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Archives: September 2006

The Believer–We Believe


The Believer needs to get real: we want to read all of it on our screens.

To tease us with just a little snippet of an interview with Mike Allen or a few paragraphs of William Poundstone’s latest obsession is wrong. Worse, there’s only a tiny fraction of an interview with Wanda Sykes, especially when she’s talking about Spielberg’s plane:

WS: I was like, I wish I had a gun and a kilo of coke right now. Just because I can. Spielberg has a DVD collection on the jet. And when they gave me the library list, I was like, wouldn’t it be funny if I open this and it’s all E.T. and one copy of The Color Purple?

Yes, we could buy a subscription and support the ever growing McSweeney’s empire, but we’d rather whine.

NBC’s Zucker To Get Passed Over For Freston?

jeff_zucker_freston.jpgBefore naming NBC president Jeff Zucker successor for CEO Bob Wright, the network has “launched an informal formal search for outsiders that could take over Wright’s post,” the New York Post reports.

On the list of casual candidates? Ousted Viacom CEO Tom Freston.

The network, however, says there “is no search.” And Wright has not indicated when he would step down, all of which would seem to indicate a non-story here. But the lure of a “Zucker Punch” headline is too hard to resist.

  • Letterman’s Gay McGreevey Top Ten

    An edgier than usual Top Ten about gay ex-New Jersey governor Jim McGreevey, via last night’s Late Show With David Letterman broadcast on CBS:

    THE “LATE SHOW” TOP TEN: “Chapter Titles in Jim McGreevey’s Book”

    10. “The Day I Got Caught Governing Myself”
    9. “How to Pretend to Like Girls for 47 Years”
    8. “From Schwarzenegger to Pataki: Governors I’d Like to Oil Up”
    7. “Another Confession: I Can’t Resist Entenmann’s Pound Cake”
    6. “At First I Just Thought I Was Bipartisan”
    5. “The New Jersey Budget Crisis: What Would Judy Garland Do?”
    4. “A Look at the Governor’s Balls”
    3. “Politicians Who Left a Bad Taste in My Mouth”
    2. “How to Push Through a Bill — Or a Steve or a Larry”
    1. “Why I Don’t Like Bush”


  • New York Mag Gets McGreevey Excerpt Confession
  • LAT in 90 Seconds

    mosdef.jpgShow Mos Da Money: Either SoundExchange, an organization created by the recording industry to collect and distribute Internet and satellite radio royalties, sucks or else there are 9,000 recording artists out there who are so rich they can’t be bothered to collect their royalty checks.

    reggae.jpgBoom, Bye Bye. No, Seriously, Bye Bye: Reggae artists Buju Banton and Beenie Man claim to have had a spiritual awakening that makes them no longer want to pour acid on gay men and hang lesbians from trees. Uh-huh. If there is anything bloggers know about, it’s the art of profound hate. So take it from us when we say, once a hata, always a hata.

    probst.jpg… And Speaking of Hatas: Survivor desegregated its tribes after only two episodes. Why are you reading about that here? Because you weren’t going to watch the show either way, that’s why.

    They Secretly Love Us–Poison Pen Pals

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    It’s that time of the month for FBLA. And in keeping with mad mood swings, we’ll share all our cranky non-fan mail:

    if you actually read the Radar piece, it doesn’t quite ‘say’ that he makes 300,000, it quotes some idle speculation

    try to spell peoples names right

    If you’re going to make an assertion like that, back it up.

    Double standard? I sure think so

    I mean, in what context are those words not derogatory?

    Check your facts.

    don’tcha think making fun of clueless craigslisters is kind of old? not to mention fish-barrel shooting

    lonelygirl15 was developing a large following cult following on YouTube with young impressionable teens.

    The point about my future job plans is used to demonstrate that I’ll be blogging less frequently

    Or, since you aren’t actually a journalist, are you exempt from your own standards?

    maybe you should print entire emails rather than misleading excerpts

    We like the misleading excerpts.

    WWJD? Punt on 4th Down


    Craigslist has one of the oddest ads we’ve ever seen:


    A major production company is producing a documentary on Jesus. We are seeking those people who live their lives as Jesus, dress like Jesus or follow his word so closely that there is a possibility they could be Jesus. Maybe you or someone you know has miraculous abilities or claims to be the second messiah.

    If you or anyone you know fits this description, email a picture, contact number and a short bio about your faith!

    Okay, let’s think seriously for a moment–if you were The Redeemer, The Saviour, The Word Made Flesh, The Messiah, The Son of God–what’s your email address? Does Jesus have a MySpace page? FBLA wonders how much this gig might pay.

    Video: Olbermann Responds To New York Post Powder Story


    On Tuesday, cops were summoned to Keith Olbermann‘s Central Park South home after the Countdown host opened envelope with a white substance was found. On Wednesday, the New York Post ran a Page Six story about the incident entitled “Powder Puff Spooks Keith.” Yesterday, Olbermann responded to the Post:

    The Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, The New York Post, may have just impeded an FBI investigation into terroristic threats. I know this because I was a recipient.


  • Video: Olbermann Defends Clinton, Says Wallace’s ‘Cheap Trick Would Get A Journalist Fired — But A Propagandist Promoted’
  • Post‘s T.O. Humor | AP Obit Gaffe | ‘Nipplegate’ Case Delayed


    • ‘Nipplegate’ Court Case: Pushed back. [B&C]
    • White House: Hires Sun contributor Myrna Blythe to help recruit? [Forbes]
    • News Corp.: Buys two newspaper groups. [NYT]
    • New York Post: Finds dark humor opportunity in Terrell Owens‘ suicide saga. [via Gawker]
    • AP Obit Gaffe: Songwriter not dead. [NYSun]
    • Newsweek: Launches political blog. [The Gaggle]

    Lunch at the Grill — Youth Edition

    We couldn’t help but notice: Amid all the suits and ties and Blackberries, a congregation of “youth” was forming at the front of the restaurant — seven in all, who looked confusedly at one another. We asked one of them, comedian Josh Nasar, what they were waiting for.

    “I don’t know,” he said.

    It wasn’t a blow-off. He didn’t know. Neither did his girlfriend or filmmaker Kevin Barton. Or actor Alec Mazo. All that these way-too-beautiful people knew was they were waiting — an awful long time, mind you — for media renaissance man Joe Blase to show up.

    It turns out that he brought this gorgeous posse together for a TV show that he described to FBLA as “pure wackiness.”

    Friends, the guy lit up the restaurant like a 1,000-watt bulb. We have a feeling this thing is going to happen. Just remember, you heard it hear first.

    ESPN Puts Mobile Out Of Its Misery

    mobile_espn_phone.jpgMobile ESPN, the the network’s attempt at creating a cellphone company that never quite seemed to catch on with consumers, is set to shut down, hoping to “reinvent itself as a content partner of bigger wireless carriers,” according to the Wall Street Journal. Not surprising, since we’re probably the biggest Sportscenter watcher at HQ and don’t know a single person who owns an ESPN phone.

    Just yesterday, an ESPN research person was at OMMA talking about the innovations to the product like the ability to watch NCAA games live.

    Signs of trouble appeared earlier this year, when the company was said to have less than 10,000 subscribers, and had lost $25 million on the venture.

    In ads, ESPN had billed the phone as the “Greatest Invention In The History Of the World. Ever.”


  • ESPN Mobile Finally Shuffles Off This Mortal Coil [Deadspin]
  • Major Change Coming At Mobile ESPN [Paid Content]