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Denver ’08: We Drink CNN’s Milkshake!

100_2983.jpgCNN may equal politics, but the CNN Grill equals heaven. FBNY is currently inside the Grill drinking a chocolate milkshake with no plans to move, maybe ever. CNN has done a very good job of branding the convention space and the Grill (in our opinion) is the crowning glory. It’s a sort of conventioners oasis set up in the perimeter zone. You have to have a CNN credential to enter (or know someone who does) but once inside there is free food, and drink, and a dessert menu that includes a “make your own cupcakes” option.

It’s also the place for hungry and thirsty heavy-hitters. Rahm Emanuel is sitting at the front table with his children, CNN head Jon Klein has a booth to our left, LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is getting interviewed in front of us, and Nancy Pelosi and her entourage just sailed by. Anderson Cooper is chatting it up with Walter Isaacson and we think we just spotted Jeffrey Wright. Did we mention the free milkshakes? It’s also a bit of a mediabistro alumni lovefest — we’re sitting here with former FishbowlNYer Rachel Sklar and the original FishbowlDCer Garrett Graff…word on the twitter is that Patrick Gavin is on the way.

Protest Video: ‘I’m A Grandmama For Obama’

Bedroom videos, GQ-mandated Twitter-free zones, and all the other doings in Denver notwithstanding, the action isn’t there alone. Staging a protest this morning outside mbHQ (in an effort to get the attention of our Park Ave. South neighbor, the New York Democratic Party) were “Grandmothers Against the War.”

The group of approximately 20 sassy seniors bore signs, big flowered hats and balloons emblazoned with anti-war slogans as they spoke out against the ongoing conflict in Iraq. We’ve got the good word on what the grannies are liking and loathing about the DNC after the jump.

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Is Coverage of the Online Glass Ceiling Just Reinforcing It?

02_24_47_Orr_Judith_Through the glass ceiling.jpgLots of talk today about women and blogging, much of it kicked off by the NYT‘s coverage of the annual BlogHer conference in San Francisco last week-end. The article was widely criticized by women in the blogosphere and many questioned whether the NYT was merely reinforcing the glass ceiling that BlogHer was set up to combat by running the piece in the Style section and by focusing on particularly feminine things like the bathroom setup, the lactation room, child care. Meanwhile, the Netroots gathering in Austin, which took place on the same week-end, received far more extensive coverage, and not just because Al Gore and Nancy Pelosi made appearances. Notes Jezebel’s Megan Carpentier: “A cursory search of the Times’ archives shows no less than 10 stories filed with the paper or its blogs during Netroots Nation…This weekend’s story on BlogHer was the first the Times had filed about the event.” Says Salon‘s Rebecca Traister,

The problem is not simply with the placement of one story, but with a newspaper that does not take “women’s stories” — in this case one that could have also been about business, technology, politics or gender as a social, economic or professional impediment to success — seriously enough to give them other, more newsy space in its pages.

Another publisher who apparently isn’t taking their online women’s stories very seriously is Conde Nast. The Observer is reporting that the publisher has a series of online “‘girl’-illa blogs” that it does not seem terribly interested in promoting. And why would they when print is so profitable these days! In the meantime, and until everyone else catches up, there’s always Jezebel.

Lunch: Valerie Bertinelli Weighs In

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— DIANE CLEHANE

As much as we love our bird’s eye perch from the bar, it’s always a treat when we’re invited to dine in the grown up section — especially when the scene is as head-spinning as it was today. Hallmark Channel’s senior vice president Jen Geisser and her power publicist Jaime Saberito made room for me at the table at a luncheon hosted by their fearless leader the consummate showman Henry Schleiff and attended by a tasty stew of bold-faced names and top executives from UNICEF that made for one interesting afternoon of Cobb salads and conversation. Henry, newly ensconced on UNICEF’s board, brought the group to together to kick off the TAP project during ‘World Water Week’ (March 16-22). The initiative was created to raise funds and awareness by asking NYC diners at select eateries around town to forego their Fiji water for good old NYC tap water and donate what they would have spent on it to help fund clean water for kids around the world. And, yes, Michael’s is participating.

The reigning queen of the celebrity diet wars Valerie Bertinelli (A 40-pound weight loss thanks to Jenny Craig!) was the guest of honor (arriving with her boyfriend Tom Vitale) having made one movie for the network with another one in the works — Mrs. Washington Goes to Smith (Catchy title!). The still adorable actress and newly minted best-selling author was busy signing books for everyone (Henry thinks of everything!) but still made time to chat with me. Her big news — her book, Losing It — And Gaining My Life Back One Pound at Time will debut at No. 1 on this week’s New York Times‘ list. “I’m so thrilled — it’s on my son’s 17th birthday and I dedicated the book to him,” she says. “I couldn’t be more blessed.” Val (we’re on a first name basis now) also confided that she’s hot on starting another book and already has an idea that’s bound to strike a chord. “I’d like to write something like Divorce & Children: Love Your Child More Than You Hate Your Ex. The list is long when one considers who might benefit from such a tome. For now, at least, it appears Silda Spitzer won’t be needing it but we’re not closing the book on that one just yet.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The white wine was flowing in celebration of Linda Fairstein‘s latest book, Killer Heat with a table full of gals that know a little something about the subject. In attendance: Cosmo editrix Kate White, super agent Esther Newberg, former Law & Order SVU star Stephanie March, Lesley Stahl (I promise to keep my eye out for that 60 Minutes watch!) and Cynthia Lufkin (Congrats on being named The American Cancer Society’s Mother of the Year!)

2. Bobby Zarem and a Jake Gyllenhaal doppelganger.

3. Mayor Joe Armstrong who has been traveling far and wide hard at work on his upcoming book with some lovely looking ladies. Welcome back Joe, we missed you!

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Camille Paglia in Salon: Still Agitatin’

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FBLA is always glad when people agree with us, and having Camille Paglia agree with us is even more delicious. She’s answering readers’ questions in Salon:

And what does it say about PBS that it allowed a documentary on Leibovitz in its prestigious American Masters series to be filmed and directed by Leibovitz’s sister, Barbara?–a broadcast that was carefully timed to publicize Leibovitz’s new book. Does PBS, with its public funding, feel no responsibility for neutrality and objectivity?

We didn’t like this back in October.

She also weighs in on Nancy Pelosi and global warming.

And of course, Salon’s letter-writing readers are disappointed, disbelieving, and disturbed. That pretty much goes without saying.

Is Greg Gutfeld Really A 9 Year Old Boy and Does The Huffington Post Know?

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Resume building starts earlier and earlier. Over at the Huffington Post, the 10 year-old daughter of two Washington media insiders give readers a child’s eye view of Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi. Here’s the part Dorothy Parker would like:

I was glad I had skipped school that day to go with my mother on a reporting trip on people who could make the world better.

Greg Gutfeld, professional scamp, seems to have a nephew with journalistic ambitions as well. And his lone commenter seems to understand the situation:

it seems clear that HuffPo is attempting to kill you off via asphyxiation. By keeping you off the front page, no one will read you or link to you, and they hope you will eventually get bored and quit posting.

FBLA hopes there’s a logical reason for Gutfeld’s lack of popularity at the HuffPost.

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