On the final day of Netroots Nation was the Viral Video panel with some hard-hitters in the “industry.” The moderator was Mathew Filipowicz a comedian and film maker at Headzup. On the panel was Sam Seder of Air America, Jason Barnett of TheUptake, Cenk Uygur of the Young Turks Andy Cobb the “Mouthpiece Theater” Killer.
Posts Tagged ‘Dana Milbank’
WaPo announced it’s canceling “Mouthpiece Theater.” Really? Did someone get the note the name sounds like a spoofy porn title? Or a nickname to the Tomkat Theater in WeHo? Get it – it’s sounds like a oral sex on a dude and how that can’t be AT ALL funny is the greatest mystery of this whole ordeal.
Howard Kurtz writes:
Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli killed the satirical video series Wednesday after harsh criticism of a joke about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, which had prompted him to pull the latest episode from the paper’s Web site Friday night. The Post staffers who appeared in the videos, Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza, agreed with the decision and apologized in separate interviews.
Plus we like to think the the death (ahem) blow was made by Andy Cobb‘s brilliant parody we posted yesterday. The other version is the web series imploded under the weight of its own lameness. Either way.
The Washington Post is anchoring live Election Day video on tonight beginning at 6 pm ET, which will combine the Post‘s and Newsweek‘s political teams including: Chris Cillizza, Jon Meacham, Dana Priest, E.J. Dionne, Len Downie, Dana Milbank, and Jonathan Alter. Users will also be able to interact with guests during the show through a live discussion platform below the video screen.
We told you last week how WaPo‘s Dana Milbank had complained in an online Q&A that at a recent Palin rally he’d covered in Florida the Secret Service had expanded its role of protecting the candidates to include keeping the press away from rally participants. Not so! Says Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan:
It’s not a function of the Secret Service to prevent or limit reporters from interviewing the people at events. We’ve never been asked by any campaign to do that…Being in a press pool gives them special access. But the other side is that they have to stay together. You keep national press away from the local press for the same reason.
So, basically if you want access to the unwashed masses you have to attend the rally as one. But wait. Is that entirely accurate?
After last night’s debate it looks pretty certain that we are going to have a President Obama. Of course, with three weeks to go we hesitate to make any predictions — after the last three weeks we barely feel equipped to guess what the world will look like by dinner time. However! Should something unexpected happen WaPo reporter Dana Milbank‘s recent experience with the Secret Service might afford a glimpse of what the press could expect from a McCain presidency.
I have to say the Secret Service is in dangerous territory here. In cooperation with the Palin campaign, they’ve started preventing reporters from leaving the press section to interview people in the crowd. This is a serious violation of their duty — protecting the protectee — and gets into assisting with the political aspirations of the candidate. It also often makes it impossible for reporters to get into the crowd to question the people who say vulgar things. So they prevent reporters from getting near the people doing the shouting, then claim it’s unfounded because the reporters can’t get close enough to identify the person.
We don’t recall ever seeing a party candidate incite violence against the media and the other candidates. That must be the change John McCain is talking about.
Worse, Sarah Palin‘s routine attacks on the media have begun to spill into ugliness. In Clearwater, arriving reporters were greeted with shouts and taunts by the crowd of about 3,000. Palin then went on to blame Katie Couric’s questions for her “less-than-successful interview with kinda mainstream media.” At that, Palin supporters turned on reporters in the press area, waving thunder sticks and shouting abuse. Others hurled obscenities at a camera crew. One Palin supporter shouted a racial epithet at an African American sound man for a network and told him, “Sit down, boy.”
If I were an editor or producer covering this election, I’d pull my people from McCain and Palin events. There is no reason to serve as props in an event staged to declare journalists enemies of the people. If McCain and Palin want to avoid the “filter” of the mainstream media, let them do it. They can run their campaign without coverage.