- TVNewser: MSNBC’s Chris Matthews is going to be hosting a President’s Day special focusing on Bill Clinton. Here’s hoping Clinton busts out the sunglasses and sax for old times sake.
- GalleyCat: What’s happening in Egypt is both scary and fascinating. Add this bit of news to what you’ve already digested about that story: Young people are protecting libraries from rioters.
- AllTwitter: Lady Gaga will probably reach eight million followers sometime this week. But hey, your 37 followers is nothing to be ashamed about – you keep telling them about your toe fungus – they need to know!
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— DIANE CLEHANE
Now that summer is unofficially over and the glitterati have shuttered their cottages in the Hamptons, the regulars have begun to trickle into Michael’s for catch-up power lunches. Things weren’t exactly operating at full tilt today, but there were enough media mavens and moguls scattered around the dining room to signal that the city’s busy social season is upon us. So, pack up those summer whites and buckle down. It’s back to business.
I was joined today by jewelry designer Lisa Salzer and my good pal Miriam Driot, who is handling international public relations and marketing for Lisa’s line of vintage costume jewelry, Lulu Frost. The gals were all abuzz about Lisa’s first-ever Fashion Week presentation with live models at MAC & Milk Studio next Monday. Lisa says the show will have an “elegant, fifties feel” and feature Mad Men-inspired period clothes from Amarcord. Despite the frenzy going on in showrooms all over town, this afternoon Lisa was the embodiment of Grace Kelly cool. “It’s the calm before the storm,” she joked.
In just six years, Lisa went from being a Dartmouth college student who sold jewelry out of her dorm room to respected talent whose vintage pieces are carried in Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman and overseas in Paris and Japan. “It’s my passion,” she said. She also told me she inherited her love of all that glitters from her grandmother who ran an antique estate jewelry firm in England.
When I asked her how her business has been affected by the lingering recession, she said: “We’ve been lucky. Things have been very good. Because the collection is costume, women are still buying the pieces they love. It’s much different than selling apparel.” I’ll say. In fact, Lisa is so optimistic about her clients’ bling obsession that she’s planning to launch a fine jewelry collection next year.
Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:
3. Women’s Day‘s Carlos Lamadrid
4. Public relations scion Steve Rubenstein
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TVNewser: Chris Matthews hosted the National Father’s Day Committee’s Father of the Year awards luncheon today, honoring basketball coach Michael Krzyzewski, Gen. David Patraeus and ABC‘s George Stephanopoulos.
Editor & Publisher: New York Times executive editor Bill Keller complained about the flack he was getting for reporting from Iran. “Do people in the media crit game really think editors are supposed to be desk jockeys who never go get a sense of the story?…Or is the idea that when a big, exhausting news breaks visiting editors should hole up in the hotel and let the reporters do all the work? Weird,” he said.
The Daily Beast and Morning Joe crews jointly hosted a well-attended (though tricky to-get-to courtesy of a myriad of road blocks) brunch this morning at the Council on Foreign Relations building. While plenty of bold-faces mingled the room imbibing “Obamimosas” and quiche, the star of the hour had to be David Axlerod whose hand everyone wanted to shake.
We bumped into Peggy Noonan who told us that after the pilot on her US Airways flight from New York yesterday came on to announce they were departing for Washington D.C. the entire plane had burst into applause.
Jay Carney, who is departing Time to be Joe Biden‘s director of communications showed us his transition Blackberry (they get a new one next Tuesday) and said that there will be no AIMing in the Vice President’s office, either (Joe will have to give up his Berry, also). He also said that he doesn’t foresee himself coming back to news reporting after his stint in the government, though “maybe as a columnist.” Of course what journalism will look like in four to eight years is anyone’s guess! Pics from the brunch after the jump.
As you all know by now MSNBC announced yesterday that in an effort to shake accusations of liberal bias it would replace Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews with David Gregory during live political events. Could this have been avoided? Maybe if they’d been able to use this new Spinspotter website on themselves they could have reined it all in before it was too late. Or not. It’s hard to argue with ratings, and anyway notwithstanding one or two somewhat offensive Hillary remarks we have a soft spot for Chris Matthews — is there a more sincere person on television?
