Quote of the Day:
“Really want to get to the bottom of why Tucker Carlson pronounces Don Lemon’s name as ‘Don Leh-MAHN.'”
— Eddie Scarry, commentary writer, Washington Examiner. (RELATED: Tucker Carlson sends Jelly Donuts to CNN media host)
Mood: “Is America great again?” — Ann Coulter, bestselling author, conservative commentator, professional President Trump troll.
Hey Uber driver, stop the political chat!
“There needs to be a ‘no talking politics,’ option on Uber because y’all, this driver is testing my patience.” — Ken Farnaso, press secretary to Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).
Mayor Buttigieg hears scream, imagines the worst
“Doing a quick bit of laundry. Hear loud scream. Run into kitchen terrified, expecting to see @Chas10Buttigieg in pool of blood. Am thereupon informed that @Lin_Manual is following my husband, whose life is now complete.” — Pete Buttigeig, mayor, South Bend, Indiana, Democratic presidential hopeful.
CNN’s Don Lemon throws Sen. Booker a softball q about being a vegan
Moderator Don Lemon‘s first q at the Cory Booker Town Hall: “You’re a vegan. What’s that like?”
David Martosko, U.S. editor, Daily Mail: “You never, ever waste an interview question asking a vegan about being a vegan. (They’ll tell you, even if you don’t want to know.)”
Booker on religion: “I would rather hang out with a nice atheist than a mean Christian any day of the week.”
“What’s ur reason for being on Twitter? Mine’s I like attention.” — Pardes Seleh, writer, Mediaite, formerly a scriptwriter at Fox News.
Mother Jones journo admits the damn chicken at Chic-Fil-A is delicious
“I was all prepared to hate chick-fil-a when it came to NYC bc I am a good ally but I eventually went and tried it and damn their chicken is delicious.” — Ben Dreyfuss, editorial director, Mother Jones.
The Rudy Show
“Rep. Swallwell [sic] is either an embarrassing idiot or a stupid partisan. He contends the President is an agent of the Russians. Mueller and his equally partisan Dems, but with a significantly higher intelligence level, found no conspiracy, coordination or colluding with Russians.” — Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.). (I’m sure Guiliani won’t spell the congressman’s name right next time.)
That was fast — John Podhoretz is back on Twitter
Commentary‘s EIC John Podhoretz — of cable-knit sweater fame — recently tweeted that he hoped J-Schools would get blown up with ex-Teen Voguer Lauren Duca teaching a journalism class called “The Feminist” at New York University. As a result, he threw himself off the medium.
“LOL John Podhoretz is back.” — Ashley Feinberg, HuffPost.
Podhoretz’s pinned tweet: “Many of you are a great disappointment to me.”
Back in January, Podhoretz gave himself a time-out for tweeting that Roger Stone would enjoy prison. (RELATED: Podhoretz Gave Himself Twitter Spanking)
So far, he has not tweeted anything since his homecoming.
Tough love from Mike Cernovich
“Look, a lot of you are good people, but some of you are straight losers, and maybe if you pay attention to how I choose topics and work, you can turn that shit around for yourself.” — Mike Cernovich, filmmaker, conservative commentator.
Media Matters’ Matt Gertz must be so embarrassed
Howard Kurtz is not leaving anytime soon.
Secondly, you’re so shamed because Angelo Corusone, your cult leader over there at Media Matters, turned out to be a hypocrite.
Matt Gertz, senior fellow, MMFA: “When Howie Kurtz finally retires and Fox gives his “media criticism” show to Mollie Hemingway instead of Joe Concha I am going to laugh so goddamn hard.”
Monica Lewinsky reacts to the concept of a 4-page brief
Orin Kerr, law prof, USC: “Imagine if the Starr Report had been provided only to President Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, who then read it privately and published a 4-page letter based on her private reading stating her conclusion that President Clinton committed no crimes.”
Monica Lewinsky: “If. fucking. only.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders comments on wrinkled flag outside his office
“Discrimination has no place in our society. I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country. We must stand with transgender people in all of our communities.”
— Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), a Democratic candidate for prez in 2020.
