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Not All Conservatives Blast Bill Press

When conservatives don’t like liberal radio and TV personality Bill Press they like to razz him by saying didn’t even realize he was still on air. But this morning, in a case of odd bedfellows, Neal Bortz, a libertarian radio host out of Naples, Fla. and Atlanta, declared his agreement with Press, saying on Twitter,”I completely agree with Bill Press @bpshow about the National Anthem. It IS an abomination.”

Meanwhile, conservative commentator and bestselling author Michelle Malkin went on Fox & Friends to blast Press’s stance against the Star-Spangled Banner. After they played the clip in which Press says the song is two octaves too high, Malkin eviscerates him.

“I didn’t realize Bill Press was still on the air,” she snapped. “I think the last time he was relevant was when Bill Clinton was in office. …I think it’s a desperate attempt for attention…I think there’s a teachable moment there about how much hostility these people [presumably liberals] have for patriotism in this country. You know what, Bill Press? Go ahead and compose the moral equivalent of the apologist’s citizen of the world anthem and see how many people sing that at the next baseball game. Good luck with that, man!”

Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson also thinks this is a “teachable moment.” She pointed out that when she teaches the words of the anthem to her children (she really does this?) that she doesn’t stop to explain to them that other nation’s are also brave in response to the line “home of the brave.” She added, “Let’s say and sing these words with dignity, but that’s just me.”

Michelle Malkin Swiftly Handles Journo Hate

“I hate dullards.” — bestselling author and conservative commentator Michelle Malkin in response to a follower who pondered, “One wonders why @michellemalkin is so full of hate.”

We’re always impressed with how Malkin handles the seemingly never ending gusts of hatred that come her and other journalists way.

And just this morning she tackled this follower who assessed her looks. “Is it just me or is @michellemalkin starting to actually look like the witch that she is?” She replied, “It’s just you.”

Mediaite’s Family Circus

The good folks over at Mediaite sure had a fantastic Memorial Day weekend. And by fantastic, we mean they stuck their heads in a meat grinder and pressed the on button. No, no, that’s not exactly true. What they actually did was engage in warfare with The Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain over whether she’s an overbearing bully who brings problems upon her victimy self or whether she’s just a buxom girl-next-door type who has listened to Madonna’s “Express Yourself” one too many times. They recapped and recapped and recapped. And they imploded on one another. Does a certain workplace need to retreat to the woods for some trust exercises led by the well-coiffed Dan Abrams?

Let’s recap, shall we?

Thursday May 24, 2012: Meghan appears on MSNBC’s Al Sharpton‘s program and maligns both conservative commentator Michelle Malkin and the late Andrew Breitbart. She says they “exacerbate people’s fears.” Breitbart is dead, but don’t let that detract from the importance of her point.

That same day, Mediaite‘s sharp-tongued Frances Martel writes a recap of the program, specifically pointing to the inappropriateness of McCain conjuring up the deceased Breitbart at a time like this.

Friday May 25, 2012: Mediaite‘s Noah Rothman, labeled as the site’s resident conservative, insists McCain is no victim. Rothman details all the Republicans McCain has publicly slashed: Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren for bringing Lindsay Lohan to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich, wife, Callista, and another GOP hopeful Rick Santorum to name a few.

Mediaite’s Frances Martel and Noah Rothman

At this point Mediaite‘s resident liberal and White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher takes to Twitter to defend Meghan, calling Noah’s piece “garbage.” Abrams chimes in, “Is it sadistic that I kind of love that @mediaite’s @tommyxtopher is taking on @mediaite’s @noah_c_rothman on twitter?” (Coming up: Abrams will report on his own apparently hilarious tweet.)

Saturday May 26, 2012: This was a big day. Meghan publishes a column in the Beast at 4:45 a.m. entitled “Cut it out Internet Bullies!” in which she emotes about the Republican Party treating her “like a freak.” The column was in response to her appearance on Sharpton’s show and details the many piercing insults she received which included “fat pig” and a suggestion that she kill herself with a cocktail of pills and booze.

