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Lunch: Special Fashion Week Edition

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— DIANE CLEHANE

These days, you just never know who you’re going to meet on Wednesdays at Michael’s. If we’d come yesterday, we would have been able to chat with Willem Dafoe. Oh well. This being New York Fashion Week, I was thrilled when Donna Karan came in. I was happy to catch up with my former boss (I once toiled as her flack during her heyday at Anne Klein) and add to the praise she’s been getting for her show earlier this week. When I asked her if she’s seen the glowing review Cathy Horyn wrote in this morning’s Times, she replied with a smile. “That was a surprise!” Not to her most fervent fans, though. Donna’s gorgeous jackets and draped skirts that are sure to be on plenty of well-dressed city gals come next fall hearkened back to her 80s heyday without looking at all retro. While everyone else is referencing the decade of giant shoulder pads (Is anyone really going to wear them again?) and DayGlo brights, Donna has managed to make everything look thoroughly modern and beautiful. Bravo!

I was lunching at the bar with fellow People scribe and soul sister Natasha Stoynoff when Ed Victor came up for a chat. Our favorite uber agent told us he was meeting Fugees producer/rapper John Forte and his lawyer Aarti Tandon. Here’s a tantalizing tale: John was one of 14 people who got a presidential pardon from departing President George W. Bush. John received a 14-year sentence in 2000 for drug trafficking when he was caught with two suitcases of liquid cocaine worth $1.4 million in Newark Airport. Carly Simon and Senator Orrin Hatch (now there’s an odd couple) both championed his release, says Ed. Now, he’s blogging about his experiences for Tina Brown on The Daily Beast, and Ed is shopping a book about his adventures in and out of jail. Sounds like a page-turner to us…

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Bonnie Timmerman and Richard Belzer

2. Peter Brown and a young bespectacled gent

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong and Dorothy Kallins

4. My pal, Inside Edition anchor Deborah Norville and CBS Television’s Bob Madden. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Deb, so I went over to chat, and we laughed about how busy the dining room is despite empty tables all over town. “This place is the cafeteria for the LinkedIn set,” she laughed. So true ….

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TheWrap Launches Today

thewrap_logo.jpgSharon Waxman‘s launched her site TheWrap today. The project promises to cover the ‘business of entertainment and media’.

Jon Friedman, at MarketWatch puts it like this:

Waxman intends to build a site that will come to be known as the “go-to” Internet destination for Hollywood news junkies, just as Politico has established itself in the political universe and Walt Disney’s ESPN is omnipresent in the sports world.

Cool, does that mean they pay writers? Because Politico pays writers.

Anyway, check out the sight here.

Making a List, Checking it Twice!

rron398l.jpgLists! They are everywhere you look at the moment. Over at MediaWatch Jon Friedman has chosen his journalists of the year (Politico gets a big nod).

CoverAwards.com has compiled a list of most memorable covers of the year — we have to imagine The New Yorker’s fist-jabbing cover has to take that cake in that category but they have divvied up the results.

Meanwhile everyone and their brother has a best book list and we’ve noticed that New York Times reporter Dexter Filkins has appeared on most of them for his book The Forever War. Those of you curious as to how the book came about may want to check out this American Prospect interview with Filkins.

What Surprised Michael Wolff Most About Rupert Murdoch May Also Surprise You!

100_3532.jpgThe party for Michael Wolff‘s much ballyhooed official Rupert Murdoch biography The Man Who Owns the News was held last night at the stunning penthouse of Milk Studios on the West Side and, not surprisingly, attracted a whole slew of media big wigs (every style of horn-rimmed glasses appeared to be present — said one party-goer on knowing the room was packed with famous names but not recognizing the faces: “I wish there was an iPhone app for that.”). Sadly Rupe himself was noticeably absent. Turns out the last-minute party date switcheroo from Monday night to Tuesday was just…a mistake, and not actually a scheduling conflict with Wendi Murdoch’s 40th birthday party.

100_3535.jpgWe eventually caught up with Wolff — the man knows how to work a room! — and asked him what, in the course of writing the book, had most surprised him about Rupert Murdoch?

That he takes an enema before a long-haul flight.

There you have it! To file in your TMI folder. We also managed to chat with Christie Hefner for a few minutes (full disclosure: we have written for Playboy) about her decision to step down as CEO from Playboy Enterprises.(Above: Michael Wolff; Right: Dan Abrams and David Zinczenko)

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Shouldn’t More People be Reading Harper’s?

2008-10.jpgJon Friedman wants to know why Harper’s isn’t more widely read (notwithstanding Moe Tkacik). Is it because, as Friedman notes, “its covers have all the pizzazz of a form letter from the Internal Revenue Service.” Certainly an apt observation, though Drudge isn’t especially pretty to look at either and it seems to do okay. We think it’s worth pointing out that unlike, say, The New Yorker, Harper’s firewalls most of its content behind a subscription service, and even though we prefer to read long-form pieces in print online access has a way of putting you in the conversation. Not to mention, the Harper’s Index seems to us to be a blog just waiting to happen!

Of course, truth be told, we happen to subscribe to both the New Yorker and Harper’s and we rarely pick the latter up (though it does happen to be the publisher of two of our favorite magazine articles ever). So what gives other than the fact the Internet has killed our attention span?

