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ShutterstockPiersMorganLA_FeaturedTVNewser: Piers Morgan is in danger of having people actually agree with him after he called Bill O’Reilly “a dick.

GalleyCat: Oyster, which billed itself as the Netflix for books, has launched an iPad app. Libraries had no comment.

UnBeige: Bill Cunningham understands textiles.

Word Master | Bad Image | On or Off

clintonCNNTVNewser: When imagine when Bill Clinton told Piers Morgan that “You [CNN] are doing better, you are more entertaining now, which is good,” he was being sarcastic.

AllFacebook: The ACLU is a porn peddler. At least according to Facebook.

FishbowlDC: Please note — some people like facial hair, some people do not.

East Coast Media Figures Reveal Favorite LA Haunts

New York freelance writer and journalist Jeryl Brunner recently book ended her fall 2011 release My City, My New York with a west coast-focused second tome. Among the many fun little snippets in My City, My Los Angeles are various excerpts from NYC media boldface.

The very first passage in the book comes from Nicholas Kristof, who reminisces about meeting his wife in LA back in 1986 and enjoying the benefits of being done by east-coast-deadline time. Others who shared with Brunner their favorite corners of Lalaland include Fred Armisen, Cheryl Tiegs and the bi-coastal Piers Morgan:

“My favorite place in LA is Manhattan Beach… it reminds me of a British seaside resort…”

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Larry King Revisits CNN ‘Slap in the Face’

Larry King has done a lot of media since scooting over to Ora TV. Still, FishbowlNY is a little surprised at the relatively minimal coverage generated by this week’s appearance on The Howard Stern Show.

The broadcaster and bagel meister covered a number of topics including – in a blunter way than we typically recall – the Piers Morgan transition. From the interview, as transcribed by the good folks at classicallite.com:

“I always had four-year contracts. Well, three years ago, CNN came to me and said ‘Hey, we’re going into a new direction and we’re only gonna give you a one-year contract.’”

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Judge Sorry in Leak Probe | Anchor Conners Fired | Morgan Bans Loesch


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Judge Apologizes for Lack of Transparency in James Rosen Leak Probe (The Washington Post)
The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The gesture of transparency by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth comes at a time when the Obama administration is under scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, including one showing that the Justice Department had secretly probed the news-gathering activities of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Politico / Under The Radar The Justice Department is denying that it tracked the phone calls of Rosen’s parents as part of an investigation into how Rosen got classified information about North Korean nuclear test plans. “We did not wiretap the phones of any reporter or news organization. Nor did we monitor or track the phone calls of any reporter’s parents. No records were obtained from the computer servers of any news organization,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. TVNewser The news of the full extent of the investigation comes as editorials take aim squarely at the Obama administration for valuing secrecy over freedom of the press. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration’s spying on Rosen and labeling him a “co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor” in an espionage case. Liberals may not be particularly bothered because the targeted journalist works for Fox News. Conservatives may not be concerned because of their antipathy toward the news media generally. And the general public certainly doesn’t have much patience for journalists’ whining. Read more

Morning Media Newsfeed: Judge Sorry in Leak Probe | Anchor Conners Fired | Morgan Bans Loesch


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Judge Apologizes for Lack of Transparency in James Rosen Leak Probe (The Washington Post)
The chief judge of the District’s federal court issued an unusual order Wednesday, apologizing to the public and the media for not making certain court documents widely available online. The gesture of transparency by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth comes at a time when the Obama administration is under scrutiny for an unprecedented number of leak investigations, including one showing that the Justice Department had secretly probed the news-gathering activities of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Politico / Under The Radar The Justice Department is denying that it tracked the phone calls of Rosen’s parents as part of an investigation into how Rosen got classified information about North Korean nuclear test plans. “We did not wiretap the phones of any reporter or news organization. Nor did we monitor or track the phone calls of any reporter’s parents. No records were obtained from the computer servers of any news organization,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia said in a statement. TVNewser The news of the full extent of the investigation comes as editorials take aim squarely at the Obama administration for valuing secrecy over freedom of the press. The Washington Post / Dana Milbank There are various reasons you might not care about the Obama administration’s spying on Rosen and labeling him a “co-conspirator and/or aider and abettor” in an espionage case. Liberals may not be particularly bothered because the targeted journalist works for Fox News. Conservatives may not be concerned because of their antipathy toward the news media generally. And the general public certainly doesn’t have much patience for journalists’ whining.

