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Time Names Michael Scherer White House Correspondent

105_mscherer.jpgTime has named Michael Scherer its new White House correspondent. Scherer, who joined Time in December of 2007, covered the Romney campaign during the primaries before moving over to report on John McCain during the election season. He is a regular contributor Time‘s political blog Swampland and according to Time will be covering the President, the Vice President and much of the day-to-day news out of the Obama Administration.

We caught up with Scherer and asked him what so far had surprised him most about The White House? Answer: The vending machines! Which are apparently filled with potato chips, soda pop, and candy bars.

Since you have to leave the gates of the White House to get real food, and the hours offer little opportunity for trips to the gym, this all bodes poorly for my health. That said, I’m sure not complaining about the gig. (Also, there is some hope on the horizon. When he visited the press complex in the West Wing, President Obama saw the vending machines and told us we needed to get more healthy snacks. And when the president speaks, reporters tend to listen.)

Change you can digest? Full release after the jump.

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‘Joe the Plumber’ Who Wasn’t Really A Plumber or Named Joe is Now Really A War Correspondent

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Seriously? The dude who agreed with a McCain supporter that Obama being president would mean the death of Israel is going to have a JOB reporting news from the Middle East? Seriously?!

The AP story states the following:

The Ohio man who became a household name during the presidential campaign says he is heading to Israel as a war correspondent for the conservative Web site pjtv.com.

Samuel J. Wurzelbacher says he’ll spend 10 days covering the fighting.

He tells WNWO-TV in Toledo that he wants to let Israel’s “‘Average Joes’ share their story.”

There is a word gets thrown around a lot – it really is the best one we can come up with for this…it perfect for when something phony and a cheap attempt at something otherwise decent manifests – the word is – travesty. There are real journalists out of work. Like a lot of them. And the wannabe country western star, media whore and general fabricator gets a gig?!

This is why we’re happy John McCain lost – otherwise Tido the Builder would have become Secretary of the Interior.

Lobbyist Sues New York Times Over McCain Story

20mccain-190a.jpgThis has not been the best year ever for The New York Times. They’ve had to (finally) slash dividends, mortgage their pretty new building, and are currently attempting to sell their stake in the Boston Red Sox. Now, to cap it all off they are being sued! Remember that big 5000 word piece they did back in February on John McCain and lobbyists which insinuated that John McCain had had an affair with lobbyist Vicki Iseman — a story which, incidentally, made more than one media blunder list in the last few weeks — well Iseman has just filed a $27 million defamation lawsuit against the paper for giving a false impression about her and McCain’s relationship.

That The New York Times would make such aggressive and sensational allegations and insinuations in the face of on-the-record denials by Ms. Iseman and Senator McCain only reinforced the message to readers that The New York Times in fact believed that Ms. Iseman and Senator McCain had indeed engaged in an ‘inappropriate relationship,’ a relationship that was romantic, unethical, and a conflict of interest…Otherwise, reasonable readers would conclude, The New York Times would never have printed the story at all.

The Times has issued a statement saying that they “fully stand behind the article.”

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FBLA’s Big Reveal – They Are Republican’s Shoes

By and overwhelming majority our readers guessed that the photo we posted of the USC Politico.com conference panelist’s footwear HAD to be democrats. Of our readers that guessed 47% said that they were democrats. There was a tie at 26% as to whether they were republicans or journalism students.

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Nope. Republicans. All three of them. From right to left those are the feet of Adam Mendelsohn former Deputy Chief of Staff for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, GOP strategist Todd Beyer and Michael DuHaime political director of McCain/Palin 2008.

How cute, they dress how their party’s economic policies effect the country!

Yes. It’s a new day in America. There’s change afoot. And it’s happening (ahem) from the ground up.

Fred Thompson Drops RNC Bid — Back to Acting

fredthompson.jpgFred Dalton Thompson, whom everyone knows as the cantankerous D.A. on “Law and Order,” dropped out of sight to run for President.

That didn’t exactly pan out, so Thompson went to work campaigning for John McCain‘s failed Republican approach. He was setting himself up to become Republican National Committee chairman.

