Overnight Briefing & General Reality Check - Jun 20, 2012
June 20, 2012
Posturing, Posing and Press Releases:
And there was speculation yesterday that MITT ROMNEY's vice-presidential search may have already been narrowed to two names: former MN Gov TIMPAWLENTY and OH Sen ROB PORTMAN. Both are considered, safe Midwestern picks, although Portman might have carry some baggage from his years working in the GEORGE W. BUSH administration.
As source tells The Washington Post, "By the time you apply the gravitas test, which is really 95-percent of what Governor Romney's looking at --people when introduced to America nobody would think twice about their ability to be president if necessary-- that wipes out 90 percent of the field."
Others said to still be on the list are LA Gov BOBBY JINDAL and NM Gov SUSANA MARTINEZ. (Pacelli)
Sucking the life out of the wire services:
NICK STAHL is MIA for the second time in a little over a month. The wife of the "Terminator 3" star, ROSE STAHL, tells E! News he checked out of rehab against doctor's orders last week and disappeared. The missus swears her one-and-only is a "good man" that "wants to be well" and everyone is "desperately looking for him." (Lee)
Lotsa controversy over ADAM CAROLLA's comments yesterday in the New York Post, when he basically said men are funnier than women. As testimony for his bold statement, the former "Man Show" star told the tabloid on all the writing staffs he's been on, "They make you hire a certain number of chicks. If my daughter has a mediocre sense of humor, I'm just gonna tell her, 'Be a staff writer for a sitcom. Because they'll have to hire you, they can't really fire you and you don't have to produce that much. It'll be awesome."
"If JOY BEHAR or SHERRI SHEPHERD was a dude, they'd be off TV," he continued. "They're not funny enough for dudes. What if ROSEANNE BARR was a dude? Think we'd know who she was? Honestly." He did show some love for a couple of female comediennes: "Of course there's SARAH SILVERMAN, TINA FEY, KATHY GRIFFIN --super funny chicks," he said. "But if you're playing the odds? No."
Adam, who most recently on "Celebrity Apprentice," was plugging his latest book, Not Taco Bell Material.
RYAN SEACREST is a giver, sort of. Us Weekly reports that the "American Idol" host visited his girl JULIANNE HOUGH on the set of "Rock of Ages" on the day she was filming her pole dancing scenes. He was so impressed with her that he bought her her own pole. Although Julianne thinks she has him figured out, "I don't know if that's really a gift for me though!"
Adidas has canceled plans to sell it's newest sneaker style after ads for the so-called "shackle shoe" were denounced as racist and insensitive. The high-top sneaker's official name is the J-S Roundhouse Mids. But it's been dubbed the "shackle shoe" for featuring rubber shackles that attach to the wearer's ankle. In a post on Adidas' Facebook page late last week, the caption for the shoe read: "Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?"
The online reaction was less-than-amused. C-N-N says the criticism of the sneaker for invoking slavery images went viral. REVEREND JESSE JACKSON condemned the shoe for its attempt to commercialize and make popular more than 200 years of human degradation." He also claims civil rights groups were contacting N-B-A Commisioner DAVID STERN to ask that he intercede.
Adidas apologized and withdrew its plans for the shoe before it came to that. But they're also still defending the design. In a statement, the shackle shoes were described as having a "quirky" and "lighthearted" style and "has nothing to do with slavery." (Bartha)
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