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Posts Tagged ‘Guy Benson’

Morning Chatter

Journos react to Hastings’ autopsy

“Hey kids. Drugs are wack. And they won’t make you a better writer.” – TIME Washington Bureau Chief Michael Scherer in response to Michael Hastings‘ autopsy released Tuesday in LAT that revealed that there were small amounts of pot and methamphetamine in his system at the time of his death.

“Drugs are bad.” — RedState and FNC’s Erick Erickson.

Governor saves an insect

“Walking up statehouse steps I observed @LincolnChafee save a praying mantis. Used paper to move it to grass. Then got in car and drove away.” – AP‘s David Klepper.

A question we must all ask ourselves

“I’ve got a bunch of tomato water and don’t have ideas for it. What should I do?” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Official number of women who have accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment: 17

Cookie time at WaPo

“My favorite time in the office: @WaPoFood has already started “research” for their famous annual Christmas cookie feature.” – WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Real HuffPost story promo: “Sex with goat gets man banned from every farm in entire country”

Real Headline in The Daily Caller: “Weiner tries to slip back in”

Vast liberal media conspiracy? Editor, please.

“If he’d been Bob Filner (R), the whole party would’ve exiled him weeks ago & the press would still be talking about damaging narratives.” — Townhall Political Editor Guy Benson, who clearly hasn’t been watching the news as Filner’s every grope or “pat on the tush” is covered.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:49 a.m.

Bo and Sunny fallout…

“I’m surprised the Obamas didn’t name their new puppy ‘Cousin Oliver.’” — National Review‘s Jim Geraghty.

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Morning Chatter

SUMMER SLIPPERS: “So [Matthew Fuller] is wearing fuzzy slippers in the office today. No joke.” — Roll Call Deputy Editor Emily Pierce.

White House correspondent encounters skunk

“Ever heard the phrase ‘skunk at the picnic?’ Some reporters dining al fresco on the Vineyard had a close encounter with Mephitis mephitis. Fortunately the skunk that meandered through a Vineyard outdoor restaurant last night didn’t do what skunks do. A definite uninvited guest.” — CBS’ Peter Maer.

Josh Marshall as the Dalai Lama

“Can anyone honestly say they don’t slightly regret the eclipse of the dick pic sub-theme in this race?” — TPM Editor Josh Marshall.

A picture is worth a thousand memes

“Great photo of @buzzfeedben in high school”BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

Tapper V. Gregory?

“Re: MTP ratings and Gregory rumors, it’s still ridiculous that @jaketapper doesn’t anchor a Sunday am show.” — Townhall Political Editor and radio host Guy Benson.

Incoming Heritage Prez Parties with Media Types

Last night the new home of Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) held its annual media Christmas party. That organization used to be known as The Heritage Foundation, but now you’d only know it as The DeMint Foundation since the Senator’s announcement.

The party is a must-attend for Washington media types and party crashers alike. Good food, top-shelf booze and big name revelers. The food disappointed this year but the attendees did not.

In addition to DeMint and outgoing foundation president Ed Feulner, other media types in attendance included… Read more

Town Hall Editor Loses It On Flight From Hell

What should have been just a flight from California to D.C. with a stop in Chicago along the way, quickly spiraled into a hellish trip Town Hall‘s Guy Benson will likely not forget soon. Much to our delight he took a page out of ABC7 anchor Stephen Tschida‘s book and tweeted the whole experience.

Benson was in Los Angeles on Friday guest hosting The Hugh Hewitt Show with fellow conservative and HotAir.com’s Mary Katherine Ham. “Thank you, Hugh Hewitt & staff (and audience!) It’s always a pleasure to guest host with Ham,” he tweeted before heading to the airport.

Trouble began when Benson was alerted his flight would be making an unscheduled stop in Denver from John Wayne Airport to O’Hare. “Apparently a 737 can’t fly from LA to Chicago non-stop?! What?,” he tweeted.

It was apparently a fuel issue and brought out Benson’s pissy side at about 4:30 p.m: “Looks like I might be spending the night in Chicago, courtesy of @UnitedAirlines, thanks to their new ‘we’re adding surprise stops!’ promo.” He then fired off a series of tweets about other annoyances:

  • “We have the wrong aircraft.” Fabulous.
  • They are now ejecting someone from the plane for cursing at them. No, it’s not even @AlecBaldwin.
  • These flight attendants are doing the best they can, considering circumstances. Wasn’t their screw up. Off to, um, Denver! ‪#SerenityNow
  • Woman who dropped f-bombs apologized & has been allowed to stay on the flight. We’re one big happy (and now delayed!) family.

At just after 7 p.m. Benson arrived in Denver. He was again faced with the cursing traveler. “Woman who nearly got tossed off the flight for cursing now on her cell phone, lying her ass off about people ‘yelling and throwing things,’” he tweeted.

The trip continued in a sick, sad downward slide for Benson, who was clearly coming apart at the seams… Read more

A Media Reporter’s Guide to CPAC

The agenda for CPAC, the Conservative Political Action Conference happening in D.C. this weekend, has been posted, and journalists and media types are invading.

  • Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller will speak at an event sponsored by Accuracy in Media on Thursday and, later that night, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for CPAC’s Presidential Banquet honoring Arthur Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute.
  • S.E. Cupp, a Daily Caller columnist, will sign her book, Losing Our Religion: The Liberal Media’s Attack on Christianity, on Friday before taking part in a Saturday panel for students on how to become a columnist. Also on the panel: The Weekly Standard‘s Fred Barnes and Andrew Ferguson, and NYT‘s Ross Douthat.
  • BigJournalism’s Andrew Breitbart will speak in the main ballroom on Saturday morning, and he’ll be introduced by Townhall‘s Guy Benson.
  • Dana Loesch, also of BigJournalism, will participate in a panel on new media activism along with Matt Sheffield of the Washington Examiner on Thursday.
  • More from the Washington Examiner: Mark Tapscott will be on a panel on Friday morning, Tim Carney will be on another on Friday afternoon, and Michael Barone will be on one Saturday evening. Also on Barone’s panel: John Gizzi of Human Events and FNC contributor Margaret Hoover.
  • Conservative pundit Ann Coulter will speak to CPAC students Friday night along with FNC’s “Red Eye” gang: Greg Gutfeld, Bill Schultz, and Andy Levy before taking the main stage on Saturday, following National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.
  • Also on different panels (so, so many panels): Human EventsJason Mattera, WaPo‘s Julia Duin (as a moderator. Need a refresher? We had dinner with last week), Quin Hillyer of TWT (also as a moderator), Andrew McCarthy of National Review, and WSJ‘s John Fund.
  • CNN contributor and Red State managing editor Erick Erickson will be the guest of honor at a student luncheon on Friday.
  • CPAC’s 2010 Blogger of the Year Ed Morrissey of HotAir will present this year’s award to Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank.

FishbowlDC has obtained a press pass, but it doesn’t come with many perks (other than free admission). They’re holding our badge at the Media Check-In desk, so that’s nice of them. Credentialed press “do not necessarily have access” to the CPAC Bloggers’ Lounge according to their e-mail, and we’ve requested several interviews with speakers using CPAC’s guidelines for doing so. No word yet. Stay tuned…