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The Truth About Rachel Uchitel’s Tweet and a Birthday Party for Ed Rollins

1003_mockup.gifWhen it comes to Wednesdays at Michael’s, the early bird might not always get the best table, but today it did land me something of a timely scoop. Some time before noon, I spotted Rachel Uchitel, the woman whose texts to Tiger Woods helped bring down the golf legend and launched a thousand tabloid headlines in 2009. I half expected her to bolt when I identified myself as a reporter, but she was gracious and downright chatty when I asked about the countless reports that her recent “Everyone deserves a second chance” tweet was a thinly veiled reference to Tiger and Lindsey Vonn‘s joint announcement on Facebook that they were dating.

“Everyone in the media immediately thought it was about Tiger,” she told me exclusively. “I still have not talked about him and never will. I haven’t told anyone about this, but the tweet was about my 94-year-old grandfather, Sam Lionel, who is getting married. His fiancee is 52 and there has been some family drama about it, so that’s what I was referring to. I’m even throwing her a bachelorette party.” Rachel, who just moved back to New York from San Francisco, told me that The New York Post approached her about writing an article about the recent turn of events but she turned them down flat. “First of all, check your facts, thank you very much,” she said referring to their reporting about her tweet. “And also I’d never write anything about that.”

Rachel told me these days she is “totally obsessed” with her 10-month-old daughter Wyatt Lilly who took her first steps yesterday. (Dad is husband Matt Hahn.) “I love that she wants a big kiss just from me sometimes. It’s the first time that I really have come to understand just what unconditional love is. You think you can get it from a man, but this is so different. She is my whole existence.” Being a mother, says Rachel, has given her a sense of peace and satisfaction that had previously eluded her, but she still is sorting out where she wants to go from here. ”I don’t want to be away from her and miss anything.” Still, though, she’d like to find “meaningful work.” Says Rachel, “For the past three years I have struggled with my identity. I used to be a journalist, but since 2009 it has been difficult to find a job because of the baggage attached to me.” She’s been offered several reality shows and did a stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, but has turned them all down. “It’s hard, but now that I’ve moved back to New York, I’d like to find something interesting to do.” For the woman whose tear-stained face made the cover of The New York Post when she first lost her then fiancé on 9/11 (a tearsheet hangs in the Smithsonian) and then went on to become the poster girl for one of the biggest celebrity scandals of the decade, life in recent years has been a series of headlines. That’s a pretty attractive quality in an employee in certain circles is this town, isn’t it?

Emilio Romano and Diane Clehane

I had a fascinating and enjoyable lunch with Emilio Romano, (pictured, right) president of Telemundo Media and the network’s vice president of corporate communications and public affairs, Michelle Alban. The charming and dynamic Emilio joined the company in 2011 and in his current position runs Telemundo’s broadcast network, its 15 owned stations, as well as the company’s entertainment division and Telemundo Studios, which is the No. 1 producer of original Spanish language primetime content for Hispanics in the United States. He also oversees the news and sports divisions, Telemundo’s digital media group and the company’s sales and marketing arms. I’ve talked to plenty of media titans in this dining room over the years, and I can say without question I found Emilio to be one of the most engaging, genuine and interesting executives I’ve ever met. While telling me about all the exciting things happening at Telemundo these days, he chatted easily with the wait staff about where they were from and asking them in Spanish what they watched on television and why.

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Bette Midler, Blythe Danner and Chris Noth’s Advice for President Obama

1003_mockup.gifIf you felt the tremors in midtown around noon, it’s because 55th and Fifth nearly buckled under the weight of all the star power at Michael’s today. Between the Hollywood A-listers (Bette Midler, Blythe Danner, Kate Capshaw),  Democratic dynamos (Kerry Kennedy, Betsy Gotbaum) and talking heads (Star Jones), I was getting a serious case of whiplash trying to keep track of it all.

