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Al Roker, Barbara Bush and Peggy Siegal Fetes Elizabeth Olsen

1003_mockup.gifWe were disappointed to hear that we’d missed seeing Wendy Williams who’d come by on Monday for lunch with her parents. A little birdie told me that the talk show diva issued this rallying cry to mom and dad before departing to face the lone paparazzo waiting outside: “Get ready! Here we go! Here we go!”  Today the few shooters milling around outside had a little more to work with since starlet of the moment, Elizabeth Olsen, was being feted in the Garden Room. Meanwhile, the main event in the dining room featured its usual mix of moguls (Barry Diller, Ron Perelman),  talking heads (Al Roker) and high-profile editors (Jon Meacham). Just business as usual for Wednesday at Michael’s.

I was joined today by Good Housekeeping editor-in-chief Rosemary Ellis, the magazine’s new money columnist Carmen Wong Ulrich and Hearst’s executive director of public relations, Alexandra Carlin. With 24 million (yes, you read that right) readers, this is not your mother’s Good Housekeeping. With Ellis at the helm, GH is a must read for the multi-tasking, multifaceted woman (Is there any other kind?) and filled with smart, savvy content that covers everything from food and fashion to family and finances.  And, while many books have retooled their marketing message for a niche reader, Good Housekeeping is a media behemoth with some really impressive reach. “We’re not age specific. We have kazillions of 28-year-old readers and kazillions of 34-year-old readers,” says Ellis. “More than the magazines that target them.”  Rosemary, whose editor letters are often inspired by her own family life and her adorable daughter, Lucy (“I figure I have a few more years before she says no more”) says Good Housekeeping offers “one stop shopping  — Who has time to read seven different magazines?”

We all agreed that the one topic on every woman’s mind these days is money. It makes sense, says Rosemary, because 80 percent of all  spending decisions are made by the woman of the house. So, Rosemary tapped Carmen to dispense her unique brand of uncommon financial common sense culled from years of experience deciphering today’s often confusing and confounding financial landscape. “I live for this,” says Carmen, who first became interested in money through her father. “I’ve been watching stocks since I was eight.”

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Carmen Wong Ulrich, yours truly and Rosemary Ellis

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LA Times‘ Andrew Malcolm Moving to Investors.com

Given the exit of his good friend Tony Pierce from the LA Times in the wave of layoffs that hit the paper this summer, Andrew Malcom‘s exit from the paper seemed inevitable. Looks like that day has finally come. The Top of the Ticket blogger is moving on from the Times next month, when he’ll start a new job as a blogger for Investor’s Business Daily’s website Investors.com.

Top of the Ticket has been a big traffic draw to the Times‘ site, but those numbers haven’t come without controversy. The Times maintains that Top of the Ticket is politically neutral, but Malcolm, a former Laura Bush press flack, routinely posted conservative talking points on the site. Along with Andrew Breitbart and Bill O’Reilly, Malcolm was easily one of Media Matters’ favorite right-wing targets. Frankly, we’re astonished that site hasn’t said anything about Malcolm’s exit yet. Guess they’re keeping it classy.

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Andrew Malcolm Has Clearly Never Been to Ireland

Of all the pot-shots we’ve seen taken at Obama in the past few years, we think we just discovered the most retahded–and that’s saying something. The honor belongs to LA Times blogger and former Laura Bush PR-flak Andrew Malcolm, who just ripped Obama for his visit to a pub in Moneygall, Ireland, where the president dared to claim the Guinness “tastes so much better here than it does in the States.”

Malcolm proclaimed this an “oops” moment for the prez.

“[W]hat happened inside the Moneygall pub that may not go down too smoothly with the American distributors of Ireland’s world-famous Guinness.”

Sigh.

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Andrew Malcolm Tweets Unsubstantiated Rumor As Fact Under the LA Times Banner

An unusual tweet went out from the LA Times‘ supposedly non-partisan Top of the Ticket political blog late last night. Take a peek.

Well, that’s certainly big news if a Democratic lawmaker in Wisconsin has broken ranks. Only problem: it doesn’t appear to be true. Not a single news report has confirmed Cullen’s formal reentry into Wisconsin. The original source of the information was a tweet from Big Journalism blogger “Liberty Girl.”

Perhaps “Liberty Girl was reacting to this story in the Wisconsin State Journal, which reports Cullen met with Republican lawmakers yesterday at a McDonald’s in Kenosha. But Kenosha happens to be right on the border of Illinois. So one meeting in McDonald’s does not mean Cullen has suddenly broken ranks with his fellow Democrats and is ready to sell the public unions out.

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LA Times Blogger Andrew Malcolm and Mickey Kaus Make Salon’s List of Media Hacks

Salon just published the first wave of its “Hack 30” list of the worst pundits in America. Not surprisingly, LA Times blogger and former Laura Bush press aid Andrew Malcolm made the grade at number 28.

Malcolm’s snide disdain for every living liberal politician and media member would probably be no big deal if it weren’t for the fact that he’s the editor of an ostensibly objective L.A. Times news blog, not some punk writing for the Weekly Standard or BigGovernment.com. Malcolm notoriously finds poll numbers newsworthy only when they’re good for Republicans. He’s a reliable Sarah Palin apologist. But, again, his biggest crime — besides his official portrait — is that the Times allows him to masquerade as a regular news blogger instead of your bog-standard right-wing crank.