By far the grandest part of the day arrives at 7:29 p.m. because that’s when Abrams of Dan Abrams’ Mediaite (oh, please don’t get mad at me for writing that!) decided to get all up in McCain’s well-moisturized face and tell her what’s what. Abrams, also well moisturized, was irate that McCain dared to refer to Mediaite as “Dan Abrams’ Mediaite” in her “Bullies” column. Whoa! How insulting. He insists anyone who’s anyone knows he doesn’t do jack for the site on a daily basis. In fact, his uninvolvement is palpable: “It’s well known that I do not edit the site,” he wrote, explaining that it’s insulting to his writers on his site to suggest as much. To exact revenge for her daring to give him ownership of his own site (that he owns), he said he purposely demeaned her by calling her “John McCain’s daughter Meghan.” Daughter of a Senator. Former Presidential hopeful. Tortured Vietnam vet. The horror. With Memorial Day coming up, this was, to say the least, touching. Abrams also provided a roundup of what happened so people reading this saga for the 5000th time could understand what was happening.

Monday May 28, 2012: By no means was the long weekend over. On Monday night at 7:26 p.m. we were treated to yet another roundup from Christopher, who challenged his boss, — um, Abrams? — by once again defending McCain. Headline: “McCain is not a ‘bully’ who ‘looks for fights.’” He also touches on Breitbart and declares that he’s 100 percent certain that if he was alive he would not have responded to McCain by calling her a “fat, clueless, whore.” We’re 100 percent certain Breitbart would’ve liked that line. Christopher’s piece takes on fairytale tones as he declares the young maiden McCain a “beautiful young woman” and calls that a “fact.” If nothing else in all this is clear, it’s this: Christopher will defend McCain to his dying day. Think sword fights and armor. Cannons. Buckets of PETA blood. Whatever it takes. Christopher, who likes to personalize his pieces, remarked that McCain’s body issues strike personal chords within him.  He doesn’t say what — and yes, are we dying to know, does it remind him of his once gangrene-laden liver? — but he says it’s especially personal to him.

“What makes this especially personal for me, though, and one of the reasons I’ve admired Meg since long before we became friends, is that the kind of attacks that Meg has had to endure also promote ideas about body image that are tangibly harmful to girls and young women. Meg’s defiance in the face of these assaults strikes a blow for them, and the example she sets is more valuable than any 10 cable news talking heads.”

And this concludes Mediaite‘s Memorial Day 2012. Now how about those trust exercises?

How Can I Make It About Me?

Understandably, conservatives are coming out in droves to condemn Hustler magazine for publishing an altered, explicit photograph of conservative commentator S.E. Cupp. “What would S.E. Cupp look like with a [d**k] in her mouth?” the headline over the photograph reads.

Author Michelle Malkin is here to let us know in a tweet today that she’s been there, done that.

 

CNN’s Hilary Rosen: ‘I am a Sea of Calm’

In case you thought you were having night terrors last night, CNN Democratic Commentator and SKDKnickerbocker Managing Director Hilary Rosen really did go off on would-be first lady Ann Romney in a late-night Twitter rant. Soon enough the Twittersphere exploded and Romney jumped in to defend herself. “I am a sea of calm in the storm,” Rosen wrote to FishbowlDC just after midnight after we asked how she was faring. The fire ignited on “AC360″ Wednesday night when Rosen said she “wished Mitt Romney wasn’t using his wife as a guide to women’s economic struggles because she had never worked a day in her life.”

President Obama‘s top campaign advisor David Axelrod wasn’t pleased. He wrote on Twitter, “Disappointed in Hilary Rosen’s comments about Ann Romney. They were inappropriate and offensive.” And Jim Messina, Obama’s campaign manager, concurred: “I couldn’t disagree w/Hilary Rosen any more strongly. Her comments were wrong+family should be off limits. She shld apologize.” In a strange twist to this already odd evening, at 11:15 p.m. Rosen published a story on HuffPost. Suffice it to say Rosen, who cares for two children by herself, doesn’t have horses or an elevator in her home.

It all began innocently enough…

7:46 p.m. I’ll be on @AC360 with @andersoncooper tonight at 8:30 on Romney and the women’s vote. Does he even know what Lily Ledbetter Act is? #CNN

Things start to heat up.

