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ESPN’s Jay Mariotti Pleads ‘No Contest’ to Domestic Violence After Allegedly Hitting His Girlfriend in the Face

The details about ESPN talking head Jay Mariotti‘s violent public incident with his girlfriend have come out–and, as expected, they’re not pretty. Leonard Levine, lawyer for the victim of Mariotti’s abuse, says his client was pushed, struck in the face, pulled by the hair and grabbed so she wouldn’t escape or call the police. Mariotti claims he was upset that his girlfriend was flirting with another man.

If Mariotti did hit his girlfriend in the face, he certainly seems to have gotten off light for it. Mariotti copped a plea yesterday that allowed the more serious charges against him to be dropped in favor of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. He’ll be on probation for three years and need to perform 40 hours of community service. Meanwhile, Paris Hilton got 200 hours of community service for possession of some coke. We certainly have interesting notions of grave criminal offense in this country.

“Jay is very pleased to have this matter behind him and is anxious to get back to work,” said Mariotti’s attorney Nick Hanna. “While we are confident he would have prevailed at trial, the process would have been long and expensive. Today’s resolution — a no contest plea to a low-level misdemeanor with all of the other charges dismissed — ends the matter once and for all.”

Back to work huh? It will be interesting to see if ESPN has Mariotti back on “Around the Horn,” where he’s appeared for the past several years.

Previously on FBLA: Jay Mariotti: Purse Snatcher

Lunch: Harold Ford, Jr., Ken Starr, and a Slew of Fashionable Folks

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— DIANE CLEHANE

There was definitely something in the air (besides all that pesky pollen) at Michael’s today. The dining room was so jam packed with every conceivable type of boldfaced name I could barely keep track of all the wheeling and dealing that was going on around me. While the fashionistas and socialites traded air kisses and picked at the salads, the media mavens were spinning like there was no tomorrow. The power lunch is back, folks, so break away from your desk and go make something happen.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Jack Myers, presiding over a table of movers and shakers: Huffington Post’s Greg Coleman, Eric Hippeau and Phil Cara; Colgate’s Jack Haber, Pattie Glod of Limited Brands; and E*Trade’s Nick Utton.

2. Peter Brown and Dan Scheffey, who joins Fairchild Fashion Group on May 10 as the new director of communications for the trade and business sector of Conde Nast. Dan tells me he’ll be working on all the titles including WWD and WWD.com. He reports to president Gina Sanders. Congrats!

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with Vanity Fair’s Wayne Lawson and Punch Hutton and a chic blonde gal we didn’t get to me. Joe, fresh off another trip to his home state of Texas was all jazzed up to tell the group about the The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas. (He’s on the board.) Joe reports that the center has acquired an impressive array of archives of literary legends including Norman Mailer, Tennessee Williams, Evelyn Waugh, and even Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein. Joe also reports that none other than Robert De Niro has given the center his script archive and actually footed the bill for two 18-wheelers to deliver the costumes he’s worn in his films. So, the next time you’re in Austin, you might want to check it out.

4. Sean Cassidy — no, not the eighties pop icon — this fellow works for Dan Klores.

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Vote For The Best New York Post Cover Of The Decade

nypost covers.jpgWhat was the most iconic New York Post cover of the 00′s? Was it a photo of a smoking World Trade Tower, a practically naked Ashley Dupre or Martha Stewart in prison stripes?

And who can forget any of those punny headlines that the Post is so famous for, from “Stray-Rod” to Eliot Spitzer‘s “Ho No!” to the recent Tiger Woods scandal headline “I’m A Cheetah,” there are so many witty taglines to choose from.

14.jpgAnd choose you can. The Post has launched a poll that let’s you vote for your favorite out of 50 chosen covers from the past 10 years. Will Bernie Madoff, Saddam Hussein, Paris Hilton or Michael Jackson rule supreme?

We like the simplest covers: a photo of New York City fireman erecting a flag at Ground Zero and former New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey‘s cover that proclaims, with double entendre brilliance, “I’m Out,” are our favorites. What are yours?

Vote here: Vote For Your Favorite Front PageNew York Post

Hey LAT, Is There Nothing Else to Have an Opinion About?

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The above screen grab is from today’s front page of latimes.com. We understand Sarah Palin put her name on a book someone else wrote and was on Oprah this week. But does that warrant three out of four featured opinion pieces?

