John King, Wanker of the Week

I am calling it now- John King, on CNN, just proclaimed that there is no allegation of wrong-doing in the Blagojevich case regarding the Obama team, but that he better prove he is innocent and get it right because he said he would have an open and transparent administration.

Got it? Unless Obama proves he didn’t do anything wrong, when he hasn’t been accused of any wrong doing, there will be hell to pay.

Now, no one has accused John King of buggering young children after luring them into his van down by the river with promises of candy and then feeding them rum balls and Jesus Juice before repeatedly sodomizing them, but he better prove this is not the case or there will be big problems for King and CNN. What did Wolf Blitzer know about this? It would be irresponsible to not speculate about this.

Can’t they put something useful on CNN before Fareed Zakaria’s GPS so I am not subjected to this bullshit?

*** Update ***

John King is from Idaho, which makes me wonder if he has ever had a tryst with Larry Craig, who is also from Idaho. Don’t you see the obvious connection? They are both from Idaho, just like Obama and Balgojevich are BOTH FROM CHICAGO. It is right there in front of your eyes, folks! Will John King be able to prove he has never had sex with Larry Craig in a bathroom stall? We need answers!

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136 replies
  1. 1
    Rick Massimo says:

    Well, you know, there’s nothing easier than proving a negative. Especially when there is no actual allegation of anything.

    Jebus, I knew this was going to happen, but I thought they’d wait until he took office: the demand that a Democratic president "respond" to a bunch of twitching and whining that doesn’t even involve any actual nouns or verbs (because they’d be easy to disprove) without even an attempt to define what an acceptable "response" would be.

  2. 2
    cleek says:

    get used to it.

    the press loves a scandal. and if Obama doesn’t give them one, they’ll invent one for him.

  3. 3
    Laura W says:

    Can’t they put something useful on CNN before Fareed Zakaria’s GPS so I am not subjected to this bullshit?

    No.
    And unless I am making shit up again, I believe I that heard King will soon take over the whole CNN Sun morn slot so Wolf can continue to torture us for 15+ hours a week in his Situation Echo Chamber.
    ACK. Announcing it as we speak.
    At least I wasn’t lying this time.
    ACK.

  4. 4
    South of I-10 says:

    I have not watched any kind of news in at least 72 hours – I am already so sick of this BS. Fitzgerald said Obama was not involved and was not targeted in the investigation. Until he says otherwise, I am done. Someone let me know if Obama or anyone in his administration gets indicted.

  5. 5
    Davis X. Machina says:

    In Napoleon’s army, they said, every private had a marshal’s baton in his knapsack. In the press corps today, everybody’s got a Pulitzer in their laptop case.

    Not a real Pulitzer, but one of the special kneecap-a-Democrat bullshit ones, like Jeff Gerth’s, for the persecution of Wen Ho Lee, with a major assist from Free Republic.com, and freeper Notra Trulock. (I have since read speculation that the Wen Ho Lee Pulitzer was a make-up call for the Pulitzer Gerth didn’t win for ginning up Whitewater from whole cloth).

    And then there ‘s the sterling example of Judith "Queen of all Iraq" Miller…

  6. 6
    Rick Taylor says:

    What to say. It’s a Democratic administration, the old rules are back in force. The good thing is Obama has proven he’s good in a scrap. After having gone through the Plame affair, where months went by after Corn pointed how, hey, someone outed a CIA agent, the press shrugged its shoulders, it is aggravating.

  7. 7

    John King has always been a complete blithering idiot.

    He plus Bill Schneider and Wolf Blitzer and the rest of those goddam fools make up the worst pack of stupid hyenas on television today. You will actually get more out of watching Fox that you will watching CNN these days. Fox at least is just openly whoring a point of view. CNN doesn’t even have enough wits about it to do that.

  8. 8
    MrSparkle says:

    And while we’re on the subject, why has Mickey Kaus not yet disproven his love of giving blowjobs to several goats in rapid succession? Sure, we may not have evidence or facts to prove this, but some guy might later bring it up at some unspecified point in the future, so Mickey Kaus should prove that he does not like to blow any goats or we will continue reporting that he has.

  9. 9
    Benjamin says:

    I nominate Halperin for Wanker of the week.

    Check this out.

    http://thepage.time.com/2008/1.....d=rss-page

    You know that McCain interview that virtually every news outlet has reported under the angle of "McCain downplays RNC attempt at attacking Obama with Blago" ? You know ?

    Well initially Mark Halperin apparently understood it the same way. But then half an hour later … the title changed from "McCain sticks up for Obama on Blagojevich" when it was first posted to "McCain to Obama team: release Blago info" ?
    You can see it in the link above (the address shows the initial title and the actual entry shows the new title).

    Why did his interpretation of the same remark change (a 180 change at that) all of a sudden within an hour ? Did he get his talking points ?

  10. 10
    Mike says:

    John says:

    John King is from Idaho, which makes me wonder if he has ever had a tryst with Larry Craig,

    And uses the keyword assholes.

    I’m just saying…

  11. 11
    smiley says:

    @Benjamin:

    Why did his interpretation of the same remark change (a 180 change at that) all of a sudden within an hour ? Did he get his talking points ?

    He went here and saw what all the cool kids (i.e., wingnut bloggers) were saying.

  12. 12
    mcd410x says:

    People still watch cable news? Seriously?

  13. 13
    plus C says:

    I live in Idaho, making me the defacto authority on all things Idaho. Since I had no idea that John King is from here, he’s obviously tried to suppress that information, which isn’t helping his case.

