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Archives: May 2010

WaPo Blogger ‘Reeks of Arrogance and Stupidity’


On Wednesday night, WaPo conservative blogger Dave Weigel tweeted MSNBC host Keith Olbermann: “Thanks for having me on, @KeithOlbermann. You’re right. You’ll always have more hatemail than me.”

On the show, Weigel looked like he wanted sympathy, like he’d been dragged through the mud this week by all the hate mail he’d received.

He’s right. Olbermann might receive more. But Weigel got clobbered by some 50 pieces of mail dripping with hate this week after writing a story saying former VP hopeful Sarah Palin getting upset about a journo planning a book on being her neighbor and renting a house next door was “strange, unprofessional and paranoid.” He wrote: “Politicians don’t have veto power over who gets to write about them, or how they research their stories, as long as they’re within the bounds of the law.”

A sampling of Weigel hate mail found on (we’ve highlighted some of the more interesting words and phrases):

You’re a strange little man, David Weigel.
You’re an apologist for a weird old stalker dude – a 68-year-old guy who bid nearly $60,000 for a dinner with Palin, and then bought a residence next door to one of her homes.
I frankly am worried about Palin’s young daughters at this point.
You should be ashamed of yourself for enabling this weird old stalker guy.Posted by: pwel

•McGinniss = Roman Polanski Weigel = Woody Allen
Posted by: michael13

•But, I suppose someone who is a fan of Palin would not understand art or culture. But I’m sure you’re an expert. You reek of arrogance and stupidity. Posted by: Azarkhan

• The writer of this piece of Washington Post slime is just a disgusting as the piece of slime who moved next door to Palin to do another phony ‘expose’ piece. The Liberal MSM is too filthy even for a sewer. Posted by: fgoepfert1

GOP Lawmaker Moved by FNC Investigative Report

mug.jpeg As of late some GOP lawmakers have been down on Fox News. But FNC has found a fan in GOP Rep. Frank Wolf (Va.). (Certainly he needs one of these mugs pronto.)

U.S. News & World Report‘s Washington Whispers Columnist Paul Bedard reports that the government and the FBI are taking notice of FNC’s investigative reporting of terror suspects after Wolf alerted them. This past weekend’s special, “FOX News Reporting: The American Terrorist” prompted Wolf to write a letter to the FBI on FNC’s findings.

Read the Washington Whispers story here.

Program Note: The FNC special will replay this weekend on Sunday May 30 at 3 p.m. (EST). The hour is being updated to reflect Wolf’s recent letter to the FBI regarding Awlaki and those questions FNC raised in the reporting.

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Quote(s) of the Day

MSNBC “Daily Rundown” co-host has ‘fun’ facts

“It’s been more than a year (Feb ’09) since the Obamas have overnighted in Chicago.” #funfact •”Here’s a ‘#funfact,’ did u know when u r sitting on the tarmac for a LONG delay, it is against the law for airlines to serve alcohol?” –NBC and MSNBC correspondent Chuck Todd in a Thursday tweeting fest.

Journo discovers daughter’s makeover

Jeez, you go away for a few days and suddenly, your daughter has bangs. It’s like she is a whole different person.
–Tribune Company’s Jim Oliphant in a Thursday Facebook post.


Today’s Most Popular Stories 05.27.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for March 27, 2010:

Washington Post: BP: ‘Top kill’ fails to stop flow so far

Washington Times: Soda, sweet drinks tax passes in D.C.

Washington Examiner: Heading to a runoff, Halter outpaces Lincoln in fundraising in fight for Ark. Senate seat

USA Today: BP: At least another day for “top kill” in Gulf oil spill

CQ Politics: Menendez Asks His Peers to Pony Up

The Hill: Obama takes responsibility for efforts to stop Gulf oil spill

Politico: Mary Landrieu: President Obama will pay politically for spill

Roll Call: House Democrats Lack Votes for Extender Package

National Journal: Middle East WMD Ban Makes Progress In White House Talks

Gallup.Com: Oil Spill Alters Views on Environmental Protection

Talking Points Memo: Folks Claims ‘Compromising’ Photo Of Him And SC Gov Hopeful Exists

Politics Daily: Jacques Cousteau’s Grandson Takes ‘Nightmare’ Dive Into Oil Spill

The New Republic: Bad Company

The Daily Caller: The facts on whether Dems are in fact pushing a $165 billion union pension bailout

Whose Shoes: Revealed

The guesses for today’s “Whose Shoes” ran the gamut of the Washington Examiner‘s Byron York to Christian Bourge, who writes The Disenchanted Journo, to FNC’s Major Garrett. Other guesses included: Newsweek’s Mike Isikoff, MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro, ABC’s Rick Klein and Jake Tapper.

Not a single reader guessed correctly until late in the day when Cara Lyons Lege, a retired college faculty member and reader from Frisco, Texas came in with the right answer: FNC anchor Bret Baier.

Thanks to all for playing.
As always, if you have a great photograph of a D.C. journalist’s shoes, please send it to

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TPM: A HuffPost Knockoff?

Imitation is a serious form of flattery.
But when does it go a bit too far?


