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Maureen Dowd
  • Bill O'Reilly: In Defense of Evil White Men

    Hey, listen there, person. If you're planning to go on the offensive against "Evil White Men," and you think you're gonna get away with it, think again!

    Bill O'Reilly will not have you besmirching the good (evil) name of his people…

    If nothing else, it's nice to see that O'Reilly's been coming to terms with his place in the world.

    Here's the Maureen Dowd column that got his evil, white hackles up in the first place.


    Tags: Bill O'Reilly, Fox, Maureen Dowd, New York Times, Racism
  • Liberalism Sure Isn't What It Used to Be

    Change truly has come to the nation. Change of all kinds. Even some words are changing their meanings. Like, for example, "liberal."

    Balloon Juice points us to this

    Forbes.com has its list of the “The 25 Most Influential Liberals In The U.S. Media“. Here’s some of the people on the list: Maureen Dowd, Tom Friedman, Chris Hitchens, Andrew Sullivan, Fareed Zakaria, Fred Hiatt.

    Come on! Where's Christopher Buckley? He said something nice about Barack Obama once. What about Joe Scarborough? He's on MSNBC; that must qualify him as a liberal, right?

    Wait a minute! Scott McClellan's not on the list? He wrote a book that was critical of his time spent in Bush's administration. If that doesn't make you a liberal, what does?

    And, really, couldn't we get Sean Hannity on that list? He supports the Emancipation Proclamation. Doesn't that qualify him for consideration?


    Tags: Andrew Sullivan, Christopher Buckley, Christopher Hitchens, Fareed Zakaria, Joe Scarborough, Maureen Dowd, Scott McClellan, Sean Hannity, Thomas Friedman
  • Maureen Dowd Owes Me Five Dollars, Goddamnit!


    Last night, after Hillary Clinton blew the roof off Denver's Pepsi Center with her fantastically energizing speech, Allison from First Draft bet me five dollars that the media spin would be that she did such a good job as kind of a "fuck you" attempt to upstage Barack Obama.

    I begrudgingly took the bet, expecting to lose my money.

    And I lost my money

    She added insult to injury by coming out Tuesday night looking great in a blazing orange pantsuit and teaching the precocious pup Obama something about intensity and message. She thanked her "sisterhood of the traveling pantsuits," and slyly noted that Obama would enact her health care plan rather than his.

    She offered the electrifying fight that the limpid Obama has not — setting off paranoia among some Democrats that they had chosen the wrong nominee or that Obama had chosen the wrong running mate. "It makes perfect sense that George Bush and John McCain will be together in the Twin Cities because these days they are awfully hard to tell apart," she said.

    You can always rely on Maureen Dowd to be reliably unreliable.

    (Thank you, Allison, for letting me use your photo. And please choke on that five dollars.)


    Tags: Hillary Clinton, Maureen Dowd, New York Times
  • Shark Week Sharktacular!: Bull Shark or Maureen Dowd?


    Hey, everybody! It's the most jolliest time of the year! Shark Week on the Discovery Channel! (And no, we're not being sponsored by the Discovery Channel; I'm just an exceptional nerd.)

    Back in January, we were all fired up about maybe calling the big primary day Shark Week Tuesday, but then it turned out that if we did that we'd have "legal issues," and we'd all "lose our jobs" and have to go back to "giving handjobs for money," and it was all just too much of a hassle. Who needs it?

    But, now that Shark Week is actually upon us (and I have something else to think about besides seeing The Dark Knight for the eighth time), I thought it would be fun to celebrate it on this blog by running a week-long series asking you to see if you can find the difference between two different kinds of shark: the kind that eats surfers and the kind that eats presidential candidates.

    Let's kick this off two of the scariest sharks. Which of these attributes belongs to the Bull Shark and which belong to New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd? (No cheating!)

    a) Named a Woman of the Year by Glamour magazine in 1996.

    b) Is extremely territorial, will attack other animals that enter its territory, and is responsible for more human deaths than any other type.

    c) Has written that Al Gore "is so feminized and diversified and ecologically correct that he's practically lactating."

    d) Has a diet that includes rays, dolphins, turtles, birds, molluscs, echinoderms, crustaceans, and terrestrial mammals such as rats and dogs, and can reach a weight of up to 700 pounds.

    e) Has been accused of inserting ellipses to change a quotation's intended meaning.

    f) Is found all over the world in many different areas and has been known to travel long distances.

    g) Was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for its series of columns on the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

    h) Tends to hunt in a pack.

    Answers after the jump.

    a – Dowd; b – Bull Shark; c – Dowd; d – Bull Shark; e – Dowd; f – Both; g – Dowd; h – Dowd


    Tags: Al Gore, Bill Clinton, Maureen Dowd, Monica Lewinsky, New York Times, Shark Week Sharktacular!