    Sarah Palin is also from Idaho (Sandpoint, which is to Idaho what Idaho is to the rest of the country), and she hasn’t been candid about what role she played in John King’s child-luring exploits.

  14. 14

    All I can think is liberal media, liberal media, liberal media…

    But, I have Brats, beer,sauerkraut, and football. Hard to get worked up.

  15. 15

    You haven’t been watching Scarborough have you? I didn’t see King but I’ll bet Joe can give him a run for his money. For that matter, some of the other news readers at MSNBC are stuck on the same line of thought as your buddy Mr. King. But, alas, such is the state of the mewling and puking of the establishment media.

  16. 16

    @plus C: And Oregon…cuz you can see it from your house.

  17. 17
    JR says:

    Cleek says: the press loves a scandal.

    I have to take exception, Cleek. This is just a handy excuse for the newest wave of Establishment media scandal-creation.

    There were eleventy-seven scandals swirling around the Right-wing Con Republican Bush Administration, from the lies about going to war and rendition and torture and Downing Street Memos to FISA complaints and outed CIA agents and Georgia-meddling to mercenaries to lost billions to open collusion with pundit-posing Pentagon generals and faith-based giveaways of tax dollars, etc, etc, etc, etc.

    At the time, there was even the excuse given that the scandals were coming so thick and fast that the media simply could not cover it, so it just went into "cowed" mode and said nothing. Seems like they re-discovered their fierceness at a rather odd juncture, if that were true.

    The media is a mouthpiece, and what it is a mouthpiece OF is a corrupt Establishment. Saying they simply enjoy scandal is not really observable fact at this point.

    The auto workers should protest the news media, shut them down. The situation for them AND our country would immensely improve.

  18. 18
    Comrade Napoleon says:

    God is King a tool.

    Off topic, but NPR news just reported that at a news conference in Iraq and Iraqi journalist called Bush a dog to his face and threw his shoes at him (an extreme insult in the Arab world).

  19. 19
    USA Patriot says:

    @JR: It is hard to keep up with all the crackpot conspiracy theories on the left these days…

  20. 20
    James says:

    Interesting stuff on this from Democratic Strategist

    The major problem is not that the reporters are deliberately promoting Republican talking points. Rather it is that skilled (and, in fact, even utterly mediocre) PR operatives can almost effortlessly manipulate the coverage of a “scandal” by understanding the medias’ three-step process.

    1. During the first 24-72 hours of a breaking story reporters and analysts are in a desperate life or death competition to inflate the importance of a “scandal” and make it as big as story as possible. (After all, nobody gets a Pulitzer or a raise for a story titled “XYZ scandal of limited importance”). Conversely, there is no penalty or downside cost to reporters and analysts for engaging in baseless speculation (In fact, if salaries were actually reduced based on the number of a reporter or analysts’ idle speculations that turned out to be groundless, the practice would quickly disappear).

    2. Once the “story” is established as “news”, dramatic statements by leading Republicans or simply growing media or internet discussion of the “story” become themselves officially more “News” – justifying another set of headlines and TV teasers saying “back in a moment with new information on this breaking story.”

    3. After the “big news” phase has passed, there is no tradition in American journalism or other effective pressure on journalists that will lead them to produce follow-up stories that correct the false impressions generated during the initial frenzy. Think about it. When was the last time you saw a follow-up news story – in the same front page position and the same headline size as the original stories that says, for example, “Obama emerges unscathed from Blagojevich affair – no evidence of personal involvement found”. The media simply do not consider themselves obligated or responsible for producing news stories like this in the aftermath of a media feeding frenzy. Correcting a false impression is not a “big news” story like the original misleading version.

    The result of these three factors is a systematic, inherent bias that even the most clumsy partisan PR operatives can manipulate to their advantage.

    I think we ought to find a way to ensure a "downside" for engaging in baseless speculation. Read the whole piece. It’s good.

  21. 21

    Iraqi journalist hurls shoes at Bush during news conference.

    Saw video on CNN. But I haven’t seen it posted anywhere yet.

    Evidently they ran out of candy and flowers.

  22. 22
    USA Patriot says:

    @James: The notion that all the liberal Democrat Obama sycophants in the MSM are promoting Republican talking points now is absolutely ludicrous on its face.

  23. 23
    Joshua Norton says:

    Now there’s all sorts of breathless conjecture because Fox Noise reports that Rahm Emanuel had direct conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich about Obama’s replacement in the US Senate. Big freaking whoop. I would expect that Rahm would want to know who Blago intended to saddle the Dems with.

    They’re putting a "drama-for-Obama" soap opera spin on what should have been a 2 day story in hopes of dragging this thing out to 1/20/09.

  24. 24
    Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist says:

    @James: I think we ought to find a way to ensure a "downside" for engaging in baseless speculation.

    Very interesting indeed, James. I think there is something of a downside already, if indirectly – aren’t cable news viewership and credibility rates declining?

    I do agree with you that more direct mechanisms than that would be useful, though I can’t think of what they’d be.

  25. 25
    cleek says:

    People still watch cable news? Seriously?

    not me. never have. never will.

    except at the airport, when there’s nothing else to do.

  26. 26

    @USA Patriot: The quoted text specifically states that talking points ARE NOT being deliberately promoted. The establishment media IS being manipulated.

