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“Just got to the green room @LiveKelly! Hanging with Buck & Rory, everyone’s so nice! #cohostsearch” — Markette Smith to appear on ABC’s “LIVE! With Kelly Ripa” this morning at 9 a.m. Smith is a top 10 finalist in the contest to be Ripa’s co-host. She reports on the radio for the NPR affiliate WAMU 88.5FM and on-camera as an entertainment correspondent and red carpet host for AMC Theatres.

Journo catches man choking chicken in public

“Yo, guy on P st., masturbating in your Lexus near a park with kids and joggers, I took your plate # and called the cops.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary.

Jason Mattera: classy as ever

“The dude who got head in the Oval Office now doesn’t seem like such a bad president after all #WhatObamaTaughtMe.” — Author and conservative spouter Jason Mattera.

Russert V. Hamby: Ratings competition?

@PeterHambyCNN I’m in for @WillieGeist1 on Way Too Early. I challenge u to a ratings dual good sir.” — NBC’s Luke Russert, who is also scheduled to be in for MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown’s” Chuck Todd on Monday. (Psst Chuck, Luke is making White House Soup of the Day bland. We need you back and soon!)

Kiss Kiss

“Gotta admire @chrislhayes‘ Javert-esque dedication to nerdfighting. 20 min with the Bain guy, and still no @MittRomney questions. #uppers” — Mediaite White House Correspondent and Chairman of the I love Chris Hayes Fan Club Tommy Christopher.

Something else we couldn’t care less about…

“Email from Mrs. Oster my kindergarten teacher! ‘Saw u on TV. U have the same name & smile as a girl I taught Kindergarten to. Are u her?’” — The Daily Caller‘s Michelle Fields.

And now for something genuinely cute…

“My 5-y/o watching McLaughlin Group: ‘how do you know when it’s your turn to talk?’” — Washington Examiner Senior Political Columnist Timothy Carney.

Roland’s mom gets down with Beyonce

“Why is my mom in the middle of my young nieces on Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies’? She’s been married 45 years! Crazy sightings at #familyreunion” — CNN Commentator and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.

Journo weighs growing beard

“In my time off, I flirted with growing a beard. Now it’s time to shave these three whiskers and head to the studio for @washingtonweek” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Weiner fever ignites

“The Weiner-for-mayor rumors are now swirling. I say, why not run? He made a personal error and lied. That’s not disqualifying for all time.” — New York Daily News Opinion Editor Josh Greenman.

Crumpling Howiella? Oh no!

“Friend told me he crumpled my face as he used copies of The Hill to pack up his moving boxes. Sweeter words have never been spoken.” — Howiella Kurtz (a.k.a The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz.)

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.


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“He had a total meltdown about the title.” — MSNBC Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night regarding her new book, America, You Sexy Bitch. She was discussing what her father, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), thinks about her book.


The world is going to s#!t.

“The DMV never fails to remind me what incompetent fecal heads govt bureaucrats are.” — Conservative radio host Jason Mattera, formerly with Human Events, talking in the same vein as WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, Exec. V.P. of the FishbowlDC Fan Club.

White House journo recalls memory amid Bryson car crashes

“Re: Bryson. Car crashes can really unhinge people. Once covered a powerful college prez reduced to blubbering mass after fender bender.” — Politico‘s Glenn Thursh.

Producer adds acai berry to diet

“I’m adding this no calorie/no sugar acai berry flavor to my water. It’s delicious. But deceptively so. End conclusion = cannot be good for me.” — C-SPAN Producer Lauren Torlone.

Anonymous writes in…

“Women won’t watch Eliot Spitzer.  Men won’t watch Joy Behar.  Well done, Current TV!”

Fashion blogger scolds printer in early morning tirade

“Printer, don’t even try to tell me ink is low right now.” — Lisa Rowan, a vintage clothing writer who writes Quarter Life. Time check: Just after midnight.

Deep Thoughts With…

“Biggest mystery to me will always be why some people choose to be such bonafide jerks.” — Social Media Editor at NBC Washington Cheryl Thomspon.

Watch out.

“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be joining @Twitter as the new Creative Content Manager for Journalism! About to rock your #hashtags.” — Mark Luckie.

