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East Coast Media Starts Catching Up to ‘Way Too Inconvenient a Truth’

This particular LA Times opinion piece was published July 21. Under the headline “The World’s Biggest Problem: Too Many People,” biologists Mary Ellen Harte and Anne Ehrlich took a look at the egregious lack of media attention paid to one of the key parts of the global climate change equation: unsustainable population growth. Even NPR, they argued, had barely scratched the surface of this topic in recent years, with the number of stories clearly mentioning this aspect of climate change countable on the fingers of a single, sweaty, summer-of-2011 hand.

For more than a week, no media outlet picked up on this provocative piece. But today, both the The Atlantic Wire and New Hampshire newspaper The Keene Sentinel have finally got the daisy-chain ball rolling. Thanks to the former, expect more pick-up to follow.

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LA Radio Personality Takes On Al Gore

A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that former LA radio mainstay Warren Duffy (pictured) was launching a SoCal satellite arm of his wife’s D.C. based organization CFACT (Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow). Today, he offers up an inaugural podcast that amounts to An Inconvenient Rebuttal.

Duffy sounds a bit like the late, legendary Paul Harvey. He starts off his 26-minute broadcast with some statistical ammunition:

“Some bad news from the federal government for Al Gore and his crowd of environmental exaggerators… The Environmental Protection Agency handed out a new report this week, and guess what? Greenhouse gas emissions are down, and down dramatically, and we didn’t need California cap-and-trade to do it.

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Harvey Weinstein, Evelyn Lauder and A Few Sports Moguls

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— DIANE CLEHANE

We missed Al Gore and a bearded Keith Olbermann by a day. A little birdie told us Current TV’s head and recent new hire were “full of fire” and all smiles as they undoubtedly plotted Keith’s debut. Funny enough, Olbermann’s replacement, Lawrence O’Donnell, was also there and took it all in from the other side of the room. It’s such a small world, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, things today were a bit more low key but pretty crowded in the dining room. The fancy folks and artistes from The Getty Museum were in from the Left Coast to celebrate the kick-off to their sponsorship of 60 exhibits in museums all over Los Angeles. What’s the New York connection, you ask? Well, proprietor Michael McCarty‘s other restaurant is in Santa Monica, and he and his wife Kim McCarty (an artist whose works are on view here) are great patrons of the arts.

I was joined by my good friend Randy Jones, founder of Worth and author of The Greatest Stock Picks of All Time and The Richest Man in Town.  Let’s just say Randy knows a thing or two about money. It makes perfect sense then that he is now working with Lynn Tilton as  managing director of media and entertainment/talent acquisition of her company, Patriarch Partners, LLC. If you haven’t heard of Lynn, trust me, you will. (And honestly, don’t you read The Wall Street Journal?) She runs the largest woman-owned business in the United States as a private equity chief who owns all or some of 74 different businesses with revenues of more than $8 billion. (Take that, Oprah!)

Randy is keeping pretty busy at Patriarch with plenty of projects in the hopper. You heard it here first: Patriarch has a development deal with The Sundance Chanel to bring “The Diva of Distress” (It’s the working title) to the small screen some time soon. Randy describes the series as a “docu-drama” in which Lynn will star and go around the country looking for businesses on the brink to work with endangered entrepreneurs in an attempt to get them back on track. The most deserving business owners could score an equity investment from Patriarch or a much needed loan. “That’s one of the most amazing things about Lynn,” says Randy. “When she buys or invests in a company, she doesn’t sell them — she keeps them. She wants good people to succeed.” Amen. Oh, and by the way, if you’re in the market for a new job, Randy is looking to hire a CEO for Petry Media.  If you’re thinking of applying, just make sure you’ve got a track record in digital platforms and have the goods to build  ”a true 21st century media company.” You can thank me later.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Edelman’s Kathy Lacey and pals

2. First quarter: Bet they had plenty to talk about: Jets’ EVP  Matt Higgins and Mets’ chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. Second act: Harvey Weinstein (If that wasn’t a Members Only jacket, it sure looked like one), his daughter and a pal.

3.  Moneyman Steven Swid

4. Beauty biz icon Evelyn Lauder with a dark-haired power gal we didn’t recognize.

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Submitted For Your Approval: The TSA ‘Wiener Screener’

In case you missed it, LA has its own viral contribution to the anti-TSA x-ray scanner movement: Bikini Girl. Love the twist at the end.

