Meghan McCain scoffs at Obama interview with Seacrest; Seacrest bites back
[This blog post has been updated]
John McCain's daughter, Meghan went on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" Wednesday to demonstrate her complete lack of understanding on the use of entertainment programming for political gain.
First, she nicked President Obama for having done an interview Tuesday with Ryan Seacrest on Seacrest's syndicated radio show.
"I just think it's -- not so presidential to do an interview with the producer of the 'Kardashians'...I'm one of the people that still holds the office of the presidency very seriously, and I think it's kind of trashy," Meghan sniffed.
Note to Meghan: Seabiscuit's radio show has a reach of 100 million on-air listeners - including millions of mostly younger voters, who are hardest to get to the polls. Oh, and CNN some time ago gave its stamp of approval to the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" producer and he was Larry King's fill-in of choice, though they did not give him the gig as Larry's permanent replacement. You know Larry King's show -- you've been on it a couple of times.
UPDATE: Thursday morning, Seabiscuit struck back, noting on his radio show that Meghan has tried to get herself booked on said show several times. He trotted out his show's booker, Amy Sugarman, to confirm the fact. Sugarman wondered why Seabiscuit was bringing this up.
"Because she was slamming me on 'The Tonight Show'," he said defiantly.
"What?!" Sugarman squeaked. "That's so random! Why?"
"Because I interviewed the President of the United States." she didn't think this was an appropriate place for a president to speak. Now I understand that we are not 'AC360'," Seabiscuit snarked. Ooh snap!
"Do you want my thoughts?" Sugarman jumped in, in defense of her boss. "If you do the research to see who's actually watching the evening news, I mean, I love all those people as much as anyone else, but I don't watch the evening news, and neither does the majority of people in the younger generation. So if someone is actually smart, like the president, he would go on with you, because he's actually reaching the people that he needs to reach to get to the polls to vote."
"So she apparently has an issue with that, because of the type of show we do, and the fact that I produce a television show called, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and she thinks it's just lowbrow," Seabiscuit continued, having worked up a good head of steam.
"But I just want to be clear, it is the lowbrow show that she wanted to come on twice to promote her stuff."
"Or maybe three or four times," Sugarman corrected
Back to Meghan on "Tonight Show":
Having dismissed President Obama as "trashy," Meghan moved on to give her thoughts on the idea of widely presumed soon-to-be presidential candidate Sarah Palin doing a reality series for a cable network that brings us the self-explanatory reality series "I Didn't Know I was Pregnant," the tattoo parlor reality series "LA Ink," as well as the rubber-necking reality series "Hoarding: Buried Alive," and the celebration-of-polygamy reality series "Sister Wives."
"I think the reality show is really going to be a make or break. I also think it's just un-presidential to do a reality show -- but America could just disagree," she said, looking like she'd have second thoughts about America if it did.
Meghan continued her scorched-earth interview with Jay, attacking Sarah Palin's daughter for having not voted Tuesday.
(In an interview Tuesday after the latest results show of "Dancing with the Stars," in which Bristol is competing, the teenager confessed to celebrity suck-up show "Inside Edition" she had neglected to send in her absentee ballot.)
"I think a lot of women worked really hard to give us the right to vote, and I think it's -- anyone who doesn't vote is just ridiculous," Meghan said of Bristol.
"I guess it's only important for Bristol Palin to vote for 'DWTS'," Meghan scoffed - also demonstrating her profound lack of understanding as to the rules of "Dancing with the Stars."
Note to Meghan: Bristol Palin can't vote, pookie. It's her mom who can vote. Her mom, who has been seen on "Dancing" most weeks by about 20 million people, waving, being interviewed, applauding wildly - and when she can't be there in person because it's Election Day, Mama Palin tapes segments for "Dancing" in which she congratulates the Hollywood show's producers for reaching their 200th episode.
Here are clips of Meghan on "The Tonight Show" and Seacrest's response:
Lisa de Moraes
| November 4, 2010; 4:00 PM ET
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