Quote of the Day:
“This is a small step but I wouldn’t say it’s insignificant.”
—Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on the “bipartisan” legislation he hopes to pass that would change gun policy by eradicating bump-fire stocks.
Harvey Weinstein barraged with sexual harassment allegations
“I do think there is a sea change happening. Women are going to feel much more empowered. …There is still so far to go.” — branding expert Donny Deutsch on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on the sexual harassment allegations against Hollywood filmmaker Harvey Weinstein, in the context of the late Fox News President Roger Ailes and former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly.
“We have a long way to go so we shouldn’t pat ourselves on the back.” — Rev. Al Sharpton on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Speaking of women…
NRA Spokeswoman and nationally syndicated radio host Dana Loesch says Weinstein’s promise to donate the $50 million he could win in a lawsuit against the NYT to women’s organizations is lame. And, of course, it is: “Oh that makes up for all of the women he made give him massages & watch him shower. If he cared he’d donate salary, not uncertain settlement.”
Attention Editors…Would “Inside Scoop” work in Washington newsroom meetings? See what it is here.
AFFAIR MAN: Short, sweet reaction to Rep. Tim Murphy’s resignation
“Good. Hypocrite.” — Sophia Nelson, TV pundit, motivational author.
USA TODAY tackles the ‘moron boss’ survival guide
The story addresses ways to avoid dropping the m-bomb.
Lloyd Grove recalls a Trump press strategy that wasn’t hateful
“His current cold war with the press—featuring name-calling, antagonism, and bitter feuds—runs counter to a media strategy that served Trump well his entire adult life. Through a combination of ego, ruthless energy, laser-like focus, utter availability, and even charm, he controlled the narrative about himself for the better part of four decades—especially in the New York tabloids, of which I was a part—and turned his name into a valuable commodity. Now he has lost that control, and Trump simply has no idea how to respond.”
— Lloyd Grove in a lengthy story that is a joint project for The Daily Beast and Columbia Journalism Review. Grove is editor-at-large of The Daily Beast. Read the whole juicy story in which he comes clean about his own errors and puts Trump’s most disgusting character traits on display.
Megyn Kelly weighs in on sexual harassment
“Every woman I know has been there. …No is an available option to you. …No is OK. I recommend it.” — NBC’s Megyn Kelly on sexual harassment on her Friday program while discussing the Harvey Weinstein story. “…Men perceive laughter as a yes.”
Note: She does not talk about her experiences with Roger Ailes.
Journo Hate Mail: Media Matters blatantly lies about Daily Caller piece
Do Media Matters employees even read pieces before they criticize them?
The answer: No. Why read before you blast another publication?
“This is a 500+ word piece on what random twitter users think of the way @KatyTurNBC dresses. The Daily Caller is a garbage factory,” writes the petty, small-minded Matthew Gertz on Twitter Thursday.
Of course that’s not what the story says at all. The article involved MSNBC’s Katy Tur striking out at a viewer who said her cleavage distracted him from what she was saying. The piece criticizes the male viewer. But more than that, simply states what happened, which is The Mirror‘s wheelhouse — to reflect what actually happened.
Gertz, a senior fellow at Media Matters, should read before he writes. He should also use his brain — but that might be an impossible feat to achieve here. It’s the least he could do despite working for a publication that — if we’re going to be really honest here — is a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.
Read my story here.
WaPo Dave Weigel power move: Dinging ex-WH Press Sec. Sean Spicer
“Shouldn’t you read the job listings first?” — Dave Weigel, in response to Sean Spicer tweeting that WaPo avoided mentioning that Harvey Weinstein is a big Democratic donor.
The pile-on is always incredibly enticing for some Washington journalists.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) October 6, 2017
Will Ivana Trump be a U.S. ambassador to the Czech Republic?
“Ivana Trump to CBS: ‘I was just offered to be the American ambassador to Czech Republic’ by Pres. Trump.” — Micah Grimes, social editor, NBC Nightly News. The story Grimes is referring to is from CBS News. See here.
Politico‘s Tara Palmeri officially joins ABC News
We all knew this was happening last week, despite CNN’s Brian Stelter being all cagey and careful about it on “Reliable Sources” last Sunday. But the memo is out — Palmeri has joined ABC News as a White House correspondent.
See the memo here.
TMZ: Harvey Weinstein is “yukking it up” amid sexual harassment allegations. See his spare tire of a belly in a video here.
The Blast: Comedian Kathy Griffin filed a restraining order against her neighbor, who is now filing one against her. Fun times! See here.
Daily Mail: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner may not be enjoying life in Washington, but they are now the world’s “ultimate Jewish power couple.” So that’s a plus, right? See here.
The Hollywood Reporter: Writer says Hugh Hefner‘s real legacy was “sexism, stereotyping and objectification.” See here.