9:55 p.m. When I said @AC360 Ann Romney never worked I meant she never had to care for her kids AND earn a paycheck like MOST American women! #Truth

9:59 p.m.: Mitt Romney is running for President, not Ann. He hired only 10%women at Bain; now makes up false concern for women’s economic struggle.

She trys to make nice. A little.

10:09 p.m.: I’ve nothing against @AnnRomney. I just don’t want Mitt using her as an expert on women struggling $ to support their family. She isn’t.

Her harsh conclusion…

10:11 p.m. @donnapt My point is that he should stop saying that she is his guide to women’s economic problems. She doesn’t have any. #IsntItObvious?

It’s not over. Things turn weird as she welcomes Ann to Twitter…

10:46 p.m. Ann Romney joins Twitter and issues her first and only message of the night: “I made a choice to stay home and raise five boys. Believe me, it was hard work.” By 11:46 Ann Romney had 4, 265 followers.

10:56 p.m. “@AnnDRomney I am raising children too. But most young American women HAVE to BOTH earn a living AND raise children. You know that don’t u?”

11:02 p.m. @AnnDRomney Please know, I admire you. But your husband shouldn’t say you are his expert on women and the economy. #HeNeedsMore

11:06 p.m. Oh and @AnnDRomney welcome to Twitter. You will find it a very exhilarating and often unforgiving place!

11:15 p.m. Rosen publishes a story on HuffPost. She doesn’t apologize.

The backlash from the right was swift…

“According to Leftist rules: Every Democrat on television this week should be asked if they agree with Hilary Rosen.” — Lee Doren, Washington D.C. author of Please Enroll Responsibly.

@SalaciousSully: “Honestly, this @hilaryr broad MUST work for Romney. His support has gone up hugely in the past few hours because of her!” (Former Right Girl who describes herself as “the classiest asshole you’ve ever seen.”)

Members of the Media React

  • “Fact that Axelrod repudiated Hilary Rosen CNN attack on Ann Romney says it all: HR is not an Obama advisor but is biz partner of one.” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman.
  • “Axelrod & Messina have made Hilary Rosen comments into a story. Did they need to react to talking head?” — Daily Mail Online‘s Toby Harnden.
  • Anonymous right-leaning journo tells FBDC: “It’s a total bullshit point my side is trying to score, but it will be ridden like a rented mule on FNC.”
  • “I’m waiting for Bill Maher to criticize Hilary Rosen.” — NRO Contributor Greg Pollowitz.
  • “Hilary Rosen makes me glad I (mostly) say all my stupid crap in private.” — Philadelphia Inquirer political writer Tom Fitzgerald.
  • Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch: “Rosen works at same PR firm run by former Obama comm director that also reps Fluke. Total collapse of orchestration. #waronwomen #waronmoms”
  • Hot Air’s Michelle Malkin: “By attacking @AnnDRomney, @hilaryr managed to do what hadn’t been poss. before tonight: Uniting the Right behind Romney. Heckuva job, Hil.”
  • HuffPost‘s Sam Stein took a decidedly lighthearted tone in his reaction: “History will show that the election was lost tonight by Hilary Rosen.”
  • And ReutersSam Youngman‘s reaction was of a similar vein: “Upside of today’s battle in the war for women? Easy reminder to call mom.”

 

Sunday Hate

Our hat is off to how consistently smooth Hot Air’s Michelle Malkin is with her detractors. See how Malkin handles “Tataheadful.”

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

On the Red Carpet: The media throng at the Newseum last night for the screening of “Game Change” was decidedly well behaved. More on the evening later…

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough’s Morning Oops!

“Of course, Tom Cruise was there, Julianne Moore.” — Scarborough on “Morning Joe” this morning regarding last night’s screening. Game Change co-author Mark Halperin was on hand to correct him. Scarborough brushed it off, saying, “Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks. Come on, it’s all the same thing.”

Journo Love

“Was psyched to see @chris_moody on CNN, but then they used an egg timer and buzzer to cut him off.” — TPM‘s Benjy Sarlin referencing Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

Fox News Poster Boy

“I’m thinking about being fair, balanced, and unafraid today. You?” — a follower to FNC’s Bret Baier. To which he replied and, of course, retweeted, “Always.”

