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If he’s writing a book, why would Jason Collins deny it?

»Posted by on May 7, 2013

Did you hear? Jason Collins, the NBA player who last week announced he is gay, is reported to be shopping a book. It isn’t the “National Enquirer” (no offense to the “National Enquirer”) reporting this. It’s the Associated Press. Yes, the AP. If you aren’t aware, the AP is one of those rare journalism outfits that reports only things that it can be really sourced. It goes above and beyond in sourcing stuff. If the media outlet cannot confirm what it needs to, it will pass on the story. Its standards are that high. (Unfortunately the same can’t be said for all news outlets.) Officials at three publishing houses told the Hollywood Reporter they have been “contacted about a planned memior by Collins, the...

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Is it coincidence that Lance Armstrong gave his first interview to the network owned by a former sponsor?

»Posted by on Jan 18, 2013

I love Oprah just like the next person. She does a great interview. But in some respects it’s mind-boggling as to why Lance Armstrong would choose Oprah and her fledging network, OWN, to launch a blockbuster media spin campaign. So it made me wonder, why Oprah Winfrey? OWN is a joint venture between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Networks. Guess who was one of Lance Armstrong’s biggest sponsors as he competed in the Tour de France? You guessed it: Discovery Channel. He was a member of the U.S. Postal Service/Discovery team between 1998 and 2005. Is it just coincidental that Lance Armstrong would grant a HUGE interview to Oprah, co-owned by Discovery Networks, just as he begins to face big lawsuits from sponsors and others affected by his at that time...

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Bob Costas gun control comments out of bounds

»Posted by on Dec 3, 2012

NBC broadcaster Bob Costas knows how to get attention. Yesterday he decided to opine about the Jovan Belcher tragedy to advocate for gun control. Bob Costas generally offers opinions that are popular with the public. He’s been the sports commentator version of a populist politician, expressing positions that the vast majority of the public typically agree with. Not this time when Bob Costas fired off his mouth on gun control. Bob Costas used his halftime segment on NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” to talk gun control following the murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher. Belcher shot and killed Kasandra Perkins, his girlfriend and mother of his child, multiple times and then killed himself. Here’s what Bob...

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Under attack by his soon to be ex-wife Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries needs to worry about his reputation

»Posted by on Dec 1, 2011

Under attack by his soon to be ex-wife Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries needs to worry about his reputation

The latest update in the Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries saga is that Humphries wants an annulment, according to TMZ. This is significant because there are only certain reasons that is possible under under California law: impotency, incest, bigamy, unsound mind, force or fraud. And before your mind goes wanding, he’s claiming fraud. TMZ, souncing “insiders” writes: “Humphries was unaware that he was allegedly being played for a pawn and hoped that their union would be a lasting relationship of eternal love, but Kardashian wasn’t interested.” US WEEKLY magazine reports that during their 72-day marriage, Kris Humphries made big bucks as “Mr. Kim Kardashian” and the 26-year-old NBA player has no intention to sue Kim...

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