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Bay Buchanan Disgusted With Political Media

As it has recently been reported, Conservative Political Commentator Bay Buchanan is a real estate agent.

That’s right. Her LinkedIn pals have received the official update that the 64-year-old political media surrogate for Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign is now an agent with McEnearney Associates. She works out of the company’s McLean, Va. office.

But what they may not know is why she has left her broader career of political commentating. “No, I won’t be doing commentating for awhile,” Buchanan told FishbowlDC today by phone from her new office. “I’m not opposed to coming back at some stage.”

But she’s not anticipating a return anytime soon. After being a surrogate and advisor to Romney’s presidential campaign, she says she’s done with it. It, being the media. “It’s gotten to the point where I think it’s meaner and nastier than its ever been,” she says with a bit of disgust in her voice. “It goes to personal attacks very quickly. Just decided it doesn’t promote the common good if you like. When I am there on behalf of someone or a cause, I will do it. But I’m not interested in doing it for the sake of having my face on television. I don’t want to wake up angry every morning. It’s no way to live.”

To be sure, Buchanan’s life and career has taken interesting twists and turns. Read more

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Small Potatoes: Bay Buchanan Barred From Taking Questions At Fundraiser

As well-known as Bay Buchanan is in political circles, she’s not nearly famous enough to be prohibited from answering a few questions from media. She’s small potatoes, if you will.

Buchanan, sister of conservative commentator Pat Buchanan and a Mitt Romney campaign strategist, attended a fundraiser last night at the Hotel Monaco. It was hosted by and for the gay Republican group GOProud, which charged $50 per ticket to attend.

(One attendee was spotted wearing two buttons: one supporting Romney, the other Ron Paul. The attendee pointed to his Paul button. “It’s going to take his people,” he said, before pointing to the Romney button, “to get him elected.” The torn supporter may have missed the interview Paul did with Fox News last week. In it, Paul suggested he could vote for Gary Johnson.)

Because other news media — including Metro Weekly, Washington Blade and a random European publication — showed up to cover the small event (it was a cash bar, if that tells you anything), we were under the impression that the headliner would be taking questions. One other reporter in attendance said the same. And we were right. But Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud’s co-founder, wouldn’t let Buchanan talk to media.

“We’re not doing questions,” LaSalvia said as Buchanan walked in. But after meeting Buchanan, FishbowlDC asked if she’d do a quick interview anyway. “Well, we’ll have to clear it with [LaSalvia],” she said gracefully. LaSalvia chimed in: “I’ll take care of the questions later.”

It was a kind gesture but we just weren’t sure Jimmy could tell us how he felt about his brother being canned from MSNBC; largely because LaSalvia’s brother, as it turns out, isn’t Pat Buchanan. We passed on the offer but hope he removes the stick from his ass.

Notables: Think tank E21′s Lisa De Pasquale, GOProud Co-Founder Chris Barron, Metro Weekly‘s Justin Snow and Washington Blade‘s Chris Johnson.

Quotable: “I just dripped all over my hand.”– LaSalvia, as he frantically wiped food from his hands with a napkin.

Dem Strategist: Fox News is a Joke for Lefty Guests

If you’re a booker for Fox News, don’t bother calling Democratic Strategist Peter Fenn. This morning he told Current TV that he stopped doing Fox in the last election cycle and has no plans to go back.

“I was on Hannity and Colmes, I tried to pull back on it for awhile, but I went on and I was supposed to talk about the race,” he said. “And they said, you know, Peter today we’re changing the topic.  We want to talk about why Michelle Obama hates America, and they had me on with some nutcase. I wrote them an email. I wrote Sean an email and Alan. I said, ‘Guys, you can get anyone you want to come on your shows. I’m done. …Every time I go on, you pull a football away, you change the topics, you cut us off. I said, a Democrat on this program is a joke. It’s a fire hydrant.’ You know, my wife wouldn’t talk to me. I had to take a shower when I got home and the dog went into the corner.”

Fenn is also not so enthralled with MSNBC. “I made MSNBC very angry when I criticized them for dropping Pat Buchanan,” he continued. “Look…I disagree with Pat, but you can have a civil dialogue with Pat, and when they fired him it was because of pressure on the station. It removed what I thought was a very entertaining, very smart and interesting point of view and that’s a mistake in our society.”

