LBN – Special Report – Tuesday

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*Budweiser Asks to Be Called ‘America’

This summer, Budweiser is asking to replace the name of its beer with the word “America” on labels and packaging. Anheuser-Busch InBev has reportedly filed the request for approval from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The “patriotic design” would be covered with phrases like “Indivisible Since 1776,” “Liberty and Justice for All,” and “E Pluribus Unum.” Lots of diamonds, as well as the lyrics to “The Star-Spangled Banner” would also appear on the label. Anheuser-Busch was purchased in 2008 by InBev, a conglomerate based in Belgium and Brazil.

*WHO READS LBN? Media Expert and Author Michael Levine

*Flint Mayor May Have Taken Water Money

A former Flint, Michigan, city administrator, Natasha Henderson, alleged that she was fired after reporting thatMayor Karen Weaver was telling staff to direct money intended for the water crisis to her personal banking account, instead of the official fund formed by Community Foundation of Greater Flint. Henderson filed a federal lawsuit Monday detailing the allegations. Henderson claims that she first told the city attorney’s office about the redirection of money on Feb. 9.

*LBN-MEDIA INSIDER:   ***Another packed house of media influencers attended last night’s “City Talk” event last night at the elegant Baltaire restaurant in Brentwood featuring radio icon Norm Pattiz as the guest-of-honor. Included in the list of prominent movers and shakers were famed media consultantElliot Mintz, actress Priscilla Presley, KNX radio anchorFrank Mottek, veteran agent Harry Abrams, among others.


*Jon Stewart: Democrats Opened Door for Trump

Jon Stewart laid at least part of the blame for the rise of Donald Trump at the feet of Democrats on Monday. “The door is open to an asshole like Donald Trump because the Democrats haven’t done enough to show people that government… that can be effective for people, can be efficient for people,” Stewart told former Obama adviser David Axelrod for his Axe Files podcast at the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. “And if you can’t do that, then you’ve lost the right to make that change, and someone’s going to come in and demagogue you.” The former Daily Show host wasn’t much kinder to Hillary Clinton, whom he described as a “very bright woman without the courage of her convictions,” adding, “because I’m not even sure what they are.” “That is not to say that she is not preferable to Donald Trump,” Stewart said, “because, at this point, I would vote for Mr. T over Donald Trump.

*LBN-NOTICED:   ***Cornelia Guest hosting a lunch at Freds to toast Town & Country’s new editor-in-chief, Stellene Volandes, with guests including Carolina Herrera, William Ivey Long and Holly Peterson.   ***Constantine Maroulis at the New York premiere of “Dark Horse.”   ***Prominent media experts and good friends Elliot Mintz and Michael Levinehaving dinner last night at Baltaire in Brentwood.

*LBN-COMMENTARY by David Brooks: We all know why it exists, but the grade-point average is one of the more destructive elements in American education. Success is about being passionately good at one or two things, but students who want to get close to that 4.0 have to be prudentially balanced about every subject. In life we want independent thinking and risk-taking, but the G.P.A. system encourages students to be deferential and risk averse, giving their teachers what they want. Creative people are good at asking new questions, but the G.P.A. rewards those who can answer other people’s questions. The modern economy rewards those who can think in ways computers can’t, but the G.P.A. rewards people who can grind away at mental tasks they find boring. People are happiest when motivated intrinsically, but the G.P.A. is the mother of all extrinsic motivations. The G.P.A. ethos takes spirited children and pushes them to be hard working but complaisant. The G.P.A. mentality means tremendous emphasis has now been placed on grit, the ability to trudge through long stretches of difficulty. Influenced by this culture, schools across America are busy teaching their students to be gritty and to have “character” — by which they mean skills like self-discipline and resilience that contribute to career success.


*LBN-OVERHEARD:   ***Both of Tiger Woods’ exes, Elin Nordegren and former girlfriend Lindsey Vonn, were making the rounds over Kentucky Derby weekend — and party organizers were ordered to keep the two blondes apart. While Nordegren and Vonn have been friendly in the past, party organizers were instructed not to seat the Olympic skier anywhere near the former Mrs. Woods, we hear. ***Pamela Anderson can thank ex-husband Rick Salomon for aging her. “I look back at pictures of myself when I was in this awful relationship, and I looked 20 years older,” the 48-year-old mom of two told W magazine. “I know it sounds like a cliché, but happiness has a lot to do with beauty.” Anderson and Salomon, 48, were married and divorced twice. Their second divorce, which occurred in 2015, awarded Anderson over $1 million.

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