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Michael Hastings Dishes on Dishing

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Michael Hastings, noted for using his personal experiences on assignment for material, has penned a piece for GQ titled,”Hack: Confessions of a Presidential Campaign Reporter“.

Objectivity is a fallacy. In campaign reporting more than any other kind of press coverage, reporters aren’t just covering a story, they’re a part of it – influencing outcomes, setting expectations, framing candidates – and despite what they tell themselves, it’s impossible to both be a part of the action and report on it objectively. In some cases, you genuinely like the candidate you’re covering and you root for him, because over the long haul you come to see him as a human being. For a long time, this was John McCain’s ace in the hole with the press, whom he referred to as “my base.” Reporters rode along with him, and he joked with them, and that went a long way toward shaping the tone of their coverage. (Last January a group of reporters asked McCain’s staff to make McCain campaign press T-shirts for them.) And because your success is linked to the candidate’s, you want to be with a winner, because that’s the story that makes the paper or the magazine or gets you on TV.

He also compares following presidential campaigns to watching hotel porn. Why is this significant for us? Well, because every time we mention porn our numbers spike. It used to be Britney Spears or Paris Hilton. But now it’s just porn. Porn. Heh.

Julia Allison at mb Branding Panel: ‘Either I Have Balls or I’m Delusional’

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Is there joy in being a stalker/hustler? Ask Julia Allison.

Internet personality Julia Allison earned her billing last night at mediabistro.com’s panel discussion “Personal Branding Redefined.” That’s not to say the other headliners — Gary Vaynerchuk of Wine Library TV and 1938 Media’s Loren Feldman — didn’t deliver, but they were no match for ubiquitous talking head Allison. Held at Manhattan’s new 92Y TriBeCa, the event drew more than 100 attendees: some wannabe brands, some suits seeking marketing pointers.

Festooned in a bright pink top and substantial black heels, Allison — when she wasn’t sitting with her white lapdog slung across her — embodied one of her main tips of the night during her presentation: “Walk with purpose,” she said. “You can get away with just about anything.” Such as?

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‘I’ll See You at the Debates Bitches!’

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Between the start of the Olympics on Friday and the upcoming conventions, we should very shortly have lots of news to report. Until then we bring you Paris Hilton who has created her own spot in the aftermath of John McCain‘s Paris/Britney/Obama attack ad. Ha! In the video a bathing suit clad Hilton refers to McCain as “white hair dude” and offers up her own energy policy. To which the McCain camp, possibly not understanding it may be time to cut their losses on this one, responded: “Perhaps the reality is that Paris has a more substantive energy plan than Barack Obama.”

Kathy Hilton to McCain: Quit Wasting My Money on My Daughter!

0000008492_20060920153246.jpgMaybe John McCain should have checked his donor list before deciding to cast Paris Hilton in his latest attack ad on Barack Obama. It seems that Paris’s mother Kathy Hilton has donated thousands to McCain and she was none to pleased to see her daughter used as McCain’s worst-case scenario for where this country might be headed under a Obama presidency. So displeased, in fact, that she took it straight to HuffPo (or maybe “The HuffPo” in McCain terminology).

I’ve been asked again and again for my response to the now infamous McCain celebrity ad. I actually have three responses. It is a complete waste of the money John McCain’s contributors have donated to his campaign. It is a complete waste of the country’s time and attention at the very moment when millions of people are losing their homes and their jobs. And it is a completely frivolous way to choose the next President of the United States.
Well said (who would have guessed?!). Anyone else think someone should be offering Kathy a punditry job?

Is John McCain’s New Attack Ad Racist?

Apparently John McCain missed the Barack Obama teflon memo. The latest, and now controversial, ad out of the McCain camp includes images of Britney Spears and Paris Hilton, that maybe are supposed to suggest…we’re not sure, that Barack doesn’t wear underwear? That he’s a bad parent, who dates his bodyguards? Maybe if the whole thing wasn’t so laughable we’d be offended (we mean, seriously, Britney and Paris? they don’t exactly inspire adulation). Some people are suggesting that the ad is racist because, in the words of Josh Marshall, it is “pushing the caricature of Obama as a uppity young black man whose presumptuousness is displayed not only in taking on airs above his station but also in a taste for young white women.” Many people are noting it was just this sort of imaging that the GOP used against Harold Ford Jr. back in 2006.

