A LoHud-tastic Thursday on Gawker

bonnielikeus.jpgToday, it seems, all Gawker posts lead back to the Westchester and Suburbarazzi’s own Robert Zeliger.

It began this morning when the site was good enough to link to an InTown Westchester article written by Robert. The InTown piece was a June profile of the Hastings resident and Star magazine editor, but our celebrity-stalking sisters were observant enough to notice that in our photo of Fuller, which was taken in her office, the website on her computer screen is none other than Us Weekly, her former employer. Yes, look closely, and you’ll see it.

Gawker’s headline — “Take me back, Jann! Bonnie Fuller’s Homepage is Just like ‘Us'” — pretty much says it all. We’ll try to ignore the fact that they credited the story “Lower Hudson Online” instead of InTown, or the blatant theft of our hard-earned photography. Just so long as you keep those plugs coming, G-money, we’re all square.

Following the Fuller post, Gawker had two other interesting tidbits with LoHud/Zeliger ties …

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Rudy Giuliani shows his love for…Nicholas Kristof????

tjndc5-5dxf7akbwu1naqs2omm_layout.jpgIt’s true. The Republican presidential frontrunner is a fan of the globe-trotting—decidedly liberal—columnist for the Times (who makes his home in Scarsdale). According to the Village Voice’s new media columnist, Keach Hagey (great name!!!), Giuliani told a room full of supporters at the Sheraton New York ballroom last week that Kristof’s writing about the situation in Darfur should be essential reading for the American president.

“[He’s] not exactly a commentator that I agree with all the time, or I imagine agrees with me,â€? Giuliani said, according to Hagey. “But he wrote a column the other day . . . that displays something that we all have to embrace.” The column called on the President to head up an international summit on the crisis in Darfur.

Apparently Kristof was just as shocked as everyone else to hear of Giuliani’s praise, Hagey reports.

She even poses the question: Could Kristof be a White House adviser in a hypothetical Giuliani White House? Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We’re already trying to wrap our heads around the ring of Vice President Joe Torre.
(AP Photo/Seth Wenig) 

Score one for Nicholas Kristof, the NY Times, and rumor mongers everywhere!

kristofnicholas_l.jpgThe libel case against Scarsdale resident and NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof — about a series of columns he wrote linking Army scientist Dr. Steven Hatfill with the 2001 anthrax attacks — has finally been thrown out of court. In reporting on the story five years ago, Kristof wrote about how John Ashcroft and the FBI had labeled Hatfill “a person of interest.” As if that alone wasn’t enough to exonerate Kristof, he even exercised extreme caution in his columns, usually referring to Hatfill as “Mr. X.”

Which brings me to the whole defamation-of-character debacle we seem to be in these days (soapbox alert!). Lately it feels like everyone and their mama is all too eager to play the libel card. If something is written about you in print, on the internet, or via an email, the new instinct is to cry foul and get litigious — rather than simply responding in kind with, say, a letter to the editor (or blog post or press release).

Much as I loathe crediting Trump with anything, at least he had the good sense to drop his ridiculous “libel” charge against Rosie. His tirades to the tabloid media aren’t exactly classy, but at least he ain’t clogging up our courts.

“We Win a Case!” [Kristof’s Blog]

Nick Kristof demands satisfaction from Barry Diller!


It started innocently enough, with NY Times columnist (and Scarsdale resident) Nick Kristof taking a week off from saving the Sudan to name Barry Diller “America’s Laziest Man.” Kristof later upped the ante, awarding the CEO the “annual prize for corporate rapacity,” thanks to his $465 million annual compensation package. The ungrateful Diller then had the gall to blast Kristof to Reuters and call him and the Times “bird-brainy” to the Post.

If anything was ever worthy of a leather glove slap to the face, this is it. And indeed, Kristof responded on his blog by throwing down the gauntlet and challenging Diller to a duel. En garde!

Given Barry’s unlimited supply of QVC wrinkle-resistent fabrics and Santoku knives, and Nick’s limited supply of penny rolls, we don’t exactly like the columnist’s chances. But still, with Diller earing $150,000 an hour, simply baiting the InterActiveCorp. exec into a pointless fracas is a minor monetary victory in itself.

Not since James Fenimore Cooper’s father was killed in an 1809 duel has a Scarsdale resident shown such ballsy, hotheaded gentility. Well done, Nick.

“A Challenge for a Duel!” [Kristof’s blog]

Update: Nicholas Kristof is not going to jail…

Yesterday we pondered whether New York Times star columnist and Scarsdale resident Nicholas Kristof could end up in jail after a judge in Virginia ruled that the newspaper must disclose several of his sources for columns he wrote back in 2002 about the Anthrax cases.

We called The Times to clarify and a spokeswoman told us that the motion to compel was made against the company, not against Kristof, so he faces no personal liability. Furthermore, it’s highly unlikely that a contempt charge would mean jail in this case, since it is in civil court. It would more likely mean fines. The spokeswoman added the paper is appealing the decision.

Could Nicholas Kristof be heading to jail?

A Virginia judge has ordered the columnist and his newspaper, The Times, to disclose the identities of three confidential sources for a column he wrote about the Anthrax attacks in 2001. The man who became “a person of interest� in the case, Dr. Steven Hatfill, is suing the paper for defamation. He claims a series of columns written by Kristof suggested he was responsible for the attacks that killed five people and seriously scared the crap out of your’s truly.

Mr. Kristof has declined to name the sources but “the judge ruled that the laws of Virginia applied and that under the state’s law, reporters have only a qualified privilege to decline to name their sources that may be outweighed by other factors,� The Times reports.

Kristof, who was named one of the seven most fascinating people in Scarsdale—along with his wife, Times’ journalist Sheryl WuDunn—by Scarsdale Magazine, and has won two Pulitzers for his incredible reporting from overseas, originally wrote about a scientist he referred to as Mr. Z who had become the main focus of the government’s investigation. Later, he acknowledged that Mr. Z was indeed Dr. Hatfill.

The Times is appealing the decision. But the question is: Could Kristof be thrown in prison ala his former colleague, Judith Miller if he refuses to comply? And if he becomes the second major Times’ journo to be forced to reveal his sources this year, what does that say about the state of press freedom in the country today?

Today in Scarsdale Lawsuit News

yoko.jpgYoko Ono, onetime Scarsdale resident and the widow of John Lennon, is suing EMI and Capitol Records for $10 million, claiming they cheated her out of royalties from John Lennon’s records, according to the Associated Press. Ironic, given that Lennon once said, “Music is everybody’s possession. It’s only publishers who think that people own it.â€?

Meanwhile, current Scarsdale resident and the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof, is at the center of a defamation lawsuit against the paper by Dr. Steven Hatfill, the man who was named as a “person of interest� in the anthrax attacks back in 2002. Kristof had written a series of columns on the investigation and, according to The New York Observer, named Hatfill as the main suspect. Kristof’s reporting was based on five unnamed sources. Hatfill has filed a motion to compel the columnist to reveal those sources. In the wake of the Judith Miller/ Valerie Plame case, there is fear that this lawsuit (which does not name Kristof personally as a defendant) could further harm the paper’s ability to shield confidential sources (or for that matter journalists throughout the country).