  27. 27
    Reverend Dennis says:

    Right around the time the news broke about Blagojevich, the Senate Armed Services Committee released a bi-partisan report directly tying Donald Rumsfeld and his deputies to the atrocities at Abu Ghraib. It isn’t hard to imagine that Cheney and Bush himself may have been complicit. Nonetheless, our vigilant and energetic media jumped on the Blagojevich business. It’s not that they’d like everyone to forget their gullibility and shameless cheerleading during the Bush years.

  28. 28
    burnspbesq says:

    USA Patriot:

    The notion that all the liberal Democrat Obama sycophants in the MSM are promoting Republican talking points now
    Everything USA Patriot says is absolutely ludicrous on its face.

    Corrected.

  29. 29
    Comrade Kevin says:

    @The Grand Panjandrum: Reading’s for liberal pansies who want to sell the country to the ragheads, DUH.

  30. 30
    South of I-10 says:

    Maybe the media can shut up about how Obama has failed and can’t be trusted and talk about this for a while.

  31. 31
    liberatemeiexinfernis says:

    This is priceless. MSNBC is reporting Bush got hit by a shoe. An Iraqi reporter threw it at him. Guess they ran out of flowers

  32. 32
    James says:

    @Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist

    There are helpful strategies at the link. I’ve actually used them and they occasionally work. There isn’t going to be one shining victory, but a series of incremental improvements, I think, if we consistently call the media out on their willingness to be manipulated.

    Plus, pressure the DC dems to do the same. They are the ones who are key, but the Dems don’t really have an effective media message machine. Though, the Obama team is better than we have had.

  33. 33
    ChrisB says:

    @The Grand Panjandrum:

    Two other Iraqi journalists were briefly detained after one of them called Zaidi’s actions "courageous."

    They’re now covering the Abu Ghraib beat.

    If you watch the video, that journalist was close. His shoes went sailing past Bush’s head.

  34. 34
    Common Sense says:

    Ha! CBS just broke into my football game to report that an Iraqi journalist threw his shoes at Bush during his farewell trip to Baghdad. Changing hearts and minds we are…

  35. 35
    gnomedad says:

    Unless Obama proves he didn’t do anything wrong, when he hasn’t been accused of any wrong doing, there will be hell to pay.

    John is well on his way to a black belt in "shorter" memery. Keep up the great writing.

  36. 36
    GSD says:

    Well, it looks like Baghdad Bob was more prescient than we gave him credit for:

    "We will welcome them with bullets and shoes."

    After fives years of bullets.

    His final prediction has come to fruition.

    -GSD

  37. 37
    Anon says:

    I’ve been pretty amazed so far at how ridiculous the MSM has been. The most that Obama can be accused is not reporting this quickly enough to the FBI. That’s it!

    So, let’s take any one of these reporters or pundits. Let’s say that one of them is stopped for speeding in his/her community. Let’s say that the policeman suggests in an indirect, but suspicious manner, that he is receptive to bribery.

    I’m sure that each and everyone of them would immediately report this as an attempted bribery attempt. Right? And then, be willing to reveal all contacts he/she, or his/her newspaper or family has had with local government officials and/or police. Right?

  38. 38
    Common Sense says:

    Link of the daring assault.

  39. 39
    ChrisB says:

    @gnomedad: Think we can we get those shoes for the Bush Library?

  40. 40
    Joshua Norton says:

    Think we can we get those shoes for the Bush Library?

    Maybe they should get a lot of shoes for the Bush Library. It would probably do better as a Thom McCann’s anyway.

  41. 41
    GSD says:

    The only thing that could possibly be more demeaning and insulting to Bush is if his press conference was buzzed by that helicopter dildo.

    -GSD

  42. 42
    USA Patriot says:

    @burnspbesq: What a brilliant and witty retort! LOL

  43. 43
    Reverend Dennis says:

    Think we can we get those shoes for the Bush Library?

    How about 4,209 pairs of empty combat boots?

  44. 44

    I’d be more interested in the paper trail associated with Michelle’s pay raise after Barack went federal. She must have had a very good performance report to get that kind of pay raise.

  45. 45
    LiberalTarian says:

    @Common Sense:

    Stolen from comments at HuffPo …

    Bush got sole.

  46. 46
    Reverend Dennis says:

    Hmmm, mysterious and deep are the ways of the moderation filter.

  47. 47
    Common Sense says:

    @LiberalTarian:

    He got sole but he’s not a soldier….

  48. 48
    dbrown says:

    At least if the media whores have to run with a fake story, this one about Obama is easy to make fun of and really shows to even a half brain dead american exactly what the repub-a-thugs and their ass licking lap dog media whores really are full of shit. The bad news is that the majority of repub-a-thugs have a lower IQ than a half brain dead person.

  49. 49
    LiberalTarian says:

    Man, that Iraqi journo has more nerve and vigor in his little pinky toe than the whole US press put together.

    Riddle me this: I was mad when European leaders refused to shake Bush’s hand, as if they were in no way involved with his "world leadership"; but I am thrilled that some every-day-guy in Iraq threw his shoes at Bush (I hope he gets them back by the way). How odd. My only regret is that he didn’t bean him right in the head.

  50. 50
    James says:

    More color from the shoe incident:

    As the two leaders shook hands in Maliki’s private office, an Iraqi journalist hurled his shoes at the US president, shouting: "It is the farewell kiss, you dog." Bush was not struck.

    Soles of shoes are considered the ultimate insult in Arab culture. After Saddam’s statue was toppled in Baghdad in April 2003, many onlookers beat the statue’s face with their soles.

    Source: AFP Bush says ‘war not over’ on farewell Iraq visit

  51. 51
    LiberalTarian says:

    @Reverend Dennis:

    Indeed.