Go Fig: The American Conservative to Host Relaunch Party Tonight

The American Conservative, a publication founded by Pat Buchanan (remember him?), Scott McConnell and Taki Theodoracopulos, is hosting a relaunch party tonight at a suite on the Washington Harbour.

The publication is published by The American Ideas Institute, a non-profit, non partisan organization based in Washington. At the moment, a current fave on the site is headlined “Gay. Mormon. Unicorn.” The post is about a Mormon therapist fantastically named Josh Weed, a happily married gay man who is wed to a woman (insert obvious has he been smoking weed? joke here].

Wow… this is riveting stuff and we’re not even joking. Absolute best lines:

“I have never been turned on by a Victoria’s Secret commercial in my entire life. … In my case, I am attracted sexually to men. Period. Yet my marriage is wonderful, and Lolly and I have an extremely healthy and robust sex life. How can this be?”

All we can say here is go Lolly! You must be quite a manful of woman. The gay Mormon therapist goes on to talk about how when sex is done right “at its deepest level” it’s about intimacy, not lust, passion and visual attraction. More exceptional lines:

“In a weird way, the circumstances of our marriage allowed us to build a sexual relationship that is based on everything partners should want in their sex-life: intimacy, communication, genuine love and affection. This has resulted in us having a better sex life than most people I personally know. Most of whom are straight. Go fig.”

Go fig? Is Mr. Weed serious?

Read the rest of this immediately.
The Editor of The American Conservative is Daniel McCarthy, the Senior Editor is Mark Nugent and the Associate Editor is Jordan Bloom. Associate Publisher Jon Basil Utley and his wife are hosting tonight’s festivities.

Scarborough’s Politico Blog Loses Steam

In the three and a half months since MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough started his personal blog on Politico, it has been updated a total of 40 times. That’s roughly one post each day for just over a month.

Scarborough’s initial update said he would let readers know “what’s really happening behind the scenes in Congress, the White House and in the media world.” He did that occasionally, for example, when he posted a statement on MSNBC’s decision to terminate its contract with Pat Buchanan after parts of his most recent book were deemed inappropriate “for national dialogue.” Or, in a more lighthearted bloggy approach, he wrote a post that said instead of updating sooner, he chose to watch the movie “Old School” while in Britain. His latest post took note of the dismal global economy, as heavily reported on in Friday’s WSJ.

Then there were other simple cross posts of videos from msnbc.com that Scarborough produces to complement his daily show Morning Joe. Within the last month, updates have significantly waned, sometimes with four or more days between posts. A typical Politico blog writer posts around the clock and often on weekends. Of course Scarborough isn’t typical and has a completely other job. But from an appearances perspective, his blog looks like its running out of steam.

Janet Donovan, a D.C.-area publicist who edits the blog Hollywood on the Potomac, tells us she keeps her audience “expecting something” by publishing at least one post on her blog each day. She also said tweeting out posts drives traffic “more than anything else.” Judging from Scarborough’s Twitter timeline, he tweets each post out at least once.

Editor-at-Large of the Washingtonian Carol Joynt said when she doesn’t update her site CarolJoynt.com on a daily basis, she loses readers. “Recently I took a week off,” she told us. “I gave myself a break from the site. Traffic went down.”

We reached out to Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris to see if there’s any plan to change the direction of Scarborough’s blog, if it’s suffering in readership due to infrequent updates or if it will soon shut down altogether.

An MSNBC spokesperson told us Scarborough actually posted “frequently in May” with 12 posts and noted that Scarborough also writes a regular column for Politico.

Brunch at Hay Adams Concludes WHCD Sh-tstorm

The weather finally cleared up just in time to finish White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend at the Hay Adams hotel with Thomson Reuters/McLaughlin‘s annual brunch.

Though it was sunny and gorgeous outside, when FBDC hopped on the elevator to head up to the rooftop an attendee asked, “We don’t have to stay the whole time, do we?” We assured her she did not.

The Hill‘s Katy Oczypok was seen snapping photos of guests, and a little later, munching on the brunch fare (sausage, seasoned potatoes, different breads and a tower of fruit). “I think the rain kept a lot of the celebrities in,” she told us with a sigh when asked if she hit up any after parties last night after the WHCD. Cheer up, Oczypok. There’s always next year.