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Quick Book | Wise Lady | Many Moves

TVNewser: Piers Morgan is writing a memoir tentatively titled How to Annoy People Without Really Trying.

AllTwitter: Joan Rivers said “When it all goes to shit, don’t worry, it’ll all come back.” This was also the original title of Cypress Hill’s “When The Shit Goes Down.

GalleyCat: A good roundup of job changes at book publishing houses. It’s exciting.

 

 

In Wake of Horrific Newtown Tragedy, Commenters Decry Compilations of Celebrity Tweets

An innumerable number of entertainment reporting routines seem utterly pointless today in light of the devastating news coming out of Newtown, Connecticut. Including the well-worn practice of compiling celebrity Twitter reactions.

The first wave of such coverage relating to today’s mass shooting appeared on PMC website hollywoodlife.com and media watchdog gossipcop.com. In each case, the first comment left by a reader suggests this is no time to be cluttering up the Internet with the republished Newtown thoughts of people like Kim and Khloe Kardashian.

Hollywood Life commenter:

Gossip Cop commenter:

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Calvin Klein, Piers Morgan and The Newsroom‘s Emily Mortimer

1003_mockup.gifIt was a dizzying scene at Michael’s today.  Fashion A-listers (Calvin Klein, Grace Coddington), talking heads (Piers Morgan) and the random television star (The Newsroom‘s Emily Mortimer) provided some serious people watching for the mere mortals in the dining room.

Before the crowd rushed in, I caught up with Bravolebrity Lori Zaslow in the ladies room (What can I say? I go where the news takes me ) who just wrapped her first season of Love Broker. Lori, who was with her business partner Jenn Zucher, tells me the show brought plenty of new clients looking for their soul mates and some great new business opportunities, including her new ‘love oil’ called Gravitate which is sold at Exhale Spa and a few select boutiques around town. “The show was a great experience and some great new things came our way as a result of the exposure,” Lori told me. She’ll be Katie Couric‘s guest on her new talk show on October 5. Will there be a season two of Love Broker? As they
say, stay tuned.

Diane Clehane and Andy Amill

I was joined today by publishing powerhouse Andrew Amill, vice president of Weight Watchers Media Group. As a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, I’ve always found the plan works when you work it, and I love the weekly meetings which always have such an empowering, fun vibe. While their campaign with Jennifer Hudson (one of the greatest transformations ever!) has been a resounding success, Andy tells me that despite all the snipping in the tabloids about the company’s newest spokeswoman Jessica Simpson (who was Katie Couric‘s guest on her show’s premiere) is also doing great on the plan. Her first commercial touting her shedding her post-baby weight just hit the airwaves and her big ‘reveal’ will come in December. She’ll also be the cover girl for WeightWatchers Magazine‘s January/February issue. ”Both Jennifer and Jessica resonate with our members,” says Andy. Charles Barkley, who is the face and (newly slimmed down) body for the men’s program has given the company’s a “100 percent bump” on the men’s site.

Andy tells me weightwatchers.com is the fastest growing part of the company (6.2 million monthly uniques and 250 million page views) as the powers that be add more and more interactive features that keep members plugged into the program whereever they go. Later this year, a bar code scanner for smart phones will be introduced that will allow users to scan the UPC code of any supermarket food item and immediately get its point value. The perfect antidote to temptation, no doubt. “The technology the company has created that allows members to stay connected and motivated is outstanding,” says Andy.  Read more

Robert Blake Barrels Through Piers Morgan Interview

As far as FishbowlLA is concerned, the following snippet from Robert Blake’s remarkable Wednesday interview on Piers Morgan Tonight is the media-analysis quote of the week:

“I would have assumed that you and that guy in your ear would trust me. And if you don’t, then we’d better start talking about The Little Rascals.”

Blake was responding to Morgan’s suggestion that he was perhaps not being entirely truthful about his recollections of the May 2005 murder of his wife Bonnie Lee Bakley. At age 78, the actor remains a barn-busting Hollywood original, not to mention the first and likely last guest to show up on Morgan’s show wearing the combo of A Clockwork Orange hat and V-neck tank top.

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