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I’ve been covering Wednesday’s at Michael’s for five years and have never seen anything like the head-spinning scene that unfolded there today. Harvey Weinstein and Steve Tisch threw a pep rally to end all pep rallies, and the media A-list all came out to cheer on their favorite team. Peggy Siegal and her minions descended on the place before the crowd rushed in with plenty of New York Giants paraphernalia, transforming the California cool decor into an indoor tailgate party.
By noon, I counted at least a dozen paparazzi staked out at the entrance, and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Drew Nieporent was the first to arrive (“What’s for lunch?”), and in short order the lounge was flooded with famous folks, including Brian Williams, Gayle King, Piers Morgan, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb (wearing newly identical red dresses and looking fabulous), former governor George Pataki, Matt Lauer and various members of the Tisch family.
Everyone’s mind was on the big game; conventional wisdom says the Giants will be this year’s Super Bowl champs, but it’s going to be a close one. (All except Jerry Della Femina, who predicts the Patriots will take it 27-24.) “I think it’s going to be a squeaker,” offered Andrew Ross Sorkin. “At least I hope so because it will be a better game.”
Not surprisingly, Giants legend Frank Gifford, who will be watching the game from his home in Greenwich with family and friends, predicts a 30-10 win for his former team. “Eli Manning has really come into his own as a quarterback,” he told me. “But a quarterback is only as good as his team. They’re a great team. If you were playing for the Giants, you’d be a great quarterback.” Doubtful, but we appreciate the sentiment. Brian Williams, who’ll be going to the game, refused to speculate on the final score for fear of tempting the gods. ”You just don’t do that,” he told me.
Eric Alterman has moved his blog Altercations over to TheNation.com from Media Matters. This is the third stop in over six years for the blog, having begun at MSNBC before moving over to Media Matters in 2006. In today’s post Alterman takes a swipe at newly departed Times columnist Bill Kristol.
When the Times was overwhelmed by complaints for the insult Kristol represented to its readership, editorial page editor Andrew Rosenthal, speaking to Politico, dismissed all criticism of this “serious, respected conservative intellectual” as “intolerant,” “absurd,” and indicative of a “weird fear of opposing views.”
Journalism’s long dark week of exits continues today with the announcement that John French, head of Bruce Wasserstein‘s magazine empire Penton Media is stepping down. French informed a reportedly surprised staff of the decision saying that it was the result of numerous discussions with the board of directors “regarding the organization’s evolution and the leadership needs going forward.” And so, another one bites the dust, as they say.
One media investment type told the Post’s Keith Kelly that “The job of a CEO of a traditional media company these days has the life expectancy of a second lieutenant in Vietnam.”