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Quotes of the Day

Hey Boybander: Go on vacation already goddamn you!

“Well, @United 1736 into IAH is delayed. Someone better make sure @United 53 is held so I don’t miss my honeymoon transfer.” — Slate economics reporter Matt Yglesias, who is apparently going to annoyingly tweet his entire “vacation.” Over the weekend, he tweeted nonstop in Buenos Aires. His poor bride.  He even felt the need to tweet this: “Vacation day! Step one: coffee. Step two: figure out how to set out-of-office email mess.” This was probably the worst of it: “BREAKING: They have really good steak in Argentina.”

Schieffer’s ultra-polite farewell

“Mr. Basham, I want to thank you for coming on. I wish it could have been under different circumstances, but perhaps there will be time down the road when we’ll have happier things to talk about.” — CBS Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer to former Secret Service Director Ralph Basham on Sunday’s program.

NYT reporter razzes HuffPost

“HuffPost Hill chasing greatness.HAPPY BP OIL SPILL ANNIVERSARY(?) It’s been 2 years since Unbridled Capitalism vomited in the Gulf of Mexico.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich, whose Twitter presence has been picking up as of late.

Reporter wants washer/dryer advice

“Anyone have stackable washer/dryers they particularly like or loathe?” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein. FBDC’s Peter Ogburn asks, “WTF is this, ‘This Old House’ or Twitter?” Meanwhile, we still want to know how the week-old new home owner injured himself and wound up in the ER. Anyone with information on this urgent matter please email us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or Betsy@mediabistro.com.

Bathroom trick

“Am I the only one who pretends to talk on my cell before patronizing a restroom at a bar/restaurant where I’m not actually a patron?” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy.

Writing trick

“A good way to increase suspense in your writing is to change all instances of ‘obviously’ to ‘ominously.’” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Breitbart Editor gets pretty personal

“Don’t tell the wife but intentionally mispronounce Spanish words cuz it’s kinda sexy when she corrects me.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte, Editor-in-Chief of Big Hollywood.

A Question to Ponder…“Is saying you’ve endorsed Mitt Romney on a Sunday talk show different from a ‘formal endorsement’?” — Roll Call‘s Ryan Teague Beckwith in reference to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on ABC’s “This Week.”

Journo is anti-Earth Day

“Don’t forget to take an extraaaaaaa longgggggg shower today! #EarthDay.” — Ex-Human Events reporter Jason Mattera.

Spotted: Politico‘s Jedd Rosche eating a box of fried chicken strips outside a bar on U St. Friday night. The bar wouldn’t allow him to enter with his meal.

Barfworthy: “I was moved by this video, as I’m sure you all will be, as we think of our own mothers and what they have done for us.” — Ann Romney this weekend in her 11th tweet, otherwise known as Milking the Mom Issue Expedition stemming from RosenGate, which she called an “early birthday present.” Watch the video here.

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

FishbowlDC Interview with TWT’s Marybeth Hicks

Say hello to TWT Columnist Marybeth Hicks. Metaphorically, you can find her at the intersection of politics and parenting. Literally, you can find her on the opinion page and in book stores.

Hicks lives in East Lansing, Mich., and is the author of three books, most recently “Don’t Let the Kids Drink the Kool-Aid: Confronting the Left’s Assault on Our Families, Faith and Freedom.” She also pens a weekly column which she started in 2004 focusing on politics and culture and their impact on the American family.

Before writing for TWT, Hicks, a graduate of Michigan State University, worked as a writer in the Reagan White House and in corporate communications. But family life reeled her in. She wanted to work from  home “among the four most important machines in a woman’s life… a laptop, a slow cooker, a washer and a dryer.”

She compares the process of writing her latest book to popping out a baby. “It took about nine months, was painful especially at the end, and a few weeks after it comes out, you stop staring at it all the time and start wishing you could sleep through the night,” she told FBDC. The research put her in uncharted territory, she said, leading her to read up on things like “heteronormativity in Disney movies.” (Google it. We did.)

Hicks is a mother of four. Her daughter Kate Hicks is an editor at TownHall.com.

