So what's Charles C. Johnson up to?
And now for the dumbest part of our week...
Ryan Schuessler will not be returning to Ferguson.
Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) is demanding information from U.S. Securities and Exchange Committee Chairwoman Mary Jo White on SEC leaks to the media. Her deadline: Friday. Sept. 5. Specifically he wants to know what kind of punishment she has imposed on employees who have leaked information to the media.
Late Wednesday night, GotNews' Charles C. Johnson emailed me an open letter he sent to Commentary's editor John Podhoretz. He had to good sense to cc Slate's Dave Weigel on the email (since Dave and I are so close and all).
HuffPost editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington, who appeared on Queen Latifiah's talk show Wednesday to plug her book and again tell the story of how she broke her cheekbone from exhaustion, can gallivant around the world as the outlet has bureaus in Italy, France, and Spain, where they have bare bones staffs and, of course, their signature unpaid bloggers.
Like any good journo in Ferguson, Sports Illustrated writer Robert Klemko was arrested in Ferguson earlier in the week. He kindly live tweeted the incident, pointing out that his arrest lasted two minutes. The discomfort of being tear gassed lasted a bit longer. And now he's on NPR talking about his story on football in Ferguson.
KUDOS TO THE MEDIA! "He was a journalist. He was a symbol of what is right about the United States." -- AG Eric Holder in a presser this morning on the death of James Foley.
U.S. News & World Report's fashion plate Dave Catanese was on cable news earlier today wearing this spiffy attire. A media watcher who sent it in calls it "Fire Island ex-Politico chic." At least the senior politics reporter doesn't appear to be in boring Brooks Brothers like the rest of Washington. "It's very flashy," our tipster remarked.
BOLD QUOTE OF THE DAY: "We do not fawn over people...It's offensive that you call me like a Washington insider, I'm on Nantucket, baby." -- Joe Scarborough, laughing, on "Morning Joe" today to radio host Pat O'Brien, who was on the show plugging his new book, I'll Be Right Back After This.
In a speech last month to students at the Eagle Forum Collegians Leadership Summit, GotNews founder and political activist Charles C. Johnson revealed that he does not vote because he has been threatened with decapitation. "I've had a number of death threats against me," he told the young, eager minds. "Saying that people would literally cut my head off. Like literally."
Markos Moulitsas, founder of the liberal Daily Kos, really dug himself a hole today when he attacked CNN's Jake Tapper for agreeing to a ride along with Captain Ron Johnson in Ferguson. Johnson made the offer to Tapper and CNN's Don Lemon late Monday night on air. But today he reneged on the idea.
NYT congressional reporter Jonathan Weisman recently made a bold admission on NPR's "Fresh Air" with host Dave Davies, in for Terry Gross, who was on vacation. He's so dejected and disheartened by Congress' lack of action that he said it leaves him feeling like, "What am I doing here?"
MSNBC political contributor Goldie Taylor is a little fragile today. In fact, she says, she awoke in tears. But last night she was full of vengeance -- for anyone and everyone who works at Mediaite. Even their poor interns, the new recipients of her wrath.
Understatement of the evening: "Tear gas sucks." -- HuffPost's Ryan J. Reilly.
WaPo's Wesley Lowery is nothing if not self-aware about his coverage in Ferguson and place within Washington's hardcore competitive media. Last week he was "arrested" (i.e. detained for 45 minutes, cuffed in plastic and shoved up against a soda machine) in a McDonalds there. He lashes out indiscriminately at journalists he thinks are beneath him. He even told a hospital chaplain that he should head to Ferguson instead of giving him crap on Twitter. Despite Missouri Highway Control Capt. Ron Johnson's serious and stern complaints about the media last night, Lowery also denies that his media presence in Ferguson in any way contributes to the explosive situation.
Not only does the Philly-based "Scotty Burberry" -- not likely related to the upscale clothing brand -- really let me have it last night while amid a roving circle jerk and sucking up to the likes of MSNBC's Chris Hayes (who's really good at Ferguson coverage)* and The Daily Banter's ever thriving Tommy Christopher.
In the tenseness that is Ferguson, Mo. these days, there are a multitude of reporters on the ground -- some doing great reporting, others make great names for themselves, and still others who may not even be there, just spouting off in a deranged manner about the situation.
Tough weekend for NBC's Luke Russert.
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