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Dear John (Nolte)

Dear John (Nolte),

For those of you who don’t know who John Nolte is, he’s the Editor-in-Chief of Andrew Breitbart’s Big Hollywood site. He’s also the self-appointed guardian of all women and ready, at the drop of a hat, to be offended on their behalf.

He took issue with FishbowlDC’s post about The Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields and her love affair with herself. The post made a serious point in a tongue-in-cheek way about how Michelle is comfortable retweeting compliments on her looks, pictures of her legs, etc. Pretty much everything but compliments on her, you know, work.

Michelle is young and still has plenty of time to actually become a journalist known for her work and not just her looks, but she’s not heading down that path right now.

Granted, we didn’t write the post about her because we were hoping to inspire her to work on her craft – that’s up to her. We did it to make a candid point about female journalists, be snarky and yes, we thought it was funny. We expected push back from Michelle’s “fans,” those fanboys who spend their time in their mother’s basement publicly defending pretty women from any criticism of any kind on the Web as a way of thinking they’re flirting.

What we didn’t expect was an overreaction from a grown man.

Nolte’s first attack was the classic outrage over an “attack on a conservative woman,” the default reaction of too many conservatives these days to any critique of women on their side.  He’s entitled to his opinion, it’s just ironic that he reacts with the “sexism” charge when he, on Twitter, has continually attacked liberals for making the “racism” charge against anyone who dare criticizes President Obama. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, and sometimes criticism is valid, no matter what genitalia the person receiving that criticism has.

But Nolte wasn’t done there. In what must be a slow news cycle for Big Journalism, he had to try to draw attention to this again. In a post dramatically entitled “Fishbowl DC Threatens Retaliation Against The Bigs,” Nolte writes of our “unbelievably nasty” and “ugly sexist attack” against poor Ms. Fields…by pointing out things she retweeted about herself. Yeah, we don’t get it either.

He ends his last post with “Impotent rage is never attractive.” This is true. It’s also funny coming from someone who counts the likes of Dan Riehl as a colleague at the “Big” sites.

For those of you who don’t remember who Riehl is, he’s the blogger who, upon discovering that The Daily Caller’s Jeff Poor had written a story about the vile things convicted rapist Mike Tyson said about former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin, took it upon himself to launch a truly vile attack on Jeff and his four-year-old niece.

Nolte’s compatriot excavated pictures of Poor’s niece on Facebook and decided to write a post implying Jeff was a pedophile. Charming, right?

The post was so offensive that The Daily Caller’s editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson contacted Riehl to demand it be removed. He deleted it. He also called Breitbart, who promised to get rid of Riehl. That never happened.

We also discovered that Riehl gave an interview to blogger Jeff Pearlman in which he, shall we say, expressed a less than friendly attitude toward women. With his pants down, no less. In a rare twist of fate, Riehl also insulted the apparently heavenly Fields by suggesting that she have a wet T-shirt contest. “Great day for a wet T-shirt contest!!” wrote Riehl in reaction to @MichelleFields: “Of course I spill coffee all over my shirt right before my Fox interview.” This was early November, 2011.

Where was the outrage then, Nolte? Answer: Riehl’s a conservative, so it doesn’t count and doesn’t matter.

Were Nolte intellectually honest and consistent, he would criticize Riehl with vigor equal to, or greater than that which he has attacked FishbowlDC, but he can’t do that and save face with his conservative cohorts. Nolte is a partisan, which is fine, and we aren’t. We’re equal opportunity offenders.

Perhaps Nolte should realize that criticizing a woman for her actions is not sexist, criticizing a woman because she’s a woman is. Then he might want to turn his feminist eye to his right and use it to look at Riehl. That is, if he’s looking to be honest. If he’s not, then we fully expect yet another post from him trying to further this mythical “feud” he thinks we’re having.

Ultimately we’re not concerned with offending Nolte, or anyone. We call ‘em like we see ‘em, and if an activist blogger, right-wing or left-wing, doesn’t like how we see ‘em, tough.