The event was relatively subdued until CBS’ Julie Chen let out a scream. “WE WENT TO USC JOURNALISM SCHOOL TOGETHER!” she said excitedly to her husband as she introduced an apparently long lost college friend.

Notables:

The loudest TV host in Washington,  John McLaughlin, Editor-in-Chief of Reuters Stephen Adler, Author and ex-MSNBCer Pat Buchanan (pictured above wearing what appear to be goggles), Human Events Group Publisher Joe Guerriero accompanied by his wife, and publicist Janet Donovan.

Fab or Fug: Ed Hardy-inspired dress

Here’s a dark green sack dress with crystal-studded shoulders and a flaming Mercury Lead Sled splashed across the back.

Fug, of course.

The FishbowlDC Interview With The Daily Caller’s Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein

Say hello to The Daily Caller‘s Senior Editor Jamie Weinstein. You might have caught him on FNC’s “Red Eye,” where he appears approximately every two weeks. He lives in Chinatown but prefers cabs to the Range Rover he rarely drives. A brief duck theme emerges in his interview. Completely unintentional, he claims: “My duck phone ring is because someone changed it as a joke and I decided to keep it.” Weinstein grew up in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. but wasn’t a beach bum. “I didn’t go to the beach very much,” he says. “Just because it’s there. It’s just like in D.C., you have all the monuments but you don’t really go to see them.” He arrived to The Daily Caller after finishing grad school at the London School of Economics, where he earned a degree in the History of International Relations. Out of the blue, he explains, they were looking for a deputy editor. He jumped in with both feet. In June he switched roles from Deputy Editor to Senior Editor. In his former role he worked with the daily stream of newsroom copy. In his new one, he makes TV appearances, writes long form and does more video interviews. If he has his druthers he’d follow in the footsteps of his mentor and boss, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. “I like what Tucker has done as a career as a writer and on television,” he says. “If I was lucky to have a small part of what Tucker has been able to do, I would be happy.” Career aspirations aside, the weirdest thing about Weinstein may be his penchant for eating tomatoes – he can’t get enough of them. Speaking of who he might like to throw a tomato at, we asked him who is the TV personality he can’t bear to watch. Weinstein names MSNBC’s Ed Schultz. “He might be the worst broadcaster on television ever,” he says. “It’s amazing he has come this far. One, he is clearly not a smart person. Secondly, his voice has a tone that people don’t want to listen to for long periods of time.” Referring to his “Lean Forward” ad, he adds, “I don’t think America needs two shows of Ed Schultz.”

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Bling H20 (sparkling, of course)

How often do you Google yourself? Easier to say how often I don’t Google myself.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I try not to speak to my fellow editors.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I’ll give you three: Matt Labash, Michael Lewis and Christopher Hitchens. I never miss anything they write.

Do you have a favorite word? No (that’s my favorite word).

What word or phrase do you overuse? the

Who would you rather have dinner with –  MSNBC’s Chris Matthews or FNC’s Chris Wallace? It depends. If I’m tired, I would say Chris Matthews — I wouldn’t have to do any talking. Otherwise, Chris Wallace.

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? Bo — he’s closer to the president. He more likely knows President Obama’s innermost secrets and was probably privy to some of his most uncensored comments. If I get a few drinks in him, I am sure he will spill it all. Plus, I prefer Portuguese Water dogs to lapdogs.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Duck (and this is not a joke).

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry? No, but only because I don’t have a BlackBerry. But I do check my iPhone — want to see if any great Nigerian investment offers have come in.

What swear word do you use most often? Ah, shucks [He assures me he does swear, but doesn't have a favorite.]

If you weren’t a journalist what would you be? The guy who comes up with ideas for reality TV shows.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) Charlie Manson, Pat Buchanan, Charles Barkley and Jackie Mason.

When you pig out what do you eat? I have a strange habit. I eat tomatoes often at every meal. I eat tomatoes with vinegar on it, oftentimes multiple orders. This has been going on almost the entirety of my life. My dad used to have it when I was younger, occasionally. For some reason I eat it all the time.

When did you last cry and why? When John Bolton decided against running for president. Ten years after 9/11, I felt al-Qaida had scored its first victory.

