Jewish World Review Feb. 4, 2004 / 12 Shevat, 5764

Lloyd Grove

JWR's Pundits
World Editorial
Cartoon Showcase

Mallard Fillmore

Michael Barone
Mona Charen
Linda Chavez
Ann Coulter
Greg Crosby
Larry Elder
Don Feder
Suzanne Fields
James Glassman
Paul Greenberg
Bob Greene
Betsy Hart
Nat Hentoff
David Horowitz
Marianne Jennings
Michael Kelly
Mort Kondracke
Ch. Krauthammer
Lawrence Kudlow
Dr. Laura
John Leo
Michelle Malkin
Jackie Mason
Chris Matthews
Michael Medved
Kathleen Parker
Wes Pruden
Sam Schulman
Amity Shlaes
Roger Simon
Tony Snow
Thomas Sowell
Cal Thomas
Jonathan S. Tobin
Ben Wattenberg
George Will
Bruce Williams
Walter Williams
Mort Zuckerman

Consumer Reports

Shriver quits NBC; "Marshmallow" Mike Tyson?; Super Bowl propriety?; MTV's next production?; more | NEW YORK — Veteran NBC News correspondent Maria Shriver gave up her seven-figure salary Tuesday in order to play the role of California's first lady without being subject to constant second-guessing by the journalistic ethics police.

The 48-year-old Shriver said in a statement released by NBC: "It is apparent to me that it would be difficult to maintain my journalistic credentials and still be an active first lady of the state of California. Therefore, after much soul-searching, I have asked to be relieved of my duties at NBC News."

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife added: "I have no doubt that I could report now and in the future for NBC News with total objectivity, independence and without conflict, as I have for the last 18 years. However, it has become clear to me that as I try to move forward and balance my career as a news journalist with my new role as first lady of California, my journalistic integrity and that of NBC News will be constantly scrutinized."

Shriver's decision came after four weeks of negotiations with NBC News President Neal Shapiro — a series of conversations that were prompted, I'm told, by this column's report last month that Shapiro had essentially asked for Shriver's resignation — a request Shriver had refused.

Under the terms of her agreement with the network, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's wife will produce the occasional documentary or other project for NBC-owned outlets such as MSNBC, CNBC and Bravo, but won't work for any of NBC's rival broadcast networks or all-news cable channels. It was unclear how much NBC is paying Shriver to maintain exclusivity.

Shriver said she expects to return to a full-time NBC News job "sometime in the future."

Her agent, Richard Liebner, told me: "This is a meeting of the minds, which worked for everybody."

In his own formal statement, Shapiro said: "We are fortunate that NBC will continue to benefit from her passion for exploring important topics through our cable channels. I speak for all of us at NBC News when I say that we look forward to Maria's eventual return."

Donate to JWR


Who would have thought that Mike Tyson is an incurable romantic?

"I love Luz," the 37-year-old former heavyweight champ told me Monday about model-actress Luz Whitney, his 20-something girlfriend of the past two years. "Hey, I'm just happy she's really willing to give me companionship and keep me company. I've had my ups and downs in life, but Luz is a very positive person, always on an up note. I would marry her, big-time. But she's not interested in marrying me right now."

The occasion of the interview was the glam Whitney being cast in a $10 million indie movie titled "Simon's Curse," an update on "Rosemary's Baby" in which a mad scientist attempts to clone the Lord from the DNA found on the Shroud of Turin.

Whitney was unavailable Monday, setting up a new apartment in Los Angeles, so Iron Mike played supportive boyfriend and stepped in to do the interview — which promptly turned into a pre-Valentine's Day lovefest.

"I'm so proud of her — she a consummate professional," Tyson said. "But I'm not no manager. I'm not no g-n bodyguard. I'm just a man — here to support her."

The mellowed-out champ added: "She did this on her own. She's doesn't want to be known as 'Mike Tyson's girlfriend.' She doesn't use me, and she doesn't want to get exploited as using me. She's a little too proud."

Would Tyson be willing to play a small role in the movie — which is partly set in Harlem?

"I'll do anything to contribute to Luz's career," he said. "But I just want to love her and be kind to her and care about her, and to work on my purpose in life and worship and be appreciative to G-d."


It seems a lifetime go (though it was only last month) that National Football League execs had refused Irish rocker Bono's request to perform, with Jennifer Lopez, his song about global AIDS at the Super Bowl halftime show.

NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy explained at the time that Bono's "An American Prayer" was rejected because the show is about entertainment, not causes: "We don't believe it's appropriate to focus on a single issue."

McCarthy added that NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue had "bigger concerns than over who is performing in a halftime show."

So much for the NFL's concerns about propriety.

On Tuesday, Tagliabue was monumentally mired in the fallout from Janet Jackson's widely denounced breast-baring stunt, and Business Week magazine gave the NFL its "Hypocritical Public Service Award."

The magazine stated: "Never mind that Bono was a show stopper in the post-9/11 halftime show two years ago. The NFL says Super Bowl off-field activities should be about entertainment, not 'single issues.' Now, let's get this straight. Pimp Juice, exposed breasts, the N-word and violence are OK, but J. Lo and Bono trying to raise awareness about the scourge of AIDS is off-limits? Hmmm. Nice call, NFL . . . "


GAG ORDER? TELL ME ABOUT IT!: California Superior Court Judge Rodney Melville might have issued a gag order in the Michael Jackson child molestation trial, but that hasn't stopped Us Weekly from scooping up info on the prosecution's investigation of the aging pop star — apparently from sources close to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department. The magazine reports that during raids this past weekend on the homes of Jackson associates Marc Schaffel and Christian Robinson, the cops seized videotapes of Jackson's 14-year-old accuser being coached to make pro-Jackson statements for last February's Fox TV-aired rebuttal to the notorious Martin Bashir documentary on ABC. Investigators also seized a computer containing an interview script designed to portray Jackson as innocent. "The accuser's family told the police about this script," a source tells the mag. My call to Jackson attorney Mark Geragos was not returned Tuesday.

MTV'S NEXT PRODUCTION?: Fresh from its PR disaster at the Super Bowl, I'm told that MTV is getting ready to launch a reality series on the public relations business. The star? None other than publicity queen Lizzie Grubman, who seems to know a thing or two about spinning bad ink into glitz. Grubman declined to comment Tuesday, and MTV flacks, still swirling in the maelstrom over their halftime show, didn't return this column's calls.

Comment by clicking here.


