New York Social Diary: Liz Smith - The Tone and The Tongues

How and When the Tone and The Tongues Changed in the World of TV’s Political Punditry … Mail!  We Get Mail! … Mike Huckabee Asks — What’s Love Got to Do With it? 

“THE ONLY pro, or crypto Nazi I can think of is yourself.”

“Now, listen you queer, quit calling me a crypto-Nazi or I’ll sock you in the goddamn face and you’ll stay plastered.”

So it went between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley in 1968, on the air, over ABC-TV during the 1968  Presidential campaign.

Yes, children, a lack of civility is not a 21st century phenomenon.

Prepping for the big fight.

ON July 13th, in Manhattan, there will be a screening of the documentary, “Best of Enemies,” which focuses on the fiery clashes between Vidal and Buckley, during the incendiary political year of 1968. Directed by Robert Gordon and Morgan Neville, this pretty much puts to rest the idea that people beating each other up, on TV, is something new. The film is subtitled “2 Men. 10 Debates. Television Would Never Be The Same.” Indeed! From then on, tongues were looser, language more extreme — remember Joe Pyne, or David Susskind? (Susskind could be a nasty piece of work, but he preferred to sit back, smirk, and watch his guests go at each other.)

The screening is hosted by The Common Good.  Call 212-599-7040 for tix and location

- Liz Smith for New York Social Diary, READ MORE

Wall Street Journal: New York State Common Retirement Fund’s Return Assumption Likely to Fall


New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said he expected to lower the 7.5% return assumption for the state’s retirement system, after a yearslong rally in stocks and other assets.

A five-year review of New York State Common Retirement Fund’s investment target is scheduled to be completed later this year. The last time New York State Common lowered its return assumption was September 2010 when the target dropped to 7.5% from 8%.

“There’s a good chance we’ll be below 7.5% in a couple of months when we complete that review,” Mr. DiNapoli said. He made his remarks at a Manhattan event sponsored by nonprofit The Common Good and moderated by Bank of America Merrill Lynch prime brokerage executive Omeed Malik[…]

- Rob Copeland for The Wall Street Journal, READ MORE