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Larry King to Question Eliot Spitzer

Larry King‘s new Hulu series, “Politicking with Larry King” will feature a new episode with New York Comptroller hopeful Eliot Spitzer. The full episode “Does Eliot Spitzer Deserve a Second Chance?  The Former N.Y. Governor Makes His Case To Re-Enter The Public Arena,” airs today on RT America, at 9 and 11 PM EST.

Cheating will, of course, be among the topics. Is he or is he not having an extramarital affair? According to a promo release, “Eliot Spitzer tells Larry the public’s right to know about his personal life should be limited, including questions about a rumor that he’s cheating on his wife.” He also has thoughts on Hillary Clinton winning the White House and his time as Attorney General.

Watch a clip here.

Politico’s Dylan Byers Raves About Daily Caller’s Rendition of his Personal Blog

The Daily Caller‘s Deputy Editor Will Rahn performed a dramatic reading of Politico media writer Dylan Byers‘ personal blog from when he was 19 years old, a time when he looked more shaggy than he does now. He kept it for about a month and talked wistfully about life, smoking weed, a woman named Lilly and wandering around Seattle’s cafe scene. And oh, the wondering. 

In famous people terms this is kind of like George Clooney appearing on the “Facts of Life.” He’d rather forget Mrs. Garrett, Blaire, Tutti and the gang. But he can’t (see after the jump). Nor can Byers escape his more youthful Politico-free existence when he could keep a personal blog and not have it performed by a news outlet that is a nemesis to his own.

Byers seemed to take The Daily Caller‘s ribbing in stride. “Yeah it was genius,” he told FishbowlDC over email. “Rahn crushed it.” When asked if he was being serious or sarcastic (it’s hard to read email tone) he replied, “No I mean it… down to the music.” When it was suggested to him that he was having a good sense of humor about the whole thing he replied, “You probably have to pity anyone who lived through the age of 19 without an overwhelming sense of wonder and self-worth.” Read more

TNR On All You Young Luke Russert Haters

In a new profile, The New Republic helpfully explains why you don’t like Luke Russert, young journalists. Because YOU ARE NOT HIM and you are jealous (and you all live in Shaw and make no money)!

Like most of us needed a reminder that we don’t have dads with famous names.

In a profile that is sometimes as clunky as it is unrevealing, TNR’s Noreen Malone really doesn’t shed much light on Luke Russert the man—at least not anything we didn’t already know and certainly not as much as a profile of this length should (she does, however, get a swipe in at FishbowlDC—but we can at least respect she’s willing to put her name behind the criticism, most aren’t).

We also get the sense that Malone is kind of Team Luke.

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Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks

We’re not quite sure what to make of WaPo’s “The Reliable Source” most of the time. In between actual DC gossip, it tosses out these celebrity pieces that have absolutely nothing to do with Washington. At least The Hill’s ”In The Know” will at least try for a connection, no matter how tenuous, but it’s like sometimes WaPo can’t even be bothered.

Take this one about Harrison Ford answering questions at Comic-Con. Imagine that, a scifi cult celebrity and ‘Star Wars’ star being hounded by scifi fans with super-specific questions at one of the country’s biggest scifi and fantasy conventions.

The Ford piece was followed yesterday afternoon with a post on Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife reconciling. In case you’re wondering, though you’re probably not, they’ve “now twice filed for divorce.”

Our question is always, why is “The Reliable Source” trying to be a celeb gossip site? There are dozens of sites that do that far better. And along the same lines, stop the presses, why would DCers care about most of this? Is this just trolling for search engine traffic? Is someone at WaPo watching Google Trends to see what’s floating to the top and then writing posts to match?

Seems like it.

PBS Kids’ Morris Shows Off His Style

Aaron Morris, digital content manager for PBS Kids, and his girlfriend Teeny Lamothe have got some style, so says Apartment Therapy.

The blog, whose mission is to save the world, one room at a time, featured the couple’s Woodley Park apartment today and its DIY, rare-finds scavenged-from-the-sidewalk style in a home tour.

