Matt Labash

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  • As conservatives turn on Palin, will she keep blaming the "lamestream media"?

    Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

    So it turns out the "lamestream media" includes arch-conservative media outlets such as The Weekly Standard and TownHall.com.

    Who knew?

    But it's true because as we all know Palin takes aim at the "lamestream media" whenever scribes criticize her (or whenever they don't too; it's her eternal victimhood shtick), and she whines endlessly about how she's mistreated by the press. So I guess according to Palin's definition, Weekly Standard writer Matt LaBash and GOP columnist Mona Charen are all part of the "lamestream media's" liberal conspiracy to get Palin since both recently unloaded on the Fox News contributor with unflattering columns that left little doubt the conservative writers not only don't think Palin is qualified to be president, but they view her as something of a national joke.

    From Charen, who closely questioned Palin's judgment [emphasis added]:

    After the 2008 campaign revealed her weaknesses on substance, Palin was advised by those who admire her natural gifts to bone up on policy and devote herself to governing Alaska successfully. Instead, she quit her job as governor after two and a half years, published a book (another is due next week), and seemed to chase money and empty celebrity.

    ...

    The endorsement of Christine O'Donnell was irresponsible and damaging, losing a seat that would certainly have been a Republican pickup absent Palin's intrusion into the race.

    From LaBash, who ridicules Palin's new cable TV venture:

    As Palin intones in the show's opening, "A-LASK-ahhhh—I love this state like I love my family." Except that she didn't give her family up after governing it for two-and-a-half years, so that she could get a Fox News contract, and make 100 grand per speech, and write two books in a year, and drag her entire family onto a tacky reality show.

    ...

    But that's what going rogue is all about. Letting it fly. Following your gut. Which has made Sarah Palin wealthy, and intensely discussed, and now has secured her a spot in the Reality TV Star pantheon. And good for Palin if she's happy following her gut.

    Though there's no compelling reason to suggest the rest of us should tag along behind.

    Hopefully Palin will take to Facebook to explain how conservative pundits are now part of the problem.

  • All of the Libertarian Magic Dust in the world couldn't pull this one off

    Blog ››› ››› KARL FRISCH

    I love it that readers of The Daily Caller think that Tucker Carlson -- the site's founder -- should run for president in 2012.

    Responding to a reader's question, Matt Labash offers a list of reasons why he thinks Carlson would make an "excellent president" before "formally" launching the "Draft Tucker Carlson for President campaign."

    Of course, Labash is kidding. Then again, isn't the entire notion of Carlson running for any office, let alone president, a joke? He pretty much cemented that one with his stint on ABC's Dancing With The Stars -- or perhaps it was with his cancellation from two of the three major cable news networks.

    It would take one hell of a lot of Libertarian Magic Dust to get Carlson elected dogcatcher.

    Labash writes:

    ...I happen to believe that Tucker would indeed make an excellent president. An American president should first and foremost be committed to a strong national defense, and Tucker owns more guns than any man I know. Since most of them are unregistered, it'll keep our enemies guessing. War-wise, Tucker believes that we should fight the terrorists in Kansas City so that we don't have to fight them in Kandahar, thus giving us a much needed home-field advantage. He believes in tax credits for smokers, who will take the burden off our Social Security and Medicare systems by dying young, and he'd support mandatory smoking in elementary school on the theory that if you can get children addicted to cigarettes by fourth grade, they'll likely contract lung cancer before they ever draw a dime of entitlement money. (Hello, budget surplus.) While a law-and-order conservative, Tucker doesn't believe in capital punishment – except for those he hates. And he hates a lot of people, so ritual executions could help revitalize Rust Belt towns where unemployed manufacturing workers could be retrained as lethal injectionists. Unlike some presidents I could mention, if elected, Tucker would have a press conference every two weeks, even if he'll only take questions from Daily Caller, Field & Stream, and Fly Rod & Reel reporters. He would also put an addition on the big tent, reaching out to historically hostile constituencies such as young, liberal women, with his campaign slogan, "As long as I have a face, you'll have a seat at the table." Lastly, he will heal old rivalries, like the one between Herbert-Hoover lovers and cat-haters, with his kitten-in-every-pot economic recovery plan.

    So I hereby formally launch a Draft Tucker Carlson for President campaign. The question isn't how can we elect him? It's how can we afford not to?

  • Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller again calls Rachel Maddow a man

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Last month, Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller web site launched with a column by The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash in which Labash referred to MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow as a man. Hilarious, right?

    If you thought that was just a case of opening-day exuberance getting the best of the Daily Caller crew, think again. It seems they still haven't stopped giggling over at Tucker's little playhouse, which today again calls Maddow a man. At the end of a "DC Trawler" entry featuring a series of photos of MSNBC's female journalists, the Daily Caller includes a picture of Maddow and a caption suggesting the photo doesn't belong with the others and referring to her as "man" and "dude":

    Oh, by the way: earlier this week, The Daily Caller was admitted to the White House press pool.

  • Tucker Carlson's Daily Caller kicks things off with gay joke

    Blog ››› ››› JAMISON FOSER

    Tucker Carlson's new web site, The Daily Caller, launched today, featuring a column by The Weekly Standard's Matt Labash:

    For those unfamiliar with me from my day job at The Weekly Standard, I'll give you a capsule bio by way of introduction: I have the gift of wisdom. Does that sound arrogant? I'm sorry, that wasn't my intention. I didn't choose wisdom. It chose me. If I had my druthers, I'd have chosen another gift, perhaps the untold riches of Lil' Wayne, whose teeth are made of actual diamonds, or to be the sexiest man alive, like Rachel Maddow. But wisdom is what they gave me, so wisdom is all I have to give back to you.

    Funny, isn't it? No? Well, maybe you just don't get it. 'Cause, see, Rachel Maddow is gay. And so, according to Matt Labash, she's really a man. Now do you get it? No? Neither do I.

    Oh, and later, Labash calls stop lights with cameras attached to photograph cars that run red lights "Legalized rape."

    Tucker sure knows how to pick 'em, doesn't he?

    PREVIOUSLY:

    AIM's Kincaid: Media Matters and Maddow -- "a lesbian with hair so short that she looks like a man" -- responsible for The Situation's poor ratings

  • Carlson's Daily Caller debuts with casual joke about rape

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    In a January 11 column titled "Ask Matt Labash" posted on Tucker Carlson's newly launched website, The Daily Caller, Labash compares automatic speeding tickets to legalized rape, complete with a reference to Rohypnol. In response to a submitted question "Pick three government programs you would eliminate. Why?", Labash writes:

    Legalized rape. What's that you say? Rape isn't sanctioned in this country? Then you must not live in a city with red-light or speed cameras, where it happens every day. Forget for a second that in one-fourth of all automated ticket cases, the ticketed car owner wasn't the one actually driving the vehicle at the time of the infraction (what other crime-fighting technology do we consider reliable that nabs the wrong person 25 percent of the time?) Just as heinous is that every year, more and more municipal governments pretend that they plant these all-seeing menaces in the interest of "safety." Yet every year, their revenues tend to increase from the very same technology. Meaning that the only deterrent effect the technology has is deterring your government from being honest about raping its own citizenry. If you're going to slide me a roofie, Government, at least take me to dinner and a movie first.