McCain says the interpretation is ridiculous. Obama responded with his own video saying McCain is taking the low road. Truthfully, we think it’s just one more instance of McCain demonstrating he actually has no idea whatsoever about anything that could remotely be called current. Watch both videos for yourself after the jump.

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Imitation is the Sincerest Form of Something

Probably before the Internet, and its pesky quota-filling bloggers, it was a lot easier to borrow magazine images without drawing a lot of attention. No longer! In the past few months it’s been similar images of Barack Obama that have garnered the most attention. However, today we bring you two new additions the “wait, where have I seen that before” category. First, via the folks over at UnBeige comes this month’s Vanity Fair cover of Carla Bruni, which looks a whole lot 2005′s Vanity Fair cover of Paris Hilton (talk about a one-trick pony).

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Next, let us draw your attention to the (slightly less obvious) resemblance between a Harper’s 2006 “World Without Oil” cover and the images from this month’s “World Without Oil” feature from GQ (seriously, was it that hard to think up a new title?). What is also interesting to note in this case is that GQ editor Jim Nelson was Harper’s readings editor until 1997, furthermore the author of GQ‘s oil piece, Benjamin Kunkel, has written for Harper’s. Image after the jump.

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FBLA Confirms Ryan Seacrest Is In Talks To Replace Larry King

kingseacrest.jpgSources close to Ryan Seacrest have confirmed to FBLA that Ryan Seacrest is in talks with CNN to shimmy into Larry King’s chair. Now “talks” can mean a lot of things, and our source also says, “I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

Why?

Well, for one thing Ryan is currently the host of… everything. E! News, American Idol, a popular KIIS-FM radio show — not to mention a producer. Taking on Larry King’s show would almost certainly mean shedding all those responsibilities and losing much of the Ryan Seacrest “brand.” Plus our source doubts CNN would want to fork up the cash it’d take to get Ryan out of his other obligations.

Our big question, though, is why would Ryan even want to do this? Sure Paris Hilton has been on Larry King — and, yes, Ryan interviewed Hillary Clinton — but could Ryan seriously keep from nodding off while talking to political wonks?

In a word, our source says: “Yes.”

“His background is in being a generalist. He’s known for his work with celebrities, but he came up through mass radio. He could pull it off.”

We’re not sure if our source meant King’s job or his suspenders.

LAT In 90 Seconds

35355076-07144402.jpgRemember Brad Refro? In all the rending of garments and gnashing of teeth over Heath Ledger, Brad Renfro’s death has been almost an afterthought (E! couldn’t even get his name right). But in this astute culture/profile piece, Rachel Abramowitz makes you remember that another actor suffered a tragic death recently — and that, likely, there are more to come.

35388813-08091821.jpgThere Goes The Neighborhood: In light of a legal tussle Leonardo DiCaprio is having with his neighbors over a backyard basketball court, the LAT Picture Book Team put together an amuse-bouche of celebs you don’t want to live next to. (They should ask a copy editor to move in next door, though. Their captions claim Paris Hilton is still in jail, and we think the Steven Spielberg item is missing a few words.)

34274838-08232106.jpgStuff You Already Knew About The Writers’ Strike: The WGA is meeting at The Shrine Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow to brief the writers.

Sundown on Sunset: Hot and Cold

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Daniel Hernandez covers the fires down in San Diego, and asks all the right questions.

Britney’s mom, Lynn Spears, has written a parenting book. Title search for How to Raise a Drug-Addled Skank is underway.

Who did buy Luke Ford’s other blog?

NPR should just hire Joe Escalante, already.

Paris Hilton has announced that she wants to be frozen when she dies. And not one minute before.

(photo by John Grasberger)

Over Exposed: Sienna Miller/Isobelle Jade/Pam Anderson/Lindsay Lohan

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Sienna Miller, starring in Hippie Hippie Shake in London, isn’t trying for any period authenticity, according to the photos here. Hippies were hairy all over, if you know what we mean.

Isobelle Jade launches a podcast, despite the cruel indifference of modeling agencies, Tyra Banks, and the rest of the world.

Pamela Anderson married Rick Saloman, which leads us to the question: Which one married up?

Lindsay Lohan is taking it day by day. One step at a time.

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