It’s not like she’s Britney Spears or Paris Hilton or New Moon. Have some dignity.

New York Post Practices Unsafe Journalism

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And here we are, talking about accountability again, which was not used with any thought to discretion today in New York Post‘s article about Spoofcard, a service that allows you to scramble your number for outgoing calls, making it easy to hack into people’s messaging services, get their voicemails, and even change their messages.

Why is this relevant news?

Well, because Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan have had their phones hacked using Spoofcards, and since The Post has given you step-by-step instructions on how to use one of those “theoretically legal” (what does that even mean? Lawfully legal? Juridically legal? But not morally legal?) cards, soon you too can be using them for “for pranks, calling boyfriends or mothers under another number to fool them.” Not The Post approves, in anyway, of course. They’re just letting you know.

NYT‘s Carr Dissects Murdochs Pay Wall Plans

rupe.pngIn his column this week, New York Times media critic David Carr took on News Corp. head honcho Rupert Murdoch and his recent pronouncement that all of his newspaper and television news channels would soon charge for access to their online content.

“Quality journalism is not cheap, and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalizing its ability to produce good reporting,” Murdoch said during News Corp.’s earnings call last week. “The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news Web sites.”

Although Murdoch boasted that, if his model was successful, other media companies would follow his lead, Carr pointed out that many publications have already tried pay models, with varying levels of success. Instead, Carr questioned Murdoch’s level of commitment to his plan:

“Setting aside the execution risk of such a plan, it’s difficult to tell how serious Mr. Murdoch is, given his history of grand statements that were only that. Perhaps he was making an unsubtle effort to change the subject during a bleak earnings call for News Corporation…”

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George W. Sweeps the 2008 SPOGG Awards

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March 4th is National Grammar Day. The day we donate all our typos to charity.

And it’s the time for the Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar to hand out their awards for the worst.

From their site:

This year, the award goes to President George W. Bush, who does not realize the plural of “child” is “children,” not “childrens.”

He beat Paris Hilton, who produced T-shirts that say “THATS HOT” without the apostrophe, and Courtney Love, who generates so many errors per inch of text on her blog that even the best instruments known to grammar scientists have failed to record them all.

Poor Courtney – she just can’t catch a break from anyone…

Muckraker Ebner Kicking Salomon Scum Off His Boots

ebner.gifHollywood muckraker extraordinaire Mark Ebner is getting it on with subject/socialite/womanizer Rick “Scum” Salomon, the blogger tells FBLA.

salomon.jpgSalomon, who is best known for stripping down with Paris Hilton in a fun(?) porn romp that lit up downloading geeky computer screens around the world, wants to sue Ebner for some of his, shall we say, disclosures regarding a Las Vegas associate Darnell Riley (See, at right).

This is all in anticipation of Ebner’s upcoming book, “Six Degrees of Paris Hilton.”

Book, which comes out in early February will have the usual Ebner scoops that will no doubt piss off both Salomon and, of course, Paris.

LA Hearts Their Escaped Alligators

The local journos love alligators. Love them. Can’t stop talking about them. We wish it was a metaphor – like seeing pink elephants. But alligators are the hot news item for every season. We remember Reggie.

LA loves its misplaced reptiles (insert Paris Hilton jab here).

First Family Becomes First Celebrities

cov-b_16ss.jpg We took it as a joke (and a bad one, at that) when John McCain tried to compare Obama to Paris Hilton, et al. But it turns out Barack Obama‘s presidential win is not only historic for breaking racial barriers and exciting a whole generation of new voters. It’s historic for how — and whom — covered it.

Us Weekly treats the Obamas like the Jolie-Pitts, complete with baby photos and sartorial critiques. Could you imagine an Us Weekly cover featuring John Kerry and Teresa Heinz?

Even Red Carpet Fashion Awards got into the act, going out on a limb to predict the First Lady’s dress designer. (Narciso Rodriguez. Turns out they got it right.)

We’re glad to see the tabs as excited as the rest of the country about this historic day, but we hope this new trend in celeb reporting doesn’t last. It’s one thing to hear what Obama’s family had to say on election night, it’ll be another if they start asking the First Family to weigh in on the latest exploits of Britney Spears.

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