Thursday, August 30, 2007

Media-Whore D'Oevres



(image via huffingtonpost)

"Media Matters received the following statement from Tucker Carlson by email from an MSNBC spokeswoman: Let me be clear about an incident I referred to on MSNBC last night: In the mid-1980s, while I was a high school student, a man physically grabbed me in a men's room in Washington, DC. I yelled, pulled away from him and ran out of the room." (MediaMatters via Gaweker)

"AN 'extremely uncoordinated' Mischa Barton dancing at the Hamptons Social @ Ross Tom Petty concert on the East End ..." (PageSix)

"Naomi Campbell has hit on a great new way to get rid of unwanted blokes trying to chat her up.The Streatham-born supermodel sparked rumours of her own engagement when a hunky chap made a move on her at a dinner at the Dorchester Hotel in honour of Nelson Mandela. A guest said:'Naomi had a ring on her wedding finger and when someone tried to chat her up she waggled it at him and said, 'Uh-uh'. He was gobsmacked. But a spokesman for Naomi, 37, denied she is getting hitched, and said: 'It was a joke. Naomi's not engaged. It's her dad's ring.'"
(3AMGirls)

"ONE day after Alberto Gonzales submitted his resignation as attorney general, White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten was on the phone Saturday feeling out who might be available as a replacement. That Bolten had a short list in hand indicates that even if President Bush had been ready to ride out his term with his dear friend, senior aides were eager to staunch the political bleeding ...I met Gonzales for the first time in 2001 when I went to the White House for a background briefing on the new president's judicial nominations by presidential counsel Gonzales. I was stunned by the incoherence of the briefer. After checking with several Republican senators, I received the same verdict. Their judgment was that Gonzales was not qualified for a senior government position." (Novak)

"Several Republican lawmakers called on Sen. Larry Craig to resign yesterday, including John McCain. 'My opinion is that when you plead guilty to a crime, you shouldn't serve,' McCain said. As the New York Times' David Stout reports reports, the calls for his resignation came amid the Senate GOP leadership stripped Craig of his committee posts. Even the White House weighed in, saying it was 'disappointed' by the controversy. 'The lack of party support for Mr. Craig seemed to signal a collective desire that he go away rather than offer Democrats another example of behavior lapses by Republicans,' Stout writes." (Time)

"Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and other prominent Democrats scrambled to unload thousands of dollars of contributions from one of the party's leading fundraisers, amid questions about his fundraising techniques and news that a warrant for his arrest has been languishing in California since the early 1990s. The swift political rise — and fall — of Norman Hsu, an obscure New York businessman who never donated to a presidential candidate before 2004, underscores the tremendous pressure candidates are facing this election cycle to raise unprecedented sums of money, and in the process turning to financiers the campaigns may know little about." (WSJ)