01/30/04: The political forehead front; Alies meets Franken; the art of the hype; arrested career development?
01/28/04: Eyebrow-raising politics; call him indescribable; Woods vs. Williams; more
01/23/04: Eyebrow-raising mystery; who's punk'd anyway?; don't curb your enthusiasm; more
01/21/04: Ridiculous lives of the self-important stars; long arm of the law; all's fair in love and literature
01/16/04: Global warming at a glacial pace; targeting pop culture; Is 'the price of loyalty' too high?
01/14/04: Busting on the "cult buster"; Sarsgaard thinks globally; one angry woman; more
01/08/04: Sitcom star won't be excused from Blake murder trial; fierstein on fire; Drudge & Blumenthal, together again
01/07/04: Bono hits a brick wall; Britney, before the nuttiness; the Arianna primary; more
01/02/04: Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio!?; "Bachelor" bruises; Returning to the scene of the crime?
12/31/03: Disaster for the defense; no-war Omar; the shoe must go on; more
12/19/03: Bob Shapiro's free commercial?; Are sophisticated and hip New Yawkers easily duped?; Positive Saddam fallout?; Ratty insult?
12/17/03: Magic Mystery Tour?; Russell Simmons battles ink by the barrel; Would it have killed her to say 'get well soon'?; no Gest room
12/12/03: Karenna defends her dad; now she tells us!; say it ain't so, Mo!; more
12/10/03: Man & wife, interruptus; pepperoni has feelings, too; more
12/05/03: The knives are out; Who's sorry now?; JWR in the news
12/04/03: The war of the gest-minnellis; something borrowed, something cashmere; fashion trendsetter, nailed!
12/03/03: Colombian grace under pressure; Lord of the Screwups; more
12/02/03: Curb your anti-Semitism?; fame fatigue?; bowing to pressure?; more
12/01/03: Dennis the Menace strikes again; first literary feud of the holiday season; Norma Jean & Hef in heaven?; the fog of McNamara; more
11/26/03: Catherine Crier raps Jacko's TV defender, refuses on-air hint of racism; At 50, Tina's in full cry; STAY OUT OF HER WAY!; more
11/25/03: The mogul strikes back?; go ahead, make Harvey's day; more
11/24/03: Georgette's pilfered baubles; prosecutor of pop?; absent but not missed?; Norman Mailer's prescription for education reform; more
11/20/03: Is a movie career in store for Maria Bartiromo?; People for the Unethical Treatment of Humans?; more
11/19/03: Scientologists on Razor's edge?; picking a winner?; source on a hot tin roof?; more
11/18/03: Clay Aiken neuters PETA?; THEM'S FIGHTIN' WORDS!; a mural for Joe
11/17/03: When networks attack!; leaky Fawcett; forget the Paris Hilton video!; more
11/13/03: Publicity hounds; Prophetic priest; Dumb and Dumber
11/12/03: Not so Rosie; do you believe in miracles?; catalogue of sins; My Heart Belongs to Koppel
11/10/03: Gen. clark on the Subway diet; life of the party; MTV's Dumb and Dumber?; the hug issue; but does the $6,000 shower curtain convey?; red faces at Buckingham palace?
11/06/03: Let them eat pita?; verbal jousting; pretenders to the throne?
11/05/03: Will Harvey Weinstein and Gregg Easterbrook now be pals?; crazed Quentin; more
11/04/03: Herding off the hipsters; more
11/03/03: Dean's tell-all on himself?; Lisaraye vs. Mya?; the odd couple; no need to panic; just don't call him "Scooter"!; Rosie scenarios
10/30/03: Autumn of the editor?; Cynthia Nixon's split may be costly; 'Burning' questions
10/29/03: Ah-nold, unauthorized!; a dilemma for Melissa Gilbert? not even Frank Gifford can help him now!; nobody wanted Elizabeth Hurley
10/28/03: It's Cher calling!; Brown Alert
10/27/03: Paparazzi uncensored!; where's Aaron Brown?; postcards from the middle; invasion of the party snatchers?; House flooded when not afire?; suspenders of disbelief?
10/23/03: Ace up Howard Dean's sleeve; Woody's ordeal; Paul Simon's kid makes good; the non-beginning of a beautiful friendship?
10/22/03: Showing the flag; Joe Frazier, smokin'!; see Carville bruised-up — sort of
10/21/03: Morris & Jaci's charm offensive; Hell hath no fury; Wintertime for Hitler
10/20/03: Isn't it rich?; men (and the occasional woman) behaving badly; peacenik John Lennon supporting the U.S. military?; courageous Connie
10/16/03: George Clooney and intolerable Drudgery; Cameron goes native; and you thought the war in Iraq was nasty?; now it can be revealed; star wars?
10/15/03: Kerik into the breach?; holiday pander?; "the Dink" corrects the record; more
10/14/03: Madge gets mad, lips are sealed; the candidates who listen; he who hesitates is Beatty
10/13/03: Clothes, but no cigar; New Yorkers put a Sox in it; mad at Matalin?; more
10/09/03: Gray Davis goes to the movies; Ali Wentworth, working blue; Law & Order?; pot of gold at the end of the rainbow room?
10/08/03: Art-time for Hitler; the actress who hates movies; lying "Liam"
10/07/03: Pond scum of the rich and famous
07/24/03: Ali and George, living it up; Mel Gibson's Washington power play
07/21/03: White House smear?
07/17/03: Yet another intern scandal; it's her party and she can pay if she wants to
07/14/03: On the auction block: JFK'S boxer shorts; love bytes the maestro
07/10/03: A hairy situation at Homeland Security; Van Susteren v. Orth
06/30/03: Rep. Patrick Kennedy: I've never worked a (bleeping) day in my life; Drudge's dressing down; Ken Lay's Kerry connection
06/26/03: Rapping the beat
06/23/03: Another Watergate scandal?; AL GORE TV!
06/19/03: Tony Snow, rocker?; that won't be crow on Mr. Carlson's plate
06/16/03: Missing dog, ransom demand, Hollywood ending
06/12/03: Giving both parties the needle
06/05/03: Incoming from Barbara Bush?
06/02/03: Bob Dole's plan for fighting unemployment
05/29/03: Newt's new novel
05/27/03: Hitchens & Blumenthal, together again; He still believes in a man called Hope
05/09/03: Close, but no cigar; Romeo & Juliet with a happy ending?; Geraldo to help Heebs?
05/05/03: So Bill Gates and Tom Brokaw walk into a coffee bar . . .; hotel hell; more

© 2003, Creators Syndicate