Oh Lord, the burning ship formerly known as Anthony Weiner's mayoral campaign flames on -- but I had no idea it would go this way. Now it's the ladies who are misbehaving publicly. After intern Olivia Nuzzi went rogue, spilling campaign dirt to the New York Daily News, Weiner's communications director went Real Housewives on her ass. In what is being called an "epic rant" with Talking Points Memo, Weiner aide Barbara Morgan called Nuzzi a "slutbag" -- and worse.
Put on your mud suits, everyone. Helmets on. It's about to get ugly around here. Here's what else Morgan said about her former intern.
I’m dealing with like stupid fucking interns who make it on to the cover of the Daily News even though they signed NDAs [non-disclosure agreements] and/or they proceeded to trash me.
Fucking slutbag. Nice fucking glamour shot on the cover of the Daily News. Man, see if you ever get a job in this town again.
It’s all bullshit. I mean, it’s such bullshit. She could fucking — fucking twat.
You know what? Fuck you, you little cunt. I’m not joking, I am going to sue her.
Okay, the worst is over. You may now wash off. Phew, that was rough. Kind of reminds me of this guy. (NSFW -- put on your headphones!)
Only not quite as witty. Work on your filthy metaphors, Babs. Work on those metaphors.
Morgan claims she said all of this off the record, but come on. She was talking to A REPORTER. Morgan also said of Nuzzi, "She sucked. She like wasn’t good at setting up events. She was clearly there because she wanted to be seen. Like it was, like, terrible and I had to like -- she would like, she would just not show up for work." All of which is much more relevant to Nuzzi's work history, though she could have left out all the "likes."
Now. I can understand Morgan's frustration. Not only is she playing for the losing team (did I mention Weiner's campaign manager just quit and he's in fourth place for a primary?), but her former intern openly mocked her in a big city paper. I would be furious, too.
But I'm just so very uncomfortable with this infelicitous name-calling, especially how misogynist she got about it. It makes Morgan look bad ... worse. I mean, if you've already got someone calling your credentials AS A COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR into question, maybe you should work extra hard at communicating effectively and not pull out a revolver and shoot your own foot about 50 times as if to prove her right.
You know, I just hate it when women attack each other in public like this. Yeah, Nuzzi attacked first. But Morgan missed an opportunity to come out as more mature, thoughtful, and professional. Man, I guess we'll see if she ever works in this town again, either.
Do you think we're ever justified in calling each other names like this in public?
Image via New York Daily News