But back to the spin. SpinSpotter, which just went live yesterday, allows you to download a desktop application called spinoculars that will scan the websites you read for “areas of news that appear to present editorial opinion as fact.” We’re going to give it a whirl and come back to you in the next few days with our findings. Anyone want to guess what the editorial spin of a Gossip Girls fansite is?
After weeks of rumored behind-the-scenes tension MSNBC has announced that it is removing Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann from their roles as anchors of live political events and replacing them with David Gregory. According to WaPo Olbermann, who has come under increasing criticism of late for his perceived liberal bias (though, his remarks after the GOP’s 9/11 video, while by no means objective, did go a long way to reminding us why he’s had so much success), actually initiated the talks in an effort to “clarify his role.” The Times‘ Brian Stelter reports that the change “is a direct result of tensions associated with the channel’s perceived shift to the political left.”
Trouble has been brewing at MSNBC on this front for a while now. Page Six notes Tom Brokaw‘s comment that “Keith has gone too far. I think Chris has gone too far.” Up until Sarah Palin entered the picture one of the most talked about stories at the conventions these last two weeks was the behind-the-scene turmoil at the cable network. These rumblings were picked up on early by Rachel Sklar, in the wake of Dan Abrams losing his show and Rachel Maddow being brought on — Sklar saw Maddow’s hiring as sign of “MSNBC moving sharply to the left.” MSNBC plans to keep Olbermann and Matthews on as post-debate political analysts.
America Ferrera and John Mayer
It’s arguably the most exclusive magazine party of the year. (Graydon Carter‘s Vanity’s Fair Oscar party perhaps being the other.) John Edwards mingled with John Mayer. Sir Richard Branson (just back from dogsledding in Alaska) commandeered the corner of the bar like a Virgin spaceship, and allowed Henry Kissinger to ride co-pilot. Craigslist’s Craig Newmark chatted up Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick walked through the cocktail hour unrecognized. Michael J. Fox, too, virtually unnoticed, chatted with Elizabeth Vargas near the glass window overlooking Central Park. Arianna Huffington was noticed. (Line uttered in every pre-dinner conversation: “Is that someone? It looks like someone, I don’t know … do you?”)
Time Warner execs — like Richard Parsons and Jeffrey Bewkes — buzzed along the edges as the usual media-on-media action (including Ad Age‘s Nat Ives, WWD‘s Stephanie Smith, Jossip’s David Hauslaib, New York mag’s Jesse Oxfeld, Gawker’s Lockhart Steele and Doree Shafrir, ETP’s Rachel Sklar, Glynnis MacNicol, Julia Allison, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, NYO‘s Michael Calderone) made nice use of the open bar.
But as much firepower as there was at last night’s Time 100 party at Jazz at Lincoln Center, just 36 of the 100 to make 2007′s “most influential people in the world” list made it, and there were plenty of notable no-shows: No Obama. No Borat. No Queen of England. Rosie. No Leo. No Gore. No Timberlake. No Tyra.
But impassioned speeches — delivered over dinner by Elizabeth Edwards, Brian Williams, Bloomberg (with an ode to late Boston Celtics’ exec Red Auerbach — huh?) Branson and others — and a three-song set by Mayer more than made up for the relative lack of A-listers.
Others spotted during cocktail hour: Cate Blanchett, Mayor Bloomberg, Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Simon Fuller, Charlie Rose, Tina Fey, Mario Cuomo, Martha Stewart, Brian Grazer, Gayle King (no Oprah), Matt Lauer, Chris Matthews, Brian Williams, Ziyi Zhang, Police Commisioner Ray Kelly, Suzanne Vega, Harvey Weinstein, David Lauren and Lauren Bush.
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The plot thickens in L.A. following yesterday’s Democratic campaign sludge-slinging between Camps Clinton and Obama over comments made by David Geffen in a Times article.
Now Nikki Finke reports that Hillary Clinton‘s communications director, Howard Wolfson, the one that fanned the flames yesterday. Finke says senior campaign adviser Ann Lewis, formerly White House communications director in Bill Clinton‘s administration, is already prepping for the role. It was Wolfson, of course, who “made yesterday’s major mistake: saying Geffen is Obama’s campaign finance chair when he isn’t. But then, even after Geffen and others corrected the record, Wolfson went on Chris Matthews‘ MSNBC show Hardball and not just repeated the error but compounded it.”