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Touré Calls Tucker Carlson Remarks ‘Brain Dead,’ Carlson Asks, ‘What’s a Touré?’

Touré, the Madonna figure of MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” took a moment to call remarks made by The Daily Caller and FNC “Fox & Friends” Co-host Tucker Carlson “brain dead” in a column by WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart. This morning’s subject matter involved a tweet by Clark Hennessy, Social Media Editor for The Daily Caller, who quipped that GOP Chairman Reince Priebus was the HNIC, in reference to lyrics by a rapper, Fashawn.

Capehart writes that blacks can use the phrase for a whole host of reasons but whites look strange if they do. “To use this phrase and not be black requires a level of cultural literacy that would be as rare as it would be impressive.” Hennessy is not black. He’s a native of New Zealand, who, as we reported previously, came to the publication about a week ago.

As the column moves on, it’s clear that Touré is Capehart’s go-to source. Capeheart notes that he asked Carlson about the tweeter’s identity and about what action, if any, was taken against Hennessy. He quotes Carlson’s entire email, which says in part,

“I realize it’s habit on the Left to hunt for racists under every bed, but you won’t find one here. The employee who wrote it was making a reference to his favorite hip hop song. Not everyone understood the allusion (including me), and — even worse — there was a typo in the tweet. So we deleted it. But the tweet certainly wasn’t intended to be malicious or racially-tinged. And by the way, isn’t Reince Priebus white?” 

Capehart then asks the nation’s leading expert on African American racial matters — 42-year-old Touré, of course — to react to Carlson’s statement. Touré’s qualifications on the matter include that he’s a music journalist and host of Fuse’s “Hiphop Shop.” Rev. Run from Run DMC officiated his wedding. He’s also the author of several books involving race, such as Soul City, Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now, and I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon. Speaking of racism, while at Emory, Touré founded a black student newspaper that has been critiqued by The Daily Caller as “militantly anti-white.”

And maybe in the most ironic twist of all, in August of 2012, Touré caused a stir by stating that by calling President Obama “angry,” GOP nominee Mitt Romney was tactically engaging in the “niggerization” of the president. Touré later issued an apology. The story was covered by the usual suspects — WaPo, Mediaite, Newsbusters, Breitbart.com and The Hollywood Gossip.

Capehart wrote,

“When I asked Toure for a reaction to Carlson’s response, he said that what’s ‘even more offensive is Tucker’s brain-dead ‘the left looks for racists under every bed,’ as if we’re here searching for racism. They love the idea that it’s we who mention racism who are the problem rather than racism itself being the problem.’”

Carlson’s reaction to all this?

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Quotes of the Day

“Writing is a socially acceptable form of getting naked in public.” — Rio-based author Paulo Coelho.

“Check out this dog’s two toned tongue – wasn’t easy to get pic of it.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Breakfast anyone?

“I just spit oatmeal out of my mouth. @Morning_Joe @morningmika @JoeNBC #deadlynecessity” — WaPo and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart this morning.

Blogger appreciates booze-free outings

“I heart impromptu escapades w/new & old pals that actually don’t leave you hungover.” — Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen. On May 29, she wrote, “At @BOURBONSTEAKDC drinking a G&T bc I freaking need one.”

Journo has advice for ex-Obama aide, journalists

“Time for my meds. Y’all have a good one. All except you, @davidaxelrod. Reflect. Ask yourself how much you’ll sacrifice for bromance.” — Former Reuters political reporter Sam Youngman. And this: “DC journos, break the cycle. Self-importance is an addiction. [NYT's Frank] Bruni’s column today is straight freaking heroin. Put it down. Back away.”

