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Morning Mirror: Lies, Rudeness And Louis C.K.

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Quote of the Day:

“Lanny Davis said he was a source who lied to CNN. That’s on him. But CNN in the story in question wrote ‘one of Cohen’s attorneys, Lanny Davis, declined to comment.’ That means CNN might have misled readers about talking to Davis. Thats a bigger problem than a source-burn.” 

Marc Caputo, Politico, author Florida Playbook.

See the BuzzFeed story everyone’s gasping about here.

Speaking of Michael Cohen’s lawyer Lanny Davis…

“Going to be tossing and turning all night coming to grips with the notion that Lanny Davis may not be entirely trustworthy.” — David Rutz, Washington Free Beacon.

Geraldo says Cindy McCain is ready to fill her husband’s Senate seat

“#CindyMcCain is well-qualified & should be appointed to fill Senate seat now vacated by death of hero husband #JohnMcCain.” — FNC’s Geraldo Rivera.


The Weekly Standard broke it’s own rule for John John 

“At @weeklystandard we’ve always had a rule against publishing government officials. We waived that rule to publish this lovely remembrance of by John McCain of John F. Kennedy Jr., and I’m very glad we did.” — Bill Kristol, editor-at-large, The Weekly Standard. Here.

Journos scream out for morals after McCain dies 

“You know, it is okay to offer kind words and respect for Senator McCain without tacking on conditional assholery about what you disagreed with him on. It’s called being an adult.” — Erick Erickson, The Resurgent.

“BTW, using the occasion of a person’s death to attack them isn’t edgy or cool, it’s childish and cowardly. You’re not Christopher Hitchens, you’re an asshole.” — Olivia Nuzzi, New York Mag.

Mr. T gives a tribute to McCain 

“Thank you Sen. John McCain for fighting the good fight! God bless you.” — Mr. T. 

Laura Loomer looms… 

“As we all know, John McCain in true John McCain fashion did not invite @realDonaldTrump to his funeral. But, Obama and Bush were invited. Who knows? Maybe George Soros will show up too.” — Laura Loomer, former Project Veritas operative.

She says she may get rid of cable. 

“I have made a decision to turn my TV off this week. It is so nauseating hearing “John McCain” every 3 seconds. I might just get rid of cable all together. It really is a joke how obsessed these pundits are. They lack integrity. 10 years ago they all hated McCain. Yuck.” — Loomer.  

Meghan McCain’s husband bashes faux friends

“There are the fake people who pretend to be friends. And then there are the salt of the earth people who stand on overpasses with flags held high. Thank you to the latter. We love you.” — Ben Domenech, publisher, The Federalist.

CNN’s Acosta gives Trump D- for handling of McCain’s death 

“Make no mistake. The president and his team had every opportunity to get this right. It took nearly 48 hours for WH to do what should have been done Saturday — issue a full, respectful statement honoring McCain along with a proclamation that orders flags to fly at half-staff.” — Jim Acosta, White House correspondent, CNN.


“Louis C.K. performs first stand-up set since harassment allegations.” — Variety. Here. As first reported by the NYT.

Gizmodo‘s Anna Merlan is already bitching about it. “There it fucking is,” she snapped on Twitter, adding, “No, Comedy Cellar owner, he’s not ‘ripping a band aid off,’ he’s testing to see where on the Weinstein spectrum he’s allowed to fall.”

The owner, Noam Dworman, said he didn’t believe that Louis C.K. deserved to be shunned for life in the comedy business. “There can’t be a permanent life sentence on someone who does something wrong,” he said.

The piece spells out all the sexual misconduct allegations against the comedian, who has admitted to and apologized for his bad behavior, which included masturbating in front of women in the comedy world.

(Note of sarcasm: I personally love it when journalists act like judges and juries and like they should determine the moralistic standards for everyone else in the world.)

Timing is everything… 

“Today, I’m told, we should pretend John McCain didn’t pick Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.” — Laura McGann, politics editor, Vox.

HuffPost/NY Mag‘s Yashar Ali replied, “Maybe don’t tweet? No one said you can’t mention that he picked Sarah Palin, in fact, I’m sure most of his obituaries will note that he did. It’s that you’re reducing a lifetime of service down to this that is just gross. He was the first to admit he was seriously flawed btw.”

And Splinter politics reporter Libby Watson dinged Ali, saying, “You’re a moron, that’s all.”


“Today is my baptismal birthday. So grateful for the gift of forgiveness in Christ Jesus.” — Mollie Hemingway, senior editor, The Federalist. (Please, everyone, send me your baptismal birthdays, consecrations or bat or bar mitzvah anniversaries. I will gladly run them.

Cillizza rips Trump for reaction to McCain’s death 

“He simply does not do empathy well. Or, at all.” — CNN’s Chris Cillizza. In a column, he continued ranting against Trump, saying, among other things: “He NEVER takes the high road,” and, “He doesn’t DO empathy for his enemies.”

Bill Kristol runs into pro-Trump friend at the dry cleaners

“Ran into a long time friendly acquaintance at the cleaners. He (for somewhat understandable institutional reasons) is very much on the Trump train. He jokingly asked if I’d be a character witness for him at the Vichy trials after this is all over. Seemed shocked when I said no.” — Kristol.

Rick Wilson: Brietbart News is filth 

“If you were looking for the goddamn abyss of Trumpian depravity, go read the comments on the Breitbart article about McCain ending his cancer treatment. The garbage that run that site lack a shred of decency and those commenters are human filth.” — Wilson, GOP media guy, author.

Emotional Confessional. 

me: why do I feel so shitty today?
brain: bourbon isn’t a substitute for water
brain: hydrate, get rest
*sits down at bar*
me: I guess we’ll never know
brain: oh my god

Jason Howerton, director of engagement, CRTV, formerly, IJR.

Journo doesn’t love his dog more than his daughter  

“And folks ask me why I refuse to post pictures of my daughter. It’s not because I love the dogs more. It’s because I know what trolls do here. The dogs just don’t care.” — Jonah Goldberg, with obviously disgusting screenshot below. He self-describes as “Dog guy, columnist for LAT, Sr. Editor, National Review Online.”

Journo/columnist/pundit shows off her ice cream

Sen. Sasse already misses a friend