Who is your mentor? [Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief] Tucker Carlson. He will actually take time out of his day to give you advice on almost any issue that arises professionally or not. He’s a great model of what journalists of his stature in D.C. should wish to emulate insofar as when you meet him he makes [you] feel like you’re the most important person in the world.

Find out about Weinstein’s purple velvet jacket after the jump…

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Bad Blood Between Buchanan and Sharpton

The AP is reporting that MSNBC political analyst Pat Buchanan “didn’t mean” to voice a racial slur about President Obama to the Rev. Al Sharpton, a new host on MSNBC. On Sharpton’s program yesterday, Buchanan used the term “your boy” and said he was referring to boxing lingo.

Sharpton responded: “My what? My president, Barack Obama? What did you say?”
Buchanan said Wednesday: “Some folks took what I said as some kind of a slur,” Buchanan said. “None was meant, none was intended, none was delivered.”

This comes on the heels of TIME‘s Mark Halperin returning to “Morning Joe” after calling President Obama “kind of a dick.”

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QUOTES of the DAY

Photograph by Film/TV Producer Tammy Garnes in Atlanta on Sunday at Spelman College graduation. The commencement speaker was first lady Michelle Obama.

Roland’s down on Trump

“Don’t forget: @soledad_obrien’s doc & Heat-Bulls @ 8 pm est. Damn #CelebrityApprentice. Don’t watch. @dumpdtrump.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in  a weekend tweet.

French sex scandal

“We have the Charlie Sheen of global finance running the IMF.” — Conservative MSNBC commentator Pat Buchanan on “Morning Joe” this morning. IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn was picked up by the police over the weekend for allegedly assaulting a maid at a Manhattan hotel.

Writer/Publicist hits bikini bootcamp

“I’m so zen upon my return from 4 days at Amansala’s Bikini Bootcamp #travel #family #moms” — Poshbrood Creator Elizabeth Thorp in a weekend tweet. Amansala, an eco-chic resort, is located in Tulum, Mexico near Cancun. Want to know more? Read here.

Meghan McCain relaxes with friends and beer

“After truly what has been one of the weirdest weeks of my life – it’s nice to end it with best friends and beer.” — The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain in a weekend tweet. Last week she endured Glenn Beck saying the idea of her naked made him want to vomit. She had filmed a PSA that showed skin just to her collarbone to highlight the issue of skin cancer.

Ifill threatens to kiss college men

“Congrats to the 500 black men of Morehouse graduating this morning. And thanks for including me.  — PBS’s Gwen Ifill in a weekend tweet. She gave the commencement speech at Morehouse College. Then she added, “Would it be too cougarish of me to kiss em all? #morehouse”

Greta readjusts to reality after trip to North Korea

“…How bleak when you get such a concentrated form of news after days out of the loop.” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren on her Gretawire blog on checking the news after four days without it in the countryside of North Korea, where she had no Internet and no TV. Visit here for more. The photograph is from her blog. On a “lighter note” she wrote, “The fact of the 8 hours to travel 130 miles should tell you how bad the roads were — the ride was so bumpy that I think my internal organs were all re-arranged.” Since this was her third trip to North Korea, Van Susteren said the government was looser with pictures and video, but not entirely. Officials followed her and her staff at all times. Her coverage centers around the country’s food shortage that is set to begin in June and is expected to impact millions.

Washington journos react to Huck’s Circus Act

“Huck advisers wanted it more than him and also wanted to build up a prideful guy who never got estab respect.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin in a Saturday night tweet.

“The chair Huckabee is sitting in is too small for him.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Amanda Munoz-Temple in a Saturday night tweet.

“How do people watch this nauseating, sociopathic channel regularly?” — Gawker Political Editor Jim Newell in a Saturday night tweet.

“Mike Huckabee: ‘All the factors say yes, but my heart says no.’ Like I feel about eating certain cheeses.” — NPR’s Scott Simon in a Saturday night tweet.

 

E-mail Subject Line of the Day

Human Events just sent an e-mail to their listserv with a subject line they probably didn’t check twice:

Mattera, Buchanan: Pompous, Prissy, Ridiculous Fruitcake.” Inside, the e-mail makes clear that the line is a quote from Ann Coulter about Keith Olbermann, but the subject line could definitely be interpreted to mean that editor Jason Mattera and contributor Pat Buchanan are the fruitcakes.

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