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Archives: November 2007

John McAuley, RIP

Sad news to report. Dow Jones senior editor John McAuley died of a heart attack on the New York City subway shortly while returning from an interview on Fox Business Network. He was 60 years old.

Our condolences go out to his family and friends.

Dow Jones’ Eduardo Kaplan writes:

John had an unfettered curiosity about the economy, a passion he generously shared in the newsroom with every reporter and editor. He was constantly seeking new ways to understand the complex forces that shape the economy and worked surrounded by towering piles of economic data that only he could identify. Like most financial journalists on the beat, John liked to talk to Wall Street economists. Like few of them, he would also reach out to truck drivers and port inspectors, grocery clerks, government statisticians and chief executive
officers. He rarely stopped thinking about the subject that fascinated him. Dave Greenlaw, an economist at Morgan Stanley in New York and a frequent voice in John’s columns, recalls him as a “wonderful, wonderful man.”

He is survived by his wife Kathy and son Matthew. A tribute has been posted at, appropriately enough, FBN (who apparently shies on towncars for guests).

The Daily Angle: Friday, Nov. 30

South Park for free, Cramer’s new deal and Facebook’s hurdles. Here’s Julie Sageer with today’s Daily Angle.

On The Eve Of Imus’ Return To Radio

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The $64,000 media question is whether or not Don Imus’ former guests will remain loyal and appear on his show once again. Clearly the question looms large in the Imus consciousness, as he has sent out his loyal surrogate, private eye Bo Dietl, to put his enemies — Al Roker, Tim Russert, Harold Ford Jr. — on notice.

Howard Stern spent much of this week on his Sirius radio show attacking his longtime nemesis, Don Imus, and the coverage his debut has been getting. James Brady of Forbes, in contrast, expects Imus’ Monday morning debut will ”draw the biggest audience ever for an AM station show airing at 6 in the morning.” And then the $64,000 media question comes up:

”What about Imus’ favorite triumvirate at The New York Times — Mo Dowd, Frank Rich, Tom Friedman? Will they return to the fold? Will the paper rule on it? Will we hear Ken Auletta again on the Imus show? Back in 1998, Auletta profiled him for The New Yorker, opening with this passage, ‘The Don is not pleased when visitors blather. He holds grudges, he is personally insulted when companies don’t reward his favorite charity, and if don’t amuse him, you’re whacked. Every morning he is quick to let loose on ‘wimps,’ ‘jerks,’ ‘weasels’ and ‘punks.”’

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Media Events 11.30.07

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FRIDAY 11.30.07
WHAT: Free movies
WHO: Cinefamily
WHEN: Check listings
WHERE: 611 N. Fairfax Ave.
WHY: For the duration of the writers’ strike the good people at Cinefamily are offering WGA members free entry to the movies (special events not included).

SATURDAY 12.01.07
WHAT: A Very Grand Guignol Christmas
WHO: the demented Laboratory of Hallucinations by Andre de Lorde
WHEN: 8:30 p.m.
WHERE: Art/Works Performance Space
WHY: From the ad: “blood * absinthe * naughty puppets. It’s like The Nutcracker. Literally.” More info here.

MONDAY 12.03.07
WHAT: New York Meets Los Angeles reading series.
WHO: Writers Janet Fitch and Jennifer Egan, moderated by Jonathan Kirsch.
WHEN: 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: Geffen Playhouse Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater
WHY: You do all your holiday shopping online anyway. Why not avoid the malls and do something good for your brain? $20.

Why Couldn’t Whoopi Conquer New York Radio?

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On the surface it seems that Whoopi Goldberg on New York morning radio is a no-brainer. With the exodus of Howard Stern, radio executives were, at the time, willing to try virtually anything to wring profits from their embattled, arid medium. Add to the mix the former Grammy, Tony, Emmy and Oscar-winner’s twin radio virtues of global name recognition and an inability to shy away from the arena of controversy. The press release on the occasion of Whoopi’s debut said:

”Radio is an area I have always wanted to play in,” said Goldberg. ”There aren’t many women helming their own show. I’m thrilled to add my name to that small list because I believe that we have something to add to the morning groove.”

Given Whoopi’s extraordinary record of success on the movie screen and on stage why wouldn’t she do well in radio? Whoopi Goldberg’s live syndicated show began airing 5am to 9am on July 31, 2006, but never caught an up drift. This week the syndicated program was pulled from New York (the show will air in syndication in other parts of the country).

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Sundance Selects “Personal” Documentaries

Sundance got 3,624 features submitted this year, with 51 first-time filmmakers. There’s got to be a pony in there somewhere.

Documentaries are personal, which is the polite way of saying dismal.

Katrina Browne’s Traces of the Trade: A Story From the Deep North explores her New England family’s history as slave traders. Should be big with Unitarians who feel guilty.

Nerakhoon (the Betrayal) directed by the cinematographer Ellen Kuras, a young Laotian man confronts both his father’s work for the C.I.A. designating bombing targets during the Vietnam War and the havoc it wreaked on his family after the Communist takeover of Laos.

Veteran director Lisa F. Jackson’s Greatest Silence: Rape in the Congo, in which she interviews rape victims and draws on her own experience as the survivor of a gang rape.

In Prison My Whole Life Colin Firth’s the EP and his wife the producer of yet another examination of Mumia Abu-Jamal.

And a rejected Mike Garibaldi-Frick muses on his loss.

Will You Be Listening To Imus’ Debut On Monday At 6 AM?

79% of FishbowlNY voters said that Alls Fair In Love and Radio. Al Roker is a legitimate Imus target as he was a major factor in the WFAN dismissal. Today’s poll:

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The Larry Craig Talking Action Figure

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We love novelty gifts, goddamnit. We also have a yen for anything related to political scandals that keep the news cycle going for months upon months. That’s why finding out that Stupid.com was marketing a Talking Larry Craig Action Figure made our day.

The doll is 12″ tall, wears an “I Am Not Gay” t-shirt (pictured), and is fully articulated so you can reenact airport bathroom shenanigans to your heart’s content. Best of all, press a button and he reads from his press conference:

“Thank you all very much for coming out today. I will read a statement: ‘I am not gay. I never have been gay.”

If Spencer Gifts doesn’t start selling this soon, we’re gonna lose all our faith in humanity.

Atoosa Goes Fashionista

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It’s a new month and you know what that means… time for more Atoosa Rubinstein Alpha Kitty videos on YouTube. This time around, the theme is Fashionista: Which is why, we’re guessing, Fashionista.com editor Faran Krentcil is one of the folks interviewed as well. Because, hell, there’s nothing like free publicity to make up for the identical names. Other Atoosa-approved fashionistas include the newly-ubiquitous Andre J. and Nylon cover girl Taylor Warren.

Press release after the jump.

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