I love the comic and I've never been able to tolerate those who will short change our rights to be 'liked.' Where's the bravery in that? (See "No Koran Was Harmed In The Writing Of This Piece" for more on this topic.)
Howard Kurtz makes a fool of himself in a long whine online at the Washington Post about Ben Smith and all the 'mean' things people are saying about him. First off, get used to it or go offline. Life is not all valentines and stop being such a simpering wimp about it. Learn to take your lumps -- whether you deserve them or not. Then learn to stop whining because people don't really want to hear it.
Then learn and grasp that if someone WHORES themselves out and their profession by being part of Journolist, they get called a Journolister.
Kurtz is appalled that Ben was called the j-word, you can tell by the fac tthat he mentions it twice. However, Ben was part of that. He whored. That's on him. That's not on me.
Howard Kurtz would also do well to leave the left-or-right dynamic. I think Ben's an awful and biased writer and I'm not on the right.
It's amazing how hard some people will work to be intentionally dense. That's Ben Smith who's never taken accountability for Journolist (he's minimized his actions, not taken accountability). That's also Howard Kurtz who really embarrasses himself with that nonsense.
"TV; When Right Does Wrong" (Ava and C.I., The Third Estate Sunday Review):
What does matter is the T-shirt he wears with the sweat suit which apparently includes cursing or depicts something vulgar. RightNetwork chose to repeatedly fog whatever was on David's t-shirt. RightNetwork is a cable network and we'll go more into it in a bit, but grasp that cable is so concerned by the candidate's shirt that they're fogging it. In another show, they'll allow an actor to say "g*ddamn" without bleeping but whatever Ari David has on his t-shirt is so objectionable that they have to fog it?
Everything about Ari David is objectionable. As a general rule, in casual conversation, when the term "liquidation" pops up and you're using it in the sense of the Nazis attempted to "liquidate" the Jewish population and you're referring to Democratic voters, you're really not fit to run for office. And cracks about Helen Thomas' looks? Maybe those in glass girdles shouldn't hurl stones as others?
Nearly everything that comes out of Ari David's mouth is hateful, vile and mean. And bitchy. Don't forget bitchy. Of a Republican opponent (David Benning) in the primary, the massively overweight Ari David snaps, "The guy, he needs to get his teeth fixed and he's kind of pasty and politician-like." Of Henry Waxman? ". . . phenomenally unattractive man . . ." It's almost as if Ari David thinks that, instead of running for Congress, he's actually in a beauty contest -- though we can't imagine why he'd think he could win that.
At one point, his wife is asked a question about whether or not she has advice for families of candidates. She's about to respond when Ari David breezes through like a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade float and snaps, "Gin and valium." As he hurries off, his wife smiles weakly and unconvincingly repeats the line David just 'wrote' for her.
Ava and C.I. tackled RightNetwork Sunday. It is a right-wing entertainment network. Ari David is a Republican running against US House Rep. Henry Waxman.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):