Lamothe and Morris have a knack for almost literally stumbling across items that seem to fit in perfectly at home.

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WCP Writer’s Virginity On Display at Capital Fringe

Washington City Paper contributor Derek Hills doesn’t want your sex… or does he? Sometimes yes means no, so maybe that means he says he does but he really doesn’t?

Maybe he should just say no, instead of yes to clear up all this confusion. We have no idea really, but we think you can find out for us at his one-man Capital Fringe show, No Sex, Please.

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A Chance to Meet Michelle Fields

We could hardly contain ourselves when we got word that Next Generation.TV’s Allen West and Michelle Fields would be the stars at an upcoming happy hour. Apparently neither could The Daily Caller‘s editor and columnist Christopher Bedford, who forwarded the party notice to colleagues, adding, “Allen West happy hour on Thursday. Word is you might get to meet Michelle Fields.”

Bedford’s remark might be tongue-in-cheek since Fields was fired from The Daily Caller in late August of 2012 for a lack in production. She still has friends there, however, notably, Jamie Weinstein (wink! wink!). Fields’ focus has always been on getting herself on TV, not writing stories.

The soirée is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday in Sonoma’s private dining room on Capitol Hill.

Dumbass Pitches

Today’s “Dumbass Pitch” comes from Nadine Lajoie, author of Win the Race of Life, and her publicist Debbie Jonas at Mediaproductions.tv. Here’s how it goes. As you may have heard, a plane crashed this weekend and Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg—who was not on the flight but also has a book to promote—managed to shrewdly turn this crash into a story about herself with a Facebook post about how she was almost, but not, on that plane.

Not to be outdone by such ninja-like PR skills, Lajoie and Jonas tell us Lajoie is also available to talk about the crash, or more specifically, about the benefits of being grateful. Sandberg was grateful she wasn’t on the plane that crashed. Get it?

But forget about Sandberg. Some fun facts about Lajoie that we couldn’t care less about and neither should you: She’s American’s “High Speed Success Coach,” she sings like an angel (?), and she co-authored a book called Fight for your Dreams.

They provide a list of questions Lajoie can answer, but we think we can take a stab at them on our own…

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Hey, it Happens! TV Journo Confused by DM

It’s early morning. You haven’t imbibed enough caffeine. You get on your Smartphone and everything falls apart. Hey, it happens to the best of us! And this morning it happened to CNBC’s Eamon Javers. (Full disclosure since they’re so important in This Town: Many years ago, he was one of my editors. I don’t really remember him editing anything of mine though or getting into any fights with him.)

All things considered, it could have been a hell of a lot worse. Javers didn’t insult his boss, Paula Deen or even Politico‘s Mike Allen. Instead, he expressed his trepidation over being out of a pocket for over a HALF HOUR. Oh, the horrors!

At 5:48 a.m., his day seemed to be getting off on a good note.

About an hour later…

And then:

 

NBC Digital’s Lou Dubois seemed concerned. “You doing ok over there?” he asked. Javers confided, “Twitter is hard, especially before my second cup of coffee.” Dubois empathized, saying, “Coffee makes everything easier.” (WTF, indeed.)

Javers appears to have deleted one tweet directed to CNBC and some guy named “Ivan” that explains his angst about the whole thing.

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Cindy Sheehan To Talk Peace At Potluck

Remember Cindy Sheehan, the anti-war activist most famous for setting up camp outside George W. Bush’s Texas Ranch?  She’s back. Sort of.

Moveon.org sent out invitations to hang out with Sheehan this weekend in Brookeville, Md. at a private home—but you’ve got a bring a dish to share.

“Join us for a potluck dinner for nationally renowned anti-militarism activist Cindy Sheehan,” the invitation said. “We’ll have a chance to talk about what our next steps should be in growing our movement to end war and militarism.” They promise a chance to strategize for peace.

What has Sheehan been up to these last few years? Well, she ran on the presidential ticket with Roseanne Barr in 2012, and stopped paying her taxes.

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