I’ve long believed the fastest was to get a job at a major media outlet was any service in the Bush/Cheney White House.
If you’ve enjoyed the relentless anti-Biden snark from former Laura Bush press secretary and current Los Angeles Times blogger Andrew Malcolm, you’re in luck. Malcolm was recently joined at the Times’ “Top of the Ticket” blog by former Bush White House spokesman Jimmy Orr. And right off the bat, Orr referred to “Joe Effing Biden” and called Biden “the crazy uncle of the White House” and “Uncle Fester with hair (kinda).” Orr has also adopted Malcolm’s sneering tone towards President Obama, dismissively referring to him as “the ex-state senator.”
There’s a remarkable revolving door between the “traditional” media and the staff of the Bush White House, and it just keeps spinning out of control with no end insight.
It’s been tough to keep up with all of them, but the list is getting pretty long. In addition to Orr and Malcolm on the Los Angeles Times‘ “Top of the Ticket” site, we also have Dana Perino (Fox News), Michael Gerson (Washington Post), Marc Thiessen (Washington Post), Mary Matalin (CNN), Sara Taylor (MSNBC), Tony Snow (CNN), Frances Fragos Townsend (CNN), Nicole Wallace (CBS News), Dan Bartlett (CBS News), Jeff Ballabon (CBS News), Tony Fratto (CNBC), Juan Carlos Zarate (CBS News), and of course Karl Rove (Fox News, Newsweek, and the Wall Street Journal).
NBC News even hired one of the former president’s daughters, despite her not having any background in journalism.