Odds and Ends
Life imitates the Parody; Ricky Gervais has fans; what to serve at state dinners.
3:25 PM, Jan 19, 2011 • By VICTORINO MATUS
Our Parody aside, CNN's John King informs his viewers that guest Andy Shaw should not have used the phrase "in the crosshairs." Explains King, "We're trying, we're trying to get away from that language. Andy is a good friend, he's covered politics for a long time, but we're trying to get away from that kind of language." Thank goodness CNN cancelled Crossfire! (Would the show have been renamed "Friendly Fire"? "Crosstalk"? If only Novak were here.)
Meanwhile, according to Paul Bond of Reuters, Ricky Gervais, the much-maligned host of the Golden Globe awards, has fans among the right:
Not that Gervais is conservative. He's an equal opportunity offender. What is clear, as one reader writes, is that "Hollywood can sure dish it out, but they can't take it."
And finally, there's tonight's state dinner for Chinese president Hu Jintao. What will they serve? We'll know soon enough. Katherine Skiba of the Chicago Tribune speculates that based on recent history, the fare will be American: "The Clintons chose chilled lobster and pepper-crusted Oregon beef at the 1997 dinner for Jiang Zemin; the Reagans selected lobster and tenderloin of veal for Li Xiannian's in 1985."
This reminds me of last week's food column in the Washington Post by William Booth, who recently visited with Mexico's culinary icon Diana Kennedy (who seems terrifying, even at age 87). Asked about Mr. Mexican Cuisine himself, Rick Bayless, Kennedy scoffs.
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