Here’s the latest from the thrill-a-minute world of NewsFoTainment. It seems all but official that Eve Harrington is taking over for Margo Channing’s starring role in CNN’s production of Footsteps on the Ceiling
“Brown, 56, is the anti-anchor – slow, deliberate and old school. Cooper, 38, is New Age – cute, hip, glib, and able to multitask on the air.”
“Forget fire and ice. It’s been gasoline and butane since CNN/U.S. chief Jonathan Klein added Cooper to NewsNight and expanded it to two hours in early September.
The most glaring example is visual: When Cooper surfs the Net on his laptop for the latest “downloads,” Brown looks like his slightly annoyed grandfather. Not a pretty sight. And not one that will attract younger viewers.”
“Fire and ice”? I always thought it was “Fire and Music.”
“Coincidentally, Brown and Cooper are on vacation this week, and both are expected to return Monday. Klein’s not talking.
Says a CNN rep: “We aren’t commenting on speculation. No decisions have been made.” (Translation: Look for an announcement in the next few weeks.)”
Clearly Brown will be “spending more time with his family.” As for Coop, he’ll be spending less time in Chelsea.
“The prickly Brown, whose contract is up in July ’07, isn’t even sure if he’ll be back on the air, according to a CNN source close to him. His guaranteed contract pays him an estimated $1 million a year.
Ratings-wise, all the numbers are on Cooper’s side. Clearly, he’s got the Big Mo.”
And that’s because he IS a Big Mo!
Still he’s got to keep an eye peeled for Phoebe.
At 7 p.m., Cooper’s 360 averaged 811,000 total viewers, up 36 percent over October ’04, says Nielsen Media Research. (Still, he was far behind Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith.)
Behind, Shepard Smith’s behind? Not the best place to be as more than one scribe has noted Clearly there’ll be a race to the Bottom to see who gets to play Top.
But as delicious a side dish as this plate of dish might be, it can’t compare to the main course: Judy Thermador
When we last left our anti-heroine (an Eve Harrignton who’s her own Margo Channing) she was taking a “leave of absence” from the NYT that many predicted would be permament. But. . . .not so fast! As the New York Observer reminds us, we should never forget that–
Ms. Miller’s social network includes the novelist E.L. Doctorow and the real-estate baron turned media mogul Mort Zuckerman, who several years ago hosted Ms. Miller and Mr. Epstein on his yacht. In July, on Ms. Miller’s last night in New York before reporting to the Alexandria Detention Center in Virginia, she dined at an Italian restaurant on East 85th Street, hosted by a group of women that included novelist Shirley Lord, Vanity Fair scribe Marie Brenner, Ms. Rohatyn, Peggy Noonan, Ms. Chesler and New York magazine writer Meryl Gordon.
My what a Witches Sabbath! Far more formidable than Roger Simon’s (Tab Hunter-less) pajama parties. And here’s the kicker —
“I don’t believe I have to agree with my friends on all issues,” said Ms. Chesler, who first became friends with Ms. Miller while working at the Century Foundation in the early 1990’s. “I don’t agree with Judy on some issues. The whole point of a liberal temperament is to accept differences of opinion …. I don’t always agree with her, but she knows things I don’t know. And it’s wise of me to listen to her. I learn a lot from people I disagree with.”
And thus the New! Improved! Postmodern definition of Liberalism. It’s not about issues, or ideas or “taking a stand” on anything. It’s all about playing well with others. This kindergarden mise en scene explains why David Corn and Marc Cooper have elected to don Roger Simon’s Pajamas (the “bottoms” of course) but it leaves actual liberals to twist slowly in the “mainstream media” wind.
“All of our friends have different complicated times in their lives. And you stay their friend—you don’t just turn away,” Ms. Rohatyn said
Is that a fact? Jacques Derrida wouldn’t agree, and neither would Aristotle whose cri de coeur (“O my friends, there is no friend”) inspired he great french wit’s matchelsss volume.
And neither would Bette Midler.
(Feel free to join in, Shep and Coop — you know this one by heart, my darlings):
“And I am all alone.
There is no one here beside me.
And my problems have all gone.
There is no one to deride me.
But you got to have friends.
The feeling’s oh so strong.
You got to have friends
To make that day last long.
I had some firends but they’re gone,
Somethin’ came and took them away.
And from the dusk ’til the dawn
Here is where I’ll stay.
Standing at the end of the road, boys,
Waiting for my new friends to come.
I don’t care if I’m hungry or poor,
I’m gonna get me some of them.
’cause you got to have friends.
Da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, da, friends.
That’s right you, oh you, yeah you,
I said you gotta have some friends,
I’m talkin’ about friends, that’s right, friends.
Friends, friends, friends.
I had some firends, oh, but they’re all gone, gone,
Someone came and snatched them away.
And from the dusk until the very dawn, you know,
Here is where I gotta stay, here is where I gotta stay.
And I’m standing at the end of a real long road
And I’m waiting for my new friends to come.
I don’t care if I’m hungry or freezin’ cold,
I’m gonna get me some of them.
’cause you gotta have friends,
That’s right, friends, friends.
I gotta me my, I gotta me my, I gotta me my,
Look around and see all of my friends.
Oh, friends, that’s right, friends, friends,
Friends, friends, friends, friends, oh,
Friends, you gotta have friends !”
UPDATE! Faster than we all thought Brown out, Coop in.
And when I say “in” I mean in, capiche ?