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Richard Johnson: My Miss Universe Pageants Were Never Trumped Up

With controversy continuing to swirl around accusations by a pair of contestants that the 2012 Miss USA pageant might have been rigged, The Daily’s west coast bureau chief Richard Johnson has decided to chime in about his related Trump-tastic experiences.

Granted, Johnson’s stints as a judge were some time ago, and for a sister franchise. Nevertheless, he writes that he saw no signs of meddling at the Miss Universe pageants in Hawaii (1998), Puerto Rico (2001) and Panama (2003). NBC had a monitor present (as it did again at the 2012 Miss USA contest); judges were housed at a separate hotel; and though Trump was omnipresent during the broadcast, that was about the extent of it:

Just in case a judge was indecisive, Trump was sitting right behind us in the front row, close enough to chat with us during commercial breaks, letting us know his preferences. Was he just making small talk, or trying to influence our votes? Did his voice carry more weight than any other fan who was applauding and shouting for their favorite? Probably.

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Viagra, Tiger Woods and Paranoia: A Look Inside the Bloomberg Empire

When a company is as big as Bloomberg, it’s always fun to get a look inside, which is why New York magazine’s piece in its latest issue about Michael Bloomberg and his empire is well worth a read. Here are a few media-centric highlights that we particularly enjoyed. The full, well-reported article can be found here.

  • All new hires must study a 376-page manual titled The Bloomberg Way. It was nice of Bloomberg to keep it under 380, right?
  • Bloomberg’s writers are rewarded for the clicks that their stories get. One sure fire way to get a piece noticed? “Write a story about Goldman Sachs, sex, Viagra, Tiger Woods, and Barack Obama.” We assume bonus points are awarded if all five are mentioned in the same article.
  • Employees are constantly being watched. “‘Anyone in the company can look you up to see if you’re at your terminal,’ a former staffer says. ‘It tells you how long your terminal has been idle.’” In other words, forget about long bathroom breaks spent reading your horoscope while on the toilet.
  • Donald Trump decided not to buy Businessweek once he heard it was losing over $40 million per year. The title now only loses $18 million per year. Does that make Trump smarter than we all thought, or does it simply mean Bloomberg is dumber? Pick one and go with it. They won’t care either way; they’re rich white guys.

Donald Trump, Star Jones, Wendy Williams, Plus Dish on the New Dark Shadows Movie

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Who knew there was a pre-Easter rush? Michael’s dining room was jam packed today with moguls (Donald Trump!), fashion mavens (Rachel Roy, Fern Mallis) and talking heads (Star Jones, Wendy Williams and Joe Kernen) before the town car set jets off to Florida and other more exotic ports of call for the holiday. We arrived early so as not to miss a minute of the mixing and mingling of the power lunch scene and were glad we did. Trump made quite an entrance with his bodyguard in tow. The last time we spotted anyone with protection stationed inside the restaurant was when Elton John met with some bigwigs at Table One several years back. Life can be so complicated when you have money.

I was joined today by Kathryn Leigh Scott, who starred in one of my favorite television shows of all time, Dark Shadows. If you grew up in the 60′s, then you — or someone you knew – probably ran home after school in time to catch the iconic gothic soap opera which aired on WABC at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Kathryn played Maggie Evans and Josette DuPres who was the ill-fated lady love of Barnabas Collins, one of television’s most famous vampires memorably depicted by Jonathan Frid. She also starred opposite Jonathan in the hit MGM film House of Dark Shadows (soon to be re-released on DVD and BlueRay).

Well, everything old is new again and next month Tim Burton‘s big screen homage to the show, Dark Shadows, starring super fan Johnny Depp hits theaters May 11. Kathryn, Jonathan as well as her former castmates Lara Parker (the original Angelique) and David Selby (Quentin Collins) have cameos in the film. “Lara and I plan to walk the red carpet together at the Los Angeles premiere wearing age-appropriate gowns and have a glass of champagne. This is really something to celebrate,” said Kathryn who has high hopes for the film. “It has all the elements the show had (fantasy, horror, romance and comedy), but it’s their playground with their own spin on things.”

Kathryn Leigh Scott and Diane Clehane
Kathryn Leigh Scott and Diane Clehane

The timing of the film couldn’t be better for Kathryn’s new book, Dark Shadows Return to Collinwood which has just come out to rave reviews. Designed by Cheryl Carrington, the book contains hundreds of rare photos from the show, as well as stunning images from the new film.

Kathryn told me she is “so grateful to Warner Brothers and to Tim Burton and Johnny Depp” for their “huge trust in me.”  The movie studio released the images from the film to her before they’d finished their own trailer or movie poster and did not ask for approval over their usage. The photos of Depp in full Barnabas regalia standing alongside the original cast members is really something to see, and Kathryn’s behind the scenes account of the experience of being in Burton’s film make the book a must-have for fans both old and new.

