Saturday, October 01, 2005

Learn your ABC's: Crime Pays

**FILE PHOTO** Peter Jennings poses on the set of ABC's 'World News Tonight' in New York, Feb. 5, 2001. (Photo by Gino Domenico)


R.I.P. homeboy, you earned it...


Peter Jennings leaves estate of over $50 million

Sat Oct 1, 1:32 AM ET

NEW YORK (Reuters) - ABC News anchor Peter Jennings, who died of lung cancer in August, left an estate valued at more than $50 million, most of which was willed to his fourth wife and to two children from a previous marriage.

Jennings, 67, signed the will on April 21, 2005, 16 days after announcing on his World news Tonight program he had been diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. He died on August 7 in New York.

His will, filed for probate this week in New York's Surrogate Court, lists $50 million in personal property and $3.5 million in property in New York.

Besides leaving his widow, producer Kayce Freed, 50 percent of the "net marital estate," she also got their Central Park West apartment.

Jennings has appointed trustees to handle the distribution of funds for his two children, Elizabeth, 25, and Christopher, 23. Both children were from his third marriage to author Kati Marton, which ended in divorce.

He also left assets valued at $1 million to the Peter Jennings Foundation, a charity he founded in 1998 that gives money to fight homelessness, drug addiction, illiteracy and hunger.

Besides stock and real estate, Jennings' assets included ownership of a race horse, Channel's Gate and another horse, named Cabin Fever.

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BONUS: Gorgeous George vs. The $7 million Man...

A 'Good Night' for Clooney & O'Reilly to bond

George Clooney and Bill O'Reilly remain the best of enemies.

Media-dog watchers worried that the long-running feud between the actor and the Fox News scourge had cooled last week when O'Reilly was invited to a VIP screening of "Good Night and Good Luck," Clooney's movie about the 1953-54 clash between CBS eminence Edward R. Murrow and Communist-hunting Sen. Joseph McCarthy.

The two combatants were seen chatting pleasantly at the event, which drew the likes of Walter Cronkite, Tom Brokaw, Dan Rather, Brian Williams, Morley Safer, Harry K. Smith and Andy Rooney.

"O'Reilly actually said some nice things about the movie," Clooney told us Friday at the opening night of the New York Film Festival.

This comes as high praise indeed, considering that the movie's archival footage of McCarthy reminds some people of the "No Spin" pundit. The U.K.'s Guardian newspaper wrote, "You don't have to squint too hard to recognize O'Reilly — who makes it his business to shout down and then de-mike his guests on the air — in the hectoring robot-voiced McCarthy."

Clooney thinks O'Reilly is untroubled by comparisons with McCarthy because "he sees himself as "Murrow, like a lot of broadcasters."

And, in fact, Clooney thinks it unfair to compare O'Reilly and McCarthy.

"Unlike McCarthy," a broadly grinning Clooney told us, "O'Reilly was never elected to public office. What's more, Joe McCarthy was never accused of telling one of his female staff members she should use a vibrator" — one of the sex-harassment claims former Fox News associate producer Andrea Mackris made against O'Reilly, who denied her allegations. A Fox News spokeswoman said that O'Reilly would have no comment on Clooney's latest tweak. But we feel one of his "Back of the Book" commentaries coming on.



BONUS: Jerry gets "political"...

What happened to...

"Makes sense!"?

"Tells the truth!"?

"Hit the nail on the head!"?


"Holy crap... he's right!!!"

"Oh... my... God..."



I'm just sayin'...

Fernando Ferrer couldn't have been too pleased to see Hillary Clinton, who recently announced her support for the Democratic mayoral candidate, cozying up to rival Mayor Bloomberg in a photo op yesterday. "I thank you, mayor, for taking this on," Clinton gushed at a ribbon-cutting in Fort Hamilton, Brooklyn. Clinton's camp denies any political undertones. …
Jerry Seinfeld usually doesn't get political, but he did manage to throw in some zingers Saturday night at the Hollywood benefit for Autism Speaks. "Seems like the war in Iraq is going smoothly," he said. "Can't seem to find the terrorists, yet we have a tremendous amount of film of terrorists training in their camps. They need to find the guy dropping off the film"
… R&B crooner D'Angelo, 31, is recuperating from serious injuries in a Richmond, Va., hospital after flipping his SUV over on Sept. 19. The singer was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the car.