The Media Observer
“People are using a report they haven’t read to settle scores on [T]witter and cable news.” — Jason Fagone, reporter, San Francisco Chronicle.
Reporter mocks CNN’s Brian Stelter for his take on Jussie Smollett
“Brian Stelter says he didn’t put the donuts tucker mailed him in a blender and drank them like a milkshake but we don’t have video showing what happened either way.” — Joe Gabriel Simonson, The Washington Examiner.
Stelter’s tweet about Smollett: “Cool. Were you there that night? Smollett’s camp says he was the victim of a hate crime. The police dispute that. There isn’t video of the alleged attack. Thus, we may never know what really happened.”
The Political Observer
“Yes, it would have been better had Trump played the Mueller probe cooler, but just imagine hearing every other day in the media that “the walls are closing in” on you on Russia collusion and knowing it was complete BS.” — Rich Lowry, editor, National Review.
Splitsville and Love… MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace and her bigwig ambassador hubby, Mark Wallace, who’ve been married 14 years, are getting a divorce. She’s now romancing NYT reporter Michael Schmidt. Schmidt, an MSNBC analyst appears regularly on her afternoon show, Deadline: White House. NYP‘s Page Six has the scoop.
Us Weekly editor is out. She was “Chiu’d up” in six months. Creativity points for the lede. Here.
Whoa! Rosie O’Donnell says… Whoopi Goldberg was meaner to her on ABC’s “The View” than Fox News. Here.
Ellen‘s EP falls while skiing… “I just took such a hard fall skiing that I’m pretty sure my cerebrum and cerebellum swapped places.” — Andy Lassner.
Watch out! HuffPost freelancer Yashar Ali has obtained a copy of the new book on ABC’s “The View.” The book dishes a lot of dirt on Rosie O’Donnell and the show’s female journalist trailblazer Barbara Walters, who is described as a “narcissist.” Joy Behar, while eyeing Meghan McCain, made a crack this week that fights now happen backstage, not just on air. But according to this book, pretty serious skirmishes have happened long before McCain arrived. Here. (ABC’s The View’s Lost Love: Michael Avenatti)
Russia is mostly laughing at Americans. Here.
Michael Avenatti (a.k.a. “Creepy Porn Lawyer”) says Nike execs will pay. Ugh. Here.
Actor Alec Baldwin, who once allegedly called a paparazzo a “faggot” but claimed he said “fathead,” hilariously wants to prove he’s not that angry. Here.
Journo calls the Obamas ‘dirty as Mexican tap water’
“The Obamas were always dirty as Mexican tap water and if we had a media in this country, everyone would know it.” — Jesse Kelly, senior contributor, The Federalist.
Montel Williams’ flack agrees with Lindsey Graham
Eliana Johnson, Politico: “Lindsey Graham said to Trump over the weekend, per @jonatahnvswan, ‘I told him: If you really want to screw over your enemies, just be quiet for a while and be happy.'”
Jonathan Franks, lackey to Montel Williams: “Smart advice!”
Erick Erickson likes fresh cinnamon rolls (right out of the oven)
“Instead of complaining or politicking, tell me Twitter, what are you grateful for in your personal life right now, not politics?” — Erick Erickson, The Resurgent, conservative commentator. “I’ll go first — random friends who text just to offer kind words and prayers. Some I haven’t talked to in years. Also, fresh out of the oven cinnamon rolls.”
Writer’s dog ate spoiled goat cheese
“My dog ate spoiled goat cheese out of the trash earlier and he’s apparently not feeling well. But did he learn his lesson? No. I’m sure he did not.” — Krystle Baker, occasional contributor, The Federalist.
A call for prayer…
“Someone very important to me got scary news today. In a universe where everything is energy, thoughts & intentions matter – so pls send love, prayers, healing wishes, burn sage candles, sing a song, recite a poem, hug a dog or baby & think of her healthy. I’d be so grateful.” — Elizabeth Thorp, editor of PYPO. She played Secretary of Defense on House of Cards.
Journo likes cuddling
“That hour in the morning on Saturday when I wake up first, all three cats are asleep on the bed and Jacob has his arm around me and I lay there and just enjoy the peace and contentment.” — Chad Felix Greene, senior contributor, The Federalist.