MTP in Top Slot, Fox News Sunday Assumes Second Place in D.C. Market

MTP continues to hold onto its clear reign in the number one slot for Sunday morning political talk shows, according to Nielsen ratings for the Washington, D.C. market. As of May, Fox News Sunday slipped into second place for May sweeps; the show ranks in fourth place nationally. During January and the first quarter of 2010, Fox News Sunday ranked number three in the D.C. market.

The household ratings for May are as follows:

NBC, MTP – 3.9
FOX, FNS – 1.1
CBS, Face the Nation – 1.0
ABC, This Week – 0.9

The following is the D.C. market for May sweeps for total viewers and the adults 25-54 demographic:

Meet The Press: 100,000 total viewers; 22,000 demo
Fox News Sunday: 33,000 total viewers; 13,000 demo
Face the Nation: 29,000 total viewers; 12,00 demo
This Week: 21,000 total viewers; 6,000 demo

Check out TVNewser for all the national numbers.

The Bolter Book Party – at Juleanna’s Abode


Expect a good turnout of journos (including my co-editor Matt Dornic) tonight at lobbyist Juleanna Glover’s home in Kalorama for Bestselling British Author Frances Osborne’s book, The Bolter.

Expected Attendance:

Nancy Bagley & Washington Life‘s Soroush Shehabi
Carol Blue & Vanity Fair‘s Christopher Hitchens
Mike Feldman
Heather & Andy Florance
Lloyd Grove (The Daily Beast)
Christina Gungoll Lepore
Nina & Matt Rees
Christopher Reiter
Jeri & former Tenn. Sen. Fred Thompson
Jill Schroeder Vieth (Politico‘s Anne Schroder Mullin’s sister)

A portion of the book sales to benefit

Awards Honor Human Rights and Social Justice Reporting

Contributed by Nick Massella

On Wednesday May 26, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights and George Washington University’s Global Media Institute announced the winners of the 42nd annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards and the 2010 Book Awards. The winning entries included diverse subjects such as human trafficking, infant mortality, Navy abuses against gay sailors, and Iranian state repression. The awards were presented by Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Mary Courtney Kennedy Hill. Ethel Skakel Kennedy, wife of the late Senator and former Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, attended the event.

ABC News journalist Diane Sawyer was among the RFK Journalism Award recipients but was unable to attend. Her award, in the domestic television category for “A Hidden America: Children of the Mountains,” was accepted by her colleague Claire J. Weinraub.

Two Washington Post photographers also received RFK Journalism Awards, including Carol Guzy, who won in domestic photography for “No Greater Love.” The RFK Center describes her 2010 entry as “a strong emotional narrative that speaks to the process of dying, as well as Alzheimer’s disease, aging and home health care.” She was also the Grand Prize winner in 2009.

The Washington Post’s Sarah Voisin was recognized for “In Mexico’s war on drugs, battle lines are drawn in chalk” in the international photography category. Her photographic reporting profiles the drug war in Mexico. She said that her inspiration for the assignment came from “the Mexican-based journalists that have to live there and report this story. They face life or death decisions on whether to report the truth about the drug cartels.”

The RFK Journalism Awards honor outstanding reporting on the issues that define the life and work of Robert F. Kennedy: human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world.

The RFK Center also presented the 2010 Book Award, which is awarded to an author who faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy’s concern for the poor and powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity.

This year’s Book Award went to Amy Bach for Ordinary Injustice: How America Holds Court, an investigation of inequalities in America’s criminal justice system. In addition, Dave Eggers was awarded a Distinguished Honor for his book, Zeitoun.

The remaining Journalism Award winners after the jump.

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President Obama Holds Oil Spill Press Conference

President Obama just wrapped up his first official press conference on the Gulf Coast oil spill. It lasted about an hour.

After about ten minutes of remarks, the President took questions. Up first was the AP’s Jennifer Loven who asked if the President has been personally involved enough. “This has been our highest priority,” Obama responded.

Brian Williams, Harry Smith and George Stephanopoulos anchored special coverage on NBC, CBS and ABC. Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper and Chip Reid all also reported from the WH East Room.

After Loven, Tapper, Todd, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma, Reid, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Helen Thomas, NYT‘s Jackie Calmes, EFE’s Macarena Vidal and Fox News’ Major Garrett got called on by the President for questions, in that order.

Thomas asked the first non-oil spill question, on Afghanistan. She asked Obama not to give her any “Bush-ist” too (not bullsh*t, calm down everyone). Calmes brought it back to oil spill. Garrett asked about the possible Sestak job offer from the administration- Obama promised an official response shortly, adding that nothing improper took place.

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC also carried. WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who’s live-tweeting the press conference, tweeted “tough image for Obama…MSNBC goes with split screen: Obama on one side, oil pipe spewing into gulf on the other.”

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton took on criticism that the President hasn’t had a press conference in a long time on Twitter today:

@billburton44: politico: photo w/ a caption saying potus hasn’t had a press conf in 10 mos – odd since it’s from his press conf 4 mos ago

@billburton44: Other recent press conf’s: 2/9 (in the WH briefing room – documented in the photo) & 4/13 (in DC at the Nuclear Summit)

And despite press corps complaints that Presidential press conferences have been lacking, Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli tweeted this pic, “Low turnout from press for this event. Dozens of empty seats.”