If you were a combined carbonated beverage, which would you be? A gin and tonic. And never diet tonic. That stuff is disgusting. Extra lime.

How often do you Google yourself? Hardly ever anymore. Early on I used to check to see if my column was getting any traction, but stopped once my daughters were looking over my shoulder and I discovered my name had been trolled and put on a porn site. Cost me hundreds to get it removed! These days it sends me to radical leftist blogs where I’m routinely called an idiot. Tell me something I don’t know.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? Very early in my career, I was reminded by a boss not to have too much fun at work. In retrospect, that was clearly a nice way of telling me to quiet down. At the time I was confused.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Probably Peggy Noonan. I don’t always agree with her. She was pretty gaga over Obama early on, which annoyed me. But that woman could write about sawdust and her sentences would be lovely and lyrical and use alliteration. Her prose rolled through thoughts like a cloud of literary perfection. It would only be a sawdust essay, but it would be a thing of beauty and I would be jealous. As usual.

Do you have a favorite word? Finished. As in, “I am finished with yet another column. Time for a gin and tonic.” Deadlines haunt me.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Salon’s Joan Walsh, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker or NYT‘s Maureen Dowd. Tell us why. Really? You’re going to make me look like a mean girl in the Fishbowl interview? Because the honest answer is Jonah Goldberg. But if I must, Kathleen Parker, so I can tell her how much I loved her old stuff, back when she was a conservative, and ask if it was a bigger sellout to endorse President Obama or co-host with [Eliot] Spitzer. See, that just makes me seem mean and I’m not.

What’s your funniest TV blooper moment (or radio or print interview moment)? Well, while promoting Kool-Aid, [ex-Human Events journo] Jason Mattera told me during a radio interview that he wished I was his mom. Then he implied that for a mom, I was hot. That was awkward. I changed the subject.

What swear word do you use most often? You’re trying to ruin my Catholic mom image, aren’t you? Okay, well, it depends. The “s” word when I drop or break things; stronger language as the situation warrants. But I’m Irish, so once I vent, it’s over and we’re having a beer.

Read about Hicks’ edamame problem after the jump…

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Human Events‘ and Jason Mattera: ‘We’re Still Family’

There are as many definitions of “family” as there are, well, families. So cue up Sister Sledge and let’s start dancing! We are family … Get up everybody and sing!

Joe Guerriero, publisher of Human Events, claims that Jason Mattera didn’t get “the axe” from the publication. At least, not exactly. In addition to his radio program on WABC in New York, he will continue to have one foot in the door as he works as a “contributor.” But he’s moving on.

Part of what is pushing Mattera out the door is a clear desire for more of a celebrity status. Guerriero says Mattera expressed more interest in pursuing the “celebrity and author” side of working in media, rather than running a newsroom as an editor.

On Thursday FBDC broke the news that Mattera had been terminated from his role as Editor-at-Large of Human Events. Mattera, who has a new book out, apparently had an agreement with Guerriero to remain employed with the conservative weekly until the publicity tour for the book ended.

When asked if Mattera’s departure could be described as a termination, firing or dismissal… Read more

Human Events‘ Mattera Gets the Axe

Jason Mattera, editor-at-large for Human Events, was terminated last week. He has been replaced by conservative columnist David Harsanyi.

Mattera released a new book in mid-March. FBDC hears there was an agreement between he and Human Events‘ publisher Joe Guerriero to remain employed with the conservative weekly until the publicity tour for the book was complete. Evidently, the tour has ended.

Mattera’s dismissal comes on the heels of two other Human Events writers who no longer write for the publication. While Tony Lee was terminated,  Brian Darling‘s column was discontinued. Darling is employed with the Heritage Foundation.

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UPDATED Human Events Faces Shakeup, Layoffs

Cathy Taylor is barely four months into her gig as the editor of Human Events and the conservative weekly is already facing a massive shakeup under her leadership.

Taylor recently terminated Tony Lee who spearheaded the publication’s election blog and also dropped Brian H. Darling, a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a regular columnist for nearly four years. FishbowlDC hears there are more major changes on the horizon and possibly more layoffs.