Over 200 fans turned out last night at Barnes & Noble on 86th Street to meet Kathryn, get their books signed, and talk about the show and the upcoming film.  They also got a surprise gift of posters from the new movie provided by Warner Brothers. “It was wonderful because it was a real mix of people,” she told me. “There were young fans who were excited to learn more about the show, and there were some of the longtime fans who were children when they stood outside the stage door of the show here in New York in the 60s. The legacy of Dark Shadows lives on!”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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New York Observer Publisher in Hunt for Dodgers

Here’s a tip for all you Dodger ownership bid watchers. If you have not already, set up a Google News alert for “Bill Shaikin.” The LA Times baseball beat reporter remains the go-to source for breaking developments about the Frank McCourt sweepstakes.

Shaikin’s latest scoop, posted online last night, reveals that 31-year-old New York real estate entrepreneur Jared Kushner is among nine groups in the current running to buy the Dodgers. Kushner is the son-in-law of Donald Trump, as well as the owner of a Manhattan newspaper re-invented by former mediabistro.com editorial employee Elizabeth Spiers:

Kushner, who became owner and publisher of the New York Observer in 2006, has played a key role in expanding the family business beyond real estate. At 31, he would be the youngest owner in Major League Baseball.

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Trump to Endorse/Ruin a Republican Candidate Soon

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On “Good Morning America” this morning, Donald Trump told George Stephanopoulos that he wasn’t quite ready to endorse — and therefore destroy — a Republican candidate just yet. “I’m friendly with both,” said Trump. “I respect both. I like both… They both want my endorsement. We’ll see what happens but, in a very short time I’ll be making an endorsement.” Trump added that he didn’t think Newt Gingrich would drop out anytime soon, even if Mitt Romney wins Florida, as is expected.

Since Trump decided to leave the nation in suspense, Stephanopoulos pressed him on the Buffett Tax, proposed by President Obama. Shockingly enough, Trump said he needs to know more about it before supporting the idea, then admitted that he didn’t even know his own tax rate.

Sounds like just the kind of man a candidate wants supporting him.

Anthrax Scare | Gender Bending | Trump Card

  • TVSpy: An anthrax scare caused WPIX to lock down the newsroom Thursday and make some minor programming changes.
  • FishbowlLA: Piers Morgan (left) pays respect to comedian Patrice O’Neal, who died earlier this week. Morgan, though, had a gender mishap, referring to O’Neal as “she.”  
  • TVNewser: Donald Trump, who decided against a run for the Republican nomination for president, has another idea–moderate a Republican debate on Ion TV. While this seems like the perfect SNL skit, we believe Darrell Hammond has not committed to the engagement.  

Jon Stewart Talks Daily Show Sausage-Making with Rolling Stone



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recently sat down with Rolling Stone‘s Eric Bates to talk about his media consumption habits and how The Daily Show gets made four times a week.

Stewart’s take: “The best shows are made of the smallest moments. Donald Trump eating pizza with a fork, and making that into eight minutes of a completely overblown sanctimonious rant on the apostasy of eating pizza with a fork.”

California Watch Questions Gavin Newsom’s $400 Pen

California Watch reporter Kyle Finck, with some help from colleague Lance Williams, asks a very good question in his item headline today. Namely, “Why Did a Russian Billionaire Give Newsom a $400 Pen?

The deluxe Louis Vuitton writing instrument came to the former San Francisco mayor and current Lieutenant Governor via the 77th richest person in the world, 44-year-old “fertilizer king” Dmitry Rybolovlev. This particular Russian magnate lives in Geneva and made headlines when he bought a Palm Beach, Florida estate from Donald Trump. After a few phone calls, Finck discovered the following:

As Rybolovlev’s address, Newsom listed an office suite on Sansome Street in downtown San Francisco. It’s actually occupied by a local travel agency…

California Watch sought Rybolovlev’s account of why he gave Newsom a gift and how he was connected to the Sansome Street address, but his lawyers declined comment. Officials of Casto Travel, which occupies the business suite listed as Rybolovlev’s address, denied any involvement with the billionaire.

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Help Vanity Fair Find a New Hairdo for Trump

Vanity Fair proposed a unique question to its iPad users in its July issue: Could you style Donald Trump’s hair? Inside the issue users found an illustration of Trump, along with several tools to paint a new ‘do onto Trump’s head.

Now, Vanity Fair’s blog has posted the 10 finalists, and you can vote on which is the best among them. FishbowlNY voted for “mad scientist Trump,” but really, they’re all excellent.

If you’re thinking, “Making fun of Trump’s hair is low hanging fruit,” you’re right, but sometimes the lowest fruit tastes pretty damn good.

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