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Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger is Laid Off

Politics Daily‘s Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger has been laid off today. The news was expected as part of the AOL-HuffPost merger. No word yet on what will happen to the site, but we’re hearing that not everyone from the site will be leaving. We reached Henneberger by phone, but she said she was in a meeting and rushed off the phone without saying anything about the layoff.

Politics Daily‘s daily email with a comment from Melinda along with snapshots of the day’s stories was not dispatched this morning. No indication on her Facebook page, except a Politics Daily writer, Donna Trussell writes, “I [Love] Melinda,” with love being a heart emoticon.

UPDATE: We’re hearing that Walter Shapiro and Patricia Murphy have also been laid off.

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Woman Up on “Anti-Earthquake” Movement

ist2_985366-xx-red-female-chromosomes.jpgIt’s way, way too early in the day for me to have downed an entire bottle of Woman Up, the feminist blog on the Politics Daily Web site. But the damage is done. I’ve already watched latest Woman Up’s version of ABC’s “The View” and “Steel Magnolias” all rolled into one at least five times and I’m so loopy I can barely wait for next week’s installment.

Politics Daily Host and Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger keeps things dignified and talks about the nasty vitriol of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, “700 Club’s” Pat Robertson and MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann. She wonders why Haiti couldn’t be treated as a non-partisan issue.

The gems on Sunday’s web show are plentiful. Columnist Patricia Murphy has had it with so many men on TV. “I want to take this moment to say there are too many men on television. … I don’t think a woman would be this ridiculous, this disgusting, this completely nauseating in response to something that is a genuine tragedy.” (Yeah. Damn those men and all their testosterone on political talk TV. They’re such a manly bunch.) Columnist Emily Miller is her usual bold self (if you recall, on a recent episode she kept hilariously repeating the word “bitch”). This time, she said: “I’ve been to Haiti and it looks like an earthquake before the earthquake.” She’s referring to the “level of poverty.”

The grand prize for I-don’t-know-what (but something great) goes to contributor Ria Misra for her BY FAR best line of the day. She thinks the remarks of Robertson and Limbaugh will backfire. “I think Americans on all sides are very much anti-earthquake,” she said straight-faced. (There isn’t a Pro-Earthquake movement out there in Utah someplace?)

Good stuff.

Watch the video here.

Talking Bitch Politics With Politics Daily

This seems waaayyyy more fitting a conversation amongst the Kardashian sisters, Valley girls or the women of ABC’s “The View”. But ok, we’ve got the Politics Daily women bitching it up on their web show, “Women’s UP” about the “rude” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) who called an airline stewardess a “bitch” under his breath.

Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief and host Melinda Henneberger invites UP’s Bonnie Erbe , Emily Miller, Patricia Murphy and Helena Andrews (author of Bitch is the New Black) on the show to discuss bitch politics (see must watch video below).

“Not good Chuck Schumer, not good at all,” Henneberger said, scolding Schumer like she’s a female Mister Rogers.

Among their topics was whether it’s ever ok to use the b-word.

Ever? We’re beyond the fifth grade, but let’s see what these beyotches have to say.

Andrews turned confessional: “Some people might see me as a bitch.”

Erbe was compassionate toward Schumer to a point: “I was actually ganged up one time,” she said of an airplane experience on which we so wish she would have elaborated. Still, she declared the b-word off limits to politicians like Schumer, and the n-word and the k-word (she’s of Jewish “background,” she explained).

Murphy: “I’d be lying if I didn’t call some of my friends, “Hey Ho, what’s up?” (It’s a Southern thing.) But “Hey Bitch?” Like, no way would that ever, like, be, like, acceptable.

Miller vented over the ladies’ inability to say “bitch” on the web (she says the full word “bitch” five times). “Say bitch if you want to say bitch,” she said.

Her first reaction to the incident?
“Chuck Schumer? Of course. We all know he’s not the most polite man in the world,” she said.

Miller also brings us this gem: “The word gay is back,” she declares, as in “dorky or queer.” She knows. She verified it with her 20-something and 30-something gay friends.

Morning Reading List 10.15.09

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What we know and what we’re reading this rainy Thursday morning…



WSJ has taken the top spot among daily newspapers, taking over USA Today.

NYT has decided not to sell the Boston Globe.

Tom Brokaw‘s op-ed in today’s WaPo: “A Peace Prize to Share.”


On his radio show yesterday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarbourgh ribbed on Chuck Todd with ABC’s Jake Tapper. Scarborough: “I expect he’s going to have a Billy Ray Cyrus mullet soon” and “His body odor has gotten worse over the past ten years.” To which Tapper responded: “There’s so much body odor in the [White House] press area, I can’t tell who’s who.”

More on “Goatee Gamble” on FBDC later today.

NBC and CBS News Presidents Steve Capus and Sean McManus commented on comments their reporters Richard Engel and Lara Logan have made on the war in Afghanistan.

PBS’ Jim Lehrer seems to have an affinity for rap, or at least one of his producers does. An economist was apparently bumped from “Newshour” for a rapping economist. We don’t blame you, “Newshour.”


Arianna Huffington calls for Vice President Joe Biden to resign.

New venture: Michael Kinsley is launching a business site for Atlantic.


Rolling Stone‘s Obama cover won an ASME prize.


The US military in eastern Afghanistan recently changed its media embed rules to ban pictures of troops killed in the war. (Photo District News)

And on a lighter note, Rush Limbaugh apparently isn’t going to get to buy the St. Louis Rams.


After an appearance on CNN this weekend in which she called Fox News “a wing of the Republican party,” White House communications director Anita Dunn is on the cover of WaPo‘s Style section today.

Most interesting: “A source inside the White House, who was not authorized to speak about strategy meetings, said Dunn went out front against Fox first and foremost because it was her job, but also because it potentially gave the administration the opportunity to distance itself from the flap with the Roger Ailes-led news channel once she leaves the communications job.”

Mike Allen also fact-checks the piece in this morning’s Playbook… “UM, NO: “She advised President Bill Clinton.” Anita never worked for Bill Clinton.”

And more on Fox News vs. the White House.


Politico‘s David Rogers, Politics Daily “Capitolist” Patricia Murphy, The Hill‘s Susan Crabtree, Time‘s Jay Newton-Small, CQ‘s Greg Giroux, Cook Political Report’s Jennifer Duffy and Center for Responsive Politic’s Sheila Krumholz will be featured on panels at NPC’s Political Writing Workshop this weekend.


In memoriam: Nan Robertson, Pulitzer Prize-winning NYT reporter and “The Girls in the Balcony” author.

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