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Archives: April 2007

Times To Boycott White House Correspondents’ Dinner

rich_times_white_house_dinn.jpgFrank Rich let a cat out of the bag in the 13th paragraph of his Sunday op-ed:

After last weekend’s correspondents’ dinner, The Times decided to end its participation in such events. But even were the dinner to vanish altogether, it remains but a yearly televised snapshot of the overall syndrome. The current White House, weakened as it is, can still establish story lines as fake as “Mission Accomplished” and get a free pass.

No word on other media outlets (somehow, we doubt Fox News is going to put the kibosh on coverage, even though C-SPAN televises it). But if next year’s host is Rich Little again, the entire press corps would be smart to follow the Times‘ lead.


  • A Year After Colbert: Little Bombs White House Dinner
  • Ken Burns Hates Mexicans


    You find a local Web site with a better name than this one by “self-exiled Tejano living in Echo Park,” Jim Mendiola. Go ahead, we dare you.

    LAT in 90 Seconds

    coachella.jpgCovering Coachella: We know we’re old when even
    just a Web site page makes us tired.

    jack24bye.jpgJack Stabbed, Electro-Shocked, Asphyxiated And … Oh, Yes, Jumped The Shark: 24 has lost more than one-third of its
    viewers since the season began.

    octobooky.jpgCovering Books: Missed the Festival of Books? Read the LAT coverage. Actually, screw the LAT coverage: Read GalleyCat.

    Ex-MB CFO To Curbed


    Kyle Crafton,’s former publisher and chief financial officer, got married over the weekend. He also disclosed where he’s landing next: real estate-focused and grub-gossip centric Eater, Gawker managing editor Lockhart Steele‘s burgeoning side empire. Crafton announced he was stepping down in February to explore entrepreneurial opportunities.

    No word on a start date for Crafton or a title, for that matter.


  • Steele, Curbed Prepping Shopping Blog
  • Publisher to Step Down in April
  • LA Times Book Awards: Editor O’Shea Peeved at Bloggers


    Why the LA Times Festival of Books falls on the same weekend as Coachella is a mystery. Great way to ensure parking for the geezers at UCLA.

    Last night, at the LAT Book Awards, Jim O’Shea was a tad defensive about “bloggers”, meaning, FBLA guesses, LA Observed where internal LAT memos are posted nearly as soon as the LAT staff receives them. Doesn’t O’Shea have rather bigger fish to fry?

    FBLA hopes this guy found a date.

    Hollywood Loves “Tourists”

    touristspic.jpgThe good people at Book Soup always offer the best tips – authors we’d like, authors we really, really wouldn’t like, and authors that are exploding like a super nova in the otherwise cluttered firmament. Jeff Hobbs, apparently, fits the bill for the latter. Store employees tell us they were taken off-guard when his debut novel, The Tourists, sold out before he even began his reading on Tuesday night.

    They kinda saw the storm coming, though, when that morning an unnamed CAA agent called the store trying to find Hobbs — seems the Hollywood bidding war for the option has already begun. Who needs Oprah?

    Week In Media Video: Sassy, Rosie, Barack & ‘I-R-A-K’

    Forbes‘ James Brady Edges — Creepily — Into Teen Oblivion

    brady_head_fbny.jpgReading Forbes‘ serial namedropping media columnist James Brady‘s columns has become one of FishbowlNY’s favorite weekly rituals. A guilty pleasure, if you will. So you can imagine our feverish excitement when we read the title of this week’s Brady gem:

    Bimbos or Sweet 16

    We, of course, were ready for a creepy cringefest of a column. We were almost disappointed. Almost:

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    Esquire‘s Granger: ScarJo, Sienna ‘Would Offer Distinct Delights and Complications’


    ellies_hardware.jpgLeading up to next week’s National Magazine Awards, is publishing a special package of our popular “So What Do You Do?” series with daily interviews of selected nominees, ranging from the well-known to obscure. Today we chat with Esquire editor David Granger:

    Who’d you rather, ScarJo or Sienna Miller? Also, how has the “Women We Love” franchise grown for the magazine?

    That’s an impossible choice and one that’s entirely irrelevant to the possibilities inherent in my life. I can imagine, though, that each would offer distinct delights and complications. As for “Women We Love,” we just have fun with it. A couple years ago, we started doing this long, slow, six-month reveal of who we would be naming the sexiest woman alive in our November issue. It’s been funny and well-received. Against all expectations, men continue to be interested in women, and we try to offer some insight in various places in the magazine in amusing ways.

  • So What Do You Do, David Granger, Editor, Esquire?
  • So What Do You Do, Moisés Naím, Editor, Foreign Policy?
  • So What Do You Do, Jay Stowe, Editor, Cincinnati?
  • So What Do You Do, Ted Genoways, Editor, Virginia Quarterly Review?
  • So What Do You Do, Mark Strauss, Editor, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists?
  • Sundown on Sunset


    LA Times Festival of Books

    Sunday, April 29

    Royce Hall
    PANEL 2051 10:30 AM
    Walter Mosley in Conversation with Karen Grigsby Bates

    Young Hall CS 24
    PANEL 2083 1:30 PM
    Litblogs: Words Online
    Moderator Tod Goldberg
    Ron Hogan, Andrew Keen, Carolyn Kellogg

    Haynes 93
    PANEL 2044 3:00 PM
    Memoir: Lessons Learned
    Moderator Amy Alkon
    Jessica Hendra, Arianna Huffington, Aimee Liu, Karen Stabiner

    Jury of Your Peers

    Phil Spector’s trial includes a juror who’s a producer for NBC but a guy with a blog gets tossed from the Will & Grace case.

    Can’t We All Just Get Along?

    There’s no truth to the rumor that Ireland Baldwin has been begging Madonna to adopt her.


    California Connected, KCET’s public affairs show, pulls the plug due to lack of funding, says EP Bret Marcus, whose relocation package was reputed to come out of the production budget. Is Marley sorry now? And another’s dream is shattered.