Just when I thought the crowd had settled in, I spied Chris Noth sitting alone at the bar, and I just couldn’t resist going over for a quick chat. While Julianna Marguilies‘ errant TV husband on The Good Wife waited for his pal, producer Fred Zollo, to arrive, I got him to weigh in on the show’s headline-making sex scenes. “Network television can’t go where cable does, but I did do a scene where we showed just enough oral sex in a bathroom while cable news played in the background,” Chris told me. How could we forget? “That stuff gets people talking, I guess.” Yup.

This season, while his co-star Archie Panjabi steams up the screen, his character is trying for a shot at redemption and is running for governor. “I have no idea whether or not he wins,” says Chris. The ardent Democrat tells me he has no interest in running for office himself. “I’m not one of those actors. All my skeletons are out of the closet!” He does, however, have a keen interest in who wins this year’s presidential election. “A lady on the subway asked me to take a picture with me, and I told her I would as long she voted Democrat!” When I told Chris I was lunching with Robert Zimmerman,  a Democratic National Committee member from New York and one of the party’s top fundraisers, he perked up. “I have a line I want to give him for President Obama! Can you introduce me?” I was only too happy to oblige.

When I brought Chris over to my table to meet Robert and another smart, savvy Democratic booster, producer Joan Gelman, he told Robert, “I’ve got something for Obama: A half truth is the same as a complete lie, and we’re not even hearing half truths from Romney. You ought to pass this along for the Obama circle for  the debate.” Robert assured Chris he would get his comment to the president’s handlers.  When Chris went off to his own table, Robert said, “They ought to take his advice; he’s got a higher approval rating than both parties.”

Chris Noth and Diane Clehane

Chris Noth and Diane Clehane

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Latino Rights Groups Want KFI’s John and Ken Fired

KFI’s John Kobylt and Kenneth Chiampou, better known as John and Ken, are a conservative lightning rod of controversy to say the very least.

But the radio shock jocks might have finally crossed the line after giving out the cellphone number on-air of Jorge-Mario Cabrera, an immigrant rights activist for the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

The National Hispanic Media Coalition is teaming up with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials and the National Immigration Law Center in an effort to get KFI to fire John and Ken or face a boycott of the station’s sponsors.

Cabrera received more than 400 phone calls from people opposing the California Dream Act, which would make state financial aid available to undocumented immigrants and out-of-state students attending state schools.

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Lou Dobbs: Background Checking His Employees Would Be ‘Racial Profiling’

Wow, big morning for disgraced former CNN hosts on “Good Morning America.” First Rick Sanchez went on, plastic smile and all, subtly trying to get his job back (TVNewser has the video). Then the show landed Lou Dobbs to defend himself from charges that illegal immigrants tended to his horses and palatial New Jersey grounds. Dobbs denies ever personally hiring illegal immigrants, which the magazine The Nation, who broke the story about Dobbs, never accused him of.

“I am saying that for years, undocumented immigrants looked after your show jumping horses, and for years, they looked after the grounds at your West Palm Beach estate in Florida. This article is fact-checked 100 percent. It is legally vetted,”Isabel MacDonald, author of the piece, said on Dobbs’ show yesterday. MacDonald also said the illegal vs. legal issue is almost a distraction–the real issue is that the workers were underpaid and treated poorly.

Dobbs later said on Good Morning America that to run background checks on everyone who worked his property would be tantamount to “racial profiling.” Which is either complete bullshit, or Dobbs is running a plantation colony out there in New Jersey. How many people does he have working for him anyway?

Previously on FBLA: Busted: Anti-Immigrant Zealot Lou Dobbs Hired Illegal Immigrants

Busted: Anti-Immigrant Zealot Lou Dobbs Hired Illegal Immigrants



Surprise surprise, another rich, anti-illegal immigrant mouthpiece hired illegal immigrants to tend their palatial grounds. An investigative report by The Nation has revealed that CNN host turned Tea Partier Lou Dobbs “has relied for years on undocumented labor for the upkeep of his multimillion-dollar estates and the horses he keeps for his 22-year-old daughter, Hillary, a champion show jumper.” Dobbs had previously been quoted ranting “the illegal employer is the central issue in this entire mess.”

