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NYT Pigeons Passage Has Irish TV Host in a Flap

One major correction has already been added to the bottom of Liz Alderman‘s New York Times story about the current hardships faced by many Ireland residents. But RTE TV and radio host Ryan Tubridy would like to see things taken further with regards to another portion of the feature article.

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The passage in question reads as follows:

In the suburb of Shankill where John Donovan, 55, lives, the [Dublin] economic hubbub is absent. Many of his neighbors are barely scraping by. He moved into his mother’s small cottage after his hardware supply business buckled during the crisis. With his scant savings eroded, he shoots pigeons for food and grills them outdoors to reduce his gas and grocery bills. “I do that just to live,” he said.

First came a clarification from Donovan that the pigeons business was in the past, not present. Then, in the same paper – Ireland’s Independent – it was time for Tubridy’s RTE2 FM comments to be picked up:

“It’s a disappointing day for journalism, particularly for the New York Times,” Tubridy said. “They should hang their heads on this one for getting it so wrong and embarrassing us as a nation.”

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Forbes Blogger Causes International Incident

Just how big a deal in Ireland is the July 23 sexual orientation mix-up for which both Forbes magazine and item author David Monagan have solemnly apologized? Well, it’s not every day that a correction leads to a separate informational page in the recipient country’s leading newspaper, to educate readers about the culpable publication and journalist.

James O’Shea, a staff writer at New York-based website irishcentral.com, speculates that Monagan must have blanked while making incidental mention in his post of Irish president Michael D. Higgins, thinking instead of another since-defeated political candidate:

Forbes likely mixed up Higgins with another presidential candidate, David Norris, who is gay and has written and talked extensively about it.

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Lunch At Michael’s: A ‘Roomful of Bitches’

lunch_at_michaels_logo.jpg[EDITOR'S NOTE: Sure, the media world shuts down in late August — and our Lunch At Michael's column takes a breather to regroup — but we wouldn't let those of you chained to your desks down. This week and next we're running favorite columns from the past year, handpicked by our LaM scribe, Diane Clehane.]

We’re always kept more than occupied checking out the bold faced names in the main dining room on our weekly visits but today our radar was truly put to the test when the usually celeb-free Garden Room was the hotbed of activity with an estrogen-fueled, invitation-only lunch hosted by Peggy Siegal for Arianna Huffington. The luncheon (where no one touched dessert) brought out the most head-spinning cross-section of alpha females, power blondes and social swans we’ve seen in a long time.

The Gotham gals we spotted: Joni Evans, Karenna Gore, Naomi Wolff (who must be so proud of Al Gore‘s newfound mojo), Zoe Baird, Nora Ephron (who seemed to be traveling incognito in her dark sunglasses while checking out the dining room on her way inside), Fern Mallis, Dayle Haddon (who somehow lost her cellphone in the fray), Fran Drescher, Karen Duffy, Arlene Dahl (sporting her favorite black patent leather newsboy cap!?!), Deborah Roberts, Erica Jong, Maria Cuomo Cole, Somers White and InStyle‘s Cindy Weber Cleary. Lunchtime chronicler Diane Clehane, who was dining with OK! editrix Sarah Ivens, got the lowdown on the crowd from Joan Rivers, who summed up the afternoon thusly: “You’re better off out here! That was a roomful of bitches in there!”

Here’s a rundown of the rest of the crowd:

Table 1. A pow-wow of beauty industry bigwigs: GCI (Global Cosmetic Industry) editor-in-chief Karen A. Newman, Marc Rosen and a table full of colleagues. A photographer from Cosmetic World/Beauty Fashion hovered nearby to capture the big doings.

2. Uberagent Esther Newberg, who was spotted picking at the plate of her guest.

3. John Josephson.

4. Herb Siegal.

5. Stanley Schuman.

6. Henry Schlieff toting a Hallmark goodie bag to his lunch with newsgals Lynn White, Rosanna Scott, Jane Hansen and Penny Crone. The tireless showman was overheard asking Charles Stevenson who was seated at David Patrick Columbia‘s table about his golf game and promising to hit the links with him soon .

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