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Posts Tagged ‘Hillary Rodham Clinton’

“Mouthpiece Theater” Has Been Killed

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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.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

President Clinton: Soon-To-Be Patron Saint of Political Prisoner Journos

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Unnamed sources in South Korea are reporting President Bill Clinton most likely returning home with Laura Ling and Euna Lee of Current TV. The two journalists were sentenced to 12 years hard labor by North Korea for what we believe amounts to trespassing or being in the country.

But here is our favorite sentence in the LAT:

Clinton, the husband of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, is the highest-profile U.S. official to visit North Korea in nearly a decade.

The husband of Secretary of State? May we say, congratulations Hillary.

Jonah Goldberg is Still a Tool

liberalf.jpgJonathan Karp, who was on Talk of the Nation yesterday (we podcast a day behind) had a piece in the Washington Post where, as a publisher discussed the state of the industry. His conclusion: Too many of what he deems ‘disposable’ books.

He writes:

Visit your neighborhood superstore, and you will be overwhelmed with ephemera: self-aggrandizing memoirs by recovering addicts; poignant portraits of heroic pets; hyperbolic ideological tracts by insufferable cable TV pundits; guides to staying wrinkle- and toxin-free; odes to Warren Buffett and Jesus Christ; manifestos for fixing America in 12 easy steps; manly accounts of the best athlete/season/team ever; and glittery novels about British royalty, love-starved shoppers, mournful cops and ingenious serial killers. (There are more novels about serial killers than there are actual serial killers.)

He continues:

…political provocateurs such as Jonah Goldberg, whose pointless thought exercise “Liberal Fascism” is just the latest example of what the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan once termed “boob bait for the bubbas.” Authors such as Goldberg serve up red meat for their constituencies while cable broadcasters fill airtime with their extreme, quasi-entertaining notions — in this case, the “parallels” between Nazi policies and those of such Democratic leaders as Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Books of this ilk have always existed. But in the past, they’ve been balanced by substantive books, crafted by monomaniacal authors who devoted years to the work.

The good news is he didn’t mention that Goldberg is employed at the LA Times. We got to save a little face there.

Jim Rainey Upbraids Political Reporters, Invents A Word

brainshot.jpgLAT reporter James Rainey coins the term “discordulum,” an invented region of the brain of any presidential campaign reporter which is devoted to recognizing conflict.

“From this hyper-developed brain center come stories about the certain demise of some politicians (John McCain), the inevitable success of others (Hillary Rodham Clinton) and the extreme probability that hostilities, once started, will never end.”

Rainey takes political reporters and their discordulums to task for “often firing on the same overheated synapses, even when conflict is waning.”

“For discord-centric members of the media, it’s not so easy to give up the last story line. So expect another moment of cognitive dissonance on the near horizon: It will come when Clinton concedes, embraces Obama and begins working furiously for her onetime rival.

It’s what Clinton has promised all along. It just didn’t register in the media discordula.”

One Benefit of the Strike: Fewer Presidential Hopefuls On TV

30306827.jpgPer the L.A. Times:John Edwards, who picketed with Writers Guild strikers Friday, one-upped Hillary Rodham Clinton by announcing that not only would he honor a CBS News strike — were one to occur — by not participating in the network’s Dec. 10 Democratic debate, but he won’t go on The View next week because that guild-represented show is continuing to tape without writers.”

Of course, without these hand-pumpers mugging on camera, there is officially nothing on television. But, still, it somehow makes us feel better that we don’t have to watch Edwards fake-smile his way through a coffee klatch.

LAT in 90 Seconds

llq.jpgLindsay Lohan’s Q-Rating is Way Down: But her exposure is — sigh — as high as ever.

herwaybook.jpgA Little Latin Love: Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is going to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton today at UCLA.

rosel.jpgWe’d Love To See Her Job Description: We have no idea what covering daytime television for the LAT would entail, but lately it seems that Matea Gold’s job is simply to watch The View and write about it. Hey, LAT, need someone to cover the Daily Show?

Should Portfolio Allow Matthew Cooper to Write About Hillary?

mcooper_2007_fbny.jpgWe’re still a tantalizing 37 days away from the launch of Condé Nast’s multimillion-dollar business magazine Portfolio, yet there may already be a controversy brewing. Matt Cooper, the former Time magazine writer who, along with Valerie Plame, was a central figure in the CIA leak case and Scooter Libby trial, is the magazine’s Washington editor. His wife, Mandy Grunwald, is a chief ad strategist in Hillary Clinton. Cooper tells the L.A. Times he expects to write about Clinton and “to acknowledge my wife works for Hillary … at least on Hillary-centric stories.”

Portfolio isn’t the only business magazine to have a potential conflict of interest problem. Fortune Washington bureau chief and Fox News analyst Nina Easton‘s husband, Russ Schriefer, is a media strategist for John McCain. She says she will not write about McCain, and will issue occasional disclaimers to tell FNC TV viewers about her indirect ties to McCain.