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Bonnie Fuller, Jill Zarin and Why Jeff Greenfield Skipped This Year’s State of the Union Address

LunchAtMichaelsYou’d never know hell had officially frozen over if you’d been at Michael’s today. The forsythias were in bloom, a few intrepid media mavens were barelegged (I kid you not) and the power-lunch scene was firing on all cylinders. Unfortunately, my date was detained in the studio shooting a popular television show, but I soldiered on into Manhattan, bundled up in my long-forgotten fur coat (No judgment, thank you) that makes me look like Yogi Bear’s wife to make my appointed Wednesday rounds. And it’s a good thing I did. At Table One, Hollywoodlife.com’s Bonnie Fuller had assembled a particularly interesting roster of media types (including CNN’s Christine Romans, AOL’s Brian Balthazar , ”Mayor” Joe Armstrong and our own Chris Ariens among them) as well as the requisite reality-show refugee who, in this case, was Jill Zarin. A little birdie told me the former Real Housewives of New York City cast member is getting the Where Are They Now? treatment from none other than Oprah Winfrey for an upcoming episode. The fickle finger of fate has quite the sense of humor.

Lunch at Michaels

Meta moment: Does a power lunch at 55th and Fifth count if no one’s there to see it? I think we know the answer to that one.

Before the overflow crowd sat down to discuss Justin Bieber‘s latest contretemps and why Madonna looked like the love child of the Quaker Oats man and Mae West at the Grammys, I spent some time mingling with the crowd. Bonnie introduced me to her 23-year-old daughter Sofia Fuller who was “helping out” at today’s luncheon since Bonnie is currently without a publicist (but not for long, I suspect). Clever Sofia told me that she is “definitely” interested in a career in media and has her heart set on landing something in e-commerce.

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NY1 Anchor Pat Kiernan Plays Panelist on CNN

CNN viewers who were waiting for the “cruise from hell” to dock in Mobile, Alabama last night were greeted by NY1 morning anchor Pat Kiernan.

Kiernan joined a group appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight with former CNBC host Donny Deutsch substituting.

This was not his first time on the cable news network. From 2000 to 2004, Kiernan anchored a business program on the now-defunct CNNfn. That broadcast led to assignments on the “main stage” as well.

In addition, Kiernan occasionally is reunited with his former CNNfn colleagues Ali Velshi and Christine Romans on  CNN’s weekend programming.

Dobbs’ 60 Minutes Interview Reaches New, Awkward Extreme

Some fallout over 60 Minutes‘ bizarre interview with Lou Dobbs on Sunday. Quick background in case you missed it: Leslie Stahl went after Dobbs on a factual error about the number of cases of leprosy in the past three years, which Dobbs’ correspondent Christine Romans reported as 7,000. When Stahl told Dobbs this was actually the number over the past 30 years, this was his response:

DOBBS: “Well, I can tell you this. If we reported it, it’s a fact.”

STAHL: “You can’t tell me that. You did report it.”

DOBBS: “I just did.”

STAHL: “How can you guarantee that to me?”

DOBBS: “Because I’m the managing editor. And that’s the way we do business. We don’t make up numbers, Lesley.”

It got even weirder. TVNewser points out the awkwardness of Stahl having to report that Dobbs now works for CBS: “While we were talking to Dobbs, unbeknownst to us, he was talking to CBS News and has now joined The Early Show as a weekly commentator.”

CBS Public Eye notes the irony of Stahl questioning the anchor’s journalistic credentials: “Dobbs scoffs at suggestions that his advocacy tarnishes his credentials as a journalist.”

CNN, for its part, has Dobbs’ back.