NAMES & FACES

Friday, May 6, 2005

Scarborough Unfair?

Don't know if you caught it last week, but Joe Scarborough , MSNBC's congressman-turned-TV-guy, pitched a hissy fit about Arnold "The Guv" Schwarzenegger on his show:

"You know, this guy has been in so much trouble," he blabbered on his April 25 show. "He's got sagging poll numbers. He's got political groups criticizing his every move. And now the governator is making all his enemies' job easier. According to the London Evening Standard, Arnold recently went on Howard Stern's radio show and offered his theory on how to end premenstrual syndrome, saying -- quote -- 'If we get rid of the moon, womens, whose menstrual cycles are governed by the moon, will not get PMS. They will stop bitching and whining.'

"Hey, Governor," Scarborough continued, "way to make 50 percent of California's voting population turn frigid towards you. I don't know how it works in Austria, but let me tell you something, friend, jokes about such matters -- not laughing subjects to women in America."

Great point, Joe! Except -- not to throw stones here -- Schwarzenegger never said those things. Scarborough (and apparently the London Daily Mail, not the Evening Standard) got duped. Howard Stern apparently has a Schwarzenegger impersonator on his show regularly, and he was the one rat-a-tat-tatting on about the dreaded PMS.

As a result, MSNBC tells us that Scarborough planned to right his wrong on last night's show and that it had taken 10 days to address it because, well, they were unaware of the mistake until we called. However, the Guv's office tells us that they called the show the day after it aired and pointed out the error. Hmm.

"You would hope that news outlets would do their due diligence in calling the appropriate offices in order to make sure their sourcing is correct," the Guv's spokeswoman Margita Thompson told us yesterday.

Goodbye Girl

A lack of sponsors and television bids has led America's Junior Miss pageant to bid adieu and crown its last winner this summer, pageant officials announced this week. For 48 years, the pageant has awarded college scholarships to high school seniors. No more after June 25.

Blame our racy days. "The networks want 'Fear Factor,' they want bathing suits," Vance Chunn , first vice president of the AJM board, told the Mobile Register. "They want things that this program is not about."

Notable Junior Misses in the past include Diane Sawyer and Deborah Norville .

Washington lawyer Mandy Biles -- who tap-danced her way to becoming the 1995 Virginia Junior Miss, paying her way to the University of Virginia -- is among the mourners: "I was very upset. Most people who have not participated in Junior Miss think of it as a pageant. This sounds hokey, but it really was a scholarship program."

Holocaust Memorial

As a speaker at the National Commemoration of the Days of Remembrance in the Capitol's Rotunda yesterday, first lady Laura Bush exalted Holocaust survivors and their liberators, some of them among the crowd: "Your presence is evidence that good will always triumph over evil," she said.

World War II veterans and Holocaust survivors provided the emotional highlight of the event when they were summoned to light candles honoring the memory of the 6 million Jewish Holocaust victims. A respectful silence filled the Rotunda, reports The Post's Pablo Izmirlian.

Susan Eisenhower , granddaughter of war hero and President Dwight D. Eisenhower , and Daniel Ayalon , ambassador of Israel, also spoke.

Noted . . .

Because getting married is the newest "it" thing in Hollywood, Paris Hilton can't be left out. We hear she announced on ABC's "The View" that she's upgrading her latest boy toy -- Greek shipping heir Paris Latsis -- to hubby. No details yet, but one guess as to where they should honeymoon.

. . . and Quoted

"Why hasn't one of the cable networks called in Julia Roberts to comment on the runaway bride?"

-- A query yesterday in the online publication the Hotline's Last Call.

-- Compiled by Anne Schroeder from staff and wire reports


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