Gore Gains: Tucker Carlson says that, “In some sense, the presidency almost seems too small for Al Gore at this point.” While James Carville predicted on Don Imus this morning that Gore would make the run, for the reason that “running for President is like sex,” for now former advisers believe he won’t. Says Chris Lehane, former campaign adviser: “The guy is enormously happy. For him, the decision is: ‘Let’s see, could I make a lot of money and be on stage in front of a billion people, or would I want to be spending the next two years in a Holiday Inn in Dubuque, Iowa?’ “
Romney Memo: A leaked Romney campaign strategy memo made its way to the Boston Globe, which points out that the former Massachusetts governor has targeted a number of “bogeymen,” or enemies and adversaries he can cite during the race. Along with liberalism and France are “Hollywood values.” (Curiously, Massachusetts is listed as another).
Top Donors: The Los Angeles Times posts California’s biggest donors of the past few years. No big surprise that producer Stephen Bing tops the list. Others in entertainment who make it: Univision’s Jerry Perenchio, producer Marcy Carsey and Shout! Entertainment’s Richard Foos and his wife Shari.
United Against Univision: What is behind Univision’s record $24 million FCC fine? The United Church of Christ, which complained to the feds as part of a larger strategy to fight media consolidation. As William Triplett reports in Variety, companies now see this as the cost of doing business with so many watchdog groups ready to pounce.
Jolie Joins: According to several press reporters, the Council on Foreign Relations has decided to admit Angelina Jolie, the U.N. goodwill ambassador who has made dozens of trips to press for help for refugees and AIDS victions. Other members include Dick Cheney, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice.
Moore Mores: Premiering at next month’s South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas is “Manufacturing Dissent,” a critical look at Michael Moore’s methods of making documentaries. One example: Footage of an interview with Roger Smith for the movie “Roger & Me” was left on the cutting room floor. John Anderson of the New York Times interviews the makers of the doc and finds that they don’t come from the political right, but the left.