Michelle Fields

Yesterday, we brought you a story about a series of web videos put out by the Center for Freedom and Prosperity Foundation. They are using attractive women as presenters to try and sell their economic ideas. We also reported that the latest video featured Michelle Fields from The Daily Caller. The message we conveyed was that if female reporters want to be taken seriously, maybe they should focus on their reporting and not their sex appeal. And by the way, many of your conservative colleagues around town agree with us. One political reporter recently bumped for a TV spot for Fields wrote in to say, “Michelle Fields is like the case study of hot bimbo gets ahead of other people for her looks. So annoying.”

After we published our account yesterday, almost immediately, we were met with civil, thought-provoking debate points such as “Peter – you are a loser” and “Go fuck your couch.” Another lovely touch: My editor was called “a slut” by online apes who are too cowardly to attach their thoughts to a name. While we appreciate and expected some of this, we were still caught off guard by some of the reaction. For example, an anonymous fan of Michelle’s set up a fake twitter account in my name. And began tweeting (as me) about how much I loved Michelle Fields and how much I wanted to kiss her. It’s important to note that Michelle Fields was copied on those tweets, so she saw them. Moments later, the tweeter took on a nastier tone and spent his evening digging through my wife’s Facebook account. He tweeted pictures of my family. Called my wife a slut. Tweeted pictures of my children suggesting that they are abused. Gee, Michelle… Your fans really ARE creepy. All the while, Michelle is retweeting pictures, such as the one above, that her “fans” have made of her.

She also took the time to retweet someone comparing her to the late Ronald Reagan.

We aren’t holier than thou. We knew that using certain phrases would stir up a debate about sexuality and media. Our point was and remains this: If a female journalist wants to be taken seriously, maybe she shouldn’t retweet loads of compliments about how hot she is, or pictures of her exposed legs, or associate with a website that showcases sexuality as a main selling point when talking about the dangers of past economic models. And that’s met with attacks on 3-and 6-year-old children? And my wife?

Michelle Fields, where’s the outrage? Daily Caller, we know you don’t support children being exploited in journalistic battles. We know you’ve felt the pain of this exact scenario ever since BigGov Contributor Dan Riehl accused your own TV reporter Jeff Poor of molesting his 4-year-old niece. Michelle, if this is your most loyal fan base, you should be beyond concerned. And for God sakes, stop thanking them.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Washington reacts to Conrad Murray verdict

“GUILTY VERDICT IN MICHAEL JACKSON CASE – INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER: (By the way, the cheering is really creepy.)” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

“Whew. That medical license is donezo. #conradmurray” — ABC7 News Reporter Jummy Olabanji.

“#ConradMurray #guiltyverdict ::yawn::” — Washington Business Journal designer Tim Wong.

Words of wisdom

“Enjoy these scandals while you can. When Romney’s the nominee, best we’ll get is a woman who says she saw him drink coffee once. ” — Slate’s Dave Weigel. (At right, the Chinese symbol for wisdom.)

Tricks of the Trade

“Cain tic: when asked q he doesn’t have answer for, he repeats the q. Amazing footage from Newt debate.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin. Watch here.

Disturbing Headline of the Day: “Panda urinates on sleeping pal’s face, then has a chuckle with friends?” — HuffPost. Watch video here.

A call for a pause

“Unless the next piece of news to break is that my apartment’s on fire, I’m not interested. That’ll do, Monday.” — The Hill‘s (soon to be Reuters) White House Correspondent Sam Youngman.

Bad Sex 101

“My friend just asked me ‘how do you know if you’re having bad sex?’ Um, if you have to ask.” — Ali Wentworth, comedian and wife to GMA’s George Stephanopoulos.

Pig journalism

Great day for a wet T-shirt contest!! RT @MichelleFields: Of course I spill coffee all over my shirt right before my Fox interview. — Pantsless conservative blogger and BigGov contributor Dan Riehl.

