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TOMMY CHRISTOPHER TRIED TO TORTURE ME: It’s true. On Tuesday afternoon Mediaite‘s smoking White House reporter told me to show up at the Caribou Coffee on 17th Street for an interview. I arrived on time only to get a terse email from him five minutes later saying, “I’m here.” Turns out “here” meant 17th and Pennsylvania not 17th and L. So a word of caution when meeting Christopher: Get specifics. Anything outside the periphery of the White House is iffy. Once situated at his Caribou near the White House, he complained for awhile about the lack of AC, lamenting wistfully that this Caribou used to be chilly with the best damn AC in town. Funny, the other Caribou was plenty cool. Christopher hands me a big microphone sticking out of his computer and starts the interview. It’s fun and nerve-wracking. He’s an ex stand-up comic so he can’t help but be funny. He’s a messy interviewer. I think he might ask me to sing something. Instead, he asks me a bunch of things like, “What’s your favorite color?” and, if I heard him correctly, “What would happen if you gave birth to Ezra Klein’s baby?” Whoa. What the hell? It’s none of his business what my favorite color is. I didn’t answer and said I thought his questions were stupid. I told him they reminded me of the questions I ask people. Toward the end of the interview a man with a lemon-sized goiter sticking out of his head walked by. It looked vaguely like a bald sweet potato. “Is that a twin?” Christopher asked me. Oh, by the way, I’m supposed to tell you that I ordered him to start smoking his cigarette so I could take the photograph. True indeed. I did, however, first ask if his doctor lets him smoke post heart attack. That’s a negative.

How TV handles the Weiner

“Come on, the c-word?” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Joe Scarborough on the program this morning after Co-host Willie Geist used the word “crotch” to describe the picture of a man’s bulging package sent from Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) twitter account.

“He kept repeating those things so at the end they sounded berserk.” – WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan on “Morning Joe” this morning in reaction to Weiner’s Tuesday presser in which he kept repeating that he had already answered the media’s questions in statements from his office. See below for his exact quotes.

Angry Weiner

The following are highlights of a Tuesday press conference held by Weiner. What follows is an interview between CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash and Weiner. Weiner referred to Bash’s CNN colleague, Ted, as a “jackass,” saying, “I do this and this jackass interrupts me?”

BASH: Congressman, could you just ask – answer point blank, you say that you were hacked, which is potentially a crime. So why haven’t you asked the Capitol Police for any law enforcement to investigate?

WEINER: Look, this was a prank that I’ve now been talking about for a couple of days.  I am not going to allow it to decide what I talk about for the next week or the next two weeks.  And so I’m not going to be giving you anything more about that today.  I think I’ve been pretty responsive to you in the past.

BASH:  But – but with respect, you’re here, which we – which we appreciate, but you’re not answering the questions. Can you just say why you haven’t asked law enforcement to investigate what you are alleging is a crime?

WEINER: You – you know, Dana, if I was giving a speech to 45,000 people and someone in the back of the room threw a pie or yelled out an insult, would I spent the next two hours responding to that? No.