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LA Times Tries to Build on Schwarzenegger-Shriver Scoop

It’s a big deal in LA media circles that the LA Times was the outlet to break the news of Maria Shriver ‘s separation from husband Arnold Schwarzenegger rather than a gossipy stand-by like TMZ, Radar Online, or perhaps US Weekly.

Today, the reporter responsible for the Monday evening website dispatch, Mark Z. Barabak, teams with Robin Abcarian for a follow-up feature look at what might have gone wrong. Underscoring the Rolodex power of Schwarzenegger and Shriver, neither one of the sources tapped by these reporters for the “two distinctly different narratives emerging” about the 25-year marriage was willing to be named:

“Everyone who’s shocked by this is reacting to the fairy-tale picture that was promoted,” said a friend who has been a frequent visitor to the couple’s Brentwood mansion and did not want to be identified as breaching the couple’s confidence. The death in August 2009 of Shriver’s mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, said this friend, marked a turning point. Her father, Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps founder, died in January.

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Anna Nicole Smith: Category 4 Government Slayer

Up until now, there has been very little comic relief afforded by the Wikileaks scandal. But that gap has been filled by The Guardian‘s release of a lengthy November 15th, 2006 cable written by the U.S. Ambasssador to the Bahamas.

It’s not so much the content of the cable, though whether Anna Nicole Smith really can be credited with such an impressive amount of shifting of Bahamian voter perception is up for debate. Rather, it’s the breathless style in which the cable was written by Deputy Chief of Mission D. Brend Hardt (now posted to the Barbados).

Not since Category 4 Hurricane Betsy made landfall in 1965 has one woman done as much damage in Nassau. Lying in disarray in her wake are Doctor’s Hospital, the Coroner’s Court, the Department of Immigration, local mega-lawyers Callenders and Co., formerly popular Minister of Immigration Shane Gibson and possibly Prime Minister Christie’s PLP government.

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On The Menu: A Former Fishbowl-er Takes On J-School

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Today on the media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven dug up today’s most interesting media headlines.

First up, a discussion about former FishbowlNY contributor Hunter Walker‘s recent gig writing about his adventures at Columbia J-School for Gawker. Given Hunter’s experience — he’s worked at AOL, The New York Times and Condé Nast as well as Mediabistro and Gawker — “I think the idea of writing about going to journalism school might be more interesting to him than actually some of the stuff he’s going to learn there,” Jason said.

Also discussed: Bill O’Reilly‘s recent attack on GE in light of the ongoing spat between O’Reilly and Keith Olbermann, a law suit against an Anna Nicole Smith biographer and a Wall Street Journal article about purchasing premium ad content versus using cheaper ad networks.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Worse ‘Feeding Frenzies’ Than Sarah Palin

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As we mentioned yesterday, McCain Camp’s Steve Schmidt told the WaPo that the feeding frenzy on Veep Nominee Sarah Palin was the worst he’s ever seen. Not that we can blame someone for having the memory of a gold fish. It often helps the voices.

Anyway, we came up with a poll of other feeding frenzies. There were many: The OJ Trial, Monica Lewinsky, Jonbenet Ramsey, Lacy Peterson, Chandra Levy, Natalie Holloway, Martha Stewart going to jail and Elian Gonzalez.

Then some of our readers suggested more. Princess Diana’s Death and Anna Nicole Smith.

And then we thought of more: Terri Schiavo and Janet Jackson‘s nipple.

Did we miss one? Leave your answer in the comments…or tip box.

E! Misses Dumb Buxom Blondes, Looks Inside Pam Anderson

Pam_Anderson_s_X-ray.jpgApparently still in mourning over its “star” Anna Nicole Smith, E! has snagged itself another “talent,” giving Pam Anderson her own reality show.

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State Department Snooped on Anna Nicole

_44517652_1ansmithap203c.jpgA week after reports revealed US state department workers improperly snooped into the passport files of three presidential candidates, word is out that those rights-violating little buggers got their noses in Anna Nicole Smith’s files too.

According to the AP, Smith was not alone (she rarely ever was):

State department officials told AP the review involved several hundred US citizens whose passport files are flagged for extra protection because of their prominence. These people include politicians, entertainers and athletes. Accessing their files triggers an automatic record that it has been viewed.

Celebrities getting their privacy violated? Get out of town! (And don’t forget your passport!)

Maria Shriver Not Going Back to TV News

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Maria Shriver says she’s not going back to TV news, even after Arnold’s out of the governor’s office. The reason: the media carnival surrounding the death of Anna Nicole Smith. Shriver said:

“It was then that I knew that the TV news business had changed and so had I. I called NBC News, and told them I’m not coming back.”

FishbowlLA wonders if the media circus surrounding Katie Couric’s anchor seat also influenced Shriver’s choice.

But how about a talk show? Ted Harbert at E! has been trying to get Shriver to join the entertainment channel ever since he took over. They are neighbors, after all.

Dead Naked Lady

0406_anna_playboy.jpgIf you want to slather on happy sauce and gawk at the “before” pictures of Anna Nicole Smith, then Playboy wants your money. And we want you to stop reading our site. You creep us out.

In other ANS news:

Anna had a “childish” mind.

Anna’s doctor has a lot of explaining to do.

Her bodyguards took notes.

Jeff Jarvis, Amanda Congdon and DuPont: Miracle of Science or Lack of Ethics?

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Jeff Jarvis is just as pleased as punch that he was able to snag Amanda “Rocketbazooms” Congdon for those DuPont infotainmericals.(And why not? She practically gave him a lapdance in the Frontline doc.)

Since Anna Nicole Smith wasn’t available, being dead and all, Congdon must have been the next best thing. Does she have an personal experience with DuPont products? Melissa Lafsky at Eat the Press thinks there might be some ethics hanky-panky going on, but that’s silly. Congdon isn’t a journalist, and thus, has no ethics. She even said so. And besides, her HBO sugar daddies said it was okay with them.

ABC News.com, where Congdon had been playing news-ette, doesn’t seem flustered by her outside deals, according to Radar. Her producer, Jason Samuels, might think about looking for a new assignment–after 11 years at Dateline, couldn’t he do better?

Remember when she got taser’ed? That was fun, wasn’t it?

Sandra Tsing Loh has a little radio show about science. She went to CalTech. See the difference?

Sundown on Sunset

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Maybe it’s all that exposure from BrooWaha, but we’ve been hit with an inordinant number of MySpace friend requests. While we slog through those this weekend, the rest of you can enjoy a few tasty news nuggets from our friends around the ‘net:

LA Observed notes a new LAT hire.

Big Action! decides the entire Viacom/Google fiasco comes down to one thing: Squirrel Melts.

TMZ breaks the “story” that a judge in the Anna Nicole Smith case has ordered a DNA test of Howard K. Stern. Sure TMZ had the exclusive, but we hear Usmagazine.com has a reporter hiding out in Stern’s cheek, awaiting the actual swab.

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