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Mouthpiece Theater: Beerastroika

The suds summit -- examined.

By Chris Cillizza  |  July 31, 2009; 10:59 AM ET
Categories:  Mouthpiece Theater  
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"Humor" for aging frat boys...

Posted by: princeleo | August 4, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Emmett Till did nothing but whistle at a white woman. "He loved pranks, he loved fun, he loved jokes... in Mississippi, people didn't think the same jokes were funny." Carolyn Bryant later asserted that Till had grabbed her at the waist and asked her for a date.
White racism started with white males and his 'insecurities' and his fear of white women being sexually active with black men and as a result start producing black/white babies.

That battle has long been lost. President Barack Obama is a product of that fear.

Just as the white racist who gouged out Emmett Till's eye. You are gouging out you're own eyes, by calling everyone else a racist when that's impossible.

Believe it or not, there is only one racist here in the United States.

Posted by: opp88 | August 3, 2009 1:37 PM | Report abuse

After reading some of these comments and seeing the video shut down I am disappointed. I think this new venture has been quite hilarious, and that this episode was one of the best. I'm happy that two of the smartest and funniest reporters have teamed up and really hope this doesn't end the series. Maybe not jabbing Hillary so hard would be more tactful, but I thought this was a smart and funny video.

Posted by: sfcpoll | August 2, 2009 11:12 PM | Report abuse

@runrubio - Have you noticed that Dana Millbank is the guy who writes the *Sketch*. In case you're unfamiliar with the concept, a sketch is a satirical comment on the news, particularly politics. Go read a few of Matthew Paris's columns (of the Times) to get an idea of what it is supposed to be. CC is all politics, all the time, so who better to crack a few political jokes?

Somehow, I get the impression you'd tune into Weekend Update expecting a serious news review.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | August 1, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse


I understand that mockery was the point. But this wasn't funny, and it was done by guys whose job it is to REPORT, not MOCK. We spent the last week lamenting the lack of Cronkites in today's journalism, and here's a perfect example of two guys who have every opportunity to go down that path and instead choose to make juvenile jokes.

My problem isn't with the humor, it's with the venue. If Fix and Milbank did this on their own dime and own time, then by all means go ahead. But the fact that WaPo - who I pay for a subscription to keep me INFORMED - spent money and resources on something like this, which adds no value to anything? Please.

Posted by: rururubio | August 1, 2009 9:17 AM | Report abuse

Chris, I like your blog, I enjoy your television appearances, and I follow your twitter -- but hanging out with the likes of Milbank, who continues to embarrass himself every time he opens his mouth -- is doing serious damage to your credibility.

Posted by: truble2301 | August 1, 2009 6:01 AM | Report abuse

Video is down here and on You Tube. Looks like the editors gave someone a talking to.

Posted by: sambatkins | July 31, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Boy, it sure is a good think that you got rid of Froomkin to make room for this phenomenal journalism.

But guys, don't you think you're going to have to work a bit harder if WaPo is going to outflank Fox?

Posted by: crckt | July 31, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

@JakeD: There have been more than one previous case in Massachusetts where a person verbally abused a police officer (including using profanities) in public, was arrested and the court found them innocent because it was not considered to be a violation of law. I think the same would apply in Gates' case.

Look, Gates was being an overreactive jerk and the policeman lost his cool because he was being big-timed and then did not follow the law or precident.

It is a simple as that. They're both human and screwed up but found the will to talk privately before their beerfest at the Whitehouse.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 31, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Dear Chris, (and Dana can read this,too...)

I still watch you and read you pretty often but I've given up on Dana since he had his melt-down and let-down from Count-down (sic). Please stop following in Dana's footsteps. You're a grown-up now with a kid. Time to sit at the grown-ups' table. Time to class-up and pick better friends with which to play. There are better influences on you.


David Scaletta

Posted by: dascaletta1 | July 31, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

P.S. to JRM2: Prof. Gates was not arrested for verbally abusing a police officer. He was arrested for disorderly conduct in a public place.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2009 3:54 PM | Report abuse

I realize this is "off topic" but that's because the MSM (including WaPo) has curiously stopped reporting on U.S. military deaths overseas -- why is that, I wonder -- imagine if this had happened on Bush's watch:

The death today in southern Afghanistan brought to 40 the number of U.S. troops killed in July, by far the heaviest monthly toll in the entire 8-year-old war. The worst previous month for U.S. forces was in September 2008, when 26 were killed.

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

JakeD: I'm glad you have the intellectual curiosity to quote the laws/ordinances that give you the right to protest at Prof. Gates' home.

While you were researching the state/city laws/ordinances hopefully you came across the one that states that a person cannot be arrested for verbally abusing a police officer in the state of Massachusetts. You being a lawyer and all would understand that there have been several cases in the state of Mass. that have upheld/created this precedent.

Posted by: JRM2 | July 31, 2009 2:40 PM | Report abuse

rururubio - Here's hoping health care reform passes so you can finally have someone look at that funny bone injury you've been sporting. I don't think Milbank or Cilliza are planning to include this with their submission to the Pulitzer committee.

Mockery was really the entire point. It was a perfectly absurd commentary on a perfectly absurd series of events. Everyone sitting at that table drinking beer at the White House played the part of fool at some point in this little melodrama, and kudos to each of them for standing down from DumbCon Five. (Granted, Biden's appearance was a cameo, but his expertise on the stand-down procedure undoubtedly proved valuable.)

Posted by: Axisofstupidity1 | July 31, 2009 2:25 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who were upset about my continued call to picket Prof. Gates's residence (this Sunday at 12:00 noon, 17 Ware Street, Cambridge MA) notwithstanding "Beerastoika":

"Such residential picketing could be restricted by city ordinance, but in some cities it isn't; and even if focused residential picketing is banned by a city ordinance, parading through the targets' neighborhood in order to express your message of condemnation to the targets' neighbors is constitutionally protected. See Madsen v. Women’s Health Ctr., 512 U.S. 753, 775 (1994); Frisby v. Schultz, 487 U.S. 474, 480-81 (1988)."

Hat tip:

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2009 2:03 PM | Report abuse

I enjoyed it as well : )

Posted by: JakeD | July 31, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious as always! The Palin one was a a true classic, however! Keep up the good work, blokes, despite the occasional vitriol that's hurled your way!

Posted by: sverigegrabb | July 31, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse

I must admit- I was not even going to hit the start button but sure glad I did!

This was quite entertaining and a bit informative-

The best coverage of the this fiasco over the last 2 weeks !


Posted by: sasha2008 | July 31, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Challenge to all Deather's to end Government Run Healthcare:

Posted by: leichtman | July 31, 2009 11:27 AM | Report abuse

when are you guys going to stop embarrassing yourselves like this? what a mockery of journalism as a whole.

It's BS like this that makes me wonder how WaPo is even in business. What a joke. Spend your time reporting, not acting like an idiot, and maybe more people will read your stuff.

Posted by: rururubio | July 31, 2009 11:15 AM | Report abuse

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