The Nostradamus of D.C. journalism

“Watch for White House news today. Obama tends to dump big ones when everyone’s distracted with frivolities.” –  Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“A wonderful morning stroll thru London’s Borough Market, where I met @sophiegg’s mother at her Wild Beef stand in Jubilee Market. Who knew?” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff‘s trip to London. We had a plethora of “who cares?” tweets from him, but we went with this one. By the way, Sophie Gilbert covers culture for Washingtonian. We hope Graff enjoyed his encounter at the Wild Beef stand.


Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Journo sees link between himself and company stock

“But is my impending departure driving down Reuters’ stock? Of such things, we can only speculate.” –  Outgoing Reuters scribe Jim Pethokoukis, who is going to work for the American Enterprise Institute as their blog editor. He’ll continue on as a CNBC Contributor. He also mentioned lead Boybander, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, saying, “Hey, I’m over 9,000 Twitter followers, only 91k behind @ezraklein. Are we going to let such injustice stand, America?”

Make a wish

“I wish my washing machine was touch screen #whitegirlproblems.” — Publicist and former ABC ‘This Week’” Producer Courtney Cohen.

Weingarten invents acronym

“I have just invented a great acronym: ‘Bioya.’ Blow It Out Your Ass. Please make it viral. Or, alternatively, bioya.”  — WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten.

Blogger gets defensive, tweets about his ding dong

BigGov Contributor Riehl Tears (a.k.a. Dan Riehl) had an odd way of reacting to a story we wrote on him yesterday. Referencing an interview he gave last month in which he admitted to weeping over former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin‘s lost innocence and recounted his “worst date” story — he drove a woman home with his pants off — the conservative blogger felt the need to tell us he’s well endowed. He wrote, “Silly FB-DC.. If my pants were genuinely down, you’d be far more impressed, I assure you.” Are you asking us out on a date, Riehl Tears?  No thanks, we prefer men who don’t cry during badly made political documentaries. But that’s nice to know, wombshifter. One thing, though. Wasn’t repeating sexually menacing talk the reason you accused an innocent journalist of being a pedophile in the first place? At least he was quoting Mike Tyson. What’s your excuse?

New HOH writer enters dining detox

“My body seems confused/upset that the 3-gourmet-lunches-per-day routine has come to such an abrupt halt #marathondiningdetox.” — Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, the new HOH writer and former restaurant reviewer.

Journo reacts to Troy Davis execution

“Time of death 11:08 and media can move up to get photos of the coroner’s van; what is wrong with us?” — Writer and former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger.

Um, David? Helloooo? You have a brother named Rush.

“How can anyone take seriously the anymore [sic] the raving lunatic Chris Matthews?” Read/watch here. — Nationally Syndicated Columnist David Limbaugh in a grammatically incoherent tweet.

Blogger Gets Caught With His Pants Down

Is conservative blogger and BigGovernment Contributor Dan Riehl unaware that the male physique is not necessarily something you want all hanging out there like coconuts?

Apparently not. But we’ll return to this later. More noteworthy as of late is his peculiar journalistic judgment.

Over the weekend Riehl used a four-year-old girl to take revenge on The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor, who wrote a simple aggregated story on Mike Tyson‘s vile sexual thoughts on former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The story stemmed from Tyson’s remarks to a Las Vegas radio station. Riehl was incensed. He’s a big Palin fan and “big” would be putting it mildly. He wept while watching a film that he said stole her innocence: “When I see innocence attacked so viciously I become very angry. My tears flowed from that, not so much from sympathy for her as an individual.”

So what does Riehl do? As an act of chivalry, he looked up pictures of Poor’s four-year-old niece on Facebook and at 3 a.m. (not at all a shady hour to post) published a story on his blog suggesting that Poor is a pedophile. He linked to photographs of the little girl. He based his accusations of Poor on a remark made three years ago regarding football and homosexuals.

