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Posts Tagged ‘Betty Liu’

Alec Baldwin Talks Mayoral Chances Again

Alec Baldwin was on Bloomberg TV this morning, and as our sister site FishbowlDC notes, he was talking about running for mayor again.

“Let’s see what things are like in 2014,” Baldwin told Bloomberg’s Betty Liu. “I would love to do it… I would still like to consider doing that because I do a lot of this work now and I wonder what it would be like if I had a staff and budget to do it.”

That’s just fantastic. We sincerely hope Baldwin does try to run for mayor one day, just so he can see how much of a joke it would be. But maybe we should just thank our lucky stars that we have Baldwin talking up the undertaking, and not Kim Kardashian. Our prayers are with you, citizens of Glendale, California.

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David Zinczenko, Keith Kelly and The Media Mavens

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Sorry, but you can’t expect dish about an Oscar winner every week. (We’re still reeling from our brush with Cate Blanchett in the dining room last Wednesday!) We’re chalking it up to school vacations, but the scene was relatively quiet at Michael’s today where the regulars had to be contented dishing with their dates rather than people watching.

Because we aim to please, I’ll fill you in on who has been spotted in the dining room since we filed our last column. On Friday, I was thrilled to be seated near Whoopi Goldberg, Bette Midler, Marlo Thomas, Liz Smith (looking better than ever!) and Cynthia McFadden. I don’t know if the feeling was mutual since I had my six year-old with me. Yesterday, my pal and accessory maven Mickey Ateyeh popped in with designer Carlos Falchi and actress Brenda Vaccaro. Here’s hoping there’s more to report next week!

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Media Advisory Group’s chairman Jack Myers with Dave Jackson and Orlando Reece of Grab Networks.

2. Men’s Health honcho David Zinczenko and The New York Post’s media guru Keith Kelly. Before Keith arrived, I caught up with David at the bar. David  is among the Elaine’s loyalists who are completely aghast at Michael Wolff’s vicious depiction of  the late Elaine Kaufman in the March issue of British GQ. According to an item on Page Six today, Wolff likens the beloved restaurateur to a ”low class madam” and describes the food at her iconic celebrity haunt as “inedible.” Very nice.

3. Producer Jean Doumanian and a pal we didn’t get to meet.

4.  The Metropolitan Museum’s John O’Keefe (loved the bow tie!) who passed the time waiting for his lunch date, Tim Mulligan, by sipping chardonnay and skimming the latest issue of Star.

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Bloomberg’s Betty Liu Talks Financial Coverage on the Menu

mmm_2-3.gifToday on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, we’re joined by Bloomberg TV anchor Betty Liu.

Liu has been with Bloomberg since 2007, after previously working at CNBC and the Financial Times. We talk to Liu about covering the financial crisis, her trip recently to Omaha to cover the Warren Buffett meeting and what is on the horizon for the future.

“You’re still hearing a lot of concerns about where do we go in housing,” she says of viewer feedback. “There’s this uncertainty. I don’t want to paint the picture that suddenly in the next quarter we’re all going to be back to pre-crisis levels. People are still very worried.”

Liu was named to TV Week‘s “Poised to Leap” list in November. “It was definitely very flattering,” she says. “But you also worry about being on that list because it puts you up to certain expectations.”

Also discussed: how economic coverage differs between countries, what can help the newspaper industry and what it’s like working at the unique Bloomberg building.

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