Brett McGurk wasted everyone's time for weeks. He knew he was unqualified. When the White House learned this morning that the Democrats on the Senate were not going to fight for him, they told McGurk to withdraw his name and he came up with that stupid nonsense that he wrote.
But the Dems were not going to defend him. And they couldn't. Can you imagine in an election year when people are already furious at politicians and you're voting to confirm someone with as little character as Brett McGurk? Or his trashy wife Gina Chon? Talk about a sense of entitlement on those two.
C.I. asked me if I'd highlight a point Peter Van Buren had yesterday? Yep. Here's Peter Van Buren:
And as if to make sure the story drags on for another news cycle, Chon also spoke to CNN. Better yet, some apology email Chon sent to her “friends” ended up leaked to CNN by one of them. The embattled spouse told CNN:
People have jumped to unfair and inaccurate conclusions using our own words against us.
Oh, the old “using our own words” defense. We call that taking responsibility for what you say and write. And this woman worked for a major newspaper?
C.I. comes to Boston Friday night and leaves out early Saturday morning flying back to California. And if something goes up Saturday or Sunday and no one calls her about it, she doesn't know. She's got stuff to do as soon as she gets back home and they hit the road on Mondays again. So she was really upset when she saw the above because she would have nominated it for a "truest" at Third if she'd seen it before Monday morning. So I told her I would gladly include it here. And Peter Van Buren's write, that's the stupidest thing I've ever heard, someone whining that people are "using our own words against us." :D What an idiot Gina Chon is.
Meanwhile, have you seen the bad news about the economy? Mark Knoller (CBS News) reports:
The National Debt has now increased more during President Obama's three years and two months in office than it did during 8 years of the George W. Bush presidency.
The Debt rose $4.899 trillion during the two terms of the Bush presidency. It has now gone up $4.939 trillion since President Obama took office.
Elaine's dated a number of people with CBS News over the years. (Not Mark Knoller.) And she suggested we use it as a resource when Ann asked us to avoid POLITICO this week.
Because Ann's pissed. Last week, I wrote a piece here about how POLITICO was lying and not giving C.I. her credit. She wrote about the e-mails before anyone -- even before Peter Van Buren. And yet Politico was highlighting people who wrote about it two days after her and saying they were the first. That stupid writer did it again today and Ann left a comment. And she wasn't the only one. So we'll probably stop using POLITICO as a source. Why would we bother to all advance that website when they LIE?
I know for a fact, from an e-mail I got, that Dylan Bryer didn't like me calling him a liar last week. Which means he read my post which means he knew before he wrote his crap today that C.I. had first reported on this. In fact, I'm going to e-mail POLITICO and ask for a correction to his article. Okay, here's what I just typed to POLITICO:
Dylan Bryer continues to credit two sites with being the first to write about the e-mails when they wrote about them June 7th. The Common Ills was the first to write about it.
I noted this and supplied links at my site last week:
Your readers are noting it on the story Dylan posted today.
The Common Ills broke the story. No one else wrote about the e-mails before C.I. did. She wrote about them June 5th and the morning of June 6th. Those were widely read and widely linked.
It is dishonest for you to pretend she didn't break the story.
I would appreciate it if you would correct the record. If you choose not to, I'll have to use my website to start fact checking POLITICO and to note the many errors which include journalists not paying attention to what they type.
Let's all get along and you just correct the record to give credit where it's due. No one's asking you to make up a damn thing, just to tell the truth.
Okay, Third. Here's who worked on the latest edition:
The Third Estate Sunday Review's Jim, Dona, Ty, Jess and Ava,
Rebecca of Sex and Politics and Screeds and Attitude,
Betty of Thomas Friedman Is a Great Man,
C.I. of The Common Ills and The Third Estate Sunday Review,
Kat of Kat's Korner (of The Common Ills),
Mike of Mikey Likes It!,
Elaine of Like Maria Said Paz),
Cedric of Cedric's Big Mix,
Ruth of Ruth's Report,
Wally of The Daily Jot,
Trina of Trina's Kitchen,
Marcia of SICKOFITRDLZ,
Stan of Oh Boy It Never Ends,
Isaiah of The World Today Just Nuts,
and Ann of Ann's Mega Dub.
And here's what we came up with:
- Truest statement of the week
- Truest statement of the week II
- A note to our readers
- Editorial: Destroying their own credibility
- TV: When sitcoms preach, public affairs go funny
- Columbia Journalism Ridiculous
- Congress and Veterans
- Look what they did to Storm
- Tweet of the week
- Dumbest Idiot of the Week, Male Division
- Burn Pit Registry
- Veterans still not getting education payments
- No war on Syria (Workers World)
And that's it for me.
As I noted before, if POLITICO doesn't correct their error, we'll just start using CBS News as the main resource for our evening blogs.
Here's C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"