  52. 52
    gnomedad says:

    I’d be more interested in the paper trail associated with Michelle’s pay raise after Barack went federal. She must have had a very good performance report to get that kind of pay raise.

    B.O.B. is absolutely right, the Senate Armed Forces Committee is obviously using the detainee issue as a distraction from the scandal of Michelle’s raise.

  53. 53
    demimondian says:

    Oh, look. We’ve got USAPatsy and Crematorium Bill on a single thread. I anticipate much joy in the coming hours.

  54. 54
    cleek says:

    Everything USA Patriot says is absolutely ludicrous on its face.

    i dunno. i’m finding his newfound enthusiasm for pie quite contagious!

  55. 55
    demimondian says:

    @cleek: I would think that the pie on its face would be ludicrous indeed.

  56. 56
    James says:

    Drat. Paragraph starting "Soles of shoes" is supposed to be in blockquote.

    Source: AFP Bush says ‘war not over’ on farewell Iraq visit

  57. 57
    J. says:

    You are just now realizing that John King is a wanker, JC? Does the phrase I da ho not mean something? (Though who knew it would more accurately describe a couple of dicks?)

    More entertainingly, did you happen to catch W. being pelted with shoes earlier today? Someone should have given that guy the boot long ago…

  58. 58
    burnspbesq says:

    @USA Patriot:

    It’s called playing down to the level of the competition. You do about as well here as a decent Division 3 team would do against USC.

  59. 59
    r€nato says:

    I predict that if that Iraqi journalist who threw the shoe at Bush were to come to America, he would be greeted with sweets and flowers.

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    Comrade Mary, Would-Be Minion Of Bad Horse says:

    @Common Sense:

    Well, that now demands the damn video, doesn’t it?

    (And if we’re going to get weird and western, lets toss in Muse as well.)

  62. 62
    Mike in NC says:

    Think we can we get those shoes for the Bush Library?

    Those and a leather-bound copy of "My Pet Goat" autographed by the Smirking Chimp himself. People are lining up to donate coloring books their kids were too bored to finish. It’ll be an impressive collection.

  63. 63
    TenguPhule says:

    If you watch the video, that journalist was close. His shoes went sailing past Bush’s head.

    My biggest regret is that the guy *missed*.

    It would have been a perfect Christmas photo.

  64. 64
    Perry Como says:

    @Brick Oven Bill: Indeed. Going from a director position to vice president never comes with a significant pay raise.

  65. 65
    Chris Baldwin says:

    Kudos for using the word ‘wanker’.

    Also, Wolf Blitzer is possibly the most exciting name ever.

  66. 66
    Reverend Dennis says:

    @LiberalTarian:
    I posted the "mysterious" comment after mine @43 went into moderation. Why it did is still a mystery to me. Although life around here would be far worse without the filter I’m confused by some of the things that trip it.

  67. 67
    Allan says:

    USA Patriot:

    Yesterday I asked if you are Jonah Goldberg because you used the URL for Ms. Goldberg’s pile of steaming Liberal Fascism as your "website."

    You did not respond.

    Today I notice you are commenting without filling in the "website" space with a link.

    Are you now, or have you ever been, Jonah Goldberg, or if not Ms. Goldberg herself, are you now or have you ever been so deeply embedded in Ms. Goldberg’s anus that you were able to see out of her myopic eyes?

  68. 68
    Allan says:

    @ Easy Bake Oven Bill O’Reilly:

    Those dastardly schemers at the U of C Hospital tried to hide the truth about Michelle Obama by releasing it as a press release and posting it on their website, the bastards!

    Michelle Obama has been appointed vice president for community and external affairs at the University of Chicago Hospitals. Obama, who was previously the executive director for community affairs at the Hospitals, will be responsible for all programs and initiatives that involve the relationship between the Hospitals and the community. She will also take over management of the Hospitals’ business diversity program.

    Prior to joining the Hospitals, Obama worked as an associate dean of student services for the University of Chicago where she developed the University’s first office of community service. She came to the Hospitals in 2002 and quickly built up programs for community relations, neighborhood outreach, volunteer recruitment, staff diversity and minority contracting.

    "We have been impressed with the care, imagination and energy that Michelle has brought to every project she has worked on since coming to the Hospitals," said Michael Riordan, president and CEO of the Hospitals. "We are excited to have her join the ranks of senior management. She brings to our team a new level of compassion, commitment and close connections to the community."

    "My goal in this position," Obama said, "is to continue to broaden the Hospitals’ relationships with our neighborhood and with our city." The University of Chicago Hospitals is one of the largest employers on the South Side and one of the most renowned medical institutions in Chicago and even the Midwest. "We have an obligation," she said, "to ensure that we use our resources on behalf of our neighborhood and our city. In this new role, my goal is to better integrate community engagement into the culture of this institution and to expand our partnerships with local organizations and institutions."

  69. 69
    Hyperion says:

    @cleek: i have new found respect for you. that is my position exactly.

  70. 70
    kay says:

    Emanuel delivered a list of candidates who would be "acceptable" to Obama, the source said. On the list were Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Illinois Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth, state Comptroller Dan Hynes and U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Chicago, the source said. All are Democrats.

    Sometime after the election, Emanuel called Harris back to add the name of Democratic Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan to the approved list, the source said."

    What’s notable about this list is how completely unremarkable it is.

    Tammy Duckworth is a brand new and completely powerless player. She’s a bit of a hero to the Left, re:Iraq, and her losing House race, but she’s hardly some hardened pol with swag to trade.

