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Monday, July 09, 2012

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres


"The news that Mitt Romney is planning a overseas trip/foreign policy address has led to some... interesting reactions among libertarians/realists. Even before the trip was announced, Daniel Larison thought it was a bad idea for Romney to focus on foreign policy at all. After the trip was trial-ballooned, Larison still thought it was a bad idea -- as did Justin Logan at the Cato Institute (guest-posting on Steve Walt's blog).  As someone who thought this wasn't the worst notion in the world, it's worth reviewing their objections. In toto .." (Daniel Drezner)


"What do Bill Gates, Bruce Springsteen and Mayor Bloomberg have in common? OK, besides the relative size of their bank accounts? Daughters who ride horses at competitive levels. Town & Country’s August issue rounds up top equestrians from top families, including Gates’ daughter, Jennifer, Georgina Bloomberg and Jessica Springsteen. Harry Benson shot portraits, including ones of Lou Dobbs’ daughter, Hillary, and Woody Johnson’s daughter, Daisy. “Many of the young women . . . on the circuit are not burdened with making a living,' the piece says. But, adds former competitive show jumper Cornelia Guest, 'not all kids with a lot of money have the gift or the guts.'" (PageSix)


"Louis Vuitton unveiled its new haute joaillerie boutique on Place Vendôme yesterday evening, giving passing tourists yet more reasons to raise their cameras. Catherine Deneuve and Kirsten Dunst were among the famous faces that stopped by for a look at Peter Marino's interiors, which include a dangling ceiling installation by artist Teresita Fernandez. Located mere footsteps from the original Louis Vuitton store on Rue des Capucines, the jewelry shop (the brand's first such devoted retail space) goes nicely with designer Lorenz Bäumer’s third collection, which is inspired by architectural landmarks the house's founder would have encountered strolling from the Arc de Triomphe to Place Vendôme. The walk expected of guests on this night was considerably shorter: from the store a door over to the Ritz, where coupes of Ruinart rosé sat piled on a table in the garden. Deneuve received admirers in a corner, while nearer the center of things, the Traina sisters stood chatting with Caroline Sieber. The highlight of this particular trio's Couture week? 'Dior,' they said in unison. After dinner in the columned pool room, pianist Jamie Cullum took requests. His spirited playing couldn't keep Anna Dello Russo from departing early, leaving her croquant au chocolat untouched. Sofia Coppola was in no hurry, though; later on, she could be found back in the garden, catching up with Dunst. The director has a film to edit in New York and was eager to have one last evening at the Ritz before it shutters for renovations later this month, she told Style.com." (Style)



"SCOTUSBlog, which absolutely owned coverage of the recent Supreme Court decision on President Obama’s healthcare reform law, has a “tick tock” of what went down. It is long (7,000 words!) and incredibly thorough, detailing what was happening in the courtroom, in the press room in the White House and at many of the TV networks. It also describes, in excruciating detail, exactly what went wrong (and what went right) with the media’s coverage of the decision. SCOTUSBlog actually had a conference call set up and allowed media organizations to listen in. Two that did not participate: CNN and Fox News, both of which mistakenly reported that the Court had overturned a key provision in the bill, when it actually upheld it as a tax. The post explains exactly how Fox and CNN blew the initial calls, and for exactly how long." (TVNewser)

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