On Jon Stewart‘s position as a social critic with a sizeable following among young people, McCain said, ”Listen, he’s a very entertaining and funny guy. When he says things which he’s entitled to – after all he is a late night comic – that are absolutely wrong, he gets away with it and it is what it is. I frankly have no beef with late night comedians who make fun of politicians. That’s the nature of the business. I do resent when respected commentators who are columnists particularly say things that absolutely are contradicted by the facts, like, ‘Oh well, we wanted to leave a force behind in Iraq but the Iraqi’s wouldn’t take it.’ That’s just wrong.” Read more
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Hillary Clinton sat down with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” last night as part of her media blitz surrounding the Hard Choices of her time as Secretary of State.
Stewart began the interview by saying, ”It’s an incredibly complex, and well-reasoned, and eye-witness view to the history of those four years. I think I speak for everybody when I say, ‘No one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for President’.”
The former First Lady went on to take a career aptitude test administered by Stewart to see whether she’s suited for a term as president.
The test touched on whether Clinton prefers commuting to work or having a home office, that home office would have corners or be rounded, and whether she prefers to sit in or cause traffic.
For the results, and the rest of her commentary, see the below videos of Clinton’s latest “Daily Show” appearance.
Part 2 after the jump. Read more
Tune in tonight at 11 p.m. for Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as the latest stop on her never-ending media blitz for her book Hard Choices.
This will be the former Secretary of State’s third appearance on the program, having appeared in 2003 while a Senator of New York and in 2008 during her presidential campaign.
It appears Jonathan Topaz missed Dylan Byers‘ memo on the Hannity-Stewart (or Stewart-Hannity, depending on your school of though) feud this morning. A mere 13 minutes after Byers declared it over, Topaz claimed it had gone nuclear. We suppose both could be true -the feud could have ended because it went nuclear, a la some Cold War-style mutually-assured destruction. Does that mean the Fox News and Comedy Central studios are now deep in nuclear winter? Suppose we’ll find out tonight…
Saying these 17 phrases may make others despise you: BuzzFeed Fellow (BuzzFeed has a fellow?) Adam Ellis made a contribution to society with his list of 17 misused and made-up phrases that people say all the time. Each of these pseudo-phrases is a terrible bastardization of an actual saying. Unfortunately the real phrases appear to be on the way out, while talking like a goon is becoming more and more popular.
Why you should read it: Double check and make sure you’re not one of those people who says things like ‘ostrich-sized,’ thinking it means something other than the size of an ostrich. Read more here.
Fox News host apologizes, finally understands ‘parody’: Yesterday, LAT’s Meredith Blake reported that Fox News’ host, Anna Kooiman, officially apologized for saying that that President Obama would personally pay out of pocket to keep the International Museum of Muslim Cultures open during the government shutdown. The false report was originally derived from a parody story that came out of the National Report, a satirical news site that’s worth checking out for a laugh and some fake news.
Why you should read it: Because you should read exactly how Kooiman and her producers swallowed their pride and made her tweet an apology, like a grown up. Except she didn’t actually admit what she was apologizing for. Stay tuned for that (we think) this weekend. Read more here.
Follow the jump for Jon Stewart’s accusations against of the Secretary of H.H.S….
GQ celebrated the release of its fall/winter issue last night with a soiree at The Huxley featuring “Style Guy” Glenn O’Brien. The event was hosted by Robert Finfer, Founder and CEO of Integrity Capital Partners and Co-Founder of Tomahawk Capital, LLC.
Dropping in on a cocktail party attended by a well-known fashion/style critic, we expected to see guests decked out in their finest attire. And we did. But we also spotted a few questionable choices, like a sequined dress that didn’t fit so well (pictured right).
That’s neither here nor there.
FishbowlDC sat down with O’Brien himself for a quick Q&A to get his expertise on style in the news media world.
FBDC: Who’s the best-dressed man or woman in news media?… Read more
Slate‘s Dave Weigel committed the cardinal sin of modern politics. He asked Twitter to calm down.
During President Obama‘s taped appearance on the Daily Show Thursday, two White House pool reports were dispatched with quotes from his interview with Jon Stewart. Here’s a quote from the first report:
On Benghazi, Potus said: “Every piece of information that we get, as we got it we laid it out to the American people. The picture eventually gets fully filled in.” Potus also said: “Here’s what I’ll say. When four Americans get killed, it’s not optimal. We’re going to fix it. All of it.”
With Obama describing the death of four Americans as “not optimal,” Twitter lit up like Marion Barry on a Friday morning. Some conservatives saw the report and claimed Obama was minimizing the deaths.
Then the calm and cool Weigel threw himself into the fray at his own peril. “The political Twitterverse is now debating what was said in a TV interview it has not seen, based on pool report only a few have seen,” he tweeted.
A second report was sent out, this time detailing the exchange between Stewart and Obama. This report included Stewart’s question and revealed it was actually him who initially used the word “optimal,” though in a different context. Stewart had asked if the White House’s response to the attack on a U.S. embassy was “optimal.”
