- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 8, 2004

‘Daily’ doings

Former President Bill Clinton continues his book tour tonight when he pays a visit to “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” on cable’s Comedy Central.

The author of “My Life” recently dropped by “The Late Show with David Letterman” and helped its host post a rare ratings victory over late-night titan “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”

Not surprisingly, Mr. Stewart and company also will delve deeper into the political muck later this month when they cover the Republican National Convention starting Aug. 31.

The show also is sharpening its satiric barbs for the upcoming presidential debates with a live telecast Sept. 30.

“The Daily Show” airs Monday through Thursday at 11 p.m. on Comedy Central.

‘Gotti’ backlash

Some Italian Americans are up in arms again about the way the media treat their brethren.

And no, this isn’t a new assault on HBO’s “The Sopranos,” seen in some circles as stereotyping Italian Americans as thoughtless gangsters.

The Order Sons of Italy in America is aghast about A&E;’s new reality series “Growing Up Gotti,” airing tonight at 9:30.

The new show looks at Victoria Gotti, daughter of the late mob boss John Gotti, as she goes through life as a rich, spoiled single mom.

“What we have here is a network pandering to the seemingly insatiable appetite for Mafia stories that the U.S. entertainment industry has cultivated in the American public,” says Albert De Napoli, president of the Commission for Social Justice, the Order’s anti-defamation wing.

“Clearly, A&E; is cashing in on the nation’s fascination with ‘The Sopranos,’” Mr. De Napoli continues. “What’s worse, this series undermines the only positive stereotype identified with Italian Americans: their love for each other and loyalty to the family.”

Reuters News Agency in its review called last week’s first installment of “Gotti” “mean-spirited” and said its protagonists (Miss Gotti and her three sons) came off as more shallow than even the stars of Fox TV’s “The Simple Life 2,” Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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