Politico White House correspondent Joe Williams was suspended over remarks he made on MSNBC last night, according to Politico.
Discussing why Mitt Romney appears so frequently on the Fox News program Fox and Friends—the subject of a New York Times story yesterday—on MSNBC’s Martin Bashir, Mr. Williams said that Governor Romney is comfortable with people who are like him.
“They’re like him,” he said. “They’re white folks who are very much relaxed in their own company.”
LEAVE ANNA ALONE!
Today must have been an interesting day for Vogue editor Anna Wintour: She’s come under fire not just in the pages of the New York Post, but on Fox News as well. And what did Ms. Wintour do to so enrage such esteemed gatekeepers of the integrity of Western Civilization?
Last week, Fox News chief Roger Ailes came under fire for characteristically incendiary remarks he made about The New York Times (“cesspool of bias,” “a bunch lying scum”) and other media organizations during a lecture at Ohio University.
The event was woefully underreported, but an unnamed “senior Fox executive” told Howard Kurtz that Mr. Ailes thought he had gone too far in the lecture. He respects Jill Abramson, the source said, and thinks the Times has been fair under her. At that lecture, he was speaking exclusively about Russ Buettner, who reported that Mr. Ailes had pressured Judith Regan to lie to federal investigators about her relationship with Bernie Kerik.
The full transcript of Mr. Ailes’s May 21 lecture at Ohio University is now online (via Romenesko), and it reveals plenty more original Times commentary. Mr. Ailes said former executive editor Bill Keller was fired for publishing biased news (it went down a little differently in the Ken Auletta version) and that Mr. Keller’s stated opinion of Fox News amounts to sour grapes because the newspaper industry is dying and Fox is thriving. He also said that the two of them are getting a drink.
[UPDATE: That rendez-vous hasn't happened...yet. Mr. Keller told The Observer in an e-mail: “After my column identifying Fox as a satanist front, he sent me a light-hearted email. I offered to buy him a drink. He hasn’t taken me up on it yet. Stay tuned.”
Below, an excerpt of his conversation with moderator Andy Alexander.
THINGS THAT ARE COMPARED TO TERRORISM
New York Times drama critics, protect your neck: Bill O’Reilly is now reviewing The Theatre for Fox News, and doing it with such urgency that he must join the network by phone to do so. This week, Bill took the time to review Jesus Christ Superstar, currently playing on Broadway.
And during that review, he Read More
Hipsters on TV
Man, we really need to watch more early morning Fox News. We almost missed yesterday’s segment from The Five, where former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino had to stop host Eric Bolling (who was ranting about Mark Zuckerburg, consummate hipster) to ask what a hipster was. (Since hipsters can make money now, they are relevant on Fox.)
“Just for asking that, you are a hipster!” the very confused Mr. Bolling crowed, as if accusing Ms. Perino of having cooties.
A “polite” crew from the District Attorney’s office served Fox Mole Joe Muto with a search warrant at 6:30 this morning, Mr. Muto said on Twitter.
Officers took his iPhone, laptop and old notebooks, he wrote, adding that, according to the warrant, he is being investigated for charges including grand larceny.
QUESTIONS THAT ARE NOT RHETORICAL
Just a few days after Gawker introduced their recent and short-lived foray into corporate espionage-cum-pranksterism in the form of The Fox News Mole, one Joe Muto found himself on CNN, speaking with Howard Kurtz on Reliable Sources about the week he’d just had. In that interview, he explained that he was “completely blackballed within the cable news industry after working at FOX News,” which is to say nothing of how his job prospects might be now (“it’s pretty safe to say my career in cable news is over”). Is it, though?
Many a New Yorker’s deep-seated and very specific air-travel related fear—a bird flying into the engine after takeoff, causing an emergency landing a la Sully—just manifested into reality for not just one, but a high-profile CNN contributor and a Fox News contributor, both of whom lived to Tweet another day.
Cloak & Dagger
Gawker has a mole inside Fox News. Exciting! The death drive is strong in him or her. (Feels like a him.)
The Mole hates Fox News but says he can’t get a job anywhere else because he’s blacklisted.
“I am leaving,” Mole writes. “Sooner rather than later, I’m guessing. But I can’t just leave quietly, can I? Where’s the fun in that? So I’m John McClane-ing this shit. I’m inside the building, crawling through the air vents, gathering intel, and passing it along to Carl Winslow.”
(Bruce Willis movie references, we think.)
Back in December, Fox Business Network took on the most devious brainwashing film of our children’s generation: The Muppets. They were basically promoting an Occupy Wall Street agenda, claimed Follow the Money host, Eric Bolling.
But it’s 2012, and that means a new year for crazy! Now Lou Dobbs is on Fox News, railing that two recent animated films, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax and The Secret World of Arrietty (a Japanese adaptation of the children’s classic story, The Borrowers) are promoting socialism, anti-1% messages, and green energy policies backed by a liberal agenda.