Washington Post's Clinton Joke Called "Tasteless" And "Sexist"

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Two Washington Post journalists are apologizing and their satirical online video series has been canceled following criticism of a joke they told about Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Post Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli killed the "Mouthpiece Theater" series Wednesday after pulling the latest episode from the paper's Web site Friday.

In the video, columnist Dana Milbank and White House correspondent and blogger Chris Cillizza appeared in smoking jackets to discuss the kinds of beer politicians might drink. Milbank said he couldn't reveal to whom President Barack Obama would serve a drink called "Mad B---- Beer." That line was followed by a brief picture of Clinton.

The group Women, Action and the Media complained to the Post in a letter signed by 32 women. They called the video "sexist" and "tasteless."

"I regret that we put up that image," Milbank said, "and while I highly doubt the secretary of state has seen 'Mouthpiece Theater,' I would be honored to have the opportunity to apologize to her over a beer."

Cillizza said the joke was over the line and that the show was not funny.

Brauchli called the joke "a serious lapse."

The episode follows an apology from Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth last month after a flier surfaced announcing plans to charge business leaders and lobbyists for intimate dinner chats at her home with government officials and the newspaper's journalists.

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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Aug 7, 2009 at 06:00 AM
    When Obama went to the baseball game recently, the secret service whispered in his ear...something? Obama looked puzzled? The secret service gent again whispered in his ear again and again, Obama was puzzled? Obama grabbed Michelle and threw her over the rail and onto the field. All of a sudden, the secret service gents yelled, I said the first "pitch", "pitch Mr. President".....I said "pitch".
  • by C on Aug 6, 2009 at 06:38 PM
    That was'nt tasteless. THIS is tasteless: Have you heard about the new Hillary chicken dinner? It comes with 2 big thighs,2 small breasts and a left wing.
  • by elvislikesbeer on Aug 6, 2009 at 04:22 PM
    Who cares? I for one do not like her in any way, shape or fashion. She and Bubba Billy are TIRED!! Thank me very much!
  • by chris Location: Greenville on Aug 6, 2009 at 03:06 PM
    When did we change the constitution from "Freedom of speech" to "Freedom of speech , unless someones wittle feewings are hurt". If you don't like it don't look at it, these complainers are a bunch of mo's.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Aug 6, 2009 at 02:54 PM
    Free speech is lost when directed at the "one", his backfield and cheer leaders.
  • by Barlow Location: Winterville on Aug 6, 2009 at 01:42 PM
    Not a big deal. She would probably think it funny herself. She is doing a great job and working her butt off. She's been all over the planet trying to repair our image and getting nations to believe us, to trust us again. Maybe only one better Ambassador for this country, and that's her husband.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Aug 6, 2009 at 01:17 PM
    I think it's kind of funny myself. They also could have used Pelosi, Feinstein, Boxer, or Michelle Obama herself. All would have been equally funny.Freedom of speech is gone !
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Aug 6, 2009 at 12:45 PM
    Okay this is the liberal hypocracy I have spoken about on several occasions. Sarah Palin can joking be called a "S**T" on TV and you hear nothing from the feminist groups but the crickets chirping. The same type of tastless joke about Hillary draws the howls of anguish. Sexism is sexism not matter your political leaning....or at least it should be.

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