    I’m reading the Chicago Tribune on Obama, and have been for close to a year now. Unlike the pundits, there’s actual information provided.

    Why isn’t this breathless speculation actually using what we know?

  71. 71

    John, it’s your duty to find us better trolls.

    This USAPatBoonePattycake guy has failed the audition.

    Get us some real trolls, please, otherwise, this place is going to the dogs.

    Rehashed 5-year-old wingnut talking points?

    Please.

  72. 72
    The Moar You Know says:

    @USA Patriot: I don’t blame you for changing your handle; I had to look up how to properly spell "Atanarjuat". This new one is much easier. Thanks.

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    I love how this entire tantrum can only be sustained if you completely ignore 1. Blaggy’s comments about Obama’ refusal to play along. 2. Fitzgerald’s request that Camp Obama StFu about the matter.

    Oh well, let them scream. When Fitzgerald finishes his investigation and announces Obama did nothing wrong they’ll have to scramble for something else.

    If I were going to make a Christmas wish it would be that the only pols who actually slipped Hair Blag any cash have an ( R ) after their name.

  74. 74
    burnspbesq says:

    @TheHatOnMyCat:

    I’m sure Balkinization would give up Bart DePalma for a third-round draft pick and a small amount of cash, but are you sure you want him?

  75. 75

    but that he better prove he is innocent and get it right because he said he would have an open and transparent administration.

    So did George W. Bush, why is it this was never a concern for the past eight years?

    Because IOKIYAR, and no other reason.

  76. 76

    Will John King be able to prove he has never had sex with Larry Craig in a bathroom stall?

    Since the population of Illinois is 12,831,970 and the population of Idaho is only 1,466,465, it’s actually 8.75 times more appropriate to speculate on the details of John King’s long-running S&M affair with Larry Craig. The lack of even a hint of a rumor about their sordid liaisons is damning.

    I’m not so sure about the John King rumball/buggering kids thing though, ’cause that story has been all over the internet for years.

  77. 77
    rob says:

    Alan Stewart Carl tries the same thing.

    http://donklephant.com/2008/12.....o-problem/

    So I asked him:

    Do you have anything? or is this just a typical right wing smear job, mention Obama and Blagojevich in the same sentence and see what happens?

    his answer:

    Rob, did you even read the post or did you just go knee-jerk with that comment? Or is it a “smear job” to ask even mild, reasonable questions about Obama?

    So I responded:

    Is there a problem with me asking if you, like Mickey Kaus overly likes goats? I will admit that I don’t have any evidence, but it is just a mild, reasonable question.

    They don’t get it.

  78. 78

    But, but, THOMC what else do they have? For god’s sake you’re not demanding originality? What a concept…

  79. 79
    Mike in NC says:

    USA Patriot: I don’t blame you for changing your handle; I had to look up how to properly spell "Atanarjuat". This new one is much easier. Thanks.

    I’m pretty certain that "USA Patriot" is the exclusive intellectual property of Dick "Dickhead" Cheney, so that other guy needs to drop it. But it does manage to be both pretentious and fatuous at the same time. A two-fer.

  80. 80
    AnneLaurie says:

    In Napoleon’s army, they said, every private had a marshal’s baton in his knapsack. In the press corps today, everybody’s got a Pulitzer in their laptop case.

    Not a real Pulitzer, but one of the special kneecap-a-Democrat bullshit ones, like Jeff Gerth’s, for the persecution of Wen Ho Lee, with a major assist from Free Republic.com, and freeper Notra Trulock. (I have since read speculation that the Wen Ho Lee Pulitzer was a make-up call for the Pulitzer Gerth didn’t win for ginning up Whitewater from whole cloth).

    And then there ’s the sterling example of Judith "Queen of all Iraq" Miller…

    Post of the Week. The ‘Special (Short Bus) Pulitzer’, aka ‘The Golden Kneepads’. In a just world, John King would be shunned, rather than being lauded for his role in the front ranks of the Media Village Idiots.

    According to his Wiki entry, King went to Boston Latin School, which has a reputation for producing — at its worst — just this kind of smug arsehole. The guy who never got over being anointed ‘best in class’ in the seventh grade, who still includes his SAT scores in his CV, is a natural courtier to our new American Sun Kings; the real tragedy is that so many of the rest of us have lost our inbred revulsion for JK’s brand of self-righteous "All is for the best in this I-Got-Mine world" nitwittery.

  81. 81
    Daniel says:

    It seems to me that this isn’t all that much different than the Wasilla Bible Church story.

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    More entertainingly, did you happen to catch W. being pelted with shoes earlier today? Someone should have given that guy the boot long ago…

    In celebration of this event, I went shoe and boot shopping, got a pair of each, and contributed a little bit to our economy today.

  83. 83
    Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist says:

    @Anon: So, let’s take any one of these reporters or pundits. Let’s say that one of them is stopped for speeding in his/her community. […]
    I’m sure that each and everyone of them would immediately report this as an attempted bribery attempt.

    Or, let’s say a vice president shoots a hunting buddy in the face. I’m sure he’d report the incident immediately!

  84. 84

    Also, Wolf Blitzer is possibly the most exciting name ever.

    Alas, it’s not even his real name. Leslie Blitzer just didn’t have the ratings numerology value he needed to create success.

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    John, my #81 has been detained by the moderation police, and I am swearing out a statement that my comment is innocent. We wish to make bail.

