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Archives: June 2008

Gail Collins on MoDo Criticism: ‘I Hope I’m Hearing Wrong’

GailDo.pngIt looks like we have another reason to love Gail Collins. Remember last week when the New York Times Public Editor Clark Hoyt, after being inundated with complaints of sexist coverage at the Time that “often boiled down to” Dowd, called MoDo out for going “over the top” in her election year columns. And then Dowd responded by saying, actually, I’ve been “twisting” gender sterotypes for years before going on to skewer both Carla Bruni, disgruntled Hillary supporters, and Bill Clinton’s “self-pitying meltdown.” Well it looks like Collins, who was once the editorial page editor herself, did not take too kindly to Hoyt’s “assault.”

As a Times columnist, I never envisioned myself writing a letter to a fellow resident of the paper’s opinion section. But I feel compelled to respond to your assault on Maureen Dowd. Your complaint about Maureen seems to be that many supporters of Hillary Clinton found her columns offensive. As a former editorial page editor, I can absolutely assure you that supporters of many, many candidates from both parties have found Maureen’s columns offensive over the years…When the public editor laces into an opinion page columnist for making fun of a controversial political figure, it sounds like a suggestion that all of us tone things down. I hope I’m hearing wrong.
One wonders if MoDo would ever be capable of making a similar gesture.

Good Morning FBLA Readers

Tonight at 12:01 AM, the SAG contract expires. So today, all the major newspapers have to cover what’s going on with SAG. The Washington Post runs a piece by staff writer William Booth that is a Q&A:

Wait — actors vs. actors. Sounds hot. What show are you talking about?

He clearly doesn’t have to spend any time around talent. We think maybe he was thinking ‘actresses’. But it’s still WaPo and kind of creepy.

LAT covers the SAG AFTRA rift. NYPost is reporting about the SAG prez. And NYT gets into the plight of the non-famous actors.

Okay actors – now you’ve gotten enough attention and you don’t need to strike.

Hello! My Name is Inigo Hussein Montoya

29hussein.xlarge1.jpgKarl Rove meet the future. According to an article in today’s NYT some young Obamaites have taken the “all for one, one for all” mantra to an unusual (and we will admit, sort of awesome) conclusion. Apparently deciding that even if the Obama campaign appears to be disassociating itself from the Muslim community there’s a little Hussein in all of us, many supporters have taken to using Obama’s middle name as their own.

Emily Nordling has never met a Muslim, at least not to her knowledge. But this spring, Ms. Nordling, a 19-year-old student from Fort Thomas, Ky., gave herself a new middle name on…”Emily Hussein Nordling,” her entry now reads. With her decision, she joined a growing band of supporters of Senator Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, who are expressing solidarity with him by informally adopting his middle name. The result is a group of unlikely-sounding Husseins: Jewish and Catholic, Hispanic and Asian and Italian-American, from Jaime Hussein Alvarez of Washington, D.C., to Kelly Hussein Crowley of Norman, Okla., to Sarah Beth Hussein Frumkin of Chicago.

So yeah, who could have guessed Karl Rove’s career of fear-mongering, swift-boating campaigning would have met its match in Emily (Hussein) Nordling. Now everyone go stand on their desk.

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A.J. ‘Pageviews’ Daulerio New Deadspin Editor

willaj.jpgToday’s big news in the blogosphere is that A.J. Daulerio will take over for Will Leitch as editor of Gawker Media’s sports blog, Deadspin. Daulerio, who’s been the site’s senior writer since April, will be joined by new associate editor Clay Travis and old standby Rick Chandler

As avid readers of the site, we’re sad to see Leitch leave — in all seriousness, it got a little dusty at FBNY HQ when we listened to Scott Van Pelt‘s goodbye voicemail — but pageview-hungry Nick Denton will be okay with his new editor.

Over the past three months, we’ve noted that Daulerio’s posts seem to get more pageviews than Leitch’s. In an effort to test that theory, we added up the pageviews for their posts during the week of June 16-20 (not including repeating, low traffic posts such as Blogdome and advertisers). The results: 10,573 pvs/post for Daulerio’s 29 posts vs 9,217 pvs/post for Leitch’s 32 posts. (Chandler, again excluding low traffic, daily posts — Comment of the day, About last night, etc. — checked in at 4,898 pvs/post.) While one week is a small sample size, we think it’s reflective of the general trend we’ve noted.

We’re not saying Daulerio’s pandering to pageviews — he’s a thoroughly entertaining read, the commenters love him and he was our first choice to replace Leitch — but we just thought it was worth mentioning.

The stats after the jump.

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Marc Brown Fail

We were trolling FailBlog and came across this picture of our own local anchor Marc Brown.


Have a good weekend everyone!

A Dot of Light at the End of a Long Week

Howard Brandy, inspiration for Dudley Do-Right, 79

brandy_howard.jpg From Variety (with some additional info by guest Fishie Dan Cox):

Howard Brandy, a publicist in film and music over a career spanning nearly five decades and known as the model for the cartoon character Dudley Do-Right, died last Monday after a long illness. He was 79.

In the 1950s, Brandy represented teen heartthrobs Fabian and Frankie Avalon before going on to work with Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Sam Cooke, the Fifth Dimension, Lionel Richie, Captain & Tennille and the Monkees. He also headed publicity for A&M records, Uni Records and Motown.

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Not Even Reporters Paid to Travel With Bush Want to Know What He’s Doing

af1_d4c-122582-1_375X300.jpgSome of you may have been following the recent “donnybrook”, first reported by FishbowlDC, over the White House Correspondents Association’s decision to limit pool report access to those reporters actually traveling with the President. Basically, says FBDC, “you don’t pay, you don’t play…Namely, only those reporters whose news organizations have ponied up the money to accompany the president on domestic and foreign trips will receive the pool reports.”

This is going to be a problem for smaller papers who, as Politico pointed out in March, depend on the pool reports in the wake of widespread budget cuts. Why this sudden change of rules you ask? Well, according to WHCA President Ann Compton the move was in part due to “decreased interest in President Bush’s recent trips.” [Emphasis ours.] File under “Life and Times of a Lame Duck” we suppose. Wait! Here’s an idea, why doesn’t Obama jack up his air fare prices and once he’s finished paying off Hillary’s debt donate the rest to the Air Force One fund.

Commie Girl Comes to L.A. — For a Book Reading

51pxzbtvbRL._SL500_AA240_.jpgOrange County’s second-best former columnist (kisses) Rebecca Schoenkopf done written her book already (man, that was fast!), and she’s coming to Book Soup to read from it.

Schoenkopf, aka Commie Girl, is a laugh-riot and a great story teller. So come out and support her. Saturday, 5 p.m. 8818 Sunset Blvd., W. Hollywood.

From the blurb:

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