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Monday, May 18, 2015

Media-Whore D'Oeuvres







Stephanopoulos ‘crisis’ at ABC


"Network honchos at ABC are scrambling to keep their George Stephanopoulos scandal from becoming a Brian Williams disaster. Insiders at ABC News said higher-ups were blindsided by Stephanopoulos’ hefty undisclosed donations to the Clinton Foundation, saying the contributions may have made damaged goods of their biggest star. 'This is a bigger crisis than ABC will admit,' a source told The Post. 'George is the centerpiece of their 2016 coverage. By donating to the Clintons, he has blown his credibility in one catastrophic move. How can he moderate a debate or question a Republican candidate without questions over his impartiality?' Stephanopoulos is ABC’s chief anchor and chief political correspondent. The 'Good Morning America' anchor admitted last week that he has donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation since 2011. After apologizing on air Friday during the morning show, he repeated the mea culpa Sunday on ABC’s 'This Week,' possibly under threat of suspension. 'ABC is hoping this doesn’t spiral into a full-blown Brian Williams-style disaster,' the source said. 'If more information comes out about George’s ties to the Clintons, things could get worse.'" (PageSix)


Regis Philbin.


"Last night the Irvington Fellowship Program of the Cancer Research Institute hosted its annual “Through the Kitchen Party” at the Four Seasons Restaurant. This is the brainchild of Lauren Veronis who started it more than twenty years ago. It is always a Sunday night affair and Mrs. Veronis --  and now joined by her daughter Perri Peltz -- bring out a big crowd of prominent New Yorkers. It is quite a feat to gather any group together on a Sunday night in May when they could home settled in to their Sunday night TV shows or even still in the country. But it’s a great idea – which is part of the strong attraction. Guests have cocktails first in the Grille Room, served with delicious hors d’oeuvres for the first hour. Hundreds fill the room and the bar. Then at 8 everyone moves into the kitchen where they are each handed a chef’s apron, this year with the theme – which was 'Divine Obsession'. This year even Bill Cunningham was there catching the donning of the aprons. Once in apron, each guest is handed a large plate while entering the kitchen area – which is vast – where all the tables and counter space are filled with dishes and pans of all kinds of wonderful items. It’s one of the moments when I’m reminded of that term I used to hear when I was a kid looking at a table full of desserts where 'your eyes are bigger than your stomach.' You’d be surprised how even the slimmest and the slightest among us can’t resist, and start loading their plates with all kinds of salads, steamed vegetables, meats, fish, pastas, sauces, sushi; taking a little bit (and sometimes a lot) of everything, and even returning for more." (NYSD)

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