~ What do Rush Limbaugh and Paris Hilton share? (besides disdain for
the common man?) You'd be right if you guessed bad press. You were also
correct if you said the same image guru to do cosmetic surgery on their
public faces. The
NY Post's Page Six notes that Paris has been volunteering at Children's
Hospital, and is being photographed holding babies and bopping around in one-piece
bathing suits, Mary Janes and Peter Pan collars instead of "picking at
her bikini bottoms on the beach," or using up boyfriends like Q-tips. Why? She's hired Rush's
spin doctor Michael Sitrick and his crisis management team, Sitrick
& Co. Big Pants has had some success by hiring Sitrick to put lipstick on his public
persona caused by his drug problems, 3 marriages, high profile
flatulence, and the revelations about his sex tourism in the Dominican
Republic last year.
(Photo: Paris and rent-a-baby).
~ We're loving The Big Story, Tony Miner's new one-hour newscast weeknights, 6-7p on KIRO. Long form news is already a winner in our market: note (as we're sure have KIRO programmers) the popularity of NPR. Miner pulls in news from newsmakers who appeared on the daypart talk shows which provides follow-ups to the day's short form sound bites and gives the show the feel of exclusivity. But it also is the basis for our only crotchit: we're hearing more Dori Monson (The No.1 Talk Host In Seattle) than we signed on for. After all, he dominates the KIRO soundscape with his 3 midday hours, interminable Seahawks commentary, and his infernal around-the-clock endorsements. We know he's a big, big star (he said so) but all-Dori-all-day makes us crave the taste of gun oil.
Yo! Whuddup Gee? Who Ya worshipin'? Christian Rapper Granny Eloise busts a rhyme for Jesus.
~ What's a "turkel smirk" you ask? Turns out it's code for "circle jerk," over at Sound Politics, Seattle's token Republican blog. Coding potentially offensive terms thus is how contributor Eric Earling protects his priggish readers' tender and repressed sensibilities. We like Eric- he performs fewer "joe blob's" than some of the other "crying packs of wit" who write over there- we still can't understand why Republicans always have to be such "gas bowls."
~Whatta line-up! a runway full of role models will show up for the Family Research Counsel and Focus On the Family's big October "values" do called the Values Voter Washington Briefing. Values-ridden speakers include Bill O'Reilly, who reportedly paid $20 million to a former producer for her lawsuit to go away after he told her in a recorded phone call that he wanted to rub her privates with a Middle Eastern sandwich; Dr. Bill Bennett; the "virtues czar," and gambling addict who lost millions in Las Vegas while publically opposing gambling; the sullied Rabbi Daniel Lapin, whose disgraced non-profit Toward Tradition was used by Jack Abramoff to launder money; the thrice-married Newt Gingrich who engineered the impeachment of Bill Clinton while carrying on an extramarital affair with a young assistant whom he'd later leave his wife to marry. If you're considering going to this event- we'd advise leaving your kids at home.