*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER: ***Lester Holt, Martha Raddatz, Anderson Cooper and Chris Wallace won’t have toworry about their bosses feeding them questions in their ears when they moderate the presidential debates in the coming weeks. The Commission on Presidential Debates sent out a message to news organizations Thursday banning moderators from wearing earpieces. Holt’s NBC colleague Matt Lauer wore an earpiece when he interviewed presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on his Sept. 7 “Commander-in-Chief Forum,” which left many criticizing the veteran “Today” anchor’s interviewing skills and judgment. Multiple sources told us that Lauer’s disastrous performance during his interview with Clinton was largely due to NBC News chief Andy Lack pressuring him to push her on her e-mail scandal.
*LBN-NOTICED: ***Legendary Motown founder Berry Gordyand media expert and author Michael Levine talking and laughing about their work together in the past at the annual Brent Shapiro fundraiser held last night at the huge Ron Burkle estate. ***Emily Ratajkowski wearing a mesh DKNY body suit outside hotel HGU New York. ***Indie noise-rock band Girls Against Boys eating at Autre Monde Cafe & Spirits in Berwyn, Ill. ***A$AP Rocky at a party at new club Squares for designer Tim Coppens’ Under Armour line. ***Bobby Cannavale, Paul Rudd, Whoopi Goldberg and CNN boss Jeff Zucker at the New York premiere of Ron Howard’sdocumentary, “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years,” hosted by Paul Shaffer and Steven Van Zandt. ***Humor author Burt Teplitzky having lunch yesterday at Bareburger on Main Street in Santa Monica.
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*LBN-COMMENTARY by Frank Bruni: Shortly before the newest U.S. News & World Report college rankings came out last week, I got a fresh glimpse of how ridiculous they can be — and of why panicked high school seniors and their status-conscious parents should not spend the next months obsessing over them. I was reporting a column on how few veterans are admitted to elite colleges and stumbled across a U.S. News sub-ranking of top schools for veterans. Its irrelevance floored me. It merely mirrored the general rankings — same institutions, same order — minus the minority of prominent schools that don’t participate in certain federal education benefits for veterans. It didn’t take into account whether there were many — or, for that matter, any — veterans on a given campus. It didn’t reflect what support for them did or didn’t exist. It was just another way to package and peddle the overall U.S. News rankings, illustrating the extent to which they’re a marketing ploy. No wonder so many college presidents, provosts and deans of admissions express disdain for them. How sad that they participate in them nonetheless.
*LBN-COMMENTARY by Lisa Sharkey (Book Editor): I feel compelled to reiterate something I’ve been thinking about and talking about for a while now. I wish and pray that when out and about on the streets of NYC we would all stop obsessively looking down at our phones all the time and having our ears plugged with earbuds and instead choose to connect with oneanother with our beautiful smiling eyes .. Let’s look up out and around! We can’t “see something and say something” good or bad if we are lost inside our collective smart phones and the world of scrolling through other people’s lives. We have one life and it’s now and we need face to face — hug to hug contact. I totally understand mobile attraction and addiction, I suffer from it too. But when we are out on the streets and on the subways and on the buses can we please try put away our phones and take them out again when we get to our destinations? We might save some lives or see something amazing!
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