Afternoon Reading List

Sen. Mitch McConnell blasts old media: Buzzfeed‘s new Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton landed a sit-down interview with Sen. Minority Leader and Muppet, Mitch McConnell (R-KY.), in a wide-ranging interview that zoned in on new media. Like most right-wingers, McConnell, whose lips are nearly permanently pursed, takes the opportunity to bash old media, which he says favors Dems. He points a sharp index (or maybe, in this case, middle) finger at the NYT and says, “Let me tell you, I think the New York Times monopoly is over.” He praises the new media, saying, “I kind of like this new environment. I think it’s much more competitive, much more balanced.” Read the full story here.

The New Yorker‘s Lizza imitates Fifty Shades of Grey: For anyone who has read the 50 Shades trilogy, the word “envisage” is ridiculously prevalent. In the Aug. 6 issue of The New Yorker, Ryan Lizza writes a lengthy profile on House Budget Committee Chairman and VP shortlisted Paul Ryan.

“To envisage what Republicans would do if they win in November, the person to understand is not necessarily Romney, who has been a policy cipher all his public life. The person to understand is Paul Ryan.”

Lizza interviews Ryan about his original Roadmap (or budget plan) and highlights the conservative media. He writes, “Rather than just build support inside Congress, Ryan promoted his budget plan through the rich network of conservative media and think tanks that helped influence Republican members.” Ryan “became an icon within the insular world of right-wing pundits” even though in Congress things were far different: in 2008, with midterm and Presidential elections looming, the Roadmap attracted just eight co-sponsors.”

Details Lizza unearthed about Ryan: 1. His father, grandfather and great-grandfather all died before age 60. Ryan is 42. 2. His home is on the National Register of Historical Places. 3. The house has eight bathrooms. 4. In high school Ryan worked the grill at McDonalds. “The manager didn’t think I had the social skills to work the counter!” he told Lizza. 5. In high school he was both Prom King and Biggest Brown Noser.

Actually forget what we said earlier about not being able to read the story unless you buy the mag. That was apparently a practice of the past, not the present. Read the piece here.

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