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4 items from 2011

Cornell Belcher Calls Out Media ‘Double-Standard’ Over Herman Cain’s ‘Blacks Are Brainwashed’ Comment

30 September 2011 8:57 AM, PDT | Mediaite - TV | See recent Mediaite - TV news »

Godfather's Pizza magnate Herman Cain is having a moment, albeit a weird one, in which he has leapt into a statistical tie for 2nd place in the Gop primary race following a crushing victory in the Florida straw poll, but is also drawing fire for a perfectly-timed media byte in which he says African Americans have been "brainwashed" into voting for Democrats. On Thursday night's AC360, former Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer and Democratic pollster Cornell Belcher debated Cain's ascent, and that inflammatory remark. »

- Tommy Christopher

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Tweets of the Week: Dick Cheney Book Edition

2 September 2011 5:00 PM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »


Former Vice President Dick Cheney’s 576-page book, “In My Time: A Personal and Political Memoir” hit bookshelves Tuesday. Cheney told NBC “there are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,” on Monday night. Celebrities, politicians, late night comedians and took to Twitter this week to respond.

Michael Ian Black: Dick Cheney looks surprisingly good for somebody who will probably be dead in two years.

Ari Fleischer: Cheney & Powell rehashing differences reminds me of old Godzilla v King Kong movies. »

- WSJ Staff

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Can Jay Carney Deliver for Obama?

27 January 2011 6:42 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

He wrangled Joe Biden and tangled with John McCain. But how will the former reporter fare at the podium as Obama's new mouthpiece? Howard Kurtz reports.

To get a sense of the challenge facing Jay Carney as he steps behind the White House podium, consider this:

Related story on The Daily Beast: Will Carney's Voice Carry?

In the early months of the administration, a Washington Post editorial accused Joe Biden of having "foot-in-mouth disease." New York Times columnist Gail Collins called him "Washington's most compulsive talker." And who can forget when the vice president of the United States, pushing the new stimulus package, said that no matter what the administration did "there's still a 30 percent chance we're going to get it wrong" ?

Biden had become a punchline. But by the fall, Newsweek was running a cover story headlined, "Why Joe Is No Joke."

As Biden's communications director, Carney doesn't »

- Howard Kurtz

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Robert Gibbs Resigns: Behind the White House Press Secretary's Exit

5 January 2011 6:44 PM, PST | The Daily Beast | See recent The Daily Beast news »

Robert Gibbs clashed with reporters, ticked off liberals, and served as top TV pitchman for Obama. Howard Kurtz on how Gibbs' departure will change the White House-and why former press secretaries Mike McCurry and Ari Fleischer think he quit. Plus, watch video of Robert Gibbs' best moments.

Once he's liberated from the White House podium, don't expect to see a radically different style from Robert Gibbs.

Related story on The Daily Beast: Gabrielle Giffords' Shooting: The Impact on Obama's Presidency

"When you're making an argument to the American people who are watching television, being overly sensational or acting crazy doesn't necessarily help your argument," says Gibbs, who has compared cable news to professional wrestling. "I don't know that there's a ton I'll say or do differently." But, he says, "one of the things I can help do for the president is frame some of the policy arguments. I'll be more »

- Howard Kurtz

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