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    Jeff says:

    @The Grand Panjandrum:
    Video is up on the shoe throwing, I love the comparison of the journalist’s fate if Saddam was still in charge at the end of the video. What another wanker.

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    Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist says:

    Also, Wolf Blitzer is possibly the most exciting name ever.

    I’d have to vote for Fuzz Hogan.

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    But, but, THOMC what else do they have?

    Well, they have …. er …. they ….uh …..

    Excuse me, I have a cat that wants out …..

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    kay says:

    @kommrade reproductive vigor:

    I assume Emmanuel and Obama were planning. At least, I hope so.

    They had the Senate seat appointment and a special election coming up for Emmanuel’s House seat.

    It makes sense that they would be slotting in possibilities, with both the Senate and House seat in mind.

    I don’t know who would be better at that than Emmanuel. It’s his seat that was coming open, and he was the wildly successful strategist for the Dems in the 06 House races.

    I hope Republicans aren’t saying Democrats aren’t permitted to plan Congressional race slotting.

    That’s ridiculous.

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    Is there anything about your 81, Circus, that would warrant moderation?

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    Well, it turned out to be #82 actually (guess another comment was in moderation as well) but, no, as I stated previously we are completely innocent*. Innocent, I tell ya!

    *unless contributing to our economy has now become a criminal enterprise.

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    Well, it turned out to be #82 actually (guess another comment was in moderation as well) but, no, as I stated previously we are completely innocent*. Innocent, I tell ya!

    Right, I meant 82. Well, that moderation filter thing is a little like USAPantload’s rhetoric …… rarely works.

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    Laura W says:

    This is probably a tad O/T but I don’t know where to put it (ha). Wanker in the post title might work, I was thinking. Definitely not in the football thread.
    Did Sullivan really post this yesterday noonish, upon return from his week’s vacation, and it still sits there, unmocked? Unedited?

    After eight years of Dishing, I know my work is done when my Number Two tears me a new asshole while I’m away. It’s the way we roll.

    Edit: Not that being a gay man is mockworthy. Or a gay woman. It seems so…shit. You know what I mean. It’s an odd post for him!

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    Reverend Dennis says:

    I’d have to vote for Fuzz Hogan.

    My vote still goes to a tool salesman I met back during my machinist days: Rod Glidewell.

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    My vote still goes to a tool salesman I met back during my machinist days: Rod Glidewell.

    Wonder which of his parents was responsible for that one. ;)

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    My vote still goes to a tool salesman I met back during my machinist days: Rod Glidewell.

    Not bad, but for everyday use, how can you do better than good old Jack Hoff?

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    Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist says:

    @Reverend Dennis: My vote still goes to a tool salesman I met back during my machinist days: Rod Glidewell.

    OK, yeah. I have to switch my vote. It was close, but the fact that Rod Glidewell was a tool salesman convinced me.

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    Mrs. Peel says:

    Speaking of wankers. Dick Gregory’s bio at "Dickipedia"

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    Reverend Dennis says:

    @Xecklothxayyquou Gilchrist:
    A tool salesman he was. California machinists were famous for pulling elaborate practical jokes so I was very skeptical. He finally had to give me one of his business cards to convince me that I wasn’t being suckered in.

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    LiberalTarian says:

    @Reverend Dennis:

    Yeah, my "riddle me this" post got moderated, too. I didn’t see any particularly egregious words, but I think maybe "riddle" gets the thing excited?

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    Reverend Dennis says:

    Speaking of wankers. Dick Gregory’s bio at "Dickipedia"

    Fuck! I’m so old I thought that you meant Dick Gregory the black comedian and activist.
    Courtesy of Wikipedia, some lines from his first appearance at the Chicago Playboy Club:

    Good evening ladies and gentlemen. I understand there are a good many Southerners in the room tonight. I know the South very well. I spent twenty years there one night.

    Last time I was down South I walked into this restaurant and this white waitress came up to me and said, "We don’t serve colored people here." I said, "That’s all right. I don’t eat colored people. Bring me a whole fried chicken."

    Then these three white boys came up to me and said, "Boy, we’re givin’ you fair warnin’. Anything you do to that chicken, we’re gonna do to you." So I put down my knife and fork, I picked up that chicken and I kissed it. Then I said, "Line up, boys!"

    These lines delivered in 1961 during what was likely the first appearance by a black comedian at a white club.

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    demimondian says:

    @Mrs. Peel: The best part:

    [Gregory] is married to Beth Wilkinson. Though you may not know her, you paid her for years, while she was executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for Fannie Mae. She held this position until September of 2008, when she resigned after the troubled giant was taken over by the government, giving her more time to spend with her troubled giant at home.

    The success of Fannie Mae in assisting low income borrowers to obtain mortgages and keep their houses during the economic downturn is unclear. It has, however, been fantastically successful in helping many wealthy people obtain mortgages, and, you know, that’s something.

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    Reverend Dennis says:

    @LiberalTarian:
    Like any fool, I thought that I might be able to suss out what excites it by observation. There must be a pseudo-random number generator in the thing that flags the unlucky post.

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    Mrs. Peel says:

    Speaking of wankers. Dick Gregory’s bio at "Dickipedia"

    Oooopsy. I did say "Dick" and meant to say "David". Freudian slip. Every time I see him on TV I automatically think "What a dick".

    It had to happen eventually. At least I didn’t use my second favorite word for him and call him "Dipshit" out loud.

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    Bubblegum Tate says:

    Did you guys know that the shoe-throwing incident is proof of our victorious victory in Iraq? Victory!

