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Media Scandalized by Non-Scandal

In his take today on the hacking of naked celebrity cloud photo materials by perpetrator or perpetrators unknown, Forbes contributor Scott Mendelson makes an astute observation.

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From his blog post:

Outlets as mainstream as People and CNN are referring to the photo leak as a “scandal.” All due respect, it’s not a scandal. The actresses and musicians involved did nothing immoral or legally wrong by choosing to take nude pictures of themselves and put them on their personal cell phones.

You may argue, without any intended malice, that it may be unwise in this day-and-age to put nude pictures of yourself on a cell phone which can be hacked and/or stolen. But without discounting that statement, the issue is that these women have the absolute right and privilege to put whatever they want on their cell phones with the expectation that said contents will remain private or exclusive to whomever is permitted to see them just like their male peers. The burden of moral guilt is on the people who stole said property and on those who chose to consume said stolen property for titillation and/or gratification.

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Faced with Unthinkable Tragedy, Entertainment Journalist Creates ‘Stolen Moment’ Campaign

SavannahFundly_04_07Larry Carroll, who as a west coast MTV.com journalist buttressed the earliest days of the Twilight franchise with #TwilightTuesdays, shared on Friday via Facebook some absolutely devastating personal news: the sudden death of his two-year-old daughter. And yet, somehow, some way, Carroll quickly erected that same day a powerful and astonishing tribute to her spunky life spirit.

Carroll, who has also covered Hollywood for E! Online, MSN and Xbox, set up a Fundly campaign in his daughter’s honor. The “Stolen Moment” call for donations quickly exceeded its target goal through the support of journalist colleagues, friends, neighbors and strangers. From Carroll’s campaign introduction:

I’m feeling very powerless right now… The only way I can handle this powerlessness, I figure, is with the power to give someone else joy.

So, here’s my idea: If you’d like to make a donation in Savannah’s name – any size – please do it here. And my dream is to take every penny of those donations, locate a special little girl somewhere in the world – and give her and her family the “Stolen Moment” that we’ll never be able to make with our baby Savannah.

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Peter Gilstrap’s (Other) New Job

Soup_Gallery_models.jpgWell, our Peter has been a busy beaver (yeah, we know, but it’s, like, almost a full moon so get off our backs… or get on our backs. Ahem.). You’ll recall that Peter Gilstrap is the weekly sex columnist for MetroMix, and now we find his name — and a funny little rant about his name — in the hallowed Web pages of E! Online.

Seems Peter is taking over for Clog Narter, revered writer of the Soup Blog. We couldn’t be more delighted! We really could use a daily dose of Peter. (Ahem.)

Matthew Donnelly Leaves E! For Page Six

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Planet Gossip’s Matt Donnelly is leaving the cushy confines of E! Online for the terrifying world of New York gossip-mongering. (OK, we’re being hyperbolic, but we never like seeing a local go AWOL).

Donnelly will remain in L.A., but his new business cards (which will get you high if you lick them) will read “Reporter/Producer, PageSix.com.”

We will miss Matt’s sweet smile and the unassuming way he got the dirt on, like, everyone.

Congratulations, Matt!

The Answer Bitch Celebrates Her 100th Episode

E!’s The Answer Bitch broadcast her 100th episode Monday — a fairly huge milestone given that podcasting is such a wee little baby of a medium.

As the deliverer of delicious dish, Answer Bitch Leslie Gornstein tells FBLA her own celebrity has come with a price.

“It can be really, really exhausting, when you’re a media sensation, what with all the kids screaming your name and trembling, and tearing out their hair in worship at the mere sight of you, whenever you appear in one of those tiny colorful video squares on the Internets,” she says. “It’s my blessing, and my curse.”

(No, that’s not a typo. She says “Internets.” She’s from Philly.)

As for the future, Leslie says, “I just hope the kids can learn to temper their emotions a bit. It’s not healthy. They’re gonna kill themselves if they don’t cool it. But I can’t stop the train, you know?”

We know. And we wouldn’t want you to. We’re enjoying the ride.

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Ben Lyons Digs On Movies … And Might Be Interested In Our Sister, Too

E! Online has launched a few new columns meant to appeal to men — you’ve heard of men, right? Those creatures with pendulous parts that wouldn’t be caught dead reading a celeb site?

Well, those clever E! folk may just have found their man-bait: Ben Lyons, son of Jeffrey, grandson of Leonard, has joined on as the company’s “resident film expert.”

His speech is peppered with shouts of allegiance to the Knicks and street lingo of his own invention, but he is one of the most affable interviewers we’ve ever seen. He’s got the kind of charm that makes you wish you could hang out with him. Maybe go clubbing. Introduce him to your sister.

Here’s what Ben has to say about being Ben:

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Buzzing Like Flies: A Roundup of the Anna Nicole Smith Coverage

annasmile.jpgAnna Nicole Smith coverage has gone from the ridiculous to the just plain gross, with TMZ.com showing photos of the dead woman’s refrigerator.

While Entertainment Tonight pays Howard K. Stern a reported $1 million for his “story,” E! Online and others have their head in the sands of the Bahamas, following Stern’s battle over 5-month-old ATM, er, girl Dannielynn.

Thank goodness for the steady, staid voice of establishment print media, which would never stoop to put this scoop on A1.

Oops.

Caryn James in the NYT takes the media to task for gawking at Anna Nicole Smith — both in life and in death. Then she goes on to basically blame Anna Nicole for being too tantalizing not to watch: “Her sense of how to court attention was simply to show up, pose and practically say, ‘Come get me, use me.’”

Tim Rutten’s mea culpa in the LAT is a little better. In it, he explains how newspaper editors use the number of “hits” a story gets on their Web sites when determining story placement for the next day’s paper.

But he loses us at the end when he suggests journalists should use this case to reconsider this popularity contest approach, saying, “It’s a good moment for American newspapers to take a reflective breath to consider just how they want to play this numbers game — or, more important, whether they want to play it at all. If that were to occur, then Anna Nicole Smith would not have died in vain.”

Good point, Rutten. We’re sure Anna Nicole would have gone whistling to her grave, had she known her demise would restore journalistic integrity.

FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Us Weekly’s Ken Baker Bringing the Fun to the Internet

bakerken.jpgKen Baker, Us Weekly’s West Coast exec editor, yesterday was named Editorial Director of Usmagazine.com, which makes perfect sense to us. This was the guy, after all, who told us that the secret to the mag’s success was boobs, clothes and celebrity sex. What better platform for all those things than the Internet?

But does the world really need a Wenner-brand version of E! Online, TMZ.com, Defamer, etc.?

Ever the salesman, Baker assures FBLA that his site will be different.

“Us Weekly has thrived by giving readers a TV-in-a-magazine experience,” Baker told us. “I want to give the Usmagazine.com audience the same fun experience of celebrity.”

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Sundown on Sunset

twilighttree.jpgWhat a week!
Sundance kicks off. The Golden Globes was nearly kicks-free.
Art Buchwald kicks it.

All of which has left us so exhausted, we plan on becoming one with our couch this weekend. If you care to join us, Korbi from E! online tells us what TiVo’d nuggets we should veg out to.

See ya Monday.