Well, that didn’t work out either.

Now, he’s going back to his only means of major revenue: acting, Associated Press says.

But it doesn’t look as if “Law and Order” will have him back. They’re having ratings troubles of their own.

So he’ll be looking for other opportunities. Maybe he’ll do what all failed or retired actors do: He’ll direct.

The Obama and McCain Meeting Reenactment

This is Marc Maron and Sam Seder using their keen sense of the true nature of Senator John McCain and President Elect Barack Obama.

Now Sarah Palin Will Be Able to Name At Least One Book…

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Sarah Palin has garnered more than fame from her failed Vice-Presidential bid. She is reportedly close to making a book deal for $7 million.

Bill Clinton made over $10 million for his deal seven years ago,” a publishing insider told Radar. “That was more than any other former President.”

Palin offers more than just a political memoir with flashes of sexual mea culpa.

“She has huge appeal to a segment of the female reading public, and her private life hasn’t been an open book,” our source told us. “Not yet.”

Uhm, her appeal is not to the ‘female reading public’ – it’s to the male ‘I dig chicks that are hot and don’t make me feel like a dumb ass’ loving segment of the population.

Our sister blog GalleyCat’s Ron Hogan says,”Notice that this source said “huge appeal to a segment,” not “appeal to a huge segment.”

Good point. We say women who actually read books think she’s a dink.

Speaking of which, we have two copies of Dan Quayle‘s book “Worth Fighting For” on our desk. One for us. One for a gift. We got it in the one dollar bin…and he actually won an election.

Funny enough, that is the exact title of a John McCain/Mark Salter book, because he can’t do anything original.

The always well-read Marc Maron told FBLA he looks forward to Palin’s book, “If it’s half as exciting as trying to decipher her interviews it should be the new Ulysses.”

McCain Does Bob Dole’s Material on Tonight Show


After Senator Bob Dole ran for president against President Bill Clinton, he went on television and said, “I slept like a baby. Woke up crying every two hours.”

Funny. Bob Dole is funny.

Last night on the Tonight Show Senator John McCain: “I’ve been sleeping like a baby – sleep two hours – wake up and cry.”

I guess the secret service and his joke writers took off after he lost.

So…Viagra commercials are next for the Senator?

Schwarzenegger Is Happy About One Thing — Peace In The Bedroom

arnieandmaria.jpgCalifornia Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s party might have been clobbered by President-elect Barack Obama’s Democrats, but the Terminator tells CNN’s John King he’s happy about one thing — his life is better in the bedroom.

Just days after Schwarzenegger announced his support of Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, his wife Maria Shriver, an avowed Democrat in the Kennedy lineage, proclaimed her support for Barack. This was following the line of her uncle Sen. Ted Kennedy (D.-Mass.)

Until election day, things were dicey in the Schwarzenegger household. When Obama emerged victorious, Mrs. Schwarzenegger let down her guard and the happy couple is happy again. That is, until 2012.

Jon Stewart: ‘Let Me Guess After the Iraq War is Over You Got a Great Story for Us’

So! Not surprisingly, now that the election is over, all the behind-the-scenes dirty laundry is being aired. And by dirty laundry we really mean, how Sarah Palin is solely responsible for ruining John McCain‘s bid for the presidency (watch Campbell Brown‘s excellent take/rant on this after the jump). The other day we directed your attention to Newsweek‘s much talked-about post-election story about Palin’s heretofore unreported behavior, and just yesterday Carl Cameron went on Fox News and said “I wish I could have told you back at the time, but all of it was put off-the-record.” Fair enough. But does observing the off-the-record rule excuse the entirely uncritical nature of the reports that came out about Palin for the better part of the two months she was on the ticket? Andrew Sullivan emphatically disagrees:

But actual reporters were soon finding [Palin's failings] out for themselves – and not even conveying the gist of that to their viewers and readers…They kept taking Palin seriously as a veep candidate when she didn’t come close to even minimal standards for passing a citizenship test. I’m sorry but I think this is a terrible failing, and it is a reason the mainstream media are imploding. They let the rules of the game over-rule their duty to tell the American people the truth as they began to discover it.

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