This morning, George Stephanopoulos tweeted news of Katie Couric’s engagement to financier John Molner. ”Congrats to @katiecouric and John Molner on your engagement. Ali and I are thrilled for you,” Mr. Stephanopoulos wrote.
But the ABC anchor forgot to use his wife’s Twitter handle when sending Ms. Couric his good wishes. Comedian/actress/enthusiastic Twitter user Ali Wentworth promptly tweeted at her husband about the oversight (after all, he did sign her name on the tweet!).
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Jeff Bezos gave his first interview since deciding to buy The Washington Post to, naturally, The Washington Post. The Amazon founder ”says he doesn’t have all the answers for what’s ailing the newspaper industry or for the financially challenged news organization he is preparing to buy. But he says he’s eager to start asking questions and conducting experiments in the quest for a new ‘golden era’ at The Post.” (The Washington Post)
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On a rainy Monday, Marie Claire threw a luncheon at Marea, the chic Columbus Circle seafood spot, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Equal Pay Act. And how better to acknowledge the state of working women (we hear they are leaning in of late) than by eating lobster salad and listening to highly accomplished women recount their early successes?
Speaking at the lunch were Tory Burch, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Sarah Jessica Parker and Katie Couric—who were featured in a spread in this month’s magazine along with Serena Williams, who was expected to attend but was stuck in Paris doing publicity after winning the French Open.
Anne Fulenwider, who returned to Marie Claire to replace Joanna Coles as editor in chief last September, played emcee for the afternoon.
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People are arguing over the semantics of the NSA scoop. For one thing, whose scoop is it? The Washington Post technically published details of the PRISM program before the Guardian, though it now seems that the Post was not competing with The Guardian but was collaborating with it. “It’s true that the Post has been carrying the material, but the originator of the story was most definitely The Guardian,” wrote Guardian media reporter Michael Greenslade on his blog.
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Yesterday, Edward Snowden revealed himself as the source of classified information on the National Security Agency for both the Washington Post and The Guardian.
Barton Gellman, the reporter who co-authored the Post‘s article on PRISM, wrote late last night that Mr. Snowden had originally approached him and insisted that the Post publish a classified Powerpoint presentation about PRISM. The Post refused to guarantee that, Mr. Gellman wrote, so Mr. Snowden then contacted The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald.
Last Thursday evening at New York’s perch of power dining, the Four Seasons Restaurant, billionaires could be found clinking glasses with politicians, actors could be seen rubbing shoulders with news correspondents, and throngs of notable wordsmiths quaffed copious amounts of liquor at The New York Observer’s 25th anniversary soiree.
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Sure, you’ve seen a hundred shots of Katie Holmes celebrating at The New York Observer‘s 25th Anniversary Party by now. If you didn’t know what Rex Reed looked like, now you do. And those pictures of Spike Lee, Mayor Bloomberg and Chuck Close? Sure, we could see how some Read More
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Happy Birthday to us! The New York Observer is a quarter of a century old, and publisher Jared Kushner and CEO Joseph Meyer have assembled a bonzo boldfaced lineup of NYC’s most fabulous hosts to fête the glorious occasion. Think NYO founder Arthur Carter, Marchesa designer/knockout Georgina Chapman, art kingpin Larry Gagosian, Carolina Herrera, Katie Holmes (Suri will be in bed—sorry, tabloids), Commissioner Ray Kelly, style icon Lauren Santo Domingo, Matt Lauer
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Have you been reading all about Taylor Swift telling Amy Poehler and Tina Fey that they are going to hell for their Golden Globes jokes in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair? Or wait, was that Katie Couric who told Taylor Swift that, and the singer was just relating it back in an anecdote? Did Amy Poehler say she was actually going to hell? Did Couric totally rip off a very famous Madeleine Albright quote about a basketball?
If you are confused, don’t worry. Here are some GIFs from Mean Girls to help explain.
Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva reports that Jeff Zucker, executive producer of the decently-rated if not world-beating new talk show Katie, may already be on his way out; the former NBC chief is said to be a candidate to take over CNN when current president Jim Walton’s contract expires at year’s end.
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