After facing heat from the PC police, most notably the Columbia Journalism Review, Talking Points Memo and MediaMatters, The Washington Post has pulled Dana Milbank and Chris Cillizza's latest edition of "Mouthpiece Theater" in which the pair mocked the now-famous "Beer Summit" with thoughts of what brews other political leaders might drink had they been invited.
Most notably, Milbank says, "we won't tell you who's getting a bottle of 'Mad Bitch' beer" as picture of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was flashed on the screen.
Washington Post Communications Director Kris Coratti emailed TPM the following statement.
"The video was a satirical piece that lampooned people of all stripes. There was a section of the video that went too far, so we have removed the piece from our website."
The skit, which is understandably tasteless to some, is an equal-opportunity offender. Both sides get slapped around pretty good. But what was telling was that TPM and MediaMatters seemed to only get worked up about the Clinton reference. While they did indeed mention the barbs thrown at the right, the real anger and protests that lead to the Post pulling the piece surrounded the Clinton reference. For some reason, Sen. David Vitter's drinking a "Happy ending" or the pontiff knocking down an "Angry Monk" didn't seemed to phase anyone one bit. Without a doubt, had Milbank and Cillizza flashed a picture of Sarah Palin instead of Hillary Clinton during the "Mad Bitch Beer" segment, TPM and others on the left would had probably praised the duo for their cutting edge comedy. Mocking someone on the right is generally OK, but please, please, leave the left alone. That's just tasteless.