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    John Cole says:

    Dikipedia is pretty awesome- from the Sarah Palin entry:

    Sarah Palin’s political views are totally cribbed from the “Focus on the Family” website. Pro-life, unless you’re talking about the life of a criminal; limited government involvement in people’s lives, unless those people have a uterus or are gay and want to get married; and guns for whoever wants them, as many as they like, unless they look Islamic, in which case they should be detained indefinitely, preferably naked and arranged in a human pyramid.

    The Olbermann one is funny, too.

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    Personal Designation says:

    Throwing shoes an Arab insult? I’ll take an Arab insult over a Blackwater insult any day of the week.

    Not bad, but for everyday use, how can you do better than good old Jack Hoff?

    ummmmm

    Mike Hunt

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    KevinD says:

    I’d love to see 10,000+ American citizens get together, march over to the White House, and just start throwing shoes over on the lawn. That would be awesome.

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    Laura W says:

    12 long hours ago I started my Sunday reading Gregory’s Dickipedia entry (while ignorning him on MTP and missing JCS on CBS Sun morning), and here I am…preparing to grieve the loss of Dexter.
    Season Finale in 5.
    Amazing Race ended last week.
    Sunday night tee vee returns to Shitsville.
    I am so going to miss Dexter. What a season it’s been.

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    ChrisB says:

    @KevinD: Name the time and I’m there.

    Whaddaya bet there are some shoes on the lawn right now?

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    TR says:

    The Guiliani entry at Dickipedia is pretty damn good:

    A Democrat and Independent in the 1970s, Giuliani was considered a socially liberal Republican in the 1980s and 1990s, at least if you don’t count attitudes toward black people. Giuliani does not like black people. His run for president made it clear that Giuliani has no core political ideology at all, except for an insatiable thirst for power.

    Giuliani gained international attention during and after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, as he is sure to mention every time he opens his mouth. For instance, if Giuliani is at a restaurant and he wants the eggs, when the waitress comes to take his order he will say, “I’ll have the eggs. Also, I was the hero of 9/11.” It is the cornerstone of his campaign. Without 9/11, his campaign would have to go with, “Giuliani: He’s a Loathsome, Power-mad Lunatic,” which, many political observers note, is generally considered not to be an effective electoral strategy.

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    Captain Obvious says:

    SIAP: you all realize John King was a video jockey ro the Canadian MTV?

    That flying shoe to the head was our best shot at any sort of justice for the War Criminal Bush. He should have thrown the sinker instead of the change, but that pitch sure did have some nice velocity.

    I say that is only two balls, and Criminal Bush can’t walk unless he gets four. Criminal Bush is a fan, he knows the rules.

    Imagine one of our spineless weasel reporters (Tim Russert, David Gregory, etc) doing anything resembling disrespect towards Bush, their access would be immediately revoked for their whole corporation. Their corporate code is to mollify the power with mindless drivel, or no effective follow up questions. That is more important that accountability for government to the press in the best country evah.

    Imagine Democrats having enough spine to take Bush on for his crimes. Pelosi, Hoyer, Rockefeller, Harmon were in on all of it. Pelosi gave Bush a get out of jail free card with her "off the table" comments, she is a true traitor.

    Obama and all his neocon/neoliberal pals will never have the balls to hold Bush accountable for anything. That right shoe was our last, best hope. Bush won’t travel anymore, and he will live in his white only community and never have to pay any price for all of his crimes.

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    TR says:

    SIAP: you all realize John King was a video jockey ro the Canadian MTV?

    I think you’re thinking of his colleague John Roberts.

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    Mike in NC says:

    Giuliani does not like black people. His run for president made it clear that Giuliani has no core political ideology at all, except for an insatiable thirst for power.

    Screw Ghouliani and the horse he rode in on. He has no future in politics, period. Maybe they’ll do a remake of Nosferatu, though, so he can try acting. 1-20-09 cannot arrive fast enough!

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    When responding to USA Patriot, keep this in mind: Whenever you hear the expression "USA Patriot" in the news, what is the next word uttered?

    "Act".

    Something to think about… ;)

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    Comrade Kevin says:

    Dickipedia’s pretty funny. There’s this gem about Ann Coulter:

    Coulter has dated many dicks, among them conservative author Dinesh D’Souza (who wrote a 1981 article for the Dartmouth Review naming the officers of the Gay Student Alliance, some of whom had not yet come out) and Spin magazine founder and publisher – and second-generation dick – Bob Guccione, Jr. Though she claims to have been engaged many times, she has yet to meet Mr. Rightwingnut. Those concerned with the future of humankind are watching Coulter’s biological clock, counting the days until the onset of the menopause that will render the species safe from her virulent strain of DNA.

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    I’d love to see 10,000+ American citizens get together, march over to the White House, and just start throwing shoes over on the lawn. That would be awesome.

    Well, I can’t go to DC at this time, but it just so happens that I’ve got plenty of shoes I could donate to the cause. TZ went shoe shopping with me today, and we found out he picks out better footwear for me than I do myself. I’ve got about eight pair of shoes that really don’t fit me very well, and a couple others that I’ve totally worn out. Where should I send them? ;)

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    Jay Severin Has A Small Pen1s says:

    You serious? CNN John King is having sex with Larry Craig? Holy shit. I can’t wait to tell the missus.

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    Actually, I think John King is having sex with Dana Bash (unless she is one of those avowed promise ring wearing "abstinence only" women, in which case he probably downloads a lot of porn waiting for the big day). Personally, I can’t imagine anyone who would want to wake up next to Dana Bash every morning.

