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The 5 Least Loathsome People on Our Radar


You know, it's really easy to be cynical and flippant when you are sitting in your ivory blogging tower. That's why every once in awhile, it's nice to take a moment and appreciate not just those whose foibles we make our bread and butter, but the few people in the public eye who we can actually tolerate. Here is our guide to the least annoying media figures of right now. Any other suggestions? Leave 'em in the comments section.


Tina Brown

She's the working man's Arianna Huffington, in the sense that she actually pays her freelance employees. Hell, Brown's Daily Beast sometimes seems like it's the only thing keeping the blogger economy from going totally belly-up. Ms. Schindler here has taken refugees from Radar, Gawker Media, New York Sun, and yes, even prison, in order to keep her news aggregation site peppered with fresh, original content. Plus, the design doesn't look like it was made for GeoCities, unlike many political/news blogs.

Norm Macdonald

Fuck Joaquin Phoenix and his "Is this shtick or is this real?" Kaufman act. Our favorite poker-faced actor/performance artist is the underrated Norm Macdonald. (Yes that Norm Macdonald, whose last big role was in Dirty Work.) Did anyone catch him during Bob Saget roast? Shit was pure brilliance. He also has a way of telling stories on talk shows that just make him seem like the perfect counterbalance to every host. You know Letterman/Leno/Conan love him because they can relax and just let Norm do his crazy talk. Every actor should watch at least five of his appearances before going on a talk show.


Ian McEwan

Sure, he wrote Atonement (or maybe not), but he also sheltered Salman Rushdie 20 years ago when the Iranian government declared a Fatwa on his ass. And he waited two decades to tell anyone about it, which is kind of modest, no? Don't get us wrong, McEwan is still a snobby British fuck, but at least he saved The Satanic Verses author from Hezbollah so we could all read him in our freshman lit class.

Suze Orman

Yeah, the CNBC host was kind of a dark horse, but that queer Valentine's Day wish made us tear up! She is like the financial Rachel Maddow and we love her, even more so because Kristin Wiig does such a good impression of her on SNL. Plus, she seems like she can be a total diva bitch when she has to, and there is nothing we love more than diva bitches.


Adrian Fenty

"Who is the least loathsome politician?" is sort of a trick question, but we gave it to D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty for being able to host the inauguration without anyone getting killed. In fact, that whole shebang went way more smoothly than most could have hoped for, with the exception of Ted Kennedy's stroke. And we're like 90 percent sure that Fenty had nothing to do with that.

Comments (9)
No. 1 · Joe Blow

Your request is denied "girlfriend" uh Suze Orman. I'll take the lovely Jean Chatzky anyday. Suze is too much drama.

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 at 10:56 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 2 · Pllllease

FYI, Mayor Fenty and DC Government had little to nothing to do with the presidential inauguration, the federal government basically stepped in and commandeered control over the entire city.

If the inauguration were left in the hands of the Fenty administration, it would have been like running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Fenty may not be the loathsome politician in your website's history, but he is certainly the most loathsome politician in the history of local DC politics. Our school system and juvenile correction system is in shambles, he's put a freeze to various low-to-middle housing projects and cronyism is Fenty's crack!

I suggest you google articles about him written in local DC newspapers, and review readers' comments.

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 at 11:04 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 3 · hms

Tina Brown is a literary, journalistic genius. She brought back "Vanity Fair" and made it relevant (much moreso that it is today), she made "The New Yorker" normal people-friendly, "Talk" was a lot of fun if it just got more publicity, and The Daily Beast is probably the best professional news/commentary blog out there. I have it on my bar and read it every day, which is more than I can say for most newspapers.

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 at 11:12 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 4 · WatcherDC

No one killed?

I guess poor Mr. johnson just didn't count.

Killings spiked in SE D.C. during inauguration week
By Bill Myers
Examiner Staff Writer 2/6/09

As tens of thousands partied at inaugural balls across Washington on the night of Jan. 20, Terrance Johnson was shot dead for his shoes. The 26-year-old died in a parking lot near his apartment in one of the city???s poorest neighborhoods.
His home, the Meadowbrook Apartments, a high-rise building in the 3500 block of Sixth Street SE, typically has off-duty police officers patrolling the grounds.

???The night of the homicide we had no off-duty officers working due to the inauguration,??? property manager Cynthia Bertolotti told police Assistant Chief Diane Groomes in a Feb. 2 e-mail obtained by The Examiner.

Every police officer in the city was ordered to work 12-hour shifts for the days leading up to and following President Obama???s inauguration. Hundreds of officers were ordered to cancel off-duty job assignments and were instead concentrated in D.C.???s downtown and bar districts.

Critics ??? including Councilman Phil Mendelson, D-At Large, and police union chairman Kris Baumann ??? had warned city leaders that the deployment and D.C.???s extended bar hours would leave vulnerable neighborhoods further exposed.

Between Jan. 19 and Jan. 24 ??? the days when the officers were working their inaugural assignments ??? there were four homicides in Ward 8, police statistics show.

D.C.???s eighth ward, where Johnson lived and died, is the city???s most violent. But inauguration week was deadlier than usual. According to D.C. crime statistics, the ward averaged about one homicide per week last year.

According to court papers, police learned about Johnson???s death thanks to ShotSpotter technology, which alerts authorities when someone fires a gun. Officers found his body in a parking lot, not far from his car. His shoes had been stripped off his feet.

After his shooting, building manager Bertolotti asked Groomes for crime cameras on the premises and also asked her to step up patrols.

???Please consider this,??? she wrote, ???for the safety of all our residents, employees and children in the area.???

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 at 11:13 am · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 5 · roger

joeblow's response is hysterical! right on the money. (so to speak.)
i love campbell brown formerly of msnbc (which i now call msdnc), and now in the 8 p.m. slot at cnn. her "no bias no bull" program is pretty great. she gets right to the issues of the day in a fairly objective way. and she will hammer you regardless of your perspective or affiliation. and that's HUGE to me when msdnc and fox have given up any semblance of objective news reporting.
on any given day, she could be questioning the hero worship of obamania, while also questioning the "just say no" tactics of the republicans in congress. right or left: if you're doing stupid stuff, or the media is giving you a free pass, she will have NONE OF IT!
she's beautiful. she's funny. she's objective. she's insightful. and she's just about the best thing going on on the 24/7 news channels these days! i love her.

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 6 · Nate

Suze Orman's Valentine was great, but she STILL is incredibly annoying and her financial advice is suspect.

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 at 3:54 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 7 · KevDC

@Pllllease: In the history of DC politics? Really? Harold Brazil? Marion Barry? I mean come on, Fenty isn't without fault but you can't possibly assert that he's the worst in DC history. The possible list is too long.

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 at 4:45 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 8 · Nosey

@WatcherDC: Exactly what I was thinking…There were F-O-U-R homicides on Inauguration weekend, and I watched a homeless guy get beat way down by drunk club patrons while Presidential detail police (read: a whole bunch of do-nothings paid to stand around the parade route) sat in a McDonald's two blocks away. Oh yeah, that was Monday morning.

Posted: Feb 17, 2009 at 8:24 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
No. 9 · Zak44

I saw the Bob Saget roast. Deadest routine of the whole show was Norm Macdonald's. Just like every other Norm Macdonald routine I've ever seen. Norm is another example of the Dane Cook/Dennis Miller "Stop???I'm killing me" school of comedy.

If only they were half as funny as they think they are.

Posted: Feb 18, 2009 at 3:25 pm · @Reply · [Flag?]
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