Saturday, August 1, 2009

Washington Post Censors Video Of Dana Milbank Calling Hillary Clinton A "Mad Bitch"

Washington Post Censors Video Of Dana Milbank Calling Hillary Clinton A "Mad Bitch"

Ridiculous, panty-raiding Washington Postcolumnist Dana Milbank is partaking in further jackassery on behalf of the legendary paper yet again, this time, making videos where he's calling Hillary Clinton a "mad bitch." The Washington Post pulled the video, but someone kept it.

Milbank likes tries to be funny and cool and things that traditional newspaper columnists aren't! Which is funny, again, because - as made evident by his last appearance here: his embarrassing HuffPo-diss-hiss punditry on CNN - he hates bloggers, who do that kind of thing for a living, because we're not journalists or something. But that kind of doesn't make sense, because here he is, making a video about the Obama Beer Summit, suggesting that all parties involved "got it all wrong" and also, that Hillary Clinton should drink "Mad Bitch Beer." The Washington Post pulled the video, but Media Matters still has it up. Whoops!

So, why'd the Washington Post pull it? Per Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall:

Says Kris Coratti, Director of Communications at the Post: "The video was a satirical piece that lampooned people of all stripes. There was a section of the video that went too far, so we have removed the piece from our website."

I'm not sure anybody on this site could get away with joking about what a "mad bitch" Hillary Clinton is - lots of other people, sure - but then again: maybe we could! But we wouldn't, because - even more important than the overplayed outrage factor over certain people referring to Hillary Clinton that way with completely non-ironic inflections - it's just not that funny. Furthermore, the joke - which the Washington Post noted as lampooning people of all stripes - maybe could've been funny if Milbank were satirizing some of the ridiculous names people come up with for their microbrews, but he wasn't.

Coming up with beer names for politicians is comically weak, and there's nothing less funny than a bad joke. No doubt Milbank - who called Nico Pitney a "dick" after his CNN appearance with him - has probably said far worse things than this somewhere on camera, so maybe despite the Washington Post's statement to the contrary, they just pulled the video because they're utterly embarrassed over how weak-kneed that stuff is. We've found a few comedy classes in DC for Milbank to check out and sharpen up his skills, and until then, look forward to his next effort.

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