Kurtz clarifies what “no injuries” means

We thought CNN and Daily Download‘s Howard Kurtz was taking a little break from tweeting to smell the roses and breathe after parting ways with The Daily Beast amid a bunch of weird errors? Well, not really. On Saturday he felt some need to promote a WaPo story about a plane crashing into a Herndon apartment building. He wrote, “Incredible story (and picture) of Cessna crashing into a Virginia home and no one hurt. Just missed sleeping child.” Except that there were people hurt — at least two people, in fact. Kurtz corrected himself, writing, “Meant to say no one was killed when Cessna crashed into Virginia home. Three injured. But still a miracle if you look at the pictures.” The story reports that the pilot was seriously injured and that the passenger was treated for minor injuries on the scene. That adds up to two. A photo caption for the story does report that “authorities say” three people suffered minor injuries but the story doesn’t back that up. Scratching our heads on who that third injured person was, but glad that six WaPo reporters were on it.

Journo prefers “clueless” over “stupid”

“Email this morning: ‘You are either clueless or plain stupid.’ I opted for the former.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Uh oh.

“My roommate just wished me good luck as she left our apartment for her boyfriend’s place. Ugh. #death.” — Stacy Lambe, a male freelancer for VH1.

A convo between two journos… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“Hmm which to choose?” — ABC’s Martha Raddatz with accompanying photograph.

Reader explains “tricks” scribes use to avoid crediting others

On Friday, WaPo‘s Paul Farhi wrote a story on Politico pulling a video that featured Sen. Min. Leader Mitch McConnell‘s (R-Ky.) COS blowing them love kisses. Turns out may that be against Senate rules, as reported by Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner. So we wrote about Farhi’s failure to adequately cite Shiner and her story.

An Anonymous reader writes in…“Farhi’s failure to credit Roll Call: He use two of the oldest tricks in the book for skating past the explicit crediting of others: Don’t mention at top, but then mention the name of the news breaking organization without crediting them but attributing some small detail to their reporting. Fig leaf covered! The second dodge is when one your “friends” (your editor) tells you, “Farhi, you got beat on something!) Like the immaculate conception, if you hear it from someone else, then it is no longer breaking news!”

Important Question to Ponder: “Does Gray’s Anatomy have to be so bloody?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

The Observer

“Well, that was a new one: person in our row at Star Trek got up periodically throughout movie to do lunges in aisle.” — Anna Sproul-Latimer, literary agent.

S.E. Cupp finds perfect hamburger

“Found out the @innoutburger by LAX opens at 10:30 am. Plenty of time to grab a double-double animal style before my flight. #Worththetrip” — MSNBC’s S.E. Cupp.

Journo blows off steam

“Getting some aggression out at the driving range….” — Fox News Senate Producer Kara Rowland.

And another tries to recreate his heart attack

“Where is my ambulance? I think this is the widow maker – jk” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher.

Producer looks to Trumps for finer things in life

“Got fabulous @IvankaTrump shoes this wk & delicious wine from @trumpwinery last wk. They sure make some good stuff. @realDonaldTrump” — WMAL Executive Producer Heather Smith.

Guiding Sophia’s Light

“New Golden Rule 21st Century style: I will do To you before you can do it to me! I will burn you before you can break me. I ain’t no punk.” — Essence and theGrio‘s Sophia Nelson.

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: Mother’s Day at Nats Park w @LukeRsmom beer & dogs 1 price fixed brunch 0.

“Is this Fox News or National Inquirer?” — Rep.-elect Mark Sanford on Fox News Sunday.

Gayle King in leopard panties

“At dc gym w\ fav daughter kirby says your panties are showing I say so she says mom nobody wants to see that & they’re leopard! love kirby!” — CBS’ Gayle King.

The Observer

“Sitting at the bar. Watching a girl tweeze her eyebrows #saturdaynighthustle” — Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani.

Fish out of water

“At a party in Virginia with people who aren’t on the internet all week and haven’t seen all the important gifs. It’s weird. I mean a few of these people don’t even have smart phones.” — Adam Smith, communications director at Public Campaign and PC Action Fund.

Did someone say “fishbowl?