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MoDo’s Fastball: We Suspect It’s the Word ‘Clinton’ That Tends to Throw Her Off

tdy_lauer_dowd_051115.300w.jpgIt’s not just us! Per Jon Friedman today:

Once, every column from my favorite Washington pundit — who skewered pompous, corrupt and incompetent public servants — was a gem. Oh sure, Dowd can still sparkle frequently — just not every time out, like before.
Actually, we sort of think she’s only really begun to “sparkle” again since mid-June, but okay. However, here’s where we part ways. Friedman thinks Dowd’s Achilles heel is her (and everyone else’s) inability to make fun of Obama.
Dowd is sharp when she writes about how others view Obama, but less successful when he is her target. She, like many others, hasn’t yet been able to locate Obama’s funny bone.
We totally agree that Dowd is less successful when Obama is her target &#151 though we did find this column pretty great. However, what Friedman neglects to mention altogether is the strange correlation between Modo’s sub-par aim and the word Clinton — as in, we often suspect the real reason MoDo hasn’t been up to her usual fast ball throwing self is that every time the word Hillary pops up in one of her columns her nails grow so long as to make her unable to pitch any sort of game-winning ball. Take this Sunady’s column for example, it was a zinger — take Hillary out of the line-up and MoDo’s aim seems to magically regain its precision.

Torch-Passing, TVNewser Style

stelter_times_061207.jpgFor a couple hours, the back room at Michael’s was transformed into a television news executive bender, a happy hour in honor of our outgoing TVNewser, Brian Stelter [right], and incoming TVNewser, er, ‘Newsers: Chris Ariens, Diane Clehane, Alissa Kinsky and Philadelphia Inquirer TV columnist and Katie Couric nemesis Gail Shister.

Some of those who showed to fete Stelter and co.: Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, NBC News president Steve Capus, Joe Scarborough, MSNBC anchors Contessa Brewer (ED NOTE: Brewer has yet to visit Dan Abrams‘ party house in the Hamptons) and Amy Robach, Rita Cosby, Gil “Stanley Bing” Schwartz, CBS’ Jeff Greenfield, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and business correspondent Ali Velshi, MSNBC producer Tammy Haddad, NY1′s Pat Kiernan, former CBS honcho Andrew Heyward, BusinessWeek columnist (and husband to our multimillionaire boss) Jon Fine, Jeff Jarvis, CNN anchor John Roberts, Page Six‘s Corynne Steindler, well-rested Observer columnist Michael Calderone, CNBC senior VP Jonathan Wald, Inside Edition‘s Sarah Rubenstein, Radar‘s Jeff Bercovici, HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar (whose date for the evening was 19-year-old CBS News intern Eric Kuhn), Broadcasting & Cable‘s Max Robins and Caroline Palmer (who, Robins says, is leaving B&C to become Vogue‘s Web editor), CNBC VP Josh Howard, Good Day New York host Ron Corning, Freud Communications’ Lisa Dallos, Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman and the omnipresent Julia Allison, who said she had been up since 5:00AM talking about Lindsay Lohan. Her take: “She should just kill herself already, before she kills someone else.”

Notable no-shows: Abrams, Katie, Charlie, Greta Van Susteren, Jon Stewart and Stelter supporter and former CNNer Aaron Brown.

EARLIER:

  • Original TVNewser Bids Us Adieu
  • Jon Friedman ‘Ashamed’ He Went To Time 100 Dinner

    Friedman has no chance of making the Time 100 list next year

    Marketwatch’s Jon Friedman says he’s ashamed he went to Time 100 gala event last week. Why? Well, we’re not entirely sure. Was it because he enjoyed “a very nice white wine at the cocktail hour” and “devoured a generous portion of lamb at dinner”? Could it be that he complimented editor Richard Stengel for hosting the party? Maybe. But what Friedman finds “shameful” is that a magazine still throws a splashy party after cutting its staff by 300 in January.

    But, as Friedman points out, the party is really for the advertisers — and potential 100 profiles — not the staff.

    If Friedman’s seat is, in fact, up for grabs, we’ll take it — and the generous portion of lamb — next year.

    We’re never too ashamed to party.

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  • Inside The Time 100 Party
  • Was Murdoch’s Rejected $5B Bid For Dow Jones A Marketing Stunt?

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    Rupert Murdoch: “Marketing genius.” At least that’s what Jon Friedman thinks of his dizzying, roundly rejected $5 billion bid for the Wall Street Journal:

    Say what you will about News Corp.’s news properties. Perhaps you fret that Fox News has a bias to the Republicans, or that the New York Post is too sensationalist for your central nervous system. Me? I think company chief Rupert Murdoch is a marketing genius. With the news Tuesday of a dramatic, unsolicited bid to acquire Dow Jones & Co. for $60 a share, Murdoch has created a tremendous amount of excitement. Since brand awareness means everything these days in the media, News Corp.’s coming business channel just got a supersonic promotional push. It’s slated to appear in the fall.

    Murdoch may be a marketing genius, but marketing geniuses don’t float $5 billion takeover bids to get buzz for unlaunched television stations. Had Rupe’s bid not been rejected, it would’ve been one of the most expensive ads in the history of marketing.

    Meanwhile, we’ll be watching this stock closely:

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    EARLIER:

  • Dow Jones Confirms Murdoch’s $5B Bid; WSJ Staffers Blast Rupe’s ‘Quality Crushing’ Ways
  • Rupe Makes Huge, Crazy, Wack Bid To Buy Dow Jones
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