What Even Is A ‘Talking Points Memo’? | Talking Points Memo

Talking Points Memo is not the perfect name for a news website. No one here is going to argue with you about that.


This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://talkingpointsmemo.com/?p=1349082

Thanks for explaining that. I had always wondered where the name came from. If I had to guess, my guess would’ve been that it was to mock Republicans who seem to talk as if they have read an actual ‘talking points memo’ as they hit the airwaves and they say the same exact thing to every news outlet. :smile:

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I always thought it was throwing shade at Bill O’Reilly and his talking point memo segment.

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Pretty sure the name would have predated O’Reilly’s segment, but that didn’t seem to have stopped Bill from treating it that way (and incidentally allowing TPM to punch above its weight by exposing it to a larger cable audience).

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I took it literally–that this site is a “talking points memo”, i.e. a list of points Josh and others were going to talk about. Isn’t that what it still is?

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This is all well and good, but the important point:

What is the name of the little dog that walks by near the end of the video?

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An inside joke with oneself is about as inside as you can get.

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I always assumed that’s where the name came from. I remember clearly when I first heard the Republicons going on and on about a talking points memo regarding the Lewinski/Tripp imbroglio.

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Me, too.

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slight disagreement here. “talking points memo” is the perfect name for a news blog.

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That’s pretty funny, and I didn’t know the origin. Josh, if you had started this blog in 2004 you could have called it “Weapon of Mass Information”…

I did get that there was a bit of sarcasm in the title, as “Talking Points” implies some sort of political propaganda, and hence a Memo about it would be a deconstruction, if you will, of same.
That’s how I always interpreted it.

But the actual explanation is much better. It’s a joke at the expense of 90’s right-wing conspiracy theorists.

No wonder you have so many sarcastic, smart-assed readers.

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since I’ve been following you off and on for 20 years, I knew exactly where the phrase came from :wink:

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That appears to be Milton!

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