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The Best Angry Goodbye Notes from Fired Journalists

“Only when a journalist is fired or quits does the complete fury he feels for those quacking mallards who have made his life miserable begin to surface,” writes Jack Shafer at Slate. He’s collected a few of the best kiss-off notes from fired journalists on his blog, and some of them are truly amazing.

“Jesus spent three days in Hell. … I could only handle one,” —wrote Richard Morgan, who quit Gawker after one day in January 2008.

And another favorite: “Don’t worry about me; I’ll land on my feet. I don’t regret coming here, even though I’ve been laid off now. In fact, my only regret is that you haven’t come to visit the Beacon Journal. I would have loved to piss on your shoes,” wrote Mark Schlueb, in a letter to Knight Ridder CEO Tony Ridder, in April 2001

Unsurprisingly, Tina Brown gets a few mentions. Who knew she wasn’t popular?  “If some ditzy American editor went to London, took over the Spectator and turned it into, say, In Your Face: A Magazine of Mucus, there would be a big uproar, but here in America, we expect turnover,” wrote Garrison Keillor, after Brown replaced Robert Gottlieb as editor of The New Yorker in April 1995.

And after his Newsweek blog was canceled by incoming editor Brown in 2011, Mickey Kaus wrote, “The people at the Daily Beast seem to be having a desperate sort of faux-fun as they try to madly generate paying hits before Barry Diller‘s money runs out subsidizing Ms. Brown’s big bucks staff.”

The whole collection, well worth the read, is at Slate.

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Mickey Kaus Goes to Daily Caller


Mickey Kaus is now at the Daily Caller. Way to stay employed Mick!

Hat tip David Corn

Mickey Kaus Responds to Salon Hack 30 List

Salon’s Alex Pareene wrote a funny, comprehensive and much needed list of 30 hack media personalities. It actually turned into a little holding yappers accountable for some of their statements. Anyway, Mickey Kaus was number 25.

Pareene writes:

Repeat offenses: Relentless contrarianism, declarations of liberalism while advocating hard-right positions, rather openly accused Gary Condit of murder.

Kaus tweeted a response Saturday, Thanksgiving weekend. It links to his story in Newsweek.

LA Times Blogger Andrew Malcolm and Mickey Kaus Make Salon’s List of Media Hacks

Salon just published the first wave of its “Hack 30” list of the worst pundits in America. Not surprisingly, LA Times blogger and former Laura Bush press aid Andrew Malcolm made the grade at number 28.

Malcolm’s snide disdain for every living liberal politician and media member would probably be no big deal if it weren’t for the fact that he’s the editor of an ostensibly objective L.A. Times news blog, not some punk writing for the Weekly Standard or BigGovernment.com. Malcolm notoriously finds poll numbers newsworthy only when they’re good for Republicans. He’s a reliable Sarah Palin apologist. But, again, his biggest crime — besides his official portrait — is that the Times allows him to masquerade as a regular news blogger instead of your bog-standard right-wing crank.

Meanwhile, former Slate blogger and Democratic political candidate Mickey Kaus made the list at number 25 for pioneering “pointless contrarianism” on the Internet, among other ills.

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Patrick Gavin Stalks Mickey Kaus in DC

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Can’t a dude just ride the Metro in the nation’s capital without someone tweeting about it?

Apparently not.

The moral of the story is: Don’t sit near former FishbowlDC blogger turned Politico reporter Patrick Gavin. Poor Mickey Kaus.

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Mickey Kaus Moves to Newsweek

480kausnnnnlao.jpgOn the same day we find out that Howard Fineman is leaving Newsweek after 30 years for Huffpo we find out that former Slate blogger turned failed Senate candidate Mickey Kaus is moving to Newsweek.

“I’ve moved my blog to Newsweek,” Kaus tells FBLA. “But I said I’d tell you as soon as it was a deal, which it was about an hour ago.”

Yeah, you promised you’d tell us. That was after we overheard you promising Kevin Roderick you’d tell him the news first. Hmph.

Congrats Mickey!

Jonathan Alter’s LA Book Party

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On Friday the fanboy-worthy columnist/author Jonathan Alter had a party hosted by Arianna Huffington in Brentwood for his new book, “The Promise: President Obama, Year One.”

Spotted in the crowd of notable LA literates were Waiting for Guffman‘s Catherine O’Hara, Star Trek‘s Evan English, host of SoCal Connected Val Zavala and author Sandra Tsing Loh.

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Lawrence O’Donnell Gets His Own Show

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Lawrence O’Donnell, pictured on the left with FBLA editor Tina Dupuy, some mystery guy and failed candidate Mickey Kaus at Arianna Huffington‘s house earlier this year, is going to anchor the 10pm spot on MSNBC.

So our question is if O’Donnell is moving to the other coast. He currently lives in Santa Monica. We posted the release in full and have put in a call to his spokesperson. We’ll post an update when we find out.

UPDATE: O’Donnell is moving to NYC. The show will be filmed on the east coast. Buh-bye Larry!

Press release:

Longtime Senior Political Analyst to Become Newest Evening Anchor

NEW YORK – June 15, 2010 – Lawrence O’Donnell will host a new weeknight primetime hour on MSNBC. O’Donnell will begin work full-time with the network immediately to begin planning for a new 10 p.m. ET show. The announcement was made by Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

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Attention Bloggers: Make Sure to Vote For Your Own Today

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We’ve already been accused of dereliction of our blogging duties by not plugging one of our own today. We are terrible, terrible people.

So Slate.com blogger Mickey Kaus is running in the Senate primary Go vote for him. Give them hell, Mickey!

Mika Brzezinski’s Book Party at Arianna Huffington’s House

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Huffington Post senior editor Willow Bay and co-founder Arianna Huffington hosted a book party for Morning Joe co-anchor Mika Brzezinski‘s new book All Things at Once last night at Ms. Huffington’s Brentwood home. Arianna, perhaps one of the most charming people on the planet explained her role in encouraging Mika when her galleys came out. We don’t know why Joe Scarborough was there…also selling his book released in June of last year. But he was. They’re not married to each other right? Did Alan Colmes have to book tour with Sean Hannity? Somehow Joe made it about him,”It was in this room a few years ago that I predicted Barack Obama would never win against the Clinton machine,” he told the swanky LA literati. “Glad it wasn’t on TV.”

Mika, was finally given the microphone and noted she was warned against writing this book because it was too honest and could “damage her brand.” She seem genuinely impressed with the caliber of the crowd.

We spotted Larry David, yes that Larry David. Sherry Lansing was there. Journos James Rainey from LAT, Tina Daunt now of Huffpo LA, Sandra Tsing Loh, Mickey Kaus of Slate.com and of course Lawrence O’Donnell from MSNBC.

We will post more pictures later today.

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