- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The proverbial apple has not fallen far from the tree when it comes to Meghan McCain, blogger daughter of former Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

The twentysomething spitfire was the featured speaker Saturday at the Log Cabin Republicans gathering at the Westin Hotel in downtown Washington.

Her father, you will recall, famously canceled on David Letterman at the last minute before a scheduled appearance on the “Late Show” during the presidential campaign. Well, Saturday night, Green and Glover’s scheduled interview with Miss McCain was canceled with little notice or explanation.

Miss McCain’s publicist Laurye Blackford, is pointing the finger at the Log Cabin organization, which, she says, did not inform Miss McCain that she had any press requests until Saturday afternoon.

“She was probably seeing friends later that night and did not want to do interviews without being prepared,” Ms. Blackford explains.

Miss McCain also might have inherited her father’s notorious sailor mouth. In her weekend speech to the gathering of gay Republicans, she referred to herself as “a 23-year-old [wiseacre]” and also said the new guard of forward-thinking young Republicans like herself have the oldies “scared [senseless].”

“Wiseacre” and “senseless” were not her exact words.

Miss McCain’s escort for the evening was Josh Rupley, her sometime hairstylist and fellow twitterer. Mr. Rupley, a gay Republican, according to Ms. Blackford, befriended Miss McCain on the campaign trail, when he frequently coiffed her mother, Cindy.

He did Miss McCain’s hair for the Log Cabin event, and she returned the favor by giving him a shout-out during her speech.

A taste of Italy

Author and New York Times foreign affairs columnist Thomas Friedman says he’s never been to Urbino, Italy, but he now has a connection to the town as this year’s recipient of the Urbino Press Award.

The prize — a recognition of excellence in journalism awarded to American reporters who, through their commitment and daily work, conscientiously inform millions of people — was presented Monday night during a gala soiree with more than 200 guests (including ABC News’ Martha Raddatz) at the Embassy of Italy.

Mr. Friedman, by the way, is not of Italian extraction and tells G2 that his closet connection to the central Italian town is that “my wife was once an exchange student there.”

What G2 really wanted to know, though, was Mr. Friedman’s take on the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes, which were announced on Monday.

“Sorry, I can’t talk about that because I’m on the [Pulitzer] board,” said Mr. Friedman, himself a two-time Pulitzer winner.

He did, however, offer his views on print journalism’s current trying times — saying he’s “cautiously optimistic about the future of the newspaper industry.”

“I’m sure newspapering will survive,” said Mr. Friedman, author of the international bestseller “The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century.”

“I can’t tell you if it will be in print or digital.”

White House cover girls

We reported yesterday that President Obama would be the cover pinup for Washingtonian’s May Issue. Now we learn that Capitol File, a Washington luxury-lifestyle glossy, will feature White House social secretary Desiree Rogers and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett front and center for its summer issue.

Last month, The Washington Times reported that members of the Obama administration secretly met with the editors of the local social magazines to court their high-society/high-net-worth readers.

Could this be exhibit B? Will the high-ranking White House aides be sporting sensible, recession-appropriate fashions or the pricey threads typically flaunted in the publication?

To contact Stephanie Green and Elizabeth Glover with a tip or to request event coverage, please e-mail undercover@washingtontimes.com.

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