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Sep 02

Howard Kurtz: Idiot

Stephen Colbert mocks me for Ferguson media analysis. I’ll show that bloviator on today’s #Mediabuzz

— HowardKurtz (@HowardKurtz) August 31, 2014

Getting under Fox News host Howard Kurtz’s skin is proving to be one of Stephen Colbert’s greatest skills. The comedian once again lampooned Kurtz last week and, once again, an irritated Kurtz responded in kind.

We’ve seen this movie before. Kurtz might be a popular punching bag among actual journalists, but he’s fed up with the mockery from fake journalists.


On the air, Kurtz turned personal, offering some backhanded advice for the successor to David Letterman’s late night throne.

“I hope you will be safe when you have to get in front of the camera at The Late Show and survive as yourself after dropping your protective cloak as a pompous blowhard,” Kurtz said.

Next week on Mediabuzz, Kurtz takes on The Onion: Why aren’t they covering #Benghazi?

The Red Cups are coming! The Red Cups are coming!

Maybe the least surprising news ever…

WILLIAMSBURG — College students have always had a taste for beer, and archaeologists have uncovered new evidence at the College of William and Mary to prove it.

The remains of what is likely an 18th century on-campus brewery were discovered just outside of the nation’s oldest college building when campus officials were looking to widen a sidewalk.

School officials say the discovery near the Wren Building will allow them to tell a broader story about campus life in the Colonial era that involved the interaction of slaves, Native Americans, faculty and students.

"This is exactly what we want," said Susan Kern, executive director of the college’s historic campus. "It’s a marvelous find."

Aug 31

Darren Wilson Supporters Illustrated

Can you imagine what #Ferguson would look like WITHOUT law enforcement?!?! #WeAreDarrenWilson #BeyondFerguson

— PrayForDarren (@PrayForDarren) August 29, 2014

This is completely unsurprising

via commiegirl

Dinesh D’Souza is pretty much a physical manifestation of a Free Republic comment thread now

Obama forcefully asserts his position on Beheading

— Dinesh D’Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 29, 2014

He’s going to really crack them up when he goes to jail.

Aug 30

Ignore them and they’ll go away…

Gay marriage, as viewed in 1922

Via Dan Savage,

Calling yourself a a ‘think tank’ may be a bit of a stretch…

These guys seem smart:

A conservative group in Olympia, Washington has vowed to boycott Labor Day because of the holiday’s association with labor unions.

According to the Seattle Times, business backed conservative think tank the Freedom Foundation plans to protest the national holiday by refusing to take Monday off and having a “work-in” all day instead.

“I can’t think of a problem in society that can’t be traced in some way back to the abuses of organized labor, so it would be hypocritical of us to take a day off on its behalf,” said the Freedom Foundation’s CEO Tom McCabe.

Those of us not working on Monday should consider ourselves irrevocably pnwed, because these guys are way too smart for us.

Aug 29

Today is John McCain’s birthday, so here is a birthday gif for him

In retrospect, we wish he had given us herpes instead.

Far less annoying…

WATCH: Trailer for Jon Stewart’s ‘Rosewater’


The punishing ordeal of Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari — imprisoned for 118 days on charges of espionage — is brought to the screen with impressive tact and intelligence by writer-director Jon Stewart in “Rosewater,” an alternately somber and darkly funny drama that may occupy the same geographic terrain as “Argo” (to which it will inevitably be compared), but in most other respects could hardly be more different.

Largely a two-hander between Bahari (played by Gael Garcia Bernal) and the interrogator who puts him through a gauntlet of soul-crushing mindgames, Stewart’s confident, superbly acted debut feature works as both a stirring account of human endurance and a topical reminder of the risks faced by journalists in pursuit of the truth, minus the caper antics and flag waving of Ben Affleck’s populist Oscar winner. Strong reviews and smart, targeted marketing should help this Nov. 7 Open Road release find its niche with politically savvy adult moviegoers, and perhaps a dark-horse position in the awards-season derby.

Aug 28

How Twitter saved serious political discourse and America

We are so dumb. RT @Kia_Mak: More than 4,000 tweets were posted about Obama’s suit during that press conference

— Elise Foley (@elisefoley)
August 28, 2014

Your move, Politico….

Punch. Drunk. Love.

Dr. Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, President Emeritus and current Professor of Public Service at George Washington University introduced his revolutionary solution to the campus rape epidemic: just tell women to drink less. Where have I heard this before?


"Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave. And so part of the problem is you have men who take advantage of women who drink too much and there are women who drink too much. And we need to educate our daughters and our children in that regard. "

Training men to not rape is hard, you guys….

Sociopaths at NRA seem sort of tone-deaf

The National Rifle Association — the largest and most powerful gun lobby in the U.S. — responded to the news of a 9-year-old’s accidental killing of her shooting instructor with an Uzi machine gun by tweeting a list of ways kids can “have fun at the shooting range” with colorful, kid-oriented targets.

Huffington Post’s Christina Wilkie spotted the message, which was deleted within an hour. It was posted on the social medium Twitter by @NRAWomen on Wednesday afternoon, two days after the shooting death of 39-year-old Charles Vacca, who was showing a 9-year-old girl how to fire an Uzi when she lost control of the weapon and a bullet struck Vacca in the head.

The ill-timed post promised to show “7 Ways Children Can Have Fun at the Shooting Range” and linked to an article in the magazine Women’s Outdoor News.

Aug 27

Skulls are on aisle four, right next to the Black Mass candlesticks


AUSTIN — The Austin Police Department is looking for a person who may have donated a human skull to an Austin Goodwill store.

Police said the skull was found at the Goodwill at 5555 North Lamar Boulevard.

Austin police said they don’t believe the skull was involved in a crime and that it may have been part of a private collection.

If anyone has information about the skull, please call the APD Homicide Unit at (512) 974-5210.

You rock, Austin…

Really, Matt Drudge? I mean, really?

Fox & Friends needs spellchuk

Once again, the spell check at Fox News was having some problems on Wednesday morning.

While Fox & Friends First host Ainsley Earhardt was reporting on a ride that malfunctioned at the Colorado State Fair, the graphics department had a glitch of their own.

Instead of “malfunction,” the chyron displayed under the Fox News host read, “Park Ride Malufuction.”


Earlier this year, the same morning show misspelled “Spelling Bee” as “Spelling Be.”

Aug 26

Why do you think they call them ‘banksters’?

— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) August 27, 2014