OK, now that we got that out of the way, here comes the real point. Seeing the coverage of this video reminded us how lame the names are that people have come up with to describe these x-ray machines.

“Porno screener,” the most popular, is awful. People like porn. It’s the reason Al Gore invented the Internet. If you wanted to make fun of the TSA’s daddy issues, then drop a porn reference. Otherwise, it doesn’t work.

So, submitted for your approval, we formally introduce “Wiener Screener” as the new meme of choice for anti-TSA x-ray backlash. Catchy, funny, yet serious too. Remember the guy who assaulted his colleagues at TSA after they made fun of his manhood.

Wiener Screener, try it on for size. And anyone who can come up with something good for the female side of the equation, let us know.

Current TV Founders Comment On Euna & Laura’s Release

current.pngYesterday, after the announcement that North Korea was going to release imprisoned journalists Euna Lee and Laura Ling, their bosses at Current TV posted a comment about the whole mess.

“All of us at Current are overjoyed at Laura and Euna’s safe return,” Current Media founders Al Gore and Joel Hyatt said in the statement. “Our hearts go out to them — and to their families — for persevering through this horrible experience. We will have more to say in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, all our thoughts are with Laura and Euna and their families, who have shown remarkable courage and initiative for the 140 days of this ordeal.”

According to the statement, Lee and Ling will be returning home this morning. You can visit the site to send them a message or view some of their work.

Current TV has been quiet about its detained reporters since their arrest in March, so we’re looking forward to what the company will have to say “in the days and weeks ahead.”

Meanwhile, today more information came out regarding Clinton’s trip to North Korea, how it came about and what he talked about with the nation’s Supreme Leader.

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BREAKING: Two US Journos Pardoned by North Korea

t1home.ling.lee.nk.gi.jpgCNN confirmed two US journos Laura Ling and Euna Lee working for the Al Gore owned Current TV were pardoned by North Korean President Kim Jong Il after a visit from former President Bill Clinton.

Phew.

Previously on FBLA:

  • President Clinton: Soon-To-Be Patron Saint of Political Prisoner Journos

  • Rodale First Quarter Revenues Drop 23.3%

    Picture 3.pngMen’s Health publisher Rodale announced its first quarter results today, revealing a 23.2% dip in revenues compared to the first quarter of last year.

    Not surprisingly, Rodale’s president and CEO Steven Pleshette Murphy chalked the decrease up to an anemic ad market but pointed out that the company’s consumer products are still drawing readers.

    “Most of our magazines are seeing year-over-year newsstand growth this quarter,” he said.

    Even more good news: web sites for Men’s Health and Women’s Health set records for page views and unique visitors, respectively, during the first quarter of 2009.

    Full release after the jump

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    Current Media Cancels IPO

    current04.12.09.jpgFourteen months ago, Al Gore‘s Current Media was the darling of the media world. The company, which currently operates a cable station reaching 50 million homes and a Web site targeting the youths, filed for a $100 million IPO.

    Since that time, Bjorn Lomborg proved Gore’s Inconvenient Truth wasn’t exactly true and the fortunes of the former vice president’s company have fallen on hard times as well. First, it laid off 60 (with 30 new positions created) and now the IPO has been scuppered.

    According to AFP, Current Media wrote the following in a statement on Friday: “In light of current market conditions, the registrant has determined not to proceed at this time with the public offering. All activity regarding the proposed public offering has been discontinued.”

    That is inconvenient indeed.

    Lunch: Ben Bradlee — Fewer Newspapers May Not Be ‘Such A Bad Thing’

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    — DIANE CLEHANE

    It was truly a head-spinning afternoon at Michael’s today. The joint was jumping with so many movers and shakers we could barely keep up with all the goings on, but we did a few laps around the dining room to catch up with the boldface names and those media mavens whose jobs are still secure to find out the latest dish.