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8:29 PM  
Blogger Black Krishna said...

Heya Pimp Jon-Paul,

I'm not sure "what" I did that impressed, but in general I've looked at this stuff for a while and can see the lies a mile away.

It's simple: if it's in the mass-media it's a lie, and quality criticism should not be dismissed just because it comes in a less flashy package from a less flashy source.

Note: just because we can "see" what they're doing to the hardcore Bushites in the Red States, doesn't mean we can see what they're doing to us. We watch CNN too, and they're job is to mitigate criticism of the Bush Crime Family so we think weak rejoinders are authoritative:

They're not.

They're a hell of a lot more evil than we know, and the "Right" has been planning a "liberal media" takeover for 30 years, determined to control people by ensuring that their activities are normalized and the Left is radicalized.

In 1980 there were 50 companies that owned the media in the U.S., now there are 5, and Reagan (or Bush Sr. who was the ex-CIA crack-dealer really runnin' tings) ripped up the "fairness doctrine" that ensured equal time for political views.

Back in the day, if you ran an organization that was the 35th most powerful media empire, you'd fight tooth'n'nail to break stories that would vault you up the food-chain. This was also on the heels of the last scandal journalism can be proud of and still celebrates today: Watergate.

That "tale of the tape" opened the door to public interest in hardcore investigative journalism, and when good work was done it was great (ABC News even ran a special on MK ULTRA in 1979 - the CIA's Mind-Control Program), and when bad work was done it was called-out and ridiculed at a peer-level.



They're in collusion.

Just like the gas companies jack gas prices by using fear to sell any excuse to do so, the media does the same thing: mess with people instead of power, because power can mess with you.

We can see even that formidably harmless bellweather of free speech, Howard Stern, has now been finally exiled to satelite radio after millions of dollars in fines and political threats. He wasn't even "political", which is the new term to minimize the impact of honest criticism of political crimes, and ensures that objective truth (i.e. this is a sucky thing to do to people anywhere in the world) can be dismissed easily as an equivocal "opinion".

It's not "over", but it's possible it will be. We are getting weaker with every lie we live, and with every lie we defend. Half-knowledge is a rotten base, and half-ass arguments are a rotten sell that's leading us to hell.

Make no mistake: they're giving us ammunition to battle each other, and the whole mess is blowing up in our slave-faces. Reality is being warped and we're becoming more defensive about our own warped shards of it: after all, if you can't believe in what you know, then what can you believe?

I can keep going, but then your world would be made of jello.

The solution is simple:

Add a pinch of balls, add a pinch of info, stir it up 'til ready, and serve the bastards their comeuppance in the form of denying the impact of the "lies" and acceptance of the "why's", while holdin' it down for those who "try"...


Add a pinch of balls, and a pinch of info...


Add a pinch of balls, and a pinch of info...

And that's it really, we need to train ourselves to be strong enough to challenge established unreality, and be confident in our ability to convince others that the quality of information we receive from passionate people who are passionate about the truth is better than those passionate for a paycheck.

There's nothing wrong with making money, but when you're making money off making opinions, then we need to make it a point to watch the ingredients in the Opinion Omelette you're making very carefully - and who's ordering it.

With nary 2 shiny nickels to rub together I'll say we're getting pretty damned stupid: and I'll look you in the eye when I say it.

I'll also say we're getting pretty damned unhappy about being stupid: and I'll look you in the eye when I say it.

And you know what?

I'll have a big fucking smile on my face... ;P

Peace, (NOW!!!)

P.S. Here, g'wan young souljah, try some Pilates Balls on for size...

And if you think the blessed-jest, please, come test, g'wan den son, be my guest... ;)

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