He’s Managed To Make At Least One Anchor Sore

Monica Lewinsky’s lawyer, William Ginsburg, shares his opinions of TV journalists in the latest issue of TV Guide:

Barbara Walters: “Just a real person … There is nothing flighty, affected or fancy about Barbara Walters. She has become an instant companion and friend.”

Cokie Roberts: “A wonderful lady, attractive in every way.”

Sam Donaldson: “A natural force of nature. He and Cokie could be my friends if I wasn’t in this whirl.”

However, he admitted to a “shouting match” with Peter Jennings. “A number of people have said that based on my appearances on TV, I should become a TV commentator,” Ginsburg added. “That is not my goal. But I would be happy to take over for Peter Jennings, if that opening ever occurs.”

Loose talk

Stanford pyschiatry professor Alvin Cooper, on President Clinton’s alleged sexual addiction (in People magazine): “If he wasn’t fantasizing about women, he could be a lot more effective.”

Our apologies to all you “Xena”-phobes

Lucy Lawless turns 30 today.

So, it was one of those jobs to Di for

While Jennings apparently isn’t going anywhere, ABC has announced that Kevin Newman will replace Charles Gibson as co-anchor of “Good Morning America,” which has been struggling in the ratings. Newman, who has been reading the news on “GMA” since summer, impressed network brass with his cool performance when called in to anchor the network’s coverage of Princess Diana’s death.

It does sound selfish, on the face of it

Singer Rod Stewart and his wife, model Rachel Hunter, are none too happy with Hollywood types who they say snubbed a recent charity ball in L.A. in memory of Princess Diana. Among those who supposedly promised to come but didn’t were Tom Hanks, Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Steven Spielberg. Fumed Hunter: “They went to Diana’s funeral because they knew they’d get on television, but they can’t be bothered to come here. It’s disgusting.”

When you think about it, they are a curse

Diana’s brother, Earl Spencer, pledged to carry on her campaign against land mines during a visit to Cambodia this week. At a graduation ceremony for students who learn to fit artificial limbs, Spencer said he cared little about the issue until Diana “forced me, and many others, to face up to the obscenity that land mines represent.”

With Al, there’s always a dry eye in the house

Lifestyle maven Martha Stewart (no relation to Rod), accused by the New York Times of napping during a speech by Vice President Al Gore, says she was simply resting her eyes. “I’m going through eye-exercise therapy,” Stewart explained. “I’m supposed to sort of, like, rest them, and they get very dry, especially in crowds … Probably I could repeat the Vice President’s speech quite closely.”

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