12:00 pm, June 13th | by Laura Donovan
Few commentators get people talking quite like Daily Beast columnist Meghan McCain, whose appearance on Jay Leno last night sparked a lot of chatter on Twitter and in the Mediaite comment section, a Hellscape I’d rather not explore right now.
Given the rabid reactions and faux outrage to her passing remark about Breitbart a few weeks ago, I expected to see pages and pages of hateful tweets about the way she looked on last night’s episode (IMO, she was gorgeous). To my relief, I didn’t come across too many trite tweets like “Meghan McCain is a 300 pound slut,” but there were more creepy and bizarre tweets than I have time to read, so here are six of the weirdest and most inappropriate ones I stumbled upon.
12:00 pm, June 6th | by Laura Donovan
I may not be famous, but I know one could do a lot worse than lead the life of a celebrity. Rolling in money, attending high profile parties, and having months and months of rest all sound appealing, but there are definite downsides to the spotlight.
1:15 pm, May 30th | by Laura Donovan
As much as I love the grit and hustle of New York, there will always be a special place in my heart for small towns — and for people who were raised in such places and experienced much success upon relocating to intimidating large cities.
It’s even better to see them on TV, as they provide a sense of hope for folks outside NYC and DC who dream big and of eventually making a name for themselves. Here are some awesome television personalities who grew up in locations far removed from the media world and maintained their small town pride and charm all the while.
2:29 pm, May 27th | by Lilly ODonnell
It’s a shame that not one of the 22 films nominated at this year’s Cannes Film Festival were directed by women. But that doesn’t mean that next year the directors of the festival should go out of their way to pick films just because they were.
12:14 pm, May 25th | by Laura Donovan
Daily Beast columnist and MSNBC contributor Meghan McCain got the Andrew Breitbart treatment Thursday after she, well, said she couldn’t understand the appeal of Andrew Breitbart. While this certainly isn’t a favorable remark about the late conservative activist, it isn’t scathing criticism either, yet the “Dirty Sexy Politics” author received a flood of hateful tweets and comments upon making this innocuous statement. The reactions to McCain were nasty, gratuitous, malicious, and unbecoming of the GOP. As someone who veers more to the right end of the spectrum, I was disappointed by the response of Republicans, many of which undermined their own arguments by resorting to personal digs at McCain.
1:30 pm, May 22nd | by Laura Donovan
There are few things more awful than being viewed as a person who loves to play the victim. “Dancing with the Stars” finalist Bristol Palin, who recently criticized President Barack Obama’s evolution on same-sex couples, is being labeled a “poor me” kind of girl for saying that she received death threats in the aftermath of scoffing at the president’s move. And, as ridiculous as her anti-same-sex marriage post was, talking about people who have threatened to kill you doesn’t mean you’re “playing the victim.” The 21-year-old writes in a new blog post that she does not think of herself this way and would rather not be painted in the media as someone who wallows in self-pity.
9:58 am, May 4th | by Laura Donovan
With the buzz surrounding Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s Native American status, it was only a matter of time before a television anchor made a wisecrack pertaining to the heritage. That honor goes to Fox’s Megyn Kelly.
5:15 pm, April 27th | by Sarah Devlin
With the publication of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner guest list, most people are excited to see which celebrities will be attending as plus-ones for various news outlets and TV personalities (looking at you, Greta van Susteren). Who can blame them — it is fascinating stuff. While it is hilarious the the dog from The Artist will be the guest of the Washington Times, the fact that Kris and Kim Kardashian will attend as guests of Fox News certainly deserves an eye roll or two. More importantly, however there are plenty of notable women who will be attending who are famous for more than just being “actors.” Sorry Uggie.
3:13 pm, April 27th | by Amy Tennery
Financial news anchor and reporter Margaret Brennan signed off from Bloomberg TV today with no hints of where she’s headed next. But while the industry powerhouse cryptically tweeted this week that she has “exciting things ahead” in her career, The Jane Dough has it on good authority that her next move is to CBS News.
11:45 am, April 4th | by Laura Donovan
I wrote earlier of my relief that former Alaska governor Sarah Palin’s Tuesday “Today” show guest appearance was drama-free, civil, and entertaining as opposed to a hostile, “Gladiator” esque spectacle many seemed to want. The former vice presidential candidate’s daughter, Bristol enjoyed the segment as well but couldn’t resist taking a shot at the media anyway.