Media Matters’ ‘Toxic Talk’ Party for Bill Press Turns Up Powerful Pols and Scribes


By Betsy Rothstein 

Man of hour Bill Press and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer

Press hugs Lanny Davis with Rep. Clyburn nearby

Despite POTUS’s Office address, Media Matters partied down Tuesday night by hosting a book party at its downtown HQ for lefty radio host Bill Press, author of Toxic Talk.

“Was a great time,” remarked Dan Henning, Press’s spokesman. “Awesome speeches by [House Majority Whip James] Clyburn and [Sen. Byron] Dorgan and Media Matters President Eric Burns.”

Also there: Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (was to speak but was late, “skipped down his long list of evening events to make sure he got to BillÂ’s”, said his aide; Rep Maxine Waters (D-Calif.); Rep. Sam Farr (D-Calif.), WaPo‘s E.J. Dionne, Mother Jones‘ D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, ABC 7’s Leon Harris, XM talk show host Joe Madison, Karl Frisch; Media Matters founder David Brock, former Clinton WH Counsel Lanny Davis, even conservative commentator Ron Christie; and David Shuster showed up at the end.

“Media Matters throws a solid party,” Henning added. Cuisine included “lobster, some sort of mushroom quesadilla contraption that was amazing, bacon wrapped scallops, etc. Two good bars, too. Lots of books sold, Politics & Prose was there.”