The 5 Least Loathsome People on Our Radar
You know, it's really easy to be cynical and flippant when you are sitting in your ivory blogging tower. That's why every once in awhile, it's nice to take a moment and appreciate not just those whose foibles we make our bread and butter, but the few people in the public eye who we can actually tolerate. Here is our guide to the least annoying media figures of right now. Any other suggestions? Leave 'em in the comments section.
She's the working man's Arianna Huffington, in the sense that she actually pays her freelance employees. Hell, Brown's Daily Beast sometimes seems like it's the only thing keeping the blogger economy from going totally belly-up. Ms. Schindler here has taken refugees from Radar, Gawker Media, New York Sun, and yes, even prison, in order to keep her news aggregation site peppered with fresh, original content. Plus, the design doesn't look like it was made for GeoCities, unlike many political/news blogs.
Fuck Joaquin Phoenix and his "Is this shtick or is this real?" Kaufman act. Our favorite poker-faced actor/performance artist is the underrated Norm Macdonald. (Yes that Norm Macdonald, whose last big role was in Dirty Work.) Did anyone catch him during Bob Saget roast? Shit was pure brilliance. He also has a way of telling stories on talk shows that just make him seem like the perfect counterbalance to every host. You know Letterman/Leno/Conan love him because they can relax and just let Norm do his crazy talk. Every actor should watch at least five of his appearances before going on a talk show.
Sure, he wrote Atonement (or maybe not), but he also sheltered Salman Rushdie 20 years ago when the Iranian government declared a Fatwa on his ass. And he waited two decades to tell anyone about it, which is kind of modest, no? Don't get us wrong, McEwan is still a snobby British fuck, but at least he saved The Satanic Verses author from Hezbollah so we could all read him in our freshman lit class.
Yeah, the CNBC host was kind of a dark horse, but that queer Valentine's Day wish made us tear up! She is like the financial Rachel Maddow and we love her, even more so because Kristin Wiig does such a good impression of her on SNL. Plus, she seems like she can be a total diva bitch when she has to, and there is nothing we love more than diva bitches.
"Who is the least loathsome politician?" is sort of a trick question, but we gave it to D.C. mayor Adrian Fenty for being able to host the inauguration without anyone getting killed. In fact, that whole shebang went way more smoothly than most could have hoped for, with the exception of Ted Kennedy's stroke. And we're like 90 percent sure that Fenty had nothing to do with that.