“Those who think we have to stay in the conservative fishbowl and swap ideas with only each other are KILLING this movement. #BlogCon13″ — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

Spotted at the 22nd St. Ritz on Saturday night….WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart with three undisclosed male companions headed to the bar.

A Mother’s Day warning

“Don’t burn down the house gentlemen.” — Chef Geoff Tracy, i.e. Mr. Norah O’Donnell.

And a more emotional reaction to Mother’s Day…

“Thinking about everything my mother has done for her children. yup, about to cry.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

A question an editor asks himself: “Have I really reached a point in my life where *I’m* the (only) one who thinks playing baseball inside the house is a bad idea?” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger.

Gossip and rumors

Stephanie Cutter was rumored to be heading to #CNN but got a better job: at Bank of America helping it dodge bank regulations.” — Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports and The Week.

TV journo gets cussed out

“VMAIL of the day: ‘Hey, jerk off. I don’t appreciate what you said about Ted Cruz. F—ing loser.’ I wonder what prompted that? Hmmm” — Capehart.

Reporter’s Phone Stalker Suggests He Sleeps With His Mom: ‘Yeah, She’s all Charm.’

It’s not easy being on TV, on Twitter and in the newspaper. At least in the sense of the weird stuff that happens by way of fans and critics. WaPo opinion columnist and MSNBC Contirbutor Jonathan Capehart speaks freely of a “phone stalker” who calls him and other reporters such as WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty and eats up countless space in their mail boxes.

On Twitter Wednesday Capehart wrote, “Great, the (212) 988-……phone stalker has rediscovered my number.” Some Capehart followers encouraged him to release the number so his fan club can retaliate. “I say u tweet the whole phone number and let us at him/her!! #fightfirewithfire,” wrote Tiffany, clearly on Team Capehart.

When asked about it, he explained to FishbowlDC, “Oh it’s some dame with a delightfully thick New Yawk accent who has been calling me (and others, including Karen Tumulty) for years. She runs out the voicemail with either Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or her ranting about how I’m finished, how I’m a black bigot who hates white people, or, how I hate women but sleep with my mother. Yeah, she’s all charm. “

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Quotes of the Day

“I don’t get this guy. Just strange movements. Weird. I just don’t get it.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinkski on Psy, the South Korean SMOKING rapper and dancer after the show ran a clip of Tommy LaSorda being perplexed and unamused by Psy performing some moves at Dodgers Stadium during a game.

Journo snoozes in White House briefing room

“When Jay Carney is 30 minutes late, I take naps in the briefing room.” — MetroWeekly‘s Justin Snow.

SOS: Tweeting and untweeting

“Dernit! how do you unretweet a tweet on this new version of twitter tweetdeck??” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

WHAT HAPPENS IN MEXICO STAYS IN MEXICO – “It’s an early morning call for the press and WH staff as we wait to load the charter for Obama’s trip to Mexico.” — NYT‘s Michael Shear with the accompanying photograph.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:07 a.m.

Crossing our fingers for Stephen Tschida’s new condo

“So I won the bidding war. Now I have to win over the condo board.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in his war quest to purchase a new condo. As some who have been following his saga know, the Condo Board on his last potential bid fell through because of his adorable dogs. Except…a few days ago he wrote, “Kids… holding my breath and waiting to put pen to paper… seller went for MY OFFER! enough of bidding wars… and *#%&@#! condo boards!” We agree and hope the new one isn’t reading this.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

Jonathan Capehart Goes Tieless

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, a man who rarely makes an appearance without being in full business attire, loosened up his tie Tuesday. In fact, he didn’t wear one at all, showing off some of his chest.

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Capehart joined the show by satellite from Miami. He was on to talk about Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who spoke at a tea party rally in his home state and referred to some of his Republican Senate colleagues as “squishes.” Leading the discussion was an op-ed by Capehart’s colleague Jennifer Rubin that said Cruz should quit being “a jerk.”