    Whoops, I didn’t realize, they were married this past May. Too bad for him, I guess.

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    Bad Horse's Filly says:

    Okay, no bush fan…otherwise why would I hang out here? Does it bother anyone else that the guy got not one, but two shoes catapulted into the air, with lag time between each shoe and neither he, nor the shrub were tackled to the ground by the Secret Service before he lobbed the second shoe? Really, POTUS is expected to duck and weave in a hostile country in order to stay safe?

    I have lost all confidence and fear for Obama’s safety if this is the response we can expect.

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    I suspect Bush has disgruntled SS detail, and Obama’s will be more vigilant, personally.

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    Does it bother anyone else that the guy got not one, but two shoes catapulted into the air, with lag time between each shoe and neither he, nor the shrub were tackled to the ground by the Secret Service before he lobbed the second shoe?

    Not really. Why? For three reasons. First, because it was an ‘attack’ that was unexpected. Who expects someone to throw their shoes at the President? I can’t stop laughing just thinking about it! Second, because it was Bush and even if the guy missed he still sent a message that most of the world agrees with. Third, because the Secret Service is now aware of the potential for a shoe attack and will take additional ‘steps’ to prevent that from happening.

    I just wish Bush had been slower in responding. Having him coming home with the impression of an Iraqi heel on his forehead would have been priceless.

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    Conservatively Liberal says:

    The BJ Mod Gawd must be angry tonight. Please save my post from this frightening apparition. I’m just a frozen caveman blogger and your moderation gawds ways both frighten and confuse me.

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    LiberalTarian says:

    @Laura W:

    Yeah, but BSG comes back in January.

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    AnneLaurie says:

    I just wish Bush had been slower in responding. Having him coming home with the impression of an Iraqi heel on his forehead would have been priceless.

    Looked to me like Dubya has had a lot of practise ducking flying objects. Mama Bar is notorious for her temper, but FSM knows if *I* had to spend any time around that feckless smirk I’d be tempted to throw stuff myself.

    (And of course Himself had to cap the incident by whining, "I guess that guy just wanted to see hisself on th’ tel-bission. I don’t know what his ’cause’ is [shrug].")

    Because what Iraqi could possibly have any complaints about peeance and freeance, amirite?

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    Ecks says:

    cain’t believe you guys missed Nascar driver Dick Trickle in the name wall o’ awesome. I know naaathing about Nascar, and even I’ve heard of him.

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    Ecks says:

    oh, and Tucker Carlson’s Dickipedia entry:

    On April 11, 2006, Carlson announced his decision to cease wearing bow ties, a dweeby affectation (shared by fellow pundit and dick George Will) for which he was appropriately ridiculed over the years. “I just decided I wanted to give my neck a break,” he explained, oblivious to how many viewers also wanted to give his neck a break.

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    Tony J says:

    Also, Wolf Blitzer is possibly the most exciting name ever.

    How about Assistant-Chief of Blair House Randell ‘Randy’ Bumgardner?

    Or the perennial favourite, Joey Buttafuoco?

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    Dave P says:

    This is exactly the kind of crap we opened ourselves up to as a country when we welcomed 24 hours news into our home. If you’re going to take the sponsors money, you have to fill the airwaves. Now, believe me, I’m a skeptic when it comes to any mainstream politics. But good grief, just because it was Obama’s old seat doesn’t mean he’s got time to organize a pay to play scheme. If memory serves, he’s been a bit busy for the last month or so.

    But America, as soon as you stop tuning in to CNN at any time other than 6 or 11, maybe they’ll get the message and stop filling the airwaves and the interweb with hackish crap.

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    It occurs to me that although the rumors of Mickey Kaus blowing goats must be untrue (because wiretap audio of Mickey making goat-blowing sounds proves the opposite), I’ve never heard John King on tape making goat-blowing sounds.
    .
    What a sick bastard.

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    nationalplumbingcode says:

    …Not a real Pulitzer, but one of the special kneecap-a-Democrat bullshit ones…

    Interesting. I haven’t really thought about the Pulitzer Committee before but, ya know, there certainly are _a lot_ of recent examples of people who really shouldn’t have won one. In addition to the obvious examples mentioned above, Brett J. Blackledge of The Birmingham News, for example, really didn’t deserve his. The real story underneath his reporting about corruption in AL is that he, and the rest of the state, were getting played by Rove and Co. (Or, perhaps, he was a player as well but it seems more likely that he was getting materials from iffy sources and just not the kind of journalist to question where the info came from. It’s inescapable, however, that his work was journalism only in the sense that, say, Gerth is a report. And with similar results, a downed popular Dem and a lots slack jawed help by the DoJ. Take a look at Scott Harper’s take on Blackledge, if you are unfamiliar with his work.)

    I just looked up the current Pulitzer board. Now, there’s a fun loving group. Thomas Friedman, David Kennedy, Paul Gigot, and so on. I’m sure they’d love to give Gerth another Pulitzer.

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    Charles S says:

    I just googled John King, seeing if I could find an email address to contact him about my concerns about his alleged anonymous sex with Larry Craig, and why he hasn’t been quicker about coming forward with all of the facts about the absence of such a relationship. I didn’t find an email address to use to contact him, but this post was the #4 google hit for "John King."

    Congrats!

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    Ken L says:

    What, the same John King who practically conducted the entire interview with McCain on his knees (see Greenwald) having a tryst with Craig? I am not surprised.

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