    I was thankful I got there early this afternoon because I was able to collar legendary newspaper man Ben Bradlee before he sat down with his family. I just had to ask him what he thought about the obit currently being written for the newspaper industry. The former The Washington Post editor wasn’t about to buy into all the gloom and doom. “I’m actually quite hopeful,” he told me of his survival of the fittest approach. “When I was editor of the Post, there was something like 7,500 papers and now there’s 1,200. But I don’t think it’s such a bad thing if there’s a few less papers — if they’re better. The Washington Post is losing money at the moment, but I think things will settle down. As long as the surviving papers are good, it’s not going to be a disaster.”

    I had the good fortune today to lunch with Joan Gelman and Robert Zimmerman, two of my favorite people who I’ve come to know through my weekly Wednesday visits. We had a lively conversation (Sorry, but the juiciest stuff was strictly off the record). Joan is a hero of mine, having written about the perils of parenthood and working motherhood so brilliantly back in the ’80s for The New York Times‘ Hers column. I re-read many of them the other night, and they could have just as easily been written today. Joan has toiled at a plethora of television jobs, including producing stints at Good Morning America and David Letterman. Her latest show that she’s written, Triple Sensation, is scheduled to run in June in Canada on CBC, and she’s back freelance writing again. God knows she’s got plenty of material. Robert is celebrating the 20th anniversary of his Long Island-based marketing-public relations firm Zimmerman/Edelson, which counsels a diverse client base which consists of an impressive roster of energy and real estate firms, as well as educational institutions including Hofstra University. Robert also moonlights as a CNN contributor, where he lends his intelligent, well-reasoned voice in support of public advocacy on a whole host of issues. “It’s a passion of mine,” he says. His gig with CNN (he signed on in 2007) came about after he got a call from The White House following one of his television appearances back in 2005. Turns out both Al Gore and Bill Clinton thought Robert would be just the guy to carry the flag on Fox News. Since then, he’s gone on to tangle with Lou Dobbs and plenty of other contentious commentators and flacks. “I have had the unique distinction of antagonizing both parties at the same time,” says Robert. That must mean he’s doing something right …

    Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

    1. The indomitable Evelyn Lauder, looking lovely as ever in a chic brown tweed suit and presiding over a table of powerful gals, including our pal MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski (we forgot to tell her we’re on her side on the vibrator debate she’s currently having via the airwaves with Barbara Walters) and Lauder’s public relations maven Alexandra Trower (who looked dazzling in bright pink) all gathered to talk about Mrs. Lauder’s upcoming annual gala for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to be held on April 29 at the Waldorf. And before you run out and buy a fancy frock for the occasion, Mrs. Lauder was delighted to tell me the invitation calls for gals to “shop your closet.” “Let’s give all the money we can to the foundation,” she wisely advises. Gentleman should opt for “black tie with a touch of pink.” The evening is sure to be one for the record books. Longtime Lauder spokesperson Liz Hurley is hosting and Elton John is going to perform with — wait for it — Liza Minelli! So if you’ve been holding back on making the scene on the charity circuit, this might be just the time to crack open the checkbook if you can…

    2. Here’s an interesting foursome: Sports Illustrated editor Terry McDonnell, Victoria’s Secret model Marissa Miller, an unidentified dude with a Mohawk, and a ‘suit.’

    3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with The Daily Beast’s books editor Alexis Gelber. Joe told me all of New York was at the party for Quinn Bradlee‘s book held at Barry Diller‘s last night. (We were home watching Dancing with The Stars. Oh well). Joe has just returned from his annual visit to The Whole in The Wall camp for critically ill children. This will be the first summer season for the camp since its founder and guiding force, Paul Newman, passed away. “He was the real deal,” says Joe. Luckily, his work lives on. Joe reports they will be opening a camp in Israel in June for Jewish, Arab and Christian children whose parents will be required to attend meetings together while the kids go about being kids and enjoying themselves despite their medical conditions. An inspiring concept to say the least …

    4. Would love to have been a fly on the wall at this table: Jonathan Wald, Charlie Walk and Donnie Deutsch.

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    Mediabistro Blog-Family Roundup

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  • New book from Al Gore about solutions to global warming- GalleyCat

  • Layoffs at Brides.com due to Conde Nast’s digital consolidation- FishbowlNY
  • Bill O’Reilly launches “Post-Game” web show- WebNewser
  • National Journal’s bipartisan breakfast panel agreed on one thing- a timeline for healthcare reform- FishbowlDC
  • Teen Confesses To Murder of former ABC News Radio anchor George Weber- TVNewser
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