Sources close to Human Events tell us Taylor is moving the news outlet, known for its hard right conservatism, into a more “big tent” direction with an emphasis on original reporting. There will be a relaunch of the paper product and website in mid April.

Despite not pulling in a profit, Human Events isn’t thought to be in financial trouble. It is funded by its parent company Eagle Publishing.

Dismissing Lee

Lee joined Human Events in late 2010. He was initially hired to report on politics and culture but moved into political analysis with the website’s launch of “The Chase,” an opinion blog on the Republican presidential field.

Lee faced long-term health issues before and during his tenure at Human Events. A source close to the publication told FishbowlDC that this was likely a major factor in his termination, but there was also a series of conflicts between him and Taylor regarding the direction of Human Events into more centrist territory. Multiple sources expressed doubt over Taylor’s bona fides as a conservative.

The New Direction

At the core of Human Event‘s makeover…

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Quotes of the DayTo the Right

Breaking bread with terrorists

“At an extravagant penthouse apartment in downtown Chicago, The Daily Caller dined with former terrorists Sunday night.” — The lede to The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein‘s story on Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson‘s dinner with former Weather Underground terrorists Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn. The Daily Caller posse included Carlson, Weinstein, Big Journalism Founder Andrew Breitbart, a Daily Caller contest winner (a female who, so far, remains anonymous) Carlson’s brother, Buckley, and Weekly Standard senior writer Matt Labash. Read the story here. Carlson also went on WMAL’s “Morning Majority”: “At one point Bernadine compared the United States to Nazi Germany because of course she did! … I am appalled by them, but she is smooth,” he said. Best line: “I’m sure I somehow caught Syphilis from that dinner.” Listen to the full interview here.

A question posed to Breitbart online: “What’s your favorite name you’ve been called on Twitter?” He replied, “‘Fat Reich Wing Fascist Racist Faggot’ is synthesis of the online leftist argument against me. Variations on that theme.”

Loesch to Washington for CPAC

“Looking forward to #CPAC12. This year I vow not to return with the plague.” — CNN Contributor and Big Journalism Editor Dana Loesch.

Red State and CNN’s Erick Erickson goes on a Fox News bender: “I have a fair number of haters across parties. I’m fair and balanced in that regard. Heh.”

Bio of the Day — Stephen Hayes: “I am not the guy who writes for the Daily Standard. So please stop sending me tea party stuff. I follow a variety of issues mostly nuclear or missile related.” (As D.C. journos know, Stephen Hayes writes for that right wing mag more commonly known as The Weekly Standard.)

Scribe is disgusted by coffee

“I don’t drink coffee, never have. I’ve had most of 2 cups in my life, couldn’t finish them & sips of all sorts of doctored versions. #Gross” — Townhall columnist and radio host Derek Hunter. Explaining further, he adds, “Coffee is warm, dirty water that you can’t make taste good. No matter what you add to it, the underlying flavor is warm, dirty water.” On a completely different note, Politico media blogger Dylan Byers tweets a story he wrote on a “Pew survey finds more media bias.” To which Hunter cracks, “Must’ve read your shit.” (Sidenote: Byers was scheduled to go on the Bill Press radio program this morning. He showed up FINALLY, but was extremely tardy. Stay tuned…we’ll inquire and see if he has any decent excuses. UPDATE: Byers overslept. Seriously, VandeHarris let you get Zzzzz’s? UPDATE 2: He had an iced coffee in tow, which means he was late and actually STOPPED for it.)

If Mattera were judge…

“If what this teacher is accused of is true, then he should be hung from his balls.” — Human EventsJason Mattera in regards to the LA teacher who was accused of spoon-feeding his semen to blindfolded students.

A journo’s latest addiction: hot chocolate

“Ok, given the slow trickle of results I think I have a few minutes to get some hot chocolate at 7-11. My latest addiction.” — The Examiner‘s Philip Klein.

 

 

Journos Bid Farewell to Rick Perry

In the past 24 hours we’ve been probing reporters about what they will miss most about Texas Gov. Rick Perry‘s Presidential campaign. Most knew within mere seconds. Enjoy!

