Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Media-Whore's D'oevres

(image via msnbc)

"That little game of political chicken Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton played during the Senate vote on the Iraq spending bill Thursday night would not have surprised you if you had read Her Way, the new book by New York Times investigative reporters Jeff Gerth and Don Van Natta, Jr. which I've just finished. Neither Clinton nor Obama were on the Senate floor when the voting began. Sources tell me that Obama was holding off to see if Hillary would go first. When it was clear she wouldn't, and time was running out on the vote, he headed into the chamber and voted no. Less than a minute later, Clinton barreled in and did the same." (Arianna)

The Almost Mrs. Seinfeld: "Josh and Shoshanna Gruss celebrated the latter’s birthday (which is today) with an intimate clambake dinner at couple’s new East Hampton manse Saturday night, attended by friends Dani Stahl, Jane Lauder, Eleanor and Jon Ylvisaker, Andrew Saffir and Daniel Benedict, Charlotte Ronson, and Topper Mortimer." (Fashionweekdaily)

"ABC is hoping to reinvent the newsmagazine for the YouTube generation with a show produced by ABC News but based on user-generated video. Hourlong skein 'i-Caught' will get a six-week run on the network starting Aug. 6 at 10pm on Mondays with an eye toward a midseason return if it performs as well as the network hopes. Amateur video will form the basis of the show's segments, but ABC News correspondents will build news stories and features around video captured on cell phones or digicams and uploaded to a companion Web site. Much will depend on what rolls in, but Sloan said ABC News journalists also will shoot segments on video getting viral play on other sites." (Variety)

"'Hey, what’s Snow doing here?' Rove said one recent afternoon. 'Must be important, if he’s visiting us.' Tony Snow, the White House press secretary, stood in Rove’s outer office, bent over in conversation with one of several assistants. 'Uh-oh, here’s the big gun,' Rove said as Peter Wehner, the White House director of strategic initiatives, came into the office. Wehner, an evangelical Christian, is known in Washington for a relentless stream of e-mails that praise George W. Bush’s allies ('The Remarkable Anthony Charles Lynton Blair,' 'The Remarkable Joseph Lieberman'); that glean from the Internet any cheerful news from Iraq; and that provide links to articles by writers like the Middle East scholar Fouad Ajami and the untiring neoconservative Norman Podhoretz." (NewYorker)

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