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I’ve been covering Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.
By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.
Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one. (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”
Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.
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New York based-Zeta Interactive has once again compiled its annual Most Buzzed Report of the media personalities who generate the intense online traffic. Using keywords and phrases online and on social media sites, FishbowlNY has learned exclusively that Anderson Cooper is number one. Cooper, already an established prime time star at CNN, started a daytime syndicated talk show in September.
The additional workload may be a major reason why Cooper saw huge gains in this year’s Zeta report, up from ninth place in 2010.
The Daily Show‘s Jon Stewart is as steady as ever, holding at number two for the second straight year.
Zeta Interactive CEO Al DiGuido says his company uses a specific algorithm to create the report.
“It basically kind of jogs the most often used word,” DiGuido says.
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- PRNewser: Rebecca Black’s Friday is back up on YouTube, for those of you who still haven’t figured out the whole “days of the week” thing.
- TVNewser: Bill O’Reilly is going to interview the rapper Lupe Fiasco. If there’s a freestyle battle we’re not sure who would win.
- FishbowlDC: Bloomberg News’ Executive Editor in DC, Al Hunt, has joined Twitter. One piece of advice: Don’t ask Anthony Weiner how to send a DM.
- Galley Cat: Here are short descriptions of 429 scripts that were bought by networks over the last year. Aspiring writers, pick up some tips.
- Unbeige: Mattel launched an “Architect Barbie.” Real architects were hired as consultants. They are now in a competition to build her a “Dream House.”
- TVNewser: Two segments of Bill O’Reilly‘s interview with Jon Stewart over the Common controversy will air on O’Reilly’s show tonight. Based on this preview, it’s not to be missed.
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Are there no sacred cows that Daily Show host Jon Stewart won’t take on? Fresh off his “Two Days Of Yelling With Bill O’Reilly” tour — which encapsulated everything the blogosphere loves about Stewart — the Comedy Central host turned on his cherished fans, calling the titles of many political articles about him “freakishly out of proportion.”
Stewart proved his point by taking headlines from Huffington Post, The Raw Story, Crooks and Liars and Newsbusters.org as literal truths, saying “If you followed the stories on these blogs, you would think I was running around town, cutting people from throat to sternum, wearing their skin as a trophy.”
Why, it’s almost as if he is accusing these sites of being sensationalist in order to draw in readers. That never would have happened in traditional media!
All joking aside, this was still more of a gentle ribbing of his fans than it was a full-scale Stewart attack. More than anything, it let his viewers know that no one, not our current president who he rooted so strongly for during the election, not Rachel Maddow, not even the very blogs that praise his name to the heavens, are safe from scrutiny. Which, actually, is just good reporting.
Watch the video after the jump.
Read More: Morning Vid: Jon Stewart Guts, Eviscerates, Disembowels Blogs –Atlantic Wire
The profile includes a quote from inside the Murdoch family that speaks harshly about Ailes and his work at Fox News. Says Matthew Freud, great-grandson of Sigmund who is married to Murdoch’s daughter Elisabeth:
“I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to.”
Of course, this is not how Murdoch officially feels about his company’s Fox News division. He told the Times, “I’m proud of Fox News and what it is accomplishing, and I am grateful to Roger and his team for creating such a great asset for News Corporation.”
He also offered Ailes a contract that earned him $23 million, plus bonuses and additional income, more than Murdoch made himself last year, the Times reported. If Fox News really is as successful as the profile claims — said the article: “Fox News is believed to make more money than CNN, MSNBC and the evening newscasts of NBC, ABC and CBS combined” — then Ailes earned it. And that’s something he can take to the bank, no matter how Murdoch and his family really feel about him.
Read More: A Fox Chief at the Pinnacle of Media and Politics –New York Times
Previously: Ailes and Obama Called Truce?