MSNBC Political Analyst Karen Finney: “Rick Perry gave us some of the best debate moments of the cycle. I will miss his stammering, non-sensical, more bizarre than the thought of Newt in an ‘open’ marriage – moments.”

Politico‘s Roger Simon: “There was a Perry campaign?”

CNN Commentator Hilary Rosen: “I’ll miss the low expectations from the pundits before debates. No one is left to over-perform!”

NJ‘s White House and Congressional correspondent Major Garrett: “I will miss Perry saying ‘Luv you, brother.’ I’d never before heard a presidential campaign sound like the fraternity rush chairman right before the first Friday night keg is tapped.”

Q & A Celeb’s Colin Drummond: “Think I’ll miss his huge entourage who acted as if they were actually guarding the President.”

Informal Herman Cain advisor John Coale: “Being on the edge of my seat waiting to see what he says next.”

ReutersSam Youngman: “His debate performances, his smile and his, uh. His… uh, I’m sorry.”

Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg: “Since I don’t find bumbling incompetence quite as funny as everyone else seems to, not very damn much.”

BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith: “I will miss Rick Perry, a great retail pol who was a ton of fun to cover.”

TownHall.com and BigGov columnist Derek Hunter: “I would say I will miss 3 things and pretend to not remember the 3rd, but I can’t even think of the first 2 to pretend to forget the 3rd. You can’t miss flying on a plane that never really got off the ground. Perry was a great concept, but a horrible candidate who only seems ready to run when it was too late to matter.”

SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. Channel’s Julie Mason: “I have been unabashedly keening and lamenting this departure all damn day. The presidential campaign just got 65 percent less fun with 85 percent less charisma. I will leave assessments on hair to others.”

Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong: “Waiting for his next spectacular flub in the debates.”

Anonymous Capitol Hill reporter: “The mind numbing WTF moment that occurred every time he dove into the shallow end of foreign policy.”

Roll Call‘s HOH writer Neda Semnani: “I for one will miss his boots, Freedom and Liberty. Warren says he will miss his verbal face plants. I will just miss him in debates generally. But, let be serious, we will all miss his hair — his beautiful, beautiful hair that was obviously sculpted by angels.”

The Daily Caller‘s Jamie Weinstein: “Like everyone I think, I’ll miss his eloquence and erudition. And his hora proficiency.”

RealClearPoliticsErin McPike: “The self-deprecation. And I actually got an old-school back-slap from him when he was hustling into an Iowa event last month. His demeanor made for really good color, and that makes good copy.”

TWT Senior Opinion Editor Emily Miller: “I’ll miss Rick Perry scaring the heck out of everyone on Capitol Hill with his push for a part-time Congress.”

TWT‘s Anneke Green: “All we DC insiders are mourning the lost opportunity to be ruled again by the sovereign Republic of Texas. For three long years, we’ve suffered the abolishing of beer pong, cowboy boots-n-tuxes, and … and… What was the third one?”

SHannitysHair: “First and foremost, I will miss his GREAT hair. Seriously though, I will miss his conservative voice in the campaign….even though he tends to get tongue-tied at times. Who among us didn’t chuckle inside at his “oops” moment? There was one other thing I wanted to share. I forget. #oops”

Human EventsTony Lee: “His unpredictable Twitter feed, exclamation marks included. You never knew what he was going to tweet. He tweeted he was not quitting the race, a picture of himself at a shooting range, and even a challenge to CNN’s Peter Hamby to make the Perry running team.”

Yahoo! NewsChris Moody: “His campaign aides were always great about hanging out after events to shoot the breeze with reporters. They’ll be missed at the bar.”

From an unidentified WTOP management type, suit-wearing person: “Three things… the candor, the commercials… and… um, ahh”

Human EventsJason Mattera: “The blank stares and blonde moments.”

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

Another Day, Another Round of Sycophantic Love for Michelle Fields

FishbowlDC’s latest post on The Daily Caller’s Michelle Fields brought about another round of smears and attacks from her Republican friends. I can understand the reflexive defense of someone on the right. But what I can’t understand is how someone, anyone, can, after taking a moment to think about the criticism of her “work” as a “journalist,” could reach the conclusion that she is some new, exotic kind of journalist.

