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Harvey Levin Lunches at the National Press Club

Although Harvey Levin may not have yet launched satellite arm TMZ DC, he was at the National Press Club today as the organization’s luncheon keynote speaker. On the dais, Levin was joined by reporters from AP, the LA Times, the Wall Street Journal and more.

Levin decided to change up what he had planned on speaking about, because of an earlier speech today to “depressed” media students at George Washington University. He noted that there had been a debate among professors as to whether Levin should even be invited to the college:

“It’s not the subject matter that’s covered, it’s how it’s covered. TMZ is a news operation that uses the same skills and standards that I used as a working journalist at various news operations… I want to talk about the delivery system. Because that’s what’s relevant, that’s what’s important.”

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

People Marks 25 Years Of “Sexiest Man Alive” By Raking In Money For Charity

What’s that old saying, “sex sells”?  In the past month People magazine provided some strong evidence to back that credo by raising over $218,000 for charity through their “Sexiest Man Alive” auctions.  People partnered up with online charity auction leader charitybuzz, to offer readers a chance to bid on once-in-a-lifetime experiences with the sexiest men featured in their pages over the past 25 years.  The bidding ran from Nov. 17 through Dec. 15 and all proceeds benefited the celebrity’s preferred charity.

The highest bid of all the “Sexiest Man Alive” auctions was for the chance to meet Prince William at the Chakravarty Cup Polo Match.  Other experiences included a swimming lesson with Michael Phelps and a tickets to a Bon Jovi concert along with a meet-and-greet.  Some other celebrities that participated include Hugh Jackman, Bradley Cooper, and Ricky Martin.

Adweek‘s Morrissey Talks Declining Ad Revenue On The Menu: “Is This Cyclical Or Structural?”

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Today on the mediabistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven welcomed Adweek digital editor Brian Morrissey, who talked about the work he does for the Adweek Web site aggregating blogs written by members of the industry.

Morrissey also spoke about the news that advertising is down and will most likely be down for years to come. “The big question for advertisers is…is this a cyclical thing or is this a structural thing?” Morrissey said. “If it’s a cyclical thing, advertising will be rebounding…and it might be a little worse than something the industry has been through before but it will rebound…But advertising might become a smaller piece of the economic pie. And that’s a bigger deal, because that’s a structural change.”

Also discussed: advertising in China, Michael Phelps‘ new post-marijuana allegations ad for Subway and The Washington Post‘s salon scandal.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

SNL Takes on Kellogg’s: Really?!

Since last week, Kellogg’s decided that Michael Phelps smoking a bong doesn’t fit the image of the Keebler Elves, the Weekend Update had something to say about that.

“I looked on your website – do you know you have a recipe for dessert nachos?”

Phelps Gets Suspended and Booted

Michael Phelps, winner of 14 gold medals, recent pot smoker got suspended from USA Swimming for 3 months for getting caught on camera smoking a bong.

Also one of his many sponsors Kellogg dumped him. From the LAT:

Earlier Thursday, cereal and snack maker Kellogg Co. announced it wouldn’t renew its sponsorship contract with Phelps, saying his behavior is “not consistent with the image of Kellogg.”

Maybe it’s not consistent with the image Kellogg has of itself but when we think Cheez-its, Pop Tarts and Keeblers – we think stoners. We think they should be THANKING their pot smokers for keeping them in business. Not punishing them.

Earlier, on FBLA do we care that he smoked pot? And yes, we don’t.

Vast Majority of FBLA Readers Feel Sorry for Super Talented, Ridiculously Rich Michael Phelps

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Poor Michael Phelps – let the kid smoke weed in peace, say our readers.

Our poll yesterday asked if anyone really cares about Phelps being photographed smoking a bong. Very few do.

And to add to the fun of this story – we got this from a reader:

FYI, in India (where I used to live and smoke), the word for marijuana that had been moistened, then mashed into a paste, ready to be eaten, was “bhang” (pronounced “bong”). I come back to the States and hear people calling a chillum (the pipe) a “bong,” and it confused me. It’s like an Indian coming here and referring to a marijuana bush as a “roach clip.” Bizarre.

Ooh, High Times essay – here we come!

Also, 16.09% of those polled have some rip roaring stoner grannies in the family.

They make the *best* cookies.

Michael Phelps is a 23 Year Old Jock…Hello

Do you care that Michael Phelps smokes pot?
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Michael Phelps, winner of 14 career gold medals got photographed smoking a bong. Now it’s an entire day of faux non-outrage by the media. Like mentioning it…not condemning it…but mentioning that it’s being mentioned by other outlets…also not condemning it…but generally hinting that it should be condemned – for the children etc.

And then there are all sorts of apologies.

Is this a fall from grace?

Obama, Jon Hamm and Leo DiCaprio Are GQ Men of the Year

jonhamm.jpgGQ Magazine, always looking to one-up the newsweeklies because it as a rule doesn’t break news, came out with its Man of the Year award. Oh sorry, they’re calling them Men of the Year. Way to waffle, GQ.

Of course, first up was Barack Obama. How could he not be man of the year, decade, century just for being the first black man ever elected to the office of President of the United States?

So who else competed?

This year, in Hollywood, “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm was the belle of the ball for his sleakly cut suits and non-stop smoking, which was sickeningly romantic in its own way.

leodicaprio.jpgHe was joined by Leonardo DiCaprio just for being Leo and swimmer Michael Phelps for kicking the sh– out of everyone at the summer Olympics.

With that, GQ was able to say seeya to Time and Newsweek.

Portia and Ellen’s Wedding Graces the Cover of People

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Barack Obama may still be struggling to articulate his stance on gay marriage, but People has no issues whatsoever! Portia de Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres, who were married in California over the week-end, are the cover subjects of this week’s issue. Also, the only two people to beat Michael Phelps to anything.

NYT Temporarily Stops Staring Into the Olympic Sun

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For the first time this week (based on our totally unscientific survey, anyway) the Olympics are not dominating the homepage of the NYT. No doubt a temporary condition since Michael Phelps is set to go for his final gold sometime in the next hour. Still, a nice relief, even if the main story is about methadone.

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