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Sarah Palin’s Resignation Catches Media Off Guard

It’s a classic technique: dump bad news late in the day on a Friday and hope the news media and the public mostly ignore it. Bonus points if it’s a holiday weekend. Double bonus for a summer holiday weekend.

We kept one eye on Twitter all day on Friday, waiting for some crazy news to break. Who knew it would be about former VP candidate and Alaska governor Sarah Palin? In the afternoon, news started to trickle in. The first reports from a press conference in Alaska without a live transmission were that Palin would not run for a second term. Then it became clear that she would be resigning, at the end of the month, and her lieutenant governor will be taking over her role for the remainder of her term.

In the days that followed, talking heads and critics have attempted to make sense of the unexpected turn of events, but Palin’s reasons for her resignation are still unclear. CNN‘s Anderson Cooper interviewed Palin’s spokeperson Meg Stapleton on Friday but didn’t get any closer to understanding the decision (see video above). Conservative pundits Karl Rove, Mike Huckabee, Chuck Grassley and George Will all appeared on Sunday morning talk shows questioning Palin’s unprecedented move.

Some have (not surprisingly) managed to find the humor in the situation. Political analyst Andy Ostroy suggested a few other jobs for Palin including Alaska tour guide and personal shopper, while Berkman Center fellow David Weinberger listed the top 10 reasons she resigned. Number one? “Desperate bid to be mocked by Tina Fey one last time.”

Expect more weighing in over the next few days as all the “media elite” start to return from their holiday weekend vacations. No rest for the weary!

‘Kenneth the Page’ Responds to Jindal Comparisons

Is Jack McBrayer the new Tina Fey? After Bobby Jindal’s very ‘Kenneth the Page’-ish response to Barack Obama on Tuesday all eyes (or links) were on McBrayer, who made an exclusive appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s Late Night to respond to the Internet response to the Republican response to Obama’s Not State of the Union address.

Golden Globes Actually Interesting This Year…Kind Of…Thanks to Tina Fey

Okay, we’re going to admit that when the Golden Globes was canceled last year due to the strike – we didn’t notice. We’re that big of fans of awards shows. Last night there were the people watching the GGs and those watching 24. We were watching a rerun on Discovery Health about comedian Frank Payne‘s exploration of his morbid obesity. Because that how big a fan we are of 24.

Anyway, Tina Fey – a pioneer for female comedians – the Lucile Ball of nerds – the bane of Sarah Palin won for best actress in a TV comedy series and in her acceptance speech she called out commenters on Tom O’Neil‘s LA Times, The Envelope.

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AP Votes Tina Fey ‘Entertainer of the Year’

No one’s going to be arguing with this choice. The AP has made Tina Fey their ‘Entertainer of the Year,’ recognizing her as the performer who “had the greatest impact on culture and entertainment in 2008.”

Arianna Huffington is Media Person of the Year

ariaggna.pngI Want Media has named Arianna Huffington their Person of the Year, presumably based on your votes. As it happens the top three spots all belonged to women — Tina Fey and Rachel Maddow were the runners up. Says IWM about the choice: “Huffington had a big year in 2008, guiding her liberal-leaning news and blog site to record traffic during the U.S. election season.”

More fun, however, is the comments section which features the picks of some bold-faced media names. Perez Hilton voted Sarah Palin. Tina Brown voted Tina Fey. David Carr voted Mayhill Fowler. And both Frank Rich and Kurt Anderson tapped the Laid-Off Journalist as media person of the year.

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WGA Awards Want ‘Simpsons,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ And Tina’s ’30 Rock’

tinafey.jpgTina Fey is likely to be lauded for more than just impersonating Sarah Palin with the Writers Guild of America awards nominations already announced, Variety reports.

Fey, “Breaking Bad” and “The Simpsons” led the nominations that were announced today.

Winners will be announced Feb. 7 in simultaneous ceremonies in L.A. and New York.

Nominations are listed below:

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I Want Media’s ‘Media Person of the Year’

journalist08.jpgA the year draws to a close get prepared for the usual onslaught of lists! We all know Time‘s Person of the Year is a non-compete, but I Want Media, which has just launched its yearly Media Person of the Year poll may provide a slightly more open playing field. Here are your choices: Arianna Huffington, Rachel Maddow, Sam Zell, Rupert Murdoch, Tina Fey, The Twitter Trio, Mel Karmazin, Jason Kilar, Eric Schmidt, and closest to our hearts, “The Laid-Off Journalist” (also, Page Six’s pick).

Think they left some out? They are also taking nominations. We would argue that due to his magazine and newspaper selling power (not to mention the YouTube fireside chats) Barack Obama is a obvious but viable choice. Also, how about the citizen journalist, or Tina Brown? Let us know your suggestions!

2008 Over, But Who’s Next For Republicans?

sarah.jpgThe election is only five days gone, but the Republicans (if you can ever believe anything that AOL posts) are already huddling to find a candidate to challenge Barack in 2012.

A few names near the top of their list include Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich (remember him?) and of course, Tina Fey-lookalike Sarah Palin.

But the one they seem to have overlooked, Cal. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, was made clear to me last week when I did an interview with Australian radio about my documentary, “Running with Arnold.” The Aussies asked me: “Wouldn’t Arnold be the next Republican nominee?”arnolds2.jpg

I explained to them that the Ah-nuld would have to amend the Constitution to allow a foreign-born resident to become President and it would take two-thirds of Congress to say yes. Unless Arnold saves the world or maybe just the economy in the next couple of years, it’s unlikely.

But it could still be a possibility. Arnold, if he can gain some momentum, could be a possible candidate. It’s been a boyhood dream of Arnold’s for years (my doc made clear), so I’m sure he would welcome it. We would also be prepping for “Running with Arnold 2.”

Lunch: The Special Post-Election Edition

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The Michael’s crowd was in full party mode today as television titans, media mavens and talking heads mingled gleefully with politicos who were celebrating Barack Obama‘s historic victory. “Finally, some good news!” exclaimed one of the regulars as he made his way into the jam-packed dining room. It seemed more than a bit poetic that on the eve of Camelot 2.0 Caroline Kennedy quietly made her way to table one, avoiding all the table-hopping and glad-handing that was going on around her. If there were any disappointed John McCain supporters in the room, they were keeping a low profile. Okay, Mary Matalin made the scene with hubby James Carville but she didn’t exactly look like she was celebrating. Everyone agreed Obama’s speech last night was stirring, but one observer offered this insight to chew on: “Sure it’s exciting, but it’s going to be pretty much impossible to live up to all this hype. The guy’s gotta be feeling some pressure.” If he is, he sure is wearing it well.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The Early Show: Saturday Night Live scribe James Signorelli; Second shift: Caroline Kennedy, Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jamie

2. Producer Jon Hart, Doug Steiner and another gent we didn’t get to meet…

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, producer Susan Stroman (Young Frankenstein), uber-agent Ed Victor and his gorgeous wife Carol. A little birdie told me the ‘Mayor’ will be hosting one of his legendary lunches next week. We can’t wait!

4. Gerald Schoenfeld with an unidentified gent

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John McCain on Saturday Night Live

SNL has turned into must be seen on TV for the candidates, particularly in these last few weeks. John McCain appeared this last Saturday in what could alternately be viewed as a last ditch attempt to reach voters, or, a last ditch attempt to salvage what remains of his tattered reputation. And while his appearance with Tina Fey as Sarah Palin was quite funny and makes one wish this John McCain hadn’t gone AWOL for the last two months, it also leaves little doubt that if McCain loses tomorrow Palin is going to make for a very tempting scape goat. McCain on the ‘Weekend Update’ after the jump.

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