Dana Milbank's lame defense of teleprompter jokes

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The Washington Post's Dana Milbank defends Marco Rubio's CPAC teleprompter joke:

The first three CPAC speakers made a variation of the teleprompter joke. I think in fairness to Rubio he was reading his speech (carefully) from paper, but the prompters were definitely up and he was looking back and forth mechanically, so it gave the appearance that he was using the hated technology. [Emphasis added]

That's totally irrelevant. The criticism of Obama for using a teleprompter isn't some luddite fear of The Machines; it's that he isn't delivering speeches from memory. Thus if someone poking fun at Obama for relying on a teleprompter is, himself, reading his speech from a paper copy, that's just as hypocritical as it would be if he was reading from a teleprompter.

Later in his online Q&A, Milbank -- perhaps best known for calling Hillary Clinton a "bitch" -- made what appears to be a joke about Roseanne Barr being fat:

Q. Bill Maher's show Dana, why aren't you on Bill Maher's show? I defy anyone to do snark better than you.

A. Dana Milbank writes: I did do his show once but I was eaten by my fellow panelist Roseanne Barr.

Hilarious, right?

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