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Kerry Kennedy & Jackie Author Come Face To Face

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Sometimes it seems as if all roads lead to Michael’s — well, at least on Wednesdays. Today, the planets aligned to bring together folks with some interesting six-degrees-of-separation connections. I was talking to ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong who introduced me to Greg Lawrence, author of Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (St. Martins). Greg interviewed over 125 writers and editors who worked with Jackie during her 19 years at Viking Press. (The excerpt that ran in Vanity Fair recently was dishy and full of colorful details of Jackie’s life as a working girl. The paperback edition comes out this summer.) Turns out Greg worked with Jackie on three books, including one with his former wife, ballerina Gelsey Kirkland. Their memoir, Dancing on My Grave, caused quite an uproar at the time for its revelations. “It was quite scandalous,” recalled Greg, smiling at the memory.

That got me thinking. Since Greg knew one of the most famous members of the Kennedy family pretty well, I asked if he thought Caroline Kennedy was really behind the campaign that got The History Channel to drop their plans to air The Kennedys mini-series. “Oh, definitely,” he told me. “Caroline is very sensitive about these things,  and since she has a documentary with ABC and a book with Hyperion planned on her own about Jackie, she was able to stop it.”

Before he could say more, Kerry Kennedy walked up to say hello to Joe (a longtime friend of the Kennedy family) unaware there was a journalist in her midst who had delved into the life of a Kennedy for fun and profit. When Joe introduced Kerry to Greg and told her about his book, I observed what appeared to be a cautiously cordial response. It must be surreal to see your relative on the cover of a book someone is holding only to find out the author of that book is the person you’re talking to, although I’m guessing  it’s not all that unusual if you’re a Kennedy.  We were saved from any further awkwardness when Henry Schleiff (who knows everyone) grabbed Kerry for a big hug and pulled her aside for a little chat.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Kerry Kennedy, presiding over a table of casually clad diners

2. Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, having what looked to be a very intense conversation with uber agent Wayne Kabak

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with director Susan Stroman, Ed Victor and his lovely wife, Carol

4. Hudson News CEO James S. Cohen with a doppelganger power lunch pal

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Camelot, You Know, Meets the Media 2.0

camelot2.0.pngIt’s hard to imagine a more slippery, difficult media environment in which to launch your (very first political) campaign for a Senate seat than the one Caroline Kennedy appears to be encountering.

Behold the interview the AP did with Kennedy at a diner in Manhattan last week. The resulting article contained some notable quotes — Kennedy saying she’ll have to “work twice as hard,” and that she is an “unconventional choice” among others. All good stuff. However, the AP also released an audio version of the interview on YouTube, complete with pictures, which was picked up by The Daily Beast. The accompanying caption points out that Kennedy’s answers were “replete with ‘you knows.’” None of which made it into the article. Is Camelot ready for a 2.0 political world? Video after the jump.

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Quel Dommage! The Times Publishes Fake Letter from Paris Mayor

nytparis.pngMaybe the New York Times needs a lesson in French? Turns out the letter that was published by the paper earlier today, ostensibly sent in by the mayor of Paris, which criticized Caroline Kennedy‘s bid for the New York Senate, was a fake! The Times posted a correction later today notifying readers of the letter’s inauthenticity, saying that shouldn’t have been published.

This letter, like most Letters to the Editor these days, arrived by email. It is Times procedure to verify the authenticity of every letter. In this case, our staff sent an edited version of the letter to the sender of the email and did not hear back. At that point, we should have contacted Mr. Delanoe’s office to verify that he had, in fact, written to us. We did not do that. Without that verification, the letter should never have been printed. We are reviewing our procedures for verifying letters to avoid such an incident in the future.

Ha! That tricky Internet. Maybe Vinny sent it in from his efficiency apartment.

Lunch: The Special Post-Election Edition

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The Michael’s crowd was in full party mode today as television titans, media mavens and talking heads mingled gleefully with politicos who were celebrating Barack Obama‘s historic victory. “Finally, some good news!” exclaimed one of the regulars as he made his way into the jam-packed dining room. It seemed more than a bit poetic that on the eve of Camelot 2.0 Caroline Kennedy quietly made her way to table one, avoiding all the table-hopping and glad-handing that was going on around her. If there were any disappointed John McCain supporters in the room, they were keeping a low profile. Okay, Mary Matalin made the scene with hubby James Carville but she didn’t exactly look like she was celebrating. Everyone agreed Obama’s speech last night was stirring, but one observer offered this insight to chew on: “Sure it’s exciting, but it’s going to be pretty much impossible to live up to all this hype. The guy’s gotta be feeling some pressure.” If he is, he sure is wearing it well.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The Early Show: Saturday Night Live scribe James Signorelli; Second shift: Caroline Kennedy, Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jamie

2. Producer Jon Hart, Doug Steiner and another gent we didn’t get to meet…

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, producer Susan Stroman (Young Frankenstein), uber-agent Ed Victor and his gorgeous wife Carol. A little birdie told me the ‘Mayor’ will be hosting one of his legendary lunches next week. We can’t wait!

4. Gerald Schoenfeld with an unidentified gent

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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.