Thursday Crib Sheet: Shalit Interview Forced?, "1600 Penn," Huffington's Court Battle

Forbes discovers that in addition to starving Gilad Shalit, the Red Cross didn’t get a chance to examine him before fame-seeking Shahira Amin shoved a microphone in his face for Egyptian TV in a likely forced interview:

This is no small detail: The issue of Shalit’s medical condition (physical and mental) lies at the very heart of why the interview should never have taken place. So does the fact that a masked Hamas soldier – from the group’s armed wing – stood with a camera in that interview room. Just how “released” could Shalit have felt at that moment – in an Israel-unfriendly country such as Egypt – to freely consent to an interview? Considering that masked Hamas men were the only people he could see for five years, did he feel he was in any position to say no?

– The dream job for people who want to work at a network that nobody watches has arrived: CurrentTV is hiring. This could be your boss!

– “60 Minutes” lands the exclusive Ruth Madoff interview

Twitter mulls over a revamp. Cue Facebook-level complaining.

– Former Obama speechwriter Jon Lovett created a new sitcom, “1600 Penn,” about a dysfunctional First Family. From the NRO comments:

Hasn’t this show already been on for nearly three years on all four broadcast networks plus FNC, CNN, MSDNC, CDNC and all three C-SPAN channels? Personally I never found it funny or interesting, and I can’t wait until it gets cancelled next November. (Although we’ll still be stuck watching the remaining episodes until the following January.)



I hear the critics already panned the reality show version.

– Christiane Amanpour reportedly unhappy at ABC. Bullhockey! says an ABC rep.

– Karma? Arianna Huffington loses round 1 in court:

Two politicos who sued Arianna Huffington and her partner for stealing their idea for the Huffington Post will get to go forward after a New York judge refused to throw out the lawsuit.

The tale of intrigue amidst the media elite of the Democratic party began last year when Peter Daou and James Boyce, both advisers to the 2004 Kerry-Edwards campaign, filed a lawsuit against the Huffington Post founders last November. Daou says he penned a memo about a “new kind of Democratic news-reporting website and blogging ‘ring’ or collective” but that Huffington stole the idea and cut him out of the loop before she launched the Huffington Post in May of 2005.

– Is there some shady marketing going on in the news articles you read?


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