“Oh, memories… “physical exhaustion” “mental breakdown” “berating” “swagger” “bluster, ego, and unremitting confidence”” — Former Politico media writer Michael Calderone reacts to the Washingtonian piece on Politico that published Tuesday that discussed the editing reputation of now Politico Pro Editor Tim Grieve. Calderone is now at Yahoo! News in Manhattan. He links to the story here.

The Critic

“I don’t mean to sound churlish. But I do not know anyone under the age of 40 who lives in Georgetown.” — Slate‘s Annie Lowry speaking out about the pilot “Georgetown” by Josh Schwartz, creator of O.C. and Gossip Girl that involves 20-somethings aspiring politicos.

Writer counts her words

Bonnie Goldstein, of Politics Daily, has written 131,342 words on 224 posts since she started publishing at Woman Up 1 year and 286 days ago. — Goldstein in a Tuesday Facebook update.

Weigel sticks up for FLOTUS

“As she should, given that she’s not stupid.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet, responding to RealClearPolitics‘s Mike Memoli commenting that Michelle Obama “sidesteps criticism by Sarah Palin.”

A Toast to Howard Yoon

Howard Yoon works the room at Local 16.

The Ross Yoon Agency: Jennifer Manguera, Gail Ross, Anna Sproul, and Howard.

About 120 local writers and journos showed up to Local 16 last night to toast editorial director Howard Yoon’s newly promoted role of partner at the Gail Ross literary agency, including Bitch is the New Black author Helena AndrewsPolitics Daily‘s Bonnie Goldstein; WCP‘s Michael Schaffer; NPR’s Miranda Kennedy, Lisa Shepard, and Madhulika Sikka; Sridhar Pappu; WaPo’s Steve Luxenberg, Rachel Weiner, Ylan Mui, and Alexandra Petri; Roll Call’s Emily Heil; HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney, and ABC’s Robin Sproul (mother to the agency’s aforementioned Anna Sproul).

The Gail Ross Literary Agency will change names to The Ross Yoon Agency sometime next week, as soon as their new web site is complete.

CNN’s Campbell Brown: Classy for Quitting

campbell-brown.jpg In the aftermath of CNN’s Campbell Brown giving up her 8 p.m. show, writers are coming out in support of her having the strength and conviction to make the choice.

“Hooray for Campbell Brown!” sceams a Politics Daily promo for Bonnie Goldstein‘s piece on Brown today. “Reading the ratings herself, CNN’s highly promoted anchorwoman decides to leave on her own terms.” Goldstein “lauds Brown’s candid and classy departure announcement.”
Goldstein wrote: “There is no reason to think the honest voice of Campbell Brown won’t continue to impress news consumers who like truth with their facts.” Read the story here.

Pat Kiernen of New York One also approves. “Campbell Brown is my hero,” he said in this segment.

Tonight at Politics & Prose: Lorraine Adams

adams-resize.jpg The PD Book Club has arrived. Lorraine Adams, author of The Room and the Chair and ex-WaPo scribe, is in the hot seat in Politics Daily’s new feature. And why shouldn’t she be? Tonight she appears at Politics & Prose for a book signing at 7 p.m. In addition, Adams has so far refused to admit (under instruction from her lawyers) that the book mimics her time at WaPo, as reported by WaPo’s The Reliable Source.

Adams still sours when asked about the similarities. When PD’s Woman Up collective gathered Adams with PD’s Bonnie Goldstein, Judy Howard Ellis and Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger to discuss the book, things turned testy:

Henneberger: “Here’s what you have accomplished, Lorraine: You actually have me feeling for Sally Quinn! Not sorry, exactly, but like I wouldn’t mind baking her something and dropping it off when she’s not home –” wrote Henneberger.

Adams: “So you’re interested in the newsroom. I’m going to try hard to ‘play nice,’ a cautionary line in the novel. …It seems lately whenever I get asked about the mainstream media I get grouchy. And one thing “The Room and the Chair” is not, I hope, is a score-settler. I had a good friend who was with me at The Post read the book for signs of sour grapes or subliminal vendettas, and she judged it free and clear.”

Read the entire interview here.

Will They Be Modern-Day Bonnie and Clyde?


They won’t likely be old-fashioned bank robbers, but there’s an air of excitement about their presence.

Politics Daily’s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger introduces us this morning to the couple who will head up the pub’s new investigative unit. They are James Grady, the writer, and veteran investigator Bonnie Goldstein.

The couple comes qualified: Goldstein is a former special investigator to the U.S. Senate and a former investigative producer for ABC News. She’s also been a private detective. Grady is, among other things, author of 13 novels, the latest called Mad Dogs. He’s a former staffer to Sen. Lee Metcalf (D-Mont.). While there, he witnessed the late President Richard Nixon’s impeachment. He worked as investigative reporter for syndicated columnist Jack Anderson, covering politics, crime, drug trafficking and espionage.

Henneberger’s thought behind the launch:

“Investigative newspaper writing has long been a mainstay of American journalism and democracy, pioneered and perpetuated by enterprise reporters Upton Sinclair, Nelly Bly, Ida Tarbell, Woodward and Bernstein, Seymour Hersh, Drew Pearson, Jack Anderson, Jonathan Kwitny, Dan Bolles, Morton Mintz, and Daniel Pearl. Tracking leads and cracking cover-ups, they revealed dangers in our food supply, abuse and neglect of the mentally ill, political influence by organized crime, manufacture of unsafe automobiles, breakdowns in our military, corporate malfeasance, the spread of terrorism, and corruption in the White House.”

Henneberger promises story topics free of partisan agenda.

Read Henneberger’s full explanation here.