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Eliot Spitzer on Working for CNN: ‘I’m having a barrel of fun!’

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Although it might not seem like it given the sheer numbers of journalists reporting from England this week, there are plenty of media folk and fashion mavens who aren’t headed out of town to cover that little get-together at Westminster Abbey on Friday. The dining room at Michael’s was packed today with A-listers of every stripe.  I lunched with my good friend Lisa Linden and Eliot Spitzer and we had plenty to talk about. Eliot joined us fresh off this morning’s shuttle from Boston where he’d given a lecture at MIT yesterday. He also taped last night’s broadcast of Inside the Arena from there.

While the rest of CNN is in the grips of royal wedding fever, Spitzer couldn’t be happier to be left out of the lovefest across the pond (“I’m really upset they didn’t send me over there,” he quipped). The subject did come up on last night’s show when he questioned Muslim activist Anjem Choudary about his planned protest at the wedding. While Spitzer pressed him on whether he was planning to “bring violence” to an  event watched by over two billion people, Choudary continually evaded the question. It was fascinating to see a flash of Spitzer’s past as New York’s attorney general come through during the exchange. Perhaps not so coincidentally, it was announced this morning that the group had canceled the planned protest.

When I asked Spitzer if he considered himself a journalist or a commentator, he answered simply, “I don’t know. I don’t mean to be vague. When the issue of objectivity comes up, I don’t think there is any such thing as objectivity. I don’t mean to say you infuse everything with bias and don’t try to be rigorously factual, but how you present every fact depends upon the prism through which you see it.” Read more

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The New Yorker is Defending Political Humor?! Wow Are We In Trouble…

newyorker_7-14.JPG We just have to chime in on this New Yorker cover controversy. Rachel Sklar at Huffington Post really started this with her outrage about this week’s cover depicting Michelle and Barack Obama as Muslim terrorists – burning the flag under a portrait of Osama Bin Laden in the Oval Office.

She writes:

Who knows if they’ll get this in Dubuque, but they sure aren’t going to like it in Chicago.

As of this posting there are over 3100 comments of folks ‘not liking it’ – ranging from accusing the New Yorker of being a fascist right-wing rag to outright shaming the magazine for its choice to calls for a boycott. And if those aren’t enough, there are another 2000 at Politico for your more bipartisan enjoyment.

LAT blogger, Andrew Malcolm writes:

Of course, the McCain people must say that, despite some staff no doubt chuckling behind closed doors over their opponent’s new challenge. That’s the problem with satire. A lot of people won’t get the joke. Or won’t want to. And will use it for non-humorous purposes, which isn’t the New Yorker’s fault.

That’s not actually the problem with satire. That’s the problem with information. A lot of people won’t get that.

A satirist’s job – responsibility – sole purpose is to point out the absurd. The audience’s reaction isn’t the goal. Making left-wingers comfortable isn’t the goal. Quelling internet hysteria…yeah right.

Barry Blitt‘s cartoon is brilliant. We’ve been getting emails about Obama being a secret Muslim for over a year. And if Grama isn’t forwarding that to us – she’s sending out an email blast about his radical Christian preacher that hates America and white people. Just the fact that ‘terrorist fist jab’ is now in our lexicon because a television ‘journalist’ asked if a presidential candidate greeting his wife on stage was a sign of subversion – is proof that Obama’s opposition have lost their collective minds. And that’s what the cover does – connects those dots and draws a picture of how ridiculous Grama’s forwards (and E.D. Hill) are.

Of course, now Obama supporters are worried – terrified that a cartoon is dangerous and going to hurt the political process.

Proof that absurdity is a perennial bipartisan issue.