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Sarah Palin Plans ‘Rogue TV’ (Capital New York)
Fox News contributor and former Alaska governor Sarah Palin will be launching her own digital video channel, tentatively called “Rogue TV,” a source familiar with the project said. Mediaite Rogue TV will be one of the first streaming channels on TAPP, a new service from former CNN president Jon Klein and former NBC entertainment chairman Jeff Gaspin. Adweek Subscriptions will cost $10 per month. The venture is an interesting one — Gaspin, former chairman of NBCUniversal and Klein, former president of CNN U.S., have both been out of the public eye for a few years, but the pair are teaming up on a streaming service not dissimilar to Netflix or Hulu and backed by “strong personalities.” Channels on the service are expected to go live in the next few weeks. Mashable Programming will reportedly be a mix of politics and current events as well as parts of the TLC reality show Sarah Palin’s AlaskaTVNewser Gaspin told Bloomberg TV TAPP would feature “personality-based” channels “with people who have super fans.”

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Ringing in the Holidays With Harold Ford Jr., Star Jones & Donny Deutsch

1003_mockup.gifThe holiday revelry was in high gear today at Michael’s. Those miracle workers at reception — the amazing Loreal Sherman and Joana Andrade were working overtime to keep the high maintenance crowd happy. (Trust me, doing the seating chart here is an art form!) A little lunch for 13 hosted by Michael McCarty’s wife Kim McCarty was keeping things hopping at table one while a heaping helping of talking heads (Harold Ford Jr., Star Jones, Donny Deutsch), socialites (Becca Thrash, Muffy Potter Aston) and media mavens (Cindi Leive) were toasting the season with plenty of wine and good cheer. Don’t you just love those one percenters?

Diane Clehane & Joan Gelman

I was lunching today with producer Joan Gelman who I met in this very dining room when I first began doing the column. Joan and I have had plenty of great conversations over the years about television (Joan’s amazing resume includes producing stints at CBS and ABC in news and as David Letterman’s producer who remains “a god” to her — “He’s so talented” ) and politics. These days Joan is busier than ever working on a television show she’s got in development in Canada. (The details are top secret at the moment) Shuttling back and forth between here and there is nothing new for her since she produced the hit Triple Sensation there a while back.  Joan is also a passionate Democrat who cares deeply about the issues consuming the country right now — especially the financial inequities that have ignited protests around the country. “We have to do more to even things out,” she told me. Just this morning Joan attended a gathering where U.S. Senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren spoke. “She is such an amazing woman,” marvels Joan. “She’s smart, she cares and she wants to restore the spirit of the country.” Joan told me Ms. Warren’s message was a “positive” one and that she believes fervently in healing “the great divide” that has consumed the country and seeped into national politics. We both agreed that she’s facing a tough battle against incumbent Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown because female candidates are held to a different standard than their male counterparts. “She’s a brave woman.” Indeed.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

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New York Magazine Hires Abebe as Pop Music Critic

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New York magazine has named Nitsuh Abebe as popular music critic. Abebe will write reviews for both the print magazine and the new Vulture entertainment site. He’ll review live shows as well as albums across a wide spectrum of musical genres. Abebe will also establish a dialogue with the growing community of people that leave comments on Vulture’s site.

He starts on October 11.

“I’m excited to have Nitsuh contributing to both the magazine and the website,” says editor-in-chief Adam Moss. “He’s an incredibly smart, engaging writer who completes our roster of critics and will help us create authoritative, well-rounded music coverage.”

Abebe has written for Pitchfork since 2003, and was a contributing editor for their book The Pitchfork 500. He has twice been featured in Da Capo’s Best Music Writing book series, and has contributed to publications including the Guardian, eMusic, and the Seattle Weekly.

He joins the formidable roster of culture critics that includes David Edelstein on movies, Emily Nussbaum on TV, Jerry Saltz on art, Scott Brown on theater, and Sam Anderson on books.

Senator Scott Brown Disses Kate White and Cosmo

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Now that Scott Brown is a big-time politician, you’d think he’d give a shout-out to the folks who first introduced him to the national stage — Cosmopolitan.

Way back in 1982 when the Massachusetts senator was just a lowly law student (and rocking a mean set of washboard abs if we must say so ourselves), he was plucked out of obscurity by the mag and crowned “America’s Sexiest Man.”

But it seems Brown has forgotten all about the little people. “I emailed him and asked him to come to our fun, fearless male event and I never heard back,” editor-in-chief Kate White told us during our Media Beat interview. “I just wanted to email back and go, ‘You know, Scott we got naked together, and you’re not calling me back? Come on!’”

Tune in April 5 to watch our full Media Beat interview with Kate White and head over to eBookNewser to find out the publication’s plans for the iPad.

Oh, you just wanna see what the senator looks like naked? Naughty, naughty.

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Winding Down In Haiti|Pension Dispute In Daytona|Covering Scott Brown|Crowd Sourcing Copy Editing|HuffPo’s Investigative Fund

New York Times: The difficult task of covering Haiti and how what to do when it comes times to leave.

MediaJobsDaily: Former employees of the Daytona Beach News-Journal have asked a judge to stall the sale of the paper until pension issues can be worked out.

Washington Post: How journalists missed the Scott Brown story.

CJR: Concerned about the spelling and grammar errors in this blog and others? Here are some ways blogs are using new technologies to crowd source copy editing.

Gawker: Is Arianna Huffington‘s non-profit investigative arm, the Huffington Post Investigative Fund, benefiting anyone besides HuffPo?

Senator-Elect Scott Brown is Still His Daughter’s Talent Manager

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Of course Richard Rushfield scored an interview with American Idol Season 5 semi-finalist Ayla Brown. He quite possibly has talked with most semi-finalists from all the seasons. Rushfield is just that type of beat reporter.

Okay, for those of you not paying attention, Massachusetts elected a Republican senator. His name is Scott Brown. Brown’s daughter was on a reality show four years ago. The funny thing is even Mr. Brown is going to Washington, he’s still managing to (ahem) manage his daughter.

Rushfield writes at Daily Beast:

Will Ayla’s father still be her manager when he is Senator Brown? Ayla said that remains undecided, but indicates that he has been reluctant to give up the job. “Since the campaign, we’ve been trying to deal with stuff without him, but whenever he hears about an interview or anything he says, ‘Why wasn’t I filled in on this?’”

For his part, asked whether his time under the Idol tent taught him any lessons about politics, the senator-elect demurred, saying Idol is entertainment and politics is about grapping with real issues. (Brown apparently has never met Adam Lambert‘s fanbase.)

Read his whole post here.

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Jon Stewart Takes on Jim Cramer…Again

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Yes, Jon Stewart of Daily Show fame got in a nice jab at Jim Cramer last night. The crew was also able to tie in the Conan O’Brien debacle with Senator-elect Scott Brown.

Previously on FBLA:

  • Jon Stewart Takes on Jim Cramer…Some More
  • Jim Cramer On The Daily Show
  • NBC’s CEO Gets Defensive