Angelo Cataldi could use some friends.
His new MySpace place seems a little lonely. Only 15 pals are in his corner so far. Ok, so it's a new medium for the morning personality on WIP-AM. He uses his space to tell us he's 52, a Leo, and that he's interested in Vermont Teddy Bears, Cingular Wireless and "whatever corporate whore pays us to talk about them."
He likes the Eagles, the Phillies, the Flyers and the Sixers - in that order.
He's a little less forthcoming about his salary - "$250,000 and higher," he says. Don't know why he brings up the subject. It's been reported to hit seven figures. Cataldi concedes that he used to write for The Inqy, as he spells the paper. I remember when he wrote for what he calls "a local rag." He was once a pretty serious reporter. Did you know he was a Pulitzer finalist for Eagles beat coverage in 1986? Or that he went to Columbia? And not the School of Broadcasting.
Remember this quote? It was from Phil Sheridan, when the bad blood between them spilled onto the Philadelphia Weekly: "He's a bright guy who will stand up and bellow like a buffoon to get a rise out of the crowd." He's also got a Wikipedia page.
Will you be his friend?
(This we know of his new Space from Philebrity, which has 695 friends.)
UPDATE: Scammed, says Cataldi. Both him and Blinq. By phone, he says "It's not mine."
He didn't put it up. He wants it down. Why would someone have done this?
"Cuz they're demented," he said. "This is people who think they are hilarious. Just remove the entire thing."
I would, if I hadn't already made a big thing out of it. We are going to need a Blinq dunking booth.
Missed one while I was away: Philly blogger/lawyer Adam C. Bonin saved the Internet from politics.
Not exactly, but he did get a great result in the case before the Federal Election Commission, which was considering regulating political activity on blogs. On March 27, the commission granted a media exemption to bloggers for their election-related activities. Bonin represented A-list bloggers Atrios, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga and Matt Stoller, each of whom testified in D.C.
Bloggers on all sides of the political spectrum squawked that the government threatened to limit free speech and impose limits that writers for MSM outlets escape. Supporters of regulation worried that some blogs were being used to advance political agendas. Earlier Blinq piece here.
UPDATE: Daily Kos offers some free editing of my lede. Thinks Adam Bonin saved the Internet FOR politics.
Are you keeping up with the tale of U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney, D-Ga., who got a little excited last week, running a Capital building checkpoint and whacking a cop with her cellphone after he asked to see her ID? Conservative bloggers have been all over it. Liberals, too. There's talk of a grand jury. Sally Swift adds her two cents. Sally begins:
What a crock. A tempest in a teapot. An inane overreaction. I know it's politics, but give me a break. Three verbal requests to stop at a security checkpoint plus a hand on the arm equals racial discrimination and excessive force? On what planet?
Sorry for screwing up Illadelph's Hotties of the Airwaves poll. But congrats, Ms. Borg.
A new blog follows a local writer's attempts to publish his novels. Booksay is very meta. Matt Ulmer is a 23-year-old pr writer for Educational Directories Unltd in Chester. The May La Salle grad is making it happen. He's got a wiki page. He's working on his third novel. He's built quite a little community on his site.
What happened at Transit Saturday night.
Philadelphia Will Do's relentless scouring of local media produced this oddity: Hitler once planned to attack Bucks County. Andalusia, in particular. From The Bucks County Courier Times. It's a thriller. It begins:
Heinrich Harm Heinck and Werner Thiel stepped off the train in Andalusia and were met by the humid air of hot summer and the stench of industrial chemicals.