Meanwhile, former Slate blogger and Democratic political candidate Mickey Kaus made the list at number 25 for pioneering “pointless contrarianism” on the Internet, among other ills.

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More Helps Women Reinvent Themselves

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Mika Brzezinski, Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron and Lesley Jane Seymour.

Yesterday, we stopped by More magazine’s Reinvention Convention at Pier 60 at Chelsea Piers just in time to see “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski dump the contents of her purse out. On purpose.

The stunt was part of the lunchtime entertainment, which featured a Q&A with Nora Ephron, Delia Ephron and More editor-in-chief Lesley Jane Seymour, centered around the Ephron sisters’ recent play, “Love, Loss & What I Wore,” based on the book of the same name by Ilene Beckerman.

The play, in which actresses read monologues about their memories and the clothes they were wearing during significant events, includes a section on purses called “I Hate My Purse.” “Your purse is you and unless you are a very weird person, it’s a mess,” Nora said, prompting Brzezinski — the day’s emcee — to show just how messy her blue leather shoulder bag was. It’s contents included two sticks of deodorant, several Ziploc bags filled with makeup and tea bags she had swiped from the earlier in the day. Nora’s purse held a small bottle of Diet Coke, a Kindle charger (but no Kindle) and a possibly used tissue.

So what does this all have to do with reinvention? Well, the lunch was the comic relief of a day filled with panels on topics from health to technology that sought to inform and motivate the female attendees. Former First Lady Laura Bush spoke first over breakfast, and the myriad panels included a presentation by “Today” show financial contributor Jean Chatsky, an interview with New York real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran about personal reinvention and an instructive technology seminar led by The Wall Street Journal‘s Julia Angwin.

In between sessions, attendees mingled among tables set up by sponsors like Talbots and got tarot card readings. “This is awesome,” Seymour told us. “I feel like it’s my wedding reception. I know people as readers, I know people from More.com, I know people from Twitter, from places where I used to work.”

The event, which is in its third year and will now travel to Chicago and Washington, D.C., aligns perfectly with the challenges women over 40 face in the current economy, Seymour said. “We knew this was going to be the right moment to make a push for this to be bigger than ever,” she said. “Right now we’re in a time of crisis. Maybe you thought you were going to retire and now you can’t. Or your business is folding. Or you’re afraid you’re going to lose your job. Now is a very important moment to think about reinvention.”

Seymour also said the event, which included humor, learning and fun, embodied the More voice and point of view. “I think of us as Seventeen for adults,” she said. “I think it’s telling that the line for tarot card readings is as long as the one for makeovers.”

More pictures after the jump.

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Laura Bush: Jenna’s “Ellen” Call Was Not A Hoax

capt.f903540505dd450cbe32fa83a5a9fcb8.people_deeres_bush_nyet183.jpgThe good people at the Washington Times report that aides to first lady Laura Bush insisted that Jenna Bush’s call from the set of Ellen was not a White House PR stunt.

“Absolutely not,” said Sally McDonough, the first lady’s communication director, when asked if the call was staged.

“I was completely surprised,” said Linsdsey Lineweaver, Mrs. Bush’s personal aide, who took Jenna’s call Tuesday.

We don’t know what is more scary: the fact that the White House feels the need to lie about a talk-show bit or the prospect that it’s telling the truth and Laura Bush really was “just sitting here with daddy” in the middle of the day. During a war.

XM Subscribers Outraged Over Opie And Anthony Suspension

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Opie And Anthony fans are threatening to cancel their XM subscriptions — some even talking lawsuits — after the satellite radio company suspended the shock jocks for 30 days over comments by a homeless guest about Laura Bush and Condoleezza Rice aired last week on the show.

For some reason, FishbowlNY has been cc’d on some e-mails fans have been sending to XM and other journalists covering the story. Like this one, for instance:

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Post-’Hos World: Opie & Anthony Suspended By XM

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Radio companies — even satellite ones — appear to be tightening up in a post-Imus world. Yesterday, XM suspended shock-jocks Opie & Anthony 30 days for a homeless man’s comments about Condoleezza Rice, Laura Bush and Queen Elizabeth, aired last week on the show. The suspension follows last week’s cancellation of The Dog House with JV and Elvis show by CBS Radio for a prank phone call to a Chinese restaurant.

Opie & Anthony’s latest suspension, though, seems to’ve stemmed from comments made during yesterday’s broadcast, which appearently ticked off XM management:

“Comments made by Opie and Anthony on yesterday’s broadcast put into question whether they appreciate the seriousness of the matter. The management of XM Radio decided to suspend Opie and Anthony to make clear that our on-air talent must take seriously the responsibility that creative freedom requires of them.”

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh and his “Barack The Magic Negro” bits soldier on, unscathed.

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  • FishbowlNY @ Fashion Week: Media Models Ripa, Ray, Zahn Take To Runway

    Ray5.jpgIn case this whole media thing doesn’t work out: Rachael Ray [left] prayed, Paula Zahn swanned, and Kelly Ripa clomped to the beat like any good super worth her $10,000 to wake up that day. While we didn’t get a good gander of First Lady Laura Bush, who was front-row and center for pet charity The Heart Truth’s fashion show Friday morning, we did catch some media misses hitting the runway to support heart health for women.

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