TheDC Morning: The Bin Laden Award for Journalism Excellence

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1.) The Bin Laden Award for Journalism ExcellenceAnd the winner is … Keith Olbermann! TheDC’s Jamie Weinstein (ME!) reports on documents that suggest that al-Qaida was disheartened when he was fired from MSNBC:

“When MSNBC discarded Keith Olbermann, al-Qaida mourned. So reports David Ignatius, the Washington Post columnist who has gained exclusive access to some of the documents recovered from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan … ‘[Al Qaida media adviser Adam Gadahn liked MSNBC but complained about the firing of Keith Olbermann.'”

Is it fair to assume that Current TV is al-Qaida’s new favorite cable station? Sorry MSNBC. 

2.) Bloomberg Buffoonery In a breathtakingly stupid move, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is banning high calorie-food donations to homeless people. Seriously. Gene J. Koprowski reports for TheDC:

“The city’s new policy seeks to prescribe the kinds of food that homeless who live in its shelters can eat, and prohibits high-fat, high-calorie foods, as well as certain kinds of condiments, [National Center for Public Policy Research senior fellow Jeff] Stier told TheDC … Those who run charitable homeless shelters in New York City are not pleased with the policy development thus far. ‘The mayor is spending a lot of time on something that is less important than things he should be spending his time on,’ Tony Butler, executive director of the St. John’s Bread and Life shelter in Brooklyn, told TheDC.”

Oh really Tony? You really think there are better issues for Mayor Bloomberg to spend his time on than scrutinizing what food starving homeless people should be allowed to consume? Come on man. What’s wrong with you?


3.) Occupy Fecal Matter — No matter what you do, you just can’t stop Occupy from keeping it classy. TheDC’s Will Rahn reports on the latest:

“A surveillance camera caught several people, who have been identified as members of the Occupy movement by the NYPD, pouring a large bucket of waste down a flight of stairs at the corner of Nassau and Cedar Streets. Around 20 minutes later, one man entered a Chase ATM vestibule on Water Street and dumped another large container of the repulsive mix.”


4.) Mitt Romney, uncontrollable job creatorEven when he’s not trying, Mitt Romney can’t help but create jobs. After a Romney adviser compared the candidate to an Etch-a-Sketch who could simply reset during the presidential campaign, the company “Etch A Sketch” said it will try to capitalize on the widely publicized gaffe, TheDC’s Alex Pappas reports:

“The makers of the ‘Etch A Sketch’ tell The Daily Caller that the company is enjoying all the attention they are getting and hope to see an increase in sales after the toy somehow found itself in the middle of the Republican presidential race on Wednesday. ‘It is too early to tell, but we are hopeful to see if there is an uptake in sales given this recent exposure,’ Nicole Gresh, a spokeswoman for The Ohio Art Company, said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller.”

Even his campaign’s gaffes are golden.

5.) Poll of the day: Santorum up in North CarolinaSurveyUSA poll of North Carolina GOP presidential primary: Rick Santorum 34%, Mitt Romney 26%, Newt Gingrich 18%, Ron Paul 10%. The primary takes place May 8.


6.) BIRTHDAYS! — Televangelist Pat Robertson turns 82 … CNN host Wolf Blitzer turns 64 … Composer Andrew Lloyd Webber turns 64 … Sports commentator Bob Costas turns 60.


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