Quote of the Day:
“Trump thinks hitting a woman with a golf ball and knocking her down is funny. Myself, I think it indicates a severely fucked-up mind.”
— Stephen King, horror genre author. Political operative and right-wing conspiracy theorist Jack Posobiec replied, “You write paperback novels about child orgies.”
Ex-White House Press Sec. Sean Spicer wheels into the Emmys on a podium
“I wonder if it even occurred to anyone at the Emmys that Spicer might be a bad idea. Was it an edgy choice or a haha no-brainer to them?” — Nathanial Friedman, writer, GQ.
“Is it supposed to be comical that the former White House spokesman is now tacitly admitting that he lied to the American people?” — Kaitlan Collins, CNN.
“Never thought I’d say this but…I like Sean Spicer. #Emmys” — Ethan Fixell, editor-in-chief, Beer Necessities.
“Trying to normalize Sean Spicer already? #Emmys” — Gabe Ortíz, staff writer, DailyKos.
“Fell flat.” — Cheri Jacobus, GOP consultant, TV pundit.
“Congrats to @seanspicer for his new job as the punchline to an unfunny joke.” —Dan Pfeiffer, VP of communications, GoFundMe, CNN Contributor, former aide to former President Obama.
“Hey remember that time when Sean Spicer blatantly lied from behind the White House podium? It’s now a punch line…that he is in on!” — Matt Viser, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, Boston Globe, CNN analyst.
“Nah. Fuck Sean Spicer.” — Tyler Coates, senior culture editor, Esquire.
“There is no ‘taking a joke’ when it comes to the Trump administration. That Emmy bit with
@seanspicer was foul. It was social clemency.” — Jamil Smith, contributing writer, The Daily Beast.
“One funny thing is that Sean Spicer still has not acknowledged that he was lying about the size of the inauguration crowd.” — Daniel Dale, Washington correspondent, Toronto Star. (Spicer did actually acknowledge the falsehood during a recent interview with ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, saying it was his job to present Trump’s POV.)
“It wasn’t funny. It changes nothing.” — Shane Harris, national security reporter, WSJ. Which he later upped to say, “The Sean Spicer gag was not funny. It changes nothing.” (Just so we’re all clear with what Harris thinks.)
“I’d like America better if Sean Spicer was a pariah right now, ashamed to come out of his house.” — Oliver Griswold, self-described “branding guy.”
SNL’s Kate McKinnon thanks… Hillary Clinton for her “grace” and “grit” during her award speech at the Emmys.
“Is it possible to de-normalize the use of the word ‘normalize?’ #insufferable.” — Lis Smith, ex-girlfriend to Elliot Spitzer, co-founder of 50 State Communications.
Ben Affleck shows up to Emmys with new girlfriend
“Ben Affleck is here at the #Emmys accompanying his girlfriend, who is part of the SNL team.” — Scott Feinberg, awards columnist, The Hollywood Reporter. He was there with Lindsay Shookus, who was there with the team from SNL.
WESLEY LOWERY READS THE DAILY CALLER
As usual, WaPo’s Wesley Lowery is an avid Daily Caller reader, particularly The Mirror.
He added, “You know, it’s a new shirt and it’s really sweet that Betsy noticed.”
He’s responding to my Sunday writeup of CNN’s Reliable Sources With Brian Stelter.
The Emmy coverage on E! is just odd
“Is e! red carpet coverage ever not awkward” — Kate Bennett, CNN.
It’s Friday: Which means, school bus, children, middle fingers
“A school bus of children drove by me sticking their middle fingers out the window. What did I do??” — Meghan Marsh, Daily Caller contributor.
Journos reacts to Trump’s retweet of himself hitting Hillary in back with golf ball
“Clinton, a former first lady/person who receives lots of threats, has Sec Service protection out of fear of violence.” — Maggie Haberman, reporter, NYT.
“Classy retweet by the leader of the free world, man with nuke codes, fella who reads TelePrompter on national unity and respect for women.” — Glenn Thrush, reporter, NYT.
“When Kathy Griffin fantasized about doing violence to him, Trump demanded the whole nation share his outrage. Most did. And now …” — The Atlantic‘s senior editor David From.
Roger Aile’s one-time protégé talks to Politico about his new book
“The book’s manic tone, [Joe] Lindsley says, is by design. ‘When people read the story, I want them to feel as paranoid, as crazy, as disturbed as I felt,” he told me. ‘I want the reader to feel that sort of frenzy and to understand deeply what this world is like, this world that has affected all of us.'”
The Politico story by Eliana Johnson is worth a read.
Politico’s Chief Washington correspondent gets ominous cookie
Cut me deep, Meiwah pic.twitter.com/KhAM9r4ACV
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 17, 2017
Katy Tur’s fellow female flier eats kibble
It’s noon and the girl next to me on my D.C. To SF flight is eating kibble. pic.twitter.com/SqzmiiLsLU
— Katy Tur (@KatyTurNBC) September 17, 2017
Mother Jones editor thinks this is the dumbest headline ever
Ben Dreyfuss is a senior editor at the magazine. His father is Richard Dreyfuss.
“A shoutout for @jonathanvswan, who puts out a newsletter every Sunday that is very much worth reading.” — Josh Dawsey, Politico, White House correspondent.
“@samstein is the best.” — Jennifer Bendery, senior politics reporter, HuffPost. Stein, formerly of HuffPost, now works at The Daily Beast.
Axios‘ Jonathan Swan replied, “Thanks man.”
Stephen Colbert greets President Trump at the Emmy’s
“Hello, Sir. Thank you for joining us. Looking forward to the tweets.”
Breitbart writer on why Americans can’t stand Hollywood and the mainstream media
“@CNN treating a TV star’s opinion on climate change as real news is everything Americans can’t stand about Hollywood & the mainstream media.” — Joel Pollak, Breitbart News.
‘Ellen Show’ producer makes fun of Trump
“President FatsoWigHead back out on the course.” — Andy Lassner, executive producer, The Ellen Show.