- American Idol reject / homeless heartthrob Josiah Leming didn’t get very far on the show but still might be sued by its producers for opting to release an album with Reprise, violating a contract he signed promising to record exclusively with SongBMG, Idol's “preferred label.” Sore losers.
An exclusive new WWL-TV statewide poll shows the contest for president may be closer than many had predicted among Louisiana voters.
In the telephone survey of 500 registered voters, conducted by pollster Ed Renwick, Republican Senator John McCain earns 43 percent of the vote, while Democrat Senator Barack Obama receives 40 percent. Renwick said that amounts to a statistical tie, since the poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 points.
“It’s closer than I thought it would be,” said Renwick, adding that the higher the turnout, the worse it might be for McCain.
This Sunday, November 2, is the final Sunday before Tuesday’s highly anticipated presidential election. Gov. Sarah Palin has thus far opted not to participate in what has become a campaign ritual: Interviews on the various Sunday talk show programs. […]
It should be noted: The last vice presidential candidate to avoid NBC’s “Meet the Press” — long a ratings and gravitas champ among its competitors — was…
Michael Jackson has issued a statement saying he will not participate in a Jackson 5 reunion in 2009.
"My brothers and sisters have my full love and support, and we’ve certainly shared many great experiences, but at this time I have no plans to record or tour with them," he said. "I am now in the studio developing new and exciting projects that I look forward to sharing with my fans in concert soon."
In a conservative radio interview that aired in Washington, D.C. Friday morning, Republican vice presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin said she fears her First Amendment rights may be threatened by “attacks” from reporters who suggest she is engaging in a negative campaign against Barack Obama. […]
"If [the media] convince enough voters that that is negative campaigning, for me to call Barack Obama out on his associations," Palin told host Chris Plante, "then I don’t know what the future of our country would be in terms of First Amendment rights and our ability to ask questions without fear of attacks by the mainstream media."
My Orwell senses are tingling.
Either Palin is trying to pull the wool over the eyes of voters, or she has no idea what’s actually in the First Amendment.
Neither of those options is particularly palatable.
Obama spokesman Bill Burton confirms Drudge’s report that two right-leaning papers, the Washington Times and the New York Post, have lost their seats on the Obama plane, along with the Dallas Morning News.
"We’re trying to reach as many swing voters that we can and unfortunately had to make some tough choices. but we are accommodating these folks in every way possible," he said.
Drudge is simply breathless over this.
Where was Drudge with his 400pt font when Palin refused to speak with any media, let alone reporters the McCain camp perceived as hostile?
The Washington Times responded to the news with a highly partisan retort which only served to prove the Obama camp’s point that having steadfastly conservative rags on the plane coming into the home stretch isn’t going to do him any good, and those seats might as well be filled by media companies that aren’t run by a cult leader or a megalomaniac hustler.
Barack Obama’s campaign announced Friday that it was going on the air in John McCain’s home state of Arizona for the first time this cycle, as a new CNN poll of polls released this morning finds the Republican nominee leading the Illinois senator there by just 4 percentage points, 49 to 45 percent. Six percent of the state’s voters said they were unsure about their presidential pick.
Thirteen has proven not-so-lucky for Fox’s veteran animated comedy “King of the Hill.”
After several previous brushes with cancellation, the network has opted not to renew the series beyond its current 13th season.
This is AWFUL! King of the Hill has been the best show on Fox Sunday prime-time for years. And to make matters worse, they are apparently cancelling it to make room for that half-assed Family Guy spin-off The Cleveland Show.
Wired’s Nicholas Thompson reports that no one has been willing to step up and defend McCain’s indefensible technology policies:
As readers of this blog know, after publishing the Wired Scorecard a couple weeks ago, I’ve been wrangling with the McCain campaign, trying to get someone to defend his tech record and platform in a debate. There are enough Obama surrogates to fill the Queen Mary and the first one I called, former FCC chair Reed Hundt, was eager and willing to find a time.
But finding a campaign surrogate for McCain was not easy.
Finally, the McCain camp offered economic adviser Douglas Holtz-Eakin…Then, oops, yesterday morning, a couple hours before the event began, the McCain camp emailed to say that, actually, no, sorry, Holtz-Eakin can’t make it for the 12:30 debate.
In short: the McCain camp chickened out. Spinning is easy; debating is hard. And defending John McCain’s record on broadband deployment, spectrum issues, and net neutrality is particularly hard. “If I was voting on technology issues only, even I wouldn’t support McCain,” said one Republican who I interviewed while researching the scorecard.
John McCain has taken some admirable positions in his career—-into some on technology, like H1B Visas. But this very lame back-out is just moreevidence that his campaign is more interested in attacks than debates. A campaign like that deserves to lose.
Two weeks after running mate Sarah Palin made an appearance on the late-night comedy show, a McCain campaign aide tells CNN that the Republican presidential nominee will appear on the NBC program tomorrow night.
If they bring in Tina Fey to do Palin we may be on the verge of witnessing the greatest moment in TV history.
“John McCain said that Barack Obama is already measuring the drapes in the White House. That’s what he said. I understand Sarah Palin is already driving McCain around to look at assisted living facilities.”—Jay Leno.
Rapid-Fire Rumor: Some Random Gossip You May Enjoy Knowing
- Rumors are swirling that Elizabeth Edwards has left her husband John, following an appearance in DC where she was sans wedding band. A source tells the New York Post that the two are no longer living together. And after everything he’s done for… oh, wait.
- Pics of a deleted Zac Efron shower scene from HSM3 surfaced on eBay. Preteens girls everywhere were left wondering why HSM3 wasn’t just the shower scene on repeat for two hours.
- Yahoo! heiress Courtenay Semel is being sued by a Caesars Palace security guard who alleges that Princess Nay Nay punched him in the face and yelled “Do you even know who I am, fucking idiot?…Google me, you dumb fuck." Awkward.