- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 7, 2011

WEINER‘S CHANCES

Public relations mavens are weighing in on Rep. Anthony Weiner’s crisis-management skills and his chances of recovering post-Weinergate. “Can he repair his image? He can never truly get past this story. He has mortally wounded his political career. But that doesn’t mean he can’t star in a reality show or host a program on CNN,” says former Fox News producer Jess Todtfeld, now president of Success In Media, a Manhattan consultancy.

Anthony Weiner can recover from this mistake. He didn’t break the law and is lucky to be a Democrat from New York City rather than a Republican from the Bible Belt. Immoral isn’t illegal, and while I believe this will damage his reputation, he will be forgiven and this won’t destroy him — although his wife may,” says Ronn Torossian, CEO of 5W Public Relations, another New York City agency that advises Pamela Anderson, Snoop Dogg and the Bennie Hinn Ministries, among many.

Meanwhile, one entrepreneur is marketing “an invention for shirtless politicians” — the Quik Pod, a handheld, extendable camera tripod. “He can photograph himself shirtless and be properly centered in each photo. Great for Twitter feeds. Converts to a tabletop tripod when hands are not available to hold the camera,” says inventor Wayne Fromm. “I’m proud to be of assistance to members of the government.”

THREE, NOT 2,300

New York City's fire department asked former President George W. Bush to write the introduction to its book marking the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks. (Fire Department of New York)
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“I am only going to allow small bills. Three pages. You’ll have time to read that one over the dinner table,” observes presidential hopeful Herman Cain, on his preferred length of congressional legislation.

TEN YEARS AFTER

Among the first of significant books marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11: the New York City Fire Department’s “FDNY 2001-2011: A Decade of Remembrance and Resilience,” featuring an introduction by former President George W. Bush.

“Our nation must never forget the 343 members of the Fire Department lost on September 11, 2001. … On this solemn anniversary, I ask for God’s blessings on the members of the FDNY and their families,” Mr. Bush says in the 112-page, large format book, which features dozens of department photos from the day of the attacks, and the aftermath — some previously unreleased.

The book will be published in July; order from www.fdnybook.com and half of the cover price goes toward public safety efforts in New York City. It also will be available in bookstores and from the publisher (www.mtpublishing.com).

OLBERMANN’S BONANZA

Former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann got a fat pay raise when he signed on with Al Gore’s Current TV; “Countdown with Keith Olbermann,” debuts June 20. As newly named “chief news officer,” the pundit will make $10 million a year at Current, up from $7 million he made at MSNBC, says Hollywood Reporter correspondent Marisa Guthrie who adds, “Olbermann believes he can lift Current out of obscurity.”

BECK UNIVERSE

All Glenn Beck, all the time? Rumors that the Fox New host is starting up his own broadcast empire are true. GBTV is here, described as a “live streaming video network” with a reasonable access fee: $10 a month. More than 80,000 people already have subscribed to the new undertaking, which showcases a “launch webcast” at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

The network goes fully operational in September with a daily two-hour “Glenn Beck Show,” a six-camera simulcast of his three-hour radio show, and Beck University — “because we can no longer rely on textbooks hijacked by progressives,” Mr. Beck explains.

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