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When ´Crazed´ Jackie O Came
to Dinner With Claws Out

Daily Beast, by Tina Brown

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Posted By:MissMolly, 11/19/2017 4:56:42 AM

While editing ‘Vanity Fair’ in the ’80s and ’90s, Daily Beast founder Tina Brown confided some of her best dish to her now published diary, including this gem about Jackie Kennedy. Thursday, July 6, 1989 Quogue- I love how New York changes so completely in the summer. It’s my favorite time of year here, sitting at my wooden desk before the open window with the cool sea breeze. The August issue arrived by FedEx. The Jackie O cover story, and Michael Milken’s rise and fall by Marie, is a much more commercial combo than July. To generate some summer heat I assigned Ed Klein to do Jackie to mark her sixtieth birthday. I asked him because he was always going on about how she liked him when he edited The New York Times Magazine.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jerseytomato, 11/19/2017 6:01:54 AM     (No. 11456133)

Tina Brown - digging up the dead.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Standlow, 11/19/2017 6:24:28 AM     (No. 11456135)

I have never read Vanity Fair. It seems that I have missed some terrific writing if this excerpt is any indication. Every word is wickedly interesting.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: ramona, 11/19/2017 6:44:02 AM     (No. 11456136)

Worth a read on its own, but also for the links to other articles in the middle of the piece, including "What It´s Like to Have Tea With the Queen" and "New Accuser: Serial Harasser Mark Halperin Targeted College Girls, Too"

Sometimes its good tone reminded of how the beautiful people live.
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Zarin, 11/19/2017 6:49:01 AM     (No. 11456138)

So Jackie was offended by the VF articles but went to the party anyway. She acted like an airhead - but obviously was onto a lot - as she insulted the hostess twice.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: dadofboys, 11/19/2017 6:49:33 AM     (No. 11456139)

swamp news

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Reply 6 - Posted by: nonsense, 11/19/2017 7:23:33 AM     (No. 11456147)

What a very odd life the Rich and Powerful lead. Can´t imagine any sane and happy American wanting to spend one millisecond in their presence.

As for Jackie O. I assume they were unwilling to tolerate her desire for a private life.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Scottyboy, 11/19/2017 7:27:50 AM     (No. 11456150)

Pretentious elitism and liberal snobbery at it´s most cringeworthy in my opinion. Clark Cliffird was a communist and criminal who gave nothing but bad advice to several presidents. The only thing he is remembered for today is being 100% wrong in referring to Ronald Reagan as an "amiable dunce". . . . . and while we´re on the topic, Jackie O. was well bred and well schooled, but she was dumb as a bag of hammers.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Aud, 11/19/2017 7:30:27 AM     (No. 11456154)

Yuck. Read it and wish I could go back in time and not read it.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: NYbob, 11/19/2017 7:58:27 AM     (No. 11456176)

A topic like this reminds me of how lucky we are to live during the Presidency of a First Lady like Melania Trump. She is the total package for what I could wish for as a wife, mother and First Lady of a great, but struggling, nation.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: jj1319, 11/19/2017 8:01:30 AM     (No. 11456180)

If that´s how beautiful people live, I´ll take a pass. More like: What black people think white people talk about.

Reminds me of the sweet sorority sluts I endured in college. Only on a lower level.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: StormCnter, 11/19/2017 8:06:42 AM     (No. 11456187)

Well, that was fun. But I won´t be buying the book.
As for Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, I have been told she doesn´t speak in that silly little girl´s voice in private. It´s only used when necessary to impress.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Madinmaryland, 11/19/2017 8:08:58 AM     (No. 11456190)

After reading this piece, my thoughts are that Tina does lots of navel-gazing. She is boring. I don´t care about her opinion of Jackie, either. Or her menu. Or the problem with her dining room seating. She lives in such a bubble! Give me a break!

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Reply 13 - Posted by: jeninmo, 11/19/2017 8:15:35 AM     (No. 11456195)

It was like 6 degrees of separation to come up with the Jackie "diss". It appears that a playbook is required to "divine" insults. What an awful world to live in. Sort of like the machinations people go through to claim racism or anti-Semitism, etc. etc. Living in a world of how can I make this comment fit my narrative of victimization. No thanks

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Reply 14 - Posted by: zephyrgirl, 11/19/2017 8:29:43 AM     (No. 11456208)

I´m with #8 - this whole read was thin gruel, and an "insult" that has to be explained isn´t worth the bother. If Jackie O spent more than a nanosecond thinking it up, she wasted her time.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: planetgeo, 11/19/2017 8:54:19 AM     (No. 11456228)

Looks like Tina Brown is determined to personally prove that yes indeed there is such a thing as white privilege. Her writing is elegant and fluid, but the setting and characters are exalted trivia. In the style of, say, F. Scott Fitzgerald warming up for The Great Gatsby by doing a Page Six article for the NY Post. Or an attempt at The Garden of the Finzi-Continis that comes off more like The Garden of the Finzi-Costanzas.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: terry_tr6, 11/19/2017 9:53:57 AM     (No. 11456279)

The desire to build a guillotine is strong.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/19/2017 10:06:03 AM     (No. 11456288)

Nothingburger Tina was immensely jealous of the rich and famous. VF gave her a perfect place to act out on that jealousy. To tear them down. Her envious nature was palpable. SHE wanted to be SOMEBODY.

