Tuesday, March 11, 2014


The Des Moines Register made much of its poll today showing Gov. Chris Christie is losing support in the first 2016 caucus state with this Page One image today:

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Monday, March 10, 2014


Finally recovering from a wild weekend at CPAC. For those not in the know that is the Conservative Political Action Conference in lovely National Harbor, MD., just south of Washington, D.C.

My fourth time at the gathering of all things right-wing red meat. 

If you missed my stories, find them below:

Ted Nugent and the NRA

Benghazi Still A Right-Wing Media Obssession

Chris Christie Not A Conservative Media Favorite.

Mike Huckabee Okay With Discredited Emails

I also did two turns on SiriusXM Radio: one for Ari Rabin-Havt's The Agenda, mornings on Ch. 127, and the great Saturday morning Media Matters Radio.

As usual, the convention featured its share of GOP top voices -- Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan, Chris Christie --  railing against the supposed left-wing mainstream media and President Obama.

But the most interesting things are the one-on-one with the far-right media and other conservative voices. Oliver North got terse with me for asking about Ted Nugent; Fox News regular and Tea Party News Anchor Scott Nell Hughes was all hugs; Breitbart.com's Larry O'Connor seemed to be running all over the place; and cutest conservative baby goes to Mary Katharine Ham's little girl.

Other observations: More people seemed to be at the National Pastime sports bar in the Gaylord Hotel and Conference Center than in the upscale Old Hickory steakhouse there; National Harbor night spots had a plethora of outdoor fire pits where I somehow ended up chatting with a group of young Media Research Center frenemies; and Ben Carson might well win the award for most popular non-presidential candidate who also did the best to literally run away from reporters who were not with far-right newsrooms.

And my favorite sign of the conference:

Can't wait for next year!