Question for us all to ponder…Which Washington journo bears the nickname “Squirrel Boy“?

From the Road

“DFW might be the biggest airport I’ve ever seen. Feels like I just rode terminal transit car from Dallas to Ft Worth.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz.

Cupp and Malkin refuse Olbermann’s apology

“.@secupp and I to @keitholbermann: Take your phony, belated, insult-laden apology and shove it.” — HotAir’s Michelle Malkin. Read the Mediaite write-up here.

Reporter covers possible attempted suicide on Twitter

“@wmata: At this time, trains are bypassing Foggy Bottom due to person struck by train.” — “ow ironically, #WMATA board talking about suicides on transit system, as person stuck under a train in apparent attempt.” — Washington Examiner transportation reporter Kytja Weir. “#WMATA plans to have 800 number posted for suicidal riders, DC -made calls would activate DC team, elsewhere alert others.”

What the hell CNN?

“Memo to @CNN: Why wasn’t my team sent to cover prince Harry in the Caribbean?! #justsayin” — CNN’s Brooke Baldwin.

WaPo scribe down on SXSW

“Oh good. SXSW. Or: Week When Twitter Becomes Insufferable Cascade of Techno-Sanctimony & Interactive Backwash. Insniders (cq) unite!” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Rolling Stone writer annoys himself

“So yeah I deleted that last tweet because I was starting to annoy myself.” – Rolling Stone‘s Michael Hastings.

HuffPost Hill‘s Eliot Nelson‘s ingenious albeit violent idea: “If I could smother Twitter with a pillow right now, I would.”

Modern Journo Mysteries

“Things I don’t get: People who have ‘political junkie’ in their bio who unfollow me after I tweet exit polls.” — NJ‘s Ethan Klapper.

Editor introduces new word into zeitgeist: ‘fartknocker’

“Keep in mind kids, we must unite after primaries. I hope to not personally dislike ppl because they acted like a fartknocker for their guy.” — Big Journalism Editor and CNN Contributor Dana Loesch.

What’s all the fuss about outside NPR?

“Random cheering and shouting outside NPR HQ. Is it a) someone really excited about #azprimary; b) random DC protest; c) a pack of Caps fans?” — NPR interactive designer Alyson Hurt. NPR PR has gotten back to us and is getting to the bottom of it. Stay tuned…They not one hundred percent on it, but they suspect it was Caps Fans — the team won in overtime.

Conservative scribe subjects himself to night of MSNBC

“I feel like living on the edge tonight. As such, I just ate and am going to flip to MSNBC. Pray for me. #Caring” — Townhall.com Contributor and occasional WMAL radio host Derek Hunter.

Malkin handles unseemly follower

Let’s face it. Some followers can be a–holes. After one remarked, “God MM just go away!” HotAir’s Michelle Malkin replied, “Welcome to Twitter. Meet the unfollow button.”

Ron Paul and media coverage

After Politico‘s Jonathan Martin said Ron Paul got an awful lot of attention for a guy who keeps losing, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike remarked, “Eh, the media just got really, really sick of all the hate mail and the nasty comments from his supporters.”

Roll Call tweaks Ann Romney Speech

“Ann Romney just won an Oscar, apparently.” — Roll Call in an unusually snappy tweet late last night after Ann took to the airwaves to discuss the tip of her Mitt as her hubby somehow scored Michigan.

Baier Vomit

A follower writes, “Thanks for the great coverage tonight Bret.” FNC’s Bret Baier retweets the compliment and says, “We’re trying hard ;) ”  While we like Baier’s relentless determination to respond to every yahoo that writes him, retweeting compliments is nauseating.

Necessary Quote of the Day

“Bugg is benevolent. Bugg is wise. Bugg eats pie for breakfast.” — Metro Weekly‘s Randy Shulman, who is of course referring to Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg. Bugg, where are you these days? Strawberry Lane?

What’s missing from Romney’s campaign?

“There’s not a lot of poetry in his campaign. It’s who he is.” — NBC “MTP” host David Gregory on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day — the Chris Christie “No Means No” Edition


Mitch Daniels makes his announcement in a printed statement to Indy Star, while Chris Christie holds a press conference fit for Broadway.” — NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.