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy was a lot smarter than many still give her credit for. Smart enough to not trumpet her own intelligence. Many took her soft way of speaking to represent a childish mind, a lesser intellect. They could not have been more wrong.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: earlybird, 11/19/2017 10:13:02 AM     (No. 11456296)

Skim it. It’s about Me. Me being Tina Brown. Important enough to draw the wrath of Jackie O.

Be serious. I doubt that Jackie gave her a moment’s notice and would probably have been happier at home in bed with a book than at this monstrous do.

Superficial Tina is in no position to read anyone’s face or mind. She doesn’t know how vacuous she is.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: starboard, 11/19/2017 10:37:27 AM     (No. 11456312)

I enjoyed the trip back in time to a NYC dinner party of 30 upper crust attendees.

The elitist class fascinated back then, though not anymore. Brown captured some of that, but also revealed her veiled contempt for Jackie Yo.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Fromtheright2, 11/19/2017 10:44:07 AM     (No. 11456317)

Well isnt that precious...

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Reply 21 - Posted by: abuela10, 11/19/2017 10:47:56 AM     (No. 11456318)

Vanity Fair under Tina Brown was a very interesting read. It´s where I first learned about Rush Limbaugh. It had great writers and wasn´t that politically partisan. Graydon Carter destroyed it with his hatred of Bush.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: farmwife, 11/19/2017 10:52:13 AM     (No. 11456323)

Ah, yes, the smug, self-described ´beautiful people´.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Smart11344, 11/19/2017 11:34:25 AM     (No. 11456364)

Vanity Far(t). Still stinks.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: daisey, 11/19/2017 2:52:30 PM     (No. 11456479)

I found Ms. Brown’s writing style disjointed and difficult to read. She may fancy herself a writer, but I disagree. She’s seems smug, arrogant, and totally fascinated with herself. She reminds me of someone who would hack up a furball.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 11/19/2017 3:07:38 PM     (No. 11456498)

Effete elites recall past feats, as they eat meats and savor sweets, and shoot verbal skeet while in retreat- sans any Tweets.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Penney, 11/19/2017 3:14:12 PM     (No. 11456502)

Apparently Brown remains intensely jealous of Jackie, and a tad bitter too.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: Aria, 11/19/2017 3:45:11 PM     (No. 11456519)

Back in the day I read VF cover to cover but gave it up when it became consistently and insanely partisan.

I enjoyed the voyeurism on lives I´d never be close to...it was fantasy for me...as intended I´m sure.

IMO Jackie used an innocent demeanor to cover up high intelligence. I read a lot about her and she was by no means dumb but her era and class and her somewhat cunning personality led to her little miss innocent public self.

How I wish I could deliver such a finely tuned revenge insult to the likes of the articulate Tina Brown.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: JoElla Bee, 11/19/2017 5:12:12 PM     (No. 11456579)

There is something very chilling in the fact that this is only a small sample of the vain, shallow people who ascend to powerful positions, and that there are actually hordes of people who idolize them as much as they idolize themselves.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: Packard Man, 11/19/2017 5:36:50 PM     (No. 11456594)

Oh, to be in Quogue in the summer! Barf!

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Reply 30 - Posted by: Verdantheart, 11/19/2017 6:26:55 PM     (No. 11456622)

First, it is very rude to dine at someone´s home and not write a thank you note. For shame. Princess Diana aced that test, whatever else history might fault her for. Thanks to Tina for a very interesting read. At least she writes; Jackie never did after her newspaper column that followed a template.

Moral: be nice to young people; they are going to write your history.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: Postaway, 11/19/2017 8:11:04 PM     (No. 11456664)

The dinner party reads like a group of mild autistics who are also drunks. I get Vanity Fair because it costs like $5/annum at magazines.com and used to be sporadically amusing. Now every article is ultimately about how horrible Donald Trump is. I threw the last issue with, wait for it, JLo and Alex Rodriguezzzzzzzzzzzz. Oops, where was I? Oh. With JLo and ARod on the cover. I threw it out after briefly perusing the table of contents and realizing that EVERYTHING in it leads to the supposedly buffoonishly evil Donald Trump. Boring.

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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning at age 65, his office said. The sudden news came in an email from the office at 2:23 a.m. It read: “It is with profound sadness and terrible grief that we confirm that Mayor Edwin M. Lee passed away on Tuesday, December 12 at 1:11 a.m. at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Family, friends and colleagues were at his side. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Anita, his two daughters, Brianna and Tania, and his family.”

Lois Lerner: ‘Exceedingly low’ public
interest in her IRS testimony

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Washington Times, by Stephen Dinan    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 12/12/2017 12:48:24 AM     Post Reply
Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that there’s “no legitimate” reason why the public should see her testimony about her role in tea party targeting, pleading with a judge to keep her deposition permanently sealed. Ms. Lerner and her former chief lieutenant, Holly Paz, have said they faced death threats in the past, and say they fear any more attention to their behavior would spur a new round of harassment. They said there’s “exceedingly low” public interest in having their depositions released, and they said tea party groups are pushing for disclosure out

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