The Private Diary of Adam Nagourney


Mehl and Man-date

Filed under: — Adam @ 11:52 am

Ken Mehlman is totally straight, and by straight I mean freakishly gay. During my interview he asked me if the curtains matched the drapes. I told him I let someone else take care of that because of my hectic travel schedule. He winked and wanted to know if I was busy later. Then it got weird because, see, my drapes and curtains are all the way back in New York so how could we fix them?

Kenneth told me that I should stop wearing my signature yellow tie with olive suit and go for something more conservative. He also mentioned that my glasses were “odd but cute” and that he could deal with them.

It looks like the Nag has secured intimate access with the next RNC Chairman. I’m talking penetrating insights for the next four years!


Primetime Nags

Filed under: — Adam @ 10:03 pm

I was leveraging my star power tonight on C-SPAN. Marvin Kalb was such a douche, he hardly gave the Nag any face time! I really was top dog on that panel. Who else could pull off an olive suit and yellow tie?!

The discussion became quite boring so I thought it’d be fun to see how many times Jeff Greenfield said 9/11. Needless to say I lost count.

Now it’s time to saddle up with my 2002 party invitation archive and the “Secret Life of… Pies” on the Food network. :)


Mea Culpa

Filed under: — Adam @ 1:03 pm

I know many people come here to mock me. I know I have in some way encouraged it by posting goofy thoughts here and sometimes being flip. I know some of you think this site is a joke and some of you have commented that this site doesn’t even sound like me.

Well I am making a little departure today. No joking. No joshing. No Nag Hags. I have spent some time examining how I covered this past election and have decided to write the below letter to my readers. The Times has refused to publish it so here it is:

To: the Reading Public

From Adam Nagourney, New York Times Chief Political Correspondent

Re: Mea Culpa

I have reflected upon my work as the chief political correspondent for the New York Times in covering this past election cycle and I feel it is necessary for me to acknowledge my mistakes and, frankly , to apologize.

I am not apologizing to those who have been so critical of me on the internet, through emails or on radio. That criticism was often too incisive, too passionate and too urgent. I won’t justify such criticism with a response, I would rather leave that to our Public Editor at the New York Times whose job it is to protect the paper’s writers from the complaints of the public.

However, there are people who read the New York Times unquestioningly, there are people who read the Grey Lady without having the proper amount of suspicion. These people are our true constituency, these are our most supportive and as such the most proper of readers. Now that the election has ended, (except for voting irregularities in Ohio, which I plan on writing about just after mid-term elections), it is the proper time for me to acknowledge that my coverage of John Kerry was a bit askew.

I want to make it clear, I am no Judith Miller. I did not help this country into a war for no reason. I did not make things up. I did not push one of the biggest lies upon the US population in modern times. I did not have a ‘relationship” with my only source of this false information, who also happened to be a source for a group of people in the defense department with an agenda for war, and who also happened to be a con man and a spy for Iran, who was also hoping to rape his former home for personal gain and who had promised me, as in Judith, that I would be named queen of Iraq by now. No I, Adam, did not do such things.

With all that said, mea culpa. Over the course of the campaign, beginning with the primaries, because I knew deep down that I supported John Kerry, and through the Presidential election, because I knew his opponent wanted to demonize people like me, I found it necessary to write in such a way that would make people believe the opposite. This is called being objective, I will not apologize for that. However, there were times when I had to sort of exaggerate or report things “imprecisely” in order to be objective and though I will not apologize for that, I will acknowledge that some people might think I should.

However, there were occasions where I derided Kerry for such subjective things as a lack of charisma, even in comparison to myself. This was not objective. Obviously when comparing yourself to a candidate, you may give yourself “extra points”. Please remember though, John Kerry is tall. Studies show taller people generally have an easier time with things- they slide by. When I was at USA Today, before I was at the Times, I was the third shortest person on the political beat. The point is, however, that I was on the Charlie Rose Show at the time of said indiscretion, which, if any of you have ever been on (I’ve been on numerous times), you know, Charlie expects you to have such things to say.

So, again, mea culpa. Know that I am not happy about Bush being reelected either. Believe me, if you knew what I knew about this administration, you’d feel even worse- not to mention, if you knew what I knew about how genuinely impressive John Kerry can be… well anyways…

p.s. please email Charlie Rose and explain to him that I can still be a relevant guest.


What is wrong with the democrats?

Filed under: — Adam @ 11:05 am

OK here’s a test. This is that lady govenor from New Mexico or Arizon. I interviewed her for my awesome post elction article. Read this:

How did a party that has been out of power in Washington, D.C., become tagged with the problems of Washington, D.C.? How did a party that is filled with people with values – and I am a person with values – get tagged as the party without values?'’

These are questions, right? WTF!!? When she asked me the first question I told her it was becasue Kerry had no charisma! She looked at me like I was from a different planet! She said it was rhetorical. Rhetorical? That’s the problem with Democrats, who talks like that when they’re not on Charlie Rose? Hello Democrats- time to stop being so intellectual. Time to stop not mentioning GOD.

Here is some free advice. Why do I succeed so much in my job? 1. I don’t let my “personal integrity” get in the way of furthering my career. 2. I don’t let my knowledge of reality get in the way of reporting as truth stuff I know to be false. 3. I kiss Charlie rose’s ass (he loves intellectuals who deride others for being too intellectual) 4. I write like those who have always bullied me. 5. I have Daniel Okrent put hits out on people who criticize me.

Democrats should do this stuff.; Why hasn’t Karl called me?!


I’m so Excited….

Filed under: — Adam @ 4:10 am

That I just Can’t hide it…
I’m about to lose control ,
and I think I like it!

Just got back from a ‘thank god it is over” Karioki jam! I rocked! I totally faced Carl Cameron on a Doobie Brothers duel. stupid poll yesterday. A bit sloppy I must say- I’ve shit on piece of papers that took more effort!
Hello! Thank you folks I’ll be here all week.

This is going to be huge. Bill Frist left a message on my machine and said I might want to start talking about reasons why people didn’t actually vote for Kerry they voted against Bush and that’s not fair because Kerry is not legitimate because people don’t like him.

Bill Frist is really cool. He finished his message by saying “Thanks Adam- you are the tops!” I’m like say what? Jodi- I actually said that outloud to my answering machine, I was like “say wha?!” But then I was like “hey, maybe I am” Can you fucking Imagine! (oops potty mouth- crunch, crunch- that’s me eating soap.)

Anywierds, so many people are pissed that Kerry is going to win - I’m psyched!, we’re not guilty! Jodi- if you know of any parties tomorrow night call me- it seems like nobody is having a ny parties- that I’ve heard of anyways.

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