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At today’s annual Stephen Philbin Awards Luncheon, which recognizes excellence in legal reporting, the L.A. lawyer who got Michael Jackson off on child-molestation charges said he saw the media as his “enemy” in that case. Thomas Mesereau Jr., who sought a gag order in the Jackson trial and fought to keep cameras out of the courtroom, said he was merely protecting the entertainer from the potential for cheap, abusive, salacious, tabloid reporting. “Everybody was looking to profit off the carcass of Michael Jackson,” Mesereau said. Then he added this advice for the lawyers in the room: “You must win your case with the 12 people [of the jury]. The media counts, but after the verdict, they’re gone.”
Once they’d taken their beating from the high-profile defense attorney, the journalists in the crowd of 200 picked up their awards in the 28th annual Philbin competition, a program of the Dallas Bar Association. Kathy Cruz of the Hood County News nabbed the big prize (and $1,500) for her investigative series on parental visitation issues during separation and divorce in Hood County. The Dallas Morning News picked up a pair of awards for articles on police domestic calls and Dallas County’s bail-bond system, and KTVT/CBS 11 snagged one for a report about a witness who erroneously became a “criminal.” Other winners were the Dallas Observer, Advocate Publishing, the Rockwall County Herald Banner and Texas Lawyer.
Where has October gone? Halfway through my favorite month, and I’ve only bought a single pumpkin. Correcting that oversight immediately.
Tonight’s best bet: a casual sort of beer dinner over at Cedars Social. If you like Shiner, this is for you. Sara Horowitz, a Dallas native and a veteran of Hell’s Kitchen season 2, is in the kitchen, making three different options: an appetizer, an entrÃ©e, and a dessert. What I like about this is that you can order one, two, or all three–you’re not boxed in by a set menu, or time frame. You can make reservations, but the special menu will be served until close. Personally, I’d go just for a drink and dessert, which features gingerbread ice cream and some sort of cinnamon magic nectar, paired with Shiner Holiday Cheer. Nancy has lots more details over on SideDish.
If you’re off work early enough, SMU hosts Juan Cole, author of the blog Informed Comment and professor of history at the University of Michigan. Cole will give a free lecture on Pakistan’s increasing instability, a topic that’s more than relevant, considering the state of U.S. relations with Pakistan since May.
For more to do this evening, go here.
Since introducing Rick Perry at the Values Voters Summit a week ago, and at the same time saying that he thought Mormonism is a “cult,” Rev. Robert Jeffress has been a verifiable celebrity, especially for liberal-leaning types in the media. And not just Chris Matthews. Friday night, Jeffress went into the belly of the beast, so to speak, flying to Los Angeles for a live one-on-one interview with Bill Maher.
Maher started by giving Jeffress a copy of his 2008 documentary Religulous and immediately tried to bond over what he presumed was their mutual distaste for Catholics. Maher also asked the pastor why he thinks faith is good: “Why is the purposeful suspension of critical thinking good?” Jeffress handled himself well, at one point high-fiving Maher. He also mentioned that, since his comment about Mormonism, “The left has been pretty kind to me,” adding, “It’s the conservatives who have been after me with a meat cleaver.”
Watch the entire interview here.
As I’ve said before, I’m a lifelong Rangers fan. I’m as thrilled as anyone about their second consecutive World Series berth. But I’m also thoroughly disgusted by the ridiculous amounts of chaw that several players shove in their mouths before taking the field. Nelson Cruz and Neftali Feliz, in particular, look like they’re each struggling to find space for a second tongue. Are any other members of Clawntler Nation put off by this habit?
Rangers, Meet Cardinals: Let the break downs begin: Battle of the sluggers; don’t underestimate the birds; teams have only met once before; both teams trust bullpens; storied Cards have historical edge; unofficial NPR poll favors Cards; it’s tough to hit homers in St. Louis;Â schedules/projected lineups.
Occupy Dallas Shoved Out of Pioneer Plaza: While Occupy Dallas is forced to move, Occupy Fort Worth protesters are arrested. And even if all of these satellite OWS protests seem more and more irrelevant, I’m starting to think Jim Schutze’s nightmares are reality.
Cold Weather Coming: Today’s expected high of 89 degrees may be the last of it. Here comes fall.