Media Miscellany: 05.26.2005

Tina Brown uses phrase “rocks out,” plugs Radar: Empress of Buzz Tina Brown rocks an op-ed in the Washington Post today that begins as a wry and savvy take on celeb PR machinations (beginning with the cringe-worthy declarations of leurve by Tom Cruise for girlfriend-bot Katie Holmes) and somehow manages to swing it all around to the administration’s attempts to shove Terri Schiavo, Social Security, and Newsweek-as-national-security-threat down our throats. Damn, she’s good. Now I know why David Carr likes her. Our favorite paragraph after the jump. [WaPo]

The FCC, protecting us from nipples and Pepsi Edge: Federal Communications Commission member Jonathan S. Adelstein has called for an investigation into “covert commercial pitches” on TV, not only on news shows a la James Oppenheim and Corey Greenberg but on shows like The O.C., where Death Cab for Cutie and American Airlines each enjoy exalted status (Newport Living Magazine would NEVER stoop so low). Armstrong Williams, your shadow is long. [AdAge]
p.s. we’re drinking Diet Coke right now and loving it. Diet Coke, you’re welcome to pay us for that.

Kenneth Tomlinson will not be ignored, Part II: Over at Salon, Eric Boehlert investigates how hippie liberal sympathizer Kenneth Tomlinson came by his birkenstock-wearing, tree-hugging, First Amendment-loving ways. He traces the links all the way back to Joseph McCarthy. Even so, who doesn’t love Brit Hume? [Salon]

“…Just as Tom Cruise can’t seem to sell his Katie Holmes story to the public, the Bush bunch has suddenly encountered resistance to their Social Security phase-out, their Terri Schiavo exploitation binge and their attempt to turn a front-of-the-book mistake in Newsweek into the apotheosis of the liberal media conspiracy to undermine the military in the war on terror. Maybe it was a straw in the wind that, instead of going away quietly, Pat Tillman’s parents let rip this week about their disgust with the rewritten, Photoshopped story of how their son really met his death in Afghanistan. Just as the New York Times conservative columnist David Brooks defended Newsweek’s honor, the Wall Street Journal’s op-ed page deserted Bush boosterism long enough to register dismay about the exploitation of Tillman’s tragic (and still heroic) end.”