That New York Post Page Six report about Michelle Obama ordering more than $400 in lobster, caviar, and other expensive treats to her room at the Waldorf-Astoria? Not true, it turns out. The newspaper retracted the gossip report on October 21, saying the source “must have been under the influence of a mind-altering drug.” The write-up was already disseminated widely on talk radio and conservative Web sites. However, the Post did show balance, running a gossip item claiming that Ann Coulter was sighted in a Florida supermarket trashing Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) campaign.
Also in the media glare:
Publishing magnate William Reilly dies at age 70.
Rachel Maddow doubles MSNBC's 9 pm audience.
Post-Olympics, China pulls back some restrictions on foreign journalists.
Former New York Times correspondent Judith Miller joins Fox News Channel.