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Andy Rooney Becomes A Great Grandfather

rooney.pngCongratulations all around for “60 Minutes” sage Andy Rooney and his grandson, Fox News Pentagon producer Justin Fishel. Fishel and his wife, Gayle — a former Fox Newser herself — welcomed twins Andrew Kirby and Liza Cassidy a couple of weeks ago, TVNewser reports.

Turns out, broadcast is a tradition in the family. Justin’s aunt Emily Rooney (who is also his mother’s identical twin) is a former ABC News producer who now hosts a show on WGBH in Boston and Justin’s uncle Brian Rooney is a correspondent for ABC News.

Seems like a career in broadcasting is in the cards for these babies.

“60 Minutes” Interview With Anna Wintour A Snore|Valleywag Editor Says Goodbye|Shakeup At Adweek|More Nontraditional Media Seek Fellowships|10 Reasons Why Papers Are Important


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UnBeige: “60 Minutes” scored an interview with Vogue editrix Anna Wintour last night, but the results were about as surprising as an Andy Rooney monologue.

BayNewser: As Valleywag editor Owen Thomas prepared to leave his post for a new spot at NBC, he wrote a heart-felt letter to his successor, Ryan Tate.

Folio: There’s been shakeup at Adweek Media, publishers of Adweek, Mediaweek and Brandweek.

New York Times: Newspaper employees no longer dominate fellowships.

Boston.com: 10 funny reasons why the Internet can’t replace newspapers.

FBLA Crashes Media Matters Inauguration Kick Off Party

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Don’t ask how we ended up with these people. Let’s just say security isn’t that tight.

First in the photo above is Al Franken. Yes, the soon-to-be Senator-Elect Al Franken.

Also spotted was Arianna Huffington, Norman Lear, Congressman Paul Hoades (D-New Hampshire), Baratunde Thurston of The Onion and several hundred other people.

We saw one woman’s boa catch on fire – so that’s the sign of a real party. We accosted Congressman Barney Frank who was a dismissive to us. Which from what we’ve heard is only surprising if one is from Los Angeles…ahem.

Another notable was Ben Fishel, who hosts the Media Matters Minute radio segment, he is Andy Rooney‘s grandson. And yes, because we know you’re super curious…Ben’s eyebrows are normal.

Happy Birthday Andy Rooney!

Andy Rooney is 90 years old today! He has the vibrancy and outlook of a 87-year-old. We really mean that.

We were trying to find a decent spoof of him. We know they’re out there but the one’s we’ve found – stink. So if you have one – send them over.

Andy Rooney: In Defense of Newspapers


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We will happily admit to having a soft-spot for Andy Rooney based on a great deal of Sunday night childhood exposure. However we are starting to suspect Rooney may still be living in the eighties based on his assessment of the newspaper industry. Last night in his usual segment on 60 Minutes Rooney offered up a sort of defense of the newspaper. Alas, all he really managed to do was demonstrate the sort of antiquated thinking that has got the industry in so much trouble these last few years. You see, based on Rooney’s assessment the newspaper industry’s biggest enemy is television news (he proceeds to give a number or reasons why newspapers are better, i.e., you can’t cut out TV News for later inspection — a problem one would argue, YouTube has handily eliminated). It’s a conclusion that may have been apt, say, ten and/or twenty years ago but is so much the lesser of two evils these days that one has to wonder if Rooney has yet to venture on to the Internet (watching him do so might actually make for a great segment, come to think of it).

Andy Rooney Gives a Shout Out to Newspapers


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We’re going to admit that after we watched 60 Minutes exclusive with President Elect Barack Obama, we turned on the second to the last episode of this season’s of True Blood.

But we were sent this clip of Andy Rooney giving props to newspapers…and well – someone on TV needed to.

Partying With The King

King and his wife flank the Trumps

The short hallway between the “Pool Room” and bar acted as a sort of cosmic, generational media portal last night at the Four Seasons, where a pair of cocktail parties — one celebrating Larry King‘s 50 years in broadcasting (a.k.a the “old people room”), the other celebrating the New York Observer‘s redesigned paper and Web site (a.k.a the “kids room”) — were in full, boozy, media-centric swing.

In the “Old People Room”: King and his television and famous New York pals, like Joan Rivers, Donald and Melania Trump, the View‘s Barbara Walters (at one point Trump and Walters were just feet from each other, but didn’t appear to acknowledge each other) and Joy Behar, Campbell Brown, Mario Cuomo, Lou Dobbs, Phil Donahue and Marlo Thomas, Tina Brown, Jeff Greenfield, Ron Howard, Time Inc. managing editor Jim Kelly, Keith Kelly, Ray Kelly, Oprah B.F.F. Gayle King, Calvin Klein, Time Warner chief Dick Parsons, Sandra Bernhard, Jerry Stiller, Arliss actor Robert Wuhl, Mort Zuckerman, American Morning‘s newly-installed Kiran Chetry, Glenn Beck, Montel Williams, James Carville, Tom Wolfe, Andy Rooney and artist Peter Max, whose colorful rendering of King served as the room’s centerpiece.

In the “Kids Room”: 23-year-old Observer owner Jared Kushner held court with twentysomething bloggers and their youthful bosses, like Gawker’s Choire Sicha, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici and Maer Roshan, Page Six‘s Corynne Steindler, Slate‘s Jacob Weisberg, Domino‘s Deborah Needleman, WWD‘s Irin Carmon, and HuffPo’s Julia Allison, Katharine Thomson and Rachel Sklar. Fittingly, Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, chose the Observer party over King’s.

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