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Afternoon Mirror: NYT Reporter Demurs When Lena Dunham Praises Her

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Quote of the Day:

“Now would be a good time to finally pitch Harvey on my still-unproduced 2008 screenplay ‘Bus Stop.'”

Patrick Howley, co-founder, Big League Politics.

More info on this film: “Set in Denver, the film follows a small-time hustler (Danny Glover, Dave Chappelle?) whose bus-stop run-in leads to his gaining the identity of a witness in a corporate fraud trial (Bill Pullman, Will Ferrell). Followed in hot pursuit by men from New York, he must navigate his way around a colorful cast of characters (Harry Dean Stanton as a suburban lawyer, a Native American casino boss, and an escaped Park Avenue wife played by Rosie Perez) to either get his identity back or, perhaps…to testify.”

What Bill Maher is like off air… 

“He was nice and not a jerk to anybody,” — New York Mag’s Olivia Nuzzi, when asked on Facebook about Maher’s alleged equal opportunity jerkiness. She appeared on his show this past weekend.

CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL: Here’s Benny Johnson appreciating the finer things in life, which is a fan appreciating his pizza face at the airport.

Just one comment: He wipes the pepperoni off his face and is “deeply embarrassed.” (Hahahaha)

Quick layover for a flight in Dallas.
I’m starving.
I grab a slice of pizza in the airport.
I’m taking the pizza straight to the face when I hear “Excuse me, are you Benny Johnson?”
It was a woman I’d never met before. I wipe the pepperoni off my face and say, deeply embarrassed, “Yep, that’s me.”
“I don’t normally do this, but I just love your posts on Facebook,” she says, “I love politics & humor. I work in healthcare. As a minority and a conservative working in DC, it can get a bit lonely. Your posts always make my day better. I can relate to someone.”
I was touched.
I asked is [sic] she took an embarrassing photo of me taking an airport pizza straight to the face. She laughed & said “No!”
I thanked her.
It’s really all I could do
Just a beautiful reminder of how many people you can affect in the world without even knowing it.
Even if you have pizza on your face.

Veep Pence’s football game stunt falls flat 

“Nothing conservative about he VP’s political stunt. It cost taxpayers a lot of money, inconvenienced fans, and burdened the Secret Service.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough.

“Pence is so 100% patriotic he left the game, but he’s fine doing a fundraiser Monday for (among others) Putin-apologist Dana Rohrabacher?” — The Weekly Standard‘s Editor-at-Large Bill Kristol.

Journo Hate Mail: Breitbart‘s Raheem Kassam punches back against enemy 







ME! ME! ME! ME! ME! 

“When I raised Harvey Weinstein in the White House briefing yesterday, my stopwatch started. no way he could resist.” — Daily Mail U.S. Editor David Martosko in his role in Trump speaking about Harvey Weinstein. Martosko referred to a tweet by NBC’s Peter Alexander, who wrote, “JUST IN: Trump on Harry [sic] Weinstein: I’ve know him a long time, I’m not surprised.”

Spicey causes tension over Harvey Weinstein 

After former White House Press Sec. Sean Spicer tweeted a graphic of all the Dems who are keeping donations from Harvey Weinstein, WaPo columnist David Rothkopf lashed out at him:

“You were an apologist for the most famous (& one of the most repulsive) sexual abusers in recent memory. Remember? (You were an enabler.”

Reporter dreamed about Megyn Kelly doing WHAT?! 

“I dreamt last night that Megyn Kelly created a new yoga pose that was actually a thinly veiled Nazi salute. My REM cycle is shattered.” — Rachel Vorona Cote, a Washington, D.C.-based freelancer.

NYT reporter demurs when actress thanks her for Weinstein story 

Lena Dunham: Thank you Jodi Kantor for pushing past flimsy but firm veil of secrecy. You are a hero to many.

Jodi Kantor: Awwwww. This is not about me or my soul sister @mega2e — it’s about women telling their stories for the sake of other women.

My coworkers have a hilarious bakeoff…Watch here.

Tabloid/Gossip Roundup 








TMZ: NBC’s Kathie Lee Gifford once witnessed a Hollywood-type masturbation. She tells the story during the Monday show. Good thing they have wine. Cheers! See here.

NYP’s Page Six: JFK Jr. is back in the news with his college application to Brown. See here.

Politico: A former NYT editor calls bullshit on Sharon Waxman‘s (The Wrap) claim that the NYT wouldn’t publish her piece on Harvey Weinstein a decade ago. See here.

The AP: Melania says the words few believed she ever would. See here.