Pageant Politics

That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

The surreal mixture of beauty pageant politics and Perez Hilton just got a little stranger. Miss California Carrie Prejean unveiled a new anti-gay marriage at at the National Press Club on Thursday, which is posted on the Website of the National Organization for Marriage. But the customary practice of distributing the ad via YouTube was foiled when the celeb blogger objected to YouTube over the ad because it included some of his copyrighted material.

You may remember that the National Organization for Marriage forced YouTube to remove a segment from MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow” when she ran footage of their “There’s a storm coming…” ad on her show, in a not so flattering tone. Their argument was the same: YouTube couldn’t run their copyrighted material, even though it merely a segment of a news show.

Meanwhile, Prejean has Miss California USA officials “frustrated.” Keith Lewis, one of the state pageant directors, tells GayWired, “We are really faced with a dilemma [over whether] to exercise the contract and remove her crown, because it would in fact only escalate her standing within the very issue that we are trying to minimize and only escalate her standing with those individuals who have stolen her title.”

Cuomo Event: New York state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo raises money at the home of Laura and Casey Wasserman on Tuesday. Tickets start at $1,000. with host level at $2,500 and co-chairs at $5,000.

Clinton Clinton’s Night: Former President Bill Clinton took the stage with Jessica Alba and Adrien Grenier at the Hollywood Roosevelt last night as part of an event for the Clinton Foundation’s Millennium Network. The idea is to draw young professionals into the foundation’s array of humanitarian efforts. (Photo: WireImage)

The CBS Table: CBS News says that Ben Affleck, Jennifer Garner, Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, EPA administrator Lisa Jackson, Treasury Department communications director Stephanie Cutter Sen. Lindsey Graham and producer Joe Pichirallo are among their guests at the White House Correspondents Assn. dinner.

Koch Upset: Fomer New York mayor Ed Koch reacts to his portrayal in the new doc “Outrage.”

Vid of the Day: I’m a little late on this, but it is worth posting. It’s from Victor Fresco, creator of the drama “Better Off Ted,” on why President Obama should not have preempted network programming for his press conference. It’s a satire that uses the show’s Veridian Dynamics to make its point. “We love our country, but why should we have to do anything to help it.”


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