Yesterday, it was a kerfuffle on the right, today it is on the left. When Michael Moore expressed dismay at the killing of Osama bin Laden, rather than capturing him and putting him on trial, MSNBC host Ed Schultz criticized it as “intellectual liberal hand-wringing.”
Moore said on CNN, “We’ve lost something of our soul here in this country. Maybe I’m just an old-school American who believes in our judicial system. We’re better than them, we don’t just operate in an uncivilized way the way they did on 9/11.”
Coming to his defense is Keith Olbermann, who wrote on his website that while he disagrees with Moore, recently named as a contributor to his upcoming Current TV show, it doesn’t mean Moore should remain silent. Olbermann writes, “I believe, with great regret, that the pragmatic circumstances of keeping Bin Laden alive outweighed, very narrowly, what Michael is addressing. But for him to then be accused of “intellectual liberal hand-wringing” by a supposedly liberal commentator on a supposedly liberal television network, is outrageous.”
Moore elaborates on his comments here.
Huckabee’s Next Move: Potential presidential contender Mike Huckabee says that he’ll make a big announcement on his Fox News show on Saturday — perhaps adding or subtracting his name from the GOP field. Is this a sign that he won’t be joining the race? On Thursday, he launched a new educational company, Learn Our History LLC. He says, “America’s youth aren’t excited about our past because they’re being taught history in a way that minimizes what has made America a beacon of hope around the world for over 200 years. Instead, history lessons today often focus on America’s faults.” Their website gives animated samples of the programs and an unabashed pitch from Huckabee himself offering a risk-free trial.
Update: The announcement, according to Fox News, will be about his presidential run — will he or won’t he?
Turning on Trump: You could have predicted that, even if his was of publicity hadn’t stalled at the White House Correspondents dinner, Donald Trump would still have faced a new level of scrutiny. Today that came in the form of a New York Times story in which buyers into Trump-branded real estate projects expressed dismay after the developments went south, and they realized that Trump really wasn’t intimately involved in but merely lending his name.
Michael Barbaro reports, “Over the last few years, according to interviews and hundreds of pages of court documents, the real estate mogul has aggressively marketed several luxury high-rises as “Trump properties” or “signature Trump” buildings, with names like Trump Tower and Trump International — even making appearances at the properties to woo buyers. The strong indication of his involvement as a developer generated waves of media attention and commanded premium prices.
“But when three of the planned buildings encountered financial trouble, it became clear that Mr. Trump had essentially rented his name to the developments and had no responsibility for their outcomes, according to buyers. In each case, he yanked his name off the projects, which were never completed. The buyers lost millions of dollars in deposits even as Mr. Trump pocketed hefty license fees.”
Another Adler Ad: Entertainment executive Dan Adler, trying to break out of the pack in Tuesday’s special election to fill Jane Harman’s congressional seat in California’s 36th district, has a new web spot out that — very intentionally — draws on ethnic stereotypes. Adler, whose campaign manager is Sean Astin, already has tapped the actor as well as his mother, Patty Duke, in spots. (The Ticket)
Hollywood Praise: Industry groups are gushing about proposed federal anti-piracy legislation, but digital rights orgs are still skeptical.
Stewart vs. O’Reilly: Jon Stewart will guest on Bill O’Reilly on Monday over whether Common’s appearance at the White House this week was a story or nonstory. (The Wrap) In case you missed it, the thrust of Stewart’s piece was that all hopes that ginned up cable controversy would disappear after Bin Laden’s death appear to have been dashed by the Common flap. “Are we really doing this again? For this guy, Common, the guy from the Gap ads.”
Stewart coined a new term: “Foxygen”. From his show last night.
Shriver Thanks: Maria Shriver, who announced her separation from Arnold Schwarzenegger this week, sent this Tweet, “Thank you for all the kindness, support and compassion. I am humbled by the love.”
Saturday: Actress Donna Mills hosts California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) to an event at her home called “Let’s Get California Off Oil.” The brunch, with contributions starting at $200, is a fund-raiser for Environment California.