by F. Grey Parker
Kevin Drum is pissed and he has every reason to be. Having thoroughly and unequivocally debunked the Fox News meme about "muffin-gate," he noticed that Bill O'Reilly doubled down on it during his recent appearance on the Daily Show. It was an epic fail moment on Jon Stewart's part.
"On the Daily Show last night, Bill O'Reilly was griping about the great $16 muffin affair and Jon Stewart had no idea what he was talking about. So the whole thing passed without any pushback, and now millions more people think Uncle Sam is paying $16 for hotel muffins.
Once again, then: it's a myth. There were no $16 muffins. It's just an artifact of the way hotels aggregate costs for events and bill them all to a few line items instead of breaking down every charge separately. In fact, for the event in question, DOJ came in exactly on budget. All the details are here.
Now, can we please hear no more about this?"
Not only is the story a staggering falsehood, the price tag was actually a bargain. I have a great deal of direct experience organizing and billing formal events from my years in restaurant management. A catered affair that comes in at $16 per person in Washington D.C. is a miracle of responsible spending.