Sep 302016
  • Thursday’s numbers: Bill O’Reilly-Rachel Maddow-Megyn Kelly 1-2-3.
  • Say What?! Brian Williams thinks he coined the phrase ‘runaway train’.
  • Wemple takes shot at James Rosen, gets a doozy of a rebuttal in return.
  • Megyn to Hillary: You keep using my name, it’s time to come on my show.
  • Sept numbers: Hannity-Megyn-Bill 1-2-3; Brit lifts On the Record; ranker.
  • More than mere media? Brian Stelter given title: ‘senior correspondent‘.
  • Factor video: Bernard Goldberg to smear Brit Hume.
  • Intramural battle royale: MSNBC analyst calls CNBC colleague a ‘jackass’.
  • Concha: Trump targets Lemon and Joe S; snarky CNN chyrons spare Hillary.
  • Larry Kelly

    Phill Griffin never tolerated family fighting in the past. Don’t expect him to like the Rattner-Kernen shots.

    • homemaker

      Will be interested to see the fallout from that. Think Steve is getting anxious that HRC doesn’t have that 50 point lead all Dems thought she was going to have?

  • Cecelia

    I’ve used p-word and it has put me into moderation, Johnny.

    • Larry Kelly


    • Dealt with it. Meanwhile let that be a lesson to you and everyone else. We don’t need no stinkin p-words around here.

      • Cecelia

        That’s mighty pugilistic of you, Johnny.

        • I’m too pussilannimous to be pugilistic., And too pooped to participate.

      • gcblues

        forewarned is forearmed. how is at spanish? greek?

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani


    • Grandpa D

      “Everything in moderation, including moderation.” — Oscar Wilde

  • Larry Kelly

    If I were Tommy Christopher (not that even he is) I would exclaim, “Rosen Desroys Wemple!”.

    • Cecelia

      For all the Mediaite headlines of “epic take-downs”, “destroying” people, schooling them, “eviscerating” them, etc… I’ve only seen that actually done once.

      They took down, schooled, destroyed, and eviscerated celebrity cook Paula Deen.

      For answering in a deposition that she had once said the n-word in 1983, and once considered a wedding with a southern plantation theme.

      Mediaite has done the work of the angels…

      • Larry Kelly

        Along with the guy that tossed her a ham, hitting Paula in the face.

      • Nixon – niihpikiiookani

        I always liked Paula. Anyone who says, “My best friend is my fork” can’t be all bad.

        • Cecelia

          She turned being southern into schtick and she’s bought into into the utterly woeful notion/denial of a sappy/happy zippity do da antebellum era, but, yeah, she sure didn’t deserve the gutting she got from the media.

  • Cecelia

    Concha: Trump targets Lemon

    Answer: Not enough to make a difference.

    It would have taken years of not seeing gold as being the gold standard, for those within the Trump rank to have mitigated that.

    I’ve yet to hear of one influence that could have instilled an iota of a counter to that trump standard.

  • homemaker

    James Rosen is a master of word choice & storytelling.

  • Gatxer Avenger

    RE: “Brian Williams thinks he coined the phrase ‘runaway train’.”

    Was Brian Williams using the second meaning (below in italics)?

    While I think most of us think “to coin a phrase” traditionally means “to create a new phrase.”

    These days, “coin a phrase” has also taken on a new meaning, first documented around the mid-twentieth century: “to introduce a cliché sentiment.”

    The Cambridge Dictionary appears to agree.

    If so, then The Daily Caller’s Christian Datoc may have some ‘splainin’ to do.

    Or maybe not.

    • I don’t subscribe to the theory that people who use words wrongly should be accommodated simply because there are a lot of them. ‘Proverbial’ does not apply to cliches but to proverbs, yet Olbermann would use it only to apply to cliches, like closing the proverbial barn door after the horse is gone. Coronated is not a word just because zillions of people think it is. There’s a telephone call for Mike and I – no, it’s Mike and me. And ‘coin’ has meant create, mint, as in your example ‘to create a new phrase’. It has never meant to copy someone else’s phrase, and the Cambridge Dictionary is off my approved list. My paperback Webster’s from grade school is still on my shelf. That said, it was a somewhat petty complaint to use against BriWi; but it was accurate. A professional journalist of national repute should have higher standards than some guy on a bar stool griping about the watered down beer.

      • Gatxer Avenger

        The politics editor at the D.C. Bureau for Time magazine seems to also take a view that differs from Christian Datoc’s — seemingly suggesting that Williams was quoting someone.


        A thought that occurred to me when I heard Brian utter the words, “It now appears — to use the phrase of one of our witnesses from an earlier interview.”

        Remember when Don Lemon was excoriated for his ‘black hole’ comment. Then we learned that he was actually quoting someone?

        Here’s his tweet:

        Doesn’t mean he’s necessarily right. But it could mean his part-time job as a journalism teacher at Georgetown could be in serious jeopardy if he’s wrong. /sarcasm

        • It appeared to me he agreed with Datoc: To quote something someone else said is not ‘coining a phrase’. That’s almost exactly what I said earlier. Plus this is a separate instance of BriWi doing the same thing. So it’s a pattern. BriWi clearly thinks reiterating an old cliche is ‘coining a phrase’ Your tweeter and Datoc and I all agree: that is NOT coining a phrase, Brian.(I’m typing this but who knows when anyone will see it with the site down. Because of my moderator superpowers I can still see the disqus comments even when the site is offline.)

          • Gatxer Avenger

            My mistake. Sorry for taking up ur valuable time with that.

            That tweet I cited was from July and was not about what Datoc wrote about Williams. (It was uncanny that it was also about saying, “To coin a phrase.”)

            Whether he was defending or criticizing Williams in that (July) context is unclear to me with absolute certainty. Although I tend to agree with you that he appears to be criticizing Williams.

      • Cecelia

        I think the expression “to coin a phrase” after uttering a cliche or a proverb, is meant as irony.

  • gcblues

    i like the snowflake analogy. they melt easily.

  • Larry Kelly

    As he prepares to retire at the end of the year, NBC News’ Jim Miklaszewski has been enjoying quite the farewell tour…

  • Larry Kelly

    What a crappy thing “junior correspondent” must be.

  • sky303

    CNN’s Chryon person needs a little break been working too hard …

    • Larry Kelly

      The Case of the Crying Chryon was the 25th episode of Johnny Dollar. History repeats.

  • We’re back! Saturday’s post will be delayed but I have a special Kelly File video for your viewing pleasure until I’m able to get the weekend links up and running.

  • Friday’s most popular links:
    5 targets Lemon
    4 lambastes attempts
    3 coined the phrase
    2 battle royale
    And the most popular link in today’s links…
    1 Wemple takes a shot at James Rosen, gets a doozy of a rebuttal in return.