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Monday, March 22, 2004

Attacking Clarke: The Viacom Angle

At the end of the local CBS affiliate's story on Dick Clarke tonight, the reporter noted that the publisher of Clarke's book is Simon and Schuster, which is owned by Viacom, the company that also happens to own CBS. Somehow this rather significant fact was not mentioned on 60 Minutes last night, and I've yet to see the people on the right who are going after Clarke and CBS play the Viacom card--the "he's just trying to sell books" argument has been deployed against Clarke himself but not the publisher's parent, so far as I've witnessed.

And for the record, the White House did put out a line about Dick Clarke's "American Grandstand" today, confirming my prediction that someone would try a pun on Clarke's sharing the name of the ageless TV personality (though a different spelling on the last name).