Capehart remarked, “If there’s bipartisan agreement on Capitol Hill it’s that Senator Cruz is a bit of a jerk. Well, maybe not a bit of a jerk. He is a jerk. Democrats don’t like him and Republicans can’t stand him.”

Asked about his tieless appearance by email, Capehart said, “LOL. It was the last morning of my nerd prom-escape vacation.” He added: I usually travel with a spare shirt and tie just in case. This time I thought, ‘Oh, Capehart, let go. Nothing will happen in the short time you’re away.’ So I blame Jason Collins for my state of undress this morning.”

Gay Journo Has Virgin SCOTUS Experience

Justin Snow had never covered a Supreme Court case or even been inside the building until this week, when the justices heard arguments on two separate cases regarding same-sex marriage. Perfect timing, if a little overwhelming, for someone who has been with the gay magazine Metro Weekly for not even a year.

Electronic devices aren’t allowed in the courtroom, a particularly challenging rule for journalists who rely on tape recorders and (more and more often) their smartphones to take notes and, you know, report. Snow told FishbowlDC that was the hardest part in covering the hearings. “Selecting what I think are the key statements,” he said, “while feverishly taking notes and then working them into a story for the Web before transcripts or audio is released of the proceedings.”

The other hard part: “Because I’m not a lawyer, sometimes deciphering the legal jargon can be a challenge.”

Like WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Snow, who is also gay, gets his fair share of anti-gay tweets. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

POLITICO TAKEOVER: Aside from Mike Barnicle and WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, “Morning Joe” had three Politico employees on set today. They included Executive Editor Jim VandeHei, and reporters Maggie Haberman and Mike Allen.

Dare to dream

“If I could get one less email a day calling me the c-word I would be happy.” — Progressive talk radio host Stephanie Miller appearing on CNN Wednesday night.

Predawn Politico Playbook Publish Time: 4:50 a.m.

Journo Love

“When I did @CNN this morning w/ @rolandsmartin I didn’t yet realize I was sitting next to @NABJ’s Journalist of the Year. Congrats my man!” — National Journal‘s Chris Frates, who’s also apparently sporting a mullet lately. Indeed, as reported by Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince, Roland Martin has been named the National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year. The award will be presented to him at the national convention in Orlando in August. Martin was previously awarded the organization’s President’s award.

Pundit has issues on Acela

“To the snoring asshat sitting next to me on the Acela: I’m going to do to you what I used to do to my ex when he snored & you won’t like it.” — MSNBC Contributor Jimmy Williams.

First World Problems: Maddow or Morgan? 

“Having a tough time deciding between Maddow and Piers right now. Two totally different shows. No DVR. Who. Will. Win?” — BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw, who subsequently had these big thoughts on cable news: “Jay Leno should go to Fox News. Matt Lauer should go to CNN. Alex Wagner should go to 7pm. I should take the day off.”

Forget writer’s block…

“Experiencing serious case of Twitter block. Nothing funny or interesting to say about Ashley Judd.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Harshness is…

“That sound you hear is 10,000 political hacks unfollowing @AshleyJudd” — Politico‘s Ben White.

WaPo’s Capehart Faces Anti-Gay Tweets Ahead of Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Supreme Court hearings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s same-sex marriage ban will dominate much of the week’s news cycle. They’re hot-button topics which inevitably bring out the crazies.

“ARE U THAT MSNBC HOMOSEXUAL , ARE U A PITCHER OR A CATCHER. HA” one Twitter user said to WaPo columnist and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart Monday night. Capehart, who is openly gay, retweeted the remark and added, “Bigots on parade so late? Buhbye,” he said.

A separate follower of Capehart’s said he should stop retweeting negative comments because it “encourage[s] the ugly.” Capehart said he retweets them to “expose the ugly.”

“The anti-gay tweets appear at least a few times a week, but especially after I write something gay related,” Capehart told FishbowlDC. Indeed, the offending tweet came after… Read more

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