Weigel followed up, “What we need: More campaigns/media hyperventilating about out-of-context shit that collapses under scrutiny.”
And with that, he became the target. Conservative blogger “Sooper Mexican” wrote up a post on Weigel’s dismissive tweets. He compared them to jokes Weigel made on Twitter about GOP Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney‘s “binders full of women” remark in the debate this week. “Infamous Journolister Dave Weigel Thinks ‘Not Optimal’ Controversy is Stupid, Loves ‘Binders’ Snark!” blared the headline, suggesting Weigel is biased against Romney.
The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher tweeted out a link to the post and retweeted others who were mocking Weigel. Asked in an email if Romney’s “binders” remark compares to Obama’s “optimal” comment, Treacher said “Weigel’s job is to tell you what isn’t news.”
Breitbart‘s John Nolte jumped in yesterday, too. “Hey everyone, Dave Weigel doesn’t want us making issue out of Obama MINIMIZING deaths of four Americans. So stop it now!”
Weigel told FishbowlDC… Read more
Walking into the Breitbart Embassy last night was sort of what one imagines walking into Michael Jackson‘s old home: Stationed in the living room was an ice cream stand with the Good Humor man. Outside was a petting zoo with ducks, bunnies, an alpaca and a tiny horse. And walking around the whole house was Nancy Leonard, an accordionist dressed in traditional Swiss clothing, who prides herself on being able to walk and play music at the same time.
“Do you know what the difference between an accordionist and an entertainer is?” Leonard asked FishbowlDC. “An entertainer can walk and play. Most accordionists have to sit and read the music.”
Leonard is a former breast implant specialist for the FDA. “I helped all kinds of people,” she said. “I helped men, women, transvestites… anybody.”
Also roaming around the zoo was former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.).
The Embassy was hosting a party for FNC The Five‘s Greg Gutfeld who has a book coming out next month. Gutfeld’s book, The Joy of Hate, is dedicated to the late Andrew Breitbart. It’s a commentary on the knee-jerk reaction people have to cry foul at anything and everything. Gutfeld said young and old people as well as “people that are not young or old” should read the book.
Party invitations inexplicably featured an old ’90s TV screenshot of Gutfeld from when he worked for Men’s Health. In the photograph, a buff Gutfeld is in a tank top and has a high-top haircut. “How dare you,” he said when we brought it up.
More Gutfeld and pictures…
In the latest video feature from The Hill’s
Howiella Judy Kurtz, the publication rolls out the red carpet and takes us to Tinseltown for their “Red Carpet Rundown.” I’ll give credit where it’s due: Judy is comfortable in front of the camera and does a decent job of delivering her content. Everything else, however, is a different story. For starters, can they not get a better backdrop? Obviously, those aren’t REAL lights and cameras. It’s a green screen. Hell, they could have put ANYTHING back there. Personally, just a giant Howard Kurtz head would have made me watch a lot longer.
Secondly, what’s with the content? This whole thing gets teed up like it’s the frigging Oscars and she mentions a book party that The Daily Caller is having for it’s new book about President Obama being a lizard or something like that. That’s what she LEADS with. The followup is the story about those two little media personalities known as Jon Stewart and Bill O’Reilly. Good idea to bury that item. Then again, it’s not like she gives ANY new info on the event they are having. We are told when and where the event takes place, but that was news two weeks ago. Oh, but she also tells us that they plan to “debate political issues.” No shit? They’re debating politics? Those two guys? Weird. I figured they were going to have an extended banjo-picking jam session.
Talking to a chair is hardly ever a good idea. In the course of the last year, the act has been pulled by a handful of media types and each time, it flops.
Last night actor and film director Clint Eastwood was the latest to give the talking-to-an-empty-chair routine a whirl. He did it on the final evening of the Republican National Convention, just before Mitt Romney officially became the party’s nominee for president. How fitting.
Standing at the podium, Eastwood motioned to the empty chair next to him and said he brought President Obama. He then entered into a monologue that got a few laughs but was mostly perceived as bizarre.
Ann Romney appeared on CBS this morning to talk about the convention. “He did a unique thing,” she said of Eastwood’s speech while laughing uncomfortably.
“Bill Clinton introducing Michael Dukakis just went to a distant second place as a bizarre moment,” NBC’s Tom Brokaw told Politico. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, meanwhile, said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that Eastwood’s speech made him “cringe.”
Then again, this was an 82-year-old man giving an unscripted speech. And the empty-chair routine is a proven bust.
Back in March, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was set to interview Craig Sonner, the lawyer representing Florida Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman. Sonner bailed at the last minute. Rather than bringing on a contributor who might be on standby or moving to the next segment, O’Donnell asked the chair a series of questions, including: “Who is paying you? Who hired you?” and “Does George Zimmerman have a job?”
Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart noted the stupidity, saying he knows many people in New York City who talk to chairs and “none of them have TV shows.”
Two days later Thomas Roberts, also an anchor on MSNBC, had intended to interview Maggie Gallager, spokeswoman for the National Organization for Marriage. Roberts was unable to make the segment. But guess who was? Read more