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34896209-23183738.jpgHeath Ledger O.D. By Mistake: With an Anna Nicole-esque cocktail in his six-pack abs, Heath Ledger likely killed himself by accident, according to the coroner.

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Fox News Focused Less On War, More On Anna Nicole

According to a study released by the Project For Excellence in Journalism on Friday, Fox News led the three major cable news networks in airtime devoted to Anna Nicole in the first three months of the year, and trailed MSNBC and CNN in coverage of the Iraq war.

PEJ notes:

If Fox was less focused on the Iraq War, what took its place? Mostly — according to the numbers — Anna Nicole Smith. Coverage of her death trailed just barely the airtime spent on the Iraq policy debate, accounting for 9.6% of all the Fox content studied (versus 10.1% for the Iraq policy debate). Fox also stood out for its lack of coverage on the firings of the U.S. attorneys, compared with the other channels. The story, which gained real momentum in mid March, consumed a mere 2% of Fox’s total airtime. CNN devoted twice that percent (4%) and MSNBC four times (8%).

CBS’ Public Eye takes a shot at Fox with a zinger: “When you score last on viewer comprehension and highest for AnnaMania, it’s time to take a look in the mirror.”

  • Iraq Dominates PEJ’s First Quarterly NCI Report [PEJ via Public Eye]
  • Christopher Hitchens: Va. Tech Shootings A ‘Non-Story’

    hitchens_vatech.jpgVirginia Tech was a “non-story,” no more important than news of a “traffic accident.” Magazine editors should be ashamed of themselves for not publishing the Danish cartoons. Anna Nicole was a “fat slut.” Religion “poisons everything.”

    Oh, and women? They still aren’t funny.

    Some words of wisdom offered by Vanity Fair contributing editor, author, National Magazine Award finalist and newly-ordained American citizen Christopher Hitchens at the American Society of Magazine Editors’ annual board meeting/luncheon at the Princeton Club this afternoon in New York.

    Hitchens, politely grilled by Slate editor Jacob Weisberg, sounded off on everything from Imus to Saddam to George Tenet in front of a roomful of magazine editors, but his comments about the slain Virginia Tech students seemed to be the most provocative.

    “Virginia Tech is a non-story,” said the British-born Hitchens, who said he took his oath as a U.S. citizen earlier in the day. “There were no implications” of anything bigger, explained Hitchens, who compared the shootings to a “traffic accident.” When one editor suggested the massacre pushed gun control to the forefront of the American conversation, Hitchens argued that the laws in Virginia were adequate — shooting people is already illegal, Hitchens said.

    Weisberg suggested Hitchens — whose latest book, god is not great: How Religion Poisons Everything is out tomorrow — was a provacateur; Hitchens bristled. As a journalist, your job is to “take nothing on faith,” he said.

    When asked about his controversial piece in which Hitchens argued women are not funny, he pointed to male friends who “would not have a prayer of getting laid without being amusing.”

    ‘Buffy’ To Play Anna Nicole On Law & Order

    law_and_order_kristy.jpgOn an upcoming episode of Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Kristy Swanson — a.k.a “Buffy” of Buffy the Vampire Slayer before Sarah Michelle Gellar took the role to new cultish heights on television — portrays “a voluptuous, ill-fated drug-abusing model/rich guy’s widow/new mom” whose older son is found dead. Sound familiar?

    The Anna Nicole-inspired episode is slated to air May 8, just in time for the so-called “May Sweeps.”

    Chris Noth, uh, investigates.

    At Least They Waited Until She Was Buried

    annakristy.pngTV Guide blogs about Law & Order: Criminal Intent’s May 8 episode, in which new mom Kristy Swanson plays a “voluptuous, ill-fated drug-abusing model/rich guy’s widow/new mom (whose older son is found dead).”

    Sorry, Jenny McCarthy. Looks like Swanson has a leg up on you for the Anna Nicole biopic.

    Anna Nicole ‘Casket Cam’: New Low In Entertainment Journalism?

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    Looking for a new low in entertainment journalism?

    Today’s Anna Nicole funeral was closed to all media but Entertainment Tonight. And, according to Gawker, ET apparently used that exclusivity to attach a “casket cam” for Anna Nicole’s funeral proceedings. Yes, a fucking “casket cam.”

    There were fewer than 300 guests, according to AP.

    Again, a “casket cam.”

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  • Brian Williams Takes Anti-Britney-Anna Stance | Graydon’s Oscar Party | Obama In L.A.

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    • Obama: And moguls in L.A. [Pop Matters]
    • The Power of Anna: Transcends celebrity weeklies’ deadlines. [WWD]
    • Grey’s Anatomy Spin-off: Reportedly in works at ABC. [WSJ via ETP]
    • Libby Trial: Winds down, jury deliberates. [Bloomberg]
    • Condé Nast’s Photo-blographer Schuman: Heir to Bill Cunningham’s throne? [NYO]
    • New York ‘Internet Addict’: Sues over adult chat room firing. [AP]
    • Graydon Carter’s Oscar Party: 800-plus on guest list. [MIN]
    • Brian Williams: Sorry, no Britney, Anna Nicole tonight, kids. [Daily Nightly]