There are a few questions to ask yourself.

1) What is her “beat”? What does Michelle cover? It’s haphazard, at best. She goes to where liberals are and records herself asking them questions designed to elicit an outcome she knows she’ll get and wants. That’s not journalism, that’s activism. Which is fine, activism has its place, but it’s not journalism.

2) What stories has she broken? Not every story has to be Watergate or Presidents hooking up with interns, but they also can’t be “I was pushed by police.” Journalists cover stories, they don’t manufacture them.

3) What is the difference between what she’s doing for The Daily Caller and what she did for Students for Liberty? One is a news outlet, the other is an activist organization. The answer is easy – there is zero difference. She is still doing activism, it just has an outlet that lends it credibility.

Michelle is an activist, plain and simple. And not even a particularly interesting one. Has she ever written any pieces? More words have been written about her on The Daily Caller (making herself the story) than have been written by her. At least “ambush journalist” Jason Mattera confronts people in power and asks them questions the mainstream media won’t, like Vice President Joe Biden. That’s actual journalism. Michelle doesn’t seem to have an interest in doing things like that.

Redstate’s Erick Erickson is a partisan and an activist, but he breaks news too. He’s not afraid of the truth, even if it makes someone on his side look less than favorably. He’s not quite Bob Novak, but he’s not that far away either. Speaking of Novak, he was a partisan, but he did actual journalism. He had sources, he made phone calls, he got original information, all the things that used to be called “leg work” by journalists. Any many still do it.

Try to find Slate’s Dave Weigel or Kerry Pickett of TWT and you’ll discover that they’re in the field. They’re in Iowa, New Hampshire, political events, talking with newsmakers and breaking news. Look for Michelle and she’s at an insignificant press conference asking people to make a donation to the IRS on her iPad. No one in their right mind would do that, and it wasn’t even original. How many op-ed pieces had been written at that point telling Warren Buffet he could write a check to the government while he was asking for higher taxes?

I don’t mind a hack, I don’t care for unoriginal hacks.

Michelle isn’t the only activist masquerading as a “journalist.” The most noted example of this the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein.

For those of you on the right who want to mindlessly claim FishbowlDC is a left-wing hack site, explain why this site broke the Weigel JournoList story and defended publishing private emails attacking the very conservatives he was covering by saying “this is serious for a blogger who covers conservatives. We have a vested interest in knowing and informing that a conservative beat journalist has a clear and angry opposition to the subject of his reporting.”, the story of Klein briefing Chiefs of Staff of Senate Democrats, called out Politico for ignoring Andrew Breitbart’s scoop in the Weinergate scandal, and many more.

The answer is you can’t.

This is a website dedicated to covering the media, not exposing media bias or taking sides in the media battle. If that’s what you want, there are plenty of sites out there that do just that, and do it well. This isn’t one of them.

There is no agenda here, as much as both sides would like there to be because it would help them dismiss it. It wasn’t “gossip” that Klein briefed the Democratic staffers — he eventually had to admit and explain it in his own newspaper.

That, and many other stories we’ve covered, is how we ended up with our criticizing of Fields. As much as some on the right would like to endear themselves to her for whatever reason, if you get your news from her you are not getting news at all. You are getting the opinions of 22-year-old activist who hasn’t been out of college a full year. That Brian Lamb would take an hour to get her “insights” can only be described as a quest for young fanboy viewers or insight into a new form of journalism some actually find appalling. And shame on Lamb for not asking Fields tougher, challenging questions about her “journalism” that many in the field are wondering.

BigGov Contributor Dan Riehl, who would like to see Michelle in a wet T-shirt contest (pretty sexist, if you ask me), tweeted out a passionate defense of Michelle’s “I get my news from Facebook” attitude from America Power Blog. It’s a glowing review of her CSPAN interview that barely touches the content of the interview and ignores the concept. Unsurprisingly, Michelle thanked them for “the honest post.”

Last night Michelle, ever the modest person, tweeted out that her interview was the 4th most watched interview on CSPAN. Well, videos of kittens and men getting hit in the crotch get a lot of views too. That doesn’t make them “journalists.”

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