Dobbs still hosts “The Lou Dobbs Show” on the radio. He’d allegedly been planning a run for office, even the presidency. He’d be wise to check out how Meg Whitman fares in the California gubernatorial race — a billionaire who also hired an illegal worker, and subsequently spewed anti-illegal rhetoric on her campaign trail. If Whitman wins next month, it will show Dobbs that it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete hypocrite. All you have to do is talk a good game and lower taxes for rich people and the dullards of this country will eat up your schtick.

Happy New Year From FishbowlNY!

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It’s time for us to sign off and head out to celebrate the end of 2009. Before we go here’s one last round up for the year:

TVNewser: How many Sunday shows will get a new host by the end of 2010? What will Lou Dobbs and Glenn Beck be up to by this time next year? Cast your vote in the TVNewser 2010 prediction challenge polls.

AgencySpy: If this was “the worst year in advertising”, then we can only go up from here, right? Right?

New York Times: Will we have Fox on Time Warner Cable tomorrow morning? Negotiations are still continuing in the eleventh hour, so News Corp. might pull its channels as we ring in the New Year.

Gawker: And some good news to end the year: a series of exclusives have boosted Gawker‘s traffic during the typically slow month of December.

And finally…Happy New Year from FishbowlNY! May you have a fun and safe celebration tonight and a prosperous and productive 2010.

–Amanda and Drew

FishbowlNY’s 2009 Lists: The Year’s Biggest Moves In Media

door.jpgThis year — full of flux and uncertainty about where the media is heading — has resulted in a vast number of job changes and departures across all matter of media companies and publications. In almost every field of journalism, big names have either been fired, promoted, retired, or simply moved on to more lucrative positions. Here, we take a look back at the biggest industry shakeups of 2009.

The Biggest Move in Magazines: Stephen Adler leaving BusinessWeek.
When editor Stephen Adler announced his departure from BusinessWeek this October following the magazine’s sale to Bloomberg LP, he wasn’t just making a statement, he was starting a trend. Soon he was followed by some of his former colleagues, like John Byrne and BusinessWeek‘s president Keith Fox, who decided to stay with magazine’s original parent, McGraw-Hill. (Not to mention all of those who involuntarily left the pub not long after.) It takes a lot of chutzpah to up and quit your editor gig in the middle of this turbulent media landscape, it takes even more to get your coworkers to come with you. Fortunately for Adler, he’s already landed another gig at Thomson Reuters.

Runners Up: Time.com managing editor Josh Tyrangiel comes on board as editor at Businessweek; Marie Claire‘s publisher Susan Plagemann joins Vogue; Nancy Berger Cardone of shuttered Gourmet takes Plagemann’s spot at Marie Claire; Janice Min leaves Us Weekly; Mariette DiChristina becomes Scientific American‘s first female editor-in-chief.

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Tis The Season…For Person Of The Year Polls

time person you.jpgSince it’s now December (eek) the year that was 2009 is coming to a close. And you know what that means: for the next few weeks, end of the year lists and “best of” retrospectives will be filling up all of the magazines and Web sites that we love to read.

In the last 24 hours, we’ve come across two polls seeking to name someone “Person of the Year,” and looking for the public’s helpful insight in order to do it. Whether the actual winner of these polls will be named Person of the Year — or if they are just a way to draw visitors and hits — remains to be seen.

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Jon Stewart Interviews Lou Dobbs

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This is a pretty stunning interview with the recently fired/retired Lou Dobbs.

“Your views however abhorrent and wrong have always been consistent,” says Jon Stewart through a smile.

The other clips are here.

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TVNewser: John Towriss, CNN‘s former deputy Washington bureau chief, writes about his experiences with Lou Dobbs.

WebNewser: Huffington Post launches a sports section.

Silicon Alley Insider: Associated Press CEO Tom Curley told staff Tuesday that more layoffs this year are possible. “I know you all would like me to sound the all clear. I cannot do that,” he said.

All Things Digital: News Corp. might join Time Inc.‘s “Hulu for magazines.”

New York Times: There’s still no ladies in late night comedy writing rooms.

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