March 10 Radio: Author Probes Hollywood Scandals

By Andrew Kreig / Project Director's Blog

This week’s guest on the March 10 edition of my radio show  MTL Washington Update will be Henry Scott, author of the new book Shocking True Story: The Rise and Fall of Confidential. An accomplished journalist and media entrepreneur, Scott will describe what prompted him to undertake a decade-long effort to document for the first time the inside story of the pioneering 1950s magazine, Confidential. The magazine boasted that it, “Tells the Facts and Names the Names” about such celebrities as Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio, Bing Crosby, John Wayne, Rock Hudson and Kim Novak. In doing so, it reported scandals involving such figures as “tawny temptresses,” “pinko partisans,” “lisping lads” and many more. Pioneering status and success came at great cost to its founders, but it changed the face of American journalism forever in a fascinating story that deserves to be remembered.

Join the author and my Update co-host Scott Draughon, founder of the show and network, Live! worldwide at noon (EST) on the My Technology Lawyer (MTL) Radio Network, or by archive later. We begin the show with a round-up of insider views on major Washington news events. Listener questions are welcome via 866-685-7469 or by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our guest, "Hank" Scott is a longtime friend and former colleague of mine at the Hartford Courant newspaper, where he achieved high-level executive positions on his way to even greater success elsewhere. The former journalist who has worked at newspapers as varied as the weekly Butner-Creedmoor (NC) News, published in a town that once was the world's mule capital. He also has served as a business executive at the New York Times. He is former president and editorial director of Out, America's quality gay and lesbian magazine, and he launched and served as publisher of Metro New York, a 330,000-circulation free daily in New York City. For details on his book, visit: Amazon.com.

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Below are selected articles on legal reform and political, security and media factors. The articles contain a sample of news. See the full article by visiting the Project home page's section on News Reports, and clicking the link.

Salon / Unclaimed Territory, Obama’s New Executive Order on Gitmo, Glenn Greenwald, March 8, 2011. Indefinite detention and military commissions are continuing because Obama worked from the start for that goal -- not because Congress forced him to do so. As has happened over and over, while progressives and civil libertarians are furious about the new Order, former Bush officials and right-wing Warriors are ecstatic.

Huffington Post, A Reagan Republican Makes A Case Against The War -- And His Own Party, Dan Froomkin, March 8, 2011. When Paul Craig Roberts watches the U.S. reaction to what's been happening in the Middle East, he is haunted by America's own recent history in the region. "Here we are, we're all concerned about humanitarian concerns in Libya, after we've wrecked two countries ourselves?" Roberts asked in a telephone interview. Roberts, 70, is one of the original Reagan Republicans.

Asbury Park Press / NJ.com, Lawyers unable to interview Dwek, Carol Gorga Williams, March 8, 2011. The fourth time was not the charm for lawyers seeking to interview disgraced real estate developer and Ponzi schemer Solomon Dwek in connection with his contention that Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider had once accepted a $10,000 bribe. Dwek most recently was scheduled to give his deposition March 1 in the Schneider case but canceled, without saying why. Another factor in getting Dwek's testimony in the Long Branch case is Dwek's looming prison term. Dwek, now 38, pleaded guilty in October 2009 to money laundering and bank fraud. He could go to prison for up to 11 years when he is sentenced on May 2, although the U.S. Attorney's Office can recommend a lesser sentence based on his cooperation. Uliano has indicated Unger may rely on truth as a possible defense, if the defamation case goes to trial. But Unger would need for Dwek to provide additional information in such a case.