Poor had posted a photograph on his Facebook page on the campus of Vanderbilt University in front of the set of ESPN College Gameday in October 2008, before the Auburn-Vanderbilt game. Just so happened there was a guy in the corner of the image, and the caption was – “In front of the set of ESPN College Gameday at Vanderbilt University, the training ground for closet homosexuality.” Go figure how that equals pedophilia.

By noon Saturday, The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson had contacted Riehl to insist he remove the post. He obliged.

The story gets more disturbing. It’s not as if Riehl is concerned with the innocence of all women — just Palin. In his own life he objectifies them in crass ways as evidenced by an interview he gave to Jeff Pearlman last month. The quotes on “innocence” are from that interview.

Some fun parts:

Would you rather take a two week vacation with Jimmy Carter, Al Gore or Walter Mondale? Riehl: “It would depend on which one has the hottest daughters.”

Your favorite Democrat (for real—not sarcastically):
Riehl: “The hottest looking serving female. I’d have to research that.”

On the gay lobby: “A little more maturity and a few less raging drag queens, or bitchy bull dykes would be a nice thing to see.”

On a date with a woman: “I pulled off somewhere, we parked, walked into the trees and came upon this really terrific field of grass. I put a blanket down—had it in my trunk—got high and one thing led to another. Evidently, it was very good hash.”

FishbowlDC reached Riehl for comment, questioning him on the hypocrisy of defending Palin’s innocence while attempting to steal it from a little girl. “I’m content with everything I’ve said and done in this, including in my non-related interview with Jeff Pearlman,” he wrote FishbowlDC. “If you wish to come after me, as your questions suggest, I’ll defend it on my blog where I maintain editorial control and consider that perhaps you owe Carlson, or the Daily Caller tabloid a favor.”

In the “worst date story” above he alluded to “Gina” performing a sexual act he didn’t object to while 18-wheelers drove by honking their horns in approval. He then drove her home where her mother was waiting for her in the doorway. It was the last time he would ever see her.

The woman tells Riehl not to bother walking her to the door. Which was a relief considering Riehl was real naked from the waist down. He had driven from the er, romantic, outdoor grassy scene to the woman’s house sans clothing from the waist down.

Which is a great metaphor for this guy — caught with his pants down in more ways than one.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

Schieffer’s crush on Paltrow intensifies

CBS “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer completes Politico‘s “Answer This” interview in which he answers the question, “What would you attempt to do if you knew that you could not fail?” His reply: Gwyneth Paltrow. Read the full interview here. Re-read FBDC’s Matt Dornic‘s FishbowlDC interview with Schieffer from Friday in which he also discusses Paltrow. In that interview he called Paltrow his unfulfilled item from his bucket list. Even journalists like Gawker’s vulgar Jim Newell are starting to talk. “Bob Schieffer seriously wants to bang Gwyneth Paltrow.” Come on Newell, this is Schieffer for God sakes. Show some respect.

National Review campaign correspondent Jim Geraghty (who, in dim lighting, could pass for Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift‘s cousin) remarks, “Oh, Facebook, just stop it.”

Is Roland Martin game for Dancing With the Stars?

“I say we start a campaign to get @rolandsmartin on #DWTS next season!” — An Orlando-based Roland Martin follower named LaRon Hickman. Looks like the “Washington Watch” host and CNN Contributor doesn’t object — he did proudly retweet the notion.

Washingtonian Editor reads at least three newspapers

“Today’s my 1st day as a 3 newspaper household (NYT, WP, WSJ), which I realize is 3 more than the 17 neighbors in my building get combined.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff. Congratulations?? We hope he doesn’t become a hoarder. A better question: How many of those neighbors read Washingtonian?

Late-night ‘retard’ insensitivity with Dan Riehl

“OK, I know sum [sic] people hate the word, but Barry looks like the class retard in this pic.” — BigGov Contributor and blogger Dan Riehl. See the picture of President Obama here.

This won’t go over well at the office…

“I think it’s funny that @FoxNews’ resident anti-LGBT pseudo-shrink @KeithAblow has the word “blow” in his last name.” — Syndicated columnist and progressive radio personality Karl Frisch.