Our failed media experiment

Via Tbogg.

39 replies
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    PeakVT says:

    And then he said, “Thanks for blowing me, Luke.”


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    Morbo says:

    @PeakVT: Damn, I was a minute too late…

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    Chat Noir says:

    @PeakVT: LOL.

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    Brian R. says:

    Well, I think Peak has wrapped up the thread nicely.

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    cleek says:

    livin it up when i’m goin dooowwwwwnnnn!

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    General Stuck says:

    Ting tang, walla walla bing bang.

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    Kiril says:

    Is it weird that I hate Luke Russert more than his daddy? If anything, it should be the other way around. Tim Russert was a millionaire blowhard with a workingman’s shtick who tempered his Broderism with a sprinkling of meaningless gotchas and smirking insiderism, but somehow it seemed less repulsive because he came by it honestly. Seeing Luke ape his father’s shallowness just comes off as far more soulless and creepy, and I guess the knowledge that he came by his status as a pure, unqualified legacy plug’n’play replacement just makes everything he says seem all the more intolerable, and, to an extent, evil. I look into those empty eyes and see a child playing dress-up, an empty suit pretending wisdom, a mindless cog in a broken machine. But logically, I should hate the father who helped create the system, not the son trying to play the hand he’s dealt. It’s strange.

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    Judas Escargot says:


    Is it weird that I hate Luke Russert more than his daddy?

    Nope. Russert the elder (love or hate him) came by his career honestly. But the son? Why? Apparently, even “television journalist” is yet another hereditary profession in our corrupt culture.

    To see Russert the Younger’s face on your teevee screen is to have this fact rubbed deep in your face, day after day.

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    And another Balloon Juice thread won in comment #1.

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    Emma says:

    EEEEWWWW. I’m not going into little Russ’s brain. You can’t make me.

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    Jude says:

    Just hope Luke remembers to get the suit dry-cleaned. Wouldn’t want to make the same mistake Lewinsky did.

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    slag says:


    But logically, I should hate the father who helped create the system, not the son trying to play the hand he’s dealt. It’s strange.

    Same problem here. I like to think of it as my inner socialist battling it out with my inner fascist. Sadly, I think my inner fascist tends to win most of the time. I end up loathing the individual rather than loathing the system that the individual is attempting to navigate. It’s simplistic, primeval, and almost totally wrongheaded. And also really damned hard to resist.

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    Yutsano says:

    Thread done in one, we can all move on now.

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    BGinCHI says:

    And then he I said, “Thanks for letting me blowing me you, Luke John.”

    There, fixed to fit present-day realities.

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    geisha gurl says:

    hmmm…Luke is a Bills fan? so he’s a self-masochistic little shit.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    From CNN, this made me laugh evilly:

    The pro-Sarah Palin documentary, “The Undefeated,” suffered disappointing box office sales over the weekend, earning just over $5,000.

    $5,000! Hahahahahahahahahaha!

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    RalfW says:

    @ 16:

    The Undefeated in two+ weeks of release (per boxofficemojo): Domestic Total as of Jul. 31, 2011: $112,200


    Oh, and,

    Atlas Shrugged Pt 1 ~ full run grossed less than $5 mil despite being on up to abt 430 screens U.S. over nine weeks (who the hell were the five theaters who ran it week 9???)

    People can be real dumb with their votes. They’re much more careful with their dollars.

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    jl says:

    But what kind of ‘ahhhhhh’

    Was it the awe of blissfull satisfaction at… what… a legislative masterpiece, that first puff (can you smoke anywhere inside the Capitol?)?

    Or was it ‘ahhhhh…. &%#’?

    Or wast i ‘ahhhhh…. those effing nutcases are killing me’.

    Or ‘ahhhhh….where am i’?

    And, inquiring minds want to know, is there a tweet about what Luke was doing while Boehner said ‘ahhhhh’?

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    Little Russ was a mediocre journalist who played a fake proletarian.

    The Littlest Russ is a fake journalist.

    That’s the difference.

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    Lynn Dee says:

    Luke Russert is like some charity project MSNBC has elected to take on. Luke prepares a couple of canned answers to pointless questions, the host of whatever show he’s appearing on asks the agreed upon questions, and Luke barks out his answers like a trained seal.

    How can I get my kid a gig like that?

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    Mnemosyne says:

    I realize that Jay B and Citizen Alan and I have been kicking each other around today, but I think that the three of us can join hands in a spirit of friendship and agree that Luke Russert needs to have the shit kicked out of him, pronto.

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    Mnemosyne says:


    Or was it, “Aaaah, I still have time to get to the bar before last call”?

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    LanceThruster says:

    Does Luke use that affectation that his dad did where any report has a movie connection inserted?

    “It’s just like that scene in the movie…..”

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    PeakVT says:

    @BGinCHI: Yeah, that’s definitely more accurate.

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    Comrade Luke says:


    “Don’t you spit that out!”

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    August says:

    I’m fascinated that people find Luke’s nepotism awful, but no one ever mentions Taibbi’s another one.

    For the record: I think they both suck as journalists.

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    Ronbo says:

    Matthews, Mark, Luke and Moron. It’s kind of biblical. Isn’t it?

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    Valdivia says:

    everyone already said this but yeah–#1 wins the thread and the internets today.

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    jl says:

    @Mnemosyne: thanks, I forgot about that kind of ‘ahhhhh’.

    Edit: there is also
    ‘Hi, I’m Luke Russert”
    Boehner: ‘ahhhhh…’

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    Arawis says:

    Luke couldn’t pass up a chance to take care of a “Boehner” when he had a chance. Advantage of being real close to your sources. Sorry for the double post.

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    Kiril says:

    @August: Taibbi nepostism? You’ll need to explain that one.

    Here’s his bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matt_Taibbi#Career

    Looks like he worked pretty hard, financing a low-paying journalism career as an expat in Russia by playing professional basketball in Moscow and Mongolia to pay the bills.

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    lou says:

    It’s funny. My husband was watching the debt ceiling news over the weekend (hey, he works for the feds so he was worried about his paycheck), while I was in the office trying to avoid the whole thing. Then I hear this young voice going on and on about how hard Boehner was working and basically how brilliant and misunderstood he was.

    I asked the DH what Republican shill MSNBC brought on to promote Boehner. It was young Luke.

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    Admiral_Komack says:


    That’s all Luke Russett is good for.

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    SoINeedAName says:

    No doubt because Lukey was on his knees giving Boner a …

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    txvoodoo says:


    Taibbi’s dad is an NBC reporter. He didn’t finance his journalism with baseball. He started writing after he got sick, and wrote in Russia because he was “… out of the reach of American libel law, and we had a situation where we weren’t really accountable to our advertisers. We had total freedom.”

    In other words, he couldn’t get published here. Now that he’s the darling of the far left, he can spout bullshit about anyone and anything he wants. Verification? Who needs it!

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    pseudonymous in nc says:

    In other words, he couldn’t get published here.

    In other words, logic fail.

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    Larkspur says:

    Oof. I’ve been reading Matt Taibbi’s stuff for a while now, and I had no idea that his dad was an NBC personage of some sort. In other words, legacy and/or nepotism fail (at least for moi).

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    Baron Jrod of Keeblershire says:

    Are we really arguing that Taibbi got his job with Rolling Stone because his Dad was a reporter at NBC and not because of his long record of writing and publishing?

    Of course, I forget where I am. This is Balloon Juice, where anyone to the left of Dick Nixon is the devil, or so say the real liberals.

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