||March 5, 2013
ONLY MALES NEED APPLY
- In listing the Sunday morning talk shows Mediabistro, a website featuring various blogs, job postings and news about the broadcast industry, writer Betsy Rothstein made a comment about the sexual makeup of the “roundtables” of the talkers – the pundits, the talking heads -- to see “how many females are fairing …”
- . . . And how many “schlongs” they’re planning to have on this week.
- . . . According to the Merriam Webster online dictionary that word is defined as “slang, a vulgar name for the penis.”
- . . . How’d Rothstein get away with writing that?
- . . . What if a male writer used a derogatory term for a woman’s private parts?
- . . . The main shows (the networks: CBS’s “Face the Nation,” NBC’s “Meet the Press”and ABC’s “This Week”) had 8 women on and they were in the minority but not by that much.
- . . . The men were 10.
- . . . Lately the numbers seem to be going up.
- . . . Accuracy is everything in journalism – even in stupid TV listings.
- Gene Sperling, the Obama administration’s National Economic Council director, had the same thing to say about the Bob Woodward (The Washington Post) controversy on three talk shows (ABC, CNN --
“State of the Union” – and NBC) on Sunday.
- . . . They all wanted the hot “get” of the moment and didn’t want to lose out to a rival.
- . . . It’s a very competitive field.
- . . . Sperling told Woodward that he (Woodward) would “regret” having implied in an email that the president was moving the “goal posts” on the sequestration issue, whatever that meant.
- . . . Woodward said he was uncomfortable with the comment, to be telling him he’d “regret” what he was saying about the $85 billion automatic spending cuts.
- . . . It was a tempest in a teapot.
- They show Jesus walking on water in “The Bible,” airing on the History Channel.
- (“Walk On Water” – Neil Diamond, 1972, on Uni Records.)
- . . . When I saw a promo for it Jesus was in the distance with the water splashing up.
- . . . It was a stormy night.
- . . . I guess he got wet feet.
- . . . It’s a 10-part mini-series produced by big-time reality TV’s Mark Burnett (“Survivor” and Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”).
- . . . She played an angel on that.
- . . . She’s plays the Virgin Mary in the series.
- . . . In another scene on the cross the actor portraying Jesus, Diogo Morado, looks like he’s got veneers on his teeth. They didn’t have them back then, did they?
- . . . They’re too perfect-looking.
- . . . Wonder what dentist he went to.
- The pope tweeted “thank you” as he prepared to leave the Vatican. He’s been tweeting since 2011.
- . . . But now his @Pontifex account has been deleted because he is vacating, although his tweets will be archived on the Vatican’s website (www.news.va).
- . . . ABC’s George Stephanpoulos asked, “Will the new pope have to be active in social media?”
- . . . Maybe they’ll get a new tweeter.
- . . . They want to be hip for the up-and-comers.
- . . . Also, the pope was delivered to his new temporary residence, Castel Gondalfo, in a helicopter, “of all things,” said NBC’s Brian Williams.
- . . . Yeah, you’d think he’d make the trip with “thy rod and the staff . . . “
- . . . Or that pope mobile.
- . . . Relatedly, Paul Gigot, Wall Street Journal editorial page director, in talking about Pope Benedict and who would succeed him said on “This Week,” “For those of us who knew him . . .”
- . . . Chummy.
- . . . Did he know him personally or did he just write an article about the pontiff?
- . . . What, did they sit down and have a glass of red wine together?
- . . . What contacts Mr. Gigot has.
- Michelle Obama’s hairdresser said this about her new-style bangs: “Some people loved it and some people hated it and that’s what’s great about it.”
- . . . All the folderol about her hair.
- . . . She had her official White House picture taken with her Bang-a-Gongs.
- . . . And her dress exhibited a little bit of cleave(age).
- . . . (RESULT: The Iranian news agency Fars photoshopped her picture in order to conform to restrictions against showing the female body in the media.
- . . . They covered up her low-cut dress and put sleeves on her arms.)
- . . . But it was okay for American audiences.
- Weekend “Today” had the cast (well, it is a show) – Lester Holt, Erica Hill, Jenna Wolfe and weather person Dylan Dreyer – all dressed up in “Star Wars” Jedi costumes out on the plaza Sunday.
- . . . They were learning how to wield the famous lightsaber sword and were taking instructions and waving it around.
- . . . I don’t know why they did this; probably a plug for something coming up.
- . . . They all had on the white Anakin Skywalker garb, including dropped crotch pants like MC Hammer wears.
- . . . We last saw him on the American Music Awards back in November when he performed Gangnam Style with South Korean hip-hop star PSY.
- . . . To think Lester Holt is an anchor for the NBC Nightly News.
- . . . Somebody tell the management.
- QUOTE FROM ANNE HATHAWAY: “It came to my attention late Saturday night that there would be a dress worn to the Oscars that is remarkably similar to the Valentino I had intended to wear, and so I decided it was best for all involved to change my plans.”
- . . . “For all involved”?
- . . . Like everybody had a stake in what she wore?
- . . . They say she’s dramatic.
- TREND: There’s toilet paper now – has been for a while -- that has black and white advertisements printed on the roll.
- . . . I don’t think it’s Northern Quilted or Charmin, as far as I can see.
- . . . They discussed it on the “Today” show last week and Natalie Morales held up and examined a roll of it.
- . . . Someone said they were concerned that the print might get all over the area ‘down there.’
- . . . SLOGAN: Look before you wipe.
- . . . UH . . . “Wipe Out” – The Surfaris, on Dot Records.
- . . . Ha Ha Ha.
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