“It is time to ring the Gong Show gong on the Christie press conference.” — Syndicated conservative columnist Michelle Malkin.

“Doesn’t this guy have a state to run or something?” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, who added, “It’s over. MSNBC wins. 43 minutes over non stop coverage and then, done.” (Note to readers: Fox News bailed on the Christie presser first. Then CNN. MSNBC last.)

“Dear Gov. Christie, I can’t start writing until you stop talking. 1:49pm.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

“Christie’s plan becoming clear: Keep talking until 2016.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman.

“Unfortunately for him, since he seems to be a nice guy, Christie is demonstrating why he would’ve made a lousy candidate.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

“Chris Christie is displaying some serious first-name familiarity with the national press corps.” — ABC’s Rick Klein.

“Length of this oratory suggests Christie may be considering a run for Senate.” — The Takeaway’s Congressional radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

“What’s not to love about a governor who insults reporters on natl TV? My favorite moment.” — PBS’s Gwen Ifill.

Christie is NOT running for Prez in Dutch: “#Christie volgde vooral z’n gevoel, ondanks vele smeekbedes van de partij en de gewone man: ‘It never felt right, in my gut, to leave now.’”

“Breaking news: Chris Christie still not running for President. Chevy Chase –where are you when we need you?” — The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel.

“Chris Christie: All of Donald Trump‘s humility. Better hair.” — Democratic consultant Mo Elleithee.  And this: “Okay guys just 12 more questions.”

“Christie doesn’t kiss-and-tell w/ Mrs. Reagan.” — National Review Online’s Kathryn Lopez.

“Now that Christie is definitively out, let’s all resolve to stop asking him if he’s running. At least until November.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing.

“Christie LOVES this. Just keeps taking questions…” — WaPo “The Fix’s” Chris Cillizza.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day

JOURNO LOVE – MSNBC “Morning Joe” C0-host Mika Brzezinksi: “Congrats @NorahODonnell!!” O’Donnell recently made the move from NBC to CBS where she is Chief White House Correspondent.

Just us gals

“Recess = @jasonjdick and I chat about hair conditioner in the office at 4 p.m.” — Roll Call Features Editor Ryan Beckwith in a Thursday tweet. This is a pretty upscale brand if they’re looking for quality.

Distracted publicist

“I have to start paying attention to traffic signals. Almost been run over twice today.” — Publicist and former ABC “This Week” employee Courtney Cohen in a Thursday tweet. Yesterday we reported that Cohen returned a moldy onion to Whole Foods.

Hazy defends his network’s honor

“Um, so that’s #MSNBC *not* MNSBC.” — The Nation‘s Editor-at-Large and Boy Band member Chris Hayes in a Thursday tweet to a follower who wrote MNSBC when suggesting a name title for his weekend MSNBC program. The suggestion: “The Hangover.”

Blinking headline catches Malkin’s eye

“Yow. Drudge’s headline on the Dow plunge is *blinking.* Is this a first?” — Conservative syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin in a Thursday tweet.

Uh oh.

“This is a really s^%$y time for Comcast to be dropping my internet connection.” — Albuquerque Journal D.C. Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Thursday tweet.

Defiant spelling mistake

“Just misspelled Washington. It’s now ‘Washing-tron.’ I think it’s an improvement, and don’t see the need in changing it.” — TBDer Jeremy Binckes in a Thursday tweet.

Amateur food critic recommends…

“Highly recommend the black bean burger @chefgeoffs downtown.” — GreenwiresJeremy Jacobs in a Thursday tweet.

Words to live by…

“@FishbowlDC when was #DC about anything other than self-promotion?” — Occasional blogger Brendan Kownacki in a Thursday tweet.

Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s exchange is between conservative writer Derek Hunter and MSNBC’s Hayes. Enjoy.

Hunter: “Before @MSNBC creates a weekend program for WH spouse @ChrisLHayes shouldn’t they create weekday programming people want to watch? #p2 #Fail”

Hayes: “@derekahunter Not that you care, but my wife no longer works at the WH, FYI.”

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I’m headed to Los Angeles tomorrow. I suppose I should do some laundry and pack.” — Soon-t0-be HuffPost’s Michael Grass in a Thursday tweet.

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