The doors of Tao Las Vegas are open to rich and poor alike: Here's Noah Tepperberg, owner of the nightclub at Tao Las Vegas, the "highest grossing independent restaurant" in the U.S.:
"We sell stratification, but we have an entry point for everyone — from retirees to 21-year-olds who have saved up to blow it out on their first trip to Vegas." [E.A.]
Are giant stratification-selling night clubs like Tao a threat to social equality? My tentative answer: not much. 1) It's only stratification for a night; 2) People don't take it that seriously; 3) Tepperberg does get some social equality points for having everyone under the same roof and for having a roof big enough to include them. ... The velvet rope outside any ordinary New York club seems more obnoxious. ... 1:53 A.M.
I always thought of L.A.'s Earl Ofari Hutchinson as an establishment-friendly, coalition-preserving PC type. I guess I was wrong-- here he is on Mirthala Salinas, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's girlfriend, who may or may not lose her job next week:
Salinas is as much a victim of Tony's rapacious political and media egoism as she is a victim of her heart. Politics is a dirty business and the dirt and the business doesn't stop at the bedroom door. If a politician can lie, cheat and manipulate to scurry up the political career ladder, that same politician can lie, cheat and manipulate love. [E.A.]
P.S.: Some of the most rapacious and egoistic pols are the best leaders, of course. The question for voters regarding Villaraigosa is whether there's enough there there to justify tolerating his character flaws. (See this rare good George Skelton column.) Before we can make that judgment, we need a daily paper that actually wants to report what those flaws are. ... [ via L.A. Observed] 10:50 P.M.
Eat Your Heart Out, Greg Gutfeld: At last, the story on Laurie David's break-up. (The print edition has photos.) ... Looks like gossip columnist Cindy Adams was on target, although the last commenter on this site beat her to it. ... 10:25 P.M.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
The LAT finally puts out another Villaraigosa-Salinas story--which focuses like a laser on the least interesting aspect of the scandal, the journalistic conflict of interest! Yes, that's why Angelenos are upset--because a Telemundo reporter might have compromised her objectivity. Someone call CJR! Mayor Sam's Joseph Mailander asks:
[W]hy is the future of the woman always the way a blown affair really pans out? The Times is really letting the man skate here by shifting all the scrutiny to the gal.