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Posts Tagged ‘Howard K. Stern’

Sundown on Sunset

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Maybe it’s all that exposure from BrooWaha, but we’ve been hit with an inordinant number of MySpace friend requests. While we slog through those this weekend, the rest of you can enjoy a few tasty news nuggets from our friends around the ‘net:

LA Observed notes a new LAT hire.

Big Action! decides the entire Viacom/Google fiasco comes down to one thing: Squirrel Melts.

TMZ breaks the “story” that a judge in the Anna Nicole Smith case has ordered a DNA test of Howard K. Stern. Sure TMZ had the exclusive, but we hear Usmagazine.com has a reporter hiding out in Stern’s cheek, awaiting the actual swab.

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Gossip Round-up

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Madonna, no doubt practicing for a strange and lonely old age, stockpiles thousands of the costumes she wore on stage and in videos in a secret storage facility somehwere in California. She and the hubby dressed up as a 1920s flapper and NYPD police officer for the Fake Purim festival at the Kabbalah Center on Saturday night. We’d guessed she was the cop, but we’re wrong. Boy George strongly disapproves, calling her a “Gay Traitor”

Paris Hilton flirted with Vince Vaughn at some poker tournament in Las Vegas.

Larry Birkhead isn’t going to dance around with Howard K. Stern. Birkhead’s lawyer tells Stern to hand over Dannilynn for DNA testing. After all, Birkhead’s got the tattoo.

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.